Monday's Daily Briefing on Iran
DoctorZin reports, 5.29.2006:
- Amir Taheri, The Jerusalem Post reported that while some in Washington still talk of "preemptive war" against "rogue states," Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is practicing what could be labelled "preemptive diplomacy." An examination of the Iranian strategy.
- The New York Times reported that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is trying to consolidate power in the office of the presidency in a way never before seen in the 27-year history of the Islamic Republic.
- Rooz Online provided a detailed report on the recent student unrest in Tehran.
- Reuters reported that the United States is pushing Europe and Japan to use broad sanctions to financially pressure Iran's leadership if diplomacy fails to resolve an international dispute over Iran's nuclear activities.
- Times Online reported that the US Government is putting Britain’s £1 billion annual trade with Iran at risk by pressing European banks to withdraw from the country.
- Middle East Newsline reported that Russia has again signaled a delay in the delivery of advanced air defense systems to Iran.
- Investor's Business Daily, in an editorial, warned that if the U.S. were to engage in bilateral talks with Iran, it would let Iran play the "America as bully" card, claiming the U.S. is being too tough on a "developing" nation.