Monday, May 01, 2006

Tuesday's Daily Briefing on Iran

DoctorZin reports, 5.2.2006:

Reza Pahlavi preparing to overthrow the Islamic Republic.
  • Human Events published an interview with Reza Pahlavi, son of the late Shah of Iran, who hopes in the next few months to finalize the organization of a movement aimed at overthrowing the Islamic regime in Tehran and replacing it with a democratic government. A very interesting read.
A Roundup of News on "the Other" major labor demonstration ... this one in Tehran!
  • DoctorZin published an extensive report on thousands of Iranians that joined in the May Day or International Workers Day march to express their anger at the Iranian regime's failure to listen to their needs. Photos of the demonstrators with translations and first hand reports.
Ahmadinejad's attempt to win the people of Iran with $ isn't working.
  • The New York Times reported that Ahmadinejad's plans to move Iran's increasing oil wealth among its citizens may be doing more to irritate political and economic tensions than to soothe them.
So Ahmadinejad tries to win the support of women.
  • The New York Times reported that despite the objections of senior clerics and conservative members of Parliament, Ahmadinejad has decided to permit women to attend games in Iran's stadiums for the first time in nearly three decades.
What will the West do next?
  • The New York Times reported that President George W. Bush spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin to convince Russia that the U.N. Security Council must take tougher action to curb Iran's nuclear program. No details given.
  • Patrick Clawson, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy argued that the West has more options with Iran than just the extremes, attack or appease.
  • Dennis Ross, The Washington Post wants the US to join the EU talks with Iran.
Iraq warns Iran about attacking Iraqi Kurds.
  • Eli Lake, The NY Sun reported that Iraq's Defense Ministry issued a stern warning to Iran to end security sweeps and mortar attacks in Iraq.
Iran stays on the offensive.
  • USA Today reported that Iran denounced the United States for contemplating possible nuclear strikes against Iranian targets and urged the United Nations to take urgent action.
  • The Washington Times reported that Iranian agents were accused yesterday of masterminding a bomb attack that killed three Italian soldiers in Iraq last week.
Israel to US: Iran closer to the bomb than we thought.
  • The Washington Times reported that Israel has told the Bush administration that Iran is closer to having a nuclear weapon than was previously thought.
Pakistan and Iran ink their own deal with India.
  • Economic Times reported that Pakistan and Iran plan to leave India in the cold and their sign oil deal on their own.
Here are a few other news items you may have missed.
  • Miscelaneas de Cuba reported that Cuba continues to cement a long-standing alliance with Iran and policymakers in Washington and the European Union alike should be concerned.
  • Iran Press News confirmed a 3-year prison sentence for blogger and ex-editor of Gilan’eh Emrooz.
  • Iran Press News reported that the worldwide suicide-bomber internet registration website is now operational again, after having been banned off of U.S. servers.
  • Iran Press News reported that four of Ahmadinejad’s ministers being dismissed.