Monday, May 22, 2006

Tuesday's Daily Briefing on Iran

DoctorZin reports, 5.23.2006:

Iran conducts military exercises, the US & Turkey's start next week.
  • Middle East Newsline reported that Iran has launched another major military exercise. The exercise, entitled "851," began on Sunday and would last three days.
  • The New York Times reported that the United States will hold a joint military exercise using naval, army and air forces with Turkey next week aimed at demonstrating a determination to stop missile and nuclear technology from reaching Iran.
Update on Taheri's report on Iran's plan for its "minorities."
  • Eli Lake, The NY Sun reported that Amir Taheri is sticking to his story that the mullahs were readying legislation that would require Jews and other religious and ethnic minorities to wear distinguishing markers.
VOA not in the business of persuading Iranians to overthrow the regime?
  • The Financial Times reported that David Jackson, director of Voice of America said VOA is not in the business of persuading Iranians to overthrow their government.
Ganji's latest letter.
  • Free Ganji published Akbar Ganji's latest: Message for the Celebration Iran's dissident poet: Ms. Simin Behbahani.
EU banks limit deals with Iran.
  • The New York Times reported that prodded by the United States with threats of fines and lost business, four of the biggest European banks have started curbing their activities in Iran.
Israeli's plan to sue Ahmadinejad.
  • BBC News reported that a group of Israeli diplomats wants to sue Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for incitement to genocide.
Here are a few other news items you may have missed.
  • Stratfor reported that Ahmadinejad not only rejected the European proposal -- he ridiculed it. "They say they want to offer us incentives. We tell them: Keep the incentives as a gift for yourself."
  • Reuters reported that Gulf countries plan to hold talks with Iran over concerns that Tehran's nuclear program could pose an environmental threat to them.
  • The Middle East Media Research Institute published Arab Media reaction to Iran's nuclear project.
  • The Globe and Mail reported on "Tehranto," what many call Toronto one of the world's largest communities of Iranian exiles and what they think of the crisis with Iran.
  • Daily Times reported that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a “miracle”, according to a new book about the hardline leader set to hit the Islamic republic’s bookstores in the coming days.
  • Ynet News reported that a group of Iranian students announced they were setting up a fund to destroy Israel. But the response to the call for donations was hardly overwhelming. About 10 students dropped money into the box.
  • Reuters reported that thousands of Iran's Azeri minority hurled stones in violent protests, enraged by a newspaper cartoon they said insulted them.
  • Lee Smith, Weekly Standard asked: Who's Really Afraid of Iran? Hint, it's not Israel.
  • Amir Taheri, The New York Post examined Iraq's new government.