Saturday, June 10, 2006

Sunday's Daily Briefing on Iran

DoctorZin reports, 6.11.2006:

Major demonstrations on Iran expected in the next few days.

Protests expected Sunday in Germany against Ahmadinejad during World Cup Games.
  • The Observer reported that Iran's Football team will be met with a series of protests across Germany during their World Cup campaign as anger mounts against the country's viciously anti-semitic President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
  • Spiegel Online reported that in Bavaria, where Iran is set to play its first match in Nuremberg on Sunday, the state's interior minister has expressed concerns that Iranian intelligence agents may seek to stage what he described as a "provocative action" aimed at intimidating Iranian opposition members living in exile in Germany.
Iranian regime fears demonstrations Sunday.
  • SMCCDI reported that tens have been arrested, in the last days, in several Iranian cities with the approach of Iran-Mexico World Cup soccer game on Sunday June 11th in an effort to avoid any massive popular unrest to take place following the game.
Iran: A major women's rights demonstration scheduled for Monday.
  • Iran Press News published a photo of Iranian women demanding equal rights in Iran. Plus an announcement for the June 12th Women's protest in Tehran.
  • Rooz Online reported that five women Nobel Peace Prize winners came out in support of the rally in Tehran on June 12th, 2006 against legal discrimination of women.
Iran has until June 29th to respond to Perm-5 proposal.
  • SFGate reported that Iran given June 29 deadline to respond to anti-nuke offer.
Bolton: No "Grand Bargain" for Iran.
  • The Financial Times reported that John Bolton said Washington has no intention of striking a comprehensive "grand bargain" with Tehran.
Iran hopes to change the debate on its nuclear program.
  • Reuters reported that Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Iran may send its own nuclear package in response to proposed incentives agreed by six world powers that seek to persuade Tehran to stop its atomic fuel work.
Iranian opposition warns the West.
  • Middle East Newsline reported that Reza Pahlavi said: "Mr. Ahmadinejad's harsh and venomous rhetoric brought the toughest U.S. president in the life of the Islamic republic to the [negotiations] table," and "The lesson is that harshness and radical talk pays."
Here are a few other news items you may have missed.
  • Rooz Online reported that the six individuals arrested on charges of disrupting Rafsanjani's speech in Qom were clerics and members associated with hardline Qom cleric Mesbah Yazdi and they were quickly released.
  • Rooz Online reported that Iran's hardline ministry of culture recently announced that the private sector would be responsible for book reviews and censorship of books through controlling what is published.
  • RIA Novosti reported that the Russian Foreign Ministry was shocked by comments from the US ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, who accused the Russian leadership of being split over the Iranian nuclear issue.
  • Nora Boustany, The Washington Post reported on the famous Iranian poet Simin Behbahani and her support for human rights in Iran describing her as a Poet Who 'Never Sold Her Pen or Soul.'
  • Kenneth R. Timmerman, News Max reported that a magistrate judge in the District Court of Washington, D.C. has dismissed a lawsuit by the survivors and families of victims of the June 25, 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, that sought millions of dollars in damages against the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
  • Rooz Online reported on the absurd praise of Ahmadinejad by some in Iran.
  • The Guardian published a movie review of "Offside" a football comedy about Iranian female football fans.
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