Thursday's Daily Briefing on Iran
DoctorZin reports, 6.15.2006:
Shiite Iraq's attacked Iranian Consulate in Basra.
- Yahoo News reported that about 500 followers of a Shiite cleric attacked the Iranian consulate in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on Wednesday, throwing stones and setting fire to a building in the diplomatic complex. Photos.
- IranMania reported that Iran is no longer interested in direct talks with the United States over the situation in Iraq.
- IranMania reported that Iran insisted it has not been given a deadline to reply to an international proposal aimed at ending a crisis over the Islamic republic's nuclear program.
- Bloomberg reported that the U.S. has again rejected an offer from Iran to limit the scale of its uranium enrichment. U.S. Ambassador Greg Schulte added: "Iran has a clear choice, a positive path that brings real benefits and long-term security to the Iranian people."
- Newsweek reported that Mideastern leaders are afraid that Tehran has sophisticated designs for the area from the gulf to the Mediterranean starting with the fear of an Iranian annexation of Iraq. Washington cannot afford to ignore this Iranophobia.
- Rooz Online reported on the new tactics the regime employed in putting down the recent women's rights demonstration in Tehran.
- Rooz Online reported that while ultra-conservative cleric ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi has refrained from distancing himself from his associates who last week physically and violently disrupted ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani’s public talk in the city of Qom, this radical cleric may end up denounced by the regime and eventually pushed into forced exile.
- Michael Ledeen, National Review Online reported that the mullahs have had a lot of bad news in recent days — news with a particularly sinister aura, in fact. So sinister that they must be asking themselves what they have done to incur the Divine wrath.
- Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review Online discussed the US offer of direct talks with Iran and the confusion it is causing among the Iranian opposition movement who fear President Bush may be selling them out for a nuclear deal.
- Michael Rubin, The Weekly Standard reported on "the Bush policy on Iran" and points our the many parallels with Clinton's failed approach to North Korea.
- Rooz Online reported on the coming "compromise" or "big battle" between the US and the Iranian regime. A must read.
- Arab News reported that Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called for “strategic cooperation” with Saudi Arabia after a meeting with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal.
- DoctorZin appeared on the John Batchelor Show last night.