Saturday, July 01, 2006

Sunday's Daily Briefing on Iran

DoctorZin reports, 7.2.2006:

Iranian rebels blow up railway line.
  • Reuters reported that suspected tribal militants, fighting for greater political and economic autonomy, blew up a railway line linking southwestern Pakistan to Iran early on Saturday.
  • Middle East Newsline reported that Iran was said to have been besieged by unrest. Iranian opposition sources reported a sharp increase in civil unrest throughout the country.
Syria detains Iranian rebels.
  • Kuwait Times reported that a human rights group said Syria detained several leading Iranian Arab rebel leaders yesterday. The human rights group fear they will send them back to Iran.
G8 fear Iran will not give a yes or no answer.
  • CBS News reported that now that the G-8 have given Iran a July 5th deadline for a response to its nuclear proposal there is fear that Iran attempt to accept part of the package but reject other parts.
  • News 24 reported that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said Tehran will continue its uranium enrichment program, saying: "The Iranian government and the people have decided, and without any doubt with dignity and glory we will pass this phase."
30,000 MEK rally in Paris?
  • Reuters reported that as many as 30,000 Iranian exiles affiliated with the NCRI/MEK rallied near Paris on Saturday, calling on Western powers to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb and urging democratic change in Tehran. The NCRI/MEK is considered a terrorist group by the US government.
Here are a few other news items you may have missed.
  • Amnesty International claimed that Sayed Ali Akbar Mousavi-Kho’ini is a prisoner of conscience in Iran. Sayed is a former student leader and former member of the Islamic Consultative Assembly, the Majles (Iran’s parliament) who was reportedly arrested during a peaceful demonstration in the capital, Tehran.
  • The Jerusalem Post reported that the presidents of Iran and Venezuela took advantage of a summit of African leaders Saturday to declare solidarity with the impoverished continent and to lash out at the West.
  • American Enterprise Institute hosted a panel discussion with Michael Connell, Danielle Pletka, and AEI scholars Nicholas Eberstadt, Michael Rubin, and Gary Schmitt to discuss the U.S. offer to join Britain, France, and Germany in meeting with Iranian representatives if Iran suspended uranium enrichment. A video.
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