Thursday, August 03, 2006

Friday's Daily Briefing on Iran

DoctorZin reports, 8.4.2006:

Ahmadinejad: The main solution to the Middle East is to destroy Israel.
  • reported that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday the solution to the Middle East crisis is to destroy Israel. "Although the main solution is for the elimination of the Zionist regime, at this stage an immediate cease-fire must be implemented."
  • Reuters reported that Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other leaders from the Islamic world demanded a halt on Thursday to Israeli attacks on Lebanon and Gaza.
  • Dow Jones Newswires reported that France's foreign minister condemned Iran's call to destroy Israel, saying Iran is ruining its chances to play a positive and stabilizing role in the Middle East.
More reports on the murder of student activist Mohammadi in Evin prison.
  • Rooz Online reported more on the death of Akbar Mohammadi when his father, who has another son (Manoutchehr Mohammadi) behind bars as well, told Radio Farda that he had heard from other prisoners that prison guards had tried to beat Akbar out of his hunger strike.
  • Eli Lake, The New York Sun reported that the younger sister of Iranian student activist Akbar Mohammadi says her brother was tortured and then murdered at Iran's Evin's prison this past weekend. "I received two phone calls on Sunday from fellow inmates who told me,Akbar was poisoned.'"
S Korean report: Iran and North Korea working jointly on missile technology.
  • reported that a South Korean state-run think tank said North Korea has been working closely with Iran to develop its long-range ballistic missiles, possibly using Chinese technology.
What really happened at Qana.
  • David Warren, Real Clear Politics asked what happened to all the coverage from Qana? As usual, when the "liberal" media begin to realize they've been had, the story disappears. But it is never properly corrected. An examination of the underreported aspects of the story. A must read.
Russia warns Iran to suspend uranium enrichment.
  • Fox News reported that Russia said that Iran must respect an Aug. 31 deadline set by the U.N. Security Council for it to suspend uranium enrichment in order to avoid further steps against it.
Here are a few other news items you may have missed.
  • Reuters reported that India and Pakistan were offering to pay only half the amount for Iranian gas that Tehran was seeking as part of efforts to agree a pipeline deal.
  • Rooz Online reported that the office of Amir Kabir University's student association was demolished in the presence of management and faculty members and with the approval and support of Dr. Rahaiee, the chancellor of the University.