Friday, September 08, 2006

Saturday's Daily Briefing on Iran

DoctorZin reports, 9.9.2006:

Thousands to protest Ahmadinejad in NYC - September 19th.
  • Eli Lake, The New York Sun reported that when Iran's president addresses the U.N. General Assembly later this month, he will not be treated to a one-on-one debate with President Bush, as he has requested, but will be met by a crowd of thousands of protesters.
Perm5+1 Nations meet on Iran.
  • Deutsche Welle reported that the six world powers meeting in Berlin discussed "the next steps in the Security Council," a senior European diplomat said in a clear allusion to possible sanctions against Iran, but there was little sign the powers agreed on what to do.
  • YNet News reported that a high-ranking Russian source on Friday said Moscow would stop building Iran's first atomic power reactor if the Islamic Republic expelled UN nuclear inspectors.
  • YNet News reported that Italian Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alema demanded Friday that Iran respond to the international community‚Äôs plea to halt uranium enrichment by Saturday.
Another under-reported Iran/Iraqi border clash.
  • Reuters reported that Iraqi border guards accused Iran on Friday of shelling their territory and taking six soldiers prisoner after a clash on the border northeast of Baghdad.
Are British Muslims angry over Blair's foreign policy?
  • Amir Taheri, Asharq Alawsat examined the popular assertion that "the British Muslim community" is "seething with anger" against Blair, because of his foreign policy.
Here are a few other news items you may have missed.
  • National Review Online reported on the growing calls to save the lives of Iranian women Nazanin Fatehi, Malak Ghorbany, and many others just like them.
  • Amnesty International expressed its deep concern at the death of political prisoner Valiollah Feyz Mahdavi in Gohar Dasht Prison near Tehran. The death in custody is the second to occur in Iranian prisons in recent weeks.
  • The People's Cube published a bit of satire: Khatami In Harvard - Mullahs and Liberals Not That Different!