Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Thursday's Daily Briefing on Iran

DoctorZin reports, 9.21.2oo6

Ahmadinejad tells big lies but is largely unchallenged by the media.
  • MSNBC and NBC News published an interview with Ahmadinejad in which he claimed that while the US “... speak of war so easily, as if it’s on their daily agenda. We never speak of war.”
  • Los Angeles Times reported that Iran's president told the United Nations that the organization had become a tool used by the world's powerful to oppress the weak, and call.
Chavez calls Bush "the devil."
  • Drudge Report published the full text of Venezuelan President Chavez remarks at the UN General Assembly. He said of President Bush: "the devil came here yesterday. Yesterday the devil came here. Right here." [crosses himself] "And it smells of sulfur still today."
US makes more concessions to Iran.
  • The Financial Times reported that Iran’s chief nuclear security official, Ali Larijani, is expected to resume talks with the European Union’s Javier Solana next week following a concession by the US to give the process more time before pursuing a UN sanctions resolution.
Iranians losing confidence in the regime's future?
  • Rooz Online reported that one year after Mr. Ahmadinejad’s hardline government took the reigns of power no government bonds have been bought by the public.
  • Rooz Online reported that two months into the recent decree of the ‘supreme leader’ regarding privatizing of government business entities through relinquishing company stocks, official statistics indicate the plan is 94% behind schedule.
Australia considers sanctions on Iran.
  • The Age reported that Australia may consider financial sanctions against Iran even if the move does not have the backing of the United Nations.
  • The Washington Post reported that U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said that Iran was abusing the global financial system and putting its security at risk.
The House International Relations Committee passed Iran legislation.
  • US Congressman Steve King announced that the House International Relations Committee passed King’s legislation, H.Res. 942, which aims to inspire Iranians to return to their constitutional democracy. It now goes to the full House for consideration.
Here are a few other news items you may have missed.
  • Xinhua reported an Iranian Boeing 707 aircraft carrying high ranking officials was forced to land in Turkish largest city of Istanbul.
  • Rooz Online reported that tens of thousands of workers at the Alborz carpet workshops in the northern town of Babolsar held a demonstration which led to clashes with law enforcement personnel. These workers have not been paid their monthly wages for some nine months.
  • Rooz Online reported that the Islamic Republic is grading student activists in an effort to ban them from Iranian universities.
  • Rooz Online reported that conservative newspapers in Iran this week published the new accusation of the Minister of Intelligence that America is targeting journalists for its goals.
  • The Times Online reported that Iran will put the exploration of 24 oil blocks out to international tender to make them more attractive to cautious foreign investors.
  • Michael Rubin, The Wall Street Journal examined the Islamic Republic's history of official contempt for diplomatic convention.
  • Amir Taheri, Gulf News reported that Al Qaida is now seeking help from other terrorist organizations.
  • BBC News reported on Iran's growing regional influence.
  • The New York Sun reported that in what was billed as a clash at the United Nations between President Bush and President Ahmadinejad over Iran's nuclear ambitions is being at least partially upstaged by new calls for negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs.
  • Paul Nowak, Townhall published a cartoon: Mahmoud Adolfinejad, Statesman.