Sunday, July 09, 2006

Monday's Daily Briefing on Iran

DoctorZin reports, 7.10.2006:

Iran and this week's G-8 Summit in Russia.
  • Islamic Republic News Agency reported that Iran's nuclear case would top the agenda of the G-8 summit this week in St Petersburg, Russia, July 15-17.
  • The Washington Post reported that President Bush has decided to permit extensive U.S. civilian nuclear cooperation with Russia for the first time, in a move that would be worth billions of dollars to Moscow.
  • Seattle PI reported that with the uproar over North Korea's missile tests, America and its allies are concerned that all the attention could hurt their effort to curb Iran's suspect nuclear program.
  • reported that US State Department's number three diplomat Nicholas Burns said Iran "miscalculated" by trying to drive a wedge between the United States and its allies and "they're running out of options."
Reuters confirm report Iran banned IAEA Chief Inspector from Iran, but...
  • Reuters confirmed our earlier report about Iran's successful effort to ban the IAEA's Chief inspector from Iran. Interestingly, this report does not mention El Baradei's role in this.
The West's Secret war against Iran and North Korea.
  • The Times Online reported on what it called the West's 'Secret War' to keep nuclear N. Korea and Iran in check.
Ganji asks the West to join him in a hunger strike.
  • released a statement and petition in support of Iranian dissident Akbar Ganji's demand of the release of three jailed Iranian dissidents and asked for Western supporters to join him in a hunger strike (July 15-17) if the regime fails to release these prisoners.
The "18th of Tir" demonstrations.
  • DoctorZin reported that on the anniversary of the July 9th, 1999 attack by the Iranian regime on the Iranian student movement in Tehran the Iranian community failed mobilize its supporters in massive demonstrations. While there were demonstrations both inside and outside of Iran they were smaller in comparison with past years. Some argue that future demonstrations will come at a time of their own choosing.
Here are a few other news items you may have missed.
  • Dow Jones reported that recently Iran has begun spending millions of dollars a day storing unwanted crude oil on ships.
  • The Scotsman reported that Iran said that EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana was not able to answer all Iran's questions about the P5+1 proposal.