Monday, July 10, 2006

Tuesday's Daily Briefing on Iran

DoctorZin reports, 7.11.2006:

Iranian Press hides EU blacklisting of Iran.
  • Iran Focus reported that after the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution accusing Tehran of obstructing freedom of expression on the internet, the official Iranian news agency IRNA reported the EP resolution and listed all the states but one on the blacklist: Iran.
US demands an answer from Iran.
  • The Washington Times reported that Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns said of Iran: "We offered them two paths, negotiations or Security Council action... The Iranians can choose, but the time to choose has come."
  • Reuters reported that U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said "It is really time to get an authoritative answer to that proposal."
US Iran policy called "Cognitive Dissonance."
  • Reuel Marc Gerecht, American Enterprise Institute argued that the current state of America's Iran Policy would best be described as: Cognitive Dissonance. He argued the Bush administration’s Europe-centered diplomacy to derail the clerical regime’s quest for nuclear weaponry has almost no chance of success.
Three years later, calls for new trials in the murder of Kazemi.
  • News reported that Stephan Hachemi has launched a civil suit against the Iranian government and a handful of specific individuals, three years after his mother died of injuries suffered while in their custody. Hachemi says the civil lawsuit filed in Quebec is the "one recourse that we have. We were blocked. We were not allowed to take another avenue."
  • Reporters Without Borders, on the third anniversary of Canadian-Iranian photo-journalist Zahra Kazemi’s death from her injuries after being beaten while in custody in Tehran, today called for a proper trial of all those responsible involved.
Another report on the "18th of Tir" demonstrations.
  • Iran Focus reported that a large number of students from several universities in the Iranian capital staged anti-government protests July 9th, with the largest demonstrations taking place at Tehran University.
Here are a few other news items you may have missed.
  • Iran Focus reported that Khaled Mashaal, the political chief of Hamas, has left Syria, may have set up camp in Iran.
  • Chicago Sun-Times, in a commentary, argued that diplomacy's a joke to Iran, N. Korea and that it is time for sanctions.
  • Eli Lake, The New York Sun argued that El Baradei's firing of his lead Iran investigator this spring at the request of the Iranians, could have explosive consequences for America's policy.