Saturday, September 02, 2006

Sunday's Daily Briefing on Iran

DoctorZin reports, 9.3.2006:

The EU gives Iran two more weeks.
  • CNN News reported that European Union foreign ministers agreed on Saturday to give Iran two more weeks to clarify its stance on halting sensitive nuclear work.
  • DW-World reported that Germany urged Iran Saturday to send a signal that it is serious about talks on its suspending some nuclear activities. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said: "We don't want to slam the door but we need a signal from Iran that it is ready to move in our direction."
  • EU Observer reported that a number of EU member states are growing impatient with the secretive handling of the Iran issue by foreign policy chief Javier Solana and the EU's "big three."
Khatami refuses to take questions in Chicago.
  • The Chicago Tribune reported on the first speech on American soil by a high-ranking Iranian official in three decades, former President Mohammed Khatami. But neither Khatami nor his aides took questions from the audience or the media. But he was well received by the Muslim convention he spoke to.
Ahmadinejad know how to play the Western media. But...
  • The Financial Times reported that when Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad spiced up a press conference this week by challenging George W. Bush to a live television debate he displayed a keen grasp of American-style politics. But a diplomat said "If he doesn't answer questions, and it's shown live on TV anyway, what's the point?" The local Iranian journalists put him on the hot seat.
Israel preparing for a major war with Iran and Syria.
  • The Sunday Times reported that Israel is preparing for a possible war with both Iran and Syria, according to Israeli political and military sources. The conflict with Hezbollah has led to a strategic rethink in Israel. A key conclusion is that too much attention has been paid to Palestinian militants in Gaza and the West Bank instead of the two biggest state sponsors of terrorism in the region, who pose a far greater danger.
Annan: Iran offers full cooperation in Lebanon truce.
  • YNet News reported that Iran’s Foreign Minister offered UN Secretary General Kofi Annan his country’s full cooperation over a Security Council resolution on the truce between Israel and Hezbullah.
  • Ali Afshari and Akbar Atri, The Wall Street Journal suggested that when UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is visiting Iran he should place the issue of human rights as the top priority on his agenda, civil and human rights are in dire need of the secretary-general's attention.
But Iranians are furious over the regime's cash handouts to the Lebanese.
  • Time reported that when Iranians watched on their illegal satellite dishes Hezbollah doling out thick stacks of cash, courtesy of Iran, a majority of Iranians who are barely scraping by, such news is infuriating.
Here are a few other news items you may have missed.
  • The New York Sun reported that while the West's war on terror is going tactically well enough, with its mission to put out fires here and there before they start. But it sorely misses the larger strategy that must be implemented. Just like the war on communism, the war on terror must combine the force of arms with the power of ideas.
  • Govindini Murty, FrontPageMag, a conservative film critic reported that she attended an advance screening of ABC’s epic miniseries "The Path to 9/11" (airing this September 10-11), and came away enormously impressed.
  • reported that Iranian leaders claim they are producing heavy water to fight cancer. A great new site.