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Iran Newslinks 7-8 April, 2009
Last Updated: Wednesday, April 8, 2009 10:28

8 April, 2009

beSpacific: NY DA Announces Indictment on Bank Fraud and Sale to …
By Sabrina I. Pacifici –
NY DA Announces Indictment on Bank Fraud and Sale to Iran of WMD Technology. News release: “Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau announced today a 118-count indictment of a Chinese citizen and his company for charges …
www.bespacific.com/mt/archives/021046.html

“ Nukes Are Necessary Disillusioned Words: atheism, art and politics
By Jeffrey Stingerstein
We have a vested interest in preventing Iran from getting nukes because of this. Furthermore, some people in Iran and Pakistan don’t much care if their country is obliterated because they are extremely religious. …
www.disillusionedwords.com/?p=1395

Iran ready to send aid to quake-hit Italy
PRESS TV – Tehran,Iran
The Islamic Republic of Iran has expressed readiness to dispatch humanitarian aid to the quake-stricken L’Aquila province of Italy. …
www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=90781&sectionid=351020101

Jailed US reporter’s dad to stay in Iran
AFP
WASHINGTON (AFP) — The father of a US reporter jailed in Tehran said he planned to stay in the Iranian capital until his daughter’s case is resolved. …
www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/
ALeqM5jfiYqKLP0aCKHQrGgCt5BxpfuRlQ

WNYC – WNYC News Blog “ Illegal Dollars Flowing Through NYC Banks …
By Sarah Kramer
Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau unsealed a sweeping 118-count indictment of a fugitive Chinese businessman, Li Fang Wei, who is illegally funneling money through New York City banks in order to sell materials to Iran that …
blogs.wnyc.org/news/2009/04/07/illegal-
dollars-flowing-through-nyc-banks-to-iran/

Newsweek’s Alter Relieved Obama’s So Beyond ‘Good Vs. Evil …
By Internet Guru
Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter hit all the expected pro-Obama marks in an interview on Monday’s night’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann on MSNBC. He disparaged.
www.businessopportunitystartup.com/blog/newsweeks-alter
-relieved-obamas-so-beyond-good-vs-evil-rhetoric-urges
-much-closer-relations-with-iran/

Israel tests system to shoot down Iranian missiles › Japan Today …
Israel has identified Iran as its biggest threat, citing the country’s nuclear program and its development of long-range ballistic missiles. Those fears have been compounded by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s repeated calls for …
www.japantoday.com/category/world/view/israel-
tests-system-to-shoot-down-iranian-missiles

Durban II Update – Anne Bayefsky – The Corner on National Review …
Iran made 13 suggestions about how the final declaration, to be adopted formally at the conference itself, could better protect human rights. And that bastion of civil rights Syria intervened to help draft a “human rights” declaration …
corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=OWFmOWR
kM2FjZjJjNjc5YTI5NjcwOGM3NzRhZGE5MDg=

Biden warns Israel off any attack on Iran
Los Angeles Times – CA,USA
Vice President Joe Biden tells CNN that the government of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would be ‘ill advised’ to try to strike Iran nuclear …
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-
biden-israel-iran8-2009apr08,0,2388127.story

Chinese Firm Indicted in Sales to Iran
Washington Post – United States
The case exposed a major gap in China’s enforcement of a web of international export controls and UN resolutions designed to prevent Iran from acquiring raw …
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/
04/07/AR2009040704010.html?hpid=sec-world

Major powers look at new ways to coax Iran
Reuters – USA
By Sue Pleming WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senior diplomats from six major powers meeting in London on Wednesday will discuss ways to entice Iran to give up …
www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSTRE5367IB20090407

Chinese Firm Indicted for Misusing Banks, Aiding Iran
Bloomberg – USA
By Karen Freifeld April 7 (Bloomberg) — A Chinese company that supplies bbanned weapons to Iran and its manager were charged with concealing the company’s …
www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=2060
1087&sid=aAavYa09vymg&refer=home

7 April, 2009

Hot Air “ Blog Archive “ Bombshell: Iran nuke plan revealed in NYC …
By Ed Morrissey
Manhattan’s District Attorney plans to unveil an indictment of a Chinese national on 118 counts relating to the transfer of technology and material for nuclear weapons to Iran. Several New York City banks unwittingly took part in the …
hotair.com/archives/2009/04/07/bombshell
-iran-nuke-plan-revealed-in-nyc-indictment/

Plot To Smuggle Nuclear Materials To Iran Smashed By Manhattan DA …
By national
Chinese financier Le Fang Wei indicted in plot to send nuclear materials to Iran. The Manhattan district attorney’s office has smashed a sinister plot to smuggle nuclear weapons materials to Iran through unwitting New York banks, …
www.nationalterroralert.com/updates/2009/04/07/plot-to-smug
gle-nuclear-materials-to-iran-smashed-by-manhattan-da-office/

New York – Runnin’ Scared – Chinese Arms Shipper to Iran Indicted …
By Rend Smith
“In June 2006, the United States Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control “anctioned LIMMT for its support of and role in the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction to Iran,” says a statement from the office of …
blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/
archives/2009/04/chinese_arms_sh.php

Plot to smuggle nuke weapons materials to Iran unearthed | Sindh Today
By Sindh Today
New York, Apr 7 (ANI): A sinister plot to smuggle nuclear weapons materials to Iran through unwitting New York banks has been unearthed by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.
www.sindhtoday.net/world/84244.htm

Newshoggers.com
By Steve Hynd
By Steve Hynd I’ve been fairly critical of President Obama’s foreign policy of late. But one point on which I will give him my unabashed support is his stated wish to move the world towards nuclear disarmament by putting America in the …
www.newshoggers.com/blog/2009/04/is-obamas
-nuke-stance-seeing-an-iran-payoff-already.html

baithak: Can Iran Change? High stakes in Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s …
By temporal
Ever since Mahmoud Ahmadinejad first ran for President of Iran, four years ago, he has shown a canny understanding of communications. He has a blog, called Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Personal Memos, in which he expounds on God, philosophy, …
baithak.blogspot.com/2009/04/can-iran
-change-high-stakes-in-mahmoud.html

RealClearMarkets – AP – Markets – Apr 07, 2009 – DA: Chinese man …
By Samuel Maull
Samuel Maull. A Chinese businessman has been indicted on charges of illegally using New York City banks to help Iran’s military agencies buy materials to make nuclear weapons, Manhattan’s chief prosecutor said Tuesday. …
www.realclearmarkets.com/news/ap/finance_business/2009/Apr
/07/da__chinese_man_plotted_to_help_iran_with_nukes.html

Biden: New Israel would be ‘ill-advised’ to attack Iran
AFP
I think he would be ill-advised to do that,” Biden said in an interview with CNN, when asked about possible Israeli strikes on Iranian nuclear sites. …
www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/
ALeqM5hiRmW6LJrSIvrbGP1dY_W2YpAaBw

Reformist Mousavi calls for detente
United Press International – USA
TEHRAN, April 7 (UPI) — The fluid foreign policy of Tehran is to blame for the variety of problems facing Iran, the Reformist presidential candidate said. …
www.upi.com/Emerging_Threats/2009/04/07/Reformist
-Mousavi-calls-for-detente/UPI-68811239134997/

Power Line – Iran Hopes for Change
By John
As we have noted several times, Iran’s leaders have consistently rebuffed Barack Obama’s friendly overtures. They have used Obama’s gestures as occasions to bash America and to demand more concrete concessions as a precondition to …
www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2009/04/023269.php

Iran Discovers 7 New Oil Fields: State Media
By The Huffington Post News Editors
Iran Discovers 7 New Oil Fields: State Media – The Huffington Post.
www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/07
/iran-discovers-7-new-oil-_n_184079.html

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita predicts Iran’s future | Video on TED.com
TED Talks Bruce Bueno de Mesquita uses mathematical analysis to predict (very often correctly) such messy human events as war, political power shifts, Intifada … After a crisp explanation of how he does it, he offers three predictions …
www.ted.com/index.php/talks/bruce_bu
eno_de_mesquita_predicts_iran_s_future.html

TED Blog: 3 predictions on the future of Iran, and the math to …
3 predictions on the future of Iran, and the math to back it up: Bruce Bueno de Mesquita on TED.com · Bruce Bueno de Mesquita uses mathematical analysis to predict (very often correctly) such messy human events as war, political power …
blog.ted.com/2009/04/3_predictions_o.php

Manhattan DA Indicts Chinese Co. Over Alleged Sale of Material to …
By Amir Efrati
The Manhattan DA’s office once again made waves in international waters with the announcement today of charges against a Chinese company and its manager for allegedly engaging in illegal financial transactions through US banks in order …
blogs.wsj.com/law/2009/04/07/manhattan-da-i
ndicts-chinese-co-over-alleged-sale-of-material-to-iran/

Nuclear News: Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant to generate …
By irene.berg@nordic.greenpeace.org
Blogging the meltdown of the nuclear industry. Latest news to counter the nuclear spin.
weblog.greenpeace.org/nuclear-reaction/2
009/04/nuclear_news_irans_bushehr_nuc_1.html

Israel points Arrow II at Iran, Syria
By admin
Israel has test fired its Arrow II ballistic missile system to be prepared to counter what it calls Iranian and Syrian missile threat.
www.prisonplanet.com/israel-points-arrow-ii-at-iran-syria.html

NY1 | 24 Hour Local News | Top Stories | Manhattan D.A. Charges …
Manhattan DA Charges Businessman With Helping Iran Get Nuclear Weapons | NY1 News is Time Warner Cable’s 24-hour newschannel in New York City, delivering breaking news and features about the five boroughs.
www.ny1.com/content/top_stories/96974/manhattan-d-a—
charges-businessman-with-helping-iran-get-nuclear-weapo
ns/Default.aspx

Indictment Says Banned Materials Sold to Iran
New York Times – United States
Many of the raw materials are specifically banned by the UN for sale to Iran, and the Iranian recipient is a recognized leader of the military’s efforts to …
www.nytimes.com/2009/04/08/nyregion/08indict.html?hp

New York Banks Unwittingly Involved in Iran Nuclear Deals — Daily …
By Chris Rovzar
A Chinese supplier accused of selling nuclear-weapon materials to Iran used“several” unwitting New York banks to finance the deals. The institutions— which were partially deceived by Lloyd’s of London, which was accused of “stripping” …
nymag.com/daily/intel/2009/04/new_york_banks_unwittingly_inv.html

A Blog For All: Iran’s New York Nuclear Connection
By lawhawk
“This case will cut off a major source of supply to Iran and it shows how they are going ahead full steam to get a nuclear bomb. Long-range missiles they pretty much have already,” a law enforcement source close to the case said. …
lawhawk.blogspot.com/2009/04/irans-new
-york-nuclear-connection.html

Wake up America: Obama To Cut Missile Defense After North Korea …
By Susan Duclos
NATO further expressed “deep concern” over the proliferation activities of both Iran and North Korea, and urged the examination of a“comprehensive missile defense architecture to extend coverage to all Allied territory and populations. …
wwwwakeupamericans-spree.blogspot.com/20
09/04/obama-to-cut-missile-defense-after.html

Op-Ed Contributor One Islamic Identity, Two Distinct Paths
New York Times – United States
That in an increasingly hostile region Iran’s lone best friend seems to be the controversial Venezuelan — even as Turkey dictates policy at NATO,…
www.nytimes.com/2009/04/08/opinion/08iht-edazimi.html

Iran Intelligence Services Now Hunting Bloggers | The Blog Herald
By Thord Daniel Hedengren
Iran Intelligence Services Now Hunting Bloggers. Filed as News on April 7, 2009 2:41 pm. by Thord Daniel Hedengren. At least that is what Reporters Without Borders thinks, as well as journalists and others that don’t play along the …
www.blogherald.com/2009/04/07/iran-i
ntelligence-services-now-hunting-bloggers/

Opinion: ‘Obama, Iran & Israel’… “ Mark Dowe’s Journal (Scotland …
By markdowe
Mixed with Netanyahu’s (new) Cabinet’s military experience, the cocktail looks lethal with Ahmadinejad looking certain to retain his position once elections in Iran are over. A close look, today, at this issue coupled with the efforts …
markdowe.wordpress.com/2009/04/07/opinion-obama-iran-israel/

Ahmadinejad: Iran Waiting for US Policy Changes | News From …
By Jason Ditz
The Obama Administration has had a remarkably changeable attitude about the prospect of diplomacy with Iran, expressing hopes for reconciliation one day and then lashing out at the Iranian government the next. Secretary of State Hillary …
news.antiwar.com/2009/04/06/ahmadinej
ad-iran-waiting-for-us-policy-changes/

`Iran threat persists` – Obama | World Military Forum – Latest …
By Mc Parry
`Iran threat persists` – Obama · Many Americans cautious in support for Afghan war · US law fights submarine-like boats hauling cocaine · North Korea rocket revives Japan pre-emptive strike talk. rss Subscribe to this author …
www.armybase.us/2009/04/iran-threat-persists-obama/

LiveLeak.com – Iran , a superpower !
In the period between 1965 to 1979 more Than 7 Air Bases, More than 10 Radar facility were Built and 750 New Air Crafts were received and maintained operational ready, more than 80000 personal were trained in Iran, USA, England, …
www.liveleak.com/view?i=226_1238961853

Get Behind The Red Line – 20 Questions Plus! : Visions of Reality …
By Elizabeth Joyce
U.S. Secretary of Defense Gates said he believed that Iran would not cross the nuclear threshold, or “red line”, this year. He estimated that it would take Tehran between one to three years to reach the point it possessed enough …
www.new-visions.com/get-behind-the-red-
line-%E2%80%93-20-questions-plus.html

The MEMRI Blog – Full Blog Entry
According to Jundallah, Sheibani reported on Iranian regime activity in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Lebanon, and disclosed the names of members of regimes of countries neighboring Iran who are collaborating with the IRGC, and of drug dealers …
www.thememriblog.org/blog_personal/en/15274.htm

Liberal Isolationism at osmoothie
By sam
On Obama’s isolationism, Republicans need to be equally outspoken and present an equally detailed plan to bar Iran’s nuclear ambitions, contain North Korea, and defend America from the missile threat. In the first volume of his history …
osmoothie.com/2009/04/06/liberal-isolationism/

Act! for America – Obama’s Faustian Bargain
It is a fair assumption that any bargain struck with Iran will not only enhance Iran’s status and the status of its Middle East proxies Hamas and Hezbollah, but will detrimentally affect Israel, Lebanon, Iraq, our interests in the …
www.actforamerica.org/index.php/home/10-
newsmaster/1045-obamas-faustian-bargain-

Holger Awakens: Israelis Successfully Test Arrow Missile Defense …
By Holger Awakens
It appears that the Israelis are staying a step ahead of the mullahs in Iran as the Israelis have successfully tested an intercept missile from their Arrow program – an Israeli aircraft fired a mock version of the Iranian Shihab missile …
holgerawakens.blogspot.com/2009/04/isra
elis-successfully-test-arrow.html

Matthew Yglesias “ Obama Open to Iranian Enrichment?
By myglesias
One key issue in the Iran policy debate concerns whether or not the United States could live with a deal wherein Iran verifiably foreswears nuclear weapons but does not foreswear uranium enrichment. Since Barack Obama won the election, …
yglesias.thinkprogress.org/archives/2009/04/
obama_open_to_iranian_enrichment.php

Israel tests anti-ballistic missile system – Kansas City Star
Israeli defense officials say the country has successfully tested an anti-missile system designed to protect the country from attack by Iran.
www.kansascity.com/451/story/1128464.html

Raising the Middle East curtain – OregonLive.com
By David Ignatius, syndicated columnist
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is preparing the stage for a broad theater of Middle East diplomacy stretching from the Palestinians to Syria to Iran. It’s a supremely ambitious agenda, and before the curtain goes up,…
www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2009/04
/raising_the_middle_east_curtai.html

The Madman of Tehran | The League of Ordinary Gentlemen
By ED Kain
But normalized relations could prevent a war between Israel and Iran (and possibly the United States, threadbare as our military may be). Nothing perfect comes from diplomacy, of course. It’s doubtful the unwinding of Iran’s many …
www.ordinary-gentlemen.com/2009/04/the-madman-of-tehran/

Israel carries out missile test: Defense Ministry
Reuters – USA
The project is jointly funded by Israel and the United States to serve as a strategic shield against ballistic missiles in the arsenals of Iran and Syria. …
www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSL749643320090407

Iranian nuke plot vaporized in the city: NY banks unwittingly …
New York Daily News – New York,NY,USA
BY Melissa Grace AP Experts say Iran is close to amassing enough nuclear material to make an atom bomb. The Manhattan district attorney’s office has smashed …
www.nydailynews.com/news/2009/04/07/2009
-04-07_iranian_nuke_plot_vaporized_in_the_city_-2.html

Iran replaces head of its largest car maker-media
Reuters – USA
TEHRAN, April 7 (Reuters) – Iran has replaced the head of partly state-owned Iran Khodro, the Middle East’s largest car maker which has a joint venture with …
uk.reuters.com/article/rbssConsumerGoods
AndRetailNews/idUKDAH73038320090407

 

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