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Iran Newslinks 28 May, 2009
Last Updated: Saturday, May 30, 2009 9:13

Blast at mosque in Iran’s Zahedan kills 30: report
Reuters – USA
Iran is preparing for a presidential election on June 12, in which President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is seeking a second term and faces three challengers. …
www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE54R5O320090528

Iranian Media: 20 Killed in Blast at Sh’ite Mosque in Iran
Voice of America – USA
By VOA News An Iranian news agency says 20 people have been killed and 55 others wounded in a suicide attack at a Shi’ite mosque in southeastern Iran. …
www.voanews.com/english/2009-05-28-voa48.cfm

Iran Mosque Explosion Kills 15
By The Huffington Post News Editors
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s official news agency says an explosion in a mosque has killed 15 people and wounded 50 others in southeast Iran near the Pakistani border. Thursday’s report says officials were investigating the cause of the …
www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/05/28/
iran-mosque-explosion-kil_n_208710.html

Hot Air “ Blog Archive “ Saberi describes her interrogation …
By Ed Morrissey
Saberi describes her interrogation, detention in Iran.
hotair.com/archives/2009/05/28/saberi-
describes-her-interrogation-detention-in-iran/

Is Dennis Ross Resigned to an Iran Strike? – The Plank
By tnr1.com
The New Republic has done its fair share to invent and reinvent opinion journalism in this country. And we’ve had our share of success in the blogosphere.
blogs.tnr.com/tnr/blogs/the_plank/archive/2009/05
/28/is-dennis-ross-resigned-to-an-iran-strike.aspx

Shirin Mohammadi: Public Opinion in Tehran: Can Iran’s …
By Shirin Mohammadi
The problem with boycotting Iranian elections is that it is more likely to worsen the situation, as proven by the 9th presidential elections.
www.huffingtonpost.com/shirin-mohammadi
/public-opinion-in-tehran_b_208256.html

Iran and AMIA Yet Again at Z-Word Blog
By Eamonn McDonagh
Commentary about Zionism, anti-Zionism, antisemitism and the conflict in the Middle East.
blog.z-word.com/2009/05/iran-and-amia-yet-again/

Explosion in mosque kills 15 in southeast Iran | Home Other …
TEHRAN (AP) – Iran’s official news agency says an explosion in a mosque has killed 15 people and wounded 50 others in southeast Iran near the Pakistani border.
www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=
472462&publicationSubCategoryId=200

Iran: Nelo Vingada Resigns As Persepolis Coach – Goal.com
Just hours after Persepolis of Iran lost to Uzbekistan’s Bunyodkor in front of 90000 fans at home to crash out of the Asian Champions League, the team’s Portuguese head coach, Nelo Vingada, disclosed that he had resigned prior to the …
www.goal.com/en/news/1277/west-asia/2009/05/28/
1290718/iran-nelo-vingada-resigns-as-persepolis-coach

Jihad Watch: Islamophobes bomb mosque in Iran, killing 15 — no …
By Robert
Islamophobes bomb mosque in Iran, killing 15 — no, wait… Whoever turns out really to have done this, do you think there will be worldwide protests at the desecration of the mosque? Or are such protests reserved only for when American …
www.jihadwatch.org/archives/026319.php

Trend Capital : Iran increases gasoline production
“Some six to seven million liters of gasoline per day will be added to the capacity of Iran’s refineries before the end of the year as the catalytic cracker complex at Abadan refinery will go on stream,” Iran’s Deputy Oil Minister …
capital-en.trend.az/oil/oilgas/1477693.html

Chuck Freilich: Engage Iran with a Big Stick | worldpolicy.org
I am all for engaging with Iran. In principle, negotiations are always preferable and it is certainly worth a try. But, there is a big problem. Actually, a.
worldpolicy.org/wordpress/2009/05/28/
chuck-freilich-engage-iran-with-a-big-stick/

Snuffysmith’s Blog: bitterlemons-international.org Middle East …
By Snuffysmith
If Tehran were to acquire nuclear weapons, the Arabs would feel embarrassed for having failed to achieve a balance of nuclear power with Israel while Iran had done precisely this. This would create a sense of weakness and vulnerability …
snuffysmithsblog.blogspot.com/2009/05/
bitterlemons-internationalorg-middle_28.html

RealClearPolitics – Israel’s Cuban Missile Crisis – All the Time
By Victor Davis Hanson
A recent poll revealed that a fourth of Israel’s population quite understandably might emigrate if Iran gets the bomb. And it seems likely that within a decade or two, a nuclear Iran could so demoralize the Israelis by such …
www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/05/28/
israels_cuban_missile_crisis_-_all_the_time_96702.html

Blast hits mosque in Iran’s Zahedan, 15 dead: report
Reuters – USA
Campaigning is under way in Iran ahead of the June 12 presidential election, in which President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is seeking a second term and faces three …
www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSTRE54R5O320090528

Is diplomacy with Iran futile?
Christian Science Monitor – USA
By Howard lafranchi | Staff writer NEW YORK – Ask an auditorium full of smart, informed New Yorkers if diplomacy has a prayer of ending Iran’s nuclear …
www.csmonitor.com/2009/0528/p22s01-usfp.html

Don’t let Iran cross the nuclear threshold
Christian Science Monitor – USA
By David Harris New York – While there is a broad consensus in the West that Iran should be dissuaded from pursuing its nuclear weapons program,…
www.csmonitor.com/2009/0528/p09s03-coop.html

Iran: Blast in Zahedan mosque ‘kills 15'
BBC News – UK
A blast in a mosque in south-east Iran has killed at least 15 people and wounded 50, official media report. The explosion happened in Zahedan, …
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/8072795.stm

IRAN: Despite tensions, soccer diplomacy in the works
Los Angeles Times – CA,USA
Details are contingent on how Iran’s team does in the World Cup 2010 qualifying games, but in the meantime, the nation’s soccer authorities are looking into …
latimesblogs.latimes.com/babylonbeyond/2009/05/
iran-despite-tensions-soccer-diplomacy-in-the-works.html

Global Voices Online “ Iran:Presidential campaign in photos
By Hamid Tehrani
Jomhour,an Iran based blogger, has published several photos of Mir Hussein Mousavi’s supporters’ activities in presidential campaign in Ahwaz in the southern part of Iran. Mousavi’s campaign’s colour is green. …
globalvoicesonline.org/2009/05/28/
iranpresidential-campaign-in-photos/

Ahmadinejad: ‘Iran boosts uranium enrichment capability’ | Iran… we have more than 7000 centrifuges and the West dare not threaten us,” Ahmadinejad warns.
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename
=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1243346499172

Israel Matzav: Lautenberg: US expects Israel to hit Iran if all …
By Carl in Jerusalem
Hypothetically, if Israel were able to get rid of Iran’s nuclear bomb-making capability, I’m sure that America would not send Israel a chastising e-mail message. We have to give Israel the courtesy of [allowing it to] make its own …
israelmatzav.blogspot.com/2009/05/
lautenberg-us-expects-israel-to-hit.html

Reform candidate’s wife new political star in Iran
TABRIZ, Iran — Presidential hopeful Mir Hossein Mousavi waited in the wings as his wife warmed up the crowd. Zahra Rahnavard quickly had them roaring in approval – and her husband beaming – as she ticked off her demands for women’s …
www.seattlepi.com/national/1107ap_ml
_iran_mousavis_wife.html?source=rss

Free Thought Manifesto: Netanyahu Bringing Israel Closer To War …
By theZman
The leaders of Iran and Israel escalated the verbal confrontation yesterday. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said discussions on the nuclear issue are over, which means Iran does not intend to give up enriching uranium. Netanyahu said that if …
freethoughtmanifesto.blogspot.com/2009/05/
netanyahu-bringing-israel-closer-to-war.html

Australian Parliament calls for release of seven imprisoned Baha’i …
By OEA
On May 25, 2009 the Australian House of Representatives expressed“serious concern” that the detained Baha’is have had no access to legal representation.
iran.bahai.us/2009/05/27/australian-parliament-calls-for-release
-of-seven-imprisoned-baha%E2%80%99i-leaders-in-iran/

Omid Memarian: IREX VP on the Imprisonment of Silva Haratonian …
By Omid Memarian
I spoke with IREX VP Paige Alexander on IREX’s activities in Iran and the organization’s efforts to have its employee released from an Iranian prison.
www.huffingtonpost.com/omid-memarian
/irex-vp-on-the-arrest-of_b_208465.html

The MEMRI Blog – Full Blog Entry
Syrian Reactions to Initial Contacts with Obama Administration: The U.S. has Capitulated to Syria and Iran; The Resistance, Not Obama, has Changed the World- Inquiry & Analysis- No. 506- March 29, 2009 …
www.thememriblog.org/blog_personal/en/16710.htm

Out-of-step Italy shows scant respect for the EU | Policies …
out-of-step italy shows scant respect for the eu in making overtures to iran and libya, italy is trampling agreed eu policy underfoot.
www.europeanvoice.com/article/imported/out-of-
step-italy-shows-scant-respect-for-the-eu/64984.aspx

Belmont Club “ Linkages
By Richard Fernandez
The destroyed installation was a virtual clone of North Korea’s Yongbyon plutonium production facility. … the main reason it makes sense to assume that Iran and North Korea coordinated their tests is because North Korea has played a …
pajamasmedia.com/richardfernandez/2009/05/28/linkages/

Israel threatening Iran with ‘nukes’
By admin
As Israel remains adamant on blemishing the prospects of Iran-US dialogue and coaxing the White House into a war, Israel’s military Chief of Staff says the regime is ready to use all options against Iran.
www.prisonplanet.com/israel-threatening-iran-with-nukes.html

Israel Matzav: Could today be the day that Iran gets smacked?
By Carl in Jerusalem
Could today be the day that Iran gets smacked? Remember this joke about Clinton and Saddam Hussein? President Clinton visits Saddam Hussein to talk about the UNSCOM inspections in Iraq. As he sits down he sees three buttons in the …
israelmatzav.blogspot.com/2009/05/
could-today-be-day-that-iran-gets.html

Congressman Frank Wolf urges Obama administration to make human …
By OEA
Rep. Frank Wolf of Virginia expressed concern that seven Baha’i leaders who have been in prison for more than a year may face death on charges of spreading.
iran.bahai.us/2009/05/27/congressman-frank-wolf-urges-obama
-administration-to-make-human-rights-a-key-component-of-
dialogue-with-iran/

Faultline USA: Is the Obama Regime Content with an Iranian “A” Bomb?
By Longstreet
And after the head of the CIA, Leon Panetta, flew (secretly) to Israel recently to read the riot act to Israel in an attempt to scare Israel into stopping their planned raid on Iran’s nuclear facilities, it is apparent that Obama is …
faultlineusa.blogspot.com/2009/05/is-
obama-regime-content-with-iranian.html

Israpundit “ Blog Archive “ Obama’s House of Fallen Cards.
By Ted Belman
Iranian sources report that circles in the US administration have begun to entertain serious doubts about the wisdom of entering into negotiations with Iran after its government deceived the secret US envoys acting for the release of US …
www.israpundit.com/2008/?p=13726

Will Netanyahu Give Up Settlements to Gain Support Against Iran …
By Jerrold Kessel and Pierre Klochendler
Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, say his political allies and opponents alike, is totally immersed in the “specter of an Iran with a bomb.” His view is apocalyptic, they say, fear that the Jewish people in their state would …
original.antiwar.com/kessel-klohendler/2009/05/27/will-
netanyahu-give-up-settlements-to-gain-support-against-iran/

In Iran’s Version of Democracy, West Remains Whipping Boy: Die …
By WILLIAM KERN
Offering another glimpse inside Iran, this time of the presidential campaign and some of the lesser-known presidential candidates is Dr. Wahied Wahdat-Hagh, a researcher for the European Foundation for Democracy and writer for the …
themoderatevoice.com/33445/in-irans-version-of-
democracy-west-remains-whipping-boy-die-welt-germany/

The Ministers of Energy of Turkey, Syria and Iran will discuss the …
The Ministers of Electricity and Energy of Turkey, Syria and Iran will discuss with the Iraqi Minister of Electricity Karim Wahid next Wednesday in Baghdad, the ways to enhance cooperation in the field of generation and transmission of …
www.iraqdirectory.com/DisplayNews.aspx?id=9403

Israel Matzav: Nu, nu North Korea
By Carl in Jerusalem
Iran’s own statements are far more troubling than those of North Korea, if only because Iran repeatedly calls for genocide of entire populations– destroying Israel and seeking regional domination in the name of religious devotion. …
israelmatzav.blogspot.com/2009/05/nu-nu-north-korea.html

LobeLog.com “ Blog Archive “ More on Amalek
By admin
Finally, Goldberg prefaces his attack on Zakaria with the disclaimer that“I write this — I feel a need these days to make this point over and over again — as someone opposed to a military strike on Iran, either by the U.S. or Israel, …
www.ips.org/blog/jimlobe/?p=253

Iran urges citizens to vote
Los Angeles Times – CA,USA
In Iran, the government itself rallies voters to the polls. Khamenei has long placed huge stock on voter participation as a validation of the Islamic …
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg
-iran-elections28-2009may28,0,3190760.story

A Blog For All: North Korea’s Bellicosity Increases; Iran Watches …
By lawhawk
And while North Korea continues its saber rattling, Iran watches as its own nuclear program continues churning out enriched uranium that with time will be sufficient for nuclear weapons. Iran’s own statements are far more troubling than …
lawhawk.blogspot.com/2009/05/north
-koreas-bellicosity-increases-iran.html

Iran in the Crosshairs “ P U L S E
By Jasmin Ramsey
While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other factions of his government continue their violent, inflammatory rhetoric against Iran, some interesting articles are appearing in mainstream publications providing evidence-based …
pulsemedia.org/2009/05/27/iran-in-the-crosshairs/

Germany seeks Iran’s help for restoring peace in Afghanistan …
By SindhToday
Berlin, May 28 (IANS) German Defence Minister Franz Josef Jung said Iran has an important role to play in Afghanistan as the global community look for ways to stabilise the worsening security situation in that country.
www.sindhtoday.net/news/1/14699.htm

ANTIWAR.COM: Smarter Iran Policy Begins With New Attitude “ The …
By sfcg
This article examines relations between the U.S. and Iran and proposes recommendations for possible ways forward. It is an updated version of William deB. Mills, “Managing the Iranian Challenge,” (Washington, D.C.: Foreign Policy in …
sfcg.wordpress.com/2009/05/27/antiwar-com-
smarter-iran-policy-begins-with-new-attitude/

CHN | News
The event will be organized by the Center for Media and Film Studies at SOAS (the School of Oriental and African Studies in London) in a joint effort with Iran+s Cultural Center in London. your opinion about this news…
www.chnpress.com/news/?section=2&id=8548

Can North Korean Nukes Rattle Global Markets?
Still, what global traders failed to recognize, is that North Korea and Iran are closely and secretly coordinating their nuclear weapons programs. Most of the missile guidance technology in Iran ‘s long-range Seijl-2 surface missile, …
news.goldseek.com/GoldSeek/1243451951.php

The Hays Daily News
The Islamic regime in power in Iran views Baha’is as heretics, said Marilyn Ray, a member of the Baha’is of Hays, who met Sabeti earlier this month and invited him to her home as a guest to meet other local followers. …
www.hdnews.net/Story/bahai052709

The Herald | HeraldOnline.com – Afghan gov’t destroys books it …
The Afghan government quietly dumped more than 1000 Shiite texts and other books from Iran into a river after a local governor complained that their content insulted the country’s Sunni majority.
www.heraldonline.com/wire/world/story/1368180.html

Saberi Thanks Clinton for Support – The Lede Blog – NYTimes.com
By By Robert Mackey
In brief remarks at the State Department in Washington on Wednesday, Roxana Saberi, the American journalist who was detained in Iran for more than three months, thanked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama for …
thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/05
/27/saberi-thanks-clinton-for-support/

Israel fears a nuclear Iran
San Francisco Chronicle – CA, USA
But give Iran a bomb or two and it will be able to guarantee Hezbollah and Hamas – or a coalition of Muslim states – a secure fallback position if they …
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f
=/c/a/2009/05/27/EDVG17RTV1.DTL

Lessons for our stance with Iran
Boston Globe – United States
Soft talk and extending a friendly hand have not worked with North Korea, and nobody should expect that the same approach can work miracles with Iran. …
www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/letters/
articles/2009/05/28/lessons_for_our_stance_with_iran

Dennis Ross vs. Obama: No link between Iran, Mideast peace …
By arabist
Sabotage: “Dennis Ross, the U.S. Secretary of State’s special adviser on Iran, says in a new book that the United States will not make progress toward peace in the Middle East with the Obama administration’s new plan.…
arabist.net/archives/2009/05/27/dennis-ross-vs-
obama-no-link-between-iran-mideast-peace-haaretz-israel-news/

Pakistan And Iran Ink Pipeline Deal Without India
Pakistan and Iran have signed the ambitious gas pipeline agreement without India.
www.india-server.com/news/pakistan
-and-iran-ink-pipeline-deal-7360.html

MichaelMoore.com : Report Questions Conventional Wisdom About …
The study also questions conventional wisdom about Iran’s military capabilities. Iranian leaders have created a multilayered military, in part because of a relatively weak army “mired down in conventional doctrine because of …
www.michaelmoore.com/words/latestnews/index.php?id=13956

Foreign Policy In Focus | Lessons from Moscow and Tehran
By Benjamin Tua
His recently published Persian Dreams: Moscow and Tehran Since the Fall of the Shah (Potomac Books) is a major contribution to our understanding of the contemporary relationship between Russia and the Islamic Republic of Iran. …
fpif.org/fpiftxt/6147

Afghan Anti-Sunni Books Destroyed
By The Huffington Post News Editors
KABUL — The Afghan government quietly dumped more than 1000 Shiite texts and other books from Iran into a river after a local governor complained that their content insulted the country’s Sunni majority. The move appeared to be an …
www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/05/27/
afghan-anti-sunni-books-d_n_208262.html

Strip away the smiles from the Obama-Bibi press conference and we …
What emerged from the meeting is that Obama’s priorities regarding Iran , Israel and the Arab world are diametrically opposed to Israel ‘s priorities. During his ad-hoc press conference with Netanyahu, Obama made clear that he will not …
www.islamiswar.org/strip-away-smiles-obama-bibi-press
-conference-and-we-are-left-obsessive-delusional-behavior

Can we see the world as others do? | Stephen M. Walt
By Stephen M. Walt
A bit of empathy won’t resolve these issues, of course, but it might help us reject the fervent threat-mongering that drove us to launch a foolish war in Iraq and has led others to favor a similar approach to Iran. …
walt.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2009/05
/27/empathy_and_international_affairs

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