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Iran Newslinks 15 January 2008
Last Updated: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 10:37

What America Must Do : TRAVEL TO IRAN
By Naxal Watch(Naxal Watch)
I think that the importance of this debate is not to discuss the technical issues, but rather to use the technical issues as a platform to a higher plane of strategizing about Iran. I’m not an American and I can only say so much being a …

US using new ways to pressure Iran
However close the “Filipino Monkey” came to starting an international incident between the US and Iran, Bush administration officials are signaling that they will continue to put pressure on the rogue country. …

Bush ‘disowns’ intelligence estimate on Iran
By Steve Benen
Most of the world experienced a collective sigh of relief recently when the Bush administration released the conclusions of a National Intelligence Estimate on Iran, and the collective judgment of US intelligence officials is that Iran …

Iran News Round Up
(Thanks to Ali Alfoneh for his assistance in compiling) Politics: General Tabnak supports Ahmadinejad’s trip to Sari in northern Iran, one of the hardest hit towns by cold and natural gas shortage. o To show solidarity, Minister of Oil …

Questions, Tensions Linger Over US-Iran Faceoff at Sea
As President Bush continues to issue stern warnings to Iran about its current threat level on the world stage, some key questions still persist about the alleged confrontation between American and Iranian ships in the Strait of Hormuz …

By Brian O’Neill
There are surely many factors to Iran wanting to be a major player in the Gulf, and for its support for Hezbollah, Hamas, Syria et al, but when planning policy toward Iran it is important to remember that one of its motivations is …

Iran still stoning women to death
By franklittle
Stunned to hear people being interviewed on Matt Cooper’s Last Word this evening about the practice of stoning, which is turns out is still alive and well in Iran. Amnesty International has just published a report highlighting the cases …

Turkmenistan/Iran: Good Relations Take Turn For The Worse
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty – Prague,Czech Republic
By Bruce Pannier At least, that’s how Turkmen media portrayed a Tehran meeting last year between President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov and his Iranian …

Iran: Child Offenders Face ‘Imminent Execution’ On Death Row
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty – Prague,Czech Republic
Human rights activists in Iran are expressing concern over the fate of several child offenders who have been sentenced to death. …

Bush Disowns Iran NIE
By Irancove
In public, President Bush has been careful to reassure Israel and other allies that he still sees Iran as a threat, while not disavowing his administration’s recent National Intelligence Estimate. That NIE, made public Dec. …

Iran: Bush must apologize for damage his policy caused to Mid-East
By Robert
Chutzpah Alert: “Iran: Bush must apologize for damage his policy caused to Mid-East,” from Ynet News (thanks to Sr. Soph):. Iranian government spokesman, Gholam-Hossein Elham, said Tuesday in reference to US President George Bush’s …

Green light to bomb Iran?
By Sisyphus(Sisyphus)
So far he has been urging Arab governments to take a stronger stance against Iran. By and large the surrounding Arab governments see Iran as a problem to be managed – not solved. They have seen how the United States “solved” the problem …

UPDATE 1-Iran says Turkmen move to cut gas “immoral”
Reuters UK – UK
TEHRAN, Jan 15 (Reuters) – An senior Iranian official said Turkmenistan was“immoral” to halt gas exports to Iran in the depths of a very cold winter in a …

Amnesty demands Iran ends ‘grotesque’ stoning executions
Guardian Unlimited – UK
Iran was urged today to abolish immediately executions by stoning, described by Amnesty International as a “grotesque and horrific” form of punishment. …,,2241122,00.html

Oil higher above 93 usd mark on Iran and Nigeria tensions in tight … – USA
14, 2008 (Thomson Financial delivered by Newstex) — Oil continued to trade up above the 93 usd mark, as heightened geopolitical tensions in Iran and…

Iran: what doesn’t kill you makes you weaker
By Riemer Brouwer(Riemer Brouwer)
Ever since the CIA concluded that Iran has stopped its nuclear weapon program, analysts have feared that this would make the country stronger. In an interesting article in the IHT of last week, Nazila Fathi argues the exact opposite: …

Bush warns Iran not to be provocative in Gulf
Reuters South Africa – Johannesburg,South Africa
RIYADH (Reuters) – US President George W. Bush warned on Tuesday that he would hold Iran responsible if it hit American ships and warned the Islamic…

Amnesty International Calls Iran’s Practice of Stoning a Cruel and …
By Orikinla Osinachi.(Orikinla Osinachi.)
As nine women and two men in Iran wait to be stoned to death, Amnesty International today called on the Iranian authorities to abolish execution by stoning and impose an immediate moratorium on this horrific practice, …

Iranian traders in Dubai find Bush’s rhetoric is bad for business
Globe and Mail – Canada
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES — Every morning at Dubai’s bustling port, sweaty workers load crates of dusty goods onto wooden dhows bound for Iran,…

Gulf allies turn their backs on Bush
Asia Times Online – Kowloon,Hong Kong
Instead, Bush has lashed out at Iran during the various halts of his ongoing seven-nation Middle East tour. But here, again, there has been a problem. …

Iran to file court protest over Turkmen gas cut
TEHRAN (AFP) — A senior Iranian MP on Tuesday said the Islamic republic is going to file an official complaint against Turkmenistan in court for cutting gas …

Zimbabwe: Iran, US – Who’s Threatening Whom? – Washington,USA
IT is very likely that a Pentagon video showing Iranian patrol boats confronting three US warships in the Strait of Hormuz was deliberately embellished to …

Iran urged to prohibit execution by stoning
Toronto Star – Ontario, Canada
This is death by stoning in Iran, a deliberately slow, agonizing and primitive practice that was suspended by the country’s judicial authorities, …

Iran says Turkmen move to cut gas “immoral”
Reuters UK – UK
TEHRAN, Jan 15 (Reuters) – An Iranian official said Turkmenistan was“immoral” to halt gas exports to Iran in the depths of an unusually cold winter in its …

US fails to isolate Iran from Arabs – Qatar
George Bush, the US president, has urged Arab states to think of Iran as the greatest threat to their security, but his warnings are likely to fall on deaf …

Iran Daily Opinion Service 15 January
By Michael Veiluva
The press was abuzz with the apparent fizzling of President Bush’s auto da fe to the Middle East last week to assemble an anti-Iran coalition. The trip began on the heels of what was billed as a major confrontation between the US Navy …

Oil steady after jump on Nigeria, Iran, weak dollar
Reuters South Africa – Johannesburg,South Africa
Similar fears of supply disruptions from Iran, the fourth largest crude oil exporter, rose again after US President George Bush accused Iran of threatening …

Amnesty International Calls Iran’s Practice of Stoning a Cruel and …
WASHINGTON, Jan 14, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ — As nine women and two men in Iran wait to be stoned to death, Amnesty International today …

Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran
By JamieSW
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has again threatened Iran with military attack, affirming on Monday that Israel is “ruling out no options” in preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. “Anything that can prevent the …

Iran Issue Looms Over Bush’s Persian Gulf Trip
U.S. News & World Report – Washington,DC,USA
Though concern about Tehran’s nuclear efforts and its support for radical groups is widely held, the president is finding his hard-nosed strategy on Iran …

Bush uses Abu Dhabi speech to escalate threats against Iran
Tehran Times – Iran
By Joe Kay US President George Bush has used his trip through the Middle East to escalate his warmongering threats against Iran. Speaking at numerous stops …

Gulf Prankster at Issue in Iran Dispute
The Associated Press –
But now the phantom voice has taken center stage in the latest flurry of claims and counterclaims between Iran and the United States following a tense high …

Oil rises on US-Iran tensions, weaker dollar
Guardian Unlimited – UK
By Matthew Robinson NEW YORK, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Oil rose more than $1 on Monday as the dollar slipped and tensions between the United States and Iran …

Squandered oil bonanza may bring down Iranian President
Times Online – UK
Oil at nearly $100 a barrel cannot keep Mahmoud Ahmadinejad safe in the presidency of Iran for ever. Finally, it seems as if his breathtaking economic …


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