Archive | March, 2010

ABC EXCLUSIVE: Iran Nuclear Scientist Defects to U.S. In CIA ‘Intelligence Coup’

(ABC News) | March 30, 2010 By MATTHEW COLE Shahram Amiri Disappeared Last June in Saudi Arabia, Reportedly Now Resettled in the United States An award-winning Iranian nuclear scientist, who disappeared last year under mysterious circumstances, has defected to the CIA and been resettled in the United States, according to people briefed on the operation [...]

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Letter by Saeed Malekpour: A Shocking Account of Torture, Interrogation & Forced Confessions

(Reporters and Human Rights Activists if Iran) | March 27, 2010 My name is Saeed Malekpour. I was arrested on October 4th, 2008, near Vanak Square (in northern Tehran) by plainclothes agents who did not present an arrest warrant or identification. Malekpour was born in May 1975. He graduated from Sharif University of Technology with [...]

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Agencies Suspect Iran Is Planning New Atomic Sites

Six months after the revelation of a secret nuclear enrichment site in Iran, international inspectors and Western intelligence agencies say they suspect that Tehran is preparing to build more sites in defiance of United Nations demands.

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Israel could use tactical nukes on Iran: thinktank

Deeply concerned as it is by the risk of a nuclear-armed Iran, Israel has never even hinted at using atomic weapons to forestall the perceived threat. But now a respected Washington think tank has said that low-radioactive yield “tactical” nuclear warheads would be one way for the Israelis to destroy Iranian uranium enrichment plants in remote, dug-in fortifications.

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For Your Weekend Viewing Pleasure

(Pedestrian Blog) | March 26, 2010 I’ve been meaning to post this for some time now. BaroBax is one of Iran’s most famous bands right now (their site needs some English editing, calling them “an alternative video and music producer”) …And irrespective of how you feel about their music, they are part of the crowd [...]

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Iran’s Revolutionary Guards behind recent arrest of activists

(Radio Zamaaneh) | March 25, 2010 Human Rights Activists in Iran claims that the “plot against human rights activists in Iran is being carried out by the Revolutionary Guards Corps.” The human rights group contends that the activists are being arrested and transferred to Evin Prison from all over the country and their files are [...]

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Iran’s ordinary post-election detainees reach out for help

(Radio Zamaaneh) | March 25, 2010 A group of post-election detainees issued a letter to draw public attention to the ordeal of ordinary post-election prisoners who do not have the support and advocacy that is naturally given to prominent faces amongst the detainees. In the letter, they state that for the mere crimes of “receiving [...]

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The Good Ayatollah

(Foreign Policy) | March 26, 2010 Why my former cellmate’s legacy will live on. BY ABBAS MILANI If 2010 turns out to be the beginning of the end of the Islamic Republic of Iran, it may well be because of the death of one of the regime’s founders, a man I met three decades ago [...]

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West softens proposed Iran sanctions

(Los Angeles Times) | March 26, 2010 The new tack by U.S. and Europe is an effort to win the support of Russia and China and gain broad international backing. By Paul Richter and Megan K. Stack Reporting from Washington and Moscow – U.S. and European officials considering new sanctions against Iran have decided to [...]

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US softens Iran sanctions plan to win support:

The United States has stepped back from a series of harsh measures against Iran and softened proposed UN sanctions to win the backing of China and Russia, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

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Regime Hoarding Gasoline, Reducing Consumption in Anticipation of US Sanctions

Gasoline Near Top of Iran’s Imports List: 150 Percent Increase in Gasoline Imports – Regime Hoarding Gasoline, Reducing Consumption in Anticipation of US Sanctions

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Rafsanjani grandson arrested after return to Iran

(Radio Zamaaneh) | March 22, 2010 Hassan Lahoti, the grandson of Iran’s Chairman of the Expediency Council and son of Faezeh Hashemi was arrested by Iranian authorities last night after he returned to Iran. Reformist website Jaras reports that the arrest was confirmed by the Hashemi Rafsanjani family. Hassan Lahoti is currently studying in Britain [...]

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EU to act against Iran’s satellite jamming efforts

((Radio Zamaaneh) | March 22, 2010 European Union members have agreed to act in unison against Iran’s jamming of satellite broadcasts and internet controls. In the meeting today in Belgium, the European Union “calls on the Iranian authorities to stop the jamming of satellite broadcasting and Internet censorship and to put an end to this [...]

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Iran: View from Tehran “Changes within the System are Impossible”

(Enduring America) | March 22, 2010 Scott Lucas A reliable EA source passes on these insights from a well-placed contact: Today an Iranian friend called. According to him, the Government did effectively scare the people by killing and arresting them and relentlessly summoning political activists or journalists to court. It also is promoting itself through intense propaganda. Oppositional administrative structures [...]

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Fundamentalist Calls To Ignore Norouz Go Unheard In Iran, Afghanistan

(RFE/RL) | March 21, 2010 By Abbas Djavadi Maryam had invited her two daughters and their husbands and grandchildren for Norouz, the New Year’s feast, to her home in western Tehran when I called her on Saturday. It was after 9:02 p.m. when “tahvil,” the change from the old to the new year, 1389 after [...]

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VIDEO: Nowruz In Shiraz (Hafezieh)

The following videos were filmed on March 20, during Persian New Year celebrations in Shiraz, at the Hafezieh shrine, dedicated to the famed and loved Persian poet, Hafez. Since Khamenei declared a fatwa against Chahar Shanbe Soori (the Iranian Fire Festival and start of the new year festivities) the people have boldly defied the regime’s [...]

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A Brave New Documentary by NBC News – #TwitterDiplomacy: The Making of a Nuclear Deal (Preview)

A brave new documentary by the fantastic team at NBC News. Here is a preview posted to YouTube by Ann [...]...

Twitter Founder Jack Dorsey and Iran President Hassan Rouhani Exchange Tweets on Net Freedom in Iran

Twitter has completely changed the way people of influence communicate with each and with their audiences, in conversations that take [...]...

How Diplomacy with Iran will Improve Iran’s Human Rights Situation

The possible diplomacy of a moderate president like Rouhani can be a catalyst for human rights and systematic change, but it cannot be do...

Journalist yells “Remember, Mousavi must be present!” at President-Elect Rouhani live press conference

It was bound to happen. President-elect Dr. Hassan Rouhani ran on a campaign of hope and prudence, and on June [...]...

Exclusive: Iran News Now’s Conversation with Dr. Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s New President: “Govt of hope and prudence seeks to eliminate gaps between our people, create conditions for improved atmosphere”

Dr. Hassan Rouhani has just officially won the 2013 Iran presidential election. He is now officially President Hassan Rouhani of [...]...

Live-blog: Iran Election 2013 – Voting Day, Round One. Will it be a “Political Epic”?

This is a live-blog covering the first day of the 2013 Iran Presidential Election. We will provide coverage throughout the [...]...