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  1. IBDCheney: Mullahs‘ Worst Enemy
    By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Monday, July 16, 2007 4:20 PM PT
    War On Terror: Vice President Dick Cheney has the admirable gift of seeing things clearly. And these days, one of those things is Iran — a real threat that demands real action, and soon.
    A British newspaper reports that Cheney apparently has prevailed in an internal White House battle over Iran.
    According to the Guardian, Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns said at a recent White House meeting including both the Pentagon and State Department that there likely would be no diplomatic resolution of our ongoing disagreements with Iran by January 2009 — when the next president is sworn in.

  2. JNEWSWIREIran picks 600 Israeli targets to hit
    By Stan Goodenough
    If Israel or the United States goes after Iran’s nuclear program the Iranians, who have long-range surface-to-surface missiles, will attack 600 targets in little Israel.
    This warning came from diplomatic sources in Syria and were reported on israelinsider Monday.
    Analysts say it appears Iran made the threat in an attempt to stave off western attacks on its nuclear sites.
    It comes less than a week after the US pledged to reduce its naval presence in the Gulf, removing two carrier strike groups in the next few weeks and leaving only one in place by August.

    1. MORGENPOSTFundamentalisten entwickeln Computerspiel
      Teheran – Fundamentalistische Studenten im Iran haben ein neues Computerspiel präsentiert, in dem zwei iranische Atomwissenschaftler aus US-Gefangenschaft befreit werden müssen. Das Spiel „Rescue the Nuke Scientist“ (Rette den Atomwissenschaftler ) wurde von seinen Designern als Antwort auf das US-Spiel „Assault on Iran“ beschrieben. Darin wird ein amerikanischer Angriff auf eine iranische Atomanlage simuliert. „Das ist unsere Verteidigung gegen den kulturellen Angriff des Feindes“, sagte am Montag ein Sprecher der Studentengruppe, Mohammed Taki Fachrian. In „Rescue the Nuke Scientist“ nehmen US-Soldaten zwei Atomwissenschaftler während einer Pilgerreise ins irakische Kerbela fest. Der Spieler schlüpft in die Rolle der iranischen Sicherheitskrä fte und muss die Gefangenen befreien, die nach Israel gebracht werden. Für ein erfolgreiches Ende der Operation muss der Spieler amerikanische und israelische Soldaten töten und ihre Laptops mit Geheiminformationen an sich bringen.

    2. MEMRIBLOGIran Nuclear Video Game Released Yesterday 
      The first video game on Iran’s nuclear energy program was released to the Iranian market yesterday, July 17, 2007.
      The game, designed by Iranian students who are members of the Iranian Student Union, lets players attempt to penetrate various countries to free two Iranian nuclear experts kidnapped by U.S. forces in Iraq and transferred to a secret location.
      In order to carry out the mission, players must use Iranian special security and intelligence forces. At a later stage, the player can free other prisoners being held in Iraq.
      According to a television program on the game on Al-Manar TV, the computer game „was presented by the Iranian Student Union, after three years of work. The important goals of this game include encouraging meaningful resistance and the concept of martyrdom.“ The program also added, „The different stages of this game reveal the cooperation between the occupation forces in Iraq and the Israelis, in targeting vital Iranian interests. After [the two prisoners are released, in Stage Eight, the operative] is surprised to discover the four Iranian diplomats who were kidnapped in Lebanon 25 years ago by the Israelis. He makes a new plan in order to release them from captivity.“


      To view footage of the game, click here.
      Source: Al-Manar TV, Lebanon, July 17, 2007; Jomhouri-ye Eslami, Iran, July 11, 2007

  3. sueddeutsche. de Ego-Shooter für Fundamentalisten
    Iranisches Computerspiel
    Hier sind die Iraner einmal die Guten: Fundamentalistische Studenten haben ein Computerspiel entwickelt, in dem iranische Atomwissenschaftler aus US-Gefangenschaft befreit werden müssen.
    Fundamentalistische Studenten im Iran haben ein neues Computerspiel präsentiert, in dem zwei iranische Atomwissenschaftler aus US-Gefangenschaft befreit werden müssen.
    Das Spiel „Rescue the Nuke Scientist“ (Rette den Atomwissenschaftler ) wurde von seinen Designern als Antwort auf das US-Spiel „Assault on Iran“ beschrieben. Darin wird ein amerikanischer Angriff auf eine iranische Atomanlage simuliert.
    „Das ist unsere Verteidigung gegen den kulturellen Angriff des Feindes“, sagte am Montag ein Sprecher der Studentengruppe, Mohammad Taki Fachrian. In „Rescue the Nuke Scientist“ nehmen US-Soldaten zwei Atomwissenschaftler während einer Pilgerreise ins irakische Kerbela fest.
    Es ist schon bezeichnend, daß ein Spiel der Amerikaner gegen die Nazis quasi als Vorlage für ein Spiel gegen Israel (Juden) genommen wird.

  4. IHT Rights group condemns imprisonment of Iranian union leader
    The Associated Press
    TEHRAN, Iran: An Iranian rights group condemned the beating and imprisonment of Mansour Osanlou, saying Tuesday the union leader’s treatment was another example of human rights violations in the Islamic Republic.
    Osanlou, leader of the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company, was beaten up in broad daylight by security agents on July 10 and later taken to jail on unspecified charges, the group said.
    The syndicate is an independent trade union not recognized by the Iranian government.

    • Audio: Don’t follow my path, Iranian protester warns students (The World Today)
      Former student activist at Tehran University, Zarah Ghahramani escaped from Iran after being tortured in the notorious Evin Prison. She has been living in Australia for the past three years and has written about the dual life she led in Iran and about the horrors of the prison interrogations in her memoir, My Life as a Traitor.
      While she still opposes the Iranian Government, she does not want other Iranian students to follow her path in protesting against the Islamic regime.
      Ms Ghahramani was born after the Islamic revolution but her parents were liberal and she explains how difficult it was growing up and living in Iran.

  5. ABC Former Iranian prisoner warns against activism
    By Eleanor Hall
    Students hit the streets for anti-government protests in Tehran. 
    Students hit the streets for anti-government protests in Tehran. (ABC TV)

  6. RFE/RL – Iran: Rights Expert Condemns Broadcast Of American-Iranians
    Iran - An image grab taken from footage broadcast 16 July 2007 by the Islamic Republic of Iran News Network (IRINN) shows US-Iranian Haleh Esfandiari talking to a camera at an unidentified place and time in Iran, 17Jul2007
    Haleh Esfandiari shown on Iranian television in a promotion on July 16
    (AFP)
    July 17, 2007  — Amnesty International‘ s Drewery Dyke, the human-rights organization‘ s international researcher on Iran, spoke with RFE/RL’s Radio Farda correspondent Farin Assemi about the Iranian government’s scheduled broadcast of a program on July 18 that includes alleged confessions by detained Iranian-Americans.
    Radio Farda: What’s Amnesty International‘ s opinion about broadcasting so-called „confessions“ of Iranian-American citizens Haleh Esfandiari and Kian Tajbakhsh, which Iranian TV will broadcast tomorrow?
    Drewery Dyke: The reported confessions of Haleh Esfandiari and Kian Tajbakhsh, two dual nationals currently detained in Iran, flies in the face of Iran’s human-rights obligations regarding fair-trial procedures, an act which is clearly not permitted under the conventions that Iran is a party to and would undermine any trial that may arise in connection with their detention. The organization unconditionally condemns this particular act and indeed the apparent basis of their detention, as they appear to be prisoners of conscience held only for their beliefs.

  7. Payvand’s Iran NewsIran: Over 1,000 Equal Rights Defenders Protest the Recent Arrest of Student Activists
    Source: Change for Equality
    The Women and Mothers of this Land, will Not Remain Silent in the Face of Violence Against our Children
    A statement of protest which was issued by women involved in the women’s movement and supported by men who identify themselves as equal rights defenders, strongly objected to the arrest and violent crackdowns against student leaders. This statement which was signed by over 1,000 persons, recounted the most recent wave of arrests which began with the arrest of 6 members of the Central Council of the Office to Foster Unity, the most active student group. The Central Council members, Bahareh Hedayat, Mohammad Hashemi, Ali Niko Nesbati, Mahdi Arabshahi, Hanif Yazdani and Ali Vaghfi, had gathered for a peaceful sit-in in front of Amir Kabir University on the 7th anniversary of the student unrest on 18th of Tir, 1378 (July 1999), which ended in violence and storming of university dormitories and wide-spread arrest of student protesters. The Central Council members staged a sit-in to protest not only in marking of the 18th of Tir, but to demonstrate their objection to continued detention of 8 of their fellow students at Amir Kabir university, Abbas Hakimzadeh, Ali Saberi, Ahmad Ghassaban, Meghdad Khalilpour, Majid Tavakoli, Pooyan Mahmoudian, Majid Sheikhpour, Ehsan Mansouri, who were arrested over 2 months ago based on false allegations of inciting public opinion, printing of inflammatory and derogatory materials and insulting state leaders.

  8. MEMRIBLOGIranian Newspapers: Holocaust Biggest Falsehood And Forgery In History 
    In an article titled „The Holocaust – The Big Lie,“ the weekly Sobh-e Sadeq, which is the mouthpiece of Iranian Supreme Leader ‚Ali Khamenei circulated among the Revolutionary Guards, states that the Holocaust is the greatest falsehood and forgery in history. The paper added that the Jews, who created this lie, believed that their wretchedness would convince the international community of the need to establish a state for them.
    Meanwhile, the Kayhan daily, which is affiliated with Khamenei, wrote that the gas chambers during the Nazi era never existed at all.
    Source: Sobh-e Sadeq, Iran, July 16, 2007; Kayhan, Iran, July 8, 2007

  9. MEMRIBLOGIranian Political Prisoner Launches Hunger Strike 
    Iranian student movement activist
    Abulfazl Jahandar
    , who has been in Evin prison since September 2006, today launched a hunger strike to protest against the conditions in which he is being held.
    Source: Advar News, Iran, July 17, 2007
  10. MEMRIBLOGSecond Round Of Iran-U.S. Talks Soon 
    Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said today that Iran and the U.S. would „hold the second round of talks at an ambassadorial level in the near future“ on the future of Iraq.
    Source: ISNA, Iran, July 17, 2007; IRNA, Iran, July 18, 2007 

  11. MEMRIBLOGRafsanjani Criticizes Ahmadinejad‘ s Implementation of Iran’s Program For Future
    Iranian Expediency Council Chairman ‚Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, considered the No. 2 man in the Iranian regime hierarchy, has criticized Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad‘ s implementation of the „2025 Vision Plan,“ the program for Iran’s future.
    He said, „In the past two years, not only have we not progressed in implementing the program, but we have regressed.“
    Source: Aftab, Iran, July 17, 2007

  12. MEMRIBLOGMore Electricity Outages In Iran 
    The Iranian website Baztab, which is identified with Expediency Council Secretary Mohsen Rezai, has reported that, despite repeated denials by government representatives, there has been in recent weeks a sharp rise in electricity outages in Tehran and many other locations in Iran.
    According to Baztab, the reason for the outages is the inability to meet the power needs in peak summer hours – a problem that the government is not dealing with.
    The reformist daily Rooz was informed that recently, residents of the Khozestan province have been asked to cut back on electricity use during heavy usage hours.
    Source: Baztab, Iran, July 17, 2007; Rooz, Iran, July 11, 2007

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