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  1. MEMRIBLOGIranian Daily: Harry Potter, Billion-Dollar Zionist Project

    In an article, the Iranian daily Kayhan, which is identified with Iranian Supreme Leader ‚Ali Khamenei, criticized Iran’s Culture and Islamic Guidance Ministry for approving the distribution of the new book in the „Harry Potter“ series.
    The paper said that „Harry Potter“ was a Zionist project in which billions of dollars had been invested in order to disrupt the minds of young people.
    Source: Kayhan, Iran, July 26, 2007

  2. THE JERUSALEM POSTIsrael demands damaging Iran sanctions
    Herb Keinon, Jul. 27, 2007
    Concerned that the international community is „losing momentum“ in its bid to use sanctions to deter Iran’s nuclear drive, Israel is now energetically lobbying for the imposition of a new batch of stiffer sanctions that would cause „real damage“ to the regime.
    Israel is anxious that the international community has „taken its eye off the ball“ in the effort to ratchet up economic and diplomatic pressure on the Islamic Republic, while the nuclear program speeds relentlessly ahead, The Jerusalem Post has been told.
    „There is an understanding that the game to get Iran to stop its development is a boxing match,“ one diplomatic official said Thursday. „Iran has not done badly; you don’t see the laceration above the eye, or the bruised ribs, or the broken thumb. But [Iran would be dealt a knockout] if the international community would give them a strong blow to the head and the ribs.“
    The official said that the UN, which is expected to take up the idea of a third round of sanctions against Iran in September, needs to approve „strategic sanctions that would cause real damage.“
    The first round of sanctions was imposed on July 31 last year.
    Among the steps that fall in the „strategic sanctions“ category, the official said, were adding an additional Iranian bank to the financial institutions being blacklisted; imposing sanctions on the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, including freezing its considerable assets abroad; and ensuring that previous sanctions – including a prohibition against dual-use material being shipped to Iran – are being upheld around the world.
    The official said that over the last year of sanctions, Iran’s weak spots have been identified, and that one of them is the Iranian banks.

  3. AsiaNews/Agencies – For Tehran nuclear programme „like breathing
    Iran confirms its intention to go ahead with its uranium enrichment programme, but although taking a hard line on the matter it is still trying to find a deal with UN representatives to stop a new round of sanctions.
    Tehran  – Ali Larijani, Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, told The Independent newspaper that uranium enrichment programme was „like breathing“ for his country, adding that Iran would not halt the spinning centrifuges at its main enrichment plant in Natanz even if the Bush administration offered security guarantees.
    Ali Larijani, who reports directly to Iran’s spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and to Iran’s radical President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, stressed that there is a complete consensus on the nuclear issue, essential to the country.

  4. The Iranian Threat Is the Report in Asharq Al-Awsat a Manipulation?
    A rational analysis of the report in Asharq Al-Awsat, which has touched off a storm in Israel, raises the possibility the article is merely psychological warfare.
    Rafi Buchnik (7/24/2007)
    The Tehran-Damascus axis has been an established fact in the Middle Eastern ever since the senior Assad became president of Syria. And since Bashar Jr. inherited the reins of power from his father bilateral relations have been stepped up considerably, especially in the area of military-security collaboration.
    The Second Lebanon War can be characterized as a golden age in relations between Syria and Iran; the two countries decided to assist Hezbollah at any cost during the course of the fighting and afterwards, despite the limitations created by UN Security Council Resolution 1701.

  5. OMEDIA Iran: Protecting the Nuclear Installations
    Iran is digging tunnels close to a plant for enriching uranium in Natanz and has agreed to renew inspection of its plants with the goal of protecting its accomplishments so far
    Miki Segal (7/23/2007)
    In recent months, Iran has begun to dig tunnels in a mountainous region, a few kilometers away from the uranium enrichment plant in Natanz. David Albright, President of the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), and in the past, a member of the inspection team of the International Agency for Atomic Energy (IAAE) in Iraq, has exposed the Iranian digging with the aid of photographs from a commercial satellite (DigitalGlobe) . He estimates that the tunnels relate to the enrichment plant. The photographs are being processed by nuclear specialists and intelligence agencies in an attempt to understand the rationale behind Iran’s actions.

  6. ACHGUT Ein Brief von iranischen Studenten
    Michael Miersch 26.07.2007
    A Report by Iranian Activists
    July 2007
    On the 18th of Tir (9th of July) members of the Central Council of the Office to Foster Unity (shoraye markazi daftare Tahkime vahdat), the main reformist student organization in Iran, staged a peaceful protest in front of Amir Kabir University, to mark the anniversary of the popular student uprising in 1999 which ended in violence, widespread arrests and the death of one student activist, as well as the arrest in May of 2007 and continued detention of fellow students at Amir Kabir University (explanation provided below)…

  7. Payvand Families Of Detained Iranian Students Describe Abuse In Prison
    Charges against them reportedly include inciting public opinion and insulting Iran’s leaders. But rights activists and student groups say the charges are …


    1. RFE/RL – Iran: Families Of Detained Students Describe Abuse In Prison
      July 25, 2007 at 8:33 am · Filed under Iran, NewsLog
      By Golnaz Esfandiari
      July 25, 2007 (Three students of the prestigious Tehran Polytechnic University, or Amir Kabir University, have spent the past 80 days in jail.
      Majid Tavakoli, Ahmad Ghasaban, and Ehsan Mansuri were among eight student editors and activists arrested on accusations that they defamed Islam in student publications. The other five students have been freed.
      Charges against them reportedly include inciting public opinion and insulting Iran’s leaders. But rights activists and student groups say the charges are „fabricated, “ and that the students were jailed in retaliation for a protest against Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, who visited the university in December. 
  8. Experts Differ Over Response to a Nuclear-Armed Iran
    Next month’s machine-gun- shoot fundraiser is billed as a fun social gathering, as well as a demonstration of Republican support for Second Amendment rights, …

    That visit comes four months after Iran cut off inspectors‘ access to the site to protest the UN sanctions. According to Iran’s semi-official Fars news …

  10. HULIQ Iran Says It Will Never Stop Nuclear Activities
    That visit comes four months after Iran cut off inspectors‘ access to the site to protest the UN sanctions. According to Iran’s semi-official Fars news …

  11. Jewish World Review Iran, 2; Israel 0   By Caroline B. Glick
    Iran has built webs of alliances with other nations, alliances that have significantly deepened since last summer’s war. Time for America, Israel to wake up
    Jafar Kiani was an anonymous Iranian prisoner until earlier in the month he became the first Iranian to be stoned to death since 2002.
    Iran’s decision to revert to domestic barbarism is just one aspect of the regime’s strategy for terrorizing its people sufficiently to quell all pockets of resistance to its rule.
    The regime’s determination to prevent an internal rebellion is an integral part of its larger plan to cast aside all obstacles to its acquisition of nuclear weapons.

  12. THE JERUSALEM POSTLA evangelical leader: Iran confrontation ‚inevitable‘
    Etgar Lefkovits, Jul. 25, 2007
    A military confrontation with Iran over its nuclear weapons program appears increasingly inevitable, a senior American evangelical leader said on Tuesday.
    „The horrible terror of the almost wild-eyed behavior of [Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad is enough to cause any thinking person to ask: Is there another way than some military intervention? “ Pastor Jack W. Hayford, president of the International Church of Foursquare Gospel, told The Jerusalem Post in an interview.
    „Confrontation seems inevitable,“ he said.
    The 73-year-old Los Angeles-based Hayford is heading a four-day conference of more than 3,000 church leaders and laymen from around the world in Jerusalem, in what is his 34th trip to Israel.
    Islamic extremism was „the greatest force of evil“ that exists in the world today, Hayford said, adding that it has been tolerated to a surprising degree by the mainstream media.

  13. MEMRIBLOG – Iranian Daily: Corruption In Gasoline Rationing
    An editorial in the conservative Iranian daily Jomhouri-ye Eslami, which is affiliated with the religious seminaries in the city of Qom, criticized the government of President Ahmadinejad for refusing to learn from past lessons.
    According to the editorial, the majority of the Iranian people agrees with the need for rationing gasoline [introduced early this month] but is disappointed with the corrupt distribution policies, and with the government for distancing itself from the people and not being aware of their disappointment.
    Source: Jomhouri-ye Eslami, Iran, July 25, 2007

  14. MEMRIBLOG – Iranian Court Charges Women’s Movement Activists 
    An Iranian court has charged leading women’s movement activists Shadi Sadar and Mahbouba ‚Abasqeli-Zadeh with violating national security, not obeying the constitution and the police, and disturbing the public order.
    Source: Rooz, Iran, July 25, 2007

  15. MEMRIBLOG – Iran Intelligence Minister: More Arrested In U.S. Academics Affair
    Iranian Intelligence Minister Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ezhei has said that Iranian security forces have arrested more individuals of Iranian origin connected to the two Iranian-American academics Drs. Haleh Esfandiari and Kian Tajbakhsh.
    He did not say how many were arrested or whether they had dual citizenship.
    Source: Tehran Times, Iran, July 26, 2007

  16. MEMRIBLOG – Iranian News Agency Gives Away Saudi Nuclear Secrets
    In a report, the conservative Iranian news agency Fars has given details of Saudi Arabia’s secret nuclear program.
    According to the report, the Saudi program was developed by Pakistani experts who entered Saudi Arabia disguised as pilgrims, in the early 1990s.
    Likewise, the Saudis were also helped by Iraqi scientists, who were housed by Saudi authorities in Riyadh, the capital.
    Source: Fars, Iran, July 25, 2007

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