Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Brunei - Over $11,000 Humanitarian Fund For Quake Victims In Iran� - Local News: "Over $11,000 Humanitarian Fund For Quake Victims In Iran
Bandar Seri Begawan � The Humanitarian Fund for the earthquake victims in Iran has been boosted by more donations from various institutions and individuals.
The Fund, which has so far collected $11,156 since its establishment in March this year, shows the caring attitude of the Brunei society toward the Muslim fraternity all over the world. "

British ambassador affirms Iran’s right to Nuclear Power

Mehr News Agency English:

"TEHRAN, May 11 (MNA) -- The British ambassador to Tehran, Richard Dalton, here on Tuesday called for dialogue with Iran during the next session of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Dalton told the Mehr News Agency, ?We believe Irans nuclear dossier should be resolved through dialogue.?

He expressed hope that Irans nuclear dossier would be closed during the next IAEA session in June, adding that Iran has the right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes just like all the other signatories of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). "

Richard Armitage verifies Iran is not the problem in Iraq / World / US:

"Richard Armitage, deputy secretary of state, said there was a 'condominium' of thought that Iran was 'not intent on stirring things up in the south', around the holy Shia cities of Najaf and Karbala, and risk increasing the US military presence there.
'They have been, I think, relatively helpful,' Mr Armitage, regarded as a 'realist' in the administration, told the Financial Times."

Wild claims from Alireza Jafarzadeh - Who is paying him?

Yahoo! News - Experts to Probe Iran's Role in Iraq:

There are professional agitators who stir up trouble against the Islamic Republic of Iran because they want groups like the CIA to give them money. It is vermin like these who claimed Iraq had WMD. They gave dire warnings and the CIA shelled out money. Take Alireza Jafarzadeh for instance. He is called a Iranian resistance leader. He offers no real proof for any of his wild claims but he has a willing audience in our Government. They feed the agitators to tell their stories and their fears build, so they feed the agitators more money and the reports get worse. Why is there no proof to support Alireza Jafarzadeh wild claims? As a US taxpayer I would like to know what US tax dollars have gone to this rumor merchant.

Keep in mind National review wrote, “National Council of Resistance of Iran an organization the State Department classifies as a front group for the People's Mujahedin of Iran, a terrorist group supported by Saddam Hussein.” JBOC

"Perhaps the most extreme views on whether Iran is meddling come from Iranian resistance leaders such as Alireza Jafarzadeh, who ran the Washington office of Iran's exiled opposition National Council of Resistance until the State Department closed it down last year for ties to anti-Iranian terrorists.
Based on intelligence from inside Iran, Jafarzadeh contends Iran is pouring tens of millions of dollars into Iraq each month to inspire unrest, dispatching thousands of clerics to organize local insurgencies and sending resistance fighters.

Politically, Jafarzadeh, now president of Washington-based Strategic Policy Consulting, believes Iran is waiting out the U.S.-led occupation for a chance to erect an Islamic republic next door. "

Torture - Iran says NO, Rumsfeld says YES.

Yahoo! News - Rumsfeld Backs Iraq Interrogation Methods:

Torture - Iran says NO, Rumsfeld says YES. If we cannot be better than this then what are we fighting for. American must be that beacon of hope, a light to all mankind! JBOC

"- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld defended military interrogation techniques in Iraq on Wednesday, rejecting complaints that they violate international rules and may endanger Americans taken prisoner.

Rumsfeld told a Senate committee that Pentagon lawyers had approved methods such as sleep deprivation and dietary changes as well as rules permitting prisoners to be made to assume stress positions. "

Iran approves torture ban - The US should as well

Iran approves torture ban - The Washington Times: World Briefings - May 12, 2004:

Torture is far too common in the world today. I am glad to see Iran taking positive actions against it. Now the US Government must demand the same from the Military and the CIA. The atrocities in the Iraqi jail are an attack on our American way of life as serious as 9/11. JBOC

" Iran's ruling Guardian Council has passed a law banning the use of torture, effective immediately, a judiciary official announced this week. "

Germany supplied WMD to Iraq

: "Iranian authorities will erect a plaque outside the German embassy Friday denouncing Germany's contribution to Saddam Hussein's chemical weapons arsenal, in the latest tit-for-tat measure in a diplomatic spat between Berlin and Iran's clerical leaders, the official IRNA news agency said."

Russia offers proof that Iran nuclear Project Peaceful

: "MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia, which is helping Iran build a nuclear reactor despite U.S. concerns, believes Tehran cannot produce an atom bomb using Moscow's nuclear know-how, a top Russian diplomat was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

First Deputy Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Trubnikov told a Russian newspaper Moscow had done everything to prevent Iran from using Russian technology for military purposes since it started building the Bushehr nuclear plant in the late 1990s. "