Sunday, May 16, 2004

A good time to Marry - Mohammad Ali Abtahi - Weblog

Mohammad Ali Abtahi - Weblog:

"It's been about two months that we have not heard the beeps of wedding cars because of Moharram and Safar. (Two holy months in Islam in which many of Imams were martyred) last night someone called from Mashhad and told me that it is so crowded around Imam Reza's holy shrine and many wedding cars are stocked in the traffic jam. Anyone other than the brides and grooms can hardly pass or cross this way! "

Iran more secure than USA: Asefi

Iran moresecure than USA: Asefi:

I have to agree that Iran is extremely secure for American nationals. I got back just over two weeks ago and I was treated with respect by everyone I met. I had no worries over wearing clothing that identified me as an American. If anything it made the average people more friendly. A Jewish American friend and his wife stayed two weeks longer than I did and toured the country extensively and they were treated royally. I definitely felt safer in Iran then I did in a recent stay in Memphis Tennessee. Not only safe but people in Iran were much friendlier then people in Memphis. JBOC

"Tehran, May 16, IRNA -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said here Sunday that Iran is surely more secure than the United
States even for American nationals.
Asefi made the remarks during his weekly press briefing in response to a report by the US government claiming Iran is insecure for American citizens. "

NY Times Says Rumsfeld authorized the physical coercion and sexual humiliation of Iraqi Prisoners

Yahoo! News - Rumsfeld OK'd Prison Plan: "NEW YORK - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld authorized the expansion of a secret program that encouraged physical coercion and sexual humiliation of Iraqi prisoners to obtain intelligence about the growing insurgency in Iraq (news - web sites), The New Yorker reported Saturday.

The story, written by reporter Seymour Hersh, said Rumsfeld decided to expand the program last year, broadening a Pentagon operation from the hunt for al-Qaida in Afghanistan (news - web sites) to interrogation of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad. "

Iran seeks to rescue US consumer in Oil Crisis | Iran talks up oil boost (May 17, 2004): "'A possible 1.5 million bpd hike in OPEC output will show the organisation's desire for co-operation and agreement with consumer states,' Kazempour Ardebili, Iran's representative to the cartel, said on the oil ministry's website, Shana.
But Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanghaneh said that 'any decision inside the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries is difficult because of the chaos on the market'.
Oil prices skyrocketed last week to record highs of more than $US40 ($58) a barrel, a rise which analysts linked to instability in the Middle East and increased world demand."

Iran condemned demolition of Palestinians homes

Description of Selected News: "Iran condemned Sunday the Israeli demolition of Palestinians homes in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, saying it constituted a 'war crime'.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi also decried 'the Zionist regime's decision to expand the 'Philadelphia' buffer zone', describing it as a 'human tragedy'.
'This decision blatantly violates all international laws as well as human values,' he told reporters during a weekly news briefing. Asefi said, 'The Al-Qods occupying regime's attacks on Rafah refuge camp in the Gaza Strip and its demolition of tens of residential houses, as well as its rendering of a large number of Palestinians constitute a war crime.'"

Russia Pledges to Finish Iran Reactor

Russia Pledges to Finish Iran Reactor: "Russia will finish a nuclear reactor in Iran despite technical complications, unresolved commercial issues and strong objections from the United States, a senior official said Friday.
Sergei Antipov, deputy head of the Federal Nuclear Power Agency, said strict UN controls will ensure no fuel can be diverted to build a nuclear bomb. "

Iran stabilizing influence in the Caucasus

Description of Selected News:

"Iran stressed Sunday the need for Georgia's territorial integrity, with Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi announcing his satisfaction with the 'peaceful resolution' of the restive Adzhara crisis. The official expressed hope that 'peace and security in Georgia would be further strengthened' and that 'we witness development of that country and better welfare for the Georgian nation.'"