Friday, May 21, 2004

US Ambassador denies attack on Iran will come through Azerbaijan

BakuTODAY.net: "US Ambassador refutes reports on possible US attack on Iran

AssA-Irada 21/05/2004 16:06

Reno Harnish, the US Ambassador to Azerbaijan, has dismissed reports by some Azerbaijani media on a possible US attack on Iran.

In an interview with a TV channel, Harnish stated that the US has no intention to launch a bomb strike on Iran using Azerbaijans territory.
Some Azerbaijani news agencies released reports on Tuesday and Wednesday concerning a possible use of force by the US on Iran using the territories of Azerbaijan and Georgia.
Refuting the reports Harnish added that they were based on a certain US publication. "

Is Chalabi Iran Spy Charge a ploy

Notes on Ahmad Chalabi: "Notes on Ahmad Chalabi"

Is Chalabi Iran Spy Charge a ploy
Going into an Iraqi election how better could Ahmed Chalabi position himself then to be seen as Pro-Iranian and anti-US. It all seems to pat. One day Chalabi is Paul Wolfowitz's boy and the next he is Iran's fair haired son. Chelabi's close ties with Israel are a stumbling block to many Iraqis. So in one grand stroke Chelabi reinvents himself as the opposition candidate. Once Chelabi is in place then the US can agree to the Ayatollah al-Sistani's call for elections. Is Chelabi an Iranian Spy? I doubt it, I think he is still woring for his old masters.

David Frum's Diary on National Review Online

David Frum's Diary on National Review Online:
Even after the Chalabi raid Frumm writes about Chalabi.

"We saw him playing the role that DeGaulle played in France in 1944"

albawaba.com: Former Iran president: US created al Qaeda to encounter ''Iranian system''

albawaba.com: Former Iran president: US created al Qaeda to encounter ''Iranian system'': "Former Iranian president, Hashemi Rafsanjani on Friday condemned the American policies in Iraq and said the US measures and policies are detrimental to the international community.

Speaking in Tehran, Rafsanjani said the United States erroneously thinks it can achieve its aims and objectives by following up false policies in Iraq.

He said supporting the Israeli regime is another mistake committed by the United States.

He went on to say that Al-Qaeda and Taliban which have created so many problems for the modern world have been created by the United States.

According to IRIB, Rafsanjani said the United States has paid a heavy cost for its mistakes in creating Taliban and Al-Qaeda while noting that it created them to encounter with the Iranian system. (Albawaba.com)"

Iran - Russia - Azerbaijan Rail Link to be built

Description of Selected News: "Railway officials from Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran said Thursday they had agreed to set up an international consortium to build a railway linking their three countries.
The railway line will link Qazvin, located some 100 kilometers (60 miles) northwest of the Iranian capital Tehran, with the Azerbaijani city of Astara, which lies on the Caspian Sea along the border with Iran.
Azerbaijan, a former Soviet republic, has ample rail connections with Russia."

(An American Woman) Journeying back to Iran

Journeying back to Iran: "'I was struck by how different it seemed,' Bird said from her home in New York. 'There were (Iranian) revolutionary guards walking around, but the people were not cowed. The people dressed differently, in beautifully colored clothing, and the mountains were quite beautiful.' "