Sunday, June 13, 2004

Yahoo! News - Body Found in Riyadh Said to Be Westerner - Diplomat

Yahoo! News - Body Found in Riyadh Said to Be Westerner - Diplomat:

The Bush people started this round of Toture and Murder and now how do we stop it. Besides being immoral torture is a bad idea because then they do it to ourt sons and daughters. JBOC

"Body Found in Riyadh Said to Be Westerner - Diplomat

RIYADH (Reuters) - A body believed to be of a Westerner was found dumped near a building in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Sunday, security sources said.

A diplomat confirmed the report but had no details. 'We believe it is a Westerner. We are trying to confirm it,' the diplomat said. The security sources said the corpse was found dumped near a Saudi security building in Riyadh.
It was not immediately known if the body was that of an American who al Qaeda said it had kidnapped on Saturday. "

Yahoo! News - Retired Senior Diplomats and Military Officials Say Bush Must Go

Yahoo! News - Retired Officials Say Bush Must Go: "Retired Officials Say Bush Must Go

Sun Jun 13, 7:55 AM ETAdd Top Stories - Los Angeles Times to My Yahoo!


By Ronald Brownstein Times Staff Writer
WASHINGTON A group of 26 former senior diplomats and military officials, several appointed to key positions by Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, plans to issue a joint statement this week arguing that President George W. Bush has damaged America's national security and should be defeated in November. "

The New York Times > Arts > Art & Design > Antiques: Doris Leslie Blau

The New York Times > Arts > Art & Design > Antiques: The Decorator as Auteur:

"Modern Alla Milanese
Doris Leslie Blau, the rug gallery in the Fuller Building at 41 East 57th Street, has put together a show of modern furniture by Guglielmo Ulrich (1904-1977), a Milanese architect and furniture designer who worked from the 1920's through the 60's. Jeffrey Bilhuber, the New York decorator, has done vignettes to display the various pieces, many of which are prototypes or one of a kind."

Bush, Yawar talk about Syria, Iran

Bush, Yawar talk about Syria, Iran: "Bush, Yawar talk about Syria, Iran
Jordan Times, Friday, June 11, 2004
SEA ISLAND, Ga. (Reuters) US President George W. Bush and Iraqi President Ghazi Yawar on Wednesday discussed the need for Syria to control its borders and for Iran to behave responsibly, a senior Bush administration official said.
Bush and Yawar met for the first time since the Iraqi gained the presidency of an interim government that is to take over authority in Iraq from the US-led coalition on June 30.
The United States has been concerned that Syria has failed to prevent anti-coalition fighters from crossing into Iraq to do battle with US-led military forces. Washington recently imposed economic sanctions on Syria.
Yawar said the Iraqi leadership would do 'everything that they can to get the Syrians to be responsible on the border, to get the Syrians to return frozen assets' to Iraq, a senior Bush administration official said.
They also talked about Iran, with which Iraq fought a long war in the 1980s.
The official said Bush and Yawar 'talked some about Iran as a neighbor and the need for Iran to behave responsibly.'"

U.S. officials said the US and Iran share the long-term goal of a stable Iraq (washingtonpost.com)

U.S. Wary as Iran Works to Increase Influence in Iraq (washingtonpost.com):

"U.S. officials said the United States and Iran share the long-term goal of a stable, secular and unified Iraq where leaders are selected in democratic elections, because Iraq's Shiite majority would almost certainly give Shiite leaders a decisive edge. Iranian analysts agreed.
'If things deteriorate security-wise and the danger of ethnic tensions increases, it would create an unstable neighborhood, and the Americans might stay. Then the whole idea of Shiite influence and power will diminish, and chaos becomes a danger. And the last thing Iran wants is chaos, whether the U.S. stays or leaves,' said M. Hadi Semati, a Tehran University political scientist now at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
But Iran's involvement in Iraq is not a"

Iran Has Taken Serious Steps In Campaign Against Terrorism

Description of Selected News: "Kharrazi Says Iran Has Taken Serious Steps In Campaign Against Terrorism


TEHRAN (Dispatches) -- Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said Saturday Tehran has given Saudi Arabia 'useful' information on Al-Qaeda members it has detained, but insisted that any extraditions would only be according to the Islamic republic's 'national interests'.
'The very fact that we are detaining Al-Qaeda members in our prisons and that we are preventing them from having any contact with the outside world is in itself a useful act in the struggle against terrorism,' Kharrazi told a news a conference.
'Saudi Arabia and other countries know very well that the detention of these people is an important action,' Kharrazi said, when asked about talks here this week with Saudi Justice Minister Abdullah Mohammed Ibrahim al-Sheikh.
'We are in constant contact with the Saudis and we have supplied them with useful information,' Kharrazi said as quoted by AFP."

Description of Selected News

Description of Selected News: "Iran Prepared Economically, Scientifically To Join WTO


ISFAHAN (IRNA) -- Iran is fully prepared both economically and scientifically to join the World Trade Organization, said Director of the Education and Information Department at Iran's Representative Trade Office Mussa Musavi Zenuz here on Saturday.
Musavi Zenuz told IRNA here on Saturday that Iran is now economically superior to certain WTO members as the Organization's experts have acknowledged.
He said political problems are the main impediments to Iran's accession to the Organization.
He added that the U.S. has turned down Iran's request for entry to the WTO 17th times; blocking the approval of Iran's bid at the Organization.
The official said that a number of developing states as well as representative of European Union and non-official representative of the developing states to the Organization have supported Iran's call.
He referred to Turkey as an example of the group of countries that had supported Iran's bid to join WTO at the May 2004 session of the Organization's General Assembly and said the Turkish envoy had specifically criticized the U.S.' anti-Iran policy regarding its accession bid.
He said that in absence of the U.S. protest, Iran will start the accession talks with the WTO.
He added that the talks will take seven to eight years.
Elsewhere in the interview, Musavi Zenuz said it is not clear when the U.S. will stop opposing Iran's bid to joint WTO, something that is hard even for politicians to predict."

:: Xinhuanet - English :: Uruguay, Iran sign trade accord

:: Xinhuanet - English ::: "Uruguay, Iran sign trade accord

www.chinaview.cn 2004-06-13 12:15:19

MONTEVIDEO, June 12 (Xinhuanet) -- The governments of Uruguay and Iran have signed in Montevideo, Uruguay's capital, a trade accord seeking to promote bilateral relations.
The agreement was inked Friday by Uruguayan Foreign Minister Didier Opertti and Iranian Trade and Industry Minister Mohammad Shariatmadari, who arrived here Thursday.
Under this agreement, Uruguay will diversify its exports to Iran, that are currently centered on rice and wool.
The bilateral trade totaled 136 million US dollars in the last five years while Uruguay exported to Iran the products valued at 17 million dollars in the first five months of 2004. Enditem "

Iran Khodro to set up service center in Tajikistan

Persian Journal Iran News - Latest Iran News, news Tehran Iranian News persian news web site sport iran news iranians site farsi women sport woman, newspaper football: "Iran Khodro to set up service center in Tajikistan
Jun 13, 2004, 09:44

Iran Khodro Auto Manufacturing Company is to set up a sales and after-sales service center in the Tajik capital of
Dushanbe, it was announced here Saturday. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) to the effect was signed between Iran Khodro Managing Director Manuchehr Manteqi and Tajik
Minister of Economy and Commerce Hakim Salehov after inspecting various sections of the industrial group.

Under the MoU, Tajikistan is to prepare appropriate ground for Iran Khodro to sign an agreement with Dushanbe municipality. Once the agreement is reached between Iran Khodro and Dushanbe municipality, the Iranian industrial group will export various vehicles namely trucks, buses and automobiles to the central Asian country. Salehov stressed Iran Khodro`s vehicles are competitive in terms of price and quality given the technology of the manufacturing line
of the group.


He further added that given mutual cooperation between Iran and Tajikistan, it is expected that the level of transaction and economic ties will be expanded between the two countries. Salehov, heading a high-ranking delegation, arrived in Tehran last Saturday to take part in the fifth session of Iran-Tajikistan Economic Commission. "

Boston.com / Challenging UN agency, Iran says it belongs in 'nuclear club'

Boston.com / News / World / Challenging UN agency, Iran says it belongs in 'nuclear club': "Challenging UN agency, Iran says it belongs in 'nuclear club'
By Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press | June 13, 2004
TEHRAN -- Toughening its stance in advance of a meeting of the UN nuclear watchdog agency, Iran yesterday said it would reject international restrictions on its nuclear program and challenged the world to accept Tehran as a member of the 'nuclear club.'

Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi rejected further outside influence on Tehran's nuclear ambitions two days before the International Atomic Energy Agency board of governors meets to discuss Iran's highly controversial program.
'We won't accept any new obligations,' Kharrazi said. 'Iran has a high technical capability and has to be recognized by the international community as a member of the nuclear club. This is an irreversible path.'"

German company invests 1.9 billion euro in Kish Island Iran -

German company invests 1.9 billion euro in Iran -: "German company invests 1.9 billion euro in Iran
6/13/2004 9:00:00 AM GMT


A German company plans to invest in a 1.9 billion euro project in the Persian Gulf island of Kish, the Iranian Housing and Urban Development Ministry's Public Relations Department has reported.
According to IRNA, the project is a multi-faceted housing, tourism, commercial, and recreational complex. The project includes both seven and five star hotels and other small-seized hotels with a total capacity of 890 rooms, the announcement added.
The project will also include a golf court, commercial and residential apartment complexes, restaurants, and small villages that are all based on international standards."

Iran discusses Al-Qaeda detainees with Saudi

: "Iran discusses Al-Qaeda detainees with Saudi, unclear on extradition


TEHRAN, June 12 (AFP) - Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi said Saturday that Iran has given Saudi Arabia 'useful' information on Al-Qaeda members it has detained, but insisted that any extraditions would only be according to the Islamic republic's 'national interests'.

'The very fact that we are detaining Al-Qaeda members in our prisons and that we are preventing them from having any contact with the outside world is in itself a useful act in the struggle against terrorism,' Kharazi told a news conference.

'Saudi Arabia and other countries know full well that the detention of these people is an important action,' Kharazi said, when asked about talks here this week with Saudi Justice Minister Abdullah Mohammed Ibrahim al-Sheikh.

'We are in constant contact with the Saudis and we have supplied them with useful information,' Kharazi said, again refusing to say whom Iran is holding."

Aljazeera.Net - Iran has summoned Qatar's ambassador to Explain Piracy

Aljazeera.Net - Iran-Qatar spat over 'fatal boat attack':

"Iran has summoned Qatar's ambassador to Tehran to protest over an alleged fatal attack on an Iranian boat by a Qatari naval vessel in the Gulf.
The official news agency IRNA reported on Sunday that 'a Qatari boat attacked an Iranian boat in the Persian Gulf, resulting in the killing and injuring of a number of crew members'.
A top interior ministry official, Ali Asgar Ahmadi, said the fishermen were working near the small Iranian island of Lavan when they were attacked in the early hours of Friday.
'They were attacked by a Qatari naval boat. One fisherman was killed and two were injured. The boat was confiscated and the fishermen arrested,' the deputy interior minister in charge of security affairs said."

Poison alcohol binge kills 13 in Free and Open Iran

: "Poison alcohol binge kills 13 in Islamic Iran


TEHRAN, June 12 (AFP) - Thirteen Iranians have died and 60 others have been poisoned after drinking alcohol laced with methanol apparently bought on the black market in the southern city of Shiraz, officials said Saturday.

An official from the southern city's university hospital, Mohammad Baqer Lankarani, told state television that 23 of those admitted for care were in a critical condition, 'and doctors are not very optimistic.'

Up to six of the victims have also reportedly been blinded.The production and consumption of alcohol has been banned in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution. Nevertheless, the making of potent home brews and the illegal import of booze is common in a country once known for its fine wines."

Mehr News Agency Iran Seeks Security and Stability in Afghanistan

Mehr News Agency English: "Iran Seeks to Help Reestablish Security and Stability in Afghanistan: Deputy FM
TEHRAN, June 13 (MNA) -- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Alireza Moayeri said here on Sunday that Iran supports international efforts to reestablish security and stability in Afghanistan.
On the sidelines of the first joint roundtable discussion on the situation in the war-torn country held at the Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS), Moayeri expressed Iran's readiness to promote political dialogue in Afghanistan.

Development in Afghanistan hinges on political understanding and taking into consideration the people's interests in strategic decisions, Moayeri said.

Alluding to Afghanistan�s successes in many areas over the past two years, he said the progress achieved so far is quite remarkable and based on wise decisions."

Reuters AlertNet - Qatar Navy Murders Iranian Fisherman

Reuters AlertNet - Iran objects to Qatar over fisherman slain in Gulf

TEHRAN, June 13 (Reuters) - Iran's Foreign Ministry has summoned Qatar's ambassador to protest at the killing of an Iranian fisherman in a dispute with Qatar's navy, a senior official said on Sunday.

Iran asked the envoy to explain the shooting in the early hours of Friday morning. Two other fishermen were hurt and the Islamic Republic demanded the return of two confiscated Iranian fishing boats along with their detained crews.

Iranian Deputy Interior Minister Ali Asghar Ahmadi told state television the boats received a warning that they had strayed into Qatari waters.

"After negotiations ... the boats were about to leave the area when the Qatari navy shot at them thinking they were escaping, killing one sailor and injuring two," he said.

Ahmadi said the fishermen had not left Iran's waters.