Thursday, June 24, 2004

The New York Times > Wolfie's never embarrassed

The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: Attack of the Wolfman: "But instead of admitting he got the Saddam threat wrong, Mr. Wolfowitz lectured Americans not to be impatient. Referring to our foes, he said, 'The more they sense that we're impatient . . . the more car bombs there will be.' He seems to imply that we're complicit in killing our soldiers if we don't sanguinely go along with the Bush administration's delusions.
'The notion that this was `a war of choice,' that we could sit there and live with the Middle East status quo after Sept. 11, I think is wrong,' he said.
Once again, Mr. Wolfowitz conflates 9/11 and Iraq. Instead of finishing off Osama in Afghanistan, the neocons dragged us into an Iraq adventure, which has ended up destabilizing the Middle East. So much for the 'status quo.'
At least Colin Powell has the decency to be embarrassed about the State Department's preposterous initial understatement of terror incidents.
Wolfie's never embarrassed, even as he continues to spin his version of the truth about why we went to Iraq, how we're doing there and when we'll be able to leave. The man is quite a talented propagandist ? Michael Moore without the laughs. "

Notes on Former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

Notes on Former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani: "Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was born 1934 in Rafsanjan in Kerman Province, Iran.
Rafsanjani is a Shiite cleric and longtime supporter of Ayatollah Khomeini. Rafsanjani was active in Iranian politics well back into the 1960s and was even jailed for his activities.With the fall of Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlevi, Rafsanjani became a powerful man in Iranian politics.
Speaker of the parliament from 1980 to 1989.
Acting commander in chief of the armed forces from 1988 to 1989.
President for two terms from 1989 to 1997.
Elected to Parliament 2000.
Chairman of the Assembly for Discerning the Interests of the State commonly called the Expediency Council which is an arbitration committee with oversight over law. "

Persian Journal Culture - Iran's Carpet Show Kicks off in Tokyo

Persian Journal Culture - Latest Iran News, news Tehran Iranian News persian news web site sport irani news iranians site farsi women sport woman, newspaper football: "Iran's Carpet Show Kicks off in Tokyo
Jun 24, 2004, 04:57

A major exhibition on Iranian carpets opened at the Mitsubishi Club in the Japanese capital of Tokyo on Tuesday.

The two-day exposition marks the production of a joint Irano-Japanese movie called `The Wind Carpet' directed by Kamal Tabrizi. In the inaugural ceremony, the producer of the film, Yomiko Masuda praised the beauty of Iranian carpets and said that `The Wind Carpet' mainly aims to manifest the charms of the craft to the Japanese people. The celebrated Japanese actor, Takaaki Enoki, who appears in the role of the father of a ten-year-old girl traveling to Isfahan to pick up a Persian carpet in `The Wind Carpet`, said that the movie provided an opportunity for cultural exchange between the two states.

'The word `Wind' is used to indicate the concept of traversing the frontiers and overlooking the distinction between races, religions and languages,' he said. Enoki noted that during the production of the film in Isfahan, he had the chance to tour carpet weaving workshops and closely view the cumbersome manual process of carpet weaving. The manager of Fuji Light Carpet Co., Toro Nemoto, who helped organize the ongoing exhibition, told IRNA that more than 400 Iranian carpets are being showcased. 'A selection of carpets woven at 20 of the most renowned carpet workshops in Iran are on display at the exhibition,' he added. "

AzerNews - Iran recognizes Armenia as aggressor

AzerNews: "Iran recognizes Armenia as aggressor

Iranian Justice Minister Mahammad Ismayil Shushteri met with Azerbaijani Parliament Speaker Murtuz Alasgarov on Thursday.

Along with bilateral cooperation, the conflict over Upper Garabagh was discussed. Alasgarov said Iran has always supported Azerbaijan's position within international entities, including the Islamic Conference Organization. He noted that although Azerbaijan supports a peaceful settlement, it will liberate its occupied territories at all costs. Shushteri said Iran considers Armenia an aggressor country and that his country will do its best to achieve the settlement of the conflict.

He stressed that his country is interested in resolving the conflict and assured the Azerbaijani side that Iran's position on the issue will remain concrete and clear. Touching upon legal cooperation between Azerbaijan and Iran, Shushteri said the two countries have signed and ratified three relevant documents so far and emphasized the need for even closer collaboration in this area. "