Saturday, July 10, 2004

Turkish News: Iran conditionally agrees to drop gas price for Turkey

Turkish News: "Iran conditionally agrees to drop gas price for Turkey: report: 'Iran conditionally agrees to drop gas price for Turkey: report
Tehran, July 10, IRNA -- Iran has agreed to reduce the price of natural gas which it sells to Turkey provided Ankara helps Tehran transport its gas to Europe, a Turkish press report said Saturday.
According to the daily Zaman, the discount was agreed last week in Turkey during Turkish officials' meetings with Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh. "

Iran can dispatch manpower to Europe

Iran can dispatch manpower to Europe: "Iran can dispatch manpower to Europe
Tehran, July 10, IRNA -- Director General of the Bureau for Promotion of Overseas Employment Pirouz Sa'adati here Saturday said that since the majority of the population in European states are elderly and foreigners account for 39 percent of their manpower, Iranian manpower can also be dispatched to the continent.
Speaking to reporters at the first conference on organizing and administering international employment bureaus, he added that dispatch of Iranian manpower to Europe is one way of tackling unemployment.
'Besides the manpower can attain expertise and skills by working in other countries and transfer them to Iran once they return home.
'Iran has had some labor exchanges with the southeast Asian and European states in recent years and has even signed memoranda of understanding (MoU) with some countries,' he added. "

India News: Bring in Iran to stabilise Iraq nnd India should play a role in bringing about US-Iran rapprochement

India News

Such an agreement between US and Iran may appear to be beyond the realm of diplomatic feasibility for most people. Not so if one recalls the U-turn taken by US and China in 1971, and the secret deals US conducted with Iran in violation of its own laws during the Iran-Contra affair during the Reagan administration. Some of the present prominent neo-conservatives, such as Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz, had taken part in that affair. Though the Iranians were suspected to aid the Hezbollah in Lebanon who were holding Americans as hostages and the US was tacitly supporting Saddam Hussein in his war with Iran, the US had no compunctions about selling arms to Iran to get hostages released and to make a deal that part of arms sales proceeds should finance arms supplies to the Nicaraguan Contras.

Iran has gained a lot more international respectability in the last two decades. It has shown its interest in supporting Ayatollah Ali Sistani’s moderate stand. Therefore, there is scope for a major diplomatic role for India to play in bringing about US-Iranian rapprochement which will contribute to stabilisation of Iraq and for troops from India and Bangladesh to play a peace-keeping and peace enforcement role in Iraq.

Bring in Iran to stabilise Iraq And India should play a role in bringing about US-Iran rapprochement

Bring in Iran to stabilise Iraq: "Bring in Iran to stabilise Iraq


And India should play a role in bringing about US-Iran rapprochement

K. SUBRAHMANYAM

Posted online: , Saturday , July 10, 2004 at 0000 hours IST

The United States has transferred sovereignty to Iraq and the government of Iraq’s prime minister, Iyad Allawi, is expected to request help by way of armed forces from various countries, including India.

Meanwhile terroristic attacks in Iraq are increasing. Of particular concern are the attacks on the oil pipelines which are intended to slow down the recovery of Iraq and to keep international oil prices above $40 a barrel. In turn, such high prices may slow down US economic recovery and the global economic recovery. The Afghan elections are to be postponed further in view of the sustained Taliban and Al-Qaida attacks within Afghanistan. There are expectations by the US department of homeland security that there is likely to be a major terroristic attack on the US and elsewhere before the US elections.

There can be no two views that the neo-conservatives of US have made a complete mess of the Iraqi operation through their arrogant unilateralist approach. There is a widespread view in Europe, Russia and in India, that the Americans should be allowed to stew in their own juice. The US should pay for their own arrogance and folly and, therefore, other nations should keep off from Iraq as most nations did in the case of Vietnam. Unfortunately, Iraq is not Vietnam. The latter did not have oil and development, they did not impact on the world economy and the global war on terrorism.

Sadly, Iraq’s neighbours — the Sunni Islamic countries — are not welcome to send troops into Iraq. Even if European countries are willing to send troops to Iraq, their individual capacities to contribute significant forces are very limited. That is one of the reasons why India has been repeatedly pressed to send troops to Iraq. India also holds the key for Bangladesh to follow suit. Pakistanis may not be acceptable, in view of the repeated sectarian Shia killings in that country.

The country that has crucial influence on stabilising the situation in Iraq is Shia Iran. Iran has a natural interest in Iraq stabilising as a majority Shia-ruled state. But Iran has very little interest in allowing Iraq to stabilise if the American neo-conservatives continue to label Iran as a member of the “evil axis” and drop hints that Iran is on their target list after Iraq is pacified. Therefore the key to stabilisation of Iraq is an understanding between US and Iran on the future of Iraq — and reining in Wahabism.

Such an agreement between US and Iran may appear to be beyond the realm of diplomatic feasibility for most people. Not so if one recalls the U-turn taken by US and China in 1971, and the secret deals US conducted with Iran in violation of its own laws during the Iran-Contra affair during the Reagan administration. Some of the present prominent neo-conservatives, such as Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz, had taken part in that affair. Though the Iranians were suspected to aid the Hezbollah in Lebanon who were holding Americans as hostages and the US was tacitly supporting Saddam Hussein in his war with Iran, the US had no compunctions about selling arms to Iran to get hostages released and to make a deal that part of arms sales proceeds should finance arms supplies to the Nicaraguan Contras.

Iran has gained a lot more international respectability in the last two decades. It has shown its interest in supporting Ayatollah Ali Sistani’s moderate stand. Therefore, there is scope for a major diplomatic role for India to play in bringing about US-Iranian rapprochement which will contribute to stabilisation of Iraq and for troops from India and Bangladesh to play a peace-keeping and peace enforcement role in Iraq.

The US accepted Pakistan as a frontline state in the war on terrorism against Taliban and Al-Qaida in Afghanistan, although Washington was aware for years that Islamabad had extended various kinds of aid to the Taliban and Al-Qaida. US has always taken a pragmatic stand in such issues. The US is aware, thanks partly to the report of the senate committee headed by democratic presidential contender John Kerry in 1992, on the affairs of Pakistan’s Bank of Credit and Commerce International, that Pakistan had been indulging in nuclear proliferation vis-a-vis Iran as far back as 1987. The way in which Pakistan as a proliferator has been dealt with kid gloves by Washington must have its impact on Tehran.

Russia, Germany and France — besides India — have an interest in invoking Iranian interest in stabilising Iraq and the entire West Asia. The India of today is different from what it was in the era of bipolarity, when economically, politically, technologically, India was weaker. Now India aspires for a permanent seat in the Security Council and there is an expectation that India may be invited to join G-10, to be expanded from G-8. India, after becoming a nuclear and missile power, is no longer a deriver of security from the international system but a provider of international security. Therefore, the Indian approach to Iraq has to be proactive and not reactive.

The Indian approach has to be on the basis of what is good for our national interest and not on ideology. People tend to forget that as far back as December 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru — speaking in the Constituent Assembly — said, “We are not going to join a war if we can help it and we are going to join the side which is to our interest when the time comes to make the choice.”

Iraq is not likely to go away nor can we afford to ignore it because the US blundered into it unilaterally. It needs to be kept in constant review and we have to use our best diplomatic skills to move towards stabilisation of the entire region. The Americans, too, need to be kept engaged. We cannot afford to ignore the sole superpower especially when it commits blunders in our neighbourhood."

Iran Majlis Speaker Gholam Shire'i meets Chinese envoy

Persian Journal Iran News - Latest Iran News, news Tehran Iranian News persian news web site sport irani news iranians site farsi women sport woman, newspaper football: "Iran Majlis Speaker Gholam Shire'i meets Chinese envoy
Jul 11, 2004, 03:29

Iran's Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad Adel known as 'Gholam Shire'i' in Majlis said on Wednesday Iran-China ties is an effective factor in safeguarding peace and stability in the region and the world.

In a meeting with Chinese Ambassador to Tehran Lio G. Tan, Majlis Speaker referred to very long historical relations between the two countries and called for extending the ties.

He appreciated China's position on supporting Iran's stance in International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and said, 'American opposition to Iran and its unfounded claims against our country has political motives.'"

River Pollution a Problem in Iran

: "Irans waters polluted


LONDON, July 10 (Iran Mania) - According to Irans Environment Protection Organization most of the Northern and Southern rivers in Iran such as Karoun and Bahmanshir and even the countrys seas are polluted and the consumption of fish in these waters may cause serious diseases, Shargh newspaper reported.

These waters are heavily polluted since the sewage of many factories flow into them. These pollutants are gradually absorbed by fish. If the rate of pollution is very high, it kills the fish; otherwise the fish grow and pose a danger for those eating them, the paper added.

The Environment Organization warned against eating the fish of these rivers. "

Kuwait seizes three Iranian fishing boats

: "'Kuwait seizes three Iranian fishing boats': Iran TV


LONDON, July 10(IranMania) - Kuwait has seized three Iranian fishing boats after they entered its territorial waters 'illegally in the latest in a series of escalating spats between Iran and its Persian Gulf neighbours, Iranian state television said yesterday.

Iran's embassy in Kuwait had confirmed the seizure of three Iranian vessels and their crew, Iran's State television said.'The Iranian embassy will follow up the issue today,' State television added.

According to Kuwait security sources the incident took place three days ago when the Iranian fishing boats accidentally entered Kuwaiti territorial waters and the Iranians had either been released or were in the process of being released."

India News: Hinduja-led consortia takes Iran projects

India News: Hinduja-led consortia bag Iran projects: "Two consortia led by the Hinduja Group have bagged two projects in Iran worth $600 million. One of the projects, to develop and construct a port at Chabahar, will cost $100 million.

The members of the consortium include Ashok Leyland Project Services Ltd, L&T, RITES and National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT). A global tender is out calling for `expression of interest' for a `terminal operator,' who would bring business to the port once the project is completed. Three responses have been received and a partner would be selected in a month's time, R J Shahaney, Chairman, Ashok Leyland Project Services, told presspersons here on Friday. "

Kurdish News: Kurdish Crisis: Turkish PM to visit Iran

Kurdish News: Kurdish Crisis: Turkish PM to visit Iran: "ANKARA, July 8 (AFP) - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will pay an official visit to Iran on July 28-29, his press office said Thursday.

Iran and Turkey have both stressed on several occasions the need to preseve the territorial integrity of their neighbor Iraq, fearing any moves by the country's Kurds to break free from central rule."

Dealing with a new Iran

Dealing with a new Iran: "Dealing with a new Iran

July 10, 2004
PARIS -- Whoever wins this November's presidential elections, the U.S. faces an urgent question that the Bush administration has not resolved: What is America's strategy for coping with the rising power of Iran?
Washington and Tehran have engaged in extensive secret contacts since 9/11, premised on their shared goal of destroying al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan and Saddam Hussein in Iraq. But despite many meetings, nothing has come of the contacts, partly because the Bush administration was internally divided over the right strategic course.
What's poignant about these wary U.S.-Iranian feelers is that just over a year ago, they yielded a plan for an 'anti-terrorist' deal that both countries should have loved: Iran would hand over some senior al-Qaida operatives in its custody, and the U.S. would transfer to Iran some prisoners it was holding from the Iraqi-backed Mujaheddin-e Khalq organization, a group America has branded as terrorist.
The State Department is said to have favored such a deal, but the Pentagon balked, arguing that the Mujaheddin might be useful in fomenting regime change in Tehran."

Kurdish News: Iran army in new clashes with Turkish Kurdish rebels

Kurdish News: Iran army in new clashes with Turkish Kurdish rebels: "Iran army in new clashes with Turkish Kurdish rebels
: 'Iran army in new clashes with Turkish Kurdish rebels


TEHRAN, July 10 (AFP) - Iranian troops killed two Turkish Kurdish rebels in clashes close to the Iraqi border, Tehran dailies said Saturday, amid reports of a major offensive by Tehran on Ankara's behalf.

The latest fighting took place on Thursday near the town of Baneh, in the far northwest of Kordestan province, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) from the nearest part of Turkey, the papers said.

'These people had illegally crossed the border, ruined border villages and extorted money from residents,' the Hambastegi newspaper quoted an unidentified official as saying."

Security/Apartheid Wall - Iran supports the International Court of Justice

:: Xinhuanet - English ::: "TEHRAN, July 10 (Xinhuanet) -- Iran supported the International Court of Justice (ICJ)'s ruling that a security barrier being built by Israel in the West Bank was illegal and must be torn down.
'This ruling, which came with the unanimous vote of the court'smembers barring America, is an important and historical step,' the official IRNA new agency quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi as saying Saturday.
'This ruling indicates the clear opposition of the world community to the Zionist regime's expansionist and racistpolicies,' Asefi said.
The vote must be used as an important international means toprevent repeated violation of the Palestinians' rights, Asefipointed out.
Meanwhile, the spokesman also condemned Israel's rejection of the ruling, saying it showed 'repeated violation of the international conventions by the Israeli government.'

'The Zionist regime, relying on all-out American support, has made a laughing stock of the international community and its disrespect for the international laws is only one example of the regime's misbehavior,' Asefi added.
The Hague-based ICJ said in its ruling Friday that the Israeli security barrier was illegal. "