Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Yemen News:: Yemen Court Adjourns USS Cole Attack Trial

Yemen News:: Yemen Court Adjourns USS Cole Attack Trial

"Yemen Court Adjourns USS Cole Attack Trial
"Yemen Court Adjourns USS Cole Attack Trial
Khaled Al-Mahdi, Arab News

SANAA, 15 July 2004 — The trial of six Yemenis charged with the October 2000 bombing of the US navy destroyer USS Cole was adjourned by a Yemeni court yesterday until July 21.

The court, chaired by Judge Najeeb Al-Qaderi, adjourned the trial to allow three lawyers standing for the six defendants to meet their clients and review their files.

The trial opened on July 7 with five suspects appearing before the court. The alleged mastermind of the attack, Abdul Raheem Al-Nashri, who is in US custody, is being tried in absentia."

Middle America: Wanted: strong bipartisan manager to repair CIA

Middle America: "Richard Armitage: A graduate of the US Naval Academy, he currently serves as deputy secretary of State, No. 2 to Colin Powell. He is widely admired for his depth in military and intelligence, especially in the Far East, Middle East, and Southeast Asia. He's served in a number of government positions, mainly in Republican administrations. Mr. Armitage is considered frontrunner in that he wouldn't have to endure a Senate confirmation process.

'The president could put him over there without having to go through Congress right away since he's already been confirmed by the Senate in his position at State,' says Charles Battaglia, former staff director for the Senate Intelligence Committee. 'Then, once the election is over, he could formally send his name up.'"

CBC News: Canada recalls ambassador from Iran

CBC News:Canada recalls ambassador from Iran: "Canada recalls ambassador from Iran

OTTAWA - Canada is recalling its ambassador from Iran. The move is a protest because Iran won't allow a Canadian observer at a trial of the person accused of killing Zahra Kazemi, a photojournalist from Montreal.
Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham calls Iran's decision 'unacceptable by any international standards.' Graham says he will take the matter to the International Court of Justice. "

Taipei Times - John Lehman declares War on Islam

Taipei Times - archives: "More recently, a member
of the Sept. 11 Commission inquiring into the US failure to guard against the assaults of 2001, John Lehman, said in a speech: 'We are currently in a war, but it is not a war on terrorism.' Rather, he contended, the West is in a religious war: 'Our enemy is not terrorism. Our enemy is violent Islamic fundamentalism.'"

Iran warns U.S. against attacking it - (United Press International)

Iran warns U.S. against attacking it - (United Press International): "Iran warns U.S. against attacking it

Tehran, Iran, Jul. 14 (UPI) -- The secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Hassan Rohani, warned the United States Wednesday against repeating its Iraq adventure in Iran.

"If they want to confront Iran, they will have to face 70 million Iranians," Rohani said in an interview with the London-based Arabic daily al-Hayat.

He explained that the situation in Iran is different from what it was in Iraq before the invasion by U.S.-led coalition forces in March last year.

"No one can compare between the two because the former Iraqi regime had produced weapons of mass destruction which it used against its own people and neighbors and invaded neighboring countries, ignoring the will of the international community," Rohani said.

He argued that in the past 25 years, since the Islamic revolution in Iran toppled the Shah's regime, Iran had proved that it was not seeking war or weapons of mass destruction.

"The Americans know very well that the conditions in Iran are totally different from what they were in Iraq ... There, a dictatorial regime hated by its people was in power, while in Iran there is a popular government which will be defended by 70 million Iranians," he added."

Saudi Militant Khaled al-Harbi Sent Home by Iran

The Lanny Budd Project: "Saudi Militant Khaled al-Harbi Sent Home by Iran
Saudi Militant Sent Home by Iran -

'DUBAI (Reuters) - A suspected Saudi al Qaeda militant who said he returned from Iran under a state amnesty was handed over by Tehran after a request from Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper said Wednesday.

In a report citing a source in the Iranian presidency, the newspaper said Khaled al-Harbi, who was held by Iranian Revolutionary Guards, was told two weeks ago that he would be sent back to Saudi Arabia.

Harbi appeared on a videotape with al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in which the two praised the September 11, 2001 attacks on U.S. cities. Officials say Harbi, who is now wheelchair-bound, fought in Bosnia and Afghanistan."

Hi Pakistan: John Lehman staunch supporter of Likud

Hi Pakistan:

"John Lehman, who served as secretary of the navy under Ronald Reagan (1981-89) is a dyed-in-the-wool neo-conservative who most recently gained public attention in June when, as a member of the commission that investigated the September 11 terrorist attacks on New York and the Pentagon, he spoke out in defence of Cheney's continued insistence that former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein may have played some role in the 9/11 catastrophe.

A staunch supporter of Likud governments in Israel, Lehman has long been closely associated - both professionally and ideologically - with a number of other prominent neo-conservatives, including former Defence Policy Board chairman Richard Perle and Deputy Secretary of Defence Paul Wolfowitz.

After the 9/11 attacks, he signed an open letter published by the neo-conservative-dominated Project for the New American Century (PNAC) that urged that Washington overthrow Saddam Hussein.

Like other neo-conservatives, he has also been a chronic critic of the CIA for allegedly producing overly optimistic assessments of the capabilities and intentions of US foes, from the Soviet Union to Iraq.

Lehman's nomination would signal a major resurgence of neo- conservative influence in the Bush administration after months of steady decline resulting from their own overly optimistic predictions about post-war Iraq" | Twenty-four dead in Iran carnage (July 14, 2004) | Twenty-four dead in Iran carnage (July 14, 2004): "Twenty-four dead in Iran carnage
From correspondents in Tehran
July 14, 2004

TWENTY-four people have been killed and 13 others injured when the driver of a heavy truck dozed off and smashed into a passenger bus on a road in southern Iran, state media said today.

The accident occurred shortly before dawn between the towns of Darab and Fasa in Fars province.
'The driver had fallen asleep and lost control,' a provincial police official was quoted as saying." Singapore Plans Free Trade Pact With Iran Singapore Plans Free Trade Pact With Iran: "Singapore Plans Free Trade Pact With Iran
07.14.2004, 01:34 AM

Singapore said it may pursue a free trade pact with Iran, making the Islamic nation the sixth in the Middle East the wealthy city-state wants to forge close economic ties with.

The announcement came while Singapore Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong was on a five-day trip to Iran. He met Iranian President Mohammad Khatami on Monday.

'The two expressed satisfaction over the current state of relations between Iran and Singapore and agreed there was great untapped potential, particularly for businesses of both countries,' said a statement issued by Goh's press secretary in Tehran late Tuesday.

'Such a framework could have three pillars: a free trade agreement, an investment guarantee agreement and avoidance of double taxation agreement,' it said.

Singapore has made free trade agreements a cornerstone of its economic policy, and has already signed a trade pact with Jordan and will soon begin negotiations with Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and possibly Egypt. "