Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Journal Gazette Wolfowitz cooked the books on WMDs

Journal Gazette | 07/21/2004 | Wolfowitz cooked the books on WMDs:

"Indeed, Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz got in hot water in May of last year because he told Vanity Fair that the administration settled on the WMD issue for bureaucratic reasons. "

Iran: EC chief terms shortage of skilled manpower as national problem

Iran: EC chief terms shortage of skilled manpower as national problem: "Iran: EC chief terms shortage of skilled manpower as national problem
Kerman, July 21, IRNA -- Chairman of the Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said here Tuesday evening that shortage of skilled manpower is one of the national problems which has been the focus of special attention by officials in recent years.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of Rafsanjan Seyed al-Shohada Training Complex, he added that providing the youth with specialized training in various fields can help them find jobs.

"According to surveys, of 100,000 skilled manpower currently existing nationwide, only 30,000 are working at universities.

"Major decisions have been taken to the effect and proper investment has been made in the sector. Meanwhile, research and technical centers will be expanded across the country," he added.

Turning to the Islamic Azad University as one of the major world scientific centers, he noted that it provides a great number of young people with the opportunity to pursue higher studies by annually attracting 3,500 billion rials as tuition.

He further added that the tuition received are partially invested in development of university scientific centers across the country.

Explaining the perspective of the Islamic Azad University as favorable, he said that given more than one billion students are now enrolled at the university's branches nationwide, it is one of the biggest world universities.

The EC chairman hoped that Islamic Azad University will be turned into one of the world major scientific and research centers.

He referred to the high admission rate of female applicants to the university as unprecedented in the world.

"Educated women can definitely play a more decisive role in the upbringing of their children and training them as useful members of the community," he added.

Rafsanjani called on university officials to pay extra care to ethical, religious and intellectual matters in dealing with students to avoid their entanglement in social dilemmas.

Prior to Rafsanjani's speech, chancellors of Rafsanjan Azad and Vali Asr universities presented reports on their performances and called for government's further attention to financing more credit to them.

Rafsanjani arrived in Kerman on Monday to the warm welcome of senior local officials.

The head of the Islamic Revolution Housing Foundation and the Imam Khomeini Relief Committee accompanied the EC chairman on his one-day tour. "

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Description of Selected News: "Rafsanjani Says Unity, Security Are Prerequisites To Development


Kerman, July 20, IRNA -- Chairman of the Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said here Monday evening that national unity and domestic security are the fundamental prerequisites for development of the country.

Addressing clerics and local officials of this southeastern province, he said political wranglings pose the greatest danger to the Islamic Republic and its system.

Referring to universities and theological seminaries as two of the most valuable assets of Iranian society, he urged the two institutions to forge the strongest bond of unity and solidarity.

Rafsanjani further warned the Iranian people to remain vigilant against the continuing efforts of enemies to defeat the Islamic system in this country.

Condemning the presence of US-led foreign forces in the Middle East and their continuing physical occupation of Iraq, he stressed that Tehran is as interested as other members of the international community in ridding the world of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.

Lauding the country's armed forces for their brilliant work of defending the peace and tranquility in the eastern part of the country, the EC chairman said the eastern region is one of the most strategic parts of the country which requires investment to be made for its security.

In related developments, Rafsanjani attended a meeting of officials in charge of the headquarters for reconstruction of the quake-stricken city of Bam Monday afternoon.

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 degrees on the Richter scale struck the historical city on December 26, 2003 leaving over 30,000 people dead and tens of thousands of others injured with no homes to return to.

Expressing his appreciation for their continuing efforts to reconstruct the destroyed city, he expressed the hope he would be able to witness a rebuilt Bam in his next visit to the city.

Rafsanjani arrived in Kerman on Monday to the warm welcome of senior local officials.

The head of the Islamic Revolution Housing Foundation and the Imam Khomeini Relief Committee accompanied the EC chairman on his one-day tour."

Iran: Rafsanjani terms shortage of skilled manpower as national problem

Iran: EC chief terms shortage of skilled manpower as national problem: "Iran: EC chief terms shortage of skilled manpower as national problem
Kerman, July 21, IRNA -- Chairman of the Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said here Tuesday evening that shortage of skilled manpower is one of the national problems which has been the focus of special attention by officials in recent years.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of Rafsanjan Seyed al-Shohada Training Complex, he added that providing the youth with specialized training in various fields can help them find jobs.

"According to surveys, of 100,000 skilled manpower currently existing nationwide, only 30,000 are working at universities.

"Major decisions have been taken to the effect and proper investment has been made in the sector. Meanwhile, research and technical centers will be expanded across the country," he added.

Turning to the Islamic Azad University as one of the major world scientific centers, he noted that it provides a great number of young people with the opportunity to pursue higher studies by annually attracting 3,500 billion rials as tuition.

He further added that the tuition received are partially invested in development of university scientific centers across the country.

Explaining the perspective of the Islamic Azad University as favorable, he said that given more than one billion students are now enrolled at the university's branches nationwide, it is one of the biggest world universities.

The EC chairman hoped that Islamic Azad University will be turned into one of the world major scientific and research centers.

He referred to the high admission rate of female applicants to the university as unprecedented in the world.

"Educated women can definitely play a more decisive role in the upbringing of their children and training them as useful members of the community," he added.

Rafsanjani called on university officials to pay extra care to ethical, religious and intellectual matters in dealing with students to avoid their entanglement in social dilemmas.

Prior to Rafsanjani's speech, chancellors of Rafsanjan Azad and Vali Asr universities presented reports on their performances and called for government's further attention to financing more credit to them.

Rafsanjani arrived in Kerman on Monday to the warm welcome of senior local officials.

The head of the Islamic Revolution Housing Foundation and the Imam Khomeini Relief Committee accompanied the EC chairman on his one-day tour."

Newsday.com - Noevidence that Iran had prior knowledge of the 9/11 plot but NeoCons Want War in Iran

Newsday.com - AP World News: "Poor Relations With Iran Turning Worse

Iraq's Neighbors Begin Talks on Security
By GEORGE GEDDA

July 21, 2004, 5:18 AM EDT
WASHINGTON -- It sounds like an Iraq summer rerun: Weapons of mass destruction. Support for terrorism. Talk of U.N. Security Council action. Hints of a push for regime change. This time, however, the fuss is not over Iraq but about that country's next-door neighbor, Iran. Recent developments have been unsettling.

Iran's ruling mullahs recently announced resumption of activities that could lead to development of a uranium-based bomb, apparently violating commitments they made to three European countries last fall.

And now comes word that the bipartisan commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks has concluded that Iran gave al-Qaida hijackers safe passage through the country after training in Afghanistan.

A White House spokesman said Monday there was no evidence that Iran had prior knowledge of the 9/11 plot. The reported commission finding would appear to reinforce the administration's long-held view that Iran is the world's most active state sponsor of terror.

Amid the stepped up accusations, Iran has been projecting a benign image to the world. Rend al-Rahim Francke, Iraq's chief representative in Washington, told The Associated Press in an interview on Monday that Iran has played a positive role in the post-Saddam Hussein Iraq. She said Iranian authorities recently captured 200 Afghan fighters who were en route to Iraq.

Iran insists its nuclear program has nothing to do with weaponry but with meeting domestic electricity needs. The Bush administration is not buying it."

US claim on 9/11 link false, says Iran

US claim on 9/11 link false, says Iran: "US claim on 9/11 link false, says Iran

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE

TEHRAN, JULY 20: Iran today termed "fictitious" the allegations from US President George W. Bush that it was harbouring Al Qaeda leaders and could have been linked to the 9/11 attacks.

"Any claim regarding Iran's direct or indirect relationship with the September 11 terrorist incidents is merely fabricated and fictitious," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said in a statement.


"When it comes to Al Qaeda, we act in line with our interests and our national security," Asefi asserted.
Iran was fiercely opposed to Afghanistan�s Taliban and Al Qaeda, and was a key backer of their opponents during the Afghan civil war. The Islamic Republic has consistently denied any links to Osama bin Laden�s group.
Bush's comments "As to direct connections with September the 11th, we're digging into the facts to determine if there was one" came after the acting CIA Director said at least eight of the hijackers who carried out the attacks passed through Iran but that Washington had no proof that Tehran backed the strikes.
Asefi said the view that this meant Iran had supported the hijackers was absurd. "What is ridiculous is that these claims come from a country that had itself issued official visas, residency permits and given pilot training to these people," the spokesman was quoted as saying by the official news agency IRNA.
He also said Bush's criticism of Iran's human rights record was "worthless", saying that the "pictures from Abu Ghraib prison are still in the minds of the international community". "