December 07 2005

Friends of Humanity Newsletter )
11th Issue December 07 2005
In this issue

  • Iran: U.S. will suffer bigger defeat in Iraq than in Vietnam
  • ElBaradei: World losing patience over Iran
  • Abuse ‘widespread’ in Iraqi prisons

    Iran’s state television (IRIB) reported that the government has ordered a two day public holiday due to high air pollution levels.

    Well, Tehran’s air pollution, for many years has been the topic of discussion but what has happened suddenly that the pollution causes a two day holiday?

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    It turns out that today is also recognized as the day of student uprisings in Iran On this day, it is customary that students all over the country gather and celebrate. But during the past few years, these gatherings have been quite troublesome for the government.

    On one hand we have to agree that this was a cleaver move. On the other hand this demonstrates to an observer how shaky things are for the Mullahs in Tehran.


    Tehran, Iran – The Supreme Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) declared on Tuesday that the United States would suffer a greater defeat in Iraq than it did in its war in Vietnam.

    Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi told a gathering of senior military commanders in the north-eastern city of Mashad that a future Iraq would be in the hands of Muslims.

    Claiming that the U.S. was attempting to establish a world order in which only it would be a superpower, Safavi said, “America’s uni-polarised policy in the world has been met with failure”.

    CAIRO (Reuters) – The international community is starting to lose patience with Iran over its nuclear plans but military action is not the solution, the head of the U.N’s nuclear watchdog said in remarks published on Wednesday.

    In an interview with Arabic daily Al-Hayat, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohamed ElBaradei said the global community was worried Iranian ambitions to enrich uranium could lead to nuclear weapons.

    A US military doctor says US troops intervene when they can, but Iraqis run the jails.

    By Dan Murphy | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

    BAGHDAD AND CAIRO – After a US raid on a secret Iraqi government jail last month revealed some detainees were tortured and abused there, Interior Minister Bayan Jabr insisted abuse claims were exaggerated and that torture will not be tolerated in the new Iraq.

    US soldiers and some Iraqi officials disagree. They say not only is prisoner abuse widespread, but that much of it is carried out by Mr. Jabr’s subordinates. Efforts to bring the problem under control during the past year have largely been frustrated by indifference from senior Iraqi officials, they say.

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