|Friends of Humanity Newsletter|
We were waiting to the last minute before sending out this weekâ€™s newsletter, hoping to have the results in for the vote on Iran in the IAEA board meeting.
The board consists of 35 members. As it seems right now, according to observers, about 25 positive votes and three negative are expected.
The board did not take vote and postponed it for tomorrow. It will meet Saturday at 9 AM sharp to vote.
>From what it seems, Iranâ€™s dossier will be sent before the United Nations Security Council where it would face sanctions due to its clandestine nuclear activities.
The actions against Iran will not come until March 6th when Mr. ElBaradaie, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, will give his latest report to the board of governors.
Internal sources reveal bomb production
Stop Fundamentalism Special Report
Tehran, Feb 1, 2006 (Stop Fundamentalism) – Tehran has successfully procured two types of equipment, the Hot Isostatic Press and the Hot Press, to shape enriched uranium as part of nuclear weapons production at the â€œMaterials and Energy Research Centreâ€ (Pazhuheshgah-e Mavad va Enerzhi.)
The MERC site, located on the edge of Meshkin- Dasht near Karaj, forty kilometres west of the Iranian capital, was operating under the cover of a scientific and industrial research centre affiliated to the Ministry of Science and is run under the direction of Dr. Fatollah Moztarzadeh.
The machines are able to simultaneously use pressure and heat to produce uranium spheres for production of nuclear bomb. The combination of pressure and heat allows the metal to melt at low temperatures.
According to reports Stop Fundamentalism has received from its sources Iran had also managed to refurbish and bring back into use a U.S.-made machine purchased some 30 years ago.
Sources say that presently five more Hot Press machines were being manufactured at the site.
Iran invites Blair to anti-Holocaust conference!
Tehran, Iran, Jan. 30 (Stop Fundamentalism) â€“ Iran invited British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Sunday to an anti-Holocaust conference it plans to hold, the state-run ISNA news agency reported.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi told reporters during his weekly press conference, â€œI think that it would be good if Mr. Blair takes part in the seminar on the Holocaust in Tehran. Of course, he can make the case in support of the Holocaust and at the same time hear the points of views that he cannot listen to thereâ€.
Hard-line Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad shocked the world when he publicly declared that the Holocaust was a â€œmythâ€ and threatened that Israel must be â€œwiped off the mapâ€.
His comments were supported by senior Iranian officials including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and former president Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.
Asefi said that the anti-Holocaust conference would be held in spring of this year, adding that â€œunanswered questionsâ€ about the scale of the Holocaust could be discussed there.
Ahmadinejadâ€™s comments, which drew international condemnation, were twice rebuked at the United Nations Security Council.
Iran police raids homes of striking bus drivers
Tehran, Iran, Feb. 02 (Stop Fundamentalism) â€“ Agents of Iranâ€™s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), the countryâ€™s secret police, have been conducting night raids into the homes of striking bus drivers and workers in Tehran in recent days, arresting hundreds of union activists and, in some cases, detaining family members to blackmail strikers.
Sources in Tehran that say the number of prisoners being held inside the notorious Evin Prison in the Iranian capital has risen sharply in recent days.
â€œMore than a thousand people arrested over the past week on political charges have been brought to Evinâ€, a dissident worker who requested anonymity said in a telephone interview.
"Most are being held in Evin’s ward 209, which is run by the secret policeâ€, he added.
On Saturday, clashes erupted between Tehranâ€™s transit workers and State Security Forces as large numbers of bus drivers who had planned to go on strike on the day were arrested.
All those taken to Evin Prison this week are being questioned several times in a rotating pattern, the source said.
Evin Prison was built by the Shahâ€™s regime as a modern security prison to house political dissidents, but it became the Islamic Republicâ€™s most dreaded gulag and the site of numerous political mass executions.