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Iranian asset freeze Extended

Stop Fundamentalism, Nov 13 – AFP reported that President George W. Bush on Thursday extended by another year a freeze of Iranian government assets in the United States.  The Freeze has been in place since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Iranian able to produce 2 atom bombs a year

Radio Farda, Nov 10 – The Reuters news agency, citing nuclear experts said: “When the heavy water reactor of Arak is completed, the Iranian regime will be able to get enough plutonium to produce 2 atomic bombs every year.”

Iran military and Security forces staged maneuvers – definit show of fear of internal unrest

Stop Fundamentalism, Nov 13 – Quassem Mollaii, commander of Tehran’s Basij force declared a series of maneuvers in the 10 regions of the province. These maneuvers that began on November 9 will continue for 9 days. 

In the city of Gachsaran [Khuzestan province], Moussavi said: “This maneuver is to continue for 10 days and will include confronting unrests and defending streets.”

Security Council sanctions has Iranian officials worried

Stop Fundamentalism, Nov 13 – Iranian top officials express concern over imminent sanctions against Iran in the UN Security Council.

“If the current draft resolution is ratified by the Security Council, Iran will reconsider its cooperation with the IAEA,” said Ali Larijani, Iranian nuclear negotiator.

Dariush Qanbari, member of Parliament’s Security Commission stated, “The wording of the resolution does not indicate limited sanctions and the Americans have imposed their will in this draft.”

International arrest warrant for former Iranian president

Stop Fundamentalism, Nov 13 – AFP reported November 9 that a judge issued an international arrest warrant Thursday for Iranian ex-president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and other top former Tehran officials in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish charity in Argentina that killed 85 people.

Judge Rodolfo Canicoba Corral told AFP he had asked the government of Iran as well as Interpol to hand over the former president on a warrant issued for "crimes against humanity."

UAE interested to develop nuclear power

Middle East: Six Arab states have intentions to develop domestic nuclear power programmes, it has been revealed according to a Middle East economic magazine.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed that Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Saudi Arabia are embarking on nuclear energy programmes.

GCC Single currency could retain the dollar peg

Gulfnews, Nov 5 – The planned unified currency of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) should be pegged to the US dollar. The GCC states plan to issue the currency at an unspecified future date as part of implementing their monetary union by 2010.

Muslim women want greater rights

Stop Fundamentalism, November 5  – Muslim women from around the world gathered in Barcelona Friday to issue a call to a battle for equal footing in the Islamic world — one aimed at fighting against polygamy, domestic violence and a “macho” interpretation of Muslim Sharia laws.

Woman ex-hawker wants to represent poor in Bahrain’s parliament

Stop Fundamentalism, November 5 – A 40 year old woman, Aminah Abbas, is running to enter the Bahrain’s parliament to represent the poor.

 

“All candidates speak of combating poverty and improving living standards, but for me, I’m talking of personal experience,” says Abbas, mother of five and one of 18 women candidates in the kingdom’s November 25 parliamentary polls.

 

Iran – Saddam deserves to die

Stop Fundamentalism, November 5 – Iran on Saturday supported a death sentence and said that it was the “very least” punishment that should be handed down to its long time enemy the former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.

“Execution is the very least sentence they can hand down to Saddam Hussein,” Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said on the day the verdict in the trial of Saddam and former cohorts was due to be delivered reported AFP.