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Pope uses message to attack hardline Iran

Pope uses message to attack hardline IranThe Sunday Times
January 01, 2006
Christopher Morgan
THE Pope has used his inaugural new year message to launch a veiled attack on Iran’s hardline leadership.

Pope Benedict’s comments follow calls by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for Israel to be “wiped off” the global map and his recent dismissal of the Holocaust.

Iran president in new diatribe against Israel

Iran president in new diatribe against Israelturkishpress
Sunday, 01, January 2006

TEHRAN – Iran’s hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad issued a new diatribe against archfoe Israel Sunday saying that the Jewish state was "anti-Islamic in nature" and the result of European "ethnic cleansing.

"In fact the Europeans have practiced ethnic cleansing against the Jews in Europe by expelling the Jews from all the European states," the official IRNA news agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.

Iran develops uranium separation machinery

Iran develops uranium separation machinery
Reuters
Sunday ,  01 January 2006

TEHRAN  –     Iran said on Sunday it had developed machinery to separate uranium from its ore, part of the Islamic state’s ongoing drive to become self-sufficient in nuclear technology.

The mixer-settler machinery was developed by Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO), state television said.

"Unfortunately, because of the problems that exist, it was not possible for us to buy this machine from abroad and we had to build it domestically. Fortunately, we succeeded," an unidentified IAEO official said.

Bonn rally called for UN sanctions on Iran regime

Bonn rally called for UN sanctions on Iran regime Sat., 31 December 2005 
Stopfundamentalism.com

Bonn (Germany) – Friends Of Humanity joined a rally in downtown Bonn Wednesday, December 28 calling for referral of the Iranian regime’s nuclear file and violation of Human Rights to the UN Security Council.

The event was held in conjunction with similar moves in other parts of Germany and European countries to express abhorrence to mullahs’ regime and its new terrorist threats to the region and world over which were voiced out by its president, Ahmadinejad, in his recent remarks.

Bomb blast at Christian market kills 7 in Indonesia

Bomb blast at chtistian market kills 7 in Indonesia Sat Dec 31, 2005
Reuters, By Paul

 Indonesia  – A bomb packed with nails exploded in a crowded Christian market selling pork ahead of New Year celebrations in eastern Indonesia on Saturday, killing seven people and wounding 53, police said.

The blast in Palu, capital of volatile Central Sulawesi province, came after warnings of militant violence during the Christmas and New Year season in Indonesia.

Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim nation. Pork is forbidden to Muslims, who account for some 85 percent of the people, but eastern Indonesia has large pockets of Christians.

Ahmadinejad, Warrior of Controversial Statements, and His Relationship with the Western Media

Ahmadinejad, Warrior of Controversial Statements, and His Relationship with the Western MediaGlobal Politician
Ghazal Omid

As the world watches, Iran attracts media attention not only for its nuclear power progress but also for the shocking statements by Mr. Ahmadinejad, its newly elected president. His utterances are more like bad jokes by a standup comic than what is expected from an elected official of a cultured country such as Iran. As an intellectual Iranian Muslim woman, I feel deeply shamed by his outrageous comments about Israel, particularly “the holocaust never happened” comment. But, this doesn’t mean I am shocked by his behavior.

Iran says still wants to enrich uranium at home

Iran says still wants to enrich uranium at homeFriday 30 December
By Paul Hughes

TEHRAN, Dec 30 (Reuters) – Iran’s agreement to discuss Moscow’s plan to enrich uranium in Russia does not mean that Tehran has abandoned its drive to enrich uranium on its own soil, a senior Iranian official was quoted as saying on Friday.

The remarks by Javad Vaeedi, deputy of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, appeared to dash faint hopes that Russia’s proposal could resolve the Islamic state’s nuclear standoff with the West.

Confrontation: Iran’s choice

Contrary to what Iranian state media presents showing a “positive atmosphere” in nuclear talks between Tehran and the west, leaked details by international media speak of “final confrontation” between two sides, with one assertion that this confrontation is by Iran’s choice.

Six death sentences, including three stoning and two executions in one week

Six death sentences, including three stoning and two executions in one week Stopfundamentalism.com
Thursday, 29 December 2005 

The Iranian state-run news agency IRNA reported on December 28 the public hangings of two men in Ahwaz (southwestern of Iran). They were identified as “Naim Abdoullah Kh.” (a.k.a. Rahim) and “Jalil H.”, had been condemned to death on charges of “warring against God” by the Ahwaz Revolutionary Court.

The clerical regime’s judiciary also issued a death sentence for a 22 year-old woman according to the Etemad daily on December 25. The daily Joumhouri also reported that three men were each given two death sentences by hanging and one death by stoning sentence in the northern Iranian province of Mazandaran.

Public flogging in Iran for drinking

Public flogging in Iran for drinking  Soptfundaentalism.com
29 December 2005

Three men were flogged in public in Iran by authorities in the southern city of Jahrom, a state-owned daily reported on Wednesday.

The three unnamed men were flogged 300 times for “drinking” and “unruly behaviour”, according to the daily Etemaad.

The sentence was carried out in the town’s Velayat Square in the presence of a number of judiciary officials.