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Intimidation at Iraq’s polls sees victory for pro-Iran groups

Iraq ElectionLondon, Dec. 04 – Independent Iraqi observers who are planning to monitor the upcoming December 15 elections in Iraq are resisting travelling to the south of the country for fear of being targeted in assassinations or abductions, according to an Arabic-language website.

The Jordanian website al-Malaf reported on Friday that one of the “rigging methods by the Iranian regime is to create an atmosphere of fear and terror by assassinating the observers”.

Larijani: Iran won’t back down over nuclear programe

Ali LarijaniTEHRAN, Dec 4 (AFP) – Iran will not submit to Western demands to limit its disputed nuclear fuel drive and is prepared to maintain a freeze on sensitive activities only for a few more months, top national security official Ali Larijani told AFP.

The Islamic republic’s top nuclear negotiator also asserted that Iran was powerful enough to dissuade its critics from considering military action, adding that the West would also suffer if the matter was referred to the UN Security Council.

Pak cooperating with IAEA on Iran nuclear issue: El Baradei

International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Mohammed El BaradeiNew Delhi,  IRNA
Iran-Pak-El Baradei

Hopeful of making a direct interaction with Pakistani nuclear scientist A.Q. Khan, International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Mohammed El Baradei today said Islamabad had been cooperating with IAEA in resolving issues pertaining to Iran’s nuclear issue .

"We are getting good cooperation from Pakistan. So, I really want to make it clear that Pakistan since last year has been cooperating with us in resolving many of Iranian pieces of the puzzle", Baradei said in an interview to New Delhi Television (NDTV), a leading Indian English news channel.

Iran constitutional watchdog approves uranium enrichment bill

Iran constitutional watchdog approves uranium enrichment bill TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran’s constitutional watchdog on Saturday approved a bill to resume uranium enrichment and end snap U.N. checks of its nuclear sites if Tehran is referred to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions.

Iran’s parliament created the law last month, when Tehran feared governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) might refer the case to the Security Council in a bid to compel Tehran to cooperate with the U.N. nuclear watchdog.

Violence against women – Crimes against humanity

International Confederation of Women Against Fundamentalism Friends of Humanity co-sponsors Paris Conference

On the initiative of the International Confederation of Women Against Fundamentalism and Friends of Humanity a conference was organized in Paris on Saturday 26th Nov 2005 as part of the international day of protest against violence to women. Activists from the U.S.A., France, U.K, Sweden, Spain and Italy took part, led by Mrs. Elisabeth Sydney, UK president of the International Confederation Against Fundamentalism and ex-chairwoman of the Women’s Liberal Federation, Mrs. Linda Asmondson, US president of Social Action to prevent violence against women, and Mrs. Violet Dagger president of the Arab League for human rights in France.

Iran Revolutionary Guards chief vows to defeat U.S. in Iraq

Iran Revolutionary Guards chief vows to defeat U.S. in IraqTehran, Iran  â€“ The Commandant of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) declared that Iran was exporting its Islamic revolution to other Muslim countries including Iraq which would inevitably bring about the downfall of the United States in the Middle East, state dailies reported on Monday.

Speaking at a gathering of the IRGC’s Navy commanders on Sunday, Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi said, “The impoverished people’s Bassij force was formed on the orders of the Imam [Ruhollah Khomeini] following the siege of the American spies’ den [U.S. embassy in Tehran] on November 4, 1979 and the arrest of the spies of that country to fight any possible threat from the enemies”.

Iran, on defiant course, tunes up military

Iran, on defiant course, tunes up militaryTehran, Iran, Dec. 03 – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has ordered a major reshuffle of the top brass of the armed forces as part of a larger plan to enhance the military’s control over the government, Iran Focus has learnt.

In recent weeks, hundreds of senior officers of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) have been seconded to government ministries and state institutions to “prop up” the country’s civil administration for what many within the clerical government believe will be a very tough year ahead for the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Russia to sell antiaircraft missiles to Iran in billion-dollar deal

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By ANDREW E. KRAMER

MOSCOW, Dec. 2 – Russia has agreed to sell antiaircraft missiles to Iran as part of a $1 billion arms deal that would significantly increase Moscow’s military cooperation with Tehran, Russian news media reported Friday.

The announcement of the sale coincided with a visit to Moscow by R. Nicholas Burns, the American under secretary of state for political affairs, who said in a radio interview that the United States had asked the Russian Foreign Ministry to explain the deal, reported by the newspaper Vedomosti and the Interfax news agency.

Ahmadinejad: UN threat won’t deter Iran from nuclear track

Ahmadinejad:Iran will nt stop nuclearTehran, Iran, Dec. 01 – Iran’s hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed to continue Iran’s nuclear ambitions till the very end and said that the Islamic Republic was unafraid of the threat of United Nations Security Council referral, state-run dailies reported on Thursday.

Speaking in the province of Ilam, western Iran, on Wednesday, Ahmadinejad said that Tehran had no intention of halting its sensitive nuclear work. “We are not afraid of your bogus stick known as the Security Council”, he said, addressing the United States and the European Union which believe that Iran is working towards obtaining atomic weapons under cover of nuclear energy production.

Two youths street-paraded in Iran capital

Two youths street-paraded in Iran capitalTehran, Iran, Dec. 01 – Two youths were street-paraded in Tehran by the State Security Forces, a state-run daily reported on Thursday.

The two unnamed youths had been arrested after armed clashes with police in the capital, according to the daily Iran.

They were paraded in Tehran’s Sattar-Khan region.