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Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

This was the typical reaction of most Iranians a day after the first round of presidential elections in Iran, when they heard that the two candidates facing each other in the run-off were veteran politician and previous president Ayatollah Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and the little-known, ultra-conservative mayor of Tehran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

December 22.2005

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Friends of Humanity Newsletter )
Issue 22 December 22 2005
In this issue

  • Tehran has a network of tunnels to conceal nuclear program
  • Iraqi opposition rejects election results
  • Friends of Humanity co-sponsored a seminar in Huston
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    Iran exports terrorism and fundamentalism for a reason. It is to conceal its internal Human Rights record.

    While Iran’s nuclear and terrorism activities have been getting a lot of international attention during the past months the Human Rights records seem to be forgotten.

    Last week, the European Union issued a statement calling for “using United Nations instruments” to stop Tehran’s violations.

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    Iran’s Human Rights record should be taken before the Security Council as the nuclear and terrorism file and at the same time.

    We must remember one thing, getting more time is all this government wants and that should not be given to it.

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    Tehran has a network of tunnels to conceal nuclear program

    stopfundamentalism.com, 22 December 2005

    Tehran has built a network of tunnels and underground facilities to conceal parts of its nuclear program.

    The facilities conceal nuclear research workshops, atomic equipment and missile command and control centers.

    These underground facilities have been constructed in at least 14 sites near Tehran, Isfahan, and Qom.

    Iraqi opposition rejects election results

    35 Iraqi political groups demand international probe into alleged vote-rigging, threaten to boycott new parliament.

    Middle East Onlne, 22 December2005

    BAGHDAD – Thirty-five Iraqi political groups, including secular Shiites and Sunni Arabs, on Thursday rejected early results announced in the wake of last week’s general elections and called for a new poll.

    The groups, including the main Sunni Arab coalition, a secular Shiite bloc headed by former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, and the National Congress headed by former minister Ahmed Chalabi, also demanded an international probe into alleged vote-rigging and threatened to boycott the new parliament.

    Friends of Humanity co-sponsored a seminar in Huston

    Stop Iran’s exporting fundamentalism and terrorism into Iraq

    stopfundamentalisn.com, 22 December 2005

    FoH supported a seminar in Huston, Texas calling for a halt on exportation of terrorism and fundamentalism into Iraq by the Iranian regime.

    The speakers included, Mr. John Gibes representing Congressman Mr. Alan Green, Mrs. Mary Castle an economist and Mr. George Hernandez a Human Rights activist. Mrs. Sheila Jackson Lee also addressed the seminar in a written message.

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    Stark warning: US ambassador warns Iraqi interior minister

    US ambassador warns Iraqi interior ministerMIDDLE EAST ONLINE
    Khalilzad urges Iraqi leaders to form broad-based cross-ethnic and cross-sectarian government.
    BAGHDAD – The US ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, on Tuesday issued a stark warning to Iraq’s interior minister over the importance of impartiality, his second such rebuke within a week.
    "For a police force to be credible it has to have the confidence of all the communities," he said. "You can’t have someone regarded as sectarian as a minister of the interior," he said in his year end address.

    Iraq’s election result: a divided nation

    Iraq's election result: a divided nationHE INDEPENDENT, ONLINE EDITION
    By Patrick Cockburn
    21 December 2005

    Iraq is disintegrating. The first results from the parliamentary election last week show the country is dividing between Shia, Sunni and Kurdish regions.

    Religious fundamentalists now have the upper hand. The secular and nationalist candidate backed by the US and Britain was humiliatingly defeated.

    Iran holds tough line as talks resume

    Iran holds tough line as talks resumeBy Mark Heinrich
    December,21
    VIENNA (Reuters) –     Iran reaffirmed its determination to pursue a fully-fledged nuclear programme on Wednesday as the top three European powers reopened dialogue with Tehran over concerns that it is secretly trying to make atomic bombs.
     
    Confrontation rather than compromise has been brewing after declarations from Iran that the Holocaust is a myth and     Israel should be wiped out, and a     European Union accusation on Tuesday that Tehran has systematically violated human rights at home.

    December 21 2005

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    Friends of Humanity Newsletter )
    Issue 21 December 21 2005
    In this issue

  • Stark warning: US ambassador warns Iraqi interior minister
  • Iraq’s election result: a divided nation
  • Shiite bloc winning big in Iraq
  • Iran holds tough line as talks resume
  • The Iranian theocratic regime, during 27 years of its rule, has gained quite an experience on how to play with words, values and concepts.

    One such concept is “democracy.” Through out all the years, mullahs have managed to disguise themselves as a democratic government, at least partly to the west while Iranian people have been experiencing one of the darkest era of their history.

    All these years Mullahs have managed to show votes and people participation where there were actually boycotts and defiance.

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    Mullahs also managed to show improvements and Human Rights where there was actually torture and executions and show peaceful technical acquisition while they were actually perusing nuclear weapons.

    Well for now it seems like they were able to use their 27 years of experience in Hypocrisy in Iraqi elections.

    As one Iraqi said a few weeks ago, “Iraq is being occupied not by the coalition, but by Iran. The coalition will go someday but Iran is here to stay.”

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    Stark warning: US ambassador warns Iraqi interior minister

    MIDDLE EAST ONLINE

    Khalilzad urges Iraqi leaders to form broad-based cross-ethnic and cross-sectarian government.

    BAGHDAD – The US ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, on Tuesday issued a stark warning to Iraq’s interior minister over the importance of impartiality, his second such rebuke within a week.

    “For a police force to be credible it has to have the confidence of all the communities,” he said. “You can’t have someone regarded as sectarian as a minister of the interior,” he said in his year end address.

    Iraq’s election result: a divided nation

    THE INDEPENDENT, ONLINE EDITION, By Patrick Cockburn

    21 December 2005

    Iraq is disintegrating. The first results from the parliamentary election last week show the country is dividing between Shia, Sunni and Kurdish regions.

    Religious fundamentalists now have the upper hand. The secular and nationalist candidate backed by the US and Britain was humiliatingly defeated.

    Shiite bloc winning big in Iraq

    Ruling slate leads in early returns; Sunni predicts `disaster’

    Chicago Tribune, December 20, 2005

    BAGHDAD — Iraq’s ruling Shiite religious bloc has taken an overwhelming lead in last week’s election and appears destined to retain a strong grip on the government, according to early vote results released Monday by the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq.

    Sunni leaders expressed deep disappointment in the partial results from 11 of the 18 provinces and charged that there had been voter intimidation by the United Iraqi Alliance, the leading Shiite religious bloc that has ties with Iran.

    Iran holds tough line as talks resume

    December,21

    VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran reaffirmed its determination to pursue a fully-fledged nuclear programme on Wednesday as the top three European powers reopened dialogue with Tehran over concerns that it is secretly trying to make atomic bombs.

    Confrontation rather than compromise has been brewing after declarations from Iran that the Holocaust is a myth and Israel should be wiped out, and a European Union accusation on Tuesday that Tehran has systematically violated human rights at home.

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    Shiite bloc winning big in Iraq

    Ruling slate leads in early returns; Sunni predicts `disaster’

    Shiite bloc winning big in IraqChicago Tribune,  December 20, 2005

    BAGHDAD — Iraq’s ruling Shiite religious bloc has taken an overwhelming lead in last week’s election and appears destined to retain a strong grip on the government, according to early vote results released Monday by the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq.

    Sunni leaders expressed deep disappointment in the partial results from 11 of the 18 provinces and charged that there had been voter intimidation by the United Iraqi Alliance, the leading Shiite religious bloc that has ties with Iran.

    Iran uncompromising on eve of crucial nuclear talks

    Iran uncompromising on eve of crucial nuclear talksDecember 20, 2005
    Middle East Times
    TEHRAN —  Iran has spelled out clearly that it will not back away from its bid to conduct sensitive nuclear fuel work, limiting the chance for a compromise at a key meeting on Wednesday with Britain, France and Germany.

    For Iran, conducting fuel cycle work and enriching uranium to make reactor fuel is a "right" afforded to all signatories of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

     "Be certain that we will not back away one iota from our legitimate nuclear rights," Iran’s hardline President Mahmud Ahmadinejad said last week.

    Iran Bans Western Music on State Media

    Iran Bars Western Music on State MediaLos Angeles Times

    TEHRAN — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has barred all Western music from state radio and TV stations, partially reviving a ban imposed after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, when popular music was outlawed as un-Islamic under Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

    In recent years it had become common to hear hip-hop blaring from car radios in Tehran’s streets, and songs by Western pop stars such as Eric Clapton and the Eagles often accompanied Iranian broadcasts.

    IRAN: SWEDISH PARLIAMENT CUTS TIES WITH IRANIAN MAJLIS

    IRAN: SWEDISH PARLIAMENT CUTS TIES WITH IRANIAN MAJLISTehran, 20 Dec. (AKI) – The Swedish parliament has announced that it will be cutting all ties with the Iranian parliament, which is known as the Majlis. The speaker of the Swedish parliament, Bjorn von Sydow, announced that although he is restricted by constitutional limitations to only act in matters of foreign policy,"it is not reasonable to continue to have relations and contact with the parliament of a country that asks for the cancellation of another country."

    Sweden’s decision to cut all ties with Iran at parliamentary level follows a letter, sent by Rueven Reilin, president of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, in November, asking the parliaments of 80 countries to condemn the statements made by the Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who called for Israel to be "wiped off the map".