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Tuesday, June 24, 2008


John Bolton, the former American ambassador to the United Nations, has predicted that Israel could attack Iran after the November presidential election but before George W Bush's successor is sworn in. The Arab world would be "pleased" by Israeli strikes against Iranian nuclear facilities, he said in an interview with The Daily Telegraph. By Toby Harnden in Washington - >Read the Article

Iran Won't Rule Out U.S. Diplomatic Presence
TEHRAN, Iran -- Tehran would consider any U.S. request to set up a diplomatic presence in Iran, the country's official news agency reported on Tuesday. A Foreign Ministry official quoted by IRNA said "in principle, Iranian officials will consider requests they receive through formal channels."

Fields of Dreams: How Sanctions Hinder Iran's Gas Ambitions
As energy prices surge, the world is wondering where it will all end. Where will supplies come from in the future? Iran, sitting on the world’s second largest reserves of gas – in addition to huge quantities of oil – is tomorrow’s apparent answer.

Israel Prodding U.S. To Attack Iran
Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen leaves Tuesday night on an overseas trip that will take him to Israel, reports CBS News national security correspondent David Martin. The trip has been scheduled for some time but U.S. officials say it comes just as the Israelis are mounting a full court press to get the Bush administration to strike Iran's nuclear complex.

Iran's Rice Farmers ask Where's the Money
CHALUS, Iran -- From the lush paddy fields of northern Iran to the dusty grain bazaars of Tehran, the pain and paradoxes of the global crisis spawned by rising food and fuel prices are starkly on show. Rice prices have more than doubled in Iran since March but farmers working from sunrise to sunset in the rice-growing northern region around Chalus, a city on the Caspian Sea, say little of that money goes into their pockets. more

Iran Won't Rule Out U.S. Diplomatic Presence
TEHRAN, Iran -- Tehran would consider any U.S. request to set up a diplomatic presence in Iran, the country's official news agency reported on Tuesday. A Foreign Ministry official quoted by IRNA said "in principle, Iranian officials will consider requests they receive through formal channels." more

A Shot in the Dark
Efforts to persuade Iran to freeze its programme of uranium enrichment are entering a dangerous new phase. Viewed from Tehran, the west is playing a classic game of good cop, bad cop. The good cop, the EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, tells them that a package of incentives is still on the table if they halt enrichment. The bad cop, Israel, sends 100 fighter planes 870 miles into the eastern Mediterranean (the distance between Israel and Iran's main enrichment plant at Natanz) for an exercise designed to show military readiness for a long-range attack

Are Sanctioned Iranian Banks Actually Sponsoring Anti-Western Terror?
On the Web site of the largest bank in Iran, Bank Melli (also known as the National Bank of Iran), there are no details that could interest intelligence units. After all, what is there to look for in the bank when about a third of its investments are in agriculture and mines, and who even wants to find out how a bank based on the principles of Islam, which forbids charging interest, actually operates. But yesterday, when the sanctions imposed by the European Union against the bank - which has assets of about 38 billion dollars and some 3,300 branches in Iran and abroad - went into effect, it turned out that a great deal of information is apparently missing on the Web site

Rice 'Determined' to Reach Out to People of Iran
With the U.S. and Iran barely on speaking terms for nearly three decades, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice dropped an eyepopping hint Monday that the U.S. is considering a visa office in Iran to draw more Iranian visitors to the United States
Ignore Iran's Exiled Dream Merchants
When they worry about Washington, leading lights in the Iranian government imagine this kind of scene: a room packed with young and impassioned Iranian exiles and a few low-ranking US government officials debating how to prepare Iran's amorphous opposition movement for the day when the regime in Tehran seems weak enough to fall. The assumption at the heart of that debate is not whether Iran's government will collapse, but when and by what means.

Hezbollah: Iran's Army in Lebanon
Unfortunately, Lebanon is facing at the present time a crucial and fatal threat to the core and essence of its existence, its soul of coexistence and freedom
Iran Continues to Support Shiites, U.S. Report Says
WASHINGTON -- A new U.S. military report accused Iran of continuing to funnel weapons and money to Shiite militants across Iraq and described Iran as the "greatest long-term threat to Iraqi security."

Britain Removes People's Mujahedeen of Iran From Terror List
LONDON -- British lawmakers formally removed an Iranian opposition group from the U.K.'s list of banned terror groups on Monday, after a seven-year campaign by the organization. Legislators approved the decision of the Court of Appeal, which ruled in May that the People's Mujahedeen of Iran should no longer be listed as a proscribed group.
European Union approves new sanctions against Iran
By CONSTANT BRAND, Associated Press Writer : Mon Jun 23,
BRUSSELS, Belgium - EU nations approved new sanctions against Iran on Monday, imposing additional financial and travel restrictions on a list of Iranian companies and experts — including the country's largest bank. But don't expect the EU, China, Russia or the U.S. to agree anytime soon to tougher sanctions that would ban oil and gas exports from Tehran in response to its nuclear program plans.
Worst of Times for Iran
"Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure 19 pounds 19 shillings and six pence, result happiness. Annual income 20 pounds, annual expenditure 20 pounds and six pence, result misery," said Charles Dickens' Wilkins Micawber in the novel David Copperfield. Households in President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's Iran must suffer on a Dickensian scale, for they spend 10% more than their income, according to the country's central bank. Iran's data are more hilarious than reliable, to be sure, but they illustrate how ordinary Iranians are perishing in a sea of petrodollars.
Sarkozy Says Nuclear Iran Unacceptable
JERUSALEM -- Visiting French President Nicolas Sarkozy told the Knesset (parliament) plenum Monday a nuclear Iran is unacceptable and that anyone trying to destroy Israel will find France blocking the way.

Israel's Jets Not Enough
TEL AVIV -- Israel has spent years training for a possible bombing run against Iranian nuclear sites, but its air force may be too small to finish the job alone, officials and independent experts said yesterday. more

Iranians Told to Save Power or Face Daily Blackouts
TEHRAN -- Iranians on Saturday were told to cut their electricity consumption by 10 percent or face daily power cuts because of a severe drought and low production at hydroelectric power plants

Iran on Its Heels
For the first time since 2003, Iran has stumbled in Iraq. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's decision to confront Moqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army in Basra and Sadr City last month caught Tehran off guard. The Mahdi Army lost more than face: It surrendered large caches of arms, and many of its leaders fled or were killed or captured.

While the American presidential primaries have aroused much interest in Iran, the meteoric rise of Illinois senator Barak Obama has particularly focused the attention of Iranians. The color of his skin, his middle name—Hussein—and the fact that he had attended a Muslim school in Indonesia significantly contributed to the interest raised by the presumptive democratic party candidate for president.
By Raz Zimmt
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