|Egypt Shuts Iranian TV Station Office in Cairo|
CAIRO -- Egypt, irritated with Iran over a film on the assassination of President Anwar Sadat, shut down the Cairo offices of an Iranian television station that it said was not properly licensed, security sources said on Thursday. The sources said police closed the offices of Iran's state-owned Arabic Al-Alam television on Tuesday because it did not have a broadcasting licence, and confiscated computers and photo equipment. They gave no further explanation for the move.
|Why Bother with Iran Negotiations?|
The so-called international community and the American left had pressured the Bush administration to talk to Iran about its nuclear program. Barack Obama says he would negotiate with leaders of regimes like Iran and North Korea. The futility, even stupidity, of such a move was revealed following a meeting with the head of Iran’s nuclear program by the State Department’s William Burns. more
|Advanced S-300 on Way to Iran|
Iran is likely to begin receiving advanced S-300 anti-aircraft systems by the end of the year, defense officials said Wednesday. The S-300 is one of the best multi-target anti-aircraft-missile systems in the world today and has a reported ability to track up to 100 targets simultaneously while engaging up to 12 at the same time. more
After the Ayatollah Khomeini and other mullahs took control of Iran in 1979, they vowed to create "the government of God on Earth" - but they actually created a stunningly cruel regime.
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|Talking Into the Sunset|
It's the season for peace talks in the Middle East, as the region watches the clock and waits for the departure of the Bush administration. Some of what's going on is real and some of it is illusion, but to a student of diplomatic intrigue all of it is interesting. So here's a brief guide to the Syrian and Iranian negotiating tracks:
Iran's Gasoline Imports Prime Target for Sanctions
|Iran Will Not 'Retreat One Iota' Over Nuke Program|
YASOUJ, Iran -- Iran will not "retreat one iota" over its disputed nuclear program, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday. At a meeting with Iran's chief nuclear negotiator in Geneva on Saturday, six world powers gave Iran two weeks to answer calls to rein in its nuclear activities, which they suspect may be aimed at producing atom bombs, or face tougher sanctions.
|Deciphering White House Policy On Iran|
One can be forgiven for not understanding the Bush administration's policy as it tries to prevent Iran developing nuclear weapons. The evolution of policy, from naming Iran a member of the “axis of evil” in 2002, to last week’s dispatch of the State Department’s third ranking official, Under Secretary William Burns, to join Washington’s allies at a negotiating table with Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, has been quite a long and frustrating path.
The recent indictment by the International Criminal Court accusing the Sudanese President Omar al Bashir of masterminding genocide in Darfur must have sent a shiver down the spines of African and Arab leaders whose grip on power seemed until recently unchallenged. For more than half a century, leaders from these two regions have followed the example set by the late Egyptian revolutionary President Jamal Abdul Nasser: to rule recklessly without a mandate and no accountability.
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