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January 2008

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January 24, 2008

Iran TV Reviews Nuclear Case

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3Broadcast 23 January on Iranian state satellite TV (IRINN)... ... more

Posted at 7:53 AM

January 23, 2008

The China-Russia-Iran Axis

In an interview published yesterday in Front Page magazine by Jamie Glazov with Steve Schippert, Schippert discussed this trilateral anti-US alliance in the context of the recent NIE estimate and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the Russian shipment of nuclear fuel to Iran and the Chinese agreement with Iran for a massive long-term energy deal. Read the article here. Crossposted to The Satellite News.... ... more

Posted at 7:51 AM

January 20, 2008

Bravery of Kurds in War

Broadcast 19 January on Iranian state satellite TV (IRINN) [Off-screen announcer]: The people of the Kurdish lands, who were on the front lines during the attack by the Ba'thist enemy, with minimum resources and equipment showed in the fight against an enemy that was armed to the teeth that all the ethnic groups in Iran are more concerned with the national interest than anything else.... ... more

Posted at 8:29 AM

January 18, 2008

Saeed Jalili Visits China

Broadcast 18 January on Iranian state satellite TV (IRINN) Saeed Jalili, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, is also chairman of Iran's Supreme National Security Council. He succeeds Ali Ardeshir Larijani, who resigned last October. Jalili is much more in the mold of President Mahmoud Ahmadinezhad as a religious hard-liner. He is the author of a 1996 book in Persian on the Prophet Muhammad's foreign policy, in which he described in detail and with much approval the prophet's political tactics and strategies, and his stated objective of attaining eventual Muslim world domination. Crossposted to The Satellite News.... ... more

Posted at 7:15 AM

January 15, 2008

Pakistan does not control Islamic terrorists

Pakistan's premier military intelligence agency has lost control of some of the networks of Pakistani militants it has nurtured since the 1980s, and is now suffering the violent blowback of that policy, two former senior intelligence officials and other officials close to the agency say. [...] The growing strength of the militants, many of whom now express support for Al Qaeda's global jihad, presents a grave threat to Pakistan's security, as well as NATO efforts to push back the Taliban in Afghanistan. American officials have begun to weigh more robust covert operations to go after Al Qaeda in the lawless... ... more

Posted at 3:28 PM

January 9, 2008

Honor killings to begin 2008

Since the beginning of the New Year we have had several worrying news about men killing women belonging to their families, due to Islamic honor or Hindu castes. First there was the story of the Said sisters, who were allegedly killed by their father, 50-year-old Yaser Abdel Said. Both girls, 18 and 17-years-old, were found dead, with several shots, in their father's taxi. He has not been seen since and police is searching for him.... ... more

Posted at 2:26 PM

January 5, 2008

The Duel in Islam

In a New York Post article yesterday, after briefly reviewing the history since Ottoman times of efforts to promote Muslim governments, Amir Taheri describes the differences between the models being offered today by resurgent movements in Turkey and Iran. Read the article here. Crossposted from The Satellite News... ... more

Posted at 1:29 PM

January 1, 2008

Iran Inner and Outer Circles

Yesterday the news aggregate site Iran va Jahan reprinted a Los Angeles Times article by Borzou Daragahi about the Byzantine workings of Iranian power and authority. The article cited examples of how the supreme leader's authority is sometimes trumped by competing economic interests, especially when he tries to promote the government's privatization program. Read the article here Crossposted to The Satellite News... ... more

Posted at 3:28 PM

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