Friday, October 20, 2006

Ahmadinejad: Claims divine inspiration...again

Thursday's Daily Briefing on Iran.
Ahmadinejad claims divine inspiration.
  • reported that the President of the Islamic Republic Ahmadinejad said "I have a connection with God."
UNSC to present Iran sanctions draft next week.
  • reported that France 's U.N. Ambassador Jean-Marc de La Sabliere said Tuesday he hopes to circulate a draft U.N. resolution that is expected to call for sanctions on Iran for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment and return to negotiations on its nuclear program.
  • BBC News reported that diplomats at the UN are working on a resolution proposing sanctions against Iran for its refusal to halt controversial nuclear activities. They aim to introduce the draft resolution to the UN Security Council next week.
Iran warns sanctions will wreck any possibility for compromise.
  • Fox News reported that Iran warned on Wednesday that a likely U.N. Security Council resolution for imposing sanctions against Tehran would wreck any possibility for a compromise to resolve the standoff over the country's nuclear program.
Germany: Iran and Korea the greatest threats to world peace.
  • Reuters reported that German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that the nuclear programs of Iran and North Korea pose the two greatest threats to world peace and could spark a nuclear arms race among their neighbors.
Iran sends Human Rights abuser to UN Human Rights meeting.
  • Voice of America reported that the Iranian government sent interior minister Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi as its representative to a meeting on Human Rights in Geneva , Switzerland . Mr. Pour-Mohammadi is notorious for his role in the Iranian clerical regime's abuse of human rights.
Iranian sleeper cells confirmed in Kuwait.
  • Middle East Newsline reported that Kuwaiti officials said Iranian agents have established sleeper cells within Kuwait 's huge Shi'ite community.
More on the Islamic Republic's ban of high speed Internet to cut the West's influence.
  • The Guardian reported that Iran 's Islamic government has opened a new front in its drive to stifle domestic political dissent and combat the influence of western culture - by banning high-speed internet links.
Here are a few other news items you may have missed.
  • Henri Sokolski, The Weekly Standard reported that a decision to bomb should turn less on when we think Iran will "go nuclear" (something we are sure to get wrong) or how effective our first strike might be (also a matter of uncertainty) than on what we and Iran are likely to do with the time such a strike might conceivably buy. There are things we can do that would limit their options.
  • Yahoo News reported that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will meet President Vladimir Putin for talks focusing on Israeli concerns over Iran 's Russian-backed nuclear program and Russian weapons sales in the Middle East.
  • Reuters reported that Human Rights Watch called on Iran to immediately revoke bans on students from attending university because they hold political beliefs not to the government's liking.
  • Reporters Without Borders condemned the arrests of six journalists in the past week and called for the release of all journalists detained in Iran.
  • Reuters reported that the Dutch government has granted special asylum rights to Iranian homosexuals.
  • Ken Catalino, Townhall published a cartoon: My Turn!
Please let me know if you like the news from Iran better this way, or would you prefer I just gave the title of the topics? If you would like me to do it this way, this is fine.

I will just need to move it to another page so you can view all the articles. It takes up a good amount of space, and others write here as well. I do not want them to be overlooked. :)