Sunday, December 17, 2006

Ahmadinejad's buddies face pushback in elections: DBI

Sunday's Daily Briefing on Iran.
Ahmadinejad's allies struggle in Iran elections.
  • Reuters reported Ahmadinejad's allies failed to dominate elections for a powerful Iranian clerical body and local councils, early results showed.
Iran offers to transfer nuclear technology to its neighbors.
  • The International Herald Tribune reported that Ahmadinejad said Saturday his country was ready to transfer nuclear technology to neighboring countries, after Arab states on the Persian Gulf announced plans to consider a joint nuclear program.
How Iran’s Leader Keeps the West Off Balance.
  • The New York Times reported that last week's widely publicized demonstration in Tehran against Ahmadinejad was reported by the Iranian media which means it had the support of the Supreme Leader.
Blair calls talk of Iran dialogue "overstated"
  • Reuters reported that Tony Blair said he thought talk of the West opening dialogue with Iran and Syria on how to defuse regional tensions and help stem violence in Iraq had been "overstated".
Here is a news items you may have missed.
  • Victor Davis Hanson, The Washington Times argued that one of the many bizarre recommendations in the recent report from the bipartisan Iraq Study Group is the call to talk with Iran. A formal dialogue with the present Iranian leadership is, for a number of reasons, as misguided as it is amoral.
Thank you Doctor Zin and Team for all of your hard work and diligence to bring us this important news. It is appreciated. Everyone have a nice day.