Friday, December 22, 2006

Sanctions on Iran: DBI

Friday's Daily Briefing on Iran.
UN poised to pass Iran sanctions despite threat.
  • The Guardian reported that the United Nations Security Council is finally expected to pass a resolution to impose international sanctions on Iran. Iran has threatened immediate retaliation.
  • The Jerusalem Post reported that Condoleezza Rice said the United States supports a draft UN sanctions resolution against Iran even though it omits a mandatory travel ban against several Iranians involved in the country's nuclear and missile programs.
Iran "Votes"... or does it?
  • Michael Ledeen, The National Review Online reminded us that the first step toward understanding the Iranian “elections” is that they weren’t. Elections, that is, at least in our common understanding of the term, namely the people vote and the counters count those votes and so we find out what the people want. That’s not what happens in Iran , where both the candidates and the results are determined well in advance of the casting of ballots.
  • The Wall Street Journal reported that given the limited political choices the regime offers its voters, the "election" indicates that most Iranians dislike the regime and that they take no pleasure in their president's status as a moral pariah.
British Soldier 'Gave Army Secrets to Iran '
  • The Times Online reported that a British soldier has been charged with passing secret information linked to the military campaign in Afghanistan to Iran.
Carter's Arab financiers also financed the Islamic Revolution in Iran.
  • Rachel Ehrenfeld, The Washington Times provided a quick survey of former president Jimmy Carter's Arab financiers, particularly the Pakistani Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI).
Here are a few other news items you may have missed.
  • The Times Online reported while Iran has threatened to launch an oil bourse, a commodity exchange which would challenge the petrodollar by setting oil prices in euros, there has been little progress in establishing the bourse, which failed to launch as planned last March.
  • The New York Times reported that Saudi newspapers now denounce Iran’s growing power. Religious leaders here, who view Shiism as heresy, have begun talking about a “Persian onslaught” that threatens Islam. In the salons and diwans of Riyadh, the “Iranian threat” is raised almost as frequently as the stock market.
  • The Daily Star reported that Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Qabbani condemned on Thursday what he described as Iran's "blatant intervention" in Lebanese affairs and urged an end to foreign pressure on Lebanon.
  • Iran Press News sent us photos of a book burning in Iran - Reflections of Germany in the 1930's?
Thank you, Doctor Zin and Team, for your dedication in bringing us this news about what is actually happening in Iran concerning the national security, human rights, prolitical prisoners and the plain truth. We really do appreciate you. Everyone have a nice day.