Monday, January 15, 2007

Largest ME Alignment since the 1950's

Monday's Daily Briefing on Iran.
The Biggest Mideast Alignment since the 1950's.
  • The Jerusalem Post reported that the Middle East has undergone a dramatic shift in alignments, perhaps more significant than anything that has happened since the 1950s.
Iran, Venezuela agree to thwart ‘ US domination’.
  • YNet News reported that Presidents Chavez, Ahmadinejad said they are ready to spend billions of dollars to finance projects in other countries to help thwart US domination.
  • The Scotsman reported that Venezuela and Iran are ready to spend up to £1 billion to help other countries free themselves from domination by the United States.
Cheney's Warning to Iran : Keep Your Hands Off Iraq.
  • FOX News reported that in an interview Vice President Cheney warned Iran to stop supporting the insurgents in Iraq.
  • DEBKAfile reported that the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff told Congress Friday that Iranians are now on the US target list in Iraq.
Iran demands nationals' release.
  • BBC News reported that Iran has demanded that the US military immediately release five of its nationals detained in a raid in northern Iraq on Thursday.
Russia abandons the Islamic Republic.
  • Iran Press News reported that the vice-chairman of the security and foreign policy of the Islamic parliament (the Majles) said: "The next steps that the Islamic Republic must take to deal with such countries as Russia , that take hostile actions against us, is to cut off ties…trade, economic and political relations with them."
Here are two news items you may have missed.
  • Iran Press News reported that the environmental advisor to the mayor of Tehran said: “The environmental crisis in Tehran has reached such serious and deadly proportions that from mid-October to mid-November 4500 people died of heart attacks which were 80% related to air pollution.”
  • Fars News Agency reported that Iranian officials strongly rejected rumors about eruption of clashes between Iranian and US battleships in the Persian Gulf.
Thank you, Doctor Zin and Team, for all the hard work you do. Having this news is very important, and we sure aren't going to get it from our own press. Have a nice day.