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November 27, 2009

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Did You Know? Iran is slightly larger in land mass than Alaska. 

Top Stories

NYT: “One day after the director general of the United Nations nuclear watchdog castigated Iran for blocking inquiries into its nuclear program, the organization’s governing body added a further rebuke Friday, demanding that the country freeze operations “immediately” at a once-secret uranium enrichment plant.”
NYT: “The director general of the United Nations nuclear watchdog declared in unusually blunt language on Thursday that Iran had stonewalled investigators about evidence that the country had worked on nuclear weapons design, and that his efforts to reveal the truth had “effectively reached a dead end.”
AP: “Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won support for his country’s nuclear ambitions and expanded his reach in Latin America in a three-country goodwill tour that took him to close ally Venezuela for his final stop.”

Alert Your Representative

Human Rights
NYT: “So now we know what really gives the Iranian regime nightmares.  New Jersey.  A Newsweek reporter accused of spying in Tehran says his interrogator seemed peculiarly obsessed with the Garden State.”
WP: “Iranian authorities have confiscated the Nobel Peace Prize medal awarded to Shirin Ebadi in 2003 for her work as a lawyer and human rights activist, a close associate of hers said Thursday.”
AP: “Iran brought new espionage charges against an Iranian-American scholar who was already convicted of spying and sentenced to 15 years in prison in the country’s crackdown following June’s disputed presidential election, a human rights group said Thursday.”

Domestic Politics
AP: “When Iran holds state-run ceremonies this week for an important Islamic feast day, there will be one very noticeable change: former President Hashemi Rafsanjani will not be leading the prayers.  The removal of Rafsanjani from the high-profile role is the latest slap by the ruling establishment against the single figure they may fear most – a powerful combination of elder statesman, super-wealthy tycoon and head of the only group empowered to remove Iran’s supreme leader.”
NYT Editorial Board: “Iran’s fraudulently elected president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, will clearly stop at nothing to stifle legitimate dissent and hold on to his illegitimate power. The most recent horror is the sharp rise in executions since the June presidential elections.”
WP Editorial Board: “For several years, U.S. policy in Latin America has aimed at forging a partnership with Brazil. Like the Bush administration before it, the Obama administration sees Latin America’s largest country as an emerging superpower whose economic dynamism and relatively stable democracy make it a natural ally.”
Maziar Bahari in the WP: “Since I was released from Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison last month, the questions have come again and again: Can we still talk to these people? Should the Obama administration engage in dialogue with Iran? What should the West do in nuclear negotiations?”
Roger Cohen in the NYT: “There is a Persian saying that goes, ‘Your coming is in your hands, but your leaving is in the hands of God.’  Shortly before I left Iran on June 24, there was a late-night knock at the door of my hotel room. Alright, I thought, this is it.”
Gerald F. Seib in the WSJ: “Almost without notice, a small initiative to help democratic reformers in Iran is moving through the U.S. Congress. The notion is disarmingly simple: With a small investment of money, the U.S. government can help Iranian citizens get around efforts by the Iranian regime to block their use of the Internet to communicate with each other and the outside world.”




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