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Eye On Iran – Newsletter

February 24, 2010

Did You Know? “The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency says Iran possesses chemicals that can induce bleeding, blistering, and choking, as well as the bombs and artillery shells to deliver these agents,” according to the Council on Foreign Relations. http://bit.ly/aXHnz9

Top Stories

NYT: “Iran offered a formal, written response Tuesday to a Western-backed plan to defuse the crisis surrounding its nuclear ambitions, but Tehran’s reply was couched in terms the United States and its allies have already dismissed, according to Iranian accounts and diplomats.” http://nyti.ms/95Fz5d

Der Spiegel: “The EU is preparing tough sanctions against Iran’s energy and financial sectors, according to a confidential list of proposals drawn up for EU foreign ministers and obtained by Spiegel Online. The measures, aimed at forcing Iran to back down in the nuclear dispute, would have a dramatic impact on the economy.” http://bit.ly/dvyAAd ;

NYT: “Iranian officials on Tuesday hailed the capture of a Sunni rebel leader as a major antiterrorist coup, and sought to portray his arrest as a victory over Britain, the United States and Israel, saying those countries had supported the insurgent group.” http://nyti.ms/a5SRr8
 

Iran Disclosure Project

Nuclear Program

Reuters: “Bank of Israel governor Stanley Fischer flew to China on Wednesday to urge Beijing to back tough sanctions against Iran over its suspected nuclear weapons project.” http://nyti.ms/cYUIcv
 
FT: “The US is stepping up pressure on Turkey to back new sanctions against Iran, highlighting the difficulties Washington faces in forging a consensus on Tehran’s nuclear program.” http://bit.ly/c4hIDC
 
AP: “Bank Mellat of Iran on Wednesday won a preliminary court ruling against sanctions imposed by the British government.” http://bit.ly/bXVkEU
 
Reuters: “Russia will not support ‘crippling’ sanctions against Iran, including any that may be slapped on the Islamic Republic’s banking or energy sectors, a senior Russian diplomat said Wednesday.” http://bit.ly/ayddcz

Domestic Politics
 
FT: “Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, Iran’s former president, said on Tuesday there were signs of reconciliation between the regime and the political opposition.  He added that the rally to mark the 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution this month, which was relatively peaceful and passed without large opposition protests, had shown the ‘improvement of solidarity’ in the country.” http://bit.ly/aULAJ3
 
Foreign Affairs
 
Reuters: “Russia hardened its position on the stalled sale of the S-300 air defense system to Iran on Wednesday, saying it would not sell weapons if it leads to destabilization in any region.” http://nyti.ms/9ijjX7
 
LAT: “Contradictory accounts clouded Iran’s announcement Tuesday that it had captured the leader of a Sunni Muslim militant group it has been fighting for years.” http://bit.ly/cQLDbD
 
AFP: “Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva said the global community, in its quest for peace, should avoid isolating Iran over its controversial nuclear program.” http://bit.ly/9pQQqY
 
Culture

Radio Farda: “An official Iranian report says nearly 5 million grade-school students in the country of 70 million have failed to pass their end-of-year exams since 2004.” http://bit.ly/aJhsaJ

Opinion

David Ignatius in The Australian: “Iran is conducting what US officials say is a broad covert-action campaign to influence Iraq’s elections next month, pumping money and other assistance to its allies.  The best way to counter this assault, US officials have decided, is by exposing it publicly.” http://bit.ly/9oih4S
 
Zbigniew Brzezinski in WP: “What I have said repeatedly is that an Israeli attack on Iran through U.S.-controlled airspace would make the United States complicit, and the United States would then become the target of Iranian retaliation.” http://bit.ly/8Xvf8E
 
Reza Zia-Ebrahimi in The Guardian: “Washington and other western capitals seem to lack an efficient policy to support Iran’s protest movement. They wish that the so-called green movement could replace the current military-messianic alliance at the country’s helm with a more reasonable interlocutor that would be amenable to solve Iran’s nuclear dossier, and co-operate in other arenas, chiefly Iraq and Afghanistan.” http://bit.ly/dgksdH
 
Rick Santorum in The Philadelphia Inquirer: “Why is this important for nonscientists to understand? Because up until last week, Iran had claimed that its nuclear program was meant to enrich uranium to a concentration of 3.5 percent uranium-235, which is the level necessary for nuclear power generation. In early February, however, Iran announced it was moving to enrich uranium to the 19.75 percent level required for ‘medical use purposes.'” http://bit.ly/bCqyuj

Eye on Iran is a periodic news summary from United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) a program of the American Coalition Against Nuclear Iran, Inc., a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Eye on Iran is not intended as a comprehensive media clips summary but rather a selection of media elements with discreet analysis in a PDA friendly format. For more information please email Press@UnitedAgainstNuclearIran.com

United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) is a non-partisan, broad-based coalition that is united in a commitment to prevent Iran from fulfilling its ambition to become a regional super-power possessing nuclear weapons.  UANI is an issue-based coalition in which each coalition member will have its own interests as well as the collective goal of advancing an Iran free of nuclear weapons.

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