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UANI Newsletter Update

February 26, 2010

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Did You Know? “Shi’ite tradition holds that only sources of emulation (marja) may issue religious rulings — and Khamenei is not a marja. Although politically he is Iran’s supreme leader, religiously he is considered a minor ayatollah,” according to Radio Farda.

Top Stories

NYT: “Despite intense public and private pressure by the Obama administration, China has not yet shown any sign that it will support tougher sanctions against Iran, leaving a stubborn barrier before President Obama’s efforts to constrain Iran’s nuclear ambitions.”
Reuters: “Israel lobbied the United States on Thursday to promote ‘crippling’ sanctions against Iran to curb its nuclear program, but the Obama administration said it did not want to hurt the Iranian people.”
WP: “The presidents of Iran and Syria on Thursday ridiculed U.S. policy in the region and pledged to create a Middle East ‘without Zionists,’ combining a slap at recent U.S. overtures and a threat to Israel with an endorsement of one of the region’s defining alliances.”
Iran Disclosure Project

Nuclear Program

Reuters: “The United States said on Thursday it does not aim to impose crippling sanctions on Iran but rather to pressure the Iranian government to change course on its nuclear program while protecting ordinary people.”
AP: “Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says Iran is trying to influence the outcome of Iraq’s national election next month.”
LAT: “As many as four countries may refuse to support an expected United Nations resolution imposing new sanctions against Iran, threatening a setback for Western efforts to show a unified international effort, according to foreign diplomats close to the issue.”
Domestic Politics

LAT: “Thursday, Rafsanjani himself made comments at the mausoleum of revolutionary founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini that could widely be interpreted as a condemnation of the opposition movement.  ‘A spiraling wave of sedition is bearing down on Islam, revolution, the supreme leadership and the clergy,’ Rafsanjani said, according to comments posted to his website (in Persian). ‘This sedition has no intention of easing.'”
Radio Farda: “Such a fatwa — which was never published in any Iranian newspaper — and similar statements are meant to persuade non-Muslims that Islam forbids the use of such weapons, but they carry no legal weight in Iran. In addition, Shi’ite tradition holds that only sources of emulation (marja) may issue religious rulings — and Khamenei is not a marja. Although politically he is Iran’s supreme leader, religiously he is considered a minor ayatollah.”


Igor Pomerantsev for Radio Farda: “Radio jamming is the classical music of dictatorship. Now that music is being played in Iran, being played at full volume: Western radio stations broadcasting in Persian can no longer be heard there.”
Waleed Sadi in The Daily Star: “Though Iran’s elections last June were fraught with irregularity and pitted the conservative leadership headed by the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, against reformists led by Mir Hossein Mousavi, they have also set the tone for the future course of the nation, both domestically and externally.”
Michael Young in The National: “The US secretary of state Hillary Clinton admitted before a gathering of university students in Doha this month that the Obama administration did not intend to attack Iran. Her honesty was surely admirable, but also ill-advised when the United States is engaged in a stand-off with Tehran over its nuclear weapons program.”
Stephen Richer in The Daily Caller: “Joel has coined the NEDA Proposal, an acronym for: No tolerance for a nuclear Iran; Extend pre-emptive support to Israel; Develop human rights sanctions; and Assist democracy. The proposal was originally released to the Jerusalem Post.  The first two points utilize game theoretical tactics employed during the Cold War-by committing to military action, we forced the Soviets to withdraw in many instances.”
Saeed Kamali Dehghan in The Guardian: “More than 100 journalists and bloggers have been imprisoned in Iran since the disputed election last June, making it the world’s leading enemy of free expression. At least 65 remain in jail – more than any single country has imprisoned since 1996.”

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