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Eye On Iran: Iran Closes Newspaper and Magazine Critical of Government

March 2, 2010

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Did You Know? “In 1979, Ayatollah Khomenei said Iran needed to return to Islamic values and cleanse itself of what he termed ‘Westoxification’.  Protesters chant ‘Independence, Freedom, Iranian republic’  Today’s protesters, largely young city-dwellers, have inverted the chant to’Estaghlal, Azadi, Jomhuriye Irani’ (Eng: Independence, Freedom, Iranian Republic),” according to BBC News.

Top Stories

WP: “Iran closed a leading newspaper and magazine critical of the government on Monday, further silencing dissenting voices in the Islamic republic after months of anti-government demonstrations.”
Reuters: “China stood its ground that diplomacy was the best way to resolve the standoff over Iran’s nuclear program, as U.S. diplomats arrived in Beijing on Tuesday for talks on Tehran and North Korea’s atomic ambitions.”
Reuters: “Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday there was still room for diplomacy rather than sanctions to produce a solution to the dispute with Iran over its nuclear program.”
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Nuclear Program

WSJ: “Caterpillar Inc. has prohibited its non-U.S. subsidiaries from accepting orders known to be headed to Iran, the heavy-equipment manufacturer said in a letter to a lobbyist group.  Caterpillar, of Peoria, Ill., has acknowledged in the past that its equipment is sold in Iran despite U.S. sanctions that prohibit most American exports to the Islamic Republic.”
Reuters: “The new UN nuclear agency chief said his report Iran could be trying to develop a nuclear-armed missile was factual and impartial, rejecting Iranian suggestions he was biased towards Western powers.”
FOX News: “Caterpillar, the giant American construction equipment company, has announced it will make sure its earth movers and bulldozers no longer end up in Iranian hands.  Questions about whether Caterpillar equipment may have helped build some of the secret tunnels or underground bunkers that hide Iran’s disputed nuclear facilities were raised by the group, United Against Nuclear Iran.”

Human Rights
AP: “The Tehran prosecutor says an internationally acclaimed Iranian filmmaker has been detained as he hosted guests at his home.  The state IRNA news agency says Jafar Panahi was taken into custody late Monday.”
LAT: “This is what it’s like to be a reporter in today’s Iran: To cover the recent anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, you had to wear a bright yellow bib identifying you as a journalist and sit in a designated area where you could hear and see President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speak, but not the thousands of protesters nearby.  But this is also what it’s like to be a reporter in today’s Iran: You see ordinary people on the bus on the way to work and shopping for groceries in the market.”

Foreign Affairs

Reuters: “Iran launched a fierce verbal assault on the West on Monday, charging some European countries of subjecting Muslim communities to insult and violence and suggesting the United States and Europe aided terrorism.”
Reuters: “Iran’s air force will soon test a new version of a 2000-pound guided-bomb, a top Iranian military commander said on Monday.”


Jamsheed Choksy in WSJ: “The statement is part bravado, but it also offers an important clue about the Iranian regime’s mind set and ultimate goal. Its nuclear program, support for terrorism and stirring of anti-American sentiments are aimed at vaulting Iran to a position of global prominence.”
Nukes and Spooks in McClatchy: “Finally, you have to hand it to UANI. UANI stands for United Against Nuclear Iran, and this private group has been conducting a very effective ‘name and shame’ campaign against U.S. and international companies that do business in, or with, Iran.  UANI’s most recent target has been Caterpillar, the huge construction equipment firm…Caterpillar relented last Friday, joining a growing list of firms UANI has embarassed out of business in Iran. Last September, the group also shamed numerous New York hotels and banquet sites out of plans to provide space to Ahmadinejad and his delegation to the U.N. General Assembly.”
Fiorello Provera in The Daily Star: “This year will be a crucial and uncertain one for the Islamic Republic of Iran – and for its relations with the European Union. The domestic hostility toward the regime that erupted in the aftermath of the disputed presidential elections last June has not died away; in fact it has become stronger and more determined.”

News Analysis

Howard LaFranchi in CS Monitor: “The West’s drive for tougher sanctions on Iran – and in particular for measures targeting Iran’s Revolutionary Guards – appears to be hitting a nerve in Tehran.”

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

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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