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Eye On Iran: U.S. Enriches Companies Defying Its Policy on Iran – Iran’s Ahmadinejad: Sept. 11 Attacks a ‘Big Lie’ – UANI on FOX News

March 8, 2010

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Front Page of the Sunday NYT: “The federal government has awarded more than $107 billion in contract payments, grants and other benefits over the past decade to foreign and multinational American companies while they were doing business in Iran, despite Washington’s efforts to discourage investment there, records show…Indeed, of the 74 companies The Times identified as doing business with both the United States government and Iran, 49 continue to do business there with no announced plans to leave…But Representative Ron Klein, a Florida Democrat who wrote the contracting provision moving through Congress with the help of a lobbying group called United Against Nuclear Iran, said it offered a way forward with or without international agreement.” http://nyti.ms/duPO8G

AP: “Iran’s hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday called the official version of the Sept. 11 attacks a ‘big lie’ used by the U.S. as an excuse for the war on terror, state media reported.” http://bit.ly/9N4c07
 
AP: “Iran announced Sunday that it has started a new production line of highly accurate, short range cruise missiles, which would add a new element to the country’s already imposing arsenal.” http://bit.ly/bwbhX9
 
Iran Disclosure Project

Nuclear Program

Reuters: “The Obama administration has boosted U.S. defense ties to Israel and will close ranks with its ally against any threat from a nuclear-armed Iran, Vice President Joe Biden said on Monday ahead of a trip to Israel.” http://nyti.ms/bRrEXx
 
Reuters: “China’s Foreign Minister said on Sunday new sanctions on Iran will not solve the standoff over its nuclear program, while chiding the United States after two months of tensions between the big powers.” http://bit.ly/9gAL6y
 
FOX News on UANI’s Caterpillar Campaign: http://bit.ly/a1kCeg

Human Rights

Reuters: “Iranian authorities prevented a son of prominent opposition figure Mehdi Karoubi from leaving the country for London and confiscated his passport, Karoubi’s website reported on Saturday.” http://bit.ly/avMNQp

Foreign Affairs
 
Reuters: “Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad travels to neighboring Afghanistan on Monday for talks with his counterpart Hamid Karzai, an Iranian news agency reported on Sunday.” http://bit.ly/cFteqb
 
Reuters: “Iran has given Russian commercial pilots working in the Islamic Republic two months to leave the country as it has no need for them, Transport Minister Hamid Behbahani was quoted as saying on Saturday.” http://bit.ly/a1GxQy

Opinion

Mark Wallace in the Detroit News: “But government action alone has proven incapable of checking Iran’s leaders. That’s why the private sector has a vital role to play. By severing economic ties with Iran, Western companies can reinforce the international community’s efforts to stop Iran’s nuclear weapons program.” http://bit.ly/c0lwOo

Jad Mouawad in NYT: “Diplomacy and energy are never far apart in the Persian Gulf. So, as American officials seek new international sanctions against Iran this week, it’s probably wise for them to remember how much the world’s global energy map has changed over the past decade.” http://nyti.ms/d186M1
 
David Ignatius in WP: “The Obama administration is struggling to craft a new round of U.N. sanctions against Iran that achieves more than this feel-good impact. The ambitious goal is ‘to cut off the revenues that fund Iran’s nuclear and missile programs,’ says a senior administration official.” http://bit.ly/b3JV6m
 
Abbas Djavadi for Radio Farda: “Behind the populist rhetoric about ‘brotherly relations between Iran and Iraq,’ however, Iran’s role in Iraqi affairs seem to be directed more toward gaining influence in order to reduce security threats against Iran rather than to destabilize Iraq. A recent study by the International Crisis Group found that ‘the evidence of attempted destabilizing Iranian intervention is far less extensive and clear than is alleged.'” http://bit.ly/aWElOr

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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