CBS News – August 30, 2010
(AP) TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iran says it has set a 2020 target date to build its first experimental nuclear fusion reactor, a feat that has yet to be achieved by any nation. Iran said in July that its nuclear agency began research on the experimental reactor. Nuclear fusion, the process powering the sun and stars, has so far only been mastered as a weapon, producing the thermonuclear explosions of hydrogen bombs. It has never been harnessed for power generation. Asghar Sediqzadeh, the head of the new fusion research center, is quoted by the semi-official ISNA news agency as saying the center will hire 100 experts to join the national project.
Tehran is not known to have carried out anything but basic fusion research.
(This version CORRECTS APNewsNow; Corrects date in headline) – Source: CBS News
Mansur Rastani, PhD
In 1971 there was a campaign of pro abortion rights where women who had had abortions came forward with their pictures and said: I have had an abortion. There are now 300 of us with our photos saying: we have turned away from religion. The news of our coming together exploded in German society. At our press conference, 110 media outlet representatives attended, including Reuters, BBC, CNN and others. At the press conference we said that we are representing another policy. We are against the division of the world into Islamic and non-Islamic countries. We are against the label that all those who have left Islam-stricken countries are Muslim or that being Muslim is their most important characteristic. At the press conference, I said they have put so many labels on us; I in turn would like to put a label on Islamic organisations – out of date.
Today I have come to say our campaign has received unprecedented support from innumerable people. I receive 250-300 letters daily – most of which congratulate me and calling me brave. 3% say they will kill me with god’s poison. 3 hours after my picture and interview was published In Focus where I said I was born into a Muslim family by accident and that I was 14 when I turned away from Islam, the German police were at the door of my home saying I had to be protected because the Islamists had threatened to kill me. The political Islamic movement is an international movement and assassination is one of the important means they use.
People ask me if I am not afraid to speak out against the Islamists. I say I know this movement very well. We have brought the leaders of this movement in Iran to their knees. 28 years ago I was given an execution sentence by Khomeini and the Islamic regime’s leaders. But today I say if we stay silent, they will stone women in the streets of Germany and England in a few years.
Governments compromise with Islamic groups – the German, British and European governments. They organise conferences with terrorist organisations about how to integrate people like us in society. When they label us as Muslims and put us all in one sack, they make the leaders of Islamic organisations our leaders and leave it up to them to ‘integrate us’.
In politics in Europe you hear only two versions of the veil – either that of the politicians or the Islamic groups. We have risen up and now want to do something so that Maryam Namazie is heard instead. This is another politics. We are for the universality of human rights. We say that religious affiliation is not the main identification of anyone in this century. All have the right to be free, prosperous, love and be loved in the 21 century. We will not allow governments, hand in hand with Islamists, to violate the rights of the children, women and men who have fled Islam-stricken countries.
We represent a new renaissance in Europe. We defend secularism. We defend freedom of expression and speech. In Germany, they cancel a theatre because of its criticism of Islam. In these two weeks I have seen that the vast support we have received is an international movement. Hand in hand with people across the world, we are saying stop. Enough is enough.
Against political Islam, against the policies of tolerance and multi- culturalism of Western governments, against the attempts to portray political Islam and its inhuman policies as people’s culture. We defend the universality of human rights.
I hope that this type of organisation is begun in various countries and that this becomes international in order to push political Islam back.
Source: Scoop Independent News
To see Mina’s speech, go to: http://video.google.co.uk/videoplay?docid=1062474811093542856
Mina Ahadi is founder of Central Council of Ex-Muslims and Political Bureau member of the Worker-communist Party of Iran. The above is her speech at a March 8 seminar on Women’s Rights, the Veil and Islamic and religious laws in London. Other speakers were Sonja Eggerickx: President of the International Humanist and Ethical Union; Ann Harrison: Researcher, Middle East and North Africa Department of Amnesty International’s International Secretariat; Maryam Namazie: Director of the Worker-communist Party of Iran’s International Relations Committee, 2005 National Secular Society’s Secularist of the Year Award Winner and producer of International TV; and Taslima Nasrin: Physician, writer, radical feminist, human rights activist and secular humanist.
CNN Wire Staff – August 27, 2010
Paris, France (CNN) — France has asked the European Union to come up new tacks against Iran to stop a pending execution of a woman sentenced to be stoned to death.
Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner raised the issue with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, asking that measures be studied to bring Iran to stop such violations of human rights, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Friday. “We need to encourage the Union in initiatives to remind Iranian authorities that, as well on the nuclear file, their attitude of isolation has a price, which they can liberate as soon as they choose a more responsible behavior and more in line with their international commitments on the subject of human rights,” Kouchner said in a letter to Ashton published in the French press. Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a mother of two, has been sentenced to death for adultery. Last month, Iran’s top human rights official said the Islamic regime is reviewing her sentence as international outrage emerged over the development. The International Committee Against Stoning, a human rights group, said a court has delayed the final verdict of the woman. Iran announced she will not be executed during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Wolftribe100 August 23, 2010
Question for Miss Australia: Legislation Banning Certain kind of religious clothing has caused controversy around the world, what role should a government play in determining such a personal preference?
Miss Australia’s answer to the question: One of the greatest things we have is the freedom of choice and tonight we wore the swimsuit which designed by Paula ….. Fashion is freedom and I don’t think the government should have any saying on what we wear.
Miss Ausralia Jesinta Campbell got the 3rd place in the Miss Universe competition.
lefthandedart August 22, 2010
A man walks through the crowd at the Ground Zero protest and is mistaken as a Muslim. The crowd turns on him and confronts him. The man in the blue hard hat calls him a coward and tries to fight him. The tall man who I think was one of the organizers tried to get between the two men. Later I caught up with the man who’s name is Kenny. He is a Union carpenter who works at Ground Zero. We discussed what a scary moment that was for him. I told him that I hoped it did not ruin his day.
Washington Post Foreign Service
Monday, August 23, 2010; 11:51 AM
TEHRAN — A former Iranian prosecutor who for years was responsible for jailing dissidents and opposition members in the Islamic Republic could now be taken to court over the 2009 killings of three opposition activists in a substandard prison, an attorney for one of the victims’ families said on Monday. Former Tehran prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi was already connected by a parliamentary investigation to the July 2009 deaths in the Kahrizak detention facility, but he had judicial immunity and could not be put on trial. On Sunday, Iranian media reported that three top judicial officials had been suspended over the case, but the semi-official Mehr news agency did not mention any names. “Mortazavi is among them, and now that he no longer has judicial immunity, he could face trial,” Saleh Nikbakht, a well-known human rights lawyer, said in an interview. Opposition media also reported that Mortazavi is one of the three suspended top officials. “Many people have charges against him,” Nikbakht said.Mortazavi’s notoriety came about because he handled nearly all the sensitive cases against dissidents, journalists and activists in the past 10years. Many saw him as the executive arm of a hard-line political movement that has used last year’s crackdown of anti-government protests to gain considerable influence.
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Hope N’ Change – August 23, 2010 Barack Hussein Obama’s controversial “big hugs and no preconditions” policy towards Iran finally paid off this week, as a chastened and repentant Mahmoud Ahmadinejad fired up his showroom-fresh nuclear reactor, then announced a new tool of Iranian diplomacy – a long-range bomber. In a nationally televised speech, Ahmadinejad said that the bomber’s main message is “peace and friendship,” and that along with a payload of four stealth cruise missiles and two 250-pound bombs, it is the “messenger of salvation and dignity for humanity.” All of which begs the critical question: is it more important to evaluate a threat based on what something actually is, or simply on what it claims to be? Telling the critical difference would, we suppose, be a matter of wisdom. But Barack Obama has already gone on record that matters of wisdom are of no interest to him.
Source: Hope N’ Change
DefendIranDemoc | August 22, 2010
Is Islam just in its laws? This article says no for ten verifiable reasons.
IndependentFeatures August 22, 2010
Iran defense unveiled Sunday an unmanned bomber known as the “Ambassador of Death.” The jet can travel up to 620 miles, has the capability to carry four cruise missiles, and can reach speeds of 560 mph. The government claims the jet will serve as a deterrent against attack, but if need be to carry out an attack on their enemies. Reportedly it can be armed with two 250-pound bombs or a single 450-pound bomb. Claims of the “Ambassador of Death” have not been verified by independent sources
Here are 3 more different video clips on the event:
– BUSHEHR: Iran’s first energy-producing nuclear reactor, which began receiving nuclear fuel on Saturday. The Russian-built facility is expected to begin producing power in two months. Washington for years pushed Russia to stop its help on the Bushehr plant, fearing that spent fuel from the reactor could be used to develop a weapon. But American opposition eased when Iran agreed in 2005 to return all nuclear material to Russia to ensure it can’t be reprocessed. Bushehr operations are not mentioned in U.N. or other sanctions.
– PLANNED: Iran says it has drawn up plans for one energy-producing reactor – smaller than Bushehr – in Darkhovin in the southwestern Khuzestan province. There is no clear timetable for the proposed Iranian-built plant. Officials say others could be built in the coming decades.
– RESEARCH: Two small reactors mainly involved in agricultural studies; a larger research reactor is under construction in Arak in western Iran.
– NATANZ: Iran’s main uranium enrichment facility and the centerpiece of the nuclear dispute with the West. Iran says it only seeks to produce lower-enriched fuel for research and power reactors, but the United States and others worry Iran could eventually push toward weapons-grade material. The facility, about 160 miles (260 kilometers) southeast of Tehran, is largely built underground and is surrounded by anti-aircraft batteries. Uranium enrichment began in 2006.
– FORDO: Another uranium enrichment facility identified by Western intelligence agencies in September 2009. The labs, near the holy city of Qom south of Tehran, are still under construction inside former ammunition depots carved into a mountainside. The area is heavily protected by the Revolutionary Guard. U.N. nuclear inspectors toured the previously secret site in October 2009.
– ISFAHAN: Iran’s Uranium Conversion Facility, which reprocesses uranium concentrate known as yellowcake into a gas that is fed into centrifuges for enrichment at Natanz.
– SAGHAND: Iran’s main uranium mine in the central province of Yazd. It is the country’s main source of uranium ore
GREENPEACE – Jmckeati – AUGUST 20, 2010
The fuel loading at Iran’s Bushehr nuclear reactor should end immediately. The signals being sent throughout the Middle East and beyond threaten to set in motion a chain reaction of nuclearisation in the region. Regardless of whether Iran is developing nuclear weapons or not, nuclear programmes breed mistrust and constitute a major proliferation threat. The international community is failing to address this problem. A lasting solution to the spread of nuclear weapons should include an end to enrichment, the phase-out of nuclear power and complete disarmament by all nuclear weapon states. Israel´s nuclear weapons program and Iranian nuclear development are playing a highly destabilizing role in the region. The solution is simple: negotiations on a Middle East Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone will increase trust and cooperation among countries and can make a profound contribution to parallel peace processes and efforts to ease tensions between regional powers. A potential reactor failure at Bushehr – or an attack on it – could have a devastating impact on the Gulf environment and health of nearby communities in what is a crucial transit area for the current energy security of the global economy. Iran does not need nuclear power. It has abundant clean and renewable energy resources. Investing in wind and solar instead of dirty, dangerous and expensive nuclear technology would significantly ease international concerns while increasing energy security for Iran.Nuclear energy is a deadly legacy of the 20th century and all countries, including Iran, should harness 21st century renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar and geothermal, to provide the energy we need without threatening our security.
The New York Times – August 19,2010
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, citing evidence of continued troubles inside Iran’s nuclear program, has persuaded Israel that it would take roughly a year — and perhaps longer — for Iran to complete what one senior official called a “dash” for a nuclear weapon, according to American officials.
White House officials said they believe the assessment has dimmed the prospect that Israel would pre-emptively strike against the country’s nuclear facilities within the next year, as Israeli officials have suggested in thinly veiled threats.
For years, Israeli and American officials have debated whether Iran is on an inexorable drive toward a nuclear bomb and, if so, how long it would take to produce one. A critical question has been the time it would take Tehran to convert existing stocks of low-enriched uranium into weapons-grade material, a process commonly known as “breakout.”
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