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Mar 25, 2015 Iran Case Is So Secret It Can't Go On

QUOTE: When only the government gets to speak, and does all its talking in secret, there's no check over its actions. Who is a district judge to stand up to the anonymous director of some anonymous intelligence agency? The result is not just bad for the rule of law. It's an embarrassment to the entire judiciary.

Bloomberg View
Nov 23, 2013 Accord Reached With Iran to Halt Nuclear Program

QUOTE: The United States and five other world powers announced a landmark accord Sunday morning that would temporarily freeze Iran’s nuclear program and lay the foundation for a more sweeping agreement....aim of the accord, which is to last six months, is to give international negotiators time to pursue a more comprehensive pact that would ratchet back much of Iran’s nuclear program and ensure that it could be used only for peaceful purposes.

New York Times
Feb 20, 2013 Trial Offers Rare Look at Work of Hezbollah in Europe

QUOTE: less than two weeks after he was taken into custody, a bomb blew up alongside a bus at the airport in Burgas, Bulgaria, killing five Israeli tourists and the Bulgarian driver — an attack similar to the one he seemed to be planning, experts say, and one that the Bulgarian authorities later tied to Hezbollah.....significance for the European Union, which has thus far resisted following Washington’s lead in declaring the group a terrorist organization.

New York Times
Nov 09, 2011 Iran's nuclear program alarms world powers

QUOTE: no evidence that Iran has decided to actually build a bomb. But its nuclear program is more ambitious and structured, and more progress has been made than previously known....Iranian officials slammed the nuclear watchdog agency's report as a fabrication aimed at satisfying U.S. allegations about Iran's nuclear program.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Apr 22, 2011 Security Forces Kill Dozens in Uprisings Around Syria

QUOTE: Security forces in Syria met thousands of demonstrators… killing at least 81 people in the bloodiest day of the five-week-old Syrian uprising… The breadth of the protests painted a picture of turmoil in one of the Arab world’s most authoritarian countries.

New York Times
Apr 15, 2011 As Bahrain stifles protest movement, U.S.’s muted objections draw criticism

QUOTE: "The kingdom has largely silenced the opposition, jailing hundreds of activists in a crackdown that has left the Obama administration vulnerable to charges that it is upholding democratic values in the Middle East selectively…”

Washington Post
Jan 15, 2011 Israel Tests on Worm Called Crucial in Iran Nuclear Delay

QUOTE: [experts say that Israel at its Dimona facility] tested the effectiveness of the Stuxnet computer worm, a destructive program that appears to have wiped out roughly a fifth of Iran’s nuclear centrifuges and helped delay, though not destroy, Tehran’s ability to make its first nuclear arms.... Mr. Langner is among the experts who expressed fear that the attack had legitimized a new form of industrial warfare, one to which the United States is also highly vulnerable.

New York Times
Jan 13, 2011 For Hezbollah, Claiming Victory Could Be Costly

QUOTE: Hezbollah and its allies acted on longstanding threats Wednesday to bring down Lebanon’s national unity government in a dispute over a United Nations-backed tribunal, which is expected to indict Hezbollah members in the assassination of a former prime minister, Rafik Hariri.

New York Times
Dec 23, 2010 U.S. Approved Business With Blacklisted Nations

QUOTE: Despite sanctions and trade embargoes, over the past decade the United States government has allowed American companies to do billions of dollars in business with Iran and other countries blacklisted as state sponsors of terrorism...At the behest of a host of companies — from Kraft Food and Pepsi to some of the nation’s largest banks — a little-known office of the Treasury Department has granted nearly 10,000 licenses for deals...

New York Times
Oct 09, 2009 The ZDnet/Iran affair: Who's the Yahoo now? (Notes From the Field)

QUOTE: Using information he received from an Iranian blogger, [Richard] Koman accused Yahoo of handing over the account information for 200,000 Iranian bloggers [2] to the country's authorities...

Aug 10, 2009 Iranian Officials Call for Arrest of Opposition Leaders

QUOTE: Revolutionary Guard generals, top politicians and senior clerics have called for the arrest and punishment of opposition leaders, including defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi...

Washington Post
Aug 05, 2009 Now sworn in, Ahmadinejad could crack down harder: Top opposition candidates, including defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, are among those who may be targeted.

QUOTE: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was officially inaugurated for a second term Wednesday... Now Tehran is holding its breath, wondering if Ahmadinejad will seek to consolidate his position by widening his ongoing crackdown against reformers and his political opponents.

Christian Science Monitor
Jul 29, 2009 Tehran Combines Clemency and Toughness

QUOTE: The Iranian authorities sent a mixed message of clemency and firmness on Wednesday, saying that more detainees arrested in the post-election crackdown would soon be freed, but also that 20 protesters charged with serious crimes would be put on trial, starting this weekend.

New York Times
Jul 07, 2009 In Iran, a Struggle Beyond the Streets

QUOTE: In postelection Iran, there is growing unease among many of the nation’s political and clerical elite that the very system of governance they rely on for power and privilege has been stripped of its religious and electoral legitimacy, creating a virtual dictatorship enforced by an emboldened security apparatus, analysts said.

New York Times
Jun 26, 2009 Arab Activists Watch Iran And Wonder: 'Why Not Us?' (The View From Egypt )

QUOTE: Across the Arab world, Iran's massive opposition protests have triggered a wave of soul-searching and conflicting emotions. Many question why their own reform movements are unable to rally people to rise up against unpopular authoritarian regimes.

Washington Post
Jun 22, 2009 Amid Crackdown, Iran Admits Voting Errors

QUOTE: Iran’s most powerful oversight council announced on Monday that the number of votes recorded in 50 cities exceeded the number of eligible voters there by three million...

New York Times
Jun 22, 2009 Many Iranian-American protesters fear to speak too boldly

QUOTE: They[Iranian-Americans] want the story of their homeland told, but they worry about reprisals against relatives in Iran, as well as from pro-regime groups here in the US.

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 22, 2009 Iran's Web Spying Aided By Western Technology

QUOTE: The [Iranian Internet] monitoring capability was provided, at least in part, by a joint venture of Siemens AG, the German conglomerate, and Nokia Corp., the Finnish cellphone company, in the second half of 2008, Ben Roome, a spokesman for the joint venture, confirmed.

Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ)
Jun 21, 2009 Police Unleash Force On Rally in Tehran: Obama, in Boldest Terms Yet, Presses Iran to Halt Violence Against Own People

QUOTE: Fiery chaos broke out in downtown Tehran on Saturday as security forces blocked streets and used tear gas, water cannons and batons to break up a demonstration against the reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Security forces were seen firing warning shots into the air, but there were also unconfirmed reports that several people were hit by gunfire.

Washington Post
Jun 16, 2009 Signs of Fraud Abound, But Not Hard Evidence

QUOTE: There are many signs of manipulation or outright fraud in Iran's disputed election results... but the case for a rigged outcome is far from ironclad...

Washington Post
Jul 08, 2008 Saudi king set to lead rare interfaith talks in Spain: The three-day conference of religious leaders will start July 16 in Madrid.

QUOTE: Not only is Saudi Arabia the birthplace of Islam, but it also is the wellspring of an austere, exclusivist version of Sunni Islam. Sometimes called Wahhabism, it bans the open practice of other faiths in the kingdom and tends to reject inter-religious dialogue with non-Muslim "infidels." Ever since the kingdom experienced its own terrorist attacks in 2003-04, however, Abdullah and other officials have been stressing a more moderate, tolerant expression of their faith, sometimes over opposition from hard-liners in the religious establishment.

Christian Science Monitor
May 21, 2008 Iranian Activists Criticize New Restrictions on Web Sites

QUOTE: "It's like a big attack," said Parvin Ardalan, who works for, a Tehran-based feminist Web site affected by the new restrictions. "Now, most sites related to women's and human rights issues have been blocked in one day," she said.

Washington Post
May 20, 2008 White House Says NBC Distorted Bush Response

QUOTE: "This deceitful editing to further a media-manufactured storyline is utterly misleading and irresponsible," Gillespie wrote, adding that NBC should air Bush's responses "in full."

Washington Post
May 09, 2008 Iran Accuses U.S., Britain In Fatal Blast

QUOTE: The suspects "have ties to the U.S. and Great Britain," Intelligence Minister Gholam-Hossein Mohseni Ejei told local reporters on Wednesday. "Iran's Foreign Ministry had previously notified these countries, but no action was taken to prevent their terrorist activities, and they were instead supported," he said, referring to the suspects."We had nothing to do with it," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said in Washington. Britain has also denied such accusations in the past.

Washington Post
Mar 14, 2008 Britain Halts Deportation Move Against Gay Iranian: 19-Year-Old Fears Execution at Home

QUOTE: Britain halted deportation proceedings Thursday against a gay Iranian teenager who has said he would probably be hanged because of his sexual orientation if he is returned to Iran.

Washington Post
Jan 24, 2008 Most Reformists Appear Purged From Iran Ballot

QUOTE: early indications are that the religiously conservative forces in control of every branch of government will try to block a comeback by the reformists close to Mohammad Khatami, the former president.

New York Times
Jan 20, 2008 Radical Left, Iran’s Last Legal Dissidents, Until Now

QUOTE: In recent weeks, the leaders of the Marxist student movement have been arrested, suggesting that the government is worrying about the size of the demonstrations and the growing attraction of an ideology that is deeply antithetical to its own.

New York Times
Dec 02, 2007 Lives: Poetry of Protest

QUOTE: I didn’t know it at the time, but I was only one of hundreds of student protesters detained that day. Our demonstrations had exhausted the patience of the hard-liners in the regime, and the police had been let off the leash. “Downtown” meant a tiny cell in Evin prison, in North Tehran, and “a few questions” meant protracted torture.

New York Times
Nov 12, 2007 Maliki Renews Call to Give Some Insurgents Amnesty

QUOTE: During the U.S. military's troop escalation this year, the detainee population increased sharply. Iraqi politicians from different sectarian backgrounds have complained that many detainees have languished for months or years without charge and that many are wrongfully accused.

Washington Post
Oct 23, 2007 Students in Iran Protest Sentences for 3 Activists

QUOTE: Authorities accused the three, all from Amir Kabir University, of publishing articles insulting to Islam in student publications. The students denied the charges and said their publications had been forged to frame them.

New York Times
Sep 30, 2007 Enough Said? Probably Not. Free-Speech Issues Once Again Testing University President

QUOTE: The event has drawn attention to Bollinger's record at Columbia, where issues related to Israel and the Middle East have exploded in controversy in nearly every one of his five years as president.

Washington Post
Sep 03, 2007 On Two Fronts, One Nuclear, Iran Is Defiant

QUOTE: There have been reports that the Bush administration is considering declaring the Revolutionary Guards a terrorist organization, opening the way to further economic sanctions against Iran because the Guards are involved in nearly every aspect of the state-controlled economy.

New York Times
Aug 24, 2007 An intensifying US campaign against Iran: Amid US charges of Iran's hand in Iraq's instability, some counsel caution.

QUOTE: US charges against Iran's role in Iraq are mounting. But analysts say that a history of unsubstantiated US claims against Iran should serve as a cautionary tale. The lesson to be drawn is not that Iran is guiltless in Iraq, they say, but one of restraint as a familiar drumbeat sounds.

Christian Science Monitor
Jan 27, 2007 Lethal-Force Order Justified, Bush Says: President Says Iran Poses Threat in Iraq

QUOTE: President Bush yesterday defended a Pentagon program to kill or capture Iranian operatives inside Iraq, saying that U.S. troops would use all necessary measures to protect themselves and Iraqi civilians from harm.

Washington Post
Jan 24, 2007 Hezbollah Leads a Fiery Strike: Lebanon Violence Is Worst Since Start of Protest; At Least 3 Dead

QUOTE: The Hezbollah-led opposition cut roads in Beirut and across Lebanon with burning tires, uprooted trees, incinerated cars and barricades to enforce a strike Tuesday aimed at toppling the government, paralyzing the country....An overextended army, hewing to a policy of neutrality, rarely intervened to break the blockades, effectively ensuring the success of the most dramatic escalation yet in the two-month campaign led by Hezbollah, the militant Shiite organization, to force the resignation of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.

Washington Post
Jan 20, 2007 Temporary 'Enjoyment Marriages' In Vogue Again With Some Iraqis

QUOTE: ..."mutaa," or enjoyment marriage, a temporary union believed by Shiite Muslims to be sanctioned by Islamic law...."It's a cover for prostitution," said Um Akram, a women's rights activist in Baghdad. "Some women, because they don't want to be prostitutes, they think that this is legal because it's got some kind of religious cover.

Washington Post
Dec 14, 2006 Why Israel maintains nuclear ambiguity: Ehud Olmert's apparent admission that Israel has nukes calls into question the country's longtime vow of silence.

QUOTE: fragility of one of Israel's most finely tuned defense policies, a doctrine of nuclear ambiguity that has enabled Israel to deter foes for decades in a region with only one alleged nuclear power.

Christian Science Monitor
Dec 05, 2006 Offering Video, Israel Answers Critics on War

QUOTE: Israel’s military, which has been accused of abuses in its war against Hezbollah this summer, has declassified photographs, video images and prisoner interrogations to buttress its accusation that Hezbollah systematically fired from civilian neighborhoods in southern Lebanon and took cover in those areas to shield itself from attack.

New York Times
Dec 02, 2006 For Iran's Isolated HIV Patients, Outreach and Treatment

QUOTE: Iranian families often ostracize their sons and daughters with HIV, casting them out into the street or treating them as strangers in their homes.

Washington Post
Sep 07, 2006 Why Iran sees no rush for a nuke deal: As UN sanctions loom, a previously postponed meeting between Iranian and European negotiators may occur Friday.

QUOTE: That view is bolstered in Iran by a belief that it is being singled out for censure - even though as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Iran is allowed under safeguard to have the complete nuclear fuel cycle.

Christian Science Monitor
Aug 08, 2006 Lebanon's Proposals Change Dynamics: Arab Delegation to Meet With Security Council as Bush Urges Swift Action

QUOTE: Lebanon's government, including cabinet ministers belonging to Hezbollah, voted unanimously on Monday to deploy 15,000 troops in the south along the border with Israel....Lebanon also proposed that Shebaa Farms, a disputed territory where Hezbollah and Israel have waged their most intense confrontation for six years, be handed over to U.N. custody until the border between Lebanon and Syria can be determined.

Washington Post
May 21, 2006 Concern in Iran After a Scholar Is Held 3 Weeks

QUOTE: An Iranian philosopher and writer who also holds Canadian citizenship has been detained for three weeks without formal charges, raising concerns that his arrest could signal greater repression of intellectuals.

New York Times
Feb 10, 2006 Danish Premier Faults Iran, Syria: Governments Using Cartoon Controversy as 'Distraction' From Their Own Crises, He Says

QUOTE: Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen of Denmark said Thursday that the governments of Iran and Syria had intentionally inflamed Muslim protests against a Danish newspaper's publication of cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad to distract attention from their own diplomatic crises.

Washington Post
May 22, 2005 Lebanon's Election: Free but Not Fair

QUOTE: With Syria gone, Lebanon's elections will be free, but they won't be fair. In Lebanon, Muslim votes, especially Shiite votes, count less than those of Christians.

Washington Post
May 04, 2004 Anti-censor tool winds up censoring

QUOTE: As anybody familiar with the battles over content filters in general could tell you, this, of course, meant that Iranians were also blocked from sites having nothing at all to do with pictures of people with no clothes on - for example, sites that discuss women's health (you know, because in the minds of people who spend too much time worrying about pornography, "breast" is always a dirty word). Iranians couldn't even use the service to access any U.S. embassy sites because "embassy" contains a string that can refer to one's posterior.

Network World Fusion
Mar 16, 2004 IEEE members furious: Members protest engineering society's actions to comply with US trade embargoes

QUOTE: Members from nonembargoed countries are mad about several actions IEEE has taken—and hidden from them, they say—over the past 2 years: abruptly dropping embargoed members' services, not approaching other scientific organizations for help in fighting one particularly objectionable embargo regulation...

BioMed Central
Jun 23, 2003 Iraqi Smugglers Are Brazen and They Don't Stop at Oil

QUOTE: The smuggling plague highlights the difficulties of restoring order to postwar Iraq.

New York Times
Apr 29, 2003 On Women's Rights, Iran Becomes a 'Friend'

QUOTE: They are members of the axis of evil when they endanger our geopolitical interests. But not when they endanger women's lives.

Apr 23, 2003 Iranian actress escapes lashing

QUOTE: A well-known Iranian actress has been given a suspended sentence of 74 lashes for kissing a man during an awards ceremony.

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Mar 03, 2003 Iranians arrested for net dating

QUOTE: Dozens of young Iranians have been detained for "unlawful actions" after using a website to arrange dates, officials say.

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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