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  1. Another target of America's paranoia

    Posted Jan 20th 2005, 12:00am by Gwynne Dyer

    ... Gwynne Dyer The article by Seymour Hersh in the New Yorker about US forces carrying out reconnaissance missions in Iran to locate hidden nuclear facilities, presumably in order to be able ... by the Bush administration to frighten Iran. But what was really revealing was the American media's response to it all. There seems to be hardly anyone in the mainstream US media who is willing ...

  2. Reign of the dark horse

    Posted Aug 06th 2005, 12:00am by Andrew Burke

    ... Eyed with suspicion by the west, Iran's new President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad needs to assert his negligible powers to fulfil his election manifesto, writes Andrew Burke Wearing ... very 'presidential'. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad looks like one of the countless small people of Iran who would invite you to sit on the carpets of their living room floor, suck tea through ...

  3. Big carrot needed for Iran to drop nuclear ambitions

    Posted Mar 01st 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Russia's agreement to sell nuclear fuel to Iran no doubt complicates the efforts to curb the Middle Eastern country's nuclear ambitions. And it is a diplomatic blow to the US ... and spent fuel will be sent back to Russia. The more worrying issue is that Iran continues to insist it will resume separate nuclear fuel enrichment activities at some point in the future. ...

  4. Give Iran's new leader a chance to show his worth

    Posted Jun 27th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Few of the world's elections this year have been as closely watched as Iran's presidential poll. There was good reason for such interest- from accusations that the Islamic nation's leaders were trying to develop nuclear weapons, through US claims that terrorists were being harboured there, to concerns about the state of human rights and democracy. Iran ...

  5. Iran's new man will not back down

    Posted Sep 24th 2005, 12:00am by Robert Tait

    ... Iran's hardline new president hardly cut the appearance of an international statesman. His austere grey suit and open-necked shirt set him apart in a setting where power dressing designed ... ultra-Islamist of his pre-match billing. As they watched, the western delegations' nervous first impressions were quickly compounded. Mr Ahmadinejad was there to present Iran's case ...

  6. Iran's dead poet appreciation society

    Posted Sep 18th 2005, 12:00am by Robert Tait

    ... and obscure among even the most literary of his fellow countrymen. The scene was the tomb of Khajeh Shams ed-Din Mohammed, better known as Hafez, Iran's most celebrated bard, set in a verdant ... can unite all Iranians. They travel from all over Iran to pay tribute at this sarcophagus sheltered under a bulbous cupola. Many arrive with books of Hafez verse, a standard possession in most ...

  7. Diplomacy is the best weapon against Iran

    Posted Feb 01st 2005, 12:00am by Sunanda Kisor Datta-Ray

    ... Sunanda Kisor Datta-Ray As war clouds darken over Iran, it is instructive to recall the extent to which realpolitik tempers diplomacy and might still avert another Middle East catastrophe. 'This is a hotbed region already,' German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder warned the US, Israel and Iran. 'The last thing we need is another military conflict.' The US claims ...

  8. Rivals back 'pipeline of peace' to bring gas from Iran

    Posted Jun 01st 2005, 12:00am by Kashif Khan

    ... Kashif Khan in Islamabad As India and Pakistan prepare for their first serious meeting in a bid to kick-start a stalled US$4 billion gas pipeline from Iran, fears are rising ... The 2,600km pipeline, known as the 'pipeline of peace', will originate in the South Pars fields in Iran and distribute much-needed gas to the two energy-starved South Asian neighbours. ...

  9. US pressure encourages Syria and Iran to circle the wagons

    Posted Feb 19th 2005, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... Peter Kammerer Foreign Editor Increasing American pressure against Iran and Syria is cementing an alliance between the Arab nations that has been building since the 1980s. While analysts ... is not an alliance in the sense of Nato, nor as Syria or Iran would make with Russia or China. Instead, it can be understood in political, economic and diplomatic operations.' Alarm bells rang ...

  10. Shah's lavish tribute to Persian kings set to be revived

    Posted Sep 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Robert Tait

    ... Robert Tait in Persepolis It was once the scene of a lavish celebration of Iranian kings and a symbol of loathing for the revolutionaries who swept the shah from power. Now, in a remarkable U-turn, the country's Islamic rulers are to mark an event th ...




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