Fars News Portrays Clinton as Pleading with Arab Countries to Enforce Iran Sanctions
the Western press reported on Clinton’s statement that international sanctions have succeeded in hindering Iran’s nuclear program, Fars News portrayed the Secretary’s trip as one aimed at pleading with the Arab countries to cooperate with the U.S. in isolating a powerful Iran.
Prior to P5+1 Talks, Iran's Parliamentary Vote May Exacerbate Tensions with West
The British Ambassador to Tehran caused a public firestorm when he criticized Iran’s human rights record in a December 9 posting on his Embassy’s website. Islamic Republic officials accused the British of interfering in Iranian affairs—a common refrain for over a century. If the Majlis votes to sever ties with the U.K., it will complicate what likely will be tense talks with the P5 + 1, which are set for January 2011.
Intensified Rhetoric Against Reformist Leaders could be a Warning of a Renewed Purge
Rasaei’s direct accusation that former President Khatami committed treason by allegedly meeting in secret with foreign agents illustrates an upsurge in the vitriolic rhetoric hardliners are levying against reformists. Although hardliners have been harshly criticizing Green Movement leaders since the 2009 presidential election, recent weeks have seen a shift in the intensity and nature of threats made by senior government officials.
WEEK IN REVIEW
Iran Invites Foreign Diplomats to Nuclear SitesJan 4Iran invited foreign diplomats to tour its nuclear facilities ahead of fresh talks with key world powers over the Iranian nuclear program.Iran Arrests Christian MissionariesJan 4Tehran’s provincial governor announced that the government has arrested a number of Christian missionaries in Tehran province, and vowed to detain more.Parliament Speaker: Iran Will Stand by Hezbollah and HamasJan 4Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said that Iran will strongly and openly support Hezbollah and Hamas in their resistance against occupiers and arrogant powers.Scientist Tortured After Return, According to Opposition WebsiteJan 3Opposition Web site IranBriefing.net reported that an Iranian nuclear scientist who said he had been abducted by the C.I.A. has been imprisoned and tortured since his return...Ahmadinejad Was Slapped by General, Leaked Cable SaysJan 3The New York Times reported that a confidential Iranian source told an American diplomat that last January—as Iran’s leadership struggled to contain post-election protests—...Iran Claims to Shoot Down “Western Spy Drones” in Persian GulfJan 2A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps commander claimed that Iran has shot down two “Western spy drones” flying in the Persian Gulf.Iran May Drop Stoning SentenceJan 2A senior Iranian judicial official said that authorities could block the sentence of death by stoning handed down to an Iranian woman convicted of adultery.Iran Overhauls Education System to Erase Western InfluencesJan 1The Washington Post reports that Iran is overhauling its education system to rid it of Western influence, the latest attempt by the government to fortify Islamic values and...more
Five months after the UN Security Council, United States, and European Union passed their latest round of sanctions against the Islamic Republic, Iran continues to escape complete economic isolation due to its ability to leverage economic relations with Asian energy firms, medium-sized European companies, and Turkish financial institutions. The extent to which economic hardship can influence Iranian officials’ foreign policy decision-making—the objective behind the sanctions—remains unclear...
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