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December 8, 2009
Tens of thousands of students, many shouting "Death to the Dictator!" and burning pictures of Iran's supreme leader, took to the streets on more than a dozen campuses Monday in the biggest anti-government protests in months. Riot police and pro-government Basij militiamen on fleets of motorcycles flooded Tehran's main thoroughfares, beating men and women with clubs as crowds of demonstrators hurled bricks and stones. "Death to the oppressor, whether it's the shah or the leader!" the students chanted, according to witnesses - making a comparison between Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the pro-U.
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NEWS
January 6, 1991
TodayLife in Iran goes on with gusto, more normal, diverse and unrestricted than outsiders imagine.Tomorrow morning in the SunThe war between Iran and Iraq is over, but daily life is a war of nerves.WednesdayEleven years after the revolution, antipathy toward America and insistence on the veil are the twin pillars of the Islamic Republic, yet much that is Western persists in Iran.FridayAyatollah Ruhollah Khomeini shaped the values of the revolutionary republic; now his successors seek to come to terms with those values.
NEWS
December 1, 2009
LONDON - Iran is holding five British sailors after stopping their racing yacht in the Persian Gulf, the British government said Monday. The move could heighten tensions between Iran and major world powers, including Britain, that are demanding a halt to its nuclear program. The yacht owned by Sail Bahrain was stopped on its way from the tiny island country to the Gulf city of Dubai on Wednesday when it "may have strayed inadvertently into Iranian waters," Britain's Foreign Office said.
NEWS
July 17, 2014
President Barack Obama and officials in Iran have suggested that they will extend current talks about the Islamic State's nuclear program beyond Sunday's deadline if no agreement is reached. It is essential that they do so and that hard-line voices on both sides continue to give negotiators the space they need to find a mutually acceptable deal that offers long-term assurances that Iran will not and cannot develop nuclear weapons. When the Obama administration agreed to the framework for talks, critics in Congress and in the administration of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it a terrible mistake.
NEWS
June 25, 2006
As President Bush was prodding Iran to swiftly accept a U.S.-backed package of incentives to give up its nuclear ambitions, America's top military leader in Iraq was blaming Tehran for an increase in insurgent attacks that target Americans and Iraqis. The report last week by Gen. George W. Casey Jr. was a sobering reminder of Iran's duplicitous dealings with the West and another reason why the nuclear standoff with Tehran must be settled. While initially upbeat about the incentive package, Iran has yet to formally respond.
NEWS
November 28, 2013
If the leaders of Iran consider that the current agreement allows that nation to continue its uranium enrichment program, then it will do so despite any protests by the U.S. ("Kerry defends Iran deal," Nov. 25). In the meantime, Iran has broken the back of sanctions that have been imposed on that nation with the probability that funds will be used to support its faltering economy and military program. Is our president sufficiently naive enough to think that this deal has caused Iran to abandon its nuclear bomb program?
NEWS
November 14, 1992
Iran will not be welcome back into the community of nations so long as it places an assassination contract on the head of a British citizen in Britain. This heinous act casts doubt on Iran's readiness to live by international rules, including respect for the sovereignty of other nations.Iran's Chief Justice Morteza Moqtadaei reiterated the 1989 death decree by the late spiritual leader, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, on the Indian-born, lapsed-Muslim, British author, Salman Rushdie, as the duty of every Muslim to carry out. An Iranian "charity" has an outstanding offer of $2 million to the murderer.
NEWS
September 14, 1990
Iran is using the crisis over Iraq's invasion of Kuwait to end its own isolation and strengthen its own position. A country with so many self-induced problems could hardly be expected to act otherwise. Iran is not on Iraq's side, or against Iraq, but for itself.First Iraq sought peace with Iran, accepting Iran's terms for the end of their eight-year war, in order to release Iraqi troops to face U.S. and Saudi forces to the south. That was welcome to Iran, allowing it to end its own isolation, retrieve prisoners-of-war and win the dictator Saddam Hussein's recognition of the border, including Iranian sovereignty over the whole Shatt-al-Arab waterway.
NEWS
August 4, 2012
In the race between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, it is instructive to watch how each candidate for president behaves when the subject of Israel is mentioned. Every four years, citizens running for the highest office in this country feel duty-bound to show off their inexhaustible support for Israel, attempting to persuade the Israelis how, if elected, their approach toward Iran will increase pressure on the Islamic state. Mr. Romney stated on his recent visit to Israel that preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear capability should be America's "highest national security priority," stressing that "no option should be excluded" in the effort.
NEWS
December 10, 2012
While many have persuasively argued that the fiscal cliff defense cuts would hurt innovation and slow our economic recovery, few offer concrete examples of how these catastrophic cuts would endanger our national security. Iran's drive to acquire nuclear weapons provides the perfect example. Intent on testing America's resolve to stop its nuclear program, Iran will accelerate its uranium enrichment if the U.S. cannot credibly threaten to use military force. Cutting warships, fighter jets, intelligence technologies, and other critical capabilities - as would happen if we go over the fiscal cliff - would encourage Iran to run out the diplomatic clock until it has built a nuclear ballistic missile.
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