The Washington Times - Editorial: Anyone looking for insights about the performance of U.S. intelligence agencies in assessing the threats from Iran and North Korea will be disappointed by the report issued Thursday by presidential commission on U.S. intelligence capabilities. The panel concluded that its information about those regimes is so sensitive that it must remain classified.
The Independent: Iran's National Petrochemical Company (NPC) is close to sealing a politically sensitive $4.4bn (£2.3bn) deal to buy Basell, the polymer business jointly owned by Shell and BASF, the German chemical giant. The state-owned Iranian company's highest bid is causing extra complications in the sale process, which Shell, BASF and their advisers, CSFB and Lazards, are attempting to iron out.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Apr. 03 Workers in Iran are living far below the minimum wage after a recent government decision to hold the minimum wage line at 122,000 Toumans (the equivalent of 1.22 million Rials or $120) per month, according to an Iranian labour expert. Saeid Keyani, speaking to a state-run news agency, said, Workers in provinces such as Bandar Abbas, the economical hubs of the country, not only are unable to see the colour of meat year by year, but just so as to get their family by they are forced to look for food in city waste-bins.
AP: A moderate earthquake shook southeastern Iran early Sunday, injuring at least 24 people, state-run television reported. The broadcast said the 4.1 magnitude earthquake jolted Ravar, 560 miles southeast of the capital, Tehran, at about 3 a.m. local time.
The Sunday Times: PALESTINIAN fighters have revealed that Hezbollah, the militant Lebanese group backed by Iran, is offering to pay for attacks aimed at shattering the fragile truce with Israel. Ariel Sharon, the Israeli prime minister, has made it clear that one suicide bomber in Tel Aviv could prompt him to abandon negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, and may ...
Iran Focus: Ottawa, Apr. 02 Iranians residing in Canada held a rally in front of the Foreign Ministry headquarters yesterday in response to an expatriate Iranian doctors testimony which has shed new light on the 2003 state murder of Zahra Kazemi, an Iranian-Canadian photojournalist. Demonstrators who were rallied by the Committee for Defence of Human Rights in Iran called for an end to Canadas diplomatic relations with the ...
Canadian Press: Iran must be held to account by the international community based on the strength of a doctor's account of the injuries he found on Canadian journalist Zahra Kazemi, Prime Minister Paul Martin said Friday. "I think there's no doubt whether you are talking about international courts or whether you are talking about the UN Commission on Human Rights," he said, "I would certainly think the details of what happened to her now in the testimony that has been brought has got to make the world aware of just what Iran is all about and that they have got to be held to account."
The Globe and Mail: Once Dr. Shahram Azam left Iran to tell his story of how Zahra Kazemi was brutally raped and tortured inside a Tehran prison, he knew it wouldn't take long for Iranian agents to track him down. That made his asylum request to Canada all the more urgent. "We took his case very seriously," said a Canadian official who worked on the file. "The Iranians were almost on his track and the life of Dr. Azam was becoming highly endangered and he could not have stayed in Sweden for much longer without witness protection."
NBC News: President Viktor Yushchenko confirmed Thursday that nuclear-capable cruise missiles were illegally sold to Iran and China under Ukraines previous government. In an interview with NBC News, Yushchenko offered the highest-level acknowledgement that the sales, which have alarmed the U.S. intelligence community, indeed took place. "I confirm this, though I do so with bitterness," the president said.
Toronto Star: Zahra Kazemi did not die in "an accident" at Tehran's notorious Evin prison, whatever Iran's discredited courts may claim. She was savagely beaten, tortured and raped, according to a physician who treated her as she lay dying from a brain injury.
The Washington Times: The Iranian government is fast-tracking an atomic-weapons program and has allocated $2.5 billion to either buy three nuclear warheads or produce them at home, an organization of Iranian exiles claimed yesterday. The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), an umbrella body of exiled opposition groups, said Tehran is speeding up efforts to build a plutonium bomb by 2007.
Bloomberg: Iran this year will complete a plant that can produce heavy water, another step in its efforts to defy international commitments and build atomic weapons, an exiled Iranian resistance group said. Iran is also speeding up construction of a nuclear reactor, and by 2007 will have enough enriched plutonium to make a nuclear weapon, Mohammad Mohaddessin, chairman of the National Council for Resistance in Iran's foreign affairs committee, said at a news conference in Paris today.
Reuters: A female Canadian photographer who died in Tehran two years ago after being arrested had been badly tortured and quite possibly raped, an Iranian refugee to Canada said on Thursday.
The account by Shahram Azam, who said he was an emergency room doctor in Tehran's Revolutionary Guard Hospital at the time, contradicts the official Iranian line that 54-year-old Zahra Kazemi died after she fainted and hit her head.
The Globe and Mail: The Conservative and New Democratic parties joined forces yesterday to demand Ottawa dramatically ratchet up diplomatic pressure on Iran after revelations that Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi was brutally raped and tortured while in Iranian custody in 2003.
"We want the government to do what they should have done almost two years ago, which is to drop the failed approach of soft-peddling and soft diplomacy, and make tough demands," Tory foreign affairs critic Stockwell Day said.
The Globe and Mail: Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew said Thursday Ottawa will continue pressing Iran for justice in the wake of shocking new details about the condition of a Montreal photographer days before her death in a jail in that country. Iran is continuing to not respect the most fundamental human rights, and this must stop, Mr. Pettigrew told reporters in Toronto.
The Times: A CANADIAN woman photographer who died in Iranian custody after taking pictures of a protest outside the notorious Evin prison in Tehran, was beaten, tortured and raped, an Iranian doctor who fled to Canada said yesterday. Zahra Kazemi, 54, a Canadian citizen born in Iran, was arrested by secret police in June 2003.
The Globe and Mail: Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi was savagely beaten, tortured and raped while in Iranian custody in 2003, according to an emergency-room doctor who examined her before she died. The doctor has recently received political asylum in Canada. Shahram Azam, formerly a physician on the staff of the Iranian Ministry of Defence, says he examined Ms. Kazemi, a 54-year-old Iranian-born dual citizen, at Tehran's Baghiattulah hospital early on the morning of June 27, 2003 -- four days after she was arrested while photographing a demonstration outside Tehran's Evin prison.