Reuters: Iran will not abandon nuclear activities, despite its negotiations with the EU about ensuring its nuclear programme cannot be used for weapons, President Mohammad Khatami has said in an interview. But it will continue for now to discuss the issue with Europe and the United Nations' nuclear watchdog, Khatami told Tuesday's edition of French newspaper Le Figaro.
The Edmonton Sun: The federal government was complicit in a systematic coverup of the "barbaric" treatment of Zahra Kazemi, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper suggested yesterday. Blasting the "weak" Liberal reaction to gruesome details Canadian officials had received months ago, Harper accused the government of being part of Iran's whitewashing of the case.
CBC News: Conservative Leader Stephen Harper accused the Liberal government of acting in a callous and spineless way for re-establishing relations with Iran, despite knowing the details about the deadly injuries suffered by Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi. Harper's accusations come as the doctor who examined Kazemi made public for the first time last week the extent of the injuries she suffered while in Iranian custody.
AFP: Canada on Monday said new allegations about the violent death of Iranian-Canadian journalist Zahra Kazemi in detention in Tehran, disproved the Islamic Republic's denials that she was murdered. Foreign Minister Pierre Pettigrew said that Canada had helped Iranian doctor Shahram Azam, who last week claimed Kazemi was tortured and raped, obtain asylum here to debunk Iranian government claims on the case.
Human Rights Watch: The upcoming report by Iran's powerful judiciary about the mistreatment and torture of bloggers and internet journalists in custody must begin a process of full accountability for serious human rights abuse, Human Rights Watch said today. In January 2004, the head of the judiciary, Ayatollah Mahmud Hashemi Shahrudi, ordered the formation of an internal investigating committee to probe bloggers' claims of torture and ill-treatment.
Iran Focus: London, Apr. 04 Irans hard-line leaders are setting up a secret government in Iraq, according to a prominent Arabic language news outlet. The Saudi-affiliated Elaph website wrote in its Friday issue, The Iranian Intelligence Ministry is creating a secret government in Iraq.
National Review Online: Two summers ago, a middle-aged Iranian-Canadian journalist named Zahra Kazemi was arrested in Tehran while taking photographs of regime hoodlums beating up young people who were demonstrating for freedom. A few days later she turned up dead in a local military hospital.
AFP: Iran's hardline press on Monday accused the late pope John Paul II of compromising with Jews, pointing out that the Jewish state was not only an arch enemy of the Islamic republic. "Not only did the pope never condemn the crimes of the Zionist regime in the territories, the Vatican officially recognised its existence," the Jomhuri Islami newspaper complained.
AP: Iranian President Mohammad Khatami was scheduled Monday to meet his counterpart and other leaders of Austria during a one-day visit focusing on bilateral themes but also likely to touch on international concerns about Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
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."