Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jul. 31 An Iranian student arrested in the course of nationwide protests seven years ago died in Tehrans notorious Evin Prison late Sunday several days after beginning a hunger strike.
Reuters: The people of Iran are entitled to produce their own nuclear fuel, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday, rejecting the terms of a draft U.N. resolution that demands it give up its nuclear work.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jul. 30 Iran announced on Sunday that it would reject a package of incentives offered to it by the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany in return for it to suspend uranium enrichment if the council adopted a resolution later this week ordering Tehran to halt sensitive nuclear work.
New York Times: These should be heady days for Irans leaders. Hezbollah, widely regarded as its proxy force in Lebanon, continues to rain down rockets on Israel despite 17 days of punishing airstrikes. Hezbollahs leader is a hero of the Arab world, and Iran is basking in the reflected glory.
Washington Times: Spanish-American political philosopher George Santayana famously said, "Those who fail to learn the lessons of history are destined to repeat them." Current events in Iran indicate we had better prepare ourselves for some sharp history lessons. As the brutal, fascist regime tightens its grip in the Middle East, the parallels with the rise of Nazi Germany are menacing.
Sunday Times: While the world remains understandably transfixed on Lebanon and Israel, one fact bears keeping in mind: more people were killed in Iraq in the past two weeks than in Israel and Lebanon combined.
AP: Iranian state radio said Saturday that the government would reject a proposed U.N. resolution that would give it until Aug. 31 to suspend uranium enrichment or face the threat of international sanctions.