Headlines: Iran Ready to Rethink 20 Percent Enrichment
30 Jul 2010 20:06
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Iran Ready to Rethink 20% Enrichment
Reuters | July 30, 2010
Iran will never give up its right to enrich uranium, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi said on Friday, but it could suspend higher-level work for several years if a long-delayed fuel swap can be agreed with foreign powers.
"Twenty-percent enrichment is our right and we would never cede this right, but despite that right, since its need is not felt (in the event of a fuel swap), there is no necessity for doing that." Salehi told the semi-official Mehr news agency.
Friday Prayer Leader: Economic Cohesion Top Priority
Mehr | July 30, 2010
The leader of Tehran's Friday prayers, Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani, said today that "economic cohesion" is needed to counteract the sanctions adopted by the UN Security Council, the US and the EU against Iran.
He called on people who deposited their money abroad to return it to Iran and said that the country's wealth should be invested inside the country to jump start the national economy.
Iranian Cyclists In Hot Water Over Victory Champagne In China
The hard-line Rajanews website posted photos of Iranian cyclists popping champagne corks and spraying champagne at the crowd after winning a competition in China and accused riders of "irrational and anti-Islamic" behavior.
"Only after many complaints were all of the members of the cycling team summoned [to the disciplinary committee] so that [officials] could use it as an excuse and escape from answering to public opinion," the website says. If officials decide not to deal more harshly with them, it warns, then "the death of moral and religious principles in the country's sports should be declared."
Iranian Exiles Rework Pink Floyd's For Iranian Protest Movement
Guardian | July 27, 2010
Hey Ayatollah, Leave Those Kids Alone! is a new version of Pink Floyd's classic, Another Brick In The Wall. The new version is sung by the band Blurred Vision, two Iranian-born brothers living in exile in Canada, who want to draw attention to the political situation in Iran. The YouTube clip has gone viral and proceeds from digital sales will go to Amnesty International.