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02 Oct 2009 07:114 Comments

Chants of Ya Hossein, Mir Hossein emerge from stands during live broadcast of today's soccer match at Azadi Stadium in Tehran.

Soccer fans chanting pro-Mousavi slogans on their way out of Friday's match.

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At least 14 students arrested

Autnews | Oct. 2, 2009

Men in security forces uniforms arrested more than 14 members of the Unity for Consolidation Office this morning in Tehran, according to an Amir Kabir University newsletter. The arrests were made during a meeting at the headquarters of this student organization in Jamshidieh.

Mehdi Arabshahi, Milad Asadi and Farid Hashem, members of the central committee of Unity for Consolidation, and Nasim Sarabandi, the director of the women's commission, were amongst those arrested.

Some of the student members of the Tehran council and members of the Islamic Societies of different Universities were also arrested: Zahra Nikpour, Fouad Farahani, Hadi Almly, Ezaat Torbati, Mona Ghafari, Hamed Azizi, Siavush Hatam, Hamid Mozan, Hossien Maasoumi and Majid Abbasi.

All inquiries regarding the whereabouts and the arrest of these students, made by the student's families, at both the local police station and with the security forces, were fruitless, according to the report. The local and security authorities claimed they had no knowledge of the arrests.

Update: It appears that at least 18 have been arrested and reportedly taken to the information ministry offices on Baradaran Street. It is believed that some of the families of those detained are also at those offices.

New Doubt Cast on U.S. Claim Qom Plant

IPS | Oct. 2, 2009

A new photo analysis by the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) of the Qom site in 2004 and 2005 suggests it was not dedicated to building a uranium enrichment facility at that time.

In a brief analysis posted on the ISIS webpage Tuesday, Paul Brannan, a specialist in interpreting satellite photography at ISIS, said he believed that the site on which the Qom enrichment facility was later constructed was "originally a tunnel facility associated with Iran's military" rather than a "construction site for a uranium plant".

Brannan wrote that there was evidence of some construction between June 2004 and March 2005, but that the pace appeared "slow". That tunneling activity, Brannan wrote, "may not have been originally associated with the later construction activity for the suspected uranium enrichment site".

Brannan told IPS it is "technically possible" that the relatively slight changes he saw from 2004 to 2005 were associated with the enrichment facility, but said the images of the site at that stage appear similar to many other tunnel facilities built into a mountain that are maintained by the Iranian military.

"The Iranian military has hundreds of these around Iran," Brannon said.

Iran agrees to allow inspection, export uranium

FP | Oct. 2, 2009

After a rare day of international talks with the 5 permanent member of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany, Iran agreed to allow inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency to visit its new revealed nuclear enrichment site near Qom and to export most of its enriched uranium to Russia to be turned into nuclear fuel.

While the talks were considered constructive, many analysts believe that Iran still has other enrichment sites which have not been revealed. France, Germany, and the United States continue to insist that Iran halt all enrichment activity by December.

The talks in Geneva included informal bilateral meetings between Iran and members of the P5+1. A conversation between Under Secretary of State William Burns, and Iranian nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili was the highest level U.S. Iranian meeting in decades. The participants agreed to meet again this month for wide-ranging talks.

Iran arrests al-Qaida militants

| Oct. 1, 2009

Iranian intelligence officials announced the arrest of several members of foreign-based terrorist groups in the western part of the country.

Iranian Intelligence Minister Heyder Moslehi announced the arrest of 14 members of a "Wahhabi terrorist" group that he said was "affiliated with al-Qaida," reports state-funded news agency Press TV.

The announcement follows a series of arrests earlier this week in the western province of Kordestan, the site of a recent spate of assassinations of high-level judicial authorities.

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Gee, Iran is the only country in the world to arrest students! Excuse me, the only country in the world where the arrest of students will make world headlines. Ever heard of Kent State? But that is different, america is allowed to kill their students.

Radical Guy / October 3, 2009 7:41 PM

"After a rare day of international talks...Iran agreed to allow inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency to visit its new revealed nuclear enrichment"

This is INACCURATE. Previous to the Geneva talks, Iran and the IAEA agreed to discuss the inspection issue on Oct. 18.

Tehran Bureau, please try to do a little better job. Please don't repeat Western MSM propaganda. These are trying times. We do not wish to see harm come to the "meehan" - do we?

Pirouz / October 4, 2009 12:39 PM

Tehran Bureau...first I congratulate you on your web-site transformation partnership with "Frontline" & I wish you great success for the future. And I hope that future entails the freedom of the people of Iran from their "Torturous Regime" of "Ahmadinejad/Khamenei" & their ilk.

To Pirouz above, Iran was like you economical with the truth, in that they hadn't revealed their second enrichment plant to the agency until President Obama & others called their bluff at the Geneva talks & I might add they have numerous other plants dotted around Iran (which) could be as bad.. So please, don't try talking the good talk about Iran's scheming, lying, horrible, sad excuse for a government. More a "Satan's Workshop"!

So once again, Tehran Bureau, report the truth & don't ever be dragged down to a place like where Press TV are...& that is in the "Gutter"! You're too brilliant to go "There"!

Jaker / October 5, 2009 6:36 PM

People opposed to the Ahmadinedjad/Khamanei administration should not allow their sense of justice and fair play to be undermined. Overall Iran has been far more open about its nuclear programme and repeatedly stated its objectives as peaceful. I do not believe that US and its allies who are desperately trying to prove Iran wrong have ever been so open about their own nuclear arsenals or exposed themselves to any kind of international scrutiny and certainly Israel, India, Pakistan and North Korea have not even signed up to the NPT and yet everyone knows that they possess nuclear weapons. Iranians in opposition should be measured in their response, otherwise they will be no better than the current government once in power. I think, on the whole, Ahmedinejad's administration has sought to protect Iran's interest on this issue quite well despite the pressures inflicted and for that they deserve praise.

rezvan / October 6, 2009 4:03 AM