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Headlines: Larijani Rules Out Direct Talks with US

by HAMED ALEAZIZ

03 Sep 2010 13:33No Comments

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Iran's Karroubi Attacked, Son Says

WSJ | Sept 3

Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi was attacked on Thursday night when a group of militiamen broke into his residential building and fired on his bodyguards, according to a family member.

Militia in plainclothes armed with guns and knives shattered windows, broke the front door and set the parking lot on fire by throwing tear gas and a hand grenade over the wall, Mr. Karroubi's son, Mohamad Taghi Karroubi, said by telephone Thursday night. The militia stormed the hallway, shooting in the air as they ran upstairs to Mr. Karroubi's front door, where they engaged in a 90-minute battle with his bodyguards, the younger Mr. Karroubi said.

"I am very angry. We will back Karroubi one hundred percent until Iran is free," said Mostafa. The young man, who didn't give his last name, was on his way to Mr. Karroubi's house with several friends.

Security forces and antiriot police were dispatched throughout the capital. They set up checkpoints and dispersed the crowds. In many neighborhoods, people chanted "God is great" from rooftops, witnesses said.

"This was a clear assassination attempt and we don't know if we will be alive or dead by tomorrow," the younger Mr. Karroubi said. He said his father plans to continue pushing for democracy. Electricity and water service to his father's apartment building had been cut, he said.

Larijani rules out possibility of direct talks with U.S.

Mehr | Sept 3

Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani said it is not possible to hold direct talks with U.S. officials.

"Negotiation with the U.S is not possible and no one has the right to make compromise with the Great Satan (the U.S)," Larijani told marchers who held solidarity rally in Qom to mark the International Qods Day.

"Compromise talks proposed by the U.S. president were the cheapest kind of negotiations and were like a show," he said.

US lauds Japan for new Iran sanctions

AFP | Sept 3

The United States praised Japan Friday for imposing new sanctions on Iran that include an asset freeze and tighter restrictions on financial transactions, part of a global response to Tehran's contested nuclear program.

"The United States welcomes the announcement by Japan of new sanctions on Iran that implement UN Security Council 1929," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said in a joint statement.

'Israel will be wiped out if it attacks Iran'

Mehr | Sept 3

Basij Commandant Mohammad Reza Naqdi said Israel will receive a response if it conceives of launching an attack on Iran.

"We are waiting until Israel makes such a stupid move, then we will wipe them out," Naqdi said when asked about Iran's response if attacked by Israel.

Iranians rally on al-Quds day

AJE | photos | Sept 3

Thousands of Iranians have gathered in the capital, Tehran, to mark al-Quds day, the country's annual Palestinian solidarity day.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's president, addressed worshipers at Tehran University in a live broadcast to mark the day on Friday, using the speech to criticise the relaunching of direct peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders in Washington.

Opposition launches new satellite TV channel

LAT | Sept 3

Opposition activists linked to Iran's "green movement" have launched a new satellite TV channel, RASA TV, from Belgium as an alternative news source for discontented Iranians at home and abroad.

Ebrahim Nabavi, one of the channel's organizers, is a well-known satirist and former political prisoner currently living in Europe. He told Radio Free Europe that the aim of the channel, which is also available online, is to break the government's monopoly on the flow of information.

"During the last year, Iran's state TV never broadcast any [objective] news about the green movement, and what it did broadcast was lies," Nabavi said. "Censorship and distortion of the news in Iran led us to establish a new media to collect news from inside Iran and then broadcast it back into the country again."

China beaten convincingly by Iran

ESPN | Sept 3

Goals in each half from Andranik and Mohammad Gholami helped Iran beat China 2-0 in a friendly at Zhengzhou Hanghai Stadium.

announcements

IAAB announces 2nd biennial student summit coming to Washington, D.C.

IAAB | Sept 3

Iranian Alliances Across Borders' 2nd biennial Student Summit will be held at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., November 5-7, 2010.

IAAB's Student Summit, a unique and unprecedented program for the Iranian American college community, promotes committed communication between students, university groups, and organizations. Student Summit participants, drawn from colleges and universities across the United States, convene to develop leadership skills as individuals, as participants in student organizations, and as members of the Iranian diaspora community.

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