June 2008

Iran: Establish Uranium Enrichment Consortium On Iranian Soil

Iran's nuclear chief Saeed Jalili said at the Majlis that EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana had said during his recent visit to Tehran that he "agrees with the outline of Iran's package."

Jalili added that the ground was fertile for "cooperation between Iran and some Western powers."

In an attempt to soften Iran's rejection of the 5+1 incentives package presented by Solana, an Iranian source announced that Tehran would be willing to negotiate over the proposal in exchange for the West's accepting Iran's proposal, including establishing a consortium for enriching uranium on Iranian soil.

Majlis Committee for National Security and Foreign Policy head Ala Al-Din Boroujerdi said that the West could not be trusted and that Iran had to produce the nuclear fuel it needed on its own soil.

At the same time, Iran's representative to the IAEA announced that Iran would continue its uranium enrichment.

Sources: Tehran Times, Iran, June 23, 2008; Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, London, IRNA, Iran, June 20 2008

Date Posted: June 23, 2008
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Syrian FM: 90% Of Our Comments Regarding The Mediterranean Union Summit Have Been Accepted

During his visit to India, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Al-Mu'alem said, on June 19, that "90% percent of the Syrian observations [regarding the Mediterranean Union summit, scheduled for next month in Paris] have been taken into account, and we are seeking to have the remaining 10% percent taken [into account as well]."

Regarding the Shaba'a Farms, Al-Mu'alem said: "We stand for Israel's withdrawal from every inch of the occupied Arab territories... and therefore, if the U.S. pressures Israel to withdraw from the Shaba'a Farms, Syria will welcome it."

On the establishment of a national unity government in Lebanon, he stated: "Syria has taken a decision not to interfere in the ongoing dialogue between the Lebanese parties to form the government. When [Syrian] President Bashar Al-Assad talked to General Michel Suleiman, he stressed [this point]."

Source: Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (English edition), London, June 19, 2008

Date Posted: June 22, 2008
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Turkish Newspaper Reports: American Tourists Visit Iraq

The Turkish Daily News published a story from the Turkish newspaper Hürriyet on a recent trip to northern Iraq by American tourists.

The trip, organized by a California-based tourism company, followed a 2007 trip by a small group from England to Iraq.

Source: Turkish Daily News, Turkey, June 19, 2008

Date Posted: June 20, 2008
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Arab Civil Organizations Form Alliance For Darfur

Thirty-six civil organizations from 12 Arab countries have formed the "Arab Alliance for Darfur."

In a communiqué, the organizations called to break the silence in light of what is happening in Darfur, and to stop the violence there.

Source: Aafaq.org, June 19, 2008

Date Posted: June 20, 2008
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Cartoon In Palestinian, Qatari Papers: "Israel Agrees To Tahdiya (Calm) [Due To Qassam Rockets]"

Cartoon In Palestinian, Qatari Papers: "Israel Agrees To Tahdiya (Calm) [Due To Qassam Rockets]"

Cartoonist: 'Alla Al-Laqta

Sources: Falastin, Palestinian Authority; Al-Sharq, Qatar, June 19, 2008

Date Posted: June 20, 2008
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Cartoon In Qatari Paper On "Carrot And Stick Policy With Iran"

Cartoon In Qatari Paper On "Carrot And Stick Policy With Iran"

Cartoonist: Baqi Bukhalfa

Source: Al-Arab, Qatar, June 19, 2008

Date Posted: June 20, 2008
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Kurdish Paper: Cooperation Between Saddam Regime, Al-Qaeda

The Kurdish daily Kurdistani Nwe has published a 2002 letter from the Iraqi presidency that it says proves that there was cooperation between the regime of Saddam Hussein and Al-Qaeda.

The letter, which appeared on the paper's front page, was published by the intelligence apparatus of the Iraqi presidency and discussed an intention to meet with Ayman Al-Zawahiri in order to examine a plan drawn up by the Iraqi presidency to carry out a "revenge operation" in Saudi Arabia.

2002 letter from the Iraqi presidency

Source: www.knwe.org (http://www.knwe.org/Kurdistani...Kurdistani%20Nwe.htm), June 20, 2008

Date Posted: June 20, 2008
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Cartoon In Kuwaiti Paper: Tahdiya (Calm) In Gaza Comes Into Effect

Cartoon In Kuwaiti Paper: Tahdiya (Calm) In Gaza Comes Into Effect

On left, "Israel," on sign, "Gaza," on right, "Hamas."

Cartoonist: Stavro Jabra

Source: Al-Jarida, Kuwait, June 20, 2008

Date Posted: June 20, 2008
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Al-Azhar Sheikh: Forget Danish Cartoons Affair

Following a Danish court's decision to throw out the lawsuit against the newspaper that printed the Muhammad cartoons, Al-Azhar Sheikh Muhammad Sayyed Tantawi said that he appreciated and respected the court's decision and that Muslims should forget about the cartoons affair.

Source: Al-Jarida, Kuwait, June 20, 2008

Date Posted: June 20, 2008
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Assad: No Point Right Now In Meeting With Olmert

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad told a press conference in India that at this stage, there was no point in his holding a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

A senior Syrian source told the London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat that an Assad-Olmert handshake would attest to Syria's willingness to recognize Israel, but Syria did not want this as long as the direction of the negotiations remained unclear.

The source added that direct Syria-Israel negotiations would take place only when the U.S. joined them at the discussion table.

Source: Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, London, June 20, 2008

Date Posted: June 20, 2008
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