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News: International

Iran gives Europe a wake-up call

From the Baltimore Sun - By Ilan Berman
By now, the nearly two-week-long hostage crisis prompted by Iran's brazen seizure of 15 British sailors and marines in the Persian Gulf in late March is beginning to fade from public memory. But the incident has provided the West with an important glimpse into Iranian strategy - and an unprecedented opportunity for a reinvigorated transatlantic consensus about confronting the Islamic Republic.

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More restrictions against female university students in Iran

shahrood universityNCRI - According to a new directive announced by Shahrood University in northern Iran, the female students must observe the new dress code imposed on them. The following directive has been posted on the university's public board:

"Female students must wear simple and long dresses, pants, and headscarfs with appropriate thickness and color. They must avoid wearing short, thin and tight dresses. Their shoes and socks must be appropriate. They must not use make-up and should avoid unnecessary relations with male students."


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Now, two nuclear deadlines

Chicago Tribune - Editorial - For years now, the Iranians have ignored deadlines to stop their nuclear program. They've been masterful at playing for time, stringing along the Europeans, the Russians and the United Nations Security Council with negotiations that went nowhere, threats of retaliation about the country's "right" to nuclear energy. The most recent example of Iranian misdirection: the British hostage crisis.

It's been a bravura performance. And apparently it is paying off. On Monday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad crowed that Iran has begun enriching uranium on an industrial scale.

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U.S. professional groups cut Iran links

United Press International -- U.S. professional associations are putting the screws to Iran by suspending collaborative and other ties with their Iranian counterparts.
Iran Daily, quoting a report by the Iran Students' News Agency, said last week the American Chemical Society has rescinded the membership of 36 Iranian scientists. It said the ACS cited the U.S. embargo again Iran for its decision.

The U.S.-based International Society for Optical Engineering has stopped delivery to Iranian researchers of requested books and publications, it added.

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Iran finds weak West

Edmonton Sun - By SALIM MANSUR - Taking British sailors hostage just a test of strength

The insolence of the thuggish regime in Iran is rising in inverse proportion to the self-abasement of the West and, in particular, the European Union.

The hostage taking of British sailors by Tehran was a move to test the resolve of Britain and its allies in responding to provocation bordering on an act of war.

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Stop the bully

Bradenton Herald - Only united front will deter rogue like Iran

Once again, it appears Iran has thumbed its nose at the West - and will get away with it.

Iran's seizure March 23 of 15 British sailors for allegedly trespassing into Iranian waters was a calculated act of retribution for the Western opposition to its nuclear technology development efforts - a defiant quid pro quo for the economic sanctions imposed as punishment for its nuclear development program. It is similar in method if not scale to the seizure of 52 employees of the American Embassy in Tehran in 1979 as a protest against the United States providing the deposed Shah of Iran a home in exile while receiving medical treatment. This hostage crisis, however, ended much more quickly, with Iran releasing the British personnel Thursday after just 13 days; the U.S. Embassy crisis lasted 444 days.

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Britain's humiliation will embolden Iran

Press-Register - AMERICANS SHOULD be deeply troubled by the spectacle of the once-mighty British lion slinking away from a confrontation with the jackals of the outlaw regime in Iran.

Iran committed an act of war by seizing 15 British sailors and marines in Iraqi waters and holding them hostage for almost two weeks. In response to this outrage, the British government dithered while the Iranians humiliated the hostages by videotaping their "confessions."

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