These election results as the regime's attempt to tighten its
control and to present a united, hard-line front as it sprints to
develop the bomb under cover of the talks.
A rigged election, no reformist victory.
The Wall Street Journal
The most astonishing aspect of Friday's presidential vote in Iran is
not that the elections will go into a second round but that Tehran
managed to convince so many in the West that this is a real
demonstration of democracy.
If Mr. Rafsanjani should win, he will play diplomatic games with
the U.S. and Europe. He will probably be even more skillful than Mr.
Khatami has been in stringing along the European triumvirate -- Blair,
Chirac and Schrِder.
The Wall Street Journal
By GEORGE MELLOAN
Whoever wins an electoral runoff and becomes Iran's new president, the
news won't be good, either for Iranians or Americans and Europeans
disturbed about the regime's quest for nuclear weaponry. The country's
ruling mullahs blatantly displayed their muscle, and vote-rigging
skills, in last Friday's initial vote. That suggests that they are no
longer interested in creating even the illusion of political moderation.
At one point, Mr. Rafsanjani, a former two-term president, said
he was one of the nation's first reformers, and the room burst into
New York Times
By MICHAEL SLACKMAN
TEHRAN - Aides to Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani initially said he would
not be making any appearances in the final days before the presidential
runoff on Friday against the conservative mayor of Tehran, Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad.But as Mr. Rafsanjani's campaign seemed to stall, he
decided to visit Tehran University on Tuesday afternoon to help drum up
By Louis Charbonneau
VIENNA, May 20 (Reuters) - Iran has been using front companies to skirt
international export controls and purchase a graphite compound that can
be used in nuclear and conventional arms, an Iranian exile said on
Dissident, Diplomat Say Iran Appears to Be Smuggling Graphite for Nuclear Purposes
By GEORGE JAHN
May. 20, 2005 (The Associated Press)- Iran is circumventing
international export bans on sensitive dual-use materials by smuggling
graphite and a graphite compound that can be used to make conventional
and nuclear weapons, an Iranian dissident and a senior diplomat said
Early in the year 2000, after the escalation of activities of the
agents of MOIS in various western countries, the police in these
countries interviewed many of them and warned them against their
relations with the mullahs’ Ministry of Intelligence.
The mullahs Ministry Of Intelligence Services(MOIS) routinely harasses
and intimidates dissidents outside Iran by exerting pressure on their
families inside the country. In most cases, the MOIS compels the
families to contact their children abroad to urge them to discontinue
their anti-regime activities and refrain from supporting the PMOI or
the NCRI. In other cases, the MOIS has arrested families of exiled
Iranians to force them to take a position against the Resistance or
collaborate with the regime.
The clerical regime has invested greatly on disinformation campaigns
and demonizing strategies against the Iranian Resistance and set up an
elaborate apparatus to implement it. The Ministry of Intelligence and
Security (MOIS), the ICCO, the Foreign and Islamic Guidance ministries
and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) are all involved in
psychological warfare against the PMOI.
Those who are actively engaged in the mullahs’ dirty campaign against
the Iranian Resistance abroad are from several origins. The common
denomination for all of them is that they are now working for the
mullahs’ Intelligence Ministry.
Forming cultural associations to disseminate false propaganda against
the Iranian Resistance is another MOIS tactic. These associations are
purported not to be in contact with the regime and in fact even
criticize it. One such association is Damavand Cultural Association,
which uses a Canadian address...