Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Eye On Iran: Toyota Stops Shipments to Iran

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WSJ: "Bowing to growing international pressure over
Iran's nuclear development program, Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday that it
suspended car exports to the Middle Eastern nation. 'In light of the current
situation' exports have been halted, a spokeswoman for the Japanese auto maker
said. Toyota shipped about 220 cars to Iran so far this year until the
suspension took effect in June."

WSJ: "Iran's new ambassador to Iraq promised to double
trade volume and bolster economic ties between the two countries, the latest
economic outreach by Tehran as its influence here grows. The move also comes amid fresh sanctions
against Iran by the United Nations, the U.S. and the European Union, aimed at
curbing Tehran's nuclear ambitions. Analysts said Tehran could be redoubling
efforts at building economic ties with Baghdad to help limit the impact of
those measures."

LAT: "Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on
Tuesday called on Iran to release all political prisoners and expressed alarm
about the fate of several specific detainees. Clinton said the U.S. believes that several Iranians are in danger of
imminent execution for speaking out against the disputed June 2009 presidential
election. She named three: Jafar Kazemi, Mohammad Haj Aghaei and Javad Lari."

Iran Disclosure Project

Nuclear Program

The Telegraph: "A senior commander said Iran would arm
the copy vessel with missiles and torpedoes as it continues to build its
military presence in the Strait of Hormuz. General Ali Fadavi of the Revolutionary
Guards's navy, told AFP: 'The Bladerunner is a British ship that holds the
world speed record. We got a copy [on which] we made some changes so it can
launch missiles and torpedoes. The
Revolutionary Guards will be equipped with many' of them within a year, he said
at a ceremony marking the delivery of 12 other speed boats equipped with
missiles and torpedoes to the Guards."

AFP: "An advisor to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei denied on Tuesday expressing Tehran's readiness for nuclear talks with
the United States, the official news agency IRNA reported. 'This report that 'we are ready for talks
with America about the nuclear program' is denied,' the office of Ali Akbar
Velayati said in a statement."

Human Rights

AP: "Brazil has formally offered asylum to a woman
sentenced to death in Iran on an adultery conviction. The official news service Agencia Brasil
reports that Brazilian ambassador to Iran Antonio Luis Espinola Salgado made
the offer Monday."

MacLean's: "Hossein Derakhshan, the Iranian Canadian who
helped launch a blogging revolution in Iran, is on trial in Tehran, almost two
years after he was arrested. According to the government-linked Fars News
Agency, charges against him include working with hostile governments, spreading
propaganda against the Islamic regime, and launching and managing obscene
websites. The trial opened on June 23 and is expected to end shortly."

Domestic Politics

Bloomberg: "Iran's armed forces joint chief of staff,
General Hassan Firouzabadi, said comments by a top aide to President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad that suggested Iran was superior among the world's Muslim countries
were a 'crime against national security.' Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaei said yesterday that 'without Iran, Islam would
be lost,' and that if 'we want to present the truth of Islam to the world, we
should erect the Iranian flag,' the state-run Mehr news agency reported. 'Countries
are scared of Iran, because the truth of Islam is here,' the aide said."

Foreign Affairs

LAT: "Iran, reacting to the cutoff of U.S. aid to the
Lebanese military, told Lebanese officials on Tuesday that it will make up for
the potential $100 million loss. The
promise came one day after disclosures that Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA), chairman
of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Nita Lowey (R-NY) chairwoman
of the Appropriations subcommittee on foreign operations, had decided to freeze
the money because of concerns that the U.S. aid might be buying arms that could
be turned against Israel."


WSJ Editorial Board: "A month after President Obama
signed into law a fresh round of Iran sanctions, the new restrictions appear to
be getting Tehran's attention. Gasoline imports into the Islamic Republic fell
nearly 50% in July from May, according to Energy Market Consultants. Despite
being a major oil producer, Iran needs to import at least 30% of its refined
gasoline for domestic consumption, and the sanctions are putting further
strains on the regime. To which we say, more please."

Robert D. Kaplan in The Atlantic: "Iran can be contained.
The path to follow? A course laid out half a century ago by a young Henry
Kissinger, who argued that American chances of checking revolutionary powers
such as the Soviet Union depended on our credible willingness to engage them in
limited war."

Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic: "For the Obama
administration, the prospect of a nuclearized Iran is dismal to contemplate- it
would create major new national-security challenges and crush the president's
dream of ending nuclear proliferation. But the view from Jerusalem is still
more dire: a nuclearized Iran represents, among other things, a threat to
Israel's very existence. In the gap between Washington's and Jerusalem's views
of Iran lies the question: who, if anyone, will stop Iran before it goes
nuclear, and how? As Washington and Jerusalem study each other intensely,
here's an inside look at the strategic calculations on both sides-and at how,
if things remain on the current course, an Israeli air strike will unfold."

Abbas Djavadi for Radio Farda: "Even as the latest UN,
U.S., and European Union sanctions against Iran create new hardships for the
country's economy, most Iranians outside the government seem to place the blame
for the situation on President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's uncompromising policies. At
the same time, officials are trying mightily to ignore or downplay the effects
of the sanctions."

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