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Heard In Iran: Experts Tackle Iran's Nuclear Capabilities

Experts Tackle Iran's Nuclear Capabilities

July 11 -- U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General Henry A. Obering, Director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency discussed the threat posed by Iran's Shahab-3 missile and the importance of the proposed U.S. missile shield in the Czech Republic [article in Persian / in English]. Two days later, Thomas W. Wood, co-author of a "Nonproliferation Review" article on energy independence in Iran, says Iran's plans to complete six nuclear reactors by 2020 is "a very aggressive reactive construction timetable...a great deal would have been learned during [the Bushehr] reactor construction process, but we would still expect that Iran would require some foreign assistance to build the next few reactors" [article in Persian].

Court Dismisses Death in Custody Case

July 10 -- Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi says she will use all legal means to try to overturn the court's ruling in the case of Zahra Bani Yaghoub, who died while in police custody in October 2007. If the rights of Bani Yaghoub's family to pursue the case are not restored, Ebadi vowed to seek help from international authorities [article in Persian].

High Bail Set for Women's Rights Activist

July 14 -- The lawyer for jailed women's rights activist Mahboubeh Karami says the bail for her release has been set at 100 million tooman [about $110,000]. He adds that Karami's family will not pay the bail, because they do not consider their daughter guilty and cannot afford it [article in Persian].

AIDS Researchers Arrested

July 15 -- The mother of Kamran and Arash Alaei, two doctors involved in AIDS research in Iran, says her sons were not involved in politics: "They worked in the field of AIDS and drug addiction...they have appeared on Iranian state television many times to talk about these issues...they have been involved only in scientific activities and research" [article in Persian].

Pro-Reform Student Activists Arrested

July 16 -- A spokesperson for the Office to Foster Unity says criminal charges of "being affiliated with anti-revolutionary groups abroad" that have been filed against Bahareh Hedayat and Mohammad Hashemi are false, unfounded and ludicrous: "The government wants to evade being accountable for its wrong policies" [article in Persian].

Radio Farda Launches Weekly Women's Journal

July 16-- Women's issues are the focus of "The Other Voice," new program hosted by Parnaz Azima that premiered on Radio Farda. This weekly journal not only investigates women issues from theoretical and historical points of view, but also provides listeners with studies of current events and activities related to women.

For more on these and other stories about Iran, please visit: -- Radio Farda's Persian-language website -- RFE/RL English-language coverage of Iran

Radio Farda is the 24-hour, seven-day-a-week Persian language news service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)