Thursday 29 May 2008
May 28, 2008
Amnesty Asks Governments To Recommit To UN Rights Declaration
Amnesty International is calling on governments worldwide to commit themselves again to observing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The organization, which has just released its 2008 annual survey of human rights conditions, makes the call as the world marks the 60th anniversary of the landmark UN declaration.
May 27, 2008
U.S. Says IAEA Report Highlights Iran's Failure To Disclose Nuclear Activities
The United States has reacted sharply to the latest report on Iran's nuclear-related activities from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The U.S. envoy to the IAEA said Iran is "stonewalling" about its activities, while Iran has said the report shows how well it is cooperating with the UN agency.
May 20, 2008
New Criticism Of President In Iran Adds To Aura Of Discontent
There is harsh new criticism circulating in Iran about President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's economic policies. This time the critic is influential cleric and former President Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who says the government is pursuing policies that are leading to the "impoverishment" of the Iranian people.
May 18, 2008
Iran: Tensions Rise As Tehran Expands Regional Influence
Alex Vatanka says Tehran wants to be the regional power in the long term (RFE/RL) Alex Vatanka, a Washington-based expert for Jane's Information Group, talks with RFE/RL correspondent Ron Synovitz about rising tensions between Iran and the United States and its allies. Vatanka sees recent Iranian activities in the region as a reaction to outdated U.S. foreign policies as well as setbacks in Iraq and Afghanistan that have allowed Tehran to expand its influence and leverage.
May 16, 2008
Democrats Outraged At Bush’s 'Appeasement' Remark
U.S. President George W. Bush is being attacked at home for comments he made on a visit to Israel. In a speech marking Israel's 60th anniversary, Bush appeared to compare the Democratic Party's presidential front-runner, Barack Obama, to a Nazi appeaser. That, at least, is the Democratic Party's interpretation. The White House says that's not the case.
May 14, 2008
Iraq: Elusive Cease-Fire In Al-Sadr City Begs New Questions
By Richard Tomkins http://gdb.rferl.org/B55F0E93-A60C-4EFE-904B-2BD57BC807B6_w203.jpg Construction of the wall, which is aimed at thwarting Shi'ite militants, in early May (RFE/RL) BAGHDAD -- After nearly two months of clashes, the Iraqi government and representatives of radical Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced a cease-fire for Baghdad's Al-Sadr City, where residents are said to be suffering from shortages of food and fresh water.
May 14, 2008
Iran, Saudi Arabia Face Off Over Lebanon
Saudi Arabia has charged Iran with seeking a coup in Beirut, and Tehran is sharply rejecting the charges. The war of words, which directly follows the recent street fighting in Lebanon, highlights a growing sense in Riyadh and some other Mideast capitals that Iran is building its influence in the region at their expense.
May 12, 2008
Mideast Expert Assesses Roles Of Iran, Syria In Lebanon
The resurgence of violence in Lebanon has again raised the question of the motives and aims of <A href="http://www.rferl.org/features/features_Article.aspx?m=05&y=2008&id=6CBA8C75-FC78-4178-88FE-0DD9CDD47DE7"><STRONG>Iran and Syria</STRONG></A>, which support Hizballah, one of the groups involved in the fighting. RFE/RL correspondent Andrew F. Tully put these issues before Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. Cordesman is a leading Middle East authority who has served as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. State and Defense departments.