Sunday, January 03, 2010


Political prisoners on the verge of execution
The Iranian regime is getting ready to issue death sentences for the protesters who were arrested on Ashura day (last Sunday).
Reisi, the secretary of the regime's Judiciary said in a television interview that the people who clashed with the regime's forces on the streets on Sunday are considered to be Mohareb (he who wages war against God) and must be punished.
Chinese-made armored anti-riot trucks, equipped with plows, may arrive in Tehran
The Los Angeles Times, January 1, 2010 wrote: an Opposition news website is reporting that Iran has imported high-tech armored anti-riot vehicles equipped with water cannons that can douse people with boiling water or teargas.
The website said the vehicles were a rush order from their manufacturers in China, Dalian Eagle-Sky, according to the blogger Sohrebestan. With an alleged price of $650,000 a unit, the 25-ton trucks each hold 2,640 gallons of water, which can shoot hot or cold water at a distance of up 220 feet. They can also shoot tear gas, burning chemicals or paint stored in three 26-gallon containers.
It includes a plow, which can presumably demolish makeshift barriers placed on streets by protesters, or even the demonstrators themselves. Iranian protesters torched police vehicles and motorcycles during anti-government riots last weekend, when police trucks allegedly ran over at least one demonstrator.

Iran nuclear ’ultimatum’ changes nothing: Germany
Associated France Press reported; Germany said Saturday that Iran’s ultimatum for the West to accept a uranium swap deal within a month, or else it would produce its own nuclear fuel for a reactor, changed nothing.
AFP added: Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki issued the challenge on Saturday, state television reported. The ’situation has not changed,’ a Germany foreign ministry spokesman told AFP. ’The proposal of the international community remains valid. Iran must seize this opportunity.’ The UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), had proposed that Iran ship most of its low-enriched uranium to Russia and France for processing into fuel for the research reactor. But Tehran rejected a December 31 deadline to accept this, risking new UN sanctions.
On Tuesday it said however it was ready to swap abroad its low-enriched uranium for nuclear fuel, while insisting the exchange happen in stages. World powers suspect that Iran wants to produce uranium for military purposes, despite repeated denials from Tehran.
Iran is already under three sets of UN sanctions for refusing to abandon its sensitive programme of uranium enrichment, the process which produces nuclear fuel or, in highly extended form, the fissile core of an atomic bomb AFP said.