Iranian workers must be free to exercise their fundamental worker rights to join a union and to engage in collective bargaining as protected by international covenants, said Solidarity Center Executive Director Barbara Shailor. The Solidarity Center joins the global labor movement in demanding that the Iranian government respect these rights and immediately release the detained union members.
Lo que han dicho los iraníes:
Q: Do you think that Iran may stop the flow of oil from the Straits of Hormuz as some had stated earlier?
A: I think those were premature statements. I still believe that negotiations are the way out of this situation. We must still think of peaceful solutions. When the case is at the Security Council, we too shall do whatever is in our power.
Q: Like what?
A: End our voluntary suspensions and restrains. The government is obliged to do this because of the resolution passed by this body. This of course will need time to materialize, even after Mr. Larijani notifies AlBaradei.
Amir Taheri, The New York Post exposed the ABC's of the Rent-A-Riot in the Middle East. The Washington Post reported that Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen Thursday said the governments of Iran and Syria had intentionally inflamed Muslim protests against a Danish newspaper's publication of cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad to distract attention from their own diplomatic crises. Eli Lake, The New York Sun reported that Secretary of State Rice said: "I don't have any doubt that given the control of the Syrian government in Syria, given the control of the Iranian government... to use this to their own purposes." Bernard-Henri Levy, The Wall Street Journal examined the unrest created by the cartoons of Mohammed and probed the question: What made this demented scene, this planetary upheaval, possible? Iranian Student News Agency published photos of Iranian Security Forces "battling" what is supposed to be an "angry mob" attacking the UK Embassy in Tehran.
Only last week the State Department spokesman called anti-Muslim images "unacceptable." The Danish Embassy here has been emphasizing the existence of a blasphemy law in Denmark, adding that anyone who would burn a Koran in Copenhagen could be jailed for hate speech, according to Denmark's deputy chief of mission in Cairo, Christian Gronbech-Jensen. [..] Even yesterday, Mr. Bush said, "With freedom comes the responsibility to be thoughtful about others."
But the defensive posture from the West is starting to shift. Yesterday, after meeting with King Abdullah of Jordan, Mr. Bush said that America was a tolerant nation that respected its free press. "I call upon the governments around the world to stop the violence, to be respectful, to protect property, protect the lives of innocent diplomats who are serving their countries overseas." King Abdullah called the violent protests raging throughout the Islamic world "unacceptable."
Secretary of State Rice was tougher. "I don't have any doubt that given the control of the Syrian government in Syria, given the control of the Iranian government, which, by the way, hasn't even hidden its hand in this, that Iran and Syria have gone out of their way to inflame sentiments and to use this to their own purposes," she said standing next to the new Israeli foreign minister, Tzipi Livni. "And the world ought to call them on it."
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, has openly praised the rioting in his country. On state-run radio on Tuesday, he said the drawings published in September were a "conspiracy by Zionists who were angry because of the victory of Hamas." [...]
Berlin, Germany: Iran secretly tested a new surface-to-surface missile (SSM) on January 17, seeking to establish the measurements needed for long-range missiles, the German daily Die Welt reported in its issue to appear on Saturday.
The test, conducted by members of the Revolutionary Guard led by Yahya Rahim Safavi, was successful, according to Western diplomats cited by the newspaper, which did not indicate the location where the test took place.
On January 28, Safavi said that Iran would use its ballistic missiles if it was attacked.
"Iran has a ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles)," he said on Iranian public television.
"We do not intend to attack any country, but if we are attacked, we are capable of effectively responding. Our position is defensive."
Safavi was referring to the Shahab-3 missiles that Iran possesses which can reach Israel and US bases in the Middle East.
Dice que su posición es defensiva: ¿también en lo que se refiere a Israel debe ser borrado del mapa".