Iran's EU exports up despite sanctions


 

JNN 02 Jan 2011 : Iran’s exports to EU member states rose by 55 percent during the country’s fourth five-year development plan (2005-2010), the Trade Promotion Organization (TPO) of Iran has said.

The value of Iran’s exports to EU states reaches from $1.3 billion in the year 1384 (21 March 2005-20 March 2006) to $2.13 in the year 1388, which ended on March 21, 2010, IRNA quoted Reza Tofiqi, an official for the TPO international affairs as saying on Saturday.

He added that the volume of Iran’s non-oil exports to EU states showed a 49 percent increase over the same period.

“Iran’s non-oil exports to the European Union revealed an eight percent boost during the first seven months of the current Iranian calendar year of 1389 (started on March 21, 2010),” the TPO official said.

The UN Security Council imposed a fourth round of US-engineered sanctions resolution on Iran over Western allegations that Tehran is developing a military nuclear program.

Iranian officials refute such allegations and stress that as a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency and a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the country has a legitimate right to pursue peaceful nuclear technology.

 

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Iran’s EU exports up despite sanctions


 

JNN 02 Jan 2011 : Iran’s exports to EU member states rose by 55 percent during the country’s fourth five-year development plan (2005-2010), the Trade Promotion Organization (TPO) of Iran has said.

The value of Iran’s exports to EU states reaches from $1.3 billion in the year 1384 (21 March 2005-20 March 2006) to $2.13 in the year 1388, which ended on March 21, 2010, IRNA quoted Reza Tofiqi, an official for the TPO international affairs as saying on Saturday.

He added that the volume of Iran’s non-oil exports to EU states showed a 49 percent increase over the same period.

“Iran’s non-oil exports to the European Union revealed an eight percent boost during the first seven months of the current Iranian calendar year of 1389 (started on March 21, 2010),” the TPO official said.

The UN Security Council imposed a fourth round of US-engineered sanctions resolution on Iran over Western allegations that Tehran is developing a military nuclear program.

Iranian officials refute such allegations and stress that as a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency and a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the country has a legitimate right to pursue peaceful nuclear technology.

 

UK backs US's invasion of Ivory Coast


 

JNN 02 Jan 2011 : The British Foreign minister William Hague has said that the government supports the US military action and United Nations sanctions against the Ivory Coast.

Hague highlighted that the force would continue until the Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo hands over the power to Alassane Ouattro, who is internationally recognized as the winner of the 28 November election, according to the state-run BBC.

Asking whether he would support invasion on Cote d’Ivoire, Hague answered, “Yes, in principle.”

Hague said that British troops would not be allocated to the African country, stressing that the government has already sent a military liaison to analyse the situation there.

“We have deployed a military liaison officer to the country to work on various contingencies with the French, but I’m not raising the possibility today of British forces being deployed.”

Hague added that Gbagbo’s official accounts have been frozen and that his power would depend on the support of the Ivorian Army.

“…it will run out of money in the coming weeks and that means it will run out of power…”

 

UK backs US’s invasion of Ivory Coast


 

JNN 02 Jan 2011 : The British Foreign minister William Hague has said that the government supports the US military action and United Nations sanctions against the Ivory Coast.

Hague highlighted that the force would continue until the Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo hands over the power to Alassane Ouattro, who is internationally recognized as the winner of the 28 November election, according to the state-run BBC.

Asking whether he would support invasion on Cote d’Ivoire, Hague answered, “Yes, in principle.”

Hague said that British troops would not be allocated to the African country, stressing that the government has already sent a military liaison to analyse the situation there.

“We have deployed a military liaison officer to the country to work on various contingencies with the French, but I’m not raising the possibility today of British forces being deployed.”

Hague added that Gbagbo’s official accounts have been frozen and that his power would depend on the support of the Ivorian Army.

“…it will run out of money in the coming weeks and that means it will run out of power…”

 

Yemen's Saleh aims for life presidency


JNN 02 Jan 2011 : Yemen’s parliament has preliminary agreed to a controversial constitutional amendment that would allow President Ali Abdullah Saleh to rule for life.

The measure was adopted with an overwhelming majority on Saturday, with only two parliament members opposing the vote.

The parliament — dominated by Saleh’s General People’s Congress (GPC) party — is expected to hold a formal vote on the issue in March.

The constitutional amendment will then be submitted for a referendum, which will be held simultaneously with parliamentary polls on April 27.

If the Yemeni parliament votes in favor of the measure, leading to the cancellation of presidential term limits, Saleh could become the life-long president of the Arabian Peninsula nation.

Saturday’s parliamentary ruling has sparked an opposition protest outside the parliament, where thousands of Yemenis, among them opposition and independent MPs, staged a sit-in.

They warned that adopting the amendments would “destroy what remains of the foundations of democracy” in Yemen.

They also emphasized that the action would “pave the way for hereditary succession.”

Opponents accuse the 68-year-old president of grooming his eldest son Ahmed, who heads an elite unit of the army called the Republican Guard, to succeed him.

Some analysts say Saturday’s voting could also heighten already simmering tensions in Yemen, where the government is facing a growing Al-Qaeda threat, a Shia Houthi uprising in the north and growing calls for secession in the south.

Yemen’s Saleh has been in power for more than 32 years.

He previously served as president of the Yemen Arab Republic (North Yemen) from 1978 until 1990. After the unification of the country, he resumed his post as president.

Saleh was elected for the first time in 1999 for a term of seven years. His second term, which began in 2006, expires in 2013.

Yemen’s Saleh aims for life presidency


JNN 02 Jan 2011 : Yemen’s parliament has preliminary agreed to a controversial constitutional amendment that would allow President Ali Abdullah Saleh to rule for life.

The measure was adopted with an overwhelming majority on Saturday, with only two parliament members opposing the vote.

The parliament — dominated by Saleh’s General People’s Congress (GPC) party — is expected to hold a formal vote on the issue in March.

The constitutional amendment will then be submitted for a referendum, which will be held simultaneously with parliamentary polls on April 27.

If the Yemeni parliament votes in favor of the measure, leading to the cancellation of presidential term limits, Saleh could become the life-long president of the Arabian Peninsula nation.

Saturday’s parliamentary ruling has sparked an opposition protest outside the parliament, where thousands of Yemenis, among them opposition and independent MPs, staged a sit-in.

They warned that adopting the amendments would “destroy what remains of the foundations of democracy” in Yemen.

They also emphasized that the action would “pave the way for hereditary succession.”

Opponents accuse the 68-year-old president of grooming his eldest son Ahmed, who heads an elite unit of the army called the Republican Guard, to succeed him.

Some analysts say Saturday’s voting could also heighten already simmering tensions in Yemen, where the government is facing a growing Al-Qaeda threat, a Shia Houthi uprising in the north and growing calls for secession in the south.

Yemen’s Saleh has been in power for more than 32 years.

He previously served as president of the Yemen Arab Republic (North Yemen) from 1978 until 1990. After the unification of the country, he resumed his post as president.

Saleh was elected for the first time in 1999 for a term of seven years. His second term, which began in 2006, expires in 2013.

'Iran ready to export air defense system'


JNN 02 Jan 2011 : The commander of a major Iranian air defense base says the facility is mass producing anti-aircraft systems and is ready to export such systems.

“We can meet all our needs in the air defense sector by relying on domestic resources,” Ahmad Miqani, the commander of Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base, told Fars News Agency on Sunday.

“When we [design and] develop weapons, they will be mass produce, and we can export the surplus to other countries in deemed appropriate,” Cmdr. Miqani said.

He further described US threats against Iran as a “31-year-old war of nerves and propaganda campaign.”

“Over the past few years, we have seen that the United States imposing wars on the regional nations on a smaller scale, leaving hundreds of thousands of people killed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and [occupied] Palestine,” he said.

“Should the enemy decide to launch an aggression on Iranian soil, it will face our all-out, crushing response, and we will not leave them until they are annihilated,” he underlined.

“So, they will not take such a risk, and their threats are just psychological warfare,” the commander said.

Iran has achieved numerous breakthroughs in the defense sector and reached self-sufficiency in producing various types of military equipment and systems.

In the meantime, Iran has announced time and again that its military might poses no threat, whatsoever, to other countries as Tehran’s defense doctrine is based on deterrence only.

‘Iran ready to export air defense system’


JNN 02 Jan 2011 : The commander of a major Iranian air defense base says the facility is mass producing anti-aircraft systems and is ready to export such systems.

“We can meet all our needs in the air defense sector by relying on domestic resources,” Ahmad Miqani, the commander of Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base, told Fars News Agency on Sunday.

“When we [design and] develop weapons, they will be mass produce, and we can export the surplus to other countries in deemed appropriate,” Cmdr. Miqani said.

He further described US threats against Iran as a “31-year-old war of nerves and propaganda campaign.”

“Over the past few years, we have seen that the United States imposing wars on the regional nations on a smaller scale, leaving hundreds of thousands of people killed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and [occupied] Palestine,” he said.

“Should the enemy decide to launch an aggression on Iranian soil, it will face our all-out, crushing response, and we will not leave them until they are annihilated,” he underlined.

“So, they will not take such a risk, and their threats are just psychological warfare,” the commander said.

Iran has achieved numerous breakthroughs in the defense sector and reached self-sufficiency in producing various types of military equipment and systems.

In the meantime, Iran has announced time and again that its military might poses no threat, whatsoever, to other countries as Tehran’s defense doctrine is based on deterrence only.

'US losing power in Latin America'


JNN 02 Jan 2011 : An analyst says US aggressive stance against Latin American and Caribbean countries shows Washington’s anger over its diminishing influence in the region.

The region “is no longer directly under the thumb of the US corporate power and US military power,” Co-Director of International Action Center Sara Flounders said.

“That certainly is infuriating US policy makers, the Pentagon, and the corporations that are used to treating the economies of Latin America as extensions; as sources of cheap raw material and cheap labor,” she told Press TV.

Flounders specifically referred to the US attempts to rig Venezuela-Colombia relations as an evident example of Washington’s agenda for destabilizing the region.

“Any reconciliation or improvement in relations between Colombia and Venezuela would be to US detriment, and certainly to the detriment of the US military presence in Colombia,” she added.

Flounders argued that the US has, for many years, used fighting drugs as an excuse for its military presence in Colombia.

However, its main aim is “stopping a popular movement in Colombia from becoming a force such as have happened throughout Latin America, where democratic and popular forces have really swept elections and made enormous transformations and changes,” she said

‘US losing power in Latin America’


JNN 02 Jan 2011 : An analyst says US aggressive stance against Latin American and Caribbean countries shows Washington’s anger over its diminishing influence in the region.

The region “is no longer directly under the thumb of the US corporate power and US military power,” Co-Director of International Action Center Sara Flounders said.

“That certainly is infuriating US policy makers, the Pentagon, and the corporations that are used to treating the economies of Latin America as extensions; as sources of cheap raw material and cheap labor,” she told Press TV.

Flounders specifically referred to the US attempts to rig Venezuela-Colombia relations as an evident example of Washington’s agenda for destabilizing the region.

“Any reconciliation or improvement in relations between Colombia and Venezuela would be to US detriment, and certainly to the detriment of the US military presence in Colombia,” she added.

Flounders argued that the US has, for many years, used fighting drugs as an excuse for its military presence in Colombia.

However, its main aim is “stopping a popular movement in Colombia from becoming a force such as have happened throughout Latin America, where democratic and popular forces have really swept elections and made enormous transformations and changes,” she said

Iran shoots down two spy Drone Planes in Gulf


JNN 02 Jan 2011 TEHRAN: Iran has shot down two unmanned western reconnaissance drone aircraft in the Gulf, a senior Revolutionary Guards commander told the semi-official Fars news agency on Sunday.

“Many spy planes and advanced planes of our enemies have been shot down (by our forces) … We have also shot down two spy planes in the Persian Gulf,” said commander Amir Ali Hajizadeh. “But it is the first time we are announcing it.”

He did not say when the hostile aircraft had been shot down, but described them as western drone reconnaissance aircraft.

Iran is at odds with major powers over its nuclear activities, which the United States and its allies suspect are intended to enable Iran to produce nuclear bombs. Iran denies the allegations and says it wants only to generate electricity.

It is now a time for Pakistani Government to learn a lesson , and should also act and start Shooting down the Drone Planes , as these Drone attacks only  serves the  American and Western Nations Plan to Dis Integrate Pakistan , as due to which the local Public is coming face to face to the armed forces of  Pakistan, And as per US Plans , they just want to Divide and Rule the Only Recognized Muslim Nuclear Powered Nation , the drone attacks have been counter Productive , in curtailing the War against terror , these Drone attacks  have just fueling the Terrorism , and give the support of Local People to the US sponsored terrorist, whether they may be Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan , Sipah e Sahaba Pakistan, Lashkar e Jhangvi , Jundullah , Jaish e Mohd, Lashkar e Taiba, or any other allied Banned Terrorist Outfit .

Pakistan is on the Map of the world on such a strategic Position , that it can settle the War in any body’s favour if it wants , and can change the future of this region , from China to Russia , rather Whole of the world. So it is time that the Top Military Brass of Pakistan should start considering the Options to calling their shots.  And stop taking the dictation from their enemies , which now they have even realize and confirms , As every body knows that History not only remembers Heroes like Tipu Sultan , But also recalls Mir Jaffar & Mir Sadiq , so the Option is all with them to Live like a Lion , or to have a long life of a Jackal , But at the same time History have told that these Westerner the Champions of all the liberties , What they have done to Mir Jaffer and Mir Sadiq , and You don’t have to go back and recall the Far gone History , while the Recent Past even shows what they have Done to there Greatest Allies like Gen. Zia ul Haq,  Once their Motive is achieved .