The government is complaining
of the NATO and American failure to shut down heroin and opium production in Afghanistan.
Much of these drugs are shipped through Iran, to reach more lucrative markets
in the Middle East, Europe and North America. Iran admits to over two million
drug addicts, and complains that drugs coming in from Afghanistan have
increased five times over the last five years. Afghanistan is fighting a minor
war on its Afghan border, where several hundred casualties (government and
smugger) are suffered each year, and thousands of arrests are made. But the well
armed Afghan drug smugglers keep coming.
The CIA and
Mossad (Israelis CIA) agree on one thing; Iran is trying to build nuclear weapons, and will succeed in the next
21, 2008: Hundreds of Iraqi Shia who had
been sent to Iran to take training in bomb making and assassination, are
returning to Iraq. But these men are not doing anything, yet.
20, 2008: The head of the Iranian Central
Bank resigned, after failing to get the government to do anything about the
raging inflation (currently about 25 percent a year). Government policies are
ruining the economy, and officials refuse to listen to economists or bankers
who know how to fix such things.
18, 2008: The U.S. has charged eight
companies and eight individuals for trying to export weapons grades components
to Iran. This includes manufacturers of warships, weapons and UAVs.
Iran, eight Iranian troops, including a brigadier general, were killed in a
clash with Baluchi tribal rebels (who are Sunnis and much opposed to the Shia
17, 2008: The government has given the Revolutionary
Guards responsibility for defending the Iranian coast in the Persian Gulf. The Revolutionary
Guards are recruited more for their loyalty than military skill, and their naval
forces consist largely of several hundred speedboats. Iranian naval forces in
the Gulf are weak, and this change of responsibility may be to solve morale
problems. The Revolutionary Guards are more willing to undertake suicide
missions that the navy personnel. The navy is also nervous about recent
government announcements that new Qaaem class submarines were under
construction. The navy knows this is mainly a propaganda ploy, and that Iran
has no real expertise in building 1,000 ton diesel-electric submarines. The
Iranian navy has been starved for resources for over three decades, and is
unable to put up much of a resistance against Western navies and air forces.
16, 2008: The UN IAEA (International
Atomic Energy Agency) complains that Iran continues to block efforts to
investigate Iranian nuclear weapons research projects.
2008: The U.S. is imposing on the
Iranian state shipping company, and 18 other Iranian companies, because these
firms are accused of involvement in smuggling weapons and weapons related
technology to Iran.
2008: Al Qaeda released a video in which
senior (number two) leader Ayman al Zawahri accused Iran of secretly working
with the United States against Sunni Arabs (about 83 percent of all Moslems)
and al Qaeda. Both Iran and al Qaeda are seeking to establish a global Islamic
dictatorship. But al Qaeda wants it to be Sunni, while Iran wants it to be
Shia. Iran and al Qaeda have cooperated in the past, but this was done
reluctantly, and with many people protesting on both sides.
2008: China launched an earth resources
photo satellite, which will be shared by China, Iran and Thailand. All three
nations shared in the cost and development of the satellite, which will have
limited military use.
2008: In Lebanon, Iran has reorganized
control over the military elements of the Shia Hezbollah organization. This was
in response to the 2006 Hezbollah war with Israel. Hezbollah claimed a victory,
but Iran believed otherwise. There are now UN peacekeepers controlling an area
within 20 kilometers of the Israeli border. Since Iran supplies most of the
money and weapons for Hezbollahs armed forces, it was possible for Iranian
"advisors" and "trainers" to take control of these forces.
2008: Four women have been jailed for
organizing opposition to a government effort to change the law and allow men to
take up to three more wives without asking permission of the first wife. This
is how it is in the Arab world, but before the 1079 revolution, the Shah enacted
pro-women laws, one of them requiring that the first wife grant permission for
her husband to marry more women. The current government wants to repeal many of
these pro-woman laws, and this is making the government unpopular even among
very religious women.