Good News Or Game Playing?

If true, this would certainly be a step in the right direction. Then again, it’s Iran we’re talking about, so who knows?

Iran Suspends Stoning Sentence

Iranian authorities say a woman convicted of adultery will not be stoned to death for the crime, but she still faces murder charges in the death of her husband.

Iran’s state-run TV on Wednesday quoted a spokesman for Iran’s foreign ministry as saying Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani’s death sentence for adultery had been suspended, but that her sentencing for “complicity in murder” was still in progress.

The stoning sentence for Ashtiani has drawn international outcry from countries and human rights groups. On Tuesday, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said he was appalled by what he called a “barbaric” sentence.

In 2006, Ashtiani pleaded guilty to having a relationship with two men, following her husband’s death. She received 99 lashes as punishment. Several months later, a separate court prosecuted one of the two men on charges of killing her husband. The court also convicted Ashtiani of “adultery while being married” and sentenced her to death by stoning. She has denied the charges.

See also:
Son seeks proof Iranian stoning case ‘on hold’
Lawyer says Iran stoning woman ‘will not be executed’
Iran Lifts Sentence of Stoning for Woman
Iran suspends death by stoning case
Iran says woman’s stoning sentence stayed
Stoning sentence on hold, says Iranian foreign ministry
Iran says stoning sentenced suspended, under review
Why Iran suspended woman’s stoning sentence
Human Rights Campaigners Keep up the Fight for Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani
EU: Suspension of Iran stoning case not enough
Iranians Must Get Stoned

The bottom line is that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani is still in an Iranian prison and still facing very serious charges.

/this sad saga is still far from over

All Your Iranian Nuclear Scientists Are Belong To US

What’s the matter Mahmoud, did you lose some nuclear scientists? Bummer, little dude.

Where did two Iran nuclear scientists disappear to?

Two Iranian nuclear scientists disappeared over the past weeks and allegedly defected to the West, the London-based pan-Arabic daily Asharq al-Awsat reported.

According to the report, the first defector is Sharam Amiri, a scientist in Iran’s nuclear program who was likely tied to the recently discovered secret uranium enrichment plant near the holy city of Qom.

Amiri disappeared in Saudi Arabia in July while he was on the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

Defection speculations have been gaining popularity in light of an announcement made by Iran’s foreign ministry that it had asked Saudi officials to help locate Amiri. This announcement is unusual because many Iranians go missing during the annual hajj pilgrimage, and in those cases, not only is there no foreign ministry announcement, usually there is no effort made to locate them, despite their families’ pleas.

The foreign ministry announcement indicates that Amiri may have a particularly sensitive position in the Iranian nuclear program.

The report regarding the second scientist is also strange. Asharq al-Awsat uses only his surname – Ardebili. He was allegedly arrested in Georgia a few weeks ago. Reports say that Ardebili worked in the Iranian nuclear program as well, but the Iranian foreign ministry fervently denies these claims, and maintains that Ardebili was a businessman who was extradited to the U.S. following his arrest.

If the report is correct and two scientists from Iran’s nuclear program indeed defected, it would be a harsh blow to Iran and its nuclear plans on the one hand, and a triumph on the part of Western intelligence on the other.

See also:
Iran Blames U.S. in Disappearance of Scientist
TWO IRANIAN NUCLEAR SCIENTISTS MAY HAVE DEFECTED
Disappearance of Iranian scientist creates mystery
Iran accuses US of seizing nuclear scientist in Saudi Arabia
Iran says U.S. behind Iranian disappearance in Saudi Arabia
Iran: US behind missing scientist
Iran sees U.S. role in researcher’s disappearance
‘US link’ to missing Iranian in Saudi
Iran sees US role in researcher’s disappearance
Iranian FM: U.S. Involved In Disappearance Of Alleged Nuclear Scientist

Missing Iranian nuclear scientists, what missing Iranian nuclear scientists? We don’t have any missing Iranian nuclear scientists!

/on the other hand, if it ever turns out that we do have some missing Iranian nuclear scientists, I sure hope Obama won’t prosecute the responsible intelligence agents for kidnapping