Irans Economic Troubles Mount As New Sanctions Are Made Ready
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The Telegraph published a report prepared by three of its journalists on the crisis between the western states and Iran due to the Iranian nuclear program: “Iran’s economic troubles mount as new sanctions are made ready”

The report mentioned that Iran is facing big economic problems as the riyal has tumbled in value and the merchants have used gold instead.

We can’t agree any proper deals with other firms because within an hour or two, the prices of everything may have changed.” A merchant told The Sunday Telegraph “The government has limited the amount of other currencies we can use, so everyone is using gold instead.

On Monday the price Tehran pays for continuing that programme will spike sharply too, when European Union foreign ministers meet in Brussels to approve a ban on importing Iranian crude.
Since October, the riyal has slid from around 10,500 to the dollar to nearly 18,000 last week. The result has been a run on both dollars and gold.

The government blamed the international sanctions for the economic crisis while many Iranians see it as a result for corruption and bad management.

While parliamentary are coming near, the opposition leaders are either in prison or banned from participating. However, the main threat to Mr Ahmadinejad` government comes from factions within his own hard-line camp, in particular that of Ayatollah Ali Khameini. Mr Ahmadinejad has accused Mr Khameini’s aides of deliberately escalating confrontation with the West, hoping that new sanctions will ruin the economy and discredit him.

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In another relevant issue the telegraph reported that Israel which sees existential danger in the Iranian nuclear program refuses to tell US Its Iran intentions.

It said that Israel has agreed to tell US only 12 hours before the strike, so that Washington can’t stop it.

The defense minister, Ehud Barak was the one who stressed the refuse to inform US in his meeting withLeon Panetta, the US defense secretary.

The Israeli prime minster also refused obama`s request tell US before the strike.

In another relevant subject The Independent said that Iran targets Barbie dolls in crackdown.
The newspaper reported thatIranian police have confiscated and closed down toy shops for selling Barbie dolls.
The Iranian judiciary authorities said last month that the doll represents a danger for the society.

BBC reports Final results confirm Islamists top Egypt vote

The final results in Egypt’s first post-Mubarak parliamentary elections confirm an overwhelming victory for Islamist parties
Egyptians voted in three phases over a six-week period from 28 Nov to 19 Jan, to elect the 498 members of the People’s Assembly. Under the country’s system, two-thirds (332) of the seats are allocated to party list candidates, and the remaining third (166) are voted for directly.
According to the final results, the Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, has secured 235 of 498 seats in the People’s Assembly, or 38 per cent of the total. Al-Nour party took 121 seats or 29 percent of the total. Liberal Wafd and the Egyptian Bloc parties scored 36 and 33 seats, respectively.
From the seats allocated to list parties, Al-wast scored 10, Reform and Development 8, The revolution continues Coalition 7, Freedom 4, The national party of Egypt 4, The Egyptian citizen 3, The union 2 and both democratic peace and Arab Egyptian union 1 for each.
In line with Egypt’s election legislation, the chairman of the ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces Mohamed Hussein Tantawi on Saturday appointed 10 additional lawmakers, including 4 Coptic members and another member from south of Sinai.
In earlier time, the union of the Egyptian revolution youth and a group of revolutionists and activists said in a statement that they refused the offer of the military council to be appointed in the lower house.
The parliament’s newly elected 508-seat lower house is expected to convene for its first session January 23. The upper house, the Shura Council, will be elected in February-March 2012. Both councils are due to choose a committee to draft the constitution.

Middle East online reports Saleh asks for ‘Forgiveness’ as he leaves Yemen

Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh said he will head to the United States for medical treatment as he asked his people for forgiveness.
He was supposed to head to Saudi Arabia but he changed his mind after Saudis imposed conditions including not giving any statements.
He will not be able to head directly to USA because the US administration conditioned he should stop by another country on his way to US. This condition is still a mystery for Yemeni officials.
European countries including, Spain, Italy, France and Germany refused to be stopped by their countries. So, the Yemeni president decided to stop by Saudi Arabia or Ethiopia that agreed to stay a few days in Addis Ababa. However, he eventually decided to stop by sultanate Oman that he has strong ties with.
I will go to the United States for treatment and will then return as head of the General People’s Congress (GPC) party and Brother Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi will assume power on 21 February. The official yemni news agency quoted Saleh as saying
“I ask for forgiveness from all my people, men and women, for any shortcomings during my 33-year-long rule and we have to take care of the martyrs and injured people rights he added.
He went on to say: “Again Imay appreciation for all my fellow citizens inside and outside for their great steadfastness and I call upon them to go back home and be calm.”
His Farwell speech came a day after parliament adopted a law giving Saleh complete immunity from prosecution in return for stepping down. It also partially protects saleh`s aides.
Parliament on Saturdayadopted a law approving Saleh’s long-time deputy, Vice President Abd-rabuh Mansur Hadi, as the consensus candidate in the election for Saleh’s successor, due to be held on 21 February.
The immunity law has drawn wide condemnation from young protesters and non-government authorities.
The law offered blanket immunity to associates of Saleh as well, but an amended version of the law limited that to protection from prosecution over politically motivated crimes committed whilst conducting official duties, except those considered terrorist acts.
Saleh`s immunity approved according to the Gulf initiative to transfer power signed by Saleh in November in Ryadh. It is an important step, since it will lead to coalition government, form the military committee to end armed clashes and hold early elections on 21 February.

Regarding the situations in Syria Middle East online reports

Saudi Arabia said it will withdraw its observers from Syria and called on the international community to exert all possible pressure on Damascus to end 10 months of protests, led to killing 5000 people, calling for ending the ruling of the president Bashar.
“This situation cannot be continued this way and we will not accept to be eyewitnesses for crimes committed against the brotherly Syrian people or turn a blind eye to these crimes.” The Saudi foreign minister said in his speech to the Arab league.
My country will withdraw its monitors because the Syrian government did not execute any element of the Arab resolution plan, he said. We are calling on the international community to bear its responsibility, and that includes our brothers in Islamic states and our friends in Russia, China, Europe and the United States to practice all possible pressure necessary to compel Syria to fall in behind the Arab peace plan.
The council of the Arab foreign mister held a meeting in Cairo to discuss the recommendations of the Arab ministerial committee concerned with Syria which held a meeting yesterday.
The Arab states still dividing over Syria. Qatar and Saudi Arabia see it is better to take decisions against Al-Asd, in addition Qatar suggested sending Arab troops to Syria.
Arab league sources said that it is decided for Arab league to discuss this suggestion but the military action against Syria will require consensus while some countries still see solution in negotiations.
The Security Council also is dividing over handling the crisis. While the western powers demand imposing more strict sanctions on Syria, Russia sees it’s better to give the Arab states an opportunity to reach a peaceful solution via negotiation.
The Turkish prime minister, Dawood Oglu announced Turkey is ready to cooperate with the United Nations if it is going to end the tragedy of Syria.
“We hope that the Syrian government can stop this unfair war against its people and to find way to peace” H e said. “But if the United Nations worked to end this tragedy we will cooperate with it.”
The suggestion to send UN experts to support Arab monitors didn’t witness any progress in the last meeting which was held earlier this month. However, Damascus said it will accept the extension of Monitors mission but with no more activities.
Syria tried hard to avoid more strict action against her by committing to the Arab initiative that demands stopping killing, withdrawing the army from cities, releasing detainees, allowing monitors and media reporters to enter the country and opining political dialogue with the opposition.

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