VOA: Like despotic rulers everywhere, the extremist Muslim clerics who run Iran consider the people their greatest enemy. That is why, says U.S. National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, Irans rulers are worried about the movement toward democracy in Iraq:
Iran Focus: A new wave of crackdown against young people, particularly girls, has been launched by the Iranian security forces in conjunction with other security services under the pretext of campaign against symbols of public corruption and improper veiling.
Iran Focus: Following the release of a statement by the political prisoners announcing the end of their hunger strike on Sunday evening, July 25, the Revolutionary Guards and prison guards dispatched a number of their agents among ordinary prisoners to prison ward number one in Evin battering severely the strikers.
Iran Focus: Majlis deputies and the State Security Forces (SSF) are taking tougher measures to deal with women accused of mal-veiling. Majlis deputies reported the adoption of a directive in the Majlis to deal with improper veiling.
Iran Focus: Political prisoners in Tehrans Evin Prison have staged a hunger strike on the eve of the anniversary of July 9 uprising and in protest against a new wave of suppression and widespread arrest of university students and youths in Iran.
Radio Farda: US and Canada pledged to cooperate on pressing Iran to end its nuclear program and bring to justice those responsible for the death in custody of Canadian-Iranian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi.
Radio Farda: In a press conference in Tokyo, US Secretary of State urged the Japanese government and Japanese businesses to reconsider investing in Iran's energy sector. "It is clear that Iran is trying to develop a nuclear weapon," he said.
Reuters: An Iranian military chief said yesterday that Israel and the US would not dare to attack his country since it could strike back anywhere in Israel with its latest missiles, a news agency reported.