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The Times is discontinuing Michael Hiltzik’s Golden State column, which ran in the Business section, because the columnist violated the newspaper’s ethics guidelines.

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The IAEA report on the Iranian nuclear program is quite damning and points out the 20 years of Iran’s deception and its total unwillingness to answer for conduct

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President Bush Zings NBC reporter David Gregory at an afternoon question session.

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Pro-immigration activists say a national boycott and marches planned for May 1 will flood America’s streets with millions of Latinos to demand amnesty for illegal immigrants and shake the ground under Congress as it debates reform.

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irannukeapr28cweb9ch Iran Nuclear Watch: IAEA Says Iran Defies United Nations Security Council

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gestures to the crowd during a public gathering in the city of Khorramdareh, about 120 miles (200 kilometers) west of the capital Tehran, Iran, Friday, April 28, 2006. Ahmadinejad vowed Thursday that no one could make Tehran give up its nuclear technology, and he warned that the United States and its European allies will regret their decision if they “violate the rights of the Iranian nation.”

ASSociated Press: Nuclear Agency Says Iran Defying U.N.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said Friday that Iran has defied a U.N. Security Council call for a freeze on enriching uranium and its lack of cooperation with nuclear inspectors was a “matter of concern.”

President Bush said “the world is united and concerned” about what he called Iran’s “desire to have not only a nuclear weapon but the capacity to make a nuclear weapon or the knowledge to make a nuclear weapon.”

The eight-page report, obtained by The Associated Press, said that after more than three years of an IAEA investigation, “the existing gaps in knowledge continue to be a matter of concern.”

Any progress in that regard requires full transparency and active cooperation by Iran,” said the report, written by IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei.

No surprises.

Now, the United States proceeds directly to the United Nations Security Council. The past thirty days have been fruitless and nothing was accomplished but more stall.

The finding set the stage for a showdown in the U.N. Security Council, which is expected to meet next week and start a process that could result in punitive measures against the Islamic republic.

But Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said no Security Council resolution could make Iran give up its nuclear program.

“The Iranian nation won’t give a damn about such useless resolutions,” Ahmadinejad told thousands of people Friday in Khorramdareh in northwestern Iran before the IAEA report was issued.

“Today, they want to force us to give up our way through threats and sanctions but those who resort to language of coercion should know that nuclear energy is a national demand and by the grace of God, today Iran is a nuclear country,” state-run television quoted him as saying.

Bush said he was not discouraged by Iran’s vow to continue despite global pressure. “I think the diplomatic options are just beginning,” he said in Washington.

The stage has been set and the ball is clearly in President Bush’s court.

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Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev (L) is reflected in a side table as he meets with U.S. President George W. Bush in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington April 28, 2006. Bush said on Friday he wanted to solve the Iran nuclear issue diplomatically and peacefully. Speaking after a meeting with Aliyev, Bush said, ‘I assured the president of my desire to solve this problem diplomatically and peacefully.’ Aliyev is in Washington on an official visit
Stay tuned……

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Iran Nuclear Watch: Ahmadinejad – “We Don’t Give a DAMN About Such Resolutions”

Iran Nuclear Watch: Rice – United Nations MUST Take Action on Iran

Iran Nuclear Watch: United States – Russia Nuclear Cooperation Agreement?

Iran Nuclear Watch: Iran Has Received Missiles With European Range

Iran Nuclear Watch: Rice – United States Worries that Iran Will Share Nuclear Technology

Iran Nuclear Watch: Iran Threatens to Hide Its Nuclear Program

Iran Nuclear Watch: United Nations Security Council to Consider Chapter 7 Resolution on Iran Uranium Enrichment

Iran Nuclear Watch: Bush Administration – “We Are Very Close to the “POINT OF NO RETURN”

Iran Nuclear Watch: Iran Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar – Any United States Military Attack Would Be a “HUMILIATING DEFEAT”

Iran Nuclear Watch: Ahmadinejad – Israel is a “FAKE REGIME”

Iran Nuclear Watch: Russia Warns Against Threatening Iran

Iran Nuclear Watch: Russia and Iran Reach “Basic Deal” on Uranium Enrichment

Iran Nuclear Watch: United States – “Embargo Military Sales to Iran”

Iran Nuclear Watch: Russia – “Decision on Iran Must Await IAEA Report”

Iran Nuclear Watch: Russia Continues Opposition to United Nations Sanctions

Iran Nuclear Watch: Ali Larijani – “Iran will follow its nuclear programme with patience.”

Iran Nuclear Watch: Rafsanjani – “We Are at the Service of the Whole Region”

Iran Nuclear Watch: Tony Blair Refuses to Back Iran Strike

Iran Nuclear Watch: Peres – “Ahmadinejad Will End Up Like Saddam”

Iran Nuclear Watch: Iran Issues Military WARNING to the United States

Iran Nuclear Watch: Ahmadinejad – “Israel is Heading Toward Annihilation”

Iran Nuclear Watch: Russia to Host New Talks on Iran

Iran Nuclear Watch: Rice – “United States Will Look at the Full Range of Options Available to the United Nations.”

Iran Nuclear Watch: Ahmadinejad – “We Won’t Hold Talks With Anyone About the Right of the Iranian Nation (to Enrich Uranium)”

Iran Nuclear Watch: Iran Could Produce a Nuclear Bomb in 16 Days

Iran Nuclear Watch: Condoleezza Rice – Iran Uranium Enrichment Will Require “Strong Steps” from the United Nations Security Council

Iran Nuclear Watch: Iran to Move to Large-Scale Uranium Enrichment

Iran Nuclear Watch: United States Cannot Confirm Uranium Enrichment Claim

Iran Nuclear Watch: Mark Steyn – Facing Down Iran

Iran Nuclear Watch: Ahmadinejad – “Iran Has Joined the Club of Nuclear Countries”

Iran Nuclear Watch: Iran Producing Enriched Uranium

Iran Nuclear Watch: Ahmadinejad – “Iran Won’t Back Down ‘ONE IOTA’ in Nuclear FLAP

Iran Nuclear Watch: Bush – “Wild Speculation”

Iran Nuclear Watch: White House Dampens Talk of Iran Military Strike

Iran Nuclear Watch: Iran – “United States Engaged in Psychological War”

Iran Nuclear Watch: United States Nuclear Attack on Iran – “Not on the Agenda”

Iran Nuclear Watch: United States Considers Use of Nuclear Weapons Against Iran – Redux

Iran Nuclear Watch: United States Considers Use of Nuclear Weapons Against Iran

 Iran Nuclear Watch: IAEA Says Iran Defies United Nations Security CouncilThe Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image.



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