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Date 2010-06-24 12:30:04
Table of Contents for Brazil


of 6)
Yonhap headline: "NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 112 (June 24, 2010)"
2) Brazil Economic Issues 23 Jun 10
3) China, Portuguese-Speaking Countries Explore Trade Opportunities
Xinhua: "China, Portuguese-Speaking Countries Explore Trade Opportunities"
4) Brazil Crime and Narcotics Issues 23 Jun 10
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5) (Special for CAFS) Brazil, Angola Ink Cooperation Agreements
Xinhua: "(Special for CAFS) Brazil, Angola Ink Cooperation Agreements"
6) PRC President Hu Jintao Arrives in Canada for State Visit, G20 Summit
Xinhua: "2nd LD Writethru: Chinese President Arrives in Canada for Stat e
Visit, G20 Summit"
7) NO Highlights: Brazil Political Issues 23 Jun 10
8) Brazil Political Issues 22 Jun 10
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9) Paraguay Press 23 Jun 10
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10) Petrobras Announces New Deepwater Oil Find
"Petrobras Makes New Deepwater Oil Find" -- EFE Headline
11) S. Korea Hosts Industrial Plant Cooperation Forum
12) Southern Cone Crime and Narcotics Issues 22-23 Jun 10
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13) Syrian Press 23 Jun 10
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14) Argentina Political and Economic Issues 23 Jun 10
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15) Heavy Rains, Floods Death Toll Rises to 44
"Death Toll in Brazil Floods Climbs to 44" -- EFE Headline
16) Xinhua 'Interview': There Is Room for Trade Improvement Between
Zimbabwe And China
Xinhua "Interview": "There Is Room for Trade Improvement Between Zimbabwe
And China"
17) Brazil's Amorim Says Iran 'Must Respond' to Nuclear Concerns
"Iran Must Respond to Nuclear Concerns: Brazil" -- AFP headline
18) Brazilian Foreign Minister Visits Bulgaria, Defends Nuclear Deal With
"Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Luiz Nunes Amorim Visits" -- BTA
19) Angolan President Arrives in Brazi l on Official Visit
Unattributed report: "Angolan President Dos Santos Arrives in Brazil"
20) Kikwete Appoints New Envoys to Sweden, Canada
Unattributed report: "Kikwete Transfers Ambassadors"
21) News Roundup 22, 23 Jun
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22) Taiwan-made Shirts Worn By Nine Teams In 2010 World Cup
By Chao Yu-fan and Frances Huang
23) Observers Blame Kim Jong Il for DPRK's 'Foolish' World Cup Tactics
Unattributed report: "Kim Jong-il Blamed For N.Korea's Foolish World Cup
24) Xinhua 'Roundup': Exports, Manufacturing Boost Mexico's Economic
Xinhua "Roundup": "Exports, Manufacturing Boost Mexico's Economic
25) Brazil Condemns Sanctions Imposed on Syria
"Brazil Condemns Sanctions Imposed on Syria" -- NOW Lebanon Headline
26) Brazil Economic Issues 21-22 Jun 10


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Yonhap headline: "NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 112 (June 24, 2010)" - Yonhap
Thursday June 24, 2010 02:26:27 GMT
SEOUL (Yonhap) -- Despite football fever sweeping the country, North
Koreans were disappointed and dispirited when their football players
failed to advance to the round of 16 in the World Cup finals in South
Africa early this week.North Korea crashed out of the competition after a
humiliating defeat to Portugal by 7-0 in their second Group G match on
June 21.The setback pushed North Korea to the bottom of the standings of
Group G, which also includes Braz il and Ivory Coast.The North Koreans
earlier had lost to Brazil 1-2, while Portugal had fought a scoreless draw
with Ivory Coast.North Korea now are scheduled to play Ivory Coast in
their final group-stage match but its result wouldn't affect the team's
elimination from the tournament, effectively ending its hopes.It is first
time in more than four decades that North Korea has qualified for the
World Cup, a rare point of pride for a nation struggling to feed its
people, locked in a standoff with world powers over its nuclear
ambitions.Pyongyang citizens were hugely disappointed after their national
football team suffered a 7-0 pounding from Portugal at the World Cup, a
report said on June 22.Choson Sinbo, a pro-North Korean newspaper printed
in Japan, reported from the North Korean capital that as Pyongyang
citizens watched the live coverage on the team's second Group G game on
(North) Korean Central TV Broadcasting Station (KCBSTV), their emotions
quickly went from "an ticipation and excitement to frustration and
disappointment."The North kept the game close after allowing only one goal
in the first half, but Portugal exploded with six scores in the second
half for the most lopsided win at this year's World Cup so far.North Korea
has been eliminated from the tournament, regardless of its result against
the Ivory Coast in the final group match."High expectations only bred huge
disappointments," the report said. "After watching the opponent's great
skills with their own eyes, they (Pyongyang residents) were at a loss for
words."Football is the most popular sport in North Korea.The game was
billed as the rematch of the quarterfinal showdown from the 1966 World
Cup.North Korea made its World Cup debut at the 1966 tournament in
England, where it became the first Asian nation to advance to the top
eight after upsetting Italy 1-0.In their attempt to reach the semifinals,
however, the North Koreans that year lost 5-3 to Po rtugal, despite an
initial 3-0 lead.To this day, the North Koreans are the only Asian team to
progress beyond the first round at the World Cup finals.Choson Sinbo
added, however, that the North's valiant showing during the 2-1 loss to
the World Cup favorite Brazil in the opener still remained in the hearts
of many fans and that the North Koreans believe the performance was not a
fluke.In a separate item, the paper reported from Cape Town, South Africa,
that the team's striker Jong Tae-se offered a tearful apology to the North
Koreans for the loss.Jong, a forward for Kawasaki Frontale who is dubbed
the "People's Rooney," usually has been open about his team's hopes in
South Africa."I felt we were virtually even in the first half, but we lost
our concentration in the second half and committed many mistakes," Jong
told the paper. "We wanted to take revenge for the 1966 game and we're
sorry to our supporters that we couldn't pull it off.We will win the n ext
match against the Ivory Coast and meet the expectations."The normally
loquacious Jong, who has failed to score during the World Cup, later
slipped out of another entrance, away from the crush of reporters without
showing up for the media event, heading straight for the team bus.Dejected
and dispirited, the North Korean team left the stadium in Cape Town as
fast as it could, shuffling past reporters with heads bowed.Yet North
Korea's coverage of this World Cup has been unprecedented, with stat e TV
airing delayed footage of many matches in full -- including that of its
rival, South Korea.In the past only snippets of World Cup matches were
shown, sometimes weeks later.After showing the team's 2-1 loss to Brazil
last week a day after the match was played, state TV announced on June 21
that the much-anticipated match against Portugal would be aired alive.It
was the first North Korean soccer match played overseas to air live back
home.This year, the North Koreans made a notable splash as they defeated
Asian strongholds Iran and Saudi Arabia in the regional qualifiers.But
that record seemed irrelevant on June 21, even after putting up a tough
battle against Brazil last week."The team that took part in the 1966 World
Cup was loved (by the people of North Korea) as it was well combined with
personal technique and teamwork," North Korean coach Kim Jong-hun recalled
in a post-match press conference.Kim, appearing somber throughout the
conference, took blame for his team's loss, saying he failed to control
his players' strong emotions and to implement proper countermeasures.Asked
if countermeasures really mattered in the face of Portugal's goal rally,
the coach responded by repeating that he failed to control the
formation.Preparing for the Portugal showdown, the North Korean players
had shown strong motivation to avenge their loss 44 years ago. "Revenge,"
said midfielder An Yong-hak at a recent press conference. "We will try to
get revenge for 1966."But at the post-match mixed zone conference, most of
them refused to speak. "Not today, please," team captain Pak Nam-chol said
as he whisked past reporters.An, one of the few who spoke, acknowledged
the match result was "unexpectedly bad." "We should self-reflect for
having collapsed in the final moments and not doing our best," said An,
the midfielder for the Japanese pro club Omiya Ardija.Despite recording
their biggest World Cup loss ever and effectively falling out of the
competition, the North Koreans expressed their will to fight on in the
remaining match for their compatriots back home.An said that his teammates
will "let go of regrets" and go chin-up against the Ivory Coast. "We may
not be able to reach our goal, but with the final match remaining, we will
prepare for it well," said An, adding that the team enjoys Pyongyang's
full support.After an impressive performance against Braz il last week,
North Korea's players feasted on noodles delivered by their top envoy in
South Africa as they geared up to avenge the 1966 World Cup loss to
Portugal, reports said on June 21.Choson Sinbo said North Korean
Ambassador to South Africa An Hui-jong brought noodles to the squad and
expressed hope that the food made from local rice and corn would shore up
their strength against Portugal.The paper did not say when the envoy
brought the noodles, but quoted the players as calling the taste
"special."Last week, the North's Korean Central TV Broadcasting Station
aired the recorded footage of its side's first group match against Brazil,
in which the team lost by one goal despite having the lowest ranking among
the 32 World Cup finalists.According to Choson Sinbo report, the North
Korean capital, Pyongyang, looked like "a deserted city" on June 16, when
its citizens went home early to watch the Brazil match.North Korea has
been given the rights to broadc ast all matches of the South Africa World
Cup under an agreement with the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union.Disputes
arose last week when South Korean broadcaster SBS said it had the
exclusive World Cup broadcast rights to the Korean Peninsula.SBS later
retracted its claim.(Description of Source: Seoul Yonhap in English --
Semiofficial news agency of the ROK; URL:

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Brazil Economic Issues 23 Jun 10 - Brazil -- OSC Summary
Thursday June 24, 2010 04:18:43 GMT ) Brazil, A ngola
Sign Privileged Partnership Agreement

- Sao Paulo Agencia Brasil's Renata Giraldi reports that President Luiz
Inacio Lula da Silva will sign today a privileged partnership agreement
with Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos. According to the report,
with the partnership, Brazil and Angola agree that the presidents of the
two countries shall meet at least once a year and that the dialogue among
ministers shall be expanded in all the sectors. Story notes that the idea
is for Brazil to supply knowledge and technology in the areas of
agriculture, health, and education, in addition to defense, and intensify
the implementation of the Angolan public health system and higher
education and technical programs. (Brasilia Agencia Brasil WWW-Text in
Portuguese -- Government-owned news agency. URL: as of filing date: ) Lula Again To Supports Changes in World
Bank, IMF

- Sao Paulo O Estado de S. Paulo's Tania Monteiro reports that a fter
signing eight cooperation agreements in the areas of defense, health,
agriculture, culture, and education between Brazil and Angola, President
Lula stated in a speech at Itamaraty, that he will again support this
weekend during the G-20 meeting the need for changes in the World Bank and
IMF policies and their position regarding poor and developing countries.
According to Lula "the World Bank and the IMF must once and for all
abandon all their obsolete dogmas with absurd conditions." Petrobras
Postpones Capitalization Plan Until September

- Sao Paulo Agencia Estado reports that Petrobras yesterday announced that
it has postponed to September its capitalization plans. According to the
report, the company was working to issue stocks in July but had to change
its plans to wait for the conclusion of price assessment on oil reserves
for 5 billion barrels, which will be used by the government to increase
the company's capital. (Sao Paulo Agencia Estado in Port uguese -
Center-right, largely pro-administration news agency) Volume of Foreign
Investment in Fixed Income Amounts to $12 Billion This Year

- Sao Paulo Valor reports that the financial crisis in Europe, which has
raised the volatility of the international financial market and risk
aversion, did not reduce the appetite of foreign investors for Brazilian
fixed income bonds. According to the report, with the high interest rat e,
foreign investors purchased $4.02 billion in fixed income bonds in May,
which accounts for almost half the investments of this type in 2009 ($9.08
billion). According to the report, the volume of foreign investments in
fixed income in Brazil from January to May amounts to $12.07 billion. (Sao
Paulo Valor Online in Portuguese - Website of financial daily published
jointly by the Folha and Globo media conglomerates; URL: ) Volume of
Imports Grew by 41.5% Until May - Sao Paulo Valo r's Sergio Lamucci
reports that the increase in imports in 2010 is impressive: from January
to May the volume of imports rose by 41.5% in relationship to the same
period of 2009, while prices went up only 1.7% below the variation of
domestic inflation. According to the report, the strength of domestic
demand and the strong exchange rate led to an increase particularly in the
volume of imports of intermediary goods (such as steel, plastic, and
chemical products), which recorded an increase of 51.3% in the first five
months of the year, and durable goods (vehicles and electro-electronic
goods), which rose by 77.1%. Deficit of Industrial Trade Balance Expected
To Increase

- Sao Paulo Valor's Marta Watanabe reports that the combination of an
unfavorable exchange rate for exports and the competitiveness in price of
imports is expected to increase further the transformation industry's
trade balance deficit, which has reached almost $19 billion in the first
five months of th e year.

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(Sao Paulo Folha de Sao Paulo Online in Portuguese - Website of generally
critical of the government, top-circulation newspaper; URL:

(Description of source: Sao Paulo Brasil Economico - Online version of
economic daily; URL: )

(Rio de Janeiro JB Online in Portuguese - Website of center-right
commercial daily affiliated to the Catholic Church; URL: )(Rio de
Janeiro O Globo Online in Portuguese -- Website of Rio de Janeiro's top
circulation daily, part of the Globo media conglomerate; URL: )(Brasilia Correio
Braziliense Online in Portuguese -- Website of pro-government daily
generally differs from printed version, which is available on site to
subscribe rs; URL:
)(Porto Alegre Zero Hora (Internet version-WWW) --- Porto Alegre's leading
daily URL: )

(Brasilia Jornal de Brasilia (Internet Version-WWW) in Portuguese ---
Brasilia daily URL

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China, Portuguese-Speaking Countries Explore Trade Opportunities
Xinhua: "China, Portuguese-Speaking Countries Explore Trade Opportunities"
- Xinhua
Thursday June 24, 2010 03:30:07 GMT
LISBON, June 23 (Xinhua) -- About 500 entrepreneurs from China and
Portuguese-speaking countries gathered here Wednesday to explore trade

The delegates are from Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde,
Guinea-Bissau, East Timor, the Chinese mainland and China's Macao Special
Administrative Region (SAR).Portuguese Minister of Economy Vieira da Silva
attended the meeting.Zhang Wei, vice president of the China Council for
the Promotion of International Trade, told the meeting that Chinese
entrepreneurs hope to deepen cooperation with Portugal and other
Portuguese-speaking countries, especially in areas such as tourism,
agriculture, energy and health."We hope that Europe can overcome this
economic crisis soon," he said,adding that the situation "has great
influence on the Chinese exports and the yuan (the Chinese currency), as
well as the U.S. dollar. "Delegates said the meeting has economic
importance, for it generates business.According to the latest official
data, the trade volume between China and Portuguese-speaking countries
increased 91 percent year-on-year in April, despite the global financial
crisis.(Description of Source: Beijing Xinhua in English -- China's
official news service for English-language audiences (New China News

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Brazil Crime and Narcotics Issues 23 Jun 10
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Thursday June 24, 2010 01:27:36 GMT
On 23 June Lucian a Alvarez reports in Sao Paulo O Estado de Sao Paulo
Digital that a National Drug Policy Secretariat (Senad) poll of 18,000
Brazilian university students revealed that 60% of them consumed alcohol
over the 30 days preceding the interview against 38.3% of a sample of the
overall population; 25.9% had used illegal drugs, against 4.5% of the
overall population. The drug and alcohol study group of Sao Paulo
University's (USP) Medical School joined the Senad to prepare the study
that interviewed students at 100 private and public universities in
Brazil's 26 capital cities plus the Federal District. Paulina Duarte, head
of Senad, explained that the administration intends to formulate policies
to deal with drug use based on the study. USP psychiatrist Arthur Guerra
de Andrade conveyed that it will be a challenge to find a way to reach out
to the students. Knowing the downside of drug consumption does not
discourage them from using narcotics, he affirmed. Many of the st udents
use alcohol and other drugs simultaneously. The study showed that one in
every four respondents drinks excessively and 3% qualify as dependents.
The poll also revealed that 18% of the students said that they had driven
under the influence of alcoholic beverages; 27% rode in vehicles driven by
drunk people; and 43.4% had consumed alcohol and other drugs
simultaneously; 26.1% of the students had consumed marijuana, hashish, or
skunk; 13.8% had used amphetamines; 12.4% had used tranquilizers of some
sort without a medical prescription, and 7.7% had used cocaine. (Sao Paulo
O Estado de Sao Paulo Digital in Portuguese -- website of conservative,
influential daily, critical of the government; URL: )

Federal Police Prepare to Strike for Higher Pay --

On 22 June Sao Paulo O Estado de Sao Paulo Digital reports that although
President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva recently stated that he is not going t
o grant any new salary increases in 2010, the Federal Police (PF) will be
on alert as of 22 June, which means that a strike may be launched at any
time. The PF are demanding increases that range from 18.73% to 38.42%.

Equipment Installed in Federal Penitentiaries Infringe Attorney-Convict
Confidentiality Rights --

On 23 June Lucas Ferraz and Matheus Leitao report in Sao Paulo Folha de
Sao Paulo that according to a classified Depen, the Justice Ministry's
National Penitentiary Department, document the federal government built
four federal penitentiaries equipped to record audio and images of
conversations that inmates have with their attorneys, which conflicts with
legislation in force. Sandro Avelar, a Depen director, affirmed that court
orders are required to switch on the system. According to seven prison
guards there is equipment available to record conversations in the rooms
used for conjugal visits in the penitentiaries also. The documents wit h
the information were delivered to the National Justice Council (CNJ) and
the National Public Prosecutors' Council (CNMP). The PF are investigating
the release of images said to have been made in the Campo Grande, Mato
Grosso do Sul, federal penitentiary, on the YouTube website. (Sao Paulo
Folha de Sao Paulo (Internet Version-WWW) in Portuguese --- Center-left
daily, generally critical of the government; top-circulation newspaper.

Brazil Listed Among Ecstasy Suppliers in UNODC Report --

On 22 June Italo Nogueira reports in Sao Paulo Folha de Sao Paulo that the
UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report lists Brazil as an ecstasy
exporter for the first time. Although the amount is irrelevant, a ccording
to the UNODC, ecstasy left Brazil to supply Europe. The Federal Police
(PF) does not have details of the cases. In 2008 and 2009 authorities
closed two ecstasy manufacturing plants; one of them, in Imarui, Santa
Cata rina, made 2 million doses of ecstasy in slightly over one year, or
three times the 620,000 doses seized by the PF in 2002 to 2009.

Legislation Limits Prison Terms to 30 Year Maximum --

On 23 June Rio de Janeiro Globo G1 website reports that in 2009, 497 of
the 508 convicts sentenced to spend over 100 years in Brazilian prisons
are men and 11 are women, according to the National Penitentiary
Department's Integrated System of Penitentiary Information (Infopen).
According to legislation currently in force, convicts spend a maximum 30
years in prison, however. (Rio de Janeiro Globo G1 (Internet Version-WWW)
in Portuguese --- Rio de Janeiro Globo Network website - center-right,
generally pro-government URL: Sao Paulo Sao Paulo
City Luxury Store Proprietor Accused of Import Frauds --

On 23 June Fausto Macedo and Bruno Tavares report in Sao Paulo O Estado de
Sao Paulo Digital that on 22 June a Sao Paulo federal court installed
crimina l procedures against entrepreneur Tania Bulhoes Grendene Bartelle
and 13 other people accused of import frauds, illegal remittance abroad,
falsehood, currency exchange fraud, as well as transnational illicit
association. According to public prosecutors the group ran a scheme that
imported under-invoiced luxury goods sold at two Bulhoes' stores in Sao
Paulo City. Investigations link the scheme to a similar operation
uncovered in July 2005 and run by Daslu, a Sao Paulo City luxury boutique.
The Bulhoes scheme used the same importers as Daslu. Military Police Close
DVD Replication Facility, Seize 5,000 Pirated DVDs in Sao Paulo City Slum

On 23 June Rio de Janeiro Globo G1 website reports that on 22 June at
night a Military Police (PM) operation uncovered a clandestine disc
replication operation installed behind a bar in the Ayrton Senna
shantytown of Jardim Angela, a district on the south side of Sao Paulo
City, and seized 5,000 recorded DVDs, 2,500 virgin dis cs, and six
computers. The owner of the property claims to have rented it but the PM
did not find the tenant. Military Police Foil Plan to Rob Bank of Brazil,
Central Bank in Sao Paulo Hinterland --

On 23 June Rio de Janeiro Globo G1 website reports that according to
Military Police (PM) a gang that dug two tunnels into a Bank of Brazil
branch in Sao Jose dos Campos, Sao Paulo, planned to rob the facility
later this week probably on 25 June, during the Brazil-Portugal World Cup
of soccer game. The PM arrested one person and found the tunnels on 23
June but the Federal Police (PF) will take over the investigation in view
of the fact that the establishment is also a Central Bank (BC) deposit.
The PM found the opening of one tunnel linked a house to the rain water
drain system and a second one from the system to the BB's safe. BB
employees called in police due to noise the gang made while digging the
tunnel. Rio de Janeiro Federal Police Investigate Office rs Suspected of
Corruption in Rio de Janeiro --

On 22 June Rio de Janeiro Globo G1 website reports that Federal Police
(PF) union representatives are keeping abreast of investigations into a
device installed in one of the rooms at the PF office in Nova Iguacu, in
Rio de Janeiro's Baixada Fluminense region. According to the PF the device
was legally installed to eavesdrop on two officers suspected of
corruption. Mato Grosso do Sul Military Police Seize 363 Kg of Marijuana
in Mato Grosso do Sul Hinterland --

On 23 June Mato Grosso do Sul Capitan Bado reports on 22 June Military
Police (PM) arrested Genaro Medina da Silva, 19, and seized 363 kg of
marijuana from the luggage compartment of the Fiat Palio Weekend with
Ituiutaba, Minas Gerais, license plates HGN-2013, in Sidrolandia, Minas
Gerais. Silva picked up the marijuana in Ponta Pora and intended to take
it to Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul. The PM also arrested Julio August
Fretes, 44, employed by the State Sanitary Defense Agency, Iagro, who was
driving a Honda Civic with Campo Grande license plates HRR-5879, escorting
Silva. (Capitan Bado, Mato Grosso do Sul regional news website --- URL: ) Parana Federal
Highway Police Seize 5.5 Metric Tons of Marijuana in Parana Hinterland --

Updating the report filed on 22 June (LAP20100623020001) Mato Grosso do
Sul Capitan Bado reports that on 21 June the Federal Highway Police (PRF)
seized 5.5 metric tons of marijuana in Cascavel, Parana, on board a truck
with Laranjeiras do Sul, Parana, license plates CZB-8059, loaded with
corn. The PRF arrested driver L.J.P., 32, and passenger J.E.R.S., 48,
driving the truck from Foz do Iguacu, Parana, to Rio de Janeiro. Federal
Police Detain Minor, Seize 4,500 Cartons of Contraband Paraguayn
Cigarettes in Parana Hinterland --

On 23 June the Brasilia Justice Ministry's Federal Police Department
website reports that on 22 June Federal Police (PF) seized 4,500 cartons
of cigarettes in a warehouse in Guaira, Parana, along with a GM Blazer
loaded with boxes of cigarettes. The PF detained a minor who confessed
that he smuggled the cigarettes in from Paraguay, via river. (Brasilia
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(Special for CAFS) Brazil, Angola Ink Cooperation Agreements
Xinhua: "(Special for CAFS) Brazil, Angola Ink Cooperation Agreements" -
Thursday June 24, 2010 00:52:58 GMT
BRASILIA, June 23 (Xinhua) -- Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da
Silva and his visiting Angolan counterpart Jose Eduardo dos Santos signed
on Wednesday a series of agreements on cooperation in technology, science
and agriculture.

The agreements will allow students exchanges, the creation of an
scientific investigation network, the exchange of information on
agriculture techniques and an understanding protocol on new credits.During
a lunch in honor of Santos, Lula said that both countries "are convinced
of the need to build a more fair international order. The reform of the
global institutions cannot ignore the growing importance of Africa and
South America."Lula also stressed the importance of the multilateral
finance institutions to help rebuild Angola, whose nearly 30-year-old
civil war ended eight years ago.Meanwhile, Santos supported Brazil's bid
for a permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council and stressed
the importance of the agreements signed to strengthen ties between both
countries."It is about information exchange, a strategic alliance in
important areas, such as the transfer of technology and knowledge," Santos
said.(Description of Source: Beijing Xinhua in English -- China's official
news service for English-language audiences (New China News Agency))

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PRC President Hu Jintao Arrives in Canada for State Visit, G20 Summit
Xinhua: "2nd LD Writethru: Chinese President Arrives in Canada for State
Visit, G20 Summit" - Xinhua
Thursday June 24, 2010 00:26:46 GMT
(Description of Source: Beijing Xinhua in English -- China's official news
service for English-language audiences (New China News Agency))

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NO Highlights: Brazil Political Issues 23 Jun 10 - Brazil -- OSC Summary
Wednesday June 23, 2010 22:47:39 GMT

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Brazil Political Issues 22 Jun 10
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Wednesday June 23, 2010 22:32:32 GMT
-- .The lead editorial in Sao Paulo O Estado de Sao Paulo looks at the
acknowledgement by Foreign Minister Celso Amorim in a recent interview
published in the London Financial Times that Brazil "got its fingers
burned" in its effort to broker an agreement between the West and Iran on
Tehran's controversial nuclear program. According to the editors, "Brazil
did not go to bat for Iran because the United States encouraged it to do
so only to then turn its back. At least from the time that the visit of
Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinezhad (to Brasilia) was being planned in
November of last year, the administration visibly took on the intent of
promoting itself as a mediator of the dispute surrounding the nuclear
program suspected of being used to produce an atomic bomb. In the
estimation of Ita maraty (Palace), the initiative would give Brazil the
equivalent in the political arena of what 'investment grade' means for the
country's financial transactions. Such certainty, if not hubris, led the
government to treat as unpatriotic the warnings about the disparity
between the (real) costs and (possible) benefits of the Lulaist
undertaking to disarm a confrontation that in the final analysis
intertwines itself with the chronic conflicts of the Middle East and with
the strategic interests of the United States." (Sao Paulo O Estado de S.
Paulo digital in Portuguese -- Website of conservative, influential daily,
critical of the government; URL: ) (OSC is translating
this item) Former Ambassador Evaluates 'Hurried Desire' for 'International
Star Power'

- Contributing a guest article to Sao Paulo O Estado de Sao Paulo, former
Ambassador to the United States Rubens Barbosa writes that in light of
Brazil's growing stature on the world stage, traditional regional
frameworks such as the Mercosur trade bloc and Latin America are proving
too small for the global interests of the country. In Barbosa's view, only
a lack of "political will" stands in the way of domestic structural
reforms that would "complete the country's modernization process." At the
same time, however, the veteran diplomat cautions that a "hasty desire for
international star power for domestic electoral political ends" has placed
that process "in check". Said haste, Barbosa maintains, has produced
"mistakes in our foreign policy that could complicate the path of mature
(Brazilian) affirmation in the world - a path which a successful staging
of the World Cup (in 2014) and Olympic Games (in 2016) could enhance even
further." (OSC is translating this item) Former Foreign Minister
Criticizes 'Sectarianization' of Foreign Policy

- Writing a guest article in the 20 June edition of Sao Paulo O Estado de
Sao Paulo, former Foreign Minister Celso Lafer offers the following view:
"The sectarianization of foreign policy, with its ideological slant, has
served as a route to obfuscate and place on a secondary tier its
dimensions as a policy of state, which taking into account the persistency
factors in Brazil's international placement, contribute to guarantee the
foreign predictability and reliability of the country. I notice that the
partisan posture of those responsible for the current administration's
foreign policy has considerably enabled the critical bruising directed at
this policy. These individuals have, with no historical basis, formatted
the Lula presidency as the 'Zero Milestone' for Brazilian diplomacy. Those
who sow the wind of discrediting reap the whirlwind of dissent." (OSC is
translating this item) Domestic Political Censored Text from Planning
Ministry Website Addressed Progress of Agrarian Reform

- Lu Ai ko Otta reports in Sao Paulo O Estado de Sao Paulo that the text
which the Planning Ministry removed from one of its websites following
complaints by cabinet ministers included a critical assessment of agrarian
reform under President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. The document, which O
Estado obtained, asserts that "so far, agrarian reform in earnest has
taken place." "Despite having now gained access to land and some
services," the text continues, "the quality of life of these (resettled)
populations remains in many cases the same as it was before they were
resettled." The document also points to the lack of a "culture of
evaluation, willing to test the real effects of the (agrarian) policy as a
whole." The critique also maintains that the government has concentrated
credits designed to promote family agriculture in the south of the country
at the expense of the northeast, where such activity "is reminiscent of
conditions of extreme poverty." The text cites farming census data showing
that only 20% of small rural land parcels up to 500 hectares in size
received technical assistance from the government while 60% owners of land
parcels exceeding 500 hectares and no greater than 2,500 hectares received
such aid. Presidential Campaign Serra Rejects 'Terrorism' From Rousseff

- Sao Paulo Folha de Sao Paulo reports that Brazilian Social Democracy
Party (PSDB) presidential candidate Jose Serra used a 21 June roundtable
discussion sponsored by the newspaper to reject what he called "terrorism"
by the campaign of Worker's Party (PT) presidential candidate Dilma
Rousseff, whom he accused of spreading rumors that if elected he would
resume the privatization process that took place during the tenure of
former President Fernando Henrique Cardoso (PSDB) and would end the Family
Bonus program - one of the Lula administration's most popular initiatives.
Serra also called on Rousseff to publicl y apologize for her camp's
alleged involvement in hiring retired intelligence agents to compile
incriminating information on the PSDB in general and Serra in particular.
In reference to comments by Rousseff that the Revenue Department was
responsible for unsealing confidential banking and financial records
belonging to a senior PSDB official, Serra said: "Why would the Revenue
Department of an administration from a party unseal and randomly leak
somebody's records? It was not at random. I think the best thing to do
when there has been an obvious error is to apologize." The PSDB
presidential contender did not directly criticize President Lula and
described himself as a "candidate of advancement" rather than of
opposition. Addressing Brazilian efforts to broker an agreement with Iran
on the issue of uranium enrichment, Serra said that the country had "gone
down a road from where there is no going back." He added: "I would not
have had that n egotiation because I do not trust a dictator. Relatively
speaking, it is like the people who trusted Hitler in Munich." Serra also
reiterated his view that Planalto Palace is not putting enough pressure on
the government of Bolivian President Evo Morales to curb the smuggling of
cocaine into Brazil. (Sao Paulo Folha de Sao Paulo Online in Portuguese -
Website of generally critical of the government, top-circulation
newspaper; URL: Rousseff Rebuffs
Experience Issue

- Sao Paulo O Estado de Sao Paulo 's Tiago Decimo reports that Dilma
Rousseff rebuffed questions regarding her lack of managerial experience,
saying that "the difference is that we know how to do things and they
(opposition candidates) don't." Appearing at an event in Salvador (Bahia
State) alongside vice-presidential candidate and former Chamber of
Deputies President Michel Temer (Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, PMDB
- Sao Paulo), Rousseff alluded to the S erra campaign's slogan "Brazil Can
Do More," saying that "we are different from those who come around
promising to do more; because they didn't and we did." She described
herself as the "right and left hands" of President Lula and defended her
credentials to seek the presidency, asserting that "there was no
administration project, at the end of the first (Lula) term and in the
second term, that I did not coordinate." "Some projects I not only
coordinated but drew up, like the Growth Acceleration Program (PAC), My
House My Life, and Electricity for All," she said. Rousseff said the
opposition "is getting managerial experience mixed up with electoral
experience; not having electoral experience means a new way of making
policy, but I even regret not having electoral experience." The PT
presidential hopeful also pledged to capitalize on what she called "a
unique opportunity to stop being an emerging country and bec ome a
developed one." Flanked by vice-presidential running mate Michel Temer (l)
and PMDB gubernatorial candidate Geddel Vieira Lima, Rousseff greets
supporters in Salvador (Bahia State)

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Paraguay Press 23 Jun 10
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-- Asuncion ABC Color reports that this morning the Senate elected Oscar
Gonzalez Daher of the Colorado Party (National Republican Association-ANR)
as the new Senate preside nt. (Asuncion ABC Color Digital in Spanish --
Website of leading daily, highly critical of ANR-Colorado Party, owned by
entrepreneur Aldo Zuccolillo; URL: President Lugo
shakes hand with officers during military ceremony (Source: ABC Color)
Military Chief Says Armed Forces 'Alert' To Combat Armed Group

-- ABC Color reports that Military Forces Commander General Juan Oscar
Velazquez yesterday said that the Armed Forces are "alert" to combat the
Paraguayan People's Army, EPP.He explained that the military forces are
always prepared to fulfill any mission in the country.Asked what he thinks
of the EPP statement calling on the military to revolt against the legally
established authorities, Velazquez said that his mission is established in
the Constitution.He made this comment in the facilities of the Military
Justice Service Directorate (DSJM) where a ceremony headed by President
Fernando Lugo was held to celebrate the DSJM 123 rd anniversa ry. Analyst
Says EPP Creates Cells To Disorient Security Forces

-- Asuncion Ultima Hora carries an article by political analyst Justiniano
Riveros saying that the EPP is divided in three cells to create
disorientation and to avoid being captured by the security forces.Asuncion
La Nacion reports that political and military analyst Horacio Galeano
Perrone predicts that the EPP will carry out kidnappings in urban areas.
(Asuncion Ultima in Spanish -- Website of leading daily; Majority
shareholder business and media entrepreneur A.J.Vierci; URL: (OSC will provide a full translation of this
item) Brazilian Security Forces on Alert To Prevent EPP Operations

-- ABC Color carries an article by political analyst Roque Gonzalez Vera
stating that Brazilian Police and Army units stationed near the Apa River
across Concepcion Department, Paraguay, are in state of alert to prevent
EPP members from using Brazilian territory to take refuge or as transit
for their operations.According to intelligence reports, the EPP column
that escaped from Kurusu de Hierro is now divided in two groups, the
article says. Government Investigates House Construction by EPP

-- Ultima Hora reports that security organizations are investigating house
constructions for "social" purpose by the EPP in Kurusu de Hierro and
Tacuati with money collected from kidnappings, Interior Minister Rafael
Filizzola admitted yesterday.He said that the sale of construction
material in those regions has increased considerably and therefore, the
government cannot rule out that the money came from the ransom paid for
the release of kidnapped victims. Ministry Announces Establishment of
Diplomatic Relations With Uganda

-- Ultima Hora reports that the Foreign Ministry yesterday announced that
Paraguay on 18 June established diplomatic relations with Uganda in New
York.Jose Antonio Dos Santos, the Paraguayan representative at the Uni ted
Nations, and his Ugandan counterpart Ruhakana Rugunda signed the
documents. 'Landless Peasants' Threaten Land Invasions

-- ABC Color carries a report datelined General Resquin, San Pedro
Department, stating that the Departmental Coordinating Board for Agrarian
Reform and Sovereignty yesterday announced that thousands of alleged
"landless peasants" are ready to invade the land of 22,000 hectares owned
by (Brazilian agricultural businessman) Ulisses Rodrigues Teixeira and the
ranch Carla Maria of 15,000 hectares owned by Jose Bogarin.Peasant leader
Jose Rodriguez, who belongs to the Free Fatherland Party (PPL), said that
many peasant organizations are withdrawing their support for President
Fernando Lugo because he has not fulfilled his promises. No Selection

: Ciudad del Este Vanguardia

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Petrobras Announces New Deepwater Oil Find
"Petrobras Makes New Deepwater Oil Find" -- EFE Headline - EFE
Wednesday June 23, 2010 19:16:05 GMT
The oil was found in the Albacora Leste concession, which Petrobras
jointly operates with Spanish energy firm Repsol, the Brazilian company

The crude lies some 130 kilometers (80 miles) off the coast of Rio de
Janeiro state at a depth of 4,536 meters (14,870 feet).

Petrobras' preliminary estimates indicate the presence of good-quality,
light oil, although more drilling is needed to determine the size of the
reserves and their productivity, as well as the viability of extracting
the crude without making additional investment.

On 4 June, Petrobras announced the discovery of medium oil with an
American Petroleum Institute gravity of 29 degrees, also in the Campos
Basin, which accounts for 90 percent of Brazilian crude production.

The firm said then that that discovery may hold 380 million barrels of
recoverable oil and natural gas.

Petrobras, Brazil's largest firm and one of the world's fastest-growing
oil companies, produces an average of 2.5 million barrels of oil
equivalent per day in Brazil and its fields abroad.

The company has a presence in more than two-dozen countries in the
Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

Shares of Petrobras, a global leader in deepwater oil exploration and
production, trade on the Sao Paulo, New York, Madrid and Buenos Aires
stock exchanges, but the Brazilian government retains control through a
golden share.

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S. Korea Hosts Industrial Plant Cooperation Forum - Yonhap
Wednesday June 23, 2010 21:12:15 GMT
S Korea-industrial plant

S. Korea hosts industrial plant cooperation forumSEOUL, June 24 (Yonhap)
-- South Korea were to host an industrial plant cooperation forum in Seoul
Thursday to help local companies secure fresh contracts in Africa and
Latin American countries, the government said.The Ministry of Knowledge
Economy said the one-day event is expected to be represented by 350
corporate leaders, government officials and international organizations
from countries such as Paraguay, Ghana, Cambodia and Brazil.It said
prospective contracts worth up to US$7.0 billion won are to be discussed
in talks between countries wanting to place orders and local industrial
plant manufacturers, in oil and gas, electric power and marine
construction areas."The gathering aims to help South Korean companies
diversify away from the Middle East which accounted for 60 percent of all
deals in 2009," a ministry official said. Over dependence in the Middle
East could become a liability if there is a sudden drop in international
energy prices or if unexpected geopolitical risks arise in the regionsIn
2009, South Korea won overseas orders worth $46.3 billion, making the
industry a key player for economic growth. The total secured marks a sharp
increase from $25.4 billion tallied for 2006 and just $8.4 billion in
2004.South Korea has the engineering knowhow, expertise and price
competitiveness to win foreign deals and has won high marks for meeting
construction and deli very deadlines.In addition to corporate talks, the
Korea Plant Industries Association has arranged a forum, which will
include an international plant export financial seminar attended by
executives from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development,
Asian Development Bank and BNP Paribas.The meeting will allow the
participants to exchange views on how to finance large projects and to
make use of funds from oil-rich Middle East countries for large
projects.(Description of Source: Seoul Yonhap in English -- Semiofficial
news agency of the ROK; URL:

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Southern Cone Crime and Narcotics Issues 22 -23 Jun 10
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-- Buenos Aires Clarin reports on 21 June that Brazilian customs officials
seized more than 1 metric ton of cocaine that was being transported by
ship from Argentina to Spain. The Brazilian customs officials conducted
the operation in the port of Santos (Brazil) and the authorities are
investigating whether the cocaine belongs to a drug-trafficking ring that
exports cocaine from Buenos Aires in fruit boxes. The cocaine was in two
containers camouflaged with apples. Jose Antonio Mendez, chief inspector
of the Santos Federal Revenue Secretariat, told the EFE news agency that
the operation was conducted after the Argentine Customs Directorate issued
an alert notice. The authorities are now seeking to confirm wheth er the
ship carrying the cocaine was one of the ships that had left from Buenos
Aires used by an organization that exported drugs in fruit boxes. This
drug-trafficking ring was detected through Operation White Apple, which
led to the seizure of 1,625 kg of cocaine in the port of Buenos Aires.
Following this operation, the Argentine courts determined that two ships
had already left and that one of them was about to arrive in Spain and the
other one was the one detected by the Brazilian law enforcement
authorities. Virginia Messi writes in Buenos Aires Clarin on 19 June that
the company that shipped the apples is Frutol Inc., which is located in
Allen (Rio Negro Province). This company has sent 17 shipments abroad over
the past year to different companies. The main destination of these
shipments was Spain. A businessman from Rio Negro Province is the only
person arrested in connection with this case. The man was in charge of the
packing process of the apples. The apple shipme nt seized during Operation
White Apple had left Rio Negro Province on 4 June and arrived in Buenos
Aires on 8 June, but the container with the apples was opened on 16 June.
(Buenos Aires in Spanish -- Online version of
highest-circulation, tabloid-format daily owned by the Clarin media group;
generally critical of government; URL: ) Article in
Portuguese carrying photograph of the cocaine camouflaged with apples
(, 21 June)

Cocaine Seized in Port of Santos Amounts to 3,349 Kg

-- Buenos Aires Clarin reports on 23 June that the Brazilian law
enforcement authorities have already seized 3,349 kg of cocaine in the
port of Santos (Brazil) after being alerted by the Argentine courts about
the existence of a cocaine shipment in two containers on board a ship. The
seized cocaine was valued at 150 million euros. Agent from Brazil's
Federal Revenue Secretariat inspects seized cocaine (, 23 June)

GN Seizes 566 K g of Marijuana in Misiones Province

-- The official website of the National Border Guard (GN) of Argentina on
23 June carries a report datelined Buenos Aires stating that GN personnel
seized 566 kg of marijuana hidden in the ruins of the abandoned facilities
of a place used to dry yerba mate in Colonia Santa Rosa in Misiones
Province on 22 June. The GN personnel found 18 burlap bags containing 445
marijuana bricks inside an oven. The seized marijuana is worth more than 2
million pesos ($509,000). (National Border Guard of the Argentine Nation
-- Official website of the Argentine National Border Guard; URL: ) Oven where the marijuana was found
(, 23 June)

CHILE Counternarcotics Agents Seize 26 Kg of Cocaine Base Paste in Biobio

--Santiago El Mercurio on 22 June carries a report by Giovanni Calabrano
datelined Concepcion stating that the Antinarcotics Brigade of the
Investigations Police (PDI) arreste d two individuals carrying two
suitcases containing 26 kg of cocaine base paste, which equal to
approximately 300,000 doses, on 20 June. The seized cocaine base paste was
valued at 300 million pesos ($566,000). This is the largest cocaine base
paste shipment seized in the Biobio Region in 2010. The seized drug was
going to be distributed in Greater Concepcion and in neighboring
provinces. The PDI agents conducted this operation following an 18-month
investigation along with personnel from the Talcahuano Attorney General's
Office, which detected that the cocaine base paste was being transported
from Calama in northern Chile. The PDI agents intercepted the detainees at
the Agua Amarilla toll station at the intersection with the Itata Highway.
The detainees were identified as Jorge Toro Saldana, 22, and Julio
Martinez Bravo, 30. (Santiago El Mercurio Online in Spanish -- Website of
privately owned, top-circulation, conservative daily, belonging to the
Edwards family mediagroup ; URL: ) The seized
cocaine base paste (, 21 June)

Civilian Police Seize More Than 2.2 Kg of Cocaine at Los Libertardores
Border Crossing

-- Andres Orrego writes in Santiago La Tercera on 22 June that personnel
from the Civilian Police arrested an Argentine woman whose initials are
G.A.V.G., 18, near Los Libertadores border crossing for trying to smuggle
2.216 kg of high-purity cocaine into Chile. The seized cocaine was valued
at 44 million pesos ($83,000). The woman was traveling in a bus coming
from the city of Mendoza (Argentina). The woman is a member of an
international drug-trafficking ring operating in Mendoza and sending drugs
to Santiago. (Santiago La Tercera Online in Spanish -- Website of
conservative daily. Belongs to the Copesa Group of Opus Dei member Alvaro
Saieh. Requires subscription; URL: ) Investigations
Police Seize More Than 200 Kg of Marijuana in Temuco

-- Santiago La Terc era reports on 22 June that PDI personnel conducted an
eight-month investigation that led to the seizure of more than 200 kg of
marijuana and the arrest of six people who were members of an
international drug-trafficking ring in the city of Temuco. The PDI
determined that the drug-trafficking ring smuggled the cocaine into Chile
through border crossings with Argentina and then distributed it in
Santiago, Temuco, and other cities in southern Chile. The ringleader had
escaped to Argentina from the Osorno Prison after he was sentenced to life
imprisonment for parricide. Investigations Police Seize More Than 3 Kg of

-- Santiago La Tercera reports on 23 June that personnel from the PDI
Criminal Investigations Brigade arrested a micro-drug trafficke r in his
home in Diego Portales neighborhood in Puente Alto and seized more than 3
kg of cocaine and marijuana after people residing in the area reported the
man's activities. The seized drugs were valued at 6 million peso s
($11,280). PARAGUAY Police Destroy One-Hectare Marijuana Plantation in
Caazapa Department

-- Asuncion ABC Color on 21 June carries a report by correspondent Antonio
Caballero datelined Caazapa (Caazapa Department) stating that policemen
found a one-hectare marijuana plantation at a ranch in Yuti district on 20
June. Antinarcotics Prosecutor Miguel A. Cardenas ordered destroying the
marijuana plantation. According to police information, the ranch is owned
by Guillermo Sheffer, a rancher from the city of Yegros. Sheffer is
believed to be marijuana middleman who grows marijuana in his property.
(Asuncion ABC Color Digital in Spanish -- Website of leading daily, highly
critical of ANR-Colorado Party, owned by entrepreneur Aldo Zuccolillo;
URL: Police Seize 211 Kg of Marijuana in Itapua

-- Asuncion Ultima Hora reports on 22 June that Police personnel seized
211 kg of pressed marijuana at a vehicle checkpoint at the 48-km marker of
Highway No. 6 in Bella Vista (Itapua Department). The marijuana was being
transported in a pickup truck, whose driver escaped abandoning the vehicle
and the marijuana. (Asuncion Ultima in Spanish -- Website of
leading daily; Majority shareholder business and media entrepreneur
A.J.Vierci; URL: ) Senad Agents Seize 748 Kg of
Marijuana in Itapua Department

-- Asuncion ABC Color reports on 22 June that special agents from the
National Antinarcotics Secretariat (Senad) seized more than 748 kg of
pressed marijuana in San Juan del Parana (Itapua Department) on 21 June.
The seized marijuana had to be picked up at an abandoned house and then
transported to Argentina for its redistribution. The Senad conducted the
operation in an inhabited property in Paraiso neighborhood in San Juan del
Parana, south of Encarnacion. No arrests were made in connection with this
case. Another group of drug traffickers was apparently in charge of
picking up the marijuana and cross the Parana River with it over to
Argentina. Part of the seized marijuana was going to be sold in the
Argentine border area. Customs Officials Seize Smuggled Goods Worth
$192,000 -- Asuncion Ultima Hora reports on 22 June that the National
Customs Directorate seized smuggled goods worth a total 865.9 million
guaranis ($192,400) including 901 Nokia-, Motorola-, and LG-brand cell
phones, as well as Brazilian sugar bags, powder soap, cooking oil, and
medicines in Alto Parana Department. Customs officials also seized a
Toyota Dyna in Central Department and seized sugar, cooking oil, caramel
spread, powder soap, and powdered milk worth 83 million guaranis
($18,500). Senad Personnel Seize 330 Kg of Marijuana in Itapua Department

-- Asuncion Ultima Hora on 23 June reports that the Senad announced on 23
June that Senad agents arrested four drug traffickers and seized 330 kg of
marijuana in a property in the locality of Edelira Cuatro Bocas in Itapua
Dep artment. The marijuana was in 14 bags. The detainees were identified
as Rufino Benitez Quintana, 48; W.F., 17; Ramon Gomez, 46; and Pedro
Rojas, 44.The final destination of the marijuana was Argentina and it is
valued at more than $300,000 in Argentina. URUGUAY


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Syrian Press 23 Jun 10
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In a 275-word editorial in Tishrin entitled "Iraq As We See it and the
Arab Sees it," Chief Editor Samirah al-Masalimah says: "Iraq has
constituted a historical, nationalistic, and regional depth for Syria
since the dawn of history, because of all the common factors, both
physical or moral, and by virtue of all the facts of past decades, and
perhaps centuries, that have shown that Syria and Iraq have formed toward
each other that emotion that no one can ignore. No one can break the ties
or abolish the relationship from conscience or memory alike." She adds:
"Everyone in the region, and beyond, is aware of the challenges that Syria
faced, from the moment that brute force was used against the people of
Iraq, its history, and its state at the hands of American occupation, and
since the advanced Mosad Brigades started interfering with its national
unity, social fabric, and even its state structure, and existence; Syria
stood in word and deed against all this interference, the occupation, and
the shamelessness of others on the soil of Iraq."Al-Masalimah concludes:
"Therefore, and not in terms of any other concept, that (Syria's)
eagerness for Iraq's unity, security, stability, and its future must be
understood. And here too, everyone should be aware of the backgrounds of
our political discourse about Iraq, and Syria's insistence on the
establishment of a national government in Iraq that is all-inclusive, does
not exclude anyone, deepens national reconciliation, and can be an entry
to the return of security and stability to Iraq and the region in
general." (Description of source: Damascus Tishrin Online in Arabic --
Website of the government-owned newspaper; URL:
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In a 600-word article in Al-Ba'th entitled "The World Cup and the Arab
Street," Ziyad Amin al-Qadi says that "the World Cup grabs the interest of
popular classes across the globe, because it carries with it factors of
excitement, while the various audio-visual, print, and electronic media
play an important role in highlighting the event." "However," the writer
adds, "this World Cup was preceded by an event that shook the feelings of
humanity in the world, and was represented by the Zionist crime of naval
piracy against the Freedom Flotilla."He goes on to say that the "Arab
popular mood interacted with this major sporting event, but without
ignoring the political context of its national issues," indicating that,
despite the spread of the various flags of participating countries on Arab
streets, "it is striking that in the midst of all the flags flown on
balconies, and roofs of houses and cars, to note the absence of the
American flag, although the United States's football performance has
evolved recently." He explains that by the fact that "the Arab street has
not forgotten the aggressive practices of the United States against our
people, and our nation, by supporting the Zionist regime's crimes" in
Palestine, Gaza, Lebanon, Iraq, Sudan, and Somalia, in addition to "the
issuance of the Syria Accountability Act." He concludes: "The mood of the
Arab street confirmed that enjoying an exciting World Cup will not make
the Arabs forget their causes, and demonstrated that a beautiful football
display by Western teams will not be able to beautify the positions of
those countries." (Description of source: Damascus Al-Ba'th Online in
Arabic -- Website of the newspaper of the ruling Ba'th Party; URL:

Al-Watan publishes a 2,350-word interview with the Brazilian ambassador in
Syria, Edgar Antonio Cassiano, conducted by Hassan Hashim, in which
Cassiano praises the forthcoming visit of President Bashar al-Asad to
Brazil, stressing that "the meeting between al-Asad and Brazilian
President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will be warmly welcomed." Cassiano
adds that "this first visit of President al-Asad to Brazil is historic,
and important on various levels, and is similar in meaning and objectives
to the first visit paid by President da Silva to Syria in 2003, just after
the occupation of Iraq." He also notes that "the historic feature of the
visit stems from the similarity of circumstances experienced by the two
countries."The ambassador indicates that "the conviction of the world
public opinion is that Syria is a solution to many of the problems of the
region." He notes that President al-Asad's visit "will open the door to
the possibility of increasing the volume of trade exchange between the two
countries, with the need for this to be preceded by sending economic and
trade delegations from Syria to Brazil, and vice versa." (Description of
source: Damascus Al-Watan Online in Arabic -- Website of the independent
daily; URL:

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Argentina Political and Economic Issues 23 Jun 10
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- Buenos Aires Clarin reports th at a plenary meeting of the Lower House
Energy, Maritime Interests, and Foreign Relations Committees yesterday
"unanimously" passed a bill that "prohibits all persons physical or
juridical, national or foreign," from developing hydrocarbon activities on
the Argentine continental shelf "without authorization." It also
contemplates "tough sanctions" for companies that break the law. It goes
to the floor today and could be approved if there is quorum to session.
(OSC translating as LAP20100623021002) National Timerman Denies 'Parallel

- Buenos Aires La Nacion's Mariano Obarrio reports that with the evident
desire to close the cabinet crisis unleashed by Jorge Taiana's surprising
resignation as soon as possible, Cristina Kirchner took the oath of office
yesterday from the new foreign minister, Hector Timerman, who made his
contribution to removing the most conflictive issues from center stage and
denied the existence of p arallel diplomacy with Venezuela. Meanwhile,
Timerman traveled to New York last night for the UN Decolonization
Committee meeting tomorrow, after which he will travel to Canada to
participate with the president in the G-20 meeting. (Buenos Aires in Spanish -- Website of conservative, second
highest-circulation daily; generally critical of government; URL: ) (OSC translating
as LAP20100623021001) Ceremony Reportedly Lasts 'Four Minutes'

- Buenos Aires La Nacion's Mariana Veron reports, in an article headlined
"A ceremony of four minutes, without the joy or Kirchnerite euphoria,"
that for the first time in the seven years of the Kirchnerite
administration the swearing-in of a new minister was "not a fiesta"
yesterday and, unlike any of the previous cabinet changes, there was a
"climate of apathy and dejection" in the White Room, the least crowded in
recent years: onl y about 80 persons. Its capacity is for over 200. The
ruling-party activists, who always add "color" to the tensest moments, did
not participate and the tension was "palpable." Meanwhile, the time that
former President Nestor Kirchner dedicated to the few Mothers and
Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, who came to accompany Timerman, contrasted
with the "five seconds" that he took to greet his former foreign minister
and although sources close to them denied that there was tension between
them, they made no effort to display distension or warmth in front of the
cameras. The president was "a little more cordial, but no less cutting"
and after taking the oath from Timerman she went directly to Taiana,
kissed him, and said "thanks for everything." "Thank you," stammered
Taiana, whose smile was stiff. He was one of the first to leave,
accompanied arm-in-arm by Defense Minister Nilda Garre and greeted by the
"entire" ; cabinet, which was bidding him farewell amid the "resounding
resignation" with which he "surprised" the officials last Friday. Clarin's
Natasha Niebieskikwiat adds that the "coldness" toward Taiana in Casa
Rosada yesterday and the fact that Kirchner did "not" greet him made
"some" officials wonder if she or her husband decided the "reprimand" of
Taiana last Friday. Meanwhile, Timerman has confirmed most of Taiana's
officials and appointed Antonio Trombetta as his cabinet chief. Congress
To Receive Former Ambassador to Venezuela With Sights on Kirchner, De Vido

- Buenos Aires Clarin's Martin Bravo reports that Eduardo Sadous will be
in the Lower House Foreign Relations Committee today. The session will be
"secret" and the opposition considers that sufficient guarantee for
Sadous, a career diplomat, to express everything that he knows without
violating the confidentiality that Timerman demanded from him. Meanwhile,
several opposition deputies stated yesterday that they would focus their
questions on the "parallel embassy" in Caracas, in which Kirchner and
Planning Minister Julio De Vido were reportedly involved. (Buenos Aires in Spanish -- Online version of highest-circulation,
tabloid-format daily owned by the Clarin media group; generally critical
of government; URL: ) Government Doubles Pressure
on Sadous

- Buenos Aires Clarin adds in a sidebar that Cabinet Chief Anibal
Fernandez said yesterday that "neither the diplomat nor or any other
official can break the secret about certain types of information that we
are obliged by law to maintain in said state." Buenos Aires Governor Urges
Officials To Enter Digital Era

- Buenos Aires La Nacion's Pablo Morosi reports from La Plata that with
his sights on next year's presidential elections, Daniel Scioli announced
on his Twitter page yesterday, after a cabinet meeting, that he had
instructed his officials to analyze the phenomenon of the social networks
and to design the most effective way to utilize them "massively" in the
different government areas. Former Opposition Allies Not To Meet

- Buenos Aires La Nacion's Jaime Rosemberg reports that one year since
their 2009 midterm election victory, Deputy Francisco de Narvaez (Federal
Peronism-Buenos Aires) and City Mayor Mauricio Macri have rejected an
invitation from Deputy Felipe Sola (Federal Peronism-Buenos Aires) to join
him in San Nicolas next Monday for the "virtual" launching of his
presidential candidacy and criticized his "having decided alone." Economic
President Launches Credit Line for Farming Sector

- Buenos Aires Clarin reports in a photo of a ceremony in Casa Rosada
yesterday, that Cristina Kirchner presented a credit line for small- and
medium-sized farmers and rural contractors to purchase n ational farming
machinery. El Cronista adds that the credit is for 270 million pesos
($68.7 million) at 9% annually. This is the government's "third nod to
this sector in less than 10 days." La Nacion adds that fights have broken
out in the Argentine Agrarian Federation (FAA), and impacted on the
Liaison Board, over the presence of one of its leaders in one of the
ceremonies in which the president launched subsidies for farmers. (Buenos
Aires in Spanish -- Online version of highest-circulation,
tabloid-format daily owned by the Clarin media group; generally critical
of government; URL: )

President addressing farmers (Clarin)

Government To Reform Farm Employment Law

- Buenos Aires El Cronista adds that before yesterday's ceremony in Casa
Rosada, Cristina Kirchner signed a bill to modify the Rural Worker Law and
sent it to Congress. It aims at eliminating the so-called "sun-to-s un"
working day on farms and to implement working days of eight hours, 44
hours weekly, until 1300 on Saturday, and Sunday off. Labor Minister
Carlos Tomada explained that the initiative intended to "cover an old debt
that we had with the rural workers," 1.3 million persons, "replace a
dictatorship law, and reverse the levels of rural workers' lack of
protection and precarious employment." Trucker Boss 'Lowered Pretensions,'
Signed for 25% Wage Hike

- Buenos Aires Clarin's Carlos Galvan reports that General Workers Union
(CGT) leader Hugo Moyano "lowered his pretensions" yesterday and signed an
agreement for the Truckers Union for a wage increase of 25%, in three
stages, which "can appear modest" if compared to what other unions got,
but is in "total" alignment with what Casa Rosada considers an
"appropriate increase." Tomada stressed "the efforts made by the parties
to reach this agreement." However, the negotiation does not appear to have
been "too complicated." Furthermore it was resolved in "less than two
weeks." Meanwhile, faithful to his custom, Moyano negotiated "personally"
with the sector businessmen. Not even his son Pablo participated. He is at
the World Cup in South Africa and his brother Facundo was reportedly "on
safari around there."

Moyano and Tomada (Clarin)

Trade Surplus Falls 25% in May

- Buenos Aires El Cronista's Natalia Donato reports that in five months
the trade surplus fell 27% on 2009 to $6.157 billion: the National
Institute of Statistics and Census (Indec) announced yesterday that
exports totaled $6.479 billion in May, 25% up year-on-year, and imports
$4.574 billion, 72% up year-on-year: a surplus of $1.905 billion: 25.1%
down on the $2.542 billion posted in May 2009. This fall could affect
dollar entry in the second half of the year and put greater pressure on
the exchange market, controlled thus far by the Central Bank (BCRA),
despite sustained capital flight, which averages about $1 billion monthly.
Cristina Kirchner seemed to reflect this concern yesterday when she said
that it was of "key" importance to "continue substituting imports."
(Buenos Aires El in Spanish -- Website of independent
newspaper owned by Spain's Recoletos Group, focusing on financial
information; URL: )

"Collapse of the surplus" - Argentine trade balance, dollar

million/billions, 2010 to end May (El Cronista)

Central Bank Reinforces Coffers

- Buenos Aires El Cronista reports that with the export sector continuing
to liquidate intensely on the exchange market yesterday, the BCRA
purchased $140 million and not only sustained the peso-dollar exchange
rates, but also increased international reserves, which are now near $50
billion and close to exc eeding the absolute record of $50.517 billion on
27 March 2008. Economy Minister Announces 66% Swap Adherence, Operation

- Buenos Aires Telam reports at 1048 (1448 GMT) that in a press conference
in the Economy Ministry, Amado Boudou has announced that "another $12.067
billion entered the swap," "66% acceptance," stressed that that was
"comfortably" above expectations, and announced, in reply to a question,
that "we have taken the decision to maintain it closed." (Buenos Aires
Telam in Spanish -- Official website of government-owned news agency; URL: ) Border dispute over
pulp mill Cristina Kirchner, Jose Mujica Speak by Phone

- Buenos Aires Clarin's Niebieskikwiat reports that the president and her
Uruguayan counterpart spoke by phone last Monday and, according to
important sources, she updated him on her cabinet changes. They also
advanced in their "pos t-Botnia" relationship, as their inner circles call
it, and in the creation of joint Uruguay River monitoring, which could
include Brazil, although Brazilian sources consulted by Clarin displayed
no interest in the initiative and stated that they had received no formal
request, but they did display willingness to cooperate in "any diplomatic
direction" that would help to unblock the long dispute in the Mercosur.
Mayors Reinitiate Dialog

- Buenos Aires El Cronista reports that Juan Jose Bahillo and Omar Lafluf,
mayors of Gualeguaychu and Rio Negro, respectively, have reinitiated
dialog "to work together," said Bahillo, who added that he asked Lafluf,
whose department includes Fray Bentos, that Botnia would not transport
merchandise for the paper-pulp mill on Highway 136 or the international
bridge "not to create new points of tension" with the environmentalists.
Lafluf considered the request "reasonable" and committed to med iating
with the company.

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Heavy Rains, Floods Death Toll Rises to 44
"Death Toll in Brazil Floods Climbs to 44" -- EFE Headline - EFE
Wednesday June 23, 2010 17:40:53 GMT
Emergency-management officials in Pernambuco say 15 people have died in
the state and more than 42,000 have been forced to leave their homes.

The situation is even worse in neighboring Alagoas, where 29 people are
confirmed dead and 607 others remain missing, while 74,515 residents have
lost their homes.

Many of the state's towns were submerged as the Mundau and Paraiba surged
to as much as 12 meters (39 feet) above normal levels. The floodwaters
have begun to recede in some communities, leaving behind tons of garbage
and debris.

After a brief respite at the beginning of the week, the heavy rains
resumed Tuesday night and forecasters are calling for continued wet

Brazil's armed forces are aiding police and firefighters in rescue and
recovery efforts.

Authorities are also using cadaver dogs to search for bodies, including
some animals that did similar duty in Haiti after the 12 January
earthquake. With many schools covered in mud and others pressed into
service as shelters, the Alagoas education department moved up the break
scheduled for July.

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva plans to visit the region
Thursday to survey the damage.

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Xinhua 'Interview': There Is Room for Trade Improvement Between Zimbabwe
And China
Xinhua "Interview": "There Is Room for Trade Improvement Between Zimbabwe
And China" - Xinhua
Wednesday June 23, 2010 17:41:55 GMT
By Gretinah Machingura

HARARE, June 23 (Xinhua) -- A senior Zimbabwean government official said
on Wednesday that there is room for trade improvement between Zimbabwe and
China given the two countries' long history of friendly bilateral
relations.Zimbabwean Economic Planning and Investment Promotion Permanent
Secretary Desire Sibanda told Xinhua in an interv iew that Zimbabwe is
instituting measures to lure more Chinese investors into the country, and
would soon conduct road shows in China to market its investment potential
to the Asian giant."There are a number of African countries that are
trading with China more than ourselves so we need to dramatically improve
in that area," he said.He said the Zimbabwe Investment Authority, the
country's investment promotion body, is currently being restructured into
a one-stop investment shop to enhance efficiency. "China normally trades
with countries that have economic zones. Zambia has economic zones where
Chinese companies are operating so we also need to expedite
operationalization of our one- stop investment shop to lure Chinese
investors," Sibanda said.He said the Zimbabwen government would in the
future open an investment office in China to coordinate Chinese investment
into Zimbabwe, noting that countries such as Botswana have investment
offices in the Asian co untry.While Sibanda could not provide latest trade
figures between Zimbabwe and China, trade between the two countries was
reported to have reached 500 million U.S. dollars in 2008.This was on the
back of continued sound political ties between the two countries and the
adoption of the "Look East" policy by the then government of President
Robert Mugabe in 2003.Since the turn of the decade China has become one of
Zimbabwe's business partners after Western countries started shunning the
Southern African nation over alleged human rights abuses.The Asian giant
has already emerged as the largest single importer of Zimbabwe's key
export crop, tobacco. The Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board indicated
in October last year that although China had not imported tobacco between
May and September 2009, the country was still the number one importer with
7. 281 tons.There are now many Chinese companies operating in Zimbabwe in
such sectors as retail, mining, agriculture and man ufacturing.Sibanda
said the Chinese were previously worried about the issue of the exchange
rate and hyperinflation prevailing in the country prior to the adoption of
multiple currencies early last year."But now those issues have been sorted
out. There is no exchange rate risk in our economy now and the investment
climate is highly conducive," he said.Sibanda said the positive growth in
Gross Domestic Product has also made Zimbabwe an attractive investment
destination.Zimbabwe's GDP has risen from negative growth rates of 10
percent in 2008 to around 5 percent now, Sibanda said."The Chinese want to
invest in growing economies and with our GDP now in the positive territory
we believe we are now better placed to attract investment from China," he
said.He said the interest by Chinese investors in Zimbabwe is also seen in
the growing number of business delegations that started coming into the
country soon after political and economic stability returned to the
country following the formation of the inclusive government in February
last year.Sibanda noted that global trade is increasingly moving to
Brazil, China, Russia and India and he pointed out that it is imperative
for Zimbabwe to follow the trend.(Description of Source: Beijing Xinhua in
English -- China's official news service for English-language audiences
(New China News Agency))

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Brazil's Amorim Says Iran 'Must Respond' to Nuclear Concerns
"Iran Must Respond to Nuclear Concerns: Brazil" -- AFP headline - AFP
(North European Service)
Wednesday June 23, 2010 13:36:42 GMT
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independent French press agency Agence France-Presse)

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Brazilian Foreign Minister Visits Bulgaria, Defends Nuclear Deal With Iran
"Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Luiz Nunes Amorim Visits" -- BTA
headline - BTA
Wednesday June 23, 2010 12:26:33 GMT
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politically neutral press agency)

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Angolan President Arrives in Brazil on Official Visit
Unattributed report: "Angolan President Dos Santos Arrives in Brazil" -
PANA Online
Wednesday June 23, 2010 12:27:34 GMT
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independent news agency with material from correspondents and news
agencies throughout Africa; URL:

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Kikwete Appoints New Envoys to Sweden, Canada
Unattributed report: "Kikwete Transfers Ambassadors" - Daily News Online
Wednesday June 23, 2010 11:31:19 GMT
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News Roundup 22, 23 Jun
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Wednesday June 23, 2010 08:10:01 GMT
The following is a roundup of reports appearing in the Iranian media
sources in English, and news and commentaries published in non-US media on
22 and 23 June 2010. This roundup is in the following sections: (Click on
the links to go to the desired section) POLITICS/DIPLOMACY NUCLEAR ISSUE

POLITICS/DIPLOMACY IRNA: "President Ahmadinejad receives Syrian VP"

(Wed, 23 Jun) President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad received visiting Syrian
Vice-President Farouq Ash-Shara here on Tuesday evening. In the meeting,
President Ahmadinejad said that Iran and Syria have common view points on
the world and regional issues and added that Tehran and Damascu s unity
and unanimity deranged arrogance powers' plans. According to the report of
the Presidential Office website, President Ahmadinejad said that the
consolidated ties between the two countries are not political and
sectional and according to the background whenever the two countries have
entered an arena, it has always been with victory. He underlined that
enemies in their own unclean goals to isolate Iran and Syria and
stabilizie the Zionist regime in the region have failed and added that
enemies are in a weak position, now. Confirming the Syrian VP's statement
that the existence of the Zionist regime now is facing with a big question
mark, Ahmadinejad said that this event is a reality and is a big victory
which will be a preface for bigger events. Referring to the Tehran
Declaration and appreciating Syria's supporting stance on Iran's nuclear
program, Ahmadinejad said that as a matter of fact by the Tehran
Declaration a new front was created against the arrogance powers and
undoubtedly Iran and Syria are the central nucleus of the front. He
concluded that the main factor which determines world future problems
would be the existence of brotherly ties between independent and freedom
loving countries which should be expanded and strengthened. Farouq
ash-Shara, meanwhile, called the Tehran-Damascus relations strategic and
said that goals and programs which the two countries follow are beneficial
to the regional and world nations. He said that the regional nations
should determine their own fate and added that this region owns rich
resources and wealth and has been the birthplace of great civilizations,
so these countries have the ability and capacity to build their own future
without aliens' presence. Referring to the unjust measures of the UN
Security Council, the Syrian VP said that the Security Council,
International Atomic Energy Agency and other international organizations,
related to the United Nations, whom had been created to solve wor ld
problems as authorities should be obliged and committed to the frameworks
which had been founded for. (Back to top) Press TV: "Iran students protest
Majlis bill"

(Tue, 22 Jun) Hundreds of Iranian students have staged a demonstration in
front of the Parliament in protest at a bill passed by lawmakers regarding
the Islamic Azad University. The bill allows the University to donate its
property worth $200 billion dollars for public purposes. The government
says the bill violates the articles of association of the Supreme Council
of Cultural Revolution. The body, chaired by President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad, supervises the country's universities. The ongoing
controversy between the government and the Azad University started after
the government decided to take control of the university. However,
according to Khabar Online news service, Majlis members voted for the
public endowment of the university's properties under the condition that
the premises belong to the university's board of trustees. The Islamic
Azad University, founded in 1982, is the country's largest private chain
of universities that consists of 357 branches and satellite campuses
throughout the country and an enrollment of 1.4 million students. In terms
of enrollment, the university is the third largest university in the world
after India's Indira Gandhi National Open University and Pakistan's Allama
Iqbal Open University. (Back to top) Mehr News Agency: "Larijani calls
harsh response to Azad University bill vindictive"

(Tue, 22 Jun) Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has harshly criticized the
opponents of a parliamentary bill on Islamic Azad University. The bill,
which was approved on Sunday, allows Islamic Azad University to donate its
properties for public purposes. The university's board of trustees had
previously decided to endow the properties of the university. There has
been strong opposition to the bill by some groups, especially those
aligned to the administration, which claim it is in violation of the
articles of association of the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution.
On Tuesday, Larijani said there is a difference between constructive
criticism and disparaging remarks, and this should be remembered when
assessing the performance of the branches of government. "If the norms are
observed in the criticism of (government) branches, it will be good and
will promote the progress of that branch, but (this should) not (be done)
with bad language," Larijani stated in a speech to the lawmakers. Larijani
said certain groups are trying to loudly blow the trumpet of their
opposition in order to drown out the revolutionary voice of the parliament
and called their response vindictive and ugly. The bill, if implemented,
could enhance and empower the education system, he noted. Larijani also
asserted that what the lawmakers chose to ratify, if endorsed by the
Guardian Council, will come into force and should be r espected. However,
in response to the parliament's ratification of the bill, a number of
university students gathered outside the Majlis on Tuesday to voice their
opposition to the bill. Some MPs also left the open session of the Majlis
and joined the demonstration outside. The students also called for the
resignation of Majlis Education and Research Committee Chairman Ali
Abbaspour. (Back to top) IRNA: "Iran protests to Security Council over
resolution on false claims"

(Tue, 22 Jun) Iran has protsted to United Nations Security Council over
passing resulition 1929 on the basis of false accusations. Iran's Supreme
National Security Council said in a letter to the UN Security Council that
the resolution has been on the basis of false accusations and contrary to
the expectations of the international community. (Back to top) Fars News
Agency: "Iran renews offer to help US harness oil spill"

(Tue, 22 Jun) Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ra min Mehman-Parast
underlined Tehran's technical capability to help the US control the oil
spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and said Tehran is ready to study
Washington's request for help in this regard. The issue will be studied if
the US administration asks for it," Mehman-Parast said in his weekly press
conference here in Tehran today, stressing that Iran has the required
expertise and skillful human resources in this ground. The spokesman said
that resolving the problem of the oil spill and the resulting slick in the
Gulf of Mexico is a humanitarian issue that encourages all countries to
provide the necessary aids to reduce the vast and drastic effects of the
incident on the environment. The remarks by Mehman-Parast came a day after
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) announced that its experts are
prepared to control the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. "The experience
of Iranians' presence in curbing oil spills in a number of neighboring
states in the Persi an Gulf, such as Kuwait, demonstrates Iranian
capabilities and skills and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps is ready
to help curb the oil spill (in the Gulf of Mexico)," Commander of the
IRGC's Khatam ol-Anbia Headquarters General Rostam Qassemi stated. Qassemi
reminded the environmental threat posed by the oil spill to the Caribbean
states and nations, and stated, "Despite new sanctions, the IRGC is
prepared to fulfill its humanitarian duty in this regard and use its
exclusive and indigenous capability in the Gulf of Mexico." Earlier on May
24, Iranian Oil Minister Masoud Mir-Kazzemi had voiced the country's
preparedness to aid the US in cleaning the massive oil spill in Mexico's
Gulf Coast which threatens the surrounding environment. The BP-leased
Deepwater Horizon rig exploded on April 20, killing 11 workers, and sank
two days later. Ever since, hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil,
perhaps even millions, have been spewing each day into the sea. The re
sulting slick, now the size of a small country, threatens to leave
Louisiana's fishing and coastal tourism industries in tatters, ruin
pristine nature reserves, and cause decades of harm to the ecology of
fragile marshes that are a haven for rare wildlife and migratory birds.
The Obama administration has been forced to defend its response to the
disaster as some Republicans have sought to portray it as its Katrina, an
allusion to president Bush's mishandling of the response to the hurricane
that devastated Louisiana in 2005. (Back to top) Fars News Agency:
"Spokesman advises EU to take opportunity for cooperation with Iran"

(Tue, 22 Jun) Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast asked
the European countries not to lose the chance for expanding their
cooperation with Tehran. "Europeans are expected to take the existing
opportunities for developing cooperation and not to deprive themselves of
this cooperation," Mehman-Parast told repor ters in his weekly press
conference in Tehran on Tuesday. Asked about Iran's reaction to the
implementation of the recent anti-Iran UN Security Council sanctions by
Europe, he said the EU has not yet made a decision on the issue, but
meantime stressed, "These paths will not lead to results." On French
President Nicolas Sarkozy's preparedness to talk with Tehran on its
nuclear issue within the framework of the International Atomic Energy
Agency (IAEA), Mehman-Parast pointed out that such positions are in
opposition to the French government's performance and compliance with the
US policies for sanctioning Iran. Meantime, he announced Tehran's
preparedness to attend all bilateral and multilateral talks if Iran's
principled rights are secured in such negotiations. (Back to top) IRNA:
"Iran hails Egypt's move to break Gaza siege"

(Tue, 22 Jun) Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast said Tuesday
that Iran hailed Egypt's recent move on opening of its borders with the
Gaza Strip to transport humanitarian aid to the enclave. Following the
Zionist regime's fatal attack on a peace flotilla which was sailing
humanitarian aid to Gaza, Cairo decided earlier in June to open the Rafah
border crossing with Gaza and end the Israeli blockade on the Palestinian
territory. Speaking to reporters at his weekly press briefing,
Mehman-Parast expressed hope that Cairo would pay due attention to the
expectations of the international community as well as Egypt's historic
duty for supporting the oppressed people of Gaza. Commenting on reports
that said Iran was to send humanitarian aid for Gazans, Mehman-Parast said
necessary arrangements were made by the government of Egypt for carrying
the cargo into the Gaza Strip. (Back to top) Fars News Agency: "Iran to
send aid cargo to Gaza next week"

(Tue, 22 Jun) Iran will send a convoy of humanitarian aids to the besieged
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip next week. Iran's Red C rescent Society
plans to send a ship carrying Iran's aids to the Gaza Strip, spokesman of
the ship said on Tuesday, adding that the convoy is scheduled to leave the
country's southern port city of Bandar Abbas next week. "The Iranian Red
Crescent Society's aid ship, dubbed as 'Gaza Children Ship' and carrying
1,100 tons of medicine and foodstuff, will leave the port of Bandar Abbas
and the pier of Bahonar next week," Abdulrauf Adibzadeh said. "Five RC
personnel and five reporters will also leave for Gaza on the ship," the
spokesman stated, adding that Iran will officially issue the names and
photos of the crews and passengers. In addition to 50 tons of medications,
the ship will carry basic commodities and supplies needed by the besieged
people, including blankets, cooking oil, canned food, detergents, flour,
soap, sugar, water, children clothes, toys and balloons. Adibzadeh further
said that the ship will have a 14-day voyage and all the necessity permis
sions have already been Okayed. He noted that the cargo will respect all
the international laws and regulations and will have no military support.
(Back to top) Press TV: "Iran bashes UAE officials' behavior"

(Tue, 22 Jun) A top Iranian official says 'irresponsible' remarks made by
certain authorities of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will harm Tehran-Abu
Dhabi relations. "A central plank of Teh ran's foreign policy is to
enhance relations with neighbors and Muslim countries, and to promote
unity in the Islamic community", spokesperson for the Iranian Parliament's
National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Kazem Jalai told IRNA. He
was talking in response to the UAE Federal National Council Speaker Abdul
Aziz Al Ghurair's inappropriate behavior in a meeting of the
Inter-Parliamentary Union's (IPU) Executive Committee in Dubai which
resulted in the Iranian delegates walking out of the session. "Certain
countries swayed by the US and other Western states promote Iranophobia in
the region and across the world. They make undiplomatic remarks out of
naivety and profiteering, which has a negative impact on reciprocal ties",
said Jalali. Iran's representative to the Dubai meeting added the West
seeks peace in the Middle East with the aim of selling military weapons
and creating a false competition in the region to advance its own
interests. "The UAE owes the better part of its economic development to
Iran and Iranian investors", Jalali underlined. Unfortunately, he added,
irresponsible behavior and comments by some UAE officials have created 'a
wall of mistrust' in the court of Iranian public opinion. (Back to top)
IRNA: "Rahimi: Iran calls for unified stands with Syria, Turkey, Iraq"

(Tue, 22 Jun) First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi said on Tuesday
that ties between Iran and Syria are very consolidated and expressed the
hope that a unified stands would be takeb by Iran, Syri a, Turkey and Iraq
to help deepen such relations. Rahimi made the remarks in a meeting with
visiting Syrian Vice President Farouq al Sharaa on Tuesday. The Islamic
Republic of Tehran has always stood by Damascus at international
gatherings and thanked Syria for its friendly and brotherly attitude to
the Tehran Declaration, Rahimi said. The Islamic Republic of Iran has done
its best to build confidence with the international community and Tehran
Declaration proved the country's sincerity to this effect, he said.
Referring to the attack of the Zionist regime on the Gaza aid flotilla, he
said the inhuman behavior has brought the Zionists disgrace for its
trampling upon all regulations of human society. The Islamic Republic of
Iran and Syria are on the forefront of defending the oppressed Palestinian
people, he said, adding that global developments have created a suitable
opportunity for Iran, Syria and other freedom loving countries to help
resolve the issue. "During my v isit to Syria, we made some very good
decisions on economic issues," he said. The two sides are determined to
further uphold and broaden current level of political relations, Rahimi
said. Iran hopes that Syria will successfully re-take the occupied lands
and celebrate the occasion in Golan Heights, he said. The Syrian vice
president, for his part, praised Tehran Declaration and said "We believe
that Iran's development belongs to all nations in the region." Iran and
Syria have adopted similar stands on the issue of Palestine and the two
countries through collective cooperation with other countries of the
region such as Turkey and Iraq should thwart plots of the Zionists.
Dispatch of Gaza flotilla has inflicted heavy blow on the Zionist regime
and left crucial impacts on the global community, he said, adding that
Iran and Syria through expansion of regional cooperation with Turkey and
Brazil can neutralize pressures being exerted by the enemies and bring
prosper ity and dignity for freedom loving nations. Ties between Iran and
Syria are very amicable and deep-rooted, he said and called for more
cooperation in dealing with existing challenges in the region. (Back to
top) IRNA: "Mashaei: Ties between Iran, Kuwait a model for regional

(Tue, 22 Jun) Presidential Advisor and Head of Presidential Office
Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaei said on Tuesday that the broad-based and
deep-rooted relations between Iran and Kuwait could turn into an exemplary
model for other countries of the region. Mashaei made the remarks in a
meeting with the Kuwaiti emir's special envoy Tareq Abdullah Al Faraj who
is carrying a written message for the Iranian president. Existing ties
between Iran and Kuwait are historical and brotherly and the two sides
enjoy ample potentials that could be used to help broaden mutual and
regional cooperation, Mashaei said. Tehran is ready to bolster all out
relations with Kuwait, he pointed out. The Middle East region is now the
most significant spot in the world and the countries of the region enjoy
high capabilities for expansion of mutual as well as international
cooperation, he said. Iran and Kuwait could play a leading role in
regional developments, he said. The Kuwaiti envoy, for his part, called
for expansion of relations between the two countries and said no one can
sow seeds of discord between them. Given profound cultural and historical
relations between the two countries, he said Kuwait is determined to
broaden mutual and regional cooperation with Iran mainly in economic
fields. (Back to top) Fars News Agency: "Speaker: US prestige harmed by
UNSC resolution"

(Tue, 22 Jun) Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said the recent
US-sponsored UN Security Council resolution against Iran harmed
Washington's prestige and creditability. Speaking in a meeting between
members of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy
Commission and head of I ran's representative offices at the UN, Larijani
reminded Washington's demands for a nuclear deal with Iran through Brazil
and Turkey, and said after the two reached a deal with Tehran, the US
acted the opposite and sponsored a resolution against Iran. "The US has
even forgotten its pledges to Brazil and Turkey. This is not political
cleverness; it only promotes mistrust in the international stage," he
said. West's reaction not only surprised, but also angered Turkish and
Brazilian officials who had started talks with Tehran at the US request.
Ankara and Brasilia expected a positive reaction from the US and its
western allies after they struck the nuclear swap deal with Tehran, and
they were astonished to see Washington's belligerent approach and adoption
of fresh sanctions against Iran. The US-sponsored sanctions resolution was
approved at the UN Security Council on June 9 with Brazil and Turkey's
opposition and Lebanon's abstention. Larijani said the already deep
mistrust between Iran and the US was even made deeper after Washington's
recent move. He also pointed to the sanctions resolution and said despite
western claims that the resolution is against the Iranian government not
against the nation, inspecting ships, confiscating cargos and sanctioning
transactions imposes limitations on the people. Iran is under four rounds
of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West's calls to give up
its right of uranium enrichment, saying the demand is politically tainted
and illogical. Tehran says sanctions and pressures merely consolidate
Iranians' national resolve to continue the path. (Back to top) Press TV:
"Anti-Hezbollah campaign to face lawsuit"

(Tue, 22 Jun) A member of the Lebanese parliament says the resistance
movement of Hezbollah might file a lawsuit against those trying to distort
the group's image. Hezbollah parliament member Nawaf Mousawi told the
Lebanese media on Monday that the lawsuit would targe t "anyone whom
investigation shows to have taken funds from the US" for political use.
Earlier last week, the lawmaker said USD 500 million had been spent by the
US and certain Arab countries to bribe people into criticizing Hezbollah.
Mousawi implicated several Lebanese municipality officials and other
political figures in the country in the bribery case. He also noted that
the money was spent through the United States Agency for International
Development. Meanwhile, the US embassy in Lebanon issued a statement to
dismiss the allegation, saying that the US was committed to supporting
Lebanon, its government, and its people. "We provided this support
transparently to the people and media, unlike others. The US is committed
to continuing this support, and these baseless accusations will not change
that," the statement read. (Back to top) Fars News Agency: "Former Speaker
calls for expansion of all-out ties between Iran, Algeria"

(Tue, 22 Jun) Former Speaker of the Iranian Parliament Gholam Ali Haddad
Adel stressed the necessity for the development of relations between Iran
and Algeria in all the different political, economic and cultural fields.
Haddad Adel, who is now the head of the parliament's cultural commission,
made the remarks in a meeting with the visiting Head of Algeria-Iran
Parliamentary Friendship Group, Zobaideh Kharbash, here in Tehran on
Tuesday. Haddad Adel hailed the good and friendly relations between the
two countries, and said Iranian people respect the Algerian nation not
only for the country's historical record and geographical importance but
also for the Algerians' war of independence against colonialist powers. He
also pointed to the growing tend of bilateral ties and mutual cooperation
between Iran and Algeria, and underscored the necessity for the expansion
of parliamentary relations between the two nations. Kharbash, for her
part, described the relations between Iran and Algeria a s friendly and
age-old, and called for an increase in reciprocal visits by the two
countries' officials in a bid to deepen the bilateral ties. She also
referred to the common positions of both countries on many international
issues, including Palestine, and said the Algerian government believes
that the Gaza siege should be ended. (Back to top) NUCLEAR ISSUE Press TV:
"Russia seeks US 'guarantees' on Iran"

(Tue, 22 Jun) Russia wants the US to guarantee that its unilateral
sanctions imposed against Iran over its nuclear program will not affect
Russian companies, a Kremlin aid says. Sergei Prikhodko, a senior Kremlin
adviser on foreign policy, told reporters in Moscow on Tuesday that Russia
has been affected by previous UN Security Council sanctions on Iran. A
number of laws introduced in Germany to implement the (sanctions)
resolution appeared to ban the transportation of Russia's cargo via
Germany to Iran, he said. "There have been no such cases from the US side
so far, but we want to prevent them and have some guarantees concerning
the issue," RIA Novosti quoted Prikhodko as saying on Tuesday. The UN
Security Council imposed a fourth round of sanctions against Iran on June
9, despite opposition from Turkey and Brazil. On Thursday, Russian
President Dmitry Medvedev criticized unilateral US and European sanctions
against Iran, warning the move might worsen the situation. Russia has
called the unilateral sanctions "disappointing," saying such moves could
undermine future cooperation on Iran. "We are extremely disappointed that
neither the United States nor the European Union heeds our calls to
refrain from such moves," Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov
said last week. (Back to top) IRNA: "IAEA continues non-stop nuclear
inspections in Iran--envoy"

(Tue, 22 Jun) Vienna -- Iran's envoy to International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA) in Vienna said Tuesday the agency cont inues its ceaseless
inspections of the nuclear sites in the country. In an exclusive interview
with IRNA, Ali-Asghar Soltaniyeh said Iran cooperates with IAEA and its
inspectors within the framework of the regulations of the
Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). "If IAEA inspectors do not fulfill their
responsibilities and give untrue or incomplete reports which cause
jeopardizing cooperation between Iran and the IAEA, Tehran will demand
crossing off their names from the list of Iran-related inspectors," he
said. He underlined that new inspectors can surely do the job with no
interrupton in the inspection process. Soltaniyeh said that two IAEA
inspectors have already been eliminated from the list for the same reason.
(Back to top) Press TV: "'IAEA needs to be run professionally'"

(Tue, 22 Jun) Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki says Director
General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano
should run the agency with a prof essional approach. Mottaki made the
remarks in the wake of Tehran's decision to bar the entrance of two UN
nuclear inspectors to Iran who had provided the agency with false
information on Iran's nuclear program. "This is actually a bylaw notice to
Amano to take care that his inspectors do not violate the regulations of
the international body," said Mottaki in a televised interview late
Monday. Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi
announced on Monday that the two inspectors would be barred from entering
the country for passing false information about Iran's nuclear program to
the IAEA and revealing information precipitately. Tehran has asked the
IAEA to appoint two new inspectors for the job. Mottaki further reiterated
that the fresh sanctions imposed on Iran by the UN Security Council (UNSC)
would be to no avail and said they would be a heavy defeat for Western
states "which have been trying to impede Iran's peaceful nuclear activiti
es." The UNSC endorsed a US-sponsored sanctions resolution against Iran on
June 9 over its uranium enrichment program. The US-proposed resolution was
passed with 12 votes after UNSC member states Brazil and Turkey voted
against the new sanctions and Lebanon abstained from voting. (Back to top)
Press TV: "Mottaki: France N-talk offer, positive"

(Tue, 22 Jun) Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki describes French
President Nicolas Sarkozy's offer to hold nuclear talks with Iran as a
"positive approach." "We believe there are serious signs that France is
willing to start an independent approach in some areas," ISNA quoted
Mottaki as saying in a televised interview late Monday. "Some French
officials have such will and we consider the approach as positive. If more
serious signs emerge, then Europe can enter a new phase to play role (on
the nuclear issue)," the senior official added. Sarkozy's offer to hold
talks with th e Islamic Republic over its nuclear program follows a very
recent UN Security Council resolution against the country over its uranium
enrichment program. In a meeting with his Russian counterpart Dmitry
Medvedev, Sarkozy had expressed France's readiness to start talks with
Iran "without delay." According to Sarkozy's spokesman, negotiations with
Iran would be held "on the basis of Brazilian and Turkish efforts"
regarding the fuel swap with Tehran "and the response sent out by Russia,
France and the United States." (Back to top) Press TV: "Brazil hails
Iran's nuclear stance"

(Tue, 22 Jun) Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim says Iran's
willingness to adhere to the Tehran nuclear declaration, despite recent
sanctions, is "positive." "There is a will to maintain the deal as a base,
which is positive because after what happened in the (UN) Security
Council, you could fear a less flexible reaction on Iran's side,& quot;
Amorim told reporters during a visit to Bucharest on Tuesday. "I am
encouraged by the fact that in spite of a lot of rhetoric, which is
natural, President Ahmadinejad said that the Tehran declaration (as the
nuclear fuel swap deal is known) was still on the table," AFP quoted the
top Brazilian diplomat as saying... On Tuesday, Turkish Foreign Minister
Ahmet Davutoglu voiced Ankara's commitment to work with Brazil in seeking
a solution to Iran's nuclear issue. "We still believe a solution can be
found. We are determined to continue our efforts...Brazil will continue to
be with us," Davutoglu said. (Back to top) Mehr News Agency: "Rejection of
two IAEA inspectors justified: official"

(Tue, 22 Jun) Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has
stated that Iran's request for the replacement of two IAEA inspectors is
justified. This request is within the rights of the Islamic Republic and
the inspectors from the Internation al Atomic Energy Agency should
thoroughly perform their duties, Mehmanparast said at his weekly press
briefing on Tuesday. Asked why Iran denied two of the agency's inspectors
access to the country's nuclear facilities, he said promulgating false
information and leaking reports to irrelevant bodies were outside the
purview of the inspectors' duties. Thus, Tehran has asked the IAEA to
dispatch new inspectors, he added. The Foreign Ministry spokesman
maintained that Iran is not opposed to inspections and is committed to
cooperating with the agency. Elsewhere in his remarks, Mehmanparast
dismissed the United Nations sanctions resolution against Iran as
propaganda but added that it will affect Tehran's ties with countries that
endorsed the sanctions through their yes votes. He also confirmed reports
that Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has written letters to 12
members of the UN Security Council regarding the sanctions resolution,
saying the letters will soon be subm itted. The Iranian Foreign Ministry
spokesman also stated that the letters of the Vienna Group (Russia,
France, and the United States), which were sent on June 9 in reply to
Iran's letter about the Tehran declaration on a nuclear fuel swap, mainly
dealt with side issues. The Islamic Republic's response to the Vienna
Group is being finalized and will soon be sent, he added. Mehmanparast
said that the issues surrounding the nuclear fuel exchange should not be
overshadowed by extralegal demands. The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman
stated that the request made by some Western countries for further
negotiation with Iran over its nuclear activities shortly after the
adoption of the anti-Iranian resolution was in line with the West's carrot
and stick approach, adding that such a policy only works in the West
itself. The West's approach will only complicate matters, he observed.
Commenting on the similar appeal made by European Union foreign policy
chief Catherine Ashton for more talks on the issue, Mehmanparast said she
had failed to seize an opportunity that had been on the table for a long
time. She has sent a letter to Tehran calling for the resumption of
negotiation and will get her response soon, he said. Mehmanparast pointed
out that the Tehran declaration provided a unique opportunity for
negotiation with Iran. On the European Union's decision to impose
unilateral sanctions on Iran, he advised the Europeans to choose their
path carefully. They should not undermine their cooperation with Iran
through imposing unlawful sanctions on the country, he added. (Back to
top) ECONOMY/ENERGY IRNA: "100,000-rial bank notes to arrive in market

(Tue, 22 Jun) The Central Bank of Iran is to present the market with
100,000-rial bank notes as of Wednesday June 23, it was announced here on
Tuesday. CBI Secretary-General Mahmoud Ahmadi made the remarks while
talking to reporters on the sidelines of a ceremony to unveil the paper
mon ey. He added that 10 million pieces of the 100,000-rial bank note has
so far been printed. (Back to top) Press TV: "Pakistan not pulling out of
Iran deal: PM"

(Tue, 22 Jun) Pakistan has reiterated that Islamabad will not back out of
a 7.6-billion dollar deal with Iran, stressing that the country has no
obligations to follow US decisions. "We are not bound to implement US
decisions," Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said during a
working lunch with lawmakers on Tuesday, a Press TV correspondent
reported. Gilani made the remarks one day after reports said he had
promised to respect a pending US legislation expected to tighten
Washington's unilateral restrictions against Iran. "We will follow if the
UN imposes these sanctions," the premier stressed, adding that he was
seeking to clarify his earlier statements and "get it right." On June 12,
the energy-starved South Asian country penned a gas pipeline deal with
neighbor ing Iran, under which Tehran agrees to deliver 21.2 million cubic
meters (750 million cubic feet) of natural gas per day to Pakistan from
2014. US President Barack Obama's special envoy to Afghanistan and
Pakistan Richard Holbrooke said Monday he had warned Pakistan that the
expected sanctions could be "comprehensive" and target any countries or
firms involved in the deal. The White House, seeking to increase pressure
on Tehran, imposed its first set of unilateral sanctions immediately after
the UN Security Council adopted a fourth round of punitive measure against
Iran over its nuclear program. Iran firmly rejects Western allegations
that its nuclear program harbors a secret military drive and says it aims
to employ the peaceful aspects of the technology for civilian electricity
generation and medical research. (Back to top) Fars News Agency:; "Iran
dismisses reports on halt in electricity exports to Iraq"

(Tue, 22 Jun) Iran on Tuesday rejected s ome media reports alleging that
the country has stopped supplying its western neighbor, Iraq, with
electricity. "Iran has not stopped export of electricity to Iraq and 500
mw of electricity is being exported to the country at present," Deputy
Energy Minister for Electricity and Energy Affairs Mohammad Behzad told
FNA. "The export of electricity to Iraq is carried out at five or six
different points at present and what is heard about stopping Iran's
electricity exports from (the western city of) Kermanshah to Diyala
(province) in Iraq is not true," Behzad added. Meantime, he didn't dismiss
the possibility of a drop in the voltage of the transferred electricity as
a result of the hot summertime weather. Iraqi state television had
allegedly reported that Iran had stopped supplying Iraq's national grid
with 250 megawatts it had previously been sending down a power line from
the Iranian province of Kermanshah to the neighboring Diyala province. The
television report gave no other immediate details of the supply agreement
between the two countries or the reason for its suspension by Iran. (Back
to top) Fars News Agency: "Turkmenistan rejects reports on stop of oil
swap with Iran"

(Tue, 22 Jun) Turkmenistan's Foreign Ministry strongly rejected alleged
media reports that the country has or will stop swap of oil with Iran. A
senior Turkmen Foreign Ministry spokesman announced in a news conference
in Ashgabat on Monday that the alleged report about Turkmenistan's
decision to halt oil swap with Iran "is not true". Last Thursday, Reuters
had quoted an unknown source as claiming that Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan
may redirect oil exports to Russia's Black Sea port of Novorossiisk rather
than shipping it to Iran due to the new round of UN Security Council
sanctions against Iran. Reuters also alleged that the Kazakh and Turkmen
barrels would be directed through the Baku-Makhachkala-Novorossiisk
pipeline originat ing in the Azeri capital on the shore of the Caspian
Sea. Iran, which faces new UN Security Council sanctions, has swap
arrangements with Central Asian producers under which it imports crude
into Caspian ports and supplies equivalent barrels to buyers and tanker
ships in the Persian Gulf. Kazakhstan has been pumping oil to Iran at a
rate of 1.2 million tons per year. Turkmenistan exports 2 million tons of
oil each year, but it is unclear how much goes to Iran. (Back to top) The
Peninsula: "Iran allots land for Qatar's trade center"

(Wed, 23 Jun) DOHA: The Iranian Ambassador to Qatar, Abdullah Sohrabi,
yesterday said that Iran has allotted land at Bushehr for setting up
Qatar's permanent trade centre. The planned centre will be set over 20,000
square metres and is expected to boost trade between the two countries.
Sohrabi visited The Peninsula newspaper's office yesterday and met its
Editor-in-Chief Khaled Al Sayed. The move, the ambassador said, comes in k
eeping with an agreement signed between the two counties several years
ago. As for the Iranian trade centre in Qatar, Sohrabi said that the issue
was discussed with the Chairman of Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry
(QCCI). "QCCI Chairman has promised to speed up the establishment of the
trade centre," he added. (Back to top) IRNA: "Iran labor minister in
Ankara for bilateral talks"

(Tue, 22 Jun) Ankara -- Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Abdolreza
Sheikholeslami, heading a delegation, arrived here on Tuesday to review
the issues of mutual interest with Turkish officials. The minister's visit
is taking place at the official invitation of his Turkish counterpart Omer
Dincer. Sheikholeslami and Dincer are to discuss Tehran-Ankara's growing
trade and economic cooperation later today. Talking to IRNA upon arrival
at Ankara's airport, the Iranian minister said that his current visit is
aimed at further expansion of all-out ties between the tw o sides. He
announced that a protocol on bilateral labor cooperation is to be inked by
the two countries. On Iran's great potentials in the areas of labor and
social affairs, the minister said the Islamic Republic of Iran is first in
vocational training in the Mideast region. During his three-day official
visit, the Iranian minister is to meet with Turkish Minister of Public
Works and Housing Mustafa Demir. He is also to meet and confer with
Turkish chairman of Iran-Turkey Joint Economic and Trade Commission Cevdet
Yilmaz. (Back to top) Fars News Agency: "Iran's steel production exceeds
1mln tons for 2nd consecutive month"

(Tue, 22 Jun) The World Steel Association announced on Tuesday that Iran
produced more than a million tons of steel in May, showing a stable
increase in the country's steel production for the second month in row.
"The production of steel in Iran in May 2010 showed an 8% increase in
comparison with the same period last year and reach ed 1.027mln tons," the
worldsteel announced in its report. Based on the report, Iran had produced
948,000 tons of steel in May 2009. "It is for the second consecutive month
that production of steel in Iran surpasses one million tons," the report
said, adding, "Iran's steel production had reached 1.033mln tons in
April." Meantime, Iran's official reports had earlier announced that the
total volume of steel production in the country reached 1.993mln tons in
the first two months of the current Iranian year, showing a 6% increase
compared with the same period last year. A statement issued by the Iranian
Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization
(IMIDRO) earlier this month said that exports value of Iran's raw steel
had also witnessed a 19% increase during the first two months of the
current Iranian year (started on March 21). Iran has exported 138,776 tons
of raw steel ($81,481,000) that shows a 19% increase in terms of value. I
ran's former First Vice-President Parviz Davoudi last year had announced
the country's plans for achieving self-sufficiency in steel production,
saying that Iran intended to become the world's fourth steel producer in
the near future. (Back to top) Fars News Agency: "Iran, Italy study
cooperation between Free Trade Zones"

(Tue, 22 Jun) Iranian Ambassador to Roma Seyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini and
authorities of Italy's free port of Trieste discussed ways to expand trade
ties between the two sides. Hosseini was in Trieste to visit the port's
infrastructures and meet with the relevant authorities, including
President of the Port of Trieste Claudio Boniciolli. During the meeting,
the two sides discussed cooperation between the Italian port and Iran's
free trade zones, specially southern trade zones of Kish Island and Bandar
Abbas. Elaborating on the potentials and facilities of Iran's free trade
zones, Hosseini briefed the Italian side about tourism-related infr
astructures in Kish Island. The Iranian and Italian officials also studied
the possibility of cooperation between the two countries' shipping lines
in transferring cargos and passengers. The two sides also underlined the
necessity for an exchange of delegations in specific fields. (Back to top)
MILITARY/SECURITY Press TV: "Israel to spy on Iran with new satellite"

(Wed, 23 Jun) Israel says it has launched a new spy satellite in a
southern military base which will reportedly enable Tel Aviv to spy on
Iran's nuclear facilities. "A few minutes ago...Israel launched the Ofek-9
(Horizon-9) satellite from the Palmachim base," AFP quoted the Israeli
Foreign Ministry as saying in a statement on Tuesday. "The results of the
launch are being examined by the technical team," the statement added. The
ministry did not elaborate on the satellite, but Israel's public radio
said the device, like its predecessors in the Ofek series, is cable of
taking h igh resolution pictures. Developed by Israel Aircraft Industries
and launched on a Shavit rocket, the satellite is aimed at monitoring
Iran's nuclear program, the radio added. According to director of Israel's
military space program Chaim Eshed, the Ofek-9 -- which is Israel's sixth
spy satellite in space -- is expected to increase the speed at which
Israel can receive high-resolution images of subjects of interest. Israel,
which is the Middle East's sole wielder of some 200 to 300 nuclear
warheads, accuses Iran of making efforts to produce nuclear weapons. This
is while the International Atomic Energy Agency has in numerous reports
asserted that its inspectors and surveillance equipment have found no
evidence of diversion in Iran's declared nuclear material. (Back to top)
AFP: "Israel launches spy satellite: defence ministry Press TV: "Iran
renews call for S.300 de livery"

(Tue, 22 Jun) The Iranian defense minister says Russia will be responsible
for the "damages" caused by its failure to deliver the S-300 missile
defense system to Iran. Ahmad Vahidi said on Tuesday that the delivery of
the air-defense systems would not violate Russian or international laws.
His remarks come five days after Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign
Affairs Andrey Denisov said that Moscow would freeze the delivery of the
S-300 air-defense missiles system to Iran as it was against the new round
of UN sanctions on Tehran... "Russia has a duty to fulfill its
obligations... Implementing the S-300 deal is not against Russian laws or
i nternational regulations," Vahidi was quoted by Fars News Agency as
saying. "It is obvious that (Russia) is responsible for the damages caused
by its failure to implement the deal," he added. Vahidi also said that
Russia would soon announce its official stance on the issue and that Iran
would make no further comments until then. (Back to top) Press TV: "IRGC
ready to tackle new threats"

(Tue, 22 Jun) A top commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps
(IRGC) says the IRGC develops its strategy based on new threats. "The
IRGC's Navy will formulate a strategy proportional to new threats", IRGC's
Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadawi was quoted by IRNA as saying on
Tuesday. He was referring to new threats by the US and the Zionist regime
of Israel. "The trend of modernization, equipment and overhaul at the IRGC
is gaining momentum", the admiral further told an annual conference of the
IRGC's Navy. He underscored the IRGC's Navy should channel its
potentialities into countering new threats. (Back to top) Fars News
Agency: "Iranian Navy ready to inspect foreign vessels"

(Tue, 22 Jun) Iranian Army's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah
Sayyari announced that the Navy is prepared to inspect the foreign ves
sels passing through Iran's territorial waters once required by the
parliament. "In case of approval by the Islamic Consultative Assembly, we
will reciprocate any possible threat of inspection of Iranian cargo
ships," Sayyari said in a meeting with parliament's National Security and
Foreign Policy Commission Chairman Alaeddin Boroujerdi and Defense
Commission members here on Monday. The UN Security Council approved a
sanctions resolution against Iran on June 9 which envisages inspection of
Iranian vessels. Also during the meeting, Boroujerdi reiterated that if
any country embarks on inspecting Iranian vessels, the Navy will not allow
its ships to pass through the country's territorial waters without
inspection. "Unilateral inspection (of Iranian ships) is not compatible
with the Islamic Republic's might and our national pride," he added.
Elsewhere, he referred to the deployment of alien forces in the region,
and stressed that military presence of the arro gant and trans-regional
powers in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman is not acceptable to Iran.
"We will not allow them to weaken the Islamic Republic of Iran's might
through their presence," Boroujerdi added. (Back to top) IRNA: "Iran-Oman
border guards sign cooperation agreement"

(Wed, 23 Jun) Bandar Abbas, Hormozgan Province -- Commander of Hormuzgan
border guard announced signing of a cooperation agreement between Iran and
Oman border guards. On the sidelines of the closing ceremony of the fifth
joint meeting of commanders of Iran and Oman border guards on Tuesday,
Colonel Elyas Rastin told reporters that considering more than 470
kilometers of common sea border between Iran and Oman Iran is willing to
expand cooperation in protecting this common border. He also said that in
recent years several joint meetings have been held between the two
countries in this regard. The Iranian official added that one of the most
important agreements in th e latest meeting was in the field of fishery.
Upon the agreement, if fishermen from each side enter mistakenly into the
other side's littoral waters, they should be extradited to their own
country for investigation. Intensification of anti-drug missions within
common sea border, exchanging border information, and prevention of
organized crimes in this region were among other agreements reached in the
meeting. The fifth joint meeting of Iran-Oman border guards started here
on Sunday June 20, 2010. (Back to top) TERRORISM/CRIME/NARCOTICS Press TV:
"Iran puts 10 Rigi accomplices on trial"

(Tue, 22 Jun) An Iranian official says 10 suspected Jundallah terrorists
are facing trial for plotting attacks in retaliation for the arrest of
their leader, Abdolmalek Rigi. Iran executed the ringleader of the
Pakistan-based Jundallah terrorist group on Sunday, three months after his
arrest by Iranian security forces on February 23 on a flight from Dubai to
Kyrgyzstan. " ;The public hearing of 10 accomplices of Abdolmalek Rigi
opens later this evening," Head of the Sistan-Baluchestan Justice
Department Ebrahim Hamidi said on Tuesday. The co-conspirators are charged
with Moharebeh (waging war on God) for their membership in and active
support of the terrorist group. Under Iranian law, Moharebeh is a crime
punishable by the death penalty. "Following Abdolmalek Rigi's arrest a
number of (Jundallah) terrorists sought to enter the country, but their
efforts were unsuccessful due to...the timely intervention of the
intelligence forces, the military and the Islamic Revolution Guards
Corps," Hamidi explained , saying that the 10 suspects were arrested
during these operations. Hamidi also rejected as without basis "Western
claims that Rigi was not permitted legal council," stressing that the
Islamic Republic treats all cases without bias. The judiciary's website
also announced that following Rigi's execution, many of his form er
associates had repented, and that authorities were working on a program
that would grant temporary clemency to rebels who lay down arms. It added
that while up to 300 people had already received pardons and lived with
their families, another 100 cases were being processed. Rigi was charged
with 79 counts of armed robbery, bombing operations, and armed attacks on
civilians. His brother, Abdulhamid, was executed in May. (Back to top)
Press TV: "Iran blames US, UK for Afghan drugs"

(Tue, 22 Jun) Chief of Iran's anti-narcotics police blames US and Britain
for the persisting drug problem in Afghanistan charging that their
anti-narcotics policies involves deceptions and double standards. Brig.
Gen. Hamidreza Hosseinabadi said in a meeting with deputy director of
Russia's Anti-narcotics Agency Oleg Sukhanov that US and Britain have
abandoned the fight against narcotics and are supposedly only after
terrorism, despite the fact that terrorism in Afghanistan is f ueled and
financed by drug trafficking, IRNA reported Tuesday. Referring to UN
figures showing that over 10,000 tons of opium is kept in the warehouses
of drug dealers in the country, he emphasized that the US-led foreign
forces have not done a thing towards destroying such vast amounts of
drugs. Hosseinabadi asserted that he believes that the transit of drugs
out of Afghanistan is principally done through military bases in the
country which remain in control of American and British forces. The
Russian official thanked Hosseinabadi for Iran's efforts in fighting drugs
and emphasized on the need for the cooperation of regional countries in
containing the drug flow. Noting that there are over two million drug
addicts in Russia, 90 percent of whom consume Heroin, he added that 30
percent of Afghanistan's drugs are transited to Central Asia through its
northern borders and it would not be possible to contain this major
outflow of narcotics without the cooperation of Iran and int ernational
bodies. (Back to top) Fars News Agency: 'Police seize 205 kg of opium in
southeastern Iran"

(Tue, 22 Jun) Iran's law enforcement police squads have seized large
amounts of illicit drugs in a single operation in the country's
southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan, a senior provincial
police chief announced on Tuesday. Commander of Sistan and Balouchestan's
Public Security Police Masoud Heidari announced that 205 kg of opium was
seized from a truck on Zahedan-Bam road. Heidari added that after a series
of intelligent operations police forces found out that drug-traffickers
planned to smuggle large amounts of opium from the region to the central
Iran, and they subsequently intensified security measures along the road
for several days. Following the intensification of the security measures,
police forces suspected the truck and discovered the opium cargo
skillfully planted inside the vehicle, he added. Zahedan is the capital
city of the Sistan and Balouchestan province. Southeastern Iran is close
to the world's number one opium producer, Afghanistan, and
drug-traffickers view this region as the start of a transit route to drug
markets in Europe. (Back to top) SOCIETY/RELIGION IRNA: "Supreme Leader
condolence message for demise of late Imam son-in-law"

(Wed, 23 Jun) Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali
Khamenei in a message condoled with late Imam Khomeini's family for the
demise of Imam's son in-law Mr. Aarabi. In his message, the supreme leader
asked for patience for demised's family members and requested divine
blessing and forgiveness for the demised person. (Back to top) HEALTH
/MEDICINE Press TV: "Iranians find new strains of tuberculosis"

(Tue, 22 Jun) Iranian researchers have discovered two new strains of
tubercles bacillus, which are believed to be resistant to the existing
treatments. Ali Akbar Velayati, the head of Tuberculosis and Respirator y
Disorders Research Center, told IRIB News Agency that neither of the
existing medications is capable of treating the newly-discovered strains
of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. He added that the two strains were
discovered by Dr Farnian from Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disorders
Research Center in two separate joint studies conducted in collaboration
with Malaysian and Belarus researchers. Velayati went on to say that
Iranian scientists have also succeeded in producing nano-crystals which
can penetrate the membrane of the drug-resistant tubercles bacillus,
adding that this finding can pave the way for the development of new
anti-TB medication. The head of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disorders
Research Center added that drug-resistant tuberculosis has become a global
concern, turning tuberculosis into a fatal disease. (Back to top)
CULTURE/MEDIA/SPORTS Press TV: "Tehran exhibits World War II docs"

(Tue, 22 Jun) Tehran's Sa'ad Abad Cultural and Historical Co mplex has
displayed documents related to damages imposed on Iran as a result of the
Second World War. The exhibition was inaugurated on Tuesday morning in a
wartime shelter which was built by the Pahlavi monarch in the 1940s. "Out
of four thousand documents revealing the destructions imposed on Iran in
World War II, 275 were selected of which only 120 were put on display due
to space constraints," said Rozita Salehi Nezami, the head of the
exhibition. "The documents reveal that despite Iran's neutral stance at
the time of the war, we suffered great damages and loss," CHTN quoted
Salehi Nezami as saying. "The photos show the presence of allies in Iran
and also the demolition of hospitals and railways are among the many
damages we suffered during the war," she further explained. On the
sidelines of the inauguration ceremony Hamid Baqaie, Iran's Vice-President
and the head of Iran's Cultural Heritage Organization, said that "Despite
the huge a mount of losses, Iran has not received any compensation." The
top official called for legal action to seek compensation for the damage.
(Back to top) COMMENTARIES/ANALYSES/INTERVIEWS The Nation (Pakistan):
"Pakistan to follow UN not US sanctions against Iran: PM" by Abrar Saeed

(Wed, 23 Jun) ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said
that Pakistan is not bound to follow US sanctions on Iran, however, it
will stand by its international obligation in case UN comes up with
sanctions on Iran."As far as US is concerned we are not bound to follow
the sanctions, but if these are slapped by the United Nations, we will
consider the same under the obligation of international law," Prime
Minister Gilani said.Addressing a luncheon given in honour of
parliamentarians here on Tuesday, the Prime Minister clarified his remarks
made on Monday at Garhi Khuda Bux about the impact on the over US $7
billion Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project if sanctions were imposed by
the US or the UN on Iran.In his address to the MPs, the Premier said that
all state institutions should work within their constitutional ambit for
achieving the collective good and for the welfare of the masses.
Dispelling the impression of any clash like situation between the
institutions, he said that the Government enjoyed good relations with all
the state institutions and quickly added that certain elements wanted to
create conflict between the Government and the Judiciary but all such
attempts would fail. He further said that the Judiciary was trying to
bring about social justice in the society.Prime Minister Gilani said the
people of Pakistan had elected its representatives for a period of five
years with a view to solve their problems.Gilani said the Government had
never claimed that there were no problems or it knew the solution to all
ills, but said that it was learning from experience and its mistakes.He
said the Government had good ties w ith the Opposition, media and all
other pillars of the state and believed that the country could progress
and move forward by adhering to the policy of reconciliation and
consensus.He said the Government with the support of all political forces
in the country forged a strong policy against the militants and the entire
nation stood as one. He further said that it was the strength of the
masses that the Government had frustrated those elements which had
challenged the writ of the Government in Swat and Malakand. (Back to top)
TheNation: "Pakistan not bound to US sanctions on Iran: Gilani"

(Tue, 22 Jun) Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani says Pakistan will go
ahead with a plan to import natural gas from Iran even if the US levies
additional sanctions on the Mideast country. Speaking at a luncheon to
parliamentarians on Tuesday, Gilani said, "We are not bound to implement
the US decisions. We will follow if the United Nations impose the
sanctions." Gi lani's comments Tuesday come two days after the U.S.
special envoy to Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, said new sanctions being
finalized by Congress could affect the deal with Iran. The prime minister
said Pakistan would reconsider the gas deal if it violated U.N. sanctions,
but not those levied unilaterally by the U.S. (Back to top) The Nation
Editorial: "Yielding to pressure"

(Wed, 23 Jun) ONE day US representative Richard Holbrooke makes a public
statement before the media that his country has no objection to the
Iranian gas pipeline project; the very next day, he backtracks, very
likely on being upbraided by Washington, and qualifies it with the remark
that the US was drafting a legislation against Iran, which might
jeopardise it. Then, while at Multan, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood
Qureshi sharply reacts by saying, "we have to look after our interests".
He was confident that the project did not come under the purview of the UN
sanctions that, in any case, Pakistan would follow, giving the clear
impression that it has taken the decision to go ahead, whatever the
American law might say. The nation, not only seething with anger at the
government's obsequious attitude to the US but also under stress for a
long list of worries and desperately wanting to get rid of the agony of
loadshedding, was elated at this posture, which reflected the need to
serve the national interest and befitted the behaviour of a sovereign
state.Sadly, however, that feeling was not to last long. Soon afterwards,
the official view took a sharp turn, and a tame acceptance of the US
pressure became evident. All that talk of fiercely preserving our national
interest and sovereign right in the conduct of relations with any country
and the nation's euphoria that at last Pakistan was coming into its own,
abruptly ended as Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani told newsmen at Garhi
Khuda Bux that Pakistan would abide by the American sanctions i.e. as
stipul ated in the legislation on the anvil in the US. Blatantly denying
the stark reality that has, of late, become characteristic of Prime
Minister's utterances, he maintained, "we will not act under anyone's
dictation." (Back to top) The News (Pakistan): "Taking dictation"

(Wed, 23 Jun) The possibility that our government is more pliant to the
interests of the US than to its own people was driven home strongly by the
prime minister's unexpected comments on Monday in Garhi Khuda Bux. He
stated that Pakistan was likely to abide by US sanctions on Iran - a move
that would put an end to the $ 7.6 billion gas pipeline project with Iran.
Confusingly, on Tuesday Mr Gilani appeared to contradict himself by saying
that Pakistan was not bound to follow the restrictions placed on Iran by
the US, and that we would consider the implementation of sanctions in the
light of our 'international obligations'. Be that as it may, it is obvious
the indication that the fina l signatures may not be put on the deal came
in response to pressure from US Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke who was
recently in Islamabad.Scrapping the deal would mean a still more acute
energy crisis in the country. The pipeline is essential to meeting our
energy needs over the next two decades. The agreement with Tehran was
close to being finalized. For some time, Iran has been asking Pakistan to
finalize this deal. One wonders why this was not done faster - before
Washington could twist arms with so much force. Even now, there is nothing
to prevent Islamabad from going ahead to buy gas from Iran. Why Pakistan,
as a sovereign state, should feel compelled to follow the US lead on Iran
is a question that will undoubtedly be put to the prime minister and other
government members. The lack of power to run mills and machines has
already inflicted massive losses and left thousands workless. People elect
governments to protect their interests. Mr Gilani's remarks suggest this
on e is doing just the opposite. We urge the government to review any
decision taken in this respect. It is vital that the welfare of the people
of Pakistan be put ahead of all else. It is also important that regional
ties be strengthened. The PM emphasized this himself with reference to
India. It holds equally true as far as ties go with Iran. The scrapping of
the deal, after it has been announced amidst much fanfare, will do nothing
to build ties with Tehran and has already evoked angry voices across
Pakistan. (Back to top) AFP: "UAE applies tougher measures on Iran trade"

(Wed, 23 Jun) firms in the United Arab Emirates are increasingly coming
under tougher measures in line with UN sanctions against Tehran over its
nuclear drive, a senior Iranian businessman said on Tuesday."We are
observing a very strict application of the UN sanctions against Iran,"
Morteza Masoumzadeh, vice-president of the Iranian Business Council in
Dubai, told AFP.Masoumzade h said the implementation of sanctions started
about two years ago but have "become tougher in the past couple of months
especially at Dubai ports.""All containers that arrive to the UAE for
Iranian traders and which are normally sent to Iran by smaller vessels,
have now to be unloaded and put into new containers, which cost the
traders 1,000 extra dollars per container," he said.On June 9, the UN
Security Council slapped a fourth round of sanctions on Iran over its
controversial nuclear drive, this time tightening the noose on military
and financial transactions.The resolution bans the sale to Iran of eight
new types of heavy weapons and applies new restrictions on Iranian
investments abroad.For years, Iran maintained active trade relations with
Dubai, one of seven emirates making up the UAE, with the trade volume
estimated at about 10 billion dollars a year, mostly of Iranian
imports.Masoumzadeh said newly arriving Iranian merchants are facing
several r estrictions as many of them are denied a license to operate
while others have to undergo tougher procedures.These measures "will
affect the overall trade relations between the UAE and Iran," estimated to
have dropped to seven billion dollars last year from about 10 billion
dollars previously, he said.The "UAE is no longer Iran's first trade
partner as it has slipped to the third place," Masoumzadeh said.The
Dubai-based Gulf News daily on Monday quoted an unnamed UAE official as
saying the Gulf state has closed down 40 international and local firms as
part of a crackdown on companies that violate UN sanctions on Iran.These
companies have been dealing in "dual-use and dangerous materials banned
under UN resolutions and the nuclear non-proliferation treaty," the
official said.Masoumzadeh however said he was unaware of any closures
among the 1,000 companies that come under the Iranian Business
Council."There are 8,000 Iranian companies in the U AE out of which nearly
1,000 are members of the IBC. However, none of the alleged 40 Iranian
companies that they were shut down were members of the IBC," he said."I
have no information about any of those companies that has been closed."
(Back to top) The Gazette (Canada): "Canada strengthens Iranian sanctions;
Activists urge even toughter measures" by Juliet O'Neill and Norma

(Wed, 23 Jun) Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a tightening of
Canadian sanctions targeting Iran's nuclear industry yesterday, just days
before he is to host a G8 summit where heightened pressure on Iran will be
a prominent international security theme.The measures to implement a
recent United Nations Security Council resolution will have little if any
impact on Canada's economic relationship with Iran, comprising mostly
Canadian grain exports.Iranian-born human rights activist Nazanin
Afshin-Jam and Liberal MP Irwin Cotler also released a report endorsed by
about 100 scholars, activists and parliamentarians -including three former
Canadian prime ministers -calling for broader, tougher sanctions to punish
the Iranian regime for systemic and widespread human rights
violations.However, analyst Anthony Seaboyer, a Queen's University expert
on Iran's nuclear program, said Canada's compliance with UN sanctions
against Iran's nuclear pursuits may be undermined by the federal
government's plan to sign a civilian nuclear agreement next week with
India -a country that has not signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty.Iran is
a signatory to the treaty, but is accused of breaching it by pursuing
nuclear weapons production. Signatories are not allowed to develop weapons
if they don't already have them and signatories are not supposed to
support civilian nuclear progra

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Taiwan-made Shirts Worn By Nine Teams In 2010 World Cup
By Chao Yu-fan and Frances Huang - Central News Agency
Wednesday June 23, 2010 05:13:45 GMT
Brussels, June 23 (CNA) -- Nine of the soccer teams in the 2010 World Cup
are wearing uniforms made of recycled materials manufactured by Taiwanese
textile companies, the European Parliament magazine reported recently.

Wang Chen-tai, head of the news division at the Taipei Representative
Office in the EU and Belgium, was quoted in the magazine as saying that
while Taiwan does not have a team in the World Cup, it has supplied
uniforms for the international sports event.Wang said the uniforms are
evidence of Taiwan's cutting-edge technology in the textile sector and its
commitment to reducing carbon emissions and protecting the global
environment.The Taiwan sportswear supplied to the nine teams and retailers
were made from 13 million recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
bottles, with each sports shirt requiring eight recycled PET bottles on
average, he said.The World Cup teams wearing the Taiwan-made sports
uniforms are Brazil, the Netherlands, Portugal, the United States, South
Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Serbia and Slovakia.The manufacturing
process involved breaking down the PET bottles which were then extruded
into polyester fiber and spun into fabric, according to the Taiwan Textile
Research Institute (TTRI).To color the shirts, the Taiwan manufacturers
employed a dyeing technology that meets global green standards, which is
an indication that Taiwan has become a world leader in that particular
production area, the institute said.It took years of research by the
Taiwan textile sector and the TTRI to develop that manufacturing
technology, it added.Apart from its entry into the world's premier soccer
competition, Wang said, Taiwan-made environmentally friendly sportswear
has also become popular among multinational sports goods
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Observers Blame Kim Jong Il for DPRK's 'Foolish' World Cup Tactics
Unattributed report: "Kim Jong-il Blamed For N.Korea's Foolish World Cup
Tactics" - Chosun Ilbo Online
Wednesday June 23, 2010 06:43:03 GMT
A source who knows Kim Jong-hun's playing style very well said that the
match against Portugal was not played in a way the North Korean coach
wanted and that he must have been pressured from someone outside. "Kim
Jong-hun, who is composed and laid-back, adheres to defense-oriented
tactics since he was formerly a defender, but North Korea played an
unreasonable offense-oriented tactics at the time when the gap was
widening," the source said.It appears that North Korea had high hopes of
the game, which it broadcast live for the first time in its history. Kim
Yong-hyun, a professor at Dongguk University, said, "The North Korean
leadership seems to have wanted to consolidate its hold and look for ways
to turn the tables through a victory in the World Cup as it is struggling
both economically and diplomatically." Another government official said,
"The brave display of discipline against Brazil on June 16 raised the bar
for the North Korean team and instilled extravagant hopes in people."The
atmosphere in the North is said to be subdu ed after the rout. Kim
Sung-min, who heads radio channel Free North Korea Radio, said, "We
contacted North Koreans, and they said that they feel let down and upset.
There are people who said they were so upset that they drank themselves
senseless and that they can never forgive the players."

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Xinhua 'Roundup': Exports, Manufacturing Boost Mexico's Economic Recovery
Xinhua "Roundup": "Exports, Manufacturing Boost Mexico's Economic
Recovery" - Xinhua
Wednesday June 23, 2010 05:34:00 GMT
MEXICO CITY, June 22 (Xinhua) -- Mexico's exports and manufacturing
industry gained momentum in the last six months, giving the country's
economy a lift.

Mexico's National Statistics Agency (NSA) reported this week the country's
exports registered a year-on-year growth of 23.6 percent in the first
quarter, up from 7.3 percent a quarter earlier.In response, Banamex,
Mexico's second largest bank, commented that "the rapid expansion of auto
sales overseas and growth in manufacturing are pushing export growth."The
most significant manufacturing growth was registered in the production of
cars and trucks, which was completely pushed by U.S. de mand.There are
also signs of recovery in maquilas, the country's small factories that
import raw materials or semi-finished goods and export consumer goods to
the United States."The auto sector is showing growing exports and
production," Carlos Gonzalez Martinez, chief economist at Scotiabank
Inverlat, told Xinhua, adding that "maquila employment is also showing a
small recovery over the last two or three months."The Mexican Auto
Industry Association reported this month that auto production surged 65.3
percent in May compared with a year earlier, while exports increased 73.9
percent.Also in June, the NSA reported that employment by manufacturers,
maquilas, and export service providers, the so-called IMMEX grouping,
climbed 6.2 percent in March compared with a year earlier. In Chihuahua, a
state most closely linked to U.S.-bound exports, IMMEX employment rose by
14.1 percent.The IMMEX survey covered nearly 5,300 businesses across the
nation, but 75 percent of the businesses are concentrated in eight states
-- Chihuahua, Baja California, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, Coahuila, the state
of Mexico, Jalisco and Sonora. Both Baja California and Nuevo Leon
reported double-digit employment increases.Mexico is emerging from a slump
that wiped off 10.3 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) in the
second quarter of 2009, its worst period, in the aftermath of the
financial crisis in the U.S. housing industry.Many Mexican banks are owned
by U.S. and Spanish banks, which were hard hit by the collapsing property
market in the U.S. As a result, problems north of the border were quickly
felt by Mexican manufacturers and consumers. Exports suffered a decline of
15.2 percent during January 2009, their worst month.As the crisis hit, the
Mexican government worked hard to find buyers for its products apart from
the United States, which buys around 80 percent of all Mexican exports,
reaching out to France and Brazil via government export promotio n agency
ProMexico.Other nations in Latin America experienced less dramatic
economic shocks thanks to a looser link to the United States. Brazil, with
14 percent of its exports going to the United States, experienced a merely
0.2-percent economic decline during 2009, according to the Brazilian
Institute of Geography and Statistics.While this year's figures are
impressive, experts believe the Mexican economy will continue to suffer
from its excessive dependence on the United States.However, analysts said
the government's efforts to diversify its trade partners are expected to
pay off and give the country a more stable and sustainable export
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Brazil Condemns Sanctions Imposed on Syria
"Brazil Condemns Sanctions Imposed on Syria" -- NOW Lebanon Headline - NOW
Wednesday June 23, 2010 10:00:34 GMT
Brazilian Ambassador to Syria Edgar Antonio Cassiano told Syrian newspaper

Al-Watan on Wednesday that his country condemns all sanctions imposed on
Syria,"since we realize that (this step) is not a way to resolve disputes
betweenstates." He added Syrian President Bashar al-Assads expected visit
to Brazil isof upmost importance.He also said that Brazil decided to push
for a nuclear swap deal between Iran,Turkey and Brazil in order to reach a
peaceful solution to Tehrans nucleardrive, which western countries have
said aims to build a nuclear bomb.T he UN security Council imposed a
fourth round of sanctions on Iran over itsnuclear program earlier this
month despite the three-party agreement to sendIrans uranium abroad for
enrichment.Regarding Israel, the ambassador said Brasilia condemns all
forms of violence,"especially the Israeli offensive on Gaza (two years
ago). We reiterate ourrejection to such actions."-NOW Lebanon(Description
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Brazil Economic Issues 21-22 Jun 10
. - Brazil -- OSC Summary
Wednesday June 23, 2010 05:29:22 GMT
- Sao Paulo Agencia Brasil reports on 22 June that according to data from
the Central Bank (BC)'s weekly Focus bulletin with projections from the
financial market on the key indicators of the Brazilian economy, Brazil's
economic growth will reach 7.06% this year, up from the previous
projection of 6.99%. According to the report, this is the 14% consecutive
increase in projections. Story adds that the projection for 2011 was
maintained at 4.5%. (Brasilia Agencia Brasil WWW-Text in Portuguese --
Government-owned news agency. URL: as of filing date: Mantega Says Brazil To React To Increase
in Real Value

- Brasilia Correio Braziliense's Gabriel Capriolli and Vera Batista report
on 22 June that Finance Minister Guido Mantega stated that the government
has tools to avoid a massive inflow of dollars in case the European
economy recovers. "When the European economy recovers, and it seems that
it is, there will be pressure with the inflow of funds to Brazil. We might
then record a valuation in our currency, which of course we will try to
prevent," he stated. Mantega also deemed positive the possibility that
China will adopt a more flexible exchange rate and allow the fluctuation
of the currency, but complained of the slow pace of the process. (Brasilia
Correio Braziliense Online in Portuguese -- Website of pro-government
daily generally differs from printed version, which is available on site
to subscribers; URL:
) Stock Exchange Increases Following China's Decision To Adopt Flexible
Exchange Rate - Sao Paulo O Estado de S. Paulo's Claudia Violante reports
on 22 June that China's decision to adopt a flexible exchange rate for the
yuan has led to a positive start to the week in the Sao Paulo Stock
Exchange (Bovespa), which increased ye sterday pulled by Vale and steel
company stocks. (Sao Paulo O Estado de S. Paulo digital in Portuguese --
Website of conservative, influential daily, critical of the government;
URL: ) Vale to Invest $90
Billion in 5 Years

- Sao Paulo Valor reports on 22 June that Vale Company is preparing the
investment plan worth $90 billion for the next 5 year, 70% of which in
Brazil. According to the report, some $40 billion will be invested in new
iron ore projects and the company plans to increase production from 300
million to 450 million tons per year until 2014. (Sao Paulo Valor Online
in Portuguese - Website of financial daily published jointly by the Folha
and Globo media conglomerates; URL: ) Petrobras
Announces $224 Billion Investment Plan

- Sao Paulo O Estado de S. Paulo's Kelly Lima reports on 21 June that the
Brazilian Petroleum Corporat ion (Petrobras) maintained its investment
plans close to the volume that had been approved in March by the managing
board and the company announced today that it will invest $224 billion
from 2010 to 2014, $212.3 billion of which in Brazil and $11.7 billion (5%
of the total) in the international area. According to the report, the
volume announced represents an average investment volume of $44.8 billion
per year. In related news, another report by Kelly Lima in O Estado on 21
June adds that the Petrobras business plan for 2010-2014 maintained the
company's growth targets at a rate of 9.4% per year until 2014 or 7.1% per
year by 2020. According to the report, the company's oil production target
is 3.9 million barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2014 and a projected
5.4 million in 2020, namely 2.98 million barrels per day in Brazil in 2014
and 3.95 mil lion barrels in 2014. Trade Surplus Amounts to $806 Million
in Third Week of June

- Sao Paulo O Estado de S. Paulo's Sa ndra Manfrini reports on 21 June
that the Brazilian trade balance recorded a surplus of $806 million in the
third week of June (14 to 20) according to data released on 21 June by the
Ministry of Development, Industry, and Foreign Trade (MDIC). According to
the report, in five business days, exports amounted to $4.075 billion and
imports to $3.269 billion. Mantega Deems Chinese Decision on Exchange Rate
'Good Start'

- Sao Paulo O Estado de S. Paulo's Adriana Fernandes reports on 21 June
that according to Mantega, China's decision to work toward a more flexible
exchange rate for its currency is a good start, but its impact on the
global exchange rate balance will depend on the speed with which this will
take place. (OSC is translating this item) Analysts Expect 'Soft Landing'
for Brazilian Economy Following Excessive Growth

- Sao Paulo O Estado de S. Paulo's Fernando Dantas reports on 21 June that
according to most analysts, the Brazilian economy is expected to h ave a
"soft landing" after the excessive growth in early 2010, which means that
the scenario starting late this year and particularly in 2011 is not
expected to be bad, but not enthusiastic either. Op-Ed Discusses
Perceptions Between US, Brazil

- Sao Paulo Valor carries an op-ed on 21 June by Sergio Leo on the
diplomatic and trade issues between Brazil and the United States.

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