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Ahmadinejad says Iran is now a “nuclear state”

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that Iran is now a “nuclear state.” Ahmadinejad said nuclear scientists were successful in enriching uranium, New York Times.

Protesters took to the streets today in Tehran during state-sponsored rallies marking the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, Reuters. Link to a list of protests happening around the world in support of the dissidents in Iran, Pro Democracy Movement of Iran.

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela from a South African prison where he had been a political prisoner for 27 years. The 91 year-old Mandela did not attend the march of thousands, Times Online.

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Week in Review

  • Negotiations for an agreement for action on the problem of global climate change began as a UN-led summit opened in Copenhagen, Denmark this week. The summit will continue until December 18. At issue is how much financial support wealthy developed countries should give to developing nations to aid their efforts and what the target reduction of greenhouse emissions should be. Summit homepage.
  • Debate continued in the U.S. Senate over a healthcare reform bill. Opponents of healthcare reform tried to insert a provision that would prevent public funds from being used for pregnancy termination but it was defeated, Christian Science Monitor. The Senate will continue debate as they try to get a bill that can be passed. The Senate bill will need to be reconciled with the bill from the House of Representatives and then that bill must be signed by President Barack Obama to be put into law.
  • Students used the occasion of a scheduled state-sponsored day of demonstration to protest the current government on college campuses in Iran on Monday.  The protests are usually brief, but they show that support for he reform movement is still strong, Times Online.
  • Iraq’s government moved to go forward on planning elections for 2010. Opponents of the current government, staged a massive attack on Tuesday, using car bombs to strike 5 sites in Baghdad, including government and military buildings. 127 people died in the bombings and hundreds were injured. Lieutenant General Abboud Qanbar, Baghdad’s security chief, was removed from his position after the attack, Times Online. Who is counting the bodies in Baghdad?, BBC News.
  • In a small bit of uplifting news, the story of a dog that survived Tuesday’s attack despite being chained to the roof of one of the buildings that was bombed, Daily Mail.
  • U.S. President Barack Obama picked up his Nobel Peace Prize on Thursday, despite criticism that he had not done enough to earn it. Obama accepted the prize with “humility” and used the occasion to defend war as an instrument in the pursuit of peace.  Transcript of Obama’s speech, Associated Press.
  • Thursday, December 10, was Human Rights Day, a day that marked the 61st anniversary of the adoption of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. A look back at human rights in 2009 from Human Rights Watch, Al Jazeera.
  • After violent protests, India announced that it will separate part of the southern state of Andhra Pradesh into a new state to be called Telangana. Calls for Telangana to become its own state date back 50 years, BBC News.

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Police Attempt to Disperse Iranian Protesters Gathered at Grave of Neda Soltan

Neda Soltan, the young woman who was shot dead on the street during the protests of the Iranian presidential elections last month, has become a symbol of the opposition movement and of the injustice of current government. 100s, including opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, have gathered at the graves of those killed in the violence last month. The group requested permission to meet at a Tehran mosque but was denied on the grounds that if they felt the need to ask, the gathering must be political. Witnesses say police have moved on the gathering, trying to break it up, Voice of America. Transcript of chat with Neda’s mother, BBC News.

Update: The Los Angeles Times is reporting that uniformed security forces and undercover police moved to break up the gathering at the Behesht Zahra cemetery in Tehran, but were overwhelmed by the number of people joining the protest and retreated, Los Angeles Times.

Although public opinion has forced the government to release many of the detainees picked up during last month’s protests, 20 opposition detainees will go on trial in Iran on Saturday.  They will be charged with planting bombs and carrying weapons, BBC News.

Nigerian security forces say they have destroyed the headquarters of a militant Islamic sect that has been attacking police stations and mosques since Sunday, Times Online.

An inquiry into the Iraq war will begin in the UK today. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair will be called to testify, among others, Reuters.

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Worker Protests Continue in Asia

Protesters were arrested in South Korea yesterday after the demonstrations turned violent. The protesters were marching in support of employees of Ssangyong Motor Co. who have occupied the plant for the past two months, halting production. The workers are protesting layoffs. The protesters were trying to enter the plant to give the workers fresh water. Gas and water supplies to the plant have been shut off in an effort to end the sit-in, Yonhap.

30,000 workers at a steel plant in Tonghua, China rioted yesterday. The workers were protesting a possible merger deal. The Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, a Hong Kong human rights group, said that the protesters beat one of the company’s managers, Chen Guojun, to death, BBC News.

US Special Envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell is in the middle of a Mid-East tour to generate support for peace talks. Mitchell met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus today. Syria cut off diplomatic relations with Israel earlier this year after Israel initiated a military assault on Hamas, Voice of America.

India launched its first nuclear submarine today, IBN.

The Associated Press has a report on the protests for human rights in Iran yesterday.

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Iran Protest Supporters Rally Around the World

Supporters of human rights around the world are coming out to rallies today to show their support for the protesters in Iran, CNN. Follow United 4 Iran on Twitter for updates.

In the space of 24 hours, two toddlers, one in Las Vegas and one in South Carolina,  have accidentally shot their older siblings after playing with improperly secured guns, BBC News. Earlier this week, a five year old boy in Las Vegas died after he shot himself in the head with a gun he found in his father’s car. The child’s father has been charged with endangerment, Las Vegas Sun.

US Vice President Joe Biden reaffirmed America’s support of the aims of the Ukraine and Georgia to join NATO, Washington Post.

Suicide bombers attacked a courthouse in Khost, a city in southeastern Afghanistan. The attackers wore burqas to conceal bombs they had placed on their bodies. Four people were injured in the attack and all seven attackers were killed as they attacked the complex. One managed to set off explosives in a car before being shot by police. Two police and two civilians, a woman and a child, were injured, Associated Press.

President Obama’s weekly address discusses the impact of health care reform on small businesses.

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