Thursday, February 16, 2006

US UPS AID TO PROMOTE DEMOCRACY IN IRAN

Some good news courtesy of Condi - US to devote 75 million dollars to promoting democracy in Iran:
The US administration will ask Congress for another 75 million dollars to boost democracy in Iran amid growing concern over Tehran's nuclear program, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said.

She told a Senate committee the money, which amounts to more than a doubling of the funding for pro-democracy activities in Iran, would go to stepped-up radio and television broadcasts and other programs.

"The United States has been at the forefront of nations seeking to take Iran to the UN Security Council on fears that it is seeking nuclear weapons," Rice said in prepared testimony for the
Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

"The United States will actively confront the aggressive policies of the Iranian regime," she said. "At the same time, we will work to support the aspirations of the Iranian people for freedom and democracy in their country."
Regardless of your position on the current adminsistration's many failings, this can only be a good thing. I'm still not convinced that $120 million is anything like what could and ought to be spent promoting democracy and putting pressure on the current regime from within, but it's a start.

On the subject of Iran, here's a date for your diaries. From Regime Change Iran:
Join the Women of Iran for the peaceful march in commemoration of The International Women's Day in Tehran a fight for freedom.




The date: March 8th. Watch this space for more details.

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