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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review April 8, 2011 / 4 Nissan, 5771

Dissidents: Secret factories mass manufacturing key parts for Iran nuclear program

By Howard LaFranchi





Group has revealed sites before. Will West take action?


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cASHINGTON — (TCSM) An Iranian dissident group with a track record of revealing secret sites involved in Iran's nuclear program on Thursday offered more information — this time, on industrial facilities where it says the Iranian regime is producing parts for the centrifuges used in its uranium enrichment program.

Flanked by poster boards with aerial photos of the alleged sites northwest of Tehran, two members of the National Council of Resistance of Iran told a Washington audience that the two sites have produced as many as 100,000 centrifuges under the direction of Iran's Defense Ministry.

"The number of centrifuges is way beyond the needs of Tehran for its already-declared sites," said Alireza Jafarzadeh, a prominent Iranian dissident who is known for revealing the Natanz nuclear site in 2002.

For several years, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has noted Iran's growing numbers of centrifuges — the machines used to produce low- and highly-enriched uranium — but has been stymied in its efforts to ascertain where and how the centrifuges were produced.

Iran has insisted it is under no obligations to divulge that information. Tehran also maintains that the Iran nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.

Mr. Jafarzadeh and Soona Samsami, an Iranian women's rights activist, said the two sites are located at what they called the TABA industrial site outside the city of Karaj and a site called Shafizadeh outside Qazvin. The two sites, Jafarzadeh said, are closely managed by the Defense Ministry — a fact he said should serve as a "red flag" to the IAEA and others trying to determine if Iran's nuclear program is aimed at military applications.

As in the past, the information was provided by members of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, or MEK) who have infiltrated the Iranian nuclear program, according to the two Washington dissidents.


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And also as in the past, the dissidents used the opportunity of a press conference to lobby for MEK's removal from the State Department's list of terrorist organizations.

MEK supporters were not successful in efforts to persuade the Bush administration to delist the group, and they've so far failed with the Obama administration as well.

Raymond Tanter, a former national security official in the Reagan White House and a longtime supporter of the MEK, says US intelligence agencies "missed" the so-called Arab spring because they were too focused on official groups rather than on those that "are not permitted." A similar scenario is playing out in Iran, he says, with intelligence officials ignoring the groups that have the best inside information, particularly on Iran's nuclear program.

With the international community paying heightened attention to other parts of the Middle East, the Iranian government is trying to further its own political and security aims, says Mr. Tanter, a visiting professor at Georgetown University in Washington. "The Iranian regime is seeking to fly under the radar while it continues more activities for enriching uranium," he says.

Jafarzadeh and Ms. Samsami provided detailed information concerning what centrifuge parts are produced where. The information also includes the names of Iranian military officers and others involved in managing the TABA and Shafizadeh sites, some of whom are already named in United Nations Security Council resolutions for their involvement in the Iranian nuclear program.

The information divulged at the press conference was turned over to US officials earlier, they said.

Jafarzadeh offered some colorful detail of the operations at the two sites. He said the informants claim that employees traveling between sites with production documents have their briefcases handcuffed to them so they cannot become separated. All phone calls at the facilities are closely monitored, while electronic devices and personal computers are not allowed, he says — making the removal of any information extremely difficult.

Coincidentally or not, the Iranian dissidents are expecting a new State Department ruling on the MEK's terrorist listing within a few weeks. The MEK was listed as a terrorist organization under the Clinton administration, with the urging of the Iranian government at the time and based on information that members of the group were involved in killing American citizens.

But Tanter claims the MEK has not been involved in any "military activity" for a decade.

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