Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Voting with your feet.

Merkel: "Iran should not get the ability to enrich uranium."

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel used her first visit to Israel on Sunday to deliver a strong criticism of Iran ..... Merkel spoke after meeting interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert ..... "Iran is not just a threat to Israel, but also to the democratic countries of this world."

She said Germany and Israel were in total agreement on the subject of Tehran's plans ..... "I don't see the slightest difference in the views of Germany and Israel," Merkel said. "It is clear that Iran should not get the ability to enrich uranium."

Voting with your feet, part two.

Iran invites Blair to anti-Holocaust conference.

Tehran, Iran, Jan. 30 – Iran invited British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Sunday to an anti-Holocaust conference it plans to hold ..... Iranian spokesman Asefi told reporters during his weekly press conference, “I think that it would be good if Mr. Blair takes part in the seminar on the Holocaust in Tehran. Asefi said that the anti-Holocaust conference would be held in spring of this year, adding that “unanswered questions” about the scale of the Holocaust could be discussed there.

Voting with your wallet (sort of).

Some of the world's largest finance and energy companies are severing ties with Iran, amid U.S. probes into their compliance with American sanctions and as the possibility of U.N. action grows closer.

Banks UBS AG of Switzerland and ABN Amro Holding NV of the Netherlands disclosed in recent weeks that they have broken off work with Iran, following the lead of Houston energy-services company Halliburton Co. a year ago (all three are subjects of U.S. Justice Department inquiries into whether they violated sanctions laws lawyers familiar with the inquiries say).

Also pulling out of Iranian business in recent months (though not being investigated regarding compliance with sanctions), are Swiss bank Credit Suisse Group, energy firms Baker Hughes Inc., ConocoPhillips of Houston and BP PLC of London, Chicago insurance broker AON Corp. and industrial conglomerate General Electric Co..


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