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IAEA's ElBaredei: Iran Wants Nukes, Major Power Status

LONDON — Iran wants the ability to build nuclear weapons to gain a reputation as a major power in the Middle East, the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said in a BBC interview broadcast Wednesday.


Mohamed ElBaradei, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said Iran sees nuclear weapons as an "insurance policy" against perceived threats from neighboring countries or the United States.


Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed re-election has cast doubt on Western powers' hopes of a new dialogue with Iran over its nuclear program, which Iran says is peaceful rather than military.


"My gut feeling is that Iran definitely would like to have the technology ... that would enable it to have nuclear weapons if they decided to do so," ElBaradei told the BBC. "It wants to send a message to its neighbors, it wants to send a message to the rest of the world: yes, don't mess with us, we can have nuclear weapons if we want it.


"But the ultimate aim of Iran, as I understand it, is that they want to be recognized as a major power in the Middle East and they are.


"This is to them the road to get that recognition to power and prestige and ... an insurance policy against what they heard in the past about regime change, axis of evil."


Ahmadinejad indicated Sunday that there would be no change in nuclear policy during his second term, saying the issue "belongs in the past."


Six countries, including European Union members Britain, France and Germany, have offered Iran economic and other incentives if it stops enriching uranium, a process that can make fuel for power plants or weapons.


Iran says it wants nuclear technology to generate electricity.


Supporters of Iran's defeated presidential candidate Mirhossein Mousavi plan a fifth day of protests Wednesday over the legitimacy of the election.


© Thomson Reuters 2009.


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NRN Blog Alert: Ron Paul Discusses "Audit the Fed" 

Fellow Bloggers,

Yesterday, Congressman Ron Paul took some time to discuss his "Audit the Fed" legislation that he has introduced. H.R. 1207 has already gained a majority of support in the House of Representatives. To watch the interview, click here.

Ron Paul discussed the history of central banking, Barney Frank's stance on H.R. 1207, and where he sees the "Audit the Fed" movement going.

Be sure to watch the interview with Ron Paul.


Daily Grind: Voter Intimidation and the Politicization of Justice 

Voter Intimidation and the Politicization of Justice
Congressman Joe Pitts makes the case for the legitimacy of the nation's democratic process.


The Ongoing Presidential Policy of Inflation
A convenient myth for Fed apologists is that the Board of Governors ever was "independent."


Recession-Plagued Nation Demands New Bubble To Invest In
The Onion nails it.



Wh Media Affairs - Sebelius, DeParle Announce Establishment of State Legislators for Health Reform 

State Leaders to Work for Health Reform in Communities Across America

U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and White House Office of Health Reform Director Nancy-Ann DeParle today announced the establishment of State Legislators for Health Reform. The group includes State Legislators from across the country who will work to advance the need for health reform this year in their communities across the country. Members of the group met with Sebelius and DeParle at the White House today.


“As a former Governor, I know that state legislators can be an incredible asset as we work to make reform a reality,” said Secretary Sebelius. “These leaders see why we need health reform every day because they are living in communities where families and businesses are struggling with skyrocketing health care costs. State Legislators know first-hand how the high cost of care is impacting their state budget and forcing incredibly tough choices. They are hearing from constituents who can’t get the care they need, and they are committed to reform that builds on what works and fixes what doesn’t.”


“Lots of people in Washington are talking about health care, but the most important conversations about health care are happening around kitchen tables in cities and towns across America,” said DeParle. “State Legislators will help ensure Americans across the country know how health reform can help improve health care for all of us.”


State Legislators for Health Reform includes leaders from across the country who will educate their communities on the need for health reform this year. The legislators will host public events, author opinion pieces in local publications, and use their established networks to organize constituents in support of health reform.


“We are all working in our states on health issues, but we know that this is an American problem that deserves an American solution. One state can’t do it alone,” said Iowa State Senator Jack Hatch. “We will use our networks and our voices to organize and champion the cause of health reform.”


“We are proud to commit to fight for health reform,” added Washington State Senator Karen Keiser. “Many of us have been working hard on health issues for years, and when we return home, the hard work will continue. State Legislators will be doing all we can to help pass health reform this year.”


A list of State Legislators who participated in today’s meeting at the White House is included below.



Shea-Porter Announces More Than $8 Million to Protect North Conway's Sewer System  

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today announced that the North Conway Water Precinct will receive $8,190,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Program. This program provides loans and grants to ensure that the necessary investments are made in water and wastewater infrastructure to deliver safe drinking water and protect the environment in rural areas. The funding comes in the form of a $4,255,000 grant and a $3,935,000 loan made possible by the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

“I am pleased that we are investing in environmentally sound rural infrastructure,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “This funding will ensure that the residents of North Conway will continue to have safe drinking water.”