Courtesy of Iran Times:
Levey to twist arms again: Stuart Levey is the under secretary of the Treasury who has spent much of the last two years trying to strong-arm foreign bankers into ceasing their business with Iran. Levey is off on another arm-twisting tour starting last Tuesday. Many analysts think Levey’s efforts, which started in 2005, have had more impact on Iran than all the sanctions and embargoes five successive presidents have imposed.
Michigan joins divestment: Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has signed legislation requiring state pension and other funds to pull all their investments from firms that do business with Iran and the other countries on the U.S. terrorist list. The legislation is being described in Michigan as one of the most comprehensive divestment policies in the nation. A few states have ordered their pension funds to pull out of such investments and others are considering such legislation.
McCain Supporter Sees Enemy in Islam: Iran Times- July 23, 2008: Col. Bud Day, a leading supporter of Republican presidential nominee John McCain, raised controversy last Friday after defending the Iraq war by telling reporters, “The Muslims have said either we kneel, or they’re going to kill us.” Day, who was a prisoner of war with McCain in Vietnam and is a proponent of the Arizona senator’s presidential bid, made the comments during a conference call with Florida reporters organized by the Florida Republican Party. “I don’Äôt intend to kneel, and I don’t advocate to anybody that we kneel, and John doesn’t advocate to anybody that we kneel,” Day said. The McCain campaign responded to Day’s comments in a statement that said, “The threat we face is from radical Islamic extremism.”
Woman Rower to Carry Iran’s Flag at Olympics: Iran Times- July 23, 2008: Homa Hosseini, a 20-year-old female rower who has secured a place in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, has been chosen to carry Iran’s national flag during the opening ceremonies. Hosseini said she was surprised but thrilled with the honor and said, “I was so excited when I heard the news. For me it is a pleasure to carry our flag. I cannot express my feelings right now.” This isn’t the first time a women has been chosen by Iran’s Olympic Committee to carry the flag, however. At the Atlanta games in 1996, Lida Fariman, who secured a spot in the Olympics in air rifle, carried Iran’s flag.
Irancove @ July 26, 2008