Where is US's 75 Mio $ for Iran-propaganda going?

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    Here for example is a web-stream from Chicago into Iran:
    http://cdncon.wm.llnwd.net/cdncon_pam7

    financed by US.
    I can understand alltough at present there is folklore singing.


    Here is Homepage
    http://gunaz.tv/



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    Iran seeks ban on pro-Azeri TV

    Ayhan Simsek - The New Anatolian / Ankara


    A new Azeri TV station broadcasting to Iranian Azeris through a Turkish satellite has created uneasiness in Iran, and Tehran is seeking ways for Ankara to revoke its license, The New Anatolian has learned.

    "South Azerbaijan Television" (Gunaz TV), based in the U.S. city of Chicago, is the first 24-hour TV station broadcasting to Iranian Azeris. The station was established in April last year but has just recently started its broadcasts. Gunaz TV announces on its webpage that it will struggle against "Persian chauvinism" and aim for a revival of Azeri national identity.

    Diplomatic sources told TNA on Monday that after seeing the anti-Tehran and nationalist content in the broadcasts of Gunaz TV, the Iranian side conveyed its uneasiness to Ankara. Recalling that Gunaz TV was broadcasting through the Turkish satellite TurkSat 2A, Iranian officials asked that the station's license be suspended, charging that the TV station was "spreading secessionist propaganda."

    Turkish authorities took note of the Iranian side's concerns and said that the issue will be investigated and then a response will be given to Tehran.

    Gunaz TV's launch of broadcast corresponds to the US' recent decision to launch a $75 million program to promote regime change in Iran by expanding broadcasting into the country and funding non-governmental organizations. Currently Voice of America broadcasts one hour a day into Iran; by April, that will grow to four hours a day, and the administration plans to go to 24 hours a day.

    Azeris in Iran comprise approximately one-quarter of the country's population.

    Several Azeri groups have complained of ethnic and linguistic discrimination, including banning the Azeri language in schools, harassing Azeri activists and organizers, and changing Azeri geographic names.

    Azeri groups also claimed that there were a number of Azeri political prisoners jailed for advocating cultural and language rights for Iranian Azerbaijanis. The government has charged several of them with "revolting against the Islamic state."

    The Iranian government traditionally views Azeri nationalism as threatening, particularly since the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the creation of an independent Azerbaijan. Nationalist Azeri groups aim for a larger Azerbaijan by uniting the independent Azerbaijan in the north with what they call "South Azerbaijan" in Iran.

    http://www.thenewanatolian.com/tna-2639.html116
     
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    Map of "Kurdistan" Distributed at U.S. Senate

    According to Turkish daily Milliyet,
    http://sondakika.milliyet.com.tr/2006/03/14/son/sondun26.asp

    3 Syrian Kurdish groups opposing the Syrian BAATH Party have organized a conference at the U.S. Senate in Washington D.C.

    The "Kurdistan" map distributed at the conference includes not only the Southeast Turkey but Trabzon, Ankara and even Antalya.
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    The members of the Syrian Kurdish opposition have thanked President George Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for their support.

    Turkish observers were disappointed that a map violating Turkey's territorial integrity was allowed to be distributed at an event held on the grounds of the United States Senate.
     
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    I can only assume it's an attempt to encourage anti-Iranian groups within Iran.
     
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    The article was not in English so I could not read it. Something is very suspicious though. How does a foreign group schedule a "seminar" at the US Senate? I have never heard of such a thing.
     

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