Iran accuses West of bullying over N-programme (Times of Oman)
- Iran on Saturday hit out at pressure over its controversial nuclear programme, accusing developed countries of bullying to prevent the proliferation of atomic technology.
In a speech to a conference of Asian and African leaders, Iranian Vice President Mohammad Reza Arif complained of the industrialised world's "illogical" opposition to nuclear and other scientific advances.
"Developing countries have reached great advancements in various scientific areas such as nanotechnology and nuclear energy," Arif said.
"However, unfortunately we are witnessing certain limitations and barriers to stop these countries attaining modern technology."
... Arif called on Asian and African countries to band together to claim what he called the "undeniable right of all developing countries" to gain access to technological advances. More here
Transhumanism and a Tribute to Fereidoun FM Esfandiary (Sam Ghandchi, Iranscope, Jan. 24)
Microtechnology pioneer Fariborz Maseeh and his foundation give $2 million to establish UCI Center for Persian Studies and Culture (Today@UCI)
Seminar on nanotechnology held (Islamic Republic News Agency)