Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  16 24 March 2010
Iran Update
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We are delighted to present you with the current issue of Iran Update, a publication of International Solidarity for Democratic Change in Iran (ISDCI).    
Rajavi urges West to step up heat on Tehran 
UPI
Stefan Nicola
24 March 2010

BERLIN, March 23 (UPI) -- An Iranian opposition leader exiled in Europe urged the West to step up the pressure on Tehran but warned against a military strike, arguing that change in Iran can come from within only.
Maryam Rajavi, head of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, an umbrella opposition group with headquarters in Paris, said the regime in Tehran was the biggest threat to global peace.
"(U.S.) President (Barack) Obama and leaders in Europe should make their judgments based on this past year's experience and no longer call for negotiations with this regime," Rajavi told United Press International in an interview Tuesday before she addressed a group of German parliamentarians in Berlin. "For years, the United States and Europe have tried to go this way without getting anything in return. The appeasement course has only given the Mullah regime time to get closer to the nuclear bomb."
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U.S. officials: Taliban fighters training in Iran 
CNN
Brian Todd
23 March 2010
Iran is helping train Taliban fighters within its borders, according to U.S. military and intelligence officials.
The United States has already said that the Taliban may be receiving limited training from the Iranians in Afghanistan, but the officials told CNN that training in the use of small arms was occurring within Iran.
"We've known for some time that Iran has been a source for both materiel and trained fighters for Taliban elements in Afghanistan," Army Lt. Col. Edward Sholtis said Monday. But, he said, it is unknown whether that training is occurring with the support of Tehran, or it is "simply something that is happening beyond the government's control."
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Obama's legacy and the Iranian bomb 
The Wall Street Journal
Alan M. Dershowitz
23 March 2010

The gravest threat faced by the world today is a nuclear-armed Iran. Of all the nations capable of producing nuclear weapons, Iran is the only one that might use them to attack an enemy...

In 1940, Goebbels told a group of German journalists that if he had been the French premier when Hitler came to power he would have said, "The new Reich Chancellor is the man who wrote Mein Kampf, which says this and that. This man cannot be tolerated in our vicinity. Either he disappears or we march!"
But, Goebbels continued, "they didn't do it. They left us alone and let us slip through the risky zone, and we were able to sail around all dangerous reefs. And when we were done, and well armed, better than they, then they started the war!"
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EU calls for Iran to halt Internet censorship, jamming 
VOA News
Lisa Bryant
22 March 2010
The European Union has called for Iran to stop censoring the Internet and jamming European satellite broadcasts, but it has not said whether it will take punitive action if Tehran refuses.   

European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels have called for Iran to put an immediate end to its electronic interference - specifically jamming broadcasts coming from Europe.  

Iran has been jamming foreign satellite broadcasts, including those from the BBC and VOA, since late last year.  Ordinary Iranians also have problems accessing the Internet.

In a statement, the EU ministers said Iran is breaching freedom of expression commitments laid out in an international treaty it had signed.
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