Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  20 2 April 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).    
Anti-regime chants echo on Tehran's rooftops  
NCRI
2 April 2010
NCRI - On Thursday night, April 1, 2010, the courageous people and youths of Tehran's Shahrak-e Gharb district took to their rooftops to voice their hatred towards the religious fascism ruling Iran by chanting "God is great," "death to dictator" and "down with the principle of velayat-e faqih (absolute clerical rule)." (April 1 is the anniversary of a 1979 so-called referendum that the regime's founder, Ruhollah Khomeini, concocted in order to cement his newfound theocratic regime after the revolution in February. It is thus hated and dismissed by Iranians as the anniversary of the hijacking of the 1979 antimonarchical revolution by the clerical regime). 
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UK, Germany give strong backing to Iran sanctions
Reuters
1 April 2010
LONDON, April 1 (Reuters) - The leaders of Britain and Germany gave strong backing to sanctions against Iran in talks on Thursday, Prime Minister Gordon Brown's office said.
Iran's nuclear programme and the world economic situation were high on Brown and German Chancellor Angela Merkel's agenda in talks at the British leader's Chequers country residence.
China agreed on Wednesday to serious negotiations with Western powers, including Britain and Germany, about imposing new sanctions on Iran, setting aside its long-held scepticism.
"On Iran, there was strong support from both leaders for sanctions, and agreement on the continued need to engage with international partners on the issue," Brown's office said in a statement on the Brown-Merkel talks.
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Iran plays host to delegations after Iraq elections
The New York Times
Rod Norland
1 April 2010
BAGHDAD - Iran may seem an unlikely place to turn for guidance when it comes to putting together a democratic government, but that is exactly what most of Iraq's political class did immediately after last month's parliamentary elections.
The ink was hardly dry on the polling results when three of the four major political alliances rushed delegations off to Tehran. Yet none of them sent anyone to the United States Embassy here, let alone to Washington.
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U.N. lauds Iraq as alliances take shape
UPI
1 April 2010
UNITED NATIONS, April 1 (UPI) -- Iraqi leaders should respect certified election results from the March 7 vote and honor the will of the Iraqi people, the U.N. Security Council said.
Iraqi voters handed the Iraqiya slate of former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi a slim victory over the State of Law coalition of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
More than 60 percent of eligible Iraqi voters turned out for a vote that was largely peaceful. The U.N. Security Council issued a congratulatory statement for Iraqi elections officials and the Iraqi people for a successful vote.
The Iraqiya victory is in jeopardy, however, as the Justice and Accountability Commission of Shiite leader Ahmed Chalabi tries to disqualify several winning candidates. The commission said several winners from Iraqiya had ties to the outlawed Baath Party.
The Security Council, however, called on "political entities to respect the certified election results and the choices of the Iraqi people."
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How Iran silences unwanted news
ABC News
CHRISTOPH SEIDLER
1 April 2010
Hot Bird 8 may be Europe'slargest and most powerful television satellite, but it still has little chance when the Iranian regime decides to block its signals. When that happens, the Farsi services of the BBC and Voice of America instantly disappear from television screens-- and not just in Iran, but also throughout the satellite's entire coverage area.
Tehran has targeted the satellite in an effort to prevent critical foreign media coverage from reaching domestic viewers.
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China agrees to start Iran sanctions talks
The Guardian
Julian Borger and Even MacAskill
31 March 2010
Fresh sanctions against Iran moved closer yesterday, when China agreed to begin drafting a UN resolution imposing measures aimed at persuading Tehran to curb its nuclear programme.
Last night, Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, said the five permanent security council members plus Germany "continues to be unified" in talks on sanctions. "There will be a great deal of further consultation not only among the [six], but other members of the security council and other [UN] member nations during the next weeks," she said.
According to officials with knowledge of the talks, an agreement to begin drafting a security council resolution was reached in a telephone call involving representatives of the US, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany.
The negotiations will now move to New York, where diplomats will hammer out a sanctions package. Barack Obama said on Tuesday he hoped the UN would pass a sanctions resolution within "weeks".
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In This Issue
Allawi accuses Tehran of meddling in Iraqi politics
Allawi accuses Tehran of meddling in Iraqi politics
Allawi accuses Tehran of meddling in Iraqi politics
Allawi accuses Tehran of meddling in Iraqi politics
Allawi accuses Tehran of meddling in Iraqi politics
Allawi accuses Tehran of meddling in Iraqi politics
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