Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  2314 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).    
Medvedev: Iran 'ignoring questions' about nuclear program
CNN
Jill Dougherty
14 April 2010

Washington (CNN) -- Iran is ignoring questions from the international community about its nuclear program, using "small phrases" to make "small suggestions," Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday.
Medvedev said he does not support crippling sanctions that can hurt the people of Iran, "but if nothing happens, we will have to use sanctions."
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Daimler to reduce Iran ties over nuclear policy
Reuters
14 April 2010

BERLIN, April 14 (Reuters) - Luxury carmaker Daimler (DAIGn.DE) became the latest German firm to reduce business ties with Iran in protest at its nuclear policy, a day after the U.S. called for swift sanctions to pressure Tehran.
Daimler's announcement of plans to sell its 30 percent stake in an Iranian engine maker and freeze the planned export to Iran of cars and trucks follows U.S. President Barack Obama's move to isolate Iran during a recent nuclear security summit in Washington
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How Iraq elections affect Iran's plans for dominating region
Family Security Matters
Shahriar Kia
13 April 2010
The recent Iraqi parliamentary elections were of tremendous importance. However, the main outcome should be sought through the development of the Iraqi political society and the shift in the balance of power in Iran and in Iraq. The recent polls and the democratic-nationalist forces triumph delivered a severe setback to the Iranian regime's political ambitions in Iraq. On April 11, 2010, David Ignatius, writing for the Washington Post quoted Vice President Biden and wrote that: "Iran's covert bid for influence there had been 'clobbered' and that Baghdad appears headed toward an "inclusive" coalition government. As for Iran's bid for influence, Biden was emphatic in arguing that it had failed. He disclosed that Tehran had spent up to $100 million to back the Shiite religious parties and subvert the Iraqiya bloc, a secular Sunni-Shiite alliance headed by Ayad Allawi."
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U.S. license lets group send anti-censorship software to Iran
Business Week
Ali Sheikholeslami
13 April 2010

April 14 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. government approved the export to Iran of software designed to help citizens avoid government censorship of their Internet use, according to the program's developer, the Censorship Research Center.
The "Haystack" software lets Internet users hide their identities and use Web sites -- such as Google Inc.'s YouTube, Facebook Inc., and Twitter Inc. -- that are blocked by the government, the San Francisco-based non-profit group said in a statement on its Web site.
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How to tackle the Iranian nuclear threat 
Huffington Post
Lord Tarsem King
13 April 2010
The vise is beginning to tighten for Iran's mullahs who aspire to become a nuclear power and dominant force in the Middle East. Consider these diverse items:
President Obama is hosting a Nuclear Security Summit in Washington to enhance international cooperation to prevent nuclear terrorism, an issue he has identified as the most immediate and extreme threat to global security. Some 40 nations are participating, representing a diverse set of regions and various levels of nuclear expertise.
In Iraq, election voters supported the coalition led by secular former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi over that of the current Iranian-backed prime minister Nuri al-Maliki.
Another hole was shot into the terrorist label on the exiled Iranian opposition group Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) with the disclosure that the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security was the source of a report alleging the organization was involved in the suppression of Iraqi Kurds and Shiites in the aftermath of Operation Desert Storm in 1991.
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In This Issue
Medvedev: Iran 'ignoring questions' about nuclear program
Daimler to reduce Iran ties over nuclear policy
How Iraq elections affect Iran's plans for dominating region
U.S. license lets group send anti-censorship software to Iran
How to tackle the Iranian nuclear threat
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