Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  2519 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).    
McCain says US lacks effective policy on Iran 
Associated Press
18 April 2010

WASHINGTON - Sen. John McCain says he didn't need to hear about a secret memorandum from the Pentagon to know the U.S. doesn't have an effective policy for dealing with Iran's nuclear program.
McCain called for serious and meaningful sanctions against Iran. The Arizona Republican spoke on "Fox News Sunday."
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Iran sentences critic filmmaker to prison 
Associated Press
18 April 2010

TEHRAN, Iran - An Iranian newspaper says a court has sentenced a prominent critic filmmaker to three-and-a-half years in prison for his role in the post-election turmoil.
The pro-reform Sharq daily said on Sunday that filmmaker Mohammad Nourizad was convicted on charges of spreading propaganda against the clerical establishment and insulting the country's leaders.
Nourizad was arrested in November after writing a protest letter to the country's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, urging him to apologize to the nation for the bloody crackdown on the opposition movement after the disputed June presidential elections.
The crackdown killed more than 80 demonstrators. More than 100 opposition figures and supporters have been put on a mass trial that has led to a dozen death sentences so far.
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Iraqi forces attack Ashraf residents 
Special Brief on Ashraf
18 April 2010
At 23:30 local time, April 15, Iraqi forces attacked Ashraf residents and tried to occupy some of the installations inside the camp. The assault took place in support of the agents of the Iranian regime's Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and the terrorist Quds Force stationed at the entrance of Ashraf since February 8.
The agents, with full support of the Iraqi army battalion and the clerical regime's embassy in Baghdad, have been making incitements to murder residents of Ashraf. Using high powered amplifiers and loudspeakers they have been threatening to "set fire" and "close down" Ashraf and "kill" PMOI members residing in the camp and to "pull their tongues out of their throats." The agents have been disrupting the peace for camp residents and a nearby medical clinic which currently houses patients including those severely injured during last July's attack by Iraqi forces on Ashraf.
At about mid-night Thursday evening, while agents were screaming abusive rhetoric and calling for destruction of Camp Ashraf and its residents in their loudspeakers as they did in previous nights, an Iraqi colonel and a captain entered the camp and said that the megaphones by the Ashraf residents should be turned off under the orders of the Iraqi government to allow the voice of the loudspeakers of the regime agents be heard. In an attempt to neutralize the disturbing screaming of agents, Ashraf residents were playing music at some of their buildings.
The Iraqi colonel threatened that if the residents' megaphones were not turned off in 10 minutes, the Iraqi forces, under the orders of the government, would enter the camp and take over the buildings at the entrance of the camp. But the residents said that their music would be turned off provided that the agents turned off their loudspeakers. In the meantime a large number of Iraqi forces and at least five Humvee military vehicles were deployed at the entrance of the camp.
When the Iraqi forces faced with Ashraf residents' defiance who refused to give in to their intimidation and unlawful behavior and threats to shoot and kill, they started attacking the residents with electric batons, truncheons and iron bars. Five Ashraf residents were wounded in the attack and taken to hospital. The Iraqi forces also attacked a woman resident of Ashraf in a bid to take her hostage, but failed when faced with her resistance and others protesting. At around 3:00 a.m. Friday, the suppressive forces were forced out by the residents.
 
Gates says U.S. lacks policy to curb Iran's nuclear drive 
The New York Times
DAVID E. SANGER and THOM SHANKER
17 April 2010
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has warned in a secret three-page memorandum to top White House officials that the United States does not have an effective long-range policy for dealing with Iran's steady progress toward nuclear capability, according to government officials familiar with the document...
Some officials said his memo should be viewed in that light: as a warning to a relatively new president that the United States was not adequately prepared.
He wrote the memo after Iran had let pass a 2009 deadline set by Mr. Obama to respond to his offers of diplomatic engagement.
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Taking down Tehran 
The Washington Times
Editorial
16 April 2010

A counterrevolution in Iran may be the last, best chance for peace in the region, but it can only happen with American help. J. Michael Waller of the Institute of World Politics argues that the best way for the United States to promote change in Iran is not via sanctions or military action but by helping the Iranian people overthrow the Islamic regime. After the proper preparation, "revolution could happen in a matter of days," he said at a briefing yesterday at the institute's Washington headquarters.
Iran is poised for radical change. The ruling mullahs are widely viewed as illegitimate and corrupt. The people are disaffected and increasingly willing to stand up to the government. The student movement has shown a degree of fearlessness in confronting the regime. And, perhaps sensing change in the air, the Revolutionary Guard Corps has begun to show cracks in its once-fierce loyalty to the Islamic state.
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In This Issue
McCain says US lacks effective policy on Iran
Iran sentences critic filmmaker to prison
Iraqi forces attack Ashraf residents
Gates says U.S. lacks policy to curb Iran's nuclear drive
Taking down Tehran
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