Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  2620 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).    
Iran says to start work on new enrichment plant 
Washington Post
Ramin Mostafavi
19 April 2010
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran will start work on a new uranium enrichment nuclear plant, a senior official said on Monday, part of a big expansion of its nuclear programme which has contributed to fears in the West it aims to build a bomb.
Defying Western pressure to curb its sensitive nuclear work, Iran announced in November it planned to expand its enrichment activities by building 10 new sites. The announcement was condemned by the United States and its European allies.
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Iran sentences 3 opposition activists to prison 
Associated Press
19 April 2010

TEHRAN, Iran - Iran has sentenced three prominent political activists to six years in prison each for involvement in the country's post-election turmoil, the official IRNA news agency reported Monday.
The three are among more than 100 opposition figures who were put on a mass trial in the wake of the country's disputed June presidential elections. The trial has led to a dozen death sentences so far.
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Iranian cleric: Promiscuous women cause quakes 
Associated Press
SCHEHEREZADE FARAMARZI
19 April 2010

BEIRUT - A senior Iranian cleric says women who wear immodest clothing and behave promiscuously are to blame for earthquakes.
Iran is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries, and the cleric's unusual explanation for why the earth shakes follows a prediction by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that a quake is certain to hit Tehran and that many of its 12 million inhabitants should relocate.
"Many women who do not dress modestly ... lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes," Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi was quoted as saying by Iranian media. Sedighi is Tehran's acting Friday prayer leader.
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Congress asks for sanctions against Iran 
The New York Times
JANIE LORBER
18 April 2010

A bipartisan group of 363 House lawmakers sent a letter to President Obama on Wednesday urging him to impose "crippling" sanctions on Iran with or without United Nations action.
The letter guarantees that there is bipartisan support in Congress for "tough and decisive measures" against Iran and asks Mr. Obama to fulfill his July 2008 campaign pledge to do everything in his "power to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon."
"Mr. President, you have stated this issue is a priority for your administration. You have attempted to engage the Iranian regime for over a year. You have gone to the United Nations Security Council in an effort to impose tough new sanctions on Iran. But time is not on our side," the letter states. "We cannot allow those who would oppose or delay sanctions to govern either the timing or content of our efforts," it says, referring to the hesitations of China and Russia, who can veto the effort.
"There is no greater or more immediate threat to President Obama's vision and agenda of nonproliferation than Iran," said Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois, who co-authored the letter with Representative Mike Pence of Indiana, the chairman of the House Republican Conference.
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Shabnam Madadzadeh writes from Evin Prison: "They have enchained our thoughts" 
Committee of Human Rights Observers
18 April 2010
The following letter has been written by Shabnam Madadzadeh, Iranian female political prisoner:
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8:25am - Temporary detention centre, Evin prison: A female agent assigned as my guard calls out my name and prepares the handcuffs. Unlike other prisoners who show reluctance because they do not want to be seen handcuffed in court, I offer my wrists with ease. In an era where they chain your thoughts and those lost in the darkness [of ignorance] are given lamps to search the backrooms of our minds to ensure we have not dared to think, prisons, chains, and handcuffs are [no longer] insults to a person's dignity; rather they are measures of our values."
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Former University of Tehran Chancellor talks of Iran's forgotten prisoners 
RAHANA
15 April 2010
Dr. Mohammad Maleki is the former chancellor of the University of Tehran. He has been a political prisoner before and after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. He was imprisoned for five years after the revolution for opposing the Cultural Revolution, which resulted in the closure of universities across the country. In 2000, Dr. Maleki was arrested again at a meeting held by the National-Religious activists (national-religious is a term used to refer to supporters of the Iranian National Front). Following the disputed June 2009 election, Maleki, who suffers from cancer, was arrested again. He was taken from his bed to Tehran's Evin Prison, where he stayed until March 1, 2010 when he was released pending trial.
The following is the English translation of an interview he gave to Radio Zamaneh.
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In This Issue
Iran says to start work on new enrichment plant
Iran sentences 3 opposition activists to prison
Iranian cleric: Promiscuous women cause quakes
Congress asks for sanctions against Iran
Shabnam Madadzadeh writes from Evin Prison
Former University of Tehran Chancellor talks of Iran's forgotten prisoners
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