Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  3128 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).    
Sarkozy on visit to China: new sanctions must be imposed on Tehran
Associated Press
28 April 2010
BEIJING (AP) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy has stressed the urgency of ongoing efforts to curb Iran's nuclear program in a meeting with China's leader, saying new sanctions must be imposed on Tehran if negotiations fail.
Sarkozy arrived in China on Wednesday for a three-day visit and was welcomed by Chinese President Hu Jintao at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, where the two met privately for talks.
At a joint news conference after the meeting, Sarkozy said that if dialogue does not work with Iran, "then we can only use sanctions."
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Desmond Tutu: release 3 US hikers held in Iran 
Associated Press
28 April 2010

JOHANNESBURG -- Retired South African archbishop Desmond Tutu is calling for the urgent release of three American hikers detained for nearly nine months in Iran. In a statement Wednesday Tutu says two of the hikers are ill and they are all suffering emotionally and are considering a hunger strike. He says Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd have committed no crime.
The three Americans have been held since crossing the border from Iraq in July. Their families say they unintentionally strayed while hiking. 
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Amnesty International report highlights threat to Camp Ashraf
Amnesty International
27 April 2010
Page 25 - Other vulnerable refugees are some 3,400 members or supporters of the People's Mojahedeen Organization of Iran (PMOI), an Iranian opposition group, who are living in Camp Ashraf in Diyala governorate. Following months of rising tension, Iraqi security forces forcibly entered and took control of the camp, which had been under US military control until June 2009, on 28 and
29 July 2009. Video footage taken as Iraqi security forces entered the camp showed them deliberately driving military vehicles into crowds of protesting residents. They used live ammunition, apparently killing at least nine refugees, and detained 36 others who they subsequently tortured. The 36 were taken to al-Khalis police station in Diyala, where they mounted a hunger strike, and were then moved to Baghdad despite repeated judicial orders for their release. They were freed and allowed to return to Camp Ashraf in October after an international campaign for their release. However, in early 2010 the authorities were reported to be insisting that the camp residents move to another location in southern Iraq.
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Gates satisfied with US planning to counter Iran threat 
Reuters
27 April 2010
WASHINGTON, April 27 (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Tuesday he was very satisfied with Pentagon planning to counter the threat posed by Iran's nuclear program. 
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Understanding the Mujahedin-e Khalq
Huffington Post
Ali Safavi
22 April 2010
Aside from the clearly false allegations against the MEK, which have been addressed in previous posts, some of the MEK's activities inside Iran prior to 2001 have been cited by the US Department of State and others as providing ostensible justification for the terrorist label against the organization. The MEK's activities have been painted with an unjustified brush of terrorism, thereby conflating instances of otherwise legitimate resistance against a tyrannical system with horrid acts of blind terrorism. Readers are welcomed to comment or ask questions if they so wish.

MEK: Resistance Against Tyranny
"The Islam we profess does not condone bloodshed. We have never sought, nor do we welcome confrontation and violence... We do not fear election results, whatever they may be... If Khomeini had allowed half or even a quarter of the freedoms presently enjoyed in France, we would have certainly achieved a democratic victory." Massoud Rajavi
 
Immediately after the anti-monarchic revolution in 1979, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) began a nationwide political campaign to promote its belief in the absolute need to respect hard won freedoms and democratic rights. This principled position starkly contrasted with that of the organization's main rival, the clerical regime's founder, Khomeini, who sought to institutionalize his theocratic idea of absolute clerical rule (velayat-e faqih) after hijacking the leadership of the revolution.
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In This Issue
Sarkozy on visit to China: new sanctions must be imposed on Tehran
Desmond Tutu: release 3 US hikers held in Iran
Amnesty International report highlights threat to Camp Ashraf
Gates satisfied with US planning to counter Iran threat
Understanding the Mujahedin-e Khalq
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