Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  3613 May 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).    
A chance to stand tall against Iran on human rights
The Washington Post
Roxana Saberi
13 May 2010

Time is of the essence: Several political prisoners are on death row, and a fresh crackdown on opposition supporters is likely as the first anniversary of Iran's controversial presidential election approaches. Regular citizens can demonstrate support for the Iranian people by participating in any of the rallies expected in several cities around the world on June 12. They can also contribute to human rights groups or take part in Internet and letter-writing campaigns to Iranian officials. Such steps, if done continuously by large numbers of people, can make a difference, making clear to Iran that it cannot get away with torture and wrongful imprisonment or stop people from exercising universal human rights.
If these voices are loud enough, they will be heard by Iranians and maybe even by the detainees enduring injustices. Perhaps those prisoners will feel like I did when I learned of the efforts for my release: empowered.
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Iran may be storing 38 million barrels of oil at sea, IEA says
Bloomberg Businessweek
Anthony DiPaola
12 May 2010

Iran, holder of the world's second largest oil reserves, may be storing as much as 38 million barrels of crude at sea as demand declines for the heavier, sour grades the Persian Gulf country sells, according to a report. Between 30 and 38 million barrels of Iranian crude may be in floating storage, a reference to oil kept in tankers and not sold, by early May, the International Energy Agency said. Cuts in orders from refiners in India, China, Japan and South Korea and maintenance at some facilities have hurt Iran's sales.
"Weaker demand for heavier crudes, unattractive price formulas and the threat of new sanctions have combined to reduce buying interest in the country's heavier, sour crudes," the IEA said in a report today. Sour grades have a high sulfur content
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Imprisoned student activist Majid Tavakoli writes letter in honour of the recently executed
HRANA
Majid Tavakoli
12 May 2010

Oh, how evil is tyranny when it is fearful that it will no longer be able to commit crimes- The crimes that lead Farzad to teach us to resist? They feared his smile and perseverance and that is why they disconnected the phones.
It was this fear that led them to cancel any gatherings and distribute sweets and dates. It was this fear that led them to insist that we not talk of him, even though nothing they said stopped us from keeping his memory alive and strong. It was this fear that led them to resort to martial law. It was this fear that led them to shout that they had executed terrorists, when everyone was fully aware that those executed were not terrorists. They are fully aware that there were no bombs involved. They know how they lied to incriminate Farzad. They also know why they sentenced him. Even though they killed him, they were unable to destroy his spirit. Because his death allowed us to realize that tyranny can never take away the children of our nation without paying a price.
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Relatives of Kurds executed in Iran are denied the remains, and 2 are arrested
The New York Times
NAZILA FATHI
11 May 2010
The authorities in Iran have refused to allow the families of five Kurdish activists hanged on Sunday to bury them, and have arrested the sister and mother of the only woman among the executed, one of the activists' lawyers said Tuesday. 
The sister and mother of the woman, Shirin Alamhooee, 28, were arrested at their home in the city of Makoo, in northwestern Iran, said the lawyer, Khalil Bahramian, in a telephone interview from Tehran. He also said the family was not even aware of the execution until Monday afternoon.
The government's refusal to hand over the bodies to the families appears to stem from a fear of antigovernment demonstrations during burial ceremonies in Kurdish areas. Ethnic Kurds have come under increasing pressure since the large-scale protests last summer against the nation's disputed elections, and at least two other Kurdish activists were executed late last year. At least 16 other Kurdish activists remain on death row, according to human rights groups.
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Exclusive: Britain gives Iran rare metal for nuclear testing
Iran Focus
9 May 2010
London, May 09 - The British government sanctioned the transfer of a "dual-use" substance to Iran, which then used the rare metal in nuclear weapons research, Iran Focus has learnt.
Opposition sources have told Iran Focus that in 2002 the Ministry of Defence bought a quantity of the element Beryllium, which can be used in nuclear bomb triggers, claiming it was for civilian research by the physics faculty of the Elm-va-Sanat University (University of Science and Technology) in Tehran.
The cover of a university research faculty made it unnecessary to alert the International Atomic Energy Agency.
The university had a department called the "Applied Physics Institute," which worked closely with a military centre in Tehran's Lavizan-Shian park. Other staff and students at the university were barred from entering the faculty's physics institute.
Iran has repeatedly used the University of Science and Technology as a cover for purchasing and researching on "dual use" items that the UN Security Council has barred it from obtaining over fears that they may be used to produce nuclear weapons.
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Thank you for your reading Iran Update. We welcome your comments. 
 
 
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ISDCI News Group
In This Issue
A chance to stand tall against Iran on human rights
Iran may be storing 38 million barrels of oil at sea, IEA says
Imprisoned student activist Majid Tavakoli writes letter in honour of the recently executed
Relatives of Kurds executed in Iran are denied the remains, and 2 are arrested
Britain gives Iran rare metal for nuclear testing
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