Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  3714 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).    
Kurds stage strike in Iran to protest executions of activists
The New York Times
NAZILA FATHI
14 May 2010

Iranian Kurds staged one of their largest strikes in recent years, closing shops and bazaars in nearly all Sunni Kurdish cities and towns in eastern Iran to protest the executions of five people, including four Kurdish activists, on Sunday, according to opposition Web sites and witnesses.
The strike was the largest in Kurdish areas since 2005, when another Kurdish activist was shot and killed by security forces.
Iran's Kurds have long presented a delicate subject for the government, which fears that the restive population will join Kurds in Iraq and Turkey to try to form a Kurdish nation. Iran's leadership has faced opposition from at least one armed separatist group.
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UK Foreign Secretary Hague slams Iran ahead of US trip
AFP
14 May 2010

LONDON - Newly appointed Foreign Secretary William Hague has criticised Iran's nuclear programme ahead of his first visit to Washington on Friday, in comments to a newspaper.
Hague, who embarks on his inaugural overseas trip in his new role just three days into the new coalition government, told the Times that "tackling nuclear proliferation [in] Iran" was a priority for the government.
"Iran's behaviour in recent years has been unacceptable to the great majority of the international community," he said.
Hague indicated that Britain would continue to push for United Nations sanctions, said the paper, as he prepared for talks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
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Division at the heart of the regime
Iran Focus
14 May 2010
London, 14 May - For more than 30 years, Iran has been run on Ayatollah Khomeini's theory of velayat-e faqih, or supreme rule of religious jurisprudence. Khomeini promoted this principle from the outset of the 1979 revolution and for 10 years held the title of Supreme Leader. His theory failed him in 1988 when he ended up having to demote his designated successor, Grand Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri, over Montazeri's protestations of the vast number of political executions.
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Diplomats: Iran expands enrichment facility
Associated Press
GEORGE JAHN
14 May 2010

VIENNA - Iran has set up new equipment that will allow it to boost its efficiency at enriching uranium at higher levels, diplomats said Friday. The move is likely to give the U.S. more leverage with Russia and China in its push for new U.N. sanctions on Tehran.
Iran's clandestine enrichment activities were discovered eight years ago and have expanded since to encompass thousands of centrifuges churning out material enriched to 3.5 percent. But despite three sets of Security Council sanctions meant to enforce demands of a freeze, Tehran moved to a new level in February, when it set up a small program to produce material enriched to near 20 percent.
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AP Exclusive: CIA tracks Al-Qaida moving from Iran
Associated Press
ADAM GOLDMAN and MATT APUZZO
13 May 2010

WASHINGTON - It's one of the enduring mysteries of the war on terrorism: What will become of the al-Qaida leaders and operatives who fled into Iran after 9/11 and have been detained there for years?
Their fate has long been a blindspot for U.S. intelligence. Recently, however, some al-Qaida figures have quietly made their way out of Iran, raising the prospect that the country is loosening its grip on the terror group so it can replenish its ranks, former and current U.S. intelligence officials say.
This movement could indicate that Iran is re-examining its murky relationship with al-Qaida at a time when the U.S. is stepping up drone attacks in Pakistan and weakening the group's leadership. Any influx of manpower could hand al-Qaida a boost in morale and expertise and threaten to disrupt stability in the region.
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In This Issue
Kurds stage strike in Iran to protest executions of activists
UK Foreign Secretary Hague slams Iran ahead of US trip
Division at the heart of the regime
Diplomats: Iran expands enrichment facility
AP Exclusive: CIA tracks Al-Qaida moving from Iran
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