Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  4227 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).    
Iran regime braces for trouble on June 12
World Tribune
27 May 2010

NICOSIA - Iran has placed its security forces on alert for pro-democracy unrest ahead of the anniversary of national elections that took place in June 2009.
Officials said the regime of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad intends to bolster security around Teheran and major cities. Opposition leaders have called for protests on June 12 to mark allegedly fraudulent elections in which Ahmadinejad defeated Mir Hussin Mousavi.
"Police will confront any illegal gatherings," Teheran police chief Hussein Sajedi said.
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Rights activist on trial in Iran
Iran Focus
27 May 2010

Ali SaremiRome, May 27 - Shiva Nazar Ahari, 26, journalist, human rights activist, blogger and reporter of the Committee of Human Rights Reporters was put on trial on 23 May on a charge that could lead to a death sentence. Another member of this committee, Kouhyar Goudarzi, remains imprisoned without trial, the Italian Peace Reporter said. Amnesty International described the two as "prisoners of conscience, detained for the peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression and association." Both have been detained since December 2009.
Iran's state news agencies have accused Ahari of being affiliated with the main opposition group People's Mojahedin (PMOI). Goudarzi faces the same charge.
Goudarzi told his family last February that he had been put under pressure by Iran's intelligence service to confess to having links with the PMOI. He has been put in solitary confinement after he had protested the treatment of other prisoners.
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International appeal to save the life of a political prisoner
NCRI
27 May 2010

NCRI - Majid Tavakoli, a political prisoner, who is on his fifth day of dry hunger strike, has fallen critically ill. In a show of solidarity for his action, his mother along with number of other political prisoners have joined in with their own hunger strikes.
On May 23, Majid Tavakoli, a student activist from Tehran Polytechnic University, started a dry hunger strike to protest against his transfer to solitary confinement. His move follows pressures by the regime's prosecutor Jaafari Dowlatabadi on 100 political prisoners forcing them to repent in writing and appeal to the regime's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to pardon them. Majid and most of the prisoners have refused to give in to their outrageous demands. Angered by his refusal, the henchmen transferred him to solitary confinement.
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Iran protesters' Twitter Revolution on display in Paris
NPR
27 May 2010

An exhibit in Paris brings together some of the thousands of mobile phone videos shot by anti-government protesters after last June's disputed presidential election.
Tehran largely banned international and Iranian media from freely covering the massive wave of protests over alleged fraud in the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad.
But Iranians overcame the reporting ban by using their cell phones and social-networking and image-sharing websites such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
The Paris exhibit, "Action 1," gives visitors a firsthand look at the demonstrations and the crackdown that seem to have changed the lives of millions of Iranians.
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Germany: Iran still not being transparent about its nuclear program; sanctions work continues
Associated Press
27 May 2010

DOHA, Qatar - German Chancellor Angela Merkel says work on a new round of U.N. sanctions against Iran over its disputed nuclear program will continue because Tehran is still not being transparent.
Western powers, including Germany and the U.S., worry that Iran is seeking to develop atomic weapons. Tehran says its nuclear program only seeks energy-producing reactors.
Merkel said Thursday in Qatar that Iran has failed to show transparency over its program so far so "the joint work on the sanctions will be continued."
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Iran and Russia clash in worst row for years
Reuters
Robin Pomeroy and Guy Faulconbridge
26 May 2010

TEHRAN/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Iran and Russia clashed on Wednesday over Kremlin support for draft U.N. sanctions against the Islamic Republic, in one of the worst rows between the two powers since the Cold War.
The public clash indicates growing concern in Tehran after the United States said Russia and China, the closest thing Iran has to big-power allies, had agreed to a draft sanctions resolution to punish Iran over its nuclear program.
...the Kremlin's top foreign policy adviser dismissed Ahmadinejad's criticism, telling the Iranian president to refrain from "political demagoguery." "No one has ever managed to preserve one's authority with political demagoguery. I am convinced, the thousand-year history of Iran itself is evidence of this," Sergei Prikhodko said in a statement read out by a Kremlin spokeswoman.
"The Russian Federation is governed by its own long-term state interests. Our position is Russian: it reflects the interests of all the peoples of greater Russia and so it can be neither pro-American nor pro-Iranian," he said
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In This Issue
Iran regime braces for trouble on June 12
Rights activist on trial in Iran
International appeal to save the life of a political prisoner
Iran protesters' Twitter Revolution on display in Paris
Germany: Iran still not being transparent about its nuclear program; sanctions work continues
Iran and Russia clash in worst row for years
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