Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  5214 June 2010
Iran Update
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Iran jams satellite signal
VOA News
Editorial
14 June 2010

In the run-up to the one year anniversary of last June's disputed presidential election, the Iranian government has continued to increase its jamming of satellite television signals in Iran, thereby prohibiting access protected by international treaties.

According to complaints by Iranian citizens, the electronic interference was evident when the Voice of America's Persian News Network recently broadcast an HBO documentary on the life of Neda Agha Soltan, the young woman killed during peaceful protests following the election last year. Her death was captured on video, and she has become a symbol of the aspirations of the Iranian people for freedom and justice.
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What if the Obama administration fully sided with Iran's Green Movement?
The Washington Post
Editorial
12 June 2010

...To a large extent, the Green Movement is leaderless. The opposition presidential candidates it initially rallied behind are aging adherents of clerical rule who have little in common with Iran's huge ranks of frustrated young people.
But as Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) pointed out in a powerful speech before the group also on Thursday, the president has hesitated to "unleash America's full moral power to support the Iranian people." Mr. Obama clings to the hope that the radical clique in Tehran will eventually agree to negotiate in good faith -- "an assumption," Mr. McCain noted, that "seems totally at odds with the character of this Iranian regime."
The senator proposed "a different goal: to mobilize our friends and allies in like-minded countries, both in the public sphere and the private sector, to challenge the legitimacy of this Iranian regime, and to support Iran's people in changing the character of their government -- peacefully, politically, on their own terms and in their own ways."
In fact, the administration has been inching in this direction. It has taken some small steps to help Iranians overcome the regime's Internet censorship. Many of the new sanctions are focused on companies controlled by the Revolutionary Guard, which is the regime's backbone and prime instrument of repression. But the policy could be much more aggressive: The State Department, for example, is still sitting on tens of millions of dollars appropriated by Congress for Internet firewall-busting.
Mr. Obama's strategy hasn't slowed Iran's nuclear program or its aggressions toward Iraq, Lebanon or Israel. The popular discontent reflected in the Green Movement offers another avenue for action, one that is more in keeping with America's ideals. It's time for the president to fully embrace it.
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"Iran today is a prison"
The Foundry
Helle Dale
12 June 2010

It is high time the United States and Europe confronted Iran about its history of human rights abuses committed against its own people. Iran is a problem for the world on so many levels: as a nightmare nuclear power, as a sponsor of international terrorism, a nuclear proliferator and a threat to regional stability in the Middle East. But what has often been missing in the international hand-wringing sessions vis--vis Iran is the toll the Tehran regime is taking on its own people. Stating that we will deal with whoever is in power is simply not good enough when it comes to certain kinds of regimes. It leaves the Iranian people with the impression that we simple don't care - and just as bad, it leaves the regime with the feeling that it can act with impunity against its own population.
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As protests persist, security and demonstrators clash in Iran
The Los Angeles Times
Borzou Daragahi
12 June 2010

Clashes erupted in downtown Tehran late Saturday afternoon between demonstrators seeking to mark the one-year anniversary of Iran's disputed presidential elections and baton-wielding security forces.
The small skirmishes between security forces and demonstrators unfolded along streets adjacent to Tehran University, the capital's main institution of higher learning. Protests occurred despite opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi having called off the demonstrations, apparently concerned that the official crackdown would be too harsh.
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Members of U.S. Congress call for continued U.S. protection of Camp Ashraf
PR Newswire
11 June 2010

At a Congressional briefing on Thursday 10 June, 2010, several members of the U.S. House of Representatives emphasized the need for the continued U.S. protection of Camp Ashraf in Iraq. The bi-partisan call was made in light of the announcement by the United States military that the U.S. intends to evacuate Camp Grizzly in Ashraf and turn it over to the Iraqi Security Forces by July 1st. Many members at the briefing, which coincided with the anniversary of the uprising in Iran, also called for the removal of Iran's main opposition, the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), from the State Department's list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO).
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Iran's Green Movement has been betrayed by its leaders
The Telegraph
Con Coughlin
11 June 2010

When the millions of Iranians who supported the country's Green Movement reflect tomorrow on the anniversary last year's rigged election, they have every reason to feel bitter about the way their good intentions - and in many cases their personal sacrifice - have been dissipated by the movement's leadership...
...the leaders of the Green Movement never had any real intention of campaigning for the kind of changes those who took to the streets last year were demanding. Mir Hossein Mousavi, the Green Movement's leader, may claim to be a reformer, but he is at heart a die-hard supporter of the Iran's Islamic Revolution. The only change he really wanted to see was to see himself appointed president at the expense of Mr Ahmadinejad. But he never had any intention of seeking to overthrow the Islamic fundamentalist regime that was established by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini following the 1979 revolution.
In fact Mr Mousavi could one day find himself on trial for committing war crimes if the U.N. ever gets round to giving serious consideration to a report published this week which concluded that the great reformer was in fact involved in the extra-judicial murder of an estimated 10,000 political prisoners in 1988 when he served as Iran's prime minister. With reformers like this, it is no wonder that Iran's Green Movement has failed.
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In This Issue
Iran jams satellite signal
What if the Obama administration fully sided with Iran's Green Movement?
"Iran today is a prison"
As protests persist, security and demonstrators clash in Iran
Members of U.S. Congress call for continued U.S. protection of Camp Ashraf
Iran's Green Movement has been betrayed by its leaders
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