Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  5418 June 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).    
Maryam Rajavi welcomes new sanctions by US, EU, calls for comprehensive sanctions
NCRI
17 June 2010

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President elect of the Iranian Resistance, welcomed the imposition of new sanctions against the mullahs' regime by the US and the European Union. She expressed hope that these sanctions would improve to a comprehensive arms, technological, diplomatic and oil embargoes against the clerical regime. "Banning new investments in the oil industry, which is basically in the hands of IRGC, is an essential step, but it has to expand to ending or at least freezing previous investments as well," Mrs. Rajavi added.
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Contempt for our courting of Iran
Investor's Business Daily
17 June 2010

Tehran's response to our newest sanctions? An immediate expansion of its nuclear program. Meanwhile, Muslims far and wide recognize the Iranian threat but find President Obama's response deficient. If the president really wanted to woo the world's Muslims, then instead of giving a groveling, hyped-up speech to a bunch of big shots in Cairo a year ago he should have gone all out against the Iranian nuclear threat.
At least, that's what a new international poll suggests...
The results of the ninth annual Pew Global Attitudes Project, co-sponsored by Germany's Bertelsmann Foundation and released Thursday in Berlin and Washington, found that the populations of Islamic countries are in support of getting tough with the revolutionary government in Iran.
Surveying 25,000 people in 22 countries, Pew found heavy support for harsh measures against Tehran in nations like Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon. Only Pakistan and India dissented. Interestingly, 55% of Egyptians and 53% of Jordanians were willing to consider military action to stop Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons.
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Europe widens Iran sanctions
The Wall Street Journal
STEPHEN FIDLER And LAURA STEVENS
17 June 2010

BRUSSELS - European Union leaders authorized Thursday a significant widening of the 27-nation bloc's sanctions against Iran because of concerns over Tehran's nuclear-weapons program, in a move that will reinforce a slow but steady trend toward declining economic relations between Europe and Iran.
The new European measures aim explicitly for the first time at parts of the economy unconnected to Tehran's nuclear program and go well beyond curbs agreed in a more narrowly focused United Nations sanctions resolution this month. Pressure from the U.S., a much more important market than Iran, has already persuaded a growing band of big firms to curb business ties with the country.
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Iran could fire 'hundreds' of missiles at Europe: Gates
AFP
17 June 2010

WASHINGTON - US intelligence has shown Iran could launch an attack against Europe with "scores or hundreds" of missiles, prompting major changes to US missile defenses, Pentagon chief Robert Gates said on Thursday.
President Barack Obama in September cited a mounting danger from Iran's arsenal of short and medium-range missiles when he announced an overhaul of US missile defense plans.
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Iran's Green Movement moves to bypass its leaders
The Huffington Post
Mahmood Delkhasteh
17 June 2010

The gap between the reformist leaders of the Green movement and its supporters began to show itself when the initial question 'where is my vote?' was replaced by the chant: 'freedom, independence, Iranian republic'. The incompatibility between the reformist leaders' demands for a re-run of the election and the rank-and-file's revolutionary demand to replace this regime with a democratic government has resulted in a schizophrenic identity as each side attempted to pull the movement in its own direction. This has weakened the movement in some ways. But the continuation of the struggle has also hastened the process of the regime's disintegration. There is no longer just a clash between reformists and conservatives, but now the widening and deepening of fault lines between the rainbow coalition of conservatives whose support for the rigged election is now being exposed in public.
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In This Issue
Maryam Rajavi welcomes new sanctions by US, EU
Contempt for our courting of Iran
Europe widens Iran sanctions
Iran could fire 'hundreds' of missiles at Europe: Gates
Iran's Green Movement moves to bypass its leaders
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