Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  5521 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).    
Gates rules out idea of 'containing' nuclear-armed Iran
AFP
20 June 2010

WASHINGTON - US Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Sunday refused to address the notion of having to contain a nuclear armed Iran, saying US efforts were aimed at preventing it from acquiring atomic weapons.
"I don't think we're prepared to even talk about containing a nuclear Iran. I think... our view still is we do not accept the idea of Iran having nuclear weapons," he said in an interview with Fox News Sunday.
"And our policies and our efforts are all aimed at preventing that from happening," he said.
Asked whether a military strike against Iran was preferable to it acquiring nuclear weapons, Gates said all options remained on the table but added: "I think we have some time to continue working this problem." 
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Defiant Tehran remains fearful of protest
The Financial TImes
Roula Khalaf 
20 June 2010

It was a year ago on Sunday that Neda Agha-Soltan, 27, an Iranian philosophy student, bled to death on a street in Tehran. Her agony was captured on camera in the post-presidential election protests that shook the Islamic republic.
The victim of a repression unleashed against a reformist opposition that was struggling to reverse the results of an allegedly rigged vote, Neda died in an extraordinary week in Iran and on one of the bloodiest days of the revolt. She remains the symbol of the uprising.
In only 12 months, Iran has changed dramatically, however, and those days of protest now seem a distant memory. The regime has put down the Green Movement of Mir-Hossein Moussavi, the reformist leader assumed to have beaten Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad in the presidential poll. But this has come at a huge cost to the regime's legitimacy...
It is not inconceivable that, in spite of the setbacks, the Green Movement can be reinvigorated. But it is likely that in its next wave it will become more radicalised.
Last year's popular passion for reformists, after years of marginalisation, came as a surprise even to the movement's leaders, let alone the world. Iranians' lingering anger is bound to explode in another form, perhaps again when it is least expected.
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U.S., Europe target Iran investment, trade
The Washington Post
Glenn Kessler
18 June 2010

The United States and its allies are swiftly tightening an economic cordon around Iran by imposing new strictures that could inflict far more economic pain on the Islamic republic than previous sanctions.
On Thursday, European Union governments agreed to ban companies from investing in or otherwise assisting Iran's oil and gas industry -- measures that went well beyond a U.N. Security Council resolution last week that reiterated international demands that Iran forswear nuclear weapons. Along with the United States, Australia, Japan, South Korea and other countries are set to adopt or strengthen their own sanctions against trading with Iran.
The cascading effect appears to validate the Obama administration's strategy of accepting a watered-down U.N. resolution, with a less-than-unanimous vote, to move to the next stage in the confrontation with Iran: tough unilateral sanctions imposed by individual nations.
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Our enemy's enemy is our enemy? The strange case of the U.S.-MEK relationship
The Huffington Post
Allan Gerson
18 June 2010

The enemy of our enemy is our friend. Every schoolboy knows this. Somehow, the U.S. State Department thinks differently. It persists in keeping the MEK/PMOI (the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran), the largest Iranian anti-mullah militant organization, on the State Department's List of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. It persists in doing so despite the fact that the MEK has rejected terrorism for over a decade, never targeted Americans (except in the case of a splinter group in the early 1970s, which also murdered a number of the MEK as well), and is a key proponent of democracy and freedom in Iran.
Puzzled as to how this could occur, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), Chairman of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade, felt compelled to declare at the Congressional Iran Briefing on June 10, 2010, that: "It is questionable to list on that [State Department] List entities which are not enemies of the United States but are enemies of the enemies of the United States." Moreover, Congressman Brad Sherman continued, "I have difficulty understanding what has the MEK done, even remotely, in recent times, that causes the MEK to be on that list. I do know there is no entity more feared, more hated by the mullahs who run Iran, than the MEK -- which is perhaps the finest compliment that could be paid to that organization." 
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The Iranian Resistance and us
The New Republic
John McCain
11 June 2010

One year ago this week in Iran, the desire for democracy gave birth to an indigenous political reform movement that is more promising and more consequential than anything the Middle East has seen in a generation. One year ago, the conventional wisdom held that the prospect for political evolution in Iran was dim and distant. But as it often is, that conventional wisdom was utterly wrong: After the Iranian people were denied their right to a free and fair election, the world watched in awe as a sea of protestors-by some estimates, as many as three million Iranians-swelled into streets all around the country. Ordinary Iranians realized that they could not remain neutral in the struggle for human rights in their country, and they became part of it. As a result, history was made before our very eyes: one year ago, democratic change in Iran looked rather improbable, but just one week later it looked virtually inevitable...
Eventually-maybe not tomorrow or next year or even the year after that, but eventually-Iranians will achieve the democratic changes they seek for their country. The Iranian regime may appear intimidating now, but it is rotting inside. It has only brute force and fear to sustain it, and Iranians won't be afraid forever.
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In This Issue
Gates rules out idea of 'containing' nuclear-armed Iran
Defiant Tehran remains fearful of protest
U.S., Europe target Iran investment, trade
Our enemy's enemy is our enemy? The strange case of the U.S.-MEK relationship
The Iranian Resistance and us...The New Republic
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