Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  615 July 2010
Iran Update
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Bill Clinton: "Massive pro-democracy in France" called for tougher sanctions on Iranian regime
NCRI
5 July 2010

In an interview with CNN 'The situation room program' on Saturday, former US President, Bill Clinton, talked about the imposition of tougher sanctions against the Iranian regime and pointed to the large gathering of the Iranian resistance in Taverny, France, where 100,000 Iranians and their international supporters condemned the regime and called for democratic change in Iran. Mr. Clinton said, "On the bomb, I think that, first of all, let's be honest. This is the toughest issue the world faces. See the story of a massive demonstration in France yesterday, with the Iranian pro-democracy, pro freedom forces, and they're saying I wish you had tougher sanctions..."
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Why is Ottawa demonizing Iran's opposition?
The Tyee
Terry Glavin
5 July 2010

...The NCRI gathering, which drew about 30,000 Iranian exiles from around the world, was more like an outdoor rock concert than a political rally. Jean Bouin Stadium in Taverny, a Paris suburb, was transformed into a sea of mauve hats and mauve sun umbrellas. Against a big-screen backdrop, the warm-up acts included speeches from former Algerian prime minister Ahmed Ghozali and former Spanish prime minister José María Aznar.
It was as surreal as it was spectacular. MP Rob Oliphant (Don Valley West), a soft-spoken United Church minister, chatted amiably offstage with John Bolton, the famously combative Iraq war enthusiast and former U.S. representative to the United Nations. NCRI president Maryam Rajavi, the NCRI's enigmatic president (some say her husband Masoud, the NCRI's official leader, may be dead), hovered overheard in a helicopter while European politicians delivered their speeches. When she finally ascended the stage, the crowd roared with euphoria...
The NCRI is the best organized and most tightly disciplined Iranian opposition network in the world, and Canadians have been at the forefront in supporting the NCRI. But the largest component of the NCRI coalition, the People's Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI), is listed as a terrorist group in both the U.S. and Canada.
"None of this makes any sense," [David] Matas, [a Winnipeg refugee-rights lawyer who has been helping the NCRI find international-law protections for the Camp Ashraf Mojahedin] said. "If a Canadian court ever looked at the PMOI terrorist designation, my best guess is that it just wouldn't stand up. Canada has no excuse for this."
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Lloyd's restricts cover for shipments to Iran
The Financial Times
Paul J Davies in London and Daniel Dombey in Washington
1 July 2010

Lloyd's of London, the insurance market, is restricting cover for any ships carrying petroleum to Iran.
President Barack Obama signed new sanctions legislation into law on Thursday night. Lloyd's said it would move to ensure its members complied with the US rules, the toughest unilateral measures taken against Iran in over a decade
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In This Issue
Bill Clinton: "Massive pro-democracy in France"
Why is Ottawa demonizing Iran's opposition?
Lloyd's restricts cover for shipments to Iran
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Putting Human Rights
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