Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  627 July 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).    
"Death to Khamenei" chanted in western Tehran
Iran Focus
6 July 2010

Residents of Tehran's western Ghisha district and Ekbatan township chanted "death to Khamenei" (Iran's Supreme Leader) and "Allah-o Akbar" (God is the greatest) from rooftops Monday night. 
Authorities fear an outbreak of anti-government demonstrations on 9 July which marks the anniversary of the 1999 student-led uprising.
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BP stops refuelling Iranian airliners
The Financial Times
Andrew England in Abu Dhabi, Ed Crooks in London, and Daniel Dombey in Washington
6 July 2010

BP has stopped supplying Iranian airliners with jet fuel in response to tough new US sanctions imposed on the Islamic republic.
The unilateral measures signed into law last week by Barack Obama, president impose penalties on international companies selling or providing Iran with refined petroleum products - including jet fuel - with a fair market value of $1m or more.
The same measures would also apply to any such sales totalling $5m or more during a 12-month period.
BP, one of the world's largest suppliers of jet fuel, refused to discuss its dealings with individual airlines. However, the company said: "We fully comply with any international sanctions in any areas in which we operate."
A source in the Gulf familiar with the issue said: "An international jet fuel supplier in many international airports around the world has decided to cease refuelling Iranian aircraft, including at two terminals in the United Arab Emirates.
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EU: Most Iran Air jets banned from Europe
The Associated Press
SLOBODAN LEKIC
6 July 2010

BRUSSELS - The EU banned most of Iran Air's jets from flying to Europe because of safety concerns, emphasizing Tuesday that the move was not related to U.N. sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program.
The 27-nation bloc also relaxed restrictions on two airlines from Indonesia and put a Suriname airline on its blacklist of carriers the EU believes do not meet international safety standards.
The list of 278 airlines - mostly small operations from Africa and Asia - was established in 2006 and is updated regularly.
Iran Air's Boeing 727s and 747s, along with its Airbus 320s, have been placed on the EU blacklist following a safety audit, Transport Commission spokeswoman Helen Kearns said.
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Tehran bazaar shuts down in tax row with government
AFP
6 July 2010

TEHRAN - Traders in Tehran's grand bazaar went on strike on Tuesday in protest at increased income taxes in a year of slow business, ISNA news agency reported.
"This morning most businesses including jewellery and fabric shops shut down to protest at a lack of agreement with the tax office" over taxes of the previous Iranian year, which ended March 21, ISNA said.
Such strikes are rare in Tehran's traditional trade hub where bazaar merchants are a powerful business group.
In October 2008 they went on a week-long strike over a newly introduced value added tax and returned to work only after the government backed down.
"You cannot ignore recession when newspaper headlines say there are bounced cheques of four billion dollars," complained Mohammad Tahan-pour, who heads the union of home appliance traders.
He said many shops were shutting down because traders could no longer afford the rent, yet "the tax office is using a language of force and pressuring business owners."
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Iran pays consultants to spread disinformation on MEK
Toronto Sun
BRIAN LILLEY
5 July 2010

...John Thompson, who heads up the Mackenzie Institute, a security minded think-tank, says China isn't alone in trying to gain influence [in Canada].
Thompson, who is often called on by media outlets to offer up analysis, says he was offered $80,000 by a man tied to Iran's mission in Canada.
"They wanted me to publish a piece on the Mujahedin-e khalq," he said. "Iran is trying to get other countries to label it as a terrorist cult." Thompson says he turned down the offer..
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Iran must halt tomorrow's hanging of Mohammad Reza Haddadi, convicted aged 15
Amnesty International UK
6 July 2010

Amnesty International is urgently calling on the Iranian authorities to halt the imminent execution of Mohammad Reza Haddadi, who could face death by hanging as soon as tomorrow (Wednesday 7 July) for a murder he allegedly committed when he was 15 years old.
Mohammad Reza Haddadi's family were told by judicial officials on Sunday (4 July) that they should arrange a last visit to their son before he is executed in the early hours of tomorrow at Adelabad prison in the city of Shiraz.
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In This Issue
"Death to Khamenei" chanted in western Tehran
BP stops refuelling Iranian airliners
EU: Most Iran Air jets banned from Europe
Tehran bazaar shuts down in tax row with government
Iran pays consultants to spread disinformation on MEK
Iran must halt tomorrow's hanging of Mohammad Reza Haddadi
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