Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  7616 August 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).    
Iran official announces building of new nuke site
Associated Press
16 August 2010

TEHRAN, Iran - Iran said Monday it will begin building a new site to enrich uranium by March, moving ahead with a plan that defies international efforts to curb its nuclear development.
Uranium enrichment factories are used to create fuel for nuclear power plants but can also, if taken to extremes, produce the material for weapons.
The planned plant is among 10 new sites that Iran approved last year in what would be a dramatic expansion of its controversial enrichment program. The announcement on state TV said the locations for the sites have been determined but gave no details.
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The barbarism of Ahmadinejad's Iran
New Statesman
Jason Cowley
15 August 2010
In my column in the Sunday Mirror today - as well as a little bit of politics, as Ben Elton used to say - I write about the case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani. She is the unfortunate woman who has been convicted of adultery and condemned to death by stoning by the Iranian state.
She has already received 99 lashes of the whip from a regime that delights in cruelty, human rights abuses and willful provocation...
There has been international outrage at the treatment by the Iranian state of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, and it looked at one point as if she would be offered asylum in Brazil. But Ahmadinejad, like Robert Mugabe, likes nothing more than to defy reasonable expectation, and now, in a disturbing twist in events, Ms Ashtiania has allegedly confessed on national television to murdering her husband as well. This is months after she expressed her innocence of all charges.
The whole thing has the sinister feel of an old-style Soviet show trial. Only China executes more people each year than Iran. Unless something can be done for her it looks as if the tragic Ms Ashtiani will still be executed. Her death would be yet another symbol of the powerlessness and mistreatment of women in Islamic theocracies.
What is it these fanatics fear about their women? Their superiority, perhaps?
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Iran footballer fired for 'not fasting in Ramadan'
AFP
15 August 2010
TEHRAN - Popular Iranian footballer Ali Karimi, sometimes described as "the Maradona of Asia," has been fired by his club for not fasting during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the club said on Sunday.
Steel Azin FC said on its website www.steelazin.com that it was "forced to sack one of its players, Ali Karimi, for being disobedient and not fasting during Ramadan," when devout Muslims fast from dawn until dusk.
Karimi, who was the Asian Player of 2004, had even "insulted officials of the (Iranian) football federation and the Tehran team's supervisor who confronted him on the issue," Steel Azin said.
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Iran's new deceptions at sea must be punished
The Financial Times
Stuart Levey
15 August 2010

...US companies involved in third-country trade - as well as foreign shippers and freight forwarders doing business with the US - must be aware of their sanctions responsibilities. And all shippers, wherever they do business, should exercise enhanced vigilance, particularly where shipments may involve Iran.
The broader private sector is restricting business with Iran, rather than risk facilitating Iran's illicit activities. But while private business actions are critical for sanctions to work, it is essential that governments throughout the world now ensure that new sanctions are also translated into action.
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The future of Iran is waiting for our support
The Telegraph
Christopher Booker
14 August 2010
There was extensive coverage last week for the charge by the First Vice President of Iran that we are "a thick people ruled by a mafia", and also for the woman who was threatened with death by stoning for adultery. Less attention has been paid to a more complex drama involving that unhappy country - one that helps to explain why one of its senior politicians would launch such abuse against Britain and "the young lad now in charge" who is "even stupider than his predecessor".
In recent months the regime in Tehran has stepped up the reign of terror it has imposed ever since last year's nationwide demonstrations against the rigged elections which confirmed Mr Ahmedinajad as president. Thousands of people have been thrown into Iran's infamous prisons and scores hanged, many in public. The regime has focused its propaganda - rather like the "Goldstein-hate" in Nineteen Eighty-Four - against the country's main opposition group, the National Council of Resistance in Iran (NCRI), led in Parisian exile by Mrs Maryam Rajavi, and its largest component, the People's Mujahideen of Iran (PMOI), seven of whose members are now awaiting a much-publicised death by hanging...
Last week Mrs Clinton issued a strong protest at the imminent hanging of the seven PMOI members in Iran. (The only charge against one of them is that his son is in Ashraf.) Thus have all those efforts at appeasement over the years begun to unravel. They have got nowhere in persuading Tehran to desist from its nuclear ambitions. And the mullahs' dictatorship has turned more ruthlessly than at any time since the 1980s - when it murdered some 120,000 supporters of the PMOI - on a people who are visibly ready, with shouts of "Death to the dictator" and lately "Are you with us, Obama, or against us?", to rise in revolution - if only they knew how.
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Guards involved in smuggling at Iran port
Iran Focus
13 August 2010

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is running a major smuggling network from the southern Iranian island of Qeshm, situated in the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf below the port city of Bandar Abbas in mainland Iran, according to a leaked IRGC internal report. The report indicates that in an attempt to cover up its extensive role in illegal trade, the IRGC unloads its smuggled imports at the port township of Aban on the island using very large storage facilities. It then distributes the products gradually into the Iranian market.
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U.S. rules bar banks that violate Iran sanctions
The New York Times
Robert F. Worth
13 August 2010

WASHINGTON - The Treasury Department released new regulations on Friday that could bar foreign banks or companies from accessing the financial system in the United States if they did business with entities or people subject to United Nations and United States sanctions.
The regulations, which grew out of legislation Congress passed in June, effectively bar foreign banks from doing business in dollars if they engage in transactions with anyone suspected of involvement in Iran's nuclear or missile programs. The entities include Iran's Revolutionary Guards.
The regulations were released just months after the passage of new sanctions on Iran by the United Nations Security Council and the European Union. The European Union sanctions include additional measures aimed at Iranian banks and insurance companies and the Iranian transport sector. Administration officials have said they believe that the sanctions have already started to have an effect.
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In This Issue
Iran official announces building of new nuke site
The barbarism of Ahmadinejad's Iran
Iran footballer fired for 'not fasting in Ramadan'
Iran's new deceptions at sea must be punished
The future of Iran is waiting for our support
Guards involved in smuggling at Iran port.
U.S. rules bar banks that violate Iran sanctions
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