Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  7718 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).    
US official in Beirut to pursue Tehran penalties
Daily Star
Osama Habib
18 August 2010
BEIRUT: A senior US official arrived in Beirut on Tuesday to follow up on financial penalty measures on Iran that are supposed to be adopted by many countries, including Lebanon.
Stuart Levey, the undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence at the US Treasury Department, intends to meet officials from the Central Bank and Finance Ministry as well as from the banking sector
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Iranian woman sentenced to death for participating in peaceful anti-regime rallies
NCRI
18 August 2010

One of the political prisoners arrested during the Ashura day protests on December 27, 2009 in Iran has been sentenced to the inhumane punishment by hanging. Political prisoner Farah (Elmira) Vazehan has also been sentenced to two years in prison and payment of monetary fines. Ms. Vazehan's family and her lawyer have reportedly protested the ruling. According to reports, Ms. Vazehan is currently held at the notorious Evin prison's Women's Ward, and was sentenced to be hanged after almost 8 months of detention.
The Iranian regime's interrogators have charged the female political prisoner with producing pictures and videos of unprecedented popular protests and having contacts with the main opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).
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Iran's conservative factions turn on each other
RFE/RL
Abbas Djavadi
17 August 2010
Last year's crackdown on Iran's opposition Green Movement united the various factions of the country's ruling establishment. Recently, however, there are signs of conflict among these competing groups, and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei seems to be having trouble balancing among them while simultaneously favoring President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's "militaristic-messianic" faction.
Just last week, pro-Ahmadinejad lawmakers asked the justice authority to investigate remarks by two leading conservative members of parliament from the so-called pro-justice faction headed by Ahmad Tavakkoli. The deputies reportedly sharply criticized Ahmadinejad and his supporters for "distancing themselves from the clerics" and acting like "a terrorist group."
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Activist sues Nokia Siemens in US over Iran cell monitoring
AFP
17 August 2010
WASHINGTON - An Iranian activist is suing Nokia Siemens before a US court, accusing the firm and its parent companies of supplying the Iranian government with technology it used to spy on dissidents.
Moawad & Herischi, the Maryland firm that filed the suit Monday, said Isa Saharkhiz alleges "human rights violations committed by the Iranian government (were carried out) through the aid of spying centers which were provided by Nokia Siemens Networks."
The firm said Isa Saharkhiz, an Iranian journalist and political dissident, was arrested "as a result of the surveillance and monitoring of his cell phone communications in the aftermath of disputed 2009 presidential election in Iran."
...The suit, filed before a federal court in the US state of Virginia, targets Nokia Siemens Networks and its parent companies Nokia, a Finnish telecoms firm, and Siemens AG, a German engineering giant.
It calls on Nokia Siemens Networks "to cease all unlawful support of intercepting centers of the Iranian government," asks the firm "to help secure the release of Mr. Isa Saharkhiz through the use of their connections with the Iranian government.
"Lastly, the suit seeks relief that would prevent defendants from harming others in the future in other similarly situated countries like Iran."
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In This Issue
US official in Beirut to pursue Tehran penalties
Iranian woman sentenced to death for participating in peaceful anti-regime rallies
Iran's conservative factions turn on each other
Activist sues Nokia Siemens in US over Iran cell monitoring
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Protest Ahmadinejad's Visit to UN in New York
A broad based committee of Iranian exiles in the United States is organizing a large protest rally against the presence of Iran's illegitimate president and his regime at the United Nations. Several European parliamentary groups as well as scores of Canadian, Australian, and Iranian communities throughout the world have signalled their support for the anti-Ahmandinejad rally. The rally is expected to be the largest gathering of Iranians in the US. All those who support peace in the world and democracy in Iran will converge on New York's Dag Hammarskj÷ld Plaza to participate. We invite you to contact your local organizing committee to participate in this historic event. You can write to us at info@isdciran.org to enquire about your local committee.
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