Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  7927 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).    
"Protests were a huge blow to the Iranian regime's image," official admits
NCRI
27 August 2010

In an interview with the state-run Fars news agency, Mohammad-Reza Naeri, a member of pro Khamenei faction said, "I think the sedition that was created and the subsequent incidents dealt an extremely heavy and serious blow to the image of the Islamic Republic. I don't think it has been examined properly yet to see the sourness of it. It also harmed the domestic situation and the social fabric in our country. This incident opened other wounds and brought to the fore a series of issues that were hidden behind a social fašade. It brought about the fire that was hidden under the ashes."
He suggested that the Iranian regime has not been influential in the cultural and historical spheres leading "students and youngsters to come to streets and chant against the establishment." In other words, he said, "people have lost trust and our image and links [with people] have been broken."
In such circumstances, "the enemy attracts the people," Naeri added. He specifically pointed to the main opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), which enjoys popular support in Iran and said, "Even if they print and smuggle in the text of Massoud Rajavi's most recent statement in large numbers through the airport, no one could prevent it," he said referring to the PMOI's historical leader. 
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USCCAR deplores Iraqi forces' assault on Ashraf residents, calls for US and UN immediate intervention
PRNewswire
26 August 2010

The US Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR) deplores the August 24, 2010, assault on and severe beating of two residents of Camp Ashraf by the Iraqi forces. It urges the United States and the United Nations to intervene immediately to halt the blatant violation of Iraq's written assurances on humane treatment of Ashraf residents. USSCAR also calls on the United Nations Secretary General, the United Nations Assistance Mission to Iraq and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to also intervene to lift all restrictions placed on Camp Ashraf. 
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Iran has material for 1-2 atom bombs: ex-IAEA aide
Reuters
26 August 2010

PARIS (Reuters) - Iran has stockpiled enough low-enriched uranium for 1-2 nuclear arms but it would not make sense for it to cross the bomb-making threshold with only this amount, a former top U.N. nuclear official was quoted as saying.
In unusual public remarks about Iran's disputed nuclear programme Olli Heinonen, the former chief of U.N. nuclear inspections worldwide, told Le Monde newspaper that Iran's uranium reserve still represented a "threat."
Until he stepped down earlier this month for personal reasons, Heinonen was deputy director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency and head of its nuclear safeguards department, which verifies that countries' nuclear programmes are not being diverted for military use. 
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Iran: First execution sentence for a woman arrested during uprising
Women's Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
25 August 2010

Obtained reports about the death sentence of Ms. Farah (Elmira) Vazehan display a new summit of brutality and misogyny by the ruling religious fascism in Iran. Ms. Vazehan was arrested for having family contacts with the residents of Camp Ashraf, Iraq, members of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). In addition to being sentenced to death, she has also been sentenced to two years in prison and financial penalties. Ms. Vazehan is the first female political prisoner arrested during last year's uprisings who has been sentenced to execution.
She was arrested along with two of her children on December 29, 2009, two days after the Ashura uprising, by the agents of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) who carried out a violent raid against her residence. She spent more than a month in solitary confinement under physical and psychological tortures meant to force her to agree to televised confessions. Her children also spent some time in solitary confinement to "confess" against their mother. 
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US concerned about Iran's assault boats, drone
AFP
24 August 2010

WASHINGTON - The United States voiced concern Monday over Iran's unveiling of new assault boats and an aerial drone, but said Iran's arms buildup will backfire as its neighbors gang up against it.
Iran began mass-producing two high-speed variants of missile-launching assault boats on Monday, a day after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad revealed a home-built bomber drone.
"This is... something that is of concern to us and... concern to Iran's neighbors," State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters.
He said that while every country had the right to provide for its self-defense, the United States takes into account "systems that can potentially... threaten particular countries or peace and stability in the region." 
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In This Issue
"Protests were a huge blow to the Iranian regime's image," official admits
USCCAR deplores Iraqi forces' assault on Ashraf residents, calls for US and UN immediate intervention
Iran has material for 1-2 atom bombs: ex-IAEA aide
Iran: First execution sentence for a woman arrested during uprising
US concerned about Iran's assault boats, drone
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