Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  8316 September 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 pledges to bring to trial opposition leaders who challenged president
Bloomberg
Ladane Nasseri
16 September 2010

Iranian opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karrubi, who have been accused of inciting protests over President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re- election, will be put on trial, according to a prosecutor.
A case has been built against the two men, who lead the opposition Green Movement, the state-run Mehr news agency reported today, citing prosecutor Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi in Tehran. No details were given of the charges facing Mousavi and Karrubi, who have been labeled by the government as "leaders of the sedition," a reference to the dissent that has followed the June 2009 ballot.
A trial "will take place when it will be in the interest of the ruling establishment and once the public opinion is ready," Mehr cited Jafari-Dolatabadi as saying.
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Attache Farzad Farhangian urges Iran to 'overthrow' the regime
The Australian
Martin Fletcher
16 September 2010

AN Iranian diplomat has called for an uprising against his government after he became the third of his colleagues to defect this year. "I want (the regime) to be overthrown," press attache at the Iranian embassy in Brussels Farzad Farhangian, 47, told a press conference in Oslo yesterday, before seeking asylum in Norway.
He fled Brussels at the weekend after his decision to quit triggered threats of reprisals against him and his teenage son.
Mr Farhangian, a diplomat for 23 years, wanted to "take a stand in support of the Iranian people and the (opposition) movement".
His announcement came barely 24 hours after the second-most senior diplomat at Helsinki's Iranian embassy, Hossein Alizadeh, quit his job.
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Moral bankruptcy in Iran
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Trudy Rubin
16 September 2010

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad likes to boast about the superiority of Iranian moral values to those of the West.
So, a week before he traveled to the U.N. General Assembly, he sought to divert attention from Iran's dismal human rights record by intervening to free Sarah Shourd, one of three American hikers who had been jailed for 13 months in Tehran. He claimed this was a gesture of Islamic compassion due to her health problems.
But his gesture rings hollow given that Shourd's two companions - her fiance, Shane Bauer, and friend Josh Fattal of Elkins Park - remain in Evin Prison. Nor can Ahmadinejad's gesture hide the horrors perpetrated on hundreds of Iranians imprisoned since rigged elections last year.
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Iran diplomat seeks asylum in Finland, aays another will resign from post
Bloomberg
Ladane Nasseri
13 September 2010

An Iranian diplomat who resigned last week to protest his government's moves against dissidents after the 2009 presidential vote said he is seeking political asylum in Finland and that another envoy will quit soon.
Hossein Alizadeh, 45, follows in the footsteps of Mohammad- Reza Heydari, who was a consul at the Iranian Embassy in Norway until he quit in December and was granted asylum by the country about two months later.
A third Iranian diplomat, Farzad Farhangian, resigned from his post in Brussels on Sept. 9 to join the opposition, Heydari said in a separate phone interview from Oslo today. Farhangian is now in Oslo under police protection, Heydari said by phone.
"After the election, I realized that the establishment wants to dictate its opinion to the people," Alizadeh said in a telephone interview from Helsinki today. "I decided that I would not stand by its side."
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Obama's tack on Iran is hard to read
The New York Times
JOHN VINOCUR
13 September 2010

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, just last week, proclaimed that the world was entering "a new American moment when our global leadership is essential."
Presumably, that's good news. But when it comes to leading, the task involves clarity, and on Iran's sprint toward a nuclear weapon, there's reason to see the Obama administration heading into confusion.
With Iran now estimated to be in possession of enough low-enriched uranium to produce, with further enrichment, two nuclear weapons, and administration officials saying manufacturing one would take the mullahs about a year, American policy is hard-pressed to be credible.
Either the administration is demonstrating a new toughness, or it has once again decided to reach out a diplomatic hand in Iran's direction.
People who heard President Barack Obama out on the subject here last month left a meeting divided about which of those notions he has in mind.
If this is a new American Moment, the administration's approach to Iran appears to be providing its friends with at least as much uncertainty as motivation and resolve.
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The case for sanctions on Iran
San Francisco Chronicle
Ruvim Braude
10 September 2010
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will speak in the coming days at the U.N. General Assembly in New York where he will preach his hatred of the United States, the West and Israel. The backdrop of his speech is the looming likelihood of Iran becoming a nuclear power. The Obama administration, in concert with U.S. allies, must intensify its efforts at the United Nations to bring further sanctions against the theocratic rulers of Tehran to maximize the prospect of a peaceful resolution and to prevent the regional and global destabilization that would come with an Iranian nuclear arsenal...
 
The Obama administration must use all diplomatic and economic means necessary to deter Iran from continuing its quest for nuclear weapons. Sanctions are intended to target the Iranian regime, particularly the energy sector, not the Iranian people. For the sake of regional stability and a successful Middle East peace process, Iran's nuclear weapons program must be stopped cold. The consequences are too dire to contemplate.
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Iran dissidents pinpoint alleged nuclear site
The Wall Street Journal
JAY SOLOMON
10 September 2010

WASHINGTON-Iran is developing an underground military installation in the mountains west of Tehran, according to U.S. officials and Iranian dissidents, but the facility's exact purpose is in dispute.
An Iranian opposition group, the Mujahedin-e-Khalq, on Thursday told a Washington news conference that the site, which it called Javad-nia 2, is a nearly completed uranium-enrichment facility aimed at fast-tracking Iran's nuclear program.
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Dissidents claim Iran Is building a new enrichment site
The New York Times
DAVID E. SANGER
9 September 2010

WASHINGTON - A dissident group that had previously revealed the existence of several hidden nuclear sites in Iran claimed Thursday that it had evidence that the country was building another secret uranium enrichment plant.
The group, the People's Mujahedeen of Iran, showed satellite photographs of an extensive tunnel-digging operation near a military garrison northwest of Tehran. But the group had no pictures of the interior and no evidence to back up its claim that the site was intended to hold several thousand centrifuges, the machines used to enrich nuclear fuel for power production or weapons. The Obama administration, which publicly revealed evidence a year ago of a hidden nuclear facility near the holy city of Qum, reacted cautiously to the group's announcement.
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In This Issue
Iran pledges to bring to trial opposition leaders who challenged president
Attache Farzad Farhangian urges Iran to 'overthrow' the regime...The Australian
Moral bankruptcy in Iran
Iran diplomat seeks asylum in Finland, aays another will resign from post
Obama's tack on Iran is hard to read
The case for sanctions on Iran
Iran dissidents pinpoint alleged nuclear site
Dissidents claim Iran Is building a new enrichment site
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