Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  8427 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 crosses into Iraq to hit bombing suspects
Associated Press
NASSER KARIMI
26 September 2010

TEHRAN, Iran - Iranian forces crossed into neighboring Iraq and killed 30 fighters from a group it says was involved in last week's bombing of a military parade, state TV reported Sunday.
Gen. Abdolrasoul Mahmoudabadi of the elite Revolutionary Guards said the "terrorists" were killed on Saturday in a clash "beyond the border" and that his forces were still in pursuit of two men who escaped the ambush.
While Iran has said in the past it would target armed groups on Iraqi soil this is a rare case of it actually admitting to an attack.
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Iran: Computer malware attacked, failed to harm nuclear plant
VOANews
Elizabeth Arrott
26 September 2010
The head of Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant has confirmed a computer worm infected some of the facility's software, but says the plant's main systems are all safe.   
Bushehr Project Director Mahmoud Jahfari told state media an attack by the Stuxnet computer worm has had no impact on the operations of the nuclear power plant.
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Iran bazaar in new strike over tax increase-report 
Reuters
Parisa Hafezi
25 September 2010

TEHRAN, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Iranian merchants closed their shops in Tehran's main bazaar on Saturday to protest government plans to raise value-added tax (VAT), a website said, in a move which represents a new challenge to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Bazaar merchants wield significant economic and political power in Iran and, with the help of influential clerics, they mobilised protests that overthrew the country's monarch in 1979.
A strike by the influential Grand Bazaar increases pressure on Ahmadinejad, whose policies have deepened in-fighting among the hardline leadership since his disputed re-election in 2009.
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Rajavi: Ahmadinejad must be banned from entering US following remarks on 9/11 
NCRI
25 September 2010
Following Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's shameless and repugnant remarks at the United Nations General Assembly about the September 11 tragedy in New York that outraged the world community, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, said: When the president of the religious fascism ruling Iran is allowed into the United States and the United Nations despite the opposition of an absolute majority of the Iranians instead of putting him on trial for crimes against humanity, it is not surprising to see him go further by questioning the facts of September 11, close to where this massive crime took place, and to ridicule the people of New York and relatives of the victims of this tragedy.
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Obama condemns 'hateful' Iran comments
RTE News
25 September 2010

US President Barack Obama has condemned claims that the American government was behind the 11 September, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, made the comments in an address to the UN General Assembly in New York.
He suggested the US government could have 'orchestrated the attack to reverse the declining American economy, and its grips on the Middle East, in order to save the Zionist regime'. Mr Obama described the statement as 'inexcusable, hateful and offensive'.
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Anti-Ahmadinejad rally draws thousands in New York, including Giuliani and Bolton
NCRI
25 September 2010

Thousands of Iranian-Americans rallied in New York to protest the presence of the Iranian regime's President at the UN on Thursday. The lively demonstration across from the UN was addressed by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, via a video feed from her residence near Paris. Among other prominent speakers at the rally were Rudolph Giuliani, former mayor of New York City, John Bolton, former US ambassador to the UN, dignitaries from the British and Canadian parliaments, distinguished political personalities and religious leaders from the US, representatives of the Iranian-American communities, university professors, renowned Iranian athletes and relatives of Camp Ashraf residents.
The protest marked the most significant rally against the mullahs' President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in recent years. Iranian-Americans participating in the protest voiced anger over the presence of Ahmadinejad at the UN, saying that he is not the representative of the Iranian people and that the seat of Iran should be turned over to the Iranian people and Resistance instead.
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Kirchner floats third country trials of Iran suspects
AFP
24 September 2010

NEW YORK - Argentine President Cristina Kirchner Friday proposed to Iran to try suspects accused of a string of anti-Jewish attacks in the 1990s in a third country.
In a speech to the UN General Assembly, Kirchner called on Tehran to "agree in a joint accord on a third country where fair trials could be held."
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Obama speaks to the Iranian people in interview with BBC Persian
BBC
24 September 2010

Barack Obama has condemned the Iranian president over his recent remarks about 9/11, in an interview with the BBC's Persian service.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's comments that most people believe the US government was behind the 9/11 attacks were made during an address at the United Nations and prompted a walk out by some delegates.
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Tyrants like Ahmadinejad need to be challenged
Fox News
Phyllis Chesler
24 September 2010
Yesterday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad loudly slammed shut the door that President Obama insists is still wide open...
Yesterday, Iranian protestors were out in full force to demonstrate against Ahmadinejad at the United Nations. Soona Samsani is a supporter of exiled leader Maryam Rajavi and is someone with whom I have worked.
Samsani has just published a piece titled "Iranian Women Stand Against Misogynist Ahmadinejad." She insists that international pressure works when it comes to human rights violations and points to the example of the delayed stoning of Sakineh Mohammedi Ashtiani. Samsani writes:
"During Ahmadinejad's five-year tenure as the regime's president, 1,860 people have been executed, among them 42 women, with 261 cases reportedly carried out in public. Additionally, seven have been stoned to death, among them women. Iran is also the only child executioner in the world, hanging 36 juveniles in the same period. So, it is high time for the forceful rejection of the false notion that opposition to such crimes is tantamount to warmongering. The only benefactor of this notion is the Iranian regime. What has instead become clear time and again is that when the international community actually applies pressure on the Iranian regime when it comes to human rights abuses, the regime succumbs."
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Iran Contra Ahmadinejad
National Review Online
Matthew Shaffer 
24 September 2010
Yesterday, Dag Hammarskj÷ld Plaza, which lies in the shadow of U.N. headquarters in New York, filled with Iranian ex-pats and human-rights activists protesting the arrival and reception of Mahmoud Amadinejad. The event was organized by supporters of People's Mujahadin of Iran (PMOI, also referred to as MEK), who plastered the sidewalks with portraits of executed dissidents and posters gruesomely detailing the abuses of the Iranian regime. Many protesters covered themselves in fake blood; three nooses were set near the stage as a reminder of Iran's executions of minors. More than half of the attendees wore purple t-shirts and baseball caps to express support for Maryan Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance in Iran, and her husband, Massoud Rajavi, leader of the PMOI. The crowd alternated between chants in Farsi for "azadi" (freedom) and chants in English of "Rajavi, yes! Ahmadinejad, no!"
Rudy Giuliani, the first major speaker, was animated and loud: "Where's our Ronald Reagan when we need him?" He continued, "Ronald Reagan would have stood with the people of Iran...when they sought to protest the illegitimacies of the elections...as he did with the Solidarity movement in Poland." Giuliani recalled the fall of the Berlin Wall and Leonard Bernstein's trip to conduct Beethoven's Ninth on Christmas Day, 1989, a comparison that became a theme for the day. "I hope that you and I, soon, can go to Iran together."
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In This Issue
Iran crosses into Iraq to hit bombing suspects
Iran: Computer malware attacked, failed to harm nuclear plant
Iran bazaar in new strike over tax increase-report
Rajavi: Ahmadinejad must be banned from entering US following remarks on 9/11
Obama condemns 'hateful' Iran comments
Anti-Ahmadinejad rally draws thousands in New York, including Giuliani and Bolton
Kirchner floats third country trials of Iran suspects
Obama speaks to the Iranian people in interview with BBC Persian
Tyrants like Ahmadinejad need to be challenged
Iran Contra Ahmadinejad
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