Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  8616 October 2010
Iran Update
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Legendary Iranian Singer Marzieh Dies In Paris 

RFE/RL
15 October 2010

Exiled Iranian singer Ashraf-o-Sadat Mortezai, known to her fans as Marzieh, died on October 13 in Paris at the age of 85, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports.
Marzieh left Iran and joined the main opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) organized by the People's Mujahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) in Paris in 1994. The PMOI is considered a serious political threat to the Tehran regime.
She traveled to Camp Ashraf in Iraq in the late 1990s and spent several years with PMOI members there.

NCRI head Maryam Rajavi expressed her condolences at the death of Marzieh to the people of Iran, Iranian artists, and Iranian freedom fighters, particularly those in Camp Ashraf. Rajawi described Marzieh as the shining star of Iranian music.

Rajavi also declared three days of national mourning for Marzieh.

Marzieh performed more than 1,000 songs during her career, often together with the most famous masters of Persian music.

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Persian songstress a voice of Iranian political dissent

The Washington Post
Adam Bernstein
15 October 2010

Marzieh, a celebrated interpreter of traditional Persian music whose career in her native Iran was silenced by the clerical dictatorship and who in exile became a sharp voice of political dissent, died of cancer Oct. 13 at a hospital in Paris. She was 86.

The daughter of a moderate Muslim cleric, Marzieh became widely known through concerts, radio work and records from the 1940s onward.

She remained a captivating entertainer through recent years, with a mesmerizing voice that for her most devoted fans reinvigorated a sense of nostalgia for the monarchist era. She boasted a repertoire of 1,000 songs.

She had never been politically outspoken for much of her career and shocked many Iranians for aligning herself with the National Council of Resistance of Iran, an opposition coalition affiliated with the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization, or MEK...

Marzieh said she was drawn to the National Council of Resistance for Iran because of a fondness for the organization's leader Maryam Rajavi, who reportedly named the singer a cultural adviser.

The singer said the National Council of Resistance of Iran allowed her to recapture a sense of dignity that had been denied her for 15 years.

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US welcomes pullout from Iran by Japan's Inpex

AFP
15 October 2010

WASHINGTON - The United States on Friday welcomed the decision by Japanese firm Inpex Corp. to withdraw from Iran's Azadegan oil field project, saying it showed the risks of doing business with Tehran.

"The United States welcomes the decision by the Japanese oil company Inpex to withdraw from its investments in Iran," State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters.

"The company's actions are part of a strong and emerging consensus not only of governments but also from the private sector, and has come together to send a powerful and united signal to Iran that it should meet its international obligations and begin to engage seriously on its nuclear program," he said.

"Inpex's decision today once again underscores that there are risks in dealing with Iran," Crowley added.

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Exposing Iran's chief liar

The Washington Times
David Amess
15 October 2010

Not Ahmadinejad but the opposition should be our partner in progress 

...This also was very evident at the rally outside the U.N. when Mr. Ahmadinejad spoke inside. Thousands of Iranians from all age groups and all strata cried no to Mr. Ahmadinejad, and yes to Rajavi, referring to Maryam Rajavi, the leader of the opposition.

Iranians called for removal of the PMOI from the State Department's list of terrorist organizations. They were joined by the former mayor of New York, Rudolph W. Giuliani, and former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton, among others (myself included).

The lifting of the ban on the opposition is more justified now in light of the fact that on July 16, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said the decision of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to maintain the designation of the PMOI violated the group's due-process rights. The court cast doubt on the accuracy of information used against the PMOI and remanded the case to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Removing the terrorist tag would enjoy the backing of Congress. A bipartisan group of more than 80 members co-sponsored House Resolution 1431, explicitly calling for the delisting of the PMOI, "thereby denying the regime the pretext to crack down on dissidents inside Iran."

It is ironic that as Mr. Ahmadinejad keeps lashing out against the very principles of the United States, the U.S. keeps the main opposition enchained.

The time has come for a new Iran policy, with the opposition at its core, instead of further rounds of futile negotiations. Is there any red line for the West, or is everything open to compromise and negotiation? The next time Mr. Ahmadinejad challenges Western civilization, and the time after that, his quiver might not be limited to words.

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Iran nuclear talks set to resume after Ashton offer

BBC
15 October 2010

The Iranian foreign minister says Iran is ready to resume talks with the international community on its nuclear programme within a few weeks.

On Thursday, EU foreign affairs chief Baroness Ashton suggested talks could be held in Vienna in mid-November.

Dialogue between Iran and the group of 5+1 nations she represents - the UK, US, China, France, Russia and Germany - has been stalled since October 2009.

Western powers fear Iran is covertly trying to develop nuclear weapons.

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In This Issue
Legendary Iranian Singer Marzieh Dies In Paris
Persian songstress a voice of Iranian political dissent
US welcomes pullout from Iran by Japan's Inpex
Exposing Iran's chief liar
Iran nuclear talks set to resume after Ashton offer
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