Iran Update
Volume: 2 - Issue:  9209 February 2011
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 Seeks to Upgrade Nuclear Technology .
 

The Wall street journal

 

18  February 2011

by DAVID CRAWFORD

Iran is redoubling its efforts to enrich uranium by upgrading the equipment at its nuclear facilities, after its enrichment program was severely disrupted by a computer virus, according to diplomats familiar with a new assessment by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The IAEA, the United Nations' nuclear watchdog, believes Iran is seeking to replace thousands of centrifuges it has been using to enrich uranium with more modern, carbon-fiber centrifuges that can enrich nuclear fuel at about five times the speed of Iran's previous equipment, these diplomats say.

The diplomats say Iran is also replacing computers and other electronic equipment at its nuclear facilities, including its Natanz enrichment plant, after apparently failing to trace the source of a damaging computer virus known as Stuxnet. Replacing all of the electronics could take Iran up to two years, these people say

 
 
 
 
 

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Sanctions hit Iran's NITC ship insurance cover
 
Reuters
18 February 2011

By Jonathan Saul

LONDON, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Iran's biggest crude oil tanker operator NITC said on Friday its ship insurers had declined to renew policy cover for the coming year due to the impact of tightening sanctions in the European Union.

Western nations suspect Iran is seeking to develop a nuclear bomb although Tehran says its atomic programme is peaceful.

NITC gets its third party liability insurance and pollution cover from the P&I Club market, marine insurers owned by shipping clients.

"NITC has found itself caught up in a situation of tightening sanctions as a totally innocent party, along with some 100 other Iranian shipping companies," NITC chairman and managing director Mohammad Souri said in a statement.

 

 

 
 
 
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International condemnation of regime's suppression of protests mounts
 
NCRI 
19 February 2011

 Several senior officials from Germany, Italy, Canada and the United States have strongly denounced the Iranian regime's brutal suppression of protests on Monday, adding to the number of already considerable condemnations.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she "is particularly distressed to see the harsh measures taken again in Iran to prevent people expressing their opinions in the form of peaceful protests," according to a spokesman.

 

Spokesman Steffen Seibert told the press in Berlin on Wednesday that the Iranian regime's attempts to suppress the Iranian people using violence and intimidation is "completely unacceptable" for Germany.

According to AFP, Ms. Merkel assured the courageous Iranian women and men who protested in the streets that their voices for freedom and human rights are being heard in Germany and Europe
 

 

 
 
 
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Calls for UN sanctions on Iran over protest violence .
 
ISDCIRAN
19 February 2011

 

The British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom strongly condemns the use of violence by Iran to suppress anti-government protests in Iran earlier this week. It calls for a united international response to the killings of at least two anti-government protestors and the arrest of numerous demonstrators.

Committee chairman Lord Corbett said: "The international community needs to speak with one voice in condemning the appalling violence and arbitrary arrests by Iran to silence those who took to the streets in their tens of thousands on Monday calling for an end to religious dictatorship".

 

 "In response to the callous murder of protestors and detention of those crying freedom in Iran, Britain and our allies must press for comprehensive sanctions against the regime at the UN Security Council."

 

 

 
 
 
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Speak up for the people of Iran.
  
The Hill
19 February 2011

 

By Rt. Hon. Baroness Betty Boothroyd 17 February 2011

The Hill - For many years the Iranian regime has been the world's most infamous abuser of human rights. Already we have heard in the early part of this year more than 90 people have been executed. The lives of innocent people are being put at risk, and human life is being ruthlessly violated.

 

When we analyze the individuals who are targeted, we find them to be those of the Iranian opposition and relatives of Iranian dissidents based at Camp Ashraf, Iraq. In the eyes of the regime, the crime of those executed and attacked is their determination to seek the basic freedoms and democracy, freedom of speech and freedom of association. They are the simple demands of the Iranian people who in the last 18 months have protested in Iranian towns, and these are the values that Camp Ashraf residents were paying and stand with them in their demands.

What is happening at Ashraf is unacceptable. The Iraqi authorities have directly attacked residents, some have been murdered, some have been injured, others have been illegally detained and tortured. Sick patients have been denied hospitalisation, and medical practitioners have been denied access to the sick. The constant use of loudspeakers by Iranian agents surrounding the camp threatening to kill amounts to psychological torture

 

 

 
 
 
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Hundreds protest detention of family members at Evin.
  
ISDCIRAN
19 February 2011

 

More than 600 family members of those detained in recent days in Tehran after Monday's protests gathered in front of the notorious Evin Prison to protest the detention of their loved ones and to demand information about their situation, according to student groups and news agencies.

 

Iran Press News website reported that during the Monday uprisings, protestors were suppressed using tear gas and live ammunition. Two young people died as a result and dozens were injured.

1,500 people have also been arrested by the regime, according to reports.

Various protest acts have continued in campuses across Tehran resulting in more arrests.

 

 

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Absurd show by the Iranian regime's embassy and Iraq's Prime Ministry against Ashraf and preparing the ground for another crime
  
NCRI
19 February 2011

 

Setting up new towers for installing more loudspeakers to intensify psychological torture

This morning, Friday, February 18, the mullahs' regime's embassy in Baghdad and the Ashraf Suppression Committee in the Iraqi Prime Ministry, dispatched a number of Iraqi hirelings of the terrorist Quds Force along with the agents of the Iranian regime's Intelligence to pretend that the people of Iraq demand expulsion of the PMOI from Iraq. The Iraqi forces under the command of Nouri al-Maliki prepared necessary facilities to stage this show. The Diyala fifth Division and the Diyala Police protected the agents in the scene. The people refrained to participate in this demonstration and most of the buses rented by the embassy had no passengers when they arrived at the scene.

 

In yet another attempt, the Iraqi forces set up yesterday two new towers in the southern and eastern flank of Ashraf to install more loudspeakers and intensify psychological torture against Ashraf residents.

 

 

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In This Issue
Iran Seeks to Upgrade Nuclear Technology
Sanctions hit Iran's NITC ship insurance cover
International condemnation of regime's suppression of protests mounts
Calls for UN sanctions on Iran over protest violence
peak up for the people of Iran
ndreds protest detention of family members at Evin
Absurd show by the Iranian regime's embassy and Iraq's Prime Ministry against Ashraf
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