Volume: 1 - Issue:  16107 September 2011
Iran Update - ISDCI Newsletter
Iran Update



A new report by IAEA says that Iran has began using new and more advanced centrifuges to enrich uranium and is placing them in facilities built deep into mountains where they can't be damaged by air strikes.


The Washington Post says that the new advancements bring Iran two more steps closer to producing a nuclear weapon. "The report underlines the fact that, contrary to the impression often promoted by the Obama administration, the danger that Iran will become a nuclear power is growing, not diminishing," reports Washington Post.


While the Iranian regime is under extreme pressure coming from the ever growing internal dissent and continuing international sanctions with threats that the Arab Spring in neighboring countries will soon start influencing the Iranian people, awakening democratic aspirations which were crushed following the 2009-2010 crackdown, its race to produce a nuclear weapon in defiance of international community is mind bugling. Especially when the Iranian Supreme Leader is facing internal quarrels among his own people as well.


A sane mind would suggest that the regime should lay low for a while to let things cool down before it starts over. But the mullahs seeing no way out from the growing pressures and international isolation consider the nuclear bomb to be their guarantee for survival. As pressures have grown over the year, the regime is now more in need of a nuclear weapon that before.


In this situation, the West should know that now is the worst time to give concessions. The solution to establish democracy in Iran, just as Libya, Syria, Egypt... is a regime change.


But the truth is that a democratic change can not materialize from within the regime and from groups that want to bring about reforms, saving the regime as it is.


The true force for change is the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK). And that is why so many Iranian people and those who wish to establish democracy in Iran are insisting on the removal of the group from the U.S. Foreign Terrorist Organizations list just as why all those who want to keep the regime in power are Lobbying to keep the MEK on that list.


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 revolution "matter of time"

Revolution in Iran appears to be a matter of time, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta predicted on Tuesday. Read On... 

The undimmed danger of Iran's nuclear program
The Washington Post

Iran has taken two more steps toward producing a nuclear weapon. Read On... 

Iran Cracks Down on Dissent
The Wall Street Journal

Iran has raised pressure on activists and opposition members in the past two months in an apparent move to preempt antigovernment protests.  Read On... 

Iranian forces kill Kurdish rebels near Iraq border
The Guardian

At least 30 Kurdish fighters have been killed and 40 injured in clashes near Sardasht. Read On... 

U.S. Eyes Covert Plan to Counter Iran in Iraq
The Wall Street Journal

Military commanders and intelligence officers are pushing for greater authority to conduct covert operations to thwart Iranian influence in neighboring Iraq.  Read On... 

Water gun fight in a park? Iran sees dark designs
Associated Press

Iran is trying to put down a new wave of civil disobedience - flash mobs of young people who break into boisterous fights with water guns in public parks. Read On... 

PMOI(MEK) Annual Congress elects Zohreh Akhyani as new Secretary General

Ms. Akhyani elected among 11 candidates for a two-year term with 67.5% of the vote. Read On... 

Other Suggested Readings:

How to Tell a Lie - A Big Lie? 

Tom Tancredo: Obama's Iran Appeasement Syndrome

General SHELTON: Unshackle Iran's main opposition 

Moment of truth for Iran 

Maryam Rajavi congratulates Libyan people's victory as great development towards democracy in the region 

Secretary Clinton, it's time to delist the PMOI  

NPR: NEAL CONAN Interview with governor Howard Dean 

Video: Taking 'missteps' toward Iran and Iraq?

Dear Secretary Clinton, Saving 3400 MEK Lives is not a Political Decision  

Elizabeth Rubin: "Yellow Journalist" Par-Excellence  

American Credibility at Risk On Foreign Policy Front, Too 

Trita Parsi and NIAC's Handy Iran Experts Again  


Thank you for your reading Iran Update. We welcome your comments. 




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