Volume: 1 - Issue:  31005 October 2012
Iran Update - ISDCI Newsletter
Iran Update



We are delighted to present you with the current issue of Iran Update, a publication of International Solidarity for Democratic Change in Iran (ISDCI).  You can see ISDCI's latest events on our website at: International Conferences 

Iran Blames MEK for Protests in Tehran Bazaar
Stop Fundamentalism

In a rare development unseen since 1979 revolution that resulted in the fall of Mohammad Reza Shah in Iran, Tehran Bazaar was completely shut down by shop owners.  Also, at the same time, demonstration erupted in different parts of the capital city, including the Bazaar, blaming Ahmadinejad's government for the current economic crisis. Read On...

MEK Leader Seeks Recognition as Iranian Opposition
The Wall Street Jounal

The leader of the Iranian group Mujahedin-e Khalq told the Wall Street Journal that her organization is seeking recognition as the legitimate political opposition to the government in Tehran. Read On... 

Justice has prevailed as PMOI removed from U.S. blacklist

Hillary Clinton deserves admiration for removing the PMOI from the U.S. list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations, although it should have happened years ago. Read On... 

Clinton's diplomatic missile launched at Tehran
The Jerusalem Post

Clinton revoked the US terrorist designation of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK), causing much dismay in the Islamic Republic.  Read On... 

Friends of a Free Iran (FoFI) on Delisting of PMOI

Following the removal of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK) from the US terrorism list, on Wednesday October 3rd, the Friends of a Free Iran intergroup in the European Parliament discussed in a meeting in the European Parliament headquarters in Brussels the consequences of this delisting and next necessary steps that have to be adopted. Read On... 

Iran blames economic "conspiracy" as price rises loom

Iran will defeat a "conspiracy" against its foreign currency and gold markets, an adviser to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday, as pressure mounts on authorities to deal with the rapid collapse of the rial. Read On... 

US accuses Iran of jamming VOA
The Washington Post

The government-appointed body that oversees Voice of America and other U.S.-sponsored broadcasts is accusing Iran of jamming radio and television programming into the Middle East and eastern Europe amid protests in Iran over the Iranian currency crisis. Read On... 

Food prices, inflation rise sharply in Iran
The Washington Post

Prices for beef and lamb had already soared out of reach, meaning fewer of the kebabs and stews beloved by middle-class Iranians. But when the cost of yogurt spiked this week, Iran's economic troubles hit home for virtually every household in the country. Read On... 

Netanyahu Appears to Be Shifting Israel's Iran Policy Toward More Sanctions
The New York Times

Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, plans to travel to Europe before the end of the year, among other things to press for a toughening of sanctions against Tehran, Israeli officials said Tuesday. The plans appeared to be another indication of a shifting Israeli emphasis, at least for now, toward efforts to stop the Iranian nuclear program by means other than military action.  Read On... 

The Iranian Currency Crisis: Three Possible Scenarios
The Times

During my trip to Iran last month, the owner of a chicken shop in Shohada Square, a lower middle class neighborhood in southern Tehran not far from the bazaar, complained to me about the fluctuating price of chicken. "Yesterday, I had some orders from some regular customers. So I sold them chickens for 50,000 rials each," he said. "But when I went to buy the chickens today, the price had spiked 5,000 rial overnight. I had to pay 55,000 rials for each chicken, so I lost some money. It would be fine if this was a one-time thing, but it keeps happening. The prices, they've fluctuated so much the last couple of months." Read On... 

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