Volume: 2 - Issue:  34
2 April 2014
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's United Nations pick 'a slap in the face,' says Senator Graham

The Hill

The man picked by Iran to become its next ambassador to the United Nations is a "slap in the face" to the United States, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Wednesday...Read On

Lawmakers outraged over Iran U.N. choice, seek change in law


"That really has got to be a serious question, as to whether or not the State Department gives ... a visa to him," Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told Reuters...Read On

Senator: Iran Taps Hostage-Taker for Ambassador

ABC News

Cruz said it was outrageous that Iran had selected Hamid Aboutalebi, who was a member of a Muslim student group that held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days, and was seeking a visa for him. The Texas Republican said he was offering legislation to ensure that Aboutalebi would be prevented from entering the country...Read On

Former hostage, Barry Rosen: Making Iran captor UN ambassador 'like spitting on us'

New York Post

New York Sen. Charles Schumer took on the Obama administration by firing off a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry demanding that the US blacklist the new ambassador, Hamid Aboutalebi...Read On

State Department: U.S. has 'serious concerns' about possible Iranian U.N. envoy


"We think this nomination would be extremely troubling. We are taking a close look at the case now and we have raised our serious concerns about this possible nomination with the government of Iran," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters at her daily briefing....Read On

US lawmakers outraged over Iran's UN choice


"We shouldn't accept him. We should change our rules or laws if we have to so that somebody who is guilty of that kind of behaviour should not be allowed in the United States of America," said Arizona Republican senator John McCain, a frequent critic of US President Barack Obama's foreign policy...Read On

Senator Jeff Merkley Has Advocated Soft Line on Iran Since 1979

Washington Free Beacon

The senator who fronted a campaign against new sanctions on Iran earlier this year has since 1979 been advocating that the United States take a soft line on Iran due to his belief that America's global power and influence are waning, according to a copy of the lawmaker's 235-page college thesis...Read On

Iran loses Manhattan skyscraper to terror vics

Daily News

The Iranian companies that own a Midtown office tower worth more than $500 million must forfeit the building to people who successfully sued Iran for damages over terrorist attacks, including 9/11, a judge has ruled...Read On

Dempsey Says Israel-U.S. Perceptions of Iran Grow Closer


"Initially, the two clocks just weren't spinning at the same rate," General Martin Dempsey, who didn't disclose a timetable, said after meeting with officials in Jerusalem. "Our clocks are more harmonized than they were two years ago."...Read On

U.S. investigates Deutsche Boerse unit over Iran sanctions


German exchange operator Deutsche Boerse has again become the target of U.S. authorities in an investigation over whether its Clearstream Banking unit violated U.S. money laundering and Iran sanction laws...Read On

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