Archiv für den Tag 10. August 2011

The Latest from Iran (10 August): Lawyers in Prison, Lawyers in Exile

Abdolfattah Soltani (see 0545 GMT)1412 GMT: Economy Watch. At least one Iranian politician is resisting the temptation to play the Britain Diversion Game today — Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf says instead that poverty, lies, discord, and economic problems are haunting Iranian society.

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Eye on Iran: US Senators Urge Sanctions on Iran Finances

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AFP: “An overwhelming majority of the US Senate urged President Barack Obama on Tuesday to impose ‘crippling sanctions’ on Iran’s financial system in a bid to hinder its suspect nuclear program. ‘The time has come to impose crippling sanctions on Iran’s financial system by cutting off the CBI,’ the Central Bank of Iran, 92 of the chamber’s 100 members, Democrats and Republicans, wrote to Obama in a letter. Republican Senator Mark Kirk and Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer led the effort, saying it was time to ‘increase the economic pressure’ on Tehran with ‘a comprehensive strategy’ to address the Islamic republic’s defiance of global sanctions aimed at forcing it to freeze its uranium enrichment program. ‘If our key allies are willing to join, we believe this step can be even more effective,’ the senators wrote… The senators charged that Iran’s central bank ‘lies at the center of Iran’s circumvention strategy’ for ducking US and multilateral sanctions, which heavily target the country’s financial and energy sectors.”http://t.uani.com/pMxoEy

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