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Press Roundup provides a selected summary of news from the Iranian press, and excerpts where the source is in English. The link to the news organization or blog is provided at the top of each item. Tehran Bureau has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. Please refer to the Media Guide to help put the story in perspective. You can follow other news stories through our Twitter feed.

Lloyd's restricts cover for petroleum shipments to Iran

FT | July 1, 2010

Lloyd's of London, the insurance market, is restricting cover for any ships carrying petroleum to Iran.

President Barack Obama signed new sanctions legislation into law on Thursday night. Lloyd's said it would move to ensure its members complied with the US rules, the toughest unilateral measures taken against Iran in over a decade.

International companies that defy the unilateral measures could be barred from conducting any transactions with US banks and have their US assets frozen, as well as being denied US government contracts.

Iran moves radar to Syria: US official

AFP | July 2, 2010

Iran has moved radar to Syria that could provide early-warning against a possible surprise Israeli air attack against Tehran's nuclear sites, a US defense official said on Friday.

The radar transfer was first reported in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday and prompted the State Department to voice concerns about cooperation between Syria and Iran.

The sophisticated radar were deployed in Syria last year, the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP.

The move could bolster Iran's position amid long-running speculation that Israel might stage a bombing raid against Tehran's nuclear enrichment facilities.

Al Rai | Mideastwire | July 2, 2010

The Iranian Shura Council Chairman, Ali Larijani, stated that Russia's and China's votes at the Security Council for the resolution to impose new sanctions on Tehran was "totally unacceptable." However he said he thought it was unlikely that "some tactical events might lead to major changes" in relations.

Larijani, who made his statement in response to a question from Al Rai after his meeting with Syrian Vice President Farouq al-Shareh in Damascus yesterday, insisted that the "S 300" rockets deal was signed before the latest sanctions resolution and that this issue "has nothing to do with the resolution and is purely related to defense [strategy]."

However, completing the deal, according to him, calls for "extensive discussions with the Russians."

Two Sentenced to Death for Iran Jail Abuse

BBC | June 30, 2010

An Iranian military court has sentenced two men to death in connection with the killings and torture of three anti-government protesters in the aftermath of the disputed election in June. Nine other officials were sentenced to jail and lashes over the deaths, state media said quoting a court statement. Kahrizak jail was closed in July over concerns about the abuse of inmates.

Basij Announce New Cyber Army

Peyke Iran | June 30, 2010

Basij Militia head Mohammad Reza Naqdi announced on Wednesday the creation of a Basij Cyber Army whose initial goals are to hold cultural programs, provide social services and promote youth excellence.

Training was slated to begin next week in all provinces.

Teenage Paramilitaries in Iran

IWPR | June 30, 2010

On a cold February morning, primary-age schoolchildren are lined up for a ceremony in which they will shout "Death to America" and hurl old shoes at effigies of Uncle Sam. The event is the work of the Student Basij, a subdivision of Iran's powerful paramilitary movement which is seen as a bulwark of the regime.

The Student Basij has a presence in 54,000 of the country's 150,000 schools and is expanding fast. One major new development is that its attention has broadened to take in young children as well as adolescents. Since last November, 6,000 "Basij centers" have opened in primary schools across the country.

The commander of the Student Basij, Mohammad Saleh Jokar, has said the primary schools are being targeted so as to familiarize youngsters with the "Basij culture, so that they will be fully prepared when they go on to join its ranks in a few years' time". Jokar asserts that 4.6 million of the 14 million schoolchildren in Iran have signed up to the Basij, although such figures are hard to corroborate. (Basij Slideshow)

Depression, Addiction Rates Soar in Tehran

Rooz | June 30, 2010

The Iranian Aria Strategic Studies Center published a report last week about the psychological well being of Tehran's residents, saying that 58% suffered from severe and mild depression and 14% were unemployed. Tehran's police chief also announced that drug use is more common among youth and that Tehran has passed the "critical point" in this area, with 400,000 drug addicts.

According to experts, the disputed election in June 2009 and it's violent aftermath, with mass arrests, torture and executions, have contributed to high rates of depression and pessimism among Tehran's residents.

A new report by the Iran Statistical Center showed that the country's material situation is not much better than the mental state of most Tehran residents, with "more than 10 million people [...] in absolute poverty, and another 30 million in relative poverty."

International Campaign For Human Rights in Iran Launches Podcast

ICHRI | June 30, 2010

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran recently launched the "Iran Rights Podcast", a weekly analysis of major human rights news in Iran. Week One's podcast highlighted events at the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva, where the Iranian delegation claimed torture does not take place in Iran. The Week Two podcast, released yesterday, covers the attacks on family members of the imprisoned labor leader Mansour Osanloo, the looming executions of Kurdish political prisoners including Zeynab Jalalian, and the lack of information about the detained colleagues of Shirin Ebadi from the Defenders of Human Rights Center.

To listen and download Campaign podcasts visit the site.

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