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Caterpillar Campaign Update from UANI

March 1, 2010

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Did You Know? Caterpillar Inc. has made a decision to end its business in Iran, according to the Financial Times.

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FT: “As part of the Caterpillar campaign, the pressure group (UANI) this month erected a roadside billboard near the company’s headquarters in Peoria, Illinois that pictured one of the group’s earth diggers alongside a headshot of Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad, president of Iran, and the slogan ‘Today’s work, Tomorrow’s Nuclear Iran’. UANI said the billboard would be removed after a company statement late on Friday.”
AP: “The chief of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency says he cannot confirm that all of Iran’s nuclear activities are peaceful.  International Atomic Energy Agency head Yukiya Amano says Iran has not given his agency the level of cooperation necessary to make a determination on that issue.”
NYT: “One of Iran’s opposition leaders, Mir Hussein Moussavi, said Saturday that a dictatorial ‘cult’ was ruling Iran – one of his most critical statements against the country’s rulers since disputed elections last summer.”
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UANI in the News

FT: “Mark Wallace, a former US envoy to the UN and a Republican stalwart, co-founded and now heads UANI. He played down its influence, adding: ‘To the extent that other groups feel we can drive the agenda, we’re flattered.’  He told the Financial Times that UANI it was a grassroots organisation that sought to oblige companies to choose between short-term profits from Iran and ‘national and global security’. UANI said it worked closely with Ron Klein, a Democratic congressman who brought sanctions legislation to the House of Representatives in October.”
MarketWatch: “Construction equipment maker Caterpillar (CAT 57.28, +0.23, +0.40%)  said it would cut its trading ties with Iran, after becoming the target of a lobbyist’s campaign, The Financial times reports on its Web site Sunday.”
Peoria Journal Star: “Caterpillar Inc. said Friday it will prohibit its overseas subsidiaries from doing business with Iran.  That decision was lauded by an organization that opposes companies doing business with Iran and had pressured Caterpillar to make the decision.  New York-based United Against Nuclear Iran posted a billboard in Peoria, located on Northeast Adams Street near the McClugage Bridge, with the headline, ‘Today’s work; Tomorrow’s nuclear Iran.’ It pictures Caterpillar construction equipment beside the image of Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.”

Nuclear Program

NYT: “Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s five-nation Latin American tour, which begins Monday and is meant in part to address regional tensions, is instead likely to be overshadowed by the response to Chile’s earthquake and efforts to line up support for the American campaign to isolate Iran.”
NYT: “Whoever composed Mr. Rigi’s statement was very careful to make sure that there would be no doubt about the fact that he would tell the Iranian people that contacts between American intelligence and his group had come during the Obama administration”
AP: “Early last year, a Chinese company placed an order with a Taiwanese agent for 108 nuclear-related pressure gauges. But something happened along the way. Paperwork was backdated. Plans were rerouted, orders reconfigured, shipping redirected.  And the gauges ended up in a very different place: Iran.”
LAT: “Iran has dramatically shifted its public tone toward the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog, dropping its previous deference while harshly criticizing the agency’s latest report and its new director-general as an incompetent and biased lackey of the West.”

Human Rights
AP: “Iranian media say six journalists and opposition activists held for suspected involvement in the country’s postelection turmoil have been released on bail.”
Domestic Politics

Reuters: “Iran’s security forces will stop opposition supporters using the Iranian new year in March to stage more anti-government protests, a leading judicial official said on Sunday.”
AP: “An insurgent group in southeastern Iran announced the selection of a new leader after its founder was captured by Iranian forces, according to the group’s Web site.”


Michael O’Hanlon and Bruce Riedel in FT: “For years, the US has retained the option of a military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities. Not preferred by either George W. Bush or Barack Obama, it has nonetheless survived the US presidential transition as a last resort should diplomacy and economic sanctions fail to persuade Tehran to put its nuclear program back under proper restrictions and inspections. As an option, however, it should not become a self-fulfilling prophecy. We need instead to develop a long-term strategy for dealing with a nuclear Iran and not box ourselves into war.”
Ilan Berman in WT: “If it’s true that in politics you are judged by the caliber of your enemies, Yukiya Amano is off to a stellar start. The 62-year-old Japanese technocrat has only been at the helm of the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), for two months, but he is already exceedingly unpopular with the Iranian regime.”
Jamsheed Choksy in WSJ: “Ahmad Khatami, an influential cleric and mentor to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, recently said publicly that the United States has to ‘regard Iran as a great power in the political sphere. The people of Iran have realized there is nothing you can do to us.'”


Eye on Iran is a periodic news summary from United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) a program of the American Coalition Against Nuclear Iran, Inc., a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Eye on Iran is not intended as a comprehensive media clips summary but rather a selection of media elements with discreet analysis in a PDA friendly format. For more information please email

United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) is a non-partisan, broad-based coalition that is united in a commitment to prevent Iran from fulfilling its ambition to become a regional super-power possessing nuclear weapons.  UANI is an issue-based coalition in which each coalition member will have its own interests as well as the collective goal of advancing an Iran free of nuclear weapons.

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