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US offers grants to help oppose Iran’s clerics

The Bush administration has put the democratisation of Iran out to tender–offering money to groups and individuals inside the Islamic republic–in what officials describe as the start of a long-term effort to pay for opposition to the ruling clerics. A tender notice posted on the US State Department website is soliciting bids for grants totalling $3m (€2.3m, £1.57m). It notes that the Iranian government may not apply because current US sanctions prohibit funding for official purposes, but these may be waived for non-governmental organisations.Full Story

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