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April 10, 2003

$50M to Aid Iran Dissidents Proposed

Legislation authorizing $50 million a year to aid democratic activists inside Iran seeking a peaceful end to that country's regime has been proposed by Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS). Under the proposed legislation, the State Department would fund an Iran Democracy Foundation to support "pro-democracy broadcasting to Iran," such as the satellite television and radio stations based in Los Angeles that many Iranians watch and listen to already; support training for the Iranian-American community to reach out to Iranian dissidents; and fund human rights and civil society groups working inside Iran. (UPI)