Archiv für den Tag 6. Juni 2011

Iran News Round up

Politics

  • Presidential crisis:
  • Ahmadinejad’s speech on the anniversary of Khomeini’s death ends in tumultas Ahmadinejad’s critics chanted “Death to [Esfandiar Rahim-] Mashaei, and “Mashaei, shame on you, let Ahmadi[nejad] go.” Ahmadinejad supporters responded: “Ahmadi, Ahmadi, we support you.” On several occasions, Ahmadinejad, unnerved by the slogans against Mashaei said: “Have patience, my speech will end in a few minutes.” Ahmadinejad who made many mistakes in his speech, at some point said: “I’m your servant.” As the slogans became worse he said: “I’m the servant of the boss! It will be your turn [sooner or later]! I love you all and I’m the servant of you all.” Ahmadinejad’s speech was not broadcast on live television and the footage which was later broadcast was heavily censored. Last year Ahmad Khomeini, grandson of the founder of the Islamic Republic, faced a similar situation with the public chanting slogans against him because of Hassan Khomeini’s support to the Green Movement.
    • According to Jahan News, Hassan Khomeini’s speech, which was broadcasted live on national radio, was interrupted by the radio speaker on several occasions where the nervous radio host was afraid of what Khomeini intended to say or how the audience would respond to his speech.
  • Orooj compiles a list of the “services of the evil spirits” to the “deviant current,” including the ability to predict future events, luck in investments, making Ahmadinejad’s opponents ill, twisting the tongues of Ahmadinejad’s opponents while making Ahmadinejad eloquent, and the like.
  • Davoud Ahmadinejad, brother of the president, says “the deviant current” is the “anti-Christ of the era.
  • Qasemi, former commander of the Revolutionary Guards, incites the public against Ahmadinejad accusing him of freeing the British sailors from imprisonment in Iran. Video:
  • Hassan Bayadi, former Tehran Islamic City Council deputy and former Ahmadinejad supporter, explains how Ahmadinejad was elected mayor of Tehran:
  • “There were other options [for the rightist camp], especially Dr. Nourian, the head of the Iran Meteorological Organization… but he abstained… Other candidates included engineer Saidi-Kia, Dr. Danesh-Jafari and Mr. Ahmadinejad. Of course we had investigated more than 60 options… Mr. Ahmadinejad was the last option. No one was happy with him…”
  • “Ahmadi-Moghadam, then Basij deputy, in a friendly manner suggested Mr. Ahmadinejad and this suggestion impressed us… Ahmadinejad had files at the Interior Ministry and in the Intelligence Ministry and many tried to prevent his becoming the mayor of Tehran. But it must be said that Mr. Younesi and Mr. Mousavi Lari – despite their inclination – made a sacrifice and on that sensitive time showed great respect to the members of the City Council [by not prevent Ahmadinejad's candidacy to become Tehran mayor].”

Berlin: Die Lage der religiösen Minderheiten im Iran / Fachgespräch – Dienstag, 07.06.2011, 18.00 Uhr

Das Gespräch findet in der Katholischen Akademie, Hannoversche Str. 5 in 10115 Berlin, statt!

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Die Menschenrechtslage im Iran ist prekär. Neben der Lage politischer Oppositioneller gibt auch der Umgang mit religiösen Minderheiten Anlass zur Sorge. Jedoch variiert der Umgang des Regimes mit den nicht schiitischen Gläubigen von Religion zu Religion. Während anerkannte religiöse Minderheiten wie Armenier, Assyrer und Chaldäer über einen Abgeordneten im Parlament verfügen, sind Angehörige der jüdischen Minderheit und der Bahá’í oft einem Verdacht einer “Spionage für Israel” ausgesetzt; und auch protestantische Christen und muslimische Derwische wissen von gravierenden Einschneidungen in ihre Rechte zu berichten.

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