Archiv für den Tag 23. September 2011
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Social media gives women a voice in Iran
Female protesters were beaten, raped and intimidated in a post-election crackdown by the Iranian authorities. Silenced by stigma and fear, these women are now using social media to bear witness to the horror
In the fourth seminar of this kind, the main theme was the need to bring those responsible for the massacre of political prisoners to justice, and to keep the memory of the victims alive
Shahrzad News: Dozens of former Iranian political prisoners, who together were incarcerated for over five hundred years, attended a three-day seminar in the Swedish city of Gutenberg last week. The meeting ended with a unanimous call for the creation of a data bank recording all those who were executed in such prisons during the 1980s.
Ahmad Mousavi was one of those who had spent many years behind bars. He told Shahrzad News: “We are dealing with a regime that is systematically trying to erode our nation’s collective memory of the crimes it committed against many political prisoners. In consequence today’s younger generation knows nothing about the executions.”
Lawyer and human rights activist Shadi Sadr said she knew nothing about the bloody purges in Iran’s political prisons during the 1980s, and only found out while attending a women’s conference in Sweden a few years ago.
Fariba, a student activist from Belgium, admitted that though she and many fellow students had been politicised by the reformist movement in Iran, their leaders told them nothing about the political executions.
Allow UN Special Rapporteur to visit the country
As heads of state gather for the annual meeting of the UN General Assembly, Iranian citizens are being violently detained in large numbers across the country for peaceful civic activism. In recent weeks, scores of environmental campaigners and civic activists in Azerbaijan province have been arrested for demonstrations protesting government policies they believe are responsible for the severe ecological damage to Lake Ourumieh. Iranian intelligence and security forces have also carried out wide scale arrests of Sufi religious practitioners in Fars province, arresting some 50 dervishes, as well as lawyers seeking to represent the detained group. Six documentary filmmakers were also arrested last weekend over accusations of involvement in a BBC documentary on Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. BBC has stated that no one in Iran contributed to the documentary.
Shahrzad News: According to Abbas Vatanpour, deputy head of Iran’s Works and Social Security Ministry, the fewer educational qualifications one has, the better one’s chances of finding a job. He told the Mehr news agency: “Unemployment among those with university degrees is ten times greater than for those with a diploma or less. One of the main problems with our job market is that university degree courses pay little regard to the needs of industry or to the actual availability of jobs. Furthermore new jobs are constantly being created which require special skills which cannot be acquired under the present education system.”
Before occupying his current post Vatanpour represented Iran’s industrial managers at the International Labour Organisation. His interview with the Mehr news agency was a businessman’s viewpoint, rather than that of a government official. He made no reference to the fact that the country’s industries are suffering from a general recession. Even semi-official statistics show that almost half of Iran’s factories went bankrupt in recent years, forcing a large proportion of the less-educated work force to take jobs with short term contracts
روایتی مستند از نقش صدا و سیمای جمهوری اسلامی در خط دادن برای بازداشت سینماگران
با توجه به تحقیقات مشابهی که صداوسیماطی دو سال گذشته در فراهم کردن مبناو چارچوب های تئوریکی که به موجب آن برخورد با فعالان سیاسی و جامعه مدنی توسط نیروهای امنیتی و اطلاعاتی امکان پذیرشده است، از بخش های مختلف این گزارش چنین برمی آید که موضوع سرکوب و ارعاب جامعه سینماگران و مستندسازان مستقل نه در شهریور ۹۰ بلکه در مهرماه سال ۸۸ با زمینه سازی که توسط صداوسیما انجام گرفته کلیدخورده است. همراهی باشگاه خبرنگاران جوان، خبرگزاری نیمه رسمی وابسته به صداوسیما درجریان اطلاع دهی درخصوص دستگیری مستندسازان، آن هم پیش از آنکه خبری آنها توسط نیروهای وزارت اطلاعات دستگیر شوند نیز نشان دهنده نقش صداوسیما در سرکوب کارگردانان و فیلمسازان مستقل سینمای ایران به شمار می رود. Lies den Rest dieses Artikels
CNN: ”Delegations from the United States and several European nations walked out of the U.N. General Assembly Thursday during Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech, in which he repeatedly condemned the United States and said some countries use the Holocaust as an ‘excuse to pay ransom… to Zionists.’ Delegates from France, Germany, and the United Kingdom were among those who walked out. Delegations from Canada and Israel were not present from the beginning. In his remarks, Ahmadinejad called the September 11, 2001, attacks ‘mysterious’ and said they were a pretext for a U.S.-led war against Afghanistan and Iraq. He said the United States killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden instead of assigning a fact-finding team to investigate ‘hidden elements involved in September 11.’ He also placed blame on the United States for numerous global problems including the financial crisis, criticizing it for dominating the world’s ‘policy-making establishments,’ overspending on the military, and ‘printing trillions of dollars’ that triggered inflation, according to an English translation of his speech provided by Iran’s U.N. mission.’ Ahmadinejad said the U.S. government views Zionism as ‘sacred,’ and that ‘European countries still use the Holocaust after six decades as the excuse to pay (a) fine or ransom to the Zionists.’ … Wednesday evening, Ahmadinejad met with a group of U.S. university students, and then gave an interview to Iranian satellite television… Participants included students and staff from Princeton, Fordham, Hofstra, Columbia, New York University, and other schools… The group United Against Nuclear Iran — whose founders include former CIA Director Jim Woolsey and the late Ambassador Richard Holbrooke — slammed Wednesday’s event. The participants ‘should be ashamed of themselves,’ said David Ibsen, the group’s executive director, describing it as ‘a propagandistic attempt by the regime to improve its image. Anyone claiming to support liberty, tolerance, and human rights should strongly oppose a dictator who oppresses women, kills homosexuals, violates his citizens’ basic rights and religious freedoms, and pursues nuclear weapons.’” http://t.uani.com/ocfkiw
[ netzpolitik.org ] Dem Iran ist es vorgestern erneut gelungen, den Anonymisierungs- und Anti-Zensur-Dienst Tor zu blockieren. Tor tarnt Verbindungen als “normale” HTTPS-Verbindungen und leitet den Trafic über mehrere Umwege zum eigentlichen Ziel. Dem Iran ist es gelungen, Tor-Verbindungen von normalen HTTPS-Verbindungen anhand der Gültigkeitsdauer der SSL Zertifikate unterscheiden. Übliche SSL-Zertifikate haben eine Gültigkeitsdauer von einem oder mehreren Jahren, während die von Tor verwendeten Zertifikate nur wenige Stunden gültig waren. Dass der Iran dafür eine Filterregel im kompletten Land zur Anwendung bringen konnte, zeigt vor allem, wie leistungsfähig die dort eingesetzte DPI ist. Das gefährliche an einer solchen Filterregel ist nicht nur dass der Dienst blockiert wird, sondern dass auch jene identifiziert werden können, die versuchen, ihn zu nutzen. Das Tor Team hat umgehend mit einem Update reagiert. Alle Betreiber von Relays werden darum gebeten, jetzt ein Update durchzuführen. Gleichzeitig de[...]
Shahrzad News: The number of Iranian women becoming solely responsible for their families after losing their husbands through death or divorce is increasing dramatically. According to Dr. Abhari, a member of the University of Beheshti’s board of governors, the number of families run by single mothers has increased by 58% in the last ten years. 76% are widows or divorcees.
“These women are among the most deprived and poverty-stricken members of our society,” said Dr. Abhari. “Only 43% are literate.”
The government’s failure to implement long-promised social care policies for Iranian single parents have made it yet harder for them to survive. Even the small minority that do receive monthly handouts find it impossible to pay health and education costs for their children.
Shahrzad News: The Iranian regime has declared a cyberwar against what it calls a “Western cultural invasion” by inviting members of the Basij militia to launch millions of weblogs.
The head of Iran’s Civil Defence Organisation Ghulam Reza Jalali told the Fars news agency that the aim of the project was to win the internet battle by inundating it with the government’s own blogs and websites. “This is the best way of fighting this soft war against our values.” According to Jalali, the ten million members of the Basij militia have been asked to start writing weblogs, which will be registered through the government’s communication channels.
In the aftermath of the Islamic Revolution the Ayatollah Khomeini called for the creation of a twenty million strong volunteer army to “liberate Karbala” (where the first Shia Imams were buried) from the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein. Thirty years on his successors are calling for the “liberation of the internet from the infidels.”
2038 GMT: Economy Watch. Kalemeh reports that imports of rice rose 27%, compared to last year, between March and August.
2035 GMT: Mohammad Ebrahim Nekounam, the head of Parliament’s Article 90 Commission, has said that the file of 1st Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi, accused of involvement in a major insurance fraud, is still under scrutiny by the judiciary.
2025 GMT: The Detained Filmmakers. Peyke Iran posts a long report on the condemnations of six filmmakers by State broadcaster IRIB, paving the way for their arrests for allegedly working with BBC Persian.
NBC’s Ann Curry and Mahmoud AhmadinejadThe Mahmoud Ahmadinejad roadshow continues in New York. The Iranian President got his 15 minutes (well, 30) of fame in front of the delegates of the United Nations General Assembly, or rather those who did not walk out at the first mention of the “mysterious elements” behind 9-11 or the threats against those who dared question the Holocaust. And US journalists continued to line up like kids at Santa’s Grotto, hoping for the gift of a sentence from the Iranian President that would make for a reader-grabbing headline.
President Ahmadinejad’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly today — for snap analysis (even though there is not much to say)
New York, NY -Today, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI)‘s Warwick headquarters was featured on CBS 2 News, which reported today from inside UANI’s war room. UANI was also covered today by CNN.com, AFP, Huffington Post, and UpTake.com for its campaign against the Warwick and its current guest, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Click here to watch the CBS 2 News piece, shot inside UANI’s war room.