Archiv für den Tag 26. September 2011

Iran News Round Up (Sep. 26)

Summary
New allegations made against reformist leader Karrubi; Supreme Leader’s top advisor downplays Turkey’s anti-Israel moves as ‘political gestures’; Iran’s intelligence minister accuses British intelligence of ‘anti-Iranian activities under cover of BBC’; IRGC commander says ‘Hezbollah resistance cells’ operating worldwide
Politics

  • Mahramaneh News, close to Ahmadinejad, releases an interview attributed to a lady who says Mehdi Karrubi had a “temporary marriage” with her following the passing of her husband during the war with Iraq.
  • Mahramaneh News also accuses the Karrubi family of having secret bank accounts in United Arab Emirates.

Roundup of Today’s International News 26/09/11

Iran and Sudan united as ‘defenders of Islam’ in face of ‘pressures’ from West
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday that Iran and Sudan stand together as “defenders of Islam” in the face of pressure from Western governments. […] Ahmadinejad headed a delegation of government officials, including the ministers of energy and higher education, and a number of economic advisers, who held talks with senior Sudanese officials. […] Speaking alongside Ahmadinejad after the meeting, Bashir underlined Sudan’s support for Iran’s nuclear program.

 

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Ahmadinedschad nennt Homosexualität “abstoßend”

Mahmud Ahmadinedschad lässt im Iran Schwule hinrichten
Mahmud Ahmadinedschad lässt im Iran Schwule hinrichten

Bei einer Pressekonferenz in New York hat der iranische Präsident Mahmud Ahmadinedschad Homosexualität als “eines der abstoßendsten Verhaltensweisen” bezeichnet.

Der CNN-Moderator Wolf Blitzer hatte Ahmadinedschad gefragt, ob sich seine Einstellung gegenüber Homosexuellen verändert habe. Das verneinte der iranische Präsident und erklärte, dass man im Iran Homosexualität nicht akzeptieren könne: “In der iranischen Gesellschaft gelten solche Aktivitäten, Gedanken und Verhaltensweisen als abstoßend … Sie widersprechen dem göttlichen Willen, gegen göttliche Lehren aller Glaubensrichtungen und schaden den Menschen und der Menschheit.”

Blitzer spielte mit seiner Frage auf einen Vortrag Ahmadinedschads an der Columbia University im Jahr 2007 an, als der Präsident den Iran als schwulenfrei bezeichnet hatte (queer.de berichtete). Ahmadinedschad schloss jetzt nicht mehr aus, dass es auch im Iran Schwule geben könnte – er erklärte, dass er und die Regierung seine Bevölkerung nicht “über eine spezifische Orientierung” befragen könne. Er erklärte weiter: “Seien Sie versichert, das ist eine der abstoßendsten Verhaltensweisen in unserer Gesellschaft.”

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Eye on Iran: Americans Convicted in Iran Say They Were Hostages

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Reuters: “Two American men jailed in Iran for more than two years for spying arrived in New York on Sunday, saying they were innocent and had been held hostage simply because of their nationality… Flanked by family members at a news conference in New York, Bauer and Fattal said the case against them was a ‘total sham’ with ‘ridiculous lies that depicted us as being involved in an elaborate American-Israeli conspiracy to undermine Iran.’ ‘The only explanation for our prolonged detention is the 32 years of mutual hostility between America and Iran,’ Bauer said. ‘We were convicted of espionage because we are American. It’s that simple. No evidence was ever presented against us.’ … ‘Sarah, Josh and I have experienced a taste of the Iranian regime’s brutality. We have been held in almost total isolation from the world and everything we love, stripped of our rights and freedom,’ said Bauer, who is engaged to Shourd.” http://t.uani.com/pplXe9

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EIL – IRAN: MARYAM BAHREMAN FREI GELASSEN

Maryam Bahreman, ein Mitglied der Kampagne für Gleichberechtigung, die vier Monate lang in Haft war und zu ihren Aktivitiäten für die Frauenrechte und zu ihrer Teilnahme an der Sitzung der UN-Frauenkommission (Commission on the Status of Women) wurde verhört, ist frei. Nähere Informationen liegen noch nicht vor.

Desmond Tutu and Jose Ramos-Horta join calls for release of Baha’i educators

NEW YORK — As a number of Baha’i educators appear in court in Iran, two Nobel Peace Prize winners have sharply criticized the Iranian government, comparing its actions to “the Dark Ages of Europe” or the “Spanish Inquisition.”

The remarks by Desmond Tutu, the Anglican Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, and Jose Ramos-Horta, President of East Timor, appear in anopen letter to the academic community published today in the Huffington Post, under the title “Iran’s war against knowledge.”  

 

 

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Von der arabischen zur iranischen Revolution?(Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte (APuZ 39/2011))

Von der arabischen zur iranischen Revolution?
Parallel zu den Demonstrationen gegen die repressiven politischen Systeme in der arabischen Welt richtete sich die Aufmerksamkeit vieler westlicher Beobachter auf den Iran, wo seit 32 Jahren religiöser Despotismus herrscht. Mit Spannung wurde verfolgt, ob die Aufstände in Ägypten, Tunesien und anderen arabischen Staaten auf das Land des herrschenden Klerus übergreifen würden. Die geistliche Führung der Islamischen Republik reagierte gelassen: Oberster Rechtsgelehrter und Staatsoberhaupt Ali Chamenei begrüßte den Aufstand gegen den ägyptischen Präsidenten Husni Mubarak und sah darin die Revolte, die im Iran bereits 1978/79 stattfand. Staatspräsident Mahmud Ahmadinejad verkündete, dass sein Land ein Vorbild für alle Nationen sei und die Aufstände in der arabischen Welt nichts anderes als ein “islamisches Erwachen” nach dem Vorbild des Iran.[1]

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UN: Expose Iran’s Appalling Rights Record

(New York) – Member states of the United Nations should use President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s appearance before the UN General Assembly to highlight the Iranian government’s gross and systematic human rights violations against its own people, Human Rights Watch said today. Member states should press the Iranian leader to allow the newly appointed UN special envoy on Iran and independent human rights organizations to visit the country. The Iranian president is scheduled to address the Assembly in New York on September 22, 2011.

On September 21, Iranian authorities publicly executed 17-year-old Alireza Mollasoltani, according to Iranian state media. The judiciary convicted Mollasoltani for the July 2011 murder of Ruhollah Dadashi, champion of Iran’s “strongest man” competition. International law strictly prohibits the execution of anyone who was under the age of 18 when the offense was committed.
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Iran Video Special: Mothers of Victims Sohrab Arabi & Neda Agha Soltan Respond to Ahmadinejad’s New York Statements

 

In his media interviews last week in the US, President Ahmadinejad declared that there were only 33 people who died in violence after the disputed 2009 Presidential election and that most of these were Basij militiamen.

Parvin Fahimi is the mother of Sohrab Arabi, killed on 15 June 2009 by security forces. (She was not told for weeks about the event or where she could find the body of her son.) Interviewed by Masih Alinejad, Fahimi responds to Ahmadinejad’s assertion, “My son was not a Basij member or a rebel. My son was patriotic. He was going for his vote and rights. He was a real Iranian.” She continues, “Mr Ahmadinejad is lying since he became President of Iran. He is lying all the time.”

Hajar Rostami Motlagh is the mother of Neda Agha Soltan, killed by a member of the security forces on 20 June 2009. In New York, Ahmadinejad said, “We have evidence that proves that she was killed after the fact and BBC fabricated the news by editing the footage.”

Motlagh responded to Rooz Online:

 

I find this gentleman’s remarks comical. The people are fully aware of who killed Neda. The first year he was in New York he held up a picture of an Egyptian woman and when they asked him about Neda, he spoke of the Egyptian woman instead. To add insult to injury, last year he claimed that everyone is free and this year he has continued with these ludicrous comments. Every year he goes to the U.S. and says something… How should we respond to these comments? Should we remind him that as the head of a government he should have a conscience? Should we ask him how he can give himself the right to claim that everything has been fabricated? Even if we did, it would be to no avail.” 

(Pointing to video of last moments of Neda’s life) What matters is that the nation of Iran and the world at large are aware of the truth and what really occurred. They can continue to say what ever they want to. It is the people’s support that is of importance to me; a nation that has never left us alone and continues to stand with us after two years and three months. I will always be grateful to the kindness of our people. After two years our people continue to visit us, giving us hope and strength. Ahmadinejad can continue to say what ever he wishes. No one believes what he says.

Hamburg: Filmfest 2011 – “Here Without me / This is NOT a Film” – Empfehlung

 inja bedone man – آنونس فیلم اینجا بدون من

Filmbeschreibung

Tennessee Williams’ „Die Glasmenagerie“ auf den Iran übertragen: Eine alleinerziehende Mutter versucht, ihre beiden schon erwachsenen Kinder durchs Leben zu manövrieren. Sorgen macht ihr die gehbehinderte Tochter, die sich aus dem Alltag träumt. Ihr Bruder soll ihr dabei helfen, den richtigen Ehemann zu finden. Der aber flüchtet ins Kino. Die tollen Darsteller machen das Kammerspiel auf der Leinwand zu einem intensiven Erlebnis.

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