Archiv für den Tag 25. April 2012

Eye on Iran: Half of Iran Tanker Fleet Storing Oil at Sea

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Reuters: “Iran has been forced to deploy more than half its fleet of supertankers to store oil at anchorage in the Gulf as buyers of its crude cut back because of sanctions, two Iran-based shipping sources said. The sources, who are familiar with operations at Iran’s main export terminal Kharg Island in the north of the Gulf, said 14 of National Iranian Tanker Company’s (NITC) fleet of 25 very large crude carriers, each loaded with about 2 million barrels of oil, are now at anchor acting as floating storage. A further five of Iran’s nine Suezmax tankers, with capacity of one million barrels, are also parked offshore with oil aboard. That means that of Iran’s 59-million-barrel fleet of VLCCs and Suezmax sized tankers, 33 million barrels of capacity are being used to store crude at sea in the Gulf, or 56 percent of the fleet.” http://t.uani.com/IfzTye  Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Land Berlin: Wohnsituation von EmpfängerInnen von Arbeitslosengeld II und Zwangsmaßnahmen

Kleine Anfrage - Drucksache 17 / 10 290
der Abgeordneten Martin Beck und Katrin Schmidberger (GRÜNE)
vom 08. März 2012 (Eingang beim Abgeordnetenhaus am 08. März 2012) und Antwort
Wohnsituation von EmpfängerInnen von Arbeitslosengeld II und Zwangsmaßnahmen

Im Namen des Senats von Berlin beantworte ich Ihre Kleine Anfrage wie folgt:
1. Wann legt der Senat eine rechtssichere Verordnung zu den Kosten der Unterkunft für Alogeld-EmpfängerInnen vor?
Zu 1.: Der Senat hat am 03. April 2012 die „Verordnung zur Bestimmung der angemessenen Aufwendungen für Unterkunft und Heizung nach dem Zweiten und Zwölften Buch Sozialgesetzbuch“ beschlossen.


2. In welcher Höhe werden die Kosten der Unterkunftskosten im Haushaltsplan 2012/13 ver-anschlagt?
Warum sind diese Zahlen nicht transparent und nachvollziehbar im Haushaltplanentwurf des Senats dargestellt?


Zu 2.: Die Kosten der Unterkunft sind Bestandteil der Globalsummenzuweisung an die Berliner Bezirke (siehe Kapitel 2909). Mit Schreiben vom 15.04.2011 der Senatsverwaltung für Finanzen (rote Nummer 16/2430) ist den Bezirken die Kalkulation der Globalsummen und damit auch die Zuweisungshöhe für die Kosten der Unterkunft übermittelt worden. Veranschlagt werden die Mittel in den bezirklichen Haushaltsplänen, die dem Parlament und der Senatsverwaltung für Finanzen spätestens zum 19.03.2012 vorzulegen sind. Die Senatsverwaltung für Finanzen wird die Veranschlagungen einer Nachschau unterziehen, die dem Hauptausschuss in einem gesonderten Bericht zu den Haushaltsberatungen vorgelegt wird.

3. Wie beurteilt der Senat die fortgesetzte Anwendung der rechtswidrigen AV-Wohnen?


Zu 3.: Die AV Wohnen hatte und hat ihre Rechts-grundlage in § 5 Ausführungsgesetz zum SGB II in Verbindung mit § 22 SGB II. Als Ausführungsvorschrift des Landes Berlin bindet sie die Verwaltung, nicht jedoch die Gerichte, die für sich in Anspruch nehmen, allein den unbestimmten Rechtsbegriff der Angemessenheit auszulegen, wenn – wie im Fall der AV-Wohnen – das Konzept zur Angemessenheitsbestimmung nicht offen-gelegt ist. Allein darauf beziehen sich die Gerichte, wenn von Rechtswidrigkeit die Rede ist. Die AV-Wohnen ist keineswegs in ihrer Gesamtheit rechtswidrig.
Die Möglichkeit, die Angemessenheit durch eine – auch die Gerichte bindenden -Rechtsverordnung nach
§ 22a SGB II zu bestimmen, wurde erst durch Rechtsänderung zum 01.04.2011 eröffnet. Davon hat der Senat mit Beschluss einer Rechtsverordnung am 03. April 2012 (siehe Antwort zu 1.) Gebrauch gemacht.

Letter — Blocking the Property and Suspending Entry into the United States of Certain Persons with Respect to Grave Human Rights Abuses by the Governments of Iran and Syria via Information Technology

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
April 23, 2012

Letter — Blocking the Property and Suspending Entry into the United States of Certain Persons with Respect to Grave Human Rights Abuses by the Governments of Iran and Syria via Information Technology

Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)

Pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), I hereby report that I have issued an Executive Order (the “order”) that takes additional steps with respect to the national emergencies declared in Executive Order 12957 of March 15, 1995, and relied on for additional steps in subsequent Executive Orders, and in Executive Order 13338 of May 11, 2004, as modified in scope and relied on for additional steps in subsequent Executive Orders.

I have determined that the commission of serious human rights abuses against the people of Iran and Syria by their governments, facilitated by computer and network disruption, monitoring, and tracking by those governments, and abetted by entities in Iran and Syria that are complicit in those governments’ malign use of technology for those purposes, threaten the national security and foreign policy of the United States. Consistent with the vital importance of providing technology that enables the Iranian and Syrian people to freely communicate with each other and the outside world, as well as the preservation, to the extent possible, of global telecommunications supply chains for essential products and services to enable the free flow of information, the measures in the order are designed primarily to address the need to prevent entities located in whole or in part in Iran and Syria from facilitating or committing serious human rights abuses. To address this situation, the order takes additional steps with respect to the national emergencies described above.

The order blocks the property and interests in property, and suspends entry into the United States, of persons listed in the Annex to the order, as well as persons determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with or at the recommendation of the Secretary of State:

 to have operated, or to have directed the operation of, information and communications technology that facilitates computer or network disruption, monitoring, or tracking that could assist in or enable grave rights abuses by or on behalf of the Government of Iran or the Government of Syria;

 to have sold, leased, or otherwise provided, directly or indirectly, goods, services, or technology to Iran or Syria likely to be used to facilitate computer or network disruption, monitoring, or tracking that could assist in or enable grave human rights abuses by or on behalf of the Government of Iran or the Government of Syria; Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

EXECUTIVE ORDER – BLOCKING THE PROPERTY AND SUSPENDING ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES OF CERTAIN PERSONS WITH RESPECT TO GRAVE HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES BY THE GOVERNMENTS OF IRAN AND SYRIA VIA INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

EXECUTIVE ORDER
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BLOCKING THE PROPERTY AND SUSPENDING ENTRY INTO THE
UNITED STATES OF CERTAIN PERSONS WITH RESPECT TO GRAVE
HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES BY THE GOVERNMENTS OF IRAN AND SYRIA
VIA INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, as amended (8 U.S.C. 1182(f)), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code,

I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, hereby determine that the commission of serious human rights abuses against the people of Iran and Syria by their governments, facilitated by computer and network disruption, monitoring, and tracking by those governments, and abetted by entities in Iran and Syria that are complicit in their governments’ malign use of technology for those purposes, threaten the national security and foreign policy of the United States. The Governments of Iran and Syria are endeavoring to rapidly upgrade their technological ability to conduct such activities. Cognizant of the vital importance of providing technology that enables the Iranian and Syrian people to freely communicate with each other and the outside world, as well as the preservation, to the extent possible, of global telecommunications supply chains for essential products and services to enable the free flow of information, the measures in this order are designed primarily to address the need to prevent entities located in whole or in part in Iran and Syria from facilitating or committing serious human rights abuses. In order to take additional steps with respect to the national emergencies declared in Executive Order 12957 of March 15, 1995, as relied upon for additional steps in subsequent Executive Orders, and in Executive Order 13338 of May 11, 2004, as modified in scope and relied upon for additional steps in subsequent Executive Orders, and to address the situation described above, I hereby order: Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Obama’s New Executive Order on Iran Human Rights Abusers

On April 23, the White House issued a new Executive Order targeting “grave human rights abusers” in Iran and Syria. The following are key excerpts of the letter to Congress and links to both the full letter and the Executive Order.

Letter to Congress
I have determined that the commission of serious human rights abuses against the people of Iran and Syria by their governments, facilitated by computer and network disruption, monitoring, and tracking by those governments, and abetted by entities in Iran and Syria that are complicit in those governments’ malign use of technology for those purposes, threaten the national security and foreign policy of the United States. Consistent with the vital importance of providing technology that enables the Iranian and Syrian people to freely communicate with each other and the outside world, as well as the preservation, to the extent possible, of global telecommunications supply chains for essential products and services to enable the free flow of information, the measures in the order are designed primarily to address the need to prevent entities located in whole or in part in Iran and Syria from facilitating or committing serious human rights abuses. To address this situation, the order takes additional steps with respect to the national emergencies described above.

arte: Wilder Iran – Teil 2 – In den grünen Norden ( Dokumentation, Deutschland/Iran 2011 ) ,Freitag,27.April 2012, 19:30 Uhr

Wüsten und große Seen, urige Laubwälder, sprudelnde Wasserfälle und schneebedeckte Berge – der Iran bietet überraschend spektakuläre Landschaften. Die abgelegenen Nationalparks des riesigen Landes beherbergen eine einzigartige Mischung von Tierarten aus Afrika, Asien und Europa, Bären neben Leoparden, Flamingos und Geiern. Die zweite Folge zeigt Tier- und Pflanzenwelt im Norden des Irans.

Der Deutsch-Iraner Benny Rebel, international renommierter Tierfotograf und Umweltschützer, macht sich im zweiten Teil von “Wilder Iran” auf den Weg in den Norden des Landes.
Auch auf dieser Reise gelingen dem Naturfotografen wieder überraschende Aufnahmen von seltenen Tieren. Aus seinen Verstecken beobachtet er Antilopen und stattliche Wildschafe in den Gebirgen.

 Moschee in der Oase Tabas im Iran

Leoparden und Braunbären kreuzen seinen Weg im märchenhaften Laubwald. Und am größten See der Welt, dem Kaspischen Meer, sammeln sich rosafarbene Flamingos zur Nahrungssuche. Auf seiner Foto- und Filmreise dokumentiert Benny Rebel die Naturschätze des Irans, auch um sich bei der Regierung seines Heimatlandes für deren Schutz einzusetzen.

A person from Iran was on hunger strike for eight days inside Calais’ immigration prison before he was deported.

Hello my dear friends and thank you for helping me.

I have been in French prison for 20 days. I am going to shorten my speech – I had many difficulties in Iran, that is why I escaped. Religious and political difficulties, I can’t write them all here. Actually you know about the problems in Iran. I shall tell you some of them; firstly, I could never say what was in my heart otherwise I would be oppressed, put in prison or even executed. I escaped from Iran to Europe to have a good and comfortable life and I wish to live peacefully. What a pity it’s not like that. There are the same spiritual and physical oppressions as in Iran, while they claim they are human rights defenders. Is this a human right? Do I have the right to live? If I do, why do they treat us like animals and put us in prison? All of this is lies. They just make speeches on TV but actually everything in this world is lies. All dreams, nothing more.

Now I shall tell you about the difficulties afflicted on me by this country. I have neither seen Hungary, my feet have never touched the soil of Hungary. Nor have I fingerprints or claimed asylum there. Why does Hungary want me? And why is France going to deport me to a country where I have no fingerprints – I have never even wanted to be in that country.

I am very angry about the Judge’s verdict and have stopped eating. I will not eat again until I am judged correctly. I will not eat even if I die. I write this to you dear friends so that you know everything that happened to me. Follow my situation, don’t forget me because the French police have threatened me with three years imprisonment unless I accept the deportation to Hungary.

Thank you dear friends. Until the day of absolutely freedom and correct justice – goodbye.

Source: Calais Migrant Org.

The Latest from Iran (25 April): The Economic Challenge Returns

0642 GMT: Economy Watch. Davoud Javani, the Secretary of the Service Industries Union, has claimed that the Government, which “only employs about 50,000 people”, is interfering in the jobs of the private sector.

Javani warned that, if the interference continues, 23 trillion Toman (about $19 billion) of capital from the service industries could be diverted to dollar and gold markets.

0635 GMT: Revolutionary Guards Watch. In a possible sign of the ongoing tension between senior clerics and some political leaders, Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi has told Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps commanders in Qom that the Guards “would suffer damage if separated from the maraje (clerics)”. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran Feature: The Week in Civil Society — A Death Sentence, Detaining Activists, Arresting Dogs (Arseh Sevom)

Activist Narges Mohamadi, summoned to serve a six-year prison sentence, with her two children


The weekly round-up of news and issues in civil society from our colleagues at Arseh Sevom:

It was hard not to be concerned over the state of civil society in Iran last week with the arrest of human rights defender Narges Mohammadi, the sentencing of Mansoureh Behkish, a member of the Mourning Mothers, and the ongoing campaign against free speech and free information. The one positive story was the rights workshops for children caught up in the juvenile detention system in Tehran.

“Don’t let my brother die. Not again!”

“Imagine how my mother must be feeling — after the loss of her first son to the prisons of the Islamic Republic just over a year ago, then mourning the death of her daughter — on the day we went to Evin Prison to tell my second brother, Hamid Ghassemi, that an official had told us his death sentence had been confirmed,” Parvin Ghassemi told exiled journalist, Masih Alinejad. “They based [my brother’s] death sentence on a questionable email print-out.”

In 2008, Captain Alborz Ghassemi was arrested on espionage charges. Hamid Ghassemi — who is a Canadian citizen — was visiting Iran at the time to see family. He followed up on the arrest of his brother, visiting military intelligence several times, before being arrested himself on the same charges. According toKalameh (in translation), evidence in the case of both was fabricated. The captain died in prison. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Einladung zur Filmpremiere «Forbidden Voices»: Bloggen für die Menschenrechte

Sie leben in drei völlig unterschiedlichen Welten, doch sie haben vieles gemeinsam: Farnaz Seifi aus dem Iran, Zeng Jinyan in China und Yoani Sánchez in Kuba sind mutige junge Frauen, die sich mit Blogs für die Menschenrechte engagieren. Ihre Regierungen versuchen auf jede erdenkliche Weise, sie zu behindern, als staatsfeindliche Agentinnen zu verleumden und mundtot zu machen – von der Einschränkung des Internetzugangs bis hin zu direkten Angriffen auf sie als Person.

Der Film «Forbidden Voices» - Verbotene Stimmen porträtiert in eindrücklicher Weise die drei unerschrockenen Bloggerinnen und verdeutlicht ihre Motivation, ihr Umfeld und ihre Arbeitsweise. 
Die Protagonistinnen des Films sind auch für Amnesty International keine Unbekannten: für alle drei haben wir uns wiederholt in Brief- und Solidaritätsaktionen eingesetzt.

Wir laden Sie herzlich ein, an einer von zwei Vorpremieren in Bern und in Basel mit jeweils anschliessender Podiumsdiskussion teilzunehmen:

  • In Bern am Donnerstag, 3. Mai, dem Welttag der Pressefreiheit, um 18:30 Uhr im cineMovie 1, in Anwesenheit der iranischen Bloggerin und Film-Protagonistin Farnaz Seifi
  • In Basel am Donnerstag, 10. Mai, um 18:30 Uhr, kult.kino camera, in Anwesenheit der Filmregisseurin Barbara Miller.

 » Wir offerieren den schnellsten EinsenderInnen Gratis-Tickets für diese Vorführungen. .

Source: Amnesty Schweiz

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