Arseh sevom weekly:Workers Suffer, Pepsi on the Moon, Cinema Slammed, Families Seek Justice, Prisoners Endangered
Geneva is Playing Host to a Summit for the International Labor Organization
The Defenders of Workers Rights, an Iranian organization recognized by the ILO, wrote an open letter to the organization documenting the situation of workers in Iran. In the letter, they state they cannot attend the summit because they have not been given permission to travel. The government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has sent its own delegation to the summit.
In the detailed letter, The Defenders of Workers Rights reports the following:
- Their leaders are imprisoned;
- More than 200,000 Afghans work under harsh conditions in Iran;
- The unemployment situation is critical and those who do have work do not get a living wage;
- Many factories have been shut down as a result of sanctions;
- Official policy punishes the working poor
- More than 2.5 million children work.
At the labor summit, a letter from union representative Reza Shahabiwas distributed. Shahabi is a board member and secretary treasurer of the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Vahed Bus Company. He faces a six-year sentence, fine, and a five-year ban on his activities.Amnesty International is currently sponsoring a letter-writing campaignon his behalf.
What crime have I committed to be incarcerated for six years and banned from any trade union activity for five years? Are demands for wage increase and benefits according to international standards and cost of living adjustments a crime? Is collecting membership dues from members in our syndicate a crime? Is asking for implementation of laws protecting workers from hazardous work environment a crime?
Is demanding job classifications illegal? Is asking for equality between women and men, and abolition of child labor a criminal act? Is compliance with health and safety codes and educating others in labor relations a crime? Is aspiring to have a dignified honorable human life compatible with international norms and standards illegal? Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
Source: Persian Dutch Network
The Persian-language service of Radio Netherlands Worldwide is the first victim of the organization’s financial problems. The press section of RNW told the Persian Dutch Network that its likely other foreign-language services will be closed as well.
Radio Netherlands Worldwide headquarter in Hilversum (NL)
The activities of RNW’s Persian Service actually ended in December 2011. May 2012 was the deadline for those interested in re-launching the service to come up with independent funding. RNW is still negotiating with applicants but it is unclear when there will be clarity on continuing the service.
The Persian service of Radio Netherlands Worldwide, Asr-e Holland, was launched in February 2011 and was active for around 10 months.
It seems RNW was not serious about this service from the beginning:
Persian Service’s website was created as a sub-category of the Arabic section and the design was not compatible with other sections of RNW.
Since 2006 Dutch government funding has been directed at the Persian-language radio station Radio Zamaneh. The station has had no editor-in-chief for several months.
Holland: 125 Persian Students Visa Applications on Hold – هلند: راکد شدن درخواست ویزای ۱۲۵ دانشجوی ایرانی
Persian Dutch Network – In late May of this year, the Dutch Ministry of Immigration (IND) froze approximately 125 visa applications for Iranian students.
“It is because of new sanctions of European Commission against Iran.” Sander Eijk, IND spokesman toldPersian Dutch Network on Monday 11th June. “We froze the applications and are waiting for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to make the final decision”.
Since last week, the Persian Dutch Network has received messages from Iranian students in The Netherlands. They are worried for their residency and studies. The students are surprised that they have been targeted for sanctioning rather than the Iranian government.
A 27-year-old Persian student from Eindhoven writes to PDN: “My educational background and current activity/role is really far away from the nuclear energy improvement process. But still the Dutch government does not distinguish among cases and keeps all Iranian cases who applied for study/work/extension on hold. Why?? Because in other parts of the world some idiots may misuse nuclear energy…where are HUMAN RIGHTS”?
The IND spokesperson told the Persian Dutch Network, “We just follow the EU regulations and if anyone is going to make a complaint they should address the European Commission or the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs…Iranians are welcome in The Netherlands, but they but they need to meet the EU regulations”. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
by THE EDITORS
Iran Threatens Delays in Nuclear Talks
Iran raised the possibility on Wednesday of delaying or canceling the resumption of nuclear talks with the big powers, scheduled in less than two weeks, because of what it called dithering by the other side in holding preliminary meetings aimed at ensuring some success.
Iran spars with West before nuclear talks
Iran questioned world powers’ readiness for negotiations over its disputed nuclear program and accused the U.N. watchdog on Wednesday of behaving like a Western-manipulated intelligence agency, keeping up its sparring ahead of talks in Moscow.
Nuclear body calls on Iran to sign deal over Tehran’s atomic drive
The U.N. nuclear watchdog and Iran have agreed to hold talks in Vienna on Friday, IAEA chief Yukiya Amano said Monday, calling on Tehran to sign a deal clarifying issues over its atomic drive. “A meeting between Iran and the agency has been scheduled for 8 June in Vienna,” Amano told the International Atomic Energy Agency’s 35-member board of governors at the start of a week-long meeting. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
Analysen von Kaspersky Lab zufolge hat sich Flame unter anderem über Microsofts Updatefunktion verbreitet. Über eine Man-in-the-Middle-Attacke hat sich ein mit Flame infizierter Rechner in das Netzwerk integriert und manipulierte Updatepakete an andere Rechner verteilt sowie einen eigenen Updateserver eingerichtet. Über Microsofts Updatefunktion gelangte der Spionagetrojaner so auf andere Computer.
Flame behauptete, ein Update für die Gadget-Funktion von Windows bereitzustellen und verleitete Anwender so dazu, sich die Schadsoftware selbst auf den Rechner zu holen. Das Update war mit einem gefälschten Microsoft-Zertifikat unterzeichnet. Erst gestern hat Microsoft mitgeteilt, dass Flame gefälschte Microsoft-Zertifikate genutzt habe, um vorzugaukeln, bei Flame handele es sich um eine offizielle Software von Microsoft.
Die über die Updatefunktion verteilte Software wurde am 27. Dezember 2010 kompiliert und ist am 28. Dezember 2010 mit dem Zertifikat versehen worden. Flame soll vor allem Systeme mit Windows XP und Windows 7 befallen haben; Letztere aber nur in der 32-Bit-Version. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
Iran urges West to drop ‘illogical’ uranium demand
Tehran says the West should withdraw its “illogical” demand that Iran halt production of uranium enriched to 20 percent.
Ahmadinejad sees no breakthrough at Moscow talks
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday he did not expect talks next month with six world powers in Moscow on Iran’s nuclear programme to yield any major breakthroughs, but hoped to improve confidence between the two sides.
Image shows buildings gone at Iran site: diplomats
U.N. nuclear inspectors displayed new satellite imagery on Wednesday indicating that some small buildings had been dismantled and other possible clean-up work undertaken at an Iranian military site they want to visit.
Defiant Iran Says It Won’t Halt Enrichment or Allow Parchin Access
As Iran and world powers prepare for another round of negotiations next month in Moscow, a senior Iranian official said Tehran would not stop enriching uranium and rejected the UN’s repeated demand to visit a military site suspected of hosting nuclear weapons-related activities. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
Reuters: ”Iran has significantly stepped up its output of low-enriched uranium and total production in the last five years would be enough for at least five nuclear weapons if refined much further, a U.S. security institute said. The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), a think-tank which tracks Iran’s nuclear program closely, based the analysis on data in the latest report by the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) which was issued on Friday… Friday’s report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a Vienna-based U.N. body, showed Iran was pressing ahead with its uranium enrichment work in defiance of U.N. resolutions calling on it to suspend the activity. It said Iran had produced almost 6.2 tons of uranium enriched to a level of 3.5 percent since it began the work in 2007 – some of which has subsequently been further processed into higher-grade material. This is nearly 750 kg more than in the previous IAEA report issued in February, and ISIS said Iran’s monthly production had risen by roughly a third. ‘This total amount of 3.5 percent low enriched uranium hexafluoride, if further enriched to weapon grade, is enough to make over five nuclear weapons,’ ISIS said in its analysis.” http://t.uani.com/JKCeTO
WashPost: ”In November, the tide of daily cable traffic to the U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan brought a chilling message for Ambassador Matthew Bryza, then the top U.S. diplomat to the small Central Asian country. A plot to kill Americans had been uncovered, the message read, and embassy officials were on the target list. The details, scant at first, became clearer as intelligence agencies from both countries stepped up their probe. The plot had two strands, U.S. officials learned, one involving snipers with silencer-equipped rifles and the other a car bomb, apparently intended to kill embassy employees or members of their families. Both strands could be traced back to the same place, the officials were told: Azerbaijan’s southern neighbor, Iran. The threat, many details of which were never made public, appeared to recede after Azerbaijani authorities rounded up nearly two dozen people in waves of arrests early this year. Precisely who ordered the hits, and why, was never conclusively determined. But U.S. and Middle Eastern officials now see the attempts as part of a broader campaign by Iran-linked operatives to kill foreign diplomats in at least seven countries over a span of 13 months. The targets have included two Saudi officials, a half-dozen Israelis and – in the Azerbaijan case – several Americans, the officials say.”http://t.uani.com/LBx6ft Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
Source: Tehran Times
The exhibition, entitled “A Celebration for the Eyes”, will be held with the help the Paris Municipality.
The collection is composed of 40 cartoons, 6 postal cards and 2 posters, which all have been created with the theme of France or Paris.
The plan to hold the exhibit was made during his previous showcase in Paris last January, Derambakhsh said in a press release on Sunday. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
Map showing the number and geographical location of Flame infections detected by Kaspersky Lab on customer machines. Courtesy of Kaspersky
A massive, highly sophisticated piece of malware has been newly found infecting systems in Iran and elsewhere and is believed to be part of a well-coordinated, ongoing, state-run cyberespionage operation.
The malware, discovered by Russia-based anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab, is an espionage toolkit that has been infecting targeted systems in Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Sudan, the Israeli Occupied Territories and other countries in the Middle East and North Africa for at least two years.
Dubbed “Flame” by Kaspersky, the malicious code dwarfs Stuxnet in size – the groundbreaking infrastructure-sabotaging malware that is believed to have wreaked havoc on Iran’s nuclear program in 2009 and 2010. Although Flame has both a different purpose and composition than Stuxnet, and appears to have been written by different programmers, its complexity, the geographic scope of its infections and its behavior indicate strongly that a nation-state is behind Flame, rather than common cyber-criminals — marking it as yet another tool in the growing arsenal of cyberweaponry.
The researchers say that Flame may be part of a parallel project created by contractors who were hired by the same nation-state team that was behind Stuxnet and its sister malware, DuQu. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
IRANIAN NUCLEAR PROGRAMME
After Talks Falter, Iran Says It Won’t Halt Uranium Work
Iran’s nuclear chief, reversing the country’s previous statements, said on state television on Sunday that the country would not halt its production of higher-grade uranium, suggesting that the Iranian government was veering back to a much harder line after talks in Baghdad with the West last week ended badly.
U.N. inspectors find high-grade uranium traces in Iran
The IAEA report said environmental samples taken in February at Iran’s Fordow facility – buried deep beneath rock and soil to protect it from air strikes – showed the presence of particles with enrichment levels of up to 27 percent. That is above the 20 percent enrichment level Iran has declared at the site, and takes it across the line from low-enriched to high-enriched uranium.
Iran has enough uranium for five nuclear weapons, claims US thinktank
Iran had produced almost 6.2 tonnes of uranium enriched to a level of 3.5% since it began the work in 2007 – some of which has subsequently been further processed into higher-grade material. This equates to nearly 750 kg more than in the previous IAEA report issued in February, and the thinktank said Iran’s monthly production had risen by roughly a third. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
by MUHAMMAD SAHIMI
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In an editorial titled “Resolution of the Problem, Stopping the Negotiations,” Kayhan’s hardline managing editor, Hossein Shariatmadari, warned that the P5+1 has pursued negotiations with Iran for political purposes, motivated by the distressed economic conditions in the West. “As far as we can tell, the West pursues the negotiations for the sake of negotiations, not for resolving the problems between the two sides and melting the ‘artificial ice’ that it has created and spread during the past decade over Iran’s nuclear program,” Shariatmadari wrote. “Thus, if this is true — and all evidence indicates that it is — then Iran’s agreeing to continue the negotiations in Moscow or any other place in the world needs serious reconsideration. There is concern that continuing the negotiations, at least without an agreed-upon modality and the commitment of both sides to move along this path, will be tantamount to playing in the enemy’s field.” Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
US-Außenministerin Clinton: “Alle unsere Sanktionen bleiben in Kraft und werden in dieser Zeit weiter vorangetrieben”(Foto: REUTERS)
Die wohlklingenden Worte vor den Atomverhandlungen mit dem Iran haben getäuscht. Teheran lässt den Westen kalt abblitzen. Die zweitägigen Gespräche gehen ohne konkretes Ergebnis zu Ende, denn die Islamische Republik pocht weiterhin darauf, selbst Uran auf mindestens 20 Prozent anzureichern.
Kurz nach dem vorläufigen Scheitern der Atomgespräche mit dem Iran hat der Westen den Druck auf Teheran erhöht. Die USA, Frankreich und Großbritannien drohen mit härteren Sanktionen. Man halte an dem zweigleisigen Modell von Verhandlungen und Strafmaßnahmen fest, sagte US-Außenministerin Hillary Clinton. “Alle unsere Sanktionen bleiben in Kraft und werden in dieser Zeit weiter vorangetrieben”, sagte sie.
Auch der britische Außenminister William Hague und sein französischer Amtskollege Laurent Fabius ermahnten Teheran. Der Iran müsse “konkrete Schritte” unternehmen, damit Fortschritte möglich seien, sagte Hague. Ansonsten werde der “Druck anhand von Sanktionen zweifelsohne erhöht”. Fabius sprach von “neuen Maßnahmen”, sollte es in Moskau keine greifbaren Ergebnisse geben. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
by NOAH ARJOMAND
by MUHAMMAD SAHIMI
Press Roundup provides a selected summary of news from the Farsi and Arabic press and excerpts where the source is in English. Tehran Bureau has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. Any views expressed are the authors’ own.
3 a.m. IRDT, 5 Khordad/May 25 After the conclusion of two days of talks between Iran and the P5+1 group (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany) concerning the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, the chief negotiators for each side — European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Saeed Jalili, secretary-general of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council — spoke to a group of reporters in Baghdad. Ashton addressed the journalists first, then Jalili. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
Azerbaijan has demanded a formal apology from Iran for its recent statements in connection with Baku’s hosting of the Eurovision song contest.
A spokesman for Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday called the statements “insulting” and said the government expects an apology from Tehran as soon as possible. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
The E3+3 (sometimes known as the 5+1 Powers) talks with Iran about its nuclear program have ended in Baghdad. The parties haveagreed to meet in Moscow on 18-19 June to continue the discussions.
STATEMENT BY CATHERINE ASHTON, HIGH REPRESENTATIVE
FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND SECURITY POLICY AND VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE COMMISSION IN BAGHDAD ON 25th MAY 2012
First of all, I would like to thank the Iraqi government, and in
particular Foreign Minister Zebari, for the excellent hospitality and
organisation of these talks.
The E3+3 remain firm, clear and united in seeking a swift diplomatic
resolution of the international community’s concerns on the exclusively
peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme, based on the NPT, and the
full implementation of UN Security Council and IAEA Board of Governors
Resolutions. We expect Iran to take concrete and practical steps to
urgently meet the concerns of the international community, to build
confidence and to meet its international obligations. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
Talks between world powers and Iran have started in Baghdad in an effort to negotiate an agreement over disputes involving Iran’s controversial nuclear program.
Wednesday’s meeting brings together Iran’s nuclear negotiator with representatives of the so-called P5+1: Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States plus Germany.
At issue is Iran’s production of highly-enriched uranium that Western nations fear could ultimately be used to make a nuclear bomb. Iran says its nuclear program is being developed for peaceful means.
The talks are being held in Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone. It is the second meeting since diplomacy resumed in April after more than a year of delays. Amid increased hopes for a breakthrough, diplomats expect talks could go into a second, unscheduled day. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
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توضیحات این اثر و این اجرا از زبان خود آهنگ ساز و رهبر:
آهنگ خورشید به این دلیل خورشید نامیده شد، چون خود شعر (اصل شعر بی پیش درآمد) با کلمه و نام خورشید آغاز و با نام خورشید به انتها میرسد. به لحاظ مفهوم، شعر بیان کننده خواست گاه ها و آرزوهای شاعر به عنوان یک عضو از جامعه بزرگ ایران زمین و یک قطره از کل دریاست که آرزویی جز رسیدن به پاکی و نور مطلق طلب نمیکند. شاعر قلبا باور به پیوستن و اتحاد ایرانیان به گرد هم چو زنجیر در آینده نزدیک دارد و معتقد است که بر طبق طبیعت جهان هستی، همدلی و همبستگی مردم در روز آزادی چون خورشیدی تابان طلوع خواهد کرد و ظلمت و بیچارگی مردمان سرزمین ما را به عقب خواهد راند. شاعر معتقد است که پرچم دار این روز، شیر زنی از خاک ایران خواهد بود که در این آهنگ، قبل از شروع شعر اصلی، صدای خانم سلین بورتهالیس خواننده اپرای پاریس نشان از آن شیر زن دارد. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
Bloomberg: ”Negotiators headed to Baghdad for a second round of talks on Iran’s nuclear program won’t be giving Iran the relief it is seeking from oil and financial sanctions hobbling its economy, according to Obama administration officials and Western diplomats. Instead, the U.S. and the five other major powers that will hold talks tomorrow with Iran in the Iraqi capital have agreed on confidence-building measures they may offer in response to Iranian concessions, said several U.S. officials and Western diplomats who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue… At the [May 17 House Foreign Affairs Committee] hearing, Mark Wallace, president of United Against Nuclear Iran, a New York-based advocacy group, said Congress should send a strong message to the administration by passing stronger sanctions on Iranian banking, insurance, disclosure and shipping. Wallace urged lawmakers to make sanctions more ‘airtight’ and said the administration can be more aggressive about enforcing an economic blockade on Iran and pressing EU allies ‘to not walk back those very important steps that they’ve taken.’” http://t.uani.com/Lcw75f
Fox News: ”Intent on weakening Iran economically, the Senate on Monday approved tough new penalties on the Tehran regime to thwart its nuclear ambitions. By voice vote, the Senate backed the measure ahead of talks between leading nations and Iran in Baghdad on Wednesday. The bill would target Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, require companies that trade on the U.S. stock exchange to disclose any Iran-related business to the Securities and Exchange Commission and would expand penalties for energy and uranium mining joint ventures with Tehran. The bill also would deny visas and freeze assets on individuals and companies that supply Iran with technology that could be used to crack down on its citizens, such as tear gas, rubber bullets and surveillance equipment. Both the Obama administration and the international community have imposed tough sanctions on Iran over its nuclear development program, which Iran maintains is for peaceful purposes only.”http://t.uani.com/Lycpqm Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
by ANGIE AHMADI
The recent nuclear negotiations between Iran and the U.N. Security Council members plus Germany (the P5+1) in Istanbul sparked optimism that the decade-long dispute could be resolved. Positive anticipation of the next round of talks in Baghdad has been amplified by Tehran’s softened rhetoric. Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi recently stated that Iran will work to improve relations with the West. Even more significantly, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s special adviser on international affairs, Ali Akbar Velayati, described the Istanbul meeting as a step forward: “We hope the following steps will be positive and the West’s positioning will not mutate.” These remarks indicate a degree of support from Khamenei. But how should Iran’s seeming appetite for compromise be utilized by the West to build what E.U. foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton called “a sustained process of dialogue”?Parsing Iran’s recent behavior can help create a successful framework for negotiations in Baghdad. More than sanctions, Iran’s domestic political developments may offer a better explanation of Tehran’s posture. Iran’s political landscape has shifted in ways that could provide Khamenei with greater decision-making latitude, and factors often identified as impediments to engagement — factional rivalries within the ruling system and anti-Americanism as a fundamental element of the regime’s identity — may carry less weight than in the past. With an emasculated opposition and a curtailed President Ahmadinejad, Khamenei faces less political pressure at home, thereby removing some obstacles to compromise. Although it is widely believed that a deal with Khamenei is unlikely given his negative perception of the West and risk-averse personality, historical precedent suggests the contrary. Khamenei has been constitutionally authorized to block any foreign policy initiative, but he allowed attempts by former presidents Rafsanjani and Khatami to negotiate with the West. Hence, it may be more accurate to say that Khamenei is unlikely to support a deal unless he perceives it as fair and not undermining his own authority. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
Representatives of the European Union’s member states at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have called on Iran in their latest statement to totally stop its uranium enrichment program as well as all activities at Fordow nuclear site.
Meanwhile, the US Ambassador to the IAEA has expressed concern over what he called Iran’s noncompliance with its obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). He also called on Iran to take immediate and rapid steps to build confidence with the international community. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
Am 17.02.2012 wurde in Dublin die mehrsprachige Europäische Asylrechtsprechungsdatenbank (European Database of Asylum Law – EDAL) gestartet. Sie enthält Entscheidungen zum Flüchtlingsrecht aus derzeit elf europäischen Ländern – darunter Deutschland – und ist allgemein sowie kostenlos zugänglich unter: www. asylumlawdatabase.eu . Eine Entscheidung wird jeweils in Englisch und der Sprache des Gerichtsstaates per Link und/oder pdf sowie – falls verfügbar – im Volltext nachgewiesen. Die Zahl der eingestellten Entscheidungen ist noch gering. Die meisten entfallen auf das Vereinigte Königreich (75), Frankreich (60) und Schweden (49); zu Deutschland finden sich 40 Entscheidungen.1 EDAL ist ein vom EFF gefördertes Projekt des Irischen Flüchtlingsrates.2 Nähere Informationen: http://www.asylumlawdatabase.eu/sites/asylumlawdatabase.eu/files/ aldfiles/EDAL%20Leaflet.pdf.
New Satellite Image Shows Activity at Parchin Site in Iran
ISIS has acquired commercial satellite imagery of the Parchin site in Iran showing new activity that substantiates the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) stated concern regarding recent “activity” at the site. The new activity seen in the satellite image occurred outside a building suspected to contain an explosive chamber used to carry out nuclear weapons related experiments.
U.S. and Europe Press Iran Before Next Nuclear Talks
The United States on Monday injected a note of caution into the mood of optimism surrounding recently revived talks on Iran’s contentious uranium enrichment program, calling on the Iranians to take “urgent, practical steps” to prove their sincerity in complying with obligations on the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons.
IAEA inspector killed in Iran car accident: media
A United Nations nuclear inspector working in Iran was killed in a car accident on Tuesday, Iranian media reported.
Iranian car industry weathers stormy year
Iran’s automotive industry overcame international sanctions and a troubled domestic environment during the past 12 months, managing continued if slowed growth in what was a tough year for the country’s economy.
Iran to set date for launching nuclear power plant
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said the Islamic republic will set a date for the official launch of Bushehr nuclear power plant, the semi- official ISNA news agency reported Monday.
Iran Bans Banks From Sending Statements To ‘Foreign’ E-Mail Addresses
Iran’s minister of communications and information technology, Reza Taghipour, has sent a letter to the head of the country’s Central Bank, Mahmud Bahmani, asking him to instruct banks to refrain from sending bank statements to e-mail addresses administered by foreign providers.
Rights situation in Iran troubles U.N.
Human rights experts reporting to the United Nations expressed concern over the “extremely harsh” sentences given to human rights defenders in Iran.
EU tells defiant Iran it “must” suspend atom activity
The European Union told Iran on Monday it must suspend uranium enrichment, a few days after the Islamic state ruled out doing just that, as Tehran and the West engaged in diplomatic shadow-boxing ahead of nuclear talks this month.
Britain seeks delay to EU’s Iran ship insurance ban
Britain is seeking to persuade fellow European Union members to postpone by up to six months a ban on providing insurance for tankers carrying Iranian oil, arguing that it could lead to a damaging spike in oil prices, European diplomats said.
Biden: Time running out for diplomatic resolution of Iran nuclear standoff
Vice President Joe Biden warned Tuesday that the window of opportunity for peacefully resolving the standoff over Iran’s nuclear program was closing “in the near term.”
Clinton praises Indian refiners for Iran oil cuts
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton focused on Tuesday on India’s refiners for their cuts in crude imports from Iran in a shift from pressure on the New Delhi government, welcoming the steps the refineries had taken so far.
Baird says Iran could build nuclear bomb within months
Iran could build a nuclear bomb within months if it decides to weaponize its atomic enrichment program, according to Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird.
Interview-Iran atom compromise “worse than no deal” – Israel
World powers must not yield in their demand Iran abandon sensitive nuclear projects, a senior Israeli official said on Wednesday, arguing Tehran had been allowed to “dictate” terms despite being vulnerable to sanctions.
Mideast nuclear conference in jeopardy
Hopes dimmed Tuesday for staging major nuclear talks later this year between Israel and its Muslim rivals, as Iran and Arab countries at a 189-nation conference accused Israel of being the greatest threat to peace in the region and Egypt warned that Arab states might rethink their opposition to atomic arms.
Turkey ups Iran oil imports in March before embargo
Turkey’s crude oil imports from Iran rose sharply in March, providing the Islamic republic with much-needed oil revenues as Tehran struggles to sell its crude in the face of tightening Western sanctions aimed at slowing its nuclear program.
Iran funding smuggling of Libyan Arms into Sinai
Egyptian security sources have informed Asharq Al-Awsat that the security apparatus in Cairo believe that Iran may be funding the smuggling of arms – belonging to the former Libyan arm – into the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. The source added that the lack of security along the Egypt – Israeli border has increased the concerns that a new attack on Israel could be launched from Egypt’s Sinai.
China buying oil from Iran with yuan
China is buying crude oil from Iran using its currency the yuan, an Iranian diplomat has said. Oil transactions are usually settled in dollars but US sanctions make it difficult for Iran to accept payments in the US currency.
Japan eyes guarantees for ships carrying Iran oil – Nikkei
Japan is considering a new law to provide sovereign guarantees for its ships to allow them to continue importing Iranian crude oil after EU sanctions come into effect in July, the Nikkei business daily said.
Afghan-US pact strains ties with Tehran
Relations between Afghanistan and Iran have been strained by Kabul’s strategic pact with the United States, officials said Tuesday, charging that Tehran has harassed Afghan diplomats in recent weeks.
South Africa Engen buys Saudi crude to replace Iranian supplies
Engen has turned to top oil exporter Saudi Aramco for additional crude after South Africa’s biggest buyer of Iranian crude halted imports from the Islamic Republic, trade sources said on Wednesday.
Top Republican urges deeper engagement in Latin America
The Congress’ top Republican called on Tuesday for deeper economic engagement with Latin America as a bulwark against Iran’s attempt to gain influence in the region and the destabilizing effects of international drug cartels.
Realite-EU’s latest analysis – IAEA: Talks with Iran to focus on access to key military facility
The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) deplored the lack of a “positive response” from Iran regarding the Agency’s repeated demand to visit a key military facility suspected of hosting nuclear weapons-related activities, as the two sides prepare for another round of talks next week in Vienna.
Hollande and Iran
In the run-up to the French presidential election, the Iranian newspaper Tehran Emrooz wrote that “emphasis must be given to the advantages of a victory by François Hollande.”
If Iran had not supported the Syrian Baath regime
For years now, Iran has been supporting the Syrian Baath regime — the ideological cousin of the Iraqi Baath regime against whom Iran carried out the longest war of the century.
Die nordfranzösische Hafenstadt Calais liegt an der engsten Stelle des Ärmelkanals und somit nur 30 km von Großbritannien entfernt. Deshalb dient diese Stadt als Transitstation vieler Hundert Flüchtlinge, die sich quer durch Europa mit dem Ziel Großbritannien bewegen. Sie halten sich “illegal” in Europa auf und müssen sich deswegen durch das Sicherheitsnetz der britischen Grenzkontrollen schmuggeln. So schleichen sie sich Nacht für Nacht auf LKWs und Züge, in der Hoffnung nicht entdeckt zu werden. Bis dieser Versuch jedoch gelingt vergehen oft mehrere Monate, während denen die Flüchtenden starker Polizeirepression ausgesetzt sind.
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20 June is the anniversary of mass executions of political prisoners in Iran in 1981. It is also the date on which Neda Agha Soltan was killed during the 2009 uprisings in Iran. On 20 June 2011, the date was designated as the International Day in Support of Political Prisoners in Iran, and more than 50 cities around the world came out to demand the release of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in Iran.
On 20 June 2012, organizers again call for global demonstrations to support political prisoners in Iran. In addition to the essential demands of the day’s action, we will urge the European Parliament and the UN to officially recognize 20 June as the International Day in Support of Political Prisoners in Iran. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
Internal IAEA information links the Supreme Leader to 1984 decision to seek a nuclear arsenal
“The Agency [IAEA] was informed that in April 1984 the then President of Iran, H.E. Ayatollah Khamenei declared, during a meeting of top-echelon political and security officials at the Presidential Palace in Tehran, that the spiritual leader Imam Khomeini had decided to reactivate the nuclear programme (…) Khamenei further declared during the meeting, that a nuclear arsenal would serve Iran as a deterrent in the hands of God’s soldiers.”
UN committee adds more names to Iran sanctions list
A U.N. Security Council committee has expanded its Iran blacklist to include two Iranian individuals and one firm for attempting to skirt U.N. sanctions by shipping arms to Africa in 2010 (…) the newly sanctioned individuals include Azim Aghajani, member of the IRGC elite Qods Force, and Ali Akbar Tabatabaei, whom it describes as a “senior officer responsible for IRGC Qods Force operations. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
Die umfangreichste Online-Materialsammlung zum internationalen Flüchtlingsrecht, der “Refugee Law Reader”, ist in einer neuen englischsprachigen Version erschienen. Daneben liegt jetzt erstmals eine russischsprachige Version der Webseite vor. Dies teilte die Chefredakteurin Maryellen Fullerton in einer Mitteilung vom 23. März 2012 mit.
Der Refugee Law Reader bietet eine umfassende Sammlung von Texten völkerrechtlicher Normen, Begleittexten und Artikeln zu allen wesentlichen Aspekten des internationalen Flüchtlingsrechts. Die neue englischsprachige Version wurde darüber hinaus um die entsprechenden Materialien zu den regionalen Instrumenten des Flüchtlingsschutzes in Afrika, Asien, Europa sowie Nord- und Südamerika ergänzt.
Die meisten verfügbaren Materialien sind kostenlos und ohne Zugangsbeschränkung abrufbar, nur für einen kleinen Teil der Dokumente ist ein Passwort erforderlich, das bei den Herausgebern des Refugee Law Readers angefordert werden kann.
In einer aktualisierten Fassung abrufbar ist auch der Lehrplan (Syllabus), der konkrete Vorschläge enthält, wie die Materialien im Rahmen von Schulungen eingesetzt werden können.
Justice for Iran: IRGC’s Cyber Crime Office Must Be Placed on the List of Human Rights Targeted Sanctions
In its latest report, “Gerdab: A dictated Scenario,” Justice for Iran highlights the role of IRGC’s Center to Investigate Organized Crime in the severe violation of the rights of Iranian citizens. The Center to Investigate Organized Crime (Cyber Crime Office), a division of the IRGC, focuses on ensuring the security of the Islamic Republic of Iran on the cyber space. Upon its establishment in 2007, the first case file the Center worked on was a project titled Gerdab (Whirlpool), during the process of which 45 individuals were arrested and imprisoned under the title of Persian porn producers. Later on, in their televised confessions, the accused confessed that they intended to attack the cultural basis of the Islamic Republic through corrupting and driving the youth from the right path as well as having political agendas against the government or Islam and receiving money from the American government to establish and produce pornographic content.
A year and half later, a number of the detainees and their relatives broke their silence about the treatments and abuses that led to their confessions. They filed complaint to official judicial authorities regarding long stretches of time spent in solitary cells, continuous and severe physical and psychological torture to obtain and record false confessions, lack of respect of the authority for the right of due process from the moment of arrest throughout the entire duration of preliminary investigation phase, and other such calamities endured by the detainees. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags