Archiv für den Tag 10. Juni 2011

Mashad’s Prison Is Hell, Says Political Prisoner’s Wife

Hashem Khastar, leader of the Mashad Teachers Union and prisoner at Mashad’s Vakilabad Prison, was transferred to the ward for murder and drug trafficking convicts after publishing a letter exposing the inhumane conditions and secret executions at Vakilabad. In an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Sedigheh Maleki, Khastar’s wife, expressed concern about his conditions. “Two days after Mr. Khastar was transferred from the ward of prisoners of conscience to Ward 5 which is where murderers and other hardened criminals are kept, I went to the Revolutionary Court to find out the reason for his transfer. One of the officials told me that because he wrote letters about the conditions at Vakilabad Prison, he was transferred to another ward so that he can directly experience the other things that happen in this prison. He told me to leave and that they would transfer Mr. Khastar back to the ward of prisoners of conscience, which has not happened so far.”

Eye on Iran: U.S. Issues Sanctions For Attacks on Iran Election Protesters

WT: „The Obama administration imposed new economic and travel sanctions on Iran’s police and paramilitary forces for their role in violence against protesters after 2009 elections. The sanctions, announced by the State and Treasury departments, singled out the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the domestic Basij and the Law Enforcement Forces, as well as Ismail Ahmadi Moghaddam, the forces commander. ‚Today’s sanctions reflect our commitment to hold accountable those governments and officials that violate human rights and deprive their citizens of the opportunities and future they deserve,‘ Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday. The three groups were singled out because of their participation in attacks against protesters after the 2009 presidential election when incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad defeated Mir-Hossein Mousavi in a vote that many said was marked by fraud… The move by the Obama administration is largely symbolic. It freezes financial assets of the groups and prohibits contacts between them and U.S. citizens and businesses. It also blocks members of the groups, as well as Mr. Moghaddam, from visiting the United States.“
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Is the US deliberately harming Israeli covert ops in Iran?


ahmadinnukes.jpgOne of the dirty secrets about Western trade with enemy states like Iran is that the Western companies trading wtih them may also wittingly or unwittingly serve as espionage assets for their home country or for other Western countries.

Consider the Stuxnet computer virus which reportedly caused great harm to at least one and perhaps multiple nuclear installations in Iran. The virus penetrated the Iranian systems through Siemens industrial control systems. In recent years, Siemens was subject to widespread criticism from US policy makers for its massive trade with Iran. And this criticism was justified. But it is important to admit that if Siemens hadn’t been trading with Iran, whomever developed the Stuxnet virus would have had to find another, probably less accessible platform to penetrate Iran’s computer systems.

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All Ahmadinejad’s Men

The sacking of Iran’s foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, on December 13, 2010, was a clear snub to Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamene’i, and opened another chapter in the ongoing power struggle between him and President Ahmadinejad.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s sacking of foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki has opened another chapter in the ongoing power struggle between the president and the supreme leader, Ali Khamene’i. Interpersonal as it may seem, this confrontation symbolizes the struggle between the Islamic Republic’s old elites and Ahmadinejad’s burgeoning patronage network, which challenges their authority. How has the president managed to build such a formidable power base? Who are the key members of his coterie, and will they enable their benefactor to outsmart the supreme leader to become Iran’s effective ruler?

The Iranian Threat That Can’t Be Ignored

The leader of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad once said that Israel must be „wiped off the map.“ And now Iran stands poised to have its finger on the trigger of a nuclear weapon, yet the Obama Administration continues to remain virtually silent on the nascent threat, all while the clouds amassing over the Iranian Peninsula are growing too dark to ignore.

Yesterday, following news that Iran plans to triple its output of higher-grade uranium, the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany issued a joint statement calling for Iran to provide more information about its nuclear intentions and that the country’s nuclear drive is causing „deep concern“ to a number of world powers. Meanwhile, the United States issued sanctions on Iran’s police chief and three government entities it says are involved in the brutal repression of Iranian citizens.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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Filmreihe „Inside Iran“ in 3sat – Fünf Erstausstrahlungen

ab Dienstag, 14. Juni 2011, 22.25 Uhr

Zwei Jahre nach den Präsidentschaftswahlen im Iran und den 
anschließenden Massendemonstrationen und Protestaktionen zeigt 3sat 
von Dienstag, 14. Juni, bis Sonntag, 19. Juni, die siebenteilige 
Reihe "Inside Iran". Eine mit fünf Erstausstrahlungen versehene 
Auswahl von aktuellen Spiel- und Dokumentarfilmen junger iranischer 
Regisseure - vielbeachtet auf internationalen Filmfestivals - 
vermittelt einen authentischen Eindruck von der Jugend im Iran, von 
ihrer künstlerischen und gesellschaftlichen Identität unter den 
Beschränkungen des Systems. 

Die Filmreihe beginnt am Dienstag, 14. Juni, 22.25 Uhr, mit "Kennwort
Kino: Teheran ist überall". Der Überblicksbericht stellt einige der 
wichtigsten Vertreter des neuen iranischen Kinos vor und befragt sie 
zu ihrer derzeitigen Lebens- und Arbeitssituation. Direkt im 
Anschluss, um 22.55 Uhr, zeigt 3sat den Dokumentarfilm "Salaam 
Isfahan" (Iran/Belgien 2010) von Sanaz Azari in Erstausstrahlung. In 
der Zeit um die Wiederwahl des Staatspräsidenten Ahmadinedschad im 
Jahr 2009 begegnet sie Menschen auf der Straße, die ihren 
alltäglichen Besorgungen nachgehen. Unter dem Vorwand, sie 
fotografieren zu wollen, sucht Azari das Gespräch mit ihnen. Die 
Filmreihe schließt am Sonntag, 19. Juni, 23.15 Uhr, mit dem 
Animationsfilm "Persepolis", der die jüngere iranische Geschichte aus
der selbstironischen Perspektive eines heranwachsenden Mädchens 
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