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Eye on Iran – 22.Juli 2011

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AP: „Iran’s president wants to shed the nation’s secrecy and forge ahead openly with developing nuclear weapons but is opposed by the clerical leadership, which is worried about international reaction to such a move, says an intelligence assessment shared with The Associated Press. That view, from a nation with traditionally reliable intelligence from the region, cannot be confirmed and contrasts with assessments by other countries that view Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as relatively moderate on the nuclear issue compared to the country’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Attempts to interpret Iran’s goals are important because as it expands uranium enrichment, it is moving closer to being able to make a nuclear weapon by the day, even as it asserts that it is not interested in such arms and its programs are geared only to making reactor fuel. A U.S. official cited one assessment he has seen suggesting Ahmadinejad may be more ‚moderate‘ – more open to talks with the international community on resolving nuclear concerns than Khamenei. He asked for anonymity because his information was privileged. But a blunt comment by Ahmadinejad last month raises questions. While repeating that Iran does not want nuclear arms, he openly reinforced its ability to make them, telling Iranian state TV that ‚if we want to make a bomb, we are not afraid of anybody.‘ That defiant statement fits the scenario laid down by the intelligence assessment shared with the AP, depicting Ahmadinejad as wanting to move publicly to develop a nuclear program.“ http://t.uani.com/rmGlWy

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Iran News Round Up – 22.Juli 2011

Summary
Assembly of Expert head advises against factionalism within Principalist camp; senior Iranian cleric slams Bahraini government’s ‘torture and arrest’ of protestors; Iran’s foreign minister says Tehran open to normalize relations with all countries but Israel; Iran’s vice president reiterates support for Lebanon’s Hezbollah; Basij chief says enemy using soft power to defeat regime; Iran prohibits citizens from cooperating, communicating with BBC, VOA
Politics

  • In an indirect criticism of Ahmadinejad, Hojjat al-Eslam Ahmad Khatami, temporary Tehran Friday prayer leader, discusses the characteristics of the society of the Imam of the Era: „The Imam of the Era manages the work of his subordinates closely. Especially if they take a step in the wrong direction in economic issues, he will deal with them decisively… Another axis of his justice is that of political justice in which the law has primacy and no one can demand protection money, no one can make great demands and mayhem… In the government of the Imam of the Era, no one is immune from the law and all will be equal in the face of the law and execution of the rulings of the Judiciary…“

Persepolis: Iran und das persische Erbe- Spielball der Nationalisten

Steinerner Pferdekopf in Persepolis; Foto: dpa

 

20.07.2011 Persepolis: Iran und das persische ErbeSpielball der Nationalisten

Machtkampf unterm Sonnendach: In Iran versucht ein Getreuer Ahmadinedschads, die Gesellschaft mit neuen Ideen zu begeistern. Dafür plündert er auch die persische Vorgeschichte. Warum kommen jedes Jahr mehr Iraner nach Persepolis, der alten Stadt des persischen Großreiches? Ist es Stolz – oder Sehnsucht? Von Elisabeth Kiderlen

Kurz vor Sonnenuntergang. Aus allen Winkeln der ausgedehnten Palastanlage von Persepolis strömen die Besucher dem Ausgang zu, hinter ihnen die hohen Säulen, die Reliefs von Stieren, Löwen und Königen, die breite Freitreppe mit dem Fries, der die Abgesandten von 23 tributpflichtigen Völkern mit Gaben für Darius den Großen, den König der Könige, zeigt – Kamele und Schafe, Krüge, Schwerter, Pferde, Schmuck und Gewänder. In die grau-rosa Bergwand über der enormen Terrasse sind – für Sterbliche unzugänglich – die Felsengräber von Artaxerxes II und III eingegraben, über den Reliefbildern der Achämeniden-Könige schwebt Ahura Mazda, der „weise Herr“, die zarathustrische Gottheit.

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UANI – Hotel Campaign New York

Sanctions

United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), as part of the campaign to isolate the Iranian regime economically and diplomatically, launched its annual Hotels Campaign to demand that all New York area hotels and venues refuse to host Ahmadinejad and the Iranian delegation for the UN General Assembly’s (UNGA) yearly September meeting in New York City.

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UANI Calls on Manhattan Hotels to Refuse to Host Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad During the 2011 UN General Assembly

New York, NY – On Thursday, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) called on New York City hotels to refuse to host Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during this year’s United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in September 2011.

This is the third consecutive year that UANI is leading its Hotels Campaign. In previous years, UANI and its supporters have pressured multiple hotels to deny accommodations to Ahmadinejad and his delegation.

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Politischer Machtkampf in Iran: Der Ajatollah und die Hexen

Ali Chamenei und Ahmadinedschad; Foto: khameni.ir/DW

 

20.07.2011 Politischer Machtkampf in IranDer Ajatollah und die Hexen

Mahmoud Ahmadinedschad hat den Fehler gemacht, den alle iranischen Präsidenten irgendwann machen: Er hat die Autorität des Obersten Führers des Landes, Ajatollah Ali Chamenei, in Frage gestellt. Chamenei hat den offiziellen Propagandisten grünes Licht gegeben, Ahmadinedschad anzugreifen. Von Mehdi Khalaji

Die von Ahmadinedschad ausgehende Herausforderung ist ein derart vorhersehbarer Bestandteil iranischer Politik, dass sie inzwischen als „Präsidentensymptom“ bekannt ist. Sie geht von der Einschätzung eines Präsidenten aus, als vom Volk gewählter Führer nicht der Beschränkung durch die Aufsicht des Obersten Führers zu unterliegen. Dabei strotzt die Geschichte der Islamischen Republik nur so vor gescheiterten Versuchen ihrer Präsidenten, ein unabhängiges Machtzentrum zu konsolidieren. Letztlich triumphiert immer die göttliche über die politische Autorität.

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Documenting Women’s Rights Violations by Non-state Actors

Documenting Women’s Rights Violations by Non-state Actors

Rape and sexual violence: Human rights law and standards in the International Criminal Court / Amnesty International

Rape and sexual violence: Human rights law and standards in the International Criminal Court / Amnesty International

identifies how the crimes of rape and sexual violence must, as a requirement of its own statute and a matter of international human rights law, be interpreted and applied with equality between men and women by the International Criminal Court (the Court). The Court has yet to rule on this matter in its jurisprudence.

Such incorporation of human rights law and standards in the prosecution of rape and sexual violence should be undertaken by other international courts, as well as national courts, in order to discharge states’ duties under treaty and customary law.

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