Archiv für den Tag 5. August 2011

Eye on Iran: Multiple Foreign Cos Aiding Iran’s Energy Sector – US Watchdog

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Dow Jones: „More than a dozen foreign companies were engaged in the development of Iran’s oil and natural-gas sectors during a 15-month period that ended in May 2011, according to an investigative group for the U.S. Congress. In a report released this week, the Government Accountability Office said 16 non-U.S. companies–hailing from China, India, Venezuela and other countries– had been conducting commercial activity in the development of Iran’s energy sector. The GAO said it didn’t try to determine whether the activities violated U.S. sanctions against Iran. U.S. law has restricted U.S. and foreign companies from investing in Iran’s energy sector, which provides a big source of revenue for the Iranian government. The sanctions are aimed at blocking the transfer of weapons and technology to Iran’s prohibited nuclear and missile programs, and targeting sectors of the Iranian economy relevant to its proliferation activities, the GAO report said. Of the 16 companies that were identified as having commercial activities in Iran’s energy sector, two of them have contracts with the U.S. government, totaling about $4 million, the report said. The GAO found that a number of foreign companies have recently stopped, or are in the process of stopping, their commercial activity. In the months since the GAO last reported on the activity of these foreign companies, in March 2010, 20 of the 41 companies identified then as having business in Iran ‚have withdrawn or are withdrawing from commercial activity in Iran’s energy sector,‘ the report said.“ http://t.uani.com/n6RisB

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Iran Video Special: How a Little Boy — „Farnood the Truthful“ — Embarrassed the Regime

We turn to a children’s show this week on Iranian State TV….

A group of children were asked what kind of activities they perform on their own. A small boy named Farnood proudly replied, “When I go to the bathroom, I wash my pee-pee on my own.”

The shocked presenter took a few steps back from Farnood, covering up his taboo reply with a non sequitur, “What do you do?! You turn on the washing machine yourself? No, no, no.”

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Stimmen aus dem Iran – Arte Themenabend 2011

Der Kampf gegen das Regime

Im Juni 2009 rebellierte die iranische Jugend. Sie zweifelte das Ergebnis der Präsidentschaftswahl an und lehnte sich gegen das Regime auf. Ihre Forderungen verbreiteten sich nach Tunesien, Ägypten, Libyen, Jemen und Algerien. Doch ihr Aufruhr ist vorerst erstickt worden, der Iran hat wieder dichtgemacht und verbietet zum Beispiel ausländischen Filmteams das Drehen. Der Dokumentarfilm von Manon Loizeau ist ein Dialog von „dort“ und „hier“.

Ein Wind der Freiheit weht in der arabischen Welt, die Völker nehmen ihr Schicksal in die Hand und bringen die Diktatoren zu Fall. Doch der Aufruhr der iranischen Jugend, die im Juni 2009 als Erste ein Zeichen gesetzt hatte, ist vorerst erstickt worden.
Damals hatte sie sich gegen das starre, theokratisch geprägte Regime aufgelehnt, größere Freiheit und das Ende der Korruption gefordert, vor allem aber das offizielle Ergebnis der Präsidentschaftswahlen vom 12. Juni angezweifelt. Viele ihrer Forderungen wurden auch in Tunesien und Ägypten erhoben und sind jetzt in Libyen, im Jemen und in Algerien laut geworden.
Die jungen Iraner waren die Ersten, die ihre Revolte mit den eigenen Handys filmten, die Bilder auf dem Internet-Videoportal YouTube veröffentlichten und in Twitter und Facebook über ihre Unterdrückung berichteten. Heute macht der Iran wieder dicht. Ausländische Filmteams sind dort nicht zugelassen. Wie soll man von außen erzählen, was im Land vor sich geht? Der Dokumentarfilm ist ein Dialog zwischen „dort“ und „hier“.

 

Urgent : stop à l’expulsion de Peyman Najafi

voir en anglais | voir en farsi
Merci a Iran en Lutte pour traduction en francais.

L’opposant iranien Peyman Najafi est gravement menacé d’arrestation, de torture et même d’exécution s’il est renvoyé en Iran. Il est urgent de stopper son expulsion et toute la force de votre soutien est nécessaire, le gouvernement suédois a d’ores et déjà acheté ses billets d’avion pour Téhéran pour un départ le 12 août 2011.

Vous pouvez utiliser ces informations pour écrire ou parler avec l’équipe gouvernementale de Suède (n’oubliez pas d’indiquer le numéro de dossier de Peyman Najafi : # 1346710):

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The Latest from Iran (5 August): Please Shut Up…

1040 GMT: Oil watch. Another pipeline explosion in western Iran has halted flows of up to 4,000 barrels per day to the oil port of Ahwaz.

Hormoz Qalavand, executive director of the National Iranian South Oil Company, said, „So far it is not clear if the incident happened due to technical problems or a terrorist act.“

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Iran Interview: Full Transcript of Ahmadinejad’s Remarks to EuroNews — „Situation in Europe is Much Worse than Iran“

Yesterday we posted an extract from the video and transcript of President Ahmadinejad’s 33-minute interview with EuroNews. That in itself was striking, with Ahmadinejad’s dismissal of the strict house arrests of opposition figures Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, „There are prisons in every country“.

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Iran: ROG beunruhigt über mögliche Einführung von „nationalem Internet

Berlin (ots) – Die Pläne der iranischen Regierung zum Aufbau eines „nationalen Internets“ nehmen offenbar Form an. Reporter ohne Grenzen (ROG) zeigt sich besorgt über die Ankündigung des Ministeriums für Kommunikations- und Informationstechnologie, eine Testversion einer neuen Internetinfrastruktur bis Ende August 2011 freizuschalten.

Schon seit mehreren Monaten sprechen iranische Regierungsvertreter öffentlich über ihre Pläne zur Einführung eines „reinen“ inländischen Internets. Sollte das Regime seine Ankündigung wahrmachen, droht aus Sicht von ROG eine neue Dimension der Online-Überwachung sowie eine Abschottung der iranischen Bevölkerung vom internationalen Internet.

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UANI Calls on Japanese Conglomerate Hitachi to End Its Business in Iran

New York, NY – On Thursday, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) called on Japanese high technology conglomerate Hitachi to end its business in Iran. Hitachi maintains an active presence in Iran, having provided Iran with gas turbines and induction motors used in its oil and gas sector.

In correspondence with the SEC, Hitachi has openly acknowledged that it has profited from business activities in Iran. At the same time, Hitachi has extensive business ties with the U.S. government, receiving $56 million since 2000. Moreover, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, a global nuclear alliance between General Electric and Hitachi, has received more than $150 million from the U.S. government since just 2007.

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Eye on Iran: Iran Claims Progress Speeding Nuclear Program

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WSJ: „Moves by Iran to deploy more-advanced centrifuge machines for the production of nuclear fuel are raising new concerns that Tehran could significantly shorten the time it would need to produce nuclear bombs. In recent weeks, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran has notified United Nations inspectors that it has begun deploying what are described as second- and third-generation centrifuges at its uranium-enrichment facility in the city of Natanz, according to diplomats briefed on the correspondence. Tehran has also said that it plans to set up these advanced machines at an underground uranium-enrichment site run by Iran’s elite military unit, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, near the holy city of Qom, said these officials. Iran denies it seeks to develop nuclear weapons. The more-advanced centrifuges, called IR-2Ms and IR-4s, are believed to be capable of enriching uranium at rates three times as fast as those Tehran currently uses, the IR-1s. Any significant deployment of these machines in the coming months, said U.S. and European officials, could significantly shorten the time, in the Obama administration’s assessment, that Iran could produce the highly enriched uranium needed to create nuclear weapons. U.S. officials estimate that Tehran would now need 18 months to two years to convert its stockpile of low-enriched uranium-around 4,000 kilograms-into the weapons-grade material for a bomb. A successful deployment of new IR-2M and IR-4 machines could cut this time in half, if not by more, depending on their numbers and efficiency, said these officials. Nuclear experts estimate Iran has enough low-enriched uranium to produce nearly four bombs, if the material is enriched further to weapons-grade.“ http://t.uani.com/neme3S

AFP: „Turkish authorities seized an Iranian arms shipment meant for Syria, a German newspaper reported Thursday. The Munich-based Süddeutsche Zeitung quoted diplomatic sources as saying the weapons were meant for Hezbollah. According to the newspaper, Turkish security forces stopped a convoy of trucks carrying a large quantity of weapons and ammunition in the south-central city of Kilis, which is adjacent to the Syrian border. Ankara refused to either confirm or deny the report, which did not detail when the arms were intercepted. This was not the first time Turkey has been able to foil an Iranian arms shipment to Syria: In March Ankara informed the UN Security Council that it had seized an Iranian cargo plane headed to Syria with a cache of weapons in its belly.“http://t.uani.com/r2eI1g

UPI: „Nearly half of the companies known to have worked in the Iranian energy sector recently halted commercial work there, a U.S. agency reported. Washington and its European allies have hit Iran with economic sanctions targeting its energy sector as punishment for its controversial nuclear program. Western allies say Iran is using its nuclear program to develop a weapon, though Tehran maintains it has peaceful intentions. The U.S. Government Accountability Office in a 26-page report found 16 companies ranging from the China National Petroleum Corp. to Italy’s Edison remain active in the Iranian energy sector. Foreign firms, however, have pulled back significantly from Iran, the report said. Of the 41 companies listed in a 2010 report, 20 were moving out of the Iranian energy sector. Those that withdrew said it was becoming too difficult to do business in Iran.“ http://t.uani.com/qeMwb3

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