Archiv für den Tag 7. September 2011

Iran Special: Mousavi’s Moment Outside House Arrest „The Future is Bright“

Banooye Sabz translates from an article by Kalemeh:

After seven months of house arrest, [opposition figures] Mir Hossein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard were finally allowed to visit the home of one of their daughters, spending some time with their three children.

According to reports received by Kalemeh, 200 days after their house arrest, Mousavi and Rahnavard were accompanied by a number of male and female security agents to the residence of one of their daughters.  This sudden and unprecedented visit, with all three of their daughters present, was the first time Mousavi and Rahnavard were allowed to leave the confounds of their house arrest in a period of seven months.

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Eye on Iran: Iran Revolution „Matter of Time“ – US Defense Chief

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Reuters: „Revolution in Iran appears to be a matter of time, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta predicted on Tuesday, saying the Iranian reform movement was learning from revolts in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Syria. Panetta, a former CIA director who took over the Pentagon’s top job in July, was asked on the Charlie Rose television show whether the Arab Spring might spread to non-Arab Iran. Panetta responded: ‚Absolutely.‘ ‚I think we saw in evidence of that in the last election in Iran that there was a movement within Iran that raised those very same concerns that we’re seeing elsewhere,‘ Panetta said. ‚And I think in many ways, it’s a matter of time before that kind of change and reform and revolution occurs in Iran as well.‘ Iranian security forces crushed mass protests in the wake of Iran’s disputed June 2009 re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Panetta acknowledged the difficulties supporting such protests given the potential for backlash. ‚We should try to take every step to try to support their effort but at the same time, we’ve got to analyze each situation to make sure that we do nothing that creates a backlash or that undermines those efforts,‘ he said.“
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UANI Commends Jumeirah Essex House for Refusing to Host Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

New York, NY – On Wednesday, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) commended the Jumeirah Essex House for agreeing not to house Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during the U.N. General Assembly this month in New York City.

The Essex House recently informed UANI that it would not provide accommodations to Ahmadinejad, or his delegation.

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Iran Video: Bringing Out the News, Remembering the Victims — An Interview with Masih Alinejad

BBC Persian’s interview with our colleague Masih Alinejad, forced to leave Iran for Britain, about her efforts to continue reporting on the situation inside the country and to tell the stories of those who have suffered in the post-election violence:


Statement by the Spokesperson of EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on the persecution of the Baha’i community in Iran

The spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign
Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, issued the 
following statement yesterday:

The High Representative wishes to express her serious concern about the recent
wave of arrests of Baha’i citizens, and the shutting down of an educational 
centre of the Baha’i community in Iran.
The European Union recalls that freedom of thought, conscience and religion or 
belief are fundamental rights which must be guaranteed under all circumstances 
according to article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political 
Rights, which Iran has signed up to and ratified. The European Union calls
on Iran to immediately release all individuals detained on religious grounds,
to put an end to the ongoing persecution of the Baha’i community, including 
in the field of education, and to refrain from all forms of discrimination
against religious minorities, so as to guarantee the full respect for freedom
of religion or belief in Iran.

Quelle: EU

Eye on Iran: Iran’s Nuclear Experiments Raise Alarm at U.N. Agency

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WSJ: „The United Nations‘ nuclear agency says it is ‚increasingly concerned‘ that Iran has conducted experimental work to develop nuclear weapons, in particular on warheads to deliver nuclear payloads. In a report issued Friday, the International Atomic Energy Agency also said Iran has begun deploying so-called second-generation centrifuges at its largest uranium-enrichment facility at Natanz, which could allow the country to produce nuclear fuel at three times its current rate. Tehran has concurrently begun installing centrifuge machines at an underground site near the holy city of Qom, according to the U.N. agency, potentially minimizing the ability of the U.S. or Israel to launch military strikes against Iran’s nuclear facilities. U.S. officials said the report reflects heightened international concern that Iran is developing the technologies to build nuclear weapons, a charge Tehran has repeatedly denied. Washington also said Iran’s actions point to a need for additional international financial pressure on Tehran’s government to force it to comply with U.N. resolutions requiring it to suspend all uranium-enrichment activities.“
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