Archiv für den Tag 11. Oktober 2011
Federal authorities foiled a plot by men linked to the Iranian government to kill the Saudi ambassadorto the United States and to bomb the embassies of Saudi Arabia and Israel in Washington, Attorney GeneralEric H. Holder Jr. said in a news conference on Tuesday. The men accused of plotting the attacks were Manssor Arbab Arbabsiar and Gholam Shakuri, according to court documents filed in federal court in theSouthern District of New York. Both men are originally from Iran, Reuters reported. There is “no basis to believe that any other co-conspirators are present in the U.S.,” Mr. Holder said. He said the menwere connected to the secretive Quds Force, a division of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps that has carried out operations in other countries. He said that money in support of the plot had beentransferred through a bank in New York, but that the men had not yet obtained any explosives. Read More: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/12/us/us-accuses-iranians-of-plotting-to-kill-saudi-envoy.html?emc=na
Espionage is a special crime that is considered serious not just by governments but also by peoples. They do not forgive it because it is seen as an act against the interests of people. But this is a peculiarity of societies that respect and trust their judiciary. In Iran, the crime of espionage lost its weight after the 1979 revolution. Writers, artists, intellectuals, critics, women’s rights activists, human rights activists, web bloggers, and in general all players/activists of civil society have been labeled spies in Iran and their basic rights denied so often that whenever a foreigner is proclaimed to be a spy, the majority of society in Iran today – and even the international community – does not doubt that the real purpose for detaining a foreign national, or even a prominent domestic personality, is to take a hostage for the purpose of extracting a ransom from someone. As is common in these situations, secret talks are launched and eventually these result in the release of the victims accused of spying. This narrative has been growing in Iran’s accusations of espionage by is judiciary. Even those who initially do not accept this narrative, ultimately and after the release of the victims, embrace it as easily. In addition to foreigners, Iranian dual nationals too have been victim of this in Iran. But why?
Reuters: „The U.N. atomic watchdog is expected to spell out in more detail soon the reasons for its growing concern that Iran may be working covertly to develop a nuclear missile, diplomats say. Such a move by the International Atomic Energy Agency, possibly in a new quarterly report on Iran due early next month, could raise pressure on Tehran and offer more arguments for Western powers to tighten sanctions on the major oil producer. The United States and its allies have urged IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano to declare plainly whether he believes that there have been military aspects to Tehran’s nuclear activities and whether such work may still be going on. It remains to be seen whether the report’s conclusion will be sufficiently clear-cut to prompt the agency’s 35-nation board of governors to take action at a Nov. 17-18 meeting, possibly by reporting Iran once again to the U.N. Security Council.“ http://t.uani.com/qYMDiq
On Thursday, 6 October 2011, Fouad Velzi received notice of his impending release from Märsta detention center, where he was being held pending deportation to Iran. He was released later the same day.
Fouad is a Kurdish Iranian political asylum-seeker and anti-regime activist. As a member of both the Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran and Mission Free Iran, organizations that actively oppose the Islamic Republic of Iran, if he had been returned to Iran, he would have certainly faced severe persecution.
SIR – The Prime Minister told the Conservative Party conference of his love for the countryside, and said that he would do nothing to put it at risk. Yet his Government’s draft National Planning Policy Framework would do precisely that.
Organisations like the Campaign to Protect Rural England and the National Trust have voiced strong opposition. Our small rural parish of South Pool in Devon has studied the draft, is equally opposed, and is moved to write, to demonstrate that opposition extends across the spectrum.
This is not nimbyism. We have a Coastal Protection Zone, a Conservation Area, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. If our parish is affected, the unprotected English countryside is doomed.
The text of the draft framework is unintelligible, with an absence of properly defined terms. Its lack of precision will allow any interpretation. Lawyers will thrive while the countryside suffers. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
October 10, 2011
Religious academics from universities across the world have denounced a campaign of official persecution against Iran’s Baha’i minority.