Archiv für den Tag 11. Oktober 2011

EIL – New York Times: U.S. Accuses Iranians of Plotting to Kill Saudi Envoy – EIL

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. 
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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?


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Iran News Round Up (Oct. 10-11)

Hardliners step up criticism of Ahmadinejad ahead of parliamentary polls; Fars News slams Ahmadinejad’s foreign policy statements; Ahmadinejad warns western countries derailing popular uprisings in Middle East; former IRGC chief criticizes Turkey’s foreign policy; students in Tehran commemorate death of Steve Jobs

Eye on Iran: IAEA Seen Giving More Detail on Iran Atom Bomb Fears

Top Stories

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.“

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Fouad Velzi, Iranian Political Refugee, Released from Detention by Swedish Authorities

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.

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Telegraph: The ugly face of the proposed planning framework as seen from a rural parish in Devon

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

Iranian human rights lawyer calls on Ireland to urge tougher EU line on Iran


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The Telegraph
October 10, 2011

Religious academics from universities across the world have denounced a campaign of official persecution against Iran’s Baha’i minority.

The move comes after authorities in Tehran stepped up measures to prevent members of the faith receiving a university education.
In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, 43 prominent professors and lecturers in the fields of theology and religious studies demanded the reversal of a ban imposed on Iran’s Baha’i institute for Higher Education and the release of 11 of its members of staff from prison.
The suppression of the institute represents just the latest in a series of assaults on Iran’s 300,000 Baha’is by the country’s Islamic government, hundreds of whom have been detained and even tortured in recent years.
The institute was itself the product of persecution, founded in 1987 after Baha’is were shut out of all forms of tertiary education under an edict by Iran’s ayatollahs. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
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