Archiv für den Tag 15. November 2011

Round up of Today’s International News 14/11/11

IAEA report

IAEA shows Iran nuke program intel to 35 nations
In a show-and-tell based on secret intelligence, the U.N. atomic agency shared satellite images, letters and diagrams with 35 nations Friday as it sought to underpin its case that Iran apparently worked secretly on developing a nuclear weapon.

U.S. demands Iran respond in days to nuclear report
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton demanded on Friday that Iran respond within days to a U.N. nuclear watchdog’s accusations of atomic weapons work, and said Washington was consulting allies on further steps to pressure Tehran.

Israel says Iran closer to atom bomb than thought
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday the full extent of Iran’s nuclear program was not reflected in a recent U.N. report, which said that Tehran appeared to have worked on designing an atomic bomb. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Eye on Iran: Blast Kills Commander at Iran Base

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NYT: „One of the top commanders in Iran’s ballistic missile program was among those killed Saturday in an explosion at a base for the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, the group said in a statement on Monday. The commander, Brig. Gen. Hassan Moghaddam, was killed along with 16 other Revolutionary Guards members Saturday at a military site outside Bidganeh, about 25 miles from Tehran. The Revolutionary Guards, Iran’s elite military force, said the explosion was an accident that occurred while soldiers were transporting munitions at what it characterized as a base mostly used as an ammunition depot. Iranian officials went to pains to emphasize that the explosion was not sabotage or an attack by one of the insurgent groups it is fighting within its borders. Such groups have been responsible for attacks on Iranian military bases in the past, and the government has accused the United States and Israel of sponsoring the groups in their attempts to destabilize the country.“  Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran News Round Up (Nov. 12-14)

Blast at military base kills scores of IRGC members in Iran; Supreme Leader warns of retaliation if U.S., Israel attack Iran; minister downplays effect of foreign sanctions on Iran’s economy; Iran arrests Kuwaiti ‘spies’; Israel blamed for ‘mysterious’ death of former IRGC commander’s son in Dubai Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran: Uncertainty After Deadly Blast at Arms Depot

A huge explosion at a military base near Iran’s capital Tehran, killed at least 17 soldiers including one high-ranking Revolutionary Guard official on November 12, 2011.

According to official sources the blast occurred when weapons were being moved inside a Revolutionary Guards depot. Windows in nearby buildings were shattered and the blast was heard in Tehran, 40 km (25 miles) away. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Blind people still banned from becoming MPs

Shahrzadnews: Iran’s electoral laws still prohibit blind and deaf people from standing for parliament. According to official statistics, there are currently up to 300,000 blind and partially sighted people in Iran. Recently 67 Iranian MPs asked the Majles (parliament) speaker to floor a debate on the issue, with a view to removing from the constitution the article that denies them a role in the country’s legislative organs. The Majles opposed the move however, and the discriminatory regulation remains in force. Most of the world’s parliaments not only admit the blind, but provide special facilities for them.

Female MP Fatima Aliya, one of the signatories to the petition, told the ISNA news agency that they are looking into a way of using new communications technology to solve the problem.

More homeless people die on streets as winter arrives

Shahrzadnews: Though an ever-increasing number of homeless people are sleeping rough on the streets of Tehran, the government provides only three shelters for them. In the autumn they promised two extra ones, but these are still under construction and the arrival of an early winter last week means more homeless people will die this year from cold and malnutrition.

A major obstacle to tackling this problem lies in the confusion among officials as to who is actually responsible. Tehran City Council member Morteza Talaee criticized the Ministry of Social Security for its ‘indifference’ towards the problem of homelessness in the capital.

“The main reason for the existence of this department is to help members of the public who require emergency assistance, after being evicted by landlords for example or separating from their spouse. I cannot understand why they fail to act on this problem,” Mr Talaee told a council meeting.

According to the Fararu news agency, in 2004 Iran’s High Council of Civil Departments ratified a law requiring the ministry of health, local councils and the police to establish working groups in each town that would respond to emergency situations, including homelessness among the poor and needy.

No such groups have ever been set up however.

A consultant who advises the Ministry of Health on the care of street kids said the Ministry does not receive a penny from the government to help with the problem of young children sleeping rough in cardboard boxes

Single women banned from Iranian ski slopes

Shahrzadnews: The Iranian police have issued a directive banning women from skiing on their own. According to this new restrictive measure, girls under 18 will not be allowed onto the ski slopes unless they are with a parent, and those over 18 must be married and accompanied by their husbands.

When asked by an Iranian journalist to show the police directive to him, the manager of a popular north Tehran ski slope refused, saying the order had come from top police commanders and that he had to obey it.

For many Iranians, skiing is very popular winter sport, with heavy snowfall common in regions surrounding the major cities of the north. Now it has become yet another social problem however, as conservative factions in the government increase their grip on political power.

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