Archiv für den Tag 23. November 2011
Brüssel – Die EU setzt im Atomstreit mit dem Iran auf eine Verschärfung bestehender Sanktionen. Wie am Dienstag aus EU-Diplomatenkreisen verlautete, wird derzeit die Ausweitung der bestehenden Liste um knapp 200 Personen und sogenannte Entitäten, wie beispielsweise Unternehmen oder Regierungsbehörden, beraten. Neben der Ausweitung der Sanktionsliste wird auf europäischer Ebene aber auch eine qualitative Verschärfung debattiert, die auch von Deutschland befürwortet wird. Ob es hierzu beim nächsten Treffen der Außenminister Anfang Dezember bereits eine Einigung geben wird, ist allerdings noch unklar.
Der Iran will Sanktionen gegen Großbritannien einführen. Einen entsprechenden Gesetzentwurf wird das iranische Parlament am kommenden Sonntag behandeln, meldet die iranische Nachrichtenagentur Irna am Mittwoch.
„Der Gesetzentwurf sieht die Abwicklung diplomatischer Beziehungen mit Großbritannien auf der Ebene von Geschäftsträgern ad interim, sowie eine Reduzierung der Handels-, Wirtschafts- und Kulturkooperation mit London vor“, sagte der Chef des Ausschusses für Außenpolitik und nationale Sicherheit, Alaeddin Burudscherdi am Mittwoch.
Am Montag hatten Großbritannien, die USA, Kanada und einige anderen Länder neue Sanktionen gegen Teheran verhängt, die den Zugang des Iran zum internationalen Finanzsystem weiter einschränken sollen.
Die IAEA hat in ihrem jüngsten Iran-Bericht weitere Hinweise auf ein militärisches Nuklearprogramm Teherans dokumentiert. Der Iran weist dies zurück, sein Atomprogramm diene rein friedlichen Zwecken.
Kommentar: Jetzt fürchten wir uns aber alle….
Quelle: RIA Novosti
NYT: „A day after the United States imposed fresh sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, President Obama’s national security adviser argued Tuesday that the administration’s pressure campaign had left Iran’s leaders economically strained, diplomatically isolated and rent by internal divisions. The official, Thomas E. Donilon, predicted that the next blow to Iran would come with the fall of its major regional ally, President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, who is himself increasingly isolated as he battles a popular uprising. ‚Having actively funded the regime’s brutality and the killing of its own people, Iran will be discredited in the eyes of the Syrian people and any future government,‘ Mr. Donilon said in a closely monitored speech at the Brookings Institution. ‚Iran’s isolation from the Arab world will have deepened.‘ … in making the case for Mr. Obama’s strategy, Mr. Donilon said that sanctions had slowed down Iran’s progress. Citing the atomic energy agency’s report, he said Iran currently had about 6,000 working centrifuges, which are used to enrich uranium to weapons grade, far fewer than the 50,000 centrifuges that the head of Iran’s atomic energy organization predicted in 2007 that Tehran would have by 2011… As for Iran’s broader economy, Mr. Donilon said the sanctions had brought it to a virtual standstill, with an inflation rate of 20 percent, high unemployment and ’negligible growth,‘ despite high oil prices. The growing economic sway of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is a further cause of frustration, he said.“http://t.uani.com/uQIE3l Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
What about the European Union?
A “financial war” against Teheran would be the most humane way of avoiding a nuclear one
by Matthias Küntzel
This Monday was a good day for the Iranian people and a bad one for the Iranian regime: on 21 November 2011 the UN General Assembly condemned human rights violations in Iran, the USA reinforced its sanctions on the Iranian oil and petrochemical industries, Canada banned transactions with the Iranian Central Bank, France called for an end to purchases of Iranian oil and the UK suspended all financial cooperation with Iran with immediate effect. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
1705 GMT:The Battle Within. The head of the judiciary, Sadegh Larijani, has warned President Ahmadinejad’s team „not to pollute the domestic atmosphere unnecessarily“.
1655 GMT: Reformist Watch. Ayatollah Mousavi Khoeini, in a possible allusion to staying out of next March’s Parliamentary elections, has declared that the regime „does not want or need the reformists any longer“.
1635 GMT: Ahmadinejad Watch. The President has played the foreign card in a nationally-televised speech to an outdoor audience in Tehran, denouncing the latest sanctions against Iran: „We have had no relations with America for the past 32 years so we had no relationship with them yesterday and won’t have tomorrow. But we are surprised by these European puppets, who immediately repeat whatever their master says like impotent servants.“
The President, in a rather unusual interpretation of this week’s announcement by Britain and Canada that they would cut all links with Iranian finanical institutions, declared, „Any expropriation of the Iranian people’s foreign exchange reserves is considered major theft and the Iranian people will treat those who do this as thieves.“
Ahmadinejad also had this choice comment for Washington: „Iran people don’t need the nuclear bomb to achieve their goals. The bomb is for cowboys who invaded America by killing people.“
1435 GMT: Elections Watch. Minister of Intelligence Heydar Moslehi has said that the Parliamentary election in March will differ from all of Iran’s ballots in the last 32 years, as reformists, seditionists, and the deviant current will try to split the country.
1425 GMT: Arresting the President’s Men. Although up to 40 staff of the Iran newspaper have been released from detention, the aftermath of Monday’s raid to seize Ahmadinejad advisor Ali Abkar Javanfekr continues. Police confiscated laptops and mobile phones of the staff, and the newspaper has filed a suit against police because of the use of tear gas and electric batons.
1125 GMT: Arresting the President’s Men. A bit of defiance from Abdol Reza Soltani, the deputy managing editor of Iran newspaper, who was arrested in a Monday raid by security forces trying to detain his boss and Presidential advisor Ali Akbar Javanfekr: „The basic lesson that we have learned from Ahmadinejad is to defend the ideals of the Revolution with our lives.“ Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
Ali Akbar Javenfekr (left) with President AhmadinejadRecreating the extraordinary story of the attempt by security forces to detain President Ahmadinejad’s media advisor Ali Akbar Javanfekr, as they raided the offices of Iran, the newspaper he manages….
News broke this morning via Tabnak, linked to 2009 Presidential candidate Mohsen Rezaei, that security forces used tear gas and wielded electric batons after Javanfekr’s colleagues tried to stop his detention to serve a one-year prison sentence, imposed yesterday over an issue of the newspaper on hijab. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
As I watched the 23-minute video of Monday’s raid by Iranian security forces on the offices of the newspaper Iran, using tear gas and electric batons to seize President Ahmadinejad’s senior advisor Ali Akbar Javanfekr — while Javanfekr’s staff tried to block their way and set fire to papers — I was reminded of our response last week to the declaration, „Ahmadinejad has risen like a phoenix from the ashes“: „The pendulum does not swing that far. Rocky does not throw a climactic punch. The Phoenix does not rise.“ Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags