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Flüchtlingshilfe Iran e.V. 2010

Prof. Dr. Hajo Funke

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Lutz Bucklitsch

Glad to see this Iranian filmmaker has been freed. Now for the other prisoners of conscience in Iran…

Iranian documentary filmmaker Mojtaba Mirtahmasb has been released from Evin Prison after three months in jail. ISNA reports that MirTahmasb, who was arrested on the charge of “collaborating with the Persian BBC network”, was released Saturday night on bail of $200,000.

Mojtaba Mirtahmasb hugs his son Yasna after he was released from jail
Mojtaba Mirtahmasb hugs his son Yasna after he was released from jail Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Eye on Iran: Iran-US Brinkmanship Over Oil Strait Worsens

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AFP: „A showdown between Iran and the United States over Tehran’s threats to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz to oil tankers worsened with warships from each side giving weight to an increasingly bellicose exchange of words. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards rejected a warning that the US military would ’not tolerate‘ such a closure, saying they would act decisively ‚to protect our vital interests.‘ State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Thursday that Iran had exhibited ‚irrational behavior‘ by threatening to close the strait. ‚One can only guess that the international sanctions are beginning to feel the pinch, and that the ratcheting up of pressure, particularly on their oil sector, is pinching in a way that is causing them to lash out.'“

AFP: „Two American warships have crossed through the Strait of Hormuz without incident despite Iranian threats to close the strategic oil route, the US Navy said Thursday. The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis and the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay ‚conducted a pre-planned, routine transit through the Strait of Hormuz‘ on Tuesday, said Fifth Fleet spokeswoman Lieutenant Rebecca Rebarich. The US military reported no friction with Iran’s naval forces after Iranian leaders warned of possibly shutting down the vital strait if the West went ahead with more punitive sanctions over its suspect nuclear program. ‚Our interaction with the regular Iranian Navy continues to be within the standards of maritime practice, well-known, routine and professional,‘ Rebarich said in an email from Fifth Fleet headquarters in Bahrain.“  Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Arseh Sevom Annual Report, 2010

Post image for Arseh Sevom Annual Report, 2010

Dear Readers:

The primary goal of Arseh Sevom is to promote a vibrant civil society in Iran and related communities. All activities we take on are in service to this. Vibrant societies make room for voices from the margins as well as the center.

The name Arseh Sevom is Persian for third sphere and refers to the sphere of activities represented by civil society. The organization was formed to address the needs of civil society actors. In the wake of the flawed 2009 presidential elections in Iran, many civil society actors have found themselves facing severe pressure. This includes limitations on travel, new sanctions against associations, harassment and arrests, and unfounded charges against organizations and individuals. Revolutionary courts and the notion of national security are used to circumvent the rule of law. In 2010, we released the report, Attack on Civil Society in Iran, documenting many of the abuses. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Radio Free Europe: Website Of Iran’s Former President Filtered For Several Hours

Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

The website of Iran’s former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was filtered on December 29 for several hours, according to Iranian news websites, including “Tabnak.” 

No explanation has been provided by officials or the managers of Rafsanjani’s website about the reason for the temporary blocking of the site.
The website is now reportedly accessible in Iran without the usual antifiltering tools that many use to access banned websites.
One website suggested that the website of the former president, who has angered hard-liners, deserved to meet the same fate as the U.S. Virtual Embassy for Iran, which was blocked a day after its launch.  Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Radio Free Europe: A Cellphone Takes You Inside An Iranian Prison

Ashort video has surfaced on YouTube that shows a number of well-known Iranian political prisoners taking a walk in the yard of Iran’s Gohardasht prison.

The video appears to have been recorded earlier this year with a cellphone.


Activists have identified jailed journalists Ahmad Zeidabadi, Issa Saharkhiz, and Mehdi Bastani and also student activist Majid Tavakoli among the prisoners seen in the video.

VOA: Iran Rejects US Warning Against Closing Strait of Hormuz

Map of Strait of Hormuz

Iran has rejected a U.S. warning against blocking oil shipments through the strategic Strait of Hormuz, as a war of words between the two countries continues.

Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency Thursday quoted Revolutionary Guard commander Hossein Salami as saying Iran can carry out its own „defensive strategies.“   Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Hintergrund: Straße von Hormus






Die Straße von Hormus (persisch ‏تنگه هرمز‎, Tangeh-ye Hormoz, nach der in ihr liegenden Insel Hormus) ist eine an der schmalsten Stelle 34 Seemeilen (54 km) breite Meerenge, die den Persischen Golf im Westen mit dem Golf von Oman, dem Arabischen Meer und dem Indischen Ozean im Osten verbindet.

Sie liegt zwischen Iran und Oman. Seit der Antike ist die Straße von Hormus eine wichtige Schifffahrtsstraße. Durch sie verläuft der gesamte Schiffsverkehr von und zu den Ölhäfen KuwaitsBahrains, des Irak, der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate und des Iran, dazu der größte Teil des saudi-arabischen Verkehrs. Da eine Sperre der Straße die Lieferungen von bedeutenden Teilen der Erdölgebiete im Nahen Osten blockieren würde, ist sie von weltweiter strategischer Bedeutung (ca. ein Viertel der globalen Ölversorgung).

Die Straße ist das wichtigste Nadelöhr für den Ölexport nach Japan, den USA und Westeuropa. Tanker mit 16,5–17 Mio Barrel Öl (2004; 25 % des Weltölverbrauchs) im Wert von 800 Mio. US-$ durchfahren sie täglich. Dazu existieren als internationale Schiffsrouten zwei jeweils 3 km breite und 35 km lange „virtuelle Boxen“ für den ein- und den ausgehenden Verkehr.[1] Im Zusammenhang mit dem 2006/2007 drohenden US-Angriff auf den Iran wegen dessen Atomprogramms befürchtete die US-Regierung die Schließung der Straße mittels Shahab-3-Raketen. Aus diesem Grund waren Anfang 2007Flugzeugträger und Minenräum-Begleiter in der Nähe der Meerenge positioniert.[2]


  1. Energy Statistics from the U.S. Government
  2. U.S. Navy Positioning to Protect Strait of Hormuz, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007

The Latest from Iran (29 December): Ahmadinejad on the Campaign Trial

1319 GMT: Sedition Watch. One of the showpieces this week of the regime’s „victory over sedition campaign“, celebrating the 2nd anniversary of the counter-rally against the Green Movement, has been a report for Parliamentary outlining an attempt at „velvet revolution“ involving the US, Israel, Britain, and Iranian politicians such as former President Mohammad Khatami and Mehdi Hashemi, the son of former President Hashemi Rafsanjani. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran Feature: Why Tehran Can’t Cut Off Oil Through The Straits of Hormuz (Gholz)

An illustration of General Hassan Firouzabadi, head of Iran’s armed forces, blocking the Straits of Hormuz

Eugene Gholz writes for Foreign Policy magazine:

Iranian military exercises apparently emphasize three weapons in the strait: small suicide boats, mobile antiship cruise missiles, and sophisticated sea mines. Using these tools, how hard would it be for Iran to disrupt the flow of oil?

The answer turns out to be: very hard. Iran would have to disable many of the 20 tankers that traverse the strait each day — and then sustain the effort. Iran cannot rely on the psychological effects of a few hits. Historically, after a short panic, commercial shippers adapt rather than give up lucrative trips, even against much more effective blockades than Iran could muster today. Shippers didn’t stop trying during World War I. Nor did the oil trade in the Gulf seize up during the 1980s Tanker War, when both Iraq and Iran targeted oil exports. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

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