Archiv für den Tag 8. Dezember 2011

The Latest from Iran (8 December): Waiting for the Return of the Hidden Drone

Iran TV’s presentation of the claimed US drone Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran Video Feature: On National Students Day, A Tribute to Detained Activist Bahareh Hedayat

Bahareh Hedayat, a student activist and campaigner for women’s rights, was arrested for the fourth time on 31 December 2009. This time her detention would be a long one — in May 2010, she was sentenced to 9 1/2 years in prison for anti-state propaganda.

A tribute to her work:

Claim your Human Rights – IHRDC’s Evidence Collection Guide, Now on Video

 

In 2011, the world witnessed millions of people around the globe peacefully demanding their human rights and civil liberties. While less visible than the crowds in Cairo’s Tahrir Square or the marches in central Tunis, the people of today’s Iran continue to push for reforms and call for the protection of their rights as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran News Round Up (Dec. 8)

Summary
Iran’s intelligence ministry censors U.S. ‘cyber embassy to Iran’ website; Ahmadinejad approves reduction of diplomatic ties with Britain; IRGC to display downed American drone; Chinese, Russian experts reportedly seek to inspect captured U.S. drone; Iran voices opposition to extension of foreign troops’ presence in Afghanistan  Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Eye on Iran: Stealth Drone Highlights Tougher U.S. Strategy on Iran

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WashPost: „The CIA’s use of surveillance drones over Iran reflects a growing belief within the Obama administration that covert action and carefully choreographed economic pressure may be the only means of coercing Iran to abandon its nuclear ambitions, current and former U.S. officials say. The administration’s shift toward a more confrontational approach – one that also includes increased arms sales to Iran’s potential rivals in the Middle East as well as bellicose statements by U.S. officials and key allies – suggests deepening pessimism about the prospects for a dialogue with Iran’s leaders, the officials say. The administration’s evolving strategy includes expanded use of remote-controlled stealth aircraft, such as the one that came down in eastern Iran last week, as well as other covert efforts targeting Iran’s nuclear program, according to U.S. government officials and Western diplomats, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence-gathering efforts.“ http://t.uani.com/v7Dhic  Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Heads of medical schools urge Iran to release imprisoned Baha’i educators

WASHINGTON D.C., 8 December 2011, (BWNS) – Almost 50 leaders of medical education in the United States have joined the worldwide protest against the Iranian government’s persecution of Baha’i students and educators.

Forty-eight Deans and Senior Vice-Presidents – who between them head more than a third of American medical schools – have signed an open letter addressed to Iran’s representative to the United Nations. The letter was published on the Persian-language „Association Against Education Discrimination“ website on 7 December – the day that Iranian student movements annually commemorate Student Day. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Eye on Iran: Obama Administration Tries to Water Down Iran Sanctions Legislation

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FP: „President Barack Obama’s administration is working behind the scenes to water down congressional language that would impose crippling sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran (CBI).  The Obama administration sent to Congress this week a list of requested changes to the sanctions language found in the Senate’s version of the defense authorization bill, which was passed last week. Those sanctions, which would punish any bank that does business with the CBI, were part of an amendment authored by Sens. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) that passed the Senate over the administration’s objections by a vote of 100 to 0. The House and the Senate are negotiating over the defense authorization bill this week behind closed doors, so the administration has one more chance to try to change the sanctions language before the bill lands on Obama’s desk. If the Kirk-Menendez language is sent to the president without any alterations, he will be forced to either accept it or veto the entire defense authorization bill. There’s no indication yet which way he would go. The administration’s laundry list of requested changes to the bill was sent to leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees. The administration wants to delay the implementation of sanctions not related to oil purchases from 60 to 180 days, and wants to water down the severity of sanctions measures if and when they are put into effect. Kirk and Menendez sent a letter on Monday night to House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA) and ranking member Adam Smith (D-WA), which was obtained by The Cable, urging them to hold the line and keep the Senate language as-is.“ http://t.uani.com/rzFMsf  Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran News Round Up (Dec. 7)

Summary
Senior Iranian cleric hails Hezbollah leader for ‘total obedience to Guardian Jurist’; Iran blocks U.S. virtual embassy efforts; head of Supreme Leader’s office says downed American drone displays high level of Iran’s deterrent power; Donya-ye Eqtesad puts inflation in Iran at 19.8%; Iran’s oil minister downplays EU sanctioning Iran’s oil exports; trade between Iran, EU countries reportedly amounts to 19 billion euros in first 9 months of 2011 despite sanctions Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
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