Archiv für den Tag 14. Dezember 2011

Shadi Sadr: Pushed Back to Square One

Two years ago, when Iran’s uprising was still very much in the streets, everyone outside Iran was very much involved with the nuclear business. When the protestors were being beaten, arrested and even killed in the streets, the European politicians as well as the Americans were so glad to come back to the negotiation on the nuclear issue with the Islamic Republic giving them the exact legitimacy that they sought at that time. Anything has come up afterwards, like what Hillary Clinton recently said to excuse their reluctance at that very proper time was completely out of the question.

Exactly two years ago, Shabnam Sohrabi, mother of a six-year-old girl, was run over by a police car on Ashura demonstration, while the international community had nothing to do except releasing some very beautiful but useless statements. Obviously, the nuclear issue was much more important than human rights issue. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

GAO Campaign with Call for Hyundai Heavy to Pull Out of Iran

New York, NY – On Wednesday, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) called on Hyundai Heavy Industries (Hyundai Heavy) to end its business activities in Iran.

In August, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) identified Hyundai Heavy as one of two corporations that is expanding and upgrading Iran’s refining capacity, a point of great concern given that Iran’s energy sector is dominated by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a well-known terrorist entity. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Eye on Iran: Nokia Siemens Reduces Iran Ties

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WSJ: „The board of Nokia Siemens Networks said it decided to not take on any new business in Iran and will reduce its existing business starting next year, the Wall Street Journal reported. A letter from board members obtained by the Journal cited increasingly tough global sanctions against Iran as the reason for the pullback, saying they ‚make it almost impossible for Nokia Siemens Networks to do business with Iranian customers.‘ … It follows a similar announcement last week from China’s Huawei Technologies Corp., which said it was scaling back its Iran business. Activists, like they did for the Huawei decision, hailed the Nokia Siemens Networks announcement. Mark Wallace, president of United Against Nuclear Iran, said in a statement it’s ‚particularly significant‘ that sanctions were cited as the reason for pulling back. ‚The sanctions the U.S. and its allies have implemented are clearly working, and Iran is becoming more and more isolated from the world economy,‘ he said.“  Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Blast at Iranian Missile Base: Analysis and Implications

By Michael Elleman
Senior Fellow for Regional Security Cooperation
International Institute for Strategic Studies

On 12 November a massive explosion ripped through a small compound sited inside a sprawling military base roughly 40 kilometres southwest of Tehran.  The blast killed Iranian Revolutionary Guard Major General Hassan Tehrani Moghaddam and as many as two dozen other Guard members. Moghaddam, described by his peers as the ‘architect’ of Iran’s ballistic missile program, was buried with full state honours and in the company of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, a clear indicator of his importance to the regime.

According to Revolutionary Guard spokesman General Ramazan Sharif, the explosion occurred while military personnel were transporting munitions at a base. This explanation seems unlikely because the facility where the incident occurred lacks storage bunkers and is not designed to receive or house munitions, and it would be highly unusual for routine but hazardous operations, including the handling or movement of explosive materials, to be performed in the presence of high-ranking officials.    Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran Feature: The Supreme Leader Is Worried — Three Developments You Probably Don’t Know

Followers of our daily coverage of Iran will be aware of the political tensions that have gripped the Islamic Republic’s establishment. Those battles, from charges of corruption to warning of a „deviant current“ affecting the Government, will only grow in intensity before next March’s Parliamentary elections.

Yet EA sources have given us a story that goes even farther. The core of the tale is the belief amongst many observers in Iran that, despite all the attacks upon it, the President’s camp will be the winner in the elections. Whether or not that assessment is correct, the Supreme Leader’s advisors are concerned. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran Feature: The EA Story That Made It Big in Iranian Media

Picturing EA’s Story on Gerdab: Bahrain’s King Hamad & Britain’s David Cameron

We have been informed in the past that EA WorldView is not necessarily the favourite site of those in the Iranian establishment. Although many officials read our coverage, they deny this to others in Iran, blocking the website.

So imagine our surprise when we learned this morning that one of EA’s stories — Josh Shahryar’s „Bahrain Opinion: ‚Loonies‘ and The Sins of Bell Pottinger“ — is racing across the Iranian media. Apparently, for all the dislike of EA’s coverage of Iran, the regime can reconcile with us on a story which is about the Bahraini monarchy, not particularly liked by Tehran, and about a company based in Britain, also not liked very much. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Deutschland: Bundesregierung beschließt Migrationsbericht 2010

Die Bundesregierung hat heute den von Bundesinnenminister Dr. Hans-Peter Friedrich vorgelegten Migrationsbericht 2010 beschlossen. Der vom Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge erstellte Bericht wird nun dem Deutschen Bundestag vorgelegt. Mit aktuellen und umfassenden statistischen Daten soll der Bericht der Öffentlichkeit als Informationsquelle und der Politik und Verwaltung als Grundlage für die Entscheidungsfindung im Bereich der Migrationspolitik dienen.

Der Migrationsbericht beinhaltet neben den allgemeinen Wanderungsdaten zu Deutschland und der detaillierten Darstellung der verschiedenen Migrationsarten einen europäischen Vergleich zum Migrationsgeschehen und zur Asylzuwanderung. Er behandelt das Phänomen der illegalen Migration und informiert über die Struktur der ausländischen Bevölkerung sowie der Bevölkerung mit Migrationshintergrund. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Schweiz: Botschaftsverfahren muss gerettet werden

Die Schweizerische Flüchtlingshilfe SFH wehrt sich erneut und mit allem Nachdruck gegen die geplante Abschaffung des Botschaftsverfahrens, die der Ständerat an seiner heutigen Sitzung beschlossen hat. Es liegt jetzt am Nationalrat, das Botschaftsverfahren zu retten. Die kleine Kammer will offensichtlich die weitgehend wirkungslose Pflästerlipolitik der letzten Jahre fortführen.

Die vorgeschlagene Abschaffung des Botschaftsverfahrens betrachtet die SFH als gravierenden Einschnitt in den Flüchtlingsschutz. Mit seinem Entscheid hat der Ständerat den Flüchtlingen in aller Welt einen denkbar schlechten Dienst erwiesen. Denn das Botschaftsverfahren rettet regelmässig Menschenleben und ist eine vorbildliche Praxis für einen sicheren Zugang zum Asylverfahren in der Schweiz. Es ermöglicht auch armen Menschen, die fliehen müssen, Schutz zu erhalten. Und es leistet einen wichtigen Beitrag gegen das kriminelle Schlepperwesen. Nicht zuletzt ist es ein günstiges Verfahren, weil die Flüchtlinge ihr Gesuch im Herkunftsland stellen können. Sie müssen dafür nicht den oftmals lebensgefährlichen Weg in die Schweiz antreten. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

The Latest from Iran (14 December): Tehran Loses Another Friend?

1225 GMT: Nuclear Watch. Gholam Reza Jalali, the head of civil defence for the Revolutionary Guards, has said, „If conditions require, we will move uranium enrichment facilities to safer locations.“

At the same time, Jalali reassured, „Our vulnerability in the nuclear field is minimal. If Americans and Israelis were able to attack and harm our nuclear facilities, they would have definitely done so by now.“

Iran’s primary uranium enrichment site at Natanz is partly underground, while the Fordoo complex, revealed in 2009, is deep inside a mountain as a precaution from aerial attacks.

1215 GMT: Foreign Affairs (Saudi Front). Hossein Shariatmadari, the editor of Kayhanhas condemned the meeting of Iran’s Minister of Intelligence with Saudi Crown Prince Nayef, questioning Iran’s „diplomatic apparatus“ and asking who planned the trip and why.

1205 GMT: Spy Watch. The head of Iran’s national police, Esmail Ahmadi Moghaddam, has warned that „foreign software“ for computers can be used for espionage against Tehran.

1158 GMT: Corruption Watch. The head of judiciary, Sadegh Larijani, has said that indictments will soon be issued in cases of corruption, including the acquisition of steel factories with money from the $2.6 billion bank fraud.

1155 GMT: Ahmadinejad Watch. Speaking in Yasuj in southwestern Iran today, President Ahmadinejad has called on „bullies of the world to modify their behaviour and speech“, as they have „no other way of dialogue and cooperation to the benefit of recognising the honour, dignity and rights of the Iranian nation“.

0805 GMT: The President’s Brother vs. The President’s Men. A striking example of the tension within Iranian politics, as the lawyer for President Ahmadinejad’s right-hand man, Esfandiar Rahim-Mashai, lashes out at the „slander and lies“ of the President’s brother Davoud….

Davoud Ahmadinejad had reportedly said that Rahim-Mashai has „a history of liberal hypocrisy“, with sympathy towards „America and the Zionist regime“ and a „lack of belief in and commitment to velayat-e faqih“, the Islamic Republic’s system of clerical supremacy. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

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