Archiv für den Tag 29. Dezember 2011

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

Eye on Iran: Iran Unlikely to Block Oil Shipments Through Strait of Hormuz, Analysts Say

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WashPost: „The latest in a series of Iranian threats to block the vital Strait of Hormuz triggered a sharp response Wednesday from the U.S. Navy, although there appeared to be little chance that Tehran would make good on its warnings. Despite threats to close the narrow waterway if Western nations tighten sanctions on Iran by imposing an oil embargo, the Islamic republic needs the strait at least as much as its adversaries do, Iranian and foreign analysts said. Iran, which feels threatened by the presence of U.S. bases and warships in the region, has warned for years that it would choke off the Strait of Hormuz in the case of war or economic sanctions. The passage at the entrance to the Persian Gulf hosts a daily caravan of tankers that transport roughly a third of the world’s oil shipments.“

AP: „Oil prices fell on Wednesday, as Saudi Arabia said it will offset any loss of oil from a threatened Iranian blockade of a crucial tanker route in the Middle East. In New York benchmark crude fell $1.15 to $100.19 a barrel. Brent crude fell 90 cents to $108.37 a barrel in London… A Saudi oil ministry official told The Associated Press that Saudi Arabia and other Gulf producers are ready to provide more oil if Iran tries to block the strait. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the issue. He didn’t specify other routes that could be used to transport oil, although they would likely be longer and more expensive for getting crude to the region’s customers.“  Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Round up of Today’s International News 29/12/11


Iran Threatens to Block Oil Shipments, as U.S. Prepares Sanctions
A senior Iranian official on Tuesday delivered a sharp threat in response to economic sanctions being readied by the United States, saying his country would retaliate against any crackdown by blocking all oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz, a vital artery for transporting about one-fifth of the world’s oil supply.

Iran Navy Commander: ‚Really easy‘ for Iran to close key strait
Closing the Strait of Hormuz, the vital oil transit stretch at the entrance to the Gulf, would be „really easy“ for Iran to do, but was not necessary right now, Iran’s navy chief has said.

„Iran to Test-Fire Advanced Naval Missiles, Torpedoes“
The Iranian Navy plans to test its advanced missiles and smart torpedoes during the ongoing naval wargames, codenamed Velayat 90, in Southern waters, a senior Iranian Navy commander announced on Wednesday.

U.S. Navy won’t tolerate ‚disruption‘ through Strait of Hormuz
The U.S. Navy said Iran’s threat to block the strategically and economically important Strait of Hormuz is unacceptable.

Iran unlikely to block oil shipments through Strait of Hormuz, analysts say
The latest in a series of Iranian threats to block the vital Strait of Hormuz triggered a sharp response Wednesday from the U.S. Navy, although there appeared to be little chance that Tehran would make good on its warnings.

Iran Might Hurt Self Most by Closing Strait of Hormuz Oil Route
It would be relatively easy for Iran to make good on its threat to close the strategic waterway that carries oil tankers from the Persian Gulf — and it would probably hurt itself most by taking such action. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

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