Archiv für den Tag 26. Januar 2012
0708 GMT: Oil Watch. A bit of good news for Tehran on Wednesday, as India’s Minister of Oil, S. Jaipal Reddy, said Delhi is continuing to buy oil from Iran, despite the European Union’s decision this week to suspend Iranian import: „We, as a member of the UN, are obliged to follow UN sanctions. Other sanctions imposed by big blocs of countries — we can have some freedom there. As of now, supplies are on.“
However, sharp-eyed readers may notice the „As of now“. The oil trade between India and Iran has been hindered since December 2010 over payment arrangements. To bypass the US dollar, New Delhi has suggested payment in rupees, but Iran — worried that the rupee is not convertible on the international market — has asked for part-payment in Japanese yen. Talks between Indian and Iranian officials last week did not appear to resolve the issue.
0700 GMT: Currency Watch. Currency websites continue to put out the line that the Iranian Rial, strengthened by Wednesday’s rise in interest rates, is trading vs. the US dollar at 19000:1. However, BBC Persian reports that, despite the claims, exchange offices are refusing to sell the dollar at 20000 Rials. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
Maya Neyestani: „Asghar, take your award and run before Madonna kisses you!“
This week director Asghar Farhadi’s Nader and Simin: A Separation was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars. Earlier this month, the film took the award at the Golden Globes.
Reports and footage indicate that most Iranians were overjoyed by the news (see video in separate EA entry). Some, however, did not take it so well. M. Bibak writes for Payvand: Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
The Iranian government’s systematic strategy to drive Baha’is to economic ruin shows no sign of abating.
According to reports received by the Baha’i International Community, a renewed campaign is under way in Kerman, the major city in south central Iran.
„We have learned that the Public Places Supervision Office is denying the renewal of licenses – and revoking some existing ones – for Baha’i-owned businesses in the city,“ said Bani Dugal, principal representative of the Baha’i International Community to the United Nations. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
Almost 70 prominent Romanians are calling upon the government of Iran to grant Baha’is their fundamental human rights.
Sixty-eight celebrated figures – from the worlds of academia, arts, banking, business, media and medicine – have signed a petition, appealing to the Iranian authorities to cease its systematic campaign of persecution of the Baha’is, „who seek only their rights under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, including the right to life, the right to liberty and security of person, the right to education and work, and the right to practice their religion…“ Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
VOA: „U.S. President Barack Obama says the world is united in its response to Iran, leaving the country ‚more isolated than ever‘ and its leaders facing ‚crippling‘ sanctions. The president said in an address to the nation Tuesday that he will not rule out any option for preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, but that the issue can be resolved peacefully. ‚But a peaceful resolution of this issue is still possible, and far better, and if Iran changes course and meets its obligations, it can rejoin the community of nations.‘ The president said the pressure on Iran will continue as long as it fails to live up to its responsibilities.“ http://t.uani.com/Aaod9K Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
39 Political Prisoners Declare: The First Step 39 Towards National Sovereignty Is the Unconditional Release of Mousavi & Karroubi
January 25th, 2012 [Kalame] In an open letter addressed to the nation of Iran, 39 political prisoners call upon the nation to come together to create public awareness regarding the upcoming sham and rigged parliamentary elections in February, and continue to do everything in their power to ensure that the detained leaders of the Green movement are released in the month of February. Moreover the 39 political prisoners request that all independent human rights organizations and freedom fighting individuals across the globe, lend their support to the unconditional release of the leaders of Iran’s Green protest movement. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags