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Young admirers of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. – criminal homage – Verbrecherhuldigung 2012

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Iran News Round Up (Feb. 29)

Summary
Supreme Leader predicts high voter turnout at Friday’s parliamentary polls to deal blow to foreign enemies; Iranian lawmaker warns Baku against cooperating with Israel; IRGC warns U.S. of retaliation in Persian Gulf if attacked
Politics

  • Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei:
    • „On Friday’s election day, thanks to divine benevolence, the Iranian nation will give a slap harder than the previous ones in the face of [Global] Arrogance [reference to the United States] and will show its decisiveness to the enemy so that the front of Arrogance understands that it can’t do anything when confronting this nation… All over the world, an enthusiastic election is the symbol of the nation being alive and [a symbol of] their will. Therefore, in any country in which there is vast popular participation in the election, it is a sign of their vigilance and their harmony with the regime…“
  • Intelligence Minister Hojjat al-Eslam Heydar Moslehi asks the people to „deal a heavy blow to the mouth of [Global] Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

The Latest from Iran (29 February): Playing the Numbers Game

Nikahang Kowsar „Defrosting the Elections“ — His journalist to the Supreme Leader, „Haji, be careful that your beard doesn’t get burned!“


1829 GMT: All the President’s Men. The one-year prison sentence of Ali Akbar Javanfekr, President Ahmadienjad’s media advisor, was confirmed today by an appellate court.

Javanfekr, who is also editor of Iran newspaper, was charged with “insulting the Supreme Leader” because of comments on his blog. He was also given a five-year ban from political activity. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran Snapshot: When Protester Mina Met Basij Mohammad (Hafezi/Hosseinian)

Iranian Protesters Raise Flowers, 30 July 2009Parisa Hafezi and Zahra Hosseinian report for Reuters:

Mina and Mohammad stood on opposite sides of the political barricades when protests against Iran’s rulers erupted into mass street violence; she, a student demanding democratic reform, he a member of the hard-line Basij militia that helped crush the greatest challenge ever to the Islamic Republic.

Now the two, both 27, are brought together for the first time in a small sitting room in central Tehran. Two years have passed. Iran faces painful trade sanctions over its nuclear program, prices soar, the opposition is silenced and parliamentary polls loom for Mina as an empty promise of democracy. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran Special: The Week in Civil Society, from Arresting Mountain Climbers to Strangling the Internet (Arseh Sevom)

Police display confiscated satellite dishes


Arseh Sevom, the non-government organisation promoting civil society in Iran, has started a weekly review of developments in the country — this inaugural article covers 19-25 February. Read the full entry or jump to an individual item:

Hunger Strikes and Heresy: Prisoners of Conscience in Danger
Opposition Calls for Voters to Stay Home
The Call for Free and Fair Elections
Jammin’ and Jammin’ and Jammin’… Jam No More
Coming to Your TV: Iran’s Outrageous Confession Videos
Strangling the Internet
More Pressure on the Baha’i
Sixty Percent of Workers Under the Poverty Line
More Limitations on Who Can Stand for Office: If Brazil’s former president Lula da Silva were Iranian he Wouldn’t be Allowed to Run
Publishers Come Under Scrutiny: “Censorship reflects a society’s lack of confidence in itself” Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

The Iran-Syria Alliance

Syrian President Bashar Assad (left) with Iranian President Ahmadinejad (right

 

 

Post revolution Iran’s relations with Syria have grown in strength since 1980. The constant visits by Iranian and Syrian officials between Tehran and Damascus, their shared hostility towards Israel and the U.S. and common interests in Lebanon are the pillars of the strategic relationship which has kept their bilateral relations at a high level.

Iranian Support of Syria’s Crackdown on Civilian Protests:

  • „Support for the Syrian government and nation is one of the priorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran“ – Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi at the height of Syrian unrest against Assad.
  • Iran sends warships to Syria in response to the United Nations vote condemning Syria for human-rights violations against its own people.
  • U.S. President Barack Obama :“The Syrian people have shown their courage in demanding a transition to democracy. President Assad now has a choice: He can lead that transition, or get out of the way.”
    “So far, Syria has followed its Iranian ally, seeking assistance from Tehran in the tactics of suppression.” Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Opposition Leader Mir Hossein Mousavi’s Daughters Send Him A Heartwarming Letter on the Occasion of His Birthday

February 28th, 2012 – [Kaleme] On the occasion of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi’s birthday and on the eve of March 1st 2012,  his daughters wrote him a heartwarming letter describing the last time they went to Akhtar street to find out about their parents‘ condition and the fact that they have had no news from them for a very long period of time.  The full content of the letter as provided to Kaleme is as follows:

In the name of God the kind, merciful and ever present companion of the noble and freehearted behind bars,

„Alas…things are not what they seem

…a prison is a beautiful garden to the freedom fighters

…and torture, flogging and chains

shall not weaken human beings

rather, they are a measure of his values“ Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Recent publications from IHRDC on changes in Iran’s Islamic Penal Code

Following the approval of legislation by Iran’s Guardian Council for a revised Islamic Penal Code, the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) has become increasingly concerned by the circulation of false and misleading claims about the nature of these changes in Farsi language media and social networks.  Some of these claims include assertions that the new Code abolishes the death penalty for juveniles and eliminates the punishment of stoning to death for the crime of adultery.

Over the course of the last month, in an effort to provide accurate information about the nature of these changes, IHRDC has published several legal essays from Iranian lawyers and commentators that analyze the limitations in the revisions to the Code. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

UANI Statement on Amnesty International’s New Iran Report

United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) President, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, issued the following statement today regarding Amnesty International’s new report, „‚WE ARE ORDERED TO CRUSH YOU‘: Expanding Repression of Dissent in Iran:“

 

Amnesty International’s latest report details the sheer brutality and lawlessness of the Iranian regime, as well as the gruesome actions it takes to stifle dissent. To prevent the Arab Spring from spreading to Iran, the regime last year intensified its efforts to repress human rights defenders, and conducted four times as many public executions as in the previous year. Amnesty also confirms that the regime executes juveniles and homosexuals, burns and rapes prisoners, taps phone lines, and shuts off SMS services during times of political protest.

Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran News Round Up (Feb. 28)

Summary
Iran hails constitutional referendum in Syria; Iranian diplomat warns of Israel’s ‘creeping infiltration into South Caucasus’; Defense Minister Vahidi says Iran has military secrets for difficult times; Supreme Leader’s aide warns of internal, external plots to undermine upcoming parliamentary polls; IRGC urges people to vote for revolutionary candidates
Politics

  • Hojjat al-Eslam Rasaei and Sadeq Zibakalam debate elections in an event in Tehran:
    • Zibakalam: „The election issue in Iran is fundamentally not about change. It is in reality some kind of a show and a political maneuver showing the society that large popular participation is a sign of happiness with the government…“
    • Rasaei: „The people may be unhappy with the performance of a single person, but they are happy with the regime in general…“ Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
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