Archiv für den Monat Juni 2012

International Olympic Committee warns Iran

Source: Tehran Times

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has warned Iran’s National Olympic Committee to respect the Olympic Movement, otherwise Iran could be banned from the Games.

The Olympic Movement states that national sports federations should not be directed by central governments. Some national sports federations in Iran are directed by the government authorities. According to IOC’s rules, this case is a gross violation of the fundamental principle of autonomy of the Olympic Movement.

„Should these basic principles not be respected, the Olympic Movement in your country would regrettably be exposed to the measures and sanctions laid down in the Olympic Charter and in the rules of the respective International Sports Federations, which could seriously damage the representation of your country in the London 2012 Olympic Games and in any other upcoming international sports events…“ said the latter sent by the IOC to Iran’s National Olympic Committee on Tuesday.

Morsi Interview Controversy Highlights Iran’s Press Rift

By Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL (Source)

One day after Muhammad Morsi was declared the winner of Egypt’s presidential election, Iran’s Fars news agency issued an alleged interview with him in which the president-elect expressed interest in strengthening ties with Tehran.

A screen grab from the Fars website of its alleged interview with Egyptian President-elect Muhammad Morsi

The controversial piece, in which Morsi was also quoted as saying that he wants to reconsider Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel, was quickly picked up by major news outlets, including Reuters, „The Christian Science Monitor,“ and the Israeli daily „Haaretz.“

It seemed to be quite a scoop for the semi-official news agency, which claimed its reporter spoke to Morsi a few hours before he was declared the victor. Fars, however, didn’t get to enjoy the coup for long. The veracity of the interview was questioned by several news organizations, including BBC Arabic and Al-Arabiyah, which quoted a Morsi spokesman as denying that he spoke with Fars. Egypt’s official MENA news agency would later also report that the interview was false.

But perhaps more significantly, Iran’s official state-run news agency, IRNA, was also quick to cast doubt on the interview. The incident provides the latest example of how the ongoing power struggle in the Iranian establishment has apparently pitted IRNA, which is pro-President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, against Fars, which is said to be affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Flood Destroys 60 Homes in Tabriz

Photos by Mahsa Jamali, Mehr News Agency

Flooding triggered by heavy rains has caused heavy damage in the northwestern city of Tabriz in Iran and destroyed at least 60 houses.

Tabriz governor’s office in a statement on Monday said that the city suffered losses to the tune of almost $400,000 due to the flooding, IRIB reported. It said that the flood damaged crops in Tabriz and other cities of East Azarbaijan province. There were no casualties in the flooding, it added.

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What Happened when Putin and Netanyahu talked Iran?

Mark  N. Katz

On Iran, what came out of the meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel? What specifically did each leader want from the other?

The Putin-Netanyahu summit made little progress in bridging vast differences between Russian and Israeli differences over the Iranian nuclear program—or what do about it.

Israeli Prime Minister wanted Russian President Putin to support four specific demands on Iran:

  • Expansion of sanctions against Tehran,
  • A halt to all enrichment of uranium by Iran,
  • Removal of all enriched uranium from Iran,
  • Dismantling of Iran’s new underground nuclear facility near Qom.

In contrast, Putin did not advance any particular demands with regard to Iran.

On what did the men agree on Iran? And on what about Iran did they disagree?

In a joint press conference after meeting Putin, Netanyhau claimed that the two leaders agreed that a nuclear-armed Iran “presents a grave danger first of all to Israel, and to the region and the world as a whole.”  Putin said “the talks were detailed and very useful.”  But he was much more non-committal about their discussions of Iran’s nuclear program. He did not publicly support Netanyahu’s warning that Iran represents a grave danger or his four specific demands.

Is the meeting likely to change the dynamics of diplomacy by the world’s six major powers, especially given the stalemate during their talks with Iran on June 18-19? Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

West’s Demands, Iran’s Unrealistic Goals Sink Nuclear Talks


26 Jun 2012 01:080 Comments

An analysis of the failure in Moscow, and the framework for a solution.


Muhammad Sahimi, a professor at the University of Southern California, is a columnist for Tehran Bureau and contributes regularly to other Internet and print media.

The latest round of negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group — the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany — in Moscow was a failure. Nothing significant was achieved, except for an agreement to have a low-level „experts“ group meet on July 3 in Istanbul. Catherine Ashton, the European Union foreign policy chief who heads the P5+1 negotiating team, did not even agree to a request by Saeed Jaili, Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator and secretary-general of the Supreme National Security Council, to meet again after the experts‘ meeting. New E.U. sanctions are supposed to go into effect on July 1, which will surely worsen the economic plight of the Iranian people, but probably make no difference in the Islamic Republic’s defense of its nuclear program. Why did the negotiations, which began so promisingly in Istanbul on April 14, fail?As I had predicted, the negotiations failed mainly because the United States and its allies made demands that would have been practically impossible for any government to accept, let alone the Islamic Republic, which has not been willing to retreat from its stance regarding the nuclear program after nearly a decade of Western threats and sanctions. It seemd as if the United States is interested only in dragging out the negotiations until after the November presidential election, at which time either an Obama or Romney administration will have to decide what to do if Iran has not changed its position. In the following, I discuss those demands as well as other factors that contributed to the failure of the negotiations. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran Agency’s Morsi ‚Interview‘ Denied; Death Sentences for Drinking


Press Roundup provides a selected summary of news from the Farsi and Arabic press and excerpts where the source is in English. 

MorsiPressTV.jpg6:30 a.m. IRDT, 6 Tir/June 26 The Fars New Agency, which is controlled by a foundation of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, on Monday published a purported interview with Egyptian president-elect Mohamed Morsi that quoted him as wanting to „create a strategic balance“ in the Middle East through closer ties with Iran, but a Morsi spokesman has denied the interview ever took place. According to Reuters, Morsi aide Yasser Ali said, „There was never a meeting with the Iranian news agency Fars and what was taken as statements has no basis in truth.“ The Reuters reportcontinues,

On its web page, Fars published a transcript and an audio of the conversation. Reuters was unable to verify the recording but the man purported to be Morsi did not sound exactly like him. […]In what looked like a reversal of comments Morsi made in a televised address after his victory was announced on Sunday, Fars news quoted him as saying Egypt’s Camp David peace accord with Israel „will be reviewed“, without elaborating. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Egypt’s military council lacks political legitimacy: Iranian general

TEHRAN, June 25 (Mehr News Agency) – Chairman of Iran’s Joint Chiefs of Staff Hassan Firouzabadi said on Monday that the Egyptian Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) has no legal or political legitimacy.

General Hassan Firouzabadi

Legitimacy either comes from God, which is peculiar to divine religions, or from people’s vote, Firouzabadi stated.

However, he said, „The measures by the military council, which itself had been appointed by (former Egyptian president Hosni) Mubarak, have no legal validity or political legitimacy.“

The remarks by the top Iranian general came after the SCAF released the results of the Egyptian presidential election after much delay in which Mohamed Morsi, the chairman of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, was declared the winner of the election.

It is widely believed that the SCAF has put a brake on the process of democratization in Egypt. Seventeen months after the uprising that toppled Mubarak, the military has set the country back where it was at the beginning of its hoped-for transition from dictatorship to democracy. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

23 Iranian provinces wrestling with dust storms

Source: Radio Zamaneh

There are 23 Iranian provinces grappling with a dust phenomenon, the Environment Organization of Iran reports.

Photos: Ahvaz Hit by Dust Storm again

The deputy head of the organization, Ali Mohammad Shaeri, told IRNA: „Hormozgan, Sistan-Baluchistan, Yazd and Kerman are among the provinces that have been most affected by the dust phenomenon from domestic sources; the other provinces are affected by foreign centres such as Iraq.“ Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Carpet Bazaar in Tabriz, Iran

Photos by Farshid Tighehsaz, ISNA

The Bazaar of Tabriz is one of the oldest bazaars of the Middle East and the largest covered bazar in the world. It was inscribed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in July 2010.

Tabriz has been a place of cultural exchange since antiquity. Its historic bazaar complex is one of the most important commercial centres on the Silk Road. Located in the center of the city of Tabriz, Iran, this spectacular structure consists of several sub-bazaars, such as Amir Bazaar (for gold and jewelry),Mozzafarieh (a carpet bazaar), a shoe bazaar, and many other ones for various goods.

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