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Faran Khan Yaghma: Prisoner of the day


Banned Bahai student

HRANA: Five forces from Sari Intelligence Office went to Faran Khan Yaghma’s home on June 9 and arrested him. The men initially introduced themselves as employees of Sari Municipality; they did not present a warrant ad pushed their way into Khan Yaghma’s home. The forces searched the premises while they physically abused the residents and insulted their religious beliefs. They took religious books and art, several computer hard disks and storage media. When, during the search, Faran Khan Yaghma’s father, 60, insisted to enter his home, one of the forces slapped him and locked him up in the kitchen. Faran Khan Yaghma was transferred to an unknown location.

Faran Khan Yaghma is a Baha’i student who entered Babolsar University in 2006 to study math. After six semesters, Khan Yaghma was expelled from Babolsar University due to his Baha’i faith.

On June 20, Khan Yaghma’s detention orders were extended for an additional week. His charges were listed as „propagating against the regime,“ „propagating falsehoods,“ and „creating public anxiety.“ His family have not been allowed to visit with Khan Yaghma since his arrest.

U.S. Condemns Iran’s Anti-Semitic Remarks

On July 3, the State Department issued the following statement condemning comments by Iran’s vice president.

We strongly condemn Iranian First Vice-President Mohammad Reza Rahimi’s vile anti-Semitic and racist comments on June 26 at the International Day Against Drug Abuse conference in Tehran.  The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has confirmed that the conference was not held under UN auspices, nor did officials in attendance have any idea that Rahimi would level such offensive charges.  Both UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon and UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov registered their dismay and serious concern over Rahimi’s anti-Semitic speech and issued a statement July 3 calling on Iranian officials to refrain from these kinds of anti-Semitic statements.

The United States supports meetings that address the very real crisis of drug abuse and drug trafficking around the world.  We trust that parties interested in combating the scourge of drug abuse and drug trafficking will focus their efforts on legitimate international meetings, and will join us in condemning such attempts to take advantage of them to promote hateful, racist speech.



U.S. Heralds European Sanctions on Iran

On July 1, the White House press secretary issued the following statement on the European Union’s new sanctions on Iranian oil, as they went into effect.

Statement by the Press Secretary on European Union Actions on Iranian Oil
The United States welcomes the European Union’s prohibition of all Iranian crude oil imports and other sanctions on Iran’s oil industry, which go into full effect today.  This collective decision of the 27 countries of the European Union represents a substantial additional commitment on the part of our European allies and partners to seek a peaceful resolution that addresses the international community’s concerns about Iran’s nuclear program.  The United States and the European Union are committed to holding Iran accountable for failing to meet its international obligations.  With this decision, our partners in the EU have underscored the seriousness with which the international community views the challenge of Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
This action is an essential part of our concerted diplomatic efforts to present Iran with a clear choice between isolation or meetings its obligations.  Iran has an opportunity to pursue substantive negotiations, beginning with expert level talks this week in Istanbul, and must take concrete steps toward a comprehensive resolution of the international community’s concerns with Iran’s nuclear activities.

WP: Iranian-born Israeli music icon Rita records Farsi album in outreach to enemy Iran

(Ariel Schalit/ Associated Press ) - In this Saturday, June 16, 2012 photo, Rita, an Israeli singer of Iranian descent, performs in the city of Ashdod, Israel. Rita recently released an album entirely in the language of Israel’s arch-enemy Iran, raising more than a few eyebrows in the country.

By Associated Press, Published: July 3

HERZLIYA, Israel — She’s Israel’s top diva, the Jewish state’s beloved national singer.

So when Rita released an album entirely in the language of her country’s arch-enemy Iran, naturally more than a few eyebrows were raised.

“Even my friends, when I told them I was going to do a whole record in Persian, said ‘Whoa, you are going to sing in the language of (Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad,’” she said, referring to the Iranian president who has called the Holocaust a myth and threatened to wipe Israel off the map. “I’m combining Hebrew and Persian so much together and I am showing that it is possible.”

The album, “My Joys,” went gold in Israel within three weeks. More significantly, though, it seems to have generated a following in the underground music circuit in Iran at a time when tensions are high between the two countries over Iran’s suspect nuclear program.

To Rita, the album is less a political statement and more a return to her own roots. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iranian graphic designer wins at German competition

Source: Tehran Times

Iranian graphic designer Maryam Khaleghi Yazdi is among 30 winners of Mut Zur Wut 2012, a German poster competition. She was recognized for her two posters entitled „Chernobyl’s Gift“ and „Don’t Leave Your Kid in the Virtual World“.

„Chernobyl’s Gift“

The winners were announced last week. The works were selected from 1475 posters created by 935 participants from 56 countries.

The selected works are currently on display at Heidelberg and Mannheim galleries in exhibitions that will run until August 28.

„Don’t Leave Your Kid in the Virtual World“

The „Mut zur Wut“ (Courage to rage) is a competition which gives designers the opportunity to create a poster on a theme of their choice.

Iran: Illegal immigrants denied food and services

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Iranian media report that the Fars Provincial government has prohibited the sale of food and the delivery of public and medical services to “illegal immigrants” in the province.

Photos: Underground School for Afghan Children in Kerman, Iran

The province says it is attempting to prevent the spread of contagious diseases, and illegal residents have not gone through the stages of quarantine necessary to enter the country. Therefore, those who provide goods and services to “illegal immigrants” will reportedly face prosecution by Fars Province authorities.

Employers have also been warned against hiring illegal immigrants, and bakeries, grocery stores and medical centres are threatened with closure if they do so. In addition, authorities are calling on public transit operators to demand identification from foreign nationals.

The head of foreign nationals and immigrants’ affairs for Fars Province had announced previously that foreigners living there illegally had until June 22 to leave. He added that they will be placed in camps for identification and then deported back to their countries of origin.

In recent months, Afghan immigrants have faced escalating discrimination by various levels of the Islamic Republic government, which have introduced new restrictions on where they can live and work.

More than one million legal Afghan immigrants are said to be living in Iran. The deputy of foreign nationals and immigrants’ affairs reported last year that another two million Afghans are estimated to be living in Iran without legal status.

63% Online Back Halt to Uranium Enrichment; Nuclear Talks to Continue


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


8 p.m. IRDT, 14 Tir/July 4 The website of the Shabakeh Khabar (News Network) press agency, which is controlled by the state broadcasting network, Voice and Visage of the Islamic Republic, posed a question: How should Iran respond to counter the anti-Iranian sanctions imposed by the West? It then proposed three possible answers and asked its readers to participate in an online poll to express their preference. The three answers were: (1) suspend uranium enrichment in return for gradual lifting of the sanctions, (2) close the Strait of Hormuz in retaliation for the sanctions, and (3) resist the West (implicitly, continue the current course of action) to preserve Iran’s nuclear rights. The website has a very large number of readers, with tens of thousands of daily visitors.The poll went on for two days. In early tallies, around 58 percent of respondents voted for the first choice. As polling continued, the percentage of the people agreeing with response 1 reached 63 percent and appeared to still be rising gradually, when the poll was abruptly stopped. At that time, 20 percent agreed with the proposition that Iran should retaliate, while 17 percent approved of continued resistance to Western pressure. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Saint Khamenei


The absurd attempts to forge a new Imam endanger the Iranian nation.


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.

Praising national leaders and elevating them to mythic levels is as old as human civilization. Iran is no exception; indeed, the phenomenon has a very long history in the country, as manifested by the many tales of kings‘ bravery, vision, kindness, and generosity that one finds in the Persian literature. This practice continues — the difference is that it is now entering uncharted territory and reaching absurd heights.In the prerevolutionary era, as Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi consolidated his power after the CIA-sponsored coup of 1953, his supporters and cronies began to refer to him by a range of titles, such as Arya Mehr (Sun of the Aryans; subsequently applied to his son Reza by fervent monarchists after the Shah’s death in 1980), Shahanshah (King of Kings), Khodaaygaan (God-like), and Bozorg Arteshtaaraan (Field Marshal) — a photo often reproduced by anti-monarchists shows the Shah giving British Prime Minister Winston Churchill a military salute in 1941. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Photo of the Day: Great Prophet VII war game of the Revolutionary Guards

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In Case You Missed It: „Banks Get Pressed on Beirut“

Banks Get Pressed on Beirut

Citing Lebanon as Funnel for Illicit Funds, Activists Urge Global Firms to Exit

By Jay Solomon

The Wall Street Journal                                                          

WASHINGTON – Major Wall Street and European financial firms are coming under pressure to dump their holdings in Lebanese debt and securities from activists who charge that Iran, Syria and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah are using Beirut’s banking system to launder money and evade international sanctions.

The campaign – which is being led by New York-based United Against Nuclear Iran, or UANI – could threaten Beirut’s financial sector, traditionally among the Middle East’s most important and vibrant. Lebanon’s banking sector historically accounts for around 35% of the country’s total economic output. The U.S. Treasury also has intensified its scrutiny of Lebanon’s banks in recent months, concerned that Hezbollah is using them to move illicit funds derived from narcotics trafficking.

UANI has sent letters to private-equity firm Blackstone Group LP, mutual-fund firm Fidelity Investments, international bank HSBC Holdings, and Germany’s DekaBank Group in recent months to lobby them to unload their Lebanese holdings.

„UANI calls on you…to divest all such securities…to ensure that you don’t unwittingly support Lebanon’s role as a sovereign money launderer,“ UANI’s Chief Executive Mark Wallace wrote. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

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