Archiv für den Tag 11. Juli 2012

Poetry | ‚Ancient Eve‘: The Ghazals of Simin Behbahani

The ageless voice of the revolutionary „lady of ghazal.“

Simin Behbahani’s poems paint one of the most nuanced narratives of modern Iranian society. Her poems offer apertures into the daily life of the Iranian people, revealing its subtleties and paradoxes. „From the Street,“ a series of poems written between 1983 and 1985, are realist representations of the economic and moral quandaries that plague Iran; the stories include a pregnant woman giving birth while waiting in line for rationed food („From the Street 3“) and the stoning of a woman by a cement block („From the Street 6“). In another poem, „The Child Trailed Behind,“ a boy stomps his foot on the floor and cries for pistachios. Embarrassed, the penniless mother leaves the store only to find him smiling with pockets full of pistachios. Momentarily relieved, the mother has a new predicament: has he stolen them? Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iranians Watch as Country’s Economy Withers


Losing hope, longing for a „jolt.“


Even before the European oil embargo began on July 1, Iranian citizens have had to deal with an increasingly unstable economy. On Wednesday, June 28, two days after a European Union meeting in Luxemburg in which the group formally approved the embargo and expressed disappointment over the latest round of nuclear negotiations, I have a conversation aboard a domestic flight with the young man in the seat beside me. Hooman is in the import-export trade. I ask him how business is going, given the current economic conditions. He shakes his head and says, „The depreciation of our currency has suffocated us. I have stopped all my purchases and am waiting to see how things turn out… I deal a lot with officials in customs, and bribery is rampant. This makes business even more difficult.“Hooman believes inflation is a major problem. I ask him if he blames the sanctions or the government. He responds, „Didn’t we have inflation even before the [latest] sanctions?“ He expresses anger with the Iranian president. „Something [Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad said that really upset me was the there is no inflation in Iran.“ He pauses and then adds, „He also claims in the same breath that there are no homosexuals in Iran.“ Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Book: Mossad Assassinated Iranian Scientists; IRI Nuclear Proposal


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

RezaeiMourning.jpg12:10 a.m. IRDT, 19 Tir/July 9 According to a book published today, Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Israel’s Secret Wars, agents of the Israeli spy agency Mossad are directly responsible for killing at least four Iranian nuclear scientists. Authors Dan Raviv, a CBS News correspondent, and Yossi Melman, who writes on intelligence and military affairs for Israel’s Haaretz newspaper, claim that the assassinations are part of a broader program of missions Mossad conducts inside Iran aimed at preventing the Islamic Republic from developing nuclear weapons. The Iranian government has disavowed any intention of establishing a nuclear arms program. Kimberly Dozier of the Associated Press interviewed the authors:

The Mossad agents „excel at accurate shooting at any speed and staying steady to shoot and to place exquisitely shaped sticky bombs“ and consider it their hallmark, Raviv said[….]Iran has long blamed the scientists‘ killings on Israel, which has remained silent on the matter, but media reports speculated Israel had contracted killers to do the job.

„They don’t farm out a mission that is that sensitive,“ so sensitive that Israel’s prime minister has to sign off on it personally, Raviv said. „They might use dissidents for assistance or logistics but not the hit itself. The methodology and training and use of motorcycles is all out of the Mossad playbook. They wouldn’t trust anybody else to do it.“

The Mossad operatives enter and exit Iran through a „multitude“ of routes, using a series of safe houses once inside the country that predate the 1979 revolution, the authors said. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran: Gericht verurteilt Ehemann zum Kauf von 777 Rosen

Skurriler Scheidungsgrund: Eine Frau im Iran wollte sich von ihrem Gatten trennen, weil er ihr keine 777 Rosen kaufen wollte. Jetzt wurde er von einem Gericht zum Blumenkauf verdonnert.

Ein Gericht im Iran hat einen Ehemann dazu verdonnert, seiner Frau 777 Rosen zu kaufen. Nach dem Urteil zog die Frau ihren Scheidungsantrag zurück, wie die staatliche Nachrichtenagentur Isna berichtete.

Die 27-Jährige hatte die Scheidung eingereicht, weil ihr 38 Jahre alter Mann nicht seiner vertraglichen Verpflichtung zum Rosenkauf nachgekommen war.

Gewöhnlich lassen sich Frauen vor der Hochzeit ein Anrecht auf Geld, Land, Immobilien oder Goldmünzen festschreiben. Die Klägerin hatte sich das Recht zusichern lassen, einmalig 777 Rosen zu bekommen, wie die Agentur weiter berichtete.

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