Archiv für den Tag 26. Juli 2012

Iran Leaders Openly Bemoan Economic Pain

Helia Ighani

Throughout July, a broad range of top political leaders, lawmakers and even military generals have publicly conceded that Iran faces growing economic hardships—with increasingly dangerous consequences. They have blamed both tightening international sanctions and years of government mismanagement. In an unusual move, Iran’s Supreme Leader intervened on July 24 to try to end the wave of criticism.

In a major speech, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called for an end to public disputes over the financial crisis. He also addressed new U.S. and European sanctions that went into effect in June and July.The following are recent comments from two recent Khamenei speeches as well as remarks from 10 other senior officials that reflect the mounting criticism. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

The Underground Fire

Will June 2013 see another eruption?

We will rise again. That’s the message from supporters of Iran’s opposition Green Movement less than a year before the country’s next presidential election. The previous one, held in June 2009, that saw President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hold office shook the nation and put the world on watch. It lead to the emergence of the Green Movement and the biggest protests since the 1979 overthrow of the Shah. Analysts debated whether Iran was on the verge of revolution as millions of protesters, who believed Ahmadinejad and the wider government apparatus stole victory from reformist candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, swept into the streets of cities across the country.

In the three years since, those Iranians have been silenced or forced to silence themselves as they fell back into the rhythm of normal life, left to deal with the political fallout, the arrests of loved ones, and the country’s deepening economic problems. But these people are far from content. They’re wondering whether the coming presidential elections will provide them with the catalyst to make themselves seen and heard again. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Bloomberg:Iranian Smugglers Feel The Pressure As Sanctions Bite

By Ladane Nasseri and Yeganeh Salehi

Western sanctions on Iran are biting so deep that even fishermen who make the two-hour journey across the Strait of Hormuz at night to Oman to smuggle flat-screen televisions, cell phones and food say they’re feeling the pain.

Using small fishing boats in a waterway through which a fifth of the world’s traded oil passes has always been a risky business. Rising fuel costs have increased the price of boat trips, while a slide in Iran’s currency has made it harder to pay suppliers. The risks are even greater with the state promising a crackdown on imports of manufactured items.

An Iranian Smuggler prepares to load his speedboat with goods at the dock of Oman’s Khasab port. Photographer: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Agha Yousef („Herr Yousef“; persisch ‏آقا یوسف‎)

ist ein iranischer Film aus dem Jahr 2011. Ali Rafi’i schrieb das Drehbuch und führte Regie; es ist die zweite Regiearbeit Rafi’is.

Herr (Agha) Yousef ist ein pensionierter Angestellter, der zusammen mit seiner Tochter Rana lebt. Sein Sohn führt indes sein eigenes Leben und ist nach Kanada ausgewandert; Yousefs Frau starb fünf Jahre zuvor. Um für seinen Lebensunterhalt zu sorgen, arbeitet er als Reinigungskraft in den Häusern anderer Leute – eine Tätigkeit, die er vor seiner Tochter, an der er sehr hängt, geheim hält. Der normale Arbeitsalltag ändert sich, als er eines Tages die Stimme seiner Tochter auf dem Anrufbeantworter eines Kunden hört.

Berlin: 3,6 % mehr Iraner leben in Berlin – Ausländerinnen und Ausländer aus 185 Staaten beleben Berlin

Zum 30. Juni 2012 registrierte das Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg insgesamt
486 709 Einwohnerinnen und Einwohner mit einer nicht deutschen Staatsangehörigkeit
in Berlin. Gegenüber dem vergleichbaren Stand des Vorjahres stieg die Zahl der
Ausländer damit wiederum an und zwar um 20 655. Der Ausländeranteil beträgt
14,1 Prozent.
Die Anzahl der Einwohnerinnen und Einwohner mit Migrationshintergrund (Deutsche
mit Migrationshintergrund, Ausländerinnen und Ausländer) stieg in diesem Zeitraum
um 36 196 auf 924 400. Damit lag der Anteil der Einwohner mit Migrationshintergrund
an allen Einwohnern in Berlin bei 26,9 Prozent.

Die Ausländer sind in Berlin regional sehr unterschiedlich verteilt. Liegt der Ausländeranteil
im Bezirk Mitte bei 27,8 Prozent, so beträgt er in Treptow-Köpenick nur
3,6 Prozent. Beim Vergleich der Ortsteile reicht die Spannbreite von 34,5 Prozent im
Gesundbrunnen bis zu 1,1 Prozent in Blankenfelde. Der Ortsteil Gesundbrunnen ist
ebenfalls Spitzenreiter beim Anteil der Einwohner mit Migrationshintergrund mit
59,2 Prozent
Die ausländischen Bürger kommen aus insgesamt 185 Staaten. Knapp drei Viertel
davon sind Europäer (73,5 Prozent). Aus asiatischen Staaten stammen 14,4 Prozent,
aus Amerika 5,6 Prozent, aus Afrika 3,6 Prozent und aus Australien und Ozeanien
kommen 0,5 Prozent der Ausländer.
Aus den 26 Staaten der Europäischen Union (außer Deutschland) waren 173 324
Bürger mit Hauptwohnung in Berlin gemeldet. Ca. 16 500 (10,5 Prozent) mehr als
vor einem Jahr. Ein größerer Anstieg war vor allem bei den Einwohnern aus Rumänien,
Bulgarien und Spanien zu verzeichnen.


Land der Staatsangehörigkeit: Iran

Insgesamt – Anzahl: 4 107 (0,8%)

Veränderung gegenüber dem Vorjahr: 141 (3,6 %)


Quelle: Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg


Iranians Reportedly Protest Against High Food Prices

By Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL

A video has emerged that allegedly shows a recent protest against high food prices in the city of Neishabour in northeastern Iran. In the video people are heard chanting “Death to [High Prices]”.

Iranians wait to buy chicken outside a shop in Tehran in July

RFE/RL has not been able to independently confirm the authenticity of the video, which has been making the rounds on social media. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

63 Iranians drowned in Caspian Sea in four months

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

Head of the rescue department of the Iranian Red Crescent Society said on Tuesday that since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year, which started on March 20, 63 people have lost their lives in the Caspian Sea.

Caspian Sea from space (NASA, 2003) — see high resolution

For example, Mahmoud Mozafar said, during the past 16 days there were 66 drowning incidents out of which 50 were saved and 16 lost their lives.

„From July 5 to July 21 of this year 1,675 rescue operations have been performed,“ Mozafar explained.

He added, „During this period, in Mazandaran Province, 1,144 costal rescue operations were performed which saved 19 people out of 23. In Gilan Province we had 511 operations that out of 43 drowning cases we were able to save 31 and transfer 11 to hospitals. In Golestan Province there were only two rescue operations and the swimmers were saved.“

Athletes Don’t Always Honor Olympic Spirit

By Charles Recknagel, RFE/RL

Drunken celebrations, trick swords, and obscene gestures are definitely not what the Olympics are supposed to be about. But they, too, have provided some of the Olympics‘ most unforgettable images.

In May, the Russian government announced publicly that its team will be forbidden from drinking any alcohol during the London competitions. Not just its athletes, but all the members of the delegation accompanying them, too.

Moscow isn’t saying why.

But the Russian team hugely disappointed its countrymen two years ago at the Vancouver Winter Olympics. It brought home just 14 medals when it was considered good enough to win 50.

Where the team reportedly did excel was in hosting wild parties. One night, it even used two imitation petrol pumps to serve vodka and whiskey to guests. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran calls on UN to condemn organized cyber attacks

Source: Press TV

Iran’s deputy minister for communications and information technology has called on the UN to condemn organized cyber attacks against countries.

A snippet of malware code shows why the virus has been dubbed ‚flame‘.
Photo: Courtesy of Kaspersky Labs

The UN and its Communications Commission should take a stance on and condemn the organized cyber attacks, Ali Hakim Javadi, who is also the head of the Information Technology Organization of Iran, said on Wednesday.

He said that the huge investment needed for the creation of high-cost viruses such as the Stuxnet or Flame indicated that the malwares were not produced by an individual.

Iran has been the target of several cyber attacks over the past few years.

Last month, Iran’s Communications and Information Technology Minister Reza Taqipour said that Tehran has complained to international organizations about the ’state cyberterrorism‘ against the country.

Taqipour said the cyber attacks on Iran were sponsored by specific governments and added that the computer virus Flame, for instance, was mainly sponsored by the Israeli regime and certain Western countries.

In June, a report by the Washington Post said that the US and Israel have cooperated in creating the computer virus Flame to spy on Iran.

US National Security Agency, the CIA and Israel’s military worked together to create the Flame virus, the American newspaper added.

In addition, the New York Times also revealed last month that US President Barack Obama secretly ordered a cyber attack with the Stuxnet computer virus against Iran to sabotage the country’s nuclear energy program.

„From his first months in office, President Obama secretly ordered increasingly sophisticated attacks on the computer systems that run Iran’s main nuclear enrichment facilities, significantly expanding America’s first sustained use of cyber weapons,“ the report said.

71.4 percent of Iranians live in cities

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

New census data reveals that Iran’s population has more than doubled since 1976 and that 71.4 percent of Iranians now live in cities. Tehran, with a population of 12 million, is the most crowded province of the country, while Ilam is the most sparsely populated province, with a population of 557,599.

see high resolution

The population jumped from 33.7 million people in 1976 to 75.1 million people in 2011, according to 2011 National Population and Housing Census of Iran.

According to the census data, men constitute 50.4 percent of the country’s population, and women account for 49.6 percent.

Also revealed in the data is the fact that there are 1.6 million empty homes in the country.

The population of Christians has risen from 109,000 in 2006 to 117,000 in 2011, while the number of Jews has decreased since 2006.

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