Archiv für den Tag 31. Juli 2012

„I Eat Chicken, Therefore I Am.“


Sayed Abduljawad Mousavi

The following is the English translation of an interesting blog post written bySayed Abduljawad Mousavi originally in Farsi. He is an Iranian poet, journalist, author and cultural critic, who is politically aligned with the mainstream narrative of the Islamic Republic of Iran. It is safe to assume that he is pro-Khamenei, or he would not be allowed to work as a journalist and a critic in this oppressive media environment of Iran. 

He blogs in, which is a news and commentary website close to Ali Larijani, Iran’s Parliament Speaker. His original blog post can be find here.  Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran Accuses Israel of Bulgaria Bus Bombing

by Shirin Moradi

During a United Nations Security Council meeting focusing on the issue of the Middle East, Iran’s representative to the United Nations Mohamad Khazaei accused Israel of “state terrorism” and deemed them responsible for the terror attack against Israeli tourists on a bus in Bulgaria last week.

In the immediate aftermath of the attack, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu claimed that the attack exhibited characteristics typical of Hezbollah or Iran, and promised to carry out swift justice against them. Some Israeli sources also suggested that the attack was perpetrated in retaliation for last year’s killings of Iranian nuclear scientists, which Iran accused Israel of orchestrating. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Q&A: Is Hezbollah Behind Bulgaria Attack?

In the aftermath of the attack on Israeli tourists in Bulgaria, InsideIran interviewed Lokman Slim, a Sorbonne-educated Shia activist, publisherand filmmaker from Haret Hreik, Lebanon. He directs the organization Hayya Bina, which supports freedom of expression and political pluralism in Lebanon.

Q: The Israeli officials are blaming Hezbollah for the terrorist attack in Bulgaria. Given your knowledge of Hezbollah, do you believe these claims are valid?

A: While the question is straightforward, answering it is not quite so simple. After all, very few bombers and assassins leave their organizational calling cards at the sites of explosions or on the bodies of their victims. Speculation is always rampant in such situations and as history bears out, facts are sometimes “produced” to add weight to an intended outcome. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

One person’s story : Mr. Ali Reza Tavassoli


AGE 12


RELIGION Presumed Muslim







LOCATION Shahrebani (police) Prison, Iran

MODE OF EXECUTION unspecified extrajudicial execution

CHARGES Unknown charge Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran Civil Society Review — Uncovering, International Awards, Sanctions, and Park Clean-Uo (weekly by Arseh Sevom)

Iran Civil Society Review Arseh Sevom July 30

We are back from our brief break! In this week’s review, Iranian organizations and individuals receive awards for their work on HIV/AIDS while Mississippi doctors try to fix healthcare inequalities by learning from Iran and Iran’s Supreme Leader puts an end to family planning. TheUnveil a Woman’s Right to Unveil goes from Facebook to the streets of Iran, residents in Neyshapour take to the streets to protest inflation,anda report shows the lopsided impact of economic sanctions on women. Agroup of citizens cleans a park in Isfahan and the loss of Iranian identity is lamented.  Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran’s Evolving Policy on Syria

Garrett Nada

Iran has consistently supported President Bashar Assad since the uprising erupted in March 2011. Yet Iran’s tone on the Syrian crisis has noticeably evolved. Tehran initially subscribed to the official Syrian narrative; it described the protests as insignificant and orchestrated by foreign powers, including the United States. The first shift was visible in August 2011, as escalating dissent spread nationwide. High-ranking Iranian officials began referring to the “legitimate” demands of the Syrian people and the need for political reform.

In a second shift, Iranian officials started calling for a negotiated solution in early 2012. Tehran then formally backed the six-point U.N. plan on March 28, 2012.

But the top political, religious and military leaders have taken widely diverse positions. Some have stressed the need for the regime, Tehran’s longtime ally, to engage in dialogue with the opposition. Others have encouraged solidarity with Assad against “the dirt” of Syria’s enemies.  Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran traded with 150 countries: Economy Minister

Source: Tehran Times

TEHRAN – Iran conducted economic transactions with 150 countries in the last calendar year, which ended on March 19, the finance and economic affairs minister says.

Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines

In an interview with IRNA news agency published on Sunday, Shamseddin Hosseini said of this number 80 countries transited their products through Iran.

Iran continues trading with the world at a time when certain countries are trying to put hurdles in front of its economic progress, the minister said.

Iran’s annual trade turnover is projected to reach $160 billion by the end of the fifth five-year development plan (March 2016), an official with the Trade Promotion Organization of Iran (TPOI) said in May.

Kiyumars Fathollah Kermanshahi added that the value of annual imports and exports are planned to reach $77 billion and $83 billion respectively by 2016.

Customs Administration director Abbas Memarnejad said in April that the non-oil trade balance decreased to $17.9 billion last year from $30.5 billion the year before.

China, the UAE, and Iraq were the main destinations for the Iranian goods, while the UAE, China and South Korea were the main exporters to Iran last year.

Economy Minister also said to counter some of the obstacles created to stop the transfer of money or goods, Iranian consumers are expected to buy domestically.
„Goods produced at home should replace foreign products.

Iranian photographer Hamideh Zolfaqari receives award in French contest

Sources: Press TVPrix de la Photographie, Paris (Px3)

US-based Iranian photographer Hamideh Zolfaqari has been awarded at the Prix de la Photographie, Paris (Px3) photo competition in France. Zolfaqari who took part in the Non-Professional Category of the contest, won the gold medal of the ‚Other‘ category of the event’s Press section for her photograph titled ‚Differences.‘

Turk Tribal Girl

Entry Title: “ Differences“
 Hamideh Zolfaghari, United States
Category: Non-Professional, Press

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Isfahan’s Heart Doesn’t Beat…

Photos by Mirhossein Hosseini, ISNA

It’s summer, and once again Zayandeh Rud has dried up. This river, which passes under the historical sio-seh-pol bridge is one of the icons of the city of Isfahan in central Iran. However, in recent years the river has been drying during the summer months creating a depressing picture. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Health Group: Sanctions Put Tens of Thousands of Iranian Children at Risk


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

HemophiliacSociety.jpg11:40 p.m. IRDT, 9 Mordad/July 30 The board of directors of the Iranian Hemophilia Society has informed the World Federation of Hemophilia that the lives of tens of thousands of children are being endangered by the lack of proper drugs, a consequence of international economic sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic. According to the Society, despite misleading statements from certain elements in the West, the export of drugs to Iran has not been banned; however, the sanctions imposed on the Central Bank of Iran and the country’s other financial institutions have severely disrupted the purchase and transfer of medical goods. Describing itself as a nonpolitical organization that has been active for 45 years, the Society condemned the „inhumane and immoral“ U.S. and E.U. sanctions and appealed to international organizations for help. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

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