Archiv für den Tag 2. August 2012

UANI Calls on All New York City Hotels to Deny Accommodation to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iranian Delegation for the UN General Assembly in September

UANI Calls on All New York City Hotels to Deny Accommodation to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iranian Delegation for the UN General Assembly in September

New York, NY – On Thursday, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) called on all New York City hotels to refuse accommodations to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Iranian delegation this year during September’s UN General Assembly session. Ahmadinejad is the leader of a criminal regime that is pursuing a nuclear weapon and sponsors terrorism worldwide. He has personally called for America’s destruction and calls the 9/11 attacks a „big lie,“ and as such should not be welcomed and accommodated by any responsible New York City business.

On Monday, UANI specifically called on the Warwick New York Hotel, and its new General Manager G. Paul LeBlanc, to not host Ahmadinejad. Last year, UANI led a campaign against the Warwick during Ahmadinejad’s stay, highlighting the Warwick’s irresponsible decision to accommodate him. UANI’s protest and advocacy activities resulted in a tremendous amount of bad publicity for the Warwick, and were featured in media outlets including CBS New York,AFPNBC New YorkCNNThe AtlanticHuffington PostThe Daily CallerCBS Radio, and the New York Post. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Rogue elements arrested and paraded in the Atabak neighborhood of Tehran

A dark picture of religious freedom in Iran

WASHINGTON, 2 August 2012 – In a report released Monday, the United States painted a dark picture of religious freedom in Iran, documenting how the government there oppresses the followers of virtually every religious minority in the country, restricting their religious activities, limiting their economic prospects, and imprisoning them when they tell others about their beliefs.

„Government rhetoric and actions created a threatening atmosphere for nearly all non-Shia religious groups, most notably for Baha’is, as well as for Sufi Muslims, evangelical Christians, Jews, and Shia groups that did not share the government’s official religious views,“ said the 2011 annual US Department of State’s report on International Religious Freedom in its section on Iran.
„Baha’i and Christian groups reported arbitrary arrests, prolonged detentions, and confiscation of property. During the year, government-controlled broadcast and print media intensified negative campaigns against religious minorities, particularly Baha’is. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Spiegel: Asyl – Fakten gegen Stimmungsmache

Von Frank Patalong

Jugendlicher Asylbewerber in der Aufnahmeeinrichtung Norstorf/HorstZur Großansicht


Jugendlicher Asylbewerber in der Aufnahmeeinrichtung Norstorf/Horst

Die Idee des Asylrechts ist zutiefst menschlich – und hochumstritten. Ein Blick auf die Zahlen der vergangenen 20 Jahre entzaubert die Überfremdungsphantasien deutscher Populisten und Stammtischrhetoriker: Es gibt weder eine Flut von Bewerbern noch Massen an Sozialschmarotzern.

Bilder von Krieg, Tod und Elend gehören zu unserem Alltag. Tote, Verstümmelte, Verwaiste, Vertriebene, Vergewaltigte, Verhungernde: In schlimmen Phasen gleichen die TV-Nachrichten einem Horrorfilm. 2011 zählte das Heidelberger Institut für internationale Konfliktforschung 388 mit Gewalt ausgetragene Konflikte in der Welt. Nur knapp zehn Prozent davon waren Kriege zwischen Nationen. Weit häufiger führen Staaten gegen Teile der eigenen Bevölkerung Krieg, oder verfeindete Bevölkerungsgruppen bekriegen sich untereinander. Dazu kommen religiös, politisch oder ethnisch motivierte Aufstände.

In all diesen Konflikten werden Menschen getötet und verletzt. Anderen wird die Existenzgrundlage genommen. 42,5 Millionen Menschen waren 2011 laut dem Uno-Flüchtlingskommissariat UNHCR auf der Flucht. 26,4 Millionen davon versuchten, innerhalb ihrer Länder der Gewalt auszuweichen. 15,2 Millionen überschritten Grenzen, um Krieg, Naturkatastrophen oder Verfolgung zu entgehen. Mehr als 800.000 davon flohen in ein vermeintlich sicheres Land, um dort um Asyl zu bitten. DasAsylrecht ist eine Errungenschaft, die durch die größten Barbareien des 20. Jahrhunderts motiviert ist, keine Wohltätigkeit, sondern eine Versicherung. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags



Recent developments in Syria have prompted a predictable escalation in Western/expatriate Iranian commentary that the Assad government’s fall—widely treated as inevitable—will severely damage the Islamic Republic’s regional position.  One piece of this sort which caught our eye was authored by Farideh Farhi, see here.  Farhi’s article, couched as a critique of Tehran’s Syria policy, opens with the observation that,

“by providing full-fledged public support to Bashar al-Assad’s regime, Iran’s leaders have made a critical policy move.  They could have made a different choice…a more balanced and proactive approach to Syria that did not place all of Iran’s eggs in Assad’s basket from the beginning of the unrest.”  Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran Rebuffed on Regional Stability

Toeing the neocon line, Mitt Romney denounced Iran as the world’s “most destabilizing nation” despite polls in the Middle East putting Israel and the United States at the top of that list, as Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett note at

By Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett

Standing reality on its head — at least in the eyes of most Middle Easterners — presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney declared during his recent visit to Israel that the Islamic Republic is “the most destabilizing nation in the world.”

In fact, reputable surveys conducted by international and regional polling groups — see here and here— show that, by orders of magnitude, largely Sunni Arab populations see Israel and the United States as much bigger threats to their security and interests than Iran.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei speaking recently to a gathering of Iranian government officials. (Iranian government photo) Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

A Persian Gulf ‚Hotline‘ Proposed

By Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity


FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

SUBJECT: Avoiding Spiraling Violence in the Persian Gulf

We write respectfully to call your attention to the clear and present danger of escalation in the Persian Gulf and to suggest ways to lessen that likelihood. There needs to be a reliable way for our Navy to communicate at a sufficiently high level with Iranian naval counterparts. Otherwise, incidents occasioned by accident or provocation can readily escalate in ways neither side intends.

This is not a new problem; others (notably former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen) have called attention to it in the past. We do so again because of the sharply increased tensions flowing from terrorist attacks like the one on July 18 in Bulgaria in which five Israeli tourists were killed.

It is not yet known who the suicide bomber was. Yet Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu immediately blamed Iran and Hezbollah for the attack – a claim that has not been substantiated – and threatened retaliation. Inside Iran, terrorist attacks have claimed the lives of five Iranian scientists over the past five years, with the Iranians blaming Israel. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iranian authorities hold political prisoners hostage

Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Laureate, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), and the Iranian League for the Defense of Human Rights (LDDHI) said in a joint statement today: ”Conditions of prisoners in Iran are deteriorating by the day. Political prisoners and prisoners of conscience suffer a series of torture and other ill treatment during pre-trial detention, lack access to their lawyers and families and due process, and are subsequently tried under conditions far from international standards of fair trials, on charges related to their professional work, human rights work, freedom of expression, assembly and association, and other legitimate rights recognized by international human rights treaties, to which the Islamic Republic of Iran is state party”. clip_image001

Following the trials, often lasting only a few minutes, political prisoners receive extremely unfair sentences that are occasionally illegal even under the Iranian highly flawed laws. A well-known example is ‘imprisonment in exile’ in remote Iranian prisons, which does not exist in any Iranian law and effectively punishes both the prisoners and their families. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Ausbildungs- und Arbeitsverbote für Flüchtlinge abschaffen!

Debatte um Arbeitsverbote – Es muss dringend gehandelt werden: Viele Jugendliche finden derzeit eine Ausbildung, doch die Ausländerbehörde lehnt ab.

Während die FDP und die Oppositionsparteien Arbeitsverbote für Flüchtlinge abschaffen wollen, stellt sich die Union quer. Damit leiden junge Flüchtlinge weiterhin: Sie finden Ausbildungs- und Arbeitsplätze und hoffen endlich, ein normales Leben führen zu können, doch die Ausländerbehörde lehnt, auf Basis der diskriminierenden Gesetzeslage, ab. Was mit den ArbeitsmigrantInnen passierte, wiederholt sich damit gegenwärtig bei den Flüchtlingen: Sie leben größtenteils seit vielen Jahren hier und werden auf Dauer in der BRD bleiben. Dennoch werden ihnen der Zugang zu Bildung, Arbeit und die Teilhabe am gesellschaftlichen Leben verwehrt. Und dies, obwohl 30.000 Ausbildungsstellen allein im Jahr 2011 unbesetzt blieben. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

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