Archiv für den Tag 5. August 2012

Iran Feature: The Banning and Detention of Conservative Bloggers (Small Media)

The Larijani Brothers — are they behind the crackdown on conservative bloggers?

For years, we have reported on the regime’s pressure on opposition bloggers, in some cases imposing long prison sentences as well as blocking their sites.

Recently, however, there has been a twist in the campaign. As part of the political contest within the establishment, factions within the regime have been attacking each other’s outlets. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Kiarostami’s „Close up“ among Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time

Abbas Kiarostami’s „Close Up“ has been announced among the „Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time“. The „Close Up“ filmed in 1990 with 31 votes come in at 42nd place.

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Iran tests new generation of short-range missile

Iran test launched a new generation of Fateh 110 short-range surface to surface missile on Saturday. With a range of more than 300 kilometers the missile is proved to hit the target unerringly, said Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi.

The single-stage solid-propellant guided missile is produced domestically by the Defense Ministry Aerospace Industries Organization and its third generation was tested in August 2010. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

The Open Secrets of Ramadan


04 Aug 2012 22:280 Comments
13910431114236755_PhotoL.jpg„I don’t like to go outside anymore. It’s not my country.“I arrived in Iran during Ramadan, when it falls on the hottest month of the year. Today the temperature in the city has already risen to a scorching 35 degrees Centigrade and yet according to Islamic law, no adult has been able to eat or drink since 4:30 this morning and won’t be able to until 8:30 tonight. The only get-out is a doctor’s note for the sick, elderly, or pregnant. I’ve heard that traffic accidents rise during the Holy Month as hunger makes for frayed tempers and desperate driving, but according to my cousins, very little changes in Iran because so few people are actually fasting.

„Ninety percent of people who say they are fasting are lying,“ cousin A. tells me. Twenty-four years old and about to be qualified as a doctor, she’s taking advanced English language classes while she waits to defend her thesis. According to her, the purpose of Ramazan, as it’s called here, is to become a better person. Lying is banned, as is gossip, and all good Muslims should pray more, study the Qur’an, and converse with their God. She tells me the rules are in a book that everyone gets from their mullah. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

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