Archiv für den Tag 6. August 2012

Iran: Rafsandschani wieder oben

Generalstabschef Firus-Abadi neben Präsident Ahamdineschad

Wie wir sehen, hat der gewiefte Taktierer Ajatollah Rafsandschani sich wieder aus der Schlinge gezogen. Wir erinnern uns daran, dass Präsident Ahmadineschad noch vor wenigen Jahren gegen ihn öffentlich gehetzt hatte, von angehäuften Reichtümern gesprochen hatte, und sogar seine Tochter zu sechs Jahren Gefängnis verurteilen ließ. Der mächtige Ajatollah konnte nichts dagegen tun. Und was hört man jetzt:
Seine Tochter Faese Haschemi Rafsandschani, die die Haftstrafe bislang nicht antreten musste, durfte ohne Probleme nach England ausreisen. Und auf der letzten Sitzung der Versammlung zur Wahrung der Interessen des Systems, deren Vorsitz Ajatollah Rafsandschani innehat, erschien sogar Präsident Ahmadineschad, der dieses Gremium sonst immer geflissentlich ignorierte. Ahmadineschad musste dort Rede und Antwort stehen, und er tat sein Bestes, alle Schuld auf den Religiösen Führer Ajatollah Chamene‘i abzuwälzen. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Reaction to the Undressing of a Woman at Tehran’s Khomeini Airport: „The Turn of the Spouses of the Ayatollahs Will Come“

By Mohammad Reza YazdanpanahRooz Online

In response to an incident at Tehran’s Khomeini airport this week where a woman was undressed on orders of security guards, Mehdi Khazali, the son of a very prominent ayatollah, wrote on his personal website that had this been done to his wife, he would have made “the mothers of perpetrators mourn”, a Persian term implying he would have killed the perpetrators. In his written piece, Mehdi Khazali, the son of hardline Assembly of Experts on Leadership member ayatollah Abolghasem Khazali, strongly criticized clerics and even grand ayatollahs with following (marjae taghlid) for remaining silent over such issues and concluded, “our clergy has been dead for years and people have buried them and their bones have disintegrated.” He also warned that their wives’ turn would also come to experience similar atrocities.

Mehdi Khazali is a physician and a well-known critic of the Iranian regime who was last arrested in January for his inflammatory comments against the regime and particularly Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s administration.

The source of Khazali angry reaction and article is a news items that was originally published in Baztab website close to a former Revolutionary Commander. The news report wrote that security agents at Imam Khomeini airport outside Tehran, “undressed a veiled woman,” an action that was extraordinary by all measures. The site reported that Iranian families had contacted it over the unusual and un-Islamic measure of the airport police. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran’s Currency Drops To All Time Low

In Sunday’s open market trading in Tehran, Iran’s currency hit an all time low. According to Mehr News Agency, rial traded at 20,450 for a dollar. Meanwhile Mahmoud Bahmani, head ofCentral Bank of Iran, told reporters that a single-rate currency will be established within 10 days. Currently the official exchange rate for dollar is set at 12,260 rials by Iran’s Central Bank.

Currency exchange shops in Tehran

The recent flurry of sanctions announced against Iran by U.S. and European allies, which for the first time target Iran’s Central Bank, is being credited as the main reason for Iran’s currency coming under pressure.

A currency exchange shop in Tehran

In 1979, 1 rial equaled $0.0141. The value of Iran’s currency declined precipitously after the Islamic revolution because of capital flight from the country. In July 1999, 9430 rials amounted to one dollar. However, the value of the rial had become more stable since 1999, as the economy of Iran was growing rapidly and away from the dollar zone.

Iranian women excluded from vast areas of study

Source: Radio Zamaneh

With the announcement of university entrance exam results for the coming academic year in Iran, 36 universities have closed 77 fields of study to women.

Photos: Women graduating from Tehran Medical Sciences University – June 2012

The Mehr News Agency reported on Monday that women at these universities are to be banned from such fields of study as engineering, accounting, education, counseling, the restoration of monuments and chemistry.

Several universities, including the University of Semnan, Kharazmi Tehran and the Art Schools of Tabriz, Mazandaran and Kashan have announced that they have spaces for new students in only one field, and they will be open to men only.

Ardebil Mohaghegh University is closing its doors to women in 24 areas of study, the Lorestan University in 18 and the International University of Imam Khomeini in 15.

These new developments were not announced in the university brochures that previously had been distributed. Several universities have practically closed all areas of study in the oil industry to women.

The Ahmadinejad administration has long been mulling over ideas about gender segregation in universities.

Following the election protests of 2009 that led to mass street protests, the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei pointed the finger at universities as the breeding ground for subversive behaviour and called for a greater focus on Islamic principles in universities.

Deprived Workers of Tabas Coal Mine

Photos by Yunes Khani, Mehr News Agency

The disadvantaged workers of Tabas coal mine work at a depth of 300 meters in two shifts of 6 hours per day. These miners are hired on a contract basis and are paid 400 thousand tomans (about $200) per month, the minimum salary required to get by. This is while coal mining is considered a dangerous job. The workers are exposed to lethal gases, coal dust and other dust suspended in the air which can severely impact their health in the long term.

Tabas is a city in and capital of Tabas County, Yazd Province, Iran. Tabas is located in central Iran, 950 kilometers southeast of Tehran. At the 2006 census, its population was 30,681, in 7,962 families.

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ftd: US-Finanzaufsicht – Standard Chartered bei Iran-Deals ertappt

Der britische Ableger von Standard Chartered soll die Identität iranischer Geschäftspartner verschleiert und damit das US-Geldwäschegesetz gebrochen haben. Auf einen Hinweis der US-Mutter reagierten die Londoner Banker deftig.

© Bild: 2011 Bloomberg

Der britische Ableger von Standard Chartered soll die Identität iranischer Geschäftspartner verschleiert und damit das US-Geldwäschegesetz gebrochen haben. Auf einen Hinweis der US-Mutter reagierten die Londoner Banker deftig.

von Kim bode, New York und Reinhard Hönighaus Frankfurt

Die Finanzaufsicht des US-Bundesstaates New York wirft dem amerikanischen Ableger der britischen Großbank Standard Chartered illegale Transaktionen mit der iranischen Regierung im Gesamtwert von mehr als 250 Mrd. Dollar vor. Hochrangige Manager hätten über fast zehn Jahre den Bruch von US-Geldwäschegesetzen in Kauf genommen, um hunderte Millionen von Dollar an Gebühren zu kassieren, teilte Chefaufseher Benjamin Lawsky am Montagabend mit. Er drohte, Standard Chartered die Lizenz in dem Bundestaat zu entziehen. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Roundup of Today’s International News 06/08/12


Iran test fires improved short-range missile
Iran claims that it has successfully test-fired a short-range ballistic missile, capable of reaching its immediate neighbors (…) Israel is located 1,000 kilometers away from Iran, while the US Fifth Fleet in Bahrain is 200 kilometers away.

Iran loses revenue as sanctions bite
Shipments from Iran have plunged by 1.2 million barrels a day, or 52 percent, since the sanctions banning the purchase, transport, financing and insuring of Iranian crude began on July 1, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Annualised, that would cost President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s country about $48 billion in revenue, equivalent to 10 percent of its economy. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Criticism In Iran Over Children Attending Public Executions

Criticism In Iran Over Children Attending Public Executions

Iran has the second-highest annual rate of executions in the world, after China.[1]According to the regime, those executed are criminals convicted of felonies such as murder, rape and drug trafficking; human rights activists say that some are regime opponents.[2]

Moderate conservative circles in Iran recently criticized the Iranian public’s enthusiasm for attending public hangings, particularly the practice of bringing children to watch them. Jafar Mohammadi, editor of the moderate conservative website Asr-e Iran, wrote in an article that the public’s appetite for this activity was a sign of social sickness. He also warned that allowing children to watch executions could cause them irreparable damage, and urged the authorities to intervene to keep them away.

An article on another moderate conservative website, Asr-e Emrooz, likewise warned of the psychological damage that could be caused to children, and called on the regime to outlaw the practice.

The deputy head of the judicial system, Ebrahim Raisi, rejected the criticism, saying: „[The punishment of] public execution is imposed by a judge, who weighs all the aspects, [including] the social climate, before imposing it. According to the police and the intelligence ministry, the firmness of the judicial branch in [combating] social and economic corruption strengthens security in [our] society.“[3]

Recently, Bushehr governor Mohammad Hossein Jahanbakhsh recently called on the regime to televise hangings so as to „teach a lesson to those who disrupt the public order.“[4] 

The following are the excerpts from the two articles:       Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran: Inflation rises to 22.9 percent

Source: Tehran Times

Iran’s inflation rate hit 22.9 percent in the fourth calendar month of Tir, which ended on July 21, showing 0.5 percent rise compared to the previous month, the IRNA News Agency reported.

Iranians wait to buy chicken at low prices offered by the government (Tehran – July 2012)
Prices of food items have risen sharply in Iran in the past few months.

The central bank of Iran has reported that the inflation rate has been rising since the beginning of the year.

While the inflation rate was declining last year, it started to rise again this year; from so 21.8 percent in the first month to 22.9 percent in the fourth month.

The Release of Mousavi and Karroubi a Vital Step Toward National Unity and the Only Means to End The International Stalemate

August 5th, 2012 – [Kaleme – Zahra Sadr] While expressing concern over the critical situation in Iran, Ardeshir Amir Arjomand, senior adviser to Mir Hossein Mousavi declared that the only way out of the current situation is the release of the leaders of the Green Movement Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi who have been under house arrest for a year and a half.

The spokesperson for the Coordination Council of the Green Path of Hope added that as a result of the ruling government’s blindness and desire to evade reality, both the government and our country is in deadlock stating: “The most honorable way for us to traverse this impasse is to ensure the freedom of Mousavi and Karroubi, for without national unity it will be impossible for us to end this international stalemate.” Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

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