Archiv für den Tag 26. August 2012

Press freedom group calls for Mousavi’s release

Reporters Without Borders has expressed deep concern about Iranian opposition leader MirHosein Mousavi, who was hospitalized on Thursday to undergo heart surgery.

The press rights group issued a statement on Friday, writing: “The conditions of Mousavi’s house arrest have damaged his health and he must be released at once. We urge the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, to act quickly to avoid exposing him to further danger. We will hold Khamenei responsible for anything that happens to Mousavi or to the many other journalists who are being kept in detention despite their poor health.”

Mousavi has been under house arrest together with his wife, Zahra Rahnavard, since February of 2011. Reports from Iran indicate that Mousavi, who was taken to hospital with heart complications, underwent angiography and treatment for a blocked artery. He has now reportedly been released from the hospital and returned to house arrest.

Reporters Without Borders said: “Holding political prisoners incommunicado is tantamount to enforced disappearance and violates international law. The Iranian authorities nonetheless resort to such methods systematically with journalists and netizens.”

A number of Iranian activists have called on leaders attending the NAM Summit in Tehran to demand a visit with the two opposition leaders, MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, who have been under house arrest for more than 18 months.

A letter written by Mousavi supporters addressed to Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi urges him to inquire about the health of MirHosein Mousavi.

Source: RadioZamaneh

Part I: Israelis Squabble Over Iran

Garrett Nada

        In August 2012, Israeli officials appeared increasingly divided over the need for imminent military action against Iran because of its controversial nuclear program. Israeli decision-makers and military elites now fall into three broad camps.
        One group surrounding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has started calling for unilateral action against Iran if the United States hesitates. A second camp, personified by President Shimon Peres, is advising Israel to wait for American support. A third camp, composed of generals who fought in earlier Israeli wars, is urging caution and even questioning the government’s timetable.
        In the first camp, Netanyahu charged on Aug. 12 that the Islamic Republic’s nuclear potential “dwarfed” all other threats faced by Israel. And Michael Oren, ambassador to the United States, said on Aug. 16 that talks between Iran and the world’s six major powers had failed to produce a diplomatic deal. “We’ve come to a very critical juncture where important decisions do have to be made,” he said. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

The Golha Project Website Launched

THE GOLHA PROJECT WEBSITE: Online Portal for Researching Persian Music and Poetry

Iran Heritage Foundation is proud to announce the launch of the Golha Project Website

Sponsored byIran Heritage Foundation
Supported byPARSA Community Foundation
Project Management: Jane Lewisohn Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

2012 Grass Skiing World Cup in Dizin, Iran

Photos by Mohsen Nourouzifard, Mehr News Agency

The 3rd round of 2012 Grass Skiing World Cup is being held in Dizin, north of Tehran, on August 24th and 25th. Five European and Asian countries are participating at the event. The final round of the competitions will be held in Austria.

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‚Free Pussy Riot‘ Graffiti In Iran?

By Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL

There have been protests and calls on Russia to free jailed members of the Russian feminist punk group Pussy Riot from many corners of the world. The three were sentenced to two years in prison earlier this week over their critical remarks against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

At least one appeal has also been made in Iran, if the author of a photograph creating a buzz among Iranians is to be believed, in the form of graffiti at the gate of the Russian consulate in Isfahan. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

No breakthrough in Iran-IAEA talks

Source: Radio Zamaneh

The latest round of talks between the International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran ended yesterday, August 24, with no concrete results.

Herman Nackaerts, the Deputy Director General and head of the Department of Safeguards at the IAEA, reported that fundamental differences remain between Iran and the agency.

Reuters reported that Nackaerts said no plans have been made for another round of talks.

IRNA, the Iranian state media, reported, however, that Iran’s envoy to the IAEA, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, has said that some issues were resolved at Friday’s meeting. IRNA quotes Soltanieh saying that major differences still remain and, therefore, talks will have to continue.

The IAEA has been seeking access to Parchin Military Base near Tehran. Iran says, however, that Parchin is a military base and not a part of its nuclear program.

Iran: NAM Meeting to Commence on Sunday

Source: ISNA

The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) meeting in Tehran will be commenced in expert-level on Sunday.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast announced on Saturday that more than eighty countries will attend the NAM gathering in the foreign minister and higher level in the 16th NAM summit. The Nam summit agenda includes political, international, social and economic topics. Almost 50 countries will participate in the senior level including the presidents, kings and prime ministers and thirty countries in foreign minister level.

The NAM is the second greatest international body after the UN General Assembly that can have remarkable influence in international decision-making, he said.

Iran is to assume the three-year rotating presidency of NAM in Tehran’s summit, he said and expressed hope that the international movement will do the best of its ability by the innovations and measures during this time.

The security of the summit is the highest priority of the country and Iran is completely prepared to establish security, he said. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran: Mousavi family kept from talking about ill opposition leader

Source: Radio Zamaneh

After reports hit the media that opposition leader Mir Hosein Mousavi had undergone surgery in hospital, his brother was quoted as saying that the Mousavi family cannot give out information about his health.

The Kaleme opposition website reported today that following Mir Hosein Mousavi’s angiography procedure, his brother Mir Mahmoud Mousavi told Kaleme that the Mousavi family is not free to discuss the opposition leader’s health with the media.

He was quoted as saying that while the public had the right to know about the situation, that information cannot be disseminated through his family because security considerations have tied their hands.

Radio Farda reported today however that Ardeshir Amirarjomand, a spokesman for the Coordination Council for the Green Path of Hope has infromed them that Mousavi has already been returned to house arrest following his heart treatment.

Iranian state media have been completely silent about Mir Hosein Mousavi’s recent health complications; he had been under house arrest together with his wife, Zahra Rahnavard, since February of 2011.

Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, two candidates in the 2009 Iranian presidential elections, challenged the announcement of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s victory with allegations of vote fraud. This triggered mass protests, and led to the state targeting protesters, the two candidates and their families in a severe crackdown.

After Mousavi had endured more than 500 days under house arrest, reports from Iran yesterday indicated that he had been hospitalized under strict security measures for the treatment of heart complications.

Post-Doc Iranian Student Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

Source: International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran

Branch 36 of Tehran Appeals Court upheld the 10-year prison sentence of Omid Kokabi, a post-doctoral Nuclear Physics student. In May 2012, a lower court had sentenced Kokabi, accused of spying for Israel, but his family remained hopeful that the sentencing would be overruled by the appeals court.

Omid Kokabi

Last April, a source close to Kokabi told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that during his detention Kokabi was exposed to severe pressure for months to make false confessions. The source added that the distinguished student had been forced to attend his May trial. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

The Latest from Iran: Nuclear Talks Resume With IAEA

1944 GMT: Economy Watch. „Hard-line“ MP Hossein Garrousi has offered an illuminating response to criticism of the Government for declaring a five-day holiday next week during the meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement: „Iran’s industry has been on vacation for a long time, it’s not the fault of the NAM summit.“

1936 GMT: Nuclear Watch. Talks between Iranian officials and the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna have not resolved outstanding issues over inspection and supervision.

„The discussions today were intensive but important differences remain between Iran and the U.N. that prevented agreement,“ Herman Nackaerts, the IAEA’s chief inspector, said after about seven hours of talks. „At the moment we have no plans for another meeting.“ Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

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