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Specially Designated Nationals List Update


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The following entities have been added to OFAC’s SDN List:

AMIN INVESTMENT BANK (a.k.a. AMINIB), No. 51 Ghobadiyan Street, Valiasr Street, Tehran  1968917173, Iran; Website [IRAN].

BEHSAZ KASHANE TEHRAN CONSTRUCTION CO. (a.k.a. BEHSAZ KASHANEH CO.), No. 40, East Street Journal, North Shiraz Street, Sadra Avenue, Tehran, Iran; Website [IRAN].

COMMERCIAL PARS OIL CO., 9th Floor, No. 346, Mirdamad Avenue, Tehran, Iran [IRAN].

CYLINDER SYSTEM L.T.D. (a.k.a. CILINDER SISTEM D.O.O.; a.k.a. CILINDER SISTEM D.O.O. ZA PROIZVODNJU I USLUGE), Dr. Mile Budaka 1, Slavonski Brod  35000, Croatia; 1 Mile Budaka, Slavonski Brod  35000, Croatia; Website; Registration ID 050038884 (Croatia); Tax ID No. 27694384517 (Croatia) [IRAN].


GHADIR INVESTMENT COMPANY, 341 West Mirdamad Boulevard, Tehran, Iran; P.O. Box 19696, Tehran, Iran; Website [IRAN].

GHAED BASSIR PETROCHEMICAL PRODUCTS COMPANY (a.k.a. GHAED BASSIR), No. 15, Palizvani (7th) Street, Gandhi (South) Avenue, Tehran  1517655711, Iran; Km 10 of Khomayen Road, Golpayegan, Iran; Website [IRAN].

GOLDEN RESOURCES TRADING COMPANY L.L.C. (a.k.a. „GRTC“), 9th Floor, Office No. 905, Khalid Al Attar Tower 1, Sheikh Zayed Road, After Crown Plaza Hotel, Al Wasl Area, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Postal Box 34489, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Postal Box 14358, Dubai, United Arab Emirates [IRAN].

HORMOZ OIL REFINING COMPANY, Next to the Current Bandar Abbas Refinery, Bandar Abbas City, Iran [IRAN].
IRAN & SHARGH COMPANY (a.k.a. IRAN AND EAST COMPANY; a.k.a. IRAN AND SHARGH COMPANY; a.k.a. IRANOSHARGH COMPANY; a.k.a. SHERKAT-E IRAN VA SHARGH), 827, North of Seyedkhandan Bridge, Shariati Street, P.O. Box 13185-1445, Tehran  16616, Iran; No. 41, Next to 23rd Alley, South Gandi St., Vanak Square, Tehran  15179, Iran; Website [IRAN]. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran Presidential Elections: Reformist candidate Aref says will not form coalition with Rohani

Source: Press TV

Iranian Reformist presidential candidate Mohammad Reza Aref says he has no intention of forming a coalition with rival candidate Hassan Rohani for the June 14 vote. In an interview with the Mehr New Agency on Sunday, Aref said he would stay in the presidential race „to the end.“

Iranian presidential candidates Mohammad Reza Aref (L) and Hassan Rohani
Source: Sharqh daily

„If elected president, I will form working groups and interact with the elite in various sectors in the country and announce my plans,“ Aref, a former first vice president, said.

Stating that a million job opportunities need to be created in Iran every year, the reformist candidate underlined the importance of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the process of job creation.

„ICT should create some 200,000 direct job opportunities in the country [annually],“ the presidential candidate said.

Aref faces seven rivals: Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, President of the Center for Strategic Research of the Expediency Council Hassan Rohani, lawmaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili, Secretary of Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei, former Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati, and former Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Gharazi.

The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election.


Iran Decides: 2013

By Omid Irani

With the Iranian presidential elections visible on the near horizon, the people of Iran and the wider international community watch eagerly to see who will assume the ranks as the next ostensible leader of Iran. Outgoing president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is reluctant to ride off into the sunset graciously and quietly, creating an interesting backdrop within the larger canvas of Iranian presidential politics. Wasting no time, the candidates vetted and cleared to run along with those individuals barred from running have already exchanged sharp words about the differing ideologies, policies, and tactics that will undeniably saturate the larger discourse covering Iranian politics. Trying to parse through the various oscillating campaign promises and rhetorical talking points of the different candidates can be truly a tall task to undertake for participating voters in Iran. Naturally, the prospect of returning to the ballot boxes for such a high-profile election for the first time since the notorious 2009 elections is still fresh on every Iranian’s mind and will surely prove too daunting for some as the flashbacks of the bloody aftermath have already prompted some individuals to boycott this year’s election.

One Man, One Vote – Cartoon by Mana
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Iran: Presidential candidate’s detained campaign workers moved to solitary

Hassan Rohani

An opposition website reports that the detained members of Hassan Rohani’s campaign team have been transferred to solitary confinement. Kaleme reports that the detainees are, therefore, in the hands of the Ministry of Intelligence. Hassan Rohani is one of two presidential candidates linked to the reformists.

Young Rohani supporters at his campain rally in Jamaran
Sign reads: „our school friends are in jail“

On Saturday June 1, a number of young Rohani supporters were arrested at a meeting where the former nuclear negotiator was giving a speech.

The Guardian Council disqualified the chief reformist candidate, Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, from running in the election, and among the eight approved candidates, Hassan Rohani and Mohammadreza Aref are considered to be the only reformists.

There has been some speculation that one of them may withdraw in favour of the other.



Two Prisoners (One Was Afghan Citizen) Were Hanged in Iran


[English] [فارسى]

Iran Human Rights: Two men were hanged in Rajai Shahr Prison of Karaj (west of Tehran).

According to the Iranian daily newspaper „Javan“ two prisoners were hanged in the Rajai Shahr Prison last Wednesday. One of the prisoners was identified as „Alireza“ convicted of pouring acid on the face of his stepfather in 2005. The stepfather died few days later as a result of the injuries. The report didn’t mention Alireza’s age at the time of committing the alleged offence.

The other prisoner who was an Afghan citizen identified as „Mohammad„, was convicted of murdering an old couple and stealing their jewelery, said the report.


حقوق بشر ایران، 9 خرداد 1392: دو مرد در زندان رجایی شهر کرج به دار آویخته شدند.

به گزارش روزنامه „جوان“ دو زندانی چهارشنبه گذشته در زندان رجایی شهر اعدام شده اند. یکی از زندانی ها که با نام „علیرضا“ معرفی شده، به جرم اسیدپاشی به صورت پدرناتنی ش در سال 1384 در زندان بوده است؛ که مصدوم بعد از چند روز به علت جراحات وارده می میرد. گزارش اطلاعی از سن علیرضا موقع ارتکاب جرم نداده است.

زندانی دیگر که به عنوان شهروند افغانستان با نام „محمد“ معرفی شده ، متهم به قتل یک زوج مسن و دزدی جواهراتشان بوده است.


Two Prisoners Were Hanged in Western Iran

Sunday 2 June 2013

[English] [فارسى]

Iran Human Rights, June 2: Two prisoners were hanged in the prison of Khoramabad (western Iran), reported the Iranian state media.

According to the Iranian state broadcasting two prisoners who were not identified by name, were hanged in the „Barsilon“ prison of Khoramabad this morning. The prisoners were convicted of possession and trafficking of 2209 grams of synthetic narcotic drugs such as crack and crystal, said the report.

حقوق بشر ایران، ۱۲ خرداد ماه ۱۳۹۲: به گزارش واحد مرکزی خبر دو زندانی صبح امروز یکشنبه در زندان خرم آباد به دار آویخته شدند.

این گزارش به نقل از فرمانده انتظامی استان لرستان اتهام این دو فرد را „حمل و نگهداری ۲ کیلو و ۲۰۹ گرم مواد مخدر صنعتی(شامل شیشه وکراک)“ اعلام کرده است. نامهای این دو زندانی در این گزارش اعلام نشده اند.



Latest on the Race: How to Follow Candidates

By late May 2013, all eight presidential candidates had set up campaign websites or social media websites. Some of their campaigns even appeared to have made Twitter and Facebook accounts, both of which are blocked in Iran. The candidates’ supporters have also launched dozens of unofficial blogs, websites and social media accounts. The following is a rundown of the candidates’ websites and social media.

Saeed Jalili

Hassan Rouhani

Mohsen Rezaei


Ali Akbar Velayati

Facebook supporter page


Gholam Ali Haddad-Adel




Mohammad Gharazi





Photo Credits:
Mohsen Rezaei by درفش کاویانی (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
Hassan Rouhani by Mojtaba Salimi (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0  ( )], via Wikimedia Commons


Khomeini’s Rebel Grandchildren

By Helia Ighani and Garrett Nada
On the eve of a pivotal election, Iran’s theocratic regime faces one of its most striking challenges from the grandchildren of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the revolutionary leader who mobilized millions to end more than 2,500 years of dynastic rule. Seven of the 15 grandchildren have openly criticized the laws and the leadership since the mid-1990s. Two have publicly disapproved of election practices in the 2013 presidential poll. Four supported reformist candidates in the disputed 2009 presidential election.

            Iranians “consider us faithful custodians of the thoughts of the Imam Khomeini, and so we get upset with whoever wants to move our country and our revolution away from the path outlined by the founder of the Islamic Republic,” Ali Eshraghi, a grandson, told the Italian Adnkronos International news agency in 2008. Eshraghi is an advocate of major reforms who was once barred from running for parliament.
      Khomeini and his wife Batoul had five children. After his death in 1989, Khomeini’s daughter Zahra Mostafavi was the first family member to challenge the regime. In an open letter in May 2013, she urged the supreme leader to reverse the Guardian Council’s barring of former President Ali Hashemi Rafsanjani from running for president. She heads a party that advocates for women’s rights and increased political participation. The following is a rundown on the seven rebel grandchildren.

The Supreme Leader’s Revenge

Alireza Nader

Iranian politics are personal. Indeed, the theocrats are decidedly earthly in their rivalries. But the 2013 election is particularly telling. It may be settling a score dating back a quarter century between the revolution’s two most enduring politicos—Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

      The two men have competed for power and the right to define the revolution since the death of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1989. Rafsanjani originally had the upper hand in two sweeping changes. He oversaw constitutional changes that created an executive president, which he then ran for and won. And, in Tehran’s worst-kept secret, he orchestrated Khamenei’s selection as the new supreme leader, reportedly because Khamenei was a middle-ranking cleric and dour figure who could not rival Rafsanjani’s political base or charismatic wiles. Khamenei actually owes his power and position to Rafsanjani, the man known in Iran as the “shark.”
      But since 1989, Rafsanjani’s master plan has gradually unraveled. In 2013, Khamenei has now managed not only to emerge from Khomeini’s shadow. He has also sidelined most of his old rivals, including the crafty Rafsanjani. On May 21, Rafsanjani was disqualified from running for the presidency—even though the 12-man Guardian Council had qualified him to run in three earlier elections. He had been elected twice. Rafsanjani is 78. Winning elected political office is likely to be increasingly difficult. Hardliners in parliament even considered legislation this year that would bar any candidate over the age of 75. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

US Charges Iran More Active Worldwide

On May 31, two senior U.S. officials detailed Iran’s growing role in extremist activities worldwide. Tehran was directly or indirectly involved in the planning of attacks in Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa in 2012, said the officials. The following are excerpts from the background briefing.

            SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL ONE:  Yesterday we released at the State Department the annual Country Reports on Terrorism for 2012.  And one of the most noteworthy conclusions when we put that report together was a marked resurgence of terrorist activity by Iran and Hezbollah.  The tempo of operational activity was something we haven’t seen since the 1990s, with attacks plotted in Europe, Southeast Asia, and Africa in 2012 alone.
We believe this is an alarming trend.  It’s borne out by the facts and it merits closer inspection as we evaluate the landscape of terrorist activity globally.  Add to this, of course, is the deepening commitment both Iran and Hezbollah have made to fight and kill on behalf of the Assad regime in Syria.  That involvement, of course, is hardening the conflict and threatening to spread the violence across the region.
            Hezbollah and the Iranian leadership share a similar world view and strategic vision and are seeking to exploit the current unrest in the region to their advantage.  This approach has increased sectarian tensions and conflict and serves further as a destabilizing force during a time of great change throughout the region. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
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