Archiv für den Tag 5. Juni 2013

Supreme Leader Blasts Foreign Plots in Vote

      On June 4, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei charged that foreign powers are plotting to discourage Iranians from voting in the upcoming presidential election. Tehran’s enemies also want to cause “sedition” after the poll “just like what they did” after the disputed 2009 election, Khamenei claimed in a televised speech. He spoke to thousands at a ceremony marking the 24th anniversary of the passing of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic. Khamenei also encouraged Iranians to vote in large numbers on June 14 to show their confidence in the political system. He warned candidates against “making impossible promises” and giving concessions to the West. The following are excerpts from Khamenei’s official Twitter account and a variety of press reports. 

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            Iran’s enemies “wish for either a low turnout in the election or sedition to emerge after the poll…The enemies are seeking to portray the election as a threat to the Islamic establishment whereas the vote is in fact a great opportunity.”
            “Candidates shouldn’t make impossible promises. Speak in a way that if next year at this time you listen to a recording of yourself or people do, you won’t be ashamed. Make promises that you can deliver on so that afterwards you don’t say that they didn’t let me do this or didn’t let me do that.”
            “A vote for any of these eight candidates is a vote for the Islamic Republic and a vote of confidence in the system and our electoral process.”
            Some candidates “have the wrong analysis that by giving concessions to enemies, their anger towards Iran will be reduced. This is a mistake… In practice [they] prefer the enemies‘ interests to our national ones.“ Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Persian Press on the Race: June 4

The Iran Election Update is a daily summary of up-to-date information with links to news in both English and Farsi.

June 4, 2013
  • Ahead of tomorrow night’s second televised presidential debate with all the candidates, Mehr News has published a list of 30 questions asked by “cultural experts” because the theme of the debate is society and culture. Some of the topic questions include “government interference in media, politicization of culture, job security for artists, the relationship between government and films, Iranian cinema in the international arena, candidate familiarity with art, and the struggling theater arts situation” to name a few.
  • Tabnak News posts the uncensored version of presidential candidate Mohsen Rezaei’s first TV campaign documentary. The 25-minute documentary discusses social ills such as poverty as well as domestic political challenges. Rezaei has been campaigning in the northern Iranian province of Golestan, and according to Tabnak, the crowd in the northern city of Sari was so large that Rezaei was barely audible at some points during his speech. Photos reveal the large energetic crowd. While trying to appeal to artists ahead of the cultural debate, Rezaei said, “It’s not right for our artists to be forced to leave Iran (exiled), the first thing I will do for art is take the political and security foothold out of culture, art, sports, and architecture.” Photos of Rezaei supporters in the northern city of Gorgan demonstrate his popularity as well as the wide age range of his supporters.
  • In a six-minute clip of a promotional campaign video for candidate Ali Akbar Velayati, the presidential candidate becomes emotional as he watches old footage of himself and begins toweep as images of the late Ayatollah Khomeini in his final days are shown.
  • While addressing a ceremony at Imam Khomeini’s Mausoleum in southern Tehran to commemorate the 24th anniversary of the passing of the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Khomeini, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said, “I don’t have an opinion on any of the candidates,” and “every vote in the election is a vote of confidence in the electoral process.” At the same ceremony, the grandson of the late Ayatollah Khomeini, Seyed Hassan Khomeini, stated, “We are hopeful that with these elections, we can fix our current (political) situation.” Photos of the event reveal President Ahmadinejad, former president Hashemi Rafsanjani, current head of the judiciary Sadegh Larijani, and his brother, Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani all being present as well.
  • In a televised interview, candidate Hassan Rouhani said, “I have no problem working with Principalists or Reformists, I have a problem with extremists…and I have come to replace extremism with moderation.” ISNA posts photos of Rouhani campaigning in the city of Isfahan, as well as photos of candidate Saeed Jalili making a late-night campaign visit to the southern city of Ahvaz.
  • While visiting the city of Qazvin, candidate Mohammed Reza Aref said, “Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mohammed Khatami need to review the situation, after in which they should decide if I stay or quit the race.” There has been much speculation if Aref will step down in favor of Hassan Rouhani.
  • Fars News posts photos of candidate Mohammed Bagher Qalibaf making a campaign stop at the University of Lorestan in the western city of Khorramabad. Qalibaf told his supporters, “Lorestan is one of the most deprived provinces in Iran, the lagging of this province is an old wound and I have promised myself that it is my responsibility and priority to address the needs of this province.”
  • In Esfahan today, during the funeral procession of Ayatollah Jalal Al-Din Taheri, a close confidant of the late Ayatollah Khomeini and supporter of the Green Movement, parts of the extremely large funeral procession began to chant “death to the dictator,” as well as other slogans supporting the Green Movement. BBC Persian provides a video clip in which people are chanting, “Mousavi and Karroubi must be freed!” Presidential candidate Hassan Rouhani was said to be present in the funeral procession as well.


Who Will Iran’s Quds Force Commander Vote For?

By Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL

While many Iranians remain undecided about who they will vote for in the June 14 presidential election, one of the country’s most powerful military commanders has apparently made up his mind.

Iranian Brigadier General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC’s Quds Force

Last week, Ayatollah Yahya Jafari, who is Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s representative in Kerman and Kerman’s Friday Prayer leader, said during a meeting with one of the eight presidential candidates that the candidate had already earned the vote of the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps‘ (IRGC) Quds force, Qassem Soleimani.

Jafari told the former IRGC air-force commander and ex-Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf that Soleimani would vote for him, before echoing the sentiment himself.

„One night I was with Haj Qassem Soleimani and I asked him, ‚Who will you vote for?‘ Haj Qassem Suleimani said, ‚Qalibaf.‘ I also said I would vote for Qalibaf,“ Jafari said. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran’s Medical Shortages: Who’s Responsible?


by Jasmin Ramsey

Press reports about medical supply shortages in Iran, some of which have described devastating consequences, have been surfacing in the last two years, while debate rages on about who’s responsible — the Iranian government or the sanctions regime. Siamak Namazi, a Dubai-based business consultant and former Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, admits the Iranian government shares responsibility but says sanctions are the main culprit. Humanitarian trade may be exempted from the sanctions, says Namazi, but that isn’t enough when the banking valve required to carry out the transactions is being strangled. “[I]f [sanctions advocates] maintain the sanctions regime is fine as it is, then how come they try to promote substitution from China and India?” asks Namazi. The following Q&A with Namazi was conducted in Washington, DC.

Q: You recently authored a policy paper published by the Woodrow Wilson Center where you essentially blame medical shortages in Iran on Western sanctions. How did you reach this conclusion?

Siamak Namazi: We concluded that the Iranian government deserves firm criticism for mismanagement of the crisis, poor allocation of scarce foreign currency resources and failing to crack down on corrupt practices, but the main culprit are the sanctions that regulate financial transactions with Iran. So, while Tehran can and should take further steps to improve the situation, it cannot solve this problem on its own. As sanctions are tightened more and more, things are likely to get worse unless barriers to humanitarian trade are removed through narrow adjustments to the sanctions regime.

My team and I reached these conclusions after interviewing senior officers among pharmaceutical suppliers, namely European and American companies in Dubai, as well as private importers and distributors of medicine in Tehran. We also spoke to a number of international banks. None of us had any financial stake in the pharmaceutical business, whatsoever, and we all worked pro bono. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iranian Political Prisoner Mehdi Khazali Released After Weight, Health Plummet

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Iranian political prisoner Mehdi Khazali was released from Evin Prison on the night of Monday June 3. Kaleme reports that Khazali began another hunger strike after Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, who had been the top reformist candidate seeking the Iranian presidency, was disqualified from the race.

Mehdi Khazali supporters praying for him
 (file photo)

According to the reports, Khazali was in critical condition, with his weight down to 52 kg.

Khazali had ended his previous hunger strike after 140 days at the request of his peers. He had announced that in commendation of Ayatollah Rafsanjani, he would end his hunger strike.

A week later, the Guardian Council announced the list of approved presidential candidates, and it did not include the moderate cleric Ayatollah Rafsanjani. Khazali announced that he would resume his hunger strike.

Mehdi Khazali was arrested last October at a gathering of writers. Khazali, a physician by profession, runs a political commentary blog.


Iran’s Supreme Leader: Vote for any candidate is a vote for Islamic Republic

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution said at commemoration service of 24th demise anniversary of founder of Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, that votes for any candidate of Presidential Election would be confidence votes for Islamic Republic and electionˈs authenticity.

Political Participation – cartoon by Mana Neyestani

According to an IRNA reporter at the commemoration service site at the courtyard of the late Imam Khomeiniˈs mausoleum, the ceremony was held in the presence of the heads of the three branches of power, the state and military officials, a large number of people form all walks of life, and representatives of different religions and foreign countries in Iran. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran: Proposed Penal Code Retains Stoning

Source: Human Rights Watch

Law Permits Execution of Child Offenders, Other Abusive Practices

(Beirut) – Iran’s judiciary should not implement provisions of the new penal code that violate basic rights, including execution by stoning. The Guardian Council, composed of 12 religious jurists, reinserted the stoning provision into a previous version of the draft law which had omitted stoning to death as the explicit penalty for adultery.

No official statistics are available, but human rights groups estimate thatthe Iranian authorities currently hold at least 10 women and men who face possible execution by stoning on adultery charges. At least 70 people have been executed by stoning in Iran since 1980. The last known execution by stoning was in 2009.

“Stoning to death is an abhorrent punishment that has no place in any country’s penal code,” saidSarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “By insisting on keeping stoning in the penal code, Iranian authorities are providing proof positive that they preside over a criminal justice system based on fear, torture and injustice.”

Iran’s semi-official Mehr News Agency reported on April 27, 2013, that the Guardian Council had finished reviewing and making changes to the draft penal code and that the law would soon be implemented. The Guardian Council is an unelected body empowered to vet all legislation to ensure its compatibility with Iran’s constitution and Sharia, or Islamic law. It had approved an earlier version of the draft penal code but then withdrew its approval in late 2012 to amend it further before implementation. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

President Obama Signs Order for New Sanctions Targeting Iranian Currency

By Dan Robinson, VOA

WHITE HOUSE – U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday signed an order imposing additional sanctions on Iran, for the first time directly targeting Iran’s currency, the rial. It’s the latest U.S. step to increase pressure on Iran to change course on its nuclear program.

A woman walking past a currency exchange shop in Tehran

The executive order further intensifies the second track of the Obama administration’s strategy on Iran, which aims to increase the economic costs, and further isolate the Islamic Republic from the global financial system.

It authorizes sanctions on foreign financial institutions that knowingly conduct or facilitate significant transactions for the purchase or sale of the Iranian rial, or that maintain significant accounts outside Iran denominated in the Iranian rial.

Senior administration officials said no specific dollar amount is specified, although regulations contain some guidance on this.

The idea, said one official, is to make the Iranian currency „essentially unusable outside of Iran,“ as part of the overall effort to apply „significant financial pressure“ on the government of Iran.

The order also targets what is called a major revenue generator, Iran’s automotive sector, building on sanctions in legislation President Obama signed this past January. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

اتحاد برای ایران

  • مامور اطلاعات زندان گوهردشت؛ اشتباه کردیم اعدامت نکردیم
  • اتهام جاسوسی به پناهجوی ایرانی در ترکیه محکوم است
  • بازداشت سه تن از نوکیشان مسیحی در اصفهان
  • دانشجوی زندانی در اعتراض به ضرب و شتم خود اعتصاب غذا کرد
  • دو متهم به قاچاق مواد مخدر در زندان خرم آباد اعدام شدند
  • حزب الله لبنان با تمام توان برای یورش به حلب سوریه آماده می شود
  • دیپلمات‌های غربی: نیروگاه بوشهر در زمین‌لرزه آسیب دید؛ روسیه تکذیب کرد
  • بیست زندانی سیاسی سنی در معرض خطر اعدام
  • آرامش به استانبول بازگشت
  • ایران با شکست قطر به جام‌ جهانی برزیل نزدیک‌تر شد
  • دعوت آکادمی هنر آلمان از میرحسین موسوی و زهرا رهنورد
  • چند تن از همراهان عارف بصورت موقت در بازار تهران بازداشت شدند
  • تحریم های جدید آمریکا علیه نهاد های ایرانی
  • دستگیری یک شهروند ایرانی به اتهام تحریک اعتراض ها در ترکیه
  • دو زندانی در زندان رجایی شهر کرج اعدام شدند
  • جشن شصتمین سالروز تاجگذاری الیزابت دوم
  • بازداشت چهار فعال سیاسی و فرهنگی هوادار جریان ملی- مذهبی
  • سیل در اروپا هزاران نفر را آواره کرد
  • تصاویری از مراسم تشییع آیت الله طاهری اصفهانی
  • سخنان تند رهبر تاریخی حزب الله علیه حسن نصرالله
  • سازمان ملل احتمال کاربست سلاح شیمیایی در سوریه را تایید کرد
  • اتحاد هواداران مطرح ترین تیمهای فوتبال ترکیه علیه دولت
  • سه شهروند سوری در لبنان ربوده شدند
  • پیامدهای دیدار هیئت طالبان از ایران
  • تشییع جنازه جلال‌الدین طاهری با شعار مرگ بر دیکتاتور
  • ایران اتهام دخالت در بحرین را رد کرد
  • در رگ حوادث ترکیه کدام خون جاری است؟
  • توهین به دانش‌آموزان یارسان و تخریب مقبره‌های آنان در کرمانشاه
  • شصت کشور جهان پیمان کنترل معاملات تسلیحاتی را امضا کردند
  • انتقال ۳۰ تن دیگر از اعضای سازمان مجاهدین خلق از عراق به آلبانی
  • کشته شدن ده کودک افغان در حمله ای انتحاری
  • شبح انتخابات ۸۸ و سنگینی فضای انتخابات ۹۲
  • از سرگیری درگیریها در ترکیه با تلاش برای حمله به دفتر نخست وزیری
  • احضار کاردار سفارت قطر به وزارت امورخارجه جمهوری اسلامی ایران
  • ریال ایران تحریم شد
  • مهدی خزعلی به قید وثیقه آزاد شد
مامور اطلاعات زندان گوهردشت؛ اشتباه کردیم اعدامت نکردیم

Posted: 04 Jun 2013 07:24 PM PDT

روزگذشته ماموران اطلاعات زندان رجایی شهر کرج (گوهردشت) با احضار خالد حردانی زندانی سیاسی امنیتی بند ویژه امنیتی این زندان به دفتر اطلاعات زندان، ضمن بازجویی دو ساعته وی را تهدید به مرگ کردند.
به گزارش کمیته دانشجویی دفاع از زندانیان سیاسی، روز دوشنبه سیزدهم خردادماه، ماموران امنیتی و اطلاعاتی زندان رجایی شهر کرج، با احضار خالد حردانی زندانی سیاسی امنیتی بند ویژه امنیتی این زندان به دفتر اطلاعات این زندان اقدام به بازجویی دو ساعته از وی و انتساب اتهام واهی «توهین به رهبری» کردند.
بازجویان با بیان اینکه «شنیده ایم که در زندان به رهبری توهین می کنی» ضمن این بازجویی دو ساعته سعی در زمینه سازی برای ایجاد پرونده ای جدید برای این زندانی داشتند. این در حالی است که آقای حردانی هم اکنون نیز پرونده ای مفتوح با اتهام مشابه در دادگاه انقلاب شهر کرج دارد.
بازجویان دفتر اطلاعات زندان رجایی شهر همچنین با تهدید این زندانی که به علت فشار عصبی و افت فشار خون در وضعیت مناسبی قرار نداشت گفتند که «اشتباه کردیم حکم اعدامت را شکستیم و در همان ابتدا باید اعدامت می کردیم».
در جریان این بازجویی دو ساعته که عصر روز گذشته صورت گرفت تمامی اتهامات مطروحه از جانب بازجویان دفتر اطلاعات این زندان از جمله «توهین به رهبری» و «ارتباط با خارج از کشور» از سوی این زندانی رد شد.
خالد حردانی در سال 79 به اتهام اخلال در امنیت پرواز به اعدام محکوم گردید که این حکم پس از اعتراض وکلا و خانوده اش نسبت به روند محاکمه، لغو و به حبس ابد کاهش یافت. وی سپس به اتهام فعالیت سیاسی در زندان، با پرونده سازی دستگاه های امنیتی به هفت سال زندان جداگانه و شش سال تبعید به شهرستان خاش محکوم شد و هم اکنون در حال سپری کردن دوران محکومیت خود در زندان رجایی شهر کرج می باشد. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
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