Archiv für den Tag 6. Juni 2013

DW| Nimmermüder Regimekritiker: Abbas Maroufi


20 Peitschenhiebe sollte der iranische Autor Abbas Maroufi bekommen. Das war vor 17 Jahren – seitdem lebt er in Deutschland und leistet literarischen Widerstand. Für die iranischen Machthaber ein Ärgernis.

„Hedayat. Haus der Kunst und Literatur“ steht zweisprachig über dem Eingang der Buchhandlung. Der Laden in der Kantstraße in Berlin Charlottenburg ist das größte iranische Buchgeschäft in ganz Europa. Quer an Buchregalen und der Buchmanufaktur vorbei kommen Besucher schließlich zu einem kleinen Raum mit Regalen. Das ist der Arbeitsplatz des Autors Abbas Maroufi. Hier, wo er jeden Abend schreibt, erzählt er bei einem Glas Tee seine Geschichte, die mit einem Abschied beginnt und bis heute bestimmt wird vom nimmermüden Widerstand gegen die Machthaber im Iran. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

The Crying Game Comes To Iran’s Election

By Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL

Archive footage of the announcement of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s death is rolling. Somber music is playing in the background. And the eyes of a presidential candidate are welling up with tears.

Sobbing gently, Ali Akbar Velayati views black-and-white slides from his days as foreign minister.

The memory of the 1989 death of the Islamic republic’s founder is a painful one for many Iranians, and tears roll freely down candidate Ali Akbar Velayati’s cheek as he watches grainy images of people beating their chests and wailing in mourning. Sobbing gently, Velayati views black-and-white slides from his days as foreign minister before he exits slowly under dimmed theater lights. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran Tightens Information Stream Ahead of Vote

By Jeff Seldin, VOA

With less than two weeks until Iranians head to the polls, access to news and opinion has become an issue for voters, especially those hoping to go online.


Four years ago when the election results were announced in Iran, the world of social media was abuzz, with cell phone video pouring out of the country – the reformist Green Movement showing its discontent over what it saw as a fraudulent win by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Diplomats: Earthquakes Damage Iranian Nuclear Power Plant

Source: VOA

Two diplomats say Iran’s only nuclear power plant, which already has raised safety concerns, has been damaged by recent earthquakes. The unidentified diplomats told the Associated Press that international monitors believe large cracks have developed in one part of the Bushehr plant.

Destruction near the city of Bushehr, Iran, after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck on April 9, 2012.

Iran has refused to join a global treaty on nuclear plant safety and Bushehr has been shut down several times since it opened in 2011.

Iran’s neighbors, including Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, have said they are concerned about the safety of the Russian-built nuclear reactor.

Iran has insisted Bushehr is safe and says it was built to hold up in all but the most powerful of earthquakes.

Several earthquakes struck Iran in April and May, including a 7.7-magnitude quake. Bushehr was built to generate power and the West is not concerned that it could contribute to Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program.


Revelations of Scandalous Economic Statistics: Iran’s Presidential Candidates in a Race on Exposes

By Firoozeh Matin, Rooz Online

Since their official endorsement, Iranian presidential candidates have engaged in a game of one-upmanship to expose the dire economic conditions of the country. One announced that Iran owed 30 million Dollars to China, another said there were three million unemployed in Iran, others proclaim unprecedented rise in the rich-poor gap, and various inflation rates, conditions that in the words of Majlis speakers differ vastly with what the Ahmadinejad’s administration has been boasting. The claims have turned so venomous that Iran’s Central Bank and the minister of industries and trade intervened last week by issuing criticism of the media.

Even the special session held by the election security committee did not stop this game, prompting a response from the head of the judiciary. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran in June: A Fever Pitch of Football and Politics

By Holly Dagres (This article originally appeared in )

Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad training with Team Melli, Iran’s national football team, in 2006
(Photo Credit: Fars)

With so much attention focused on Iran’s upcoming presidential election, another contest of great domestic and international importance is going largely unnoticed by the media: the FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Iran’s national football squad, Team Melli, will play several qualifying games over the next few weeks, including against Qatar on June 4, Lebanon on June 11, and South Korea, perhaps its most daunting competitor, on June 18.

The Lebanon match, taking place just three days before the June 14 election, will be held at the roughly 120,000-seat Azadi Stadium in Tehran.

For years, Iran’s contentious domestic politics and love for “the beautiful game” have intersected, and sometimes collided, inspiring Iranians to take the streets to express their joy as well as their grievances. This June may be no different. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Guide To Iran’s June 2013 Presidential Election



The Iranian Presidential election takes place in three anchors: one unofficial and two official, leading to the vote on 14 June.


Months of maneuvering for position preceded the hopefuls‘ formal declaration of their intention to stand this week.

This year, the jockeying has involved tensions between the 2+1 coalition — which has sought but so far not decided upon a „unity“ candidate — and the more than 20 presidential hopefuls, including many conservatives and principlists, who have declared their aspiration to stand. By April, no less than seven different factions had emerged.


The first official anchor of the election is from 7-11 May, when presidential hopefuls formally register their names for consideration by the Guardian Council.

The Guardian Council — which consists of 12 members, six experts in Islamic law — reviews all the submissions. It rules on the suitability of candidates according to qualifications, standing under Islam, loyalty to the Islamic Republic, and suitability for office. In 2009, the Council approved only four men — Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi, and Mohsen Rezaei — for the June election. This powerful group of jurists and clergy are is expected to make its final decision on the list of candidates by May 23, leaving little time for campaigning. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran Today: Presidential Election — The Significance of Funerals and Football

Iran’s Presidential candidates seized the opportunity on Tuesday to make political capital from two important events — the ceremony commemorating the death of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and Iran’s victory over Qatar in a World Cup qualifying match.

Candidates Saeed Jalili and Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf at Tuesday’s ceremony on the anniversary of the death of Ayatollah Khomeini

A Jalili supporter outside the ceremony

Moderate candidate Hassan Rouhani did not attend the Khomeini ceremony. Instead, he grabbed headlines by travelling to Isfahan to attend the funeral of Grand Ayatollah Jalaleddin Taheri. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran Special: The 2nd Presidential Debate

Photo: Mehdi Dehghan/AP

We stopped live coverage at the end of the first half of the debate.

Radio Free Europe offers this live summary of the second half.

Links to Persian transcripts of the debate from ISNA and Mehr News.

Live Coverage of the 2nd Presidential debate on Wednesday, covering society and culture: Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

DW| Hinter den Mauern von Evin

Ein iransicher Polizist hält Wache vor dem Evin-Gefängnis in Teheran (Foto: Rahesabz)

Das Evin-Gefängnis im Iran gilt als Ort der Folter. Niemand weiß, was genau hinter den hohen Mauern passiert. Nargess Eskandari-Grünberg saß vor 30 Jahren dort ein und betreut heute als Therapeutin ehemalige Häftlinge.

„Wie dieser Knast von innen aussieht? – Keine Ahnung!“ Nargess Eskandari-Grünberg lehnt sich in ihrem Stuhl zurück. Die zierliche Politikerin empfängt ihre Besucher im Frankfurter Römer. Hier sitzt sie für Bündnis 90/Die Grünen im Stadtrat und setzt sich für eine gelungene Migration und Integration ein – ehrenamtlich. Ihr Geld verdient die 48-Jährige als Psychotherapeutin. In ihrer Praxis behandelt sie viele Landsleute, darunter auch einige, die im iranischen Evin-Gefängnis am Stadtrand der Hauptstadt Teheran inhaftiert waren. „Die Häftlinge müssen bis heute eine lange Zeit Augenbinden tragen“, berichtet sie. „Ich selbst könnte Ihnen auf einem Grundriss nicht zeigen, wo ich genau war.“ Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

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