Bild| Wettbewerb für Holocaust-Karikaturen im Iran!


Irans oberster religiöser Führer, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Irans oberster religiöser Führer, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Der Iran verspricht eine satte Prämie für Cartoons, die den Holocaust leugnen!

In einem absurden Wettbewerb soll es für „die beste“ judenfeindliche Karikatur 12 000 Dollar geben, rund 10 600 Euro. Für den zweiten und dritten Platz verspricht ein Kulturzentrum der iranischen Mullahs noch mal 8 000 bzw. 5 000 Dollar!

Ab April können solche Karikaturen ganz offiziell eingereicht werden.


Iran: Angehörige der Bahai-Religion leben in einem Klima der Angst

Für die Bahai hat sich unter  dem neuen iranischen Präsidenten Hassan Rohani wenig  geändert.  (Bild: picture alliance / dpa / Brendan Mcdermid / Pool)Für die Bahai hat sich unter dem neuen iranischen Präsidenten Hassan Rohani wenig geändert. (Bild: picture alliance / dpa / Brendan Mcdermid / Pool)

Angehörige der Bahai-Religion leben in einem Klima der Angst

Mitglieder der iranischen religiösen Minderheit werden immer wieder verhaftet (Beitrag hören)

Von Frank Aheimer

Seit vielen Jahren geht man im Iran von offizieller staatlicher Seite gegen die Angehörigen der Bahai vor, die größte religiöse Minderheit im Iran. Auch nach der Wahl des neuen Präsidenten Rohani sehen die Bahai noch keine Anzeichen für eine Veränderung ihrer bedrohlichen Situation.

Am 24. August wurde der in der südiranischen Stadt Bandar Abbas bekannte Bahai Ataollah Rezwani in seinem Auto durch einen Schuss in den Hinterkopf ermordet aufgefunden. Sein Sohn Kourosh erklärte kurz nach dem Mord in einem Interview gegenüber dem persischen Onlinedienst „Rouz“:

„Mein Vater war ein ganz besonderer Mensch. Er tat nichts als anderen zu dienen. Er hatte weder Probleme noch Feinde“.

Ataollah Rezwani war der bekannteste Bahai in der Stadt. Er war sehr beliebt und einer der fähigsten Experten auf dem Gebiet der Wasseraufbereitung. Mehrfach verlor er auf Druck der Regierung seine Arbeit. Sein Vetter Navid Aghdasi berichtet davon, dass auf Rezwani bereits seit Längerem erheblicher Druck seitens staatlicher Stellen ausgeübt und er bedroht wurde.
Diane Alai, Sprecherin der Internationalen Bahai-Gemeinde bei den Vereinten Nationen in Genf, sieht die Ermordung von Ataollah Rezwani als unmittelbare Folge einer staatlichen Kampagne.  Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Election: Diverse Iranian Press Reaction

      The Iranian press issued both praise and warnings after the election of Hassan Rouhani. In their editorials, reformist publications said the victory by a moderate cleric reflected a rejection of the status quo in politics, the economy and foreign policy. Newspapers heralded the beginning of a new era. The conservative press said the high turnout proved the popularity and legitimacy of Iran’s unique form of theocratic rule and the “ineffectiveness” of sanctions. But hardline commentators also warned that the stunning outcome did not mean Iran would accept “foreign hegemony.” The following is a collection of editorials translated by the BBC Monitoring Service.

Editorial in reformist daily Mardom Salari
            „The vote for Hassan Rouhani is a sign that people reject the current state of affairs and want to remove power from the fundamentalists… It was a vote for his two great supporters, [disqualified candidates] Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mohammad Khatami… The other main message is the public’s interest in changing the way nuclear negotiations are carried out.“
Commentary in reformist daily E’temad
            „People have shown that they disagree with the country’s foreign policy over the last eight years, which has led to four [UN] resolutions against Iran… Dissatisfaction over the disqualification of Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani also gave a boost to Rouhani.“
Commentary in reformist daily E’temad
            „A new political landscape has been created… This opportunity could result in political prisoners being freed and the lifting of the siege on [reformist] presidential election candidates from 2009 and basic steps toward reforming the economy.“
Commentary in reformist daily Bahar
            „Even reformism is going toward moderation and the centre… Both sides must move toward the centre and protect the country’s political atmosphere from radicalisation.“
Commentary in reformist daily Sharq
            „The new president must take control of the economic plan… and start the engine of production, employment, and growth.“
Commentary in reformist daily Sharq
            Conservatives „should not be dissatisfied with this outcome, because the dominant discourse in the election was that of moderation, which is also among their main objectives.“
Editorial in moderate daily Aman
            „The economic burden on the have-nots, unprecedented unemployment and price increases are among the reasons for the high turnout. The impact of economic sanctions is key. It seems that people voted for Rouhani to express their wish for moderate, peaceful policies.“
Editorial in hardline conservative daily Jomhuri-ye Eslami
            The vote represents „the acceptance of moderation and the rejection of extremist thought… Moderation does not mean accepting international hegemony and ignoring the rights of the Iranian nation.“
Commentary in hardline conservative daily Javan
            „The Islamic Republic has passed this election test in a proper way… The winner should learn from the Ahmadinejad years and the reformist era and not follow the same path. Rather, he should address the concerns of the people.“
Commentary in hardline conservative daily Keyhan
            „Enemy think tanks are in a spin… Their mistake was in ignoring the depth of the people’s belief in the Islamic System… The election proved the ineffectiveness of sanctions… [It] also showed the world that there was no vote rigging and fraud in the free elections.“
Editorial in conservative daily Khorasan
            „The participation of 72.7% of eligible voters indicates that the people followed the Supreme Leader’s [Ayatollah Ali Khamenei] call for an epic political act to protect the country and the Islamic system.“


NYT| Reading Marx in Tehran


IRAN’S presidential election on June 14 will be neither free nor fair. The candidates on the ballot have been preselected in a politically motivated vetting process that has little purpose other than ensuring the election of a compliant president who will be loyal to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Regardless of the outcome of the vote, the most urgent challenge for both the next president and Ayatollah Khamenei will be to confront a rising tide of discontent resulting from a rapidly deteriorating economic situation.

The outside world is primarily focused on whether the election will signal a shift in the Iranian regime’s stand on the nuclear issue. But for the average Iranian the most important issue is the impact of this election on her pocketbook — especially for the hardworking masses, whose purchasing power has drastically decreased as they struggle to provide the most basic necessities for their families. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Latest on the Race: Khamenei’s Do’s and Don’ts

The supreme leader has warned presidential candidates against demeaning each other and promising more than they can accomplish. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has published a list of 25 campaign do’s and don’ts ahead of the June presidential election. At least 30 candidates have indicated their intention to run. They must first register for vetting in mid-May. Only candidates approved by the Guardian Council will contest the June 14 election. The following is a translation of the list posted on Khamenei’s personal website.

Click here for Khamenei’s election page.

Source: USIP

Khamenei Comments II: Islam’s Rules on Sports

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told athletes that they play a valuable role in promoting Iran’s values abroad and raising “national self-confidence” at home. Athletes act as ambassadors at international competitions, presenting Iran as a “determined, religious, talented and noble nation, which is committed to Sharia (Islamic law),” Khamenei said at a March 11 meeting with veteran athletes and participants from the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. The supreme leader argued that Iranian women who wear hijab while competing promote piety and modesty abroad. Refusal to compete with Israeli athletes is a “truly crucial and important diplomatic effort to confront the Zionist regime,” he said. The following are excerpted remarks from Khamenei’s speech.

Women in Sports
      “An athlete promotes the values of a nation with good sportsmanship and piety. The fact that our woman athletes enter sports arenas with hijab (head covering) is very important…”
      “In a certain European country, some people dare to kill a woman because she is wearing hijab. And they do it in a court of law and in front of the judge. This is the case. They are not ashamed of it. Under a certain illegitimate law, they harass women who wear hijab in universities, stadiums, parks and on the streets. In such conditions, a woman who wears hijab stands on the medal platform in such countries and makes everyone respect her. Is this a minor achievement? This is a very great achievement. Everybody should appreciate from the bottom of their heart the value of woman athletes who participate in international arenas with hijab and modesty….”

Khamenei Comments I: Nuke Research as Model for Sports

In a little noticed speech, Iran’s supreme leader urged athletes to emulate the determination of the country’s nuclear scientists. The West thought that “we would not be able to produce fuel plates and fuel rods. But our youth built them,” Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Olympic and Paralympic medalists on March 11. “We have managed to do things which the enemy could not even imagine… you can do this too [in sports].” The following are excerpted remarks from his speech that also covered morality in sports, female athletes, foreign coaches and competitions with Israelis.

      “…You should adopt a scientific approach towards sports – the ones which have research-based guidelines. You should improve research. As other scientific research, the research that is carried out in the world on a specific sport is not the last word. It is possible to carry out research on the basis of such research or add new things to it in order to improve or even reject it. Well, you should do such things in Iran. We have managed to make so much progress in complex scientific areas with the help of our youth. We have managed to do things which the enemy could not even imagine. It could not imagine that an Iranian individual can do such things. Therefore, you can do this too. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags
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