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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Elmar Brok ( EPP-CDU): Iran must stop to play further games

Elmar Brok,CDU deputy from Germany Chairman of Committee on Foreign Affairs in European Parliament said today:

"Iran must stop to play further games with the world community", Brok stressed today in Brussels. "The World Security Council must therefore now send a strong signal to Iran and President Ahmadinedjad that the continuous offence of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1696 cannot be tolerated", Brok added.



Even though the U.N. Security Council ultimatum formally does not expire before midnight today, it is already clear that Iran has rejected the U.N. ultimatum not only verbally but has also proceeded with uranium enrichment in the meantime. "This development is alarming and requires an appropriate reaction of the U.N Security Council vis-a-vis Teheran. The reaction should, however, not run counter to possible future negotiations", Brok concluded

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Ramin Jahanbegloo is Free

Jahanbegloo,Iranian researcher is out of jail. He had been accused of planning a velvet revolution and collaborating with USA government.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

A Letter from Iran

WashingtonPrism: A Kurdish dissident remembers...

Newstatesman on Ahmadinejad's Blog

Becky Hogge, Newstatesman:A friend and I used to share a joke about Iranian bloggers. Well, the joke was really on UK magazine editors. Their interest in the vast array of bloggers scrutinising the Tehran establishment came around about once a year, and each time they treated the discovery that Persian is the second most blogged-in language on the web as if they had come across Lord Lucan convalescing in a retirement village in Bournemouth. "What's hot on the net right now?" the joke used to go. "I know - Iranian bloggers!" Read More

Friday, August 25, 2006

Fear in Iran

CNN:When we were last here a few months ago, everyone we spoke to, from the rich to the poor, from the moderates to the conservatives, told us they believed in their country's right to a civilian nuclear program. They felt insulted that the world wanted to withhold the chance from Iran to have nuclear energy produced by its own scientists. And there was a huge undercurrent of nationalist pride in the fact that Iranian scientists had figured out how to enrich uranium, that they would never have to be dependent on others to do that.

But now, with a new United Nations mandate to stop the program by the end of the month and in the immediate aftermath of the month-long conflict between Israel and Hezbollah, fear is creeping in to the Iranian streets.

In the past few weeks, I've been to all parts of Tehran.

In the blue-collar south, there remains defiance against the West. I was told repeatedly at a car parts market that Iran has endured sanctions before and can endure them again.

But in the north, university students spoke openly to us about their fear of the economic hardships Iran could soon face. Iran's youth make up the majority of Iran's population. The median age is 25. And there are large groups of college graduates who have no jobs. Inflation here keeps going up, so the economic situation is ripe for things to get dramatically worse if sanctions are imposed.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Elmar Brok (EPP-ED/CDU): Nuclear power row: Iran's answer is insufficient

"Iran's refusal of the international Community's compromise package on its nuclear power programme is not acceptable", said Elmar Brok MEP, Chairman of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, in a first reaction today in Brussels.


"Tehran remains obliged to fulfil the United Nation's Security Council Resolution 1696. This means in particular the obligation to stop all preparations for uranium enrichment until August 31st at the latest", stressed Brok.


The Chairman pointed out to the fact that there had been more than sufficient time for Iran to answer to the compromise package proposed by the Sixpower-Delegation composed by the U.S., Russia, China, France, the U.K. and Germany. "Iran's attempt to ask for more detailed information and thus to gain further time, is detrimental to the country's credibility", Brok said.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Reza Abedini, Iranian designer Won Prince Claus Prize


On Wednesday, 13 December 2006, the Iranian graphic designer Reza Abedini (1967, Iran) will be presented with this year’s Principal Prince Claus Award of €100,000 at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam.


Reza Abedini (1967, Iran), Principal Prince Claus Laureate
Reza Abedini is a graphic designer and a professor of graphic design and visual culture at Tehran University. He emphasises the relationship between visual tradition and modern form, encourages research in the long and rich history of Persian art and calligraphy, and nurtures talent in the younger generations.
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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Marjan Satrapi's Persepolis Becomes an Animation Movie


I just read that in a Belgian newspaper.Satrapi's cult comic books become an animation movie.Catherine Deneuve is one of the voices! cool!

Friday, August 18, 2006

WashingtonPrism Filtered too

Well well well...WashingtonPrism an online magazine in Persian & English was filtered two weeks ago.I have colloborated with WP for more than one year and I know how much Editor in chief was careful to publish balanced articles and interviews. Magazine was very polite regarding Islamic Republic authorities but never did any compromise.Some of WP's articles have already been republished in Iranian newspapers including conservative Keyhan.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Apostasy

Monday, August 14, 2006

Iran's cyber-president

Guardian We read at the end of article:"Ahmadinejad doesn't really get the point of blogging. A presidential blog is almost a contradiction in terms: blogs represent the voice of ordinary people, not politicians who are pretending to be ordinary people."

I can not agree with this kind of reasoning.There are many politicians who are blogging around the world including reformist Abtahi ( former Vice President) and Moin (former Minister of Higher education).A President or politician can blog and represent his/her personal ideas or have a direct contact with people.Blogs are out there for anyone:famous or not, politician or "ordinary citizen".

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Mansour Osanloo, Bus syndicate leader is FREE


Thanks to Kosoof, leading photo blogger we can see a few photos of Osanloo with family and friends after months of detention.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

We Are Responsible for Ahmad Batebi


Ahmad Batebi is on hunger strike and we don't hear a lot about him in Iranian sites or blogs. Many blogs are silent...what we are doing...just one week after the death of Akbar Mohammadi another student activist in prison.A life in danger and no mass reaction.......Shame on us...It is a silence that can kill and then we will have nice photos for funeral to post on our blogs.

Shirin Ebadi asks for Help in an Open Letter

I just got this open letter written by Shirin Ebadi, Peace Noble Prize Laureate to ask help from international community.



There is a very important matter I would like to discuss with you. I
conduct my human rights activities through the Defender of Human Rights
Center (DHRC). I am the president of this center and we have three
important responsibilities:

a. We report the violations of human rights that take place in Iran.

b. We defend political prisoners pro bono -- about 70% of the political
prisoners in Iran are clients of our center and we do not charge them for
our services.

c. We support the families of these prisoners both financially -- if they
require financial aid -- and spiritually.

This center is a member of the International Federation for Human Rights
(FIDH) and has been registered there. It has also been awarded a human
rights prize by the Human Rights National Commission in France. This
center is very well known and credible in Iran. Two days ago the
government of Iran announced that this center is illegal and provided we
continue our activities, they shall arrest us. Of course me and the other
members of the center do not intend to shut down the center and we shall
continue our activities. However, there is a high possibility that that
they will arrest us. The government's action in this regard is illegal.

Therefore, I kindly request that you broadcast this message by all mean
and gather spiritual support for our center. This center has been
established and working for more than four years now. I believe this
decision of the government has been triggered by my memoir being
published. In any case, I am happy that my memoir has been published, for
the truth must be told.

Many thanks,

Shirin Ebadi

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Sean Penn Supports Ganji & Democratic Movement


After Noam Chomsky and some top intellectuals, now it is Hollywood stars turn to back Akbar Ganji & Democracy in Iran. Sean Penn met with Ganji and told Iranian democractic movement can count on him.Photo and news come from Roozonline:

Friday, August 04, 2006

Beyond Poverty: Photos & comments from Khoraamshar


There are 32 great photos from Khoraamshahr that I discovered thanks to Haftan site.SOURCE
18 years after the end of Iran-Iraq war, it seems no real investment was made in this great city.Khoraamshar was considered as a resistance myth during war with Iraq.
Dr.Djalili, International Relations Proofessor from Switzerlad says after war no real investment was done in Khozestan province ( Khoraamshar is one of its main cities). Because of this lack of care & investment many people did not back to this province and the number of Arab speaking raised sharply and Persian speaking population declined.Djalili adds this will create real problems in future.

Iranian Reformists talked about Mohammadi

Several Iranian reformists such as Abtahi, former Vice President and Moin,former Minister and Presidential candidate talked about Akbar Mohammadi's, activist student, death.Some called him a political prisoner and some ask for investigation to know why & how he died. Many other reformist personalities took part in a Student Association ( Tahkim Vahdat) meeting to remember him.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

The Neocons' next war

Rafsanjani writes a letter: We are not a rich family!

Rafsanjani who has symoblised corruption for yeas, has written an open letter to religious students to say he is not the one you think.He explained he & his family never had any priviledge and if his sons have got high position it is just because they are smart...I do not want to say Rafsanjani is right or not but to ask a question: Why he writes the letter now? For two decades people and western media say this kind of things about his family and his fortune.He always made fun of them...now it seems things are becoming serious and he feels the heat.Ahmadinejad during Presidential election said all oil money is for one family...everybody understood he meant Rafsanjani family.I think he is not the strong man who made the IranGate deal but just another brick in the wall.