„Ich, nur ein Staubkorn … “

Gastbeitrag von Cosmoproletarian Solidarity

„Ich, nur ein Staubkorn des Vaterlandes“, so die Direktive der Islamischen Republik Iran an das überflüssige Leben. Die khomeinistische Despotie hat sich mittels der kontrarevolutionären Mobilisierung der Überflüssigen, die Basij-e Mostaz’afin, als Souverän des Irans konstituiert. Die durch brutalen Mangel in die Städte Getriebenen, die in einer nicht weniger brutalen Konkurrenz um die Funktionalisierung als kapitalproduktives Material ihren Unwert erfuhren, wurden die Rekrutierungsbasen des Khomeinismus. Gegen die Kälte der kapitalistischen Moderne rekurrierte er auf die eingebrannte Bande des Schollenzwanges: Brosamen und heilige Verse („Marg bar Esraiil“) gegen Loyalität dem Klerus. Zunächst als Straßenkommandos in der antimonarchistischen Revolution und gegen die wahren Revolutionäre, wie die Frauen des 8. März 1979, und dann im Krieg gegen den ba`thistischen Irak als atmendes und alsdann kriechendes und stöhnendes Kriegsmaterial: die Austreibung ihrer Überflüssigkeit durch den khomeinistischen Souverän im Iran war (und ist) die Verhüllung der Gedemütigten und Verächtlichten in Milizklüften und Chadors und letztendlich in Leichentüchern.

Der deutsche Beitrag hierzu ist: jenen Menschen, die der khomeinistischen Krisenexorzierung sich verweigern und flüchten, ihre Überflüssigkeit vor dem Kapital wieder einzuhämmern: Man kaserniert sie ein, dass sie nur keine Freude haben an der Befreiung vom unmittelbaren Zwang khomeinistischer Despotie und sich wieder aus freiem Willen verflüchtigen. Mohammad Rahsepar, 29jähriger Flüchtling aus dem Iran, war einer von ihnen. Er nahm sich in der Nacht zum 29. Januar 2012 das Leben in einer Flüchtlingsbaracke, die früher Adolf-Hitler-Kaserne hieß.

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Partner

Die NPD-Bezirksverordneten Fritz Liebenow und Udo Voigt haben einen Antrag auf eine Städtepartnerschaft mit der iranischen Hauptstadt Teheran in die Bezirksverordnetenversammlung (BVV) Treptow-Köpenick in Berlin eingebracht. Der Iran stehe im „Visier unverhohlener militärischer Drohungen … insbesondere von den imperialistischen USA und Israel“, so die NPD. Im Falle militärischer Auseinandersetzungen sei vor allem die iranische Zivilbevölkerung bedroht. Deshalb, bekunden Liebenow und Voigt, wäre eine „demonstrative Solidaritätsbekundung“ der Bezirksverordnetenversammlung Treptow-Köpenick an die Adresse von Teherans Einwohnerschaft „zweifellos ein Zeichen von besonderem „Gewicht!”

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“Völliger Sieg über die Welt der Ungläubigkeit”

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Leere Drohungen?

Facing the prospect of tightening sanctions, with the European Union declaring that it will suspend imports of Iranian oil from 1 July, the regime considered hitting back. MPs and officials declared that Iran would strike first, cutting off shipments to Europe immediately. This would drive up oil prices and specifically hit countries like Greece and Italy, both facing their own economic difficulties, with significant imports from Tehran.

The problem is that the regime needs the revenue from its oil shipments. So the cut-off, even if it punished the Europeans and the world, might also do damage to a fragile Iranian economy and destroy the Government’s already-suspect handling of the budget.

So what we saw this weekend was a lot of posturing facing some reality. Sunday came and went without the Parliamentary bill that would halt the oil supplies. Indeed, there was no bill, only the “idea” of a bill that might be introduced as early as Saturday.

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Will Saudi Arabia send the troops?

Iran’s relationship with Saudi Arabia – once seen as improving following Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s 2007 visit to Riyadh – has deteriorated to the point that the Saudi Arabians may consider military intervention by joining the US to protect oil shipped in the Strait of Hormuz.

Iran threatened to choke off oil transportation in the Gulf following the US President Barack Obama’s tightening economic sanctions at the end of December and again this week when the European Union voted to gradually impose a ban on Iranian oil. Last week, Chinese leader Wen Jiabao made a round of visits in the Gulf in a move seen by many observers as securing alternatives to Iranian oil.

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Iranische Revolutionsgardisten in Syrien

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Will Israel Attack Iran?

In recent weeks, Israelis have obsessively questioned whether Netanyahu and Barak are really planning a strike or if they are just putting up a front to pressure Europe and the U.S. to impose tougher sanctions. I believe that both of these things are true, but as a senior intelligence officer who often participates in meetings with Israel’s top leadership told me, the only individuals who really know their intentions are, of course, Netanyahu and Barak, and recent statements that no decision is imminent must surely be taken into account.

After speaking with many senior Israeli leaders and chiefs of the military and the intelligence, I have come to believe that Israel will indeed strike Iran in 2012. Perhaps in the small and ever-diminishing window that is left, the United States will choose to intervene after all, but here, from the Israeli perspective, there is not much hope for that. Instead there is that peculiar Israeli mixture of fear — rooted in the sense that Israel is dependent on the tacit support of other nations to survive — and tenacity, the fierce conviction, right or wrong, that only the Israelis can ultimately defend themselves.

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Secular Aspects of Opposition in Iran

By Jahanshah Rashidian

The lack of a strong, united, democratic, and secular movement in Iran has left the arena empty for the Islamic regime and its factions, namely an Islamic “Green” alternative. The Islamic regime plunders our national wealth, sheds blood of our people, rapes male and female dissidents while growing conflict within the factions, as it happens for any totalitarian regime at its end.

After the 2009 ragged elections, millions of chests were ready in the streets of Iran to challenge the forces of this regime. Although bullets of panic-stricken Islamic mercenaries would suffocate any voice of protest, people were brave enough to resolutely claim their freedom despite risk of torture, rape, forced confessions and finally execution as “Mohareb” (heretic).

Unfortunately, the worst-ever condition of our people have not stimulated enough responsible reactions among democratic and secular activists on how to form a united movement to free the country from the plague of the Islamic regime. Sadly, yet the people of Iran must wait; such a liberation movement has long been deemed illusory.

It is however time that such a movement be formed without further delay. We should learn from the historical experiences from our own past and from all peoples’ struggles of the world, those who have freed their countries from tyrannies and colonial powers. We should realistically use any tactical method in our favour to hasten the fall of the Mullahs’ regime because each day of its parasitic life costs our country more lives and more lootings so that its existence is far worse than imagined.

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…. needs the oil revenues

The regime fanatically needs its oil revenue. This regime has already made its supporters dependant on state payments for providing political support and is fears the day when it will no longer be able to bring people into the streets to support it or engage in other religious or political events without such payments. The Iraqi regime never had the ability for such scenes and for mobilizing the masses and depended directly on its power of suppression.

Oil revenues provide the needs of hundreds of religious organizations whose mission is propaganda for the state, and suppression of opponents. State subsidies too are political rather than economic in nature and have been devised to recruit people. Through this project, the poor in Iran have for the first time become official salary recipients of the government. It is a fact that some seven or eight member families had never seen a million Toman (a US Dollar today can bring about 1,800 Toman) while they have been receiving this amount every few months as a state subsidy. People who receive such money have to remain loyal to the regime, and they do. They also participate in regime organized elections and demonstrations. Why would they not? After all, this money is handed over to them without any official requests. Those who are given such stipends are among the most ignorant and needy sectors of Iranian society who are forced to sell their dignity for money.

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Iranian soldiers captured

The Syrian rebel army, dubbed the ‘Free Syria Army,’ posted a video on Friday featuring Iranian soldiers and officers from the Revolutionary Guard who they captured during fighting in Homs, they claimed.

The video shows soldiers sitting against the wall, beside various weapons. One soldier is the main speaker, and presents himself, in Persian, as an officer in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. He said that he arrived in Syria in order to aide Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar Assad in the crackdown on protesters.

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Beeindruckende Einsichten

Der Bundesaußenminister beeindruckt einmal mehr mit kompetenten Einsichten:

Im Atomstreit mit dem Iran hat Bundesaußenminister Guido Westerwelle (FDP) der Regierung in Teheran erneut mit harten Strafmaßnahmen gedroht. “Es ist offensichtlich so, dass der Iran mit seinem Atomprogramm eher auf Konfrontation und Verhärtung setzt als auf Kooperation und Transparenz”, sagte Westerwelle am Donnerstag vor Journalisten in Berlin. “Das bedauern wir. Und das wird leider nicht ohne Folgen bleiben können.”

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Abgestürzt

An Iranian military plane crashed early Thursday near the Gulf coast, the country’s semi-official Fars news agency reported, saying no reason had yet been given for the incident.

“An F-14 crashed three minutes after take-off at 4:30 a.m. near the city of Bushehr,” near one of Iran’s nuclear facilities, Fars reported, citing a local government official.

The incident joins a series of mysterious mishaps reported in Iran in recent months. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinjead recently stepped up the security protecting the country’s top nuclear scientists, several of whom have been victims of assassinations, following the most recent assassination earlier this month.

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Der Skandal um Golshifte Farahanis Körper

Vor einigen Tagen wurden auf YouTube ein kleiner Film des französischen Figaro und Nacktfotos von Golshifte Farahani veröffentlicht, und das löste eine große Lawine an Diskussionen und Kommentaren aus, nicht nur in verschiedenen iranischen Zeitungen, sondern auch in Blogs und Webseiten der Opposition.

Golshiftes Eltern sind beide Künstler. Sie haben sich dem Druck gebeugt, sich von ihrer Tochter distanziert und haben gesagt, alles sei Photoshop. Golshifte entgegnete darauf: Nein, alles ist Realität, und veröffentlichte ihr Nacktfoto auf ihrer Facebook-Seite.

Inzwischen hat sich das iranische Publikum gespalten und zwei große Fronten gebildet. Tausende verteidigen Golschifte und meinen, sie sei die Alia Magda al-Mahdi des Iran. Sie schreiben, das sei ein Zeichen der Jugend im Iran. Sie haben den Hijab und den Islam satt – ebenso die frauenfeindliche Kultur und die Religion. Es gibt sehr viele Menschen, die Golshifte auf Facebook unterstützen, Tausende haben geschrieben: Wir sind bei dir…

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Grünes Licht für die Zentralbank Irans?

Gastbeitrag von Matthias Küntzel

„Wir werden eine nukleare Bewaffnung des Iran nicht akzeptieren“, versprachen Bundeskanzlerin Merkel, Präsident Sarkozy und Ministerpräsident Cameron am 23. Januar 2012. „Bis der Iran an den Verhandlungstisch zurückkehrt, werden wir gemeinsam starke Maßnahmen unterstützen, die die Möglichkeiten des iranischen Regimes zur Finanzierung seines Atomprogramms einschränken.“[01]

Dann aber, einen Tag später, veröffentlichte das Official Journal of the European Union das Kleingedruckte der am 23. Januar verabschiedeten Iranbeschlüsse der EU. Dieses Kleingedruckte zu verstehen, ist nicht leicht. Gleichwohl fällt auch dem juristischen Laien das riesige Schlupfloch in Artikel 1 der EU-Verordnung 56/2012 ins Auge – ein Schlupfloch, dass sich auf die Iranischen Zentralbank (IZB) bezieht; ein Schlupfloch, groß genug, um „die Möglichkeiten des iranischen Regimes zur Finanzierung seines Atomprogramms“ auch in Zukunft offenzuhalten.

Während über den Embargobeschluss – das phasenweise Auslaufen iranischer Rohstofflieferungen in die EU – berichtet wurde, fiel jenes Schlupfloch in der Berichterstattung unter den Tisch.

Ein janusköpfiger Entschluss

Auf der einen Seite haben die EU-Außenminister die Iranische Zentralbank am 23. Januar 2012 erstmals auf die Sanktionsliste gesetzt. „Involvement in activities to circumvent sanctions“ – lautet die Begründung in EU-Verordnung 54/2012. Diese Darstellung verharmlost den Sachverhalt: In Wirklichkeit fungiert die IZB als Finanzzentrum für das Atomwaffenprogramm. Die Sanktionierung beinhaltet, dass alle Geldmittel dieser Bank auf europäischem Boden mit sofortiger Wirkung einzufrieren sind und somit keine weitere Verwendung finden dürfen.

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Nicht genug, zu spät

Seen from Israel, the Obama administration and the European Union are holding sanctions off until summer to give US, European and Iranian back-channel emissaries using Turkey’s good offices enough space to get nuclear negotiations resumed.
Iran is being offered to chance to repeat the old tricks, say Israeli sources, after repeatedly and successfully pulling them off in the last seven years, of sitting the world powers down for talks while carrying on blithely with plans for the first Shiite Muslim nuke. The extra six months will be a useful grace time for Iran to secrete its nuclear facilities in fortified underground bunkers.

According to the same old scenario, when July comes around, the US and European powers will seek to postpone sanctions so as not to jeopardize the talks with Iran.

Barak’s words about the sanctions not being tough enough and “too far off” reflected his government’s belief that the oil embargo cannot gain enough momentum by July to seriously upset the Iranian economy; another six months would be needed, so taking the new sanctions drive up to early 2013.

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Australia To Follow EU Lead On Iran Sanctions

Australia will follow the European Union and ban oil imports from Iran, Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has announced during a visit to London. Quelle

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On Monday the Iranian Rial, now artificially propped up by no more than a meaningless “ordered” open-market rate, the threat of arrests, and temporary blackouts in news, fell another 15% vs. the US dollar to 23000:1. The Rial is now almost 80% weaker than it was in September and 30% weaker than its level in the last “crisis” of mid-December.

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In shit

Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei seems to believe the Islamic Republic of Iran is more isolated in the world than ever.

 The evidence of Khamenei’s belief can be found in his public speech in Qom on January 9, “The current conditions in Iran are the same as Badr and Kheybar, and not Shaab-e-Abu Talib,” Khamenei said.

According to Islamic history Shaab-e-Abu Talib is a region in Saudi Arabia, where during the early days of Islam, the Prophet Mohammad and his followers were forced to live under an economic and social blockade for three years. According to Islamic literature, the situation was so bad that “they had to tie rocks to their stomachs” in order to alleviate the pain resulting from prolonged hunger.

Similar language emerged in an unprecedented statement by Mahmoud Bahmani, head of Iran’s Central Bank, announced on December 21, 2011, “We have to manage the society in a way to survive for two years. Just like if were trapped in Shaab-e-Abu Talib.”

Khamenei dismissed the head of the Central Bank’s statements, but by recognizing the situation similar to Badr and Kheybar, he has indirectly confessed that the Islamic Republic is isolated domestically, regionally, and internationally.

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Oil schock

The 27 nations of the EU dealt a huge oil shock to Iran. They agreed to ban Iranian oil to stop its rogue nuclear program. The EU embargo promises to be a massive economic blow to a country already staggering from tightening U.S. and European sanctions. Iran’s currency has plummeted by half against the dollar since December. Inflation rages at more than 20% a month.
President Obama needs to make economic sanctions stick – and sting. Iran has flimflammed the world for years now. The EU’s oil embargo sends a powerful message to the mullahs: Nuclear aggression carries a painful price. The costs go up until Iran stands down.

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EU-Staaten beschließen Boykott gegen Iran

Heute haben sich die EU-Staaten auf ein Erdöl-Embargo gegen den Iran geeinigt. 18 Prozent der iranischen Erdöl-Exporte gehen in die EU. Ein Handelsstopp ist ein empfindlicher Schlag gegen das Mullah-Regime, das seinerseits bereits seit Wochen damit droht, die Straße von Hormus für den Tankerverkehr zu sperren und so der westlichen Welt den Ölhahn des Nahen Ostens nahezu komplett abzudrehen.

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Währung im freien Fall

After a temporary, artificial levelling, the Iranian Rial has resumed its slide. It fell 5.5% on Saturday, reaching 19000:1 vs. the US dollar. The Rial is almost 50% weaker than in September, when the Central Bank made its last significant intervention to hold the rate.

That intervention, at least through injections of foreign currency, no longer appears possible. And Saturday’s developments expose failure of propaganda and pressure — the Central Bank’s “ordered” open-market rate of 14000:1, supported by the blocking of websites and threatened arrests of currency traders, is long gone.

The even larger development may be the flight of Iranians from currency into gold. The price of gold coin has been steadily rising all month, but on Saturday it jumped 18%, with old coin now at 930,000 Toman (about $480) and new coin at 922,000 Toman (about $475).

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Celebrate good times, come on

The Islamic regime of Iran’s English language Press TV has had its UK licence revoked by media regulator, Ofcom. It will be removed from Sky on 20 January. Celebrate good times, come on…

Ofcom finally acknowledged that Tehran has editorial oversight on Press TV. No shit.

Of course Press TV has called the decision ‘a clear example of censorship’ but it’s not. As I have said before Press TV is an arm of the regime’s intelligence service – it’s not press in any way shape or form. The press is banned in Iran unless it is run and approved by the state and even then many outlets are banned for transgressing rules.

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Die Türkei und das EU Öl-Embargo

Turkish refiner Tupras plans to cut its dependence on imports of Iranian oil and will meet Saudi Arabian authorities this month, industry sources familiar with the company’s strategy said, as Western powers crack down on Iran’s oil sales. Turkey imports more than 30% of its daily consumption from Iran and has so far given no indication that it will comply with a planned European Union import embargo on Iranian crude. But one of the sources said that Iranian threats to shut down the world’s most important oil export route, the Strait of Hormuz, had helped push Turkish oil officials to try to reduce the country’s heavy dependence on Iran’s oil.

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One person is hanged every eight hours

International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has revealed that the authorities are on an execution spree arranged by the country’s intelligence and security agencies. About one person is hanged every eight hours since the start of 2011. People executed were either convicted of violent crimes or belonged to minority groups.

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“Shot death”

Detectives investigating the murder of an Iranian molecular scientist gunned down in her car as she drove home believe she was followed or that someone was waiting for her.

Gelareh Bagherzadeh, 30, who lobbied on behalf of Iranian women’s civil rights, was struck by a single bullet that entered the passenger door window as she talked on her cell phone with her ex-boyfriend.

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Leaders of German al Qaeda cell living in Iran

In early October 2010, US forces launched a drone airstrike against a militant compound in North Waziristan, Pakistan. The intent of the strike was to kill members of a German al Qaeda cell that had plotted to assault European cities in a manner similar to the 2008 attacks in Mumbai, India. Jihadist web sites and news accounts indicated that some members of the cell were killed in the strike. But now, more than two years later, the cell’s leaders have turned up alive — in Iran.
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