Sternstunden des Präsidenten

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rejected the notion on Monday that the Israeli raid on the Freedom Flotilla was indicative of Tel Aviv’s military muscle, explaining further that it was a mere symbol of its weakness.

President Ahmadinejad said Israel was „fabricated not only with the aim of gaining control over the Middle East but also over the entire world.“

Calling for international efforts to save the Palestinian nation, the Iranian president said, „Supporting the people of Palestine is equal to supporting peace and freedom of every nation .“


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A former Iranian diplomat and terrorist turns to scholar at Princeton

Once again, another former top Iranian diplomat has started an academic career at one of the America´s most prestigious universities. Seyed Hossein Mousavian, Islamic Republic of Iran´s former ambassador to Germany and leading nuclear negotiator is reportedly living in the United States and working as a research fellow at Princeton University. Before him, many other Iranian high ranking officials have been reincarnated as scholars at prestigious institutions of higher education in the United States.


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Kurdistan-Iran: Two Weeks after General Strike

The government continues to summon and threaten bazaari merchans, arrest activists and fuel speculation that it would carry out death sentences for other political prisoners two weeks after the execution of Kurdish political prisoners and the ensuing general strike in Kurdistan. While in an interview with Rooz last Saleh Nikbakht, who represents several Kurdish political prisoners, said that “a reversal by an appellate court was the only way to prevent Habibollah Latifi’s execution,” in another interview last night he denied reports that Mr. Latifi has been scheduled for execution on June 27. He also announced “major changes” in the case of Adnan Hassanpour, the imprisoned Kurdish journalist. A relative of Mokhtar Houshmand, a Kurdish artist currently behind bars, said in a short interview with Rooz that “he has been transferred to Sanandaj’s intelligence ministry detention facility.


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Verhandlungen gescheitert?

Oliver M. Piecha in der Jungle World:

Das iranische Regime steht jedenfalls der hilflosen westlichen Nicht-Antwort auf sein Atomprogramm bisher immer noch regelrecht zynisch gegenüber. Ein iranischer Parlamentarier beruhigte Kritiker der Vereinbarung mit dem Hinweis, es handele sich nur um eine »Erklärung«, nicht um einen Vertrag. Man habe ja gar nichts Verbindliches vereinbart.

Damit ist der Kreis geschlossen. Der reale Wert der türkisch-brasilianisch-iranischen Vereinbarungen tendiert gegen Null. Wenn man die Verlautbarung ernst nähme, käme es auf die Details an. Ungefähr so wie im vergangenen Jahr, als der Iran so tat, als wolle er über ein im Grunde schon beschlossenes Abkommen nur noch ein bißchen weiter verhandeln. Und weiter. Und weiter. Zumindest, so lange das Regime überhaupt noch weiter existiert. Oder bis es endlich seine Atombombe hat. Ob es dann noch etwas zu verhandeln geben wird, ist fraglich.

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Colin Powell: „Sanktionen nicht scharf genug“

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Powell: Obama’s Iran Sanctions Not Strong Enough

Powell explained that he doesn’t believe the sanctions will push the Iranians to change their behavior.

“I don’t see that this causes sufficient pain that will cause them to say, ‘gee, why didn’t we realize we were so off on this and we’re going to stop all of our nuclear program?’ The nuclear program is there.  It’s operating.  And I don’t think they’re going to give it up easily,” Powell said.

“I think we may have to eventually reach a point where we say, well, maybe we have to accept a nuclear program that’s designed strictly for power generation and for their medical research reactor,” he said.

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MEMRI-Kurzmeldungen, 30. Mai 2010

Iranian Majlis Member: Russia Supplied Iraq with Materials to Produce Chemical Weapons for Use against Iran

Against the backdrop of the current tension between Iran and Russia, a member of the Majlis national security committee, Heshmatollah Falahat-Pisheh, stated that during the Iran-Iraq war, Moscow had provided Iraq with supplies to produce chemical weapons for use against Iran.
He also referred to the Kremlin’s disdainful response to the complaint of the Iranian president about Russia’s lack of support for the Tehran Declaration, calling it „a hasty move,“ and urged Russia not to sacrifice its long-standing interests vis-à-vis Iran for the sake of „a short-term political game“ with the U.S.


Iranian Daily: Obama’s Strategy – A Continuation of Bush’s Policy

The daily Jomhouri-ye Eslami stated that the national security strategy presented by Obama on May 28, 2010 is nothing but an attempt to perform „plastic surgery on America’s scarred face,“ and is in fact a continuation of Bush’s policy.
The daily also said that Obama’s deception aims to deal with the criticism against him over his failures in the economic and international arenas.

Source: Jomhouri-ye Eslami

Khamenei wird nächsten Freitag “predigen”

So eine Art Jubiläumsansprache also…

Khamenei to lead prayers one year after Iran poll

TEHRAN (AFP) – Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is to lead Muslim prayers next Friday, a year after his decisive sermon in support of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed re-election.

Khamenei’s address will also mark the 21st anniversary of the death of the Islamic republic’s revolutionary founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

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