New round of protests

The ancient city of Uromieh in western Iran is in the vanguard of this new round of anti-government protests. The nearby Unesco-listed Uromieh Lake, the second largest salt lake in the world, is in danger of drying up completely, and tens of thousands of locals have taken to the streets, blaming the regime’s policies for the environmental disaster. The protests became more widespread and violent last week when the Majles (parliament) refused to pass an emergency bill to save the lake. The protestors then used the occasion of a football match between Tehran and Tabriz to storm the stadium, shouting anti-government slogans and clashing with security forces. Similar protests and confrontations with the police have been reported from the nearby cities of Khoi,  Miandoab and Maraghe. Hundreds of people have been arrested so far.

In Kurdish regions too, protesters have clashed with security forces during street demonstrations against the continuing bombardment of Kurdish villages by Iranian and Turkish forces.

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The way to ensure regime change in Iran

The way to ensure regime change in Iran is to attack the regime, as I argued in this space last month. Nothing loses like losing. Hitler’s generals were ready to ditch him in 1938 until Neville Chamberlain handed him Czechoslovakia on a silver platter. Humiliate the regime, and its internal opponents will take it down. Reinforce the regime de facto by letting it get away with murder, and the prospects of an uprising from below diminish drastically.

The most important thing to understand about Iran is that the country is dying. After three thousand years, the Persian nation can see its demise just a generation or two down the road. It has passed the point of no return. Today’s Iranians were raised in families of six or seven children, but have on average 1.5 children of their own. No country–and in particular no poor country–can survive an inversion of the population pyramid. The industrial nations are buckling under the costs of aging. Iran will disintegrate.

That is why Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been screaming for years that national doom is in sight. He’s not stupid, just crazy. He’s the geopolitical equivalent of a fellow with an inoperable brain tumor who robs a banks and takes hostages. This is man who knows he has nothing to lose. You  can’t “engage” him. He has no rational self-interest, for he won’t be part of any rational outcome. You have to neutralize him.

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Rauben und Plündern für Ahmadinejad

Da waren die Kettenhunde des Regimes wohl nicht fleißig genug: Press TV in Großbritannien habe die Ausschreitungen nicht ausreichend medial begleitet, hieß es jetzt von Seiten der Revolutionsgarden. 25 Millonen Dollar erhalte der Sender, fluchten die Gardisten, und auch der frühere Parlamentsabgeordnete George Galloway erhalte schließlich ein stattliches Gehalt. Was habe man davon? Einen Nachrichtensender ohne Nachrichten. Der doch in dieser geradezu revolutionären Situation die ideologische Führungsrolle hätte einnehmen müssen. Wirklich sehr unprofessionell. Eine Schlappe im „Soft War against Britain“.

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Keine Bühne für das iranische Regime!

Ein Veranstaltungsaufruf von Stop the Bomb:

Stoppt Abbasi-Davani, den Vater der iranischen Bombe!
Keine Bühne für das iranische Regime!

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Montag, 19. September 2011, 9:00 Uhr
Vienna International Center, UNO-City
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Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani wurde im Februar dieses Jahres von Ahmadinejad zum neuen Chef des iranischen Atomprogramms und zu einem seiner Stellvertreter als Präsident ernannt. Am 19. September soll er an der IAEO-Generalkonferenz in Wien teilnehmen. Abbasi-Davani ist auf Grund seiner unmittelbaren Involvierung in das iranische Nuklearwaffenprogramm schon seit 2007 mit Sanktionen der UN belegt und wird auch in den EU-Sanktionsbeschlüssen von 2010 namentlich erwähnt. Nichtsdestotrotz wurden die Reisebeschränkungen gegen ihn so wie schon im Juni dieses Jahres für seinen Österreich-Besuch aufgehoben. Es war Abbasi-Davani, der kurz vor seinem letzten Besuch in Wien verkündet hat, der Iran werde in fortgesetzter Missachtung der UN-Sicherheitsratsbeschlüsse seine Kapazitäten zur Urananreicherung verdreifachen. Außer folgenlosen verbalen Verurteilungen gab es keine Reaktionen darauf. Es sind Leute wie Abbasi-Davani, die dafür sorgen, dass das iranische Regime schon bald über die technologischen Mittel verfügen könnte, um seine Vernichtungsfantasien gegenüber Israel auch in die Tat umsetzen zu können.

Jeder weiß, worauf das iranische Regime abzielt. Ahmadinejad hat Ende August abermals den Holocaust geleugnet und als “große Lüge” bezeichnet. Zahlreiche Regimevertreter haben zum so genannten ‚Al Quds-Tag’ erneut die Zerstörung Israels gefordert. Es ist völlig inakzeptabel, dass sich die Vertreter eines derartigen Regimes in Österreich frei bewegen können. Mit dem Auftritt Abbasis wird Wien abermals zur Bühne für das ein Regime, das Homosexuelle, Frauen und Minderheiten verfolgt, den globalen djihadistischen Terror finanziert und sich gegenwärtig an der brutalen Niederschlagung der Proteste gegen das mit ihm verbündete Assad-Regime in Syrien beteiligt.

Wir fordern:

– Keine Reisefreiheit für den iranischen Chefbombenbauer!
– Keine Bühne für die Vertreter eines antisemitischen Holocaustleugnerregimes!
– Unverzügliche scharfe Sanktionen gegen die iranischen Öl- und Gasexporte, um Regime an der Fortsetzung seiner Projekte zu hindern!

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Irans Image kann schlechter kaum werden

Das Arab-American Institute hat in einer neuen Studie rausgefunden, dass 2006 noch 89% der Ägypter ein positives Bild vom Iran hatten, heute sind es 37%. In Saudi Arabien fiel die Rate sogar von 85% auf 6% und in Marokko von 82% auf 14%. Nur im Libanon hält auch heute noch mehr als jeder Zweite viel vom Mullahstaat.

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Öffentlich hängen

Iran publicly hanged on Tuesday two men convicted of murder in separate cities, local media reported.

One of the men hanged in the capital Tehran had confessed to stabbing a fellow student to death in broad daylight in early July after she spurned him, the state television website reported.

The 25-year-old, who was identified only by his first name Kousha, was sent to the gallows near the scene of the crime, a bridge in northwest Tehran, it added.

Also on Tuesday, another man convicted of murdering four members of a family a year ago was hanged in public in the southern town of Dashtestan, the Fars news agency reported.

The latest hangings bring to 194 the number of executions reported in Iran so far this year, according to an AFP tally based on media and official reports.

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We are everywhere: gay and lesbian Iranians come out on Facebook

Iran’s gay and lesbian community is struggling to win some recognition by coming out in defiance of a regime that criminalises homosexuality.

A group of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Iranians have posted videos of themselves on Facebook in a campaign to highlight the discrimination against sexual minorities in Iran where homosexuals are put to death.

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Was Iran behind 9/11?

US lawsuit charges that Iran, Hezbollah involved in facilitation of September 11 attacks. Ynetnews presents special report about dramatic revelations that could change everything we knew about 9/11

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Auch er gedenkt 9/11

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the US used the September 11, 2001 attacks as a pretext for the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan which led to huge human losses.

“This incident was a complicated game planned to influence the human community and a pretext to occupy Iraq and Afghanistan, and cause more than one million people to lose their lives or get wounded,” Ahmadinejad said on Sunday. Quelle

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In Iran, a fierce opponent of Israel which it refers to as the Zionist entity, one newspaper headline read: „Egyptian revolutionaries seized the den of Zionists.“ Media compared it to the 1979 seizure by students of the U.S. embassy in Tehran.

„All Muslim governments should close down embassies of the Zionist regime in their countries, before their nations take an action similar to Egyptian revolutionaries,“ Iranian MP Alaeddin Boroujerdi was quoted by Fars news agency as saying.

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Iranian mullahs run up against genetic reality

The protests in Azerbaijan must be especially troublesome for Iran’s rulers. More than any other issue, Iran’s ethno-sectarian challenge is one which the regime is genetically incapable of resolving. For decades, the mullahs have sought to downgrade – even erase – the country’s diverse identities: be it the historical legacy of the pre-Islamic Persian empires or the rich cultural contributions of ethno-sectarian minorities that have been an integral part of Iran’s social fabric for millennia. In their place, the clerics have only offered an intolerant pan-Islamism that has not only failed to unite citizens but actually frayed ethnic cohesion among them.

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Ein Kämpfer für “freedom und justice”

Wahre Worte:

Governments have to respect and recognize their nations’ rights for freedom and justice…

Wer sie gesagt hat? Nun es ist einer, dem die “rights for freedom and justice” ein echte Herzenangelenheit sind:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, worried about the revival of reformist protests at home, has urged his closest ally Syria to open talks with an opposition movement that is demanding an end to President Bashar Assad’s rule.

Denen in Teheran geht ganz schön die Klammer, dass ihr wichtigster Alliierter im Nahen Osten den Herren Hussein, Gaddafi, Mubarak und ben Ali folgen könnte, wenn sie schon anfangen so zu reden, statt die syrische Oppositionsbewegung als Bande von Verschwörern, Zionistenknechten und Terroristen zu denunzieren.

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Human Rights Watch über das iranische Bombardement in Irakisch-Kurdistan

Since mid-July, Iran’s operations against PJAK inside or near villages close to the Iranian border have led to the displacement of hundreds of families, caused the deaths of at least three villagers, and wounded an unknown number of people, according to international humanitarian aid organizations, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) officials, and media reports. Farmers from the border regions told Human Rights Watch in early August that the shelling had damaged their homes and that they saw Iranian soldiers cross the border into Iraq and kill farmers’ livestock. The attacks on civilians and their property that they described were similar to attacks documented by Human Rights Watch in June 2010.

Human Rights Watch visited the Choman and Qalat Diza districts and Qasre, Sangasar, and Zharawa subdistricts between July 26 and August 6 and interviewed more than a dozen displaced villagers as well as others in villages still being shelled. All villagers interviewed said that Kurdish armed groups had never been in their areas and that there were no other military targets in the vicinity at any point before or during the shelling. The affected areas are in the Qandil Mountains, along the eastern borders of Erbil and Sulaimaniyaprovinces, in the region administered by the KRG.

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Klare Worte

Von Tony Blair:

„Regime change in Tehran would immediately make me significantly more optimistic about the whole of the region.“

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Stop the Bomb: Nach Syrien auch iranische Ölimporte stoppen

Teheran gefährdet Demokratiebewegungen im Nahen Osten

Die Europäische Union hat sich vergangene Woche zur Sanktionierung syrischer Ölprodukte entschlossen (1). Angesichts des Voranschreitens des iranischen Atomwaffenprogramms ist es dringend geboten, auch die Machthaber in Teheran mit europäischen Ölsanktionen zu konfrontieren. Die IAEA zählt in ihrem jüngsten Bericht Belege für Irans fortschreitende militärisch-nukleare Aktivitäten auf. (2)
„Die offensichtliche Involvierung des iranischen Regimes in die Niederschlagung der demokratischen Proteste in Syrien und die Gefahr einer baldigen iranischen Atomwaffenkapazität machen drastische Schritte der EU notwendig, um die Bombe noch zu verhindern und der syrischen wie der iranischen Demokratiebewegung eine Chance zu geben“, so Michael Spaney von der Kampagne STOP HE BOMB.
Ein atomarer Iran würde eine noch aggressivere Außenpolitik betreiben und alle demokratischen Bestrebungen im Nahen Osten gefährden. „Der lange Arm Teherans reicht heute schon in jedes Land der Region. Demokratiefeindliche islamistische Gruppen werden vom iranischen Mullahregime mit Waffen, Logistik und Geld ausgestattet und unterwandern die legitimen Oppositionsbewegungen“ so Michael Spaney.
Die Kampagne STOP THE BOMB begrüßt die Sanktionierung syrischer Ölprodukte und fordert als Konsequenz gleiche Maßnahmen gegen die Islamische Republik Iran.
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Muslim nations shouldn’t serve NATO

So jedenfalls die Schelte aus Teheran Richtung Ankara:

Muslim countries such as Turkey shouldn’t serve the interests of the U.S.-European NATO military alliance, a prominent Iranian lawmaker says.
Iranian Member of Parliament Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said Sunday Turkey’s announcement it was close to accepting a NATO missile defense shield radar installation was troubling.
„Muslim countries should maintain security in the region through reliance on their capabilities and cooperation and should not allow a situation to develop where insecurity prevails in the region and NATO’s interests in the region are served by Muslim countries,“ Boroujerdi told the state-owned Mehr News Agency.
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Iran executes three men on homosexuality charges

Three Iranian men have been executed after being found guilty of charges related to homosexuality, according to a semi-official news agency.

The men, only identified by their initials, were hanged on Sunday in the south-western city of Ahvaz, the capital of Iran’s Khuzestan province.

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Iran’s problem: Post-revolutionary Syria as an Enemy

Syrian protestors say they will keep on demonstrating until the regime of Bashar al-Assad, Iran’s staunchest ally, will be toppled.

The Iranian leadership knows that if the Assad regime falls, the Iranian expansionist dream of recreating the greatness of the Persian Empire — from the Pakistani border to the Mediterranean Sea — will be doomed. Iran has simply been using Damascus as a spearhead into the Arab world.

Syria’s isolation entails a weakening of the Iranian regime, and at a time when it is aiming to impose itself as a regional superpower. Despite the bullish rhetoric that Iranian leaders keep on dispensing, the Iranian regime is currently in trouble: without Assad, Iran will be isolated. (…)

Iran needs Assad as an ally to keep its foot in the Arab world and to have access to Lebanon to provide weapons and support to Hezbollah. Moreover, if Syria falls, that development could encourage the Iranian opposition to go out in the streets again and defy the regime. Salehi’s statements of sympathy towards Syrian protestors will not fool any post-revolutionary Syrian government: such a new government will support toppling the mullahs‘ regime. That is why, if a democracy movement succeeds in Syria, the Iranian regime might be the next to go.

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Iran revolution ‚matter of time‘

Revolution in Iran appears to be a matter of time, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta predicted on Tuesday, saying the Iranian reform movement was learning from revolts in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Syria.

Panetta, a former CIA director who took over the Pentagon’s top job in July, was asked on the Charlie Rose television show whether the Arab Spring might spread to non-Arab Iran. Panetta responded: „Absolutely.“

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Verschwörungen werden immer undurchsichtiger

Also, Anhänger von Ahmedinejad waren an den Demonstrationen gegen Ahmedinejads Wiederwahl 2009 beteiligt, weil sie das Velayat Faqih beenden wollten. Das sind vielleicht komplizierte Verschwörungen da im Iran. Zum Glück gibt es Geheimdienstminister, die sie einem erklären:

Iranian Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi says a group of the president’s allies has joined with the people who protested the results of the 2009 election, but his ministry will not allow them to “derail” the coming elections.

“The sedition movement and the deviant current are seriously in conflict with the regime and the leadership for their own specific reasons,” Moslehi told the meeting of the Assembly of Experts today.

The Islamic Republic establishment refers to the 2009 election protesters as seditionists and it calls the allies of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, headed by his chief of staff Esfanidar Rahim Mashai, a “deviant current” against the regime.

Moslehi maintained that both groups are trying to rid the system of velayat faqih [the leadership of expert clergy].

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Michael Moore, rethink your trip to Iran

Reza Kahlili mit einer eindeutigen Aufforderung an Michael Moore, die geplante Reise zu den Mullahs abzusagen:

Mr. Moore should know – he should understand – that Iranian citizens have no rights. Women are subjected to flogging for failing to wear the Islamic hijab; men are beaten for drinking, even in the privacy of their home. People suffer amputation for stealing; they are stoned for adultery; and rape, torture and hanging are common for speaking out against the clerics. Thousands of Iranian girls, boys, poets, writers, activists, teachers, artists and others from every walk of life remain in Iranian prisons without the right to defend themselves. Iranian officials are routinely sanctioned for violating human rights in Iran.
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The biggest Looser

There are many people who feel like the biggest loser from the wave of revolution sweeping the Arab world.  Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in his iron cage, the Great Loon of Libya sweating it out in his hideaway, embattled German Foreign Minister Guido Westervelle trying to tough out mounting calls for his resignation after he mishandled Germany’s response to the NATO mission in Libya, Italians who bet on ‘stability’ in Tripoli and Damascus: they all have their claims.

But the mullahs of Iran increasingly look like the biggest losers of all.  Iran’s unwavering support for Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria has brought it under fire from Arabs, cancelling decades of painstaking effort to position Iran as the leader of Islamic resistance to the West and to Israel.  (…)

Many critics of the Iraq War pointed to Tehran’s apparent gains across the region as proof that the strategy was deeply flawed; in fact the realignments taking place across the region these days suggest that Iran is being pushed toward the fringes of Middle East politics.  With Turkey more of a factor than before, and Saudi Arabia and its allies focused on their Shi’a religious and political archrivals, there is less room for Iranian meddling than the mullahs had hoped.  Nothing lasts forever in the kaleidoscopic world of the Middle East, but for now Iran will have to face the critics of its nuclear program with fewer allies and less ability to summon public opinion to its side.

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Lebanon’s parliament speaker Nabih Berri pleased by Israel’s deadly raids on Hezbollah

Lebanon’s parliament speaker, a seemingly unshakeable ally of the powerful Shiite Hezbollah, drew pleasure from Israel’s deadly raids on the militant group in 2006, a leaked US diplomatic cable said.

The July 2006 cable, classified confidential and released by whistleblower website WikiLeaks last week, said speaker Nabih Berri suggested the conflict was an opportunity to deal a serious blow to his sworn ally, the Iranian- and Syrian-backed Hezbollah.

„Berri condemned the ferocity of Israel’s military response but admitted that a successful Israeli campaign against Hezbollah would be an excellent way to destroy Hezbollah’s military aspirations and discredit their political ambitions,“ read the cable, filed by former US ambassador to Lebanon Jeffrey Feltman, now an undersecretary of state.

Berri is a veteran Shiite politician who has held the post of parliament speaker uninterrupted for almost two decades.

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Tote und Verletzte

A cross-border Iranian shell on late Sunday evening killed one civilian and wounded two others in the Sidakan area, north of Erbil province near the Iranian borders.

Mohammed Hussein, a military commander for the Kurdish Peshmarga forces in Sidakan told AKnews that „last night, at 11:00 pm, Iranian artillery intensely shelled the villages and territories of Kurdistan Region in Sidakan, near the border“ Quelle

Siehe auch:  Turkey’s PKK, Iranian PJAK Kurdish rebels to unite against Iran

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Erpressung als Außenpolitik

Iran testet gerade, ob die USA in den Fußstapfen von Guido Westerwelle treten werden, der sich ja hat auch erpressen lassen:

Once again the Iranian regime has been masquerading about the two young Americans it has taken hostage and using as bargaining chips. The show trial of Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer for allegedly being „spies,“ and the sentence of eight years in an Iranian prison, are yet further attempts to force the U.S. to give it what it wants.

The news, however, that an Iranian kangaroo court has given these hostages a 20 day window for appeal is a nudge and a wink at President Obama, running for his second term, that the ball is in his court and that he ought to just cave in to their demands – whatever they are this time around.

The Mullahs of Iran know that when their citizens are on the line, Americans are prone to give in; the Mullahs employ, therefore, countless lobbyists, disguised as proud and patriotic members of the Iranian-American community, who advise the Iranian regime’s officials, receive advice from them, and relay the Mullahs‘ requests to Washington. Yet the American media, again, still bring „experts“ to conduct guessing games about the Khomeini regime’s next move.

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Michael Moore zu Gast bei Freunden?

A stupid white man zu Gast im Iran:

An Iranian official has announced once again that U.S. filmmaker Michael Moore plans to visit Iran in autumn.
„He has asked [for permission] to travel to Iran, and we are trying to invite him to the Cinema Verite,“ Deputy Culture Minister for Cinematic Affairs Javad Shamaqdari said during a meeting at the Documentary and Experimental Film Center (DEFC) in Tehran on Wednesday. […]
„He has said that he wants to visit Iran to do research about the country. In addition, he is an opponent of U.S. government policies and he wants to show his objection by traveling to Iran,“ Shamaqdari stated.

Moores Antiamerikanismus war bereits Thema eines eigenen Films – die Reise zu den Mullahs wäre sicher noch für ein paar Gags gut gewesen.

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