Report: Iran halts missile work over sanctions

The financial sanctions and oil embargo imposed on Iran by the West have affected the Islamic Republic’s ballistic missile development program, a new report by the International Institute for Strategic Studies said Monday.

According to the London-based IISS, the financial sanctions „have stymied efforts to develop and produce the long-range ballistic missiles capable of striking potential targets in western Europe and beyond.“

The sanctions, and especially trade embargos placed in the exports of information technology components and knowledge, have prevented the Islamic Republic from accessing key propellant ingredients and components needed for the continued development of its missile program.

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Schminke und Schläge

Die Schweizer Zeitung 20minOnline mit einer Reportage über die Lage von Frauen in Teheran:

Im Iran gibt es viele Gesetze. Bei einem ist die islamische Republik aber ganz besonders strikt: Den Kleidervorschriften fürs weibliche Geschlecht. Jede Frau, egal welcher Religion sie angehört, hat im öffentlichen Raum Kopftuch und Mantel zu tragen. Sobald sie iranischen Boden betritt. Etwas lockerer war dafür bislang die Auslegung dieser Vorschrift. Zwar tragen viele Frauen den schwarzen, alles bedeckenden Tschador, so, wie es den Mullahs gefällt. In grösseren Städten wie Teheran oder Esfahan gehören aber auch Frauen zum Strassenbild, die die Kleidungsregeln so weit als möglich ausreizen.

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Das iranische Selbstvertrauen bröckelt

Die Regierung in Teheran hat zugegeben, dass die vom Westen verhängten Sanktionen das Wirtschaftsleben im Iran beeinträchtigen. Regierungsmitglieder und Abgeordnete hätten sich darauf verständigt, «die Auswirkungen der Sanktionen zu begrenzen», sagte gestern Wirtschaftsminister Shamseddin Hosseini.

Hosseini sagte gemäss der Nachrichtenagentur Irna, unter anderem sollten Kürzungen im Haushalt vorgenommen werden. Der Iran kämpft mit einer galoppierenden Inflation, die offiziell mit 21 Prozent angegeben wird, nach Einschätzung von Experten aber deutlich höher liegt.

Die USA und die Europäische Union hatten ihre Sanktionen Anfang Juli noch einmal deutlich verschärft. In den vergangenen Monaten wurde allmählich ein Ölimport-Embargo wirksam. Die Internationale Energieagentur schätzt, dass die Ölexporte des Iran inzwischen um 40 Prozent eingebrochen sind.


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‚No to Mandatory Hijab‘ Campaign

“Hijab is not mandatory even on Muslim women, let alone on other religious minorities. What requirement? How have our women lived in the villages from the days when Islam appeared? They didn’t wear the chador. … Who in our demonstrations mandated or required our women to come with hijab? They themselves felt the responsibility to do this. But today too nobody has mandated that they wear or not wear a head scarf.”

These are the words of ayatollah Taleghani a month after the Pahlavi monarchy was toppled in 1979 by revolution, as published in Etelaat newspaper. Probably very few people at that time imagined that one of the first acts of the young revolution would be to take away the right of Iranian women to wear their clothing of choice, turning the policing of women’s clothing into a full time job of the Islamic republic. Soon, the media would be banned from engaging in any discussion about the freedom of choice regarding clothes or opposition to thehijab. Soon, many Iranian women would recurrently end up at police stations and enforcement bureaus for displeasing officials over their choice of clothes.

But today, 33 years after the imposition of the hijab in Iran, as the Qom Theological Seminary has put the training of special cadre on the subject of hijab is on its work agenda, and as senior officials of the Islamic republic, particularly those active in cultural issues, still talk of confronting women with “bad hijab” in all sectors of society such as students, workers and even pedestrians – something they have been doing for the past 33 years – a campaign has been born whose slogan and goal is “The Right to Choose the Hijab, is the Right of the Iranian Woman.”

The “No to Mandatory Hijab” is a campaign that was launched on Facebook on July 11, 2012 with the slogan, “Voluntary hijab is the right of every Iranian woman.” The originators of this campaign are liberal students from Iranian universities and 14 thousand people have signed up on Facebook. One of the interesting aspects of this campaign is that its membership includes a variety of political personalities and activists with different and even conflicting political views, opinions, and leanings. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Behind the International Terrorism Campaign of Hizbullah and Iran

Behind the International Terrorism Campaign of Hizbullah and Iran – Yoram Schweitzer
The deadly terrorist attack in Bulgaria is part of a combined, planned, and ongoing terror campaign waged by Iran and Hizbullah over the last year against Israeli and Jewish targets. The immediate background is the desire for revenge and the drive to create a balance of terror against Israel in light of what Iran and Hizbullah see as Israel’s campaign against them.
It may be that Iran is determined to draw Israel into a harsh reaction against Hizbullah in Lebanon in response to terrorist attacks abroad. This would divert Israel from Iran, and perhaps even Syria. If an attack against an Israeli airplane results in the deaths of hundreds of Israelis, Israel would be forced to respond very harshly against Hizbullah in Lebanon and perhaps also against Iran.
Precisely for this reason it is best for Israel to respond at a time of its own choosing, in a targeted and covert fashion, against the perpetrators and those who dispatch them, rather than be drawn into a violent war.


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AC/DC in Iran

A computer malware has allegedly attacked computer systems in Iran forcing them to play AC/DC’s Thunderstruck at full volume in the middle of the night, according to a computer security researcher.

Mikko Hypponen, lead researcher at the Finnish computer security firm F-Secure, reported in his blog that a scientist working at the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) sent him an e-mail about his systems getting hit by a cyber-attack.

„I am writing you to inform you that our nuclear program has once again been compromised and attacked by a new worm with exploits which have shut down our automation network at Natanz and another facility Fordo near Qom,“ reads the email.


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Iran leader: We must prep for ‚end of times‘

State-owned media outlets, in a coordinated effort, all ran a similar story Friday highlighting Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s message on the coming of the last Islamic messiah.

Until now, the Iranian media would mostly quote clerics from seminaries on the issue of the last Islamic messiah to avoid the regime being labeled messianic. However, the wide publication of Khamenei’s statements on a need to prepare for the end of times as it confronts the West over its illicit nuclear program is alarming to Western leaders.

“The issue of Imam Mahdi is of utmost importance, and his reappearance has been clearly stated in our holy religion of Islam,” Khamenei said. We must study and remind ourselves of the end of times and Imam Mahdi’s era. … We must prepare the environment for the coming so that the great leader will come.”

Shiite theology holds that great wars must engulf the Earth, during which one-third of the world’s population will die in the fighting and another third from hunger, lawlessness and havoc. Israel is to be destroyed, and only then will the 12th imam, Mahdi, reappear and kill all the infidels, raising the flag of Islam in all corners of the world.

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