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Shirin Ebadi on human rights in Iran

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 31, 2010

Iran threatens trial for opposition leaders

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 31, 2010

Tehran’s chief prosecutor said Friday it was only a matter of time before opposition leaders are put on trial for the unrest following the disputed 2009 presidential election, the latest sign that Iranian authorities may make a potentially explosive escalation of their crackdown.

Hundreds of opposition supporters have been arrested and tried in the fierce crackdown that crushed opposition protests in the wake of the election, which the opposition claimed hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won by fraud.

So far, authorities have stopped short of trying to jail the reform movement’s top leaders — Mir Hossein Mousavi, who claims to have been the real victor in the election, fellow candidate Mahdi Karroubi and former President Mohammad Khatami — apparently out of concern it could spark a new wave of protests and fuel the opposition.

But a series of recent public warnings by hard-liners that they could be tried may be a sign that Iran’s Islamic clerical leadership believes the opposition has been sufficiently suppressed that their arrest would not bring a significant backlash.

On Friday, Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi told worshippers at Tehran University that the opposition leaders are criminals who sought to topple the ruling Islamic system through street protests.

“We’ve said many times … that leaders of sedition are criminals and charges against them will be investigated. That they will stand trial is definite,” Dowlatabadi said in his address, broadcast live on state radio.

Mousavi and Karroubi said earlier this month that they are already living in a “big prison” and didn’t care if they were put behind bars in a “small prison” for defending the trampled rights of the Iranian nation. Mousavi recently likened Iran’s ruling system to a North Korean style dictatorship with a few cosmetic democratic gestures and criticized the disputed June 2009 election as a coup against democracy.


Oil Trade Dispute Erupts Between India and Iran

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 31, 2010

Tehran refused to sell oil to India under the prohibitive new rules

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 30, 2010

A payments dispute between India and Iran escalated after Tehran refused to sell oil to India under New Delhi’s prohibitive new rules, sources on both sides said on Wednesday.

The Indian sources said officials from the central banks of the two countries will meet on Friday as Iran seeks to rescue trade worth around $12 billion (£7.7 billion) a year, at risk from rising U.S. pressure on countries trading with Iran to abandon all dealings.

Last week, the Reserve Bank of India said deals with Iran must be settled outside the Asian Clearing Union (ACU) system, used by central banks of member nations to settle bilateral trades.

Analysts predicted talks would be tough and that New Delhi may face a costly bill if it abandons Iranian oil imports.

Iran is under global pressure over its nuclear programme, and though United Nations sanctions do not forbid the purchase of Iranian oil, the United States has pressed hard for governments and companies to stop dealing with Tehran.

India is the biggest buyer of Iranian crude among ACU members, with state-owned refiners and privately owned Essar Oil taking around 400,000 barrels per day.


Israel Calls On U.S. To Control Iran’s Nuclear Programs; Chavez Taunts U.S.

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 30, 2010

Lisa Daftari On Fox & Friends

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 29, 2010

US praises Indian steps to tighten sanctions on Iran

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 29, 2010

The United States has praised India’s recent steps to tighten sanctions on Iran by barring its companies from a range of deals which are transacted though a key trade-finance clearing house.

“This is a significant action” by India, the Treasury Department’s point man on Iran sanctions, Stuart Levey, was quoted as saying by The Wall Street Journal.

Levey’s statement comes days after the Reserve Bank of India instructed its Banks to stop processing current- account transactions using the Asian Clearing Union (ACU).

Headquartered in Tehran, ACU was set up by the UN in 1974 to help facilitate trade in the region.

India is Iran’s biggest trading partner in business done through ACU. Besides RBI, it includes central banks of Bangladesh, the Maldives, Burma, Iran, Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

On Friday, RBI said Indian firms can’t use the ACU mechanism when making payments for the import of oil or gas.


Iranian Freedomfighter and CIA Informant Warns the West

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 29, 2010

Iran’s Choice Remains Clear

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 28, 2010

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan E. Rice offers remarks regarding Iran’s nuclear program at the United Nations headquarters.

Bosnian filmmakers protest jailing of Iranian directors

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 28, 2010

About 50 Bosnian filmmakers and actors gathered Monday in front of the Iranian embassy in Sarajevo to protest against prison sentences handed out to directors Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof.

“It is terrible that in the 21st century there are fascist systems that do not allow freedom of speech, of expression, of art,” said Bosnian director Jasmila Zbanic, the Berlin Festival’s 2006 Golden Bear winner for her movie Grbavica.

“I came to provide my support to my colleague Panahi who I have met in Berlin. I really feel bad because of what happened to him,” she told reporters.

Defying snow and freezing temperature, the protestors watched one of Panahi’s films on a huge screen erected opposite the Iranian embassy.

Last week the 50-year old Panahi was sentenced to six years in prison and banned from making films or leaving Iran for 20 years. Rasoulof was reportedly given the same sentence.