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Human rights film festival invites jailed Iranian filmmaker to sit on jury

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on January 8, 2011

Jailed Iranian film director Jafar Panahi has been invited to join the jury at an international film festival in Switzerland in March that focuses on human rights, organizers said Thursday.

Last month, an Iranian court sentenced Panahi, 50, widely known outside Iran for films such as “The Circle” (2000), “Crimson Gold” (2003) and “Offside” (2006) to six years in jail for alleged subversion, his lawyer said.

The winner of many international awards and a supporter of opposition leader MirHossein Mousavi in last year’s disputed presidential election, Panahi was arrested in early March. He was kept in detention for 88 days, during which he went on a hunger strike.

“He has also been banned from making films, writing any kind of scripts, traveling abroad and talking to local and foreign media for 20 years,” Panahi’s lawyer said after his sentencing.

According to a statement released in Italy in November, Panahi had gone on trial in Iran accused of making a film without permission and inciting opposition protests after the 2009 election that led to months of political turmoil.

The International Film Festival and Forum on Human rights (Fifidh) said in a statement it had invited Panahi to the jury alongside Spanish author Jorge Semprun, Italian writer Antonio Tabucchi, actress and director Zabou Breitman, and a Swiss filmmaker Jean Stephane Brin.


Hariri slams Iran’s supreme leader

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 22, 2010

Lebanon’s Saudi-backed ruling camp on Tuesday brushed aside comments by Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who dismissed a UN probe into the murder of former premier Rafiq Hariri as “null”.

“This is Iran’s position,” Prime Minister Saad Hariri, son of the slain Sunni Muslim ex-premier, told a news conference.

“We have nothing but respect for Ayatollah Khamenei, and we fully respect all of his opinions, which he is free to hold,” he added.

“We in Lebanon, as a government, have our own views of the tribunal,” said Hariri, who heads a deeply divided cabinet.

“There is no doubt that all parties have their own views on this matter, but when it comes to international resolutions, they are international resolutions.”

But MPs of Hariri’s pro-Western Future Movement struck a less conciliatory tone, lashing out openly at Iranian cleric.

“It seems that Ayatollah Khamenei’s remarks aim to undermine calm in Lebanon and across the Arab world,” Ammar Houry told AFP.

“Khamenei’s statements signal (Iran’s) cover for certain local political positions … or at least for Hezbollah,” said Jamal al-Jarrah, another Future Movement legislator.


Fmr. CIA Spy: Iran Will Use Nukes Against Israel, West – CBN.com

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 21, 2010

Former Iran’s Foreign Minister – Holocaust Denier, Human Rights Violator and Supporter of Terrorism

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 20, 2010

Iran-Contra Affair – CIA Director William Casey Allegations

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 11, 2010

CNN report: Iran´s Shia influence

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 3, 2010

CNN’s Errol Barnett talks with Afshin Molavi about Iran’s Shia identity and its regional sphere of influence.

Khamenei has terminal cancer and about to die

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on November 30, 2010

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has terminal cancer and could be dead “within months,” according to a US document released by WikiLeaks and published by Britain’s Telegraph newspaper.

The memo, sent from the US consulate in Istanbul, quotes a businessman with close links to Iran’s former president Hashemi Rafsanjani as saying that Khamenei had been diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia.

“Khamenei is likely to die within a matter of months,” the August 2009 memo revealed by the whistle-blowing website, said.

At the time, Rafsanjani was mounting a campaign against the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

“As a result, Rafsanjani has stopped campaigning within the Assembly of Experts to challenge Khamenei, and now is focused on ‘letting nature take its course’,” the memo added.

“Following the Supreme Leader’s passing, Rafsanjani will try to mobilize the Assembly of Experts to appoint him as the new Supreme Leader.

Hardliner Khamenei holds ultimate power in state affairs and has been a frequent critic of US policy.

Any serious belief that Khamenei was dying would bring about a fundamental shift in diplomatic relations, the Telegraph argued.

Despite frequent rumors of being treated for cancer, the supreme leader was photographed meeting Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri last weekend.

Iran Using All The Holy Names For The Sake Of Their Interests

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on November 26, 2010

U.S. to store more military equipment in Israel

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on November 11, 2010

The U.S. government is to move an additional $400 million worth of military equipment to emergency storage in Israel over the next two years.

The equipment, which includes so-called smart bombs, will stand at Israel’s disposal in an emergency. The U.S. Congress approved the hike last month, which will bring the value of American military equipment stockpiled in Israel to $1.2 billion by 2012. The story was first reported this week by Defense News magazine’s reporter in Israel, Barbara Opall-Rome.

The type of equipment stockpiled in Israel is determined through dialogue between the Israel Defense Forces and the U.S. Army’s European Command. The issue was raised in discussions last week during the visit by the IDF’s logistics and technology chief, Maj. Gen. Dan Biton, at the Pentagon in Washington.

The agreement between the two armed forces also includes conditions under which the IDF may use the equipment. It is believed that a great deal of the equipment will include precision weapons launched from the air.

Use of the American equipment is allowed with permission of the American administration; Israel used such U.S. weaponry during the Second Lebanon War.

The first time equipment was stockpiled in Israel was in 1990, when a ceiling of $100 million in value was set, which was raised to $300 million during the first Gulf War and later raised to $400 million. It was doubled in 2007 after the Second Lebanon War, and, as noted, will reach $1.2 billion by 2012.

Hal Lindsey – Iran Borders Israel?

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on October 16, 2010

Hal comments on the shipment of weapons by Iran and Syria to Hezbollah fighters in Lebanon, where Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited this week.