News from Iran – Week 37 – 2012

Ahmad Reza Ahmadpour
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Prisoners’ News

A- Transfers

Ahmad Reza Ahmadpour

  • Ahmad Reza Ahmadpour, defrocked cleric, transferred to Yazd Prison.
  • Human Rights activist Navid Khanjani has been transferred from Evin to Rejaei Shahr prison.
  • Hossein Ronaghi Maleki transferred to Tabriz prison quarantine in preparation for transfer to Evin.
  • Isa Saharkhiz transferred from Evin to Rejaei Shahr prison.
  • 6 of the earthquake volunteer aid workers arrested in Azerbaijan have been transferred to Evin 350:
    • Navid Khanjani
    • Sepehr Saheban
    • Esmaeil Salmanpour
    • Saeed Shirzad
    • Hooman Taheri
    • Masoud Vafabakhsh.

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

  • Samin Ehsani summoned to Evin to purge her sentence.
  • Rashid Esmaili member of Policy Council of Advar Tahkim (Alumni Society ) was arrested by IRGC agents.
  • Soleiman Mahmoudian arrested in Saqez and sent to Saqez prison.
  • Mehran Malaveisi arrested in Marivan and sent to Saqez prison.
  • Journalist/Human Rights activist Shiva Nazarahari sentenced to 4 years + 74 lashes reported to Evin to start serving her sentence.
  • Hamed and Jamal Sheikhi arrested in Marivan and sent to Saqez prison.

C-Liberations

  • Popular poet Mohammad-Reza Ali-Payam (Haloo) released on 100 million toman bail.
  • After 3 years imprisonment, journalist Masoud Bastani is released on furlough.
  • Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani released, acquitted of apostasy.
  • National-Religious activist Alireza Rejaei has been released from Evin on a 3 day furlough.
  • Abdollah Shahbazi, jailed Iranian historian, released.
  • Ali Tase released from Marivan prison after 2 months detention.
  • Obeid Zarei released from Marivan prison after 2 months detention.
  • These aid workers were released from custody:
    • Morteza Esmailpour
    • Danial Hasani
    • Esmail Salmanpour
    • Saeed Shirzad
    • Bahram Shojaei

D-Other News

Mohammad Tavassoli

  • After writing a letter to the Chief of the Judiciary, former Tehran mayor Mohammad Tavasoli summoned to court on a case that was closed 3 years ago.


News of injustice in Iran

  • Farzad Ahmadi, a labour activist and tailor, sentenced to 4 months in prison in Sanandaj.
  • Court of Appeals has upheld a 3 year sentence of Maryam Alangi. Her husband Mohsen Dogmechi died in prison last year.
  • The Appeals Court in Tehran has upheld a 5 year sentence for the Child Rights activist Samin Ehsani.
  • Court of Appeal has sentenced Zahra Mansouri to 2 years in prison and 5 years suspended.
  • Amanollah Mostaghim’s 5 year sentence upheld by Appeals.
  • Shahnaz Sagvand, wife of jailed worker Ali Nejati on trial, charged with spreading propaganda against the system through an interview with Foreign Media.
  • Gonabadi Dervish, Nosrat Tabasi, sentenced to 5 years in prison.
  • 11 people who were transferred from Ghezel Hesar prison to Evin Ward 240 were hanged, among them 5 Afghans.
  • A man was hanged in public on Monday in Shahrood.
  • Verdicts have been issued for 40 people involved in the bank fraud case. 4 have received the death penalty and 2 have received life in prison.


University – Culture

  • Gender Segregation forces girls to drop out from school in the villages of Yasuj due to lack of accommodation.
  • Qaraati: Iranian Universities should be equipped with “temporary marriage” headquarters.
  • Iran censures text messages containing the word “dollar” following collapse of its currency.


Iranian Economy

  • $1 = 2305 Toman on Saturday, 2430 on Sunday, 2600 on Monday, and 2500 (Euro 3250 ) on Tuesday.
  • Black Market estimated to account for 21% of Iranian economy.
  • Two manufacturing factories in Arak and Esfahan closed in one week; 600 workers lost their jobs.
  • Deputy Minister of Industry, Trade and Mines: 38% decrease in car production in the first 5 months of the year.
  • Iran’s Central Bank went bankrupt.
  • Iran surpasses Bolivia to become number one in the world in inequality in distribution of wealth.
  • Rent prices increase by a staggering 60% says Iran’s Census Bureau.


Iran  Abroad

  • Sierra Leone takes 10 Iranian ships off register.
  • Iran seeks to reopen London embassy; UK refuses.
  • Egypt denies in talks to buy Iranian oil.
  • Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast, slammed Bahrain’s imposition of jail terms on 13 leading opposition figures in the kingdom.


Politics in Iran

  • The Majlis has set up a special joint friendship group to boost parliamentary ties with Syria, Egypt, Palestine and Morocco.
  • Protest against the American film caricaturing Mohammad in front of the Swiss Embassy.
  • 100 teachers in Hamadan protested deceptive announcement of Minister of Education claiming 15% rise been implemented.


Miscellaneous

  • Iran ambulance personnel get equipped with teargas.
  • Iranian Paralympians take home 24 medals.

Des nouvelles d’Iran – Semaine 37-2012

Mohammad Tavassoli
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Nouvelles des Prisonniers

A-   Transferts

Ahmad Reza Ahmadpour

Ø  Ahmad Reza Ahmadpour, religieux défroqué, transféré à la prison de Yazd.

Ø  Le militant des droits humains Navid Khandjani transféré d’Evine à la prison de Redjaï Shahr.

Ø  Issa Saharkhiz transféré de la prison d’Evine à celle de Redjaï Shahr.

Ø  6 des volontaires qui aidaient les victimes du tremblement de terre arrêtés en Azerbaïdjan ont été transférés au bloc 350 d’Evin :

o   Navid Khandjani

o   Sepehr Saheban

o   Esmaïl Salmanpour

o   Saïd Shirzad

o   Houman Taheri

o   Massoud Vafabakhsh.

B- Arrestations/Incarcérations

Ø  Samine Ehsani convoquée à Evine pour purger ses 5 ans de prison

Ø  Rashid Esmaïli membre de la direction politique d’Advar Tahkim (association d’étudiants) a été arrêté par des gardes révolutionnaires.

Ø  Soleiman Mahmoudian arrêté à Saqqez et envoyé à la prison de Saqqez.

Ø  Mehran Malaveisi arrêté à Marivan et envoyé à la prison de Saqqez.

Ø  La journaliste et militante des droits humains Shiva Nazarahari, condamnée à 4 ans + 74 coups de fouet, s’est rendue à Evine pour commencer à purger sa peine.

Ø  Djamal et Hamed Sheikhi arrêtés à Marivan et envoyés à la prison de Saqqez.

 

C-Libérations

Ø  Le poète populaire Mohammad-Reza Ali-Payam (Halou) libéré sous une caution de 100 million de tomans.

Ø  Après 3 ans d’emprisonnement, le journaliste Massoud Bastani bénéficie d’une permission.

Ø  Le pasteur Youssef Nadarkhani libéré, acquitté de ses charges d’apostasie.

Ø  Le militant National-Religieux Alireza Redjaï en liberté provisoire sous caution pendant 3 jours.

Ø  Abdollah Shahbazi, historien iranien, libéré.

Ø  Ali Tasseh libéré de la prison de Marivan après 2 mois de détention.

Ø  Obeed Zareï libéré de la prison de Marivan après 2 mois de détention.

Ø  Ces volontaires qui aidaient les victimes du tremblement de terre ont été libérés :

o   Morteza Esmaïlpour

o   Danial Hassani

o   Esmaïl Salmanpour

o   Saïd Shirzad

o   Bahram Shojaï

D-Autres Nouvelles

Ø  Après avoir écrit au chef de la justice, l’ancien maire de Téhéran Mohammad Tavassoli est convoqué au tribunal pour une affaire déjà jugée il y a 3 ans.

Mohammad Tavassoli

Nouvelles de l’injustice en Iran

Ø  Farzad Ahmadi, tailleur syndicaliste, condamné à 4 mois de prison à Sanandaj.

Ø  La cour d’appel a confirmé la peine de 3 ans de Maryam Alangui. Son mari, Mohsen Dogmetchi, est mort en prison l’année dernière.

Ø  Samine Ehsani condamnée en appel à 5 ans de prison.

Ø  La cour d’appel a condamné Zahra Mansouri à 2 ans de prison et 5 avec sursis.

Ø  Amanollah Mostaghim voit sa peine de 5 ans confirmée en appel.

Ø  Shahnaz Sagvand, épouse du syndicaliste emprisonné Ali Nedjati a été condamnée pour propagande contre le système par le biais d’interview avec des medias étrangers.

Ø  Le derviche Gonabadi, Nosrat Tabassi, condamné à 5 ans de prison.

Ø  Les 11 personnes qui avaient été transférées de la prison de Ghezel Hesar au bloc 240 d’Evine, ont été pendues, parmi eux, 5 Afghans.

Ø  Un homme a été pendu en public lundi à Shahrood.

Ø  Les verdicts ont été prononcés pour les 40 personnes impliquées dans le scandale de la fraude bancaire : 4 sont condamnés à mort et 2 à perpétuité.

L’université – la Culture

Ø  La ségrégation des sexes oblige les filles à abandonner leurs études à cause du manque d’établissements les acceptant dans les villages autour de Yassoudj.

Ø  Ghara’ati : Les universités iraniennes devraient s’équiper de centre de « mariages temporaires ».

Ø  L’Iran censure les SMS contenant le mot “dollar” suite à la chute de sa monnaie.

L’economie de l’Iran

Ø  $1 = 2305 tomans samedi, 2430 dimanche, 2600 lundi, 2500 mardi et l’euro à 3250 tomans le même jour.

Ø  Le marché noir représente 21% de l’économie iranienne.

Ø  Deux usines, à Arak et à Ispahan, ferment en une semaine, 600 ouvriers ont perdu leur boulot.

Ø  Le secrétaire d’Etat à l’industrie, au commerce et aux mines: 38% de réduction dans la production de véhicules Durant les 5 premiers mois de l’année.

Ø  La banque centrale fait banqueroute.

Ø  L’Iran surpasse la Bolivie et devient le numéro 1 pour l’inégalité de la distribution des richesses dans le monde.

Ø  Le bureau des statistiques confirme l’augmentation des loyers de 60%.

L’Iran à l’étranger

Ø  La Sierra Leone retire 10 bateaux iraniens de son registre maritime.

Ø  L’Iran cherche à rouvrir son ambassade en Grande Bretagne qui le lui refuse.

Ø  L’Egypte réfute toute discussion avec l’Iran sur l’achat de pétrole brut.

Ø  Le porte-parole du ministère des affaires étrangères, Ramin Mehmanparast, condamne le royaume de Bahreïn pour avoir condamné 13 membres dirigeants de l’opposition à de la prison.

La politique en Iran

Ø  Le parlement a mis en place un groupe spécial d’amitié pour resserrer les liens parlementaires avec la Syrie, l’Egypte, la Palestine et le Maroc.

Ø  La milice bassidj manifeste contre le film qui caricature Mahomet devant l’ambassade suisse.

Ø  100 enseignants de Hamadan ont manifesté contre la fausse annonce du ministère de l’Education prétendant qu’une augmentation de 15% avait été appliquée.

Nouvelles en vrac

Ø  Les ambulanciers iraniens sont désormais équipés de gaz lacrymogène.

Ø  24 médailles aux jeux paralympiques pour l’Iran.

Thousands in #Spain turn out for Madrid anti-austerity protests

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Tens of thousands of people from all over Spain rallied in the capital on Saturday against punishing austerity measures enacted by the government, which is trying to save the country from financial collapse.

Spain is stuck in a double-dip recession with unemployment close to 25 percent. The conservative government of the Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, has introduced sharp cuts and raised taxes in a move to reduce the deficit and to reassure investors and officials from the 17-nation euro zone.

The marchers in Madrid unfurled banners with slogans like “Let’s go! They are ruining the country and we have to stop them.”

“This government’s policies are causing too much pain,” said a union leader, Ignacio Fernández Toxo. “It’s a lie that there isn’t another way to restore the economy.”

The situation looks to get worse. At a meeting of euro zone finance ministers in Cyprus, Spain announced that it would present a new set of economic reforms by the end of the month. The move raised expectations that Spain might soon ask for financial help.

The economic plan will be unveiled by Sept. 27, and it is expected to be the starting point for Spain’s tapping of a new European Central Bank bond-buying plan.

Just before Saturday’s march began, buses transporting protesters blocked several major roads in the Spanish capital. The main organizers were Social Summit, an association of more than 150 organizations, and the Workers’ Commissions and General Workers trade unions.

The Interior Ministry’s regional office said it had expected more than 500,000 people to reach a central Madrid square, but it later said that 65,000 had attended to listen to speeches made by protest leaders.

Mr. Toxo called for a referendum on the government’s austerity and bailout plans, saying the measures were so different from the ruling Popular Party’s election pledges that Spaniards should have the right to express an opinion on them.

The Madrid protest comes four days after another antigovernment gathering in Barcelona that attracted about 1.5 million demonstrators, according to estimates by the police.

“We’ve had our pay cut. We don’t get the firefighting training and equipment we need. There are more students and fewer teachers in our children’s classrooms, and health care is also being cut,” said a firefighter, Carlos Melgaves, while marching in a group of about 50 firefighters. “We can’t take it anymore.”

The prime minister has accepted a loan of up to 100 billion euros, or about $130 billion, to help ailing banks hurt by a collapse of the country’s real estate and construction industries. The government also has faced punishingly high interest rates while raising money on bond markets to keep the economy in liquidity.

The country is widely expected to ask to sell its bonds to the European Central Bank, but the conditions attached have been the subject of continuing negotiations.

In Portugal, another package of recently announced government austerity measures could turn the nation’s sullen acceptance of belt-tightening into an explosion of anger similar to that seen in Greece over the past two years.