Iran Earthquake News Summary

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The casualty figures from Iran Earthquake continue to rise.
Iran state media revised quake toll down to 227 dead, 1,380 hurt, but true figure thought to be much higher, due to unreported deaths and speedy burials.
12 villages in Varzeghan with population of about 1000 have been completely destroyed by the Earthquake.

Fars news reported 40 aftershocks jolted East Azerbaijan.
In city of Harees in N.W. Iran 125 people were killed & 280 were injured. 40 villages around Harees sustained 70% to 100% damage. Abbas Falahi, MP for Ahar and Harees, said people in some villages were still “in dire need of food and drinking water.”
By early afternoon on Sunday, state television was reporting that search operations had ceased.
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Pix of some of the areas hit by the earthquakehttp://www.mehrnews.com/fa/newsdetail.aspx?NewsID=1670962
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Map showing earthquakes in 50 different locations across Iranhttp://www.mehrnews.com/fa/newsdetail.aspx?NewsID=1670915
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Father of seismology in Iran: ‘Nowhere else in the world does a 6 Richter earthquake cause fatalities’ [fa] http://peykeiran.com/Content.aspx?ID=51649
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Video: Azerbaijan 20 hrs after the earthquake disasterhttp://webzine.mehrnews.com/fa/press/2501668
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12 videos related to the earthquakes in Tabriz regionhttp://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDACA94FDFF8B1B4D

News from Iran – Week 27 – 2012

Iranian nationals Sayed Mansour Mousavi, left, and Ahmad Abolfathi Mohammad, right, are seen in this June 27, 2012 file photo in the Nairobi magistrates court in Nairobi, Kenya. (Khalil Senosi/AP)
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News of the Prisoners

A- Transfers

  • After 3 months in Intel detention, cultural activist Jabar Yebari has been moved to Karoon prison in Ahvaz.
  • Amin Zargarnezhad transferred to solitary in Tabriz prison.

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

  • Idris Kaveh, Bohran Keyvanpour, Hamid Parhizkar, Kurdish villagers, arrested in Nei, and Shamzin Ahmadnezhad, Shahoo Partavi, Mohammad-Amin Salimi , Mohammad Savarkar, Asad Soleimannezhad, Khalil Zibaei recently arrested in Mahabad.
  • After 3 days on medical leave Baha’i professor Farhad Sadeghi returned to prison.
  • Student activist Navid Gorgin was arrested in Esfahan last week.
  • Ahmad Hashemi former president Khatami’s Inspector General at the Interior Ministry started serving 5 years sentence.
  • Greens supporter journalist Ali Moslehi was arrested in Kashan.

C-Liberations

  • Journalist/civil activist Aref Darvish was released from prison after completing 1 year sentence.
  • Cyrus Fatehi, workers’ rights activist, released on bail.
  • Mitra Homayouni, workers’ rights activist, released on bail.
  • Journalist Nazanin Khosravani released for one week after posting bail.
  • Blogger/Human Rights activist Hossein Ronaghi Maleki has been released on bail on medical furlough.
  • Saeed Marzban, workers’ rights activist, released on bail.
  • Labor activist Maziar Mehrpour has been released on bail.
  • Farhad Sadeghi released from Rejaei Shahr on medical furlough.
  • Temporary release of imprisoned Christian convert Mehrdad Sajjadi on high bail.
  • Masoud Salimpour, workers’ rights activist, released on bail.

D-Other News

  • Cleric blogger Arash Honarvar Shojaei has started a hunger strike upon return to Evin after expiry of Medical furlough. He fell unconscious on the 4th day and was transferred to clinic.
  • In protest against transfer from ward 12 to ward 10 in Rajaei Shahr prison, 53 prisoners refuse food rations; 40 announce hunger strike


News of injustice in Iran

  • Samin Ehsani, Baha’i children’s rights activist, sentenced to 5 years in prison.
  • Semnan Court of Appeals has sentenced Elham Roozbehei to 24 months in prison.
  • Court of Appeals in Semnan has sentenced Baha’i Taraneh Torabi to 20 months in prison.
  • The two men sentenced to death following their two previous convictions for alcohol consumption have had their death sentences commuted and each received 80 lashes.
  • One public hanging in Ahar on Sunday.
  • 4 hangings on Monday, 1 publicly and 3 in Semnan.


University – Culture

  • The Jameh Mosque and Gonbad-e Qabus Tower have been approved as World Heritage sites.
  • Filmmaker Asghar Farhadi has been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
  • 1070 satellite dishes seized in Northern Iran.
  • Tehran International puppet theater festival kicks off.
  • Modernist Iranian painter Mansureh Hosseini dies at 86.
  • Mahmoud Dowlatabadi ‘s “The Colonel” just published in the US.
  • Police raided and disrupted the Pen Society meeting held by Dr. Khazali and prevented Mohammad Nourizad from entering the meeting.
  • Another concert cancelled because men and women were not separated.
  • Misagh Afshar, Student in Beheshti University expelled because he is Baha’i.


Protests

  • Activists protest in support of Abr Forest.
  • Families of detained workers’ rights activists meet to protest
  • Disabled people demonstrated in front of the General Health Organization of Iran’s offices to protest the non-payment of disability benefits.
  • Telecom workers to strike and protest working conditions in Shiraz.


Economy in Iran

  • Ministry of industry and mines raises interest rates on loans to industry from 11% to 21%.
  • Iran discovers 6 billion barrels of new oil reserves.
  • Iran automobile production drops 40% this year.
  • 4,000 Iranian brick workers lose jobs after plant closure.
  • No Iranian crude imports for Japan in July.
  • Sanctions cut Iran’s July oil exports to near 1 million barrels per day.


Iran  abroad

Iranian nationals Sayed Mansour Mousavi, left, and Ahmad Abolfathi Mohammad, right, are seen in this June 27, 2012 file photo in the Nairobi magistrates court in Nairobi, Kenya. (Khalil Senosi/AP)


  • Salehi, Iran Foreign Minister briefly detained by Lanarca airport security last week in Cyprus.
  • U.N. publishes report on Iran arms trade with Syria.
  • Iran calls for extraordinary OPEC meeting.
  • Qatar frees 8 jailed Iran fishermen.
  • Saudi Arabia has not resumed issuing visas to Iranian pilgrims following the suspension on the death of the Crown Prince
  • Iran summons Afghan diplomat.
  • Saudi decided not to execute Iranian prisoners. Sentences commuted to 15 years in jail.
  • Iran proposes opening of bank branch in Mumbai, India.
  • The 2 Iranians arrested in Kenya with 15 kgs of explosives are members of IRGC Qods force which executes terror attacks against targets outside Iran.
  • Iran arrests two men on charges of spying for Azerbaijan; Iranian ambassador to Baku recalled.
  • Frankfurt prosecutor office: Iran’s Vice Consulate is accused of sexually molesting children.
  • Iran invites Egypt’s new Islamist president to non-aligned summit in Tehran in August.


Politics in Iran

  • Iranian authorities ban selling food and transport services 2 foreign (read Afghan) citizens without residence permit.
  • Foreign Ministry rejects anti-Semitic remarks of first Vice President Rahimi.
  • The government retreats from implementing the second phase of targeted subsides.
  • Iran dismisses militia commanders involved in the British embassy attack.
  • Speaker of Syrian parliament to visit Iran.
  • Tehran to host conference on ‘women and Islamic awakening’ next week.
  • Reza Taghipour, Minister of Communications, admitted surveillance and illegally intercepting citizens’ conversations.


Miscellaneous

  • One hour “temporary marriage” (Islamic prostitution contract) in Iran at $35-$50/hour.
  • 63% of Iranians vote to stop Uranium-enrichment in online poll on Iran’s national TV’s website.

News from Iran – Week 21 – 2012

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News of the Prisoners

A- Transfers

  • Mousavi’s senior adviser Ali Reza Beheshti Shirazi transferred to hospital.
  • National-Religious activist Masoud Pedram has been transferred back to Ward 350 from Ward 2-A solitary.


B- Arrests/Incarcerations

  • Rastin Aalemi, student in Mazandaran University arrested.
  • Sholeh Afshari, Baha’i, arrested in Isfahan.
  • Ali Aghazadeh, merchant in Tabriz bazar, arrested.
  • Hossein Ahmadian arrested in Maragheh.
  • Mostafa Avazpour, arrested in Tabriz for protesting against Lake Urmiah drying up.
  • Mohammad Eskandarzadeh arrested in Tabriz for protesting against Lake Urmiah drying up.
  • Bahram Ferdosian, Baha’i, arrested in Isfahan.
  • Abolfazl Garamani, student in Mazandaran University arrested.
  • Mehran Keshavarz, Sepah soldier, arrested in Urmiah for protesting against lake drying up.
  • Pouria Khaleghi, student in Mazandaran University arrested.
  • Rouhollah Khani arrested in Urmiah for protesting against lake drying up.
  • Askar Khaniari arrested in Urmiah for protesting against lake drying up.
  • Hasan Mirzakhani arrested in Tabriz for protesting against Lake Urmiah drying up.
  • Akbar Mohajeri arrested in Tabriz for protesting against Lake Urmiah drying up.
  • Hamid Noghoudi arrested in Urmiah for protesting against Lake Urmiah drying up.
  • Ghader Norouzi arrested in Tabriz for protesting against lake drying up.
  • Esrafil Omidi, student in Shahid Beheshti University, arrested in Urmiah for protesting against lake drying up.
  • Mana Pirali, Baha’i, arrested in Isfahan.
  • Mehrdad Raha arrested in Urmiah for protesting against lake drying up.
  • Mobin Rastemian student in Mazandaran University arrested
  • Fariborz Reisdana, economist, member of Iran Writers Association, arrested to serve out a 1-year prison term.
  • Azam Tabibi, Baha’i, arrested in Isfahan.
  • Afsaneh Toghi arrested inside Tabriz University for protesting against Lake Urmiah drying up.
  • Arrests at a private party (9 men + 6 women) where alcohol was served.
  • Tens of people arrested in East and West Azarbaijan for protesting the drying up of Lake Urmiah.

C-Liberations

  • Clergy/blogger Ahmad Reza Ahmadpour ended his hunger strike after being granted furlough.
  • Journalist Rahman Bouzari was transferred to Evin prison on Saturday to start serving his 2 years sentence.
  • Mahdieh Golroo, student activist, was released at the end of her sentence.
  • Women’s rights activist Mahboobeh Karami was released on bail a little while ago. She’d been detained since May 15 last year.
  • Teachers Trade unionist Ali Poursoleiman was released after completing his one year sentence.
  • Author and literary translator Mohammad Soleimaninia has been released on bail.


D-Other News

  • Mohammad Sedigh Kaboudvand has been on hunger strike since May 4th.
  • Iran to retry Kurdish Moradi brothers sentenced to death.
  • Mohammad Reza Motamednia has ended his hunger strike after 42 days.
  • Political prisoner Mansour Radpour has died in custody in Rejaei Shahr prison.
  • Imprisoned blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki has started a hunger strike.
  • Prison officials recently admitted to using trained dogs to attack prisoners as a punishment.


News of injustice in Iran

  • Mostafa Armin, Kurdish activist, sentenced to 15.5 years in prison + exile for Moharebeh.
  • Nioosha Badi Sabet, Baha’i, sentenced to 1 year in prison + 1 year suspended.
  • Saeed Derayat, Kurdish activist, sentenced to 4 years in prison.
  • Ali Divsalar, Baha’i, sentenced to 2 years in prison + 2 years suspended.
  • Anisa Fanaian, Baha’i sentenced to 4 years and 4 months..
  • Abolfazl Ghadiani sentenced to one extra year in prison for writing to Khamenei.
  • Court of Appeals upheld 3 1/2 years in prison+70 lashes for Mashhad Ferdowsi University student Mohammad Ghafarian.
  • Solmaz Ghasemi, Baha’i, sentenced to 1 year in prison + 1 year suspended.
  • Sarah Haj Ebrahimi Baha’i, sentenced to 2 years in prison + 2 years suspended.
  • Mousa Hatefi, Kurdish activist, sentenced to 7 years in prison.
  • Reza Jolodarzadeh Editor-in-Chief of banned weekly Sobhe Azadi has been sentenced to 1 year in prison.
  • Sabah Khaiat sentenced to 6 years by Appeals.
  • Ali Marhamati, Kurdish activist, sentenced to 4 years in prison.
  • Shamis Nourani, Baha’i, sentenced to 1 year in prison + 1 year suspended.
  • No one found guilty for the 4 death of Hoda Saber (political prisoner died after 9-days hunger strike) and Haleh Sahabi (died at father funeral) Prosecutor.
  • Amir Seif sentenced to 5 years + 74 lashes on anti-national security acts by participating in protests and insulting officials.
  • Two people executed in Esfahan on Saturday.
  • Seven people executed in Lakan prison in Rasht on Sunday.
  • 14 people hanged on Monday of which two men in Sanandaj, one man in Sari and one in Kermanshah.
  • Man convicted of alcohol consumption was lashed in public in Mianeh.
  • 3 people were hanged in Adelabad prison in Shiraz on Tuesday.
  • A man received 74 lashes in public in Dashte Azadegan in Khozestan province
  • One pubic hanging in Ilam on Thursday.


University – Culture

  • Education Ministry is cooperating with theological seminaries to produce elementary school textbooks.
  • Members of music group [rap band ] “vibrations” were arrested in Mahabad.
  • Reuters Bureau Chief in Tehran, Parisa Hafezi ‏has been banned from leaving Iran.
  • 9 internet cafes shut down due to using proxy filters.
  • Asghar Farhadi received EU Media prize in Cannes – he will direct his next film in France.
  • Iran’s Abbas Kiarostami relocates to Japan for Cannes entry ‘Like Someone in Love’.
  • Iran to issue media licenses to foreign media from Latin America and “Islamic Awakening” countries.
  • The Elamite rock bas-relief of Kurangun in the Baba Meydan region of Fars Province, faces destruction.
  • Shiraz Payamnour University English language and literature student Yekta Fahandezh has been expelled for being of Baha’i faith.


Protests

  • Protests in Urmiah on Monday against drying up of the Lake.
  • Preschool teachers protest in front of Parliament.
  • Clandestine Gay Rights Rally in Tehran.


Economy in Iran

  • Water bills to rise 20%.
  • $1 = 1700 tomans.
  • South Korea’s largest oil refiner SK Energy will stop Iranian crude imports from July.
  • 800 Metro workers have not been paid for five months in Ahvaz.
  • Iranian oil exports to China down by 23% in April compared to last year.
  • Iran plans a new oil terminal outside the Strait of Hormuz to protect its exports.
  • Hundreds of brick making factories closed down; thousands of seasonal workers unemployed in Kermanshah.
  • Fire erupts in petrochemical plant in Khuzestan province.
  • Iran to export oil products to Ecuador.


Iran  abroad

  • FM Ali Akbar Salehi left for Kuwait on Sunday.
  • Iran calls back ambassador from Azerbaijan.
  • Three Iranian truck drivers were abducted in Syria.
  • Hojjat 0l-Eslam Mohammad Mohammadi, the Supreme Leader’s representative and head of the Islamic Charities Organization, met with Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah.
  • Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Saeed Jalili met with Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki and President Jalal Talabani.
  • Ahmadinejad meets with Sudan’s presidential adviser.
  • Ahmadinejad invites Syria’s Assad, to visit Tehran to take part in a meeting of Non-Aligned Movement.
  • Iran and Afghanistan have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation on an anti-narcotics campaign.
  • There are currently 5,700 Iranians registered as refugees or asylum seekers in Turkey.


Politics in Iran

  • Iranian diplomat accused of child molestation in Brazil fired from Foreign Ministry.
  • Former deputy head of the Central Bank accused in fraud case attends government meetings.
  • Deal signed to split oil revenue between outlets of IRGC and Basij militia.


Miscellaneous

  • Iranians buying oxygen tanks to escape Tehran’s polluted air: 5 minutes of oxygen, for $3.
  • Landmine explosion kills two.
  • Bodies of 98 Iranians and 13 Iraqis killed during 1980-1988 war returned to their native countries on Monday.


News from Iran – Week 20 – 2012

Ronak Safarzadeh
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News of the Prisoners

A- Transfers

  • Javad Alikhani transferred to Modarres hospital for kidney stones problems.
  • Chair of Participation Front Mohsen Mirdamadi was transferred to hospital from Evin on Sunday.
  • Narges Mohammadi transferred to Evin clinic and then to Zanjan prison.
  • Sarir Sadeghi transferred from Pelak 100 to Shiraz prison.
  • Riaz Sobhani transferred from Rejaei Shahr handcuffed and shackled to a hospital in Tehran

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

C-Liberations

  • Zahed Banafeshi arrested on May 1st in Sanandaj, released on bail from Intelligence detention center.
  • Babol University student activist Moein Ghamin has been released after 23 days in detention.
  • Shirkoo Kordi arrested on May 1st in Sanandaj, released on bail from Intelligence detention center.
  • Mohammad Latifi arrested on May 1st in Sanandaj, released on bail from Intelligence detention center.
  • Human Rights activist member of One Million Signatures Campaign and a member of the Cultural and Social Association of Women of Azarmehr in Kurdistan, Ronak Safarzadeh, an Iranian Kurd, released after 55 months
  • Hamid Tarimoradi arrested on May 1st in Sanandaj, released on bail from Intelligence detention center.
  • Iran Freedom Movement member Mohammad Tavasoli has been released on furlough.
  • After more than 2 years in prison, student activist Sina Zahiri was released from Rejaei Shahr prison.

D-Other News

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    Moussavi & Rahnavard (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Activist Peyman Aref has been summoned to court once again.

  • Opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, under house arrest, met with his family.
  • Iran opposition leader Mir-Hossein Moussavi and his wife Zahra Rahnavard, under house arrest, met with Rahnavard’s mother.
  • Imprisoned writer, democratic theorist Massoud Pedram on hunger strike.
  • Iran demolishes houses of activists in Ahwaz.
  • Relocating Evin prison is postponed for lack funds for prisons.
  • Isfahan prisons hold 3 times the number of prisoners for standard capacity of the prisons.
  • Imprisoned labour activists on hunger strike in Tabriz prison.

News of injustice in Iran

  • Sahar Beiram Abadi, Baha’i, sentenced to 2 years in prison + 1 year suspended.
  • Scientist Dr. Omid Kokabi is sentenced to 10 years for refusing to cooperate with IRGC.
  • Saman Ostevar, Baha’i, director of a pre-school in Bam, sentenced to 2 years in prison + 1 year suspended.
  • Mehdi Ramezani, father of Ramin, killed during Iran Election protests, sentenced to 3 years in prison.
  • Sirvan Saberi, Kurdish political activist, sentenced to 3 years in prison; he is in Sanandaj prison.
  • Nahale Shahidi Baha’i, sentenced to 2 years in prison + 1 year suspended.
  • 13 people were tried and convicted of espionage for Israel.
  • Majid Jamali Fashi who pleaded guilty for the murder of nuclear scientist Massoud Ali-Mohammadi will be executed on Tuesday May 15.
  • One execution in Zanjan on Wednesday.
  • One woman and 6 men hanged in Kermanshah, 3 men in Ardebil, and 16 persons in Yazd prison on Thursday, a total of 26 people in one day, of which 5 women and 5 Afghans.
  • 4 fingers of a convicted thief were amputated in Mashhad prison.

University  – Culture

  • The manager of Tehran book fair reported that 120 different books were collected from the fair for what he called a “violation of the fair’s regulations.”
  • 397 satellite receivers collected in Arak last week.
  • Wave of university professors forced to retire.
  • Khamenei’s fatwa (religious ruling) on the illegality of using anti-filtering was blocked.
  • Political Prisoner Mohsen Mirdamadi secretary general of Participation Front expelled from Tehran University.
  • Parviz Shahriari, major figure in Iranian education -jailed under both Shah and Islamic Republic, dies at 85.
  • Book documenting life of Supreme Leader Khamenei banned.


Protests

  • Last week a group of students from Marivan Azad University gathered in front of the governor’s office in protest to what they call “life dangers.”
  • Sugar cane and food industry workers in Shushtar gathered to protest low wages and a lack of transparent contracts.
  • Protests in Sistan-Baluchistan turn deadly.
  • Battle between armed forces and workers at the Art College in Karaj University.


Economy in Iran

  • Eram textile factory in Tehran which employed more than 200 workers has reduced the number of workers to 180.
  • 200 workers lost their jobs after “Nab” vegetable oil was closed.
  • USD 1 = 1593 tomans.
  • Iran, unable to sell oil, stores it on tankers.
  • US dollar jumps 7% (from 1580 tomans to 1695 tomans) overnight.
  • Statistics Center: Unemployment fell 1.2% to 12.3% in Iranian year ending March 19, 2012.
  • Sharp rise in Tehran rents.
  • Iran subsidy handouts to increase from 45,500 tomans ($27) to 73,000 tomans ($43) per person per month.
  • Iran to raise petrol prices to 700 -1200 tomans per liter with second phase of subsidy reform.
  • 325 fertilizer plants shut down in Iran / 15,000 workers laid off.
  • Two factories in Zanjan have laid off 140 workers, after not paying their salaries for five months.
  • Oil exports reportedly show 90 % fall in two weeks – sanctions held responsible.


Iran  abroad

  • Iran turns off tracking systems on tankers.
  • Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs departs for South Africa and Namibia.
  • Iran still shipping arms to Syria, UN report finds.
  • Islamic Republic of Iran threatens Google with lawsuit if they use a name other than “Persian Gulf”.
  • Japan bank freezes Iran accounts after court order.
  • Arab hackers launch cyber-attack against Iranian Oil Company.
  • Sri Lanka announces reduced purchases of Iranian oil.
  • Communications jamming, monitoring, and surveillance equipment, target for new sanctions on Iran.
  • Iran to host the 12th international mathematics conference on September 2-5.
  • Two Iranian pilgrims abducted in Syria were released and handed over to Turkish officials on the Turkey-Syria border.


Politics in Iran

  • Head of Iran’s Assembly of Experts: it is acceptable to issue a warning to the Supreme Leader.
  • Battle for the next Majlis speaker’s post: Haddad Adel vs. Larijani.
  • Rafsanjani: Iranian government must allow criticism of Iran’s Expediency Council leader; people must be allowed to make constructive criticism of the government
  • Iranian Azeris set up national council in Turkey, aspire for independence.
  • Majlis approves increase in subsidies in second stage of the Subsidy Reform Plan.
  • Iran’s parliament approves $462 billion budget.


Miscellaneous

  • EU force frees Iranian dhow from Somali pirates.
  • Remains of 57 Iranian soldiers killed during the war in the 1980s found in Faw peninsula in Iraq.
  • Health Ministry is concerned: Increasing alcohol consumption, alcoholism in Iran.
  • Air pollution alert issued in Tehran.
  • Another retired Sepah Commander dies of heart attack.

News from Iran – Week 19 – 2012

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News of the Prisoners

A- Transfers

  • Kurdish political prisoner Jahangir Badouzadeh has been moved to solitary in Orumieh prison after protesting harsh treatment.
  • After 20 days in solitary, Mohammadreza Motamednia on day 27 of hunger strike was moved to Ward 350.


B- Arrests/Incarcerations

  • Journalist Mahsa Amrabadi reported to Evin after being summoned to start serving her 1 year sentence.
  • Mohammad Haji Babaei, student activist, arrested in Babol.
  • Omid Kharazmian summoned to Evin to start serving his 4 years sentence. He was arrested in connection with Ashura 09 protest.
  • Yaghoub Moghanikar was arrested in a raid of his home in Karaj and sent to Intel section in Rejaei Shahr.


D-Other News

  • On death row IT specialist Saeed Malekpour’s family was allowed a visit after 3 months.
  • 16 year old brother of incarcerated Gonabadi dervish Kasra Nouri interrogated and threatened by Intelligence. Detention extended Kasra Nouri just before release.


News of injustice in Iran

  • Laleh Azadi (F) arrested during Ashura protest in December 09 has been sentenced to 4 years in prison.
  • Aghaghiya Azizai (F) arrested during Ashura protest in December 09 has been sentenced to 4 years in prison.
  • Mohammad Azizi has been sentenced to 5 years by court in Saghez on charges of affiliation with a banned opposition group.
  • Samko Khorshidi has been sentenced to death on Moharebeh charges by court in Saghez.
  • Journalist Omid Mohades has been sentenced to 4 years suspended for 5 years + 5 years ban on political activities.
  • Journalist Meysam Mohammadi has been sentenced to 4 years in prison + 5 years ban from print or online journalism.
  • Mohammad Reza Pour Shajari, blogger, sentenced to one extra year in prison, 4 in total.
  • Caricaturist Mahmoud Shokraiyeh sentenced to 25 lashes for drawing MP Ahmad Lotfi’s cartoon.
  • Khamenei pardons Ahmadinejad’s ally Mohammad Sharif Malekzadeh, who was arrested last year on corruption charges, before going to court.
  • Nine people hanged in a prison in Tehran on Monday.
  • Four people were hanged in Kerman prison on Wednesday.


University  – Culture

  • ‘A Separation’ won Italy’s David Award as Best Foreign Language Film.
  • 150 University students in Tehran summoned to National Organization of Educational Testing and interrogated by Intelligence agents.
  • Samaneh Moradian, first ever translator of Georges Bataille works in Iran, commits suicide at age of 24.
  • Reports of women being arrested violently at Tehran Book Fair. Probable cause: Bad Hejab.
  • Iran shut down booths of 3 foreign Publishers at Tehran book fair.
  • Book vendor booth shut down in Tehran Book Fair for displaying poster of Cyrus the Great.
  • The ministry of Guidance (Culture) ordered to pay damages for censuring a social criticism film, « Ali Santouri » (2006), to director Darioush Mehrjoui.
  • Death threat [ fatwa ] against Shahin Najafi, Iranian Rapper living in Germany.
  • Nourizad movie “We Have Murdered People” released.Historic Amin ol-Soltan House (Qajar era) in Tehran to be demolished.
  • Crowds gathered for memorial service for veteran actor and director Iraj Ghaderi.


Protests

Textile workers in Mazandaran protest

  • Workers gather in protest of firing and non-renewal of contracts; 3000 unemployed in 1 week.
  • Textile workers in Mazandaran demonstrate.
  •  Laid-off workers from Shahab Khodro Company gathered in protest for the second time on Azadi Street in front of the building of the welfare and social security ministry.


Economy in Iran

  • Madnoosh sugar factory in Saghez on the verge of closure due to sanctions. 1150 workers have lost their job.
  • Minimum salary for average Iranian worker covers 40% of their costs, 50% of them are looking for a second job.
  • The subsidies reform saved 50% less than expected.
  • Iran willing to join China-Tajikistan-Afghanistan railway link.
  • Per-capita consumption of milk in Iran 1/6 of developed countries’ per-capita consumption.
  • Iran Central Bank: Iranians’ food costs soar from 50 to 165 per cent in one year.
  • Farakolun Company which employed 500 specialists and other laborers was shut down.
  •  The head of the high commission of labor associations of Iran announced that 43 percent of Iranian workers are paid less than minimum wage.
  • The number of vehicles in Iran quadrupled from 2009 to 2011.
  • Iran’s private sector allowed selling up to 20% of Iranian crude oil to bypass sanctions.
  • US dollar =1619 toman.


Iran  abroad

  • Iran eyes spiritual leadership of Iraq’s Shiites – maneuvering to replace ayatollah Sistani by ayatollah Shahroudi.
  • A reporter of Fars news (close to IRGC in Iran) arrested by Afghan Intelligence Agency in Kabul.
  • Tunisian higher education minister to visit Iran.
  • New Portuguese ambassador to Iran meets Salehi.
  • Egyptian University professors meet with FM Salehi.
  • Salehi receives Azerbaijan Republic deputy FM.
  • Britain seeks delay to EU’s Iran ship insurance ban.
  • Fars News will soon launch Russian language service.
  • Iran summons Afghan ambassador.
  • Hamas Won’t Fight Israel Over Iran, Says Haniyeh.
  • Ex French Prime Minister Michel Rocard on special mission in Iran.


Politics in Iran

  • Majlis election in Iran : in the 2nd round, conservatives opponents to Ahmadinejad still stronger in Parliament.
  • Iran parliament rejects subsidy cuts proposals.
  • Budget bill to be discussed at Majlis open session on Wednesday : National budget amounts to about 5.1 quadrillion rials (approximately $416 billion) down from 5.39 last year – defense budget up 127%.
  • IRGC-affiliated Javan: Government continues to degrade journalists and is failing to live up to its promises.
  • A large workshop which produced (illegal) satellite television dishes was discovered in Tabriz and shut down.
  • Ahmad Mansouri becomes the ninth 40-50 year old IRGC commander to die of heart attack in the past year.
  • Supreme Leader’s representative in IRGC calls on Ahmadinejad to show more consideration of the Majlis.
  • Each Iranian MP to receive a 700 million tomans (~$500,000) “loan”.
  • Iran to ban school stationery with ‘un-Islamic pictures’.
  • MP Koochekzadeh physically attacks ‘Aftab’ reporter over comments about Mortazavi Kahrizak murderer.
  • Khamenei makes unofficial visit to Qom to meet with Mesbah-Yazdi.
  • Majlis to pursue the removal of Mortazavi and impeachment of Labor Minister.

Miscellaneous

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Annapurna I (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • 3,518 wounded in a 5.5 earthquake on the border with Iraq.
  • Former Iran hostages Sarah Shourd and Shane Bauer got married.
  • Iranian mountaineer Azim Gheichisaz conquers Himalayas Annapurna I peak.
  • Telephone disruptions experienced for 3 days by subscribers of 22 telecommunications centers in Tehran following maintenance of cables.
  • Women’s football on rise in Iran after FIFA lifted ban on headscarves.
  • Suicide rate is up 17%.
  • Iran has shut down 60 traditional tea houses and clothing stores in Tehran.