Political Punch-ups

Lawmakers of the main opposition Democratic Party react as they fall down during scuffles with parliament security guards in Seoul
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If you’re not fighting, you’re not trying

“In a democracy, people usually get the kind of government they deserve, and they deserve what they get.” ~ Hunter Thompson

I am allergic to politics and politicians. I can never understand why some people like to fuss and fawn over them. At times it’s almost like hero worship, yet they are supposed to be servants of the public. All the scandals about politicians lying and cheating their way through life only reinforce my negative feelings. To further prove my point, here – in no particular order because there is no point trying to choose between them – are some examples of politicians behaving badly.

2013 – Venezuela

Opposition lawmaker Julio Borges arrives with a bruised face to his political party’s headquarters

2011 – Italy

Political fights: political fisticuffs

Claudio Barbato, left, a member of the opposition FLI party, fights with Fabio Ranieri, right, from the Northern League in Italy’s parliament in Rome. Photograph: Ansa/Reuters

2005 – Russia

Political fights: political fisticuffs

Members of the Rodina (Motherland) faction fight with deputies of the Russian Liberal-Democratic party during the State Duma session in Moscow in 2005. The Liberal-Democrats protested what they described as violations in the course of elections to the legislature of the Yamal-Nenets autonomous area and staged a walkout. As they made for the doors, some of them clashed with members of the Rodina party. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

2006 – Czech Republic

Political fights: political fisticuffs

The then Czech health minister, David Rath, in a punch-up with his right-wing rival, Miroslav Macek, during a meeting of disgruntled dentists in Prague. Macek, a presidential adviser and former deputy PM who is also a dentist, broke off an address to slap Rath hard on the back of the head. Rath responded by calling him a coward and the two men traded blows

2009 – Bolivia

Political fights: political fisticuffs

Bolivian opposition congressman Fernando Rodriguez, right, battles with an unidentified indigenous deputy of President Evo Morales’s party during a congress session in La Paz in 2009 Photograph: David Mercado/Reuters

2012 – Macedonia

In Macedonia, violent brawling broke out in parliament over the 2013 budget. Police in riot gear had to be called in to break up the fight.

Macedonian deputies and members of opposition Social-Democratic Alliance of Macedonia (SDSM) rescue fellow party member Vesna Bendevska (C) during a clash with Parliament security as they try to protect parliament speaker Trajko Veljanovski in Skopje December 24, 2012. REUTERS/Viktor Popovski

2011 – Kuwait

Kuwaiti Shiite and Sunni MPs fight during a heated parliament debate over inmates in the US Guantanamo detention centre. Yasser al Zayyat / AFP Photo

Kuwaiti Shiite and Sunni MPs fight during a heated parliament debate over inmates in the US Guantanamo detention centre. Yasser al Zayyat / AFP Photo

2010 – Ukraine

Political fights: political fisticuffs

Ukrainian opposition and pro-presidential lawmakers fight against each other during ratification of the Black Sea fleet deal with Russia, in parliament in Kiev, in 2010. Ukraine’s parliament voted to extend Russia’s lease of a Crimean naval port for the Black Sea fleet in a chaotic session during which eggs and smoke bombs were thrown Photograph: Efrem Lukatsky/AP

2010 – Mauritania

MPs Jamil Ould Mansour and Slama Ould Abdellahi manhandling each other after exchanging insults and profanities during a parliamentary session on the civil status law.

MPs Jamil Ould Mansour and Slama Ould Abdellahi manhandling each other after exchanging insults and profanities during a parliamentary session on the civil status law.

2009 – South Korea

Lawmakers of the main opposition Democratic Party react as they fall down during scuffles with parliament security guards in Seoul

Lawmakers of the main opposition Democratic Party react as they fall down during scuffles with parliament security guards in Seoul

See also: Brawling Legislators in South Korea – Photo Essay – TIME

2007 – 2010 – Taiwan

Taipei reform bill

Taipei, Taiwan: Parliament dissolved into chaos over an electoral reform bill.

Taipei reform bill

Taipei, Taiwan 2007: Rival legislators exchanged punches and jostled violently for position around the speaker’s dais.

Political fights: political fisticuffs

Taiwanese ruling and opposition lawmakers brawl as discussions start on the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement planned with China in 2010, in Taipei. Pro-and anti-government lawmakers exchanged punches and threw garbage bins at each other in a raucous session in Taiwan’s legislature, after the speaker rejected an opposition bid to conduct a detailed debate on the contentious trade pact with China Photograph: Wally Santana/AP

News from Iran – Week 36 – 2012

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Prisoners’ News

A. Transfers

  • Dr. Nader Babaei transferred handcuffed and shackled to hospital with internal bleeding.
  • Massoud Bastani and Keyvan Samimi were transferred to solitary confinement at Rajaei Shahr Prison.
  • Iran’s oldest political prisoner, Abbas Amir-Entezam, discharged from hospital and allowed to go home.
  • On day 17 of hunger strike, political prisoner Rasoul Herdani has been moved to Evin clinic in poor health.

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

  • Critic and blogger Ahmad Nourmohammadi Abadchi was arrested in Ahvaz and transferred to Isfahan Intel detention
  • Five days after release, political prisoner Hadi Amini re-arrested.
  • Journalist Zhila Baniyaghoub arrived at Evin Prison to begin serving her one-year sentence.
  • Ebrahim Fakhri arrested in Maku for attending a session of poetry in Turkish language.
  • Hashem Hosseinpanahi, Kurdish activist, arrested.
  • Babak Mohsennezhad, photographer, arrested when taking pictures in Maku.
  • Professor at online Baha’i University, Keyvan Rahimian, summoned to serve his 5-year sentence.
  • Mohammad-Hasan Yousef-Pourseifi, human rights activist, reported to Evin to start serving his 5.5 year sentence.

C-Liberations

Akbar Amini

  • Vahdat Dana, Baha’i from Shiraz, freed after serving his sentence.
  • Akbar Amini released on bail.
  • Iman Rashidi, Fariba Ashtari, Farhanaz Misaghian, Shabnam Motahed, and Nategh Naeemi, Baha’i from Yazd, freed on 50 million Toman bail each.
  • Fariborz Baghi, Baha’i from Yazd, freed on 80 million Toman bail.
  • Sina Aghdaszadeh and Shayan Tafazoli,Baha’i from Mashhad, freed on 100 million Toman bail each.
  • Hossein Yazdi, reformist politician arrested last week released.

D-Other News

  • Muzaffar Dadi, ‎‎24, who had been incarcerated in Bandar Abbas Prison, died after being violently beaten by guards.
  • Wife of political activist and former prisoner Mohammad Esmail-Zadeh beaten by security forces commander, her teeth and jaw broken.
  • Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki suffering from internal bleeding in his kidneys after beatings and hunger strike

News of injustice in Iran

Behzad Nabavi

 

  • Human Rights activist and Zanjan Payame Noor University student Davoud Khodakarami has been sentenced to 4 months suspended for 4 years.
  • Journalist and political activist Mohammadsafar Lafoti has been sentenced to 5 years suspended sentence and a 5 year ban from political or journalism activities
  • New charges have been pressed against senior reformist Behzad Nabavi, imprisoned in IRGC’s ward 2A.
  • 3 executions in Rajaei Shahr prison.


University – Culture

  • First phase of the national internet has been installed in 28 of Iran’s 31 provinces.
  • Tehran Times Managing Director, Reza Moghaddasi, and Isaac Chipampe, Managing Director of Zambia’s Daily Mail, signed a cooperation agreement with the goal of improving socio-cultural relations between Iran and Zambia.


Iran Economics

  • Isfahan Petrochemical Complex shut down due to oil shortages.
  • Iran suspends $2.6B gas project with Chinese consortium.
  • 5 million day laborers deprived of benefits of the labor law.
  • Workers protesting the bankruptcy verdict of Avangaan manufacturer of transmission towers: 100 workers laid off.
  • $ 1 = 2,200 Toman on Wednesday, 2,250 on Thursday
  • Russia has taken over the market for Iranian oil in Turkey.


Iran  abroad

  • Iran and North Korea sign technological cooperation agreement, deepening ties.
  • Bahrain demands apologies from Iran further to translation of Morsi speech during NAM.
  • Alleged spy ring for Iran revealed by visual records in Turkey.
  • Iran Supplying Syrian Military via Iraqi Airspace.
  • Canada lists Iran as “state sponsor of terrorism” for support of Assad regime in Syria. Canada has closed its embassy in Iran, effective immediately, and declared personae non gratae all remaining Iranian diplomats in Canada.
  • Ahmadinejad appoints Reza Nazar-Ahari, former ambassador to Finland, as Iran’‎s new ambassador to Japan.


Politics in Iran

  • Revolutionary Guards killed a member of the PDKI, Esmail Kargar, in Shno.
  • Khamenei’s rep in IRGC: Regime’s legitimacy does NOT lie in people’s vote – while admitting that thousands of protesters and dissidents had been arrested after the 2009 election.
  • 7 Ayatollahs in Qom call execution of political opponents legally indefensible.
  • IRGC wants to establish seminary schools.
  • Security forcibly closes 15 businesses in Qazvin for not strictly observing the rules and values of Islam.
  • Iran’s next presidential election set for June 14 2013.


Miscellaneous

  • 21 medals, of which 9 gold for Iran during the London 2012 Paralympics.

News from Iran – Week 34 – 2012

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News of the Prisoners

A- Transfers

  • Mir Hossein Moussavi taken to Hospital in Tehran because of a heart condition; Zahra Rahnavard was with him and their daughters could visit him. He returned from hospital the next day
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B- Arrests/Incarcerations

  • Zhila Baniyaghoub hase been summoned to prison.
  • Ashura protester Behzad Arab Gol arrested three years ago summoned to Evin to serve 4-year sentence.
  • Journalist Mehdi Mahmoudian is back in prison.
  • Shiva Nazarahari has been summoned to prison.
  • Children’s rights activist Saeed Shirzad was arrested in Varzegan. He was there to help the earthquake victims. He begins a hunger strike to protest against his arrest.
  • Rayhaneh Tabatabaei has been summoned to prison.
  • Political prisoner Shahin Zeinali is back in Rejaei Shahr prison after 10 days out on furlough.
  • 22 men and women were arrested in Chaloos in a raid of a private party.
  • Police detained 35 people who were helping earthquake’s victims and transferred them to Tabriz prison ward controlled by  Intelligence ministry, 35 reported arrested among the following 41 names:
    • Farnaz and Mehrnaz Ahmadzadeh, Behrooz Alavi, Mohammad Arjomandirad, Mehri Baghbanbashi, Maziar and Morteza Esmailpour, Jafar Gholami, Navid Khanjani, Danial Hosseini, Vahed Kholousi, Ali Mahmoudi, Behrouz Oloomi, Milad Panahipour, Farid Rohani, Amir, Hasan and Hossein  Ronaghi-Maleki, Sadegh Rezaei-Gigloo, Amir Ronasi, Sepehrdad Saheban, Mohammad-Amin Salehi, Esmail Salmanpour, Mohsen Samei, Hamid Reza Masieian, Bahram Shojaei, Ali Taghdiri, Houman Taheri, Masoud Vafabakhsh , Shayan Vahdati
    • and Misagh Afshar, Shima Ghosheh, Rayhaneh Hesami, Kiana Karimpour, Narges Kheirollahi, Jafar Nezami, Esmail Rafati, Ahmad Ronaghi-Maleki , Nafiseh Saeedifard, Zahra Sayadi, Artemis Varzandeh, who were reported as released on bail the next day

 

C-Liberations

  • Pan-Iranist member Omid Dehdarzadeh has been released from Ahvaz prison.
  • Jalil Mohammadi, Worker activist has been released.

D-Other News

  • Habib Afshari, political prisoner sentenced to death, ends his hunger strike.
  • Rasoul Herdani on hunger strike in Evin 350.
  • Cyber police summoning private quake aid depositors.
  • Mostafa Sabeti, head of the Council of the Participation Front in Golestan Province received the order banning him from leaving Iran when he was at the airport about to go on a trip abroad

 
News of injustice in Iran

  • University of Texas physics student, Omid Kokabee’s 10-years prison sentence upheld in appeal court.
  • Gilan University student activist Omid Rezaei has been sentenced to 8 months in prison by the Appeals Court.

 
Protests

  • Workers protest management shuffle in copper industry.

 
Economy in Iran

  • Iran imports from Russia, largest item Wheat, non feedstock, total $425 million. Iran exports to Russia, largest line item Pistachios ~1/4 total of ~$90 million.
  • Iran exports to China, mostly petrochemicals and minerals, total ~$1 Billion three months since March 2012. Iran imports from China, mostly machinery, total ~ $860 million.
  • Iran exports to USA, largest item dried grapes ~ 1/4 of total of $360,000 three months since March 2012. Iran imports from USA, largest item wheat non feedstock ~ 1/2 of total of $51 million.

 
Iranabroad

  • Iran looks to Armenia to skirt bank sanctions.
  • 150-member delegation will accompany Indian PM in visit to Tehran.
  • Australia imposes new sanctions on Iran.
  • UN political chief criticizes Iran for sending weapons to Assad’s regime.

Politics in Iran

  • 12 women’s hospitals established in Iran.
  • Ali Saeedi, Khamenei representative at IRGC, said reformists can participate in upcoming presidential elections if they “repent”.
  • PDKI and Komeleh sign a strategic unity agreement.

Miscellaneous

  • Tractor soccer fans booed as Khamenei was shown on the big screen during the mid-week match, screen in disapproval of slow quake disaster response.

 

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Des Nouvelles d’Iran – Semaine 34 – 2012

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Nouvelles des Prisonniers

A-   Transferts

Ø  Mir Hossein Moussavi transféré en soins intensifs dans un hôpital de Téhéran ; Zahra Rahnavard l’accompagne et leurs filles ont pu lui rendre visite. Le lendemain, il est de nouveau assigné à domicile.

B- Arrestations/Incarcérations

Ø  Zhila Baniyaghoub convoquée pour purger sa peine.

Ø  Le manifestant de l’Ashura Behzad Arab Gol, arrêté il y a 3 ans, convoqué à Evine pour purger sa peine de 4 ans

Ø  Le journaliste Mehdi Mahmoudian est de retour en prison.

Ø  Shiva Nazarahari convoquée pour purger sa peine.

Ø  Le défenseur du droit des enfants Saïd Shirzad arrêté à Varzeghan où il été venu pour aider les victimes du tremblement de terre. Il commence une grève de la faim pour protester contre son arrestation.

Ø  Rayhaneh Tabatabaï convoquée pour purger sa peine.

Ø  Shahine Zeinali de retour à Redjaï Shahr à la fin de sa liberté provisoire.

Ø  22 hommes et femmes arrêtés à Tchalous lors de l’attaque d’une fête privée.

Ø  L’Iran arrête 35 personnes venues aider les victimes du tremblement de terre en Azerbaïdjan et les transfère au ministère du renseignement de Tabriz :

o   Misagh Afshar libéré le lendemain

o   Farnaz et Mehrnaz Ahmadzadeh

o   Behrouz Alavi

o   Mohammad Arjomandirad

o   Mehri Baghbanbashi

o   Maziar et Morteza Esmaïlpour

o   Djafar Gholami

o   Shima Ghosheh libérée le lendemain

o   Rayhaneh Hessami libérée le lendemain

o   Danial Hosseini

o   Kiana Karimpour libérée le lendemain

o   Navid Khanjani

o   Nargues Kheirollahi libérée le lendemain

o   Vahed Kholoussi

o   Ali Mahmoudi

o   Hamid Reza Masieian

o   Djafar Nezami libéré le lendemain

o   Behrouz Oloumi

o   Milad Panahipour

o   Esmaïl Rafati libéré le lendemain

o   Sadegh Rezaï-Guiglou

o   Farid Rohani

o   Ahmad (père de Hossein a fait un arrêt cardiaque lors de son arrestation, libéré le lendemain), Amir, Hassan et Hossein  Ronaghi-Maleki,

o   Amir Ronassi

o   Sepehrdad Saheban

o   Mohammad-Amin Salehi

o   Esmaïl Salmanpour

o   Mohsen Sameï

o   Nafisseh Saïdifard libérée le lendemain

o   Zahra Sayadi libérée le lendemain

o   Bahram Shojaï

o   Ali Taghdiri

o   Houman Taheri

o   Massoud Vafabakhsh

o   Shayan Vahdati

o   Artemis Varzandeh libérée le lendemain

 

C-Libérations

Ø  Le membre du parti Pan-Iraniste Omid Dehdarzadeh a été libéré de la prison d’Ahvaz.

Ø  Djalil Mohammadi, syndicaliste, a été libéré.

D-Autres Nouvelles

Ø  Habib Afshari, prisonnier politique condamné à mort, arrête sa grève de la faim.

Ø  Rasoul Herdani en grève de la faim au bloc 350 d’Evine.

Ø  Mostafa Sabeti, directeur du comité central du Front de la Participation au Golestan, informé qu’il est interdit de sortie du territoire alors qu’il se trouvait à l’aéroport prêt à partir à l’étranger.

Ø  La cyber-police convoque les détenteurs des dons pour les victimes du tremblement de terre.

Nouvelles de l’injustice en Iran

Ø  L’étudiant en physique de l’université du Texas, Omid Kokabi condamné en appel à 10-ans de prison.

Ø  L’étudiant militant du Gilan, Omid Rezaï condamné en appel à 8 mois de prison.

 

Les manifestations

Ø  Les ouvriers manifestent contre le changement à la tête de l’industrie du cuivre..

 

L’économie de l’Iran

Ø  Marchandise la plus importée de Russie, le blé, total $425 millions. – Marchandise la plues exportée vers la Russie, les Pistaches ~1/4 d’un total de ~$90 million.

Ø  Marchandise la plus exportée vers la Chine, la pétrochimie et les minéraux pour un total ~$1 milliard pour les 3 premiers mois de 1391 – Marchandise la plus importée de Chine, les machines-outils pour un total ~ $860 million.

Ø  Marchandise la plus exportée vers les USA, les raisins secs ~ 1/4 d’un total de $360,000 pour les 3 premiers mois de 1391 – Marchandise la plus importee des USA, le blé, ~ 1/2 d’un total de $51 millions.

 

L’Iran à l’étranger

Ø  L’Iran se tourne vers l’Arménie pour éviter les sanctions bancaires.

Ø  Une délégation de 150 personnes accompagnera le premier ministre indien en Iran.

Ø  L’Australie impose de nouvelles sanctions à l’Iran.

Ø  Le chef politique de l’ONU critique l’envoi par l’Iran d’armes au régime d’Assad.

 

 La politique en Iran

Ø  12 hôpitaux réservés aux femmes établis en Iran.

Ø  Ali Saïdi, représentant de Khamenei au sein des gardes révolutionnaires : les réformistes pourront participer aux prochaines élections présidentielles s’ils se « repentent ».

Ø  Le PDKI et le Komeleh signent un accord stratégique.

 

Nouvelles en vrac

Ø  Les supporters de l’équipe de football Tractor huent Khamenei quand il apparait sur l’écran à cause de la lenteur mise à répondre au tremblement de terre.

 

News from Iran – Week 25 – 2012

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News of the Prisoners

A- Transfers

  • Javad Alikhani ends his hunger strike after return to general ward.
  • Imprisoned Mahabad Payame Nour University student Jamal Ghadernejad was taken to hospital.
  • Farshad Ghorbanpour ends his hunger strike after return to general ward.
  • Death row Kurdish prisoner Samkoo Khorshidi was moved from Saghez prison to Sanandaj prison.
  • Saeed Jalalifar ends his hunger strike after return to general ward.
  • Reza Joshan exiled to Damghan.
  • Saeed Matinpour ends his hunger strike after return to general ward.
  • One week after kidney surgery, blogger/HR activist Hossein Ronaghi Maleki is back in Evin prison.
  • Arash Saghar ends his hunger strike after return to general ward.


B- Arrests/Incarcerations

  • Massive arrests in Karaj, 59 workers’ rights activists, all transferred to Rejaei Shahr prison. Among them: Mitra Homayooni, Vafa Ghaderi, Reyhaneh Ansari, Khaled Hosseini, Mahmoud Salehi, Saeed Moghaddam, Cyrus Fathi, Ghaleb Hosseini, Mohammad Abdipour, Jalal Hosseini, Alireza Asgari, Masoud Salimpour, Abbas Andriyany, Sediq Amjadi, Fattah Soleimani, Maziar Mehrpour, Mohmmad Molanai, Vahed Seyyedeh, Jalil Sharifian, Sediq Khosravi, Yusuf Ab Kharabad, Faramarz Fetrat Nejad, Jalil Mohammadi, Nezam Sadeghi, Afshin Nadimi, Hussein Pilooti, Rahman Ebrahim Zadeh, Abbas Hashem Poor
  • Amin Abolhasani, Abadeh Manouchehr Zare and Ali Shafiee, Gonabadi dervishes, arrested in Kovar.
  • Implementation of 2 years prison for Michael Azimi, student of late Hoda Saber.
  • Omid Ghaderi-Eghdam, Yaghoub Khezri and Jamal Ghaderinezhad from Miandoab, arrested and sent to prison.
  • Kurdish Tehran University post-grad student Diako Khayat arrested in Mahabad
  • Amir Sheibanizadeh arrested and sent to Vakilabad prison to serve his sentence.
  • Vahid Zardi, an actor newly converted to Christianity arrested in Mashhad.
  • Tehran police declare: 170 thugs and hoodlums arrested, they will be displayed in various parts of the city as a lesson to others.


C-Liberations

  • Imprisoned journalist Bahman Ahmadi Amouie denied family visits.
  • Political prisoner Mohamadreza Motamednia has been released at the end of his sentence.


D-Other News

  • French Trade Unions CFDT, CGT, FSU, Solidaires and UNSA condemned on Tuesday “the suppressive wave” in Iran against workers’ rights activists, and called on Iranian authorities to “respect workers’ rights”.
  • Mansour Mohammadi, Kurdish prisoner, is on hunger strike in Bandar Abbas prison
  • Nasrin Sotoudeh vows to launch hunger strike next week if denied visitation with family.


News of injustice in Iran

  • Foad Ahmadnejad sentenced to 6 months.
  • Shohreh Azami-Kasaei sentenced by appeals to 8 months.
  • Ali Naami Sharifi, Abbas, Abdolrahman and Jamshid Heydarian, Arab political prisoners were hanged in Karoon prison.
  • Zahra Nik-Aein’s 7-year sentence reduced to 23 months by appeal court.
  • Keyvan Rahimian sentenced to 5 years in prison.
  • 4 year sentence for Alireza Rajaee.
  • Journalist Isa Saharkhiz has been sentenced to 1.5 additional years on an 11 year-old case.
  • As part of their sentence, 2 men convicted of theft were lashed 74 times each in public in Vaneshan village (Central Iran).
  • 4 public executions in Tehran on Wednesday.
  • 1 execution in Ahar on Thursday.


University – Culture

  • In past two months 621 domestic and foreign sites under surveillance by cyber police.
  • Students of Naft University in Ahvaz were attacked, beaten, and their exams were canceled.
  • Iranian Ney virtuoso Hassan Kasaii dies at 84.
  • Tehran University Chemical Engineering master’s degree student Shaghayegh Aghah has been expelled due to being a Baha’i.
  • Press TV is back on the Astra staellite.
  • The Iranian Cultural Center and the branch of Iranian Studies Foundation in Moscow were opened.


Protests

  • Truck drivers of Iran’s largest cement factory continue their strike.


Economy in Iran

  • 10,000 workers write a letter to Minister of Labour.
  • The unemployment rate reaches 65% in Iranian Kurdistan.
  • $1 = 1810 Tomans Monday, 1825 Tomans Tuesday.
  • Bank Tejarat sues the European Union over an asset freeze imposed on the state-owned Iranian bank.
  • Rise in food prices compared to one year ago: dairy 44% – vegetables 55% – fruit 41% – herbs 94% – red meat 37% – chicken 73%


Iran  abroad

  • Iranian and British foreign ministers meet.
  • The Japanese parliament approved insuring ships carrying Iranian oil.
  • Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi, Vice President of Executive Affairs Hamid Baghaei and Vice President for International Affairs Ali Saeedlou will be accompanying Ahmadinejad, scheduled to arrive in Bolivia on June 19 to meet with his Bolivian counterpart Evo Morales before attending the Rio+20 Summit on sustainable development in Brazil.
  • China asks Iran to pay for shipping costs of the oil it wants to export.
  • Ahmadinejad met with both the UN Secretary General and former Brazilian President Lula da Silva on the sidelines of the Rio+20 Summit.
  • 3 Iranian banks, including Pasargad and Bank Tejarat, have applied to the Turkish banking regulator for a banking license.


Politics in Iran

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  • Ahmadinejad will quit political scene in 2013.
  • MP calls for expulsion of Saudi ambassador.
  • Larijani brothers accused of embezzling over 342 hectares of land in best locations around Tehran.


Miscellaneous

  • According to official records, within the last year 75 boys/girls  under the age of 10, 3929 boys/girls aged 10-14, were married in Tehran
  • 500 suicides in one year in Hamedan alone.
  • Iran says Flame virus is contained.
  • The Central Bank of Iran site has been under cyber attack.