Iran News Summary – 17-18 Dec 2011

17 Dec 2011
Hossein Ronaghi Maleki has ended his hunger strike – Hossein Ronaghi ended his hunger strike due to threats by officials to put added pressure on other prisoners – Arash Sadeghi & Mohsen Javadi Afzali were also on hunger strike in support of Ronaghi. Threats were made against them also
Student activist Arash Sadeghi has been released 
Des Nouvelles d'Iran – Semaine 50-2011
WaPo (AP) – #Iran says it has arrested a suspected American spy trying to infiltrate Iranian intelligence
3 prisoners executed in Arak prison for drug smuggling
Yazd Steel Factory blast death toll reaches 17
Setareh Elyasi, #WomensRights Student Activist Expelled for “Disobedience” – 
So much for sanctions…. #Iran and #Russia set to ink $700m #oil deal (via Mehr News)
Esmael Salmanpour sentenced to 1 year suspended; Farzad Eslami sentenced to 1 additional year
Kamran Rahimian transferred to Rejaei Shahr prison as his trial begins

18 Dec 2011
#Bochum City gives #HumanRights award to Mrs. Khadijeh Hajidini Moghaddam!
#Iran has released two #Kuwaitis held for a month, clearing them of spying (fa)
New charges against Mohammad Seifzadeh, jailed Iranian #humanrights lawyer |ICHRI|
MP Tavakoli, chairman of Majles research center: Corruption has cost  #Iran economy $ 34 billion in a year
death toll of Yazd Steel factory blast rises to 18 ; ILNA (fa)
 PIX 17.12.11 supporters of Laleh Park Mothers TY #Frankfurt
FARS: #Iran minister of energy says second phase of subsidy cuts will be implemented 
 #Tehran's metro victim of internal dispute between Ahmadinejad & Tehran's Mayor Qalibaf
BBC News – #Iran says CIA spy of Iranian origin detained
My short Q/A with Havel in 2009 in which he expressed solidarity w those fighting for democracy in #Iran 
For Kayhan, the word "Velvet" is still used to insult greens. Our Havels are tortured in IR prisons. Havel changed the world by his brain.
Le régime a besoin de la participation des réformateurs : FarsNews (pro-régime) leur donne la parole
9 political prisoners arrested in Tabriz on August 24 have been released after finishing their term : Mehdi Mohajer, Yousef Salahshour, Yaghob Ramezani – Ali Imani Gharamaleki, Mohamad Alimoradi, Yaser Salmani Rezaei – Ahmad Alizadeh, Mohamad Mahmoudi & Farzad Mahdavi 
Man convicted of kidnapping & rape was hanged in Ilam (W.IR) Sun 12/18
Serious health problems of imprisoned journalist Masoud Bastani ignored by the regime
Society 4 Iranian Archaeology warns of "destruction & looting" of ancient monuments&sites in Sistan & Baluchestan 
PHOTOS #Iran – Tiles of the dome of historical Charbagh school in #Isfahan city collapsed
#Tehran's Beethoven Music Center, celebrates 58th years of existence (fa)
"A Little Higher", a contemporary theatre, staged at #Tehran's Vahdat Hall
Court decision to be delayed 4 months. Christmas in Jail for #Iran Christaian Pastor Yousef Naderkhani.
Yemen releases 5 sailors from #Iran who were illegally detained 2 years ago – Tehran Times
Two court cases in Iran and Israel Farzaneh Rosstaee
New charges 4 the imprisoned lawyer; Banned access to a copy of constitution in prison K Ghoreishi


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