News from Iran – Week 43 – 2012


Prisoners’ News


Mousavi’s 2009 campaign coordinator, Mir Taher Mousavi, who was arrested 3 months ago, has been taken to hospital.

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki was taken to hospital in dire condition but not admitted and returned to Evin.

Jailed lawyer Mohammad Seif Zadeh transferred from Evin prison to the hospital.

On hunger strike Human Rights attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh was transferred to prison infirmary.


B- Arrests/Incarcerations

Idris Seidin Boroujerni, student activist, enters Evin 350 to serve his one year sentence.

Journalist Abdolnaser Mahimani has been released on furlough.

19 year old Baha’i Tina Mohabati was arrested by Intelligence agents at a bus station in Gorgan. Her mother Shiva Rohani was arrested last week.

Farzin and Ramin Shahriari, Baha’i residents of Eslamshahr, in Tehran province, were arrested and taken to Evin.

Leila Tavasoli reported to Evin to start serving her 2 years sentence and was reportedly released after 2 hours.



Activist Mehdi Fakhrzadeh, labour activist Behnam Keyvani , and Green Movement blogger Siamak Namayeshi released on bail.

D-Other News

Ahmad Ghabel, religious scholar, political dissident and whistle-blower on the mass executions at Mashhad prison has passed away.

Baloch security prisoner Hamzeh Rigi in solitary last 30 months is on 25th day of hunger strike.

News of injustice in Iran

Baha’i Akbar Pourhosseini sentenced to 28 months in prison.

3 executions in Sistan Baluchistan on Sunday.

10 executions in Evin on Monday.

3 executions in Ghazvine on Tuesday.

A man convicted of adultery was lashed 99 times in public in Ghaemshahr.

University – Culture

Film, director Jafar Panahi and jailed lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh were jointly awarded the European Union’s Sakharov prize for outstanding contribution to human rights and freedom of expression


Traffic protest and defiant dancing in the streets in Tabriz after Tractor game despite heavy security presence.

1,000 workers from Iran Entekhab group staged a demonstration at the South Korean embassy in Tehran after Daewoo deal sours.

Iran Economics

Iran’s inflation rate rises to 24% in Shahrivar (August 22-September 21).

Politics in Iran

Ahmadinejad’s request to visit Evin Prison is rejected for a second time by the judiciary.

Inflation reports are confidential; head of Iran’s Statistics Center said.

Iran  abroad

FM Salehi due to visit Lebanon on Saturday for a few-hour visit.

German parliamentary team to visit Iran.

Saudi coastguard ‘capture 15 Iranians.


28 students killed in bus accident.

Jet fighter accompanying Khamenei allegedly crashed.

7 earthquakes measuring from 2.0 to 3.6 have jolted Varzeghan, Ahar and Haris.

A storm that struck Bushehr killed one and injured three.

3 killed in explosion in Karaj.


News from Iran – Week 42 – 2012


Prisoners’ News

A- Transfers

Following announcement of hunger strike, imprisoned retired teacher Mohammad-Amin Agoshi moved to solitary cell.

Ali Moezzi was transferred to Ward 240 of Evin prison for solitary confinement.

After 18 months in solitary, political prisoner Farid Soroori moved to Hall 12 of Rajai Shahr prison.

Labor activist Shahrokh Zamani was taken out of Tabriz prison handcuffed and shackled, he was moved to Dezful Prison then to Rajaei Shahr .


B- Arrests/Incarcerations

Vahid Alighalipour, leftist student, goes to Evin to serve his 1 year sentence.

Camelia Bidelian, Baha’i from Minoodasht, arrested with husband during raid against their home.

Roxana Foroughi, Bizhan Haghighi, Shahin Lahooti, Eskandar Rezaei, Mohammad Roghangir (Vahid), Soroosh Saraei, Christians from Shiraz, arrested and sent to Intelligence detention.

Political prisoner Mashaalah Haeri’s daughter Negar Haeri has been arrested for following up on her dad’s case.

Shahnam Jazbani and wife Shohreh Samimi, Baha’is from Minoodasht, arrested during raid against their home.

Mahmoud Maghari, eminent Bazaar activist, arrested.

Behnam Hosseini, Houshmand and Maryam Dehghan, Hana Aghighian, Farahmand and Pooneh Sanaei, Farhad Fahandezh, Kamal Kashani, Mitra Nouri, Soudabeh Mehdinezhad, Navid Moalemi, Parivash Shojaei (Fanaian), Farahnaz Tabianian, Sheyda Ghodousi, Nazi Taghighi (Khalkhi), Shiva Rouhani (Mohiti),arrested during raids on their homes.

Former Allameh University student activist Nasim Soltanbeigi reported to Evin to start serving 3 years sentence.


Labour activist Alireza Asgari released on bail on medical grounds.

Adeleh Cheraghi wife of labor activist Alireza Asgari was released on bail.

Release of Vahid Zardy, Christian Artist, from Mashhad prison.

D-Other News

Imprisoned teacher Mohammad-Amin Agooshi started a hunger strike; his son had sold a kidney to be able to visit his father.

Mohammad Nazari ended his hunger strike.

Detained Green leader Moussavi and wife Rahnavard were allowed a 3 hour family visit at their home.

Incarcerated blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki’s family threatened by Tabriz Intelligence.

Security forces attack Isa Saharkhiz visitors in hospital.

Jailed Human Rights attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh has launched a hunger strike protesting violations of her legal rights.

After 10 days, political prisoner and cancer patient, Farah Vazehan, ends her hunger strike.

Imprisoned former member of Daftar-e Tahkim-e Vahdat student organisation, and a member of the Pan Iranist Party, Shahin Zeinali denied family visits.

Women political prisoners in Evin staged a sit-in protest protesting violations of their legal rights.

News of injustice in Iran

Baha’i Anisa Fana’ayan sentenced to 22 months in prison.

Hassan Ghanbari, Azari activist, sentenced to2 years suspended for 5 years.

Civil rights activist Masoud Hosseinzadeh court proceedings held without a lawyer present.

Alireza Khanlari, Baha’i, sentenced to 6 months in prison.

Reza Malek, former Intelligence Ministry agent serving 12-year prison term got extra 2 years for insulting leader.

Hamid Monafi Nazarlou, Azari activist, sentenced to2 years suspended for 5 years.

85 years old Baha’i Mohammad Hossein Nakhei sentenced to 3 years in prison in Birjand.

Appellate court has sentenced Trade union activist Pedram Nasrollahi to 19 months in prison.

Former Tehran mayor and senior member of Iran Freedom Movement Mohammad Tavasoli has been sentenced to 11 years + 5 years ban on political activities and journalism.

5 executions on Sunday

2 executions in Shahroud on Thursday.

University – Culture

Head of IRIB, Ezzatollah Zargham summoned by court.

Zaber Haldian, a religion and Arabic teacher with 23 years’ experience, banned from teaching because he is a Sunni Kurd.

Rauf Hosseini, a religion and Arabic teacher with 18 years’ experience, banned from teaching because he is a Sunni Kurd.

Edris Ranjbar, an elementary school consultant with 12 years’ experience, banned from teaching because he is a Sunni Kurd.

Atollah Salimi, a science teacher with 23 years’ experience, banned from teaching because he is a Sunni Kurd.


Metal workers protest in front of Minister of work.

Tabriz Dizel strike enters its twentieth day.

Iran Economics

1,000 workers fired from tire factory in Mashhad in one year.

$ 1 = 3290 tomans 1EUR = 6280 tomans on Saturday. $ 1 = 3550 tomans on Monday, 3700 toman on Tuesday, 4000 toman on Wednesday

About 3.8 million Iranians are suffering from hunger.

30% increase in American exports to Iran in the first eight months of 2012.

Over the past several days USD 5 billion of counterfeit money has been put into circulation in the Iranian market.

18,000 retirees unpaid.

Two textile plants were closed in Yazd Province, resulting in the layoff of at least 50 workers.

Brickwork company in Varamin reduces output due to high energy costs resulting in 2,500 unemployed workers.

Iran abroad

34 Iranian companies or institutions will be added to a list of more than 400 facing EU asset freezes.

Yemen seizes Iranian arms.

Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi met with the Emir of Qatar.

A 15-member European Parliament delegation to visit Iran on Oct. 27.

Iran recalls vice-consul in Frankfurt, Germany over sexual abuse of a young girl

Iran flights deferred by Gulf Air.


Two months after the earthquake and winter approaching people still living in tents.

MP Mehdi Chamran stated that Azerbaijani earthquake damage estimated at 900 billion toman.

Sanctions: In 5 months, list of medicines no longer found in Iran changed from 30 to 90.

Deadly flood in Behshahr, Mazandaran province has claimed 12 lives so far.

Suicide bomber kills one in southern Iran mosque attack.

Another explosion at Iran-Turkey pipeline halts gas supply.


The Two Worst Rogue States in the United Nations


My transcript of part of a public lecture “The Emerging World Order: its roots, our legacy” given by Noam Chomsky at Politeama Rossetti in Trieste, Italy on September 17, 2012.


The basic reason for the concern [over the possibility of Iran building nuclear weapons] has been expressed succinctly by General Lee Butler, the former head of the US Strategic Command, which is in charge of nuclear weapons and the strategic policies involved. He writes, “it is dangerous in the extreme, that in the cauldron of animosities, that we call “the Middle East”, one nation should arm itself with nuclear weapons, which may inspire other nations to do so.”
General Butler, however, was not referring to Iran. He was referring to Israel. That’s the country that ranks highest in polls of European public opinion, as the most dangerous country in the world, right above Iran. But not in the Arab world. In the Arab world, the public regards the United States as the second most dangerous country after Israel  and that goes back quite a while. Iran is generally disliked, but it ranks far lower as a threat – among populations, that is. Just not the dictatorships.

Western media and commentary keep almost entirely to the views of the dictators, so we constantly hear that the Arabs want ‘decisive US action against Iran, which is that’s true of the dictators, and you may recall that a while ago, WikiLeaks released the diplomatic documents quoting Arab dictators – Saudi Arabia and the Emirates – as calling for strong US action against Iran.

The commentary about that was interesting. It was almost euphoric: “Isn’t this wonderful? The Arabs support US policy against Iran!” which is true of the Arab dictators. At the very same time, Western-run polls were coming out, showing that it’s quite the opposite, that though again, they don’t like Iran, they’re not regarded as a threat. The United States is regarded as a threat. In fact opposition to US policy was so strong, that a majority – and in some countries like Egypt, a substantial majority, thought that the region would be more secure if Iran had nuclear weapons. They don’t want Iran to have nuclear weapons, but if the United States and Israel have them and are there, that’s what’s needed.

That was almost never mentioned. And that reaction is pretty striking. It illustrates the contempt for democracy among Western elite opinion: it doesn’t matter what the population thinks, that’s derided as the “Arab street” – who cares what they think? What matters is what the dictators think. That’s a commentary about us, not about the Arab world.

Noam Chomsky

Unlike Iran, Israel refuses to allow [IAEA] inspections, refuses to join the non-proliferation treaty (NPT). It has hundreds of nuclear weapons and advanced delivery systems, and it also has a long record of violence and repression (it has annexed and settled conquered territories illegally in violation of [UN] Security Council orders and court decisions), and many acts of aggression: it has invaded Lebanon five times with no credible pretext, and much more.

Meanwhile, severe threats of attack continue, from the United States and particularly Israel. Daily, there are strong threats of attack, and there’s reaction from US Government. The Secretary of Defence, Leon Panetta, reacted to the threats from Israel by saying, ‘we don’t want them to attack Iran, but they’re a sovereign country, they can do what they like’. If Iran was making comparable threats about Israel – and it isn’t – the reaction would be quite different.

You may remember there is a document called the United Nations Charter. The key provision in the UN Charter is a ban against the threat or use of force in international affairs. But now there are two rogue states, the United States and Israel, that pay no attention to this, and are constantly issuing severe threats. And the European Union goes along, politely. The threats are not just words: there is an ongoing war – or at least what we would regard as an ongoing war, if it was directed against us – and there are regular assassinations of scientists and terrorist acts, there’s a very severe economic war.

The US threats, which are unilateral, have cut Iran out of the international financial system. The European countries don’t disobey the United States so they’ve gone along. Five high-level former NATO commanders have recently released what they call a ‘new grand strategy’, which identified various acts of war that justify a violent response. One of them is ‘weapons of finance’ – that justifies a military reaction, when it’s directed against us. But cutting Iran out of the global financial markets, is different.

The US Government is very proudly announcing that it’s undertaking extensive cyber-warfare against Iran. The Pentagon has identified cyber-warfare as a serious military attack, which justifies our military response. But that’s the difference between what we do to them and they do to us. Israel has an enormous lethal armoury, not just nuclear. Only recently, in the last few months, Israel has received advanced submarines provided by Germany. These are capable of carrying Israel’s nuclear tipped missiles, and they’re sure to be deployed in the Persian Gulf, or nearby. They may already be there. Certainly, if Israel proceeds with its plan to bomb Iran,  the US has a vast array of nuclear weapons surrounding the region, from the Indian Ocean, all the way to the West. In the Persian Gulf itself, the US has enough fire-power to destroy the world many times over.

Full lecture:

Gulf states sideline Arab League in Syria talks


The meeting of Arab foreign ministers scheduled to be held in the Saudi city of Jeddah over the Syrian crisis has been postponed indefinitely without explanation by the Arab League. This “emergency meeting” was to discuss the conflict and the replacement of the UN and international mediator Kofi Annan, who resigned last week after the failure of his peace efforts. The Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi was tipped to succeed him .

However, the foreign ministers of the six Gulf monarchies (Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain) held last night in Jeddah a meeting about the Syrian crisis. Now, this session is expected to take place Tuesday during an Islamic summit in the kingdom following the initiative of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia who seeks to mobilize the Muslim world in favor of the uprising in Syria.

Syria, a member of the OIC, “will not be represented at this summit,” according to Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary General of the Organization Islamic Cooperation (OIC), adding that a preparatory meeting of Foreign Ministers would be held Monday and should “decide on a suspension of Syria, recommended by representatives of member countries. ” The organization of this summit, which promises very sharp clashes between Iran, unwavering supporter of Syria, and the GCC, including Saudi Arabia, comes as the UN could not take a firm stand on this issue after the differences arising among members of the Security Council.

It would seem that those parties who declined Iran’s invitation to last Thursday’s “Friends of Syria” summit in Tehran have been forced by that event to step up their own efforts.

Leaders of the Gulf Arab States pose for a photo before the opening session of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Riyadh May 10, 2011. (Ho New/Courtesy Reuters)

Four days after launching its ground offensive to cleanse the rebels from Aleppo, tanks and warplanes of the regime of Bashar al-Assad continue to pound several districts of this metropolis in the North of the country. According to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR), the neighborhoods Shaar, Tariq al-Bab, Hanano, Bustan al-Qasr and Salaheddin are the target of violent firing of artillery by the army.

Shots were also heard in Damascus while the nearby towns of Al-Tal and Harsata were bombed, according to the SOHR.

In Homs, soldiers assisted by militiamen “executed” ten young people in the Shams neighborhood, according to the Syrian National Council, the main opposition coalition. The victims were selected from a crowd of 350 people gathered in one place, said SNC.

Clashes took place elsewhere in the province of Deraa (south), birthplace of the insurgency launched in March 2011 against the Assad regime.

In Beirut, a judicial source said that the Syrian security chief, General Ali Mamluk, is suspected of plotting attacks in Lebanon. Last week, the former Lebanese minister Michel Samaha was arrested . Samaha is a pro-Syrian figure.

Some content via Al Bawaba

News from Iran – Week 29 – 2012


News of the Prisoners

A- Transfers

  • Imprisoned journalist Reza Ansari Rad suffered nervous attack and convulsions, moved to infirmary.
  • Ahmad Ghabel transferred to Milad hospital in Tehran.
  • Mohammad Sadegh Kaboudvand was taken to hospital outside the prison in critical condition.
  • Baha’i Afif Na`imi transferred to hospital.
  • Afshin Yavari transferred from Rajaei Shahr prison to hospital.

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

  • Furlough extension was denied for Hassan Asadi Zeidabadi, he is back in Evin.
  • Hamid Eslami, Baha’i from Shiraz arrested and sent to Intel (pelak100).
  • Masoom Fardis back to Evin 350 at the end of his furlough.
  • Faran Hesami begins serving her 4 years sentence.
  • Amir Maghami-Far, Baha’i, was arrested last week in Tehran.
  • Sarah Mahboubi, Baha’I, begins serving her 10 months sentence in Sari prison.
  • Amir Mazidi, Baha’i, was arrested last week in Tehran.
  • Mohsen Mohagheghi back to Evin 350 at the end of his furlough.
  • Navid Nezhat, student activist, begins serving his one year sentence in Evin.
  • Rahman Vafaei, Baha’i from Shiraz arrested and sent to Intel (pelak100).


  • Meiad Afshar, Baha’i expelled student, released on 60 million toman bail.
  • Nourollah Ghebeitizadeh, Christian, freed after 16 months in prison.

D-Other News

  • Ashraf Alikhani launches hunger strike to protest transfer of cellmates to Gharchak prison.
  • After 80 days, journalists Mahsa Amrabadi incarcerated in Evin and husband Masoud Bastani in Rejaei Shahr were allowed to visit.
  • Mohammad Sadegh Kaboudvand begins a dry hunger strike.
  • Mehdi Karroubi met with the family, four days after the death of his sister
  • Hossein Ronaghi Maleki’s furlough has been extended until August 1st.

News of injustice in Iran

  • Mansoureh Behkish, member of Mourning Mothers of Laleh Park sentenced by Appeals to 6 months in prison + 3.5 years suspended for 5 years.
  • Political prisoner Asghar Mahmoudian sentenced to 6 years to be served in Semnan prison.
  • Foad Moghaddam, Baha’i from Shiraz, sentenced to 5 years in prison.
  • Amanollah Mostaghim, Baha’i from Shiraz, sentenced to 5 years in prison.
  • Labour activist sentenced to 3 more years in prison in Sanandaj: Pedram Nasrollahi.
  • 3 hangings in Kerman prison on Monday.
  • 3 hangings in Ghazvine on Tuesday.
  • 1 hanging in Zahedan on Thursday.
  • 1 public hanging in Shiraz on Thursday.

University – Culture

  • Peyman Aref banned from studying, once again.
  • Student activist Ali Ajami expelled from university.
  • Iran celebrates registration of Kashan carpet weaving and Fin Garden on UNESCO lists.


  • More than 300 workers at Makin Darya Company, a company tied with Khatam ol Anbiya, Revolutionary Guards construction wing, in Bandar Abbas went on strike on July 7. The workers have been protesting 4 months delay in receiving their wages.
  • A group of contracting textile workers at Iran Barak in the city of Rasht went on a short work stoppage on July 7 and sent a letter to the management of the factory.
  • Pensioners Association board members in Shushtar announce a protest [ income not in step with inflation]

Economy in Iran

  • A labor activist in Boroujerd announced thousands of municipal workers have not been paid for 2 months.
  • India’s top buyer of Iran oil turns to Azerbaijan and Saudi Arabia.
  • Renault refuses to leave Iran.
  • HSBC accused to have worked secretly with Iran.


  • Jomhouri Islami critical of new Egyptian President.
  • Ali Akbar Salehi said that Iran has contacts with Syrian opposition.
  • Iran delegation in North Korea for talks.
  • Yemen uncovers Iran spy network run by former IRGC commander, in operation for 7 years.
  • Iran condemns blast in Damascus, warns against foreign interference in resolving Syrian conflict; Salami tells IRGC officers not to fear U.S. power.
  • Iran denies Israeli claims on Bulgaria attack and condemns the attack.

Politics in Iran

  • Afghanrefugees barred from two provinces of Mazandaran and Hormozgan.
  • Tehran’s mayor Qalibaf runs for presidential elections in 2013.
  • 2000 chicken vendors fined total of $750,000 for high chicken prices.
  • Intelligence headquarters in Khuzestan warn Muslim families to avoid all contact with Baha’i families.
  • Majlis Speaker meets with “sources of emulation” in Qom.
  • Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi has declined Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf’s numerous requests for a meeting.
  • Deputy Head of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Barham Salih, met with Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi. He is also due to meet with other senior officials, Ahmadinejad, Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani and Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary Saeed Jalili. This is Salih’s third visit to Tehran.


  • Ahwaz is in the midst of a water crisis and its worst drought in decades.
  • Tehran police arrest 130 offenders and expose them on a podium; 30 added later.
  • Intensified appropriation of satellite dishes in Urmia by police.
  • Police has appropriated 540 satellite dishes in Ardebil in the last 3 months.
  • Large factory in Ahvaz changes working hours to 11pm to 7 am during the month of Ramadan.
  • Some people have attacked Islamic Police in eastern Tehran.