Political Punch-ups


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

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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

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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 12 – 2012


News of the Prisoners


  • Kurdish political prisoner Habibollah Golparipour transferred to solitary in Oroumiyeh prison
  • Political prisoner Mohammad Ali Velayati on hunger strike since 3/14 has been moved to Evin 240 solitary.

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

  • Kambiz Habibi, and Kavoos Samimi, Baha’i from Shiraz arrested and sent to Intel. Detention center.
  • Political prisoner Mostafa Tajzadeh is back in Evin after only one day out on furlough.
  • 70 Kurds arrested in Dehgolan and Kermashah in Nowrooz fests


  • Amir Bahmani , Rajabali Dashab, Hamidreza Eizadyari, Hassan Faraji, Behzad Houshmand, Mohsen Javadi Afzali, Hamzeh Karami, Mehdi Karimian Eghbal, Mostafa Tajzadeh, Omid Norouzian, Didar Raoufi, Hamid Reza Khadem, Ali Goudarzi and Ali Akbar Mohammadzadeh on five days furlough for Norooz.
  • 63 years old political prisoner Abolfazl Ghadyani has been released on bail on furlough.
  • Political prisoner Hamid Reza (Mahan) Mohammadi has been released on furlough.
  • Labor activist Ali Nejati has been released on medical furlough.
  • Navid Nabili, Behnaz Hadadzadeh and Fataneh Hajipour, Baha’i, released on bail from Mashhad prison.
  • Journalist Seyyed Ali Mousavi Khalkhali has been released on bail.
  • Dr. Mehdi Khazali has been released on day 70 of his hunger strike.
  • Political prisoner Abbas Esfandiyari has been released from prison after completing five years sentence.
  • Arya Aramnejad, political prisoner and singer, was released.
  • Koohyar Gourdarzi’s mother Parvin Mokhtari has been released after 8 months in prison.
  • Advar(Alumni Association) member Moussa Saket was released from Tabriz prison last Friday after finishing 7 months term.
  • Dr Masoud Sepehr, a high-ranking member of Organization of the Mujahedin of the Islamic Revolution and an activist reformist in Fars Province was released after four months imprisonment ahead of Norooz.

D-Other News

  • Cleric/blogger Ahmad Reza Ahmadpour in Ahvaz prison is banned from phone calls and visits.
  • Student activist Payman Aref is on hunger strike protesting his illegal detention. Bail has been set and posted but he is still detained.
  • Opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, under house arrest, met with his family, without presence of Intelligence ministry agents.

    Mehdi Karroubi

    Mehdi Karroubi

News of injustice in Iran

  • Dari Amri, Baha’i  from Mashhad, sentenced to one year.
  • Gholamreza Hosseini, Workers’ Rights activist, accused of collaborating with hostile governments, gets 9 years in prison.
  • Mona Rezaei, Baha’i  from Mashhad, sentenced to one year suspended.
  • Azari activist Behnam Sheikhi has been sentenced to five years suspended sentence.

University  – Culture

  • Britain says “UK for Iranians” website, launched on Wednesday, had been blocked three days later.
  • Iranian government turns to Gmail and Yahoo for support in online crackdown.
  • Jalal Zolfonun, master of the setar, as well a composer and teacher of Persian music, passed away.
  • Ansar Hezbollah rally outside the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance to protest the approval of two films.
  • Rahman Yaghubi, a student activist from Mazandaran University, was expelled from the university, one week after finishing his prison term.
  • Conservative blog Zahra HB blocked immediately after openly and vehemently criticizing closed, rigid and inflexible structure of Iranian regime.

Economy in Iran

  • UAE traders refuse all monetary transactions in Iranian currency for fear of rial’s free fall.
  • Iran central bank: Licensed exchange houses given permission to buy and sell foreign currencies.
  • In Asia, importers of Iranian oil are trying to escape European sanctions.
  • Iraq proposes its oil to Sri Lanka which imports 92% of its oil from Iran.
  • South Korea, Taiwan, South Africa cut Iranian oil imports.
  • Deputy Commerce Minister Hamid Safdel said that the import of 600 types of was temporarily banned: “The restrictions apply to goods that are either produced in Iran or for which there are no recorded statistics of import.” There is another list of 180 types of luxury items, which although not restricted, the government does not allocate a foreign exchange rate for their import.”
  • The city of Tabriz signed a 12 billion rial contract with the IRGC Rehabilitation and Construction Command to build a second Metro line in Tabriz.

Iran  abroad

  • 20 International organisations urge renewal of mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights in Iran.
  • US grant exemption on Iran sanctions to 10 EU countries, Japan.
  • Treasury issues subpoenas in investigation into funding for pro-MEK lobby campaign.
  • Iran accused at UN of shipping weapons to Syria.
  • Iran resumes funding Hamas.
  • India sells 3 millions tons wheat to Iran.
  • Mandate of UN Human Rights special rapporteur for Iran is extended (22-5-20)
  • Ahmadinejad will attend Norooz Festival in Tajikistan on March 24-26.
  • Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will pay an official two-day visit to Iran on March 28 and 29 to inaugurate the Turkish Cultural Center in Tehran.
  • EU to add 17 Iranians to its sanctions list for Human Rights abuses.
  • EU foreign ministers agreed a ban on the export of equipment and software to Iran that can be used to monitor or intercept telecommunications.

Politics in Iran

  • Iran will hold runoff elections for 65 parliamentary seats on May 4.
  • After fiasco of “Year of economic Jihad” Khamenei declares 91 “Year of national production, support of Iran labour/investment”
  • Al Alarabiya news agency has claimed that Kamran Daneshjoo, the Iranian Science Minister, has converted to Christianity.


  • Iran removes World AIDS day from state calendar

Des Nouvelles d’Iran – Semaine 12-2012


Nouvelles des Prisonniers

A- Transferts
  • Habibollah Golparipour, prisonnier politique kurde, transfĂ©rĂ© Ă  la prison d’Oroumieh Ă  l’isolement.
  • Le prisonnier politique Mohammad Ali Velayati en grĂšve de la faim depuis le 14 mars a Ă©tĂ© transfĂ©rĂ© au bloc 240 d’Evine Ă  l’isolement.
B- Arrestations/Incarcérations
  • Kambiz Habibi, et Kavous Samimi, bahaĂŻ de Shiraz, arrĂȘtĂ© et envoyĂ© au centre de dĂ©tention du ministĂšre du renseignement.
  • Le prisonnier politique Mostafa Tadjzadeh de retour Ă  Evine aprĂšs seulement un jour de libertĂ© provisoire.
  • 70 Kurdes arrĂȘtĂ©s Ă  Dehgolan et Kermashah lors des fĂȘtes de Norouz.
  • Arya Aramnejad, prisonnier politique et chanteur, a Ă©tĂ© libĂ©rĂ©.
  • Amir Bahmani, Radjabali Dashab, Mohsen Djavadi Afzali, Hamidreza Eizadyari, Hassan Faradji, Hamzeh Karami, Mehdi Karimian Eghbal, Hamid Reza Khadem, Behzad Houshmand, Ali Goudarzi, Ali Akbar Mohammadzadeh, Omid Norouzian, Mostafa Tadjzadeh, Didar Raoufi en libertĂ© provisoire pour cinq jours pour Norouz.
  • Abbas Esfandiyari, prisonnier politique a Ă©tĂ© libĂ©rĂ© Ă  la fin de sa peine de cinq ans.
  • Le prisonnier politique de 63 ans  Abolfazl Ghadyani en libertĂ© provisoire sous caution.
  • Behnaz Hadadzadeh et Fataneh Hadjipour, bahaĂŻe, libĂ©rĂ©e sous caution de la prison de Mashhad.
  • Le Docteur Mehdi Khazali a Ă©tĂ© libĂ©rĂ© sous caution au 70Ăšme jour de sa grĂšve de la faim.
  • Hamid Reza (Mahan) Mohammadi, prisonnier politique, en libertĂ© provisoire.
  • La mĂšre de Kouhyar Gourdarzi, Parvin Mokhtari a Ă©tĂ© libĂ©rĂ©e au bout de 8 mois de prison.
  • Seyyed Ali Moussavi Khalkhali, journaliste, libĂ©rĂ© sous caution.
  • Navid Nabili, bahaĂŻ, libĂ©rĂ© sous caution de la prison de Mashhad.
  • Le syndicaliste Ali Nedjati libĂ©rĂ© pour raisons mĂ©dicales.
  • Le membre d’Advar(Association des anciens Ă©tudiants) Moussa Saket a Ă©tĂ© libĂ©rĂ© de la prison de Tabriz vendredi dernier Ă  la fin de ses 7 mois de prison.
  • Le Docteur Massoud Sepehr, membre de haut rang de l’Organisation des Moudjahiddines de la RĂ©volution Islamique, militant de la province du Province a Ă©tĂ© relĂąchĂ© aprĂšs quatre mois de prison avant Norouz.
D-Autres Nouvelles 
  • Le religieux et blogger Ahmad Reza Ahmadpour incarcĂ©rĂ© Ă  Ahvaz interdit d’appels tĂ©lĂ©phoniques et de visites.
  • Le militant Ă©tudiant Payman Aref est en grĂšve de la faim pour protester contre sa dĂ©tention illĂ©gale. Le montant de la caution a Ă©tĂ© fixĂ© et versĂ© mais il est toujours en dĂ©tention.
  • Le chef de l’opposition Mehdi Karroubi, assignĂ© Ă  domicile, a rencontrĂ© sa famille hors la prĂ©sence des agents du ministĂšre du renseignement.

    Mehdi Karroubi

    Mehdi Karroubi


Nouvelles de l’injustice en Iran

  • Dari Amri, bahaĂŻ de Mashhad, condamnĂ© Ă  un an de prison.
  • Gholamreza Hosseini, syndicaliste, accusĂ© de collaboration avec des gouvernements hostiles, condamnĂ© Ă  9 ans de prison.
  • Mona RezaĂŻ, bahaĂŻe de Mashhad, condamnĂ©e Ă  un an de prison avec sursis.
  • Le militant azĂ©ri Behnam Sheikhi a Ă©tĂ© condamnĂ© Ă  cinq ans de prison avec sursis.

L’universitĂ©  – La culture

  • La Grande Bretagne dĂ©clare que le site “UK for Iranians” lance mercredi a Ă©tĂ© bloquĂ© 3 jours plus tard.
  • Le gouvernement iranien utilise Gmail et Yahoo pour sa rĂ©pression online.
  • Djalal Zolfonun, maĂźtre du setar, compositeur et professeur de musique persane, est dĂ©cĂ©dĂ©.
  • Ansar Hezbollah se rassemble devant le ministĂšre de la culture et de la guidance islamique pour protester contre l’approbation de deux films.
  • Rahman Yaghoubi, militant Ă©tudiant de l’universitĂ© du Mazandaran, est expulsĂ© de l’universitĂ©, une semaine aprĂšs la fin de sa peine de prison.
  • Le blog conservateur Zahra HB bloquĂ© immĂ©diatement aprĂšs avoir critique ouvertement et de façon vĂ©hĂ©mente la structure fermĂ©e, rigide et inflexible du rĂ©gime iranien.

L’économie de l’Iran

  • Les traders des Emirats refusent toute transaction monĂ©taire en rial iranien de peur d’une chute vertigineuse de cette devise.
  • La banque centrale iranienne autorise les maisons de change officielles Ă  acheter et vendre des devises Ă©trangĂšres.
  • Les importateurs asiatiques de pĂ©trole iranien cherchent Ă  ĂȘtre exemptĂ©s des sanctions europĂ©ennes.
  • L’Irak propose son pĂ©trole au Sri Lanka qui importe 92% de son pĂ©trole d’Iran.
  • La CorĂ©e du Sud, Taiwan et l’Afrique du Sud coupent leurs importations de pĂ©trole iranien.
  • Le SecrĂ©taire d’Etat au Commerce Hamid Safdel dĂ©clare que l’importation de 600 articles est interdite : “Les restrictions s’appliquent Ă  des marchandises qui sont soit produites en Iran ou pour lesquelles il n’existe pas de statistiques d’importation. ”Il existe une liste de 180 produits de luxe dont l’importations n’est pas interdite mais qui ne peuvent pas bĂ©nĂ©ficier du taux de change official pour les importer”.
  • La ville de Tabriz a signĂ© un contrat de 12 milliards de rials avec le commandement de la rĂ©habilitation et de la construction des gardes rĂ©volutionnaires pour construire une deuxiĂšme ligne de mĂ©tro Ă  Tabriz.

L’Iran Ă  l’étranger

  • 20 organisations internationales demandent instamment le renouvellement du mandat du Rapporteur spĂ©cial sur la situation des droits humains en Iran.
  • Les Etats Unis exemptent 10 pays europĂ©ens et le Japon des sanctions contre l’Iran.
  • Le trĂ©sor amĂ©ricain poursuit son enquĂȘte sur le financement de la campagne de lobby de l’OMPI par des assignations.
  • L’Iran accusĂ© Ă  l’ONU d’envoyer des armes Ă  la Syrie.
  • L’Iran recommence Ă  financer le Hamas.
  • Le mandat du rapporteur spĂ©cial des Droits Humains pour l’Iran de l’ONU est prolongĂ© (22-5-20)
  • Ahamdinejad se rend au Tadjikistan du 24 au 26 mars pour les fĂȘtes de Norouz.
  • Le premier ministre turc Recep Tayyip Erdogan se rendra en visite officielle  du 28 au 29 mars pour inaugurer le centre culturel turc de TĂ©hĂ©ran.
  • L’union europĂ©enne ajoute Iraniens Ă  sa liste de sanctions pour les violations des droits humains.
  • Les ministres des affaires Ă©trangĂšres de l’union europĂ©enne ont adoptĂ© une interdiction d’exporter des Ă©quipements et des logiciels qui pourraient ĂȘtre utilisĂ©s pour surveiller ou intercepter les tĂ©lĂ©communications.

La politique en Iran

  • Le deuxiĂšme tour des Ă©lections lĂ©gislatives se tiendra le 4 mai pour Ă©lire les 65 dĂ©putĂ©s en ballottage.
  • AprĂšs le fiasco de “l’annĂ©e du Djihad Ă©conomique” Khamenei dĂ©clare 91 “l’annĂ©e de la production nationale, du soutien au travail et Ă  l’investissement iraniens”
  • L’agence de presse Al Alarabiya dĂ©clare que Kamran Daneshdjou, ministre des sciences, se serait converti au christianisme.
  • L’Inde vent 3 millions de tonnes de blĂ© Ă  l’Iran.

Nouvelles en vrac 

  • L’Iran retire la JournĂ©e Internationale contre le SIDA du calendrier officiel.