Iran's puritanical guardians of morality have stepped up their cultural war against those who dress too modern for their tastes, sharpening class and social tensions just two weeks before the anniversary of the nation's disputed presidential elections.Days after Friday prayer leaders delivered fiery sermons in which they called for a clampdown on women dressing immodestly, morality police squads began cracking down on youngsters sporting figure-hugging outfits or hairdos deemed un-Islamic.
Tehran, May 26 - From the Grapevine...Residents of the capital's southern Toopkhaneh and western Geisha districts chanted ‘Allah-o Akbar’ (God is Greatest) from their rooftops Tuesday night in chorus in protest to the country’s rulers.
International Solidarity with the people of Iran &
Iranian dissidents in Camp Ashraf – Iraq
26 June 2010 – Paris
A grand assembly will be held near Paris on the anniversary of the Iranian people’s nationwide uprising for democracy to express solidarity with Iranian dissidents in Camp Ashraf-Iraq International Solidarity for Democratic Change (ISDC) and several other organisations such as British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom are among sponsors of the event. The event has already been sponsored by over 100 European
Parliamentarians and political dignitaries.
By Robin Pomeroy and Guy Faulconbridge
TEHRAN/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Iran and Russia clashed on Wednesday over Kremlin support for draft U.N. sanctions against the Islamic Republic, in one of the worst rows between the two powers since the Cold War.
The public clash indicates growing concern in Tehran after the United States said Russia and China, the closest thing Iran has to big-power allies, had agreed to a draft sanctions resolution to punish Iran over its nuclear programme.
In order to intensify the atmosphere of suppression and intimidation in Iran, the Commander of the Iranian regime’s State Security Forces (SSF) in Tehran, Sajedi Nia, has said that women who are said to commit so-called “mal-veiling” will be videotaped and the tapes will be used as evidence in court.According to the state-run ILNA, Sajedi Nia added, “Cameras will be provided to the personnel and we will videotape those who cause aggravation or commit mal-veiling. If the opportunity to confront them on the scene does not arise, they will be sent a letter to be summoned to the chastity security police office.”
Iranian regime officials in the northeastern city of Mashhad have announced fines of up to $1,000 for what they describe as “mal-veiling.”Mahmoud Zoqi, the Mashhad Prosecutor, has said that in recent weeks a number of women have been fined up to $1,000 “for committing the crime of mal-veiling.” Zoqi added, “Mal-veiling is considered a crime under law.
By MATTHEW LEE
BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says an Iranian plan to swap some of its enriched uranium for reactor fuel is a "transparent ploy" to try to avoid new U.N. Security Council sanctions over its suspect nuclear program.
In recent days, the Iranian regime has stepped up suppression in Iran’s universities. Students have been punished and gatherings have come under attack as the regime tries to curb mounting protests on the brink of the anniversary of the nationwide uprising in June.Mohsen Sanati-Pour, Secretary of the Modern Faction of Islamic Association of the University of Ferdowsi and Medical Sciences of Mashhad, has been suspended for two terms by the so-called disciplinary committee of the University of Ferdowsi. The sentence is part of measures by security organs to increase pressures on student activists at the university which is located in the city of Mashhad.
May 25 (AFP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel called in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday for the United Arab Emirates to exert its influence to encourage a nuclear-free Iran and held talks on Middle East peace efforts.
"When we look at the regional situation and the situation of the UAE, we can see how strong the interest for a peaceful solution in the Near East is, but also for an Iran that does not look for nuclear weapons," she told reporters.
Pyongyang's behavior shows why we must stop the mullahs from getting the bomb.
By JOHN BOLTONLast week, while meandering toward a fourth U.N. Security Council sanctions resolution against Iran, Washington was blindsided by the revival of a previously discarded plan to enrich some of Iran's uranium to higher levels for use in the Tehran research reactor. This proposal—a good deal for Iran when it was proposed last year by the misguided Obama administration—is even better in its latest iteration and does nothing to stop Iran's uranium enrichment program.