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· January, 2007

Stories about Iran from January, 2007

Kurdistance: The Kirkuk Referendum

31 January 2007

While the Kirkuk Referendum isn't expected to take place until December 2007, it is creating waves within Kurdistan, Iraq and their neighbors. Why the flurry of activity now? The Iraq Study Report recommended that the referendum be delayed, citing the the area as a “powderkeg”. The Republic of Turkey wants...

Iranian Bloggers Talk About Their Prison Experience

31 January 2007

Many people for political reasons have been sent to prison in Iran. A few of those former prisoners shared their stories in books, through painting or in their blogs. Some people, including bloggers and researchers, have tried to look at prisons in Iran as an outsider, who was not in...

Iran:Anti Iranian Government Ad on American TV

29 January 2007

Haji Washington says that AFP,the American Foreign Policy Council,has sponsored and launched two ads against Iranian government on USA TV.One ad starts with Ahmadinejad's declaration against Holocaust and continues with the images of Iran-Iraq war.Then at the end, you see a key slogan:Iran ignores nuclear deadline. Ad invites you to...

Iran:Revolutionary Gurads say abducting Americans is easy

29 January 2007

Kamangir reports that Sepah (Revolutionary Guards) internal journal, Sobh-e Sadegh [the real sunrise], published a short article in which the author, Reza Zaker, refers to the highly-spread pattern of American presence in Iraq, Afghanistan, Central Asia, Pakistan, India, Africa, Latin America, and even Europe. The article threatens that “abducting Americans...

Iran:3 Female Journalists were arrested in airport

27 January 2007

According to Zanestan 3 female journalists and activits for women's rights were arrested today in Iran while they wanted to take a trip to India to participate in a workshop [Fa].Talat Taghinia,Farnaz Seyfi and Mansoureh Shojai were arrested in airport and were sent to Evin prison.

Iran:”Khatami has no plan to go Israel”

27 January 2007

Mohammad Ali Abtahi,Khatami‘s friend and reformist politician, says “tonight one of the news agencies sent a text mail stating that the Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot Has claimed that they have interviewed Mr Khatami in Davos and Mr Khatami has sent regards to Moshe Katsav, the Israeli president, as a fellow...

Iran:We want Peace

26 January 2007

Amin Sabeti is refering to Iranian nuclear crisis and says that Iranian people want peace and do not want to pay for another war.He says in these last two years nuclear crisis related problems has made country lost a lot of economic opportunities[Fa].

Iran:Donations for Arash Sigarchi

26 January 2007

Marz Abi reports that Arash Sigarchi, journalist and blogger,who had been sent to jail because of his writing,is suffering from cancer.The blogger encourages people to send money to a bank account to help Arash to be able to follow medical treatment[Fa].Arash Sigarchi recently found his freedom again.

Arabisc: Hijab-clad Doll Under Fire in Tunisia

25 January 2007

This is Fulla, the Hijab-clad Arab Muslim adaptation of the decadent West's Barbie doll. Our Barbie wears the Hijab (head scarf) and Islamic attire – a long dress with long sleeves. While she is a blessing to many parents in the Muslim world who are happy to see their children...

Iran:Iranian Journalist and Dissident Akbar Ganji

25 January 2007

Nikahang writes that Akbar Ganji, journalist and dissident,Thursday, will accept the prestigious International Press Freedom award from Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) awarded to him in 2000.He could not take award sooner because he was in prison.

The Iranian Nuclear Crisis

25 January 2007

The United Nations Security Council unanimously voted to impose sanctions against Iran over its failure to halt its uranium enrichment programme on December 23, 2006. Despite the gravity of the situation, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad described the UN’s decision as unimportant and vowed to continue uranium enrichment. As a result,...

Iran:More Academics Under Pressure

24 January 2007

Azar says that not only students are under pressure by authorities but academics and university professors get fired for different reasons[Fa]. The blogger writes, sometimes, the academics are accused of immoral behaviour by authorities.It is a new way to get rid of them and no news are in media.

Kurdistance: The End of Saddam

24 January 2007

Since the hanging of Saddam Hussein at the beginning of this year, Global Voices has covered what the world has had to say about it, the only group left now is the Kurds. Kurdish reaction was fairly slow to develop. I believe this was because of shock. But don't take...

Iran:Ahmadinejad's Words are from Mars

23 January 2007

Shekkar says Ahmadinejad's words on TV tonight, makes him/her sicker.The blogger says Iranian president pretends inflation is the result of former government's policy.The blogger adds Ahmadinejad says United Nations sanctions have had no cost for Iran.The blogger writes it seems his words are from planet Mars[Fa].

Abu Aardvark: Spotlight on the Sunni-Shia Question

23 January 2007

Abu Aardvark sheds some light on the Shia-Sunni conflict, following a visit to Egypt. His comments are timely considering the increasing human toll from the civil war in Iraq with Iran being accused of instigating sectarian strife in the Arab world.

Iran:Inflation makes us forgot about war

22 January 2007

Roozmarigiha says Iranian people are so busy with high prices that pay no attention what is going on outside country's borders.The blogger says people just complain about inflation and do not listen to the news that USA is preparing for a war against Iran[Fa].

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