18 Jun 2010 08:09
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Cartoon Mocking Mousavi Pulled From Reformist Site
A cartoon that mocks opposition leader Mir Hussein Mousavi by exiled Iranian cartoonist Nikahang Kowsar was removed from the reformist site Rooz, but later posted at the IRGC linked Fars News website.
The cartoon, which caused controversy within the Green movement and led some to question Mousavi's leadership, shows the leader sitting at his desk 10 years from now and writing his 300th statement.
Fars news later posted the cartoon, saying that it caused "an interesting atmosphere" in the "anti-revolutionary" camp and showed that greens have lost faith in Mousavi as a leader.
Iran Extracts Terrorist Confessions, Summons British Ambassador
PRESS TV | June 16, 2010
Iran summoned the British Ambassador in Tehran over allegations of UK support for a group of terrorists arrested on Wednesday. Two of the detainees, who stand accused of belonging to the Mojahedin Khalq Organization and attempting to plant bombs in downtown Tehran, have confessed on television to receiving aid and training from female handlers based in Sweden and England.
According to the suspects, they were to detonate bombs between June 10th and June 20th to destabilize Iran during the anniversary of last year's elections. The two also claimed to receive training at MKO camps in Iraq.
Russia Harshly Condemns Unilateral EU and US Sanctions Against Iran
The Russian Foreign Ministry said on its site on Friday that it "categorically rejects" the path of unilateral sanctions by the US and EU against Iran and said that "we are disappointed with these choices." The statement urged the EU and US to work within the UN framework and accused the effort at unilateral sanctions of going above and around the authority of the security council.
Moscow said the unilateral sanctions are "disrupting the foundations of our dialog" and accused the US and EU of ignoring Russian demands, "every time the same story repeats: when we have finally achieved consensus at the UN Security Council concerning finely calibrated sanctions against Iran, the EU and US don't stop at that and frankly, show political disrespect towards partnering with Russia."
Morality Police Back With a Vengeance in Tehran
Payvand | June 15, 2010
Iranian police recently announced a new crackdown on immoral behavior and clothing, calling it a "new approach to moral security" and raising penalties to $1,300 US. Penalties exist for everything from nail polish, $10 per finger, to fake tans, $300 - 400.
Three different morality patrols have also been introduced: one to scrutinize the color and style of clothing, one to check whether men and women who are out together have the right kind of relationship and one to detain "offenders of honor." The police are also filming people to provide evidence of "bad hejab" in court. The Revolutionary Courts has assigned a special section to hear such cases.
Prominent Iranian Photographer Refuses State Honor
Persian Letters | June 16, 2010
Maryam Zandi, the head of Iran's National Society of Photographers, refused an honor from Iran's Culture Ministry citing the "insecurity" Iranian photographers are facing.