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16 Aug 2010 22:331 Comment

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Prominent Iranian Journalist Sues Nokia Siemens for Human Rights Abuses

OnlyMehdi | Aug 16, 2010

Isa Saharkhiz and his son, Mehdi Saharkhiz, filed a lawsuit in U.S. Federal Court in Alexandria, Virginia, against Nokia Siemens Networks and its parent companies Siemens AG and Nokia Inc. alleging human rights violations committed by the Iranian government through the aid of spying centers which were provided by Nokia Siemens Networks.

The lawsuit seeks, among other things, Nokia Siemens Networks to cease all "unlawful support" of the Iranian government through such technology. It also asks Nokia Siemens Networks to help secure the release of Saharkhiz through the use of their connections with the Iranian government. Lastly, the suit seeks relief that would keep the defendants from conducting similar business with other repressive regimes like Iran.

Iran won't send woman who faced stoning to Brazil

AP | Aug 16, 2010

Iran's president says authorities won't send a woman who had faced death by stoning on an adultery conviction to Brazil, which has offered her asylum.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addressed the international outcry over the woman's initial stoning sentence by saying "the number of such people is very very insignificant."

Isfahan man kills daughter over inability to pay dowry

Iran | Aug 16, 2010

An Iranian man who reported his 14-year-old daughter missing on August 6, 2010, in Isfahan, was charged with murder today. He confessed to murdering his daughter and burying her body in his yard.

He said, "My daughter was getting old and I had to plan for her marriage. But because of [economical] difficulties, I was not able to provide dowry. It hurt me. I finally concluded that if I kill my daughter then there would be no need for a dowry."

Four Iran pilgrims among five killed in Iraq bomb

AFP | Aug 16, 2010

A car bomb killed four Iranian Shiite pilgrims and an Iraqi citizen travelling on a bus northeast of Baghdad on Monday with women among nine others wounded, a police commander said.

Engineer to be sentenced for Iran embargo charge

AP | Aug 16, 2010

A Princeton-educated man convicted of violating the Iran trade embargo after his family sent him millions of dollars is to be sentenced by a federal judge in New York.

Mahmoud Reza Banki is expected to learn his fate Monday from Judge John Keenan in Manhattan. He faces up to 25 years in prison.

Iran offers $3-bln bonds to fund gasfields

AFP | Aug 16, 2010

Sanctions-hit Iran will within days offer the first tranche of a three billion dollar domestic bond issue to fund the development of its South Pars gasfields, a top official said on Sunday.

Ali Vakili, head of Pars Oil and Gas Company, the Iranian firm in charge of developing South Pars, said the funds will be raised in six stages during the current year to March 2011, according to oil ministry's news agency Shana.

Golf president Christopher Tappin 'sold missile parts'

BBC | Aug 16, 2010

A golf club president from London is battling extradition to the US over claims he sold batteries for surface-to-air missiles to Iran.

Christopher Tappin, 63, from Orpington, on the south London/Kent border, faces 35 years in jail if convicted in an American court.

Iran sees 30% rise in technical, engineering deals

Mehr | Aug 16, 2010

Iran signed $642 million worth of technical and engineering deals in the first four months of the current calendar year (ended July 22), the deputy commerce minister said here on Monday.

IRNA News Agency quoted Babak Afqahi as saying that the figure showed a 30 percent increase in comparison to the same period in the preceding year.

Salahshur asks judiciary chief to settle plagiarism lawsuit against him

Mehr | Aug 16, 2010

Farajollah Salahshur, the screenwriter and director of "Prophet Joseph," has asked Iranian judiciary chief to intervene to settle the case in which he has been accused of plagiarism.

He made the plea in a letter to Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani.

"If I have been found guilty (of plagiarism) I should be punished; if I am not guilty, I should be exonerated in court," Salahshur said in the letter published by Persian news agencies on Monday.

In April, Salahshur was convicted in absentia in a Tehran court over plagiarism for "Prophet Joseph (AS)", a TV series broadcast by IRIB's Channel 1 in 2008 and 2009.

Iran wins in soccer but withdraws from taekwondo

AP | Aug 16, 2010

Iran was accused of putting politics before sports at the inaugural Youth Olympics by withdrawing from a taekwondo final against Israel on Sunday.

The dispute came the same day Iran's girls' soccer team beat Papua New Guinea 1-0 after reaching a compromise on Islamic head scarves.

At taekwondo, the Iranian delegation told the games' internal news service that Mohammad Soleimani didn't compete because of injury. Israel called the withdrawal politically motivated. The news service said Mohammad Soleimani was taken to a hospital.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams said it is "my understanding is that he was taken to hospital and unable to compete."

Iran to start new nuclear plant 'early next year'

BBC | Aug 16, 2010

Iran will start building a new uranium enrichment plant early next year, the country's top nuclear official says.

Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran's nuclear programme, told state television that "studies on finding locations for the construction of 10 new sites are going through their final stages".

He added that construction would begin on one of these "by the end of the current Iranian year (in March 2011), or shortly afterwards."

Obama came back to the bargaining table after 18 months

Javan (via Mideastwire.com) | Aug 13, 2010

Eighteen months after entering the White House, the US president has once again made the proposal of talks with Iran and said that if Tehran proves through trusted measures that its nuclear programme is peaceful, America will be ready to recognize this programme officially.

In the meeting, the US president said that the Iranian authorities are gradually feeling the harmful results of sanctions. Some members of the US National Security Council, who were attending the meeting, said after the meeting that Iran's acceptance that the sanctions are causing harm, provided a good opportunity to Obama to adopt the policy of talks with Iran.

The US president made this speech on the threshold of mid-term Congress elections. With this, he intends to reiterate the open policy of entering a deal with Iran at least in the last minute. The post-election developments in Iran in 2009 have gradually turned Obama and his team toward the Democrats' traditional approach regarding changing the Iranian political regime. However, presently, 14 months after the 2009 election, the White House authorities and the allies of the US president have faced the fact that before any political conclusion they have to shake the hand of the Islamic Republic.

Chador now compulsory for schoolgirls in Kazeroon

Fars | Aug 15, 2010

Mohsen Tohidian, head of the department of education in Kazeroon, announced chador as the compulsory uniform for middle- and high school students.

"We have passed a resolution to accustom people, especially female students, to hejab," he said. "Beginning this new academic year, in September, chador is the required uniform for [Kazeroon] schools."

Kazeroon, a city of 89,000 people, is located 1032 kilometers south of Tehran.

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Radical_Guy / August 17, 2010 10:20 PM