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Headlines: 'Screaming Mary' Silenced

22 Aug 2010 00:24No Comments

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Official: Govt can 'pay back' IRGC by power plant ownership

Mehr | Aug 21, 2010

In a lengthy interview with ILNA, Parviz Fattah, who served as Energy Minister during President Ahmadinejad's first term, and now the CEO of Sepah Cooperation Foundation, a conglomerate of financial and industrial companies belonging to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), criticized the privatization efforts of the Iranian government.

"We were respectfully kicked out of participating in the bidding process to buy SAIPA," he said, referring to the second largest automaker in Iran.

He added, "The government owes us money. They owe us $450 million. We suggested that if the government is not able to pay us cash, it can give us commodities such as power plants."

Rafsanjani grandson fined for BBC interview

ILNA | Aug 22, 2010

Hassan Lahoti, the 20-year-old grandson of Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, was fined $300 for doing an interview with BBC Persian on 21 June, 2009, about his mother Faezeh Hashemi Rafsanjani's brief arrest in the days of the post-election unrest.

Lahoti was arrested on 22 March, 2009, upon arrival at Tehran's International Airport on a flight from London, where he is a student.

'Screaming Mary''s blog banned in Iran

Mardomak | Aug 22, 2010

The popular Iranian blog hosting service, Persianblog.ir, banned access to Masoumeh Ebtekar's personal blog, "Green Ebtekar," citing a "judicial order." Ebtekar, Vice President of Environment in the reformist cabinet of President Mohammd Khatami for eight years, has been critical of the current Iranian government in her blog.

In a recent post, she criticized the foul language of current Iranian officials. Her blog was banned twice in the last three years, most recently following the 2009 post-election unrest in Iran.

Ebtekar was dubbed "Screaming Mary" by the American press for her role in the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in 1979. She was the spokeswoman for the hostage takers (pictured above).

MP criticizes Egypt for travel visa delay

Mehr | Aug 21, 2010

MP Parviz Sorouri has criticized Egypt for its delay in issuing travel visas for Iranian lawmakers who plan to visit the Gaza Strip.

Nokia Siemens says it didn't help Iranian government spy

CNN | Aug 20, 2010

Nokia Siemens Networks said Friday it rejects a lawsuit filed in a U.S. court by a jailed Iranian journalist and his son, who have accused the European telecommunications company of providing the Iranian government the tools to spy on its own citizens.

"The Saharkhiz lawsuit is brought in the wrong place, against the wrong party and on the wrong premise," the company announced in a statement e-mailed to CNN. "The Saharkhizes allege brutal treatment by the government in Iran, but they have not sued that government. Instead, they are seeking to blame Nokia Siemens Networks for the acts of the Iranian authorities by filing a lawsuit in the U.S., a country that has absolutely no connection to the issue they are raising."

No 'risk' from Iran's Russian-built nuclear plant: US

AFP | Aug 22, 2010

The United States sees no "proliferation risk" from Iran's Russian-built first nuclear power plant at Bushehr that was loaded with fuel Saturday, the State Department said.

The Russian involvement in the reactor, intended for civilian purposes, "underscores that Iran does not need an indigenous enrichment capability if its intentions are purely peaceful," State Department spokesman Darby Holladay told AFP.

"We recognize that the Bushehr reactor is designed to provide civilian nuclear power and do not view it as a proliferation risk," he said.

The reactor, said Holladay, is "under IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) safeguards and Russia is providing the needed fuel and taking back the spent nuclear fuel, which would be the principal source of proliferation concerns."

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