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Extra: The Nazi Website amid Iran's 'Chaste and Virtuous Internet'

11 Dec 2010 21:086 Comments

Editor's note: Last month, the online news outlet Tabnak reported that Iran's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance had issued an operating permit for a website called Anjoman-e Nazism-e Iran va Havadaran Adolf Hitler -- Iranian Nazis and Hitler Fans Forum, per the site's own English rendering -- at www.irannazi.ir. The development was particularly notable given that many pro-reform organizations and individuals have been denied the right to operate websites, either by official decree or often extralegal government "filtering." Online reporters and bloggers constitute a significant proportion of the 34 journalists currently incarcerated by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance deputy minister in charge of the press is Mohammad Ali Ramin. Ramin lived in Germany for over two decades until he was deported in 1994, apparently for his association with neo-Nazi groups. When Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was first elected president, Ramin became his adviser and is known for contributing to Ahmadinejad's denialist position on the Holocaust. Ramin organized the 2006 Holocaust Conference in Tehran, a denialist festival at which he invited German neo-Nazi associates of his to participate.

On November 20, Tabnak -- which is affiliated with former Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander Mohsen Rezaei, a conservative political adversary of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's -- published the following "explanations" by the ministry concerning irannazi.ir and Tabnak's own reaction to the official response. The story, like its predecessor, appeared in Tabnak-e Ejtimoee (social), the section of Tabnak devoted to domestic affairs. By November 26, irannazi.ir's masthead had been altered to read The World War II and Third Reich Forum, though it continued to refer itself as "IranNazi Website" elsewhere on its various pages. It appears that the site is now offline.

This translation of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance's "explanations," the fullest to have appeared in English, was executed by Tehran Bureau staff. -- Dan Geist


Explanations of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance Regarding the Website That Promotes Fascism and Nazism

Following the publication of a news article in Tabnak-e Ejtimoee regarding official activity of supporters of Hitler and Nazism on the Iranian .ir web domain, the public relations section of the IT and Digital Media Development Center of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance has sent us some explanations.

According to a correspondent for Tabnak-e Ejtimoee, the full text of these explanations, from both the public relations office and Tabnak-e Ejtimoee, are outlined below.

Following the publication of a news report entitled "The Increase of Nazism and Prejudiced Activities on the ir. Web Domain," the following explanations were disclosed to the public:

First, the source of the registration of the .ir web domains is not the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. Instead, a nongovernmental organization (a specific research organization), not under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, registers the .ir domains.

Secondly, the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, to this point in time, has not issued permission for the above mentioned website, nor do the Digital Media Workshops have any essential institutionalized existence within the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. Therefore, their aforementioned claims are a mixture of lies and deceit, and are being pursued through legal channels.

Thirdly, with regards to the claims brought forth in these websites, it is necessary to clarify that the process of registering websites with the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance is based on the statements of website managers. However, on the other hand, due to the virtual nature of the online environment, it is possible that certain websites, which are defined as research websites, are in fact something completely different; consequently, the information they publish and showcase is contrary to how they initially define themselves. The ability to differentiate between these types of websites and what is published on the Internet requires the wisdom and insight of users and the respected readers. In addition, it is a testament to the responsible website managers who follow through on the accounts of the respected readers to discredit immoral and illegal plots like these.

Finally, we would like to express our gratitude to the respected members of the media who followed up on this matter, and would like to announce that the general public and honorable users of the Internet can report on issues that supersede the legal and moral boundaries of the Internet through Peyvandha.ir so that they can be legally pursued without delay. We are committed to a chaste and virtuous Internet.

Tabnak-e Ejtimoee's Explanations

First, it is admirable that this section of the Ministry of Guidance and Islamic Culture has responded so promptly to the matter, and God willing, their pursuance of these efforts will yield the intended results. The only point that Tabnak-e Ejtimoee will clarify is the registration of this website with the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. It is clear to both the general pubic and the experts that the overall discussion is about the registration of website addresses within the larger .ir web domain. The registration of website addresses with the .ir suffix is carried out at the Center for Theoretical Physics, and the registration of no website has any specific relationship with the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. However, the issue previously reflected in Tabnak-e Ejtimoee was the registration of this aforementioned website within the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance database. The manager of the website that promotes fascism and Nazism has registered their website with this database, and this can be verified by referring to this database and locating this website.

Finally, we are hopeful that as a result of the diligence of those responsible for confronting exponents of extremist and perverse cultures and beliefs, we come closer to achieving a more chaste and virtuous Internet.

Supporting Information

In an interview with an official from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, who had been in contact with a correspondent from Tabnak-e Ejtimoee regarding this same issue, all claims of issuance of any permission and recognition of this group were rejected.

Mehdi Saramy (from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance) has told Tabnak-e Ejtimoee's correspondent that this website was registered in the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance database. However, the registration was under an officially recognized name, and there was no mention of any specific research institute, and therefore, the existence and recognition of this group is denied and rejected by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.

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Let it be known that obsessions of the Western World (e.g. "democracy," "Nazism," "marxism," etc.) have no place in the land where the first human rights charter was published. Incinerating life has only been perpetrated by the peoples of the regions that bear the legacy of the Roman Empire. We have observed two of this kind of large scale extermination: 1. by the Nazi Germany, and 2. by the Americans in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The former built concrete and steel chambers and carried out the task of incineration, and the latter built a device that might as well be called 'atmospheric incinerator,' and incinerated tens of thousands of innocent non-combatants in their own homes. This obsession of the children of Rome was brought to the Middle East by those who transplanted themselves by force to the region in the form of an illegitimate community called "Israel." It is mandatory for the government of Iran to undertake protecting its citizens by building its own nuclear arsenal. Otherwise, the Iranian nation will be the next victim of this Western obsession with bombing and incinerating.


Ekbatana / December 12, 2010 5:18 AM

Ekbatana, nice to see the insane asylum you must be staying at is providing you with an internet connection.

Cy / December 12, 2010 6:21 PM

The complete removal of the Barbaric Republic and its disposal as garbage of history provides a much wiser and safer solution for the Iranian people than possession of a nuclear Arsenal based on outdated technology and delivery systems. Iranians will be fully protected by a government of the people by the people. 31 years of oppression is long enough.

Would you trust a government that cannot even refine gasoline within acceptable quality standards without killing its own citizens?

Would you trust a government that re-elects its leadership through fraudulent means? That does not hesitate to murder, torture, imprison and rape its own citizens to remain in power?

The Barbaric Republic is rotted out to the core. Its existence is an insult to humanity at large. The Barbaric Republic is a matter of time for history is my proof.

Niloofar / December 12, 2010 6:29 PM

If you insist on expressing your gratitude, speak with the warden about it. It was a non-negotiable fineprint detail at the bottom of the contract to my cell.

Ekbatana / December 13, 2010 1:11 AM

Ekbatana - your paranoid perception and theory of the West's "obsession with bombing and incinerating" is absurd and fraught with holes. The Nazis were a depraved racists led by a sick mind. Hitler also killed 25 million of his OWN people. Stalin killed more than 30 million of his own people (and let another 7 million starve to death in the winter of '37/37). Americans have only bombed and incinerated as a reaction to the tangible threat that provoked it and ONLY after unison of minds as a last resort. Hiroshima and Nagasaki were undertaken as deterrents to further war. Just as the message should be clear to Iran. Iran wants a nuclear bomb to blow Israel off the map - that is a religious persecution and thus an act of extremist terrorism. It is obvious that you have your history confused, are an anti-Semite for personal reasons, and probably embody the depravity so many Muslims have stained the teachings of and insulted Mohamed with. Slaughtering innocents is a Satanic act, not one of a Prophet. Iran doesn't need nuclear weapons to protect itself - the good Iranian people need to protect themselves from the bad terrorists running the country now. And if they do engage in a nuclear attack, there will be nothing else to worry about in Iran - the world will see to that.

Mark Philips / December 16, 2010 3:00 AM

@Mark Philips

Iran will never be "wiped off the map" or "destroyed", Iran is an 8000 year old nation, nothing will ever destroy it.

Iran and Israel are here to stay, no matter what.

Deal with it.

Anonymous / January 10, 2011 7:26 AM