Iran Can’t Find Its American Hostage – 21 Jan 2016 – THE DAILY BEAST – BY Shane Harris – Former FBI agent Robert Levinson was kidnapped in Iran. But he wasn’t part of a recent prisoner swap. U.S. officials think that’s because Tehran doesn’t know where he is. www.mesop.de
January 20 – by Scott Lucas – eaworldview – Iran’s Supreme Leader has defended the disqualification of hundreds, possibly thousands, of candidates for February’s elections. Over the weekend, as Iranians and the world watched ceremonies heralding the implementation of the July 2015 nuclear deal, the Guardian Council carried out a mass purge of those hoping to stand for Parliament and the Assembly of Experts, the body which chooses the Supreme Leader.
MESOP: TEHRAN THE BETTER TERRORIST ! – What Features of the Islamic Republic of Iran Are Worse Than the Islamic State?
KURDISH VOICES – THE PASEWAN
Kaveh Karimi: THE PASEWAN – 20 Jan 2016 – Many people in the West think that the security situation in Iran is good, or at least better than other countries in the Middle East. But in fact there is plenty of anti-social crime, a failed anti-drugs policy and in addition all independent political activities are banned by the government. To be perfectly clear, I do not want to say that generally the Islamic State (IS) is better than the Islamic Republic, and this is not a detailed comparison text, but I do want to say this: the most important difference between them is their historical stage of development.
By Ali Vaez | @AliVaez – CRISIS GROUP – 18 Jan 2016 – On 2 January 2016, an unidentified group of protesters torched the Saudi embassy in Iran. In this Q&A, Crisis Group Senior Iran Analyst Ali Vaez explains the context of the incident and the wider long-term implications of the attack.After the attack, many in the West – and in Iran – believed this was a clear attempt to undermine the authority of President Hassan Rouhani, ahead of two crucial elections next month. To what extent is this actually the case?
EAST KURDISTAN (IRAN) MESOP : FIRST DAY AFTER THE “HISTORICAL AGREEMENT” – BLOCKING ELECTION CANDIDATES
Guardian Council Disqualifies 100s of Election Candidates
January 18 – Scott Lucas – eaworldview- Iran’s Guardian Council has disqualified hundreds of candidates for February’s elections for Parliament and the Assembly of Experts, according to reports from inside the country.
A new website, Iran Rights Transparency (IRT) has been launched to cover news and in-depth issues on human rights in Iran. – Website: www.iranrights.net
January 13 – 16:002016 – by Scott Lucas – eaworldview – Upholding its intervention in Syria’s conflict, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards has claimed a role in the mobilization of “200,000 armed youths in regional countries”.Guards commander General Mohammad Ali Jafari made the declaration at a ceremony for one of the latest Iranian casualties in Syria, Hamid Reza Assadollahi, as he praised the “young generation” for advancing the goals of the Islamic Revolution.
MESOP RECOMMENDATION : LONDON EVENT Public Forum: Iran’s Kurds at a Crossroads? International & Cross-Border Strategies
Event to be held at the following time, date and location: Monday, 25 January 2016 from 19:00 to 21:00 (GMT) – Boothroyd Room – Portcullis House – SW1A 2LW Westminster – United Kingdom
The Centre for Kurdish Progress and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) are pleased to invite you to a public forum titled ‘Iran’s Kurds at a Crossroads? – International and Cross-Border Strategies’. Keynote speakers are Mr Nasser Boladai, President of UNPO; Mr Abdullah Mohtadi, leader of the Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan; Mr Loghman Ahmedi, Head of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan’s (PDKI) Foreign Relations and Dr Seevan Saeed of University of Exeter.Mr Mustafa Hijri, General Secretary of the PDKI is now unable to attend due to travel arrangements. Mr Loghman Ahmedi will kindly speak on Mr Hijri’s behalf in this debate.
Scott Lucas – eaworldview- 11 Jan 2015 – Supreme Leader’s military advisor “Saudi Arabia influenced by Zionist regime”
In a shift of approach, Iran’s regime and the Rouhani Government have gone on the attack against Saudi Arabia in the diplomatic crisis between the two countries.President Rouhani had tried to ease the tensions, sparked by Saudi Arabia’s execution of a prominent Shia cleric on January and an attack by a Tehran crowd on the Saudi Embassy hours later. Following Saudi Arabia’s cutting of diplomatic relations, Rouhani called for an investigation of the events at the Embassy, identifying and punishing perpetrators.
However, Friday Prayers leaders began to shift the focus by claiming that foreign actors, including the Saudis, had orchestrated the attack. Then on Sunday, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif abandoned his moderate tone with a scathing opinion piece in The New York Times, claiming the Saudis were the “real global threat”.
Zarif went so far as to equate Saudi Arabia with the Islamic State — echoing a message put out by the Supreme Leader’s office on January 3 — and to tell Americans that the Saudis were behind attacks from 9-11 to last month’s killing of 14 people at a party in California.President Rouhani’s office has retweeted the Foreign Secretary’s words:
SUPREME LEADER’S TOP AIDE: SAUDIS CARRYING OUT ZIONIST POLICIES
The Supreme Leader’s military advisor, General Yahya Rahim Safavi, took up the attack on Monday, “Al Saud policies are influenced by the Zionist regime, and this regime is more inclined than the United States toward dragging the region to insecurity, unrest and chaos.”
Rahim Safavi said Riyadh’s actions have led to the massacre of the people in Yemen, Syria, and Iraq, describing the killings as the “Zionists’ policy”. He called on Muslims in regional countries to be on alert against the plot.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari contributed on Monday with the declaration, “Saudi Arabia’s policy is based on imposing its unilateral policies on other nations and governments.” He said Riyadh was pursuing talks with the other five states of the Gulf Cooperation Council and with the Arab League “to win allies and imply that it is not alone”.
Over the weekend, the GCC states offered strong support for the Saudi position, including the cutting or downgrading of relations with Iran, criticizing Tehran’s actions in the region.
Jaberi Ansari added, “The governments that are seeking to foster diplomatic relations with Israel are hurting their nations’ interests and the regional countries.”More than 220 of Iran’s 290 MPs issued a statement on Monday condemning a Saudi airstrike near the Iranian embassy in the Yemeni capital Sana’a last week, calling on the Foreign Ministry to pursue the issue through international legal channels.The Saudi attack reportedly damaged the Embassy and seriously injured a security guard.
Der CDU Aussenpolitiker Norbert Röttgen kritisiert die bevorstehende Saudi Arabien Reise von AA-Chef Steinmeier: „ angesichts der jüngsten Massenexekutionen sei diese nicht verantwortbar“ – FAZ 11 Jan 2015
…….. während sich bei den Tehranern der Dialog allemal lohnt: sie exekutieren wöchentlich ! www.mesop.de