BERLIN, 27. März 2014 – Zwei Länder sorgen für einen alarmierenden Anstieg der weltweiten Hinrichtungszahlen: Iran (mindestens 369) und Irak (mindestens 169) haben 2013 fast hundert Personen mehr hingerichtet als 2012. Zusammen mit China, Saudi-Arabien (mindestens 79), den USA (39) und Somalia (mindestens 34) stellen sich diese Staaten gegen den weltweiten Trend zur Abschaffung der Todesstrafe. Das geht aus dem heute veröffentlichten Bericht zur Todesstrafe von Amnesty International hervor.

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Iran Special: The Supreme Leader, The Holocaust, and the Internal Culture War

By Ben Offiler March 22, 2014 – eaworldview – Iran Special: The Supreme Leader, The Holocaust & the Internal Culture War

 Supreme Leader invokes Holocaust to justify restrictions on free speech and press.  As Iranians celebrate Nowruz, the Supreme Leader marked the beginning of the Persian New Year by delivering the latest salvo in the assault on the Rouhani administration’s efforts to open up cultural space in Iran.

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Supreme Leader Declares “Year of Economy and Culture with National Determination and Jihadi Management”


In a display of supremely twisted logic, Khamenei put forward the thesis that no country in the world has absolute freedom. As proof, he cited the “censorship” of those who would deny or question the Holocaust as proof that Western nations also impose constraints on speech and writing. Ayatollah Khamenei used the example of the Holocaust to justify the imposition of constraints on cultural freedom inside Iran.

The Roots of Iranian Antisemitism & its Current Consequences

TODAY’S MESOP EDITORIAL / Harvard University, March 11, 2014.

Lecture, delivered on behalf of ISGAP at the Harvard Faculty Club in Cambrigde, MA. · By Matthias Küntzel

The topic of my talk “Iranian antisemitism” is controversial in two respects. Some will say that this is a topic of the past, connected to former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad but not to his successor. Hassan Rouhani, the new Iranian president, seems to be quite friendly towards the Jews and less hostile to Israel. Later in my talk I will return to this objection.

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MESOP SHORT CUTS : Kurdish prisoners on hunger strike in Iran

21.3.2014 – Xendan / KT – In a recent decision by an Iranian court, three young Kurdish political activists were sentenced to 40, 15 and 10 years in prison. The prisoners have been kept in solitary confinement since arrested.

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MESOP EAST KURDISTAN (IRAN) Iran: Israel Spending $3 Billion for Possible Military Strike

By Scott Lucas March 20 , 2014 – eaworldview – Despite the pursuit of a political settlement over Iran’s nuclear program, Israel is spending almost $3 billion in preparation for a possible military strike on Tehran. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon ordered the army to continue the preparations at a cost of at least 10 billion shekels ($2.89 billion) this year, senior military officers told legislators.

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 Iran: Regime Gives “Wet Gunpowder Award” to EU’s Ashton

By Scott Lucas March 18, 2014As talks on a comprehensive nuclear agreement reopen in Vienna, the Iranian regime has given the European Union’s Catherine Ashton — the lead negotiator for the 5+1 Powers — the “Wet Gunpowder Award”.

The eye-catching news comes from Fars News, the outlet of the Revolutionary Guards, as it reports on a ceremony addressed by Basij militia head Mohammad Reza Naqdi. – The organizers of the “festival” said, “The Wet Gunpowder prize is awarded to ridiculous people whose chaffy character is evident to everyone, and when this nature of theirs is accompanied with self-belief turns into an indefinite foolishness for them.”  -

MESOP EAST KURDISTAN : Mustafa Hijri commended the work of FBA to award Mykonos prosecutors

March 7, 2014 in Human Rights News, PDKI’s by SHARIF BEHRUZ – In a letter to the US Federal Bar Association, Mustafa Hijri the leader of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan thanked the members and organizers of FBA for honoring the two brave prosecutors of the famous Mykonos Trial that indicted the Iranian regime officials at the highest level for their involvement in the assassination of then the Secretary General of PDKI, Dr. Sadegh Sharafkandi and aides in 1992. The full text is as follow:

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Recent condition of the kurdish political prisoners sentenced to death in Iran

According to the report from Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Seyed Sami Hoseyni and Cemal Mohemmedi, two Kurdish political prisoners in central prison of Urmiye have been sentenced to death penalty and 10 years in prison on charge of killing a member of the Revolutionary Guards (Sepah) by the Urmiye Criminal Court. – The Criminal Court of Urmiye had convicted them to death for murder also 10 years in custody in allegation of destruction of state property without the presence of their family’s only reference to the legal representative of Ettelaat. – Seyed Sami Hoseyni and Cemal Mohemmedi were arrested by Selmas’s security forces in 2008. After three months and 10 days in solitary cell and coping with the physical torture of detention in Xoy Revolutionary Court department, they were sentenced to execution in allegation of supporting the Free Life Party of Kurdistan (PJAK).

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Interview With Head of Iran’s Komala Communist Party : IBRAHIM ALIZADEH

By FUAD HAQIQI – RUDAW – 13-2-2014 – Ibrahim Alizade, a founding member and secretary general of the Kurdish Komala communist party in Iran, sees a communist revolution as a possibility in the Islamic Republic. Komala, which traces its roots to the Communist Party of Iran, has undergone several schisms.  After Iran’s 1979 revolution Komala began armed struggle against the new clerical regime. In the beginning, it was known as the Tailors Revolutionary Group of Iranian Kurdistan.

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