Tag Archives: Iran

Documentary: prostitution in #Iran

19 Oct iran prostitutes

The news about the recent acid attacks against a number of women in my ancestral city of Esfahan in Iran came as a shock, mainly because of its severity.

The regime does crackdown against women. There are arrests and some are even imprisoned. But this kind of violent attack by unknown assailants is foreign to many Iranians. Mention acid attacks against women and most Iranians are likely to tell you that this is far more likely to happen in other countries where extremism is more prevalent among the population. One reason why you are likely to hear such a response is because it is believed that the women were “targeted for not being properly veiled”.

This recent attack should start ringing alarm bells. Whether the government will crackdown hard against such extremism against women is unclear. One member of the Iranian parliament has pointed to Israel as well as other foreign countries as being behind these attacks!!

These attacks are not the only sign which show how life for women in Iran has gotten worst after the 1979 revolution. There are several government imposed discriminations against them, in society and at the work place. This is despite the fact that women form the majority of University graduates in Iran.

Iranian women also suffer because of poverty, much like the rest of society. But because there are fewer opportunities available to them, over the years increasing number have been forced into prostitution. This includes married women, and young girls.

The short documentary below which was made in Iran discusses this phenomenon and interviews a number of prostitutes. They discuss why they chose this profession and what life in Iran is like for women, especially those who do not belong to the upper class.

Iranians, Israelis could live with ‘bad’ nuclear deal

14 Oct kham-netan

The Israeli and Iranian publics can live with what their leaders each consider a “bad” nuclear deal.

My latest article explains:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/10/iran-israel-nuclear-talks-public.html

There was an explosion/fire at Parchin, the rest is not so clear

9 Oct

So there was a fire/explosion at the Parchin military site in Iran earlier this week. This is one of the conclusions from the recent report by the U.S based Institute for Science and

Photo of Parchin from 2012- source The Institute for Science and International Security

International Security. The report is based on purchased satellite pictures. Another report by the Israel Defense magazine also confirms this claim, based on pictures obtained from a French satellite. Meanwhile the Jane’s publication believes that it was an explosion which occurred at the site.

This puts to rest the question as to whether the reported explosion/fire was at the Parchin site itself. The reason being that none of the Iran based news organizations actually stated that the fire/explosion took place at the Parchin site. The only news source which stated this was Saham News, which belongs to the pro- Karrubi opposition.

Parchin is where Iran allegedly experimented with detonation and fuze systems required to build a bomb. The Iranian authorities have not allowed the IAEA inspectors to visit the site since November 2005.

So the next question is: did the fire/explosion take place at the section of Parchin where Iran allegedly undertook the experiments with the detonators?

The Israel Defense publication believes that the explosion took place “adjacent to another installation” where Iran is suspected to have worked on the nuclear detonation devices. It goes on to say that the area where the event took place “consists of a sizable testing center and what appears to be an area with bunker-shaped structures.” These were mostly or all destroyed.

The Institute for Science and International Security is not sure. First and foremost because for “unexplainable reasons” parts of the satellite pictures from the site which it purchased were not delivered. It is waiting for these photos to be delivered to it. Until then it can’t reach a conclusion regarding this matter (and rightly so). It also believes that the site where Iran undertook the detonation testing was at another part of Parchin.

So there is a dispute as to whether the recent fire/explosion took place near the area where Iran allegedly undertook detonator testing.

But, the question remains: why did the Iranian authorities go to extensive lengths to ensure that none of the reports published in Iran stated that the incident took place at Parchin itself? What did they have to hide?

#Iran regime returns to its antisemitic propaganda- again

2 Oct

You remember that French anti-semitic comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala who came up with the reverse Nazi salute? He is in Iran now, attending a conference. So are a number of other Holocaust deniers. This is in addition to other anti-war activists.

According to Buzzfeed, quoting Iran regime mouthpiece PressTV:

The gathering’s goal is to unveil the secrets behind the dominance of the Zionist lobby over US and EU politics.

So to analyze such an issue, the Iranian regime needs the help of fervent haters of the Jewish people? Why? If this is only against Zionism, why does the Iranian regime need antisemites such as Dieudonné M’bala M’bala? Why does it need Holocaust deniers at this conference at all?

We all the know the answer. Anti-Semitic ideas are alive and kicking at this event. The organizers try to cover their tracks by saying its against “Zionism”, but the beliefs and background of some of its participants show that there is more to this.

This is not the only case which shows that antisemitism is rearing its ugly head again in Iran.

The state TV, which is controlled by the regime, not by the government (same applies to this conference) has started propagating centuries old lies against the Jewish people, again. Its trying its best to make the people of Iran anti-semitic.

This is shameful racism, and it must stop now. The Iranian regime is taking Iran to the dark ages, again. And Rouhani must speak up against such behavior.

What is wrong with some #Iran – #Israel schools of thought

28 Sep

If you want to fit in with the anti – Israel gang , then you must remember this golden rule:

Do not ever take a statement by an Iranian politician, especially Rouhani at face value. Always analyze the reasons of what he said and why he said it. Always try to observe the domestic political atmosphere in Iran and see how it impacts the speeches made by various officials. See who their domestic audience is. What are their internal and external interests and how this impacted their statements, towards the West, Israel or whoever.

Thats great. There is nothing with that. Thats the proper way to work as an analyst.

But its the next part which I have observed over the last years which bothers me.

Do take everything Israeli politicians say, especially regarding Iran at face value. Don’t for a second try to see if politician X just made this statement because of his own domestic audience. Or because he is trying to get prepared for elections. No. Israel controls AIPAC. Israel controls the U.S foreign policy. Its Israel and AIPAC which are the biggest reasons why Iran and the U.S don’t have friendly relations. If it weren’t for Israel and AIPAC, Iran and the U.S would have normal, fully functioning diplomatic relations.

I am of course paraphrasing what I have heard many times over the years.

I am not a Netanyahu fan. In fact the opposite. I hope he is voted out of office tomorrow. But just you watch when he makes his U.N speech.

Those who bent over backwards to try and convince us that we should not take what Rouhani said at the U.N at face value, will take everything Netanyahu says at face value. As if there is no domestic politics here in Israel. As if as bad as Netanyahu is, he does not have rivals. And believe me, even if there was another leader in Israel, you are very likely to see the same behaviour. I saw it when Olmert and Ariel Sharon were prime ministers as well.

Now if you want to belong to the anti- Iran gang then do the exact opposite. And I have seen that too, and keep seeing it.

Washington is not short of people or advocacy groups who think along these lines.

The future of #Iran after Khamenei

23 Sep
So what is likely to happen after the death of AyatollahKhamenei? Are we likely to see much change in Iran?

President Rouhani visiting Ayatollah Khamenei at the hospital after his recent prostate operation

My latest opinion piece for Aljazeera America tries to answer this important question.

http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2014/9/iran-khamenei-succession.html

Podcast interview with Meir Javedanfar: #Iran drought and nuclear negotiations

19 Sep

One of the reasons I have believed why there could be a deal with Iran is because of the worsening drought in that country.

Its scale and possible severe consequences mean that the Iranian government must act now, and to do so, major investment is needed.

To be able to invest the vast sums required, sanctions must be removed and this is why I believe that chances of a deal are still alive. Failure to remove sanctions and the continuation of the drought could mean the loss of tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of jobs in Iran’s agriculture industry. Thats only one of many possible consequences.

Of course I could be wrong and Iran’s supreme leader may ultimately decide that reaching a deal with the US could be more dangerous to his regime. Nevertheless, the impact of water on Iranian history, geography, ethnic make up and geopolitical considerations is impossible to ignore. This is why I believe that it could be a factor, one which the leaders of the regime and the government in Tehran could ignore at their own risk.

I discussed these issues in my podcast interview with the Jerusalem Post. It starts at the 8th minute.

You can listen to the interview here

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