Iranian Union Leader Still In Jail- Updated

Mask of Anarchy has long been on this case and today the International Transport Workers’ Federation has a new video telling the story of Mansour Osanloo-

“the only crime he committed was to create an independent trade union in Iran”. Ebrahim Madadi, Vice-President of the union is also detained in Evin Prison. Their health conditions are deteriorating.

Amnesty action resources here.

Update: Monday 22/10/07

Following major protests last week the ITF is delighted to have learned that on Saturday Mansour Osanloo received the emergency eye treatment that it, Amnesty International and trade unions worldwide demanded. The ITF says that it hopes that this may be a first step towards more humane and just treatment of the prisoners. The campaign for their release continues. 

Hell Yeah!

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Happy Ramadan

Courtesy of the inestimable Hamed Saber

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Click pic for his Flickr entry. Also was reminded by View from Iran

Btw… L’shana Tova and Successful fast to my readers who celebrate Rosh HaShana or Ramadan… 

So have a ball or a fast or a feast or something, whatever works for you.

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IAEA Report On Iran’s Nuclear Program

Thanks to Naj, here is her post with her emphasis because as she makes clear the corporate US media is distorting the report to produce the impression Iran is not complying with the IAEA. As September is Iran War Pimp month fighting spin with the truth is going to be crucial (more at MOA), here is the report:-

Understandings of The Islamic Republic of Iran and the IAEA on the Modalities of Resolution of the Outstanding Issues Tehran – 21 August 2007

Pursuant to the negotiations between H.E. Dr. Larijani, I. R. of Iran’s Secretary of Supreme National Security Council and H.E. Dr. ElBaradei, Director General of the IAEA, in Vienna; following the initiative and good will of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the agreement made, a high ranking delegation consisting of the directors of technical, legal and political departments of the IAEA, paid a visit to Tehran from 11 to 12 July 2007 during which “Understandings of The Islamic Republic of Iran and the IAEA on the Modalities of Resolution of the Outstanding Issues, Tehran 12 July 2007” were prepared.

A second meeting took place in Vienna on 24 July 2007 followed by a further meeting in Iran from 20 to 21 August 2007. The Agency’s delegation had the opportunity to have meetings with H.E. Dr. Larijani during both visits to Tehran. Following these three consecutive meetings, both Parties reached the following understandings:
I. Latest Developments:
Based on the modalities agreed upon on 12 July 2007, the following decisions were made:
1. Present Issues:
A. Enrichment Programme
The Agency and Iran agreed to cooperate in preparing the safeguards approach for the Natanz Fuel Enrichment Plant in accordance with Iran’s Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement. The draft text of the safeguards approach paper, and the facility attachment of IRN- were provided to Iran on 23 July 2007. The safeguards approach and the facility attachment were discussed during technical meetings in Iran between the Agency and the AEOI from 6 to 8 August 2007. Further discussions will be held with the aim of finalizing the facility attachment by the end of September 2007.

B. Heavy Water Research Reactor in Arak
Iran agreed with the Agency’s request to visit the heavy water research reactor (IR40) site in Arak. A successful visit took place on 30 July 2007.

C. Designation of new inspectors
On 12 July 2007,
Iran accepted the designation of five additional inspectors.

D. Issue of multiple entry visas
On 12 July 2007,
Iran agreed to issue one year multiple entry visas for 14 inspectors and staff of the Agency.

2. Past Outstanding Issues:

A. Plutonium Experiments
In order to conclude and close the file of the issue of plutonium (Pu), the Agency provided Iran with the remaining questions on 23 July 2007. During a meeting in Iran between representatives of the Agency and Iran,
Iran provided clarifications to the Agency that helped to explain the remaining questions. In addition, on 7 August 2007, Iran sent a letter to the Agency providing additional clarifications to some of the questions. On 20 August 2007 the Agency stated that earlier statements made by Iran are consistent with the Agency’s findings, and thus this matter is resolved. This will be communicated officially by the Agency to Iran through a letter.

B. Issue of P1-P2:
Based on agreed modalities of 12 July 2007,
Iran and the Agency agreed the following procedural steps to resolve the P1-P2 issue. The proposed timeline assumes that the Agency announces the closure of the Pu-experiments outstanding issue by 31 August 2007, and its subsequent reporting in the Director General’s report to the September 2007 Board of Governors.
The Agency will provide all remaining questions on this issue by 31 August 2007. Iran and the Agency will have discussions in Iran on 24-25 September 2007 to clarify the questions provided. This will be followed up by a further meeting in mid-October 2007 to further clarify the written answers provided. The Agency’s target date for the closure of this issue is November 2007.

C. Source of Contamination
Based on the agreed modalities on 12 July 2007 and
given the Agency’s findings which tend, on balance, to support Iran’s statement about the foreign origin of the observed HEU contamination, the only remaining outstanding issue on contamination is the contamination found at a Technical University in Tehran. Iran and the Agency agreed on the following procedural steps to address this issue, starting once the P1-P2 issue is concluded and the file is closed. The Agency will again provide Iran with the remaining questions regarding the contamination found at a Technical University in Tehran by 15 September 2007. After 2 weeks of the closure of the P1-P2 issue Iran and the Agency will have discussions in Iran on this issue.

D. U Metal Document
Upon the request of the Agency, Iran agreed to cooperate with the Agency in facilitating the comparison of the relevant sections of the document. Iran is presently reviewing the proposals already made during the first meeting on 12 July 2007. After taking this step by Iran, the Agency undertakes to close this issue.

II. Modalities of Resolution of other Outstanding Issues
A. Po210
Based on agreed modalities of 12 July 2007, Iran agreed to deal with this issue, once all the above mentioned issues are concluded and their files are closed. Iran and the Agency agreed upon the following procedural steps: regarding this issue, the Agency will provide Iran in writing with all its remaining questions by 15 September 2007. After 2 weeks from conclusion and closure of the issues of the source of contamination and U-metal, reflected in the Director General’s report to the Board of Governors, Iran and the Agency will have discussions in Iran where Iran will provide explanations on the Po210.
B. Ghachine Mine
Based on agreed modalities of 12 July 2007, Iran agreed to deal with this issue, once the issue of Po210 is concluded and its file is closed. Iran and the Agency agreed upon the following procedural steps: regarding this issue, the Agency will provide Iran in writing with all its remaining questions by 15 September 2007. After 2 weeks from conclusion and closure of the issue of Po210, reflected in the Director General’s report to the Board of Governors, Iran and the Agency will have discussions in Iran where Iran will provide explanations to the Agency about Ghachine Mine.

III. Alleged Studies
Iran reiterated that it considers the following alleged studies as politically motivated and baseless allegations. The Agency will however provide Iran with access to the documentation it has in its possession regarding: the Green Salt Project, the high explosive testing and the missile re-entry vehicle. As a sign of good will and cooperation with the Agency, upon receiving all related documents, Iran will review and inform the Agency of its assessment.

IV. General Understandings

  1. These modalities cover all remaining issues and the Agency confirmed that there are no other remaining issues and ambiguities regarding Iran’s past nuclear program and activities.
  2. The Agency agreed to provide Iran with all remaining questions according to the above work plan. This means that after receiving the questions, no other questions are left. Iran will provide the Agency with the required clarifications and information.
  3. The Agency’s delegation is of the view that the agreement on the above issues shall further promote the efficiency of the implementation of safeguards in Iran and its ability to conclude the exclusive peaceful nature of the Iran’s nuclear activities.
  4. The Agency has been able to verify the non-diversion of the declared nuclear materials at the enrichment facilities in Iran and has therefore concluded that it remains in peaceful use.
  5. The Agency and Iran agreed that after the implementation of the above work plan agreed modalities for resolving the outstanding issues, the implementation of safeguards in Iran will be conducted in a routine manner.

How CNN Spins Women Only Taxis & Students Released

Iran Blogapalooza- Naj at Neo Resistance has a post about the growing women only taxi business in Iran and links to various sources to illuminate her point. There are two youtube clips, one from an independent documentary company one from CNN. So I watched them both (independent here, CNN here– Wolf ‘friggin’ Blitzer). Now women only taxi services are popular here in the UK where it is an issue of women’s safety from drunk leery men and worse, yet CNN act like the women only taxi idea is kind of wacky (Iran paranoia meets white male corporate crap). In Iran (& Bolivia -and probably others now I think about it- apparently, here is an excellent guide by David at ddmmyyyy) there are two types of taxis, one is the regular hail it and go to your destination. The other type are sort of like a bus service but with a taxicab, a fixed route and stops, so you end up sharing with other people like on a bus.

The independent documentary is an almost 10 minute piece and tells the story of women who are enjoying the new service and not missing the old cab services where men would crush up to them, take up all the seat etc. CNN however tell the story strictly from the point of view of a theocracy insisting women separate from men and conservative (although not called that of course) husbands pleased this service means their wives do not mix with strange men. Now obviously there will be some people for whom that is the situation but CNN fails to show the strong independent women that the other documentary shows, a doctor, a blind teacher who use the service and the driver herself who is working her socks off but enjoys the relative freedom cab driving offers over dull office jobs. CNN’s short (under 3min) clip shows where their editorial bias remains, although they get a brown reporter to front it, that’s just the sugar to mask the bitter US corporate nonsense. The women’s only service is not contextualised with the women only services around the world, and it is used to report on possessive husbands and a ‘those crazy Iranian dames, driving cabs, whatever next’ sexist/nationalist frame. The women who work for and use the firm get little time to tell their stories, such is the rapid fire soundbite culture of 24 cable news. Both clips point out the company is owned by men, but erm, no male CEO’s in feminist paradise America then? A country where fascist multi-millionaire junky and sex tourist Rush Limbaugh coined the term femiNazi and broadcasts daily his hate filled lies, drooling at the genocide the Empire engages in. A half truth is as good as a lie in an able editors hands and applying stricter standards to other countries than your own is a patriotic disease that enables lies that enable wars. No surprise from Wolf Blitzer, last heard of lying about Micheal Moore’s Sicko.

And in better news from Jadi, some students are released including his friend Amir Yaghoub-ali, although-

He was hanged from his handcuffed hands to the ceiling for two hours and spend most of the time in a individual cell, colored in green with 24 hours lights on and he had to wear blindfolds all the times outside of the cell.

I think this is why Bush hates Ahmadinejad, they are so similar, it’s competition.

Imprisoned Iranian Students

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Via Jadi:

Today is the day of coherence(?) with these students in Iran. Everybody is putting the above photo in their weblog and asking for their release. We do not have any news from Amir for 587 hours and Amir is among latest people who were arrested. Many reports claim that they were tortured. I think a state who answers IDEA with TORTURE, knows that he will be the looser in the field of LOGIC.

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Iran Gas Rationing

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Straight from Jadi:

Yesterday they just announced that “Each car will have a 100 litre per month limitation and the prices are arises too. And if you are going to use more than your coupon, the price is 50 Euro cents per litre!” this means about 5 times more!!! People were mad. At first they went into the long ques to get petrol and after waiting hours and hours there, the riot started. Fire+Petrol+Angry people resulted to armed police and then guards standing in front of each pump!

I can not understand this government. They have to guard pumps, they have to use armed police against women, they have to use secret police against students and the prisons are full of dissidents; even dissident mullas. They should be ashamed. They can not kill everybody. They can not force anybody to believe what they believe.

One friend from a newspaper told me that they’ve got an order which says “you may nor write anything about oil prices or last nights uncalms in the newspapers”. But we have weblogs, we have internet and we have mobile phones. Here are some photos.

Click here for photos and the full post.

Blogger.com Blocked In Iran

Jadi at Inside Iran is finding blogger.com where a lot of Iranians have their persian weblogs is being blocked by the govt. after trouble logging onto his account he looked around and confirmed from other bloggers they are having the same problem:

Today ITNA | Iranian Technology News Agency published (in Persian) : ….
One of the managers of the filtering system confirms that they’ve got the request of the “beta.blogger.com”s blocking from the authorities and as it’s IP shares with the whole blogger.com, we blocked both

Blogger.com was the host of many Iranian bloggers who wanted to be safe. We also have domestic blogging system but they are strictly controlled by the government and your blog might be DELETED for a political sentence or a criticism. This way – by blocking Blogger.com – I think the authorities are going to restrict the blogging community to the domestic servers and have a full control on what people publish in their weblogs.

Dammit, quite apart from issues of censorship does this mean the IRI are not fans of Iran Blogapalooza? This does seem to tie in with some stories of a more than usually strict crackdown by a paranoid govt. fully aware the US are breathing down their necks. Not good.