Thursday, 7 January 2010

Iran in the World Press 07 Jan 2010 #Iranelection Part 1


“ Cette tour est un exploit ”
“ Cettetourestunvéritableexploit ”, raconte l’ingénieur flamand, Joseph Hauwere. “ Quandnousavonsremporté l’appeld’offres,nousdevions construireunetourde705mètres de haut. Lorsque nous avonssignélescontrats,20mètresavaientdéjàétéajoutés.À chaquefois,ilyavaitquelque chose. Nous venions juste de placerlepicausommet,lorsque le Cheikh a eu l’idée de mettredeslampesdessus.On n’avaitpasd’autrechoixque defaireappelàdesparachutistespourlesplacer.Afindelaverlesvitresextérieurespour la cérémonie d’ouverture, nous avons lancé un appel à desalpinisteséquipésdelaveusesàhautepression. ” Même si l’on sait que la tour dépassera les 800 m, on ne connaît pas encore sa hauteur final e. Elle sera révélée aujourd’hui, lors de l’ouverture officielle, même si le chiffre de 818 m se murmure déjà. Mais, le Burj (“ tour ” en arabe) Dubaï est surtout un projet de prestige. La tour peut d’ailleurs s’avérer t rès i nconfortable. “ 
La Capitale | 2010-01-04 | Belgium | Page: 17

Perot staffer forfeits gains
AN employee of H. Ross Perot’s investment firm, who was charged with insider trading, has agreed to forfeit $US8.6 million ($9.4m) in profits to settle with securities regulators. The Securities and Exchange Commission charged Rezah Saleh in September with civil securities fraud for buying options in Perot Systems stock after learning about Dell’s planned takeover. When the deal was announced, Mr Saleh, a longtime friend and employee of Mr Perot, made $8.6m in profits. No allegations have been made against Mr Perot or Perot officials with tipping off Mr Saleh. But SEC associate director at Fort Worth regional office Stephen Korotash said the investigation was continuing. Perot family spokesman Eddie Reeves said the family did not know any more than what was in the SEC’s statement. ‘‘We were shocked and saddened by this whole turn of events,’’ Mr Reeves said. The SEC asked the judge, who has to approve the settlement, to rule on whether a penalty should be imposed on Mr Saleh. 
The Australian | 2010-01-07 | Australia | Page: 19

Mystery of the mosque
WITH about 300 Muslims in all of Nicaragua, it was a mystery when a big mosque suddenly sprang up recently in a residential neighbourhood. Like, who paid for it? The Managua rumour mill quickly turned to Iran. Its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a Muslim, and Nicaragua’s leftist leader, Daniel Ortega, a Catholic, say they share a revolutionary kinship. As part of a grandiose effort to show that Iran was a global superpower, Ahmadinejad promised in 2007 to invest $1 billion in Nicaragua, an impoverished country of 5.7 million, in projects including a new city and deep-water port on the Atlantic Coast. Never mind that local officials say they haven’t heard a word on the port project since an Iranianled delegation was confronted 18 months ago by angry villagers or that almost none of the other announced investments have materialised. The geopolitical chatter surrounding the mosque, which opened in September last year, continues. ‘‘Did Iran put up the money?
The Australian | 2010-01-07 | Australia | Page: 10

Tehran shuts down Western media
IRAN’S international isolation deepened yesterday when the regime banned contact with more than 60 highly regarded Western organisations that it accused of conspiring against the Islamic republic. The list includes the BBC, Voice of America and other media organisations that beam Farsi-language programs into Iran, as well as think tanks, academic institutions and leading non-governmental organisations from the US and Europe. ‘‘Having any relation . . . with those groups involved in the soft war (against Iran) is illegal and prohibited,’’ the intelligence ministry said. ‘‘Citizens should be alert to the traps of our enemies and co-operate . . . in neutralising the plots of foreigners and conspirators.’’ One Iranian analyst said it was ‘‘a very harsh and important step’’ that would cut the last remaining back-channels for diplomatic communications with the West. 
The Australian | 2010-01-07 | Australia | Page: 8

IRAN HASN’T WON THE COLD WAR YET
THE salient strategic fact in the Middle East today is the Iranian drive for regional hegemony. This Iranian objective is being promoted by a rising hardline conservative elite within the Iranian regime, centred on a number of political associations and on the Iranian Revolutionary Guards corps. This elite, which is personified by President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, has received the backing of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Their aim is a second Islamic revolution that would revive the original fire of the revolution of 1979. They appear to be aiming for the augmenting of clerical rule with a streamlined, brutal police-security state, under the banner of Islam. Building Iranian power and influence throughout the Middle East is an integral part of their strategy. The Iranian nuclear program is an aspect of this ambition. A nuclear capability is meant to form the ultimate insurance for the Iranian regime as it aggressively builds its influence across the region. 
The Australian | 2010-01-07 | Australia | Page: 12

Iran hides N-secrets in web of tunnels
WASHINGTON: Iran has hidden a large part of its atomic complex in networks of tunnels and bunkers across the country, shielding its infrastructure from military attack in warrens of dense rock while obscuring the scale of its nuclear effort, according to reports yesterday. The effort to hide its capability complicated the West’s military and geopolitical calculus and helped shield Tehran from attack, US reports said. The Obama administration is pressing for strong and immediate new sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear program. Analysts told The New York Times that Iran’s tunnelling — which Tehran calls a strategy of ‘‘passive defence’’ — was a crucial factor behind the push for non-military solutions to the issue. The report said US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates had discounted the possibility of a military strike against Iran, in the belief it would only slow Tehran’s nuclear program by one to three years while driving the project further underground. 
The Australian | 2010-01-07 | Australia | Page: 8

Stand strong, and be clinical
SINGAPORE — His men are used to hearing him angrily bellowing instructions from the touchline. After six years in charge of the Singapore football team, many fans have also become accustomed to Radojko Avramovic’s voice ringing out from the bench at the National Stadium, urging his players on, or screaming at a Lion for not sticking to his carefully mapped plan. One suspects he will be hoarse after tonight’s crucial Asian Cup Group E qualifier against Iran, as he tries to summon a huge effort from the Lions that could take them to within a whisker of entry into the 2011 finals in Doha, Qatar. Avramovic’s plan is simple enough: Keep a clean sheet against the three-time Asian champions, and keep the faith. Speaking to MediaCorp yesterday, he said: “It is key not to concede a goal, everything else depends on that. We also need to have confidence to compete with Iran. In the end, they are like any other team — they will have good moments and bad moments.
Today | 2010-01-06 | Singapore | Page: 42

12 months on, Iran are much changed
SINGAPORE — Twelve months ago, Thailand drew 0-0 with three-time Asian champions Iran at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok in an Asian Cup Group E qualifier. One suspects Singapore will not mind a similar result tonight, when they take on Iran in the penultimate round of Group E qualifying at the National Stadium. But according to Thai assistant coach Steve Darby, who masterminded that performance along with former boss Peter Reid, the Lions will face totally different opponents tonight. Speaking to MediaCorp from Bangkok yesterday, the former Home United coach said: “When we played them, their former strike great Ali Daei was coach and a lot of their old stars were playing, but now it’s Afshin Ghotbi in charge with several young fellows in the side.” Following the retirement of the likes of Vahid Hashemian, Medhi Mahdavikia and Ali Karimi, younger players have brought the average age of the team down to about 25. Coach Ghotbi, 45, now has Iran playing with more power and pace. 
Today | 2010-01-06 | Singapore | Page: 42

Iran: Konsul tritt zurück
Aus Protest gegen die blutige Niederschlagung der oppositionellen Demonstrationen ist der iranische Konsul in Norwegen zurückgetreten. Sein Gewissen erlaube es nicht, seine Arbeit fortzusetzen, erklärte Mohammad Reza Heydari am Mittwoch.
Die Presse | 2010-01-07 | Austria | Page: 5

„Wenn man meine Arbeit merkt, ist sie schlecht“
Die Presse: Wie war die Arbeit an Haydns „Il mondo della luna“? Tavakoli: Mit Nikolaus Harnoncourt habe ich schon bei der „Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots“ gearbeitet: eine unglaubliche Persönlichkeit, er strahlt große Ruhe aus, teilt aber auch sehr direkt mit, wenn ihn etwas stört – bei uns das Brummen der Beamer, weshalb wir auf einige seitliche Projektionen verzichten mussten. Tobias Moretti, den ich vom Burgtheater her kannte, war als Regisseur eine Riesenüberraschung für mich: Er hat mit allen gesprochen, sich sehr viel Zeit genommen, genau gesagt, was er möchte, nämlich die SM-Gelüste des Buonafede zeigen, aber bei der Realisierung viel Freiraum gelassen – mehr als jeder andere Regisseur, mit dem ich bisher gearbeitet habe. Dieses Vertrauen will man nicht enttäuschen. Er war an allen Fronten, vorne, hinten, hat mir viel Zeit gegeben und meine Ideen auch z. B. gegenüber dem Intendanten verteidigt. 
Die Presse | 2010-01-07 | Austria | Page: 25

Newspaper Page
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Today's Zaman | 2010-01-07 | Turkey | Page: 9

Turkey 65th best country to live in, index says
An American magazine has ranked Turkey 65th on a list of world countries in terms of overall quality of life. France came in first for the fifth year running in International Living magazine’s annual Quality of Life Index for 2010, which ranks 194 countries according to nine categories: cost of living, culture and leisure, the economy, environment, freedom, safety and risk, health, infrastructure and climate. “This isn’t about best value, necessarily. It’s about the places in the world where the living is, simply put, great,” International Living said of its index this year. Sources used to compose the index included “government Web sites, the World Health Organization, and The Economist, to name but a few. We also take into account what our editors from all over the world have to say about our findings.” 
Today's Zaman | 2010-01-07 | Turkey | Page: 6

Iranian diplomat quits over protests, NRK reports
A diplomat at the Iranian Embassy in Oslo told Norwegian broadcaster NRK on Wednesday that he has resigned in protest over a crackdown on anti-government demonstrators in Iran. The Iranian Foreign Ministry in Tehran denied the report. “It was the Iranian authorities’ treatment of demonstrators during the Christmas week that made me realize I couldn’t continue,” NRK quoted Mohammed Reza Heydari as saying. NRK said Heydari has served as a consul at the embassy for the last three years. Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told Reuters: “The report is baseless. A diplomat returns to the country when his mission is finished in another country.” “Sometimes they stay longer in the country where they served as diplomats for various reasons, including waiting for the end of school semesters of their children,” Mehmanparast added. 
Today's Zaman | 2010-01-07 | Turkey | Page: 10

Turkmenistan, Iran inaugurate new natural gas pipeline
The Dauletabad-Sarakhs-Khangiran pipeline, which will deliver natural gas from Turkmenistan to neighboring Iran, was inaugurated on Wednesday with the attendance of Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yıldız. In addition to Yıldız the inaugural ceremony was attended by Turkmen President Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The 30-kilometer pipeline is the second new route tapping into the region’s vast gas resources to begin operating in the space of a month. While weakening Moscow’s grip over the region’s gas supplies, the new pipeline will also dampen Western hopes of claiming a share of Turkmen gas exports. Speaking at the ceremony, Berdymukhamedov said Turkmenistan attached great importance to safe energy transportation, adding that 20 billion cubic meters of natural gas would be sent to Iran annually through the newly built pipeline. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the route would have a global impact. 
Today's Zaman | 2010-01-07 | Turkey | Page: 7

Book, Iran sojourn shed light on bin Laden family
With a book written by one of Osama bin Laden’s sons, and with news of a daughter sheltering in the Saudi Embassy in Iran, some of the blanks are being filled in on the life of the 9/11 mastermind’s large family, including lurid details of his parenting style. Two weeks ago, the son, Omar bin Laden, revealed that many of the children who had been with their father in Afghanistan escaped to Iran following the 2001 U.S.-led invasion, and were still together in a walled compound under Iranian guard. Confirmation came with the news that a daughter, Eman bin Laden, had taken refuge in the Saudi Embassy in Tehran. Saudi officials are negotiating with the Iranians to allow Eman to return to Saudi Arabia, where she was born, and on Tuesday Omar bin Laden told The Associated Press that he, as well as his wife and mother, had applied for visas to go to Tehran and help speed Eman’s case.
The China Post | 2010-01-07 | Taiwan | Page: 2

Taiwan puts company on watch list after sales to Iran
Taiwan has placed a local company on a watch list after the firm sold specialized equipment to Iran, an official said on Wednesday. “The company is on an observation list, which means it must obtain prior export permits, after it imported 108 pressure sensors from Europe and sold them to Iran in March 2008,” said an official at the Bureau of Foreign Trade. Pressure sensors can measure altitudes and are therefore used in aircraft and rockets. The official, who declined to identify the company, stressed that the device is neither hightech nor restricted, rejecting media reports that it could be used to make nuclear weapons. Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper reported last month that Iran had tried unsuccessfully to buy the device for more than a year from European and American firms before turning to a Taiwanese company.
The China Post | 2010-01-07 | Taiwan | Page: 4

In de wereld van dit gloednieuwe decennium moeten we de positieve centra van stabiliteit herkennen
Met wat sneeuwvlokken en een mooi rond cijfer als servetring, wordt het nieuwe decennium ons als een tabula rasa met een maagdelijk wit tafellaken geserveerd. Zullen we deze keer à la carte kunnen eten, of zal de actualiteit ons zoals in 2001 haar menu uit de (leger)kantine opdissen? Bijna tien jaar oorlog, angst en terreur liggen zwaar op de maag en vergallen onze levensappetijt. Het is de hoogste tijd dat we de planetaire anorexie overwinnen. Er zijn nog andere vruchten dan die van de kakiboom. En laten we hopen dat een heleboel onverteerbare schotels voorgoed naar de keuken worden teruggestuurd. Het schijnt dat Al Qaida geen sinistere octopus meer is maar een calamaris. Wil iemand de citroen doorgeven? Afghanistan, Pakistan, Irak, Iran: vier soufflés met onzekere afloop, waarvan het succes afhangt van lokale ingrediënten, bevolkingsgroepen die worden uitgenodigd/gedwongen hun toekomst in eigen handen te nemen. 
De Morgen | 2010-01-02 | Belgium | Page: 17

Little Brother
Vroeger vreesde iedereen dat overheden, bedrijven en grote organisaties via het internet vrij spel zouden hebben om ons allen in de gaten te houden. Maar het kan ook omgekeerd, zo bleek in het recente verleden met het internetprotest tegen de verkiezingen in Iran. Of de via sociale netwerken gecoördineerde actie tegen een asociale Londense metrosteward.
De Morgen | 2010-01-02 | Belgium | Page: 8

Cuba protests tighter US screening of passengers
HAVANA—CUBA SUMMONED THE TOP United States diplomat on the island on Tuesday to protest extra screening for Cuban citizens flying into the US, calling the rule a “hostile action” meant to justify America’s trade embargo. The new dispute comes after several setbacks that have all but snuffed out hope for a quick resolution to the half-century of antagonism between Cuba and the US, and as Cuban officials have been increasingly sharp-spoken about their disappointment in President Barack Obama. Josefina Vidal Ferreiro, director of the Cuban Foreign Ministry’s North American affairs office, said the new security controls were “discriminatory and selective.” “We categorically reject this new hostile action by the government of the United States against Cuba,” she told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview. Vidal Ferreiro said she lodged the protest in an afternoon meeting with Jonathan Farrar, the head of the US Interests Section, which Washington maintains in Cuba instead of an embassy.
Philippines Daily Inquirer | 2010-01-07 | Philippines | Page: 20

Iran renews execution threat against protesters
TEHRAN—IRAN’S INTERIOR minister warned opposition activists on Tuesday they risk execution as enemies of God if they continue anti-government demonstrations, and the foreign ministry said arrested foreigners face punishment. Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar made the latest threat after the Intelligence Ministry said on Monday several foreigners engaged in a “psychological war” against the Islamic Republic were arrested on Dec. 27 in the bloodiest unrest since the aftermath of a disputed June 12 presidential poll. The opposition says the vote was rigged to secure President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s reelection. The authorities deny the accusations, which they say were part of a Western-orchestrated plot to overthrow the Islamic system. Eight people were killed in clashes between security forces and supporters of opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi on the Shiite mourning day of Ashura. More than 40 leading reformists, including four advisers to Mousavi, have since been arrested. 
Philippines Daily Inquirer | 2010-01-07 | Philippines | Page: 19

Book sheds light on Bin Laden family
RIYADH—WITH A BOOK WRITten by one of Osama bin Laden’s sons, and with news of a daughter sheltering in the Saudi Embassy in Iran, some of the blanks are being filled in on the life of the Sept. 11, 2001 mastermind’s large family, including lurid details of his parenting style. Two weeks ago, the son, Omar bin Laden, revealed that many of the children who had been with their father in Afghanistan escaped to Iran following the 2001 United States-led invasion, and were still together in a walled compound under Iranian guard. Confirmation came with the news that a daughter, Eman bin Laden, had taken refuge in the Saudi Embassy in Tehran. Saudi officials are negotiating with the Iranians to allow Eman to return to Saudi Arabia, where she was born, and on Tuesday Omar bin Laden told The Associated Press that he, as well as his wife and mother, had applied for visas to go to Tehran and help speed Eman’s case. 
Philippines Daily Inquirer | 2010-01-07 | Philippines | Page: 19

TODAYINHISTORY
- The Danes are defeated by the West Saxons under Ethelred and Alfred the Great at the battle of Ashdown. - Harold is crowned king of England following the death of Edward the Confessor. - England’s King Henry VIII weds fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. The marriage lasts six months. - Samuel Morse first publicly demonstrates his telegraph, in Morristown, New Jersey. - New Mexico becomes 47th US state. - King Alexander of Yugoslavia establishes a royal dictatorship. - US President Franklin D Roosevelt defines American goal of ‘‘Four Freedoms’’ - freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear. - The Pan American Airways Pacific Clipper arrives in New York after making the first round-the-world trip by a commercial aeroplane. - The Battle of the Bulge ends when Allied forces finally triumph. - Iran’s Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi launches his ‘‘white revolution‘‘, including redistributing land to peasants and giving women the vote.
Manawatu Standard | 2010-01-06 | New Zealand | Page: 8

Travel on air, ground disrupted as snow and ice sweep Britain
LONDON (The Associated Press) — Hundreds of schools were shut, highways and airports were jammed, and even production of the venerable soap opera Coronation Street was disrupted Tuesday as the worst snow and icy weather in years swept Britain. A driver was killed when two trucks collided on a highway near Manchester in northwest England, and scores of accidents were reported on icy roads. The Automobile Association said it had dealt with 15,000 incidents as cars broke down and drivers were stranded. Up to 40 centimetres of snow was forecast later Tuesday in some parts of the country as the bad weather headed south from Scotland. Airports across the U.K. — including Manchester Airport, the John Lennon Airport in Liverpool and Southampton Airport — had to be closed temporarily, while delays and cancellations hit many other international airports, including London’s Heathrow. Schools were shut across Scotland and northern England, and many highways and train services were forced to close. 
Moose Jaw Times Herald | 2010-01-06 | Canada | Page: 14

Verscherpte controles op vluchten naar VS
Na de verijdelde aanslag op een lijntoestel van Northwest Airlines worden de controles op vluchten vanuit ‘risicolanden’ richting de Verenigde Staten aangescherpt. Sinds gisteren moeten passagiers uit risicolanden of ‘elk ander betrokken land’ extra gecontroleerd worden. Dat heeft de Amerikaanse Autoriteit voor Transportveiligheid beslist. Wie uit Afghanistan, Syrië, Somalië, Soedan, Saoedi-Arabië, Pakistan, Nigeria, Libië, Libanon, Jemen, Irak, Iran, Cuba of Algerije komt, mag zich verwachten aan verscherpte controles. Wie niet uit een risicoland komt heeft meer kans om aan controletechnologieën onderworpen te worden, terwijl steeds meer passagiers met bestemming Verenigde Staten lukraak gefouilleerd zullen worden. Dat de schrik er goed inzit bij de Amerikanen bewijst een incident net voor ingang van de nieuwe controleregels. Op de luchthaven van Newark, bij New York, slaagde een passagier er zondagavond in om via een uitgang tot de beveiligde terminal C door te dringen. 
De Morgen | 2010-01-05 | Belgium | Page: 3

Teheran blokkeert bezoek van EU
Een bezoek van een delegatie van het Europees Parlement aan Iran is op het laatste moment geblokkeerd door de Iraanse ambassade in Brussel. Dat zegt het hoofd van de delegatie, Barbara Lochbihler. Volgens Lochbihler is deze actie een teken “dat de Iraanse autoriteiten weigeren om elke serieuze discussie aan te gaan” over de onrust in het land. De afgelopen tijd zijn zeker acht mensen omgekomen bij onlusten tussen de Iraanse overheid en de oppositie.
De Morgen | 2010-01-05 | Belgium | Page: 16

Newspaper Page
worldinbrief NEW YORK CITY: China’s UN ambassador Zhang Yesui said Tuesday ( Wednesday in Manila) it is too early to contemplate new sanctions against Iran over its refusal to halt sensitive nuclear fuel work, and called for more diplomacy. WASHINGTON, D.C.: US President Barack Obama said Tuesday he has suspended transfers of freed Guantanamo Bay inmates to Yemen following the Christmas Day airliner attack, but renewed his vow to close the notorious prison. WASHINGTON, D. C.: A top military intelligence chief is calling for revamped US intelligence efforts in Afghanistan in a scathing report that says the current focus on insurgent networks is “only marginally relevant.” WASHINGTON, D.C.: Democratic Senator Byron Dorgan announced Tuesday ( Wednesday in Manila) he would not seek reelection in November, a shock blow to efforts by President Barack Obama’s allies to retain their critical 60-vote majority. 
Manila Times | 2010-01-07 | Philippines | Page: 12

Teheran staat op de rand van de contrarevolutie
Zou het toeval zijn dat een jonge Nigeriaan uitgerekend nu een vliegtuig probeerde op te blazen? En is de operatie uiteindelijk mislukt, omdat er geen tijd was om ze beter voor te bereiden? De vragen komen in me op, terwijl ik de beelden zie van de brandende auto’s en de bebloede mensen in de straten van Teheran. Is dat uiteindelijk het antwoord van de Iraanse geestelijken aan de uitgestoken hand van president Obama? Een terrorist op hem afsturen om de strijd te verleggen naar het hart van Amerika? Een afleidingsmaneuver, weg van de eigen problemen, uitgevoerd door de NV Terreur, die rond de Perzische Golf meer rekruten heeft dan het Belgisch leger vrijwilligers. Het is onmogelijk om met onze kennis een klaar zicht te krijgen op wat er in die regio gebeurt. Of Afghanistan het echte slagveld is, of de echte strijd nog moet komen, in de bergen van Pakistan of verder weg, in Iran en op het Arabische schiereiland? 
Het Laatste Nieuws | 2009-12-30 | Belgium | Page: 2

China executeert Britse onderdaan
PEKING China executeert meer mensen dan welke andere staat ook ter wereld. Per hoofd van de bevolking gaat alleen Iran voor. Meer dan driekwart van de Chinezen is voor de doodstraf voor moordenaars, de helft ook in geval van drugsdelinquenten. Veel beklaagden krijgen evenwel geen eerlijk proces. Afgaande op de officieel in de media gemelde gevallen waren er volgens Amnesty in 2008 minstens 1.718 terechtstellingen in China, maar organisaties zoals Dui Hua geloven dat het er veel meer waren. In vergelijking met veel andere landen is de uitvoering van de doodstraf in China een behoorlijk gezwinde zaak. Nadat de Intermediaire Volksrechtbank een doodsvonnis uitspreekt, volgen twee vormen van beroep, een dat door de beklaagde kan worden aangespannen en een dat sinds 2007 automatisch plaatsvindt. Alle doodstraffen moeten nu door het Hooggerechtshof worden bekrachtigd, wat volgens een overheidsrapport resulteerde in een daling van het aantal doodstraffen met 15 procent. 
De Morgen | 2009-12-30 | Belgium | Page: 16

Honderden arrestaties in Iran
TEHERAN Volgens oppositiewebsites zijn al meer dan 1.100 mensen gearresteerd in de voorbije dagen. De lijken van vijf van de acht mensen die zondag stierven, worden niet vrijgegeven uit vrees dat hun begrafenissen andermaal zullen uitlopen op antiregeringsdemonstraties. Het patroon komt bekend voor: dagen nadat vele tienduizenden Iraanse burgers op straat kwamen om de legitimiteit van het regime van de tandem van president Ahmedinejad en opperste leider Ali Khamenei aan te vechten, worden er tientallen of honderden mensen gearresteerd. Onafhankelijke bevestigingen over de aantallen zijn er niet maar volgens oppositiewebsites werden sinds zondag niet minder dan 1.100 mensen aangehouden. Maandag raakte al bekend dat verschillende adviseurs van de oppositieleiders Mir Hossein Mousavi en Mehdi Karroubi waren aangehouden, alsook van gewezen president Khatami. Gisterochtend werd duidelijk dat ook de zuster van Nobelprijswinnaar Shirin Ebadi is gearresteerd. 
De Morgen | 2009-12-30 | Belgium | Page: 17

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