Friday, 16 November 2012

The Latest from Iran (16 November): Taking Advantage of Gaza

15 June 2009: Protesters in Tehran, "No to Gaza, No Lebanon, My Life Only for Iran"

0825 GMT: Energy Watch. Turkmenistan has resumed gas supplies to Iran after a brief stoppage for repairs of a pipeline, the head of the State gas company, Sahatmurad Mamedov, said on Friday.

Iran buys almost a third of Turkmenistan's exported gas.

Mamedov said Iran had requested the halt but denied the statement of Iranian Minister of Oil Rustam Qassemi that the stoppage was over a price dispute: "We stopped at their request, made repairs and relaunched supplies. We're now supplying the same volumes as before, in line with our contract."

0805 GMT: Three years ago, protests after the disputed Presidential election not only criticised the suppression of rights at home but Iran's interventions abroad: "No to Gaza, No to Lebanon, My Life Only For Iran".

Today, in a reversal of that slogan, the regime will mobilise protests against the Israel offensive in Gaza. The Islamic Publicity Coordination Council has called on people across the country to join demonstrations after Friday Prayers "to vent their anger at the fake Zionist regime of Israel and to express their sympathy with the oppressed people of the Gaza Strip".

On Thursday, Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi sent letters to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Organization of Islamic Cooperation Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, and the European Union's foreign policy representative Catherine Ashton:
These brutal assaults have preoccupied the public opinion in the region and the world with the possible implementation of the Israeli regime’s threats with regards to mass murder of the Palestinian nation and increasing instability and insecurity in the region.
Salehi called for immediate international action to stop the attacks and end the Islraeli blockade "to prevent a human disaster".

from EA WorldView: EA Iran

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