Archive for the ‘Iran’s society’ Category
Thursday, January 24th, 2013 |
Even the title is talking about the ignorance period but this picture is not such old that period it is:
There are three persons here: two executioner and a criminal. The criminal is a Thief and ISNA agency reported he has 47 claimants without any detail. (ISNA Link - Farsi)
According to Iranian law that they called “Islamic Penal Code of Iran” one of sentence for a thief can be cutting finger. It has steps for example if it was first time the judge can sentence the thief to cut a phalanges, next time to cut a whole finger, and third time robbery can be sentence to cut a hand from wrist. It would be expended if the thief rapid the crime to cut whole hand and the last sentence is a death penalty.
This law comes from Islam and almost twenty years ago, Iranian parliament temporary passed this law. There are some punishment that are not acceptable to this era such “cutting of hands, and feet, stoning to death, cutting off of tongues and gouging out eyes on the statutes.”
I don’t have problem with Islam and some people who believe in this religion but I strongly believe these kind of sentences don’t work to this new world we are living. A main point of setting punishment is showing other potential criminal to see their future. Also, authority wants to prevent crime in the society.
I am sure these sentences can not guarantee these two purposes. If they would other western countries still use these sentences. As we know, elementary societies used some harsh punishments until a few centuries ago. They changed because using a hanging or cutting a organ as punishment is just wiping a problem, no solution! For example, two years a go a crazy person killed more than 70 children in Norway. The authority didn’t killed him fast and they sentenced to life jail and also search about why he had done this massacre.
At this time, world tries to finds better solution in Iran the judiciary system returns to back to use some old and not acceptable punishment!
Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 |
Our website in VOA release this report about me:
Arash Sigarchi, a journalist for Voice of America’s Persian Service, has won top prize at the 2012 Deutsche Welle International Blog Awards – known as the BOBs.
Sigarchi’s personal blog, Window of Anguish, was selected by a panel of media experts who considered entries in 11 languages. The award honors blogs that champion the open exchange of ideas and freedom of expression. The prize was announced Wednesday.
Born in Iran, Sigarchi started blogging in 2002, but was arrested two years later for criticizing the regime. After serving 2 years of a 3 year prison sentence, surviving lung cancer, and losing his brother to a car accident, he was granted a visa to travel United States and left Iran in 2008.
The Deutsche Welle Blog Awards website says “Window of Anguish provides readers with an even-handed perspective of the Iranian regime’s actions.” One member of the selection panel said, “Arash has maintained an objective view of events despite the personal attacks and tragedy he suffered at the hands of the government.”
Sigarchi currently lives in Washington, D.C., where he works for the VOA Persian Service.
Arash Abadpour, a BOBs Persian-language jury member, said Sigarchi, “represents an important source of information for readers inside and outside of Iran. State influence on traditional media is getting stronger and stronger,” Abadpour said. “Arash is a blogger who found his way in mainstream media and still keeps his connection to Iran.”
Saturday, November 15th, 2008 |
Ahmadinejad Supporters Criticize Student Basij Seminar
Influential criticisms by Hashemi Rafsanjani, Mohsen Rezaei, Danesh-Jafari and Pour-Mohammadi of the Ahmadinejad administration’s economic policies during the seminar, “Privatization: Obstacles and Opportunities,” which was held by the Student Basij organization, has enraged the administration’s supporters.
Hashemi Rafsanjani said during the seminar, “The Supreme Leader requested from the Expediency Council in a clear letter to devise policies and strategies in connection with implementation of Article 44 of the Constitution [privatization]. In 2004, when we finished our work, the Supreme Leader approved very quickly… We said give us five years and the government will transfer 20 percent of factories and facilities under its ownership to the private sector every year, the Supreme Leader approved and signed… Another policy the Supreme Leader was more concerned about than us was the issue of dependency on oil. At that time he said that my dream is to celebrate the closure of the last oil well, so we devised a 10-year plan according to which every year the government reduces its dependence on oil by 10 percent.”
Hashemi Rafsanjani then added, “Five years have passed since that date. The big question that lingers is, how much has this been implemented? Our oil revenues that have been unprecedented in history, how have they been spent? Have we spent them on development? These questions are not related at all to political competitions. Here, we are talking about implementation of Supreme Leader’s policies and these questions must be answered clearly.”
In another part of his speech, noting the ninth administration’s slow pace of privatization and unaccounted for expenditure, Hashemi Rafsanjani asked of the Basijis, “You must ask what has happened to revenue generated from privatizing factories and government facilities? We hope that everything was conducted in accordance with law.”
Rafsanjani also asked the Basijis to pay more attention to issues related to Article 44: “The source of these policies is your Supreme Leader and you must feel the duty to implement them more than ever. Allah willing, you will not be accused of politicking and creating obstacles. Your stances are clear and you will not be accused of opposing the Supreme Leader’s orders.
During the seminar, when one member of the Student Basij accused the gathering o being political and asked Hashemi why no representative from the ninth administration was invited to the gathering to respond to the charges, Hashemi cleverly responded, “Really you should ask this of the administration, I cannot respond to this on their behalf. Head of all three branches must be held responsible when it comes to Article 44.”
Reacting to Hashemi Rafsanjani’s speech at the Student Basij seminar, Raja News website, affiliated with the administration, wrote, “The aforementioned seminar contains discussions and remarks that are devised and voiced only to oppose the Ahmadinejad administration, so much so that the suspicion was that this gathering was organized by reformist groups, but the reality is otherwise.”
Noting that “the gathering lacked responsible and measured leadership by the Basij,” Raja News concluded, “holding such gatherings with guest whose only motivation seems to be to blast and question the administration and its policies achieves nothing other than to destabilize the environment and question the performance and service of the present administration.”
Monday, October 20th, 2008 |
Results of New Surveys
While media outlets close to the administration have been attempting in recent weeks to exaggerate Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s popularity to be greater than ever before, the latest survey conducted by the Islamic Republic Majlis Strategic Research Center demonstrates that Iran’s president is not only suffering from very low popularity and approval ratings, but also many of the participants in the survey regard his administration as a failure.
Alborz news website reported yesterday that, according to a survey conducted by the Majlis Strategic Resarch Center, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is suffering from his lowest popularity ratings since being elected president in 2005.
This website, which is affiliated with the right-wing faction, announced: “According to another survey held jointly by the Ministry of Intelligence and the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, 70 percent of the Iranian population are willing to vote for Seyyed Mohammad Khatami if he runs in the upcoming presidential election while only 13 percent of the population are willing for vote for Ahmadinejad again.
The Alborz website did not explain how it accessed survey results. Nevertheless, the website “triboon” alluded to the report, noting, “The survey was carried out in Tehran and large cities showing that that Iranian president is suffering from extremely low popularity rates among Iranians residing in these cities. According to survey results, 64 percent of respondents to the question about how successful the Ahmadinejad Administration has been rated the ninth administration’s performance below average. More than 50 percent of respondents rated the administration as “unsuccessful” or “highly unsuccessful.”
Similarly, the news website Parsineh wrote regarding the Majlis Strategic Research Center’s survey result: “In another part of this survey 78 percent of respondents described the seventh Majlis’s supervision on the administration as ‘weal’ or ‘very weak.’ Meanwhile, 83 percent of respondents to the survey responded negatively to whether they would vote again for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and announced that they would not vote again for the current president of the Islamic Republic.”
More than 40 thousand people from various social, economic and educational backgrounds ranging from pre-diploma to doctoral degrees participated in this survey.
Source : Roozonline
Tuesday, October 14th, 2008 |
Radan Replaces Ahmadi-Moghaddam
An informed official in Iran’s policeforce revealed the promotion of Tehran Police Chief Ahmad Reza Radan. According to this source, Radan is now promoted to be the deputy chief of the National Security Forces.
Although several news sources including the news website “Asr-e Iran” in recent days had predicted that Tehran’s Police Chief would be replaced, but unlike their prediction which associated the change to Ahmad Reza Radan’s insistence on the implementation of plans to boost public security (very severe punishment of thugs in the public), it was later revealed that Ahmad Reza Radan is not only not demoted, but is actually promoted for ”successful implementation of his duties” to serve as deputy chief of the national security forces.
General Mehdi Ahmadi, the communications director of the State Security Forces, told the Fars news agency yesterday that effective Monday, Ahmad Reza Radan would replace General Zolfaghari as deputy chief of the State Security Forces and General Azizollah Rajabzadeh would replace Radan as the Tehran Police Chief.
This police official did not reveal the details of personnel changes but noted that “General Zolfaghari is attending university to continue his education” and for that reason Radan is replacing him.
Radan is among the members of the joint committee established by the police and judiciary. Following several altercations that took place at the gas pumps in response to rising gas prices, Radan, along with Tehran’s Prosecutor General Saeed Mortazavi, unveiled a plan to boos public security in Tehran and several provinces on the basis of which many suspected individuals have been sentenced to prison time or execution in recent months without due process. In the latest round of such executions, 29 individuals were executed in Iran during one day last June.
Radan’s promotion comes just a day after he insisted on continuing the plan to boost public security. As reported by the Islamic Republic News Agency, noting that the “plan to boost public security is not stoppable,” Radan said, “The police would firmly and fully confront thugs and gangsters, persons who disrespect women, drug traders and thieves.”
Source : Roozonline
Monday, September 22nd, 2008 |
Nateq-Nouri’s Criticism against the Administration:
Ali Akbar Nateq-Nouri, head of Supreme Leader’s Audit Office, blasted on Saturday those who purport to communicate with or know of the time of return of Imam Zaman, the twelfth Shia Imam currently in occultation, calling them liars. The remarks were made despite Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s repeated claims in various speeches that his administration is guided by “Imam Zaman.” On at least one occasion, Ahmadinejad has claimed that the time for Imam Zaman’s return is near.
Imam Zaman is the twelfth Shia Imam. According to Shia theology, he is in occultation like the Messiah, and will return at “the end of time” to reform the earth. In his critical remarks, uttered at Ayatollah Khomeini’s burial site, Ali Akbar Nateq-Nouri said, “Anyone who says I know when Imam Zaman is returning is lying, and anyone who claims to be communicating or know that Imam Zaman is returning in near future days or years is talking nonsense. Then it is mentioned that some are falsely claiming to have seen or communicated with Imam Zaman. Anyone who claims that I have seen Imam Zaman or communicate with him and he has given me messages is a liar.”
This prominent conservative figure who had previously criticized the Ahmadinejad Administration’s economic policies, reserved the last part of his speech for more pointed criticism of the ninth administration’s religious claims, noting, “There is no doubt that this country is the country of Imam Zaman, a Shia country that is a Islamic Republic and governed based on Islamic principles; but that does not mean that everything we do is coming from him [Imam Zaman]. Why are we spending on Imam Zaman’s behalf?”
In an implicit reference to Ahmadinejad’s remarks earlier noting “Imam Zaman’s management” of the country’s affairs, Nateq-Nouri said, “When our actions are carried out in Imam Zaman’s name, people say that perhaps he would manage things the same way when he returns; therefore this is better. I take this issue to be very dangerous.”
Nateq-Nouri’s criticism of the ninth administration’s religious ideas on Saturday is publicized despite the fact that, ever since coming to power, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has touted “speeding up Imam Zama’s return” as the political agenda of his administration. Nonetheless, serious rifts emerged between him and major Islamic jurists last spring when, at a speech in Mashhad, Ahmadinejad promised that he “sees Imam Zaman’s hand in all affairs.” He even attributed his “successful” appearance at Columbia University – despite “obstacles” manufactured by American politicians – to Imam Zaman’s help and claimed that 500 million people watched his speech on television.
Source : Roozonline