Friday, December 9, 2011

BANGLADESH WILDLIFE CONVERSATION FESTIVAL

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টিপাইমুখ: খালেদার ‘নীরবতা’ নিয়ে প্রশ্ন

টিপাইমুখ নিয়ে সরকারের বিরুদ্ধে খালেদা জিয়ার সমালোচনার জবাবে উল্টো প্রধানমন্ত্রী থাকাকালে তার ভূমিকা নিয়ে প্রশ্ন তুলেছে সরকার। শুক্রবার পররাষ্ট্র মন্ত্রণালয়ের এক বিবৃতিতে বিএনপি চেয়ারপারসনের কাছে তার আগের অবস্থানের ব্যাখ্যা দাবি করা হয়। এতে বলা হয়, “বিরোধীদলীয় নেত্রী ১৯৯২ ও ২০০৬ সালে দুবার ভারত সফর করলেও ১৯৯২ সালের ২৮ মে’র যৌথ ইশতেহারে বা ২০০৬ সালের ২৩ মার্চের যৌথ সংবাদ বিবরণীর কোথাও টিপাইমুখ প্রকল্পের বিষয়ে বাংলাদেশের উদ্বেগের কথা দেখা যায়নি।” “এতে প্রতীয়মান হয় যে ইস্যুটি বাংলাদেশের জন্য এতটা গুরুত্বপূর্ণ, বিরোধীদলীয় নেত্রীর দুবার ভারত সফর সত্ত্বেও বাংলাদেশের উদ্বেগের বিষয়টি সেসময় আদৌ আলোচিত হয়নি।” এর আগে সরকারের মন্ত্রী বা আওয়ামী লীগের জ্যেষ্ঠ নেতারা বিভিন্ন সভা-সমাবেশে টিপাইমুখ নিয়ে খালেদার সমালোচনা করলেও পররাষ্ট্র মন্ত্রণালয় থেকে এই প্রথম লিখিতভাবে ব্যাখ্যা চাওয়া হলো। বিবৃতিতে বলা হয়, “বিরোধীদলীয় নেত্রীর নিজের ভারত সফরের সময় টিপাইমুখ ইস্যুতে বাংলাদেশের উদ্বেগের বিষয়টি ভারতের নেতাদের কাছে তুলে ধরার সুযোগ থাকা সত্ত্বেও তিনি তা একেবারেই উত্থাপন করেননি কেন, এবং তার মতে, টিপাইমুখ বাঁধের ফলে বাংলাদেশ যদি এতই ক্ষতিগ্রস্ত হবে, তাহলে এটি নির্মাণ করা থেকে ভারত বিরত থাকবে- মর্মে ভারতের কাছে থেকে বাধ্যবাধকতাপূর্ণ একটি অঙ্গীকার তিনি সে সময় আদায় করেননি কেন- বিষয়গুলো অনুগ্রহপূর্বক একটু স্পষ্টভাবে তিনি ব্যাখ্যা করবেন কি?” ভারতে বরাক নদীর টিপাইমুখে বিতর্কিত জলবিদ্যুৎ প্রকল্প ও বাঁধ নির্মাণে অক্টোবরের শেষদিকে ভারতের কয়েকটি রাষ্ট্রায়ত্ত প্রতিষ্ঠানের সঙ্গে চুক্তি করে মণিপুর রাজ্য সরকার। এর থেকে বাংলাদেশে এ নিয়ে উদ্বেগ প্রকাশের পাশাপাশি রাজনৈতিক মহলে পাল্টাপাল্টি বক্তব্য চলছে। বিএনপির অভিযোগ, সরকার এ নিয়ে যথাযথ পদক্ষেপ নিচ্ছে না। টিপাইমুখ প্রকল্পের বাস্তবায়নের আগে যৌথসমীক্ষার আহ্বান জানিয়ে ভারতের প্রধানমন্ত্রী মনমোহন সিংকে চিঠিও লেখেন খালেদা। অন্যদিকে সরকার বলছে, দেশের স্বার্থ রক্ষায় তারা পুরোপুরি সচেতন। টিপাইমুখ প্রকল্পে যাতে বাংলাদেশ কোনোভাবে ক্ষতিগ্রস্ত না হয় সেজন্য প্রয়োজনীয় ব্যবস্থা নিতে ভারত সরকারকে বলা হয়েছে বলে পররাষ্ট্র মন্ত্রণালয়ের বিবৃতিতে জানানো হয়েছে। সরকারের অবস্থান ব্যাখ্যা করে বিবৃতিতে বলা হয়, “প্রস্তাবিত টিপাইমুখ বাঁধ নিয়ে নিয়ে উদ্বেগ জানিয়েছে সরকার এবং এ প্রকল্পের সম্ভাব্য বিরূপ প্রভাব থেকে বাংলাদেশকে সুরক্ষা দিতে ব্যবস্থা নেওয়ার জন্য ভারত সরকারকে বলা হয়েছে।” টিপাইমুখ প্রকল্প ‘বাংলাদেশের জন্য ক্ষতিকর বা উপকারী যাই হোক না কেন’ সেখানে ব্যাপকভিত্তিক ও বস্তুনিষ্ঠ যৌথ সমীক্ষা প্রয়োজনীয়তার কথাও তুলে ধরেছে পররাষ্ট্র মন্ত্রণালয়। ভারতের শীর্ষ পর্যায় থেকে বাংলাদেশের জন্য ক্ষতিকর কিছু না করার আশ্বাসের কথা পুনর্বার তুলে ধরেছে মন্ত্রণালয়।

The state of general affairs

Given our internal rifts, political, religious, sectarian, government-military related heartburns, bad governance and with foreign policy in a shambles, Pakistan is becoming increasingly isolated from the rest of the world. While the opposition, the army and the judiciary hound Zardari & Co. and call the US policy in Afghanistan a threat to Pakistan’s security and even integration, the world just walks past us. Any news emanating from Islamabad on the global grid is expected to be bad news or ‘news of the weird’ at the very least. All this while we have a tireless ability to put out more and more of the same variety and then cry ourselves hoarse about our tumbling image abroad.’ It has come to the point where we take pride in our notoriety, fancying ourselves for all the wrong reasons: the world worries about our nukes; no peace shall return to Afghanistan if we are not part of the US-led endgame next door; if we’re allowed to sink economically, jihadis, whom our interior minister thanked profusely last week for allowing us to have a peaceful Ashura this once, will go out in all four directions to avenge our downfall; and so on and so forth. Today’s Pakistan simply defies logic, internally as well as externally. One longs to hear a voice of sanity from any of the relevant quarters. At 64, the country has no plan to rescue itself out of make-shift, ad hoc arrangements that serve as fire fighting tactics to put out fires that keep re-igniting, and are of our own making for sure. The problem is that we keep waiting for an elusive messiah, who at best exists only in imagination. The truth is that no such messiah comes to rescue a people steeped up to their ears in ignorance of the outside world; leadership, for better or for worse, is only born of the circumstances and the universe that surrounds it. Our circumstances have slipped to the point where there can be no consensus on any positives today, whilst we all agree on all the negatives that stare us in the face. What to do that we haven’t done and discarded in the past to rid ourselves of our demons? Get rid of one corrupt elected government and you are stuck with a decade of dictatorship in which corruption only grows until you are back crying for the will of the people to prevail again, even if that means reinstating the same corrupt politicians at the helm with a fresh mandate to rule. Reinventing the wheel every few years has clearly not worked. The army’s intervention in politics has only led to more fissures in society along ethnic, religious and provincial lines instead of bringing unity and cohesion in our collective conduct. It has created new ruling classes with seething appetite for corruption to fill up their coffers while the sun shines on them. It has weakened the armed forces’ professionalism and the ability to comprehend, let aside deal with the shifting sands of the threat posed to national security from external forces. Who needs external enemies when we have become self-sufficient in creating armies of enemies from within, most with a divine mission to wage jihad on one another, or running over our borders in utter desperation to raise a spectre of horror in our neighbourhood? As Khaled Ahmed, a senior analyst deftly puts it, and one adds to it, living in the controlled, sterile environs of the cantonments, mentally or physically, has a debilitating effect on one’s thinking process. The military mind thus has a limited intellectual capacity to cough up solutions outside the war arena; which is not to say that even in a war arena an inept military strategy will not lead to a sure defeat. When similar minds assign themselves the task of delving in civilian affairs and because they have power as a tool of enforcing their limited vision, the lethal combination can play havoc with society as it sets out to redefine civic norms, of which governance of a nation state is an inalienable part. Faulty as our democratic dispensation is, faulty it will continue to be anywhere in the world unless some genius somewhere comes up with a hitherto non-existent Utopian system of representative governance, the process must go on unhindered. Whilst a military mind is seldom able to learn from the wrongs it commits, politicians, due to self-interest they find in being part of the ruling clique via the process that keeps sending them back to the voters every few years, are more likely to learn from the wrongs they commit. If the process continues, democratic system overtime can reform itself to the point where it is both responsive to public demands and needs, as well as, accountable before the electorate. The same cannot be expected from a group of generals who define national interest and security prerogatives in complete isolation from public scrutiny. However, in their professional capacity the generals must continue to undertake that exercise and advise the government as and when such advice is sought, and must leave it at that. Generals and politicians are both human and liable to err whilst making decisions. But because politicians have a greater capacity to learn from their faults and make amends due to the sheer nature of their self-interest and how it is achieved, it is they in Pakistan as elsewhere in an imperfect world, who must be trusted more than the generals for making decisions in national interest. The democratic process must not be derailed in the hope of finding a divinely guided messiah who only exists in the imagination. [The Writer is one of Dawn newspaper]

Iran to put new satellites into space

Iran plans to launch three new domestically manufactured satellites in the future, Director of Iran Space Agency Hamid Fazeli stated on Thursday. He also said that Iran has joined the eight countries that have the technology to design, manufacture, and launch satellites. On November 12, Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi announced that three satellites dubbed Fajr (Dawn), Navid (Promise), and Tolou (Sunrise) will be launched during the current Iranian calendar year, which ends on March 19, and the next year. Navid is a research satellite, which was designed by scientists at the University of Science and Technology in Tehran. Iran launched its first domestically manufactured satellite, namely the Omid (Hope), into orbit on February 2, 2009.

Veena Malik says she was topless but 'not nude' in FHM[Actress of Pakistan]

Veena Malik: "I will not allow anyone... to take advantage of my body" Continue reading the main story Related Stories Pakistan actress sues over nudity Pakistani actress Veena Malik has defended a recent photoshoot in an Indian men's magazine, saying she was "topless" and "covered" but not "nude". Ms Malik is seeking $2m in damages from FHM India, alleging that they "morphed" the images to make her appear naked. The magazine denies the claims. Ms Malik told the BBC that she did not get paid for the photographs, which have caused controversy in Pakistan. She said she had refused another offer from an agency for a nude photoshoot. Topless Regarding the photos in FHM India magazine, she said: "If you look at my shoot, I do admit that I have done a topless shoot." Topless Regarding the photos in FHM India magazine, she said: "If you look at my shoot, I do admit that I have done a topless shoot." "But it was not that topless - a proportion of the body was covered with my hands," she said. "I liked the idea of a bold shoot, but I did not do a nude shoot - that's why I am standing here today, because I have to prove it. "I won't allow anybody to remove my bikini or my shalwar (loose trousers) or my dupatta (scarf). "If I want to do it, I will do it myself. And if I do it, I will own it," she told BBC's World Have Your Say programme. Asked about reports that her father has disowned her and has called for her to be punished, Ms Malik said, "My father is angry." "They are my family - I love them," she continued. "Once I am done with this case... I will go back to my family and I will convince them, and I still love them." Islam and sexuality Many listeners and readers contacted the BBC World Service to offer either support or criticism - much of it very harsh - of the images. One Pakistani listener who came on air accused Ms Malik of behaving in an "un-Islamic" way, and of betraying her religion and her country. Ms Malik defended the images, saying: "If you look at the industry which I am working right now, there are various examples of such shoots - it's not that I am the first one who has done it. "Why is sexuality such a big problem? Are we actually grown up? Are we still living in the jungles?" she said. Continue reading the main story “ Start Quote Why is sexuality such a big problem? Are we actually grown up? Are we still living in the jungles?” Veena Malik Karachi-based journalist and writer Bina Shah said criticism of Ms Malik was unfair. "My question to all the men who are so upset about this, is why did you look at the pictures? If it upsets you so much, why did you click on the link?" "Women's empowerment is about many more important things - and so is Islam for that matter - so I think we need to all of us grow up and just forget about this controversy," Ms Shah told the BBC. The photo on the cover of December's edition of FHM was also controversial because it shows Ms Malik with the letters ISI - Pakistan's intelligence service - printed on the top of one of her arms. In an interview with the BBC earlier this week, the editor of FHM India Kabeer Sharma said the ISI tattoo was intended as a playful joke. He also said the magazine has video evidence which proves the images from the photoshoot were not tampered with. Veena Malik has been at the centre of controversy before. She caused outrage among conservative circles in Pakistan for appearing on the Indian reality show Bigg Boss in 2010. She hit the headlines again in March this year by challenging the views of a Pakistani cleric on television.

01 December 2011 Protect women’s voices in Zimbabwe

Members of the women's rights organization Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) have repeatedly been arrested while taking part in peaceful demonstrations to protest the social, economic and human rights situation in Zimbabwe. Many have been arbitrarily arrested and detained in appalling conditions. As a form of punishment for their activism, some of those held in police custody have been subjected to torture and other ill-treatment and denied access to medical care, food and lawyers. Some recent incidents: 1. On 28 February 2011, seven members of WOZA and its partner organization Men of Zimbabwe Arise (MOZA) were arrested in Bulawayo and reportedly tortured at Bulawayo Central police station before being released on bail two days later, on the condition that they report to police twice a week. 2. On 1 March 2011, 14 WOZA activists were arrested during various meetings to discuss social issues in Bulawayo. 3. On 10 May 2011, around 40 WOZA members were beaten by riot police during a peaceful march to protest against poor service and excessive electricity bills by the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC). Apart from these incidents, in September 2010, 83 WOZA and MOZA activists were arrested; 260 women, some carrying babies were arrested in 2005. The women and children were detained overnight in an open-air courtyard, under armed guard, and had to pay a fine in order to be released. The treatment of WOZA and MOZA members illustrates the Zimbabwean government’s intolerance of peaceful public demonstrations expressing criticism of government policies. It also highlights the malicious use of the law, particularly the combination of the Public Order and Security Act and the Miscellaneous Offences Act, to allow arbitrary arrests and detentions and to facilitate a range of other human rights violations by the police. Take Action Now: Please write to the Zimbabwe Deputy Commissioner-General (Crime), • To ensure to stop the repeated arbitrary arrest, intimidation, harassment and ill-treatment of WOZA and MOZA activists. • To respect the right of WOZA and MOZA members to exercise their constitutionally and internationally guaranteed rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

EVENTS WILL HELD TOMORROW AT HAZARIBAG LEATHER TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE: H'MP OF DHAKA 12 WOULD PRESENT AS CHIEF GUESTT

ON THE DECEMBER 10TH, 2011 AWAMI LEAGUE CONFERENCE WOULD BE HELD AT HAZARIBAG LEATHER TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE. THE EVENTS WOULD BE CHAIRED BY HONORABLE MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT SHEIKH FAZLE NOOR TAPOSH OF DHAKA SEAT 12. OTHER LEADERS AND ACTIVISTS WOULD ATTEND ON THE OCCASION.CONCERNED ARE REQUESTED TO HAVE THEIR PRESENCE SCHEDULED TIME AT THE MENTIONED VENUE.

BANGABANDHU SRITI PARISHAD EVENTS TOMORROW

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

PRESENT BANGLADESH HUMAN RIGHTS CONDITION AND NECESSARY TO DO- EVENTS AT NATIONAL PRESS CLUB VIP LOUNGE

SAMPRODAYIKOTA-JANGI BIRODHI MANCHA[ANTI-TERRORISM INNITIATIVE]

WE REMEMBER IN ADVANCE HAPPY BIRTH DAY NOVEL WINNER COLUMNIST & JOURNALIST ABDUL GAFFAR SIR

Tehran to host From Balkh to Konya intl. conference

Persian poet and mystic Jalal ad-Din Rumi and his contributions to Persian literature will be discussed in an international conference that has been entitled From Balkh to Konya. Experts from the U.S., Canada, Turkey and Kazakhstan have been invited to Tehran for the two-day conference, which will open on December 17. A panel of Iranian literati including Mohammad-Ali Eslami Nodushan, Mohammad-Ali Movahhed, Fat’hollah Mojtabaii, Medi Nurian, Sadeq Sajjadi, Tofiq Hashempur Sobhani and Karim Zamani will also participate in the colloquium to discuss the latest studies on Rumi. The conference has been organized by Iran’s Center for the Great Islamic Encyclopedia, which held a seminar on the Shahnameh, the celebrated work of the Persian epic poet Ferdowsi last month. Rumi was born in 1207 in Balkh, now in Afghanistan. His father Baha ad-Din and his family left their native town in about 1218 due to the threat of the approaching Mongols. In Neyshabur, the family met Farid od-Din Attar, a Persian author of mystical epics, who blessed young Jalal ad-Din. Baha ad-Din and his family made a pilgrimage to Mecca. Afterwards, they reached Anatolia, a region that enjoyed peace and prosperity under the rule of the Turkish Seljuq dynasty. After a short stay at Laranda, where Jalal ad-Din’s mother died and his first son was born, they were called to the capital, Konya, in 1228. Rumi wrote the Masnavi-ye Manavi (“Spiritual Couplets”), which widely influenced Muslim mystical thought and literature. The Divan-i Shams and Fihi ma fihi (“There Is in It What Is in It”) are his other works. MMS/YAW END

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

French move to ban prostitution by punishing clients

French anti-prostitution campaigners have become increasingly vocal Continue reading the main story Related Stories How Sweden tackles prostitution France's parliament is to debate abolishing prostitution through a crackdown which would criminalise payment for sex. The National Assembly will vote on a symbolic resolution drafted by a cross-party commission which, if successful, will be followed by a bill in January. The resolution urges abolition at a time when "prostitution seems to be becoming routine in Europe". Some campaigners reject the bill, advocating prostitutes' rights instead. Around 20,000 people are believed to be working as prostitutes in France. France has been committed to abolishing the practice in principle since 1960 but the MPs behind the resolution want this stance to be "proclaimed loud and strong". The criminalisation of clients is "the best way to see prostitution reduced in France, given that all the countries that have regulated this activity have seen an increase", the commission has argued. In 1999, the Swedish government brought in similar legislation to criminalise the buying of sex, while decriminalising its sale. 'Unacceptable for everyone' Under existing French laws on prostitution, summed up by French Roman Catholic newspaper La Croix France officially aspires to abolition but the act of prostitution itself is not a crime Prostitution is only liable for prosecution when it troubles public order A client faces prosecution only if the prostitute is under-age or "particularly vulnerable" because of illness etc Pimping is punishable with a prison sentence of up to seven years, and there are some 1,000 convictions annually According to Danielle Bousquet, the Socialist MP leading the drive for abolition, the new bill envisages six-month prison sentences and fines of 3,000 euros (£2,580; $4,000) for clients. Guy Geoffroy, an MP from the ruling UMP party who also sits on the commission, said France's political parties had reached a consensus on the issue because it was a matter of "republican ethics". Nine out of 10 prostitutes were victims of trafficking, he said. "From now on prostitution is regarded from the point of view of violence against women and that has become unacceptable for everyone," Mr Geoffroy added. 'Marginalised' Contributing to the pressure for abolition, a French-led men's initiative known as ZeroMacho has published a manifesto against prostitution, gathering some 200 signatures across EU states. ZeroMacho member Jean-Sebastien Mallet told French women's website Terrafemina that it wanted to speak for "the vast majority of men - hitherto silent - who do not use prostitutes". However, France's sex workers' trade union, Strass, has called a rally outside parliament to oppose the proposed bill. It draws a clear distinction between consensual prostitution and sexual trafficking and fears that a reduction in clients might drive prostitutes to accept riskier transactions. A letter to MPs signed by Strass and other groups accuses politicians of treating prostitutes as "marginals whose voice does not deserve to be heard". It calls for prostitutes to be given rights rather than penalising clients and thereby creating "more isolation and more clandestine behaviour".

Monday, December 5, 2011

BENGALI JATIYOTABADI FORUM ANNOUNCEMENT OF COMING EVENTS

BANGLADESH DIGNITY FORUM 2011

PRESS RELEASE FROM JATIYO GANATANTRIK LEAGUE REMEMBERING LATE LEADER HOSSAIN SHAHID SHARWARDI

Why China and Russia Help Iran November 19, 2011

A new UN Security Council resolution expresses concern over Iran’s nuclear program, but offers little to stop it. China and Russia are happy for it to stay that way. The five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States – along with Germany have agreed on a draft joint resolution on Iran to present to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The text expresses their “deep and increasing concern” about Tehran’s possible research into nuclear weapons, as described in the latest IAEA report. But the fact that the resolution is all words and little action can be put down to the resistance of Beijing and Moscow to adopting anything stronger. The resolution calls on Iran to grant the IAEA access “to all relevant information, documentation, sites, material, and personnel” the agency needs to investigate the evidence that Iranians had earlier engaged in nuclear weapons research and testing. However, the draft resolution doesn’t refer the Iranian file to the UN Security Council (UNSC), which alone is empowered under international law to adopt enforcement actions. After surprising many observers and voting for an additional round of UNSC sanctions last summer, Beijing and Moscow have both regressed to their mean. While calling on Iran to refrain from developing nuclear weapons and make its nuclear work more transparent, they have been resisting any new sanctions, whether by the UNSC or individual Western governments. Their diplomats note that the existing sanctions have failed to modify Iran’s nuclear policies and, if anything, have made Tehran more obstinate. Instead, they are calling for renewed efforts at dialogue and negotiations, a position Tehran has naturally supported. Beijing and Moscow even sought to delay publication of the latest IAEA report detailing Iran’s nuclear weapons-related activities, claiming its appearance would prove counterproductive and reduce the prospects of a negotiated settlement. Of course, one shouldn’t underestimate the extent to which Beijing and Moscow have already hardened their positions regarding Iran’s nuclear program. Chinese and Russian officials have repeatedly made clear their exasperation at Tehran’s stubborn refusal to meet UNSC demands to suspend its nuclear enrichment program as a prerequisite to a diplomatic settlement, which has therefore remained elusive. Indeed, they’ve joined the IAEA and UNSC in issuing numerous warnings to Iran that Tehran had to cease its uranium enrichment, which can be used to make weapons-grade fissile material that could power a nuclear explosion. They have also cautioned Iran to provide the IAEA with additional information about its earlier nuclear activities that could be interpreted as seeking to develop a workable nuclear weapon design. They have voted for four rounds of economic sanctions, including some rather severe ones last year, and their governments have generally sought to enforce these sanctions. But despite years of unilateral and multinational sanctions, as well as protracted negotiations and exhortations by many world leaders, the Iranian government has adamantly sought to develop the capacity to enrich uranium in Iran, without direct foreign assistance. The recurring revelations about Iran’s suspicious nuclear activities—culminating in the revelation in early 2010 that Iran had established yet another clandestine nuclear enrichment facility, this time deep within a mountain near the holy site of Qom—have clearly undermined their trust in Tehran’s intentions. Previously, Chinese and Russian officials might have blamed the George W. Bush administration for its alleged threatening behavior for blocking a diplomatic settlement and even prompting fearful Iranians to consider acquiring nuclear weapons as a means to guarantee their security. But the Obama administration’s efforts to engage Iran in negotiations about its nuclear program and other issues have led many of them at least to hold the Ahmadinejad regime primarily responsible for the continuing crisis. At international meetings, Chinese and Russian leaders have visibly sought to minimize their public contact with Ahmadinejad and distance themselves from his fiery anti-Jewish and anti-Western rhetoric. In June 2010, they sided with the Western powers rather than with Brazil and Turkey in the UNSC and voted for a fourth round of mandatory sanctions against Tehran for its continued pursuit of sensitive nuclear activities. These activities violate earlier Council resolutions prohibiting Iran from enriching uranium or undertaking other activities that could contribute to its developing nuclear weapons until Tehran had made its current and past nuclear work more transparent to the IAEA.

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Mighty Russia beats Iran at volleyball World Cup

The Iranian volleyball team was defeated by Russia in straight sets on the second day of fourth-round action at the 2011 FIVB Men's World Cup on Saturday in Japan. Julio Velasco’s men lost 3-0 (31-29, 25-21, 25-18) to giant Russia in Tokyo’s Yoyogi National Gym. Iran played well at the outset and had the chance to take the opening set, but missed the opportunity and could not recover. “I congratulate Russia for the win and making to the Olympics. We started well and could have won the first set. If we had we might have had a chance,” Velasco said in a post-match news conference. “Our attack and middle blocking was weak in the second set. This was a good match for our team to learn what it is like to play against the best,” he added. Maxim Mikhaylov (15 points) and Denis Biriukov (14 points) powered the Russian attack in the win. Amir Ghafour had a match-high 19 points for Iran in the loss and was named the most impressive player of the match. “We played the best team in the world. We tried our best. They were more experienced. In the future, we will play better when we play against teams like Russia,” Ghafour sdaid.

Iranian diplomats return home to a hero’s welcome

All Iranian diplomats, who were given 48 hours to leave Britain in response to the storming of the British Embassy in Tehran, arrived in the Iranian capital in the early hours of Saturday and received a warm welcome from a number of students. A number of students from various universities entered the British Embassy compound in Tehran on November 29 and pulled down the Union Jack to protest against the British government’s hostile policies toward the Islamic Republic. Britain shut the Iranian Embassy in London and expelled its entire staff on November 30. Upon arriving at Tehran’s Mehrabad International Airport, Iran’s charge d’affaires to Britain Safar Ali Eslamiyan told reporters, “Despite all the pressure, all the staff of the Iranian Embassy in London left the country’s soil with dignity,” and a number of the British government’s officials saw them off. He also said that no attack was carried out against the Iranian Embassy in London over the past few days. Asked if there is a possibility that the relations between Tehran and London will be increased again, Eslamiyan stated, “Iran is ready to have relations with all countries on condition that the country’s national sovereignty is respected and Iran’s national interests are served.” Managing Director of the Iran Air Farhad Parvaresh told the Mehr News Agency on Saturday that a charter Airbus was sent to London to carry the diplomats back home as soon as possible. Britain will pay the price for its attitude toward Iran Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ramin Mehmanparast, who attended the welcome ceremony, commented on Britain’s move to expel Iranian diplomats and said, “Britain will pay the price for its inappropriate attitude toward the Iranian nation over the past 100 years.” “We will take a reciprocal action,” he added. He also said, “The Iranian nation is cultured and civilized, and we pursue all issues through legal channels and international regulations. They (the United States and Israel) are seeking to produce documents to accuse Iran of flouting the law and depict the country’s internal situation as insecure and provoke embassies to review their ties with us, and we must show that this is not the case. We will not allow them to (create) discord among our people.” After the Iranian parliament approved a bill “mandating that Iran-Britain relations be downgraded, this country’s officials felt humiliated, and hastily tried to” divert attention from the parliamentary ratification, he stated. The Guardian Council approved a bill to downgrade ties with the British government ratified by the Iranian Majlis on November 28. Mehmanparast added, “They (the West) intend to depict Iran as the main threat. They want to give the impression that we are the cause of insecurity and instability and the (country) to blame for terrorist actions. And, through the exertion of pressure, they prepared the (International Atomic Energy) Agency’s report in a way that it expresses concern about Iran’s activities, and all this are meant to advance the Iranophobia project with the aim of diverting attention from their stance toward regional developments and creating discord among other countries in the Middle East region and us. This is a conspiracy.” IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano released a report on Iran’s nuclear program on November 8, in which he claimed that Iran appears to have worked on designing an atomic bomb. Elsewhere in his remarks, Mehmanparast commented on the victory of Islamists in the elections held in Tunisia and Egypt, noting, “This issue has intimidated the Americans and the Zionists, and we should not allow their plans in the region to create diversion in the movement of nations. We, through wisdom and tact, should not allow them to exploit (the situation).”