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  1. DEUTSCHE BOTSCHAFT IN TEHRAN – Das Berliner Ensemble zu Gast beim 26. Internationalen Fadjr Theater Festival

    Claus Peymann und sein Berliner Ensemble kommen mit der mit Spannung erwarteten Inszenierung von „Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder“ nach Teheran.
    An drei Abenden (12., 13. und 14. Februar 2008, jeweils um 19Uhr30) wird dieses berühmte Stück von Bertolt Brecht, dessen Thematik seine Aktualität bis heute nicht verloren hat, auf der Bühne der Vahdat Halle zu sehen sein.
    Das Gastspiel wird mit Mitteln des Auswärtigen Amts und des Goethe-Instituts gefördert.
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    1. Und alles kam, wie es kommen musste…
      KSTA Brecht und Peymann in Teheran – VON FARSHID MOTAHARI,
      Teheran – Bertolt Brecht ist im Iran einer der beliebtesten deutschsprachigen Schriftsteller. Fast alle seiner Dramen sind ins Persische übersetzt worden, nach Expertenmeinung in sehr guter Qualität. 
      Und der Regisseur und Intendant des Berliner Ensembles, Claus Peymann, genießt nicht nur in der iranischen Theaterszene, sondern auch unter Akademikern an Hochschulen ein hohes Ansehen. So gab es am Dienstag abend in Teheran nach der lange ausverkauften und viel beachteten Premiere von Peymanns Inszenierung des Brecht Stücks «Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder» auch minutenlangen Beifall für das Berliner Ensemble. Es ist bereits das zweite Gastspiel des Theaters bei dem vom Dramatic Arts Center of Iran veranstalteten Festival. Im Januar 2002 gastierte Peymann dort mit Shakespeares «Richard II.». 
      «Brecht und Peymann live in Teheran, das war schon ein Highlight für uns alle», sagte der iranische Theaterregisseur Mohsen Hosseini nach der Vorstellung. Die auch in Deutschland gefeierte Inszenierung von 2005 stellt Carmen-Maja Antoni als Mutter Courage in den Mittelpunkt – sie stellt eine Frau dar, die in einer feindlichen Umgebung ums Überleben kämpft und dabei das Maß für die Menschlichkeit verliert. «Das Problem ist nur, dass wir nach solch einer Vorstellung eine Zeit lang brauchen, uns wieder an das Niveau unseres hiesigen Theaters zu gewöhnen», zeigte sich auch der 25- jährige Theaterstudent Hossein beeindruckt.

    2. Themen der Zeit – Das BERLINER ENSEMBLE in Teheran.
      Zu einer Demonstration gegen das geplante Gastspiel in Teheran hatte ein „Komitee gegen deutsche Kultur im Iran und anderswo“ anlässlich der Premiere von …
    1. FOCUS Online – Mohammed-Karikaturen  Iran protestiert gegen Abdruck
      Aus Protest gegen den erneuten Abdruck umstrittener Mohammed-Karikaturen in dänischen Zeitungen hat der Iran den dänischen Botschafter einbestellt. …

    2. Basler Zeitung – Iran: Proteste gegen Abdruck von Mohammed-Karikaturen
      Der Iran hat am Donnerstag gegen den neuen Abdruck von Karikaturen des Propheten Mohammed in dänischen Zeitungen … Jerusalem. dpa/baz. …

  2. Middle East Media Research Institute Special Dispatch Series – No. 1844
    Lebanon is under counterattack [by Syria and Iran] aimed at harming the Intifada of Independence. Every Lebanese who participated in the [demonstration] of …
  3. Iran’s Arch-Terror Master Killed in Syria
    The anti-Syrian Cedars Revolution, also known as the March 14 movement, plans to hold a rival demonstration to commemorate Hariri’s assassination at the …

  4. USA Today Diplomats: Iran is testing nuclear material in new centrifuges
    Russia’s foreign minister criticized Tehran for the „permanent demonstration of its intentions to develop its rocket sector and continue to enrich uranium.

  5. BBC News Russia criticises Iran’s defiance
    „We don’t approve of Iran’s permanent demonstration of its intentions to develop its rocket sector and continue to enrich uranium,“ Mr Lavrov said.

  6. POLITICALMAVENS The facts, ma’am, just the facts
    Underneath the homes and ragged streets of the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan, lie the remnants of a glorious Jewish past: coins, seals, a water tunnel hewn by a Judean king 2,700 years ago, a road that led to a biblical Temple,†writes Associated Press writer Matti Friedman.
    While Israel says the archeological work helps it reconnect with its ancient heritage, some Palestinians contend the unearthing of these treasures is a political weapon to undermine their own links to Jerusalem, Friedman writes.
    Arab/Muslim interests have long tried to prevent excavation of this and other historic sites. Often, they complain the work endangers buildings or are an attempt by Israel to grab land. But the real motivation is simpler and more sinister than that.

  7. HSOZKULT Konferenz/ Availing of Nomadic Military Power – Stratagems and Pitfalls: Iran and Adjacent Areas in the Islamic Period
    Veranstalter: SFB 568 „Differenz und Integration: Wechselwirkungen zwischen nomadischen und sesshaften Lebensformen in Zivilisationen der Alten Welt“ der Universitäten Halle-Wittenberg und Leipzig; Institut für Iranistik der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Halle (Saale)
    Datum, Ort: 21.02.2008-23.02.2008, Löwengebäude, Universitätsplatz 11, Hörsaal XII

  8. RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty Iran: Women’s Magazine Felled By Latest Government Closure
    The daily „Sarmayeh“ reporter is being prosecuted for reporting from a women’s demonstration in March 2007, when she was arrested and held for three days.

  9. MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG Iranian Reactions To Mughniya Assassination  
    In a message of condolence to Hizbullah secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei expressed his mourning over the loss of senior Hizbullah official Imad Mughniya, and noted that his life and death would lay a path and serve as an example for many young people. He added that the assassination would double the resistance against the oppressors, i.e. the U.S. and Israel. Syrian Ambassador to Iran Ahmad Mousavi wrote that the assassination would severely shake the Zionist regime and would cost it dearly. Iranian Parliamentary National Security and Foreign Policy Committee member Reza Talai Nik said that the assassination was a great loss to Hizbullah but that it would not detract from its strength or from its determination to continue the armed struggle. The Iranian website Aftab stated that it was impossible to ignore the intelligence and security collaborastion of some Arab countries in the assassination. He said that the collaboration had come about because Israel’s loss in the 2006 war was also a loss for the Arab allies of the U.S. and Israel. According to Lebanese sources, the car bombing killed also one of Mughniya’s entourage and wounded two others, whose names were not given.  

  10. MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOGIranian Paper: 19-Year-Old Fatwa Against Rushdie Still Stands
    In an editorial, the Iranian daily Jomhouri-e Eslami stated that Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s fatwa against author Salman Rushdie is still in force, and that, as Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said, it is a bullet that has been fired that will reach its target sooner or later.
    Source: Jomhouri-e Eslami, Iran, February 14, 2008

  11. MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG Hizbullah Forces On Alert Following Mughniya Assassination
    The Iranian news agency Fars reports today on yesterday’s bombing in Damascus, in which Hizbullah operations commander ‚Imad Mughniya and Hussein Khalil, advisor and right hand of Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, were killed.The bombing took place near an Iranian school and close to a Syrian intelligence base. It was reported that at the time of the bombing, a nearby conference was taking place, attended by the heads of Palestinian organizations, among them Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Mash’al. It was also reported that following the assassination, Hizbullah forces in southern Lebanon went on alert.

  12. MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG Iranian Weekly: Iranians‘ Willingness For Martyrdom Deters Western Attacks
    The Iranian weekly Parto-e Sokhan, which is identified with Ayatollah Mohammed Taqi Mesbah-e Yazdi, the mentor of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, stated in an article titled „Iran’s Winning Cards Against the U.S.“ that willingness for martyrdom was the leading deterrent factor against a Western attack on Iran. The article noted that this willingness was found among Iran’s security forces and its people.

  13. MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG Ahmadinejad Gov’t Having Difficulties Getting Majority For Budget Proposal
    A dispute has arisen in the Iranian parliament (Majlis) over the budget proposed by the government of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for the coming fiscal year, which begins next month. MPs have expressed reservations over items connected to privatization and linking oil revenues to inflation, thus making it difficult for the government to gain a majority for the budget proposal.

  14. MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG „Sobh-e Sadeq“: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan Collaborating With Israel
    The Iranian weekly Sobh-e Sadeq, the mouthpiece of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei circulated among the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), has stated that Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Jordan are collaborating with Israel and have even helped it besiege Gaza and suppress Hamas.

  15. MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG „Sobh-e Sadeq“: China, Russia Will Support Sanctions
    The Iranian weekly Sobh-e Sadeq, the mouthpiece of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei circulated among the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), has stated that Russia and China will support further sanctions against Iran. The paper said that Russia had made a strategic decision to persuade Iran to use a uranium enrichment facility to be built in Russia.

  16. MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG Iranian Student Political Organizer – To Be Executed
    An Iranian court has ruled that student journalist Yaghoub Mehrnehad, who was arrested in Zahadan, southern Iran in April 2007, is to be executed. Mehrnehad organized conferences for increasing political awareness among young people.

  17. MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG Report: Iranian Parliamentary Candidates Disqualified At Ahmadinejad Gov’t’s Request
    The reformist online daily Rooz has reported that a knowledgeable source in Tehran said that some of the disqualifications of parliamentary candidates for the March elections came at the request of the government of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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