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    Immigration officials alerted


    Police have alerted immigration services after three Iraqis and an Iranian were spotted jumping out of a transport trailer at an industrial park.

    The four males, aged between 16 and 24, were discovered at Holmewood Industrial Park, on Park Road, near Chesterfield, about 9.40pm, on Tuesday January 15th.

    Officers were called out to the industrial park and the men were handed over to the Home Office immigration services to assess their status and to consider further action including deportation.




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    تعداد ایرانیان خارج از کشور از 2میلیون و 700 هزار تا 3میلیون و 500 هزار نفر برآورد شده که این تعداد در حدود 32 کشور جهان هستند و عمده این افراد در آمریکا حضور دارند. در سال*های گذشته نوعی بدبینی نسبت به ایرانیان خارج از کشور وجود داشت مبنی بر اینکه این ها همگی فراری و ضد انقلابند و این در حالی است که تنها شاید حدود یک درصد از ایرانیان خارج از کشور چنین وضعی داشته باشند.
    سید علی ریاض نماينده مردم تهران و رییس فراکسیون پیگیری امور ایرانیان خارج از کشور در مجلس شوراي اسلامي در گفتگو با «جهان» ضمن ارائه گزارشی از عملکرد این فراکسیون بیان داشت: این فراکسیون برای اولین بار در مجلس هفتم حاصل حرکتی برای حمایت و پیگیری ایرانیان خارج از کشور است.

    رییس فراکسیون ایرانیان خارج از کشور، تلاش براي زنده نگه داشتن هویت دینی و ملی ایرانیان، حمایت از آنان در مسایل حقوقی و کنسولی، مشارکت دادن در امور توسعه کشور به عنوان یک ظرفیت ایرانی و همچنین تسهیل و تعمیق بخشیدن به روابط ایرانیان داخل و خارج از کشور را از مهمترین رویکردهای این فراکسیون دانست و اضافه کرد: این روابط دیپلماتیک نیست، بلکه یک روابط مردم محور است.

    رياض خاطر نشان کرد: این فراکسیون در بهمن 83 در مجلس شورای اسلامی اعلام موجودیت کرد که دارای هیئت رییسه و 4 کارگروه کاری است.

    وي همچنین گفت: در همین رابطه ملاقات هایی هم با حدادعادل و آیت الله هاشمی شاهرودی صورت گرفت که در دیدار با ایشان بر این نکته تاکید شد که امنیت این افراد باید تامین شود، مگر اینکه جرمی داشته باشند که در این صورت این قانون برای هر شخص دیگری حتی در داخل کشور نیز قابل اجراست.

    نماینده مردم تهران در مجلس شورای اسلامی افزود: در سال*های گذشته نوعی بدبینی نسبت به ایرانیان خارج از کشور وجود داشت مبنی بر اینکه این ها همگی فراری و ضد انقلابند و این در حالی است که تنها شاید حدود یک درصد از ایرانیان خارج از کشور چنین وضعی داشته باشند.

    ریاض تصریح کرد: بسیاری از ایرانیان در خارج از مرزها افتخار آمیز هستند و ما به بسیاری از آنها افتخار می کنیم.

    وی اظهار داشت: هجرت یک جریان تکوینی است و امروزه در تمام دنیا و حتی در امریکا هم وجود دارد، لذا نمی شود به همه ایرانیان مقیم خارج از کشور نگاه منفی داشت.

    رییس فراکسیون ایرانیان خراج از کشور اذعان کرد: بنا بر تحقیقاتی که در این فراکسیون صورت گرفته است دید ایرانیان خارج از کشور نسبت به ایران بسیار مثبت است و ایرانیان مقیم همچنان ریشه ایرانی و دینی و مذهبی خود را محکم نگه داشته اند و علی رغم اینکه زمان زیادی از مهاجرت آنها می گذرد، ولی همچنان دلشان برای موطن خود می*تپد و این امر خصوصا در نسل سوم آنها که در خارج از ایران متولد شدند به طور بارز دیده می شود که یک رنگ و بوی بازگشت و رجعت به خود گرفته است و ما هم با آغوش باز به این قضیه نگاه می کنیم و این فراکسیون برای همین کار تشکیل شده است.

    ریاض در خصوص اقدامات انجام گرفته توسط این فراکسیون نیز گفت: تعامل بسیار خوبی با شورای عالی ایرانیان در دولت داشته ایم؛ چراکه دولت یک نهاد اجرایی است و اگر قرار باشد ما ساز و کار جریانی را تعیین کنیم باید از مسیر دولت و خصوصا دستگاه دیپلماسی اقدام شود.


    وی ادامه داد: بحث آسیب شناسی*ها و مشکلات ایرانیان خارج از کشور را شروع کرده ایم تا با شناخت این مشکلات به اولویت بندی آنها اقدام کنیم.

    ریاض تصریح کرد: خیلی از این مسایل تنها با یک هماهنگی ساده قابل حل است، مانند مشکل نظام وظیفه که با اقداماتی که انجام گرفت، ساز و کاری در نظر گرفته شد و تقربیا این مشکل برطرف شد.

    رییس فراکسیون ایرانیان خارج از کشور گفت: دیدارهایی هم در خارج از کشور با ایرانیان داشته ایم و در آنجا هم مواضع خود را اعلام کردیم که مورد استقبال قرار گرقت و آنها نيز گفتند براي خدمت به كشور اعلام آمادگی كردند.

    رياض افزود: ما آمادگی داریم تا از این ظرفیت*ها براي هرگونه سرمایه گذاری و مشارکت در توسعه ملی دعوت کنیم و البته بسیاری از آنها اقدامات لازم را انجام داده و در حال شروع به کار هستند.

    وي ادامه داد: یکی از کارهایي که در شورای عالی ایرانیان در دولت روی آن بحث کردیم این است که یک ساز و کار آماری و سنجش جمعیتی را در دست داشته باشیم و در تلاش هستیم تا آن را اجرایی کنیم.

    نماینده مردم تهران همچنین بیان داشت: تعداد ایرانیان خارج از کشور از دو میلیون و هفتصد هزار نفر تا سه میلیون و پانصد هزار نفر برآورد شده است که این تعداد در حدود 32 کشور جهان پخش هستند که عمده این افراد در امریکا حضور دارند.

    وی پیشنهاد طرح کنسول افتخاری را یکی دیگر از اقدامات این فراکسیون اعلام کرد و گفت: در برخی شهرها ایرانیان از کنسولگری دورند و برای رفتن به آنجا باید راه زیادی بروند و یا هزینه زیادی پرداخت کنند که با این پیشنهاد با استفاده از حقوقدانان متخصص و واجد شرایط به عنوان کنسول افتخاری در آن شهرها هم این مشکل حل می شود و هم هزینه های وزارت خارجه کاهش می یابد.


    ریاض افزود: مجلس هفتم به فکر همه ایرانیان چه در داخل کشور و چه در خارج بوده و ما توانستیم در این مورد به صورت عملی وارد شویم و همانطور که به مسایل مردم در داخل کشور بپردازیم، باید مشکلات ايرانيان خارج از كشور* را هم در نظر بگیریم؛ چرا كه همه ايرانيان به صرف ايراني بودن قابل احترام هستند.





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    A bill that would allow police to seize cars from illegal immigrants was approved by the House Thursday.

    Bill sponsor Rep. James Mills (R-Gainesville) repeatedly told House members Thursday the measure would protect Georgia citizens from the "epidemic" of illegal immigration. "The state of Georgia's door is being kicked down," Mills said. Immigrants are coming from "Iraq, Iran, Irania, Jordan. We don't know where they're from," Mills said.

    The measure passed 104 to 51, and will move to the Senate for consideration.

    The bill would allow police to seize any vehicle involved in a traffic violation or accident if it's driven by an illegal immigrant. That includes rented and leased vehicles if the owner knew, or should have known, the driver was an illegal immigrant. It also includes bank-owned cars if the interest-holder actually knew the driver was an illegal immigrant.

    The bill prompted a healthy floor debate. Some legislators asked how police would be able to determine whether a driver was an illegal immigrant during a traffic stop. Some wondered if it would create an atmosphere for racial profiling of drivers who police think might be illegal immigrants. Rep. Bob Lane (R-Statesboro), who represents rural south Georgia, worried farmers would lose their vehicles if they lent them to workers who might be illegal.

    "Would you have to go down to the police station and say, 'I didn't know this person was an illegal immigrant, and I lent him the car to go down to the store to get some grass seed?'" Lane asked.

    The vehicle seizure would work much the same way as property seizures in drug cases. But under the bill, if the owner of the vehicle presents a sworn affidavit that he or she did not know the driver was an illegal immigrant, they would get their car back, Mills said.

    The legislation is part of a package of about 10 Republican proposals introduced this legislative session aimed at discouraging illegal immigration in Georgia.




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    Deportation could mean death for Bahareh Moradi - Immigration New Zealand is ordering the 25-year-old Iranian Christian back to Iran within the next two weeks.


    It is refusing to wait for a High Court judicial review of her appeal for refugee status, or for the Iranian embassy to issue her a passport.

    Three of Miss Moradi’s brothers and their families have already been granted refugee status and are living in Auckland.

    One of those brothers, Hamid Moradi, says his sister is being denied her rights and sent into danger.

    Converting to Christianity is – under Sharia law – an offence punishable by death.

    "I can’t believe this, that this could happen in New Zealand – one of the most democratic countries in the world," says Mr Moradi, a Birkenhead resident.

    "They have to let us talk at the High Court. They just have to let us talk.

    "It is our last chance."

    Miss Moradi’s first application for refugee status was declined in 2006.

    She appealed that decision to the Refugee Status Appeals Authority, with the support of her family and her pastor.

    That was denied in December 2007 in a decision that called her conversion to Christianity into question.

    The family then spent $5000 hiring a lawyer to apply for a judicial review in the High Court.

    Because Immigration New Zealand will not wait for its result, the family is now spending another $2500 to try for an injunction on Miss Moradi’s deportation orders.

    Mr Moradi is upset the organisation is deporting his sister when it lists a judicial review as a right on its website.

    "If they believe we had no right to go to the High Court then why did they let us pay $5000?

    "I want a guarantee the review can go ahead even if she is in another country."

    His sister has refused to sign removal papers, but has signed an application for an Iranian passport.

    "I do not understand why they would not wait even for her to get a passport," says Mr Moradi.

    "This way she can’t go to any countries except for Iran."

    Rinny Westra is Miss Moradi and Mr Moradi’s pastor at St Aiden’s Presbyterian Church in Birkenhead.

    He testified to the genuineness of her conversion at her first appeal and is protesting her deportation orders.

    "She’s a Christian and her life is in danger if she goes back.

    "There seems to be something very negative towards Iranian Christians."

    The Department of Labour, which oversees Immigration New Zealand, is not commenting on the case because it is before the courts.

    Its official statement reads:

    "The department is unable to comment on a specific matter before the courts. By way of general information, lodging of judicial review proceedings is not a bar to removal.

    If an individual wishes to stop removal action pending determination of such proceedings, they
    can seek orders to that effect from the court. Miss Moradi has not sought such orders."

    Miss Moradi was a student before she came to New Zealand, and has trained as a hairdresser.




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    For allowing two Iranians to enter and leave the country through Mactan using fake passports, the Ombudsman ruled to dismiss from government service the Central Visayas director of the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

    Regional Director Geronimo Rosas faces dismissal for grave misconduct.

    Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez approved the recommendation of graft investigator Nelia Lagura to impose the penalty of dismissal.

    Rosas’ legal counsel Francis Pepito yesterday said the Dec. 27 decision of the Ombudsman was not yet final until she rules on their motion for reconsideration.

    “We are confident we can get the decision reversed,” he said after filing the motion last week.

    Rosas was the subject of a 2006 complaint filed by two employees in his office Dilausan Montor and Imra-Ali Subdullah.

    They said Rosas along with BI security guards Elmer Napilot and Ramon Ugarte connived in the handling of the two Iranaian nationas.

    Based on the case record, on Dec. 7, 2004, Iranian nationals Jafar Saluti Taromasari and Jaliel Shokr Pour Ziveh were allowed entry in the country through the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) using tampered Italian and Mexican passports.

    They were allowed to leave for Narita, Japan on Dec. 16, 2004 but the discovery of the fake passports by Japanese immigration authorities resulted in their being sent back to Mactan. Upon arrival, they were brought to the BI office and detained.

    Three days after the two foreigners were “unlawfully” released although as Iranians they were “restricted” aliens who should have been investigated as a potential threat to national security.

    In his defense, Rosas said he had no prior information about the entry and exit from the Mactan airport of the Iranians using counterfeit passports.

    He said the duty to inspect aliens lies with the Immigration Officers under head supervisor Casimiro Madarang.

    He said the two aliens returned from Japan using Iranian passports and had no derogatory record based on records of the Iranian embassy.

    In a 14-page decision, Ombudmsan Gutierrez said Rosas was guilty of grave misconduct because the release of the two Iranian nationals “was tainted with irregularity and inconsistent with existing law.”

    The Ombudsman said Rosas’ defense was “flawed and self-serving.”

    The right thing to do then was to have filed deportation and criminal charges, said the decision. Allegations that the two aliens were “terrorists and involved in human smuggling” were unproven.

    Nevertheless, Rosas should have been more careful and had them investigated by the Intelligence Division to make sure they were not threats to national security, said the Ombudsman.

    Rosas was earlier embroiled in a conflict with Cebu City Prosecutor Mary Ann Castro who was detailed at the BI-7 n August, 2006.

    He complained that a woman was doing a “demolition job” to unseat him by sending false expose reports to Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez.

    He didn’t name the woman but it was well understood in the office he was referring to Castro.




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    Germain Naruhana from DR Congo told officials his father was beheaded by political opponents after the family spoke out against abuses. He lost contact with his wife and children and fled to Europe. But when he pleaded for political asylum in Britain, a judge told him his story was not credible.

    Afshin, an Iranian, waited five years for an asylum decision and got a refusal. “If someone told an Iranian that in a Western country they treat you like this, they would not believe you,” he said.

    Shoherah Mohammad from Somalia found it nearly impossible to get legal help.

    “I was running around not knowing where I was going,” she said. “The only thing going through my head was, ‘Coming to the UK was a really big mistake’.”

    Few things in Britain generate more heat than incomers. Many people do not know the difference between asylum seekers and immigrants (legal or illegal), and surveys show that the average person hugely over-estimates the number of foreigners in the country and the benefits they receive.

    Asylum seekers

    A report by the Independent Asylum Commission last week declared that the UK’s treatment of asylum seekers falls “seriously below” the standards of a civilised society and was a blemish on the nation’s reputation.

    “We are a country with a basic instinct for fair play,” said Sir John Waite, co-chairman of the Commission, “but fair play is being denied to asylum seekers because of a culture of disbelief and a lack of resources.”

    Destitution was visited on some appellants to try to force them out of the country, the report said, while officials’ decisions were often perverse and unjust.

    Further confusion entered the debate when an influential House of Lords committee declared that the economic advantages of immigration were far less than the government claimed.

    Migration has risen dramatically since 2004 with the expansion of the European Union to include eight new countries. The net increase in migrant numbers is 190,000 per year and Minister Liam Byrne says migration added £6 billion to the economy in 2006.

    The Lords’ Economic Affairs Committee argued that immigration in fact had “little or no impact” on the economic wellbeing of Britons – competition for jobs resulted in a negative impact on the lowest paid and contributed to rising house prices.

    What did not seem to be in doubt was that migrants, mostly from Eastern Europe, had a better work ethic than their native counterparts.

    The food giant Sainsbury’s told the Lords that their superior work ethos, efficiency and dependency was even rubbing off on their British workmates.



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    I am of that group of generally ageing cyberphobics who own a mobile phone but hope nobody ever calls me on it. Of course, that makes me part of a tiny minority. Practically everybody else in Britain is a mobile enthusiast, children included, and many people have two – one for work and one for home.

    So wedded to their phones are they that there is a new disease, “nomophobia,” a stress condition caused by not having access to their cellphone. These people – there are 13 million of them – break out in a sweat if they get to work and discover they left their phone at home or feel a wave of nausea when they realise the battery is about to run out.

    Stress levels caused by being out of contact are equal to exam-day jitters and trips to the dentist.

    Stewart Fox-Mills of the Post Office said, “Being out of mobile contact may be the 21st century’s latest contribution to our already hectic lives.”

    Which seems odd since the most important conversations I overhear consist of “I’m on the bus,” or, “I’m at Tesco’s, do you want beef or chicken?”

    Last week I endured my most terrifying career assignment – half-an-hour’s interrogation by a class of 10-year-old boys and girls who think they might like to be media people one day. (Have you ever noticed how a semi-circle of children fix you with unflinching, totally unembarrassed eye contact?)

    The invitation came from my grand-nephew Luke on behalf of his teacher who had organised a Young Journalists Club. When I asked the name of the teacher, he said, “Miss Ness … or just Angela.”

    “Just Angela!” My mind backsprinted many decades but just could not cope with the idea of going up to our ancient Miss Daglish, she of the iron grey hair and ever-swinging cane, and calling her “Alice.”

    Lovely and curious

    The children were lovely, curious and bright, and one little girl declared afterwards, “That man has had a MINT life,” which I guess rates as a plus, whatever it means exactly.
    Still and all, I got the impression that when the stakes are down, being a professional footballer, nurse or a TV star would probably win out over Grub Street.



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    Half of all marriages are doomed – Nearly half of all marriages in Britain will end in divorce before a couple’s 50th wedding anniversary, figures show.

    White boys fare worst at school – The poorest performers in British schools are apparently white boys from underprivileged backgrounds.

    Booze is cheaper than sport – About a third of teenagers may binge-drink because it is cheaper than playing sport.

    These were the three stories on pages 14 and 15 of the Metro free newspaper one day last week. Then came a Time magazine cover showing a boy in a hood and the headline “Unhappy, unloved, out of control” – a story that claimed Britain is now frightened of its own binge-drinking, knife-carrying youths.

    You would not say all this provides an accurate snapshot of Britain today since the media always prefer bad news to good.

    But if you were thinking of emigrating, it might just give you that extra push.



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    Every now and then, officers from the armed services visit schools to talk to leavers about a military career. The National Union of Teachers last week passed a resolution to have such visits banned.

    This set a Church of England vicar wondering where it will end. Already hymn books are changing Onward Christian Soldiers to Onward Christian Pilgrims. Will Soldiers of Christ Arise be next to go? Does the Church Militant become the Church Pacific? And is somebody going to rewrite Saint Paul, who always seemed to be advising his followers to put on a helmet, shield and sword?

    It would be interesting to know the reaction from our beloved Salvation Army, but meanwhile a local newspaper poll voted 80-20 against the teachers.



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    A young man went to a monastery and told the abbot he wanted to be a monk. “Fine,” said the abbot, “but we only speak once every 10 years.”

    Ten years later, the monk went to the abbot and said, “The beds are hard.”

    Another 10 years passed and the monk told his boss, “The water is always cold.”

    Thirty years after his entry, the monk called on the abbot a third time and said, “The food stinks and I’m leaving.”

    “Good riddance,” said the abbot. “You’ve done nothing but complain since you got here.”




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    The pastor of an Iranian woman facing deportation is hitting back at criticism levelled at her in Parliament.


    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has used parliamentary privilege to attack Birkenhead resident Bahareh Moradi.

    He told Parliament Ms Moradi arrived in New Zealand using fictitious passports arranged by her brother in Asia.

    Ms Moradi’s brother had smuggled three other family members into New Zealand, he said.

    The three had all now been given refugee status in New Zealand.

    "Why is she still in New Zealand?" Mr Peters asked.

    Immigration Minister Clayton Cosgrove said Miss Moradi had gone into hiding in Auckland, possibly in the Iranian community.

    She is being pursued by immigration officials charged with enforcing orders to deport her.

    Miss Moradi’s pastor Rinny Westra says he does not know if Miss Moradi has gone into hiding.

    If she has, it was because she feared for her life should she be deported back to Iran, he says.

    He has testified to her Christian conversion and says any attempts to question it are wrong.

    Converting from Islam to Christianity is considered a sin in Iran and punishment can range from social exclusion to torture.

    "She’s just scared. What else can she do? Handing herself into the police would be like going into the lion’s den.

    "What I’ve observed over two to three years is her regular attendance at church, public professions of faith and interest and diligent study of the Bible.

    "You could say it is fictitious, but if it is it’s a very, very sustained fiction."

    Mr Peters’ criticism of Miss Moradi is more to do with politics than facts and genuine concern, he says.

    The New Zealand First Party recently issued statements opposing high levels of Asian immigration and has maintained a tough stance on refugees.

    "It’s electioneering and he lacks credibility on this issue," Mr Westra says.

    "The fact is that with refugee cases there’s always something in the background that doesn’t look right."

    Miss Moradi’s brother Hamid is one of three Moradi siblings with refugee status in New Zealand.

    He would not comment on whether Miss Moradi was in hiding but rejected Mr Peters’ assertion his brother in Asia is a people smuggler.

    Miss Moradi was first turned down for refugee status in 2006 and an appeal of that decision to the Refugee Status Appeals Authority was rejected in 2007.

    Immigration papers have revealed the authority did not accept Miss Moradi risked persecution if she returned to Iran.

    The authority also expressed doubts about her conversion to Christianity.

    Miss Moradi recently lost a last-ditch attempt to stay in New Zealand when Associate Immigration Minister Shane Jones rejected her appeal.




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    When Kazem Ariaiwand fled Iran to seek asylum in the West, he never imagined he would end up here — at the frozen edge of civilization, hawking kebabs in a place where polar bears outnumber people.

    But he’s become a familiar sight in this desolate Arctic settlement, luring the hungry with the inviting fumes that tumble from the grill of his stand, a retired U.S. military field kitchen truck he has named “The Red Polar Bear.”

    “I came here without knowing anyone. I had nothing. I came on a plane with my backpack,” said the 48-year-old Iranian. “Now I have many friends, almost the whole town.”

    How the native of hot and bustling Tehran went on to win the unofficial title of “world’s northernmost kebab seller” comes down to the vagaries of early 20th century geopolitics.

    Under a 1920 treaty, Svalbard is an international zone under Norwegian sovereignty that requires no tourist or resident visas. So when Norway rejected Ariaiwand’s asylum application in 2003, he fled as far north as you can fly on a commercial flight — to this land of legal limbo.

    When he arrived in Longyearbyen, the main settlement of about 2,000 people, he had no job or accommodations. Left behind on the mainland were his son, then 15, and ex-wife, who both won permission to stay in Norway, he said.

    Realizing his stay could be a long one, he went into business last year as a kebab seller, opening The Red Polar Bear in his bright-red truck parked on a public lot at the center of tiny Longyearbyen.

    “I had to move on,” Ariaiwand said. “The only option was here on Svalbard, which was the only place where you didn’t need some kind of permission to live.”

    During winter, he keeps late opening hours to cook for hungry night owls. Just before midnight on a recent Saturday, people were milling around The Red Polar Bear waiting for Ariaiwand to open, exhaling frost in a temperature of 4 below zero.

    Finally, Ariaiwand trundled up in his battered blue Mitsubishi van and lugged plastic boxes with his homemade kebab meat, hamburgers and trimmings into the stand.

    Since the islands’ frozen tundra is inhospitable for agriculture, Ariaiwand, like everyone else in the outpost, faces the additional hurdle of having to import all his supplies from the mainland.

    As Ariaiwand worked inside, two teenage boys pressed their noses to the truck’s frosted window.

    “It’s the best on Svalbard,” said Martin Ulsnes, 15, awaiting his weekly treat.

    And while it may seem unlikely, there is plenty of competition. Three upscale restaurants and numerous smaller cafes cater to tourists and visiting researchers.

    A few offer local delicacies, such as seal or whale — meat from the minke whales Norway hunts is imported from the mainland.

    But with citizens of 35 nations represented on the sparsely populated islands, Longyearbyen’s cuisine could perhaps be described as global, much like the kebab. And Ariaiwand had international travelers in mind when he decided to open the stand.

    “The only way to be independent was something that had something to do with the tourists. We have six, nearly seven, months with tourists in town,” he said.

    Ariaiwand, who also works full-time at a local grocery store, refused to discuss the reasons for his flight from Tehran a dozen years ago, saying only that it was related to his job at a government-run publishing house and that he feared for his life.

    The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration said it could not discuss details of his case, citing privacy laws.

    His journey took him to Sweden for 18 months and then Norway for almost five years before he ended up on Svalbard in self-imposed exile on the 23,550-square-mile archipelago on the planet’s northern fringe.

    Svalbard Police Inspector Trond Aagesen said Ariawand’s success on Svalbard was highly unusual — perhaps three other outsiders have managed to settle here. He had advised against even trying.

    “It is a small place. There is a shortage of accommodations and jobs,” Aagesen said.

    Ariaiwand found his military mobile kitchen in Germany on the Internet. His brother, Mohamad, who runs a car-repair shop in Germany, picked it up, painted it red, and drove it to northern Norway for transport by ship to Svalbard.

    The Red Polar Bear, or “Roede Isbjoern” is open weekends in winter and most days in the summer tourist season. Ariaiwand made his polar bear red because “it has to be a little different so people come over.”




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    THE Parramatta area is becoming a magnet for filmmakers who have realised its cultural and ethnic diversity offers a rich but relatively untapped resource of talent.


    Anousha Zarkesh is a Sydney-based casting agent who is seeking to recruit men and women with Middle Eastern heritage, particularly Iranian, for a new SBS telemovie.


    The two-part film called Saved has been written and will be directed by the acclaimed Chinese Australian director Tony Ayres, whose most recent work The Home Song Stories received seven Australian Film Industry awards in 2007.


    "No experience is required, but enthusiasm is a must," Ms Zarkesh said.


    She is hoping Parramatta and its surrounding suburbs such as Harris Park, which has a large Iranian community, will provide the talent needed to fill six roles.


    "Ideally we would like to recruit Iranians but what we really need are Farsi-speaking people, which can include people from places like Syria or Iraq," Ms Zarkesh said.


    Renowned Australian actor Claudia Karvan will play the female lead as Julia, an Australian woman who is grieving the loss of her baby and forms a relationship with an Iranian man, Amir, in the Villawood immigration detention centre.


    "There is nothing political in this film," Ms Zarkesh said.


    "My father was a political prisoner in Iran and I understand people might be wary because of the politics."


    Ms Zarkesh is married to seasoned Australian actor David Field, who is currently making his debut as a director on another film, The Combination, which has just finished shooting in and around Parramatta.


    It traces the story of a young Lebanese man growing up in the cultural and ethnic melting pot of western Sydney.


    "There is an untapped pool of talent in these migrant communities but they never get a look-in, they never get a job here," Ms Zarkesh said.
    Casting will take place in Sydney from Monday, May 5. Ms Zarkesh said actors must be available to travel to Melbourne for the shooting during August and September.




    Anyone who is Farsi-speaking, aged between 20 and 50 and would like to audition for one of the roles should email Ms Zarkesh with their details including a photo to azarkesh@iprimus.com.au.




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    Police and immigration officers have again searched the house of Hamid Moradi in a hunt for his sister Bahareh Moradi.


    Iranian refugee Miss Moradi is being tracked for deportation by Immigration New Zealand, despite claims her Christian faith puts her at risk in Iran.

    The search of Mr Moradi’s home last Wednesday came on the back of another by police and immigration in mid April.

    Then a man who Birkenhead pastor Rinny Westra claims was an Iranian Christian was taken into custody and deported.

    No one was taken into custody in the recent search.

    Immigration Minister Clayton Cosgrove has told Parliament Miss Moradi is likely to be hiding out in Auckland’s Iranian community.

    A two-month search has failed to find her.

    Associate Immigration Minister Shane Jones rejected an appeal to stay Miss Moradi’s deportation in March.

    The Moradi family wanted to keep her in the country until a High Court review of her case starting on July 28.

    Three of Miss Moradi’s brothers have been granted refugee status and another is a refugee in Canada.

    Mr Westra attests to Miss Moradi’s baptism and Christian faith. His assertions are questioned by Immigration New Zealand and the Refugee Status Appeals Authority.

    Foreign Minister and New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has accused Miss Moradi of using a fake passport to enter the country.




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    Culturist Tensions with my Muslim Friend

    My oldest friend, Geeta, is a Muslim. I just saw her for the first time in six years. Geeta came to this country when she was 13 - the Ayatollah chased her family out. Her clothes, drinking habits and relationship patters - her basic values - are highly Americanized. Geeta is a rock n roll woman and someone I care deeply about. When we were kids, our differences did not bother us at all. But current political realities made this visit tense at the edges.

    Geeta just returned from a month-long travel; she guesses that eighty percent of Iranians resent the Iranian government and it imposition of Islamic law. The economy and infrastructure are so messed up that most Iranians need to have three jobs to make ends meet. Iran's development has fallen so low that they cannot refine their own oil and have to import gasoline! If you fought against Iraq you get a pension. If you didn't, you are impoverished. She said Iran´s conservative election results reflect corruption, not popularity. Most Iranians, she reported, love Americans and Western products.

    Geeta's descriptions of Iran were meant to convey that Iran and Muslims are not inherently anti-Western. As her parents are currently in Iran, she worries about our wanting to bomb her country. She fears the demonization of Muslims. As a positive and contributing citizen, she resents being automatically considered a terrorist. Geeta's only terrorism has only been against me in pinball. Her concerns illustrate that we needlessly increase our domestic and international tension when we demonize people and nations. Many Muslims are good Americans and there is a real chance that Iran will someday be a relatively benign partner.

    Cultural affiliation, though, are real. And assimilation has limits. Likely due to the political climate and the multiculturalism of her native Oakland, California, Geeta still identifies Muslims as her people and her country as Iran. She even calls Palestinians "my people." This need not be harmful. Geeta's voting could restrain our impulse to go to war. Geeta identifies with Iranian sovereignty and does not want Islam to spread. My culturist views also respect Iran's sovereignty and cherish our freedoms. If we follow culturist principles and do not needlessly antagonize Muslims domestically or internationally, citizen´s affiliation with non-Western civilizations need not be so bad.

    We must be aware of cultural dynamics. Geeta´s description of Iran shows that twenty percent of the population can rob eighty percent of the population of their freedoms. If we invade Iran, as Geeta and any culturist can tell you, the percentage of Muslims that hates the West will rise internationally and domestically. If we target Iran's nuclear facilities – and I think we must - we should be careful to avoid jingoistic demonizing of Muslims at home and abroad. Such talk would needlessly and insensitively hurt Geeta´s feelings and increase the odds of destruction from the Muslim community.

    While I could discuss the culturist principle of isolationism with Geeta, I thought it would endanger our relationship to explain the correlated culturist policy that we should safeguard ourselves by stopping all immigration from Muslim nations until worldwide Islamic terror has long ceased. Immigrants identify with their homeland. If twenty percent of immigrating Iranians or their children wants Sharia law, increasing their numbers endangers us. Such an immigration policy would safeguard us and tell people living here that we value our nation and culture.

    Looking backwards, I should have discussed all aspects of culturism with Geeta. The discussion could have been a test case to see if explaining Western interests could minimize the hurt from discriminatory culturist policy. Had I appealed to protecting the U.S. from the Sharia law Iran has been devastated by, our relationship may have survived the confrontation. Having seen what she has in Iran, Geeta likely appreciates Western freedoms more than your Western average citizen.

    I regret that political events have shoved issues between us that we never had to consider as teenagers. I love Geeta and dearly value our friendship. Perhaps, our nation will follow wise culturist policy and the world will be fraught with less cultural tension when we next meet.




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    Iranian refugee takes fight to court

    An Iranian refugee who has been in Canada for 14 years wants to know why he’s being denied citizenship by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).


    Momenzadeh Tameh, 48, sought asylum in Canada in 1993 and was accepted as a Convention Refugee a year after. After extensive interviews and surveillance, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) recommended that Tameh should be granted permanent residency in 2005.


    CBSA, however, went against the recommendation based on Tameh’s support of an Iranian opposition party, which was listed as a terrorist organization in 2005. Tameh said at the YWCA downtown Vancouver yesterday that he has ended all relations with the party 36 years ago.


    In 2007, Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day denied him permanent residency without explanation.


    “In his letter, he just wrote down ‘deny,’ and he doesn’t even have any proof,” he said. “Without permanent residency, I live without full rights even though I pay taxes, I work, I volunteer and contribute to this country.”


    Tameh will appear in the Federal Court of Canada tomorrow to ask for proof from Minister Day and to clear the discrepancies in his status.




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    Ngurah Rai Immigration to deport two Iranian

    Tuban, East Java (ANTARA News) - The immigration office at Bali`s Ngurah Rai airport will soon deport two Iranians who were arrested for using fake passports, a spokesman said.

    "They were arrested on July 14, 2008, when they were about to depart to Japan by a Garuda Indonesia flight," Bambang Hendro Purnomo of the Ngurah Rai airport immigration office said on Wednesday.

    The Iranians were arrested for holding fake Dutch and Swiss passports which they had bought in Thailand for US$1.000.

    They had arrived in Indonesia on July 7 for a stopover before proceeding to Japan.

    Purnomo said the Ngurah Rai immigration office had in the past discovered many similar cases in which foreigners holding fake passports obtained in Malaysia or Thailnad made stopovers in Bali before traveling to other countries.

    Last July 10, 2008, the local immigration office also deported an Iranian national for holding a fake passport.




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    Yadegary decision shows need for Immigration Bill change

    Green Party MP Keith Locke welcomes the Court of Appeal's decision upholding bail to a jailed Iranian Christian, and says Parliament should delete a provision in the Immigration Bill that allows indefinite detention.

    Iranian Thomas Yadegary, a Christian convert from Islam issued with a deportation order, was imprisoned for nearly two and a half years on remand in Mt Eden Prison after he refused to sign an application for an Iranian passport.

    "It is appalling that New Zealand has jailed Christian converts like Thomas Yadegary for long periods, when their only crime has been not to sign papers which would see them returned to persecution in Iran," Mr Locke, the Party's Immigration Spokesperson, says.

    "The Court of Appeal judges were right that to extend the 29-month imprisonment was unreasonable in the circumstances, thus justifying Mr Yadegary's release on bail.

    "Unfortunately, the Immigration Bill currently before Parliament has clauses which tie the hands of the judges in future bail applications. Clauses 271 and 285 prohibit the granting of bail to deportees who are guilty of some 'inaction' - such as not signing Iranian passport documents - and judges may not take as an 'exceptional circumstance' for their release the period of time that the person has already been detained.

    "This provision for indefinite detention is repugnant in a democratic society, and contravenes common law principles that a person's imprisonment cannot be unreasonable, or out of proportion to its purpose.

    "People such as Thomas Yadegary will now be presented with a Hobson's choice of either indefinite detention in New Zealand, or signing the papers which would see them returned to Iranian persecution. Conversion from Islam, or apostasy, is a capital crime under a bill now before the Iranian Parliament."




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    هفته گذشته سازمان آمار آمريکا اعلام کرد که این کشور تا سه دهه ديگر دستخوش تغييرات جمعيتی و دموگرافيک خواهد شد.

    بر اساس اين آمار، در سال ۲۰۴۲ جمعيت آمريکايی های اروپايی تبار «اکثريت» را از دست خواهد داد و مهاجران لاتين تبار و آسيايی ها اين عنوان را از آن خود خواهند کرد.

    دکتر خليل انداچه، جامعه شناس و استاد دانشگاه در کاليفرنيا، در گفت وگو با راديو فردا توضيحاتی درباره اين تغييرات به ويژه سهم ايرانيان در اين دگرگونی جمعيتی ارائه کرده است.

    رادیو فردا: آقای دکتر انداچه، ايرانيان مقيم آمريکا چه تعداد از جمعيت آمريکا را تشکيل می دهند؟

    دکتر خليل انداچه: همانطور که می دانيد ما آمار دقيقی نداريم. در آمريکا هر ده سال يکبار سرشماری انجام می گيرد و متاﱠسفانه در آخرين سرشماری هم که در سال دوهزار صورت گرفت،آمار دقيقی از تعداد ايرانيان در ايالتهای آمريکا ارائه نشد. تخمينی که می زنند اين است که ممکن است به طور کلی بين يک و نيم ميليون تا دو ميليون ايرانی در آمريکا داشته باشيم.

    سهم اين جمعيت ميليونی در تغيير دموگرافيک آمريکا چه ميزان می تواند باشد؟

    مسئله ای که در مورد ايرانيان می توانيم بگوئيم، مسئله تحصيل است . شما می دانيد که الان متوسط تحصيل ايرانيان و به عبارتی تحصيلات کلاسيک آنها در آمريکا با رقم چهارده سال، از همه گروه های مختلف ساکنان آمريکا بالاتر است.

    همچنین می دانيد خود همين ميزان تحصيلات، ترکيب تحصيلات آمريکا را دگرگون کرده است. حتی از نظر درآمد، ايرانيان با درآمدی ماهيانه حدود پنج تا شش هزار دلار (به طور متوسط) حتی از درآمد آمريکایی ها هم بالاتر است.

    گفته می شود در ايالت کاليفرنيا که بيشترين جمعيت را دارد، بين ششصد تا هفتصد هزار تن ايرانی ساکن است .

    پرسشی که مطرح کرديد در مورد کل جمعيت آمريکا، بايد بگويم که افزايش جمعيت ايرانی ها در آمريکا صفر است و اين هم به خاطر همان تحصيلاتی است که دارند.

    به خاطر اين که ايرانيان، روی فرزندان خود بيشتر سرمايه گذاری می کنند و ين امر کلا" با ميزان سرمايه گذاری ساير مردمان ساکن آمريکا تفاوت دارد .

    ايرانيان در بارۀ فرزندانشان و آيندۀ آنها بيشتر کار می کنند و اين هزينه برمی دارد. خود اين توجه، با تحصيلات پدران و مادران ايرانی که ميراث آموزش شان از ايران است،يعنی توشه تحصيلاتشان را باخود از ايران آورده اند، رابطه مستقيم دارد. به سخن ديگر، بين تحصيلات و داشتن تعداد فرزندان رابطۀ مستقيم هست.

    شما به نکته جالبی اشاره کرديد. يکی از روزنامه های آمريکا هم نوشته بود که توجه جمعيت سفيدپوست آمريکا، به طور سنتی از لحاظ سياسی، هميشه به مسائلی همچون بيمه، بهداشت عمومی و بازنشستگی معطوف بوده، ولی با اين دگرگونيهای دموگرافيک، ممکن است که اين توجه ها تغيير کند، چون بيشتر مهاجران و اقليت های قومی در آمريکا به تحصيلات و آموزش فرزندان خود توجه دارند.

    حالا صرفنظر از اين موضوع، آيا ايرانی ها گرايش های سياسی و يا خواست های سياسی و اجتماعی ديگری هم، علاوه بر آموزش و تحصيلات فرزندان خود، دارند؟

    پرسش قابل تعمق و قابل تکيه ای است. ايرانی ها در آمريکا، متاسفانه يک سرخوردگی از مسائل سياسی و حتی مسائل اجتماعی دارند.

    ما حتی تا حال، مثلا" نتوانسته ايم به سناتورهای ايالتی که در آن زندگی می کنيم، خود را بشناسانيم و اين هم ناشی از عدم وحدتی است که بين ايرانيان وجود دارد و شما خودتان می دانيد که در مسائل سياسی هميشه وحدت گروه ها بسيار مهم است.

    در جامعه ايرانی، متاسفانه، اين مسئله در سطح خيلی پائينی قرار دارد. ايرانيان بطور انفرادی، مردمان بسيار موفقی هستند، ولی وقتی می خواهند دسته جمعی و بطور گروهی کاری را انجام دهند، هميشه به کوچۀ تجزيه و جدائی می رسند.

    گوئی که اين عيب در ما ارثی است! اگر شما به درون ايران پيش از انقلاب هم نگاه کنيد، انواع گروه های متفاوت سياسی را می بينيد. اين ها همه ناشی ازآن تک روی است که ما ايرانی ها داريم. در آمريکا هم ايرانی ها به طور انفرادی در کار خود موفق هستند، ولی متاﱠسفانه در کار گروهی و جمعی توفيقی ندارند. نمی دانم ريشه ها را بايد در کجا جستجو کرد؟

    اين مسئله در مورد ايرانی هائی که در آمريکا متولد شده اند چگونه است؟ آيا آنها هم اين تک روی را به ارث برده اند؟

    فرزندان ايرانيانی که در آمريکا متولد شده اند، در واقع آمريکائی می شوند و اگر می توانند مقداری فارسی صحبت کنند، ولی توان نوشتن و درک مطالب فارسی را ندارند و زبانی که غالب است، زبان انگليسی است که رفتار اينها را کنترل می کند و زمانی که زبان غالب شود، بالطبع فرهنگ بومی را جذب می کند.

    بنا بر اين نمی توانيم نسلی را که اينجا متولد و بزرگ شده از ساير آمريکایی ها جدا کنيم. نگاه کنيد به تمام آمريکایی های ايرانی تبار، شماهرگز نمی توانيد آنها را از کل آمريکائی ها جدا کنيد، چون زبان، کليد فرهنگ است.

    وقتی زبانی غالب شد، مانند يک کليد، فرهنگ را باز می کند. ما ايرانيانی که از ايران به اين سرزمين کوچ کرده ايم، پس از سی سال زندگی در آمريکا، هنوز به جوک آمريکائيها نمی خنديم! و اغلب می گوئيم که اين جوک چقدر بی مزه است؟! طبيعی هم هست، چون در آن فرهنگ بزرگ نشده ايم و لطيفه ها بار فرهنگی دارند.

    يک سئوال آخر و آن اين که، آيا می دانيد در حال حاضر روند مهاجرت ايرانی ها، نسبت به دوران پيش از انقلاب، تسريع شده يا اينکه کندتر شده است؟

    در کل خيلی کمتر شده. برای اين که هزينه تحصيل در آمريکا بسيار افزايش پيدا کرده و خودتان می دانيد که شهريه ها در آمريکا خيلی بالاست. هرسال هم مقداری به اين شهريه ها اضافه می شود، بنا بر اين، کسانی که از ايران يا ساير کشورهای ناتوان خاورميانه بخواهند به آمريکا بيآيند، نمی توانند با اين شهريه ها زندگی کنند. مهاجرت ايرانيان به آمريکا خيلی کم شده است.




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    Some people vote based on one issue, while others vote based on the full picture of a candidate. But regardless of the candidates’ views and plans, professors, research and surveys agree ethnicity influences minority voters.

    Asian Ethnicity

    Voters who identify as Asian are more likely to support the Democratic party.

    Voters of Asian ethnicity are generally swing voters, said Xi Chen, political science assistant professor.

    Twenty-four percent of Asian-American voters support Sen. John McCain and 41 percent support Sen. Barack Obama, according to a Agence France-Presse survey. Asian-American voters concentrate on economic policies, public health, immigration and education, Chen said.

    Thirty-four percent of Asian-Americans remain undecided, the AFP survey said.

    While most Asian-Americans support the Democratic Party, Vietnamese-Americans traditionally tend to support the Republican Party, Chen said. This support is because most Vietnamese immigrants left during the Vietnam War and identify with the political party which most supports anti-communist ideals.

    Ngoc Huyhh, a biological science freshman of Asian ethnicity, said she doesn’t think her ethnicity influences her voting. Instead she said she focuses on each candidates’ ideas.

    Black Ethnicity

    Obama finds strong support with black voters.

    Blacks support Obama by 92 percent, according to Oct. 27 Gallup polls. Blacks voted for the Democratic Party in 2000 by 95 percent and 93 percent in 2004 election.

    “Not only do I vote for what would help me, but also I know that I am more privileged than others in my ethnicity, and I vote for what I think would help all minorities,” said Amanda Myles, a black history freshman.

    Middle-Eastern Ethnicity

    Middle-Eastern ethnicity sways voters in different directions depending on specific ethnic identification.

    Ethnicity voting influence differs among Christian Arab-Americans, Muslims Arab-Americans, Iranian-Americans and Jewish Americans.

    Christian Arab-Americans are most adapted to American culture, said Mark Gasiorowski, political science professor. Most Christian Arab-Americans are of Lebanese origin and are closest to mainstream American voters following generations of living in the U.S. and assimilation into American culture, he said.

    Many Muslim Arab-Americans are mostly from Israel, Gasiorowski said. Gasiorowski guessed Muslim Arab-Americans generally support Obama because of a belief McCain will continue President Bush’s perceived anti-Muslim agenda.

    Many Arab Muslims opposed the Iraq invasion, Gasiorowski said.

    Iranian-American voters are not segregated by religion, Gasiorowski said, and tend to support Obama because of his openness to relations with Iran, Gasiorowski said.

    Iranian Americans no longer support the Republican Party after the Bush administration and don’t believe McCain will be open to negotiations with Iran, Gasiorowski said.

    Jewish Americans tend to support the Democratic Party more than the Republican Party because they are traditionally liberal, Gasiorowski said. American relations with the Middle East, mostly relations with Israel, are important to Jewish Americans, Gasiorowski said.

    Hawkish Jewish Americans, a small group who support McCain, want hardline relations to be strict with the Arab world, Gasiorowski said. Dovish Jewish Americans, a large majority of Jewish Americans, support peace negotiations and feel that McCain will not help, Gasiorowski said.




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    There was a 63 percent increase in illegal immigrants deported from Georgia and the Carolinas in the 12 months ending in October, and thousands of criminals were tagged for removal from the country upon their release from prison, federal officials said Thursday.

    The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Atlanta Field Office of Detention and Removal carried out a record 17,955 deportation orders, compared with 11,006 the previous year, officials said.

    They were among more than 40,000 people the field office processed in the three states during fiscal 2008.

    They included Nai Yin Xue, a New Zealand man wanted in his homeland for the killing of his wife.

    He was arrested in suburban Atlanta in late February and escorted back to New Zealand in March.

    Also deported was Afshin Rezaei, an Iranian living in Atlanta who pleaded guilty to exporting laptop computers to Iran through the United Arab Emirates in violation of export laws.

    With help from state and local authorities, ICE said it identified 9,182 criminal aliens who were incarcerated. Georgia led the way with more than 4,700.

    In addition, the agency began removal proceedings against another 7,000 criminals in state, local and federal jails and prisons, an increase from 3,722 in 2007. Barbara Gonzalez, a spokeswoman for ICE, said they will face possible deportation when their sentences are complete.

    The agency also said fugitive teams in the three states arrested 1,938 people who had been ordered deported by immigration judges but failed to comply.

    Among them was Humberto Rodas-Diaz, a Mexican convicted of aggravated sexual battery and child molestation who had illegally re-entered the country. He was arrested by the Atlanta fugitive operations team on March 10 and was deported.




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    بازرسي هاي شرم آور زائران ايراني در مرز مهران

    تنها چند هفته بعد از انتشار خبري مبني بر انجام برخي بازبيني هاي زننده از مسافران ايراني يكي از پروازهاي دبي، خبرنگار عصرايران از تكرار اين رويداد در مرز مهران خبردار شد.

    نماينده ايلام در مجلس شوراي اسلامي به خبرنگار عصرايران گفت: روز گذشته زايران ايراني عتبات عاليات در مرز مهران به دلايل واهي مورد بازبيني هاي غير متعارف ماموران عراقي مرزي قرار گرفتند و ماموران عراقي زنان زاير را به صورتي زننده مورد بازرسي بدني قرار داده اند.

    داريوش قنبري افزود: ماموران مرزي عراق علاوه بر اين اقدام زنان ايراني را مجبور كرده اند لباس هاي خود را از تن در آورند.




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    KISH ISLAND, Iran-A 23-year-old Filipino was mauled by immigration police after he tried to break free from his captors who took him to a dark secluded area near their detachment after arresting him for wearing a tank top in public.

    Christopher Pilapil, a graphic artist, said he fought to break loose because he feared he would be raped. There had been several unconfirmed reports here about expatriates being raped; the reports however, could not immediately be verified.

    Pilapil said he got suspicious when the officers ordered him into their patrol car and sped him in a different direction instead of taking him to an immigration office just behind the hotel where he was staying at-Farabi-and in which vicinity he was arrested.

    Pilapil said he tried to escape upon alighting from the patrol car near the vicinity of the immigration police detachment, which was behind another hotel-Espadana-some 10 minutes away from Farabi, and where other expats, including Filipinos, were billeted.

    "I ran because I was afraid that they would rape me. I have heard lots of stories about locals, even law enforcement officers, arresting visitors for minor offenses, and raping them," he said.

    He said he should have been given a warning as was the standard procedure and ordered home to change clothes.

    He said the two officers inside the car, assisted by about a dozen more from the detachment, caught him back and subdued him as he struggled.

    "One held my right leg; the other, my left one. Another held my right arm; and still another one grabbed my left arm. There was also another officer who held my head tight," Pilapil said. He said he managed to break free by kicking those holding his legs, and shouting at the top of his lung for help to catch the attention of fellow Filipinos inside Espadana Hotel, who were, by then, already checking out the commotion from their bedroom windows.

    Pilapil said one of the officers punched him in the face; another kicked him on the sides.

    "They stopped when they noticed that people were watching," Pilapil said.

    He was then brought to the immigration office that was behind Farabi hotel and ordered to write and sign an apology letter, which he did.

    Pilapil managed to make a phone call to one of his friends staying at Farabi, who immediately came to assist him.

    Pilapil was arrested around 9:30pm, Dec. 30; he was released 1:30am, Dec. 31.

    Iran observes strict laws on public conduct: Women are required to wear head scarves called shaila, and have their behinds covered with a wraparound cloth; men are not allowed to wear shorts and tank tops; unmarried couples are discouraged from showing public displays of affection. Loud laughter is also not allowed.

    First offenders are given warnings; those found repeating the same offense are locked up and deported.

    Being on Kish Island where they wait for their re-entry visas to the United Arab Emirates, most expats-visa runners as they are called-fear deportation because that would mean being transported to their home country at their own expense; it also reduces their chances of going abroad for work again.

    Pilapil, a visa runner, had been staying on Kish Island for over a month. His re-entry visa was finally issued on Dec. 31. He hurriedly left for Dubai because of fear for his life.

    Repeated efforts to contact immigration officials for comments failed.




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    استراليا به 28 ايراني و افغان پناهندگي داد


    پناهجويان غالبا با كشتي هايي كه براي سفر دريايي با ظرفيت بيش از حد، آماده نيستند، عازم استراليا مي شوند


    دولت استراليا به اولين گروه از پناهجوياني كه به موجب قانون سياست هاي جديد مهاجرت استراليا به تقاضاي پناهندگي آنان رسيدگي شده، اجازه اقامت دائم در اين كشور داده است.

    به موجب مقررات جديد دولت استراليا كه اعطاي پناهندگي را آسان تر كرده، به 28 ايراني و افغان، پناهندگي داده شده است.

    كريس اوانز، وزير مهاجرت استراليا گفت اين عده با ارائه شواهد و دلايل قوي ثابت كرده بودند كه در صورت بازگشت به كشورشان با مرگ يا آزار و ايذا روبرو خواهند شد.


    مامورين استراليايي اين 18 بزرگسال و 10 كودك را در فاصله 29 سپتامبر و 24 نوامبر سال 2008 شناسايي كرده و آنان را در يك جزيره دور افتاده در اقيانوس هند موسوم به جزيره كريسمس، نگاهداري مي كردند.

    دولت استراليا در اين جزيره يك بازداشتگاه براي نگهداري پناهجويان داير كرده است.

    سخنگوي وزارت مهاجرت استراليا گفت به 28 پناهنده ايراني و افغان اجازه اقامت در ايالت استرالياي جنوبي داده شده است و به آنان براي ثبت نام در كلاس هاي آموزش زبان انگليسي كمك خواهد شد.

    اين پناهندگان همچنين از تسهيلات پزشكي برخوردار خواهند شد.

    كوين راد، نخست وزير استراليا به شيوه معمول ز نداني كردن پناهجوياني كه وارد اين كشور مي شوند پايان داده و قول داده است به پرونده هاي متقاضيان پناهندگي با سرعت بيشتري رسيدگي شود.

    كوين راد سياست قبلي برخورد با پناهندگان را كه بسيار انعطاف ناپذير بود و در دوره نخست وزيري جان هوارد، به اجرا گذاشته شده بود در ماه ژوئيه گذشته لغو كرد.

    استراليا مقصد نهايي بسياري از افراد فقيري است كه غالبا از كشورهاي جنگ زده به اميد شروع يك زندگي بهتر به اين كشور رو مي آورند.

    در سال هاي اخير عده زيادي از عراق و افغانستان عازم استراليا شده اند.

    اين پناهجويان معمولا با هواپيما خود را به اندونزي مي رسانند و سپس راه خود به مقصد استراليا را در قايق ها و كشتي هايي كه مناسب براي سفرهاي دريايي نبوده و بيش از ظرفيت مسافر سوار كرده اند، ادامه مي دهند.

    پناهجوياني كه با قايق خود را به استراليا مي رسانند هنوز تا هنگامي كه به پرونده شان رسيدگي نشده در جزيره كريسمس نگاهداري مي شوند.

    در حال حاضر دولت استراليا سرگرم رسيدگي به پرونده 134 پناهجوي ديگري است كه در اين جزيره بسر مي برند.




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    The creation of the Iranian diaspora has its roots in the Islamic Revolution, which culminated on February 11, 1979. The revolution, the post-revolutionary power struggle, and Saddam Hussein's invasion of Iran triggered a mass exodus of Iranians to all corners of the world, many of whom came to reside in America. They left for different reasons but many endured the same struggles while abroad.
    The Iranian diaspora comprises Iranians from all political persuasions and economic classes who left Iran around the same time.

    Many members of the upper echelons of society who had benefited from connections with the ousted regime had the financial means to leave, and they did so because their position of economic privilege was challenged with the advent of the revolution. This group of the diaspora can be generalized as the monarchist or royalist faction, and many of its members relocated to Southern California.

    This faction has pinned its hopes on Reza Pahlavi, who crowned himself Reza Shah II shortly after the death of King Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlavi in 1980. Reza Shah II is heir to the throne that has since ceased to exist, as the Islamic Revolution swept it away. Nevertheless, the monarchists and their enormous bank accounts have maintained several satellite TV stations that transmit to Iran their opposition to the current status quo. Reza Pahlavi, however, has spent most of his life abroad and is generally viewed by the masses in Iran as a foreigner who is out of touch with the political realities of today's Iran.

    The Leftists


    After the revolution, the Mujahideen came to represent the single most dangerous threat to the Islamic regime.
    Members of the People's Fadaiyan group (Fadaiyan-e Khalq), along with Iran's traditional Communist Party, the Tudeh, and other smaller Leftist groups, left Iran after finding political life under an Islamic revolutionary government unsuitable. Many members relocated to Paris, France, or to Berkeley, California, USA, the international headquarters for the Left's resistance against the Shah prior to the revolution. Today, the Leftists have largely withered away, but small pockets remain active in espousing their ideology and spreading awareness.
    The People's Mujahideen (Mujahideen-e Khalq), along with the People's Fadaiyan, constituted the most effective armed resistance to the Shah's regime before 1979. After the revolution, the Mujahideen came to represent the single most dangerous threat to the Islamic regime, and in the spring of 1981, they launched a full-scale armed uprising.

    Although they inflicted massive casualties on Iran's ruling elite in the early months of their uprising, by the summer of 1982, they were decimated in Iran and eventually relocated to Iraq at a time where the two countries were locked in a bitter war. The Mujahideen have since been largely discredited for siding with Saddam Hussein in the Iran-Iraq War and launching a failed invasion of Iran during the war's latter stages. Additionally, they also played a role in the 1991 Gulf War massacres. The Mujahideen are accused of being Saddam's henchmen, as they were actively used by Saddam to quell the popular uprisings in the north and south of Iraq after the Gulf War.

    It is difficult to know how active the Mujahideen are abroad, as the US, French, and British governments have classified them as a terrorist organization; therefore, the Mujahideen operate clandestinely in those countries. American forces in Iraq have largely disarmed the Mujahideen's armed forces, but the United States continues to protect the group and has refused the Iraqi government's demands to have them expelled.

    The Iraqi government, which comprises mainly Shiites and Kurds, is hostile to the Mujahideen because of its involvement in Saddam's fierce crackdown on the Shiite and Kurdish uprisings in 1991. Furthermore, the Iraqi government is now very close to Iran, and the Iranian government has pressured Iraq to have the Islamic Republic's largest armed opposition group expelled.

    The United States, however, has refused such demands, as it views the Mujahideen as a strategic asset. Although the State Department has branded the Mujahideen a terrorist organization, the United States still finds it useful, as it provides the Americans with intelligence (regardless of its veracity) pertaining to Iran's nuclear program.

    Iranians in the United States


    The United States came to be the home of the largest Iranian diaspora community.
    Many secular republicans also found political life in a country gripped by the Islamic Revolution as unfit, and they left Iran alongside many other Iranians who simply sought a better life elsewhere. The revolution, the post-revolutionary power struggle, and the disastrous Iran-Iraq War had dire consequences on Iran's economy, and many Iranians who could afford to leave did so with the hopes of finding a life with more opportunities for advancement.
    Although before the revolution there were a few Iranians living abroad pursuing a higher education, the mass influx of Iranians after the events of 1979 officially gave birth to a diaspora. In other words, the Iranian diaspora is not even 30 years old, and the United States came to be the home of the largest Iranian diaspora community. Southern California, in particular, has the world's largest concentration of Iranians outside of Iran. There is no way of being certain, but the most common figures estimate that there are anywhere between 300,000 and 1,000,000 Iranians living in the United States.

    On November 4, 1979, student militants in Iran stormed the US Embassy and held its 52-member staff hostage for 444 days. This event marked the meltdown of US-Iranian relations and made an impact on the lives of every Iranian trying to start over in the United States, as anti-Iranian sentiment climaxed. It was in this climate that Iranians struggled to begin anew in exile. Regardless of their political or economic backgrounds, Iranians trying to start over in the United States in the 1980s were faced with the same struggles of social rejection, isolation, language barrier, and employment issues.

    Those who brought their families to the United States made finding employment, working hard, and rebuilding their lives abroad their highest priority. Part of starting over was learning an entirely new language and culture, which was integral to adapting to their new environment.

    Thus, as part of that endeavor, many Iranians who grew up abroad developed identity complexes. Many adopted American names, learned little — if any — of their native language, and were embarrassed of being identified as Iranian, given the constant barrage the country and nationality faced in the American media. Since many parents were so consumed with having the younger generation adapt to a new life, they did little to help the Iranian youth develop their cultural identity. Additionally, the lack of infrastructure did not help the situation. Given the fact that Iranians settled in the United States a short time ago, Iranian cultural centers and institutions were scarce.

    9/11


    Prior to 9/11, Iranians were considered "sitting ducks," meaning they were vulnerable to political or social persecution.
    However, when the attacks of 9/11 occurred, everything changed, from the way Iranians view themselves to the institutions they build. Prior to 9/11, Iranians were considered "sitting ducks," meaning they were highly vulnerable to political or social persecution in the United States. Iranian youth lacked self-awareness, political consciousness, and organization.
    After 9/11, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) detained many Iranians who had nothing to do with 9/11 or terrorism, even going so far as deporting some. This event became an impetus for change. Since then, there has been a marked rise in the establishment of cultural centers, Persian language programs, political action committees, informational websites and magazines, and student organizations. Indeed, many Iranian Americans even began running for office, and some have been successful in winning local elections.

    Although many young Iranians in the United States had begun to take an active interest in their culture, nation of origin, and language(s), 9/11 intensified that interest. 9/September 11 put the Middle East in an even brighter spotlight and put extra emphasis on Iran as a member of Bush's infamous "Axis of Evil." A large number of Iranian youth, who already had an interest in their background before 9/11, developed an even greater interest afterward as they wanted to understand the background for such cataclysmic events.

    Today, more and more Iranian American youth are taking their first trips to Iran since they were either born or left with their families as infants. As more Persian language programs are organized in cultural centers or universities, more and more Iranians are enrolling, not only to learn the language, but also to get better acquainted with a culture that their parents did not have the time to fully teach them because they were busy building a new life for their families in a new country.

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    اقدام عجيب سفارتخانه هاي اروپايي در صدور ویزا برای ایرانی ها

    این اقدام مداخله جویانه و نیز برخورد تحقیر آمیز کارمندان برخی سفارتخانه ها، موجب اعتراض بسیاری از هموطنانمان قرار گرفته و تا کنون هیچ اقدام موثری در این زمینه از سوی دستگاه دیپلماسی کشور صورت نگرفته است.

    به گزارش خبرنگار جهان، اخيراً برخي سفارتخانه هاي اروپايي، از جمله سفارتخانه هاي فرانسه،* انگليس و آلمان، هنگام صدور رواديد براي متقاضيان ايراني كه قصد سفر به كشورهاي فوق را دارند، به بهانه مصاحبه سوالاتي نظير پيش بيني نتايج انتخابات رياست جمهوري سال آينده و وضعيت ايران پس از اين انتخابات را از ايراني هاي متقاضي صدور رواديد مي پرسند.

    این در حالی است که طی این مدت، این سفارتخانه ها در صدور روادید برای متقاضیان ایرانی، سخت گیری های بیشتری را اعمال می کنند.

    گفتنی است، چندی پیش سفارتخانه های مذکور، بروشورهایی را با هدف بزرگنمایی احتمال حمله آمریکا به ایران و خطری که ایران را تهدید می کند، چاپ کرده و در اختیار اتباع خود در ایران قرار دادند. در این بروشور 50 نقطه امن در شهر تهران هنگام بروز حمله احتمالی به ایران به این اتباع معرفی شده بود.

    بنا براین گزارش این اقدامات مداخله جویانه و نیز برخورد تحقیر آمیز کارمندان برخی سفارتخانه ها، موجب اعتراض بسیاری از هموطنانمان قرار گرفته و تا کنون هیچ اقدام موثری در این زمینه از سوی دستگاه دیپلماسی کشور صورت نگرفته است.




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