List of Persian/Iranian Events for 2006-03-15

    Asghar Farhadi's film BEAUTIFUL CITY Opens at Film Forum, NYC

    New York Wednesday - March 15, 2006     01:15 PM

    Wednesday, March 15 - Tuesday, March 28 • Two Weeks

    Showtimes: 1:15, 3:15, 6:00, 8:00, 10:00

    Film Forum

    209 West Houston Street (West of 6th Avenue)

    New York, NY 10014, 212-727-8110,


    Written & Directed By Asghar Farhadi

    Iran, 2004, 101 Minutes, In Farsi with English Subtitles

    IN ISLAMIC IRAN, HOW MUCH IS A WOMAN WORTH IN COMPARISON WITH A MAN — and who pays the difference? Faced with the death penalty for killing his girlfriend at age 16, Akbar is moved to an adult prison at 18 to await execution. The maddening intricacies of the Iranian judicial system have farreaching implications in this moving, piercing drama. The only way Akbar’s life will be spared is if the victim’s family requests clemency. Muslim law stipulates the value of a woman as half that of a man; therefore, the victim’s father must pay the difference between the cost of his daughter and the worth of her murderer to justify his death. A tale of vengeance, labyrinthine judicial procedure and the concept of “blood money.”

    Professor Abbas Edalat on Stop the War against Iran

    New York Wednesday - March 15, 2006     07:00 PM

    Campaign against Sanctions and

    Military Intervention in Iran

    An Address by Professor Abbas Edalat

    (founder of the Campaign; faculty member, Imperial College/London) On a special U.S. Tour

    Wednesday, March 15, 2006 @ 7:00 pm

    Venue: Church of the Good Shepherd

    240 East Thirty-First Street

    (Between Second and Third Avenues)

    New York, NY

    Local Contact: Sr. Ellen Francis,

    RSVP requested, but not required, to:

    “The western media gives the impression that it is the comments of the new Iranian president about Israel and Iran's nuclear program which, in the context of US's "war on terror", are the root cause of the present conflict. However...the anti-Israel and anti-US slogans in Iran were far more radical in the earlier days on the revolution in 1979, in the American hostage crisis 1979-80 and during the 8 year Iran-Iraq war in 1980-88 that Saddam -- with the backing of the west -- waged on Iran.

    Furthermore, according to all western intelligence Iran is at least several years away from being able to develop a nuclear weapon capability even if it does decide to follow this path, for which there is no evidence at all. Thus none of the propaganda in the western media can possibly…justify threats of sanctions and the option of military intervention.

    We need to see the underlying reasons for the situation elsewhere.”-- Prof. Edalat

    Meeting at the Church of the Good Shepherd, NYC – March 15, 2006

    1. The recent ‘reporting’ of Iran to the UN Security Council follows three years of political and economic pressure by the US on the EU-3, other Board members of the IAEA, and China and Russia in particular.

    2. The resolution has no legal basis: it preempted the March 6th final report of the IAEA investigation and thus tried to influence and frame the final decision improperly.

    3. It has no technical basis: it has no reference to the latest report of the inspectors whose summary states that Iran has continued to cooperate with the IAEA to provide requisite declarations and access to locations in a timely manner as if the Additional Protocol were in force. Instead it takes the opposite stance by stressing breaches of Iran's obligations.

    4. Its verdict that there is lack of confidence that Iran's program is just for peaceful purposes in not legally tenable, but a merely political judgment.

    5. It is hypocritical: item (e) of the resolution specifically states that Iran is a special case of verification. This clause has been added to assure other member states of the IAEA Board that they will not be next targeted.

    6. IAEA is in breach of NPT by demanding that Iran should halt its enrichment related activities when there is no shred of evidence after hundreds of snap intrusive visits in two and half years that there is any weaponization program in Iran.

    7. The IAEA resolution to report Iran to the UN Security Council is a key step for the US's war drive against Iran in a replay of the invasion of Iraq for a regime change, this time in Iran, for the control of its oil resources and to replace one of only two defiant regimes in the Middle East with a client state. The massive escalation of threats and reports of planning for military intervention in Iran including by tactical nuclear weapons following the adoption of the IAEA resolution testifies to the real aims of the US.

    8. Those member states who voted for the resolution have allowed the US to abuse an international body such as the IAEA for its political aims. Referral of Iran to the UN Security Council is thus a trap set by the US for Europe, China, Russia and other IAEA board member states.

    9. The recent arrangement reached between the Bush administration and the Government of India demonstrates the very selective deference to the NPT paid by the U.S., as it clearly violates basic understandings and requirements of the Treaty, by encouraging and facilitating expansion of nuclear weaponry in India.

    10. To prevent a new catastrophic war in the Middle East which can turn into a conflagration in the whole region, we call on the Security Council members, IAEA Board members to resolve Iran's nuclear issues under the auspices of the IAEA itself.

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