Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Iran: interests

The Iranian parliament voted with 138 votes in favor , 112 against and 20 abstained Sadeq Mahsouli as new Interior Minister.
Sunday he was not supported by the conservative Principalists bloc. President Ahmadinejad defended the candidacy and said that it is against the country's interests for the ministry to remain without a minister.
One of the major controversies around Mahsouli is his wealth, which he accumulated through property development over the past 10 years.He is reportedly among the wealthiest people in Iran.
Mahsouli is a veteran of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corp (IRGC) and has served in provincial government posts and also as a deputy defense minister.

With a 29-year delay fase 1 of the 1.7 km Shahid Kalantari Bridge on Lake Urumiyeh is opened. The bridge is part of a 245-kilometer highway linking the cities of Urumiyeh and Tabriz.
The bridge is the longest bridge in Iran, 1,709 meters in total, with 1,276 meters passing directly over the lake.
The project has three phases, the first two for development of autoways,the third phase is a railroad over the lake.
The project, which will cost a total $120 million, and have economic and environmental benefits for Iran and neighboring countries.
Also the pollution from vessels active in the lake will be lowered.
(Photo PressTV)

Last week infamous hunter prince Saud bin Abdulaziz al-Babtain from Kuwait and nine accomplices have been arrested in Khuzestan province. They were hunting a protected, rare and endangered species of bird, the Houbara Bustard.
They face an 18-month suspended jail sentence and a $60000 fine.
The police also seized 'hunting equipment'. The prince has been caught eight times in the past eight hunting seasons.
The Arabs consider the meat of this bird an afrodisiac, scientifically it is proven to be a mild diuretic.
(Photo Houbara Bustard-jimfbleak-Wikimedia)

In Iran there are childoffenders, still on death row.

Children are being hanged to death.
A child will be hanged to death.
Poster amnesty.nl

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