In Iran: Sanctions have hurt Iranian airlines, Stoning of mother “imminent”

Among the many, many reports coming from Iran this weekend, two popped out at me in terms of U.S. foreign policy and human rights.

It turns out, the sanctions the U.S. and UN approved have already had a direct impact on Iranian businesses, as they were set out to do. A report released today said Germany, Britain and the UAE are refusing to give fuel to Iranian passenger planes. So far, the ban has affected Mahan Air and Iran Air, which both operate to and from Europe.

I’ve flown on Iran Air before–it’s a pretty nice service (better than any U.S. or British carrier) and they provided us with a damn good meal. I remember it being one of my better trips on a plane, but I’m sure the prices will skyrocket or it will go out of business if businesses refuse to work with them.

In other news, an Iranian mother of two, Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani, is set to be killed by stoning for having an affair (cough…the Stoning of Soraya M.). According to a CNN report, she will be buried chest deep (more so than a man would) and will only have a few rocks thrown at her so she can die slowly.

The report also indicates that she was forced to confess after receiving 99 lashes after her arrest in 2006.

According to CNN, Amnesty International made a new call on Wednesday to the Iranian government to immediately halt all executions and commute all death sentences. The group has recorded 126 executions in Iran from the start of this year to June 6.


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