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Bürgermeister Häupl Feiert Ramadan mit Muslimen

DSC_6921Bürgermeister Dr. Michael Häupl hat dieses Jahr wieder Vertreter der in Wien ansässigen Muslimischen Gemeinde zum Fastenbrechen anlässlich des Beginns des Monats Ramadan eingeladen. Ein Abendmahl anlässlich des Iftar, diese für Muslime spezielle Gelegenheit, wurde im Rittersaal des Wiener Rathauses begangen.

Ausser dem Bürgermeister waren anwesend Stadträtin Mag. Sandra Frauenberger, die in der Stadtregierung für die Agenden Integration, Frauen, Konsumentenschutz, Personal und Märkte zuständig ist und Gemeinderat Dipl. Ing. Omar Al-Rawi, der den Empfang organisiert hat. Gemeinsam haben sie alle die Gäste herzlich begrüßt. Al-Rawi war der Stern des Iftar Ereignisses.

Auch anwesend waren, der Präsident der  Dr. Fuat Sanaç, der vorherige Präsident der Islamischen Gemeinde Dr. Anas Al-Shaqfeh so wie die Vertreter von etlichen Sunnitischen und Schiitischen Islamischen Gruppen in Wien.

DI Al-Rawi hat die Ansprachen mit einer kurzen Rede zum Geleit eröffnet und die Redner vorgestellt. Bürgermeister Dr. Häupl hat die Gäste willkommen gehießen und seine Freude darüber zum Ausdruck gebracht, mit den in Wien lebenden Muslimen den Anlass des Monats Ramadan mitfeiern zu dürfen.

Nach dem Bürgermeister hat Dr. Fuat Sanaç, der Präsident der Islamischen Gemeinschaft in Österreich (IGGIÖ) eine kurze Ansprache gehalten. Ein Auszug aus seiner Rede: “Wir empfinden ein tief greifendes Mitgefühl für unsere Geschwister in aller Welt. Er hat Terrorismus und extremistische Islamische Gruppen verurteilt.

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Kerry: We Have Our Own Sense Of Deadline

11665985_10153414218705842_1994282342_o_edited-1Update: diplomatic efforts “could go either way” said US Secretary of State John Kerry after he State John Kerry on Sunday said the diplomatic efforts “could go either way,” . Kerry met for 3:30 hours with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, and top diplomats representing the five other negotiating countries in Vienna..

Kerry held a press conference on Sunday noon outside the Palace Coburg where dozens of reporters were gathering  under the sun for over an hour. He said: “I want to absolutely clear to with everybody: We are not yet where we need to be on several of the most critical issues,” Kerry said during a press conference held outside the Viennese palace Coburg where the negations still running by global powers, Britain, China, “It is now time to see whether or not we are able to close an agreement,” Kerry said, after hobbling on crutches through 97-degree heat to a podium set up in a city square.

World powers and Iran are hoping to clinch a deal by Tuesday, setting a decade of restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program and granting Iran significant relief from international sanctions. 

It should be noted that sunstroke hit journalists while waiting for US Secretary of State John Kerry press conference outside the Palace Coburg in Vienna

“We have our own sense of deadline,” US Secretary of State John Kerry said outside the Palais Coburg on Wednesday afternoon while walking on crutches and signs of illness appear in his face clearly.

Kerry was delivering remarks on Washington’s decision to open an embassy in Cuba, but could not help commenting on the prospect of a far more consequential rapprochement.

“I would say as we look at the world today, with conflicts that we see and even these negotiations taking place here in Vienna, it is important for people to understand that things can change, that leadership can be effective and can make a difference,” Kerry said.

“We have some very difficult issues,” he added, “but we believe we are making progress and we are going to continue to work because of that.”

I would say the world today, with conflicts that we see and even these negotiations taking place here in Vienna, it is important for people to understand that things can change, that leadership can be effective and can make a difference,” Kerry said.

“We have some very difficult issues,” he added, “but we believe we are making progress and we are going to continue to work because of that.”

Global powers, Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States are seeking to end a 12-year standoff with Iran over its suspect nuclear program. Iran seeks ​swift sanctions relief and to retain much of its nuclear infrastructure. 

Zarif Returns to Iran and Araqchi Replaces him at Vienna Talks

DSC_6800Update: June 30 2015 – Iranian minister Mohammad Javad Zarif returned from consultations in Tehran to Vienna and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in Vienna today June 29 to meet Kerry and his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Lavrov did not speak to reporters on his arrival negotiations Hotel.

Iran has complied with a key condition of ongoing nuclear talks by significantly reducing its stockpile of enriched uranium that could be used for atomic weapons, diplomats said Tuesday.

Iran has complied with a key condition of ongoing nuclear talks by significantly reducing its stockpile of enriched uranium that could be used for atomic weapons, diplomats said Tuesday.

The news came as the State Department announced the extension of an interim nuclear agreement that was set to expire Tuesday night, the original deadline for a final deal. According to spokeswoman Marie Harf said: “The preliminary measures have been prolonged to July 7 “to allow more time for negotiations to reach a long-term solution … on the Iran nuclear issue”.

June 29 2015 – Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister left Vienna for Tehran yesterday night June 28 after holding talks with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, US Secretary of State John Kerry and the European foreign ministers.

DSC_6785His deputy Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takhat Ravanchi are replacing him in discussions with the European Union Foreign Policy Deputy Helga Schmidt.

On Tuesday, Zarif will return to Vienna after flying home for consultations with his government on how to proceed at the talks.

Deputy foreign ministers of Iran and the P5+1 resumed drafting the final nuclear deal here on Monday.

One of the thorniest issues still blocking a deal is ensuring that the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) can finally report that Iran’s nuclear program is entirely peaceful.

Global powers, Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States are seeking to end a 12-year standoff with Iran over its suspect nuclear program.

The parties have set a Tuesday deadline for a final accord, with several countries saying they are prepared to walk away if Iran cannot meet their demands.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrives in Vienna to join Iran nuclear talks. He will meet with US Secretary of State John Kerry in an attempt to resolve disputes that have forced an extension of the negotiations.

Negotiators still hope for success in the current round of negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 on Tehran’s nuclear program in Vienna .

Das Donauinselfest gehört nicht mehr den Wienern und Österreicher

DSC_6471Das Donauinselfest gehört nicht mehr den Wienern und Österreicher.
Die Sozialistische Partei kann eine hohe Strafe in der kommende Wahl erwarten, gerade wegen Tätigkeiten wie dem Donauinselfest, die von einen sich stets erhöhenden schlechten Geschmack zeugen.

Der Donauinselfest war dieses Jahr eine billige und von schlechtem Geschmack zeugender Produktion, die gar nichts mit Wien oder der Österreichischen Kultur gemeinsam hatte.
90 % der Besucher des Donauinselfests sind keine Österreicher, und es ist augenscheinlich, dass Österreicher kein Interesse für das Donauinselfest und andere Aktivitäten der SPÖ haben.

Die SPÖ haben mich zum Donauinselfest eingeladen.
Ich verließ die Iran Verhandlungen, um mich dem Donauinselfest der SPÖ anzuschließen.
Ich wünsche, dass ich nicht dort hin gegangen wäre oder gesehen hätte, was ich gesehen habe. Ich bin peinlich berührt wegen dem, was ich gesehen habe.

Liebe Kawther,

dieses Wochenende ist es endlich soweit: Das 32. Donauinselfest, mit 11 Bühnen, 1.500 KünstlerInnen und Millionen Besuchen. Und das alles bei freiem Eintritt.

1969 beschloss die SPÖ Wien gegen die Stimmen der ÖVP den Bau der Donauinsel. Mit der Insel konnten wir zwei wichtige Ziele verwirklichen: Durch den Bau der “Neuen Donau” wurde ein sogenanntes Entlastungsgerinne geschaffen, das Wien bei Hochwasser vor Überflutungen durch die Donau schützt. Mit der Erde die beim Bau ausgehoben wurde, entstand die Donauinsel, eines der beliebtesten Erholungsgebiete der Wienerinnen und Wiener.

1983 organisierte der heutige Landtagspräsident Harry Kopietz das erste Fest auf der Donauinsel. Anstatt der erwarteten 15.000 BesucherInnen kamen 160.000 Menschen. In den letzten 32 Jahren haben wir das Donauinselfest zum größten Open Air Festival Europas mit freiem Eintritt gemacht.

Wir wünschen euch viel Spaß mit der aktuellen Ausgabe von SPÖ für Dich und vor allem am Wochenende bei unserem Donauinselfest!

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French FM: Three Conditions On Lifting Sanctions On Iran

DSC_6391_edited-1Iran’s Nuclear Program Remains Elusive due to disagreements on three fundamental issues Said Laurent Fabius, French Foreign Minister on Saturday in Vienna.

“What we want is a robust deal that recognizes Iran’s right to civil nuclear power, but guarantees that Iran gives up definitively the nuclear weapon,” Fabius said.

For this there were three “indispensable” conditions Fabius said: “A lasting limitation of Iran’s research and development capacity, the access for United Nations inspectors to Iaran’s sites including the military sites if it necessary, as well as UN access to Iranian nuclear scientists and the automatic return of sanctions if Iran violates its commitments.”

Another outstanding issue is what Iran may be required to do to address questions about the potential military dimensions (PMD) of its past nuclear work.

Iran wants sanctions lifted immediately, though diplomats say they will be eased gradually in accordance with a schedule and only after confirmation that Iran has met its commitments to curb its nuclear program.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said in Vienna on Saturday today, he was “hopeful” of a successful outcome. His meeting with Zarif ended after 90 minutes.

Senior US and Iranian officials said: “We have a lot of hard work to do. We have some very tough issues,” US Secretary of State John Kerry said according to a State Department draft transcript.

“I agree that we need to work really hard in order to be able to make progress and move forward,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was cited as saying in the transcript.

The main differences are on the pace and timing of sanctions relief for Iran in return for its steps to restrain its nuclear program and on the nature of monitoring mechanisms to ensure Tehran does not cheat on any agreement.

The United States, Israel and some Western nations fear that Iran has been trying to develop a nuclear weapons capability but Iran says its program is for peaceful purposes only.

DSC_6404The coming days in Vienna could be extremely difficult and talks could go over the deadline by at least two or three days, a senior Western diplomat said on condition of anonymity.

A senior Iranian official warned that negotiations are hampered by differences not only between Tehran and the six other countries it is bargaining with but internally among the six as well.

Iran and the six countries at the negotiating table agreed in April on the outlines of a deal that would crimp Tehran’s nuclear activities for at least 10 years in return for sanctions relief for Tehran. But negotiators are finding it difficult to fine tune which sanctions should be lifted when and how open Iran must be to outside monitoring.

Complicating issues, said Araghchi, was the fact that the nations Iran is negotiating with also differ in their approach to certain topics, “which may not be harmonized easily.” He did not offer details.

Iran Talks 2015 Vienna

DSC_6870Update – June 26 2015: A tent in the Middle of three Famous Hotels for the journalists assigned to cover the Iran negotiations in Vienna.

How was the temperature inside the journalist’s tent today??

A journalist told his colleague: “I’m not comfortable in the Tent.”
His colleague replied: “If you are not satisfied, go and push your head against the big stone in the middle of the tent”.

A journalist said: “The tent reminds me of the “luxury” tents of the refugees in the EU”.
Another journalist said: “since I entered this tent I declare my solidarity with the EU refugees”.

It is said that the tent was set up for journalists because the high representatives of the six world powers do not wish to see them!

Suggestion: It would be highly appreciated if the Austrian Foreign Ministry distributes aspirin tablets to journalists in charge of covering the Iranian Talks in Vienna, in order to relieve the headache caused by the noise of the electric motors inside the tent.

Vienna – Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers are accelerating as the sides try to seal a deal by the June 30 target date.

After a meeting last week that stretched into the weekend, experts from all seven nations are resuming negotiations this week in Vienna.

At the negotiating table with Iran are representatives from the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany. Foreign ministers are expected to join in during the final stage of the talks.

The six world powers want long-term caps on Iranian nuclear programs that could be used to make weapons. Tehran denies any interest in atomic arms and seeks an end to sanctions in exchange for any nuclear concessions.

Reuters reported that US Secretary of State John Kerry telephoned Iran’s foreign minister in recent days to tell him that Tehran must answer questions about whether its past atomic research was arms-related if it wants a nuclear deal, officials said.

The officials have also voiced concern that Kerry was backing down on a crucial demand in the talks, one Tehran has consistently ignored, and said he was overstating US knowledge about Tehran’s past nuclear work in the interest of getting a deal at all costs.

Sustainable Energy Crucial for Inclusive Development and Action on Climate Change

Update: Behind the scene captured by Journalists Camera. For the first time in the history of conferences held in the Hofburg in Vienna, the diplomat attendants were divided during lunch into – VIP – important – less important, participants … etc at the Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) that opened yesterday in the capital of Austria.

VIENNA, 18 June – United Nations Industrial Development Organization – Sustainable energy is the golden thread that connects both inclusive development and efforts to combat climate change, said participants at the Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) that opened in the capital of Austria today.

DSC_6064The three-day major international event brought together over 1,000 participants, including high-ranking government officials and experts in the field. It precedes the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) Summit in New York and the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP 21) in Paris. By emphasizing the multiple benefits of both the post-2015 development and the climate agendas and showcasing best practices and actions on the ground, the VEF 2015 aims to contribute to both the SDGs Summit and COP21.

Speaking at the opening of the Forum, LI Yong, the Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), said: “Energy systems can be overhauled to support a sustainable future; they need to be affordable, reliable and environmentally sound. To make economic growth and development more inclusive and sustainable, we must rapidly reform our industrial processes towards sustainability. We must promote energy efficiency and renewable sources of energy more effectively, and reduce our carbon foot-prints. We need to also work on the constructive inclusion of women and youth – through their economic empowerment and entrepreneurship development in order to firstly address inequalities and secondly to unlock the full potential of the countries and society to innovate and motivate for solutions. We must use our scarce resources more efficiently and effectively. And lastly, we must also advance our cleaner production abilities.”

DSC_6051Referring to energy as the “central nervous system of the world economy”, Michael Linhart, Secretary General of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs (BMEIA), added: “The programme of this year’s Vienna Energy Forum reflects the manifold ways in which energy comes into play: as a nexus with other sustainable development goals, as a driver for urban development and as part of mutual linkages with gender equality and the empowerment of women. Developing successful business models and smart policies will be key in making sure that sustainable energy can make a major impact on inclusive development. Austria has a long tradition of know-how and expertise in renewable energy and energy efficiency which it is willing to share.”

Pavel Kabat, Director General and Chief Executive Officer, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), said: “This year’s Forum comes at a key moment in the lead-up to agreements later this year on climate and sustainable development. It is impossible to ignore the fact that energy is at the heart of sustainable development, and inextricably linked to climate change. IIASA research is providing unique insight into these problems by exploring the interlinkages between them and the potential pathways to achieving a just and sustainable future for all the people on our planet.”

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Nach Hundert Jahren hat die islamische Militärseelsorge Imame im Bundesheer

DSC_5600Am Dienstag, dem 16. Juni 2015 unterzeichneten Sektionschef Christian Kemperle, als Vertreter des Verteidigungsministeriums und Fuat Sanac, Präsident der Islamischen Glaubensgemeinschaft, den Vertrag zur Betreuung der Mitglieder des muslimischen Glaubens durch einen Imam. Abdulmedzid Sijamhodzic wurde bei der Unterzeichnung in der Maria-Theresien-Kaserne vorgestellt und begleitet von nun an die muslimischen Soldaten des Bundesheeres.

Die Maria Theresien-Kaserne ist eine Kaserne des Österreichischen Bundesheeres im 13. Wiener Gemeindebezirk Hietzing. Sie befindet sich auf der Südseite des Schlossparks Schönbrunn. Kurzzeitig werden in der Kaserne Giraffen des Tiergarten Schönbrunn einziehen. Weiter lesen.

DSC_5410Geistliche der Militärseelsorge sind Gesprächspartner für Lebens- und Glaubensfragen und ein zusätzliches Angebot im Rahmen der gesamtkirchlichen Arbeit. Die Soldaten können den Dienst der Seelsorge jederzeit in Anspruch nehmen.

1956 beschloss der Ministerrat die Einrichtung der Militärseelsorge in der Zweiten Republik. Das Bundesheer hat seitdem eine katholische, evangelische und orthodoxe Seelsorge für die Soldaten ins Leben gerufen. Diese nehmen ihre Aufgabe nicht nur im Inland, sondern auch bei Auslandseinsätzen wahr.

„Die Vertragsunterzeichnung in der Maria Theresien Kaserne für den muslimischen Militärseelsorger nach über 100 Jahren ist ein historisches Ereignis“, sagte IGGiÖ-Präsident Dr. Fuat Sanac.

Er fügte hinzu: „Dafür mussten wir uns 11 jahrelang bemühen, jedoch wegen des alten Islamgesetzes wurde unser Begehren immer wieder abgelehnt. Nachdem das neue Islamgesetz in Kraft getreten ist, hat man keine Einwände mehr.“

Dr. Sanac sagte: „Wir sind natürlich sehr froh darüber, dass wir jetzt jemanden im Militär haben, der alle Imame in den Kasernen organisieren wird.“

Er sagte: „Ich gratuliere dem neuen Seelsorger Mag. Abdulmedzid SIJAMHODZIC! für seine ehrenvolle Aufgabe.“Ich bedanke mich bei Herren Sektionschef Mag. Christian Kemperle, dem Militärkommandant von Wien Kurt Wagner, dem Leiter der Präsidialabteilung Mag. Wolfgang Kment und Attila Külcük.“ Mehr Bilder auf facebook.

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