Archive | July, 2009

Letter from Iran: Eye-witness Account of Uprising in Iran on 40th Day after Neda was Killed

The security forces were using batons, chains, whips, tasers, paint-ball guns, and I saw handguns in the hands of three of them. There was a rumor that a few were shot at in Vanak Square. Two people were picked up near us and people tried to chase after the security forces to get the young men back, but it was a futile chase. Until around 11pm the streets were full of people. At 10pm the shouts of Allah-o Akbar and Death to the Dictator were being screamed from the rooftops all over the city until 10.30pm.

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Live-blogging July 30th, 2009 Iran Protests (40th day after Neda killed)

[10:30 AM Tehran Time] Quote “The feeling today”: One plus One, adds to two, The percentage of the vote that went to You. Two plus Two, three and four, The max number of months till you’re out the Door. Three plus three, adds to six, The system that you have just can’t be Fixed. Four […]

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Jailed Protesters’ Brutal Deaths Spark Fury in Iran

Regime Releases 140 Detainees in Apparent Bid to Ease Pressure From Opposition; Reports of Violent Interrogations Abound By FARNAZ FASSIHI Reports from Tehran families in recent days of receiving the bodies of relatives arrested at opposition rallies who later died from violent treatment in prison have fueled anger at the government. Among the dead is […]

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We are Neda: Song and Video

Enjoy (Please thank for this video): [youtube: 285 234]

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The dust of dissent can still choke this regime

On the surface, “order” has been enforced. But only on the surface. Inside Iran, public anger still burns, flaring up wherever opportunity presents. At the core of the Islamic regime, a struggle has been unleashed that — by stepping off his pedestal into the thick of the fray — the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, has lost his once- undisputed power to bring under control. Far from subsiding, dissent is shaking the regime to its roots.

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Iran’s Protesters: Phase 2 of Their Feisty Campaign

The tactics are unorganized, largely leaderless and only just beginning. They spread by e-mail, websites and word of mouth. But their variety and scope indicate that Iran’s uprising is not a passing phenomenon like the student protests of 1999, which were quickly quashed. This time, Iranians are rising above their fears. Although embryonic, today’s public resolve is reminiscent of civil disobedience in colonial India before independence or in the American Deep South in the 1960s.

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Son of leading scientist dies in jail as fears grow over fate of Iran’s political prisoners

Mohsen Rouholamini and Amir Javadifar died in Tehran’s Evin prison after being arrested at a demonstration this month. Rouholamini, the son of a prominent Iranian scientist close to the country’s political elite, died from meningitis after injuries believed to have been inflicted by his jailers went untreated.

The deaths prompted fears of a meningitis outbreak in Evin and other overcrowded detention centres where opposition figures, journalists and students are kept following last month’s disputed election. News of the deaths coincided with reports of injuries to other detainees.

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Ahmadinejad riles powerful allies

Either keeping or ditching Mr Ahmadinejad could be almost equally damaging to Mr Khamenei.

All of this must be deeply satisfying for the opposition, as it continues its campaign to have the presidential election result overturned.

But reports continue to emerge of brutal treatment handed out to some of the many opposition supporters still held in prison. Two more detainees are reported to have died, 24-year-old Amir Javadifar and Hossein Akbari, aged 20.

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Iran’s Mousavi says protests will continue: website

Mousavi, prime-minister in 1980s, said detentions could not halt the pro-reform movement.

“The killings and arrests are a catastrophe, people will not forgive those behind such crimes,” Mousavi said, adding: “I am sure the judiciary is not informed about many arrests.”

“The country of 70 million cannot become a prison for all of them. The more they arrest people, the bigger this movement becomes.”

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Iran’s Near Perfect Freedom

When Ahmadinejad said Iran has “Near Perfect Freedom” he did leave some wiggle room for the crackdowns that have taken place after the rigged June 12 presidential election. Afterall, he did not say that it has “Perfect Freedom.” He said it has “Near Perfect Freedom.” Let’s see what kind of leeway the word “near” provides […]

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The Basij Are Cordially Invited to Join the Opposition

Since the presidential elections, members of the Basij (Basiji), have been beating and even killing peaceful protesters, as well as entering homes and assisting in arrests. While their duties also include responding to natural and man-made disasters, as well as “moral” policing, today they have gained notoriety for their vicious attacks on the demonstrators in the streets of Iran.

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Fareed Zakaria roasts Islamic Republic Mouthpiece

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Mehdi Saharkhiz’s protest speeches in front of U.N.

Mahdi Saharkhiz (on is the son of Issa Saharkhiz, who has been held under arrest by the Islamic Republic of Iran since around the time of the rigged presidential election in Iran on June 12. For weeks, Mahdi has been informing the world about his father’s arrest. Three days ago, at the start […]

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Rafsanjani denies power struggle in Iran

Rafsanjani, 75, pointed to more than half a century of friendship between himself and Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, 70, starting long before the 1979 Islamic revolution. “He is a progressive and forward-looking thinker in different subjects,” the former president said.

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Iran opposition asks to commemorate unrest victims

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Opposition leaders in Iran want to organize a ceremony to commemorate pro-reformers killed since the disputed presidential election, a news agency reported on Sunday. Moderate defeated candidates Mirhossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi said no speech would be given during the gathering, the semi-official ILNA news agency reported. “We want a permit to […]

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Iran’s Ahmadinejad may face vote of confidence

TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad fired at least two members of his cabinet, and may have to face a vote of confidence in parliament for the final few days of his term, two semi-official Iranian news agencies reported Sunday. But the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) quoted a government official as […]

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