Archive | September, 2009

Ahmadinejad predicts his own demise

Ahmadinejad proved beyond the shadow of any reasonable doubt that he is a despot, a liar, an abuser of human rights, a murderer and a thief since the rigging of the June 12th presidential elections in Iran. This man was just given the bully pulpit at the U.N. to spew his hypocritical lunacy to the […]

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Amazing Video of People Fighting Back Against Basij on Qods Day

The following is one of the most harrowing videos I have seen since the 18th of Tir anti-government protests in Iran, spurred by the rigged election that gave the presidency to Ahmadinejad. In this video, a scuffle ensues between the government militia accompanied by what appears to be plain-clothed government agents, and Green Movement protesters. […]

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Insider Opinion: Back to Square One

The following Q&A is between INN contributor MikVerbrugge (Mehrzad Vafa) and an insider source with which he is in communication. Following this Q&A is a brief analysis by an analyst that has been providing Iran News Now with insightful information ever since the rigged June 12 elections (preferring to remain anonymous). Insider Opinion: Back to […]

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Live blogging – Qods Day Demonstrations – Iran – September 18, 2009

[3:21 PM Tehran Time] I have to step away from the live-blog for a few hours. In the meantime, if you have been following us and would like to help out, please post new incoming Qods Day news in the comments section at the bottom of this live-blog post. Spread the word on Twitter and […]

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Musical pulpits: How the choice of Ghods Day’s prayer leader put the regime in overdrive

This article was written by Twitter activist: homylafayette. We have published this article in full with their permission. Will he or won’t he? The question has been burning Iranian newswires since Saturday. Will Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani lead Tehran’s Friday Prayer on Ghods Day, September 18, which the opposition has marked in green in its […]

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Complete Text of Karroubi Letter to The Iranian People (14 September)

Translated by an Iranian activist via Twitter and originally posted in the great online publicationEnduring America. As you know, I as your servant have written several letters to the authorities about the post-election events. I could have never predicted that in the Islamic Republic, they would answer people’s peaceful demonstrations with batons and bullets. I […]

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On Rafsanjani

In the current conflicts that are taking place in Iran, Rafsanjani is one of the key players. It is important to understand who he is though, and in the opinion of the author, not to put too much hope in his support for the Green Movement’s ultimate goal, which is a secular Iran where human […]

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Powerful Protest against Iran’s Government in Holy City of Ghom on Ghadr Night

Source: IRAN ALL DAY People scream their displeasure at the government in Iran with various strong chants: One chant, “Iran has become Palestine!” is very significant because Friday, September 18 is the day that the government has designated as Ghod’s day (Jerusalem Day). The government typically uses this day to parade their loyalists in the […]

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Iran’s Power Brokers Part 3 – Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani – The Shark

While the Green Movement can’t count on Rafsanjani to support them unconditionally (far from it in fact), the situation has some light at the end of the tunnel in that Rafsanjani is likely seething with anger at how Khamenei is handling things. His interests will be aligned with those of the Green Movement insofar as sharing the goal of neutering Khamenei, Ahmadinejad and the IRGC, but they will likely diverge when this is accomplished. The people want freedom. Rafsanjani wants a comfortable life for Rafsanjani and family

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Khomeini would have annulled Iran vote: Karroubi

ROME (AFP) – Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini would have annulled the results of Iran’s presidential elections in June, defeated reformist candidate Mehdi Karroubi told an Italian newspaper. In an interview with La Stampa, published on Saturday, Karroubi said the leader of the Islamic revolution in 1979 would have recoiled at the bloodshed that followed the re-election […]

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Friday, September 11 – Powerful Nighly Chant in Iran!

This is amazing. In resistance to the Friday Prayers speech to the Islamic Republic’s Ayatollah Khamenei, tonights protest chants in Iran. Source: #IranElection on

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For Iran’s Spies, A Putsch

By David Ignatius Thursday, September 10, 2009 The political situation in Iran remains murky, to put it mildly, in the aftermath of June’s turbulent election. But some clues can be found in the recent purge of the country’s intelligence service. The turmoil suggests that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is pushing to tighten his control of the […]

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Khamenei’s Friday Sermon (September 11 – 2009)

Note: The translation is as accurate as possible given the fact that I was getting a radio transmission being fed to PalTalk. I have tried to simplify the English for purpose of translating faster. The original meaning, however, is fully there. I have indicated some key facts in parenthesis and also given some context so […]

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Eyewitness Account of the Conditions in Evin and How Amir Javadifar Died

When we arrived, we were body searched and were beaten again at the court yard of the precinct. First they put us in a cage and insulted us in obscene language. Police officers in the precinct were not in charge. Plain clothes forces were beating us with baton through the bars and were laughing at us. The cage was small and we could not move. Then we were taken to another part of the precinct and from there they took us to the basement. We had to keep our heads low during the movements while they were beating us at the back of our heads. Once in the basement, our Ids were taken.”

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Green Brief #72 (Sept 9 – Shahrivar 18)

Protests / Unrest 1. Partially confirmed reports from Tehran and other cities suggest that the government is sending some students home from their dorms, in anticipation of the September 18 protest. According to the source, these students had been identified as taking part in protests and the government is not taking any chances with them. […]

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Dissected News: Why Iran May Release U.S. Hiker

James Miller (Dissected News): Iranian officials announced freeing Sarah Shourd, 1 of the 3 U.S. hikers in Iranian Prison. The remaining question is the motive behind this move.

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Conversation with Maz Jobrani about his new movie, Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero

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