Archive | November, 2009

Social Networking and the Making of a Civil Rights Movement

(Mowjcamp) Hamid Dabashi A rather peculiar reference to a prominent nineteenth century philosopher made Mir Hossein Mousavi’s letter to Ayatollah Montazeri of some urgent interest. More than three months into the post-electoral crisis of June 2009, the chief oppositional candidate, who had cried foul soon after the officially declared victory of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, had written […]

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Montazeri: Basij not supposed to support path of Satan

(Radio Zamaneh) Prominent Iranian reformist cleric, Ayatollah Hoseinali Montazeri criticized the role of Basij militia in the violent suppression of the post-election protesters and maintained the Basij was not established to serve “in the path of the Satan.” In the post election events, Basij militia played an instrumental role in confronting protesters of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s […]

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Iran earmarks $20 million to “resist” West rights abuse

(Reuters) TEHRAN (Reuters) – Lawmakers in Iran, which is often accused by the West of human rights violations, backed a plan on Sunday to earmark $20 million to help shed light on and “resist” such abuses by the United States and Britain, media reported. Parliament also voted to oblige the Foreign Ministry to prepare annual […]

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Iran plans to build 10 more nuclear plants

(L.A. Times)” President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says an expanded nuclear program would create enriched uranium to produce electricity. It’s unclear whether Iran has the know-how to carry out the plan. By Borzou Daragahi November 29 Reporting from New York – Two days after the world’s atomic energy watchdog rebuked Iran for building a small undisclosed uranium […]

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Time to bust the myth of the slumdog Islamists

(Globe and Mail) Doug Saunders It’s always been a dangerous fallacy to believe that the main boosters of Islamic fundamentalism are the Muslim poor. Now, movements in impoverished parts of Cairo, Tehran and elsewhere are demanding more from their rulers than pious rhetoric If you take an evening stroll around the southern fringes of Tehran, […]

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Mousavi: Country governed under Islam should not terrorize people

(Mousavi Statement on Facebook) Mir Hossein Mousavi: A country that is governed under the name of Islam should not continue its path by terrorizing people. Mir Hossein Mousavi in his second video-internet interview with Kaleme News Agency talked about the events that happened on November 4 as well as about the plans for eliminating subsidies […]

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Bearing Witness to Totalitarianism

(Newsweek) Published Nov 21, 2009 From the magazine issue dated Nov 30, 2009 They warned him not to talk. When Maziar Bahari was finally freed after 118 days in an Iranian prison on phony espionage charges, he was instructed never to speak of what had happened in jail. If he told his story, his interrogator […]

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The Persians: Ancient, Mediaeval and Modern Iran by Homa Katouzian, Guardians of the Revolution: Iran and the World in the Age of the Ayatollahs by Ray Takeyh

(Guardian UK) James Buchan welcomes two attempts to pin down Iran’s past and present James Buchan November 21, 2009 Iran has in abundance first desert and then history. Its written annals go back nearly 3,000 years, while a sort of parallel history, collected by Ferdowsi in the magnificent national epic known as the Shahnameh or […]

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Iranian Official issues threat ahead of 7 December rally

(MowjCamp (English)) Fri, 20 Nov 2009 20:07 PM Iran’s Prosecutor General and former Minister of Intelligence warned on Thursday that “the Judiciary is determined to decisively and primitively confront any new unrest [caused] by those against the results of the Presidential Elections of Iran.” Appearing on Iranian state-run television, Gholamhossein Mohseni Eje’i promised that any […]

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Video: Pro-regime university speaker shouted down by students

(France24/RFI Pro-regime speakers are regularly invited by University Bassij to speak before students – but since President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s controversial re-election in June, they face increasingly hostile audiences. On November 16, one of Ahmadinejad’s staunchest supporters was booed to silence with calls of “murderer” and “liar, go away!” But students often pay the price for […]

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Iranian Nobel Laureate [Shirin Ebadi] Threatened, Harassed

(RFE/RL)) November 20, 2009 Iranian human rights advocate and lawyer Shirin Ebadi said she has been receiving death threats, RFE/RL’s Radio Farda reports. Ebadi, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 and who is currently outside of Iran, told RFE/RL that Iranian security agents have warned her husband that she “is not safe no […]

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Regime Seeks to Appoint New “Grand Ayatollahs”

(Rooz Online) November 20, 2009 By Ali Farokhi Following the escalation of protests by Iran’s senior ayatollahs against the regime, some members of the Qom Seminary Teachers Association (the most important organization of clerics affiliated with the regime) are planning to present a new list of “grand ayatollahs” under the supervision of Mohammad Yazdi, Ahmad […]

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Iran opposition urges targeted sanctions against Tehran

(WashingtonTV) Updated: Friday, November 20, 2009 Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf said on Thursday that US President Barack Obama should increase his public support for Iran’s democratic movement, and intensify sanctions on Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps. Makhmalbaf, who has become a spokesperson outside of Iran for the main opposition movement, said that the movement supports […]

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Iran Arrests Student Activists Ahead Of Student Day

(RFE/RL) November 20, 2009 By Golnaz Esfandiari Iran has increased its pressure on student activists ahead of the national Student Day on December 7. Throughout Iran a dozen students are reported to have been jailed this week, including eight student activists arrested in Tehran on November 19. Those arrested include a senior member of Iran’s […]

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As Iran Stalls on Nuclear Deal, New Sanctions Weighed

(New York Times) By STEVEN ERLANGER Published: November 20, 2009 PARIS — Senior officials from Western powers discussed the possibility of new sanctions on Iran on Friday for flouting the United Nations Security Council’s demands and expressed disappointment that Iran had not yet accepted a draft agreement to export most of its enriched uranium for […]

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UN human rights committee votes to censure Iran

(CBC) A United Nations committee has approved a Canadian-led resolution urging Iran to stop harassing political opponents in the wake of its disputed presidential elections. The vote Friday in the General Assembly’s 192-member human rights committee passed with 74 in favour, 48 against and 59 abstentions. The resolution censured Iran for its human rights record, […]

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