Archive | February, 2010

Complete Text of Mousavi’s Interview with Kaleme After 22 Bahman

(Khordaad 88) | February 27 (Thank you Khordaad 88 for producing the complete translation!) Source: Kaleme Date:  Saturday, February 27,  2010 Kaleme: Three weeks have passed since the 22nd of Bahman rally, which has prompted many discussions and comments. What is your opinion? Mousavi: It is not the first time that the ceremonies of 22 […]

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CNN Video: Citizen Journalists in Iran (featuring Mohsen Makhmalbaf)

Mohsen Makhmalbaf refers to Iran’s citizen journalists that have been protesting and filming those protests using cell phone cameras, and distributing those films via the use of Internet technology and social media as “real artists.” I agree.

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Basketball: Rice’s Kazemi hopes to pave way for other Iranians

( | February 26, 2010 HOUSTON (AP) -The pressure is great on Rice’s Arsalan Kazemi, the first Iranian-born athlete to play NCAA Division I basketball. The trailblazing 6-foot-7 freshman knows his performance could affect what opportunities other Iranian players might get in the United States. “If I play good they’re going to go after other […]

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Rafsanjani’s daughter, Faezeh Hashemi, harassed and intimidated by Basij

An interesting video has surfaced showing a crowd of what appears to be supporters of the regime, and quite likely plain-clothed Basijis harassing and intimidating, Faezeh Hashemi, the daughter of the influentual cleric and former president of Iran, Hashemi Rafsanjani. Since the rigged presidential election last year, Rafsanjani has, at times, cautiously supported the Greens, […]

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From Mousavi’s Interview Today — Level-headed, but bold defiance

Prolific Twitter user and citizen journalist, Persianbanoo has tweeted an English translation of much of what Mousavi said in an interview with Kalameh today. We have slightly edited the tweets and put them together here. Please note: her translations of Mousavi’s interview are only excerpts and not the complete transcript. Karoubi and I have decided, […]

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Iran’s Mousavi calls for new opposition demo

(AFP hosted by Yahoo) | February 27, 2010 Jay Deshmukh Opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi Saturday called for the staging of a fresh anti-government rally in Tehran to prove depth of support for his so-called Green Movement among disenchanted Iranians. Opposition attempts to hold anti-government protests on February 11, when the nation marked the 31st […]

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Live-blog: Massive 8.8 Magnitude Earthquake in Chile, Tsunami Warnings Issued

This is a live-blog report on an earthquake that has struck Chili near Santiago. As we get information, we will post it here. [3:00PM Pacific Time] The death toll in Chile is now 214 people. Google has launched a resource to help find people in Chile: Chile Person Finder. The first big waves are hitting […]

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Iran Analysis: Khamenei’s Not-So-Big Push

(Enduring America) | February 26, 2010 Scott Lucas No doubt this morning about the big news out of Iran. On Thursday, the Supreme Leader tried to lock down the security of his position once and for all, declaring that opposition leaders “have lost their credibility by denying the results of the elections. They did not […]

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The Prerequisites of Escalation

(The Newest Deal) | February 26 In his 17th statement, Mir-Hossein Mousavi made five specific points that he deemed necessary to start the political (and national) reconciliation process. The proposal lead to a noticeable uptick in talk about the need for national “unity”in the weeks leading up to 22 Bahman, and also garnered much attention […]

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Broadcast May Be Intended to Undercut Support for Obama in Iran

(The Lede, The New York Times Blog) | February 26, 2010 By ROBERT MACKEY State-run television in Iran showed what it said was a televised confession on Thursday by Abdolmalek Rigi, the recently captured leader of Jundallah, a militant group that claims to be defending Sunni Muslims in Iran’s southeast and has killed hundreds of […]

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Interview with Mehdi Karroubi: “This regime is worse than the Shah’s”

(Corriere della Sera) | February 26, 2010 Mehdi Karroubi, 73-year-old cleric and politician, has become a leader of the protests against the Iranian regime. A disciple of Khomeini, since the age of 24 he fought at his side against the Shah (and paid with six years in prison) in order to create the Islamic Republic. […]

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Selected Headlines, February 25 and 26, 2010

Interview with Mehdi Karroubi: “This regime is worse than the Shah’s” Broadcast May Be Intended to Undercut Support for Obama in Iran The Prerequisites of Escalation Iran Analysis: Khamenei’s Not-So-Big Push

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Iran’s First Transgenic Goats Produced in Royan Institute

(Royan Institute) | January 31, 2010 Iran and Middle East’s first transgenic goats which can produce recombinant proteins for treatment of Hemophilia were born on January 9, 2010 at Royan Institute. During a news conference on Saturday, Jan. 30th, Hamid Gourabi, the head of Royan Institute said: Following 3 years of research on transgenic animals, […]

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The Mousavi Mission

(The New Republic) | February 17 Abbas Milani Iran finds its Nelson Mandela. Traditional Iranian husbands, the sort found in the highest ranks of the Islamic Republic, sometimes refer to their wives as “the house.” For them, this is not just an expression of their understanding of gender relations. It is viewed as a necessary […]

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Tiny crowd for Ahmadinejad in Birjand helps put things in perspective.

Considering that Ahmadinejad is the so-called president of the 70 million strong Iranian nation, and considering that according to the governing regime in Iran he (sic) “won” the majority of the votes in the election held in June of 2009, you’d think he could muster more than what we see in the video below. As […]

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The Baha’i Community, Human Rights, and the Construction of a New Iranian Identity

( | February 24, 2010 A Lecture by Dr. Akhavan in Chicago Human rights and Iranian identity What does it mean to be Iranian? What does it mean to be a human being? These are the questions confronting the Iranian people at this crucial juncture in their long history. In the incredible and unforgettable scenes […]

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

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