Archive | April, 2010

Exclusive Video: Nobel Laureate, Dr. Shirin Ebadi in Vancouver Discusses Human Rights In Iran, Talks to Iran News Now

On Friday, April 23, 2010, Dr. Shirin Ebadi appeared at the Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver to give a lecture on the appalling human rights situation in Iran since the Islamic Republic came into being in 1979 and since the disputed presidential election of 2009 that gave Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a second term in office. […]

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Video: Mousavi public appearance during June 15, 2009 demonstrations

The following video from Mehdi Saharkhiz’s YouTube surfaced today, showing opposition candidate and Green Movement leader Mir Hossein Mousavi addressing a crowd during demonstrations following the disputed and controversial presidential election in Iran last year. We will provide an analysis of the video soon

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As Iran’s bid to join rights body fails, U.S. claims victory

After launching a behind-the-scenes campaign to block Iran’s election to the U.N.’s Human Right’s Council, Obama celebrates as Iran withdraws its candidacy, a victory for human rights efforts in Iran.

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Persian Umpire: Doubled Over

Source: Persian Umpire | April 4, 2010 (Another great story from Persian Umpire) We are back at the grind and vacation is over, but not without its share of adventure. We just cannot get away from that in Iran, no matter how hard we try, be it a simple trip to the passport office, or […]

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Reformist leader Mehdi Karroubi calls for fresh demonstrations

Source: L.A. Times Blog | April 24, 2010 Iranian reformist politician Mehdi Karroubi said that rallies are to be held on the June 12 anniversary of the nation’s disputed presidential elections, which triggered months of political instability that has yet to completely die down, according to a Persian-language article posted to his news website Sahamnews […]

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Mousavi in meeting with Religious-Nationalist Activists: Power is not our Concern, we are more worried about National Interests

Source: Khordaad88 | April 22, 2010 (Thanks Khordaad88 for the translation) Source (Persian): Jaras Date: Thursday, April 22, 2010 In a meeting today with a group of religious-nationalist activists, Mousavi said: “To achieve our national interests and a desired society, there is no solution other than insisting on Green Movement. This is a process that […]

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Hardline MP confirms travel ban for Iranian opposition leaders

The hardline MP maintained that the three opposition figures’ only aim in leaving the country would be to use international platforms to “keep the seditious movement alive.”

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Iranian teachers issue a nationawide rally to hunger protest

Source: Radio Zamaaneh | April 23, 2010 Coordinating Council of Iranian Teacher Trade Associations has issued a statement to announce that a group of its members will go on a hunger strike in protest to “illegal execution and imprisonment sentences” handed to a number of teachers. The statement says that the executive members of the […]

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Prisoners start hunger strike in Evin Prison

Source: Radio Zamaaneh | February 23, 2010 Political prisoners in Section 350 of Iran’s Evin Prison have started protest efforts to harsh prison conditions and issuance of unfair sentences by going on hunger strike on alternative days until the anniversary of Iran’s controversial presidential elections on June 12. Relative of one of the organizers of […]

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Live-blog: Lecture with Nobel Laureate, Dr. Shirin Ebadi, in Vancouver – April 23, 2010

This is a live-blogging report on the lecture with Nobel Laureate, Dr. Shirin Ebadi, in Vancouver on April 23, 2010. To read this in chronological order it must be read from the bottom of this page upwards. NOTE: We will do our best to capture as much of the lecture and subsequent discussion as we […]

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Iran exports ‘revolutionary principles’ to Venezuela, report claims

Source: Telegraph, UK | April 21, 2010 By Toby Harnden in Washington Iran has stepped up its military presence in Venezuela as part of a programme to export its “revolutionary principles” to America’s enemies, according to a Pentagon report. The report on Iran’s military states that paramilitaries from the Quds Force, a special paramilitary unit […]

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Pedestrian: The Man in Sorrow

Source: Pedestrian | April 12, 2010 Ezatollah Sahabi is the 80 year old head of Iran’s Nationalist-Religious political alliance. He has spent years in prison, in both the pre and post revolution eras, and here he reflects on the state of prisons in Iran and laments all the young lives who are unjustly and mercilessly […]

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Ahmadinejad: Iran too ‘mighty’ to attack

Source: CNN | April 18, 2010 By the CNN Wire Staff Tehran, Iran (CNN) — Iran is so powerful today that no country would dare attack it, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Sunday during an annual army parade. “Iran’s army is so mighty today that no enemy can have a foul thought of invading Iran’s territory,” […]

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Radio Zamaaneh: Iranian opposition leader urges supporters to counter State’s media restrictions

Source: Radio Zamaaneh | April 18, 2010 Iranian opposition leader MirHosein Mousavi called on supporters of the Green Movement to counter the attacks on the freedom of the press by replacing every banned weblog with “tens of weblogs for defending the people’s rights.” Speaking in a meeting with the student committee of reformist organization Mojahedin […]

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Iranian Bloggers Publicize Cases Of Lesser-Known Prisoners

(RFE/RL) | April 14, 2010 By Golnaz Esfandiari Iranian bloggers supporting the opposition movement have launched a new campaign aimed at publicizing the plight of the lesser-known prisoners who have been jailed in the postelection unrest. Among the lesser-known prisoners are those citizens who were not politically active and are not affiliated with any political […]

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Some Iranians Watching Kyrgyz Developments With Envy

(Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty) | April 8, 2010 By Golnaz Esfandiari Some Iranians have been watching the events in Kyrgyzstan with interest, while drawing parallels with the post-election crisis in their own country. They have expressed envy over what they see as the success of the Kyrgyz opposition to oust the government and […]

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

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