Archive | May, 2010

Video: Students Protest at Tehran Azad University

Reports are coming in of clashes between students protesting against the incarceration of their fellow students, and pro-government Basij. Golnaz Esfandiari quotes an unnamed source: students were chanting “Death to the Dictator” and “Ya Hossein, Mir Hossein.” The following video is purportedly from today’s protest, showing students singing the song from the 1979 revolution, Yare […]

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Who Won the Election in Iran?

Dissected News – Was Iran’s 2009 election rigged? James Miller analyzes polls, history, statistics, and the results themselves to cast doubt on the validity of the election.

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Radiation Sickness

Dissected News – Iran makes a deal with Turkey and Brazil, so Obama and Clinton push for sanctions. What the heck happened? Exploring America’s newest conundrum.

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Iranian Student Leaders Given Lengthy Prison Sentences

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty | May 20, 2010 By Golnaz Esfandiari Bahareh Hedayat and Milad Asadi, senior members of Iran’s largest pro-reform student group, Daftar Tahkim Vahdat (Office to Foster Unity), have been given lengthy prison sentences. Hedayat received 9 1/2 years, while Asadi was given seven years. The charges against them included […]

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France frees killer of Iranian ex-PM Shapour Bakhtiar

BBC | May 18, 2010 An Iranian convicted of the 1991 murder of Iranian former Prime Minister Shapour Bakhtiar has been released from prison in France. Ali Vakili Rad, who faced a deportation order, boarded a flight from Orly airport to Tehran soon after leaving his prison in Poissy under escort. Iran recently freed a […]

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Sanctions Effort May Open Door to Press Iran Central Bank

The New York Times | May 19, 2010 By NEIL MacFARQUHAR and DAVID E. SANGER UNITED NATIONS — Buried in the sanctions resolution now being debated in the United Nations Security Council lies the possibility of a new effort to pressure Iran over its nuclear program: a call for countries to “exercise vigilance” in dealing […]

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Video: BBC Persian Documentary on Iranian Maestro, Shajarian

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Video: Rick Sanchez and Reza Sayah Report on Student Protests at Shahid Beheshti University

Good one two punch by Rick Sanchez and Reza Sayah (although I disagree with the notion that the protests ever fizzled out):

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Video: Clash Between Students and Basiji’s Shahid Beheshti University, Chants of “Death to Bisiji!”

This video shows Students at Shahid Beheshti University clashing with Basiji’s, pro-government volunteer militiamen. Students chant “Marg Bar Basiji!” (“Death to Basiji!”): View more videos of protests on May 10 at Shahid Beheshti and Elm-O-Sanat Universities.

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Anti-Ahmadinejad Demonstrations at Shahid Beheshi and Elm-o-Sanat Universities in Iran Today

Yesterday, the Iranian government executed five Kurdish Iranians timed to intimidate and frighten people away from anticipated anti-government rallies on the anniversary of the disputed June 12, 2009 presidential election that gave Mahmoud Ahmadinejad another term in office. The political situation in Iran–while on the surface appearing to be relatively stable after a year of […]

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Live-blog: May Day in Iran – May 1, 2010

This is a live-blog report on events occurring in Iran on May 1, 2010, dubbed “May Day” in anticipation of planned protests by students and labour workers. As reports come in, they will be placed at the top of this page. To read this in chronological order it must be read from the bottom up. […]

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

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INN Special: A Conversation with Dr. Nina Ansary about Iran’s Women’s Movements

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How Diplomacy with Iran will Improve Iran’s Human Rights Situation

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