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No License for Demonstrations

The Interior Ministry is apparently not going to issue a license, and has brought up a number of ridiculous reasons why they aren’t.

You can read more here: http://www.rahesabz.net/story/17065

June 10, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Security Drills in Tehran

Security forces on motorcycles and bearing riot gear have been holding exercises across Tehran, preparing for the anniversary of the coup.

Sajedinia, Head of Tehran Police, told reporters that the maneuvers are taking place for “promoting security in the society”

Check out this interpretation of what Tehran looked like today by Mana Neyestani: http://zamaaneh.com/zamtoon/2010/06/post_298.html

June 9, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Taking another shot at this blog thing

June 9, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Ashura

The “Shiite” creed, which is the religion of a vast majority of the people of Iran, began as an opposition movement to what was considered a coup against Imam Ali, who the Shiites believe was the chosen successor of Prophet Mohammad.

For thirteen and a half centuries, the Shiite clergy have represented a widespread opposition movement, mainly based in Iran and Iraq, first towards the Islamic empire and afterwards towards the governments that followed the empire. Throughout this long period, an opposition culture with a long list of values and traditions, martyrs and events spread roots within the Iranian society.

Until 1978, when by means of a revolution, the Islamic Republic was established, the Shiite clergy faced the same dilemma many other opposition movements faced before them after overthrowing the government they opposed: how to cease being an opposition and how to begin running the country.

In the 32 years that have passed since then, the Islamic republic has emerged as a theocratic state with many characteristics of totalitarian regimes such as those that preceded in the soviet union and in Iran itself, however never in its current theocratic form. The current state of affairs which has emerged as the Islamic republic of today is a result of an ongoing struggle between the spectrum of followers of Ayatollah Khomeini – the liberal left (reformists) and the conservative right (principalists), along with the social implications of each of these having the upper at any given time.

Ayatollah Montazeri, whose death last week sparked the largest outpour of Iranian population into the streets since the death of Khomeini himself – was considered the spiritual leader of the reformist movement of Iran. Towards the end of Khomeini’s life, when violence and violent elimination techniques were used frequently to solve disputes in Iranian politics, a rift began between the left wing of government, including Mirhossein Mousavi who was Prime Minister at the time as well as Ayatollah Montazeri, and the right wing, led by Ayatollah Khamenei, who was President at the time.

This strife continued throughout the years, the post of Prime Minister was removed from the constitution, Montazeri was later put under house arrest, and the population aligned itself with the two camps on the left and the right. As the right proved itself unable to deliver on the demands of the people, public support has grown for the left while Ayatollah Khamenei remains at the pinnacle of the Iranian state. And it is such that today, the people on the streets of Tehran call Montazeri their true cleric, representing the people against the tyrant.

The timing of Montazeri’s death coincides with one of the, if not the largest, symbolic event in Shiite history, when the third Shiite Imam – Imam Hussein – and 72 of his closest allies rebelled against an army of thousands.

The day of Imam Hussein’s beheading, or “Ashura”, which for centuries has been a day when scores of Iranians take to the streets for mourning ceremonies bearing drums, flags (many of them green) and flogging themselves with chains (sounds more painful than it really is), coincides with the seventh day following the death of Ayatollah Montazeri.

As reported last week, hooligans and tough-guys on the state payroll were sent to the houses of Ayatollah Montazeri and Sanei (another cleric on the left) and broke their house windows and harassed their families, while the car of Mirhossein Mousavi was attacked and one of his bodyguards wounded on the way back from the funeral. These actions have not gone unnoticed by the Iranian people, many of whom come to the streets in a religious frenzy every year on Ashura. The symbolic value of the day is high, bearing the message of sacrifice and resistance against tyranny, and already Khamenei is being called “Yazide Zamaan” – or the Yazid of our times – referring to the tyrant head of the army opposing Hossein many years ago. And don’t forget the “Hossein” in “Mir-Hossein”.

It is such that Ashura, which is on December 27th, may very well be the tipping point and the beginning of the end of Khamenei’s reign of power. The opposition is planning extensively for the event, as is the state, for a major showdown, in a society in which throughout history, symbols are frighteningly decisive.

December 26, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Mowjcamp has been Hacked

The well known green movement website mowjcamp has been hacked by a group who name themselves the Iranian cyber army.

Try visiting it for yourselves and see what I’m talking about.

December 15, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Tajzadeh: Until Jannati is Prosecuted, I will not attend any court until

Mostafa Tajzadeh announced that he will not stand at the defense podium in court in objection to the absence of Ahmad Jannati in court.

“I participated in court out of respect of the law… I reject all charges being held against me and in objection to the fact that my charges against Jannati were ignored by the court, I will not defend myself and until the situation is right, I will not attend any other court either”, Tajzadeh stated in an interview with Kaleme.

“If my charges were attended to ten years ago when I was pressing charges against Ayatollah Jannati when he violated the law as Head of the council for overseeing the elections, and a court was established for him just as one is being held for me, we wouldn’t be facing the problems we are facing today in the country. The reason of my objections is that I still believe that the only way to save the country is free elections, and I believe that one must do all he can in order to bring about free elections”.

Referring to the recent statements of Judiciary officials that there is no safe haven beyond the law for any person in any position and that law will be implemented for all, Tajzadeh requested that a court be held for Mr. Jannati as soon as possible to prove this statement.

December 15, 2009 Posted by | Daily events | Leave a comment

Mosharekat Front Condemns the insult of the Founder of the Revolution

The Mosharekat Front of Iran has issued a statement condemning the attack upon the image of the founder of the revolution. In the statement also supports the request of Mousavi and Karrubi along with the “Combatant Clergy Association” to hold a demonstration in condemnation of the attack, and asks the question: why wasn’t there any response to the defiling of the ideals of the Imam, in Kahrizak prison and on the streets of Iran?

“It is on this basis that all members of the green movement should be aware and consider the political environment and situation, and to continue their peaceful and legal resistance until the fulfillment of the main demand of the movement from the beginning, which was the ideal of the late Imam and the Islamic Revolution, meaning the indiscriminate implementation of the Constitution and the major role of the vote of the people in the running of the country”.

December 14, 2009 Posted by | Daily events | Leave a comment

Green Movement to Request a License

In a report published on his personal website, Mehdi Karroubi stated that he has reached a decision along with Mirhossein Mousavi to request a license for a demonstration protesting the insult of Imam Khomeini.

“Despite the fact that demonstrations do not need a license based upon Item 27 of the constitution, we decided to submit a request to the Interior Ministry in order to reduce any possible damage upon the people. If this license is denied, we cannot prevent the people from coming to the streets themselves, but in any case, we will announce the response of the Interior Ministry to the people”

December 14, 2009 Posted by | Daily events | Leave a comment

Khatami: “Keep your flowers, just release the prisoners”

Seyed Mohammad Khatami, unhappy that he wasn’t able to join the people on the 16th of Azar, stated in a video interview that “I am sorry that this year, the 16th of Azar was held with many University students in jail and on student day, in which we should all respect students, a large number of them were arrested and sent to prison”.

Addressing the officials, he stated “keep your flowers to yourselves. Free the student prisoners and other political prisoners and return the university back into a safe environment.

“What is most important now of all times is for us to remain calm and insist upon our legal demands”, Khatami stated.

December 14, 2009 Posted by | Daily events | Leave a comment

Khamenei threatens the Green Movement

In an angry voice shaking with emotion, Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the tearing of the picture of Khomeini that was broadcasted on state television and accused the leaders of the Green Movement of illegal actions and stated that “these people claim to follow the Imam, but the result of their actions is that the greatest of insults are brought upon our dear Imam, that our enemies base their analysis in joy based upon this action and make decisions against national interest and the people of Iran”.

Khamenei claimed that a number of the closest allies of Khomeini have separated themselves from his ideals and that “I believe in maximum acceptance and minimum rejection, but it appears that some people insist upon separating themselves from the regime and being isolated”.

He insisted that the leaders of the Green Movement to change their ways and separate themselves from the support of France, Britain and America, the corrupt and the socialists and royalists, and asked them to open their eyes and repent their ways.

December 14, 2009 Posted by | Daily events | Leave a comment