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Iranian Alert - August 2, 2005 - Ganji's Wife Appeals to the World
Regime Change Iran ^ | 8.2.2005 | DoctorZin

Posted on 08/02/2005 6:20:51 PM PDT by DoctorZIn

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Ganji's Wife Appeals to the World

BY ELI LAKE - Staff Reporter of the Sun
August 2, 2005

WASHINGTON - Defying warnings from the Iranian regime ordering her not to talk to foreign reporters, the wife of dissident journalist Akbar Ganji yesterday told The New York Sun that she has had no choice but to appeal to the international community to save the life of her husband, who today enters Day 53 of a hunger strike. Meanwhile in New York, a spokesman for Secretary-General Annan says his boss has personally intervened with the mullahs on Mr. Ganji's behalf.

In an exclusive telephone interview yesterday, Massoumeh Shafieh said: "We are appealing to the United Nations, human rights groups, and other nations to pressure our government to release my husband. Our struggle must reach out past the borders of Iran now. Our leaders will not listen to their people, they will only respond to external pressure."

Ms. Shafieh said she saw her husband yesterday at Tehran's Milad Hospital and said his health was deteriorating. Mr. Ganji was rushed on July 18 to Milad from Evin Prison, where he had been held since June 11. He was rearrested last month for urging his countrymen to boycott Iran's recent presidential elections after having been temporarily released to seek medical attention for his asthma; the writer deemed fraudulent June's political race, the results of which will bring hard-liner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad into office on August 6. Mr. Ganji was originally arrested for publishing a series of articles that accused regime leaders of ordering a chain of murders of dissident intellectuals in the late 1990s, and his struggle and hunger strike have made him a hero of Iran's democratic movement.

At one point during Ms. Shafieh's visit to the hospital yesterday, she said, Mr. Ganji tried to stand up after armed guards cursed him only to collapse on the floor from the debilitating effects of his hunger strike that begain on June 11, the day he was most recently taken into custody.

"When he was on the floor, the guards photographed him. It was humiliating," she said. "I was crying so much when I saw him."

Ms. Shafieh confirmed for the Sun the authenticity of Mr. Ganji's recent open letters, including one to a dissident cleric, Ayatollah Hussein Ali Montazeri, who has, like Mr. Ganji, called on the supreme leader to relinquish power or stand for election.

"Ganji is physically weak, but he is still mentally very strong," his wife said yesterday.

Nonetheless, she said she is now very worried about his health and treatment. "They are trying to break him," she said. Ms. Shafieh went on to say that in a private conversation, the prosecutor that ordered his arrest, Saeed Mortazavi, threatened Mr. Ganji's life at the hospital, where Mr. Mortazavi sent special armed guards to watch Mr. Ganji 24 hours a day.

"Mr. Mortazavi told my husband, 'If you die it will better for the regime. We will put you in a remote place, and in a week or two we will give the number of your tombstone where your family will mourn for you, but they will not mourn for you publicly. They may not arrange a funeral or proper burial but privately I will let them mourn you,'" she said yesterday.

Throughout the interview, Ms. Shafieh said her phone was tapped and the reception faded in and out where faint clicks could be heard in the background. But despite the surveillance, Ms. Shafieh was open in her criticism of the regime.

Ms. Shafieh's plea for international solidarity has attracted in the last six weeks calls for his unconditional release from President Bush, Natan Sharansky, Vaclav Havel, MIT linguist Noam Chomsky, and Bishop Desmond Tutu. Even European Union leaders, whose colleagues are currently negotiating with the Iranian government over its nuclear program, have demanded that Mr. Ganji be freed.

Despite eliciting support from leaders across the globe, until yesterday U.N. Secretary-General Annan had not made a statement on Mr. Ganji's detention. On July 13, Mr. Annan said he did know enough about the political prisoner's circumstances to speak about his case. His spokesman, Stephane Dujarric told the Sun yesterday, however, that "The secretary-general is fully aware of Mr. Ganji's case," adding that "A number of U.N. human rights experts have expressed their profound concern regarding Mr. Ganji's detention and, especially, the lack of medical attention."

Mr. Annan "has been using his good offices and has made direct representations with Iranian officials at a senior level regarding Mr. Ganji in an effort to resolve the situation," Mr. Dujarric said.

Ms. Shafieh said in yesterday's interview that she was unaware of any efforts on the part of the United Nations to raise the profile of Mr. Ganji's case. She said that she would be leading a demonstration on Wednesday in front of the U.N. mission in Tehran asking for support with members of an Iranian student organization, Tahkim Vahdat.

When asked for her reaction to a statement by a former Iranian president, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, calling for Mr. Ganji's release, she said she was unimpressed. Mr. Ganji's 1999 book, "The Red and the Gray Eminences" singles out Mr. Rafsanjani as one of the Iranian leaders who ordered the assassination of intellectuals.

"When Rafsanjani said this he was smelling danger. If anything happens, he will say he was innocent and tried to help so as not to be condemned," she said. "But if anything happens, it is too late for him or the others to say they are innocent and have not committed crimes. All of them, the whole entity, has committed crimes and now they are asking for his release."

Even as many Iranian leaders, including the outgoing president, Mohammed Khatemi, call for the release of Mr. Ganji, the political climate has worsened for Iranian dissidents. The Associated Press reported yesterday that Mr. Ganji's lawyer, Abdolfattah Soltani, has been arrested on espionage charges. Activists last night told the Sun that his whereabouts were unknown.

At the end of the interview last night, Ms. Shafieh said that she was asking for support for her husband not only because "he is the father of my two children," but also because "this is not just the cause of my husband, but the cause of our country now. I will continue this work for the memory of my husband, if, God forbid, anything happens."

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1 posted on 08/02/2005 6:21:03 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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2 posted on 08/02/2005 6:22:55 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn


"Oh my Grace..I've got no hiding place!
Oh my Grace..I've got no hiding place!.."

<8~(

It's so sad to see such good people die,
knowing there is nothing that can be done
to stop it.

Is there any need to show further proof that
the thugs running Iran are no better than Saddams
goons who slaughtered the Shia and Kurds civilians
after the first Gulf War?


3 posted on 08/02/2005 6:35:32 PM PDT by NickatNite2003
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To: DoctorZIn
Despite eliciting support from leaders across the globe, until yesterday U.N. Secretary-General Annan had not made a statement on Mr. Ganji's detention. On July 13, Mr. Annan said he did know enough about the political prisoner's circumstances to speak about his case. His spokesman, Stephane Dujarric told the Sun yesterday, however, that "The secretary-general is fully aware of Mr. Ganji's case," adding that "A number of U.N. human rights experts have expressed their profound concern regarding Mr. Ganji's detention and, especially, the lack of medical attention." .....more proof that ANNAN is a useless POS!
4 posted on 08/02/2005 6:48:50 PM PDT by SweetCaroline (Thank You GOD for watching over me.)
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To: SweetCaroline

Maybe "Oil for Food" needs to dig a little deeper on Coffee Cup Annan.

A little background on Coffee Cup. He is a product of McAlester University in St Paul, Minnesota. Ultra lefty.


5 posted on 08/02/2005 7:05:54 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (Liberalism is a mental disorder)
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To: DoctorZIn

Sounds like this man cannot go on much longer. He is living on his own body, as it has to convert muscle into glucose etc..
He must be thin as a rail at this point.


6 posted on 08/02/2005 7:23:29 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: Marine_Uncle

His loss will be a huge set back for democratic movement inside of Iran


7 posted on 08/02/2005 8:22:51 PM PDT by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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To: F14 Pilot

"His loss will be a huge set back for democratic movement inside of Iran."
But perhaps it will inspire those that want freedom to not give up despite the continued abuses they must face.


8 posted on 08/02/2005 8:53:20 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: Marine_Uncle

I'm with you pilot. I think his death at the
hands of the evil Mullahs and their dogs in
the secret police and the Basiji..will harden
the hearts and steel the will of the Iranian
people..to strike when opportunities present
themselves, and then fade back into the masses
with none for the Pigs of ther Snake Shah Khamenei
to strike back at, but *all* the people..creating
yet ever more Iranians that want to stab his eyes out.


9 posted on 08/02/2005 9:11:26 PM PDT by NickatNite2003
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To: NickatNite2003

"I'm with you pilot." Perhaps you meant to send post to F14 Pilot, and sent to me by mistake. But I agree with your statements. Have a good morning I gotta log off, been at it all day and time for bed time.


10 posted on 08/02/2005 9:14:56 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: Marine_Uncle

Yes, it was meant for F14 pilot in particular, but
for any others as well. :o)


11 posted on 08/02/2005 9:20:44 PM PDT by NickatNite2003
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To: NickatNite2003; Marine_Uncle

Actually I wish he stays alive to be a wise leader of the future of his country!

He shouldn't die!


12 posted on 08/02/2005 10:00:26 PM PDT by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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To: MadIvan

British ambassador to Iran Richard Dalton (L) arrives at a British Airways office in Tehran on August 2, 2005 following an explosion. An explosive device with a weak charge has gone off outside the offices of British Airways and British Petroleum in Tehran, without causing casualties.(AFP/Atta Kenare)

13 posted on 08/02/2005 11:33:28 PM PDT by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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To: F14 Pilot

British Ambassador to Iran Richard Dalton, left, arrives to visit building housing the offices of British Airways after a blast in Tehran, on Tuesday Aug. 2, 2005. A small device placed in a Tehran building housing the offices of British Airways and British Petroleum exploded early Tuesday, but no injuries were caused, the British Embassy said. The device detonated at about 9:50 a.m.Tuesday, on the 10th floor of the Sayeh Building in the downtown district of the Iranian capital, said Mitra Behnan Mojtahedi, a public affairs officer at the embassy. Others in photo unidentified.(AP Photo/STR)

14 posted on 08/02/2005 11:38:13 PM PDT by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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To: F14 Pilot

French members of Reporters sans frontiers protest in Paris against the imprisonment of Ganji

15 posted on 08/03/2005 10:32:42 AM PDT by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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To: DoctorZIn; parisa; freedom44; nuconvert; Valin; AdmSmith; fanfan; persiandissident; MLedeen; ...

Coinciding with the inauguration of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Reporters Without Borders activists demonstrated outside the Iran Air office on the Champs Elysées in Paris today in protest against the imprisonment of Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji, distributing leaflets and affixing posters with Ganji's photo to the office's windows.

16 posted on 08/03/2005 11:01:47 AM PDT by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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To: F14 Pilot

"Actually I wish he stays alive to be a wise leader of the future of his country! He shouldn't die!"

All things are in the hands of HIM that made all things.
One things for sure, as long as the 50 thugs role, Iran is not going to become secular again, and therefore no government it props up means much in the way of Iran moving away from theocratic government. No respones required this late in thread, obviously we all are basically atuned on same brain lengths.


17 posted on 08/03/2005 11:14:03 AM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: Marine_Uncle

I disagree!

You forgot that this guy was not elected, he was chosen by Supreme leader of the regime.

Give Iranians freedom of choice, and then they will get back to you with the most secular form of government known to mankind.


18 posted on 08/03/2005 11:19:52 AM PDT by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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To: F14 Pilot

"I disagree! You forgot that this guy was not elected, he was chosen by Supreme leader of the regime. "

But we do agree. I said nothing on how Ahmadinejad was elected, only that the Mullah's arrange things as suits them.
The election was fixed as we all know. They had an election, err two. I don't see how we are in disagrement. So I did not forget he was in essence chosen by the Mullahs. That is understood by default in my original statement.


19 posted on 08/03/2005 11:45:08 AM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: Marine_Uncle

I understand but as I said, the people of Iran are thirsty for secularism.


20 posted on 08/03/2005 12:07:34 PM PDT by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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To: F14 Pilot
"I understand but as I said, the people of Iran are thirsty for secularism." In this we agree, I have said the same thing on many past posts. But make no mistake, not all Iranian's desire a fully democratic secularized government. Millions still desire for Shari'a to guide them. As long as in this case Shia sect Muslims, as the majority, wish Shari'a be their yoke, the big 50 shall role the roost.
21 posted on 08/03/2005 12:31:48 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: Marine_Uncle

Those who want Sharia law are not the majority of Iranians.

I'd like to talk about those Iranians who fight the Sharia law in Iran

There is an Iranian lady working in Canada against Sharia Law Courts there too!


22 posted on 08/03/2005 12:35:04 PM PDT by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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To: F14 Pilot

Look at his shoes

23 posted on 08/03/2005 1:45:03 PM PDT by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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To: F14 Pilot
"Those who want Sharia law are not the majority of Iranians. I'd like to talk about those Iranians who fight the Sharia law in Iran. There is an Iranian lady working in Canada against Sharia Law Courts there too! Good enough for me. I am sure you have been following activities taking place in Iran much closer then many of us. I have lots of web sites to access, most of the stuff you and others have shared at this site, but due to time constraints do not keep up with things. I will ask you this, and please be assured it is not to put you on the spot. Do you have a solid reference that shows clearly what percentage of peoples are for the current regieme, do not care who is in power, want secularism, want at all costs Islam not to have any bearing on personal and government level decision making for the people of Iran? Again, don't kill yourself trying to find a appropriate URL line etc., if it is not readily available, simply say to much trouble to find. I am not trying to put you on the spot. And if you cannot produce such a %, that does not imply you lack the info, just that it is not so easy to get at on the fly. I have gone down that course in the past, and recognize good info is not always easily obtainable on the fly.
24 posted on 08/03/2005 2:28:10 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: Marine_Uncle; parisa; freedom44; nuconvert; DoctorZIn
Good enough for me. I am sure you have been following activities taking place in Iran much closer then many of us. I have lots of web sites to access, most of the stuff you and others have shared at this site, but due to time constraints do not keep up with things. I will ask you this, and please be assured it is not to put you on the spot. Do you have a solid reference that shows clearly what percentage of peoples are for the current regieme, do not care who is in power, want secularism, want at all costs Islam not to have any bearing on personal and government level decision making for the people of Iran? Again, don't kill yourself trying to find a appropriate URL line etc., if it is not readily available, simply say to much trouble to find. I am not trying to put you on the spot. And if you cannot produce such a %, that does not imply you lack the info, just that it is not so easy to get at on the fly. I have gone down that course in the past, and recognize good info is not always easily obtainable on the fly.

It is really hard, as you said, to produce such a number!

But I can tell that more than 90% of people in Iran do not want this type of government but it doesnt mean that all of them are also ready to kill themselves to get rid of the Mullahs

But this regime in Iran is not popular any more

That is for sure

To trust what I said, just chat with Iranians in Yahoo chat rooms and you will find people disagreeing with the regime of Iran

90% are unhappy with the system of governance in Iran but some want reform from within, some want a big change, some want American invasion

Ideas vary there!

I think my friends can correct me if I am wrong

25 posted on 08/03/2005 5:27:06 PM PDT by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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To: DoctorZIn
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26 posted on 08/03/2005 6:50:33 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: F14 Pilot

Your answers where good enough for me. Again I have no doubt as time goes by and the older folks who thought they would benifit from the revolution die off, I can see where the percentage of population would move away from wanting a theocracy. I guess we all have heard numbers thrown around and often depending one where they are heard from if they represent a realistic picture. Thanks for the effort however, I know if a nice chart was available you would have shared it with us. One thing I am certain of at present, and that is that Iraq's Shiite Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Husaini Sistani wants no part of a theocracy formed in Iraq. He is one the record as to want a secular democratically elected government, that upholds the Islamic laws, but does not take preceedance over mechanisms that should remain with the government. If this ends up happening despite the much to do over hammering away by the Iraqi Constitutional Council, and a secular government arises, you can bet the good folk in Iran are going to be hopping up and down for a similiar system. And dispite what Iran tries to do, I don't think they are going to get control of Iraq, becuase as long as Sistani's dominanent Shiite sect is in control from the religious majority point of view, the new government has a chance to truly become more secular within bounds of their recognized rules. So this cannot but add fuel/oxygen to the fire burning in Iran for more freedoms. The Iranian Mullahs must fear their time may be drawing to an end.


27 posted on 08/03/2005 7:50:20 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: Marine_Uncle

You are right!

Ayatollah Montazeri and Ayatollah Taheri in Iran are doing the same as Sistani is doing in Iraq.


28 posted on 08/03/2005 8:30:15 PM PDT by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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To: F14 Pilot

"Ayatollah Montazeri and Ayatollah Taheri in Iran are doing the same as Sistani is doing in Iraq. "

It is going to be a long hard bloody road. But at least these peoples are showing their more ignorant Arab neighbors that freedom is worth fighting for. Who knows, in a few years it may get un-bearable for the regiem to continue in it's present form. And if we have to start forcing Bashir Asad's hands to play ball, Syria may end up falling into the same boat by default. Don't mean to go of course, but things that happen in one part of the ME can have lasting ramifications on the whole region regardless of ethnic/Religous majorities in any given one. They are all in the same boat when it comes to Islam. If it where not for Islam, regardless of what flavor we might talk about, many of these countries could have been modernized and been turned into fully functional democracies a long time ago. Turkey is an example where the democratic model has had success, and obviously until quite recently, it has remained pretty much secular. So many interwoven things must be taken into account to establish any type of sane picture of what is possible and what is not in the ME and FE.
Let us hope your and other's optimisim as to the potential of Iran ending up a secularized democracy shall come to past in the not to distant future. I find it hard enough just trying to gain a new level of Arabs/Islam, I have not delved into much on Iran due to having a small brain.

Semper Fi Aviator.


29 posted on 08/03/2005 9:36:43 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: Marine_Uncle

30 posted on 08/04/2005 1:46:49 AM PDT by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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To: F14 Pilot

Sort of wraps up the whole problem into one picture.


31 posted on 08/04/2005 11:50:21 AM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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