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Iranian Alert -- DAY 28 -- LIVE THREAD PING LIST
Live Thread Ping List | 7.7.2003 | DoctorZin

Posted on 07/07/2003 1:25:28 AM PDT by DoctorZIn

In less than 2 days (July 9th) the people of Iran are planning massive demonstrations events and strikes.

On this date, 4 years ago, the regime brutally attacked peaceful student demonstrators while in their dorms. The result was the loss of life and liberty of hundreds of students, many of which are still unaccounted for.

Once again, the regime has been threatening a major crackdown on the protesters. A major confrontation is just days away.

Iran is a country ready for a regime change. If you follow this thread you will witness, I believe, the transformation of a country. This daily thread provides a central place where those interested in the events in Iran can find the best news and commentary.

Please continue to post your news stories and comments to this thread.

Thanks for all the help.


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1 posted on 07/07/2003 1:25:28 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Join Us at Iranian Alert -- DAY 28 -- LIVE THREAD PING LIST

Live Thread Ping List | 7.7.2003 | DoctorZIn

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2 posted on 07/07/2003 2:03:10 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... 2 days until July 9th)
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Tell Iran's Mullahs: The Jig Is Up

By Reza Bayegan | July 7, 2003

Time and again the mullahs have proved themselves to be masters of press manipulation. Khomeini’s success would have been unthinkable without the international media first surrendering its power to the political wizardry of the grand Ayatollah. In the early days of the revolution up and coming foreign journalists were scrambling over each other to lend an assisting hand to the Islamic fanatics in chastising and incriminating the ancien regime. The provocative and irresponsible comments of some of these journalists exacerbated the already perilous situation of political prisoners held by the revolutionaries.

Ironically the press freedom that played a decisive role in bringing the Ayatollah to power was amongst the first of the victims of the revolution. Aware of the enormous power of the media in shaping political events, the clerical dictatorship took measures to control it in such a way that it would not divert from serving the fundamentalist agenda. Radio and television soon became the monopoly of the state. Newspapers were shut down and the only political voice allowed an expression was that in praise of the regime. Today the Islamic Republic well deserves the title of 'the biggest prison for journalists in the Middle East' given to it by the international organization ‘Reporters Without Borders’.

After the collapse of Saddam Hussein, the mullahs found a new opportunity to put their disinformation machine to work and use it for waging a war they know so well how to win. They have employed the full force of their fundamentalist propaganda network to sabotage the consolidation of democracy in Iraq. They have recognized that there is a direct link between their own survival and the defeat of the allied mission in their neighboring country.

The chief instrument of their campaign is Al-Alam (The World) television channel, which broadcasts hourly bulletins in Arabic into Iraq from a station in Tehran. It portrays the Americans and the British as occupiers, and the Iraqis as the victims of their aggression. Pictures of dead or injured Iraqis are shown lying in the streets in such a manner to pique the pride and stir the national sentiment of the viewers. Together with the pro-fundamentalist Iraqi newspapers that get their cues from Tehran, Al-Alam injects a daily dose of hatred into the hearts and minds of citizens whose chronic lack of liberty and political experience has turned them into easy prey in the masterful hands of the brainwashers of the Islamic Republic. The mullahs are too clever to be seen shooting at the Americans themselves. Instead they preach to the Iraqis a kind of violent and xenophobic Islam that if not confronted will continue to cost allied lives and the eventual defeat of their political undertaking.

Another powerful front that the Islamic Republic uses to subvert the cause of peace and democracy in Iraq is the mosque. The underlying message of the pro-Iranian clergy mounting the pulpit of the Shiite mosques can be summed up in one sentence: It is the religious duty of every Iraqi Moslem to defeat 'the foreign aggressors'.

At the bottom of all this relentless propaganda war is the fact that the American presence in Iraq has put the Iranian dictators backs to the wall. The establishment of a moderate pro-Western democracy in a predominantly Shiite country next door is nothing short of a death sentence for an unpopular regime that has failed miserably to deliver on its promises of liberalization and reform.

We have to also remember that the city of Najaf in Iraq is the spiritual capital of the Shiites, being the site of one of the most prestigious religious seminaries and the burial place of the founder of the Shiite faith, Ali. Ayatollah Khomeini spent fifteen years in Najaf before coming to Iran to lead the Islamic revolution. With the removal of Saddam Hussein whose iron fist rule subordinated religious faith to the party loyalty, the spiritual borderline between the two Shiite countries has more or less evaporated. For the mullahs who disparage nationalism and instead emphasize the idea of Ommat (the oneness of the Islamic community) Najaf, Karbala and Baghdad are as much their territory as are Qom and Tehran. Article 11 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran states that "all Muslims are one Ommat and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran shall be under obligation to lay its general policy on the basis of coalition and unity of Muslim nations and strive perpetually to achieve political, economic and cultural unity of the Muslim world". What the idea of unity of the Muslim world means to the regime in Tehran is a solidarity against Israel and the rest of the Western civilization. To brook the formation of a government in Baghdad, which is friendly to Washington and Tel Aviv, will be an anathema to such an ideal.

Thomas L. Friedman in an article published in The Herald Tribune (23.06.2003) is quite right in saying that "to help build a progressive, pluralistic state in Iraq" is President Bush’s strongest card. Turning Iraq into a showcase for democracy, will demonstrate that Middle Eastern soil is not inimical to the cultivation of peace and freedom. Mr. Friedman errs however in suggesting that the mullahs are going to sit still and let this dream come true.

It is complete naiveté to think that we can isolate the Iraqi malady and cure it without moving at the same time to heal the larger political and religious anatomy it belongs to.

Under the present circumstances it is not a question of whether President Bush should go to war against the Islamic Republic or not. The war is on, and it has been on for a long time albeit unilaterally. The question is whether the United States can afford to continue not defending itself and its allies against a sly enemy who will soon acquire nuclear capability. Any policy of appeasement towards the clerical regime is totally senseless and suicidal. Like all accomplished terrorists the mullahs can smell fear from thousands of miles away. Nothing makes them bolder and adds to their aggression more than a feeling that the other side is short of resolve to take them on.

On Wednesday President Bush challenged the militants who kill and injure the American soldiers in Iraq by saying "There are some who feel like that conditions are such that they can attack us there," "My answer is 'bring them on'. We have the force necessary to deal with the situation." Although sounding tough, President Bush's words betray a perplexity about the origin and nature of the hostility directed towards the Americans. Is it not evident to everyone by now who is behind the attacks? At this point in time there is only one strong and courageous message that the United States President can send: 'The jig is up'. It should be dispatched to nowhere else but the clerical regime in Tehran.
3 posted on 07/07/2003 2:19:42 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... 2 days until July 9th)
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Talking the talk to Tehran

In Washington and Los Angeles, Iranian exiles are stirring the pot by satellite

US News and World Report
Nation & World 7/14/03
By Bay Fang
Off a street of strip malls in Reseda, Calif., tucked behind an Arby's, a burly Iranian-American talk-show host named Shahram Homayoun sits at a desk, before a camera, and tries to foment revolution. But instead of guests joining him on the peach-wallpapered set that resembles a suburban living room, Homayoun has only a phone and fax machine, and he works like a switchboard operator. As the camera rolls and the phone lights up, he punches a button and answers with a brusque hello in Farsi, "Balle." There is a pause, a click, then a distant voice on the line. The caller is from Tehran Pars, a suburb of Tehran. The hard-line clerics in the government have just erected a tower in his neighborhood, he says, and it's transmitting microwaves to jam the satellite signal: "I don't know what to do." Homayoun listens, thanks the man, then takes another call. "Balle." The caller plunges ahead. "I am an electrical engineer from Tehran," he says, then refers to the first caller, proposing a solution. "Let me tell my friend what to do."

On the other side of the country--the United States, that is--Reza Pahlavi sits in a black SUV, driving in circles around official Washington. He has a speaker in the middle of the dashboard connected to his cellphone, and he, too, is fielding calls from Iran. The son of the ex-shah instructs his driver not to stop, for fear of an assassination attempt by Iran's ruling Islamic regime. So round and round he goes, as an earnest voice emanates from the speaker. "A group of plainclothes thugs on motorbikes . . . came into one dorm and locked the doors from the inside. The girls sleep in full outdoor dress, because they're afraid of being raped," says a Tehran University student. He pauses. "We need help from the world. We're fighting here, and they're beating us with sticks and knives. Sir, what else can we do?" Pahlavi wipes his forehead and says, "Your voice is heard all over the world. Make sure you act as a team, mixing men and women so the women are not alone. And don't worry, I will be with you soon."

Actually, "soon" could be quite a while. Iran, bordered by Iraq on one side and Afghanistan on the other, has been ruled since 1979 by a group of hard-line Islamic clerics. Led by Ayatollah Khomeini, they were swept to power by a popular revolution, forcing the corrupt American-backed shah to flee the country. Today, the rhetoric of revolution is a bit different: People under 30, who make up 70 percent of the population, are demonstrating for democracy and a referendum on the Islamic republic. They call themselves the Burnt Generation and say they are tired of living under repressive rule. They last took to the streets en masse in 1999. That ended abruptly on July 9 of that year, when plainclothes vigilantes broke into university dormitories, beating students with metal bars as they slept and throwing them out of windows. One student was killed. The anniversary of that crackdown arrives this week, and since June 10, students have been taking to the streets in the largest protests in four years. The nervous regime ended classes early at universities, banned public gatherings, and announced the arrests of more than 4,000 protesters. But they didn't count on the demonstrators' powerful new ally: the community of about 1.2 million Iranian exiles in the United States, most of whom fled after 1979 and who remain ardently antiregime. Satellite TV and radio stations that have sprung up recently in the Los Angeles area let the students spread messages instantly all over Iran and broadcast their voices worldwide. Pahlavi, the son of the overthrown shah, raises money and tries to build international public support from a secret base in suburban Maryland. Inside Iran, the movement has loosely organized cells but no leaders who can function freely; many of the 1999 organizers are still in jail. But with the help of their overseas allies, the student protesters hope to mark this week's anniversary with their biggest splash yet and ratchet up pressure on the hard-line regime.

Getting exposure. The strength of the protesters and their exile allies is the subject of intense debate. A senior State Department official openly questions whether the exiles' voices have much political resonance inside Iran. But there's little doubt the "pirate" broadcasts from the United States helped fuel the recent protests and have provided them a new visibility. "During the urban rioting four years ago, students took over cities for two days, but no one in the rest of the world knew about it," says 24-year-old Iman Samiizadeh, a student leader jailed in 1999 who now helps the movement from a London base. "Now we have these new communication methods at our disposal, so we can show our movement to the outside world."

And the regime, clearly, is agitated. Former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani recently warned his countrymen "not to be trapped by the evil television stations that America has established." Last week, the Bush administration added to the TV lineup, announcing that a new Persian-language Voice of America program, News and Views, would be beamed from Washington to Iran.

Back in California, Saeed Ghaem-Maghani runs a hand through what's left of his orange-tinged hair and flicks a cigarette as he bellows into the microphone in a tiny Beverly Hills studio. An old-time radio personality who was director of Radio Tehran under the shah, Maghani hosts a live call-in program every morning that is broadcast on shortwave inside Iran. "Don't pay your bills--try as much as you can to stop the regime's economy, so they can't carry on!" he is saying today. "Make a mess! Ruin the tomb of Khomeini! All the 25 years of madness, repression, depression--let it out!" Building to his crescendo, he signs off the air as he does every morning: "We are victorious . . . because we are right!"

Maghani spent three years in and out of jail in Iran and finally fled to the United States in 1990. "We connect groups--street to street. . . . We gather information about prisoners, persuade people to come out and join the fight," he says, slowly gathering steam. "It's not a normal radio program, and I'm not a normal radio DJ. I'm like Cicero in Rome, like a commander on the battlefield."

Maghani's KRSI and three political television stations have all sprung up over the past few years, operating mainly out of low-budget studios in the San Fernando Valley. While initially serving the exile Farsi-speaking community, 600,000 strong in Southern California, they support themselves through advertising, donations, and the sale of phone cards and carpets. But they have harbored not-so-hidden hopes for democracy in their homeland, and in the demonstrations over the past few weeks they finally found their calling. The stations all have similar morning call-in shows that have the potential to reach the estimated 7 million Iranians with illegal satellite dishes. They allow people in Iran to call in and have their messages rebroadcast into the country. On June 10, this was the way Iranians by the thousands were mobilized to support the small initial protests, clogging the streets with cars. The hosts all tell a story of suddenly getting calls that morning during their live shows from students saying they were being attacked for staging a protest against the privatization of universities. "They are shouting, `Freedom! Justice!' " said the woman who called into Homayoun's show, holding up her cellphone so the chants could be heard. The hosts immediately went on the air to beseech the public to take to the streets. "Those who hear me from Iran, if you are close by, please go help the students. If you need freedom," Homayoun exhorted, "now is the time!"

Morale boost. The Bush administration, for now, seems to be wavering on its policy in Iran. President Bush himself has expressed support for the democracy movement, and students in Iran say his words have given them a great morale boost. But the administration has not gone further. The Iran Freedom and Democracy Support Act introduced last month by Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman of California calls for sanctions on Iran and funding for pro-democracy exile media and groups. House Republicans say that Pentagon officials support the bill, but a State Department official says "the first sign of overt U.S. interference would be counterproductive."

The question remains of who would fill the political void if the movement took hold and a revolution succeeded. The best-organized, armed opposition to the Islamic regime in Iran is the Mujahe- din-e Khalq. Though once courted on Capitol Hill, it is called a cult by many and was recently deemed a terrorist group by the State Department. After a crackdown on the group by French police, members set themselves on fire.

Pahlavi is widely thought to be the only opposition figure with real pull, from the emotional resonance of his family name among the exile community. In a small studio a few blocks from the White House, Pahlavi recently prepared for a series of interviews to be broadcast via satellite uplink, through Los Angeles, into Iran. "My job right now is to lead the movement," he says. "First base is [a] referendum, which we have to reach before we get to home plate." Would he consider going back to Iran if people asked him to return as a leader? "Absolutely," he says with a smile. When a visitor expresses interest in visiting the country, he says breezily, "I'll reserve a place for you on my plane!" But that could be an idle boast; many believe Pahlavi is badly tainted, because there's still plenty of anger in Iran against his father and his iron-fisted regime.

Back in the San Fernando Valley, Homayoun finishes up his live show, gazing sternly into the camera and addressing his audience in Iran directly. "I want to tell you that you are on a stage," he says forcefully. "If you look around you, you hear the voice of bones that have been cracked by the regime in jails, from torture. I am your voice to let the world know about your sacrifices. We are putting a wake-up call in to the conscience of the world."

With Kevin Whitelaw
4 posted on 07/07/2003 2:22:01 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... 2 days until July 9th)
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To: DoctorZIn; rontorr; risk; Eala; norton; freedom44; RaceBannon; Arthur Wildfire! March; SJackson; ...
This is a list of the websites that the Hard-liners inside Iran ordered to be filtered or banned.
More than 4000 webpages have been filtered here since last month order of filtering. Most of them are oppositions' webpages in farsi language. Some of them are as follows:
* []

In this list you can view websites belonging to RadioFarda, an American radio broadcasting for Iran, Reza Pahlavi's webpage, webpages related to women and their activities and freedom, and some social or historical webpages.
That shows the regime is scared of Information exchange.
Many webpages added to this list up to now.
5 posted on 07/07/2003 3:43:24 AM PDT by Khashayar (Phoenix)
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To: DoctorZIn
Thank you for the ping
Good morning
6 posted on 07/07/2003 3:54:56 AM PDT by firewalk
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To: Khashayar
Information is power! Try the Google cache.
7 posted on 07/07/2003 4:05:30 AM PDT by risk
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To: risk
We use to get rid of filters.
It works.
8 posted on 07/07/2003 4:18:04 AM PDT by Khashayar (Phoenix)
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9 posted on 07/07/2003 4:23:22 AM PDT by risk (Lock and load!)
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Has Bush forgotten people will die for freedom but not for getting the power turned on? It's time for Iraq to vote on the first bill in the Bill of Rights. (Then the next, the next, etc.) Up or down. <>P>It's time to spread the words, thoughts, protection and power of a free people.

Thomas L. Friedman in an article published in The Herald Tribune (23.06.2003) is quite right in saying that "to help build a progressive, pluralistic state in Iraq" is President Bush’s strongest card. Turning Iraq into a showcase for democracy, will demonstrate that Middle Eastern soil is not inimical to the cultivation of peace and freedom. Mr. Friedman errs however in suggesting that the mullahs are going to sit still and let this dream come true.

10 posted on 07/07/2003 4:28:22 AM PDT by GOPJ
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Here is some Inspiration for Iranian women. Molly Pitcher helped her husband, an artillery man on the frontlines of the Revolution, and when he fell, she took his place at the cannon.

11 posted on 07/07/2003 4:30:40 AM PDT by risk (Stand fast! --Molly Pitcher in battle.)
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To: Khashayar
Khashi Bump!
12 posted on 07/07/2003 4:38:03 AM PDT by RaceBannon
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To: DoctorZIn
A senior State Department official openly questions whether the exiles' voices have much political resonance inside Iran.

Someone really needs to get a clue! Well if they don't show up on the cocktail circuit obviously they don't have any "political resonance inside Iran."

13 posted on 07/07/2003 6:00:06 AM PDT by Valin (America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.)
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To: *southasia_list
14 posted on 07/07/2003 6:06:35 AM PDT by Free the USA
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To: DoctorZIn
Good article. I particularly liked hearing about the number of people who have (or at least had) satellite dishes. They'll never be able to destroy them all, which means they'll never be able to completely shut out information from the outside world. This being the case, I believe the regime is doomed.

"...that have the potential to reach the estimated 7 million Iranians with illegal satellite dishes."

Keep fighting! Your intelligence and tech knowledge will beat these backward mullahs.
15 posted on 07/07/2003 7:32:03 AM PDT by nuconvert
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Two Newspaper Editors Are Jailed in Tehran

By REUTERS 7.6.2003

TEHRAN, July 6 (Reuters) — An Iranian press court jailed two editors today after their newspaper published a photograph of an exiled Iranian opposition leader, the ISNA student news agency reported.

Iraj Jamshidi, editor in chief of Asia Financial Daily, and his wife, Saghi Bagherinia, who is the paper's managing editor, were imprisoned after failing to post a combined bail of 2.5 billion rials or about $316,000, the agency said.

The press courts of Iran are a branch of the mainstream public courts. Iran's hard-line judiciary has closed scores of liberal newspapers in the past three years.

Asia Financial Daily published an article and photograph on its front page on Saturday about the release from jail in France of Maryam Rajavi, the leader of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, which is the political wing of the People's Mujahedeen.

"We were charged with propaganda against the system for publishing a picture and an article," Mr. Jamshidi told ISNA before he and his wife were taken to prison.

The Paris-based group Reporters Without Borders said last week that nine journalists had been arrested in Iran since mid-June, bringing to 17 the number of journalists in jail there.
16 posted on 07/07/2003 8:15:44 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... 2 days until July 9th)
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To: DoctorZIn
Questions: Do you know if any of these radio stations simultaneously broadcast in English? Or do an abreviated version later in English? Maybe if they could get a "sister" station to replay some of the desperate phone calls, they'd have an impact on American audiences and help gain more support for the cause. Do they send tapes to NPR (not that I'm a fan of NPR, but it seems like they'd be a sympthetic "ear") or other radio programs? Do they send tapes to Public T.V. stations or World News International? Does anyone know any answers to these questions?
It was good to hear Iranians calling with problems and getting solutions so quickly. These live radio shows really do a great service.
17 posted on 07/07/2003 8:25:51 AM PDT by nuconvert
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In response to Mr. Powell recent statements...

A group in LA started fund raising campaign trough PARS TV. The objective is to raise $50.000.00 to purchase one page space to publish "response" in a major paper like NY Times or Washington Post. As of this moment, (8.07 PM Sunday July 6) they raised$ 25,570.00.

The publication is planed to be on the eve of July 9th.

To help contact: 818-776-8134
18 posted on 07/07/2003 8:34:00 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... 2 days until July 9th)
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Will July ninth be Iran's July Fourth?

Diana West (archive)
July 7, 2003 | Print | Send

On July Fourth, most Americans saw only an abundance of red, white and blue.

It was up to the brave men and women of the thin blue line to differentiate between shades of code yellow and orange on this second Independence Day since the war on Islamist terror began.

Such a spectrum takes its toll. The Wall Street Journal has described the burden local police departments now carry since the post-9/11 redeployment of nearly 700 federal agents from bank robbery, drug smuggling and white-collar crime investigations to the counter-terrorism beat.

While we may take comfort in the "recruiting bonanza" the FBI has reaped -- according to the New York Daily News, 82,000 Americans have applied to serve as special agents since the 2001 attacks -- counter-terrorism is never easy, particularly when the FBI's force of 11,649 employs only 73 agents who speak Arabic.

Still, the grills smoked and the fireworks shimmered as Americans celebrated their liberation from the relatively gentle tyranny of King George III for the 227th year in a row, many not considering the overall price of that freedom. Even with tens of thousands of American troops serving overseas, such is the complaisance of liberty two-and-a-quarter centuries old.

But what of new liberty? While this July Fourth commemorates freedom no longer young, this coming July ninth could well mark the beginnings of freedom not yet born. This is the day Iranian dissidents, following nearly two weeks in June of embattled pro-democracy protests in every major Iranian city, have called for a general strike. Demonstrators plan to protest Iran's Islamic dictatorship -- which also happens to be the longtime patron-government and terrorist-haven of Hezbollah, Hamas, and other anti-Western terrorists, including Al Qaeda leaders responsible for the latest terror attack in Saudi Arabia.

Whether this effort will lead to an ultimate showdown with the mullahs, or result in a crackdown on pro-democracy activists like the one that took place on July 9, 1999, nobody knows. But as terrorism expert Michael Ledeen has pointed out on the National Review's Web site, the mullahs, having arrested 4,000 demonstrators last month, are taking this tense situation very seriously. The regime itself admitted that just a quarter of its arrests were students. "The rest came from other walks of life," Ledeen writes. "In other words, the demonstrations were not restricted to a single sector of Iranian society, but were, for the first time, a truly national protest, both sociologically and geographically."

Iranian-born author and journalist Amir Taheri has recently elaborated on the democracy movement's varied nature. Writing on, he reports that democratic sympathies in Iran extend from the working class to the intellectual elite, and include the nearly two-thirds of the Iranian parliament (Majlis) that have petitioned "to transform Iran from a despotic-theocratic regime into a democratic one."

There's more. "Over the past six months," Mr. Taheri writes, "Iran has witnessed dozens of industrial strikes in which urban workers have come out with exactly the same demands as the students. ... There have been a series of strikes by teachers, including one last month that closed 50 per cent of the schools for several days. In the past three weeks, sections of the traditional bazaars in Tabriz, Rasht, Isfahan and Shiraz have also organized one-day shutdowns in solidarity with the students."

Even more stunning is this: According to Mr. Taheri, "the Shiite clerical establishment is broadly supportive of the pro-democracy movement." In addition to lesser clerics and theology students, Mr. Taheri reports that three Grand Ayatollahs -- Hassan Tabatabi Qomi, Hussein-Ali Montazeri and Muhammad Sadeq Ruhani -- have publicly called for an end to what Mr. Taheri labels the "Khomeinist tyranny." "So strong is the clerical opposition," he writes, "that the 'Supreme Guide' Ali Khamenehi has been unable to visit Qom, the theological center of Shiism for almost a year."

Little wonder, then, that Ali Khamenehi's goons (also Shiite) still troll the campuses, as Mr. Ledeen reports, "arresting and imprisoning all those believed capable of mobilizing a national uprising against the failed regime." And little wonder government authorities have ordered Tehran University's main campus to close from July 7 to 14 to shut down further anti-regime protests.

Will it work? "I appreciate those courageous souls who speak out for freedom in Iran," President Bush said last month. "They need to know America stands squarely by their side. And I would urge the Iranian administration to treat them with the utmost of respect."

Iranian president Muhammad Khatami maintains that Mr. Bush's praise for the dissidents has only united Iranians behind the country's theocratic dictatorship. If so, you'd think Mr. Khatami would call for more of the same, and louder, from the White House. Of course, he won't. But the rest of us should. Maybe then it would be easier, in the end, to remember the Ninth of July.

©2003 Newspaper Enterprise Assn.

"If you want on or off this Iran ping list, Freepmail me”

19 posted on 07/07/2003 8:41:40 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... 2 days until July 9th)
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To: DoctorZIn
July 9th BUMP!
20 posted on 07/07/2003 8:42:31 AM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife (Lurking since 2000.)
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KNC Statement of Support for Kurdish Demonstrations in Iran

Source: Kurdish Media
Last Sunday, June 22, 2003, Iranian security forces occupied the University of Kurdistan in Sena (Sanandaj).

Over the past several weeks, a popular uprising against the brutal clerics regime in Iran has swept through the country. The Kurds, along with other groups, are active participants in the uprisings which ostensibly started as student demonstrations, but quickly attracted people from all walks of life—all united in their opposition to the clerics in power.

The Kurdish people in Iran have opposed the current government from its inception. In a referendum held soon after the 1979 revolution, the people of Sena opposed the Islamic government. Protestors filled the streets carrying huge banners saying “Na” (no) to the creation of an Islamic regime.

For this they paid dearly. Just two months after the revolution, the Iranian army was mobilized against the Kurdish cities and countryside, and the army murdered thousands of Kurds during the armed conflict of the early years of the Islamic Republic. Additionally, zealous religious judges such as Khalkhali handed out scores of summary death sentences against the peaceful and innocent populace.

The resistance and protests that started in 1979 continue even today in Sena and other major Kurdish cities, including Kermashan (Kermanshah), Mahabad, Bana, and Saqqez. In March of this year, three young Kurdish men were executed by the regime. Today, many other Kurds, in prison and victims of torture, are at imminent risk of execution for their activities with the Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI). The Kurdish demands are not excessive – they are simply struggling for basic human rights including cultural freedom and the right to self-determination

The Kurdish National Congress of North America (KNC) strongly condemns the tactics used against the demonstrators by Islamic fundamentalist groups and government forces, and supports the struggle to bring about a democratic government in Iran. We urge all KNC members and supporters of the Kurdish cause to express their solidarity with the people of Iran and to join in demonstrations inside and outside of Iran planned for July 8-9, the anniversary of a brutal crackdown on student demonstrators in 1999.

The Kurdish National Congress of North America
21 posted on 07/07/2003 8:49:37 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... 2 days until July 9th)
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To: DoctorZIn
Iran is a country ready for a regime change. If you follow this thread you will witness, I believe, the transformation of a country. This daily thread provides a central place where those interested in the events in Iran can find the best news and commentary.

And thank you for the daily thread. It is wonderful to see the Iranian people standing up.

22 posted on 07/07/2003 8:52:24 AM PDT by xJones
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To: DoctorZIn
What is the anticipated turnout for 9 Jul, and how widespread are the protests expected to be?
23 posted on 07/07/2003 10:14:15 AM PDT by CurlyBill (Voter fraud is one of the primary campaign strategies of the Democrats!!!!)
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To: DoctorZIn
Official: Close to 3 million people have addiction problems

Tehran, July 7, IRNA -- Director of Public Relations and International

Affairs Department of the Drug Control Headquarters Mohammad Hossein Khademi said here Monday that out of Iran's population of about 67 million, 'close to three million people have addiction problems'.

The UN as well as Iranian non-governmental organizations (NGO) also strive to put into effect programs to prevent the rest of the population from the menace of narcotics addiction. Describing the 'DCH special anti-drug campaign', he said this year's plans are different from previous ones due to its special emphasis on cultural dimensions of addiction which stresses the prevention side.

He added that the DCH anti-narcotics plans are based on UN's plans and aspires to incorporate President Khatami's views. Although waging campaign against cultivation, production and distribution of narcotics is a priority for the headquarters, 'its pivotal role is to reduce demand for illicit drugs in the country', Khademi said.

Presidential advisor and DCH secretary general, Ali Hashemi said here last Wednesday that the drug problem has degenerated into a global threat, 'whose impact is no less than that of nuclear and environmental hazards'.

Speaking to reporters, he added that the cash flow from drug trade runs close to dlrs 1,600 billion annually and that the total number of addicts worldwide is close to 400 million.

He referred to the 44 million youth under 30 in Iran and said, "They are facing danger of addiction and we need to strive to create employment opportunities for them and fill their idle time."

He also warned that if addiction in the country is not effectively dealt with, it could become a national security threat. He said one of the DCH's goals is to reduce the threat of addiction through prevention and treatment. He further highlighted the important role of non-governmental organization (NGO) in combating drugs trafficking.

Hashemi stated that DCH has inked anti-drug trafficking agreements with over 28 countries and participated in four seminars held in Paris, Tehran, Vienna and Kabul last year. Hashemi said Afghanistan still poses a serious danger to the region as its serves as a route for transit of drugs.

He said more than 65,000 hectares of lands in Afghanistan were under poppy cultivation and the figure is expected to reach 85,000 hectares in 2003.

He expressed regret over Iran lying on the route for transit of drugs, calling for all-out campaign against use of illicit drugs.

He added that 152 tons of drugs, including 10 tons of morphine and 65 tons of hashish, were confiscated from drug traffickers in the same period.


3 million addicts is about 4.5 % of the population and about 7 % of those under 30!

"They are facing danger of addiction and we need to strive to create employment opportunities for them and fill their idle time."

Why not give them freedom to create their own future, obviously the mosque is not the answer.
24 posted on 07/07/2003 10:20:44 AM PDT by AdmSmith
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To: CurlyBill
What is the anticipated turnout for 9 Jul, and how widespread are the protests expected to be?

RFE/RL Iran Report Vol. 6, No. 28, 7 July 2003 do not expect more than last years:

COMMEMORATION OF 1999 UNREST COMES AT SENSITIVE TIME. The fourth anniversary of the day in July 1999 ("18 Tir" or 9 July) when Iranian security forces and vigilantes stormed the Tehran University campus will be marked this week. The authorities have rejected student groups' applications to hold a commemorative march, and they have closed the university campus to outside visitors. These measures indicate the authorities' concern over residual anger from the unrest of just a few weeks earlier and their awareness of the students' restiveness. Nevertheless, one should avoid the temptation to overstate the situation and its potential significance.

The unrest of June 2003 did not reach the level of that which occurred in July 1999. And the events of July 1999, November 2002, or June 2003 are not comparable in scale to those of June 1963 or September 1978, when millions of people filled the streets of Tehran and other cities.

The students' current activism attracts a lot of media attention, but there are only 1.2 million university students in Iran, out of a total population of some 66.6 million (CIA World Factbook estimate as of July 2002; according to the UN Population Division, the population in 2000 was 66.43 million; Nor are all students opposed to the regime. Some have withdrawn from political activism, some were not politically active to begin with, and others are members of the University Basij and are, in fact, supporters of the regime.

Those students who are politically active are not very united. The best-known student organization, the Office for Strengthening Unity, underwent a split in early-2002 because of a dispute regarding support for President Mohammad Khatami and the reformists. The majority wing, known as the "Neshast-i Allameh," wanted to withdraw from mainstream politics, whereas the minority wing, known as the "Neshast-i Shiraz," preferred to continue its support for the president (for more on this split, see "RFE/RL Iran Report," 14 October 2002).

Ahmad Alamshahi, who heads the minority wing's public relations office, said his group would not hold a gathering on 9 July, the Baztab website reported on 29 June. Reza Ameri-Nasab of the majority Allameh wing said that his group is determined to hold rallies on 9 July, the Baztab website reported on 24 June. Ameri-Nasab clarified this statement on 5 July, when he said that all 30 members of the Allameh wing's central council would stage a sit-in at the UN office in Tehran, Fars News Agency reported.

In another sign of disunity within the student movement, Allameh faction activist Said Razavi-Faqih wrote about the "new" Office for Fostering Democracy in a 1 July editorial in the "Yas-i No" daily from Tehran. He pointed out that when the Office for Strengthening Unity was created, its full name was the Office for Strengthening the Unity of the Seminary and University (Daftar-i Tahkim-i Vahdat-i Hozeh va Daneshgah). The situation is no longer about the pursuit of unity, Razavi-Faqih wrote, it is about democracy and governmental accountability. He wrote that the old organization is too centralized, too exclusive, and too dependent on the existing power structure, whereas the new one would be for all students and would have an "extranational and global approach." Yet Razavi-Faqih said that the Office for Fostering Democracy would continue to support the Office for Strengthening Unity.

Razavi-Faqih said in an interview that appeared in the 4 July issue of Milan's "Il Giornale" that there has been no response to his organization's request to commemorate the events of 9 July. Asked what they would do, he responded, "For the moment, we are waiting. I can only say that we are prepared to use all our energies."

Another student organization is Heshmatollah Tabarzadi's Democratic Front. A veteran activist, the 43-year-old Tabarzadi has been imprisoned many times. He announced that were would be massive crowds on the streets on 9 July, Germany's "Der Spiegel" reported on 23 June. Although the actual membership in his organization appears to be small, Tabarzadi's calls-to-arms are relayed throughout Iran by Los Angeles-based Persian-language satellite television stations.

The students' leaders are disunited in their attitude towards outside assistance, furthermore. Tabarzadi told "Der Spiegel," "we have not received any help from the United States, and we do not want it in future either." Tabarzadi added, "we regard the Americans, and also the U.S. government, as friends." "And support and recognition from friends is a source of pleasure," he said in what appears to be a hopeful manner.

Razavi-Faqih seemed even less open to outside help. Asked about President George W. Bush's supportive words and the possibility of help from the U.S., Razavi-Faqih told "Il Giornale," "I am interested in receiving support only from my people. Bush does not give a damn about us. His only interest is in expanding the power of the United States. This is why we do not accept and are not interested in the U.S.'s support." When the interviewer reminded Razavi-Faqih about the difficulty of acting without support, the activist said, "we cannot accept any foreign aid because we shall be accused of being the U.S.'s fifth column. And furthermore, in my opinion, the U.S. is seeking a pretext for intervening forcefully, as it did in Iraq."

The absence of cohesiveness among the students is just one factor limiting the scope of the unrest. Another is the regime's formal and informal repressive apparatus. Some 4,000 people were arrested in June and about half that number remained in jail as of 27 June. The possibility exists that some will be executed, and it is only a matter of time before the televised confessions that are a hallmark of Iranian justice begin.

The vigilantes from the Ansar-i Hizbullah, who act with impunity, can be let loose at any time to support the security forces. Indeed, the head of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps's public relations office, Masud Jazayeri, said on 30 June, "Spontaneous gatherings of people are being organized to counter provocations staged by rioters," the Iranian Labor News Agency (ILNA) reported. And if the vigilantes go too far the regime can deny having a formal relationship with them.

The government also employs something akin to the "bread and circuses" of ancient Rome to control dissent. Commodities such as cooking oil, meat, rice, and bread are available at subsidized prices, and gasoline prices are among the cheapest in the world. The country's unemployment rate is estimated to be over 20 percent, and hiring quotas for veterans' families and a privileged few serve to exacerbate the situation. Competitions serve as a distraction, with prizes for top students, awards for the best wives of disabled veterans, and Koran recital competitions, to name a few. Iran's national passion for soccer is no secret, but more esoteric sports, such as archery and karate, are regularly shown on television and reported on by newspapers.

Unrest and disturbances are very likely in Iran on 9 July. Nevertheless, the factors discussed here suggest that these events will not be as revolutionary as some would like and others would fear. What is of greater significance is that 44.3 million Iranians -- roughly two-thirds of the population -- are under the age of 30. This group did not participate in such formative experiences as life under the pro-U.S. monarchy, the activism of the 1978-1979 revolution, or the battles of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq War. As this segment of the population comes of age, it is likely to bring about significant and lasting -- but probably not revolutionary -- changes in the political system. (Bill Samii)
25 posted on 07/07/2003 10:26:37 AM PDT by AdmSmith
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To: AdmSmith
I missed the comment:

"Spontaneous gatherings of people are being organized to counter provocations staged by rioters," the Iranian Labor News Agency (ILNA) reported.
26 posted on 07/07/2003 10:31:07 AM PDT by AdmSmith
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27 posted on 07/07/2003 10:47:18 AM PDT by firewalk
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To: JulieRNR21; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Pan_Yans Wife; RobFromGa; fat city; freedom44; Tamsey; ...
SMCCDI: "Clarify Your Position, Secretary Powell"

Student Movement Coordination Committee for Democracy in Iran (SMCCDI)

July 7, 2003

The Honorable Colin Powell
Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State
Washington, D.C. 20520

Fax: 202-261-8577


The coming week is the most important in the last 25 years, for the Iranian people and perhaps the world. The next few days will determine our future. It will determine whether Iran will join the world community. Whether it will join in the fight against international terrorism or continue to be it’s biggest supporter.

As you must be aware, July 9th is destined to be the confrontation between the regime and the lovers of freedom. The level of support by the people of Iran will determine its outcome.

The recent statements of support by your president in our quest for freedom were of great encouragement to us. His statements were clear and unmistakable.

In contrast, your words have caused more damage than anything the regime could do or say. We expected the regime to doing everything possible to discourage the people from any protest on this date. What we did not expect is for you, our moral ally in this struggle, to agree with the regime in its analysis of the conflict.

At this most critical moment in Iran’s history, your statements have caused widespread confusion, shock, despair and anger within Iran.

You are an intelligent man with great accomplishments in this administration. That is why it is so difficult for the people of Iran to understand your greatly flawed understanding of our struggle against the tyranny of the present regime. Your statements are not consistent with the facts, as they exist in Iran today.

In your statement this weekend, it is reported that, that you said the United States should stay out this Iranian "family fight" and that it is your hope that "the United States had learned its lesson not to interfere in Iran's affairs." It sounded like a press statement from the regime, not the US Secretary of state. This is not a family fight. The regime does not reflect the will of the people of Iran. It is not an Iranian regime but a radical Islamic regime. This regime hates Iran, our love for our culture, our history. It has taken hostage our entire country. They are not part of our family.

If your statement was designed to make clear that the United States was not prepared to back up our efforts militarily, we understand that. We have consistently and repeatedly declared that we do not need your military support. But we do need your encouragement. The people of Iran need to know that the United States supports the morally correctness of opposing this regime. Yours is one of the few nations to speak with moral clarity in our world today, which is why your statements are so discouraging to millions of Iranians.

You spoke of Iran as a democracy. But it is not a true democracy. As you must know the regime only permits people who support the regime to be placed on the ballot. Our true leaders are not in the regime or its parliament. They are either in prison or in hiding. We do not support the so-called reform movement. In our last election, we asked the people of Iran not to participate any longer in the illegitimate elections of this illegitimate regime. As a result, fewer than 12% of the public voted and this in a nation where voting is mandatory. The people of Iran no longer support either the so-called reformist or conservative elements of the regime. Please do not support them either.

This is not a conflict between the reformers and the hardliners, as you appear to assume. The protests in our country are lead by a third force that supports a true secular democratic republic. It is no longer a student movement alone; it is broad based with supporters every aspect of our society.

We are calling for a national referendum where the people of Iran can judge the legitimacy of this regime. We believe a separation of religion and state are necessary and therefore seek the establishment of a secular government. But, we will respect the will of the Iranian people whatever their choice may be. Only the Iranian people can determine their own future. We simply ask for your moral support.

The hours are ticking by before the July 9th demonstrations and strikes are to begin.

We need a clear statement of your support for our efforts.

We beseech you to clarify your position for the entire world to hear, before it is too late.

We are prepared to be the friends of the United States that you have longed for. Secretary Powell: give us a chance, give us your support, do it now, before it’s too late!


On behalf of SMCCDI,

Aryo B. Pirouznia (for the Committee)

5015 Addison Circle #244 Addison, TX 75001 (USA)
Phone: +1 (972) 504-6864; E.Mail:;;

"If you want on or off this Iran ping list, Freepmail me”

DoctorZin Note: I will be publishing an American version of this letter shortly. We need to fax or email this to Secretary Powell and the media immediately.

This second post will appear shortly.

28 posted on 07/07/2003 11:03:38 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... 2 days until July 9th)
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To: AdmSmith
The DCH reports this story now? Why? To try and make people believe that the students protesting are all drug addicts? Seems like a self serving story for the regime to be reported at this time.
29 posted on 07/07/2003 11:23:01 AM PDT by nuconvert
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To: AdmSmith
"Spontaneous gatherings of people are being organized to counter provocations staged by rioters," the Iranian Labor News Agency (ILNA) reported.

ROTFL... that belongs right up there with former Clinton Surgeon General Jocelyn Elder's ideas for "safer bullets" to "save the chillun" and buckets that tip over or won't hold water to "keep the chillun from drowning."

30 posted on 07/07/2003 11:33:47 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: CurlyBill
What is the anticipated turnout for 9 Jul, and how widespread are the protests expected to be?

It is impossible to judge what will happen. The regime is reportedly preparing to make the nation deaf, dumb and blind for the coming days. They are expected to shut down all phone service, jam all satellite and radio signals.

I will report more soon.

31 posted on 07/07/2003 11:35:54 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... 2 days until July 9th)
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To: DoctorZIn
Did any one forward this to Medias and organizations?
I will do it soon.
Lets support the movement inside Iran with whatever means we have.
32 posted on 07/07/2003 11:36:13 AM PDT by Khashayar (Phoenix)
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To: DoctorZIn; All; Enemy Of The State; Travis McGee; Cincinatus' Wife
I'd like to create a shortened version of this letter to send to I will work on that much later tonight after I am done working.

Note: I will stress the notion that this is a critical moment that should not be lost. I will also remind President Bush of the Kurds and the Shia peoples in Iraq, and how they suffered because of our inability to act over the past 12 years. This is a chance to do the right thing in real time.

However, I have warned you that you could be let down by America. Please don't hate us if this happens. Remember that you need to own your own revolution. Good people from around the world will come to your aid when they see you willing to shed your own blood for freedom.
33 posted on 07/07/2003 11:50:02 AM PDT by risk (Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?)
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To: Khashayar
Lets support the movement inside Iran with whatever means we have.

There are dark days ahead for you. Many times Americans were tempted to lose faith in their revolution. Keep yourselves strong, even as you are dying. President Bush said just this year: "The history of the modern world offers a lesson for the skeptics: do not bet against the success of freedom."

Remember our Valley Forge winter, when all seemed to be lost. We even had to execute deserters from our own army.

In a studio recording of a speech initially delivered at a
Valley Forge commemorative ceremony, Speaker of the House
Champ Clark paid tribute to the suffering of the brave men

Here in the winter of discontent, our fortunes sank to the
lowest point. But from this place, Washington went forth
conquering, and to conquer, and to become the foremost man
of all the world.

"At Valley Forge,"
speech by Speaker of the House Champ Clark,
circa 1918-1920.
American Leaders Speak, 1918-1920 

34 posted on 07/07/2003 12:01:57 PM PDT by risk
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To: DoctorZIn
Here is a link to the letter I am sending Secretary Powell that I promised.

Please send it to him and the media, immediately.

Also, please attend the demonstrations of support being hosted around the country. Your presence will make a difference.

35 posted on 07/07/2003 12:35:22 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... 1 day until July 9th protests begin)
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To: AdmSmith
Regarding your Radio Free Europe Report.

No one knows for sure the outcome of the next few days in Iran. But you might find it interesting that to huge numbers of Iranians both inside and outside of Iran, consider Radio Free Europe to have been coopted by the Islamic republic.

When I have read their reports they often sound more like news from the regime than news from the US administration.

We will find out soon, who bests knows the situation on the ground in Iran, but I doubt it is Radio Free Europe.
36 posted on 07/07/2003 12:46:08 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... 1 day until July 9th protests begin)
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To: DoctorZIn
I confess I have often been shocked at the opposition to the White House position Powell so often exhibits, and I can not, for the life of me, understand why he still heads up the State Department nor why at least half of its employees are not in jail...including Powell who needs to keep his mouth shut or have it sown shut.
I can only imagine what cold chills his latest pronouncements must have given those who are looking to us for help.
I remember Tienemin Square when we silently watched tanks drive over the Statue of Liberty and all the students in their paths.
Lord, grant our president the will to never stand idly by when those whom we have encouraged believe in us enough to put their lives at risk for freedom.
We stand with you. Salute to a new dawn of freedom on July Ninth.
Below is Kharazi's response to Powell's words.

Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi:

Iranian FM says there are signs of acceptance of reality in Powell's words, warns against US positions' inconsistency.

TEHRAN - Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi on Friday welcomed what he called a shift in the US position toward last month's student-led demonstrations which swept Iranian cities, the state news agency IRNA reported.

"There are signs of an acceptance of the reality in the words of US Secretary of State Colin Powell," said Kharazi.

Powell said Wednesday that Washington should avoid a direct role in anti-regime protests in Iran, arguing US interests would be best served by stepping back and waiting.

"The best thing we can do right now is not get in the middle of this family fight too deeply," he said.

The demonstrations have evaporated after peaking in mid-June. Security forces made 4,000 arrests during the June 10-20 wave of protests, which were marked by unprecedented slogans against Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader.

As the protests unfolded, Powell and other US officials were quick to offer moral support to the demonstrators.

At one point on June 17, Powell said the United States was "encouraging" but not "fomenting" the protests and then five days later said Washington had a duty to do so.

Iranian officials reacted angrily to the remarks, accusing the United States of meddling in its internal affairs.

Kharazi welcomed the change of tone but cautioned that "there is no consistency in the positions of the Americans, and that's because they do not have accurate information on Iranian society and are easily influenced.

"Today, they have realised that this unrest was unimportant," he said.
Worth repeating:

"Today, they have realised that this unrest was unimportant," he said.

Let July Ninth make a liar of him.
37 posted on 07/07/2003 12:58:11 PM PDT by Nix 2 ( QUINN AND ROSE IN THE AM)
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NITV (the most popular of the La Based Iranian broadcasters into Iran) reported to me that their "uplink" in the US was being jammed reportedly from within the US... a sign of things to come? Here is their report...

Iranian Rogue Carrier Blocks NITV Transmission

Dear NITV Viewers,
As you are aware, our television broadcast has been, once again, terrorized by the evil signals of Islamic Republic regime.

According to ADTH, an American-based satellite transmission company that broadcast our signal, a rogue carrier has been targeting our transponder since early hours of Sunday July 6. Investigations are now on the way to detect the source of illegal transmissions.

Due to criticality of the situation in Iran which coincides with the anniversary of Student Uprising (18 Tir), we have decided not to wait for the result of investigations but to start transmiting on different frequencies and satellites for the next few days. For this reason we are in desperate need of your financial help. Please submit your donations as soon as possible by clicking here.

"If you want on or off this Iran ping list, Freepmail me”
38 posted on 07/07/2003 1:12:13 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... 1 day until July 9th protests begin)
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To: JulieRNR21; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Pan_Yans Wife; RobFromGa; fat city; freedom44; Tamsey; ...
Thought you might like to know that I was interviewed last night on NITV just after this happened. I was on with the US representative of the Iranian Student Movement (SMCCDI). He spoke to the Iranian people about what we are doing here at the FreeRepublic. I must tell you that the Iranian people were extremely grateful to hear a non-Iranian American speak passionately about their cause. It was a privilege and honor to address the people of Iran at this critical moment in history. It was a humbling event.

By the way, I will be in their studios starting Tuesday afternoon through the night to bring you all the breaking news in Iran.

Thank you for all your support.


"If you want on or off this Iran ping list, Freepmail me”
39 posted on 07/07/2003 1:13:27 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... 1 day until July 9th protests begin)
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To: DoctorZIn
Excellent... and thank you so very much for all of your work on behalf of the students, and in keeping us all informed.
40 posted on 07/07/2003 1:14:55 PM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife (Lurking since 2000.)
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To: DoctorZIn
23 hours and 10 minutes until July 9th, 2003, in Tehran, Iran.
41 posted on 07/07/2003 1:21:04 PM PDT by Texas_Dawg ("...They came to hate their party and this president... They have finished by hating their country.")
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To: *all
Just a reminder:

Major demonstrations planned in Support of Iranian Students

Date: Wed. July 9, 2003 Time: 10:00 Location: US Capital Square, In front of Capital Building, West Front area Source: contact: 800-662-8196 or In Attendence: Senator Sam Brownback, Senator Brad Sherman and others.

Support Iranian Students In Their Quest For Freedom & Democracy

The young people are investing their lives for freedom in Iran. All they are asking from you is to invest only a few hours of your time.

On July 9th, 2003, the fourth anniversary of the Islamic Regime's savage massacre of the university Students in Iran, the Coalition for the Pro-democracy Iranian groups in cooperation with International Harmony are organizing a demonstration in solidarity with Iranian student's Struggle for freedom. the demonstration of July 9, 2003 will focus on the Islamic Regime's denial of unalienable rights of Iranian people to liberty, justice and the pursuit of happiness. The demonstration of July 9, 2003 in Washington D.C. will also place emphasis on condemning the Iranian Regime's cardinal standing in sponsoring radical Islamic Ideology and International acts of Terroism.

Place: The United States Capitol Square, Capitol Building, West Front Area. Washington D.C.

TIME: 10:00 AM, Wednesday July 9, 2003

Senators Sherman, and Brownback said they will be in attendence to speak to a very large mix of Iranian-Americans and other supporters of Democracy in Iran.

Satellite Television has reported other Demonstrations initiated by Iranian-Americans in Houston, Dallas, San Diego, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Seattle, Chicago, most countries in Europe, and Australia. All groups of people will be in attendence to show their vocal support.

Here a couple they announced today:

Los Angeles July 8th 6pm front of Federal Building in Westwood for more information 818-355-3747

Atlanta Tuesday July 8th CNN Center From 5-9 with live Music

Charlotte July 8th 4pm in front of the Federal Court House

Chicago Wednesday July 9th 6-9pm Michigan Street

Seattle Tuesday July 8th 6-8pm 15 & 45th street - Univ of Washington.

Houston Tuesday July 8th 6-8pm 2300 Between St. Phillip and Westernet

Texas July 8th at 630pm in front of the Capital Building

New York July 9th 11-2pm 1st and 47th for more information 718-445-9761

Miami July 9th 12-5pm Aside British Embassy at Bayside Park

Austin, TX July 8th at 630pm J8 in front of the Capital Building for more information 512-789-7076

San Diego Sunday July 6th Federal Building Front Street & Broadway from 5-9pm

Houston Sunday July 6th Muslim Community Center (Guy said symbolic gesture to the Mullahs) from 6-8pm

Germany Berlin Date: Sat. July 5, 2003 Time: 12:00-15:30 Location: Podbielskiallee 65 (U1, metro line 1) Source: contact: various

Frankfort Date: Sat. July 5, 2003 Time: 11:00 Location: Bocken heimer warte (in front of Frankfort University) Source: contact:

Sweden Stockholm Date: Wednesday. July 9, 2003 Time: 17.00 (swedish time) Location: Sergelstorg, Stockholm City Source: various

Denmark Copenhagen Date: Wed. July 9, 2003 Time: 16:00 Location: In front of In front of Iran Embassy Source: contact: +45-5160-3121

Spain Barcelona Date: Wed. July 9, 2003 Time: 10:00-12:00 Location: Plaza Sant Jaume Source: SMCCDI

United Kingdom London Date: Wed. July 9, 2003 Time: 2pm to 4pm Location: No 10 Downing Street, London (near Westminster station) Source: contact:07957 212 890 - 07958 313 397

Belgium Brussel Date: Mon 23 June, 2003 Time: 14:00-16:00 Location: In Iran Embassy, Av tervuren 415 , 1150 Bruxelles Source: contact:

Date: Tue. July 8, 2003 Time: 14:00-18:00 Location: In front of European Union Building Source: contact:

France Paris Date: Wed. July 9, 2003 Time: 19:00-23:00 Location: Place Iena, Main Square of the City Source: SMCCDI

Paris Date: Sat. July 12, 2003 Time: 15:00-19:00 Location: Place Odeon Source: SMCCDI

42 posted on 07/07/2003 1:21:36 PM PDT by Eala ("Every Child a Wanted Child" TruthfullyTranslated: "Abortion. It's for the Children.")
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To: DoctorZIn
Great. Thanks so much for your dedication. I would know little without your thread. We're grateful to you for letting the Iranian people know that we support their cause and are trying to help.
I hope the breaking news you report includes the breaking down of the regime.
43 posted on 07/07/2003 1:43:29 PM PDT by nuconvert
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To: DoctorZIn
Saving Iran From Itself

James Jay Carafano

According to "realist" international-relations theory, nations will act in their own self-interest. Iranian leaders who are pushing to provide their country with the option to "go nuclear" don't seem to get the idea.

Virtually every nation that has fielded a nuclear weapon has done so to counter a perceived threat. Iran seems to want to be the exception. And arming itself with nukes isn't merely unnecessary; it could do irreparable harm to its international standing and strategic security.

Inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) show that Iran has pushed the legal limit and gone a bit beyond what's permissible for a peaceful nuclear research effort. It seems pretty clear that the Iranians are trying to develop enough expertise and capacity to switch from a legitimate program to producing fissile material for nuclear weapons in very short order.

Tehran's nuclear research program makes absolutely no sense from an economic or environmental standpoint. Iran has more than enough petroleum to meet its domestic and export needs, and plenty of natural gas is available if anyone's worried about air pollution.

Nuclear weapons make even less sense from a strategic point of view. Iran is arguably much safer than it was a decade ago. The Soviet bear has been declawed. Russia's military poses no threat. The Taliban is gone, and a friendly warlord sits on the Afghan-Iranian border. Saddam Hussein (search), who once led an invasion of Iran, has been deposed. Turkey certainly isn't interested in attacking Iran. Even Israel may make peace with the Palestinian Authority (search), leaving Iran scant justification for portraying that conflict as a causus belli.

Ironically, all these developments can in great part be attributed to the policies of the United States -- which, it can be argued, has done more to make the world safe for Iran than all the mullahs in Tehran.

Iranians might argue that they have to defend themselves against the United States. After all, the president did list their country as part of an axis of evil. But Iran is on the list only because it has backed terrorists and pursued weapons of mass destruction (search). With the Baathist Party out of power in Iraq and peace close to breaking out in Palestine, support for terrorism as a means to advance Iranian interest makes little sense. And a nuclear weapons program, which is more likely to gain Washington's ire than its indifference, doesn't seem like a good idea for a country that wants to enhance its security.

A nuclear program would be logical only if Iran wants a stick that it can use to bully neighbors and raise its standing in the Islamic world. But wait, Pakistan tried that route. All it managed to achieve was a nuclear standoff that threatens to kill millions of people if somebody makes a mistake or gets an itchy trigger finger.

Even if Iran builds a nuclear capability, it can rest assured that, like North Korea (search), it will get more attention from the United States than it wants. It also will risk isolating itself diplomatically and economically from the nations that can help meet the aspirations of young Iranians who wish to see their country grow and prosper.

That said, Iran's leaders have time to come to their senses. If they decided to build a bomb tomorrow, it would take time to produce the fissile material (search), assemble a workable weapon, and marry it to a reliable delivery system. By that time, there may be enough missile-defense systems to make their nuclear threat seem fairly timid.

In the meantime, an Iranian regime may emerge that recognizes that expensive nuclear programs that waste national treasure and provide no added security are a poor bargain. Other nations, including Brazil, South Africa and South Korea managed to do the math right and scrap their nuclear ambitions. Perhaps Iran will as well.

The United States has made the Middle East safe for Iran. It also has the power to make the regime in Tehran feel a lot less secure if it pushes for the nuclear option. Now is the time for a little realistic thinking. Iran should immediately adopt the IAEA protocols and follow the spirit as well as the letter of these prohibitions against developing nuclear arms. Better yet, Tehran would be wise to abolish its nuclear program altogether -- and make Iran safe from itself.

James Jay Carafano is a senior research fellow for defense and homeland security at The Heritage Foundation.
44 posted on 07/07/2003 2:14:13 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... 1 day until July 9th protests begin)
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To: DoctorZIn
Thanks for your work, I know that you spend many hours every day on this.
45 posted on 07/07/2003 2:19:52 PM PDT by AdmSmith
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To: DoctorZIn
What happend to the scheduled concerts? Seems to me that any & every gathering like that (even if it's begun as a government sanctioned counter to protests) could be useful. Course, they could also be traps.

If the government is expected to shut down phones (electricty?), I might have signs prepared demanding their being turned back on. The additional repression can also be an additional spark.

"Give the people their Voice" "Give the people their phones"

46 posted on 07/07/2003 2:27:31 PM PDT by GoLightly
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To: GoLightly
...What happend to the scheduled concerts?...

They are having them. It is attracting some. The people of Iran have not been allowed such concerts under the present regime. But I have heard reports of people singing the old national anthem at the concerts. It is a type of protest.
47 posted on 07/07/2003 2:33:28 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... 1 day until July 9th protests begin)
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To: Khashayar
I thought people should read this again.

"I have never walked on your flag, I have never burnt it.
I said once, they painted your sacred flag on the entry of the campus I go! I swear I have never walked on it, I jumped over in winter on ice, in fall in rainy days, in summer.
What or who forced me to jump? you? your government? your movies? your culture? I doubt, it was me, my mind!
The respect you pay to your flag forced me to do so.
I hung one flag of the USA and one former flag of Iran on the wall of my room.
I just hoped that you understand this kind of feeling and I should say, this is not inside me only, I know many people here who act the same as I do."
48 posted on 07/07/2003 3:44:00 PM PDT by nuconvert
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To: All
Iran's missiles and ideology an unhealthy mix

Jul. 7, 2003

After years of development, Iran on Monday confirmed that the Shihab-3 ballistic missile, capable of reaching Israel, has undergone its "final testing" and is likely to be integrated into that country's ballistic production line.

What appears to be the successful test of the Shihab-3 only confirms what Israeli intelligence officials have cried in increasingly strident language: Iran constitutes Israel's biggest strategic threat.

"This is very bad news for us," a senior IDF source told The Jerusalem Post Monday night. "It means that Iran now has the capability to deliver a warhead [to] virtually any location in Israel with a missile."

The source explained that missiles themselves are pose little strategic threat, but aside from its development of nuclear weapons, Iran has a potent arsenal of chemical and biological weapons, which could be loaded on the missiles.

While some Iranian opposition groups disputed the success of the latest Shihab trial—the first Shihab-3 was launched with minor success in July 1998—Israeli intelligence confirms that the rocket was launched and landed at a distance of 1300km, just as the Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi indicated Monday.

The missile is partially based on North Korean's No Dong missile, a progeny of the Scud class missiles originally designed in the Soviet Union.

"Trust me," added the source, "it is no coincidence that the missile was designed for a range of 1300km—just enough distance to hit all of Israel."

In parallel to the missile development, the senior source said that "Iran is working as quickly as possible to finish developing a nuclear device." Current estimates in the IDF are that Iran might produce a functioning nuclear weapon in two to three years.

It is Iran's ideology, not its current capabilities, that disturbs the IDF intelligence community. "Syria still poses a greater military and strategic threat to us, but it is Iran's ideological imperative of destroying Israel which could be so unhealthy for us," the source said.

The Israeli intelligence community has also suffered from a difficulty in deciphering Iranian logic and propaganda. While they know whose finger rests on or near the "button," the IDF source said it is hard to gauge under what circumstances it could be pressed.

According to a diplomatic source in Jerusalem, the wildcard in Iran's nuclear gambit is Russia. On one hand the Eurasian giant placates the US by promising to curb its nuclear aid to Iran. On the other, said the diplomat, the Russians find it nearly impossible to forgo the billions of dollars it could pump into its economy should the deal be pushed through. Nor is it interested in losing the billions it has already invested in the project.

Israel, Foreign Ministry sources claim, is shackled in its ability to react and prefers to let the international community pressure the Iranians, diplomatically if possible, militarily if necessary, into quitting their nuclear program.

Israel considers the application of American and now British pressure on the Iranians to halt their advancement of military nuclear technology its ace in the hole. "We don't want to lead this fight," said the Foreign Ministry source.

The International Atomic Energy Association director general Muhammed El Bareidi is to chastise Iran for its nuclear duplicity in his trip there Wednesday.

However, international pressure has achieved only partial success in the past. When in the 1970s Jerusalem pressed Washington to ask Paris to downgrade the nuclear reactor France was building for Iraq's Saddam Hussein, the tyrant railed against them, and both the French and the US yielded. Saddam got his Osirak research reactor, in addition to 13kg of weapons-grade uranium, which can be used to build nuclear reactors. With the development of an Iraqi nuclear weapon only weeks away, then Prime Minister Menachem Begin gave the Air Force the nod to destroy the reactor on June 7 1981.

In both the Israeli and American security establishments, there are increasing murmurs of a similar strike in the future.
49 posted on 07/07/2003 4:10:18 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... 1 day until July 9th protests begin)
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To: DoctorZIn
You tell them Doctor, just how MUCH we care. Please tell them that we are all praying for them and that we'll be glued to these screens all day Wednesday. Tell them to be brave and to be safe but not give up.
50 posted on 07/07/2003 5:27:47 PM PDT by McGavin999
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