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Iranian Alert -- DAY 29 -- LIVE THREAD PING LIST
Live Thread Ping List | 7.8.2003 | DoctorZin

Posted on 07/08/2003 12:10:58 AM PDT by DoctorZIn

In less than 24 hours (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.

DoctorZin


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1 posted on 07/08/2003 12:10:58 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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2 posted on 07/08/2003 12:12:53 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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Join Us at Iranian Alert -- DAY 29 -- LIVE THREAD PING LIST

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3 posted on 07/08/2003 12:14:52 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... 12 hours until July 9th protests begin)
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To: DoctorZIn
U.S. BEGINS TV BROADCASTS TO IRAN

July 7, 2003

The Voice of America-produced program, News & Views, will be broadcasted across Iran by satellite from 9:30 pm to 10:00 PM local time, featuring original news reporting and aimed at Iran's younger population.

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), which oversees all U.S. international nonmilitary broadcasting, including VOA, decided to launch the program after student protests against the Iranian government last month.

Kenneth Tomlinson, chairman of the BBG, said the new program intends to provide Iranians with an alternative to government-controlled newscasts.

"By reporting what's happening in Iran today, we can help further the struggle for freedom and self-determination in Iran," Tomlinson said in a press statement July 3.

"If ever there was a time when the people of Iran need sound, factual reporting on their country, it is now."

The program includes world news summaries, analysis of issues and events and cultural features. The new show will feature reports contributed from inside Iran, as well as Washington, New York, Los Angeles and around the world.

The BBG already broadcasts two weekly television programs in Farsi: Roundtable with You, a 90-minute discussion show, and Next Chapter, a weekly newsmagazine. The BBG also funds Radio Farda, a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week, youth-oriented Persian-language radio service.

News & Views, scheduled to run through at least September 30, is expected to cost up to $500,000 and will use existing VOA staff and Radio Farda stringers in Iran.

Satellite television -- while banned by the Iranian government -- is a top source of news in Iran, where some 70 percent of the population, roughly 67 million people, is under 30.

American officials hope the new U.S.-funded broadcast will complement the work of the National Iranian Television, NITV, a satellite channel operated by Iranian exiles based in Los Angeles, Calif. Iranian clerics have blamed NITV's 24-hour daily broadcasts for fomenting dissent and student protests last month.

The Iranian government has also accused the U.S. of bankrolling the NITV and of using the new program to interfere in its internal affairs.

U.S. State Department spokesman Richard Boucher last week rejected Iran's allegations that the U.S. sought to intervene through its new satellite broadcast.

"We don't consider that providing information is getting involved or interfering in anything," Boucher said at a briefing July 3.


"The Voice of America provides information. It's a standard tool of our public diplomacy to help inform people overseas," Boucher added.

The show's premiere of News & Views included the first of a special series of reports on events leading up to the fourth anniversary of the Iranian government's July 9, 1999 violent crackdown on student uprisings in Iran.

Fearing more student protests this week, Iranian authorities have banned rallies for Wednesday July 9, postponed university examinations, and closed dormitories, the British Guardian reported Monday.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/media/media_watch/july-dec03/iran_07-07.html

DoctorZin Note: Now the only question is what are they going to say. If it is anything like the Voice of America broadcasts we can't expect much. I hope I am proved wrong.
4 posted on 07/08/2003 12:24:26 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... 12 hours until July 9th protests begin)
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To: DoctorZIn
Good Morning from the Garden of England.

Being one of the Brits on this forum makes me feel rather pissed. While the Great American government are actively supporting the protesters, Ol'Red Bastard Straw, is supporting the Iranian government.

The protests tomorrow, will not just be against the Iranian government, but their supporters in Europe and in the Middle East.

FORZA IRANIAN PEOPLE!
5 posted on 07/08/2003 1:46:13 AM PDT by Big Bad Bob (On July 9th 2003, We will all be Iranians, United against Evil)
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To: Big Bad Bob
Bless you.
6 posted on 07/08/2003 1:49:43 AM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife (Lurking since 2000.)
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To: DoctorZIn
FREE IRAN 7-9-03 BUMP


7 posted on 07/08/2003 2:26:37 AM PDT by putupon
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8 posted on 07/08/2003 4:28:25 AM PDT by Free the USA
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To: Big Bad Bob; RaceBannon; ewing; DoctorZIn; Pan_Yans Wife
The Straw thing is unbelievable. What do we know about his alleged betrayal? I think the Iranian youth might want to ignore it and make their own choices today. This is their time.

Stay safe everyone...
9 posted on 07/08/2003 4:28:39 AM PDT by risk
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To: DoctorZIn; freedom44; RaceBannon; risk
Dont you know that the ruling mullahs in Iran have ever
had great and strong ties with UK ?
Iranians believe that this regime is "Made in UK"
Production Date is : 1953
Expiration Date is : 2003

I don't know this history, and I will assume that much evil befell Iran during the Cold War. I can't apologize because we had a truly evil international Soviet regime to battle then.

It is time to undo all manner of Cold War era damage. Good luck, and as we say, keep your powder dry.

10 posted on 07/08/2003 4:37:48 AM PDT by risk
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To: Khashayar
The news from HK is heartening: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/942164/posts

Maybe your luck will improve, as well.
11 posted on 07/08/2003 4:40:55 AM PDT by risk
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To: DoctorZIn
6 hours and 10 minutes until July 9th, 2003, in Tehran, Iran.
12 posted on 07/08/2003 6:22:02 AM 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: DoctorZIn
Good morning
& thanks for the ping
13 posted on 07/08/2003 6:49:47 AM PDT by firewalk
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Judgment Day

National Review Online.
July 9 and beyond.
By Pooya Dayanim

Tmorrow is Judgment Day for the terrorist mullahs that run the Islamic regime in Iran. July 9 is the four-year anniversary of the beginning of the student uprising that has now matured and has begun to shake the foundations of the Islamic regime. Iranians all around the world are holding rallies in support of and in solidarity with the pro-democracy supporters and freedom fighters inside Iran who are about to begin a movement to liberate themselves from one the darkest chapters in the history of Iran. So what is going to happen tomorrow in Iran?

The Islamic regime announced last week that it has already arrested over 4,000 pro-democracy demonstrators including 800 students including the key student leaders who have lead demonstrations in the past. The true number is even higher. The Islamic Republic's prisons are now home to more journalists, dissidents, and students than any other country in the world. Several people were killed in the demonstrations two weeks ago and hundreds were badly beaten by the regime's thugs.

The regime has closed the University of Tehran. All other universities are closed. The so-called reformist city council and the Khatami government have banned all rallies and demonstrations inside university campuses and outside in the streets. Newspapers inside Iran have been told not to report what is happening. The few foreign journalists who are there are being urged to cover the visit of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief (when the regime will promise more cooperation on its nuclear program in order to divert world attention from the popular unrest) and stay away from any gatherings. There is currently no freedom of speech, no freedom of press and no freedom of assembly in a dictatorship some naively call a "democracy."

The streets of Tehran and several other major cities are swarming with members of the revolutionary guard, the Hezbollah militia, plainclothes thugs, foreign mercenaries, and others hired by the regime to immediately suppress and crush any gatherings.

And it seems the regime has not settled for suppressing the people inside Iran, but is now attempting to silence the pro-democracy voices outside of Iran. For the past two days, three Los Angeles-based satellite TV stations (NITV, Azadi TV, and Channel One) that were largely responsible for carrying political messages and urging pro-democracy activists to pour to the streets of Tehran have had their signals jammed — at a time when they are about to play a potentially historic role in the liberation of Iran. (Disturbingly, there are indications that the signals are being stopped from locations in Europe and the U.S.) The regime has also restricted access to the website of Reza Pahlavi, the website of the student movement, as well as access to the website of the three satellite television stations. Meanwhile, the other Satellite broadcasters that are beaming non-political content into Iran have not had their signals jammed.

All of this, however, is irrelevant. The people of Iran (inside Iran and outside) want an end to this evil regime. Freedom will prevail. There will be demonstrations. The regime with attack, but the people will fight back. Today, in Los Angeles, several thousand Iranian Americans will stand in solidarity with people of Iran. Tomorrow, Iranian Americans will stand in solidarity with the people of Iran in front of Capitol Hill and will be joined by members of Congress (make sure your member is there) who believe that the people of Iran deserve freedom.

We just celebrated America's Independence Day. People throughout the world deserve freedom as well. As lovers of freedom we should all join the Iranian-American community and stand in solidarity with the people of Iran.

Judgment Day is approaching for those who have shed the blood of tens of thousands of innocent Iranians. Judgment Day is approaching for those who have ordered the stoning of women. Judgment Day is approaching for those who ordered the bombing of the Jewish community center in Argentina. Judgment Day is approaching for those who ordered the bombing of the Marine barracks in Lebanon and the Khobar Towers in Riyadh. Judgment Day is approaching for those who started the chant: "Death to America" and everything America stands for. Judgment Day is approaching for the Islamic Republic of Iran. It may not be tomorrow, but soon this evil regime will join the other evil regimes in the dustbin of history. Judgment Day will come.

— Pooya Dayanim is the president of the U.S.-based Iranian Jewish Public Affairs Committee (IJPAC). The views expressed in this article are his own.

http://nationalreview.com/comment/comment-dayanim070803.asp

"If you want on or off this Iran ping list, Freepmail me”
14 posted on 07/08/2003 7:56:11 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... 4 hours until July 9th protests begin)
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To: DoctorZIn
What's the update on the Sat TV jamming of the Pro-Freedom Iranian TV broadcasts orginiating in the US and the interference with local reception?

Inquiring minds want to know...

15 posted on 07/08/2003 8:00:11 AM PDT by jriemer (We are a Republic not a Democracy)
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...What's the update on the Sat TV jamming of the Pro-Freedom Iranian TV broadcasts orginiating in the US and the interference with local reception? ...

Nothing new to report yet. The most interesting development that the National Review just cited it that someone is jamming uplink signals inside the US. This has serious national security implications.
16 posted on 07/08/2003 8:11:53 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... 4 hours until July 9th protests begin)
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To: DoctorZIn
Today, in Los Angeles, several thousand Iranian Americans will stand in solidarity with people of Iran.

And in Seattle there will be at least two Americans not of Iranian origin.

17 posted on 07/08/2003 8:15:32 AM PDT by Eala ("Every Child a Wanted Child" TruthfullyTranslated: "Abortion. It's for the Children.")
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Reading the Popular Mood in Iran

July 07, 2003
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Patrick Clawson

July 9 is the fourth anniversary of the student-sparked mass protests that erupted in Iran in 1999. New protests this July could test Washington no less than Tehran. Will the U.S. government side openly and publicly with the freedom-minded students against not only the unelected hardliners, but also the ineffectual elected leadership of President Muhammad Khatami?

Background: Polarization On June 22, 2003, the Iranian newspaper Yas-e Now published a remarkable poll that had originally appeared on the "Feedback" web page of the Expediency Discernment Council, run by former president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. Those polled were given the question, "What are the actual demands of the Iranian people?" and a choice of four answers. They responded as follows:

- 13 percent chose the answer "solutions to the problems of people's livelihood, and the continuation of the present political policy" -- in other words, the current hardline stance.

- 16 percent chose "political reforms and increases in the powers of the reformists."

- 26 percent chose "fundamental changes in management and in the performance of the system for an efficient growth" -- a position often identified with Rafsanjani.

- 45 percent chose "change in the political system, even with foreign
intervention."

The fact that 45 percent of respondents endorsed foreign intervention if necessary is all the more surprising considering two factors: first, the continued imprisonment of pollsters who last year found that 75 percent of Iranians want open negotiations with the United States; and second, the ominous rumors circulating in Iran that the United States is considering an invasion -- rumors with no basis in fact.

Against this background, student protests are becoming more common. One wave of protests occurred in December 2002. Then, on June 10, 2003, protests began in the Amirabad dormitory complex of Tehran University. Thousands of nonstudents eventually joined these demonstrations, encouraged by Los Angeles-based Persian-language satellite television channels. As the Tehran protests wound down over the course of ten days, demonstrations, some of them violent, erupted in several other cities. In Khatami's home city of Yazd, for example, six banks were reportedly attacked with Molotov cocktails and 230 protestors were arrested.

Protests This Week? The July 9, 1999, demonstrations, which had been sparked by attacks on students, filled the streets of Tehran with over 100,000 people demanding basic change. Every major Iranian city saw demonstrations on succeeding days. These protests, the largest ever under the Islamic Republic, represented a turning point for the reformist movement led by Khatami, largely because he refused to support the demonstrations or to use them as a means of pressing hardliners into approving reforms. For months, the expectation has been that July 9, 2003, would occasion a new test of wills between protestors and the hardliners who control the police, judiciary, Basij militia, and Ansar-e Hizballah vigilantes.

In fact, it would be impressive if large-scale demonstrations do occur on July 9. The authorities have gone to extraordinary lengths to prevent new protests. Besides the obvious measure of banning all public demonstrations, they have gone so far as to close the Tehran University dorms for the week in order to disperse students. Perhaps most important, as Prosecutor-General Abdolnabi Namazi explained, 4,000 people were detained after the June protests, of whom 2,000 remain in prison.

Nevertheless, student leaders remain defiant. On July 3, 106 such leaders -- many of them mainstream figures long opposed to violent protest -- released a letter warning Khatami, "We ask you to prevent an uprising before it is too late to find a clear path forward. . . . Mr. President, if you are incapable of protecting our rights, if you cannot put an end to illegal arrests and the kidnapping of students, please resign so that the student movement can confront the regime on its own. Then everyone will know what the end result of such confrontation will be."

Implications for U.S. Policy There is broad agreement within the Bush administration and Congress that the United States should support political change in Iran, and equally broad agreement that neither military force nor covert operations should be used toward that end. Yet, disagreement abounds regarding exactly what to do, with three broad policy options in play. The first is President George W. Bush's approach of publicly supporting democratic forces against the unelected leaders who hold power -- a strategy of ignoring the ineffective elected leaders who remain committed to perpetuating undemocratic clerical rule. Bush has used strong language to support demonstrators; for example, on June 18, 2003, he stated, "I appreciate those courageous souls who speak out for freedom in Iran. They need to know America stands squarely by their side." The Bush administration's harsher rhetoric has been accompanied by increasing boldness among Iranian demonstrators, suggesting that a more activist U.S. approach does not undermine the democratic cause.

The second option was perhaps best captured in a July 3, 2003, statement by Secretary of State Colin Powell: "The U.S. can support the protests by Iranian youth but it should remember that the Iranian president has been elected freely and we must not meddle in a family fight." This statement, which has been well received by Iranian hardline media, emphasizes the limitations of U.S. power and the positive aspects of Iranian political life -- rather than how Iran's elected representatives have steadily lost power and have rarely stepped forward to fight for reform.

The third, more active approach, is best represented by Republican Senator Sam Brownback's proposed Iran Democracy Act, cosponsored by several other Republicans and Democrats. The act would provide the State Department with million to increase broadcasting and promote an internationally monitored referendum in Iran. Some critics characterize this approach as aggressive regime change, though it is by no means clear that the State Department would use the funds toward that end.

Which approach the United States adopts will surely be influenced by the policy that Iran adopts on key issues such as financing Palestinian rejectionists and apprehending al-Qaeda activists hiding in Iran. Two other issues stand out: nuclear proliferation and Iraq. Regarding the former, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director-general Mohamed ElBaradei is due to arrive in Tehran on July 9 for yet another round of discussions about Iranian activities that belie Tehran's claim that its nuclear program is purely peaceful in nature. He will also press Iran to sign and quickly implement the Additional Protocol, adopted by the IAEA in 1995 in order to allow more inspections. Time is running out for Iran to address these concerns before the September 8-10 IAEA Board of Governors meeting, at which the United States will press the agency to refer the problem of Iran's noncompliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty to the UN Security Council.

Regarding Iraq, although Iran has had little impact in fomenting attacks against the postwar U.S. presence, Iranian hardliners are calling on Tehran to do more. For example, on June 26, the powerful hardline Keyhan newspaper published an editorial by director-in-charge Hossein Shariatmadari stating the following: "American and British troops [are now] within the reach of the Muslim and revolutionary nations. And obviously killing them and taking revenge on them for the blood of the innocent slaughtered by them is easier than ever. . . . Today there is no need for Muslim revolutionaries to take the trouble of carrying bombs and explosives to distant bases in order to punish the American and British forces, and their punishment is easily possible by throwing grenades and firebombs and even by sticks and stones. This is a divine blessing and golden opportunity for the Muslim nations to take revenge on the invaders."

It seems that some Iranian hardliners have decided to redouble their hard line: doing little about IAEA concerns, repressing popular demands for reform, and stirring up trouble for the United States wherever they can, including Iraq. They are acting as if they have decided that confrontation with the United States is inevitable, and that their best defense is a strong offense. If that is their approach, it may well become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Patrick Clawson, Deputy Director The Washington Institute for Near East Policy 1828 L St. NW, Suite 1050, Washington DC 20036 202-452-0650 Fax 202-223-5364

- E-Mail: info@washingtoninstitute.org

http://iranvajahan.net/cgi-bin/news_en.pl?l=en&y=2003&m=07&d=08&a=3
18 posted on 07/08/2003 8:16:24 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... 4 hours until July 9th protests begin)
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Economic Ills Fuel Iranian Dissent
By By Afshin Molavi
Jul 8, 2003, 4:48am

Struggling Workers Find Solidarity With Protesting Students

TEHRAN -- Thin streaks of sweat dripped down Ali's gaunt, sun-baked face as he sat behind the wheel of his car amid Tehran's chaotic afternoon traffic. The 53-year-old army technician tapped his horn repeatedly as he dodged oncoming cars, motorbikes and pedestrians.

"Traffic is awful," he said, downshifting past a pedestrian as a motorbike sped by within inches of his battered, wheezing yellow car. "By the time I get home, my nerves are frayed. It's really terrible."

Still, Ali will spend the next six hours on the road at his second job: taxi driver. With rampant inflation, stagnant wages and an anemic economy, many Iranians hold second and even third jobs simply to survive. One taxi agency boasts three university professors on its part-time staff.

"Our economy is a mess," said Ali, who declined to be identified by his full name. "The prices of meat, housing, cars, everything, is overwhelming. I have given 27 years of my life to serving the army, and I am reduced to misery. I barely eat meat once a week, but our government officials are eating the finest kebabs day and night. This is outrageous."

From working-class neighborhoods to affluent suburbs, millions of disenchanted Iranians like Ali are becoming increasing vocal about their frustration with the price of meat, the lack of jobs and widely perceived government corruption. In expressing hopes for a better economic future, and anger at what they view as government mismanagement and corruption, they have found themselves in league with younger student activists calling for greater freedoms and secular democracy. Last month, roughly 10,000 protesters, a mixture of university students and local residents, took to the streets of Tehran and other Iranian cities.

Ali says he played a small role in the protests, joining a group of drivers who purposely clogged streets around Tehran University and honked their horns for hours in solidarity with the younger demonstrators. He is prepared to do so again, he says, if students defy an official protest ban on Wednesday, the anniversary of nationwide student protests that rocked the country in 1999, leaving at least five students dead and hundreds in jail.

"Our government needs to know how upset we are," he said. "They cannot simply live like kings while we live in poverty. Before the revolution, I ate meat every day. Today, I eat it only once a week."

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who lived a modest life in a humble home, once said that Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution "was not about the price of watermelons."

But today watermelons cost roughly seven times more in real terms than they did before Iranians toppled the U.S.-backed monarchy of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and put Khomeini at the head of a theocratic state. Iranians' consumption of bread, meat, rice and tea is down as much as 30 percent compared with before the revolution, according to the country's central bank, and in real terms, Iranians earn one-fourth of what they did then.

Official statistics put 15 percent of the population below the poverty line, though some economists put the actual figure closer to 40 percent. Over the last three years, inflation has averaged 15 percent. Unemployment is officially 13 percent, but independent economists say the rate is more like 25 percent.

According to the International Monetary Fund, Iran has the highest rate of brain drain in the world -- 160,000 of the country's best and brightest emigrated last year -- and with two-thirds of the country's 66 million people under age 30, the government estimates that nearly 1 million jobs must be created each year to stanch the flow of emigration.

Such statistics would likely stir passions in any country. But frustration is particularly acute in Iran, where economic expectations rose along with oil prices in 1973 and Khomeini's populist speeches included promises that government officials would personally distribute oil income checks to the masses and elevate the downtrodden. Despite possessing the world's second-largest gas reserves and third-largest oil reserves, the government has been unable to fashion a sustainable, job-creating, globalized, efficient economy, Iranian economists lament.

Officials have shown signs that they comprehend the level of popular discontent. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Khomeini's successor as Iran's supreme leader, recently made a rare call for increased foreign investment and said: "Dispensing economic justice has been one of the regime's most cherished yet unrealized goals since its establishment nearly a quarter-century ago."

New foreign investment laws, the introduction of private banking to compete with plodding state-owned banks, and measures to boost private enterprise have all been offered recently by the government as remedies for Iran's economic ills.

Still, many economists dismiss the initiatives as insufficient. "The entire structure of the economy needs to be overhauled," says Ali Rashidi, a Tehran-based economist and newly elected member of Iran's national Chamber of Commerce. "These small measures are like putting a Band-Aid on a cancer patient."

Rashidi said he believes control of the economy must be taken from the government's hands. About 70 percent of the nation's gross domestic product is controlled by inefficient government entities, Rashidi estimated, citing bonyads -- tax-exempt charitable foundations and business conglomerates -- as a key impediment to sustainable private-sector growth.

President Mohammad Khatami, whose once-popular reform agenda has been thwarted by conservatives in Iran's government, repeatedly has called for more accountability from the bonyads. Reformist lawmakers, economists and journalists publicly criticize government-affiliated "economic mafias" that distort the economy for private gain, using access to import licenses and cheap credit to create monopolies in such items as sugar, tea and cars.

Rumors of senior officials with Swiss bank accounts, villas in Europe and Canada and shady financial dealings appear to be a mixture of exaggeration and truth. But taxi drivers often point out the palatial homes of senior officials, some of whom are Muslim clerics who once lambasted the shah's wealthy elite for its profligacy. After passing one such clerical palace, a driver deadpanned: "I guess those modest government salaries have been raised recently."

As economic discontent grows -- manifested in occasional bouts of labor unrest, including strikes -- analysts say it poses no threat to the government. Still, officials take the stirrings seriously, canceling all official activities on May Day -- Labor Day in much of the world -- for fear of strikes.

Ali Jafarzadeh, a reformist member of parliament from the northeastern city of Mashad and an advocate of economic liberalization, said in an interview: "Unless we improve the economy, we are headed toward a social crisis."

Meanwhile, as Ali picks up passengers late into the night, he queries a Tehran University student. "When are you protesting again?" he asks. "I'm ready to honk my horn."

http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_553.shtml
19 posted on 07/08/2003 8:18:06 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... 4 hours until July 9th protests begin)
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To: DoctorZIn
I pray for safety and freedom.Sounds bad.
20 posted on 07/08/2003 8:26:57 AM PDT by MEG33
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To: DoctorZIn
Hey, Doc...

Keep us posted as night falls in Iran. Will there be protests tonight as Midnight strikes for July 9th?
21 posted on 07/08/2003 8:32:07 AM 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: Texas_Dawg
I expect to see some activity immediately, but the real efforts will not start until morning in Iran, later tonight in the US.
22 posted on 07/08/2003 8:38:41 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... 4 hours until July 9th protests begin)
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To: DoctorZIn
What exactly do you think we will see? What will the "efforts" be?
23 posted on 07/08/2003 8:47:39 AM 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: Texas_Dawg
I am watching for annoucments of strikes.
Protests we be difficult to coordinate, but the strikes have more impact and harder for the regime to stop.
If major strikes do occur this will be a major step forward for the protest movement. But we will probably not hear much about the effects of such efforts until later tonight or even tomorrow morning.
24 posted on 07/08/2003 8:51:21 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... 4 hours until July 9th protests begin)
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To: DoctorZIn
IranAzad

Free Iran?

25 posted on 07/08/2003 9:27:26 AM PDT by Eala ("Every Child a Wanted Child" TruthfullyTranslated: "Abortion. It's for the Children.")
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To: Eala
Exactly.
26 posted on 07/08/2003 10:30:31 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... 4 hours until July 9th protests begin)
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To: DoctorZIn
Do you hear the people sing?

Singing the song of angry men?

It is the music of the people who

Will not be slaves again!

When the beating of your heart

Echoes the beating of the drums

There is a life about to start

When tomorrow comes!

Will you give all you can give

So that our banner may advance?

Some will fall and some will live

Will you stand up and take your chance?

The blood of the martyrs

Will water the meadows of Iran!

Do you hear the people sing?

Singing the song of angry men?

It is the music of the people who

Will not be slaves again!

When the beating of your heart

Echoes the beating of the drums

There is a life about to start

When tomorrow comes!


27 posted on 07/08/2003 11:10:54 AM PDT by mware
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To: mware
Wow...

Did you write this?
28 posted on 07/08/2003 12:03:42 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... The July 9th protests and strikes begin)
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To: JulieRNR21; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Pan_Yans Wife; RobFromGa; fat city; freedom44; Tamsey; ...
This just in...

Apparently the Iranian government has temporarily jammed all the signals of the LA based Iranian broadcasters.

They are now jamming the uplink signal as well. The uplink signal is the signal from the broadcast studio to the satellite, which is then relayed to another satellite and finally broadcast over Iran. This started occurring a few days ago. I was told that the FCC believes the jamming is coming from within Cuba.

This should be reported in all the media. But the media is still silent, (except for a brief mention is today’s National Review Online).

The broadcasters are convinced that one or more of them will eventually get a signal through. They are busily readjusting their systems to use different satellites.

Good news, the phones still appear to be working, at least for the moment. I will keep you posted.

DoctorZIn

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

29 posted on 07/08/2003 12:34:39 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... The July 9th protests and strikes begin)
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To: DoctorZIn
I'd be curious how you jam an uplink signal. that sounds like a serious matter of international law.
30 posted on 07/08/2003 12:38:50 PM PDT by js1138
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To: Zavien Doombringer; Constitution Day
Check out #29 - The Cubans have teamed up with the Iranians (Batting #2 for the Axis of Evil) to jam those satellite signals I told you about.

Things are getting curiouser and curiouser...

31 posted on 07/08/2003 12:42:04 PM PDT by jriemer (We are a Republic not a Democracy)
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To: jriemer
From Cuba?!!! Methinks the military can place a well aimed HARM at the site and have it mysteriously end the jamming
32 posted on 07/08/2003 12:49:36 PM PDT by Zavien Doombringer (Ain't nothing worse than feeling obsolete....)
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To: DoctorZIn
Song from Broadway Play, Les Mis, but so appropiate for the occasion. Lyrics from ONE MORE DAY also fit with a few line changes
33 posted on 07/08/2003 12:59:08 PM PDT by mware
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To: Zavien Doombringer
I wish we would.

The Cubans have been jamming TV and Radio Marti (a broadcast service of Voice of America and a branch of the State Department) since 1990. In 2002, its budget was $470 million.

Cuban Jamming equipment

TV Marti Jamming on Oscilliscope

34 posted on 07/08/2003 1:03:34 PM PDT by jriemer (We are a Republic not a Democracy)
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To: js1138
...I'd be curious how you jam an uplink signal. that sounds like a serious matter of international law. ...

I am sure that it is.
35 posted on 07/08/2003 1:05:17 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... The July 9th protests and strikes begin)
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To: mware
Tomorrow we'll discover

What our God in Heaven has in store!

One more dawn

One more day

One day more!

36 posted on 07/08/2003 1:05:40 PM PDT by mware
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To: DoctorZIn
the FCC believes the jamming is coming from within Cuba.

The SIGINT and electronic warfare facility at the Lourdes is supposed to be closed. The Russians paid Castro some 200 M USD anually for it but it was dismatled more than a year ago. Read about it here http://www.fas.org/irp/imint/c80_04.htm

If Iran is cooperating with Castro and jamming an uplink signal in the US it is very strange as it reveals the cooperation and the type of equipment used that possibly only should be used at a critical situation. Very strange, this is the stuff serious articles are made of.
37 posted on 07/08/2003 1:13:36 PM PDT by AdmSmith
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To: AdmSmith
Very strange, this is the stuff serious articles are made of.

Don't count on seeing it in Time or Newsweek.

38 posted on 07/08/2003 1:14:52 PM PDT by Semper Paratus
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To: js1138
I'd be curious how you jam an uplink signal.

In short, throw enough jamming signal at it that you deafen the receiver on the satellite to the intended signal.

39 posted on 07/08/2003 1:15:09 PM PDT by Eala ("Every Child a Wanted Child" TruthfullyTranslated: "Abortion. It's for the Children.")
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To: Eala
In short, throw enough jamming signal at it that you deafen the receiver on the satellite to the intended signal.

Satellites have to filter out all kinds of crap. I'm sure that uplinks are encrypted. Anyone trying to jam one would produce a signal that could be traced. I'm sure they will have an accident soon.

40 posted on 07/08/2003 1:27:04 PM PDT by js1138
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To: DoctorZIn
Authorities all out to prevent anniversary protests

Jul 8, 2003, 12:00pm

TEHRAN, July 8 (AFP) - Iran's authorities are hoping that Wednesday's fourth anniversary of bloody student riots here will go off with a whimper rather than a bang, having taken almost every measure within their powers to avert a resumption of anti-regime demonstrations.

In a bid to prevent student activists from even thinking about staging a rally to mark the 1999 unrest, during which at least one student was killed and hundreds were injured or arrested, the government has slapped a ban on all off-campus gatherings. University authorities have also banned any on-campus events, with the Tehran university faculty -- the epicenter of the 1999 unrest as well as last month's 10 days of virulent demonstrations -- closed off for a week and students lodging there told to stay away until next week. The ban has angered student activists, although it remains to be seen how determined they are to challenge it -- especially given that embattled reformist President Mohammad Khatami appears unable to follow through with his assertion that peaceful demonstrations are a "natural" part of democracy. However, one of the main pro-reform student groups, the Office to Consolidate Unity (OCU), issued an open letter condemning the ban and announcing a plan for a sit-in outside the United Nations offices here. In the eight-page letter, the group issued a "plea for help" to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, denouncing what it said was a "dark chapter" in Iran's history and a "political and social apartheid" that it argued deserved UN invesigation. Listed as examples were the murder of dissidents in 1998 and alleged cases of torture, widespread arrests and the ban on the right to protest. But while authorities have been tough in preventing more expressions of the widespread public frustration over the seemingly intractable reformist-conservative deadlock, steps have also been taken to ease the mounting tensions.

On Tuesday, the local press said the judiciary -- a bastion of the right and seen as one of the stiffest opponents of reforms -- had released some 20 students detained during the June 10-20 protests. "Following demands from several student groups, a certain number of students have been released on bail," Tehran's hardline public prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi was quoted as saying. The judiciary has also reportedly cancelled a number of court summons related to last month's unrest. In total, however, some 4,000 people were arrested last month. Observers therefore believe there will be little room for protests on Wednesday, given that any steps to organise gatherings have been nipped in the bud. Furthermore, the anti-regime protests movement has only been able to gather steam on the back of spontaneous demonstrations, the timing of which have been difficult to predict.

In 1999, a small Tehran university dormitory gathering to protest the closure of a pro-reform newspaper spiralled into riots after police and Islamist vigilantes violently raided the campus gathering. And last month's unrest was kicked off by a tiny demonstration by students opposed to reported government plans to privatise some university facilities. As for the main campus in the capital, it has been hardline students who have attempted to seize the initiative for the anniversary of the 1999 unrest: a mosque opposite the campus has been tagged as a centre for seven days of religious events, while state television has been urging massive participation in the week-long fest.

http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_1003.shtml
41 posted on 07/08/2003 1:43:27 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... The July 9th protests and strikes begin)
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To: DoctorZIn
Iran hardliners act to curb anniversary protest

By By Najmeh Bozorgmehr in Tehran
Jul 8, 2003, 12:56pm

Iranian clerics hope to prevent the revival of anti-regime protests on Wednesday, on the anniversary of the student unrest of July 9, 1999, which was brutally suppressed. Measures introduced to try to calm public sentiment include price cuts on some essential goods, such as sugar, and intensifying the interference used to distort US-based opposition television stations. Last month's protests, led by students and accompanied by thousands of others in Tehran and other major cities lasted for 10 days. No permission has been given to students to hold rallies on Wednesday, but student leaders said they would stage a sit-in outside the United Nations office in Tehran. Sporadic gatherings and clashes are expected in the capital and other cities. The US backed the protests at first, but Colin Powell, secretary of state, backed off last Wednesday, calling events in Iran a "family fight" in which the US should not intervene. "People are seriously seeking political changes, but not at too high a price," said Hamid-Reza Jalaei-Pour, an ex-editor whose papers have been closed down. The main pro-reform student organisation, the Office to Foster Unity, has appealed to Kofi Annan, UN secretary-general, in an open letter to intervene. It expressed a lack of hope in the efforts of reformers, who dominate both government and parliament, to challenge the conservatives and reform the Islamic establishment. Differences between the two - mainly in non-elected bodies - over the fate of reforms promoted by president Mohammad Khatami have reached crisis point. Reformers insist on implementation of two controversial bills, introducing free parliamentary elections and increasing the president's powers to stop unconstitutional acts by the hardline judiciary. Some moderate conservatives indicate a willingness to accept the bills but hardliners are reluctant to accept any challenge to their power. Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the IAEA, the United Nations nuclear watchdog, said on Wednesday he expected Iran would sign a UN protocol permitting more intrusive nuclear inspections, Reuters reports. Speaking at Frankfurt airport before heading to Tehran, he said he believed Iran would realise it was in its best interest.

http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_1006.shtml
42 posted on 07/08/2003 1:44:29 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... The July 9th protests and strikes begin)
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To: AdmSmith
The Chinese connection on the possible jamming from Cuba:

In mid-1999, it was reported that the main Chinese intelligence collection facilities in Cuba were located northeast of Santiago de Cuba and in Bejucal, in the province of Havana [located at 22° 55' 43" N 082° 23' 19" E ]. Reportedly China signed an agreement in 2000 with the Cuban government to use Cuba’s satellite intercept facility at Bejucal, southwest of Havana. The facility, located near the Russian facility at Lourdes, was built in the early 1990’s with Russian equipment. (source John Pike)
43 posted on 07/08/2003 1:54:08 PM PDT by AdmSmith
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To: AdmSmith
Interesting...
44 posted on 07/08/2003 1:57:25 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... The July 9th protests and strikes begin)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; JohnHuang2
Snip: I was told that the FCC believes the jamming is coming from within Cuba.

fyi bump

45 posted on 07/08/2003 2:40:37 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: DoctorZIn
I thought they had already been jamming that station?
46 posted on 07/08/2003 2:44:25 PM PDT by Burkeman1 (If you see ten troubles comin down the road, Nine will run into the ditch before they reach you.)
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To: Burkeman1
...I thought they had already been jamming that station? ...

They have been jamming all of these stations in Iran. The difference now is that they appear to be jammimg the US uplink signals.

I have just been told that within the next few hours, the FCC is going to reveal the source of the jamming. Some have said the jamming was coming from Cuba, other Canada, while others are saying it is being done within the United States. Whatever their report you will hear it here on FreeRepublic.
47 posted on 07/08/2003 3:40:55 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... The July 9th protests and strikes begin)
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To: All
Boucher Says Iranians Demonstrating for Positive Changes

July 07, 2003
U.S. Department Of State
The Washington File

State Department spokesman Richard Boucher told reporters that the kinds of changes called for by Iranians demonstrating against their government "would be good for Iran and good for Iran's place in the world."

Speaking at the July 7 State Department press briefing in Washington, Boucher called on the Iranian authorities to listen to the demonstrators.

"[T]he Iranian people are calling for much more democracy and for real democracy and open democracy," he said. "So that remains the area where we express our support...."

Following is an excerpt from the July 7 State Department briefing:

(begin excerpt)

QUESTION: I know last Thursday it was brought up about Secretary Powell's comment that President Khatami is freely elected, but I'm a little confused. I mean, it seems a bit like a game of pinball. Back in February, Armitage called Iran a democracy. Phil, last month, in response to a question, said that Iran actually has elements of democracy, but is not a democracy. And now we find out that President Khatami is freely elected.

How, exactly, does the State Department view the Government of Iran?

MR. BOUCHER: Well, first of all, I would say that there is an exhaustive discussion of how we view the state of democracy, or lack thereof, in Iran in our Human Rights Reports, and that's a much more extensive discussion than any of us are able to give in comments at a podium somewhere.

We certainly have seen elements of democracy. We've certainly seen some democratic voting, democratic processes in Iran. But we also know that the Iranian people are calling for much more democracy and for real democracy and open democracy. So that remains the area where we express our support, and we've been quite clear in expressing our support that the desires for greater democracies by the Iranian -- greater democracy by the Iranian people, that those desires are heeded.

QUESTION: A follow-up on that. As you pointed out, a lot of the students are -- and the other demonstrators -- are calling for real democracy, as you say, and many of them don't see a distinction between Khatami and the mullahs, given that he was only one of four candidates out of 238 who was considered acceptable to run --

MR. BOUCHER: I don't think we've tried to draw any great distinction there, either.

QUESTION: Well, it would seem that there was a distinction made by Secretary Powell, and maybe that was unintentional, in his radio interview last Wednesday.

MR. BOUCHER: I don't think he was making a distinction. He was just noting the fact that there have been, more or less, democratic elections conducted, that there's --

QUESTION: Right, but freely elected and (inaudible) freedom (inaudible) isn't there.

MR. BOUCHER: -- truly a desire for greater democracy, and we've made very clear we stand on the side of those who desire greater democracy.

QUESTION: Fair enough. So do you have a message, then, for the students who do not believe that President Khatami is, or was, freely elected and who are going to be demonstrating, most likely, in two days on the anniversary, on the July 9 anniversary --

MR. BOUCHER: Our message has been and remains that we support democracy in Iran, like we support it everywhere; that we believe that the calls of the Iranian people, including the students who are demonstrating, need to be listened to, need to be heeded; and that the kind of change that they are asking for would be good for Iran and good for Iran's place in the world.

(end excerpt)

(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)

http://iranvajahan.net/cgi-bin/news_en.pl?l=en&y=2003&m=07&d=08&a=13

DoctorZin Note: It looks like were are making progress.
48 posted on 07/08/2003 3:58:33 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... The July 9th protests and strikes begin)
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To: All
THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC IS "A POLITICAL APARTHEID", STUDENTS SAY

TEHRAN 8 July (IPS) As Iranians are taking their breath and the world is watching carefully what will happen on Wednesday 9 July, a crucial date that the clerical authorities have mobilised all their forces for preventing any demonstrations or meetings, leaders of Iranian students, in an open letter to Mr. Kofi Annan, the General Secretary of the United Nations, have complained from the present regime in Iran, one that they described as a "political apartheid that ignores systematically the right of its citizens for human rights and deny them any freedom".

"We are complaining to you because the political apartheid has taken all hopes from the Iranian people, because it is denying us self rule and the right of choice, the right to be master of our own destiny, because it has lowered our expectations to the lowest limits possible and also because we are worried to see the experience of our neighbours be repeated here", the signatories, representing students associations from thirty Iranian universities said.

In the letter, the students not only openly call for a secular, free, democratic State in Iran, but also the removal of all kind of discriminations, being it political, social, religious, ethnic and cultural and denounce the privileges the clerical cast and their families enjoy against the rest of the population, regarded as a second class cast.

Observers said this is the first time that such a direct, clear cut plea against the Islamic Republic is addressed to the international community, represented by the UN's General Secretary.

With the government having ruled out against students’ demands for commemorating the fourth anniversary of the 9 July 1999 uprising by the students, an event that was crushed ruthlessly on orders from Ayatollah Ali Khameneh’i, the leader of the Islamic Republic and the approval of President Mohammad Khatami, the students have decided to organise a sit in at the doors of the office of the United Nations in Tehran.

"We are complaining to you because the regime, with its huge apparatus of repression, does not consider itself responsible towards the people, because it sees its survival in the continuation of crackdowns, not even listening to any advise", the students told Mr. Annan.

Noting that the Islamic Republic does not respect any clause of the universal declaration of human rights, freedom of expression, freedom of opinion, freedom of the press, freedom for unions, groups, parties, associations, freedom to organise meetings and assemblies, freedom to chose one’s own religion, free elections, freedom for women, freedom to chose one’s dress and the way to wear it, freedom to immunity in one’s individual life, freedom to a just justice etc., the signatories add that "not only all the things that are related to the human rights are violated by the Iranian regime but also it behave in such a way as it has no obligations".

"The Iranian clerical regime has effectively divided the Iranian people in two categories of "ours" (Khodi) and "others" (Qeyr Khodi), separating the same way thinkers from the otherwise thinkers, the revolutionaries from the non-revolutionaries and the first class citizens from the second class that has no possibility to power, wealth, dignity and information but by obedience to the present authority", the signatories said, adding that the Iranian students are "well aware that reaching progress, development, prosperity, freedom and democracy is not possible but by respecting human rights and peacefull struggle".

Although the authorities have reiterated forcefully that they would not tolerate any commemoration of the 9 July massacre, the students have stressed on their determination to stage meetings and protest movements, in spite of repeated calls from some reformist lawmakers to refrain from provoking the government.

"This is a crucial test for both the regime and the clerical rulers who were badly denounced and criticised during the two weeks of continuous protests by the students and the people", one political analyst said, adding that if the students comes out from their campuses, they would "certainly" face the conservatives-led and controlled thugs "ordered to crush them mercilessly as enemies of God".

The authorities confirmed the arrest of at least 4.000 demonstrators, whom they described as "thugs, hooligans and trouble-makers hired by foreign powers" but independent sources say not only the number is much higher, probably the double of that announced by the public prosecutor, but also a dozen have been killed in clashes with the pressure groups such as the Islamist vigilantes of Ansar Hezbollah and the basij volunteers who have also abducted a hundred of demonstrators, mostly students, taken to "private prisons" controlled by the conservatives. ENDS STUDENTS UNRESTS 8703

http://www.iran-press-service.com/

49 posted on 07/08/2003 4:26:52 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... The July 9th protests and strikes begin)
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To: DoctorZIn
bttt
50 posted on 07/08/2003 4:38:17 PM PDT by firewalk (thanks for the ping)
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