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Iranian Alert -- August 6, 2003 -- LIVE THREAD PING LIST
The Iranian Student Movement Up To The Minute Reports ^ | 8.6.2003 | DoctorZin

Posted on 08/06/2003 12:14:22 AM PDT by DoctorZIn

The regime is working hard to keep the news about the protest movment in Iran from being reported.

From jamming satellite broadcasts, to prohibiting news reporters from covering any demonstrations to shutting down all cell phones and even hiring foreign security to control the population, the regime is doing everything in its power to keep the popular movement from expressing its demand for an end of the regime.

These efforts by the regime, while successful in the short term, do not resolve the fundamental reasons why this regime is crumbling from within.

Iran is a country ready for a regime change. If you follow this thread you will witness, I believe, the transformation of a nation. 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 join us here, post your news stories and comments to this thread.

Thanks for all the help.


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1 posted on 08/06/2003 12:14:23 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Rotten commie bastards!
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3 posted on 08/06/2003 12:15:58 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Once again, another must read by Amir Taheri, -- DoctorZin

Amir Taheri: Engaging Iran now will avoid future crises

Gulf News Online

When U.S. President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair met in Washington last month, Iran featured prominently in their attention during a tour d'horizon of what is still a dangerous part of the world.

No one quite knows how long it will take before Iraq has a working government based on pluralism and committed to peace. But one thing is certain: with Saddam Hussain gone, Iraq has a chance to build a new life fit for its people while developing normal relations with the rest of the world.

Iran, however, is in a state of uncertainty.

On the one hand there are powerful domestic forces that could lead Iran onto a new path of reconstruction and peaceful co-existence with the outside world.

On the other, there are other forces, their power augmented by their control of the state apparatus and much of the oil revenue, that still pursue the messianic dream of exporting their revolution and conquering the whole world for their pseudo-ideology.

The question for the outside world is: how to deal with this dual reality?

With Iraq liberated, the policy of "double containment" no longer makes sense. Containing Iran is no longer enough.

Iran must be engaged, either diplomatically or with a mixture of diplomacy and military force in order to alter its current trajectory. For if that trajectory is not altered it is bound, sooner or later, to lead into open conflict between Iran and the United States and its allies.

The idea that Iran could be isolated is a non-starter. Iran has 16 neighbours, the largest number for any single country with the exception of Russia.


Iran is located between the Gulf and the Caspian Basin that, together, contain some 70 per cent of the world's known oil reserves and almost 60 per cent of its natural gas. On each side, only one country separates Iran from the continents of Europe and Africa and Asia proper. Iran is also one of the world's 20 largest and most populous countries.

Nearly half of mankind are Iran's immediate or near neighbours. Iran's neighbourhood includes five nuclear powers. In that neighbourhood live many of the world's great ethnic and cultural families, the Han, the Altaic, the Indo-Dravidian, the Arab, the Turk and the Slav among others. Directly or indirectly, Iran is involved in more than half of the 22 "current active conflicts" enumerated by the International Crisis Group.

Iran is significant for another reason. Along with Turkey and Egypt it has had a leadership role in the Islamic world for centuries.

With Turkey now looking to Europe and Egypt unable to forge a synthesis of its Islamic heritage and its modernising ambitions, Iran is left as the only major country where Islam could still develop in both positive and negative ways.

For the past quarter of a century the Iranian experiment has been a model for many Muslims and a warning to many more. That situation is likely to continue as Iran enters a new phase in its political development.

Now that we know that Iran cannot be ignored or isolated the question is: what to do about it?

One answer is: do nothing.

This would mean letting the Iranians fight it out among themselves until they can create a coherent government capable of developing a national strategy. Here the danger is that the "exporters of the revolution", who control the nation's wealth and the coercive forces of the state, might eliminate their opponents and establish a tyranny akin to that of North Korea or of Iraq under Saddam Hussain.

That would mean letting a dangerous regime acquire nuclear weapons and build up its arsenal of other weapons of mass destruction, if only for blackmailing real or imagined foes in the region and beyond.

Another answer is to seek a détente-like deal with the hard-line faction. That would defuse the situation, at least for a while, and would also prolong the life of a regime that is now in deep, and possibly terminal, crisis.

Yet another answer is to engage the hard line faction into negotiations aimed at addressing its grievances, allaying its fears, and ultimately persuading it to accept a set of changes in its behaviour. But that could be seen by the pro-democracy movement as an act of betrayal and might well be construed by the hard line Khomeinists as a sign of weakness on the part of the major democracies.

According to our sources, Britain favours engaging Tehran in a process of negotiations.
British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has visited Tehran four times in just over a year and believes that the hard line mullahs understand the language of Realpolitik and that, if assured that the West is not trying to overthrow them, will play along.

Keeping the options open

There are also signs that the Bush administration, while keeping the option of using force open, may be tilting towards the British position. Mounting domestic opposition to American involvement in Iraq may well be one factor in persuading Bush not to turn the heat on Iran before the next U.S. presidential election.

The British analysis may be correct as far as short-term considerations are concerned.

The Iranian regime is in deep trouble and would agree to a set of largely cosmetic changes in order to ease the pressure. In the medium and long-term, however, the British analysis misses the central point: the present Iranian system is an anomaly and will have to change. We are only at the start of what could become known as the great Iranian crisis.

The writer, Iranian author and journalist, is based in Europe. He can be contacted at

4 posted on 08/06/2003 12:22:23 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Once again, another must read by Amir Taheri, -- DoctorZin

Amir Taheri: Engaging Iran now will avoid future crises
Gulf News Online

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5 posted on 08/06/2003 12:24:23 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Pakistan denies aiding Iran nuclear weapons drive

World News
Aug 5, 2003

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Tuesday denied a U.S. newspaper report this week which said it shared expertise with Iran that could help Tehran develop nuclear weapons.

A statement from the Foreign Ministry did not name the report, but the Los Angeles Times said on Monday Iran appeared to be in the late stages of building a nuclear bomb and had sought help from scientists from countries including Pakistan.

The story cited a confidential report by the French government in May it said concluded Iran was "surprisingly close" to having enriched uranium or plutonium for a bomb.

Iran has consistently denied it has plans to build nuclear weapons and has said its program is for peaceful civilian use.

The story also quoted a Middle Eastern intelligence official as saying Pakistan's role in helping Iran develop a nuclear programme was "bigger from the beginning than we thought."

"The spokesman termed it (the report) as completely false, irresponsible and obviously motivated," the ministry statement said.

"Pakistan's commitments, affirmed at the highest level, that it would not export any sensitive technologies to third countries remains unquestionable.

"Pakistan has a strong export control regime in place. Pakistan's record in this regard is impeccable," it added.

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is a key ally in the U.S.-led war on terror, but the country is under pressure from Washington amid allegations it helped North Korea make materials needed for a nuclear arms project in return for missile parts.

In March, the United States imposed commercial sanctions on Khan Research Laboratories, once headed by revered Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, because it arranged a transfer of North Korean missiles to Pakistan.

Pakistan has also strongly denied reports it helped Pyongyang develop a nuclear arms programme.

Tuesday's statement said Khan, dubbed the father of Pakistan's nuclear bomb, had "never set foot in Iran or ever met with any Iranian nuclear experts".

The L.A. Times had said Khan travelled "frequently" to Iran to share his nuclear expertise.

"Such reports appear part of a malicious campaign against Pakistan's consistent and established record of safeguarding its sensitive nuclear technology and ensuring that this technology was not transferred by any organisation or individual to any other country," the Pakistan foreign ministry said.
6 posted on 08/06/2003 12:26:13 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Pakistan denies aiding Iran nuclear weapons drive

World News
Aug 5, 2003

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7 posted on 08/06/2003 12:27:10 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Looks like Rockfish doesn't like us too much
8 posted on 08/06/2003 12:31:39 AM PDT by nuconvert
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North Korea-Iran in Arms Deal

TOKYO (Yonhap) -- North Korea and Iran have been in talks to discuss the joint development of nuclear warheads, the Sankei Shimbun reported yesterday.
Quoting military sources, the Japanese daily also said the North is pushing ahead with a plan to export its Taepodong 2 long-range ballistic missiles to Iran.

The two countries have been discussing the plans for about one year and are expected to reach an agreement in mid-October
9 posted on 08/06/2003 12:42:03 AM PDT by F14 Pilot (If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.)
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Safavi: IRGC, Basij providing strong defense and security for nation .

Orumiyeh, West Azarbaijan Prov, Aug 5, IRNA -- Commander of the
Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IGRC) Major-General Rahim Safavi
in this northwestern city Tuesday said that the IGRC and Basij
were bulwarks of defense and security for the country and its people.
He made the remark at a gathering of IGRC forces and Basijis
(volunteer forces) during which he described the attack and occupation
of Iraq by American forces as a move already doomed to failure.
Refuting the US Administration's claim that it went to war with
Iraq to overthrow an "evil regime" and establish a government which
could serve as an example to regional countries, he said that the
invasion was in fact another consummated attempt to intervene in the
internal affairs of regional states.
However, he said US officials are now facing serious and mounting
problems in Iraq while Britain, the US' most loyal ally in the war, is
now beginning to remove its forces from the country after realizing
it has failed in its goals.
The commander further remarked that America will never be able to
tolerate countries which maintain free and independent stances, and
confidently said that the vigilant Iranian nation and its officials
will face and defuse any kind of plot.
He also stressed the need to increase Basij participation in the
nation's cultural affairs as well as in national reconstruction
10 posted on 08/06/2003 12:48:25 AM PDT by F14 Pilot (If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.)
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Shahroudi: Iran will not succumb to bullying on nuclear protocol

Tehran, Aug 5, IRNA -- Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi
Shahroudi lashed out Monday at those, he said, had taken up a servile
tone in the face of calls on Tehran to sign an additional nuclear
protocol and said that Iran would not submit to force.
"The weakness shown by those who boast of being intellectual and
politician indicates their lack of faith and servitude to Ameri....

11 posted on 08/06/2003 12:53:09 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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Special Dispatch - Iran/Reform in the Arab and Muslim World
August 6, 2003
No. 548

To view this Special Dispatch in HTML format, please visit:

Ayatollah Khomeini's Grandson: 'Iran Needs Democracy and Separation of Religion and State;' 'The Iranian Regime Is the World's Worst Dictatorship'

The London-based Arabic-language daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat reported that Hussein Khomeini, the grandson of the founder of Iran's Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini, had left his place of residence in Iran's holy Shi'ite city of Qom to relocate to Iraq's holy Shi'ite city of Najaf, which is traditionally the seat of the highest Shi'ite religious authority, as a sign of protest against Iran's regime.(1) Hussein Khomeini, 46, called the Iranian regime "the world's worst dictatorship," and stated that the regime's heads, Supreme Leader 'Ali Khamenei and former president and current Expediency Council head Hashemi Rafsanjani "and everyone who has taken over the regime" since his grandfather's time "was exploiting his [Ayatollah Khomeini's] name, the name of Islam, and the religious regime in order to continue their tyrannical rule." Hussein Khomeini called for the separation of religion and state in Iran and expressed his expectation that the movement opposing the Iranian!
regime would gather momentum and turn into a popular movement.

The newspaper also noted that members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards were now searching for Hussein Khomeini in Iraq because Iranian authorities fear that he could become a symbol of resistance to the Iranian regime.(2) The following are excerpts from Al-Sharq Al-Awsat's report:

From Qom to Najaf

According to the Al-Sharq Al-Awsat report, tensions between Hussein Khomeini and Iran's religious leadership increased in recent years after Hussein Khomeini publicly lent his support to the students and reformists and issued statements that the Fatwas issued by the Judiciary against the Iranian students, intellectuals, and writers opposed to the regime were illegitimate.(3)

Al-Sharq Al-Awsat added that Hussein Khomeini's move to Najaf, which was done without the knowledge of the Iranian authorities, sparked suspicion among Iran's conservatives, who are aware of the extent of Khomeini's influence in the religious seminary in Najaf and among the religious youth, as well as within reformist circles. According to a source close to the reformists, the Iranian authorities fear that Hussein Khomeini will become a new symbol of the religious opposition to the regime in Iran.(4)

According to the paper, from his temporary residence in a region of Iraq, prior to his move to Najaf, Hussein Khomeini stressed that Iran needed "a democratic regime that does not make use of religion as a means of oppressing the people and strangling society." He noted further that it was necessary "to separate the religion from the state," and "to put an end to the tyrannical rule of religion that was reminiscent of the rule of the Church during Europe's Dark Ages," and that "All those who took control of the centers of power of Iran after my grandfather are exploiting his name, the name of Islam, and the religious regime so as to continue their tyrannical rule."

'The World's Worst Dictatorship'

The paper also noted that Hussein Khomeini spoke of the dissatisfaction and the anger pervading the Iranian street, and that he considered the current religious regime in Iran to be "the world's worst dictatorship." According to the paper, Khomeini believes that Iran's escalating protest movement "would in not too long develop into a popular revolution, and soon we would see the great event [i.e. regime change]."(5)

Khomeini, who has strong ties to some Iranian Revolutionary Guards commanders and members of the Iranian parliament and the Iranian security apparatuses, emphasized that he was continuing his struggle in order to bring about a change in the situation in Iran. He stated: "Freedom is more important than bread. If the Americans will provide it, let them come - but the Iranian people is capable of determining the fate of the current regime by itself... What we need is international sympathy and understanding for our legitimate needs."(6)

Al-Sharq Al-Awsat was informed that a squad commanded by a member of the intelligence service of the Revolutionary Guards known as "Assadi" had entered Iraqi territory the previous week in search of Hussein Khomeini, in order to assassinate him. An Iranian reformist source told the paper that Revolutionary Guards Deputy Commander Mohammed Baqir Dhu Al-Qadr had, in a meeting with top officials in the Revolutionary Guards Intelligence service, promised to put an end to the Khomeini phenomenon epitomized by Hussein Khomeini, just as his uncle, Ahmad Khomeini, was assassinated when he stopped supporting the regime and publicized his opposition to it.(7)

Najaf Versus Qom: Two Cities Holy to Shi'ites

Al-Sharq Al-Awsat noted that Hussein Khomeini's move to Najaf was considered a "painful blow" to the Iranian regime's years-long attempt to make Qom the capital of the Marja'iya,(8) as well as "a clear provocation to Supreme Leader 'Ali Khamenei." The paper added that since the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime, the idea of reviving Najaf's religious seminaries, opening new schools and rejuvenating the old ones, as well as the move by leading Qom clerics to Najaf, had attracted the attention of leading Shi'ite authorities who are opposed to the regime in Iran, as well as the attention of figures from the circle of Qom's religious seminary, which under the rule of Supreme Leader Khamenei is not independent.(9)

According to the paper, at the regime's order Iranian security authorities blocked sources of funding to the country's independent ayatollahs as long as they refused to accept Khamenei's authority, to consider him the Supreme Leader, and see him as the representative of the Master of Time.(10)

Four leading ayatollahs refuse to obey Khamenei: Ayatollah Hussein 'Ali Montazeri, Ayatollah Sadiq Ruhani, Ayatollah Yousuf Sani'i, and Ayatollah Muhaqiq Damad.(11)

The paper further reported that Hussein Khomeini spoke out against attempts by Sheikh 'Ali Ha'iri, who is close to the Iranian regime,(12) to impose the authority of Khamenei's control on the people of Najaf. Ha'iri, who is close to Maqtada Al-Sadr in Iraq, recently went to Iraq accompanied by personnel from the intelligence service of Iran's Revolutionary Guards for this purpose.(13)

According to a source close to Hussein Khomeini, Khomeini considers Ayatollah 'Ali Sistani, Ayatollah Saeed Al-Hakim, and Ayatollah Fayadhi the "true Marja'iya" - that is, the true Shi'ite religious authorities.(14)

(1) The paper noted that while Hussein Khomeini is not a leading cleric, he does have special status and influence in Iranian society.
(2) Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London), July 29, 2003, August 4, 2003.
(3) Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London), August 4, 2003. The paper noted that Hussein Khomeini's relationship with Iran's regime had been tense since the death of his grandfather Ayatollah Khomeini in 1989, and that this tension had become public following the death of his uncle (and Ayatollah Khomeini's son) Ahmad Khomeini and following the disclosure that Ahmad Khomeini had been assassinated by Iranian intelligence agents. During his last years, Ahmad Khomeini, under the influence of his nephew Hussein, had begun to speak out against the policy of the ruling group in Tehran, i.e. former president and current Expediency Council head Hashemi Rafsanjani and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, and accuse them of prolonging the war with Iraq in order to strengthen their rule and of removing Ayatollah Hussein 'Ali Montazeri from the position of designated heir of Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini.
(4) Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London), August 4, 2003.
(5) Ibid.
(6) Ibid.
(7) Ibid.
(8) Marja'iya - the source of Shi'ite religious authority, whose conduct must be imitated.
(9) Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London), July 27, 2003.
(10) i.e. the Hidden Imam, meaning the religious leader of the generation.
(11) Ibid.
(12) The brother-in-law of previous Iranian intelligence minister Mohammad Mohamdi Rish'hari, close to Supreme Leader Khamenei and today serving in his office and son-in-law of Iran's Experts Council head Ayatollah 'Ali Mashkini.
(13) Sheikh Al-Baydha'i and Sheikh Al-Ashkuri, of Khamenei's office and his helpers in this. Ibid.
(14) Ibid.
12 posted on 08/06/2003 1:10:54 AM PDT by AdmSmith
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What a coup this would be for Bush if he could somehow assist the students in a way that would lead to the Fall of the Second Axis of Evil State. I'm sure we're actively working behind the scenes giving what support we can.
13 posted on 08/06/2003 3:03:08 AM PDT by samtheman
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Seems Khomeini's family has no credit among Iranians these days. His grandpa was responsible for massacres, crimes and was a blood drinker.
Now he wants freedom? What a BS. Who believes another Mullah?
14 posted on 08/06/2003 4:18:57 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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Iran Says Talks on Nuclear Inspections Positive

Wed August 6, 2003 05:59 AM ET

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's official news agency said on Wednesday Tehran held "positive and constructive" talks with the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog on snap inspections of nuclear facilities Washington suspects may be used to make atomic bombs.
An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team arrived in Tehran on Monday to discuss the possibility of Iran signing an Additional Protocol to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) which would allow inspectors to carry out more intrusive, no-notice checks of nuclear sites.

The talks were due to continue on Wednesday, the official IRNA news agency said. "Both sides termed the talks 'positive and constructive'," it reported.

Iran's signature of the Additional Protocol is seen as crucial to allaying international concerns that Tehran's nuclear ambitions may go beyond its stated aim of generating electricity from nuclear power.

While Washington has led the chorus of international concern about Iran's nuclear program, the European Union, Russia and Japan have also urged the Islamic Republic to provide greater assurances that it will not be diverted into military uses.

In a June report, the IAEA criticized Tehran for failing to report a number of activities related to its nuclear program.

Iran has pledged to cooperate fully with the IAEA which is due to release another report on Iran in September.

While pro-reform government officials and lawmakers argue that signing the protocol would ease international pressure on Iran, hard-liners say it would give carte blanche to Iran's enemies to spy on the country.

"The notion that accepting the Additional Protocol will exculpate Iran is an infantile and amateurish supposition," Hossein Shariatmadari, editor of the hardline Kayhan newspaper told the ISNA student news agency on Tuesday.

"The only thing which can foil the plot hatched jointly by America, the European Union and the International Atomic Energy Agency against Islamic Iran is our withdrawal from the NPT."

Officials from Iran's pro-reform government have said Tehran has no intention of pulling out of the NPT.
15 posted on 08/06/2003 4:49:04 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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Thanks for the pings
16 posted on 08/06/2003 7:01:36 AM PDT by firewalk
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Two demonstrators found guilty of "war on God", face serious penalties

5 August AFP

Two people arrested during recent demonstrations in Shiraz, southern Iran, have been found guilty of "warring against God", which carries heavy penalties including death, a press report said.

The conservative daily Abrar quoted local judiciary head Hossein Ali Amiri as disclosing the verdict of the court but not the sentence.A lawyer told AFP that under the Islamic republic's laws, "warring against God" is punishable by death, amputation or exile.

Amiri said the cases of the two men would be transferred to the supreme court, Iran's highest judicial authority. He said a total of 32 demonstrators were sentenced for damaging Shiraz town hall, and post office and telecommunications buildings.

"The majority were layabouts, just taking advantage of the situation," he told the newspaper, without "sensible demands" and no "justification for their behaviour". "They didn't have a ringleader and they weren't organised, but influenced by foreign satellite channels working for the counter-revolution," Abrar quoted the official as saying.

Amiri added that the judiciary released 43 others who were arrested during the demonstrations.

In June, police detained 4,000 following 10 days of violent anti-regime demonstrations in Tehran and provincial cities. Last month, tens of thousands jammed the streets around Tehran University to defy a ban on gatherings to mark the fourth anniversary of bloody pro-democracy student riots.


Comment: To be accused of "war on God" implies that there is a God. How do you prove that in court?
17 posted on 08/06/2003 8:16:33 AM PDT by AdmSmith
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Sorry for that comment this thread is not about religion.
18 posted on 08/06/2003 8:24:28 AM PDT by AdmSmith
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Censorship, Tehran-Style

August 06, 2003
New York Post
Opinion Editorials

The world got a rare glimpse of the brutality of Iran's Islamic fundamentalists with the recent savage murder by Iranian security agents of Canadian journalist Zhara Kazemi.

In June, the 54-year-old photographer of Iranian descent was arrested and beaten after photographing the regime's nightmarish Evin prison during student-led anti-government protests.

Four days later, she was taken in a coma from an unknown prison to the Ministry of Intelligence and then to a hospital, where she died.

Her relatives say that after her initial roughing up, she was subjected to beatings and torture. Though the judiciary claimed she died of a stroke, the country's vice president later admitted that she had been beaten to death.

Iran's elected, supposedly moderate, government is often at odds with the hard-line mullahs who control the courts, the Council of Guardians, the Revolutionary Guard and other key security forces.

But it was the "moderates" who authorized a hasty burial in Iran, against the wishes of her family and before any outsiders could examine the body.

Kazemi's death coincided with a vicious crackdown against democracy activists, reporters and student leaders. At least 15 other journalists are being held at the jail where she was brutalized, and nine more are imprisoned elsewhere for negative reporting about the regime.

It's not surprising that a regime that sponsors terrorists in Lebanon and suicide bombers in Israel is willing to murder journalists.

But it's something folks here and in Europe who are pushing for warmer ties to Tehran would do well to remember.
19 posted on 08/06/2003 9:05:10 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Khatami Voices Concern Over Future of Islamic Regime, Slams ‘Fascism’

August 06, 2003
Arab News
Agence France Presse - Reuters

TEHRAN -— President Mohammad Khatami has voiced concern over the spread of “fascism” in Iran, in a strongly-worded attack against detractors of his reformist policies, newspapers reported yesterday. “The goal of the Islamic revolution is not to establish a fascist vision in society in the name of religion and the (1979 Islamic) revolution,” Khatami told a joint meeting of the Cabinet and Parliament.

“Nor is it to attack and put pressure on those who do not share this vision,” the Iranian president said. “The disaster today is that we are trying, through a fascist vision of religion and the revolution, to push out the competitor” from the political arena, he said.

According to Khatami, “the only way to defend Islam, independence and freedom is to twin religion with liberty,” adding that Iranian society was becoming “bipolar and that is a big danger”. Khatami charged that two groups were fighting his policies.

“The first is made of those who compare reform to counterrevolution,” the moderate cleric said. He pointed to ultraconservatives who he said charge that “presidential draft resolutions were cooked up by the United States and their valets inside the country”.

Khatami identified the second group among his detractors as “those who think that reform is the suppression of religion”.

Meanwhile, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged the judiciary yesterday to show leniency to dozens of students who were arrested during pro-democracy protests in June and July, the official IRNA news agency said.

The announcement follows growing calls by student bodies, reformist politicians and human rights groups for the release of students arrested during street protests which took place in several Iranian cities in the past two months.

Judiciary officials said in July that 4,000 people were arrested during the protests although more than half of them were quickly released.
20 posted on 08/06/2003 9:07:20 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Khatami Voices Concern Over Future of Islamic Regime, Slams ‘Fascism’

August 06, 2003
Arab News
Agence France Presse - Reuters

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21 posted on 08/06/2003 9:08:23 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Iran Boosting aid to Fatah Tanzim During Truce

August 06, 2003
The Jerusalem Post
Margot Dudkevitch

Iran has stepped up its funding of Palestinian terrorist cells, especially those affiliated with Fatah Tanzim, since the hudna went into effect on June 29, a senior security official said Tuesday.

Millions of dollars are being sent to fund Fatah Tanzim activities in Samaria, especially renegade cells in Tulkarm, Jenin, and Nablus that do not recognize the cease-fire or obey Fatah's political leadership.

Kamel Ghanem, a senior Aksa Martyrs Brigades commander being sheltered in Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat's Mukata compound in Ramallah, continues to recruit and plot attacks with the help of the Iranian funding, the official said.

"We know without a doubt that Iran and Hizbullah in Lebanon are in contact with elements on the ground, issue orders, and send funds," he said. "Iran views Israel as the occupier of Islamic holy land, an emissary of the West, whose aim is to destroy Islam."

Iran has also given medical treatment to Palestinians wounded during the current conflict. During their "treatment," it recruited them to terrorist causes and gave them military training. Some of them, when they returned, participated in shooting attacks or became more active in local terrorist cells, the official said.

Iran also sends funds to the families of Palestinian "martyrs," such as suicide bombers. The funds are usually transferred via charity organizations, or sent with people traveling to the territories, he added.

Iran attempts to smuggle weapons into the region, the official said. Past smuggling attempts linked to Iran include:

The Lebanese fishing vessel, San Torini, intercepted by naval forces in May 2001 with weapons bound for the Gaza Strip;

The Karine A, intercepted by naval commandos in January 2002 with more than 50 tons of weapons intended for the territories;

The fishing trawler, Abu Hassan, seized by naval commandos last May, which had left Lebanon and was heading for the Gaza Strip loaded with bomb-making components and a batch of CDs with bomb-making instructions prepared by the Hizbullah.

Taking advantage of the current situation, Iran operates through two channels: Hizbullah in Lebanon, which attempts to establish contacts with Israeli Arabs and recruit foreigners to send on attacks in Israel; and the Revolutionary Guard, which has contacts with Tanzim members in the West Bank and Popular Resistance Committee groups in the Gaza Strip.

Most of the terrorist attacks since the hudna went into effect were carried out by Tanzim members who rely on Iranian assistance, the official said. Islamic Jihad remains the most prominent recipient of Iranian assistance, he said.

Hamas maintains its independence to a certain degree, but in recent years its ties with Iran have strengthened, the official said. Hamas relies heavily on funding it receives via charity organizations, schools, and orphanages.

The official said all terrorist organizations, especially Islamic Jihad and Hamas, are preparing for "the day after" the hudna. They are focussing on recruiting "new blood," appointing new leaders, purchasing weapons, improving infrastructure, and evaluating past activities.

Hamas in the Gaza Strip is expecting a delivery of smuggled weapons from Egypt, the official said. It has also intensified efforts to improve the range of Kassam rockets and to conduct military training for recruits, the official said.

Since the hudna was declared, three Israelis and a foreign worker have been killed and 20 civilians wounded in 178 terrorist attacks, including 118 shootings and 10 mortar attacks on Gaza Strip settlements.

Security forces have thwarted 36 terrorist attacks and arrested more than 75 terrorist suspects. Currently, there are 15 warnings of terrorist attacks, mainly in Samaria, according to security officials.
22 posted on 08/06/2003 9:10:24 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Iran Boosting aid to Fatah Tanzim During Truce

August 06, 2003
The Jerusalem Post
Margot Dudkevitch

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23 posted on 08/06/2003 9:11:19 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Low Oil Price To Harm Iran Development

August 06, 2003

The strong GDP growth in Iran this year was not only caused by the development in the oil sector but by increasing domestic demand.

However, in 2004, the country is expected to be hit by lower oil prices which will have a strong impact on government revenues and economic growth.

It can been assumed, that regional tensions in the Middle East should decline after the US-led war in Iraq. This could lead to significant lower oil prices in 2004.
24 posted on 08/06/2003 9:12:59 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Rumsfeld Pessimistic Over Iran's al-Qaeda Hand Over

August 06, 2003
ABC News
ABC News Online

US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says he sees no chance that Iran would turn over to the United States any detained members of the Al Qaeda network.

Reports have said that Washington had approached Tehran with a request to hand over Al Qaeda members in Iranian custody, including Saif al-Adel, an Egyptian thought to be the group's security chief.

The request follows a public acknowledgement by Iran that it was holding some senior figures of the group and it was prepared to extradite them to what it called friendly countries.

But Mr Rumsfeld is pessimistic about the chances of anyone being sent to the US.

"To the extent that they're in one way or another not being allowed to function and operate out of there, that's better," he said.

"To the extent they would be handed over to us, it would be excellent. The chances of that happening apparently are about zero."
25 posted on 08/06/2003 9:16:24 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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To: nuconvert
I didn't mean you!

You know the commies are involved with the repression over there.

They just know how to fly under the radar as usual!

26 posted on 08/06/2003 9:23:13 AM PDT by rockfish59
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To: rockfish59
..You know the commies are involved with the repression over there...

Thanks for your clarification.

I don't know if I would call them commies...
They are socialist... command economy types...
They are defintely facists...

The real commies (MEK) are trying to over thrown the regime as well. Its a little complicated.
27 posted on 08/06/2003 9:32:08 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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A Khomeini Breaks With His Lineage to Back U.S.

Stephanie Sinclair/Corbi

Sayyid Hussein Khomeini, the grandson of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, says he would accept American intervention in Iran.

NY Times 8.6.2003

BAGHDAD, Iraq, Aug. 5 — The grandson of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the strident Iranian cleric who built his Islamic revolution on a platform of attacking all things American, said today that the overthrow of Saddam Hussein would allow long-awaited freedoms to flourish throughout the region, and if they did not, United States intervention would be welcomed by most Iranians.

The grandson, Sayyid Hussein Khomeini, also suggested that any Iraqi Shiites calling for an Islamic theocracy here were misguided, probably financed by Iran and lacked the experience or understanding to know how badly the Iranian revolution had failed.

"Iranians insist on freedom, but they are not sure where it will come from," said Mr. Khomeini, 45, whose dark eyes together with the black turban that marks him as a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad evoke his famous forebear.

"If it comes from inside, they will welcome it, but if it was necessary for it to come from abroad, especially from the United States, people will accept it," Mr. Khomeini said. "I as an Iranian would accept it."

The extraordinary remarks came during an interview with a man whose grandfather consistently labeled the United States "the Great Satan," and who exploited the 444-day takeover of the American Embassy in Tehran starting in 1979 to cement clerical rule in Iran.

The subsequent hostile relations between the two countries led Washington to support Mr. Hussein in Iraq's grisly eight-year war against Iran under Ayatollah Khomeini. In recent months the Bush administration has accused the Islamic Republic of developing illegal weapons and has hinted that a change of government in Tehran would be welcome.

The young Mr. Khomeini apparently holds none of his grandfather's animosity toward the United States, correcting a reporter forming a question about the American occupation of Iraq to note that it should be called a "liberation."

The setting for the interview was barely less distinctive than the remarks. Mr. Khomeini has taken up temporary residence in a modest mansion whose expansive lawns and palm grove overlooking the Tigris River were home to Izzat Ibrahim, vice chairman of the deposed Revolutionary Command Council and one of Mr. Hussein's closest confidants. Mr. Ibrahim, the King of Clubs on the list of the most-wanted Baathists, remains at large.

A Rolls-Royce with a golden grill that belonged to Mr. Ibrahim gathers dust in the driveway, but the house has been taken over by an Iraqi cleric who shares Mr. Khomeini's view that religion and state should be separated.

Mr. Khomeini indicated that he could be the vanguard of a considerable number of senior Shiite clerics who are opposed to the way the clergy ruling Iran have used religion as a form of oppression and who will move to Iraq's shrine cities once the violence ebbs. But at present he is little known.

"Naturally if the Hawza is located in a free country," he said, using the common word for the entire Shiite seminary movement, "that will give space for debate, for free discussions and so of course there will be an exodus from Qum." The holy city of Qum is Iran's leading religious center.

"If Qum remains under the same kind of oppressive atmosphere, everyone will come to Najaf," he added, referring to the Iraqi holy city.

Mr. Khomeini's viewpoint has attracted the interest of the Coalition Provisional Authority, with a spokesman noting today that various officials had met with Mr. Khomeini because they found his ideas about the separation of religion and state interesting.

Although Mr. Khomeini does not have a wide following, his remarks could resonate among Shiites because of the respect and devotion commanded by his grandfather. His is the latest voice flowing from the Shiites over how exactly the community, which forms an estimated 60 percent majority among Iraq's 25 million people, should attain a role in running Iraq equal to their numbers.

One militant clergyman, Moktada al-Sadr, has called for opposition to the United States and for a system of clerical rule that mirrors Iran's.

Mr. Khomeini said he believed that Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was financing such calls, although he has no direct knowledge about that. He said he understood why Shiites, newly freed from decades of oppression, might be pressing for an Islamic form of government. But he said he believed that they should learn from the failure of the Islamic revolution.

"People were desperate in the days of the shah to attain freedom, which was the basis of the revolution," he said, his Arabic accent mostly Iraqi with a slight cadence of Persian. "But they didn't get it."

He noted the incongruities separating the seminary cities on opposite sides of the border. In Qum, he said, most religious scholars oppose mixing politics and religion but toe the line in public because that is what the supreme leader demands.

The senior ayatollahs of Najaf, on the other hand, oppose mixing politics and religion but have been making some political remarks — demanding elections over who will write the constitution, for example — because that is what the Iraqi public expects of them.

Rather than religious rule, he suggested that Shiites should overcome their historical persecution complex by pushing for a democratic government that respects their rights.

He grinned at the idea that he was following in the footsteps of other famous revolutionary offspring, like the daughters of Stalin and later Castro, who split with their families and sought refuge with the United States.

Mr. Khomeini said he broke with his grandfather in the early days of the revolution over the killing of people with even minor links to the shah's regime, which he did not believe religious law sanctioned. He has been studying in Qum ever since.

Mr. Khomeini noted that he lived in Najaf from 1965 to 1979, when his grandfather was in exile there plotting the Islamic revolution. Although he has several male cousins, he is the only son of Mustafa Khomeini, a favorite of the late ayatollah's who helped him plot an uprising in 1963 that led to his exile. Mustafa Khomeini died in Najaf 15 months before the Islamic revolution.

Mr. Khomeini said that some Muslims in Iraq were quick to label the Americans as infidels, and that would probably be the case no matter how much the United States acted for the good of Iraq.

"All the countries in the region fear Iraq becoming a free, liberal, democratic state," he said.
28 posted on 08/06/2003 9:38:16 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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A Khomeini Breaks With His Lineage to Back U.S.

Stephanie Sinclair/Corbi

Sayyid Hussein Khomeini, the grandson of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, says he would accept American intervention in Iran.

NY Times 8.6.2003

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

29 posted on 08/06/2003 9:40:16 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Thank you all for your posts this morning.

Interesting reading...

30 posted on 08/06/2003 9:42:55 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 ("The Prez is as focused as a doberman on a hambone!"---Dennis Miller)
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To: DoctorZIn
I'm currently reading the book 'The Bridge At Andau' by James Michener.
It's about the 1956 Hungarian revolt against the communists.
The AVO 'army' (Allam Vedelmi Osztag, State Protecting Group) was a select bunch of sadists/murderers who helped keep the population in line with torture and executions. But the Russians also had a hand in repressing the revolt using tactics similar to the Nazi's.
31 posted on 08/06/2003 9:51:58 AM PDT by rockfish59
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To: rockfish59
That'll get ya riled up!
32 posted on 08/06/2003 10:40:45 AM PDT by nuconvert
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33 posted on 08/06/2003 11:13:32 AM PDT by firewalk
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To: rockfish59
If you have been reading our posts here for a while, I would be interested in how the current events in Iran today compare with past attempts by citizens in overturning their governments.

I would particularly be interested in lessons learned and how those lessons could be effectively applied in Iran today. It would make an interesting discussion since this thread is read by Iranians struggling for their freedom, as we speak.

Do you have anything concrete to share?
34 posted on 08/06/2003 11:16:45 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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(An Open Letter to President Khatami, From an Iranian Journalist)

By Koorosh Afshar

What comes here is an open letter by one of my dear compatriots, my dear friend, A. Hedayat, to the so-called president Khatami, the smiling mullah whose smile seems to have deceived some of the E.U. leaders!!!

He is a journalist who resides in Iran, in the city of Tabriz . Read his words carefully, as he is another member of the "Burnt Generation".
(The letter is translated from its original Persian and some parts are excluded for brevity.)

Attention: The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mr. Khatami
Your Excellency

I am Ali Hedayat, a journalist who was captured and after being beaten, got transferred to the Police Intelligence prison on 16th June by the vigilantes of Tabriz. Seventeen members of the vigilantes were involved in this process. They punched and kicked me for more than 300 times. They cursed me, my mother and my wife with very obscene words for hundreds of times which I will have to mention exactly in the following without any consideration and euphemism.

Also you will find out in this report that by "plainclothesmen of Tabriz" I do not only refer to the Basiji (voluntary) forces or the forces of the so-called Mosque Bases. 90 percent of those people were the official personnel of the police disciplinary forces (Law Enforcement Forces) of the Islamic Republic "NAJA", the intelligence office of the disciplinary forces, the anti narcotics office of the Police forces and public places supervision office. The remaining 10 percent were members of the Revolutionary Guards (Sepaah-e-Paasdaaraan) and Basiji forces of the factories and official organisations.

Your Excellency!

The blows that the trained members of the Disciplinary Forces inflicted on people were much more painful than those of the Basiji's and the members of the Revolutionary guards (they need to be trained and practice more!) since the latter left bruises and wounds and inflammations, unlike the former who were trained and knew how to do their job without leaving an evidence.
Your Excellency!

Before I get to the point let me inform you that none of the judges or the interrogators of our trials ever bothered to ask us why our eyes, foreheads, chins and whole bodies were inflamed and bruised. They didn't bother to ask us who had attacked us so savagely and ruthlessly. They didn't bother to ask whether we wanted to see a doctor or to be sent to a medical examiner. They didn't bother to ask us whether we had any complaints or not.

They did not even suspect that these ruthless vigilantes arrested people and beat them to death and after discovering that they were innocent, kept them in prison for some time until their wounds are cured, so that nobody would detect the truth.

I take witness the primary verdicts made by the judges of the (Islamic) revolutionary courts who had ordered (after the interrogations) that many of the young prisoners had to be released on the 20th and 21st of June provided their families could afford to pay a five-million toman bail. On the contrary, they were kept for more than three more weeks so that their wounds wouldn't be left as evidence against the vigilantes.
Your Excellency!

I apologise if (in some sentences) my pen is fouled with swear words and obscenity. For if you had also received knee-kicks in your testicles and could have also been able to feel the killing pain, you would definitely stop smiling and sitting calmly in rest posing as a reformist. You would have definitely started the never-put-into-practice reforms in practice. In spite of the fact that 17 people had mistaken me for a punching bag, all my emphasis on being sent by the judge to a medical examiner was in vain.
Any way….

In the morning of 16th of June I was notified that the university students were going to show their opposition to the government inside the university in support of the students of the universities of Tehran and other cities.

I, as a journalist who is also a university graduate in the same field, carrying my journalist card issued by the ministry of Islamic Culture and Guidance and another card from the local officials of "East Azarbaijan" province went inside the university with a few other journalists and stayed then until noon. But then the guarding forces identified most of the journalist and dismissed them from the university.

(Mr. Hedayat describes the circumstances before his arrest and continue)

It was still 7:30 p.m. when a group of five plainclothesmen passed us by, one of them showed me to the others pointing to me with his head and his eyebrows.

I told my friends: "let's leave here, they showed me to each other, they are gonna beat me…."

My friends laughed at me and said, "What do they have to do with us?" Accusing me of being a paranoid, they continued saying "even if they wish to beat anybody they would do it with the ones who are chanting slogans. You could only be their last choice!"

It was just after 7:30 p.m. and we were sitting on a bench and I was trying to write down the slogans, which we could hear from inside the university or the street with my "Parker" fountain pen. Suddenly we noticed that a group of 7-8 people were approaching us quickly from the pavement. Some of my colleagues went back for a few steps but I couldn't move for three reasons: first of all I thought that if move I would be considered as an agitator. Secondly I presumed that my escape would encourage them to follow me and finally since I already knew what they were after me, therefore my escape would be of no use.

I sat where I was sitting and my only choice was to shout that I was a journalist, so that they and others would notice so that in case they beat or captured me the story wouldn't remain silent.

The first person that reached the bench was a "Mr. Iman Nejad" who started beating me with his punches and kicks. He is the head of the Public Places Supervision Office of the disciplinary forces (Amaaken-e-NAJA). He had only started that 6-7 other people also arrived.

"…You are a journalist?!..."
"…Eat Shit…mother fucker…."
"I'll fuck your mouth."

They were saying these sentences and beating me at the same time and no body listened to my cries that I was a journalist….

A few of them held my hands and the rest of them were beating me with their boots and shoes and punches. They were more than 15 people by this time. They took turns in beating me, each time one of them came forward aimed one part of my body hit me with a few punches and kicks and then went back and another face would appear with new curses.

In between, a yellow-faced youth by the name of "Colonel Roostaa", deputy commander of the Intelligence of The Disciplinary Forces of Tabriz arrived at this crowd.

As he was beating me on my jaws on the left and right he said, "I'll cut your testicles…" "You inform the world? …I won't let you live in this city. You'll be dead in less than 6 months!"….

I remember that as I was there lying at the curbs, one of those people held my head in his hands. I was surprised by this action and heard another voice shouting: "no…don't hit his head to the curbs…." So the guy turned my head from the curbs toward the grass and hit it hard there. The voice ordered, "Take him away so that they wouldn't kill him…."

Under those conditions I found a ray of hope with this sentence. They took me to the traffic department room a few meters away. As I was there, two guys entered the room and to my greatest surprise started beating me to death until they got tired. I remember that I tried to provoke their religious sense and said "Muslims! at least give me a glass of water."

All was in vain. No religious taste.

After some time one of them said: "Handcuff him and hold his hands up so that everybody would see him wouldn't kill him!" This was the first time that I felt the cold steel handcuffs on my wrists. As my nose, my mouth, my teeth were bleeding and there was a lot of blood on my clothes, we left the room and passing though these people each one of them took advantage of the time once again and kicked me. After a short while they changed their minds and decided not to walk. They stopped a car and we three people sat in the back seat.

The driver was astonished, therefore he asked: "what has this poor guy done?"

On of the vigilantes answered:" This mother fucker is a journalist for VOA and BBC and Radio Farda. He informs that bitch, Maryam Rajavi (the co-leader of the Mojahedeen Khalq Organisation). He is a spy. He is a traitor…etc."

They asked what he thought so he turned back and cursed me, but I could read it in his eyes that he was afraid and was begging me with them.

I forgave him there.

They took me to the police station and as we wanted to get off the car they covered my head so that no body would photograph me, which could "disgrace" them! One of them put my jacket on my head and covered my face with it. Also before that, the time when we were in the car they had pushed my head to the lowest position possible.

There was a guard who hit me in the eyes.

Those minutes that I spent there were like ages for me. They were beating me as a group; they were beating me in my testicles, my belly and my face with no rest. After that a revolutionary guard arrived and as if he wanted to throw an 80 kilogram punching bag into the sky he punched my in my chest and on my heart with all his power, I hadn't received such a strong blow until then, I couldn't breathe and tears filled my eyes due to the intensity of the pain.

They emptied my pockets and found my journalist cards and documents such as cash card and also my pen and my cell phone.

They took all of them from me.

After that they forced me and the others into a bus and took us to the prison of Tabriz. As we were sent there on the 19th of June I had my first meal, which was the breakfast of the prison for the first time after my capture. Even the time when the head of the police of East Azarbaijan came to visit the detainees I told him that those guys avoided giving us even the mere warm tap water, let alone food.

I told him but in return they didn't even give us a piece of bread.

After that the interrogations started again and the interrogators kept on asking me questions on what were the names of the foreign radios and televisions and newspapers and magazines that I sent news for? And how much money I had received from them, as these people believed I was very rich and their reason for that was, by their conclusion, my well-pressed clothes and suspenders!

Their other conforming discovery on considering me as a rich and callous journalist who was working for the CIA and (US President George W.) Bush was the pressing of my clothes, which was "too" tidy for them. This, also, brought me more beatings.

The other issue put forward by the interrogator was that I gave false news to the foreign media to provoke the people against the regime. But the irony was that the guy could not even count "one" case to prove himself. Later the judge also based whatever he said on these sorts of comments but with no acceptable reason.

I didn't notice my bloody diarrhoea on the first day but later it got worse with very serious bleeding, so they took me to "Kowsar" clinic, which is affiliated to the police. There the doctors refused to visit me as the agents accompanying me didn't pay the money and I didn't have any money with me as whatever I had was already confiscated. The physician of the clinic accepted to examine me for free in the end. When he saw that I, a journalist, was beaten like that, he laughed and joked: "who is safe, then?!..."

After a few days the prison guard opened the small window on the metal door of my cell and said that the judge was waiting for me. They took me to the judge blindfolded. He said that my charges were: "advertising against the government", "attacking the police with a knife" and "interviewing with foreign radios". I rejected and said that two of my charges were " press crimes" and were to be tried in the "press court". I also requested to be sent to a forensic pathologist as I could have diseases in the future due to those blows I had received on my testicles, head, teeth and eyes.

The judge said: "do you want that for future possibilities?" I answered yes; he replied:" You can see it your self that these days we are very busy. Let me see what I can do in the later."

One evening they took me to see my mother and my wife. As we were passing through the yard, I could recognise a lot of my attackers and I got frightened to find out that most of my "plainclothesmen" attackers were the "official" personnel of that office.

I told my mother that I had been beaten as I had been transferred to that place but since entering I had not been beaten and also told her that at that time I was only afraid of the future as one of the attackers (whose was colonel Roosta’i) had made a vow to kill me. As I said this the agent who was there stopped the conversation and I was taken away.

I had demand my mother to announce on the radios that I was worried about my life. That doubled the problem. A soldier told me afterwards that they were not going to kill me and also advised me that in case I was taken to the basement "close your eyes and stiffen your muscles. The rest is not important!"

I tried to concentrate and make myself ready for the new beating session.

I would like to admit that I am not a hero and I, also, get afraid. At times before they were taking me for interrogations and torture I wetted myself for which I hated myself. But I couldn't help it. I was handcuffed and they were absolutely free to do whatever they wanted with me. In this country a normal citizen has no rights. He is not even considered as a human being let alone having any rights.

The only document that is used here most of the times is the confession of the poor detainee and for that purpose one thing is sufficient: "force".

As I was in the prison I heard of a lot of terrifying stories of the youth who were arrested and tortured to confess. I learned of different methods such as: "grilling", "jack in crutch", "24 hour-on-foot", "hanging weights to the testicles" and… flogging and bastinado were among the simple methods.

They interrogated me for several times and made me sign some sheets and also wanted me to make a commitment not to interview with foreign radios but I refused as I believed that it was not the word of law. On the other hand I told them that the judge could easily nullify my social right in journalism so that I wouldn't be active in this field anymore. This was my answer. One of the interrogators told me that it was the order of the Security Council (Supreme Council for National Security) that no one was allowed to interview with the foreign radios, I said that in case such a law existed really, I would be obliged to observe it.

Anyway after all these days, finally the so-called judge ruled that I could be released provided that my family would leave a 3.000,000,000 Rial (37.500 US Dollars) bail.

After all this I was released.

I went back to receive my cell phone (they are very expensive in Iran the regime charges nearly 625 dollars for each sim card and in the free market it is more than 1000 dollars which is too much for the average Iranian people whose income is less than 200 dollars per month) they said it wouldn't be returned. They didn't give back my journalist card my cash card either. As I went to a police station to which I was guided for the purpose, I notice that those official members of the police who were in uniforms treated me with respect, which was exactly opposite the way that the plainclothes had been treating me until that time. But I could feel that they kept their distance from me, this was quite obvious. It was as if they were afraid of something. They did their best to help me as much as they could, but the problem was somewhere else.

This report was only a short summary I hope that I will be able to write a book of my observations in the near future.

I hereby, would like to say that our lives are in danger as people like a so-called colonel Roosta’i and henchmen like him have threatened us. They are after us. Therefore if any of us gets killed or kidnapped, or any member of my family, have an accident in a street or anywhere else, if we get shot or stabbed or fall from a mount, -- things which have already happened for dissidents in Iran under the mullahs -- I announce in advance that those people and their henchmen and accomplices are responsible.

Are there any people, politicians, men and women in this country who will defend our human rights or do we have to wish that we were citizens of other countries like Canada?
Ali Hedayat
Independent and free journalist from Tabriz

And this is how it goes and goes in this plagued country. We have lost a lot of people like Mr. Hedayat in the past. They didn't even have the chance to "write" their observations for the others.

The girl students were raped at the nights of their executions in the next morning by the fatwas of the clerics for the charge of having a dissident magazine with themselves.

Their families even had to pay for the bullets by which their loved ones were executed. They didn't even have the right to be buried in a grave in the cemetery of the city.

Those boy and girl students, my peers, who were captured recently didn't have this right. They didn't want others to decide on how they think and what religion or ideology they preferred.

They hated to be called a Muslim only because they were forced to.

Human rights are what we are fighting for. That is why we get captured and tortured.

Editor’s note: Koorosh Afshar is a pseudonym for a student in Tehran. His name has been changed for his protection.

The above letter was published by the Paris-based "Iran va Jahan" (Iran and the World) website on 5 August.

Highlights, some editorial works and explanations (inside brackets) are by IPS
35 posted on 08/06/2003 11:46:32 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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The Iranian economy is in major trouble and problems could lead to greater civil unrest. -- DoctorZin

Iran blocks share price gains

BBC 8.6.2003
The stock exchange is often full of day traders
The Tehran Stock Exchange has taken steps to try and halt an explosive rally in share prices amid fears the market could be headed for a crash
The head of Iran's stock market sent a statement to brokers on Tuesday forbidding share price increases for a two-week period.

Iran's stock market has been one of the best performers in the world this year, gaining nearly 80% since the start of the financial year in March.

The country's main share index has risen by 11% in the past week alone.

But there are already concerns that the rally is unsustainable, and that the country's investors could end up being badly burnt.

The oil effect

The surge in share prices has enticed many ordinary savers into the stock market who, so far, have enjoyed the chance to make some easy money.

The gains have been driven by high oil prices, an increase in the amount of cash being repatriated from abroad since the 11 September attacks, and rapid growth in the number of private investors.

But many fear that the rally will be unsustainable if oil prices fall next year, as widely expected.

Experts say that capping share price rises can work if previous increases were caused by market manipulation, but not if the market is being driven by genuine demand.


"Price caps work in the short-term but can create a backlash in the long-term," Professor Mehrdad Valibeigi, an Iranian economy expert at American University told BBC News Online.

"People will hold their breath for fifteen days, and then start aggressively buying again, prolonging the inevitable," he explained.

Brokers were also worried about the impact of the cap on prices, with one broker telling Reuters that the action will destabilise the market.

The psychological impact of an official intervention may also deter institutional investors.

Sources say the central bank of Iran and the Tehran Stock Exchange have been at odds over whether to intervene in the market over the past weeks.

The stock market fell by 4% on Tuesday after the price cap was announced.
36 posted on 08/06/2003 11:52:23 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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To: DoctorZIn
The Iranian stock market is manipulated. The islamic funds are investing to let the big sharks (=Rafsanjani and his clan) sell before the prices collapses. This is a robbery of the Iranian nation!
37 posted on 08/06/2003 12:04:16 PM PDT by AdmSmith
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To: DoctorZIn
This is a picture of Hussein Khomeini:

38 posted on 08/06/2003 12:09:10 PM PDT by AdmSmith
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To: AdmSmith
Yes, but your anaylsis assume a collapse. A collapse will force major changes and ignite civil unrest. If all this is true, we better hold onto our hats, its about to get stormy.
39 posted on 08/06/2003 12:09:34 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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To: AdmSmith
Looks like he has a make over then.

This is the photo of him in the NYTimes today.

40 posted on 08/06/2003 12:13:17 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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To: DoctorZIn
Read this post again about their Santa wishes:

Iran needs $17b of investments next year

Furthermore the oil price will most probably be in the 18 - 20 USD/barrel bracket the first 6 month next year. this will put pressure on Russia, Libya and Iran.
41 posted on 08/06/2003 12:16:32 PM PDT by AdmSmith
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To: DoctorZIn
Looks like he has a make over then

Contact lenses, are they allowed?
42 posted on 08/06/2003 12:18:41 PM PDT by AdmSmith
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To: AdmSmith
I agree.
43 posted on 08/06/2003 12:21:06 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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To: DoctorZIn
Are you sure this is the same guy?

I could be wrong, but look at this photo of Hossein Khomeini.

44 posted on 08/06/2003 12:55:47 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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To: All
Iran chills overheated stocks (They ban increases in stock prices!)

CNN ^ | Aug. 6, 2003 | Reuters
Posted on 08/06/2003 12:44 PM PDT by FairOpinion
45 posted on 08/06/2003 12:57:06 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; Pan_Yans Wife; fat city; freedom44; Tamsey; Grampa Dave; PhiKapMom; ...
I am being told by others, that there are some Persian websites that dispute the statements attributed to Hossein Khomeini by the world media.

Personally, this sounds like the beginning of another dis-information campaign on the part of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI).

The regime is famous for twisting the truth to their ends. We should create a website just to keep track of all their dis-information.

They must discredit him or eliminate him. The regime has been struggling with those who want to seperate their government from Islam. This growing rift threatens to force them to struggle with their own religious leaders as well. While this is not new it is getting much more exposure in the press and threatens to rip the regime apart from two sides at once.

Thought you should be aware of this.


"If you want on or off this Iran ping list, Freepmail me”
46 posted on 08/06/2003 1:08:59 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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To: DoctorZIn; All
I wouldn't be surprised if the Khomeni grandson ain't dead within several weeks now that he's spoken out on the "wrong side". If he's smart he's already received security assurances from the US in exchange for future pro-American support. The UK was able to protect Salman Rushdie.
47 posted on 08/06/2003 1:35:34 PM PDT by jriemer
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To: DoctorZIn
Thank you, Doctor.

I have a lot of emails to send out.

The media need to be informed that this is what is happening to their associates, colleagues, fellow journalists.

Maybe Barbara Walters needs an idea for a story?
Or 60 Minutes?
48 posted on 08/06/2003 1:40:25 PM PDT by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert
You may want to look at this website if you want to write about the imprisioned journalists in Iran.

49 posted on 08/06/2003 1:49:43 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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To: DoctorZIn
Iran says it won't give up nuke program

Associated Press
Posted on Wed, Aug. 06, 2003

TEHRAN, Iran - Iran vowed Wednesday not to surrender its nuclear power generating program, as U.N. experts met with Iranian officials in an effort to arrange unrestricted inspections of its nuclear facilities.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran will not give up nuclear technology as a basis for legitimate power, " state television quoted President Mohammad Khatami as telling Iran's most senior officials.

Khatami said Iran had no desire for nuclear weapons, as the United States maintains, "because we cannot use such weapons based on our Islamic and moral teachings."

His comments at a meeting with Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the country's top military and political officials came as a three-member team from the International Atomic Energy Agency met with government officials to try to arrange unfettered inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities.

Khatami hinted Iran may sign a protocol to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty allowing such access "if the world recognizes" his country's right to the peaceful use of nuclear technology.

Iran has always said it would agree to unfettered inspections if it is granted access to advanced nuclear technology as provided for under the non-proliferation treaty. Tehran says Washington is keeping Iran from getting that technology.

The United States has accused Iran of running a clandestine nuclear weapons program and wants the U.N. nuclear agency to declare Tehran in violation of the non-proliferation treaty.

On Monday, the Los Angeles Times reported Iran "appears to be in the late stages of developing the capacity to build a nuclear bomb."

It said a three-month investigation found Iran had sought to conceal its weapons efforts from international inspectors.

The newspaper - citing sources ranging from previously secret reports, international officials, independent experts and Iranian exiles - reported that Iran made use of technology and scientists from Russia, North Korea, China and Pakistan to bring it closer to building a bomb than Iraq ever was.
50 posted on 08/06/2003 3:29:05 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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