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  • Iranian Alert - July 26, 2005 - BBC News reports on the Kurdish riots in Iran

    07/27/2005 8:20:09 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 11 replies · 5,241+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 7.26.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran press reports Kurdish riots By Frances Harrison BBC News, Tehran The Iranian media has reported more disturbances in Kurdish areas of the country after several days of riots. Two people were wounded on Monday when "hooligans" caused disorder in the town of Oshnavieh, the hardline newspaper Jumhuri Islami said. But Kurdish journalists report that three people were killed on Monday and seven died in previous days. Kurds are saying the unrest is a sign of frustration over the denial of minority rights in Iran. Chief among these is frustration over the denial of the right...
  • Iranian Alert - July 25, 2005 - Havel Joins Bush, Sharansky in Plea for Ganji's Life

    07/25/2005 6:59:44 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 7 replies · 1,052+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 7.25.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Havel Joins Bush, Sharansky in Plea for Ganji's Life BY ELI LAKE - Staff Reporter of the Sun July 25, 2005 URL: http://www.nysun.com/article/17463 WASHINGTON - A new letter from Iranian dissident journalist Akbar Ganji, authenticated yesterday by his wife, predicts that if he dies, his death will "water the harvest of freedom."Also, a former Czech president, Vaclav Havel, has joined President Bush; a former Soviet dissident, Natan Sharansky, and European Union leaders in calling for Mr. Ganji's unconditional release from prison by the Islamic Republic. This newspaper has called Mr. Ganji, who has become a symbol...
  • Iranian Alert - July 24, 2005 - Widespread Arrests and Massacre in Kurdish Mahabad

    07/24/2005 10:30:00 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 20 replies · 1,451+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 7/24/05 | freedom44
    Top News Story Alliance of Iranian Students For the past eight days, the city of Mahabad, dominated by Kurdish ethnic groups, was the scene of bloody clashes between defiant freedom-demanding demonstrators and the Islamic Security Forces. Martial Law has been virtually declared in this city. Hundreds of young residents have been arrested and many have been tortured. Today, 23 July two severely wounded youth have been transferred to the public hospital where they are under intense care. Much of the public have closed businesses and gathered in protest in front of the city's prison. Last week in the city...
  • Iranian Alert - July 23, 2005 - The Washington Post ignores Al Qaeda Leaders Iran connection

    07/24/2005 4:25:31 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 13 replies · 1,937+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 7.23.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story The Washington Post ignores Al Qaeda Leaders Iran connection An Excerpt: Craig Whitlock, Washington Post: Experts Say Radicals In London, Egypt May Have Followed OrdersThe back-to-back nature of the deadly attacks in Egypt and London, as well as similarities in the methods used, suggests that the al Qaeda leadership may have given the orders for both operations and is a clear sign that Osama bin Laden and his deputies remain in control of the network, according to interviews with counterterrorism analysts and government officials in Europe and the Middle East. READ MORE DoctorZin:The Washington Post fails...
  • Iranian Alert - July 22, 2005 - Martial Law Declared in Mahabad Iran, Tension High

    07/22/2005 11:40:00 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 18 replies · 1,695+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 7.22.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Martial law declared in Mahabad, tension is striking high KURDISTAN, July 22 (DozaMe.org) - 13 days after the killing of Shivane Qadri, demonstrations are raging on in the city of Mahabad in eastern Kurdistan (northwestern Iran). Two more Iranian soldiers have been reported killed by demonstrators. The Iranian government has now declared martial law and curfew in the Kurdish city. Demonstrators who defy the curfew are still protesting on the streets. A clash on July 18 between Kurdish demonstrators and Iranian soldiers has left two soldiers killed. For the first time after 10 years, the Iranian...
  • Iranian Alert - July 21, 2005 - Iran Is Considering Pardon for Ganji

    07/22/2005 5:17:43 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 8 replies · 1,391+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 7.21.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran Is Considering Pardon for Ganji BY ELI LAKE - Staff Reporter of the Sun July 21, 2005 WASHINGTON - Dissident Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji may be pardoned for the remaining six months of his jail sentence, Iran's judiciary chief, Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahrudi, said.A pardon for Mr. Ganji would prove the efficacy of an international campaign in recent weeks demanding his unconditional release from prison. President Bush, E.U. leaders, and an Israeli politician and a former Russian political prisoner, Natan Sharansky, have called for the hunger-striker's unconditional release, as have human rights organizations and Western...
  • Iranian Alert - July 20, 2005 - Family visits jailed Iranian Ganji in hospital

    07/20/2005 11:20:22 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 9 replies · 940+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 7.20.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Family visits jailed Iranian Ganji in hospitalIranMania: A member of the committee following up the condition of Akbar Ganji said Ganji’s family visited him at Milad Hospital. Issa Saharkhiz also told IRNA: “After the original ban was lifted, Ganji’s family managed to visit him at the hospital at 22:30 on Monday.“ ... Saharkhiz noted that on Sunday night Ganji was in critical condition and he was transferred to Milad Hospital from Evin Prison. “When Ganji’s family visited him, he was being fed intravenously,“ he said. READ MOREPlus two other important updates: Releaseganji.net published an interview with...
  • Iranian Alert - July 19, 2005 - Iranian opposition tracking, killing senior military officers

    07/20/2005 7:53:42 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 13 replies · 2,401+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 7.19.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iranian opposition tracking, killing senior military officers Tuesday, July 19, 2005 Iran's opposition is targeting senior officers of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.Iranian opposition sources said several senior officers of the IRGC have been tracked in major cities, including Teheran. The sources reported the killing of several officers of the IRGC and the Basij militia.On July 14, an IRGC colonel was stabbed to death in Teheran, Iran's media said, according to Middle East Newsline. The sources said Col. Morteza Moinfar, commander of the Quds Force, was killed by several unidentified assailants. The Quds Force has been...
  • Iranian Alert - July 18, 2005 - Ganji Is Near Death in Iranian Prison, a Dissident Reports

    07/18/2005 7:39:40 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 9 replies · 1,362+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 7.18.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Ganji Is Near Death in Iranian Prison, a Dissident Reports BY ELI LAKE - Staff Reporter of the Sun July 18, 2005 WASHINGTON - Akbar Ganji's 36-day hunger strike has nearly cost the Iranian dissident his life, according to a writer recently released from the Tehran prison that holds Mr. Ganji, whom President Bush and European Union leaders have demanded the mullahs set free.In a telephone interview from Tehran, a former political prisoner who was released temporarily from Evin prison at the end of June, Amir Abbas Fakhravar, told The New York Sun that Mr. Ganji's...
  • Iranian Alert - July 17, 2005 - Iran police chief authorizes use of bullets

    07/17/2005 6:29:04 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 15 replies · 1,257+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 7.17.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran police chief authorises use of bullets Sat. 17 Jul 2005Iran Focus Tehran, Iran, Jul. 16 – Iran’s new police chief today called on the forces under his command to deal “decisively with criminals” and use live bullets if necessary. “When a policeman is sent on a mission, his mind must be focused entirely on getting the job done”, Brigadier General Ismail Ahmadi Moghaddam said in the first flag-raising ceremony he attended after moving to his new command last week. “Using bullets is not the first way of dealing with criminals, but sometimes it is inevitable....
  • Iranian Alert - July 16, 2005 - The Strange Death of Iranian Islamism

    07/16/2005 9:46:23 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 4 replies · 1,184+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 7.16.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran-Shahr The Strange Death of Iranian Islamism Political Islam, at least in its contemporary form and content, was born in Iran, under the auspices of Khomeini, Ali Shariati, and a 1960s-intelligentsia (1). "To make communist rule secure in the USSR for the indefinite future", Soviet leadership under Gorbachev made "a strategic decision". However, operating in a world of increasing openness, glasnost and perestroika, from within a system designed to be closed, "set the ball rolling toward the system's collapse" (2). Pursuing the same objective of lasting rule and learning maybe from their defunct Soviet predecessors, the...
  • Iranian Alert - July 15, 2005 - Iranian Ganji's Second Letter from Prison [Translated] A Must Read!

    07/16/2005 12:58:06 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 7 replies · 1,593+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 7.15.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Free Ganji Ganji's Second Letter to the Free People of the World Akbar Ganji, FreeGanji.blogspot.com: [Disclaimer: there are many quotations of other thinkers in the following letter. Unfortunately references are missing from the Farsi text of the letter published on the internet. We have translated the quotes back into English from Farsi, so they might not match word for word with their original. We will try to amend this in future revisions.] This candle is dying out, but its voice will not Today, Sunday July 10, 2005 exactly 30 days have passed since I started my...
  • Iranian Alert - July 14, 2005 - Kofi Annan Claims Ignorance on Iran Dissident, Ganji!

    07/14/2005 10:31:52 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 13 replies · 1,131+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 7.14.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Kofi Annan Claims Ignorance on Iran Dissident ELI LAKE - Staff Reporter of the Sun July 14, 2005 WASHINGTON - As three senators joined President Bush's call for the Iranian regime to release dissident journalist Akbar Ganji from prison, the secretary-general of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, yesterday refused to comment when pressed, claiming ignorance on the matter.When asked by a New York Sun reporter if he would speak out on behalf of Mr. Ganji in light of the president's statement Tuesday, Mr. Annan said, "I don't know enough about the case, so I'd prefer not...
  • Iranian Alert - July 13, 2005 - Will the MSM join the President and Stand With Ganji?

    07/13/2005 9:35:50 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 18 replies · 1,140+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 7.13.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Standing With Ganji New York Sun Editorial July 13, 2005 One evening not many years ago, we fell into a conversation about the heroes of the Cold War with Stephen S. Rosenfeld, who had recently retired as editorial page editor of the Washington Post. When we proffered the name of President Reagan, Mr. Rosenfeld cocked an eye and offered in return the name of Sakharov. Mr. Rosenfeld didn't gainsay Reagan's achievements. But it was important, he said, to remember that being a hero was much harder when one risked being thrown into the dungeons.We thought of...
  • Iranian Alert - July 12, 2005 - Join the President and call for the release of dissidents in Iran

    07/12/2005 9:48:55 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 3 replies · 824+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 7.12.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Freepers: Join the President and call for the release of dissidents in Iran DoctorZin reports, 7.12.2005: Special Report: Thousands of Iranians defied their government today and demonstrated in Tehran in support of an Iranian political dissident Akbar Ganji. Remarkably, he has defied the Iranian government, saying he is willing to die if he is not immediately and unconditionally released. Today, he is on his 31st day of a hunger strike. The regime was out in force and there were clashes with the security forces. Dr. Corsi and Ken Timmerman both provided reports. See photos here and...
  • Iranian Alert - July 11, 2005 - 'Police clash with pro-Democracy students'

    07/12/2005 9:53:46 AM PDT · by freedom44 · 6 replies · 942+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 7/11/05 | freedom44
    Top News Story Reuters TEHRAN, July 12 (Reuters) - Iranian police beat dozens of protesters with batons on Tuesday at a demonstration to call for the release of Iran's most prominent jailed journalist. About 150 people, mostly students, had gathered in front of Tehran University chanting "political prisoners must be freed" when dozens of police moved in to break up the protest. The rally was in support of Akbar Ganji, an outspoken critic of the Islamic state's clerical leadership who was sentenced to six years in jail in 2001 for articles he wrote alleging links between senior officials and...
  • Iranian Alert - July 10, 2005 - Do the London Bombing's Lead Back to Iran?

    07/11/2005 1:45:20 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 6 replies · 1,437+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 7.10.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Do the London Bombing's Lead Back to Iran? Today, the Sunday Times reported that the top suspect in the London Bombing is Mustafa Setmariam Nasar. If this proves true it spells more trouble for Iran. Nick Fielding and Gareth Walsh, The Sunday Times UK reported: THE terrorist believed to have organised last year’s Madrid train attacks is emerging as a figure in the hunt for the London bombers. Spanish security sources are said to have warned four months ago that Mustafa Setmariam Nasar, a 47-year-old Syrian, had identified Britain as a likely target. Coded commands from...
  • Iranian Alert - July 9, 2005 - 'Make Islamic Fundamentalism History!'

    07/10/2005 7:42:08 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 4 replies · 1,108+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 7/9/05 | freedom44
    Top News Story IranVaJahan Commemoration of the July 99 student uprising in Iran has become an annual event for the opposition to the mullahs inside and outside Iran. Today, the commemoration in London had a broader message however in the aftermath of the London bombings. The first demonstration was held outside the Embassy of the Islamic Republic in Kensington. A one minute silence was held in memory of Thursday’s victims of the indiscriminate bombing attacks in London. Speaker after speaker emphasised the global threat of the Islamic fundamentalism and the need to establish a global front to combat it....
  • Iranian Alert - July 8, 2005 - Iranian Dissident Ganji reportedly in a coma.

    07/09/2005 10:23:39 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 15 replies · 1,176+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 7.8.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Islamic Republic News Agency: EU Calls on Iran to Release Ganji The European Union has made "urgent representations about Akbar Ganji, a political prisoner detained in Iran", according to a statement issued Friday night by the EU's British Presidency. He is believed to be seriously ill and reportedly in need of urgent medical attention, it said. READ MORE DoctorZin:We have been getting phone calls saying that Ganji is now in a coma. A new website in support of Ganji is now in operation. It has some interesting ideas. Check it out. Update: International demonstrations around the...
  • Iranian Alert - July 7, 2005 - Iran's President-Elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's own website

    07/08/2005 8:09:37 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 5 replies · 2,210+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 7.7.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran's President-Elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Complete Bio - In His Own Writing 1 July 2005: Is the president-elect of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, one of the hostage-takers at the US Embassy in Tehran in 1979? The Northeast Intelligence Network called upon its Farsi-language resources to help determine the answer to this question. Sure enough, the answer is readily found on the official website of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, written entirely in Farsi, and complete with images. The website includes various documents from Ahmadinegad’s campaign where he claims "I Can Control the Americans - I Have Experience Doing It".In one particularly...
  • Iranian Alert - July 6, 2005 - '23 day hunger strike: Give me death before Islamic dictatorship'

    07/06/2005 9:56:21 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 21 replies · 1,420+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 7/6/05 | freedom44
    Top News Story Adnoki The well-known Iranian writer and journalist Akbar Ganji, who has been in prison for more than four years, is in a critical condition after being on a hunger strike for the past 23 days. His wife, who met him in an Iranian jail, confirmed that the renowned dissident's life was in danger. "My husband, before beginning the hunger strike weighed 77 kilograms, but today his weight has fallen to 58 kilograms and he can no longer stand on his feet," Massoumeh Shafii, said in an interview with Adnkronos International (AKI). Shafii told AKI that her...
  • Iranian Alert - July 5, 2005 - New Iranian President was wounded in the Vienna assassination

    07/06/2005 8:54:23 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 7 replies · 1,156+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 7.5.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Benador & Associates Amir Taheri, Benador & Associates: THE winner in Iran's recent presidential election, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, makes no secret that he is a professional revolutionary, having spent all his adult years in the service of the Khomeinist movement. But was he the chief interrogator of American diplomats held hostage during the occupation of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979-80? And was he involved in the assassination of three dissident Kurdish leaders in Vienna in 1989? ... Ahmadinejad's presence at the killing of the Kurdish leaders in Vienna on July 13, 1989, however, is an...
  • Iranian Alert - July 4, 2005 - Iran's Grand Ayatollah wants changes to Iran's constitution

    07/04/2005 11:35:07 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 10 replies · 1,652+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 7.4.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iranian.ws Montazeri open letter criticising the recent presidential elections Jul 4, 2005 One of Iran's highest-ranking theologians and dissident Shiite clerics, Grand Ayatollah Hassan Ali Montazeri has written a open letter criticising the recent presidential elections, and calling for the urgent amendment of Iran's constitution, which he argues is the principal obstacle to the country's democratisation. "As an Iranian citizen, I feel the duty - and it is also my right - to pass judgement on the current situation and indicate the way out of this crisis," Montazeri said. The letter describes last month's presidential elections,...
  • Iranian Alert - July 3, 2005 - Repression increases w/ approach of Student Uprising Anniversary

    07/03/2005 6:45:13 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 8 replies · 1,013+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 7/3/05 | freedom44
    Top News Story Persian Journal Repressive measures are increasing with the approach of the anniversary of Students' Uprising on July 9th. The Islamic Republic regime which is intending to counter balance the unprecedented conjunction of International pressure and internal rejection, is playing its strong hand especially with the official appointment of Ahmadi-Nejad and the Pasdaran Corp. (Militia) Intelligence circles to the Executive branch. Actions such as, search of homes of identified opponents, arbitrary arrests, deployment of security plainclothes agents and militiamen in the streets, schools and universities, search of cars, confiscation of motorbikes and dismantlement of underground groups specialized...
  • Iranian Alert - July 2, 2005 - Iranians overwhelmingly favorable of United States

    07/02/2005 6:53:02 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 48 replies · 1,755+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 7/2/05 | freedom44
    <p>THE hottest book in Iran these days is Bill Clinton's "My Life." There are three unauthorized translations on the market and at least two more on the way, Iranian newspapers report. By all accounts, a George W. Bush memoir might do just as well. And that is only the most recent indication of the overwhelmingly favorable disposition of the Iranian population toward the United States.</p>
  • Iranian Alert - July 1, 2005 - Iran talks likely to fail, say EU diplomats

    07/02/2005 1:06:54 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 10 replies · 1,106+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 7.1.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran talks likely to fail, say EU diplomats By Daniel Dombey in Brussels Published: June 30 2005 03:00 | Last updated: June 30 2005 03:00European diplomats are preparing for a breakdown of their negotiations over Iran's nuclear programme in a sign of mounting pessimism following the election last week of conservative president Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad.Although Britain, France and Germany still intend to keep their promise to put forward new compromise proposals to Iran by the beginning of August, some of the countries' diplomats now have little expectation that any deal will be accepted by Tehran.The focus of...
  • Iranian Alert - June 30, 2005 - Iran Leader Linked To '79 Embassy Crisis

    07/01/2005 12:25:56 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 19 replies · 1,261+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 6.30.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story The Washington Times Iran Leader Linked To '79 Embassy Crisis Excerpt: Joyce Howard Priceand David R. Sands, The Washington Times:Americans held in the 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Iran said yesterday they clearly recall Iranian President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad playing a central role in the takeover, interrogating captives and demanding harsher treatment for the hostages. "As soon as I saw his picture in the paper, I knew that was the bastard," said retired Army Col. Charles Scott, 73, a former hostage who lives in Jonesboro, Ga. "He was one of the top two or three...
  • Iranian Alert - June 29, 2005 - U.S. Calls on Iran to Release Imprisoned Journalist Ganji

    06/30/2005 10:04:26 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 11 replies · 1,071+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 6.29.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story 29 June 2005 U.S. Calls on Iran To Release Imprisoned Journalist Akbar Ganji Ganji has investigated abuses by Iranian security forcesThe United States has called on Iranian authorities to release Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji from prison, where he is being held, the State Department said, for his political views and peaceful activities in support of free speech and journalistic integrity.  Ganji is known for his efforts to uncover information on extra-judicial killings by Iranian security forces.In a June 29 statement, the State Department expressed particular concern about recent reports that Ganji is in failing health and...
  • Iranian Alert - June 28, 2005 - Move over Mullahs: the new militant leaders in Iran

    06/29/2005 1:38:02 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 7 replies · 2,144+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 6.28.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story 'No More Mullahs' An Excerpt: Amir Taheri, The Wall Street Journal:In one of his rare outings during the Iranian presidential election campaign last week, Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the man then designated as the likely winner by almost everyone, ran into a spot of bother. An old woman broke through his security ring, shouting, "May I have a word with you?" Once allowed to approach Mr. Rafsanjani, the woman removed his turban with a blow and shouted, "No more mullahs!" A couple of nights before that, Mr. Rafsanjani had been booed by students at Tehran University with...
  • Iranian Alert - June 27, 2005 - Iran's Supreme Leader Banned All Celebration of the Election

    06/28/2005 3:13:10 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 11 replies · 1,599+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 6.27.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story 'I am proud of being Iran's little servant and street sweeper' By Colin Freeman in Teheran(Filed: 26/06/2005)By official edict there were no victory parades for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the streets of the Iranian capital yesterday.   Iran's new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad The mayor of Teheran, who shocked the world with his surprise victory in Iran's presidential run-off poll on Friday, is an ultra-conservative who craves a return to the ideol-ogies of the Islamic revolution of 1979.Yesterday, the people of Iran were given, perhaps, an early taste of things to come, as public celebrations and opposition demonstrations...
  • Iranian Alert - June 26, 2005 - New President: No need for US ties & press on w/nukes

    06/26/2005 5:21:07 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 9 replies · 1,099+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 6/26/05 | freedom44
    Top News Story National Nine News Iran will press ahead with its controversial nuclear program and the Islamic republic has no real need for ties with arch-foe the US, hardline president-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said. In a sign that Friday's surprise election result would prolong decades of enmity between Tehran and Washington, Ahmadinejad and US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld traded negative remarks in their first comments since the vote. But the ultra-conservative former mayor of Tehran said Iran would not abandon nuclear talks with the European Union although negotiations would be based on the Islamic Republic's "national interest". Europe shares...
  • Iranian Alert - June 25, 2005 - Iran on alert fearing street protests after fraudulent election

    06/25/2005 11:24:05 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 14 replies · 1,255+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 6.25.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran’s ruling clerics fear street protests Iran Focus:A day after the surprise election of the ultra-conservative mayor of Tehran as the new President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the country'’s security forces were placed on heightened state of alert throughout Saturday to prevent any street demonstrations. The move reflected fears in the ruling clerical circles that a dissatisfied young population could react with fury to what many see as a 'coup'” by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the hard-line institutions under his control to consolidate their power. The furious reaction of the loser, former...
  • Iranian Alert - June 24, 2005 - Ultra Conservative Ahmadinejad Wins (S)election - Europe in crisis!

    06/24/2005 7:24:03 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 24 replies · 1,325+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 6.24.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Hardliner Scores Landslide Iran Election Win Excerpt: By REUTERS Filed at 9:28 p.m. ETTEHRAN (Reuters) - Ultra-conservative Tehran mayor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad swept to a landslide win in presidential elections on Saturday, spelling a possible end to Iran's fragile social reforms and tentative rapprochement with the West.Ahmadinejad, 48, received the backing of the religious poor to defeat moderate cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who was supported by pro-reform parties and wealthy Iranians fearful of a hardline monopoly on power in the Islamic state.``The figures show that Ahmadinejad is the winner,'' Interior Ministry spokesman Jahanbakhsh Khanjani told reporters.He will...
  • Iranian Alert - June 23, 2005 - Iran Student Leader: 'elections between bad and worse'

    06/24/2005 8:20:37 AM PDT · by freedom44 · 14 replies · 1,329+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 6/23/05 | freedom44
    Top News Story NY Sun WASHINGTON - The choice for Iranians tomorrow in the presidential runoff is between "bad and worse," according to a leader of the July 9, 1999, Tehran University uprisings, Ahmad Batebi. In a phone interview yesterday with The New York Sun, Mr. Batebi said, "The candidates were never elected by the people, the selection of the candidates are from the supreme leader. The people of Iran had no power in choosing any of them." Mr. Batebi is currently on the lam, avoiding authorities in Iran where he is still wanted for his crime of endangering...
  • Iranian Alert - June 22, 2005 - Britian adopts a confontational policy towards Iran

    06/22/2005 9:20:48 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 12 replies · 1,285+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 6.22.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Don't pin hopes for reform on Rafsanjani, Britain warnsBy Anton La Guardia, Diplomatic Editor(Filed: 22/06/2005)Britain adopted a more confrontational policy towards Iran yesterday when officials assailed the credibility of Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the likely winner of Friday's presidential election run-off.Many Iranian reformists, alarmed that his opponent, the hardline former mayor of Teheran Mahmood Ahmadinejad, came second in the initial round of voting, have called on supporters to switch their votes to the 70-year-old Mr Rafsanjani despite the fact that he is a veteran of the regime.The wily cleric, who served as president from 1989 to...
  • Iranian Alert - June 21, 2005 - Iranian Student Union, calls for a boycott of the bogus elections

    06/22/2005 1:07:58 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 5 replies · 994+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 6.21.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iranian Student Union, Tahkeem Vahdat: Boycott the bogus elections, this regime is not reformable Iran Press News: The University Student offices of Tahkeem'eh Vahdat has sent out a bulletin reiterating it's stance: "based on an all points boycott of this bogus election and the immovability and unreformability of the regime ruling over Iran; we consider this fake election to be disastrous, highly restrictive and utterly ineffective and the office of the president should be castigated for this pathetic show of force."In several parts of this bulletin, the members of Tahkeem'eh Vahdat have referred to this as...
  • Iranian Alert - June 20, 2005 - The coming coup

    06/20/2005 7:38:05 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 45 replies · 2,003+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 6.20.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Editor: Myself A weblog on Iran, technology and pop culture, by Hossein Derakhshan The coming coup Iranian blogger, Hoder.com:Things are really getting nasty here. After Karrubi's unbelievably blunt letter to the Supreme Leader, everything is suddenly changing. All non-fundamentalists are rallying behind Rafsanjani. Many are talking about a possible coup by Sepah and Basij after Friday's second round results. It's also rumoured (now confirmed ) that Eqbal and Aftab, pro-reform newspapers, were seizes in the printing house last night after they published full text of the letter. Karrubi for the first time has publically challenged the...
  • Iranian Alert - June 19, 2005 - We must demand more from the MS media in its reporting on Iran.

    06/20/2005 12:32:48 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 9 replies · 1,755+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 6.19.2005 | DoctorZin
    DoctorZin reports, 6.19.2005:Bloggers must demand more from the mainstream media in its reporting on Iran. I have been reporting for days now that the elections in Iran were rigged. Now that the NY Times is reporting it perhaps the blogosphere will also. I also published statements of several candidates inside of Iran that are also claiming this as well. The blogosphere can either lead or follow the mainstream media. I hope we will lead. With the election runoff in Iran slated for Friday, we must demand that the mainstream media visit polling stations throughout Iran to report their own...
  • Iranian Alert - June 18, 2005 - Bloggers personal accounts of Iranian polling stations in the US.

    06/18/2005 5:15:41 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 11 replies · 1,190+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 6.18.2005 | DoctorZin
    Reports of Iranians voting in the US Robert Mayer of PublisPundit has just released his length and valuable report on the polling station in Tuscon. It includes photos and a fascinating with the poll watcher and his views of America. Will of Willisms produced a two similar reports from Houston, Texas. One, Two. Photos included. Finally, SMCCDI published a report of their success in closing down the LA polling station. Aryo B. Pirouznia, the SMCCDI Coordinator, and several other Iranian political activists were wounded by Islamists and mercenaries hired by Islamic republic regime. These aggressions took place, yesterday, in...
  • Iranian Alert - June 17, 2005 - First Reports on the Election - Why the media is getting it wrong

    06/17/2005 3:23:34 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 8 replies · 1,386+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 6.17.2005 | DoctorZin
    First Reports on the Iranian Election - Why the media is getting it wrong The western media is reporting a close election in Iran and some are claiming that it is so close that the government has extended the hours of the polling places in order to accommodate the voting public. What is wrong with these reports? According to various news accounts, the international media in Iran for the election is estimated between 70 and 200 foreign journalists. Opposition leaders claim that each journalist is required to have a government minder present with them. They also report that these...
  • Iranian Alert - June 16, 2005 - The Iranian election is just hours away - Let the boycott begin!

    06/16/2005 8:49:08 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 16 replies · 1,537+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 6.16.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Statement by the President Bush on Iranian Elections[Excerpts] President Bush, The White House: In recent months, the cause of freedom has made enormous gains in the broader Middle East. ... And as a tide of freedom sweeps this region, it will also come eventually to Iran. ... Today, Iran is ruled by men who suppress liberty at home and spread terror across the world. Power is in the hands of an unelected few who have retained power through an electoral process that ignores the basic requirements of democracy. The June 17th presidential elections are sadly consistent...
  • Iranian Alert - June 15, 2005 - CNN plays a dangerous game of softball with Rafsanjani

    06/15/2005 11:44:32 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 10 replies · 1,230+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 6.16.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story CNN plays a dangerous game of softball with Rafsanjani Excerpt:CNN.com:Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani -- now seeking another term as the Islamic republic's elected leader -- said Tuesday the United States has been hostile toward his country for more than 30 years. The man widely expected to win Friday's presidential election told CNN the United States has taken "steps in the right direction" but must do more to prove to Iranians that it has relinquished what he called "a hostile attitude." READ MORE DoctorZin:CNN's report reminded me of Dan Rather's interview with Saddam Hussein. It...
  • Iranian Alert - June 14, 2005 - 'Hakha movement says Regime will Fall starting on June 16th'

    06/14/2005 8:50:09 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 11 replies · 1,859+ views
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    Top News Story Hakha movement press release The Popular Hakha Movement for Freedom in Iran has called for peaceful uprisings on June 16th starting at 10 a.m. Tehran time of the current year against the oppressive and terrorist Islamic Republic of Iran. Under the leadership of Dr. Ahura-Pirouz Khaleghi Yazdi, the people will not rest until freedom and democracy have been established in Iran. The Iranian people have demanded and will take their self-determination. The aim of this national uprising is to overthrow the despotic regime in order to institute national self-determination, the principles of secular democracy, the doctrine...
  • Iranian Alert - June 13, 2005 - Some analysts suspect bin Laden slipped into Iran

    06/13/2005 9:49:02 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 15 replies · 1,525+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 6.13.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Some analysts suspect bin Laden slipped into Iran Rowan Scarborough, The Washington Times:Some within the U.S. intelligence community think Osama bin Laden is in eastern Iran, instead of the rugged tribal areas of Pakistan's northwestern frontier, where most American officials think he is still on the run. U.S. officials said in interviews that the Iran theory, which is held by a minority, is based on bits of intelligence information and the fact that months of CIA intelligence operations, along with search-and-destroy sweeps by thousands of Pakistani troops, have failed to find the al Qaeda leader or...
  • Iranian Alert - June 12, 2005 - Hundreds of Iranian Women demonstrate against Sex Discrimination

    06/12/2005 1:09:48 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 16 replies · 4,507+ views
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    Top News Story New York Times TEHRAN, June 12 - Hundreds of women staged an unauthorized demonstration in Tehran today, protesting sex discrimination under Iran's Islamic leadership just days before the June 17 presidential elections. There were reports that the police clubbed several women, though there were no hospital reports of injuries. Demonstrators said they saw some women being detained and dragged away by officers. But the situation appeared to stabilize, and after about an hour of demonstrating, the women disbanded without further incident. "We will continue such protests because it shows that women are aware of their rights,"...
  • Iranian Alert - June 11, 2005 - Special Report + schedule of Pro-Democracy events coming this week

    06/11/2005 2:05:59 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 9 replies · 1,480+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 6.11.2005 | DoctorZin
    Special Report: Iranians Unite! Pro-Democracy Iranians Boycott Islamic Republic'’s Rigged Anti-Democratic Elections In an historic show of unity, Iranian opposition leaders together drafted and signed the following declaration. The leaders represent a broad spectrum of Iranian groups around the world calling for a boycott of the June 17th Presidential election. READ MOREMore than 17o leaders have signed it, still others are seeking to. It is important to let the media know that Iranians from a range of political views are now united in boycotting the June 17th election. Also important: I have begun a schedule of Pro-Democracy events for...
  • Iranian Alert - June 10, 2005 - IRAN SURVEY REVEALS: America Helps Their Chances at Freedom

    06/10/2005 2:01:40 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 9 replies · 1,179+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 6.10.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iranians Feel America's Presence in the Region Helps Their Chances at Freedom Rob Sobhani, Belga Press Agency:Public Opinion Survey in IranTo view the Executive Summary - First Survey - in PDF, click here. A recent public opinion survey of Iranians, conducted by The Tarrance Group, surprisingly found that a vast majority (74%) of Iranians feel America’s presence in the Middle East will increase the probability of democracy in their own country. The survey, which was the first of its kind, found, two-thirds of Iranians believe that regime change in Iraq has been a positivefor both neighboring...
  • Iranian Alert - June 9, 2005 - Special Report - Soccer match in Iran stirs celebration and unrest.

    06/09/2005 6:32:59 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 12 replies · 1,697+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 6.9.2005 | DoctorZin
    World Cup Qualifier match in Iran stirs celebration and unrest. Earlier yesterday, Reuters reported that security was tight at Tehran's Azadi stadium before the start of the World Cup soccer qualifier. A symbolic victory was seen when 100 Iranian women forced themselves into the stadium. See photos. Security forces broke one woman's leg in the process. Then Iran won its game with Bahrain, the score 1-0. This assured them a position in the World Cup playoffs. Iran exploded into celebration. Radio Sedaye Iran reported the streets around the country were filled with people celebrating the victory. See photos. Then...
  • Iranian Alert - June 8, 2005 - The Student Movement Website back online!

    06/08/2005 5:37:40 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 12 replies · 1,062+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 6.8.2005 | DoctorZin
    SMCCDI Website back online! I just heard from Aryo Pirouznia, director of the Student Movement Coordinating Committee for Democracy in Iran (SMCCDI) he told me that their website is back online. Just as mysteriously as it went down, the web host decided to put it back up. We will post more on this later. We want to thank everyone that responded to our call form help. I believe, collectively our efforts made the difference. A Daily Briefing of Major News Stories on Iran: Iran va Jahan reports that most observers seem to be missing a veritable seismic popular movement...
  • June 8, 2005 -Iran following Soccer Victory

    06/08/2005 2:55:47 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 61 replies · 2,269+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 6.8.2005 | DoctorZin
    BREAKING NEWS! Massive Unrest in Iran following soccer victory - PLEASE SPREAD THE NEWS DoctorZin’s SPECIAL REPORT!Iran won an important soccer victory that assures they will play for the World Cup. This has led to massive celebrations and unrest throughout Iran.The pro-democracy forces in Iran make good use of such celebrations as it is difficult for security forces to manage the massive crowds.The inability of the security forces to deal effectively with the anti-regime demonstrations only encourages other Iranians to join them.This is likely to strengthen pro-democracy forces for the battles of the coming weeks.The mainstream media is again...