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  • <b>Iran's Nightmare, Uprising Clouds the Elections</b>

    02/23/2016 4:56:34 AM PST · by Keyvan Salami · 4 replies
    keyvan Salami
    Iran's Parliamentary election besides voting for the Expert Assembly, a fresh cohort of religious scholars, will take place on February 26. There is a misconception particularly on behalf of the Western media and states that these election are the competition scene of moderation against extremism within the regime. This totally absurd illusion is encouraged by Iran and its advocates. This misguided perception demonstrate either a lack of knowledge of the situation in Iran and the Iranian regime or and more probably an effort to detour the barrier of humanitarian values to have business with a dictatorship in charge of...
  • WH Respects Vote, Congratulates Iranian People

    06/15/2013 11:42:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 06/15/13 | Daniel Halper
    In a statement, press secretary Jay Carney says the U.S. respects the Iranian election and congratulates the Iranian people. "We have seen the announcement by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran that Hojjatoleslam Doctor Hassan Rouhani has been declared the winner of Iran’s presidential election. We respect the vote of the Iranian people and congratulate them for their participation in the political process, and their courage in making their voices heard. Yesterday’s election took place against the backdrop of a lack of transparency, censorship of the media, Internet, and text messages, and an intimidating security environment that limited...
  • Moderate Candidate Wins Iran's Presidential Vote

    06/15/2013 11:19:16 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 42 replies
    Moderate Candidate Wins Iran's Presidential Vote By FARNAZ FASSIHI BEIRUT—Hassan Rohani, the candidate backed by the opposition and reformist political factions, was declared the winner in Iran's presidential vote, giving a decisive victory to Iranians calling for change. Iran's interior minister, Mostafa Mohammad Najjar, said at a press conference Saturday in Tehran that Mr. Rohani had obtained more than 50% of more than 36 million votes cast in Friday's election. Supporters of moderate candidate Hassan Rohani took to the streets to celebrate after he was declared winner of Iran's presidential election. Photo: Associated Press. Conservative candidates did poorly in vote...
  • Iran's Green Movement Reaches Out to U.S.

    11/24/2009 9:28:22 AM PST · by FourPeas · 9 replies · 724+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | 2009/11/23 | Robin Write
    After more than five months of going it alone, Iran's opposition Green Movement is reaching out to the United States for help. Via public and private channels, the Obama Administration has received several appeals in recent weeks to take a stronger stand against human-rights abuses in Iran, avoid military action and impose more aggressive and rapid-fire sanctions against the Revolutionary Guards and its vast business interests. [snip] Washington has struggled since the disputed June 12 presidential election to figure out how to engage the regime without undermining the opposition. Now it has begun to hear answers from the Green Movement...
  • Iran ex-official gets 6 years in jail for protests (ex-VP)

    11/22/2009 5:27:49 AM PST · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 449+ views
    TEHRAN, Iran – An Iranian court sentenced a former vice president to six years in jail as part of a mass trial of opposition figures accused of fomenting the unrest after the disputed June presidential election, the defendant's lawyer said Sunday.
  • A Death in Tehran - Frontline (video)

    11/17/2009 7:31:15 PM PST · by nuconvert · 1 replies · 493+ views
    At the height of the protests following Iran's controversial presidential election this summer, a young woman named Neda Agha Soltan was shot and killed on the streets of Tehran. Her death -- filmed on a camera phone, then uploaded to the Web -- quickly became an international outrage, and Soltan became the face of a powerful movement that threatened the hard-line government's hold on power. In A Death in Tehran, FRONTLINE revisits the events of last summer, shedding new light on Neda's life and death and the movement she helped inspire. In response to the international outcry over Neda's death...
  • Five sentenced to death over Iran vote unrest

    11/17/2009 6:21:12 PM PST · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 403+ views
    AsiaOneNews ^ | Nov 18, 2009
    TEHRAN, IRAN - Five people have been sentenced to death and 81 have received jail terms of up to 15 years in connection with unrest after Iran's disputed June election, state broadcaster IRIB reported on Tuesday. Citing a statement by the public relations office of Tehran's provincial court, it said those sentenced to death were affiliated to or members of 'counter-revolutionary groups'. It said the verdicts can be appealed. It was not immediately clear if the five were the same as those reported by an Iranian rights group earlier this week to have been sentenced to death. The IRIB report...
  • Revolutions are a serious business

    11/12/2009 4:50:37 AM PST · by nuconvert · 5 replies · 366+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Nov 11, 2009 | Nir Boms and Shayan Arya
    Revolutions require zeal, energy and fervor - all of which need to be maintained. For the past 30 years, Iran's Islamic regime has struggled to keep its revolution alive. The latest round of the nuclear deal is no different. It is already presented as another revolutionary victory, and it might strengthen the hold of the fragile government in Teheran that is desperately seeking legitimacy since its controversial elections in June. But legitimacy, we should note, is no longer in the hands of the International Atomic Energy Agency or the international community; it is in the hands of the Iranian people....
  • A Death in Tehran (Frontline, PBS - Nov 17)

    11/10/2009 6:42:53 PM PST · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 517+ views
    At the height of the protests following Iran’s controversial presidential election this summer, a young woman named Neda Agha Soltan was shot and killed on the streets of Tehran. Her death -- filmed on a cameraphone, then uploaded to the web -- quickly became an international outrage, and Agha Soltan became the face of a powerful movement that threatened the hard-line government’s hold on power. With the help of a unique network of correspondents in and out of the country, FRONTLINE investigates the life and death of the woman whose image remains a potent symbol for those who want to...
  • Iran: With Whom to Engage?

    11/03/2009 5:22:42 PM PST · by nuconvert · 15 replies · 567+ views ^ | November 2nd, 2009 | RezaPahlavi
    Last week, I had the opportunity to address over forty members of the United States Congress with the goal to encourage their recognition of the importance of engaging the Iranian people and their ongoing struggle for human rights and democracy. I began my remarks by asking, "If the U.S. is to continue to assert engagement as the path forward in the case of Iran, whom precisely should the engagement be with?" The answer: the "Green Movement" of the Iranian people. If the U.S. supports the Iranian people in their struggle for democracy -- for human rights and liberties -- it...
  • Iran's Mousavi hints at new opposition rally

    10/31/2009 7:58:57 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 282+ views
    Reuters ^ | Oct 31, 2009
    TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi appeared to urge his supporters on Saturday to take part in rallies on November 4 marking the 30th anniversary of the seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran. If they gather in the streets on Wednesday, there may be clashes with police and government backers, as happened during annual demonstrations in Iran in support of the Palestinians on September 18. In a statement posted on a reformist website, Mousavi said he would press ahead with his efforts for political change in Iran following its disputed election in June, which he says was...
  • Obama Cuts Funding for Freedom House

    10/25/2009 11:58:45 AM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 31 replies · 1,016+ views
    IsraPundit ^ | 10/25/09 | Bill Levinson
    Obama's State Department cuts funding for Freedom House to placate Iran "Denying the Green Revolution" (Wall Street Journal, October 23 2009) reports that Barack Obama's State Department has cut funding for Freedom House, the bipartisan organization that reports on freedom and human rights throughout the world, because it publishes material critical of Iran's murderous regime. Freedom House was founded largely by Franklin Roosevelt, and Eleanor Roosevelt was its honorary chairman. As reported by the Wall Street Journal article, The Boston Globe reported this month that the Connecticut-based Iran Human Rights Documentation Center recently lost its State Department funding. The Center—a...
  • Iran Is Said to Arrest Wives of Many Prominent Detainees

    10/23/2009 6:14:46 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 10 replies · 794+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 23, 2009
    Iranian authorities arrested the wives and family members of a number of high-profile political detainees at a religious ceremony in Tehran, several reformist Web sites reported Friday. The raid happened Thursday after the family members of one detainee, Shahab Tabatabee, announced on the Web site Norooz News that they were holding a prayer ceremony for his release. Mr. Tabatabee, a member of the reformist party Islamic Iran Participation Front, was sentenced to five years in prison last week. The police raided the ceremony at a private home a few minutes after it began, according to a relative of some of...
  • Iranian-American Stunned by Sentence

    10/22/2009 6:46:20 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 13 replies · 917+ views
    NY Times ^ | Oct. 21, 2009
    TORONTO — When Kian Tajbakhsh went before a judge in Tehran on Sunday he had several reasons to think he would be released. Instead, to his utter shock, he was given a 15-year prison term. Since being detained in July, Mr. Tajbakhsh, an Iranian-American scholar, had been permitted two home visits, the last on Oct. 15, when he appeared hopeful that he would be released soon, a family member said. He said he had been transferred recently to a villa on the compound of the Evin prison, a sign of leniency that he thought suggested his release was imminent. Mr....
  • Coup Supporters Increase Pressure on Karubi

    10/21/2009 9:41:20 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 228+ views
    Mehdi Karubi, secretary general of the Etemad Melli (“National Trust”) Party and the principal revealer of post June 12 presidential election crimes in Iran, has been the subject of threats and attacks from official and unofficial channels associated with coup supporters in the past two days, and Ahmad Jannati, secretary of the Guardian Council, called for his prosecution at the Friday Prayers sermon last week. The day before that, Mostafa Pourmohammadi and prior to that Mohseni-Ezhei had threatened Karubi to judicial proceedings. In response to all threats, Karubi has said, “The court can be a good place for me to...
  • Iranian-American academic gets 12 years for unrest

    10/20/2009 9:17:54 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies · 352+ views
    TEHRAN, Iran – A special court formed after Iran's post-election unrest has convicted an Iranian-American academic and sentenced him to more than 12 years in prison, state media said Tuesday. Kian Tajbakhsh was the only American in an ongoing mass trial of alleged Iranian opposition members and reportedly faced charges including espionage, contacting foreign agents and acting against Iran's national security. Tajbakhsh was arrested July 9 during a crackdown on protesters and Iranian political figures rallying against the disputed presidential elections, which critics claimed were rigged in favor of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
  • Iran releases Newsweek journalist on $300,000 bail

    10/17/2009 8:39:47 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies · 967+ views
    MOSCOW, October 17 (RIA Novosti) - An Iranian court has released on a $300,000 bail a Newsweek journalist with dual Iranian-Canadian citizenship, arrested in the wake of the disputed presidential elections in June, Iranian media said. Maziar Bahari, 42, who worked as a Newsweek reporter since 1998, was arrested on June 21 during the post-vote protests in Tehran "for his role in instigating events occurred after the presidential election," the Press TV said. "Bahari was released on 3 billion rials ($300,000) bail from Evin prison on Saturday night," the semi-official Islamic Labor News Agency said citing a judiciary source. Bahari...
  • Iranian bloggers win major press award

    10/17/2009 6:35:55 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 389+ views
    Reuters ^ | Oct 16, 2009
    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Iranian bloggers won a major press award Friday for their efforts to cover the Islamic Republic's disputed presidential election. Iranian journalist Delbar Tavakoli, who fled the country after losing her job, received Friday the 2009 Mohamed Amin Award on behalf of the bloggers "for their commitment, bravery and dedication under harrowing conditions and extraordinary pressure while covering the presidential election." "Iranian bloggers redefined the concept of citizen journalism and social networking when they became the only source of news in Iran post-election," Christoph Pleitgen, head of Reuters News Agency media business said in a statement. Established in...
  • Iran cleric warns against planned opposition rally

    10/16/2009 6:34:48 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 20 replies · 1,067+ views
    TEHRAN, Iran — A hard-line cleric sought Friday to head off an attempt to reinvigorate Iran's anti-government movement, warning against a planned opposition rally next month that would coincide with annual state-sponsored demonstrations against the United States. Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, delivering the weekly Muslim prayer sermon in Tehran, also had an unusual warning for the security forces, telling them any soft treatment of those activists already in detention would be considered treason. "Nobody gives a flower to his murderer," he said. Iranian authorities executed a fierce crackdown on the hundreds of thousands of protesters who poured into the streets in...
  • Give Back Our Lives, Not Just Votes

    10/15/2009 6:57:51 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 844+ views
    Roozonline ^ | October 14, 2009
    Narges Kalhor, the daughter of Ahmadinejad advisor Mehdi Kalhor, filed for asylum in the west after traveling to the Nuremberg International Human Rights Festival to present her movie condemning torture. The 25-year-old Narges lives with her mother and has not had any contacts with her father in more than a year. In an interview with Rooz, she discusses her film and her exit from Iran. The Nuremberg International Human Rights Festival showcased a film that had Narges Kalhor’s name on it. The film, called Rake, was based on a Franz Kafka novel. The film describes a torture chamber called Rake...
  • Iranian Journalists Flee, Fearing Retribution for Covering Protests

    10/13/2009 10:09:25 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies · 424+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 12, 2009
    TORONTO — For two months Ehsan Maleki traveled around Iran with a backpack containing his cameras, a few pieces of clothing and his laptop computer, taking pictures of the reformist candidate Mir Hussein Moussavi during the presidential campaign. He did not know that his backpack and his cameras would soon become his only possessions, or that he would be forced to crawl out of the country hiding in a herd of sheep. Mr. Maleki, 29, is one of dozens of reporters, photographers and bloggers who have either fled Iran or are trying to flee in the aftermath of the disputed...
  • Iran activist sentenced to death for election protests (Monarchist Resistance)

    10/08/2009 9:51:58 AM PDT · by SolidWood · 4 replies · 688+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | October 08, 2009 | Robert Tait
    Iran activist sentenced to death for election protests Regime's opponents say forced confession was used to convict Mohammad-Reza Ali-Zamani An Iranian man has been sentenced to death on charges of organising mass protests against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election as president, according to reformist websites. Mohammad-Reza Ali-Zamani, 37, is the first person understood to be facing execution over the unrest. Ali-Zamani had confessed to plotting against Iran's Islamic system and belonging to the previously little-known Iran Monarchy Committee (IMC), which the regime regards as a terrorist group. Supporters say he was forced into his confession, which was made at a public trial...
  • Iranian Protester Flees After Telling of Torture

    09/27/2009 3:33:26 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 8 replies · 773+ views
    New York Times ^ | 9/27/09 | NAZILA FATHI
    When he eagerly joined the mass street protests that followed Iran’s tainted June 12 presidential elections, Ibrahim Sharifi, 24, hoped only to add his voice to the hundreds of thousands of demonstrators demanding that the government nullify the results. He never imagined that he would eventually have a far greater impact, as the only person willing to speak publicly about the brutal treatment he was subjected to in prison, including rape and torture. Mr. Sharifi, who recounted his ordeal to the opposition leader and former presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi, and then released a video account last month on opposition Web...
  • (Video) Iranian Diaspora confronts Mullah upon arrival in NY for General Assembly (subtitles)

    09/26/2009 5:57:51 AM PDT · by freedom44 · 5 replies · 518+ views
    Iran: Green Movement ^ | 9/26/09 | Iran: Green Movement
    (Video) Iranian Diasporas sarcasm with Iranian Mullah upon his arrival in New York for UN General Assembly. Mullah blames the U.S. and pro-democracy demonstrator slams him back "soon you will only be able to visit Palestine and Lebanon" Video here: Video
  • Iran: Pro-Democracy demonstrators chanting 'Down with Russia'

    09/25/2009 7:38:54 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 3 replies · 495+ views
    Iran: Green Movement ^ | 9/25/09 | Iran: Green Movement
    Video of pro-Democracy demonstrators chanting down the speaker. The pro-Ahmadinejad speaker is encouraging them to chant 'Down with the United States' and 'Down with Israel', but they defiantly chant 'Down with Russia' in reference to Russia's alliance with Ahmadinejad and Khamenei. In stark contrast to the anti-Americanism of the establishment the Iranian populace (70% under 30) are pro-American. Video here: Quds Day Rally in Iran
  • Iranian Diaspora in NY "hey hey ho ho Ahmadinejad has to go"

    09/25/2009 6:57:22 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 5 replies · 497+ views
    Iran: Green Movement ^ | 9/25/09 | Iran: Green Movement
    Demonstrations against Ahmadinejad in New York City Video here: Ahmadinejad has to go
  • Iran: Video Collection of pro-Democracy Demos (second)

    09/19/2009 8:01:49 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 6 replies · 326+ views
    Iran: Green Movement ^ | 9/19/09 | Iran: Green Movement
    September 18: Second video collection of pro-Democracy demonstrations in Iran today. Demonstrators used Qud's day as a reason to demonstrate against Ahmadinejad/Khamenei changing slogans of 'Down with Israel' to 'Down to dictator' and 'Down with Russia'. Karroubi, Khatami and Moussavi were present and each was reported attacked by Basiji supporters of Ahmadinejad. Collection here & videos added as they arrive:
  • Opposition protests to start again in Iran

    09/16/2009 6:58:47 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 394+ views
    Calcutta News ^ | Sept. 16, 2009
    Iran's opposition leaders have said they will attend protest meetings at the nationwide Jerusalem Day anti-Israel prayer event on September 18th. Opposition leaders have said they will attend to protest the last election poll, which they say was rigged to secure President Ahmadinejad's re-election. The June presidential election was followed by huge opposition protests, which the government is keen to avoid again. Iranian authorities, including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, have already warned opposition members they should not use any protest to turn attendees against the clerical establishment. With some opposition websites calling for new antigovernment protests on Qods Day,...
  • Grandchildren Of Dissident Iranian Ayatollah Arrested

    09/15/2009 5:18:26 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies · 603+ views
    RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty ^ | September 15, 2009
    September 15, 2009 Three grandchildren of Iranian dissident Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri have been arrested in the Islamic holy city of Qom, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. The father of the three, Ahmad Montazeri, told Radio Farda that the charges against his sons and the reason for their arrest by the Qom Special Clergy Court are unclear. The children's father said 22-year-old Mohammad Mahdi Montazeri, 18-year-old Mohammad Sadegh Montazeri, and 20-year-old Mohammad Ali Montazeri are not politically active. The arrests come after Ayatollah Montazeri issued a new statement in which he urges leading Shi'ite clerics and "sources of emulation" to...
  • Iran leader issues stern warning to opposition

    09/11/2009 7:18:32 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 3 replies · 295+ views
    Iran: Green Movement ^ | 9/11/09 | Iran: Green Movement
    TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran's supreme leader told the opposition on Friday they would face a harsh response if they drew their "swords" against the ruling establishment. The warning from Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, delivered at Friday prayers three months after a disputed poll that led to widespread unrest, was a clear message he would not tolerate any threat to Iran's clerical system of government. "Resisting the system and taking out the sword against the system will be followed by a harsh response," he told worshippers in a sermon broadcast live on state television.
  • Iran agents raid opposition party headquarters

    09/08/2009 4:46:00 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 1 replies · 184+ views
    Iran: Green Movement ^ | 9/8/09 | Iran: Green Movement
    TEHRAN, Iran - Iranian security agents on Tuesday raided offices connected to senior reformist leader Mahdi Karroubi, arresting four aides and closing the headquarters of his political party, which had been probing abuse of protesters arrested in the country's postelection crackdown. The raids appeared aimed at crushing a campaign spearheaded by Karroubi to bring to light alleged torture and rapes of detainees — allegations that have deeply embarrassed Iran's government and clerical leadership. The raids also come amid increasing calls by hard-line clerics and commanders in the Revolutionary Guard for the arrest of Karroubi and fellow opposition leaders Mir Hossein...
  • Woman's case reflects prisoners' treatment in Iran

    09/05/2009 3:15:17 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies · 944+ views
    The interrogator politely apologized for grilling the prisoner about her role in the mass protests over Iran's disputed presidential election. Then the prisoner was made to sit facing a wall in the courtyard of Iran's Evin Prison, blindfolded, handcuffed and covered in an all-enveloping chador for four and a half hours under the blazing sun.
  • The Death Spiral of the Islamic Republic II

    08/30/2009 6:11:30 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 10 replies · 1,015+ views
    Pajamasmedia/Faster Please - Ledeen ^ | August 29th, 2009 | Michael Ledeen
    In the middle of the night, at 1:30 in the morning of Friday, August 14th, there was a large explosion at the monster petrochemical facility of the Iranian Pars Petrochemical Company in Bandar Assaluyeh. It is the biggest such plant in Iran, and the second largest in the whole Middle East (second only to one in Saudi Arabia). The explosion, which took place in pipes carrying Liquid Petroleum Gas (which is mostly propane), caused fires throughout the facility. It took at least three hours before the fires were brought under control. At least two persons died (fortunately, at that hour...
  • Iran MPs to probe 'mass burials'

    08/26/2009 1:19:53 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 508+ views
    A member of a parliamentary committee reportedly says it is investigating claims of a mass burial of protesters after Iran's disputed June election. Last week, a reformist website said "tens" of people had been interred in anonymous graves at a Tehran cemetery. "Parliament is investigating a rumour about a mass burial of post-vote detainees," Hamidreza Katouzian told the official Irna news agency. At least 30 people died in clashes with security forces after the election. The largest mass opposition demonstrations in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution were sparked by allegations of widespread fraud in the presidential election, which saw...
  • The Torturers and the Secretary (Michael Ledeen)

    08/14/2009 8:36:06 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 660+ views
    Pajamasmedia/Faster Please - Ledeen ^ | Aug. 14, 2009 | Michael Ledeen
    By now, most people know that the Iranian regime treats its dissidents with unrestrained barbarity. Even the leading dead tree media have reported anecdotally on the torture of prisoners and the bashing, beating, axing and stabbing of protestors in the streets of the major cities. But it is not easy to get a clear picture of the dimensions of the savagery. It’s hard to get the real numbers on the bloody repression the mullahs have unleashed on their people, and one reason–perhaps the most important one–is that the regime is doing everything in its power to conceal the facts, typically...
  • "Sexual assault of detainees backed by evidence"

    08/14/2009 8:41:17 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 900+ views
    According to Majid Ansari, member of the Association of Combatant Clerics, cases of sexual abuse of prisoners are certain and the evidence regarding them has been already handed to officials of the Islamic Republic. Mehdi Karoubi, a disputing candidate of the recent presidential elections in Iran, was the first to officially publicize reports of the alleged sexual assault. In a letter to Hashemi Rafsanjani, Chairman of Council of Experts, he had urged an immediate investigation of the reports. After ten days, having received no response from Ayatollah Rafsanjani, he released the letter to the media. While Karoubi and Ansari and...
  • Iran rape claims rejected

    08/12/2009 7:23:04 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies · 595+ views
    TEHERAN - IRAN'S powerful conservative camp rejected on Wednesday claims that election protesters were raped in custody and issued a stern warning to opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi for raising the allegations. As the political turmoil raged on, lawmakers urged Iran to review ties with Western nations they accuse of 'meddling' in its affairs, saying the United States, Britain and France was backing opposition groups. 'The issue of detainees being sexually abused is a lie,' parliament speaker Ali Larijani told the assembly, the official IRNA news agency reported. 'Following an investigation of detainees in Kahrizak and Evin prisons, no cases of...
  • Karroubi Calls On Rafsanjani to Deal with Rape of Young Men and Women in Iranian Prisons

    08/11/2009 3:35:03 AM PDT · by Cindy · 14 replies · 791+ views
    SNIPPET: "The following are excerpts from the letter, as published by norooznews . [1] "...The people who gave me this information hold sensitive positions in the regime... They say that all sorts of incidents are occurring in the prisons... Mr. Hashemi... Some of the detainees say that [certain] people [in the prisons] are raping girls who have been arrested, causing them vaginal tearing and injuries. They are also raping young boys, causing them depression and severe physical and emotional harm... so that [today, after their release] they hide in the corners of their homes. "In light of the gravity of...
  • Clinton says trial shows Iran 'is afraid of its own people'

    08/09/2009 6:00:20 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 50 replies · 1,948+ views
    Iran's trial of more than 100 people who it has linked to post-election unrest is a "sign of weakness" and shows that the Islamic republic "is afraid of its own people," U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told CNN Thursday. "It is a show trial, there's no doubt about it," Clinton told CNN's Fareed Zakaria in a wide-ranging interview to be broadcast on his "GPS" program Sunday. "It demonstrates I think better than any of us could ever say that this Iranian leadership is afraid of their own people, and afraid of the truth and the facts coming out." Clinton...
  • French woman, embassy staff confess in Iran trial

    08/08/2009 10:50:11 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 746+ views
    TEHRAN, Iran – A young French academic and local staff of the British and French embassies stood trial Saturday with dozens of Iranian opposition figures and confessed to being involved in the country's postelection unrest. Iran's opposition and rights groups have condemned the trial as a sham and say such confessions are coerced and scripted. Britain, which seemed caught off guard by the appearance of its embassy employee, called it an outrage.
  • He Has Lost Power to Move and Speak

    08/07/2009 8:19:03 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 14 replies · 1,916+ views
    Roozonline ^ | August 7, 2009 | Fereshteh Ghazi
    Abdollah Momeni, spokesperson for the Iranian Alumni Association (Advar-e Tahkim Vahdat), was arrested at Mehdi Karoubi’s campaign headquarters 45 days ago. According to eyewitness reports, he was severely beaten and dragged by officers who arrested him without a warrant. Now, after spending 45 days in prison, Momeni has lost nearly 20 kilograms as well as his physical and mental stability. His wife, who met with him yesterday, discusses his worrying situation with Rooz. Abdollah Momeni’s wife, brother and children visited him at the Evin Prison yesterday while the student activist was not able to move or speak. Momeni’s wife, Fatemeh...
  • Iran dissidents: Behind confessions, prison ordeal

    08/07/2009 7:54:37 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 431+ views
    A prisoner forced to confess tries to speak with his eyes - to tell those watching that he's admitting to crimes he never committed because he's been broken by days alone in a cell and interrogators' threats to his family and loved ones. And because it's the only way to get free, said Ebrahim Nabavi, a popular Iranian satirist whose televised confession came after he spent more than three months in prison in 2000 for his written jabs at the ruling clerics. Nabavi believes he saw the same thing happen as he watched two of Iran's most prominent pro-reform politicians...
  • Jimmy Carter Created Islamic Iran, Why Isn't He Speaking out Against its Abuses ?

    08/07/2009 11:05:58 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 28 replies · 1,527+ views Lid ^ | 8/7/09 | The Lid
    One of the few "achievements" of Jimmy Carter's presidency is the fact that we now have a bunch of Islamic crazies running Iran who want to violently put down their people's desire for freedom and to control the entire Middle East. The continuing violent oppression of those who oppose the Iranian government will be part of the Jimmy Carter legacy. Two years ago there was an interesting analysis` in the JPost which said in part: Carter viewed Khomeini as more of a religious holy man in a grassroots revolution than a founding father of modern terrorism. Carter's ambassador to the...
  • Iran hangs 24 drug traffickers 'in mass execution'

    08/07/2009 5:17:59 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 9 replies · 935+ views
    TEHRAN — Iran hanged 24 convicted drug traffickers in a prison last week in one of the country's biggest mass executions, the Etemad newspaper reported on Wednesday. "On Thursday, 24 international drug traffickers were hanged in a prison in Karaj," deputy Tehran prosecutor Mahmoud Salarkia was quoted as saying. "Their execution was approved by the supreme court." The report did not identify any of those sent to the gallows in Karaj, a town west of Tehran. The latest hangings bring to at least 219 the number of people executed in the Islamic republic so far this year, according to an...
  • Power struggle hits Iran intelligence agency

    08/05/2009 9:48:54 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 431+ views
    ISTANBUL | Beyond the power struggle playing out on the streets of Tehran is a complex battle for control of Iran's intelligence ministry -- a pivotal institution in the regime's repression of dissent. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who began a second term this week, fired Intelligence Minister Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei late last month after Mr. Ejei objected to the president's efforts to name an in-law as first vice president. The departure of Mr. Ejei, a hard-line cleric close to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, two other Khamenei loyalists and nearly 20 other high-ranking officials appeared to weaken the leader's hold over...
  • Photos of Tehran protests today (also video)

    08/03/2009 7:39:01 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies · 941+ views
    People have taken to walking on the sidewalks for their protests. Today thousands took part. More photos at source link above
  • Opponents Snub Ahmadinejad Endorsement (formally endorsed as Iran’s leader for a second term)

    08/03/2009 5:28:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies · 325+ views
    New York Times ^ | 8/3/2009 | ROBERT F. WORTH and NAZILA FATHI
    BEIRUT, Lebanon — With his adversaries facing a mass trial of more than 100 alleged dissidents, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was formally endorsed Monday as Iran’s leader for a second term. But several of his most prominent opponents, who have called his re-election fraudulent, stayed away from the event, news reports said. The ceremony, conducted by the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, came one day after state television broadcast a chilling segment of the mass trial in which two defendants — both prominent reform figures — said they had “changed” since being arrested, and disputed widespread claims that their publicized confessions...
  • Photos: Trial Begins for Iran Election Protesters (With Photos in Courtroom)

    08/01/2009 1:13:32 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 46 replies · 868+ views
    Payvand News ^ | 08/01/09 | Photos by Amir Kholoosi, ISNA; Report by VOA News
    About 100 Iranian activists and political moderates went on trial Saturday to face charges related to massive protests following the controversial presidential election. The semi-official Fars news agency published images of defendants sitting in a packed Tehran courtroom, some handcuffed in pairs. The IRNA news agency says the detainees are accused of conspiring against the ruling system, among other charges. Reports say some leading political figures on trial have retracted their claims that the June vote was rigged - the main rallying point of opposition demonstrators.
  • Iran reformer backs down as 100 face riot trial

    08/01/2009 10:35:53 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 22 replies · 1,305+ views
    A top Iranian reformist who went on trial in a Tehran court with about 100 others on charges of rioting backed down on Saturday from claims of massive vote rigging in the June presidential vote. Mohammad Ali Abtahi, giving testimony in a revolutionary court, said there had been no fraud in the June 12 poll which returned President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to office for another four years, the Fars news agency reported. The backdown by Abtahi, a close aide of reformist ex-president Mohammad Khatami, deals a blow to the opposition movement which claims that Ahmadinejad's re-election was fraudulent. "I say to...
  • German Firm in Iran Bans Staff Protests

    07/31/2009 7:51:24 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies · 564+ views
    A privately owned German company, Knauf Gips KG, warned its Iranian employees working in Iran that they would be immediately dismissed if caught in antigovernment protests, according to a document reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Iran's government pressured Knauf to issue the order after a senior executive was arrested during Friday prayer demonstrations two weeks ago, according to people familiar with the case. The company, which has 22,000 employees around the world, was told that such a letter would be a condition for the executive's release. The order by Knauf, a drywall-manufacturing company with decades of business history in...