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  • Dying Lake Gives New Life To Iran's Antigovernment Protests

    09/01/2011 5:27:36 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    RFE/RL ^ | Golnaz Esfandiari
    Iran's largest lake is dying, but it's giving new life to antigovernment protests along its receding shores. Lake Orumieh, one of the world's largest saltwater lakes, has shrunk by some 60 percent in recent years due to drought and misguided development policies. Environmentalists warn that unless something is done, the lake will disappear forever. This dire prospect has put locals who depend on the lake on edge. And seeing as the lake straddles the border of Iran's East and West Azerbaijan provinces, centers of the country's ethnic Azeri population that have a rich and volatile history of protest against Tehran,...
  • Iran opposition: Over 200 'arrested' in Tuesday protest

    03/02/2011 6:35:27 PM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    Opposition websites said security services rounded up protesters in several locations in the capital and were helped by police in plain clothes. Another 40 people were said to have been detained in the city of Isfahan. Opposition groups had called for rallies over the reported imprisonment of their leaders - Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi. The two men had been placed under house arrest several weeks ago as authorities cracked down on protests staged in solidarity with the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and elsewhere. Their families say that on Monday they were taken to prison, although the government denies...
  • Iran's Forces Battle Protests Nationwide

    02/22/2011 5:51:35 PM PST · by FromLori · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | 2/21/2011 | FARNAZ FASSIHI
    For a second time in a week, Iran's opposition drew tens of thousands of supporters to the streets across the nation on Sunday calling for the end to the Islamic Republic's rule. In response, the government unleashed what witnesses said was an extraordinary number of security forces to violently battle the crowds. Witnesses said mobs of anti-riot police and plainclothes Basij militia lined the streets and on several occasions fired directly into the crowd and beat protesters with steel batons. In one neighborhood, the Basij took over a commercial building and dropped tear gas canisters from the roof onto the...
  • Iran Live Blog: 25 Bahman / 14 February

    02/14/2011 1:31:52 AM PST · by AdmSmith · 207 replies · 1+ views
    Tehrean Bureau ^ | 14 Feb 2011 | several
    What will happen Monday, history will record in less than 24 hours. The atmosphere is filled by suspense over the call for demonstration. Certainly the city is not calm. There were chants of "Allah-o akbar" across Tehran. People expect something to happen. Publicly, Mr. Karroubi and Mr. Mousavi have called for a demonstration in solidarity with the people of Egypt. Nobody thinks or believes this is about Egypt or will remain focused on Egypt. No wonder that their request has been rejected as illegal. Their advisers have announced that according to Article 27 of Iran's Constitution there is no need...
  • Iranian army officers defied Islamic officials, document says

    04/27/2010 4:35:57 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 333+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 14, 2010
    Top Iranian military officials vowed to defy the nation's Islamic rulers if ordered to use force against protesters in the wake of last year's disputed election, according to documents obtained by the Washington Examiner. The Iranian military officials signed a document protesting force that was used by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard during the June re-election of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The petition, written in December, was titled, "Declaration of Support of the Iranian Army Leadership and Personnel in Support of the People." The document suggests deep internal divisions in Tehran over the sometimes brutal suppression of Iranians who claimed that...
  • Opposition in call for protest on Iran anniversary

    02/01/2010 7:45:58 PM PST · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 186+ views
    TEHRAN — Opposition heads on Saturday implicitly called for demonstrations on the February 11 anniversary of Iran's Islamic revolution, as the elite Revolutionary Guards warned that any such protest will be crushed. Iran, meanwhile, put on trial 16 anti-government protesters, two of them women, who were arrested in late December on the Shiite mourning day of Ashura, the official IRNA news agency reported. Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, who have spearheaded protests against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, met and invited supporters to demonstrate on the anniversary day, Karroubi's website Sahamnews.org said. The two opposition leaders said Thursday's hangings of two...
  • Iran hangs alleged dissidents to warn opposition

    01/28/2010 8:29:06 PM PST · by nuconvert · 9 replies · 469+ views
    Times Online ^ | January 29, 2010
    Iran said yesterday that it had executed two men for plotting to overthrow the regime. They are the first to be put to death after more than 100 dissidents went on trial following President Ahmadinejad’s disputed re-election last June. The hangings of Mohammad Reza Ali Zamani and Arash Rahmanipour marked an escalation in the regime’s attempts to crush the opposition movement through Iran’s clerical courts. The two men were hanged before dawn, hours before prosecutors announced death sentences for five more opposition members arrested in connection with the protests on the Shia holy day of Ashura last month in which...
  • Senior Iranian envoy quits in disgust over regime’s brutal ways

    01/16/2010 5:26:24 AM PST · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 658+ views
    Times Online UK ^ | January 16, 2010
    A veteran Iranian diplomat based in Norway has resigned his post, denounced his government and urged colleagues around the world to do the same after the regime’s brutal suppression of huge opposition demonstrations last month. Mohammed-Reza Heydari, Iran’s consul in Oslo, is the first Iranian diplomat to publicly quit and condemn the regime. He revealed that it sought to lure him back to Tehran after rumours of his defection surfaced last week. At the time, the Iranian Foreign Ministry insisted that the rumours were baseless. In an interview with the Norwegian television channel NRK, Mr Heydari said that he decided...
  • The Greening of Islam

    01/14/2010 5:43:38 PM PST · by nuconvert · 171+ views
    The Green Movement is a revolt against theocracy. Most of its adherents are young Iranians with little or no religious motivation. Yet, an iconic figure of the revolt was the nation’s highest-ranking cleric, Grand Ayatollah Hussein Ali Montazeri; and, last month, Ashura, a holy day celebrating martyrdom, occasioned some of the movement’s most massive protests. Perhaps the fact that the movement has acquired a Shia veneer shouldn’t be terribly surprising. During the past century, no social movement in Iran has succeeded without draping itself in religion or without a strong Shia contingent in its leadership. But to limit the discussion...
  • Ayatollahs desert Iran's besieged regime

    01/13/2010 9:06:36 AM PST · by nuconvert · 16 replies · 915+ views
    The Australian ^ | January 14, 2010
    -excerpt- The rift between the clerical establishment and the regime has significantly widened during the past six months. Slowly but surely, even some of the most conservative ayatollahs began to distance themselves from both. Last month, grand ayatollah Javadi Amoli, who performs Friday prayers in Qom, announced his resignation. In his departure statement, he expressed his frustration with the lack of listening on the part of the Supreme Leader: "When the Friday imam articulates the problems that people face and those problems are resolved, it is evidence that he has expressed them well. But if the problems are not resolved,...
  • Iran's opposition spreads to heartland

    01/12/2010 2:03:21 PM PST · by nuconvert · 1 replies · 459+ views
    LA Times ^ | Jan. 10, 2010
    Though organizing opposition to the government is more difficult in smaller cities that don't afford the anonymity of Tehran, activists in the provinces say they're making progress. Reporting from Beirut - Mohammad knew he had to be careful in approaching his old classmate Hamed, the one from the conservative Iranian family. They come from a small city, after all, and word gets around. When they ran into each other last summer in their eastern Iranian hometown of Birjand, the pair hadn't seen each other for nine years. As they caught up on old times, the conversation turned to the country's...
  • Panel Ties Deaths to Iran Leader Ally (Mortazavi)

    01/10/2010 7:20:29 PM PST · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 580+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 10, 2010 | Nazila Fathi
    An Iranian parliamentary panel said Sunday that Tehran’s prosecutor, an ally of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was responsible for the beating deaths of three imprisoned protesters last summer, state news agencies reported. The panel’s investigative report said the prosecutor, Saeed Mortazavi, who has since been promoted, was responsible for the violence against protesters in the notorious Kahrizak detention center, where at least three young men, including the son of a former Revolutionary Guards commander, were killed. The allegation was a rare criticism of a senior official involved in the government’s crackdown on the protest movement that erupted in June over disputed...
  • TV star Shahin Mahinfar defiant over son’s death

    01/09/2010 6:12:45 PM PST · by nuconvert · 7 replies · 996+ views
    Times Online UK ^ | January 10, 2010
    One of Iran’s most respected television presenters is resisting official pressure to deny claims her son was deliberately run over by security forces during an opposition protest. Shahin Mahinfar, 61, who has been introducing programmes since the days of the Shah, was banned from state television premises after her 25-year-old son Amir Tajmir, a TV technician, was killed on December 27. Witnesses said he was run over twice by a police armoured personnel carrier in Tehran’s Vali Asr square during anti-government demonstrations marking the Ashura holy festival. Mobile phone footage appeared to support the allegations. According to opposition websites, Mahinfar...
  • Mullahs on the Verge: Iran's People, Iran's Pulpits

    01/08/2010 8:48:40 PM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies · 416+ views
    Foreign Affairs ^ | Fall 2009 | Abbas Milani
    <p>The Iranian people are in a state of suspense as they watch an increasingly oppressive militarist junta and a more democratic regime both struggling to be born. History shows that such moments of turbulent stasis don’t last long. A tipping point is on the way, and prudent policies on the part of the West, particularly the United States, can help determine which way it will fall.</p>
  • IRAN: Did Tehran's consul to Norway defect because of violence against protesters?

    01/06/2010 6:35:12 PM PST · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 560+ views
    LA Times ^ | January 6, 2010
    Scandinavian media are reporting that a high-ranking Iranian diplomat in Norway has resigned over the recent clampdowns on anti-government protesters in Iran. "It was the Iranian authorities' treatment of demonstrators during the Christmas week that made me realize I couldn't continue," Mohammed Reza Heydari was quoted as saying in a report by Norwegian broadcaster NRK. Iranian officials have rejected the reports as rumor. A report by the semi-official Iranian news agency Mehr quoted a source in the Foreign Ministry as denying the report and describing it as part of a Western “psychological war” against Iran. "The report is baseless. A...
  • The beginning of the end?

    01/05/2010 7:05:41 PM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies · 627+ views
    The Economist ^ | Dec. 30, 2009
    A floundering regime may have weakened itself with its latest bloody crackdown. Let’s hope so NO ONE knows whether the Iranian regime’s latest bout of violent repression marks an ill-judged step towards its own much-merited demise or if it will cow the dissenters into sullen but long-lasting acquiescence. But the violence marks a change in the nature of the struggle that has been fought out since last June’s tainted presidential election. The regime may catch its breath before it embarks on another round of shooting and clubbing. But the prospect that it is losing its grip, perhaps even terminally, has...
  • Iran's Regime and Opposition Brace for the Next Round

    01/04/2010 8:41:03 AM PST · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 386+ views
    Time ^ | Jan. 04, 2010 | Robin Wright
    Faced with escalating turmoil, Iran's newly militarized regime now appears to be turning to the Tiananmen model to ensure its survival. The theocracy has signaled over the past week that it will exercise extraordinary military and judicial powers against opposition leaders, dissidents, street protesters and even sympathizers to end the growing turmoil. The regime's most urgent goal is to prevent opposition activists from turning next month's 11-day celebration marking the Shah's ouster in 1979 into a counterrevolution against his successors. But the Chinese model of using all-out force against a budding opposition movement, as used in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in...
  • Iranians Want Regime Change

    01/04/2010 8:24:14 AM PST · by nuconvert · 18 replies · 736+ views
    WSJ ^ | Dec. 30, 2009 | AFSHIN ELLIAN
    Six months ago, Iranians went to the streets, chanting "Where is my vote?" This is how the Green Revolution started. The protesters now no longer merely seek democratic elections but want regime change. Their new slogans are: "Khamenei is a murderer and his rule is unjust," "Neither Gaza nor Lebanon, I only give my life for Iran," and "Independence, Freedom and an Iranian Republic." In other words, they demand a stop to Iran's support for terrorists in Palestine, Lebanon and Iraq; the separation of state and religion; and consider Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as public enemy No. 1. By answering this...
  • Mousavi’s New Statement; Another Attempt at Peace

    01/03/2010 5:22:45 AM PST · by nuconvert · 20 replies · 535+ views
    Daily Nite Owl ^ | Jan. 2, 2010
    -excerpt- Mir Hossein Mousavi today released a new statement denouncing the regime’s brutal tactics against the Green Movement ... -excerpt- While the statement is quite similar to other statements he has released in the past, several points on closer inspection stand out. -excerpt- ... Mousavi for the first time actually discounts his own influence and that of Mehdi Karroubi. He admits that even though people asked him to call for protests or at least lend his support, he did not do so in the case of Ashura. He also acknowledges the fact that people came out without him calling them...
  • The Tipping Point in Iran

    01/02/2010 6:39:42 AM PST · by nuconvert · 5 replies · 565+ views
    When millions of peaceful demonstrators took to the streets of big Iranian cities in June to protest what was widely assumed to be a stolen election, many in the West wondered whether the movement had the will and vision to sustain itself. Apologists for the regime here in America and in Iran dismissed the democratic protests as the angst of a small minority of Westernized yuppies or discontented academics. Clerics loyal to the regime used the incendiary language of class warfare. They dismissed the opposition as accomplices of the Great Satan and a small minority composed of wealthy urbanites fighting...
  • They do not stand alone

    01/01/2010 3:19:25 PM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies · 552+ views
    Spectator ^ | Melanie Phillips
    While the west has been on vacation, truly momentous events have been occurring in Iran. With stupendous courage, the people have been on the streets in enormous numbers demonstrating against the hated regime and declaring that the Supreme Leader Khamanei will be overthrown. In bloody street battles last Sunday, the nephew of the opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi was shot dead along with nine others. On Monday, the regime started rounding up opposition leaders as well as arresting hundreds of protesters, beating and shooting them and using vehicles to run them over. As the Wall Street Journal reports, one of...
  • Troops Moving To Tehran - Reports

    12/31/2009 8:04:16 AM PST · by Fennie · 189 replies · 13,542+ views
    RTE News ^ | December 31, 2009
    An Iranian opposition website today said the government was moving troops and armoured military vehicles to the capital on the day supporters of opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi planned to hold a rally.
  • Iran Prosecutor Threatens Opposition Leaders

    12/31/2009 9:19:57 AM PST · by nuconvert · 1 replies · 285+ views
    TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's opposition leaders faced new threats Thursday with the state prosecutor warning they could be put on trial if they don't denounce this week's antigovernment protests -- the worst unrest since the aftermath of the disputed June election. The warning came a day after crowds at progovernment rallies chanted calls for the execution of the opposition leaders and a group posted an online threat that suicide squads were ready to assassinate those leaders if the judiciary didn't punish them within a week. For a second straight day, government supporters staged a rally wearing white funeral shrouds to...
  • Regime Wages a Quiet War on 'Star Students' of Iran

    12/31/2009 8:24:47 AM PST · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 632+ views
    WSJ ^ | FARNAZ FASSIHI
    Behind the drama unfolding in the streets of Iran, the regime is quietly clamping down on some of the nation's best students by derailing their academic and professional careers. On Wednesday, progovernment militia attacked and beat students at a school in northeastern Iran. Since last Sunday's massive protests nationwide, dozens of university students have been arrested as part of an aggressive policy against what are known as Iran's "star students." In most places, being a star means ranking top of the class, but in Iran it means your name appears on a list of students considered a threat by the...
  • Iran hardliners call for killing rivals at rallies

    12/30/2009 7:04:52 PM PST · by Flavius · 3 replies · 387+ views
    ap ^ | 12/30/09 | ap
    Tens of thousands of hard-liners poured into the streets in support of Iran's clerical rulers at state-sponsored rallies Wednesday, some chanting calls for the execution of opposition leaders as the country's internal strife turned more bitter.
  • Opposition denies Iran media reports leaders had fled

    12/30/2009 12:11:53 PM PST · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 387+ views
    TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's state news agency IRNA said on Wednesday that two leaders of "sedition" in the country have fled to a northern Iranian province, but the opposition said its leaders were still in the capital. "Two of those who played a major role in igniting tension in Iran following the (June presidential) vote, fled Tehran and went to a northern province because they were scared of people, who demanded their punishment," IRNA reported.
  • Iran's online protest faces more savvy regime

    12/30/2009 12:04:35 PM PST · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 446+ views
    It was called the "Twitter Revolution" -- the mass street protests following Iran's questionable June elections that were beamed to the world via social media and other online tools despite the government's media blackout. This week, a loose, multi-national network of protesters, bloggers, Web developers and everyday Internet users has ramped up again in the wake of renewed anti-government street demonstrations that turned deadly Sunday on Ashura, a Shiite Muslim holy day commemorating the death of 7th Century cleric Imam Hussein. This time, Internet analysists and online activists involved in the movement have told CNN that a government initially caught...
  • Iran hard-liners back government in mass rallies (rent-a-mob)

    12/30/2009 11:46:43 AM PST · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 369+ views
    TEHRAN, Iran – Tens of thousands of hard-line government supporters turned out for state-sponsored rallies Wednesday, some of them calling for the execution of opposition leaders as Iran's police chief threatened to show "no mercy" in crushing any new protests by the pro-reform movement
  • Iran arrests 1,000 as protests strengthen

    12/30/2009 8:50:03 AM PST · by nuconvert · 26 replies · 1,034+ views
    ISTANBUL | The Iranian regime, desperate to restore order after massive protests, arrested more than 1,000 people Monday in an increasingly doubtful bid to suppress an opposition movement that appears to be growing stronger by the day. Among those arrested were a septuagenarian former foreign minister and top aides to defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi and to former President Mohammed Khatami. "They are arresting everybody," said Mehdi Noorbakhsh, an associate professor of international affairs at Pennsylvania's Harrisburg University. "They're trying to ban political parties, gatherings, everything." Journalists, human rights and women's activists, and relatives of some of those who...
  • Why the Mullahs Are Vulnerable

    12/30/2009 7:08:30 AM PST · by nuconvert · 10 replies · 492+ views
    WSJ ^ | CON COUGHLIN
    Six months after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's hotly disputed election victory, the Green protest movement led by Mir Hossein Mousavi, the defeated candidate for the presidency, shows no sign of abating. As a result, the Iranian regime finds itself once more resorting to the tactics of repression it has relied on for more than 30 years. Eight people were killed in nationwide protests on Sunday, including Seyed Ali Mousavi, the nephew of Mr. Mousavi. Yet rather than being quelled by the regime's brutal response—as happened during the antigovernment protests of 1999 and 2003—the protestors' resolve has been strengthened. In the past...
  • Support the Iranians

    12/30/2009 6:28:00 AM PST · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 192+ views
    -excerpt- As we were going to press, US President Barack Obama was scheduled to interrupt his getaway in Hawaii to speak to reporters. We are hopeful he'll talk about Iran because he said this to the mullahs in his inaugural address: "To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history, but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist." Those fists are more hatefully clenched than ever. -excerpt- This is also the time for Western countries to accelerate...
  • Iranian Demonstrators Put the Regime on the Defensive

    12/29/2009 6:11:13 AM PST · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 434+ views
    SPIEGEL Online ^ | 12/28/2009
    The regime in Tehran has gone on the defensive following deadly riots on Sunday. By breaking the traditional ceasefire on religious holidays, the regime has angered many conservatives. The government in Tehran could be facing louder and more self-assured demonstrators in the coming days who see their opportunity to force regime change. Well-equipped policemen beating unarmed demonstrators. That was the image that became synonymous with opposition protests in Iran following the disputed presidential election in June. But on Sunday the pattern changed. On the holy festival of Ashura, the day on which Shia Muslims commemorate the violent death of their...
  • The Iranian Body Snatchers at Work (Michael Ledeen)

    12/29/2009 5:57:09 AM PST · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 359+ views
    PJMedia/FasterPlease/MichaelLedeen ^ | Dec. 28, 2009 | Michael Ledeen
    In their desperate search for a way to quell the growing revolt of the Iranian people against the Islamic Republic, the regime’s storm troopers are arresting, beating and assassinating the families of the leaders of the Green Movement. Sunday, as millions of Iranians took the opportunity of the Ashura mourning day to take to the streets, a hit team gunned down the nephew of Mir Hossein Mousavi. Seyed Ali Moussavi Habibi was witnessing a 4WD Neissan Patrol car running over a few people in front of his house before being shot and killed with the same people in the car....
  • Obama Breaks Promise to Iran

    12/29/2009 5:19:08 AM PST · by Peter Andrew Conservative · 4 replies · 323+ views
    ConservativeAmerican.org ^ | 12/29/9 | Peter Andrew
    "Yesterday, President Barack Obama said, “We will continue to bear witness to the extraordinary events (in Iran)"...Bear witness? That’s it? That’s not what he promised! We take you back to December 1st, 2009. In his address to the nation from West Point, the President promised to be there for those oppressed by tyranny. From the Official Obama Administration Scandals List # 842: (12/1/9) "Tonight, the President of the United States told a brazen lie about Supporting Freedom. Barack Obama tonight said “America will speak out for” those living in tyranny! That’s a dang lie! He was silent when voices oppressed...
  • Family: Mousavi nephew's body taken from hospital

    12/28/2009 6:44:35 AM PST · by nuconvert · 1 replies · 436+ views
    A relative of Iran's opposition leader says the body of the leader's nephew has been removed from a hospital without the family's permission, a day after he was slain in an anti-government protest. Reza Mousavi said Monday that the body of his brother, Ali Mousavi, was taken from a Tehran hospital, possibly by authorities seeking to deter mourners from organizing more protests around his funeral. The slain man is the nephew of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi.
  • Ali Ansari: This is a crucial moment... the government is out of control

    12/28/2009 4:09:35 AM PST · by DGHoodini · 14 replies · 1,097+ views
    The Independant | Monday, 28 December 2009 | Professor Ali Ansari
    Cannot post content from source. here is link to story: http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/ali-ansari-this-is-a-crucial-moment-the-government-is-out-of-control-1851466.htm
  • Iran: collection of videos of today's protests

    12/27/2009 10:52:02 PM PST · by freedom44 · 3 replies · 393+ views
    Iran: Green Movement ^ | 12/27/09 | Iran: Green Movement
    Large video collection of today's pro-Democracy protests in Iran. Video collection here
  • Report: At Least 15 Killed in Tehran Clashes

    12/28/2009 4:46:04 AM PST · by nuconvert · 5 replies · 428+ views
    At least 15 people were killed during massive anti-government protests in Tehran when opposition supporters clashed with security forces in the streets, Iranian state television reported Monday. The report said 10 people killed during Sunday's fierce clashes in the Iranian capital were members of "anti-revolutionary terrorist" groups, apparently referring to opposition supporters. The other five who died were killed by "terrorist groups" in a "suspicious act," the report said, without elaborating. Iranian security forces stormed a series of opposition offices on Monday, rounding up at least seven prominent anti-government activists in a new crackdown against the country's reformist movement, opposition...
  • Death to the Dictator

    12/27/2009 7:24:22 PM PST · by Steelfish · 9 replies · 567+ views
    WeeklyStandard ^ | December 28th 2009
    SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2009 Death to the Dictator The Iranian people are once again in what, at least to the outside world, seems just short of full-scale revolt. Some dramatic video out of Iran today, none more so than this violent four-minute clip showing a crowd of people cutting down three men that are being hanged in the street by some kind of police force. They seem to succeed before the police open fire -- the video is graphic. The New York Times has multiple reports of government forces firing into unarmed crowds. Just three months ago, Hilary Clinton was...
  • Canada Condemns Iran’s Crackdown on Protesters

    12/27/2009 7:23:51 PM PST · by nuconvert · 23 replies · 756+ views
    (No. 397 – December 27, 2009 – 4:35 p.m. EST) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement regarding Iran’s crackdown on protesters in Tehran: “Canada is deeply concerned by the Iranian regime’s violent crackdown today, December 27, against Iranian citizens who were exercising their rights to freedom of expression and assembly on the occasion of Ashura. “Iranian security forces once again used intimidation and violence against citizens of Iran. The Iranian regime’s continued effort to restrict freedom of expression and assembly, thereby depriving its citizens of their rights, is deplorable, especially on the holy...
  • 2009 Iranian Revolution - Streets of Tehran resemble a war zone Dec 27

    12/27/2009 4:12:00 PM PST · by joinedafterattack · 125 replies · 6,557+ views
    You Tube 2009 Iran Revolution's Channel ^ | 12-27-09 | 2009 Iran Revolution's Channel
    Must see fresh videos of Iraninan Revolution in progress. http://www.youtube.com/user/2009IranRevolution
  • Nine reported dead in Iran protests

    12/27/2009 2:23:05 PM PST · by HD1200 · 10 replies · 589+ views
    Nine dead and STILL no word of support from Obama. I guess he is too busy playing golf on the US Marines golf course, which of course means that Marines on R & R from combat CANNOT PLAY ON THEIR OWN GOLF COURSE.
  • Videos From Iran

    12/27/2009 1:07:53 PM PST · by sonrise57 · 16 replies · 922+ views
    Internet | Dec 27, 2009 | me
    security forces being stormed the people rise up more and more my life is only for iran they chant
  • Tehran police 'in fatal clashes with protesters' (photos)

    12/27/2009 6:54:11 AM PST · by nuconvert · 10 replies · 764+ views
    Opposition sources in Iran say that at least four protesters have been shot dead in violent clashes between anti-government crowds and police. They said security forces opened fire on protesters as some of the fiercest clashes in months erupted in the capital, Tehran. The police have denied there had been any fatalities. Opposition parties had urged people to take to the streets as the Shia Muslim festival of Ashura reached a climax. People were chanting "Khamenei will be toppled", opposition sources said, a reference to Iran's Supreme Leader.
  • Iran Militia Halts Former President’s Speech

    12/27/2009 4:43:04 AM PST · by nuconvert · 9 replies · 671+ views
    On Saturday night in Tehran, members of a pro-government militia broke into a mosque where former President Mohammad Khatami, a reformist leader, was speaking, forcing him to break off before concluding his remarks. As my colleague Nazila Fathi reports, “about 50 vigilantes armed with chains, batons and pepper spray disrupted a speech by Mr. Khatami at Jamaran Mosque in Tehran, the home mosque of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the spiritual leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution.”
  • Deadly Protests Break Out in Iran

    12/27/2009 4:03:07 AM PST · by nuconvert · 34 replies · 1,241+ views
    Fox/AP ^ | December 27, 2009
    TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian security forces opened fire on anti-government protesters in the capital Sunday, killing at least four people in the fiercest clashes in months, opposition Web sites and witnesses said.
  • Reporters attacked in crackdown by Iran militia

    12/26/2009 7:34:38 PM PST · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 648+ views
    Times Online ^ | Dec. 27, 2009
    Opposition Jaras website claims security forces attacked a building housing Isna, Iranian news agency, as demonstrators sought shelter IRAN was braced for more violent clashes today as opposition demonstrators planned further mass rallies, which are expected to lead to fresh confrontations between protesters and security forces. Tension was running high at rallies yesterday in which soldiers of the elite Revolutionary Guard and the paramilitary Basiji used tear gas and pepper spray and fired warning shots into the air to disperse demonstrators chanting anti-government slogans in three areas of central Tehran. They also smashed the windows of cars that were hooting...
  • Iran's perfect storm: The mullahs are facing down a revolution

    12/26/2009 5:58:00 PM PST · by Abakumov · 5 replies · 789+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 27, 2009 | Editorial
    Today, the Islamic regime in Iran faces what could be a perfect storm. A respected opposition leader is being mourned, it is the most holy day of the year for Shiites, and the pro-democracy Green Movement is more energized and radicalized than ever. The spirit of liberation is alive and well. ...One of our New Year's wishes is that peaceful change comes to Iran, but the regime will do everything in its power to prevent that from happening. Hopefully the reform movement will reach critical mass before the Islamic regime's nuclear program does.
  • Iran protests spread in heartland

    12/26/2009 5:33:28 PM PST · by nuconvert · 7 replies · 956+ views
    Demonstrations in Esfahan and Najafabad are evidence that the opposition movement has spread beyond Tehran to include a broad cross-section of people in central Iran. Esfahan and Najafabad were the "spiritual capitals" of the late Montazeri, said Mashallah Shamsolvaezin, a Tehran analyst and journalist who strongly supports the opposition movement. The harsh crackdown against Montazeri's supporters has the potential to drive them deeper into the opposition camp. "What has happened was a religious reaction out of devotion and conviction" to Montazeri, he said. "While on the surface the unrest has no relation with the political agenda of the green [opposition]...
  • Renewed clashes reported in Iran

    12/26/2009 2:43:38 AM PST · by UAConservative · 2 replies · 290+ views
    BBC ^ | December 26, 2009
    Iranian security forces and opposition activists have clashed in the centre of the capital Tehran, reformist websites and witnesses report. AFP news agency said police "sought to disperse about 200-300 people" who wanted to gather in Enghelab square. Tensions have risen since influential dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah Hoseyn Ali Montazeri died a week ago.