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  • Ahmadinejad sworn in for second term amid walkouts and protests

    08/05/2009 12:45:13 PM PDT · by G8 Diplomat · 1 replies · 437+ views
    The Guardian ^ | August 5, 2009 | Lee Glendinning and Haroon Siddique
    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's inauguration as Iranian president for a second term was marked by opposition walkouts, demonstrations and criticism from his own conservative camp today as pressure mounted on the disputed winner of Iran's election. Senior officials and clerics attended the ceremony at Iran's parliament but it was boycotted by many opposition leaders and moderate politicians. Those of the reform faction who did attend walked out when Ahmadinejad started speaking, according to the opposition website Parleman News. Hundreds of opposition supporters gathered outside parliament and further protests were reported to be planned for 30 locations at 7pm Iranian time (3.30pm GMT)....
  • 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’s arrested activists find champion in lilac tweed

    08/01/2009 1:54:11 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies · 373+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | August 2, 2009 | Marie Colvin
    Not many revolutionaries dress in a lilac tweed suit but then not many have the charisma of Shirin Ebadi, who won a Nobel prize for her human rights work in Iran and is now on a mission to garner support for prisoners held in her country. Ebadi, 62, made a passionate plea for the West to show support for the opposition in Iran as the regime continued its crackdown on the reform movement, which continued to mount street protests last week. “The European Union should withdraw ambassadors,” said Ebadi, a lawyer, stabbing the air with her index finger, furious about...
  • Trials start for 100 reformists, moderate politicians in Iran

    08/01/2009 1:48:38 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies · 303+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 1, 2009 11:35 AM PDT, | Borzou Daragahi
    Opposition leaders call the mass indictment baseless. Analysts say the trials are meant to bolster the cause of hard-liners ahead of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's confirmation for a second term. Reporting from Beirut -- Iran's hard-line judiciary today began trials of 100 prominent, moderate politicians and others, accusing the country's main reformist and moderate political groups of working with foreigners trying to foment a popular uprising against the government. The opposition immediately decried the charges as groundless and said the mass indictment was filled with errors that shows that it was hastily made up, perhaps by the editors of a the...
  • In Iran, Both Sides Seek to Carry Islam’s Banner

    08/01/2009 11:15:57 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies · 527+ views
    The New York Times ^ | June 21, 2009 | NEIL MacFARQUHAR
    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, ended his prayer sermon in tears on Friday, invoking the name of a disappeared Shiite prophet to suggest that his government was besieged by forces of evil out to destroy a legitimate Islamic government. The opposition leader, Mir Hussein Moussavi, in criticizing the government, demanded the kind of justice promised by the Koran and exhorted his followers to take to their rooftops at night to cry out, “Allahu akbar,” or “God is great.” In the battle to control Iran’s streets, both the government and the opposition are deploying religious symbols and parables to portray...
  • Iran: The end of the Republic?

    08/01/2009 9:33:27 AM PDT · by FourPeas · 21 replies · 797+ views
    Aljazeera.net ^ | 01 Aug 2009 | Bernd Kaussler
    Thirty years after the Islamic Revolution, the Islamic Republic of Iran - if one can still call it a republic - is at a crossroads. What has been manifesting itself on Iran's streets since the disputed presidential elections is not only the electorate's collective feeling of injustice and rage, but also the religious-political elite's underlying divide over the future of the velayat-e faqih and its entire political system. When Mohammad Khatami was president of Iran from 1997 to 2005, reformist hermeneutics largely centered on the notion of justice - a fundamental tenet of Shia jurisprudence - civil society and human rights.During his tenure,...
  • Amir Taheri: End of Discussion - In Iran, there is a growing consensus that it is time to...

    07/27/2009 11:46:30 PM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies · 910+ views
    National Review Online ^ | July 27, 2009 | Amir Taheri
    July 27, 2009, 0:00 a.m. End of DiscussionIn Iran, there is a growing consensus that it is time to move beyond Khomeinism. By Amir Taheri No one knows how the current Iranian insurrection, triggered by last month’s disputed presidential election, will end. However, one thing is already clear: The doctrine of walayat faqih (“government of the theologian”), the cornerstone of the Khomeinist system, is dead. The late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini invented the doctrine to justify the claim that he drew his legitimacy from Allah and was accountable solely to Him. In practice, walayat faqih was supposed to work the...
  • Mousavi: Protests will continue until regime backs down

    07/27/2009 3:05:52 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies · 426+ views
    Hot Air ^ | July 27, 2009 2:55 pm | Ed Morrissey
    If the Iranian mullahs expected the outrage over the rigged presidential election to dissipate, the latest from Mirhossein Mousavi will disappoint the hardliners.  The man who claims he was robbed by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei promises to continue the public protests that have made the regime more reliant than ever on its military forces to maintain political power.  At the same time, they have even more problems with the man for whom they rigged the election in the first place: Iran’s opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi said on Monday the pro-reform protests which erupted after the country’s disputed June presidential vote...
  • Iran opposition unveils new group ( Mousavi, has confirmed plans ....)

    07/23/2009 1:25:20 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies · 257+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, 23 July 2009 16:03 UK 15:03 GMT, | BBC Staff
    The main opposition leader in Iran, Mir Hossein Mousavi, has confirmed plans to form a new broad-based political front.Mousavi says the group will not be a substitute for popular protest Writing on his website, he said the front would have a charter and would give the opposition a legal framework. Mr Mousavi was the leading reformist candidate in the disputed presidential elections in Iran on 12 June. Meanwhile, his wife has confirmed that her brother was among those detained during protests against the presidential election. Mr Mousavi has made it clear that the new front will not be a substitute...
  • Violence Explodes in Iran; Video Shows Shooting of Protestors

    07/21/2009 8:51:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies · 895+ views
    Israel National News ^ | 7/21/09 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Iranian Revolutionary Guards and riot police clubbed and arrested dozens of demonstrators on Tuesday as renewed protests continued to sweep the country, nearly two months after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared he had won re-election. Opponents charge that the results were rigged. CNN disclosed a video on Tuesday that clearly shows police forces and a security official, dressed in a suit, shooting towards protestors. Other footage shows the protestors being viciously clubbed. The date of the video is not known.
  • People are impatient about freedom in Iran but Revolutions Take Time

    07/19/2009 2:56:52 PM PDT · by brianhumeck · 9 replies · 424+ views
    The #IranElection Website ^ | 7/19/09 | Brian Humeck
    In reading the tweets of @oxfordgirl in the #iranelection tweet stream, I noticed her remarks about patience. She had responded to her followers to slow down, be calm and asked that they be patient in regards to what is happening in Tehran. In essence, she was saying revolutions take time. @oxfordgirl must be a student of history because she is absolutely correct. Let us look at the American Revolution which began with protests such as the Boston Tea Party in 1773. The Revolutionary War did not end until the American colonies and Great Britain signed the Articles of Peace on...
  • Rafsanjani fans flames of dissent

    07/18/2009 4:50:02 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies · 1,115+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, 17 July 2009 19:15 UK 18:15 GMT | Jon Leyne
    Under the headline of a call for unity, former Iranian President Ali Akbar Rafsanjani has actually ensured that the divisions in Iran will continue and possibly increase. Mr Rafsanjani's first public comments since the election were eagerly awaited. It was clear the government was extremely nervous: media coverage of Friday prayers was restricted. Some journalists and opposition supporters reported problems over being allowed access to the ceremony at Tehran University. No doubt there was a fierce battle behind the scenes for him to be allowed to speak. Open challengeSince the election more moderate voices appear to have been sidelined...
  • x-President Is Assailed for Critique of Iran’s Election

    07/18/2009 4:33:09 PM PDT · by STE=Q · 3 replies · 811+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 18, 2009 | ROBERT F. WORTH
    BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Several prominent Iranian conservative figures and hard-line newspapers offered sharp criticism on Saturday of former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who delivered a speech on Friday that assailed the government’s handling of last month’s presidential election.
  • Rafsanjani says many Iranians have election doubts

    07/17/2009 4:50:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 1,512+ views
    Reuters ^ | 07/17/09
    Rafsanjani says many Iranians have election doubts 1 hr 48 mins ago TEHRAN (Reuters) – Former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Friday a "large group of Iranians" had doubts about last month's disputed presidential election and that something should be done about the situation. Rafsanjani also called for the release of protesters and others detained after the June poll. "In the current situation it is not necessary for us to have a number of people in prisons ... we should allow them to return to their families," he said during a Friday prayer sermon.
  • An important day in Iran (Rafsanjani is at odds with Khamenei)

    07/18/2009 6:22:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies · 1,662+ views
    Powerline ^ | 7/18/2009 | Paul Mirengoff
    There will be no regime change in Iran unless (a) protests continue in the face of the recent repression and (b) the regime fractures. Today, brought evidence that both of these conditions (which are necessary but perhaps not sufficient) may be fulfilled. First, protests broke out in Tehran. Second, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Iran's former president and a key figure in the regime, criticized the government and called for the release of hundreds of protesters and democracy advocates arrested in recent weeks. As to the first development, thousands of demonstrators marched through the streets chanting against the regime. It was...
  • Police Tear-Gas Iran Protesters During Prayer

    07/17/2009 9:26:04 AM PDT · by edpc · 13 replies · 1,182+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 17 July 2009 | Ali Akbar Dareini
    TEHRAN, Iran – Tens of thousands of government opponents packed Iran's main Islamic prayer service Friday, chanting "freedom, freedom" and other slogans as their top clerical backer Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani delivered a sermon bluntly criticizing the country's leadership over the crackdown on election protests.
  • BBC: (Rafsanjani ) Call for Iran protesters' release

    07/17/2009 2:54:03 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies · 1,512+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, 17 July 2009 22:28 UK 21:28 GMT, | BBC Staff
    Video at the BBC Website: Amateur video appearing to show protests after Friday's prayers Former Iranian President Ali Akbar Rafsanjani has called for the release of people jailed after protesting at the result of the recent election.In his first Friday sermon since the vote, he also said large numbers of Iranians still doubted its result. Outside, police fired tear gas at thousands of opposition supporters who were chanting slogans in support of defeated candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi. Chanting also broke out among some of the tens of thousands of people inside. Thousands of opposition supporters rallied in streets near the...
  • Tehran's streets erupt after a key cleric speaks- Rafsanjani's harsh rebuke of Ahmadinejad ...

    07/17/2009 11:00:55 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 39 replies · 3,474+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 18, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim
    Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani's harsh rebuke of Ahmadinejad supporters is followed by renewed violence, suggesting the discontent over recent election results is as strong as ever.Reporting from Tehran and Beirut -- Security forces fired tear gas and plainclothes militiamen armed with batons charged at crowds of protesters gathered near Tehran University after a Friday prayer sermon delivered by the cleric and opposition supporter Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, his first appearance at the nation's weekly keynote sermon since before the election. Rafsanjani, in a closely watched speech, lashed out at the hard-line camp supporting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, criticized the...
  • Iran: Civilians fight back against gov't

    07/10/2009 12:59:19 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies · 581+ views
    Jerusaleum Post ^ | Jul 10, 2009 13:03 | By SABINA AMIDI
    Iranians prepared for another violent day of confrontations between demonstrators and security forces on Friday, after riot police used tear-gas against hundreds of demonstrators who defied government warnings and swarmed the streets to commemorate the anniversary of a student massacre in 1999.
  • Photos from Iran Protests Today

    07/09/2009 4:17:57 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 26 replies · 2,043+ views
    Gooya,BBCPersian | July 9, 2009
  • Tehran-Tweets are reporting fires in the streets, people hiding in booths and shops, phones are down

    07/09/2009 10:11:42 AM PDT · by autumnraine · 11 replies · 888+ views
    Twitter ^ | 07/09/2009 | Twitter
    Yelling "Death to Mojtaba" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGKFtVwX40E
  • Iran vote dispute moves to seminary

    07/07/2009 12:33:44 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies · 332+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, 7 July 2009 07:09 UK 06:09 GMT, | Roger Hardy BBC Middle East analyst
    Some clerics have come out strongly in favour of the protesters and reformists The focus of the Iran crisis has shifted from the street to the seminary. Clerics are having to choose whether to align themselves with the conservatives or the reformists - or maintain an awkward silence. More than three weeks after the elections of 12 June, a troika of senior reformists form the core of the opposition to an outcome they regard as fraudulent. These are the two main defeated candidates, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi, and their close ally, the former President Mohammed Khatami. Hard-liners are...
  • A Split in the Mullahs

    07/05/2009 2:09:26 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 13 replies · 565+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 07/05/2009 | Mike Volpe
    The New York Times has this report. An important group of religious leaders in Iran called the disputed presidential election and the new government illegitimate on Saturday, an act of defiance against the country’s supreme leader and the most public sign of a major split in the country’s clerical establishment. A statement by the group, the Association of Researchers and Teachers of Qum, represents a significant, if so far symbolic, setback for the government and especially the authority of the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, whose word is supposed to be final. The government has tried to paint the opposition...
  • Obama's Unusual Foreign Policy

    06/29/2009 9:36:58 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 8 replies · 538+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 06/29/2009 | Ed Morrissey
    It’s difficult to make sense out of the foreign policy coming out of the White House under Barack Obama. On the one hand, Obama insisted that he could not interfere with the internal politics of the “sovereign government of Iran,” refusing for days to even condemn Iran for its flagrantly violent repression of dissent. When Honduras’ military staged a coup, though, Obama apparently had no such reticence in involving the US on behalf of deposed President Manuel Zelaya — a close ally of Hugo Chavez:
  • EU threatens mass pullout of ambassadors from Tehran

    06/29/2009 1:21:36 PM PDT · by STE=Q · 15 replies · 554+ views
    guardian.co.uk ^ | 29 June 2009
    European Union members are threatening the collective withdrawal of their ambassadors from Iran to secure the release of the British embassy employees being held by the authorities. EU diplomats said tonight all the envoys could be recalled "temporarily" in solidarity with staff from the British mission in Tehran who have been accused -- entirely falsely, UK officials insist -- of involvement in protests over the "stolen" presidential election.
  • From Iran: People Chanting from Rooftops!

    06/29/2009 12:11:41 PM PDT · by wk4bush2004 · 31 replies · 1,691+ views
    From Twitter... "...chants are so loud that it feels like the city is going to explode. People are VERY VERY angry!" People are furious at the Iranian government, after all the rigging and butchering they have done. I've also heard that the mullahs have been moving money out of Iran. They are clearly panicking. WE MUST STAND WITH THE FREEDOM-LOVING IRANIANS!!!!!!!! THE TIME IS NOW!!!!!!! Come on, Obamanation, get with the program!!!!
  • Give Bush Credit on Iran

    06/29/2009 6:49:40 AM PDT · by Jbny · 3 replies · 703+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | June 29th, 2009 | Abe Greenwald
    Seven years ago, Reuel Marc Gerecht looked into the best crystal ball in all global strategy and wrote down what he saw in the pages of the Weekly Standard: If the United States stays in Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein and his Baathist regime, and ushers in some type of a federal, democratic system, the repercussions throughout the region could be transformative. Popular discontent in Iran tends to heat up when U.S. soldiers get close to the Islamic Republic. An American invasion could possibly provoke riots in Iran--simultaneous uprisings in major cities that would simply be beyond the...
  • “And Iran, Iran So Far Away, I Couldn’t Get Away,” Sung by Barack Obama

    06/28/2009 5:15:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 810+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 27, 2009 | Doug Giles
    Obama said in his latest hem-hawing, foreign policy bloviating, what-the-hell-is-he-talkin’-about press conference that “we need to have a vigorous debate” regarding Iran’s current tyrannical Muslim-based governmental crushing of young people who desire a touch of freedom. We need to debate? “We” who, BHO? I’m guessin’ he is talking about American liberals and conservatives because—from what I can deduce from the YouTube vids—it appears as if the Iranian dissidents aren’t looking for lively banter with the death dealing, lying through coffee-stained teeth religious whack jobs who look like a group of angry, homeless Santa Clauses on crack. A debate, Mr. O?...
  • Iranian Police Clash With Up To 3,000 Protesters

    06/28/2009 9:46:41 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 14 replies · 652+ views
    AP Report ^ | June 28, 2009 | William J. Kole
    Iranian police clash with up to 3,000 protesters AP – In this photo taken on Monday, June 15, 2009, a woman passes Iranian police officers, as they stand guard … By WILLIAM J. KOLE, Associated Press Writer Witnesses in Iran say police have clashed with up to 3,000 protesters near a mosque in north Tehran. They say security forces fired tear gas to disperse the crowd, and some demonstrators fought back, chanting: "Where is my vote?" Witnesses at the scene tell The Associated Press that some protesters claimed they suffered broken arms or legs in Sunday's clashes around the Ghoba...
  • Obama officials say talks with Iran still possible (Neda 'nuther clue about Vichy McQuisling?)

    06/28/2009 1:59:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 650+ views
    The Washington Post / The Associated Press ^ | June 28, 2009 | Philip Elliot
    The Obama administration will leave open the door for discussions with Iran over its nuclear ambitions even as demonstrators question the legitimacy of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election, administration officials said Sunday. Ahmadinejad has accused the West of stoking unrest, singling out Britain and the United States for alleged meddling. Last week, Iran expelled two British diplomats, and Britain responded in kind. Iran, which detained nine British Embassy employees Saturday before releasing four, has said it's considering downgrading diplomatic ties with Britain. The U.S. has not had diplomatic relations with Tehran since the aftermath of the Iranian revolution in 1979. On...
  • EU to counter Iran's "harassment" of embassy staff

    06/28/2009 12:10:36 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies · 963+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sun Jun 28, 2009 9:51pm IST | Dina Kyriakidou and David Brunnstrom
    CORFU, Greece (Reuters) - The European Union on Sunday condemned Iran's crackdown on post-election protesters and said the EU would meet any Iranian intimidation of European diplomatic staff with a "strong and collective response". Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, whose country takes over the EU presidency from Wednesday, said the Iranian government had been weakened at home and abroad. "Obviously the regime is trying to preserve its position by very harsh repression. But that cannot hide the fact that this is a weakened regime. It has lost legitimacy both internally and externally," Bildt said. EU foreign ministers were meeting on...
  • Call to execute 'rioters' in Iran

    06/27/2009 3:59:33 AM PDT · by don-o · 123 replies · 5,971+ views
    Aljazeera.net ^ | June 26, 2009
    A leading Iranian religious leader has called for the execution of "rioters" who have led a series of anti-government protests following the country's disputed June 12 presidential election. Ahmad Khatami, a member of Iran's Assembly of Experts, told worshippers during a sermon at Friday prayers that Iran's judiciary should charge such rioters as "mohareb", or one who wages war against God. "Anybody who fights against the Islamic system or the leader of Islamic society, fight him until complete destruction," Khatami said in the nationally broadcast sermon at Tehran University. "We ask that the judiciary confront the leaders of the protests,...
  • Iranians rip off tyranny's mask

    06/28/2009 5:37:00 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies · 516+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | June 27, 2009 | Salim Mansur
    The revulsion of Iranians for the political system that has imprisoned them for three decades was triggered by the disputed results of the June 12 election. Once, however, the opposition took to the streets and the regime spilled blood to intimidate the people, it became transparently clear the revulsion a majority of Iranians are displaying is not over details of the rigged election. It is directed at the bloody-minded theocracy oppressing them, and its overthrow most Iranians want. Those with the misfortune of living inside totalitarian regimes know -- except for their apologists and the delusional lib-left crowd in the...
  • In Iran, the protests have quieted, but the protesters are simmering

    06/28/2009 5:49:43 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 20 replies · 784+ views
    ChicagoTribune ^ | June 28, 2009
    Iranians who demonstrated against the election results are not moving on. They are biding their time, weighing their options -- and seeing their government in a dramatically different light. By Borzou Daragahi Reporting from Tehran - The young men and women enter Haft Tir Square tentatively. Their pace slows as they discreetly glance around. They spot the club-wielding uniformed security officials and plainclothes Basiji militiamen, scan the square for other would-be demonstrators. A woman in a form-fitting mini-coat looks left, then right. There is safety in numbers, but there are few of her kind here for the scheduled gathering, so...
  • Britain demands release of nine Tehran embassy staff

    06/28/2009 6:41:08 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 31 replies · 1,607+ views
    The Times UK ^ | June 28, 2009 | Jenny Booth and Sophie Tedmanson
    Britain today condemned the arrest of nine employees of the British embassy in Tehran and demanded their immediate release. An Iranian news agency reported this morning that the Iranian workers had been detained for involvement in the post-election unrest in the Islamic Republic. The arrests follow a week of escalating rhetoric against Britain, which was accused by the Iranian foreign minister of flying in jet-loads of spies to disrupt Iran's presidential elections on July 12. David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, denied that the mission had been involved in any post-election unrest and called for the release of the embassy staff....
  • IRAN: Search for foreign scapegoats is dangerous

    06/28/2009 7:17:39 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies · 395+ views
    Gulf News ^ | June 27, 2009, 22:43 | Simon Tisdall, Guardian News & Media Limited
    Angry accusations of provocative meddling in Iran's post-election upheaval by Britain, the US, and Europe have been crisply batted away by Western politicians. But the daily torrent of allegations is straining already rocky relations with Tehran and could have a lasting, deleterious impact in a range of key policy areas, principally on efforts to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions. A seemingly orchestrated campaign to blame Iran's troubles on the West is now in full swing and it is as yet uncertain how far the regime is prepared to go. British and European ambassadors have been repeatedly carpeted by the foreign ministry....
  • Saudi Media Take the Lead Against Iran's Regime

    06/28/2009 7:04:11 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies · 665+ views
    Washington Institute ^ | June 26, 2009 | David Pollock and Mohammad Yaghi
    Most commentary on the regional reaction to Iran's postelection strife divides Arabs into pro-Iranian and pro-American camps, a simplistic division that misses a key distinction. At the official or semiofficial level, Arab reaction to Iran's current travail is divided into three, not two, main parts: the usual handful of pro-Iranian-government actors (Syria, Hizballah, and Qatar); the surprisingly strident anti-Iranian-government stance from Saudi Arabia; and the large camp of cautious bystanders, including major actors like Egypt, which harbors a serious grudge against Tehran. Equally noteworthy is that caution, rather than reflexive support for either Iran or the street demonstrators, is also...
  • Battle for Iran Shifts from Streets to the Heart of Power

    06/27/2009 6:44:11 PM PDT · by STE=Q · 28 replies · 2,398+ views
    The Observer ^ | Sunday 28 June 2009 | Peter Beaumont
    The power struggle inside Iran appears to be moving from the streets into the heart of the regime itself this weekend amid reports that Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani is plotting to undermine the power of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Rafsanjani's manoeuvres against Khamenei come as tensions between the speaker of the parliament, Ali Larijani, and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also appeared to be coming to a head.
  • Iran's rulers tighten grip on power

    06/26/2009 11:17:23 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 3 replies · 302+ views
    The Australian ^ | June 27, 2009
    IRAN'S leaders continued last night to repel threats to their authority, preventing an aide to opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi from leaving Iran for Britain as reports suggested Mr Mousavi might be under house arrest. State media reports yesterday said the head of Mr Mousavi's information committee, Abolfazl Fateh, a doctoral student in Britain, had been stopped from leaving Iran. In the two weeks of unrest since Iran's disputed presidential election, at least 11 Mousavi campaign workers and 25 staffers on his newspaper have been detained. The semi-official Fars news agency said yesterday Mr Fateh was banned from travel so...
  • Iranian Cleric Cays "rioters" Should be Executed

    06/26/2009 8:30:33 AM PDT · by Islaminaction · 35 replies · 826+ views
    Islam in Action ^ | June 26Th, 2009 | Christopher Logan
    Hardcore Islamic cleric Ahmad Khatami is calling for the Iranian protesters to be executed. Unfortunately under Islamic law what he wants is legal. As Koran verse 5 32 allows for the death of anyone who is "spreading mischief in the land". Mischief can obviously be anything that they say it is.
  • Iran cleric says "rioters" should be executed

    06/26/2009 6:13:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies · 837+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | June 26, 2009 | Parisa Hafezi
    A hardline Iranian cleric on Friday called for the execution of "rioters," in a sign of the authorities' determination to stamp out opposition to the June 12 presidential election result. "I want the judiciary to ... punish leading rioters firmly and without showing any mercy to teach everyone a lesson," Ahmad Khatami told worshippers at Tehran University. Khatami, a member of the Assembly of Experts, said the judiciary should charge the leading "rioters" as being "mohareb" or one who wages war against God. "They should be punished ruthlessly and savagely," he said. Under Iran's Islamic law, punishment for people convicted...
  • I'm under Iran regime threat: Mir Hossein Mousavi

    06/25/2009 2:40:09 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 7 replies · 436+ views
    The Australian ^ | June 26, 2009
    DEFEATED Iranian presidential challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi said last night he was being pressured to withdraw his complaint over the disputed election, as the regime extended its clampdown on the opposition. Defying an international outcry over the post-election unrest gripping Iran, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told US President Barack Obama to stop meddling in the Islamic republic's affairs. But a senior dissident cleric warned Iran's rulers that their suppression of opposition protests could threaten the foundations of the Islamic regime, grappling with the biggest upheaval since the 1979 revolution. And in another sign of dissent, parliamentary Speaker Ali Larijani and more...
  • Iran: Basidji Run Over People With A Truck (YouTube Video)

    06/25/2009 6:16:42 PM PDT · by wk4bush2004 · 22 replies · 1,411+ views
    Short video...it happens at the very end....starting at about the 40-second mark. It is horrifying! I cannot believe so many people in this country are apathetic to this ATROCITY!!!
  • Trying To Save Neda & The Thugs Who Massacred Iranians

    06/25/2009 2:41:55 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 8 replies · 591+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-25-09 | Curt
    This is an outstanding video interview of the man who tried to save Neda. It's about 19 minutes long but take the time to watch it.....one of the more shocking things to come out of it was that the crowd caught the gunman, and after taking his ID and picture let him go: [video at site] Meanwhile Threatswatch posted on the massacre in Baharestan Square yesterday by the Basij thugs, as told by a Iranian blogger: Bus loads of protesters were stopped and unloaded from their buses by "black-clad police" and literally herded. When the massing was sufficient, as the...
  • Iran: Mousavi Under 'House Arrest'

    06/25/2009 9:40:42 AM PDT · by lewisglad · 29 replies · 1,255+ views
    AKI Newswire ^ | 6/25/09
    Tehran, 25 June (AKI) - Defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi was placed under house arrest on Thursday, Iranian sources have claimed. The reformist website 'Nasimfarda' made the claim about Mousavi's house arrest amid continuing unrest in the country since the presidential elections on 12 June. "All of Mousavi's aides and collaborators have been arrested and the government is trying to completely isolate him from the reformist protesters," the website reportedly said. However, official Iranian sources have not yet confirmed the arrest of Mousavi. Unrest has grown in Iran since hardline presidential incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the winner...
  • Iran doctor tells of Neda's death (interesting interview)

    06/25/2009 11:59:47 AM PDT · by SolidWood · 60 replies · 2,130+ views
    BBC ^ | 25 June 2009 | BBC
    The doctor who tried to save an Iranian protester as she bled to death on a street in Tehran has told the BBC of her final moments. Dr Arash Hejazi, who is studying at a university in the south of England, said he ran to Neda Agha-Soltan's aid after seeing she had been shot in the chest. Despite his attempts to stop the bleeding she died in less than a minute, he said. Dr Hejazi says he posted the video of Ms Soltan's death on the internet and images of her have become a rallying point for Iranian opposition supporters...
  • BBC: Iran's Mousavi defies crackdown

    06/25/2009 11:32:09 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies · 625+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, 25 June 2009 18:41 UK 17:41 GMT, | BBC Staff
    Iran protest leader Mir Hossein Mousavi says he holds those behind alleged "rigged" elections responsible for bloodshed during recent protests. In a defiant statement on his website, he called for future protests to be in a way which would not "create tension." He complained of "complete" restrictions on his access to people and a crackdown on his media group. A BBC correspondent in Tehran says the statement is a direct challenge to Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. In another development on Thursday, Iranian state media said that eight members of the pro-government Basij militia had been killed and dozens more...
  • BBC: What next for Iran? (Have Your Say)

    06/25/2009 11:26:01 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies · 366+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, 25 June, 2009, 10:06 GMT 11:06 UK | BBC Staff
    What next for Iran? Scores of Iranian MPs have snubbed President Ahmadinejad's victory party according to local press reports. What next for Iran? All 290 MPs were invited to the victory party on Wednesday night but 105 did not turn up. The BBC's Jeremy Bowen says the move is a sign of the deep split at the top of the country following the recent disputed presidential polls. Hundreds of opposition protesters and activists are believed to have been taken into custody and at least 17 people have died in the unrest that followed the 12 June election. Severe reporting restrictions...
  • Italy urges G8 firmness on Iran

    06/25/2009 11:16:27 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies · 334+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, 25 June 2009 18:44 UK 17:44 GMT | BBC Staff
    Italy's foreign minister has said G8 countries will adopt a "tough" stance towards Iran over post-election unrest. Franco Frattini was speaking as G8 foreign minsters prepared to meet for three days of talks in northern Italy. He said the international community had offered an "open hand" to Iran and G8 must now "be firm in its condemnation", Italy's Ansa news agency reported. Iran was invited to the talks, which had been due to focus on Afghanistan, but Italy later revoked the offer. Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki withdrew at the last minute after Italy made it clear he was not...
  • PNN Video Fresh from the rooftops

    06/25/2009 9:33:49 AM PDT · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 10 replies · 635+ views
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