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  • Situation of Iranian opposition leaders cause for grave concern

    02/25/2011 7:47:54 AM PST · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    RadioZamaneh ^ | Feb. 25, 2011
    The children of Iranian opposition leaders have issued separate letters expressing grave concerns regarding the well-being of their parents. The daughters of Zahra Rahnavard and MirHosein Mousavi have not seen their parents in two weeks, and their last contact with them was February 14. In the letter published on Iranian opposition websites, they write that they have attempted to visit their parents several times, but the security forces have aggressively turned them away and prevented them from entering their home. They say they have often remained in the vicinity until late into the evening and noticed that after dark no...
  • Iran opposition chief completely cut off: website

    02/18/2011 4:45:04 PM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    TEHRAN — Mir Hossein Mousavi, the main Iran opposition leader whose rebellion against the government has rocked the Islamic republic, is now completely cut off from the outside world, his website reported Friday. Kaleme.com reported that Mousavi's previous guards have been replaced by new ones and that a van containing masked men was parked at the entrance to the street in Tehran where his house is located. "The house arrest of Mir Hossein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard (his wife) which began on 25th of Bahman (February 14) is fully effective as of 27 Bahman (February 16)," Kaleme.com reported. "With the...
  • Iranian Judiciary: Mousavi, Karroubi Will Stand Trial

    02/16/2011 10:08:18 AM PST · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    FarsNews ^ | 2-16-11
    TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian judiciary official on Wednesday pointed to the Iranian nation's massive and strong call for the trial of the leaders of recent unrests in the country, and said that the judiciary will definitely try sedition masterminds Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi. "The judiciary will definitely fulfill its duty with regard to the trial of Mousavi and Karroubi," Deputy Chief of the Judiciary for Legal and Judicial Development Hojjatoleslam Ali Razini told FNA. Asked if the judiciary would issue orders for detaining sedition leaders, Razini pointed out that when it comes to the trial of suspects, judiciary...
  • Iran 'will try opposition leaders'

    12/31/2010 1:28:09 PM PST · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    alJazeera ^ | Dec. 31, 2010
    Iran's chief prosecutor has insisted that opposition leaders who ran in the disputed 2009 presidential election will be put on trial over anti-government protests that sparked widespread unrest in the wake of the vote. Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi's statement came weeks after the government issued a travel ban for former candidates Mir Hossain Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi on allegations of being "mohareb" - a term meaning they are 'fighting against God'. Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets across the country in support of Mousavi after the presidential poll, alleging that president Mahmoud Ahmedinejad had won the election by...
  • Iran opposition chief (Mousavi) dares Ahmadinejad (calls for referendum)

    10/06/2010 5:00:57 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    BigPondNews/AFP ^ | October 06, 2010
    Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi has called for a referendum on the policies of hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. 'Who gave you the authorisation to leave Iran at odds with the whole world through your adventurist and dictatorial policies?' the opposition website kaleme.com quoted Mousavi as saying
  • Iran forces 'raid' office of opposition leader Mousavi

    09/16/2010 8:59:18 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    Iranian security forces have raided the office of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, his website has reported. Agents entered the premises late on Wednesday and took away computers and some of his belongings, it said. The statement described the attack as a "new phase of restrictions". The Iranian government has not commented. Mr Mousavi lost last year's presidential election to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a vote that he and other opposition figures say was rigged. "With the attack by plainclothes security agents on the office of Mr Mousavi, it seems that another phase of restrictions has started," the statement on Kaleme.com...
  • Mysterious Letter Exposes Iranian State Secrets

    08/07/2010 4:21:13 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 12 replies
    A letter rumored to be written by opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi 20 years ago has resurfaced and is lighting up Iran's blogosphere. Omid Memarian on why the letter could open decades of dark secrets and bitter rivalries. Hidden away for more than 20 years, a mystery letter suddenly reappeared last week. The letter, supposedly written by a Tehran insider turned opposition leader, was explosive: it alleged that Iran sponsors terrorism abroad. Like a middle manager ignored by his bosses, the letter writer expressed frustration that he was kept in the dark about Iran's involvement in events that he described as...
  • Rahnavard says Iran establishment is threatened by women

    07/28/2010 4:57:10 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 2+ views
    Zahra Rahnavard, wife of opposition leader, MirHosein Mousavi said in a meeting with Karaj political activists that a faction of the Iranian establishment considers women as a “new threat.” Kaleme website reports that Rahnavard claimed Iranian women were harassed “on the streets, in prisons and the media.” In the course of the controversial presidential election of 2009, the video clip of the Iranian woman, Neda AghaSoltan shot to death during the Tehran street protests was posted on You Tube arousing international outrage. Women’s presence in the election protests was highly pronounced and many of them were arrested and killed in...
  • Mousavi, Hero or Villain?

    05/05/2010 7:13:59 PM PDT · by RightSideNews · 157+ views
    Right Side News ^ | May 5, 2010 | Dr. Arash Irandoost
    On April 29, 2010, Ms. Shohreh Aghdashloo (Iranian Actress) wrote a short tribute for the 2010 Time 100 praising Mir Hossein Mousavi, Islamic republic's presidential candidate for "bringing hope to all generations of Iranians but especially to our youth." Either, Ms. Aghdashloo is out of touch with political situation in Iran by believing that Mir Hossein Mousavi could have been the one to bring freedom and democracy to Iran , or she is simply being disingenuous. Her comparison of Mr. Mousavi known as the Butcher of Beirut to Dr. Martin Luther King is indeed an affront to the world community...
  • Iran's Mousavi calls for new opposition demo

    02/27/2010 7:13:37 PM PST · by nuconvert · 9 replies · 355+ views
    Malaysian Mirror ^ | February 27, 2010
    TEHRAN -Opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi Saturday called for the staging of a fresh anti-government rally in Tehran to prove depth of support for his so-called Green Movement among disenchanted Iranians. Opposition attempts to hold anti-government protests on February 11, when the nation marked the 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution, were crushed by security forces and eclipsed by regime-sponsored mass rallies. "I and Mr (Mehdi) Karroubi think that the Green Movement be allowed to stage a rally... in order to put an end to all speculation," Mousavi said, referring to Iran's other main opposition leader. The supporters of the...
  • Son of Iran's Green Movement leader beaten by regime thugs

    02/14/2010 11:44:48 PM PST · by myknowledge · 6 replies · 547+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | February 15, 2010 | Angus McDowall
    Iranian forces beat the son of an opposition leader for five hours after events marking the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Republic. The bearded men in plainclothes who grabbed Ali from a crowd of anti-regime protesters and hauled him to a nearby mosque had no idea who they had arrested. It wasn't until the regime thugs had finished beating him and the 50 or so other young men they had rounded up that they checked his identity papers.
  • IRAN: Karroubi denounces Guardian Council, calls for big 22 Bahman protests

    02/04/2010 5:27:40 AM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies · 262+ views
    LA Times ^ | February 3, 2010
    For the second day in a row, an Iranian opposition leader has publicly questioned a pillar of the Islamic Republic, a sign of increasing boldness on the part of Iran's so-called Green movement. Mehdi Karroubi called for an abolition of the Guardian Council's power to oversee elections, a direct swipe at the conservative body's leader Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, who recently likened the opposition to defiant "Jews" who ought to be executed. "The Guardian Council's ugly arbitrary vetting process has to be abolished," Karroubi said Wednesday in a fresh statement posted to his website Sahamnews.org (in Persian). He reiterated his and...
  • 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'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...
  • 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...
  • Opposition head Mousavi: Iran in "serious crisis"

    01/01/2010 5:41:08 PM PST · by nuconvert · 13 replies · 991+ views
    TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi said on Friday he was ready to die for his reformist campaign after a disputed election in June, defying hardline calls for his execution. "I'm not afraid of being one of the martyrs who lost their lives in their fight for their rightful demands since the vote," Mousavi said on his website, five days after his nephew and seven other pro-reform protesters were killed during a rally. Mousavi, whose allegation that the June presidential vote he lost to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was rigged set off a wave of unrest, said in the statement...
  • Iran: opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi 'ready to die' for the cause

    01/01/2010 8:09:01 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 587+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 01/01/10
    Iran: opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi 'ready to die' for the cause Iran's opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi said the country is in 'serious crisis' and he is 'not afraid to die' for his cause. Published: 9:28AM GMT 01 Jan 2010 In a statement posted on his website on Friday , Mr Mousavi called for the immediate release of his supporters arrested after the disputed presidential vote in June and during protests earlier this week. "Arresting or killing Mousavi, [and another opposition leader Mehdi] Karoubi ... will not calm the situation," he said. "I am not afraid to die for people's demands...
  • Mousavi's chilling message to Iran : You can't cut off its head

    01/01/2010 2:20:15 AM PST · by DGHoodini · 11 replies · 912+ views
    The Richmark Sentinel ^ | Friday, January 01, 2010 | Sapa-RS(?)
    The decision to unleash security forces with live rounds on unarmed protesters in Central Tehran on Sunday, shouted louder than any words from opposition leaders ever could have, that the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad feels materially threatened by the growing uprising in Iran. Gone was the pretense that this is a minority that could soon be whipped into line as first the security forces then the Iranian parliament gave the game away. (snip) Now Moussavi in response to Sunday's clashes has said that he is ready to die for the rights of the people. "I have no hesitation about...
  • 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...
  • 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 Oppostion Leader Mir Hossein Mousavi 'Flees Tehran' [Obama Silence?]

    12/30/2009 10:57:39 AM PST · by Steelfish · 15 replies · 1,191+ views
    London Times ^ | December 30, 2009
    December 30, 2009 Iran Oppostion Leader Mir Hossein Mousavi 'Flees Tehran' The leader of Iran's opposition was to have fled Tehran, state media reported tonight. Mir Hossein Mousavi, defeated in hotly disputed elections in June, was said to have left the Iranian capital on a day marked by pro-government rallies at which crowds chanted "Death to Mousavi". Another of the leaders, Mahdi Karroubi, was also said to have fled. The news comes three days after Mr Mousavi's nephew, Ali, was killed during a protest against the regime in which at least eight lost their lives. He was said to have...
  • Debka: Iran reels toward popular-religious uprising amid spiraling bloodshed

    12/28/2009 12:52:11 PM PST · by PoliticalEthics · 4 replies · 589+ views
    Citizens United Against Terror ^ | 12/28/09 | CUAT & Debka
    Debka has an exclusive report on the Iranian uprising http://www.debka.com/article.php?aid=1416 covering the key players of the insurgency, the death tolls and the various sides. One question that comes to mind reading all of the information on the resistance movement (not Debka) is whether extremists are trying to hijack the resistance movement. After all, Mousavi was a Revolutionary leader of the last Ayatollah. From the Debka Report: "The current upsurge of violence across Iran is the most dangerous yet because for the first time demonstrators are turning round to attack security forces, the Revolutionary Guardsmen and Basijj paramilitaries.
  • Iran: Seven opposition leaders arrested as Mousavi nephew's body 'missing'

    12/28/2009 8:10:54 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 345+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 12/28/09
    December 28, 2009 Seven opposition leaders arrested as Mousavi nephew's body 'missing' Analysts have heralded the start of what could be a bloody endgame Times Online Iranian security forces today rounded up at least seven prominent activists amid reports that the body of the opposition leader's nephew, killed on Sunday as hundreds of thousands took to the streets, had gone missing Clashes had been expected at a funeral ceremony for Seyed Ali Mousavi, whose uncle Mir Hossein Mousavi was defeated in hotly disputed elections earlier this year. Instead police fired teargas to disperse Mousavi supporters who had gathered outside the...
  • 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.
  • Nephew of Iran's Opposition Leader Shot to Death in Street by Iranian Forces - Video 12/27/09

    12/27/2009 4:02:43 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 4 replies · 706+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 27, 2009 | Brian
    Here is video of the nephew of Iranian opposition leader Ali Mousavi, reportedly laying on the ground shot in the back on Azadi Street, or Freedom Street, during clashes in which security forces reportedly fired on demonstrators. There were protests all across Tehran today against the thug Ahmadinejad's regime. A crowd in the Southern city of Sajin also fought police today to try and rescue two prisoners who were being hanged. . . . (VIDEO)
  • Mir Hossein Mousavi's nephew 'killed' in Tehran clashes

    12/27/2009 9:04:29 AM PST · by maggief · 8 replies · 375+ views
    Timesonline ^ | December 27, 2009 | Martin Fletcher
    At least four Iranian protesters were reported to have been shot dead in Tehran today — including a nephew of the opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi — during the fiercest protests in the capital since the immediate aftermath of June’s hotly disputed presidential election.
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • Iran Begins Trial Of Postelection 'Rioters'

    08/01/2009 1:51:30 AM PDT · by edpc · 2 replies · 405+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 1 Aug 2009 | Ali Akbar Dareini
    TEHRAN, Iran – Opposition political activists and protesters stood trial in Tehran Saturday on charges of rioting and conspiring against the ruling system in the country's first trial following the disputed presidential election, Iran's state media reported.
  • Iranian police beat up mourners at ceremony for Neda Soltan

    07/30/2009 7:59:31 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 2 replies · 392+ views
    Times Online (U.K.) ^ | July 30, 2009 | Martin Fletcher
    Baton-wielding Iranian riot police arrested mourners and drove away opposition leaders as they tried to stage a ceremony in a Tehran cemetery to commemorate protesters killed in anti-government demonstrations last month. Ignoring Islamic customs and traditions, the security forces beat and detained many of the 2000-odd people who came to mark the end of the 40-day mourning period at the grave of Neda Soltan, the young student who has become an icon of the opposition movement. When Mir Hossein Mousavi, the movement’s leader, arrived at the Behesht-e Zahra cemetery on the baking plains south of the capital, he was mobbed...
  • Iranian Police Beat Mourners Gathered at Graveside Memorial

    07/30/2009 8:17:33 AM PDT · by edpc · 8 replies · 753+ views
    AP via Fox News ^ | 30 July 2009 | AP
    TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian police fired tear gas and beat anti-government protesters with batons to disperse thousands attending a memorial at the graveside of a woman whose killing made her an icon of the opposition movement.
  • 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...
  • McCotter on Khamenei in Iran--Your Referendum Has Been Held and You Have Failed Your Test

    07/25/2009 4:53:10 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 311+ views
    ConrgessmanThaddeus McCotter ^ | July 21, 2009 | Rep. Thaddeus McCotter
    Mr. McCOTTER. Madam Speaker, the Iranian people's peaceful struggle for freedom continues despite the tyrannical regime's barbarous crackdown. In fact, in his Friday's sermon, former President Rafsanjani called into question the legitimacy of the present government and rebuked the regime for its crackdown on peaceful protesters and its cavalier rejection of the cries that the election was stolen. Finally, former President Rafsanjani called upon the regime to free and fully account for all those peaceful freedom seekers who have been arrested in the repression. Then, on Sunday, former President Khatami called for a referendum on the legitimacy of the Iranian...
  • Iran opposition leader's brother-in-law arrested

    07/23/2009 8:44:49 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 224+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | July 23, 2008
    The wife of Iran's opposition leader, Mir Hossein Mousavi, said on Thursday that her 62-year-old brother was among the hundreds arrested in Iran's post-election crackdown, as Mousavi warned that the country is becoming "more militarised" amid the turmoil Mousavi implicitly accused the security forces of exceeding their powers under Iran's constitution, suggesting that the "near-coup d'etat atmosphere" was a danger to Iran's Islamic Republic. Police, the elite Revolutionary Guards and the Basij militia arrested more than 2,500 people in their heavy crackdown against protests that erupted in support of Mousavi after the disputed June 12 election. More than 500 of...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Dawn of the Age of Justice(double speak In Iran?)

    07/18/2009 11:29:11 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies · 1,322+ views
    Iran News Now ^ | 14 July 2009 | None Stated
    The past month in Iran has been harrowing for anyone who believes that human beings deserve freedom from tyranny. We have witnessed an election stolen by an old guard of conservative elements headed by the regime’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei (I call this group KhamCo for short), followed by a popular uprising unparalleled since the 1979 revolution. This old guard trampled roughshod over the will and aspirations of the people of Iran with impunity, thinking that they could use the fact that there was an 85% turnout of the electorate in the June 12th presidential to legitimize the regime without...
  • Rafsanjani defies Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as protesters turn out in force

    07/18/2009 12:46:33 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies · 830+ views
    The Times ^ | 7/18/2009 | Michael Purcell
    Tens of thousands of Iranians flooded the streets of Tehran yesterday to hear the country’s most influential powerbroker pronounce the Islamic Republic in crisis and as he called for the release of those arrested in recent pro-democracy demonstrations. Militiamen confront protestors outside Tehran University today In a devastating attack on the regime, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a leading cleric and former President, told a crowd at Tehran University that the Government had lost the people’s trust. Referring to the handling of last month’s disputed election, which President Ahmadinejad claims to have won, he said that the custodians of the Islamic...
  • Iran opposition holds fresh protests

    07/18/2009 12:53:03 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 3 replies · 371+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | July 18, 2009 | Jay Deshmukh
    DEFIANT opposition supporters have staged fresh protests in Tehran, witnesses say, after powerful cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani called for detainees held in a post-election crackdown to be freed. Mehdi Karroubi, a defeated presidential candidate, came under attack from men in plainclothes on his way to the prayers, according to his son Hossein and Fars news agency. Thousands of supporters of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, chanting "Ya Hossein, Mir Hossein!" and "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest), demonstrated around Tehran University, where Rafsanjani led Friday prayers attended by the former premier and Karroubi, witnesses said. The demonstrations were held in defiance...
  • Martin Amis: The end of Iran's ayatollahs?

    07/17/2009 9:33:31 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies · 615+ views
    The Guardian UK ^ | Friday 17 July 2009 | Martin Amis
    In 1979, the return to Iran of an exiled cleric marked the start of the Islamic Republic. The death in June of Neda Soltan may herald the long-overdue fall of this moribund regime.
  • 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.
  • Iran opposition leader, wife visit slain man's family

    07/14/2009 5:29:11 PM PDT · by don-o · 464+ views
    L A Times ^ | July 14, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi
    Reporting from Beirut -- Iran's leading opposition figure and his wife emerged Tuesday night to pay their respects to the family of a 19-year-old man slain during recent weeks of violence, according to witnesses and reports on news websites. Mir-Hossein Mousavi and his popular wife, Zahra Rahnavard, visited the family of Sohrab Aarabi in Tehran, paying tribute to the teenager whose death and whose mother's desperate weeks-long quest to find her son have emerged as a symbol of the protest movement against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
  • Iran Opposition Finds New Ways to Protest

    07/07/2009 6:18:16 PM PDT · by don-o · 10 replies · 500+ views
    WSJ ^ | July 8, 2009 | FARNAZ FASSIHI
    BEIRUT -- The three top leaders of Iran's opposition joined forces on Tuesday and their supporters began a three-day national strike, signaling a resurrection of protests even as Iran's president announced to the nation that the postelection turmoil was over. Opposition candidates Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, joined by former President Mohamad Khatami, met to plot strategy and issued their first-ever joint statement, calling for an end to the government's arrests and what they called "savage, shocking attacks" on their advisers and supporters. Meanwhile, hundreds of opposition supporters quietly flocked to mosques or retreated to their homes to begin...
  • Mousavi Predicts Trouble for Ahmadinejad

    07/07/2009 9:46:42 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies · 345+ views
    UPI ^ | 7/7/09
    Iran's new government will suffer because it lacks credibility and protests against it will go on, opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi says. Appearing in public for the first time in nearly three weeks Monday, Mousavi did not call for street demonstrations against the disputed July 12 re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, but encouraged his backers to pursue change "within the framework of the law," The Washington Post reported. The newspaper said Mousavi made the remarks in front of about 200 guests at the Iranian Academy of the Arts during a holiday commemorating the Shiite saint, Imam Ali. A local journalist...
  • Iran's opposition leader makes public appearance

    07/06/2009 9:35:05 PM PDT · by STE=Q · 2 replies · 316+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 6, 2009 | ALI AKBAR DAREINI
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi made his first public appearance in a week Monday, vowing to continue his campaign against a government that he said lacks legitimacy.
  • One on One: 'The revolution in Iran has just begun'

    07/05/2009 2:47:28 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies · 654+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | July 4, 2009
    'There were two days a couple of weeks ago when the call-ins stopped," says Menashe Amir, Israel Radio's Farsi broadcaster, whose shows have attracted millions of listeners in Iran for the past 50 years. "But then they resumed." The going-on-70-year-old, who officially retired five years ago, yet continues to transmit on a daily basis, attributes this to the courage of his former countrymen (Amir made aliya in 1959). In a September 2006 interview in these pages, Amir asserted that a majority of Iranians opposed their regime, yet were helpless in the face of the repression under which they were living....
  • Is Ayatollah Khamenei's Grip on Iranian Power Weakening ?

    07/05/2009 9:16:21 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 2 replies · 291+ views
    NY TIMES/THE LID ^ | 7/5/09 | The Lid
    The news from Iran may have died down, but that's a function of the mainstream media getting bored and the Presidents weak response, it does not, by any means, indicate that the revolt that began the day after the presidential election is over. The oppressive regime must be getting nervous as it is beginning to threaten the opposition candidates. In two editorials, the Iranian daily Kayhan termed Mousavi, Khatami and their followers a dangerous opposition, and called to put them on trial for treason, cooperation with foreign elements, and responsibility for the death of civilians during the recent protests. Source:...
  • Iranian Newspaper Says Opposition Figure Should Stand Trial

    07/04/2009 10:36:49 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 4 replies · 225+ views
    LATimes ^ | July 04th 2009
    Iranian newspaper says opposition figure should stand trial The state-owned paper says Mir-Hossein Mousavi is a foreign agent on 'a mission directed from abroad.' Meanwhile, a military commander says Iran may take over the British Embassy residence. By Borzou Daragahi July 4, 2009 Reporting from Beirut -- A right-wing newspaper close to Iran's supreme leader today accused the country's main opposition figure of being a dupe for Iran's foreign enemies who should face trial, as an military official said the "ground has been set" for a takeover of the British Embassy residence in north Tehran. A crackdown continues against supporters...
  • Iranian lawmakers urge legal action against Mousavi

    07/03/2009 4:31:43 AM PDT · by don-o · 6 replies · 455+ views
    World Bulletin - Reuters | July 2, 2009
    Iranian lawmakers pressed on Thursday for legal action against protest leaders accused of inciting post-election turmoil. "Those who hold illegal rallies and gatherings should be legally pursued," parliament member Mohammad Taghi Rahbar was quoted as saying by the Javan newspaper. It said he was among several lawmakers preparing to write to the judiciary complaining about defeated candidate Mirhossein Mousavi's activities after the disputed June 12 election. The student branch of the pro-government Basij militia, which helped police suppress street protests after the vote, has also urged the attorney-general to take Mousavi to court. The authorities have blamed Mousavi, a former...
  • Iran election: Mir-Hossein Mousavi tells supporters to keep protesting

    07/02/2009 9:23:30 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies · 310+ views
    The Daily Telegraph Co. UK ^ | Published: 12:15PM BST 30 Jun 2009 | Damien McElroy, Foreign Affairs Correspondent
    Mir-Hossein Mousavi, the leading challenger to Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has issued a fresh call to his supporters to maintain peaceful protests after the government confirmed the result of the disputed election.