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  • Iran is now a 'nuclear state' says Ahmadinejad as thousands take to the streets

    02/11/2010 5:34:56 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 122 replies · 4,582+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | Feb. 11, 2010
    Violence feared as security forces threaten to crush protests Internet connections attacked in Tehran as regime tries to foil opposition Iran is now a 'nuclear state', President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced this morning. He spoke as tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Tehran to mark the 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution. There are fears of violence as opposition and pro-government supporters are expected to meet at rallies in a show of popular strength unmatched since the revolution itself. Today Ahmadinejad told scores of cheering Iranians that the Islamic Republic is capable of producing weapons-grade uranium. Iranian...
  • Tehran is about to blow! Where's Obama?

    01/10/2010 4:36:02 AM PST · by Scanian · 24 replies · 1,595+ views
    NY Post ^ | January 10, 2010 | Michael Goodwin
    I try not to overdose on the fear factor, but the shocking intelligence failure in the Christmas airline plot isn't the only national security night mare facing America. While we were all absorbed with the underwear bomber, the Iranian nuke mess took another big turn for the worse. President Obama's end-of-the-year deadline for the mad mullahs to make a deal on uranium enrichment came and went, but not without incident. There were three, none good. Most troubling, the White House proved it still doesn't have a Plan B, even though its unBush diplomacy has proven to be a total dud....
  • Ex-spy chief says Iran government about to collapse

    01/04/2010 10:30:25 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 11 replies · 1,095+ views ^ | Jan. 3, 2010
    A former high-ranking intelligence official in Iran has called for his country to form better relations with the United States and Israel and says the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is on the verge of collapse. In an exclusive interview with the Bangkok Post Sunday, Mohammad Reza Madhi, a former officer in Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards' intelligence service, described Mr Ahmadinejad as ''crazy'' and unfit to lead his country. ''He has already destroyed international relationships with many countries and made them enemies of Iran,'' said Mr Madhi, who was forced to flee Iran in 2008 after being jailed for 73...
  • 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...
  • AP Interview: Shah's son wants UN probe in Iran

    01/01/2010 5:53:41 AM PST · by nuconvert · 25 replies · 860+ views
    PARIS – The son of the deposed shah of Iran urged nations worldwide on Thursday to withdraw their ambassadors from Tehran to protest a relentless government crackdown on opposition demonstrators that resulted in at least eight deaths this week alone.
  • Iranian official: Arrest anti-government demonstrators

    12/28/2009 4:56:15 AM PST · by DGHoodini · 6 replies · 279+ views
    CNN ^ | 12/28/09 | No attribution given
    Tehran, Iran (CNN) -- An Iranian national security official has called for demonstrators to be arrested following deadly weekend anti-government protests in Tehran. Soon afterward, an opposition Web site reported a wave of arrests. "The undignified and disruptive behavior of the rioters is no longer tolerable for our people, since they have brought undignified behaviors to new heights by offending sanctities and values held dear in Islam and Iran," Naghavi Hosseini, a member of the Parliamentary National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, told state-run IRNA. "The Nation's Judiciary must swiftly arrest the rioters who committed those crimes." An opposition Web...
  • 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...
  • Iranian Protesters Are Dying For Freedom – Where Is Barack Obama?

    12/27/2009 9:13:05 PM PST · by Steelfish · 19 replies · 746+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | December 27th 2009
    Iranian Protesters Are Dying For Freedom – Where Is Barack Obama? By Nile Gardiner December 27th, 2009 I wrote back in June about the shameful silence of the Obama administration during the mass street protests that greeted Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s fraudulent re-election victory as President of Iran. As White House spokesman Robert Gibbs ludicrously put it, the administration was “impressed by the vigorous debate and enthusiasm this election generated.” Or in Vice President Joe Biden’s words on NBC’s Meet the Press, describing Ahmadinejad’s victory – “we’re going to withhold comment… I mean we’re just waiting to see.” Embarrassingly for Washington, even...
  • Amazing Video Shows Iranian Protesters Storming Gallows where Prisoners were Being Hanged - Video

    12/27/2009 10:07:01 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 47 replies · 1,750+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 27, 2009 | Brian
    Here is truly amazing (and graphic) video of a crowd in Sirjan, Iran storming police to prevent the public execution of two people. The video shows the crowd storming the gallows and cutting down the bodies of two men in the process of being hanged. It shows the protesters being shot at by Iranian forces as they tried to get away with the men. The condition of the men cut down from the gallows is not clear. Reports indicate several protesters were killed in the shooting. Gateway Pundit has much more on the dramatic incident. . . .
  • Today Iran "Obama, Obama you are either with the Iranian government or with us"

    11/05/2009 3:35:24 PM PST · by freedom44 · 25 replies · 1,610+ views
    Iran: Green Movement ^ | 11/4/09 | Iran: Green Movement
    Keeping you updated. As mass pro-Democracy protests swept Iran today the protesters chanted "Obama, Obama you are either with the Iranian government or with us". Videos here
  • Khamenei And The Student

    10/31/2009 8:13:58 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 9 replies · 854+ views
    SperoNews ^ | October 30, 2009
    Several Iranian websites, including the official site of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, have published details of an unusual encounter between Khamenei and a student who publicly criticized the Iranian establishment. The encounter took place in an October 28 meeting between Khamenei and students in Tehran, during which the supreme leader said that questioning the disputed June 12 vote was the "biggest crime." According to the reports, a student from Sharif University, named by some websites as Mahmud Vahidnia, criticized the Iranian leader, state broadcast media, the postelection crackdown, and the closure of the reformist press -- for a...
  • Iranian-Americans rally in Dallas, Texas in support of Democracy Movement in Iran

    09/10/2009 7:49:21 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 5 replies · 343+ views
    Iran: Green Movement ^ | 9/10/09 | Iran: Green Movement
    Video of Iranian-Americans Rally in Dallas, Texas in support of pro-Democracy movement in Iran. Chants are "down with Khamenei" "don't be afraid we are all together". Video here: Here
  • Embassy official ‘confesses’ UK role in [Iran] riots

    08/08/2009 5:42:40 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies · 433+ views
    The Times ^ | 8/9/2009 | Jon Swain
    BRITAIN’S fraught relations with Iran suffered a further setback yesterday when a local member of its embassy staff on trial in Tehran “confessed” to espionage. He said Britain had provided financial assistance to Iran’s reformists to undermine the hardline clerical regime during June’s disputed presidential elections. Hossein Rassam, a political analyst with the embassy, said a budget of £300,000 had been allocated by the embassy to establish contacts with political groups, individuals and activists. He said he had personally made contact before the election with the campaign headquarters of Mir Hossein Mousavi, the pro-reform candidate who claims he was robbed...
  • Iran: On the street they chanted, ‘Death to the dictator’

    08/06/2009 12:10:36 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies · 385+ views
    The Times ^ | 8/6/2009
    An eyewitness account of the scenes outside the Iranian parliament as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was inaugurated The scene around the parliament resembled a war zone, not the seat of the people’s deputies. Thousands of anti-riot police, Basij — the “dogs of Khamenei” — had filled the entire area. A picture taken from the window of a car shows Iranian riot police breaking up demonstrators in Tehran Several times groups of about a hundred people broke through the lines and chanted slogans in Baharestan Square — “Death to the dictator” and “Coup d’état Government — resign! Resign!” Within minutes the security forces...
  • Iranian soldier 'killed in custody'

    08/01/2009 10:05:46 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies · 830+ views
    THE JERUSALEM POST ^ | Aug 2, 2009 3:27 | SABINA AMIDI
    A young Iranian soldier, arrested late last week for allegedly stealing weapons for opposition groups, was killed in custody and his body returned to his family on Saturday, sources in Teheran said. The sources said the bodies of several dissidents, arrested in the course of anti-regime protests in Iran in recent weeks and evidently killed in detention, had also been returned to their families in the past few days. Several of the bodies bore signs of beatings, the sources said.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • Iran police tear gas protesters

    07/09/2009 9:31:31 AM PDT · by don-o · 14 replies · 1,650+ views
    BBC ^ | July 9, 2009
    Iranian police have fired tear gas at hundreds of demonstrators who defied government warnings that any fresh attempt at protests would be "smashed". The marchers were heading towards Tehran University to commemorate the 10th anniversary of student unrest. All gatherings have been banned in a crackdown on mass protests that erupted after the disputed election of 12 June. The BBC's Jon Leyne says the opposition is trying to put momentum back into the campaign against the vote result. Website campaign Our correspondent says there were also a number of smaller demonstrations in other Iranian cities.

    07/01/2009 10:30:11 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 25 replies · 1,255+ views
    AGI News ^ | Wednesday, July 01, 2009 | Aggiungi ai preferiti
    (AGI) - Jerusalem, 1 July - Six persons who had demonstrated against the regime of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have reportedly been hanged in Iran, reported the Jerusalem Post, based on a telephone call with a source in Tehran. The hanging would have taken place in Mashhad. The news hasn't been confirmed, but the same source quote a sermon delivered by ayatollah Hadi Gafouri in which he urges protesters to be careful because they are risking their lives.
  • 6 Mousavi Supporters Reportedly Hanged

    07/01/2009 2:09:10 AM PDT · by edpc · 63 replies · 4,945+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1 July 2009 | Sabina Amidi
    As the Iranian authorities warned the opposition on Tuesday that they would tolerate no further protests over the disputed June 12 presidential elections, a report emerged of the hangings of six supporters of defeated candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi. Speaking after Iran's top legislative body upheld the election victory of incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, sources in Iran told this reporter in a telephone interview that the hangings took place in the holy city of Mashhad on Monday. There was no independent confirmation of the report.
  • Iran's Faux Revolution

    06/29/2009 3:18:44 PM PDT · by kellynla · 13 replies · 595+ views ^ | 06/29/2009 | Robert Maginnis
    Iran’s post presidential election protests are not evidence of a brewing revolution; rather they unmask a power struggle among the ayatollahs. The fracturing of the leadership has resulted in clear winners and losers internally and externally. Iranian authorities declared Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the incumbent, the winner in the June 12th election with 63 percent of the votes. But Ahmadinejad’s opposition alleged election fraud which triggered sweeping protests followed by a bare knuckled government response and a tepid investigation. Last week, Iranian authorities imposed order to “secure the rule of law” according to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The ayatollah unleashed the...
  • Iranian students arrested at various universities (at least those publicly posted)

    06/29/2009 2:11:31 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 722+ views
    The list below are the names of the students within the respective universities who were taken into custody and posted: University of Tehran - Ahmad Ahmadian, Eskandari, Amin Afzali, Vahid Anari, Mohamad Belourdi, Hossien Hamedi, Mohsen Habibi Mazaheri, Navid Haghdaadi, Mohamad Reza Hakami, Kazem Rahimi, Morteza Rezakhaani, Meissam Zeraai, Amin Sami'i, Bahram Shabani, Alireza Sheikhi, Ebrahim Azizi, Siavash Fiaz, Seyed Hossein Mirzadeh, Hossein Nobakht, Javad Yazdanfar, Habib khadangi, Sohrab Ahdian Reza Arkavazi, Karim Emami, Mohamad Hossein Emami, Elaheh Imanian, Roohollah bagheri, Farhad Binazadeh, Iman Pourtahmasseb, Ezat Tarbati, Simeh Tohidlou, Yasser Jaffari, Milad Chegini, Mohamad Reza Had abadi, Seyed Javad Hosseini,...
  • 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!!!!
  • Why Iran's Changed Forever

    06/29/2009 10:18:22 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 1 replies · 485+ views
    cbs ^ | June 24, 2009 | Reuel Marc Gerecht
    Why Iran's Changed Forever Reuel Marc Gerecht: Whatever Happens In Tehran, There's No Going Back To Khomeini's Islamic Republic. Who's Who Iran's Election: Key Players A look at the most important figures in Iran's contested presidential election. Stories Candidate Withdraws Iran Fraud Complaint Intensified Crackdown Mutes Iran Protests (Weekly Standard) Reuel Marc Gerecht, a Weekly Standard contributing editor, is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The modern Middle East has had numerous "game-changing" moments, when history turned. Napoleon Bonaparte's invasion of Egypt in 1798, Muhammad Ali's conquest of the Nile Valley in 1805, and the...
  • Hundreds missing in Iran

    06/28/2009 10:42:11 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 3 replies · 329+ views
    AFP via The Australian ^ | June 29, 2009
    MORE than 2000 people are still in detention and hundreds more are missing in Iran since a government crackdown on protests over a disputed presidential election, the FIDH human rights group says. "According to the latest information we have, more than 2000 people have been arrested and are currently in detention,'' Karim Lahidji, vice president of the Paris-based International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), said. "Hundreds of people are missing, according to independent information that has came to us from Tehran since yesterday,'' he said at a protest meeting in Paris held to denounce the crackdown in Iran. Lahidji, who...
  • Iran Protest Tribute (Michael Jackson)‘They don't really care about us’(Video)

    06/27/2009 2:58:54 PM PDT · by STE=Q · 14 replies · 1,461+ views
    You Tube ^ | June, 2009
    VIDEO: Iran Protest Tribute (Michael Jackson)"They don't really care about us"
  • Her Name Was Neda: A Generational Chance for Freedom

    06/24/2009 12:11:07 AM PDT · by Westlander · 7 replies · 482+ views ^ | 6-23-2009 | Representative Thaddeus G. McCotter
    Her name was Neda. In Farsi, it means “the voice.” True to her name, she loved music; sought freedom; and she’s dead – shot down in the streets by the Iranian regime’s state sanctioned murderers.
  • Reports: Iranian Soccer Stars Forced to 'Retire' Over Wristband Protest

    06/23/2009 6:29:10 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 6 replies · 681+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 6/23/2009 | Staff
    Iranian authorities have told four players on the nation's soccer team to turn in their cleats after they wore green wristbands in a show of solidarity with the country's opposition leader, the Guardian reported, citing opposition newspapers in Iran. The players — including team captain Mehdi Mahdavikia and soccer star Ali Karimi — wore the wristbands in a June 17 match against South Korea in Seoul. Opposition newspapers reported that they were forced into retirement, along with Hosein Ka'abi, 24 and Vahid Hashemian, 32.
  • Iran authorities acknowledge voting irregularities: Special courts set up to try protesters

    06/22/2009 6:08:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 579+ views
    New York Newsday / The Los Angeles Times ^ | June 23, 2009 | Ramin Mostaghim and Borzou Daragahi
    Government authorities stepped up their crackdown on protesters Monday, as officials for the first time acknowledged evidence of voting irregularities in this month's presidential election, the issue that has sparked the largest street demonstrations since the Islamic Republic was established three decades ago. An initial probe into the June 12 presidential election has shown that the number of ballots cast exceeded the number of registered voters in 50 locales, a discrepancy affecting 3 million votes or more, according to the spokesman for the Guardian Council, a body of jurists and clerics in charge of safeguarding the country's constitution The council...
  • Merkel to the Mullahs: We Side with the Protesters

    06/22/2009 4:33:51 PM PDT · by pissant · 52 replies · 1,586+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 6/22/09 | Staff
    German chancellor Angela Merkel has urged the ruling regime in Tehran to allow a full recount of the disputed presidential elections of June 12. “Germany sides with those Iranians who want to exercise their right to freedom of expression and assembly”, Merkel declared on Sunday; making it one of the strongest messages sent by any Western leader to Iran so far. Chancellor Merkel also called on Tehran to allow peaceful demonstrations, to refrain from using force against protestors, and to release imprisoned opposition figures. “Human and civil rights have to be fully respected,” she stated. Merkel further demanded that restrictions...
  • The World Cannot Avoid Neda's Eyes

    06/22/2009 2:19:48 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 37 replies · 1,871+ views
    Her dark eyes are haunting. They reveal the intimate agony of a brutal death, but Neda Soltan died publicly -- for the world to see. I am deeply stirred by the screenshot from a YouTube video showing Neda's eyes as she lay dying Saturday on a Tehran street. A highly connected world allows us to experience things as they happen and that, believe it or not, makes us accountable for those events. They are no longer foreign news items posted on a ticker that does not force us to engage. What is happening in Iran binds us as humans. What...
  • IRAN: In a rock fight, 10,000 protestors win.

    06/21/2009 12:57:50 PM PDT · by Jeff Head · 126 replies · 3,765+ views
    Tehran News BBC ^ | June 21, 2009 | Jeff Head
    Riot Police attempt to hold the line and then start falling back. Riot Police retreat as protestors advance, and then the Polic break and run as protestors chase Please watch the video showing this. In a rock fight 10,000 protestors win "There is only one force of history that can break the reign of hatred and resentment, and expose the pretensions of tyrants, and reward the hopes of the decent and tolerant, and that is the force of human freedom. "All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: The United States will not ignore your oppression, or excuse...
  • Iran’s cities now awash with “terrorists” [Ahmadinejad taking a page from Janet Napolitano]

    06/21/2009 12:51:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 953+ views
    The Coming Anarchy ^ | June 21, 2009 | Munro Ferguson
    Some quick updates on the goings on in Iran: As the title of this post infers, the Iranian government is now referring to those protesting as “terrorists” and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in reaction to comments made by both US and UK leadership, has insisted the two countries stop meddling in his affairs: "Definitely by hasty remarks you will not be placed in the circle of friendship with the Iranian nation. Therefore I advise you to correct your interfering stances." The popular uprising now has a new face (and martyr) and her name is Neda. Yesterday a graphic video depicting a young...
  • Amazing Video: Iranian Protesters Put Police on the Run!

    06/21/2009 11:44:27 AM PDT · by magellan · 44 replies · 2,200+ views
    BBC ^ | 21 June 2009
  • Neda: An Unintended Symbol (Presstitutes compare Iran 2009 to Kent State 1970)

    06/21/2009 11:54:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies · 2,945+ views
    CBS News ^ | June 21, 2009 | Daniel Farber
    On May 4, 1970 members of the Ohio National Guard killed four students and wounded nine others at Kent State University. Some of the students were protesting the expansion of the Vietnam War into Cambodia. Others in the line of fire were just seeing what was going on, or walking to their classes. Iconic photos of the event appearing in newspapers and television galvanized the nation and inflamed the anti-war movement in the U.S. Millions of students protested and nearly 1,000 colleges and universities were shut down after the Kent State shooting. Yesterday, a young woman who was part of...
  • They Killed Neda but Not Her Voice

    06/21/2009 8:46:25 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 340 replies · 8,843+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 06/21/2009 | Michelle Malkin
    Her name was Neda, which means “voice” in Farsi. According to numerous online accounts picked up by media outlets worldwide, she was shot in the streets by Iranian state police while protesting today. This is what repression looks (warning: graphic):
  • Media watchdog: 23 reporters arrested in Iran

    06/21/2009 9:02:04 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 489+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/21/09 | Angela Charlton - ap
    PARIS – Iranian authorities have arrested 23 journalists and bloggers since post-election protests began a week ago, according to a media watchdog that says reporters are a "priority target" for Iran's leadership. Among those arrested was the head of the Association of Iranian Journalists, Reporters Without Borders said Sunday. ... The group released a list of 23 Iranian journalists, editors and bloggers arrested since June 14, and says it has lost contact with several others believed detained or in hiding. ..
  • Basij Militia Allegedly Use Axes, Daggers to Attack Iranian Protesters

    06/20/2009 9:58:23 PM PDT · by GVnana · 38 replies · 1,293+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 6/19/2009
    CAIRO — They're the most feared men on the streets of Iran. The pro-government Basij militia has held back its full fury during this week's street demonstrations. But witnesses say the force has unleashed its violence in shadowy nighttime raids, attacking suspected opposition sympathizers with axes, daggers, sticks and other crude weapons. At least once, the militiamen opened fire on a crowd of strone-throwing protesters. State media said seven were killed. If supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei authorizes a crackdown on protesters calling for a new presidential election, as he warned on Friday, the Basij will almost certainly be out...
  • Defiant Tehran protesters battle police

    06/20/2009 7:39:20 PM PDT · by NoPrisoners · 14 replies · 1,100+ views
    AP via TBO ^ | Jun 20, 9:12 PM EDT | By ALI AKBAR DAREINI and BRIAN MURPHY
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Thousands of protesters defied Iran's highest authority Saturday and marched on waiting security forces that fought back with baton charges, tear gas and water cannons as the crisis over disputed elections lurched into volatile new ground. In a separate incident, a state-run television channel reported that a suicide bombing at the shrine of the Islamic Revolution leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini killed at least two people and wounded eight. The report could be not independently evaluated due to government restrictions on journalists. If proven true, the reports could enrage conservatives and bring strains among backers of opposition...
  • Poem for Iran: ‘Tomorrow is Saturday. Tomorrow is a day of destiny.’

    06/20/2009 6:22:40 PM PDT · by Bratch · 11 replies · 820+ views
    Big Hollywood ^ | June 20, 2008 | John Nolte
    Tomorrow is Saturday. Tomorrow is a day of destiny. Tonight, the cries of Allah-o Akbar are heard louder and louder than the nights before. Where is this place? Where is this place where every door is closed? Where is this place where people are simply calling God? Where is this place where the sound of Allah-o Akbar gets louder and louder? I wait every night to see if the sounds will get louder and whether the number increases. It shakes me. I wonder if God is shaken. Where is this place that where so many innocent people are entrapped? Where...
  • 'At least 19 killed by gov't forces in Iran clashes Saturday'

    06/20/2009 6:21:58 PM PDT · by mojito · 49 replies · 1,949+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6/20/2009 | Sabina Amidi
    CNN on Saturday night reported that at least 19 people had died as a result of gunfire from government forces during the demonstrations in Teheran, Shiraz and Isfehan. The news network based the report on eyewitness accounts of medical officials in Teheran's hospitals. CNN also quoted unconfirmed reports that put the actual death toll at 150. A week of massive street protests over the results of Iran's presidential elections escalated into open defiance of the entire regime on Saturday, when thousands took to the streets of Teheran chanting "Death to the Dictatorship." Ignoring the Friday warning by Iran's Supreme Leader...
  • A Different Iranian Revolution

    06/20/2009 4:27:40 PM PDT · by STE=Q · 14 replies · 902+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 18, 2009 | SHANE M.
    WE look over this wall of marching people to see what our friends in the United States are saying about us. We cannot help it — 30 years of struggle against the Enemy has had the curious effect of making us intrigued. To our great dismay, what we find is that in important sectors of the American press a disturbing counter narrative is emerging: That perhaps this election wasn’t a fraud after all. That the United States shouldn’t rush in with complaints of democracy denied, and that perhaps Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is the president the Iranian people truly want (and, by...
  • Protests aren't enough to topple the Islamic Republic

    06/20/2009 2:49:35 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 18 replies · 635+ views ^ | June 19, 2009 | Michael Rubin
    by Michael Rubin Street protests in Iran are important but are themselves not enough to force change. The supreme leader will not be swayed because he considers himself accountable to God, not to the people. Indeed, even the Islamic Republic's clerical establishment is irrelevant in this calculus. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's invocation of folk religion -- his appeals to the messianic Hidden Imam, for example -- is a way to bypass senior religious figures who, according to Shiite theology, will be among the greatest obstacles to the Hidden Imam's return. Nor does the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, pay too much...
  • Twitter opens eyes to Iran's unrest Social network earns new respect

    06/20/2009 11:15:58 AM PDT · by frithguild · 14 replies · 816+ views
    Edmonton Journal ^ | June 20, 2009 | Paula Simons
    Thirty years ago, the Ayatollah Khomeini used audio cassettes and videotapes to spread his message of dissent and Islamic revolution across Iran. The old theocrat and his followers knew how to exploit the audio-visual media available to them to stoke rebellion. A generation later, young Iranians have again taken to the streets, this time to protest the "landslide" re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a vote that his reformist opponent, Mir Hossein Mousavi, insists was rigged. But this is a very different media environment. The Iranian government can ban and restrict the professional journalists who are trying to cover the demonstrations....
  • 'Fire' At HQ Of Iran President's Supporters

    06/20/2009 8:17:09 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 10 replies · 1,338+ views
    'Fire' At HQ Of Iran President's Supporters Breaking News 4:01pm UK, Saturday June 20, 2009 Supporters of defeated election candidate Mirhossein Mousavi have reportedly lit a fire at the headquarters of the Iranian president's backers in Tehran. Police have fired shots in the air to prevent clashes between those who favour pro-reformer Mr Mousavi and those who support hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, witnesses say. Mr Ahmadinejad was the named the winner in the June 12 vote, but opposition candidates claimed there had been vote rigging and this led to major protests. In the latest rally, officers have apparently been using...
  • Letter written by an Iranian woman who is going to attend the anti-regime rally Sat.:

    06/19/2009 8:12:53 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 39 replies · 1,567+ views
    balatarin ^ | 6-19-09
    I may die... I'll participate in the rally tomorrow in Tehran. It might be violent. I may be one of those who will die tomorrow. I want to listen to all beautiful tunes that I have heard in my life, again. I want to listen to some cheap Los Angeles music. I always wanted to have much narrower eyebrows too. Yeah, I'll check in with my hair-dresser tomorrow before I go to the rally. Oh, there are some excellent scenes in the famous Iranian movie Hamoon I want to see before I leave. And I gotta re-visit my own bookshelf....
  • “Tomorrow is a big day, maybe I’ll get killed tomorrow!” [Iran]

    06/19/2009 4:00:24 PM PDT · by PapaBear3625 · 59 replies · 1,962+ views
    “I will participate in the demonstrations tomorrow. Maybe they will turn violent. Maybe I will be one of the people who is going to get killed. I’m listening to all my favorite music. I even want to dance to a few songs. I always wanted to have very narrow eyebrows. Yes, maybe I will go to the salon before I go tomorrow! There are a few great movie scenes that I also have to see. I should drop by the library, too. It’s worth to read the poems of Forough and Shamloo again. All family pictures have to be reviewed,...
  • Before the Battle (Iranian Citizens Preparing to March to Their Deaths Tomorrow)

    06/19/2009 2:01:27 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 86 replies · 3,350+ views
    Atlantic Magazine ^ | 19 Jun 2009 04:34 pm | Andrew Sullivan & unnamed Iranian blogger
    I will participate in the demonstrations tomorrow. Maybe they will turn violent. Maybe I will be one of the people who is going to get killed. I’m listening to all my favorite music. I even want to dance to a few songs. I always wanted to have very narrow eyebrows. Yes, maybe I will go to the salon before I go tomorrow! There are a few great movie scenes that I also have to see. I should drop by the library, too. It’s worth to read poems again. All family pictures have to be reviewed, too. I have to call...
  • Iran's leader: End protests or risk 'bloodshed'

    06/19/2009 2:23:14 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 27 replies · 907+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 19, 2009 | ALI AKBAR DAREINI and BRIAN MURPHY
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's supreme leader sought Friday to end the deepening crisis over disputed elections with one decisive speech—declaring the vote will almost certainly stand and sternly warning opposition leaders to end street protests or be held responsible for any "bloodshed and chaos" to come. But a first sign of possible resistance came shortly after nightfall in Tehran. Cries of "Death to the dictator!" and "Allahu akbar"—"God is great"—rang from rooftops in what's become a nightly ritual of opposition unity. The sharp line drawn by Iran's most powerful figure, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is a gambit that pushes Iran's...