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  • 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...
  • In Iran Protest, Online World is Watching & Acting

    06/19/2009 11:06:28 AM PDT · by lewisglad · 5 replies · 398+ views
    CNN ^ | updated 1:08 EDT, Fri June 19, 2009
    In Chicago in 1968, anti-war protesters chanted "The Whole World Is Watching." They were talking about television cameras that showed police beatings on the evening news. More than 40 years later, with a massive movement aimed at reversing election results and possibly even toppling a regime in Iran, online networking is instantly sharing protesters' actions. And the whole world is watching. "That wasn't true in Chicago," Clay Shirky, a consultant and New York University instructor who focuses on the social impact of the Internet, said of the slogan. "Now, it's true." From the moment Iranians took to the streets of...
  • Ayatollah: 'UK Is Our Most Treacherous Enemy'

    06/19/2009 6:25:05 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies · 735+ views
    Anger after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-elected led to the biggest street demonstrations in the Islamic Republic's history. "Today the Iranian nation needs calm," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in his first address to the nation since the upheaval began. But the Ayatollah offered no concession to opposition supporters who are demanding the elections be cancelled and held again, sternly warning against further protests. He blamed Great Britain and Iran's external enemies for the unrest, vigorously defending the ruling system. "The enemies (of Iran) are targeting the Islamic establishment's legitimacy by questioning the election and its authenticity before and after (the...
  • Iran's Khamenei Demands Halt To Election Protests

    06/19/2009 5:44:30 AM PDT · by Fennie · 92 replies · 4,764+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 19, 2009 | By Fredrik Dahl and Parisa Hafezi
    TEHRAN - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday demanded an end to street protests that have shaken the country since a disputed presidential election a week ago and said any bloodshed would be their leaders fault. He defended Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the rightful winner of the presidential vote and denied any possibility that it had been rigged, as Ahmadinejad's opponents have asserted. "If there is any bloodshed, leaders of the protests will be held directly responsible," Khamenei declared in his first address to the nation since the upheaval began. "The result of the election comes from the ballot...
  • Iran elections: Khamenei warns protesters to stay off streets

    06/19/2009 3:52:51 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 56 replies · 1,095+ views
    guardian.co.uk, ^ | Friday 19 June 2009 11.15 BST | Haroon Siddique
    Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, giving his Friday prayer sermon at Tehran University. Photograph: Reuters TV/ReutersIran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, remained defiant today in the face of vote-rigging allegations as he condemned the protests that have rocked the country since last week's disputed elections.Speaking at Friday prayers, Khamenei claimed that the high turnout at the elections showed how much the Iranian people supported the regime, and warned protesters to keep off the streets.The reformist presidential challenger, Mir Hossein Mousavi, was conspicuous by his absence from Friday prayers at Tehran University, where Khamenei was making his first public appearance...
  • MOUSAVI APPEALS TO THE WORLD TO PARTICIPATE IN 'SEA OF GREEN' IN IN ALL CAPITAL CITIES THIS SUNDAY

    06/18/2009 2:29:58 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 63 replies · 2,012+ views
    Live Tweeting the Revolution-Atlantic Magazine ^ | 18 Jun 2009 04:17 pm | Andrew Sullivan
    MOUSAVI APPEALS TO THE WORLD TO PARTICIPATE IN SEA OF GREEN IN IN ALL CAPITAL CITIES THIS SUNDAY Tehran is alive with the sound of people on their balcony shouting Hearing MUCH much stronger than any other day... Waiting for tomorrow! Strange.. this night the power of Down With Dictator and Mousavi is at least tripled! It is Down with Dictator time. U dont need a clock to tell it,a window to a street and an ear will do. confirmed: Mousavi asked his supporters don't go to Friday prayer, next scheduling is Saturday in Enqlab sq @ 4 pm BBC...
  • Iran's day of destiny

    06/18/2009 3:35:21 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies · 409+ views
    source material cannot be posted | 16 June 2009 | Robert Fisk
    Fisk witnesses the courage of one million protesters who ignored threats, guns and bloodshed to demand freedom in Iran see link below
  • Khamenei tells Mousavi to toe the line over election or be cast out

    06/18/2009 3:54:45 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 45 replies · 1,035+ views
    Times UK ^ | June 19, 2009 | Ella Flaye in Tehran, Catherine Philp and Martin Fletcher
    The moderate Iranian leader who says that he was robbed of victory in last week’s presidential election faces a fateful choice today: support the regime or be cast out. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader, has told Mir Hossein Mousavi to stand beside him as he uses Friday prayers at Tehran University to call for national unity. An army of Basiji — Islamic volunteer militiamen — is also expected to be bussed in to support the Supreme Leader. The demand was made at a meeting this week with representatives of all three candidates who claim that the poll was rigged,...
  • David Ignatius: This Is for Real

    06/18/2009 3:47:44 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 33 replies · 1,057+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Friday, June 19, 2009
    What's happening on the streets of Tehran is a lesson in what makes history: It isn't guns or secret police, in the end, but the willingness of hundreds of thousands of people to risk their lives to protest injustice. That is what overthrew the shah of Iran in 1979, and it is now shaking the mullahs. This is politics in the raw -- unarmed people defying soldiers with guns -- and it is the stuff of which revolutions are made. Whether it will succeed in Iran is impossible to predict, but already this movement has put an overconfident regime on...
  • Ayatollahs are Running Scared. 500,000 Defy Threats with Rally. Iran's Top Mullah to Beg for Calm

    06/18/2009 4:57:39 AM PDT · by Scanian · 96 replies · 3,480+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 18, 2009 | PARISA HAFEZI and HASHEM KALANTARI, and ANDY SOLTIS
    TEHRAN, Iran -- Hundreds of thousands of Iranians marched in quiet defiance on the fifth day of post-election chaos yesterday, setting the stage for a showdown today with the increasingly worried hard-liners. Trying to stem the uprising, Iran's "supreme leader," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called in representatives of all four candidates in the dubious election, in an effort to quell the angry protests that threaten the 30-year-old Islamic regime. Khamenei, who backed extremist President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election, has not been seen in a week but is expected to plead for calm tomorrow. Officials said he will make a rare appearance leading...
  • MOUSAVI asks GOOGLE to change logo to GREEN :To give hope to all Iran (1 Million at Mourning Rally!)

    06/18/2009 9:22:05 AM PDT · by lewisglad · 40 replies · 1,998+ views
    Mousavi says: #Iranelection - I have come due to concerns of current political and social conditions - to defend the rights of the nation MOUSAVI launches direct attack on ANejad for insulting his wife Mousavi is in midst of 1000s of people in Imam Khomeini Sq and is wearing black like his supporters,stood on car and spoke MOUSAVI asks GOOGLE to change logo to GREEN for 1 day - #Iranelection - to give hope to all Iran Everybody is peaceful and quiet - everybody is wearing black - the number of people is unbelievable Today's rally better be bigger than...
  • Attempted Iran media clampdown meets Internet age

    06/17/2009 7:52:31 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 89 replies · 1,533+ views
    Yahoo via AP ^ | June 17, 2009 43 mins ago | REBECCA SANTANA and BARBARA ORTUTAY, Associated Press Writers Rebecca Santana And Barbara Ortutay,
    CAIRO – Iran clamped down Tuesday on independent media in an attempt to control images of election protests, but pictures and videos leaked out anyway — showing how difficult it is to shut off the flow of information in the Internet age. The restrictions imposed by the government made such social-networking sites as Twitter and Flickr more prominent — with even the U.S. State Department calling on Twitter to put off a scheduled shutdown for maintenance. Iranians were posting items online, but it wasn't known how much of that information was being seen by others inside the country. And although...
  • More Bloodshed To Come In Iran

    06/17/2009 4:35:42 PM PDT · by mojito · 20 replies · 888+ views
    Forbes ^ | 6/17/2009 | Ramin Ahmadi
    ....The expulsion of foreign journalists is another ominous sign indicating that more bloodshed is planned. The government has made a calculated decision to confront demonstrations with pure force. It believes that the excitement of the people over the election results will be short lived. That the movement can be contained and the majority's will can be subdued using massive force and unimaginable brutality. In preparation for that scenario, it plans to isolate the country from the rest of the world as much as possible. The government has other urgent reasons to crush the opposition swiftly. Two grand ayatollahs, Montazeri and...
  • Live-Tweeting The Revolution: Day 5 (sit in inside Terhan U--chants of 'Death to dictator')

    06/17/2009 3:07:36 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 3 replies · 439+ views
    Atlantic Magazine ^ | 17 Jun 2009 05:06 pm | Andrew Sullivan
    17 Jun 2009 05:06 pm Live-Tweeting The Revolution: Day 5 [The following is from a single twitterer in Tehran, starting around 10.30 pm local time.] Student activists told me they know that two students also were killed in Isfahan Sanaati [technical] university.12 minutes ago from web Also Art University and Allameh dorms were attacked.13 minutes ago from web Some died as they were being beaten.14 minutes ago from web I talked to 2 students who were present during the attack [on the university dormitory], it was heart breaking.14 minutes ago from web Also all press permits have been canceled; there...
  • Iranians Continue to Tweet Amid Internet Clampdown

    06/17/2009 12:28:15 PM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 4 replies · 425+ views
    Wall St Journal ^ | 6/17/2009 | Andrew LaVallee
    The Iranian government has made it increasingly difficult for citizens to use the Internet, but tweets — and constant “retweets” — about violence and protests can still be found. The most closely watched Iranian accounts include persiankiwi, who is posting updates about the “Sea of Green” protest march (green is the color used by presidential candidate Mir Hossein Moussavi), and Change_for_Iran, who has tweeted information on the uprising among students. Others, such as Raymond Jahan, who tweets under StopAhmadi, are posting photos of protests in Tehran. Another user, IranRiggedElect, posted links to an image of a resistance flyer and a...
  • Thousands of Iranian Revolutionary Guardsmen Deployed for Crackdown On Opposition

    06/17/2009 2:06:14 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 33 replies · 1,267+ views
    Debkafiles ^ | June 17, 2009, 9:17 PM (GMT+02:00)
    Thousands of Iranian Revolutionary Guardsmen deployed for crackdown on opposition DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 17, 2009, 9:17 PM (GMT+02:00) Iran's Special Police Forces on the ready Wednesday afternoon, June 17, armored convoys of Revolutionary Guard forces began rolling into Tehran from three directions to prevent supporters of the opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi assembling on the fifth day after the disputed presidential election, DEBKAfile's Iranian sources report. Special IRGC forces and police units are being flown in. Hundreds of opposition activities have been arrested, including some economic experts who criticized president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's policies in recent months, after three reformist...
  • Iran protests: Fifth day of unrest as regime cracks down on critics

    06/17/2009 11:03:15 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies · 662+ views
    guardian.co.uk, ^ | Wednesday 17 June 2009 17.36 BST | Robert Tait, Ian Black and Mark Tran
    • Estimated 500,000 in Tir square and surrounding streets • Mousavi calls on supporters to mourn 'martyred' protestersSupporters of Mir Hossein Mousavi protest in the streets of Tehran. Somayeh Soheily/The Guardian Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Tehran in a fifth day of protests as the government intensified its crackdown on opposition figures with the arrest of hundreds of leading critics.Mainly dressed in black and wearing green wristbands and headbands to show their support for the defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, crowds gathered in Tir square and streets around it. Most of the protesters were...
  • Dear Iranians: Don't Count on America (or Any Country Led by Left)

    06/16/2009 6:01:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies · 486+ views
    Townhall ^ | 6/16/2009 | Dennis Prager
    "The administration has remained as quiet as possible during the Iranian election season and in the days of street protests since Friday's vote." -- Washington Post , Monday June 15, 2009 "We're going to withhold comment. … I mean we're just waiting to see." -- Vice-President Joe Biden "We are monitoring the situation as it unfolds in Iran but we, like the rest of the world, are waiting and watching to see what the Iranian people decide." -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "Most countries appeared to be taking a wait-and-see approach, including the European Union and China, Germany, Italy...
  • Thousands Return To Streets Of Iran's Capital

    06/16/2009 8:05:14 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 9 replies · 520+ views
    AP Report ^ | June 16, 2009
    Thousands return to streets of Iran's capital By ALI AKBAR DAREINI and JASON KEYSER, Tue Jun 16 TEHRAN, Iran – Thousands of Iranians swarmed the streets of Tehran on Tuesday in rival demonstrations over the country's disputed presidential election, pushing a deep crisis into its fourth day despite a government attempt to placate the opposition by recounting a limited number of ballots. Iran's supreme ruler drew a firm line against any threats to the regime, warning Iranians to unite behind the country's Islamic system as authorities imposed severe restrictions on independent media. After days of dramatic images of Iranians protesting...
  • Iranians Revolt on Twitter, Facebook & YouTube

    06/16/2009 5:30:06 PM PDT · by Forgiven_Sinner · 4 replies · 604+ views
    Inventor's Spot ^ | Tue, Jun 16, 2009 5:25 pm Pacific Time | by Ron Callari
    "Iran Elections," "Iranians," "Tehran" and "Mousavi" (also spelled "Moussavi") were the trending topics on Twitter for a whole day on Tuesday, June 16. When four out of ten trending topics are all about the same issue, you know the world is focused. This blog is testimony to how the social media tools of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube can help fight back censorship in the 21st Century. According to NY Times article, it was noted that Twitter was aware of the power of its service in this regard. Acknowledging its role on the global stage, the San Francisco-based company said on...
  • 20 killed at opposition rallies across Iran

    06/16/2009 2:58:28 AM PDT · by WorkerbeeCitizen · 9 replies · 551+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 11:43 16/06/2009 | News Agencies
    Twenty people were killed at rallies across Iran on Tuesday, as opposition activists demontrated against the disputed results of last week's presidential elections, according to various media reports. Meanwhile, Iran's top legislative body said Tuesday it was ready to recount the votes in the election won by hardline incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Iran's Guardian Council said a recount of disputed ballot boxes may lead to changes in candidates' tally, according to the television report. Defeated candidate Mirhossein Mousavi has appealed to the council for the election to be annulled, but has said he was not optimistic about its verdict. Also on...
  • Hundreds of thousands in Iran protest vote result

    06/15/2009 8:35:24 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 13 replies · 788+ views
    LA Times ^ | June 15, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim
    Reporting from Tehran -- Hundreds of thousands of Iranian protesters defied authorities Monday and marched to Tehran's Freedom Square, as the Islamic Republic's supreme leader ordered an investigation into allegations of voter fraud that the opposition described as little more than an attempt to dampen anger over the reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered the Guardian Council, which is filled with his own appointees and led by a hard-line cleric close to Ahmadinejad, to examine challenger Mir-Hossein Mousavi's claims of vote fraud. Days after Khamenei blessed the election of Ahmadinejad and urged Iranians to...
  • Iranian youth learn the hard way that Obama is all smoke and mirrors.

    06/15/2009 4:26:22 PM PDT · by Jaguarmike · 18 replies · 995+ views
    Supposedly, young people in Iran were inspired by Obama's Cairo speech. Where is Obama now, when the government is shooting protesters? Today could have been Obama's 'Tear Down This Wall' moment. He could have offered his support to the courageous Iranians in the streets tonight. He could have recognized those protesters for what they are - fighters in the name of freedom. These kids already respected him and would have been inspired. Instead, his speech was lame and non-committal. I'm not one of these conservatives who believes liberals are traitors. My problem with liberals is they lack the backbone to...
  • Iranian Paramilitaries Fire On Crowd, Kill 1

    06/15/2009 3:21:42 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 12 replies · 471+ views
    Real Clear POlitics ^ | June 15, 2009 | Real Clear POlitics
    Pro-government militia members fired on Iranian protesters during a massive demonstration over the country's hotly-disputed election, killing at least one person and wounding several others. An Associated Press photographer saw one person shot dead and several others who appeared seriously wounded in Tehran's Azadi, or freedom, Square. The shooting came from a compound for volunteer militia linked to Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard.
  • Iranian Protester Climbs Freedom Tower

    06/15/2009 2:54:25 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 16 replies · 864+ views
    A demonstrator climbs the Freedom Tower, as hundreds of thousands of supporters of leading opposition presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, who claims there was voting fraud in Friday's presidential election, turn out to protest the result of the election at a mass rally in Azadi (Freedom) square in Tehran, Iran, Monday, June 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
  • Protest rally called off in Tehran

    06/15/2009 3:42:04 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 20 replies · 691+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | June 15, 2009 | Parisa Hafezi and Fredrik Dahl
    Supporters of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mirhossein Mousavi called off a planned protest rally in Tehran on Monday after the Interior Ministry declared it would be illegal and treated as sedition. A Mousavi website said the gathering had been delayed after the Interior Ministry refused to authorize it. Protests have erupted in the capital and elsewhere since Saturday when the ministry announced a landslide victory for hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Friday's election. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who previously urged Iranians to support Mr. Ahmadinejad, has told Mr. Mousavi to pursue his election complaints “calmly and legally“, state television...
  • Iranian Pro-Reform Marchers Flood Tehran Streets

    06/15/2009 8:43:43 AM PDT · by Scythian · 79 replies · 4,393+ views
    Tens of thousands of Iranians took to the streets of Tehran Monday, defying a country-wide crackdown with protests against the hotly-disputed results of last week's hotly-disputed presidential election. Chanting crowds, some wearing green campaign colors, greeted Mir Hossein Mousavi, the defeated candidate in Friday's election, as he slowly moved through the streets on the back of a car.
  • Iran protesters 'defy ban'

    06/15/2009 5:33:29 AM PDT · by SolidWood · 19 replies · 854+ views
    BBC ^ | June 14, 2009 | BBC
    A rally against the re-election of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is being held in Tehran, in defiance of a government ban on protests. AFP news agency says hundreds of people are taking part in the Tehran rally. Marchers have clashed with Ahmadinejad supporters, Reuters agency reports. Defeated candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi said he would attend and urge calm. Mr Mousavi, a moderate, wants election results annulled, alleging fraud. Mr Ahmadinejad says the vote was fair. Following two days of unrest, the interior ministry said on Monday: "Some seditious elements had planned to hold a rally." It added: "Any disrupter of...
  • Shots Fired At Huge Election Protest In Tehran [1 Killed]

    06/15/2009 9:58:45 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 9 replies · 609+ views
    AP Report ^ | June 15, 2009
    Shots fired at huge election protest in Tehran Militia said to kill at least one; spiritual leader orders inquiry into polls Behrouz Mehri / AFP - Getty Images TEHRAN, Iran - Shots were fired Monday at a rally by pro-reform presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, apparently by pro-government militia. An Associated Press photographer saw one person shot dead and several others who appeared to be seriously wounded in Tehran's Azadi Square. The shooting came from a compound for volunteer militia linked to Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard.
  • Fox News: Iranian Soldiers firing at will into crowds demonstrating against election theft

    06/15/2009 10:55:53 AM PDT · by pabianice · 67 replies · 2,477+ views
    Fox News Channel | 6/15/09
    This is an apparent escalation in violence resulting from protesting the theft of the election. Apparently, Ahmadinejad is claiming that he won in every city, every district, and every street, even those in his opponent's neighborhood, with something like 85% of the vote. (Makes me think of Chicago).
  • YouTube Provides Better Coverage of Events in Iran Than MSM

    06/14/2009 8:28:44 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 21 replies · 867+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | June 14, 2009 | P.J. Gladnick
    If you are following the amazing events currently unfolding in Iran in the wake of their turbulent election, then YouTube will give you a much better sense of what is happening than the mainstream media. Yesterday, while the dramatic protests were unfolding, CNN held an extended forum on healthcare. The other cable news channels weren't much more enlightening in their coverage of events from Iran. Where does a web surfer go to find out about the turbulence taking place there? For me, and a lot of other people, the natural gathering place for a video view from Iran is YouTube...
  • The day Twitter kicked CNN’s behind

    06/14/2009 8:32:48 PM PDT · by Gomez · 37 replies · 1,784+ views
    Yesterday is the day when Twitter thoroughly beat CNN. Badly beat CNN. Embarrassingly beat CNN. And most other USA-based media too.Over on friendfeed we’ve been talking about this for the past 12 hours. Here’s one thread on CNN’s horrid news judgment.This second thread is interesting because of the number of interesting news sources linked to by various people. Don’t miss the photos and videos. Great examples of photojournalism.ReadWriteWeb wrote a good post to CNN.I’ve been clicking “like” on the best items about Iran that have come through friendfeed. The photo above I found on TwitPic here. Pulitzer Prize winning material.
  • Police fire in air to disperse Tehran protesters

    06/14/2009 5:08:31 PM PDT · by Flavius · 20 replies · 753+ views
    afp ^ | 6/13/9 | afp
    Iranian police fired four or five shots into the air to disperse a crowd of protesters who had gathered in central Tehran, an AFP correspondent reported.
  • US Deserters given sanctuary at Obama's Other Controversial Church

    06/14/2009 11:47:44 AM PDT · by JohnKSmith · 5 replies · 658+ views
    Hawaii Free Press ^ | June 14, 2009 | Andrew Walden
    ...Had a reporter asked Obama: "So what were you doing during Bill Ayers' fugitive days?" An honest answer would be: "I was going to Sunday school at a church which had provided sanctuary to US military deserters." While John McCain was being tortured as a prisoner of war in Hanoi, First Unitarian Church of Honolulu -- at which the elementary-age Obama would later attend Sunday school after returning from Indonesia in 1970 or 71 -- was sheltering deserters and AWOLs recruited by ‘flirty fishing' coeds from a Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) group known as "The Resistance". The deserters'...
  • Iran election anger boils; Ahmadinejad defends results

    06/14/2009 10:21:16 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 36 replies · 1,237+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 9:50 AM PDT, June 14, 2009 | Ramin Mostaghim and Borzou Daragahi
    Protesters who claim the vote was rigged clash with police for a second day. The government denies that two of the president's challengers are under house arrest.Reporting from Tehran -- Protesters angered by alleged vote count fraud erupted in street violence for a second day today, throwing rocks and setting fire to storefronts as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad defended his reelection as "free and real" in a press appearance before local and international journalists. Vigorous and assertive, Ahmadinejad vowed to maintain his tough foreign policy posture in his second term. Afterward, he appeared before a massive rally in his support...
  • Reverberations as Door Slams on Hope of Change (Obama failed?)

    06/14/2009 7:21:55 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies · 1,196+ views
    NYT ^ | 06/14/09 | BILL KELLER
    Reverberations as Door Slams on Hope of Change By BILL KELLER TEHRAN — It is impossible to know for sure how much the ostensible re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad represents the preference of an essentially conservative Iranian public and how much, as opposition voters passionately believe, it is the imposed verdict of a fundamentally authoritarian regime. But for those who dreamed of a gentler Iran, Saturday was a day of smoldering anger, crushed hopes and punctured illusions, from the streets of Tehran to the policy centers of Western capitals. Iranians who hoped for a bit more freedom, a better managed economy...
  • Reformists Arrested Following Street Clashes in Iran

    06/14/2009 6:23:40 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 44 replies · 1,937+ views
    Fox News ^ | 6/14/2009 | FoxNews
    TEHRAN, Iran — More than 100 reformists, including the brother of former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami, were arrested Saturday night, leading reformist Mohammad Ali Abtahi told Reuters. "They were taken from their homes last night," former vice president Abtahi said.Authorities released the former president's brother, Mohammad Reza Khatami, on Sunday, his wife said. She said at least two other top leaders of Iran's largest reformist party, including the party's secretary-general, were also released early Sunday, but that others remained in custody. Additional arrests were expected. Iranian officials, however, disputed the claims and said the reformists were merely summoned and "warned...
  • This is what CNN didn't want to report....It's an Outrage (videos)

    06/14/2009 5:55:19 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 89 replies · 3,084+ views
    youtube ^ | JUne 13, 2009
    How many tens of thousands of people marching in protest does it take for CNN to acknowledge that it's happening? The Iranian people are outraged at the lack of coverage by CNN. The Iranian people need publicity about their plight and desire for a Free Iran in order to topple the regime. Iranians were shouting in English: "We Want Freedom". If it isn't reported, who will know? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nifgnonH-BU&feature=related BBC reporter not afraid to show what's happening - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcHT8-ps64w
  • Iran moves to end 'Facebook revolution'

    06/14/2009 9:11:49 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies · 809+ views
    The Times UK ^ | June 14, 2009 | Patrick Foster, Media Correspondent
    The Iranian government is mounting a campaign to disrupt independent media organisations and websites that air doubts about the validity of the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the nation's president, according to various sources. Supporters of Mir Hussein Moussavi, the presidential challenger whom President Ahmedinejad claims to have defeated with 63.4 per cent of the vote, have emulated the internet campaign techniques used by Barack Obama to appeal to the young generation of Iranians who make up the majority of his support base. But reports from Tehran say that social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter, the micro-blogging website,...
  • The Iranian Circus III (Michael Ledeen)

    06/13/2009 9:21:38 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 15 replies · 816+ views
    Iran doesn’t have elections, it has circuses, and this was proven once again on Friday, when the regime announced that Ahmadinezhad had been retained–call him “landslide Mahmoud” please–as president of the Islamic Republic. So much for the remarks of various pundits claiming that Iran was some sort of “democracy.” There isn’t a single educated Iranian who thinks that the official numbers represent anything more than a brazen insult to the opponents of the regime. Supreme Leader Khamenei rubbed it in when he called the outcome “divine,” but the subtlety was no doubt lost on American commentators, who were mostly concerned...
  • Updates on the Iranian Uprising

    06/13/2009 9:52:50 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 122 replies · 6,752+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 13, 2009 | Jim Robbins
    A source from the Ministry of Interior said that the real results were 42 million votes for Mousavi, and only 5.6 million for Ahmadinejad. Iran's Militant Clerics Society has called for the vote to be annulled and a new election held.
  • Ahmadinejad defiant on 'free' Iran poll

    06/13/2009 10:47:50 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies · 1,335+ views
    BBC ^ | Sunday, 14 June 2009 05:20 UK 04:20 GMT, | BBC Staff
    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has defended his "completely free" re-election as Iran's president, amid violent clashes on the streets over claims of election fraud. Mr Ahmadinejad condemned the outside world for "psychological warfare" against Iranians during the election. Thousands have protested against the result, burning barricades on the streets of Tehran and clashing with police, who responded with tear gas. Reformist candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi urged his supporters to avoid violence. Mr Ahmadinejad is due to hold a news conference on Sunday, followed by a huge victory rally. 'Down with the dictator'Speaking on national television, Mr Ahmadinejad praised the Iranian people for...
  • This time the revolution will not be televised but it will be social networked. (Vanity)

    06/13/2009 10:54:28 PM PDT · by PanzerKardinal · 32 replies · 2,029+ views
    What maybe the Second Iranian Revolution illustrates the power of social networking sites like twitter, blogs, youtube and flickr. They have completely superceded the MSM as the best source of information. In fact on twitter, CNN is being excoriated for it lack of coverage - #cnnfail The Iranian government belatedly has realized the power of these sites and attempting to cut the internet, cellphones, and satellite dishes. I'm stunned by the courage of some of these people who are trying to get inform people on what happening in iran. Here's a list of some of what's available out there http://twitter.com/Change_for_Iran...
  • Iran's democratic genie is out of the bottle

    06/13/2009 11:32:45 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies · 1,515+ views
    The Times UK ^ | June 12, 2009 | Martin Fletcher
    Instead of being a formality, these elections have seen an explosion of pent-up anger against President Ahmadinejad Iran's presidential election was not supposed to be like this - days (and nights) of giddy excitement and political mudslinging and anarchic scenes of a sort that the tightly-controlled Islamic republic has not seen since the revolution. It was meant to be a formality. The Guardian Council, a body of senior conservative clerics, would select a handful of candidates with impeccable Islamic and revolutionary credentials. The country would go through the motions of democracy to impress the outside world and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would...
  • Tehran's Re-election Fixers Script a "Landslide" for Hate

    06/14/2009 3:10:06 AM PDT · by Scanian · 14 replies · 700+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 14, 2009 | Amir Taheri
    THAT Iran's president, Mahmoud Ah madinejad, would win re-election was never in doubt. But the scale of the victory arranged for him has surprised even some of his friends. Whoever scripted the results made sure that Ahmadinejad won more votes than anyone in the 103-year history of elections in Iran. With almost 63 percent of the votes, Ahmadinejad is credited with twice as many votes as his closest rival, former Prime Minister Mir Hossein Mousavi. The turnout was also the highest ever -- put at 85 percent. The president won in every social category and age group and in every...
  • '#CNNFail': Twitterverse slams network's Iran absence

    06/14/2009 3:29:38 AM PDT · by angkor · 53 replies · 1,739+ views
    CNet News ^ | June 14, 2009 2:58 AM PDT | Daniel Terdiman
    As the Iranian election aftermath unfolded in Tehran--thousands of demonstrators took to the streets to protest their anger at perceived electoral irregularities--an unexpected hashtag began to explode through the Twitterverse: "CNNFail." Even as Twitter became the best source for rapid fire news developments from the front lines of the riots in Tehran, a growing number of users of the microblogging service were incredulous at the near total lack of coverage of the story on CNN, a network that cut its teeth with on-the-spot reporting from the Middle East. For most of Saturday, Cnn.com had no stories about the massive protests...
  • Latest Iran News

    06/14/2009 3:22:05 AM PDT · by FARS · 75 replies · 2,756+ views
    AntiMullah & Sources Inside Iran ^ | June 13th, 2009 | Alan Peters & Iran Sources
    SATURDAY/SUNDAY Reports reaching us from islamic iran now indicate a wave of arrests has taken place creating a very "pregnant" situation where anything can still happen, though the arrests have taken out opposition leadership: 1. Former President Hashem Rafsanjani has been arrested and taken to be held at the house of Supreme Ruler Ali Khamenei, where he was forced to resign as the head of the Expediency Council and Council of Experts. He is being held there until further notice to be at the pleasure of the Supreme Ruler. Rafsanjani not only spent money to oppose Ahmadi-Nejad's re-"selection" but also...
  • Clashes rock Tehran as thousands protest over ‘rigged’ election

    06/13/2009 4:26:07 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 36 replies · 1,253+ views
    dailymail ^ | 5 mins ago
    Riot police beat protesters with truncheons as violence flared yesterday following Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s landslide re-election – amid allegations of widespread ballot-rigging. Tehran saw the worst public uprising since the country’s Islamic student revolution 30 years ago. Thousands of protesters wrecked cars and set up barricades of burning tyres after the Iranian Electoral Commission declared Mr Ahmadinejad had won 62.6 per cent of the 30million votes against 33.8 per cent for his rival, Mir Hossein Mousavi.
  • Iran Protests / Photos

    06/13/2009 4:30:03 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 39 replies · 2,588+ views
    Flickr ^ | 06/13/2009 | Flickr
    Linky to photos.. Linky to more Iran photos...
  • Riots Continue Over Iranian Election, Obama Closely Monitoring (Hillary! Speaks)

    06/13/2009 5:01:01 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 35 replies · 2,311+ views
    All Headline News ^ | June 13, 2009 | David Goodhue
    Washington, DC (AHN) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hailed the election results that showed him winning reelection by more than 62 percent of the vote. But supporters of his opponent Mir Hossein Moussavi continue to flood the streets and violently clash with police dressed in riot gear. They believe the election was rigged. News reports say a crowd of protesters has reached Tehran's Moseni Square, and people have begun to break into store fronts, starting fires and tearing down signs. Supporters of Ahmadinejad and Moussavi may be involved in the riots also. Moussavi and his supporters said before the votes...