akuma_river (akuma_river) wrote in ontd_political,

July 16, 2009 Iran Update

More arrests, there was a murder of a reporter in Moshaad the other day and it seems that there was fire set at the entrance of the Ministry there in retaliation of it. Also according to NIAC blog people are upset about the MP and government officials taking a holiday during this crisis (I'm guessing this refers to Ahmedi going to Mashaad with his cronies).

One thing is of interest. The ministry has asked Iranians to limit their use of electricity 8-11pm... I'm guessing that their barrage usage of the power has caused quite a few headaches and they will not relent.

Also Mousavi is asking for a full demonstration on Friday after the prayers and on NIAC it has Mousavi's instructions for those who participate(d) in Thursday's protests to spread the word. Karroubi is also attending so this means that all three opposition leaders who were in the presidential race plus Rafsanjani will be there.

I have the last two poems on the rooftops that were made. To my knowledge there are no more. It seems the latest one is Thursday nights? The chants tonight of Allah Akbar were supposedly louder and being used as a signal of intention to go to the Friday Prayer service. At least that is what I'm getting from Nico.

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Update: In one of the news articles I mention that the Iranian Nuke Chief resigned...well today WikiLeaks broke that supposedly there was a nuclear accident but that they couldn't confirm it but now with the resignation they mention it. Also, it seems that WikiLeaks is now blocked in Iran.

Video of the protests in honor of Sohrab Aarabi, I also have the vid at the bottom of the post, but I link because one of the 'anon' posters on the thread mentions how he wishes to be there but that he is on the Black list and that he escaped through the mountains and if he returned he would be tossed into Evin.


Peace With Iran <- Blog

Iranian Leftists Report of a female protester 'possibly' gang raped and murdered

Demotix <- The mighty photojournalism site Iran election page pictures of demostrations outside Iranian embassy in London

Mightier Than

ABC reporter jim sciutto's twitblog

LA Times – Babylon & Beyond First images to emerge of July 9, 2009 protests large crowd gets dispersed by teargass on July 9, 2009 protests

iran.whyweprotest.net 18 Tir / 9 July forum thread <- lots of vids and first hand account by a protester in Iran

goftaniha.org Ex-Basij Founder's Blog being used to ID Basij – in Farsi

Ayatollah Watch <- Information on Ayatollahs

Ahmedi's takeover has been planned since 2004

Out the Basij

ID the Basiji

twit blog about how another Ayatollah has gone against the regime

Lara Setrakian - ABC News reporter's blog TEHRAN UNREST: "IT WAS NOTHING LESS THAN WAR. PRAY FOR US."

National Iranian American Council's Blog July 9, 2009 protest coverage <- vids and pics

NY Times – The Lede Blog July 9, 2009 protest coverage | Young election protester buried in Tehran <- a new Martyr

PERSIA.ORG "Struggle for a Free Iran" <- Has dedicated their front page to information on those who have been killed and detained
Iran Negah "Ezclusive views into Iranian politics & society"

University of Texas - Austin "Power of Protest: University experts condemn violence, but urge diplomacy toward Iran"

Keeping the Change | Keeping the Change FB | Nooroz News: Tehran's Morgues Reportedly Holds the Bodies of Hundreds of Dead Protesters

Ndn.org: July 15: Twitter Iran and more impressions from the front lines of the global media revolution

Mohsen Sazegara | explaining what to do and how to do the protests
1- where to go
2- how to do it
3- things to bring
4- what to do at nights
5- slogens to write
6- which marker to write with (green neon marker in this case)

Retweeters to watch
@LaraABCNews <- Reporter out of Dubai who's been in contact with Iranians
@Pray4FreeIran <- retweeter who spreads messages about Iran
@AustinHeap <- The genius behind ProxyHeap and Haystack (says that Node 1 is a go?)
@StopAdmedi <- twitter account for Mousavi supporters
@nicopitney <- I didn't know he had a twitter account
@Iran_Translator <- NiteOwl
@bistoon <- IRGC already actively hunt him b/c of student revolt in 1999 so I can rec him
@IranAnon <- Yes it is the Iranian Anonymous crowd
@niacouncil <- National Iranian-American Council

Useful Resources

News: NIAC Insight | Kodoom
Translations: Google Translate | TehranBroadcast.com | Translate4Iran
Helping Iranians use the web: Haystack | Tor Project (English & Farsi) | IranHelp.org (Farsi) Demonstrations: Facebook | sharearchy | WhyWeProtest
Activism: Avaaz.org | National Iranian American Council

Mousavi's main website | Mousavi's backup/English | Mousavi's FB
Haystack's how you can help digg page
Haystack <- The all powerful proxy (still in testing) Want to help? Don't know anything techwise? Then donate some cash and keep this revolution going, you may just save someone(s) life! Haystack is needing donations! Donate Here.
Haystack Network wesbite | Haystack Twitter page | Haystack needs help! |Twitter | FB

Protest Advice
Brainstorm Ideas
Torrent/dl list of videos showing police brutality in Iran
Blog that has links to LA Protest that 35-50,000 people turn out
the pictures

Want to know how the power check system in Iran works? The Wall Street Journal has an excellent graph.
Bearing Witness In Iran Weighs Heavily On Cohen: Roger Cohen on NPR
Voice of the Voiceless
YekIran <- Worldwide Protest Map
Wiki on 18th Tir Protests 1999
Wiki of Iranian Election Protests
Reporters Without Borders <- List of how many reporters are in prison in Iran

Sea of Green Radio <-an 'anon' Iran blog twitter radionomy anonymous Sea of Green radio
Eng Trans of Mousavi FB that has protest instructions and routes
mowjcamp <- Mousavi/Opposition website in Farsi

Mightier Than Iran: The Rooftop Project <- Site trying to find vids of the roof top shoutings for every single night since the protests began.
Iran News <- One Stop Source
for News/YouTube/Blog/Political Cartoon links about Iran's Election and the aftermath (massive library of information)
The Guardian's list of dead and detained
Voice of America News
Iran 360 <- Photojournalism site
Slate's stash of Iran political cartoons
Green cd hour long video from Iran <- Split up into nine parts on iran.whyweprotest.net

Where is My Vote.org <- List or/way of organizing world wide protests
Iran Human Rights
Human Rights Activists In Iran The Latest Update on the Detainees of July 9 and a List of 90 Confirmed in Prison
fivethirtyeight.com: Iran <- Nate Silver "the guru of statistics" input on the validity of the Iranian election outcome
Google News: Iran Election – 30, 700 articles in the past month

Austin for Iran <- Site for organizing protests in Austin Texas
Map of Tehran
Petition for the release of American-Iranian Kian Tajbakhsh

OnlyMehdi Youtube page <- Lots of vids on Iran
United 4 Iran <- Protest page | @united4iran
iran.whyweprotest best articles and links

Live Blogs on Iran

Revolutionary Road... <- Live from Tehran UPDATES

Andrew Sullivan's blog <- Political blog but he has a lot of coverage on iran. Andrew Sullivan's blog "Iran Erupts Again" Counter Targeting the Protesters Abbas Kiarostami's "10" <- Andrew Sullivan has a feature of exhibiting artists and music

Enduring America blog

Nico's Pitney's live blog on HuffPo The most excellent live blog out there. Has an absolute ton of information dating back the very first day. Filled with pictures and vids.
Nico's Iran Page (it seems he deleted off the info from July 7th but it can be found here)
Nico moved offices on Friday...I don't think there's a Saturday update
Week of July 13, 2009
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NiteOwl's Green Briefs <- Anonymous teamed up The Pirate Bay (before they sold out) to provide logistical help to the Iranians in a safe anonymous forum - the vids of Anonymous declaring 'war' on Iranian govt are interesting to watch. NiteOwl's Green Briefs are compilations of news reports straight from Iranians.

#29 (July 15)
#28 (July 14) | #27 (July 13) | #26 (July 12) | #25 (July 11) | #24 (July 10) | #23 (July 9) | #22 (July 8) | #21 (July 7) | #20 (July 6) | #18-#19 (July 4-5) (NiteOwl's net didn't let him access the archives of twitter (?) so it's late) | #17 (July 3) | #16 (July 2) | #15 (July 1) | #14 (June 30) | #13 (June29) | #12 (June 28) | #11 (June 27) | #10 (June 26th) | #9 (June 25) | #8 (June 24) | #7 (June 23) | #6 (June 22) | #5 (June 21) | #4 (June 20 | #3 (June 19) | #2 (June 18) | #1 (June 17)

Newspaper Articles

The New Yorker
Laura Secor: Behind Iran's Silence

The American attention span for foreign crises is notoriously short. In the two weeks since Iran’s disputed election and the ensuing protests and violence, Michael Jackson died, Sarah Palin resigned, and news from Iran slipped below the fold and into the inside pages of most daily newspapers.

In this case, however, American editors and readers are not solely to blame. The Iranian authorities had an interest in making this story disappear, and they have done a very effective job. They expelled all foreign reporters, imprisoned most active local ones (according to Reporters Without Borders, forty-one Iranian journalists have been imprisoned since June 12th), and let local stringers for foreign media organizations know that their options included prison, silence, and exile. The inner circles of the opposition candidates, and the independent analysts and civil-society leaders who aggregate and interpret information for the press, are also in prison, or, at the very least, unable to communicate freely by e-mail or phone. Very few unofficial sources of information remain accessible—mainly anonymous, frightened informants on the ground.

Swampland blog: Iran Update (July 15, 2009 – Joe Klein)
In the Middle East, little outcry over China's oppressed Uighurs (July 16, 2009 – Abigail Hauslohner)

Most of the region's governments — and what is largely a state-sponsored press — have several reasons to ignore China's ethnically and religiously charged clashes. To some Arab regimes, the bloody images of riot police clashing with Uighur protesters in Xinjiang's capital last week were strikingly familiar, because the same thing happens at home. "They make the same systematic separation of opponents, of Islamic groups, of opposition groups, and they arrest many and they kill many," says Essam el-Erian, a leader of Egypt's opposition Muslim Brotherhood, comparing Arab regimes to the Chinese government. "How could they criticize the Chinese? They are in the same boat."

Iran's campaign against foreign plots (July 15, 2009 – Andrew Lee Butters)
Could the crackdown give the U.S. new leverage in Iran? (July 13, 2009 – Andrew Lee Butters)
How Iran might beat future sanctions: The China Card (July 16, 2009 – Vivienne Walt)

On July 13 Iran's Oil Ministry announced that it had China's agreement to invest about $40 billion in refining Iranian gasoline. The deal would include financing the major new Hormoz refinery in southern Iran, which will be able to produce about 300,000 bbl. of gasoline and kerosene a day once the four-year construction project is completed. China would also overhaul Iran's aging Abadan refinery in the south so that its production could increase by 29%, according to Iranian oil officials, who provided no deadline for that project.

The deal has not yet been signed (and China has yet to confirm it), but if Iran pulls it off, it would solve one of the country's biggest headaches. For despite vast oil reserves and exports, Iran still imports about 130,000 bbl. of gasoline a day because its refineries are too few and too old to meet the demand at home. The Chinese deal would literally keep Iran's factories, homes and cars — in effect, a nation of 66 million people — running.

Inbox: letters from readers <- regarding Iran vs Iran June 29 Time Cover Artciles within the week's issue

The Guardian
'Iranian Bob Dylan' sentenced to five years for singing Qur'an (July 16, 2009 – Sean Michaels)
Hundreds may have died in Iranian clashes after poll, say human rights campaigners (July 16, 2009 – Robert Tait)

Human rights campaigners say anecdotal evidence suggests the number of demonstrators killed in clashes with government forces after last month's poll was far higher than the official death toll of 20 and may amount to a "massacre".

Suspicions have been fuelled after one woman described seeing corpses piled on top of each other in a refrigeration depot while searching for a missing relative. Another woman was shown pictures of between 50 and 60 people, all said to have died, while searching for her son.

The claims came as Tehran prepares for another day of tension tomorrow when the influential former president Hashemi Rafsanjani addresses Friday prayers at Tehran University. Hardline supporters of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – who was controversially re-elected in the election on 12 June that opponents say was "stolen" – have threatened to disrupt the event, at which Rafsanjani is expected to speak in support of his ally Mir Hossein Mousavi, the defeated reformist candidate, who will attend the event.

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran accused the government of obfuscating casualty numbers by frightening victims' families into silence. The true picture had emerged from hospital statistics and testimony from families who refused to keep quiet, it said.

"It's hard to put a figure on it because most of the families involved are scared to talk," Aaron Rhodes of the campaign told the Guardian. "But if you put together the evidence of the families that have spoken, along with eyewitness reports and data from hospitals, there could be well over a hundred fatalities."

The Norooz website – linked to Iran's largest reformist party, the Islamic Participation Front – described how a mother searching for her missing child was sent to a facility normally used for preserving fruit and dairy produce on the outskirts of Tehran. After leafing through a photograph album of presumed victims, she was shown into a room containing what she described as "hundreds" of dead bodies. "Although I didn't find my child's body, on seeing all those corpses dumped on top of each other, I passed out," the unnamed woman said.

In one case, a family reported receiving their son's corpse encased in concrete to hide signs of injuries.

Iran nuclear chief resigns – with links to Mousavi cited (July 16, 2009 – Ian Black)

Aghazadeh's position has been likened to that of AQ Khan, the architect of Pakistan's nuclear programme.

"Aghazadeh's resignation is a big deal," said Mark Fitzpatrick, a proliferation expert at the International Institute of Strategic Studies in London. "The signs are that it had something to do with the post-election turmoil and that he was aligned with Mousavi's camp. He brought a strong management discipline to the Iranian programme. Under his predecessor the [uranium] enrichment programme had been floundering. Progress had been stop and go.

"Everything in Iran is in flux right now, but I don't expect the nuclear programme will change direction."
In the 80s Aghazadeh worked as a deputy to Mousavi, first in the foreign ministry and then the prime minister's office.

Execution of 13 for terror attacks reveals Iran's next move: intimidation (July 16, 2009 – Ian Black)

The hangings were to have beenin a public park but in the end took place inside a prison compound. A 14th man, the brother of the group's leader, Abdulmalik Rigi, was given a brief stay of execution - but only to allow him to undergo further questioning.

The charges, in the inimitably stark language of Iranian Islamic justice, included moharebeh - "enmity against God" as well as being "corrupt on earth, killing innocent people and taking hostages while carrying firearms."
Capital punishment is common in Iran. It is second only to China in the number of executions carried out each year (and leads the world in executing juveniles). Tehran regularly ignores calls by Amnesty International and other human rights groups to desist. Late last month, 20 drug traffickers were hanged en masse in Karaj, west of Tehran. In all, at least 177 people have been executed so far this year, compared to 246 in 2008.

Analysts believe this spate of executions is meant to assert the regime's authority amid the worst unrest Iran has seen since the 1979 revolution. Official figures say 20 people have been killed since polling day on 12 June, though unofficial estimates put it at between 60 and 100.

Still, forecasts of a Tiananmen-style crackdown have not materialised, with the authorities apparently understanding that mass bloodshed only fuels popular anger. But intimidation – the creation of a Saddam-style "republic of fear"– is a different matter.

Petition to free journalist, Maziar Bahari of Newsweek, held in Iran (July 15, 2009)
Missing and Dead book is updated

Los Angeles Times
L.A. County questions Iran investments (July 15, 2009 – Molly Hennessy-Fiske)

Some L.A. County Supervisors want the county to withdraw investments from companies that do business with Iran.

Supervisors Mike Antonovich and Zev Yaroslavsky said Tuesday that they want the county's pension program to divest from companies doing business with Iran. They plan to ask the board to endorse their proposal.
"Iran has been identified by the State Department as the chief state sponsor of international terrorism and continues to move forward with its nuclear program in defiance of its nonproliferation obligations," Antonovich said in a statement.

Slain protester's mother speaks out to Mousavi and wife (July 15, 2009)
Iran: A few pointers on how to attend Friday prayers in Tehran (July 16, 2009)
CIA was a long way from Jason Bourne (July 16, 2009 - Greg Miller)
Iranian President casts doubts that US engagement; Nuclear chief resigns after election turmoil (July 16, 2009 – Nasser Karimi – AP)

Obama has said Iran has until the end of the year to respond positively to Washington's offer. Clinton reinforced the sense of urgency Wednesday, saying "the time for action is now."

But the Iranian government has accused the U.S. and other Western countries of inciting the massive street protests that followed the election and has bridled against criticism of the state's violent crackdown.

"They tried to interfere in our elections. They talked nonsense. They were rude. They fomented aggression against people's wealth and property," Ahmadinejad told a crowd of thousands in the northwestern city of Mashhad.

The U.S. and others have denied the allegations, but Ahmadinejad demanded an apology Thursday as a necessary step to facilitate dialogue.

"They should know we are prepared to negotiate on mutual respect and justice," said Ahmadinejad. "If they act otherwise, we will give the same reply we gave to President Bush that has been buried in history."

New York Times
Moussavi to attend Friday prayers (July 16, 2009 – Robert F. Worth)

Ahmadinejad: Iran will "bring down" Western Foes (July 16, 2009)

Iran has accused Britain and the United States, which have criticised a crackdown on opposition protests, of interfering in its internal affairs. London and Washington reject the charge.

"In this recent election the enemy tried to bring the battlefront to the interior of this country," Ahmadinejad said.

"But I have told the enemies ... that this nation ... will strike you in the face so hard you will lose your way home," he said in comments translated by English-language Press TV.

He also voiced continued defiance in a row over Iran's disputed nuclear ambitions, saying major powers "will not be able to take away the smallest amount of Iran's rights."
forum comments on reading this

Keeping the Change Blog
Al-Arabiya TV: Reported Prosecutions of Satellite Owners and a New Law Regarding "Internet Crimes"

"Police authorities are carrying out a broad campaign to gather satellites from the roofs of homes and this campaign comes after a new list published by the Chief Judge, Mahmoud Hashemi Shahrudi, who believes that these satellites are sometimes used in crimes that target Iran. This new list was approved after the announcement of the election results and imposed restrictions on the media. It also allowed the courts to deal with the issue of the media on security grounds and imposed jail sentences on those accused of treason and undermining the Islamic Republic.

Meanwhile, Ahmadinejad instructed the appropriate authorities to implement a law regarding internet crimes passed by the Guardian Council after it was approved by the parliament. These laws include fines and harsh judgments of sentences of up to 15 year in jail after a decision of the Chief Judge, Hashemi Shahroudi, calling for penalties to be issued against anyone who publishes information about the hostile actions of the Islamic Republic."


Subed version of Mir Mousavi visit with mother of Sohrab Aarabi

Mir Mousavi's response to the mother

Basically saying that his blood will not have been spilled in vain...and that Sohrab belongs to the people of Iran and that he is ours, he gave his blood for our ideals, our rights, etc....

The fourth Poem for the Rooftops of Iran: "Let Us Not Forget" - June 21 2009 - 31 Khordad 1388

The first Poem for the Rooftops of Iran: "Defenseless People" - June 16 2009

Chants from the 14th of July (they show a newspaper)

Torture victims speak out about their treatment - Before elections

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