akuma_river (akuma_river) wrote in ontd_political,

Week of July 20, 2009 Iran Update

I'm leaving town and won't be back til Wednesday or Thursday Friday. I'm not sure of internet service so I'll try to update this post daily if I can. If not, I will finish the updating on Thursday.

Btw, paypal has shut down Austin Heap's donation service on grounds of Patriot Act. They need documentation to prove it is in compliance with the Patriot Act but that will take months. There are 'threats' going on in cyberspace about boycotting paypal like Nokia has been.

Also, pictures of a rally on this Iraq website has appeared and it seems to be saying a rally took place in Iraq for Iran? Anyways there are several pictures of people wearing green, handing out green and giving the victory/peace symbol.

Itay runway show, Haute Couture, shows it's support for Iran

Update on the Green scrolls, 87 have been received in Paris so far and over a hundred are still in the process. Within the next few days we should see footage of the green scrolls coming down the Eiffel Tower.

Found this on Thursday, how many people are confirmed dead? 63 Watch the names, ages, and professions, they are mostly students. The last part, "last updated 7/22/2009" chills me.

July 18-19, 2009 post | July 17, 2009 post | July 16, 2009 post | July 15, 2009 post | July 14, 2009 post | July 13, 2009 post | July 12, 2009 post | July 11, 2009 post | July 10, 2009 post | July 9, 2009 posts | July 8, 2009 post | July 7, 2009 post | July 6, 2009 post | July 5, 2009 post | July 4, 2009 post

You guys can add links and vids that you find. I don't mind.

Updated: Wednesday 6:30pm, Thursday 3:30pm & 9:26pm


I should have informed you guys sooner but there is a Global Day of Action planned for July 25, 2009. United 4 Iran has locations of 50+ cities worldwide where the rallies will take place. There is also a three day hunger strike taking place.

Also it looks like the Supreme Leader's grandson has run off out of the country because of indications that he was being pressured to attend President-Select Ahmedinejad's inauguration.

Update on Paypal!Fail Screw Paypal.com which has paypal's contact information & Austin Heap's blog on the incident.

On the Haystack front we’ve been building out capacity, testing the network, improving on the Haystack protocol, and meeting with specialists to review our strategy and network security principles. On the organizational front, there’s a non-profit being formed! This will serve to provide the necessary support and legal structure around Haystack. In the future we hope to support human rights and free speech with technology throughout the world. While very exciting, this adds lawyers, banks, accountants, and a whole bunch of other things into the mix. And a huge thanks to everyone donating their time, energy, and hard earned money to make this possible.

Then there’s the PayPal fiasco…

On Monday, I got a notice from PayPal saying that my account was under review and they needed some clarification for what it was for. Great, that’s fine! So I faxed over a letter stating what I was working on, and pointing them to relevant media about Haystack and my past work in the Iran election technology circle.

Somehow they decided that meant I wanted to have my account changed to non-profit status and asked for proof. I call them up and, after getting transfered four times, am told that there’s a problem with the account being in compliance of these laws that pertain to non-profit, tax exempt organizations. Wha? We never represented to paypal or any donors that we were already non-profit. I explain what I’m doing and the service rep tells me I have 14 days to provide documentation to prove the 501(c)(3) status of a non-profit that does not yet exist. We’ve been moving so quickly to get everything done, but changing how quickly the government grants non-profit status is one thing that is totally our of our hands.

So much has happened and yet so little time has gone by.

In the upcoming weeks as we continue to test the platform, we’ll also be gearing up for the launch of Haystack 1.0 and introducing our non-profit more formally, so stay tuned. If you’re going to the rallies in San Francisco or Los Angeles (and possible NYC!), swing by the Haystack booth and say hi!

I had to trim off the other Green Brief notes because I ran out of room on my post.

Via Green Brief #35

7. On a lighter note, many eyewitness accounts reported that some security forces would stop running after protesters and start cursing their superiors. Many complained of fatigue and were seen panting and telling protesters, “To just go and leave us alone.”
It looks like they are starting to break. Yay.

22. Russia’s Foreign Minister stated, “Only a small number of people in Iran were chanting against Russia during protest.” Meanwhile, Iran’s Ambassador to Russia, declared, “Russian planes were far more secure in terms of flight-safety than the Airbus.”

23. Congressman Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI), gave a speech in the US House of Representatives today. McCotter criticized the Iranian government and talked about Taraneh Mousavi's rape and murder. Here’s a video link to his speech: YouTube - McCotter on Iran's Khamenei: Your Referendum Has Been Held and You Have Failed Your Test

Important Links

Iranian Justice

Iran Tube <- Vid hosting for Iran vids

Tehran Bureau: Ayatollah Watch <- List of the Ayatollahs and which side they are on

Anonymous Intelligence Collective <- Iran information collective Iran Mapping Project

Iran Human Rights Documentation Center <- Documenting the Human Rights Violations conducted by the Iranian Government (English and Farsi)

Paul Coelho blog <- Interview with the doctor that tried to save Neda's life.

Heritage Org
All a Twitter: How Social Networking Shaped Iran's Election Protests (July 20, 2009 - James Jay Carafano, Ph.D.)

More pictures of the Friday Prayers Protest
Vid of Friday Sermon Tehran Riots
Wikinews on Rafsanjani's speech

Juan Cole <- Guy who interviewed Nico | Rafsanjani's steps to resolve Iran's crisis | Friday's Sermon Fateful for Iran

Khandaniha <- Iranian site that has video of Friday's Sermon in 7 parts

What Bernard Kouchner REALLY said about Iran

More pictures of the Friday Prayers Protest
Tehran Bureau: Vid of Friday Sermon Tehran Riots
Iran.whyweprotest: Vid of Friday Sermon Protests
Wikinews on Rafsanjani's speech
HipHop show in Berlin, in solidarity with the protest movement in Iran
Amnesty International USA: Iranian Petition

Juan Cole <- Guy who interviewed Nico | Rafsanjani's steps to resolve Iran's crisis | Friday's Sermon Fateful for Iran

Khandaniha <- Iranian site that has video of Friday's Sermon in 7 parts

Dynamic Internet Technology <- "Attack the Cyberwalls!: The Internet Is the Pathway to Democracy in Places Like Iran"

Index of 500+ vids of Iranian protests

Rooz online - Eng

Iran protest flickr page

Youtube: peivel17 <- Green Wave channel


Keeping the Change | Flash Mobs: A New Twist on Solidarity With Iran by Maryam

Nite Owl's live translations of the Sermon

Pedestrian | July 17, 2009 Friday Sermon | Pictures & Stories | "I was there" | July 18, 2009 Now it is our turn | Unverified Reports <- Qom wants Khamenei to side with protesters

Tehran Bureau: Friday Prayers Update (July 17, 2009)

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 | July 17, 2009 -> Iran: Human Rights Lawyer Shadi Sadr Arrested | Iran: In Video, anger boils over at Friday Sermon | IRAN: Full text of Rafsanjani's lengthy speech | July 18, 2009 - IRAN: U.S. addresses Tehran unrest in daily briefing | July 19, 2009 Egypt: Cleric backed by Iran charged in Egypt | IRAN: Iranian cleric sees a long-planned conspiracy in 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
@iranhrdc <- Iran Human Rights Documenting Center

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 | Downloading/Uploading Vid programs
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

Nedanet Resource Page | hacktivists software tools
Downforeveryoneorjustme <- check websites to see if it's down | service uptime <- free remote website uptime monitoring designed to help you detect website downtime
Wiki: DNS Cache Poisoning
Paryvan wiki
VANISH: Self-Destructing Digital Data burned messages for spies the digital way
Steganography Solution
EFF.org Surveillance Self-Defense International <- 6 Ideas For Those Needing Defensive Technology to Protect Free Speech from Authoritarian Regimes and 4 Ways the Rest of Us Can Help

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

Iran Solidarity.org.uk
Amnesty International
Reporters Uncensored | Reporters Uncensored Livestream

Share that vid <- Another vid site
Live Leak <- Another vid site
Massive Video Archive of Iran Protest Footage
USA SWAT Expert Advice - It might save their lives <- on Iran.whyweprotest forum
vid on How to use police tactics against a baton | more vids on youtube <- For Iranian's in self-defense
Vids of Ahmedinejad speech on July 16, 2009 in Mashaad


Live Blogs on Iran

The Guardian: July 17, 2009 - Iran Crisis Friday Prayers

Revolutionary Road... <- Live from Tehran UPDATES | Revolution Road FB | Twitter <- Has lots of twitpics of the Friday Sermon Protest | List of Killed, Arrested and Released as of July 22, 2009 <- There is an interactive slide that has pictures of some of the dead.

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 | Outing Iran: Marg bar <- The real meaning of Marg bar

Enduring America blog | Latest from Iran: July 18 A Victory Followed By....? | Latest from Iran: July 19 Breathing Space

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
July 20, 2009

Week of July 13, 2009 | July 10, 2009 | July 9, 2009 | July 8th | July 7th | July 6th | July 5th | July 3rd | July 2nd | July 1st | June 30th | June 29th | June 28th | June 27th | June 26th | June 25th | June 24th | June 22nd | June 21st | June 20th pt 2 | June 20th pt 1 | June 19th | June 18th | June 17th | June 16th | June 15th

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.
Nite Owl's live translations of the Sermon |
Who is Who | Pronouciation Guide

Green Brief #36 (July 22) | Green Brief #35 (July 21) | Green Brief #34 (July 20)

#33 (July 19) | #30 (July 16) | #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

NIAC blog
Deaf and Mute Man tortured (July 20, 2009)
Student Basiji's Warn Ahmadinejad over choice of Deputy (July 20, 2009)
Mashaei has not resigned (July 20, 2009) <- The VP choice that the hard-liners hate
Robert Redford and Noam Chomsky support the Iranian American demonstrations (July 20, 2009)
Ahmadinejad calls for tougher treatment of detainees (July 20, 2009)

Huffington Post
Ahmadinejad Criticized By Hard-Liners Over Vice President Choice (July 19, 2009 - Nasser Karimi)
Where is Bijan Khajepour (July 20, 2009 - Trita Parsi)
Shahpour Kazemi, Mousavi Brother-In-Law, Arrested In Iran (July 23, 2009 - NASSER KARIMI and LEE KEATH)
Iran Nuclear Reactor To Be Switched On This Year, With Russian Help: AP (July 22, 2009 - AP)
Twitter Revolution or Iranian Evolution? (July 21, 2009 - Reporters Uncensored)
Iran, Protest, and Intelligence: Why Strategic Reports Often Get it Wrong (July 22, 2009 - Jamsheed K. Chosky)
Another Hunger Strike? Is Anyone Listening to the Iranians? (July 22, 2009 - Betwa Sharma)
Fared Shafinury: Austin Singer-Songwriter Learns The Hard Way Not To Jam In Tehran Park (July 21, 2009 - Diane Tucker)

The Guardian
Letters: Amis and a new dynamic in Iran (July 19, 2009 - Letters to the Editor)
Iranian army protest: "They've been arrested by military intelligence" (July 20, 2009 - Robert Tait - audio)
Mousavi urges Iran to release all election protesters (July 20, 2009 - Mark Tran)
Rhetoric and reality in Iran (July 20, 2009 - Massoumeh Torfeh)

Khatami urges referendum on poll (July 20, 2009)
Israel condemns Iran-PA meeting (July 20, 2009)

Boston Globe
Ayatollah warns against helping Iran's enemies (July 20, 2009 - Zahra Hosseinian)
Iran supreme leaders warns opposition to back down (July 20, 2009 - Ali Akbar Dareini)

Last British Embassy worker held in Iran freed (July 19, 2009)
Commentary: Middle East is changed forever (July 20, 2009 - Hamid Darbashi)
Whatever the end result of the current electoral crisis in Iran, the dramatic rise of national politics has already cast a long and enduring shadow over the geopolitics of the region. No country can go back to business as usual. The climate has changed -- for good.

Before the June 2009 presidential election, the realpolitik of the region had placed Iran, Syria, the Palestinian Hamas, the Lebanese Hezbollah and the Iraqi Mahdi Army on one side of the geopolitical divide, and U.S. and its regional allies on another. With an extended foot in Venezuela, Iran had even a claim on the backyard of the United States.

In this precarious condition, the Islamic Republic emerged, not out of its own capacities, but by virtue of serious follies that President George W. Bush had committed in its neighborhood as a regional "superpower." The presidential election of June 2009 suddenly has made that geopolitics something of an archeological relic.

With the commencement of the civil rights movement in Iran in June 2009, the moral map of the Middle East is being changed right in front of our eyes, with the democratic will of one nation having thrown a monkey wrench into the geopolitics of the region. The moving pictures of Iranians flooding colorfully into the streets have forever altered the visual vocabulary of the global perception of "the Middle East."

Tehran, I believe, is ground zero of a civil rights movement that will leave no Muslim or Arab country, or even Israel, untouched.

"The unrest in Iran," the prominent Israeli columnist Gideon Levy of Haaretz said recently, "makes me green with envy."

However things may turn out, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad comes back to the global scene with a lame-duck presidency that may last anywhere from few months if the mounting opposition succeeds in demanding a new election, or else go to a full term if it fails.

In either case, there is a domino effect of Ahmadinejad's weakened second-term presidency in the region.

Syria's position in its immediate regional context is seriously compromised. The rushed and injudicious siding of Hezbollah's Hassan Nasrallah with Ahmadinejad has wedded the fate of the Lebanese group with that of the discredited Iranian president.

Hamas would now be more inclined to strike a deal with Fatah and join President Obama's renewed peace process. And the Mahdi Army now has to fend for itself in more pronouncedly Iraqi (even nationalist) terms, making easier for the U.S. military to leave.

The domino effect, however, is not limited to the allies of the Islamic Republic and extends well into the domains of its nemesis, for now the options available to the United States and its regional allies regarding Iran's nuclear ambitions have also become categorically compromised.

The feasibility of an economic blockade or a military strike has become increasingly difficult to sell to the international community. The heroic fate of young Iranian men and women has become a global concern. How can you starve Neda Agha-Soltan's soul-mates, or even worse, bomb them?

We have to start thinking of a new term for "the Middle East." It is central, but to no one's East or West. The Green Movement has re-centered the world.

As Obama wisely keeps Ahmadinejad at an arm's length and as his task in securing a just and lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis has just been made much easier, let it be known that this is the gift that thousands of young and old Iranian men and women have just handed him.

A severe crackdown has dampened the spirit of the civil rights movement in Iran. Scores of peaceful demonstrators have been killed or injured, and hundreds of civic leaders and public intellectuals have been arrested.

The leaders of the Green Movement are being accused of treason and threatened with execution. Human rights organizations are deeply troubled, and even worse news might still be in the offing.

But the morning has broken, and there is much that a simple march of the youth in the United States and around the globe, particularly across the Arab and the Muslim world, all brandishing a green bandana, can do for their momentarily silenced brothers and sisters in Iran.

They have sung their native song. They are awaiting the global chorus.

Los Angeles Times
China says it has evidence deadly Uighur uprisings were coordinated (July 20, 2009 - Barbara Demick)
Iran reformists seek referendum on election results: On the other side, the Revolutionary Guard seeks to take control of the oil industry and inject itself into higher education (July 20, 2009 - Borzou Daragahi)

Press TV
Iran refutes reports of Iraqi oil field grab (July 20, 2009)

Thaindian News
India will not pull out of Iran gas pipeline project: Deora (July 20, 2009 - ANI)

Wall Street Journal
U.S., India announce defense, power deals (July 20, 2009 - Matthew Rosenberg) <- Mentioned before how U.S. deal with Iran was through India...

National Post
Standing up to Iran: Turn off Tehran's gas (July 21, 2009 - Mark Dubowitz)

New York Times
Hard-Line Force Extends Grip Over a Splintered Iran (July 20, 2009 - Michael Slackman)

Washington Post
Israel: Brazil can help halt Iran's nuke program (July 22, 2009 - AP)

Tehran Bureau
Another Senseless Arrest (July 19, 2009 - Leila Mouri)
Iran's New Nuclear Supremo (July 20, 2009 - Gareth Smyth)
Khatami: Referendum a Solution to Crisis (July 20, 2009 - MUHAMMAD SAHIMI)
Prayers Make History (July 18, 2009)
People driving movement, not politicians (July 20, 2009 - Jason Rezaian)
Comment: 'Indiscriminate US sanctions resulted in crash' (July 15, 2009)
The Dynamics for Peace in the Middle East (July 21, 2009 - RAMI G. KHOURI)
Mousavi counters Khamenei (July 20, 2009 - MUHAMMAD SAHIMI)
Ayatollah Watch (July 21, 2009 - Bendix Anderson)

Amid crackdown, Iranians try a shocking protest (July 22, 2009)

Iran's Ahmadinejad defiantly sticks by VP choice (July 22, 2009 - Ali Akbar Dareini)

Q+A-Iran's Revolutionary Guards weave powerful web (July 23, 2009)

Voice of America News
Congress Ratchets Up US Pressure on Iran (July 23, 2009 - Dan Robinson)

6 Ideas For Those Needing Defensive Technology to Protect Free Speech from Authoritarian Regimes and 4 Ways the Rest of Us Can Help (July 2009)

Foreign Policy
The List: The Middle East's Most Powerful Spooks (July 20, 2009 - Patrick Devenny)

'Bloodbath' against Journalists (July 23, 2009)


Via an anon poster from here

Funniest boldest slogan in a bus by a WOMAN!!!!
I could not believe this. LOL
Now it's hard to translate this but I'll try.

Tup Tank Feshfeshe,
Ahmadinejad kos keshe.

Tup = Cannon or football(sport)
Tank = Tank(army)
Feshfeshe = fireworks

Ahmadinejad = Ahmadinejad
kos keshe = is a pimp

But the funny part is the bad word we use to say pimp.
Kos means p***y in persian. LOL
You don't say that in public in an islamic country SPECIALLY if you are a woman.

More green scroll vids

Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani lends his support to the people of Iran seeking human and civil rights.

P.S. does anyone know why on some vids that the sound cuts off? Is it the video, my computer, youtube, or what?
Tags: iran

  • Post a new comment


    Comments allowed for members only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 1 comment