akuma_river (akuma_river) wrote in ontd_political,

July 27-28 Iran Update

Today is July 28th and so far it has been quiet, at least on the opposition and protesters side of things. The government, though, is going through major problems. The lulz on this is epic. Ahmedi's going to get his ass tossed out of that office either by the opposition movement or by the Supreme Leader later on down the road.

On Thursday the 30th of July expect another major demonstration by the Protesters. It will be the 40th day anniversary of the death of Neda and other protesters from Saturday the 20th of June, otherwise, known as the day of the massacre. It is a holy day in which to mourn the death of those passed. They are trying to go the legal way to permission for public displays of mourning...but I haven't heard word if they've been given permission or denied, yet. There are rumors and a press report from AFP that the regime has denied the request but another says that it has not been exclusively denied.

There also rumors of people being hit with a fine equivalent of $500 for shouting "Allah-o Akbar".

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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

Global Day of Action in Stockholm Sweden, pics and vid | Sohrab's mother speaks to Tehran's city council

Youtube user: We Are Neda


Revolution in Iran | Feel Good page <- music vid page

Robin Wright

A letter from an Iranian named Fayah idiomagic
"I love life. I love to laugh and be with my friends. There are so many books I want to read, movies I want to see, people I want to meet. I want to marry, to be a good wife and mother. I want to grow old with the people I love, to feel the sun on my face, to see the ocean, to travel.

My country is in a terrible state. People have no jobs. There is no money. People have no freedom. Women must hide themselves from the world, and we have no choices.

Our people--we are not terrorists. We hate terrorists. And that is what our government has become. They kill our people for no reason. They torture us in their prisons because we want freedom. They make our country look evil, they make our religion look evil.

We are fighting for our freedom, for our religion, for our country. If we do nothing while injustice abounds, we become unjust. We turn into the ones we hate.

I have to fight. I have to go back on the streets. I will make them kill me. I will join Neda, with my friends, and then maybe the world will hear us.

I never thought I would become a martyr, but it is needed. The more of us they kill, the smaller they become, the more strength the people will have. Maybe my death will mean nothing, but maybe it will buy my country freedom.

I am very sad that I will never be a mother, that I will never do the things I love, but I would rather die than do nothing and know that I am to blame for the tortures, the murder, the hatred.

Please tell the world how much we love life. That we are not terrorists. We just want to be free."

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.

Week of July 27, 2009

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NiteOwl's Green Briefs

NiteOwl's Green Briefs are compilations of news reports straight from Iranians.
Nite Owl's live translations of the Sermon |
Who is Who | Green Brief Pronouciation Guide

#40-41 (July 26-27) | #39 (July 25) | #38 (July 24) | #37 (July 23) | #38 (July 24) | #39 (July 25)

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) | #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 Independent
Gates in plea to Israel for 'patience' over Iran (July 28, 2009 - David Usborne)
Reformists gains in Kurdish vote shake Iraqs quiet (July 27, 2009 - Patrick Cockburn)

Wallstreet Journal
One way to help protesters: Donate thumb drives (July 27, 2009 – Andrew LaValle)
It’s Crunch Time for Israel On Iran (July 28, 2009 - OpEd/JOHN BOLTON)
U.S. Woos Damascus by Easing Export Ban (July 29, 2009 - Jay Solomon)
U.S. Juggles Two Iran Timetables (July 21, 2009)
Iran, Islam and the Rule of Law (July 27, 2009 - FRANCIS FUKUYAMA)
Ahmadinejad Bows to Top Leader (July 27, 2009 - MARGARET COKER and ROSHANAK TAGHAVI)

ANALYSIS-Iran turmoil takes new twist as hardliners fall out (July 28, 2009)
Iran's hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has chosen a strange moment to cross swords with his chief patron, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

As if widespread popular unrest and the wrath of reformists over a disputed election were not enough, Ahmadinejad has alienated some of his own allies and lost two hardline cabinet members by defying Khamenei over his choice of vice president. The disarray in the hardline camp is likely to complicate Ahmadinejad's job of forming a new cabinet, risking prolonged paralysis in decision-making even as a Western deadline looms for Iran to enter substantive talks on its nuclear programme.

Ahmadinejad, due to be sworn in by parliament next week, is already under fire from his moderate rivals, Mirhossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi, who say any new cabinet will be illegitimate as the June 12 poll was rigged -- a charge the authorities deny.

Part of Iran's influential Shi'ite clerical establishment based in the shrine city of Qom has also signalled misgivings over the aftermath of the poll, which has plunged Iran into its worst internal upheaval since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

"Given the crisis of legitimacy Ahmadinejad faces, not just from the apparatchiks in Tehran, but increasingly from Qom, he will face difficulty in composing a credible cabinet," said Anoush Ehteshami, an Iran expert at Britain's Durham University.

"For the moment the strategy has to be to make the glue stick, but there will come a moment when Ahmadinejad is untenable," he said, adding this could be just months away.

Khamenei, who endorsed the election result and sided openly with Ahmadinejad, can hardly ditch his protege now. But he reacted firmly when the president named as his deputy Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie, who had previously angered hardliners by saying Iran had no quarrel with Israelis, only their government.

Voice of America news <- One of the items mentioned in the VOICE Act
Iran to release 140 Post-Election Detainees (July 28, 2009)
Iran protests subside, but internal squabbles continue (July 27, 2009 - Gary Thomas)
Iran's judicial chief orders decision on detainees (July 27, 2009)

Report: Iran leader orders vote protest jail shut over abuse claims (July 28, 2009)
Iran's supreme leader has ordered the closing of a prison over reported mistreatment of detainees who protested the presidential vote last month, according to government-backed media.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued the order to shut down the Kahrizak detention facility amid reports it did not meet required standards, said the head of Iran's National Security Council, Saeed Jalili, according to a Press TV.

"In the course of recent events, the Leader has ordered officials (to take measures), so that no one, God forbid, suffers injustice," Jalili is quoted as saying.

The detention center is in the southern outskirts of Tehran.

Khamenei said officials must "precisely" investigate claims of mistreatment, obey law, and follow up on the fate of detainees, Jalili said.

Reports: Ahmadinejad may face confidence vote in parliament (July 26, 2009)
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad fired two members of his cabinet, and may have to face a vote of confidence in parliament for the final few days of his current term, two semi-official Iranian news agencies reported Sunday.

But the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) quoted a government official as saying that only one cabinet member was fired, so no such vote would be needed.

Iran has 21 ministries. According to the country's constitution, if more than half the cabinet members are changed in a single term of presidency, a vote of confidence in Iran's parliament is required. During his presidency, Ahmadinejad has replaced nine cabinet members. Two more would make 11 -- more than half the total.

Ahmadinejad, whose controversial victory in presidential elections in June stoked widespread unrest in Iran, is scheduled to be sworn in for his second term during the first week of August.

The Iranian Labour News Agency and Fars News Agency -- both semi-official -- said Sunday that Ahmadinejad had fired intelligence minister Mohseni Ejeie and culture minister Saffar Harandi.

Fars said that after firing Harandi, the president was trying to get him to come back in order to avoid a confidence vote.

Fars quoted Ahmad Tavakoli, a powerful rightist member of parliament who does not support Ahmadinejad, as saying, "I advise the president to change his mind."

Firing the ministers has no logical reason and creates difficult conditions for the country. This is not a suitable response to the trust of 24 million people who voted for the president," Tavakoli was quoted as saying.

The deputy head of Ahmadinejad's information office, Mohammad Ja'afar Mohammadzadeh, was quoted by IRNA as saying that only Ejeie was fired.

On iran.whyweprotest it is theorized that he fired three ministers but had to hire back two of them so as to not have to do the vote of confindence. Again, the lulz on this is epic. It's more epic than Palin's meltdown interview with Curic.

Iran opposition leaders request OK to commemorate dead (July 27, 2009)

New York Times
Iran to release some post-election detainees (July 28, 2009 - Robert F. Worth and Sharon Otterman)
Gates Says U.S. Overture to Iran Is ‘Not Open-Ended’ (July 27, 2009 - Elisabeth Bumiller)
Clinton says nuclear arms of Iran is fruitless (July 26, 2009 - David E. Sanger)
Strong Words From Iran’s Opposition (July 27, 2009 - ROBERT F. WORTH and NAZILA FATHI)
Reports of Prison Abuse and Deaths Anger Iranians (July 28, 2009 - Robert F. Worth)

The Washington Post
Nonmilitary Actions Can Deter Iran, Gates Says (July 28, 2009 - Greg Jaffe)

Boston Globe
US and Israel differ on strategy if Iran talks fail (July 28, 2009 - Greg Jaffe)

Iraqi army storms Iran opposition camp, scores wounded (July 28, 2009 - Ali Al-Tuwaijri) <- This is referring to the MEK not Mousavi's camp
UN orders Iranian to give up Facebook Web address (July 28, 2009)
Human Rights Watch blasts Iran lawyer arrests (July 28, 2009)

The Guardian
Iraqi security forces take control of MEK militia camp (July 28, 2009 - Martin Chulov)
Iraqi security forces have taken control of the base camp of an exiled Iranian militia group, after a two year campaign by Tehran to persuade Baghdad to expel them.

Police officers used water cannons and tear gas to seize the base, known as Camp Ashraf and pledged today to evict up to 3,500 people living there. All are members of the Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) militia, which has in the past been prescribed by the United States and the European Union as a terrorist group.

Most camp residents have been there since they were given refuge by the former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, during his decade-long war with Iran. They have vowed to fight plans to relocate them in Europe, or the Iraqi Kurdish north, claiming they would be targeted by Iranian agents.

Marin Amis is wrong about Iran (July 28, 2009 - Arshin Adib-Moghaddam)
Iran frees 140 political detainees from Tehran prison after wave of protests (July 28, 2009 - Robert Tait)
The release of the Evin prisoners came a day after the judiciary chief, Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, urged officials to free inmates not suspected of serious offences. Some 150 political prisoners remain inside, according to official figures, including prominent supporters of the reformist candidate, Mir Hossein Mousavi, who claims last month's presidential election was stolen from him.

Many prisoners are said to be under severe pressure to sign confessions admitting involvement in a foreign-backed plot to topple the regime. This week, the Guardian reported how Evin inmates recently released claimed they had been beaten, abused and held in overcrowded conditions. Ramin Ghahremani is said to have died from a blood clot after being suspended upside down from the jail ceiling, where he was taken after surrendering himself to the police.

Concern over the detainees triggered a fresh crisis after the death last week of Mohsen Rouholamini ‑ the son of a prominent scientist and regime insider ‑ reportedly from meningitis. Rouholamini's family says he developed an infection after injuries sustained under torture were untreated. Another prisoner, Mohammad Kamrani, 18, died in hospital of meningitis after being taken from Evin. However, it has emerged that both had been previously been held in Kahrizak, where they were among detainees crammed into an underground makeshift cell after arrest during a demonstration on 9 July.

Norooz, the official website of the main reformist party, the Islamic Participation Front, said prisoners had been doused with water before being beaten with hoses and cables, though the reports could not be independently confirmed.

On Monday, Mousavi denounced the crackdown on opposition supporters as a "disaster". In a speech to a group of teachers, he said: "People will not forgive these acts. How is it possible that someone goes into a prison, then his body comes out?"

He demanded a judiciary investigation into Rouhalamini's death: "They will find out what happened. This is not what we expect from the Islamic Republic," he said.

Iraqi security forces take control of Iranian dissidents' camp (July 28, 2009 - Martin Chulov)
Obama administration officials in Israel to demand end to settlement building (July 27, 2009 - Chris McGreal)
US steps up efforts to calm Israel's fears over Iran's nuclear aspirations (July 27, 2009 - Ian Black)
Iran: Opposition wants to hold memorial (July 26, 2009 - Julian Borger)
Son of leading scientist dies in jail as fears grow over fate of Iran's political prisoners (July 26, 2009 - Robert Tait and Saeed Kamali Dehghan)

Fox News
Wanted: Unused USB Thumb Drives for Iran (July 27, 2009)

San Francisco Chronicle
Thousands protest Iran vote in San Francisco (July 26, 2009 - John Cote)

Press TV
Italy rejects EU boycott of Ahmadinejad swearing-in (July 28, 2009)
Principlist faction gives Ahmadinejad ultimatum (July 28, 2009)
The Principlist faction said it had previously warned Ahmadinejad in a private letter against his acts 'taken without any insight'.

The powerful faction said Ahmadinejad's decision had 'frustrated his supporters' and 'caused divisions'.

The letter warned that Ahmadinejad's inattention to the advice of the Leader and the country's religious leaders would have dire consequences and 'ultimately lead to the formation of a deviant sect'.

The Islamic Engineers Society asked Ahmadinejad to contemplate what happened to former Iranian prime minister Mohammad Mosaddeq and former president Abolhassan Banisadr 'whose opposition to the country's religious leaders' ultimately led to their overthrow.

Is the bell tolling for Ahmedi?

Mousavi demands respect for 'will' of Iranians (July 27, 2009)
Brazil dashes Israel's anti-Iran hopes again (July 28, 2009)
In Iran, Leader orders closure of post-vote prison (July 27, 2009)
Hourglass turned over fate of Iran vote detainees (July 27, 2009)
Iran culture minister resigns over 'deputy row' (July 27, 2009)
Rafsanjani rejects 'power struggle' in Iran (July 27, 2009)
Iran will summon Saudi ambassador (July 27, 2009)

Iran's Protesters: Phase 2 of Their Feisty Campaign (July 27, 2009 - Robin Wright)
Iran's leaders battle over Khomeini's legacy (July 28, 2009 - ROBERT BAER AND OMID MEMARIAN)
Are the wheels coming off the Iranian regime bus? On July 26, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad fired the country's Intelligence Minister, Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie, a man who customarily reported directly to the Supreme Leader, Ayatullah Ali Khamenei, rather than to the President. The move came a day after Khamenei had forced Ahmadinejad to drop Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie as his candidate for Vice President. But in an act of flagrant defiance of Khamenei, Ahmadinejad appointed Mashaie as his chief of staff. All this suggests that a political brawl is raging within the corridors of power, the likes of which the world has not seen since Ayatullah Ruhollah Khomeini died in 1989.

Asia Times
Russia and Iran join hands (July 30, 2009 - Kaveh L Afrasiabi)

Christian Science Monitor
Why Iran's conservatives are airing their dirty laundry (July 28, 2009 - Iason Athanasiadis) <- Yes that Iason who was one of the detainees in Evin

NIAC blog
150 prominent Iranian companies are on the verge of bankruptcy (July 27, 2009)

Foreign Policy
Interview: Mehdi Khalaji (July 27, 2009 - ELIZABETH DICKINSON)
nary, an ayatollah is the equivalent to a theoretician. We have thousands of people in the world who have Ph.D.s in philosophy, but we have few people who are really philosophers -- who introduce new theories and philosophies.

We have many people who have studied 30 years, they are very old -- like 70 years old -- but they are not an ayatollah yet. You can be an ayatollah when you are young or when you are middle aged, provided that you are very intelligent and you study very hard, and you are a dedicated person. You just don't want to get it quickly and go back to Iraq and get involved again in the Mahdi Army. It's not the way that system works.

It is extremely ridiculous to hear Moqtada al-Sadr say "I'm studying to become an ayatollah." It really doesn't make sense in any language but English. If [he says] this in Farsi or Arabic, everybody ridicules him. So he can say this only to foreign media.

Also, if you want to study at the highest level in theology, whether in Qom or Najaf or other seminaries, you have to attend the important courses taught by big figures. Big figures don't teach clandestine[ly]; they teach in the mosque, and many people attempt their courses. In the course of the last few years when Moqtada claims that he has been in Qom to study religion in order to become an ayatollah, nobody has seen him in these courses. So where is he? I don't know. What he does, I don't know. But we have to be very clear: Nobody talks about him because nobody sees him in Qom.

Tehran Bureau
Hassani: Seniors should not be allowed out (July 27, 2009)
Urumiyeh’s Friday Prayers leader Hojjatoleslam Gholam-Reza Hassani thanked Security forces for restoring and maintaining calm throughout the country.

Hassani said that seniors should refrain from participating in activities they are incapable of doing properly. He went on to use driving as an example and opined that to prevent inflecting harm on themselves and others, seniors who cannot control their cars must stay off the road.

The senior West Azarbaijan cleric then noted the “desires of certain presidential candidates in their advanced age” and queried, “Those who do lack physical and mental capacity, why do they try to wreck havoc in the country? When you cannot even keep your ammameh (clerical hat) on your head and your dentures in your mouth how do you want to govern the country?”

He was referring to an incident in Tehran’s Friday prayers where Mehdi Karroubi was reportedly manhandled and escorted out of the venue.

Blog Watch: Robin Wright (July 27, 2009)
Razaei thanks judiciary chief (July 27, 2009)
Ayatollah Watch (Updated - July 27, 2009 - BENDIX ANDERSON) <- Which Ayatollahs are on which side of the conflict
Blog Watch: A Real Probe into Prisons? (July 27, 2009)
In This Blind Alley (Ahmad Shamlou) <- poem written shortly after 1979 revolution but holds true in this era as well
Principlist MP: Ahmadinejad seeks to throw Iran into chaos (July 27, 2009)
An International Day of Action (July 26, 2009 - LEILA DARABI)
Hunger Strike Draws Attention to Political Prisoners (July 23, 2009 - LEILA DARABI)
Showdown between Khamenei and IRGC? (July 28, 2009 - MUHAMMAD SAHIMI)

Keeping the Change blog
Karroubi Visits With the Family of Neda Agha-Soltan (July 28, 2009)

Los Angeles Times
Gates' Israel visit aims to ease tensions over Iran (July 28, 2009 - Richard Boudreaux)
Iran opposition leader calls for more street protests (July 28, 2009 - Borzou Daragahi)
Babylon & Beyond blog: IRAN: Weekend protesters steadfast against government (July 27, 2009)
Babylon & Beyond blog:IRAN: Bahai woman is among seven awaiting trial (July 28, 2009)

Huffington Post
Kahrizak Prison, Holding Iranian Protesters, Ordered Closed After Abuses (July 28, 2009 - NASSER KARIMI)
Israela Oron, Fmr. Israeli General, Says Engaging Hamas Critical To Mideast Peace (July 27, 2009 - Hanna Ingber Win)
Ali Akbar Mehrabian: Iran Minister Found Guilty Of Fraud Is Latest Blow To Ahmadinejad (July 27, 2009 - ALI AKBAR DAREINI)
Israel On Iran: Anything It Takes To Stop Nukes (July 27, 2009 - ANNE GEARAN)


This is a rare interview from within Iran, Seyed Mohammad Marandi, a professor from Tehran University is interviewed by Fareed Zakaria from CNN. Day of interview July 26, 2009. I find it interesting that he mentions Hugo Chavez and not Barack Obama or George Bush... It's also interesting how he denies himself being "The Mouth of Sauron"
Embedded video from CNN Video

Persian's Underground Cinematic Arts
Hichkas - Ye Mosht Sarbaz (Hichkas (No one) - Bunch of Soliders)
Youtube has it put up in 2008 but it really fits the current climate. And it's highly catchy.

I debated on putting this one up. I love it and hate it for exactly the same reasons.

I wish there was a translation of this. I'm told, by the comments, that its a sad song.

Snickers commercial but the green vs red color battle...

Something so simple and yet so powerful. I gotta be honest. I had tears in my eyes. And the gunshots... *shudders* are haunting. I recommend spreading this vid around. It is something that needs to be be seen.

As if there was any doubt that U2's green screen was for the protests, the July 25, 2009 concert in Dublin put them to rest.

Sorry that this is late. I've been working on it for the past 14 hours finding this information and checking up on iran.whyweprotest.

I hope you enjoy it find it informative.
Tags: iran

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