Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Iranian Revolution (Day Forty-Seven)

Update (7/30/2009):Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Forty-Eight). End of Update:

Clinton on Iran; ""We believe that it is imperative for (Iran) ... to release political prisoners and treat them appropriately and humanely," said Clinton, adding that the continued detention and alleged abuse of prisoners suggested the political situation inside of Iran had not been resolved." (http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSWBT011513). Forty-seven days and the Obama administration is still only inching closer to taking a stance which is strong enough.

"Iran police 'went to extremes' in post-vote unrest" (http://www.presstv.com/detail.aspx?id=101948§ionid=351020101). So says Ismail Ahmadi-Moqaddam (Iran's police chief) of all people.

The Iranian authorities are still trying to shift the blame of Neda's death onto the protesters (http://www.presstv.com/detail.aspx?id=101954§ionid=351020101). Participate in the http://SilentWave.info in remembrance of her (via http://idiomagic.livejournal.com/145765.html).

A report on the state of prisons for women in Iran and it is not pretty (http://keepingthechange.blogspot.com/2009/07/two-reports-from-revolutionary-road.html).

First round of protesters set to stand trial on August 1st (http://niacblog.wordpress.com/2009/07/29/3927).

More infighting between Iranian authorities; " Two important developments over the past few days suggest that a possible confrontation may be under way between Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei, and the high command of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

One development was the order issued by Ayatollah Khamenei overruling Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s appointment of Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei as his First Vice President (Iran’s president has eight vice presidents). The second was the firing of ultra hardliner Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejehei, the Minister of Intelligence.
" (http://tehranbureau.com/looming-confrontation-khamenei-irgc).

"Mousavi and Karroubi will attend the memorial service tomorrow"; looks like there is going to be a show down (http://niacblog.wordpress.com/2009/07/29/mousavi-and-karroubi-will-attend-the-memorial-service-tomorrow).

Iran will be holding joint naval exercises with Russia in the Caspian Sea (http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1248277918787&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull).

FaceBook won control of the ".ir" extension of the name "Facebook". The ".ir" is the country code of Iran. It may not be much help to the protesters though as the government has blocked the site. "Social networking site Facebook has won control of a Web address using its name and the country suffix .ir for Iran.

The U.N.'s World Intellectual Property Organization says current owner Majid Karimian Ghannad of Yazd, Iran, has to transfer the domain name — facebook.ir — to the U.S.-based site.

The Geneva-based U.N. agency says Ghannad registered the domain in bad faith and had no right to the name.
" (http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gFyUd7d94IrbS7v06ZSt6gkjF_lgD99NJDQ02).

Let me end with an email I got from Gwyndyn Alexander (http://idiomagic.livejournal.com) who passed on a note from a correspondence in Iran.

"Hello, and thank you for all your work on compiling information about Iran.

I have been exchanging emails with three people in Tehran, and I received this from Fayah today:

"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."

She and her friends desperately want their voices to be heard. If you feel it is appropriate, please repost her letter.

Thank you
"

Past related posts:
Berman Post: Iranian Election Viewed as Rigged
Berman Post: Iranian Election Fraud Protest (NYC)
Berman Post: Iranian Riots Continue
Berman Post: Iranian Election Fraud Riots (Day Three)
Berman Post: Iranian Election Fraud Riots (Day Four)
Berman Post: Iranian Election Fraud Protest at Union Square (NYC)
Berman Post: Iranian Election Fraud Riots (Day Five)
Berman Post: Iranian Election Fraud Riots (Day Six)
Berman Post: Prayer Vigil For The Fallen Iranian Protesters (NYC)
Berman Post: Iranian Election Fraud Riots (Day Seven)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Eight)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Nine)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Ten)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Eleven)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Twelve)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Thirteen)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Fourteen)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Fifteen)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Sixteen)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Seventeen)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Eighteen)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Nineteen)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Twenty)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Twenty-One)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Twenty-Two)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Twenty-Three)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Twenty-Four)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Twenty-Five)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Twenty-Six)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Twenty-Seven)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Twenty-Eight)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Twenty-Nine)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Thirty)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Thirty-One)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Thirty-Two)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Thirty-Three)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Thirty-Four)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Thirty-Five)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Thirty-Six)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Thirty-Seven)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Thirty-Eight)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Thirty-Nine)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Forty)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Forty-One)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Forty-Two)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Forty-Three)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Forty-Four)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Forty-Five)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Forty-Six)

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