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"We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people." Martin Luther King,Jr.

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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Creating a soft revolution a crime?

The Islamic Republic is recently arresting many Iranian-Americans for "attempting to create a soft revolution". But I don't understand, because the hardliners themselves started a revolution in the late seventies themselves. If all of the sudden creating change is a crime, then the Iranian hardliners, Basiji and the supreme leader should be first in line to go to prison!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Muslim Arab states don't want the Islamic Republic Mullahs Either

Iran is always accusing the United States of meddling in its affairs. Looks like the Iranian dictators are doing the same thing. (granted, hypocrasy is nothing foreign to the Iranian ruling power.). Now even fellow muslims resent the mullah dictators in power in Iran. In my opinion the majority of Iranians don't want the Islamic Republic, and neither do other Muslim countries. Why can't the people running the Islamic Republic dictatorship just get lost and leave the entire Middle East in Peace?

At the world economic foram held in Jordan last weekend, here were some comments by the neighboring muslim arab states:

Palestenian, Saab Erekat, scolded Iran for meddling in its affairs and for its anti-Israel rhetoric:
"Add Palestine to the map instead of removing Israel from the map," Erekat said, referring to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's calls for Israel's "Zionist regime" to be "wiped off the map."

According to the article, the Palestenian leaders see Iran's interfering as threatening the existence of Palestine. The interference of Iran with supporting Hizbollah and Islamic Jihad was also seen as creating obstacles for Palestine to establish as state for themselves.

'Former Saudi ambassador to Washington, Prince Turki al-Faisal, scolded Iran, saying that the predominantly Persian country had little to do with Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking.
"It's an Arab issue and should be resolved within the Arab fold," he said.'

'Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi was perhaps the most blunt.
"We say stop your interference in our internal affairs, stop settling scores on our soil ... and sit down with us to settle our differences," al-Hashemi said.'

source of article:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070522/ap_on_re_mi_ea/
iran_vs_arabs_1

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Good Idea for Information Distribution


I saw this picture on:

http://daroonoboroon.blogspot.com/2007/05/blog-post_19.html

It might be a good idea. If the mullahs see that they can't be seen with this certain kind of money, then maybe the will permit the people to freely demonstrate, like every other civilized country.

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Monday, May 21, 2007

Sardar Ahmadai Moghaddam from Iranian Police beats Women


1st photo taken from Kamangir's website: http://kamangir.net/
2nd photo taken from "Kanoon Zanan" website: www.irwomen.net
According to the new article below, the Iranian police were trying to arrest two women for bad Hijab again. The women were resisting arrest when the police beat them severly. The violent behavior of the police was so disturbing, that bystanders complained. Ultimately the women were put taken away from the police in witnesses' cars to and the Police were not able to arrest them. I think its a good sign that people are standing up against the police in Iran. It's interesting because the police were arresting the women because of bad hijab, only to rip off their headscarves and tear their clothing in an attempt to arrest them. I don't think beating women is Islamic behavior! The police in Iran are animals and should be arrested themselves for assault and harm to society.

read article from Persian source: http://www.irwomen.net/first.php?id=325

For more reaction to this digusting act of Iranian police see website below, which is also the source of the 2nd photo: http://kamangir.net/
According to the blog below, the name of the animal that beat the woman is Sardar Ahmadi Moghaddam.

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Friday, May 18, 2007

Iranian Nobel Laureate: " Haleh Esfandiari's Arrest was Illegal"

Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Winner and lawyer was blocked by the Iranian government to represtent Haleh Esfandiari. Haleh Esfandiari works for the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. She was arrested on May 8, 2007, being accused of spying for the United States and Isreal.

Our goal is to inform Iranians and the international community that the government is not respecting its own laws and regulations," Ebadi said. "Her arrest was illegal." Shirin Ebadi continued to state: "I've known her for many years, and I know she is innocent."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070518/wl_mideast_afp/
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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Head of Human Rights Defense for Iranian Prisoners:" How can you label an individual a spy without proof?"

According to an article published by Rooz online, the head of human Rights defense of Iranian prisoners was quoted:" How can you label an individual a spy without proof?" This was in respone to the Iranian Government Sponsered Keyhan so called "newspaper", in calling Haleh Esfandiar a spy for the United States and an agent for Mossad.

Although Ms. Esfandiar's husband wrote a letter to Keyhan newspaper refuting the charges the editors have brought upon his wife, the newspaper did not publish it. This is very poor news reporting. In my view this is proof that the newspaper is not legitamite, and publishes lies. A proper newspaper would not be one-sided and would balance the news with statements from both sides.

Ommadeddin Baghi made some very poignet notes. He stated that some very suspicious activity had occurred prior to Ms. Esfandiar's arrrest. "If the Iranian government feel that someone is engaged in velvet revolution activities, that is one thing, but for suspicious agents with black masks to go and steal her purse with her passports is another. This confiscation of her belongings was illegal. "

Although I do disagree with his statement about the Iranian government having the right to imprison people that want to create change or a "velvet revolution". The government works for the people. The people of a country have intelligence and brains of their own to decide how they want their relationship with God to be. This government takes it upon itself to dictate the manner in which people want to relate to God, it's none of their damn business. It would be one thing if one's way of life would harm others, such as murder, theft, etc., but taking away a person's basic human rights and religious freedom is not what any elected body should be allowed to do. If the people do not like something that a government is doing, they have the right to demonstrate, talk about it, write about it, show their dissatisfaction and change things.
A velvet revolution can't be created if people don't want change, and wanting to create change in a peaceful manner is not a crime.

Rooz online article:
http://www.roozonline.com/archives/2007/05/004576.php

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Head of Human Rights Defense for Iranian Prisoners:" How can you label an individual a spy without proof?"

According to an article published by Rooz online, the head of human Rights defense of Iranian prisoners was quoted:" How can you label an individual a spy without proof?" This was in respone to the Iranian Government Sponsered Keyhan so called "newspaper", in calling Haleh Esfandiar a spy for the United States and an agent for Mossad.

Although Ms. Esfandiar's husband wrote a letter to Keyhan newspaper refuting the charges the newspaper editors have brought upon his wife, the newspaper did not publish it. This is very poor news reporting. In my view this is proof that the newspaper is not legitamite, and publishes lies. A proper newspaper would not be one-sided and would balance the news with statements from both sides.

Ommadeddin Baghi made some very poignet notes. He stated that some very suspicious activity had occurred prior to Ms. Esfandiar's arrrest. "If the Iranian government feel that someone is engaged in velvet revolution activities, that is one thing, but for suspicious agents with black masks to go and steal her purse with her passports is another. This illegal confiscation of her belongings was illegal. "

Although I do disagree with his statement about the Iranian government having the right to imprison people that want to create change or a "velvet revolution". The government works for the people. The people of a country have intelligence and brains of their own to decide how they want their relationship with God to be. This government takes it upon itself to dictate the manner in which people want to relate to God, it's none of their damn business. It would be one thing if one's way of life would harm others, such as murder, theft, etc., but taking away a person's basic human rights and religious freedom is not what any elected body should be allowed to do. If the people do not like something that a government is doing, they have the right to demonstrate, talk about it, write about it, show their dissatisfaction and change things.
A velvet revolution can't be created if people don't want change, and wanting change is not a crime.

Rooz online article:
http://www.roozonline.com/archives/2007/05/004576.php

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Monday, May 14, 2007

Zeynab Peyghambarzadeh was freed on $20,000 bail

Zeynab Peyghambarzadeh's father was interviewed on the telephone. He stressed that she is a sociology major, and that if a sociology student is not working to improve the shortcomings of society, than who would be?

"Zeynab might have a strong spirit in prison, but her siblings are even more prisoners than she, because they are so worried about her." Her father continued: "I think Zeynab and her co-workers are in the right and I am not against her women's rights work. This generation is smarter than our generation. Zeynab knew that being summoned to prison by telephone was illegal. That is why she didn't present herself to the court. The day after she got a written summons to the court, she showed up at the courthouse, and they arrested her. She didn't tell me because she didn't want to worry me. I told the authorities that I did not have the bail money. I am rent an apartment and have no bail money. Besides, my daughter did not commit any crimes. If the government of Ahmadinejad is willing to give me the share of oil money that he had promised the people, I would accept. All I know is that we live in Iran and we should not be treated this way.

The judge told me why don't you stop your daughter's activities? I told him:" If a sociology major with highest honors is not thinking about the problems of our society, than how would be?"

Zeynab's father complained about the treatment of the University administration with the students:" The "Herasat" (university security) called us and told us that Zeynab tore photos of the war martyrs. I told them they tore up the martyr photos themselves, we are a religious family and Zeynab would never do such a thing. In the old days the Universities would support the students. But today, the Herasat is cooperating with the government's security police and stand against the University students."

He stressed:" My daughter did not commit any crimes and the only reason why she was arrested was because she didn't show up to court with the illegal telephone summons. My daughter's problem is that she knows the law so well, that she knew the phone summons was illegal. As a human being, I respect my daughter's beliefs"

http://news.gooya.com/politics/archives/2007/05/059634.php

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Islamic Republic's Keyhan newspaper, Publication of Lies?

Haleh Esfandiari's husband wrote a rebuttal to all of the charges that the Islamic Republic's preferred Keyhan newspaper has published. There are multitudes of discrepencies between Keyhan's account and that of Haleh Esfandiari's husband. Obviously this matter should be investigated, but of course I have a feeling that Haleh Esfandiari's husband's account is more truthfull.

I mean if the Keyhan editors are going to lie, they should do it in a little more sophisticated fashion. The author of the paper in the article doesn't even try to leave any grey areas, he/she just blatantly fabricates whatever. The Hardliners should be ashamed of themselves. Their mouthpiece paper never had that much credibility with me in the first place, but now from the looks of it the paper would make better use as a kitty litter liner.

http://1384.g00ya.com/politics/archives/2007/05/059628.php

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Demonstrations in Amir Kabir University

This news is a little old by now, but there were student demonstrations in Amir Kabir University. Apparantly a publication got circulated where the Supreme Leader was ridiculed in a cartoon. A dispute arose as to who really published it, weather the student group published it or the student basiji group wrote it and fraudulently put the student group's logo on it.

Read the full story at Kamangir's blog

http://kamangir.net/2007/05/01/3403/


Two students were arrested, Ahamad Ghasabian and Mahdi Farhangian.

However, the pattern that has been emerging is the Iranian government arrests two, and more will take their place.

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More arrests

Massoumeh Peyghambar-zadeh, women's rights activist was arrested recently. She cannot pay the bail money. Also, many teachers remain in jail, and Haleh Esfandiayari which is an Irainian-American has been arrested as well.

I find it odd that they arrested Ms. Esfandiayari. I imagine she would have been visiting her mother for many years now, how come the Iranian government is arresting her now?

I believe there are talks for another set of sanctions for Iran in June.

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Sunday, May 06, 2007

کدام زن متانت وشخصیت بیشتری دارد؟ٌ Which woman is a better person?

این خانم خشن که بجای خدمت به مردم وقت خود را صرف آزازو ایراد گرفتن از لباس دیگران میکند
This violent woman below that spends her time harrassing people about their clothing?

و یا این خانم مهربان که وقتش را صرف کمک به کودکان ستمدیده میکند؟
or this kind woman that spends her time helping children victims of trauma?

. متانت و شخصیت به حجاب نیست . به سیرت ,رفتارو عمل خوب انسانها ست.
Hijab does not determine a person's character. Rather it is assessed by one's good deeds and kind behavior.

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Memoirs of a boy Soldier. Do his experiences apply to Iranian Hardliners that Advocate Violence?

I have read a book about a boy soldier that got caught in war in Sierre Leonne, joined the army , committed brutal killings and violence. Later he became reahbilitated and told his story.

In his book he describes how his mind shut out the guilt of the horrible things he did. While he was a soldier, the army commanders would give them cocaine and other drugs. The author writes:" The idea of death didn't cross my mind at all and killing had become as easy as drinking water. My mind had not only snapped during the first killling, it had also stopped making resmorseful records, or so it seemed"

The author stated that he would get caught up in revenge. If he saw someone that appeared to be of the same background as the enemy, he would kill him. In my opinion, this is part of the source of many problems we face today. For example, in the United States, there was a massacre in a High School in Colombine. The teenage killers were wearing black trenchcoats during their bloody rampage. If another individual looks like a troubled teenager and wears a black trenchcoat, one cannot assume the person will kill others. One needs further evidence of the actions of a person. Ishamel Behr, the author of the book, stated how he exacted revenge on rebel army members that were caught:" I am not sure if one of the captives was the shooter, but any captive would do at the time (he then killed all of the captives.)."

However, his mind was recording everything, only waiting for the right opportunity to replay. He later became extremely remorseful of his actions. From the book it appears that individuls who inflict suffering on others, no matter what the motivation, suffer extreme remorse themselves later. It appears that perpetrators of abuse experience guilt, sleep loss and headaches/migraines,. "... I tried to think about my childhood days, but it was impossible, as I began getting flashbacks of the first time I slit a man's throat. The scene kept surfacing in my memory like lightning on a dark rainy night and each time it happened, I heard a sharp cry in my head that made my spine hurt. I went inside and sat on my bed facing the wall and tried to stop thinking, but I had a severe migraine that night. I rolled my head onthe cold cement floor, but it didn't stop. I went to the shower room and put my head under cold water, but that didn't help either. The night nurse was called. She gave me some sleeping tablets, but I still cloudn't fall asleep even after my migraine stopped. I couldn't face the nightames I knew would come."

He later addressed the United Nations in regards to his experiences:"
".... all this is because of starvation, the loss of our families, the need to feel safe and the need to feel part of something when all else has broken down....I joined the army to avenge the deaths of my family and to survive, but I've come to learn that if I am goiong to take revenge, in that process I will kill another person whose family will want revenge, then revenge and revenge and revenge will never come to an end...."

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Video clip of Iranian regime arresting girl

I didn't see this untill now, it really made me hate the Facist pigs that were arresting girls recently because of their clothes. All I got to say is what goes around, comes around. Their day will come too. No chance anyone has good photos of the police officers doing the arresting depicting their faces for everyone to see and recognize?

The clip is on www.kosoof.com
http://www.kosoof.com/archive/366.php#000366

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Mansoor Osanloo arrested on International Laborer Day

Correction: plainclothes policemen tried to arrest/kidnap Mansoor Osanloo, but due to the gathering and objection of surrounding bystanders, the iranian plainclothes police officers/kidnappers ran away.

Mansoor Osanloo, an activist demanding better wages for bus drivers, was arrested today on his way to the Shiroodi fitness center. He was arrrested on the Haft Tir square Metro stop. According to Gooya news, the bystanders tried to stop the 15 officials that were arresting Osanloo.

http://1384.g00ya.com/politics/archives/2007/05/059280.php

A letter was submitted to the Iranian government with signatories from the following unions in Iran:

mechanics
sewing workers
shoe-manufacturing workers
artists
bus drivers
and cultural laborers

in the letter to Mohammad Jahromi, the labor and social issues minister in Iran, the workers demanded to have appropriate wages that would allow a basic living for a worker as well as the government recognizing the unions in Iran.

It is the opinion of this blogger that it seems the dicontent in Iran is increasing and the government is failing to address its shortcommings. As a result, the problems are piling up, instead of being resolved.

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Mansoor Osanloo arrested on International Laborer Day

Mansoor Osanloo, an activist demanding better wages for bus drivers, was arrested today on his way to the Shiroodi fitness center. He was arrrested on the Haft Tir square Metro stop. According to Gooya news, the bystanders tried to stop the 15 officials that were arresting Osanloo.

http://1384.g00ya.com/politics/archives/2007/05/059280.php

A letter was submitted to the Iranian government with signatories from the following unions in Iran:

mechanics
sewing workers
shoe-manufacturing workers
artists
bus drivers
and cultural laborers

in the letter to Mohammad Jahromi, the workers demanded to have appropriate wages that would allow a basic living for a worker as well as the government recognizing the unions in Iran.

It is the opinion of this blogger that it seems the dicontent in Iran is increasing and the government is failing to address its shortcommings. As a result, the problems are piling up, instead of being resolved.

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