Posted by iranrevolution on August 22, 2009
I got an email today promising free IP adress for Iranians. I thought it is just a chain letter but when I followed the link, it turned out to be true. That means Iranians in Iran can access the internet anonymously. This is so important for our struggle that I decided to post the email here as I received it.
اگر ميخواهيد دولت شما را پيدا نکند رد کامپوتر خود را گم کنيد. به اين ترتيپ ميتوانيد آزادانه با کامپوتر خود خبرها را به خارج بفرستيد و يا انکه با همديگر در تماس باشيد بدون اينکه دولت بتواند رد شما را پيدا کند.
هر کامپوتر آدرسي دارد به اسم آي پي آدرس. از طريق اين آي پي آدرس که يک سري شماره هستند دولت ميتواند محل سکونت شما را پيدا کند.
يک ايراني که در کاليفرنيا زندگي ميکند صاحب کمپاني آي پي آدرس ميباشد. آين آدرسها فروشي هستند ولي ايشان اين ايپ آدرسها را براي ايرانيان داخل ايران به طور رايگان عرضه کرده. وقتيکه اين آي پي آدرس را به کامپوتر خود نصب کنيد کامپوتر شما به نظر ميايد که در آمريکا هست. بنابراين آنها نميتوانند بفهمند که شما کجا هستيد. دولت فکر ميکند که شما در آمريکا هستيد.
تريقه نصب اين سافت ور:
به اين وب سايت برويد و به قسمت ايرانيان وارد شويد و دستور عملش را اجرا کنيد. لطفا اين نامه را برايه ديگران ارسال کنيد که به چنگ اين اهريمنها نيفتند. شماها در ايران تنها نيستيد. تمام ايرنيها در خارج در تلاش هستند تا اين رژيم شيطان را نابود کنند.. اين دفعه صحبت از “راي من کجاست نيست” اين دفعه همگي به سوي ريشه کن کردن اين رژيم هستند. و تأ موقعي که اين شيطانها نروند ما ساکت نخواهيم شد.
Free Accounts for Iranian Citizens
We are offering free IPRental accounts to all Iranian citizens who want completely anonymous web browsing via untraceable USA IP addresses. To get your account email us at: iran@iprental. com
راستی فهرست شهدا، لیست اعتراضات روزانه و وبلاگ مرگ بر دیکتاتور را فراموش نکنید
اگر کسی مرا به بالاترین دعوت کند خرسند میشوم
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Posted by iranrevolution on August 2, 2009
This short post is not going to touch the unethical methods that this regime is deploying on daily basis. This short post is not going to deplore parading of political prisoners on national TV in mock confessions. This short post is not even going to touch the hilarity of this bogus trial. It is only going to look at the clumsy editing of Mohammad Ali Abtahi’s so called confessions and touch its hilarious last part.
Abtahi a bit thinner
Throughout the interview, there is a sense that he is reading off a piece of paper. He is often looking down at his right hand side. This is visible at 0.14 to 0.17, at 2.03 just before a quick cut, at 3.38 and 3.46. After precisely five minutes, the clip that has up until then been shot by a single camera begins to be edited from multiple cameras and there is no more reading off a piece of paper for poor Mr. Abtahi.
Then we have two cases where the editing is very clumsy indeed.
First case: There is no sound between 1.12 to 1.14 just when he is mentioning someone’s name that the regime obviously doesn’t want mentioned.
Second case: There is a cut at 2.13; one can see his head changes its position. What is cut out is impossible to know.
Another possible cut is off camera. At 3.14 we are seeing a group of photographers and at that time Mr Abtahi starts a new sentence. Listeners can sense that the sound between the two sentences is incoherent. It seems that something that he has said is cut out.
Now let’s move on to the hilarious part. At 5.56 there is a question by presumably the judge obviously intended for the TV viewers as the judge says, and I am paraphrasing here, that anyone listening to what you are saying would think it is because of your time in jail. At this time one knows that Abtahi in his answer is going to say that it has nothing to do with the jail (and he losing about 18k during his time in custody). And right enough, he goes to great lengths to testify that the jail, apart from the fact that it is a jail, has been great and that he had not felt any problem in the jail.
It is one of those truly sad moments when you see this broken man for whom I have always had great respect – liking his sense of humour – is willing to say just about anything after seven weeks of solitary confinement and shedding 18 kilos in jail. Yes, no problem at all in Iranian jails, everything is fine and dandy.
Update: I cannot help but adding this clip made by Ebrahim Nabavi called The Confession [of Mohammad Ali Abtahi]. It is more or less spot on what Abtahi did confess to. However Nabavi made this clip three weeks prior to the actual confessions. Yes, we have seen these kind of confessions before. We are not surprised.
Posted in Iran, Revolution | Tagged: Abtahi, Ali, Bogus, Confession, Confessions, Courtroom, Fake, Iran, Jail, Judge, Mohammad, Mohammad Ali Abtahi, Prison, Torture, Trial | 5 Comments »
Posted by iranrevolution on August 1, 2009
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Posted by iranrevolution on July 21, 2009
I am going to announce this post constantly untill July 25 . Why? Because that is the day that ALL of you are going out on the streets of your cities and support the Iranian People. No excuses please. This is the least we can do!
Here is a good youtube video to get you in the mood of the things (sorry it just refuses to be embedded)
Where? All over the place. You can visit the organising site for loads of info or else just find your cities right here. OBSERVE that if you have Freegate antifilter on, you have to turn it off before visiting the organising site or else you won’t get in (God know only why). So plan nothing else during the rally and get yourself, your family, your friends, your co-workers, your neighbours and anyone else you know to the rally. Be assured that everyone you know believe in Freedom and if you just ask, you might get more positive answers than you’ve imagined.
Here is the list of 109 cities:
Alamonte Springs, FL
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Cologne (Köln), Germany
Kansas City, MO
Las Vegas. NV
Los Angeles, CA
Miami Beach, FL
New Delhi, India
New York, NY
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Prague, Czech Republic
Revine Lago, Italy
Salt Lake City, UT
San Diego, CA
San Fransisco, CA
Sau Paulo, Brazil
Seoul, South Korea
Saint Kitts, Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Louis, MO
And these in US courtesay of Amnesty International USA
San Diego, California
Rally time: July 24, 6-8pm
Rally location: Balboa Park, (1900 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA, 92101) at the corner of President’s way, on the lawn
More information: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=101590536518
Contact: Stephanie Hanson at 760-230-2936, // firstname.lastname@example.org
San Francisco, California
Rally time: July 25, 12pm-4pm
Rally location: City Hall
More information: www.norcal4iran.com
Contact: // email@example.com
Rally time: July 25, 12 noon
Place: Federal Plaza, Dearborn and Adams
Rally time: Noon
Rally location: Federal Plaza at Dearborn and Adams Street in downtown Chicago
More information: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=101752522334 or contact // firstname.lastname@example.org
New York, New York
Rally time: July 25, 12:30pm
Rally location: Starts at Times Square, 41st and 7th Avenue. There will then be a march to the United Nations.
Washington DCDC event on July 25 will be in 3 parts:
Part one: Demonstration @ UN Office
Start at 4:00pm, corner of 18th+K. We have requested road closure from DCDOT. Signs, slogans, use of bullhorns.
Part two: March to Rally
March starts at 5:15pm, East on K st one block, South on 17th st (march past WH w/o stopping), Enter Constitutional Gardens at 17th + Constitution St.
Part three: Rally at National Mall Constitution Gardens (on 19th + Constitution)
Jody Williams, Nobel Laureate
Mehrangiz Kar, Human Rights Lawyer
Joe Stork, Human Rights Watch, Deputy Director of Middle East and North Africa Division
Parisa Saeb, Human Rights Activist
Dariush, Prominent Iranian Singer and Social Activist
YekIran.com has a really cool map to help organise protests. Check it out.
WhyWeProtest has a forum dedicated to World Wide Protest planning
Crowdable is another site that tracks protests against the regime in Iran
Some of the supporters are really BIG NAMES
And to get you going, here is my favorite comedian Maz Jobranis appeal:
Observe that the http://www.united4iran.org/ is at the moment I write this post down. But google is not, so look around on the web and find where YOU can support the Iranian People.
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Posted by iranrevolution on July 17, 2009
The Friday prayer is barely over. As I listen to live radio from the US, people calling in and furiously pouring their anger at Rafsanjani, I am thinking that the critic is unbalanced.
Let me be clear, on a personal level, I utterly despise this person. However, let us see what the man actually did say on this sermon. I am using my twitter messages to write this post, so it might be fragmental.
First of all he opened his sermon by saying “God will judge you, don’t be proud” and further “God swears on the pen and what men write. Writing and humanity are the same.” He went on to talk of peoples’ rights. On this he orated for a very long time, telling stories from the time of Muhammad. Then he mentioned the 7th imam and the fact that he was jailed and tortured and finally was martyred in jail.
I read in this in the current context a reference to all the people who are currently jailed, tortured and martyred in Evin and other prisons. This is surely no coincidence.
Now he gets to the election itself saying that it started well with the debates on the state media and that people were hopeful that there would be a free election and therefore the turnout was higher than ever. He said that people should be thanked for their participation. He continued to say that regretfully this situation did not last till after the election.
Then he gets to the point when he is crediting himself for being close to Khomeini and insisting that Khomeini, just like the prophet always insisted that it is the will of the people that is important. That it is the people who should govern. That if we have the people, then we have everything and that is why he was so quick to appoint Bazargan as prime minister. He continues to tell how people defeated the regime of shah on the streets.
At this point I wondered if he is telling Khamenei that if his government is not by people then he too will be defeated by the people on the streets. Then he tells a story about the prophet Muhammad. The prophet had told the first Imam, Imam Ali, that if people don’t want you to be their leader, even though you are chosen by God, then let them do as they please. This has a pivotal message. He is in other words saying that a government that is not liked by people should resign. Am I reading too much in this? I think not, because he continues to say that according to the constitution everything is from the people – even the supreme leader who is chosen by the assembly of experts who in turn is chosen by the people. Observe that Rafsanjani is in fact the head of this assembly.
Rafsanjani goes on to talk about Iran being both a republic and Islamic. If not Islamic then we go astray and if not republic then it is not practical and it is not Islamic. Then he criticizes the state media for siding with one candidate. He says that today everyone is bitter, that everyone is a loser and that we need unity today and that he finally has some suggestions to resolve the situation.
Rafsanjani’s suggestions are as follows:
- We must all abide by the law
- We must create an atmosphere where all parties are allowed to express themselves, here are the state media of great importance
- Prisoners must be freed [my note: Did he say political prisoners? I am not sure I heard that. However he is of course refereeing to recently imprisoned protesters, writers, journalist, bloggers and political figures]
- We must console the injured and the families who have suffered losses.
- We must not limit media that work within the framework of law
He finishes by talking about the armed forces and basically asking them to cool down.
By now I am hearing that there are demonstrations all over the town. I only hope noone gets hurt. Someone calls in and says that people don’t really care about what Rafsanjani had to say. They are just using this opportunity to come out and protest. Perhaps, this was a good enough reason to go and listen to this old man of revolution.
Posted in Iran, Revolution | Tagged: Assembly of Experts, Demonstration, Election, Freedom, Friday, Iran, Islmaic, Khamenei, Khomeini, Martyr, Prayer, Prisoners, Rafsanjani, Republic, Revolution, Supreme leader, Tehran, Torture | 3 Comments »
Posted by iranrevolution on July 3, 2009
I firmly believe that civil disobedience, any and all kind of it, is a great tool in the fight against repression because
- The government is visibly, but peacefully, confronted.
- People will know that they are not fighting the government alone.
- The various forms of protest can easily spread.
- At one point, the government will have to face all day long protests manifesting itself in a great variety of ways and in such a manner that the government is simply paralysed to respond to.
So pick your choice, you want to wear green? Have your headlights on? Turn your lights off in the evening? Cry your defiance? Or do all of the above and more, every day and with all your neighbours at the same time?
This video is recorded on July 1 (well into the third week of the new Iranian revolution). I only hope that these cries of defiance shall be heard from every corner of every town until the change we sought, the change that unites all of us materialises.
Posted in Iran, Revolution | Tagged: Allahu Akbar, Civil disobedience, Iran, Protest, Revolution | 2 Comments »
Posted by iranrevolution on June 29, 2009
Who controls whom? Is Khamenei in control of the Revolutionary Guards or are the Guards dictating policy and Khamenei is simply their front man? Who is the puppeteer and who is the puppet? As the 2009 Coup d’état enters its third week, this question is becoming of ever greater importance.
If Khamenei is still at the helm, then one have to ask why he has chosen to keep Ahmadinejad as president and why he has blatantly alienated half of the inner circle? What are his gains and what are his losses? Indeed, putting the pros and cons from his perspective on a scale, one begins to wonder.
Pros may be:
- Having a president who truly believes in an Islamic jurisprudence embodied by Khamenei.
- Preparing the way for his son, Mojtaba (and there is so much rumours doing the rounds that there has to be some truth there) to succeed him.
Cons have proved to be far more numerous
- Regime has lost its legitimacy both in and outside of Iran (and I am not getting into the debate if it ever has been legitimate)
- The tension and infighting within the ruling establishment has got to unprecedented levels, threatening the very existence of the regime from inside.
- The ensuing street protests on a level never seen since the Islamic revolution of 1979. Khamenei have managed singlehandedly to morph the election results protests into a genuine call for a complete overhaul of the regime. Effectively demanding its demise, a revolution has landed on Khamenei’s doorstep.
- The infallibility of Khamenei and the office he holds is seriously in question. Even if it would survive the current turmoil, the genie is out of the bottle and Khamenei is never going to be taken seriously nor is it likely that there is going to be a singular supreme leader in the future.
It should have been apparent even to Khamenei; that the stakes are truly high and I am frankly not convinced that he actually is grooming his son to succeed him. Iran is not North Korea. It remains then to believe that Khamenei chose to risk everything only to retain a president who is ideologically close to him instead of accepting a president who opposes his views on some major issues but that instead would probably guarantee, at least for the near future, the survival of the Islamic republic.
Hence, in comes the second scenario. The Revolutionary Guards, once an undisciplined group of volunteers with political views as broad as there are Iranians and with not much more weaponry than Kalashnikovs, have steadily gained power in Iran during the past thirty years. The young revolutionaries, who survived the internal cleansings of the corps, have climbed the proverbial ladder; spread their influence in every imaginable institution, governmental, economical or else in Iran. This has happened with not so little help from Khamenei himself who, specially at the beginning of his rein was a weak figure, a compromise to fill the void of shunned Ayatollah Montazeri; and who needed all the help he could get to establish himself as the supreme leader. So he bought the support of the Revolutionary Guards by simply agreeing to all their demands. Four years ago he went one step further, fiddled strongly with the election results back then, ousted the reformist Karroubi from the race and humiliated his former ally Rafsanjani, who because he embodied all that was wrong with the regime never stood a chance anyways, and handed the presidency to Ahmadinejad. With Ahmadinejad as president, the revolutionary corps was effectively running the country.
Four years on and the commanders of this mighty military, economic and political force were not too happy to lose their privileges by the hands of a former prime minister. One they helped to get rid of some 20 odd years earlier by simply abolishing his office all together. This time around Khamenei, as argued above, had much to lose if he would decide to meddle with the result just as he did last time. So the revolutionary guards staged a sort of a palace coup d’état, effectively forcing Khamenei to follow their lead. The pros and cons for the guards?
- They maintain their power.
- Khamenei becomes a weak figure with not much authority, letting the Guards to expand their influence by directly dictating the state policies
- They can continue to do all this in the background with little direct attention to their affairs.
- There would be internal disputes in the highest echelons of power in Iran. But that suits the Revolutionary Guards just fine, offering them a golden opportunity to eliminate dissent within the ruling elite.
- They would risk a revolution. The Revolutionary Guards expected that and unleashed the Basij militia on the people. Force, they assumed, will solve this problem
I conclude therefore by asserting that what we have witnessed so far is a coup d’état by the Revolutionary Guards. Unless the new Iranian revolution manages to keep up its momentum, we’ll witness much bloodshed inside and outside of the inner circles. This would indeed be the worst possible outcome for the Iranian nation, one that certainly this most sophisticated people do not deserve.
United we stand, divided we’ll be ruled by the Revolutionary Guards.
*Pasdar = guard, a member of the Revolutionary Guards
Posted in Iran, Revolution | Tagged: Ahmadinejad, Basij, Coup, Coup d'état, Election, Iran, Kalashnikov, Karroubi, Khamenei, Mojtaba, Montazeri, North Korea, Pasdar, President, Rafsanjani, Revolution, Revolutionary guards, Supreme leader | 1 Comment »
Posted by iranrevolution on June 24, 2009
The Iranian regime has been hopeful that the protests against the rigged presidential elections would have died out by now. This has after all been a carefully planned ballot box Coup d’état the likes of which has rarely, if ever, been seen before. Little did Khamenei expect or foresee the wrath that this last nail in the coffin of the republic would unleash. Khamenei has certainly at no point during his twenty years as supreme leader been publicly as humiliated as he is now. It is not just the crowds on the streets or on the rooftops that demand his removal, it is also the defiant attitude of Moussavi, Karroubi and even Rafsanjani that is making life miserable for this old man.
But the Islamic republic of Iran is a shrewd and ruthless player. It has succeeded in putting an end to 25 centuries of monarchical rule in Iran. In its early years, it survived assassinations, Khamenei himself is paralysed in his right arm due to a bomb planted in his microphone and Rafsanjani escaped another one, it managed to fight off eight years of Iraqi aggression, interestingly enough with Khamenei as president and Moussavi as its premier, but most importantly, it managed to kill or imprison or else silence every opposition to its dogmatic policies. In fact, quite a few of those men who accompanied Khomeini to Tehran from Paris were amongst those who were later executed. Even the first president of the republic, Banisadr, was impeached and later managed to flee the country allegedly dressed as a woman. So this regime has no qualms about getting rid of its former allies, Moussavi is certainly not going to be an exception and he should know, a lot of the atrocities happened during his tenor as premier. I am not suggesting that he was directly responsible for any of it, but he sure must have been aware of them. Of course, people can change.
To his credit, Moussavi has shown some backbone. Rezai, the former Revolutionary Guards’ head has already faltered and withdrawn his objection to the poll result – God knows how much pressure was exerted on him, but Moussavi is still defiant even though he must very much be aware of that a case against him is being prepared at this very moment. I can already see his broken image in court, much like Mossadegh, being remembered as the man who tried to challenge the 2009 ballot box Coup d’état. This is not an unlikely scenario. The hard line Keyhan newspaper (all links in Persian) has already accused Moussavi of being directly responsible for all the deaths and mayhem (his supporters, Kayhan accuses amongst other infinitely unbelievable stuff, were armed and martyred a mother and her child who had taken cover in a kindergarten), the intelligence minister (nothing intelligent about this man) suggests that Moussavi’s stab was heavily infiltrated by terrorist elements and Ayatollah Haeri Shirazi in a letter to Khamenei compares Moussavi to Banisadr, we all can see where that is heading.
There is however other possibilities. Khamenei is apparently buying time by agreeing to a five days postponement of the Guardian Council’s final report on the election. Perhaps, the protests ebb out, hardly likely, or Moussavi buckles. Perhaps Rafsanjani manages to get enough of the members of the Assembly of Experts on his side and challenges Khamenei’s position. Perhaps divisions within the revolutionary guards surface and throw in a new factor in the game. And perhaps the popular uprising brings down this regime once and for all.
The outcome is uncertain, watch this space.
Posted in Iran, Revolution | Tagged: Ahmadinejad, Assembly of Experts, Ayatollah, Banisadr, Coup, Coup d’état, Democracy, Election, Guaridan Council, Haeri Shirazi, Iran, Karroubi, Kayhan, Keyhan, Khamenei, Khomeini, Mossadegh, Mousavi, President, Rafsanjani, Revolution, Revolutionary guards, Supreme leader, Tehran | 3 Comments »
Posted by iranrevolution on June 22, 2009
So where do we go from here? Yesterday was quieter on the streets of Tehran than it has been for days. The thugs, getting the go ahead from Khamenei, showed their true ugly faces and insulted, injured, imprisoned and killed our beloved sisters and brothers with impunity.
Yesterday was the time to assess the situation and the achievements made so far. It was time to regroup, to reorganize and to deliberately decide our next move.
Make no mistake, the basij militia on the streets is not a show of force, it is a true show of weakness. The regime is faltering; its inner circles are at each others throats. Grand Ayatollahs are openly criticizing the so called supreme leader. Rafsanjani’s own relatives are apprehended. The speaker of the parliament voices discontent and even the Guardian Council has admitted that in 50 cities the number of votes has been more than 100% in a direct rebuff to Khamenei’s suggestion that the election has been fair.
We need to keep the momentum up, to have the upper hand, to be the leading player in this battle for achieving our inalienable right to be free, to dictate the rules and to decide what our next step shall be. We must make this regime to counter our moves and not vice versa, we need to lead, to be strong. We must not flinch nor blink; we must stand united and be sure within ourselves, in our depths and in our hearts that the victory is in sight.
I talk to friends in Tehran each morning and each time I hear the same message. The cries of ‘Allahu Akbar’ and ‘Death to dictator’ are louder each passing night. This my fellow countrymen is the key to victory, stand united and let the entire city now that you are not alone, that your neighbours are not alone, that you are a majority, that you stand together and that you are ready to walk the line. Smile and think of how Khamenei feels in his bunker as he hears your cries for freedom. Instil fear in the hearts of your basij opponents and soon, reminiscent to the last revolution, the basij will disperse like dandelions in wind and your brothers in armed forces will join you in this new Iranian revolution. Victory is indeed in sight.
Posted in Iran, Revolution | Tagged: Allahu Akbar, Ayatollah, Basij, Death to dictator, Election, Freedom, Guardian Council, Iran, Khamenei, Militia, Parliament, Rafsanjani, Regime, Revolution, Tehran | 17 Comments »
Posted by iranrevolution on June 20, 2009
WARNING: The link in this post is graphic and gruesome.
I am sitting in the comfort of my study and writing blogs which in a very small way I hope will contribute in toppling the oppressive regime of Iran. I am asking my fellow countrymen to go out on the streets and ask for what should be their birthright, freedom.
But as I watch in horror and disbelief the last moments of a young girl dying in the streets of Tehran I wonder if we are entitled to ask our fellow countrymen to become martyrs so that the rest of us can once again be free. Yes I have doubts, great doubts. I am, like so many of my fellow countrymen sick and tired of a nondemocratic autocratic repressive regime that discredits Iran in the world and deprives its citizens from basic human rights. Dare I utter a simple truth: We all want to live our lives freely! This should be a right given to every human being by birth. There should not be a price to pay for being free. There should not be! Still, in Iran today, we are witnessing the indiscriminate killings of our fellow countrymen for the crime of being freedom lovers. And I am wondering, do I want to see even one more of my beloved countrymen to fall victim by the hands of this evil, vicious and cruel regime and its foot soldiers? Am I in a way responsible for the death of this girl?
It is a truly sad day for all of us. Please, never ever forget her. Promise to remember her as if she was your sister.
With a heavy heart…
Some people have suggested that this video is a fake. In a way I wished that these people were right but I am sad to say that the girl in this video, Neda Agha Soltan was indeed shot by the Basij and that the video clip is authentic. BBC Persian interviewed Neda’s fiancé and some of the initial information, such as the man in blue being Neda’s father is corrected. That man is in fact Neda’s teacher. Neda is now buried at Behesht Zahra cemetery. May she rest in peace. Her lot is 32 41 257.
Posted in Iran, Revolution | Tagged: Dead, Freedom, Girl, Human rights, Iran, Martyr, Neda, Revolution, Shot, Tehran, YouTube | 51 Comments »