Revolution in Iran

Thoughts on and about the Iranian Revolution

Yes, Khamenei is scared!

Posted by iranrevolution on June 19, 2009

In his sermon today, Friday 19 June 2009, Khamenei demanded an end to the protests again the results of the presidential elections. He again affirmed his support for a president who is by now discredited both at home and abroad. The legitimacy of this presidency, if, and it is a big if, it manages to cling to power shall always be in question. It will be a weak presidency where various groups within the establishment will feel free to criticize and even mock, much like he’s been treated by the outside world in the past four years. One wonders how can such a sly man as Khamenei misjudge the situation so gravely. Is his fervour for Ahmadinejad based on ideology or is he simply cornered and out of options, Ahmadinejad the only man whom he can trust?

With the opposition, i.e. the Iranian people, sensing the weakness of the regime, realizing that a big push is all that is needed to topple this monstrosity and keeping up the momentum until that moment, it is plain to see how frightened Khamenei and his few allies really are.

Khamenei has put all his eggs in one basket and that basket shall fall shortly and all its eggs are going to break. What we see here is the beginning of the end. We see the end of Khamenei. Let us be vigilant, let us make sure that the next guy – or lady – is going to respect the people whom he represents. The new Iranian revolution is healthy and thriving.

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What is going on?

Posted by iranrevolution on June 18, 2009

How secure is Khamenei? There are good reasons to believe that Khamenei is struggling not just for HIS president, he is also struggling to keep himself in the office of supreme leader.

Unconfirmed reports are coming in that the Assembly of Experts has converged. Remember that the Assembly of Experts is the sole organ in the country that has the power to dismiss the supreme leader. Remember also that the head of the Assembly of experts is Rafsanjani whose rift with Khamenei and Ahmadinejad is obvious even to the novice observer. If this report is true, the obvious question is WHY have they converged now? Should Khamenei worry?

Update – The Assembly of Experts welcomed the election turnout but made no mention of the result (Source) which clearly shows that Rafsanjani opposes Ahmadinejad and is therefore in collision course with Khamenei.

Then we have the case with Mousavi who after getting the cold hand from Khamenei, turned to the clergies of Qom. If there is anywhere that Khamenei is vunerable, even with his most ardent followers, it is his religious credentials. He was elevated from Hojatoleslam, a mid ranking clergy to Ayatollah over night just for the sake of taking the office of supreme leader. Mousavi, cleverly, questioned the wisdom and the religious authority of the supreme leader by turning to Qom clergy. And he has indeed reason to be satisfied with the outcome.

First out was the Grand Ayatollah Montazeri, whose rift with Khomeini himself some 20 years ago has always put him in collision course with Khamenei. And now the latest, Grand Ayatollah Saanei and Grand Ayatollah Ardebili, both issuing statements to the effect that the security forces should operate within the framework of law and furthermore

وی ازنهادهای مسئول انتخابات خواسته است تا به شکایت مردم در زمینه نتیجه انتخابات ریاست جمهوری با دقت و سرعت و به نحوی رسیدگی کنند که موجب رضایت مردم را فراهم آورد و آنان را قانع کند.

He (Ardebili) has asked the relevant organs to pay attention to people’s complaints regarding the result of the presidential election with accuracy and haste and in a manner that satisfies and convinces the people.

So how secure is Khamenei?

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United we stand, divided we fall

Posted by iranrevolution on June 18, 2009

If you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem. This is the kind of rhetoric that G. W. Bush would probably be able to utter. So, to show that we won’t fall to that level, let’s paraphrase it. If you are not part of the solution, then learn how you can be a part of it.

What can I do to help the revolution? If you are outside of Iran, you either fall into the category

a – you don’t know anyone in Iran or

b – you have friends and family in Iran.

If you don’t know anyone in Iran, do one of the following:

  1. Provide Iranians with web proxies and Tor relays. Here is how to do it in English and here in Farsi.
  2. Contact all the news outlets in your area and ask them to cover the developments in Iran even more. Ask them never to name any of their sources. It can cost them their lives.
  3. Follow development on twitter #iranelection
  4. On twitter, switch your time zone to that of Iran, GMT +3.5h

If you have friends and family in Iran, do one of the following:

  1. Spread this page to Iran and ask them to translate it into Persian with Persian characters
  2. Tell them how they can be on the internet anonymously using Tor, English and Persian instructions
  3. Show them how they easily can get around the firewalls using freegate

And the most important thing of all, do let them know that they are not alone, that the entire world is watching what is happening in Iran with intense interest. Let them understand that you truly believe that this time it is for real. Give them hope. Tell them that the future government can hardly be worse that it is today. Tell them that if they lose this chance, it might not present itself for another ten years.

Ask them to cry Allahu Akbar each and every night. Nothing is more comforting than the cry of your neighbours for freedom. Do not take this lightly. Cry out every night and your friends and neighbours know that you are with them and let the thugs know that they have already lost. United we stand, divided we fall.

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Grand Ayatollah Montazeri questions the election

Posted by iranrevolution on June 17, 2009

Grand Ayatollah Montazeri

Grand Ayatollah Montazeri

I am sure that I am not the only person who has ever thought what if Ayatollah Montazeri had kept quite for a few more months and had become the supreme leader? Perhaps he would have turned out to be just like Khamenei when in power. But perhaps he would have scaled down his role and let democracy to take a hold in Iran. Judging by everything he has done since being politically demoted, I put my money on the second guess.

One thing is for sure though. Religiously he ranks far higher than the supreme leader and therefore what he says is of great importance to the man on the street in Iran. He has now officially questioned the election results. You can find his Persian message on his official web site and an English translation posted on this blog.

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Keeping the momentum

Posted by iranrevolution on June 17, 2009

We did it once, didn’t we? Who would have ever thought that the regime of Shah would crumble? For those of you, who were too young to remember, ask your parents if they ever cried “Javid Shah” and I bet you that the answer is an ashamed yes. And in despite of that, that everyone at some point looked up to this towering figure, we toppled him, him with his army and his secret police and his great backers. So what is there to stop us now?

Guns and bullets of course. The regime has already shown its ugly face by killing at least sixteen people. This time around one needs not to search long on sites like YouTube to find images of atrocities. But perhaps that itself is the reason why we should once and for all get rid of tyrants whose most devoted followers are more than happy to shoot and kill their fellow countrymen for the crime of being of different mind. For how long shall we accept to be governed by unelected figures? For how long shall we accept that our candidates must first be vetted? When can WE decide who is going to govern us? When are we going to have a government that has the highest power in the country and is at the same time accountable for all its actions?

How often do we get the chance to ouster the dictator? Last time it was July 9, 1999. That is TEN years ago. Let us not loose this opportunity. Let us keep the momentum.

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Coup d’état vs Revolution in Iran

Posted by iranrevolution on June 16, 2009

For the past few days I have been unable to write anything at all. I have been pinned in front of my computer, reading news, looking at images and clips, twitting and retwitting. Iran, its election, the attempted coup d’état and the popular reaction has preoccupied me completely.

I was only a young boy when the last great revolution happened. I can clearly remember the charged atmosphere, the demonstrations, the slogans, the fear and the excitement. I even partook in one of those huge demonstrations against the Shah; a sea of people chanting death to the Shah. I am not quite sure what I thought of it all back then. It must have felt exciting, exhilarating and at the same time, from my point of view, lacking meaning and purpose, the implications of what we were doing unknown. Back then, the Shah was not just a king, he was almost a God. I remember kids speculating if he ever went to the loo and if he did, did he wipe his own ass? Shah responded by different means, he declared marshal law and at times his soldiers would fire indiscriminately into the crowd, he apologised to the people and said that he understood their legitimate calls for democratic reforms, he even appointed a former opposition figure as prime minister but that too was too late. He fled the country; Khomeini returned to Iran from exile and 10 days after that, the regime of Shah was gone for ever.

Thirty years on, one revolution, an eight year war with almost a million casualties, thousands of political activist jailed and executed, personal freedoms curtailed, millions of Iranians exiled or self exiled, the revolution now finally seems to have come a full circle.

As each night people are shouting God is great on their rooftops, reminiscent of the nights before the first revolution, and as they gather in their million to protest against the regime in precisely the same street as I once did in my youth, I wonder how this one will end. Seven people died yesterday by the hand of the basij, the conservative paramilitary group close to current president Ahmadinejad, I hope that they are the last to be killed by this regime. I hope one day very soon, the people of Iran can proudly declare that they live in a true democracy, that the revolution they started thirty years ago, the last great revolution, has finally succeeded.

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