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Green Brief #11

Discussion in 'Green Brief' started by NiteOwl, Jun 27, 2009.

  1. NiteOwl Member

    I'm NiteOwl AKA Josh Shahryar - twitter.com/iran_translator on twitter - and I've been immersed in tweets from Iran for the past several hours. I have tried to be extremely careful in choosing my tweet sources. What I have compiled below is what I can confirm through my reliable twitter sources. Remember, this is all from tweets. No news media outlets have been used. (All my work is released under Creative Commons (CC). You can freely use it and repost it wherever you'd like to. Just provide a link to the original source at the bottom. I trust austinheap)

    Here are the important happenings that I can positively confirm from Saturday, June 27 in Iran.

    1. Mousavi has rejected the Guardian Council's decision to look into discrepancies in only 10% of the vote. Mousavi has said that as he mentioned in two letters before to the GC, there are simply far too many irregularities for them to accept the election. A new one must be held in order to give people their voice back.

    2. A prominent supporter of Mousavi was forced to confess on national TV that protests were pre-planned and that they have broken laws. However, reports strongly indicate that the media had already pre-written the statements because they sounded far more official than a speaker can come up with impromptu. More and more protesters are being prepped through intimidation and torture to make confessions.

    3. Iran's paramilitary Basij are carrying out brutal nighttime raids, destroying property in private homes and beating civilians in an attempt to stop nightly protest chants, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch also said the Iranian authorities are confiscating satellite dishes from private homes to prevent citizens from seeing foreign news.

    4. Ahmadinejad warned the US of repercussions if it continues to meddle in Iranian affairs. He also sent out a message to the people saying that the days of liberal democracy were over. (In the sense that no more reform and change against Islamic law will be allowed to take place.) He warned that in the next 4 years he will take a tougher approach. This happens while Ahmadinejad's first deputy, Parviz Davoudi, was denied a US visa by the US State Department. Iranian ambassador to the UN blamed the US government for it.

    5. At the same time, a government spokesperson blatantly accused other countries of meddling in Iranian affairs and instigating the current protests and violence. Fatemeh Rajabi, spokesperson & symbol of women in Ahmadinazhad's government in a separate statement also called Mousavi and Khatami the faces of corruption in the country.

    6. The Guardian Council commission on investigating 10% of the vote was rejected by Mousavi today. He said that 10% was not enough and the elections have to be annulled. He added that an impartial commission should be set up to help arbitrate the issue. The other two candidates also didn't send representatives to the commission. This is after the commission was criticized by others - including a prominent MP and Mahdi Karoubi - for being too one-sided and the investigation of irregularities in only 10% of the vote insufficient. This is while the GC yet again called the elections the 'best in Iran's history so far'.

    7. Javan newspaper - which is closely linked to the IRG - has reported that instigators of violence and the forces behind the protests have been identified. According to Javan, a group of actors were involved and this group created flyers and statements! It accused these individuals - 15-20 people according to Javan - of hiring thugs and distributing weapons that were used in violence. It also reported the arrest of three prominent Iranian film personalities.

    8. Tehran's district attorney stated that he didn’t know how many people have been arrested so far but that he had met several at Evin Prison. The detainees are continuously under mental & sometimes physical torture. IRNA reported that Iran banned Mousavi’s ally Abolfazl Fateh from leaving the country. It is being reported that it's possible that the fate of the people that have been arrested would be known by the end of the week. The name of the girl who was shot in Baharestan and died later in the hospital is reportedly Sheler Khezri.

    9. Amnesty International confirms on CNN: people disappearing from hospitals. Hundreds of people missing. Amnesty International asked the Iranian authorities to immediately release dozens of journalists who are at risk of torture in detention. The UN also asked the government to prevent further violence and bloodshed. More people were arrested today including journalists and bloggers as well as other people of some clout in the Iranian society. Karoubi's newspaper, Etemade Melli's chief editor was asked to appear before a court.

    10. Today a group of people including women's rights activists assembled in Laleh Park to light candles in memory of Neda and other martyrs. The protesters were dispersed by the police and plainclothesmen using violent tactics. There were also many policewomen. Many people were arrested and hauled away. Reporters of Keyhan and Fars newspapers were taking people pictures with cameras.

    11. Reports have suggested that there is a bitter divide developing between military leaders on what the military’s role should be in the current unrest and whether they should step in. (This could be not confirmed unfortunately through the most reliable sources). Reports of clerics meeting in secret to discuss the current unrest have surfaces from Qom, Tabriz and Mashhad. It is being suggested that even though clerics had participated in the protests a few days ago, they might join in larger numbers if further protests are held.

    12. Ayatollah Mousavi Ardabeli has released a statement stating that the election has weakened the regime. He added that the Guardian Council should allow for people to pursue their demands and asked the people to pursue their complaints through legal means as well as asking the government to let people express their discontent through the media. He deplored violence and said that no violence must be used to pacify protestors.

    13. It is being reported that very careful planning is being carried out for a successful national strike. This is while in a meeting with members of the National Security Council, Karoubi said that he'll continue to legally pursue annulment of the elections.

    14. Sunday is the anniversary of 7 Tir martyrs and there will be a gathering in "Ghoba" Mosque. It has been organized after getting a permit from the government. Mousavi asked Iranians abroad to continue their protests. Chants of Allah o Akbar were heard in Tehran, Tabriz and other parts of Tehran again.

    15. Sea of Green is largely peaceful. Reports that Sea of Green is actively seeking to hunt and kill security forces being forcefully denied by sources. Here's a heartwarming video of youth protecting Police from angry protesters when they were surrounded by people. The youth keep yelling, "We're all Iranians! We're all Iranians!" YouTube - ‫جوانان غیور ایران حتی از نیروهای ضد شورش که توسط مردم محاصره شده بودند نیز حمایت میکنند ، آیا اینها اغتشاش گرند !؟‬‎

    16. (On persiankiwi, I don’t know any of the tweeters personally. I stopped using him/her as a source since the day of the Baharestan protest. I only stated that he has been arrested as a caution so that people would be careful. The second most reliable source after pk reported that pk had been arrested so I was forced to go ahead and warn people. But some people have harshly attacked me for this. I whole-heartedly apologize if anyone thinks I’m trying to mislead them. The Green Briefs are only one source out of hundreds. Please use your own judgment and trust whichever source you think is more reliable in getting news from Iran. I will hence stop trying to convince people that I have good intentions. It is futile as well as VERY stressful and time-consuming.)

    Read this if you want to help or get help!

    The government in Iran is still increasing internet filtering and throttling in an attempt to silence their people. Anonymous info shows that many in Iran are looking for proxy and Tor information in Tehran and all around the country. Please donate your bandwidth to help bring down the Iran Curtain. Here are links on how to help and get help on this:

    English: Tor and the Iranian Election - Bring down the Iran Curtain | Ian's Brain

    Farsi: Tor: ?????? Tor

    Help us set up more bridges on Tor here: Torrents list � Rivolta in Iran

    Images and vids and instructions on how to send them to us:

    Helpers with expertise in the field of medecine, translation and such:

    “Medici Cu Internet is a collaboration between piratbyran.org, HackersWithoutBorders and werebuild.eu trying to organize contacts with medical expertise online since there are problems in Iran with hospitals being monitored by the government. Join the IRC-channel at #mci-ir - WebIRC - AnonNet or send an email to us at embassy [at] piratbyran.org for more info. Medical experts, Farsi-translators and people who know the medical situation in iran are welcome to join and collaboratively set up an index with common injuries and their best treatments.”

    People Outside Iran: This is as clear and concise as I can be. I have not included ANYTHING that I have sensed to be remotely fishy, but humans always err.

    People Inside Iran: Don't believe a WORD of what I am telling you. Do what you think is best, keeping everything in mind. I know LITTLE of what you know so make your decisions based on your OWN judgment.

    P.S. Please post this around and tweet and retweet.
  2. Seamyst Member

    Thank you so much for this and the other briefs. I applaud your use of only confirmed reports.

    (By the way, it's persiankiwi, not persianwiki.)
  3. don't you mean persiankiwi ?

    don't you mean persiankiwi ?
  4. ConciousGood Member

    Thanks for the update.
  5. Thanks for the update. Still looking for an online report for AI's assertion about the missing people.
  6. sp4rrowh4wk Member

    thank you, NiteOwl. your tireless efforts not only inform, but inspire
  7. thank you

    Thank you so much for your efforts. If you do find out any more about PersianKiwi let us know (and I thought that was a woman, are you sure PersianKiwi is a man? just wondering but don't mean to stress you out). You are a good person. If you want, please feel free to visit New Page 1 May the One Universal God and Maitreya the Friend of All Souls Bless you. Freedom!
  8. I'm guessing by your name you can read Farsi? have you seen the source that reported persiankiwi's arrest's (dunno if saying her username is OK so I'll refrain) latest tweets? they are in Farsi and she attempted to use Google Translate and they make no sense, could you take a look?

    two other news links that you might want to take a look at if you haven't already:

    ‭BBC ‮فارسی‬ - ‮ايران‬ - ‮دیدار 'محرمانه' مراجع تقلید در باره انتخابات‬
    «کیوی ایرانی! رو به ‌راهی؟» | • ایران | Deutsche Welle | 27.06.2009

    thank you SO much for this!!
  9. Welcome daily news

    I appreciate your efforts to gather this information. Dont worry about credibilty it comes with time. So far you have demonstrated trustworthiness and candor. Keep up the good work.
  10. Thanks for your reports

    "I will hence stop trying to convince people that I have good intentions. It is futile as well as VERY stressful and time-consuming."

    Don't bother. The people calling your motives into question don't deserve the valuable service you are providing.

    Stay strong and keep the reports coming. You're on of the best sources out there. (And thoughts and prayers to persiankiwi)
  11. jadt65 Member

    Thank you for all you are doing.
  12. We Are Grateful

    Thank you, dear Nite Owl , for yet again another informative briefing. We are grateful for all the work you do putting together these updates for all of us to read. Information concerning what is going on , on the ground in Iran is getting harder and harder to come by.

    For those who can read Farsi, this is the source of the information concerning PersianKiwi.
    People who are considered excellent sources have read this and seem to believe the veracity of it.

    I'm afraid this could be true: «کیوی ایرانی! رو به ‌راهی؟» | • ایران | Deutsche Welle | 27.06.2009

    I have seen it on IB site as well as Vahid Behravan (vahidbehravan) on Twitter HE is very, very cautious about what he tweets. He was one of the first people to realize that the picture they were using for Neda was wrong. Anyway... let us pray that this is not true!

    a
  13. skollie-IRAN Member

    Once again, thank you so much for the report Night Owl. You do amazing work and it's appreciated. Persiankiwi is in my prayers.
  14. Thank you, NiteOwl!

    Thank you for your work on these briefs, they are invaluable.

    One thing I've learned in my time on this planet: Never justify yourself in words, let your actions speak for themselves and stand by them. You have done well.
  15. anonymous

    You are very appreciated NiteOwl. Everyone is tired. We all look forward to your careful updates, Please, continue....
  16. Vee Member

    Thank you for all the work you put into these.
  17. we appreciate you NiteOwl!
  18. angie0972 Member

    (smiles) at night owl

    my friend, please listen to me, we do what we do, because we care and sometimes that is not and easy task. You don't need to appologize for using your best judgment, there will always be those that deny what is in front of them. What you do is beyond what anyone can understand, they can't even comphrehend the stress you must feel. Don't worry about feelings of others, you tell them things to help them, if they fight you on it so be it. We have much work left to do, and we need to give each other a boost now and then so i guess this is my boost for you, STAY STRONG! We are all in this together.Watch some you tube and have a laugh, I know the devil nevers sleeps lol but he does stretch out now and then to chill (smiles):)
  19. JeanneRaines Member

    Thanks so much, Nite Owl. Your work is incredibly helpful, and your commitment to this work is clear and very much appreciated.
    Hang in there - get some rest - get away from it. It has been said more than once that people are tired.

    We all hold persiankiwi in our hearts and prayers.
  20. tim new Member

    Neither site says anything of substance - just that no one has heard from persiankiwi since Wednesday. The last post by persiankiwi indicated a member of their group had been arrested and feared they would be forced to divulge names. Their safe house was therefore gone. Persiankiwi may simply be in hiding or unable to safely access the net for now due to that event.
  21. I second this...

    DO not fall for those trying to discourage you and your excellent work; that's exactly what this regime wants.......silence those who try to let the world know the truth!

    Stay safe!
    FOTH
  22. Peaceful video


    I agree and here is a beautiful video to watch and sooth. Relax and do not let people steal your peace of mind. I think people were so upset to hear PK arrested they took it out on the messenger, which is something humans tend to do.

    Bless you
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAFzU0JhsBI&feature=related]YouTube - Enya - Evening Falls (CC)[/ame]
    A
  23. Thank you!

    and keep up the amazing job. I cannot believe that there isn't more outcry among US citizens....Please keep reporting so we can continue to find out what is really happening in Iran and put international pressure on the dictators who have caused (and continue to perpetuate) these horrific events.
  24. akuma_river Member

    Don't worry about the naysayers NiteOwl.

    They are probably slamming the reports of persiankiwi because we first of all don't have anything confirmed (solidly at least) and second because other 'missing' tweeters have come back from hiding before.

    It's just that persiankiwi was so prolific about it, never disappearing for long and determined to keep in contact that has us worried.

    It also doesn't help that the account was hacked before.

    Like the msm journalists are saying, it's just as important to say what you DON'T know as it is to say what you do.
  25. JoWazzoo Member

    Thank you

    Found you quite by accident - glad I did. Keep up the good work. Don't worry about the naysayers. kind regards
  26. NiteOwl, just one thing to say and repeat :THANK YOU !
    And may Persiankiwi re-appears !
    *
  27. NiteOwl...

    If there is one, you've already earned your place on Paradise. Keep up the good work.
  28. Nichol Member

    thanks again

    hi, each time you astound me again, with the sheer amount of information that you extract from all those twitterers. You must really wade through the whole lot. Just after hearing about persiankiwi, I tried to make a dump of all the recent back-and-forth. That was a lot! But interesting. We really need some new Iranian tweeters, but it looks like they are all having trouble with internet, etc.
  29. Keep up the great work ; ) I wish I could help you in translating, I rely on you for all in info. and not of the BS. Thanks for getting Iranians voice out there.
  30. thank you and god bless you
  31. Thank You

    I haven't taken the time after every brief to say thank you, but I've been grateful for the work you've put into distilling the information as you do. So, thank you. For this time and for all the others, too.
  32. thanks

    Thank you.
    I've been thinking of nothing else... My hopes are with the Iranian people.
    pm
  33. Thank you

    I will pass this on to friends and loved ones
  34. Thank you

    One more voice to the many who have already spoken expressing thanks for your tireless efforts to let people know what is happening in Iran. Thank you NiteOwl.
  35. Survival Skills Training

    I am seeking people who are interested in a ning site for survival protesing skills. I need volunteers who will help in translations as well.
  36. Surviving Protesting Skills

    I am seeking people who are interested in developing a NING site for protesting survival skills. I have come across some good resources and i would like to see them posted on a site.
  37. NiteOwl Member

    Sure. Hmm, go to my profile and let me know what you're planning and I'll see what I can do to help. :))

    NiteOwl
  38. thank you

    Thanks, NiteOwl. Somebody else mentioned you were a source of both information and inspiration, and I'd like to second that.
  39. Thank you for all you are doing, Nite Owl. I really hope persiankiwi and friends are safe.

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