Green Brief #27 (July 13)

Discussion in 'Green Brief' started by NiteOwl, Jul 13, 2009.

  1. NiteOwl Member

    I'm NiteOwl AKA Josh Shahryar - 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. (My work is released under Creative Commons (CC). So use it freely and post it wherever you wish to.)

    These are the important happenings that I can positively confirm from Monday, July 13 .

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    Protests / Unrest

    1. Faculty members, doctors and dentists of the Tehran Medical University staged a gathering in Shariati Hospital in protest of the arrests of politicians and political activists.

    2. Kordestan province and many other Kurdish areas in Iran’s northwest observed a strike today. The strike was held in remembrance of Kurdish political activist, Dr. Abdorrahman Ghasimlo and in protest of the elections. All shops were closed in Saqez, Mahabad, Bokan and Sardasht as well as a few areas in Urumieh. The general strike was so wide-spread in Saqez that even rural areas around that city closed all shops in a show of solidarity. Transportation was completely jammed. No taxis could be seen on the streets of Saqez.

    3. Tonight, people around Tehran’s Apadana area lit candles in large numbers in order to commemorate the death of Sohrab A’rabi. People chanted, “Sohrab is alive; religious authority is dead!”


    4. Shirin Ebadi – Iranian human rights activist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 has asked Germany to question Nokia and Siemens executives in connection with the companies’ sale of surveillance equipment to the Iranian government. Nokia admitted to selling phone-surveillance equipment to the Iranian government two weeks ago.

    5. It has now been confirmed that Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mahdi Karoubi and Mohammad Khatami will be attending this week’s Friday prayers which will be lead by Hashemi Rafsanjani. In the past three weeks, Rafsanjani didn’t lead prayers in Tehran’s Friday Prayers mosque even though he is one of the four Imams of the mosque who lead prayers there in turns. There are reports that the Sea of Green might use the opportunity to conduct protests, but they remain unconfirmed as of yet.

    Government / International

    6. Tomorrow, there will be another protest held in front of the German Embassy in Tehran. According to sources, this protest is being organized by the Iranian government and large numbers of Basijis and government employees are being gathered up to take part in this protest. The protesters will gather to denounce the death of an Egyptian woman at the hands of an ultra-nationalist German citizen in Germany.

    7. Iranian President-select Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today called upon the United Nations to impose sanctions on Germany. He said that the German government should be punished for the death of the Egyptian woman who was killed there a few days ago. Ironically, a government-owned media outlet, Reja News declared yesterday that Ayatollah Montazeri was not mentally stable. Montazeri’s son issued a statement today that vehemently denied the accusations. Montazeri released a Fatwa yesterday condemning Iranian Dictator Ayatollah Khamenei’s religious authority null and void.

    Arrests / Releases / Killed

    9. Mehrdad Heydari, a prominent reporter in northeastern Iran, was killed in Mashhad under suspicious circumstances today by unknown individuals. Heydari had been publishing reports that were deemed anti-government in the past few weeks. This is the second death of a prominent Iranian in Mashhad in the post-election violence. Before Heydari, Hamid Maddah, a member of Mousavi’s party, died under torture in Mashhad two weeks ago.

    10. Another death has now been confirmed during the protests. Yaghoub Berwayeh, who was shot three weeks ago and had reportedly died in the hospital, is the latest victim. The confirmation of his death took longer than expected because government agents had told his family that if they talked to the press or held a mass mourning, his body will not be delivered to them. He has already been buried quietly.

    11. The body of Sohrab A’rabi was laid to rest in Beheshte Zahra cemetery today in Tehran. There was a mass gathering of hundreds of people during the event. The government had warned his family that in case people chanted anti-government slogans, they will be arrested. Sohrab’s mother, a member of the group of Mourning Mothers, declared today that she was deceived into believing that her son was still in detention while he had been dead for weeks. She also said that she will not be silenced by government intimidation.

    12. Dr. Mahdi Botorabi, an Iranian blogger and a supporter of Khatami, was arrested today. Mohsen Hajjarian, the son of Saeed Hajjarian, was released today. He had been detained yesterday, but he after spending a few hours in interrogation, it has been confirmed that he is no longer in detention

    13. Reports from Evin now suggest that many political prisoners are held in cells together with hardened criminals. Prisoners are continuously tortured and remain underfed. Some prisoners aren’t given food for days while others only get one small meal a day.

    14. The government has also started delivering the bodies of dead protesters to their families. The Iranian Attorney General’s office has reportedly threatened families that if they talked to the press, they won’t hear any news about their loved ones or receive their bodies if they have already been killed in protests. The government has also announced that 14 people belonging to the Jondullah group of Sistan o Baluchistan will be hanged publicly in Zahedan, Sistan o Baluchistan tomorrow. The men have been convicted in an attack in southeastern Iran that left at least 22 civilians dead in 2006.

    15. Mohsen Namjo was sentenced in absentia to five years imprisonment today. He was accused of insulting Koranic verses. Namjo had reportedly recorded songs, using Koranic verses as lyrics. It is worth mentioning that the songs were of comedic nature.

    16. In a message sent for Mecca, Ayatollah Mousavi-Ardabeli has asked people to continue protesting for their demands in a peaceful manner. He also condemned the violence during the protests and asked members of security forces to deal with protesters with kindness and not with force. In a separate statement Grand Ayatollah Sanei called upon the protesters to continue their protests as it was their right to protest against an election the legitimacy of which they doubted.


    17. Javan newspaper declared today that Saeed Hajjarian prefers to remain in prison because the medical care he was receiving there was superior to the medical care he was going to receive outside prison. Hamshahri newspaper has fired several of its staff members for reportedly having sympathies to the protesters’ cause.

    (Apologies for any errors, I'm just really drowsy tonite)

    *A hearty thanks to Sahar joon for helping me out with proof-reading and very valuable tips. Also, a BIG THANKS to all the translators who're spending their precious time on getting this to as many people as possible.

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  2. "The government has also announced that 14 people belonging to the Jondullah group of Sistan o Baluchistan will be hanged publically in Zahedan, Sistan o Baluchistan tomorrow."

    Are these the fourteen men that have been hung July 14th in the morning as reported on Twitter?

    Thank you so much for these briefs. You somehow manage to keep people up to date, even though you have been ill. Take care.
  3. Visionary Member

    Cool, nice to see huge strikes and protesting in other parts of Iran, even if some of it is slightly unrelated.
    Really, where was it confirmed?
    I'm not disagreeing, but I thought everyone's been saying on here that nothing but Rafsanjani's appearance had been confirmed.
    Just wondering if this is new info.
    He's got some nerve.

    Thanks for the updates! Very much appreciated.
  4. FreedomAgent Member

    Thanks for the updates,

    I can't believe they would arrest Mohsen Namjo, the government is really desperate now
  5. Paleene Member

    One has to read this again and again ... Every life is equal valuable, doubtlessly. But that AN cares that much and acts as he does... What is this mental illness called? Paranoia?

    Thank you NiteOwl again for precious work and dedication!
  6. Another great report. Thanks again for doing this even though your sick : ( Hope you feel better soon.
  7. Thank You!!

    Thank you for your excellent work as always.

    Hope you feel better soon! Take care of yourself :)

  8. Thank you

    Please take care. We need you in good health. Thank you again and all those who assisst you.
  9. mechanic 18-year-old

    Thank you NiteOwl.
  10. oops. Re: previous odd title. Entered the verification into the title field - no wonder it didn't work. Thank's again NiteOwl - very much appreciate your work - thank you.
  11. same crap that anyone can get on the internet you are a fake
  12. Protest held in front of the German Embassy

    Tomorrow, there will be another protest held in front of the German Embassy in Tehran. According to sources, this protest is being organized by the Iranian government and large numbers of Basijis and government employees are being gathered up to take part in this protest.

    Seems Almadinejad has to PAY his protesters, while the rest of the world protests his illegitimate regime solely as an act of solidarity. I would ask Almadinejad's supporters if what meager payment they recieve is worth their loss of dignity and the loss of their childrens freedom.
  13. #6, 7: Under other circumstances this could be understandable, but come on. Sanctions? Against Germany? For those who don't know, this was an Egyptian killed by a crazed German civilian in court right after the court ruled in her favor for defamation/discrimination crimes committed by the murderer. They have to realize how obvious of a diversion this is and how stupid it makes them look. Frankly, I find the false-outrage both sickening and insulting.
  14. Kat-IRAN Member

    Ahmadinejad is at it again!

    There's no need to apologize about being exhausted, it's more important that you take care of yourself! What you do here is above the norm and everyone appreciates it.

    Ahmadinejad is absolutely insane and laughable - except for the fact that he's in control of Iran. What sort of punishment does he deserve for all of the deaths yet to be discovered and yet to be perpetrated? :mad:
  15. I appreciate your reports out of Iran. I am a christian and I pray for the people of Iran. Your Green Brief gives me specifics for my prayers. God Bless.
  16. Arrest after arrest after arrest... that there's not much room left makes me ask: what are they going to do when they've placed their whole nation under arrest?

    And I know it may have an obvious answer, but what does the overcrowding symbolise?

    I laugh at like-minded dictatiots.
  17. I like to know this too. Where was it confirmed?
  18. and yet the official poll says in Kordestan Ahmadi got 14 times the amount of votes he got in 2005: 315,689 in 2009 while in 2005 he got 22,353. A would be huge increase, showing a great support for the government.
    So why would they strike in protest? There's no explanation, unless of course the obvious one: ballot rigging.
  19. thank you

    Thank you for giving up to date information....I wait every day for the brief to come out. How you are able to gather so much information, and determine the truth, under such horrible circumstances is beyond me. I always turn to your briefs for the truth. i hope you feel better soon.
  20. Mohsen Namjoo

    Mohsen Namjoo has not been arrested. He was tried and convicted in absentia to 5 years imprisonment. He is currently outside the country.

    And thanks night Owl for your extra efforts!!!

  21. it's just his propaganda to show that westerns Countries have no rights of complaining against his regime because they behave worst and regularly violate human rights.
    He asked for sanctions on Italy too that he accused of brutal repression of protesters by police during the last G8
  22. Ray Murphy Member

    After a long absence, pro-Mousavi cleric Rafsanjani to lead prayers | Peace with Iran

    The semiofficial Iranian Labor News Agency reported Sunday that Ayatollah
    Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani will deliver the nation’s weekly keynote
    religious sermon. Rafsanjani, who chairs powerful boards that oversee the
    office of the supreme leader and adjudicate disputes between government
    bodies, is the highest-profile backer of opposition candidate Mir-Hossein
    Mousavi, who lost to Ahmadinejad in an election marred by allegations of

    Mousavi’s Facebook page ( Mir Hossein Mousavi میر حسین موسوی | Facebook) said that he and his
    ally, former President Mohammad Khatami, would attend the prayer sermon. The
    Facebook page invited supporters who poured into the streets in recent weeks
    to attend, though Mousavi’s website,, carried no such
    announcement.END quote

    Breaking News - Important Announcement on Mr. Mousavi's Facebook Site | Peace with Iran

  23. The people handing out such sentences show a lack of faith. Do they not believe the Koran's message is strong enough to withstand riddicule?!!

  24. This really does need getting to the bottom of. We don't want to get all "Uncle Napoleon" & jump to conclusions about these companies if it's not justified, they are after all part of why the Iranian people have been so succesfull in communicating with the outside world during these troubled times. If it is justified then they need exposing & deserve everything they've got coming to them!

    I do like the sound of showing support though boycott though, there's no better way of getting those in power to take notice than to hit them in the pocket. Perhaps there is better product/company we as people of the world could show our solidarity with the Iranian people by targeting. Something that might get those around and supporting the leadership to think again. Any thoughts/suggestions?
  25. a desert Member

    Seriously? Sanctions against Germany because of one lone nut who probably would have been fried had he not succeeded? After the courts ruled in favour of the Egyptian woman?

    I think everyday Germans are probably just at outraged at the poor woman's death. So where the fuck do sanctions come in?
  26. this information is translated, for those who follow several links to a language they don't understand, and it is condensed for those that don't have time to google and twitter all day. you are a basiji. stop murdering your people. you give Islam a bad name.
  27. Westerner's are chief violators of human rights? Just because George Bush II was a despicable lousy piece of shit doesn't mean every American is in any way. We have helped more people, think WWI WWII and Europe by uniting against the world power of Britain during the Revolutionary War, than any other nation on earth, helping protect the weak. People here know that George Bush the II's career and presidency were shams. We protested it. We protested the war. We do not hate people of different race or religion, as a general rule for those who are educated, because we know that is what makes up America. Some educated may be at fault, but it is mostly ignorant people's world view which perpetuates these myths. I can't help but wonder? Are you exposed only to state controlled media propaganda that has you hating the West? I used to be like you, but it was due to my narrow world view and deep seated self hatred. If you are a westerner, or if you are a Muslim, please consider expanding your world view.

    The G-8 conferences are a serious matter. People that REALLY want to make a difference go to college, get into politics, start PAC and grassroots movements rather than causing riots, as they are often angry, unpeaceful protests. I know all about them, as I used to be one. Get your facts straight. No country is perfect, but least of all those that commit genocide on their own people, think former Yugoslavia / Bosnia / Croatia / the Sudan / Germany / Rwanda and now IRAN

  28. Voters Union Member

    Here's a quote from Deutsche Welle:

    I humbly think that Shirin Ebadi gets it partly wrong in that quote.

    No government (certainly not Iran) would build or support a POTS/mobile telecom infrastructure without the ability to do voice monitoring on the calls. I assume that if Nokia Siemens Networks had been prevented by EU/local export law to deliver this infrastructure including 'lawful intercept' capabilities, Iran would have acquired this from some other company or, as a viable alternative, built it itself or hacked/hooked the 'lawful intercept' into some existing system (this is, after all, not rocket science).

    Telecom systems are in many ways "dual-use technologies"-- I agree with Ebadi that the EU/US should think about the people in Iran, not just themselves and nuclear protection-- and as such they can be used for what we perceive as good (=protesters getting out images, videos to the rest of the world) and for what we perceive as bad (=government listening to and finding these protesters ...).

    Does the good outweigh the bad here?

    This is something the companies have to consider and relate to their own ethics standards, and the legislators have to consider in drafting export laws for our countries and communities. My opinion is that without this kind of infrastructure in Iran, most of us would not have a clue about what is going on there at the moment.

    There is no way to ban, by adhering to company ethics codes or export law, "software supporting the suppression or control of Iranian citizens".

    Monitoring unencrypted internet communication (by mobile, landline, DSL, etc) is possible without any "purchased" proprietary software technology just by using or building your own software on top of freely available open source components. Making it scalable is a small challenge, but nothing more.

    My opinion (humble as always :)) is that efforts put into boycotting the availability of communication infrastructure and tools is counterproductive, and instead we should focus on solutions that enable the people to communicate more, better and above all safely without being listened to or found.
  29. I knew the collective known as Anonymous would take part in this dire situation of defending those who are weak, speaking for those who can not speak and helping those who otherwise go ignored and unheard...

    We Are Anonymous. We Are Legion. We Do Not Forgive. We Do Not Forget. Expect Us.
    This is not confirmed yet.
    Even on Mousavi facebook, it says in Farsi: Still no words if Mousavi will attend on top of the page.
    Other links you provided get the info from his facebook.
    Again this is not confirmed.
    NiteOwl, please correct you post. URGENT

    A lot of people are depending if he will be there or not. This is not accurate information.
  31. Ray Murphy Member

    Yes a lot of people - 200,000 plus
  32. JohnDoe Moderator

    Amamadman speaks again

    "Iranian President-select Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today called upon the United Nations to impose sanctions on Germany. He said that the German government should be punished for the death of the Egyptian woman who was killed there a few days ago."

    You've got to laugh haven't you?! I mean 'me & my evil regime are toruturing, killing our own people, but just to prove that I really am mad, I want sanctions on a country for what another mad racist man, did on the steps of a court. And then maybe you will all look the other way and ignore what I'm doing here in Iran!!!'

    Well I've got a message for you Amamadman. We're still watching you, we still here the cry of your people, and your day will come. And boy oh boy will you desperatly wish that you had paid more attention to the coldblooded murders that you and yours sanctioned, rather than trying to deflect attention away from someone you couldn't even speak to!!!!

    Loved the comment on here, that the gvt has to 'pay people to protest', what a contrast to those who protest from their hearts and are opposed to the evil regime, are willing to pay with their own lives to get their voice heard.

    Get well soon NiteOwl - there's some important events coming up here, and we'll all be depending on you!
  33. JohnDoe Moderator

    And the rest!
  34. Ray Murphy Member

    President-in Waiting Mousavi is not at liberty to say in advance what he will be doing because of threats that have been made, but I can now see that if NiteOwl said he will attend - he will.
  35. Visionary Member

    Hmm. I'm still not completely sure about all this...and for example I have yet to see any mention of Karoubi in any statements. And yet Nightowl said in his original post that he was confirmed to be attending. It's completely possible that Nightowl is right and probably highly likely, but I don't see why Karoubi is not mentioned anywhere else.
  36. Grand Ayatollah Montazeri, our deep appreciation goes to you. Thank you for your good work, and please keep it up!
  37. Ray Murphy Member

    It would seem that NiteOwl and the crew are the only ones (who are publishing) who know. It's natural for people to ask more questions at this time, but I certainly wouldn't because if we were meant to know more we would have been told.

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