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Green Brief #39 (July 25)

Discussion in 'Green Brief' started by NiteOwl, Jul 26, 2009.

  1. NiteOwl Member

    I'm NiteOwl AKA Josh Shahryar - twitter.com/iran_translator on twitter. I'm a journalist and a human rights activist and NOT Iranian. This is a compilation of news from Iran that I've gathered through twitter and Iranian sites that were advertised on twitter. Remember, this is all from tweets. (My work is released under Creative Commons (CC).)

    These are the important happenings that I can positively confirm from Saturday, July 25 .


    In Hebrew: Content Factory: עלון ירוק 25.7 39

    In German: Green Brief #39 (deutsche �bersetzung)

    In Spanish: Informe Verde #39 � Diplomática de Bolsillo

    In Polish: Oddajcie Irańczykom głos!


    Protests / Unrest

    1. The most wide-spread protests in the history of humanity were held today in support of Iranian’s rights. (Not in terms of numbers, but in terms of how many and where they were held.) Thousands of people took part in more than 100 cities across the globe. As words cannot describe this event, you are welcome to see a slideshow of the event: United4Iran's Photostream

    For the mammoth Green Scroll in Paris, click here: YouTube - Green Scroll in Paris - Ey Iran - Paris, Mur de la Paix, 25 Juillet 2009

    One Green Brief team member reports that during Green Day’s concert in New York, pictures of Iran’s Green Movement were repeatedly shown in the background. Here’s a link to a picture, courtesy PocketDiplomat: Solidarity for Iran during Green Day Concert � Pocket Diplomat

    (Several friends and team members of the Green Brief wrote letters about their experiences during the protests - I’m thankful for everyone’s participation. I personally took part in a protest and met with some members of the Baha’i community as well)


    2. The protesters in Dubai, however, were told by the government to stop. When they didn’t comply, they were forcibly dispersed by the police. It has been partially confirmed that at least one protester was detained.

    3. Hundreds of Iranians rallied in Vanak and Azadi Squares and many other parts of the Tehran today. Protesters chanted anti-government slogans and asked for the release of detained protesters. In the scorching heat, people were served with green soft drinks. Protesters were attacked by plainclothesmen and anti-riot police and several many were severely beaten at Vanak and Azadi. Many others were arrested. The families of detained protesters held a gathering in front of Evin Prison again.

    4. Mousavi’s camp has reportedly requested the government to issue a permit to hold a mourning ceremony for the slain on Thursday which coincides with the 40th day of Neda’s death.

    5. Protesters have now started to write Ahmadinejad’s name on garbage bags.


    Opposition

    6. Iran’s PressTV reports: “A Tehran court has found Iranian Minister of Industries and Mines Ali-Akbar Mehrabian guilty of fraud after he registered someone else's invention in his own name.
    The verdict came after plaintiff Farzad Salimi filed a complaint against former municipality officials Mehrabian and Mousa Mazloum over the dishonest registration of an invention dubbed "Safe Room for Earthquakes" in their names.”

    7. Ayatollah Mousavi Ardabeli has issued another statement asking the government to release all detainees that have not broken the law. He claimed that the government was losing people’s trust because of the detentions.

    8. Ayatollah Ali Mohammad Dastegheyb has issued a statement condemning a letter released in the name of members of the Assembly of Experts that criticizes Rafsanjani. He asked them to immediately renounce the letter and apologize to Rafsanjani.

    9. Ayatollah Zanjani has reportedly issued a fatwa calling for a boycott of Ahmadinejad’s inauguration.

    10. Leaders of the reformist camps have written a letter to Grand Ayatollahs of Iran to break their silence over the election and the post-election events. Mousavi, Khatami and Karroubi – the principle signatories – asked the Ayatollahs to stop the government from breaking the law and committing atrocities against the people of Iran.

    11. In a separate statement released today, Karroubi condemned the wide-spread beatings of women during protests. He accused the security forces of specifically targeting women. Later during a meeting with members of his party, he said that they needed to become firmer in response to the deteriorating situation. He also announced a restricting of the party shortly.

    12. It has been confirmed that even though Ayatollah Vaez Tabasi – the most eminent cleric in Mashhad – didn’t greet or meet Ahmadinejad during his visit to that city, he had actually come to the airport to receive Rafsanjani when he visited the city last week.

    13. Mohammad Reza Naseri Shohan – a high-ranking member of Etemaade Melli Party in Ilam province – was summoned to appear in court by the judiciary.


    Government / International

    14. 13. After his appointment as Ahmadinejad’s senior Vice President was revoked, Mashaie has now been appointed as Ahmadinejad’s Chief of Staff and senior advisor.

    15. 14. Even though it was earlier reported that the Ministers of Intelligence, Health, Labor and Culture had all been sacked, we can only confirm the sacking of the Minister of Intelligence Mohseni Ejaie at this point. Reports suggest the he may have been sacked because he was partly opposed to detainees’ confessions being broadcasted on IRIB.

    16. 15. Partially confirmed reports also suggest that the commander of the Basij, Hossein Taleb is going to be appointed as Ejaie’s replacement in Ahmadinejad’s new cabinet. Taleb has been accused of being the mastermind behind torturing detainees and obtaining confessions from them.

    17. Sayed Ali Jafari – the Commander of IRG – has yet again accused reformists of attempting to stage a velvet revolution. He claimed that greatest dangers to stability in Iran came from elements inside the country.


    Arrested / Released / Killed

    18. Mohsen Rohul-Amini's father today said that Mohsen had died after being tortured profusely. According to Mohsen’s dad, his jaw had been broken and after bleeding for days, he’d developed meningitis and died as a result.

    19. Amir Javadi - a protester who was detained – has died at Evin. It cannot be confirmed yet whether he died under torture. Family has been told to collect his body on Sunday. He was 24 and a student of Qazvin’s Azad University. It has been reported – but not confirmed – that another detainee Mojtaba Samenezhad has died under torture at Evin.

    20. Prisons in Iran have become a hotbed for infectious diseases as the number of detainees soars. The Ministry of health has reported in the past few days, at least 2,000 shots have been sent to prisons across Iran. At least two prisoners have so far died of meningitis in detention. Families of protesters who have died or have been badly injured after torture at Evin are only granted custody of their loved ones or their bodies if they promise to not lodge a complaint against the prison.

    21. A number of intellectuals including Fariborz Rayis Dana arrested as they attended a gathering to commemorate the anniversary of Iranian poet Ahmad Shamloo's birth.

    22. The staff at Evin Prison told families of detainees today that the names of none of the detainees they were seeking information about were in the prison’s computerized database.

    23. We had reportedly earlier that some detainees were being kept at a make-shift detention center that used to serve as a drug rehabilitation center. Reports now suggest that deep holes have been ground inside the building’s main yard and prisoners are lowered and kept in the holes for days at a time without food or water.

    24. Detained reformist Saeed Hajjarian is reportedly very sick. It has been reported that he is suffering from some sort of infection. Will update when we know more.

    25. Detained journalists, Masood Bastani and Mahsa Amrabadi were allowed to meet each other briefly today. Mahsa is heavily pregnant.

    *One blogger made some pictures of how Iranian banknotes might look like when the Green Movement succeeds. (That’s right, WHEN, not IF.)

    **(Apologies for the lateness and briefness of the brief. My commitment to this cause has NOT and WILL NOT change. But as everyone kept telling me to take a break, I have decied to spend some time with a friend to cool off a little bit. kudos to her and thank you all for your vigorous support!)


    *Discuss/Annotate: Green Brief 38 - Anonymous Intelligence Collective ; Create it if it doesn't exist.

    **If you wana republish the Green Brief, please visit this page: For Bloggers, News Sites and Forum who want to republish the Green Brief Plesae Read! - Why We Protest - IRAN

    ***For Radio Broadcasters: Green Brief Pronounciation Guide - Why We Protest - IRAN

    ****(A list of all the Green Briefs: The Green Briefs


    Read this if you want to help or get help!

    Helpers:


    A. You can retweet this link and help others know what is going on in Iran.

    B. Discuss/Annotate: Green Brief 39 - Anonymous Intelligence Collective
  2. "24. Detained reformist Saeed Hajjarian is reportedly "

    missing word!
  3. JohnDoe Moderator

    5. Protesters have now started to write Ahmadinejad’s name on garbage bags.

    He's lucky it's only his name on the bag!

    9. Ayatollah Zanjani has reportedly issued a fatwa calling for a boycott of Ahmadinejad’s inauguration.

    At the rate things are going, there might not even be an inauguration!


    11. Later during a meeting with members of his party, he said that they needed to become firmer in response to the deteriorating situation. He also announced a restricting of the party shortly.

    Does this mean he thinks his party is going to be restricted?

    12. It has been confirmed that even though Ayatollah Vaez Tabasi – the most eminent cleric in Mashhad – didn’t greet or meet Ahmadinejad during his visit to that city, he had actually come to the airport to receive Rafsanjani when he visited the city last week.

    Like this!

    15. 14. Even though it was earlier reported that the Ministers of Intelligence, Health, Labor and Culture had all been sacked, we can only confirm the sacking of the Minister of Intelligence Mohseni Ejaie at this point. Reports suggest the he may have been sacked because he was partly opposed to detainees’ confessions being broadcasted on IRIB.

    16. 15. Partially confirmed reports also suggest that the commander of the Basij, Hossein Taleb is going to be appointed as Ejaie’s replacement in Ahmadinejad’s new cabinet. Taleb has been accused of being the mastermind behind torturing detainees and obtaining confessions from them.

    Think you need to check your numbering here Niteowl - the autonumbering has been a bit enthusiastic!

    17. Sayed Ali Jafari – the Commander of IRG – has yet again accused reformists of attempting to stage a velvet revolution. He claimed that greatest dangers to stability in Iran came from elements inside the country.

    Well at least he recognises that its the Iranian people and not the Americans, the Brits, Israel etc! That's progress!!!!!

    21. A number of intellectuals including Fariborz Rayis Dana arrested as they attended a gathering to commemorate the anniversary of Iranian poet Ahmad Shamloo's birth.

    So the intellectuals get locked up, which a lunatic runs the country!

    23. We had reportedly earlier that some detainees were being kept at a make-shift detention center that used to serve as a drug rehabilitation center. Reports now suggest that deep holes have been ground inside the building’s main yard and prisoners are lowered and kept in the holes for days at a time without food or water.

    How sick is that?:mad:


    24. Detained reformist Saeed Hajjarian is reportedly

    reportedly . . . . ?

    *One blogger made some pictures of how Iranian banknotes might look like when the Green Movement succeeds. (That’s right, WHEN, not IF.)


    Looking forward to spending those new notes!


    **(Apologies for the lateness and briefness of the brief. My commitment to this cause has NOT and WILL NOT change. But as everyone kept telling me to take a break, I have decied to spend some time with a friend to cool off a little bit. kudos to her and thank you all for your vigorous support!)


    I'm really glad you had some time off! Hope you had a good mini break. You need to keep your strength you for this marathon - and this week I think could be the biggest yet, with the 40th day of Neda etc.
    And it does us no harm at all having to wait!!!!! After all the people have waited 30 years for this, so waiting a few hours is nothing!
  4. Seamyst Member

    Thank you for this! I deeply appreciate your continuing dedication to getting the word out to the rest of the world.
  5. sp4rrowh4wk Member

    thank you, NiteOwl. i have heard of no one who complains. we support you, who has unfailingly supported us.
  6. Not sure what NightOwl was going to write there, but it's been reported that Hajjarian has acquired hepatitis in prison and is in a very bad state.
  7. JohnDoe Moderator

    The most wide-spread protests in the history of humanity were held today in support of Iranian’s rights. (Not in terms of numbers, but in terms of how many and where they were held.) Thousands of people took part in more than 100 cities across the globe. As words cannot describe this event, you are welcome to see a slideshow of the event: United4Iran's Photostream

    For the mammoth Green Scroll in Paris, click here: YouTube - Green Scroll in Paris - Ey Iran - Paris, Mur de la Paix, 25 Juillet 2009



    For 30 years the regime has making refugees, who have gone to every corner of the globe, and in every corner of the globe protests were held! Well guys it's payback time! All those people they exiled from their home land - 5 million or more - have made their voice heard, and we all heard it yesterday:D

    They may have had their land stolen from them, but no one will ever steal their passion from them, and the people that were made refugees, are now striking back, and there's not a single thing anyone can do about it!
  8. Srpska Member

    Remind me when Ahmadi's inauguration is scheduled for?
  9. JohnDoe Moderator

    On Press TV earlier it said the 5th. Who knows?!
  10. media blackout

    Would like your opinions on the media blackout of 25th.
  11. Visionary Member

    Ha ha ha ha! They should line the streets with (open? lol) Ahmadi garbage bags during the inauguration, if he ever has it.

    sick bastards!

    :mad:


    Thanks so much for your hard work and these updates!
  12. JKShalmani Member

    What a mixture of good and bad news. Dunno if i wanna laugh or cry.

    At one of yesterday's protests in Europe, a non-Iranian woman vigorously told me "The time of this regime is over. I can see it. I can FEEL it!"

    Nothing to add to that.

    But every piece of news about more people being detained, harrassed, tortured, killed, agonized is heartbreaking.

    In my country, a pop song (in my native language) has made it into the protest movement: "What we can't achieve alone, we will achieve together. We have to be patient, then it won't take long anymore."

    Thanks NiteOwl for giving yourself a break, I am sure you needed it badly.

    Looking forward to tomorrow.
  13. In light of this news I have cancelled my plans to travel as a tourist to Dubai and emailed my local embassy explaining my decision and the reasons for it. If anyone else had similar plans I urge you to do the same!
  14. thanks

    thanks as always for keeping us informed. Hope you had a nice break.
  15. This is so True.
  16. Thanks!

    You deserve that break! Although I always look forward to the next Green Brief, I also know you work very hard on these, and after 39 days ... you just have to have a break at some point!
  17. i vote for writing his name on public restrooms, lol. especially port-a-pottys
  18. Thank you!!

    Thank you again and again!!!
  19. I doubt anyone would want to do a potty in one. Not *properly*, anyway...
  20. JKShalmani Member

    My heart goes out to Ougadougou/Burkina Faso:
    Ouagadougou on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
  21. keep it up bro!
  22. Weeks of struggle

    The struggle will last, for weeks.
    so take care of yourself, no blame !
    and thanks for this great work.
  23. JohnDoe Moderator

    Niteowl,

    I've just read your tweets. Please don't be too hard on yourself. Don't force yourself to keep on getting GB's out 'on time'! Their lateness does not matter, but your health and ability to keep going does!

    Maybe you need to revisit this, and seriously give yourself a day off every week, a complete break. We can live with 5 or 6 GB's instead of 7. You do not need to put yourself under so much pressure - or allow us to put you under so much pressure either!

    I for one just assumed there wasn't going to be GB today - and actually there's lots of other stuff to keep us busy;)
  24. MahadmaGandhi Member

    You do a great job Niteowl, your work is very important. Thousands of people arround the World read your Brief and the translations every day.

    Dont work to much, work isnt all. But I hope u will go on with writing the Green Briefs. We need you.
  25. Hope you get a good day's rest. :) You've been doing this for a good long while, can't have you breaking down.
  26. Ray Murphy Member

    I'd prefer to do 6 weeks on a keyboard than 6 minutes facing basiji on the outside line of a march.
  27. Thank you

    Thank you for the briefs. You have us spoiled. I am glad you have not left us. Maybe you could just let us know in the prior brief that you will be skipping the next one and give yourself a break.
  28. You are doing a great job, although I love reading your briefs and how things are confirmed, you let us have the truth.

    But i understand, you need your rest. i am sure to confirm and type all this info take hours.

    I await your next brief.

    When the new government in Iran is installed you will be glorified for all your service!
  29. Saw Green Day in concert, their starting show in Seattle, they played "Stand by Me" that was the only thing that might relate to Iran, I was baffled that they didn't refer to the protests in Iran. Their new CD is all about a revolution.

    There's still plenty of us that care and are following this. though it seems mainstream US media has forgotten it. I just don't understand how shallow that is.

    As always good work, hope this isn't burning you out.
  30. i hope the families will remember this when they go to collect the bodies of the their children who weren't in the prison's database.
  31. I know it's hard to tell from the photo, but when I saw them in Albany, they had a few background tributes to Iran, although they never said anything directly about it.
    During Holiday, the screen filled with political messages about global warming, war, etc. One of the messages read: "Leave Iran Alone"

    Then during American Idiot and one of their new songs, the background became many small televisions, switching between live footage of the concert and footage of Iran. I was sitting in the top section of the stadium, so I was lucky to get a photo at all. But the images were definitely of post-election unrest, with protestors helping eachother away from a fire, and others.

    I was happy to see that Green Day did something, however small, but I feel they could add something a bit more noticeable, seeing as the majority of their music sends a political message. Regardless, the overall show was phenomenal, and those little nods towards Iran were better than nothing.

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