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The Green Brief #33 (July 19)

Discussion in 'Green Brief' started by NiteOwl, Jul 19, 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 Sunday, July 19 .


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    Protests / Unrest

    1. It has been partially confirmed that a protests took place in Shiraz tonight. Hundreds of protesters gathered in the late afternoon and marched down the streets, chanting slogans against the government for several hours, before peacefully dispersing. Yesterday it was reported that Mahdi Karroubi’s supporters had obtained a permit for a peaceful protests in Shiraz. It could not be immediately confirmed if there were any clashes or not.

    2. Families of detained protesters will hold another protest in front of Evin prison tomorrow evening.


    Opposition

    3. Mahdi Karroubi visited some of the families of detainees and expressed his sorrow over the death of more than a hundred Armenians that died in the plane crash yesterday. Karroubi also visited the Church of St. Sarkis in Tehran to offer his condolences to the Iran-Armenian community over the tragic incident.

    4. In a separate statement released today, Mahdi Karroubi has said that he feels “ashamed of being part of a government that spreads lies.” He condemned the security forces for alleging that their staff had “been martyred,” as well as “they hadn’t opened fire on anyone.” He asserted that, “Such lies could not be contained - the entire world had witnessed the atrocities committed by the security forces.” Karroubi also confirmed that he was indeed attacked on Friday.

    5. Khatami also held meetings with families of detainees today. During the meeting, he thanked Rafsanjani for his statements during the Friday Prayer’s. He went on to add that what Rafsanjani asked for is the “bare minimum requirements” that must be met by the government. Khatami added that not only is the government facing a challenge, but the Islamic Regime was in danger because of the government’s actions. He asked the government to pay heed to Rafsanjani’s statements, but added that a referendum on the government’s legitimacy should be held as soon as possible to restore the people’s trust. It has been reported that during the meeting, two prisoners were allowed by prison guards at Evin to call their families.

    6. Hashemi Rafsanjani traveled to Mashhad and will be there for a few days. According to sources, Rafsanjani is there to hold meetings with Ayatollahs Makarem Shirazi and Safi Golpayegani. Many important clerics are in Mashhad right now because of the holy month of Rajab (Shi'ite). Reports indicate that the overwhelming majority of clerics in Mashhad endorse Mousavi and Rafsanjani, while a very small minority is putting their support behind Ahmadinejad.

    7. The Association of Combatant Clerics (ACC) has released a statement today calling for a referendum. The ACC also praised Hashemi Rafsanjani’s sermon and asked the government to pay heed to his words. According to the ACC, a referendum would be the best way to restore the trust of the Iranian populace - whose trust had been severely diminished by the election and post-election turmoil.

    8. Iranian Security Forces are claiming that a plan by the MKO (Mujahideene Khalq Organization) to assassinate Mousavi and Karroubi had been foiled. MKO, which is a left-wing Iranian paramilitary organization, had previously claimed that Israel had plotted to assassinate Ahmadinejad before the election.

    9. Mir Hossein Mousavi released a statement today, offering his condolences to the families of victims of the airline crash near Qazvin. In the statement, he showed concern over several recent accidents involving Iranian airlines and asked the government to work to improve flight-safety in Iran.

    10. Twenty members of the Iranian Parliament have summoned the Ministers of Intelligence and Judiciary in order to inquire about the arrests of politicians and political activists.


    Government / International

    11. Rumors circulated today that Esfandyar Rahim-Mashaie, the man appointed as the First Vice President of Iran, had declined the position. There were reports later suggesting Mr. Mashaie had denied making such a statement. We have been unable to confirm either statement, but it seems unlikely that he would decline such an appointment. It has now been confirmed that Khamenei had asked Hashemi Rafsanjani to attend the Inauguration Ceremony of President Ahmadinejad – a request he rejected.

    12. Abbasali Kadkhodaie, the spokesperson for the Guardian Council, today criticized Rafsanjani’s sermon and responded to comments made by one of Mousavi’s representatives. According to Kadkhodaie, the Guardian Council had acted within the law and used all the legal means possible to ensure that the election was free and fair. He also slammed Karroubi and Mousavi for not sending representatives to a committee formed by the Guardian Council to investigate allegations of voting fraud (it is worth mentioning that the committee was set up to investigate only 10% of the total votes cast. Even if all those votes were to be transferred to Mousavi alone, Ahmadinejad would have still been the victor).

    13. Mohammad-Taqi Mesbah Yazdi, a prominent Shi’ite cleric and a hard-liner who is supposedly the religious mentor of Ahmadinejad, stated today that "Many politicians are saying they only believe in the Supreme Leader’s words because he has been constitutionally appointed. Yet the Supreme Leader has jurisdiction regardless.”

    14. It has been reported that Ayatollah Javad Amoli and Ayatollah Amini will soon meet with Khamenei to discuss the post-election mayhem. In another breakthrough, Ayatollah Kharrazi of Qom has announced that “Khamenei is responsible for the blood that has been spilled during the past few weeks.”

    15. The Iranian Minister of Energy has warned citizens that causing power blackouts (by over-using electricity) was useless and would, moving forward, be considered sabotage. This comes at a time when fresh allegations by the IRG have been levied against protesters. The government is once again claiming that:

    A. The protests were pre-planned

    -AND-

    B. Protesters were prepared to use violence weeks before the election.


    Arrested / Released / Killed

    16. Iranian Government officials have confirmed that the last British Embassy staffer, Hossein Resam, had been released on bail. His release comes days after firm pressure from the international community. The government has also announced that over 40 protesters had been arrested during protests on Friday.

    (Rest Below)
  2. NiteOwl Member

    17. In a letter addressed to the Judiciary, the Ministry of Information, and the Attorney General of Iran, Ayatollah Mousavi Tabrizi has demanded for the speedy release of all detainees. He has demanded the lifting of all sanctions against political parties and a clamp down on those who have violated the people’s civil rights during the protests.

    18. Disturbing news continues to emerge from Evin Prison. Released detainees claim that prisoners are chained to walls within the prison’s halls - in hot and overcrowded conditions. Prisoners are frequently beaten while other prisoners are forced to watch. Sleep-deprivation is common. Food and medication are hard to come by. Other sources also report of continued use of sexual assault as a torture tactic (we have already confirmed that many prisoners have been raped).

    19. Dozens of university students from Tabriz, Mashhad and Semnan have been asked to appear before disciplinary committees. Reports suggest that most of these students had actively taken part in the protests following the elections.


    Media

    20. IRIB TV has reportedly broadcasted a mangled-up version of Hashemi Rafsanjani’s sermon. The broadcast omits his appeal for the immediate release of prisoners, as well as his call for the lifting of media censorship. Instead, it focuses entirely on his calls for unity. The broadcast also stressed that Rafsanjani had not taken sides during the speech. This is while Grand Ayatollah Sobhani today slammed the Iranian media for lying about what was happening in Iran and called it un-Islamic to do so.

    Note: (I respectfully decline to participate in the ongoing “hunt for Neda’s killer.” I have seen pictures of a man that many people claim to be the IRG member who killed her, but we cannot be certain about it. Even if we could, this would only incite people to commit violence – please remember, the Sea of Green needs to remain peaceful.)


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  3. A referendum?

    Isn't another election a bad idea, after how this one went?
  4. Again, Thank You!
    This Brief is so full of information I will have to reread it several times to absorb every thing. The information is overwhelming and thought provoking. So much is happening behind closed doors, sub rosa, that it will be a while before we know the outcome of all these meetings etc. We in the World are so grateful for your time and efforts to gather so much in one place.
    You are greatly appreciated. Please keep up the fine work.
  5. FreedomAgent Member

    15. The Iranian Minister of Energy has warned citizens that causing power blackouts (by over-using electricity) was useless and would, moving forward, be considered sabotage.

    lol .. these ministers are some of the dumbest around

    if over usage of electricity is useless why are they asking for people to stop and why is it considered sabotage ...lol

    As always doorood bar to NiteOwl
  6. The voice of Iran comes through again. Many Thanks to you all.
  7. tim new Member

    I didn't follow this. Was Yazdi saying that Many people actually believe Khamenei because he is Supreme Leader ( and thus infallible?) or ?
  8. Visionary Member

    Wasn't he the one who berated Rafsanjani for saying that Khamanei's authority comes from the people, and pointing out himself that it comes from God?
  9. NiteOwl Member


    Different Yazdi. :)
  10. Visionary Member

    A permit...wow. lol. But good to see more protesting elsewhere.
    Nice, Karroubi always has something interesting to say.
    Good to hear...it sounds like things are moving along. I wonder how many important clerics and ayatollahs support the opposition now.

    Thanks for the updates and the rest of the hard work you do for all this!
  11. Agreed

    I agree with you 100%!!

    Great job yet again NiteOwl!! Thank you fro your dedication!!
  12. Angelraven Member

    Once again, thank you Nite Owl for all you do to get us the truth about what is going on in Iran on a day to day basis.

    Blessing to you and I am glad you are feeling better
  13. I wonder:

    How many Ayatollahs are there? I mean God has been really busy sending so many "signs of God", when even one is cause for so much trouble! Like Dr. Soroosh says, or maybe it is me paraphrasing, "We don need no stinkin' middlemen between us and God"--those of us who do have a need to believe in the divine. Personally, I want nothing from a God who has allowed the past 30 years happened to Iran in his name.
  14. NiteOwl is my herooooo!
  15. NightOwl

    Thank you for your dedication. It sounds like a cliche, I know, but please take care of yourself so you can continue to do what you do. Thanks to those who help you. Bless you.
  16. Thanks!

    Thank you - I love the Green Brief and Look forward to reading it EVERY night. Please don't stop. =)
  17. well said sir!
  18. JKShalmani Member

    Seems that this is a lot of good news... and no deaths and tortures in this one, for once.. thanks God, it lifts my spirit again.

    Thank you NiteOwl for your dedication, it is much appreciated.
  19. JKShalmani Member

    Originally Posted by niteowl

    note: (i respectfully decline to participate in the ongoing “hunt for neda’s killer.” i have seen pictures of a man that many people claim to be the irg member who killed her, but we cannot be certain about it. Even if we could, this would only incite people to commit violence – please remember, the sea of green needs to remain peaceful.)


    I fully agree, and thanks to NiteOwl for explicitly pointing this out.
  20. JohnDoe Moderator

    Irib

    "20. IRIB TV has reportedly broadcasted a mangled-up version of Hashemi Rafsanjani’s sermon. The broadcast omits his appeal for the immediate release of prisoners, as well as his call for the lifting of media censorship. Instead, it focuses entirely on his calls for unity. The broadcast also stressed that Rafsanjani had not taken sides during the speech. This is while Grand Ayatollah Sobhani today slammed the Iranian media for lying about what was happening in Iran and called it un-Islamic to do so."

    No wonder they didn't want to broadcast it live!
    As the saying goes "you can full some of the people some of the time, but you can't full all of the people all of the time!"
    Who does the IRIB think they are fooling? Especially since it went out on radio - didn't it?

    Thanks again Niteowl, I can only imagine how much work this - but it so vital, thank you for your commitment to keep on faithfully working behind the scenes.

    I bet Amamadman & Khaminidiot feel sick every time they hear your name!
  21. NiteOwl Member


    Oh yeah, shivers down their spines? I bet my name sends them to Qom :D lols, just kidding.
  22. Ray Murphy Member

    Restricting the information on TV shows how worried they are.
    Then the was this on one of the blogs:

    "However, the deputy to the Supreme Leader’s representative in the
    Revolutionary Guards tried to hold the line, claiming that many prominent
    politicians have been “engaged in treacherous intrigue”. He included former
    President Hashemi Rafsanjani, former President Mohammad Khatami, Mehdi
    Karroubi, and Mir Hossein Mousavi."


    It's all downhill for them now.
  23. JohnDoe Moderator

    Oh no not Qom! There they have your Green Brief printed out and pinned on notice boards . . . ;)
  24. oh, you send shivers down their spines all right. you sexy beast.

  25. Visionary Member

    lol
    Considering that hardliners keep coming out and criticizing the speech, it seems a little counterproductive to both make it seem like he's calling for unity only, and at the same time condemn his speech.

    Especially if they mention stuff that isn't being shown on tv. :)
  26. So .... how do they even define over-usage? Normal usage for one person is over-usage for another.
  27. JohnDoe Moderator

    LOL!!! Very good Visionary! You would think that they with all their control would be able to co-ordinate how their approach!!!!


    On a different note.
    '8. Iranian Security Forces are claiming that a plan by the MKO (Mujahideene Khalq Organization) to assassinate Mousavi and Karroubi had been foiled. MKO, which is a left-wing Iranian paramilitary organization, had previously claimed that Israel had plotted to assassinate Ahmadinejad before the election.'

    This sounds like the regime are preparing the way to assassinate someone, they might even try for the top ie Rafsanjani. They are planting the seeds now, so that if/when it happens they can blame the MKO. This has been their tactic in the past - Grand Ayatollah Taleqani who spoke against Khomini's killings, the regime killed him and blamed the MKO.
  28. NiteOwl Member

  29. JohnDoe Moderator

    [QUOTE

    15. The Iranian Minister of Energy has warned citizens that causing power blackouts (by over-using electricity) was useless and would, moving forward, be considered sabotage. [/QUOTE]

    From Oxfordgirl's tweet last week - 16th July!
    "Energy minister asks all Iran reduce electricity use 8-11pm!!! You know what to do don't you, turn everything on#iranelection"
    2:13 AM Jul 16th from TweetDeck


    Useless is it?!:rolleyes:
  30. Neda's killer

    I congratulate you on passing a major test in becoming a respectable news reporter, which is what you are to many of us relying on the honest information that you are providing. By not posting that picture, you have relied on your moral grounding as well as refusing to persecute a person, perhaps damage them for life, based on hear - say. When Iran is freed from the grips of this current group of lawless thugs, the killer of Neda will have to face the law and then, his picture will and should appear. He will not escape justice. Neither will this government. Continue you good work.
  31. Paleene Member

    well put - that's it!
    thank you again, NiteOwl!
  32. Visionary Member

    I just saw this purported video of the protests in Shiraz on Sunday, on the Huffington Post blog. Wasn't sure where to post this, so I'll put it up here for now.

  33. Seamyst Member

    Thank you so much for this! It's heartening to see that the government is still apparently acting like a chicken running around with its head cut off.

    And I'll add my thanks for you refusing to include mention/picture of Neda's supposed killer. You, sir, continue to prove your integrity with this.
  34. Thanks for all you're doing to keep communications rolling and up to date! Also, thanks for taking your stand on "Neda's killer." It's a reminder to all of us that living in a democracy comes with responsibilities, as well as rights.
  35. Ay. Taleqani died a natural death.
  36. Don't you remember the controversy at the time of his death? Very suspicious circumstances, and what was going on around the media at the time. He was one of the few people who spoke out against the executions.
  37. Yes, he did speak out, and was reprimanded. But there were no claims that he was killed by MKO.
  38. BTW, I have a personal connection and information to the family on which my knowledge is based.

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