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The Green Brief #42 (July 28)

Discussion in 'Green Brief' started by NiteOwl, Jul 29, 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 Tuesday, July 28. (Some reports maybe from the 29th as well)


    In German: The Green Brief #42, deutsche Übersetzung, Teil I - Why We Protest - IRAN und The Green Brief #42, deutsche Übersetzung, Teil II - Why We Protest - IRAN

    In Hebrew: Content Factory: עלון ירוק 42 28.7

    In Polish: Oddajcie Irańczykom głos!

    In Spanish: Informe Verde en Español: Informe Verde 42 (el 28 de julio)


    Protests / Unrests

    1. The Ministry of Interior refused to issue a permit for gatherings on Thursday for mourning the 40th day of Neda’s death. However, Mousavi and other reformists have indicated that they would proceed with plans for gatherings, even if a permit is not issued. Mousavi and other reformist leaders will also visit the graves of protesters who have been killed during the unrests. Mousavi has reportedly suggested that his supporters make use of religious holy days for gatherings and rallies – full confirmation of this could not be obtained.

    2. Two minutes of silence will be publicly observed in many parts of the world on Thursday. For more details on this and how to participate, please follow this link: The Silent Wave. The Silent Wave – Be still for Iran on Thursday July 30, 2009.

    3. Saifullah Daad’s funeral will be held on Monday (Iran Time) and many reformists and Green Movement supporters are expected to attend. Partially confirmed reports suggest that Mir Hossein Mousavi will also be present.

    4. Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi and the Secretary General of Amnesty International Irene Khan have published a joint statement, declaring that the situation in Iran was getting worse. They expressed concern that violent repression was possible in retaliation to protests that might be held on the day of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s inauguration.

    5. Mehr News has reported today that a bomb had been defused near Saderat Bank in Karaj. This remains unconfirmed for now.

    6. Mousavi stencils in green are appearing all over Tehran. Picture: http://tinyurl.com/mnowfy


    Opposition

    7. Full Text of Mousavi’s Speech on Monday (English): Mir Hossein Mousavi میر حسین موسوی: Mousavi: “Religious celebrations are opportunities for the display of the “Green” movement’s creativity.” | Facebook (I went through as much of it as I could and the translation seems to be impeccable. Hopefully, those who were looking for it will find it useful).

    8. Ninety two professors and faculty members of universities in Tabriz have sent a letter of support to Mousavi. The letter also asks the government to release political prisoners, ensure freedom of speech and stop violently oppressing peaceful protests.

    9. Ayatollah Sayed Jalalludin Taheri Isfahani has written a letter supporting Rafsanjani’s stance in regard to the elections. He asked the political elite to join hands in finding a solution for the current turmoil. He stated that the regime and spirituality were in danger because of the present situation.

    10. Ayatollah Bayat Zanjani also wrote a letter today to the reformist leadership. The letter states that the blood spilled, during the post election violence, was on the hands of those who have always thought little of people and have ignored their votes. He urged the reformists to continue to stand against the oppression that was taking place and said those who ignore such atrocities also share the blame.

    11. In an interview, published in Etemaade Melli newspaper, Fakhrusadaat Mohtashamipour blamed the Guardian Council of overly supporting Ahmadinejad and hurting the oppositions’ campaigns using censor tactics and media as a tool.

    12. Reformist leaders continue to meet with the families of protesters who’ve been killed or detained. On Monday, Mohammad Khatami met with the family of detained reporter Mohammad Ghochani and Mahdi Karroubi met with the family of Neda Aga-Soltan. Karroubi told the family of Neda that she had merged into the people’s movement and had become a symbol for freedom.


    Government / International

    13. Reports suggest that Ahmadinejad has assumed the responsibilities of the Minister of Intelligence after he sacked Ejaie from the post. This can only be partially confirmed at this point. There are other reports suggesting that he has appointed another high-ranking official at the Ministry as the “caretaker”.

    14. Congressman Ted Poe, R-Texas, on Monday praised the women of Iran for their bravery in pursuit of their rights and freedoms. He mentioned Shadi Sadr and the fact she had been arrested. Video: YouTube - Congressman Poe Impressed By The Women Of Iran

    15. Iranian MP Ali Motaheri today criticized the government’s decision to close just one detention center. He said the closing of only one detention center didn’t mean that there were not other places where people were deprived of their liberty and tortured.

    16. Reports suggest that Ahmadinejad is losing support in parliament. At least two parliament members have reportedly suggested in recent days that Ahmadinejad’s government could face a vote of no confidence. However, this remains only partially confirmed. Ahmadinejad is also still under pressure by some conservatives for keeping Esfandiar Mashaie as his Chief of Staff.

    17. MP Hamid Reza Katouzian of Tehran today criticized Ahmadinejad harshly over his continued support for Mashaie. He also accused Ahmadinejad of not being loyal to the Supreme Leader. Also on Tuesday, conservative MP Gholamreza Mesbahi-Moghaddam expressed support for Rafsanjani and said that most of the detainees should be released since they were simply young and excited youngsters.


    Arrested / Released / Killed

    18. After the order by Shahrodi which stipulated a speedy release for detained protesters with minor offences, Ali Larijani – the head of the Iranian parliament – announced today that a special committee would be reviewing the situation from the beginning of the tension. The three member committee will meet with prisoners and write a detailed report about their status, rights and the interrogations they’ve gone through. The committee would also gather complaints from people who’ve been beaten or have suffered financial loss during the unrest.

    19. Saeed Hajjarian is reportedly being released today. He is in failing health and human rights organizations have repeatedly warned that if not released, he could die in detention.

    20. More deaths during the protests have been confirmed.

    - Hossein Akhtar-Zand, 32, was killed by Basijis in Isfahan on June 15th.
    It has been alleged that he was thrown from a building. I have seen pictures of his body. I am not going to post the link as they are too graphic.

    - Saeed Abbasi was killed on June 20 after being shot in the head on Rodaki Ave.-

    - Sajjad Qayed Rahmati, was killed on June 21 by IRG members near Navab Metro Station.

    - Davood Sadri, 25, was killed on June 15 after being shot by Basijis from the rooftop of their headquarters at Moghdad near Jinnah Avenue in Tehran.

    - Amir Javadi Langroodi has also died after suffering days of torture at Evin.

    - A 16 year old detainee was brutally beaten in front of more than 200 other detainees at Kahrizak and died on the spot.

    - Hossein Akbari was killed by security forces in the first week of unrests. He had gone missing, but his family didn’t know of his death for almost a month. His body was given to his family on July 22 and he was buried four days later.

    - Mansour Ghoujazadeh, a resident of Khoy, was beaten so badly during a protest that he couldn’t survive his injuries. He was quietly buried after his family was threatened by security forces.
    (But they aren’t just names, they have faces too: Faces of the Iranians killed and Arrested)

    (Rest Below)
  2. NiteOwl Member

    21. Reports today confirmed the detention center, ordered to be shut down by Khamenei, is Kahrizak Detention Center located south of Tehran. Horrendous reports of torture and abuse are surfacing about the facility.

    - One detainee reportedly suffered so much trauma to the head at Kahrizak that he went blind and died in detention.

    - Detainees are forced to strip, then, electric cables are used to lash them for hours ripping into their bodies and inflicting terrible damage.

    - Other detainees are crammed into small cells where many have contracted infectious diseases.

    - Tehran’s Police Chief, Ibrahim Reza Radan has personally beaten and tortured detainees on his visits to the facility. His weapon of choice was reportedly a plastic hose.

    22. Reports from other detention facilities describe incidents like these:

    - A female detainee was supposedly forced to sign a confession to admit she had not been mistreated while in detention. She was repeatedly beaten, harassed by male interrogators, her hair was pulled and male interrogators repeatedly touched her body inappropriately to force her to confess.

    - One detainee was forced to lick the commode of the detention facility’s toilet and guards forced his head down to the ground with their boots. He was also repeatedly beaten with batons.

    - Guards who would refuse to subjugate prisoners to such torture were reprimanded. One guard was detained and tortured after he refused to torture a detainee.

    - One Iranian expatriate, who had been detained after returning from London, was beaten so badly and harassed that he has become mentally unstable. After his release, his family has been forced to restrain him so he does not attempt to commit suicide.

    (The committee formed by the parliament to investigate the cases of detainees most probably will not be visiting Kahrizak as it has already been closed. For accounts of what happened at Kahrizak, visit this link: كودن با استعداد: The Holocaust denier is casting his own version)

    23. The number of protesters who have been killed in detention or on the streets has climbed to 78. According to multiple sources this number is much higher. Here is an updated list of the dead and detained Leaving Facebook... | Facebook.

    24. The government is continuing to charge people money for returning the bodies of their loved ones. They are also being forced to sign papers that absolve the government of the blame for the victim’s death. Unless these two conditions are met, bodies are not returned.

    25. Reports suggest that in the past two days, at least 140 prisoners were freed from Evin and other prisons. They include Mohammad Tavsoli who had been in detention for the past 43 days. Aida Mesbahi was also released today. The government has announced that the remaining detainees – which according to it number in less than 200 – have committed major crimes such as damaging property or providing weapons to other protesters that were used in violence.

    26. Ali Maghami - a member of Karoubi’s campaign HQ – was arrested yesterday.

    27. Unconfirmed reports indicate that two political prisoners were hung in Zahedan, Sistan o Baluchestan province. The prisoners were primarily persecuted because they belong to the Sunni branch of Islam which is a minority in Shia-majority Iran. There is still no news on the fate of seven detained members of the Baha’i faith.


    Media

    28. Javan Daily has accused the Association of Anonymous Addicts of also having a hand in the current turmoil. (Next, it will be the Pope!)

    29. Khanaye Moseeqi (House of Music), an organization of Iranian musicians, has released a letter defending Saeed Shajarian. He has been repeatedly insulted by the government owned media after he asked them to stop broadcasting his patriotic songs.


    Miscellaneous

    30. Francesco Totti, top Italian footballer, sent a message in Farsi to Iranian youth fighting or their freedom:



    Note: I thought about cutting down the number of GBs to less than 7 a week. But honestly, so much happens every day that I find it difficult to keep the GBs as brief as they should be. So until further notice, one a day will be the norm.

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    **If you wanna 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

    *****A hearty thanks to Sahar joon and S 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.


    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.


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  3. Thank You!!

    Thank you as always.
  4. Thankyou

    Thankyou. You and your helpers are just amazing. Bless you!
  5. Great Job

    NiteOwl,

    I don't know how you keep up without falling over from exhaustion!

    Great job as always.

    Friend of Iran
  6. JohnDoe Moderator

    Niteowl, as I read about all those imprisonments and tortures I wept. What we are hearing off is evil unleashed - for what?!

    Oh Azadi has to come soon for these brave people.

    Thank you Niteowl - your commitment is amazing!
  7. JKShalmani Member

    Later today I heard that Saeed Hajjarian has not yet been released but still remains in the "care" of Sepah.. is that a rumor?

    The name of the killed friend is Amir Javadi Langroodi. Rest in peace :(
  8. Your work is so much appreciated. Thank you.
  9. NiteOwl Member

    Thank you for pointing that out. :)

    I corrected it.
  10. a desert Member


    Jesus Fucking Christ. I hope that they're able to find mental health facilities or someone who can help the poor guy.
  11. A Letter From Fayah

    Nite Owl,
    Thank you so much for your incredible work!

    I received this email yesterday from a friend in Iran, and am trying to get it out to as many people as possible. It's probably not something you'd want to include in your brief, but maybe you can help me help her to be heard.

    "I love life. I love to laugh and be with my friends. There are so many books I want to read, movies I want to see, people I want to meet. I want to marry, to be a good wife and mother. I want to grow old with the people I love, to feel the sun on my face, to see the ocean, to travel.

    My country is in a terrible state. People have no jobs. There is no money. People have no freedom. Women must hide themselves from the world, and we have no choices.

    Our people--we are not terrorists. We hate terrorists. And that is what our government has become. They kill our people for no reason. They torture us in their prisons because we want freedom. They make our country look evil, they make our religion look evil.

    We are fighting for our freedom, for our religion, for our country. If we do nothing while injustice abounds, we become unjust. We turn into the ones we hate.

    I have to fight. I have to go back on the streets. I will make them kill me. I will join Neda, with my friends, and then maybe the world will hear us.

    I never thought I would become a martyr, but it is needed. The more of us they kill, the smaller they become, the more strength the people will have. Maybe my death will mean nothing, but maybe it will buy my country freedom.

    I am very sad that I will never be a mother, that I will never do the things I love, but I would rather die than do nothing and know that I am to blame for the tortures, the murder, the hatred.

    Please tell the world how much we love life. That we are not terrorists. We just want to be free."

    Never Apologize,Never Explain
  12. Thank you!

    Please know that I use this resource everyday to spread the word to people I know on whats happening in Iran, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
  13. thank you for doing these green briefs and keeping everyone informed.
  14. Thank you Nite Owl. I will pray that God gives you strength and restorative sleep to carry on. Just promise that you will eat properly. Luv and hugs. :)
  15. Thanks for getting the GB out

    Thanks for getting this brief out. Your work is the equivalent of a reliable and complete news organization. That's why it's exhausting, and that's why (if you can,) please keep at it :)

    Just send out a tweet if you need help with any of it.
  16. Bless you for your efforts, Josh

    I know that keeping up with all this so closely and carefully has to be hurtful to you every day and wearing over time. It means to much to so many to have a source of real information, and that includes old Americans like me, who--before this election--never thought of Iranians as being anybody but bearded religious nuts--tracing back to the Jimmy Carter crisis--with the current leader being a perfect model... Seeing these young Iranians fighting and giving their lives for simple fair treatment is an eye-opener to us.
  17. JohnDoe Moderator

    And rest properly!!!!!!! And take proper breaks;)
  18. "A Letter From Fayah" brought tears to my eyes. That young people should have to make choices like this is unreasonable and unreal. How can a country, in today's 'enlightened' world, treat their children like this. What do they want their future to be? The Government of Iran is isolating and poisoning their own future, but to what end? How can they possibly imagine this serves even they who wish to maintain control with their violence against their own people?

    God bless those who give their lives and their futures so that Ahmadinejad and the leader cannot operate in the dark. I wish we could save you, but only your own people can do that. When will THEY have had enough? I hope, for all of our sakes but especially for yours, that that time will come soon...

  19. I've passed this on to Fayah and her friends. They'll be out of touch from now until who knows when. I'll be posting updates of her status as I get them, if you're interested.
    Never Apologize,Never Explain
  20. Thank you. I will be watching for updates. They need to know that many care what happens to them. It is with mixed feelings that I encourage them as I know what may result, but they ARE their country's best chance...
  21. Visionary Member

    So many dead! I'm so enraged at the regime and their murdering goons after reading about these deaths and what they are doing in the prisons.
    :mad::mad::mad::mad:


    Thanks for the updates!
  22. Thank you for showing the faces of those who died for their freedom. They will win!!!!
  23. One post a day is really great, and helps alot just knowing what's going on - thank you!
  24. Thank you, again NiteOwl. The work you put into bringing us the GB is truly remarkable. I will never be able to fathom how a government could hold the bodies of those THEY killed hostage, until the families agree to keep silent and lie for them. It's sickening.

    I hope Fayah, as well as many others will be safe. Her letter is truly heartbreaking.
  25. Drtoad Member

    Thank you

    Thanks again Niteowl, one thing that struck me as exceedingly desperate was this-

    Didn't Ahmadinejad claim that just as there are no homosexuals in Iran, there are no drug addicts either? I think he may have said that during his speech at Columbia University back in 2007. Perhaps the Pope snuck them in with his new stealth popemobile.
  26. Kat-IRAN Member

    Saving the link!

    Saving the link - yes, posting their status is definitely wanted here! There's also the "Why We Should Care" section which I was thrilled to read since it corresponds to a large portion of why I care, amongst other personal reasons. It helped me to know that I'm not alone in torturing my friends, family and coworkers with updates, briefs, news and videos on Iran! Now everytime I send out an email with any of the Iranian info I can sit back and laugh knowing that there are others doing the same thing also.

    Josh - you're wonderful!
  27. You're definitely not alone.

    If you find any of my posts useful, please feel free to copy them and use them to your advantage. No need to credit or link or anything. It's far more important that the info gets out.

    --Gwyndyn Alexander
    aka Idiomagic
  28. Excuse me if I misunderstood.

    I am troubled about the link to "The Holocaust Denier is casting his own version." Is that the bloggers "name"? I am hoping that is a crack about ajad.. Because the holocaust DID HAPPEN. I apologize if I misunderstood. P.S.- Please notice I did not capitalize ajad., he does not deserve it.

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