The Green Brief #51 (August 11 - Mordad 20)

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  1. NiteOwl Member

    I'm NiteOwl AKA Josh Shahryar - 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 and Wednesday [Mod note: The days were unclear], August 11 - Mordad 20.

    In Italian:

    Protests / Unrest

    1. People are planning on flooding the bazaars of several major cities in Iran. Protesters are planning to go to the bazaars and urge shopkeepers to join them in the protest and call for a strike. (This is already underway at the time of the writing of this Brief.) Bazaars will be targeted in Tehran, Tabriz, Mashhad, Isfahan, Ahvaz and Shiraz.

    2. The chants of Allah o Akbar continue every night in all the major cities in Iran and the numbers have increased considerably since the campaign for nightly chants began.

    International Protests / Events

    3. [The “International Campaign to close down Iranian Embassies” is determined to close the Iranian Embassy in Canada. The campaign demands: all bank accounts of the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran be frozen; the Islamic Republic of Iran be expelled from all International Agencies; all leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran be tried in an international court for their crimes against humanity.] For more information on the campaign’s goals and their upcoming meeting on August 12, visit: International Campaign Against Shari'a Court in Canada

    4. Members of the Baha’i religious movement are holding a gathering in San Francisco on Wednesday which will focus on human rights in Iran and the case of 7 Baha’is who are currently in detention in Tehran because of their faith. For information on the event, visit: An Evening in Support of the Bahá'ís of Iran at Herbst Theater (Wednesday August 12, 2009) - Upcoming

    5. For a list of protests that are being planned in Germany, please visit this link:
    Julia's Blog: Protests and rallies in Germany (subject to change w/o notice)
    (English and German)

    (If you, your friends or your organization are holding events, protests or doing something else related to the Iranian elections internationally, please send me an email with details and I will give you coverage. (Will only cost you 10 million dollars!) My email is: – I am also curious if anyone is doing something for the day of Ahmadinejad’s inauguration OUTSIDE Iran.)


    6. Mahdi Karroubi’s letter to Hashemi Rafsanjani on prisoner abuse can be found here in English:
    Iran: The Karroubi Letter to Rafsanjani on Abuse of Detainees | Enduring America

    7. It has now been confirmed that Rafsanjani will be skipping the Friday prayers. Reportedly, he wanted to avoid a government crackdown on protesters, who might join the prayers or hold gatherings outside the prayer venue.

    8. It has now been partially confirmed that Rafsanjani spent the past several days in Mazandaran. Details are unclear at this point and full confirmation could not be obtained. We previously reported that Rafsanjani had left Tehran for another city until further notice.

    9. Shirin Ebadi today, repeated her request that the government of Iran, promptly free journalists and lawyers that have been held in detention for weeks. She also asked the government to allow foreign journalists to return to the country and allow freedom of speech. In a separate statement, she also asked the government to hold a fresh election under the observation of the United Nations.

    10. The Committee Responsible for the Defense of Mousavi’s Votes has released a statement accusing the Guardian Council of clearly taking sides during the election. It also accused the council of turning a blind eye to accusations of clear instances of fraud relating to the election and the counting of votes. The head of the committee, Ali Akbar Mohtashamipour – a former Minister of Interior – also criticized the council for its silence over a variety of other illegal activities – including the violent crackdowns on peaceful protesters – conducted by the government.

    11. The government has apparently contradicted itself, again, over the number of protesters who have been detained. Alireza Jamshidi, a spokesperson for the country’s Judiciary – today stated that four thousand people had been arrested of which 3,700 had been already been released and the remainder were in detention. A few weeks ago, the commander of IRG Ismail Ahmadi-Moghaddam, had announced that the government had detained just over a thousand people and most of them had been released.

    12. Ayatollah Ezzuddin Hosseini Zanjani has released a statement calling the forced confessions un-Islamic and illegal.

    13. Fresh allegations by groups tied to Ansare Hezbollah have surfaced against Rafsanjani and his family. These allegations, which were put forth by Lotfullah Ferozendeh – the head of Jamiyate Esargaran (Council of Sacrificers) – accuse Rafsanjani and his children of taking part in the recent unrests by providing money to protesters. Ferozendeh stated these allegations whilst in a meeting with members of Ansare Hezbollah.

    14. The head of Mousavi’s electoral campaign Ghorban Behzadinezhad, vehemently denied any contact between Mousavi’s campaign and foreign embassies in Tehran. He added that the campaign had decided not to hold any meetings with members of foreign embassies from day one of the campaign.

    15. In a meeting with lawyers, Rafsanjani on Tuesday asked that detainees’ rights be respected. “Judgment and proxy as well as (protecting) the rights of the accused can provide guarantees for the presence of justice in the final verdict,” Rafsanjani was quoted by ILNA.

    16. Alireza Beheshti – a member of the committee formed by Mousavi and Karroubi’s campaigns to investigate the fate of detainees and protesters who have died during the unrest – today said a list of the names of the 220 detainees and the names of protestors who had been killed or died in detention had been handed over to the parliament. He added because of various reasons, information about the detainees was emerging sluggishly.

    Government / International

    17. A letter signed by 202 MP’s addressed to Ahmadinejad and read in the Iranian parliament, called on him to choose his ministers based on their experience and their professional skills. The letter warned that anyone selected, not meeting the criteria, would not gain a vote of confidence from the parliament.

    18. Fars News reports: [Commander of the Basij (volunteer) forces Hojjatoleslam Hossein Taeb here on Tuesday cautioned that enemies of the Islamic Republic have hatched plots to sow seeds of discord among the Iranian nation. Commenting on the recent post-election unrest and developments in Iran, Taeb reiterated, "The enemy stepped into the scene of the presidential election to harness the (Islamic) Revolution and to achieve its goals by means of its agents and elements in Iran". The commander further elaborated on other aspects of the enemies' plot, and underlined that enemies made a wide use of the media against the Islamic Republic in an attempt to fulfill their regime change plans in Iran. "Enemies made their utmost efforts to spark and spread pessimism among the people and break integration of the Iranian nation" Taeb stated.]

    (Rest Below)
  2. NiteOwl Member

    19. Ali Larejani – the speaker of Iran’s parliament – has called for a probe into allegations that detainees of recent protests had been raped in detention. PressTV reported that Larejani had asked the special committee, assigned to investigate the situation of detainees, to look into allegations of rape as well.
    (I confirmed instances of the rape of detainees in the Green Briefs almost six weeks ago and so have other sources. MSM has yet to confirm it, however.)

    20. The Iranian Ministry of Intelligence has warned the media not to publish false news about the Intelligence Ministry claiming the media was releasing classified information. This is likely a backlash at reports by the media that Ahmadinejad had shuffled or sacked several high-ranking officials inside the ministry – which was confirmed weeks ago.

    21. Iranian Ambassador to Paris, Sayed Mehdi Mirabotalebi said today that Iran had offered to allow the detained French teacher Clotilde Reiss, to stay at the French Embassy in Tehran during her trial, provided the French Embassy guarantee she will not leave Iran. However, he said the French government had not replied to the offer.

    22. The British government today denied having any hand in the unrest that unfolded after the elections in Iran. Britain also denied allegations levied against Hossein Rassam – a senior British Embassy staffer, who is on trial in Tehran and questioned his confession that Britain had a hand in the unrest.

    23. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, sent a letter congratulating Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on his election as Iran’s president. His spokesperson, however, indicated that the letter does not mean Mr. Ban’s endorsement of the election. The letter will not be released to the press.

    24. A spokesperson for the Egyptian Foreign Ministry told Radio Farda he could not confirm that Egyptian President Hosni Mobarak had congratulated Ahmadinejad on his reelection, as claimed by Iranian media.

    25. The Swedish government summoned the Iranian Ambassador to Stockholm in protest to the ongoing trials of reformists, journalists, lawyers and foreign nationals in Tehran. Sweden, which heads the EU’s rotating presidency, has previously criticized Iran’s clamp down on protesters.

    26. Amnesty International has demanded that international observers be present during the trials that are taking place in Tehran.

    Arrested / Released / Killed

    27. Mostafa Ghaniyan, a 27 year old university student, is the latest victim who has been identified by his family. He was killed, by a single bullet, days after the elections while chanting Allah o Akbar on his roof. He died in Sa’adat Abad in Tehran in his father’s arms.

    28. Arman Astakharian, 16, is another victim of the government’s brutality. He finally succumbed to his wounds, after spending 17 days in coma. He had been savagely beaten by security forces on June 24, during a protest in Shiraz. His family had been told by the security forces not to speak about his death to the press, however, word has finally got out.

    29. The Iranian opposition is now claiming they have confirmed the deaths of at least 69 people during the unrest following the election. PressTV is also claiming the official government tally is 30 – up from 20, repeatedly reported by IRIB and the Iranian government.

    30. The brother of Kianosh Asa has been arrested. Reports also indicate Caspian Makan – the fiancée of Neda Agha-Soltan – has been in detention for more than a month. Makan’s arrest could not be immediately confirmed. Roshanali Moradi – a political activist from Kermanshah – was arrested on Friday by security forces while he was walking home.

    31. Photographer Majid Saeedi has been released on bail. Nazok Afshar – the French Embassy staffer in detention - Kazem Faridiyan – a renowned Iranian mountaineer and Amir Hossein Shamshadi have also been released.

    32. The committee for the defense of the rights of detainees following the election, has released a statement calling the conduct of the Judiciary in handling detainees’ cases and the intimidation of detainees’ families unlawful. The committee also accused unnamed organizations within the government of meddling in the affairs of the Judiciary.

    33. Ahmad Tavakoli – a conservative MP – in the parliament criticized the government over the illegal arrests of peaceful protesters. He also staunchly criticized the government for tampering with freedom of speech, torture and abuse in prisons, as well as the detention of university professors. He put the responsibility on the shoulders of the Chief of Judiciary Shahroudi and Ahmadinejad.

    34. Reports indicate that the Iranian government is also continuing its repression of religious minorities. A Baha’i man was arrested at his home in Sari today. Also two female Muslim converts to Christianity - Marzieh Amirizadeh, 30, and Mariam Rostampour, 27, who have been in detention at Evin’s ward 209 for the past five months – were brought to the security headquarters of Tehran’s police and were forcefully asked to recant their beliefs or face persecution. Both women rejected to do so.

    35. The government has printed fake copies of reformist newspapers, showing them to detainees to break their morale. One example is this front page from Etemaade Melli in which the headline on the top left reads, “Mousavi and Karroubi Regretfully Tell National Media: No Fraud Has Taken Place”. Picture: 6800_120277771370_109834371370_2867932_6812990_n+(1).jpg (image)

    36. The government is continuously printing news reports denying the rape and death of Taraneh Mousavi, apparently claiming that no one by this name ever existed.
    (I have confirmed Taraneh’s rape and death in the past and in the face of mounting criticism, continue to stand by my earlier report. If, in the future, it comes to light that her story was indeed fake, I will not hesitate to retract my earlier report. As with Neda’s case, I am also respectfully going to decline reporting anything about her killer/killers and leave it to Iran’s next government.)

    *Apologies for being absent for the past several days. I was out of town and the internet connection where I was refused to allow me to write the Briefs. There will be no further delays or absentees in the foreseeable future. Thanks for all the messages of support.

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  3. leo-IRAN Member

  4. JKShalmani Member

    first of all - good to read GB again, good to see you are back!

    I am sure the break made us all realize how important it is to have daily summarized updates. Felt kind of lost without them.

    Thanks for your important work :)
  5. Nedjarsan Member

    Great man, great work !

    Ur efforts are for all of us unpayable.
    (40 virgins in heaven only would be 1% reward for them)

    We forgive u this time Your absence; Do not try that again to get more messages ;-)

    MOst of my respect and may ur hands never be hurt
  6. Your absence was felt and your importance realized. We appreciate all your hard work

    I continue to collect and post news links at Iran News Central
  7. thank u

    Thank you for your effort. You are doing a great work.
  8. Well done brilliant work.
    Ignore the idiots critisizing you about writing for Taraneh and Neda.
    A few days ago the iranian government told us that the number of arrests was nothing more than a thousand. Now they tell have said no more than four thousand. does that add up?!
    They lie constantly and you cant believe a word the government says.

    Again well done and thanks for all the work you put into this :)
  9. Thanks for your important work

    I am grateful to have daily summarized updates.

    Thanks for your important work
  10. hehe just in case you dont understand the meaning of the last sentence of the post above: we iranians say "may your hands not hurt" as a thank you phrase (for your efforts that mostly takes the help of your hands) :)
  11. Nedjarsan Member

    But u understood what i ment, didn't you ?

    funny, then it should mean "ache" in place of hurt.

    Man ! and i know what it means i am married to a former "Tschador"-law-victim.

    (Sorry if i did not spelled Tschador the right way; Tjador; Tijador)

    May my head never hurt
  12. Do you mean chador?

    May you never have carpal tunnel syndrome!
  13. Nedjarsan Member

    That is a good one !

    It seems that the world is full of teachers and i am the only student
  14. Paco Member

  15. Big thanks! Good you're back.
  16. Help offer

    Good thing you're back! As I wrote in the previous thread, I want to offer my help to whatever is needed in GB, I can translate the posts into Portuguese, please tell me if and how I can do it, and anything else that could be of assistance to the Green movement and GB!

    Keep up the excellent work!
  17. Welcome back!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank youThank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank youThank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you

    well you get the picture, and I'll also say, may you never get carpal tunnel syndrome <grin>

    you were sorely missed, but hope you got some chance to relax. I'm sure people have no idea how much time you must put into this.
  18. Welcome back NiteOwl!!!

    I was happy to read the G.Brief today...most of all I was happy knowing that you are well. To tell you the truth I was really worried.

    Thank you for all the work you do in providing us with the information from inside Iran.

    Persian people will be FREE!
  19. Thanks for all of your work.

    Hey Josh,

    Don't need to apologize you need that rest. Keep up the great work. I wish we could some reward you for doing this reporting. Welcome back.

  20. I know this is not the right place but I HOPE there are a lot of ppl reading this.

    I have an idee. But first I want to know if Haystack already works in Iran. Does anyone know this? If yes it is wonderfull! But if NO please contact me at MK_NED@YAHOO.COM

    Thanks a million time.
  21. NiteOwl! Welcome back! I was worried about you, but glad to see you're okay. :) Thank you so much for your dedication to the Green Brief. It felt weird these past days not reading it. I hope you've taken the time to catch up on some rest, we all know you need it.
  22. brazos Only

    Hi Josh,
    welcome back home safe and strong as usual!

    Many thanks for your new GB. The italian translation of it and more generally the page of Green Brief is now regularly published on Peacelink, the most important italian on-line news agency focusing on conflicts, information, peace and human rights.

    Here there is the link to the last issue:
    Bollettino Verde nr. 51 dell'11 agosto 2009

    To know more about Peacelink, please follow this link:
    PeaceLink - English info

  23. NiteOwl Member

    GREAT :)

    Thank you so much for your dedication to the Iran election cause! Keep on rocking !
  24. sp4rrowh4wk Member

    it is good to see you back, NiteOwl. thank you for continuing to write the Green Brief.
  25. WitteKr Member

    My respect - and admiration.

    Thank you, Josh!

    Hope one day we can all meet somewhere (the Abassi in Esfahan?) to celebrate - and reward you.

    Hope you still feel comfortable in the Antarctic, minding babies (and sometimes struggling with internet connections - which one can expect in that part of the world...)
  26. Thanks again for another job well done!!! Thanks for your continued effort. I was lost, while you were gone. Iran will reach freedom!!!!
  27. Nichol Member

    Thanks, the GB brings order in the sea of information

    NiteOwl: it is perfectly ok if you go off a few days, and if the internet is no good, too bad for us. We cannnot ask the impossible. And it seems: yes! we can survive a few days without a green brief, if necessary ;-) The sea of tweeps is surprisingly resilient. The spammers and the twitter-fails hit us hard, but the #iranelection river of tweets kept flowing, and growing.
  28. translation?

    Seeing the sea of replies and sighs of relief that you are safe and well, no wonder you haven't been able to reply to everyone (namely me, lol). So: if you don't have anyone to translate GB into Portuguese, I am willing to do it. (I assume I must register myself to do so, no?) Also, I am willing to do whatever is possible to help you, so if there is any other task or errand I can do, just let me know!
  29. NiteOwl Member

    SURE! :) Send me an email to and we'll get on it! :p

    ALWAYS welcome to have translations.
  30. Man, I can't tell you how glad I am to see you back and hard to work again. I was cobbling together my own updates for my sites while you were gone, and they were crap, haha. Know your work is not unappreciated, or that your contributions don't make a difference. Keep up the hard work, and stay safe and in good health.
  31. NUR Member


    Green Brief #51 - talk.religion.bahai | Google Groups

    Baha'i Cult FAQ
    Baha'i Cult FAQ

    See especially Sourcewatch,
    Baha'i Faith - SourceWatch
  32. Taraneh death is true

    The Islamic regime is on a major campaign to refute all the murders it has committed. In a desperate and amateurish effort they tried to show that Taraneh Mousavi is still alive. With a closer look at their own broadcast the following Youtube post proves the photo of the "Taraneh Mousavi in Canada" does not match our Taraneh Mousavi

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