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The Green Brief #61-62 (August 26-27 - Shahrivar 4-5)

Discussion in 'Green Brief' started by NiteOwl, Aug 28, 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 Wednesday and Thursday, August 26-27 - Shahrivar 4-5.


    In German: http://kyrah.net/gr88/gb61.html


    Protests / Unrest

    August 26

    1. Reports have emerged that there is a strong possibility of workers’ strikes in Iran. Reports suggest that over 200,000 workers have not been paid their wages in months and this could lead to strikes in the very near future. This comes as the workers in Fars province’s main automobile factory have been on strike over the issue for the past five days. Other reports suggest that unemployment in Tehran alone has risen by 3% in the past few months.


    August 27

    2. Reports of a small gathering of Greens in a park in Oromieh have surfaced. The greens gathered together to break their fast on the night Thursday and prayed for the release of prisoners and the success of the Sea of Green. Pictures: http://bit.ly/30b9D


    Opposition

    August 26

    3. Hashemi Rafsanjani’s family has filed a lawsuit against Ahmadinejad for his statements during the presidential debates and sent an official complaint to the Judiciary, according to Mehdi Rafsanjani – Rafsanjani’s son. Ahmadinejad had accused Rafsanjani of corruption during the debates.

    4. Reports have also emerged that Hashemi Rafsanjani has sent information about two detainees who’re victims of rape in Iran’s detention centers to Khamenei, Grand Ayatollah Montazeri and Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani. Full confirmation of this is not at hand. The unconfirmed report names one of the victims as Ghaim Montazer who had been raped with a bottle.

    5. Grand Ayatollah Montazeri called Iran’s government a dictatorship in the name of Islam. He said that it was neither Islamic and nor a republic. He further added that the true color of the system was shown after the election when thousands were arrested and then brutally tortured. He added, "The biggest oppression ... is despotic treatment of the people in the name of Islam," he on his website, "I hope the responsible authorities give up the deviant path they are pursuing and restore the trampled rights of the people."

    6. Karroubi has sent a congratulatory letter to Sadegh Larijani – the new Judiciary Chief – telling him that he has the responsibility to restore national trust after the blatant law-breaking that has taken place in the aftermath of the elections.

    7. Mohammad Khatami has dismissed the confessions and trials once again. He also rejected the allegations leveled against him during the most recent trial by Kayan Tajbakhsh. He said that contrary to what the confesser claims, he has not met with George Soros in New York. George Soros is a billionaire philanthropist who has been linked with the Rose Revolution in Georgia in the past.

    8. Mehdi Hashemi Rafsanjani also denied allegations that were leveled against him. Mehdi Karami - One of the men on trial - had claimed that Mehdi had used government money to fund his father’s campaign in 2005.


    August 27

    9. Shirin Ebadi condemned the trial of reformists and other Iranians linked to protests following the elections once again.

    10. The government is creating fake blog entries in the name of reformist leaders to show that they are being treated fairly. Abtahi’s blog is the latest that is being updated.

    11. Ayatollah Bayat Zanjani has held a meeting with Ayatollah Sane’ie about the recent developments. The meeting has been held at Ayatollah Sane’ie’s residence. Further details will be released at a later date.


    Government / International

    August 26

    12. Khamenei confessed that he had seen no proof that opposition leaders were linked to foreign agents, mainly the US and the UK. However, he added that the mass protests had been planned in advance and there was no doubt about it.

    13. Hamidreza Katouzian said that the parliament was investigating the claims of the killings and mass burials of protesters in Beheshte Zahra. Katouzian is a member of the parliamentary commission to investigate the condition of detainees.

    14. Conservative MP Ahmad Tavakkoli asked Sadegh Larijani to put Tehran’s Attorney General Saeed Mortazavi on trial for banning Etemaade Melli. According to Tavakkoli, Mortazavi did not have the authority to ban Etemaade Melli according to the country’s media laws.

    15. An unidentified MP told Parlemaan News that it had been proven that several detainees had been raped with batons and bottles. The MP is also a member of the parliamentary commission to investigate the condition of detainees, according to the website.

    16. Ali Larijani has admitted that the trials that are being held have their flaws. According to reports, Larijani said this after an MP from Semnan Mostafa Kavakabian criticized the way the trials were being held and said that they did not meet the standards set by the constitution.

    17. Partially confirmed reports suggest that the government is preparing itself for another wave of protests very soon and deems the situation far from stable. This was echoed by the Deputy Chief of Staff Jazayeri today, who warned that the turmoil was not over and could resurface at any time.

    18. "Since Basij forces entered the scene on June 16, they never used any weapon in the missions entrusted on them and they were just equipped with some tools for their personal defense in their missions," General Abdullah Araqi, an IRGC Commander in charge of Tehran Province, said today.

    (Rest Below)
  2. NiteOwl Member

    19. An unnamed conservative MP has divulged that he no longer believes in the reports by the parliamentary committee to investigate the condition of detainees. According to the MP, the family of a detainee who had been raped contacted him and he forwarded their contact and information to the committee. Later the family contacted him back and told him that they are now under pressure to recant their claims.

    20. A group of former governors and other former government officials from the reform governments have sent a letter to Sadegh Larijani asking him to take a bold step and release all prisoners.

    21. Reports have emerged that both France and the US are planning on imposing tougher sanctions against the Iranian regime.

    22. Reports have emerged of a meeting between the Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and the Canadian Foreign Minister during a summit in Turkey. This could not be fully confirmed off hand. The story published on Mehr News does not provide many details. In the past, the Iranian media have published similar reports about international leaders that have proven false.


    August 27

    23. Reports have emerged that several key government ministers will be speaking at Friday prayers in Tehran and possibly other cities.

    24. An unnamed MP has confirmed that Hossein Fedaie – an MP from Tehran – was directly involved in the prisoner abuse in Kahrizak. Two other MPs, Parvez Sorouri and Alireza Zakani were also aware of the situation at Kahrizak. (The GB reported weeks ago about Fedaie’s role in the abuse). All three MPs are former Basijis.

    25. Germany and France have threatened to impose tougher sanctions on Iran unless it shows willingness to discuss its nuclear program.


    Arrested / Released / Killed

    August 27

    26. Reports have emerged that at least two – and possibly three - faculty members of Tehran University were arrested last night. This report could only be partially confirmed at this point.

    27. The former head of Beheshte Zahra Cemetery’s management office denied that any mass burials of dead protesters had taken place at the cemetery. Scroll down to watch pictures of the unmarked graves of dead protesters in Beheshte Zahra:
    http://norooznews.ir/news/13653.php

    28. Karroubi’s son Hossein Karrubi and Mohammad Javad Haghshenas, the
    editor-in-chief of Etemaade Melli – who had been arrested and released on bail on August 25 will be facing charges of publishing ‘unsubstantiated accusations’ in court.

    29. Iranian Ambassador in France has accuse French citizen Clotilde Reiss of ‘nuclear espionage’.

    30. University student Saeeda Kurdinejad has been released.


    August 27

    31. Saeed Hajjarian’s doctor has told his daughter that he strongly suspects her father had been drugged prior to his trial.

    32. Several political activists were arrested from Mashhad on Monday. These include Farshad Azizi who is a member of Mir Hossein Mousavi’s campaign. They were arrested on Monday evening from the city and their current location is unknown.

    33. Human rights activist and lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani has finally been released from Evin on bail. Also released was journalist Farbia Pajooh.


    Media

    August 27

    34. Reports have emerged that IRIB and Keyhan have been explicitly ordered not to publish anything against Rafsanjani.
    Miscellaneous
    35. Graffiti in support of the Sea of Green in different Iranian cities: http://bit.ly/11Nm43
    36. Ahmadinejad's poster greened in city of Kerman: http://bit.ly/B6p3F


    International Protests / Events / Warnings / Efforts

    37. A petition to be signed and sent to ambassadors as well as their contacts: http://docs.google.com/View?id=dcnj8jzc_8dxb9vbgf

    38. PLEASE READ THIS FOR YOUR SAFETY’S SAKE: Safeguard Your Personal Info and Your Finances! - Why We Protest - IRAN

    39. For an unofficial list of upcoming protests in the US: Protesting for Iran until they don't have to

    40. 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) (Courtesy of @jkshalmani)

    41. A to the point website for help traumatized Greens: Healing the Green Soul

    (If you, your friends or your organization are holding events, protests or doing something else related to the Iranian election internationally, please send me an email with details and I will give you coverage. (Will only cost you 10 million dollars!) My email is: dbosca@gmail.com[/I]


    *Correction: In the last Green Brief, it was erroneously reported that Ahmadinejad had called the husband of proposed Health Minister a peach and very edible. In fact, Ahmadinejad had called the outgoing Health Minister a peach and expressed the desire of consuming him.


    [B]To Helpers[/B]

    - Info on republishing the Green Brief: [url]http://tinyurl.com/mjxrz3[/url]

    - Information on Tor: [url]http://torir.org[/url]

    This page contains a listing of external mirrors of the GB, as well as various information about the GB. Links to translations are also encouraged: [url]http://aic.openmsl.net/wiki/index.php/Green_Brief[/url]

    - (A list of all the Green Briefs): [url]http://ded1.hybrid-optix.com/greenbriefs.html[/url]

    - A hearty thanks to 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.
  3. SanguineRose Member

    We finally have another GB ;)
  4. Visionary Member

    Now hopefully everyone can stop worrying. :)

    Thanks for all the hard work and everything, NightOwl!
    Great job.

    Now this is interesting, especially the mention of Sistani.

    Wow, maybe they're scared of him! I wonder who ordered that.
  5. Welcome back, NiteOwl! Glad to see you're okay, I was worried. ^^;
  6. uli Member

    finally

    I've been waiting for this GB ! Thanks Nightowl :)
  7. NiteOwl Member

    I have been waiting for it too!!! Now we can read it together!! hoooo hahaha!
  8. NiteOwl Member

    Yes, finally was able to deliver some baby penguins! Same to you.
  9. NiteOwl Member

    Hehehe,

    DUDE! I have missed Anon... :( What's going on with Pllls?
  10. leo-IRAN Member

    Merci Merci Merci

    Hey NiteOwl,

    I want to thank you - merci baraye zahmat keshidan - I love you!
  11. cbn2 Member

    =)

    Thanks, NiteOwl! :)
  12. watsongs2012 Member

    Great work as always NightOwl. Peace
  13. Gist101 Member

    MPs seriously don't know how corrupt their own officialdom is? Come on!! Are they living with their heads in the sand?

    I'm not sure anyone in the regime or opposition isn't subject to threats or corruption of some kind, even people at the top. Some people are making strange and unexpected statements, without obvious coercion. Makes you wonder who threatened their families.

    Great work, as always, Josh. Thank you!
  14. Thank you!

    So glad to read that you're safe and back with a new GB. Thank you always for your wonderful work! :)
  15. Beelzebub

    I wouldn't describe George Soros as a philanthropist. Anything he does is only to furthur his own purpose which likely includes gain of more wealth and power. Dealing with him is selling your soul.
  16. SamSh Member

    Glad to have you back NightOwl.

    Thanks for the GB.
  17. So glad you're back NiteOwl!!! Thank you for all the news. You have been missed.
  18. "25. Germany and France have threatened to impose tougher sanctions on Iran unless it shows willingness to discuss its nuclear program."

    I wonder...how many of the scientists and engineers involved with the nuclear program have degrees from phony universities?

    This could be the answer to the Iranian problem.

    Gather the entire government and militia to the missile range for a celebration before blast off.
    Light the fuse.

    Iran is free.
  19. Paleene Member

    har, har!

    Good laugh! Even if recently some fake degrees were discovered in Germany, not all scientist educated here are predetermined for desastrous work.:D:D
  20. Maybe Austin Heap is collecting and sending the wrong technology.
    Anyone have any enriched uranium or trigger mechanisms lying around in a drawer somewhere?

    Stay well Green people. Patience, wisdom, compassion always prevails.
  21. HeartForIran Member

    Hi NiteOwl, I was worried about you too...it's a dangerous world these days. Glad to be able to read your Green Brief again. Now hoping to read a Green Brief soon telling us Iran is free of its dictatorship!
  22. Hey NiteOwl,

    I'm sure there's plenty more like me, we tune in faithfully, don't leave postings much, pray, sign petitions, protest and hope for a fair outcome. We are NOT Iranians, or even of Middle East descent, but we care about people who are brave enough to stand up for injustice and oppression, with such extreme consequences. Can you tell them, that we haven't forgotten? That we can at least bear witness, so that the current gov't in Iran can't make it disappear.

    thanks
  23. thank u

    Dear niteowl, thank u again for your great work.
    dokhte-Iran
  24. Kruge Moderator

    Good work, as usual. :)

    Say, is it just me, or are there really more and more cracks appearing in the regime? And not just little ones.

    I so wish for everybody directly involved that this black time is over as soon as possible and that people will be able to live their lifes in a safe manner at some point.

    And probably argue a lot about how exactly the new Iran or Persia or whatever is supposed to be structured and working. But i a civilized manner and while having in mind the well being of the people first.
  25. Another great post, Thanks for keeping us informed.

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