Thursday, July 16, 2009

Revolutionary Brief...

"A FEW SIMPLE SHOTS", Director: Joseph Akrami

Interview of Hamshahri photographer Ali Zare, detained in Iran!

  • In the last meeting of government council, which was formed in Mashhad, the President introduced his new cabinet!
In the last meeting of government council the new cabinet was introduced as follows: "Mojtaba Samare Hashemi" as prime minister, "Esfandidar Rahim Mashai" as the first assistant, "Parviz Davoodi" as the advisor, "Ali Akbar Salehi" as the second assistant as well as chief of nuclear plant, "Masood Zaribafan" as assistant as well chief of chief of martyr foundation, and finally "Hamid Baghai" as assistant as well as chief of cultural inheritance & tourism department!

  • Fars news agency: In regards to the beating of many french citizens from security forces, on the threshold of this countries national day and the arrest of many of them Iranian department of foreign affairs have summoned the ambassador of france to the Iran's ministry, and have stated their objection towards these events.
  • 4 professors of Ghazvin university; Dr. Raiesian, Dr. Imanie, Dr. Darvish, and Dr. Fazli have been arrested.
  • Today, The French minister of foreign affairs recognized Ahamadinejad as the official president of IRI however, he will hold relations with the opposition.

  • Today, "Gholamreza Aghazadeh", the head of Nuclear division and vice president, resigned from his position.
  • The main lawyers’ association of Iran announced on Tuesday that a new rule for lawyers devised and about to be implemented by the Judiciary was infringing upon their freedoms and was against the constitution. Yesterday, 52 prominent Iranian lawyers released a statement calling upon the government to respect people’s rights. They asked the government to charge people within 24 hours of their arrest or set them free.
  • Families of more than 30 political prisoners rallied in front of the Islamic Courts in Tehran, asking for the immediate release of their loved ones. The Mourning Mothers group has asked on the people of Iran to join them in their upcoming rally which is to be held next week. On Thursday, prayer sessions will be held across Iran for the safe return of detained protesters across Iran.
  • Isfahan’s governor announced yesterday that anyone who supports Mousavi is an enemy of Islam.
  • It has been reported that electricity and water supply have been cut off in many main bazaars in Iran’s Kurdish areas because they held wide-spread strikes!
  • After the airline accident in Iran that killed 168 people – all aboard -, Iranian President-Select Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that Iran’s airlines were the safest and most secure airlines in the world. The Russian-made plane was traveling from Tehran to Yerevan, Armenia when it crashed near Ghazvin, northwest of Tehran.
  • Reports have confirmed that Ahmadinejad’s new cabinet to be introduced in August will be composed mostly of staunch conservatives. Reports of him forming a compromise government with reformists aboard have been vehemently denied.
  • It has now been confirmed that several students that have been missing from Birjand University in Southern Khorasan province are currently being held in detention. Among these students are Amin Ostadi and Milad Garajian. It has also been reported that the people in charge of interrogating prisoners at Evin Prison are Saeed Mortazavi, Hasan Zareh Denvai-Heydarifar and Hosseini Rasikh.
  • According to reports obtained from the University of Ghazvin, 30 students at the university have been summoned to the so-called disciplinary committee. According to the source,Security forces has arrested 19 students and 5 professors during the recent uprising of people in Ghazvin.
  • Fars news agency quoted an Iranian regime security official as saying that a law passed by the regime’s Majlis (parliament) “about preventing the illegal use of satellite dishes is still in force” and the paramilitary Bassij “has the legal authority” to confiscate the equipment.The official, Colonel Morteza Taraghi, added, “Removing satellite dishes is not limited to a particular time period … and the police will confiscate them.”“The police will deal with visible offenses, such that in places where dishes can be seen, they will be removed.”
  • The Ministry of Information announced that prisoners held at various prisons in Iran were being interrogated and the police were investigating their crimes. He also claimed that several detainees had confessed to their roles in the unrests in the country and that they also had other evidence to implicate them in violent acts.
  • The International Human Rights campaign in Iran announced today that the number of people killed in recent unrests in Iran were far higher than what the government was reported. According to a report published by the organization, last month more than 34 bodies were brought to a morgue in Tehran in a single day while the government claims that no more than 20 people have died in all.According to the report, the bodies were brought to three hospitals in Tehran on June 30. 19 were brought to Imam Khomeini Hospital, 8 to Rasoole Akram Hospital and 7 to Loqmane Hakeem Hospital.

Torture victims tell their stories!

produced before the elections, featuring victims of torture in Iran's prisoners telling their stories, as well as commentary by human rights activists and political prisoners.


DokhtarGharibe said...

video kheili ghashang bood geryam gereft....
dastetun dard nakone....


The shame continues...

It seems that the Iranian government has set up an unidentified "Bureau of missing persons" that would provide information on the fate of the poor disappeared during the events of recent days. It works this way: the families of the disappeared are being called to the morgue in the country. Officials find that the corpse is in the list of deceased. If the victim is on the list, the family members must sign a document that certifies that their relative is dead in a car accident. " If the family does not sign, it will return the corpse.


Megan said...

TO: DokhtarGharibe

I see you are a Farsi speaker. Please listen to these audio files:
These audios that are in Farsi have been recorded in a government meeting In Iran. Someone has leaked them out. In these audios you hear government tactic in putting down demonstration. Specifically listen to Tape # 7. Government has its secret agents in the crowd or at the university. In Tape # 7 you hear the government talking about paying people to film the protest; they will then use the film to arrest and convict people. In Tape # 7 you also hear government admit putting their secret agent in the crowd so they can lead the demonstration to specified streets where government security forces are waiting to crush demonstration. Please send these audios to every Iranian you know and to all bloggers in Iran.

Anonymous said...

once again, no context for the content. the documentary is mostly done from the political prisoners of "Left" back in 1980's. I've studied many of the reports, interviews, and writings throughout the years and the majority of the stories (tortures) are verifiable except the "rape" rumors. I'm pretty sure there were incidents that rape or gang rape occurred but it wasn't a "policy" per se.


Thank you for the link. I would love to get my hands on the "videos" that are being showed to the committee.

Megan said...

To Anonymous,

If you listen to Tape # 6, the speaker describes that they bought the said video for 100,000 Toman (about $1000) from a student. I am assuming the said video or at least part of it is on youtube.

What I find chilling is how deep government has infiltrated opposition movement and that is why no protest has generated any success for the past thirty years. Please listen to tape # 7 and # 8 and there you hear more about how to infiltrate the crowd as a protester and use mobile phone to communicate with security forces. Or how to recruit and pay handsomely photographers of opposition newspapers to work as their agent. After listening to these tapes I wonder if any staff member for the opposition candidates were dirty. The government has vast amount of cash and you hear in tape #8 they are bribing trainees who are the head of security agencies and Ministry of Information for cities across Iran with free trips, etc. Also in tape # 8 they talk about using scare tactics, for example, by announcing on TV or in newspapers that thousands of security forces will be stationed in demonstration routes when it is not. They brag about the success of this kinds of scare tactics in the past.

It is either In Tape # 4 or # 5 they talk about ways to shut down one’s campaign for an elected office if the candidate is suspected not to be onboard with the direction of central government.

These tapes make me sick to my stomach because I now know why a million strong march in Tehran alone was quelled so effectively. It makes me sick because I have listened to the training manual that led to thousands possibly under torture as I write these words in the safety of my home office. It makes you feel guilty to sleep at night, does it not???????????

Anonymous said...

Anonymous at "July 17, 2009 4:00 AM" to Megan,

I'm going through each audio presentation trying to piece together their sanguinary methodologies. I might even take on a task of translating some of them except that they use a lot of Arabic jargon to sugar coat their rhetoric.

No Megan, I don't feel guilty but rather more determine to expose these pernicious elements to those who are either indifferent or leaning toward the status quo. Changing the game, one impressionable mind at a time. In either case, if you find the related videos, please do share.

Zap said...

These could be planted as well. It could be that there isn't as much infiltration as they're claiming, and these are intended to create distrust and break up the movement.

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