Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
I was taken to Evangelical churches as a child, but really never believed in the religion. I liked the directness with which opinions were expressed by the preacher, but strongly disagreed with most of them. And I distrusted the emphasis on emotion and belief as opposed to intellect and reason.
I have always been interested in ethics, however, and am sometimes surprised to find myself in accord with religious people. Here in the U.S., religion may offer alternatives to the hedonistic materialism overshadowing the earlier concept of sovereign liberty in our culture.
Yet, one of the reasons I like our system of government is that it was founded with a separation of church and state. Trends toward fusing religion with the state--and in particular, with the military--run counter to fundamental liberties and rights. We can see the extreme result of such a fusion in Iran. I recently visited the Islamic Republic of Iran, and I have also lived in a town in the "execution state" of Texas which did not allow alcohol or movie theaters or night clubs, and forced most businesses to close on Sundays for religious reasons. The differences between societies based on Fundamentalist Christianity and societies based on Islam are sometimes a matter of degrees. So I am wary of a rise of evangelical Christian impact on legislation and on the US military, just as I would be wary of the rise of any other religion's impact on our state and military.
Here is an interesting video and article: http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/faultlines/2009/06/200962675254610845.html
Sunday, June 28, 2009
The GAP apparently also does business in Iran. I saw a GAP billboard in Tehran, when I was there recently.
[BTW, I would like to thank the writer at journalsquared for lending me his umbrella during the rainy march to the demo last Friday.]
Saturday, June 27, 2009
photo: Julie Jigsawnovich
by Julie Jigsawnovich
This rally was co-hosted by Amnesty International USA, Human Rights First, International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, and The Green Wave.
The Green Wave met at Union Square, and marched 45 blocks uptown to the rally at Columbus Circle through an intense thundershower. Better rainwater, than a rain of bullets! Chanting, "Down with the Dictators!" in the relative safety of New York--with encouragement from tourists, Afghan cooks and Seek cab drivers--was in stark contrast to terrifying violence inflicted upon voters demonstrating in Iran.
But in the back of my mind I knew that, in this age of lethal "non-lethal weapons" and proposed legislation which could further limit the rights of citizens to legally assemble, the voter demonstrations in Iran--and international rallies supporting them--are sure to be closely watched by companies and individuals who would profit from expanded "crowd control."
Friday, June 26, 2009
Rowdy Conservatives in Majlis [Iranian Parliament] tried to shout Ayatollah Alikhani down and get him off the podium, but he humored them and continued:
"...announcement of an outcome totally opposite of this vote and people's will from those who are involved in the election process have caused astonishment and disappointment of large portion of the people of Islamic Iran. In its first step it caused a rift in people's trust in the system and people in charge. What happened was below the dignity of the epic Iranian people: that they stole the people's vote through plunder of public resources in the name of justice by some [sic] from organizations in power from before and up to the day of election, and biased position of the national media and other sources of media dependent on the government, creation of an atmosphere full of fear and supported by accusations."
This video is reportedly from June 16th, transliterated from the Islamic calender date.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I read that Iran's government is reading emails now.
Iran has one of the most powerful security organizations--one of the top 5 in the world !
We all are already on their list. We = Persian protesters. There's nothing we can do about it.
I'm glad you haven't been arrested.
They can't arrest us. Prisons and jails are limited. They can't arrest 30 million people.
30 million people there are protesters!?
Before it was. But now, it's like 5 million protesters in Tehran, 1 million in Esfehan, 1 million in Tabriz, and 3 million in other cities. These are active ones! Other ones are scared--maybe they're old, maybe something else. But I'm sure at LEAST 40 million in Iran are supporting us...in their minds, in their speeches, behind their computers. They're helping us in the internet, and so on.
What do you think the future for Iran is now?
More people are going to be killed and everything's going to be the same. Its not our war. The real war is for power between big bosses--between Khamenei and Rafsanjani. We're just nothing--some kind of toys and dolls for them. You can't even imagine the power of Khamenei !
You don't think Rafsanjani could be a better Spiritual Leader?
They're all the same. There's not much difference between Khamenei and Rafsanjani.
The American press says Rafsanjani supported Mousavi.
True. But Mousavi is not the super hero. It's like we choose between bad and worse. There's no good in it!
What do you think the American government should do or not do?
I just sent a video to you. You will get your answer in that video.
[Adrenaline sends a link to the video,
"Reza Pahlavi Speaks About Events in Iran."]
You agree with Reza Pahlavi?
[The son of the deposed Shah of Iran.]
In some parts.
With which do you agree? With which do you disagree?
None of them totally, but he DOES have some good points in his speech.
What are the best points?
Helping us with communication and media, like internet, mailing big organizations like U.N. and others, joining the Persian protesters in U.S., and things like that.
Mamnun. [Thank you.] Do i have your permission to copy this conversation, change your name to Adrenaline, and post it to my blog at http://jigsawnovich.blogspot.com ?
Yes you do, even though my English sux :-p:-p
Do you want me to correct your English before I post it?
I dunno...u can do it IF U Want.
Kheyli mamnun! [Many thanks.]
Monday, June 22, 2009
Two videos showing men filling out and signing multiple Iranian voting ballots have recently surfaced on youtube.com. The videos may document fraud in regard to the recent presidential election in the Islamic Republic of Iran. They could have been shot covertly on a cell phone, as their subjects seem unaware of the camera. Yet the videographers managed to get close enough--especially in the video shot over the shoulder of a man filling ballots out--that the Iranian presidential ballots are clearly recognizable.
One video is silent, the other has the voice of a male, apparently present, in the background. A native Persian speaker told me, "You really can't hear what they're saying because they changed the sound's format to bad quality to hide who they are! Its about election and cheating on that with others' social security numbers--and making votes for someone else." I found these videos via a feed by a Twitter user whose posts from Iran have thus far been proven accurate through corroborating documentation posted later to mainstream media websites.
Opposition candidates and their supporters have strongly contested the election results their government has claimed. Members of the Islamic Republic of Iran violated their own laws by declaring the official winner within only a few hours of the closing of the poles. IRI law requires more time to accurately hand count the millions of paper ballots before an official announcement of the winner is made. The consistent 2-to-1 margin of votes for incumbent president Ahmadinejad throughout even regions of Iran that opposition candidates hail from and have headquarters in, is also highly suspicious. A trusted source in Tehran told me that the supposed counting of presidential election ballots was performed by the Basij militia, who are strong supporters of Ahmadinejad, that they did not allow independent monitors at polling places, and that many people in districts known for supporting opposition candidates were turned away early before they even could vote--having been informed that "they'd run out of ballots."
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
the efforts of the Islamic Republic to stifle them?
by Julie Jigawnovich
I messaged my friend, Adrenaline, who is in Tehran now.
He and his friends voted for Mousavi or Kourubi for president
of Iran. They are protesting the claims Ahmadinejad
is making that he won the election.
anyone you know hurt or arrested?
more than u can imagine
are the police firing real bullets and killing people?
first u gotta see it :
who is that?
one of moosavi fans
there are hundreds of them
hurt by police or by sepah?
and not just boyz,,,they also beat girls as well
by anti-riot units
did your friend take the picture?
could we use the photo?
is Mousavi safe? he's not hurt?
is there a nickname of the photographer who took the photo?
he was in streets
should i put anonymous as the photographer?
[to protect him/her from prosecution]
wait,,,im asking him
i mean use anonymous
mamnun! [thank you, in Farsi]
khahesh mikonam [your welcome]
anything else you want to add?
i cant focus on that article right now
ok. i hope all your friends live and will be healthy.
who started the violence today?
police killed four people today
did the police kill people who were peacefully demonstrating?
yup. actually not police, some units like undercover polices and
when you voted for Mousavi, what change were you hoping for?
obviously, if we start a another revolution, we will be like afganistan
but with the right president we can reach our goals!
how will you be like afganistan?
what are your goals?
its so complicated. we want democracy, free speech, freedom!,
having respect in international and so many other things that you
do you want diplomatic relations with the US?
that's what everyone wants--but not being used by other countries.
independence is the most important thing for iran
some of the amadi supporters probably think he is independent.
but he is too mean sometimes. he makes it too easy for zionists to
talk about war with iran. real independence is very hard to find.
i cant speak for all of the people!
US wants to be independent. in reality we are becoming economic slaves.
we owe so much money to China.
i just giving u my opinions
i am also just giving my opinions.
but it is so nice to be able to talk!
i'm going to write letters. the white house pays attention when people take the time to write letters. talk to you later, Adrenaline!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Sepah is in the streets. And it is dangerous to demonstrate and protest.
Today the IRI government is blocking Facebook to internet users in Iran again.