Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Firefox 3.5 is here

Go download it. It's awesome.

Try this font demo, css demo, this picture demo, video demo. It gives a taste on the web in the near future (give or take 2 years after everybody else catches up)

The man who changed the world

"Is it really possible for one man to precipitate a global economic catastrophe? In the August 2009 issue of Vanity Fair, contributing editor Michael Lewis, one of the most insightful Wall Street critics writing today, investigates the central role of A.I.G.’s Financial Products division in the subprime-mortgage and financial crises that necessitated a $182.5 billion taxpayer bailout out the insurance behemoth."
(Vanity Fair)

Monday, June 29, 2009

Flesh Eating Robot

The human eating version can be watched on "War of the Worlds".

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Goodbye MJ

A tribute performed by 1,500 CPDRC Inmates on June 27, 2009 in memory of Michael Jackson. Completed in 10 hours after receiving word that the King of Pop passed away.

Oi, another coup

" The Honduran president, Manuel Zelaya, was ousted by the army on Sunday after pressing ahead with plans for a referendum that opponents said could lay the groundwork for his eventual re-election, in the first military coup in Central America since the end of the cold war."
(NY Times)

Take to the street and pick a color.

The regime actually allow a protest today. Estimated 5000 people showed up.

This is cool

A version of "Stand by Me" for the Iranian people.
It looks like twitter.com/persiankiwi has been arrested. Bummer. That twitter has been one of the most reliable twitter out of Tehran.

The rise of Acer

It has always been a force in Asian market for its cheap laptops, which don't last very long but good enough for the prices. Now here comes the glowing piece from NY Times. It's an amazing story.

And here comes another product that rely providing good enough product for its masses, Tata Nano, the cheapest car in the world. The link goes to a good review from the grey lady as well.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

The Ebb and Flow of a reformation

This week we saw much decreased activities in Iran compared to the previous week. Sometime it is hard to notice that this process has been underway only for two weeks. The countinous stream of pictures, words and sounds from the event all make it seems longer that it has been.

If we were going to score this event, we would give it 1 - 1. The first week belong to opposition and the second week belongs to Dinner Jacket's and Khamenei.

This by no means over.

The state has effectively used brutal tactics to prevent gathering of large numbers of people at any cost. Remember that these tasks are not easy for them as well. The constant tensions and agitations are surely draining the ability of the regime to manage its affairs.

There are still a lot of activities in the background to reach a compromise. If we do not see the result next week, we will probably not see any compromise in this phase of agitation.

Before this event, there has always been an argument about Iran as a rational actor in its continous effort to have nuclear weapon. At this point, that point of argument is pretty much dead in the negotiation table. The current regime is not rational.
"One of the founders of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, who's also a former deputy prime minister, tells Weekend Edition's Scott Simon that what amounts to a "military coup" has occurred in his country. And he claims authorities know the election was rigged."

Who says Singapore is boring

Burger King Singapore Ads, taking "sex sells" to the next level.


Friday, June 26, 2009

The MJ effect

"Online, the traffic was so thick with people sharing news of his death that the microblogging service Twitter crashed, and even Google believed it may have been under service attack, the BBC reported." (NY Times)

Transformers 2 sucks

There I said it. Any movie that put Pyramids of Giza, Karnak Temple, Petra of Jordan in the same location deserves to be banned and destroyed.

There's no new development in Iran today

Other than a hard line cleric calling the protesters to be executed. More here.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Michael Jackon died at 50

More updates here

MSNBC reports that MJ is dead.

He got weird en all, but boy, he was the King. This is fucking sad. RIP.

What happened yesterday

Not much update today. There are a lot of speculations and rumors about revolutionary guards members breaking ranks and intense lobbying in Qom but so far, there are no breakthroughs.

"nothing to report. (good thing I s'pose)."(Kylie)

"yeah...I have heard about it...they say they are beating people up to death...I'm not sure about axes!...there are also news about shooting, but we are not still sure...my cousin had seen on VOA Persian a boy which was shot by many bullets!!!"(Source about yesterday)

There is a rumor of possible run-off election between Mosavi and Dinner Jacket.

"News out of Iran suggests that he may be succeeding. At the very least, it seems he may have gained enough support from the clerical establishment to force a compromise from Khamenei, one that would entail a run-off election between Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his main reformist rival Mir Hossein Mousavi." (Reza Aslan)

If it comes through, it would be a perfect solution. Hopefully less cheating this time.

Hell Freezes Over

The US football team beat Spain in Confederation Cop 2 - 0.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

New low

"The Iranian authorities have ordered the family of Neda Agha Soltan out of their Tehran home after shocking images of her death were circulated around the world.

Neighbours said that her family no longer lives in the four-floor apartment building on Meshkini Street, in eastern Tehran, having been forced to move since she was killed. The police did not hand the body back to her family, her funeral was cancelled, she was buried without letting her family know and the government banned mourning ceremonies at mosques, the neighbours said.

"We just know that they [the family] were forced to leave their flat," a neighbour said. The Guardian was unable to contact the family directly to confirm if they had been forced to leave."
(The Guardian)

Something's terrible just happened

@persiankiwi in Baharestan we saw militia with axe choping ppl like meat - blood everywhere - like butcher - Allah Akbar - #Iranelection RT RT RT

RT Eyewitness call from Tehran, "massacre", "throwing people off bridge", http://bit.ly/8BILI

Is it a good time to visit Buenos Aires right now?

The weather is horrible but not if you are Governor of South Carolina, skipping father's day with your young kids and having an affair with some hot mama.

What's going on today

(ed: what the fuck is going on today?)

View Iran Election Protests in a larger map

they pull away the dead into trucks - like factory - no human can do this - we beg Allah for save us -

shab77: RT: Sea of Green was at every sq, taking on the basij and being beaten until the ground covered in blood. God help Iran #IranElection #gr88

Baharestan Sq. was Tiananmen Sq. today, just vicious violent i dont know what to call them, they're not human #iranelection

Lalezar Sq is same as Baharestan - unbelevable - ppls murdered everywhere

@iranbaan Today in Baharestan not only tear gas was used, they also severely attacked people with batons & cables. #iranelection

@persiankiwi reports of street fighting in Vanak Sq, Tajrish sq, Azadi Sq - now - #Iranelection - Sea of Green - Allah Akbar

@persiankiwi in Baharestan we saw militia with axe choping ppl like meat - blood everywhere - like butcher - Allah Akbar - #Iranelection RT RT RT

A journalist friend, just back from Baharestan, said this was the first time tear gas was not used to disassemble ppl.#iranelection

@persiankiwi: just in from Baharestan Sq - situation today is terrible - they beat the ppls like animals -

saw 7/8 militia beating one woman with baton on ground - she had no defense nothing - sure that she is dead

ppl run into alleys and militia standing there waiting - from 2 sides they attack ppl in middle of alleys

“Clashes are escalating in Baharestan.” “People have gathered in Baharestan but the anti-riot guard and plainclothes prevent the formation of a group. Scattered clashes have been reported.”

Even so, the police presence was nothing like the massive buildup in Enghelab square from Saturday onwards.

Paulo Coelho (yeah, that Alchemist guy) connection with the Neda incident.

(undated video from Tehran - listen to the sound)

Iranian Police State

Salon has the details.


Protecting Ecuadorian Rain Forest

"Oil companies are salivating over the supply of black gold beneath Ecuador's rainforest. The South American country is pledging to keep the oil in the ground -- if the international community provides compensation. Now Germany has taken a leading role in raising the necessary cash." (Spiegel.de)

Bracing for Thermal Energy

Will the promising quest for thermal energy drilling in California trigger earthquakes? NY Times explores the question.

Or we should simply move to Iceland. They have plenty of easily accessible thermal energy source there.

Wednesday 4pm Baharestan Sq, Tehran

That's the directive from Mosavi today.

The other notable news is that the Guardian Council has decided to delay the certification of the election result for five days. They were supposed to certify it today.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Going Shopping for freedom

This is actually quite cool.

"Mousavi - We will not expend any more energy talking to the Gov in the streets - we must change course #Iranelection breaking news RT RT RT

Here's the full idea outlined at a Facebook page

In the name of God

We will not waste our energy, but act efficiently. We have conveyed our words to the coup-makers to the world in the streets. Now we need to change our strategy.

From this Tuesday, at 9 every morning we will all go to the bazaar in our towns all over the country. If they prevent us, the bazaar will close. If they do not, there will be such congestion that the business will get interrupted and the bazaar will close. If they disconnect the telephone lines, again all activities will get interrupted and the bazaar will close. As much as possible, we will shut down the whole town and go to the bazaar to shut it down.

Take everyone with you. Bring the children, too –without any slogans-without green signs-without sit-ins; pretending to go shopping but not buying anything. We will only think of shutting down the bazaar, but do not leave any traces, not even a victory sign by our hands. NOT AT ALL.

We will only think of victory. Bring the children, all the towns of Iran, without slogans, without slogans, without slogans, quietly, quietly, quietly, without greens, without sit-ins, without fighting. If anyone starts quarrels or shouts, we will not join because we pretend to be going shopping. There is no need to fear, and everyone will come. No fights, no bloodshed, no slogans, no sit-ins. If they prevent us, we simply return because we mean to shut down the bazaar, not to assemble. If they shoot tear gas, the bazaar will close. We will act smartly and will not engage in any sort of fights although if any fighting happens the bazaar will close due to insecurity. But we will not engage in any fights, and calmly and solely think of victory. With the congestion the bazaar will shut down, or no one will be there. Under any circumstances we will win.

Dear Mr. Mousavi: We do not need your martyrdom and self-sacrifice; we need your leadership until we reach our goals. Until 9am Tuesday, the 3rd day of the martyrdom of June 20th martyrs, we will have enough time to inform everyone. Inform friends by any means: through websites, foreign media…. From Tuesday towards bazaar. Send this message to friends and the addresses below so that it gets widespread all over our dear Iran. This strategy is effective and there is no need to fear, and will bring millions of Iranians into the scene without any bloodshed. Rest assured this strategy is so effective that the enemy will soon start denying and making rumors, and will start struggling. Do not believe them because this program will continue. Do not listen to rumors and inform everyone by whatever means possible.
Wishing for success"

Hammer Time

Obama is pissed at Dinner Jacket and his entourage.

"Today, I want to start by addressing three issues, and then I'll take your questions.

First, I'd like to say a few words about the situation in Iran. The United States and the international community have been appalled and outraged by the threats, beatings, and imprisonments of the last few days. I strongly condemn these unjust actions, and I join with the American people in mourning each and every innocent life that is lost.

I have made it clear that the United States respects the sovereignty of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and is not at all interfering in Iran's affairs. But we must also bear witness to the courage and dignity of the Iranian people, and to a remarkable opening within Iranian society. And we deplore violence against innocent civilians anywhere that it takes place.

The Iranian people are trying to have a debate about their future. Some in the Iranian government are trying to avoid that debate by accusing the United States and others outside of Iran of instigating protests over the elections. These accusations are patently false and absurd. They are an obvious attempt to distract people from what is truly taking place within Iran's borders. This tired strategy of using old tensions to scapegoat other countries won't work anymore in Iran. This is not about the United States and the West; this is about the people of Iran, and the future that they - and only they - will choose.

The Iranian people can speak for themselves. That is precisely what has happened these last few days. In 2009, no iron fist is strong enough to shut off the world from bearing witness to the peaceful pursuit of justice. Despite the Iranian government's efforts to expel journalists and isolate itself, powerful images and poignant words have made their way to us through cell phones and computers, and so we have watched what the Iranian people are doing.

This is what we have witnessed. We have seen the timeless dignity of tens of thousands Iranians marching in silence. We have seen people of all ages risk everything to insist that their votes are counted and their voices heard. Above all, we have seen courageous women stand up to brutality and threats, and we have experienced the searing image of a woman bleeding to death on the streets. While this loss is raw and painful, we also know this: those who stand up for justice are always on the right side of history.

As I said in Cairo, suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away. The Iranian people have a universal right to assembly and free speech. If the Iranian government seeks the respect of the international community, it must respect those rights, and heed the will of its own people. It must govern through consent, not coercion. That is what Iran's own people are calling for, and the Iranian people will ultimately judge the actions of their own government. "


There isn't much happening on the street today but there are sporadic reports of bazaar closing joining the call for strikes. Will revise once the reports are in.

Saeed has some new gory details about what's happening in Iran. This regime stinks to high heaven.

Hell's Gate - Turkmenistan

More here and here.

Alice in Wonderland

Tim Burton is collaborating with Johnny Depp again in a crazy remix of Alice in Wonderland.

Brother in Arams

The story of Mousavi and Khamenei

We are all learning more about Iran than we want to these past few days :)


"Today in Haft-e Tir, there were so many members of basij that they outnumbered the demonstrators 3 or 4 to 1. They were less focused on women. This must be related to the murder of poor Neda. And this was also why whenever they got hold of a man, women would surround them and shout don’t beat him, don’t beat and they would turn and anxiously say we didn’t beat him. It was astonishing. They explained; they talked."(NIAC)

Happy Strike Day

It's national strike in Iran right now.

akhormani: Baazar: Some shops not opening up today, Merchants have be threatened with withdrawal of their permits etc

Wrong picture

OK, this is embarrassing. You might have seen graphic flyers about Neda around the Inkernets - well most of them have the wrong picture of her.

It was a case of mistaken identity.

Planned Big One this Thursday

Like last Thursday, this Thursday is going to be a day of mourning as well and in Tehran, they are going to Imam Khomenei Shrine (the site of the bizarre 'bombing' last Saturday)

Expect a bigger or as big turnout as last Thursday/Saturday. In the mean time, we'll be seeing protesters in the tens of thousands instead of hundreds of thousands (people have to tend to their affairs, make money, do their exam, etc)

Monday, June 22, 2009

If your FreeGate stops working,

go to http://www.torproject.org. It will keep the pesky Iranian government filter off your back. I just got one report from Tehran that it works fabulously.



This looks to be an awesome effort. They have 300 Farsi translators working furiously to translate any first news out of Tehran.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Twitter powered the information channel in Iran, Facebook rushed their Farsi UI, Google updated Google Maps for Tehran and introduces Farsi -> English translation. Google's You Tube also become a critical infrastructure for Iran's protests.

Nokia and Siemens claim that they do not provide the Internet filtering, deep packet inspection and other advanced Internet monitoring techniques to Iran, contra a piece published by WSJ yesterday. I think they are telling the truth. All of these technology sales are tracked especially for sensitive countries such as Iran.

Microsoft is missing the game from the public conscience.
I can hear regular, loud shots(?). They don't sound like the ones I've heard previously - these seem to have an echo. (Kylie)

The Neda Story

"Kasamin Makan, Neda Agha-Setan's fiancee, was interviewed by BBC Persia, noting that Neda would have turned 27 this year. "Neda's goal was not Mousavi or Ahmadinejad, it was her country and was important for her to fight for this goal. She had said many times that if she had lost her life or been shot in the heart, which indeed what happened, it was important for her to continue in this path," he said.

Considering her young age she has taught a lesson to us all.

About the day of the incident, Mr. Makan said: "When the clashes were occurring, Neda was far away from the demonstrations, she was in one of the side alleys near Amir Abad. Thirsty and tired or being cooped up for about an hour in the car in heavy traffic with her music instructor, she finally gets out of the car and, based on the pictures sent in by the people, armed forces in civilian clothes and the Basiji targeted and shot her in the heart."

"It was over in a matter of minutes, the Shariati Hospital was nearby, the people around her tried to bring her to the emergency room by car, but before that could even happen she died in her instructor's arms."

Mr. Makan added: "We got her body back finally yesterday with some diffculties. Of course, her body was not at the Tehran Coroner but at a one outside of Tehran. The medical examiners
wanted parts of her body, including a portion of her femoral bone but the chief medical examiner would not say why and no explanations were ever given."

"Finally the family consented just so they could get her body back as soon as possible, since just this issue could have resulted in delaying the reception of the body. We buried the body in a small area in the Zahra Cemetery in the late afternoon of 31 Khordad. Also, they had brought in other people who had been killed in the protests so it seemed that the whole event was scheduled to be such.

About payment for releasing the remains, Mr. Makan had this to say: "No specific amount has been paid at this time, although hospitals, clinics, surgeons and medical examiners have been ordered by the Iranian security services, based on various orders, not to list 'bullet wound' as the cause of death on the death certificate in order to prevent the families from filing international complaints in the future. I haven't seen the release notice of Neda's remains yet, but I will obtain it from her father in the coming days."

Mr. Makan regarding government ban of memorial service for Neda Agha Setan said: "We were going to hold her memorial Monday 1st of Tir at 2:30 PM at a mosque at Sharyati street north of Seyed Khandan. But Basijis and mosque officials refused our request for her memorial service so to avoid further public confrontation and instability. They knew that Neda was an died innocently, and people in Iran and the international community are informed of that fact. So they decided to avoid a situation where a mass rally would take place. In any way, we do not have permission for a memorial service for now."

However, many eye witnesses told BBC Persia that a large gathering took place with the intention of performing a memorial service at Al Reza Mosque at Nilofar square in Tehran. But the security forces intervened by throwing people out of the mosque and intervening with the service.

Mr. Makan also commented on fake pictures of videos claiming to be Neda at various sites:"I was looking at some sites including 'iReport'. There was a picture of a young woman with green signs from previous calm demonstrations and had claimed it was Neda before being shot. These pictures have no relation to the event. It seems that Mr. Mousavi's supporters are trying to portray Neda as one of his supporters. This is not so. Neda was incredibly close to me and she was never supportive of either two groups. Neda wanted freedom and freedom for all."

BBC Farsi tried to contact Neda Agha-Sultan's other family members but was told by a close relative of hers that, for reasons of their own, the Agha Sultan family could grant an interview.

The Hackers Unite

"This is the resource page for NedaNet, a network of hackers formed to support the democratic revolution in Iran. Our mission is to help the Iranian people by setting up networks of proxy severs, anonymizers, and any other approprite technologies that can enable them to communicate and organize — a network beyond the censorship or control of the Iranian regime." (nedanet)

This is legit. Viva la Hackers.

So it begins

More stores from the frontlines

TODAY 4pm - Haft Tir Sq, Tehran - black/green candle vigil - sitting on floor - in memory of our martyrs - #Iranelection RT RT RT (look at the map below)

The marker below Laleh Park is Tehran University.

View Iran Election Protests in a larger map

Undercover militias have attacked the main office of Kalameh Newspaper in Tehran, employees are trapped inside

BBC reported police conflicts & use of tear gas in front of Jaam-e-Jam as well. #iranelection #gr88 #neda

Laleh Park and Shiroudi Stadium have become the command center to organize anti-riot police and plain clothes.”

“People are trying to gather in 7 Tir square, but being dispersed before they can gather momentum. Many many Basijis. People btwn 1000-2000. they’re preventing others from joining. As soon as they gather somewhere they attack, so they run away & regroup”

BBC Persia interviews Neda's Fiance

RT Iran: Police & plain cloths usings tear gas, pepper spray and batons to disperse crowd. #iranelection #gr88 #neda

But at night from 10 to 11 pm we all come out and say Allah o Akbar [God is Great] and Death to the Dictator.

I'm going, but I'm scared. I may go quietly.

people are frightened to death here. they have gone quiet. the stores are closed.

you cannot believe it. they have turned this place into a killing field.

Mail to BBC: Niloofar Mosque not letting ppl with candles in to mourn #neda. About 15 bikers attacked the mourners. #iranelection #gr88

At the subway station at Haft-e-Tir, police did not allow anyone to stand still, asking them to keep walking and separating people who were walking together.(NPR)

@tehranbureau we laughed a lot when i told my friend rafsanjani being called 'reformist' in the west

@iranbaan No memorial service will be held for #Neda , cuz no mosque is authorize to hold a funeral for her #iranelection

@oxfordgirl Sea of Green creates a Sea of Light for those who have died for Iran'd freedom. #iranelection #iranelections #gr88

@oxfordgirl Police and basiji all over tehran, but candles appearing every corner,ever avenuw, every alleyway. #iranelection #iranelections

@oxfordgirl Tens of thousends of candles lit throughout Tehran, mashad, Shiraz, Ahwaz.

@iranbaan They're hitting ppl in Hafte Tir Sq.,3-5 thousand ppl are there.A friend who just left there confirmed. #IranElection

@iranbaan Theres Anti-riot police with guns in their hands from roof tops in 7th tir sq. #iranelection

BREAKING NEWS: Iranian police attack hundreds of protesters with tear gas, fire in the air to disperse Tehran rally, the AP..

Clashes are underway in Tehran after police fired tear gas at hundreds of protesters and fired in the air, AP reports.

'Ma hamamoon boghz too galoomoon moonde' (we all have lumps in our throats)

hadinili: High tensions in Hafte Tir Sq. and around.

"I shouldn't be surprised but of course you know everything changed and they did not come.

They're all at Haft e Tir, but I haven't heard anything from there."(Kylie)

Around 1,000 pro-reform Iranians gathered in a central Tehran square #Iranelection @ap

well...since I have exams these days, I am studying all day and I can't go out anymore!!!
But, from what I get from local news, the situation is calm right now!! (Tehran source)

It'll be going past my dorm. They closed the faculty and there are uniforms all over the place.(Kylie)

road blocks controlling movement of people from North to South Tehran to stop ppl joining Sea of Green #Iranelection

Tehran Majlis - Parliment - under heavy guard and road blocks with armed militia - #Iranelection

today we have hidden cameras in good locations ready to give u film - #Iranelection

situation in Tehran very tense today - many roadblocks -

from 5to7 people will gather in the streets of Tehran with candles to bear witness and mourn for Neda and other fallen friends

Agenda for today

"5:22 AM ET -- Karroubi calls for public mourning of Neda today. In a Facebook post, the reformist candidate who has been supporting Mousavi and appearing with him at rallies calls for people to gather at a central Tehran location at 4PM to mourn Neda. This could get explosive."

Great PR

"Instead, in confronting the political turmoil that has consumed the country this past week, the Iranian government appears to be engaging in a practice often called deep packet inspection, which enables authorities to not only block communication but to monitor it to gather information about individuals, as well as alter it for disinformation purposes, according to these experts.

The monitoring capability was provided, at least in part, by a joint venture of Siemens AG, the German conglomerate, and Nokia Corp., the Finnish cellphone company, in the second half of 2008, Ben Roome, a spokesman for the joint venture, confirmed."


Locked in a bitter contest with Iranians who say the presidential elections were rigged, the authorities have acknowledged that the number of votes cast in 50 cities exceeded the actual number of voters, state television reported Monday following assertions by the country’s supreme leader that the ballot was fair."

But the authorities insisted that discrepancies, which could affect three million votes, did not violate Iranian law and the country’s influential Guardian Council said it was not clear whether they would decisively change the election result."
(NY Times)


Nomads, an Indian friend of mine is going to the UK to study for a year and intends to travel around Europe before and after the academic year. He was curious to know which 'International Youth cards/memberships' he should sign up for. I remember an International youth travel card that got me some bad ass deals in '05-06.

Any suggestions? Hit me at dhruv(dot)chitgo(at)gmail(dot)com or just respond in the comments section of the post. Cheers.

Proxy Collection

http://proxyheap.austinheap.com/phase1.php. This is legit. austinheap.com belongs to the guy in the US that wrote the proxy set up instructions.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Abridged, Revised Iran Recap

This is the abridged and updated version of the June 16th post I made, consisting of only a recap of the June 19-20th events. For those just tuning in, the full and updated text is available on Tatsuma's Google Sites page.

"From the 19th to the 20th of June. post-Khamenei speech.

If anyone doubted this is a Revolution and that this was bigger than the election, there is no such doubt anymore. While Khameini directly called for them to stop, the population took the street more numerous than ever. This is direct defiance to the Supreme Leader. Here are the major events that happened between the end of Khamenei's speech and midnight on Saturday.

- Before the protest even began, heavily armed men were waiting for the dissidents, planning to prevent them from reaching the rally point. It didn't take long for the peaceful protests to turn into full-fledged riots. Security forces had also closed off the Tehran university to prevent students from leaving to protest or entering to take shelter. Basij, some security forces and what is suspected to be members of the Revolutionary Guard assaulted the protesters. The protesters fought back while chanting "Death to Khamenei" and "Down with Khamenei". The security forces used water cannons and tear gas to try and disperse the protesters. While the tear gas was partly successful, the water cannons were mostly useless, as they were quickly over ran by the protesters.

- A lot of eyewitnesses report that the Basij now fighting appear to be barely older than teenagers, most of them between 16 and 20, taking a real pleasure in the violence. Others report that up to hundreds of both security forces and Basij were injured in the last series of clashes. The Basij forces are using pvc tubes filled with concretes, bats, even knives and are assaulting people everywhere, down to metro stations.

- A bomb exploded at the Khomeini Shrine, killing one and injuring at least two. Most believe that the government is in fact behind it. Khamenei was a major figure of the previous Revolution, and they used a similar tactics then, destroying buildings and blaming it on the Shah in order to turn the population against him. The State television is of course blaming Mousavi for it and calling for a harsher treatment of the protesters. This is also very convenient for the Regime, has Mousavi said he would take refuge there if he feared for his safety, but now all access is blocked.

- In return, the harsher the treatment of protesters by the security forces, the harsher the rhetoric and reaction of the protesters. They are calling for the death of the regime, the death of Khomeini, the death of their oppressors and that they will avenge them. Once the gun shots started, the protesters went wild, beating down security forces and basij forces they caught to a pulp, while the Basij and security forces are showing absolutely no restraint, even less than they previously had.

- There are many reports that the security forces and Basij still ever present in hospitals and clinics. Basij are kidnapping some of those injured, while the security forces is identifying those participating in the protest. In order to arrest protesters, security forces raided the Khomeini Hospital in order to arrest injured protesters. There are rumours that Basij forces have hijacked ambulances and use them as a trap to brutally assault already injured protesters seeking help, or shoot at them. Iranian journalists, Reformist intellectuals and feminists are still being arrested and rounded up to prevent from reporting the news or reaching out.

- As the protests grew, extreme measures started to used by those trying to repress the Iranians asking for freedom. Gun shots were first fired in the air, but it did not take long for them to be fired at the protesters. A liquid was dropped from helicopters, creating severe skin burns on protesters. We are unsure what the liquid was. They are also openly opening fire on the crows, 40 to 60 people at least were killed in a single day, and scores more injured according to protesters. There are also reports that Revolutionary Guard Helicopters dropped firearms crates to 500 Basij fighters, as they are more willing than government forces to use them on civilians.

- The protesters are fighting back, taking over anti-riot trucks and burning them, attacking Basij bases and burning another one to the ground. There are report that a security forces truck was actually blown up by the protesters. In many instances, government forces have been force to fled under the constant assault of the people. Another report mentioned a security forces post was burning as well.

- The Iran Fatemiyeh Hospital in Tehran has confirmed at least 40 dead as well as 200 injured. Other sources report that hundreds of security forces and hundreds of basij fighters were injured as well.

- At night the protesters joined each others on the roofs in Tehran, shouting "Allah-u Ackbar", "Margh Bar Khamenei" and chanting "I will welcome death, I will welcome death, but no subjugation, but no subjugation". None of the rhetoric is addressed to Ahmadinejad anymore, all of it is directed to Khamenei and the regime. Many of the popular chants throughout the day were "I will kill those who killed my brother/sister", "Death to the Government", "Death to Khomeini" and "Seyed Ali Pinoshe, Iran won't be Chile".

- China has been censoring all news coming from Iran. Obama's restraint has been useless, as the Iranian government has shown a video of him with a false translation where Obama declared his support for the protesters, and that they should keep on protesting.

- Mousavi gave a speech and declared that if he is arrested, then the whole nation should strike. He also told the people that he is ready for martyrdom.

- There are unconfirmed reports that the Army is now refusing to follow orders and will not attack the protesters. The newest strategy from the government seems to be arming the Basij, dressing them in riot gear, team them up with IRG soldiers, and try to prevent massive rallies and keep them localized instead, as they are easier to stop spreading."

One account of yesterday

There is a woman who is being beaten. She’s horrified and hysterical but not as much as the anti-riot police officer facing her.

She shrieks, ‘Where can I go? You tell me go down the street and you beat me. Then you come up from the other side and beat me again. Where can I go?’

In sheer desperation, the officer hits his helmet several times hard with his baton. ‘Damn me! Damn me! What the hell do I know!’"


"The sight of hijab-wearing teenage girls walking away sweating from punching him as hard as they could was just as disconcerting as the sight of the girls partying all night in the heady days before the vote."

Here's another.
We tend to dismiss the gun totting rednecks as mad paranoids for their love of guns and distrust of governments and hatred towards tiranny. The current Iranian example shows that they have a point.

Gandhian peaceful protests at night is extremely important to topple a tiranny, but at night, with the home invasions, etc, I think even peacenicks have the right to cap those intruders and have a chance to defend themselves.

TehranLive.org fotographer is missing

"As protests and counter-protests unlike anything seen in Iran since the 1979 Revolution roil the country and captivate the world, LIFE presents photographs taken by an Iranian who is there, in the midst of the action. Pictured: Defiance in the streets the day after the disputed results of the June 12, 2009, election. EDITOR'S NOTE: The Tehran-based photojournalist who made these pictures is now missing. See next caption for details."

"A NOTE TO OUR READERS: We are saddened to report that the Iranian photojournalist, whose pictures appear in this gallery, is missing. He has not been in contact with us; this morning we received the following email from one of his relatives. We will update this space when we have more details. THE EMAIL: Hi im [photographer’s relative], when he go out side yester day for he never came back home and also his friend and a lot of our young brave people, government arrested them [. . .] don’t let them suffer in those bloody hands. With thanks."

The photographer has a site at http://tehranlive.org/

What's up today

Iran's most senior dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri calls for three days of national mourning for those killed in street protests, Reuters news agency reports (bbc)

Saeed uploaded a new video from today.

Today looks quieter but it could be misleading. We totally rely on reports out of Iran since pretty much the international media has been lobotomized beyond recognition except for a few brave journalists. Jon Leyne of BBC was thrown out of Iran today.

Chatham House of UK, a think thank, releases an analysis of the election results. Go check it out.

*supposed to be today.

Embassies Accepting the injured

This is the list of embassies in Tehran accepting the injured. Some are blocked by Iranian security forces. The list is constantly updated as the information is validated.

The irony is this, US embassy would have been a perfect shelter as usually they are big and have good medical facilities and some tough marines guarding it. Alas the Iranian destroyed it 30 years ago.

The music business is tough. Hey Nomads, your help is needed

Dear all,

PLEASE! Got to http://www.szigetfestival.it/vuoi_suonare.html Take 170 seconds in a tab of your browser, write those two words to indicate you are human and vote for Betty Ford Center. This could literally be life changing.

To make the story short, me and my friends need your help. My friends of Betty Ford Center, a great Italian rock band that has been working super hard to make it in the music business for many years, lots of sleepless nights and cheap cheap meals, is finally seeing some results of their work, they have a super cool video, an awesomely produced EP and last week for example, they were on the Italian national TV playing. These are real, very experienced musicians that are putting all they have to make it, just like many of us do and did for AIESEC.

I guess I never really understood how hard is the music business is until now that I am helping them and another band friends of ours to organize their Europe tour and I am sleeping less too. It is definitely the hardest, most ambitious and best project I have worked for since I finished my AI term two years ago (not in a corporation s I thought then).

As a result of very hard work and lots of lobbying, Betty Ford Center got into the finalists to be new comer bands playing at Sziget this year, you cannot imagine how HUGE that is, with this the band could actually make it big. Being selected to play in the festival depends on user votes on the festival site.

The two bands and the people like me that help them with management were pulling together all their fans and friends for two weeks until now to keep Betty on first place of voting based on honest votes. But things have changed in the last few days like in a very cheap Mexican soap since two days ago a couple of unknown bands that had very little votes until that point, in one night, in a few hours started getting hundreds of votes and put themselves ahead of Betty as Betty had decided to take a stand and win the contest with honest votes instead of using programs to change your IP address and vote a million times for themselves.

The organization of the festival in Italy was alerted of what was going on, but unable to do much and without proof of what was going on besides what was obviously being observed inserted a 170 secs capcha on the site. So, we are still trying to win as many honest votes as possible and are almost there to get back on track, and I guess these other guys are not sleeping because they keep on clicking and clicking on themselves.

So I guess you know what I will say. I am going back to all AIESECers and nomads to ask for the last bit of help in the last day of voting.

PLEASE! Got to http://www.szigetfestival.it/vuoi_suonare.html Take 170 seconds in a tab of your browser, write those two words to indicate you are human and vote for Betty Ford Center. This could literally be life changing.

If we make it, we definitely will inform you when Betty will be on, and we are definitely looking forward to meet you there!

The Bus Union Strike on June 26

"To recognize labor-union and social rights in Iran, the international labor organizations have declared the Fifth of Tir (June 26) the international day of support for imprisoned Iranian workers as well as for the institution of unions in Iran. We want that this day be viewed as more than a day for the demands of labor unions to make it a day for human rights in Iran and to ask all our fellow workers to struggle for the trampled rights of the majority of the people of Iran.
With hope for the spread of justice and freedom,
Autobus Workers Union
" (Narco News)

There is a leaflet being passed around to ask the bazaar merchants to go on strike as well.
Google is updating Tehran imagery to 18 June 2009.

From yesterday

Demotix has more.

Her name was Neda

The girl that died on a gunshot wound to the heart yesterday was Neda.

"Her name was ندا (#Neda), which means voice or call in Farsi. She is the voice of the people, a call to freedom - RIP, Neda""

The ghost of Tehran


"Iran's Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani suggests that some of the members in the Guardian Council have sided with a certain candidate in the June 12 presidential election.

Speaking live on the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) Channel 2 on Saturday, the speaker said that "a majority of people are of the opinion that the actual election results are different than what was officially announced."

Rafsanjani has failed - not true

8:04 pm: Mehr News reports [Persian] that the Assembly of Experts announced their full support for Khamenei’s Friday address

Huge news. The Assembly of Experts is the organization that has responsibility of electing and supervising the Supreme Leader. (NIAC)

Rafsanjani is the head of the Assembly of Experts and he has been working in the background to street the assembly toward Mousavi's position. If the above news is accurate, he has failed to do so.

The assembly is consisted of 86 clerics. Right now we do not know whether this is a unanimous decision or not. Not sure whether the information will ever come out.

Updates: not true. There is still hope

"Once again thanks for the great job in reporting the events. Just a comment about your 7:33pm item about the Assembly of Experts. The statement is not by the Assembly of Experts, but by Mohammad Yazdi, the head of the "Dabirkhane" of the Assembly of Experts. His statement doesn't carry much weight and definitely not a blow to the freedom movement. After all, there are certainly many Khamene'i loyalists in the Assembly of Experts and such comments could be expected from these cowards."

New video from yesterday


They didn't manage to go to mountain on the weekend as previously reported.

"We didn't end up going to the mountains. We were able to go out to a park and eat icecream, as if it were a normal day. It was safe enough on the street because there was nothing planned after the prayers." (Kylie)

Yesterday two members got beaten with batons. One was hit a couple of times and the other was just hit by the hand. They are OK.


"The Iranian police commander, in green uniform, walked up Komak Hospital Alley with arms raised and his small unit at his side. “I swear to God,” he shouted at the protesters facing him, “I have children, I have a wife, I don’t want to beat people. Please go home.”" (Roger Cohen - New York Times)

Saturday, June 20, 2009

US Revises its Position:

Speech from US President Barack Obama:

"The Iranian government must understand that the world is watching. We mourn each and every innocent life that is lost. We call on the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people. The universal rights to assembly and free speech must be respected, and the United States stands with all who seek to exercise those rights.

As I said in Cairo, suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away. The Iranian people will ultimately judge the actions of their own government. If the Iranian government seeks the respect of the international community, it must respect the dignity of its own people and govern through consent, not coercion.

Martin Luther King once said - “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” I believe that. The international community believes that. And right now, we are bearing witness to the Iranian peoples’ belief in that truth, and we will continue to bear witness."

It seems that Barack's former careful stance has been revised. Whether this amounts to anything or matters at all is still to be determined. But this is a nice assemblage of words.

We'll know tomorrow

We'll have to see and wait for more comprehensive reports of what's going on today.

The good news is it looked like violence was not worse.

The suicide bombing reported today at Khomenei was just bizarre.

BBC rocks today, CNN blows.

Live Blogging - Raging clashes

http://elections.7rooz.com/link/845/ Video from Shiraz University today.

Omid reports gunfire/clashes at Gisha St. in Tehran. People have reportedly put street on fire.

Norwegian embassy accepting wounded: No. 201 Dr. Lavasani St. (Ex. Farmanieh St.) Corner of Sonbol S

Rasht, Tabriz, Isfahan and Shiraz severe conflict between people and the military continues

"Basij shot to death a young woman in Tehran’s Saturday June 20th protests At 19:05 June 20th Place: Karekar Ave., at the corner crossing Khosravi St. and Salehi st. A young woman who was standing aside with her father watching the protests was shot by a basij member hiding on the rooftop of a civilian house. He had clear shot at the girl and could not miss her. However, he aimed straight her heart. I am a doctor, so I rushed to try to save her. But the impact of the gunshot was so fierce that the bullet had blasted inside the victim’s chest, and she died in less than 2 minutes. The protests were going on about 1 kilometers away in the main street and some of the protesting crowd were running from tear gass used among them, towards Salehi St. The film is shot by my friend who was standing beside me. Please let the world know." (NIAC)

This looks like Photo of the year

Just got off the phone with friends in Iran. They are now beyond election, now its all out revolution. #IranElection

Embassy of the Rep. of Slovenia Tehran No 30, Narenjestan 8th Alley Pasdaran Ave Portugese Embassy No.30,Nezami St.,Abbas Pour St.Valy-e-A

Confirmed: Mosuavi is amongst people, and he's ready for martyrdom (via his facebook)

Injured may be taken to German Embassy Tehran: Avenue Ferdowsi 320-324, phone 0098-912-1131007

RT from Iran Mousavi - confirmed - IF I AM ARRESTED THE NATION IS TO STRIKE INDEFINITELY! #Iranelection RT RT RT

Protests seem to have become distributed across city after police did everything it could to prevent one large crowd
(ed: this government tactic is going to back fire. This split means their forces are going to get split as well and the chaos will spread around the city. Suddenly people won't have to go downtown to join the march. They can do it two blocks from their neighbourhood. They are spreading the fierce defiance all across the city)

Sodium metabisulfite Na2S2O5 mixed with water (5% solution) cures CS tear gas. Wash eyes with solution

people stormed in from three sides
(ed: this is going to last all night long)

British, Slovenian, Dutch, Irish, Australian embassies are now accepting the injured #gr88 #tehran

Italian Embassy accepting injured at 81, Neauphle Le Chateau Ave.

Reports: Protesters at 7Tir pushed back Militia and gathering at the SQ.

"So much tear gas everywhere that people in their neighborhoods around have burning eyes." #iranelection

"Since guards turned back people going to Azadi Sq, they retreated to those areas and are fighting the police there." #iranelection

"War going on in South Kargar st. , Tohid Sq., Arya Shahr… in Tohid Sq. people have captured and blown up a police truck" #iranelection

more from omid007: Reports: A Mosque at Azarbiajan St. is on the fire...

Reports: Another Person died at Loghman Hospital.

RT IRAN People are gathering at Tajrish SQ, Shouting: "Death To Dictatror" and "I will Kill Who Killed My Sister and Brother!"

Protesters in Revolution sq r chanting: Goftim agar taghalob besheh basatetoon jam misheh!! "We told u if u cheat it'll be the end of u"!

More likely helicopters spray some sort of chemical. wash you bodies as soon as possible. Use face masks

over eyes and skin, if injured go to address Belgian embassy Avenue Shadid Fayyazi 155-157 (ex.-Fereshteh) 16778 Tehran

@protesterHelp: British embassy is accepting injured Iranians; 198, Ferdowsi Avenue Tehran.

@IranDemokratia Australian Embassy accepting injured: No. 13, 23rd Street, Khalid Islambuli Ave - Telephone+98 21 8872 4456

(ed: I heart BBC)

@persiankiwi: Tehran is burning with the blood of our Martyrs - The streets are full of dead

@LilyMazahery: "Mousavi is at head of Jayhoon ave. giving a speech."

"mousavi among people: I am ready for death"

"Mousavi - Confirmed - I have prepared for martyrdom"

Video of shootings to the crowd today reported by BBC Persia.

BBC Persia live streaming is here

In response to the violence of the security forces, people are now beginning to shout “Death to Khamenei”

Another twitter, Iranelection, says the demonstration “has turned into scattered street fights parallel to Enghelab-Azadi Sq”

RT f/iran: Police and Baseej are in the alleys connecting to the main streets, arresting people.

RT from Iran: it's two decades that he speaks same kind of bullshits, we are really sick & tired of him.

RT //Tehran is awake again! Police and militia forces on all major sq.s! Ppl are fighting back. Gotta go out again!

Iranian RT: "Younger sister is missing. i'm dying with worry. please pray for us." --Know that we are...

@persiankiwi tonight to the streets - for freedom

@Elizrael :Two reports in from Tehran about helicopters pouring boiling water on protesters @Mirriaam & @madyar )

Gunshots continuously heard from Ghasr-ol-dasht street

Got A Call: Many People Injured By Police and Milittia Near Tohid SQ.

Crowds growing as more ppl turn out to support Freedom in Iran

An eyewitness in Enghelab square reports around 20,000 riot police, made up of Basiji militiamen and soldiers, and armed with rifles, tear gas and water cannons.

pedestrians have filled up Qods street and the square

Heavy clashes on azadi street, chants of death to khameni Street full of rocks & fire

RT From Iran: About 5000 Protesters pushing back Police, Bassij & Hezbollah to Azadi St

I'm in the centre of Tehran close to Enghelab Square where the demonstration was supposed to have been held. But there's a huge security presence here, thousands of men from every possible service: police, revolutionary guard, military police, the riot police in full riot gear, and the much-feared Basij - religious paramilitaries who see themselves as the shock troops of the Islamic revolution.

It's impossible for any groups of people to get through these to Enghelab Square and hold their demonstration.

The witnesses told The Associated Press that between 50 and 60 protesters were seriously beaten by police and pro-government militia and taken to Imam Khomeini hospital in central Tehran. People could be seen dragging away comrades bloodied by baton strikes. Helicopters hovered over central Tehran. Ambulance sirens echoed through the streets and black smoke rose over the city. Tehran University was cordoned off by police and militia while students inside the university chanted 'death to the dictator,' witnesses said."

We don't know the date of this confrontation.

eyewitness calling VOA TV: all sorts of security forces on the streets around Azadi Sq. many plainclothes on bikes with batons

Basidj leaving after being confronted with the masses of people!

CNN airing live feed of State TV. My god, disinfo about protester violence & Mousavi. Shameful..
(ed: CNN is a dickhead)

Press TV just announced that Mousavi and Karroubi will be held accountable for any casualties today

RT from Iran: Smoke covered all of Enghelab sq. and people are fighting back with stones.

Proposed Rule for Journalism. They kick you out, you don't show State Run Television. Sound fair? #IranElection
(ed: CNN is such a loser)


Getting rprts injured protestors have nosebleeding due to gas used by police
(ed: so far there is no overt violence on the rally. Good news)

First video

@oxfordgirl : State of chaos in Tehran. No one believes the bomb is anything but gov plot - who knows!

BBC Persia Video : Shooting BBC Persia (not sure if the video is from today !)

RT from Iran: Confirmed: Family of those arrested in the past week have gathered in front of Revolutionary Courts.

Shooting directly to the people in Azadi ST

Assembly of Combatant Cleric' supporters are alos out despite rally being cancelled

Press TV: "bombing hits mausoleum of imam khomeini in south tehran

Police have closed off Tehran University

Enghelab street is fulll of people between ghods st. and Enghelab square

RT FROM TEHRAN: Houses in alleys opening doors to injured protestors, one source reporting hallway is full of beaten ppl,

CNN In breaking news now on tear gas and water cannon being used on protesters at #IranElection rallies.

RT from Iran: Enghelab sq. clash getting intense.

people are trapped between Behboodi and Enghelaab

police using tear gas, water cannons to disperse thousands of protesters in Tehran,They are beating "people" in Enghelab St., not only the protesters!

Voice of shooting in Azadi street...

Heavy clashes on azadi street, chants of death to khamene'i,The street is full of rocks and fire!

In Khosh Street police is attacking people with batons and pepper spray trying to disperse people, shots can be heard around Azadi

RT Iran/Iraq war veterans joining ppl saying we didn't lose arm/leg/life fought 8 years for mullah to lie/kill #iranelection #gr88

EmirOmid: Very large crowds now in Enghelab Sq. and growing by the minute.

Thousands of people attempting to enter Tehran protest site have been blocked by heavily armed police, eyewitness says.

Protestors must keep piling into squares. 300 basij cannot defeat 10,000 angry oppressed people! #iranelection #GR88


The police asked people before the basijis conflict with them Became dispersed,Police guard are all the streets of Tehran. Streets full of the population!

And they're quoting Homer: "And what he greatly thought, he nobly dared"


RT : I've seen fascism today. Full gear riot police, para-military forces with UZIs, 12yrs childs with e-battons and sprays.. #IranElection

RT frm IRAN Confirmed Basij everywhere in Tehran, no violence yet, they are trying to scare the ppl of Iran. #iranelection #iranelections

Report: Top Iranian opposition leaders fail to attend Guardian Council meeting; police warn Mousavi
Iranian presidential candidates Mirhossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi failed to attend a meeting with the Guardian Council, according to Iranian state TV. Police chief warns Mousavi of firm action against demonstrations. (France 24)

RT mathflood: Breaking: Mousavi walking from Ettelaat office to Ministry of Interior; 10000 people walking with him; join him #iranelection

What's the best way to hook up with 72 hot Persian girls in Iran? get beat up by the Basij #iranelection

according to witnesses in tehran fully armed bassij forces are put all over the key zones in tehran by busses and truck #iranelection


It is now 4:13pm (Iran timezone) and people are filling out the street. #IranElection

Brothers & Sisters Go On the streets NOW. Do not fear Death. Fear only oppression for nother 30 years. #iranelection #iran09 #gr88

Rafsanjani or his family members will attend rally today. #iranelection #iranelections #gr88

Mir Hossein Mousavi: The CRUCIAL Demonstration on Saturday 16:00 in Tehran and all around the world, please spread this message around

RT Tehran: Millions of pple R protesting, all in black and Silence, they cannot walk, it is packed w/h people

People going to Enghelab in larg numbers and growing rapidly. police there but not doing anything. #Iranelection #gr88

This is it! T minus 2 minutes--reports of large crowds coming from all over to Tehran-- #iranelection #tehran (via @

#iranelection : Protest starts NOW in Tehran, CNN covering Iran again. Christiane Amanpour contributes..

The mother of all rallies

It's starting soon. Godspeed.


The MC went to the mountain yesterday. It is safe to assume they have yet to return back today. AIESEC Tehran is unknown. We can assume some of the members will be joining the rally right now.


"State television reported that a reformist group called the Combatant Clerics Assembly had called off a rally planned for Saturday, saying that “permission was asked to hold a rally, but since it has not been issued, there will be no rally held.” The clerics’ statement was also posted on a Web site linked to the main opposition candidate, Mir Hussein Moussavi. " (NY Times)

Combatant Clerics withdraws from the rally because they couldn't get a permission. They are not very "combatant" after all.

Iranian Reformation

"Previously, he [Mousavi] was revolutionary, because everyone inside the system was a revolutionary. But now he’s a reformer. Now he knows Gandhi – before he knew only Che Guevara. If we gain power through aggression we would have to keep it through aggression. That is why we’re having a green revolution, defined by peace and democracy" (Guardian)

SMS Service has returned in Iran

It's a good and bad news. The regime will need to coordinate its people as well.


"Tor is a network of virtual tunnels that allows people and groups to improve their privacy and security on the Internet. It also enables software developers to create new communication tools with built-in privacy features. Tor provides the foundation for a range of applications that allow organizations and individuals to share information over public networks without compromising their privacy."

The software is brilliant. It has been used in norm circumstances for privacy by NGOs, Department of Defense, etc but now in full force deployment in Iran.

The Army Movement

"In response, the Islamic Republic of Iran Army, which is the armed forces sanctioned by the constitution of Iran, have taken measures to protect the people of Iran, and the sanctity of the Republic. Those measures have included arresting Besiji militants, as well as patrolling the streets of various cities, focusing on Tehran, almost continually since Wednesday afternoon until the time of writing, Saturday morning. As they have been ordered, they have taken many Resistance members into custody, however they are yet to turn any over to Pasdarna forces. At this point, that is close to a direct defiance of orders from the Supreme Leader.

At some point after the Army began pursuing Besiji leads, with the combined efforts of the Resistance, the Islamic Republic of Iran Army's leading officers began telling top politicians, including Khamenei himself, that they plead for no violence, or they will be forced to carry out their constitutional duty and fullfil their oath, protecting the people of Iran. They cite Article 143 of the Iranian Constitution.

Additionally, they state that Ahmadinejad personally violated Article 145 of the
Iranian Constitution by using foreign forces against citizens of Iran. As of Thursday evening, both Palestinian Hamas and Lebanese Hezbollah were known to be aiding the Revolutionary Guard."

This is a fascinating account on the role of the Army for the past week. They have not made any moves against the protesters and apparenty they have defied direct orders from the regime. They have been in the background doing things that indicates that they are indeed doing things to minimize the violence perpretrated by the Basiji. Maybe today they will show their hand fully to the world.

Remember that they refused to open fire to the protesters in 1979 as well.

Friday, June 19, 2009

The mood darkens

From the reports I've read, there's a sense of fatalism of what lies tomorrow. Most are expecting a violent crackdown and yet every single report shows a resolve to show up tomorrow.

Media Scrum

BBC gets two extra satellites for its BBC Persian, Google deployed Farsi translation tool and Facebook released Farsi language version.

What happened in the dark

Basiji hunting, not unlike Zombie hunting.

"By the way, two nights ago I went out to see a few things ... as the general crowds spread into their homes militia style Mousavi supporters were out on the streets 'Basiji hunting'.

Their resolve is no less than these thugs -- they after hunting them down. They use their phones, their childhood friends, their intimate knowledge of their districts and neighbours to plan their attacks -- they're organised and they're supported by their community so they have little fear. They create the havoc they're after, ambush the thugs, use their Cocktail Molotovs, disperse and re-assemble elsewhere and then start again - and the door of every house is open to them as safe harbour -- they're community-connected.

The Basiji's are not.

These are not the students in the dorms, they're the street young -- they know the ways better than most thugs - and these young, a surprising number of them girls, are becoming more agile in their ways as each night passes on.

Also, with $10K every local police station lock can be broken and guns taken out...the police too are crowd friendly...for sure put a gun in their hands and these young become a serious counter-balance to the Basij...call them 10% of 18-22 year olds - that makes circa 10 million around the country versus max 4 million Basijis.

For all I've seen, discussed and observed on the ground I wouldn't dismiss option (4) too easily."
(Washington Note)

The option 4 he mentioned refers to a collapse in the system which give birth to an armed conflict. Pray that it will not get to that - but at this stage, it looks like they will not submit to the current regime anymore.

Global Rally tomorrow


In Tehran the rally is set at 4 PM. Tehran time is on the left of this blog in green.

Maybe I will be one of the people who is going to get killed.

"I will participate in the demonstrations tomorrow. Maybe they will turn violent. Maybe I will be one of the people who is going to get killed. I’m listening to all my favorite music. I even want to dance to a few songs. I always wanted to have very narrow eyebrows. Yes, maybe I will go to the salon before I go tomorrow! There are a few great movie scenes that I also have to see. I should drop by the library, too. It’s worth to read the poems of Forough and Shamloo again. All family pictures have to be reviewed, too. I have to call my friends as well to say goodbye. All I have are two bookshelves which I told my family who should receive them. I’m two units away from getting my bachelors degree but who cares about that. My mind is very chaotic. I wrote these random sentences for the next generation so they know we were not just emotional and under peer pressure. So they know that we did everything we could to create a better future for them. So they know that our ancestors surrendered to Arabs and Mongols but did not surrender to despotism. This note is dedicated to tomorrow's children…" (translated by NIAC)


They escalated

"I have been given the responsibility of telling the world what is happening in Iran. The office of Mir Hossein Mousavi, who the Iranian people truly want as their leader, has asked me to do so. They have asked me to tell how Mousavi's headquarters was wrecked by plainclothes police officers. To tell how the commanders of the revolutionary guard ordered him to stay silent. To urge people to take to the streets because Mousavi could not do so directly." (The Guardian)

And tomorrow will be another test of wills.

So what now?

Khamenei's beligerent sermon today ensured that he will be tossed out along with Dinner Jacket when this is all done. He could have marked his legacy in the Iranian modern history as the dude that actually respond to the "Iranian Street". But no, he blamed the "zionist" media, the arrogant west, etc. It's so bizarre everybody is fuckin' laughing their asses off.

Qom is plotting against him. The Shah of Iran made that mistake, and Khamenei has forgotten the lesson.

Protest with the Quran in your hand, sit down if they attack, while citing the Quaran 8.61, Use Gandhi method

hold Quran and cite Quran 8.61 "If they seek peace then seek you peace" Shame them into peace!

Khamenei had declared war, but Green must remain calm and continue silent rallies.

Analysis of Khameni's Sermon

Fuck you for demonstrating. It's illegal. Trust me, there is no election rigging. Wait until the investigation is done. And death to America.

The planned demo today was cancelled and it will move to tomorrow.

Live Blogging Khameni Sermon

I am following @Vahid4Reform and see what translation he comes up with. (ed: is my 'expert' commentary)

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This is way past the normal time for Friday Prayer in Tehran #iranelection #gr88

IT started

Now they are chanting down with the USA (ed: nice - good ole style "death to america")

Now Some one is talking about Netaniaho's Plan condemning Isreal

Now the crowd is chanting Down With Isreal

People say Hossein hossein is our moto, martyrdom is our wish !

People wont stop chanting and greeting him (this is normal - Khameni peps encourage it actually)

FYI, kHAMENI will not talk about Politics is his first part of speech #iranelection #gr88 (ed: there are two parts, first is religion, second is politic. So I'm going to skip the first part)

Khameni is now taking about islam and talking about a historical event at the time of prophet Mohammad #iranelection #gr88

Khameni now is talking about an example on Islam that addresses why people should not be devided #iranelection #gr88

I see ahmadi nejad in the first line of prayers! #iranelection #gr88 (ed: Dinner Jacket is there!)

Khameni now says since the begining of islamic revolution Iran has gone through tough times but we have come out victor #iranelection #gr88 (ed: this can go either way)

our people are faithful and youth should be aware #iranelection #gr88

Khameni says we passed the 8 -year war with the said sprituality #iranelection #gr88

I saw Mousavi in the crowd I guess

(ed: now start the political speech)

Khameni says he is going to address the issue of Election #iranelection #gr88

3 issues 1- to address general public 2- address elites

third issue to address arogant leaders of the world (ed: I am talking to you, Berlusconi!)

1- to people : I say thanks to people for their great participation #iranelection #gr88 (ed: nice)

This was a great manifistation of people's participation #iranelection #gr88

You showed the world that we have the best democracy in the world #iranelection #gr88 (ed: boasting)

the 12 Imam is behind this movement #iranelection #gr88 (ed: do I hear, Dinner Jacked, you are fired?)

I am proud of you#iranelection #gr88

our young generation showed and proved thir political understanding (ed: indeed. bravo)

Khameni says It is normal to have difference #iranelection #gr88 (ed: yeah, but call off the dogs of Basij)

People love their country and that's why the voter turn out was great #iranelection #gr88 (ed: true dat)

this election was a earth quick for your enemies #iranelection #gr88 (ed: blah blah blah)

outside country #iranelection #gr88

and harthened your friends outside country #iranelection #gr88 (ed: yeah, the tweeps)

thsi election showed off religious democracy to the world #iranelection #gr88 (ed: get to the point already. It also shows Diner Jacket is a fool)

dimocracy void of sprituality is a westerm democracy but ours is different #iranelection #gr88

Khameni says :This election showed people trust their electoral system #iranelection #gr88 (ed: BOOOOOOOOOOOO)

if peopel were not hopefull and free they wouldnt have attended the ellection #iranelection #gr88 (ed: and ? and ? talk about the results already)

Our foreign enemies want to break us apart #iranelection #gr88 (ed: oh no)

Khameni says: is linking the crisis to Iran's enemies outside country (ed: damn, I don't like where this is going)

khameni says: and they lost! (ed: who ?)

khameni says: dont fall for this plot

This plot has been going on for month and i warned #iranelection #gr88 (ed: oh jeez - he is standing his ground)

Islamic republic is strong and will not shake by this sorts of threaths (ed: talk about the election result dammit!)

Compettions between candidates were transparents and free (ed: @#$@#$@#5 @#$@#$)

we thought teh competition was among insiders of regime (ed: this doesn't make sense. Probably translation issue)

the foreign media are trying to show that we have a opposition (ed: oh chrissake. CNN was off in the weekend)

they are (all 4 candidates ) belong to regime. (ed: all your bases is belong to me)

Khameni says: Mousavi was my prim minister #iranelection #gr88 all others had high level positions #iranelection #gr88 (ed: make his president. He won the election)

They have difference of opinion but they all belong to Islamic stablishment #iranelection #gr88

Zionist media were trying to say otherwise #iranelection #gr88 (ed: the obligatory Jew bait. )

I consider one better than others but people had to make that decision #iranelection #gr88 (ed: wow. Fire dinner jacket - dinner jacket - fire his ass)

each one of them could be critisized in one way or another #iranelection #gr88 (ed: here we come.)

People trusted the regime and they voted for their favorite candidate #iranelection #gr88 (ed: but dinner jacket stole it from Adam Lambert!!)

Presidential televised debates were good for people to make their decision #iranelection #gr88 (ed: and Mousavi nailed the jacket dude)

debates helped transparency #iranelection #gr88 (ed: mmmmmm)

khameni says: stands of candidates was offered to public #iranelection #gr88 (ed: on and on and on)

He repeats twise so people get it #iranelection #gr88 (ed: here comes the punchline)

Right of vote belongs to people #iranelection #gr88 (ed: damn straight my man!)

Khameni says : debates caused higher participation too #iranelection #gr88 (ed: holla!)

(ed: I need to pee. Please get to the point)

Khamenei says: #iranelection - these debates should continue less negative parts (ed: ??)

Khamenei says: #iranelection - criticicm is good for you if you really want to improve (ed: Yes, everything can be improve by a simple call to kick jacket's ass)

Khamenei says: #iranelection - deficiencies that need to be removed from these debates for future (ed: oh no)

showing the current and past situation very bad , was not good (ed: I am freaking confused)

Khamenei says: #iranelection - they mentioned rumors sometime and not facts (ed: yeah, like the election result)

Khamenei says: #iranelection - some candidates lost their tempers - not goood (ed: I'm talking to you, Ahemdi)

I enjoyed the freedom of expression (ed: me too)

Khamenei says: #iranelection - I enjoyed the whope thing but i becaome sad because of negative aspects of debates and campaigns (ed: obama! obama! obama!)

Khamenei says: #iranelection -I shoudl tell you the truth - all sides made mistakes (ed: and?)

Khamenei says: #iranelection - lots of allegations and insults were exchanged (ed: true. I call Ahemdinajad "dinner jacket". Punishment awaits me)

Khamenei says: #iranelection - document fabrication was happening (ed: yeah, two japanese dude got caught in Switzerland last week bringing fake US bond worth 134 billion dollars. No joke. Google it up)

Khamenei says: #iranelection -they called the current president names, and the other side too

loyal people of revolution were demolished such as Rafsanjani and Nategh noori (ed: Jacket you bastard!)

Khamenei says: #iranelection -they have never been convicted at court (ed: hooray!)

Khamenei says: #iranelection -so no one is allowed to accuse people (ed: where's the punchline!)

Khamenei says: #iranelection - I know Rfsanjani for 52 years now he is a pillar of the revolution (ed: that is true fact. He was the original Ayatollah Khomeini inner circle.)

Khamenei says: #iranelection -Rafsanjani has sacrificed his life for islam and revolution (ed: He also has led the Assembly of Experts, a body of 86 high level clerics, which can decide the fate of Khamenei)

Khamenei says: #iranelection - We should not creat misunderstanding among people (ed: Good point but where is he going with this)

Khamenei says: #iranelection - he has difference of opinion with current president(ed: Rafsanjani backed Mosavi and wants an election do over)

Khamenei says: #iranelection - although current presidents Ideas are colser to mine than Rafsanjani

Khamenei says: #iranelection -NateghNoori the same

(ed: this is Nategh Nouri wikipedia entry)

Khamenei says: #iranelection - our stand is clear on corruption(ed: sure, but Jacket is an election thief)

IKhamenei says: #iranelection -slamic r of iran is the healthiest regime in the world (ed: get to the point dude)

Khamenei says: #iranelection - we should not use some Zionist institutes data about corruption(ed: fuck. He's pretty much saying the election was fair)

Khamenei says: #iranelection - this election was an epic movement (ed: it is and it is inspiring people around the world)

Khamenei says: #iranelection - Cmpetition is over (ed: true, but what's your point)

Khamenei says: #iranelection -everybody competed within the system (regime)

Khamenei says: #iranelection - people trust and the leaders and candidates shoudl trust the system too (ed: oh, he is digging his heels)

Khamenei says: #iranelection - our system will not allow any election rigging (ed: but it happened!!)

Khamenei says: #iranelection -there is a difference of 11 million vote how can rigging happen ! (ed: easy. Google up on "Guide to election numbers manipulation using Microsoft Excel")

Khamenei says: #iranelection - in the mean time i order for an investigation

Khamenei says: #iranelection - only through legal pathways

Vahid4REformKhamenei says: #iranelection - I will not accept any inovative technics (ed: No Twitter!!! Death to Twitter!!)

Khamenei says: #iranelection - if our legal framework gets broken we will not be trusted in the future (ed: Dude, open the window and check out the tweets. People are doubting the system.)

(ed: ok Vahid4Reform stopped his updates. Probably because the sermon is ending)