• 19 June 2009
  • Posted By NIAC
  • Events in Iran, Human Rights in Iran, Iran Election 2009

Live-blogging Friday’s Events in Iran

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12:23 am: A NIAC member points to propaganda like this video playing up fears of foreign conspiracies against Iran as indicative of why Obama’s approach has been the right one thus far. He notes Iran has stepped up airing videos similar to this.

11:39 pm: With many concerned a major crackdown against the demonstrators may be about to happen, the Obama administration is signaling they will toughen their stance toward Iran if a crackdown occurs.
9:48 pm:


This translation was posted to the youtube video. It has not be verified.
Today Friday 18 June 1388
Tomorrow Saturday is very important; Day of destiny.
Tonight the screams of “God is great” [Allah-o Akbar]
is louder than on any other night.

Where is this place?
Where is this place that all paths are closed? All doors are shut?
Where is this place that no one helps us?

Where is this place that we shout out our words with only silence?
Where is this place?
Where is this place that its people’s only call is to God?
Where is this place that its cry of Allah-o Akbar [“God is Great”]
Grows louder and louder every minute?

Every day I wait to see if at night
The cries of “God is Great” grows louder or not.
I tremble as I hear them getting louder and louder.
I do not know if God trembles too or not.

Where is this place that we the innocents are stuck in [imprisoned]?
Where is this place that no one can help us?
where is this place that we are only shouting out our words with silence?
Where is this place that the youth are killed and people stand in the street and pray?
They stand in the blood and pray.
Where is this place that people are called [vagrants] trouble makers?
Where is this place?
Do you want me to tell you?

It is Iran.
It is my home land and your home land.
It is Iran.

9:46 pm: “The man Iranians want as their leader has been silenced. This is what he wants you to know” – Mohsen Makhmalbaf, The Guardian:

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 people in the streets don’t want a recount of last week’s vote. They want it annulled. This is a crucial moment in our history. Since the 1979 revolution Iran has had 80% dictatorship and 20% democracy. We have dictatorship because one person is in charge, the supreme leader – first Khomeini, now Khamenei. He controls the army and the clergy, the justice system and the media, as well as our oil money.

So why do the Iranian people not want Ahmadinejad as their leader? Because he is nothing but a loudspeaker for Khamenei. … When Khatami was president of Iran, Bush was president of the US. Now the Americans have Obama and we have our version of Bush. We need an Obama who can find solutions for Iran’s problems. Although power would remain in the hands of Khamenei, a president like Mousavi could weaken the supreme leader.


Some suggest the protests will fade because nobody is leading them. All those close to Mousavi have been arrested, and his contact with the outside world has been restricted. People rely on word of mouth, because their mobile phones and the internet have been closed down. That they continue to gather shows they want something more than an election. They want freedom, and if they are not granted it we will be faced with another revolution.

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

These words carry tremendous significance.

8:39 pm: Reuters: Key decision yet to be made

Backers of beaten presidential candidate Mirhossein Mousavi will decide on Saturday whether to defy a stern warning by Iran’s top authority and stage mass protests over a disputed election.

Iran’s top legislative body holds an extraordinary session on Saturday morning to which it has invited Mousavi and the two other candidates who lost against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the June 12 election, which Mousavi wants annulled.

6:27 pm: We posted part one of Mousavi’s campaign video yesterday, which was translated by NIAC member Arvin. After we posted it, Arvin’s excellent work even got picked up by the NY Times! Here are parts two and three. Part two focuses on Zahra Rahnavard and encouraging everyone to vote, while part three includes some fiery highlights from the debates.

6:22 pm: From a reader, Shabnam:

If anyone is on Twitter, set your location to Tehran and your time zone to GMT +3.30. Iranian Security forces are hunting for bloggers using location/timezone searches. The more people at this location, the more of a logjam it creates for forces trying to shut Iranians’ access to the internet down! We must help them! Cut & paste & pass it on! Go Humans!!!

5:26 pm: From the Atlantic’s cartoonist, Sage Stossel (h/t Andrew Sullivan): Sam-I-ran.

5:09 pm: Apologies for the confusion, but tomorrow’s 3pm demonstration in DC that we’ve been mentioning has been cancelled. There will be another rally outside the Iranian interests section at 11am, but it is not being organized by the “Where is my vote” campaign. Check facebook for more information.

4:23 pm: More translated news from: http://twitter.com/iranbaan

  • “Evin prison’s phones have been disconnected for more than 72 hours.”
  • “Tonight, the sound of bullets being shot in the air was heard in Tehran, Karaj, Tabriz and some other cities to scare people. But the people responded more firmly than ever by chanting “God is Great.”

4:10 pm: Ghalam News: Mousavi’s supporters continued chanting “God is Great” for the seventh night:

Ghalm News reported that the sound of Mousavi supporters chanting “God is Great” echoed throughout “all districts and towns in Iran” for the seventh consecutive night. According to Ghalam news, supporters of Mousavi also chanted “Ya [Hail] Hossein, Mir Hossein” to make sure their participation is not attributed to Ahmadinejad supporters. “During reporting this news, the voices of Mousavi’s friends could still be heard in different locations in Tehran,” the report said.

The chant “ya Hossein” is said in respect to the third Shia Imam, Imam Hossein, who is the iconic tragic figure of the Shia religion. “Ya Hossein” is chanted in order to bring attention to injustice by Shias.

4:03 pm: Obama says the world is watching Iran (h/t Nico):

I’m very concerned based on some of the tenor — and tone of the statements that have been made — that the government of Iran recognize that the world is watching. And how they approach and deal with people who are, through peaceful means, trying to be heard will, I think, send a pretty clear signal to the international community about what Iran is and — and is not.

3:52 pm:From the blogger Golrokh:


God is great.”

“Lies are evil. Guns are evil. Bullets are evil.”

3:46 pm: Another message from a friend of NIAC in Tehran:

According to him, tomorrow’s rally is scheduled for 4-6pm from Engelab Sq (Revolution Sq) to Azadi Sq (Freedom Sq). He believes that there will be casualties tomorrow on the count that people are angry with Khamenei’s sermon today and will voice their outrage tomorrow at the demonstration. He believes that “Khamenei has put the gun to his own mouth.”

3:09 pm: One of our readers requested that we translate the following blog post: “Tomorrow is a big day, maybe I’ll get killed tomorrow!” (http://balatarin.com/permlink/2009/6/19/1625688)

“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…”

2:27 pm: Jami: “Khamenei will be remembered as a leader who split the people, ended his own leadership and became a tribal chief”

Mehdi Jami, a well-known Iranian journalist, photographer, filmmaker and writer said on his blog that Khamenei has effectively removed himself from the guardianship of the people by what he said in his speech today. (Our translation):

“This is the end of Khamenei and the beginning of a new era. He doesn’t hear our voice and doesn’t speak our language…today, Khamenei showed the people that he is not their leader…He sees us as enemies. Elections are not important for him. He only represents a small group of people. The problem is that he wants to suppress other groups so they cannot participate in decision-making. People feel this. They see that power is in the hands of a few. Khamenei even dislikes the old leaders of the revolution. In this regime, there’s no place for anyone with a different opinion.

Khamenei resigned from real leadership and was demoted to the leadership of a certain group of his supporters. He easily ignored and threatened this great opposition, which according to his own formal statistics, is composed of 13 million people. His problem is that he wants to ignore the population. His biggest mistake was to say that he is closer to the current president than to the people. According to our constitution, our leader cannot belong to one political party or another. He will be remembered as a leader who split the people, ended his own leadership and became a tribal chief. He created divisions in the society.

Khamenei says there are legal ways to protest. But in such a system, which laws are legitimate? A law on paper is not a law. A law together with its administrators is a law. When the administrators are corrupt, create roadblocks to the implementation of the law and interpret it any way they want, how can one have any hope in the role of law? Based on which law has he arrested hundreds of people? Based on which law has he ignored the complaints of millions of people?

I am certain that opposition by the great people of Iran will continue against this kind of politics and leadership until they find a new leader who is able to think of the people and does not dominate a small group over the larger population.

Mousavi and Karroubi are leaders of an opposition that did not vote for Ahmadinejadism. This is a result of Khamenei’s mistake who has tied his future with Ahmadinejad. This is a great movement by millions. Either Mousavi or Karroubi realize this and take the responsibility to lead it or they will retreat because of threats. But it is clear that this great power [opposition] will not remain without a leader and will not die down. Khamenei’s era is over and new leaders are compelled to emerge.

1:48 pm: Time Magazine’s cover photo:


This image also appears on Mousavi’s facebook page, with the caption:

We are standing against radicalism. We, the Green Movement … its time for the people of the World to see what we are standing against…and join”

1:30 pm: Correction–time change

In our post “DC Iranian Americans Expand Frustration to Russians…then Chinese” we reported the demonstration on Saturday will take place at 11am. The correct time is 3pm.

1:24 pm: Moussavi calls for world-wide demonstrations

Mir Houssein Moussavi invited world-wide demonstrations on his facebook page for this coming weekend. He urged supporters to join the Iranian people in solidarity for free and fair elections.

Where is my vote? on facebook also created an event for a global demonstration for Saturday June 20, 2009. Here is the statement on the event’s webpage:

“We (Iranians and Non-Iranians around the world) are gathering on Saturday around the world in solidarity with millions of Iranian protesters who are silently protesting the fraudulent election of June 12 and to condemn the violence.”

US demonstrations will be held in Los Angeles, DC, Amherst, San Diego, Houston, Orlando, Denver, San Francisco, and more.

Global rallies will be held in London, Liverpool, Italy, Copenhagen/Denmark, Melbourne, Bulgaria, Spain, and Brussels. For a list of all rallies check out Moussavi’s event page on facebook, which you can find here.

1:13 pm: Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tx), the lone “no” vote on the Berman/Pence resolution this morning, issued a statement explaining his reasoning:

I have admired President Obama’s cautious approach to the situation in Iran and I would have preferred that we in the House had acted similarly.
I adhere to the foreign policy of our Founders, who advised that we not interfere in the internal affairs of countries overseas. I believe that is the best policy for the United States, for our national security and for our prosperity. I urge my colleagues to reject this and all similar meddling resolutions.

12:41 pm: The Times of London reports that Khamenei has told Mousavi to get in line…or be “cast out.”

The moderate Iranian leader who says that he was robbed of victory in last week’s presidential election faces a fateful choice today: support the regime or be cast out.

The demand was made at a meeting this week with representatives of all three candidates who claim that the poll was rigged, and it puts Mr Mousavi on the spot. He has become the figurehead of a popular movement that is mounting huge demonstrations daily against the “theft” of last Friday’s election by President Ahmadinejad, the ayatollah’s protégé.

This represents a serious escalation in tensions between Mousavi and Khamenei. Mousavi had urged his supporters not to attend Friday prayer events to avoid confrontation with pro-Ahmadinejad and Khamenei forces. Events within Iran’s elite appear to be headed toward a tipping point where neither Khamenei nor Mousavi will be easily able to step back.

12:38 pm: A petition to the UN asking that they pressure Iran to hold a new election.

12:22 pm: Politico is reporting that the White House had to get involved to tone down Pence’s original resolution.

“We made it clear that we didn’t want to make the U.S. a foil in a debate that has nothing to do with us,” a senior administration told me this morning. “This is a debate among Iranians.”

The National Iranian American Council has strongly condemned the government of Iran’s use of violence and human rights abuses. Large groups of Iranian Americans have demonstrated in protest. But the majority of the Iranian Americans sending messages to their Representatives have said clearly that while human rights abuses should be condemned, the U.S. government shouldn’t get more involved than that in Iran’s internal politics.The polls we have taken here have shown most of our readers believe any U.S. government involvement would only likely prove counterproductive. There is too much historical baggage.

12:04 pm: Congress Gets Involved

The House of Representatives just passed (450-1, Ron Paul dissenting) a resolution expressing its support for all Iranians who embrace the values of freedom and human rights, while condemning the government of Iran’s use of violence.

Meanwhile, the Ted Kaufmann (D-DE) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ) have introduced a better resolution in the Senate saying much the same thing, while adding an important point missing from the Berman/Pence resolution in the House:

“The Senate respects the sovereignty, proud history, and rich culture of the Iranian people”

This is extremely important. Khamenei kept referring to external enemies in his sermon today. The last thing the United States wants to do is play into his hands, making it easier for him to point to external threats to justify a massive crackdown. This is why the President’s approach has been so prudent.

It appears there will be dueling resolutions in the Senate, though. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) just introduced an exact copy of the Berman resolution.

The House Republicans used Berman’s resolution as an excuse to attack President Obama. With it being copied by McCain and Lieberman — no friends of Obama on Iran — it makes one wonder why Berman, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is giving Republicans so much room to attack the President.

11:00 am: More translated news from http://twitter.com/iranbaan

  • “Karbaschi [Karroubi’s campaign manager] said in a response to Supreme Leader’s position: We don’t say the regime has cheated. A particular group has done this.”
  • “Karbaschi told BBC: Interior Ministry has not given a written response to our request for a permit to demonstrate.”
  • “Karbaschi: we rely on the law and there are enough laws to influence the elections.”

10:32 am: Iran’s Seda o Sima (State TV) internet site was hacked today. The title was changed to state: “When will killing brothers end?” Below is states: “Mr. Ahmadinejad, how long do we have to stand these images? The kids of the people are getting killed day by day. How long do you plan on carrying out this carnage? For the sake of power, you have stepped on the dignity of the nation. What will be next after you have killed and scarred the kids of this land?”

The website is currently down.

10:29 am: How the Basij operate:

Iranians shudder at the violence unleashed in their cities at night, with the shadowy vigilantes known as Basijis beating, looting and sometimes gunning down protesters they tracked during the day.

The vigilantes plan to take their fight into the daylight on Friday, with the public relations department of Ansar Hezbollah, the most public face of the Basij, announcing that they planned a public demonstration to expose the “seditious conspiracy” being carried out by “agitating hooligans.”

The huge numbers of people who have turned out to protest the election results in recent days have presented somewhat of a problem for the Basij: there are too many demonstrators to enable the vigilantes to intimidate people in their customary way. At times when the Basijis have tried to attack demonstrators, the crowd has turned on them, beating the vigilantes and setting their motorcycles on fire.

Our own Trita Parsi spoke about this on CNN yesterday, saying

[The demonstrations are] not slowing down at all. On the contrary, it seems to be getting new life and a lot of the protesters seem to be sensing that they may actually be closer to some sort of a breakthrough, some sort of at least tactical victory. So, their morale seems to be rather high. From what I have been hearing from people inside, very, very peaceful. It’s usually after the protest as they’re going back home that they are then attacked by Basij and other plain-clothed vigilantes, who are not attacking them when they’re protesting because there are so many of them, but as they’re dispersing and going back home. That’s when they’re being attacked.

9:56 am: More translated news from http://twitter.com/iranbaan

  • “It is said that Tajzadeh, Aminzadeh, Ramezanzadeh, Abtahi and other arrested individuals are under great pressure to give fake confessions on TV.”
  • “The soccer players who were wearing green wristbands in the Iran-South Korea game have been suspended.”
  • “Maryam Ameri, a member of Karroubi’s organization, has been arrested.”

9:51 am: Google will translate websites from Persian into English now. It’s an early version of the software, but this is still very cool.

9:48 am: Facebook now comes in Persian/Farsi. People can change theirlanguage preferences here.

9:41 am: New York Times reports on Khamenei’s Friday sermon:

In his first public response to days of mass protests, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, sternly warned opposition supporters on Friday to stay off the streets and raised the prospect of violence if the defiant, vast demonstrations continued.

Opposition leaders, he said, will be “responsible for bloodshed and chaos” if they do not call stop further rallies.

He said he would never give in to “illegal pressures” and denied their accusations that last week’s presidential election was rigged, praising the officially declared landslide for the incumbent, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as an “epic moment that became a historic moment.” He spoke somberly for more than an hour and a half at Friday prayers to tens of thousands of people at Tehran University, with Mr. Ahmadinejad in attendance. His sermon was broadcast over loudspeakers to throngs in the adjoining streets, and the crowds erupted repeatedly in roars of support. Opposition supporters had spread the word among themselves not to attend.

9:25 am: Clear video of demonstrators being shot.

This video carries a disclaimer by the poster that they aren’t sure exactly when after the election this video was taken, but it shows a number of demonstrators being shot by Basijis at Defense Base 117 on Safa Alley in Tehran’s District II. It appears to be the same shooting as captured in this video, which the BBC says occurred on Monday. It’s unclear if anyone was killed. [Warning: The videos show disturbing images.]

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    33 Responses to “Live-blogging Friday’s Events in Iran”

  1. Free Iran says:

    Please share video. must be seen.

  2. Joseph says:

    Would daily vigils at the United Nations in New York City help?

  3. Ali says:

    Someone please translate this to english… very sad http://balatarin.com/permlink/2009/6/19/1625688

  4. Jim Edmonds says:

    Time Magazine, please stop “meddling.” The mullahs might get angry and start beating and killing their own people. Oh, wait …

  5. Carolyn Gomes says:

    I read this piece below on your blog

    “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…”

    I was moved to tears in my comfortable space in Jamaica. Tears of connection, tears of terror, tears of sympathy, tears of hope. The whole world is watching and praying for the Iranian people, for their courage, for their integrity, for their example to the rest of us. May God be with you all, may his great hand keep you save, may the arch of history bend towards justice for you all my brothers and sisters. We thank you all.

  6. Ali says:

    In the piece about the blogger going to the demonstration, the correct translation of the title would be: “I may get killed tomorrow”, and not “May I get killed tomorrow”. Simple difference, HUGE change in meaning!!

    Still, a moving piece.

  7. Adam says:

    Thank you for publishing and translating these posts. These young Iranians have shown remarkable moral and physical courage and set an example for the rest of the world to follow. Our thoughts are with you.

  8. Incredible times. Don’t back down, Mousavi! The world is behind you.

  9. Billy Glad says:

    Seems like a lot to do if she’s going to make it to the demonstration on time. Maybe she should skip the films.

  10. FreeIran says:

    I admire the brave and fearless young iranians risking their lives and I wish I could join them tomorrow.. keep fighting my brothers and sisters our Iran will be free soon!!!

  11. Carlos Manuel Sánchez Cañellas says:

    All my support to the Iranian People in this core political moment. I hope that your struggle will be successfully and that you can combine your ancestral culture with a fresh and new way to practice democracy.

  12. ahservant says:

    Get word to the dissdents to peacefully capture the teams of mullah’s men beating up the crowds.

    Keep them as hostages to warn against violence against the dissidents.

    Lure them down seemingly empty sidestreets chasing the the running away crowds and then suddenly surround them from the reversal of the running crowd, out of doorways and side alleys; then intimidate them and capture them-hopefully peacefully.

    Clear the streets of them and you have bargaining chips. Better hide them far away from police/troops trying to find them once they are discovered missing.

    This will also spook the police-but not the troops. Give flowers to the troops in their gun barrels.

  13. Pablo says:

    Keep getting information out. The world is reading, tweeting, listening, watching, and holding its breath through your eyes.

  14. Pablo says:

    Also, “100 Million Facebook members for Democracy in Iran”


  15. Benji says:

    No matter what the outcome tomorrow (and beyond), those who stand up for their beliefs, their families, their lives, will be greatly cherished and loved, by a world-wide massive of people like myself, forever. Love has no limits and cannot be stopped by bullets or beatings. It goes on after our bodies cannot. Thank you for standing up against hate and fear. It is actions like these that change the world and it only takes one person to make a huge difference.

  16. IJ Styles says:

    Very interesting post here. My support here for all of you. Stay Cool!

  17. joobin says:

    Don’t want to sound romantic or anything but, are these agonizing moments, not the very birth pangs of a new Iran…emerging…one that’s been in gestation for some time and is coming forth by the call of nature and thus cannot be undone. Like a fruit that’s ripened enough to cut loose from the tree toward the ground below, without being plucked…such moments are perenially dreadful and tense for the fruit, read child, but just as the mother who doesn’t survive the ordeal, is comforted by knowing, or hoping, the child will make it through all the blood, pain, screams & cuts and may one day redeem her mother’s dreams…must we all now find solace, albeit a painful one, in the conviction that no matter who won these so-called elections or if & how it’ll be revised…and despite all the blood, hurt, cruelty and sorrow seen on the streets…the bigger picture is one of “Hope”, “Health” and “Healing”…Let’s focus on that, as we deal with the days events! Let’s remind ourselves that not all is gone…every innocent blood spillt is proof to the health of this “child” being thus born…May those who remain, prepare for being good parents & guardians to it!!

  18. dlaw says:

    I’m not a believer. but I think Iran is the mosque of the people of Iran.

    I hope they pray – in the streets – five times a day for justice and that their prayers are answered.

  19. emo says:

    thank you
    verry cool

  20. Rull says:

    Iranian, please do not become another Zionist or America puppets! They want to destroy your country by destroying your unity first. Once your unity had broken into pieces, they will attack your country. Believe me! They had done this to Iraq. You should investigate who actually behind Mir-Hossein Mousavi.

  21. Peyman M (Stockholm, Sweden) says:

    Free the Iranian people from these cruel, non-human, nasty, filty Ayatollas. USA and England helped to bring these ayatollas to power in 1979(It was all about the OIL). It’s all about the money as usual! Obama here is your chance to set things right for the Iranian people just like Bush did for the Irakian people by elimanting Saddam Hussein (Note that USA helped to bring him to the power). Bush would not hesitate for one second!

  22. Toofan says:

    Let me tell you all protester if you love IRAN and Iranian people you wouldn’t go against Ahmadinejad, do you know why, okay inner politics and attacking everyone personal affair is not right way need to be stop but in his foreign policies he like Mohammad Moosadegh he is for powerful IRAN which western don’t like it and they want to remove from the power . I think it is big mistake to go against him Jaavid IRAN and Mardomme IRAN

  23. Toofan says:

    Western Country they have plans for us don’t fall for their plans they want to bring IRAN power down

    Ahmadinejad=Moosadegh do go for it this time
    you all protester US an England and Isreal are have long plan for IRAN

  24. FARID says:

    Dear Toofan Khan,

    Although I am not a socialist and therefore not a fan of Mr. Moosadegh, I must tell you that your are absolutely wrong to make any such comparison. Mr. Moosadegh did not have illusions (Delusions really), he did not want to silence his own people and most importantly, he did not have BLOOD on his hands like Mr. Ahmadinejad.
    Please wake up!. We, The Iranian People have woken up! We will not make the mistakes of the past (as far as foriegn intervention is concerened)BUT, we do not need tyrants to control us! People like you who live with paranoia and fear will lead Iran into a police state such as one witnessed in the Soviet Union during Stalin’s era with a taliban twist!

  25. Zack says:

    Pretty cool post. I just came by your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your posts.

    Any way I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon!

  26. I dont know much of the root of the conflict there in Iran, but I hope you find solution to your problem.

  27. Very cool! Finally someone who understands the point of view of this issue!

  28. thanks man, thiss cool

  29. kuflu says:

    This will also spook the police-but not the troops. Give flowers to the troops in their gun barrels.

  30. Carlos Manuel Sánchez Cañellas says:

    From Spain, In the Name of Allah, I hope that peace come back to Iran, and that the two parts find a way to understanding…

  31. Carlos Manuel Sánchez Cañellas says:

    From city of Sabadell, Spain, I contact you in order to comunicate that a group of scholars are organazing a conference about Iranian history. I hope that this iniative helps to understand your situation.

    More details, soon.

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It has come to our attention that Google has begun omitting the title of the Persian Gulf from its Google Maps application. This is a disconcerting development given the undisputed historic and geographic precedent of the name Persian Gulf, and the more recent history of opening up the name to political, ethnic, and territorial disputes. However unintentionally, in adopting this practice, Google is participating in a dangerous effort to foment tensions and ethnic divisions in the Middle East by politicizing the region’s geographic nomenclature. Members of the Iranian-American community are overwhelmingly opposed to such efforts, particularly at a time when regional tensions already have been pushed to the brink and threaten to spill over into conflict. As the largest grassroots organization in the Iranian-American community, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) calls on Google to not allow its products to become propaganda tools and to immediately reinstate the historically accurate, apolitical title of “Persian Gulf” in all of its informational products, including Google Maps.

Historically, the name “Persian Gulf” is undisputed. The Greek geographer and astronomer Ptolemy referencing in his writings the “Aquarius Persico.” The Romans referred to the "Mare Persicum." The Arabs historically call the body of water, "Bahr al-Farsia." The legal precedent of this nomenclature is also indisputable, with both the United Nations and the United States Board of Geographic Names confirming the sole legitimacy of the term “Persian Gulf.” Agreement on this matter has also been codified by the signatures of all six bordering Arab countries on United Nations directives declaring this body of water to be the Persian Gulf.

But in the past century, and particularly at times of escalating tensions, there have been efforts to exploit the name of the Persian Gulf as a political tool to foment ethnic division. From colonial interests to Arab interests to Iranian interests, the opening of debate regarding the name of the Persian Gulf has been a recent phenomenon that has been exploited for political gain by all sides. Google should not enable these politicized efforts.

In the 1930s, British adviser to Bahrain Sir Charles Belgrave proposed to rename the Persian Gulf, “Arabian Gulf,” a proposal that was rejected by the British Colonial and Foreign offices. Two decades later, the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company resurrected the term during its dispute with Mohammad Mossadegh, the Iranian Prime Minister whose battle with British oil interests would end in a U.S.-sponsored coup d'état that continues to haunt U.S.-Iran relations. In the 1960s, the title “Arabian Gulf” became central to propaganda efforts during the Pan-Arabism era aimed at exploiting ethnic divisions in the region to unite Arabs against non-Arabs, namely Iranians and Israelis. The term was later employed by Saddam Hussein to justify his aims at territorial expansion. Osama Bin Laden even adopted the phrase in an attempt to rally Arab populations by emphasizing ethnic rivalries in the Middle East.

We have serious concerns that Google is now playing into these efforts of geographic politicization. Unfortunately, this is not the first time Google has stirred controversy on this topic. In 2008, Google Earth began including the term “Arabian Gulf” in addition to Persian Gulf as the name for the body of water. NIAC and others called on you then to stop using this ethnically divisive propaganda term, but to no avail. Instead of following the example of organizations like the National Geographic Society, which in 2004 used term “Arabian Gulf” in its maps but recognized the error and corrected it, Google has apparently decided to allow its informational products to become politicized.

Google should rectify this situation and immediately include the proper name for the Persian Gulf in Google Maps and all of its informational products. The exclusion of the title of the Persian Gulf diminishes your applications as informational tools, and raises questions about the integrity and accuracy of information provided by Google.

We strongly urge you to stay true to Google’s mission – “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful” – without distorting or politicizing that information. We look forward to an explanation from you regarding the recent removal of the Persian Gulf name from Google Maps and call on you to immediately correct this mistake.



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