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  • 26 November 2009
  • Posted By Sanaz Tofighrad
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  • Events in Iran

Karroubi Harassed by Basijis

According to Radio Farda, more than 60 Basiji’s on motorcycles harassed Karroubi during his stay in Qom early Friday morning.  The Basijis reportedly gathered in front of Karroubi’s residence after midnight and shouted insulting remarks against him.

During Karroubi’s visit in Qom, the police and security forces cooperated with Karroubi’s bodyguards.  Ultimately, the Basijis left due to cold weather and police intervention.  Karroubi was not harmed.

  • 18 November 2009
  • Posted By Sanaz Tofighrad
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  • Events in Iran, Human Rights in Iran, Iran Election 2009

Five Iranian Activists Sentenced to Death

Tehran’s prosecutor office announced on Tuesday that five Iranian activists, accused of instigating unrest after the June 2009 presidential election, have been sentenced to death.  According to Radio Farda, these activists have been charged with accusations such as “acting against national security,” “publicizing against the Islamic Republic,” and “disturbing public order and peace.”  In addition, 81 of the 89 people who have been tried so far have received sentences of six months to 15 years in prison.

  • 4 November 2009
  • Posted By Sanaz Tofighrad
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  • Events in Iran, Human Rights in Iran

Tear Gas Shot at Karroubi

According to Norooz, Karroubi once again became a target when security forces shot tear gas at him and his guards.  One of the shots reportedly hit the head of one the guards who was taken to the hospital.  Karroubi himself fell to the ground after the tear gas attacks.  Karroubi’s car was also attacked and severely damaged by security and plain clothes forces.

  • 4 November 2009
  • Posted By Sanaz Tofighrad
  • 1 Comments
  • Events in Iran, Human Rights in Iran, Uncategorized

Videos from Today

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Seven Tir Street:

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Woman being attacked by security forces:

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Tehran University:

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  • 4 November 2009
  • Posted By Sanaz Tofighrad
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  • Events in Iran, Human Rights in Iran

November 4th Update

According to Parleman News, scattered clashes have taken place between the security forces and protestors in Seven Tir Square in Tehran.  The security forces have reportedly used tear gas several times while the number of protesters is increasing. 

Mowj Camp reports that Tehran University students have left the university to join the demonstrations.  According to Mowj Camp, anti-riot police has attacked the protesters who were going from the university to Seven Tir Square and there have been clashes in other parts of Tehran.  Bullets were also shot in the air around Seven Tir Square.  

A video from today’s protests:

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  • 4 November 2009
  • Posted By Sanaz Tofighrad
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  • Events in Iran, Iranian Youth

Protests Begin in Schoolyards

Mowj Camp reports that students in several schools across Tehran are preparing for November 4th protests by starting to chant “Death to Dictator” early in the morning.

Many middle school and high school students reportedly came to school wearing green wristbands.

  • 4 November 2009
  • Posted By Sanaz Tofighrad
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  • Events in Iran, Human Rights in Iran

Members of Daftar-e Tahkim-e Vahdat Arrested

Several members of the Iranian student organization Daftar-e Tahkim-e Vahdat (Office for Strengthening Unity) were arrested on Tuesday.  Two other members of the organization have been in jail for more than four months without any charges.

These arrests come after the organization issued a statement announcing that they will participate in the “celebration of resistance against tyranny and arrogance” on November 4th.

  • 3 November 2009
  • Posted By Sanaz Tofighrad
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Ayatollah Montazeri: Occupation of the American Embassy Was a Mistake

In a statement posted on his website, Ayatollah Montazeri said that the occupation of the American embassy was not the right thing to do.  According to Montazeri, “occupying the embassy of a country we are not at war with is like declaring war on them and is wrong.  Many devoted [revolutionaries] who were involved accept that it was wrong.”

Montazeri added that Khomeini’s ruling against relations with the U.S. “was temporary and changes based on political and economic situations.”  According to Montazeri, “Israel and its lobby in the U.S. are firmly against relations between Iran and the U.S. and believe it is in their interest for the current crisis between Iran and the U.S. to continue.  Unfortunately, [Iran’s] officials do not pay attention to this important issue.”

In the end, the Grand Ayatollah asked the Islamic Republic to “return the lost authority to the system” by “freeing the political prisoners and removing the ban on the press…”

  • 23 October 2009
  • Posted By Sanaz Tofighrad
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  • Events in Iran, Human Rights in Iran, Iran Election 2009

Karroubi Attacked Once Again

Mehdi Karroubi was attacked by baton-wielding plainclothes militia at a press fair in Tehran on Friday.  Karroubi’s turban fell to the ground in the process.  He was attacked before at one of the Friday prayers in Tehran during the summer. 

According to Amir Kabir newsletter, Karroubi’s supporters at the fair started chanting slogans in his support upon witnessing the attack. 

Amir Kabir also reported that hundreds of visitors gathered in front the Fars News Agency’s booth and chanted slogans such as “Death to Dictator.”

  • 22 October 2009
  • Posted By Sanaz Tofighrad
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  • Events in Iran, Human Rights in Iran, Iran Election 2009

Numerous Reformers Detained at a Prayer Session

According to BBC Persian, security forces arrested an estimated 50-60 members of Iran’s Participation Front who were attending a Komeil Prayer session. 

The prayer session was held at one of the relatives of Shahab Tabatabaei, a political prisoner who was arrested after the June election.  One of the eyewitnesses reportedly saw three vans filled with detainees. 

Shahab Tabatabaei, who was the head of Campaign 88 (Young supporters of Mousavi and Khatami), was recently sentenced to five years in prison.

Update: According to Norooz News, the exact number of people arrested at the prayer session is 71.  Four women have reportedly been moved to Evin prison.

Sign the Petition

 

7,349 signatures

Tell Google: Stop playing Persian Gulf name games!

May 14, 2012
Larry Page
Chief Executive Officer
Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, California 94043

Dear Mr. Page:

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.

Sincerely,

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