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  • 26 August 2009
  • Posted By Artin
  • Events in Iran, Human Rights in Iran, Iran Election 2009

Majles Representative Admits Widespread Sexual Molestation Using Objects

Breaking news from the Majles Reformist news site, Parleman News (h/t New York Times):

One of the members of the Special Committee on Reviewing the Conditions of Post-Election Prisoners has admitted that, “Sexual molestation using batons and glass bottles against some of the  post-election prisoners has become widespread.”

“Unfortunately, some of the post-election prisoners have suffered by the usage of glass bottles and batons and these incidents have become common for the Special Committee.

“Though we do not have reliable information or documentation from the agents of this molestation, it does not really make difference at the heart of the matter.”

As Mehdi Karroubi and his political associates leak more details about prison abuse, corroboration by Majles representatives will make it very difficult for the government to control the people’s reaction.

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

Iran Updates – June 26

10:30 pm: For further insight into how events are being portayed in Iran by the state media, we prove excerpts from the (hardline) newspaper Kayhan, which quotes Tehran’s sepah commander:

“These interferences in our nation are nothing but a plot set out by the British, American and the Zionists. They have been waiting for the right time to influence our politics. The must stay out of our affairs and their meddling must be brought to the attention of the public.”

With regards to casualties, he indicated that “the casualties have nothing to do with us, on the count that we were not in those areas.”

“The people of Iran have an agreement with Ayatollah Khomeini and Khamenei to protect the Islamic Republic and our values from foreign and domestic enemies, and this is a time that we must deal harshly with hooligans and agitators.”

Thanks to Ali for the translation.

5:26 pm: Vivid description of the basij breaking into Kalameh Newspaper:

According to Dr. Saeed Hosseini Beheshty, [Persian] one of the senior editors at Kalameh Newspaper, “on Monday, June 22, a group of individuals approached Kalameh’s headquarters. They were wearing regular street clothes and began to demand the newspaper’s security guard to open the doors. They identified themselves as intelligence officers. At this point, the chief editor of Kalameh approached the door and requested the officers to present an entrance warrant. However, they did not comply and began to force their way in and broke down the door. Upon entering they started to destroy office equipment and place employees under arrest. Some employees were also beaten up. The arrested writers and editors were transported to police penitentiaries. What they don’t know is they will never break our spirit and the spirits of the Iranian people.”

3:42 pm: ‘Iranbaan’ reported this earlier today:

“In the written agreement the martyrs families have to sign promising not to complain, a clause is inserted saying that Mousavi is responsible for the death of our loved ones and we do not have any complaints against the armed forces.”

3:08 pm: Green balloons


2:44 pm: Mir Hussein is essentially under house arrest

Gooya news [Persian] said today that Mousavi has been “essentially under house arrest since Monday,” according to the reports they have received. Therefore, said Gooya, “any event announced from now on is not linked to Mousavi and is only in his support.” Gooya news also said “all Mousavi’s associates have been arrested and every day more of them are detained. Therefore, Kalemeh website is no longer under the control of Mousavi’s close associates. Even Mousavi’s family members are under surveillance…according to reports by Mousavi’s associates, the number of arrested people has passed 1000 and there is no news about many of them.”

2:37 pm: Human rights activists “Iranbaan” reports that “Neda Agha Sultan’s father was brought on TV and her martyrdom was blamed on the ‘rioters.’”

2:36 pm: Could a strike by Iran’s oil workers succeed? – asks The National:

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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.



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