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  • 25 January 2010
  • Posted By Nayda Lakelieh
  • 7 Comments
  • Events in Iran, Human Rights in Iran, Iran Election 2009

Karroubi ‘recognizes’ Ahmadinejad…

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports (via www.payvand.com) that opposition leader Mehdi Karrubi recognizes Ahmadinejad as being the head of Iran’s government, although he is quick to maintain that the June presidential election was rigged.

Karrubi’s new found stance could demonstrate a ploy to extract similar concessions from the ruling elite–sort of a quid pro quo.   Hossein Karrubi, the opposition leader’s son, explained to RFE/RL’s Radio Farda that his father still believes the presidential election was tarnished by fraud.

Karrubi, who stood against Ahmadinejad in the disputed June vote, was asked by the semiofficial Fars news agency whether he recognized “the lawful and elected president of the Iranian people.”

He was quoted by Fars as responding, “I still maintain that there were problems, but with regard to your question, I should say that I recognize the president.

A opposition source adds that security fears told RFE/RL that Karrubi’s comments did not represent a shift in his previous stance.

He didn’t say he recognizes Ahmadinejad as the elected president, he said he recognizes him as the head of the government. There is a government in the country and its head is Ahmadinejad,” the opposition source said in a telephone interview from the Iranian capital.

Many are anticipating more protests next month following the commemoration of the 1979 Islamic Revolution; perhaps Karrubi’s seemingly calculated stance is a consequence of the Revolution’s impending 30th anniversary.


  • 28 September 2009
  • Posted By Artin
  • 0 Comments
  • Events in Iran

Mehdi Karroubi criticizes Rafsanjani

BBC Persian reports that Mehdi Karroubi has criticized Rafsanjani severely for his performance in the recent Assembly of Experts meeting in a letter, and asks: “What is your answer to the people who, under dangerous conditions, question the actions of the Assembly of Experts under your leadership?”

He praises Rafsanjani’s role in the Revolution before asking, “by what measure have you preserved the ideals of the Revolution in your role as Chair of the Assembly of Experts, whose first duty is fighting injustice?”

Analysis: Karroubi is going on the offensive against Rafsanjani for at least appearing to back away from his support for the opposition.

Translations copyright The New York Times.

  • 9 September 2009
  • Posted By Lloyd Chebaclo
  • 1 Comments
  • Congress, Diplomacy, Sanctions

Iranian Opposition Leader Karroubi Against Sanctions

The outspoken opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi says he is against further Western sanctions against Iran, according to an interview with the L.A. Times published yesterday. The former presidential candidate has been at the forefront of Iran’s opposition since the disputed June 12 presidential elections, despite calls from for him to be arrested by hardline clerics, IRGC commanders, and even Ahmadinejad.

“Generally, I do not agree with any outside pressure on any government, as at the end of the day the ordinary people will suffer,” Karroubi said.

“I feel I am obliged to defend the rights of people,” Karroubi told the L.A. Times, explaining why he continues speaking out, despite the threats against him. He added, “I won’t go underground.”

Congressional leaders have expressed their intention to move forward with “crippling” sanctions as early as mid-September if Iran does not accept a U.S. invitation to talks on Iran’s nuclear program. Congress is currently considering sanctions that would expand unilateral sanctions and target companies exporting refined petroleum to Iran.

The sanctions bills have gained the support of nearly three quarters of both houses, due in part to the testimony of some Iran experts who have stated that many in the Iranian opposition would support the measure.

However, Karroubi said sanctions would not be helpful. “If foreign governments want to help, they must just stop being hostile toward us,” he said.

Iranian Opposition Leader Karroubi Against Sanctions

The outspoken opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi says he is against further Western sanctions against Iran, according to an interview with the L.A. Times published yesterday. The former presidential candidate has been at the forefront of Iran’s opposition since the disputed June 12 presidential elections, despite calls from for him to be arrested by hardline clerics, IRGC commanders, and even Ahmadinejad.

“Generally, I do not agree with any outside pressure on any government, as at the end of the day the ordinary people will suffer,” Karroubi said.

“I feel I am obliged to defend the rights of people,” Karroubi told the L.A. Times, explaining why he continues speaking out, despite the threats against him.

Congressional leaders have expressed their intention to move forward with “crippling” sanctions as early as mid-September if Iran does not accept a U.S. invitation to talks on Iran’s nuclear program. Congress is currently considering sanctions that would expand unilateral sanctions and target companies exporting refined petroleum to Iran.

The sanctions bills have gained the support of nearly three quarters of both houses, due in part to the testimony of some Iran experts who have stated that many in the Iranian opposition would support the measure.

Karroubi disagreed. “If foreign governments want to help, they must just stop being hostile toward us,” he said.

  • 22 August 2009
  • Posted By Artin
  • 5 Comments
  • Events in Iran, Human Rights in Iran, Iran Election 2009

Rafsanjani did not back down – His party supports Karroubi

Initial reports claiming Rafsanjani has fallen in line with Khamenei today have been taken out of context. Javan-e Farda reports that Rafsanjani’s party (Executives of Construction) has declared its full support for Mehdi Karroubi. By throwing his party’s support behind Karroubi, Rafsanjani shows indirectly that he will not back down from supporting the opposition.

Javan-e Farda:

The Executives of Construction has released a statement announcing full support of Mehdi Karroubi’s position on the harassment issue. “Karroubi’s bravery, courage, and his compassionate approach in rooting out the current corruption in the country’s security and judicial apparatuses, is not only worthy of attention and congratulations, but has brought about an invasion of repeated attacks by various people and groups in the name of ‘defending the system.’ These behaviors serve as evidence of the ridiculousness of trying to combat reality.”

Rafsanjani’s speech emphasizes unity with the Supreme Leader generally. This may have been a move by Rafsanjani to appear loyal to the system while he draws up contingency plans for continuing his protest.

Rafsanjani ordered the founding of the Executives of Construction during his Presidency (1989-1997).

  • 14 August 2009
  • Posted By Matthew Negreanu
  • 1 Comments
  • Events in Iran

Protest against Karroubi scheduled for Saturday

Fliers were distributed during today’s Friday prayers in Tehran calling on people to protest in front of Etemad Melli’s office on Saturday afternoon. Etemad Melli is the newspaper of the reformist presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi. Saham News speculates that the fliers were presumably published and distributed by Ansar al- Hezbollah, which is known to use violence by plain-clothed agents.

Karroubi said on Friday night that Etemad Melli welcomes any criticism of its perspective on the political situation in Iran. Meanwhile, Karroubi asked the paper’s backers to be “patient” with its detractors. Karroubi asked his backers not to go to the Etemad Melli’s office tomorrow, because he and his colleagues want to listen to the protesters in a peaceful environment. Yet, he asked Etemad Melli’s readers to gather in front of Etemad Melli’s office on Monday at 4 p.m. to show their support. The newspaper’s chief editor has asked Tehran’s Prosecutor General to provide for the safety and security for their office.

According to BBC Persian, Friday prayer leaders in several large cities launched into a severe attack against Karroubi, calling for his trial. [See Artin’s translation below.]

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Tell Google: Stop playing Persian Gulf name games!

May 14, 2012
Larry Page
Chief Executive Officer
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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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