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  • 24 July 2009
  • Posted By David Elliott
  • Events in Iran, Iran Election 2009, Uncategorized

Breaking: Mashaei Resigns

Rahim Mashaei has resigned from his post as First Deputy to Ahmadinejad, Fars News Reports [Persian]. Ahmadinejad had resisted firing Mashaei for six days despite an order to do so from the supreme leader. Mashaei was a controversial nominee in part because he said Iran was the friend of the American and Israeli people.

Samareh Hashemi, President’s senior aid, on behalf of Mashaei said, “after the announcement of [Supreme Leader’s] order, I no longer consider myself the President’s First Deputy and will serve the Revolution and Iran wherever else it is necessary.”

  • 24 July 2009
  • Posted By Sanaz Tofighrad
  • Events in Iran, Iran Election 2009

(Updated) Ahmadinejad’s Cabinet in Turmoil as Ahmadinejad Defies Supreme Leader

Disagreements over Ahmadinejad’s decision to select Mashaei as his first deputy reportedly led to a tense meeting among Ahmadinejad’s cabinet members on Wednesday. Two ministers criticized the President for ignoring the decision of the Supreme Leader to remove Mashaei from his post.  As the discussion became heated, Ahmadinejad ordered a 15 minute recess. When the meeting resumed, Ahmadinejad made a strong statement by putting Mashaei in charge of the meeting.The meeting ended prematurely as some of the ministers left the meeting in protest.

Update: The hardline cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami added pressure on Ahmadinejad to fire Mashaei during Tehran’s Friday prayer services.

”Now that he (Khamenei) has expressed his opinion, there is no room for delay anymore,” Khatami said during the Tehran Friday sermon. ”Legitimacy of all in the Islamic system rests with Vali-e-Faqih (the supreme leader).”

Another hardline cleric, Jafar Shajooni, warned Ahmadinejad risked alienating his conservative supporters if he continues doesn’t fire Mashaei because hardliners “don’t tolerate defiance of the supreme leader’s views,” according to Fars News.

Hundreds of conservative students also demonstrated in support of Ayatollah Khamenei, reportedly chanting “Obeying the leader’s order is the demand of the nation.”

  • 20 July 2009
  • Posted By Sanaz Tofighrad
  • Events in Iran, Human Rights in Iran, Iran Election 2009

Student Basijis Warn Ahmadinejad Over Choice of Deputy

According to BBC Persian, Basij groups in eight universities in Tehran “reacted sharply” to Ahmadinejad’s appointment of Mashaei as his first deputy. Hardline conservatives have been angered by the pick, who last year said, “Iran is a friend of the nation in the United States and in Israel.”

In an open letter to Ahmadinejad, student Basij groups strongly criticized the selection of Mashaei and warned “if necessary, they will go beyond oral warning, and they will take practical action [to protect] their beliefs.” The groups also expressed their support for the results of the 10th presidential election.

Representatives from these groups said “people have not made a brotherhood pact with anyone and whenever they realize someone is deviating from the path of the Guardian Jurist…they will take reformative action.”

These groups claim that the appointment of Mashaei, along with Abdulali Kordan and Mohammad Reza Rahimi, was a negative mark on Ahmadinejad’s first term.

  • 20 July 2009
  • Posted By Sanaz Tofighrad
  • Events in Iran, Human Rights in Iran, Iran Election 2009

Mashaei has not resigned

Rahim Mashaei, Ahmadinejad’s controversial nominee as his first deputy, denied reports by several sources regarding his resignation.  On his website, Mashaei said, “this news is a rumor and it is not more than a lie.”

Last year, Mashaei was harshly criticized by conservatives for saying, “No nation in the world is our enemy, Iran is a friend of the nation in the United States and in Israel, and this is an honor. We view the American nation as one with the greatest nations of the world.”

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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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