February 16, 2011 • 11:24p02 0
موسوی و کروبی باید اعدام شود /Lawmakers in Iranian Parliament chant “Mousavi and Karroubi should be executed” – Feb. 15, 2011
January 6, 2011 • 11:24p01 0
Intelligence agents raid home of Majid Tavakoli’s father and summon brother Ali to Intel Ministry for interrogation
According to Daneshjoo News early this morning, a number of intelligence agents from the Intelligence Ministry in Shiraz brutally attacked the residence of Majid Tavakoli’s father, destroying furniture and confiscating all books, pamphlets, computers and CDs. Ali Tavakoli was also summoned to the Intelligence Ministry and released after a few hours of interrogations.
November 24, 2010 • 11:24p11 0
لاریجانی: تنها وظیفه بسیج سرکوب مخالفین نظام است /Chairman of the Iranian Parliament says “the duty of the Islamic Basij forces is to silence the protestors by any means possible
November 8, 2010 • 11:24p11 0
تقاضای عفو زندان اوین محمد نوری زاد / Mohammad Nourizad asks forgiveness from the Iranian people from inside Evin prison
November 7, 2010 – Mohammad Nourizad writes a letter to the people of Iran from inside section 350 of Evin prison in which he laments over how shameful it is that so many of Iran’s best and brightest are caged inside prison. He says that the 150 hi-ranking students, professors, writers, lawyers and professionals who are imprisoned in section 350 would never take pen-to-paper and ask forgiveness from the regime.
Nourizad goes on to say that the people in prison are not threatening the “national security,” rather, it is Ahmadinejad, the Judiciary, Majlis and the people with the guns. “They are the ones who should be ashamed.” He also regretfully says that, ” they are causing so much hatred toward religion.”
In the last paragraph, which is the most meaningful, he seems to be asking forgiveness not only for himself, but for all those that brought failure to the system, and especially those that failed to reform it (reformists) upon the Iranian people. He says that they gained the Iranian people’s trust, and then plundered their resources, rights and caused so much hatred toward religion. In the end, he says they have done the Iranian people wrong and they (at least the reformists) regret it.
The last paragraph is as follows:
Shame on me that the song of goodness is not with you in today’s world. Forgive me, us, because we polluted your lives with tricks and lies. Shame on me, shame on us, forgive me, forgive us. Forgiveness, forgiveness, forgiveness ( in Arabic). Oh, all Persians (Iranians), in the name of religion I climbed your wall of trust, we climbed, and gave away your supplies (resources and rights), we did. In the name of religion, we caused your hatred of religion, we provided. I beg your forgiveness. I write you this letter from two steps away from death. The death that is further from my will is following me. Since I, we, before the eyes of the worlds wisdom, did unwisely to you, we regret it. Death for us, and life for you. The death dance for me, for us, and the life dance for you.
The world and the future is to your will.
Summary and translation by Droi
October 23, 2010 • 11:24p10 0
کروبی خطاب به نمایندگان مجلس: شما ننگ تصویب این طرح را برای خود نخرید / Karroubi warns Majlis not to pass humiliating and destructive Oversight Bill
Mehdi Karroubi, one of the leaders of opposition and former two-time speaker of the parliament (Majlis), in an open letter addressed to the members of the parliament, warned them about the “oversight on members of parliament” bill and urged them not to pass this humiliating bill. The “Oversight on members of parliament” bill is a new bill introduced by the ruling powers, which would allow the hardliners in the Guardian Council to dismiss elected members of the parliament anytime during their term if they behave against the interests of those in power, and in some cases even prosecute and arrest them. This is in addition to the fact that all members of the parliament are vetted by the Guardian Council even before they can have their names on the ballots!
In part of his letter Mehdi Karroubi stated: “The content of this bill shows that those who proposed it do not want to have oversight on the members of Parliament, but rather want to threaten them. The greed of these fellows is not satisfied with having a biased vetting process by the Guardian Council, they now have made efforts to enforce another agenda. If a member of parliament says anything that is not desired by those in power, they can be confronted, threatened or dismissed from their post easily.”
Mehdi Karroubi in the end of his letter by emphasizing that “power will pass and governments come and go one after another” urged the members of parliament to learn from the history and do not let such an injustice be done to the democratic nature of the parliament during their term.
He also stated: “If some are determined to destroy the parliament, I, as a religious brother, old colleague, and defender of the constitutional Revolution, urge you not to give in to the shame of passing this bill which will be a fatal blow on the legislative body and let them (totalitarians) go ahead with their plans in an organization outside the parliament.”
September 21, 2010 • 11:24p09 0
Iranian hardliners called for the prosecution of opposition leader, Mehdi Karroubi, for his recent letter to Chairman of the Assembly of Experts demanding a re-evaluation of Iran’s Supreme Leader’s eligibility for his role.
IRNA reports that a number of Iranian Members of Parliament announced that the recent letter of Mehdi Karroubi to Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani goes to show that the tolerant policy of the judiciary with regard to the “leaders of sedition” have made them “bolder” and warned that “it is not advisable to show more tolerance” with them.
The Islamic Republic establishment refers to Mehdi Karroubi and MirHosein Mousavi, the candidates of the 2009 presidential elections who have disputed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s victory in the elections on the grounds of vote fraud, as “leaders of sedition” and accuses them of trying to topple the government.
The opposition however denies these accusations and maintains that its demands are fully contained in the framework of the Islamic Republic law and constitution.
In a recent letter to the Chairman of the Assembly of Experts which closed session last week, Mehdi Karroubi criticized the Assembly’s failure to face up to its duty of supervising the supreme leader, which he claimed is responsible for the loss of the judiciary’s independence, the widespread interference of military forces in the country’s economic and political affairs as well as for the blatant abuse of public rights by institutions directly under the supervision of the supreme leader.
The hardline MPs condemn what they refer to as “impertinence” of Karroubi’s letter and describe him as a “tool in the hands of US and British intelligence forces.”
The lawmakers rebuke the judiciary for failing to confront the opposition leader saying: “The failure of the judiciary to prosecute them has led these seditious elements to think that they are in the right and the regime does not dare confront them.”
They also question the silence of the Chairman of the Assembly of Experts, Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani in the matter, and ask why he has not distanced himself from the opposition.
Pro-government figures have called for the prosecution of Mehdi Karroubi and MirHosein Mousavi on several occasions in the past year but the judiciary has so far announced that the arrest of these figures is not in the “greater interest of the regime” for now.
However restrictions against the two opposition leaders have been intensified in recent weeks and even Tehran’s prosecutor announced last week that the two leaders should expect to be brought to trial soon.
September 14, 2010 • 11:24p09 0
“The president should not think that the Majlis will deal cautiously with the administration’s unlawful actions forever,” Tavakkoli, who is known for his criticism of the administration’s economic policies, said.
“Our caution is due to political considerations, but MPs will (eventually) run out of patience,” he stated.
The principlist MP believes that the administration’s decisions to reduce working hours in Ramadan and declare the day after Eid ul-Fitr a holiday contravene the law.
“Based on what permission did you declare Saturday a holiday? According to the law, the parliament has the right to designate a day as a holiday,” he asserted.
The president declared the day a holiday, ignoring the repercussions of his decision on the country’s economy, he added.
He went on to say that the Majlis decided not to declare the day a holiday, but the president illegally overturned the decision.
“What message is conveyed to the society? Is undermining the Majlis and mocking its decision consistent with the oath you have taken to safeguard the Constitution?”
Elsewhere in the letter, Tavakkoli said even though the Supreme Leader advised the administration against parallel activities in the area of foreign policy, the president did not obey the Leader’s directive and did not dismiss his special envoys for strategic regions around the world.
Ahmadinejad recently appointed a number of special envoys in a move which met widespread criticism.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki also opposed the move as interference in the work of the Foreign Ministry.
Also, 122 majlis members have sent a letter to Ahmadinejad in regard to the appointment of special envoys.
A senior lawmaker says the Parliament (Majlis) has urged the president to preserve Iranian unity by avoiding parallel tasks in the country’s foreign policy.
The call came after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appointed Esfandiyar Rahim-Mashaei, Hamid Baqaei, Mohammad Mehdi Akhoundzadeh and Abolfazl Zohrehvand as his special envoys for the Middle East, Asia, Afghanistan and Caspian Sea affairs on August 22.
The move drew criticism from 122 lawmakers who argued that the appointment of special presidential envoys in the foreign policy arena is “against the law,” urging President Ahmadinejad to stick to guidelines recently offered by of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.
Deputy Head of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mohammad Esmail Kowsari said on Sunday that Majlis had sent a letter to Ahmadinejad in which it “stressed the necessity of preserving unity and integrity in the foreign policy arena.”
“Since the country is in the state of emergency, there is no need to select special envoys,” said Kowsari, adding that the “country’s foreign policies are determined by the overall polices of the Islamic Republic.”
The Iranian lawmaker went on to add the president had replied the Majlis letter, Mehr News Agency reported.
September 14, 2010 • 11:24p09 0
Summary: Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi in an exclusive interview with Al Arabiya TV aired Sunday said the regime in Tehran depends on creating international and domestic crises to safeguard its existence and continuation.
“The Authority considers that the continuation of its rule depends on creating crises … it stirred a lot of problems inside universities and in various unions and within clergy as well,” Karroubi told Al Arabiya TV.
“The current conditions are very tense and very difficult. It has never been like this during the last 30 years of the revolution,” he added.
Karroubi said when he and reformist leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi, and even Maj. Gen. Mohsen Rezai decided to run for Iran’s tenth presidential election on June 12, 2009, they did not expect vote rigging to take place and usher in an era of political turmoil.
Rezai was seen to be much closer to the regime than other candidates having served as former Commander of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) from 1981 to 1997. The IRGC, and in particular its Qods (Jerusalem) Force, are tasked with liberating Jerusalem through Baghdad in stark contrast to the country’s regular armed forces which are purely for defending the country against foreign attacks.
Karroubi said that activities of the Revolutionary Guard and intelligence services continue to fuel the crisis. “Things now are in the hands of the Revolutionary Guard and the ministry of intelligence; of course I do not mean everybody under those departments is responsible, but some parties are,” he added.
Karroubi revealed that the majority of members in the Rev. Guard and in the intelligence are displeased with the current conditions.
“Following the Islamic Revolutions we experienced conflicts, but never something like this. What current authorities do is something illogical and unacceptable.”
He said the authorities avoid the implementation of laws. “The situation has become worse after these people disobeyed the law and ignored the constitution”
The opposition leader attributed “constitutional violations” to what he described as the weakening of parliament. “This is what happens when you weaken the parliament,” he said.
“Even if the parliament wants to work, this man (President Ahmadinejad) who likes to act alone will obstruct its work. If I were in the parliament I would not allow such behavior.”
September 13, 2010 • 11:24p09 0
Sept 13 (ICANA) – In a letter to President Ahmadinejad, the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee has called for the annulment of the posts of special presidential envoys, MP Esmaeil Kosari announced on Sunday.
President Ahmadinejad has appointed Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, Hamid Baghaei, Mehdi Akhoundzadeh, and Abolfazl Zohrevand as his special envoys in the Middle East, Asia, Caspian Sea, and Afghanistan respectively, a move which drew widespread criticism.
Given the country’s critical condition, there is no need to appoint such envoys in foreign policy areas, the letter reads.
Besides, the foreign policy is being pursued based on the Islamic Republic’s macro policies in a harmonious way, it added.
The letter has nothing to do with the appointment of Rahim Mashaei – the presidential chief of staff in which principlists are very sensitive toward him because of his controversial remarks -, said Kosari, a member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee.
The MP added the president has not replied to the letter yet.
‘Special envoys would undermine foreign minister’s authority’
Also, MP Ghaffar Ismaeli told the Mehr News Agency in Tabriz that the appointment of special envoys would undermine the authority of the foreign minister and ambassadors.
Ismaeli, a member of the Majlis Planning and Budget Committee, also noted disregard for “diplomatic formalities has dealt a heavy blow to the country’s diplomatic system.”
For instance, he said the recent remarks made by one of the special envoys have created tension in the relations between Iran and Turkey, an indirect reference to Baghaei’s remarks about historical disputes between Turkey and Armenia.
August 30, 2010 • 11:24p08 0
خبرگزاری هرانا – تعدادي از معلمان چند استان كشور از جمله استان هاي سمنان رشت و آذربايجان شرقي به نمايندگي از حدود 120 هزار معلم بازخريد شده در سراسر كشور؛ صبح امروز يكشنبه هفتم شهریورماه در مقابل ساختمان مجلس شوراي اسلامي تجمع كردند.
يكي از اين معلمان در گفت وگو با فارس در اين باره گفت: آموزش و پرورش در سال هاي اخير پس از طي مراحل گزينش و مصاحبه اقدام به استخدام قرار دادي حدود 120 هزار معلم كرده بود كه اخيرا به همه آنها اعلام كرده كه ديگر نمي توانند به كار خود ادامه دهند.
اين معلم معترض ادامه داد: امروز هم حدود 50 نفر به نمايندگي از 120 هزار معلم اخراجي سراسر كشور در مقابل مجلس تجمع كرديم تا نمايندگان در اين زمينه به ما كمك كنند.
وي در ادامه افزود: آموزش و پرورش دليل اخراج ما را برگزاري آزمون و استخدام مجدد معلمان اعلام كرده است.
عدم تمدید قرارداد این معلمان در حالی صورت گرفته که ايشان ميگويند آموزش و پرورش می خواهد به جای آنها از ذخیرههای آزمون استخدامی استفاده کند.
هفته پیش نیز تعدادی از این معلمان خرید خدمتی در مقابل مجلس شورای اسلامی تجمع کرده بودند.