July 10, 2011 • 11:24p07 0
پاره کردن بیلبوردهای نیروی انتظامی در کنار پاسگاه / Tehran, Iran – Tearing of Banners that promote the Revolutionary Guards near Police Station
May 18, 2011 • 11:24p05 0
مردم سوريه از پاسداران ايراني در سوريه فيلم گرفتند / Syrian people taking movie of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in Syria – May 2011
December 20, 2010 • 11:24p12 0
Dec. 19, 2010
In fear of potential unrest after the execution of the plan of ‘omission of subsidy of goods’ the clerical dictatorship is flooding its suppressive forces into the streets of all cities.
Security forces have been stationed on the streets from Saturday night on December 18 in various regions of the city especially in the Azadi, Enqelab, Ferdowsi, Imam Hossein, Valiasr, Rah Ahan, Monirieh and Vanak squares and they have imposed a martial law. All forces in Tehran are on full alert.
According to reports from the head of a gas station in Northern Tehran, since Saturday, before the subsidy cuts were announced, Bassij, Intelligence Agents, plainclothed agents, national security forces and security forces with 3 or 4 cars which belong to security forces were stationed in this gas station to control the people. Plainclothes agents were still present in the gas station on Sunday and were controlling the people.
November 29, 2010 • 11:24p11 0
According to reports, to better control the suppression of protesters, the Bassij Organization has been expanded and separated from the Revolutionary Guards Corps. It will be directly under the control of Khamenei. Until now, the Bassij Organization was a unit of the IRGC and its commander was appointed by the commander in chief. In this new organizational chart, the Bassij works parallel to the IRGC and will work under the direct supervision of Khamenei like the IRGC.
November 18, 2010 • 11:24p11 0
It was announced about 10 days ago that Brigadier General Ibrahim Jabari has been appointed as the new commander of Khamenei’s protection guards. The reason behind this appointment was not announced.
Khamenei’s protection guard known as the Vali Amr Corps consists of 12,000 people. Ibrahim Jafari was appointed as the head of the Zanjan IRGC Base after the Iran Iraq war as a second brigadier. He was chosen as the head of the Qazvin IRGC Base in 2002 and in this post, suppressed the people in this city for six years. Seven months before the elections in 2009, Jabari was transferred to Tehran and was appointed as the deputy commander of the IRGC in Tehran. Eleven days before the elections, he was elected as deputy to the head of the Bassij, Hossein Taeb.
In this time, from June 15 to Aug. 16, 2009, the Bassij directly controlled everything in the capital along with the RGC and suppressed the post-election protests. In the first six months after the elections, Jabari acted as the senior deputy to Taeb in violently suppressing the protests. He has close contacts with Mesbah Yazdi. Yazdi who is a cleric is known as the godfather of Ahmadinejad. Jabari went to Qom on November 17, 2009 on orders of the head of the IRGC in Iran, Mohammad-Ali Jafari, and became the IRGC commander in this town. In the 12 months of his command, there were many protests in Qom. He played a major part in suppressing these protests. This IRGC official who has a history in suppression and committing crimes against the people has been chosen as the new head of protection for Khamenei.
November 16, 2010 • 11:24p11 0
شلیک هوایی و گاز اشک آور؛ پاسخ نیروی انتظامی به مردم روستای گندابه شیرآوند در ادامهی اعتراض ساکنان روستای «گندابه شیرآوند» نسبت به عبور لولهی نفت از زمینهای کشاورزی، دولت به جای اتخاذ رویکرد منطقی، مذاکره با کشاورزان و پرداخت حق آنها از زمینهای تصرف شده، به برخورد نظامی و خشونتآمیز با مردم این روستای محروم متوسل شده است. از دو هفتهی پیش که خط انتقال لولهی نفت در مسیر خود به سمت مرکز انتقال نفت «برداسپی» به مزارع کشاورزی روستای «گندابه شیراوند» در شهرستان کوهدشت استان لرستان رسید، واکنش روستاییها و درگیریها بین صاحبان زمینها و نیروهای دولتی آغاز شد روز گذشته، ۱۹ آبان ۱۳۸۹، با گذشت پنج روز از بازداشت ۱۸ تن از مردان معترض روستا، جادهی منتهی به روستا توسط اهالی منطقه با لولههای نفت و سنگ مسدود شد تا از ورود کارگران شرکت نفت و مأموران نیروی انتظامی جلوگیری شود
October 25, 2010 • 11:24p10 0
October 13, 2010 • 11:24p10 0
TEHRAN, Oct 12 (Reuters) – An explosion at an Iranian military training base injured several servicemen on Tuesday, the official IRNA news agency reported.
The cause of the blast, at a base in Khoramabad in western Iran, was not given. IRNA said several soldiers were taken to hospital but did not say how many were hurt or how seriously.
Last month a bomb killed 12 people and injured 80 in the city of Mahabad which authorities blamed on “anti-revolutionary” militants backed by Iran’s foreign enemies.
September 19, 2010 • 11:24p09 0
نامه کروبی به هاشمی رفسنجانی در مورد نظارت بر رهبری / Karroubi sends letter to Rafsanjani reminding him of the Assembly of Experts responsibilities and duties
On the eve of the bi-annual meeting of the Assembly of Experts in Iran, headed by Ayatollah Rafsanjani, opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi has written a letter to Rafsanjani reminding the Assembly of it’s responsibilities to monitor not only the Supreme Leaders performance, but also the institutions and functions under the Supreme Leader.
In the letter he points out the increasing role of the Revolutionary Guard and Basij in political affairs, as well as their expansive role in economic matters. Karroubi also states “a lack of independence of the judiciary and courts.”
In a bold move, Karroubi points to the Assembly’s power to remove the rahbar (Supreme Leader) if he is incapable of carrying out his duties in a supervisory role, as written in the Constitution.
In the letter, dated September 13th, 2010, Mehdi Karroubi reiterated the responsibilities of the Supreme Leader under the Constitution, stating that the Assembly of Experts must prevent the destabilization of the Velayat-E-Faqih [Rule of the Jurisprudent] and the position and role of the Supreme Leader that have resulted from negligence in the performance of duties and the abuse of authority.
Karroubi’s letter states that “dozens of questions can be raised, including the lack of attention to people’s rights, inefficiency by the executive and judiciary branches of the government, and in particular the abuse of the general rights of citizens by the institutions under the auspices of the Supreme Leader.”
Mehdi Karroubi, a supporter of the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Khomeini and two times head of the Parliament when Khomeini was Supreme Leader, became an opposition candidate and joined the apposition movement after the controversial presidential elections last year. In this recent letter to the Head of the Assembly of Experts, Hashemi Rafsanjani, he repeatedly points to the responsibilities and powers of the Assembly of Experts, including the right to remove the Supreme Leader from his position. Karroubi also reiterated that in his opinion, the Assembly of Experts has not properly utilized the legal authorities afforded under Articles 107, 108 and 111 of the Constitution.
Article 107 of the Constitution describes the “responsibilities” of the Supreme Leader and others in accordance to the law. Article 108 describes the duties and powers of the Assembly of Experts, while Article 111 covers the rules related to the dismissal of the Supreme Leader. Article 111 states: “Whenever the Leader becomes incapable of fulfilling his constitutional duties, or loses one of the qualifications mentioned in Articles 5 and 109, or it becomes known that he did not possess some of the qualifications initially, he will be dismissed. The authority of determination in this matter is vested with the experts specified in Article 108.”
In his letter to Hashemi Rafsanjani Head of the Assembly of Experts, Mehdi Karroubi makes references to the “complete lack of independence of the judiciary, the show trials that were politically motivated and paraded in all government supporting media outlets, the complete and unconditional interference by the IRGC [Sepah] and Basiji in all political matters and their dominance and monopolization of all economic matters” as examples of the results of the activities of the institutions under the auspices of the Leadership.”
Karroubi also writes that the IRGC and Basiji played a role in the rigged elections and oppressing the rights of the nation of Iran, reiterating that the transfer of large economic projects to the IRGC and “eliminating public tenders” further strengthened the conditions for the existence of a monopoly and the military’s ability to personal monetary profits.
While reiterating his criticism of the performance by the existing government, Karroubi stated: “If the Assembly of Experts continues to neglect its responsibilities, ignoring the incompetence, imprudence, exaggerations, irreverence and impertinence of the current government, even if they eventually become aware of their mistake, it may unfortunately be too late.”
It is worth mentioning that reports published covering the last session of the Assembly of Experts in Iran do not make any references to the letter by Mr. Karroubi.
These meetings took place in Tehran on September 14th & 15th, 2010.
with special thanks to Banooye Sabz for English translation
September 17, 2010 • 11:24p09 0
حمله نیروهای امنیتی به دفتر موسوی و توقیف وسایل / Mousavi’s office raided by security forces and computers and documents confiscated
According to numerous reports, the pressure on the Green leaders in Iran is increasing. Last night security forces raided the office of Mir Hossein Mousavi, and after an extensive search, confiscated documents, computers and other items.
Since a few weeks ago, following the brutal attacks on Mehdi Karroubi’s residence by plain-clothed militias and Basij thugs, the restrictions on Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi have increased. Security forces have been stationed around Mousavi’s office and Karroubi’s residence and prevent anyone from visiting the Green leaders. Anyone who attempts to meet with Mousavi or Karroubi is taken away, interrogated and forced to sign a consent that they will not return to visit.
In addition, the chief of staff of Mir Hossein Mousavi’s office was arrested few days ago. And ever since the head of the protection team of Mir Hossein Mousavi was dismissed by the government (a couple of months ago), the protection team of Mir Hossein Mousavi has been very disorganized.
These new developments seem to suggest the governments patience has worn out in their confrontation with the Green leaders. And based on reports, the pressure will escalate against the Green leaders in the coming days and weeks.