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پاسخ صریح حجت‌الاسلام سید علی خمینی به دروغ‌پراکنی‌ها / Grandson of Khomeini denies attending pro-government gathering or conducting interviews with pro-government websites

Seyyed Ali Khomeini – Grandson of Ayatollah Khomeini (late founder of Islamic Republic) – in an interview with Jamaran (official website reflecting the news regarding late Ayatollah Khomeini and his family) strongly denied the false reports by pro-government propaganda claiming that he attended a pro-government gathering; he also denied conducting any interviews with pro-government websites.

چکیده :احساس می کردم همان تکذیب دفتر امام که به هر حال ارزشمندترین مرجع خبری نسبت به کل خانواده امام و مسایل مربوط به امام هست کافی است و نیازی نیست که من شخصا خودم تکذیب کنم و مصاحبه کنم. من سعادت حضور در مراسم مهدیه در روز 9 دی را نداشته ام و همچنین با سایتی هم در این زمینه مصاحبه نکرده ام و همان خبری که دفتر [امام] منتشر کرده اند، حجیتش کافی بود. ان‌شاءالله دیگر ادامه پیدا نمی کند و حق شکایت را ما بر ای خودمان قائلیم اگر این مسئله ادامه پیدا کند، ان‌شاءالله که دیگر ادامه پیدا نمی کند و این مساله تمام می شود. امیدوارم این صحبت من فصل الخطابی باشد بر…

حجت الاسلام و المسلمین سید علی خمینی، نوه امام راحل، بالاخره سکوت خود را شکست و در مصاحبه با پایگاه اطلاع رسانی جماران، وابسته به موسسه تنظیم و نشر آثار امام خمینی (ره)، دروغ‌پراکنی‌های سایت‌های حامی دولت را به صراحت تکذیب کرد.

به گزارش کلمه، وی در این مصاحبه ضمن تصریح به اینکه برخلاف ادعای سایت‌های اقتدارگرا در مراسم ۹ دی در مهدیه تهران حضور نداشته و با هیچ‌کدام از این سایت‌ها نیز مصاحبه نکرده، ابراز امیدواری کرد که این شایعات ادامه پیدا نکند و در عین حال تاکید کرد که حق شکایت را برای خود و دفتر امام محفوظ می‌داند.

واکنش نوه امام به خبرسازی سایت مشرق در خصوص حضور ایشان در مراسم ۹ دی در مهدیه تهران و بازنشر آن در رسانه‌ها و مطبوعات وابسته به دولت است. هرچند این خبر به سرعت از سوی مسئولان دفتر امام و نزدیکان خانواده بنیانگذار جمهوری اسلامی تکذیب شد، اما سایت‌ها مدعی اصولگرایی همچنان بر این خبر دروغین اصرار کردند تا هم اکنون نوه امام وادار به تکذیب مستقیم رسانه‌ای شده است.

نوه امام خمینی (ره) درباره علت سکوت خود در چند روز گذشته نیز گفت که پاسخ مسئولان دفتر امام را کافی می‌دانسته و “حجیتش کافی” بوده است. سید علی خمینی همچنین از راه‌اندازی سایت حجت‌الاسلام سید حسن خمینی در آینده نزدیک خبر داده است.

سایت جماران در این باره نوشت: حجت الاسلام و المسلمین سید علی خمینی، نوه محبوب امام در گفت‌و‌گوی اختصاصی با پایگاه اطلاع رسانی و خبری جماران، ضمن اعلان راه اندازی قریب الوقوع سایت شخصی حضرت حجت الاسلام و المسلمین حاج سید حسن خمینی با اشراف و نظارت ایشان، درباره خبر جعلی شرکت خویش در برنامه‌ی ۹ دی مهدیه تهران نیز، با صراحت موضع خود را بیان نمود. مشروح این گفت و گو بدین قرار است:

اطلاع یافتیم که با اشراف و نظارت جنابعالی سایت اینترنتی با نام «یادگار امام» که به ارائه آثار و دروس علمی و اندیشه و آرای اخوی بزرگتان، حجت الاسلام والمسلمین حاج سید حسن خمینی اختصاص دارد، به زودی راه اندازی می شود، با توجه به جایگاه ایشان به عنوان یادگار امام و متولی موسسه تنظیم و نشر آثار حضرت امام(س) و آستان مطهر امام خمینی در جامعه و حضور فعال ایشان در حوزه علمیه قم طبعا این خبر مورد توجه و استقبال دوستان امام و خصوصا حوزویان، قرار خواهد گرفت، اگر ممکن است، درباره علت این اقدام و رویکرد سایت مذکور و محتوای سایت توضیح دهید.

سالهاست که ضمن شرکت در دروس علما و بزرگان حوزه، در جلسات درس اخوی شرکت دارم. با توجه به نکات ارزنده ای که درمباحث مختلف جلسات درس ایشان مطرح می شود و خصوصا مبنای تدریس ایشان که عمدتا بر تبیین مبانی فقهی و اصولی حضرت امام خمینی(س) متمرکز می باشد، بنا به اصرار شاگردان ایشان انتشار این دروس را برای استفاده بیشتر طلاب محترم و علاقه‌مندان به علوم اسلامی مفید یافتم. سایتی که به زودی و در آستانه دهه فجر انقلاب اسلامی راه اندازی می شود، رویکرد به وجهه حوزوی یادگار امام دارد.

مطالب سایت شامل چه بخشهایی است؟

بخش ها و مطالب مختلفی دارد از جمله:

– بخش مروبط به درس خارج ایشان، شامل تقریرات عربی درس خارج ایشان (به قلم اینجانب)، درسنامه ها، نسخه تصویری و صوتی درسها و نسخه پاورپوینت‌های ارائه شده در جلسات درس خارج ایشان.
– بخش مربوط به آثار و تالیفات که شامل کتابها ومقالات علمی ایشان می شود.
– بخش مربوط به درسهای رسائل، مکاسب، کفایه (شامل نسخه صوتی سالهای تدریس دروس سطح حوزه توسط یادگارامام)
– بخش مربوط به درس منظومه و شرح منظومه ایشان (شامل نسخه صوتی دوره کامل منظومه)
– بخشهای جانبی (همانند گالری عکس، سئوالات و پاسخها)

اگر اجازه دهید سئوال دیگری که در روزهای گذشته به طور وسیعی در رسانه ها و مطبوعات بازتاب داشته است مطرح کنیم و آن ماجرای حضور یا عدم حضور شما در برنامه ۹ دی سال جاری در مهدیه تهران می باشد که پس از اعلان خبر در یکی از سایتها مبنی بر مصاحبه ای با جنابعالی که حاکی از شرکت شما در این مراسم بود، بلافاصله این خبر از سوی دفتر حضرت امام تکذیب شد. علیرغم این تکذیب، اصرار برخی رسانه ها برانجام مصاحبه و شرکت شما در مراسم، بر دامنه ابهامات افزوده است. این گفت و گو فرصتی مناسب است تا از زبان خود شما مستقیما در این باره واقعیت را جویا شویم.

بله، متاسفانه این خبرها را شنیده ام و مربوط به شیوع خبر دروغ در جامعه است و احساس می کردم همان تکذیب دفتر امام که به هر حال ارزشمندترین مرجع خبری نسبت به کل خانواده امام و مسایل مربوط به امام هست کافی است و نیازی نیست که من شخصا خودم تکذیب کنم و مصاحبه کنم. البته چه تلفنی و چه شفاهی آقایانی که صحبت داشتند، من عرض کردم، من سعادت حضور در مراسم مهدیه در روز ۹ دی را نداشته ام و همچنین با سایتی هم در این زمینه مصاحبه نکرده ام و همان خبری که دفتر [امام] منتشر کرده اند، حجیتش کافی بود. در واقع فکر می کنم کفایت می کند، این مصاحبه هم اولین مصاحبه است. امیدوارم دوستانی که این خبر را منتشر کرده اند، توجه داشته باشند که چه رفتن من و چه نرفتن من نمی تواند مورد تحلیل قرار بگیرد و ان‌شاءالله آقای انصاری هم در این زمینه (۱) بررسی می کنند. ان‌شاءالله دیگر ادامه پیدا نمی کند و حق شکایت را ما برای خودمان قائلیم اگر این مسئله ادامه پیدا کند، ان‌شاءالله که دیگر ادامه پیدا نمی کند و این مساله تمام می شود. امیدوارم این صحبت من فصل الخطابی باشد بر جریانات.

پی نوشت :
۱- منظور پیگیری شکایت جعل و انتشار خبر مذکور است.

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خمینی،هدفمند کردن یارانه ها و آماده باش پلیس/Khomeini’s pledge

Ayatollah Khomeini’s speech, with English subtitles, promising Iranians free water, electricity, bus service, and other services, over the scenes of Tehran streets on Saturday night with cars in long lines for gasoline.

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مهدی کروبی در مصاحبه اختصاصی با تغییر: بعد از رحلت امام، سرنوشت خبرگان زیر ساطور شورای نگهبان قرار گرفت / Karroubi responds to the harsh reactions over his letter to Rafsanjani in Tagheer interview

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Following the harsh reactions of hardliners regarding Mehdi Karroubi’s letter to Ayatollah Hashemi-Rafsanjani (Chairman of the Assembly of Experts) and reminding him and the assembly of their true responsibilities to oversight the supreme leader in an interview with Tagheer website once again strongly criticized the lack of oversight on circles of power and government organizations.

Mehdi Karroubi in his letter to the chairman of the Assembly of Experts before the beginning of its session pointed out the responsibilities of the Assembly of Experts and stated: ‘The Assembly of Experts has been formed to choose, have oversight and also dismiss the supreme leader. But they (the ruling powers) are saying “don’t mention the clarity of the constitution; don’t even have minor reference to it’! While Imam [Khomeini] had advised the clerics of the Assembly of Experts: ‘Your responsibility is on top of all responsibilities; because the highest corruption which leads to the corruption of all organizations is the corruption of the supreme leader.’”

Mehdi Karroubi in this interview by pointing to the reasons of harsh reactions to his letter said: “The reason on why there have been such harsh reactions to a fully legal and rational letter should be found in the chaotic situation of country’s affairs. If the country had the necessary stability, all these heavy political and economical pressure would have not be imposed on the people and instead of creating tension on the international stage, professional diplomatic approach would have been used.”

Mehdi Karroubi added: “Such reactions happen in unusual societies under dictatorship as well as in restricted, silenced, self-censored and totalitarian environments not in a stable and firm society.”

The speaker of the third and sixth terms of the parliament by asking fundamental questions such as ‘Can the parliament which is elected by the people and has legislative and oversight roles, raise the issue of the president’s political incompetence?’ , stated: “ If the  parliament attempts to start an independent matter and tries to launch an investigation, they (ruling powers) so harshly confront the parliament  and say that no way ‘the parliament  is on top of all affairs’ and Imam [Khomeini] said something (this quote) for his time.”

Mehdi Karroubi in an interview with Tagheer website said: “The Assembly of Experts is formed to chose a supreme leader and oversight his performance. It has been clearly stated in the law that in some cases the Assembly of Experts has the right to dismiss the supreme leader. For example if the supreme leader lacks the required qualifications, or because of old age say suffers from memory loss loses the qualifications for being the supreme leader, or the members of the Assembly of Experts find out that their choice was wrong from the beginning, in these cases the members of the Assembly of Experts have the right to dismiss and discharge the supreme leader [from his post].All these cases I mentioned are the clearly stated articles of the constitution. But they (hardliner ruling powers) say ‘don’t even mention the clearly stated laws of the constitution, don’t point out! Don’t even pronounce them!’ if this is the case then why the constitution was written at the first place?”

Mehdi Karroubi in answer to the question why the Assembly of Experts does not perform based on its responsibilities said: “Apparently the meanings and values have changed. Today we have reached a point that we don’t have any election but instead we have pseudo-elections! … Bravery has become crime and lies have become truth”

Mehdi Karroubi in his letter to the chairman of the Assembly of Experts, Ayatollah Hashemi-Rafsanjani, by stating the characteristics of the government which one of them was “its accountability toward the people” by referring to the constitution reminded the Assembly of Experts of its responsibilities.

Mehdi Karroubi in his letter and in describing the current Assembly of Experts stated that this Assembly hold meetings twice a year and their activities is mainly limited to “parsing” , “visiting late Ayatollah Khomeini’s tomb”, “meeting with the supreme leader to praise him” and issuing “cliché statements”.

This reformist figure also bluntly stated the issue of violation of people’s rights by the organizations under the supreme leader and urged the chairman of the Assembly of Experts to think of a “solution”.

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حضرت آیت الله العظمی دستغیب :خبرگان فعلی از ماهیت خود بیرون رفته است / Ayatollah Dastgheib Criticizes Khamenei for Overstepping Powers as Supreme Leader

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InsideIRAN.org – Ayatollah Ali-Mohammad Dastgheib, member of the Assembly of Experts and an outspoken critic of the government, issued a new theological verdict about Velayat Faqih, or rule of Islamic jurist, and stated that the current implications of this theory are contradictory to what the Iranian constitution had intended.

Ayatollah Dastgheib, in response to a question asked by one of his followers on his official website regarding Velayat Faqih, argues in five pages that the current theory of Absolute Velayat Faqih does not correspond to the interpretation of the concept, as it was determined by Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic and the most prominent intellectual father of the theory.

Dastgheib begins his long jurisprudential and technical response by first mentioning that he was one of Ayatollah Khomeini’s students and a number of other prominent seminaries of the time, thus establishing both his commitment to the theory of Velayat and his religious credentials as a legitimate source of opinion on this matter.

According to his website, Dastgheib.com, this senior cleric argues that “Absolute Velayat Faqih and Vali Faqih [the actual person who carries out the duties of Velayat] appointed by the Assembly of Experts are two different things that can at times take place and be observed in one person, such as Imam Khomeini”, implying that the current Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei lacks one of those properties. He then argues that the only duties of someone selected by the Assembly of Experts are “…to coordinate the efforts of the three branches of government and to prevent the violation of citizens’ rights by the three branches.” This bold claim means that the Supreme Leader’s powers are much more limited than is currently the case.
Dastgheib asserts, “This person of Vali Faqih has no right to interfere in the affairs of the people.” After the death of Ayatollah Khomeini, the Supreme Leader was no longer required to be a Source of Emulation, which, according to Dastgheib, means that he no longer holds the legitimacy to become an Absolute Vali Faqih.

Ayatollah Dastgheib then criticizes the Assembly of Experts, which is responsible for the selection, termination, and supervision of the Supreme Leader, and says, “These gentlemen’s only duty is not to appoint or to approve of a leader; they are also responsible for solving the problems of their constituents.” He asserted, “It should not be the case that we [the Assembly] select a leader and must now be obedient [to the Leader].”

Ayatollah Dastgheib’s remarks against Velayat Faqih and Supreme Leader Khamenei are the harshest since the late Grand Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri publicly questioned the legitimacy of Khamenei’s leadership two decades ago. As a member of the Assembly of Experts and a prominent cleric in Iran, Dastgheib’s remarks could encourage other dissatisfied senior clerics to come forward and express their grievances. It is expected that in the next few days Dastgheib’s office, mosque or both will be attacked by government supporters in a show of support for Khamenei.

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گفتگوی اختصاصی خودنویس با زهرا رهنورد / Khodnevis interview with Zahra Rahnavard

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Khodnevis website has conducted a critical interview with Dr. Zahra Rahnavard. Nikahang Kowsar, the interviewer has written the following introduction: “Having a discussion with Ms Rahnavard is not an easy task.  From the first cell phone conversation, when the individual who answered said: “I wish I were Ms. Rahnavard.” until the time I finally received written responses to our questions took approximately two months. Some of the questions by Khodnevis are related to events happening at that time. We wanted to have a question and answer session, but Zahra Rahnavard is known as one of the prominent and most direct individuals within the Green movement. In many ways she is not as dogmatic as Mir Hossein Mousavi and she welcomes all forms of criticism. Months ago, when we were attacked for asking questions regarding the revolution’s past and in particular the “Imam’s Golden Era”, Ms. Rahnavard’s comments in her interview with Roozonline were like a bucket of cold water extinguishing the blaze of criticism and the nagging of the opponents.  She had claimed that asking questions and criticism even by the media associated with the totalitarian rulers is useful and necessary. Naturally, many whose aim was to create an environment of silence chose to ignore this part of her comments.  It was around this same time that because of my activities, I was threatened by a group that called themselves “anonymous defenders” of the Green movement.  I brought this point up with Ms. Rahnavard through someone close to her and requested to talk to her. My first question to her was regarding this same issue.  My goal was to pose questions that many were seeking answers to, however, I would have preferred that this discussion had taken place over the phone so that I could also ask questions to her responses. Since that was not the case, many questions remain unasked, even after her response to the last question we sent to her. As such we ask that she responds to them at her convenience. We thank her for accepting our questions and for responding to them and we are hopeful that the communication lines will always remain open.”

The content of the interview is as follows:

Khodnevis: In the past few months, I have been threatened repeatedly by individuals who called themselves Green; individuals who have tried very hard to discredit me online, their behavior has ranged from insults, to slander, character assassination and most recently an attempt to eliminate my presence online due to my continued insistence to ask questions. Just recently, a few individuals even threatened to kill me. The coordinated effort was very interesting to me.  A few months ago one of the journalists involved with a Green media outlet threatened to make me regret all my activities online. According to a number of social activists who are affiliated with this reporter, a group of individuals are seeking to discredit me in order to stifle any questions begin asked, using my elimination as a means to scare others. In other words using me as an example for others. Do you have any remarks for this group? If they claim to be Green, then what is the difference between them and Ansar-e Hezbollah and other vigilante groups?

Zahra Rahnavard: Criticism is both a blessing and an opportunity for the person being criticized.  Even the person criticizing can be criticized and should view the criticism as a form of opportunity. If we allow ourselves to criticize and be criticized, we will not only grow mentally and as individuals, but we will also avoid being self absorbed and more importantly from a political point of view, we will be able to protect ourselves from tyranny and dictatorships.  Said more simply, criticism of you, me, Mousavi, the Green movement, the people, only means that there is room for improvement for all of us.  Of course a cartoonist usually has their own specific style of criticism, often blended with sarcasm and a harsh tone.  Criticism from a humorist or comedian comes in one form; criticism from a poet comes in another and in the realm of literature, poetry and newspaper reporting, criticism has an even more different and specific tones. Once, Mr. Golagha criticized a poem I had written about the war. He made fun of the different ways in which I had used the word “Now”. At the time I was upset with the ironic way in which my poetic technique was being criticized and as a result, I also responded to him critically. Now I realize that I was too severe and that I should have welcomed his criticism.  Of course it goes without saying, that back then there had been no coup and both I and other people were calmer than they are today. Perhaps your critics are making reference to your “Crocodile” cartoon [Here reference is made to a cartoon Nikahang Kowsar did of Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi in which there was a play on words referring to Mesbah as “Temsah” or crocodile] and because they hold you in such high regard when it comes to justice and criticism that they expect you to also support the friends and companions who have protested against the despotic power. I however, tell these friends and critics who complain, of my own personal experiences. It is important that we all refrain from self indulgence and self worship and to welcome all forms of language, expression and criticism from the intellectual and artistic society.

Khodnevis:  Naturally, not everyone’s memories of the revolution are the same as yours.  Many view the “Imam’s Golden Era” differently. Many do not reflect positively on the Imam’s “ideals”. Do you not believe that too much emphasis on these matters may lead to more divisiveness?

Zahra Rahnavard: We all have different individual memories. We also have memories that are similar. Those years included dignity and glory and errors, mistakes and excesses. I have made this point consistently over the past 30 years.  There was room for expressing both the greatness associated with that era and criticizing the procedural short comings and fanaticism. As critical intellectuals, fully integrated in the university atmosphere and having expressed our disappointment, we must remember in our thoughts and beliefs that we only have 14 innocent, no more no less [reference here to Islam’s 14 Imams].  As such no one should be viewed as “the absolute” power or omnipotent. Why not instead agree on our liberal and democratic values and principles? Why not focus on the rule of law and making the Constitution our common axis? This while emphasizing that no where in the world is any constitution considered a divine revelation and as such all Constitutions are reviewed and amended every so often. At the same time, we are a pluralistic nation, with a variety of tastes, thoughts, beliefs, races, cultures, and languages. We are a nation with an ability to reflect upon our rich history, with an intellectual maturity and strength of character that understands the importance of pursing our ideas. Why do you think that ideology can overcome the maturity of a nation? 

Khodnevis: A large segment of the middle class has a different view point regarding the revolution.  There is a large majority of the population that remains silent; the gray area of the population per say, and it seems that there is a need to work harder to attract that segment to the movement. Why have Mr. Mousavi’s statements not had the desired impact on this segment of society? Why does it look as though Mr. Mousavi’s main concern is the deteriorating level of support?

 

Zahra Rahnavard: I believe that our entire 30 year experience at this juncture and after the 10th presidential election is once again being questioned through our criticism and our judgments.  Everyone is entitled to their opinion, point of view and preferences and they are also entitled to fight for achieving those ideals. We have come to the realization and conclusion today that the magnificent rainbow of unity within our nation is a kaleidoscope made up of many colors. This is a significant experience in and of itself. The plurality of this unity is philosophical and political, social and cultural. Within this kaleidoscope, why not allow for all colors to exist side by side? Why should Mousavi, a religious man and a supporter of Khomeini not be entitled to honestly wear his true colors? He has stated repeatedly that he stands with you, that he stands as one individual amongst the myriad of colors within the rainbow of our society; a rainbow that consists of a variety of thoughts, tastes, cultures, ethnic backgrounds and languages. This kaleidoscope consists of the most religious individuals and people with other beliefs and ideologies. Freedom and democracy include every color. Why not allow Mousavi, an individual who is both religious and friendly towards Imam Khomeini to remember him fondly? It goes without saying, however, that we Muslims have no more than 14 innocent (referring to the 14 Imams after Mohammad), and no one is considered the absolute power or omnipotent. While it goes without saying that anyone in the political or religious realm is open to criticism, we must also accept that Imam Khomeini led a revolution that resulted in the collapse of an authoritarian regime and an old and failing police state that was under foreign influence. A large segment of our society believes in Imam Khomeini and continues to support him. 

Khodnevis: What is your view on freedom of speech? How does Mir Hossein Mousavi view this subject? Many question what will happen when Mr. Mousavi comes to power, when the Kaleme website currently censors comments that are respectful in nature.

 

Zahra Rahnavard: Both Mousavi and are strong believers in freedom of speech, freedom of thought and the freedom of press. This was the main reason we became involved in the 10th presidential elections.  Personally, I would have preferred to express my opinions regarding our nation’s prosperity and freedom and political, international, economic and cultural issues outside the framework of the elections, however, as we are all aware, the events of the past year made it not possible. I would like to state clearly and unequivocally that I have no direct affiliation with the Kaleme website. I personally believe that comments should never be censored, unless our objective is to glorify, idolize and worship – a tendency that has unfortunately existed throughout our country’s long history. Criticism and guidance are both necessary and needed.  However, in response to your last point in which you ask what will happen if Mousavi would come to power, my response is that the goal was never for Mousavi to come to power.  The objective was to make sure that the people come to power; that the people are ensured security; that the people obtain their rights. The intention was never then and will not be in the future to bring an individual to power, but to ensure that our society regains its legitimate and rightful power.

Khodnevis: Even though many of the letters written by the Imam to Mr. Mousavi have been distributed amongst some people, the majority of people are still unaware of their content. It looks as though the experiences of 1988 and 1989 were unpleasant to say the least for Mr. Mousavi who was prime minister at the time. In other words, it looks as though he had less power. When the head of a government has insufficient power, he of course cannot be held responsible for many of the actions of his own government.  Why did Mr. Mousavi decide to come back to the political arena? Why did he come back,  even though he was aware that he did not have the support of the armed forces and many of the forces loyal to the past and that it would mean that in the event of victory, given the nature of the regime, his hands would be tied?

Zahra Rahnavard: I don’t believe that if Mousavi or Mr. Karroubi had become president in this past election, they would have not been successful in their presidency. Mainly because the Islamic Revolution was quickly derailed from its foundation. Many of the events and deviations that took place that led to the crisis that our country is facing right now stem from the rigged election and when this coup government came to power and their actions became apparent. I believe that these events are an important step for our nation in our quest for democracy, freedom and the rule of law. I am hopeful that these objectives will be realized through our peaceful reform movement.

Khodnevis: Why is it so difficult to talk about the 80s? Understandably, a terrorist group had altered the environment within our society. Was it right however, to so easily eliminate so many prisoners from this group, in the summer of 1988? Is it feasible to accept that the Prime Minister at the time was unaware of these events? Doesn’t the silence that followed these events, in a way translate into acceptance and agreement with the events that occurred?

Zahra Rahnavard: Of course as you pointed out in your question, the crimes and terrorist acts of the group you referred to is not hidden to anyone. However, revenge by the opposing side was also a big mistake and cannot be disregarded nor accepted in any form. As has been stated repeatedly in the past, neither Mr. Khamenei nor Mr. Mousavi were aware of these crimes; nor were these acts within the scope of their responsibilities.  There has of course never been any justification, nor has there been silence. The events that occurred were outside the legal framework and acceptable human behavior. In the many question and answer sessions since, these events have always been denounced. It goes without saying that these events are permanent, dark stains on our history that will never be removed.

Khodnevis: Have you ever gone to Khavaran [cemetery in south east of Tehran] to extend your condolences to the families of religious minorities, those who lost their loved ones in the 80s and have buried them there? If not, when do you intend to do so that perhaps the distances can be narrowed and the differences mended?

 

Zahra Rahnavard: Mr. Kowsar, what exactly do you wish to convey? I wish you were in Iran and directly exposed to the police state and suffocation that exists in our country. Do you believe that I am idly sitting here in a rocking chair with a fruit juice in one hand, crossing my legs and leisurely reading Harry Potter books or memorizing lines from the story written about Hossein Kard Shabastari? Do you believe that you reside with the freedom seekers, while we are living without worries and conspiring with the criminals? Understand that it is not so; we are all part of one family. We have all had our family members or loved ones imprisoned; we have all endured pain and anguish; we have all endured torture and paid a high price; we have all sat dressed in black in our cemeteries and mourned the death of our martyrs and loved ones.  Why don’t you come and pay a visit to Iran and be with us? Or at least read the biographies, become aware of our dire circumstances, of the electric batons we’ve endured, of the pepper spray in our eyes, of our injured lungs, of the interrogations in the streets, of character assassination of journalists and those involved in the digital world so that maybe then you can better understand what we are going through and in doing so not abandon the Green movement.

with special thanks to Banooye Sabz for English translation

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Ignoring Khamenei’s Unity Plan

August 31, 2010 – While several senior Islamic Republic officials have emphasized the “necessity of unity in recent days, one of Ahmadinejad’s aides yesterday announced that the chief executive did not wish to participate in the Expediency Council sessions, despite ayatollah Khamenei’s request for Ahmadinejad do to so. Meanwhile, seyed Hassan Khomeini, who was recently widely criticized by green movement supporters for speaking to Ahmadinejad at a state function, refused to attend a gathering yesterday at the revolutionary founder ayatollah Khomeini’s shrine and did not welcome Ahmadinejad.

Since coming to power, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has not attended any of the Expediency Councils sessions. Recently, he went as far as labeling the Council’s decision to allocate two billion dollars to the Tehran subway project “illegal,” an unprecedented move viewed by experts as a show of opposition to the Council’s chairman, Hashemi Rafsanjani.

Nevertheless, the conservative website Khabar Online reported yesterday on “Ayatollah Khamenei’s desire for Ahmadinejad’s participation in the Expediency Council session.” The website quoted Morteza Nabavi, the editor-in-chief of hardline daily Resalat and a member of the Council as saying, “I am among those who view the president’s participation in the Council as necessary, because the policies that are ratified in the Council are very important and influence the administration’s planning. I think, aside from the fact that this is a legal demand, and that, I as a citizen, and naturally other people, have that demand, the supreme leader also has that demand.”

Domestic media outlets yesterday reported Nabavi’s remarks while Mehdi Kalhor, an advisor to Ahmadinejad, said in a tone that typifies that of other administration officials: “Ahmadinejad doesn’t like to go.”

He told the Mehr news agency, “I was the first person who had asked Ahmadinejad, why would not attend Expediency Council’s meetings. Ahmadinejad told me that he did not like them, to which I told him that he did not have to like them, and then asked him whether he liked every one at the UN when he visited it. I told him that people voted for him and paid his salary and are expecting him to participate in Expediency Council’s sessions.”

Ahmadinejad’s refusal to abide by the “supreme leader’s demand” as expressed by Morteza Nabavi captured the headlines yesterday while seyed Hassan Khomeini, ayatollah Khomeini’s grandson, also refused to attend a gathering at ayatollah Khomeini’s shrine attended by Ahmadinejad.

Domestic news outlets, including ISNA student news agency, briefly reported the cabinet’s attendance at ayatollah Khomeini’s shrine and said that Ahmadinejad was welcomed by seyed Hassan Khomeini’s secretary, Hamid Ansari.

The atmosphere present among the Islamic Republic’s senior leaders and figures, including seyed Hassan Khomeini’s treatment of Ahmadinejad, and his refusal to abide by ayatollah Khamenei’s demand point to the leader’s failure in mending the rifts among the regime’s senior leadership, even on the surface; a failure that renders repeated calls to unity ineffective.
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More groups release statements of support for Hassan Khomeini

پارسى

The Islamic Iran Participation Front (reformist) in a letter to the most senior religious figures expressed their deep concern and regret over the insults and attacks made on Seyyed Hassan Khomeini, grandson of Ayatollah Khomeini, during the ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the passing of Ayatollah Khomeini by pro-government thugs and warned them that if they don’t act appropriate now and make the authorities to investigate this event in a fear future this kind of insults would also target the other religious figures and everyone will be harmed. 

In addition Mohsen Mirdamadi, imprisoned chairman of the Participation Front, in a letter he write from Evin prison also condemned this bitter event and stressed that : “Yesterday’s petrified opponents, who are today’s over-the-top devotees of Imam [Khomeini] are seeking to change the nature of the Islamic Republic.”

پارسى

Also, The Organization of Youth and Academics of The National Trust Party (Etemad-Melli, Karroubi’s party) released a statement and strongly condemned the attacks and insults on Seyyed Hassan Khomeini, grandson of Ayatollah Khomeini, during the ceremony held for the anniversary of the passing of Ayatollah Khomeini and in his tomb by a group of pro-government thugs. In this statement while condemning this horrendous act it also was emphasized that today Seyyed Hassan Khomeini is paying the price of being on the side of the people in the events of following the rigged presidential election.

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نامه مرجع عالیقدر به جناب حجت الاسلام و المسلمین حاج سید حسن خمینی /Ayatollah Bayat-Zanjani addresses letter to Hassan Khomeini regarding events on June 4

پارسى

Following the insults and verbal attacks made against Seyyed Hassan Khomeini (Ayatollah Khomeini’s grandson), in Friday Prayer’s ceremony and on the anniversary of the passing of Ayatollah Khomeini by the fanatic pro-government thugs and in the tomb of Ayatollah Khomeini, Grand Ayatollah Bayat-Zanjani, a pro-reform senior religious figure, in a letter addressed to Seyyed Hassan Khomeini expressed his deep sorrow and regret over this horrendous event and strongly condemned those who led and who made these insults against the grandson of Ayatollah Khomeini during his speech for the anniversary of the passing of his grandfather and in his grandfather’s tomb.  At this week’s Friday Prayer, a group of pro-government thugs were chanting provocative and insulting slogans during the speech by Seyyed Hassan Khomeini and did not let him talk in the ceremony held for the passing of his grandfather, Ayatollah Khomeini.

Letter to Hassan Khomeini from Ayatollah Bayat-Zanjani

 

Bayat-Zanjani.net

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Iran’s Supreme Leader slams opposition leaders

RadioZamaneh – Ayatollah Khamenei, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic condemned Iranian opposition leaders in his speech at the tomb of the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Khomeini.

He likened the opposition leaders to “Talheh and Zabir”, two figures from the history of Islam who despite their stellar background in supporting the Prophet Mohammad, turned against Imam Ali and were killed in a confrontation with the first Shiite Imam.

Leading Tehran’s Friday Mass Prayers to mark the anniversary of the passing of Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Khamenei said: “People’s history is of no consequence. If the present conditions of a person stands in opposition to their past, their background will be of no effect.”

He remarked: “Talheh and Zabir were not insignificant people. However, their past performance disappeared and Amir-almomenin (first Shiite Imam) fought against them.”

In his speech which was broadcast live on national television, Ayatollah Khamenei lashed out against opposition leaders for organizing counter demonstrations on Qods Day and Ashura Day, two days of public ceremonies in Iran.

In the past year, the opposition used national days of public events in order to organize their own protests against the controversial re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last June which they claim was secured through electoral fraud.

Opposition leaders, MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi have condemned the violent confrontation of government with protesters on these days.

Ayatollah Khamenei went on to slam the opposition for what he claims is an alignment with the traditional enemies of the Islamic Republic which he listed as “the US, Great Britain, CIA, MOSAD, Monarchists and Monafeghin (dissident group, People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran).”

MirHossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi have repeatedly stated that the Islamic Republic has been derailed from the original paths set by its founder.

Ayatollah Khamenei dismissed this criticism saying: “It is impossible to collaborate with those who are evidently against the principles of Imam (Khomeini) and stand by them or remain silent beside them, yet at the same time claim to be a follower of the Imam.”

Also, here is a translation of excerpts by Iranfocus  that more clearly demonstrate the seriousness of Khamenei’s statement:

Khamenei……Today, in the first part of the sermon, I will share some points about the esteemed Imam [Ruhollah Khomeini]. We will study the Imam as a symbol or a criterion. This is important because the main challenge of all sizeable social developments, including revolutions, is to safeguard the principal course of action offered by the said revolution or development. This is the most important challenge for any powerful social change, in the sense that such a change embodies certain goals and is geared to move towards those goals, inviting others to join in. This sense of direction towards the goals of a revolution or social movement must be preserved. Otherwise, that revolution will turn into its complete opposite and operate against its own goals.
 
The sense of direction for any revolution serves as its fundamental identity. If the sense of direction were to change and attention is diverted from the main path, then the revolution will not achieve its ends. This is significant because such change is gradual and intangible. It is not as if a 180 degree turn would take place right at the outset. Rather, it starts from smaller angles, and as it continues, the distance between the main path, which is the right one, will increase with such deviations on a daily basis.
 
Usually, those who seek to alter the identity of the revolution will not have an official flag or will not label themselves as such. They do not act in a way that shows their opposition to the [main] path, and sometimes, they even perform an action or make a statement to show support for the path of the revolution. They are creating a divergence to make the revolution move away from its direction and ultimately bring it down. In order to prevent this wrong direction or deviation from taking hold, there must be certain criteria. If such criteria are in place, and if they are clear and readily observed by the people, then a deviation would never take place. Moreover, if someone were to move in the direction of that deviation, they will be identified by the masses of people. But, if such criteria were absent, then the threat will become serious. Now, what is the criterion for our own revolution?
 
There is a threat. The enemy, the enemy of the revolution and the enemy of the Imam will not stand by. The enemy is trying to uproot this revolution. How? Through deviations from the path of the revolution. So, we must have a criterion, and the best criterion is the Imam himself and his path.
 
We must explicitly make reference to the Imam, along with his stance against the arrogant powers, against reactionary movements, against western liberal democracy, and against hypocrites and charlatans. One must make a direct reference to the Imam with regards to such matters. Those who were influenced by the Imam’s outstanding personality, and those who heard his positions, surrendered themselves. We cannot cover up or hide the Imam’s positions, or diminish the power of the ones we deem as too radical, so that certain people would appreciate it.
 
Those who follow the Imam must know that the Imam would not have joined a coalition that explicitly waves the flag of opposition against the Imam and Islam. It cannot be accepted that the US, Britain, CIA, Mossad, monarchists, and the Monafeqin (pejorative term used by the regime to refer to the People’s Mojahedin) are all in agreement about an axis, and then the same axis claims to follow the Imam’s path. This is not acceptable.
 
Another fundamental point about the path of Imam is that he repeatedly stated that judgment about people must take place using their current circumstances as a criterion. The individuals’ past actions are not of concern. The past comes into play when the current situation is not clear. That is when we would resort to the past to discover how it was in order draw a line to the present. But, if the individuals’ current situation is the complete opposite of their past, then the latter would be irrelevant. This is the judgment that Imam Ali made in the case of Talha bin Ubaidullah and Zubayr ibn al-Awwam. You should know that Talha and Zubayr were not insignificant figures. Zubayr had a glowing history, which very few of Imam Ali’s followers shared. After Abu Bakr became the caliph, during the very first days, a number of Muslims rose up during Abu Bakr’s sermon and opposed him. They told him, ‘you are wrong. Ali is right.’ The names of these people have been recorded in history, and it is not just recounted by the Shiites. It is all recorded in history books. One of the people who had risen up to defend Ali’s right was Talha. Such was his background. Twenty-five years separate that day from the day Zubayr pulled out a sword against Ali. Now, our Sunni brothers want to excuse Talha and Zubayr and say their knowledge could only lead them to that point. Anyhow, whatever the case was, we are not in a position to say what their situation is as they face God. But, what did Ali do with them? He fought against them. He took an army from Medina to Kufa and Basra to fight against Talha and Zubayr. This means that their pasts simply vanished. 
 
This was Imam’s criterion. [In 1979,] there were some people who were on the plane alongside Imam and came to Iran from Paris. They were executed during the Imam’s time for treason. There were also some who had contacts with Imam during the periods he was in Najaf and later in Paris. They were treated cordially by the Imam at the beginning of the revolution. But, later, their positions and deeds led Imam to reject them.      End

Note: His remarks represent the sternest warning yet to leaders of the rival faction. He warned that those who continue their defiance would face execution (as was the case with Khomeini’s confidant and foreign minister during the hostage crisis, Sadeq Qotbzadeh), or banishment (as was the case with Grand Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri, who was deposed as Khomeini’s heir apparent following his public opposition to the massacre of thousands of political prisoners in 1988).

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Khamenei lays down the gauntlet

KhameiniIn his much anticipated Friday Prayer Sermon, Ayatollah Khamenei lifted the veil and revealed with much more clarity than previous statements on where he and his regime stand on many of the key issues regarding reform leaders, the regime forces, system tolerance and rebellion.  Of course, also threatened citizens not to abuse Qods Day for protesting.  Believing that he is following in the footsteps of Imam Ali and Ayatollah Khomeini, he said that he has been trying to guide all involved in these disputes, but that some refuse this guidance and are trying to damage the system.  The system is strong and it will fight back harshly. 

Here are some excerpts that we think are of most import:

 

“From the beginning of the revolution, as we were all together with each other, differences emerged.  Imam Khomeini did not deal with all these the same way, same as Ali.  Imam Khomeini first tried to guide them.  There were different people in the government back then.  There were people from the old bureaucracy, there were people who had just joined the government and then there were those who were using terror and protests to achieve their objectives.   He dealt with them all differently.”


He appears to be saying that he has been trying to guide those involved, and that they are not all on the same level.  They have and will be dealt with differently.  The reference to terror and protests seems to be pointed at Mousavi and Karroubi.

 

“These differences were emerged.  Some of them resulted in debates, but some became conflicts.  To those who were enemies of the religion, Imam Khomeini said that he would come to them personally.  But when came the time that some wanted to force wrong ideas upon the system, Imam Khomeini hit back firmly.”


Reference  to force wrong ideas must mean reformist ideas and that in following Khomeini’s path justifies the severe crackdown.

 

“Now those who are after personal gains, try to make it look as if they’re seeking something else.  But that’s when they become enemies of the system.  If someone has a different idea but does not try to attack the system, the system is fine with them.  Political ideologies that are different; we’re fine with them, as long as they don’t try to force it upon the system.  It’s not about having different ideas, but about attacking the Islamic system.  This what the system will fight against.”

 

Referencing “personal gain,”  We suspect he means Mir Hossein Mousavi and reform.  The regime  views reform as anathema to the Islamic system and a threat to its very existence.  Although YOU can have your ideas, just don’t question OURS.

 

However when some come up with entirely different foundations to rest the system upon, which is dangerous.  So long as they work inside the framework of the system as we said, so long as people don’t resort to violence, don’t lie or create tension, the system will not attack.  The system will tolerate them if they have a different opinion.   However, if some people comes with new pillars for the system and create insecurity for people, then the system needs to deal with them harshly.”

 

Referencing people in the first part of the statement, is most likely directed at protesters in an attempt to keep them in their homes and off the streets.  The second part, referencing some people, obviously directed at Mousavi , perhaps even Khatami and alike.  This probably means there will be arrests soon.

 

“We say people should have the right to be defended if they have been slandered or humiliated, then the system also has the right to defend itself.  Some say since the system is political, it should not defend itself.  This is not right.  Thus, the answer to any attacks on the system is going to be harsh.  But having a different opinion – when it doesn’t come with slander and lies , will be tolerated by the system.”

 

We believe he is saying much here.  First, many in the establishment have criticised the security forces and their leaders for their recent statements that they have every right to be involved in the politics as this is a very sensitive time.  Khamenei seems  not only to defend their position, but reassert it.  Second, we believe the reference to “slander and lies” is specifically targeting Mehdi Karroubi and “answering attacks on system is going to be harsh,” is a clear sign that the arrest of Mousavi is imminent. 

 

“Quds Day is for the Palestinians.  It is a show of unity of Iranians.  Be cautious, so that no one could use this day to create differences and rifts between us.  They couldn’t break our unity before and they cannot now.”


Here he seems to be trying to give himself distance from the violence  that will surely be inflicted on the people on Qods Day if they dare protest.  Although, anyone who protests will be seen as creating “differences” and “rifts” and “They couldn’t break our unity before and they cannot now,” obviously referencing the reason they couldn’t and will not, Basij and security forces. 

To sum up the sermon  in our view, we believe he has laid down the gauntlet;  Mousavi and Karroubi at minimum will be arrested soon (probably house arrest if history is any indication), the reform movement will no longer be tolerated and the purging will continue, security forces are integral to the survival of the system therefore, they have every right to inject themselves wherever and whenever needed, and lastly, protests and rebellion will be crushed.

 

Note:  Although we watched, listened and took notes to the speech ourselves, we used excerpts from the transcript of the website Anonymous Iran for our analysis.  Read the full transcript of Khamenei’s sermon courtesy of Anonymous Iran

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Our perserverance is our sword, Our unity is our shield, AZADI… is our destiny!

Brave Women Of Iran

A special note we would like to share with the brave and beautiful women of Iran; You have shown extraordinary courage, passion, pride, humility and humanity in the face of great injustice. The world has taken notice and we are all humbled by your strength and determination. If you are the future, then we all are comforted by how bright it will shine.

The One Who Wishes To Move A Mountain, Must Start By Removing Stones

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