Democratic Republic of Iran جمهوری دموکراتیک ایران

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تظاهرات دانشجویان دانشگاه علوم پزشکی ایران امروز ۱۲ آبان /Protest of Iran Medical Sciences University students – November 3, 2010

The Iran Medical Sciences University was shut down not upon the suggestion of medical science universities, students or the Ministry of Hygiene and Sanitation but with the announcement of the Human Advisor of the Presidential Office which was a great shock to the students of this university.

Students of the nursing and obstetrician schools gathered in protest on the campus of this university after hearing that their university had been disbanded.

 Riot police have surrounded the central university building located in the Hemat Highway in Tehran.

 Note: Marziyeh Vahid Dastjerdi, Minister of hygiene, by issuing a letter to Mohammad Bagher Larijani, head of medicine department of Tehran university, ordered all the education units of medicine university of Iran, including all the departments and research centers, training hospitals, central and international units of pardis and other units of university which are connected to the education sections and also logistical units such as sleeping units and other cultural section have been transferred to medicine department of Tehran university.

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Iranian regime establishes military “cultural” institution near University of Tehran

The Deputy of Cultural and Propaganda at the Iranian regime’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said at an IRGC gathering on July 14, 2010, that, “To establish contact with the younger generation, we need to tap into the capabilities of IRGC writers to present a platform for exchange of scientific ideas for other authors. This elite institution will soon be established in the vicinity of the University of Tehran with the approval of the IRGC commander-in-chief.”

The “IRGC Association of Cultural Elites” at the university and “Officers in Cultural Warfare” at schools will be tasked with shielding the regime from the “Cultural NATO.”

On Sunday, the Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, said in a meeting with his representatives at universities that the trend of making universities Islamic should be expedited. He described the presence of mullahs in universities as “one of the signs of becoming Islamic.”

Immediately thereafter, the mullahs’ President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, announced his acquiescence with plans to hire 4,000 mullahs as “professors and members of the faculty” in various universities in Iran.

The IRGC’s “cultural” initiative shows the dictatorial regime’s anxiety over the uprisings in Iran and especially their epicenter in universities. The IRGC has concluded that the presence of its paramilitary Bassij Force no longer suffices to curb protests, so it has decided to directly establish a presence in and around campuses in order to control universities.

Universities such as Science and Technology and Sharif were scenes of intense protests against Ahmadinejad when he decided to visit their campuses. He was forced to flee from the scenes, which showed that the Bassij is unable to control such situations.

The IRGC’s new organ in the vicinity of the University of Tehran shows that it feels extremely threatened by students. It has set up the organization to obtain intelligence and organize attacks on students, which will not be restricted to the campus. The plan is expected to be implemented in other cities in the coming months.

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یاحسین میرحسین-علم و صنعت-2خرداد

فریادهای

“یاحسین میرحسین” دانشجویان سبز دانشگاه علم و صنعت پس از اتمام

مراسم مناظره بین دکتر علی شکوری راد و وحید جلیلی و ایراد سخنان شجاعانه

و بی سابقه از سوی دکتر شکوری راد

لازم به ذکر است بلافاصله بعد از خروج آقای شکوری راد تنی چند از اوباش

بسیج که سابقه ی ضرب و شتم دانشجویان سبز علم و صنعت در 8 دی را نیز

داشتند، به سمت ایشان حمله ور شده و با شعارهای “مرگ بر منافق” و “مرگ بر

ضدّ ولایت فقیه” و فحش های رکیک نسبت به موضع گیری ایشان درباره ی اصل

ولایت فقیه واکنش نشان دادند

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Call for student’s general strike in Iran on May 18, 2010

Shirin Alamhooie, Farzad Kamangar, Farhad Vakili, Ali Heydarian and Mehdi Islamian were hanged at dawn on May 9th.  Even though it has been 6 days since the execution, their bodies have not been delivered to their families and it is feared that government bury the bodies secretly in fear of people’s protest. Nationwide protests and reaction continues in Iran and around the world. Families have gathered in front of Evin prison to get the bodies of their loved ones for few days now without any results. They even have been threatened of being arrested. Family’s fearless spirit is undeniable. They are like their loved ones! They did not surrender to the savagery regime and stood strong and angry.

Ward 350 of Evin prison which is a captivity place of political prisoners has been shut down after prisoners went on hunger strike. They were transferred to other wards of this prison. Their strength and resistance is praising!

It is not permissible to remain in silence against all these crimes and savagery. We, by supporting all the calls to protest and by standing with the people of Kurdistan and their general strike on May 13th, call to protest against this unforgivable crime and ask country’s students, teachers and professors to not attend classes on Tuesday May 18th. Presence of students in this general strike is imperative and influential. Students were Farzad Kmangar’s main concern; even in prison he never stopped writing to his students. Therefore, to remember our dear teacher Farzad, you should join the strike against this regime. This strike is a good opportunity to unit in solidarity regardless of any political view differences. Let’s cancel classes all together on Tuesday May 18th.

Kurd Students of Tehran University

Group of Amir Kabir University students

Group of Kurdistan University students

Group of Tabriz University students

Group of Kermanshah Razi University students

To support this strike, contact us via the email below and help us in spreading the word.

fetesab@yahoo.com

May 15th, 2010

Source: Astreetjournalist

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Anti-government protest in Elm o Sanat University in Iran on May 10, 2010

Students protest  at the Shahid Bahrami amphitheatre on the grounds of Elm o Sanat University in Tehran on Monday, May 10, 2010.  The event was entitled “Conference on Green Growth”, celebrating the book “The Green Velvet Movement” in the presence of Sardar Ghasemi at 1:30pm.  Students started to spread the word a couple of days ago that there would be a protest and asked supporters of the green movement to attend.  Students walked out and sang in unity and protest. 

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مهم و فوری: بچه های سبز علم و صنعت دوشنبه تجمع خواهند کرد / Breaking: Elm o Sanat Uni students will gather against gov on Monday

مهم و فوری؛لطفاً در مدّت زمان اندک باقی مانده اطّلاع رسان

نمایید: دانشجویان سبز دانشگاه علم و صنعت قصد دارند تا روز دوشنبه در

مراسمی که دانشگاه باعنوان “همایش رویش سبز” و رونمایی از کتاب “جنبش سبز

مخملی” با حضور سردار قاسمی ساعت 13:30 برگزار خواهد کرد، حضور

یابند.لطفاً ازساعات قبل ازشروع مراسم در آمفی …تئاتر شهید بهرامی حضور

داشته باشید و به گسترده ترین شکل ممکن اطّلاع رسانی نمایید؛ رسانه شمایید

English translation below


English by Negar Irani (facebook):

URGENT – The Green students of Elm o Sanaat University plan to gather this Monday 20th Ordibehesht at an event at the University entitled “Conference on Green Growth”, celebrating the book “The Green Velvet Movement” in the presence of Sardar Ghasemi at 1:30pm. Please make sure you arrive one hour prior to the start of the program at the Shahid Bahrami amphitheatre. Please spread the news as YOU ARE THE MEDIA! Thank you….

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Unseen Footage from Iran: Aftermath of Basiji Attack on students at the University of Isfahan

This video is from the attack on the University of Isfahan on June 16, 2009, four days after the selection of Ahmadinejad.  It was reported at the time that 2 students were killed.

Here is video of some of the injured from the attack.  This was the known previous footage that was sent from Iran on June 16, 2009.

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Revolutionary Guards And Majlis Target Universities In Iran

First it was the Revolutionary Guards who are targeting the Universities, now Majlis has joined in. 

March 14, 2010 – Payvand – Yahya Rahim-Safavi, the former commander of the Islamic Passdaran Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and current advisor to ayatollah Khamenei said in remarks published yesterday that he is worried about the lack of enough forces beholden to the supreme leader in universities, adding, “The universities aren’t in good shape today, missing from them are revolutionary forces and experts who are beholden to the Imam, the supreme leader and the Constitution.”

Emphasizing the supreme leader’s areas of concern, Rahim Safavi, who was speaking at a conference organized for the so-called cultural experts of the IRGC, said, “The supreme leader have identified soft war, and because the IRGC must combat both soft war as well as semi-hard was and hard war, it must have the tools for each kind of war.

The former IRGC chief noted that the “goal of soft war is to change the culture, values and beliefs of the youth,” adding, “Our weakness is in this very issue of culture, which our enemies have identified before we did. Therefore we must battle against and overcome the attacking culture with our soft and cultural power.”

Noting that “Our population was 36 million during the revolution and72 million now, therefore 50 percent of our country’s population are youth under the age of 30,” ayatollah Khamenei’s advisor noted his concerns with the “huge cultural war against Islam and the Islamic Revolution.”

March 15 2010 – Icana – Up to 130 Iranian parliamentarians have called for strict action to be taken against proponents of secularism in universities throughout the country.

The lawmakers made the call in a letter signed and addressed to the Minister of Science, Research and Technology Kamran Daneshjou.

The MPs warned Daneshjou of the activities that were carried out in universities by “certain individuals who are hostile toward the Islamic system.”

“The cultural message of the [1979] Islamic Revolution is the most important topic that university professors and the elite must seek to promote,” IRNA cited the letter as saying.

“Activities of individuals, who feel enmity toward the Islamic establishment, are unacceptable. What is more, nowhere in the world are resources and opportunities generously handed out to those who seek to bring down the establishment and the principles that society is governed by,” added the lawmakers.

They urged the minister to take “serious and decisive” action against “the enemies of the Islamic establishment,” “proponents of secularism,” and “those who work to weaken the government.”

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First person to openly criticize the Supreme leader in Iran (Newly surfaced footage)

Ali-Akbar Mousavi Khoeini started his political career as an activist in the Islamic Students Association of Khajeh Nasir University.  Students in “Islamic Associations” are the biggest pro-democracy student groups in the universities in Iran.  He was later elected to be a member of Adver Tahkim Vahdat, a representative body of Islamic Students Associations in Iran.

In 1999, he was elected to the Majlis of Iran (Iranian Parliament) from the district of Tehran.  He along with Fatemeh Haghighatjoo, Ali Tajernia and others started the student faction in the parliament.  They followed up the demands of student activists within the parliament.  They initiated a sit-in in the parliament in support of jailed students, which resulted in many of them getting freed by the regime.

Mousavi Khoeini also helped form a committee in the parliament to visit the prisons and report on the condition of the imprisoned activists.  He was able to able to uncover a number of secret facilities that were used to keep the political activists in very poor conditions.  He also tried to provide ways of financial support for families of imprisoned political activists.

He also founded Sazeman-e Danesh Amokhtegan-e Iran (Iran Students Alumni Organization) to defend human rights of students, women, prisoners, and minorities.  This led to his involvement with the demonstration of women in June in support of women’s rights in Iran.  He was arrested during this protest on June 12, 2006 in Haft-e Tir Square in Tehran and was put in solitary confinement.  He was released on bail on Oct 22, 2006 in part due to the efforts of Akbar Ganji, the well known Iranian political activist recently released from jail, who launched a mass-hunger strike campaign to free Mousavi from jail.

For the first time in the history of the Islamic Republic, on March 8, 2003, in a speech to Majlis, Khoeini  pressed the Majles Khobregan (Assembly of Experts) to produce a report on the performance of  Supreme Leader Khamenei. 

Khoeini, who left Iran eight months ago and is a visiting scholar at Stanford University, recently gave an interview to insideIRAN.org: 

Q: How do you interpret Supreme Leader Khamenei’s recent statements? Do you think he is welcoming moderate conservatives back into the fold? What do you think is his view now of Hashemi Rafsanjani?

A: There is a deep rift in the Iranian government as a result of pressure exerted on the government by the people over the past several years. Every once in a while, the society exerts some pressure on the core centers of power, such as Ayatollah Khamenei and military/security organizations. In order to repel an immediate threat, they show a harsh reaction, but after awhile, they realize that if this harsh reaction continues, this would jeopardize their hold on power.

This is what has happened in the past nine months since the June 12 election. First, there was a harsh crackdown that followed that epic demonstration. The government was not prepared for such a move, so it suppressed it very harshly. Now, after a few months, the government has a better understating of the situation and feels less threatened and that is why they are bringing back people like Rafsanjani to the game.

The Supreme Leader began allowing moderate conservatives back in the fold after the February 11 demonstration in which the government declared victory. But he also drew new boundaries and said Mir-Hossein Moussavi and Mehdi Karroubi can no longer be in the system. This means that they can no longer run in future elections because the [Guardian Council] will reject their legitimacy and qualifications. Former President Mohammad Khatami fits in this category as well. People like Moussavi have no representation in the government. And this segment of society is without representation.

Q: Why would Rafsanjani forget all these personal attacks made against him and his family and make peace with Khamenei? What is his goal?

A: Mr. Rafsanjani’s goal is to reform Iran’s election laws. I think he has had some coordination on this with the Supreme Leader Khamenei. It has been brought to Mr. Khamenei’s attention that after Rafsanjani, the security/military apparatus will go after eliminating him and he will no longer be able to have any independence. This will make him step on the brakes in order to save the entire regime.

Q: How do you assess the stability of the state? Do you think Khamenei will make political compromises with the opposition even though he says he will not?

A: In terms of stability, I think the government is not fully stable until they meet some of the basic demands of the people. Economic difficulties will show themselves in the future.

Q: When you left Iran eight months ago, did it seem that there was an opposition movement? Did the movement truly form a short period before the election, or would you say that the election was simply the catalyst and that Iranian society is truly prepared to fight for political reform?

A: I think this movement was the continuation of reforms that started in 1997. The reform movement had a heart attack after eight years of Khatami and when Ahmadinejad was elected. Many NGOs tried to express the demands of the society. There were many social movements, such as the student movement, that had existed already. There were other movements, such as the labor movement and the women’s rights movement.
These movements practiced the art of organization and how to gather and assemble peacefully.

In the June 12 election, these movements joined hands and created a large coalition. Security forces were trying to prevent this. They were afraid that this might turn into a velvet revolution; although Iran’s social and political structure is not conducive to a velvet revolution.

The missing link here was the lack of faces that could represent the collection of these demands and utilize the potentials of this movement in the framework of the constitution. This missing link, someone who was accepted by all groups, turned out to be Mir-Hossein Moussavi and Mehdi Karroubi. Both men came from backgrounds known to people, and they had defended their views when they held positions in the government.

Q: Do you believe Ahmadinejad’s claims that gasoline sanctions will have no negative impact on Iran?

A: Sanctions affect both the people and the government. The question is, who will hurt more? The government is not going to suffer much; rather, it is going to be the middle and the lower classes who will suffer. Sanctions have cut off people’s access to certain technologies, while the government has been able to acquire them through various means. This in effect has helped the Iranian government.

I think these restrictions about information technology on the Iranian people should be lifted. As long as people are not informed, there will be no major change. These restrictions must be lifted so people can use them. Hillary Clinton’s remarks about free access to information were nice, but there are legal challenges and restrictions in implementing this vision.

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دانشگاه علم و صنعت – 18 اسفند 88 Iranian students protest – March 9 2010

Students at Elm o Sanat University protest and hold a vigil for martyred Kianoosh Asa’s birthday

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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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