Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Wednesday March 3rd, 2010 Newsletter

Student Information Center (SIC)

Newsletter Issue 179 - Wednesday March 3rd, 2010

-- Efforts focused at increasing non-violent civil disobedience in the society.
-- Allah o Akbar during the nights
-- Writing slogans on the walls and bills
-- Visiting resting place of the green movement martyrs in Beheshte Zahra (the cemetery) on the last Thursday of the year
-- Being out in the streets on Thursdays

--Maad: During the Vancouver Winter Olympics, Iranians resident of Canada hold a gathering and signed a petition to show their renewed support for the green movement. A short music video related to the event will be attached.

--Maad: The gathering of families of political prisoners in Evin prison continued on night of Monday, 1st of March. 
--BBC News: The Iranian authorities disallowed the 43rd anniversary of Mohammad Mossadegh, due to the "possibility of conflict". This news was announced by Hossein Shah-Hosseini, national activists.

--BBC News: Ramin Jahanbegloo, Iranian scholar and philosopher, received the peace award of year 2009, on Tuesday evening, 2nd of March, in Barcelona, Spain. In the award document comes: " Ramin Jahanbegloo is a nonviolence philosopher, whose  effords have expanded peace and in the realm of ideas and comments and also political action." He said: "I'm here to be the voice of people who mutely protest in Iran." Mr. Jhanbgv called his award "belonging to the people of Iran who shape their peaceful protest in the form of civil movement", when he was receiving the United Nation's peace prize. 
--Radio Farda: Office of the Berlin International Film Festival and Europe People's Party, the largest party in the EU parliament, on Wednesday in two separate statements, protested against arrest of Jafar Panahi the Iranian film maker, and demanded his immediate release. 

--Radio Farda: Following tensions between Iran and Norway over the granting of asylum to former Iranian consoler in Oslo, and expelling of a Norwegian diplomat in Tehran, Foreign Ministry of Norway on Wednesday said that an Iranian diplomat was asked to leave Norway.

--JRS: Art students protested against the arrest of one of their classmates, on Tuseday 2nd of March.

--BBC News: Fatemeh Karroubi, wife of Mehdi Karroubi, while expressing regret about Iranian government's relationship with the public press, called the cancellation of magazine "Iran Daughter" illegal. She said in a statement on 2nd of March that this magazine, during the nine years of publication, has only received two warning notices. Ms. Karroubi also mentioned a gathering in front of their house and harassment of her and Mr. Karrubi. 
--BBC News: American Foreign Ministry spokesman on Tuesday said in his daily briefing, that the press censourship in Iran bans the people of Iran from their right to access information. Etemad newspaper and Iran Daughter(Irandokht) are the last few newspapers which have been recently banned. 

--BBC News: Alireza Avaee, head of Tehran Justice said: Death sentences is not required in moharebeh (war charge). He said the sentence might be downgraded to deportation, or in case of repentance, another path might be chosen. 

--Radio Farda: within hours of arrest of Jafar Panahi, Tehran's prosecutor said that his detention "is not because he is an artist and it is not political." Reports from Tehran indicate that security forces have arrested Mr. Panahi and all his family members and about 12 guests who have been in their house, at Monday 1st of March. Their current location is not known.

-- JRS: Ali Mazruee's speech at Tehran University was canceled. Only minutes before the speech the power was turned off, and after the cancellation of the speech the power went back up. Security forces were said to be around in the area.

--Radio Zamaneh: The Wall Street Journal gave news that the U.S. company Caterpillar has joined the boycotters of Iranian government. Caterpillar Company is one of the largest manufacturer of heavy industrial machinery and construction.

--JRS: Death penalty for a student of Damghan university, who was a member of Islamic Association of the university was confirmed. According to the Nedaye Sabz news agency, this 20 year old student was sentenced wth reference to Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi's statement that said enemies of God should be executed. This statement was regarded as religious fatwa (rule), and the sentence has been issued based on this and the execution can take place any moment now.

--Parlemannews: Morteza Kazemian, a journalist and national-religious activist was released after 9 weeks, with bail.

--JRS: On 11th Esfand security agents searched Mahboobeh Karami's house and arrested her.

--JRS: Hesam Firouzi, human rights activists, and the doctor of some of the political prisoners, was arrested on 11st of Esfand month and transferred to unknown place.
--JRS: Navid Khanjani, civil student activist was arrested on 11st of Esfand.

--SabzProxy is designed to help Iranians navigate the Internet through a proxy. If you are willing to help people of Iran, if you want to install this proxy on your server please send an empty email to

--Mohsen Sazgara mentioned the following in his videos: 
-Government's recent action (censorship and arrests) are similar to Soviet Union, and other dictatorships. 
-Khamenei's authority is questioned by wife of Mr. Hemmat, one of the important martyrs of the revolution. 


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