Saturday, March 6, 2010

Saturday March 6th, 2010 Newsletter

Student Information Center (SIC)

Newsletter Issue 180 - Saturday March 6th, 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

--Kalameh: On the eve of the international day of woman, Zahra Rahnavard issued a memorandum criticizing the human rights conditions, especially in case of women, in Iran. The complete memo is attached.

--Nedaye Azadi: The ex-minister of culture and Islamic guidance applauded the Iranian cyber army and stated that Iran would achieve greater victories using this entity.

-- Radio Farda: According to Mehr news agency, Kamran Daneshjoo, Minister of Science in AhmadiNejad's administration, said in his speech on Thursday:
"majority of students and professors are with the revolution and anyone who disagrees with the regime, should leave the academic society"
-- Nedaye Azadi: According to ISNA, Seyyed Hasan Khomeini said: "apparently some people have decided to ignore the truth, or to pretend that they don't see the truth and if someone brings it to their attention, he will be accused. 

-- BBC: Kazem Jalali, spokesman for the foreign policy and national security commission of the parliament, in an interview with Mehr News Agency said: "the video that BBC broadcast about the attack to Tehran university dorm did not contain any information beyond what we already had published right after it happened."

-- Nedaye Azadi: 177 nuclear physicists condemned human rights violations in Iran and warned that the most important goal of the Iranian government's official propaganda  is to deter the international attention from the violation of human rights in Iran. 

-- BBC: The amnesty international asked the Iranian government to stop shutting down newspapers and arresting journalists. It has also called for the freedom of Hengameh Shahidi, the imprisoned journalist.

-- Nedaye Azadi: Karrubi's younger son's passport was confiscated by the authorities at the  Imam Khomeini International Airport today.

-- DW: The Iranian lawyer and human rights activist Shirin Ebadi will be awarded this year's Bonn International Democracy Award. Ms Ebadi will receive the award, coming with a prize money of 10,000 Euro, on 20. May in a ceremonial act. This was announced on Friday by the chairman of the "Association International Democracy Award" and director of Deutsche Welle, Erik Bettermann, in Bonn. The jury honors the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate for her staunch defense of the rule of law and democracy in Iran. For many years Ebadi has been struggling for observance of constitutional laws, especially those of women and children.


-- Nedaye Azadi: Reza Lotfi, Student political and human rights activist of the Free Unveristy of Mashad was arrested lat night. He was taken away from his house with much violence.


-- Nedaye Azadi: Mohammad-Amin Valian, the 20-year old member of the Islamuc Society of Damghan University and also a member of the General Council of the Tahkim Vahdat, is still detained in the 2-A section of a prison associated with the Sepah's Intelligence Unit. This is despite the fact that his last trial and defense was conducted more than a month ago. Usual detainees, by law, are transferred to Evin after going through due process.


-- Radio Zamaneh: Saeed Leylaz, Iranian Journalist was sentenced to three years of imprisonment after he appealed his previous sentence.


-- Radio Farda: Madeline Nazanin  claims that her husband, Wilson Isavi, a prist of the Pentecostal Assyrian church  in Kermanshah, was tortured in prison. He has been detained for approximately one month.

In his video broadcast on Thursday, Mohsen Sazegara mentioned the following points:
1- The approval of death penalty for Mohammad Valyan, Damoghan University student, has stirred a huge wave of outrage since the ruling judge has issued this verdict according to the alleged fatwa [religious ruling] of Ayatollah Makarem-Shirazi whose office has officially denied the issuance of such a fatwa.
2- Five individuals have been arrested in Italy on the charges of arms smuggling in Iran; one of those individuals is a registered journalist of IRIB (Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting).
3- 29 human rights activists have been arrested.
4- Friday is the anniversary of Dr. Mohammad Mosaddegh's decease; Today, we- as a nation- need a liberal, populist, patriotic and democratic figure like Dr. Mosaddegh more than ever before.
5- Eutelsat has once again warned Iran that it will carry out appropriate actions if Iran continues to knock down satellite channels [broadcast through Eutelsat] by sending noisy signals. In a similar move, the company CaterPillar banned all its affiliated companies from dealing with Iran.
6- Making jokes for government officials in order to mock them is amongst the actions of nonviolent struggle which proved very effective in the former Soviet Union. It is indeed much better to target government officials and basijis in our jokes rather than different ethnic groups [which are usually mocked and ridiculed in Persian jokes].
7- The main objective of Chaharshanbeh-soori protests [Tuesday, March 16] should be to lift our morale and the spirit of national resistance and to exhaust coup supporters. We should do the following on that day: 1- maintain the discipline of nonviolent struggles. 2- Create a traffic jam and horning at 6 PM. 3- Getting dispersed at different neighborhoods and impede the Regime from confronting the protestors at pre-determined locations. 4- Doing Qashoq-zani [an ancient Iranian tradition where people knock on each others' doors in pursuit of gifts] and playing the songs of the movement from car tape/CD/DVD players at 9 PM, 5- Moving to other neighborhoods at 10 PM and starting a candle vigil in the memory of martyrs if possible.

On his video broadcast on Friday, Mohsen Sazegara mentioned the following points:
1- Saturday March 6 is the national day of tree planting and it is good that those who are sympathetic to the green movement show a bigger participation in this event.
2- Condemning human rights violations in Iran, Deputy Human Rights Commissioner of UN has requested a special human rights envoy to be sent to that country. The Foreign Minister of Germany has also objected Iran's representative to be seated in the Human Rights Commission of UN.
3- Grand Ayatollah Yousof Sanei has issued a fatwa asserting that the post-election protestors are not 'mohareb' [fighters with God]. Even in some circumstances, protesting the government is obligatory. Along with Ayatollah Makarem's denial of an alleged fatwa [attributing the title of mohareb to post-election protestors], Ayatollah Sanei's fatwa is a major blow to Regime strategy to paint protestors as 'moharebs' and use the religious sentiments of the masses to justifying brutal retaliation.
4- Laborers of the Simin Factory in Esfahan has gathered in front of the Governor's Office in pursuit of getting their delayed salaries which has not been paid for six months.
5- In a major telecommunication fair in Germany where Iranian Government is also participating, Green Movement activists demonstrated in front of Iran's room and reminded the fair organizers that IRGC uses these technologies for controlling and cracking down its own citizens.
6- Here are some guidelines about organizing the Green Movement: (1) Each group comprises 3-7 individuals and has one intermediary with other groups, (2) Each group is formed within different classes and neighborhoods. (3) The duties of each group includes: studying, organizing [protest] actions, writing graffiti, shooting photos and videos, participating in demonstrations and rallies, horizontal and network relations with other groups, informing 10-20 individuals each day, vertical contact with other groups through GMAIL or Skype.

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