Bomb Kills Professor Tied to Mousavi
12 Jan 2010 17:27
Fars | Jan. 12, 2010
Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's representative to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said today that revolutions take shape as much through the use of hard power and force as through employing soft power. They are toppled by both tactics as well, he added.
Speaking at a meeting addressing soft power tactics, Ali Saeedi claimed that the Iranian revolution took place with the help of soft power while revolutions in Iraq and Syria resorted to the use of hard power.
Revolutions supported by God should be protected in the face of threats; withdrawal was not desirable, he said. Saeedi said the Iranian people defeated rioters and their headmasters with proper insight -- a strength unforeseen by the enemies.
Citing an example that harks back to the time of the first Shia Imam, he said that while many wanted Imam Ali to stand aside and let power be taken over by others, he did not budge. That struggle was worth it even though 75,000 people were killed in the process, he said, condoning the use of violence to maintain an Islamic government.
He said the current struggle in Iran was not between Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad -- the rioters had crossed those lines. He said that there were those who wanted to mediate between the two sides, but they belonged to several groups at the same time whose positions contradicted each other.
Ninety percent of elites were in line, as he put it, and the rest were evaluating the situation. He went on to say that over the past 30 years the revolution had been faced with many [devious] plots [to overthrow it] but it had emerged victorious each time, apparently implying that the present challenge was no different.Bomb Kills Professor Tied to Mousavi
AP | Jan. 12, 2010
A physics professor who publicly backed Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi in the disputed June presidential election was killed Tuesday when a remote-controlled bomb rigged to a motorcycle blew up outside his home. (Video here and here.)
State media identified the victim as Masoud Ali Mohammadi, 50, a professor at Tehran University, which has been at the center of recent protests by student opposition supporters. Before the election, pro-reform Web sites published Ali Mohammadi's name among a list of 240 Tehran University teachers who supported Mousavi.
The government blamed the bombing on an armed Iranian opposition group that it said operated under the direction of Israel and the U.S. Iran often accuses both countries of meddling in its affairs -- both when it comes to postelection unrest and its nuclear program. Israel's foreign ministry had no comment.
The Blame Game
EA | Jan. 12, 2010
Press TV, after carrying the message of Iran's Foreign Ministry of "signs of the involvement of the Zionist regime [Israel], the US and their allies" in the killing of Professor Mohammadi, rolls out the latest accusation:
A terrorist group, whose radio station broadcast from the United States, took responsibility Tuesday for the fatal attack on an Iranian nuclear scientist in Tehran.
The Iran Royal Association, an obscure monarchist group that seeks to reestablish the Pahlavi reign in Iran, announced in a statement that its "Tondar Commandos" were behind the assassination of Masoud Ali-Mohammadi.
And very quickly the "Iran Royal Association" denies the allegation.
Trial underway for Baha'i leaders in Iran
CNN | Jan. 12, 2010
Seven leaders of Iran's Baha'i minority went on trial in Tehran Tuesday accused of spying for Israel, a charge their supporters say is motivated by religious discrimination.
The seven -- two women and five men -- are also accused of spreading propaganda against the Islamic republic and committing religious offenses, charges that can carry the death penalty.
"We understand that no observers were allowed in the court," said Diane Ala'i, the Baha'i International Community's representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. "We understand that even the lawyers had to argue their way inside the court -- lawyers who, in any case, had virtually no access to the accused for nearly two years."
Canada renews calls for Kazemi probe
CBC | Jan. 12, 2010
Canada's foreign affairs minister is again calling for an investigation into the death of a Montreal photo-journalist in Iran, following news that the prosecutor in her case has been implicated in the deaths of three other detainees.
Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon also renewed Canada's six-year old demand that the body of photo-journalist Zahra Kazemi be repatriated from Iran.
His statement Monday came the day after an Iranian parliamentary investigation found former Tehran prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi was responsible in the deaths of three protesters imprisoned after last summer's disputed presidential elections.
Mortazavi is also named in the $17-million lawsuit by Kazemi's family for his role in her imprisonment, sexual assault and beating death in 2003. The Canadian government supports the lawsuit.
"Mr. Mortazavi has displayed his disregard for the respect of human rights on several occasions, including during the detention and murder of Canadian photo-journalist Zahra Kazemi," Cannon said in a statement.
"Canada also continues to call upon Iran to conduct a credible investigation into the murder of Zahra Kazemi. The search for justice remains firmly on the agenda in Canada's relations with Iran."
Iran exhausting water resources
Press TV | Jan. 12, 2010
Indiscriminate extraction of water from Iran's underground resources has caused the water table to decrease by 300 meters over past 15 years, an official said.
"Unsustainable development has increased the country's water demand to a maximum level, causing the water level of underground resources sink to its lowest level - from 50 meters to 300 meters," said Parviz Rezazadeh, General Director of Iran's Meteorological Organization.
Rezazadeh blamed both drought and mismanagement for the excessive water extraction, which he said has caused the reduction of the water level that maintains lakes, lagoons and ponds over the past decade.
Faculty and Officers Urge Secretary Clinton's Support for His Release
CSHR | Jan. 12, 2010
Twenty Columbia faculty members and officers signed a letter requesting that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton help secure the release of Kian Tajbakhsh from Iranian prison. Dr. Tajbakhsh was found guilty of "political crimes" by an Iranian court on October 20, following his support of the Iranian uprising against the government in the aftermath of the disputed election last summer. He appealed his sentence only to then be accused of new espionage charges on November 23, 2009.
Dr. Tajbakhsh, who earned a doctorate from Columbia in urban studies, was providing nonpolitical urban technical advice as a consultant with explicit permission from the Iranian government. He was scheduled to assume duties as an associate professor of urban studies last fall at Columbia's Morningside Heights campus at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.
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