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Iran charges three detained Americans with espionage

Reuters | Nov. 9, 2009

Iran has charged three detained U.S. citizens with espionage, the official IRNA news agency quoted a judiciary official as saying on Monday.

"The three are charged with espionage. Investigations continue into the three detained Americans in Iran," Tehran general prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said. The three were held after they strayed into Iran from northern Iraq at the end of July.

MP: Mousavi, Karroubi supporters will kill each other off

Khabar | Nov. 8, 2009

Khalil Hayat Moghaddam, a member of the Majlis judicial commission, said Hassan Karroubi's remarks about Mir Hossein Mousavi clearly show that the two opposition figures -- Mousavi and his father Mehdi Karroubi -- are sparring.

"I knew it would come to that," he said.

"These two have forgotten that they made a name for themselves under the banner of the Revolution, Leadership and martyrs...," he said, "as the tears of the mothers of the martyrs and the blood of the martyrs are what protect the establishment and the Leadership [from harm]."

"Mousavi and Karroubi's story brings to mind the tale of those people who were fighting over imaginary spoils of war; they have forgotten that they will not be able to inflict harm on the establishment and the Revolution."

"The harsh stance adopted by Hassan Karroubi against Mir Mousavi Mousavi clearly shows that disagreements are increasing between the supporters of the two political figures, and it will come to spelling each other's end."

Fars claims private hospital helped fuel unrest

Fars | Nov. 7, 2009

Fars News Agency reported that a private hospital fueled the post-election unrest by refusing to treat injured police officers and individuals resembling Basij militiamen.

The Parcham report carried by Fars wrote that the unnamed private hospital had allocated its resources to treating a 'certain group of people and turned away all bearded individuals who had a Basiji appearance.'

According to the report, while Health Ministry regulations clearly state that the names of patients must be registered on hospital administration forms, many of the "leaders" of the unrest who were brought in were treated without their names being recorded.

Parcham also alleges that after treating the wounded, demonstrators were given clean clothes and sent home in ambulances.

After the unlawful behavior of the hospital's director was brought to light, he left the country on an alleged research grant and returned to Tehran a few days before Nov. 4, Parcham added.

The hospital director continued his unlawful behavior after his return and refused to admit many of the wounded brought in during Nov. 4 protests, the report claimed.

National Coach: European teams reluctant to come to Tehran

Tehran Times | Nov. 9, 2009

Iran football coach Afshin Ghotbi said that the big European teams are not interested in coming to Tehran. "I would rather face the powerful European teams but they are reluctant to come here. Meanwhile, we have to pay a lot of money to big teams to play with them and Iran's Football Federation has no budget for this," Ghotbi told reporters in the national team's training session ahead of the warm-up match against Iceland which will be held at the Azadi Stadium on Tuesday.

Karroubi: Iranian government doesn't know what it's doing

Deutsche Welle | Nov. 8, 2009

Opposition cleric Mehdi Karroubi addressed Iranians in a video message in which he criticized the Ahmadinejad government's changed stance toward the United States.

Karroubi expressed surprise at Iran's policy change toward the U.S. and said that the sending of a congratulatory message and letters to Washington was in direct contrast with the regime's bashing of the American government.

He referred to Mohammad-Reza Mir-Tajeldini's remarks about Ahmadinejad's two-hour meeting with 50 American officials during his last trip to New York and said, "If even a tenth of such a meeting had taken place during previous administrations, shroud-wearing devotees would have [taken to the streets and] thrown Tehran, Qom and Tabriz into chaos."

"Why is it though that hardliner dailies such as Kayhan have nothing to say about this issue?"

"Iranian interests are not the play-toy of nouveau politicians. One day there is a meeting with the Americans over Afghanistan, the nuclear issue, and oil, and next, they ruin everything."

"I think such policies will create doubts among the people and it is obvious that the government is confused and does not know what it is doing," said Karroubi, adding that he believed talking about such issues were his duty.

Three disgraced judges handled national security cases

Harana | Nov. 8, 2009

After a report began circulating in the corridors of the Iranian parliament, a few more details began to emerge about the three suspended judiciary officials charged with the cases of post-election detainees.

Citing a Parleman news report, Harana reported that the Sept. 5 order to suspend the three judges was in connection to their investigation of cases at the notorious Kahrizak detention center.

Identified as "Judge M.," "Judge H." and "Judge H.," all three appear to be well-known judges who were in charge of cases pertaining to national security.

Kahrizak detention center was closed on the direct order of Iran's Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Student activist released on bail

| Nov. 8, 2009

Ashkan Zahabian, a student activist from Mazandaran province in northern Iran, was released on a $30,000 bail after 40 days in detention.

Zahabian, who had been detained on charges of "breaching national security" and "propagating against the regime" following the disputed presidential election, has been taken to the hospital and is being treated for back, digestive tract, and head injuries.

Death row inmate on hunger strike

HRA | Nov. 8, 2009

Reports from Sanandaj prison in the Iranian province of Kurdistan revealed that Ehsan Fatahian, a political prisoner sentenced to death, started a hunger strike on Sunday to protest his sentence.

According to Harana, Fatahian is presently being held at Ward 2 of the main correctional facility in the city of Sanandaj.

A number of political prisoners in the same prison have also gone on hunger strike to protest Fatahian's sentence.

New ethics teacher appointed to Ahmadinejad cabinet

Tabnak | Nov. 7, 2009

18850_435.jpgHojjatoleslam Morteza Agha-Tehrani, ethicist to the Ahmadinejad administration, said that from now on two ethicists would be teaching the 10th administration.

"When the second [Ahmadinejad] term began, I did not continue teaching the cabinet and I repeatedly asked the president to find a replacement for me," Aqa-Tehrani said.

"The reason for my insistence was that a new person could provide new teachings to the new cabinet," he explained. "But three weeks ago, Mr. Ahmadinejad officially ordered me [to stay on and] to participate in the classes."

"During the previous government term, I was only able to appear in 90 out of 200 ethics sessions and Mr. Ahmadinejad was adamant that the ethics classes be held without pause. But given my work schedule as a Majlis representative, I cannot teach ethics classes twice a week," said Aqa-Tehrani. Ayatollah Mohyelddin Hayeri, he said, would be teaching the cabinet on Wednesdays.

Agha-Tehrani was asked if in his weekly classes he would bring up criticism that has been directed at the Ahmadinejad government. "In ethics, criticism should also be taken into consideration," he replied. "Social, political, and economic criticism, however, has no place in such classes as they are not ethical issues."

Lawyer: Nabavi pleads not guilty in Revolution Court

Radio Farda | Nov. 8, 2009

Behzad Nabavi's lawyer, Saleh Nikbakht, said his client did not accept any of the charges made against him at the closed court hearing held on Sunday.

Nabavi, who was arrested within a few days of the 10th presidential election, was held at Evin Prison for more than fourth months before being hospitalized for heart problems.

During his court hearing, held at branch 15 of the Revolution Court, Nabavi was indicted by the Tehran prosecutor of participating in protests held on June 13 and 15, disrupting traffic on both days, propagating against the establishment and having classified documents in his possession.

Nikbakht said his client had refused to plead guilty to his charges and offered documented proof of his innocence.

"Mr. Nabavi read out a 12-page defense he had written in hospital," Nikbakht told the Islamic Student News Agency. "He rejected propagating against the establishment and said that he believed in the principles of the establishment and had accepted its entirety and fought for it for thirty years."

"My client said that he had participated in the June 15 protests like hundreds of thousands of other people but only for 20 minutes and because police officers did not prevent the protest from taking place and during the time that he was outside the Sahbalzaman mosque since no clashes took place he does not believe it was a riot."

Labor activists begin prison terms

IHR | Nov. 9, 2009

Four leaders of the Syndicate of Workers of Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane Company (Syndikaa e Kargaran e Karkhaneh Neyshekar), including Fereydoun Nikoufard, Jalil Ahmadi, Ghorban Alipour and Mohammad Haydari have been summoned by intelligence officials and arrested to begin serving prison terms, and are being held in Dezful prison, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today.

Behrouzi: Mousavi, Karroubi always been at odds

Khabar Online | Nov. 8, 2009

Maryam Behrouzi, a lecturer at the Zeynab Society, said opposition leaders Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi's alleged dispute was "nothing new" as they "have always been at odds."

"I believe that Karroubi and Mousavi have always had their differences. The are now confronting each other over Mousavi's absence at the Nov. 4 rallies," Maryam Behrouzi told official state news agency IRNA.

"The presence of reformist members of parliament in front of the former US Embassy was a part of efforts to create national unity and it was a clear message intended for those opposed to the revolution and [Islamic] establishment," she added.

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It's amazing to me to watch all this happening, how the powers that be for the moment still think they can win. Had they ever studied history, Of europe, of the world, or even their own, they would know by now they will lose. It's just a question of how many of their own citizens and those of other countries they take down with them.

Elijah / November 9, 2009 10:52 PM

The powers that be have no knowledge of history or a selective knowledge of history. Any serious student of history will point to the fact that prominent clerics issued fatwas against Mossedegh in 1953, attended the coronation ceremonies of the Shah later. They have no sense or feel for History except as it suits them. They are not familiar with Goebbels " if I repeat a lie enough times it becomes the truth ".They do not know of the crimes of Stalin or Pol Pot. The scenes of state brutality in Iran have been seen in many countries and in many times in the past.The regime
uses terms like the "velvet revolution" in a confused way. Are they unaware of the circumstances of the original "velvet revolution". All the IRGC
doctoral theses deserve a failing grade in history.Revoke their PHD's.

david / November 10, 2009 12:24 PM

Fars news like most media in Iran is run by so called revolutionary gaurd hoodlums. Many who were injured by the guards and basij militia were treated without hospital registeration due to mere fact that gaurd and other forces of repression would obtain this information to later datain injured protesters.
present repression has surpassed previous measures used by Islamic Theocratic rulers.
Circles close to state security coucil are pushing for harsher measures. Next major even is 16 th of Azar and they are preparing for another blood bath.
long live freedom long live heroic Iranian people

nariman / November 10, 2009 11:20 PM