Today, amid confusion, and rumors that the Guardian Council’s investigation of the election will be extended for five more days, Ahmadinejad’s presidency was declared legal by the council. To be honest, I am not sure whether this is final, or we will have to wait another five days. Tehran was agitated once again. And, according to reports, the nightly chants on rooftops were the loudest tonight.
Rumors of Mousavi’s Arrest
*Rumors of Mousavi’s arrest are once again denied on his facebook page. He continues to be under enormous pressure to cave in to the demands of the Guardian Council and accept the result of the election. His facebook page announces that:
* Mousavi did not reach an agreement with the “Guradian Council.”
* He will not leave the country.
New images from Ghoba Mosque Rally
Faezeh Rafsanjani on the Election
* Faezeh Rafsanjani, the feminist activist daughter of Mr. Rafsanjani, and an ex-member of the Iranian parliament, participated in the Ghoba mosque demonstration yesterday and spoke frankly of the election being rigged and criticized Mr. Khamenei for his unconditional support of Ahmadinejad. Expressing this kind of criticism in public is quite unprecedented.
Massive International Campaign Initiated by Iranians Against Nokia
* Apparently, Nokia recently provided the Iranian regime with a “monitoring center” that enables security forces to tap cell phones, read e-mails, scramble text-messages, and interrupt calls. Nokia’s new surveillance system has enhanced the regime’s ability to crack down on dissent during recent protests. The monitoring technology is being deployed on a massive scale, with hundreds arrested thanks to Nokia’s technology. Here is an article on the subject: www.payvand.com/news/09/jun/1296.html.
Rafsanjani has Not Caved to Pressure from the Supreme Leader
* Mr. Rafsanjani, ex-President of Iran, and a supporter of Mr. Mousavi was told to be working to make deals behind the scene. He spoke briefly yesterday. Supporters of the supreme leader presented his words as caving in to pressures from the leader’s office. However, it now appears that all he agreed with was a second extension (five days) to look into the results of the election. Since the extension was proposed by the supreme leader, you might say, Rafsanjani is in agreement with him. However, he does not appear to have said more.
Hadi Ghaffari, Hard line Cleric with Close Ties to the Basij, Speaks Sharply Against the Leader
* This speech was apparently delivered yesterday. It is in Persian. Ghaffari basically says that Khamenei has misused the authority associated with his office by supporting Mr. Ahmadineajd:
Shirin Ebadi, the 2003 Iranian Nobel Laureate for Peace Speaks
* Shirin Ebadi who was in Austria to visit the European Parliament asked the Parliament to send a group of human rights inspectors to Iran to look into the recent brutalities against people who have done nothing but peaceful protest which is legal according to the Iranian constitution. Ebadi asked the Iranian government to free all political prisoners and nullify the election.
More Songs in Support of the Green Wearers
* I have sent you two songs in support of the Iranians protesting the election. Here is the third, by the Iranian American singer Andy and Jon Bon Jovi, dedicated to the people of Iran called “Stand by me”:
And let us see one more happy image from the Green camp before closing this window:
Fatemeh Keshavarz, Professor and Chair
Dept. of Asian and Near Eastern Languages and Literatures
Washington University in St. Louis
Honorary Co-Chair, Iranians For Peace
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