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Today Hundreds of Thousands March again in Tehran
* For a view from inside the crowd, please click on:
* A second perspective:
Not Just the Youth! The Image of the day
* It is generally assumed that only the youth care about a democratic change in Iran. Some beg to differ. Please see the picture below (and don’t miss the green ribbon)!
* It is not clear how the Iranian state television can continue to refer to the protests as the actions of a handful of thugs. Please see the picture below, which is a view of this “handful”:
Further Beating of the Demonstrators
* Latest news from Iran indicate that at least in Shiraz, Isfahan, and Tabriz participants in rallies have been beaten up severely. A Canadian journalist, arrested and detained by mistake, spoke of grave conditions inside detention centers.
More Breaking News
* There is a video clip of Shajarian’s song circulating on the internet. Shajarian is the most artistically respected and widely admired singer of Persian traditional music in Iran. This moving video clip of the recent events with his voice has been circulating:
* Here is the petition (and a logo suggestion), if you like to ask Google to change its logo in honor of the Iranians who are putting their lives on line to build a democratic and peaceful society: http://whereistheirvote.x10hosting.com/#Iranelection.
* If you have not signed the U.N. petition condemning the crack down on the peaceful protests in Iran and would like to do so, here is the address again: http://www.gopetition.com/online/28596.html.
*There is unconfirmed news of arrests of 16 high ranking officers of the Revolutionary Guards. If this is true, it indicates unwillingness among the Revolutionary Guards to continue with the crack down on protesters.
* Mr. Ebrahim Yazdi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebrahim_Yazdi), the secretary general of the Nahzate Azadi, and one of the founding fathers of the revolution, was arrested yesterday despite being in hospital for poor health.
Was Iranian Election Fraudulent?
* An article by Ken Ballen and Patrick Doherthy appeared in Washington Post on June 15 titled “The Iranian People Speak” which argued that earlier polls had indicated Ahmadinejad’s lead and the 2009 Iranian election reflects the will of the electorate in Iran. In an excellent article posted on “Informed Comment” Professor Mansoor Moaddel responds: http://www.juancole.com/2009/06/iran-election-fraud-moaddel-on-ballen.html.
* Staying with the topic of commentary and analysis, I here give you the link to a very interesting recent interview by BBC with Drs. Muhajerani and Soroush who are both very prominent figures in the reform movement in Iran. Apologies to non-Persian speakers, the interview does not have English subtitles: http://www.bbc.co.uk/persian/iran/2009/06/090618_og_mahaherani_soroush.shtml.
Ex-hostage Calls for no Interference in the Internal Affairs of Iran
Tomorrow is a big day. A major peaceful protest is expected during the Friday prayer. Let us hope it stays peaceful.
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
Tel: (314) 935-5156
Fax: (314) 935-4399