The majority of the letters and messages from Iran have one important request: “don’t just show the cruelty of the regime, show our strength as well. We have questioned the legitimacy of a powerful system. This is a big achievement. Please show that to the world. And give us hope.” My response to these Iranians is that “YOU have given US hope! Thank you! See the picture to the right, get a print and keep it handy. If you ever come close to forgetting what you have done, just take a look at this picture.”
Please send hopeful messages to Iranians you know. Tell them how you admire their courage and persistence. Tell them the scare tactics of the regime are not going to succeed. And please, share this site www.windowsoniran.wordpress.com with anyone who can send it to people in Iran.
Karrubi’s New Announcement
* According to his website, Mr. Mahdi Karrubi, the second reformist candidate, has announced that “under no circumstances” he will stop his fight with the current regime in Iran. He has declared that he will cooperate with any and all who genuinely support the movement of reform in Iran.
Last Night’s Demonstrations from the Rooftops
* This is for everyone to know that Iranians, ordinary people with no political agendas except bringing about positive reform, are trying everything they can to get their voices heard: http://www.bbc.co.uk/persian/iran/2009/06/090630_vd_ir88_night_demo_ugc.shtml
A Friend from Japan has Sent this Very Beautiful Song
* I have already told you about all the beautiful songs written in honor of the Green Movement toward a full-fledged democracy in Iran. I would like to open this window with one of my favorites – because it is not about the cruelties that have happened but about hope. It is called “zemestun sar umad” which means “The winter has ended.” It is a new arrangement of an old and popular song. The images you see on the clip are from Mr. Mousavi’s campaign, his visits to the war front during the eight-year Iran/Iraq war, and some earlier images from the 1979 revolution. One of the goals of the clip is to demonstrate Mr. Mousavi’s deep roots in the Iranian social and political tradition. Enjoy!
Ayatollah Taheri Releases a Statement in Support of Mr. Mousavi
* Ayatollah Taheri, a senior and well know cleric from Isfahan, released a statement today in support of Mr. Mousavi. In his statement, Ayatollah Taheri, questioned the legitimacy of the fairness of the election, the conduct of the Iranian media, and the legitimacy of “Guardian Council.”
Mr. Mousavi’s Facebook Recommends /E’tekaaf /”Islamic Strike”
* The most recent posting on Mr. Mousavi’s facebook page recommends peaceful and widespread refusal to work with the government, pulling money out of state run banks, and refraining from unnecessary spending.
* His facebook also rejects the evaluation of ten percent of the vote by the “Guardian Council” and demands that an independent committee be established to look into the matter.
Iran’s Poet Laureate Speaks out
* Simin Behbahani, Iran’s Poet Laureate, known as “The Lioness of Iran,” calls on Mr. Ahmadinejad to resign. Listen to her interview on NPR: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2009/06/poet_simin_behbahani_says_neda.html.
Let us Stay on the Happy Note with More Lionesses from Iran
Let us close this window on another happy note and meet more lionesses from Iran. Whatever comes next, somethings have changed drastically in the country:
Don’t forget to check out the blog for previous windows on Iran at: www.windowsoniran.wordpress.com.
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