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Supporters of Mr. Mousavi published their first weekly online, called "Sabzine."

Supporters of Mr. Mousavi published their first weekly online, called "Sabzine."

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I hope you are well and those of you who live in the U.S. are enjoying a safe and happy 4th of July weekend.

First Issue of Sabzine

* Supporters of Mr. Mousavi published their first weekly online, called Sabzine. Click here for the first issue of Sabzine in pdf format. file. Sorry, it is in Persian only. I am sure the Iranian window readers would like to

stay connected.


Iranian Mothers: We will not Forget what the Government has Done!

* Mothers of the young people killed in post election demonstrations in Iran gathered in Park Laleh in Tehran yesterday. They carried pictures of Mr. Mousavi, green flags. Their statement read “We are inviting all the people to protest every Saturday at 7 p.m., to congregate at Tehran’s public parks, in particular the one in Laleh, to remember our children, unjustly killed by police authorities during the recent protests.”   http://www.adnkronos.com/AKI/English/Politics/?id=3.0.3496133350

Demonstration by Kashan University Students

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* Mr. Mousavi ‘s Facebook page has just posted this lively demonstration by Kashan University students in that City:

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Three Week Boycott planned by Mousavi Supporters

* The disconnection of text-messaging on the day of the election is supposed to have been crucial in disconnecting the Mousavi campaign volunteers from their headquarters and from each other. To protest this, Mousavi supporters are planning a three week boycott of text messaging throughout the country. More detail on

that will be released.

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Nocturnal Chants of Allah o Akbar

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* July 2nd, 2009:

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Mr. Ahmadinejad Faces Isolation in the World

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* While sanctions could harm the people of country which is subjected to it, political/diplomatic isolation could create pressure on the government. Signs of such pressure on the government of Mr. Ahmadinejad started with him being barred from the African Union Summit.  While the need for Iran’s oil and gas can weaken some countries’ resolve to isolate Mr. Ahmadinejad, there are at least some sings of it in the international

diplomatic circles already: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-iran-ostracize3-2009jul03,0,3454095.story.

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Ahmadinejad’s Classmate Reveals Devastating Facts about Him

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* Domestically, Mr. Ahmadinejad cultivates a populist images. He presents himself as the lone defender of moral principles, fighter against corruption, and a champion of the underdog. Well, a classmate of his – from graduate school in “Ilmo San’at University” – called Amir Mianji has just published a very courageous open letter revealing reckless, opportunistic, and less than honest moves on the part of the Mr. Ahmadinejad to enhance his career. These include breaking all sorts of rules (for which he has accused others), and serving some of the politicians whom he now accuses of corruption. The letter has been sent to the daily newspaper Ayandeh.

Money Withdrawal from State-run Banks

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* A plan is circulating by supporters of Mr. Mousavi to withdraw their money from state run banks to keep it at home for a week and then deposit it in private banks. Recommended private banks prioritized according to their lack of connection with the government are: 1. Saamaan, 2. Towsa’eh, 3. Kaar Aafarin, 4. Mowlal Movahhedin, 5.Eghtesaade Nowin, 6. Paasaargad, 7. Seena, 8. Paarsiyan, 9. Sarmaayeh.

Assaults on People, Absolutely Unacceptable Even if Ordered from the Top!

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* The Grand Ayatollah Yousef Sane’i issued a new and important ruling mostly addressed to the Basij and the security forces to the effect that they have no excuse for assaults on people and their property, even if they are ordered to do so by their commanders: http://saanei.org/page.php?pg=showpayam&id=77&lang=fa.

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My Green Vote Was Not Your Dark Name!

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* It is often assumed that Mr. Mousavi is supported only by young urban population. But this is certainly not entirely true:

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The caption on the elderly gentleman's sign reads: "My Green Vote was Not Your Dark Name!"

The caption on the elderly gentleman's sign reads: "My Green Vote was Not Your Dark Name!"

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Have a great holiday weekend.

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Good Night,

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Fatemeh

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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
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Windows on Iran 16

Fin Garden in Kashan, Iran (image courtesy of Afshin Deyhim www.iranian.com).

Fin Garden in Kashan, Iran (image courtesy of Afshin Deyhim http://www.iranian.com).

Dear All,

Greetings! And Happy New Year!

Time to open a new window on Iran. I hope you have had a wonderful holiday so far. Thank you so much for all your kind messages concerning window number 15.  A combination of end of the semester duties and holiday activities have prevented me from writing
individual thank you notes.  I am most appreciative of all your responses. Please note that all the recent requests to be added to the listserv will be taken care of in the coming week.

I would like to indulge in a little holiday self promotion with a good
news!  My latest book –  a study of contemporary Persian poetry – was
just named “an outstanding academic title for the year 2006” by the
ALA’s review journal for academic and research libraries known as the
Choice Magazine. A wonderful Christmas present! The list is a small
percentage of approximately 7,000 titles. Here is the full
bibliographic information on the book:

Fatemeh Keshavarz, Recite in the Name of the Red Rose: Poetic Sacred
Making in 20th Century Iran (University of South Carolina Press,
2006).

Visual Delight:

Before we get into the special report that I have for you about the
very important mid-term elections in Iran, I want to give you my
Christmas gift. This is a power point slide show of a 19th century
private house, the Tabatabai House and a 17th century Safavid garden
called the Fin Garden in the city of Kashan, a central city with a
population of about 300,000. The main portion of the slides were
circulated by my friend Bahar Bastani. In case you want to use this in
class, the show has about 30 slides with a six second transition time
between slides. Just click on here: Fin Garden and the Tabatabai House in the City of Kashan.

Tabatabai House in Kashan, Iran.

Tabatabai House in Kashan, Iran.

Current Issues:

Iranian mid-term elections

Two weeks ago, the Iranian electorate made a clear statement in the
mid term elections in which reformists received 40%, the moderate
conservatives 24%, and the supporters of President Ahmadinejad about 3%
of the vote. The rest of the seats went to independent candidates. Of
the 15 seat up for grab in the Expert Assembly, only one went to his
supporters. This despite the fact that the reformists have objected to
accuracy of the counting process and want a recount of 10 ballot boxes
in each city to demonstrate that the overall pattern of the results
was more in their favor.  Since the main stream American media gave
minimal coverage to this very significant event (although it happened
in a country they are too eager to call the most dangerous country in
the world) I would like to give you some important details:

Among the features of this mid-term election was the prominence of
women in urban as well as rural settings. In my home town Shiraz the
top candidate was a 27 year old female architecture student, Fatemeh
Houshmand . In some cities like Qazvin and Hamadan, the top candidate
as well as 50% of the total elected members were women.

In an editorial for the online political newsletter CounterPunch my
friend Behrooz Ghamari wrote:  “Had this election occurred in an
allied country of the United States, it would have been celebrated as
the highest achievement of American foreign policy.”

What is most unfortunately masked from the American general public is
the maturity and thoughtfulness of the Iranian voter who did not allow
outside pressures on Iran to get translated into an exaggerated
“patriotism” in favor of the current regime. Here are examples of what
some voters said:

– “There is no room to breathe freely, Iran’s international
credibility and respect is diminishing, and we hope that we are not on
a path to war, I voted to change this direction.”
– “I voted to prove that our true desire is to transform this system,
and to show that we don’t need American democracy.”
-“I want to know, in which other country in the world do they have
carnivals on the streets and the artists and celebrities go to
neighborhoods to encourage people to participate?”
– a  young voter from Shiraz called the election a “velvet revolution”
that will strengthen “local decision making and non-governmental
organizations.”

To read Behrooz’s full editorial, click on:
http://www.counterpunch.org/ghamari12182006.html

Iranian Diplomats Arrested in Iraq:

Last week the U.S. defense officials declared the arrest of four
Iranian diplomats in Iraq. Two were released right away. The captured
Iranians – who were not named – were supposed to be carrying all kinds
of sensitive lists and documents pertaining to shipments of weapons
into Iraq, organizational charts, telephone records and maps, among
other sensitive intelligence information. No evidence has been
provided by American officials who are apparently unhappy at the
release of the last two diplomats. The story itself seems somewhat
shaky as the “highly sensitive” information claimed to be carried by
these officials can easily be transmitted electronically – or by two
inconspicuous Iraqi citizens – with much less risk.

According to the Iranian version of the story, the arrested people
were diplomats visiting as guests of the Iraqi President – which
explains why he was agitated at the incident. They were arrested
attending a funeral in the house of Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, an Iraqi
Shiite leader. According to this version, these people were released
because none of the claimed documents were found on them.

Iranian Women conducting a 1,000,000 signature Campaign

To reform gender related legal codes in Iran, young Iranian women
activists have started a signature collection campaign. They go door
to door, speak to people about women’s rights, and collect signatures
in support of the reforms which they seek. The innovative nature of
the move and passionate persistence of these young and energetic
feminists have earned them support from the Iranian public and shocked
the opposition. Please publicize this movement to friends who can get
on line and support them. My friend, women’s studies scholar and
activist, Nayereh Tohidi has written about the 1,000,000 signature
campaign:  http://www.payvand.com/news/06/dec/1174.html

On this very bright note, I wish you all a very happy 2007,
and great week.

Fatemeh
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Fatemeh Keshavarz, Professor and Chair
Dept. of Asian and Near Eastern Languages and Literatures
Washington University in St. Louis
Tel: (314) 935-5156
Fax: (314) 935-4399
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