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A photo of one of the courageous women defiling the governments orders and proudly demonstrating in favor of the Green Movement during the November 4th "Quds Day" protests.

A photo of one of the courageous Iranian women defying the government's orders and proudly demonstrating in favor of the Green Movement during the November 4th, 2009 "Quds Day" protests.

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I hope you are well. I have not sent you a window in a long time. This is not because in Iran the opposition has stopped its efforts or some of the issues have been resolved. As you see from this window, neither of these is the case. The delay is merely the result of my business with teaching and departmental duties. So, without further ado, let me open window 98.
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Another Image from Iran Receives World Attention
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* Images from Iranian Greens have now become part of the world visual repertoire. To the right, is another incredible image of courage during the Nov. 4th protests. The image was circulated worldwide.

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Ahmadinejad Supporters No longer Back Him
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* Since the controversial re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in June, determining the degree of his support among the population in rural and small urban areas has been at the center of debates over the issue of electoral fraud. The research presented here is the result of polling and the tracking of political opinion in eleven rural and small urban areas with populations between 8,000 and 34,000 people in Fars and Isfahan provinces in the following periods: two five-month intervals from June 2008 to March 2009; and late April, the first week of June, the middle of July, and the middle of September in 2009.

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* The polling, done by people local to these areas, was conducted in various places of employment and recreation, via telephone, and face-to-face. Despite organizational difficulties, the total amount of people who participated over this period was 11,529. The study tried to reflect the demographic percentages of each town in the sample groups. For example, the largest group polled in most areas was the 20-to-32-year-old age group, which is the dominant age group, according to official records. The methodology for the study was based on theoretical work on polling conducted in non-and semi-democratic polities: http://www.insideiran.org/featured/study-reveals-ahmadinejad-supporters-in-rural-areas-no-longer-back-him/.

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Protests Continue Amidst Harsh Sentences
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* Recently, Mr. Saffar Harandi, President Ahmadinejad’s ex-minister of Islamic culture, tired of strong negative reception of the officials in major universities,  visited a teacher training college in the small town of Karaj outside Tehran. As you watch the students protesting his presence on this small campus, remember the brutality with which the regime puts down any kind of objection. The results of the trials of 89 post-election protesters announced recently indicate that while 3 were released, 81 received jail time ranging from 6 to 15 years, and 5 were sentenced to death. As you see in this video, however, the brutal crack down seems to only intensify the protests:

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Abtahi Sentenced to Six Years in Jail

* http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2009/11/20091122212736626494.html.

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Six Years in Jail for a Blog

* Ali Behzadian-nejad received a six years jail sentence for the anti-government comments that people put on his blog. You might be interested to know that he is the nephew of Ghorban Behzadian-nejad, one of the organizers of Mr. Mousavi’s election campaign.

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Dr. Ramin Pourandarjani

Dr. Ramin Pourandarjani

The Kahrizak Doctor Dies at the Age of 26 Due to a “Heart Attack”

* As you know, after the June 2009 election, many who protested the fairness of the election ended up in the Kahrizak prison which soon developed a reputation as the Guantanamo of Iran. Mr. Karrubi, one of the candidates, has been pursuing an investigation into the assaults in Kahrizak. Today, the news of the death of Dr. Pourandarjani, the young physician who examined many of the detainees, adds to the validity of the claims that torture has
been used on these detainees: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/tehranbureau/2009/11/kahrizak-doctor-dies-first-lady-appears-in-public-in-rome.html.

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* A new investigation reveals Dr. Pourandarjani was poisoned: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8388728.stm.
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Iranian Student Speaks Critically in the presence of the Supreme Leader
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* A young Iranian student who won an international math contest two years ago, speaks critically of the Iranian Supreme Leader in a Q&A session with him: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/nov/06/iran-student-criticises-ayatollah-khamenei.

Mahmoud Vahidnia speaking and criticizing the Supreme Leader at the Q&A session.

Mahmoud Vahidnia speaking and criticizing the Supreme Leader at the Q&A session.

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Fox Apologizes to Haddadi, the Iranian NBA Player, for Derogatory Remark
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* The Iranian American community is learning to use its voice. Hours after two Fox commentators made derogatory remarks about Hamed Haddadi an Iranian American NBA Player, thousands of demands for apology were made. Fox had to apologize to Haddadi, twelve hours after the two anchors had made their remarks: http://www.niacouncil.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1557&Itemid=2.

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Neda Agha-Soltan

Neda Agha-Soltan

Oxford University Establishes Scholarship Named after Neda
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* Neda Agha Soltan was shot to death during a protest that took place days after the disputed election in Iran. The scene of her shooting and tragic death was captured on cell phone and viewed worldwide. She has since become the symbol of the Iranian youth’s protests to the 2009 election. Queen’s College at Oxford has just announced the establishment of an Iranian Studies Scholarship in honor of Neda: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8354372.stm.

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Iranian Graduate Students and Professionals in the U.S. Ask for Multiple Entry Visas
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* For years, the Iranian graduate students in the U.S. often have had to stay in the country for the duration of their studies because if they leave – even for a family emergency – they will face the strong possibility of not being allowed back in and therefore loose their graduate career. For the first time, the Iranian graduate students and professionals are campaigning to get the INS to allow them have multiple entry visas. In their letter, they described their community as  an “active and vivacious part of the international environment at universities” and “one of the most distinguished contributors to American academic life.”

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Is There a Threat of an Israeli Attack on Iran?
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* At least this round of diplomacy with Iran does not seem to be getting very far. If so, would Israel decide to move ahead with an attack on Iran? Could (and should?) the U.S. prevent that? Why? These are all issues that Trita Parsi, President of the Iranian American National Council is addressing in his latest article written for Huffington Post:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/trita-parsi/washington-can-give-an-is_b_373205.html.

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A New Hit Song from Shajarian
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* Amidst uncertainties about the new steps the current government might take to curb further protests to its legitimacy, Iranians continue to show great interest in music and other art forms.

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* In Iran, many artists are iconic figures for reform – distinct among them the legendary vocalist, Mohamad Reza Shajarian. Shajarian who had spoken candidly about the undemocratic nature of Mr. Ahmadinjad’s government while in Germany was reprimanded upon return to Tehran last week. Nonetheless, due to his immense popularity, no arrest was made.

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* It would be fitting to close this window with a song which was posted on Youtube in spring. It shows him – and his son Homayun, at concert in Tehran. This song is now a major hit. Based on a ghazal of Rumi which ends with the refrain “saghiya” it addresses the cup-bearer, a symbolic figure able to free the soul from the narrow confines of sobriety and dry logic:

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The poster reads: "Students Strike All Over Iran: 50 Cities, 200 Universities". See the link below for many more examples of the posters circulating in Iran currently.

The poster reads: "Students Strike All Over Iran: 50 Cities, 200 Universities". See the link below for many more examples of the posters circulating in Iran currently.

December 7 Protests Approaching
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* In the meantime, Iranians prepare for another day of protest: “Students Day,” the 16th of the Persian month of Azar (Dec. 7). The posters for this day are already circulating. One of them is on the right and many other examples are here: December 7th Student Protest Posters.

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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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This Qods Day flyer reads: "We are all together!" To see more examples of the flyers being circulated in Iran for Ruz-i Qods protests, please see the link below.

This Qods Day flyer reads: "We are all together!" To see more examples of the flyers being circulated in Iran for Ruz-i Qods protests, please see the link below.

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I was not going to open another window until this weekend, but tomorrow is a VERY important day. Traditionally, the last Friday of Ramadan has been named the Qods Day by the founder of the 1979 Iranian Revolution. On this day, every year, a rally is organized by the government in support of the Palestinians. This year, Iranians are transforming the Qods Day into a day of protest by all who are oppressed against their oppressors. My anonymous e-mailer writes from Iran:

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“we are getting prepared for another huge demonstration on friday. it is becoming too dangerous. people have been assigned to inform everybody around them make aware that they are joining the demonstrators so that in case they disappear others would know about it!”

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* Also, my e-mailer writes about the latest three communiques issued by the ministry of higher education, describing them as:

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“…very authoritarian and restrictive, censoring  and investigating orders for univ. teachers and students as the univs. will be opening in 2 weeks. it is s.th. like the middle ages’ investigations and the soviet union’s security strategies. the min. of interior is trying to do the same in the society. we are all dazed, confused and frightened.”

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Colorful Announcements of Tomorrows Rally

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"Rally to Protest Violence on Qods Day!"—To see more of the creative and colorful flyers for the Qods Day protests, click the link below.

"Rally to Protest Violence on Qods Day!"—To see more of the creative and colorful flyers for the Qods Day protests, click the link below.

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* Click here (Ruz-i Qods Flyers Show) to see a colorful array of words and designs on the flyers that, despite the censorship, have been designed and distributed by Iranians announcing tomorrows rally as an uprising against dictatorship.

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Remembering Neda Agha Soltan

The second sculpture of Neda Agha-Soltan, entitled The Angel of Freedom. Please click the link to the right for more information about this second sculpture of Neda.

The second sculpture of Neda Agha-Soltan, entitled "The Angel of Freedom." Please click the link to the right for more information about this second sculpture of Neda.

* As Iranians prepare to put themselves in danger again to voice their protests in another big rally tomorrow, let us remember Neda Agha Soltan, the Iranian woman killed by the Basij forces on June 20th 2009, and hope this time it will be more peaceful.

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New Bust of Neda

* Paula Slater, the artist who built a beautiful bronze bust of Neda Agha-Soltan before, has  sculpted a new portrait bust of the woman who has come to be know as the Angel of Iran. Click on the second attachment to see the new and beautiful piece, this time in clay, with Neda’s hair free and natural. To read about the artist and her work, visit: http://www.prlog.org/10335368-paula.

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Rally in Support of Mousavi never Stopped

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* It is much harder to demonstrate in small towns and not be identified by the security forces. Despite this fact, and despite the brutality with which the Iranian government responds to any public expression of Support for Mr. Mousavi, these expressions have been occurring in various parts of the country ever since the election. One of the biggest, and most recent of these demonstrations took place in the small and holy city of Qom on the eve of September 12:

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Caught Red-handed

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* If you are interested in the dynamics of the post-election demonstrations and the official discourse on the recent events, this five minute video clip which has English subtitles is a must watch till the end. First, it shows clips from the Iranian State-run TV interviewing people who are basically thugs or drug addicts who “confess” they rioted to loot public property. Or, they are too young and have been deceived by “foreign media” to protest the results of the election. After these, you see actual clips taken by ordinary people, from windows of their apartments, showing the security forces damaging public property themselves and beating people. The protesters actually protect the police from the anger of the crowds where ever they are outnumbered by a large group of protesters:

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Please forward this message and website https://windowsoniran.wordpress.com/ to your friends in Iran and elsewhere in the world and send your thoughts and prayers of peace, and support, for tomorrow in Iran.

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Have a great day,

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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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