Stories about Iran from December, 2007
Congratulations New, Rising Voices
The Rising Voices citizen media outreach initiative will start out 2008 with five new and innovative projects based in Kenya, Madagascar, Uruguay, Jamaica, and Iran.
Iran:Extremist forces and the assassination of Bhutto
Pouya says[Fa] that extremist and fundamentalist forces are the real “winners” of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.Iranian blogger adds the fundamentalists need chaos in society to push their agenda.
Argentina: Maradona Hopes to Meet Ahmadinejad
Argentine football star Diego Maradona expresses an interest to meet Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad writes El Rejunte.il [es]
Iran:Islamist students want action against corruption
Madreseh Ma (means our school) informs[Fa] us that several Basij (Islamist) Student Associations criticized Iranian judiciary's inaction regarding corruption.
Iran:”A Weak Government”
Digital Klashinkov,Iran based blogger and journalist, says[Fa] that Ahmadinejad's government is a weak one and is in trouble for its economic policy. The blogger adds, recently, for the first time, Iranian president accepted economic problems exist in country.
Iran:Music sites, new victims of filtering
Alireza Shirazi says[Fa] that recently several music sites were filtered in Iran.The blogger adds it shows that filtering goes beyond political or “porn” sites.He asks what will be the next step of filtering?
Iran:”28th December a Protest day”
In Azadi Barbari blog, we read that leftist students call all the international organisations and campaigns to join them on 28th December to protest against the Islamic Republic and raise their voice to free the students in Iran.
Iran:A poor musician in photos
Mohammad Tajik,blogger and photographer, has pusblished several photos of a poor musician in Tehran.It seems the musician is suffering from leprosy.
Iran:UN Sees Iranian Rights Abuses
Omid Memarian,journalist and blogger,informs us that the “U.N. General Assembly approved a draft resolution Tuesday expressing “deep concern” at the systematic human rights violations in Iran, including torture, flogging, amputations, stoning and public executions.
Iran:A Court Considered Three Jailed Students Innocent
According to Daneshjoo blog[Fa],an Iranian court considered three jailed university students,Tavakoli,Ghasaban and Mansouri, innocent.These students have been in prison for 9 months and were forced to confess about publishing anti regime articles.Now an Iranian court says they never published such articles.
Iran:24 Internet cafés closed,23 people arrested
According to Reporters Without Borders, 24 Internet cafés in the course of a police operation in Tehran on 16 December were closed and 23 people, including 11 women, were arrested for “immoral behaviour.”
Lebanon: Who Killed Francois Hajj and Why?
Lebanon grabs the international headlines again, with another assassination. Who was killed and why? Who is blaming whom and what have the region's bloggers got to say.
Iran:Creating fear without reason
Mohmmad Ali Abatahi,former vice presdient and blogger,criticized Iranian police decision to crack down on long boots and winter clothing. He says “confusion in the uncommon decisions made about clothing makes the society worried and afraid.”
Iran: Leftist Students Arrested
The Iranian government arrested several leftists students in Tehran and Mazandaran last week – perhaps as a preemptive action before the “Student Day” (16 Azar). The leftists student group “Students for Freedom and Equality” informed the world about this through their blogs, and were able to organize several rallies for...
Iran:Long boots targeted in Iran clothing crack down
Razeno says[Fa] that Iranian police warned women and announced that “tight trousers tucked inside long boots and wearing short overcoats are against Islamic codes.”The blogger has published a photo of tight trousers tucked inside long boots and writes “look this is what they say creating immorality in society”.Read more here
Iran:Catching Up with Imprisoned Iranian Bloggers
What happened to imprisoned bloggers in Iran.Curt Hopkins tries to answer this question.
Iran:Students protested in University of Tehran
According to[Fa] Alfbayeh Sorkh, hundreds of students protested in University of Tehran. They asked government to liberate jailed student activists. The blogger says economic and political situation in country becomes worse and worse,
Kosoof, a leading photo blogger, has published one of his photos:silent night and stars in Iran.
Iran:Boy executed for Underage Homosexual Act
Kamangir reports that Makwan Moloudzadeh, was executed for a homosexual act which he allegedly committed when he was 13. Amnesty International has published a report on this issue:”Iran,the last executioner of children”.
Iran:”Why Yahoo is not a right place?”
Kourosh Ziabari says that after Yahoo Mail removed Iran from its list of countries, a “Hello Yahoo Project” has been launched to protest against Yahoo's policy.He says internet is free space and it is not right to “punish” a nation for so called “mistakes” of a government.
Iran:Two Japanese citizens were arrested
According to Farda blog, two Japanese citizens were arrested in Iran. It seems that they took photos from Iranian military bases.