· July, 2008

Stories about Iran from July, 2008

Iran: Cleric's Protest Walk Ends in Jail

  30 July 2008

An Iranian cleric named Ali Reza Jahanshahi was arrested about two weeks ago, shortly after beginning a 960 kilometer (590 miles) protest walk from the southern Iranian city, Sirjan to Tehran. The cleric was protesting corrupt land appropriation in Sirjan, and complained the government was not doing enough to stop...

Egypt Silences the Voice of Iran

  29 July 2008

Egyptian authorities shut down the Cairo office of an Iranian TV network over a film that justifies the killing of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat by Islamic militants. Marwa Rakha sums up the opinions of Egyptian blogger Dina Ayoub about the incident in this post.

Saudi Arabia: What is the point of MBC Persia?

  27 July 2008

MBC is a Saudi-run satellite television company, known across the Arab world for its entertainment channels as well as Al Arabiya news channel. It has just launched a new channel called MBC Persia, on which films are subtitled in Farsi. Saudi blogger Mohammed Abdullah Al Shahri wonders whether this initiative is really what is needed.

Iran:Two Leaders in fight against HIV/AIDS arrested

  26 July 2008

Saffron Sky writes that two physician brothers (Drs. Kamiar and Arash Alaei), who have been recognized internationally for their work in the development of HIV/AIDS programs and services in Iran, are being held in prison by the Iranian government for about one month.

Iran:”Assassination of a Pharaoh”

  26 July 2008

Several Iranian bloggers such as Einiproxy[Fa] reported that football (soccer) game between Iran-Egypt did not happen because of an Iranian documentary portraying in a positive light the assassin who killed former President, Anwar Sadat in 1979::”Assassination of a Pharaoh”.

Iran: Nuclear crisis

  23 July 2008

Farideh Farhi, Iranian-Ameircan academic and blogger, analysed the recent nuclear negotiation between Iran and six world powers in Geneva.

Zimbabwe, Iran: Regime similarities

  23 July 2008

Plateu of Iran posts an article by Hassan Daioleslam comparing Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe with the Iranian regime, which he describes as an “eye-opener for the appeasers, apologists or just those unaware of the reality of the Islamic Republic of Iran regime”.

Sudan: UN peacekeeper attacked, Iran opposes ICC action

  22 July 2008

John Boonstra at The UN Dispatch reports that a security officer working with the joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has been assaulted by Sudanese Government military personnel. He also reports that Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has vocally defended his Sudanese counterpart, Omar al-Bashir.

Iranian bloggers react to Israel-Hezbollah deal

  22 July 2008

While the Iranian government rejoiced at the release of Lebanese prisoners from Israel, bloggers were quick to ask about the fate of Iranians captured in Lebanon, writes Hamid Tehrani, who sums up the reactions of Iranian bloggers on the Lebanon-Israel prisoner swap in this post.

Egypt: Warming up to Iran

  19 July 2008

From Egypt, Bakri Hasan [Ar] says an improvement in Egyptian/Iranian relations could reap rewards for Egypt.

Iran: Bloggers campaign to save wetlands

  18 July 2008

The great and diverse Iranian wetland ecosystems could disappear in the near future. To increase public awareness of the problem, several green bloggers launched a campaign, which run from July 5 through 10, to show people the beauty of these places in contrast to the critical condition they face.

Iran:”Alone in Paradise”

  18 July 2008

Kosoof, an Iranian leading photo blogger, has published a fascinating photo from “Shoormast lake” in the north of Iran. He calls the photo “alone in paradise”.

Iran: A disabled man talks about blogging

  14 July 2008

Radio Zamaneh [Fa] has an interesting interview with a disabled man who discovered blogging. He discusses how blogging made him feel less isolated and opened him up to a whole new world. As a result of this experience, he has set up all sorts of others in Iran with their...