Stories about Iran from August, 2008
Iran: Muslim Bloggers and election
The Muslim Bloggers Association, a very dynamic group of Islamist bloggers in Iran announced[Fa] that five members of its central committee were elected. You can watch several photos of their meeting and election here.
Iran: Watch an old commercial
Thanks to You Tube we can watch an Iranian pre-revolution commercial.
Iran:President's adviser and negative comments
Ali Akbar Javanfekr, Iranian president's media adviser, publishes comments criticizing government in his blog [Fa]. A rare event in Iran.
MENA: Veiled Athletes in Beijing
Despite the Saudi Arabia's decision to ban Saudi women from taking part in the Olympics this year, Blogger Dilshad D. Ali writes about the emergence of hijab (veil) at the Beijing Olympics. Blogger Jana, also lists the 12 veiled Muslim athletes who competed this year in Beijing.
Iran:Award-winning documentary about murdered bishop
According to Iranian.com, the winner of the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival, “A Cry from Iran” is a film about Haik Hovespian, the Christian bishop who was murdered in Iran.
Iran: Scandal over Minister's Forged Oxford University Degree
Ali Kordan, Iran's new Minister of the Interior, has recently been under fire for presenting a “fake” Ph.D. degree from the prestigious Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Several websites, including the conservative Alef have published a scan of Kordan's “Oxford Honorary Doctorate of Law Degree”. Alef points out that...
Iran: First Gold Medal in Olympic games
Iranian Olympic title-holder Hadi Saei won his second Olympic taekwondo gold medal.Ebtekar Sabz,Iranian blogger, writes [Fa] that Iranian champion has said “I play for the heart of people.”
Iran: Iran bans a top actress from leaving for Hollywood
Golshifteh Farahani, an Iranian actress who recently palyed in Ridley Scott's latest movie “Body of Lies”, was banned from leaving Iran. Iranian blogger, Atighe says[Fa] that she is our national pride.[Update: She left Iran in early October to present the film in New York. Watch her photos]
Iran:”Stop war on Iran”
Stop war on Iran informs us that demonstrators in different cities in the USA asked Bush administration not to attack Iran.
Iran:Yahoo mail finally adds the name of Iran
Yahoo mail website had removed Iran from the list of world countries in its signup page for several months. Kourosh Ziabari informs us that Yahoo mail added Iran again to the list.
Iran: Two student activists are out of jail
According to[Fa] several bloggers including Akhbare Jahan, two student activists, Bahare Hedayat and Mohammad Hashemi,were released, after being in jail for more than one month. They were accused of acting against “national security”.
Iran: Baha'i minority
MideastYouth.com's Censeo Productions and BahaiRights.org announce the release of their new video defending the rights of the Baha'i minority in Iran.
Iran: Several bloggers protest against polygamy bill
Several Iranian bloggers including Parastood protest [Fa] against polygamy bill. Shirin Ebadi, Noble Peace laureate, also protested against this bill.
Iran: “Go Live in your Lovely Israel, Mr. Vice President”
Esfandiar Rahim Mashai, the Iranian vice president for tourism and the director of the Iranian Cultural Heritage Organization, has been under fire after he declared that Iran is “a friend of all people in the world, even Israelis and Americans.” Now 200 legislators in the Iranian parliament have asked President Mahmoud Ahmadinehad to dismiss him.
Palestine: Countdown for the War on Iran
Palestinian Haitham Sabbah predicts the countdown for the war on Iran has started – following news of a massive build up of naval forces in the Gulf. Sabbah urges his readers to sign an anti-war petition.
Iran:Environment and Parliament
Sepher Salimi, Iranian blogger, invites pro environment bloggers to talk more with deputies in Iranian Parliament (Majlis) to inform them about their concerns.
Iran: Three Student activists are out of jail
Varesh, an Iranian blogger, says[Fa] that three student activists, Ghasaban,Tavakoli and Mansouri, after being in jail for 15 months, got released tonight.
Iran: A conservative site was filtered
Alef, an Iranian conservative site, was filtered a few days ago. Several sites and blogs report that Alef site has published Iranian Minister of Interior's “fake” Ph.D certificate from Oxford where you can find many mistakes in English.
Georgia-Russia: Western Tradeoff of Georgia Against Iran?
Osteuropablog quotes (GER) some of the frequent – although somewhat wild – speculations among Russian bloggers that the West has exchanged a Russian war with Georgia against permission to a Western attack on Iran.
Iran: High ranked cleric is upset about Olympics Opening
Kamangir reported that the Leader of the Friday Prayers in the religious city of Mashhad, Ayatollah Seyed Ahmad Alam Alhoda, stated regret because Iran’s team in the opening of the Olympics was led by a woman.
Iran :Olympics and female flag bearer
Kourosh Ziabari, an Iranian blogger, writes that “choosing a female flag bearer for Iranian team was a defeating answer to those who wanted to pretend that the women rights are being violated in Iran.”