· April, 2009

Stories about Iran from April, 2009

Iran: Ahmadinejad and his speech

  24 April 2009

Kamangir analysed [fa] President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech in Sharyar in south western part of Tehran province.The blogger says only eight percent of Ahmadinejad's speech was about Sharyar and 60 percent about talked about Islamic government and morality.

Iran: Israeli Oranges surprised people

  24 April 2009

Several news sites and blogs reported that Israeli oranges in Tehran's shops made many people surprised. Ilna, a semi official news agency, reported [fa] the Iranian authorities will stop the distribution of these oranges.

MENA: Reflections on Durban II

  22 April 2009

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech, and the way European Union representatives reacted to it at the United Nations Conference on Racism in Geneva (Durban II), has stirred debates among bloggers across the Middle East. Eman AbdElRahman sums up reactions in this post.

Iran: Islamist bloggers’ poems in praise of Ahmadinejad

  21 April 2009

While several Iranian bloggers criticized President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech at the United Nations conference on racism in Geneva yesterday, some Islamist bloggers praised his performance. Hamed Talebi, on his blog Khabarnegar Mosalman (“Muslim Reporter”) says [fa] “our artist friends beautiful are writing poems to support Ahmadinejad. During revolutionary and pro justice speeches’ of Ahmadinejad...

Iran: Free Potatoes Inflamed Electoral Fever

  21 April 2009

The Iranian authorities have distributed free potatoes in recent weeks in different cities. Several Iranian politicians have criticized the Mahmoud Ahmadinejad‘s government free potato distribution as an act of the presidential electoral campaign and call it a waste of public money. Iranian officials say that there was an excess of...

Iran: Diplomats walk out at Ahmadinejad's speech

  20 April 2009

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today made headlines once more, when he referred to Israel as a “racist state” during a address at United Nations conference on racism in Geneva, Switzerland. Delegates from several European nations walked out of the conference in protest at Ahmadinejad's remark. Jomhour has published the following video...

Iran:AlHomat, Pro- Hizbollah site hacked

  17 April 2009

According to[fa] Shafaf,AlHomat, a site in Persian that supports Lebanese Hizbollah and promotes it among Iranians, ‘was hacked by Israeli hackers’. Some Islamist bloggers criticized Iranian government for its lack of support concerning AlHomat.

Global Recession: “Underdevelopment is a mixed blessing”

  17 April 2009

There are governments which insist that their countries are not affected by the global economic crisis. Most of the time they are not convincing; and their constituents do not believe in the supposed improvement of the economy. Countries with very small economies and countries which are not globally-integrated are usually the same countries which claim that the financial crisis has not affected them so far.

Iran: Free Potatoes and Election

  13 April 2009

Several bloggers reported that Iranian government tries to ‘get people's votes in June presidential election by distributing free potatoes in different cities’.Sibzamini(means potato in Persian) is an Iranian blog that covers all news and reactions regarding free State-distributed potatoes.

Iran: 19 year old blogger is jailed

  13 April 2009

Ghomaar, an Iran based blog, writes [fa]that Alireza Firouzi, a 19 year old blogger and student activist was arrested in Zanjan. The blogger adds that Firouzi is among student activists who revealed a sex scandal in Zanjan University in June 2008. Ghomaar adds that Alireza was interrogated by prosecutor of...

Iran: Environmentalists Campaign to Save Isfahan

  13 April 2009

Iranian environmentalists are using online media tools to save different cultural monuments such as The Si-o-se Pol or "33 Pol" (bridge of 33 arches) an architectural masterpiece in the heart of the Iranian historic city of Isfahan (Esfahan). A battle is ongoing between authorities that want to develop a new metro project and concerned citizens.

Iran: “AP report on Iranian blogs is biased”

  12 April 2009

Webgardian says that AP (Associated Press) report on Iranian blogs is biased. AP writes that “arrests [of bloggers] started after the election of Ahmadinejad in 2005.” Webgardian writes “if you just google a little bit you will find out with out any investigation that most of the bloggers got ARRESTED...

Iran: A blogger freed on bail

  9 April 2009

According to Reporters Without Borders and Committee to Protect Bloggers, Esmail Jafari,a journalist and blogger based in the southwestern city of Bushehr was released from Bushehr prison on 18 March.Read more here.

Iran: Freegate is accessible again

  9 April 2009

In Donableh we read that Freegate,a software utility that enables surfers from mainland China, Iran, among others, to view websites banned by their government, is once more available for Iranians.

Iran:”90 sites were dismanteld”

  8 April 2009

Iran's Revolutionary Guards announced in Gerdab site the name of about 90 sites that they have dismanteld a few weeks ago. Most of these sites were accused of being involved in poronographic and anti-Islamic activities.