Stories about Iran from September, 2010
Iran:Derakhshan sentenced to 19.5 years in prison
According to [fa] Mashregh News Hossein Derakhshan, Iranian jailed blogger, was sentenced to 19.5 years in prison. Read more here.
Iran:Facebook for Art
Iranian artists have launched Iran's first ever contemporary art competition on the social networking website, Facebook.
Kuwait: Earthquake Question
From Kuwait, Mark asks: “Did anyone feel an earthquake around 2:25PM?” He adds: “Looks like an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 hit near a city called Kazerun in Southern Iran.”
Iran: Strike at Bazzar
Part of Iran bazaar closed to protest VAT increase in last two days. Gold bazzar is on strike in Tehran and a film in You Tube “shows merchants in Iron bazzar are on strike”.
Music: CD Brings together banned and censored musicians
Listen to the Banned is a music CD bringing together musicians who have been banned, censored or imprisoned due to their music. It features artists from Afghanistan, Cote D’Ivoire, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Pakistan, Palestine, Sudan, Turkey, Uighurstan and Zimbabwe.
Iran: Roses for Derakhshan
Hossein Derakhshan‘s mother in an interview [fa] said that “Hossein repented and want to be useful for his country…Hossein was moved to a better place [cell] in prison and they planted roses for him…Hossein is very depressed…”.
Middle East: Iran Launches New Movie Channel in Arabic
Iran inaugurated it's first Arabic language movie channel during the Muslim feast of Eid-ul-Fitr, which commemorates the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The new channel will be called iFilm and it is meant to target about 300 million Arabic speakers.
Iran: Jailed blogger, Hossein Derakhshan (“Hoder”) may face death penalty
Tehran's prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for jailed Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan ("Hoder"). The judge has not yet ruled. Derakhshan stands accused of “collaborating with enemy states, creating propaganda against the Islamic regime, insulting religious sanctity, and creating propaganda for anti-revolutionary groups.” He was arrested 22 months ago.
Iran: Prosecutor seeks death penalty for Derakhshan
A knowledgeable source told Global Voices that Tehran's prosecutor seeks death penalty for Hossein Derakhshan, jailed blogger. Judge Salavati hasn't ruled yet. He has been accused of “collaborating with ennemi states, doing propaganda against Islamic regime, insulting religious sanctities and doing propaganda for anti-revolutionary groups.”
Iran: “Shiva sentenced to lashes and Prison”
According to [fa] several news sites, Iranian jailed blogger and human rights activist, Shiva Nazar Ahari was sentenced to 74 lashes and six years prison.
Iran: Jailed Blogger Shiva Nazar Ahari is Freed on $500,000 Bail
Shiva Nazar Ahari, a jailed human rights activist and blogger, was freed yesterday. According to several news websites, Shiva was released on $500,000 bail. She went to trial in handcuffs in early September and was accused of involvement with the organization, People's Mujahedin of Iran.
Iran:”Haystack not a useful software for us”
Amin Sabeti writes [fa] that Haystack has never been a useful software for Iranians and despite international media coverage it was never functional.
Iran: Pro regime forces attacked a mosque
Pro regime forces attacked Ghoba mosque in Shiraz while a pro reformist religious leader delivered a speech and prayed. Here are the photos in Behdabra blog.
Iran: Opposition leader under attack
Basij forces and pro government elements attacked Mehdi Karroubi‘s house in last two days. Karroubi,a reformist leader, has been a critical voice against Iranian government. Watch the film here.
Iran: Internet connection was interrupted
Several bloggers such as Andishe Sabz and news sites reported [fa] that the internet connection in Iran was interrupted on Thursday as Iranian regime fears the demonstration in “Quds Day”. Iranina bloggers also reported that access to Gmail and Yahoo messanger became very difficult.
MENA: That's Not Hijab!
This Ramadan, several campaigns encouraging women to wear, or correct their method of wearing hijab have been launched. Two such campaigns--in Iran and Palestine--have sparked conversation amongst a subset of bloggers.