Stories about Iran from May, 2011
Iran: 30 Bahais are arrested
Azadi Ghlam reports [fa] Iranian security forces arrested 30 Bahais for ‘online university’. The Bahais are barred from higher education and government posts
Iran: Bloggers remember the legendary football player
Naser Hejazi, legendary Iranian football player, died today in Tehran. Several bloggers remember him as a national hero. He recently criticized Iranian government's economic policy. Negahe Man writes [fa] Hejazi wished to see freedom in Iran.
Iran: “We are Everywhere” Campaign Against Homophobia
This year, on May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia, several Iranians raised their voices by launching a “We are everywhere” campaign, on YouTube, Facebook and blogs against homophobia worldwide. In Iran, homosexuality is punishable by death.
Iran: Students protest against dictatorship
Marsiehaye Khak and several bogs inform that students will protest against dictatorship and repression in Iran on Sunday.
Iran:Football fans insulted Basij forces
Football fans did not let Basij (islamist militia) forces chanted slogans and insulted them in Azadi Stadium in Tehran on Wendesday. One of the slogans was ‘there is no place for politics in sport’. Here is the film.
Iran: Ahmadinejad's “Exorcist” Arrested
Twenty-five close collaborators and supporters of Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his influential chief staff, Esfandyar Rahim Mashai, have been arrested, allegedly including “exorcist” or “djinn catcher” Abbas Ghaffari. Many speculate this is due to a quarrel between Ahmadinejad and the Islamic Republic's supreme leader, Ali Khamenei.
Iran: Dogs Arrested (Again)
Iranian security forces are back in the streets for a sequel to their infamous action of 2007: arresting dogs. Iran's government considers keeping pet dogs un-Islamic, but has mostly tolerated it. Now, according to Iranian newspapers, several dogs were recently confiscated in a new crackdown.
Iran: Street fights between Khamenei and Ahmadinejad supporters
Several blogs such as Mina and news sites reported [fa] Khamenei, Iran's Leader, and Presidnet Ahmadineajd supporters attacked each other in Tehran on Saturday. Read more here.
Iran: World Taekwondo Top Title
Iran wins world Taekwondo title for the first time.Totefarangi praises Iranian team who stole for the first time the world title from South Korea in history and compares it to the poor performance of Iran's football teams.
Iran: 71 year old Bahai prisoner humiliated
Several blogs such as Khabarnavard reported Vajihollah Mirza Golpour, a 71-year old Bahai resident of Safar Abad Village outside Sari in the province of Mazandaran,was made to walk ankle-cuffed all around the town of Tonekabon. Read more here.
Iran: Bloggers React to the Death of Bin Laden
Several Iranian bloggers have reacted to the death of Osama Bin Laden. Some with serious remarks, a few with questions and some with irony.