Stories about Iran from September, 2011
A video shared by Iranian animal rights activists of a brown bear in Samirom being killed and her cubs tortured, has angered many Iranians and led to calls via blogs and Facebook for the "hunters" to be punished by authorities.
Azadi-Esteghal-Edalat says [fa] with irony the regime released “two American spies” but keeps opposition leaders jailed. The blogger refers to the release of two American hikers who were accused of “espionage” in Iran.
“Mr Ambassador [Reza Sajadi] had told us about contemporary Persia: about progress in science and technology in his country, developing tourism, situation of women in the Iranian society, had dispersed many myths around Iran and its traditions, and had invited us to visit Iran and enjoy ancient culture of the...
A film showing two “hunters” killing a brown bear and torturing her two cubs in front of a camera, enraged several bloggers. Joosh writes Iranian people have lived for last 32 years in such violence under the Islamic Republic that lost all their values.
These are the words Iranian blogger Somayeh Tohidloo wrote in her blog, after receiving 50 whip lashes in Evin Prison: “Be happy, for if you wanted to humiliate me, I confess that I feel my entire body is suffering with degradation.”
Protesters took to the streets again on Monday in Ardabil, in Iran's Azarbaijan's region, to demand that the Iranian government save Lake Urmia, one of the world's largest salt water lakes. Fred Petrossian reports.
Greencity reports that Akbar Amini, the man who climbed atop a crane in a show of protest on 14th of February, was cleared of charges. Akbar’s cell mate says Akbar is known as the “Crane” among other prisoners
Cafe 35 blog writes Mir Hussein Mousavi, one of opposition leaders who has been under house for seven months, told to his daughters ” if you want to know my situation, read Gabriel García Márquez‘s ” News of a Kidnapping.”
Nama Jafari has published a 70's film showing the flamingos in Lake Urmia (Rezayieh). There were several demonstrations in recent weeks to save this dying lake. The blogger says that this lake 30 years ago was a tourist attraction and now a dying one.
Reza Pahlavi, the older son of the late Shah of Iran, launched a blog in Persian. He says he wants to be in touch with the Iranian young generation. He named his blog:” a word with you”.
Shabe Haftom has published several photos from 10 years ago of ordinary Iranians holding candles during a vigil in Tehran, Iran to mourn the loss of life in the United States after hijackers crashed two planes into the World Trade Center in New York.
Several bloggers reported new demonstrations in Tabriz and Urmia in Iran's Azarbaijan's region on Saturday to call on Iran government to save dying Urmia Lake.
A growing number of Iranian bloggers have expressed their anxieties after learning that their Gmail inboxes may have been an open book for the Iranian state to read and target dissidents for the last two months.
Protect Iranian Users is a campaign to raise awareness of Iranian netizents dangerous situation especially after Diginotar scandal. Read more here.