Stories about Iran from November, 2012
“My Vote Under Arrest” Support for Iran's Opposition Leaders
Iranian former presidential candidates and Green Movement leaders, Mir-Hossein Mousavi, and Mehdi Karroub have been under house arrest for around 650 days. A group of Iranian netizens have turned to social media to raise awareness and push for their release.
Iran: Flood Kills Four People
Iranian authorities announced on Tuesday, 27th of November, flood in Brozjan killed at least four people. Watch the video here.
Iran: Reflections on Gaza and Israel
For many in Iran, the issues surrounding Gaza, Hamas, and Palestine are viewed through a prism of politics. Condemning Hamas publicly means becoming a target. One Iranian student organization, became a victim of this policy because of its stance against both Hamas and Israel in the previous Gaza war.
Iran: ‘Back to the Stone Age’
Iran Abad writes with irony that Iran's regime has an extraordinary talent to take Iranian economy back to the Stone Age.The blogger mentions several examples such as giving more incentives to buying luxury cars than purchasing medicine.
Iran: Ten Members of Pan-Iranist Party Arrested
Several bloggers reported that security forces arrested ten members of Pan-Iranist Party in Iran. Neshador writes media remained silent about this case. [Update:most of them were released after few days of detention]
Iran's Power Shakedown Before the Presidential Election
Iran’s judiciary recently denied President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad access to one of the country’s most notorious prisons. Does this decision suggest that the outgoing President’s power and influence is on the wane ahead of next year’s elections?
Canadian Awaits Death Penalty in Iran Since 2008
Canadian citizen Hamid Ghassemi was jailed in Iran and sentenced to death on espionage charges in 2008. His family, friends and neighbors in Toronto are still campaigning for his return.
Iran: Netizens Reflect on Four More Years for Obama
With Iran featuring as one of the main topics of US foreign policy, it's no surprise that Iranians took a great interest in the election. The majority of Iranians wanted Obama to win to avoid what they saw as a probable war.
Iranian Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh on Hunger Strike in Prison
Iranian human rights activist, lawyer and Sakharov Prize winner Nasrin Sotoudeh has been on hunger strike for more than four weeks in reaction to the restrictions imposed on her family and the mistreatment of political prisoners by the Iranian authorities.
Iranian Blogger Sattar Beheshti Tortured to Death
Iranian netizens have launched a major online storm after the shocking news of a blogger's death in custody was first posted by opposition websites. Sattar Beheshti was arrested on October 28, 2012 and announced dead some ten days after his arrest.
Iran: Blogger's Family Asked To ‘Prepare A Grave’ For Him
Sources close to Iranian opposition say Sattar Beheshti, blogger and netizen, possibly died ‘due to tortures’ while he was in detention. Beheshti got arrested last week in his home. His sister says “authorities asked us to prepare a grave for him and take his body tomorrow”.
Iran: Imprisoned Women Journalists And Netizens Risking Death
Reporters Without Borders is ‘very worried about the state of health of eight women prisoners of conscience who began a hunger strike five days ago in protest against inhuman and degrading jail conditions’. These prisoners include three journalists and netizens; Mahsa Amrabadi, Jila Bani Yaghoob and Shiva Nazar Ahari.
Iran: Netizens Remember Nasrin Sotoudeh with “Dog Roses”
A new campaign has started within the Iranian cyber space and social networks in support of prisoner of conscience, Nasrin Sotoudeh who has been on hunger strike since October 17. Many Iranian netizens have posted photos of white flowers in solidarity with Nasrin whose name in Persian means a specific...