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14 July 2009 @ 11:35 pm
This deserves a second post

Wall Street Journal
Inside Iranian Crackdown (July 11, 2009 – Farnaz Fassihi) <- Basiji gets dumped by fiancé for being basiji beating upon protesters

Basij members organized to support riot police and other security officials across Tehran. Some Basij members infiltrated the opposition demonstrations, according to eyewitnesses.

Protesters, most of them young, fought back. "You saw young people on both sides mobilizing with vengeance and willing to kill," said Issa Saharkheez, a political analyst in Tehran, in an interview shortly after the election. Mr. Saharkheez was subsequently arrested in detentions that followed the unrest.

At the height of the street battles, in Sadaat Abad, a middle-class neighborhood in east Tehran, young men and women organized themselves into an unofficial militia to fight the Basij, with a "commander" taking responsibility for each street. Every afternoon, they would meet to prepare for the evening's expected battle, according to a 25-year-old student who was involved with the group.

They collected rocks, tiles and bricks from construction sites and spilled oil on the roads, an attempt to sideline the Basij's motorcycles. When a Basij rider would go down, the young men would beat him, according to the student. Women stood back, screaming "Death to the Dictator" and stoking bonfires in the street. Older supporters remained indoors, throwing ashtrays, vases and other household items from their balconies and windows onto the Basij motorcycle riders below.

"There was a war going on here every night," the student says. "We are not going to stand and let them beat us."

At the end of the first week of protests, Mr. Khamenei, the Supreme Leader, led Friday prayers and endorsed Mr. Ahmadinejad's victory. He ordered all demonstrators off the streets.

A few hours after Mr. Khamenei's sermon, Mr. Moradani got a call at home. The local Basij headquarters was holding an emergency meeting. About four hundred members showed up.

A top Basij commander briefed them on the riots and their responsibilities going forward. He called protesters "havoc makers" and accused them of having ties to Western countries aiming to sow chaos in Iran. The commander said the protests were no longer a matter of election unrest, but had become a serious, national-security threat.

"It is now everyone's Islamic and revolutionary duty to crush these antirevolutionary forces," Hossam Gholami, the 27-year-old chief of Shahr Rey Basij, told members, he recalled in a telephone interview this week. "You are not dealing with ordinary people. They are our enemy," he said he told them.

14 July 2009 @ 04:13 pm


A scary anecdote from Iran. A trusted colleague - who is married to an Iranian-American and would thus prefer to stay anonymous - has told me of a very disturbing episode that happened to her friend, another Iranian-American, as she was flying to Iran last week. On passing through the immigration control at the airport in Tehran, she was asked by the officers if she has a Facebook account. When she said "no", the officers pulled up a laptop and searched for her name on Facebook. They found her account and noted down the names of her Facebook friends.

HOLY SHIT RIGHT (source) jesus. DId anyone else here also that Mousavi is finally taking his first solid stand against the new government and forming his own little union thing? And that the clerics plan to move the headquarters to Iraq if they have to if Ahmadinejad's office is officially recognized?

Geez what about how Ahmadinejad wants to get together with Obama to negotiate and strengthen relations? If Obama agrees, it'd be just the same as acknowledging him as the rightful leader as Iran. This is a sneaky move by Ahmadinejad man...




So how about that secret agency created by Cheney that was going to allow assassinations and hideous violations of freedom? Yeah, wtg there Cheney.

Anyone know a lot more about this?




Is not just the coolest thing? Think about it people.

Why are sports such a powerful thing in our world? Over history conflicts have been resolved, put on hold, or swept under the rug because of sports. The Olympics pretty much puts the world on hold. The win of a team whose country is in peril causes rejoicing throughout the world. A team win creates excitement and a sense of hope, and that is only multiplied if your country, city, state, etc. is in a state of disarray. It changes your image...it's really amazing how competition can actually end up causing cohesion, even if it's only temporary.


03 July 2009 @ 04:47 pm

My reaction exactly.

Nice cop-out there, Palin. Couldn't have made it more obvious? lmfao god what a way to be run out of office SHOULDN'T HAVE MISSPENT STATE FUNDS HM?

Question: Who thinks she's dumb enough to try running for president after this?

ALSO thoughts on this?
26 June 2009 @ 02:31 pm
The semi-quiet in Iran bothers me. These rumors and news of protests being canceled and Mousavi backing down are really troublesome...

And idk, I'm sorry MJ died and all but I got really agitated. The news on the TV hasn't been having the best Iran coverage, so it wasn't just that. It was the fact that people were crashing the ONLY WAY for some people to communicate to the outside world. And they didn't give a fuck about it.

Plus I'm sorry but a pop star dying on one side of the world does not equal 100+ being killed during a revolution on the other. They're completely different and trying to rank them is insulting. They are not "practically of the same importance."

I'll just smack a bitch.

Also this that Misti posted just made me want to scream lmao...
22 June 2009 @ 07:12 pm

What social, economic, political, religious, international, etc. issues are the most important to you? Which ones are you actively involved in and why are these important to you?
22 June 2009 @ 06:03 pm