Egypt’s Emergency Law strikes again

27 06 2010

On June 6, a pair of police officers entered an Alexandria Internet cafe and began asking for the identification documents of everyone present. When 28-year-old Khaled Said objected to being searched without a warrant, the officers began to attack him, beating his head against a table and kicking him in the chest. They tied his hands behind his back and dragged him to a nearby building where they continued to smash his head, first against an iron door and then against the building’s marble steps. Witnesses heard Khaled begging them to stop, screaming “I’m going to die,” to which the officers responded: “You’re going to die anyway.” The officers dragged Said into their police car and drove him away, only to return several minutes later to leave his lifeless corpse in the street.

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The Green Movement Awaits an Invisible Hand

27 06 2010

The Green Movement Awaits an Invisible Hand

Mohammad Maljoo

June 26, 2010

(Mohammad Maljoo is a research fellow at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam. A German version of this article will appear in the fall 2010 journal of the Informationsprojekt Naher und Mittlerer Osten, or INAMO. We thank the INAMO editors for permission to publish this English version.)
For background on Iranian labor, see Mohammad Maljoo, “Worker Protest in the Age of Ahmadinejad,” Middle East Report 241 (Winter 2006).

It is the custom of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, to devise a name for each Persian new year when it arrives. On Nowruz of the Persian year 1388, which fell in March 2009 Gregorian time, he proclaimed “the year of rectifying consumption patterns.” But Iranians would not be content to mark 1388 simply with thrift. That year of the Persian calendar turned out to be the most politically tumultuous since the revolution that toppled the Shah, as the loosely constituted Green Movement mounted massive street protests against election fraud.

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Tehran Bus workers syndicate leader’s family member brutally tortured

25 06 2010

Osanloo and his family

June 25, 2010

Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran report on the brutal kidnapping and torture of Zoya Samadi, the daughter in law of Mansour Osanloo, the Tehran Vahed Bus Workers Syndicate leader in Karaj. The brutal arrest has taken place at 5:30 p.m. on June 23 at Karaj metro terminal where Zoya was returning home from work. The witnesses saw Zoya being pulled by her hair from the trains by the security operatives while yelling I am the daughter in law of Osanloo. The assailants put masking tapes on Zoya’s mouth to prevent her from shouting further and then took her with them.

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The Statement of the Iranian Teachers Trade Association

25 06 2010

June 25, 2010

In the Name of the God of Soul and Wisdom

Two months have passed since the arrest of the general secretary and the spokesperson of the Iranian Teachers Trade Association. Two months that we spent with difficulty but patiently. At the time of their arrests, the first question for everyone was: for what reason?

The Iranian Teachers Trade Association, considering the delicate situation in the country in the current school year, despite our criticisms and objections with the performance of the education officials, refrained from any public protest actions and even issuing critical statements. The Association patiently stayed silent on the lengthy incarceration of our colleagues especially Rasoul Bodaghi and the cutting of his salary hoping for speedy judicial process and resolving of his case and his freedom. We remained witness to the difficulties faced by his family especially his small children not having their father around. We are also witnessing the continued incarceration and summoning of our other colleagues Hashem Khastar, Abdollah Moemeni, Mohammad Davari, Esmael Abdi, and others.

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Iranian ships to depart from Turkey?

25 06 2010
Bethlehem – Ma’an/Agencies – Citing unnamed organizers, Israeli media reported Friday that Iran will not send ships to Gaza in an effort to break the continued siege on Gaza.

US-based CNN released a report with a Tehran dateline, saying the official news agency of Iran released a statement to the same effect, quoting Hussein Sheikh Al-Islam, secretary-general of the International Conference for the Support of the Palestinian Intifada, in the statement as saying: “The Iranian ship carrying humanitarian aid will not go to Gaza.”

According to the CNN report, the ships had been ready to sail on Thursday.

Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz said organizers with an unnamed group called off the voyage following Israeli threats, adding that the ships were getting ready to leave on Sunday, while the online news site Ynet quoted an unnamed member of the Iranian parliament as saying a different boat, carrying four of the country’s lawmakers among other nationals, would set sail from turkey instead.

Ynet also quoted Al-Islam, saying he spoke at a press conference that the trip had been canceled because of “the violent and inhuman attitude of the Zionist regime to humanitarian aid.”

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