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And peace be upon me the day I was born, the day I die, and the day I [19:33] get resurrected.” [19:34] That was Jesus, the son of Mary, and this is the truth of this matter, about which they continued to doubt. ~ The Holy Quran

Peace, love and understanding are always good.

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Written by Valerie Curl

December 25, 2010 at 8:46 AM

Al Jerezza video reports first days of Iranian protests. Watch it. Share it.

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Al Jerezza reported on the Iranian protests following the election. The video report is nearly 25 minutes but definitely worth watching. It’s the only real, in depth report from the country on what has happened, how badly the government cracked down on the people and, more importantly, what the Iranians want.

No matter how much the repressive, religious government of Iran tries to tell the world that the protests were minor, caused by a few trouble makers who received orders and backing from foreign sources, the truth cannot be hidden or whitewashed. The people want freedom…and now have decided for themselves that they no longer want the religious government began by Khomeni. The government of Ahmadinedjad is not just illegal, it’s barbaric and criminal. It should be given no rights, no approval in the world community.

Ayatollah Javadi Amoli Calls for Separation of Powers in Iran

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Following the example of Ayatollah Ali Sistani in calling for a separation of religion and state is Ayatollah Amoli of Iran.

“When one person alone enacts, executes and judges the law, there will be problems” (Translated from Mowj news)

Amoli, who led the Friday prayers sermon in Qom, believes that the best way to resolve the current situation is a separation between the executive branch, the judicial branch and the Islamic jurist. Amoli said separation of powers is not a recent phenomenon and it existed before Islam. “Separation of powers does not belong to a particular century. Islamic and non-Islamic governments have it now, too,” he said.

The hard line Iranian clerics, politicians, and Republican Guard are WRONG! Islam in Iran is failing as a result of the hard line ideology and control by the government. Religion cannot survive when forced onto a population by repression, coercion, and censorship. That idea failed in Europe. It will fail in Iran…and elsewhere in the world.

But then do Ahmedinejad, the Supreme Leader, and other hard lie clerics really believe in the Qu’ran and the vision of Muhammad or are they more interested in retraining power in order to create chaos and disorder in the world? They believe that in bringing about chaos they will hasten the “end of days” and bring about the return of the Hidden Imam. Many people throughout the world are adherents of “hasten the end of days,” but only in Iran has this ideology been institutionalized by the ruling government.

They must be stopped. The rational, thinking, educated people of Iran must be supported; their voices must be heard. The free media must be pushed to keep their story front and center.

Written by Valerie Curl

June 29, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Famed Iranian film maker Mohsen Makhmalbaf Statement of Solidarity – Power to the people

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It was rumored this morning on Twitter from Iran tht Mohsen Makmakbaf was arrested by the Iranian government. Mr. Makhmalbaf is Iran’s premier film maker. He spoke with Foreign Policy Magazine in Paris in which he discussed the election. On 6/23 in Italy, he made this video.

In this video: Lala Movahed, Mary Sadro, Nik Saidi, Nilofar Darougar
Videos Posted by IRAN

English Translation by IRAN, and not the author of this blog.

Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s statements on the situation in Iran has been released. He is very well-connected in Iran.

I have translated his words for the non-Farsi speakers.

Please take a moment out of your time to share this video and the translation. The translation is pretty accurate. I may have missed a metaphor or two…but I tried my best with the amount of Farsi knowledge I have:

Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s Translated Statement:

Iranians living in Italy and other parts of the world, I urge you to not give up, because the people in the line of fire are are not scared.

They are all chanting, “natarsim natarsim, ma hame ba ham hastim (Let’s not be afraid, let’s not be afraid. We are all in this together).

We haven’t seen this type of togetherness in a long time. This really has been our issue.

We are aware people, but we were afraid because the oceans of Iran had become mere water droplets.
In the past days, the water has been found again in the oceans. We have found our unity.

We need to continue protesting in front of the embassies and lobby the issues pertaining to the people of Iran- with help from world governments, journalists and citizens.

We need the world to recognize Ahmadinejad as the leader of a coup d’etat and not as the leader of Iran. If this happens, we will be successful.

We have already been successful. Iran’s history the past 30 years has been dissapointing. Now, our dissapointment has been expressed. We have found each other again.

Even with all the violence happening in Iran, the Iranian people are more kind to each other now. For example, some put their motorcylces on fire, destroy their vehicles, so the fuels of their vehicles suppress the effects of the tear gas.

They are defending each other.

Around the world, we see that people have put their differences aside.

Eveyrone is uniting their voices, chanting:

“What happened to our vote?”
“We want to vote again!”

We want to have the rights to our future.

I think that every Iranain in Iran is a commander, a force. Every Iranian outside of iran is a representative of the people in Iran, a reporter.

Every Iranian who gets killed in the streets is a martyr. They are also all media, filming with their cell phones and uploading the content onto Youtube.

We need to take these videos from Youtube and send out the links- send them to the reporters.
You can help the reporters who may not be able to find all the videos amongst the many being uploaded.

We need to work collectively to spread the information coming out from Iran.

We need to continue.

Friday night, at sunset, light a candle. Think about and respect the deaths of the brave. The Iranian people are planning to do the same outisde their houses, on their roofs, chanting: “Allah o Akbar.

They will be chanting “Allah o Akbar” to not prove their religion, but to voice the intolerable pressures put on them by the government.

Wearing the colour green is not to represent Mousavi, it is to represent a movement (democratic movement).

We are all supporters. Right now, none of us belong to any specific groups- we need to unite.

This is to speak out against Ahmadinejad, Khamenei, and 30 years of dictatorship in Iran. We want to take that closer step toward democracy.

We should follow the footsteps of Ghandi and Mandella.

We want the people of the West and the media to listen to the words of the Iranian people in Iran.

I am with you, we are all together.

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However, we do share the same sentiments. Share this video; share the translation with the world.

Latest photos of Iran protest

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Hamad Saber has posted pix of the protests, including days five and six. Go here to see them.

Written by Valerie Curl

June 27, 2009 at 4:17 AM

Preamble to Iranian Constitution

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Just like the U.S., Iran has a Constitution which guarantees certain rights yo the citizens. What the current Iranian government is doing to its citizens, and demanding/recommending be done to its citizens violates their Constitution. What would happen anywhere in the free world if te sitting government violated their Constitutions? We in the U.S. know: we impeach the sitting president or vote out the administration. The Iranian people deserve better from their government. They deserve a government that follows the law and lives up to thier Constitution.

Here is the Preamble to the Iranian Constitution:

With regards to the intrinsic nature of this great movement, the Constitution guarantees to oppose any kind of despotism, intellectual, social, and as regards monopoly economics, and to struggle for freedom from the despotic system, and to entrust men’s destiny to their own hands.

Don’t become distracted by simple, irrelevant things. Keep the focus on Iran. Make sure the world is aware of every single violation of human rights and their Constitution that the government does and approves.

Written by Valerie Curl

June 26, 2009 at 11:20 PM

Iranian gov’t & media blame Britian for protests

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I know. Nothing new there. Corrupt leaders always blame someone else when the people get sick and tired of repression and take to the streets. Today’s Guardian UK writes:

According to the BBC’s monitoring service, Iranian al-Alam television has been continually broadcasting “confessions” by two alleged members of the Mojahedin-e-Khalq, also known as the People’s Mojahedin of Iran, a US-designated terrorist group opposed to the regime. Al-Alam claimed the two had admitted receiving instructions from the group’s “operations room in Britain” that included incitement of demonstrators and “sabotage attacks inside Iran”. Other channels have carried similar reports.

Raising this witch-hunt to a new heights of fantasy, Iran’s security forces are now claiming that unknown “terrorists” and “vandals”, rather than they themselves, were responsible for shooting and killing demonstrators in Tehran on Saturday. With relatively independent figures such as Ali Larijani, speaker of the Majlis (parliament), giving credence to talk of foreign plots, and with the Majlis’s foreign policy commission calling for a review of diplomatic ties with Britain, it’s possible on current trends that Britain’s ambassador may soon be packing his bags. Ominously, foreign ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi refused today to rule out expulsion of foreign ambassadors.

I guess the guys running things in Iran think the rest of the world is stupid. Even Iranians don’t believe the propaganda being disseminated by their regime. However, the most interesting – shall we say, revealing – thing about the Iranian government’s blustery speech against Britian:

Unsourced reports are circulating, meanwhile, that British banks have frozen $1.6bn in funds belonging to Mojtaba Khamenei, son of the supreme leader. This supposed affront is cited as another reason for displeasure with Britain in high places.

And Ahmedinejad has the temerity to call Rafsanjani corrupt? $1.6 billion? Now that’s gotta be corruption of the first order. No wonder Khamenei doesn’t want Mousavi to take office – his son might lose wealth back to the people from whom it must have been stolen.

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