Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Anti Ahmadinejad supporters engage in peaceful protest.
MP Alikhani defends Mousavi and his allies in front of rowdy conservative Majlis members trying to prevent him from talking. This powerful speech attacks election fraud and was given on June 16, four days after the election.
Monday, June 29, 2009
On tomorrow night RTE is running a programme titled Lemass: The Man who Made Modern Ireland.The title of the programme is misleading.
In 1950 Fine Gael Minister for Industry and Commerce Dan Morrissey established the IDA -The Industrial Development Authority. Sean Lemass in opposition pledged to abolish the IDA if returned to power. FF on return to power in 1951 did not abolish the IDA. The IDA has played a major role in the development of Irish industry.
FF remained in power from 1951- 1954.
In 1954 Fine Gael, Labour, and Clann na Talmhan took office. FG TD Gerard Sweetman was appointed Minister for Finance.
That government inherited an economic mess. Unemployment stood at 421,000 whilst over 100,000 people had left agriculture during the previous 8 years. Sweetman strongly opposed the protectionist policies of FF and took very hard decisions. Sweetman believed that Ireland could grow its economy on the basis off booming exports. In his budget in 1955, he introduced a radical -for the time-scheme whereby a tax exemption was provided for exported goods. He also established the prize bonds scheme as a means of covering the national debt. In 1956 he plucked civil servant TK Whitaker from relative obscurity in the Civil Service and appointed him Secretary General of the Department of Finance. This raised quite a few eyebrows but the decision was a mark of Sweetman's greatness.
The incoming FF government benefited from Sweetman's decisions and indeed the work of Dan Morrissey in establishing the IDA in 1950.
TK Whitaker was the brainchild behind the First Programme for Economic Expansion, which played a major role in Irelands economic development in the 1960s. It is to the credit of Sean Lemass and a mark of his greatness that he accepted Whitaker's proposals and supported free trade policies espoused by Gerard Sweetman and T K Whitaker. In fact Lemass was now advocating policies diametrically opposed to those pursued by FF in power since the 1930. Certainly Sean Lemass was one of the makers of modern Ireland. But so also were Gerard Sweetman and T K Whitaker amongst others. It is important to realise that without the work of Sweetman and Whitaker, Lemass would have achieved little.
Mostafavi and Sepehrifar were arrested yesterday around the Ghoba mosque located at Tehran Shariati street.Also, Reza Attaran comedian actor was arrested in front of the Ghoba mosque.More than 3000 people attended yesterday’s gathering. Police attacked the protestors with tear gas and arrested some.According to some reports at least 8 people were arrested yesterday.
Read full story at Revolutionary Road
Defying an official ban, hundreds of people held a graveside tribute last Thursday for the woman who's become a symbol of the Iranian opposition after she was killed while protesting the country's disputed election.
Witnesses said the crowd gathered around 5 p.m. Thursday at the Behesht-e-Zahra cemetery, an hour's drive south of Tehran, for a memorial service for Neda Agha-Soltan...
Full story Here
Sunday, June 28, 2009
3000 anti Ahmadinejad protesters gathered at the mosque in north Tehran. Mir-Hossein Mousavi who is currently under constant watch by government forces was unable to attend the protests. However he was able to speak to the protesters via mobile phone and mega phone. The so called security forces used tear gas and strong arm tactics to disperse the crowd.
This video shows groups of Iranians releasing green balloons into the skies over Tehran,in a show of solidarity and as a form of protest against a rigged election and the brutality of the regime.
Iranians also visited a Tehran cemetery Friday and released green balloons to pay tribute to Neda Agha Soltan who was shot dead by Iranian security forces.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Vahid the writer to Vahid Online weblog has been arrested. Ali Mosleh the writer of The Mailman ring twice weblog, has also been arrested.Many bloggers and Human rights activist are still in prison and we have not heard anything on their condition.Shiva Nazar Ahari, Ali Kalai, Somaye Tohid loo, Ahamd Zeid Abadi, Abdollah Momeni, Ali Mosleh, Emad Bahavar, Majid Dari, Mahsa AmrAbadi and Mohammad Ali Abtahi.
At least three people were wounded in clashes between Tehran residents and the Islamic Republic’s Forces on Saturday in the city center.
The clashes occurred on Towhid Street and Keshavarz Boulevard as Police tried to stop people from entering Laleh Park to attend a rally called for by the mothers of those killed during the recent nationwide protests. They also planned to honor the memory of Neda Agha Soltan.
Meanwhile, the Bazaaris have called for a strike. Trading has come to a halt today and the Bazaar is virtually closed.
The carpet Bazaar has been closed today following the call for today’s protest.
The Riot police & plain clothes attacked protesters today afternoon in streets leading to Laleh Park in Tehran. At least three persons were arrested.
“Since 5 pm (Tehran time), people have been going to Laleh Park in order to continue their anti-government protests. Riot police And Plain clothes have been stationed in all streets and alleys leading to Laleh Park including Enqelab Square. A large number of basijis are on the foot, on motorcycles and in patrol vehicles, in the square,” .
“The regime’s repressive forces attacked people who were chanting ‘death to dictator’ to force them to leave the area. Up to now at least three persons have been arrested.”
“In Enqelab Square there are a large number of plainclothes agents stationed.” Today at 6pm Tehran time, the people of Kermanshah in Iran have called for a rally to commemorate Neda and for 'freedom for all.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Video: Iranian Student asks for help for Iran from the International Community (especially the EU and US)
In this video (June 23, 2009) an Iranian student protester in Tehran makes a passionate plea for help from the world community-especially the EU and the US- in a phone call to CNN's American Morning. He also outlines clearly the demands of the protesters for a more open society and good relations between Iran and the international community.
Police Brutality in Iran exposed
This comes from Revolutionary Road
Date: Wednesday 24th June 2009.
The following email in Farsi we received today (Wednesday 24th june). It is written by a doctor from “Rasul Akram” hospital in Tehran who says that some people were killed not only by one bullet as they found two or three bullets in some bodies, close to one another, showing that shooters used barrage shooting against people and not only a single shot. A 68 year old man had 3 bullets in his body, two on his left shoulder and one in the left side of his stomach.
The doctors of the “Rasul Akram”hospital say they had been faced with 38 people killed during last week’s protests. Apparently, police took the corpse of the dead bodies out from the hospital and carried them away by truck. Most of their families still do not know if their children have been killed. Besides, among the corpse there were some 15, 16 years old kids. According to the email, the crew of the hospital protested in the street next to the hospital giving out the information about the violence to the people. The photos attached are from this demonstration which appears to have taken place earlier this week.
-Where s my vote?
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Excerpt of live blog by Revolutionary Road
More than 10.000 Bassij Milittias get position in Central Tehran, including Baharestan Sq.
In Baharestan Sq. in the Police shooting, A girl is shot and the police is not allowing to let them help
The girl who was shot was taken to a private clinic, not known yet of her well being...alive or not?
About 5,000 Protesters gatherd at Sadeghieh Sq, Bassij and Hezbollah attcking them
At Baharestan Sq plain clothes are between people and whoever talks they arrest him/her
We saw 7/8 militia beating one woman with baton on ground - she had no defense nothing
So many people arrested - young & old
In Baharestan we saw militia with axe choping people like meat - blood everywhere - like butcher
The military plain clothes have entered the crowd with high speed on bikes, they are beating people with cable and batons, almost everyone in the crowd is injured, there is blood everywhere!..
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I am here in order to tell you that she died in her father's arms.
I am here in order to tell you that my sister had big dreams.
I am here in order to tell you that my sister was very modest [in her dreams].
She longed - just like me - after one day feeling the wind in her hair, and just like me she loved poems by Farukh (?), a Persian poet, and she....
....longed for freedom and equality.
She longed after one day being able to say I am Iranian; with her head held up high.
She longed after one day falling in love with a man with a [inaudible] haircut, giving birth to a daughter, singing lullabies at her cradle, or to plait her child's long hair.
My sister died because she was not allowed to live like a human being; my sister died because injustice would not end; my sister died because she loved life so much, and my sister died because she cared lovingly for her fellow humans well-being.
All our brothers and sisters in Iran: You are not alone!
Neda Agha-Soltan. (Nedā Āġā-Soltān; b 1982 - d June 20, 2009). Video of murder here
Iranian security officials have begun pulling down posters of Neda Agha Soltan, the young woman who has become the face of the country's pro-democracy uprising after her death in Tehran was captured on video.
Relatives said images of Neda Agha Soltan, 27, who has been described as Iran's "Angel of Freedom" after she was apparently shot dead on Saturday, had been targeted by plain-clothed officials.
They had removed any material commemorating the 27-year-old student that had been erected near her home by sympathisers in the Iranian capital. Read full story Here.
Mazandaran University-while eleven students remain in detention and no information available on their status, in the last two days also two female students, Marjan Fiazi and Sogand ALykhah, were arrested.
In the meantime, 40 of the other students were also prohibited from attending university......These repressive encounters in Mazandaran is happening while alireza Kiani, siavash safavi, Milad Hosseini Keshtan, Ali Nazari, Rahman Yaghoubi, Maziar Yazdani, Ali Abbassi, Shovaneh Merikhi and...are still in detention. While, a large number of students are prohibited to enter, the university is still under severe security measures . More details at Revolutionary Road.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
This video was taken today Sunday 21st June 2009 near UN HeadquartersThey are yelling:
"Have no fear, we are all together. Don't be afraid, don't be afraid, we are all together!"and then "Down with dictator".Source:Revolutionary Road
Saturday, June 20, 2009
The video and following report from iroom via IReport.com
Basij shots to death a young woman in Tehran's Saturday June 20th protests At 19:05 June 20th Place: Karekar Ave., at the corner crossing Khosravi St. and Salehi st. A young woman- Neda Agha Soltan- who was standing aside with her father watching the protests was shot by a basij member hiding on the rooftop of a civilian house. He had clear shot at the girl and could not miss her. However, he aimed straight her heart. I am a doctor, so I rushed to try to save her. But the impact of the gunshot was so fierce that the bullet had blasted inside the victim's chest, and she died in less than 2 minutes. The protests were going on about 1 kilometers away in the main street and some of the protesting crowd were running from tear gass used among them, towards Salehi St. The film is shot by my friend who was standing beside me. Please let the world know.
Neda Agha Soltan was born in 1982 and was a philosophy student.
There is a fine minute by minute report of events in Tehran today on Revolutionary Road
Included in the report is an excellent BBC video
Friday, June 19, 2009
Civil War ?
"If there is any bloodshed, leaders of the protests will be held directly responsible,"His speech offers little hope for an immediate resolution of the dispute. He has seriously misread the mood on the ground. The pro Mousavi supporters are unlikely to be mollified by lectures. There is now grave danger that Iran could plunge into a civil war which will benefit neither Iranians nor the world.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
It is already a great tragedy that the District of Columbia has the highest abortion rate in the country. What's even worse is forcing pro-life taxpayers to foot the bill for over 7,200 abortions a year in D.C.
Congresswomen like Jean Schmidt (R-OH), Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Kathy Dahlkemper (D-PA), Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) are leading the fight in Congress against taxpayer-funded abortions in D.C.
Iran: 8 Pictures from Today Thursday June 18 of pro Mousavi protest in Tehran mourning those killed by regime
Photographs © Farhad Rajabali
Pro Mousavi supporters carried a green shroud. This is intended to symbolise mourning for those who died.
Post rally, at Ferdowsi square. 6 pm
Post rally, moving from Imam Khomaini square up Ferdowsi ave. towards the North-near the Turkish and German embassies.↓↓
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Bottom video via The Hub via Youtube
Videos of the huge pro Mousavi demonstration held in Tehran today 17/6/09.
Shiraz lies about 600 miles South of Tehran.
Mousavi calls for a day of mourning on tomorrow (Thursday)
Iranian opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi has called for more peaceful demonstrations today and tomorrow as foreign journalists labour under severe reporting restrictions imposed by the regime. Mr Mousavi has called for a day of mourning on tomorrow to commemorate those killed by agents of the state. Mousavi called on supporters to "express their solidarity with the families ... by coming together in mosques or taking part in peaceful demonstrations."
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
This student Died After Police Shooting in Isfahan's student's dorm!(IRAN).
This report comes from "Marija" in Isfahan:
My family is living in Isfahan, Iran. One student was killed tonight in Isfahan, please inform people. The violence is not only in Tehran, it is ongoing in Ifahan, Tabriz , Shiraz, and other cities as well . Please help people in Iran.
Notwithstanding the fact that Mirhosein Mosavi told supporters not to participate in this rally,hundreds of thousands of protesters gathered in front of jamejam(national tv)to show their anger at national tv policy.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Iranian riot police attacked the male students dorm at isfahan university of technology. These are the first pictures. Some students have been arrested. Others are in hospital (14/6/09).
Friday, June 12, 2009
This is vintage Sarah Palin as she demolishes Letterman's half baked excuses. The video was uploaded by a leftist anti Palin group. It actually vindicates Palin.
Excerpt of Interview:
Sarah Palin: ..... I found out later about the comment that was made about the statutory rape of my 14 year-old daughter Willow knowing that crossed the line and then others chiming in on other comments that Letterman made. It's a sad commentary of our culture and society to chuckle and laugh through comments such as he made the other night. I think it is quite unfortunate.Via GatewayPundit
Matt Lauer: Since David Letterman is not here let me just say that he did did not mention Willow by name and that he went on to say that he was not referring to your 14 year-old daughter.........
Sarah Palin:I would say that you and anybody else are extremely naive to believe that very convenient excuse of David Letterman's the other day. It took him a couple of days to think of that excuse and 'Uhhh... No, he wasn't talking about my daughter that was there with me at the game, the 14 year-old. He was talking about some other daughter.' Well I think it was a weak excuse and regardless it was a degrading comment about a young woman and I would hope that people would rise up and decide it's not acceptable. No wonder young girls especially have such low self-esteem in America when we think it's funny for a so-called comedian to get away with making a similar remark as he did....
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Special Medjugorje Message, June 2, 2009- Our Lady's apparition to Mirjana
Dear children! My love seeks your complete and unconditional love which will not leave you the same as you are, Instead it will change you and teach you to trust in my Son. My children with my love I am saving you and making you true witnesses of the goodness of my Son. Therefore my children do not be afraid to witness love in the name of my Son. Thank you.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
David Letterman said Gov. Sarah Palin bought makeup from Bloomingdale's to update her "slutty flight attendant" look
Sarah Palin called David Letterman "pathetic" Tuesday after the CBS Late Show host said the Alaska Republican governor sports a "slutty flight attendant look". Read more at: Politico. No doubt on second thoughts Letterman will surely realise that his comments are in very bad taste. He should have the good grace to withdraw the comments and apologise. It is time for the liberal media to desist from its persecution of Sarah Palin and her family. The witch-hunt must stop.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
This talking points memo is vintage O'Reilly.
Video: Sean Hannity's complete interview with Gov. Sarah Palin on government growth and spending (8/6/09)
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Deirde De Burca demanded a recount and lost the party further credibility.
Chris O'Leary contested the local elections as an independent and was reelected. Last weeks ugly smear directed at Enda Kenny backfired.
Tonight on RTE defeated Green candidate Niall Ó Brolcháin -from-Galway-mentioned the possibility of crossing the floor and joining FG and Labour in a new government. This suggestion was promptly rubbished by Pat Rabbitte and Phil Hogan who stressed the necessity of a general election to ensure that a new government had a mandate. Quite simply the Greens are caught between a rock and a hard place. Continued participation in government is damaging the party. However if the Greens were to precipitate a general election the party would in all probability lose its full complement of TDs.The Greens would go the way of the PDs.
The Green Party has no option but to remain in government and hope that the tide turns in the next 2-3 years.
Surely Green turkeys will not vote for Christmas.
|Party||1st Pref||% Votes||Seats Won|
|Name||Party||Sitting||1st Pref||% Votes||Elected|
|MANSFIELD, Brendan||Sinn Fein||Sitting||978||11.5%||Elected|
In this electoral area the number of seats was reduced from 7 to six. One of the outgoing councillors faced the chop. Labour's Teresa Wright lost her seat. Many expected that FGs Pat Nugent would lose out. However he turned in a stunning performance and secured 1214 first preferences. This election has been a great success for FG with the party securing 3,705 (43.7%) first preferences. In addition Damien Geoghegan (FG) topped the poll with 1300 first preferences.
FFs failure to run a candidate from Dungarvan town backfired whilst the strategy of introducing Ollie Wilkinson (resident in Lismore Electoral area) failed to yield an extra seat. Seamus O'Donnell was not nominated by FF and ran as an independent. However he failed to secure election.
|Party||First Pref||%Votes||Seats Won|
Here FF suffered an embarrassing reverse. It entered the election with 2 seats. Its strategy of adding Bernard Leddy to the ticket backfired and cost Kevin Wilkinson his seat. Both candidates were operating out of the town of Lismore. Outgoing councillor Kevin Wilkinson was eliminated. His transfers scattered and failed to bring in Bernard Leddy. This allowed Labour candidate John Pratt (Tallow) to snatch the seat. FF with 40.4% of first preferences could only manage one seat whilst Labour with 14.4% also won a seat. James Tobin FF topped the poll.
Newcomer for FG Liam Curran polled strongly, however he was overtaken by hardworking councillor Declan Doocey (FG) who has been particularly effective since his election in 2004. Cllr Nora Flynn-from Cappoquin- as usual garnered a huge vote testimony to her effectiveness as a great councillor.
FG will be particularly satisfied with its huge vote-(45.3%). This is up from 38% in the 2004 Local Elections. Indeed the party came close to snatching a third seat.