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Wednesday's Sea of Green in Iran is Confirmed

Iran's so far away, but is the truth about this place even farther away?

Photos from Iran from various sources.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Wednesday Iran will be a "Sea of Green" as protesters take to the streets after several consecutive days of unrest. Protesters organizing the event ask others to come to Baharestan Square in Tehran at 4:00 p.m.

Iranians can apparently move around without a lot of hassle if they aren't wearing the color that represents the Freedom Movement. One person twittered, "Going to Bazaar is safe, just don't wear green."

Doctors are being asked to make themselves available to the people outside the hospitals if they are surrounded by Basij.

I wrote about this yesterday, and I remind all people reading this that they too can visit the Twitter site, the Iranian Election Tweet Grid, and see for themselves exactly what is taking place: http://tweetgrid.com/grid?l=2&q1=%23iranelection&q2=%23gr88&q3=%23cnnfail&htag=iran%20election

Challenger for the office of Iranian President, Mir-Hossein Mousavi, is encouraging the resistance movement that is claiming more innocent lives each day. Mousavi has stated, "If I am arrested or killed - strike until the Government falls."

That is a strong call for freedom by a man whose wishes are calling people into the street to die.


Mir-Hossein Mousavi was born September 29th 1941 in Khameneh, East Azarbaijan, Iran. His father Mir-Esmail, was a tea merchant. Musavi grew up in Khameneh and following his graduation from high school in 1958, moved to Tehran.

As a young man in the early sixties, Wikipedia explains that he had a close relationship with the Freedom Movement of Iran which was founded by Mehdi Bazargan, Yadolah Sahabi, and Mahmoud Taleghani.

Mousavi was among the student activists who regularly attended Ali Shariati's lectures at Hosseiniyeh Ershad of Tehran.

Mousavi married Zahra Rahnavard, a fellow university student, and was actively involved in the success of Iranian revolution. Yet during this time, he was imprisoned for organizing street protests against the monarchy of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

Mousavi assisted in the formation of the Islamic Republican Party in 1979. He helped establish the Islamic Republic in Iran and the overthrowing of Iran's monarchy. In addition to becoming the political secretary of the party, he also served as the chief editor of party newspaper Jomhouri-e Eslami.

On October 31st 1981, Mousavi became the 79th prime minister of Iran, a position he held until August 3rd 1989.

But there was conflict between Mousavi who hailed from the left wing of the Islamic Republic, and Ali Khamenei, Iran's current leader, who is a member of the right wing of the Islamic Republic.

Those conflicts escalated and led to Mousavi's resignation shortly after the end of the Iran-Iraq war in 1988. Mousavi had the support of Ruhollah Khomeini, the supreme leader, who refused to accept his resignation.

Ironically, Mousavi is remembered as leading a government that did not tolerate dissent, according to Wikipedia.

Not surprisingly, it is the Internet that is giving the movement it's fuel, while regular media channels rely on the different sites providing information. One Twitter poster said they would appreciate it if "CNN would at least 'try' to credit twitter and not the 'Internets'."

As the world tries to understand and stay abreast of information coming out of Iran, posters report that there is a call for Mousavi to be arrested. "We will not stop, you can jail 1 million, another million will rise up," that poster said.

That is certainly not the first time that reports of Mousavi's arrest have surfaced.

Journalist Robert Fisk might know more about Tehran than any western person alive. He is the Middle East correspondent of the UK newspaper The Independent, he's spent more than 30 years living in and reporting from the region, winning many awards for his work, and has been described in the New York Times as "probably the most famous foreign correspondent in Britain."

He suggests that the confusion and misunderstandings about what is taking place in Iran is far more widespread than people realize. While Fisk doesn't doubt that election fraud took place, he suggests that an evaluation of the country's 71 million residents and their votes would be long and involved.

Moreover, he said that when visiting the slums of south Tehran Friday, he found that the number of Ahmadinejad supporters was growing while Mousavi's support dribbled away. Of course nobody really knows why, or if possibly people are simply intimidated.

In Tehran, there is little doubt that the protesters are going to let the matter die. Today people reportedly renamed the street where the young teenage girl named Neda was killed to Neda Street. You can tell by their online comments that they are in a rage.

Fisk says that for many in Tehran, it is much of it is less political and more a matter of shenanigans. He talks about watching teenagers on motorcycles from the roof of the Tehran Al Jazeera station, "whooping with delight as they set light to the contents of a litter bin on the corner of the highway."

He says two Iranian cops ran up with night-sticks but the kids raced away on their bikes with "shouts of derision". Then Fisk talked to members of the Tehran fire brigade who turned up to put out – "as one of the firemen later told me with infinite exhaustion – their 79th litter-bin fire of the night."

Back in the U.S.A.

People like John McCain say they are rooting for the demonstrators, but American politicians like this Arizona Senator, would likely lose their minds over this level of protest in the streets of America and might even go so far as to brand them domestic terrorists.

McCain's crowd is like the crowd that gathers at a school fight and encourages the violence for the sake of a good show.

Regarding the ongoing western lie about nuclear weapons in Iran, and I say lie because it is constantly stated as a matter of fact by U.S. politicians and news reporters without a shred of proof, Fisk wrote, "How many of us reported a blunt statement which the Supreme Leader and the man who ultimately controls all nuclear development in Iran made on 4 June, just eight days before the elections?"

"'Nuclear weapons,' he said in a speech in which he encouraged Iranians to vote, 'are religiously forbidden (haram) in Islam and the Iranian people do not have such a weapon. But the Western countries and the US in particular, through false propaganda, claim that Iran seeks to build nuclear bombs – which is totally false...'."

Western people have been so bamboozled by the inaccurate reporting from news organizations like CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX, that their proximity to the truth is literally several steps farther away than it should be.

These lies are the commonality between the U.S. and Iran; and credibility is low and you really never know the truth.

Finally, according to Twitter, people spotted online saying 'No protest' are part of a group with 20 -40 followers and have tweeted less 24 hrs. They advise that these discouraging tweets are from government agents and they urge citizens to ignore them.

Also, blood donations are needed in Tehran. Check the Twitter site for more information and visit this site to learn about handling blood: http://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/milmed/first.pdf

This video is titled AHMADINEJAD BREAKS HIS SILENCE, it is a joke and very funny, for our English speaking viewers:



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dude June 24, 2009 8:35 pm (Pacific time)

You are way too unfair to Jones bro he is legit--
When I type in "Bob Baer wrote in TIME Magazine that Mousavi" to google it comes up first on the list right there from time.com---Robert Baer: Don't Forget Mousavi's Bloody Past
By Robert Baer Thursday, Jun. 18, 2009
--Before we go too far down the road cheering the forces of Iranian democracy, let's not forget that its public face, Mir-Hossein Mousavi, has American blood on his hands. He was Iran's Prime Minister during most of the 1980s, a time when the country was waging a terrorist campaign against the U.S...http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1905477,00.html

Editor: Dude, I stand corrected for sure on the part of Baer's article.  However, he quotes "an e-mail from a Lebanese" who was around the developments and I guess maybe he has a reason for not naming this individual.  I appreciate your time on this and maybe Jones is fine, I hope what I said makes sense though.  My thought over the last couple of years has only been focused on truth which includes the 1953 coup and the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company and the reasons behind the 1979 revolution.  It sounds like we are on the same page, I just continue to hope to God that this guy isn't responsible for the cold blooded murders of my Marine brothers.   

dude June 24, 2009 7:19 pm (Pacific time)

Tim: Yeah turns out Mousavi killed hundreds of US marines back in the 80's...I refer you to this story--- Neo-Cons Are Cheerleading For A Terrorist Who Helped Kill Hundreds Of U.S. Marines

The new “patriotism” - Phony conservatives throw their support behind Butcher of Beirut who directed bloody terror campaign against U.S....link@ http://www.prisonplanet.com/neo-cons-are-cheerleading-for-a-terrorist-who-helped-kill-hundreds-of-us-marines.html

Editor: Dude, I looked through your previous posts and I see you're pretty cool.  I am leaving this link here for people to highlight and copy and view if they are interested.  If the allegation is true, then it is worth talking about, but if it is not true then it is scandalous and I'm sure you agree.  If you want to check the background on stories like these, you can highlight a quote and simply drop it in Google and all stories with it will show up with the words in bold and consecutive, in the order they were placed.  There are a bunch of places publishing what Jones calls a quote from Time Magazine, and I checked all nine pages of Google entries, and there isn't a single reference to Time or any other mainstream source.  I know they aren't necessarily always the places to turn, but this allegation about Mousavi is as far as I can tell, 100% restricted to the alternative sites.  I'm talking prisonplanet, sites with strange names, and a couple of sites in the Mideast which I will check out.  Please understand that we are not an alternative site even if we are out of the box.  My point is that most alternative sites cater to a particular mindset and while we are always charged with being left of center, we are not here to simply preach to our own choir.  Including your link allows people to check for themselves, thanks.

Daniel Johnson June 24, 2009 3:24 pm (Pacific time)

In 2002 Iranian diplomat Mostafa T. Zahrani wrote:
“It is a reasonable argument that but for the coup [America launched in 1953], Iran would be a mature democracy. So traumatic was the coup’s legacy that when the Shah finally departed in 1979, many Iranians feared a repetition of 1953, which was one of the motivations for the student seizure of the US embassy. The hostage crisis, in turn, precipitated the Iraqi invasion of Iran, while the [Islamic] revolution itself played a part in the Soviet decision to invade Afghanistan. A lot of history, in short, flowed from a single week in Tehran…"

Rich June 24, 2009 12:21 pm (Pacific time)

Iran may need blood donations but it appears Chicago, home of Saul Alinsky need it far worse. What a shame. "Chicago Violence Endangers Vital Blood Supply (0bama's Chicago) CBS 2 - Chicago ^ | June 24, 2009 | Pamela Jones There is a real emergency for a county hospital emergency room. The uptick in violence is literally draining the blood supply. And as CBS 2's Pamela Jones reports one specific blood type is running dangerously short. "I lost a lot of blood, so they had to give me a lot of blood for me to get back on my toes," said De'London Smith. De'London Smith was stabbed through the heart on Friday. He's still recovering at Stroger Hospital where he says blood transfusions saved him. "It gave me life again. Because from what I heard, I was dead," Smith said. (Excerpt) Read more at cbs2chicago.com ..."

dude June 24, 2009 12:16 pm (Pacific time)

I noticed you forgot to mention that it came out that Mousavi is an ex-terrorist and isn't even viable as a leader to the Iranians anymore. I also agree with the first comment- Iran doesn't even have free speech along with much of europe. (but the US is supposed to) Why don't we take the log out of our own eye before we worry about the splinter in everybody else's?

Martin June 24, 2009 7:10 am (Pacific time)

The 1968 Democratic Convention was pretty intense, as were many urban protests throughout the 60's and 70's. Though Sen. McCain would not know of those first hand because he was being tortured on a regular level as a POW in North Vietnam. Did he lose his mind then? I've seen huge mobs roam the streets back then destroying property and assaulting people, if the name "domestic terrorist" was part of the lexion then, I'm sure we would have called them domestic terrorists.

Anonymous June 23, 2009 6:15 pm (Pacific time)

do some research and find out what the U.S. is doing to people protesting. Why is THAT not in mainstream media news?? Go on youtube and type in "protestors arrested" you will spend hours seing true video in regards to what is going on in OUR OWN COUNTRY!! Where are you mainstream news? where are you Tim???

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