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Pro-Ahmadinejad websites blocked By order of the judiciary, three websites that support Ahmadinejad and the group aligned with him for the Majles elections, Jebheh Paaydaari-e Enghelab-e Eslami (JPEE, or Durable Front of the Islamic Revolution) have been blocked by the judiciary.
The websites are Bibak News, 598, and Serat News. Last week, Saeed Zakeri, political editor of 9 Dey, was arrested. The magazine is published by the cleric Hamid Rasaei, a hardline Majles deputy who supports Ahmadinejad and the JPEE.
Khamenei's fatwa on voting
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has issued a fatwa which declares that "those who are qualified to vote, and can vote, must vote." The edict also states, "Any candidate whose qualifications have been accepted by the Guardian Council is qualified to be elected, but between the qualified and most qualified the people should elect, based on wisdom, the latter."
85,000 Basijis to "provide security for the elections"
Brigadier General Esmail Ahmadi Moghaddam, the commander of the national police, said that, in addition to the forces under his command, 85,000 members of the Basij militia will "provide security for the elections." The hardliners that are opposed to Ahmadinejad have been concerned about possible clashes between his supporters and their own.
The most popular and influential opposition groups have been outlawed or forced into silence.
They include the reformists -- Islamic Iran Participation Front (IIPF), the Organization of Islamic Revolution Mojahedin (OIRM), and the National Trust Party -- groups allied with the reformists -- the Executives of Construction Party, which is close to Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani; the leftist Association of Combatant Clerics (ACC) and Association of Teachers and Scholars of Qom; and the Nationalist-Religious Coalition -- the nationalist National Front, and several other small groups.
Meanwhile, hardline political groups have proliferated like wild mushrooms, with no restrictions whatsoever on their activities. The most important university and former university activists -- brave men and women such as Bahareh Hedayat, Hassan Asadi Zeidabadi, Ali Jamali, and Shiva Nazar Ahari -- have also been jailed. Their organizations, the Office for Consolidation of Unity (OCU, or Tahkim-e Vahdat) and the Organization of University Graduates (OUG, or Advar-e Tahkim-e Vahdat), have been decimated. The hardliners have created a fake OCU.
Forty-two of the country's most influential journalists are in prison, making Iran the worst state in the world in terms of jailing members of the press. Brave men and women, such as Dr. Ahmad Zeidabadi, Keyvan Samimi, Bahman Ahmadi Amooee, Masoud Bastani, Mohammad Davari, Mehdi Mahmoudian, Hengameh Shahidi, and Fatemeh Kheradmand are languishing in jail, or about to be sent there.
Most of the reformist newspapers, magazines, and other publications have been closed. The very few that are still allowed to publish heavily censor themselves, lest they be quickly shuttered. Iran ranks near the bottom in global rankings of freedom of the press. Some of the most courageous attorneys representing the political prisoners -- men and women such as Nasrin Sotoudeh and Abdolfattah Soltani -- have also been imprisoned. In effect, the hardliners dare the attorneys to work on behalf of the political prisoners at the risk of their own freedom.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei predicts a high turnout in Iran’s upcoming parliamentary elections, describing the event as yet another firm slap in the face of the global arrogance.
The upcoming vote, indeed, is shaping up to be even less free and fair than ones in the past.
These parliamentary elections come at a turbulent time. Domestic mismanagement and international sanctions have reduced the economy to a shambles. Many Iranians blame the ideologically inflexible Shiite theocrats for their nation's internal woes and global isolation. Iranian youth, who make up over 50 percent of the population, are rejecting clerically-dictated behavioral codes. Even President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, having sensed the shifting winds of popular sentiment, has begun opposing the mandates and mores of his clerical overlords. The political discontent that crystallized around the reformist Green Path of Hope (or Green Movement) during June 2009's rigged presidential election, only to be violently suppressed by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Basij paramilitaries, continues to simmer.
Yet, despite the mounting frustration of Iran's citizens, events during the run-up to the parliamentary elections suggest that regime change through domestically-inspired, popularly determined politics is less likely than ever before. Faced with the most serious political, social, and economic challenges to their rule in three decades, the ayatollahs are manipulating the representational process not just to thwart reform but to ensure that all avenues for change are shut down.
Seeking to generate voters' sympathy for the regime, the ayatollahs are doing their best to goad the U.S. and Israel into confrontation.
A war with Israel or the U.S. would be a boon for the ayatollahs. Not only would it boost their sagging legitimacy by compelling Iranians to rally around the flag; it would also give the clerics a perfect pretext to cancel the elections (under Article 68 of the Islamic Republic's Constitution), round up the reformists, and silence all dissent under the guise of national survival.
Consequently, if one of Iran's adversaries decides to take on the ayatollahs militarily, mere tactical strikes will not sway Iran's despots. Only complete elimination of the ayatollahs' means of enforcing tyranny upon the Iranian people will establish conditions for significant and enduring change at home, which would then pave the way for conforming to international norms.
The bottom line is that representative governance is unlikely to emerge in Iran either during the forthcoming elections or in the future so long as the theocracy endures through force and freedom-seekers lack the might to overthrow it.
Supreme Leader Khamenei regards all attempts at sociopolitical change as meddling in affairs of state -- something that he will not brook.
Given the circumstances, it's not surprising to hear some Iranians make comments like this one:
"If the supreme leader could kill all of us, he would so to ensure he has no opponents."
World Reporters to Cover Parliamentary Elections in Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- Hundreds of foreign reporters are in Iran to cover the Friday parliamentary elections in the country.
Director General of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ministry's Foreign Media Department Mohammad Javad Aqajari said some 350 foreign reporters affiliated to 174 international media will cover the news on the parliament elections slated for Friday.
A total of 80 visas have so far been issued to 53 foreign media from Germany, Austria, Spain, the US, Ukraine, Italy, Brazil, Belgium, Turkey, Czech Republic, Russia, France, Japan, Finland, Canada, South Korea, Lebanon and Venezuela. Some 55 reporters have earlier arrived in Tehran.
Originally posted by Deetermined
reply to post by lonewolf19792000
LOL! I think they're going to take their chances waiting out the life of King Abdullah since he'll be 88 years old August 1st. They might try to help him along with an "Islamic Awakening" in Saudi Arabia though!
Others said they were voting to make a statement to higher powers. “I don’t know any candidate but my goal is making God happy. The United States and Israel are God’s enemies, so by voting I’ll make them sad and God happy,” said Zahra, 25, a university student, who did not give her last name.