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Mousavi’s letter on the ‘Constitutional Monarchy’ Movement

Mousavi’s letter on the ‘Constitutional Monarchy’ Movement

Source: Rahesabz
Date: Thursday, August 5, 2010

We are in the midst of the anniversary of the Constitutional Monarchy Movement, which has emphasized the need to restrain the power of the monarchy for more than a hundred years. Aside from demands for justice, freedom and the establishment of law, the achievement of this restraint is the result of our ancestors’ struggle and self-sacrifice. The [various] institutions that appeared along with the movement were constrained by Reza Pahlavi’s so-called “modernization” campaign and were ultimately closed down despite the many lives lost [in the process]. The movement that put people first had been obstructed and the dark era of the first and second Pahlavi Dynasties came to overshadow its fundamental values. However, the values that had surfaced with great sacrifice continued to live on in the people’s constant struggle to free themselves from despotism and authoritarianism, as well as through their inclinations toward freedom, justice and the demand to control their own destiny.

The martyrdom of those like Sattar Khan, the General of the People, and the brave member of Parliament, Moddaress, as well as the murder and imprisonment of many other freedom-seeking activists are historical facts that are evidence of the difficulty of this path. The movements that later nationalized the Oil and organized the People’s Rising on June 5 and, later, the harsh struggles of the following two decades, all show that what was achieved in terms of restraining power not only failed to fade away but also remained as a constant model for people to look up to in future struggles.
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Mahdi Karoubi: Complete Statement for the Anniversary of the Birth of the Green Movement

Mahdi Karoubi: Complete Statement for the Anniversary of the Birth of the Green Movement

Source: SahamNews.org
Date: Sunday, June 20, 2010

To the great and honorable nation of Iran,

A year has passed since your spectacular presence during the 10th presidential elections.  Your enthusiastic participation was a sign of your desire to exercise your right to self-determination in the affairs of your country. However, based on a theory that considers people to be [mere] supporters of the government and the Velayat-e Faqih rather than its appointees – some have put forth their decisions and their votes as though they were yours.
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Karoubi’s Open Letter Commemorating Teachers’ Day and International Workers’ Day

Karoubi’s Open Letter Commemorating Teachers’ Day and International Workers’ Day

Source: SahamNews , Kaleme
Date: Friday, April 30, 2010

Kaleme reports that Mehdi Karoubi has issued an open letter commemorating Teachers’ Day and International Workers’ Day. In the same text he criticized the country’s state of affairs both culturally and economically, by asking: “Is the militarization of the economy that is proposed under Article 44 of the Islamic Constitution [an article that encourages the privatization of government-owned companies] really for the benefit of our workers?”

The text of his letter is as follows:

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The Sentence of Mohammad Nourizad

The Sentence of Mohammad Nourizad

Source: Kaleme
Date: Saturday, April 17, 2010

Mohammad Nourizad has been sentenced to 3.5 years in prison for penning three open letters directed at the Supreme Leader, as well as a letter of criticism that addressed the head of the Judiciary. Currently, he has been illegally detained for 120 days.

The text of the sentence sounds surprisingly primitive. So much so, that one may take it for an article from the hardliner newspaper Keyhan. We have reproduced it below: … Continue Reading

Ezatollah Sahabi’s Open Letter

Ezatollah Sahabi’s Open Letter

Source: Jaras
Date: Saturday, April 10, 2010

In the name of God,

To whom can I speak of my sons’ and daughters’ agony?

Enduring the past nine months and seeing the torment experienced by the sons and daughters of this land has been unbearable for this old man – seeing the nation’s potential melt away in the hands of our incapable rulers; seeing the atrocious treatment of the nation’s righteous and courageous children, both in the streets and in prisons. But the pain has gotten worse lately and I do not know how to handle it or object.

These days, I keep hearing that my dear Badressadat Mofidi, Hengameh Shahidi, Shiva Nazarahari, and many more are under intense pressure [during] interrogation. [I hear that] they are subjected to constant insults with the goal of making them break down and forget about everything they are fighting for. The situation is so unbearable that some of these ladies have wished for death. … Continue Reading

New Year Statement of the Mojahedin of the Islamic Revolution Organization

New Year Statement of the Mojahedin of the Islamic Revolution Organization

Source: Jaras
Date: Sunday, March 14, 2010

In the name of God, the Compassionate and the Merciful,

Noble people of Iran,

We approach the final days of the year 1388 when our nation’s determination and wisdom of our great nation to pursue all legal matters and rights is a source of great pride in our struggle against tyranny, humbling the world with its glory and dignity. This was a year in which the epic Green Movement stood for freedom and democracy, and in opposition to cruelty and violence; a year in which the clear-sightedness shown by you and your children and the despotic behavior of the blind and the power-hungry has played out in the form of a national tragedy – a tragedy that has left the unforgettable imprint of obscenities and wrong-doings in our national consciousness, alongside our most respected civil and religious rights. … Continue Reading

Mir-Hossein Mousavi’s Norouz Message

Mir-Hossein Mousavi’s Norouz Message

Source: Kaleme
Date:  Thursday, March 18, 2010

Kalemeh reports the complete transcripts of this message as follows:

In the name of God, the Compassionate and the Merciful,

The unified caravan of martyrs

I wish all of our people a Happy New Year, as we approach the green spring and this national holiday. I will especially make note of the families of those who lost their lives while defending our independence during the [Iran-Iraq] war, the veterans, the injured, and those who suffered in any way. I should also mention the martyrs and those injured in 1388, [1][the year that is coming to an end], since I see their fate as connected to that of the war-time martyrs; they are all a apart of the caravan of martyrs that our country has produced over the … Continue Reading

Ayatollah Taheri’s message of Dissent on Distorted Representation of Ayatollah Khomieni

Ayatollah Taheri’s message of Dissent on Distorted Representation of Ayatollah Khomieni

Source: Jamaran
Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2010

In the name of God, the Compassionate and the Merciful

Everyone knows about countless great impacts that the Grand Ayatollah Khomeini had on the east and west. He created an immense wave of change. He based all his plans on Quran, Islam and values and he led the nation with a unshakeable confidence and full faith in people to fight regime of oppression and royalty. He was one of those sources of immolation in jurisprudence who with overwhelming knowledge of fundamentals of Islam, and led like a prophet would. … Continue Reading

In Honor of the People’s Participation in the 22nd of Bahman Rally

In Honor of the People’s Participation in the 22nd of Bahman Rally

Source: Norooznews
Date: Saturday, February 13, 2010

The presence of supporters of the Green Movement on 22 Bahman, which was in response to the call of the leaders of the movement, as well as political parties, is much appreciated. Even though the widespread presence of security forces and police prevented them from revealing their green signs, everyone knows that the massive increase of people in this year’s demonstration, compared that of previous years, is due to the presence of the greens.  … Continue Reading

Hardliner of Parliament Open Letter to Mousavi

Hardliner of Parliament Open Letter to Mousavi

Source: Jaras
Date: Saturday, February 6, 2010

Dear Mr. Mir Hossein Mousavi

Please accept my greetings. I have read your interview with the Kalemeh news agency, an interview which rather resembled a statement. Considering that you have issued this interview in the days leading to the anniversary of the revolution, I am assuming that this was an action with an intended purpose and would have practical positive and negative consequences. As a result I thought I would send you this open letter. … Continue Reading

Mehdi Karoubi Statement regarding 22th of Bahman [31st anniversary of the revolution]

Mehdi Karoubi Statement regarding  22th of Bahman  [31st anniversary of the revolution]

Source: Sahamnews
Date: February 3, 2010

In the name of God, most gracious, most merciful
[To the] great and proud people Of Iran,

We are close to 22th of Bahman [February 11th] , the anniversary of the victory of the glorious Islamic revolution under Imam [Khomeini]’s leadership. I want to commemorate this day and express my respect to the martyrs who wanted freedom and independence as well as an Islamic Republic and, as a servant of the people who has been actively present during the ups and downs of the last half-century, put forward some issues with you, who are the main possessors of the revolution, establishment, and country. I hope that those who are currently in charge would take note of these issues rationally, justly, and without taking political inclinations and commitment to various groups, parties, and branches into account. Particularly considering that Mehdi Karroubi has now reached an age where his actions cannot be dismissed on the account of underlying political intentions and as an attempt at acquiring political power and material benefits. If I were after that, I would have sought a peaceful life, let go the reins of the wild camel of Iranian politics, and said nothing of people’s rights and struggles; … Continue Reading

Karoubi’s letter in Response to Ayatollah Yazdi’s speech

Karoubi’s letter in Response to Ayatollah Yazdi’s speech

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2009
Source: Tagheer

On Monday, Mohammad Yazdi, chairman of the society of religious scholars of Qum seminary and one of the former heads of judiciary branch insulted reformist leaders in an manner unseen before. He specially slandered Mr. Karoubi. He considered Karoubi’s reports [of rape, murderer and other atrocities] as jokes and said: “I am saddened that a person who dresses himself like a clergy has turned into a big joke in our society, and now they call him the Sheikh (Sage) of reformist movement.” Further he alluded to Karoubi’s recent trip to seminary city of Qom and said: “God knows what would have happened to him if there weren’t people to guard him [from the angry crowd.]” In this context, Karoubi has responded in an interview published by Tagheer, the website of the party he leads, National Trust. Here’s a complete letter as published by Tagheer.

Ayatollah Yazdi!

Regarding your recent speech to the crowd of religious missionaries in the city of Qum, I would like to respond with two remarks, and two reminders. … Continue Reading

Ayatollah Montazeri Response to Questions on The Green Movement

Ayatollah Montazeri Response to Questions on The Green Movement

Source: Ayatollah Montazeri’s Website
Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Honorable Grand Ayatollah Montazeri:

As you are aware, Iranians introduced valid demands before the election in order to achieve greater [nationwide] political, economic and social standing. And, to realize these aspirations, the nation participated in the election with undeniable passion and vigor. However, the authorities subsequently altered the election results, which resulted in the conditions we are witnessing today. … Continue Reading

Mousavi’s 14th Statement

Mousavi’s 14th Statement

Source: Kalemeh
Date: Saturday, October 31, 2009

In the Name of God the Compassionate, the Merciful,

In our modern history, the thirteenth of Aban [4th of November] is reminiscent of three events. The first was when Imam Khomeini was exiled, and the movement went into a thirteen year recession. After being able to silence the movement by sending the Imam into exile, the Shah’s regime marveled at why such a thing was not done sooner. There was one uprising and one Imam, and when he was far from it, there was nothing left of its spirit. Was the Imam truly alone in the movement he had begun? Never. It is never such that one person can create change in society. He had many followers, but they were not like the friends that would surround him years later, when he said: “our leader is that 13 year old child …”
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Karoubi Responds to Ayatollah Hamadani

Karoubi Responds to Ayatollah Hamadani

Source: advarNews
Date: Saturday, October 17, 2009

In the Name of God,
To Grand Ayatollah Nouri Hamadani,

Greetings,

I am writing this letter to discuss the recent interview you conducted with Maaref radio, which was also broadly cited in Kayhan [newspaper], I would like to amiably clarify certain points, prevent misunderstandings and defend the sanctity of Shi’a marjas. In this interview, you spoke in a way that was not appropriate or considerate of recent events. You also referred to the election and its aftermath and spoke at length about Kahrizak [detention center] as well as its critics. You proclaimed that these critics humiliated the establishment; you also asked them to repent.
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Mousavi’s letter on the ‘Constitutional Monarchy’ Movement

August 10, 2010

Source: Rahesabz Date: Thursday, August 5, 2010 We are in the midst of the anniversary of the Constitutional Monarchy Movement, which has emphasized the need to restrain the power of the monarchy for more than a hundred years. Aside from demands for justice, freedom and the establishment of law, the achievement of this restraint is […]

Mahdi Karoubi: Complete Statement for the Anniversary of the Birth of the Green Movement

June 20, 2010

The vote they stole from you and the rights that they took from you unjustly are a shameful stain that cannot be hidden with whatever colour it is painted over. This is so much the case that after one year, despite all the pressures and intimidation, not only have your rightful demands not been forgotten, but this desire for change has taken deep root in different layers of society, based on an extensive social network.

Karoubi’s Open Letter Commemorating Teachers’ Day and International Workers’ Day

May 1, 2010

Achieving rights and respect for workes is preconditioned by taking up correct social and economic policies that would stimulate the economy and create jobs for everyone who has qualification without any discrimination based on people’s beliefs and ethnicity.

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