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Iranian Opposition Leader Shunned by Voice of America


By: Kenneth R. Timmerman

In an apparent bow to the Obama administration’s policy of engaging the Iran regardless of its brutal crackdown on the pro-democracy movement, the Voice of America refused to air an interview with an opposition leader who returned to Iran in early July to take part in anti-regime demonstrations.

The leader risked his life to add his voice to the resistance in Iran, only to be shunned by the VOA, who stated that they were worried about legal issues, because the dissident had crossed Iran’s borders illegally.

Anniversary Protests Defy Iranian Regime

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Protests on Thursday commemorating the 10th anniversary of the student uprising at Tehran University in 1999 drew multitudes of demonstrators in at least nine cities across Iran, in open defiance of regime security forces.

The regime put on a tough front on the eve of the protests, declaring it would quash with violence any efforts to hold unauthorized demonstrations, even if they were nonviolent.

Opposition Leader Returns to Lead Protests in Iran


Wednesday, July 8, 2009 2:30 PM

By: Kenneth R. Timmerman

A key leader of the 1999 student uprising that shook the Islamist regime in Iran returned to Iran clandestinely this week, and plans to lead a nationwide protest on Thursday.

Roozbeh Farahanipour, 37, was jailed for several months in 1999 for his role in the protests and was tortured extensively. But that hasn’t deterred him from going to back to his homeland.

“These are momentous times,” he told Newsmax shortly before leaving the U.S. for his secret journey to Iran. “After 10 years, I am fulfilling my dream.”

Iranian Opposition Leader Secretly Enters Iran

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By: Lisa Daftari | Wednesday, July 08, 2009

After 10 years of living as a political exile in Los Angeles, Roozbeh Farahanipour secretly and illegally entered Iran a few days ago. Farahanipour, founder of the Marze Por Gohar or Glorious Frontiers Party, and one of the leading organizers of the 1999 university uprisings in Iran, traveled back together with members of his political party to prepare and organize massive protests for the 10th anniversary of the uprisings July 9th.

Twitter Revolution and President Obama: This time Let’s Stand Up With Roozbeh and the People of Iran

Rabbi Abraham Cooper: Twitter Revolution and President Obama: This time Let’s Stand Up With Roozbeh and the People of Iran

I had never heard of Roozbeh Farahanipour before the Simon Wiesenthal Center's June 24th press conference at the Museum of Tolerance where we joined with Iranian expats urging UN intervention over the fraudulent re-election of President Ahmadinejad.

BREAKING NEWS: Roozbeh Farahanipour back in Iran in preparation of demonstrations for the July 9th anniversary


Marze Por Gohar in Iran Organizing Nationwide Demonstrations for July 9th
The MPG Party Members and Leaders in Iran For Nationwide Demonstrations on the Tenth Anniversary of the July 1999 Student Uprising in Iran

By: PR Newswire
Jul. 5, 2009 07:02 PM

New media empowers Iran opposition


On Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr and via text messages: An inside look on how the Iranian political struggle is really being fought

Niv Lilien, Nir Boms
Published: 06.16.09, 15:15 / Israel Culture

The name Ahmed Maher may not mean much to the average Iranian, but there is a direct link between the 25-year-old Egyptian engineer and the events of the last 48 hours in Iran. Maher was one of the organizers of the 80,000 people-strong rally in Cairo last April that also became know as "the bread riots." This protest was organized mainly through Facebook.

Iranians Betrayed by Obama Administration


uesday, June 16, 2009

By: Kenneth R. Timmerman

More than 1.5 million protesters took to the streets of Tehran on Monday, marking the largest anti-regime demonstration Iran has seen since the final days of the shah in early 1979.

Seven people were killed by anti-riot police and roving bands of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad supporters. Many of those supporters shielded their faces from surveillance videos that plainclothes police were shooting.

Local Iranian Americans Protest Iranian Election

By Karmel Melamed

he ties that bind Los Angeles’ Iranian community to its roots a half-world away have been in full view this week, as protesters cried out in reaction to the June 12 Iranian presidential election, calling it fraudulent and a sham. Within the Iranian Jewish community in particular, the belief remains that none of the candidates can be expected to effect real change in Iran — not the rabidly anti-Israel, Holocaust-denying Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, nor the so-called moderate candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi.

Congressman Rohrbacher supports Iranian democracy protests

Congressman Dana Rohrbacher of California praises and supports Iranian demands for democracy Iran.