The Latest from Iran (14 February): Watching for Protests

0740 GMT: Cartoon of the Day. Nikahang Kowsar combines protests — the rooftap chants of „Allahu Akbar“ — and Valentine’s Day in his tribute to President Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Khamenei. Kowsar’s mouse comments, „Their pleasure has been disturbed“:

0734 GMT: Considering War and Peace. An extract from an address by political philosopher Ramin Jahanbegloo, now living in Toronto, to the Iranian-Canadian Congress:


Democracy cannot be attained in Iran by ways of war, because democracy attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat….The more we sweat in nonviolence the less we bleed in violence.

0730 GMT: Elections Watch. The Scholars and Students Society of Qom has repeatedly issued a statement that non-participation in the Parliamentary elections on 2 March is a „religious duty„.

0710 GMT: Justice Watch. It appears that Saeed Mortazavi — former Tehran Prosecutor General, now advisor to President Ahmadinejad — will not be held to account for alleged responsibility for the abuses and deaths in the Kahrizak detention centre in summer 2009.

Iran Prosecutor General Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejei said on Monday that the prosecution of Mortazavi has been dropped.

Mortazavi was officially suspended last year from his duties for his possible role in the Kahrizak case, in which three detainees died and many others suffered abuse, but he has continued to work in the President’s office.

0630 GMT: A straightforward start today — it is 25 Bahman in Iran, and groups and activists inside and outside the country have put out calls for people to show public opposition to the regime.

A year ago, tens of thousands did just that, but the regime was making its own moves, sweeping up hundreds and imposing strict house arrests on Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi. While there were smaller marches over the next month, 14 February 2011 was the last significant show of protest in the Islamic Republic.

I am not expecting a renewal today. EA sources in Iran have reported a mood of resignation, as people battle economic woes as well as the crackdown by the authorities. The decapitation of the opposition leadership — through detentions, house arrests, and intimidation — and the breaking of communications has made organisation difficult, if not impossible.

Quelle: EA World

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