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Families of Mousavi and Karroubi issue a joint open-letter to the World (English Translation)

(L)Mir-Hossein Mousavi, Zahra Rahnavard, Fatemeh Karroubi, Mehdi Karroubi(R)

Today,facebook page of Sahamnews posted the joint open-letter of families of Zahra Rahnavard, Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi–  imprisoned leaders of the Green movement of Iran and the symbol of Iranians’ protest to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran,  and Grand Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran.

This open-letter is issued, interestingly, just a few days to the anniversary of the last protest in Iran Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi asked Iranians to participate in.

Families of  Mousavi and Karroubi ask Iranians and the World to demand freedom of all the political prisoners of Iran. The letter is addressed to the “oppressed,harmed,& selfless compatriots”  and “Those who seek justice & freedom in the World.”

The letter reads:

It’s been nearly a year since our dears have been under a so-called house arrest, that is a legal irregularity,but, it has turned into a mysterious and eerie  form of imprisonment, all because our dears asked [the government] for a march permit for Feb 14.Surely, you remember the march was intended to support the anti-authoritarian movements [i.e., Arab Spring] of the region. A deed that is a not only  a crime for you, or your jailed comrades, at any time, but it is a sign of  social progress and a growing sense of responsibility [in our country].

The letter goes on to mention the the honorable services of Mir-Hossein Mousavi, as the Prime Minister during the eight-year war with Iraq, and  Mehdi Karroubi’s role as the speaker of Iran’s Parliament for eight years. After pointing out the vetting process that both Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi went through, and were finally admitted to run in the 2009 Presidential Election by the  Guardian Council, the letter mentions the unfair and illegal campaigning methods of the rival [incumbent President Ahmadinejad].

The  results of the election, which was totally unexpected, and against all the evidence and documentations, caused millions of people to protest, as it is legal according to the Constitution. They [Mousavi and Karroubi] voiced their protests [as well] and stood with the people.  They were beaten and sacrificed, and had to endure numerous conspiracies and the vicious harassment of  thugs who attacked their homes.

The letter states that after all the troubles that Zahra Rahnavard, Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi had to face, they are now under a so-called house arrest, which has no legal justification, nor anybody has taken responsibility for this “inhuman act.”

We, the family members [of these three], would like to clearly state that our dears are in prison against their will , and [it is] in clear violation of the law.Except for a few phone calls, and a few short and controlled visits, our dears have been held incommunicado for a year.They have been deprived of their rights. So far, no official has taken responsibility for the current state. No neutral monitoring body is observing the condition of the food, drugs,and  health of our dears.And, there are growing concerns about their security and whereabouts, and these worries are increasing daily for us.

The letter points to the talking point of the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran which is to claim  Zahra Rahnavard, Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi are under house “protection” because their lives are in danger. The letter considers this claim an outright lie.  The letter goes on:

Now, we, the families of Zahra Rahnavard, Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, announce, on their behalf,that we and our [imprisoned] dears protest this arrest whether it is house arrest or not, and we demand an end to this inhuman and illegal action. The perpetrators of these actions are well aware that no subsidence will occur in the will and determination of our dears to demand their rights, to defend and support the ideals of millions of our compatriots  who expressed themselves on the streets [of Iran], those who gave their blood, and gave tens of martyrs, those who were arrested, tortured, and were stricken by other problems , and thousands of political prisoners who are standing their ground.

We demand the rulers of lives, property, and dignity of [Iranian] people to return to the rational path of law, common sense, and [choose] the benefit of the people and the country, instead of choosing anti-religious, unpatriotic, and inhuman ways to oppress all the critics, and opposition [, a practice] that has taken [our] country to the edge of destruction and war.

For the rights deprived from our dears,as they can be symbols of the deprived rights of the Iranian people,especially the righteous martyrs, and the innocent prisoners, we, the families of Messrs.Mousavi and Karroubi, who have unabatedly kept their promises to the [Iranian] people on defending their rights, ask all the oppressed, suffering, and selfless compatriots, and all the justice-seeking,and freedom-loving humans, those who seek a real democracy along with the Iranians inside Iran, those who could be anywhere in the World,to reflect our justice-seeking voice.And, send our message to the World:

“Free our abused and renitent prisoners, all the political prisoners, and all the prisoner of conscience who are all over Iran. A nation and a country with such dignity and pride does not deserve to suffer from all these political and economical hurdles, and, God forbid, a war. ”

Families of Mehdi Karroubi and  Mir-Hossein Mousavi

18 Bahman 1390

[February 7, 2012]

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Golshifteh Frahani: A Post-Revolution Revolutionary

Iranian actress, Golshifteh Farahani, posed nude for Le Figaro. Courageous act of rebellion against a very old,conservative, and religious mentality.The huge uproar that this picture has caused so far is amazing.But, it was expected.

Many Iranians in facebook, twitter, blogs are talking about it.Everybody is either defending, or attacking Golshifteh for her picture. Seems every Iranian feels obliged to comment on this matter.

When I saw this picture, the first thing I noticed was her eyes.  And Golshifteh’s eyes reminded me of Neda‘s eyes.

When they shot Neda, on that bloody Saturday afternoon of June 20, 2009, in Tehran, they did not think anybody would capture that great injustice, but a cellphone camera recorded a frantic scene that concluded with Neda looking into the camera for the last time. It was as if Neda was about to say something, to utter her last words,or maybe to ask for help. But, all she could do was to look, and die.

While Neda’s eyes was filled with shock, and disbelief of what was happening, she and Golshifteh,both, diffused one emotion: melancholia.

Golshifteh and Neda were both active supporters of Green movement. Both participated in rallies, and donned green apparels in the post-election days of June 2009. One was killed, the other had to go to  exile. Both were not needed by them.

They became symbols. Symbols of female rebellion? Youth dissent? Or,what? I still cannot explain what it is that Neda is a symbol of, or Golshifteh represents.

But it does not matter.

What matters is what both of them did to the Iranian conscious. Iranians love to be distracted of what is going on in their society. Instead of commenting on Iranian society, economy and politics, most Iranians prefer to talk about anything that does not involve Iran directly, and is a safe topic.

Neda’s murder reminded Iranians who the enemy is. Reminded them who is responsible for the atrocities happening in Iran on daily basis. It exposed that Ahmadinejad is not the culprit, but the all respectable, and holly Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei is. A taboo was broken. Neda broke it.

In a society, that women’s  rights is non-existent, and all women are considered the honor, and the property of men, Golshifteh broke a taboo. She proclaimed eloquently that she owns her life, her body, and her mind. Her action will be remembered as one of the most sober acts of rebellion in modern Iran.

All on her own, Neda paid dearly for her wish of freedom and democracy.Will Golshifteh be alone? Will the divided Iranian society ostracize her? Or,will she be lauded as an icon?

Time will tell.

Wednesday, Early Morning,

January 18, 2012

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