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February 11, 2010
Massive Tehran rallies commemorate Islamic Revolution

As Iran battles dissent at home and abroad, hundreds of thousands of people showed their support for the government today.

Iranians took to the streets of Tehran to mark the 31st anniversary of the revolution that created the Islamic republic.

Geneive Abdo joins Daljit Dhaliwal for more on today’s events in Iran and its continuing nuclear defiance on the nuclear issue.

Abdo is an Iran specialist with the Century Foundation and editor of the Web site InsideIran.org. She discusses the size and strength of the opposition in Iran and explains the restrictive measures taken by the Iranian government.

Officially-sanctioned anniversary rallies were punctuated by the customary “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.”

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad highlighted Iran’s ability to enrich uranium to a level closer to atomic bomb-making capacity.

Despite a massive security crackdown, there were also protests by opposition groups.

Severe restrictions on journalists made reporting on the protests difficult. However, in this report Nazanine Moshiri of Al Jazeera English was able to cover the official demonstrations in Tehran.

For more coverage of Iran, visit the Worldfocus extended coverage page Voices of Iran.

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#14

The difference between Iran and other countries that have nuclear weapons is the threat to wipe
other countries out, just like Hitler. We should
be supporting the opposition by speaking out about
human rights abuses, especially against women who
live as second class citizens.

#13

I read this of KARBALA.. [Shia muslims] history teaches a price must be paid for following the path of truth and for resisting TYRANNY . EVERY
GENERRATION THERE IS A ..KARBALA….JUSTICE for the Iranian People’s whos quest it it to retrive
their …REPUBLIC ! …from dictator’s

#12

There’s the popular book THE BLACK SWAN, and one frequently hears of “fat tails” or faulty finacial models. These descriptions usually rely on the language of functions, but the same ideas can also be alternatively phrased in terms of network structures (which could include cell phone communications networks, courier networks, informant networks, etc.). THE TIPPING POINT is essntially a business book written for marketing people (though Malcolm Gladwell’s father is apparently a mathematician), but it also popularizes the idea of path dependent (or historical) phase transitions.

There’s a tendency to fit facts to formulas rather than formulas to facts, and it’s not clear if anyone has a good model to predict when reforms or revolutions will happen. It’s uncertain if political changes will take care of enrichment problems, or if this is just wishful thinking.

#11

Genieve Abdo has been one worryingly wobbly reporter who has vacillated back and forth in defending the regime and then not defending them. She is EXTREMELY unpopular among Iranian activists and Iranians in general because of her wonky politics AND for her defence of CAIR. She’s far from a trustworthy person on any level either Iran or Islam.

#10

Question,…was the Iraqi War about freeing the country of a “Ruthless Dictator”,…was it about eliminating the “Trumped-Up Threats (nuclear,etc.?) of WMD’s”,…or was it all about the “Oil”? News Flash: Washington in it’s most recent (Obama Administration 2/09/10) talks with China to bring them on board regarding their full cooperation for sanctions against Iran have offered up “Two Golden Carrots” as a negotiating (pliers is so wrong?) tool. Get this,…Washington says implicitly that it could “Dial-Back” it’s willingness to ensure (guaranty is such’, the correct word) Chinese interest in Iraqi oil contracts,also…Afghanistan’s [please note that China already has signed-on with the Afgan Gov’t on separate occasions regarding several mineral sites,prior to this new peace offering by the US of, “Mucho Natural Resources” ie}minerals( diamonds,gemstones etc.)/metals(copper,gold,alum,silver),etc.,etc.,] lucrative “Copper Mining”,if China signs on the dotted line! Now,…if I was an Iranian I would be very,…very paranoid at hearing this! Why? No,…we are not occupiers! No,…we are just liberators of our weaker brethrens goods? What gives?

#9

What is …is the Islamic ..REPUBLIC Of Iran , to stand for ? what is then ment by REPUBLIC ? ?
Ahmadinejad sure seemed all fire-up yesterday
in his speech ,HE said meany things but he so Proclaimed 31yrs.of Islamic REPUBLIC govt’. So is that not a false dichotomy? the Iranian peoples
election …their VOTE..was suddenly snatch away ! My only argument is if your going to call your self a REPUBLIC..THEN YOU MUST WITH STAND THE TEST AND STAND WITH THE PEOPLE whos VOTE must
COUNT ! It is wishful thinking if the Islamic regime thinks this will just all..blow away !

#8

Iran has a healthy opposition movement which is the nature of democracy in action in Iran. Iran has many forums in which support for different policies can be expressed: violent opposition rallies, court rooms where opposition members are sentenced to long prison terms, and dark jail cells where innocent people arrested in the middle of the night sit awaiting their next “lesson” on free speech. Of course there are massive rallies in support of the government in Iran, the demonstrators know that there is still plenty of room in the jails for them if they don’t attend.
Or perhaps the crowds a reflective of the pro-Iraq war demonstrations
in America before we understood we had been duped!

#7

According to an official report by Tehran’s mayor, right after the disputed June 12 elections, Tehran alone saw the participation of more than three million people in anti-government rallies. A similar report has not come out of the Tehran mayor’s office yet as regards the 11 February pro-govenrment rallies, which should make us doubt Ms. Abdo’s claim of “millions” taking to the streets of Tehran in support of Ahmadinejad.

#6

HUMANITY IS ONE AND ALL CONNECTED. DESTRUCTION OF ONE NATION WILL DESTROY ALL. THE KARMIC LAW IS NOT FINISHED YET WITH THE UNWARRANTED AND UNFORGIVABLE DESTRUCTION OF IRAQ , SO PLEASE DON’T EVEN THINK OF STARTING ANOTHER ONE………

#5

Out of 192 countries in this world, Iran is a threat to just 2 countries, Israel and U.S. If the U.S. just withdraws its support to Israel, then it will be free from Iranian threat. The U.S. should concentrate on fixing its own domestic problems like the health insurance crisis and unemployment, instead of monkeying around in the Middle East. If the U.S. doesn’t fix its domestic problems, don’t be surprise if a person like Hitler will be elected as the next President.

#4

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#3

IN THE NAME OF ALLAH – THE BENEFICENT – THE MERCIFUL:SAY:HE,ALLAH IS ONE.ALLAH IS HE ON WHOM ALL DEPEND.HE BEGETS NOT,NOR IS HE BEGOTTEN.AND NONE IS LIKE HIM.[QUR’AN:112]-” THE WHITE MAN CAN NEVER WIN ANOTHER WAR ON THE GROUND AGAIN.CAN I PROVE IT ? YES ! TELL ME WHERE IS WINNING ? NO WHERE.” [ MALCOLM X].IF EVERYONE IS SO CONCERNED ABOUT NUCLEAR WEAPONS WHY IS ISRAEL NOT SUBJECTED TO THE SAME TREATMENT AS THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN ? WHAT HAS ISRAEL DONE IN REGARDS TO BEING INSPECTED NY THE IAEA AND ANYONE ELSE ? WHY IS THIS NOT REPORTED IN AMERICA’S MEDIA AND NOT FRONTPAGE NEWS LIKE THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN ? GOOGLE VANUNU AND SEE WHAT INFORMATION COMES UP ABOUT ISRAEL AND NUCLEAR WEAPONS ? AMERICA PROFESSES TO BE A CHRISTRIAN NATION AND ISRAEL AN ADHERENT TO JUDAISM AND THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN TO ISLAM WHAT DOES THEIR CRITERION SAY ABOUT NUCLEAR WEAPONS ETC.? ISRAELI INFLUENCE DICTATES AMERICAN POLITICIANS FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA TO MOST SENATORS AND CONGRESSMEN AND WOMEN SO WHAT SHOULD ANYONE EXPECT AMERICA’S POSITION TO BE TOWARDS THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN AND PREDOMINANT MUSLIM PAKITAN,AFGHANISTAN,SOMALIA ETC.? AMERICA,ISRAEL.AUSTRALIA,BRITAIN,FRANCE ETC.ARE COLONIALIST.MAY ALLAH BLESS THE MUSLIMS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD WHO ARE STRIVING TO ESTABLISH ISLAM AND BE IN THE EXAMPLE OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD IBN ABDULLAH [PBUH] AND HIS [SAW] COMPANIONS.ALLAH ‘ U’ AKBAR.dawah_ma_90221@yahoo.com-TAIF’TUL’ISLAM – P.O.BOX 338-COMPTON,CA.90223

#2

The Iranian People just want their, Do JUSTICES
IT’S ..bad enough the Iranian People who in their daily life struggle,missed opportunitys
individual freedom’s are gone by the way-side
to much..BIG GOV’T. …is most suffacating ,
& leads to ..VOTER CORRUPTION … The REGIME THINK’S IT..is above the ..LAW ! WHAT.. MAKE THEM ANY BETTER THEN THE ..SHAH ?….what go’s around..come around they alway say ? JUSTICE !

#1

Once you get the Nuclear Bomb you will be put on the hit list. Any Nuclear weapon that is set off anywhere in the world and the cities of Iran could be reduce to dust. Since Iran does have a President that threatens certain countries with death it would not be surprise that one of these countries take out certain cities. Tehran could be turn into dust. It does not have to be even ones of those countries that Iran is mad at. Lets see who on earth does not have nuclear weapons? Not many nations.

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