Table of Contents
Forward: Gradual Revolution: A Marathon, Not a Sprint
Scott Lucas, page 10
Prize fights are settled within 15 rounds of 3 minutes each; the quest for civil rights is not. The election, after all, was just the public apex of a larger, ongoing climb for political, economic, and social recognition, respect, and justice. The Green Movement, as significant as it would become, did not displace the movements for women’s rights, student rights, labor rights, legal rights, economic rights, religious rights, and the rights of Iran’s many ethnic groups. (Indeed, one of the ongoing, deeper issues of this past year has been how the Green Movement – if it is more than a symbolic entity – interacts with the activism of these other movements.)
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“Supreme Leader” Speaks, page 22
Why I Will Vote
Maryam Hossienkhah, page 29
I have a big wish for myself and my country, but I have learned to be patient.
I learned to be patient when I was awaiting the freedom of my friends in front of Evin prison.
I learned to be patient when I was trying to get people to sign a petition in favor of an equality law.
I will vote because I don’t want to afraid of being arrested in the street when my clothes are a bit short.
I vote for these small wishes.
Ahmadinejad-Mousavi, page 30
Iran: Election Fraud on Friday?
Dylan Matthews, page 32
Vote Against the Whole System
Kamran Ashtary, page 34
Those like me who are planning to vote do so only because we cannot take it anymore. One even told me that he feels like putting his head out of the window and yelling, “I am mad as hell, and I cannot take it any more.”
Persian Umpire, page 36
Tehran has just ended a week so electrifying, that some are saying that it has been even more exciting than Khatami’s first election campaign.
Shock to the System
Kamran Ashtary, page 38
Is it too late for us to be a vital part of a free Iran? I ask myself this question every day. What would I do if Iran became free? What would you do?
Election, A Crying Game
Hamid Tehrani, page 44
Every four years, I have a date: a date to vote at the Islamic Republic’s embassy in whatever country I happen to be in at the time. I have never hesitated to vote in the presidential election, and have never boycotted even one of them.
Tehran on Election Night
@Tehranelection, page 46
Demonstration, June 15: The Monday After the Elections, page 56
Report from Esfahan: Violence & Arrests, page 58
The régime wants people to believe that the conflict is between supporters of two candidates. But it was not so. Basij members were equipped by Revolutionary Guards, and among them were many undercover Guards and Intelligence Agents. They didn’t hesitate to attack people they were suspicious of. It means that the régime is officially supporting one side to crack down on the other.
A Carnival of Freedom
Shahab Mirzaei, page 60
We conquered the streets… Even we had not come out to stay there forever. We came just to see our image in other people. We came to build a space to breathe, even a small and limited one.
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Friday Prayers: Khamenei Speaks, page 64
Translated By Pedestrian, page 66
Commandos at the Door, page 68
No Graduation in Iran
Seen-E Sorkh, page 70
My Iranian brothers and sisters did not walk across the stage for a graduation ceremony.
Instead, they were dragged on cold concrete pavements because they said they want freedom, liberty, and justice. Somebody responded: those words are not meant to be lived. He said: the bloodshed has already begun. In Iran, students were not congratulated by their university president for graduating.
He did not give them a warm embrace to wish them well. Not even a good luck.
In My Iran, Our Voices have been Stifled in Our Throats, page 72
We bang on the doors of houses. People open the doors and let us in. The special forces run behind us, banging on the doors and cursing people. Son of a bitch! Get out! Oh my God! Where are we? Which place this?
The Democratization of Persecution
Hamid Tehrani, page 74
Ashura, Bloody Ashura
Persian Umpire, page 76
There is nothing like the smell of tear gas in the morning.
Executions Mark the Anniversary of the Revolution, page 82
Anniversaries Come & Go
Tori Egherman, page 84
I fell in love with Iran in a way that I have never fallen in love with any place before. This made me worry about my sanity.
The Steps of Evin
Persian Umpire, page 86
If anyone had told me a year ago that I would be spending my days in front of Evin waiting for the release of a friend who had been arrested on the anniversary of the revolution for having a green wristband in his pocket, I would have kindly asked them to go to hell. Iran was a strange place, but not that strange.
Exiled Reflections on Persian New Year’s Eve
Naj of Neo-Resistance Blog, page 94
On election day, for the first time since the inception of the IRI, I wore a green scarf (I had had it for years, a gift of hand– made silk from China), walked to the polls, fingerprinted my vote, cast my ballot, smiled at a camera pointing my inky index at the lens, hoping to upload the picture on my blog, Neo-Resistance, waving it at the war-mongering world: “dare not lift a finger on our Iran.” But then, just before I went to bed, everything in Iran started going awry.
A Path Towards “Questioning the Culture”
Sohrab Mokhtari, page 96
After the revolution, political coöperation depended on unquestioning acceptance. Those who thought differently were boycotted and executed. This was illustrated dramatically by the mass political executions of 1988.
Four Kurdish Activists, Prisoner of Conscience Executed
Mana Mostababi, page 98
It was with an overwhelming amount of shock and tears that I found early this morning several reports of what sometimes seems like a total unreality: the execution of FIVE prisoners of conscience.
Iran: The Deadly Game
Nazila Fathi, page 102
It did not occur to me that I might not see my home again on the night of June 30, 2009, when I sat in the back seat of our car, between my shaky mother-in-law and nervous father, to go to the airport.
Don’t Fear, We are All Together
Termeh, page 110
I tirelessly urged people to vote for 4 years, after Ahmadinejad’s shocking election win in 2005. I had always voted for reformists since the first time I was allowed to vote 12 years earlier. I believe we have to change things gradually… Step by step… But in the 2005 elections lots of people, especially in the middle class, were tired and disappointed of slow reforms… They boycotted the elections, announcing that “these candidates are not enough good for us!”
The Brandenburg Gate at the Gates of Tehran
Farin Fakhari, page 116
We hold candles and remember the death of Neda Agha Soltan. We read out names from a list of a thousand people who were arrested and are now in detention. Amnesty International estimates that over 2000 people were arrested following the disputed elections in Iran.
The Landlord in Prison
Mohammad Nourizad, page 120
This is my home. I believe I’m a landlord here, not a lunatic felon who is here to be disciplined and punished.
Business as Unusual
Ramin Karimian, page 124
I fought for my country as a soldier. In the 1980s, I lost many friends to the twin horrors of political oppression and war. I was prevented from entering university because of my political activities as a teenager and, as a result, wasn’t able to find an official job to survive. Still I have hung on and continued thinking that it’s better to take part in every political opportunity that presents itself rather than to sit on the sidelines and complain.
That Glorious, Hopeful, Horrendous Day
Pedestrian, page 128
For my generation, from now ‘til forever, the world will be divided into two chunks: before and after 22 Khordaad 88 (June 12th, 2009).