Update on Iran

From: Jeffrey M. K.
Sent on: Tuesday, June 16, 2009 12:00 AM


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From: Henri-Leon Solomon <[address removed]>
Date: Mon, Jun 15, 2009 at 11:01 AM
Subject: Jeff, You Can Send Out This MSG If You Wish
To: "Jeffrey M. Kurzon" <[address removed]>


Dear All,

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I am one of the original members of Voterbook/ObamaNYC and an Adviser at the UN. Some of you have expressed interest in the events unfolding in Iran. My colleague from Columbia graduate school, Majid Zamani (SIPA '06), works with the Mousavi campaign in Tehran. When I first met him, he declared that the reason he came to do graduate work in the US was to equip himself to someday soon return home, help displace the current regime, and ideally expedite potential reform in Iran.

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Unfortunately, the Western media has had a difficult time communicating what is presently going on regarding the election. This is partially due to access and partially due to subjective reporting. The good news is that the media is finally starting to understand that the only legitimate information is coming across the blogosphere. The most reliable internal sources are student and campaign organizers, many of which are similar to yourselves in values, skills and ideas. The bad news is that, when accurate information does get out, a lot of it is limited to 140 characters ��� aka Facebook and Twitter updates.

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I invite you all to read the following Twitter page from Mousavi organizers:

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As well, please find the Facebook status messages from my colleague Majid. For the most part they are from election day (the last few are from yesterday and today). The updates lend unique insight into the perception of events as they unfolded from within. NOTE: please read them chronologically from the bottom upward.

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Yours,

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Henri-Leon Solomon
[address removed]

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Majid Zamani 4 DEMANDS 1- Remove all restraints on Mousavi, Karrubi, Hashemi and Khatami 2- Resume all communication tools incl. sms, internet, newspapers, and gatherings 3- Free all who have been arrested since Friday 4- Give full authority to a team of reps of 3 opposing candidates, reps of all grand ayatollahs, elected reps from Majlis, and reps of election organizers to examine every details and report to the people

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Majid Zamani Today's demonstration will happen. 4pm Enghelab sq to Azadi sq.

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Majid Zamani I am ok! Facebook has been blocked here... I am very concerned about the young and inexprienced putting their life in front of riot police without any leadership and plan... Vote Protection Campaign statements could help... ���������� ������������ ������������ �� ���� ���������� ���� �������� ���� ������ ������ ���� �������� ������ �������� ������������ �� ���������� ���������� �������� �������� ���� �������� �������� ���� ��������. ���������� �������� ���������� ���������� �������� ������ �������� ������������ �������� ���������� ������ ������

Yesterday 3:57pm �� Comment �� Like

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Majid Zamani JOINING FELLOW IRANIANS ON VALIASR ST. TO FATEMI SQ....

Two days ago ��� Comment ��� LikeUnlike ��� Show Feedback (1)Hide Feedback (1)

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Majid Zamani mousavi is NOT arrested. read his statement. he has asked

his supporters to wait until 2pm.

4:29am ��� Comment ��� LikeUnlike ��� Show Feedback (3)Hide Feedback (3)

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Majid Zamani MOUSAVI: I WILL NOT GIVE IN... THE RESULTS ARE

SHOCKING... ����������: ���� �������� ������������ ��������... ������ ���������� ������ ������ ������

3:55am ��� Comment ��� LikeUnlike ��� Show Feedback (6)Hide Feedback (6)

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Majid Zamani Mousavi and his advisors, including khatami, in a meeting

to decide the next move... ���������� �� ���������������� ���������� ���������� ���� �������� ����

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Majid Zamani Either a huge fraud, or our miscalculations... we need

time to figure this out... I really can't think anymore... going to

bed... hope when I wake up I find this was just a nightmare... Nov. 5,

2004, in ny, I thought it couldn't be worse in politics... dead

wrong...

8:51pm ��� Comment ��� LikeUnlike ��� Show Feedback (2)Hide Feedback (2)

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Majid Zamani A NEW REGIME WAS JUST BORN IN IRAN...

7:07pm ��� Comment ��� LikeUnlike ��� Show Feedback (10)Hide Feedback (10)

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Majid Zamani Farsnews: Tabriz, AN 60%, Mousavi 40% ... what have they thought?

6:50pm ��� Comment ��� LikeUnlike ��� Show Feedback (3)Hide Feedback (3)

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anything... our leader is mr. mousavi now and he will speak out...

wait until then...

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Majid Zamani same sources say the final count is 21m out of 32m for AN

6:16pm ��� Comment ��� LikeUnlike ��� Show Feedback (5)Hide Feedback (5)

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Majid Zamani I don't recommend going on streets now... let's see

what's going on... let's see how they want to sell this...

6:10pm ��� Comment ��� LikeUnlike ��� Show Feedback (2)Hide Feedback (2)

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Majid Zamani ALL CAMPAIGN HQs CLOSED...SOME ARRESTED... ALL SITES

BLOCKED ... NEGOTIATIONS WITH SUPREME LEADER UNDERWAY...

6:00pm ��� Comment ��� LikeUnlike ��� Show Feedback (2)Hide Feedback (2)

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Majid Zamani my sources: COUP D ETAT IN PLAY... MOUSAVI HAS THE MAJORITY VOTE...

5:52pm ��� Comment ��� LikeUnlike

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Majid Zamani There is a flaw in these numbers... if 5m is 20% of the

vote, it means that turn-out has been 54% ... this simply can't be...

guardian council said the turn-out was at least 70%

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Majid Zamani This is awful... but let's see what's going on... what

they are saying now is from the computer counting which is not the

legal count.. legal count is done manually.. but manual counts usually

follow computer counts... be calm... and let's see what the campaign

has to say...

4:37pm ��� Comment ��� LikeUnlike ��� Show Feedback (3)Hide Feedback (3)

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Majid Zamani IRAN CANNOT SLEEP TONIGHT...

3:11pm ��� Comment ��� LikeUnlike ��� Show Feedback (13)Hide Feedback (13)

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Majid Zamani MOUSAVI: WE WILL CELEBRATE TOMORROW

3:02pm ��� Comment ��� LikeUnlike ��� Show Feedback (6)Hide Feedback (6)

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Majid Zamani PRESIDENT-ELECT MIR-HOUSSEIN MOUSAVI (not officially confirmed)

2:45pm ��� Comment ��� LikeUnlike ��� Show Feedback (6)Hide Feedback (6)

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Majid Zamani �� From reformists campaign HQ: Things back to normal.. no

one from the campaign arrested...

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Majid Zamani the video of storming reformists campaign HQ

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Majid Zamani people still going to polls.. started raining in Tehran...

1:14pm ��� Comment ��� LikeUnlike ��� Show Feedback (3)Hide Feedback (3)

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Majid Zamani Reformists campaign HQ supporting Mousavi was just closed

down by the government.... everybody was forced out.... all websites

supporting mousavi (except Kalemeh.ir so far) blocked... their

buildings were officially closed /lead sealed.

12:20pm ��� Comment ��� LikeUnlike ��� Show Feedback (2)Hide Feedback (2)...

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Majid Zamani ghalamnews.ir blocked too... use this weblog...

http://ghalamnewsmirror. blogspot.com/

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Majid Zamani Very high turn-out, angry pressure groups starting

violence, .... I AM STARTING TO FEEL MOUSAVI IS WINNING IN THE FIRST

ROUND.... stay tuned...

11:13am ��� Comment ��� LikeUnlike ��� Show Feedback (5)Hide Feedback (5)

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Majid Zamani ���� �������� ���������� ���������� ���� ������������ �������� �������� ������ ������ ������ ��������

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Majid Zamani Reformists campaign headquarters in North of Tehran just

attacked by pressure groups... they used tear gas, broke TV set and

windows... spread the word as much as you can... our communication

tools are all blocked

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Majid Zamani MOWJ.IR got blocked. - afternoon of election day. They

are blocking all communication means of Mousavi supporters... SMS

system already down �������� mowj.ir ���������� ����

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Majid Zamani Turn-out might be close to what we had in 1997 ... close to 80% ...

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Majid Zamani I VOTED. I VOTED GREEN. I VOTED TO TAKE OUR FLAG BACK.

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Majid Zamani SMS system is down in both Iranian mobile operators!!! no

text message can be sent anymore... a few hours before ballots open...

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