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Photos: Protests in Egypt

Protests-Egypt-2011-iOn 25 January 2011 extensive civil unrest and rioting began in Egypt. Despite violence, the situation seemed more controlled chiefly through the moderating effects of the army’s presence on the street.

The protesters appeared to have a clear objective — the removal of Mubarak’s regime.

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Iranian Public Opinion Survey by International Peace Institute

International-Peace-InstituteNational telephone survey of 702 Iranians between Aug 30 and Sept. 7, 2010

The poll was conducted by telephone in Farsi, from a phone bank in Istanbul, among a representative national sample of Iranians. More than 85 percent of Iranians have telephones. The margin of sampling error was 3.7 percent.

You can vote on some of the IPI poll questions.

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The Green Team: Iranian Opposition's Heavy Hitters

broken-green-heart-iGraphics and text by Kristin Deasy RFE/RL

An RFE/RL primer, in the form of mock trading cards, on some key figures within the Green Movement that emerged after Iran’s disputed 2009 election.

Mir-Hossein-Musavi, Bahareh Hedayat, Mehdi-Saharkhiz, Mohammad Shajarian, Mohsen Mirdamadi, Neda Agha-Soltan, Mohammad-Nourizad, Mourning-Mothers, Zahrah Rahnavard, Majid Tavakoli, Mehdi-Karrub

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Iran Ranks 104 out of 149 in Global Peace Index 2010

global-peace-index-2010-iThe results of the Global Peace Index (GPI) for 2010 suggest that the world has become slightly less peaceful in the past year.

The GPI, which gauges ongoing domestic and international conflict, safety and security in society and militarization in 149 countries, registered overall increases in several indicators, including the likelihood of violent demonstrations and perceptions of criminality. In some nations, an intensification of conflicts and growing instability appears to be linked to the global economic downturn in late 2008 and early 2009.

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Amsterdam - Cycle For Free Iran, June 12 2010

Cycle-For-Free-IranNetherlands is the land of cyclists, so join us and invite others to join!

Following the electoral coup d’état and fraudulent results of the Presidential Elections, thousands of Iranians have been subject to state-sponsored violence, torture, rape and execution last year.

12 June Event Finder

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Michelle Montezeri's Freedom For Iran Original Song - Change

16 year old Michelle Montezeri dedicates her original song Change to the Iranian Green Movement.

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Iran Regime Change Survey

Iran-Regime-Change-SurveyAccording to the Persian language site, the following 5-question survey was conducted in secret in Iran, and about 350 Iranians from Tehran and 3 other unnamed provinces took the survey on Jan. 17th 2010.

Here is your chance to take the same survey but in English. You ‘ll see the result for both surveys.

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Human Rights World Report 2010: Iran Targets Human Rights Messengers

World-Report-2010-iThe 612-page report, HRW’s 20th annual review of human rights practices around the globe, summarizes major human rights trends in more than 90 nations.

Human Rights Watch cited Sudan and China as countries that routinely shut down human rights groups and Iran and Uzbekistan as countries that openly harass and arbitrarily detain human rights workers and other critics.

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Global Erosion of Freedom and Iran's negative trend

freedomhouse-2010-iIn a year marked by intensified repression against human rights defenders and civic activists, declines for freedom were registered in 40 countries in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union, representing 20 percent of the world’s total polities.

Authoritarian states including Iran, Russia, Venezuela, and Vietnam became more repressive. Declines in freedom also occurred in countries that had registered positive trends in previous years, including Bahrain, Jordan, Kenya, and Kyrgyzstan.

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Payvand's Top 10 Flickr Photos of 2009

Road-man-iFlickr is one of the best online photo management and sharing applications on the net. This year we have looked over hundreds of photos and here are our top ten photographs posted on Flickr in 2009. It will be fun to see what has attracted viewers in 2009.

Participation criteria  for the photo selection was to have the word  “Iran”  in the photo tag or in the description, plus a high number of views/favorites, and finally uploaded by the photographer in 2009. Please post or link other photos that you find as top rated.

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Iran on top of 2009 Global Restriction on Religion Report

KhandaThe study examines restrictions on religion which originate from both government policies and social hostilities undertaken by private individuals, organizations and social groups.

Topping the government restrictions index were Saudi Arabia, Iran, Uzbekistan, China, Egypt, Burma, Maldives, Eritrea, Malaysia and Brunei.

At the top of the social hostilities index were Iraq, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Somalia, Israel, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Saudi Arabia.

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Iran's elections topped Twitter's list of most popular topics of 2009

twitter-greenTwitter grabbed the spotlight in June when it became a primary source of news and communications as Iranian citizens took to the streets to protest the disputed election.

It should be no surprise that in Twitter’s analysis of keywords the topic that came up most in 2009 was Iran. Abdur Chowdhury, Twitter’s chief scientist, wrote that #iranelection, Iran and Tehran finished in the top 21 of all trending topics, with #iranelection hashtag finishing first in the category of news, above swine flu.

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Sohrab Aarabi 'Freedom Warrior of Iran' will be Memorialized in Bronze


San Francisco City Supervisior Ross Mirkarimi will unveil renown sculptor, Paula Slater’s bronze portrait sculptures of Sohrab ‘Freedom Warrior’ and Neda ‘Angel of Freedom’ on December 12th in San Francisco as part of “Arts United 4 Iran”.

Master sculptor, Paula Slater, who sculpted the much beloved bronze portrait sculptures of Neda ‘Angel of Iran’ and Neda ‘Angel of Freedom’ received many requests for her to also please sculpt a portrait bust of Sohrab Aarabi.  Sohrab was a 19 year old Iranian pro-democracy student who disappeared after his participation in a June 2009 protest against the fraudulent election.  Aarabi’s parents filed a missing person’s report and each day his mother took his photograph to prisons and courts in search of information.

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Exhibit: Iranian banknotes uprising

iranian-banknotes-iAnti-government activists are not allowed to express themselves in Iranian media, so theses activists have taken their expressions to another high circulation mass-medium, banknotes. The Central Bank of Iran has tried to take these banknotes out of circulation, but there are just too many of them, and gave up. For the activists’ people it’s a way of saying “We are here, and the green movement is going on”.

Following are examples of such banknotes, mostly written in green ink:

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