Monday, June 29, 2009

TK Whitaker, Gerard Sweetman and Sean Lemass some of the makers of modern Ireland

On tomorrow night RTE is running a programme titled Lemass: The Man who Made Modern Ireland.

The title of the programme is misleading.
In 1950 Fine Gael Minister for Industry and Commerce Dan Morrissey established the IDA -The Industrial Development Authority. Sean Lemass in opposition pledged to abolish the IDA if returned to power. FF on return to power in 1951 did not abolish the IDA. The IDA has played a major role in the development of Irish industry.
FF remained in power from 1951- 1954.

In 1954 Fine Gael, Labour, and Clann na Talmhan took office. FG TD Gerard Sweetman was appointed Minister for Finance.
That government inherited an economic mess. Unemployment stood at 421,000 whilst over 100,000 people had left agriculture during the previous 8 years. Sweetman strongly opposed the protectionist policies of FF and took very hard decisions. Sweetman believed that Ireland could grow its economy on the basis off booming exports. In his budget in 1955, he introduced a radical -for the time-scheme whereby a tax exemption was provided for exported goods. He also established the prize bonds scheme as a means of covering the national debt. In 1956 he plucked civil servant TK Whitaker from relative obscurity in the Civil Service and appointed him Secretary General of the Department of Finance. This raised quite a few eyebrows but the decision was a mark of Sweetman's greatness.

The incoming FF government benefited from Sweetman's decisions and indeed the work of Dan Morrissey in establishing the IDA in 1950.
TK Whitaker was the brainchild behind the First Programme for Economic Expansion, which played a major role in Irelands economic development in the 1960s. It is to the credit of Sean Lemass and a mark of his greatness that he accepted Whitaker's proposals and supported free trade policies espoused by Gerard Sweetman and T K Whitaker. In fact Lemass was now advocating policies diametrically opposed to those pursued by FF in power since the 1930. Certainly Sean Lemass was one of the makers of modern Ireland. But so also were Gerard Sweetman and T K Whitaker amongst others. It is important to realise that without the work of Sweetman and Whitaker, Lemass would have achieved little.

Tehran Iran:Students and actor amongst those arrested near Ghoba mosque Tehran 28/6/09

Nariman Mostafavi member of Islamic society of Amirkabir technology university, and Tara Sepehrifar secretary of Islamic society of Sanati Sharif university were arrested.


Mostafavi and Sepehrifar were arrested yesterday around the Ghoba mosque located at Tehran Shariati street.Also, Reza Attaran comedian actor was arrested in front of the Ghoba mosque.More than 3000 people attended yesterday’s gathering. Police attacked the protestors with tear gas and arrested some.According to some reports at least 8 people were arrested yesterday.


A group of students at the Science and Technology University of Tehran held a rally on Sunday to mourn the death of Kianoosh Asa under torture..


Read full story at Revolutionary Road

Iran: Memorial service for Neda at Behesht-e-Zahra cemetery south of Tehran

The head stone is a temporary one which was installed on the burial day, but will soon be replaced. The head stone says: ندا آقا سلطان – قطعه 257 – رديف 41 – شماره 32. Burial site: Tehran, Behesht Zahra, grid=257, row=41, num=32.



Defying an official ban, hundreds of people held a graveside tribute last Thursday for the woman who's become a symbol of the Iranian opposition after she was killed while protesting the country's disputed election.
Witnesses said the crowd gathered around 5 p.m. Thursday at the Behesht-e-Zahra cemetery, an hour's drive south of Tehran, for a memorial service for Neda Agha-Soltan...

Full story Here

See also: Tehran Video: 40th Day of Neda's Death Cemetery Protest -30 July 2009

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Tehran June 28: Video and Pictures of Protest, at Ghoba (Qoba) Mosque






3000 anti Ahmadinejad protesters gathered at the mosque in north Tehran. Mir-Hossein Mousavi who is currently under constant watch by government forces was unable to attend the protests. However he was able to speak to the protesters via mobile phone and mega phone. The so called security forces used tear gas and strong arm tactics to disperse the crowd.

Iran Video: Green balloons released as a form of protest all over Iran 26/6/2009


This video shows groups of Iranians releasing green balloons into the skies over Tehran,in a show of solidarity and as a form of protest against a rigged election and the brutality of the regime.
Iranians also visited a Tehran cemetery Friday and released green balloons to pay tribute to Neda Agha Soltan who was shot dead by Iranian security forces.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Iran June 27 : Protests continue in Tehran as many bloggers and human rights activists are arrested

The following comes from the Revolutionary Road Blog which has continuously provided a fascinating insight into the jackboot tactics employed by the Iranian regime against its political opponents:
Vahid the writer to Vahid Online weblog has been arrested. Ali Mosleh the writer of The Mailman ring twice weblog, has also been arrested.Many bloggers and Human rights activist are still in prison and we have not heard anything on their condition.Shiva Nazar Ahari, Ali Kalai, Somaye Tohid loo, Ahamd Zeid Abadi, Abdollah Momeni, Ali Mosleh, Emad Bahavar, Majid Dari, Mahsa AmrAbadi and Mohammad Ali Abtahi.
At least three people were wounded in clashes between Tehran residents and the Islamic Republic’s Forces on Saturday in the city center.
The clashes occurred on Towhid Street and Keshavarz Boulevard as Police tried to stop people from entering Laleh Park to attend a rally called for by the mothers of those killed during the recent nationwide protests. They also planned to honor the memory of Neda Agha Soltan.
Meanwhile, the Bazaaris have called for a strike. Trading has come to a halt today and the Bazaar is virtually closed.
The carpet Bazaar has been closed today following the call for today’s protest.
The Riot police & plain clothes attacked protesters today afternoon in streets leading to Laleh Park in Tehran. At least three persons were arrested.
“Since 5 pm (Tehran time), people have been going to Laleh Park in order to continue their anti-government protests. Riot police And Plain clothes have been stationed in all streets and alleys leading to Laleh Park including Enqelab Square. A large number of basijis are on the foot, on motorcycles and in patrol vehicles, in the square,” .
“The regime’s repressive forces attacked people who were chanting ‘death to dictator’ to force them to leave the area. Up to now at least three persons have been arrested.”
“In Enqelab Square there are a large number of plainclothes agents stationed.” Today at 6pm Tehran time, the people of Kermanshah in Iran have called for a rally to commemorate Neda and for 'freedom for all.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Video: Iranian Student asks for help for Iran from the International Community (especially the EU and US)



In this video (June 23, 2009) an Iranian student protester in Tehran makes a passionate plea for help from the world community-especially the EU and the US- in a phone call to CNN's American Morning. He also outlines clearly the demands of the protesters for a more open society and good relations between Iran and the international community.

Iran:Tehran-Police brutality exposed in letter from “Rasul Akram” hospital

Police Brutality in Iran exposed

This comes from Revolutionary Road

Date: Wednesday 24th June 2009.
The following email in Farsi we received today (Wednesday 24th june). It is written by a doctor from “Rasul Akram” hospital in Tehran who says that some people were killed not only by one bullet as they found two or three bullets in some bodies, close to one another, showing that shooters used barrage shooting against people and not only a single shot. A 68 year old man had 3 bullets in his body, two on his left shoulder and one in the left side of his stomach.

The doctors of the “Rasul Akram”hospital say they had been faced with 38 people killed during last week’s protests. Apparently, police took the corpse of the dead bodies out from the hospital and carried them away by truck. Most of their families still do not know if their children have been killed. Besides, among the corpse there were some 15, 16 years old kids. According to the email, the crew of the hospital protested in the street next to the hospital giving out the information about the violence to the people. The photos attached are from this demonstration which appears to have taken place earlier this week.
Regards
-Where s my vote?

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Iran: Videos of protests Wednesday 24 June 2009







Tehran Massacre Report here

Graphic Videos





Iran:Report Live from demonstration at Baharestan Sq. Tehran today (24/6/09)

Excerpt of live blog by Revolutionary Road


More than 10.000 Bassij Milittias get position in Central Tehran, including Baharestan Sq.

In Baharestan Sq. in the Police shooting, A girl is shot and the police is not allowing to let them help
The girl who was shot was taken to a private clinic, not known yet of her well being...alive or not?
About 5,000 Protesters gatherd at Sadeghieh Sq, Bassij and Hezbollah attcking them
At Baharestan Sq plain clothes are between people and whoever talks they arrest him/her
We saw 7/8 militia beating one woman with baton on ground - she had no defense nothing

So many people arrested - young & old
In Baharestan we saw militia with axe choping people like meat - blood everywhere - like butcher
The military plain clothes have entered the crowd with high speed on bikes, they are beating people with cable and batons, almost everyone in the crowd is injured, there is blood everywhere!..

Iran Video:Tehran demonstrations Azadi 23/6/09

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Video via Revolutionary Road

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Iran: Video and Text-Neda's sister speaks out in a moving eulogy



Translation

I am here in order to tell you that she died in her father's arms.


I am here in order to tell you that my sister had big dreams.


I am here in order to tell you that my sister was very modest [in her dreams].


She longed - just like me - after one day feeling the wind in her hair, and just like me she loved poems by Farukh (?), a Persian poet, and she....


....longed for freedom and equality.


She longed after one day being able to say I am Iranian; with her head held up high.


She longed after one day falling in love with a man with a [inaudible] haircut, giving birth to a daughter, singing lullabies at her cradle, or to plait her child's long hair.


My sister died because she was not allowed to live like a human being; my sister died because injustice would not end; my sister died because she loved life so much, and my sister died because she cared lovingly for her fellow humans well-being.


All our brothers and sisters in Iran: You are not alone!


Neda Agha-Soltan. (Nedā Āġā-Soltān; b 1982 - d June 20, 2009). Video of murder here

Iran: Neda posters pulled down by state officials according to the Telegraph newspaper

Iranian security officials have begun pulling down posters of Neda Agha Soltan, the young woman who has become the face of the country's pro-democracy uprising after her death in Tehran was captured on video.


Relatives said images of Neda Agha Soltan, 27, who has been described as Iran's "Angel of Freedom" after she was apparently shot dead on Saturday, had been targeted by plain-clothed officials.
They had removed any material commemorating the 27-year-old student that had been erected near her home by sympathisers in the Iranian capital. Read full story Here.

Iran:Mazandaran University students arrested-report

Mazandaran University-while eleven students remain in detention and no information available on their status, in the last two days also two female students, Marjan Fiazi and Sogand ALykhah, were arrested.

In the meantime, 40 of the other students were also prohibited from attending university......These repressive encounters in Mazandaran is happening while alireza Kiani, siavash safavi, Milad Hosseini Keshtan, Ali Nazari, Rahman Yaghoubi, Maziar Yazdani, Ali Abbassi, Shovaneh Merikhi and...are still in detention. While, a large number of students are prohibited to enter, the university is still under severe security measures . More details at Revolutionary Road.

Iran: Pictures of Tehran Doctors demonstrating against killings committed by Basij militia




Sunday, June 21, 2009

Iranian journalists and bloggers missing -believed taken by police

The sister of Amir Sadeghi who runs tehranlive.org in Iran has announced that he has gone missing. His blog provided excellent coverage of the demonstrations. He went out to participate in the protests last night but failed to return. It is believed that he has been taken by the police of Mahmoud Ahmadinijad. There is grave concern for his welfare. According to Revolutionary Road 23 journalists and bloggers have been arrested in Iran. Many others are missing: Roohollah Shahvadar in Mashhad, Mashallah Heydarzadeh, Hamideh Mahvarzi, Amanollah Shonaji Hossein Shokoohi in Booshehr, and Mojataba Poor Hossein in Rasht are the journalists who have been arrested. Two more journalists Behzad Bashou and Seyyed Khalil Mir-Ashrafi have now been arrested.

Video Tehran (21/6/09): Pro Mousavi demonstrators chant "down with dictator" at Forsat Street


This video was taken today Sunday 21st June 2009 near UN Headquarters

They are yelling:
"Have no fear, we are all together. Don't be afraid, don't be afraid, we are all together!"and then "Down with dictator".
Source:Revolutionary Road

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Video from Shiraz Iran: Pro Mousavi Protesters attacked by Basij (20/6/09)

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Iran Video:Young Lady shot dead in Tehran by Basiji revolutionary guards 20/6/09

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The video and following report from iroom via IReport.com
Basij shots to death a young woman in Tehran's Saturday June 20th protests At 19:05 June 20th Place: Karekar Ave., at the corner crossing Khosravi St. and Salehi st. A young woman- Neda Agha Soltan- who was standing aside with her father watching the protests was shot by a basij member hiding on the rooftop of a civilian house. He had clear shot at the girl and could not miss her. However, he aimed straight her heart. I am a doctor, so I rushed to try to save her. But the impact of the gunshot was so fierce that the bullet had blasted inside the victim's chest, and she died in less than 2 minutes. The protests were going on about 1 kilometers away in the main street and some of the protesting crowd were running from tear gass used among them, towards Salehi St. The film is shot by my friend who was standing beside me. Please let the world know.

Neda Agha Soltan was born in 1982 and was a philosophy student.

Video:Tehran Students shot in front of camera

20/6/09 Iran:Videos of pro Mousavi protesters gathering in Enghelab Ave Tehran

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Tehran Demonstration June 20 2009:Minute by Minute report

There is a fine minute by minute report of events in Tehran today on Revolutionary Road
Included in the report is an excellent BBC video

Friday, June 19, 2009

Video: Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei backs Ahmadinejad against protestors

Civil War ?

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has demanded an end to street protests over Iran's disputed presidential election. He has come down firmly on the side of Ahmadinejad. He sounds like a man out of touch with the reality on the ground. He warned
"If there is any bloodshed, leaders of the protests will be held directly responsible,"
His speech offers little hope for an immediate resolution of the dispute. He has seriously misread the mood on the ground. The pro Mousavi supporters are unlikely to be mollified by lectures. There is now grave danger that Iran could plunge into a civil war which will benefit neither Iranians nor the world.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Video:Rep. Michele Bachmann speech in Congress against taxpayer funding for abortion in DC



Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) in a very moving speech-the finest that I have ever heard from a public representative-outlines the pro-life women's perspective on growing public support for the pro-life cause and the true impact of taxpayer funding for abortion in DC. President Obama has proposed repealing the Dornan Amendment, legislation that currently prevents taxpayer funded abortion in the District of Columbia. Taxpayer funded abortion increases the abortion rates in all ethnic groups but more so among the African American and Hispanic communities. Rep Bachmann explains how American children and women are hurt by abortion.
It is already a great tragedy that the District of Columbia has the highest abortion rate in the country. What's even worse is forcing pro-life taxpayers to foot the bill for over 7,200 abortions a year in D.C.

Congresswomen like Jean Schmidt (R-OH), Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Kathy Dahlkemper (D-PA), Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) are leading the fight in Congress against taxpayer-funded abortions in D.C.

Iran: 8 Pictures from Today Thursday June 18 of pro Mousavi protest in Tehran mourning those killed by regime

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Iran:Video of mourning Mousavi supporters in Tehran Today Thurday with green shroud (18/6/09)


Green Shroud

Pro Mousavi supporters carried a green shroud. This is intended to symbolise mourning for those who died.

Iran:Pictures Post Rally from Tehran Thursday 18/6/09

Post rally, at Ferdowsi square. 6 pm

Post rally, moving from Imam Khomaini square up Ferdowsi ave. towards the North-near the Turkish and German embassies.↓↓

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Iran: Videos of Todays Huge Protests Tehran 27 Khordad 1388 17/6/09





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Bottom video via The Hub via Youtube

Videos of the huge pro Mousavi demonstration held in Tehran today 17/6/09.

Iran New Peaceful Protest Video of Mousavi supporters (17/6/09)

Shiraz Video: Protesters chanting Death to Dictator and burning Ahmadinejad's Picture, in public

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Shiraz lies about 600 miles South of Tehran.

Iran:Mousavi calls for more Peaceful Demonstrations Today and Day of Mourning tomorrow Thursday

Mousavi calls for a day of mourning on tomorrow (Thursday)

Iranian opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi has called for more peaceful demonstrations today and tomorrow as foreign journalists labour under severe reporting restrictions imposed by the regime. Mr Mousavi has called for a day of mourning on tomorrow to commemorate those killed by agents of the state. Mousavi called on supporters to "express their solidarity with the families ... by coming together in mosques or taking part in peaceful demonstrations."

Iran (Kerman) Video:Mousavi Protestors offer flowers to police

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Iraq-Isfahan: Video shows huge anti Ahmadinejad protest

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Pictures of pro Mousavi rally at Jam-e-Jam, Tehran, Iran 16/6/09-Peaceful and Silent



 

Pictures courtesy of Salman Yaftabadi

Isfahan Iran-Student killed tonight (16/6/09)

This student Died After Police Shooting in Isfahan's student's dorm!(IRAN).

This report comes from "Marija" in Isfahan:

My family is living in Isfahan, Iran. One student was killed tonight in Isfahan, please inform people. The violence is not only in Tehran, it is ongoing in Ifahan, Tabriz , Shiraz, and other cities as well . Please help people in Iran.

Iran: Tehran Video: Thousands protest against bias outside jamejam (national tv) 16/6/09


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Notwithstanding the fact that Mirhosein Mosavi told supporters not to participate in this rally,hundreds of thousands of protesters gathered in front of jamejam(national tv)to show their anger at national tv policy.