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Yosem Companys ycompanys at gmail.com
Mon Dec 28 16:54:10 PST 2009


Sorry all for the barrage of emails...  I am at home recovering from brain
surgery and lost track of my email volume.  Haven't shared so many emails in
a while.  Hope you forgive me.

Happy holidays to all!

Yosem

On Mon, Dec 28, 2009 at 4:48 PM, Laura Cosovanu <lauracos at stanford.edu>wrote:

> Yosem,
> It's the forth day after Christmas - leaving aside it's vacation time
> at Stanford. I like your messages but....please.
>
>
>
> On 12/28/09, Yosem Companys <ycompanys at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Iran’s Opposition Wields Stones and Cameras By ROBERT
> > MACKEY<http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/author/robert-mackey/>
> > [image: On Monday, Iranian opposition leader Mir Hussein Moussavi mourned
> > the death of his nephew Ali Moussavi, who was killed at a protest on
> Sunday
> > in Tehran.]Kosoof.com On Monday, Iranian opposition leader Mir Hussein
> > Moussavi mourned the death of his nephew, Ali Moussavi, who was killed at
> a
> > protest on Sunday in Tehran.
> >
> > *Last Updated | 6:32 p.m.* On Monday, as more opposition figures were
> > arrested <http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/29/world/middleeast/29iran.html>
> in
> > Iran, Iranian bloggers continued to upload video to YouTube that appears
> to
> > document the violent clashes between protesters and the security forces
> on
> > Sunday in Tehran and other cities.
> >
> > Severe restrictions on reporting by foreign and independent journalists
> in
> > Iran have made it difficult to verify many of the text, photo and video
> > accounts of the clashes uploaded to the Web by opposition supporters, but
> > the Iranian government’s attempt to keep professional journalists off the
> > streets may have backfired in that the demonstrators instead document
> their
> > own protests and use Web sites like YouTube and Facebook to broadcast the
> > videos.
> >
> > Among the most remarkable new images to appear on Monday is the scene
> > captured in this clip, apparently shot on Sunday in Tehran, of a
> > confrontation between stone-throwing protesters and the security forces
> that
> > appeared to end with the shooting of a demonstrator whose bloody face is
> > shown in a graphic close up near the end:
> >
> > Since so many cameras, often in cellphones, can be seen recording the
> same
> > scenes of protest in much of the video appearing on YouTube, it may not
> be
> > surprising that the end of this scene, which appears to show (in graphic
> > detail) the face of a badly injured protester, seems to have been
> captured
> > from a second angle, in this clip uploaded to the Web on Sunday:
> >
> > (More footage of the clash at this same location is embedded in the
> updates
> > further down in this post.)
> >
> > Many more clips that appear to show Sunday’s clashes are still being
> > uploaded to YouTube channels used by opposition supporters — like Green
> > Unity 4 Iran <http://www.youtube.com/user/GREENUNITY4IRAN#g/u>, Mehdi
> > Saharkhiz <http://www.youtube.com/user/onlymehdi#g/u> and Freedom
> Messenger
> > 20 <http://www.youtube.com/user/freedommessenger20#g/u>.
> >
> > Another striking video is this one, singled out by the blogger Mehdi
> > Saharkhiz, the son of an opposition politician in Iran, which apparently
> > shows a wounded member of the security forces being protected from
> further
> > violence by a green-clad protester on Sunday in Tehran:
> >
> > *Update | 5:12 p.m. *Thanks to the readers who pointed to two more videos
> of
> > interest.
> >
> > This clip appears to show Faezeh Hashemi, the daughter of former
> President
> > Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, among the demonstrators in Tehran on
> Sunday:
> >
> > Earlier this month, video of Ms. Hashemi attending another demonstration
> in
> > Tehran<
> http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/07/latest-updates-on-new-protests-in-iran/#t13h50m
> >,
> > during protests to mark Iran’s Students Day, was posted on YouTube.
> >
> > The same reader also made us aware of these
> > photographs<http://bit.ly/6HKTz2>by the photographer Arash Ashoorinia,
> > which were posted on an Iranian blog
> > on Monday and reportedly show the opposition leader Mir Hussein Moussavi
> > mourning with the family of his nephew, Ali Moussavi, who was killed at a
> > protest on Sunday.
> >
> > (Mr. Ashoorinia’s photoblog, Kosoof.com, appears to be inaccessible at
> the
> > moment, but his photographs of Sunday’s clashes in
> > Tehran<http://www.payvand.com/news/09/dec/1274.html>can be seen on
> > Payvand.com.)
> >
> > This clip, also dated Sunday, appears to show a member of the security
> > forces in Tehran losing his motorcycle to a crowd of protesters, after
> > either crashing or being knocked off his bike:
> >
> > Judging by the signs on the storefronts visible in the background, it
> seems
> > likely that this video was shot at the same location in Tehran as the
> first
> > video embedded at the top of this post, which also shows clashes between
> > protesters and members of the security forces on motorcycles.
> >
> > This photograph also seems to have been shot at the same location (before
> > the same storefronts) on Sunday in Tehran:
> > [image: Members of Iran’s security forces clashed with protesters on a
> > Tehran street on Sunday.]Reuters Members of Iran’s security forces
> clashed
> > with protesters on a Tehran street on Sunday.
> >
> > *Update | 6:32 p.m. *Another reader draws out attention to two more
> videos
> > that appear to show later moments in this same confrontation between
> > protesters and members of the security forces.
> >
> > The reader suggests that this video may show what happened when the
> > protesters cornered some members of the security forces in front of a
> gate
> > on the same street:
> >
> > According to the description of this video accompanying the clip on
> YouTube,
> > the protesters can be heard asking the cornered riot police officers,
> “Why
> > do you do this to your people?” and the officers ask for forgiveness,
> saying
> > “bebakhshid,” which means “sorry.”
> >
> > The same reader points to this clip, of the confiscated motorcycles on
> fire
> > and suggests that “the storefront the riot police are backed in to
> appears
> > to be the one with the yellow decoration, which is about 4 stores to the
> > right of the iconic Pink awning visible in this video.”
> >  VIDEO AND MORE HERE:
> >
> http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/28/irans-opposition-wields-stones-and-cameras/
> >
>
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