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July 24, 2009: Fmr. Iranian Political Prisoners, Relatives of Iran’s Jailed Protesters Lead Three-Day Hunger Strike Outside UN
A three-day hunger strike outside the UN began Wednesday to demand the release of all prisoners of conscience in Iran. We hear from some of the voices at the scene, including former political prisoners, many of whom had been in solitary confinement and tortured, and relatives of current prisoners jailed in Iran. We also hear from prominent Iranian dissident Akbar Ganji, linguist and analyst Noam Chomsky, Iranian student activist Saharnaz Samaienejad, and Iranian American activist and lawyer Bitta Mostofi.

June 24, 2009: Hamid Dabashi on Iran Protests: 'This is Not Another Revolution. This is a Civil Rights Movement'
In Iran, supporters of opposition leader Mir Hussain Mousavi have called for another protest in Tehran today in defiance of the government ban. At least 19 demonstrators have been killed in the 10 days since the election of June 12th. We speak with Columbia University professor, Hamid Dabashi. He writes, “I see the moment we are witnessing as a civil rights movement rather than a push to topple the regime.”

June 23, 2009: Deep Packet Inspection: Telecoms Aided Iran Government to Censor Internet, Technology Widely Used in US
As thousands in Iran turn to the web to make their voices heard around the world, a new report finds telecoms in Europe have helped the Iranian government develop one of the world’s most sophisticated mechanisms to censor the internet. It’s called deep packet inspection, and it’s also being used here at home.

June 22, 2009: After a Day of Deadly Protests, Iran’s Guardian Council Admits Voting Irregularities Took Place in Presidential Election
Iran’s powerful Guardian Council has admitted that voting irregularities took place in at least fifty cities and that the number of votes cast exceeded the number of voters by a difference of as many as three million ballots.

June 17, 2009: Protests Continue in Iran; Government Cracks Down on Foreign Media
Thousands of Iranians took to the streets Tuesday as reformist politicians, including defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, rejected the Guardian Council’s offer of a limited recount of the disputed votes in Friday’s election. Both critics and supporters of President Ahmadinejad staged competing rallies in Tehran Tuesday, while Iranian security forces arrested at least three prominent reformists.

June 16, 2009: Hundreds of Thousands Protest in Tehran Accusing Ahmadinejad of Stealing Election; Guardian Council Orders Partial Recount
In Iran, protests against Friday’s election results continue for the fourth day, and the powerful Guardian Council says it is ready to hold a recount of disputed votes. The announcement follows a mass rally Monday in Tehran of several hundred thousand people who defied an official ban on a public rally to protest the election results.

June 15, 2009: Iran in Turmoil After Disputed Presidential Election; Anti-Ahmadinejad Street Protests Continue
Iran remains in a state of turmoil after Friday’s much-anticipated elections ended in a result strongly disputed by opposition candidates and many thousands of their supporters. Today, Iranian officials refused to allow the leading opposition candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi and his supporters to hold a major rally protesting the re-election of President Ahmadinejad.

June 12, 2009: Iranians Flood to Polls in Pivotal Presidential Election
Iran goes to the polls today following an acrimonious election campaign that has polarized the country between the incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and three opposition candidates. A record turnout is expected for this presidential election, and the enormous mobilization generated by some of the candidates has been described as unseen since the early days of the Iranian revolution.