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Sunday, February 29, 2004
 
I havent written here for past 2 days i think.the main reason beside the phone problems is my fear.yea i am scared to continue.the other day i was writing from work and someone saw me.you know these days there is this fear among journalists that everyone is agent of regime.this sounds funny but sina motalebi in his weblog names 2 film critic and journalist who had been agent of regime and have always worked against others.so i may over react but i am still afraid.some say there will be social reforms,economic reforms and people will live in better conditions,but they forget one thing.we will live in republic of fear and i dont want that.i dont want to surf with thousands of blocked websites,i dont want to read some shitty newspapers they have left for us.i want to read whatever i want,to see whatever i like and hear whatever is in my taste.
Why is democracy for us just a noun in dictionaries? i am very tired of this.i wanna have a normal life.to do normal things and i wanna be happy,safe and secure.
yes i hear you saying me sweet dreams!!

p.s.
each day number of websites blocked is growing.they are using websense,an american sofware to prevent us from using filters, americans made for us.funny! america versus america!!

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Wednesday, February 25, 2004
 
What most of people want is a big change in political system.People if attaned in elections is beacuse of their fear from government not because they r in love with it.for example many had been warned if your ID card isnt stamped for election you will face lots of problems later.my cousin said in their class the teacher has told if you dont go election you wont pass the enterance exam for university.we have the best kind of democracy.dont we?
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Iranian hardliners are asking for a free election in Iraq claim United states is avoiding free elections and blah blah blah.this is another joke.they don't let free elections here,they do whatever they want to do and now they ask free elections in their neighboring country.in farsi we have a proverb saying death is good but just for the neighbor.
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There are serious arguements between interior ministry and guardian council.GC who is controlled by hardliners is trying to add more and more to voters but till now interior ministry is standing against it.the interior minister who's also a cleric is under hard attacks and hardliners are threatening to impeach him when 7th majlis starts.there also some rumors that when majlis approves the next budget bill of country then khatami will reign.i dont know how true these rumors are.we have heard lots till now.
karubi the current speaker of majlis also resigned from second pull of election and said there is no need for him to stay more in race.in first pull he stood as 31.from teheran 30 people go to majlis.
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Tuesday, February 24, 2004
 
fatima haghighatjoo in her speach in majlis said noone can critisize any organs related to supreme leader and she has been once questioned over her spech about leader.she said we didnt have revolution for this.she said this election was just a show off and new parliment members are selected not elected.she said 16% of votes in teheran has been blank.she at the end appologized from the people who selected her and then resigned.she is the first MP to resign.
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well look who's going to majlis!!!is this an alert to students?
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hardliners are very harshly attacking the current parlement and saying they destory everything like poeple's trust.perhaps after the legal period of 6th majlis they will get into trouble.yesterday during fatima haghighatjoo's speach in majlis a hardliner wanted to attack her threatening if you say anything against agha(means supreme leader)he will attack but the female members of parliment had surrounded fatima and didnt let anybody close to her.i think instead of turning to islamic japan we will turn to islamic north korea.

extention of time in election had been to order of supreme leader.despite interior ministry's opposition a call from his office to state tv had extended election for 4 hours.
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someone has asked me about feelings of Iranians toward americans.i will write about this in coming days.
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Monday, February 23, 2004
 
more and more websites are blocked.even those ISP's who were free of filters are now filtering.every website of hossein derakhshan are filtered.even proxies are filtered and one cant reach to them.we need more proxies.you anyone?
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hadad adel who gained more lie votes and will probably be next speaker of parliement says he and his group will make iran an islamic japan.nice joke!!
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i cant connect internet from home,telephone lines are cut and i write this from work.today in majlis fatima haghighatjoo anounced her resignation and had a wonderful speech.in her speech.i think she might be arrested or something will happen to her.thats really a brave speech.i might write here of what she said later.everyday its getting more obvious that the statics given by hardiners are just true lies.
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Saturday, February 21, 2004
 
i have a very bad headache so i am going to sleep a little earlier.teheran has shaken 3 times this afternoon.damavand near teheran has been the center of quake with 3.6 richter.i hope its nothing serious and nothing bad will happen.
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one of the ISP's i was using was without filters and i could surf very easily but from today it has blocked lots of websites including hoder.com.it even blocked proxies and wont let any surfing.
will write about this later
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some official results are now announced.from some provinces some hardliners enetered to parliment and thats worrying.we have a MP from mashahd who's name is fucker!!(i doubt any foriegn press will talk to her die to his name),he's a very serious radical.another militant from khoramabad also entered parliment.he is the one who was responsible for attacking the students some years ago and i dont know what he will do in parliment.some very dangerous people have entered majlis.good for us!!
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i am going to work now,and i will try to get more info in newspaper.i will post more later.
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there are still problems with internet.this morning i tried to connect with several internet cards but i couldnt connect or just after connecting i would get a disconnect.last night i couldnt access to hoder's iranfilter.my isp has also filtered sobhaneh.Rouydad the reformists website is also filtered and even with a proxy one cant visit.
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those who attened in election are saying they didnt do it for regime they did it cause they were afraid they would have been reproached in work.
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with primary results from small cities,its clear some hardliners have entered majlis.lucky us!
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no certain result has been announced except in a few small cities.hardliners are claiming victory and telling more than 65% of people voted.as i said before a report published by an official news agency was indicating just one million people from tehran has voted,now the major conservative news agencies claim more than 2 million people has voted.
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Friday, February 20, 2004
 
Many people on bbcpersian website have told about state controlled tv's coverage of election.TV today non-stop was showing people acroos the country in lines waiting to vote.now its cleared most of the pictures relate to previous parliment election.if you know farsi the story is here.
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the election! is officialy closed.tomorrow all the schools are off.the reason they have said is vote counting.anyway whatever the result is from tomorrow the new game is starting between two major groups.hardliners and reformists.game is not over and the winners are not those who won this election but win the rest of the game.

p.s.!!!
p.s.2:anyone reading here?i get no comments!!
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another pro reform newspaper wont publish tomorrow.Nasime saba which belongs to karubi's(current speaker of majlis)party due to order of mortazavi(serial killer of iranian newspapers)wont publish tomorrow.
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the election eneded and conservative news agencies claim victory.one of them just minutes after the end of election announced more than 60 percent of teheran has votted and their vote is in favor of hardliner's party called abaadgaran(builders).its not surprising that without any official results from interior ministry which is in reformists hands they have announced their results.this is what we call democracy!!
another news i heard from my friends is arrest if an american tv journalist.he was arrested for lack of id card,he was freed later.
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i am now going out to see what's new.
more soon
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there is a report indicating that from 8 million people who had the right to vote in teheran just one million people have voted.
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State controlled TV 's all channells are shwoing scenes from elections.they are broadcasting songs which have been baned till now like "ey iran".they are using even children's programs performers who are popular among teens to invite teenagers to vote.in iran the legal age to vote is 15 ,so every party tries to absorb them in any way.
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conservative news agencies like farsnews and mehrnews are trying very very very hard to say that every single iranian has voted in this election.
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once again they extended the time.it doesnt show the big turn out,in every election its the same ,its kinda a tradition.
most probably with the low turn out the hardliners are the new owners of parliment(i doubt if we should call it parliment anymore).we have to wait and see the statics.i dont think more than 20 million it will be.
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a news agency has reported a man with 45 ID card has gone to vote.
lucky candidates ;)

p.s.
Irna official news agency also reported in another city a man has been arrested with 51 ID cards.who was denying there's no fake id card?
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i visited some election stations for minorities like jewish,christians and zaroastians and i have to say that there were not many people.in some armenian schools there were just a dozen people,the church in villa street was also very quiet.the school near the cheshme bookstore was at all empty and when i asked the police man how's everything he just smiled.
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i cant easily connect to internet.i try several ISP's and all of them have some sorta problems.i disconect in a minute and then the connection speed is so slow.i have to write in word and then copy here,cause cant write it here online.
they have extended an hour to election,thats funny.in teheran i am sure even 20 percent of this megapolis have not voted and so is the other big cities.in small cities and vilages things are a bit differ cause they are voting for a better future for themselves like water,road,hospitals and etc.
more soon
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the main reformists websites are still blocked.if the reformist want to continute the battle for democracy they should pay more attention to internet and cyber space.they should use the coming months in parliment and prepare the enough laws for filtering.they should not lose this chance again.they also can impeach the ICT minister for blocking hundreds of political websites and weblogs.
i think what we need is some serious international action regarding the filtering.a report like what harvard berkman institute prepared for china can be the first step toward this issue.
ben edelman and colleagues at harvard listen our voice and be quick.
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rafsanjani somehow critisized the guardian council and said its upsetting that the council has omitted the children of revolution.this is not strange,this is how he always plays his game.
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i just came back,i was surfing streets and one thing is for sure that very little of this megatown(is this word right for cities with huge population?) is attending in elections.despite supreme leader's invitation,people are not paying attention to him.most of the people i saw were shopping for iranian norooz and many of election stations were empty of voters.
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supreme and conservative top leaders are asking people to participate in elections.till now the election atmosphere has been very cold and i dont think the situation will change.
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The election started 3 hours ago.i have surfed in streets and i have to say that streets are crowded with people but they r not out for voting.they r doing shopping.in a school i asked the man how many have voted and he said from morning just one person has voted.i dont think much will change.
hardliners have their own fans,not much but they always attend in every election,so they r hoping with people's baycot they will have the routine vote for themselves.
more soon
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This is my first post here.I am writing here for the election day or as we call judgement day.i will write here news from Iran's election.
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