New Manifesto From The Iranian Green Movement

Editor’s Note: The following text was given to insideIRAN.org by a group of intellectuals who are leaders in the Green Movement in Tehran. They are also the authors of this manifesto.

We, dozens of groups of Green activists in Iran, have decided to offer several recommendations for the reform and strengthening of the Green Movement. These recommendations have emerged as a result of our experiences in Iran over the past two years as well as the experiences of those in other countries in the Middle East that recently have had popular revolutions aimed at overthrowing their dictatorships. These recommendations are the result of repeated discussions and debates among leaders of Green cells inside Iran, many of whom have suffered imprisonment, beatings, or other violence during demonstrations since the emergence of this popular movement.

The continued house arrest of the leaders of the Green Movement inside Iran and the conditions in which demonstrations have been attempted after their imprisonment requires that the Green leadership outside the country review and reform its tactics and strategy so that the great social capital obtained by the Green Movement after the coup d’etat of the summer of 2009 is not lost. Moreover, Greens inside and outside the country alike need to develop new tactics and strategies in order to utilize and channel effectively the ever-rising economic, political, and social discontent within our country and to ensure that the movement does not split or falter.

This short blueprint/manifesto is divided into three sections, constituting what we believe needs to be done to expand the breadth of the Green Movement’s actions and operations if it is to become victorious at this critical juncture in history. The sections address three necessary rubrics: Inspiration, Organization, and Action. Based on Mir Hossein Moussavi’s systematic statements after the coup d’etat and those of Mehdi Karroubi, the Green Movement leadership must present a concise but comprehensive critique and condemnation of the economics and politics of the present despotic system and present our alternative to it. It must offer an explanation for the grievances of the various socioeconomic and ethnic groups within our society and then offer inspiration and organization to the people in order to motivate and provide them the path to take action to remedy this deteriorating situation.

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Hezbollah Indicted

As expected, the first indictment by the UN Special Tribunal accuses Hezbollah of Rafic Hariri’s assassination. It will be interesting to see if Syria is implicated in further indictments. Everyone knows they must have been involved, and that they utilised Hezbollah.

“Lebanon’s state prosecutor, Saeed Mirza, confirmed the tribunal handed over the first indictment in its long investigation into the crime, which at the time seemed likely to lead to a major realignment in regional politics.

Its contents were not formally released but judicial sources told The Daily Telegraph that Hizbollah’s senior military commander, Mustapha Badreddine, was accused of masterminding Mr Hariri’s killing.

Hizbollah’s commander in south Lebanon, Salim al-Ayyash, is accused of carrying out the attack, along with two other men, named as Hassan Issa and Assad Sabra.”

Lebanon braces itself for Hizbollah backlash as senior operatives accused of Hariri assassination
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/lebanon/8608975/Lebanon-braces-itself-for-Hizbollah-backlash-as-senior-operatives-accused-of-Hariri-assassination.html

“The German judge heading an investigation on the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri says the Syrian regime ordered his assassination.

In an interview with a German radio station, Detlev Mehlis said Syrian President Bashar Assad “ordered Hariri killed” because he feared the premier was cooperating with France and the US in order to overturn the Syrian regime and disarm Hezbollah. (Roee Nahmias).”

Hariri probe judge: Assad ordered his assassination
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4083571,00.html

Hezbollah Takes Power In Lebanon
https://simonjmeath.wordpress.com/2011/04/30/hezbollah-takes-power-in-lebanon/

Lebanon On The Brink
https://simonjmeath.wordpress.com/2011/04/30/lebanon-on-the-brink/

WikiLeaks: Lebanon In Danger
https://simonjmeath.wordpress.com/2011/04/30/wikileaks-lebanon-in-danger/

Ahmadinejad Inspects The Troops
https://simonjmeath.wordpress.com/2011/04/30/ahmadinejad-inspects-the-troops/