Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
All of you, come to the ballot boxes and by writing down the name of Mir Hossein Mousavi, fulfill your duty to the revolution and to Islam and also define your own fate," the charismatic cleric said. To a cheering crowd of men and women, many dressed in Mousavi's trademark colour green or wearing green scarves or wristbands, Khatami said Iran was facing several restrictions.
آقای احمدی نژاد پس از 4 سال این وعده عدالت شما محقق شد؟ وعده پول سر سفره نفت چطور؟
امید است رئیس جمهور آینده به این تصویر نگاه کند به این تصویر و هزاران تصویر در گوشه و کنار همین شهر تهران در روستاهای کشور و در مناطق محروم. امیدوارم میر حسین موسوی اوضاع اقتصادی را بسامان کند
Mir Hossein Mousavi, 67, commented cautiously on the events, biding his time and weighing his words carefully, as he has done so many times before. In his only comment on the matter, the former prime minister said: "Anyone who insults the Iranian president is insulting the Iranian people." Mousavi is the leading candidate of Iran's so-called "reformers" and "pragmatists," as the moderate conservatives call themselves. He is seen as the only opponent of the "principlists" -- the term used to describe the hardliners expected to throw their support behind current President Ahmadinejad in Iran's June 12 election -- who stands a chance of winning.
But Mousavi faces a difficult campaign. Although there is discontent in Iranian cities, primarily because of Ahmadinejad's disastrous economic policies, the down-to-earth and charismatic president remains popular in rural areas. Besides, Ahmadinejad can take advantage of all the trappings of a sitting president during his campaign appearances. Mousavi's only chance lies in his ability to convince younger voters and the middle class to go to polls on June 12. But this is precisely his biggest problem. Mousavi is not a known entity -- not yet, at least -- to many Iranians under the age of 30, who constitute two-thirds of the country's population.
Born near the city of Tabriz in northwestern Iran, Mousavi studied architecture and was a member of the underground resistance movement during the regime of former Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. After the overthrow of the Shah in 1979, Mousavi became the foreign minister and, a few months later, the prime minister of the new theocracy. During Iran's eight-year war against Iraq, he proved himself a competent organizer of the wartime economy. But Mousavi did not distinguish himself as a domestic political reformer. In fact, his term in office was marked by a sharp rise in the number of arrests.
A sophisticated intellectual, Mousavi has not held any important state office since 1989, but he is a member of the so-called Expediency Discernment Council, which was set up to resolve conflicts between the parliament and the influential Council of Guardians. Despite past power struggles, his relationship with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has apparently recently returned to normal.
Saberi's defense team, which includes Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi, has since filed an appeal against the ruling. Ahmadinejad himself, in a startling letter to Iran's judicial authorities, called for "fair treatment" of the journalist, a move some interpreted as a sign of a thaw in the country's relations with the United States, and of a speedy pardon. Ahmadinejad's sharpest political adversary was unwilling to comment on the case.
Mousavi met with SPIEGEL at the Iranian Academy of Arts in Tehran, which he co-founded 11 years ago, and of which he is president. The interview comes at the heels of SPIEGEL's conversation with President Ahmadinejad in mid-April, which attracted a great deal of attention in Iran and was quoted at length in most of Iran's daily newspapers. The influential paper Iran News even printed the interview verbatim. Mousavi's remarks can also be interpreted as his response to Ahmadinejad.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Mousavi refused to run for president in the 1997 elections, which caused the reformists to turn to his former cabinet minister, then a little-known cleric, Mohammad Khatami, who won in a landslide. One of the memorable tactics of the 1997 Presidential Election Campaign was the posters containing Khatami's picture alongside Mousavi and his support for Khatami's bid, which is regarded by commentators to be one cause of the support among working class Iranians that Khatami enjoyed. Mousavi's wife, Zahra Rahnavard, explained in an interview that the reason for him not running in the 1997 elections was discouraging messages from higher officials, a statement which possibly hints at the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and/or the then President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Mir-Hossein Mousavi Khameneh (میرحسین موسوی خامنه) (born 29 September 1941 in Khameneh, East Azarbaijan, Iran) is an Iranian reformist politician, painter and architect who served as the fifth and last Prime Minister of Iran from 1981 to 1989. Mousavi is currently the president of the Iranian Academy of Arts.
He was the last prime minister in Iran before the constitutional changes which removed the post of prime minister. Before that, he was the Minister of Foreign Affairs. He is also a member of the Expediency Discernment Council and the High Council of Cultural Revolution. However as of 2009 he has not been participating in their meetings for a long time which is interpreted by political analysts and commentators as a sign of his disapproval. Mousavi holds a Masters degree in Architecture from Shahid Beheshti University (melli). In the early years of the revolution, Mousavi was the editor-in-chief of the official newspaper of the Islamic Republic Party, the Jomhouri-e Eslami (Islamic Republic) newspaper.After 20 years of political silence, on 9 March 2009 he announced his bid to run in the 2009 Iranian Presidential Election, which has since been welcomed by many Iranians who still recall his time as Prime Minister.
در این مراسم مهندس میرحسین موسوی با تقدیر از تمام حاضران گفت: خوشحالم که فرهنگستان هنر فضایی برای خودش فراهم آورده است، هرچند که معتقدم اصل کار بر محور محتوا، برنامه، نیرو و اعتمادی است که بهصورت متقابل میان ما و هنرمندان ایجاد میشود.
او که معماری این بنا تازهتاسیس را برعهده داشته است، در ادامه گفت: این فضا را براساس ایدهها و فکرهای شما طراحی و افتتاح کردم. بهطوری که رواق فرهنگستان هنر بهصورت تمثیلی، مجازی و استعاری یادآور تاریخ پیش از اسلام و پس از اسلام است.
میر حسین موسوی دربارهی معماری این بنا توضیح داد: پایههای ستونهای این ساختمان را از معماری هخامنشی وام گرفتهام و بدنه آن نیز طرحی از معماری چهارصد سال گذشته است. در بالای ستونها نیز اشعاری حکاکی شده است که به مرور زمان با گرفتن غبار بیشتر هویدا میشوند
Friday, May 22, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
A mother prays for the return of her kidnapped son. When her prayers are answered, however, she begins to suspect the boy who comes back is not her child. Inspired by true events that took place in Los Angeles in the 1920s.