Saturday, January 29, 2011

Who's behind the Egypt riots?

It's a good thing I heard about this piece last night on the savage
I remember back in 2005 brown university was hosting some of the 2005
Egyptian presidential candidates, at a time when the entire Middle east
Studies dpt was on sabbatical, and I shold not have to repeat the
goldman sucks/cfr connections brown has. If things get worse in Egypt
and spread to Jordan and Morocco, you will know the cfr has a hand in
this like in Iran in 2009.
Peter Khan Zendran

Egypt protests: America's secret backing for rebel leaders behind
The American government secretly backed leading figures behind the
Egyptian uprising who have been planning “regime change” for the
past three years, The Daily Telegraph has learned.

By Tim Ross, Matthew Moore and Steven Swinford 9:23PM GMT 28 Jan 2011

The American Embassy in Cairo helped a young dissident attend a
US-sponsored summit for activists in New York, while working to keep his
identity secret from Egyptian state police.

On his return to Cairo in December 2008, the activist told US diplomats
that an alliance of opposition groups had drawn up a plan to overthrow
President Hosni Mubarak and install a democratic government in 2011.

The secret document in full

He has already been arrested by Egyptian security in connection with the
demonstrations and his identity is being protected by The Daily

The crisis in Egypt follows the toppling of Tunisian president Zine
al-Abedine Ben Ali, who fled the country after widespread protests
forced him from office.

The disclosures, contained in previously secret US diplomatic dispatches
released by the WikiLeaks website, show American officials pressed the
Egyptian government to release other dissidents who had been detained by
the police.

Mr Mubarak, facing the biggest challenge to his authority in his 31
years in power, ordered the army on to the streets of Cairo yesterday as
rioting erupted across Egypt.

Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets in
open defiance of a curfew. An explosion rocked the centre of Cairo as
thousands defied orders to return to their homes. As the violence
escalated, flames could be seen near the headquarters of the governing
National Democratic Party.

Police fired rubber bullets and used tear gas and water cannon in an
attempt to disperse the crowds.

At least five people were killed in Cairo alone yesterday and 870
injured, several with bullet wounds. Mohamed ElBaradei, the pro-reform
leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner, was placed under house arrest after
returning to Egypt to join the dissidents. Riots also took place in
Suez, Alexandria and other major cities across the country.

William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, urged the Egyptian government to
heed the “legitimate demands of protesters”. Hillary Clinton, the US
Secretary of State, said she was “deeply concerned about the use of
force” to quell the protests.

In an interview for the American news channel CNN, to be broadcast
tomorrow, David Cameron said: “I think what we need is reform in
Egypt. I mean, we support reform and progress in the greater
strengthening of the democracy and civil rights and the rule of law.”

The US government has previously been a supporter of Mr Mubarak’s
regime. But the leaked documents show the extent to which America was
offering support to pro-democracy activists in Egypt while publicly
praising Mr Mubarak as an important ally in the Middle East.

In a secret diplomatic dispatch, sent on December 30 2008, Margaret
Scobey, the US Ambassador to Cairo, recorded that opposition groups had
allegedly drawn up secret plans for “regime change” to take place
before elections, scheduled for September this year.

The memo, which Ambassador Scobey sent to the US Secretary of State in
Washington DC, was marked “confidential” and headed: “April 6
activist on his US visit and regime change in Egypt.”

It said the activist claimed “several opposition forces” had
“agreed to support an unwritten plan for a transition to a
parliamentary democracy, involving a weakened presidency and an
empowered prime minister and parliament, before the scheduled 2011
presidential elections”. The embassy’s source said the plan was
“so sensitive it cannot be written down”.

Ambassador Scobey questioned whether such an “unrealistic” plot
could work, or ever even existed. However, the documents showed that the
activist had been approached by US diplomats and received extensive
support for his pro-democracy campaign from officials in Washington. The
embassy helped the campaigner attend a “summit” for youth activists
in New York, which was organised by the US State Department.

Cairo embassy officials warned Washington that the activist’s identity
must be kept secret because he could face “retribution” when he
returned to Egypt. He had already allegedly been tortured for three days
by Egyptian state security after he was arrested for taking part in a
protest some years earlier.

The protests in Egypt are being driven by the April 6 youth movement, a
group on Facebook that has attracted mainly young and educated members
opposed to Mr Mubarak. The group has about 70,000 members and uses
social networking sites to orchestrate protests and report on their

The documents released by WikiLeaks reveal US Embassy officials were in
regular contact with the activist throughout 2008 and 2009, considering
him one of their most reliable sources for information about human
rights abuses.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Prince Ali-Reza's Boston Memorial Service

I would like to thank those who turned out last night on the Boston Common to attend and participate in Prince Ali-Reza's Memorial Service. Below is a video of my closing prayer at the service

Links to more photos of that event and other Memorial services can be found at the link below
Peter II, Khan-e-Mazendaran

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Oddness in Prince Ali-Reza’s death

As of late there are inconsistencies in the reports of Prince Ali-Reza’s untimely death. Here they are.
1. The boston police have refused to rule his partner, Sara Tabatabai, or any of his neighbors as a murder suspect, insisting on Sara’s story that it was a suicide.
2. The boston police did not properly contain the crime scene, literally allowing people to freely access the building and neighborhood during the investigation, thus not allowing to check if anyone had broken in or had behaved suspiciously.
3. Neither reza Pahlavi or the boston police are willing to release any copy of the suicide note or make it available for examination by experts.
4. His family is insisting he suffered from depression when he exhibited no signs of it throughout his life.
5. despite reportedly being at the Fairmount Copley Place hotel reza Pahlavi has not organized any funeral service arrangements in boston, despite the large Iranian community there no memorial services there are planned, and plans to cremate Ali-Reza’s body, which goes against Muslim practice, and dump the ashes in the Caspian Sea, despite the Pahlavis being unable to enter Iran at present.
On a personal note the last time I was at an event with Prince Ali-Reza was exactly 5 years ago today at a casmii forum at MIT, and I regularly walked by his house during my trips to boston.
Peter II, Khan-e-Mazendaran

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Prince Ali-Reza 1966-2011

Last night I heard the news of the death of Prince Ali-Reza, son of
Mohammed Reza Shah, in Boston.
Like many, this news has shocked me, but we must keep ourselves calm in
this time.
We must seek the truth regarding his death, as the press reports are too
dismissive. Like Princess Leila, Queen Soyara, Bijan Bakhtiari, and
other untimely deaths of Iranians, this is another shocker and must be
investigated. We must not let grief cloud our judgment.
Of importance as well is how his passing will be observed. Personally
distressing is he died on the last day of Maidyarem Ghambar. Even more
distressing is the fact that with all the press regarding his death no
memorial services have been planned.
As with any tragedy we must work together to become stronger from a loss
like this.
Peter II, Khan-e-Mazendaran

Responding to leslie yeransian's whacko rants

Recently I reactivated my phone at the urging of those who said you might have gotten your act together and wanted to contact me. Instead, I found you are more of your fuckup self detached from reality.
Not only will people not let me forget how you lied to me and used me in 2008 your name continues to be mentioned constantly in connection with mine. And not only is it from people on the street, but from people in positions of authority who are fed up with your behavior, be it your lies or starting confrontations.
You can complain about me all you want, but the more you do so the more people will see you for the piece of human shit you are.