Another government critic arrested in Iran

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Mehdi Khazali, head of Iran’s Medical Data Bank and son of hardliner, Ayatollah Abolghassem Khazali, was arrested yesterday by Iranian authorities.

According to media sources, Mehdi Khazali, a physician and anti-government blogger, was summoned to Evin Prison yesterday and arrested for “activities against national security and disturbing public minds.”

Mehdi Khazali nominated himself to run in the 2007 parliamentary elections but the Guardian Council disqualified him because he had made allegations of fraud in the ninth presidential elections.

A year later, he was disqualified from joining the National Medical Board but was voted into the governing board of Media Co-operative of Tehran.

In the past two years, he has repeatedly criticized Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in his blog and website.

In an interview two years ago, Khazali was quoted as saying: “Ahmadinejad is an attention freak and is even willing to die in order to attain fame.”

He had also said: “Ahmadinejad will not be an obedient lamb, in fact I can see the day when he will stand up to the leader!”

Al-Arabiya quoted Khazali two years ago saying: “Ahmadinejad is Jewish-born and has changed his last name.”

Mehdi Khazali wrote condemning blogs regarding the violent reaction of the government to the widespread protests to the alleged vote fraud in the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009.

He was arrested last summer in the wave of arrests following the presidential elections and was released after three weeks on a $20,000 bail.

Mehdi Khazali, is the son of Ayatollah Abolghassem Khazali, a hardline member of the Assembly of Experts and a staunch Ahmadinejad supporter. The extremist cleric has disowned his son. Payvand

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18 responses to “Another government critic arrested in Iran”

  1. Hannibal Avatar

    Freedom at its zenith! Then we host that government president and we make him a hero just for paying to rebuild HA stronghold. Now here is the twist and the shame: in July 2006, Ain Ebel (General Kahwaji is from there), like other villages that string Lebanon’s southern border, such as Debel, Qaouzah, Rmaich, and Yaroun, was caught in the crossfire of Hezbollah and the Israeli army. Due to that conflict many houses in Ain Ebel and the neighboring Christian villages were destroyed. No Iranian nor any money came in to rebuild. After all they are Christians. Anno ye3ne betkharbo byuut el 3aalam wu bta3mlo 7aalkon muqaawame? weyn cheftuwa haay ya 3aalam?

    1. PROPHET.T Avatar

      Your claim is not true Hannibal. I’m from the area nmyself, and I know for a fact that every house in Ain Ebel ,Rmaich ,Debel ,and Yaroon that was damaged was repaired or rebuild at the expense Iran. I challenge you to show any prove. I grew up with kids from Ain Ebil, and Rmaich, and went to school with them, buddy. My family’s best friends are from those towns. I know those towns like I know my own. You are claims are lies.
      Some facts for you Hannibal; Rmaich and Debel had very few houses damaged. Ain Ebel, suffered a little more damage since it’s bordering Bint Jbeil, where most of the vicious fighting took place. Regardless of how much damage those towns had suffered, I repeat again, everyone was compensated it just like neighboring towns, I Challenge you to prove other wise.

      1. Hannibal Avatar

        Quote “Ain Ebel, however, was used only as a place to hide and as a place from which Hezbollah could launch rockets at the Israelis. Katyusha launchers weren’t placed inside houses. They were, for the most part, placed next to people’s houses. Most of the property damage, then, was caused by shrapnel rather than by direct air strikes. Israeli targeting in South Lebanon wasn’t random or indiscriminate. It varied considerably from place to place, depending on what Hezbollah was doing in each place.

        “No one is helping us,” Alan said. “We are paying for all the reconstruction with our own money.”

        “You aren’t getting any of the reconstruction money from Iran?” I said.

        “Of course not,” Alan said. “Of course Iran is not helping us rebuild our houses.” Unquote

        READ THE REST Prophet and stop lying yourself: http://www.michaeltotten.com/archives/001361.html

        The Christian experience of Ain Ebel: http://www.peacefaq.com/lebanon.html#whatis

        There is MUCH MUCH MORE to tell but what for? You know what your problem is prophet? You were born Shiite NOT Lebanese. I on the other hand have no religion. I believe in a God whom I experience NOT follow some stupid book based on judaism of some abusive god worshipped by jews and christians and moslems about a guy who takes his son to offer him on the altar only to stop him at the last minute and tell him heeeeey I was kidding kill the goat instead if you must (Adha). Those books you follow are filled with crap stories like this one like Noah’s ark. I mean the dude built a ship and was able to host all the species of the world. he he he and you follow that judaic crap and put it in the Koran and believe it is the word of God? I mean the estimated number of bird species ALONE alive today and we had more before during Noah’s time if he ever existed is between 9,000 to 10,000. That is birds alone. Or how about the flat earth or the fact that earth was the center and the sun revolved around it. Or the best one yet: A divine victory! Since when God asks for a divine victory? Since when a God favors one over another and dances of joy at the site of killings be it a Jew, a Christian, a Moslem or an atheist? God has no religion. If you follow one you have no God you have a religion.

        1. PROPHET.T Avatar

          Hannibal,
          Those claim are false, I insist… None of the sites you listed are independent sites. I can find you few other sites that say other wise. Give me credible sources, please.
          When the whole south was under fire, Ain Ebil was, and still is, as important as any other town, NOT MORE, NOT LESS.
          You claim to be secular, then you insist on defending Christians and Christian towns. You are being a hypocrite. You preach what you do not practice.
          You don’t view all villages the same way. You seem to have different standards for Christian towns, then Muslim towns. All of a sudden this “secular” Lebanese became concerned about Christians and Christianity.
          Though I’m not religious at all, and hate all organized religions, I won’t get into religious discussion with you. I won’t say anything to insult your faith ,or any other faith for that matter.
          Though I DON’T pray, but I would pray for you, if I ever start.
          You are a typical Lebanese, who resorts to personal attacks and insults when he does not have an argument to make.
          Making up stories and repeating them, does not make them true. You keep repeating the same stories to the point where you believe your own lies. Good luck man.

        2. Hannibal Avatar

          There is nothing you can say Prophet to insult my faith as it is simple. I believe in God and no religion. So I have no religion for you to attack.
          So a person from Ain Ebil who lives there is a lie and another who lives in the U.S. knows better? men weyn nakachta hayde? Typical Lebanese? Does that make you an outlier like a Persian or something? lol
          I am concerned about minorities in the Levant YES I do not deny it and NOT about their religion. The Ashuuris the Keldaanis, the Melkites, the Aramaic people and Syriac the oldest people of the land because they once gone like the native americans will be nothing but a lost civilization and I think they should be preserved. There is no need to pray dude specially for me. I mean here is another thing that makes me laugh. If someone is sick we all say pray for him. As if God needs many people to be repeating some shamanic phrase over and over again because he is deaf or something. “I will say a prayer for you” is a sentence so overused. I mean if I pray and God does not listen what makes you so sure that he will listen to you?

        3. PROPHET.T Avatar

          Hannibal,
          I think you and I are starting to understand each other better now, and don’t worry about me parrying for you, it might not happen at all. I agree that non of the prayers are heard or answered, and if God needs you and me to pray so , He can heal someone, then there is a problem with the whole concept and belief of God. I’ll leave this topic alone for now.
          If my info regarding the compensation to Christian towns are wrong, I will admit and apologies.
          Your concern about minorities in the area is well justified. I share your concern as well, and go further to say that Lebanon without Christians is not the same. I would never want to see Lebanon minus Christians. It’s a beauty and a curse that we are all minorities in Lebanon. I’m opposed to any minority in Lebanon, having its own political aspiration.
          Would you at least agree with me that for hundreds of years minorities lived in the area with out any major threat?
          Would you agree that the presence of Israel had triggered this migration of Christians in general from the area? What happened to the Palestinian Christians? Are they in good shape? I know they are not.
          Would you agree that, if it was not for the US invasion of Iraq, the Iraqi Christian community would have still been flourishing?

        4. Hannibal Avatar

          I do agree with you like I did before on many topics. I want a government for the people by the people non-sectarian like you do. The reality locally points to otherwise and the strife is about to begin. I hope I am wrong.

  2. Hannibal Avatar

    Freedom at its zenith! Then we host that government president and we make him a hero just for paying to rebuild HA stronghold. Now here is the twist and the shame: in July 2006, Ain Ebel (General Kahwaji is from there), like other villages that string Lebanon’s southern border, such as Debel, Qaouzah, Rmaich, and Yaroun, was caught in the crossfire of Hezbollah and the Israeli army. Due to that conflict many houses in Ain Ebel and the neighboring Christian villages were destroyed. No Iranian nor any money came in to rebuild. After all they are Christians. Anno ye3ne betkharbo byuut el 3aalam wu bta3mlo 7aalkon muqaawame? weyn cheftuwa haay ya 3aalam?

    1. PROPHET.T Avatar

      Your claim is not true Hannibal. I’m from the area nmyself, and I know for a fact that every house in Ain Ebel ,Rmaich ,Debel ,and Yaroon that was damaged was repaired or rebuild at the expense Iran. I challenge you to show any prove. I grew up with kids from Ain Ebil, and Rmaich, and went to school with them, buddy. My family’s best friends are from those towns. I know those towns like I know my own. You are claims are lies.
      Some facts for you Hannibal; Rmaich and Debel had very few houses damaged. Ain Ebel, suffered a little more damage since it’s bordering Bint Jbeil, where most of the vicious fighting took place. Regardless of how much damage those towns had suffered, I repeat again, everyone was compensated it just like neighboring towns, I Challenge you to prove other wise.

      1. Hannibal Avatar

        Quote “Ain Ebel, however, was used only as a place to hide and as a place from which Hezbollah could launch rockets at the Israelis. Katyusha launchers weren’t placed inside houses. They were, for the most part, placed next to people’s houses. Most of the property damage, then, was caused by shrapnel rather than by direct air strikes. Israeli targeting in South Lebanon wasn’t random or indiscriminate. It varied considerably from place to place, depending on what Hezbollah was doing in each place.

        “No one is helping us,” Alan said. “We are paying for all the reconstruction with our own money.”

        “You aren’t getting any of the reconstruction money from Iran?” I said.

        “Of course not,” Alan said. “Of course Iran is not helping us rebuild our houses.” Unquote

        READ THE REST Prophet and stop lying yourself: http://www.michaeltotten.com/archives/001361.html

        The Christian experience of Ain Ebel: http://www.peacefaq.com/lebanon.html#whatis

        There is MUCH MUCH MORE to tell but what for? You know what your problem is prophet? You were born Shiite NOT Lebanese. I on the other hand have no religion. I believe in a God whom I experience NOT follow some stupid book based on judaism of some abusive god worshipped by jews and christians and moslems about a guy who takes his son to offer him on the altar only to stop him at the last minute and tell him heeeeey I was kidding kill the goat instead if you must (Adha). Those books you follow are filled with crap stories like this one like Noah’s ark. I mean the dude built a ship and was able to host all the species of the world. he he he and you follow that judaic crap and put it in the Koran and believe it is the word of God? I mean the estimated number of bird species ALONE alive today and we had more before during Noah’s time if he ever existed is between 9,000 to 10,000. That is birds alone. Or how about the flat earth or the fact that earth was the center and the sun revolved around it. Or the best one yet: A divine victory! Since when God asks for a divine victory? Since when a God favors one over another and dances of joy at the site of killings be it a Jew, a Christian, a Moslem or an atheist? God has no religion. If you follow one you have no God you have a religion.

        1. PROPHET.T Avatar

          Hannibal,
          I think you and I are starting to understand each other better now, and don’t worry about me parrying for you, it might not happen at all. I agree that non of the prayers are heard or answered, and if God needs you and me to pray so , He can heal someone, then there is a problem with the whole concept and belief of God. I’ll leave this topic alone for now.
          If my info regarding the compensation to Christian towns are wrong, I will admit and apologies.
          Your concern about minorities in the area is well justified. I share your concern as well, and go further to say that Lebanon without Christians is not the same. I would never want to see Lebanon minus Christians. It’s a beauty and a curse that we are all minorities in Lebanon. I’m opposed to any minority in Lebanon, having its own political aspiration.
          Would you at least agree with me that for hundreds of years minorities lived in the area with out any major threat?
          Would you agree that the presence of Israel had triggered this migration of Christians in general from the area? What happened to the Palestinian Christians? Are they in good shape? I know they are not.
          Would you agree that, if it was not for the US invasion of Iraq, the Iraqi Christian community would have still been flourishing?

  3. Freedom at its zenith! Then we host that government president and we make him a hero just for paying to rebuild HA stronghold. Now here is the twist and the shame: in July 2006, Ain Ebel (General Kahwaji is from there), like other villages that string Lebanon’s southern border, such as Debel, Qaouzah, Rmaich, and Yaroun, was caught in the crossfire of Hezbollah and the Israeli army. Due to that conflict many houses in Ain Ebel and the neighboring Christian villages were destroyed. No Iranian nor any money came in to rebuild. After all they are Christians. Anno ye3ne betkharbo byuut el 3aalam wu bta3mlo 7aalkon muqaawame? weyn cheftuwa haay ya 3aalam?

    1. PROPHET.T Avatar

      Your claim is not true Hannibal. I’m from the area nmyself, and I know for a fact that every house in Ain Ebel ,Rmaich ,Debel ,and Yaroon that was damaged was repaired or rebuild at the expense Iran. I challenge you to show any prove. I grew up with kids from Ain Ebil, and Rmaich, and went to school with them, buddy. My family’s best friends are from those towns. I know those towns like I know my own. You are claims are lies.

      Some facts for you Hannibal; Rmaich and Debel had very few houses damaged. Ain Ebel, suffered a little more damage since it’s bordering Bint Jbeil, where most of the vicious fighting took place. How ever, I repeat again, that everyone was compensated it. I Challenge you to prove other wise.

      1. Quote “Ain Ebel, however, was used only as a place to hide and as a place from which Hezbollah could launch rockets at the Israelis. Katyusha launchers weren’t placed inside houses. They were, for the most part, placed next to people’s houses. Most of the property damage, then, was caused by shrapnel rather than by direct air strikes. Israeli targeting in South Lebanon wasn’t random or indiscriminate. It varied considerably from place to place, depending on what Hezbollah was doing in each place.

        “No one is helping us,” Alan said. “We are paying for all the reconstruction with our own money.”

        “You aren’t getting any of the reconstruction money from Iran?” I said.

        “Of course not,” Alan said. “Of course Iran is not helping us rebuild our houses.” Unquote

        READ THE REST Prophet and stop lying yourself: http://www.michaeltotten.com/archives/001361.html

        The Christian experience of Ain Ebel: http://www.peacefaq.com/lebanon.html#whatis

        There is MUCH MUCH MORE to tell but what for? You know what your problem is prophet? You were born Shiite NOT Lebanese. I on the other hand have no religion. I believe in a God whom I experience NOT follow some stupid book based on judaism of some abusive god worshipped by jews and christians and moslems about a guy who takes his son to offer him on the altar only to stop him at the last minute and tell him heeeeey I was kidding kill the goat instead if you must (Adha). Those books you follow are filled with crap stories like this one like Noah’s ark. I mean the dude built a ship and was able to host all the species of the world. he he he and you follow that judaic crap and put it in the Koran and believe it is the word of God? I mean the estimated number of bird species ALONE alive today and we had more before during Noah’s time if he ever existed is between 9,000 to 10,000. That is birds alone. Or how about the flat earth or the fact that earth was the center and the sun revolved around it. Or the best one yet: A divine victory! Since when God asks for a divine victory? Since when a God favors one over another and dances of joy at the site of killings be it a Jew, a Christian, a Moslem or an atheist? God has no religion. If you follow one you have no God you have a religion.

        1. PROPHET.T Avatar

          Hannibal,

          Those claim are false, I insist… None of the sites you listed are independent sites. I can find you few other sites that say other wise. Give me credible sources, please.

          When the whole south was under fire, Ain Ebil was, and still is, as important as any other town, NOT MORE, NOT LESS.

          You claim to be secular, then you insist on defending Christians and Christian towns. You are being a hypocrite. You preach what you do not practice.

          You don’t view all villages the same way. You seem to have different standards for Christian towns, then Muslim towns. All of a sudden this “secular” Lebanese became concerned about Christians and Christianity.

          Though I’m not religious at all, and hate all organized religions, I won’t get into religious discussion with you. I won’t say anything to insult your faith ,or any other faith for that matter.

          Though I DON’T pray, but I would pray for you, if I ever start.

          You are a typical Lebanese, who resorts to personal attacks and insults when he does not have an argument to make.

          Making up stories and repeating them, does not make them true. You keep repeating the same stories to the point where you believe your own lies. Good luck man.

        2. There is nothing you can say Prophet to insult my faith as it is simple. I believe in God and no religion. So I have no religion for you to attack.
          So a person from Ain Ebil who lives there is a lie and another who lives in the U.S. knows better? men weyn nakachta hayde? Typical Lebanese? Does that make you an outlier like a Persian or something? lol
          I am concerned about minorities in the Levant YES I do not deny it and NOT about their religion. The Ashuuris the Keldaanis, the Melkites, the Aramaic people and Syriac the oldest people of the land because they once gone like the native americans will be nothing but a lost civilization and I think they should be preserved. There is no need to pray dude specially for me. I mean here is another thing that makes me laugh. If someone is sick we all say pray for him. As if God needs many people to be repeating some shamanic phrase over and over again because he is deaf or something. “I will say a prayer for you” is a sentence so overused. I mean if I pray and God does not listen what makes you so sure that he will listen to you?

        3. PROPHET.T Avatar

          Hannibal,

          I think you and I are starting to understand each other better now, and don’t worry about me parrying for you, it might not happen at all. I agree that non of the prayers are heard or answered, and if God needs you and me to pray so , He can heal someone, then there is a problem with the whole concept and belief of God. I’ll leave this topic alone for now.

          If my info regarding the compensation to Christian towns are wrong, I will admit and apologies.

          Your concern about minorities in the area is well justified. I share your concern as well, and go further to say that Lebanon without Christians is not the same. I would never want to see Lebanon minus Christians. It’s a beauty and a curse that we are all minorities in Lebanon. I’m opposed to any minority in Lebanon, having its own political aspiration.

          Would you at least agree with me that for hundreds of years minorities lived in the area with out any major threat?

          Would you agree that the presence of Israel had triggered this migration of Christians in general from the area? What happened to the Palestinian Christians? Are they in good shape? I know they are not.

          Would you agree that, if it was not for the US invasion of Iraq, the Iraqi Christian community would have still been flourishing?

        4. I do agree with you like I did before on many topics. I want a government for the people by the people non-sectarian like you do. The reality locally points to otherwise and the strife is about to begin. I hope I am wrong.

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