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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2005 8:42 pm    Post subject: Charshanbe Souri 2005/2009 - Free Iran Hot NEWS Reply with quote

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Congratulation to Iranian People Defiance and Unity For Regime Change - 2006

United Iranian People Defiant Stand In Fire Festival and setting fire to Pictures of Iran’s Evil Mullahs the Virus of Iranian society in Chaharshanbeh Souri Re-energize Iranian Shock & Awe For Islamist Regime Change. The Unity of Iranian people from all cities and all ethnic groups are strong and has a clear message for the Mullahs to surrender peacefully and step down or wait for day Iranian youth being armed and instead of burning down posters of Mullah’s leaders, they may ……. The choice will be decided by Mullahs ruling class.

Iranian message to Security Forces (Police, Pasdaran and Military) was clear that they must support regime change now before it becomes too late and must help Iranian people to replace this regime with Free society and Secular Democracy. The Iranian people have already spoken by boycotting Elections and their defiance in Chaharshanbeh Souri . Now the Armed forces must choose between defending and serving the people or serving Mullahs. This is up to armed and security forces to choose between SHAME and HONOR, serving Mullahs or their Sisters, Brothers, Fathers & Mothers who pay their salary.

Now the U.N. Security Council is in the position to declare the Islamist regime as illegitimate, unwanted by the people and they must send strong clear message to Mullahs to release all political prisoners, to step down peacefully and surrender to International Criminal Court (ICC) for crime against humanity before it is too late or else wait for ultimate justice by Iranian people and Free World community.

Hope this time Free world leaders hear Iranian people message clearly and support Iranian people for free society and secular democracy.
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Charshanbe Souri 2006- Fire Festival News - Iranian Shock & Awe NEWS For Regime Change

Charshanbe Souri 2005- Fire Festival News -
Iranian Shock & Awe NEWS For Regime Change


Charshanbe Souri - Red Wednesday - Fire Festival
Please announce Charshanbe Souri News & Scheduled Events in US & EU Cities Here

Latest News From Tehran and Many Cities in Iran:
Millions are participating in Chahar Shanbeh Soori Uprising in Iran

Chahar Shanbeh Soori - Freedom Day and Uprising Started In Tehran and many cities in Iran.



The Fire in Iran
Forget about diplomacy, this is war.

From al-Reuters, we have a masterpiece of disinformation:

By Dr. Michael Leeden

ISFAHAN — Iranian authorities beat up and tear gassed exuberant young revellers as they breathed new life into a pre-Islamic fire festival with a night of dancing, flirting and fireworks. The Islamic Republic, which has an awkward relationship with its ancient Zoroastrian religion, only gave guarded recognition to the "Chaharshanbe Souri" festival last year.

The Islamic republic does not have "an awkward relationship" with Zoroastrianism. It forbids Zoroastrian practices, including the celebration of the Zoroastrian New Year, Norooz. Forget about "guarded recognition;" there is a ban. The mullahs know something that al-Reuters apparently either doesn’t know, or doesn’t choose to report: that there is a big Zoroastrian revival under way in Iran, another sign of the hollowness of the Islamic republic, and the hostility of the Iranian people to their leaders. And to say that the authorities "beat up and gassed" some "revelers" is quite an understatement, since, on the evening of March 15h, there were very large-scale demonstrations all over Iran, combining the Norooz celebrations with calls for the downfall of the regime itself. Effigies of top mullahs were burned in the streets. But al-Reuters makes it sound like a frat party that just got a bit out of hand:

Hundreds of people poured onto the streets in Tehran and other cities for a rare night of partying. Public revelry is unusual in Iran where the authorities consider it to be at odds with the country's strict moral codes.

The IRNA news agency said police used tear gas in more than four places in Tehran. Vigilantes were also seen beating up a group of boys in the central city of Isfahan.

The Iranian student group headquartered in Texas provides us with a considerably more accurate — if somewhat ungrammatical — picture:
These clashes happened as brutal militiamen attacked Iranians who transformed the already hardly tolerated celebration into protest action and show of "un-Islamic" joy. Most areas of the Capital and cities, such as, Esfahan, Mahabad, Shiraz, Rasht, Kermanshah, Babol, Sannandaj, Dezful, Mashad, Ahwaz, Marivan, Khoram-Abad, Zabol, Baneh, Tabriz, Hamedan and Oroomiah (former Rezai-e) were scenes of sometimes unprecedented street fights between the regime forces and groups of Iranians.

In fact, according to Iranians with whom I have spoken, there were monster demonstrations in eleven provinces and 37 cities, and many thousands — one source said more than 30,000 — people were arrested, some only briefly, others shipped off to the infamous prisons and torture chambers of the regime. The most dramatic events took place in Shiraz, where the demonstrators directed a chant toward Washington: "Bush, you told us to rise up, and so we have. Why don’t you act?"
Which is precisely the right question. The president publicly promised the Iranian people that the United States would support them if they acted to win their own freedom, and the Iranians are now calling on Bush to make good on that promise.

The problem is that the administration may have outwitted itself, as has happened in the past. It seems that our current tactic is to set a series of traps for the Europeans and the terror masters. The Europeans are told that we will support their nuclear negotiations with the Iranian regime for the time being, but they must join with us in strong action if the talks fail. The Syrians are invited to leave Lebanon, and Hezbollah is invited to abandon terrorism, and are warned of harsh consequences if they do not. The president quite clearly doesn’t expect the negotiations to succeed, doesn’t expect Syria to accept a free Lebanon, and doesn’t for a minute think that Hezbollah can renounce its terrorist essence. In each case, we have convinced ourselves that, by taking a sweet and reasonable position today, we will be in a stronger position for tough action tomorrow. It will make it easier for at least some of the Europeans to join with us, whereas they would oppose tough action right away.

All that may well be true, but even so, it is the wrong thing to do. First of all, it enables the terrorists and their masters to buy time, and this is a moment of enormous risk for them. Every day they remain in power encourages them, and discourages the forces of freedom in their countries. When the people of Shiraz ask President Bush "why don’t you act?" they are reflecting this reality. Carpe Diem, Mister President.

But above all, the clever stratagem adopted by the administration ignores Machiavelli’s greatest lesson: Leadership is all about winning and losing, not about elegance and deep thinking. If we win the Europeans and lose the Middle East, we will have lost. But if we win the Middle East, the Europeans will hail us, as we see from their grudging tributes to Bush’s successful liberation of Afghanistan and Iraq. "If you are victorious," Machiavelli says in his uncompromising way, "people will always judge the means you used to have been appropriate."

Syria and Iran are tottering, and if they fall, the terror network will break into relatively impotent shards that we will be able to destroy. Forget about diplomacy, this is war. Every day we hear about plans to attack the United States directly, and every day more Americans die in Iraq. Is it not too clever by half to resort to cunning diplomacy at such a time? Is it not immoral to leave American fighting men and women in harm’s way an hour longer than is absolutely necessary?

The fires of freedom are burning all over Iran, Syria, and Lebanon. Don't stand back and admire the flames. Push the dictators in, and then cheer as free societies emerge.

Faster, confound it.


Traditional "Pagan" Celebration Turns Into Street Fights Against Regime Forces
SMCCDI (Information Service)
Mar 15, 2005

Source Url: http://www.daneshjoo.org/publishers/currentnews/article_1621.shtml

Violent clashes rocked, this evening, main Iranian cities as brutal militiamen attacked Iranians who transformed the already hardly tolerated celebration of the traditional "Tchahr Shanbe Souri" (Fire Fiest) into protest action and show of "un-Islamic" joy. Most areas of the Capital and cities, such as, Esfahan, Mahabad, Shiraz, Rasht, Kermanshah, Babol, Sannandaj, Mashad, Khoram-Abad, Zabol, Tabriz, Hamedan and Oroomiah (former Rezai-e) were scenes of sometimes unprecedented street fights between the regime forces and groups of Iranians

Armed clashes have been reported from several cities and especially from Tehran, as small groups of armed and determined masked individuals were seen rushing to the rescue of some of those arrested by the official forces. Powerful home made incendiary devices and fire crackers also responded to the Islamic regime's militiamen and plainclothes agents' use of brutality against celebrators and women who were not observing the mandatory veil.

Cocktail Molotov and pieces of bricks and stones were thrown from roofs at many occasion by inflicting severe damages and injuries to some of the regime's men and patrol cars. Several public buildings, materials and banks have been also heavily damaged during the popular retaliations.

Many celebrators were seen shouting slogans against the regime and its leaders, such as, "Marg bar Jomhoori e Eslami" (Down with Islamic Republic), "Marg bar Taleban e Iran" (Down with Taleban), "Toop, Tank, Feshfeshe, Bassiji bayad Koshte She" (Gun, Tank, Fire Cracker, Militia must be killed).

Overwhelmed official forces had to pull back at several occasions while some streets' initiative felt into residents hands. The regime forces were deployed massively around strategic buildings and facilities, such as, the Governmental TV, Radio, Parliament and even the Mehrabad Airport by fear of a popular take over. At many occasion, members of the regular Law Enforcement Forces (LEF) were seen fraternizing with the celebrators/Demonstrators and even showing them the "V" sign.

In the Greater Tehran alone, neighborhoods, such as, Shahrak Gharb, Madar Square, Haft-Hose, Rey, Gohardasht, Tajrish and Pasdaran were transformed into scenes of apocalypse and giving prelude to what can happen the last night of the rule of Islamic regime during a general uprising.

Esfahan, Sannandaj, Mashad, Shiraz, and Mahabad were also scenes of late night street fights were use of lethal force by the regime's men has been reported.

A heavy number of injured has been reported from most cities.

It's to note that the religiously banned celebration in which millions of Iranians are participating, each year, has been considered as "Paganistic" by the dogmatic clerics. It became this evening, once again as not only another act of joy and renewing with the Persian Cultural Heritage, but also as an act of political civil disobedience, and a show of attachment to Iranians' national values.

The Movement's Coordinator and speakers of various opposition groups had reiterated the importance of the continuation of such action in various interviews made with most Persian satellite TV and radio networks broadcasting to Iran. Aryo B. Pirouznia of SMCCDI had stated, again and during the W-End, that the persistence of Iranians to show their attachment to their cultural heritage that contradicts Shia principles and show their deep rejection of the main basis of the Islamic regime. "Tchahar Shanbe Souri is not only a Persian cultural event but also an evident and noticeable show of opposition opportunity".

The Islamist clerics have always tried, especially since taking power in 1979, to ban such tradition that date before the Arab/Islamic invasion of Iran which lead to the forced conversion of Iranians to Islam. The clerics see it, the fire fest, as a threat to their spiritual and political existence.

In Year 2000, the number of bushes set on fire were to the point that a landing Air France plane tried to change its trajectory as the pilot thought a revolution was taking place in Iran. At least 6 celebrators were killed and hundreds of others beaten and arrested by the regime forces. The Capital Law Enforcement Forces declared that the deaths were due to the explosion of fire crackers at their homes but a month later and in an unprecedented manner, the head of the regime's Medical Legalist, confessed that no deaths due to explosion were brought to his services and on that night most deaths were caused by heads of victims smashed with heavy objects.

The Islamic regime forces made, on that night, a wide spread use of heavy clubs and chains in order to attack the demonstrators.

Liberator wrote:
Clashes with the Islamic Regimes thugs are taking place across Iran on this day which celebrates an ancient Persian celebration of Chaharshanbe Soori. The people of Iran, despite the Islamic Regimes efforts to eradicate Iranian celebrations, have taken to the streets in the masses to take part in this great celebration.

Sounds of firecrackers are heard throughout Iran.

In Tehran a large crowd is moving towards "Rajaei Shahr Prison".

Callers describe some areas as "war zones"!

The power of some fireworks have crushed the windows of shops and government buildings in the vicinity.

Fires are lit in the streets.

Cars are being put on fire

The financial institutions of the Islamic Republic are being attacked and put on fire

Pictures of the Islamic Republic's leaders are being burnt

Slogans against the Islamic Republic and its leaders are being shouted by the people

People are burning tires in the streets and the Islamic Regimes thugs have attacked people, other disciplinary forces such as the "Pasdaran" have stood by on the sidelines as the people of Iran celebrate this POLITICAL CELEBRATION!

Gunshots are being heard in major Iranian cities

Another police car in Tehran has been lit on fire

Hundreds of people have been arrested but hundreds of thousands of Iranians have demonstrated tonight that they are willing to stand up to oppression by all means and they shall continue their demonstrations, against the anti-Iranian Islamic Regime, throughout cities across Iran!

In Esfehan people are calling for people to converge at the Hotels in which the OPEC representatives are staying at (Hotel Abbas is one of them...)

Demonstrations are taking place in all provinces across Iran from Kurdestan, Azerbajian, Khuzestan, Mazandaran.....

Ba Sepaas

Liberator wrote:
Dear Cyrus,

I urge all my compatriots and all freedom loving people involved in the Iranian struggle for freedom and democracy to write to President Bush.

Here is the letter i have sent to the President and Vice President of the United States:

Dear President Bush,

In your recent State of the Union address you proclaimed that:

" Today, Iran remains the world’s primary state sponsor of terror – pursuing nuclear weapons while depriving its people of the freedom they seek and deserve. We are working with European allies to make clear to the Iranian regime that it must give up its uranium enrichment program and any plutonium re-processing, and end its support for terror. And to the Iranian people, I say tonight: As you stand for your own liberty, America stands with you."

These were very encouraging words Mr President. Iranians are now looking for your administration to take action and deliver upon that last sentence which you stated.

Mr President, tonight was the occassion of an ancient Persian celebration called "Chaharshanbe Soori" or referred to as the "Fire Feast" in english. Millions of Iranians took to the streets of Iran despite warnings by the terrorist clerical islamic regime that they should stay in their homes and that this festival is pagan!
For 26 horrific years my compatriots have had to live under this anti-Iranian theocracy. Tonight millions once again took to the streets and took advantage of this opportune day to demonstrate against the islamic theocracy. Hundreds of Iranians have been arrested for having celebrated their cultural heritage which this regime so terribly despises and does its best to hide or eliminate!
The Iranian people are fed up with this terrorist regime that has occupied their nation for such a long time and caused so much pain, misery, and death upon my countrymen.

Mr President, you are aware that Iranians are the most pro-American people in the Middle East, along with Israel, and they support you and your administration in the war against terrorism. The Iranian people await for you to now begin taking concrete steps in assisting them achieve the ultimate goal of ridding themselves, and the rest of the free world for that matter, of this great threat to humanity - the Islamic Republic.

The Iranian people expect strong statements from yourself in support of the Iranian peoples' uprising against the terrorist mullas. Iranians expect statements demanding release of all political prisoners currently held by the mullas, end of arbitrary arrests and torture, that the Islamic Republic is expelled with immediate force from the United Nations, freezing of the Islamic Republic's assests abroad, and for the U.S. Administration to take positive steps in helping the Iranian opposition. It's high time that the U.S. Adminstration engages itself with the Iranian opposition, and that it announces its full support for regime change and full support of the Iranian people in this regard.

Sir, Iranians all over the world, especially in Iran, await action on part of your Administration in taking these concrete steps.

A free, democratic, and secular Iran is the best ally the United States could have in that region, and is in the best interests of both our people.

Sincerely yours,


Ba Sepaas


Spenta wrote:
Iran Hardliners Keep Lid On Ancient Fire Festival

Source URL:

March 16, 2005
Christian Oliver

ISFAHAN, Iran -- Iranian authorities beat up and tear gassed exuberant young revellers as they breathed new life into a pre-Islamic fire festival with a night of dancing, flirting and fireworks. The Islamic Republic, which has an awkward relationship with its ancient Zoroastrian religion, only gave guarded recognition to the "Chaharshanbe Souri" festival last year.

Hundreds of people poured onto the streets in Tehran and other cities for a rare night of partying. Public revelry is unusual in Iran where the authorities consider it to be at odds with the country's strict moral codes.

The IRNA news agency said police used tear gas in more than four places in Tehran. Vigilantes were also seen beating up a group of boys in the central city of Isfahan.

"Anti-riot forces dispersed hundreds of young girls and boys who had gathered on ... streets neighbouring Mohseni Square," IRNA reported.

"Special police forces on motorbikes attacked the crowd. While escaping, women and children fell and some were injured," it added, in unusually frank language for the state news agency.

Some 50 people were arrested in the capital, according to the semi-official ISNA students' news agency.

But for the most part, Tuesday night's celebrations passed off peacefully in a carnival atmosphere.

Iranian cities crackled and flashed with bangers and fireworks as warring gangs of 10-year-olds terrified pedestrians with exploding pellets.

Flirtatious young men lobbed firecrackers at delighted girls, mimicking their shrieks. Teenagers drew sparkling shapes in the night sky by whirling charcoal burners on chains.

"Hundreds of young people are celebrating and dancing on the streets ... while letting off firecrackers," IRNA reported from Tehran.


Chaharshanbe Souri is thousands of years old, but was pushed underground after the 1979 Islamic revolution.

The purification festival, which is meant to dispel evil spirits, is celebrated on the last Tuesday night of the Persian year.

But Islamists see the ceremonies as a pagan relic.

In Isfahan, a Reuters witness saw men in black leather jackets seize a group of nine boys and young men playing with firecrackers, ram them against a wall and smash their faces and shoulders with batons.

A woman screamed hysterically as one of the religious vigilantes in a motorcycle-helmet dragged a battered teenager into an unmarked car. A regular policeman drove by without stopping.

Most people in Isfahan chose to celebrate the festivities in the city's maze of backstreets, some lighting fires in old tyres and deep cooking pans.

Blaring pop music wafted from high-walled gardens.

Leaping over the flames, many chanted an ancient prayer invoking the fire -- the Zoroastrians' most sacred element: "Give me your red colour, take away my sickly pallor."

But Behrouz, an elderly bystander, thought the firecrackers and flirting missed the point.

"For the Zoroastrians this festival focused on taking purity from the fire, now the fire seems to bring out the worst in people," he said.


Old Persian Tradition Charshanbe Souri

The actual Nowruz ceremonies begin on the eve of the last Wednesday of the out-going year. Early in the evening of that day, referred to as charshanbe souri or "Red Wednesday," several rather large bonfires are made; every member of the family jumps over the fire and says, "sorkhi-e to az man, zardi-e man az to," which literally means "Give me your redness and take away my wintry sallow complexion). The jumping over the fire is followed by a get together in which nuts and fruits are served. This party is mostly for the benefit of the children of the family who are entertained, long into the night, with stories that they will remember with joy throughout their lives.

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Persian TimeLine

5100 BC The World's oldest wine found at a Neolithic village site in Iran.
3800 BC The first bronze is smelted at Tepe Yahya (Western Iran)
2900 BC First known use of cuneiform script.
2860 BC Gilgamesh is crowned king of Uruk.
2334 BC Sargon conquers Mesopotamia.
2250 BC The development of the composite bow, it is able to penetrate leather
armor and has twice the range of simple bows.
2060 BC The re-unification of Egypt making the beginning of what is now
called the Middle Kingdom. Ur is sacked by the Elamites.
2000 BC Knossos is founded by the Minoans in Crete.
1975 BC The Egyptians conquer Nubia.

1800 BC Aryan migration from Southern Russia to Near East.
1304 BC Ramesses II is crowned the king of Egypt.
1300 BC Hittites first use of iron for weapons.
1285 BC Ramesses defeats the Hittites at the battle of Kadesh.
1220 BC Assyrians capture Babylon.
1160 BC Babylon falls to the Elamites.
1100 BC The Dorians invade and settle in mainland Greece.
1101 BC David is crowned king of Israel.
1000 BC The Chaldeans take and occupy Ur.
928 BC Hebrew kingdom splits into Israel and Judah
900 BC Sparta is founded in Greece.
814 BC The city of Carthage is founded by the Phoenicians
776 BC The first Olympic games are held in Greece.
753 BC Founding of Rome by Romulus and Remus.
750 BC Homer (Greek poet) composes the Iliad and the Odyssey.

750 BC Approximate date of the widespread use of iron in Persian region.
733 BC Syracuse is founded by the Greeks in Sicily.
729 BC Babylon is captured by the Assyrians.
721 BC Israel is conquered by king Shalmaneser V of Assyria.
700 BC Biremes are developed with two banks of oars.
Coins used in Lydia (Turkey)
Saddle - without stirrups, developed by Scythians.
671 BC Egypt is conquered by king Esarhaddon of Assyria.
651 BC The Egyptians expel the Assyrians from their country.
650 BC First reference of triremes. -three rows of oars.
646 BC Ashurbanipal, the Assyrian king, sacks Susa and ends Elamite supremacy.
645 BC Psamtik recaptures Thebes from the Assyrians.

640 BC Persia becomes a vassal state of Media.
The kingdom of Macedon is founded.
630 BC The prophet Zoroaster is born.
620 BC Greek colonies are founded in Egypt.
612 BC Nineveh is sacked by the Babylonians and the Medes. The
Assyrian empire collapses.
605 BC The Babylonians under prince Nebuchadnezzar defeat the
Egyptians at the Battle of Carchemish.
604 BC Nebuchadnezzar is crowned king of Babylon.
600 BC The Etruscan league of cities is formed in northern Italy.
597 BC Nebuchadnezzar captures Jerusalem.
585 BC The "Battle of the Eclipse" which ended the inconclusive 15 year war
between the Median and Lydian empires. Calculated as occurring on the
afternoon of May 25, 585 BC.
580 BC The Carthaginians defeat the settling Greeks at Lilybaeum, Sicily.
559 BC Cyrus II(the Great) assumes throne of Ashan (western Persia)
and begins sunjugation of all Persia.

550 BC Cyrus defeats the Median king Astyages at the
battle of Pasargadai and becomes the king of both kingdoms.
547 BC Persians clash with the Lydians at the Battle of Pteria.
546 BC Croesus of Lydia retires to Sardis but the Persians unexpectedly
followup. Croesus hastily reassembles a even larger allied army
and meets Cyrus on the Plain of Thymbra.
The Lydian army is routed and the city falls after a short seige.
Persia now rules Ionia.
The tyrant Peisistratus seizes power at Athens.

545 BC Cyrus now expands eastward. He reconquers most of Parthia, Sogdiana,
Bactria and Arachosia which were attempting to establish their
540 BC Cyrus defeats Bedouin sheikhs around Teima.

Polycrates the tyrant of Samos, allies with Egypt, defies Persia
and builds a fleet of 100 ships.
539 BC Cyrus II of Persia invades and conquers Babylon and Phoenicia.

538 BC Cyrus occupies Jerusalem & allows the Jews of Babylon
to return home if they wish.
533 BC Cyrus crosses the Hindu Kush and receives tribute from
the Indian cities of the Indus valley and establishes
the twentith satrapy of Gandhara.

530 BC Cyrus is killed in a campaign against the Massagatae
of central Asia and so his son Cambyses is crowned king of Persia.
529 BC Cyrus' tomb is erected at Pasargadae the capital city
of Persia.
525 BC Cambyses defeats the Egyptian king Psamtik III
at Pelusium.
521 BC Cambyses dies or is murdered, and is succeeded by his
brother Smerdis. Smerdis is then overthrown, Darius I
takes the throne.

520 BC Darius begins a campaign against the Scythians.
Darius commissions the completetion of the canal joining
the Nile to the Red Sea began by Necho II 610 BC.
519 BC Darius has the great rock-face of Behistan constructed,
on the Ecbatana - Babylon Road, to give an account of
his early successes. The cuneiform inscritions in 3
langauages lead Sir Henry Rawlinson to decipher
cuneiform writing.

Darius puts down a second revolt in Babylon.

518 BC Darius sends Scylax, a Carian, on a voyage of discovery
into the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea.
517 BC Darius visits Egypt, which he lists as a rebel country,
and puts its satrap, Aryandes to death. He sets priests
and wisemen the task of codification of Egyptian laws.
The task takes 15 years.
515 BC Darius completes the canal from the Nile to the Red Sea began by
the Egyptian King Necho II in 610 BC.
Darius sends Scylax, a Carian, on a voyage of discovery into
the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea. He established a sea route
between India and Persia.
513 BC Darius leads a campaign into southeast Europe,
by building a bridge of boats across the Bosporus river.
510 BC The tyranny at Athens comes to an end.
509 BC A democratic constitution is proposed by Kleisthenes, and is
adopted at Athens.

501 BC Megabates with a Persian naval fleet of 200 tiremes attack Naxos
with the support of the Ionians under Aristagoras.
500 BC Darius I completes or expands the Royal Road of Persians.

499 BC The Ionian revolt. The Greek cities of the Ionian coast under
the leadership of Aristagoras, ruler of Miletus, plus the island
of Cyprus, led by Onesilus, - revolt against the Persians.
498 BC Sparta does not respond, but Athens and Eretria support the
Ionians by sending troops & ships to attack Sardis.
The city captured without opposition and burnt, but the Persians
still hold the central stronghold.

496 BC Darius soon recaptures Cyprus with the help of the Phoenician navy.

494 BC A Persian fleet destroys the Greek fleet at the Battle of Lade.

493 BC Ionian revolt ends when Miletos is sacked by Persians.
492 BC Mardonius leads a naval expedition against Greece. Thrace and Macedon
are subjugated but Mardonius is injured in a night attack by the
Thracians. The Persian fleet is destroyed by a storm while trying to
round Mount Athos.

490 BC Persians under the command of Artaphernes and Datis sack Eretria.
Persians are defeated at the Battle of Marathon
by an Athenian army led by Miltiades.

486 BC Egypt revolts from Persian rule.
The death of Darius I, (the Great), he is succeeded by his son Xerxes.

484 BC Xerxes subdues the revolt in Egypt.

483 BC Xerxes resumes preparations for the invasion of Greece.
He orders a canal to be cut through the promontory at Mt Athos.
Begins the construction of two floating pontoon bridges across
the Hellespont.

482 BC Xerxes reconquers Babylon after the city revolts. Its walls & temples are
razed and the statue of its patron god Marduk is melted down.

481 BC Athens and Sparta found the Hellenic League against
the Persians.

480 BC Start of the second Persian war: Xerxes leads a huge combined land and
invasion against Greece. At the Battle of Thermopylae,
the Persian advance is delayed by the Spartans under King Leonidas I.
The Greek and Persian fleets battle inconclusively for two consecative
days off Cape Artemisium. The Persians march south to capture Athens.
In the Bay of Salamis, Themistocles with an armada of 483 Greek ships;
with "Greek fire" ships ram into the larger Persian vessels,
setting them on fire and winning the battle.

479 BC Xerxes returns to Sardis leaving Mardonius in change of the army.
Mardonius conquers central Greece but is unsuccessful in gaining an
alliance with Athens. He is killed and his army defeated at the
Battle of Plataea.
The Greeks defeat the Persians again at Mycale, destroying the last
of the Persian fleet.
A Greek fleet under Pausanias captures Cyprus, then sails to
the Hellespont to seize Byzantium.

478 BC The Delian League is founded to drive the Persians from previously
Greek holdings in Asia Minor.
A Greek fleet under the command of the Spartan general Pausanias, the
winner of Platæa, takes Cyprus, then Byzantium.
475 BC The city of Eion falls. Its Persian garrison were besieged since the
previous year by the Athenians led by Cimon.

466 BC Battle of Eurymedon. The Persians are defeated by Cimon of Athen in a
naval battle off the Eurymedon River in Asia Minor.
465 BC Artaxerxes becomes king of Persia after his father, Xerxes,
is assassinated.
Themistocles accused of 'Medising' is given asylum in Persia.
460 BC Athens supports a rebellion that captures Memphis, the capital of Egypt.
The Persian Garrison however holds out for 4 years until an army
arrives from Persia. The Athenians withdraw to an island in the Nile
and held out for two years.
Pericles becomes head of the Athenian State.
Pericles preferred to make peace with Persians and oppose Spartans.

454 BC Artaxerxes I reconquered Egypt.

450 BC Cimon leads 200 ships against Persians in Egypt and Cyprus.
Cimon dies in battle, no further large scale battles between
Delian League and Persians.

448 BC The Greco-Persian War came to end with the "Peace of Callias".
431 BC War begins between Sparta and Athens.

424 BC Death of Artaxerxes. Palace intrigues lead to the successive
assassinations of two of his sons, Xerxes II and Sogdianos.
Eventually a third of his sons takes hold under the name of Darius II.

407 BC Cyrus, younger son of Darius II, king of Persia, is named Satrap of
Asia Minor in replacement of Tissaphernes. Cyrus is instructed to
support Sparta and helps finance Lysander's fleet, eventually
contributing to the victory of Sparta.

404 BC Death of Darius II, king of Persia. He is succeeded by his son
Artaxerxes II.
Sparta conclusively defeats Athens, and takes control of the Athenian

401 BC Cyrus is killed by his elder brother Artaxerxes II at the
Battle of Cunaxa near Babylon.
Last mention of gerhon or spara shielded infantry in Persian army.

399 BC Sparta sends forces to Ionia to protect them from Persians.
Trial and death of Socrates.
395 BC Start of Corinthian War. Persians stir up Athens, Argos,
Corinth & Thebes to revolt against Sparta.

394 BC Persian fleet defeats the Spartan fleet off Cnidus and
begin to overthrow Greeks from the Aegean.

390 BC Rome is captured and burned by the Gauls under the leadership of the
chieftain Brennius.

387 BC Artaxerxes II mediates between Athens & Sparta, leading
to the "King's Peace".
385 BC Pelopidas leads an uprising in Thebes against the Spartans, supported
by Athens.
382 BC Sparta invades Thebes.
371 BC The Thebans, led by Epaminondas, conclusively defeat the Spartans,
ending their domination of the Aegean altogether.
Thebes becomes the leading Greek state.
369 BC Athens becomes an ally of Sparta against Thebes.
362 BC The Theban general Epaminondas is killed at Battle of Mantinea.
359 BC Phillip II is crowned king of Macedonia.
356 BC Alexander III (the Great) is born in Macedonia, to Phillip II and

359 BC Death of Artaxerxes II, king of Persia at more than 90. After more
palace struggle and assassinations, one of his sons, succeeds him under
the name Artaxerxes III.

343 BC Artaxerxes III reconquers Egypt

338 BC Death of Artaxerxes III, poisoned by the eunuch Bagoas. He is succeeded
by his son Oarses.
Phillip II of Macedonia decisively beats a comnbined force of
Athenians and Thebens at the Battle of Chaironeia.
336 BC Phillip II is assassinated. His son Alexander assumes the throne.

Death of Oarses, poisoned, like his father, by the eunuch Bagoas.
He is succeeded by his cousin, a great-grandson of Darius II,
who becomes king under the name Darius III.
334 BC Alexander crosses into Asia at Gallipoli and defeats a Persian army
at the river Granikos.
333 BC Darius III of Persia is beaten decisively by Alexander at
the Battle of Issus.
332 BC Alexander besieges and then captures both Tyre and Gaza.
Alexander defeats Darius III army at the Battle of Gaugamela.
He goes on to conquer Babylon.

327 BC Alexander captures and burns the Persian capital
of Persepolis.

Source: http://members.ozemail.com.au/~ancientpersia/timeline.html


Last Year Charshanbe Souri Article and Report By Banafsheh

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New Year, New Destiny
Iranians fight for their future.
By Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi

On Tuesday night, Iranians celebrated Chaahaarshanbeh Souri, the feast of fire. This is an ancient Persian celebration, predating Islam by a couple of thousand years; it marks the approaching of the Iranian new year (which is also pre-Islamic), celebrated on March 21, the vernal equinox. People build small bonfires and jump over the flames to purify and purge themselves of all the negativity and pain of the passing year so that they can begin the new year with a clean spirit and fresh outlook. During this celebration, it is also customary to light sparklers and throw fireworks. Since the beginning of the Islamic Revolution, the mullahs have done everything they could to dissuade the people of Iran from continuing these Persian celebrations, calling them pagan in an attempt to eradicate the Persian heritage from Iran.

Over the past few weeks, there were threats of major March 16 clashes, as the mullahs continued to force the issue of this celebration being haraam — religiously prohibited or unclean — because it occurs during the religious month of Mohharram, which is fraught with mourning for Shiite martyrs. Fatwahs were issued by various major and minor clerics. The regime also warned against sparklers and fireworks, insisting that they are banned.

Early Tuesday afternoon, in the wake of five days of severe clashes in northern Iran, in the town of Fereydoun-Kenaar (as well as other serious clashes in the southern part of Iran and weeks of clashes in Iranian Kurdistan, which began days before the scheduled February 20 elections), people all over Iran made good on the threat and took to the streets, not only to celebrate, but to also draw on the clashes up north, down south, and in Kurdistan. Clouds of smoke from the detonation of M80's, homemade mini-hand grenades, and Molotov cocktails filled the air. From one city to the next, similar stories were heard. One account mentioned plans to hang a life-sized puppet of Khamenei, intended to be burned in effigy under the Sattaar Khaan Bridge in Tehran. The effigy seems to have been blocked by the non-Iranian revolutionary guards, who are often Palestinians, Lebanese, Syrians, Afghan Arabs, and Yemenis who are imported to beat up on the people of Iran, since it is only the rare Iranian who wants to beat up on other Iranians anymore.

For a while there was no sign of the police. This was the mullahs' way of performing for the foreign press who were visiting Iran; it was a way of looking liberal and easygoing. But by about 9 P.M., in the town of Gohar Dasht (a suburb of Tehran), the movement reached a fever pitch; demonstrators had taken over the roads and main arteries chanting and yelling slogans when eight pickup trucks carrying dozens of armed non-Iranian revolutionary guards arrived on the scene, savagely attacking people with knives, billy clubs, and chains. Tear gas was released in the streets in order to disperse the celebrants. People scattered-many into the homes of townsfolk who had stayed home-they left their doors open for the celebrants/protesters to take refuge. The people worked together to protect each other against the brutal regime-they all know its wrath too well.

In other cities like Gorgaan where a six-month-old child had been trampled by the guards, anger lead demonstrators toward the local police headquarters, proclaiming that they would set it on fire. In Mashhad, approximately 300 people were arrested, while many more were knifed and severely beaten by the terror forces of the government.

It must be noted, though, that despite the clashes, Iranians enjoyed the celebrations. Music played; people laughed (which is actually banned by the mullahs); girls and boys were seen dancing together (which is also banned); girls lifted off their scarves. There was a general a feeling of inspiration and dedication. And there was a special symbolic joy in the lighting of bonfires, using pictures of all the major mullahs.

Tuesday was a victory; it was one more jolt to the weakening anatomy of the theocratic fascists. All in all this was one of the most significant days in the seven-year course of bitter and fateful battles between the 70 million Iranian hostages of the mullahcracy. Few in the West are listening and hearing the cries of the people of Iran, but that's okay, because we will be the power behind forging our own future; for Iranians, the mullahs and their Western enablers will be history.

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Chahar Shanbeh Soori in New York City

When: Sunset, 6.30ish

Tuesday 15 March 2005, last tuesday before Persian New Year

Where: Courtlandt Garden on E. 158th St, between Melrose and Courtlandt

Subway: take 2/5 to 149th and 3rd Ave, walk up Melrose also 4/D to 161/Yankee Stadium go uphill on 161st.

Bring fire works, musical instruments, comfortable clothes to jump over fire, wood something to let go of and something to bring into your life as you jump over the fire.

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