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1. Free Iranian Tech Website Staffers Ali Asghar Honarmand, Hossein Nozari, Ehsan Paknejad and Abbas Vahedi

Four convicted staff members of a leading Iranian technology website who were free on bail while awaiting an Appeals Court verdict on their cases were taken to a prison in Kerman Province on February 17, 2016, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

“After explaining everything in front of the Appeals Court, the defense attorneys were hoping that their clients would all be acquitted, but now four of them have been taken to jail before a verdict has been issued on their appeal,” said the source.

Ali Asghar Honarmand, Hossein Nozari, Ehsan Paknejad and Abbas Vahedi—who wrote articles for the popular technology review website, Narenji (Orange)—were sentenced to 11 years, seven years, five years and two-and-a-half years in prison respectively in June 2014 for allegedly “designing sites, websites, and creating content for media hostile to the regime.”

The charges against them included “propaganda against the state” and “acting against national security.”

The Narenji staffers’ appeal was heard in Branch 1 of the Appeals Court in Kerman on November 30, 2015, but no verdict has been issued.

“The prosecutor claimed the company had developed websites for those involved in the [2009] Green Movement, but it was their occupation to build websites,” the source told the Campaign.

The Green Movement rose out of the peaceful protests against the widely disputed results of the 2009 presidential election in Iran. The movement is still a highly sensitive subject in Iran, referred to by hardliners as “the sedition.”

The source added that the technology professionals “were asked by customers to create sites for them but they had nothing to do with the content.”

Fourteen of the Narenji website’s workers were arrested on December 3, 2013 by the Revolutionary Guard’s Intelligence Organization but only 11 were charged. In addition to the four mentioned above, Mehdi Faryabi, Amir Sadeghpour, Alireza Vaziri, Mohammad Mousazadeh, Mostafa Pourgharib and Maliheh Nakhaei were also arrested at the time, said the source.

Narenji was developed by Paat Shargh Govashir, a company launched by Ali Asghar Honarmand that aimed to provide news and information about Internet technology and related gadgets to the general public.

It quickly became one of the most popular technology sites in the country while receiving international recognition and awards.

2. Free Iranian Net Citizen Amir Sadeghpour, Editor of Narenji Website, And Free The Rest of His Staff

Amir Sadeghpour of Kerman, Iran, editor of the Narenji website and an admin at the health news website Macafzar and also at the IT news website Salemzi, was arrested on December 4, 2013 along with 15 other IT specialists and Net Citizens. This is part of a broader crackdown on netcitizens there. Kerman’s Prosecutor General announced the arrest of nine people linked to foreign media and cyber networks.

Half of those arrested have since been released on bail, the Guardian has learned, but the rest, including Narenji's staff, remain in detention.

Bloggers and activists currently in jail include Aliasghar Honarmand, who is the founder of Narenji, which specialises in gadget news, Abbas Vahedi, Hossein Nozari, Reza Nozari, Amir Sadeghpour, Mehdi Faryabi, Ehsan Paknejad and Malihe Nakhaei.

The head of Kerman's justice department, Ali Tavakoli, alleged this week that those arrested had participated in projects run by the BBC and received funds deriving from London.

Iranian authorities have a deep suspicion of the BBC, especially its Persian service, which they accuse of having a political agenda, and have previously arrested people on charges of working or having links with the broadcaster.

"This gang was running a number of projects and plans for anti-revolutionary Iranians based abroad, especially for the BBC Persian under the guise of legitimate activities," he said during a press conference.

"Financial aid for this group was usually provided from London under the pretext of charitable donations. The director of the team was an individual who has served the BBC as a mentor and teacher in a number of countries such as Malaysia, India and Afghanistan and his travels to these countries was paid for by British intelligence services."

Tavakoli said that those held had confessed to "being tasked with fuelling social tension, spreading doubts and misrepresentations". It was not clear if the eight still in jail had access to lawyers or to their families.

He said: "They were consciously serving the plots designed by the sworn enemies of this country and they deserve to receive the most severe punishment."

The Guardian reported last year that the Iranian authorities had been conducting a smear campaign designed to discredit and intimidate London-based Iranian journalists working for BBC Persian.

A number of BBC Persian staff were victims of false allegations of sexual misconduct, duplicated Facebook accounts, and harassment of their family members in Iran including being summoned by the intelligence officials for questioning. The harassments have continued despite the election of Hassan Rouhani as president.

At least one of the detainees was among the trainees of an award-winning journalism development programme run by the BBC World Service Trust from 2006 to 2010, called ZigZag.

The BBC has denied that those arrested were co-operating with it and said the training programmes mentioned by the Iranian authorities ended four years ago, according to BBC Persian.

Soon after their arrests were made in Kerman, the semi-official Fars news agency, affiliated to the Revolutionary Guards, said the detainees has be in "contact with enemy media based abroad with the aim of producing content for educational websites targeted at citizen-journalists".

Bloggers and activists currently in jail include Aliasghar Honarmand, who is the founder of Narenji, which specialises in gadget news, Abbas Vahedi, Hossein Nozari, Reza Nozari, Amir Sadeghpour, Mehdi Faryabi, Ehsan Paknejad and Malihe Nakhaei.

A former BBC project manager, who did not want to be named, told the Guardian: "I believe the arrests, especially of the Narenji team, to be part of the reaction of the hardliners within the Iranian establishment to the attempts of President Rouhani to move towards the opening up of cyberspace and the media sphere; and to relax the previous rigid attitude towards contacts with foreign institutions."

3. Free Iranian Website Developer Mehdi Faryabi

As of January 8, 2014 it has been thirty six days since the arrest of Mehdi Faryabi, who works as a developer at KhorjinApp. His website server seems expired. He is one of sixteen Iranian IT specialists and net citizens arrested last month. They have been threatened with the "maximum punishment" for politically-motivated charges of anti-regime "subversion" and "collusion" with foreigners.

On December 4, 2013 the Revolutionary Guards arrested 16 cyber-activists. According to the Mehr News Agency (which has ties to the Revolutionary Guards), these 16 had "ties to foreigners" and "cooperated with anti-government websites."

Cooperation with Western news networks, designing and updating websites educating citizen reporters and cooperation with opposition websites are among the charges which the arrested activists are being accused with.

Previously, Iranian Narenji website reported that seven people got arrested - Ali Asghar Honarmand, Abbas Vahedi, Ali Reza Vaziri, Nasim Nikmehr, Maliheh Nakhai, Mohammad Hussein Mousazadeh and Sara Sajjadpour.

Narenji, which specialises in publishing tech news, reported that seven of its employees, including journalists and technical staff, had been arrested by the IRGC.

The statement was removed from the website later, and the website itself was unreachable for a short time after the article was put online. Narenji was set up six years ago by a group of bloggers.

Half of those arrested have since been released on bail, the Guardian has learned, but the rest, including Narenji's staff, remain in detention.

The head of Kerman's justice department, Ali Tavakoli, alleged this week that those arrested had participated in projects run by the BBC and received funds deriving from London.

Iranian authorities have a deep suspicion of the BBC, especially its Persian service, which they accuse of having a political agenda, and have previously arrested people on charges of working or having links with the broadcaster.

"This gang was running a number of projects and plans for anti-revolutionary Iranians based abroad, especially for the BBC Persian under the guise of legitimate activities," he said during a press conference.

"Financial aid for this group was usually provided from London under the pretext of charitable donations. The director of the team was an individual who has served the BBC as a mentor and teacher in a number of countries such as Malaysia, India and Afghanistan and his travels to these countries was paid for by British intelligence services."

Tavakoli said that those held had confessed to "being tasked with fuelling social tension, spreading doubts and misrepresentations". It was not clear if the eight still in jail had access to lawyers or to their families.

He said: "They were consciously serving the plots designed by the sworn enemies of this country and they deserve to receive the most severe punishment."

The Guardian reported last year that the Iranian authorities had been conducting a smear campaign designed to discredit and intimidate London-based Iranian journalists working for BBC Persian.

A number of BBC Persian staff were victims of false allegations of sexual misconduct, duplicated Facebook accounts, and harassment of their family members in Iran including being summoned by the intelligence officials for questioning. The harassments have continued despite the election of Hassan Rouhani as president.

At least one of the detainees was among the trainees of an award-winning journalism development programme run by the BBC World Service Trust from 2006 to 2010, called ZigZag.

The BBC has denied that those arrested were co-operating with it and said the training programmes mentioned by the Iranian authorities ended four years ago, according to BBC Persian.

Soon after their arrests were made in Kerman, the semi-official Fars news agency, affiliated to the Revolutionary Guards, said the detainees has be in "contact with enemy media based abroad with the aim of producing content for educational websites targeted at citizen-journalists".

Bloggers and activists currently in jail include Aliasghar Honarmand, who is the founder of Narenji, which specialises in gadget news, Abbas Vahedi, Hossein Nozari, Reza Nozari, Amir Sadeghpour, Mehdi Faryabi, Ehsan Paknejad and Malihe Nakhaei.

A former BBC project manager, who did not want to be named, told the Guardian: "I believe the arrests, especially of the Narenji team, to be part of the reaction of the hardliners within the Iranian establishment to the attempts of President Rouhani to move towards the opening up of cyberspace and the media sphere; and to relax the previous rigid attitude towards contacts with foreign institutions."

The arrests have also coincided with attempts by the BBC to obtain stronger operational presence in Iran.

"As the Revolutionary Guards are opposed in general to improved contacts with the west; and in particular to developing contacts with foreign media outlets, especially the BBC, it seems they have revived an old and discredited story in an attempt to undermine the president's initiatives in this sphere," said the former BBC staffer.

"Additionally, after what have been in the eyes of the hardliners, unacceptable concessions by the government on the nuclear agenda, this could be part of a campaign to show that foreign policy compromises will not be matched by any accompanying liberalisation in the domestic sphere."

4. Bring Rosairo + Vampire back in Netflix

I, would like to bring Rosario + Vampire back to Netflix. Many watchers love this anime show. I am very outraged that it was brought down.

I would like to bring it back or at least get an explanation of why it was brought down. I would like to know if there is anoher site to watch it or something.

5. Bring One Direction to Ireland

They are always in America. Bring one direction to Ireland!

6. Reboot the Internet

The idea is to reset the internet network and clean it from all existing information.

A new boot sequence would be added with a unique ID creation: it would require an ID card number or passport number to avoid multi-accounts for the same person.

Short-term benefits;

The elimination of fake IDs would make the internet a safer place both for the world economy (safer transactions) as well as for national security (world-wide).

The risk of misinformation would become lower since people would be responsible for what they write/say/do.

Long-term benefits;

Increase in online sales as a consequence of the built-in higher security levels would boost the world economy.

Information would be available in higher quality instead of quantity.

Criminal actions as well as terrorism would be closely monitored and made impossible for smaller groups.

Most of all: A better use of a currently existing infrastructure.

7. Noctua we want more aesthetic choice!

Noctua a hardware manufacturer of CPU coolers has provided its customers with excellent cooling technology since 2005. The only problem is that all of their fans have a creme brown finish (trademark company colors).

When looking upon their CPU coolers (and fans) in conjunction with today's market trend of black and blue motherboard designs, one can quickly see an uncomfortable (to the eye) aesthetic disposition. No matter how one looks upon the brown and creme design it is often left to wonder if these colors should even have a place in today's desktops.

8. Treyarch STOP screwing up Call of Duty

Today i was browsing the web when i found a website with the new Black Ops 2, and what they are trying to do is going to screw up the call of duty games AGAIN!

Like the removed parts:

No MOAB or Nuke <------- *
No last stand
No death streaks <------- **
No flame thrower attachment

* We all love the moab and the nuke wtf are you thinking treyarch.

** And we all know that death streaks, even if a bit annoying, they help! not every one has a aim bot like aim!

PLEASE STOP SCREWING UP GAMES TREYARCH!

9. Stop Extradition - Fair UK Trial for Richard O'Dwyer

Richard O'Dwyer a 23yr old University student has been served an Extradition Warrant by the US on charges of copyright infringement relating to his web site which provided links to enable its users to access films on the internet. At all times he was in the UK, his servers were not in the US and his domain names were not in the US.

The alleged conduct took place entirely in the UK. Richard is asking for a fair trial in the UK, where the alleged offences took place and where he will be able to defend himself.

10. Bring Back The Tumblr Directory

A lot of us have put so much effort into getting into the directory, and now it has been wasted.

The feature has also been great for new people, as it gives them a good place to find people to follow.

We don’t want tumblr to remove explore, we just want the directory back.

11. Regain a legacy for Toowoomba and the Carnival of Flowers

My family has been offering entertainment to the citizens of Toowoomba for 59 years, a tradition that has surpassed both my father and me. It is in my generation that the opportunity to provide entertainment to my local citizens has been revoked.

I am appalled that after 59 years of business together that the local council will accept an offer from a third party.

My family and I have a legacy in this city. A legacy I wish to see through till my end. I am petitioning to allow my family to resume its rightful place in festive coordination for the carnival of flowers in Toowoomba and I could really use your support.

12. Don't end Big Brother, keep it going!

Big Brother has been going for a strong 10 years, and most of its viewers enjoying watching it during the summer.

Channel 4 have decided that it may be dropped next year.. that would be shame!

13. We want Age of Mythology 2!

Do you want Ensemble Studios to release a sequel to AoM?