Monday, April 30, 2007

The Paradoxical Commandments

by Dr. Kent M. Keith

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

© Copyright Kent M. Keith 1968, renewed 2001

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Iran: Crackdown on Women, Student, and Dissidents Continues

Click to enlarge the picture (link via sheema). (for more info go to

In related news: Reporters Without Borders reports that Four women get jail terms in crackdown on "cyber-feminists".

And this:

Ghassem Sholeh Sadi, Professor of Law at Tehran University, a former member of Islamic regime’s parliament and a practice attorney has been notified that he has been convicted to eighteen month of imprisonment. His alleged crime is an open letter which he had addressed to the ‘supreme leader’ more than five years ago.
According to Radio France International (RFI- Wednesday April 12, 2007) Ghassem Sholeh Sadi, Professor of Law at Tehran University, a former member of Islamic regime’s parliament and a practice attorney has been notified that he has been convicted to eighteen month of imprisonment. His alleged crime is an open letter which he had addressed to the ‘supreme leader’ more than five years ago.

In that letter he had politely criticized some of the domestic as well as international actions and policies of the Leader and the Regime. This is the second time that he will be going to jail as a punishment for his courage in calling into question the excesses of the Iranian theocracy. In a radio interview with RFI, from Tehran on Wednesday 12 April, he once again reiterated his criticism of the regime in no uncertain terms. He said he was not going to be intimidated by prison or any other punishment .

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Iran's Hostile Policies in Iraq

Absolute MUST READ : Comprehesive and expert analysis by James Phillips of Heritage Foundation on what we're up against in Iraq, catastrophic consequences of leaving Iraq and some tangible solutions to constrain and deter Iran from continuing its hostile policies against the United States in Iraq. Here are some excerpts:

[...]Iran's Goals in Iraq

Iran sought to expand its influence over Iraq long before the 2003 war in Iraq. After the 1979 Islamic revolution, Iran's new regime sought to sub­vert Iraq's Sunni-dominated regime by radicalizing Iraq's Shia majority, which is more than 60 percent of the Iraqi population. Iran's subversive efforts were one factor that provoked Iraqi dictator Sad­dam Hussein to invade Iran in September 1980, resulting in a bloody eight-year war that greatly weakened both countries.

During that conflict, Tehran's revolutionary regime gave sanctuary and aid to the Iraqi opposition, includ­ing the political parties that form the backbone of the current Iraqi government. Iran invested its political capital in a wide variety of Iraqi political parties and militias. As a result, Iranian influence in post-Saddam Iraq is "substantial and growing."[1]

Iran's closest ally is the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), which Tehran helped to create and molded while it was in exile in Iran. The SCIRI won the most seats in Iraq's 2005 elections and is the dominant political force within the United Iraqi Alliance, the Shiite umbrella group that claims 128 seats in Iraq's 275-seat parliament.

Tehran also retains strong influence within the Dawa Party, an older, more moderate Shiite political party that includes Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.Iran also enjoys good relations with the Kurdish Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdi­stan, the two main Kurdish political parties. Both received sanctuary and support from Iran while they resisted Saddam Hussein's repressive regime.

Iran's good relations with these various political par­ties are understandable given the long history of Ira­nian support. Tehran is believed to have recruited agents from within the various parties who now hold key positions throughout the Iraqi govern­ment bureaucracy.Even more troubling is that, while maintaining good relations with these mainstays of Iraq's govern­ment, Iran is also pursuing a covert policy of arming and training militias, including many associated with these political parties, that pose a long-term threat to the prospects of success for a broad-based Iraqi government.

Tehran seeks to preclude the emergence of a stable democratic government in Iraq, its historical archrival, that could become an American ally against Iran. Although the political parties in Iraq's ruling coalition depend on contin­ued U.S. political, economic, and military support, their militias are much more hostile to the contin­ued coalition troop presence and could become use­ful allies of Iran in a possible war with the United States.

The militia leaders are also more likely to share Iran's goal of driving out coalition forces because such an outcome would increase their own power and importance within Iraq.In addition to driving out Western troops and Western influence, the Tehran regime would prefer a weak and divided Iraq to an Iraq with a united and broad-based government.

Even if such a govern­ment were not allied with the United States, it would pose an ideological threat to Iran's theocratic regime because it would demonstrate the viability of a secu­lar democratic system in a Shia-majority nation, thereby encouraging Iranian reformers and opposi­tion movements to increase their efforts to reduce the political power of Iran's unelected clerics.

Iran's radical clerics are also uncomfortable with the knowledge that the Shia religious leaders in the Iraqi holy cities of Najaf and Karbala wield an inde­pendent religious influence that could undermine their own base of legitimacy. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the top Shiite religious leader in Iraq, is an influential cleric who outranks most if not all of the clerics in the Iranian regime. Although he was born in Iran, he rejects Ayatollah Khomeini's harsh brand of Islamic ideology and opposes Iran's system of clerical rule.To undermine al-Sistani, the Iranians have thrown their support behind Sayed Moqtada al-Sadr, his chief rival.

The Iranian regime was initially wary of al-Sadr because he remained in Iraq during Saddam's rule and had an independent power base as well as political differences with their other Shiite allies, who had fled Iraq and were more dependent on Iran, but in recent years, Iran has provided increasing financial support, weapons, and training to the Jaish al-Mahdi (Mahdi Army), al-Sadr's militia...Read the rest of this comprehensive piece. You'll be glad you did.

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Transliteration: "How dare you? You should be ashamed for being more beautiful than us."--Strike Force of Sister Commandos.

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Pro-Ahmadinejad Thugs Stab & Beat Student Protesters!

Reproduced entirely from Gateway pundit's blog:

Babak Zamanian, a student at Amir Kabir, in Tehran, is on crutches in this earlier photo (New York Times) because of a beating by supporters of President Ahmadinejad. Last week he was arrested by the regime.Ahmadinejad suporters rolled into Amir Kabir Polytechnic University today and stabbed several of the peaceful student protesters!They also whipped the students with chains!ADN Kronos reported:

Tehran, 30 April (AKI) - A group of supporters of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday forced their way into the campus of top Tehran university Amir Kabir Polytechnic and assaulted a group of student activists who were staging a peaceful rally against the detention of their spokesman Babak Zamanian, who was arrested last week. He was arrested by the regime because of the interviews he gave to radio stations that broadcast outside Iran. About a dozen students who were stabbed and attacked with chains were transferred to hospital. A similar attack by Ahmadinejad supporters was carried out Monday against activists at the university of Lorestan, in western Iran. About a dozen government supporters wounded with knives students who were staging a demonstration on campus. One of the protesters, Siamak Nadali is in hospital in a critical condition.Students at the university of Lorestan were carrying out an all-out protest, following the example of their peers in the capital Tehran, in Babol near the Caspian sea, and Shiraz in the west, who are rallying against new government measures imposing strict new dress codes and opening hours on campus as well as restrictions on political activity.Last December, dozens of protesters burned pictures of Ahmadinejad crying 'dictator go away', 'death to dictatorship' and threw firecrackers when Ahmadinejad was visiting Amir Kabir university in Tehran. The rally forced him to interrupt several times a speech he was giving and leave before scheduled.

On Wednesday April 25, the leader of the Muslim Students Association at a Tehran polytechnic was arrested. Babak Zamanian was reportedly arrested because of interviews he gave to Farsi language radio stations that broadcast outside Iran.

The students of the Amir Kabir Polytechnic made front page news around the world last December when they managed to prevent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on a visit to their campus, from making his speech. It was the first time since his landslide victory in June 2005 that Ahmadinejad had been challenged in public.

Kamangir has links to Farsi websites reporting the violence.

Update 1: From City boy: Today the revolutionary guards rolled into Amir Kabir Polytechnic University and stabbed several of the students who were at a peaceful protest against the detention of Babak. One of the protesters, Siamak Nadali is in hospital in a critical condition.

Today, also a pro-democracy newsletter that was handed out in the university was discovered, which included article's and cartoons criticising the Supreme leader. According to the Islamic Students Association at the AKU, the newsletters were handed out by the revolutionary guards themselves on campus earlier in order to give them a reason to ban all student-published material and also gain more control there on campus.

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Teachers Threaten to Protest in front of Parliament

The coordinating committee of the Iranian teachers union issued a statement yesterday in protest of the government’s refusal to address its demands, calling on all Iranian teachers to stage a walk-out on Ordibehesht 12 [May 2] and a gather in front of the Majlis (Iranian parliament) building on Ordibehesht 18 [May 8].

The committee’s statement says, “In protest to the illegal confrontation of security and military institutions with teachers in front of the Majlis building and the arrests of teachers in Tehran and Kermanshah, sit-ins were staged on Sunday 26 and Monday 27 of Farvardin in many schools across the country, and a statement of protest was issued reflecting a majority of the teachers’ requests and addressed to the educational officials, Majlis deputies and the president.”

The statement continues, “In light of the fact that officials have not provided any answers to our legal demands, on Sunday Ordibehesht 9, we will stage protests at the offices of the ministry of education from 9 a.m. to noon.”

The statement concludes, “In case our demands for full equality of pay and the removal of discrimination in paying government employees, as mandated by the equal pay law, are not met, we will stage a large protest in front of the Majlis building on Tuesday Ordibehesht 18.”

Twenty-eight different teachers unions have signed the above statement.


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The Islamic Republic's Gig is Up!

This comment below was posted on a comment section of another blog (I'm not going to provide a link to this blog but the blog is run by a Lebanese prof. at USC)in response to recent crack down on women and men and the new ordinance issued to hair dressers and barbers in Iran, which bans Western-style hair cuts. This is so revealing of the mindset of the ruling elite leading Iranians to the slaughter once again for their own parasitic survival:

In response to the post above, the passing of these laws to prevent Iranian men from embracing the gay/metrosexual culture IS apart of setting priorities straight. You see, a population obsessed with its hair and eyebrows is not ready to fight invaders in case they should come (but I highly doubt there will be attacks on Iran, thats a separate issue). These crackdowns are getting rid of the distrations. Iranian men must be ready to be militarized and fight for their nation in case of an attack. If they are all pretty boys obsessed with partying and being GQ, they will ceraintly not be ready for bloodshed. To Asad I dont know why you posted this article, are you implying sarcastically that the Iranian gvt doesn't have its priorities straight or has the wrong focus? If you are a) this is an Islamic Republic, whether you like it or not, so this law is consistent with the philosophy of the state. b) The gvt is promoting manliness amongs its men, thats one of the reasons Iran has not been humiliated by its neighbors since 1979. c) You always criticize the Lebanese for being self-hating and trying to look as Western as possible and getting plastic that Iran is trying to combat such phenomenon you are against it? I hate to break it to you, but these things have to be enforced, you cant just complain on a blog and expect people to change their ways.

This is the type of iron grip tyranny, which the Iranian population has to endure. Using force like an authoritarian and abusive parent is the only method that keeps them from being toppled, "...Having failed miserably in management of the country's immense natural resources (like an incompetent son running the family fortune into the ground) the regime seems content to assert itself primarily through harassment of women. But the conservatives' attempt to reinvigorate the country's revolutionary zeal is failing miserably.

Khamenei is no Khomeini (ditto Ahmadinejad) and the young population (3 out of 5 Iranians are under 30) doesn't seem to care much about their parents' revolution. Even the lower middle-class, the regime's traditional source of support has had a bellyful of the men with beard. The revolution has been dead for some time. The regime has become pure bureaucratic repression."

Tinoush Moulaie offers a comprehensive analysis of the ramifications of such miscalculation in an op-ed piece in Iranian. com: Here is the whole thing in full:

Have you ever heard of the Darwin Awards? The Darwin Awards are given out, often posthumously, to individuals who improve the human gene pool by removing themselves from it in the most idiotic fashion. Think of it as awards given for eliminating the ‘idiot gene’ through the ultimate sacrifice, namely ones ability to reproduce.

Well, it seems to me that the entire ruling apparatus of the IRI are competing for winning the Darwin Awards. They have the greatest military arsenal ever seen on this planet amassed all around them. They see that this military machine is under the trigger-happy control of a cartel of lawless, gutless, and shameless loonies. And what do they do? They take a jackhammer to the only dam, which is holding back this military might: public opinion. Now, that’s what I call sheer stupidity!

I think they’re miscalculating. The world antiwar movement is doing its best to avert a flood of missiles and bombs heading toward Iran. Many Iranian nationalists have joined in with the same aim. But, this is not because there is any love between these groups and the IRI. The antiwar movement is doing it to avoid another Iraq, and Iranian nationalist are in it because they love their country and want to minimize further damage to Iran and her future. No one, absolutely not one of these groups is defending Iran, because of its regime.
One has to wonder, why at this critical juncture they have embarked on a campaign to harass Iranian women. Are they nuts?

Don’t these gentlemen (stretching the word here) realize that if the tide of public opinion turns, they are in deep trouble? When they treat Iranians, especially women, like that, they must be shovel-in-hands, hell bent on digging their own graves faster. They dodged a bullet with the Holocaust issue, and while they sat in their posh mansions in Iran, the average Iranian had to bear the shame of their words and deeds. Iranian nationalists and antiwar activists want to avoid another Iraq.

But, let’s not forget. Whether one likes what Iraq has become or not, Saddam and company have already checked out, via the end of a rope! Those holding the levers of power in Iran are taking stupidity to new heights. Don’t they realize what would be coming to them? At least, the Pahlavis had somewhere to run to. Where the hell are they going to run to? They’re playing Russian roulette with a ship packed full of Cruise missiles!

I remember in the early 80’s there was a story about a comment made by one of the Ayatollahs. I don’t remember who. The story was that he had wondered why the people of Iran were asking constantly when the mullahs are leaving. And, he followed by saying that ‘we (the mullahs) have no plans to leave’ and that should set people’s minds at ease.

Well, over 20 years has passed. And anyone with an ounce of brain can see that one way or another they (the same mullahs) are leaving. The generation of revolution has already turned against them or if they haven’t time is literally catching up with them (old age)! The regime has absolutely no support outside of Iran.

And inside Iran... well, we all know how that is. The question is how, not if, Iran will change. Iranians would like to see a new government, while minimizing the damage to Iran. However, there is a limit. There is only so much of this mandatory moral bulimia that we can take. Yes ‘moral bulimia’ is an apt description. They keep shoving their morals down our throats and we keep purging it back out!

By the way, the ‘good cop, bad cop’ routine isn’t working. On the one hand the moral police treat people like animals, on the other hand, Ayatollah Shahroudi warns against their heavy-handed approach. What do they take us for? Shahroudi, of all people, is grown soft-hearted!!!
Iranians are fully aware of exactly where Ayatollah Shahroudi’s sentiments lie. If he is so concerned about the heavy-handed methods of the police, the solution is very simple. He’s the head of judiciary. He could order their arrest and put them on trial. What’s next? Khalkhali’s ghost will give a sermon on the dangers of rampant, extrajudicial executions!?

The regime could learn a lesson from the old communist leaders. There are many theories given as to why Soviet Union along with its satellite nations collapsed. One theory widely believed in those countries is that the new generation of the communist leaders realized that the gig was up. They knew that the system could not sustain itself and they decided to avoid a catastrophic end by accepting change and increasing the chances of their own survival.

Now, clearly things haven’t exactly improved, but at least most of them didn’t end up dangling from the end of a rope. If the IRI bosses were smart, they too would realize that the gig is pretty much up. And, I’m not sure about their survival. I don’t know what Iranians would do with them, but treating women like they do is sure to make cause for very nasty forms of payback. Don’t treat Iranian women like that. We WILL remember it.

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Sunday, April 29, 2007

Darfur: Growing Violence

LONDON (AFP) - Protests took place around the world on Sunday to demand that world leaders act to prevent further bloodshed in Darfur on the fourth anniversary of the conflict's start. With more than 2 million people driven from their homes, Darfur has been described as one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. To learn how you can help, visit the International Rescue Committee website.

Despite the signing of the Darfur Peace Agreement in May 2006, fighting is increasing across the region and the people of Darfur are suffering violence, atrocities and abduction. Amid desperate conditions, the International Rescue Committee delivers lifesaving aid, protects women and girls, and speaks out for global action on behalf of the Sudanese people.
Renowned "I Love NY" designer Milton Glaser has designed a poster (above picture) to raise awareness of the crisis. Proceeds will benefit the IRC.

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Turkey: "No Sharia, No Coup"

One Million Secular Turks protest presidential aspirant

Secular Turks rally to send a message to prime minister
A possible presidential bid by Erdogan, an Islamist party leader, stirs opposition. 'We don't want to become Iran,' one says.

The Los Angeles Times :

More than a quarter-million people rallied in the Turkish capital today to voice secularists' opposition to a run for the presidency by the country's prime minister, who is affiliated with an Islamist party. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to announce soon, perhaps in the coming week, whether he will be his party's presidential nominee. The president is to be elected next month by lawmakers, and because Erdogan's party has a...

The Independent:

Turkey's president says Islamist threat to secular establishment at highest level
By Selcan Hacaoglu, Associated Press Writer
Published: 14 April 2007
Turkey's staunchly pro-secular president said yesterday that the threat Islamic fundamentalism poses to the country's secular establishment has reached its highest level - a warning directed at the Islamic-rooted prime minister, who may stand to replace him in May.
President Ahmet Necdet Sezer was addressing officers of the country's military, the self-appointed guarantor of the secular regime, in one of his last speeches before he steps down as president.
"For the first time, the pillars of the secular republic are being openly questioned," private NTV television quoted Sezer as saying during a speech at the War Academies in Istanbul.
He appeared to be referring to members of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Islamic-rooted party who have questioned the definition of secularism.

One million Turks rally against government (Sydney Morning Herals)

As many as one million people rallied in a sea of red Turkish flags in Istanbul, accusing the government of planning an Islamist state and demanding it withdraw its presidential candidate.

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Democratic Muslim, Naser Khader

Gates of Vienna: A Democratic Muslim

""A Democratic Muslim is consdiered a "Fallen" muslim" or an "apostate".""

Danish MP and moderate muslim Naser Khader, (who you would see on the PBS special Islam Vs. Islamists if the Corporation for Public Broadcasting would release it) has been attracting attention lately. Blogger Exile took note of a speech in which Khader called for the need for a Muhammad cartoon incident in America. GOV, who always has the pulse of all things Danish, also has noted Khader’s message and its importance.

What struck me was Mr. Khader’s statement that it was the cartoon controversy which spurred Danish democratic muslims to action. In absurdity lies truth, I suppose. Time and again we have seen that the islamists will always, without fail, over-react. If the incident might call for a polite discussion between neighbors, its a lawsuit. If a well written op-ed would suffice, its the threat (or practice) of decapitation.

This is of course why the political correctness crowd in general, and the grievance industry, in particular, is a massive threat to the counter-jihad movement. A simple search reveals the number of times the word “offensive” appears on the Council of American-Islamic Relations Website. The word “Hate Crime” is even more common.

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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Ahmadinejad, The Liar

Ahmadinjead appearing on TV during his Presidential election campaign before he was elected, clearly stating in a television interview : "Has our nation's problems really come down to what women wear and they wear their hairs? has it really...aren't there more important issues like economic issues?...".

Now if you followed the news of the massive crackdown on women's appearance and dress code, you will know what a despicable liar he is.

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Number of people executed in Iran, Iraq, Sudan and Pakistan rises despite overall decline, Amnesty international says

Guardian: In Iran, the number of executions almost doubled to 177 from 94, possibly linked to a crackdown on Baluchis. One-third of those executed came from this minority group.

How many executions is this per day? Do the math...

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Iran: Utopian Islamic Ummah hard at work Arresting Men and Women

Women are being arrested because you can see few strands of their hair and men are arrested because of short-sleeve shirts. See the Pictures here. and here.
Where are the men?

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Arlington West: For My Beloved C.J.!

For my beloved C.J. who is a devout democrat and has helped put up crosses on the beach near Santa Monica Pierre for the last two years. C.J., read this and I hope you'll see that there are no glib right answers.

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Iran: Massive Privatization and New Draconian Labor Laws

Why this mass rush to privitization?

Angryarabnews (Unstable Lebanese-American Professor at USC) recently reported that Iran plans to sell 118 of its state-owned oil companies. He did not provide any link to this statement.

Amir Taheri has a piece in Arab news that takes an in depth look at the real motivation behind the IR's new push to dissolve all the hard-won and hard-fought rights for workers. The new "Islamic Labor Laws", abolishes the legal minimum wage in favor of rates fixed through agreement by employers and employees. It also allows for the generalization of verbal employment contracts, gives employers the right to hire and fire as they please, and makes legal holidays, sick leave, and pension schemes conditional to agreements on a case-by-case basis, according to Taheri.

Why is Ahmadinejad so determined to impose these hyper-capitalist and Draconian laws? Part of the answer may lie in the massive privatization scheme that Ahmadinejad is expected to unveil this year. Here is the article in full:

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appears determined to confront Iran’s increasingly restive labor movement. The showdown, begun last year, could reach a peak next week with government plans to crush International Labor Day demonstrations on May 1 by illegal trade unions.

The Islamic republic has always associated May 1 with leftist ideologies and has tried to promote an alternative “Islamic Labor Day” on May 2.

This year, however, a number of illegal trade unions have announced they would hold May 1 demonstrations in Tehran and 20 provincial capitals. The newly created Workers’ Organizations and Activists Coordination Council (WOACC), a grouping of over 80 illegal trade unions claiming a total membership of over a million in 22 cities, is leading the move.

The WOACC emerged in the wake of strikes by Tehran transport workers that brought the capital to a standstill last year. The authorities succeeded to end the strike with a mixture of mass arrests and wage concessions. However, the example set in Tehran spread to other cities and industries.

The rising labor movement started with local grievances linked to wages and working conditions. In the past few months, however, it has developed a broader consciousness by highlighting issues that concern most workers.

One issue that has brought the hitherto scattered illegal unions together is their opposition to President Ahmadinejad’s proposed new Islamic Labor Code. The text proposed by Ahmadinejad cancels virtually all the rights that working people have won throughout the world over centuries of social struggle and political reform. It abolishes the legal minimum wage in favor of rates fixed through agreement by employers and employees.

It also allows for the generalization of verbal employment contracts, gives employers the right to hire and fire as they please, and makes legal holidays, sick leave, and pension schemes conditional to agreements on a case-by-case basis.

At the same time, it imposes a ban on independent trade unions. Instead, it proposes the creation of Islamic Guidance Councils to promote “Islamic values and sensibilities” among workers.

In a detailed critique of the proposed text, the WOACC shows that the new code violates the Islamic republic’s constitution, Article 23 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and accords Iran has signed with the ILO over decades.

“The proposed text is a charter for slavery disguised as an Islamic code,” a WOACC spokesman in Tehran said over the telephone last week.

That view is shared by some members of the Islamic Consultative Majlis who criticize Ahmadinejad for refusing to submit his text to normal parliamentary procedures. Instead, the Ministry of Labor is trying to railroad the draft law through a Majlis committee controlled by pro-Ahmadinejad parliamentarians.

Ahmadinejad’s confrontational style in dealing with the labor movement has also been criticized by some top mullahs within the regime.

Ayatollah Mahmoud Shahroudi, the Islamic chief justice, has warned that the government’s repressive approach could destabilize the regime. Former President Hashemi-Rafsanjani, a mullah-cum-businessman who heads the powerful Expediency Council, has called for “sensitivity” in dealing with what may be the most serious challenge the regime has faced in years.

Why is Ahmadinejad so determined to defy a grass-root workers’ movement by imposing an unpopular law? Part of the answer may lie in the massive privatization scheme that Ahmadinejad is expected to unveil this year.

According to government sources, 44 state-owned conglomerates will be put on sale at a total price of $18 billion. These businesses employ an estimated 3.5 million people across the country. A majority of likely buyers will be mullahs and their associates, operating through supposedly religious and charitable foundations, along with officers of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

Although potential gold mines, most of the businesses concerned have been losing money for years, because of inefficient management and corruption. They also suffer from the fact that they have had to employ far too many people, often because of nepotism and favor distribution by powerful figures of the regime.

Under the existing Labor Code, it would be difficult for the new owners to downsize the labor force or close loss-making units. The new Labor Code would give future owners carte blanche to reorganize the businesses. According to unofficial estimates, a million people could lose their jobs under privatization.

“Ahmadinejad is laying the banquet table for a big feast of plunder,” says the WOACC spokesman.

The situation is further complicated by UN-imposed sanctions that are starting to bite. Dozens of small businesses have already closed down or reduced their activities for want of credit facilities, imported parts and raw material, and fears of being shut out of foreign markets. The thousands of workers who have lost their jobs as a result plan to be in the vanguard of the May 1 demonstrations.

If this was any other entity other than the IR, some of this move toward privatization would have been beneficial to the overall health of the country's economy. However, we know that the Islamic Republic could care less about the common good for the Iranians. I'm very suspicious of this whole thing...and call me paranoid or conspiratorial, but I think there are other reasons behind this move. The mullahs are willing to risk their very own existence but why?

Iranian Plateau is baffled too by the unprecedented and alarming rate of suppression by the IRI in a span of few days:

I am wondering why IR is doing all it can to further suffocate the people?More to the point, why are they doing it almost simultaneously to different groups and via different avenues to all aspects of the society? As I've already mentioned, a couple of days ago, Ahmadinejad is a die-hard supporter of Khomeini and his doctrine and is reverting to early revolution day practices, but it seems a bit odd that all this suppression is happening in a space of a few days or at least is being reported more by MSM. I mean 150,000 women alone to be arrested in a couple of days is a lot and takes a lot of effort to do so.

Censorship & filtering are nothing new, but now there is this piece of news:TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's Telecommunications Ministry will start filtering "immoral" video and audio messages sent via mobile phones, state television reported on Saturday.The Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution, a body set up after Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution, has instructed the ministry to buy the equipment needed to prevent any misuse of Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS), it said. MMS allows users to send multimedia messages that include images, video and audio." ... in order to prevent possible misuse of MMS, immoral actions and social problems, the Telecommunications Ministry will filter immoral MMS," the television said.It did not give details of the techniques it would use to filter such messages, when it would start or how it would define "immoral" messages.
Does anyone see an emerging pattern toward something?

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The Islamic Republic officially Supports the Democratic Party!

How proud this must make the likes of Harry Reid, Baker et al, and Kucinich.

This is another potential proof, that the Reformist movement in Iran is part and parcel of
the Democratic establishment's long-nurtured strategy to sell out Iranian people to the oligarchical mullahs (Khatami, Rafsanjani, Khamenai, Inc.)

h/t to Gateway pundit

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Friday, April 27, 2007

Hard to Watch! :Clip shows woman in Tehran refusing to get into a police car during the current campaign against women who don't observe strict Islamic dress codes. Thousands of Iranian women have been cautioned over their poor Islamic dress this week and several hundred arrested in the capital Tehran in the most fierce crackdown on what's known as "bad hijab" for more than a decade >>> BBC

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Thank you for your kind words ,Mr. Schauble .(Germany's Minister of Interior)
Now, from this moment, I can't wait to visit your country
that has nurtured and cultivated all my

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Khatami on Gays and Religious Minorities in Iran

From Harry's Place: "Killer Khatami gets capped"

[...]The dry facts of the matter are that for the majority of Khatami's Presidency the country that he represented was condemned for human rights abuses by the UN General Assembly or the Commission on Human Rights or both. The Iranian regime under his tenure was brought to book for a whole range of human rights issues; death sentence, use of torture, arbitrary arrest etc.

I suggest that what is specifically relevant to this whole rumpus with St Andrew's is the Iranian record on religious tolerance from 1997 to 2005. Khatami is receiving an honorary degree for his contribution to interfaith relations, and his record on this needs to be scrutinised.

Iran has one of the worst records on freedom of religion or belief of any state on earth. 4 religions, Islam, Judaism, Christianity and Zoroastrianism, are recognised in article 13 of the constitution. All other systems of belief are not, and this translates to inferior status or non-recognition in the eyes of the law - "unprotected infidel" - does what it says on the tin.

Iran is home to 350,000 members of the Baha'i religion. All of these people are denied legal equality by reason of their beliefs. In 1998 a 52 year old man, Ruh'ullah Rohani, a Baha'i, was executed for the crime of apostasy. He did not have access to lawyer and was given oral notice of his death sentence 24 hours before being hung. 6 other Baha'is were on death row that year, but an international outcry saved them from the same fate. A Christian pastor, Hamid Pourmand, was also sentenced to death for apostasy during Khatami's period of office, and only saved by similar pressure. That is the kind of interfaith tolerance that existed in Iran under Khatami, that is the reality.

The annual reports of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, the FCO Annual Human Rights report, human rights NGO reports and UN resolutions throughout the years 1997 to 2005 all record serious problems of religious tolerance in Iran for Baha'is, and some problems for Jews, Christians and Zoroastrians, as well as for Sufi and Sunni Muslims.

There is ample evidence that St Andrews University and Sir Menzies Campbell could locate with ease that prove conclusively that whatever honeyed words were coming from the Iranian Presidency on interfaith relations OUTSIDE of Iran, for religious minorities INSIDE Iran, there was a lack of equality, repression and frequent human rights abuses.

Khatami has been one of the most effective PR managers for the IRA (Islamic Republic of Ayatollahs)for over a decade now. This minister of propaganda has no shame to promote "dialogue among civilization" while his government only allows monologues inside the country. He is even more appalling than the egomaniacal Ahmadinejad.

The IRI(Islamic Republic of Iran) spends $150 mil. per year on it's propagnda machinary from lobbying the academics in the most prestigious universities in the US to journalists in Wapo and NY Times to manufacturing 'fake dissidents' who are later unleashed (mostly reformists) to the West and become activists on behalf of the mullahs.


The dishonouring of St Andrews
By Dean Godson,,6-2420043,00.html

At very last, someone who actually understands the dynamics of the Iranian regime. Dean Godson, has definitely got Khatami worked out. Indeed Khatami was nothing more than a figure head whose job was largely to lull the democratic opposition into a false sense of security.
His legacy, more than anything else will be his callous indifference to repression and his attempt to legitimise a wholly illegitimate regime. As Dean rightly says, he is part of the Islamic Republic, to which his loyalties lie. I think Sir Menzies’ Judgement shows disrespect not only to the Iranian democratic movement, but also to all those who strive for democracy and rule of law around the world. We need more articles like Dean's to name and shame people like Khatami and at the same time honour and solute dissidents like Batebi who unfortunately are largely unknown here in the West.

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More on Khatami's Bloody Rule!

October 30, 2006

[...]Far from the rosy picture often portrayed in the Western media, Khatami’s presidency has been anything but.

During his bloody rule, over 1,300 people were executed, including sweet 16 year old Atefeh Rajabi for ‘acts incompatible with chastity’; 27 people were stoned to death or sentenced to die by stoning, 18 of them women; student and other demonstrations were crushed and their leaders arrested or killed; Ahmad Batebi was given a death sentence for holding up a bloody t-shirt; an opposition activist in Kurdistan, Showaneh Qaderi, was shot and his body dragged through the streets; Arezoo Siabi Shahrivar was arrested along with up to 14 other women, at a ceremony commemorating the 1988 “prison massacre” in Evin prison, Tehran, in which thousands of political prisoners were executed. In detention she was suspended from the ceiling, beaten with a wire cable and sexually abused. Journalists and webloggers were detained; papers were shut down; the Canadian journalist, Zahra Kazemi was tortured and murdered in prison; the murders of two political activists and three writers – a case known in Iran as the “Serial Murders” took place; hundreds of labour activists were arrested and tortured and on and on.
Only in a topsy turvy world can a president who oversaw such murder and mayhem not be deemed accountable...

And it was not only his eight years as president that Khatami is accountable for. In the 1980s in the Majlis, Khatami was known as an active member of the Line of the Imam, the dominant grouping within a party set up via Khomeini’s decree and most closely identified with Khomeini’s policies, including his theory of velayat-e faqih, or absolute clerical supremacy in government. Mr Khatami was appointed the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance, and was the chief censor in film, media, arts and culture. As a member of the Supreme Council on Cultural Revolution, Khatami played an important role in purging dissidents from universities and educational centres. Moreover, he was the director of cultural affairs in the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces and the head of the War Propaganda Headquarters for years. Today, too, he remains a member of several organs of the Islamic regime.

Absurdly, though, whilst being declared powerless, Khatami is also always lauded as a reformer; the St Andrews Students’ Association statement asserts that he ‘strove for moderation and liberalisation whilst in office’.

This is a contradiction in terms.

One cannot have minimal influence and be a reformer at the same time. Moreover, reforms have a specific meaning in our world – changes, particularly in law, which improve the lot of the population at large. Again, this was never the case. In fact, Khatami and his ‘reformist’ faction were merely attempts by the regime to put forward a more palatable face in order to prolong its life given the explosive situation in Iran.
In the face of escalating protests and opposition to Khatami’s visit, the university persists in its decision to confer an honorary degree upon him and in its rewriting of contemporary history. A spokesperson for the university has said the decision to invite Khatami was based on his “vision and willingness to change”. At least Chancellor Menzies Campbell, the Liberal Democratic leader, has pulled out from presenting the degree before it turns into a scandal for him. But this is not enough. Far from honouring him with a degree, Khatami should be arrested for his crimes against the people of Iran.

On Tuesday, we will be there at St Andrews to remind the world that we will not allow it to forget what has taken and is taking place in Iran. We ask students and professors alike, along with concerned and outraged people everywhere to join us in preventing a centre of science from being transformed into a bastion of reaction.

And on this note, it is apt to end with Khatami’s own words at Harvard University this past September when questioned about the execution of gays in Iran:We’re at a university, the cradle of science, so we can speak of it scientifically...In all schools of thought and in all religions there is punishment and punishment is not a form of violence...Punishment is seen as a response to violence or deviance in society and if there is no punishment in a society a society cannot run effectively ... ’

And that is Khatami’s unchanged vision pure and simple

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One of many Crimes Under Khatami's Reign of Terror!

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This letter was published (Sept. 26,2006) on Amir's blog a while ago in response to Khatami's visiting St. Andrews.

This letter is an email from Sayeh Saidi-Sirjani, daughter of one of the many intellectuals butchered during Khatami's presidency.

From: Sayeh,
Subject: URGENT on khatami’s visit to the UK to receive honorary award from St. Andrews University

Dear Dr. Scott,
I am the daughter of late Iranian scholar ” Ali Akbar Saidi Sirjani”. Sirjani was author of more than 29 books on Iranian literature and history (see: In his open will, he has specifically pointed to Mohammad Khatami as responsible for his murder. After 1979, Khatami was appointed as Khomeini’s special agent at ” Keyhan” newspaper. He inaugurated the torturing intellectuals through his special powers gained as the consequence of being in charge of the only newspaper. Then he became the head of ” ershad” - same as department of censorship.

Khatami banned my Father’s works. He burned his books. When in March 1994, 28 armed Islamic republic guards entered our house in guise of postmen, - where my mother and I were all alone, and where we were hold hostage for 3 whole days, - they took all my father’s hand-written and ready to publish works: complete set of his works on his project on a new Persian Dictionary; his tapes of his interviews with his best friends, some of the greatest Iranian intellectuals such as Ali Dashti, Dr. Parviz Khanlari and Dr. Mozafar Baghaie Kermani; “Tarikh bidari Iranian” a 2-volume work on the Iranian Constitutional Revolution; along with any piece of paper with my late father hand-writing on it. They took all his published and non published works, his notes and letters including 2 unpublished books saved on his computer.
Sirjani’s murder was announced as a death in prison: on November 1994. Then Khatami became president of Islamic Republic three years later, only after he did his best in cutting strong roots of Iran’s culture and literature and any opposition against Islamic Republic.

The young generation of Iranian Student however did stand up. You most certainly have seen the video of his last speech in Tehran University, where students kept chanting “enough lies.” Some of the most brutal arrests and killings of students happened during khatami’s 8 years as the chief executive of the Islamic Republic.

Now your university, St. Andrews, is ruining its reputation by inviting Khatami. I am writing to you asking to CANCEL this invitation. Khatami deserves nothing but a fair tribunal dealing with the Islamic Republic’s many crimes against Iranians. The Arrest of Khatami is something the UK ought to do, not rewarding him with an honorary degree.
Attached please find useful information related to Mohammad Khatami.

With best wishes,
Sayeh ( Saeedi) Sirjani
Saidi Sirjani Center for Persian LiteratureP.O.Box 1076Genoa, NV 89411U.S.A

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Iran: Crackdown Continues over Dress Code for Men & Women

Hejab for Men

"I want the whole world to know that they oppress us and all we can do is put up with it" Tofigh, 15

BBC: Thousands of Iranian women have been cautioned over their poor Islamic dress this week and several hundred arrested in the capital Tehran in the most fierce crackdown on what's known as "bad hijab" for more than a decade.
It is the talk of the town. The latest police crackdown on Islamic dress has angered many Iranians - male, female, young and old.

But Iranian TV has reported that an opinion poll conducted in Tehran found 86% of people were in favour of the crackdown - a statistic that is surprising given the strength of feeling against this move.
Police cars are stationed outside major shopping centres in Tehran.

They are stopping pedestrians and even cars - warning female drivers not show any hair - and impounding the vehicles and arresting the women if they argue back.

Middle-aged women, foreign tourists and journalists have all been harassed, not just the young and fashionably dressed.

Individual choice

Overnight the standard of what is acceptable dress has slipped back.

Hard-won freedoms - like the right to wear a colourful headscarf - have been snatched away.
It may sound trivial but Iranian women have found ways of expressing their individuality and returning to drab colours like black, grey and dark blue is not something they will accept easily.

"If we want to do something we will do it anyway, all this is total nonsense," says a young girl, heavily made up and dressed up. She believes Islamic dress should be something personal - whether you're swathed in a black chador or dressed in what she calls "more normal clothes".

Interestingly many women who choose to wear the all enveloping chador agree - saying it's a personal choice and shouldn't be forced on people. "This year is much worse than before because the newspapers and the TV have given the issue a lot of coverage compared to last year; it wasn't this bad before," says Shabnam who's out shopping with her friend.

Permission denied

At the start of every summer the police say they will enforce the Islamic dress code, but this year has been unusually harsh.
Thousands of women have been cautioned by police over their dress, some have been obliged to sign statements that they will do better in the future, and some face court cases against them.

Even shop mannequins considered "too revealing" are dealt with

Though the authorities want coverage internally to scare women - they don't want the story broadcast abroad.

The BBC's cameraman was detained when he tried to film the police at work and the government denied us permission to go on patrol with the police.
"Really we don't have any security," complains Shabam's friend Leyla.

"Since we came out this morning many people we met have continuously warned us to be careful about our headscarves and to wear them further forward because they are arresting women who are dressed like this," she says.

Boutique owners are furious. Some shops have been sealed - others warned not to sell tight revealing clothing.

One shopkeeper selling evening dresses told us the moral police had ordered him to saw off the breasts of his mannequins because they were too revealing.

He said he wasn't the only shop to receive this strange instruction.


There's even been less traffic on the streets because some women are not venturing out - fearful they will be harassed.
And it's not even safe in a car. Taxi agencies have received a circular warning them not to carry a "bad hijabi".

"They have said we shouldn't carry passengers who wear bad Islamic dress and if we do we have to warn them to respect the Islamic dress code even inside the car," said one taxi driver.

And it's not just women who are being targeted this year.

Young men are being cautioned for wearing short sleeved shirts or for their hairstyles. Morad - a hairdresser whose gelled hair is made to stand straight up - says it's necessary for him to look like this to attract customers.

"These last few days I don't dare walk down the main roads looking like this case I get arrested," he says. "I use the side streets and alleys."

Morad is scared because his friends have told him they've seen the police seize young men and forcibly cut their hair if it's too long.

Fifteen-year-old Tofiq who'd also gelled his hair to stand on end said he too was afraid but he wasn't going to change.

"I want the whole world to know that they oppress us and all we can do is put up with it," he said.

Some parents have complained that harassing the young over their clothing will only push them to leave the country.

But one MP has said those Iranians who cannot cope with Islamic laws should leave.

Some commentators have suggested that the government is conducting this crackdown to distract attention from the rising cost of living in Iran and increasing tension with the international community over the nuclear issue.

If so, it's a strategy that risks alienating people who've got used to years of relative social freedom and do not want to return to the early days of the revolution when dress rules were much more tightly enforced.

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In defence of the child before the veil

Ban on niqab veils in UK schools not enough. By Maryam Namazie

Even after a national ruling allowing schools to ban full-face Islamic veils from schools, Britain’s government and courts still don’t do enough to protect children from their parents’ beliefs. Maryam Namazie comments.
British Education Secretary Alan Johnson’s announcement this week that head teachers are free to ban schoolchildren from wearing the niqab (full Muslim veil) misses the most significant point. As in the British High Court ruling last month, upholding a court victory by a Buckinghamshire school (which cannot be named for legal reasons) which banned the niqab, the argument goes that wearing the full veil affects classroom interaction, communication, safety and learning. Of course they do, but these are mere side effects. The most important point is that the veiling of children, in whatever form, constitutes the emotional abuse of girls. It relegates them to second-class status, keeps them trapped in mobile prisons and teaches them that they must forever be separate and unequal merely because of their sex. Alan Johnson and the High Court should have safeguarded the girls in question, and all girls who are veiled, by instituting a ban on the imposition of their parents’ beliefs and religion until they are of an age to decide for themselves. Just because parents believe in something does not mean they can harm, indoctrinate or impose their beliefs on their children. We have come a long way from the days when children were seen to be the property of their parents to do with them as they liked. Today, in Britain at least, a child cannot be denied medical attention because her parents don’t believe in blood transfusions, can’t be beaten and starved to ‘exorcise demons’ or be genitally mutilated and married at nine because it is her parents’ belief or religion. More subtle, but just as harmful, forms of emotional abuse like veiling, however, continue to be permissible or at best ignored or denied for the sake of religion or culture. Yet the recent rulings that the niqab or jilbab have adverse effects (as in the case of schoolgirl Shabina Begum, who lost her fight to wear the jilbab, a flowing gown) are only deemed applicable to the schools in question and not all schools - or for that matter society at large. Shabina, for example, attended another local school which allowed her to wear the jilbab.

The 12-year-old whose father took her case to the High Court last month has been encouraged to go to an alternative school where she can continue wearing the niqab. Moreover, according to a spokesperson at the Department for Education and Skills (DfES), an important matter such as this is up to ‘individual schools in consultation with local parents and religious bodies’.

The fact that it can be permissible in one school, while not in another, and that the child is left to the mercy of religious bodies, shows how far the state is willing to appease religion at the expense of the child. Nonetheless, whilst parents or self-appointed imams or ‘community leaders’ may believe that girls must be sexualised at a young age, kept segregated from boys, be taught that they are different and unequal, it is the responsibility of the state and educational system to intervene, level the playing field, and safeguard the rights of all children irrespective of, and even despite, the family they were born into. Veiling is a clear case in point. The state is duty bound to ensure that nothing segregates children or restricts them from accessing information, advances in society, their rights, playing games, swimming and in general doing the things that children do.

Whilst the issue has deceptively been portrayed as a matter of ‘choice’ for the girls in question, it is anything but. Because of their very nature, children most often do what their parents want or expect of them, even if it is against their best interests. Children do not make or have choices like adults. Even if there are children who say they choose to be veiled, the veiling of children must still be banned - just as a child must be protected even if she 'chooses' to stay with her abusive parents rather than in state care, even if she 'chooses' to work to support her family in violation of child labour laws or even if she 'chooses' to stop attending school. Until the child is given precedence over her parent’s religion or beliefs, society will continue to fail innumerable girls relegated to a life of sexual apartheid.
• Maryam Namazie is a human rights activist and television producer.

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Save Parisa and her 4 years old daughter from Casablanca International Airport


To: Moroccan Immigration authorities and UNHCR in Morocco

We are submitting this affidavit to Ms. Parisa Soraya Ivrigh‘s application for asylum. We unequivocally support Ms. Parisa Soraya Ivrigh’s asylum claim. She would face a serious and well-founded fear of future persecution in relevant international guidelines

we have been informed from IFIR that Ms. Parisa Soraya Ivrigh was forced to flee Iran with her child on February 2007 to save her life from ill-treatment, sexual violation, rape and insecurities. She and her child went to Turkey. She received a false passport arranged by a smuggler. Parisa and her child traveled from Turkey, transiting through Morocco on their way to Europe. On 3 March 2007, when they arrived in Morocco, the authenticity of their passports was questioned. Parisa made asylum claims but their asylum claims were not consider by Turkish and Moroccan authorities and then they were sent back to Turkey. Turkish authorities also returned them to Morocco again; they are now in the transit hall of the international airport in Casablanca, Morocco. The Moroccan authorities want to send Parisa and her daughter back to Iran. Parisa is afraid to return to Iran as she believes she will be prosecuted and at risk of sexual harassments, torture and possibly death.

View Current Signatures - Sign the Petition

Link via Maryam Namazi

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Filter-Shekan ; فیلترشکن

For my readers in Iran:

برنامه اي براي عبور از فيلتربا دانلود و نصب برنامه زير، در اينترنت اكسپلورر شما تولباري اضافه خواهد شد كه با تايپ آدرس در آن ميتوانيد از فيلتر عبور كنيد: 2710...FILTER.exe.html

Does anyone know of other programs that can crack the filter?

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Reformallah (Reformers in Iran) & Mahasti Shahrokhi

Mahasti Shahroki reduces the essence of all the Reformists in Iran into these revealing words as a poet can only do: Transliteration:

"Unlike the Reformers, I'm not bartering on how many stonings should take place within a year; instead I want the end of this vile act against women"..."Reformers
don't represent all Iranians and have no right to call themselves as such. On what grounds and what free elections gave them this right?"....

Read her whole article by clicking here. (in Persian)

Mahasti Shahrokhi is an accomplished writer and a poet who writes in French and Persian. She was born in Malayer,Iran in September 1956. She spent her elementary and high school years in Tehran and graduated from the Fine Art University of Tehran with a degree in theater arts.

In the fall of 1984 she emigrated to France and continued her education in variety of fields, including educational technology, study of ancient Iran, and comparative literature. She earned her Ph.D. in literature at the Sorbonne. Many of her articles have been published in artistic and literary magazines inside and outside of the country. Her popular novel, A Shawl as Long as the Silk Road (Baran Publication, Sweden, 1999), attracted critical attention. Ms. Shahrokhi currently resides in Paris.

Her biography in wikipedia

Her blog, Eyes Wide Open.

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Ayatollahs' Anatomy

From the
Intrepid Nana:

اگرچه بسیاری از نویسندگان ایرانی در آثار ادبی
خود هریک گونه ای خرافات و کثافات ضمیمه به
اسلام شیعه ایرانیان را شرحی داده و رفته ...
ولی برای شخص من یعنی نانای روسکا دو
شرح یکی از صادق هدایت و یکی از گلشیری
در خود تمامی شیره سیاه و غلیظ متعفن دین
اسلام توده های مردم ایران را مختصر و مفید
برایتان هریک را کمی توضیح میدهم :

در کتاب علویه خانم که کاراکترهای زیادی دارد یک
حاج خانم میان سال است که حاج آقا بچه میخواهد
و او بچه دار نمیشود
بنابراین میرود یک دختر جوان و فقیر را برای حاج
آقا پیدا میکند
و هنگامی که دختر حامله میشود این زن حسود
مسلمان کودک را که نوزادی پسر است با فرو کردن
سوزنی به ملاجش که نرم است میکشد
و در چاهک مستراح می اندازد و الکی میگوید که
نوزاد مرده به دنیا آمده بود !!!!! نماز هم میخواند و
مکه هم رفته است .

و دومی داستان نمیدانم معصوم چندمی است از
گلشیری که دهی امامزاده ندارد و ده رقیب دارد و
ریش سفیدان محل تصمیم میگیرند که یک آخوند
سید پیری را در کنار باغچه سرش را گوش تا گوش
بریده و در قبری کنند و امامزاده ای روی آن
و این اقدام را میکنند !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

هی دو خیلی سیاه است مگه نه ؟؟؟؟؟؟؟؟؟؟؟؟؟نانا

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Paul Krugman's Fatwa!

From Myrtus:

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Dear Lesly: Sharia be Upon You!


A commenter, Lesly, is inquiring: "why Kamangir doesn't think Khatami is a murderer?" Please, those who know of this blogger, leave your responses for dear Lesly in the comment section.

Please add other sites that you know of run by the Reformallah and their ilk. Thanks.

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Iranian Women Threat to National Security

HRW: The Iranian Judiciary is using national security laws to imprison women’s rights activists for peacefully protesting against legally sanctioned discrimination. Instead of persecuting women’s rights activists, Iran’s government should scrap laws that discriminate against women.

Photo from Samira

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If you can't get the video to work please click here.

h/t to Alan Peters

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Iran: A generation of street kids hustling in Iran and Systematic Poverty

Thousands fall through the cracks and get little help as traditional support systems fray.

Los Angeles Times: TEHRAN —

Atefeh is one of the younger members of Iran's merchant class. Her sales territory is the notorious traffic jams of north Tehran. She moves in on potential clients when the light turns red, pressing her face to car windows, cocking her head to one side and putting on a plaintive face.At 12, she isn't as good at plaintive as some of her younger competitors, two boys who are hawking Koranic inscriptions and balloons just up the street. Sometimes her face looks more furious than sad. But she still can clear 55 cents a day selling her packages of pink-and-red strawberry chewing gum to bored and surly drivers.A decade ago, street children were rare in Iran, with its long traditions of charity for the poor, government aid programs and strong family connections. No more.Nongovernmental organizations estimate that the number of street children in Iran, officially listed at 60,000, has grown in recent years to 200,000 or more. Many of them are the offspring of Afghan refugees. Others come from Iranian families who have slipped, through unemployment, drug addiction or illness, into the populous ranks of the urban poor.Social activists say high unemployment, ballooning inflation and misdirected government subsidies have left many families unable to support themselves without turning to their children to help with earnings. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, elected two years ago on a pledge to deliver Iran's oil wealth back to the nation's dining tables, has done little so far to improve the lot of Tehran's poorest families."In the early days of the revolution, I remember the slogan was, 'Welfare, food and health for everyone,' " said Bahram Rahimi, director of training at the Children's House of Shoosh, a school in south Tehran that provides part-time instruction to street children too busy working or too poor to attend normal schools.

The Children's House stands in the middle of a commercial block in one of the most crowded districts of Tehran. Inside, its corridors are lined with cheerful, hand-painted murals and its classroom chairs are arranged in haphazard clusters, testimony to a young clientele unaccustomed to sitting still in neat rows.About 55% of the city's street children are offspring of the estimated 1.5 million refugees who have flooded into Iran from Afghanistan in waves over the last 20 years, school officials say, and many of the rest are children of single parents, mixed-nationality families or Gypsies.

Many come from the growing number of families beset by drug addiction as heroin shipments across the Afghan border have multiplied since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.Rahmatollah Sedigh Sarvestani, a sociology professor at the University of Tehran, said the number of drug addicts in Iran, officially listed at 1 million, is more likely closer to 3 million, with the number of users possibly as high as 6 million."We don't have enough job opportunities for people. We are facing, even after the revolution, class differentiation, inequality in income, wealth and power. So there are good reasons to have so many addicts, and every other social deviancy," Sarvestani said. "This is everywhere. Not just here and there. Everywhere."Atefeh, who was afraid to give her last name, is a dark, slight girl who looks much younger than 12. She moved with her family to Tehran from the Caspian Sea region several years ago...

Beside mismangement of Iran's economy and oil infrastructure, one reason for the systematic poverty is that Iran's government has discouraged the formation of an industrial middle class because they don't want to repeat the late Shah's mistake where the middle class had the economic power to turn against him. That would leave 80 percent of the economy essentially in the hands of the state. As a result, there is no solid cadre of business leaders to pressure the government.

Despite its massive oil reserves, the country has very little capacity to produce substances like gasoline and jet fuel. It is estimated Iran's imports in this area are at about $10 billion a year, a figure that may represent up to a third of all imports. As A jacksonian eloquently puts it:

It is a metastable system with a heavy change bias to it. Internal collapse between 2012-19 is certain with current domestic market needs increasing and actual oil field production declining. And like many systems in decay the half-life is very important, because it is usually the inflection point for catastrophe: it is the point where a ship sliding to its side will suddenly capsize. It is the spell of bad weather for a year or two that can change lush cropland into dustbowls.

A point of no return!

Note: Iran - the second-largest producer in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, or OPEC, and the fourth largest in the world - possesses 12 percent of the world’s crude, with an estimated 130 billion barrels of recoverable oil.

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More Medieval Savagery by the Islamic Republic!

Iran: Magazine Cover, Circa 60's. (two movie stars)

Via Aryamehr: More in regards to the Islamic dresscode - when the Islamists first overtook the country in 1979 they would go around spraying acid on Iranian women's faces and use razor blades on their lips...

In addition to setting these animals loose the regime is also tightening dress-restrictions on Iranian males who are being arrested for wearing short-sleeved shirts and "un-Islamic" hairdo's. Male university students wearing shorts in their own dormitories are also being arrested and fined. Shorts are outlawed in the Islamic Republic as they are seen as un-Islamic.The whole situation is unreal knowing that we are in the 21st century...and knowing that only 28 years ago Iranian women, during the Pahlavi Era, were free to dress AS THEY PLEASED is just mind-boggling to witness what low point these Islamists have taken our country...

It's truly sad that my Iranian grandmother and mother had more social justice and freedom in the 30's,40's,50's, 60's, until 1979 than women have had in the Islamic Republic the 80's,90's and 2007.

Of course the 'veil issue' is the least of Iranian women problems. Women are stoned to death and are forced by their fathers and brothers legally to marry at the age of 9 (they recently raised it to 13) and can't get a divorce and custody of their children.

After Khomeini-Carter-induced pestilence of 1979, the legal age of marriage for women was reduced from 18 years to 9 years old according to newly imposed sharia laws by the medieval mullahs. In other words, pedophilia is legal in the Islamic Republic. As a result, husband killing has been on the rise progressively in Iran and half of the women languishing in jails are these poor women who were forced to marry at a very young age and when they grew up, they killed their molesters and abusers...The apologists and appeasers should be so proud of their women-stoning, women-trafficking, sex-slaving, Acid-throwing, face-cutting, lips-slashing, leg-amputating, tongue-removing, eye-gouging, and child-molesting Islamic Republic. What's even more tragic is that these acts have become the norms and people have been desynthesized by these repeated acts of violence to the point that you hardly ever hear any outrage anymore.

Thank you Mr. Carter and Mr. Brzezinski. The irony is that with all of these restriction in place, prostitution and drug addiction are an epidemic in the Islamic Republic and abject poverty is raging and there is no viable middle class to speak of unlike the late Shah's era when the country saw a thriving middle class emerging rapidly in every corner. Even the farmers and peasants, in remote villages could afford to send their kids abroad (Europe and U.S.) to get a decent education, and later turn against the shah in U.C. Berkeley and other prestigious universities...End rant.

Watch the video of Iranian women demonstrating against compulsory veiling in 1979 here.

All since Khomeini's Revolution of 1979 and imposition of Sharia laws.

This is an opportunity for the Liberals, the Left and the women's rights activists in the West to show the Iranian people where they stand on fundamental issues of freedom and human rights. Do they back Iranian people's legitimate struggle for huma.n rights and democracy, do they back Iranian women's just cause for equal rights? Or do they only come out of their closets for a bit of US bashing?Imagine what a boost it would be for other Iranian women's rights activists, if suddenly the international community displayed a massive show of solidarity for them. Imagine if the international community, instead of debating whether they should give in to the rulers of the Islamic Republic or preparing for a military attack, or begging the Iranian officials for talks...


Alan Peters has more on this here.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

After posting about the two women rights activists earlier today I remembered two other Iranian women. I want to remember the two Iranian Baha’i women who were executed by the Iranian regime. I remember them regardless of the fact that I am not a Baha’i and they were and they were murdered by the Iranian regime for the simple fact of practicing their belief. Here are Zhinus Mahmudi, physicist, executed Dec 27, 1981, and Shidrukh Amir-Kiya Baqa, Concert Pianist, executed Jan 4, 1982. Let us not forget what this regime is capable of.

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Killer Khatami, the Darling of the left, to Israeli Reporter: "Go To Hell"

LGF: Former Iranian president Killer Mohammad Khatami, who visited Harvard University and the National Cathedral recently, was celebrated by the Council on American Islamic Relations, gave an autograph to John F. Kerry in Davos, and has been roundly praised by the willfully blind media as a “moderate,” told Israeli journalists who approached him at a media forum in Kazakhstan to .

On Benedict XVI’s calandar for May 4 is an audience with Mohammad Khatami. Khatami is generally classified among the “moderate". Moderate for whom? The Left in the U.S.?

How about some moderation on destroying Iranian civilization and people, first.

He will take part in in a conference in Rome, which will be held at the Pontifical Gregorian University on the theme: “Intercultural dialogue, a challenge for peace.” The political model to which he adheres is, however, the one established by the religious revolution of Khomeini, who is certainly not a “moderate.” How about intercultural dialogue first within Iran's own religious minorities first, the Bahais and the Sunni iranian-arabs who've been killed by the hundreds because of their relgion?

In Shiite Islam, the revolutionary currents of the Khomeini stamp – in Iran, in Iraq, and in Lebanon with Hezbollah – are mainly opposed by the “quietist” tendency that takes its inspiration from the highest authority over the Iraqi holy places in Najaf and Kerbala, the grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani.

See My previous post on reformists and Khatami . Also see here, here, here and here.

On the horrifice crimes Khatami presided over during his Presidency click here.

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