Monday, 31 August 2009

Interview with a Kahrizak detainee

The following interview was conducted by Human Rights Activists in Iran, it is a discussion with an ex-detainee at the infamous Kahrizak prison where many of the Islamic Republic's tortures, rapes and eventual murders are carried out. The prisoners are not charged and have no access to a lawyer. The interview describes in some detail the ways in which this hell sent Mullah regime tortures people relentlessly, including threatening to rape the prisoner's family members. An excerpt from the interview:

Q: What techniques were being used to extract confession from the detainees?

A: In my own case they were using my family and my son to put pressure on me. In one of the interrogation sessions they showed me footage of my son in one of the streets of Tehran. I was told by the interrogator that they had my son in custody and would rape him if I didn’t confess. After seeing the footage I lost control and started screaming. I begged them not to harm my son. I was then beaten by baton until I fainted and was taken back to the container.

All night long we could hear the screams of other detainees who were being pressured to confess. We could hear them say under torture;” For god’s sake please stop beating”; “I will confess to anything you want me to”. This would go on until morning.

At times they would take us 5 at a time and beat us to the point of us fainting. My right ear lobe was torn under torture and there are bruises on my body that were caused by beatings with baton. I have to add that we were beaten by baton at least three times a week and were interrogated on a daily basis. During my 58 days of detention I was interrogated 58 times...

Cases like this are not unheard of or isolated, incidents similar to this happen routinely in the Islamic Republic, yet sadly the world carries on appeasing these satanic Mullahs.

Comments are most welcome

Saturday, 29 August 2009

What really happened at Behesht e Zahra?

Behesht e Zahra is a massive, sprawling cemetery in south Tehran, containing the graves of many notable Iranians, and lately has been the subject of much scrutiny due to the reports of secret mass burials of those killed in recent weeks in the struggle against the regime. The graves were in Block 302 of the cemetery and are unnamed. The head of the cemetery was duly sacked for disclosing the mass graves, though in recent days he's had to backpedal and put it down to "retirement".

The Islamic Republic's government has predictably denied that they are responsible for this heinous crime, however yesterday evidence surfaced thanks to RFERL who discovered a blog by a family member of someone who works at the cemetery who says her mother was witness to the burials by government agents:

She started with the first night:

"No sooner had I entered the ground of the facility when I saw about 30 frozen corpses left to defrost, and many bearded men who took me along with some of my colleagues into a room. A man started telling us that tonight and in the coming nights we would be burying the corpses of some hypocrites. These were anti-revolutionary groups that had killed several of our soldiers. They had been found and brought here from deserted areas near the border for identification. Now they wanted to bury them behind the backs of the media and spies.

'If you spread the word to anyone, you and every single member of your family shall be in grave danger, be sure of that,’ one of the bearded men threatened.

They asked for our names along with the names of family members and they took our thumb prints. They emphasized that we'd better not forget what they had said and then guided us to our respective work places.

Male corpses had more attendees, and it was I, along with a few colleagues, in the female corpse section. We had been delivered about five female corpses that had been frozen, while there were about 20 male corpses in the other section. The manager of the graveyard who had come as well that night told us to finish the job before sunrise, even if we had to bury them without a complete wash and proper shrouding.

Therefore, we began. Some of the corpses had severe cuts and frozen blood on their faces. There were three middle-aged women and two women of 20 to 30 years of age. One of the girls had her head smashed so badly that we had to deliver her to the undertakers without thawing the corpse."

I asked my mother to tell me more of what she saw on the next night. She finally gave in to my persistent inquiries.

“Tonight, we went to the same facility again. The number of corpses this time was about four times more. More than 100!!! We were delivered 23 unidentified corpses in the female section. The bearded men were greater in number as well. There were guards at every entrance to the graveyard, and any possible traffic was being controlled..."


Nothing more to add really. I have no doubts that these acts took place, the Islamic Republic has a history of killing those who stand up to it, and then burying them in mass graves. Even though Mir Hossein Mousavi would never bring it up today, whilst he was Prime Minister in 1988, tens of thousands of political prisoners were killed in this manner, and the gullible fools on Facebook have formed a group demanding that he be given the Nobel Peace Prize!

Comments are most welcome.

Monday, 24 August 2009

What does Iran mean by "peace and stability"?

It's well known that the Islamic Republic of Iran is against the idea of a peace process occurring between Palestinians and Israelis. But just in case any of you thought that Iran is against any peace in the Middle East, in an apparent burst of pacifism Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi is calling for a "political solution" to the Yemeni conflict, insisting that “We [Iran] always respect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Yemen and believe in peace and stability in the region,” going on to state that "bloodshed" would not solve Yemen's problems.

Sounds good so far, I hear many of you thinking "thank god Iran isn't meddling in yet another nation's affairs again", but unsurprisingly the immoral nature of the Islamic Republic will always shine through. I wonder how Qashqavi manages to reconcile the Islamic Republic's peace seeking exhortation with the fact that not only is Iran funding and arming the rebels, and deepening the conflict, but is further proposing that the rebels be given sanctuary in Iraq!

It goes without saying that the situation in Yemen is very distressing, since over 100000 people have been displaced by the fighting, in a disadvantaged country which has already been through many years of civil war. But what's really quite shameful is that whilst Iran's leaders regularly wail about the suffering of Palestinians at the hands of Israel, they themselves are actively helping to cause pain to another populace i.e. the people of Yemen.

If it wasn't such a disturbing problem afflicting real people, the whole affair would be quite funny: the Islamic Republic yet again tries to take the world for a ride, sanctimoniously preaching about peace in the region, but all the while fueling the conflict.
To answer the question in the title of this post, I'm really not sure that the Islamic Republic's leaders know the definition of "peace and stability". If in fact they actually cared one tiny bit for any of these people, they would stop prolonging their misery, but then again I've long accepted that all Islamism, whether it involves Yemenis or Iranians is just about shady illicit deals and corruption.

Comments are most welcome

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Protests outside the Iranian Embassy in London

These protests used to occur on a daily basis but due to a police request now take place twice a week opposite the Islamic Republic of Iran's Embassy at 16 Princes Gate, London at the following times:

Thursdays: 18:00 - 21:00
Sundays: 16:00 - 19:00

Some photos I took today, click on the image to enlarge it.











Wednesday, 19 August 2009

On the 56th anniversary of the 1953 coup d'etat

There isn't much I can say which hasn't been said over the past 56 years regarding the unjust ousting of Dr Mossadegh in a cowardly coup d'etat. He was a tireless fighter for the Iranian people, a democrat, a secularist, a liberal, in short everything that is good in a politician, the fact that he was removed by the greedy governments of Britain and America in 1953 remains one of the most tragic political events of our time.

The removal of Dr Mossadegh, a true servant of the people, in exchange for short term profit from Iran's oil, which ought to have helped the Iranian people, not it's foreign corporate masters who acquired it illegally and unfairly, truly shows the depths of human depravity and greed. The oil was stolen, the autocratic Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi replaced a democratic government, and the immature seeds of democracy in Iran were destroyed once more.

Interestingly enough, today's politicians, the likes of Albright, Obama and Straw have realised what a mistake 1953 was because the foisting of a dictatorial and corrupt Shah on Iran's people invariably lead to discontent and eventually to the 1979 Revolution, which has since lead to the deaths of tens of thousands of people and the rise of Islamism in Iran and provides a far bigger nightmare for Britain and the USA than Dr Mossadegh and oil nationalisation ever did.

The events of August 19th 1953 are a sombre reminder of the far reaching repercussions of corruption, greed and imperialism. Today is a time to reflect and remember men like Dr Mossadegh and Hossein Fatemi who put Iran's people above their own personal gain, and paid the ultimate price. In an era of disgusting, fraudulent politicians like Khamenei, Rafsanjani and Ahmadinejad, who only exist to line their pockets whilst Iranians suffer, it is comforting to remember those who stood up for Iran.

Comments are most welcome

Saturday, 15 August 2009

An Arab, an Iranian and a neo Nazi all go into a bar...

Sounds like a bad joke, eh? Ironically enough, I've realised how Hamas (Arab Islamists currently in charge of Palestine), Ayatollah Khamenei (Azeri Islamist currently in charge of Iran) and the members of Stormfront (White supremacist internet community) are all very similar to each other.

Let me explain. The Seattle Times reports that one of Hamas' most senior members Khaled Mashaal has said "We [Hamas] are definitely not worried about the relationship with Iran or the support that Iran offers us." He certainly hopes so, the Islamic Republic of Iran has been supplying Hamas with weapons and $150 million a year, and staunchly defends it, more so than any other country in the Middle East. All of this to a group which has carried out over a decade's worth of suicide attacks on Israeli civilians. Mashaal has also stated that Hamas will "never recognise Israel" and seems firmly against negotiations and a peace process.

Along with the annual donation of $200m to Hezbollah, and various gifts given to other terrorists, sorry, "freedom fighters", the government of the Islamic Republic is giving quite a hefty amount of Iran's income to foreign groups. Still, it's not as if the Iranian people need it, only a third of them live below the poverty line and it's not like Iran has an opium addiction problem that affects four million people or anything...the Islamic Republic's leaders obviously figured that $350 million dollars wouldn't help overcome Iran's societal ills at all...

But then again, Mashaal would rather rob Iran's people of their money, and Khamenei is only too willing to give it away in the hope that Hamas finally "remove the cancerous tumour of Israel". But where do our redneck friends at Stormfront fit into the equation? Well, amusingly enough they agree with Mashaal and Khamenei, whom they are lionising, though one of their members laments the fact that "it is a sad state of affairs when a non white race is one of our best allies against the jew while our own government enables and then protects them."

It is quite funny how fascists, whether American, Arab or Iranian all seem to agree with eachother, deep down. At the end of they day, if Khamenei really cared for the plight of the Palestinian people, he would try and urge diplomacy and negotiation as the way forward in the conflict. Instead he gives the Iranian people's money to a violent, terrorist organisation who have no plans for a peaceful solution and who will only prolong the suffering, whilst at the same time Iranian society languishes in its own quagmire of problems. The ultimate losers, as always, are civilians, both Palestinian and Iranian who are paying for the idiocy of their respective governments.

A more amusing way of looking at the Islamic Republic's stance toward Israel/Palestine

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

UN Secretary-General congratulates Ahmadinejad

It's not often that I start badmouthing the UN. Usually I have a lot of respect for it and the work which it carries out, especially through the World Food Programme and the World Health Organisation. However, Reuters reports that today the UN's Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has sent a letter of congratulations to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for his "win" in June's presidential election.

Chapter One of the Charter of the United Nations explicitly states that the purposes of the UN are amongst other things "promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion". Articles 18, 19, 20 and 21 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirm the right to freedom of thought, opinion, association and freely chosen representatives for all humankind. So far so good, these are extremely noble ideals which if followed would surely lead to a peaceful, egalitarian world.

And yet, Mr Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the UN, the man who has been chosen to extol the wonders of this Declaration and promote the rights within it, has chosen to congratulate Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on his "re-election". What is Mr Ban thinking? The main proliferators of bigotry, oppression and tyranny in the Middle East today are Ahmadinejad and the unelected Mullah oligarchy that put him in office. Does Mr Ban not care at all for the integrity of the Office he holds? Are "human rights" and "fundemental freedoms" simply buzzwords to him?

You'd think that after the explosive, well documented events of the past few weeks in Iran, the world would realise that the Mullahs are definitely no longer wanted by Iran's populace. But at this crucial time when people in Iran are looking for the support of the nations of the world in their fight for freedom and democracy, the Secretary-General of the UN congratulates (i.e. validates) Ahmadinejad's presidency, and by extension gives a nod of approval to the Islamic Republic to carry on. This is a slap in the face of all those who've died in the protests, who've been arrested and who've endured the torture of Iranian prisons. It is quite frankly, an unforgivable thing to do, and no amount of sugarcoated excuses on how this is just "pragmatic politics" will ever change the fact that the UN is now actively continuing to appease a fascist regime.

Comments are most welcome.

Monday, 10 August 2009

Protestors "savagely raped" in Iranian prisons

Yet more disturbing news coming from the usual suspects in the Islamic Republic of Iran, this time evidence has come to light that many of the poor folk arrested for protesting over the past few weeks are being subject to "savage" rape in prison. The Associated Press reports that Mehdi Karroubi has obtained information that detained protestors, both male and female are being subject to rape in such a way that "their genitals were damaged" and that others were "suffer[ing] from depression and serious physical and mental damage." He then goes on to say that "such crimes, if proven true, would disgrace Iran's Islamic ruling system".

Personally, I do not doubt that these crimes took place, the Islamic Republic has a long tradition of employing torture and rape in its prisons as a means of keeping the Iranian people terrified of speaking out against the Mullah's illegitimate dictatorship. You may have heard of the tragic case of Taraneh Mousavi who was arrested by plain clothes Basijis a few weeks ago after participating in protests, then taken to a torture house and raped in such a way that she was hospitalised due to "rupturing of her womb and anus". She was then removed from hospital, killed and her burned body was found a few days later in a desert to the west of Tehran.

Sadly cases like this are but a drop in the ocean of realities of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in which this type of brutality is simply a part of the "justice" system. In fact, the rape of female prisoners is carried out routinely in Iranian prisons because of the warped theocratic legal system which forbids the killing of female virgins (since they're supposed to gain automatic entry to heaven, according to Islamic dogma). So female prisoners are "married" to prison guards, then raped and even more sickeningly, the prison guard who raped the woman often meets her family afterward with a box of sweets and marriage certificate and introduces himself as their "son in law".

This type of medievalist thinking truly epitomises the backward and barbaric nature of the Islamic Republic and only reinforces the case of the need for secularism within Iran. When government and jurisprudence is run off the instructions of a 1400 year old book, this type of thing is bound to happen. And with the lack of democracy and the Islamic Republic being an authoritarian police state, the Iranian people are powerless to liberate themselves from this theocracy.

Most Westerners are unaware of these sorts of goings on within the Islamic Republic so it is important that the inhumane filth who run Iran are exposed for the tyrannical dictators which they are. The more people that read about this sort of thing, the more the Regime will face isolation, so please spread the word and support the Iranian people.

Comments are most welcome.

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Spotlight: Darius Guppy

So to work!

The first thing to make clear is that all across Britain today, various groups promote and propagate the Mullah agenda, in our newspapers, on our TV, in our universities, in our Parliament and so on.

The first case to bring to light is that of Darius Guppy, a convicted fraudster and one time friend of London Mayor Boris Johnson.

Mr Guppy published a rather interesting piece for the Independent yesterday, titled: Here in Iran, we look with horror at the country that Britain has become. Note the optimal sensationalism used in the title, frankly it promises to deliver it all: paranoid, judgemental Iranians sniffing disapprovingly at the West. By the title alone you could guess that the article is filled with a diatribe on the decadence and moral corruption of British culture, the sort of thing which would make Ayatollah Khamenei nod in approval. And you'd have guessed correctly. Read on.

Mr Guppy begins by being shocked at the possibility that "devout men like Ahmadinejad and Khamenei...should have engaged in such an un-Islamic conspiracy as cheating their own people". Already there was a faint whiff of George Galloway-esque adulation about the article. But we persevere. For Mr Guppy's information, these so called "devout" men have spent nearly two months sanctioning the killing protestors of in Iran, putting protestors on Soviet style show trials en-masse; including a visiting French academic. Hardly the pursuits of "devout" men. And that's just in the past few weeks, we're not even going into the atrocities of the past 30 years of the Islamic Republic.

Guppy goes on to remark that "Evidence is required; hand-in-the-till-captured-live-on-video type evidence" [of electoral fraud]. Is this guy for real? In a country which regularly uses militias to beat up its citizens and where bloggers are killed for opposing Khamenei, this guy expects electoral transparency? Out of interest Mr Guppy when has there ever been "live on video evidence" of electoral fraud, in any country? Do you really expect to see Khamenei sitting at his desk twiddling the result? By your argument electoral fraud must never happen!

Guppy continues, apparently to have evidence of fraud a "whistleblower with a blacked-out face claiming he was paid by the authorities to empty ballot boxes and refill them with voting slips he was handed" ought to be involved somewhere. Not quite, politics is rarely that simplistic and Hollywood-esque. Though when even the ultra conservative Guardian Council admits voting irregularities in 50 cities, it ought to send alarm bells ringing that probably fraud did occur.

For those already baffled, there's yet more to come, Guppy priggishly announces that containment of evidence of wrongdoing against the Mullah regime is impossible as "truth has an uncomfortable habit of getting out". Well, quite. Which is why for the past 30 years the truth has been coming out, in droves in fact, the most obvious example being the unprecedented amount of accounts of recent protests in Iran being beamed to us via Twitter or YouTube in recent weeks, which the Iranian government has relentlessly tried to block the world from seeing. If that's not evidence enough for Mr Guppy of the truth then he needs to re-evaluate what he means by a "proper smoking gun".

The bizarreness continues as Guppy concludes that since there's no fingerprinting in Iran's airports, therefore the government must be top notch, then going on to imply that the UK is a "police state". Maybe Guppy's wife could walk around downtown Tehran without a hejab and see what happens. Perhaps then he'll get an appreciation of which country is a police state, and which isn't.

Guppy then begins to fall back on the tired and overused clich├ęs of Ahmadinejad supporters, for example "Iran's workers are largely in favour of Mr Ahmadi Nejad". Right, of course they are. This hero of the working classes, Mr Ahmadinejad didn't happen to sanction the imprisonment of bus driver union activists in Iran over the past few weeks did he? That's right of course he did. Mr Ahmadinejad, hero of the working classes, also the same man with a billionaire cabinet with the likes of Interior Minister Mahsouli who has a very working class, er, mansion.

Guppy then starts on Britain by moaning about cultural decadence, the "urban hell" it has become. He is seemingly oblivious to the fact that the average age of prostitutes in Iran has dropped from 27 to 20 during the Islamic Republic's tenure or that the number of opium addicts is 4 million in a country of 70 million. Urban hell may indeed exist in Britain, though at least our government attempts to help us overcome this hell

He then goes on to bewail the hypocrisy of the West, "how many billions of Toumans are pumped into destabilising your regimes?" Well that's an interesting question but is easily answered because since last year the $200 million given to Hezbollah by the Iranian government and the 3000 Hezbollahi fundementalist fighters trained by Iran are all being used to destabilise democratic regimes, namely that of Israel's.

Guppy concludes and no doubt collects his cheque from the Iranian Embassy. I am being flippant, but frankly this entire article could have been created by one of Ahmadinejad's speechwriters. It smacks of cheap Islamic Republic propaganda, the type that lures gullible Western readers who have no knowledge of the links I've posted into actually believing that Guppy and his vile article are representative of the Iranian nation.

I chose to begin my blog with this post, as it emphasises the challenge ahead. The Islamic Republic and its lackies have infiltrated Britain well, it is no longer a case of a bearded Ayatollah rants and raves in Iran and we shrug it off. Their propaganda machine has arrived and is trying to recruit you into believing what they want, or worse making you indifferent to the Iranian people's right to freedom and democracy under the guise of "cultural relativism".

P.S Chris Green's piece is worth a read, his article puts Guppy into perspective. Then again Guppy's grandfather taught Khomeini, is it surprising that Guppy is such a Mullah stooge?

Comments are most welcome.

Genesis

This blog has been created to act as a forum for anyone who supports freedom and democracy for Iran.

About me: well there's not much to say, I'm a student, I am of Iranian descent, and I am a firm believer in secularism, freedom and democracy. The right to freedom of speech is also another thing I advocate, so therefore it makes sense that this blog be open to everyone. If you're completely in opposition to my views, you're more than welcome to comment on my entries (anonymously if you wish), but I do ask that everyone who posts here does so politely and considerately. Debate is definitely encouraged but fighting isn't. Thanks.