Thursday, 24 September 2009

How dictators ought to be treated

If only the nations of the world would permanently treat Ahmadinejad and the Islamic Regime in this way. Frankly, it is the only way to deal with fascists:

The German delegate leaves

Ahmadinejad gives a speech to a mostly empty room

The French delegate is nowhere to be seen

The Canadian delegates leave

The American delegate has left

The more people around the world that refuse to interact with the Islamic Republic, the better. By listening to his speech, the remaining delegates were validating his despotic regime, and were also choosing to believe that he is the Iranian people's chosen ambassador. Shame on them for supporting the barbaric Regime over the people of Iran.

Comments are most welcome

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

On the 29th anniversary of the start of the Iran-Iraq War

29 years ago today, Saddam Hossein attacked a weakened Iran in an attempt to conquer our country. The scars of this conflict, the longest conventional war of the 20th century are still very much visible in Iran. The legacy of the war is far reaching and is also quite visual. I'll try and explain what I mean by that. In Britain, there's virtually no visual reminder of the Falklands War or World War II except a memorial in the town centre or the poppies on Rememberence Day. Nothing particularly stirring, you can go home and brush it off, it doesn't haunt you.

In Iran, if you go into the cemeteries in towns and cities, you will always see the graves of those who died in the war with Iraq, stretching as far as the eye can see. What really hits home is the fact that graves usually have a picture of the man who died, who was usually a teenager, barely out of boyhood. It's quite haunting, even if you just look at the photos on the internet, it's still very moving.

These boys were probably younger than I am now, yet they shouldered an adult's burden and fought the war to defend their homeland. The Iranian and Iraqi people both suffered an indescribable pain due to two psychotic men: Saddam who started the war, and Khomeini who refused to accept a truce and finish it.

A particularly poignant picture, nearly three decades on, the agony is still felt by the mothers of Iran:

I write this entry for the memory of the innocents who died in this War, both Iranian and Iraqi and in the hope that nothing like this ever happens again.

Comments are most welcome.

Monday, 21 September 2009

How to lie through your teeth, Islamic Republic style

Ahmadinejad has given his first interview since his "re-election", to NBC news. It's a fairly predictable affair, the guy is totally indifferent and incompetent, he couldn't govern a village council let alone a country. I found it amusing when the reporter asked him if he'd stolen the election, he avoided the question with a smug smile on his face and started declaring how people could express "opposing opinions within the confines of the law". The problem is that an awful lot of things in Iran (like writing and protesting against the government) are outside of the confines of the law. It makes the "opposing" part of "opposing opinions" rather redundant...unless you're willing to pay the heavy price for dissent.

The thing is, Ahmadinejad and the Mullah regime are amongst the most patronising people on the planet, they take Iranians and non-Iranians alike for a bunch of fools who were born yesterday. When Ahmadinejad declares "in Iran expressing one's point of view is totally permissable", doesn't he realise that for the past 30 years the world has watched, seen and noted the rapes, tortures and murders that the Islamic Republic inflicts on people with a different "point of view"? When he says that Neda's death is being treated as "suspicious", does he expect a medal? But just for his information, we already know who did it, and whilst the Islamic Republic invents conspiracy theories to distract the world, the vile Basij are still out there killing more innocent people.

At the end of the day, an incompetent and lying regime like this cannot last, to quote Abraham Lincoln: "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time".

Comments are most welcome

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Why you should protest tomorrow

An Iranian rape victim talks about the repeated rapes she endured in the Islamic Republic's prisons. It's subtitled in English for those who can't understand Farsi. You can tell her spirit is broken just from the sound of her voice. Thanks to Amir for alerting me to this earlier. All you Islamic Republic apologists, hang your heads in shame.

For those of you who can make it, PLEASE protest tomorrow evening from 18:00-21:00 outside the Iranian Embassy, 16 Princes Gate London, SW7 1PT. Tomorrow is Qods day in Iran, a crucial moment for the Iranian democracy movement and it is imperative that we show solidarity with our fellow human beings.

Everyone of us who attends this protest in London is another person showing the world that we are NOT in agreement with the Mullah's thuggery and that we support the Iranian people's struggle for freedom and democracy. I hope to see you there.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Spotlight: Hooman Majd

Apologies for the recent absence from the blogosphere, I've had a lot going on, moving, etc.

But last night I went along to the LSE for a lecture that US based journalist and writer Hooman Majd was giving, called "the path to an Islamic democracy", where Majd would be giving "a brief summary of how Iran's political system works, examples of what is most misunderstood about Iran, its leadership and the events leading up to the election". This immediately made me rather wary, as everytime someone declare's Iran's political system as being "misunderstood", they nearly always end up apologising for the regime. I wasn't wrong, read on.

The lecture eventually got underway and one of the first things Majd said was "Iran is not monolithic or a dictatorship", but later in his lecture he said "when I was in Iran I spoke to an ex-Basiji who stuffed ballot boxes for Ahmadinejad and now he wants to stuff ballot boxes for Mousavi", all the while with a smile on his face and the audience laughing. This really summed up the entire meeting, he would try to pass off all of the Islamic Republic's fascism as a joke, whilst insisting that deep down they were fundamentally decent and trying to work for good.

He also relied a lot on the same tired clichés that circulate in the media, statements like Ahmadinejad is popular with the working class and rural folk, Khatami was a reformer who was blocked unfairly, the people of Iran don't want western style liberal democracy they want Islamic democracy and so on, only rich North Tehran kids want secularism, etc, ad nauseum. All rather extraordinary claims. Majd (and most of the audience it seems) seem to forget that this hero of the working classes, Ahmadinejad is also the same man who sanctioned the imprisonment of bus driver union activists in Iran over the past few weeks and who has a cabinet with the likes of billionaire Interior Minister Mahsouli who has a very working class, er, mansion and millionaire businessman Seyyed Hassan Mir Kazemi.

He also seems to overlook the fact that over the past few weeks in Iran people have been shouting "Independence, Freedom, Iranian Republic", in direct contrast to 1979 when they used to shout "Independence, Freedom, Islamic Republic", as well as the endless shouts of "Death to the Islamic Republic" that abound in Iran today. The fact of the matter is that Iranians are sick of the idea of "Islamic democracy", whether it come from idealists like Ali Shariati or thugs like Khamenei. What's obvious is that fanatical adherence to religious law is contrary to democracy, and the Islamic Republic is unwilling to change or become more moderate, as Khamenei himself said last Friday. Contrary to what Majd thinks "Islamic democracy" is indeed an oxymoron.

Majd also attempted some serious historical revisionism during his lecture, for example, did you know that according to Majd, Khomeini would have been against today's rigged election, and he would have prefered to see a democratic state? :) A very similar stance to another useless reformist, Mehdi Karroubi, who also lost my respect for his sheer idiocy in not realising that Khomeini was the original Islamic Republic fascist, a man for whom democracy was an alien Western construct, and who stated that "...don't listen to those who speak of democracy. They all are against Islam. They want to take the nation away from its mission. We will break all the poison pens of those who speak of nationalism, democracy, and such things".

Majd also touched upon the subject of sanctions being imposed upon the Islamic Republic. At this point he began to sound much like the Mehri Honarbins and Ali Fathollah-Nejads and the rest of the CASMII lot who do a good job of apologising for the Regime, whom I encountered a few months ago. For example according to Majd sanctions were increasing Iran's pollution as they wouldn't allow Iran to convert to cleaner energy supplies. He made no mention of why or how Iran has become that polluted or why no one's done anything about it, he simply stated that the lack of equipment and such was due to sanctions. Nothing said about the corruption within the system, the Mullahs plundering Iran's wealth and so on which could be used to combat pollution. And predictably enough he is a member of CASMII. It's a small world :)

Going back to what Majd said about Iran "not being a dictatorship", when a member of the audience asked him to clarify what he meant by that Majd said that basically Iran can't be a dictatorship because "opposition figures such as Mousavi, Khatami, etc" exist. My frustration then reached boiling point and I got up and told him that his misunderstanding arises because he thinks Khatami (whom Majd is related to) and Moussavi are actually opposed to the Islamic Republic and Khamenei. What Majd fails to realise, or at least fails to say, is that these men are devoted servants of the regime, Khatami being Minister of Islamic Guidance for a decade during which time he censored independent publications, newspaper, film, etc and Moussavi being Prime Minister during the 1988 massacre of tens of thousands of political prisoners. After I said all this to Majd, and had given him irrevocable proof that these men are not "opposing" the regime, they are part and parcel of it, what I got back was a very weak "people can change" and that "he [Majd] does not support the brutalisation, but he can't ever win, because the Islamic Republic views him as against them and the Iranian diaspora view him as for the Regime". He's got that one right, to quote Margaret Thatcher: "standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides."

To sum up, Hooman Majd seems like a nice guy on the outside, I don't doubt that he'd be fun to grab a beer with, however, when you scratch beneath the surface a little you start to realise that all of his rhetoric and sophistry is actually a subtle machine trying to feed you the Islamic Republic's reformist propaganda. For further reading, I'd suggest this interview with Majd in Salon magazine, in which he yet again reaffirms that most Iranians do not want to see the end of the Islamic Regime, and that they want "reform within the system". Majd is not as blunt as Darius Guppy, but there is no doubt that he is yet another Western based individual who is defending the fascist Mullah regime.

Comments are most welcome

Friday, 4 September 2009

Caspian Makan "at risk of torture" in Evin

The case of Neda Agha Soltan is well known and is one of the examples that show how the satanic Islamic Republic is completely devoid of humanity and compassion. I doubt there is a single person with access to TV, a newspaper or a radio who hasn't heard of her, for not only did they murder the poor woman in cold blood, then deny her a funeral, now Amnesty International reports that her fiancé has been locked up in the infamous Evin Prison since June 26th where he's had no access to a lawyer or to his family, and nor has he been charged with any crime!

The Islamic Regime however says that if he signs a confession stating that the People's Mojahedin Organisation of Iran killed Neda, he may be released. This isn't entirely surprising, the Islamic Republic has tried pinning Neda's death on everyone from the CIA to Iranian dissidents using their mouthpiece PressTV, and now it's the PMOI's turn. Amnesty fear that such a "confession" will be made under torture. Again, this isn't surprising either, we've all heard the reports Mehdi Karroubi has given of the rape and torture of Iranian detainees in prisons, and the Islamic Republic has a history of forcing confessions out of those who stand up to it, why would Caspian Makan be treated differently?

The doctor who attempted to save Neda, Dr Arash Hejazi has since fled Iran for fear of his safety. Who could blame him? After all, the Islamic Republic is totally inhumane, they kill an innocent woman, keep her fiancé in prison for over 10 weeks in horrendous conditions, and then attempt to force him to sign a false confession. The worst part is that they claim divine approval for these vile acts, don't forget that Khamenei is God's representative on Earth...

Comments are most welcome

Thursday, 3 September 2009

The humiliation endured in Islamic Republic prisons

France24 gives us an account of what "Minou", a girl detained after the protests went through in prison. It's a sad story and truly shows the depths of this corrupt regime's depravity.

The last few sentences she said are perhaps the most thought provoking. I suspect that when this regime is overthrown, and its perpetrators brought to justice, many more cases like Minou's will come to light.

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

The beginning of the end of the Islamic Republic

The mainstream media constantly makes it appear as if Iranians have by and large been content with the Islamic Republic, and only recently have they started protesting against its archaic laws. I, however, believe that the Islamic Republic was doomed from its inception due its undemocratic and oppressive nature, indeed I believe the first cracks in the Islamic Republic appeared in 1979.

I just saw a video on YouTube (featuring a very young Jon Snow), taken a month after the Revolution, of Iranian women protesting against Khomeini's campaign to Islamify Iran by forcing women to wear the hejab. See how the women are bravely protesting against theocratic tyranny, 30 years before Mousavi, Karroubi, the Green Path of Hope etc. Also note how that monster Khomeini split and fractured Iranian society making it acceptable for men to subjugate women under the guise of Islam, leading to many of today's problems and inequalities.

It is imperative that we take note of these events, for those who "don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it". If Iran, or any country for that matter is to prosper, it must have equality amongst ALL its citizens. What you see occurring in Iran today is the beginning of the end of the Islamic Republic, and a monumental struggle for justice and liberty that has been going on for thirty years.