Thursday, 31 December 2009

Goodbye 2009...



"Freedom"

In a few short hours, the decade annoyingly referred to as the "noughties" will be over.

In terms of Iran, this decade has been monumental. It started off with the aftermath of the July 1999 protests under the tenure of the weak, "reformist" President Khatami and has ended with the cataclysmic events of the past six months, which have shook the very foundations of the Islamic Republic, as the Iranian people demand their human rights of freedom, democracy and liberty...the culmination of a century long struggle.

I saw this article in the Times a few days ago...whilst I don't think the "Berlin Wall" moment has arrived just yet, it is approaching. The past month alone has shown us what the Iranian people are capable of in fighting for their rights...from 16th Azar, to Ayatollah Montazeri's funeral to Ashura, they have fought in a resilient and courageous manner, and we must all salute their indefatigability as they suffer the backlash from the Islamic Republic's agents and mercenaries.

In the hope of a free, democratic Iran in 2010!
Long live the struggle for freedom and liberty in Iran!
Death to the Islamic Republic!

به امید داشتن ایران آزاد و دموکراتیک در سال ۲۰۱۰
پاینده ایران

مرگ بر جمهوری اسلامی

Saturday, 26 December 2009

Neda is the Times' Person of the Year




1982 - 2009

۱۳۶۱ -۱۳۸۸


http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article6967927.ece

In memory of all those who gave their life for Iran's freedom movement.

به یاد شهدای راه آزادی ایران

Comments are most welcome

Thursday, 24 December 2009

The Ayatollah's Propaganda: Part II

Hat tip to my friend Folderol for his help.

Update: Cross-posted with kind permission on Harry's Place.

This post is really a follow on from what was written by Folderol a few months back, in a post entitled "The Ayatollah's Propaganda", a good analysis of how PressTV is simply the Mullah's English mouthpiece. PressTV's head of news, Roshan Mohammad Salih has whined about how "it is simply not fair to characterise Press TV as a mouthpiece for the Iranian government", so let's examine this and see if PressTV is really as detached from following the Islamic Republic line as it claims to be.

When Neda was killed by the Islamic Republic's mercenaries, PressTV ignored the story at first, but a few days later when they realised it was actually a big deal, the IRIB goons began to spin it according to what the Islamic Republic's leaders ordered. So naturally everyone from Dr Arash Hejazi, the doctor who tried to save her life, to the CIA to the MKO was blamed for the death of Neda...basically everyone except the Basij militias that were running amok during the protests, murdering and raping countless innocents. PressTV even went as far as to assert that there weren't even any Basijis present in the area at the time of the killing. Very truthful, I'm sure.

When PressTV finally got round to reporting the story, unlike most media outlets they didn't post the video of Neda's shooting, or even a decent picture showing the true extent of the violence behind the crime...no, the Mullah's official English language news website decided to show a blurred, out of focus shot.

Well, some might argue that PressTV were simply being compassionate towards the sensitivities of children and those with weak stomachs by not showing visceral images...but in case any of you actually believe this swill, please note that just four days ago, PressTV brazenly posted the following graphic image, of corpses and blood, warts and all, as a part of its story on the Israel/Palestine organ harvesting controversy. This isn't the first time either, as Folderol wrote earlier, this has happened on at least three seperate occasions over the months, as seen here, here and here.

So in summary, PressTV is fine with showing graphic images showing the extent of civilian injuries when it happens in Palestine, but it's not okay with showing the gruesome reality of life under the Islamic Republic police state, or showing the true face of the Mullah's mercenaries and what happens to those that cross their path. With regards to Roshan Mohammad Salih's whinges, it is actually incredibly fair to characterise PressTV as a mouthpiece for the Islamic Republic. So, in closing, does anyone still have any doubts about PressTV's allegiances?

Monday, 21 December 2009

On the death of Ayatollah Montazeri

Update: Cross-posted with kind permission on Harry's Place.

Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri died yesterday (English, Farsi). I refrained from immediately posting about it, because I wanted to get my own opinions in order about what I really thought.

Now I've considered it, my own opinion can be very simply summed up that Montazeri lived and died as a reformist. Like all reformists, (Mousavi, Khatami, Karroubi, etc) his career started off in the darkest days of the Islamic Republic's brutal history. He stood by faithfully after 1982 whilst Khomeini dragged the country through six years of unnecessary war and remained as Khomeini's right hand man for 10 years. He watched impassively and saw the crimes that the insane Khalkhali inflicted upon countless innocents. He watched as Iran's educational system was thrown back to the Middle Ages during the Cultural Revolution. He remained steadfast with the Islamic Republic as Rafsanjani plundered the country's wealth and as Khamenei steadily and undemocratically rose through the country's political hierarchy. Eventually he fell out with Khomeini and was punished, but why did it take him a decade to start coming to his senses?!

Like all reformists he was loyal to the Islamic Republic, believing that it was capable of being reformed to achieve "Islamic democracy", and like all reformists he also had a pragmatic streak, which made him different from the principalist Ahmadinejad types. He could see that the Islamic Republic would rapidly disintegrate if it carried on down the brutal Khomeinist path, so in common with reformist ideology he believed it would be prudent to change certain superficial aspects of the Islamic Republic so as to keep public discontent at bay, but keep the main structure (i.e. the Constitution) largely the same. We can see this since not once did he press for a referendum on the future of the Islamic Republic, or call for the abolishment of the position of Supreme Leader, Guardian Council, IRGC, or all those other unelected bodies that rule Iran.

Many Iranians are mourning the death of Montazeri, since they see him as one of the few people to stand up to the hardline elements of the Islamic Republic. Various gatherings have been held here in London, but I did not attend. Whilst Montazeri is certainly a more favourable Ayatollah than the Khalkhalis, Khatamis and so forth, the fact remains that for a whole decade he actively nurtured the Islamic Republic. He may have felt sorrow at certain acts he committed, but at best this is simply a case of atonement...it doesn't make him a hero. The fact that he vehemently opposed Ahmadinejad and the fraudulent June 2009 election doesn't make him a saint, it simply makes him like all the other billions of human beings who are against fraud.

The real focus should be, as ever, on the Iranian people, who are bravely using any and every oppurtunity to fight for their rights, e.g. at Montazeri's funeral today, where they were chanting against Khamenei as the Supreme Leader's speech was read. The future of Iran and hopes for democracy lie with Iran's people who are willing to look beyond this regime, and towards the achievement of true democracy and real liberty.

Montazeri once said "The Islamic Republic is neither Islamic nor a Republic"....What he really should have said was that a Republic can't be Islamic.

Comments are most welcome

Sunday, 20 December 2009

List of Islamic Republic apologists

If you look to the right hand side of your screen and scroll down, you'll notice a new links list I have compiled. It is a work in progress cataloguing those that by whatever means push the Islamic Republic agenda. They include Professors, a Baroness, a Member of Parliament, journalists and so on. Some of these apologists e.g. Abbas Edalat attempt to do this very subtly, whereas others are open about their connections with the Regime and the fact that they are on its payroll e.g. Roshan Mohammad Salih.

These people all have one thing in common, that being that they have seeked to promote or apologise for the Islamic Republic, in universities, the media, etc. It is important that such individuals/groups are exposed so that there is no doubt about where their allegiances lie.

This list is currently a work in progress. Since I live in Britain, I am obviously better informed about those apologists that operate here in the UK. However, I know that people from all around the world read this blog, so if you see or hear any individual or group that you think ought to be included on the list, please leave a comment at the end of this post, or email me stating their name and with the appropriate evidence and they will be included.

Related: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=205508165777

Thanks

Arash

Saturday, 19 December 2009

Child poverty in Iran documentary and Ahmadinejad's lies

Edit: Cross-posted with kind permission on Harry's Place.

This documentary was shot in Khak-sefid district of Tehranpars in Tehran, four years ago.

My translation begins at 0:32 to 2:29.

Majid Mahichi (MM): Is this your home's garden?
Milad: No, it's theirs.
MM: Where is this?
Milad: This is their room.
MM: Who's room?
Milad: Miss Lida's.
MM: Who's Miss Lida darling?
Milad: She's our neighbour
MM: She's your neighbour, she lives over here?
Milad: Yeah.
MM: Did you give this room to Miss Lida?
Milad: No, they were here first.
MM: They were here first? Is Ms Lida at home right now? Go and check.
Milad: No, they're in the other room, I don't think they're here.
MM: Ah, they're not here, okay, let's go into the room. Do you want to show me your toys? What did you say your name was?
Milad: Milad.
MM: Milad, will you show me your toys?
Milad: I don't have any toys.
MM: You don't have any toys?
Milad: No.
MM: You have none at all? What about a car? You don't have a car? Would you like toys? Which toys would you like?
Milad: A gun, a car, a bag.
MM: Okay, what do you want a gun for?
Milad: So I could pretend to be a policeman.
MM: Do you want to be a policeman when you grow up?
Milad: Yeah.
MM: Why do you want to be a policeman?
Milad: So I can lock up addicts.
MM: What was that dear?
Milad: Addicts...
MM: You want to lock up addicts?
Milad: Yeah.
MM: You don't like addicts?
Milad: No.
MM: Why?
Milad: Well, those who do drugs have to be imprisoned...

Note the squalor that this little boy is being brought up in, the loss of childhood innocence...there is an entire generation of children in Iran who have grown up knowing little but poverty, drugs, prostitution and all manner of other social ills which have plagued Iran.

And Ahmadinejad has the gall to tell us that before the Revolution "95% of Iranians lived in absolute poverty...but now no-one in Iran sleeps hungry at night". Sickening.

Comments are most welcome

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Your names will echo in the streets forever...

I'll try and do some more in-depth analysis/opinions based posts over the next few weeks, but at the moment I'm rather snowed under by work, so I thought I'd just leave you all with this:



Subtitles included in the video. It's a lovely, rousing song, a bit like a more modern, rock 'n' roll version of Ey Shahid :)

Comments are most welcome

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Mir Hossein Mousavi is not the Iranian people's ambassador!


Update: Cross-posted with kind permission on Harry's Place.

Two things caught my eye this weekend. One was the picture I've posted above, made by Babak, an Iranian graphical designer. Many of his works have a monarchical spin, however this particular piece was very good in my opinion, and summed up my own feelings about Mousavi quite well, especially in light of the second thing that caught my eye. Read on.

The text under the photo of Mir Hossein Mousavi translates as "We shall not follow the mercenaries and murderers of old, and those endorsed by the Guardian Council and agents of the Islamic Republic. Our desire is a free Iran with the people's vote".

The second thing that caught my eye was a news report detailing the tearing of a poster of Khomeini on an Iranian university campus during the 16th Azar (7th December) protests. There's currently a battle raging between the Islamic Republic's officials as to who's behind it. The hardliners are blaming the reformists and the reformists are accusing the hardliners of framing them. The main defence for the reformists was summed by Mir Hossein Mousavi as "I am sure the students have never gone over such boundaries, because we all know they love the Imam [Khomeini] and are prepared to sacrifice their lives for his goals".

This entire episode yet again confirms my suspicions that the Islamic Republic, reformist or otherwise will always be at odds with the wishes of the Iranian people. The entire movement that was born after June's elections, has been about securing democracy and freedom in Iran. The shouts people gave started as "Mousavi, Mousavi reclaim my vote" and have since progressed to "Independence, freedom, Iranian republic"; an outright rejection of the motto of the current regime founded by Khomeini.

What Mousavi doesn't seem to get is that Iranians by and large do not care for Khomeini, a vile dictator that before the revolution promised freedom, democracy and justice saying "Our future society will be a free society, and all the elements of oppression, cruelty, and force will be destroyed", and after the Revolution declared "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".

How can Mousavi think for a minute that Iran's youth, who have lived through 30 years of totalitarianism under the Islamic Republic, and have risked rape, torture and execution to protest on 16th Azar would ever die for Khomeini's "goals"? The youth are dying for freedom and democracy and Mousavi actually believes they would rather die for someone who actively hated freedom and democracy! Was there ever anyone more clueless than this so called "moderate"?

I say to you that Mousavi is, and always has been, with the Islamic Republic. If he ever had to choose between the wishes of the Iranian people and the Islamic Republic, he'd choose the IRI every time. He built it and nurtured it, for three decades he propagated fascism in Iran. Reformists are the lowest of the low in the Islamic Republic's government. They attempt to cosy up to Iran's people, whilst at the same time actively supporting the preservation of the unjust, fascist status quo that is the Islamic Republic.

I thank god that the current resistance movement that has rooted itself in Iranian society is lead by Iran's people and not by weak lackeys like Mousavi, a man who has continually tried to rein in the Iranian people to follow the Islamic Republic line. Long live the Resistance movement, and remember the words of 16th Azar's protesters "Mousavi is an excuse, the entire regime is the target".

Comments are most welcome

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Ey Shahid

The song is called "Ey Shahid", or "O Martyr"....it starts off with pictures of heroes from Iran's ancient past e.g. Arash Kamangir, Kouroush (Cyrus) the Great and Babak Khorramdin and goes on to show photos of those involved in Iran's century long struggle for freedom and democracy e.g. Sattar Khan, Dr Mossadegh and Dr Fatemi. It shows pictures of the Islamist takeover of Iran, the eight year war with Iraq and finishes with photos of the new resistance movement that was born in the aftermath of the events of June 2009.



Translation:

We swear to the cry expired in blood,
We swear to the martyr who relinquished life,
We swear to the last call,
We swear to the mother's shaking tears,

We swear to the name of freedom,
We swear to the moment you passed away,
We swear to the heart torn apart,
We swear to the martyr lying in blood,

We swear to the will of comrades,
We swear to the faithful oppressed ones,
We swear to the tired ones ready to die,
We swear to the brave heart companions,

That until the last breath we will continue your way, O Martyr!
That our way will be that way of yours, O Martyr!

Everyone move forward, together we sing, long live our dear eternal Iran!

Comments are most welcome