Wednesday, 24 March 2010

In defence of Caspian Makan

The Jerusalem Post has reported that Caspian Makan, the fiance of Neda Agha Soltan has been to Israel and has spoken with the Israeli President, Shimon Peres. Since then there's been a lot of complaints, anger and outright disgust at Mr Makan's actions, sadly most of it from the so-called "reformist" Green Movement.

Mr Makan, having been tortured in Iran after the murder of his fiance, fled and went to Canada. Since then he has done a lot of good work in trying to keep the focus on the situation in Iran and the what's been going on since June 2009. He arrived in Israel last week and was quoted as saying "I come to Israel as an ambassador of the Iranian people, a messenger from the camp of peace" and "I have no doubt that Neda's spirit and soul feels the sensitivity and warmth I received in this meeting". President Peres in turn replied by saying “you can murder a person, but not a spirit. One candle can scatter a lot of darkness. And this candle will not be extinguished. In this struggle, I am sure that the progressive and moral Iran will emerge victorious.”

Every Islamic Republic passport bears the statement, "the bearer of this passport is forbidden from traveling to occupied Palestine" i.e. Israel. By visiting Israel Makan has essentially given two fingers to the regime. But what's happened since the meeting has been very telling and of great interest to me:

Now, here's what I think:

The charge that Makan was not Neda's fiance is patent nonsense, and Neda's mother herself has confirmed that they were in a relationship and planning to get married. Then again, it doesn't surprise me that a website aligned to Mir Hossein Mousavi and his "Green Movement" would be hostile to anyone who has the temerity to visit the Israel, let us not forget that Mousavi himself was Prime Minister of Iran whilst the IRGC was actively helping the Hezbollah Islamic Fundamentalists in their war against Israel and was involved in the bombing of the US Embassy in Lebanon. If that isn't enough proof for you, there's also the fact that he called Israel a cancerous tumour, whilst in office. It therefore doesn't come as much of a surprise that Islamic Republic "reformists", still loyal to the theocratic system, would attack Makan.

The other charge is that by visiting Israel, Makan is harming the "opposition" movement, and giving ammunition to those that claim that Iran's protesters are all Americanised lackeys. Given that for quite some time Iranians have been shouting, "Not for Palestine, not for Lebanon, only for Iran do I give my life", we can see that a lot of Iranians are not the raving anti-Zionists that Ahmadinejad would have you believe. Iranians have a lot of problems to deal with in Iran, hating on Israel is really quite low down on the list of priorities at the moment. In addition, the Islamic Republic already blames the current unrest on foreign powers, so whether or not Makan makes a visit to Israel, the Iranian opposition will still be accused of being foreign stooges. It's an entirely illogical point for the Green movement's media to make.

Anyway, if the Iranian opposition movement is so weak and Ahmadinejad-esque that it feels "harmed" by someone going on a goodwill visit to the Middle East's only democracy, then it's a rotten, bigoted opposition movement anyway and not one I have any interest in supporting as it's on the same level as Ahmadinejad and his vile rhetoric. Where is Rahe Sabz's outrage at the Turkish Prime Minister's recent visit to Iran, after he denied the Armenian genocide? Rahe Sabz don't give a fig about the Palestinian people's rights, they're just toeing the Islamic Republic's anti-Semitic line.

At least PressTV maintain a consistent line, they've always been thuggish anti-Semites, however when the self proclaimed free thinkers of the Green movement round on a man and assasinate his character simply for going against what the Islamic Republic's fanatical supporters believe in, I believe that is wrong and just the sort of hypocrisy which makes me view the Green Movement's leaders and media with distaste.

I myself have no problem with Makan visiting Israel, any message of peace and goodwill is long overdue in my opinion. The Islamic Republic for thirty years has engaged in terrorism and hatred, and much worse has declared that it has done so in the name of Iran's people, who by and large are not the intolerant fanatics that the regime paints them out to be. Caspian Makan is simply shouting "this is not in my name". I for one support him.

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Happy New Year

Happy Norouz to all readers
In the hope of freedom and victory in the coming year
Arash


به تمام خوانندگان عزیز تبریک عرض می‌کنم، به امید آزادی و پیروزی

نوروز خجسته باد

آرش

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Chaharshanbe Souri Report

Chaharshanbeh Souri was celebrated today in Iran, up and down the country, by Iranians of all different shades of skin colour, languages and religions, but all united by their common culture. This was the day that the Islamofascist clerics desperately didn't want to see. The regime tried all manner of tactics to prevent the population coming out, from playing 11 movies back to back on TV, to police threats and transforming Tehran into a military garrison. It did not work.

Some choice clips of brave Iranians, resisting the terrorist Islamic Republic Regime:

Pictures of Khamenei and Khomeini being torched in Sa'adat Abad district of Tehran:



Protesters shouting "Death to Dictator" and clashing with security forces, in Boroujerd, Lorestan Province:



Protesters shouting "Death to Dictator" in Sadeghi Square, Tehran:



Protesters throwing copies of the Regime's ultra-fascist Kayhan newspaper into the bonfire:



Firefighters attempt to put out a fire in a Basiji car which has been set alight by protesters:



Chaharshanbe Souri in Shiraz:



Chaharshanbe Souri in Ardabil:



Up and down the country, from east to west, the Islamic Regime was resisted by the people, note the protesters in Lorestan, Esfahan, Shiraz and so on. Are these the same North Tehran rich kids that George Galloway goes on about? :))) Is this also the same country which Flynt Leverett and CASMII declared "is in no way a society on the verge of fundamental political upheaval"? :))

The misguided propaganda of Islamic Republic apologists aside, we can see that this is yet another step towards freedom and the final overthrowing of the Islamic Republic. The bravery of the people of Iran will pay off.

Monday, 15 March 2010

Islamism vs Iranian Culture




Chaharshanbe Souri is celebrated on the eve of the last Wednesday of the year (Iranian calendar that is). It is an ancient Iranian festival, and has been celebrated for thousands of years, and is rooted in Iran's true religion: Zoroastrianism. The ancient tradition involves jumping over a small bonfire whilst shouting "sorkhi-ye to az man, zardi-ye man az to", loosely translated to "grant me your reds, capture my yellows". For Zoroastrians fire is a purifying element, so when Iranians jump over the fire and say that, they are wanting the fire to rid them of their weak, sickly yellows and grant them the fiery, warm energy of red for the coming year. The Iranian New Year falls on the Spring Equinox, so the colour green is also of great significance as it is the colour of Spring and life.

When Khomeini took over Iran in 1979, one of the first acts of the new regime was to immediately attempt to stamp on every pre-Islamic tradition in Iran. The likes of Khalkhali even went was far as to advocate the destruction of such cultural treasures as Persepolis and Pasargad. The new regime also attempted to crush the celebration of Iranian New Year and Chaharshanbe Souri and so on, preferring Iran to only stick to Arab-Islamic celebrations. Only by pure bravery did the people resist and cling onto their traditions.

Every year the Islamofascists in Iran urge the population to reject the ancient Iranian New Year and Chaharshanbe Souri celebrations. This year is no different, here's what Khamenei had to say:

"[Charshanbe Soori] "has no basis in sharia and creates a lot of harm and corruption, (which is why) it is appropriate to avoid it."

How on earth does Chaharshanbe Souri and the Iranian New Year, which celebrate the coming of Spring, the rebirth of life and so on "spread harm and corruption"? This coming from a man who ardently follows Islam, an imposed religion which has been violent towards Iranians since day 1 and has caused far more corruption than a New Year's celebration ever did. Does Khamenei really expect anyone in Iran to listen to him? Does he expect the Iranian people to abandon their traditions which they have celebrated for thousands of years (before Mohammad was even thought of), to listen to his backward and racist opinions?

I note that the "reformist" Mir Hossein Mousavi has meekly fallen behind his master Khamenei and is closely toeing the line by "urg[ing] his supporters not to use the event for anti-government rallies and not to provoke hardliners during Charshanbe Soori". However, just three days ago, Mousavi's wife the "Islamic feminist"(?) Zahra Rahnavard called on the population to use Chaharshanbe Souri to remember the victims of the repression of the last few months. So which will it be? The "reform" movement would be far less useless if it didn't contradict itself at every turn by attempting to appease both the Mullahs and the Iranian people. Make your minds up!

Is there anyone more anti-Iranian and racist towards Iranian culture than this scourge of clerics? For 31 years they have attempted to Arabise the Iranian nation. However, like I said above, this is nothing new, they have time and time again attempted to stamp out Iranian nationhood and time and time again the Iranian people have fought back in defence of their culture. I guess we will have to wait and see what happens tomorrow night.

See also: http://ncr-iran.org/content/view/7924/1/

Comments are most welcome

Monday, 8 March 2010

International Women's Day 2010



International Women's Day 1979, a month after the Islamist takeover of Iran:



Three decades on we can see that the struggle for women's equality, freedom and liberty continues in Iran:







"Woman = Man"

Long live the movement for women's rights!

زنده باد جنبش زنان

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Friday, 5 March 2010

Anniversary of Dr Mossadegh's death





Forty three years since the death of Iran's premier democrat, secularist, civic nationalist and liberal thinker, Iran more than ever before is in need of Dr Mossadegh's ideals.