Some pictures that have reached us from the unofficial May Day rallies in Tehran. These pictures are from the rally outside the Bus Drivers' central terminal.
Pictures that the BBC never shows you and protests that the BBC never reports.
Workers that the SWP don't want to know about in case imperialism benefits :)
keep up the good work ... coming from someone who has a religious zealot for a dictator (well, i suppose mr. bush isn't technically a dictator) ... learn from our stupid mistakes ... learn how not to do democracy from the USA, especially after our last civil war ... remember ...
'with freedom there is personal responsibility' ... the thing to be most responsible for is remembering the premise of democracy and freedom:
'all beings are created equal and have the right to life, liberty and to pursue happiness.'
... we too are fighting for true democracy in the United States ... we march in our streets and vote in our elections.
keep up the good work!
peace & harmony,
'freedom must be exercised to stay in shape!'
How lucky you are that you have free press, can march in the streets and vote for whoever you like and say/write whatever you like againstyour politicians. We envy you!
but then again all this was not handed over to you on a plate, your previous generations had to fight for it. You must be grateful to them. Our previous generation however, fucked us right up with their ignorance! Some of them you can see leaving anonymous comments here!
Free press? One controlled by a handful of businessmen to promote their inteests?
Voting for who you want? Remember someone called Al Gore?
Oh these idiot leftists attack any one who STANDS for freedom and recently I have noticed that the Leftism mindset on human freedom is very close to that of Mullahs in Iran.
Ironic, isnt it?!
By the way, can I add you to my Conservative bloggers list?
Do you consider yourself a conservative/right winger in its classical essence?
I like the way that you think, you are not only trying to find liberty for you and all other Iranians, you are actually DOING something about it. Many people dream of freedom, and just... dream, you write. Good work, keep it going. Viva la revolucion!
Hitchens Vs Leftism
Hanif, this "free" press despite its limitation is better than what we got. I can write what I like on my blog without looking over my shoulder. If I were in Islamic Republic of Iran, that would not be possible. This Free press that you dislike is the same press that prints the Gunatanamo Bay pictures and exposes Watergate, etc....
Now stop regurgitating what you pick up in SWP meetings and answer my points.
Winston, I consider my self someone who doesn't beat about the bush and say what I feel is the right thing to say. If I am in a room with 100 people and they all say something I consider to be wrong, I have no quarms to speak against them.
Where in the political spectrum of left to right that fits, I don't know and I don't care. All I want is a clear conscience, so I can sleep well at night :)
My favourite quote is this
"Evil Only Prevails when the Good Stay Silent". Lets not stay silent in the face of evil.
cmacleods, Thank you for your kind comment. But writing is the easy part, and I hope I do more than write.
Part of my problem with established Iranian opposition figures is that they just write articles. Luckily this weblog technology enabled me to record some of what I did in 2005:
good blog. when the sleeping lion (the persian people) to devour the "tazi" then we are once and for all rid of this yoke.
Where in the political spectrum of left to right that fits, I don't know and I don't care.
I couldn't agree more. It seems that many on the right or the left spend more time arguing about whether they (or their enemies) are more right or more left than they do discussing the real issues.
Who cares? Freedom is the thing.
You didn't make any points.
The USA does not have a free press. How many pictures of dead soldiers are printed there? Most young Americand do not even know where Iraq is on a map according to a poll today!
Socialists do not hate freedom or free press. We just know that when the three richest people in the world have the combined wealth of the equivelent of the 40 poorest countries, there is no 'freedom.'
The US doesn't have a free press but the SWP does?? why didnt they let us ask them questions in their meeting? why didn't they let me leave a comment on their website, when they lied about what happened in that meeting? :))
But we are not even talking about Socialism versus Capitalism here. I hope in a free Iran, people can have the freedom to discuss these issues, like you have in this country. Ok so every system and every country has its faults. Look at me I love the democratic system in this country but I hate the CSA, the courts and the justice system in this country. But there is a process here which we can use to air our complaints and persuade the public to change their mind and the system.
The Iran situation is much more basic than all this. We are talking about a state which tells you what to wear, what to eat, what to drink, what music to listen to, even how to piss (Mullahs for example think it is un-Islamic to stand and piss) - allow us to get the freedoms you enjoy here, then the people of Iran will learn more about Socialism from the likes of you and decide if they want it.
So far, I repeat it again so everyone can read it, Hanif Leylabi, an SWP member, a self proclaimed Socialist has refused to sign a petition in support of Clare Short (not a war monger) and condemn under age marriage of girls as young as 9 in Iran:
His beloved party with many Iranian members have not had one campaign against the mullahs in Iran, in the last 27 years!
Never mind. I'm sure that Hanif and the SWP will be campaigning strongly for the release of Ramin Jahanbegloo, the prominent philosopher and writer who was arrested on Wednesday.
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Hmm! That would be good, perhaps wishful thinking though.
SWP remained quiet during the massacre of Iranian political prisoners in 1988, even though most of the victims were the Iranian Left. What chance is there for them to start a campaign for a philosopher?!
When did the Leftists ever talk about the oppression of people in iraq under saddam, Iran, Syria or North Korea and even Cuba?
Where is the left to care about these people?!
Leftists are bunch of pathetic America haters!
Leave a message on the SWP website? There is no such function!
Wouldn't let you ask questions? More like wouldn't let you disrupt the meeting.
There is no such function? and you say you are free press?? But you can leave your comments here. There is a function for that!
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