Monday, June 29, 2009
He was a chemical engineering undergraduate at Tehran Science and Technology university.
Despite all intimidations, his student colleagues held an impressive memorial for him. They even brought down Ahamdinejad's picture and replaced it with Kianoosh's picture.
Kianoosh was from Kermanshah. His family were not told about his death until they came across his body while searching Tehran's morgues after they had not heard form Kianoosh for days.
The enemies of knowledge are extinguishing our brightest stars but they can not see that these dark nights are full of bright stars.
Amongst other English Press TV presenters, other than Galloway, there is also Derek Conway, Andrew Giligan and Yvone Ridley who appear on their programs.
Derek Conway is an MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup. He presents a book review program called Epilogue on Press TV. In 2008, it was emerged that he had employed his student son at Newcastle as his researcher in Westminster, having paid him in excess of £40000 including pension contributions:) As a result of his fraudulent misuse of public money, Conway has announced he will not stand for the next election. At Press TV, he may be more comfortable that he is amongst fellow thieves and liars.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
German neo-Nazis and extreme right-wingers have expressed their solidarity with the messianic junta in Tehran. Among them is the fugitive Swiss Holocaust denier Jürgen Graf, who fled to Iran in 2000 seeking “political asylum” - Graf gives his address as “PO Box 19395/7161, Tehran,“
“Hearty congratulation to your reelection, Mr. President!“ rejoiced the Deutsche Volksunion (DVU) under its leader Matthias Faust.
The Iranian people, says the DVU, “have decided in favor of a man of the people.” Ahmadinejad is acclaimed by the DVU as an “uncompromising patriot” coming from “the people,” against whom “the self-proclaimed money-elite, the smart merchants and the western- oriented members of the Tehran upper class” has conspired.:))))
Isn't it ironic how all these extremists sound the same? They are after all, the other side of the same coin. Perhaps Galloway will join the DVU next and get his pay checks form there soon.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
This was Ashkan Sohrabi, shot in the chest on Saturday, at the junction of the Roodaki and Dampezeshki.
He was a keen sportsman, a black belt and second dan in Tae Kwan Do.
There are hundreds more martyrs like Ashkan and there are thousands more like him in the captivity of the evil monsters now. Thousands who could face execution if the evil Friday Prayers leader has his way and the world lets him.
This original interview was to make the front page of the Times, but because of recent other news about the sudden death of a celebrity, it was changed and included in the middle pages.
See also the email exchange between the novelist Paul Coelho and Arash Hejazi:
Original Article & Interview:
They were a few brief minutes that Arash Hejazi will never forget, that have changed his life for ever, that have shocked the world and ripped every last shred of legitimacy from Iran’s tyrannical regime.
There was the pandemonium of the protests, the terror as the riot police charged, and the sudden crack. And there was this beautiful young woman looking down at her chest in surprise as the blood gushed out.
Dr Hejazi rushed to help as Neda Soltan’s life rapidly ebbed away. She could not speak, but he said: “I felt she was trying to ask a question. Why?”
Why? Why had a presidential election that generated so much excitement and exuberance ended with a government that claims to champion the highest moral values, the finest Islamic principles, butchering its own youth?
Dr Hejazi, 38, trained as a doctor, but later turned to his real passion — literature. He became a novelist and editorial director of a Tehran publishing house. He has spent the past seven months with his wife and infant son doing a postgraduate course in publishing at Oxford Brookes University. He was caught up in the excitement of Mir Hossein Mousavi’s campaign. He believed he could change Iran.
On June 12 he went to London to vote, and encouraged all his friends to do likewise. The next day he flew back to Tehran on business and found a capital convulsed by running battles between the security forces and hundreds of thousands of Mousavi supporters who believed that President Ahmadinejad had stolen the election.
The following Saturday, shortly before 7pm, he was sitting in his office with three friends when they heard a commotion in nearby Kargar Street. They went to see what was happening and found riot police — some of them on motorcycles — charging towards a huge crowd of protesters, firing teargas and lashing out with their batons. It was terrifying, he said. Everybody started running. But amid the pandemonium he noticed Neda Soltan. She had been caught up in the swirling emotion of the moment. He saw her shouting “Death to the Dictator” and an older man pushing her — rather against her will — into a side alley, Khosravi Street.
Dr Hejazi and many others joined her there. They believed that they had found a refuge. Miss Soltan was standing just a metre away from him when “all of a sudden we heard a blast. I asked my friend what it was, and he said he’d heard the police were using plastic bullets. A second later I looked at Neda. She was just standing there, blood gushing out of her chest. She had bent her head to look at the wound, then put her hand to her chest. I just saw surprise on her face, then she lost control.”
Dr Hejazi and another man rushed to support her. They laid her on the ground. “I put pressure on the wound. From what I saw the bullet had hit her aorta and lungs. When the aorta is hit the blood drains from the body in less than a minute. There’s nothing you can do. She didn’t say a single word.”
He remembers the older man — later identified as her music teacher — wailing, “My child, my child”.
Miss Soltan’s body was bundled into a car, a Peugeot 206, which rushed her to hospital but it was pointless, Dr Hejazi said. She was already dead. “She died in my hands.”
As Miss Soltan was being taken to hospital another commotion erupted about 20 metres away. A crowd of demonstrators had caught the basij — an Islamic volunteer militaman — who shot her from his motorbike. He was a big, strong man in his forties, clean-shaven except for a moustache.
“I heard him shouting, ‘I didn’t want to kill her. I didn’t want to kill her. I meant to shoot her in the leg’.” The crowd were furious. Some were trying to lynch him. Others were saying: “We’re not killers. Don’t harm him.”
All agreed that there was no point in handing the man to the police so they simply took his identify card and let him go.
Dr Hejazi’s clothes were soaked in Miss Soltan’s blood. He returned to his office to wash. His friends joined him there and they sat for two hours, waiting for the streets to clear, discussing the horror of what they had seen. “I was pale and furious and afraid and sad,” he said. “As a doctor I’d seen death before, but I never thought I’d have such a feeling. It was not just her death, but the injustice of the thing and the gaze in her eyes as life was leaving her.” He did not weep then, but he did later that night in bed.
Dr Hejazi finally reached his parents’ home at about 10pm, which is when he realised that he was in grave danger himself. There on television — CNN or al-Jazeera — was the grainy footage, shot with a mobile telephone, of him trying to save Miss Soltan’s life. That 40-second clip was flashing around the world, making Miss Soltan an instant global symbol of the regime’s brutality. The authorities moved swiftly to silence her family, bury her body and prevent any wake. How long before they tracked him down?
Within a day or two friends were calling, asking if it was him in the video. He started growing a beard to disguise himself. He went to the office, but returned well before dark and avoided the demonstrations. He lived in increasing fear. “If I was identified I would have been arrested. I would have been one of the hundreds of people who have disappeared in the past ten days . . . Anything can happen in that country right now.”
He decided to return to Britain, not knowing if he would be stopped at the airport. He tried to conceal his fear from his parents, and on the telephone to his wife in Oxford, but on Tuesday he e-mailed his friend Paulo Coelho, the distinguished Brazilian novelist: “Trying to leave the country tomorrow morning. If I don’t arrive in London at 2pm something has happened to me . . . If something happens to me please take care of [my wife] and [son], they are there, alone, and have no one else in the world. Much love, it was an honor having you as a friend.”
Dr Hejazi made it. He flew out on the British Midlands flight on Wednesday morning and may never be able to return. He escaped, but he did not leave behind the horror he had seen.
Speaking from the safety of his Oxford home last night, he said of Miss Soltan’s death: “I can’t forget that scene. I live it every moment. I don’t know how I can cope with this. I don’t know if I can heal. I don’t sleep much now. I just fall asleep when I’m exhausted for a couple of hours.”
On his Facebook site he told his fellow students: “I’m not sure I can be your class clown any more. I have many scars now. Deeper than what I already had.”
He is outraged by the regime’s attempt to suggest that Miss Soltan was shot from behind by a fellow protesters — she was shot from the front, he insists. Or even more outrageously, as some Iranian government newspapers suggested yesterday, that the BBC’s newly expelled Tehran correspondent, Jon Leyne, arranged for her to be killed so he could get good propaganda pictures. “Oh my God. That’s outrageous . . . nonsense,” he said. Above all, he is consumed with fury at the rulers of his own country, who profess to rule in the name of Islam but slaughter their own people and violate its most sacred values. “It’s outrageous. It’s unbelievable. No government has the right to use such force against its own people.”
A coup détat has taken place, he said. “It may not sound like a coup because those who had power still have it, but it was a coup in the sense that the people chose someone else and they prevented him coming to power.”
His only consolation is that Miss Soltan has become a global symbol of innocence destroyed by evil. For that he is glad. “This way her blood is not wasted and she did not die in vain,” he said.
“She was everything that this movement is about. She was a civilian. She was against violence. She was not carrying a weapon. She was just shouting, just a person in the street who was against injustice going on in her country, and for that she was murdered.”
Friday, June 26, 2009
Chilling words by a cleric who looks evil, talks evil and does evil. How will the Islamic Republic apologists justify these words now? Are we going to see evil prevail and a mass execution of Iranians whose only crime ihas been that they called for freedom? Will the good men stay silent in the face of this evil?
Below, Islamic police and riot guards smash cars and attack people's homes. Behind the tree, a man is lying on the ground unconscious, yet despite all the dangers a good man doesn't fear to walk up and care for him.
The rally was part of a worldwide Trade Union solidarity which was held across 20 countries today.
Also present there was Owen Tudor, Head of the TUC European Union and International Relations. It was a good opportunity to get some signatures for the letter below to Boris Johnson, which I did and will send it right now.
Mayor of London,
Dear Mr Johnson
We are writing with reference to the advertising of Press TV on London buses and on the London Underground. You as chair of Transport for London as well as Mayor have overall responsibility for transport in the capital.
We are obliged to point out to you that Press TV is a propaganda station for the Iranian government. It is funded by that government and was launched by Mahmoud Ahmadinezhad personally in 2007. By allowing these advertisements Transport for London are giving implicit support to that government and helping to promote their propaganda.
It claims to give “voice to the voiceless.” Yet the events of the past few days have shown the true “voiceless” are not the Iranian government, who have a whole phalanx of nauseating apologists outside the country, but the Iranian people who are being bludgeoned and killed by the regime’s thugs for trying to make their voice heard.
At a time when Iran’s bus drivers union leaders are in jail, foreign journalists are expelled from Iran, Internet is clamped down and satellite TV stations outside Iran have their signals jammed, to have London buses carry Press TV ads with the motto of 'we give voice to the voiceless' is an insult to the Iranian people who are killed and beaten up for their desire for a freer society.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
The Iranian authorities have ordered the family of Neda Agha Soltan out of their Tehran home after shocking images of her death were circulated around the world.
Now the messianic junta in Iran accuses Jon Leyne, the BBC correspondent, to have arranged her death for a documentary!!!
Please read the above. Please do not forget the regime apologists. Please ring/email stopthewar.org and tell them how they are insulting our people by inviting Galloway to speak in their meeting on Friday:
Stop War Contact Details
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Galloway's contact details
You can contact George's Parliamentary office on 020 7219 6940
or his constituency office on 020 7613 5225.
Galloway's constituency surgery is held every Friday between 3pm and 6pm at the Respect office - 9, Club Row, London E1 6JX
Does any one still think only 15 people have been killed in the protests agianst the coup??
George Galloway will be here plus all the other usefulidiots, Lindsey German included:
Friday 26 June 6.30pm
Bishopsgate Institute, Bishopsgate, London EC1
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
This is the picture of Ali Fazli, the Commander of the Seyyed-ol-Shohada RG units and former deputy Commander of RG Operations and a war veteran who was injured in the defence of his country against the Iraqi invasion on our country.
More importantly now, a man of honour who did not betray the people of Iran and refused to obey orders to gun down his people. Commander Ali Fazli has been removed from his post, arrested and his whereabouts is unknown as a result of his decision to stand by the people against the Supreme Leader and his messianic junta.
Following Commander Fazli's honourable refusal, Commander Ghassemi and 16 other heads of the RG have also reportedly held a meeting and said if they are put under pressure by the Supreme Leader to kill ordinary people, they too will refuse and resign.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Isn't it amusing how the fifth richest MP in Britain - and that must be some money - gets impressed by such nonsense? Of course Galloway knows this is not true. He is worried about his Press TV pay checks.
For others who may have this misconception, here is a glimpse of the real truth.
The aerial view of the house or shall I say palace of Commander Mahsooli's residence, Ahmadinejad's former oil minister and now the interior minister, in charge of conducting the elections. He made his fortune overnight when he worked with Ahmadinejad, while he was the governor of Ardebil.
Click Here : http://azarmehr.blogspot.com/2005/11/working-class-cabinet.html
And below you can see one of Ahmadinejad's henchmen on the back of a bike with a hand gun. He is in fact no other than Seyyed Hassan Mir Kazemi, head of the Baseej in Al-Haadi mosque in Shams Abad, Tehran, he is also the General Manager of the World of Metal factory in Karaj Highway. The document shows he has received an unsecure loan of 175 Million Dollars for his three factories from the Agricultural Bank and has not returned of the loan so far :))
The moral of the story when pampered aristocrats like Haleh Afshar, SWP and Galloway go on about working class values, something fishy is going on :))
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Watch the repression in this footage, feel the fear they are trying to instill but also feel the defiance.
Weep not Mother Iran, for every one of your sons and daughters that fall in this battle of good against evil, thousands more will pick up your banner and sing your anthem
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Can these two bob "celebrities" of LA TV stations, still call themselves Iranian? Can they still call themselves human? when they still pretend as if nothing is happening in Iran?
God! I made an exception last night and prayed to you. I asked you to protect Iran's sons and daughters, why did you refuse me?
As the coup masters show no sign of retreat, people become more radical. here they shout 'Death to Khameneii'
Friday, June 19, 2009
This "Most Evil" government has allowed the Islamic Republic to set up its Press TV here in UK to poison the minds of young impressionable Muslims in Europe. London's buses advertise Press TV as the 'Voice for the Voiceless', while the crack down continues in Iran and Iran's bus drivers union leaders are still in jail.
This "Most Evil" government has allowed the Supreme Leader to open an Islamic Centre in Maida Vale, London. This "Most Evil" government has allowed the mad messianic Ayatollah Messbah Yazdi to fund the Islamic Studies Centre in Durham university and extend its tentacles in UK.
This "Most Evil" government continues to shy away from outright condemnation of people being beaten to death in the streets of Iran.
Perhaps Most Stupid, would have been more fitting. A Most Stupid government that is easily taken for a ride and has advisors like Baroness Haleh Afshar.
Don't forget to attend the demos wherever you are. Wouldn't it be great if thousands of non-Iranians join in solidarity too. Keep the momentum going!
I am not a spiritual person, can't remember the last time I prayed but tonight I will say a prayer, hoping God will protect the children of Iran.Here is a picture of a club wielding thug contained by the noble and courageous people of Iran:
I was speaking to a friend in Iran and told him I will be speaking at the FPA. I asked him what do you want me to say? He said tell the World:
‘WE ARE NOT AFRAID TO DIE, WE ARE AFRAID THAT OUR CHILDREN WILL MISS THEIR CHANCE TO LIVE IN A FREE IRAN’
The repression which is taking place in Iran is much grimmer than what you see on the international media. So many horrific scenes and footage cannot be shown because they are too distressing to be viewed by the public. Even Youtube is forced to remove some of the footage because they are too distressing.
Yesterday I heard a friend’s cousin in Shiraz was wounded and taken to hospital. He was taken to the operating theatre for emergency operation. The savage thugs that you see in the media and on the internet who are attacking our people, went to the operating theatre and dragged him away and left him for dead outside the hospital.
A family in Shahrake Gharb who were holding a wake for their son killed in the protests were attacked by the riot guards in their home. Their home was set ablaze and all present in the wake were beaten up. Their crime was that they held a mourning ceremony for their son.
The repression is beyond belief. Not even the war veterans and their families are left alone. Yesterday the wife of the former assassinated prime minister, Rajaii, and other relatives of the war martyrs who had backed candidates other than Ahmadienjad were also arrested.
If the repression is beyond belief, the resentment towards the regime is deepening too. In our mythical stories, Iran is taken over by Zahak the usurper who has two snakes coming out of his shoulders. Incidentaally the depictions of Zahak in our text books were very similar to the Supreme Leader's pictures. The snakes on Zahak's shoulders needed to be fed with brains of two youngsters every day. Kaweh the blacksmith finally rose up against Zahak and liberated our people but not until he had 17 of his boys killed. It seems our people have a large capacity to accept oppression but there comes a point where they will take no more. That point has reached now.
This is not just the students, not just the teachers, not just the trade unions, not just the feminists, this is all of Iran, young and old, rich and poor plus part of what has up to this point been the establishment, plus part of the clergy against a minority who have become so arrogant with what they believe they can get away with that through their own foolishness, they have managed to do what seemed to be impossible. They have united the Iranian people against them.
Today it matters not if you called for a boycott or took part in the voting. It matters not who you voted for and whether you were part of the establishment before. What matters is are you against this coup or not??
No ordinary human being can watch the images from Iran and not get emotional. How can a human being not be moved to see a footage of a university student in his dying seconds after being beaten up by some savage Neanderthal? How can one not be moved to see riot guards break into someone’s house and beat a protester to death on the balcony?
With such images one would have thought the regime’s promoters and apologists will finally see the light and join the people’s side. Yet sadly and strangely with the help of the media, they seem to be re-forming and re-grouping with their new outrageous justifications for their paymasters. They are talking about that the elections were in fact fair and Ahmadinejad has won. They are talking about waiting for the ‘legal process’ to go through and the Arch stooge of dictators, George Galloway, refers to this as a protest by the rich North Tehran kids against a simple living president and a working class cabinet, and Galloway predicts this movement will fizzle out soon.
Of course Galloway works for Press TV which is funded by the Islamic Republic. They are his paymasters but it boils my blood when I see Press TV advertisements on the back of London buses and in the underground.
- While the leaders of the bus drivers union in Iran are in jail,
- the foreign journalists are kicked out from Iran,
- foreign satellite TV programs like the BBC Persian are jammed,
- Internet is slowed down and filtered,
- sms texting is stopped
- and citizen journalists with their mobile phones are told they will face severe punishments
- and savages beat our people to death, Press TV advertisements on the London buses and underground claim they give Voice to the Voiceless!
The Voiceless people now are the people of Iran. Make no mistake about that.
How are the people of Iran reacting to all this savagery and brutality and lack of international support ? In the most NOBLE way. I am proud to say.
If you have seen the footage taken by the Italian cameraman you see the protesters capture a riot guard. With the images you have from the Middle East and the Iranian regime, you may have thought the captured riot guard would be beaten or mutilated to death. But our noble people give him some water to drink and wash his face with and ask him to take his uniform off and tell him to go his way. The Neanderthal moves away without remorse or thanks.
This is our noble people of Iran, This is the noble struggle of the Iranian people and this is why when we win it will change not only the face of Iran but the whole region for a better and a more humane one. Victory to the noble people of Iran!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Protests in Rasht. Young girl is caught badly beaten up, God knows what happened to her afterwards at the hands of those savages.
Shot in the throat:
NEVER FORGET THE CASMII TRAITORS. HERE THEY ARE SUPPORTING THE COUP AND DISPLAYING THE PICTURE OF MOSSADIQ!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Where is their vote?
Look what a noble people we have. These are not the bloodthirsty neanderthals hungry for revenge and bloodshed. Only minutes ago, this foolish policeman was riding his bike through them and beating them with their electric batons, yet when he is captured, the people are magnanimous towards him and show him humanity. This is why if this revolution wins, it will change the face of the region and the world for better.
Yet no one is marching for us in the world, and once again we are denied the international support and the Galloways and the SWPs of this world have no shame to call this a movement of rich North Tehran residents only.
People are cursing Obama and Gordon Brown in the streets of Tehran for their silence but how would they feel if they knew about Galloways and the SWP of this world?!
Galloway Claims This was Fair Election and the Protester are just Rich North Theran Kids
This video has been removed by Youtube because it is too distressing. Watch it here:
Isfahan Student Pays with his Life for Freedom
See: Internet War
Never mind at least more images and film footages including the back of my head was shown :)
An old footage of the savagery of the Islamic Republic masked policemen publicly beating a young man during the so called Campaign against "Thugs and Hoodlums" was also aired. How hard we tried to get any coverage of those savage beatings at the time without success! Things are changing. Keep the momentum going everyone.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
I was at a meeting in central London when I heard the vicious attack on the Tehran university dormitories by the regime's hired thugs. I was told some students may have been killed. Then I heard the entire body of the university of lecturers have resigned in protest of the vicious attack.
I was stewarding the demonstration outside the Islamic Republic embassy in the afternoon, when I heard the numbers in Tehran have reached 2 million and sadly some demonstrators have been shot and killed. Then I was called by Aljazeera English for an interview at 9 pm. Finally when I came home my internet wasn't working!!! Arrrgh...
There is so much to post, I don't even know where to begin! but as I said on Aljazeera English, once the crowds reach 2 million that is it, there is no going back. This is the critical mass I have always talked about. This is what tips the balance, when people see such large numbers, their fear disappears and at the same time the riot guards become more unwilling to beat up the protesters and scared of their own future. We have now reached that point. So long as people lead with their demands and are not fooled by compromises designed to take the sting out of their momentum, then our day has finally come!
Can you hear it? Can you hear it?
This is the sound of heart beats
We are about to create a storm you have never seen before....
People demonstrating in the Metro. The SWP still thinks these are rich North Tehran kids :)))))))
Pictures of Iran's citizens shot dead today:
Fascist Islamic Republic police going to people's homes
The thugs whose days seem to be over soon:
Old thug beating up a daughter of Iran:
Channel 4 Film of shooting demonstrators in Iran
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Blessed is our motherland Iran, for having such daughters.
The fear is gone and the momentum continues.
and this one is already beaten and on the floor:
It doesn't matter now who voted or who boycotted or who they voted for etc. What we need right now is a united front against Ahmadinejad's coup. We need to carry images and shout slogans that are acceptable to everyone in these gatherings.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Watch the interview at the end of the Channel4 report on Iran from this link:
Friday, June 12, 2009
Below is a picture of Chavez embracing with Saddam Hussein:
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Statement of 'Academics'
have ignored the plight of their countrymen. They stood silent when Iran's universities were intellectually cleansed during the 'cultural revolution'. They stood silent when the clerics seized every instrument of power after the 1979 revolution. They stood silent against the crimes of mad Khalkhalis, Gilanis, Lajevardis and a whole array of Islamic Republic psychopaths. They stood silent during the massacre of Iran's political prisoners, even when minors and pregnant women were summarily executed. They stood silent when corruption spread to unimaginable proportions and Iran's wealth was plundered by the clerical mafia and their off springs. They ignored the rise in poverty, prostitution and drug addiction. They stood silent when our women were forced to become second class citizens. They ignored medieval punishments like public executions, stoning, cutting off hands and limbs which had thrown Iran back to the dark ages.
They ignored the brutal crackdown on Iran's students after the uprising in 1999 and the list of their treacheries goes on.
But some on the list did not just ignore what was happening to their countrymen, they even went out of their way to promote the regime. The likes of Elaheh Rostami, Ziba Mir Hosseini and Haleh Afshar even made outrageous cliams that Iranian women were better off now than before the revolution. The likes of Abbas Edalat, Mohammad Kamali and bourgeoise Communists like Ali Fathollah-Nejad, went out of their way to suppress any news of human rights abuses which would portray a negative image of the Islamic Republic in the world.
Suddenly these 'academics' have sensed the desire for change amongst the Iranians. Suddenly the 'eruptions of pent-up rage' of our people against the Islamic Republic's 'empire of lies' has rang their alarm bells and so they have decided to produce a statement asking for the very things they have always refused to highlight in the past when they were asked to do so.
It is obvious that the centres of real power in Iran are not going to read their statement or show any concern over it, nor will these 'academics' engage in any campaigns for the rights of their countrymen. The reason they have written this statement is one thing only. In case the Islamic Republic collapses, they want something to exist somewhere, which in their mind would exonerate them.
But we should never forget these turncoats and the harms they have caused to the freedom and the well being of the people of Iran. Their objective has always been to boot lick whoever is in power for their own personal gains. We should make sure the future generations of Iranians learn that betrayal and boot licking has grave consequences.
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Personally I myself will not vote, for I have no idea who and how the polling stations in London will be supervised and the votes counted. I also doubt if the expat vote will make any impact on the outcome. What is important is to explain the predicament that people face inside Iran to the outside world.
Every four years our people are faced with a choice of voting for the bad or the worse. This time round, the choice of worse is really bad, it will be a disaster if Ahmadinejad becomes the president again. Those who decide to go to the polling stations are by no means in favour of the regime. They understand that an election in which candidates are vetoed by an unelected body is not fair. They understand that the real power is not in the hands of the president and he can change very little. Notice I didn't have to write he/she in the last sentence, for the vetoed presidential candidate has to be a man. He also has to be a Shiite Muslim, and he has to be a Shiite Muslim who accepts the rule by the Supreme Leader, and even then it is not enough, for in case this male Shiite Muslim loyal to the Supreme Leader has in the past been more critical of policies than is tolerated, he will also be disqualified. So no one with a reasonable amount of brain cells accepts that this is an inclusive or a fair election.
Those who are not in favour of the regime and still vote, do so because they simply want to breathe a little bit easier during their lifetime, they want to experience a slight improvement in the economy, they want to feel less worried that their daughter is not picked up by the morality patrols and taken to the police station with unpredictable dire consequences.
Those who advocate a boycott say by turning up at the polling stations we are giving legitimacy to the regime, we are helping the regime lobbyists to promote the regime as a democracy.
Of course the Islamic Republic lobbyists, the CASMIIs, the Haleh Afshars, the SWP and all the other puppets of the regime will do their best to exploit the public turnout and claim it as people's support for a legitimate regime and evidence of democracy in Iran. To combat such nonsense is the responsibility of expats like me.
High voter turnout or low voter turnout is not a reason for legitimacy or democracy or otherwise. Look at the low turnout for the European elections and the 99% turnout in Saddam's elections. Legitimacy of a regime stems not from turnout at the polling stations but from whether the regime suppresses its peoples, whether it provides a fair and free elections, whether it cares about the public opinion, whether it is accountable to its subjects and whether the public participate in running the country without prejudice regarding their ethnicity, religion or gender. Clearly on these basis the theocracy in Iran has no legitimacy, it is forced on the people of Iran and the minute that force is removed, the people will reject it.
For the reasons above, I think as expats who do not have to face the harsh realities of living in Iran, it is not our job to advocate a voter turnout or otherwise but explain the undemocratic nature of the election process in Iran and the predicament that the Iranian people face in choosing between the bad and the worse, to the outside world and make sure the regime puppets do not twist the 'elections' for their own pro-regime agendas.
This time round there are also other marked differences which have to be taken into consideration. Unlike four years ago, it is not a choice between the bad and the worse but between the bad and the very terrible worse and the second option is in power already.
The polls and other evidences suggest that the Moussavi camp have convinced the majority that only a vote for Moussavi will ensure putting a stop to Ahmadinejad. Most of those who are voting for Moussavi are not so much pro-Moussavi but they are casting an anti-Ahmadinejad vote.
The weeks leading up to the election day on Friday have also provided the public with rare opportunities of public gatherings and demonstrations. Topics which until now were considered taboo in the Islamic Republic, like the massacre of political prisoners in 1988 and the 'cultural revolution' have surfaced beyond the control of the authorities, because of the courage of the activists inside Iran.
The live televised debates between the candidates has been a total condemnation of the Islamic Republic in its entirety, where millions of people have watched the approved candidates expose the level of corruption, nepotism and incompetence throughout the three decades of theocratic rule in Iran.
The spontaneous demonstrations in the aftermath of the televised debates are gathering momentum day by day and as the numbers grow, the more confident the people get in asking for their real demands which are beyond the jurisdictions of an Islamic Republic president.
This special atmosphere of opportunities and this momentum of public demos which is politicising the population and specially the young will not last forever however. The ideal situation on Friday, in my view, will be if Moussavi and Karrubi go to the second round. It will keep going this momentum of crowds pouring into the streets for another week and so much can happen in a week if large crowds are on the streets. It will also let people concentrate on real issues and on their real demands without the shadow of Ahmadienjad's re-election hanging over their heads.
But we must think beyond 12th June. We must be ready for all the possible outcomes on Friday. What if Ahmadinejad is re-appointed again through cheating and vote manipulation? What if Ahmadienjad and the Guards resort to a military coup? What if Moussavi wins and like Khatami disappoints the people and their expectations once again leading to another era of political apathy and hopelessness. Are we planning for these outcomes?
Monday, June 08, 2009
This footage is a vivid example of how the Iranian people are taking advantage of the freedoms briefly granted before the elections.
Some of the slogans they are shouting:
'Free choice of Hejab is the Right of Iranian Woman'
'Down with this government of lies'
'The oil money is missing, we have all been cheated'
'Reform of the Constitution'
'Death to Dictator'
Moussavi also used his time to counter the charts shown by Ahmadienjad in the previous debate. Moussavi put two charts together, one shown by Ahmadinejad during the program and the one he claimed was the correct chart produced by the Central Bank and told the viewers, 'we have a president who sits here, looks into your eyes and lies with such confidence that some people may be taken in by his lies'. Moussavi claimed, the danger he sensed from a government that so blatantly lies to the people, was the main reason why he felt he had to join the race and save the country [the regime] from collapse.
The highlight of the debate was right at the end. The moderator who looked uncomfortable throughout the debate, must have finally been instructed to stop Moussavi from having a go at Ahmdienjad. He sheepishly reminded Moussavi that he should not go on about candidates who were not present at the debate. Moussavi stood up to the moderator with much decisiveness and said he had the right to criticize the policies of Ahmadinejad's government and explain the underlying reasons for his bid to become the president. When the moderator tried to justify his instruction, Moussavi cut him short and slammed his fist on the table and said 'when the other person [Ahmadinejad] sat here and talked down others who were not here, including my wife, you didn't utter a word now you want to stop me?'
Pro-Moussavi and Pro-Karroubi papers today have also continued to expose Ahmadinejad's lies in the debates. Entekhab Daily produced figures from Central Bank which showed the latest inflation figures to be 23.5% and not 15% as claimed by Ahmadienjad's charts and another article showed 12 official statistics not matching what Ahmadienjad had shown the viewers in the debate. Karrobi's deputy and former mayor of Tehran, Karbaschi, accused Ahmadienjad's son of embezzlement in Kish island and others have questioned Ahmadienjad's sister's academic qualifications.
In short, the televised debates which are attracting audiences of 35 million upwards are displaying the extent of corruption, nepotism and incompetence throughout the whole establishment. With the rising levels of anti-Ahmadinejad feelings amongst the public, if Ahmadienjad somehow becomes the next president again, there will surely be eruptions amongst the population that will threaten the very survival of the Islamic regime.
Saturday, June 06, 2009
Taking on that advise, lets not even go into the fact that Moussavi was the Iranian prime minister during the 80s, the worst years of repression and terror, and the massacre of Iranian political prisoners in 1988. Lets give Moussavi the benefit of the doubt and say there were special circumstances because of the war and he could not interfere in the massacres. Let us not even consider that Moussavi's cabinet in the 80s consisted of some of the most brutal henchmen like Reyshahri, Asgaroladi, Rafighdoost, Velayati etc. Lets just look at his team members today.
One of them is Moussavi Tabrizi who accompanied Mir Hossein Moussavi on his recent trip to Tabriz. In the early 80s when there were continuous armed street clashes between MeK members and the regime, the dailies printed long lists of those who had been executed or killed during the clashes. I remember the Headlines in the papers which sent shivers down my spine, they were quotes from Moussavi Tabrizi saying 'Those who are injured during the clashes should not be taken to hospital but executed there and then!'
Moussavi Tabrizi was criticising taking the injured to the hospital and said 'One of the edicts of the Islamic Republic is that whoever stood in the way of the Just Imam, Killing them becomes mandatory and those wounded should be made more wounded until they die. This is not a new thing, this is the directive of Islam'
Such was the terrifying atmosphere of the 80s and to give you more of a feel of how bad things were, I remember a friend of mine who had nothing to do with MeK whatsoever, he was arrested on the pavement as he was watching an MeK demo. He was executed without trial by Khalkhali simply because Khalkhali was keen to execute a round figure of 100 that night and so my innocent friend was included in the execution list, purely to make up the numbers. Khalkhali's justification was if they are innocent then they will go to heaven any way.
When I see figures like Moussai Tabrizi in Mir Hossein Moussavi's campaign team today, the terror years of the 80s just resonate in my thoughts.
During this election campaign, Moussavi was first asked about his role in the massacre of 1988 by the students at Babol university. On that occasion, Moussavi, chose not to answer. He was asked again at Kerman, and by then his advisors had prepared him to give the following answer,
'It is said that when those executions took place, I was the prime minister and I did nothing to stop them. I was the head of the executive branch and not the judiciary, you can ask me about anything related to the policies and track record of the executive branch.'
In other words blame it on the judiciary and not on the Prime Minister. The question that comes to mind of course is, could you not have resigned?
Looking at Moussavi's agenda today, I see no radical plans, no substantial programs, just a lot of Khatami type mumbo jumbo behind a shy smile. I know a lot of people are excited by Iran having a First Lady for the first time, but at the very best, I feel Moussavi will be another Khatami. A path, already tried, tested and failed, why go down the same path again?
Finally I have a rule of thumb in Iran politics and that is whoever the pro-Soviet Communist Tudeh Party or their remnants today back or recommend will be a disaster for Iran. The Tudeh Party backs Moussavi today, they also backed Khalkhali in the 80s for his 'decisiveness in executing revolutionary justice'!
Most Communists always think they are more intelligent and they know more because they have read a couple of books by Marx and Lenin, yet I see nothing more stupid than backing a candidate who was the prime minister at the time when your comrades were executed. Where is the wisdom or intelligence in that?
Karrubi tried to pin Ahmadinejad on his claims of a halo surrounding him at the UN but Ahmadinejad simply dismissed all this, saying it was all fabricated and not true. This is despite the film footage and witness statement by Ayatollah Amoli in the film footage. Instead Ahmadienjad came back with colourful chart after chart on statistics of how well his government has done . Karrubi tried to dismiss the figures but Ahmadinejad said these are the official figures extracted by the same institutions used by the previous governments. Karrubi did not have his own figures to counter argue.
Ahmadinejad had two further aces up his sleeve. Karrubi's acceptance of around $300000 from the imprisoned fraudster, Shahram Jazayeri and Obama's overtures to the Islamic Republic, which Ahmadienjad exploited as the reasons for his successful foreign policy. As in the debate with Moussavi, Ahmadienjad claimed US efforts of reapproachment with Iran was as a result of his successful foreign policy. "Before they had a policy of regime change, now they beg to sit with us and talk to us, it shows our foreign policy has been successful'' Ahmadinejad claimed confidently.
When Karrubi tried to accuse Ahmadienjad of embezzlement, Ahmadinejad asked him for evidence and Karrubi couldn't produce anything. Just like Moussavi, Karrubi seemed at times to have forgotten where he had filed his notes.
When Karrubi finally ran out of time, which his own pointless anecdotes and memoires were largely responsible for, Ahmadienjad had plenty of time to deliver his final right and left hook, questioning Karrubi's source of income, how he obtained such a big a house and how lame Karrubi's justification of accepting money from Jazayeri was, then he capitalized on his own claims of modest living and receiving a teacher's salary only.
The previous night to the debate, Karrubi's supporters had organised a demonstration at Vali Asr avenue. I have seen the film footage of this on Facebook but I haven't been able to embed it in my blog. The slogans were really radical. 'Free Choice of Dress is Iranian Woman's Right' - 'The Oil Money Has Been Lost, We have all been cheated' and 'Death to this Liar Government'. Its a shame Karrubi could not measure up to the enthusiasm of the people at Vali Asr demonstration.
However you judge the candidates in these series of debates, it is hard not to notice that the real winner of these debates are the people of Iran who are watching the mighty figures in the establishment being ripped apart by the candidates and especially by Ahmadienjad. Whether Ahmadinejad is confident that he has the firm backing of other powerful establishment figures or has inadvertently tipped his toes in dangerous waters and burned his bridges, remains to be seen.