Thursday, July 25, 2013
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Nothing could have manifested English people's hatred of their monarchy as much as the birth of this baby
A birth that took place after 9 months of controversy during which the Queen of England tried her best to seen more and cover up her weaknesses
The sound of church bells can be heard ringing again, bells that are indicative of a high costs the people of England have to pay. England has one of the most reactionary and medieval forms of governments.
This time the bells are not ringing for the coronation or another royal wedding, but this time the bells carry the news of a new birth in the Royal family.
The royal family had placed a whole collection of media outlets and their cameras, from a month before, outside the hospital where the royal bride was being looked after
What the media outlets had to do during the birth of this latest heir to the throne was to convince the public opinion of the people in England that monarchy is accepted by them.
[the VT then shows Pooneh Ghoddoosi from BBC Persian outside the palace wearing a black dress]
But amongst all this when the presenter of the official English media was making a live report wearing a black dress outside the palace, the Queen's guards apparently gave her a scolding and forced her to change her dress [she is then seen wearing a formal white suit]
Finally on Tuesday, they unveiled the new heir to the throne, the baby is a boy and the announcement was placed on a luxury tripod in the palace yard.
[a VT of a parliamentary ceremony is then shown]
and the "red jackets" once again threw in a big party. Without a doubt, he is the most expensive baby in the history
[report shows some presenter as saying..the subtitle that the birth is boosting Britain's economy is ignored]
"..it is estimated the cost of this baby so far has been $375 Million"
The prodigality of this royal family has resulted in much protests across this country. People are fed up with the power and wealth concentrated in the hands of a few
[a protester is interviewed]
These expenses are paid out of the pockets of tax payers
This troublesome baby has already resulted in the death of a nurse. This nurse had been talking to reporters about the royal bride being pregnant and died a few days later, in mysterious circumstances
The British government claimed the nurse had committed suicide because she was so upset at disclosing the news of the pregnancy
[a passer by is interviewed who says all this luxury and lavishness for the birth of a baby is unacceptable]
[David Cameron is seen congratulating the couple outside Downing St.]
[A Ladbroke spokesperson is interviewed saying the government is constantly cutting back on health services but there is never a penny cut back on Royal family expenditures]
The Queen reigns as an absolute dictator in this country
She can annul the parliament and appoint the key positions
The Prime Minister is also chosen by a parliament whose members have been appointed by the Queen
This baby is the third in line to the throne
If Queen Elizabeth II, who has been reigning for 60 years, dies there are two other waiting in line
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Iranian Bahaiis are stripped of all citizenship rights and are discriminated against in all walks of life. One of the most shameful discriminations against the Bahaiis in Iran has been to deny them the rights to higher education. Imagine what tumultuous uproar there would have been, if the Israelis denied their Arab citizens the right to higher education and yet there is such a disgraceful silence on the plight of Iranian Bahaiis by the so-called "progressive" forces in the West.
The parents of Artin, the little four year old boy in the picture, are in prison and Artin is being looked after by his grandmother. Artin's parents are not criminals however; Kamran Rahimian and Faran Hessami are Bahaiis who were teaching in an online university for Iranian Bahaiis who wanted to receive higher education. They have both been sentenced to four years in prison.
The man seen in the picture is Mohammad Nourizad. An Iranian filmmaker and a former journalist in the hardline Kayhan Daily printed in Iran. Nourizad was once an ally of the Supreme Leader but he broke ranks with the Supreme Leader in 2009. In an open letter to the Supreme Leader, Nourizad urged Ayatollah Khamenei to apologise to the nation for the bloody crackdown on the protesters.
"As commander in chief of the armed forces, you didn't treat people well after the election. Your agents opened fire, killed the people, beat them and destroyed and burnt their property. Your role in this can't be ignored, ... Your apology can cool down the wrath of the people."
Nourizad was sentenced to three and half years imprisonment for writing the letter. In prison he saw more wrongs that had been done to the nation. He met young talented people suffering imprisonment and ill treatment who would in any other normal country been regarded as the nation's assets and promoted. The prison made Nourizad even more resolute to make up for the times he had been on the wrong side.
Yesterday in an another exceptionally courageous act, Nourizad went to meet the little Artin and kissed the feet of the four year old and apologised as a Shiite Muslim for the injustice this innocent little boy was made to suffer. Considering the "Representatives of God on Earth", who rule Iran, regard the Bahaiis as "unclean", to do this in the holy month of Ramadan took exceptional courage.
Nourizad wrote on his Facebook page:
"Artin's innocent little eyes looked me in the eyes and asked me, 'You who consider yourself a Shiite, clean and Godly, was it not the prophet himself who said 'seek knowledge from cradle to grave?' So what was it that my parents did wrong? were they not merely teaching physics, chemistry and sciences? So why should they be in prison now and my grandmother have to look after me?'
Artin's grandfather was executed by the Islamic Republic many years ago.
Monday, July 15, 2013
Rafighdoost was an active supporter of the MeK [Mojahedin Khalq Organisation] before the revolution until an ideological battle within the MeK resulted in a Marxist splinter group and a bloody internal infighting within the organisation.
Prior to the split within the MeK, Rafighdoost helped the organisation by smuggling guns and ammunition from Lebanon via the Kurdish borders for the MeK operatives fighting against the Shah
Rafighdoost was imprisoned in 1975, along with the rest of the MeK leadership. In prison, he distanced himself from the MeK and joined the Islamic Coalition Society.
Upon Khomeini's return from exile, Rafighdoost was the driver who drove the Ayatollah through the frantic crowds from the airport to the cemetery.
After the victory of the 1979 revolution, Rafighdoost was made in charge of repossessing the properties of the officials from the Ancien Régime until the decision was made to form the Revolutionary Guards and he was called to help shape this new military corps. Rafighdoost always says with pride, if the formation of the IRGC can be narrowed down to 5 to 10 people, he is the top man amongst them.
Rafighdoost was then the head of the Dispossessed Foundation for years until he was removed from there and now runs many lucrative businesses and is particularly active in construction and medicine.
In an interview with the Iranian news website, Khabaronline, Mohsen Rafighdoost talks about his memoires of the new Iranian president, Hassan Rowhani, during the war years, when Rafighdoost himself was the Minister of the Revolutionary Guards and also expresses his views about the last presidential elections in Iran.
Most interestingly during the lengthy interview, Rafighdoost talks about how the Supreme Leader "beautifully engineered" the last election.
"We all thought after the events that took place in 2009, the participation by the eligible voters will be under 40%, but the Supreme Leader beautifully engineered the elections. Even we never imagined there would be a 72% participation"
Rafighdoost also refuses the notion that this was a victory for the reformists and says "If the reformists had even the slightest confidence that they have the votes, they wouldn't ask Aref to withdraw. Most of the principalists I know are pleased about the election outcome"
Rafighdoost praised the Islamic Republic election process and said "It is a source of much pride that nowhere in the world has free elections like Iran...After the elections I went to see the Supreme Leader and he said he was very pleased about the election results"