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Monthly Archive: March 2008

Mar 31 2008

Religion and radicalism!?

To see Fariborz Pooya’s comments on religion and radicalism, click here. Fariborz is one of the founding members of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and the head of the Iranian Secular Society.

Mar 31 2008

Court appearance of Mahmoud Salehi and referral of his case to prosecutor’s office

Update on Mahmoud Salehi from the Committee in Defence of Mahmoud Salehi According to news we have received, on Saturday 29 March 2008 Mahmoud Salehi appeared in court, where he made his final defence in front of the judge. Mahmoud Salehi’s case has been referred to the prosecutor’s office for the administration of sentence. While …

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Mar 27 2008

Guilty of Blasphemy

March 2008 Ezra Levant Guilty, the only way to plead It’s been more than 80 years since anyone in English Canada has been charged with blasphemy. Or at least it was until Jan. 11, 2008. That’s when I was called before Alberta’s Human Rights Commission to answer for publishing the Danish cartoons of Mohammed two …

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Mar 26 2008

Mahmoud Salehi’s life is in danger!

March 18, 2008 You might have already been informed that Mahmoud Salehi, one of the well-known worker leaders in Iran, has been in prison since April 9, 2007. He is in prison for organising May Day celebrations in the city of Saqez and defending workers’ rights. Mahmoud Salehi is not in good health and his …

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Mar 20 2008

Happy Norooz

Wishing everyone a Happy Norooz!

Mar 19 2008

Makrameh Ebrahimi has been released!

On Monday, after 11 years in prison, Makrameh Ebrahimi, 43, who was sentenced to death by stoning was released from prison along with her 4 year old son Ali as a result of local and international outrage. Whilst she and her son will be able to celebrate the Nowrooz with their family tomorrow, they will …

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Mar 18 2008

Taslima Nasrin: Continuous denial of medical care, endangering her life

18 March 2008 The Hague URGENT APPEAL: [UA-IN-18.03.2008]. Dear Friends, Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD) would like to express its sincere sympathy concerning the continuous sufferings of human rights activist Taslima Nasrin. Ms. Nasrin, whose Indian visa recently was renewed for another six months, has sent GHRD a letter telling us that she is currently …

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Mar 17 2008

Sexual Apartheid, Political Islam and Women’s Rights

To see video of speeches at the March 10 seminar commemorating International Women’s Day: Maryam Namazie’s speech entitled: Challenges facing the women’s liberation movement Transcript is here. Mina Ahadi’s speech entitled: Significance of hejab and stoning for political Islam and the resistance against it Houzan Mahmoud’s speech entitled: Women pioneering the struggle for secularism and …

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Mar 14 2008

Mehdi Kazemi must be granted refuge!

From Facebook Save Mehdi Kazemi Group In case you haven’t heard, Mehdi Kazemi is a gay Iranian national who studied abroad in the UK. Previously, while he was at his home in Iran, he and another boy began having a relationship. They kept in contact while Mehdi studied abroad in the UK. However, Mehdi’s boyfriend …

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Mar 14 2008

Galloway’s Propaganda? Anti-gay?

Sex abuse allegations – where’s the evidence? Mehdi Kazemi’s boyfriend defamed LONDON, 13 March 2008 George Galloway MP is accused of mouthing “the propaganda of the Iranian dictatorship” after he claimed on the Channel 5 TV talk show The Wright Stuff this morning that the boyfriend of gay asylum seeker Mehdi Kazemi was executed for …

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Mar 12 2008

It’s time to take a stand against Islam and Sharia

To see the Times article about the above, click here.

Mar 11 2008

Challenges facing the women’s liberation movement

Against sexual apartheid This is my open letter to anyone who will listen. Sexual apartheid is the outrage of our century. In Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and countries ruled by Islamic laws, millions of women and girls are segregated, degraded and relegated to second class citizenship. Keeping women and girls separate and unequal are …

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Mar 11 2008

Long hair is also a crime

See this video clip of a young man being brutalised by the Islamic regime of Iran’s security. And all for having long hair.

Mar 07 2008

Happy International Women’s Day

Articles in the first issue of Equal Rights Now – Organisation against Women’s Discrimination in Iran’s publication, called No Hejab (Editor: Sohaila Sharifi) are: Sexual apartheid has to be a thing of the past, Maryam Namazie Let’s turn this International Women’s Day into a day of protest against sexual apartheid – Declaration Under Sexual apartheid …

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Mar 07 2008

Nothing is inevitable

Maryam Namazie No Hejab No. 1 Rowan Williams’ lecture on Civil and Religious Law in England would do any Islamist – or for that matter archbishop – proud. And it has. Hizb ut Tahrir, Muslim Council of Britain, and UK Islamic Sharia Council have all rushed to his defence whilst the rest of us are …

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Mar 07 2008

Sexual apartheid has to be a thing of the past

No Hejab No. 1 Maryam Namazie When you think about apartheid, you can’t help but remember the anti-apartheid movement of the 70s and 80s. At the time, there was hardly anyone who lived in the West and hadn’t joined a demonstration or sit-in, signed a petition, written a letter of protest, worn an anti-apartheid badge …

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Mar 07 2008

I strongly admire Iranian women’s fight for their rights and against sexual apartheid

No Hejab No. 1 interview with Sina Voget, co-author of Mina Ahadi’s autobiography which has been published in Germany recently. Sina Voget has been a freelance journalist for more than 10 years. Her work is mostly about human rights and health politics. In 2000 she was spokeswoman of Amnesty International Germany. Since September 2007 she …

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Mar 07 2008

Women’s liberation in Iran, the struggle against sexual apartheid

Sohaila Sharifi No Hejab No. 1 The past twenty nine years have been struggling times for Iranian people and in particular for Iranian women. Right from the very beginning of coming to power of Islamic republic, the women’s rights have been attacked and a sexual apartheid state has formed brutally oppressing and suppressing any activities …

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Mar 07 2008

Under Sexual apartheid the society is defined as a man’s society

No Hejab No. 1 Interview with Hamid Taqvaee Mach 8th is approaching and Worker-communist Party of Iran has decided to welcome it with the slogan “No to Sexual apartheid !” as well as with efforts aimed at the international isolation of Islamic Republic as a regime of Sexual apartheid. Why Sexual apartheid? What is it …

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Mar 06 2008

Solidarity with March 6th, International Day of Action in Support of Workers in Iran

From: The National Union of Dismissed and Unemployed Workers of Iran To: International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and Amnesty International Re: Solidarity with March 6th, International Day of Action in Support of Workers in Iran; protesting the flogging sentences for the workers in Iran Date: Feb. 28, 2008 Dear friends, …

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