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Monthly Archive: May 2008

May 30 2008

Alternative Islam Conference, Koln, Germany, 31 May-1 June, 2008

Maryam Namazie will be speaking at the alternative Islam conference in Koln, Germany on May 31 at 11am and again at 1230pm on a panel with other heads of Ex-Muslim Councils. Her 11am speech is entitled ‘Islam is significant because of political Islam’. For more information, click here.

May 22 2008

A state that arrests, detains and flogs workers should not be in the ILO!

To all labour organisations around the world The ninety-seventh annual conference of the ILO will be held between May 28 and June 13, 2008. Every year this conference hosts a delegation from the Islamic Republic of Iran. Beside the Islamic Republic, the ILO also recognises Workers’ House and Islamic Workers’ Councils – i.e. organisations made …

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May 21 2008

Lack of information on Javanmir Moradi and Taha Azadi and violent attempt to arrest Fouzieh Khalesi

Since being told by the Intelligence Ministry in Bushehr on 12 May that Javanmir Moradi and Taha Azadi have been transferred to the Intelligence Ministry in the city of Kermanshah, their families’ attempts in Kermanshah to find out where they are being held have brought no results. Meanwhile, on 18 May when Fouzieh Khalesi [Moradi’s …

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May 20 2008

An Update

Hello Here is an update for you on some important matters and upcoming events: On Fitna Remade Reza Moradi, a member of CEMB’s Executive Committee, has just produced Fitna Remade in response to Geert Wilders film, Fitna. You can see Reza’s remake here. To see commentaries and Fariborz Pooya’s interview with Maryam Namazie and Bahram …

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May 20 2008

Over 6,000 workers march again on 15th day of strike

Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane Workers’ Strike – Day 15 Shush, Iran – Monday, May 19, 2008 Thousands of Haft Tapeh sugar cane workers marched again on Sunday and Monday through the town of Shush ahead of the sham trial of five of their colleagues tomorrow, which the workers are fighting to revoke. As in the …

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May 19 2008

Khamenei and Ahmadinejad’s pictures set alight in Iran

Here is a youtube clip of pictures of Khamenei and Khatami being set alight during Charshanbeh Suri in Iran.

May 19 2008

Iran: Workers and families march on 13th day of strike

Haft-Tapeh Sugar Cane Workers’ Strike Shush, Iran – May 17, 2008 Thousands of Haft Tapeh sugar cane workers marched today through the town of Shush on the 13th day of their massive strike. The marchers, numbering around 3,000, were joined along the way by the people of the town, swelling their ranks to 5,000, according …

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May 16 2008

We demand the release of jailed workers and dropping of the cases against five Haft-Tapeh sugar cane workers

JOINT STATEMENT of the Free Union of Iranian Workers, Trade Association of Kermanshah Electrical and Metalworkers, Shahoo workers… We demand the release of jailed workers and dropping of the cases against five Haft-Tapeh sugar cane workers 14 days have passed since the detention of Javanmir Moradi and Taha Azadi (workers of Assaluye and members of …

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May 14 2008

Disturbing tactics to break jailed workers in Iran

Javanmir Moradi and Taha Azadi continue to be detained by Iran’s Intelligence Ministry following their arrest on 1st May for taking part in this year’s May Day rally in the port town of Asaluye, in the south of Iran. Moradi and Azadi are veteran labour activists and founding members of the Free Union of Iranian …

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May 14 2008

Honour killings & honour oppression

Today I will be attending a conference organised by the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation on ‘honour’ related crime, violence and oppression at the Amnesty International Human Rights Centre,17-25 New Inn Yard London EC2A 3EA.

May 13 2008

Finally – the blasphemy law is dead and buried

The House of Commons voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to support the abolition of the common law offences of blasphemy and blasphemous libel. This was the final stage in the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill, and the amendment was carried by 378 votes to 57. The Bill received Royal Assent yesterday, so the blasphemy law is …

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May 09 2008

Iran: fears grow over continued detention of May Day activists

9 May 2008 There are growing concerns over the continued detention of three activists arrested in connection with this year’s May Day events in Iran. Eleven other detained workers have now been released, some on heavy bail. Sheis Amani, Javanmir Moradi and Taha Azadi are all founders and leading members of the newly formed Free …

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May 08 2008

On Fitna, the Movie

Fariborz Pooya interview with Maryam Namazie and Bahram Soroush on Secular TV Fariborz Pooya: Fitna, a 17-minute movie by Dutch politician Geert Wilders, shows passages from the Koran with graphic footage of terrorist attacks on the West, executions of people in Iran and Afghanistan and ends with statistics showing the increasing number of so-called Muslim …

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May 08 2008

For Du’a

I have struggled hard to find the words to commemorate sweet 17 year old Du’a. And still I cannot find any words to do her justice. Maybe there are no words to commemorate a teenager stoned to death in the Iraqi Kurdish hillside village of Basshiqa for being in love with the ‘wrong’ 19-year-old boy. …

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May 06 2008

Q&A at conference commemorating Du’a

To see my response at the conference commemorating Du’a on whether men are to blame for women’s rights violations, exaggerating the extent of Islam’s role, is criticism of Islam being anti-Muslim, and on various interpretations of Islam, click here.

May 02 2008

Iran: workers defy ban to celebrate May Day; 10 arrested

Workers in a number of cities in Iran held, or attempted to hold, May Day rallies despite a heavy clampdown by the government. Rallies were held in the western cities of Sanandaj, Kermanshah and Saqez. However, the planned rally in the industrial zone of Asalooye was broken up when the security forces moved in to …

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