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Monthly Archive: June 2011

Jun 27 2011

No more spaces for 28 June Debate on Sharia Law in Britain

There are no more spaces available for the One Law for All and the National Secular Society debate on the use and practice of sharia law in Britain on Tuesday 28 June 2011 from 18.00-20.00 hours. The event will be chaired by Jim Fitzpatrick MP. The focus of the debate is the practice of sharia …

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Jun 24 2011

24-26 June conference in Italy

Maryam Namazie will be speaking on One Law for All at a conference in Genoa, Italy organised by Marea Feminist Review during 24-26 June. For more information, click here.

Jun 23 2011

On Sharia Law: ‘We are not asking for charity, we are entitled to justice’

There is ample evidence to show that Sharia law’s family code is bad for women and children in particular.* Nontheless, there will always be those who will defend it for various reasons like apologists Mehdi Hassan and Nesrine Malike and Islamist Musleh Fardahi. Better that they do so openly so the battle lines become more clearly …

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Jun 21 2011

Sharia law in Britain Debate: House of Commons, Tuesday 28 June 2011

One Law for All and the National Secular Society invite you to a debate on the use and practice of sharia law in Britain. This is to be held in a committee room in the House of Commons on Tuesday 28 June 2011 from 18.00-20.00 hours. The event will be chaired by Jim Fitzpatrick MP. …

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Jun 20 2011

For all our beloved: Protests to mark 20 June

20 June means a lot to those of us involved in the fight to get rid of the Islamic Republic of Iran. It marks 20 June 1980 ‘one of the greatest crimes of the 20th Century, comparable to Nazi Germany, the genocide in Indonesia and Rwanda, and much more brutal than what took place in …

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Jun 19 2011

Humanism and Humanitarian Conference

Today I will be speaking at Humanism and Humanitarianism conference organised by the Northeast Humanists in Newcastle. For more information.

Jun 18 2011

Open letter to the the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague

Dear Mr. Luis Moreno Ocampo During the past thirty two years, the hands of the Islamic regime in Iran have been stained with the blood of tens of thousands of people. We have already presented some documents on these crimes to the ICC. In the last two months alone, the regime has executed more than …

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Jun 18 2011

June 20: Global Day for Freedom of Political Prisoners in Iran

June 20th is the anniversary of the holocaust of thousands and thousands dissidents in Iran by the Islamic regime (1981). These days are as well the anniversary of the people’s uprising against the regime (2009), under which Neda, Sohrab and the others were steeped in blood. Right now, thousands of political prisoners are in clutches …

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Jun 17 2011

Humanitarianism isn’t enough

On Sunday 19 June, I will be speaking at the Northeast Humanists conference in Newcastle on Humanism and Humanitarianism. Here are details if you can come to it. I have been thinking about what I will be saying. Most likely it will be something to this effect: Obviously humanitarianism is a good thing; it’s good …

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Jun 16 2011

Let’s go out driving (and cycling) on 17 June

Manal al-Sharif is the young woman behind the Saudi Women2Drive Campaign, which calls on women to come out driving in contravention of the driving ban in Saudi Arabia on 17 June as a form of protest. Whilst al Sharif has been forced to pledge that she will withdraw from the campaign in order to secure …

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Jun 15 2011

On the 2009 Iranian ‘Election’ – They Must Be Prosecuted!

Two years have past since the 2009 sham elections in Iran. To read a brilliant analysis on the elections and the situation in Iran, read the below: Interview with Hamid Taqvaee Kazem Nikkhah: You have said that elections in Iran are a farce. Why? Hamid Taqvaee: Calling these events an election is a farce, including …

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Jun 15 2011

انگیزاسیون اسلامی

Thanks to Mohsen Ebrahimi for translating my World Atheist Conference speech on the Islamic Inquisition into Persian. Here it is.

Jun 14 2011

For those who don’t know the difference between a Muslim and an Islamist

I often get people asking how one knows the difference between a Muslim and an Islamist. It’s easy. It’s the difference between a Nazi and a German; a member of the British National Party or the English Defence League and a Briton; a Christian versus a member of the Klux Klux Klan or Christian Voice. …

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Jun 13 2011

Video of Islamic Inquisition speech at the World Atheist Conference in Dublin

Thanks to Ruairi OBaoill for putting my speech on the Islamic Inquisition at the World Atheist Conference in Dublin on Youtube so that people can see the speech and discussion that the Islamists attending conveniently censored. Here’s my previous comment on the questions they raised.

Jun 13 2011

Join us to defend equality and oppose religious tribunals

Dear Friend, As you may well be aware, The Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill was introduced to the House of Lords last week which aims to reduce the power and influence of sharia tribunals and courts in Britain; One Law for All and the National Secular Society have spoken out in its support as …

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Jun 10 2011

One Law for All and the National Secular Society back Bill that aims to curb sharia courts in Britain

From the National Secular Society’s Newsline, 10 June 2011 A parliamentary Bill has been tabled in the House of Lords that would stop sharia courts in this country claiming that they have legal jurisdiction over criminal or family law. At meetings launching the Bill to the press and for peers, the Baroness tabling it was …

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Jun 09 2011

Sharia law does bear strange fruit – blood on the leaves and blood at the roots

The Islamists (I wouldn’t call them Muslims) who came to the Dublin World Atheist Conference to ‘positively and intellectually engage’ (their words) with PZ Myers, Richard Dawkins and I (I am finding myself in excellent company these days) have put together a video of their encounters. Interestingly, whilst they have included their comment to my …

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Jun 07 2011

The Islamic Inquisition

I had a brilliant time this weekend, first debating Islamist Lauren Booth (who works at the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Press TV – yuck!) at howthelightgetsin philosophy and music festival at the Hay and then the World Atheist Conference in Dublin, Ireland. A brilliant conference. Wish I had been there from the start but glad …

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Jun 06 2011

Mansoor Osanloo is free at last!

ITF Press Release The ITF is delighted to announce that imprisoned trade unionist Mansour Osanloo was today freed from jail in Iran almost four years since his arrest and imprisonment, which set off a storm of international protest. His release is conditional on his ‘good behaviour’ and the payment of a bond. The ITF (International …

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Jun 05 2011

Bahram Soroush protesting Islamic regime of Iran’s presence at the ILO

See below photos and new coverage of Bahram Soroush, member of Worker-communist Party of Iran, in Geneva, Switzerland at the opening of the 100th ILO Conference on 1 June 2011, calling for the expulsion of the Islamic Republic from the ILO. In the news AP Yahoo News Daylife IndiaTimes

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