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Monthly Archive: July 2011

Jul 27 2011

If you’re an apostate, you might get underwear…

I’m shaking in my boots. I just found out that I will be receiving underwear for calling for financial support for the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain. I hope at least that they are clean.

Jul 26 2011

The Arab Spring is not a ‘Black’ Spring: Open Letter to Ayaan Hirsi Ali from Mina Ahadi and Maryam Namazie

Your article in the summer 2011 edition of ‘Emma’ entitled ‘A Black Spring’ expresses concern about the possibility of a Muslim Brotherhood dominated government in Egypt in the future after the transition period. You conclude that the easiest aspect of the fight is with the violent jihadists; and whilst Bin laden is dead, the doctrine …

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Jul 26 2011

Faith no more

Maryam Namazie joins other atheists including Philip Pullman, Richard Dawkins, PZ Myers, Kenan Malik, Daniel Dennett and AC Grayling in New Statesman magazine to explain why they are atheists. To see it on the New Statesman site, click here. To see a pdf the piece, click here.

Jul 26 2011

On the Norwegian tragedy, the far-right and multiculturalism

I just did an interview on Radio Farda in Persian on the Norwegian tragedy, the far-right and multiculturalism, which will be broadcast a number of times from 330pm onwards in case you can tune in.

Jul 25 2011

Farsi TV Interviews on Islamism and Women’s Rights

I was interviewed from 1230-230am this morning live on Andisheh TV. The two hour interview on women’s status and rights in Persian will be broadcast again on Monday from 10:00-12:00pm (London time ) and Thursday 28 July 14:00-16:00 PM ( London time )  and can be seen on its website. Also, my interview with Mersedeh Ghaedi …

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Jul 23 2011

The Norwegian tragedy confirms our call to fight the far-Right of any version

Our hearts go out to the nearly 100 people, many of them youth, killed by the far-right gunman, Anders Behring Breivik. It is said he will ‘explain’ why he did what he did on Monday. But there can be no explanation or justification for mass murder. For those who constantly ‘advise’ me and us to …

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Jul 23 2011

Maryam Namazie in Secular World

See lite version of Secular World, the quarterly magazine and ezine jointly published by the Atheist Alliance International (AAI) and the Atheist Alliance of America (AAA). It covers the Dublin World Atheist Conference and has also published my speech on the ‘Islamic Inquisition’. The full magazine is only available to individual members of AAI and …

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Jul 22 2011

How sexual apartheid works with children – in photos

Here are three consecutive photos of the Parsian Children’s Ensemble. The first photo was rejected because the girls are unveiled. I assume that the reason they are unveiled is that they are too young for compulsory veiling, which is the age of nine, when incidentally girls can also be ‘married’ off and you know the …

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Jul 20 2011

Sharia Law is a code of despair; a code obsessed with women

The below was Maryam Namazie’s speech at the 28 June 2011 debate on Sharia law atthe House of Commons. Sharia law should have no place in Britain or anywhere else for that matter because it is fundamentally discriminatory and misogynist at best (as are all religious laws). Just because the Sharia courts in Britain and …

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Jul 19 2011

Why are you so afraid of women?

The despicable Fars News Agency has printed yet another misogynist cartoon against unveiled women. This is part and parcel of the pressures exerted on women and girls in Iran day in and day out. Anti-woman propaganda, coupled with threats, arrests, fines and brute force by the Hezbollah herds of the Islamic regime of Iran are …

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Jul 17 2011

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani is given leave from prison to bid her mother farewell

Press release In an announcement to the state press, Malek Azhdar Sharifi, the Prosecutor for East Azerbaijan, has said that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani has been given leave from prison to attend her mother’s funeral. He added that there are no new developments in her case. Malek Azhdar Sharifi said that Sakineh is incarcerated in Tabriz …

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Jul 15 2011

Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain is crucial in an Islamic Inquisition

Dear friends I wanted to thank you for your support of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain. As you know we were in desperate need of financial help and are grateful for the donations of many generous individuals and groups. What we do – breaking the taboo that comes with renouncing Islam and challenging a …

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Jul 13 2011

Mersedeh Ghaedi’s interview with Maryam Namazie on New Channel TV on political Islam

Here is my interview with Mersedeh Ghaedi on political Islam broadcast on New Channel TV in Persian. To view it, click here or view below:

Jul 12 2011

The Scimitar’s Edge: On Islam’s ‘success’

Here is a video of a discussion on Islam at How the Light Gets in Philosophy and Music Festival 2011 with the Islamic regime of Iran’s Press TV ‘journalist’ and convert Lauren Booth, ‘Islam scholar’ Iain Edgar and I. Independent columnist Mary Anne Sieghart chairs. You can see the video here or below:

Jul 11 2011

UPDATED! Statements and actions in Support of International Day against Stoning

Click the ‘like’ button and put your statements, photos, videos, poems, and acts of solidarity against stoning and in support of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani and others sentenced to death by stoning on the Facebook page or email them to [email protected] Send letters of protest to the regime in Iran. Also don’t forget to tweet on …

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Jul 08 2011

An Update on Iran Stoning Case Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani and her Lawyer Houtan Kian

Press Release 6 For Immediate Release 8 July 2011 According to a recent report received by the International Committee against Stoning, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani remains in Tabriz Central Prison. Ashtiani and her family, namely her son, Sajjad Ghaderzadeh, are not permitted to have contact with International media outlets. After arresting her son, Sajjad, and her …

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Jul 06 2011

11 July event covered in Washington Post

To see a piece in the Washington Post on 11 July, click here.

Jul 05 2011

Update on One Law for All

Dear friend Successful debate on Sharia law in Britain at House of Commons One Law for All and the National Secular Society held a successful debate on sharia law at the House of Commons on Tuesday 28 June 2011 chaired by Jim Fitzpatrick MP. One Law for All co-spokespersons Maryam Namazie and Anne Marie Waters …

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Jul 05 2011

Mansoor Hekmat’s name will endure through the ages

My beloved Mansoor Hekmat died on 4 July 2002 and so I believe it is important to pay tribute to him on this day. It is no exaggeration to say that I still think of him all the time. I don’t think anyone has had such a profound impact on my life. And it’s not …

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Jul 04 2011

On ‘improper veiling’ and women’s resistance

Every now and again, the Islamic regime in Iran renews its efforts to combat ‘improper veiling.’ Most recently one mullah has said that improper veiling has ‘spread to villages’ and would lead to the ‘refusal of religion itself.’ Compulsory veiling is one of the first things the regime imposed when it secured power after suppressing …

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