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Monthly Archive: September 2011

Sep 30 2011

Sharia law is antithetical to human rights

Here is my speech at Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre organised by Melbourne PEN and WISA on 23 August 2011 in Australia: Part 1: Part 2: The full talk, including the introduction, speech and questions and answers, is included in a video here.

Sep 29 2011

Mohammad and Abdullah Fathi’s birthday party on their graves

The two brothers Mohammad and Abdullah Fathi’s birthday was celebrated at their graves recently. The two brothers were executed by the Islamic regime of Iran on 17 May 2011 charged with ‘enmity against god’. You can see it here: Here is video footage of their funeral: Here’s a letter from their brave mother issued soon …

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Sep 29 2011

Urgent Action: Saudi woman faced flogging for driving

Update from Equality Now! 27 September 2011: According to reports, a Saudi woman has been sentenced to flogging for driving a car in Jeddah. The woman, who does not want to be identified out of fear for her safety, was sentenced to ten lashes by a Jeddah court on 27 September 2011 and has appealed …

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Sep 28 2011

A United Strike by Thousands of Workers of Mahshahr Petrochemical Complex

We have previously reported that the workers of Bandar Imam Petrochemical Complex in Mahshahr have been on strike, and have been gathered in protest in front of the headquarters of the petrochemical complex since Sunday morning, 3rd of Mehr (25 Sept 2011). According to another report published by the Iranian Workers’ Free Union, workers from …

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Sep 26 2011

Maryam speaking in Copenhagen 27 September 2011 at 7pm

I will be speaking at a meeting organised by the Danish Atheist Society on 27 September 2011 at 7pm at Designmuseum. Address: Bredgade 68 1260 København. I will be speaking about the discriminatory nature of Sharia law courts in Europe, the need to oppose Sharia law within the context of a fight against the far-Right …

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Sep 23 2011

Mina Ahadi in Brazil; Iran Solidarity Tour

Mina Ahadi, spokesperson of the International Committee against Stoning (ICAS) will be speaking at the TEDxESPM conference on 29 September in São Paulo, Brazil. The day-long conference will see a host of Brazilian and international achievers talk on the theme of Communication Lighting up Minds. Mina Ahadi’s speech at the conference coincides with the ‘Iran …

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Sep 21 2011

We must keep up the fight against Sharia and for secularism and rights

Dear friend Arbitration and Mediation (Equality) Bill We recently wrote to you about the Arbitration and Mediation (Equality) Bill which has been introduced to the House of Lords by Baroness Caroline Cox. Baroness Cox has welcomed us on to her team and we will work together – with various other groups – to promote the …

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Sep 21 2011

With Indifference

Listen to the wonderful new up-and-coming band from Liverpool called The Great Divide. They have penned a song as a charity single for the East Africa crisis, titled With Indifference. Listen to them here. They do what is best about music and art – giving pleasure whilst also bringing attention to religion’s harmful role and …

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Sep 20 2011

For a secular Europe and World…

Here is my speech at the 17 September 2011 march and rally for a secular Europe in London: You can see some of the photos of the event here.

Sep 20 2011

Tonight at LibDem Conference fringe meeting on Liberal response to Sharia law

Maryam Namazie will be speaking at a fringe meeting at the LibDem Federal Conference in Birmingham at 7pm. The discussion entitled the ‘Liberal response to Sharia’ is organised by the LibDem Humanist and Secularist group. Other speakers include LibDem Peer Baroness Kishwer Falkner. Venue of conference.

Sep 19 2011

Give me an Islamist any day…

The British Humanist Association’s debate on Islam in a Secular Europe reminded me of yet another BBC* sponsored programme. Every ‘Muslim’ on the panel claimed to represent ‘Muslims’ worldwide as if there are no differences of opinion amongst Muslims or those labelled as such. They had no trouble excusing and trivialising Sharia law, the burka, …

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Sep 19 2011

Women against the Law

Women Against the Law, The Spirit of Things, ABC Radio, 18 September 2011 [external link]

Sep 18 2011

A Critic of Political Islam warns of ‘Misguided’ West

A Critic of Political Islam warns of ‘Misguided’ West, Huffington Post, 17 September 2011 [external link]

Sep 17 2011

17 September march and rally for a secular Europe

One Law for All Spokesperson Maryam Namazie will be speaking at the Secular Europe Campaign rally on 17 September 2011. The march will assemble from 10.30am at Temple Place. It will then proceed through central London. At the arrival point at 12.30pm there will be the final rally with speeches. Spokesperson Anne Marie Waters sends …

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Sep 16 2011

Tonight: Panel Discussion on Islam in a secular Europe

Maryam Namazie will be speaking on a panel discussion on Islam in a secular Europe at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL from 7:00pm – 9:30pm, on Friday 16 September 2011. Other speakers are Yahya Birt, the Commissioning Editor at Kube Publishing and co-editor of British Secularism and Religion: Islam, Society and …

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Sep 16 2011

Romanian Youtube Sensation

Read about Christiana Rad here, the atheist Youtube sensation.

Sep 14 2011

The people of Libya did not revolt for a Karzai-type government

Mustafa Abdul Jalil, Ghadafi’s former Justice Minister and current head of the “National Transitional Council” of Libya, has rejected both “fundamentalist Islam” and “secularism,” and declared in his first speech that the government of Libya will be a “modern and democratic” one based on “moderate Islam and sharia law.” In other words, he promises the …

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Sep 13 2011

We don’t want Sharia in Libya

The head of the Transitional National Council of Libya has said that Sharia law will be the main source of legislation in Libya. Listen to a debate on BBC’s Have Your Say programme today where I speak against Sharia and others in favour. As usual, I am the only secularist on the panel (well at …

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Sep 13 2011

Stop the execution of Troy Davis, an innocent man in Georgia. Sign his sister’s petition.

Radical Women sent me this urgent action. I’ve signed the petition; please take a few minutes to do the same. Troy must not be executed. How utterly disgusting that a state dares to execute a citizen in broad daylight on behalf of society. This is, according to Mansoor Hekmat, the most deplorable form of deliberate …

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Sep 11 2011

The world after September 11

On the ten year anniversary of September 11, it is most apt to read Mansoor Hekmat’s brilliant piece on the World After September 11. Part one: The War of Terrorists Part two: Where is the civilised world? Part three: The Demise of Political Islam Part four: After Afghanistan

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