Monthly Archive: October 2012

Oct 31 2012

November 2012: My body is not obscene; veiling it is

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November 2012 is here. The photo for this month’s Nude Photo Revolutionary Calendar is mine! You can read why I did it in support of Egyptian atheist and blogger Aliaa Magda Elmahdy by reading my interview with Now Lebanon  entitled ‘Stripping for Iran’. As I said: When you are faced with an Islamic movement that considers you to be …

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Oct 28 2012

Censored works shown for the first time in London

One Law for All’s 4th Passion for Freedom London Festival 2012 presents artists who dare to take action The fourth annual festival will take place at the Unit24 Gallery in London’s South Bank. Artists from 30 countries around the world have entered their work into the competition this year. During the festival the works of …

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Oct 23 2012

If not now, then when?

Someone always has some statistics about the West’s failings whenever I speak of Iran or Islam or sharia and wants to know what I’m doing about it… Next time I meet someone protesting against the welfare cuts in Britain, I’ll be sure to ask what s/he is doing about the Iranian regime’s cut in subsidies …

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Oct 22 2012

A killing spree

In the past 48 hours, the Islamic regime of Iran executed 13 people (in a report received by Mina Ahadi and the International Committee against Execution). 3 were executed this Sunday on charges of ‘corruption’ and ‘enmity against god’ in Sistan Baluchestan, namely Yahya Charizehi, Abdoljalil Kahrazehi and Abdolbasset Rigi. 10 others, including Saeed Sadighi and a father …

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Oct 20 2012

Malala’s Lessons

The shooting of the wonderfully brave Malala Yousefzai by the Pakistani Taliban has brought to the fore many of the issues that I have been banging on about for a long time. Not all Muslims (or those labelled as Muslims) support Islamism and the likes of the Taliban. Many of them are its first victims …

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Oct 19 2012

Vanished into thin air

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Avaaz reports that in the past 19 months at least 28,000 – 80,000 Syrians – if not more – have vanished into thin air, ‘disappeared’ by the Syrian government forces and militia as a deliberate strategy to terrorise the population at large. No one is safe – from women and men out food shopping to entire …

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Oct 18 2012

If it wasn’t for the right to dream

If it wasn’t for the right to dream and the waters it gives to drink, all other rights would die thirsty… (by the ever brilliant Eduardo Galeano)…

Oct 16 2012

4th Passion for Freedom Festival

One Law for All’s 4th Passion for Freedom Art Festival will be held during 3-10 November 2012 at UNIT 24 Gallery, 20 Great Guildford Street, London SE1 0FD (Closest underground station: Southwark) showcasing the work of 40 artists from 20 countries worldwide. The artists will be addressing crucial issues related to freedom and religious laws. …

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Oct 11 2012

This is how it’s done

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When news spread that 14 year old Malala Yousafzai had been shot on her way home from school by the Taliban for being an advocate of  girls’ education, huge numbers of people showed up at the hospital to see if they could give blood or help in any way and held protests in her defence. …

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Oct 10 2012

DIY Blasphemy

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**** This is final blog for for the Day of Agreement marking the International Day against the Death Penalty: The first blog entry was dedicated to 14 year old Malala Yousafzai who was shot by the Taliban for demanding that girls go to school. This day is for her and the many like her who refuse and resist despite …

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Oct 10 2012

Murder of humans and animals

For some reason the final posts for the day did not go live on time. Here they are now… The guest post for the Day of Agreement marking the International Day against the Death Penalty is from Nobel Prize Winner and Professor of Chemistry, Harry Kroto: Murder is the most heinous crime one can commit but within …

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Oct 10 2012

Nothing can appease the Islamists

Thanks to the counter-revolutionary Muslim Brotherhood and president Morsi, the charge of blasphemy is on the rise in Egypt, including against two children aged 8 and 9. Alber Saber, a 27-year-old computer science graduate, has also recently been charged with blasphemy. When an angry mob tried to break into their home after neighbours accused Saber of uploading sections …

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Oct 10 2012

Enough!

This is a guest post from the fantastic Sue Cox, Survivors Voice Europe for Day of Agreement to mark International Day against the Death Penalty: I reckon I would last about  ten minutes in the  morning with my “no dissent” day! I listened to the radio today and heard  some idiot spouting about the need …

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Oct 10 2012

This is why open mike nights don’t work

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  **** I’m blogging every hour on the hour for the Day of Agreement marking the International Day against the Death Penalty: The first blog entry was dedicated to 14 year old Malala Yousafzai who was shot by the Taliban for demanding that girls go to school. This day is for her and the many like her who refuse …

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Oct 10 2012

Calling all blasphemers

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Blasphemy is an important form of resistance against the Islamic inquisition. Why not join me in your very own act of blasphemy? Mine (for now at least) is not so original but it’ll do very well: It’s a pineapple called Mohammad, courtesy of Reading University’s Atheist Group: Why not post yours or link to your favorite …

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Oct 10 2012

There is a need for blasphemy

In the recent BBC documentary on The Fatwa: Salman Rushdie’s Story, writer Hanif Kureishi says: Rushdie speaks in the book for Muslims. This is an extremely important book. He speaks for their doubts. He speaks the bits of them that they actually think and feel sometimes – do I really believe in all this stuff …

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Oct 10 2012

Honour the dissenters

The below is a guest post from the brilliant Algerian secularist, Marieme Helie Lucas, to mark Day of Agreement. It is a must read. In the past few weeks, in several countries, groups of citizens have openly taken a stand against Muslim fundamentalists, including armed ones. In Mali, on a number of occasions, citizens attempted …

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Oct 10 2012

It is possible not to cause offence

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*** This is my second blog entry for the Day of Agreement marking the International Day against the Death Penalty. The first blog entry was dedicated to 14 year old Malala Yousafzai who was shot by the Taliban for demanding that girls go to school. This day is for her and the many like her who refuse …

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Oct 10 2012

No-one is safe, not even 14 year olds

Yesterday, the Taliban critically wounded Malala Yousafzai, the lovely and brave 14 year old Pakistani girl, on her way home from school. Ihsanullah Ihsan, chief spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, said they targeted Yousafzai because she generated ‘negative propaganda’ and was the ‘symbol of the infidels and obscenity’. If she survived, Ihsan said, the Taliban would …

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Oct 09 2012

All day blogathon to mark Day of Agreement

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I will be blogging every hour on the hour from 9.00am tomorrow morning until 6.00pm in opposition to blasphemy laws, censorship and the crushing of dissent. Join me on the Day of Agreement tomorrow by adding your voice to the innumerable fighting for the right to dissent from, criticise and renounce Islam…

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