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Jun 13 2013

We are Human too; Half of Iran and the World

brand-identity_fitnahWhen asked about the women registering for Iran’s upcoming presidential election, Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi, a member of the Guardian Council, which vets all candidates, said:

“It is reminiscent of the person who wasn’t allowed to enter a village but was nonetheless asking to meet the village elder. The law doesn’t allow women to run… The general conditions are specified in Article 115 of the constitution; it says ‘one must be elected from amongst religious-political men’”.

Imagine a society in which half the population is excluded from running for office! Clearly, the “election” is a farce for women – but also men.

After all, Iran is a theocracy. Only those with “a convinced belief in the fundamental principles of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the official religion of the country” can run for office.

There are no political freedoms. Political parties opposed to the government are banned. Parties and associations cannot be formed unless they obey the criteria of Islam, and the basis of the Islamic republic.

There is no freedom of expression and press.

Dissidents are routinely tortured, imprisoned and executed for questioning the regime, its leaders, and transgressing Islamic norms.

Over 130 offences are publishable by death, including blasphemy, apostasy, heresy, enmity against God, adultery, and homosexuality.

Women in particular are treated as second class citizens. Women have no right to work or travel without a male guardian’s permission, certain fields of study are closed to women; veiling is compulsory; and a woman’s testimony is worth half that of a man’s, amongst others.

The international media’s portrayal of the “election” circus as legitimate ignores the repressive and misogynist nature of the state and people’s resistance.

Fitnah – Movement for Women’s Liberation reiterates its opposition to the Islamic regime of Iran and the election farce.

Women and men in Iran – like people everywhere – have a fundamental right to democratic politics, equality, freedom and secularism. A precondition for real change is an end to the Islamic regime – not by US-led militarism or economic sanctions – but by the women’s liberation movement and the people of Iran.

On 14 June, join us to oppose the “election” and to show solidarity with the people of Iran.

We are Islamism’s worst fitnah!

To join Fitnah – Movement for Women’s Liberation, visit here.

For more information, contact:
Mina Ahadi, +49 (0) 1775692413
Keyvan Javid: +44 (0) 7861476869
Maryam Namazie: +44 (0) 7719166731
BM Box 1919, London WC1N 3XX, UK
Email: [email protected]
Blog: http://fitnahmovement.blogspot.co.uk/
Website: www.fitnah.org/

3 comments

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    Deborah Jamil

    The only way this will happen is if women stop believing in the story of creation which tells all females they are nonexistent (the rib of a man) and are the weak ones. They will not get anywhere while holding on to that belief.

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  3. 3
    logicthoughts

    ————->Definition of first ( modern) FITNA and its effects on Maryam Namazie

    Why Maryam namazie’s articles considered as Fitna’s and not to be believed?.
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    Ayan hirsi Ali (one of the agents of anti Islamic elements) wrote the book called “fitna” after 9/11 incident and left Islam because as per her opinion Islamic teaching and Qur’an was the reason for 9/11 incident.
    She also has wrote her first experience of alcohol and boyfriends was the real thinking about religion and losing faith in Islam.
    Many weakMuslims left Islam blaming Islam and teachings caused terror attacks on WTC.

    The effects of 9/11 has caused formation of the above said mina ahadi and Maryam Namazies false organizations come to existence
    ———————————————————————————————
    THE REAL FITNA NUMBER 1 -> AS FOLLOWS:
    History
    In the years after the September 11 attacks, different interpretations of the events that questioned the account given by the U.S. government were published. Among others, Michael Ruppert[40] and Canadian journalist Barrie Zwicker,[41] published criticisms or pointed out purported anomalies of the accepted account of the attacks. French author Jean-Charles Brisard[42] and German authors Mathias Bröckers[43] and Andreas von Bülow[44] published books critical of media reporting and advancing the controlled demolition thesis of the destruction of the World Trade Center towers.

    A 9/11 Truth movement protest sign, October 2009
    In September 2002, the first “Bush Did It!” rallies and marches were held in San Francisco and Oakland, California organized by The All People’s Coalition.[45]
    In October 2004, the organization 9/11 Truth released a statement, signed by nearly 200 people, including many relatives of people who perished on September 11, 2001, that calls for an investigation into the attacks. It also asserted that unanswered questions would suggest that people within the administration of President George W. Bush may have deliberately allowed the attacks to happen. Actor Edward Asner, former presidential candidate Ralph Nader, former congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, former assistant secretary of housing Catherine Austin Fitts, author Richard Heinberg, Enver Masud, founder of The Wisdom Fund, professors Richard Falk of the University of California, Mark Crispin Miller of New York University, Douglas Sturm of Bucknell University, Burns H. Weston of the University of Iowa College of Law and others signed the statement. In 2009, Van Jones, a former advisor to President Obama, said he hadn’t fully reviewed the statement before he signed and that the petition did not reflect his views “now or ever.”[46][47][48]
    In 2006, Steven E. Jones, who became a leading academic voice of the demolition theory,[2] published the paper “Why Indeed Did the WTC Buildings Completely Collapse?”.[49] He was placed on paid leave by Brigham Young University following what they described as Jones’s “increasingly speculative and accusatory” statements in September, 2006, pending a review of his statements and research. Six weeks later, Jones retired from the university.[50]
    In the same year, 61 legislators in the U.S. State of Wisconsin signed a petition calling for the dismissal of a University of Wisconsin lecturer Kevin Barrett, after he joined the group Scholars for 9/11 Truth. Citing academic freedom, the university provost declined to take action against Barrett.
    Several organizations of family members of people who have died in the attacks are calling for an independent investigation into the attacks.[54] In 2009, a group of people, including 9/11 Truth movement activist Lorie Van Auken and others who have lost friends or relatives in the attack, appealed to the City of New York to investigate the disaster. The organization New York City Coalition for Accountability Now collected signatures to require the New York City Council to place the creation of an investigating commission on the November 2009 election ballot.[55] The group collected more than enough signatures to put the proposal before the voters, but New York Supreme Court Justice Edward Lehner ruled that the petition overstepped what is allowable by city law, and ruled that, despite wording in the petition to allow for elements ruled invalid to be stricken, it would not be allowed to appear on the ballot………………………….

    Read more:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9/11_Truth_movement

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