Monthly Archive: June 2013

Jun 30 2013

Yes I am a whore

Throughout the ages, dissenting women have always been called whores. I know I have many times. My response? “Yes, yes, I am a whore…” Read below Taslima Nasrin’s poem called “You go Girl”, which she read out during her speech at Atheist Ireland’s Dublin conference “Empowering Women Through Secularism” (and which by the way made …

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Jun 29 2013

Labour activist Afshin Osanlou dies in prison in Iran

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SIGN PETITION CONDEMNING OSANLOU’S DEATH The regime in Iran is responsible for his death Afshin Osanlou, an inter-city bus driver, prominent labour activist and brother of bus workers’ union leader Mansoor Osanlou, died of cardiac arrest in Rajaee Shahr Prison in Iran on Friday 21st June. He was only 42. According to his family, Afshin …

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Jun 26 2013

Dublin and Paris

I’ll be away the next two weekends in Dublin and Paris. Maybe I’ll see some of you?   29-30 June 2013 Dublin, Ireland Maryam Namazie will be speaking at Atheist Ireland’s international conference on Empowering Women Through Secularism. More information here.   Saturday 6 July 2013, 14.00-17.00 hours Paris, France Launch of the Council of Ex-Muslims …

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Jun 21 2013

I dream of freedom

Here’s a video of a recent street party in Tehran. Remember that mixing of sexes, dancing and non-religious music are banned. Whilst that doesn’t stop anyone, doing so on the streets transforms it into a form of resistance. The young men and women can be heard singing: I have a dream; I dream of freedom… …

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Jun 20 2013

Even one man makes a difference

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Have you heard of Turkey’s standing man? Erdem Gunduz stood silently for hours after the disgusting Turkish authorities evicted protesters from Taksim Square. There are many, many young people on the streets,” he said. “I’m nothing… The idea is important: why people resist the government…” His silent vigil inspired hundreds to follow suit. Erdem and …

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Jun 20 2013

Two new reports by One Law for All

Siding with the Oppressor: The Pro-Islamist Left A new report by One Law for All entitled “Siding with the Oppressor: The Pro-Islamist Left” exposes Stop the War Coalition, Respect Party, Unite Against Fascism and individuals such as Ken Livingstone and George Galloway and their agenda and methods. This section of the Left uses accusations of …

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Jun 20 2013

Free political prisoners in Iran

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Following the so-called 2013 Islamic regime’s presidential election and announcing Hassan Rowhani as the president, there was a demand, which was imposed on him by people, that stood up against all others: the release of all political prisoners. Rowhani announced that he will release political prisoners and will give freedom to the press. During the …

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Jun 19 2013

Siding with the Oppressor: The Pro-Islamist Left

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A new report by One Law for All entitled “Siding with the Oppressor: The Pro-Islamist Left” exposes Stop the War Coalition, Respect Party, Unite Against Fascism and individuals such as Ken Livingstone and George Galloway and their agenda and methods. This section of the Left uses accusations of racism and Islamophobia and a conflation of Muslim …

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Jun 19 2013

On the 2013 elections in Iran

The so-called Iranian presidential election farce is over. Hassan Rowhani, a long-time military and security figure of the regime, has come out of the polls. Khamanei called the elections “a political epic”; Rafsanjani called it “infallible democracy”; the BBC celebrated it as the “victory of rationalism over idealism”; the pro-regime “opposition” found it “hopeful” and …

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Jun 14 2013

How to tell conservatives from reformers in Iran election

This is the best (and only way) way to tell the “conservatives” from the “reformers” in the Iranian regime’s farce of an election:

Jun 14 2013

Join Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain’s 6th Anniversary celebrations

The sixth anniversary of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain is being held tomorrow on 15 June 2013 at 12:00pm for a 12:30pm start at an Italian restaurant in central London. The keynote speaker will be writer Kenan Malik. Other speakers and acts include Magician Neil Edwards, Centre for Secular Space’s Executive Director Gita Sahgal, …

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Jun 13 2013

Livestreaming from Taksim Square in Turkey

Watch livestreaming from Taksim Square in Turkey: Watch live streaming video from revoltistanbul at livestream.com Erdogan has lost his patience with the protesters. They and we have lost our patience with Erdogan and Islamism. Can you please fuck off to the Middle Ages and leave the revolutionary people of Turkey to live 21st century lives?

Jun 13 2013

Witch Trials in Tunisia

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The three young German and French FEMEN activists who protested topless at a Tunisian court in defence of Amina have been sentenced to four months in prison! According to an interview with one of their lawyers: We knew that the maximum sentence was six months. The court in Tunis has not gone so far but …

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Jun 13 2013

Rim Razek must be granted asylum in the US

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Updated: 13 June Today is the last day of Rim’s campaign. Donate now. Here’s a blog post from “Between a veil and a dark place” on why you should. **** Rim Razek writes to the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain: I was born in Egypt. I come from a strictly religious background; most members of …

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Jun 13 2013

We are Human too; Half of Iran and the World

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When 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 …

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Jun 12 2013

Iranian People’s vote is the Overthrow of the Islamic Regime

The Islamic regime in Iran will be holding another round of its so-called presidential election this coming June 14th. Election, under a regime that holds onto power through use of force, oppression, and execution, is a farce. Nothing could be more ridiculous than calling the event of changing the president of such a state the …

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Jun 11 2013

Multiculturalism and Child Protection in the UK: Sharia Law and Other Failures

Today, 11 June 2013, 18.00 hours, at London School of Economics, STC.S75 in St. Clement’s Building, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE, Anne-Marie Waters and Baroness Cox will be speaking about One Law for All’s newest report on the state of children’s rights in Britain. The report “Multiculturalism and Child Protection in the UK: Sharia Law …

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Jun 08 2013

Who to Blame: Islam or Islamism

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Much of the debate on Sharia law and its misogyny against women, the brutal murder in Woolwich, terrorism and more comes back to the question of Islam. Islam we are told is to blame for it all. After all Sharia law, jihad, misogyny are rooted in the Koran and Hadith (the sayings and action of …

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Jun 07 2013

A question of god

Here’s a panel discussion on the question of god at last year’s QED conference that was just uploaded on Youtube. The panellists are Ophelia Benson, Paula Kirby, D J Grothe and myself:

Jun 05 2013

Amina Akbar

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Tunisian FEMEN activist Amina was brought back to court today in handcuffs and covered in a blanket. The “secret hearing” under police supervision meant that the decision of the court is unknown, according to FEMEN. Amina faces up to two years in prison for writing “FEMEN” on a mosque wall and carrying pepper spray for …

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