Category Archive: Commentary

Sep 21 2010

Enough! On the ‘storm’ around Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani’s case

The Islamic Republic of Iran and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have raised the issue of 41 year old Teresa Lewis’ impending execution in the US to challenge the “storm” surrounding 43 year old Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani who has been sentenced to death by stoning in Iran. Clearly both women must not be executed. Executions – for whatever …

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Sep 11 2010

Stoning is not people’s culture – it’s the regime’s!

On the psychologist and the executioner On the 5 September BBC Sunday Morning Live debate on ‘whether it is right to condemn Iran for stoning, studio guest psychologist Aric Sigmund made some interesting (to say the least) contributions during the debate ‘is it right to condemn Iran for stoning.’ He said: ‘I have been to …

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Sep 10 2010

Ayatollah BBC

Below is another email from the BBC Sunday Morning Live Executive Producer dated 10 September which still refuses to respond to my criticism or request. Since the programme clearly doesn’t want to address this issue in an unbiased manner, I won’t be replying. What for? Instead I will take my complaint to a higher public …

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Sep 09 2010

BBC Sunday Morning Live: A woman’s life is at stake

A BBC Sunday Morning Live Executive Producer has responded to my complaint. Below you will see his email and my reply. 8 September 2010 Dear Maryam Namazie Thank you for your email to Sunday Morning Live this afternoon, which I am pleased to respond to. I understand two of my colleagues have also apologised to …

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Sep 08 2010

Open letter to BBC Sunday Morning Live on its unfair and biased reporting

Maryam Namazie 8 September 2010 BBC Sunday Morning Live invited me to join its debate on whether ‘it is right to condemn Iran for stoning’ on 5 September 2010 via webcam. During the debate, the programme allowed only two interventions via webcam (that of Suhaib Hassan of the Islamic Sharia Council and Mohammad Morandi of …

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Sep 05 2010

BBC’s misinformed and unbalanced debate on Stoning in Iran

I was meant to speak on BBC Sunday Live’s debate today on whether it was right to condemn the regime for Sakineh’s stoning. In the live debate, they managed to interview Suhaib Hassan from the Islamic Sharia Council defending stoning and someone from Tehran saying she faces execution for murdering her husband but somehow there …

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Aug 17 2010

If one breaks the law they must be punished!?!!

After sending out an email early this morning about Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani’s case, I usually receive tons of mail from people showing solidarity and reporting back on what they have done to try to save her life. Of course I also get some ‘other’ types of emails too and I thought to start responding to …

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Aug 17 2010

Iran stoning case says ‘they think they can do anything to women in this country’

Join 28 August action of 100 cities against stoning Hello Thanks so much for your support of the campaign to save Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani from death by stoning and execution. The public outcry is what has kept her alive so far. When her 22 year old son Sajjad first wrote an open letter asking people …

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Aug 05 2010

Iran stoning case at imminent risk of execution

Iran stoning case, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani is at imminent risk of execution in Tabriz prison. Moreover, her well known human rights lawyer, Mohammad Mostafaei, is in prison in Turkey after having fled the country to evade arrest for his advocacy work. His wife remains in prison in Iran – held hostage – until he is …

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