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Category Archive: Politics

Apr 13 2014

Iranian cultural figures and artists outside Iran stand united against the execution of Rayhaneh Jabbari

Let us band together to save someone from capital punishment. Let us not stand by and watch as a precious life is snuffed out. Rayhaneh Jabbari is 26 years old. At age 19 she was charged with the murder of Morteza Sarbandi, a doctor and a former employee of the Ministry of Intelligence and Surveillance …

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Apr 13 2014

Ghesas and Execution are the same

Mohammad Javad Larijani, the secretary-general of the Iranian High Council for Human Rights recently said: “The problem lies in that the west does not understand that Ghesas code [retribution] is different from execution. A verdict of Ghesas belongs to the aggrieved who can either pardon the condemned or impose the sentence”. Mohammad Javad Larijani said: …

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Apr 11 2014

Rayhaneh is to be reportedly executed on Tuesday

The only way to save her is to increase the pressure through the Campaign IT HAS NOW BEEN REPORTED THAT RAYHANEH’S EXECUTION DATE HAS BEEN SET FOR THIS TUESDAY. WE MUST STOP IT. On Saturday 7 April 2014 or Farvardin 17, 1393 on the Persian calender a meeting was held in Tehran in the name …

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Apr 10 2014

28 April 2014 Symbolic Protest, Law Society, London

Join Protest against Law Society 28 April 2014 from 5:00-6:00pm at The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL. Just show up or join the Facebook Page of the One Law for All, Southall Black Sisters, Centre for Secular Space, Lawyers Secular Society and LSE SUASH organised symbolic protest. The protest is endorsed by the Council of …

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Apr 03 2014

International Humanist Academy

I was recently elected as a Laureate of the International Humanist Academy. Other distinguished members include some of my favourite people: AC Grayling, Richard Dawkins, Taslima Nasrin, Harold Kroto and many more! Here’s a list of the members and more about the Academy. آکادمی بین المللی اومانىسم (انسانگرایی) مريم نمازى را بعنوان عضو خود انتخاب کرده …

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Apr 01 2014

Fitnah Unveiled March 2014

Unveiled: A Publication of Fitnah – Movement for Women’s Liberation March 2014, Volume 2, Issue 3 Editor: Maryam Namazie; Design: Kiran Opal PDF Version of Publication This is my body; I will do whatever I want with it, Interview with Amina Sboui and Aliaa Magda Elmahdy Maryam Namazie: Why did you do the nude action …

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Apr 01 2014

This is my body; I will do whatever I want with it, Interview with Amina Sboui and Aliaa Magda Elmahdy

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Unveiled A Publication of Fitnah – Movement for Women’s Liberation March 2014 Volume 2, Issue 3 Editor: Maryam Namazie Design: Kiran Opal PDF Version of Publication: Fitnah-Unveiled-March-2014 In This Issue – This is my body; I will do whatever I want with it, Interview with Amina Sboui and Aliaa Magda Elmahdy – News Flash: February …

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Mar 28 2014

وقتی زن بودن یک جرم است، اعتراض عریان یک چالش سیاسی مهم علنی است

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انترناسیونال ۵۵۰ وقتی زن بودن یک جرم است، اعتراض عریان یک چالش سیاسی مهم علنی است مریم نمازی همه مذاهب دیدی تحقیر آميز نسبت به زن و بدن او دارند. اسلام  متفاوت از بقیه نیست. اما به دلیل اینکه امروز اسلام پرچم یک جنبش سیاسی است که قدرت دولتی را هم در دست دارد، بدن …

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Mar 27 2014

The Law Society must withdraw its guidance on Sharia-succession rules

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We, the undersigned, are appalled to learn that the Law Society, the representative body for solicitors in England and Wales, has issued Sharia-related guidance on wills, succession and inheritance. The guidance says: “Certain principles of Sharia are different to English succession laws. For example, it is not possible to inherit under Sharia rules via a …

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Mar 27 2014

Who speaks for British Muslims

A few days ago, BBC Newsnight showed a programme by Maajid Nawaz entitled “Who speaks for British Muslims” (you can see it below). Over the past few days, there’s been a huge uproar about how he could have dared to include me – an ex-Muslim – as a “minority voice”. In the programme I explained …

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Mar 27 2014

Diversity Awards

Several people have nominated me for the National Diversity Awards as a positive role model. Thank you! Though I have a sneaky feeling that I am not the type of diversity they are looking for. Diversity is lovely, don’t get me wrong, but usually from the multicultural and culturally relativist point of view, diversity often …

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Mar 24 2014

Iran: Save Rayhaneh Jabbari from execution by hanging

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Reyhaneh Jabbari is now 26 years old and has been in Tehran’s dreaded Evin prison since 2007. In July 2007 she was alone inside a coffee shop and was speaking on her phone about architecture and design. Morteza, a physician and a former employee of the feared Iranian Intelligence Services, overheard the conversation, approached her …

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Mar 23 2014

I will be nude, I will protest, and I will challenge you to your core!

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All religions have a disturbing view of the female and her body. Islam is no different.  Given that Islamism – a regressive political movement with state power and political influence in many places – is using Islam as its banner, however, women’s sexuality and bodies are policed and criminalised and misogyny is encouraged and imposed …

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Mar 20 2014

Happy Nowrooz!

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Happy Nowrooz all! Here’s our Haft Seen table. looks a bit sad! There is a lot to be grateful in the New Year, including family, friends and loved ones and the fact that we have one life to live and need to make the best of it and do our utmost to leave this world …

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Mar 10 2014

در دفاع از برهنگى

 جديد مصاحبه ديروز من با فرانسه ۲۴ ****** دوستان زيادى دلايل اعتراض برهنگى ام را از من پرسيدند. بزودى توضيحات بيشترى خواهم داد (اما امشب کلوب کمدى کافر را دارم سازمان مى  دهم و پس فردا پرواز مى کنم به آمريکا براى سخنرانى در دانشگاه ميزورى) اما براى الان خوب است چند مطلب قديمى به …

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Mar 08 2014

Nude protest for Intl Women’s Day

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Today, 8 March, International Women’s Day, Amina Sboui, Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, Solmaz Vakilpour, Safia Lebdi, Meriam Russel and myself protested nude in support of women’s rights in the Middle East and North Africa at the Louvre in Paris. I didn’t want to just hold the Islamic regime of Iran’s flag so I cut out the …

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Mar 06 2014

69 hours left to help…

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37 wonderful people have given £1,790 to make our taboo-breaking, free-thinking TV magazine a reality. The donation that has pleased us the most so far is the £1 given by an Iranian asylum seeker who couldn’t afford more but we’re also very excited about every other donation up to £500! Thank you! But here’s our …

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Mar 02 2014

I am left cursing

Here’s a video of a young man being executed in Iran. He wants to say goodbye to his mother who can be heard screaming in the crowd. He struggles with the regime’s executioners, kicks one of them to cheers in the crowd but is then subdued and hung… You can then hear the regime’s mercenaries …

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Feb 28 2014

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani attempted suicide

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According to Mina Ahadi and the International Committee against Stoning, Iran stoning case Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani attempted suicide in Tabriz prison and was transferred to hospital on 23 February. After several days she was transferred back to the prison’s clinic and remains in terrible physical and psychological state. The Islamic regime of Iran must release …

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Feb 28 2014

David Bleines Tribute

David Bleines died yesterday. Our most sincere condolences to his family and loved ones. David was a fine, kind and brave man. A secularist with a lively mind. He had once been a member of a cult and understood how hard it could be to break away from harmful beliefs and strike out without organisational …

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