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Category Archive: Politics

Nov 21 2013

Lib Dems: Wrong Answer, Again!

Nahla Mahmoud, Spokesperson of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, was threatened after speaking out against Sharia law including by Salah al Bandar (or Salah al Bander) who has until recently been a Liberal Democrat Councillor and is currently an esteemed member. Details of his threats can be found here as can information on his dubious background here. …

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Nov 21 2013

Open Letter to Stop the War Coalition on Agnès Mariam de la Croix

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Here’s an open letter to Stop the War Coalition that I signed which (yet again) highlights their support of those who defend oppressive regimes like Iran’s and Syria’s. The open letter was published here. You can read it below. By the way, here’s a good article by James Bloodworth on this issue saying she is …

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Nov 19 2013

Iran: Stop the execution of Zaniar and Loghman Moradi Now

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Zaniar and Loghman Moradi are two political prisoners who were arrested in 2009 and sentenced to death for ‘enmity against God’ after being accused of murdering the son of a cleric in Marivan, Iranian Kurdistan. They have written frequent open letters from prison; in one letter to Ahmed Shaheed, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the …

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Nov 13 2013

Unveiled: Neither Veil nor Submission

Fitnah’s November issue of Unveiled (Volume 1, Issue 2) has now been published and can be found here: fitnah-UNVEILED-nov13. editor: Maryam Namazie design by: Kiran Opal Content includes: The veil is nothing but the flag of the Muslim far-right, An interview with Algerian sociologist Marieme Helie Lucas. In this must-read interview, Marieme Helie Lucas says: “If we …

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Nov 02 2013

The show will go on

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The show will go on. The 5th Passion for Freedom Festival will take place as planned from 02 November 2013 even though the original venue – out of sheer cowardice – pulled out last minute. The festival will now be held at: Embassy Tea Gallery 195-205 Union Street London SE1 0LN (Closest underground Southwark) The …

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Nov 01 2013

Forbidden Talk: Atheism in Middle East

See an interview with me on Levant TV’s “Forbidden Talk” programme on “Atheism in the Middle East.” Levant TV is a new channel with a focus on the Middle East. Here’s to the day when speaking about atheism doesn’t end up on the forbidden talk section of a TV channel. With atheism on the rise in the …

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Oct 30 2013

I needed some good news

Hamza Kashgari, the young Saudi journalist whose tweets were deemed insulting to Mohammad, Islam’s prophet, has been released. He faced the death penalty and was returned from Malaysia where he had fled to escape Saudi [in]justice. I needed some good news today if only for a few seconds. Only hours after confirming Kashgari’s release, a …

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Oct 30 2013

URGENT – VENUE PULLED OUT BUT THE SHOW MUST GO ON

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The 5th Passion for Freedom Festival will take place from 02 November 2013. A new venue will be announced shortly. UNIT24 Gallery, the original venue, has pulled out last minute leaving organisers scrambling for a new venue. Clearly, the main issue at hand is the Gallery’s fear of exhibiting controversial artwork. Unit24 now joins a …

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Oct 29 2013

When Tommy met Mo

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Earlier this year, Maryam Namazie was approached by the production company making the BBC documentary ‘When Tommy met Mo’, about the interaction between Tommy Robinson and Mo Ansar. They asked if we could put them in touch with any women who had been discriminated against in British sharia courts. We declined to help because framing …

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Oct 29 2013

Free Sherif Gaber Now

Waleed Al-Husseini of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain just informed me that a young Egyptian atheist who posted on his Facebook page has been arrested for his atheism yesterday after his university informed on him to the police. This is what Sherif published: Hi, my name is sherif gaber (Yamirasu) from Egypt. I was …

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Oct 29 2013

No Woman No Drive

I’ve been busy putting together the second issue of Fitnah’s publication Unveiled, which will focus on the burqa and niqab ban. In the meanwhile though I did want to give a quick heads up to the video “No Woman No Drive” which has gone viral. It’s a spoof by Heesham Fagheeh, a social activist and artist, …

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Oct 26 2013

Niqab: a human right, a security concern or a symbol of oppression?

Here’s a video of the niqab debate I took part in last week at the LSE. It’s not the best footage but you can see the discussion if you’re interested:

Oct 26 2013

AHS announces dates for 4th annual Non-Prophet Week

From Hari Srinivasan, Press Officer – The AHS (twitter: @__Hari__ ) LONDON, Oct 16 – The National Federation of Atheist, Humanist and Secularist Student Societies (The AHS) has announced the dates for the 4th annual Non-Prophet Week (NPW). Lauded by Lord Harrison in the House of Lords as “an example of atheist and humanist public …

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Oct 24 2013

Niqab and Women’s Movements

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I’ll be doing an interview this morning on the niqab debate for 4thought.tv. In the evening I’ll be speaking on a panel entitled ‘Women’s Movements Changing Women Changing the World’ at a House of Lord Seminar organised by Women Worldwide Advancing Freedom & Equality (WWAFE). Place: Committee Room 1, 6.00pm to 8.00pm House of Lords. [We will begin promptly, …

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Oct 23 2013

A few important things for today

Human Rights in Iran The UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran Ahmed Shaheed will be giving his report on the human rights situation in Iran today, which will be broadcast live. The Campaign to Free Political Prisoners in Iran asks that we tweet Ahmed Shaheed using the following tweet to echo the voice …

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Oct 22 2013

Ex-Muslims of North America has formed

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Ex-Muslims of North America (EXMNA) Press Release October 22, 2013 Ex-Muslims of North America (EXMNA) exists to build a community and provide a sense of solidarity for Ex-Muslims: people who used to identify as Muslim, and who no longer do so. We cater exclusively to the needs of Ex-Muslim atheists, agnostics, skeptics, humanists, and freethinkers. …

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Oct 17 2013

The Islamic regime of Iran plans to re-execute a man who survived the death penalty

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The Islamic regime of Iran plans to re-execute a man who survived his execution under “moderate” Rouhani’s administration. The International Committee Against Execution calls for worldwide public condemnation and pressure to stop the re-execution of 27 year old Alireza M, a father of two young girls. His daughters’ ask: “Is this world cruel to the …

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Oct 14 2013

Is the niqab a human right, security concern or symbol of oppression?

LSESU Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society public debate Date: Tuesday 15 October 2013 Time: 6.30-8pm Venue: CLM4.02, Clement House Speakers: Akeela Ahmed, Edie Friedman, Taj Hargey, Maryam Namazie Chair: Professor Chetan Bhatt Is the Niqab (face veil) a human right, a security concern or a symbol of oppression? Given the most recent events, this debate …

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Oct 11 2013

Paedophilia law in Iran confirmed by Guardian Council

The Guardian Council has now approved the bill passed by the Islamic regime of Iran’s Majlis or parliament for the “protection” of children and young people, which includes a clause allowing men to marry their adopted daughters with the permission of a court.. The bill had previously been denied and sent back for review because …

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Oct 11 2013

End legalised paedophilia and child rape in Iran

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Urgent Action End legalised paedophilia in the Islamic Republic of Iran Join Protest on 11 October 2013 On 22 September 2013, one day before the start of the school year in Iran, the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Majlis or parliament passed a law permitting a stepfather to marry his adopted child. In defence of the …

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