Now Iran’s a state ‘contemplating’ terrorism?

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague has warned about Iran’s ‘increasing willingness to contemplate’ terrorism around the world. He cited an attempt to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the US, plus alleged involvement in recent attacks in New Delhi, Georgia and Bangkok.

Increasing willingness to contemplate – is that what they call it nowadays?

What about all the opponents assassinated over all these years whilst they went about their business as usual. Any serious opponent of the regime will have stories to tell you – from phone calls we have received threatening us with death to our loved ones being interrogated, threatened and imprisoned in Iran due to our activities as a way of exerting pressure.

The well known cases of assassinations abroad are that of Shahpour Bakhtiar in Paris and the Mykonos four in Greece where a German court found the regime directly responsible for the murders. But there have dozens more. Most will not know of the assassinations of Gholam Keshavarz in Cyprus or Fereydoun Farokhzad in Germany because of the cosy relationship western governments have had with Iran.  And it continues to this day.

In 2010, Daryush Shokof was abducted in Germany and beaten and threatened for 13 days by the regime’s agents. Of course nothing was done.

That same year, Babak Shadidi, a member of the Worker-communist Party of Iran, confessed and thereby foiled an assassination attempt on my party’s leadership. Again nothing was done. [Read more…]

Goodbye and good riddance

The Islamic regime of Iran’s ‘diplomats’ have been expelled from the UK. Good bye and good riddance.

But they have been expelled not because of the slaughter of an entire generation in Iran, sex apartheid, stoning, amputations, and … but because of the attack on the British embassy in Tehran by the regime’s goons, I mean ‘students’. Had we only known that this was all that was needed… Well at least they’re going for now – until the British government figures another reason to cozy up to the regime at the people’s expense.

Additional economic sanctions have also been announced, which will make people’s already very difficult lives even more difficult. Not only will it further raise the cost of living and make the poor even poorer, sanctions target everyone collectively rather than the regime. And it affects everything from travel to human rights work. For example, my partner’s parents have been refused UK visitor visas twice recently even though they have come to see him on a number of occasions before. My pensioner aunt who lives in Iran has had her measly bank account in Britain frozen, and Paypal keeps harassing our voluntary organisation Count Me In – Iran because it has the word ‘Iran’ in it. [Read more…]