Every day should be International Women’s Day

Every day should be International Women’s Day
Bread and Roses TV with Maryam Namazie and Fariborz Pooya
8 March 2016
Interview with Bangladeshi Author and Journalist Tasneem Khalil
Also: A review of the Iranian “elections”
Filmmaker Hossein Rajabian and musicians Mehdi Rajabian and Yousef Emadi face imminent arrest in Iran
Women’s Protection Act in Pakistan deemed un-Islamic
Hasidic Jews and gender segregation
Alison Bevege’s win against Hizb ut-Tahrir’s gender segregation in Australia
ISIS and its use of “clippers” against “improperly” veiled women
The unveiling movement in Iran
Footage from 1979 mass march against law imposing compulsory veiling in Iran
Fatwa against findings of survey on Muslim women’s demands regarding Sharia law
Women bicycling in Gaza
Editing: Fariborz Pooya
Translation: Mohammad Basham
Subtitles: Bahram M
Producer: Maryam Namazie

هر روز٬ روز زن است
برنامه نان و گل سرخ با مریم نمازی و فریبرز پویا
مصاحبه با تسنيم خليل٬ نويسنده بنگلادشى
همچنین “انتخابات” ايران؛ قانون جديد دفاع از زنان در پاكستان؛ جدا سازى در هواپيما و استراليا؛ داعش و حمله به زنان “بد حجاب”؛ جنبش بى حجابى در ايران؛ تظاهرات با شكوه عليه حجاب اجبارى؛ فتوا عليه تحقيق در مورد خواست زنان و دوچرخه سوارى در غزه
اديت: فریبرز پویا
ترجمه : محمد باشام
زیرنویس: بهرام م
تهيه كننده : مریم نمازی

There is an atheist in every Arab family

There is an atheist in every Arab family
Bread and Roses TV with Maryam Namazie and Fariborz Pooya
1 March 2016
Interview with Palestinian Atheist Waleed Al Husseini
Also on the renewed bounty against writer Salman Rushdie
Recent protests against animal cruelty in Iran
Refugees in Bavaria having to give up their valuables
A village in Iran were the entire male population has been executed
An insane fatwa against the necktie
and a song by an Afghan woman who throws off her burqa and sings against violence against women
Editing: Fariborz Pooya
Translation: Mohammad Basham
Subtitles: Bahram M
Producer: Maryam Namazie

هر خانواده عرب يك بی خدا دارد
برنامه نان و گل سرخ با مریم نمازی و فریبرز پویا
مصاحبه با والد الحسينى؛ بى خداى فلسطينى
همچنین افزايش جايزه براى فتوا عليه سلمان رشدی
تظاهرات عليه آزار حیوانات در ایران
پناهندگان در بایرن
روستایی در ایران از کل جمعیت مردان اعدام شده است
فتوای احمقانه در مورد کراوات
و آهنگى عليه خشونت علیه زنان
اديت: فریبرز پویا
ترجمه : محمد باشام
زیرنویس: بهرام م
تهيه كننده : مریم نمازی

Women in Afghanistan

Women in Afghanistan: “Like a compass needle that points north, a man’s accusing finger always finds a woman. Always” – Khaled Hosseini
Bread and Roses TV with Maryam Namazie and Fariborz Pooya
10 November 2015
Interview with Fatima Mohamad Kazim by Farideh Arman on situation of women in Afghanistan
Also on stoning of Rokhshana in Afghanistan, Iranian actress banned for removing hejab on social media, another Bangladeshi secularist killed, funeral of labour activist Koorosh Bakhshandeh, Saudi ban on marriage with certain nationalities of women and female cricket in Pakistan against the Islamists
Translation: Mohammad Basham
Director: Reza Moradi

زنان در افغانستان: “مانند یک سوزن قطب نما٬ انگشت اتهام مرد همیشه یک زن را پیدا می کند. همیشه “- خالد حسینی
برنامه نان و گل سرخ با مریم نمازی و فریبرز پویا
۱۱ نوامبر
مصاحبه با فاطمه محمد کاظم توسط فریده آرمان در مورد وضعیت زنان در افغانستان
همچنين در مورد سنگسار رخشانه در افغانستان، صدف طاهريان و حجاب؛ به قتل رسيدن دیگر از سکولاريستهاى بنگلادش، تشییع جنازه فعال کارگری کورش بخشنده، ممنوعیت عربستان به ازدواج با ملیت خاصی از زنان و کریکت زنان در پاکستان علیه اسلاميون
کارگردان: رضا مرادی
مترجم: محمد باشام

Shoot to Kill Orders, Police Dogs and Fortresses

I received this from a refugee rights activist working in Belgrade who got in touch to say that all groups of Afghan refugees who had come in contact with Iranian border guards were met with serious violence, including being shot at and beaten. Here Yasmin Ali describes some of the heart wrenching stories:

“These people…the Afghans are not real refugees,” said a journalist. The parks near the main bus station in Belgrade are constantly visited by journalists, who want to talk to the refugees gathered there, waiting to move on. I vaguely recalled having previously met the man, who had strolled up to me.
“Excuse me?” my immediate reaction was one of confusion. What did he mean? Why were they not ‘real ’? Were they just an illusion?

“They just want to move to Europe because the Turkish border is open. They have no passports. They come with smugglers. They pay them a lot of money. There is no war in Afghanistan,” he insisted.

Since 1979 when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, there has been nothing but war in Afghanistan.

“You are quite mistaken. There is a war in Afghanistan,” I could not say anything more. It was obviously futile to argue with a ‘journalist’ who was oblivious to the situation in Afghanistan.

I remembered the Afghan from Kabul, who was previously employed at the US embassy.

“I had a good salary. But in Afghanistan you don’t know if you are going to be alive the next minute. It is very stressful. I know life and death is ordained by Allah but it is the constant worrying that I find difficult to handle. I have nobody in Afghanistan. My parents are dead and my only sister lives in Sweden. She wants me to join her.”

It is mostly young Afghan boys and men, on average from 15 to 23 years of age, who are forced to flee.

“We have no choice. The Taliban want to recruit us. If we refuse they kill us. If we dare to work for the Afghan government or army the Taliban treat us as traitors and hunt us down and kill us.”

“I used to work as an assistant for a man who drove NATO supply trucks. I was kidnapped by the Taliban and imprisoned with a few other boys for 10 days. They tortured us. We managed to escape.”

“We were refugees in Pakistan. But Pakistani police keeps arresting Afghans and deports them back to Afghanistan.” [Read more…]

Women’s Liberation from Religion, Bread and Roses TV

Women’s Liberation from Religion
Bread and Roses TV with Maryam Namazie and Fariborz Pooya
October 6, 2015
Interview with Annie Laurie Gaylor, Founder of Freedom from Religion Foundation on religion and women and
UK and Saudi Government secret deal
Men taking to social media in Iran in defence of women’s equality
Soheil Arabi’s death sentence for allegedly insulting Muhammad, Islam’s prophet, commuted to reading 13 religious books and studying theology for two years. Also serving a separate seven-and-a-half-year sentence for allegedly insulting the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Fatwa on “Jilboobs” from Indonesia
Khebez Dowla or State Bread, a rock band and their concert during flight from Syria ruled by war criminals where music has died.
Director: Reza Moradi
Translation: Mohammad Basham



رهایی زنان از مذهب
برنامه نان و گل سرخ با مریم نمازی و فریبرز پویا
مصاحبه با آنی لاری گیلور، بنیانگذار بنیاد آزادى از مذهب
همچنين معامله مخفی دول انگلستان و عربستان سعودی
مردان در ایران در دفاع از برابری زنان
تغيير حکم اعدام سهیل عربی
فتوا در مورد حجاب و سينه
و گروه راک از سوريه و کنسرت آنان در حين فرار
كارگرادان: رضا مرادى
ترجمه: محمد باشم
قسمت اول:

قسمت دوم:

Religion and self-harm

Here’s this week’s programme. Farsi programme below. It’s a new format – hope you like it.

Religion and self-harm
Bread and Roses TV with Maryam Namazie and Fariborz Pooya
15 September 2015
Interview with Armin Navabi, Founder of Atheist Republic as well as Khamenei saying Iran has best elections on the world, Status of women, fatwa against migration by Islamists who say it is a sin, and Aryana Saeed, female singer, singing in stadium where Taliban executed people!
Director: Reza Moradi

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مذهب و خودآزارى
برنامه نان و گل سرخ با مریم نمازی و فریبرز پویا
۱۶ سپتامبر
مصاحبه با آرمین نوبی، بنیانگذار جمهوری بیخدايان و همچنین خامنه ای و ایران و بهترین انتخابات در جهان، وضعیت زنان، فتوا علیه مهاجرت، و آریانا سعید، خواننده زن در استادیوم که در آن طالبان اعدام كرده است
کارگردان: رضا مرادی

Don’t Appease the Iranian Regime, Iranian human rights activists warn

In the past few weeks, some Iranian activists have vocally supported the nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 (China, Russia, France, United Kingdom, United States and Germany). While we deeply respect the experience and views of these men and women, it is important to hear all perspectives.

We represent another collection of Iranian activists who share the world’s hope for a better future but believe that appeasing the Iranian regime will lead to a more dangerous world.

We have spent our lives advocating for peace, justice and freedom in Iran. We represent a diverse array of Iranians who hope to warn the world of the danger of this regime regardless of how many centrifuges spin in Iran.

This deal will provide up to $150 billion windfall of cash into the bank account of our tyrants and theocrats. This money will not be spent on the Iranian people but rather to enrich a repressive regime.

Sadly, the world has not demanded real improvements in human rights. Thousands of activists continue to languish behind bars (including several Americans) and it is tragic that their release was not included in these discussions.

We are sounding the alarm bells before it is too late. Those who care about peace should help restore focus to the Iranian regime’s brutal human rights records, its support for global terror and role in destabilizing the Middle East. More pressure should be applied to the regime, not less.

One day when the Iranian people are finally free, they will hold an accounting of who stood on their side and who stood on the regime’s. It is not too late to hold the Iranian regime accountable for their continued human rights violations.

Today in Iran, political prisoners are tortured. Bloggers, journalists and teachers remain behind bars. Sexual and religious rights are trampled. Women are treated as second class citizens.

Western apologists and appeasers of Iranian theocracy do no favors to the Iranian people. They distance the likelihood of positive change and undercut the hopes of the Iranian people.

When the Iranian regime no longer fears its people, then the world will no longer have a reason to fear the Iranian regime.

Mahvash Alasvandi (two sons executed)
Bijan Fathi (two sons executed)
Sayeh Saeedi Sirjani (father jailed, died in custody) [Read more…]

No honour in killing

Here is this week’s Bread and Roses TV deemed “immoral” and “corrupt” by Iranian regime. Hope you like it.

No honour in killing, Bread and Roses TV with Maryam Namazie and Fariborz Pooya
8 September 2015
Interview with Deeyah Khan, Filmmaker, on honour killings
Also the drowning of Aylan, the migrant crisis, revenge rape in India, refugee welcome committees, and a fatwa against roller skating in Mecca.
Director: Reza Moradi
Translation: Mohammad B
Background: The UN conservatively estimates that 5,000 women and girls are killed each year by members of their own family, often fathers, brothers, uncles and cousins – and sometimes mothers and other female relatives. ‘Honour killings’ are usually premeditated and intended to restore a family’s ‘honour’ by ‘cleansing the shame’ which a woman or girl is said to have brought. Clearly, there is no honour in killing.

هیچ افتخارى در قتل ناموسى وجود ندارد، برنامه نان و گل سرخ با مریم نمازی و فریبرز پویا
۹ سپتامبر
مصاحبه با ديا خان، فیلمساز، در مورد قتل ناموسی
همچنین در مورد غرق شدن آيلان، بحران مهاجرتى، تجاوز و انتقام در هند، کمیته خوش آمدگويى پناهندگان و فتوایی علیه رولر اسکیت در مکه.
کارگردان: رضا مرادی
ترجمه : محمد ب
بر مبناي تخمين هاي محافظه كارانه سازمان ملل هر ساله ٥٠٠٠ زن و دختر توسط اعضاي خانواده خود كه اغلب پدر، برادر، عموها و گاها مادران انها هستند كشته ميشوند. قتل ناموسی معمولا با طرح و برنامه ریزی از پيش تعيين شده با هدف بازپس گيري ناموس یک خانواده اجرا ميشود. پاکسازی شرم که ظاهرا یک زن یا دختر براي خانواده به ارمغان آورده است، با از بين بردن وجود او بدست ميايد. واضح است که هیچ افتخاري در قتل وجود دارد .

به برنامه نان و گل سرخ کمک مالى هفتگى کنيد براى فقط ىک دلار در هفته

Defend 4 facing death and imprisonment for homosexuality in Iran

The International Committee against Execution in Iran calls on gay rights organisations to initiate a widespread, international campaign to defend the rights of LGBT in countries under Islamic rule, including Iran.

Based on recent news reports, two individuals in Sirjan and Bandar Abbas have been sentenced to 25 years in prison charged with homosexuality. 27 year-old Mojtaba Mohilpour was sentenced in the criminal court of Sirjan presided by Judge Tohidi. Hassan Hayati was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment in branch 1 of the criminal court of Hormozgan Province, presided by Judge Ab-roshan. Hassan Hayati was first arrested and imprisoned at age 16. He was again arrested later for homosexuality and has now been in prison for seven years.

These are only examples of the brutal and inhuman treatment of LGBT. Hossein Shool and Alireza Firooz-Abadi have been sentenced to death for homosexuality.

The lives of LGBT are in danger in countries where Islamists such as ISIS have a presence and power. In 2015, ISIS brutally murdered several homosexuals and threw a number of them off of cliffs in Iraq and Syria.

At a time when there are gay pride events across Europe and North America, and gay marriages recognised, the situation of LGBT in countries under Islamic rule cannot be ignored.

The International Committee Against Execution is initiating an international campaign in defence of LGBT, and invites all to assist us in saving the lives of those facing execution, imprisonment and persecution for their sexuality.

The Secretariat of the International Committee Against Execution
July 11, 2015

کمیته بین المللی علیه اعدام
International Committee against Execution (ICAE)
Web: www.icae-iran.com

Broadcast the news of executions in Iran too!

An open letter from the International Committee against Execution to Walter Steinmeier, the Foreign Affairs Minister of Germany

Dear Mr. Steinmeier, please broadcast this news as well!

In the German news media and many news programs of major networks, there is a lot of talk about the negotiations of the “Five plus One” group with the representatives of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and minute by minute reports of these negotiations are shared with the public. On behalf of the International Committee against Execution we request that you occasionally cover other stories as well. Among them is a letter we have recently received from a prison in Iran, called the Central Prison of Karaj:

“Wednesday, July 8, 2015 – At Karaj Central Prison, where up till now there was the capacity to execute four people (i.e. there were four gallows for execution), a week ago they started increasing the number of gallows to eight. Once the month of Ramadan is over, there will probably be many executions. The unit in charge of executing sentences at Shahreh-Rey Court has announced that there will be many executions after Ramadan. All the prisoners and death-row inmates are scared. Can something be done to prevent these murders? We are scared.”

The month of Ramadan will be over in a few days and it appears that the Islamic Government of Iran will increase the widespread, barbaric group executions of prisoners, particularly those convicted of drug related offenses.

In Iran, one person is executed every two hours. The number of executions has considerably increased, particularly during the nuclear negotiations and the Lausanne agreement. Now, with a nuclear agreement in sight, the Islamic Government of Iran is going to kill more people and increase the number of gallows in prisons to show its might to the masses and to silence those who struggle with poverty, oppression and suppression, and those who witness the Regime backing out of its important ideological slogan, meaning its war with the great Satan. If you are still interested in these “boring” news, please cover this letter from the prisoners and death-row inmates and their fears, in your future reports.

Mina Ahadi
The International Committee against Execution
July 11, 2015


We seldom realise we are apes

Watch today’s Bread and Roses TV with Maryam Namazie and Fariborz Pooya broadcast via New Channel TV.
14 July 2015
Interview with Colin Goldner who coordinates the Great Ape Project plus
* Trials of Yousef Muhammad Ali in Iraqi Kurdistan for criticising Islam and Moroccan women for wearing skirts
* Khaleel al-Dakhi who has rescued more than 500 women and girls from ISIS territory
* Where is Saeed? who disappeared when regime in Iran attacked student protests in July 1999
* Also women waxing hurts god’s work, didn’t you know and Ramadan and brothels
Background: Great apes, including chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas and orang-utans are our closest living relatives. They are intelligent. can reason, are self-aware and share a range of human emotions. They have a similar lifespan to humans and form strong family bonds which they maintain for life. According to Richard Dawkins, “We admit that we are like apes, but we seldom realise that we are apes.” The Great Ape Project advocates a United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Great Apes that would confer basic legal rights on non-human great apes.
Director: Reza Moradi
Translator: Khosro Gharib

۱۵ ژوئیه
مصاحبه با کالین گلدنر؛ مسئول پروژه كپي كبير و
ودر بازار محاکمه یوسف محمد علی در کردستان عراق بخاطر انتقاد از اسلام و زنان مراکشی برای پوشیدن دامن
نجات بیش از ۵۰۰ زن و دختر از داعش
سعید کجا است؟ و ۱۸ تير
رمضان و تنفروشى و اپيلاسيون زنان
در مورد مصاحبه
خانواده كپي كبير، شامل شامپانزهها، بونوبوها، گوريل ها و اورانگوتانها ، نزديكترين فاميل ما در دنياي موجودات هستند.
آنها داراي هوش و منطق، خود آگاهي و يك سلسله احساسات انساني مشترك با ما ميباشند.
دوره هاي زندگي آنها شبيه انسانها است . انها داراي روابط خانوادگي بلند مدت و براي تمام طول زندگي خود ميباشند .
به گفته ريچارد داوكينز “ما ميپزيريم كه مانند كپي كبير هستيم ، ولي هيچ گاه نمي پزيربم كه خود ما كپي كبير هستيم “.
پروژه كپيكبير خواهان برسميت شناختن بيانيه حقوق پايه اي كپي كبير از جانب سازمان ملل ميباشد
فقط در ٤١ كشور دنيا منع خشونت عليه كودكان به قانون تبديل شده است
ما شديدا به دنياي امن تري براي كودكان نياز داريم
کارگردان: رضا مرادی
مترجم: خسرو قریب

The Islamic regime in Iran is result of crime against humanity

Bread and Roses TV with Maryam Namazie and Fariborz Pooya on the June 20, 1981 anniversary of the slaughter of political prisoners.
16 June 2015
Interview with rights activist Yasaman Bayani.
Background: From 20 June 1981 the Islamic regime of Iran attacked and executed hundreds of people a day; they closed down newspapers and crushed the opposition. This was the point of the Islamic Republic’s establishment not 1979 Iranian revolution… Many do not remember it but it is an important moment in the formation of the Islamic Republic. We must remind today’s generation that the Islamic Republic is the result of a massive crime against humanity during the 1980s. This must be remembered, recorded, stated, exposed and not forgotten, especially since many of those who organised the murders and killings still run the country.
We show the trailer of a film called “The ones who said No” by Nima Sarvestani
Shocking news of the week is the curfew for women in Aceh Province, Indonesia after 11pm.
Insane fatwa of the week is against going to Mars.
Good new of the week is: Syrian women pulling off their burqas to show they are free from ISIS
Question of the week: From Mehdi asking us to respect people’s beliefs
Director: Reza Moradi

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Atheism Association of Turkey is fighting for a better Turkey

This week’s Bread and Roses TV – A Political Social Magazine on New Channel TV
With Maryam Namazie and Fariborz Pooya

Atheism Association of Turkey is fighting for a better Turkey
Interview with Morgan Elizabeth Romano and Zehra Pala  of the Atheism Association of Turkey
Background: The Atheism Association in Turkey is second public atheist organisation formed in what is known as a Muslim-majority country, the first being Morocco. In less than a year of its founding, its website was blocked by a Turkish court citing Article 216 of the Turkish Penal Law, which forbids “provoking the people for hate and enmity or degrading them.” Meanwhile, the Association has had to install a panic button in their office due to death threats.
Shocking new: Rise of child ‘marriages’ in Iran
Insane fatwa: Fatwa against discount coupons
Good news: Legislation in France barring supermarkets from wasting unsold food
Director: Reza Moradi
Translation: Mohammad B

برنامه نان و گل سرخ مجله ای سیاسی – اجتماعی در کانال جديد
با مريم نماۯى و فريبرۯ پويا
سازمان آتئیسم در ترکیه براى تركيه بهترى مى جنگد
مصاحبه با مرگان رمانو و زهرا پلا از انجمن بى خدايان ٺركيه
سازمان اته ايستهاي تركيه بعد از مراكش دومين سازمان علني اته در كشورهاي با اصطلاح اسلامي است
دو كمتر از دو سال بعد از بنيان گذاري اين سازمان سايت اينترنتي ان بوسيله دادگاه جنايي تركيه تحت عنوان و با رجوع به قوانين عدم تحريك مردم و اشاعه نفرت و دشمني با مردم بلوكه شد
در حقيقت اين سازمان براي يك تركيه بهتر ميجنگد
اخبار تکان دهنده جدید: افزايش ‘ازدواج’ کودکان در ایران
فتوای احمقانه: فتوا بر علیه کوپن های تخفیف
خبر خوب: قانون در فرانسه عليه اتلاف مواد غذایی به فروش نرفته
کارگردان: رضا مرادى
ترجمه: محمد ب


به برنامه نان و گل سرخ کمک مالى هفتگى کنيد براى فقط ىک دلار در هفته


Bread and Roses: Gay marriage vote in Ireland a gain for humanity

Gay marriage vote in Ireland a gain for humanity
Bread and Roses with Maryam Namazie and Fariborz Pooya
Interview with Michael Nugent, Chair of Atheist Ireland
Background: In a referendum, 62% voted in favour of changing the Irish constitution to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. The landmark decision was celebrated across the world. A senior Vatican official, though, said it was a “defeat for humanity”. In fact, it as a defeat for homophobic religious values and a gain for humanity and 21st century human values.
Shocking news of the week: mass graves of migrants in Malaysia
Insane fatwa of the week: Masturbation leads to pregnant hands In afterlife
Good news: Vote for gay marriage in Ireland
Director: Reza Moradi
Translator: Mohammad B

رای ازدواج همجنس گرايان در ایرلند دست آوردى برای بشریت
نان و گل سرخ با مریم نمازی و فریبرز پویا
مصاحبه با مایکل نوجنت، رئیس ساۯمان آٺئيسٺهاى ایرلند
در يك رفراندم سراسري در جمهوري ايرلند ٦٢٪ از شركت كنندگان راي مثبت به تغيير قانون اساسي جهت برسميت شناختن ازدواج همجنس گرايان در آن كشور دادند
نتيجه اين انتخاب مهم مورد استقبال جهاني قرار گرفت
البته يك مقام بالاي واتيكان ان را “شكستي براي بشريت” ناميد
در واقع اين شكستي براي ارزشهاي مذهبي و ضد همجنس گرايان ولي دستاوردي براي بشريت و ارزشهاي انساني قرن بيست و يكم ميباشد
اخبار تکان دهنده از هفته: گورهای دسته جمعی مهاجران در مالزی
فتوای احمقانه هفته: ارۯاى جنسى مردان منجر به دست باردار در زندگی پس از مرگ
خبر خوب: رای برای ازدواج همجنس گرايان در ایرلند
کارگردان: رضا مرادی
مترجم: محمد ب

Anti-Semitism is a pillar of Islamism

Bread and Roses TV with Maryam Namazie and Fariborz Pooya
5 May 2015
Anti-Semitism is a pillar of Islamism
Interview with author and activist Muriel Seltman
Background: Anti-Semitism flourishes in many places across the world and is often conflated with criticism of Israeli state occupation of Palestine. Anti-Semitism is one of the pillars of the Islamist movement and deemed acceptable by many. It is a form of bigotry against people, however, that must be unequivocally condemned.
Shocking news of the week: arrests of labour activists in Iran prior and during May 1.
Insane fatwa of the week: Khamenei and his fatwa on waxing
Good news of the week: Protests for animal rights in Iran
Translator: Fariborz Pooya
Director: Reza Moradi

آنتي سمتيسم يا ضديت با مردم يهود پايه اسلام سياسى
برنامه نان و گل سرخ با مريم نمازى و فريبرز پويا
۶ مه ۲۰۱۵
مصاحبه با ميوريال سلتمن؛ نويسنده و فعال
آنتي سمتيسم يا ضديت با مردم يهود در همه جاي جهان خودنمايي مي كند و امروزه عموما با انتقاد از دولت اسراييل و اشغال سرزمينهاي فلسطين تلفيق مي شود
آنتي سمتيسم يكي از ستونهاي جنبش اسلامي مي باشد و ظاهرا امروزه براي بسياري به امري عادي تبديل شده است
ضديت با مردم يهود يكي از اشكال تبعيض شرماوري است كه بايد بدون قيد و شرط محكوم شود
اخبار تکان دهنده: بازداشت فعالان کارگری در ایران حول اول ماه مه.
فتوای احمقانه هفته: خامنه ای و اپیلاسیون
خبر خوب این هفته: تظاهرات برای حقوق حیوانات در ایران
کارگردان: رضا مرادى
ترجمه: فريبرز پويا

Original Art is Dangerous

Original Art is dangerous
28 April 2015
Interview with Tunisian Filmmaker Nadia El Fani
Background: According to Salman Rushdie, “original art is never created in the safe middle ground, but always at the edge. Originality is dangerous. It challenges, questions, overturns assumptions, unsettles moral codes, disrespects sacred cows or other such entities. It can be shocking, or ugly, or… controversial. And if we believe in liberty, if we want the air we breathe to remain plentiful and breathable, this is the art whose right to exist we must not only defend, but celebrate. Art is not entertainment. At its very best, it’s a revolution.”
Happy International Workers’ Day: May Day support for jailed labour activists in Iran
Shocking News of the week: Rise in executions in Iran and April 25 day against executions in Iran
Insane fatwa of the week: Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs says toilet paper is halal!
Good news: Thousands of Turkish students demand Jedi and Buddhist temples in response to mosque at university

هنر نوآور خطرناک است
۲۹ آوريل ۲۰۱۵
مصاحبه با فیلمساز تونسی نادیا الفنی
به گفته سلمان روشدى “هنر نوآور نه در محيط بى خطر بلكه در لبه پرتگاه بوجود مى آيد
هنر نوين خطرناك است٬ به چالش ميكشد، مورد سوْال قرار ميدهد، فرضيات را واژگون ميكند. كدهاى اخلاقي را به هم مى ريزد، به گاوهاى مقدس بى احترامى ميكند. مى تواند شوكه آور، زشت و يا بحث انگيز باشد
و اگر ما به آزادى اعتقاد داريم، اگر مى خواهيم هوايى را كه استنشاق مى كنيم فراوان و تازه باشد، اين هنر است كه نه تنها بايد از حق وجودش دفاع كنيم بلكه بايد آن را گرامى بدانيم
هنر سرگمى نيست، در عالى ترين شكلش، انقلاب است”
روز جهانی کارگر: حمایت اول ماه مه در دفاع از فعالان کارگری زندانی در ایران
اخبار تکان دهنده هفته: افزايش اعدام ها در ایران و روز 25 ماه آوریل عليه اعدام ها در ایران
فتوای احمقانه هفته: کاغذ توالت حلال
خبر خوب : هزاران نفر از دانش آموزان ترکیه خواهان معابد جداى (از فيلم جنگ ستارگان) در پاسخ به مسجد در دانشگاه

We are all Farkhunda


The below is a shortened version of my speech at Marea Feminist Review and Consulta Torinese per la Laicita public events in Genoa and Turin, Italy during 27-30 March 2015.

Today, we are all Farkhunda.

You know her by now – a 27 year old woman accused by a mullah of being an “infidel” who burnt verses of the Koran. She was attacked by a mob in Kabul, lynched, stoned, run over, burnt and her body thrown in a river whilst onlookers and police stood by. (See full report here.)

Immediately after her brutal murder, some Afghan officials like Senator Zulmai Zabuli and deputy minister of information and culture Simin Hasanzada sought to justify her killing. A mullah of Wazir Akbar Khan Mosque, Ayaz Niazi also justified it and said: “At such a situation, there is no need to go and check the girl whether she is sick or okay,” he warned following reports that she had mental health problems. He added: “Be careful O people! It will be a big mistake if they [perpetrators] were sent to the jail. The people will stand against this and then they cannot be controlled” – the usual threats – by religious gatekeepers of power – in support of the perpetrators on behalf of “the people”. Of course we heard justifications here in the west too. Someone Tweeted: “what does she expect if she burns the Koran” as if a book is worth more than a human life. Back in Kabul, her family was advised to leave their home for safety reasons; it was in fact they who had said she had mental health problems in order to safeguard their lives…

So far, this is a story we have heard many times over many years. A woman accused of a crime against religion or religious morality – real or imagined – who is tried and executed either by mob (or Islamist) violence or by the state’s violence in the form of Sharia law on behalf of “the offended sensibilities of the people”.

But “the people” as Mullah Ayaz Niazi learnt well includes many – led by women – who were outraged by Farkhunda’s brutal murder and would not justify it.

The ensuing protests meant that her family did not have to flee their home but could stand their ground. Her mother was able to say “I am proud of my daughter” and her brother, Najibullah, was able to announce that he is changing his second name to Farkhunda in memory of his sister.  It showed that people would respect her and not “the people’s offended sensibilities”. A group of young people renamed the street leading to the area of her attack as Farkhunda’s Street and a tree was planted on the spot where her body was thrown. Also 28 men have been arrested with 13 policemen suspended following the attack. And all because of protests – most important of which included that women carried Farkhunda’s body– going against Islamic customs – to her gravesite and with her family’s permission. They surrounded her coffin right until the end, gave her the respect she deserved, and chanted: “we are all Farkhunda”.

And when Ayaz Niazi, the mullah who had justified Farkhunda’s killing, tried to join them, they refused, created a circle around her gravesite, and forced him to leave.

Azaryun, a youth activist says, “That is what Farkhunda teaches me: together we can change the narrative that others write about women. We stood up against the most respected mullah. We carried the coffin and buried her.”

Neayish, a medical student, said: “I was just crying.” “It was a long trek… but all my energy was focused on giving Farkhunda a respectable burial. It was the first time I realized my real power and told myself that I’m breaking the boundaries of tradition.”

What the protests around Farkhunda’s murder show are that “the people” of Afghanistan do not all agree. That “Muslims” are not all the same. Just like “Christians”, Italians and the Church and pope and Northern League are not one and the same.

In Afghanistan, too, there are women and youth who break taboos and change narratives and there are many men who stand with them against religion’s encroachment in people’s lives and against Islamism – the religious-Right. [Read more…]

Against Forced and Child Marriages

Here is my speech against forced marriages and child “marriages” given at a January 2015 event organised at the Swedish parliament by the brilliant Sara Mohammad​ who organised a series of events to mark the 12th Anniversary of Fadime Sahindal’s honour killing in Stockholm, Sweden. She is founder of Never forget Pela and Fadime National organisation- GAPF. 

Here is video footage of a panel discussion which followed our individual presentations with myself, Chaz Akoshile of the British Forced Marriages Unit and Houzan Mahmoud, Iraqi Kurdish women’s rights campaigner.

On the disgusting pro-Islamist Left

Watch this week’s Bread and Roses TV with Maryam Namazie and Fariborz Pooya in English. Persian is below.

It’s on the disgusting pro-Islamist Left and includes an interview with Reza Moradi, Director of Bread and Roses, who blasted an Islamist at his university recently

Shocking news of the week is on the lynching of Farkhondeh in Afghanistan for reportedly burning a Koran
Insane fatwa of the week is Khamenei’s fatwa against Chaharshanbeh suri
Good news of the week is that rhe world did not end as one pastor had warned due to the eclipse
Background: The “anti-imperialist” and pro-Islamist Left use multiculturalism, charges of racism and Islamophobia, amongst others, to defend the far-Right Islamist movement. This politics betrays the dissenters and victims of Islamism and also the very principles that the Left has historically defended (from social justice, egalitarianism, secularism, universalism, and human liberation, including from religion).
Director: Reza Moradi
Translation: Khosro Gharib

در نقد چپ طرفدار اسلام سياسى؛ برنامه نان و گل سرخ با مريم نمازى و فريبرز پويا
۲۵ مارس ۲۰۱۵
مصاحبه با رضا مرادى کارگردان نان و گل سرخ
اخبار شکه آور اين هفته: جنايت وحشيانه عليه فرخنده ۲۷ ساله در افغانستان
چپ ضد امپرياليستي و هوادار جنبش اسلامي دفاع از جنبش افراتي و دست راستي اسلامي را در پوشش چند فرهنگي،اسلام ضدايي و مقابله با راسيسم پيش ميبرد.
اين سياست با زير پشت كردن به مخالفين و قربانيان اسلام سياسي و همچنين زير پا پشت كردن به اصولي كه تاريخا چپ با ان شناخته ميشود مانند عدالت اجتماعي ، برابري ، سكولاريسم ، جهانشمولي و رهاي بشر بخصوص از مذهب پيش برده ميشود.
فتواى احمقانه: از خامنه اى عليه چهارشنبهسورى
خبر خوب: دنيا به پايان نرسيد!
کارگردان: رضا مرادى
ترجمه: خسرو قريب

Free Jafar Azimzadeh now

The following is the translation of the statement by the Free Union of Workers of Iran (Ettehadieh Azad e Kargaran e Iran) following the sentencing of Jafar Azimzadeh, the President of the Free Union, for his trade union activities. Our campaign condemns this blatant attack by the government in Iran on the Free Union and worker activists, and demands the immediate revoking of these sentences, and the release from prison of all worker activists currently in prison for defending workers’ rights. We call on all trade unions and human rights organisations around the world to condemn this latest attack on the Free Union and Jafar Azimzadeh and to demand an immediate end to the persecution of workers and labour activists in Iran.

Free Them Now! – Campaign to Free Jailed Workers in Iran

Six years in prison and a two-year ban on trade union activity for Jafar Azimzadeh

Statement by the Free Union of Workers of Iran

Jafar Azimzadeh, the President of the Free Union of Workers of Iran, and one of the coordinators of the 40,000-signature minim-pay rise campaign, has been sentenced by Branch 15 of the Revolution Court to a total of six years in prison: five years on the charge of gathering and collusion with intent to act against national security and to disturb the public peace, according to Article 610 of the Islamic Penal Code, and one year in prison on the charge of propaganda against the Islamic Republic, according to Article 500 of the Islamic Penal Code. He has also been banned for two years from membership of political parties and groups and of activity on the cyberspace and the media on the charge of illegal activities, according to Article 23 of the Islamic Penal Code.

The five-page ruling by Branch 15 of the Revolution Court is based on the following instances: the building of the Free Union of Workers of Iran, the National Union of Unemployed Workers and the Committee to Follow Up the Formation of Free Labour Organisations; taking part in the International Workers’ Day rally in Laleh Park in 2009, leading workers in the 2005 protests, organising, planning and managing workers’ gatherings under the current government and threatening to call rallies and strikes in March 2013, collecting 40,000 workers’ signatures for a petition and leading the rallies outside the National Assembly and the Labour Ministry, threatening the Labour Ministry in a letter to the Labour Minister to hold a rally on this year’s International Workers’ Day outside the Labour Ministry in protest at the announced [level of the] minimum wage, lodging a complaint, on behalf of 1,000 workers, against Saeed Mortazavi and others who have plundered the Social Welfare Fund to the tune of 3,000 billion Toman, protest at even worse anti-labour amendments in the Labour Law, meeting with other independent workers’ organisations, such as the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs United Bus Company, Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Workers Union, the Co-ordinating Committee to Form Free Labour Organisations, the Committee to Follow Up the Formation of Free Labour Organisations and giving interviews to the website of the Free Union of Workers of Iran and a number of international news media.

In the court ruling the attempt has been made to link Jafar Azimzadeh to a left organisation in the beginning of the 1979 revolution, when he was 12 to 13 years old, stating that “he was born with Marxist views”, so as to portray all of his legal and legitimate activities as a political action against the system, and thus as a basis for his prosecution.

This attempt by the intelligence and judicial officers of Branch 15 of the Revolution Court has been made at a time when there is not even a shred of evidence in his file or in the court ruling that Jafar Azimzadeh has acted against national security in the guise of trade union activity. According to the documents in his file, the interrogations and the instances cited in the court ruling, all that has led to the detention and trial of Jafar Azimzadeh and the six-year sentence against him is nothing but defending the right to life of workers in Iran and the right of millions of working-class families to a human existence.

The handing of such a sentence against Jafar Azimzadeh and the continuation of the policy of detaining members of independent workers’ organisations, such as Koorosh Bakhshandeh and other members of the committee, the mass trial of 28 workers of Chador Malou mine, the detention of Milad Darvish in the teachers’ legitimate protest in front of the National Assembly, the flogging sentences against Raazi Petrochemical workers, the collaboration of the Labour Ministry with the employers of Zagros Steel to lay off the workers of the company, the detention of the workers of Esfahan Polyacryl Company, the detention and threatening of the workers of Loushan Cement, the disgusting puppetry by the hired workers’ representatives in the Supreme Council of Labour, and the conniving by the [government’s] Labour House to impose a disgraceful pay on the working class in Iran, the detention of Jamil Mohammadi and the handing of a three and a half year sentence against him, the detention of Shapour Ehsanirad, Parvin Mohammadi and Tehran bus workers on May Day, the re-sentencing of jailed worker Behnam Ebrahimzadeh to a further nine and a half years in prison, harassment of labour activist Mohammad Jarahi in the central prison of Tabriz, the appointment of one of the highest ranking intelligence officers to the post of Labour Minister, and the full deployment of intelligence and security personnel in this ministry, etc., these actions mean nothing other than forcing the workers to yield to absolute slavery and declaration of an open war on the life and livelihood of the working class in Iran by the so-called ‘prudence and hope’ government of the marauding capitalists.

Undoubtedly, just as the repressions so far by the rulers against workers’ leaders, representatives and activists have failed to impede the struggle of the workers in Iran for a human life, as witnessed in the ongoing protests and strikes by thousands of workers and teachers around the country, so the sentences against Jafar Azimzadeh and Jamil Mohammadi will not dent the resolve and determination of workers and members of the Free Union of Workers in their defence of the right to life and livelihood of workers.

The Free Union of Workers of Iran, while condemning the six-year prison sentence and the two-year ban on activity against Jafar Azimzadeh, declares that it will not remain silent on such vicious sentences against Jafar Azimzadeh and Jamil Mohammadi, and will protest against these sentences both inside Iran and by taking this case to the International Labour Organisation (ILO). Our Union will not let these two staunch labour activists, who are among the distinguished leaders of the Free Union of Workers and the workers’ movement in Iran, to be sacrificed to the repressive interests of a pillaging minority, who by imposing extreme poverty on millions of working-class families see no other tasks for themselves in running the country than ripping off workers of their meagre earnings.

Jafar Azimzadeh and Jamil Mohammadi have not committed any other crime than round-the-clock struggle to improve the condition of workers, and curb the raids on workers’ bare tables by the plunderers, through such campaigns as the 40,000-signature petition and legal protests for a rise in the minimum wage and by launching complaints against those who have ripped workers off. The conviction of these two activists and the passing of the six-year sentence against Jafar Azimzadeh in the space of only 13 days is happening at a time when no action has been taken after one year in response to the complaint by Jafar Azimzadeh, Jamil Mohammadi and their colleagues, on behalf of 1,000 workers, against Saeed Mortazavi and others who have ransacked workers’ savings in the Social Welfare Fund, leaving them to continue to live in their billion-Toman homes on the spoils they have pocketed.

There is no doubt that taking such brutal measures against workers who have complained against those who have robbed them of their earnings, and who are demanding an end to the economic oppression against millions of working-class families, will not only not force us workers to surrender to the existing oppressive situation, but will add to the hatred and disgust of the workers and people of Iran towards the current situation.

The Free Union of Workers of Iran
15 March 2015

Translated from the Farsi original by Free Them Now! – Campaign to Free Jailed Workers in Iran