Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Iran badmouth Denmark prime minster

This video aired on Iran's state-own TV on June 20, 2010. Mohammad Javad Ardashir Larijani, Secretary General of Iran's High Council for Human Rights on this video said:

English subtitle

"Look at anti-Islam movement. Anti-Islamic movement is a disgraceful feature of western society. Just recently, stupid Prime Minister of Denmark came into power, that by his look you can say how idiot and stupid he is, in his first speech, he said: "I have problem with Islam." of course, he is very small drib in front of Islam. Islam is a huge rock. Since past 14 centuries, many people battered their heads on this rock (Islam) and only their heads have destroyed. what I want to say is that they are very disgraceful. Why did he (danish Prime Minister) say these stuff? Because based on their own statistics, probably on 2025, Copenhagen will be the first European city that most of it's citizens will become Muslim."
In Iran we do not have Human Rights, we only have Islamic limitations so if anyone dares to speak up, criticize Islam and Islamic laws, as Secretary General of Iran's High Council for Human Rights put it, will be destroyed. In fact I have heard this expression over and over from different people, whenever I criticized Islam, they warned me by saying: "if anyone took a fight with Islam, will be destroyed". I think Mullahs propagated this expression among Iranians.

I have two points to raise on this video. First, since Islamic republic of Iran and in general Islamic countries have different understanding of Human Rights then they have to use another term instead of messing around with principal of Human Rights. I think they should use "Islamic limitations", as you might know, when you surrender yourself to Islam then you have no rights.

Second, if we had a little freedom and there were no death threats for leaving Islam, I can say at least 30 to 40 percent of Iranians would leave Islam in no time. Even now that it is very risky to criticize Islam, anytime people feel comfortable enough, they will ridicule Islam, Islamic laws and specially mullahs. Without a slightest doubt, mullahs definitely are the most hated group in Iran.

If Larijani and like minded people are so sure of themselves and their religion, Islam, then let's change the laws and give people freedom to choose then we will see who is right. Under current conditions, leaving Islam is equal to death.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A reformist mullah caught lying

Please watch this short video:

You might remember during last year protests due to presidential election result dispute, people took the lead and they chanted their very own original slogans. One of the slogans was "No Gaza, No Lebanon, I die for Iran" which was hard thing to swallow for reformists, let alone for conservatives. Mousavi, Khatami and Karroubi did not like the slogan and they expressed their dissatisfaction publicly but people carried on again and again, even in defiance of reformists too. Mousavi had to remind people about his belief in Islamic revolutionary values and Islamic establishment and so he does not approve these kind of slogans

Probably you know the rest of story but in case you do not know, take a look at Rotten Gods archive. Let's get to the point, the other day, a reformist mullah, Kadivar on an interview with VOA lied about this famous slogan. He said
People have shouted 'Either Gaza, also Lebanon, I die for Iran' on the streets in Iran.
which it simply was not the case.

P.S. In fact I should extend my gratitude to VOA that they invited Mr. Kadivar and showed all, that there is no difference between so-called reformist mullahs and other mullahs. They are all mullahs with same mentality. The only thing I would expected to see was a sharp savvy interviewer to ask proper questions!

Iranian blogger in court

I heard today that Hossein Derakhshan had his first court appearance after 21 months imprisonment. I am not sure I should feel happy for him that he finally appeared in a court or I should be worry about the court sentence and his future.

You know, as an Iranian blogger I wish him well and I do not want to see any blogger in prison only because they express their thoughts and opinions in weblogs. Mr. Derakhshan as a blogger had ups and downs, like everyone else but at the end, he turned out to be leaning towards Islamic republic. He slowly became outright defender of Islamic revolution's doctrine, and acted like a true apologist. His change of mood didn't quite fit well in Iranian blogosphere.

He eventually became way too extreme that even he supported Iran's policy on executions and Iran's corrupted judicial system. e.g. Yaghoob Mehrnehad was an Iranian blogger who later executed on July 2008. Back then Derakhshan supported that execution sentence too, because he considered Yaghoob Mehrnehad as a separatist. Derakhshan held abhorrent views about Human rights and Iranian dissidents.

He has been detained without due process in prison for a long time now so I hope he changed for good but nevertheless, I defend his rights and freedom although I detest what he said and stood for.

Hat tips: farsnews

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Ahmadinejad's insomnia

Make a little noise for Human Rights. It might wake up some of leaders.

UN Human Rights Council declared an statement against Islamic republic of Iran's poor human rights record:
"The states that have joined in making this statement wish to express their concern at the lack of progress in the protection of human rights in Iran, particularly since the events surrounding the elections in Iran last June. The violent suppression of dissent, detention and executions without due process of law, severe discrimination against women and minorities... and restrictions on freedom of expression and religion...."

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Iran blocked wordpress.com

Iran blocked accessing to wordpress.com blogging platform since Sunday evening June 13, 2010.

I heard from some of Iranian bloggers that their wordpress blog is not blocked. I didn't think that government might have blocked whole wordpress.com service because there are too many pro-government blogs on the same platform. I thought it might be usual blocking of individual bloggers but as it appears I was wrong.

There a good chunk of Iranian bloggers utilized wordpress.com as their blogging platform.

Hat tip: weblognews

Friday, June 11, 2010

They never had the opportunity to dance

The judge asked "what is your family background? Are they all dancers?" She laughed and said: "No, well, my mom, actually both my parents are from Iran and they obviously never had the opportunity...so, my mom, is actually here, um she has always wanted to be a dancer, so..."

The judge continues "are you saying your mom wasn't allowed to dance in Iran?" she gasped: "No, she tried to...she said she stretched everyday...you know."


In Iran music was forbidden for a long time since 1979-1980 so dance too. These arts considered against Sharia law and means to corrupt society.

Mohammed Khordadian is an Iranian dancer who was living in Los Angeles. He was performing and giving dance lessons outside of Iran. His mother died in Iran so he returned back home, then later he was arrested and jailed in solidarity confinement. He was charged for "spreading corruption on earth". He was sentenced to whipping and also was banned from leaving Iran for 10 years. (Sources: BBC, Khordadian video, Khordadian wikipedia)

You might think this is an old story sometime about post revolutionary time in early days of 1979. I have a news for you, you are wrong. It happened in 2002 when Khatami, a reformist was president. I do not remember what exactly happened but I think under International pressure, later they permitted Mohammed Khordadian to leave Iran.

There have been dance classes only for women in past 10 - 15 years (I am not really sure about the exact year that dance classes finally got permission to operate) but still they are not allowed to perform in public.

So at the end, if you have the opportunity, I hope...yeah, I hope you dance.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Iran's foreign minister in Dublin

Just saw this news on AP:

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki narrowly avoided being pelted with eggs during a Dublin appearance overshadowed by angry clashes with several Iranian dissidents.


Since I remember, Iranian expatriates have been committed to embarrass authorities of Islamic Iran any chance they have got. When people inside do not have freedom to speak up, and execution, torture and prison are the only response we get from Islamic regime then some who might have the opportunity, would try to put authorities to shame.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Shahram Amiri Iranian nuclear scientist message

Iran claims that Shahram Amiri an Iranian nuclear scientist has been abducted by US and taken to the US. Yesterday he recorded a message that I literally translated here:

"Hello and thanks to the time and opportunity that has given to me to talk directly to international community. I, Shahram Amiri, am a national of Islamic republic of Iran and I am in the US and intended to study in this country.

I am free here and rest assured that I am safe. The purpose of this talk is to end rumors and accusations that expressed about me during last year. I am an Iranian and have not done anything against my country. I wish to see Iran and people of Iran on the height of success and advancement.

I have not been political and do not have any interest in political issues of any government and country. I do not believe in nuclear research and I do not have any knowledge and experience in this field. I am only a simple Health Physics researcher that study and research about radiation protection. During my stay in the US, my plan is to get PhD in Health Physics in order to help to raise health and safety of Iranian and international community.

After I finish my education, if I can travel safety [weird cut] I hope my education here would be useful for Iranians and International academic and scientific community. During this time that I am involved in scientific and university activities, I have missed very much my dear wife, Azar and my son, Mir Hossein. I know, government of Islamic republic of Iran will take care and protect my family. I want them to know that I have never left them and I always love them. I wish to meet them again [emotional voice] and reunite them after I finish my education.

I plea to everyone that stop presenting false image from me. At the end, I am thankful from the international community that understand and rightly support positive advancement of Iran and achievement of honorable Iranian people. Thank you."

Definitely there is something wrong with this recorded message. He is not comfortable, the message was not complete although he is reading from teleprompter!

Roxanne - My Baby Left Me

She has a nice voice.

Here is a little about her life story.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Views from Iran: Islamic left

On this video Laura Secor looks at Islamic republic of Iran, and to some degree she touches down on history of Islamic revolution. I recommend this video for anyone who might be interested to figure out current political atmosphere in Iran.

I have to quote this part of her speech to make a point:
Khomeini learned (from Shariati) to manipulate Marxist yearnings in order to promote what essentially was a theocratic agenda...what survives to this day in the very bones of the Islamic Republic were populism and paternalism, the vision of a state where the will of the people was subordinated to that of their betters. And one which promised succor to the poorest of the poor. The revolutionary state adopted a constitution governed ultimately by Velayate Fagih. As a side to the liberals that were close to the drafting process in '79, it also provided for an elected president and parliament.

Under the constitution the Islamic Republic adopted in 1979, the Fagih, also called the leader, controls the armed forces, including the Revolutionary Guard, the judiciary, the state media, the intelligence ministry, the foreign policy apparatus and much of the economy. The Guardian Council, a 12-member body the leader largely appoints and which answers to him, must approve all candidates for elected office and all laws passed by the parliament. The president elected from among pre-approved candidates is estimated to hold about 10 percent of state power.

Since 1979 these weak institutions, the presidency and the parliament, have been the only available instruments for democratic reform. In the first three years after the revolution liberals twice took the reins of this lesser government only to be isolated, strong-armed and expelled by a corps of radical clerics close to Khomeini. We little remember now the convulsions of those years in which Iran came very close to civil war. In 1981 militias even fought behind barricades in city streets. Khomeini did not deal lightly with political foes. Fewer than 100 political prisoners were executed in the last eight years of the Shah's rule. In the first six years of Khomeini's, that number is thought to have exceeded 7,900.

... Under these circumstances, the spectrum of political debate was obviously very limited. Political parties were essentially outlawed, and so the Iranian political scene must be described in terms of factions, shifting pressure groups within the establishment. These factions dominated the later 1980s. The Islamic Right was the faction of Ali Khamenei, president in the 1980s. The Pragmatic Right was represented by the Speaker of Parliament, Rafsanjani.
Independent observers believe that Mousavi and his cadres are the one to be responsible for totalitarian condition. Back then they were the radical group were responsible to crackdown on papers, magazines and other political parties.
But the faction that I am interested in following is the Islamic left. Then, represented in government by the Prime Minister Mir Hossein Mousavi, a name you might find familiar today. This faction was the most radical, particularly on economic and foreign policy questions. It favored exporting Iran's revolution, redistributing its' resources, and supporting transnational groups like Hezbollah. It was particularly active in early efforts to exclude liberals from government. The Islamic right and left vied for power under Khomeini, whose interventions kept Mousavi and the left alive as political forces, but, when Khomeini died, it was Khamenei, a partisan of these battles from the right, who succeeded him, the Islamic lefts fortunes swiftly reversed, as Khamenei and Rafsanjani joined forces to eject Mousavi's radicals from power.
Laura continues:
For seven years, the once powerful Islamic left wandered the political wilderness. Maybe the approach of middle age and the bitter experience of Iran's decade of war, convulsions, and violence threw in doubt their convictions of hotheaded revolutionary days. Maybe the experience of falling from favor. in the repressive state they'd helped to create humbled them, convinced them of a need for freedoms of speech and association for a system that could brook dissent. Maybe, as less charitable observers have ventured. some of them simply sought a road back to power.
When Mousavi announced he would candidate for presidency many thought he might have changed a great deal but Mousavi and his cadre's attitude towards protesters selection of slogans, defending Khomeini's actions so their own dark history, their continual paternalism behaviour, their strong support for Hezbollah against the will of majority of protesters and last but not least, their same old propaganda approach shows they have not changed much. They are the same old fanatical Islamic revolutionaries hungry for power!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Mullahs on slow pace of life

Islam is mainly past oriented so as we can see Muslim countries are under developed and just it happens that some of these countries sit on great natural resources, otherwise we might have been starved to death without petrol dollars!

Also I can say, religions in general have nothing for future. By the way, there are too many points raised on this video without enough data, so I need more information!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Iranian police throw suspects into the trunk of police car

This video shows Iranian police throw two suspects in trunk of a police car while another person is already in the trunk of a second police car. I do not know the story behind of arrests in following video.

During arrest Iranian police usually throw suspect into the trunk of car to humiliate and so crush their confidence. Then suspects would be held in temporary custody and during that moment usually will be tortured to confess. This is the process that suspects usually go through since they get arrested. I have to mention that political suspects usually go through process, not necessarily better but different.

A film for Neda

Many Iranians have became unknown victims of Islamic republic of Iran's violent approach, e.g. 1988 massacre. Sadly most of them have gone unknown. If it wasn't for cellphone and Internet, most probably Neda would have been unknown today, like many others but as it turns out she became International symbol of average Iranian struggle for freedom.

This documentary directed by Antony Thomas.