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Category: Iran

Watching the movement for liberty and democracy in Iran.

Akbar Ganji Freed

Akbar Ganji is an Iranian journalist. He wrote a series of articles accusing Iranian Intelligence Ministry agents of killing five pro-reform writers, and as a result he was sentenced to six years of prison, much of that in solitary confinement.

He has served his full six years and is now free. Free and not cowed by his punishment. Akbar Ganji is one of those rare courageous heroes who deserve our admiration and celebration.

Here are a couple of articles revealing Ganji’s enourmous courage and dedication to liberty. If every lover of liberty had this courage, we’d live in a free world.

Freed Iranian Journalist Remains Defiant

Iranian Dissident Released from Jail

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An Iranian Blogger

This time I salute an Iranian blogger, Azarmehr, living in London. He’s not a witty guy like The Sandmonkey, but he gets the job done.

Here is his front page:

Introduction: “For a democratic secular Iran. For peace and prosperity in the Middle East. This weblog was created to act as a platform for the voice of secular pro-democracy activists in and outside Iran who are struggling against the religious dictatorship of the Islamic clerics in Iran. My favourite quote: ‘Evil only prevails when the good stay silent.’ ”

A few of his articles that I recommend:

Going Back to the Repression of 80s?
Iran’s Communists Attack Sun & Lion Flags in Rally to Support Bus Drivers
Another Cartoon that the Clerics Didnt Like
Hamas Victory
Expansion of Havana-Tehran Ties

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Freedom of Speech

The following links to an article that was written in 1989, when the Ayatollah Khomeni put out a fatwa to kill Salman Rushdie over his book “The Satanic Verses”. (That fatwa against Rushdie has recently been renewed, after the publication of the 12 Danish cartoons of Mohammed. The thinking, if you can call it that, is that if Rushdie had been killed over his book, Western cartoonists would not have dared to draw Mohammed.)

This article is as pertinent as in 1989. Western appeasement of those who threaten free speech with violence is still with us, and is still as stupid.

Religious Terrorism by Leonard Peikoff.

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The War on Liberty

In 1979 there was an Islamic Revolution in Iran. I read about the imposition of a theocratic regime in horror, and expressed my horror to some people at a Christmas party. I was shocked to hear some of these people telling me off: “You should be more tolerant of other cultures. It’s not our place to criticize. They have their culture just as we have ours!” “If this is what the people want, then that’s fine. Don’t try to judge another culture by our standards!” Continue reading

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Iran to Rule the World

IRAN PREZ: DEMOCRACY? NEVER!

The above links to an article showing just how tyrannical the Iranian regime is and what it hopes to bring to the world. The article is at the New York Post, which means you have to register there. (I use Yahoo’s “Addressguard” whenever I register for anything – it’s a service of Yahoo mail that allows up to 100 throwaway addresses. It’s a good spam avoidance technique.)

The gist of the article is that Iran’s newly elected president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has presented a 7000 word document to the Islamic Majlis (parliament) stating that in an Islamic country God is the ruler, and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is the “Supreme Guide”, the chosen one from the family of the Prophet. Furthermore, Iran is destined to lead the whole of mankind into living under an Islamic theocratic state. Continue reading

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Free Akbar Ganji

I have not seen much in the news about the courageous Akbar Ganji, the Iranian investigative journalist who has been imprisoned for the last 6 years for criticizing the theocrats of the Iranian government.

Since June 11, 2005, Ganji has been on a hunger strike in protest of his unjust imprisonment.

To learn more about Ganji, click one of the links below. And maybe contact your local newspaper and tell them you want more coverage of this man’s situation. The more famous and supported he becomes around the world, the greater the chance that he’ll be set free in time to save his life.

A dying man’s cry for freedom in Iran by Max Boot. You’ll have to register at the LA Times to get to this one, but registration is free.

FREE GANJI Blog This is a blog dedicated to Akbar Ganji that includes translations of his writings and seeks to gain his freedom.

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