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Latest roundup news/opinion on the Islamic Fascistic Oppression Republic of Iran (June 24-29, 2009)

June 29, 2009

Latest roundup news/opinion on the Islamic Fascistic Oppression Republic of Iran (June 24-29, 2009)
The Arabs watch Iran with forlorn envy – Jun 24, 2009
Others in the Arab world see Iran’s Islamic Revolution as a nasty export commodity that has only spelled trouble for Arab societies. …
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&categ_id=5&article_id=103371

Top cleric calls for “merciless” treatment of Iran protesters
WashingtonTV – Jun 26, 2009
Under Iran’s Islamic law, punishment for people convicted as mohareb is execution. Khatami went on to say that “European, American and English” media
http://televisionwashington.com/floater_article1.aspx?lang=en&t=1&id=11625

Cleric calls for execution of some Iranian protesters Washington Times
http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jun/27/cleric-calls-for-execution-of-some-protesters/

The Green Revolution(s)
New York Times – Thomas L. Friedman – Jun 23, 2009
End our addiction to the oil that funds Iran’s Islamic dictatorship. Launching a real Green Revolution in America would be the best way to support the …
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/24/opinion/24friedman.html?ref=opinion

Israeli President’s Azerbaijan Trip Breaks New Ground RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
http://www.rferl.org/content/Israeli_Presidents_Azerbaijan_Trip_Breaks_New_Ground/1764106.html

Iranian women’s long struggle for their rights
http://www.iranian.com/main/node/70225

Slain woman’s story said much about life in Iran Kansas City Star
http://www.kansascity.com/277/story/1282694.html

Burka & women’s liberation
DAWN.com – Huma Yusuf – Jun 29, 2009
Denying women the option to veil themselves may provide France with a vision of a progressive Islam, but it will compromise the reality of …
http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/16-burka-and-womens-liberation-hs-02

On Religion For Bahais, a Crackdown Is Old News
New York Times – Samuel G. Freedman – ‎Jun 26, 2009‎
Even after 30 years of official oppression of Bahais, Mr. Hosseiny repeats a mantra that mullahs plainly do not hear: that Bahaism is a religion of peace, …
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/27/us/27religion.html?ref=global-home

Their Jail Is Islam . . .”
Right Side News – Diana West – Jun 29, 2009
Their jail is Islam and changing the warden from one thug to another will not set them free. Soaring line. King goes on to address the “women of Iran. …
http://www.rightsidenews.com/200906295291/global-terrorism/qtheir-jail-is-islamq.html

A Royal ‘We Shall Overcome’ for Iran Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/22/AR2009062202625.html

Iranian Actress Shohreh Aghdashloo Speaks Out Loudly …
Huffington Post – Jun 28, 2009
Jackbooted by the Islamic laws put into place after the Ayatollah Khomeini’s “revolution” deposed one dictatorship and imposed another in 1979, …
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brad-balfour/iranian-actress-shohreh-a_b_221992.html

Iran’s battle with Britain escalates
Globe and Mail – Jun 28, 2009
The debate unleashed the biggest street protests since the 1979 Islamic Revolution: At least 25 have died and more than 2000 have been arrested. …
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/irans-battle-with-britain-escalates-as-eu-blasts-embassy-arrests/article1200160/

Iranian Police Clash With 3000 Protesters CBS News
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/06/28/world/main5119813.shtml

EGYPT: Calls for action against Iran over elections Los Angeles Times
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/babylonbeyond/2009/06/egypt-egypts-calls-for-action-in-iran-can-backlash-on-the-regime.html

Iranians hold park vigil for slain protesters CharlotteObserver.com
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/local/story/803699.html

Mullahs Cannot Stop the Persian Reawakening American Thinker
http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/06/mullahs_cannot_stop_the_persia.html

Solidarity With People Of Iran Santa Barbara Edhat
http://www.edhat.com/site/tidbit.cfm?id=1400&nid=20700

News/Editorial RoundUp on Islamic (OPPRESSIVE) Republic of Iran June 19-24 2009

June 25, 2009

News/Editorial RoundUp on Islamic (OPPRESSIVE) Republic of Iran June 19-24 2009

Today Everyone is an Iranian American Thinker – Amil Imani – Jun 19, 2009 We must demand justice for our compatriots who are suffering under the yoke of Islamofascism in Iran.
http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/06/today_everyone_is_an_iranian.html

Iran’s Pro-Democracy Protestors Call for Our Help Brussels Journal – Jun 22, 2009 The enemy of the pro-democracy protestors is not only an Islamofascist regime, it is an enemy intent on wiping Israel off the face of the earth, …
http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/3976

mccain on Iran: ‘This Is About Human Rights and Values’ FOXNews – Jun 23, 2009 This is about human rights and values and the repression and oppression of people. We speak out because we think there are universal values that all of us …
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,528360,00.html

An Appeal from Iran Tikkun – June 24, 2009 We warned against the increased oppression, we repeatedly cautioned and begged – do not leave us on our own.
http://www.tikkun.org/article.php/20090624045014431

It’s about the women – Jun 23, 2009 Radical Islam is worse for women than arguably any other group, except maybe Jews. Women are the ones arrested in Iran for…
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1245184910763&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Interview with PM Netanyahu in the German newspaper “Bild” Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs (press release) – June 24, 2009 BILD: To repeat your own words: “The biggest threat for peace in the world, for mankind, originates from radical Islam and nuclear weapons.
http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Government/Speeches+by+Israeli+leaders/2009/Interview_PM_Netanyahu_German_newspaper_Bild_22-Jun-2009.htm

From imam to dictator guardian.co.uk – June 24, 2009 With every day that passes, Iran’s Islamic government has less and less legitimacy in the eyes of its own people.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2009/jun/24/iran-islam-imam-dictator

Demonstrations planned to protest Islamic regime and killings in Iran Examiner.com – June 24, 2009 Neda Agha-Soltan, the 27 year old shot in the chest by the Islamic regime of Iran’s Baseeji security forces on June 20 died before our very eyes …
http://www.examiner.com/x-3035-Everyday-People-Examiner~y2009m6d24-Demonstrations-planned-to-protest-Islamic-regime-and-killings-in-Iran

Ahmadinejad Reaps Benefits of Stacking Key Iran Agencies With His Allies New York Times – Neil MacFarquhar – June 24, 2009 The reformist candidate who has been the most outspoken in attacking the Ahmadinejad government on legal and religious grounds has been Mehdi Karoubi. In a letter attacking the election results, he said that the victorious camp were “advocates of a reactionary and Taliban-like Islam,” meaning no dissent would be tolerated.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/25/world/middleeast/25tehran.html?ref=global-home

News RoundUp on Islamic (OPPRESSIVE) Republic of Iran June 13-15 2009

June 16, 2009

News RoundUp on Islamic (OPPRESSIVE) Republic of Iran June 13-15 2009

Blood in Tehran
Newsweek –
Tens of thousands march peacefully in Iran. But in the end… violent death. Vahid Salemi / AP By Maziar Bahari | Newsweek Web …
http://www.newsweek.com/id/202045

Iran: 12 students reported killed in crackdown after violent clashes
U.TV – At least 12 people may have died in violent clashes with Iran’s security forces following President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed re-election, according to …
http://u.tv/News/Iran-12-students-reported-killed-in-crackdown-after-violent-clashes/41811c29-6c81-4d20-b682-bde23c0e4d04

Iran Lawmakers Urge Arrests After Tehran University Attack NASDAQ
http://www.nasdaq.com/aspx/stock-market-news-story.aspx?storyid=200906151214dowjonesdjonline000437&title=iran-lawmakers-urge-arrests-after-tehran-university-attack

Iranian Students: It Seems That We Are All Alone The Weekly Standard
http://www.weeklystandard.com/weblogs/TWSFP/2009/06/iranian_students_it_seems_that_1.asp

Peaceful rally in Tehran ended in bloodshed Examiner.com
http://www.examiner.com/x-6568-San-Jose-Persian-Community-Examiner~y2009m6d15-Peaceful-rally-in-Tehran-ended-in-bloodshed

Islamic regime WON BIG, Iran LOST BAD!
Jun 13, 2009
Same oppression, same fundamentalism, same regime, same policies. The reason is simple. This is a mafia regime with a godfather at the top. …
http://www.iranian.com/main/node/67548

Obama ‘Troubled’ by Post-Election Situation in Iran Bloomberg http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=a0cGCJY4MtC8

Video: Reaction: Was Irans presidential election fair? UPI
http://www.upi.com/video/Issue_of_the_Day/2009/06/15/reaction_was_irans_presidential_election_fair/UPI-12450955267626/

Speed of Iran vote count called suspicious (AP)
AP – How do you count almost 40 million handwritten paper ballots in a matter of hours and declare a winner? That’s a key question in Iran’s disputed presidential election. International polling experts and Iran analysts said the speed of the vote count, coupled with a lack of detailed election data normally released by officials, was fueling suspicion around President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s landslide victory.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/06/15/ap/world/main5090658.shtml

Merkel says signs of irregularities in Iran vote
http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSTRE55E2WZ20090615

Iran Election Dispute Plays Out Online
Washington Post –
Many international news organizations are live-blogging the Iran story, collecting news from both mainstream and citizen sources. …
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/15/AR2009061502253.html

Did Iran concoct election results before the election?
Hot Air –
In Iran’s case, the quick oppression would have come regardless of how big Mousavi won, but the Iranians may have had a pretty good idea of the scale of the …
http://hotair.com/archives/2009/06/15/did-iran-concoct-election-results-before-the-election/

Nuke agency head critical of NKorea, Iran Syria The Associated Press
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5g9q4mTfGpqomOPNxY7pyDFXgDvHgD98R5OSG1

US kills militant said linked to Iran’s Quds Force The Associated Press
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hvWEqwq3CrRvaQCmt21MfoYhjZJQD98NQFBG0

US kills Afghan Taliban commander with links to Iran Telegraph.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/5495797/US-kills-Afghan-Taliban-commander-with-links-to-Iran.html

Iran: ‘Sunnite rebels claim mosque bombing’
http://www.mmorning.com/ArticleC.asp?Article=6899&CategoryID=6

ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN’S PERSECUTION OPPRESSION OF MINORITIES – ISLAMIC APARTHEID

April 24, 2009
ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN’S PERSECUTION OPPRESSION OF MINORITIES – ISLAMIC APARTHEID

In General, Christians, Baha’i, Kurds, Jews, Azeris, Baluchis, Ahwazi Arabs

Again, religious persecution in Iran
February 20, 2009
Ethel C. Fenig
As Thomas Lifson noted yesterday Iranian authorities destroyed a Sufi holy site, continuing their practice of pressuring and discriminating against religions that do not strictly follow the Shi’ite form of Islam. But the Sufis are not the only religious minority suffering discrimination in Iran.

The 2500 year old Jewish community, which numbered over 80,000 thirty years ago at the time of the Khoemeni Revolution which overthrew the Shah, has dwindled to about 20,000. Those remaining Jews live restricted personal and religious lives, always under suspicion of being traitors for pro “Zionist” activities.
Despite the official distinction between “Jews,” “Zionists,” and “Israel,” the most common accusation the Jews encounter is that of maintaining contacts with Zionists. The Jewish community does enjoy a measure of religious freedom but is faced with constant suspicion of cooperating with the Zionist state and with “imperialistic America” — both such activities are punishable by death. Jews who apply for a passport to travel abroad must do so in a special bureau and are immediately put under surveillance. The government does not generally allow all members of a family to travel abroad at the same time to prevent Jewish emigration. Again, the Jews live under the status of dhimmi, with the restrictions im posed on religious minorities. Jewish leaders fear government reprisals if they draw attention to official mistreatment of their community.

Iran’s official government-controlled media often issues anti-Semitic propaganda. A prime example is the government’s publishing of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a notorious Czarist forgery, in 1994 and 1999.2 Jews also suffer varying degrees of officially sanctioned discrimination, particularly in the areas of employment, education, and public accommodations.
The Islamization of the country has brought about strict control over Jewish educational institutions. Before the revolution, there were some 20 Jewish schools functioning throughout the country. In recent years, most of these have been closed down. In the remaining schools, Jewish principals have been replaced by Muslims. In Teheran there are still three schools in which Jewish pupils constitute a majority. The curriculum is Islamic, and Persian is forbidden as the language of instruction for Jewish studies. Special Hebrew lessons are conducted on Fridays by the Orthodox Otzar ha-Torah organization, which is responsible for Jewish religious education. Saturday is no longer officially recognized as the Jewish sabbath, and Jewish pupils are compelled to attend school on that day. There are three synagogues in Teheran, but since 1994, there has been no rabbi in Iran, and the bet din does not function.
At least 13 Jews have been executed in Iran since the Islamic revolution 30 years ago, most of them for either religious reasons or their connection to Israel. For example, in May 1998, Jewish businessman Ruhollah Kakhodah-Zadeh was hanged in prison without a public charge or legal proceeding, apparently for assisting Jews to emigrate.
Other religious groups are persecuted too. This week Iran admitted that seven Bahai leaders arrested and detained more than eight months ago would be charged with spying for Israel.
The Bahai faith, which began in the 19th century in what is now Iran, claims their founder, Baha’a’llah, is the last Moslem prophet, not Mohammed. Bahai’s international headquarters are located in Haifa, Israel where Bahais, along with Moslems and Christians of various backgrounds, plus other religions in addition to Jews can practice freely.
This is not true in Iran.
Bahais claim 300,000 followers in Iran, but there are no independent statistics on the denomination’s size in the country. The Islamic republic allows Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians, who are regarded as members of monotheistic religions, to hold religious gatherings. Bahais are forbidden to hold such meetings, and those who make their faith public are banned from studying at universities serving in the army and working in government offices.
The Iranian prosecutors claim
“All evidence points to the fact that the Bahai organization is in direct contact with the foreign enemies of Iran,” Dorri-Najafabadi wrote in the letter, (snip) “The ghastly Bahai organization is illegal on all levels, their dependence on Israel has been documented, their antagonism with Islam and the Islamic System is obvious, their danger for national security is proven and any replacement organization must also be dealt with according to the law,”
This charge is part of the latest prosecution against Iranian Bahais.
The Bahai International Community, which represents members of the faith worldwide, says hundreds of followers have been jailed and some executed in the years since Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution.
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2009/02/again_religious_persecution_in.html

Religious minorities in Iran: Information from Answers.com
http://www.cambridge.org/us/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=0521770734

Iran Minority News
http://iranminoritynews.org

Middle East Minorities Unite! by Joseph … Iran ’s Islamic republic has created serious problems for the large communities of non-Persian minorities, including the Azeri’s and the Baluchis and is … http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=24209

Q&A: Iran’s Waning Human Rights – New York Times, Iran is a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which affords legal rights to minorities and minors. Persecution of religious minorities …
http://www.nytimes.com/cfr/world/slot1_081006.html?_r=3&oref=slogin&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

AZERIS
azerireport.com – Iran Fears Velvet Revolution: Can Azeris Do It? Also, religious minorities such as Christians, Jews and Bahais have also been persecuted. The news regarding arrests of Azeri ethnics in Iran is not unusual …
http://azerireport.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=973&Itemid=49

Minorities Persecuted In Iran, Voice of America interviews Fakhte …Sep 22, 2006 … Religious and ethnic minorities in Iran are often persecuted by the government. Azeris, who make up approximately one-quarter of Iran’s …
http://www.en.baybak.com/minorities-persecuted-in-iran.azr

Iran Minority News » Blog Archive » Persecution of Large Minority …Persecution of Large Minority Community, the Iranian Azeris.
http://iranminoritynews.org/2009/04/01/persecution-of-large-minority-community-the-iranian-azeris/

Persecution, Tension and Awakening in Northern Iran – The Henry …Many Azeris view themselves as something of a sleeping giant in Iranian politics … and Azeris, but of Arabs, Kurds, Balochs, Turkmen and other minorities, …
http://www.henryjacksonsociety.org/stories.asp?id=343

Persecution Of Azeri Iranians, Listen to Persecution Of Iran’s Azeri Minority (Real Player) audio clip. For the past fifteen years, the Iranian Azerbaijani minority has been fighting for …
http://www.voanews.com/uspolicy/archive/2006-10/2006-10-12-voa6.cfm

UNPO – UNPO General Assembly Joint Member Resolution… repression and persecution of ethnic and religious minorities in Iran, … The Ahwazi Arab, Azeri Turk, Balochi and Kurdish nation members of UNPO …
http://www.unpo.org/content/view/8296/259/

Amnesty Blogs: Hurry Up Hurriyat : Ethnic minority journalists in Iran, Aug 29, 2008 …Iran minorities journalist journalists arab balochi kurd … Azizi’s case is part of a growing trend in Iran against journalists from Arab, Azeri, … restive amid claims of cultural persecution and discrimination. …
http://blogs.amnesty.org.uk/blogs_entry.asp?eid=1842

Iran Working Group examines the situation of ethnic and religious minorities
2008-03-17
LEADERSHIP COUNCIL FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, March 13 representatives of Iran’s ethnic and religious groups testified at a meeting of the Iran Working Group, a Congressional body co-chaired by Congressman Mark Kirk and Congressman Robert Andrews. The Leadership Council for Human Rights assisted in organizing the hearing, which included testimony from Fakhteh Zamani, Director of the Association for the Defense of Azerbaijani Political Prisoners; Sharif Behruz, U.S. Representative of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan; Kit Bigelow, Director of External Affairs for the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the U.S.; Dr. Ali Al-Taie, Professor at Shaw University and author of The Arabs of Khuzestan and Iran; Dr. M. Hosseinbor, Iranian Baluchi and author of Iran and Its Nationalities: The Case of Baloch Nationalism; and Nina Shea, vice chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
LCHR President Kathryn Cameron Porter served as moderator. Porter stressed the importance of seeking solidarity among Iran’s diverse marginalized groups in order to promote human rights for all persecuted peoples.
Rep. Kirk, who convened the working group meeting, said the treatment of Iran’s minorities was a bi-partisan issue of concern. He spoke about the importance of Iran in the future of the United States’ foreign policy, and warned about the danger of failing to understand the country’s complexities and making cultural mistakes.
Nina Shea gave a comprehensive summary of the International Religious Freedom Report on Iran, describing “systematic, ongoing persecution based primarily or entirely upon religion.” Iran’s constitution recognizes Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians, as well as non-Shi’a Muslims, as members of official minority religions, but there are severe limitations upon the rights of these groups. According to the International Religious Freedom Report, religious minorities “face substantial societal discrimination, and government actions continued to support elements of society who create a threatening atmosphere.”
Groups that are not recognized face even greater problems, as illustrated by the testimony of Kit Bigelow. More than 200 Baha’is have been killed in Iran since 1978 and countless more have been imprisoned, attacked and harassed, she said. The elimination of the Baha’is is explicit government policy, meaning that they face arbitrary arrest, imprisonment, and defamation from the government sponsored media on a daily basis.
Since Ahmadinejad came to power there has been a new wave of discrimination against Baha’is, Bigelow said. A new draft penal code is currently being considered which specifically requires the death penalty as a punishment for apostasy, and it is thought that this is a direct threat against the Baha’i community which is regularly condemned for apostasy by the authorities.
Discrimination goes beyond religion. Iran is home to many distinct ethnic groups with their own identities and languages. Persians, the dominant ethnic group in Iran, in fact constitute just 45 percent of the population, said Dr. Hosseinbor. The remaining 55 percent of the population, made up of Kurds, Baluchis, Arabs, Azeris, Turkmen and Turks, tend to be spread around the outside of the state, often splitting their population between two or three countries.
Sharif Behruz said that the poorest areas of Iran are those populated by ethnic minorities. Lack of investment has resulted in a comparatively low quality of life.
One of the biggest grievances of Iran’s ethnic minorities, expressed by all the representatives of minority groups present at the meeting, is the restriction on cultural rights, particularly the use of minority languages. Kurds, Azeris, Baluchis and other minorities are not permitted to use their mother tongue in schools, and there are significant barriers to the publishing of books. This is just one part of a larger policy of “forced assimilation” which, according to Fakhteh Zamani, has been put in place by the rulers of Iran since the 1920s.
The state-sponsored media also runs defamation campaigns, she said, including openly insulting Azeris, depicting them as intellectually challenged characters, and generally perpetuating the misconception that they are “backward”- a stereotype held by many due to the fact that they are not fluent in Farsi, the official national language.
Under the Islamic Republic, said Sharif Behruz, people are systematically repressed, and minorities are viewed as second class citizens: “unlawful detentions, torture, harassment, executions and disappearances have become a daily routine in the Kurdish areas,” he said.
Behruz said that in order to move forward and develop Iran must become “democratic and decentralized.” This would “recover its devastated economy, create political stability inside and assist in bringing about stability, security in the region, and most importantly, as an effective member of the international community can strengthen world peace.”
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee emphasized the importance of continuing to speak up for these minority groups. “Every government can be judged by its treatment of ethnic and religious minorities,” she said, “and Iran would get a failing grade.”
http://www.pdki.org/articles1-1337-83.htm

Many Azeris see Iranian hand behind wave of unrest
Iran is working hard to become the leader of the global jihad. By Ilan Greenberg in the International Herald Tribune, with thanks to Twostellas:
BAKU, Azerbaijan: An article denigrating Islam published early last month in an obscure newspaper here in the capital has led to emotional demonstrations across Azerbaijan and in Iran. A prominent Iranian cleric demanded the death of the two writers of the article, who have been imprisoned in Azerbaijan.
The article blamed Islam for Azerbaijan’s meager development and likened the Prophet Muhammad to a used handkerchief. The ensuing furor echoes the case of the Danish cartoons published in September 2005 that mocked Islam and that, months later, generated protests throughout the Muslim world.
Here, the thunderous rhetoric from village imams and other religious conservatives has sent tremors through the Azeri government and the secular elite of the nation.
“I am for freedom of speech but not the freedom to insult,” said Haji Ilgar, an imam at the Jama Old City Mosque in Baku who is often critical of the government of the secular president, Ilham Aliyev. “The only solution is to take this to the courts.”
Many Azeris see the roots of the trouble in what they consider Iran’s shadowy influence here. The two countries have had an often prickly relationship since Azerbaijan’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Iran is the regional power, and Azerbaijan is an up- and-coming oil state, tucked between Iran and Russia on the Caspian Sea.
Both Iran and Azerbaijan are Shiite, but Azeris fear that Iran wants to destabilize the country by spreading its brand of militant Islam across the border. Iran is struggling to deal with a large minority — upwards of a third — of Iran’s 66 million people who are ethnic Azeri, a beleaguered minority that frequently agitates for more rights and cultural autonomy. Iran does not want them to get any ideas from a secular and prospering Azerbaijan, in this view.
http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/014536.php

AHWAZI – ARABS
The British Ahwazi Friendship Society campaigns on behalf of the Ahwazi Arabs, an indigenous ethnic group persecuted by successive Iranian governments. …
http://www.ahwaz.org.uk/

Middle East transfer: The continuing Iranian persecution of its Ahwazi Arab population … Over a million Arabs have been deported from the district of Al-Ahwaz, home to some eight million Arabs, in Southern-East Iran, near the Iraqi border. …
http://www.henryjacksonsociety.org/stories.asp?id=366

Tehran’s secret war against its own people | Peter Tatchell …Oct 10, 2006 … The persecution of Ahwazi Arabs and the takeover of their land has led to …. is so silent in the face of Iran’s persecution of Arabs. …
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/guest_contributors/article666792.ece

San Francisco Chronicle – Little-known Arab group in Iran faces …Little-known Arab group in Iran faces persecution … The government accuses Ahwazi Arabs of plotting foreign invasions with everyone from the CIA to Saddam …
http://web.radicalparty.org/pressreview/print_right.php

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World Prout Assembly: Ahwazis: Arab Group in Iran Faces Persecution, Ahwazis: Arab Group in Iran Faces Persecution. For decades, the Persian shahs and ayatollahs of Iran have uprooted Ahwazi Arabs from their oil-rich region …
http://www.worldproutassembly.org/archives/2006/11/ahwazis_arab_gr.htmlfunc=detail&par=14038

Iran, stop persecuting your Arab minority | Op-Ed Contributors …Yet the Iranian regime’s claim to represent the interests of Arabs is belied by its brutal persecution of the indigenous Ahwazi Arabs living within its own …
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?c=JPArticle&cid=1207649974077&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Iran’s Occupied Territories – The Henry Jackson Society, Apr 16, 2008 … Ahwazi Arabs want to be free of ethnic persecution and political oppression and be part of an Iran that embraces cultural diversity and …
http://www.henryjacksonsociety.org/stories.asp?id=597

This an appeal by Ahwazi Arab journalist Mohammad Hassan Fallahiya to the … to raise the issues of national [ethnic] and religious persecution in Iran…
https://www.indymedia.ie/article/84872

Ahwazi: WS on the Case of Ahwazi Arabs in Iran, These persons, all members of Iran’s Ahwazi Arab minority were … According to reports, demonstrators were demanding an end to the persecution of Arabs, … http://www.unpo.org/article.php?id=3985

Look Who’s Persecuting Their Arab Minority! Persecution of an Arab minority. Confiscation of Arab land. Ethnic cleansing. It’s just another day in…Iran. … Tehran has a grand plan to make the Ahwazi a minority in their own land through … As I have written from time to time, Islam is very unpopular in Iran … http://daledamos.blogspot.com/search/label/Iran

Ahwazi: Twenty Persons Face Execution in Iran http://www.unpo.org/article.php?id=5371

CHRISTIANS
Iran Christian Persecution Profile
http://www.cswusa.com/Countries/Iran.htm

The Persecution of Christians in Iran http://www.jubileecampaign.co.uk/world/ira1.htm

Iran Christian Persecution, Christian Persecution continues in Islamic Fundamentalist State of Iran.
http://www.warriorsfortruth.com/iran-christian-persecution.html

Sep 11, 2008 … Two Iranian Christians from Muslim backgrounds may receive the death penalty on charges of apostasy, according to prosecution documents …
http://www.christianpersecution.info/news/iranian-christians-face-death-penalty-in-iran-16204/

Tortured Christian flees Iran. – OneNewsNow – 7/22/2008 11:30:00 AM Bookmark and Share … Iranian Christian Mohsen Namvar has fled across the border into Turkey with his family. ….
http://www.onenewsnow.com/Persecution/Default.aspx?id=186434

BAHA’I
The Case of the Bahá’í Minority in Iran
http://www.bahai.org/article-1-8-3-7.html

Escalating persecution in Iran – http://www.bahai.org.au/scripts/WebObjects.exe/BNO.woa/wa/pages?page=28/64/EscalatingpersecutioninIran1

Clergy gather to protest Iran’s persecution of the Bahai Faith
Organizers say if a government can persecute one religion, all faiths are at risk
April 09, 2009
By john darling
for the Mail Tribune
Leaders of several faiths are gathering Saturday in Medford to protest the persecution of members of the Bahai Faith under the Iranian government and to show support for a resolution by U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., calling for the release of prisoners being held in Iraq for their faith.
http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090409/NEWS/904090321/-1/LIFE

KURDS
The Plight of Iran’s Kurds | The Middle East InstituteIndeed, to understand the plight of Kurds in Iran, Amitay contended, … coupled with what Amitay characterizes as the persecution of Kurds in Turkey, …
http://www.mideasti.org/summary/plight-irans-kurds

Kurdistan – Kurdish Conflict, There were approximately 4 million Kurds in Iran as of a 1986 census. … which historically has been persecuted by both Sunni and Shia Muslims. …
http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/war/kurdistan.htm

Forgotten people: the world and the Kurds. (persecution of Kurds …(persecution of Kurds in Iran and Iraq after the cease-fire) … find The Nation articles. We’re living through hard times,” a Kurdish father tells his son …
http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-7849315.html

The Unknown Oppression of the Kurds …. Iran had used the Kurdish parties of northern Iraq during its war with Iraq. So, all these countries benefit from …
http://www.mit.edu/~thistle/v12/2/kurds.html

Testimony of Sharif Behruz, Democratic Party of Iranian …Mar 13, 2008 … The Kurdish area of Iranian Kurdistan is 125000 sq km which is about 8 … most of the Kurds in Iran suffer from triple layers of oppression …
http://www.pdki.org/articles1-1346-28.htm

Iran: Freedom of Expression and Association in the Kurdish Regions …Jan 9, 2009 … (A list of persons who faced governmental persecution as a result of ….. [62] “Iran: Kurdish Teacher Tortured, Sentenced to Death,” Human …
http://www.hrw.org/en/node/79044/section/7

VOA News – Persecution Of Kurdish Iranians. … Farzad Kamangar is a teacher, a human rights defender, and a member of Iran’s Kurdish minority. …
http://www.voanews.com/uspolicy/2009-01-13-voa1.cfm

Statement of Support by Writers and Journalists from Kurdistan …Many of my community members have themselves experienced persecution, imprisonment, and torture before fleeing Iran. Hearing the Kurdish statement …
http://www.iranpresswatch.org/2009/02/kurdish-statement-support/

Forgotten people: the world and the Kurds. (persecution of Kurds in Iran and Iraq after the cease-fire) .
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_hb1367/is_198908/ai_n5609451/

Autonomy of Iranian KurdistanNov 8, 1983 … of democracy in Iran and autonomy in Kurdistan, and in order to overcome the double oppression of the oppressed Kurdish nationality. …
http://www.iran-e-azad.org/english/kurd.html

Plan for Autonomy of Iranian Kurdistan… The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) is the parliament-in-exile of … and in order to overcome the double oppression of the oppressed Kurdish nationality. … 1- The autonomous region encompasses all of Iranian Kurdistan. …
http://ncr-iran.org/content/view/32/

Alliance for Kurdish Rights » Family wounded and boy killed during …Mar 11, 2009 … Iranian Shelling Wounds Two In Iraqi Kurdistan · AKR: Turkish and Iranian bombardments on Iraqi Kurdistan destroy more villages …
http://www.kurdishrights.org/2009/03/11/kurdish-family-wounded-and-lose-a-child-during-continued-iranian-shelling/

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Iran have reached an initial agreement to stop the Iranian shelling of Kurdish villages within the region’s …
http://www.kurdishglobe.net/displayArticle.jsp?id=119E2E82C8561D03A47CE58116B1840E

JEWS
Family Security Matters » Publications » Shi’ite Iran’s Genocidal … of religious oppression against Persian Jews and other non-Muslims. …
http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.656/pub_detail.asp

THE IRANIAN: Jews in Iran, Pooya Dayanim, Mar 12, 2003 … The Islamic Republic reminds Iranian Jews of their uncertain fate and …. Iranian Jews face severe discrimination and persecution in Iran. …
http://www.iranian.com/Opinion/2003/March/Jews

BALUCHIS
Pakistan/Iran: The Baluchi Minority’s ‘Forgotten Conflict’
October 25, 2007
By Abubakar Siddique
October 25, 2007 (RFE/RL) — The Baluchi minority in southwestern Pakistan and southeastern Iran is increasingly marginalized, discriminated against by the state, and suffers from limited access to the benefits of citizenship, according to political observers and human rights groups.
Although the 6 million-8 million ethnic Baluchis in both countries live in a strategic location atop untapped hydrocarbon and mineral deposits and possible trade routes, it looks unlikely that their grim conditions will improve soon.
A report released on October 22 by the International Crisis Group argues that only free and fair elections are likely to encourage Baluchi participation in Pakistani politics. The Brussels-based think tank predicts that in the absence of political reconciliation, violence will continue unabated between Pakistan’s military and Baluchi nationalist militants demanding political and economic autonomy.
“The Baluch people think their resources are being monopolized by the government, that their land and their resources are not their own, and that there is no freedom to express their opinions.” — I.A. Rehman, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan
Baluchi leaders claim to be fighting for autonomy and control over their people’s abundant natural resources, but Islamabad regards them as revolutionaries bankrolled by regional archrival India. Years of armed insurrection have killed hundreds of Baluchi militants, Pakistani troops, and civilians.
I.A. Rehman, the director of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, an independent group that monitors human rights abuses, says the fighting has displaced thousands of Baluchis in the insurgency-plagued districts of Dera Bugti and Kohlu. Rehman told RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan that the government’s strong-arm tactics to suppress the insurgency have created a troubling human rights situation.
“There is the question of the suppression of all dissent. The cases of the disappeared people are only the tip of the problem,” Rehman said. “The real issue in Baluchistan is that the Baluch people think their resources are being monopolized by the government, that their land and their resources are not their own, and that there is no freedom to express their opinions.”
Displaced Or Missing
The International Crisis Group calls the Baluchi plight a “forgotten conflict.” It maintains that the fighting has so far displaced 84,000 people, while thousands of Baluchi nationalist activists languish in jails and hundreds remain missing.
The Pakistani government meanwhile claims to be pouring billions of dollars into major infrastructure-development projects, including a new port on the Arabian sea coast at Gwadar, along with the construction of major roads, rail networks, dams, and new cantonments. Other ambitious projects are aimed at extracting gold, copper, oil, gas, and minerals in Baluchistan Province, which accounts for nearly half of Pakistan’s territory and is home to some 8 million people, about half of them ethnic Pashtuns.
But many Baluchis oppose such projects and regard them as unfair efforts to exploit their land. Mariana Baabar, an Islamabad-based journalist and political commentator, says the Baluchis are among the most impoverished groups in the country, and require assistance to meet basic needs as well as longer-term development efforts.
“They do not have clean drinking water. They are not being provided with [basic] health care or education. And they are even regarded as not being part of Pakistan,” Baabar said. The Pakistani government “is trying to build a port in Gawadar, but, again, non-Baluchis from Punjab and other regions are being taken there [to settle]. So that is why the people of Baluchistan are unhappy.”
Poverty, Discrimination
Across the border in neighboring Iran, Baluchis are enduring similar woes. There some 2 million Baluchis concentrated in Iran’s southeastern Sistan-Baluchistan Province, representing about 2 percent of the country’s total population.
Drewery Dyke, a Middle East researcher for human rights watchdog Amnesty International in London, told Radio Free Afghanistan that Iran’s Baluchi population is subject to economic and cultural discrimination. Sistan-Baluchistan is “certainly one of the poorest and most deprived provinces in the country. And it has suffered droughts and extreme weather conditions. And certainly — with respect to the situation of women and schooling for girls — there are shortcomings that the state really needs to address,” Dyke said.
In a September report that Dyke helped research, Amnesty International documented rights abuses by Iranian authorities and the armed Baluchi and hard-line Sunni group Jondallah (which has reportedly been renamed the Iranian Peoples’ Resistance Movement). Since 2005, Jondallah appears to have carried out lethal attacks on Iranian security forces, and taken and executed hostages. Iranian authorities have blamed Jondollah for other attacks that resulted in civilian casualties, but the group has denied responsibility.
Amnesty International has criticized the arrest of suspected Baluchi militants who might have been subjected to torture to produce forced confessions. The group has expressed concern over special judicial procedures put in place by Iranian authorities, and a steep rise in the number of Baluchis who have been targeted.
Dyke said the Iranian authorities “have established a special court…almost like a security court to deal with what is obviously a very severe situation — in some respects, an insurgency in the country. It appears to [have led] to a decline, an erosion of the safeguards, [of] the fair-trial standards and a massive rise in the implementation of the death penalty against the Baluchis.”
The plights of their respective Baluchi minorities are unlikely to improve in the short term. In the best-case scenario, human rights advocates in Pakistan maintain that the coming national elections in Pakistan — if they are sufficiently transparent — might boost Baluchi participation in mainstream politics. That, they say, could provide incentives that help defuse militancy…
http://www.rferl.org/content/article/1079022.html

Nov 25 , 2008

Appeal

Stop the execution of 5 Baloch innocent young men
Reza Hossein Borr
London- 25.11.08– After the demolition of Azim Abad mosque in Balochistan on 27 August 2008, several students and teachers were arrested for expressing their discontent about the demolition of the mosque. Five of them are now on trial on fabricated charges of having links with the People’s Resistance Movement of Iran, Jondollah. Everybody in Baluchistan knows quite well that these are simple teachers and students that have no any kind of links with any armed group or political organizations.
The Islamic Republic of Iran claimed that their trial has been open to the public and the parents of the victims were also present. That regime portrays this trial as if the innocent teachers and students were guilty of some criminal activities in which innocent people have died. This is a new farce of a new kind. The government destroyed the mosque and arrested several teachers and students. They are the victims. There is no any other victim. What a regime! What an Islamic Republic? What an Islamic Republic of Iran? What an Islam in which all sins are allowed! The regime demolishes a mosque, arrests many people for protesting against it and then they stage manage a dramatic trial and claim that there were some people who were victimized by those teachers and students that were arrested.
http://www.thebaluch.com/112508_pressRelease_b.php

Karim Abdian, Ph.D., executive director of the Ahwaz Human Rights Organization, USA , who represents the Ahwazi Arabs in Iran , deplored the continued violation of human rights of the smaller nationalities in Iran and mentioned the hanging of Baluch journalist and human rights campaigner Yaqub Mehrnihad.
http://www.thebaluch.com/081608_release.php

American Chronicle | Appeal to Save the Lives of 2 Baloch Teachers …For these reasons, the Baluchs are widely persecuted and undeservedly vilified in Iran. A few days ago, two Baluch religious leaders and teachers, …
http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/57991

Baluch human rights activists arrested, An Iranian Baluch journalist and civil rights campaigner, Yaghub Mehrnehad, aged 28, …. economic, cultural and ethnic oppression of the Baluch people. …
http://www.petertatchell.net/international/iranjournalisttobeexecuted.htm

Bazooka or Burka & fear of criticizing Islamofascism oppression

October 28, 2008

Bazooka or Burka & fear of criticizing Islamofascism oppression…
thesun.co.uk — Many people are scared to criticise the worst excesses of Islamofascism while being hysterically sensitive to the perceived wrongs of our own culture, especially when it comes to the oppression of females.

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/features/article1790803.ece

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Arab scholar: “torture is a way of life” in the Middle East , Bradley: since 1952, Egypt has brtually occupied its people by its military

October 24, 2008

John Bradley: ‘Inside Egypt’

Review

“‘Inside Egypt is an original, angry, brilliant, subtle, and highly readable expose of contemporary Egyptian politics and society.’ – Peter Bergen, author of Holy War Inc. and The Osama bin Laden I Know ‘A highly informed, temperate, and understanding account of a country that is an enigma.’ – The New York Times ‘Contributes substantially to the debate.’ – Los Angeles Times ‘A thoughtful, incisive portrait of a fractured nation…a remarkable volume.’ – Newsweek”

Journalist Bradley (Saudi Arabia Exposed, 2005) trains a sharp reportorial eye on the nearly failed nation-state in the cross hairs of world conflict.The author doesn’t dwell too long on Egypt’s storied past. Instead, he gives a blistering overview of what it’s like to live today in this autocratic, hopelessly corrupt society. The Egypt he depicts is a place where anyone can be jailed or tortured at any time for no reason, where Islamic fundamentalism is slowly gaining a foothold among people formerly proud of their diverse heritage, where in some places the only viable form of employment for young men is prostitution, both gay and straight. Bradley also examines why the United States spends $2 billion per year propping up President Hosni Mubarak (“the third-longest-ruling Egyptian leader in the past four thousand years”), despite his crackdowns on anything approaching democracy and his blatant favoring of anything that will bring in more tourist dollars over the best interests of the Egyptian populace. Mubarak is able to gin up American interest, the author notes, by playing up the threat of the Muslim Brotherhood, a nominally political organization that provides social services far more efficiently than the government does and wants to reinstate the Caliphate. Needless to say, Bradley isn’t hopeful about the future, fearing that an Iranian-style theocracy is in the cards for a once-proud nation whose pedigree dates back more than 5,000 years.Unlikely to win the author any friends among the Egyptian political elite, but terrifically well told and extremely sobering. (Kirkus Reviews)

Library Journal “A devastating critique of Egypt’s current dictatorial government.”

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1403984778?tag=lighfromtheno-21&camp=1406&creative=6394&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=1403984778&adid=1YWD3NNHX0J3V1P3B2FX&

[By an Arab scholar:] “torture is a way of life” in the Middle East (p. 144)

In Inside Egypt, I argue that the country has effectively been occupied since 1952 by the military. The military have created a system of oppression that has only one goal: perpetuating their own rule and increasing their own wealth and privilege. For this to happen, the Egyptian people must be cowed into subservience through systematic torture and other crude forms of intimidation.

http://frontpagemag.com/Articles/Printable.aspx?GUID=8D51E68E-FB9D-4FEA-BD51-554742EC61C4

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Oppression in the Arab Muslim world, Algeria: Kabylia

August 25, 2008

Algerian’s songs of defiance live onSince his killing, he has become voice for Berber minority By Michael Slackman Published: MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2005 TIZI OUZOU, Algeria: High in the jagged mountains covered with olive and fig trees, his voice booms from a minivan as it twists along narrow winding roads to drop off students after a day of school.

Head down into this city and there he is again, this time larger than life, in a poster mounted on a café wall while, of course, his voice booms from the stereo behind the counter. In shops, offices, restaurants – everywhere in this region, it seems – is the voice of Lounes Matoub.

“Never surrender, never surrender,” he sings, strong and folksy.

“Of course times change, but you should never forget.”

Someone tried to silence Matoub on June 25, 1998; his car was sprayed with 79 bullets. Instead, he became in death a powerful symbol of defiance for an ethnic minority that has challenged the government’s decision to define Algeria as an Arab nation.

This is Kabylia, one of Algeria’s most restive regions – home to a stubborn and proud ethnic minority of Berbers who since the end of the colonial era four decades ago have fought to preserve their cultural identity and independence. While there have been politicians and village elders helping lead the fight, the soul of this struggle is captured in music, especially the music of Matoub…http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/10/10/news/algeria.php

Amazigh-Voice.com [Amazigh News – Amazigh Events – Amazigh Art] “Tell the world that we have risen up against the oppression of the government.” (demonstrator in Bejaia, Kabylia, Algeria) … http://www.amazigh-voice.com/the%20world.htm

Towards the end of the colonial arabic islamic tyranny in North …Nov 29, 2007 … The Arabic Islamists terrorists invaded North Africa and succeeded to control … racism, or post-colonial nationalistic self-determinism. … http://www.kabylia.info/observer/spip.php?article112

When will the Arabic-Islamic colonialism end? – Kabylia Info Centuries and centuries of oppression, persecution, exploitation, murders, destruction and falsification have deprived this “redoubtable and numerous” … http://www.kabylia.info/letters/when-will-the-arabic-islamic-colonialism-end.html

…the question which needs an urgent answer is how an oppressed people such as Kabylians can manage to put an end to the devastating insecurity and anarchy when their despotic and tyrannical government uses them to maintain itself in power? http://www.kabylia.info/north-africa/for-a-federal-system-guaranteeing-provincial-autonomy.html

The Strategies of the Algerian regime to subdue Kabylia – Kabylia …Sep 28, 2007 … Kabyle politicians and the Kabyles at large, both in Algeria and in the … where there is nation-state oppression of regional cultures. … http://www.kabylia.info/observer/spip.php?article108

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