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Iran's Azeri Minority Protests Mocking Cartoon
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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2006 9:57 am    Post subject: Khamenei threatens Azerbaijanis with more suppression Reply with quote

Khamenei threatens Azerbaijanis with more suppression

Monday, 29 May 2006

Revolutionary Guards Special Commando units were dispatched to Naqadeh

Yesterday, in a meeting with the regime’s Majlis (Parliament) Speaker and a number of deputies, the mullahs' Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei described the Azeri speaking Iranians as enemies who are after "inciting tension and instigating ethnic provocations against the state."

Khamenei called hundreds of thousands of Azeris in northwestern provinces who had protested against discrimination, suppression and insults as mercenaries who had received a “sum” in order to overthrow the regime. He stressed the need for stepped-up repression to confront the explosive state of society.

At the same time, the mullah’s regime dispatched Revolutionary Guards' Special Commando units from Khuzistan Province to Naqadeh. The units arrived equipped with light and medium caliber weaponry and took position in the city’s squares and streets.

Despite these measures, the shops stayed closed and both the Azeri and Kurdish residents remained united in their resistance to the suppressive forces.

During last Thursday's Naqadeh uprising, 10 people were killed and dozens wounded when the suppressive forces opened fire into the crowd.

The Iranian Resistance calls on all international human rights organizations and especially the United Nation’s Independent Expert on Minorities Issues to condemn the clerical regime's suppressive measures against the Iranian people, and demands urgent action to save the lives of those arrested in the course of last week’s uprisings in Azeri speaking Iranian provinces.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 11:02 am    Post subject: coxandforkum Reply with quote


From Christian Science Monitor: Ethnic tensions could crack Iran's firm resolve against the world.

During the last week of May, thousands of Iranians demonstrated in the northwestern city of Tabriz, and the previous week there were protests at universities in five cities. The protests were triggered by the official government newspaper -- the Islamic Republic News Agency's Iran -- publishing a cartoon which depicts a boy repeating "cockroach" in Persian before a giant bug in front of him asks "What?" in Azeri.
Azeri-Iranians -- who make up approximately one-quarter of the country's population -- were particularly offended by the cartoon. These disturbances come at a bad time for the Iranian government, which is stressing national unity in the face of international concern over its nuclear program.

Ethnic Persians make up a little more than half the total population of 69 million, but there are sizable minorities -- in addition to the Azeris there are ethnic Arabs, Baluchis, and Kurds, for example. Some of these groups, furthermore, practice Sunni Islam instead of the Shiite branch of Islam, the state religion. The Iranian Constitution guarantees the rights of ethnic and religious minorities, but in reality the central government emphasizes the Persian and Shiite nature of the state. ...

The central government typically reacts to ethnic unrest with a combination of repression and scapegoating. For example, two men were executed in early March for their roles in fatal October bombings in the southwest. They "confessed" on state television the night before their executions that Iranians in Canada and Britain instructed them to create insecurity.

The government commonly blames foreign agitators. ...

Official reactions to the unrest caused by the cartoon of an Azeri-speaking cockroach followed the familiar pattern. Although the cartoonist was arrested and the newspaper suspended, foreigners received the blame nevertheless. According to Reporters Without Borders, furthermore, two Azeri journalists were detained without charges.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Cyrus,

Every once in awhile I take all the various factors inherent and critical to an indiginous means of regime change, the elements of current events both internally and externally, foreign policy patterns and trends, statements, elements of intent, and all this entails....."the whole enchilada" as we say here in New Mexico to describe totality....and toss all these balls I'm juggling in my mind up in the air to see the pattern emerging in free fall.....with no preconceptions.

No matter how many times I do this, being objective about it, the pattern of genocidal, Nazi/Marxist religiously inspired ethnic cleansing continues to dominate and influence all other issues as a factor of regime intent.

The four pillars of indictment by the international community have solid base.

1. Human rights

2. International terrorism

3. IRI Nuclear and WMD dossier

4. Interference in, and threats to other soverign nations

Human rights in this case is also part and parcel to the requirements for global peace and security.....I put this in terms in which the UN Sec. Council acts upon issues with the purpose of ensuring global peace and security.

It is a curious thing that while the IRI creates the conditions of ethnic cleansing, the creation of a separatist mindset among ethnic groups (at least some politically, claiming to represent the people), the IRI has managed to convince folks that the west is the one fostering so called, "separatism" as a means of splitting up Iran in a manner of "divide and conquer" when that seems to be more the IRI strategy...."divide and control"....to be more accurate.

If, and I say if....the mainstream opposition groups are convinced these separatist political org.s are not representitive of the people's will, then will the real representitives of Azeri , Kurd, and other ethnic populations please stand up to be recognized ???

Or you have simply to convince through dialogue, these separatist groups that their strategy it only serving to help the regime's propaganda....and I don't mean via a yelling match, I mean through a logical and compasionate dialogue, for there are no 'separatists" from the misery the IRI has caused....the Iranian people are all in the same boat...

This is another pattern that keeps consistant in every evaluation... You'all better find some common ground to stand together on, or fail utterly in division amongst you.

I know a lot of effort has been made to unify the opposition, but the basic problem remains....

It's holding you back...all of you....and needs to be put to bed to move forward on the opportunities that exist internally and externally today.

I see it, the US gov. sees it, and as much as anyone may try and help, this can't be something resolved from outside, only among you in the opposition.

What I suggest is a new approach be taken, as the old one has not worked, obviously.

Why isn't the entire country up in arms (by the millions) about this ethnic cleansing at this point Cyrus?

Therein I think points to evidence of why a new approach must be taken by the opposition to unify the people and end the old rivalries among the Iranian diaspora that the regime exploits today.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2006 9:27 am    Post subject: The Moral Imperative of Freedom in Iran Reply with quote

The Moral Imperative of Freedom in Iran

June 01, 2006
Kenneth R. Timmerman


Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice threw down the gauntlet on Wednesday, offering the Iranian regime a clear choice between confrontation and accommodation with the West.

If Iran immediately suspends all uranium enrichment activities in a transparent, verifiable manner, she said, “the United States will come to the table with our EU-3 colleagues and meet with Iran’s representatives.”

If not, then the U.S. and its partners have agreed on a package of “progressively stronger political and economic sanctions” that will inflict “great costs” on the Tehran regime.

Rice took great pains to spell out clearly the types of rewards a compliant Iran could expect if it chooses to “persuasively demonstrate that it has permanently abandoned its quest for nuclear weapons.”

The U.S. will back Iran’s civil nuclear energy aspirations, and gradually could expand economic cooperation. Ultimately, this could lead to “a beneficial relationship of increased contacts in education, cultural exchange, sports, travel, trade, and investment,” she said.

At first blush, it would appear that Rice has acceded to those who have been urging the administration to offer a “grand bargain” to Iran.

Among the many advocates of doing business with the Tehran regime are U.S. oil giant CONOCO, Boeing, and any number of trade associations, whose interests are obvious.

Their views have been packaged and given a policy veneer by the likes of Brent Scowcroft and Zbigniew Brzezinski, who urged the Bush administration in a 2004 Council on Foreign Relations paper to lift U.S. trade sanctions and seek an accommodation with the mullahs in Tehran.

Ka-ching! as my friends at CNBC would say.

I have always taken issue with the economic arguments of the policy “realists,” because we are not dealing with a realistic regime.

For the past eleven years, this regime in Tehran has endured sanctions. U.S. efforts to block foreign investment, while not entirely successful, have prevented Iran from enjoying the fruits of the oil boom, which are so immediately obvious to Iranians who travel to neighboring Dubai.

Why should a regime that is on the verge of fulfilling a long-standing effort to acquire nuclear weapons, pursued at great cost, now abandon that effort just because we say please and offer a few goodies?

Former German foreign minister Joschka Fisher offered a more Faustian argument for accommodation with Tehran.

Writing in the Washington Post on May 29, Fisher abandoned the niceties of the lobbying crowd and got right to the point. “There can no longer be any reasonable doubt that Iran’s ambition is to obtain nuclear weapons capability,” he said.

That is precisely why the West should offer the mullahs in Tehran a “grand bargain,” he argued – if by so doing we can prevent the regime from acquiring a nuclear weapon and using it to “become a hegemonic Islamic and regional power.”

As part of the “grand bargain,” Fisher believes the United States and its European partners must offer Iran “binding security guarantees,” including a permanent recognition of the regime. The “horrible consequences” of war “must force the United States to abandon its policy of no direct negotiations and its hope for regime change.”

Joschka Fisher is right about one thing. Legitimacy is the only currency the regime in Tehran truly covets, because U.S. support for their opposition is the only threat they truly fear.

For the United States to acknowledge the legitimacy of the regime of velayat-e faghih – absolute clerical rule – would be taken as a great victory in Tehran.

It would sound the death knell to the aspirations of the Iranian people to freedom, and would remove whatever restraints still remain on the barbaric behavior of a regime that continues to stone women to death, rape children in jails, and pursue Christians and Jews and Bahais and others because of their religious beliefs.

This is a regime that throws students out of third-floor dormitory rooms, for the “crime” of demanding freedom.

This is a regime that murders freedom in Iraq, and boasts of recruiting thousands of suicide bombers to launch against America.

Unlike Fisher, Condoleeza Rice acknowledged a moral component to American foreign policy.

"The nuclear issue is not the only obstacle standing in the way of improved relations," Rice said. She cited the regime's support for terror, its involvement in violence in Iraq, and its efforts to violate Lebanon's sovereignty as additional “barriers to a positive relationship.”

More importantly, she refused to offer the regime any guarantees. And that is why the regime will make the wrong choice (as far as its survival is concerned), and refuse this last best offer from the United States and the international community.

President Ahmadinejad has said repeatedly Iran has a “sacred right” to nuclear technology, and has no intention of abandoning its efforts to enrich uranium. He revels in defying the international community.

The state-run Islamic Republic News Agency noted just hours after Rice made her offer public that Iran considered it “a propaganda move.”

IRNA quoted Kazem Jalali, a spokesman for the Foreign Policy and National Security Committee of Iran’s Islamic Consultative Assembly as noting that the regime “has announced repeatedly that suspension of uranium enrichment is not in Iran’s agenda.”

The hard work begins tomorrow, or next week – whenever Iran makes its refusal known officially and our European partners finally recognize that it’s all over.

It is not yet time to unleash the dogs of war. It is time instead to help the Iranian people to achieve their freedom.

Given the high stakes, we have a moral imperative to attempt what no American administration has attempted before: to give the Iranian people the means they need to build a massive non-violent movement, well-coordinated and well-organized, to challenge the clerical tyranny that is bent on leading Iran to devastation.

Because devastation is the only alternative future for this regime, for the Iranian people, and for the entire region, should the United States fail to lead and fail to accept the moral imperative of freedom.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2006 9:51 am    Post subject: British advice will lead America into even bigger ditch Reply with quote

From: Reza Pardisan

British advice will lead America into even bigger ditch

The question is: how far America is prepared to let the British to push them in a ditch?

On thursday May 31st, The British ITN News in London disclosed that the latest move by America and their willingness to start direct talk with the Mullahs regime is a major victory for Britain and the EU.

It said in its report that in his trip to America last week, Tony Blair has requested from President George Bush that America must engage in direct negotiation with Iran.

On June 1st, Financial Times of London wrote: Bush bows to pressure and offers Iran talk.

FT revealed that the Bush administration has been under intense pressure by the EU and some members of the US congress to open a direct dialogue with Iran.

It is believed that it was Britain who persuaded the US administration not to attack Iran or indeed not to seek regime change in Iran after they removal of Taliban from Afghanistan in 2003.

Brits have been the main protectors of the Mullahs regime. The question is: How far America is prepared to let the British to push them in a ditch?


Is any body home in U.S.A.?

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