In totalitarian Iran
“Thousands of workers of Tehran Bus Company (Sherkat e Vahed) called for the immediate release of the detained head of the bus workers’ union, Mansoor Ossanlou. They shouted slogans and held placards saying ‘Mansoor Ossanlou must be released!’ and ‘Having a union is our certain right!’.
The government officials at the event tried to persuade workers to greet the Mayor’s arrival by an Islamic recital and by clapping their hands; but workers refused. Instead, the recently released acting head of the union, Ebrahim Madadi, was rapturously welcomed and carried on workers’ shoulders around the hall.”
Check out the pictures at Iran Focus too.
Anyone looking for regime change in
“In the latest “acid attack” by radical Islamists on young women accused of ignoring the country’s strict dress regulations, two female university students had acid splashed on their faces in the town of
Doug Ireland has a very good article in the great leftist magazine In These Times on
Pedro Carmona, on the other hand, writing in What Next, disparages the frenzy about Iranian homophobic repression, seeing Outrage! (and presumably Direland) as being manipulated by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the main exile organisation. Hmmm. Maybe so, but Carmona does’t persuade me
Carmona has a problem that the same LGBT groups haven’t been speaking out about Saudi repression, which seems like a non sequitur– surely we need regime change in both
However, Carmona doesn’t whitewash the Iranian regime, though, and, I think, deserves to be read carefully. Finally, I think he is right to warn people of the NCRI, the Iranian counterpart of the corrupt Iraqi exilarchs, the Iraqi National Congress.