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Statement der Freedom Socialist Party zur Revolte im Iran

Posted by entdinglichung - 26. Juni 2009

Quelle: Freedom Socialist Party

Freedom Socialist Party Statement on Revolt in Iran

June 26, 2009

The Freedom Socialist Party stands in solidarity with the courageous Iranian youth, women, workers, trade unionists and intellectuals who took to the streets to challenge the repressive Islamic regime and demand presidential elections where at the very least their votes are counted. However, in a theocracy such as Iran the ultimate power and legitimacy of the regime rests not with the people, but with the clerics. Any vote or governmental decision can be overturned by the Supreme Spiritual Leader and the 12-man Council of Guardians which pre-approves all candidates for election and has blessed the suspect vote tally for President Ahmadinejad.

For this reason it is not enough to demand a new presidential election. What is needed is a new, secular regime where democratic rights are respected, including those of national minorities; stoning is outlawed; persecution of women, young people and gays who do not conform to the fundamentalist world view is banned; the right of unionists to strike is protected; freedom of thought and political affiliation are encouraged; and the vast wealth of the country is in the hands of the working people who create it, not a free trade elite.

The days of the Islamic regime are numbered. If not this year, sometime in the near future it will be overthrown by Iranian workers of all nationalities and both sexes, just as they overthrew the despised Shah in 1979. Women played a vanguard role in that revolution only to be violently repressed by the Islamicists who seized control of the anti-Shah movement. For 30 years women have suffered as second-class citizens, but today they are proudly once again in the vanguard of the movement for democratic freedoms. We hail their courage and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them as we did in 1979 (Iranian Women–Vanguard of the World Revolution).

We are sickened by the reign of terror that has been unleashed against protesters since the polls closed. We denounce the murder, brutal beatings and mass arrests of demonstrators and call on the government to put down its truncheons and lower its guns, disarm the Basij militia and order police and Revolutionary Guards to respect the rights of free speech and assembly. Members of the militia and other armed forces which are killing and maiming protestors must be tried for their crimes.

A the same time, the Freedom Socialist Party condemns U.S. attempts to destabilize Iran through a covert operation authorized by the Bush administration, funded by Congress to the tune of $400 million and supported by President Obama. CIA backing for a Sunni fundamentalist group called Jundallah (Soldiers of God) has already resulted in death and injury inside Iran and is reminiscent of the support the CIA gave to the Taliban in its early years.

Down with the theocracy!
For freedom and socialism in Iran!
Freedom for women, gays and national minorities in Iran!
U.S. hands off Iran!

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Iran-Update 26.06. 2009

Posted by entdinglichung - 26. Juni 2009

Weitere Artikel zum Thema auf dieser Seite unter https://entdinglichung.wordpress.com/category/iran/ … der Informationsfluss ist ein wenig spärlicher geworden, auch scheint das Thema für die bürgerlichen Medien allmählich an Wichtigkeit zu verlieren:

1.) Seiten mit regelmässig aktualisierter Berichterstattung: Revolutionary Road, News from the struggles in Iran (HOPI), Révolution en Iran, Rise of The Iranian People und LabourStart

2.) Ali Schirasi berichtet über die offenbar ungebrochenen Proteste in Zahedan, der Hauptstadt der traditionell unruhigen Region Sistan & Baluchistan

3.) Ein Bericht von der Seite des IWSN zu einem Lohnstreik am 22. Juni in Sanandaj/Iranisch-Kurdistan, die ganze Region soll am 23. Juni mehr oder weniger vollständig bestreikt worden sein:

Sanandaj Communication Office workers go on strike

The workers of the service line unit of the Ferdowsi branch of the Sanandaj Communication Office went on strike on June 22 2009 near the office.

The 52 workers, who are contract workers, were told by the Communication Office that they were about to be sacked and that a new workforce with lower wages would replace them.

This strike has been continuing for three days and the workers have written letters to various government offices, including the Labour Office, the Governor-General’s office and the representative of the vali-e faghih [Ayatollah Khamenei].

The workers will be gathering in front of the Governor-General’s office on Thursday June 25 2009 at 9am.

Co-ordination Committee for the Formation of Labour Organisations, 24 June 2009

4.) Zwei lesenswerte Artikel aus dem aktuellen Weekly Worker zum Thema:

– Yassamine Mather: Beginning of the end:

“ …

Those of us who can identify the class composition of demonstrators from their clothes and accents have not had the slightest doubt about the predominance of workers and wage-earners (including teachers, nurses and public employees) on recent protests, but for the benefit of those who have no knowledge of Iran and who keep telling us the demonstrators are ‘middle class’ let me explain some basic facts.

If you live in a country where the ministry of labour claims that over 80% of the workforce are employed on limited contracts and reassures capitalists that by 2010 the figure will have reached 100%, who do you think will join protest demonstrations?

If you live in a country where in the year ending March 2009 despite the repression there were over 4,000 workers’ actions against privatisation and job losses (unemployment stands at 30%, while inflation has reached 25%), including sit-ins, the kidnap of managers, as well as strikes, who do you think will join protest demonstrations?

If you live in a country that has been praised by the International Monetary Fund for its firm pursuit of neoliberal economic policies, all under a certain Mr Ahmadinejad, who do you think will join protest demonstrations?

If you live in a country where teachers and nurses have waged at least four major strikes in the last two years against their government’s economic and political stance, who do you think will join protest demonstrations?

Let us stop talking of the ‘middle class’ nature of these specific protests. However, a number of points have to be considered. Contrary to comments by people such as George Galloway, the Iranian revolution of 1979 was not started by the working class. Students, many of them children of middle class families, initiated the anti-shah protests, which were confined at first to university campuses, and the same students were later in the forefront of the first major demonstrations. It is no secret that the actions of a minority of middle strata can sometimes spark a mass movement.

In 2009, however, the working class has not been slow off the mark – as early as last week the idea of a general political strike has been in the air. It is the left and its activists who have been slow to respond to such calls.

Oil workers have also used well established channels of communication to discuss the possibility of a strike. Meanwhile a general strike has affected the whole of the Kurdish province, with most cities and towns practically closed down. Calls for a nationwide general strike are growing by the day.“

– Mehdi Kia: A different regime:

“ …

That it was a well planned coup and not something concocted at the spur of the moment can be seen from two observations. Firstly the chorus of Revolutionary Guard commanders who congratulated Ahmadinejad on his certain victory and gave their support for it in the weeks before the election. And, second, by the fact that the official Fars News website declared victory for Ahmadinejad two hours before the polls closed, with a percentage of votes which remained unchanged until the final count.

Ahmadinejad orchestrated his previous victory four years ago like a military operation. This time he announced it like a victorious Caesar, even before the results of the battle could possibly be known. That was no coincidence. He was declaring to the world, and to the Iranian people, that the rule of the ayatollahs is over. The rule of the military-security machinery has begun.

What Ahmadinejad engineered, in alliance with a large section of the security apparatus and a handful of mullahs, was to essentially deprive the clergy of their ability to use elections to increase the power base of their particular factions inside the regime. This was not a flash in the pan. The election coup had been systematically organised over the last 12-15 years. It began with mobilising and the methodical winning of all electable and non-electable organs – starting with the mayorships of major cities (Ahmadinejad is an ex-mayor of Tehran), the municipal council elections, the majles and the presidency of Ahmadinejad in 2005.

In parallel the military-security apparatus became a major economic force in the country. The coup on June 12 was the logical next, and last, step in a long process by which those that called themselves the osulgaran (‘principled’) have been catapulted into undisputed power. The mass protest by the clergy can be explained by the fact that they have been unceremoniously thrown out of the power structure of Iran.

The regime that took power last week showed its fangs early. Not only did the thugs it unleashed beat up protestors, but they smashed their way into the homes of people who had given them sanctuary. They forced their way into university dormitories across the country to wreck everything in sight and indiscriminately beat the students. The arrest of politicians, journalists, students and demonstrators is taking place daily.

The overall aim of the osulgaran faction, to which Ahmadinejad belongs, is to do away with the factional nature of the Iranian regime and have a top-down, unified, military-style government with a population which supports it unequivocally and by acclamation without being allowed to organise in any form. This is to be a united country, under an undivided, single and monolithic regime, preparing for war, with an economy that reflects those aims. The unorganised ‘people’ are to be mobilised when and if necessary to act as fodder for that war.

You can glimpse this structure in the victory speech made by Ahmadinejad a few days after the election. There he dismissed and derided political parties and appealed to the people to stay on the scene to defend the country.

A capitalist regime, using extreme nationalist populist slogans, ruling the country through thugs and being acclaimed by a public not permitted to organise in any form other than what is dictated from above, and with militaristic, adventurist ambitions! Have we not seen this before?

… „

5.) In der aktuellen Jungle World findet mensch ebenfalls zwei lesenswerte Artikel: Freiheit ist keine Metapher von Fathiyeh Naghibzadeh zur Rolle von Frauen in den Protesten und Wähler, Wächter, Widerstand von Jörn Schulz:

„Innerhalb von nur einer Woche ist im Iran eine vorrevolutionäre Situation entstanden. Viele Linke im Westen vermissen nun die ideologische Klarheit. Tatsächlich marschieren derzeit Anhänger Mousavis, die von einer Verwirklichung der islamistischen Ideale träumen, neben säkularen Demokraten, Khomeinisten neben Kommunisten. Doch fast jede revolutionäre Massenbewegung beginnt mit einem solchen Durcheinander und sehr gemäßigten Forderungen, die den Rahmen der herrschenden Staatsdoktrin nicht sprengen. Zu Beginn einer Revolution wissen die meisten Revolutionäre noch gar nicht, dass sie welche sind. Die Französische Revolution begann mit dem Ballhausschwur, in dem die Delegierten noch gelobten, »die wahren Prinzipien der Monarchie« zu erhalten. Die russische Revolution im Jahr 1905 begann mit einer Demonstration, die dem Zaren ein Bittgesuch übergeben wollte.

Ob die iranische Bewegung eine revolutionäre Entwicklung nehmen wird, kann derzeit niemand sagen. Dass sich im Iran nun Frauen im Chador mit Milizionären prügeln, zeigt jedoch, wie groß die Desillusionierung der Bevölkerung und wie tief die Krise des Regimes ist. Unbeschadet wird die »Islamische Republik« die Revolte nicht überstehen, selbst wenn Khamenei sich noch einmal behaupten kann. Sollte Mousavi siegen, bliebe das islamistische System zunächst erhalten. Doch müsste er, schon um sich zu schützen, den Einfluss der Pasdaran zurückdrängen, und die Menschen, die auf den Straßen gekämpft haben, würden eine Rückkehr zu den alten Verhältnissen nicht hinnehmen. Viele ältere Iraner fühlen sich aber bereits an die Revolution der Jahre 1978/79 erinnert, die keineswegs eine rein islamistische Angelegenheit war. Es wäre nicht das erste Mal, dass die Iraner ihre Herrscher und den Rest der Welt überraschen.“

6.) Nachrichten zum heutigen internationalen Aktionstag zur Solidarität mit den ArbeiterInnen im Iran findet mensch hier, nachfolgend ein Auszug daraus zu den Protesten in Indien:

„In a great show of solidarity, workers from ITF-affiliated unions in India have held demonstrations in New Delhi, Mumbai and Lucknow. In Delhi over 500 AIRF railway workers demonstrated at the Jantar Mantar, as police had issued prohibitory orders in the area surrounding the Iranian embassy. The demonstration was addressed by representatives of the AIRF, NRMU and ITF. A delegation was later escorted to the Iranian Embassy where they were met by the Counsellor in the Embassy who accepted the memorandum and promised to forward it to Tehran. There are also reports of a demonstration by the NRMU at Lucknow station in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. There is a sizeable Shia community in this city.“

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Erklärung von 26 iranischen ArbeiterInnenorganisationen zum internationalen Aktionstag

Posted by entdinglichung - 26. Juni 2009

Quelle: Justice for Iranian Workers:

Joint message by 26 workers’ groups in Iran on Action Day

The Solidarity Message from Iranian Workers for the Day of Action

Four international trade union organisations (ITUC, ITF, IUF and EI) have declared 26 June as the international day of solidarity with Iranian workers to support their struggle for their basic rights. Members of these confederations around the world will organize practical support towards workers in Iran on this day.

This declaration of international solidarity with Iranian workers is a significant historical moment in the struggles of the international workers’ movement to achieve human rights for workers around world. It would certainly play a significant role in advancing the struggles of the workers in Iran. Moreover this action would further deepen the international unity and solidarity of the working class throughout the world.

We the undersigned wholeheartedly support this international unity initiative. We would like to express our deepest appreciation and gratitude to the organizers of the action day and wish to warmly shake hands with you. We send our sincere greetings to the workers of the world in each and every unions.

Long live international solidarity,
25 June 2009

– Union of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Vahed Bus Company
– Union of Workers of Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane Workers
– Free Union of Iranian Workers
– The Collaborative Council of Labour Organizations and Activists
– Kermanshah Electricity and Metal Society
– Khameneh Textile Workers;
– Workers of Sanandaj Par-Ris Factory;
– Workers of Rugs West Factory
– Kurdestan Textile Workers
– Sanandaj Shin-Baaft Textile Factory;
– Workers of Shahoo Companies
– Kurdistan Textile Gharb-Baaft [Textile Company];
– Pak Ara Milk
– Workers Brick Shell Company
– Sama Gunnysack Makers Fajr Flour
– Niroo Raksh [Power Company]
– Service Workers of Sanandaj Tohid Hospital;
– Group of Sanandaj retirees;
– Workers of West Kermanshah Carpet Company;
– Group of Kian Tyre (Alborz) Workers;
– Group of workers and activists in Marivan city
– Group of workers and activists in Kamyaran city
– Group of workers and activists in Mashhad
– Workers of Car Glass
– Group of workers of Metal factories
– Workers of Yarag Alam Ghom Company

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„Imprecatory Prayers“

Posted by entdinglichung - 26. Juni 2009

Zeit, einmal wieder daran zu erinnern, dass es leider in allen Ländern der Welt fundamentalistisch-bekloppte Knallpfeifen gibt, die sich und vor allem anderen Menschen das Leben schwer machen, so auch in den USA, wo derartiges in einigen Regionen zur Landplage geworden ist, welche im Falle einer Machtübernahme islamistischen Regimen nicht unähnliche Methoden anwenden würden, die Quelle des nachfolgend dokumentierten Artikels ist Hatewatch/SPLC


The Rev. Wiley Drake, pastor of the First Southern Baptist Church in Buena Park, Calif., told Fox News Radio earlier this month that he was practicing “imprecatory prayer” – a divine curse – that would bring about Obama’s death.

“So you’re praying for his death?” asked the show’s host, Alan Colmes.


“So you’re praying for the death of the president of the United States?”


The pugnacious pastor later elaborated: “If he does not turn to God and does not turn his life around, I am asking God to enforce imprecatory prayers that are throughout the Scripture that would cause him death, that’s correct.”

A spokesman for the Southern Baptist Association, where Drake was second vice president in 2006-2007, responded to Drake’s comments by saying that he believes most Southern Baptists are praying for the president’s well-being.

Obama isn’t the first person for whom Drake has prayed for an untimely demise. In 2007, when Americans United for Separation of Church and State filed a formal complaint with the Internal Revenue Service maintaining that Drake’s endorsement of Mike Huckabee for president violated tax laws, Drake called on his followers to pray for the deaths of the nonprofit’s staff.

And after Kansas physician George Tiller, a prominent provider of abortions, was murdered in church on May 31, Drake said his death was the answer to his imprecatory prayers. He called Tiller “a brutal, murdering monster” on his radio program. “This man, George Tiller, was far greater in his atrocities than Adolf Hitler.”

Drake is none too fond of homosexuals, either. He wrote the resolution at the Southern Baptist Convention in 1996 calling for a boycott of the Walt Disney Corporation after it afforded health benefits to gay and lesbian partners of employees. He urged followers to join him last year in praying for rain to fall on the Democratic National Convention in Denver. “I too am still against killing babies and allowing sodomites to marry,” he explained. [The weather was beautiful when Obama made his acceptance speech before 84,000 people in a football stadium].

Drake also is chaplain to the Minuteman Project, a group that President George W. Bush called “vigilantes.” He was Alan Keyes’ vice-presidential running mate on the America’s Independent Party ticket in 2008. They were plaintiffs in one of several unsuccessful lawsuits filed last year claiming that Obama could not be sworn in as president because he supposedly wasn’t born in the United States.

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