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Friday, October 03, 2003

Iran's Plundered Future

Dear Readers:

Below is the URL of an article written to divulge how the mullahs in Iran have plundered the incalculable wealth of Iran whilst the Iranian populace has been plagued with inexplicable privation of nutrients, poverty, and misery. The article sheds light on where the money goes and how the advancement of industry in Iran has been stunted in Iran. Our people need to be aware of the fact that Rafsanjaani et al have confiscated every bit of their eranings by lavishing it on his own investments while leaving an overwhelming majority of Iranians poverty-stricken. It also shows how Iran has been lagging behind the countries it once used to be ahead of. The content is indeed poignant:

Iran's Plundered Future
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Sunday, August 31, 2003

Should we laugh or cry at this news?

The below news item on which I have just laid my hands has not only totally perplexed me, but it has also caused me to give out a loud laughter:

After tantalising the foreign companies and inviting them to export automobiles to Iran, this blunt response that has recently been taken by the state is another source of humiliation in the international agenda for Iran. This once more evinces the state of lawlessness that is rampant inside the country. This once more brings to the minds of many the following question: Who is ruling Iran? The answer is very simple: The mafia. There arises another question in the minds of enquirers: Who is this mafia composed of? Predictably, Rafsanjaani, Rafiqdost, Yazdi, Khaalkhaali, and Khaamaanei et al.

Responding to the above questions doesn't terminate the curiosity of enquiring minds. Another question arises, why is this mafia strictly opposed to the import of foreign cars? Are they so much pre-occupied with the well-being of Iran's precarious auto industry? No, not at all. The answer to this one is simpler than the others. It is because the mafia owns these automobile plants which produce approximately half a million cars annually. This mafia, being strictly averse to the privatisation of automobile industry (simply because this will cut one of the prime sources pumping them money), has been told repeatedly by the public to adjust its automobile industry to that of modern world and to refrain from forcing its own people to ride in shabby 1960-model Peykaans which are sold at unbelievably high prices despite their inconceivably low qualities. Yet, this mafia, which has never taken into consideration the wishes of its people, has grown very apprehensive about the possible import of foreign-made cars since in this case no-one will purchase the junks they produce and has resorted to the foregoing ban on auto import. This has not only aggravated the general public in Iran, but is also likely to disgrace Iran in an international level for backtracking its promises. Iran is probably one of the least reliable markets for investors at this moment.

Zahra Kazemi's death: what sort of future ramifications is it likely to give rise to?

The horrific and heinous death of Zahra Kazemi has undoubtedly fomented a tremendous tug-of-war amongst the different faction of the regime. While the reformists in Iran have used the incident to enhance their authorities(and failed to do so) and to incapacitate the hardliners, this incident, no matter how unfortunate it has proven to be, has shed light on the years long bloodshed and horror employed in Iran's prisons by the regime's most notorious minions (notably Saeed Mortazavi). Though many in the modern world have been well aware of the inconceivable extents of brutalities deployed by the Islamic Republic, this incident has made it inevitable for the international community to turn a blind eye to the ongoing human slaughters in Iran. At least the revelation of this outrage has made it impossible to shrug off.

At this moment, the task of all Iranians is to keep the news in regards to this incident on the agenda and to prevent it from fading into oblivion. Personally speaking, I am stultified with the growing focus of the international community on Iran's nuclear ambitions whereas the same international community(notably Israel and Usa) pleading they are working for the betterment of Iranian people hardly ever bring up and discuss the sombre human rights situation in Iran. Pressurising Iran to quit its nuclear ambitions is not likely to benefit an average Iranian in general. Yet, demanding a conscientious inspection of the murder of Zahra Kazemi, which will shed light on the fates of many other thousands of political prisoners and journalists who have vanished mysterously, will benefit an average Iranian since clarifying these cases would be the end of the hard-liners. That is why we Iranians living abroad should make sure that the world doesn't remain indifferent to this tragedy and we should work towards intensifying pressure on the dirty clerics.
In Iran, clerics' wealth draws ire

It is rather pleasing to see Christian Science Monitor, which until recently never used to lambaste the ongoing bleak status quo in Iran, start publishing such outstanding articles expounding on the root cause of Iran's economical and social quagmire: The hardline clerics. With every single one of them growing immeasurably rich under the current corrupt system, the clerics' voration for money gives no signs of abating as is explicated below:

Moreover, as is known by millions, IRNA has also recently published the fact that 70% of Iran's incalculable wealth is shared by merely 3000 clerics while the remaining 66 million people are confined to only partially control 30% of Iran's immense wealth. With this newly-arisen clerical class whose opulence has reached unprecedented levels, such personages as Rafiqdost and Rafsanjaani have started to compete with the world's most well-to-do personalities with their hard-to-estimate wealth. In today's Iran, as was amplified by the article, what we refer to as industry is basically money machine of these clerics who govern them through bonyads. This has harmed an average person substantially. Malnutrition, starvation, prostitution and begging have been pervading throughout the entire country while the family members of these well-off mullahs have been lavished with a flamboyant lifestyle reminiscent of the Shah's family back in the 70s. This despite the classification of Iran's economy as strong and auspicious by the notable economical analysts of the world.

Free Thoughts on Iran

The web-blog called Free Thoughts on Iran, directed by a group of brilliant Iranian Students provides the readers with a fresh and splendid outlook on such controversial issues as the necessity of democracy, definition of secularism, the context in Turkey and whether its secularism is exemplary and such like. The riveting contents of the topics are ample to make this site an addictive place for those hungry for realistic and accurate views on Iran. This is a highly recommended site which will definitely mesmerise you.
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Saturday, August 30, 2003

The consistent naïveté of the West about Iran

Dear Readers:

I am sorry for my enduring absence. Sometimes real life issues hinder my tiny contribution to the acquisition of democrcay in Iran through this web-blog. Today, I would like to decipher a splendid article penned by a Canadian jornalist from the newspaper of Globe and Mail, one of Canada's most reputbale newspapers:

Death in the shadow of ayatollahs

The above article very eloquently and articulately sheds light on the world's consistent and sometimes deliberate disinterest in the existing tragedy in Iran. The civilised world's ferocious anti-American stance has exhorted them to forget the fact that Iran, highlighted by the U.S.A. as a rogue country, is indeed a prison to its own populace. It is irrefutable that the growing pressure on Iran has cheered the hawks in Pentagon and Israel who are yearning for the bombardment of the country. Yet, the so-called civilised world, Europe, allegedly known as the bastion of democracy, has turned a totally blind eye to the dreadful and dreary human rights records in Iran in its bid to go against everything American.

As the author of the newspaper has elucidated, the Canadians (and other members of the civilised world) should familiarise themselves with the blunt realities in Iran. Contrary to the allegations of European MPs who have been drowing in the petrodollars they have been provided with by the officials of the Islamic Republic, Iran is not in a state of democracy at all and if exposed, it will be divulged that the country is indeed cursed with one of the world's most bloodthirsty regimes. At least the Canadians, who have gradually started to feel the outrageous nature of the Islamic Republic, have grown alert to the developments in Iran. However, it is still sceptical whether this state of alertness will persist or not though the newspapers indicate that the insistent stance of the government is liable to proceed. However, though Islamic Republic in Iran is one of the world's most preposterous regimes in the world, how does it manage to paint a rosy picture of itself world-wide? Here are the tricks the mullahs are playing:

  • First of all, this fallacious process of reform has been a landmark in the regime's deception of the European governments. I suppose most of you are not oblivious to the recent comments such as Iran being the most stable democracy in the Middle East or that with the advent of Khaatami Iran has truly obtained democracy overnight. These are part of the charade orchestarted by top-down high ranking officials of the regime in order to cement their ascendancy and opulence in Europe as well. How did these mullahs manage to fool these European Mps? Very simple, the Islamic Republic is well aware that the citizens of the civilised world are very naive and that they would, in the main, believe whatever nonsense uttered by the officials. So the officials of the Islamic Republic one day came up with this fatuous claim stating "Hey Europeans, look we have democracy in Iran. We are a stable country" Thus, thousands of political prisoners, with the silence of Europe, were purged while Europe was still under the impression that democracy had been achieved overnight in Iran.

  • The participation of the officials of the Islamic Republic in international conferences has also painted the eyes of the European Officials. Having fairly ingratiated themselves with their European counterparts, the officials of the Islamic Republic found various ways of improving their companionship with the West. That is why whenever the foreign minister, Kamal Kharrazi was approached by a few realistic Western Journalists directing him questions regarding the abysmal human rights situation in his country, his usual response of "I don't want to talk about these issues" has been interpreted as "There are no human rights violations in Iran" in the West.
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    Thursday, August 07, 2003

    How long more? Haven't we already suffered enough?

    Today, when one opens a map of the Middle East and juxtapose Iran's history, contributions to civilisation, and literature to any country, it will be realised that Iran's cultural achievements dwarfs any country in the region.

    Moreover, often other one neglected feature of Iran is its demand for democracy, which started almost a century ago, contamporaneously with the Ottoman Turkey. Yes, this week is the anniversary of Iran's first step to democracy. Almost a century ago this week, our ancestors took the first rare step towards the establishment of a parliamentary democracy by drawing up a constitution to restrict the enormous authorities of the corrupt Qajar kings, whose rule has been calamitous to Iran in every respect. The constitution drawn up at the time was unique in various respects. Firstly, it put Iran amongst the first few countries in the world with a constitution. Secondly, the seeds of secularism were sowed. All of these developments took place when the Arab states, today's British concoctions, were totally non-existent and when most European countries which are now deemed as the cradle of civilisation hadn't even taken their first step through this bumpy road. Yet, the corrupt nature of the Qajar kings, the discontentment of the bloodthirsty clerics, and the despotism evinced by the subsequent ruling family, i.e. the Pahlavi Dynasty almost effaced the effects of this breakthrough which had been achieved with so much struggle.

    For most Iranians fed up with the totalitarian rule of the Pahlavi Dynasty, came the golden opportunity for true democracy during the early 50s, when Mossadeq became Iran's prime minister and with the ruling shah's exile, started his eagerly-anticipated democratisation programme to slake Iranians' unquencable thirst for democracy. The class that was scourged most by Mossadeq's audacious movement was as usual the clerical class who found it to be an apt opportunity to step up efforts to impede these moves of democratisation. Abetted by the Shah's son (MRP) and the British, the clerics formed the fulcrum of opposition to democracy and thus managed to terminate Iran's nascent democracy. The resurgence of monarchy in Iran bestowed unprecedented powers to the clerical class, which later grew antagonistic to the shah for they were not content with the the amount of their privileges and their unabatable greed for power grew stronger. Pleading despotism of the shah and taking advantage of the populace's dissatisfaction with his repressive reign, these bloodthirsty creatures employed such prominent figures as Mossadeq in their covert campaigns against the monarchy. The exponentially growing dissent to the monarchy served very well to the campaign of these creatures. In the mean time, Iran once more forfeited another one of its chances towards democracy at the threshold of the revolution. Shahpour Bakhtiyar, conceived by many sane intellectuals, who had already seen through the real facade of the mullahs before their rule started, as Iran's last chance for democracy, paid the price of trying to save an embittered nation with his life in a heinous assassination orchestrated by the mullahs. His assassination paved the way for dark ages in Iran, where the mullacracy has claimed millions of lives ever since its inception.

    Almost a century has elapsed from this glorious constitutional revolution. When one looks back at the chronicle of the events taking place ever since, he/she won't help getting frustrated by what has beffallen us. As a nation that has always been more dilligent than its neighbours, what have we done to deserve these mishaps? Or is it pure bad luck that we haven't seen a modicum of democracy in our land for a loooong time?
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    Friday, August 01, 2003

    Leader Worshipping:An Iranian Disease?

    Many of you must have grown fairly dejected and disheartened right after having seen through the genuine facade of this monster named Khomeini, who banked on the democracy movement of people to establish his own utopic views. What I am intending to bring to your intentions with this post is to make conscientious comparisons between what he said before and after the revolution. This dictator who made so tantalising remarks whereby he received the support of millions of Iranians and founded one of the most brutal and ruthless regimes of the world had managed to deceive a very large spectrum of the Iranian Society.

    While delving into the past might appear to be very drab to most of you, it is, however, imperative that we Iranians develop a hindsight that will guide us through the rest of our struggle for democracy. Despite the evident lack of qualities in Khomeini and his stooges, what impelled millions of people, including well-known cerebral intellectuals, to fall for his gambits? Wouldn't it have been apparent from his abysmal credentials that this person was not fit to bring democracy to Iran? Even we he said Heec (Meaning 'Nothing') after being asked about what he personally felt hot on the heels of finally setting foot on Iranian soil after decades by a journalist, why did people still consider him a hero and still found this ludicrous answer savvy?

    All of these unparalleled mistakes could be imputed to being rash and impetuous, which causes the society to follow one leader blindly. The scorn and contempt of many Iranians for the previous regime, despite the disagreements of many, has simply prompted them to fall for the first would-be saviour, which ended up in an irrevocable blunder. Some of the attitudes displayed by some Iranians at this moment still hint at the existence of the same naivete. No matter how much you detest the current regime, attempting to topple it without a definite agenda and without a decisive and trustworthy leader is either impossible or will precipitate further havocs. Worshipping leaders that have no idea about ruling a country still appears to be a disease inherent in many of us, Iranians. Are we going to shake off this pernicious habit? We should; otherwise, chaos will not leave us alone as it has been doing to us throughout the entire century.
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    Thursday, July 31, 2003

    How strong is Iran's opposition?

    This is one of the most realistic analyses I have read in BBC. As the article eloquently alludes to, the odds of a regime change varies based on people of different political affiliations. While there exist people who find the regime change in Iran, under current circumstances, to be a chimera, the conservative think-tanks allege to have noticed the preliminary signs of the
    regime's collapse. Of course, time will guide us through the next few bumpy years which will definitely tell us a lot about the fate of the regime and Iranians' enduring struggle for democracy.

    While the lifetime of the regime is unpredictable, one very relevant point, as addressed by the article, has been the biggest stumbling-block en route to fruition of people's struggle: Lack of a definite agenda. Today, majority of the opposition groups operating both inside and outside of the country arguably lack a decisive agenda to lead people to salvation. As the prudent analysis made in the article suggests, the popularity of Reza Pahlavi is very much dubious since he hasn't really managed to galvanise Iranians in Iran toward disobedience. Although he has allegedly made an unprecedented appearance ever since mounting his controversial campaign, his indefinite agenda appears not to have appealed a large spectrum of Iranians. One other group, Mojaheddineh Khalg, whose notoriety amongst ordinary Iranians is ineffable, is not likely to lead the sizzling movement in Iran simply people are very much averse to their cult-like behaviours and intentions.

    The Jebhe-ye Melli(JM), an organisation founded after Mossadeq, once Iran's illustrious prime minister, is also grappling with numerous intractable problems. The largely divided form of JM factions operating in Europe, Iran, and North America display how much this organisation is riven with infighting. This is probably the reason why JM hasn't singled out a leader to address all of its factions due to wide differences of opinion existing between members of different factions. Hence, this brings us to the question asked by the article: Is Iran's opposition strong enough? Objectivity is a virtue, hence, let's not be under any illusion that we will be salvaged by these opposition forces. With such opposition forces who have for decades failed when it comes to co-operation and agenda, Iran is not likely revel in a swift transition from dictatorship to democracy.

    Now that the possibility of a swift transition, at least for now, seems improbable, is a revolution a viable option?In other words, are the ingredients for a revolution, i.e., notably mass demonstrations, present? Yes. How many times have they been applied? Numerous times. If so,why hasn't success knocked on the door of Iranians? Simple: demonstrators lack a decisive agenda. They fail to appeal to all walks of people although, doubtless to say, almost every stratum of the society is stultified with the current status quo of Iran. What does Iran need in order to coalesce people of various political affiliations under one force in order to be the nightmare of the regime? An all-inclusive group of people devoid of the greed to be Iran's future president or to be the heir to something hereditary. Are we blessed with such a force? Not yet. How does the future wink at us from afar given the external pressure exerted on IRI by the United States? What is awaiting us? An intriguing discussion by Hooman also helps shed light on the external view of the ongoing crisis in Iran and what is likely to break out within the coming years.
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    Tuesday, July 29, 2003

    Could the Nightmare come true?

    As the above news item hints at, the possibility of a deal between the mullahs and Americans cannot be overlooked especially if the mullah overseeing this process is Rafsanjaani, the number one plunderer of Iran's incalculable wealth. The possibility of legalising and recognising Rafsanjaani gang in Iran would bear catastrophic problems since, no matter how distant a possibility this appears to be, if Rafsanjaani, with his sly and crafty nature, ever manages to receive the clandestine American support, this would cause the human rights violations commited in the Islamic Republic to be largely ignored by the world just as in the case of pre-September-11 burgeoning American-Saudi Arabia Relations. The Saudi Arabian ruling family, empowered by the American backing of its regime, had annually committed approximately 150 decapitations for acts that wouldn't even be deemed as crimes in the West.

    The current quagmire has been created by the United States and it is its own responsibility to dilligently solve it to such an extent that it will not plunge the region into a state of chaos. If, the United States feels threatened in the Middle East, it won't be astonishing to see it co-operate with its arch-enemies just for the struggle of survival.
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    Monday, July 28, 2003

    When a culture is orphaned...

    As Iran and Iranian culture are further sinking into attrition, our glorious history and our immense contributions to the development of the civilisation are either fading into oblivion due to not being granted the value they deserve in their own land or are being claimed by other opportunistic neighbours who have found the slumber of Iran to be a perfect opportunity for cultural plunder. The latter possibility appears to be stronger as is explicitly seen today. Turkey and Azerbaijan Republic, both of which are working in co-ordination, have for the past few years been jointly inflaming an intense anti-Iranian campaign.

    The extents to which this cultural plunder has reached is indeed jolting. Turkey has recently stepped up its rhetoric to claim that Moulana (Molavi) is Turkish and thus has no bearing on the Iranian culture apart from simply having written his poems in Persian. Consequently, Turks have, in various campaigns, started to bash Iranians pleading that they are pinching one of the most important figures of the Turkish Culture. One other renowned Iranian figure whose bones must be turning in his grave is Ibn-e Sinaa, who is often referred to as the father of medicine. Recently, I hear from the rhetoric in the Turkish media stating thatIbn-e Sinaa has got absolutely nothing to do with being Iranian and that his origin is actually Turkish.

    Of course, this is not the extent to which these ludicrous claims made by Turks conclude. After the Azerbaijan Republic gained its independence, Turks and the citizens of the Azerbaijan Republic have jointly mounted an unprecedented campaign aimed at incapacitating the social structure of Iran given the fact the ruthless regime in Iran doesn't concern itself at all with the cultural and historical accomplishments of Iranians in general. Aided by the Azari separatists (though it is timely to note that majority of Azaris in Iran are proud of their Iranian heritage and are suffering from the regime as much as the Persians and other ethnic groups) in Iran, their constant generalisation of Persians in general as devout and bigoted(as if there is no Azari in the key parts of the regime) and gereally content with the current regime attest to their genuine aim. The latest scandalous claim made by this group of vultures is ample to exasperate many Iranians. A Turkish diplomat during a speech he recently held in the Azerbaijan Republic highlighted the past skirmishes cropping up between Iranians and Turks during the reign of the Safavids and affirmed that the Iranian Culture has been very venomous to the Turkish World and that the Safavids period in Iran should be counted as part of the Turkish History rather than Iranian. The incidence of such blatant statements is likely to surge within the next few years to come with the Turks attacking Iranian values like vultures. Hence, it shouldn't be surprising to anyone if Turkey claimed overnight that Omar Khayyaam is Turkish now that he is already very popular in Turkey....
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    Sunday, July 27, 2003

    Sham Justice

    Iran arrests five over Canada death

    Based on the assurances of the Islamic Republic cited in the above article, 5 people who are thought to have been in connection with the heinous murder of Zahra Kazemi are going to be brought to justice. This ludicrous and fanciful assurance once more reminded many people of the sham justice that had been exercised during the assassination of a few renowned intellectuals in the late 90s. Although the perpetrators were identified as officials from the ministry of intelligence, their case was removed a year after the incidents and no justice was seen.

    The tricky move about this case is the anonymity of the personages arrested. Without knowing the names of the officials arrested, how can Canada make sure that these thugs get their just deserts? It appears that by not exposing the names of those apprehended for the case, the Islamic Republic is likely to release these bandits in the future while trying to denote to the world that there is justice in the Islamic Republic.
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    Saturday, July 26, 2003

    Is Canadian public opinion tilting in favour of Iranians by rejecting mullahs in general?

    There's no silencing Iran's critics; Debate suggests country ripe for revolution

    The above article published in National Post, one of Canada's most reputable newspapers, eloquently outlines the struggle of Iranians for democracy. It is irrefutable that the Canadian Media, after having finally tasted the bitterness of the Islamic Republic, no longer publishes articles lauding the Islamic Republic and the existence of a so-called atmosphere of democracy in the Middle East. The ongoing tug-of-war between the Canadian and Iranian Governments has enabled the world to see through the genuine facade of the Islamic Republic while utterly appalling Canada, which had been having burgeoning relations with Iran. There exist several points that need to be highlighted from the foregoing article in National Post by Peter Goodspeed:

  • Iran is ripe for a new revolution, as debate swirls around the country over how much personal freedom can be allowed in the world's first Islamic theocracy.

  • In recent weeks, thousands of political activists have been rounded up and packed into Iran's notorious prisons, where they are beaten and tortured.

  • As politicians and religious leaders argue over whether the Islamic clergy should have a monopoly on political power, ordinary people are becoming bolder in asserting their right to shape their country's future.

  • Articles are appearing in newspapers challenging the clergy's authority to have a final say in government and young people are defying tradition and strict Islamic social restrictions

  • But their regime, which came to power by smuggling in Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's sermons on audio tapes and videocassettes, now feels threatened by technology and cultural contraband.

  • There has also been a sharp increase in the number of public executions and floggings. At one point early on in the struggle, General Rahim Safavi, the former head of the elite Revolutionary Guards, declared bluntly: "Heads need to be rolled, tongues need to be cut and pens need to be broken."

  • Revolution or transition?

    One of the most mind-numbing issues the Iranian intelligentsia is vehemently debating is whether the current deadlock in Iran could be warded off through a popular revolution or a peaceful transition whereby the power could be handed over to popularly elected entities such as the parliament.

    Exponents of a popular revolution, rightfully, believe that the the notion of reform within the existing regime is not feasible and that the very foundation of the regime is odd to the reformation process. While this view is unmistakably correct, the solution proposed by people of this opinion is indeed very hazardous. A popular revolution is not liable to be bloodless. In other words, another mass revolution attended by people representing all the strata of the society is the only viable solution to eradicate the cancer in Iran's politics. One pitfall of this proposition is the number of lives that are likely to be claimed as a result of agitations. A new revolution in order to fulfill Iranians' 100-year-long pursuit of democracy doesn't guarantee that it will necessarily reach fruition. Furthermore, it appears from recent demonstrations that such activities have only strengthened the unelected and repressive hard-line faction of the regime.

    The other option worth a conscientious consideration is this notion of peaceful transition. Could there really be a peaceful transition from dictatorship to democracy in Iran as in the examples Eastern Europe? In other words, would this newly -surfaced class of rich and pious elements wielding the real power be willing to relinquish their incalculable wealth and unbounded authority? Given the tragic fate that has befallen Saddam and his stooges and the possibility that the American rhetoric against Iran intensifies, the mullahs in Iran would, on the surface, be better off by handing over the power, thus obviating the need for the outbreak of a war. Yet, aware of the inexplicable scorn people of Iran bear for them, the mullahs are indeed in a dilemma. Would they choose the path of fighting to the hilt and plunging the country into a greater chaos in their bid to defend themselves? This is unpredictable and is left to be sorted out by time......

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