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The revolutionary Islamic regime in Tehran thus faces its most dangerous threat, an opposition which can no longer be dismissed as foreign-inspired, but whose revolutionary Islamic Shiite credentials are impeccable and who claim greater legitimacy than the corruption-ridden, oppressive clique in office.
The gunning down of the nephew of Mir Hussein Mousavi, seen as an assassination, further stoked the fury raging in the streets of Tehran. Yet Moussavi stood aside as the movement's senior cleric, Ayatollah Mehdi Karroubi, used the opportunity to further question the regime's religious legitimacy by asking: "What has happened to this religious system that it orders the killing of innocent people during the holy day of Ashura?"
"What the Iranian people want is a total change in the regime of the Supreme Leader. They don't want reform or a more moderate approach from the regime," she said.
"They want to overthrow the regime of the mullahs, they want a secular republic to replace religious dictatorship."
The PMOI was removed from a European Union list of banned terrorist groups in January but it is battling to be taken off a similar U.S. list.
"It's very unfortunate now to have the terrorist label applied to the Iranian resistance movement by Western countries because it's very clear that it was at the request of the mullahs' regime," she said.
"I think Western countries have to be impartial toward the Iranian people and the resistance and the mullahs' regime."
Violence against women is rampant, rising every day with the power of the militias. Beheadings, rapes, beatings, suicides through self-immolation, genital mutilation, trafficking and child abuse masquerading as marriage of girls as young as nine are all on the increase.
Du'a Khalil Aswad, 17, from Nineveh, was executed by stoning in front of mob of 2,000 men for falling in love with a boy outside her Yazidi tribe. Mobile phone images of her broken body transmitted on the internet led to sectarian violence, international outrage and calls for reform. Her father, Khalil Aswad, speaking one year after her death in April last year, has revealed that none of those responsible had been prosecuted and his family remained "outcasts" in their own tribe.
n the long and tumultuous history-of -We Iranian people, women's rights, as a significant issue, has occupied a special chapter. The role of women in the Iranian society has had its ebbs and flows, but, unfortunately, for the most part their rights have been violated. This is particularly true for the 16 years of the rile of the Islamic clerics under the philosophy of "Velayate Faqih" (Guardianship of the Jurisprudent). At no time in our history has the Iranian woman been subjected to more cruel, harsh and arbitrary treatment from the ruling clique. Their subjugation has been codified into law. The pressure is so overwhelming that the suicide rate has been climbing in recent years, especially among young women.
We are dedicating this issue of FOCUS ON IRAN to the Iranian Women, with the aim of helping focus world attention on their plight. The clerical regime must be taken to task. The Iranian Woman must stand shoulder to shoulder with the Iranian Man to face down this primitive repressive regime.
In the Iranian tradition, women have always had special respect and equal treatment. Throughout history, we come across references to the special role of women in the traditional Iranian society. According to Plutarch "Iranian women used to participate in social affairs and fight in the battlefield".
Iran's Green Movement has embraced a new symbol of protest: the woman's veil. In an unprecedented show of support for women's rights, Iranian men have posted photos of themselves wearing the head covering typically worn by Muslim women. The images show hundreds of men clad in bright green headscarves posing mockingly for the camera.
This campaign was sparked by the government's attempt to humiliate leading student activist Majid Tavakoli. Authorities arrested Tavakoli after he delivered a fiery anti-government speech during Iran's Student Day demonstrations on December 7th. Following his detention, the semi-official Fars News Agency published photos of him wearing a woman's veil, claiming that he had been found trying to escape from campus using it as a disguise. Many members of the opposition believe the photos were fabricated to discredit and disgrace the young activist.
Now, men too have taken up the veil as a symbol of political protest.
The only way to bring about true change in Iran is to let the Iranian people bring it about themselves. We brought "Democracy" to Iraq and Afghanistan ... and look how that worked out.
Iran is not a threat to the world.
Iran’s embattled opposition is mourning the loss of its spiritual leader, Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, whose death yesterday – while a significant short-term blow – could galvanise the reform movement.
His passing is a greater challenge to the jittery authorities, who fear his funeral in Qom this morning will become the flashpoint for a major flexing of popular opposition muscle.
Originally posted by sueloujo
Why do we have all this outrage about Iran all of a sudden? What about the holocaust going on in Zimbabwe? Mugabe is allowed to get away with carnage..while we complain about china's dealings with drug smugglers and Iran dealing with their criminals. Oh yes..I forgot..zimbabwe is a poor country.