Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Irvine Restaurant Helps Iranian Immigrant

This is the story that was covered by OC Register on June 11th. While Mojdeh Teimorzadeh is not the only victim of domestic violence in Iranian community, but she now is the public face of domestic violence in Iranian community. She was first on the AM 670 popular radio show of Dr. Holakoyee, then was helped by other community organizations and now living a life without fear with the support of her community and community at large.

Her story is consistent with the pattern of abuse that other DV victims experience in immigrant communities. Each story is unique and equally painful. Each of these women coming to US with the hope of a better life, fleeing the societal restrictions imposed on women and girls in Iran and some find themselves in the vicious cycle of power and control and exposed even to harmful physical and mental situation.

Read the OC Register article HERE.

A History of Regime Change

The Iraq disaster is not the first time, "regime change" has backfired on the US and resulted in catastrophe for hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians.
Here's a history of post-World War II regime change in Iran, Guatemala, Vietnam and Chile. Every one of these actions was a violation of the Constitution and the UN Charter.
Little has changed since, just the names...
National Security has become Homeland Security...The War against Communism has becme the War on Terror...
the George Bush Moyers refers to in this video is George Bush Jr's father.

"Once we decide that anything goes, anything can come home to haunt us." - Bill Moyers.


Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Mr.Above the Law!

What can you say when the Vice President of the United States of America talks of a special place and privileges the constitution has afforded him? What can you say when the Veep claims he is not a part of the executive branch? “What special place Mr. Veep?” one might ask? The privilege to classify information when he wants and to declassify it when he wants? The privilege to out an undercover CIA operative for political retribution against her husband? The privilege to become the most influential Vice President in the history of the U.S and not be accountable to anyone?

Dick Cheney’s most recent argument that he is not part of the executive branch but a member of the legislative branch as the president of the Senate, raised many eyebrows. Most conservatives who believe in strict interpretation of the constitution could not believe what they were hearing!

Mr. Cheney and the GOP must know that this not just another partisan battle with the Democrats. True conservative will not back Cheney and his “above the law” attitude. I strongly support Rep. Rahm Emanuel’s efforts to cut Cheney’s funding as a member of the executive branch and reassign him new staff budget as t he president of the Senate. I also urge all law abiding Republicans not to sit quiet and react accordingly to Cheney’s lack of respect for the law. After all, we are a country of laws , so lets keep it that way!

Friday, June 22, 2007

Elections Can be Bad Too

Hamas’s violent takeover of Gaza came to many observers as a surprise. To those of us who are more familiar with the region and know the mentality of militant Islamic groups like Hamas, the recent events were less shocking. But regardless of Hamas’s nature, the fact that fair elections in the Palestinian territories brought them to power cannot be disputed. The Fatah establishment decided to refuse to share power with the newly elected members of Hamas. At the same time, the Western world boycotted the Hamas government with the intent to paralyze Haniyeh’s cabinet. Less than a year later, violent clashes broke out in Gaza – Hamas’s stronghold- and Fatah was routed, at least temporarily.

Elections alone do not bring democracy. As a matter of fact, the democratic process does not necessarily begin by holding free and fair elections. The U.S can pressure Saudi Arabia or Egypt to hold free and fair elections tomorrow and guess who will be triumphant? The current corrupt rulers or the radical Islamic hardliners? Your guess is probably correct. And once they come to power they will most likely behave in an irresponsible fashion, just like their predecessors.

A Western democratic form of governance does not serve the needs of every nation. The truth is that many countries in the world will reject those democratic values we cherish so dearly. Free speech in the Muslim world can only go so far. Try drawing cartoons of Prophet Muhammad for instance and see what will happen to you. Western democracy is not for everyone.

That does not translate into support for dictators in the Middle East. The first step towards a stable system is political tutelage. People of any given land ought to learn how to respect their opponents’ views no matter how repugnant those views might be to them. There is a lack of tolerance in the Middle East. Lack of tolerance for opposing political, religious and social views. Without greater levels of tolerance, holding a thousand free and fair elections will make no significant difference. The ruling parties or factions cannot come to power with the intent of eradicating the opposition, what Hamas and Fatah have been doing to one another. Many countries in the Middle East are not ready for full fledged democracy yet and no one can force them to change over night.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Temporary Success: Stoning of Mokarrameh and her Partner Suspended

I am pleased to report a temporary success on this case. Thank you all of you who created such a powerful movement utilizing Internet technologies in such a short time frame and let the Iranian official hear our voice loud and clear that the global community of human rights defenders, peace activist, non-violence activists, women organizations etc. are demanding an stop to the practice of stoning in Iran and other countries.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007


Dear friends, colleagues and human rights defenders--
Here i an urgent action from Stop Stoning Forever Campaign. We learned about this scheduled stoning today. The clock is ticking and this public stoning is scheduled for Thursday morning 9:00AM, Iran's time. let us all remember that as Martin Luther King once said “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere . . . Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”



No. 86-3-b

19 June 2007

Take Action Immediately!

You Only Have Hours to Oppose the Scheduled Public Stoning of Mokarrameh and Her Partner

The stoning of Mokarrameh Ebrahimi and her partner is scheduled to be carried out in public in the city of Takistan, Ghazvin, at 9:00 am on Thursday, June 21, for committing adultery and having a child out of wedlock. The decision for execution of stoning in public, and moreover, inviting the public to participate in the stoning have been made by the Ghazvin Municipal Security Council or Showraye Tameen of Ghazvin. The news of the scheduled stoning has been published by the campaign activists on June 19, 2007. (Please read more at

The Stop Stoning Forever Campaign invites all citizens of the world to contact the Iranian officials by phone and/or fax and ask them to stop the public stoning of Mokarrameh Ebrahimin, the 43 year old mother of three children, and her partner, the father of her 11 year old child. Please note that email may not be effective.

Also, please note the time difference since the stoning is scheduled for Thursday, June 21, in the morning, Tehran time, which is Wednesday evening and midnight in the US and Europe. Please act now before it is too late!

Ghazvin State Government Office, includes Ghazvin Municipal Security Council.

This office is open from 7:15 am to 2:15 pm Tehran time.


+98 281 3682811

+98 281 3682812

+98 281 3682813

+98 281 3682814

+98 281 3682815

+98 281 3682816


+98 281 3682941

+98 281 3682895

You can also contact the following offices in Iran:

· The Supreme Leader: Ayatollah Khamenei


+98 21 64412020

· The Head of Judiciary: Ayatollah Shahroudi


+98-21 22741002

+98-21 22741003

+98-21 22741004

+98-21 22741005

· The President: Mr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad


+98 21 88825071

+98 21 88825072

+98 21 88825073

+98 21 88825074

+98 21 88825075

If you have difficulty contacting the officials inside Iran, please contact the Iranian officials in your country of residence for some of whom the telephone and fax numbers are listed below.

· United States: Interests Section of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Washington, D.C.


(202) 965-4990
(202) 965-4991
(202) 965-4992
(202) 965-4993
(202) 965-4994
(202) 965-4999


(202) 965-1073
(202) 965-4990

· Canada: Embassy of Iran in Ottawa


This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it 613 2354726

613 2325712

· United Kingdom: Embassy of Iran in London





· Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations in Switzerland, Geneva


(41-22)332 21 00-21


(41-22)733 02 03

· United Arab Emirates: Embassy of Iran in Abu Dhabi





· Denmark: Embassy of Iran in Copenhagen





· Norway: Embassy of Iran in Oslo


(+47) 23 27 29 60


(+47) 22 55 49 19

· Russia: Embassy of Iran in Moscow


9178655, 9179679, 9175219, 9177282, 9170039, 9172442, 9178959


2302897 , 9179683

· Finland, Embassy of Iran


+358-9-6869 240


+358-9-6869 2410

· South Africa, Embassy of Iran


+27 (012) 342 58 80 / 1 -


+27 (012) 342 18 78

· Germany, Embassy of Iran in Frankfurt


+49 (0) 69 56 000 739 - 740


+49 (0) 69 56 000 728

· India, Embassy of Iran in New Delhi


+91-11-23329600/ 01/ 02



To contact campaign activists in the US or Iran, please email Soheila Vahdati <> or Shadi Sadr <>.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

This Thursday One Man & One Woman Will be Stoned to Death in Takistan

I received this disturbing news from the Campaign to Stop Stoning Forever. Please do whatever you can do to spread the news and stop stoning of this couple which is scheduled for about 30 hours from now.


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