Observing Iran – inside out

Iranian Women – The lionesses of the democracy movement

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Women are the victims of this patriarchal culture, but they are also its carriers. Let us keep in mind that every oppressive man was raised in the confines of his mother’s home.
Shirin Ebadi
Read more about the century old women’s right movement in Iran http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women’s_rights_movement_in_Iran

To the Green Movements Opponents!

For years I have been observing how some Iranians dismisses all internal opposition towards the Iranian regime as fake or ‘conspiracy’. They claim that any dissident that once been part of the establishment or supported the revolution can’t be considered as ‘real opposition’. I can’t estimate how many these people are but they are a minority, although a minority that indirectly is advocating the regimes objectives.

Most of these people are actually exile Iranians, who claim that only they are real opposition and anyone with former past within the Islamic Republic are just pursuing a suspicious agenda. Similar to the Iranian regime who claims that any internal opposition is working with foreign states.

Over the years claims was directed towards people like: Akbar Ganji, Heshmat Tabarzadi, Mohsen Sazegara, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Ayatollah Montazeri, Ali Afshari and many more that they would be  regimes agents. Well the regime also claims they belong to foreign spy agencies…Today the claims are that Mousavi, Karroubi, Khatami or Abdollah Nouri and many more are “the insiders opposition”. These people are so far away from the realities of todays Iran, when are you going to grow intellectually and see that you are doing the Iranian regime the biggest favour possible. Hurting the credibility of any dissent from their previous governmental ranks.

He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself. – Thomas Paine

Do you think that the opposition voices from Los Angeles or Paris is hurting the regime? No, it doesn’t really..but the voices from Tehran, Qom or Isfahan does. When figures from the regime distance themselves from the leaders and oppose them or reveal its inner secrets, that hurts. Instead of encouraging current officials to distance themselves, you discourage such actions.

Welcome all regime officials, who leaves their posts or criticizes the regime. Welcome internal critics and embrace such behaviour. Fight for their voices to be heard and taken seriousness. In Iran there is impossible to critics the leaders directly, so the language has to be  indirect and in a balanced tone. When will you accept that people can change their minds, when will you welcome that you don’t have monopoly on opposition views as no leader in Iran has monopoly on power.

Iran is facing its darkest days ever if you don’t unite to fight against the most brutal repressive forces. In Iran people are embracing security forces when they manage to overrun them, the same guy that was beating them 5 min earlier. Why can’t you learn from your fellow compatriots inside the country.

Today all Iranians should support anyone that takes a stance against the regime. Support your fellow compatriots right to raise his or her views. Only then can you call yourself a democrat! Iranians are being killed and Iranians need to come in defence of their compatriots, no matter what political affiliations they have

Must See: the clip were Ali-Reza Nourizadeh answers Shahram Homayoun on Channel One

Mehdi Karroubi – Iranian of the year (2010)
February 26, 2011, 4:16 am
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Were are the residents of the poor areas of southern Tehran?

Recently several analysts have highlighted the issue of lack of mass involvement from the working class segments of Iran in the green movement protests. I wanted to share this article from Time Magazine which describes one of the weaknesses of the movement that needs to be addressed.

Iran certainly has its share of unruly worker unrest. Over the past year, strikes and walkouts have broken out in the automobile, tire, sugar, textile, metals and transportation industries. Many of these protests were concerned with bread-and-butter issues: wages not paid, unexpected layoffs, deteriorating benefits and rising unemployment. Yet an organized alliance between Iranian workers and students has still not materialized as it has elsewhere

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2045328_2045333_2053157,00.html

In a speech following the 2009 protests, a veteran Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps commander, Saeed Ghasemi, said the time to be afraid would come if the poor of south Tehran ever “went crazy” and withdrew their support for the supreme leader.

‘Middle Class Revolutions’
February 17, 2011, 7:06 pm
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Watching CNN, BBC or any major international news source there is much talks about the twitter or Facebook revolutions and generations. Yes, these social medias have been a tool to initiate protests but they are not a decisive tool to bring about change in Middle Eastern nations. First of all, only a few percentage of the Iranian population has Facebook or twitter accounts. It’s more within the young middle class generation who have access to these tools. If relying on the social medias, the movements will ultimately fail and will be used against its organisers.

The workers of Iran will be the final cause of change

The Iranian middle class are the most active group and the main people on the streets of Iran. The Iranian regime is aware of this, they are not building their power base on them. They are aiming for the Mostazafin  (the outcasts, the oppressed masses or poor working class) segments of Iranian population.

To archive a powerful movement that would shake the grounds of the rulers these things need to be addressed:

  • Involve and mobilise the working class of urban Iran
  • Mobilise the state employees, teachers, bus drivers, oil workers, truck drivers etc.
  • Get the bazaars merchants to participate in the protests by shutting down during the days of protests.
  • Unemployed youth of southern Tehran

Social Medias are for the Middle Class, they now how to communicate their message to the other segments of the Iranian society. The down with slogans on the streets should not be directed towards the nations leaders, but more towards economical and social failures.

  • The middle class wants: political freedom, free elections, freedom of press etc.
  • The working class wants: job opportunities, purchasing power, workers rights, unions etc.

The slogans and messages need to include the needs of the working class for them to join in. When ordinary Iranian working class joins in, then nobody is running from basijis. They are the real hard men and women of Iran, that would die to archive their demands.

A “revolution” can never triumph if it’s a “middle class revolution”. The only chance a revolution can have is if the poor masses join the protests, and the working class launches a general strike. 20th of february will be the next date that Iranians defy their rulers, if the poor in the cities join in…then they are up for yet another great suprise.


When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right
February 16, 2011, 7:56 am
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Recent days that lead to 14th of Februari or 25 Bahman was noticeable tense, the frustration level among ordinary Iranians have raised as the repressive environment created after the Iranian election in 2009 with combination of price increases has agitated the Iranian Middle Class. The vast segments of the urban Iranian middle class are feeling pressured by the closed political atmosphere and the economical hardship that is felt throughout the society.

As the news of the arab uprisings have reached Iranians, the feeling of being the most miserable in the region and now Iranians feel it’s time that change reached Iran as well.

Envy, anger and humiliation is the few feelings that have been felt among the middle class. They showed their resentment towards the supreme leader on Monday in great numbers. Still noticeable is the lack of support among the lower class urban Iranians, as the Mostasafin in Iran has still not risen yet. Urban middle class in Isfahan, Tehran, Rasht, Shiraz, Kermanshah and many other Iranian cities poured out to the streets and defied the threats of the Revolutionary guard and basijis. The Green Movement is alive and strong as ever, no matter how many arrests, executions and terror being forced on the movements members.

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.  –  John F. Kennedy

The slogan was hard and radical, no reform slogans was shouted. It was slogans against the system and the leaders of it. To really take off and make this movement an ocean of protesters defying tyranny, the working class Iranians need to come out into the streets.

For the winds of change to sweep Iran, it needs to reach out to the poor districts in Iran and get the working class who are feeling squeezed due to price increases and inflation with combination of high unemployment into the streets.

They would break the backbone of the basijis and send them running out of the squares of the cities. Freedom is near and Iranians are realising it more and more for each day. The regime is shaken as well as the ranks of the security forces, they are feeling that they used all options at their disposal and still masses comes out. Only thing left is massive crackdown on people and trial of Mousavi and Karroubi, but they don’t dare to go that far as the cracks within are to big. It could be the final blow. Winds of change are on it’s way…

Winds of Change
February 14, 2011, 10:42 am
Filed under: Iran

Iran is awakening, as people in Tehran felt terrible injustice as Egypt got freedom and Iran had 22 Bahman ‘celebrations’.

I believe that Iranians will come out to the streets today in masses.  Will post more, in a few hours