Agaahi – November 30, 2010
BBC report about Shahla Jahed the woman who will be executed in few hours . Shahla will be hanged in Tehran prison on Wednesday December 1.
Agaahi -November 28, 2010
More details on http://www.lenziran.com .Whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks has released 250,000 US classified documents, including documents showing that Arab leaders are privately urging for an airstrike on Iran.
The New York Times – Scott Shane – November 28, 2010
WASHINGTON — A cache of a quarter-million confidential American diplomatic cables, most of them from the past three years, provides an unprecedented look at backroom bargaining by embassies around the world, brutally candid views of foreign leaders and frank assessments of nuclear and terrorist threats. Some of the cables, made available to The New York Times and several other news organizations, were written as recently as late February, revealing the Obama administration’s exchanges over crises and conflicts. The material was originally obtained by WikiLeaks, an organization devoted to revealing secret documents. WikiLeaks intends to make the archive public on its Web site in batches, beginning Sunday. The anticipated disclosure of the cables is already sending shudders through the diplomatic establishment, and could conceivably strain relations with some countries, influencing international affairs in ways that are impossible to predict. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and American ambassadors around the world have been contacting foreign officials in recent days to alert them to the expected disclosures. A statement from the White House on Sunday said: “We condemn in the strongest terms the unauthorized disclosure of classified documents and sensitive national security information.”“President Obama supports responsible, accountable, and open government at home and around the world, but this reckless and dangerous action runs counter to that goal. By releasing stolen and classified documents, WikiLeaks has put at risk not only the cause of human rights but also the lives and work of these individuals.” The cables, a huge sampling of the daily traffic between the State Department and some 270 embassies and consulates, amount to a secret chronicle of the United States’ relations with the world in an age of war and terrorism. Among their revelations, to be detailed in The Times in coming days:
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Agaahi – November 27, 2010
The televesion network Al Arabya published a video tape related to the armed group Jundullah . In the tape Amir Hoseyn Shirani a man kidnaped by the group and introduced as staff in Isfahan Atomic research center claimed that a nuclear program for non – peaceful is realized in a village near Isfahan . The man indicate the location and the name of responsibles . More details on http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/201…
Tea and Politics – Claudia
A detained pastor of a major network of Christian house churches in Iran will be executed by hanging for “apostasy”, or abandoning Islam, according to translated court documents seen by Worthy News Wednesday, November 24.The 11th Chamber of The Assize Court of the province of Gilan said Iranian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani had proved his “apostasy” by “organizing evangelistic meetings and inviting others to Christianity, establishing a house church, baptizing people, expressing his faith to others and, denying Islamic values.” Nadarkhani is “an apostate [and] will be executed by being hung…Somehow his soul is taken from him,” the court wrote. He was arrested after protesting against the enforced reading of the Koran, viewed as a holy book by Muslims, to Christian children including his own. His wife Fatemeh Passandideh was released October 11 by a court in Gilan province, after she was detained on similar apostasy charges, Christians said. In comments accompanying the death sentence, the court claimed Nadarkhani confirmed he converted to Christianity from Islam, despite possible execution. “Even in his last defense…when he was asked [by the prosecutor] ‘from the age of puberty until the age of 19, what religion have you had?’, he replied… ‘Since I was born in a Muslim family I was Muslim until I converted to Christianity at the age of 19‘.” via Holger Awakens: Iranian Court Sentences Converted Christian Pastor To Death By Hanging For Apostasy.
I hope Obama, Zapatero, Ban Ki-Moon at al will also raise their voices to protest this huge abuse of Human Rights.Yeah, I know, it’s Iran. I’m sure this is not the last man killed because of his faith in Iran. And this will be an example for other backwards bastards to sentence more people to death by this “crime”.
I’m sure the islamophiles that some times end up here, will say that, “well, this has nothing to do with Islam, this is just a very “conservative” country”. As if all conservatives would defend killing apostates.
There is no mention of death penalty for apostates in the Qu’ran, though there are several verses about “those who break their oaths“ in which something very similar is stated:
YUSUFALI: But if they violate their oaths after their covenant, and taunt you for your Faith,- fight ye the chiefs of Unfaith: for their oaths are nothing to them: that thus they may be restrained.
PICKTHAL: And if they break their pledges after their treaty (hath been made with you) and assail your religion, then fight the heads of disbelief – Lo! they have no binding oaths – in order that they may desist.
SHAKIR: And if they break their oaths after their agreement and (openly) revile your religion, then fight the leaders of unbelief– surely their oaths are nothing– so that they may desist.
YUSUFALI: Will ye not fight people who violated their oaths, plotted to expel the Messenger, and took the aggressive by being the first (to assault) you? Do ye fear them? Nay, it is Allah Whom ye should more justly fear, if ye believe!
PICKTHAL: Will ye not fight a folk who broke their solemn pledges, and purposed to drive out the messenger and did attack you first? What! Fear ye them? Now Allah hath more right that ye should fear Him, if ye are believers
SHAKIR: What! will you not fight a people who broke their oaths and aimed at the expulsion of the Messenger, and they attacked you first; do you fear them? But Allah is most deserving that you should fear Him, if you are believers.
YUSUFALI: Fight them, and Allah will punish them by your hands, cover them with shame, help you (to victory) over them, heal the breasts of Believers,
PICKTHAL: Fight them! Allah will chastise them at your hands, and He will lay them low and give you victory over them, and He will heal the breasts of folk who are believers.
SHAKIR: Fight them, Allah will punish them by your hands and bring them to disgrace, and assist you against them and heal the hearts of a believing people.
The medieval Sunni schools of Islamic jurisprudence were unanimous in holding that apostasy by a male Muslim is punishable by death, differing only on whether to execute the apostate immediately or grant the apostate an opportunity to repent and thus avoid penalty. They also differed on the punishment of a female apostate: death or imprisonment until repentance. Abu-Hanifa and his followers like the jurist Sarakhsi refused death penalty for women supporting jail for them till re-embracing islam. The four major Sunni schools of Islamic jurisprudence (Madh’hab) differentiate between harmful apostasy and harmless apostasy (also known as major and minor apostasy) in accepting repentance.
In mainstream Islam, many contemporary scholars oppose any penalty for apostasy: Gamal Al-Banna (brother of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood), Hamza Yusuf, Yusuf Estes, Jamal Badawi, Javed Ahmad Ghamidi, Hassan al-Turabi, Shafi`i Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa, Shabir Ally, and Maliki jurist Abu al-Walid al-Baji and Shi’a Grand Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri, They have either completely opposed any penalty for apostasy, or believe that penalty can only be applied when apostasy is coupled with attempts to harm Muslim society.
So, not all of them oppose it. In this case, they can support it, because Nadarkhani was actually “harming Muslim society”, while he was preaching and speaking about Christianity and was, as the documents say, “denying Islamic values“.
PS: By the way., Montazeri‘s opinions are not important for the Ayatollah’s: he was a dissident, who was kept under arrest in his home till his death last year, after which there were severe riots, all over Iran.
Source: Tea and Politics
MDSTVUSA | November 24, 2010
Iranians leaving religion of Islam in mass numbers
تعداد زیادی از ایرانیان در حال ترک کردن دین اسلام میباشند
There are a lot of commotions recently about the desecration of Koran by the American Soldiers at Guantanamo Bay detention center. Although I do not care for any detention centers whether in America or any place else for that matter and also don’t think it is a good idea to destroy any book, I don’t understand the reaction of so many Muslims to these events. Was it worth the loss of seventeen lives over such an act of so-called desecration? After all it was not a Koran written by the prophet himself. It was a Koran printed by the infidels, on infidel’s paper, quite possibly using an infidel computer and infidel print shop and infidel workers. What is so important about some Arabic statement that makes ordinary and common 20 lbs. paper into the word of Allah? Koran is just a book, like every other book. Why does this book have to be treated so differently than any other book? There are no restrictions on handling of Bible or Old Testament, why should there be so many restrictions on handling the Koran?When I was growing up in Iran I never understood why my parents had to perform ablution, kiss and hold the Koran with both hands in order to just move the book from the mantel over the table during the New Year festivities as part of the Nourooz celebration¹s set-up. No wonder I never saw them reading the book. Who wants to take a shower every time one wants to open a book? Especially in dry countries in the Middle East. In his book, The Little Green Book, Sayings of Ayathollah Khomeini, Political, Philosophical, Social and Religious with a special introduction by Clive Irving, ISBN 0-553-14032-9, he describes the handling of Koran as follows: “It is forbidden to touch a page of the Koran with anything impure, it is forbidden to place blood or bones on the Koran, it is forbidden to write out verses of Koran with impure ink. One must avoid giving the Koran to infidel.Khomeini even recommends that the Koran be taken away from infidels by force. He also states that if a page of Koran falls into a toilet, it is absolutely indispensable to withdraw it from there, even if this should prove costly. In case this is impossible, such a toilet must never be used again until it has been ascertained that the paper has rotted away.” I wonder if Khomeini or any other fanatic Muslims ever stopped by the print shop where a Koran is being printed. What Khomeini has said may have been applicable to the first Koran generated by the Automan in the latter part of the 7th Century long after the prophet had passed away, when the medium used was not paper but animal skin. Even if it was the animal skin a human life must worth a lot more than a book. Why does a piece of paper become so important because some Arabic words have been written on it? The problem we are facing is due to ignorance of some of the Muslims living in countries such as Pakistan. The country with the most Madressas established and paid for by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. When we lock up boys in rooms for ten or fifteen years just so that they can read and memorize an Arabic book they have no knowledge of, what else is the result other than what we witnessed couple of weeks ago following the desecration of a book. Seventeen people lost their lives because some infidel American kicked the book and flushed it down the toilet. What a pity!
Source: Dr. Homa Darabi Foundation
CNN – Nov. 24, 2010
Freed hiker Sarah Shourd talks about what Thanksgiving means in captivity.
sherlock72 | November 22, 2010
Fareed sits down for an exclusive interview with one of the top officials of the Iranian government.
aajoeyjo | March 18, 2010Godless Americans March on Washington DC – Dr. Parvin Darabi
Dr. Parvin Darabi (born 1941) Tehran is an Iranian born American activist, writer and an internationally recognized defender of women’s rights. Darabi studied at California State University Northridge, University of Southern California and Pepperdine University, and California Coast University. Parvin worked as an electronic systems engineer, program manager, company president, and engineering consultant until 1994. From 1985 to 1990 she owned and operated her own Company PT Enterprises, in Mountain View, California where they developed the most sensitive Radar Detector presently on the German Naval Vessels active in NATO. Her elder sister, Dr. Homa Darabi, committed suicide in 1994 by burning herself in a public square in Iran to protest against the APARTHEID REGIME of IRI. Since then, Parvin has become an activist, writing the book Rage Against the Veil and speaking out on many occasions against Iran’s government and the religion of Islam as whole.