Defending Iranian’s Space

 

3Tir, Iranian Parliament- Resting Guards by Hamed Saber

3Tir, Iranian Parliament- Resting Guards by Hamed Saber

From furniture…

Furniture store Habitat has apologised for causing offence after accusations it exploited unrest in Iran to drive online Twitter users to its products. Keywords – called hashtags – such as ‘Iran’ and ‘Mousavi’ were added to its messages so people searching for those subjects would see the firm’s adverts.

But actually there is a serious point, look how a UK corporation saw the chance to make money off Iran, it is a rather comical attempt that nevertheless symbolises the role of Western interference seeking to tilt events in Iran towards their agendas. This potted BBC history of UK/Iran relations avoids deep analysis by keeping to bare information, the MKO/MEK show up with an obtuse mention that they were ‘taken off the list of terrorist groups by the EU in January‘ and are called an ‘Iranian opposition group‘ by interviewed academic Rosemary Hollis, [Middle East analyst at City University in London] a former Chatham house bigwig. The coup is admitted to but the Shah’s Savak with torture training by the CIA never make an appearance in the article.

Meanwhile… as if eager to prove Marx right (‘History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce‘) guess who the National Press Club in Washington decide to give a newsmaker event to?

National Press Club in Washington– The exiled son of the late shah of Iran, Reza Pahlavi, warned Monday of dire consequences for the volatile Middle East and the rest of the world if the popular uprising in Iran is crushed.

The defeat of the movement protesting the outcome of presidential elections 10 days ago would not only threaten global stability but could lead to nuclear war, Pahlavi told a news conference here.

Clearly he knows which side his neocon bread is buttered. Ah yes them, well it goes without saying they are frothing at the bit

But Law Professor Alan M. Dershowitz said that the United States must take whatever steps necessary to ensure that Iran does not procure a nuclear bomb. “This is a suicidal nation,” he said. “It’s a terrorist nation.”

Hmmm, spot the common theme here? A theme being recycled from the arguments to escalate Obama’s war in Afghanistan/Pakistan, where apparently he does not mourn the lives ‘lost’ (are they lost? That implies something careless and accidental, he is the Commander in Chief his forces did this deliberately, that’s not lost, that’s murder) nor are heroic protesters in Palestine afforded sympathy.

So it takes some awareness to recognise the crocodile tears of imperialists from true solidarity with integrity towards Iranians showing us what democratic engagement against an authoritarian establishment is really like. Just as our governments seek to distance the events with reformer/hardliner framing because they wouldn’t want us to get ideas above our station, that we actually could challenge the hegemony of our elites. That to me is what Iranians are teaching the world. That many of our means to help are so withered and corrupted is shameful, so much so that to help the protesters we must also include opposing what our establishments are plotting. 

Now, I am sick of writing about it, I want to find concrete practical things we can do to help. Suggestions welcome.

11 Responses to “Defending Iranian’s Space”

  1. GDAEman Says:

    One way we can help Iranians challenge their establishment is to challenge our own western establishments… what a “farce.” The inertia remaining from the fairly recent Greek uprisings, which spread around the world, provide a useful asset upon which to build.

    On an individual level, we should use our strengths. You are a clear thinker and good writer. You should continue to make use of that strength, while others use their particular strengths.

    We need to organize, and can do so in a distributed way… We should keep this impulse alive. My brief blog entry today reflects this impulse. Briefly, it concludes:

    “I’m starting to feel like withdrawing all support from Obama, because he’s become the figurehead of a crime syndicate. Does anyone else feel this way?”

    • earwicga Says:

      Smart post GADEman – I tried to comment to say I have posted on my Facebook page, but don’t think it likes my comments🙂

  2. earwicga Says:

    D’you know, I’ve never heard this one before “The retailer has said the use of the hashtags were “not authorised”, but declined to say who was responsible. ” Nice one Habitat.

    I agree with GADEman – collecting evidence and posting on here for us to read and pass on is a ‘concrete and practical’ thing to do.

  3. RickB Says:

    Flattery will get you everywhere! Obviously one problem is US & UK actions carry an inherent baggage of historical crime, but I hope networks do increase connections of dissidents in all countries that can support each other. Just feeling a little frustrated at seeing stuff!

    I think this says it all really,
    http://www.tinyrevolution.com/mt/archives/002987.html
    He has been substantially better than previous President’s on Iran but his skills as a figurehead obscure the machine for which he has volunteered to serve.

  4. RickB Says:

    And as I was typing… Earwicga ,Well I will keep up my part in the info chain and hope when chances to act appear I will flag them up.

  5. libhomo Says:

    One note about American English: we say lives are lost under pretty much any circumstances, including deliberate killing. We even said it describing people killed in the 911 attacks.

    It would seem to me that the first practical step would be for bloggers/activists to get together in their respective countries and try to actually build movements and organizations.

  6. harpymarx Says:

    “Now, I am sick of writing about it, I want to find concrete practical things we can do to help. Suggestions welcome.”

    Showing global solidarity through the trade union movement, basic and simple measure, it’s not rocket science.

    Trade union activists working together, in unity and in strength. The trade union movement has always regarded international solidarity as vital (I remember the work I did as international officer for my NALGO branch to rise awareness re apartheid in S. Africa and making links with S. African trade unions and orgs, and recently, as a union activist, working with Palestinian TUs and work around Latin America i.e. Guatemala and Colombia)

    I think one constructive suggestion is to advertise what the Tehran bus drivers’ union is doing tomorrow.

    “To recognize labor union and social rights in Iran, the international labor organizations have declared the Fifth of Tir (June 26) the international day of support for imprisoned Iranian workers as well as for the institution of unions in Iran. We want that this day be viewed as more than a day for the demands of labor unions to make it a day for human rights in Iran and to ask all our fellow workers to struggle for the trampled rights of the majority of the people of Iran.”

    And also international solidarity can be seen here http://www.itfglobal.org/news-online/index.cfm/newsdetail/3413

    By doing this it crushes the feeling of isolation and alienation and many people on the sharp end of oppression state just knowing there’s support for them out there makes so much difference…..

    El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!!!!

  7. harpymarx Says:

    Here’s more info http://www.itfglobal.org/urban-transport/tehranbuses.cfm

    And this is a press release from the Tehran bus drivers’ union:

    “The fact that the demands of the vast majority of Iranian society go far beyond those of unions is obvious to all, and in the previous years, we have emphasized that until the principle of the freedom to organize and to elect is not materialized, any talk of social freedom and labor union rights will be a farce.

    Given these facts, the Autobus Workers Union places itself alongside all those who are offering themselves in the struggle to build a free and independent civic society. The union condemns any kind of suppression and threats.

    To recognize labor union and social rights in Iran, the international labor organizations have declared the Fifth of Tir (June 26) the international day of support for imprisoned Iranian workers as well as for the institution of unions in Iran. We want that this day be viewed as more than a day for the demands of labor unions to make it a day for human rights in Iran and to ask all our fellow workers to struggle for the trampled rights of the majority of the people of Iran.

    With hope for the spread of justice and freedom,
    Autobus Workers Union”

  8. harpymarx Says:

    Btw: Another quote from Marx which is very prescient….

    “Philosophers have hitherto only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it.”

  9. opit Says:

    One Winnipeg lady has had her finger on the pulse of worldwide union sentiment and reports stuff I haven’t often seen elsewhere :
    http://mollymew.blogspot.com/
    Today’s header
    International labour – Korea
    Pyeongtaek Strike ends with ‘Police Riot’


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