Iran: letter from political prisoner to int’l rights orgs

Iran Commentary

2016112917655478315881_political-prisoner-golrokh-ibrahimi-iraie Political prisoner Golrokh Ibrahimi Iraie

Political prisoner Golrokh Ibrahim Iraie issued a letter to her husband, Arash Sadeghi and international human rights organizations, supporting his hunger strike.
Political prisoner Arash Sadeghi has been on hunger strike for the past 37 days, protesting inhumane prison conditions and the arrest of his wife, Golrokh Ibrahimi Iraie. His conditions are currently reported as dire.

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ALBUM REVIEW: UNDER A BANNER- ‘The Wild Places’ (2016)


Passionate, powerful and poetic Midlands folk-rock band Under A Banner release their superb third studio album.


Under A Banner have been on our radar for a couple of years now and apart from an appearance at a free music festival in Croydon they have as yet, as far as I know, not managed to get a gig in London town. This is something we hope to remedy soon and on the strength of this album it will be an absolute pleasure. They are one of a bunch of Midlands bands playing political folk-punk that straddles everything from the celtic-punk of Ferocious Dog to the anarcho-folk of The Silk Road. Under A Banner play an infectiously catchy brand of folk-punk caught somewhere between The Levellers at their softest and New Model Army at their punkest with a smidgeon of Ferocious Dog and youthful Billy Bragg, before he fled Barking to live in Dorset in a massive…

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(A version of this essay originally appeared in Khiyana: Daesh, The Left and the Unmaking of the Syrian Revolution, a collection of wonderful essays on Syria from a left-wing perspective published by Unkant – it is available to purchase here)

“Oh Allah, strike the apostate rulers,
Oh Allah, kill them one after the other, sparing none.”

   – Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

 “A harsh and violent upbringing has as its consequence that violence dominates the soul and prevents the development of the personality. Energy gives way to indolence, and wickedness, deceit, cunning and trickery are developed by fear of physical violence. These tendencies soon become ingrained habits, corrupting the human quality which men acquire through social intercourse. Such men become dependent on others for protection; their souls even become too wicked to acquire virtue or moral beauty. They become ingrown. …This is what has happened to every nation which…

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Bombs Are “Civilised”, But Knives Are Barbaric?

At least 212 Syrian civilians were killed in bombings by the US coalition in the Tokhar area of Manbij on Tuesday. Manbij is the scene of fierce fighting between Da’esh and the PKK’s YPG offshoot and allies in the SDF (“Syria Democratic Forces”), which have been conducting a fierce battle to take control of the city since May, with close air support from the US coalition.

The first bombings were indiscriminate, and came at 3am while residents were The strikes levelled a school in Tokhar, a town of 3,500 people. The school was well-known as a site at which displaced people were sheltered. Initial figures reported anything from 65 to 160 people being killed in the attack. Abu Omar al-Manbiji, a local citizen journalist, told Syria Direct that the casualty levels were horrific, even at the lower estimates. “So far we count 124 dead from the attack, and that number could very well increase.” Later numbers…

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[Video] The Slave Rebellion That Liberated A Nation: The Haitian Revolution of 1791


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The Haitian Revolution has often been described as the largest and most successful slave rebellion in the Western Hemisphere.  Slaves initiated the rebellion in 1791 and by 1803 they had succeeded in ending not just slavery but French control over the colony.  The Haitian Revolution, however, was much more complex, consisting of several revolutions going on simultaneously. These revolutions were influenced by the French Revolution of 1789, which would come to represent a new concept of human rights, universal citizenship, and participation in government.
In the 18th century, Saint Dominigue, as Haiti was then known, became France’s wealthiest overseas colony, largely because of its production of sugar, coffee, indigo, and cotton generated by an enslaved labor force.  When the French Revolution broke out in 1789 there were five distinct sets of interest groups in the colony. There were white planters—who owned the plantations and the slaves—and

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Domestic violence DE-CODED: 5 lies that perpetrators tell

Avalanche of the soul

Discover what perpetrators of domestic violence or abuse really mean in this breakdown of the TOP FIVE lies they tell.

1. The lie: “I love you”

The truth: I love what you do for me. I love how powerful I feel when I hurt you. I love that I never have to accept responsibility for my horrific behaviour. I love that despite this, you believe I love you. I feel only contempt for you, but saying ‘I love you’ enables me to maintain control over you.

2. The lie: “I only hurt you because I drink too much / had a terrible childhood / have trust issues”

The truth: I deliberately get tanked up on drink / drugs before I abuse you, because it is a great excuse. In fact, there is no end to the excuses I’ll invent because shifting the blame for my abusive behaviour is…

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Abdel Basset Sarout on ISIS and Revolution: Translation of Interview Excerpts

The translation that follows of the interview above is by @Malcolmite.

Journalist Khaled Abo Salah introduces Abdel Basset Sarout: “Let me introduce you the symbol of the revolution. With his courage and simplicity he became the treasure of the revolution. He has always said: ‘Syria is my family; I can’t give it up.’ Now he will tell you his story.”

I would love for you to tell us about the beginning of the revolution.

Answer: I cannot describe the beginnings of this revolution with just mere words or actions, it was the most beautiful at its inception. The beginning was much more difficult than what we are witnessing today. I was at the roots of the revolution and I went out to support the people.

Question: Tell me about your first protest, where you went out and sang?

Answer: My first protest was at the clock tower in Homs…

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Infografía de las estadísticas del bombardeo del gobierno sirio sobre Alepo durante Abril del 2016 | Por Instituto de Justicia Sirio

Bombas- barril de helicópteros 270
Misiles dirigidos 907
Misiles se sospecha contienen químicos  1
Misiles dirigidos ( largo alcance) 5
Misiles dirigidos (corto alcance) 63
Bombas de Fósforo  6
Bombas de Racimo 3
Número total de Víctimas 347
Niños 76
Mujeres 38
Gente armada 12
Miembros de la defensa civil  5
Doctores, enfermeras, paramédicos y farmaceúticos  7
Trabajadores humanitarios y servicios civiles  1












Para la imagen con AD

Fuente: Instituto Sirio de Justicia

Infografía de las estadísticas del bombardeo del gobierno sirio sobre Alepo durante Marzo del 2016 | Por Instituto de Justicia Sirio

Helicópteros con bombas barril  166
Misiles aéreos dirigidos  153
Misiles dirigidos ( largo alcance)  /
Misiles dirigidos ( corto alcance) 5
Bombas racimo  3
Número total de víctimas 49
Niños 15
Mujeres 11
Trabajadores de ayuda humanitaria y servicios civiles  2
Doctores, enfermeras, personal de primeros auxilios y farmacistas  /


Para la imagen con AD

Fuente: Instituto Sirio de Justicia


Bebedor de Suspiros: escritos de Walter Andino

12914823_10208620005395702_403837009_oA veces los que tenemos el don de la palabra
tenemos la maldición de no decir lo que sentimos
la maldición de ocultar con figuras literarias
el verdadero palpitar del corazón
es como pensar que un país es la tierra
los atardeceres
los bosques
y los lagos:
un país son las personas que queremos.

Sólo el frío del desvelo puede entender
lo evidente y complicado
de las verdades cargadas
con la soledad a flor de piel.

Por eso
el silencio es mi mejor compañero
y confidente
es el único que me puede entender.

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