Sunday, March 02, 2008

This Coming Thursday: Solidarity With The Working People Of Iran

LabourStart reports that the oppression of the Iranian independent workers' movement is deepening. On March 6, trade unionists around the world, together with human rights activists, are hoping to send a strong message to the Ahmedinejad tyranny: Hands off the unions. Free Mansour Osanloo. Free Mahmoud Salehi. Free all imprisoned trade unionists, now.

The Canadian Labour Congress is planning one demonstration in Toronto. It would be nice to know that there was something more than just that going on in this country, but it's an uphill climb, for the most dreary "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" sorts of reasons, as I recently reported here.

The CLC's Mehdi Kouhestaninejad made the same observation recently, noting how dispiriting it is to ordinary Iranians: "This is the main question in every Iranian's mind. . .the Cuban and Venezuelan left, and the leftists outside Iran, is staying by the Iranian government by their actions."

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Blogger Fred - said...

in a similar vein . . .

March 03, 2008
UC Berkeley in Saudi deal?
Thomas Lifson
Does anyone remember how South Africa was shunned in the era of racial apartheid? It was simply unthinkable that a major university would enter into a deal with such a government. In fact universities were successfully pressured into selling their shares in companies that merely did business with the apartheid regime.

But when it comes to the gender apartheid of Saudi Arabia, it's a different story.

10:11 AM  
Blogger vildechaye said...

and not just gender apartheid. Saudi Arabia has specially demarcated zones where only Muslims may go... and road signs that distinctly say "Muslims" and "Non-Muslims." And let's not forget that the Saudi Kingdom does not allow Jews in, period, though they hide this. A few years ago, however, for a short while, the mask slipped, and they actually listed "Jews" as a category of person not permitted to enter Saudi Arabia. But hey, it's Israel that is the apartheid state, not Saudi Arabia.

4:35 PM  
Blogger vildechaye said...

And not just gender aparatheid. don't forget that Saudi Arabia allows only muslims to go to certain parts of the country, and has "muslim" and "non-muslim" signs on the highways. Also, the minor point that the Saudi Kingdom doesn't allow Jews in at all, though they hide this fact. (A few years ago, for a little while, the mask slipped, and they actually listed "jews" as a category of person not allowed into the country.)

4:36 PM  
Blogger vildechaye said...

i am happy to say that I have finally figured out how the posting on this site works and there should be no more repeats of my repeat posts. thanks for your patience, everybody. vc

8:30 PM  
Blogger Fred - said...

actually the Saudis give anyone a very hard time on entry if you have an Israeli stamp in your passport, usually refusing entry.

You don't have to be an Israeli, just have to have been there.

6:14 AM  
Blogger vildechaye said...

fred: yes that's true, and that (having Israeli stamp in your passport) also was listed on the Saudi Web Site (and probably still is) as another criterion for not being allowed in the country. But that's political, not apartheid, and even though it's stupid, i have very little problem with it. However, not letting "Jews" in -- irrrespective of their politics, true beliefs, etc. -- is a different story. Even an atheist born of Jewish parents would not be allowed. And that's racism -- apartheid -- pure and simple.

3:01 PM  

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