In sticking firmly to the Iranian presidential election boycott, let us not forget who Iran's president was when Dr. Abdolrahman Boroumand was stabbed to death at the entry to his apartment with more than 30 dagger thrusts, and let us not forget who Iran's president was when Dr. Shapour Bakhtiar had his head severed at his residence. Also, let us collectively remember whose son it was who looted the National Iranian Oil Company in contract negotiations with foreign bidders.
My advice to the citizens of Iran: don't worry, be happy, and intensify the election boycott in Round 2. The worse the candidate that ends up becoming president of Iran, the sooner the people are going to get fed-up, revolt, and get rid of the entire system and its criminal components.
Let Us Ask Mr. Mohammad Mohammadi Reyshahri Dear editor salam,
Mr. Mohammad Mohammadi Reyshahri can you clarify the exact charges for which you executed Omid Najafabadi in 1987, and what you uncovered about Omid Najafabadi during the course of your investigations leading to his execution?
Reports coming in from a variety of sources around Iran indicate the turnout to vote in Iran's presidential election is extremely light and that the citizenry, following the same trend established with the successful boycott of the last round of the Majlis elections, have once again made their message heard LOUD AND CLEAR: they are fed up with dictators (supposedly “religious” or otherwise), they are fed up with murderers, they are fed up with thieves, and they are fed up with hypocrites. Lets bring on a real democracy worthy of the Iranian people and lets bring on the genuine rule of law.
When things change in the not too distant future, the Iranian nation- and I in particular- will remember those who supported the call for change with their support for a boycott of the upcoming presidential election. In response to the lack of action in freeing all political prisoners, journalists and students unjustly imprisoned across Iran- and in honor of the memory of Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh and the debt that Iran owes that great man- I am formally calling for an indefinite strike by Iranian oil sector workers beginning immediately (after all Iran belongs to Iranians, not to the British, the British agenda and their molla “nokars”.) Finally to those within the political spectrum who have forgotten Hashemi-Rafsanjani's nasty habit of physically liquidating his rivals when the opportunity materializes, they should be thinking: “disarm the threat, before the threat disarms them.”
Election turnout: Below 10% AND heading lower Dear editor salam,
The boycott of Iran's upcoming presidential elections is going to be a STUNNING success with probably no more than 2-3% of the eligible electorate actually voting. Which once again may lead the highly inattentive molla to ask, “Aghayeh Hamid Khan Boroumand…akheh chi az jooneh ma mikhay?” To which, like a broken record, I will respond that I have 1 public demand that there be no “shadow governments” and that power be vested in a democratically elected president and Majlis; and 3 private demands consisting of the identification and prosecution of the murderers of Dr. Abdolrahman Boroumand, the full return of unjustly confiscated family assets and properties, and a public apology. Can anything be more straightforward and simple than that?
$8 billion plus 26 years compound interest? Dear editor salam,
Hmmmmmm, Akbar claims the U.S. is sitting on about $8 billion plus 26 years of compounded interest worth of Iranian assets (which works out to about $95.35 billion total at an annual compounded rate of 10%.) Assuming the Bush administration does the right thing and turns those funds over to me and my company for management and safe-keeping, and firmly out of the reach of the molla, control and oversight of those funds should provide (1) more than enough collateral and guarantees to assure that some day in the not too distant future, any legitimate Iranian government seeking the return of those funds will fully and fairly compensate me for illegal seizures and confiscations suffered at the hands of the thieving mollas and their cronies (2) a handsome annual management and safekeeping fee (3) attractive investment returns for the benefit of the Iranian nation for many years to come.
Requesting Dr. Hossein Shahrestani's Assistance Dear editor salam,
I am writing to ask Dr. Hossein Shahrestani, deputy speaker of the Iraqi parliament, to contact Ayatollah Ali Sistani in Iraq on my behalf and on behalf of the Iranian nation with the following message and request: we are asking Ayatollah Ali Sistani to issue/broadcast a public fatva advising Iran's citizenry to avoid participating in the upcoming presidential elections and under any circumstances to avoid endorsing or voting for a number of personalities on the Iranian political scene for the following reasons:
(1) The elections are not free and fair, numerous qualified individuals have been denied candidacy by a questionable unelected body in favor of a handful of candidates who are not qualified in an effort to protect a deeply flawed and problematic regime, unpopular and disliked by the majority of Iranians. On an even larger scale, Ali Khamenei -the leader or “rahbar” of the country- has no legitimacy and is a usurper because he does not have the benefit of “bay'aat” in the sense of having been universally and continuously elected by the Iranian citizenry either at the start or over the duration of his “rahbariyat.”
(2) A number of personalities who have been “selected” as either leader or presidential candidates are suspected as being complicit in the murder, physical assault, imprisonment and intimidation of political opponents, and in looting the “bait-ul-mal” and financial corruption. The names that have surfaced in connection with the murder of political opponents (among them the murder of my uncle Dr. Abdiolrahman Boroumand) include: Khamenei, Hashemi-Rafsanjani, Rezai, Ahmadinejad. The names that have surfaced in connection with beating up, imprisoning and intimidating political opponents, students, and journalists include: Khamenei, Hashemi-Rafsanjani, and Qalibaf. The names that have surfaced with looting of the “bait-ul-mal”, usurping other peoples' property (including the illegal confiscation and sales of my family's properties), and financial corruption include: Khamenei and Hashemi-Rafsanjani.
Political Leaders: Time To Publicly Call For All-Out Election Boycott Dear editor salam,
I would like to encourage the leadership of all of Iran's diverse political movements to both individually and collectively, but in all events PUBLICLY so the message is heard across Iran, call on their supporters and the Iranian people to boycott the upcoming presidential election to express their dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs in that country. The Iranian people should have the right to elect an honest representative government reflecting their aspirations and desires, not be forced to rubber-stamp the selection of a small interest group with a dubious agenda focused on maintaining their ill-gotten power and wealth under the shameful lie that their 26 years in power is a reflection of the best of virtue, the best of Islam, and the best of Godliness.
The first rule of political Islam is that political legitimacy is established through “bay'aat”, or what in today's world constitutes free and fair unfettered universal elections. Continued political legitimacy is established through a continual process of “bay'aat”, either in favor of the existing leadership or in favor of an alternative leadership.
Ironically, the “Faqih” -the final political power in the so called “Islamic” Republic of Iran and purportedly an expert in Islamic “Fiqh” or jurisprudence- has absolutely no legitimacy whatsoever because he holds that position in the absence of having secured the “bay'aat” (or continued “bay'aat”) of the Iranian citizenry, as should be evidenced through an ongoing free and fair unfettered universal election process.
So what is to be expected of a regime which premises the very foundations of its “Islamicity” on an evident fraud and lie? Can any of its other actions or programs be considered Islamic or lawful or worthy of any merit or public support when its core principle is so blatantly dishonest.
So if I have said it once, I will re-iterate it: Mr. Khamenei you have no legitimacy and are a usurper, and the “nezam” of which you are a part is dishonest and unlawful. Exactly what sort of a Muslim and what sort of an Iranian are you and those around you to persist in imposing this fraud on a nation of 70 million decent men and women?
In response to claims that government officials and personnel will be forced to vote in Iran's upcoming presidential elections despite what is anticipated to be a major victory for the entirety of the nation observing a massive election boycott, I have the following suggestion: all government officials and personnel should call in sick on election day (personally, I would be sick to my stomach if I were forced to vote in a farcical and fraudulent election.)
PS: Shame on you Mostafa Mo'in for having no character.
Riches To Rags (Multitudes of Green Numbered Ones) Dear editor salam,
Wasn't it as far back as 1986 that “insiders” blew the whistle on Akbar and established that he had over $600 million of those green numbered “rags” sitting in an account in Switzerland? Akbar himself confessed to the existence of the funds, but immediately covered his tracks by attributing the existence of those funds in personal (?!?) accounts to battle the “zedeh enghelabs” (yeah right.)
Any other progressive society in this world would have treated Akbar Ganji as: Hero. Only in Molla-mafia regressive Iran have Ganji's sensational revelations earned him prison time and a treatment as: Zero. I can't wait for Ganji to drop the other shoe and air more damaging dirty laundry on the collection of murderers, thieves, and hypocrites constituting this nezam.
The other day I was thinking about how much fun I used to have as a kid making all sorts of floating devices out of wood and paper, and going to one of the tree-shaded “joobs” (small canals with rushing water lining the sides of many streets in large and small towns in Iran) not far from our house to see the items float-off into the distance.