President Barak Obama has made a new statement condemning the repression of protesters in Iran. I think and believe we really need much stronger action:
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THE PRESIDENT: ” Hello, everybody. Good afternoon, everybody. Today, I want to start by addressing three issues, and then I’ll take your questions.
First, I’d like to say a few words about the situation in Iran. The United States and the international community have been appalled and outraged by the threats, the beatings, and imprisonments of the last few days. I strongly condemn these unjust actions, and I join with the American people in mourning each and every innocent life that is lost.
I’ve made it clear that the United States respects the sovereignty of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and is not interfering with Iran’s affairs. But we must also bear witness to the courage and the dignity of the Iranian people, and to a remarkable opening within Iranian society. And we deplore the violence against innocent civilians anywhere that it takes place.
The Iranian people are trying to have a debate about their future. Some in Iran — some in the Iranian government, in particular, are trying to avoid that debate by accusing the United States and others in the West of instigating protests over the election. These accusations are patently false. They’re an obvious attempt to distract people from what is truly taking place within Iran’s borders. This tired strategy of using old tensions to scapegoat other countries won’t work anymore in Iran. This is not about the United States or the West; this is about the people of Iran, and the future that they — and only they — will choose.
The Iranian people can speak for themselves. That’s precisely what’s happened in the last few days. In 2009, no iron fist is strong enough to shut off the world from bearing witness to peaceful protests [sic] of justice. Despite the Iranian government’s efforts to expel journalists and isolate itself, powerful images and poignant words have made their way to us through cell phones and computers, and so we’ve watched what the Iranian people are doing.
This is what we’ve witnessed. We’ve seen the timeless dignity of tens of thousands of Iranians marching in silence. We’ve seen people of all ages risk everything to insist that their votes are counted and that their voices are heard. Above all, we’ve seen courageous women stand up to the brutality and threats, and we’ve experienced the searing image of a woman bleeding to death on the streets. While this loss is raw and extraordinarily painful, we also know this: Those who stand up for justice are always on the right side of history.
As I said in Cairo, suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away. The Iranian people have a universal right to assembly and free speech. If the Iranian government seeks the respect of the international community, it must respect those rights and heed the will of its own people. It must govern through consent and not coercion. That’s what Iran’s own people are calling for, and the Iranian people will ultimately judge the actions of their own government.”
The Theocratic regime in Teheran has gone totally looney – it has expelled two UK diplomats for “spying’ which is completely rubbish, without any foundation. The regime is terrified of its own population which has seen electoral fraud committed and is protesting for new elections:
BBC NEWS: “The UK is to expel two Iranian diplomats in a tit-for-tat action after Tehran ordered two UK diplomats to leave the country.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced the move in the House of Commons.
He said it was in response to Iran ordering two UK diplomats to leave the country over allegations that were “absolutely without foundation”.
Mr Brown added that he was “disappointed that Iran has placed us in this position”.
The prime minister said: “Iran yesterday took the unjustified step of expelling two British diplomats over allegations which are absolutely without foundation…”more
This news from Iran has to be one of the most sickening to emerge; Theocratic regime thugs charging for a bullet; the democratic world needs to take urgent action to isolate the Iranian regime:
WSJ: By FARNAZ FASSIHI- TEHRAN—”The family, clad in black, stood at the curb of the road sobbing. A middle-aged mother slapped her cheeks, letting out piercing wails. The father, a frail man who worked as a doorman at a clinic in central Tehran, wept quietly with his head bowed.
Minutes before, an ambulance had arrived from Tehran’s morgue carrying the body of their only son, 19-year-old Kaveh Alipour…”more
The reign of terror increases. The world is watching!
At long last the penny has dropped, why on earth is the BNP‘s existence tolerated when it practices discriminating policies let alone exist in violation of laws relating to race relations. all European Union funding should be halted and the party’s two MEPs should be stripped of their membership of the European Parliament.
THE GUARDIAN: “The BNP is facing the threat of an injunction on the grounds of acting unlawfully over its membership policies, the Guardian can reveal.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission, the independent watchdog on discrimination, has written to the far-right political party stating that it believes the BNP is in breach of the Race Relations Act on three counts.
The letter, which gives the BNP until 20 July to respond to the allegations, reserves the right to take further legal action, including an injunction against the party…”more
The silence of the muslim community ( except for Iranians in exile) in the UK in regard to the brutal repression of muslims by a Theocratic regime speaks volumes. Yesterday’s reports and mobile ‘phone videos confirm now how horrific the repression is. It is the duty of all love freedom and democracy to stand in support of those Iranians challenging Khamenei’s and Ahmadinejad’s dictatorship.
It is now obvious the election results were manipulated to produce a false victory for Ahmadinejad. Iran is now at a crossroads as the days go by the protests are emerging into an uprising. It is now important for the UK government to come off the fence and publicly condemn the repression in Iran. All normal commerce with Iran should cease, the international community of democratic nations should act to isolate the Iranian regime. The Security Council of the United Nations should now censure the Iranian regime.
TEHRAN (Reuters) – “Iranian police broke up a protest in Tehran and the hardline Revolutionary Guards said they would help crush what they called rioters opposing the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad…”more
The members of the house of commons have decided, well 322 of them have and the winning candidate as we know is John Becow MP for Buckingham (Cons). He is the 157th Speaker of the commons, son of a taxi driver and the first Jewish Speaker. Although he is a Conservative he appears to be disliked more than most. Nadine Dorries MP for Mid- Bedforshire (Cons),daughter of a bus driver, has be been one of those most upset about his candidacy, her blog explains. Her complaints were published in the Mail on Sunday 23 June It is said that there are Conservative MPs out to get the new Speaker. It is probable the general public would take a dim view of the Conservatives if they were to engage in dirty and underhand tactics to remove the new Speaker; those Conservative MPs who might engage in challenging the Speaker will only further erode the image and status of the house of commons.
It’s the opportunity for a fresh start, it’s important the house reforms and clean up the mess it is in although it really ought to expel the most serious cases of abuse.
The full details of yesterday’s proceedings regarding the election of a new speaker in the house of commons can be found here
John Bercow’s acceptance speech can be found here.
History and list of former Speakers here.