List of Persian/Iranian Events for 2008-07-08

    STOP THE INSANITY • NO WAR WITH IRAN - Protest

    Bay Area - San Francisco Tuesday - July 8, 2008     03:00 PM

    STOP THE INSANITY • NO WAR WITH IRAN
    Protest: Tuesday, July 8th, 3pm
    San Francisco Federal Building
    450 Golden Gate Ave (near Civic Center BART)
    Say No to Res 362. Say No to a Lobby for war.
    For more details or to endorse this protest, go to:
    www.StopAIPAC. org or email: people@stopaipac. org
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    Protest Congressional Resolution Supporting Naval Blockade of Iran!

    A resolution before Congress, known as “H Con Res 362”, is currently the
    central legislative priority of the pro-war lobby AIPAC. It is another
    step in the push for war. It is “demanding” a blockade of Iran, to be
    initiated by President Bush. Part of the specific language is the
    following:

    …Demands that the President initiate an international effort to
    immediately and dramatically increase the economic, political, and
    diplomatic pressure on Iran to verifiably suspend its nuclear enrichment
    activities by, inter alia, prohibiting the export to Iran of all refined
    petroleum products; imposing stringent inspection requirements on all
    persons, vehicles, ships, planes, trains, and cargo entering or departing
    Iran….

    What does this mean? According to Francis Boyle, Professor of
    International Law at the University of Illinois "I do not see how this
    could be done without a blockade given its comprehensive and unequivocal
    language.” A blockade is an act of war. This can lead to catastrophic
    consequences for all of us.

    This Resolution now has 220 cosponsors (including more than 100 Democrats,
    several of whom are in leadership positions) in the House of
    Representatives, a majority of members. It now seems likely to be taken up
    by the full House after the 4th of July recess. There is also a companion
    measure in the Senate. While this resolution is “non-binding”, it will
    only add fuel to the fire, and make it easier for Bush/Cheney in their
    quest for war.

    Take Action!
    Go to www.StopAIPAC. org and follow the link to find out more and send a
    note to your congressperson. Call your congressperson and tell them to
    speak out in opposition. Tell your friends. Join in Protest. Together we
    can stop this, together we can hold our representatives accountable.

    STOP THE INSANITY • NO WAR WITH IRAN
    Protest: Tuesday, July 8th, 3pm
    San Francisco Federal Building
    450 Golden Gate Ave (near Civic Center BART)
    Say No to Res 362. Say No to a Lobby for war.
    For more details or to endorse this protest, go to:
    www.StopAIPAC. org or email: people@stopaipac. org

    Iranian Human Rights: How Iran's people & the world can make a difference

    Europe - UK Tuesday - July 8, 2008     05:00 PM

    Iranian Human Rights: How Iran's people & the world can make a difference

    Human rights campaigner and former Miss World runner up Nazanin Afshin-Jam in London

    Global
    Information
    Event InfoHost:
    The Henry Jackson Society
    Type:
    Meetings - Club/Group Meeting
    Time and PlaceDate:
    Tuesday, July 8, 2008
    Time:
    5:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location:
    Committee Room 14, House of Commons
    City/Town:
    London, United Kingdom
    Contact InfoPhone:
    02073404520
    Email:
    danielle.debruin@henryjacksonsociety.org
    Description
    “Iranian Human Rights: How the Iranian people and the world can make a difference”

    5pm, Tuesday 8th July, Committee Room 14, House of Commons

    Nazanin Afshin-Jam, international human rights activist, recording artist and former runner up, Miss World

    To attend, please RSVP to danielle.debruin@henryjacksonsociety.org

    Under its repressive clerical regime, Iran regularly sentences women to death by stoning for crimes such as adultery, executes children and has a president who claims it has no homosexuals. Arbitrary decisions occur regularly. Last week for example, a female student who alleged that a senior male lecturer had sexually harassed her was arrested for ‘publicising a crime’ when she and fellow students protested against the incident. The dismal state of Iran’s human rights – which includes the regime’s hostility towards ethnic minorities such as the Ahwazi Arabs of Khuzestan province and religious minorities such as the Bahai – makes it obvious that international attention is needed. Britain’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office agrees. Its Office Annual Human Rights Report of 2007 was particularly damning of Iran’s record in this regard, stating that “Against a global decreasing trend in the use of the death penalty, the total number of executions in Iran is increasing year on year. Iran remains second only to China (whose population is over 15 times the size of Iran’s) in terms of total number of executions”, concluding that “Iran is in clear breach of its international obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.”

    By kind invitation of Graham Stuart MP the Henry Jackson Society and Confederation of Iranian Students are pleased to be able to invite you to a discussion with Nazanin Afshin-Jam, international human rights activist, recording artist and model, to examine what Iranians themselves and the broader international community can do to put pressure on the regime to conform to norms of behaviour. Having launched a successful worldwide campaign to avert one particular child execution in 2006, Nazanin is aware of the power of mass protest and international coalition building to improve the plight of Iranians, both through individuals and governments. She will speak about ways to achieve positive behavioural change in Iran by working through the population, the Iranian student movement’s role in this, as well as the cultural impact of the Iranian educational system and of outside broadcasts such as BBC Persian and Voice of America Persian News.

    DATE: Tuesday 8th July 2008

    TIME: 5pm

    VENUE: Committee Room 14, House of Commons

    To attend, please RSVP to danielle.debruin@henryjacksonsociety.org

    Nazanin Afshin-Jam is an International human rights activist, recording artist, model and 1st Runner up in the Miss World Pageant of 2003.

    She was born in Tehran during the turmoil of the Iranian Revolution in 1979, and her family fled to Canada in the early 1980s. These early struggles had a major impact on her beliefs and what she represents, and after a stint in the Canadian air force, Nazanin has campaigned tirelessly to highlight the dismal human rights record in Iran and the Middle East. Focusing on the execution of children and the plight of women in the Middle East, in 2006 Nazanin launched a successful campaign to save the life of an Iranian girl (also called Nazanin) who had been sentenced to be hanged for stabbing a man who attempted to rape her and her sister.

    Nazanin’s music is unique for the human rights message it carries, and her debut album ‘Someday’ attracted much attention in the USA, Canada and Europe last year. She has addressed the United Nations, European Union, Canadian Parliament and has also been featured on CNN, BBC, CNBC, FOX, Al Jazeera and numerous radio shows, talk shows and print including Glamour, Seventeen, Chatelaine, Flare and Vanity Fair magazine.

    For more information on Nazanin, please see: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2080881455082346335&hl=en
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