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18. Mai 2015, 00.22 Uhr:

Eine gescheiterte nicht-religiöse Revolution

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Die ägyptische Revolution sei, wie der ganze arabische Frühling, gescheitert, meint Hani Shukrallah in Al Ahram. Sie sei eine grundlegend säkulare Angelegenheit gewesen, die sich gegen den Dualismus Staat/ Islam gerichtet habe, der die Region in einer eisernen Klammer halte und eines Tages beendet werde:

The Egyptian Revolution was profoundly secular, if not secularist. After more than nearly four decades of the inexorable rise of Islamism came a popular revolution of millions that conspicuously made a point of putting religion (with all its uncomfortable impedimenta) on the backburner. Similarly to all the Arab Spring uprisings, Egyptians in motion spoke not of Sharia, rule by what God ordained or the restoration of the Caliphate. As the whole world came to know, the banner of Tahrir was freedom, democracy and social justice. They did not speak of an Islamic nation, but rather reclaimed the flag, redefining Egyptian nationhood as one arising from the fundamental human dignity of its citizens.

It went even further. As if picking up from where the previous popular revolution in their history (the revolution of 1919) had left off, the young men and women of Tahrir and elsewhere around the country took the hitherto stunted notions of citizenship and equality to new and unprecedented heights. Women, veiled or unveiled, were now fully equal to men — their bodies, which for decades had been put at the very heart of the symbolic battle over the nation’s identity, its political, social and cultural makeup, its present and future, were rendered a non-issue. The Egyptian Revolution did not debate the hijab; it ignored it — and in doing so dismantled its very basis, symbolically and practically.

Similarly, Coptic/Muslim Brotherhood was an overriding theme of the Egyptian Revolution. Previously inconceivable images of demonstrators holding aloft the Quran and the Cross, Coptic human shields around Muslims performing their prayers, seemed to roll back, within weeks, decades of effective disenfranchisement of Egypt’s Christian minority, holding Copts hostage to the Islamist/police state contestation, with each side taking a swipe at what had become the country’s preferred whipping boy.

And herein lay a fundamental feature of the Egyptian Revolution (indeed, the whole Arab Spring), which many commentators have failed to grasp. And this is that in neither targeting nor deploying religion, it sidelined it, pushed it out of the political realm, and rendered it politically, ideologically and culturally neutral. It was not anti-Islamic or pro-Islamic; it simply was non-Islamic. Not anti-religious but non-religious.

This is the very definition of secular.

Certainly, the Egyptian Revolution has failed, and so did the whole domino of Arab Spring uprisings. In their failure to follow through they had the paradoxical effect of reinvigorating the forces they had set out to dismantle. Yet, the police state/Islamic state duality that had held the region in its iron grip for close on four decades has been shaken to its very foundations. The whole theoretical edifice of Arab/Muslim “exceptionalism”, said to be inherent to their intrinsic, immutable and unchanging “Islamic identity,” lies in the rubble of revolution and counterrevolution, having been made nonsense.

12. Mai 2015, 15.53 Uhr:

Gegen Homophobie im Libanon

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Anlässlich des kommenden Internationalen Tages gegen Homophobie hat die Organisation Proud Lebanon folgendes Video veröffentlicht, in dem die Abschaffung von § 534 des libanesischen Strafrechtes gefordert wird, der Homosexualität unter Strafe stellt:

Hier eine Übersetzung:

Do you know that the first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights?

Do you know that in the 21st century, there are still people being beaten, stigmatized, arrested and in some cases killed…Just because they are LGBT?

Being different is not shameful. What is shameful is fighting against diversity.

It could be your brother, neighbor, or your coworker. It could be your sister, your girlfriend or even your manager. If you refuse to recognize them, it doesn’t mean they do not exist.

Protesting this injustice is not enough, we should also work together to change these unjust laws and replace them with laws that protect all citizens, because laws are made to protect, and not to abuse.

We are all born free and equal. I know that it’s difficult to face society, but laws should be at least just. Democracy is not only about the majority and minority; it is about providing security and protection to all citizens.

You do not have to be poor to defend the rights of the poor. You do not have to be a woman to defend women’s rights. You do not have to be a refugee to defend the rights of refugees. You do not have to be gay to defend the rights of the LGBT. Being human is enough.

Even if we are different, we shouldn’t be fighting.

Join us on May 17, at Monroe Hotel to participate at IDAHOT from 11:00am – 6:00 pm.

11. Mai 2015, 18.11 Uhr:

Proteste in Iranisch-Kurdistan breiten sich aus

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Die Proteste in Iranisch-Kurdistan gehen weiter und breiten sich aus:

Unrest has mounted in Kurdish-populated areas of Iran, with an opposition party threatening armed action and security forces deploying heavily as protests have spread from Mahabad.

Deadly demonstrations continued Monday in the northwestern city of Mahabad, where anger boiled over Thursday after a local woman jumped to her death from a hotel window, reportedly to avoid rape by an Iranian security officer.

ARA News, a Syrian outlet close to the country’s Kurds, reported that at least six people have been killed in the ongoing demonstrations, while hundreds of others have been detained.

The protests quickly spread outside of Mahabad, with demonstrations erupting in the Kurdish-populated town of Sardasht some 70 kilometers to the southwest.

Iraqi Kurdish Rudaw News reported Sunday that police in Sardasht “attacked hundreds of protesters gathering to pledge support for fellow Kurds rallying against alleged injustice in Mahabad.”

“Eyewitnesses said that when security forces tried to [disperse] the protest, violence broke out between police and protesters,” the agency said, adding that at least 30 people had been arrested.

Meanwhile, the vice president of the Iranian opposition Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK) Hussein Yazdanpana told Asharq Alawsat that demonstrations had also been held in the nearby towns of Bukan, Shina, Marivan and Sanandaj.

11. Mai 2015, 16.19 Uhr:

Camp David ohne Könige

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Es sollte ein großes Camp David Ereignis werden, die Einladung des amerikanischen Präsidenten an die diversen Potentaten der Golfstaaten, um sie von den Vorzügen eines Nukleardeals mit dem Iran zu überzeugen. Nun erklären diese aber, wenige Tage vor dem Ereignis, gar nicht kommen zu wollen:

It is not just the Saudi king who will be skipping the Camp David summit of U.S. and allied Arab leaders. Most Gulf heads of state won’t be there.

The absences will put a damper on talks that are designed to reassure key Arab allies, and almost certainly reflect dissatisfaction among leaders of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council with Washington’s handling of Iran and what they expect to get out of the meeting. (…)

Abdulkhaleq Abdullah, a professor of political science at Emirates University, said Gulf leaders were staying away from the Camp David gathering to signal their displeasure over the nuclear talks.

“I don’t think they have a deep respect, a deep trust for Obama and his promises. There is a fundamental difference between his vision of post-nuclear-deal Iran and their vision,” he said. “They think Iran is a destabilizing force and will remain so, probably even more, if the sanctions are lifted. … They’re just not seeing things eye to eye.”

10. Mai 2015, 12.32 Uhr:

'Tod dem iranischen Regime, es lebe die Freiheit der Frauen'

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

In Iranisch-Kurdistan gehen die Proteste weiter, nicht nur in Mahabad, sondern auch in weiteren Städten, entsprechend brutal reagieren die Sicherheitskräfte.

Und in anderen kurdischen Städten finden Solidaritätsdemonstrationen statt, etwa in Suleymaniah und Arbil in Irakisch-Kurdistan oder hier im türkisch-kurdischen Gever.

Der Slogan: “Tod dem iranischen Regime, es lebe die Freiheit der Frauen“:

Und die Obama Administration?

The U.S. has not commented on the current violence in Iran or its government’s treatment of demonstrators.

8. Mai 2015, 23.00 Uhr:

Sarin und VX in Syrien

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Wundert sich irgendwer?

International inspectors have found traces of sarin and VX nerve agent at a military research site in Syria that had not been declared to the global chemical weapons watchdog, diplomatic sources said on Friday.

Samples taken by experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition and Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in December and January tested positive for chemical precursors needed to make the toxic agents, the sources told Reuters on the condition of anonymity because the information is confidential.

“This is a pretty strong indication they have been lying about what they did with sarin,” one diplomatic source said. “They have so far been unable to give a satisfactory explanation about this finding.”

In 2013, the United States threatened military intervention against Syria’s government after sarin gas attacks in August of that year killed hundreds of residents in Ghouta, a rebel-controlled suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus.

Und zeitgelich berichtet der Guardian:

Syrian activists and a doctor reported Thursday new suspected chemical attacks in the northwestern province of Idlib, leaving several dozens of people suffering from asphyxiation.

Mohammed Tennari, a doctor who testified before the UN Security Council last month after treating a number of victims in Idlib from an earlier chemical attack, said there were at least three separate attacks in the province that injured nearly 80 people.

Tennari, who spoke with The Associated Press from near the border with Turkey, shared field reports from doctors in the three villages that were reportedly hit. The reports said government helicopters dropped barrel bombs containing chlorine on the villages of Janoudieh, Kansafrah, and Kafr Batiekh on Thursday.

8. Mai 2015, 16.32 Uhr:

Massenproteste in Mahabad

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Gastbeitrag von Kazem Moussavi

Die Kurden im Iran ist sind seit langem den regierenden Mullahs im Iran ein Dorn im Auge. Seit der Machtübernahme Khomeinis im Jahr 1979 sind die Kurden im Vielvölker-Staat Iran Vorreiter der Freiheitsbewegung im Lande. Sie fordern die Autonomie des kurdischen Gebietes in einem föderalen, demokratisch-säkularen Iran.

Nach der Niederschlagung der Demonstrationen der Bevölkerung im Sommer 2009 brennen nun die Straßen in Mahabad, einer der größten Städte Kurdistans im Westen Irans. Die Bewohner der Stadt Mahabad setzten das Hotel TARA in Brand, nachdem eine 25-jährige Angestellte des Hotels, Farinaz Khosravani, die von einem Agenten des Regimes sexuell attackiert wurde, sich durch den Sprung aus der vierten Etage des Hotels das Leben genommen hat. Es ist allgemein bekannt, dass sich in diesem Teil des Hotels Mitarbeiter des iranischen Geheimdienstes aufhalten, die regelmäßig Angestellte sexuell belästigen und vergewaltigen.

Wegen des grausamen Todes Khosravanis, der weniger ein Selbstmord als ein Mord ist, protestieren die Bewohner von Mahabad gegen die frauenverachtende Politik des religiösen Repressionsapparates im Iran.

Laut jüngsten Berichten haben die Sicherheitskräfte des Regimes bisher mehr als 50 Menschen verletzt und mindestens 30 Personen festgenommen. Einigen Berichten zufolge wurden zwei Menschen getötet.

Die Protestierenden haben die Bevölkerung Mahabads und anderer Städte Kurdistans für den heutigen Freitag zu Demonstrationen gegen die Brutalität der Polizei und der Basijies aufgerufen. Das Mullah-Regime hat daher bereits eine große Anzahl von Söldnern und Geheimdienstagenten aus den Städten Orumiyeh und Miandoab in und um Mahabad stationiert, um die Ausweitung der Widerstände über Mahabad hinaus zu verhindern.

Während in Mahabad ein militärischer Ausnahmezustand herrscht und seit Donnerstag Lehrerinnen und Lehrer im ganzen Land gegen die unerträgliche Lebenssituation ihrer Familien unter dem korrupten iranischen Bildungssystem protestieren, während Regimegegner verfolgt und ermordet werden und die prominente Menschen- und Frauenrechtsaktivistin Frau Narges Mohammadi willkürlich verhaftet wurde, befindet sich der iranische Ölminister Bijan Zanganeh, auf Einladung des deutschen Außenministers Walter Steinmeier zu Gast in Berlin.

Zanganehs Öl-Ministerium und dessen Tochter-Unternehmen befinden sich nach wie vor auf den Sanktionslisten der EU und der USA. Der ehemalige Revolutionsgardist Zanganeh wurde zuvor vom Stellvertreter der Bundeskanzlerin, Sigmar Gabriel empfangen. Es ist ein Skandal, dass weder Steinmeier noch Gabriel während ihrer Treffen mit Zanganeh öffentlich gegen Menschenrechtsverletzungen im Iran protestiert haben.

Allein diese Woche wurden dort elf Menschen hingerichtet, darunter Ali Yazdi und Zaher Malazehi im Gefängnis Karaj. Am Sonnabend soll die Beerdigung Farinaz Khosravanis stattfinden, ihre Familie wurde vom Regime davor gewarnt, der Auslandspresse Interviews zu geben, sonst würde sie die Konsequenzen zu tragen haben. Die Parole der Demonstranten lautet: “Wir sind alle Farinaz!” Dies ist ein Ruf nach Freiheit für alle Menschen im Iran!


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