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Archive for September 13th, 2009

Racism, Special Interest Groups And Nativism?

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I am not sure what to make of the 400% increase in threats against the US President, whether or not they are motivated by actual racism, simply venting of the spleen, tied to the economic decline in the US or as a result of the hatred stirred up by medical and other special interest groups against health reforms in the US.

It could be anyone of them, bits of them or a combination.

That’s excluding that streak of Nativism which has come to the fore over Obama’s birth certificate. Whatever happens I think that the tactics of right-wing shock jocks in talk radio stations vilifying Obama are dangerous and partly to blame for this situation.

Read more at Racismreview and see the video clip.

Update 1: I should add for European readers that it is, basically, against the law to threaten to kill (directly or indirectly) a US President, under United States Code 18, section 871:

“(a) Whoever knowingly and willfully deposits for conveyance in the mail or for a delivery from any post office or by any letter carrier any letter, paper, writing, print, missive, or document containing any threat to take the life of, to kidnap, or to inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States, the President-elect, the Vice President or other officer next in the order of succession to the office of President of the United States, or the Vice President-elect, or knowingly and willfully otherwise makes any such threat against the President, President-elect, Vice President or other officer next in the order of succession to the office of President, or Vice President-elect, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.”

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13/09/2009 at 14:48

Forgotten Afghans in Iran.

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The plight of Saeed Rostami needs re-telling, from the Release Saeed Rostami, Facebook group:

“This group is primarily a call to everyone who would like to participate in some form of protest to put a pressure on IRI to release an afghanistan-born worker in Iran, Saeed Rostami. He was arrested on May Day 2009. Out of 150 arrested that day, only 2 are kept in prison, one of which is Rostami.

As per the following note in Farsi, Saeed, born in Kabul, was a worker for “Food industry” working under the Norouz Khan bridge in Tehran, arrested at Lale park on May Day celebration gathering, currently in Evin prison, section 3 of Hall 7. Despite 3 letters from Saeed and an official letter from Afghanistan’s embassy, his case has been ignored by the court. . Also, that he has nobody and his case has been forgotten. Why?

A bit about Afghans in Iran

Most of you have learned and seen the atrocities that people in Iran have been through in the past 30 years. Add a systematic, vicious segregation on top of that to understand what millions of Afghans experienced under the reign of the IRI.

Initially refugee Afghans in Iran, from 80s, have been subject to systematic racism by the IRI which encouraged the chauvinist trends among general population in Iran resulting in daily harassment. Hardworking Afghans were/are legally subject to harshest conditions of living, allowed only to work in dirtiest, heaviest jobs.

According to the 1996 census, there are 700,000 under-15 child workers in Iran. 50% of Street Kids Are Afghans.

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13/09/2009 at 12:57