Peter Tatchell on why support for the Iranian people shouldn't become support for Iran:
Tehran’s tyrannical religious state embodies many (though not all) the characteristics of classical fascism: a substantially corporatist political and economic system maintained by a highly centralised repressive state apparatus. This repression includes bans on non-Islamist political parties and free trade unions, and a regime of unfair trials, detention without charge, torture, executions, media censorship, gender apartheid, violent suppression of peaceful protests and strikes, and the persecution of left-wingers, students, feminists, journalists, gay people and religious and ethnic minorities. Even lawyers and human rights defenders - are imprisoned and tortured.
The government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is also pursuing a racist, neo-colonial policy against Iran’s minority nationalities, such as the Arabs (who are abused even more harshly than the Israelis abuse the Palestinians), Kurds and Baluchs.
It used to be axiomatic that left and progressive movements fought fascism, wherever it is found and whatever its form. We do not appease or collude. Well, not until recently. Nowadays, there is a whole section of the left that has abandoned the freedom struggle in Iran. It goes to extraordinary lengths to downplay the excesses of the tyrants in Tehran.
Also, 5cc on double standards over immigration:
The figures the outrage is based on come, as ever, from MigrationWatch. This time, MigrationWatch have got hold of figures from Eurostat, a body that collects and compiles statistics from every European country's equivalent of the ONS, in order to show how outrageously one sided EU migration is. Of course, as you'd expect an honest study to do, this briefing took EU and UK figures from Eurostat and compared the same countries for the same period so that we get a nice, accurate result.
No it didn't. You knew that was coming, right?
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