Cartoon: Green Movement needs a leader!

Cartoon: Green Movement needs a leader!
by Azadeh Azad
12-Feb-2010
 

The Iranian Green Movement needs a young, secular (preferably female) leader as soon as possible, if it wants to bring about  secular democracy, freedoms and human rights in the country!

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Darius Kadivar

I Found You One ;0)

by Darius Kadivar on


MOOSIRvaPIAZ

and..

by MOOSIRvaPIAZ on

the only reason we keep hearing the cliche phrase "people are their leaders" (what does it mean anyway? ) are those who have problem with mousavi and karroubi - which arent much anyway, majority are those who live outside who support communist / monarch / secular / mek leaders .


MOOSIRvaPIAZ

like it or not Mousavi / Karroubi are the leaders..

by MOOSIRvaPIAZ on

period. You can pretend all you want that this movement is leaderless, but at the end of the day the only persons who can get anywhere with this movement are these two (and perhaps Khatami)... for now atleast. 

 


yolanda

......

by yolanda on

Hi Azadeh,

     I agree with you that:

He might get a lighter sentence if the Human rights organisations work hard on his case.

    We have to keep making noise.....initially Batebi got death penalty.....and then IRI reduced the sentence to 15 years...10 years.....medical parole....and then the guy fled.....

    I read about Maziar Bahari and Roxana Saberi......IRI interrogators told both of them that "nobody knows where you are....and nobody cares where you are"......but people made noise and H. Clinton intervened......Japanese government intervened and inquired about Saberi.....and then IRI suspended Saberi's sentence....Bahari got released after paying up 300,000 of bail.....I watched "Anderson Cooper 360" show with Batebi being interviewed.....I heard the gruesome details of his torture....it is beyond my imagination.....thank God he got out..... I am thinking that if we keep up the pressure Majid may get a lighter sentence, too!

Thank you for your cartoon and for initiating the discussion! 

 


MM

Azadeh - ur right, but we can recommend and support

by MM on

People in Iran cannot engage in even the simple conversation we are having in this blog.  We can discuss, recommend a list and get the wink from the people of Iran as to who should be in the forefront.  And, then support the person.


Azadeh Azad

MM

by Azadeh Azad on

Although it's not up to us, the Diaspora, to decide who would be the best leader, I thing Ahmad Batebi and Majid Tavakkoli are the best "men" for the job. I'm particularly impressed by Tavakkoli. Helas, he's got 8 years in prison and 5 years of prohibition to leave the country afterwards. But one never knows. He might get a lighter sentence if the Human rights organisations work hard on his case.

Azadeh


MM

Shushtari & Azadeh - Shirin's record - 4 more female candidates

by MM on

Good point Shushtari, 

In my opinion, one of the tests of a leader in the next Iran is whether he/she will follow the law or a fatwa, given a fork in the road.  None of us know the answer to that question regarding Shirin Ebadi, but her record in taking up the causes of the suppressed in the courts of Islamic Republic of Iran and going against the wishes of the likes of VF are clear, at least to me.

 

OK Azadeh,

I have 4 other candidate names for you, all females as per your request, but you need to return the favor by providing at least 2 names of male candidates:

 

Bahareh Hedayat: She is young, a student activist in and out of jail, totally fearless and totally on the side of the people of Iran. Listen to the video that she taped from Iran and you will be a fan of her too.

 

Ladan & Roya Boroumand: Educated, daughters of Abdorrahman Boroumand, manage the Boroumand foundation (a human rights site), definitely against Islamism and on the side of human rights.  They are the winners of 2009 Lech Walesa Institute Foundation prize for their work to promote human rights, freedom of expression, and democracy in Iran.

Shadi Sadr: A lawyer and a human rights activist who along with the Boroumand sisters won the 2009 Lech Walesa Institute Foundation prize for her work to promote human rights, freedom of expression, and democracy in Iran.


shushtari

I agree....

by shushtari on

but does anyone know or believe if she cares for iran more than islam????

that is the real question- this time around, we need someone very patriotic who wants to pull iran out of the gutter that these islamoloonies have created! 


Niloufar Parsi

causes or leaders

by Niloufar Parsi on

shirin is definitely the one. the human rights case she has taken to the UN against the government is one cause to support.


Azadeh Azad

Leading from abroad

by Azadeh Azad on

It is certainly very disappointing that Ms. Ebadi is not willing to lead the Movement.

I think one of the leaders of the Women's Movement or Students Movement in Iran needs to get out of the country and lead the broader Green Movement for Democracy from abroad.

Otherwise, the movement might die out, making it much easier for the US/Israel to attack Iran.

Azadeh

Ps. Dear divaneh, don't even go there :-).


divaneh

My new dilemma

by divaneh on

Dear Azadeh, you have caused me a new dilemma. I now have to choose between chopping off and being president. I suppose I have never been that bothered with being president anyway.


maziar 58

SHE'LL NOT

by maziar 58 on

IF IRR FINDS OUT THAT MS. GREEN HAS A PLAN;  FIRST UNDER SHARIA LAW WILL FINE HER TO STONNING THEN KILL THE UTERES AND KEEP DOING LIKE NOTHING EVER HAPPENED.     

MRS.EBADI KNOWS THE LAWS OF JUSTICE PLUS SHARIA THAT YOU NEVER DEAL WITH MOLLAHS.    Maziar


cyclicforward

There is no question about it

by cyclicforward on

Shirin Ebadi is the right choice. The problem however is that she doesn't want to do this. I hope she changes her mind and Iran do need her at this time.


Anahid Hojjati

I agree with MM, Ebadi seems like a good candidate

by Anahid Hojjati on

 

I agree with MM. "Shirin Ebadi" can be at least a great interim leader.


MM

Shirin Ebadi is outside Iran

by MM on

We can ask Shirin Ebadi to go to France and stay in Neauphle-le-Château where Khomeini stayed before he was hand-delivered on an Air France jet.  I think that is the least France can do to make up for what they did to us. 

I think she is at least well respected enough to lead an interim government until things settle down.


yolanda

.....

by yolanda on

I agree with gitdoun ver.2.0 that IRI will obliterate leader(s)......


MM

Shirin Ebadi

by MM on

* Female: As per AA request

* World famous: Yeh, they will know her

* Respected: Ditto

* Lawyer: Yes, she knows the law

* Nobel laureate: Did I mention that?

* Leader? (TBD).  Nonetheless, she sure could not do any worse than the current jugheads running Iran.

TBD = to be determined 


gitdoun ver.2.0

it's true. we need a Leader

by gitdoun ver.2.0 on

we do need a leader INSIDE Iran. but i think as soon as leaders pop up within weeks or a couple of months they are jailed and swiftly executed.  The regime is learning from all the mistakes the Shah did and making improvements. Under the Shah it used to be jail time, some torture and then u were released. Now it is jail, torture, confession, and then off to the gallows.