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Anonymous Observer
by Anonymous Observer

Since this appears to be another petition signing day, I figured I should cook up a petition of my own and ask for support.  Here it is:

Since 1979, the Islamic Republic has been engaged in committing various crimes against humanity in Iran.  It has executed tens of thousands of Iranians, imprisoned hundreds of thousands of others, tortured just as many and forced an equal number into exile.  In the past thirty three years, the Islamic Republic has killed, tortured and imprisoned a large number of Iranian scientists, intellectuals, political activists and even children in a similar manner. By now, it is clear that this is a systematic campaign with political intentions. Media reports and political pundits attribute these atrocities to the Islamic Republic.

If public reports are true that these crimes against humanity are orchestrated by the Islamic Republic, in order to maintain its hold on power, and to loot Iran’s wealth, then we petition the Islamic Republic to stop these atrocities –a tactic replacing political engagement with executions, imprisonment, torture and terror at the expense of innocent civilians. If allowed to continue, these crimes against humanity provide the Iranian authorities with the tools needed  to continue to suppress voices of dissent, even on the Iranian nuclear issue, to arrest and imprison political opposition, and to further curtail the activities of human rights activists. 

Moreover, the Iranian regime has engaged, in the past 32 years, in a campaign of bellicose warmongering, which has included, but has not been limited to, attacking and occupying foreign embassies and diplomatic missions (one as recent as a couple of months ago), taking foreign diplomats hostage, promising to wipe other nations off the map of the world, threatening to close international waterways, supporting terrorist groups around the world and engaging in clandestine nuclear activities in violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty and United Nations resolutions.  All of these activities have brought crippling sanctions upon the Iranian people and have brought the country to the brink of a devastating war, which is the Islamic Republic’s ultimate goal.   

As academicians, writers, human rights activists, and intellectuals, we condemn these atrocities. Such belligerence on the part of the Islamic Republic, its crimes against humanity and its warmongering can only escalate the internal tension and regional conflicts toward a military clash or war. Regardless of where we stand on Iran's nuclear program, we find these atrocities outrageous because they target the Iranian society without due consideration for human rights, due process of international and national laws, and lives of innocent individuals caught in the crossfire.

These types of killings have to stop, not only because they harm a nation in every possible way, but also because they build a deep psychological scar on the nation's public mind prompting it to ask for revenge in kind. We hope we are living in a better world than that. Killing innocent or even allegedly guilty people without consideration for their human rights and due process, by any force or government anywhere and anytime, is an outrageous act to be protested by all. If murderous dictatorships become the order of the day, no one will be safe in this world.

The following individuals have not yet signed this petition.  But judging by their level of concern for the Iranian people, I am sure they will sign it once they notice it.  So, I ask these find young men and women, especially the poets :-), to join me in condemning the Islamic Republic.  I will look forward to their support:


01. Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, SOAS, University of London

02. Masih Alinejad, Journalist

03. Asieh Amini, Journalist and Human Rights Activist

04. Fariba Amini, Independent Journalist and Writer

05. Hooshang Amirahmadi, Professor, Rutgers University

06. Richard P. Appelbaum, Professor of Sociology, University of California at Santa Barbara

07. Rahim Bajoghli, Human Rights Activist

08. Darioush Bayandor, historian, author

09. Asef Bayat, Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

10. Iris Bazing, MD, Baltimore, Maryland

11. Maria Bennett, Poet, New Jersey, USA

12. Mohammad Borghei, Strayer University.

13. Mehrzad Boroujerdi, Professor, Syracuse University

14. Juan Cole, Professor, University of Michigan

15. Shirindokht Daghighian, Independent Scholar & Author

16. Mehrdad Darvishpour, Lecturer at the Malardalen University, Sweden

17. Lucia F. Dunn, Professor of Economics, Ohio State University

18. Goudarz Eghtedari, Ph.D., Voices of the Middle East

19. Mohammad Eghtedari, Economist, Washington, DC

20. Nader Entessar, Professor of Political Science, University of South Alabama

21. Amir Fassihi, Nowruz Foundation for Nonviolence, CA

22. John Foran, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara

23. Ali Fathollah-Nejad, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

24. Yoshie Furuhashi, Editor, MRZine

25. Alexandra Gallin-Parisi, Professor, Trinity University

26. Amir Hossein Ganjbakhsh, Senior Investigator, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD

27. Reza Goharzad, Journalist, Los Angeles

28. John L Graham, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Irvine

29. Hossein Hamedani, Professor, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

30. Nader Hashemi, Professor, University of Denver

31. Esmail Hejazifar, Professor of Physics, Wilmington College, Ohio

32. Paula Hertel, Professor of Psychology, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX

33. Mohsen Heydareian, Ph. D, Political Science, Sweden

34. Fredun Hojabri, Retired Professor of Sharif (Aryamehr) Univeristy of Technology

35. Angie Hougas, Human Rights Activists, McFarland, WI

36. Noushin Izadifar Hart, M.D., Radiation Oncologist, Reston, Virginia

37. Azadeh Jahanbegloo, Sociologist, Wright State University, Ohio

38. Jahanshah Javid, Editor,

39. Hasan Javadi, Retired Professor of Persian Language, University of California, Berkeley

40. Mark C. Johnson, Executive Director, Fellowship of Reconciliation, NY

41. Yahya Kamalipour, Chair, Global Communication Association, Purdue University

42. Aziz Karamloo, MD, Faculty Member, University of California, Los Angeles

43. Mahmood Karimi-Hakak, Professor of Theatre and Film, Siena College, NY

44. Liam Kennedy, Community Board Member,CCPB, UC, Irvine

45. Fatemeh Keshavarz, Professor, Washington University, St. Louis

46. Nanette Le Coat, Associate Professor, Modern Languages and Literatures, Trinity University

47. Arturo Madrid, Professor, Trinity University

48. Ali Akbar Mahdi, Professor Emeritus, Ohio Wesleyan University

49. Azita Mashayekhi, Industrial Hygienist, International Brotherhood of Teamsters

50. Rudi Matthee, Distinguished Professor of Middle Eastern history, University of Delaware

51. Farzaneh Milani, Professor, University of Virginia

52. Yaser Mirdamadi, Independent Scholar

53. Ziba Mir-Hosseini, CMEIL, School of Oriental and African Studies

54. Ida Mirzaie, Ohio State University

55. Valentine M. Moghadam, Professor of Sociology, Northeastern University

56. Mahmood Monshipouri, Professor, San Francisco State University

57. Akbar Montaser, Professor, Department of Chemistry ,George Washington University

58. Reza Mousoli, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK

59. Baquer Namazi, Retired UNICEF Country Representative & Civil Society Activist

60. Arash Naraghi, Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy, Moravian College

61. Mohamad Navab, University of California, Los Angeles

62. Farrokh Negahdar, Political Analyst

63. Mohammad-Reza Nikfar, Independent Scholar and Philosopher

64. Azam Niroomand-Rad, Professor Emeritus, Georgetown University Medical Center

65. Farhad Nomani, Professor of Economics, American University of Paris

66. Mehdi Noorbaksh, Associate Professor, Harrisburg University of Science & Technology

67. Trita Parsi, President, National Iranian American Council, Washington, DC

68. Richard T. Peterson, Professor of Philosophy, Michigan State University

69. Davood Rahni, Professor of Chemistry, Pace University, New York

70. Farhang Rajaee, Professor, Carleton University

71. Asghar rastegar, MD, Professor of Medicine, Yale School of Medicinek

72. Thomas M. Ricks, Ph.D., Independent Scholar

73. Mahmoud Sadri, Professor of Sociology, Texas Woman's University

74. Muhammad Sahimi, Professor, University of Southern California in Los Angeles

75. Hamid Salek, D.D.S. University of Southern California , Los Angeles

76. Reza Sarhangi, Professor, Department of Mathematics, Towson University

77. Mehrdad F. Samadzadeh, University of Toronto

78. Gabriel Sebastian, Author, Futurist

79. Ali Shakeri, Community Board Member, CCPB, UC, Irvine

80. Evan Siegel, Ph.D., Independent Researcher on Iran & Azerbaijan, Adj. Mathematics Prof., CUNY

81. Arman Shirazi, Senior Scientist, CSM North America

82. Sussan Siavoshi, Professor, Trinity University

83. Mark D. Stansbery, Iran Action Network

84. Sussan Tahmasebi, Women's Rights Activist

85. Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi, Univeristy of Toronto

86. Bahram Tavakolian, Willamette University

87. Farideh Tehrani, Ph.D., Middle Eastern Studies Librarian, Rutgers University, NJ

88. Mary Ann Tetreault, Cox Distinguished Professor of International Affairs, Trinity University

89. Nayereh Tohidi, Professor, California State University, Northridge

90. Patricia Trutty-Coohill, Professor of Art History, Siena College, NY

91. Farzin Vahdat, Research Associate at Vassar College

92. Bill Wolak, Poet, New Jersey, USA

93. Leila Zand, Program Director, Middle East Civilian Diplomacy, Fellowship of Reconciliation

94. Hamid Zangeneh, Professor, Widener University


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Veiled Prophet of Khorasan


by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


I don't work for you or morality police. And I got better things than to go point by point to your posts. If and when I got time I will respond.

As for expat others have already been responding to him/her. 


Sadegh Bozorgmehr

by expat on

I wouldn't worry too much about VPK's accusations of being an Islamist.  He does this whenever somebody posts something that he doesn't agree with.  Either that or being a member of the Baseej/supporter of the IRI.  


Just giving you a heads up :) 

Sadegh Bozorgmehr

VPK, you can do better!

by Sadegh Bozorgmehr on

You dodged my 3 points.

If "many" Westerners have read your posts and they approve, then it should be easy for you to give us at least a handful of samples where they have indicated that they approve.

Second, it's one thing to say that you 'think' or 'suspect' that someone is an Islamist, but what you did was state the accusation as fact.

Lack of accountability is something our community seriously suffers from, and you're making it acceptable, and I'm going to fight it. That is why this is so important.

I will skip the conspiracies of yours, but I would ask one last time to at least address point #3, which you completely ignored. Do you admit that in that instance you lied?

Anonymous Observer

Thanks Faramarz

by Anonymous Observer on

Saw them.  And deleted the comment as promised.  



by Faramarz on

Look under the name below and you will see material in Farsi


رحیم باج اوقلی - عصر نو 

Anonymous Observer

Ari - I have to admit that I didn't read the "publisher's note"

by Anonymous Observer on

at the bottom of the article.  I certainly don't agree with it.  That being said, the note doesn't take waya from the fact that the Namazi family is involved (Siamak Namazi was director) of the Atieh Bahar organization in Iran.  The document may very well be accurate.  Atieh Bahar has numerous connections to the Iranian government, including joint ventures, etc.  


While the link above also connects to a site that also appears to be of Daieslam type, the facts mentioned in it are facts, and cannot reallly be argued with.  It cites all its sources.

While I am no big fan of Dai, didn't Trita Parsi lose his "defamation" lawsuit against him?  I think he did.  If he did lose, doesn't that mean that it was proven in a court of of law that Dai did not lie?  

Veiled Prophet of Khorasan

The problem with Hassan Daioleslam is

by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


he got no credibility so he actually discredits the case more than help.

Veiled Prophet of Khorasan


by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


If I give you names of Westerners how would you verify them? You don't have to beleive me.

Regrding Islamism and BBC I am vocing opinion. I base my opinion on patterns. As well as history

As for scientific all in caps I have no idea what you are talking about. Nor do I have much interest.




So the author is Hassan Daioleslam?

by Disenchanted on


     Venomous! One wonders who is this guy? His family name translates: "the inviter to Islam"! How appropriate! ;-)

      Thanks Ari for the heads up!

Ari Siletz


by Ari Siletz on

AO recommended the link in this blog in his comment titled,  "OMG - Look at this other "peace activist"


What?! Ari could you explain please about the link!

by Disenchanted on


       Who wrote that text about and jahanshah Javid?! Where did you see that? Thanks.


Ari Siletz

AO your link came through

by Ari Siletz on

Suspended judgement on its content until I came to this statement:

"(Publisher’s Note: This article is published in, a pro
Reformist fraction of IRI website and a front business for Hezbollah,
published by Jahanshah Javid an opportunist Ex Fundamentalist Hezbollah
and present Reformist Hezbollah in America.)"

Second rule of persuasive writing: If you want to be believed, don't lie.

Sadegh Bozorgmehr

VPK, I would LOVE to

by Sadegh Bozorgmehr on

This is based on just the few posts I've read from you:

1. You claim "many Westerners do read my posts and approve." I asked you to show proof. I give you another chance to show proof.   2. You claim with certainty that I am an "Islamist." If you are so certain, please prove it.
3. You stated "you admit to not reading my posts then make comments on them." This is a lie. My exact quote was "I haven't read many of your posts."
The only other place that I recall reading what you wrote you came out AGAINST scientific evidence, dismissing science, and you suggested that the BBC is behind some strange conspiracy.
Of the 3 points I mentioned, one of them was a blatant lie by you. If you cannot prove the first 2 points in your next post then those too must be considered lies too. 

Veiled Prophet of Khorasan

Fine Sadegh

by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


Why do you not tell me about the misinformation I said. Go on, please tell us!

Sadegh Bozorgmehr

VPK, It's really nothing personal

by Sadegh Bozorgmehr on

We suffer from a lack of accountability in our communiy.

Just in your response to me here you made 3 baseless claims. In my one other interaction that I had with you, the same thing happened.  It may be impossible for me to keep up with all your many posts here, but when I can, I'm going to catalogue the lies and misinformation. Again, not because I have anything against you, I really don't. But people like you who just say whatever they want without evidence must be held accountable. I intend to do that with you so that can be a forum to discuss serious issues based on the facts. :)

Veiled Prophet of Khorasan


by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


You admit to not reading my posts then make comments on them.

have read haven't reflected well on you.

Great; I am honored to not fit your idea of a good person. I don't have much to say to you. It is an honor to not be liked by people like you. 

or the crack-pot conspiracy theorist that I suspect you are.

There you are with insults again; what conspiracy did I mention?  You talk and behave like one as they say "walks like a duck; quacks like a duck". In your case all the signs post to an Islamist specially misuse of Cyrus banner.

Sadegh Bozorgmehr

Ball's in your court, VPK

by Sadegh Bozorgmehr on

VPK, I haven't read many of your posts, but the few posts I have read haven't reflected well on you. In another comment elsewhere, you said some things and could not prove them. 

So since only facts matter, please give us some proof that I am an "Islamist" and "Many Westerners do read my posts and approve." I would love to see if you're a serious person that speaks with evidence, or the crack-pot conspiracy theorist that I suspect you are. 

Veiled Prophet of Khorasan


by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


People like VPK are laughing stocks and thank goodness we don't have kharejis reading their stuff and thinking all Iranians are like that

Good Islamist; running out of arguments attack the person. If you read my post you would see I explained why Israel would do this. I did not deny it but explained the reasoning behind it. But of course you did not bother to read my post.

I use logic and reason to figure things out. And unlike you I do not mock our ancient symbols. You an Islamist use a banner of Cyrus as a form of mockery. The only one you mock is yourself. 

thank goodness we don't have kharejis reading their stuff and thinking all Iranians are like that. 

Many Westerners do read my posts and approve. I was told by Americans they are glad to see sane Iranians like me. Before meeting me they thought all Iranians were Islamist West haters. But knowing me showed we have reasonable Iranians.


Sadegh Bozorgmehr

Conspiracy theorists at it again...

by Sadegh Bozorgmehr on

How many time does Israel's Likud and defense establishment have to suggest they were behind these assassinations for our crack-pot conspiracists to believe them? 

Yes the IRI is a savage regime, but with some people here will even blame bad weather on the mullahs. People like VPK are laughing stocks and thank goodness we don't have kharejis reading their stuff and thinking all Iranians are like that. 

Veiled Prophet of Khorasan

Regarding Killing Roshan

by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


This is not about justice it is about other things. Depending on who did it their reasons may differ. I will do my best to respond to Ari. But my disclaimer is: I am not approving just analyzing.

Ari says: A vigilante judge/executioner would have higher moral grounds if he went after a Baseej from that list.

Yes but assume it was a foreign government. They are not out for vigilante justice but go after targets of value. A run of a mill basiji has no value; is not a danger to them and is simple to replace. But Roshan has much higher value.

An Iranian opposition also gets more publicity by taking Roshan. Just victims families may pick the basiji. They probably would also prefer a higher profile operative. Maybe not Roshan but one from the ruling group.

Veiled Prophet of Khorasan


by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


  • AO's link works fine for me. It is to Iran Politics Club.
  • I never trust peace activists anymore. Not ever since Jimmy Carter and his "peace activism". It often means anti-American and pro dictator. 
  • The proof NIAC has shady connections is building. I gave them the benefit of doubt but it does not look good for them. But using Dai as a source is not a good idea because of his own shadiness.

Ari Siletz


by Ari Siletz on

I wondered about that too. In the old days if you had a driver you also had a fancy car to match.

My computer couldn't connect to your link. Can you check the link please?

Anonymous Observer

OMG - Look at this other "peace activist"

by Anonymous Observer on

This one takes the cake so far.  He's straight out of IR's mafia:

Baquer Namazi.  Read this:


And look at his connections to Trita Parsi.   


Anonymous Observer

Ari, have you ever pondered why

by Anonymous Observer on

a 32 year old supposed nobody like Roshan would have a personal driver taking him to and from work?  He didn't happen to be someone of importance, did he? :-))

Ari Siletz


by Ari Siletz on

We agree on IRI needing to stop it's warmongering. The posture is not only threatening U.S. economy and Israel's security but Iran's territorial integrity.

We disagree as to what to do about it. Tit-for-tat terrorism, preemptive  attacks, and revenge killings are not only morally difficult to justify but play into the IRI's hands because such broad attacks don't just threaten the Regime but the nation as a whole. This weakens the IRI opposition inside Iran who can no longer confront the Regime without losing support. Additionally, execution and imprisonment of dissidents will cost the Regime much less political capital when the nation feels threatened from the outside.

Regarding Iranian law: we have two constitutions that have never been followed. Even the IRI's own constitution makes it illegal to commit the crimes that the Regime has committed.Working for a nuclear program is not against the law; beating, raping and murdering protesters is against Iranian law as written.



Anonymous Observer

Profile of another "peace activist" who signed the original

by Anonymous Observer on

petition which I parodied.  Azadeh Jahanbegloo, professor at Wright State University.  She appears to be another rabid, America hating Iranian.  Here's what some of her students had to say about her:

This lady is ridiculous. One of the most ignorant, rude, unintelligent professors I have ever had. DO NOT TAKE HER. Unless you are a strongly liberal person who hates America, you and her will not get along. I could not stand going to class because of how intolerable she is.



This class was ridiculous! At the beginning she stated that she would listen to the students ideas, instead many were told they were wrong and she said one kid was stupid. Also, for living in America she sure does seem to bash and hate it a lot. She seemed awfully close minded to be a sociology prof to me. I do not recommend!


And here's another:

Professor is from Iran and frequently makes subtle Anti-Christian and Anti-Semitic comments. She tells to Students to "Leave [their] religion at the door," but does not practice what she preaches. If you question what she say she thanks you for your opinion and then tells you nicely why your an idiot for thinking that! Easy, but frustrating class!



A lot of these signatories seem to have a common trait: hating America.  And mind you, I just took a couple of these characters at random and Googled them.  We can only imagine how much fun we can have with the rest of them.

Anonymous Observer

But Ari

by Anonymous Observer on

you were talking about Iranians pursuing the regime under Iranian "law."  How's that possible?  VPK has a point about foreign courts.  But IR's "judicial system????!!!!"

As for Roshan, was involved in IR's nuclear program.  The IR has threatened to wipe other nations off the map and destroy others, implicitly by WMDs, which include nuclear weapons.  If one of IR's targets got to this guy before he could implement his apocalyptic ideas, it's fair game.  The IR should stop its warmongering if it doesn't want its nuclear scientists killed.  Example of IR's warmonegring and threats:


Veiled Prophet of Khorasan


by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


  • Regarding criminals: yes there needs to be some kind of unbiased court. And I agree that IRI as well as others will try to pass the buck. If another regime comes to power and some of its members have shady pasts. You bet they will do anything it takes to cover it up. It is a given and no system of justice is perfect. Just have to do the best.
  • Regaring Roshan: I am not approving of his murder. But assuming Israel or USA did it then the reason is obvious. He vowed to do his best to destroy them. It does not surprise me if they moved first. Again I am not condoning it but just giving a reason. Another possibility is an Iranian opposition did it. Figure he would succeed. The retaliation to Iran would be devastating. Hence an Iranian may have done it. to prevent that possibility.

Ari Siletz


by Ari Siletz on

I agree that getting a conviction for Baseej crimes has to happen through a different channel than the regime's own judicial system. Most likely courts will be held once the IRI is overthrown. However, we have also seen that IRI's internal politics does sometimes lead to scapegoat convictions of lower level Baseej criminals in the apparatus.The Chain Murders convictions being an example. On the outside chance that Reformists come to power again, I would expect to see investigation of lower level Baseej involved in putting down the election protest--even though the IRI is still technically in power.

AO: Names, pictures and videos of Baseej actually observed to have committed crimes against Iranians were published on the internet. A vigilante judge/executioner would have higher moral grounds if he went after a Baseej from that list. At least there's rudimentary proof of guilt in those cases.Where was the proof against Roshan (and his driver)?

Vildemose: Your "benefit of the doubt" is irrelevant. This is not a popularity contest.


Agreed dear AO.I give

by vildemose on

Agreed dear AO.

I give him the benefit of the doubt...

However, on those who  seek any sort of artificial two-sides-of-a-story “balance” ; This sort of “balance” would require that the allegation that cigarette smoking causes lung cancer be offset with a denial of this simple and well-established fact. This pernicious game played on MSM, CNN, Fox news, etc.... A variety of points of view is all to the good, but a mere opinion not backed up by facts, reasoning or analysis is unlikely to resonate with those who are not driven by dogma or a praticular ideology. 

 A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.--ndr Solzhenitsyn.