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Tale of Two Nazanins

By ATWadmin On January 9th, 2007 at 3:17 pm

You may remember a post last year on ‘Nazanin’. On January 3, 2006, 18 year-old Nazanin Mahabad Fatehi was sentenced to death by the Iranian courts after she stabbed one of three men who attempted to rape her and her 16 year-old niece in March 2005. When singer/songwriter and human rights activist Nazanin heard about the trial of her namesake, the injustice of the case propelled her to take action.

FYI The Save Nazanin campaign has generated over 225,000 signatures worldwide and received the attention of the UN, Amnesty International and others which is encouraging. On June 1st 2006, the Head of Judiciary Ayatollah Shahroudi announced a stay of execution and the call for her retrial January 10th, 2007, eg tomorrow.

This is a pertty interesting documentary produced by Nazanin the model/singer who is promoting her namesakes’s cause.  It is about the campaign, the case itself, Nazanin’s struggle – it talks to her family, recreates events that day and focuses on womens rights under Islamic law, human rights abuses in general in Iran and is altogether a pretty useful background and insight into the country overall. If you cant watch it all id recommend at least the first 5-10 mins.

you have mail!!!

By ATWadmin On January 9th, 2007 at 10:34 am

So you check your in-box for new e-mails, delete all the ‘viagra’ and ‘promising new hi-tech company’ bullshit which keeps on flooding past the filters, and then try and read what’s left, and to your horror, or surprise, or dismay, or any combination of the former, you now learn that the Terror threat level’ from International terrorists has increased from ‘substantial’ to ‘severe’, or whatever! This is the latest proposal from this bunch of clowns who are tasked with our protection! Now you may find it offensive to have a commentator write in slighting terms of these dedicated individuals who serve their country in secret, but I find the whole idea totally laughable, silly in the extreme, and pandering to all the low-level crap which is purveyed by a Government only too keen not to actually ‘offend’ anyone at all!

We are advised by the MI5 web-site that we are threatened by people who are "rejecting democratic institutions and values in favour of an extreme interpretation of Islam" without the added explanation that apart from a very few examples of Europeans who have converted to islam, the vast majority of those who are planning and plotting to kill us, inclusive of British Nationals, are Asians and Arabs from Pakistan, from Iraq, from Iran, from Saudi Arabia and the whole Islamic Crescent sphere of influence! They don’t state what is commonly known, which is that the Muslims who infest their sewage-ridden countries detest us because we are free, or at least freer than they are, and they use a perverted religion to push the willing fools with ‘waistcoats by DuPont’ that they are doing their ‘god’s’ work by killing and maiming innocent civilians!

Advice by e-mail on threat levels! Crap! What we should be hearing about is robust action by the Security services to clean out the nests of Wahabbi-dominated mosques with their Saudi-supplied imams; we should be learning of the Home Office plans to institute a really firm policy of cleaning out the hordes of ‘illegals’, ‘bogus asylum seekers’, would-be Mafia gangsters from all the sewage dumps which masquerade as countries who have just joined Europe, and all the other scum which infests the gutters of our cities! We should be hearing of the detention and deportations of terror suspects who we know are threats to the State, and we should definitely be hearing a little less of their bloody HUMAN RIGHTS!


By ATWadmin On January 9th, 2007 at 7:31 am

ATW is frequently a place where you can read opinions not present in the left leaning MSM. Such a situation now occurs with regard to the untimely death of PUP/UVF Leader David Ervine. From US Senator George Mitchell, through UK PM Tony Blair, to ALL the local political parties – Mr Ervine’s contribution to local politics has been praised to high heaven. I appreciate that it convention within the political class to lavish praise on deceased associates, but I fail to see why the rest of us have to just lap it all up. Surely there must be room to dissent from the garbage spoken by the peace processing class?

Let’s set a few things straight. The terrorist-linked Party which Mr Ervine led is a disgrace. The UVF is a barbaric gang of thugs. I am unable to find any reference of the PUP categorically condemning the many evil murders carried out by the UVF, calling for it to disband, and ceasing all criminality.

Instead, when one reads PUP statements, it becomes obvious that it is little more than a "mini-me" IRA/Sinn Fein. But such is the depravity of local politics that is now considered de rigeur to praise such a rabble, and those who lead it, and damn those who point out the inconvenient truth.

Can you imagine the mass mourning if one of the IRA Godfathers was to suddenly leave this mortal coil? Will we have solemn funeral music piped through our TV screens the day Adams or McGuinness goes to meet their Maker? It’s a fallen world, and events like this really bring it home.


By ATWadmin On January 9th, 2007 at 7:19 am

Glad to see that Religious groups are to protest outside Parliament today in an attempt to halt legislation banning so called "discrimination" against lesbians and gay men.

In fact, the real discrimination here is being practised by the militant gay lobby which seeks, with the willing co-operation of this leftist government, to subvert the teachings of the main religious faiths. I fully agree with Thomas Cordrey, barrister and public policy analyst with the Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship, said:

"The debate in the Lords is a signal to the government of the need to acknowledge these regulations do not currently strike the correct balance between two competing rights. Christians have no desire to discriminate unjustly on the grounds of sexual orientation, but they cannot and must not be forced to actively condone and promote sexual practices which the Bible teaches are wrong."

That is exactly the point, but the gay fascists and their enablers will not rest until they impose their perverse morality on the rest of us.  

Talking Point – 08.01.07

By ATWadmin On January 8th, 2007 at 10:32 pm

‘The ideological dominance of our universities, schools, media, public bodies, police forces, legal institutions and a signficant amount of our political parties by those on the Left-wing margins of society is now all but complete.’  Discuss. 

Education, Education, Hypocrisy

By ATWadmin On January 8th, 2007 at 10:18 pm

If I had a child with learning difficulties would I want them to receive the finest education that money could buy?  Naturally!  Likewise if Ruth Kelly wants to send her child to a private school so that he/she can avail of the best possible start in life, then all power to her elbow.  We have an education system where those with learning difficulties are taught in mainstream classes.  For some this is fine.  For others it hinders both their development and the development of peers.

So, in her capacity as a loving mother, I have the greatest respect for Ruth Kelly.  On the other hand, in her capacity as a high-ranking minister in a government that fundamentally seeks to undermine selective and private education for everybody else – regardless of logic, I have the utmost contempt for her.  In Northern Ireland, this government is set to bless the class warfare pettiness of an IRA godfather and abolish selective education altogether.  In England, it is seeking to do so in all but name.  Thus, why should ordinary people who also want the best for their offspring be thwarted in the opportunity to provide them facilities comparable to what Kelly is seeking?

This is socialist hypocrisy and the creed of ‘do as I say….’ at its finest.  Remember when Diane Abbott sent her kids to a private school, notwithstanding her public pronouncements of alpha-Leftism and all it implies?  Thousands of parents want what Kelly is securing.  Unfortunately, Kelly’s pathetic excuse for a party is determined to ensure they can’t get it! 

On This Day…08.01

By ATWadmin On January 8th, 2007 at 10:08 pm

871 – At the Battle of Ashdown, Alfred the Great leads the West Saxon armies of his brother, King Ethelred, to victory against the invading Danes.

1790 – George Washington delivers the first State of the Union Address in New York City.

1916 – During WW1 Allied forces stage a full retreat from the shores of the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey, ending a disastrous invasion of the Ottoman Empire.

1961 – A national referendum in France votes in favour of granting independence to Algeria.

1989 – A British Midland 737, en route from Belfast to East Midlands Airport, crashes into an embankment alongside the M1 motorway near Kegworth in Leicestershire, killing 47 people.

2001 – In Britain, the High Court rules that the identities of the two boys who murdered toddler James Bulger in 1993 are to be permanently kept secret.


By ATWadmin On January 8th, 2007 at 6:12 pm

Prog_unionist_party_logo.gifAlright then. ATW has earlier reported that Progressive Unionist Party Leader David Ervine has sadly died.

The local media have gone into warp drive eulogising mode, with UTV saying that Mr Ervine’s death will be "a loss to the UVF". The UVF, may I remind all readers, is a brutal terror organisation responsible for some of the most grizzly murders in Northern Ireland. The UVF has been killing and maiming during all the years of the "peace process." The UVF remains fully armed, up to its neck in drugs, and every form of criminality. The PUP’s "restraint" on the UVF was invisible.

I will not speak of Mr Ervine but I will speak briefly of the Party that he led, the so-called "Progressive Unionist Party."

The media pundits eulogise this Party as being " a breath of fresh air" as far as Unionism is concerned. Rubbish. The Party had the fetid stench of paramilitarism about it, and existed as a sort of wannabe Sinn Fein/IRA, but thankfully without popular appeal amongst the pro-Union people. It suited the Government to have the PUP about the place, as it provided more cover for its deliberations with the IRA. I am unsure as to how the PUP can be labelled "progressive" in ANY meaningful way, unless it is "progressive" to be linked to terrorists and to speak up for terrorists. The local MSM were swooning at the idea that loyalist thugs has a political banner to stand behind. The rest of us were sickened by the simpering attention lavished on the PUP.

The PUP has made no contribution of any sort that any decent person would recognise and some of the tributes paid to this rabble of a Party are entirely detached from reality. 


By ATWadmin On January 8th, 2007 at 3:05 pm

Tony Blair has said in writing that the DUP has agreed that policing and justice powers would be transferred to the Northern Ireland Assembly by 2008, assuming IRA/Sinn Fein agree to accept the PSNI.

Ian Paisley has denied this and accuses the PM of misrepresenting his party’s policy in the Belfast Telegraph and Irish Times.

One of them is lying. Which one?

Slugger O’Toole has further comment on the topic here.

More Tory Folly

By ATWadmin On January 8th, 2007 at 2:01 pm

Just been reading over at Pub Philospher that David Davis is urging the government to take on another European charter. Mr Davis wants Britain to adopt the European Convention on the Trafficking in Human Beings. This would allow the victims of people traffickers to remain in Britain for 30 days while deciding whether to give evidence against the gang masters. I agree with him that this is another piece of legislation with good intentions that is likely to backfire.  He makes some excellent points:

Would-be illegal migrants would soon become aware of the UK’s adoption of the Convention.  Many have shown themselves to be highly adept pretending to lose their papers or crating false stories of oppression back home. Wouldn’t this just be another means of deception?

Many see the deal with the people traffickers as a trade-off, a desperate bargain to escape a desperate life at home, the European Convention acts as an extra insurance policy – a guarantee of 30 days grace before the normal, lengthy asylum process gets underway.

And regards our own judiciary’s record of interpreting legislation as far as possible in favour of asylum seekers he ponders if this is behind the government’s reluctance to adopt the convention. I dont doubt it!:- 

Just as other European countries don’t seem to have been as hamstrung by the Convention on Human Rights, they probably don’t foresee too many problems with this new convention either. In the UK, though, it would give yet another set of loopholes that could be used by judges to delay the deportation of failed asylum seekers.