Tag Archives: Charter 77

CV-66, thank you.

The Air Force talks about the earsplitting noise from its jet engines as "The Sound of Freedom." Good. But I prefer aircraft carriers, like USS America, CV-66

September, 1985: the US Navy pushed a flattop, USS America CV-66, into the Norwegian Sea and commenced various flight operations.

short-flight

Part of the ocean safari for CV-66 included being parked a while in the Vestfjord of Norway, between Bodø and the Lofoten Islands, which every Lofot-man knows is a short flight to interesting sights like Murmansk.

A difficult naval exercise and a good strategy. DN-SC-86-03144

Thank you, CV-66 and all its crew!

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1938: what is your answer?

Reading around at PJMedia.com, I saw this What if Hitler had won WWII? article. The article is about this 1992 novel, Fatherland, by Robert Harris.

It is an excellent book.

To me, it is a book about Auschwitz/Oświęcim and how a German finds undeniable evidence of extermination.

It makes you think, "What would I have done in Germany, in 1938?" For the West, that question is the ghost in every man’s past. The answer to that question is the substance of your humanity.

After I read that book back in 1992 or so, it stimulated me to move from fiction to non-fiction, to educate myself about the holocaust. There is a lot to learn.

In the Soviet satellite states before 1989, they used to say that the Soviets had stolen their history, and that protecting and recovering what they could of that history was a vitally important task. It is good advice, not just for Poland, but for everyone in the West, including here in the USA.

Memorial to Polish soldiers massacred at Katyn Forest.

Havel est morte. ¡No Pasarán!: Good-Bye, Friend

Berlin Wall coming down, 1989

¡No Pasarán!: Good-Bye, Friend.

Charter 77 and free lands of Europe behind him, something extra good ahead! Vaya con Dios!

Further up and further in

Withdraw consent

Withdrawal of consent is how this movement will make changes happen. Just ask Charter 77.

Withdraw consent.

Withdraw consent.

We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these rights are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, that to secure these rights governments are established among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

89 and 68

89 and 68

Lorestan, Kahrizak Prison, Yazd and freedom in Iran

Michael Ledeen renders a summary of atrocious acts of violence in Iran against those who seek freedom. Even the mullahs are starting to get disgusted enough to close the Kahrizak prison.

The Torturers and the Secretary
And, according to reliable sources, the morgues still have a stockpiles of about 400 corpses. Each day three to four corpses are released to relatives.

The release of the cadavers follows a singularly macabre procedure…

After signing the papers the relative can receive the corpse. Upon receipt of the corpse of the [mainly young] man or woman, the real cause of death–brutal torture–becomes obvious. They see their loved one totally beaten up, nails pulled out, evidence of rape, bodies covered with so many burns that it is difficult to recognize the dead person, and the like.

Lorestan-Iran-MapDespite the secrecy pledge, these horrendous details are now emerging and even members of the usually very loyal part of the clergy are now disgusted and upset…

Meanwhile Karroubi himself has left Tehran for his native Lorestan, where he can count on the protection of his people.

Iranian Prosecutor-General Ayatollah Qorban Ali Dori Najafabadi acknowledged that some detainees have been tortured in prison, saying: “Mistakes have led to some unfortunate and indefensible incidents, and those involved will have to be punished.” This includes many reported incidents at Kahrizak prison, where prisoners were killed, and which has since been closed on Khamenei’s orders…

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The treatment of prisoners reminds me of Emmett Till, who was so horribly beaten and killed by the Ku Klux Klan.

It is a bad sign for the Grand Ayatollah Khamenei that Karroubi heads back to home ground in the mountains of Lorestan, west of Tehran. I wonder whether it will be easier or tougher to keep Karroubi isolated, incommunicado there on his home ground.

Scene from Lorestan

Scene from Lorestan

We continue to wait for the US Marines to sweep up Osama bin Laden in their Helmand operations or push him across the border into the Sistan and Baluchistan province of Iran.

We continue to wait for Yazd to wake up and walk toward freedom.

We continue to wait for effective leadership to emerge for freedom in Iran. Neither electrician, playwright nor good sergeant Schweik, but maybe someone a young computerist fiddling with his iPod and a USB cable this very day, exploiting RSS on the iTunes Store.

RSS

Confectionery in Yazd (YouTube)

Yazd seeking freedom?

Can freedom find its way into Yazd? Here is a satellite view of the Yazd area.

As Charter 77 stated 32 years ago, "Many scholars, writers, artists and others are penalized for having legally published or expressed, years ago, opinions which are condemned by those who hold political power today."

But now the Czech Republic and Slovakia are free. Good.

89 and 68

89 and 68

Pavel Kohout Card/Charter 77

Pavel Kohout Card/Charter 77

Yazd, come along with the free world and walk with us!

 

Charter for Iran freedom movement

Mousavi is working on a charter for freedom. I wonder if he is looking at the good old Declaration of Independence, 233 years old and going strong.

This could be a powerful development for freedom in Iran. It also reminds me of Charter 77 in Czechoslovakia before the fall of communism.

“We are drafting a charter that transcends political groups and fronts,” Mousavi said in a meeting with Iranian journalists. “It seeks to present a unified face of the people joined in the Green Movement and enable them to strengthen their unity.”

Link to story.

Building unity and organizing many groups into one movement is good. A charter will be a good teaching tool to effect this unity.

Iran: Musavi Says Green Movement Charter In The Works
By Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL

Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Musavi has said he is working on the charter of a new political front that would lay the groundwork for a large-scale social movement.

So many people wonder where PersianKiwi went, but if the Kiwi is off somewhere organizing based on this charter process, it will lead to a good outcome for freedom in Iran.