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The Islamic Republic: Hate and fear in Iran


By: Nir Boms and Shayan Arya

Iran appears to have its own version of “fool’s day.” Earlier this month, the Islamic regime celebrated April 1st day by commemorating the referendum that established the Islamic regime in Iran 32 years ago.

A 1979 referendum indeed took place although it is clear that very few Iranians knew at the time what they were precisely voting for. Thirty two years later, there is little doubt about what an Islamic regime means – but a referendum that might reverse course is nowhere near the Iranian horizon. For 32 years, it was the language  of hate, intimidation and fear that replaced that of the ballots. But votes can be cast in different ways and in Iran, like in other places in the Middle East, the people are speaking again.

The republic of fear is omnipresent in Iran, and it’s holy enough to go just about everywhere. Mr. Mir Ismail Moussavi, the father of Mir Hussein Moussavi, one of the prominent reformist and green movement leaders, died last week at the age the 103. His funeral became yet another opportunity for the Islamic regime to punish his prominent son who is under house arrest along with his family. Moussavi’s body was forcefully taken away from his family by security forces on its way to the cemetery while mourners and family members who protested were beaten. Mir Ismail was a cousin and a colleague of the Supreme leader of the Islamic regime Ayatollah Khamenei – but pedigree, it seems, makes little difference these days.

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“République” Islamique : la haine et la peur en IranTraduit de l’anglais par Sandra Ores


Par Nir Boms et Shayan Arya


Il semble que l’Iran possède sa propre version des gags du 1er avril. C’est le 1er avril dernier, en effet, que le régime islamique a commémoré le référendum qui a consacré la prise du pouvoir par les khomeynistes, il y a 32 ans de cela.

En 1979, un référendum s’est effectivement déroulé, même s’il semble clair que très peu d’Iraniens étaient, en cette occasion, conscients du sujet sur lequel ils se prononçaient. Trente-deux ans plus tard, le doute n’existe plus quant à la nature d’un régime islamique, mais on ne voit nul signe avant-coureur, à l’horizon, d’un nouveau référendum qui pourrait infirmer le précédent.

Pendant 32 ans, en effet, c’est le langage de la haine, de l’intimidation et de la peur qui a remplacé celui des urnes. Reste qu’en Iran, comme dans d’autres lieux du Moyen-Orient, lorsqu’exprimer sa volonté par un vote devient impossible, on trouve des voies différentes pour la faire entendre.



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Iranian hostage-takers attack

Nir Boms and Shayan Arya,

Washington Times

Andre Maurois once said, “If you create an act, you create a habit. If you create a habit, you create a character. If you create a character, you create a destiny.” So seems to be the case with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Last week, the friends and families of Hane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal – three University of California at Berkeley students who ended up hiking on the wrong mountain – did the Google-era thingto mobilize support for the hikers’ release – they released a YouTube video. The three students, caught on July 21, were accused of spying and are being held hostage along with hundreds of other political prisoners who could perhaps be used as a future negotiation card. While the students’ parents are responding in a 21st-century way, the hostage-taking tactic is an old tradition in the Islamic republic.

On Nov. 4, 1979, less than a year after the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Islamic militants stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking 70 Americans captive, 52 of whom were kept for 444 days. The goal of the hostage-takers was to prevent American intervention in the Islamic regime’s internal affairs and the return of the late Shah of Iran, who was in America for cancer treatment. Continue reading