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SIGN ON to HANDS OFF IRAN statement responding to the upcoming 5+1 talks on Iran's nuclear development / also in Spanish and Farsi

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SIGN ON to IRAN statement responding to the upcoming 5+1 talks on Iran's nuclear development -- supported by the IAC and Ramsey Clark

International support is growing for the legitimate rights of the Iranian people

Support of the legal and legitimate rights of the Iranian people for self-determination and sovereignty is growing as the new round of negotiations with Iran and the countries of 5+1 i.e. US, UK, France, Russia, China plus Germany is set for February 26th in Kazakhstan. A statement demanding the immediate lifting of sanctions and an end to war threats on Iran, which was drafted by SI Solidarity with Iran and initially endorsed by Ramsey Clark and the International Action Center, has gained the support of many known antiwar activists.

The text of the statement which also calls for recognition of the internationally recognized right of the Iranian people to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes as well as a partial list of the petition endorsers are included below.

Take a stand against U.S. war threats and sanctions. Please CLICK HERE to use the form below to add you name in support.


Hands off Iran!

There are two sides in this dispute, one composed of the U.S. and its allies in the European Union who accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons – without presenting even an iota of credible facts or supporting documents – and the other, Iran, which is striving to protect its right to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes based on provisions of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Using an unfounded accusation as a pretext for acts of aggressions, one side of the dispute headed by the US empire is currently punishing the other side, Iran, with the genocidal sanctions, an inhuman act that has endangered the life of 10s of millions of innocent Iranian citizens for their “crime” of deciding to live independent and free from the yoke of hegemonic powers. The excuse for these aggressions is an allegation that has strongly been denied by Iranian officials and international organizations such as the Non-aligned Movement representing 120 countries. Furthermore, the charge against Iran on intending to develop nuclear weapons has even been refuted by the intelligence agencies of the U.S. government itself.

One side to this dispute has continuously shown its imperial arrogance through war crimes in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria and by fully backing the repeated Israeli mass killings of the Palestinian people, and the other, Iran, has not initiated any war against any nation since its people overthrow the US puppet regime of Shah back in 1979. That record matched with the current position of Iran on opposing wars elsewhere in the world indicates the fact that Iran wishes to live in peace with other nations.

Knowing the facts and the real stands of each party to this dispute, all those who love freedom and truth cannot remain silent or impartial in the “negotiations” between these two opposing camps?

In these negotiations one side is the oppressor and the other side is oppressed. One side is after domination, exploitation and plunder and the other side is looking to preserve its right to self-determination and sovereignty. One side represents the privileged interests of the big capitalist forces, which constitute less than 1% of the world’s population, and the other is struggling for peace, independence and justice, causes in common with the interests of the 99ers. For these reasons we side with Iran and we urge all activists in the international peace movement to join us in signing this statement and raising the demands:

  • Lift immediately all sanctions and stop threats of war against Iran.
  • Recognize the right of the Iranian people to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
  • Hands off Iran

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The Hands off Iran statement above is supported by: 

Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, Executive Director SURVIVE Foundation, President of the 63rd Session of UN General Assembly;

Ramsey Clark, human rights attorney, former Attorney General of the United States;

George Galloway, Member of Parliament (MP) for Bradford West, UK, author, journalist, broadcaster,

Cynthia McKinney, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives; U.S. Presidential candidate of Green Party,

Mike Gravel, former member of the U.S. Senate;

Cindy Sheehan, antiwar activist, organizer of Camp Casey, 2012 vice-presidential nominee of Peace and Freedom Party;

Teresa Gutierrez, coordinator of May1 Worker & Immigrant Rights Coalition, deputy secretary general of the International Migrant Alliance;

Sara Flounders, co-director of the International Action Center (IAC); coordinator of StopWarOnIran.org Campaign

Sibel Edmonds, founder of National Security Whistleblowers Coalition – NSWBC;

Art Olivier, former mayor of Bellflower, California, U.S.;

Dr. Franklin Lamb, Director of Americans Concerned for Middle East Peace, volunteer with Palestine Civil Rights Campaign;

Sofia M. Clark, International Campaign for Reinventing the United Nations - Survive Foundation – Managua;

Hamid Shahrabi, Co-director of SI Solidarity with Iran, Research Director of House of Latin America (HOLA)

Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, Research Associate at Center for Research on Globalization (CRG), contributor at Strategic Cultural Foundation (SCF), Moscow;

Stephen Lendman, Research Associate at Center for Research on Globalization (CRG) and Host on the Progressive Radio Network;

Michael Parenti, author, lecturer, advisory boards of Independent Progressive Politics Network and Education Without Borders;

Phil Wilayto, author and a co-founder of the Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality;

Brenda Stokely, co-founder of the Million Worker March Movement, former Pres. of DC 1707 AFSCME - American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees;

Amir Tafreshi, Director of House of Latin America (HOLA);

Ardeshir Ommani, President of American-Iranian Friendship Committee (AIFC);

Eleanor Ommani, antiwar activist and Co-founder of American-Iranian Friendship Committee (AIFC);

Ismael Hossein-zadeh, author, political analyst and Professor Emeritus, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa;

Abdol Soofi, Professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville;

Elizabeth Eslami, Iranian-American author;

Randy Short, member of the Dignity, Human Rights and Peace Organization;

Kazem Azin, SI Solidarity with Iran in the US;

Karen L. Hall, American television writer, received Humanities Prize, Women in Film Luminas Award, seven Emmy Award Nominations;

Rodney Shakespeare, co-founder of the Global Justice Movement, member Christian Council for Monetary Justice;

Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor of Pan-African News Wire, organizer with Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice;

Judy Bello, Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars,

Bishop Filipe Teixeira, OFSJC, Bishop of the Diocese Of Saint Francis of Assisi, Catholic Church of the Americas;

Joe Lombardo, a coordinator of UNAC - United National Antiwar Coalition;

* Hands Off Iran Statement drafted by SI Solidarity with Iran.

Supported by the International Action Center and many others who oppose the sanctions and threats against Iran

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A medida que nos acercamos a una nueva ronda de negociaciones entre los países del G5+1 (EE.UU, Reino Unido, Francia, Rusia, China y Alemania) con Irán para discutir la llamada "cuestión nuclear de Irán", los abajo firmantes exponemos nuestra posición sobre este tema, como sigue:

Hay dos partes en esta disputa, una compuesta por EE.UU. y sus aliados de la Unión Europea, que acusan a Irán de tratar de desarrollar armas nucleares - sin presentar ni un ápice de hechos creíbles y documentos de apoyo - y el otro por Irán, que se esfuerza en proteger su derecho a desarrollar energía nuclear con fines pacíficos sobre la base de las disposiciones de la Agencia Internacional de Energía Atómica (OIEA).

Usando una acusación infundada como pretexto para actos de agresión, uno de los lados de la disputa, encabezada por el imperio de EE.UU. está castigando a la otra parte, Irán, con sanciones genocidas, un acto inhumano que ha puesto en peligro la vida de aproximadamente 10 de millones de inocentes ciudadanos iraníes por su "delito" de tomar la decisión de vivir independiente y libre del yugo de las potencias hegemónicas. La excusa para estas agresiones es una alegación que ha sido fuertemente rechazada por las autoridades iraníes y las organizaciones internacionales tales como el Movimiento de Países No Alineados que representan 120 países. Por otra parte, la acusación contra Irán sobre la intención de desarrollar armas nucleares incluso ha sido refutada por los organismos de inteligentes de los propios Estados Unidos de América.

Una parte de este diferendo ha demostrado continuamente su arrogancia imperial a través de crímenes de guerra en Afganistán, Irak, Libia, y Siria y respalda plenamente los asesinatos masivos repetidos por los israelitas en contra de los palestinos, y el otro, Irán no ha iniciado ninguna guerra en contra de ninguna nación desde que su pueblo derrocó, en 1979 al Sha, un régimen títere de EE.UU. Esta anotación coincide con la posición actual de Irán en oponerse a las guerras en otras partes del mundo, e indica el hecho de que Irán desea vivir en paz con otras naciones.

Teniendo el conocimiento de los hechos y de los planteamientos verídicos de cada parte en la presente contienda, ¿cómo podría un amante de la libertad guardar silencio y ser imparcial frente a las llamadas "negociaciones" entre estos dos opuestos? En estas negociaciones a un lado está el opresor y en el otro lado el oprimido. Un lado desea perseverar la dominación, la explotación y el saqueo y el otro lado está intentando preservar su derecho a la libre determinación y la soberanía. Un lado representa los intereses y privilegiados de las grandes fuerzas capitalistas que constituyen sólo el 1% de la población mundial y el otro está luchando por la paz, la independencia y la justicia, causa común de los 99 restantes. Por lo antes señalado tomamos parte al lado de Irán e instamos a todos los activistas en el movimiento pacifista internacional a unirse a nosotros y firmar la presente petición y demanda:

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UPDATED Feb 23, 2013 9:20 AM
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