• 23 July 2009
  • Posted By Ali Delforoush
  • Events in Iran, Human Rights in Iran, Iran Election 2009

Masoud Dehnamaki

According to Kodoom, Masoud Dehnamaki co-founder of Ansar-e Hezbollah has indicated that “today’s leadership has distanced itself from the path of the Imam [Khomeini]”. Dehnamaki who was once a staunch supporter of the establishment, has recently voiced his disapproval of the Iranian leadership.

“Members of this government should rely on the rule of law and not put their eggs in one basket. This government came into power by making claims against others for being corrupt, however they themselves have committed acts of corruption. And since there is no credibility and accountability for his government, corruption will remain.”

Dehnamaki quoted Ayatollah Khomeini by stating: “whoever makes money manipulating religion is a fox”. This is a small segment of Khomeini’s famous quote which was:

“There are six types of people: lions, wolves, foxes, dogs, pigs and sheep. It is the foxes that make a living through using and manipulating religion, what appears on their lips is not what is in their hearts.”

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    One Response to “Former Ansar-e Hezbollah Founder Criticizes the Iranian Leadership”

  1. ahmad says:

    سلام برکسانیکه خودرا پرچمدار اسلام میداند ولی رفتار واعمالشان مانند ابو سفیان هست .
    شما باید اول گوش کنی که من چه میگویم در دوران خاتمی بدبخت تو وشمر هایتو آنقدر سنگ جلو پای آن بد بخت انداختی که مردم فکر کردند ان ها کافرند وتو اعمال شیطانیت پرچمدار واقعی اسلام وانقلاب هستی غافل از اینکه تو دنبال چیزی دیگه هستی قدرت و ثروت وزور گویی ویکه تازی .
    مردم شاید با رفتار وکردار شما فریب بخورد ولی یک کسی آن بالا هست که هرگز فریب نمیخورد ولی تو خیلی غافلی مانند امر یاس و معاویه و…………
    دوست عزیز من بخدا قسم نه خاتمی را از نزدیک دیدم ونه هیچ بالا مقام دیگر را فقط یک مخلص امام هستم وبس چون عاشقانه آن مرد خدارا دوست داشتم ودارم شاید دنبال منبگردی که سرمرا ببری مطمین باش کاری سخت نیست چون من فقط خوستم بتو گوشزد کنم که این ره که تو میروی بتر کستان هست چون تاریخ پر است اامثال توو شریعت مداری که یک روز عبرت دیگران شدند مانند صدام ملعون وبوش و…….
    در زمان خاتمی تو ونوکرانت مجالس ماهی سفت را بهم میزدی چون منکرات بود ولی حالا ازتلویزون ملی پخش میشود با همان شکل حتی بدتر ولی شما خیال تان نیست چون آن چیزی که میخواستین رسیدید قدرت پول زور گویی خالا از اسلام ومنکرات خبری نیست قربان شوم خدارا یک بام ودو هوارا
    مطمین باش که خداوند شاهد تمام کارهای تو وان شریعت مداری و……. هست حالا تمام این کاهای که بعد از انتخابات صورت گرفت توسط تو اعمال تو صورت گرفت ولی آن سید مظلوم را زیر فشار گرفتید که چون یار امام هست
    تابکی از اسلام و ولایت فقیه سو استفاده میکنید زود هست که دست های شما باز خواهد شد انشاالله

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Tell Google: Stop playing Persian Gulf name games!

May 14, 2012
Larry Page
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Dear Mr. Page:

It has come to our attention that Google has begun omitting the title of the Persian Gulf from its Google Maps application. This is a disconcerting development given the undisputed historic and geographic precedent of the name Persian Gulf, and the more recent history of opening up the name to political, ethnic, and territorial disputes. However unintentionally, in adopting this practice, Google is participating in a dangerous effort to foment tensions and ethnic divisions in the Middle East by politicizing the region’s geographic nomenclature. Members of the Iranian-American community are overwhelmingly opposed to such efforts, particularly at a time when regional tensions already have been pushed to the brink and threaten to spill over into conflict. As the largest grassroots organization in the Iranian-American community, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) calls on Google to not allow its products to become propaganda tools and to immediately reinstate the historically accurate, apolitical title of “Persian Gulf” in all of its informational products, including Google Maps.

Historically, the name “Persian Gulf” is undisputed. The Greek geographer and astronomer Ptolemy referencing in his writings the “Aquarius Persico.” The Romans referred to the "Mare Persicum." The Arabs historically call the body of water, "Bahr al-Farsia." The legal precedent of this nomenclature is also indisputable, with both the United Nations and the United States Board of Geographic Names confirming the sole legitimacy of the term “Persian Gulf.” Agreement on this matter has also been codified by the signatures of all six bordering Arab countries on United Nations directives declaring this body of water to be the Persian Gulf.

But in the past century, and particularly at times of escalating tensions, there have been efforts to exploit the name of the Persian Gulf as a political tool to foment ethnic division. From colonial interests to Arab interests to Iranian interests, the opening of debate regarding the name of the Persian Gulf has been a recent phenomenon that has been exploited for political gain by all sides. Google should not enable these politicized efforts.

In the 1930s, British adviser to Bahrain Sir Charles Belgrave proposed to rename the Persian Gulf, “Arabian Gulf,” a proposal that was rejected by the British Colonial and Foreign offices. Two decades later, the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company resurrected the term during its dispute with Mohammad Mossadegh, the Iranian Prime Minister whose battle with British oil interests would end in a U.S.-sponsored coup d'état that continues to haunt U.S.-Iran relations. In the 1960s, the title “Arabian Gulf” became central to propaganda efforts during the Pan-Arabism era aimed at exploiting ethnic divisions in the region to unite Arabs against non-Arabs, namely Iranians and Israelis. The term was later employed by Saddam Hussein to justify his aims at territorial expansion. Osama Bin Laden even adopted the phrase in an attempt to rally Arab populations by emphasizing ethnic rivalries in the Middle East.

We have serious concerns that Google is now playing into these efforts of geographic politicization. Unfortunately, this is not the first time Google has stirred controversy on this topic. In 2008, Google Earth began including the term “Arabian Gulf” in addition to Persian Gulf as the name for the body of water. NIAC and others called on you then to stop using this ethnically divisive propaganda term, but to no avail. Instead of following the example of organizations like the National Geographic Society, which in 2004 used term “Arabian Gulf” in its maps but recognized the error and corrected it, Google has apparently decided to allow its informational products to become politicized.

Google should rectify this situation and immediately include the proper name for the Persian Gulf in Google Maps and all of its informational products. The exclusion of the title of the Persian Gulf diminishes your applications as informational tools, and raises questions about the integrity and accuracy of information provided by Google.

We strongly urge you to stay true to Google’s mission – “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful” – without distorting or politicizing that information. We look forward to an explanation from you regarding the recent removal of the Persian Gulf name from Google Maps and call on you to immediately correct this mistake.



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