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Great Britain in the XXIst century: bombs to Iraq, lesbians to Iran March 7, 2008

Posted by dorigo in news, politics, religion.
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Do you remember Pegah Emambakhsh, the woman who sought asylum in Great Britain, and who risked to be deported to Iran last August ? Her asylum request has been turned down, and she is now facing a bigger threat of being sent back than last time, when her departure was prevented by a strong popular reaction.

The news on Pegah have been reported by the Independent, which had written yesterday about Mehdi Kazemi, a gay man now detained in the Netherlands and who risks the same fate after extradition to Great Britain- and a certain death in Iran, which does not tolerate sodomy: Iran already murdered the lover of Mehdi in 2006. 

A petition by more than 60 parliament members has been sent to prime minister Gordon Brown in support of Mehdi. In the meantime, gay activists note that there are tens of homosexuals in Great Britain who risk deportation to Iran.

From the article by the Independent:

In turning down Ms Emambakhsh and Mr Kazemi’s asylum applications, the Home Office has said that, provided Iranians are discreet about their homosexuality, they will not be persecuted. But Omar Kuddus, of Gay Asylum UK, demanded that Britain follow the example of the Netherlands and Germany in imposing a moratorium on all deportations involving gay and lesbian Iranians. He asked: “How many more young Iranians have to die before the British Government takes action?”

The chief executive of the Border and Immigration Agency, Lin Homer, said: “Our country guidance for such cases is published and is considered as amongst the best in the world. We have expert case workers who make decisions on such cases and there are further avenues through the courts. When and if a court decides that we should look at a case again we will do that.”

Well said mr Homer! If there are experts working on the case, we can all sleep tight. If we are eterosexuals. Great Britain will always do the right thing: its foreign policy with middle east countries is fair and balanced. Bombs to Iraq, gay refugees to Iran.

Comments

1. Giulio - March 8, 2008

Off-topic. Dorigo, do you know the exact references for the popularizing papers listed here:
http://xoomer.alice.it/llpassal/links.html

In particular, the one by Veneziano should be Chapter
3.6.3 of some book ( CERN lecture notes? ). Do you know which book?

Thanks for the help,
Giulio

2. Luboš Motl - March 8, 2008

You should try to remember the old times when the Romans were the dignified citizens of a cultural empire and the British were barbarians – and not in the other way as it is today – and learn how to spell Britain in your title.😉

3. dorigo - March 8, 2008

Whoa! Thanks for the correction. …Imagine how many illiterates I am now directing here through foul google searches now… It happened with “Steven Hawking” in the past!

Cheers,
T.

4. dorigo - March 8, 2008

Hi Giulio,
give me some time and I will look into it next Monday.
Cheers,
T.

5. Luboš Motl - March 8, 2008

Dear Tommaso, you are by far the #1 hit for Great Bretain at Google because the filename won’t change by the fix.😉 I am less sure that there are too many people who spell it the same way you do.

6. dorigo - March 8, 2008

🙂 I could delete the post and repost it, but that’s just too much work.
Cheers,
T.
PS your site is hostile to my micro$oft explorer. Can you fix that ?

7. Luboš Motl - March 9, 2008

You would also lose and break previous links that already point to your article if something like that ever exists in your case.

I am not a dictator and I allow the website to have any friends it wants. If you or your browsers are not among its friends, its an internal affair of two of you that I am not going to solve in any way.

The website is friendly to my MSIE 7 as well Firefox 2 and 3 and Safari. Also, everyone should be able to read e.g. http://motls.blogspot.com/atom.xml – a minimalistic feed version of the website.

8. Louise - March 10, 2008

Your posts on Pegah’s case are appreciated. Experience is that Great Britain often turns the wrong people out. (Those people who ganged up on you for “sexist” comments didn’t show up at the Dark Matter conference, even though it was just a subway ride from Pasadena.)

9. dorigo - March 10, 2008

Ok Lubos, I will turn to your atom instead.

Louise, let’s see who will be at the PPC conference in Albuquerque then… One of the more vocal accusers is in the advisory committee there.

Cheers,
T.

10. dorigo - March 10, 2008

Hi again Giulio,

nice collection of links… I am afraid I have no input for you yet, but I will ask around. This is not something I can solve in a minute!

Cheers,
T.

11. Giulio - March 11, 2008

Hi dorigo. Thanks for the help.

I asked you about that collection of papers because you are one of the author linked. But it’s just curiosity (in particular, about the existence of a book by Veneziano in Italian, that sounds strange). Don’t mind if you don’t find this information.

Regards,
Giulio

12. paul canning - March 12, 2008

Hi

many thanks for covering this. You can find more about the Urgent appeal for Mehdi Kazem here > http://paulcanning.blogspot.com/2008/03/urgent-appeal-mehdi-kazemi-please-help.html

and updates about the case here > http://paulcanning.blogspot.com/2008/02/update-iranian-gay-deportee-mehdi.html

cheers

Paul Canning

13. Pio - August 22, 2008

scusa Tommaso ho letto per caso questa richiesa di Giulio:

1. Giulio – March 8, 2008
Off-topic. Dorigo, do you know the exact references for the popularizing papers listed here:
http://xoomer.alice.it/llpassal/links.html

In particular, the one by Veneziano should be Chapter
3.6.3 of some book ( CERN lecture notes? ). Do you know which book?

Thanks for the help,
Giulio

4. dorigo – March 8, 2008
Hi Giulio,
give me some time and I will look into it next Monday.
Cheers,
T.

So la fonte! :

Author : Menzinger, F.
Title : L’Italia al CERN. Le ragioni di un successo
Menzinger, F.
Publisher : INFN, Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati 1995.

saluti
Pio P.

14. dorigo - August 22, 2008

thank you Pio! I had not found anything with a quick search, and then forgot about the matter.

T.


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