Following an appeal from LabourStart and Education International on the 26 November many trade unionists throughout the world sent protest emails to the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran protesting against Farzad Kamangar's imminent execution. Those writing to Ayatollah Khamenei included Brendan Barber, the General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (in Britain).
According to Education International, the international teachers' federation, he was taken from his cell in Tehran's Evin prison on 26 November in preparation for execution. The guards told him he was about to be executed and made fun of him, calling him a martyr.
Five years ago the USA and Britain invaded Iraq. They lied that it was because Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Really they were just going in to steal Iraq’s oil. They killed a million people, but they said Saddam was a dictator, which was true. They were going to set the Iraqi people free.
So what are we to think when we hear that 8 Iraqi trade union leaders are to be transferred from Basra to Baghdad. Their crime? They oppose the law that passes Iraq’s oil over to the greedy hands of the foreign multinationals. Their lives are at risk. Iraq, and specially Baghdad, is a cauldron.