Monday, 24 September 2007

Leading Iranian dissident's open letter to UN Secretary-General

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Akbar Ganji, Iran's leading dissident, has written an open letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemning both the United States' aggressive stance towards his country, as well as Iran's repressive internal politics. He writes that "the US can best help by promoting a just peace between the Palestinians and Israelis. . . A just resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the establishment of a Palestinian state would inflict the heaviest blow on the forces of fundamentalism and terrorism in the Middle East".

The letter, timed to coincide with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to the UN in New York, is endorsed by over 300 public intellectuals and writers. Notable signatories include Charles Taylor, Noam Chomsky, JM Coetzee, Seamus Heaney, Eric Hobsbawm and Slavoj Zizek.