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Gender Apartheid and the Future of Iran: A Conversation with Alinejad and Mohammed (Episode #370)

Sam Harris2024-06-06
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Sam Harris discusses his new Substack venture, emphasizing accessibility and free subscriptions. The discussion delves into Iranian gender apartheid, oppression, and activism against the Islamic Republic. The speaker criticizes Western inaction against the regime and calls for support and unity to combat authoritarianism. The conversation highlights struggles faced by women in Iran, the need for a clear US strategy, and the dangers posed by the Islamic Republic's influence. Mony's campaign against compulsory veiling and gender apartheid is emphasized, urging support and proper journalism to address these issues and promote unity against oppression.

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Sam Harris discusses his new Substack venture and his plans for writing, engaging with current events, and supporting other writers.
Harris emphasizes his commitment to accessibility by offering free subscriptions to those facing financial stress.
He addresses concerns about subscription pricing and clarifies his digital business model to remove financial barriers for subscribers.
Harris plans to experiment with live video streaming and encourages open communication with customer support for a positive experience for all followers.
The speaker discusses offering content for free without relying on ads.
He receives hundreds of free requests daily and has a team of customer service agents servicing free accounts.
Explains the luxury of giving work away for free and the rational fear of content creators not following this model.
The audience supports his work by understanding the policy, allowing him to explore creatively without pressure.
The topic of the podcast is gender apartheid with guest Yasmin Muhammad, founder of a mental health charity for freethinkers in Muslim-majority countries.
My Stealthy Freedom Campaign challenges the Islamic Republic of Iran and becomes the largest Civil Disobedience movement in the country's history.
The movement aims to end gender apartheid in Iran and Afghanistan.
Discussion topics include the Iranian Revolution, hypocrisy of Western feminists, morality police, hijab, kidnapping, assassination plots, lack of action from the US government, and sanctions.
Iranian government's direct attacks on foreign countries and dissidents.
Brainwashing tactics used by the Islamic Republic to instill hatred towards America and Israel in Iranian citizens.
Distinction between Iranian people and the Islamic Republic, with many citizens not supporting the regime.
Speaker's family members suffered repercussions for her activism, showing the regime's oppressive nature.
Loss of support for the regime even among former backers.
Reflections on the impact of the Islamic Revolution in Iran.
Loss of political and social freedoms after the revolution.
Oppression faced by women and minorities under the new regime.
Personal journey of launching a revolution against societal changes.
Parallels drawn between historical political alliances and current global trends.
Critique of the oppressive regime in Iran and advocacy for women's rights.
Discussion of killings and disappearances of regime opponents in Iran, particularly those who oppose compulsory hijab laws.
Backlash faced from the Islamic Republic and leftists defending hijab as cultural, rather than oppressive.
Criticism of Western activists who view hijab as empowering, emphasizing the importance of supporting Iranian women's fight against oppression.
Speaker's Advocacy at Women's March
The speaker passionately advocates for women's rights and protests against oppression in Iran.
She criticizes individuals who claim to support women's empowerment but ignore the atrocities faced by Iranian women.
The speaker questions the feminist beliefs and moral intelligence of those who adopt symbols of oppression in Iran.
Emphasizes the importance of standing against terrorist regimes and supporting the victims of oppression.
Oppression faced by women in Iran due to compulsory veiling and enforcement of wearing hijab.
Wearing hijab is viewed as a tool of oppression and a symbol of gender apartheid.
Iranian teenagers show defiance by rejecting compulsory hijab and displaying middle fingers to cameras.
Argument against hijab enforcement challenges the idea of it being a cultural requirement, highlighting its association with a religious dictatorship and gender-based discrimination.
The Islamic Republic's use of hijab as a tool for controlling society through women is criticized.
Western women are called out for not understanding the visible oppression of hijab and prioritizing political agendas over human rights.
Democrats are criticized for not advocating for oppressed women in Afghanistan and Iran due to political interests.
The Iranian regime is accused of targeting dissidents and activists globally through kidnapping and assassination plots.
Despite being targeted, solidarity and support against transnational repression from the Islamic Republic is emphasized.
Frustration with lack of support in condemning violence and assassination plots.
Deterrence against Iran has failed, and the US is hesitant to take strong action.
Call for true leadership from the US to address threats from the Islamic Republic.
Iranians feel let down by the government's perceived support of the regime.
Questioning government priorities and referencing a controversial deal and mocking political figures.
Criticism of US inaction during Iranian protests.
Need for clear Iran strategy from US to support regime change.
Ineffectiveness of sanctions in deterring Iran's behavior, with examples of sanctions bypassing.
Call for stronger actions against Revolutionary Guards.
Emphasis on unity among democratic countries to counter authoritarian regimes.
Negotiating with Iran for the release of hostages may not be effective.
Pressure and downgrading diplomatic relations with hostage takers could be more successful in ending hostage situations.
The people of Iran want the regime dissolved, but face challenges due to lack of arms and powerful countries negotiating with Iran.
Concerns about Western governments collaborating with Iranian regime figures like Ibrahim R, known for violence against civilians.
Speaker highlights the unique history and differences between Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran.
The oppressive regime in Iran is emphasized, particularly the treatment of women as second-class citizens.
Speaker expresses relief at the death of a certain individual and recounts a personal interaction with a feminist figure in Iran.
Despite facing backlash, the speaker admires the strength of the woman and refuses to publish a photo out of respect for her reputation.
Support for Theocracy in Iran and Palestinians.
High levels of support for Hamas and suicide bombings among Palestinians are discussed.
Speaker questions the extent of theocratic support in Iran and the differences between Persian and Arab cultures.
Progressive views of the younger generation in Iran who are against both the Islamic Republic and Islam due to years of oppression are highlighted.
The uniqueness of Iranians in retaining their Persian core despite colonization is noted.
Emphasis on cultural identity of Egyptians and Iranians, with focus on Arab and Persian differences.
Importance of recognizing and preserving cultural roots highlighted.
Clarification on confusion surrounding jihadism in Western audiences, contrasted with clarity among Persian Jews due to historical oppression by the Islamic Republic.
Support and understanding received from Persian Jews in advocacy against the Iranian regime.
Insights into struggles faced by minority groups under the Islamic regime and the need to change the narrative in the West.
Lack of condemnation for rape in Western and Jewish media contrasted with reactions in Iran.
Victims of rape feel betrayed when support is lacking from human rights organizations and activists.
Concern over the empowerment of the Islamic Republic due to lack of response, potentially endangering democracy and youth mindset in the West.
Emphasis on the need for better understanding of the morale boost given to terrorists and their supporters, especially in the age of social media.
Rise of extremism in Western Europe due to immigration policies failure.
Influx of Islamists and jihadists in England leading to security concerns.
High-ranking members of Revolutionary Guards granted visas in Canada without background checks, posing security risks.
Immigration loopholes and vetting processes need to be addressed in the US to prevent potential threats.
Former Iranian officials with questionable backgrounds are teaching at universities in the US.
Mavan, who was part of the nuclear negotiation team, is accused of supporting Hamas and is teaching at Harvard University.
Calls have been made for Mavan's removal from Harvard due to his alleged ties to terrorist organizations.
Concerns have been raised about individuals with connections to the Iranian government being welcomed in Western media outlets.
There is a need for investigative journalism to expose these connections and prevent the normalization of terrorist ideologies.
Influence of the Islamic Republic in the US and UN and the call for action against gender apartheid.
Advocating for change is challenging due to regime lobbyists and political influence.
Global support is needed to expand laws against apartheid and hold oppressive regimes accountable in the International Court.
Personal experiences shared about facing backlash and accusations as a journalist in Iran.
The message calls for united efforts to combat oppressive regimes and promote justice.
Using platform to amplify the voice of voiceless people and facing attacks from organizations spreading misinformation.
Highlighting challenges of fighting against the Islamic Republic and calling for unity.
Mentioning a humanitarian lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize winner advocating for women's rights.
Urging for international support to address gender apartheid in Iran.
Criticizing the lack of effective messaging in the space.
Mony's campaign against compulsory veiling and gender apartheid in Iran and Afghanistan.
The initiative 'United against gender apartheid' gathers testimonies from women to shed light on their experiences under oppressive regimes.
Listeners are urged to support Mony's work through the website 'stealyfreedom.org'.
Proper journalism is called for to bring awareness to these issues and combat misinformation.
The conversation concludes with a message of strength and unity in the face of adversity.