on Iran

police shoot into protest crowds
Woman! Life! Freedom!


n.b. Forty days of mourning for Mahsa Amini has become a rolling wave of grief as other innocent school children (girls and boys alike) have been murdered by the authorities, with others who have committed the capital crime of calling out the repression of a brutal theocracy.

CLP 27/10/2022

on music

never walk alone
with hope in your hearts
Iranian blues

n.b. Music-maker, Shervin Hajipour; poet, Mona Borzoi; footballer, Hossain Mahini; all arrested for voicing protest at the death in police custody of Mahsa Amini.

Mahsa had been arrested for failing to meet the strict dress code for women in Iran. She died three days after being taken from her family on their way to visit relatives in Tehran. She had been beaten on being taken into a police van, witnesses reported.

A song ‘Baraye’, released on social media comprising words from the voices crying out at this murder, is integral to the continuing protests. Change has got to come and music keeps the flame of hope alive.

You can hear it here. Every word has been taken from social media messages of protest beginning with “because…”


It’s worth under three minutes listening time. As of today’s date, 92 lives have been lost in the three weeks of protests.

CLP 04/10/2022

on Ukraine

Pavel Filaytyev
soldier of Russia, can't see
justice in this war


n.b. Listen for the voices. As with Vietnam, protests from the occupying nation will help end this dread-filled war.

CLP 18/08/2022

on Ukraine

aggressors, listen
"War is horror, blood and shame."
there's no victory


n.b. Marina Ovsyannikova put it as plainly as possible, speaking in court, when also pointing out that charges against her for allegedly discrediting the Russian armed forces are “absurd”.

It seems to me that the Russian military’s very actions discredit it themselves.

CLP 28/07/2022