i received the following message:
This morning I received news that jailed Iranian teacher union activist
Farzad Kamangar may be hanged within the next few hours.

According to the Education International, he has been taken from his
cell in Tehran's Evin prison in preparation for execution. The guards
have told him he is about to be executed and they are making fun of him,
calling him a martyr.

We need your help and we need it right now.

Send off your message to the Iranian president:


Pass on the this message to everyone you know who might support this


As you may be aware, LabourStart was offline for most of Wednesday and
Thursday this week.

This was due to a decision by our web hosting company to move
LabourStart to an 'auxiliary server' which effectively shut us down.

This decision of theirs followed a huge surge in traffic when we
launched our appeal in support of Iranian Kurdish teacher Farzad
Kamangar on Wednesday.

It took six phone calls, countless emails, and nearly 36 hours to
convince them to put LabourStart back online.

Obviously, we're going to need a better web hosting company. We're
working on this right now.

Meanwhile, it turns out that Farzad was not hanged as we feared. That's
the good news. But he is still under sentence of death.

We've been asked by the Education International to continue with the

We've modified the text slightly but it is essentially the same campaign
as before.

If you have not already sent a message, please do go here:


The Education International has its own online campaign - feel free to
participate in it as well:


Finally, individual messages can be sent by email to President
Ahmadinejad: dr-ahmadinejad@president.ir

Meanwhile, the IUF has launched an interesting online campaign in
support of workers at the Pearl Continental Karachi Hotel in Pakistan.
Workers at that hotel have been fighting for over 7 years against
sackings, harassment, violence and imprisonment to have their union

The owners of the hotel are participating in the BBC's online World
Challenge competition. The World Challenge awards enterprises working
"responsibly" at "grassroots level" to "make a difference." To learn
more and to send off your protest to the competition judges, go here:



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