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Rumi - Quotes
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
― Rumi

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.”
― Rumi

“If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?”
― Rumi

“The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was.
Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.”
― Rumi

“What you seek is seeking you.”
― Rumi

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
― Rumi

“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.”
― Rumi

“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”
― Rumi

“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”
― Rumi

“Dance, when you're broken open. Dance, if you've torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you're perfectly free.”
― Rumi

“When I am with you, we stay up all night.
When you're not here, I can't go to sleep.
Praise God for those two insomnias!
And the difference between them.”
― Rumi

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”
― Rumi

“Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.”
― Rumi
“Knock, And He'll open the door
Vanish, And He'll make you shine like the sun
Fall, And He'll raise you to the heavens
Become nothing, And He'll turn you into everything.”
― Rumi

“Forget safety.
Live where you fear to live. Destroy your
reputation. Be notorious.”
― Rumi

“My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there.”
― Rumi

“In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.”
― Rumi

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Caveat emptor: Buyers beware the real price of oil deals with Iran
A friendly warning to energy giants Royal Dutch Shell, TOTAL, and all others contemplating business with Khamenei’s illegitimate regime: Stop financing our oppressors!
By Freydoon Khoie

Free enterprise and liberal markets are, arguably, the most productive and efficient mechanisms for mankind to prosper materially. Profit-making and its concomitant, risk-taking, are potent incentives to work harder, faster and better than one’s competitors. It fosters the spark of creative competition that drives innovation and, ultimately, delivers greater choice and prices for the consumer.

However, any transaction comes at a price that is measured in more than financial terms. There are tough moral choices made in business and commerce every day. Knowingly trading with despots, tyrants and violent oppressors of the weak and destitute tarnishes the trader with the same sinister reputation as the regime with which he trades. Making money from other people’s misery is manifestly immoral.

Thus, after 34 years of desperate struggle, the people of Iran have a stern warning for all foreign companies seeking to do business with the Khamnei’s regime: caveat emptor (or ‘buyer beware’). In our courageous battle for individual liberty, the separation of religion from the state, a free market economy, quality education, accessible and quality healthcare, a fair and impartial rule of law and a civil society free from the corroding effects of insidious corruption, the long suffering people of Iran demanding nothing less.

Bolstered by the uncompromising U.S. led economic sanctions in steadfast defence of the above-cherished principles, Khamenei’s regime has been driven to its knees. So much so that it is now humiliatingly begging for respite from the sanctions imposed by the members of the international community in its conniving offer of moderation.

Unless we want to see a devastating civil war in Iran, this opportunity should not be squandered and the leaders of the 5+1 should announce - in no uncertain terms - that Khamenei’s regime must take up fundamental reforms that will include but not limited to a free, fair and internationally observed national referendum on the type of political system that the people of Iran want which will allow the people of Iran to build a secular and liberal democratic political system.

Release of all political prisoners and the prisoners of conscience. Freedom of all political parties to openly and freely to hold meetings and to form their political parties. Freedom of all trade unions and teacher’s union and other civil societies which has been brutally repressed for 34 years.

Now, Khamenei, who is fully aware of these harsh political realities, by way of subterfuge and political skulduggery, has secretly offered oil concessions and other incentives in return for easing the back-breaking economic sanctions. Anglo-Dutch giant Royal Dutch Shell and TOTAL of France have announced that they are considering these concessions. All well and good for their already enormous balance sheets.

But both companies would be wise to heed this advice: dealing with Khamenei’s evil regime will not be sustainable. It will have a devastating backlash for these companies in terms of popular resentment against them, serious and lasting reputational damage with huge associated costs. Ultimately, the price they pay for these concessions will be one not worth paying at all.

Foreign energy companies, it’s true, have a huge amount of influence right now to help deliver meaningful change in Iran. They even profess to work towards such principles in each country they invest time, CAPITAL and resources.

Generating net cash of $46BN from operating activities and a profit of $27BN in 2012, the Amsterdam, London and New York-listed Royal Dutch Shell can flex serious political muscle in its trade negotiations with Iran. According to its own corporate mandate for ‘Respecting Human Rights’, Royal Dutch Shell:

‘Has been actively contributing to the dialogue on business and human rights since it became more explicit around 15 years ago. We have gained a solid understanding of society’s expectations, using this to help build and refine our approach. While it is the duty of governments to protect human rights, business has a distinct and complementary responsibility to respect them, say the 2011 UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. We integrate human rights into our own general business principles and code of conduct, which govern the way in which we do business.’

Article 4 of its ‘Shell Supplier Principles’ even states that ‘contractors and suppliers conduct their activities in a manner that respects human rights as set out in the UN Declaration of Human Rights and the core conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO).’

The Article goes on to specify that contractors and suppliers should respect freedom of association and collective bargaining, and not tolerate discrimination, harassment or retaliation and should provide a safe, secure and healthy workplace.’

How, one wonders, could Royal Dutch Shell possibly square these cherished principles with dealing with a despotic regime that systematically harasses and imprisons workers, pays staff working in state-run energy concerns a pittance and denies the very freedoms of association and assembly that Shell vows to cherish?

Meanwhile, Paris and New York-listed Total of France (2012 revenues €200BN; profits €12.4BN) trumpets its own respect for human rights in the countries in which in conducts business. In December 2008, on the sixtieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, TOTAL CEO Christophe de Margerie stated that:

‘Support for human rights is an absolute imperative for any socially responsible company. Respect for human rights must inform and guide the way we treat our employees, contractors and stakeholders at all times; it creates an obligation of vigilance on behalf of our host communities, especially in countries where human rights are not fully upheld [emphasis added].’

Later, In October 2010, de Margerie reiterated TOTAL’s commitment to an absolute respect for human rights in front of a hundred of worldwide business managers during the International Business Consultation, organized at the headquarters of the Medef in Paris by Professor John Ruggie, the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General on Human Rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises.

Like all serious, lucrative contracts, strict terms and conditions can be inserted and then negotiated over by these behemoths of the global oil industry. These oil buyers are today in an historic position of strength; whereas the despots selling Iran’s oil are in an unprecedented position of weakness.

This buyers’ market trade imbalance offers the oil companies a unique opportunity to link any oil purchase deal to real progress on human rights in Iran. By first demanding fundamental reforms and unconditional respect for human rights, true freedom and democratic principles underpinning a new Iran, the Western oil companies will, for the first time, be acting in the interests of not just their own shareholders and corporate ambitions, but for the people of Iran as their host countries as well.

Doing business with Khamenei’s brutal regime is considered by the people of Iran as doing business with their enemy. And just like any other historical transgression it will not be redeemed without a huge cost being paid by the transgressors. So my unequivocal message to the oil majors eyeing up juicy energy deals in Iran is: If you want our business on a long term basis, stop feeding our oppressors!

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