I happen to be on the emailing list of Iranian Students Association of University of Ottawa. Today I received an email through them written by one of the students who was extremely concerned about what is happening to students in Iran and wanted to do something about it. He was asking whether something should be done by students abroad to support the students who are fighting for freedom and democracy inside.
Ofcourse I thought this was a wonderful email and replied to him and gave him my thoughts. But this email created a much wider question for me. I went to University of Ottawa for three years and during that time I was always on the mailing list. On numerous occasions I tried to send out emails about students or activists who were arrested or tried to get some sort of campaign going and on ALL occasions the emails were censured by the president of ISAUO and they never let any of my emails go through. They claimed that this was a non-political organization and therefore could not allow such political emails. Ofcourse by censoring me they were promoting their own political agenday. The leadership of ISAUO has changed and at the very least it seems like they are starting allow freedom of speech which is a good start. Whether anyone will reply to the email I recieved today and whether anyone will try to do anything is a whole other question though.
I find it very disturbing that there are so many so called Iranian Student Associations who do not lift a finger to help their country or their people. They claim to be promoting Iranian Culture yet they do not want to or are too afraid to use the real Iranian flag which is the lion and sun. Some of them go so far as to use the Islamic Regime's flag such as the Iranian Student Association in Carleton University in Ottawa.
Ok I can go on forever about these so called independent non political groups, but the main question I have today is why are they so silent?
I have come up with three different possibilities
1. They simply do not care about Iran and what is going on in Iran
2. They are too afraid to do anything because of the threat posed by IRI agents who are VERY MUCH present in Canada especially in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver.
3. They are the creation of IRI. I am betting my money on this one. These groups are extremely large and well funded and once they are in place it is extremely difficult to start up any other Iranain student groups in the University. The existence of these groups keeps other real and independent student groups from forming and from really promoting Iranian culture and people and showing distaste for the IRI.
Now that I started writing it seems like I have a lot more to say so I will write the rest in a separate entry. Cheers for now and I will keep you updated on whether the ISAUO will take any action to support the Iranain students in Iran.
As many of you know December 10th is Human Rights Day, a day to remember freedom fighters not only in Iran but all over the world. I know it is a bit early but I wanted to bring this to everyones attention. Amnesty International will be holding a letter writing marathon on that day and people from all over Canada and many other countries will be writing letters and postcards for/to political prisoners. I will definatly post some actions online for those who would like to perticipate. Also for people who are in Toronto and interested we can all come together and have a letter writing campaign on that day. If interested please send me an email. I will keep you updated.
There is not doubt that IRI is executing dissidents under false pretenses of so called crimes. I wonder how many more young innocent young men and women need to go to their death before the regime is overthrown... the other thing i find quite disturbing is the way Mojaheds are always looking for ways to take advantage of a sad situation and use it to their own benefits. Quite frankly it makes me sick to see this, since when are they the "main" opposition?? Everyone who knows anything about Iranian politics knows that they have no supporters and no place in the heart of the Iranian people!!!
With a smile the young man emerges from a car and swaggers towards the camera, but his balance is off kilter because his hands are tied behind his back and he slips a bit on the grass.
He recovers and bends his gangly body with a laugh, looking for all the world like a teenager making a home video with friends. Another young man follows him, walking stiffly. Someone in a thin grey suit kisses both men on both cheeks and strolls off-camera.
Dozens of people are milling about. A crowd can be seen held back by barriers, but even the guards look relaxed, standing well back from the two with their hands bound. Two rusty cranes on flatbed trucks are parked on the grass, the ropes hanging from each are rough, tangled with knots and the noose at the end looks amateurish - like a random piece of rope washed up on a beach.
Almost casually someone puts the rope round the awkward youth's neck first, then the second, steps back and the cranes pull up the ropes. The second man's body is still, and the camera stays on the taller one until he stops moving, about six minutes.
The film shows the public hanging of Alireza Gorji, 23, and his friend Hossein Makesh, 22, in July in Broudjerd, Iran. According to official versions of the charges, they were put to death because they had behaved 'immorally'. The truth, according to anti-government campaigners, is that the two men were among increasing numbers of political activists being executed by Iran on trumped-up charges.
'Both these men had been involved in anti-government protests in their home town and everyone who watch the hanging knew this,' said a human rights observer in Tehran.
On Tuesday the UN General Assembly condemned Iran for human rights abuses and the video - filmed by a Revolutionary Guard, smuggled out by opposition activists and seen by The Observer - is rare evidence of Iran's efforts to quell dissent. Amnesty International last year documented at least 94 public executions although many more are suspected to take place in secret - in September the authorities told a lawyer for Valliollah Feyz-Mahdavi, 28, that he had died after a suicide attempt in prison. Feyz-Mahdavi had been arrested for membership of Iran's main opposition - the People's Mojahedin Organistation of Iran.
Tehran has now been condemned on more than 50 occasions by the UN for severe human rights violations.
The Broudjerd video has been obtained by an exiled opposition group - the National Council of Resistance of Iran. At the House of Commons on Tuesday, it will be shown to cross-party MPs to encourage the British government to reconsider what the National Council regards as a policy of appeasing the Iranian regime. The group will unveil documents on the execution of more than 20,000 political victims, including evidence for the involvement of President Mohammad Ahmadinejad.
I think the title should be "Islamic Revolution fully relies on basij" Since when is the basij equated withe the Iranian people? So disturbing...
LONDON, November 26 (IranMania) - Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Manouchehr Mottaki said that the Islamic Revolution of Iran is one of the governing systems in the world, which, in addition to religious beliefs, essentially relies on the people, IRNA reported.
According to the ministry's Information and Press Department, he offered congratulations on the occasion of Basij (volunteer forces) Week, and said that the country is based on two principles of Islam and the people.
"The late Imam Khomeini is considered as the only individual who succeeded in forging a link between the two essential axes," he noted.
Touching on people's role in the Islamic Republic of Iran as the code for its survival, he said that Basij helped the Iranians gain global popularity as a nation of resistance.
He underlined the need for preserving Basij's values, and added, "Basij is considered a school of thought which has the essence of the Iranian nation.
We should be proud of being a member of Basij." Commemorating Basij men in different arenas, he appreciated Basij's state and prospects in the Islamic community.
I just heard from my sources who are in direct contact with the three activists who were arrested in Turkey that they have been released. According to my source it was the pressure from letters, emails and faxes that secured the release of these three activists. I would really like to thank everyone who took the time to write/email/fax on behalf of these activists, it really did make a difference.
So all this goes to show that we really can make a difference, even a small act which may seem insignificant to us can be a huge step toward a victory against the IRI. So once again thank you all for helping out and keep up the good work!!
The Canadian Coalition for Democracies is a very productive group that supports democratic movements in different countries including the student momvement in Iran. I encourage everyone to check out their website and get in contact with them, especially if you reside in Canada.
For Immediate ReleaseWednesday, November 22, 2006
Ottawa, Canada - Yesterday's assassination of Lebanese Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel is another example of foreign state terror being used to destabilize Lebanon. Canada must not stand by and allow these vicious criminal actions to succeed.
"Prime Minister Harper understands the importance of democracy to the people of Lebanon," said Francois Hachem, director of the Canadian Coalition for Democracies (CCD). "Today, we are calling on the Prime Minister to take strong action against Hezbollah and Palestinian terrorists within Lebanon as well as their sponsors in Syria and Iran. We must defeat those who use violence and murder, especially against the Christian minority, with the goal of making Lebanon yet another stage for global Islamist terror that threatens all nations including Canada.""Syria has mocked United Nations Security Council Resolution 1559 and 1701 and the UN refuses to act," said Hachem. "It is time that Canada recognized this fact, and take the necessary steps to hold the regime and its proxies responsible."
"Iran and Syria will continue to ignore criticism and UN resolutions," said Alastair Gordon, president of CCD. "Canada must consider meaningful action such as cancelling our active trade partnership with Syria as we did with South Africa during the Apartheid regime, moving our Lebanese immigration office back to Lebanon from Syria, ending our funding of UNRWA for its incitement of Palestinians against Christians in Lebanon, and helping bring to justice the killers of President Hariri and Minister Gemayel and those who have murdered and maimed journalists, clerics and democracy activists who have spoken out against Syrian occupation."As a first step, Canada must send a high-ranking cabinet minister to the funeral of Minister Gemayel scheduled for Thursday. "This gesture will signal support to the people of Lebanon and let the Syrians and their proxies know that the Christian and Muslim people they seek to destroy and the nation they seek to re-occupy are not without friends", added Hachem.
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بار دیگر پلیس ترکیه سه تن از فعالان سیاسی ی پناهنده در کشور ترکیه را مورد ضرب و شتم قرار دادند و تهدید به دیپورت و باز گرداندن به ایران نمودند
در طول ماه های اخیر چندین تن از فعالان سیاسی که به کشور ترکیه پناه آورده بودند توسط ماموران امنیتی ترکیه مورد بازجویی های اطلاعاتی و ضرب و شتم قرار گرفته اند ، باز داشت شده و سپس به نیروی های امنیتی رژیم ایران تحویل داده شده اند
امروز و در ساعاتی پیش آقایان ابولفضل آجر لو ( آریا مهر نگار ) ، مجتبی وطن پور از حزب مشروطه ایران و علیرضا رنجبر عضو شورای مرکزی اتحادیه ملی دانشجویان و فارغ التحصیلان ایران به رهبری منوچهر محمدی به مقر پلیس ترکیه واقع در شهر وان در ( همجواری مرز ایران ) برده شدند و در آنجا مورد ضرب و شتم قرار گرفته اند و سپس به اتهاماتی نظیر عضویت در سازمان پژاک که از کرد های ستیزه جو بر علیه دولت ترکیه میباشند ، ساعاتیست که در باز داشت به سر میبرند و اعلام شده که این نفرات به ایران تحویل داده خواهند شد ، گفتنیست نسبت دادن چنین وابستگی به هر فردی در ترکیه دارای اتهام و در صورت اثبات ، جر م اقدام علیه امنیت ملی و حتی تمامیت ارضی میباشد که خود نشانگر عمق فاجعه میباشد .
و نیز شایان ذکر است که چنانچه این سه تن که از فعالان سیاسی و با سابقه و حتی زندانی سیاسی سابق محسوب میگردند ، به ایران باز گردانده شوند توسط رژیم حاکم به زندان و شکنجه و وضعیتی نا معلوم دچار خواهند شد
از کلیه ی سازمان های حقوق بشری ، فعالان سیاسی و گروه ها و احزاب مختلف در خواست میشود برای جلوگیری از باز گرداندن این مبارزان و دیگر فعالان سیاسی / دانشجویی به ایران اقدامات فوری به عمل آورند
همچنین برای جلوگیری و پیشگیری از تکرار این قبیل اعمال غیر انسانی و ضد بشری که توسط دولت ترکیه با توجه به مناسبات حسنه ای که با حکومت ایران دارد ، اقداماتی صورت گیرد
از همه ی فعالان سیاسی و دانشجویی در خواست میشود گزار ش این قبیل اعمال ننگین را به سازمان های حقوق بشری و کمیساریای عالی پناهندگان سازمان ملل گزارش دهند .
Once again Turkish Police have arrested and badly beaten up number of Iranian Political activists who had found Refuge in Turkey. On numerous occasions in the previous years the Turkish Police have beaten up Iranian political activists and have handed them over to the Islamic Regime authorities.
In the most recent episode which took place the past week numerous student/political activists including Mr. Abolfazl Ajorlou (Aryamehr Negar), Mr. Mojtabah Vatanpour (Party of Mashroteh), and Alireza Ranjbar member of National Iranian Students and Graduate Association led by Manouchehr Mohammadi have been arrested and taken to the police hear quarters of Van, a city bordering Iran.
In the police station they were beaten severely and charged with false accusations including supporting PKK an armed separatist Kurdish group. This is an extremely serious charge in Turkey and has very heavy punishment. These false charges were laid against these innocent political activists as an excuse to deport them back to Iran and hand them over to the tyrannical Islamic Regime authorities.
If these activists are deported back to Iran what will become of them is very clear. They will most likely be tortured and executed. We urge all human right organizations and human right activists around the world to take immediate action by condemning this inhumane act of Turkish Police and to help save the lives of these innocent men.
This is a statement which I received from sources close to the men named above. I have done a rough translation for those who can't read farsi. Please send faxes and emails to the contacts listed below as soon as possible. I have added a sample appeal, please feel free to change and personalize it and send it out. Also please forward this to as many people/organizaitons as possible.
I am an Iranian/Canadian residing in Canada. I was recently informed of arrest and beatings of number of Iranian human right activists in the city of Van.They have also been falsely accused of being supporters of PKK. I am extremely concerned about the safety and well being of Mr. Abolfazl AJOURLOU, Mr. Mojtabah VATANPOUR and Mr. Alireza RANAJBAR. I am extremely disappointed that this incident has taken place in a free and democratic country such as Turkey where principles of human rights, human dignity and democracy are extremely important. I urge you to please look into this incident as soon as possible and to release these human rights activists immediately and unconditionally.
Thank you for your time and I look forward to your response
Turkish Embassy (Canada)- firstname.lastname@example.org. tr
Turkish Embassy (USA) - email@example.com ,
Fx: (202) 612-6744
Turkish Consulate (USA, LA)- firstname.lastname@example.org
Turkish Embassy (UK) - Fax: 020 7393 9213, email@example.com
Turkish Embassy (Switzerland): firstname.lastname@example.org,
044 368 29 19
Turkish Ministry of Foreign affairs: email@example.com
Manour Osanlou, the head of executive committee of the transport workers trade union in Tehran has been arrested once again. He was arrested taken away by plain clothed men suspected to be agents of ministry of intelligence. His health, well being and safety may very well be in danger. Please do what you can to bring attention to his situation.
A student was detained by plain clothes individuals and is believed to be held incommunicado at an unknown location.
AI Index: MDE 13/124/2006
17 November 2006
Incommunicado detention/ fear of torture
Asghar Akbarzadeh (m), student, aged about 21
Iranian Azerbaijani Asghar Akbarzadeh is believed to be held incommunicado at an undisclosed location, where he is at risk of torture.
Asghar Akbarzadeh is a chemistry student at the Paymane Noor University of Ardebil. He was reportedly detained on 31 October, while outside the University premises, by plain clothes individuals believed to be officials from the Ministry of Intelligence (Etela’at). Since this time, his family have received no news about him. His mother has reportedly repeatedly gone to Ardebil Court, and the office of the Ministry of Intelligence in Ardebil, seeking news of her son, but the authorities have reportedly refused to confirm his whereabouts, or even that he has been arrested.
Asghar Akbarzadeh was previously arrested on 25 May 2006, two days before a demonstration in Ardebil. He was released after around 12 days in detention. On the day of the demonstration in Ardebil, while Asghar was detained, officials from the Ministry of Intelligence searched his family home after cutting the telephone line. They left without taking anything. Prior to Asghar Akbarzadeh’s arrest, officials from the Ministry of Intelligence came to the family home on two occasions looking for Asghar, but he was not at home.
In May 2006, massive demonstrations took place in towns and cities in north-western Iran, where the majority of the population is Azeri Turkish, in protest at a cartoon published on 12 May by the state-owned daily newspaper Iran which many Azeri Turks found offensive. Hundreds were arrested during or following the demonstrations (see UA 151/06, MDE 13/055/2006, 26 May 2006 and UA 163/06, MDE 13/063/2006, 8 June 2006). Some of those detained have allegedly been tortured, with some requiring hospital treatment. Publication of the newspaper was suspended on 23 May and the editor-in-chief and the cartoonist were arrested. Iranian Azerbaijani sources have claimed that dozens were killed and hundreds injured by the security forces. The security forces have generally denied that anyone was killed, although on 29 May a police official acknowledged that four people had been killed and 43 injured in the town of Naqada.
Iranian security forces frequently hold people, for days or weeks, sometimes in secret detention centres, before acknowledging that they are in custody or allowing them to contact their families. Student activist Abed Tavancheh was thought to have "disappeared" when he did not contact his family for over a week: on 5 June he was able to call them from Tehran's Evin prison to say that he had been arrested on 26 May (see UA 165/06, MDE 13/065/2006, 9 June 2006).
And this is while the people living under the poverty line in Iran is higher then 50% and young girls and women are prostituiting themselves to meet their daily needs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When is it going to stop?
PA minister: Iran gave USD 120 million to Hamas gov't
Palestinian Foreign Minister al-Zahar says Tehran vowed to donate another USD 50 million in April, to help make up for shortfall caused by Western embargo
Iran has donated USD 120 million to the Palestinian Hamas-led government and has said it is ready to give more, Palestinian Foreign Minister Mahmoud al-Zahar said on Thursday.
Iran said in April it would donate USD 50 million to help make up a shortfall left when the West cut off aid to the government led by the Palestinian Islamic group, which seeks to destroy
"Iran has so far given USD 120 million to the Palestinian government and they have told us that they will provide more financial help," al-Zahar told reporters in Tehran after talks. Arab foreign ministers convened in Cairo Sunday and decided to lift the financial blockade on Palestinians in response to a US veto on a UN Security Council draft resolution condemning Israel's military offensive in the Gaza Strip.
"We decided not to cooperate with it (the blockade). There will no longer be an international siege," said Bahrain's Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa.
I am so proud of the Canadian Prime Minister. Once again he has shown that he is a man of dignity and he will stand up for human rights and human dignity no matter what the consequences. I am very optimistic that one of these days he will stand up against the IRI and let everyone know that human rights is much more important then oil.
Harper right to defend human rights and democracy against Chinese bullying
For Immediate ReleaseWednesday, 15 November 2006 Ottawa, Canada - For the first time in many years, a Canadian Prime Minister has declared that Canadian foreign policy will be set in Ottawa, not in Beijing. En route to the APEC conference in Hanoi, Prime Minister Stephen Harper told reporters that Canada will not sell out human rights in response to threats of trade consequences by China."For both a practical and principled perspective, the Prime Minister has again done the right thing," said Alastair Gordon, President of the Canadian Coalition for Democracies (CCD). "With the balance of trade overwhelmingly from China to Canada, any trade restrictions imposed by Beijing would hurt China much more than Canada. On the import side, China needs our raw materials. On the export side, China would not risk losing the preferential tariffs that she enjoys on her manufactured goods.""Furthermore, Canada's warming relationship with India, a manufacturing and technology giant with the entrepreneurship of free people in a democracy, further diminishes China's ability to threaten Canada," added Gordon."Our former government followed a foreign policy dictated by the overtly imperialistic One China Policy," said Naresh Raghubeer, Executive Director of CCD. "The future of Taiwan should be determined democratically by its 23 million people, not by an axis of foreign leaders.""Prime Minster Harper has shown he is a tough negotiator. He does not cave to empty threats and has shown it is possible to be guided by Canadian values and still enjoy the prosperity of international trade," added Raghubeer.
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The Supreme Court has confirmed death sentences on the 9 men listed below who could be executed at any time.0 comments - published on Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Once again the Mullahs are using scapegoats to hide their own crimes. I don't know if we can do anything about this case, but I hope the IRI will be removed before anymore innocent people are murdere.
AI Index: MDE 13/126/2006
Fear of imminent execution
13 November 2006
Abdullah Suleymani (m) aged 27
Abdulreza Sanawati Zergani (m)
Qasem Salamat (m) aged 43
Mohammad Jaab Pour (m)
Abdulamir Farjallah Jaab (m)
Alireza Asakreh (m)
Majed Alboghubaish (m)
Khalaf Derhab Khudayrawi (m)
Malek Banitamim (m) aged 30
The nine men named above, all members of Iran's Arab minority, are believed to be at imminent risk of execution. According to reports the men have been convicted of being mohareb (at enmity with God) in connection with involvement in bomb explosions in the city of Ahvaz, in Khuzestan province, which took place in October 2005.
On 9 November, the head of the Khuzestan Prosecutor’s offices, Abbas Ja’afari Dowlat Abadi, reportedly announced that the Supreme Court had upheld the death sentences against 10 out of 19 people involved in bomb explosions in Khuzestan and that they would be publicly hanged. There are fears these executions will be carried out in the coming days. The tenth man sentenced to death, Ali Matouri-Zadeh, is the subject of a separate Urgent Action (see UA 107/06, MDE 13/042/2006, 28 April 2006 and follow up MDE 13/127/2006, 13 November 2006).
According to information received by Amnesty International, Khalaf Derhab Khudayrawi was reportedly shot by the security forces on or around 2 March 2006 before being taken away. His family believed he had died in the shooting, but a few days later received a phone call from the authorities informing them that he had been transferred to the Sepidar detention centre. His wife Soghra Khudayrawi and four-year-old son Zeidan son were arrested in Ahvaz on 7 March 2006. (See UA 65/06, MDE 13/028/2006, 23 March 2006) and Iran: Appeal Case: Four women and two children prisoners of conscience, AI Index: MDE 13/059/2006, 17 May 2006).
Abdullah Suleymani, Mohammad Jaab Pour and Abdulamir Farjallah Jaab were also reportedly arrested on 7 March 2006.
Much of Iran's Arab community lives in the province of Khuzestan which borders Iraq. The Province is strategically important because it is the site of much of Iran’s oil reserves, but the Arab population does not feel it has benefited as much from the oil revenue as the Persian population. Historically, the Arab community has been marginalised and discriminated against. Tension has mounted among the Arab population since April 2005, after it was alleged that the government planned to disperse the country's Arab population or to force them to relinquish their Arab identity. Hundreds were arrested and there have been reports of torture. Following bomb explosions in Ahvaz City in June and October 2005, which killed at least 14 people, and explosions at oil installations in September and October, the cycle of violence intensified, with hundreds people reportedly arrested. Further bombings on 24 January 2006, in which at least six people were killed, were followed by further mass arrests. Two men, Mehdi Nawaseri and Ali Awdeh Afrawi, were executed in public on 2 March after they were convicted of involvement in the October bombings. Their executions followed unfair trials before a Revolutionary Court during which they are believed to have been denied access to lawyers, and their confessions, along with those of seven other men, were broadcast on television. At least 13 other Iranian Arabs are also reportedly under sentence of death, accused of involvement in the bombings, distributing material against the state, having contact with dissident organizations operating abroad, and endangering state security. Amnesty International recognizes the right and responsibility of governments to bring to justice those suspected of criminal offences, but is unconditionally opposed to the death penalty as the ultimate violation of the right to life. Please see Iran: Death Sentences appeal case – 11 Iranian Arab men facing death sentences, AI Index MDE 13/051/2006, May 2006).
Kianoush SANJARI, a student activist and blogger was re-arresed on Oct. 7th while preparing reports on protests in support of Ayatollah Broujerdi. He is currently being held in ward 209 of the Notorious Evin prsion and is tortured and interoggated several times a day. Bellow you can find the Amnesty International Urgent Action in support of Mr. Sanjari. Please help by putting pressure on various human rights organizations and international bodies to pressure the IRI and help free Mr. Sanjari.
Iran: Fear for safety/ Fear of torture and ill-treatment, Kianoosh Sanjari (m)
PUBLIC AI Index: MDE 13/121/2006 23 October 2006UA 284/06 Fear for safety/ Fear of torture and ill-treatment IRAN Kianoosh Sanjari (m), aged 24, student activist and bloggerStudent activist and blogger Kianoosh Sanjari was arrested on 7 October whilst reporting on clashes between security forces and supporters of Shi'a cleric Ayatollah Sayed Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi. Kianoosh Sanjari is being held incommunicado at an unknown location and Amnesty International fears that he may be at risk of torture or ill-treatment.Kianoosh Sanjari, a member of a group known as the United Students Front, had allegedly gone to the home of Ayatollah Boroujerdi in the capital, Tehran, to prepare a report on the clashes that were taking place there. He was reportedly arrested along with scores of Ayatollah Boroujerdi’s supporters and transferred to an unknown location. Kianoosh Sanjari has been arrested several times in the past. When he was only 17 years old in July 1999 he was arrested during student-led demonstrations against the closure of the newspaper Salam (Peace). He was subsequently held in solitary confinement for many months. Prior to his recent arrest, he lived in Tehran and was reportedly closely monitored by the authorities.
Im sure everyone has their own theories about these bombings in Arab regions of Iran, here is mine: IRI planting the bombs, scapegoating the arabs, trying to cause a mind set of fear and distrust among Iranian people against the Iranian arabs. Divide and conquor isn't that how it works? If people are afraid of seperatist movements they will unite behind IRI to protect their motherland and the focus wont be so much on overthrowing them. What does everyone else think?
TEHRAN, Nov 11 (Reuters) - A percussion bomb exploded in a residential area in the southwestern city of Ahvaz, the heartland of Iran's oil industry, but no one was hurt, state media said on Saturday.
Ahvaz is the capital of Khuzestan, which has been simmering with unrest among the province's mostly Arab population for more than a year.
Iran has blamed Britain, which has troops in neighbouring Iraq, for fomenting the instability. Britain denies the accusation.
"A percussion bomb exploded at 23:46 local time in Ahvaz on Friday. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the incident," state radio quoted Ahvaz governor Abdolaziz Fatami as saying.
The windows of two buildings were shattered from the blast and thick smoke covered the premises in which the explosion took place, the official news agency IRNA reported.
Local officials were unavailable for comment.
The Khuzestan provincial prosecutor said on Thursday 10 people had received death sentences for their part in a series of explosions that killed more than 20 people in Khuzestan last year, IRNA said.
Last week, Iran's judiciary declared an ethnic Arab party illegal, saying it incited unrest and opposed the Islamic system in Ahvaz.
Five people were killed during several days of anti-government protests in Khuzestan in April last year and 21 have been killed in three separate bomb attacks since then.
Iran hanged two men in Ahvaz in March after they were convicted of a bombing that killed six people last October.
Slightly more than half of Iran's are 69 million people are Persians and the rest are ethnic Azeris, Kurds, Arabs, Turkmen, Baluchis and Lors. About three percent are Arabs and authorities are sensitive about protests and discontent in the southwestern Arab territories where most of the oil industry is based.
This coming from drug lords themselves, talk about hypocracy, but then again what else is new? Who refines and mass produces drugs grown in Afghanistan? Ofcourse if they didn't have the young generation hooked on drugs and submissive, they would have to worry about major uprisings by this generation.
LONDON, November 11 (IranMania) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for organized campaign against trafficking of illicit drugs, IRNA reported.
"Serious campaign against devastating drugs would be possible through strong global resolve, amendment and compilation of comprehensive laws, promotion of related culture in the society and establishment of an international police by the UN," said Ahmadinejad in a meeting with the UN under secretary-general and executive director of the UN office on drugs campaign and crime prevention (UNODC) Antonio Maria Costa on Thursday.
Ahmadinejad said campaign against production, smuggling, distribution and consumption of drugs is a highly complicated and valuable task, requiring constant and extensive efforts.
He said that unfortunately, despite the great losses incurred by drugs trafficking and consumption of drugs worldwide, no serious attention is internationally paid to drastic campaign against the sinister phenomenon.
Though not being the main target of drugs production and distributors, the Islamic Republic of Iran is annually spending a large portion of its financial resources and uses its competent workforce for campaign against the drugs trafficking and distribution, he said.
Campaign against the devastating phenomenon would be possible through an international endeavor and global mobilization, said Ahmadinejad, adding that drugs production has risen by 60% in Afghanistan despite presence of the western states there.
He said some arrogant powers are supporting the drugs trafficking and distribution gangs with an intention to harm independent states and nations.
"Global communities are intertwined and the devastating drugs is the concern of all states and not restricted to a single region," he added.
The president said annually 250,000 people die of drugs worldwide and the figure is times higher than the terrorism victims.
"While hefty cost is spent and many resolutions are issued for terrorism campaign, no decisive action is taken to fight drugs; the UN should play an effective role in campaign against drugs, especially its new brands."
Appreciating Iran for its efforts to fight transit of drugs via its territory, particularly via its eastern borders, Costa voiced pleasure that there are "brave men" in police and other uniforms in Iran busy fiercely fighting production, trafficking and distribution of drugs.
The UN official said the organization fully welcomes Iran's stances and efforts for drugs campaign.
The official said that unfortunately the UNODC holds a tiny budget for campaign against such a broad illicit trade.
It's time the international community starts recognizing these monsters for the terrorists that they are.
An Argentine judge ordered international arrest warrants on Thursday for former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and eight others in connection with the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish community center. The warrants, handed down by Federal Judge Rodolfo Canicoba Corral, came after Argentine prosecutors accused the Iranian government of masterminding the attack that killed 85 people and wounded more than 200 others. Tehran has repeatedly denied involvement. On July 18, 1994, a truck laden with explosives leveled the the seven-story Argentine Israeli Mutual Association building, a symbol of the country's Jewish community -- Latin America's largest. No one has been convicted of carrying out the attack despite a lengthy probe beset by irregularities. But Argentine, Israeli and U.S. officials have long blamed the bombing on Hezbollah guerrillas backed by Iran. Rafsanjani was Iran's president from 1989 to 1997.
Kianoush Sanjari is a prominent pro-democracy student activist. He was first arrested at the age of 16/17 and has been in an out of the notorious Evin prison ever since. He was recently arrested again for his peaceful pro-democracy activities and put in solitary confinement. There is great concern over his health and well being and it is thought that he is being subjected to physical and psychological torture.
I just got word that Manouchehr Mohammadi has made it to US, safe and sound. I am so happy to hear this news, I think it is a great step forward for the student movement. I will write more as I get more information.
PS. sorry for the late updates, I am studying for bar exams.