RCMP linked to controversial conference
By BRIAN LILLEY, Parliamentary Bureau
OTTAWA - A Muslim imam deemed too controversial to speak at National Defence headquarters in Ottawa will speak on Thursday at another event promoted by the RCMP.
This event will be held at the Government Conference Centre across from Parliament Hill.
Zijad Delic, the president of the Canadian Islamic Congress, had his speech at military HQ cancelled earlier this month by Defence Minister Peter MacKay. MacKay’s office said Delic and his organization were too controversial.
On Thursday, Delic will moderate a panel on the topic, “Just and Sustainable Peace – A Global Challenge.”
The conference is organized by a group called the Ottawa Group of Four and is scheduled to include Bloc MP Richard Nadeau among its speakers.
The main speakers, however, come from Iran’s Tehran University. Sayeh Hassan, a Toronto criminal lawyer and activist for the Iranian democratic movement, told QMI Agency these professors are not dissidents in the regime of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
“These are all professors that are closely linked to the regime, they are not dissidents,” Hassan said.
“People like myself that have escaped the regime and the propaganda are concerned that now they’re bringing these professors promoting the regime to Ottawa.”
Another one of the speakers is Dr. Davood Ameri of the Islamic World Peace Forum. The website for that organization features graphic anti-Semitic cartoons including one showing an Israeli soldier shooting a baby next to a sign that reads Gaza. The website’s front page focuses on what it deems human rights abuses in America and labels the U.S. a terrorist state.
The conference has been promoted within the RCMP by the federal police force’s “ethnic liaison officer.”
RCMP told to drop extreme event
BRIAN LILLEY, Parliamentary Bureau
OTTAWA - The RCMP have been told to drop any participation in a "peace" conference scheduled for Thursday night in Ottawa.
The RCMP's "ethnic liaison office" was promoting the event to members of the national force and one of the participants is a member of the Mounties' cultural diversity committee. On Wednesday, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews told the Mounties to have nothing to do with events promoting hatred.
"As soon as I learned about this event I asked the RCMP to explain its involvement. I have asked it to immediately cease any participation," Toews told the Commons.
"Let me be clear. Canada's national police force must have no involvement in any event organized by those who promote extremism and hatred."
Davood Ameri of the Islamic World Peace Forum is listed as a speaker for the event called, "Just and Sustainable Peace – A Global Challenge." Ameri's group runs a website that features graphic anti-Semitic cartoons and a series of articles that call the U.S. a terrorist state and document what it deems human rights abuses in the U.S.
The event is being held at the Government Conference Centre across from Parliament Hill and also features several professors from the University of Tehran. Sayeh Hassan, an Iranian-Canadian lawyer and activist in the pro-democracy movement, told QMI Agency that the professors coming are closely linked to the oppressive regime of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The event is to be moderated by Imam Zijad Delic, the president of the Canadian Islamic Congress. Delic had a speaking engagement at National Defence headquarters cancelled earlier this month after Defence Minister Peter MacKay deemed him and his organization "too controversial."
Delic told QMI that he is taking part in the event as a moderator and only agreed to take part because it is a conference on peace.
"If these people propose anything that goes against Canadian values, I will oppose," Delic said.
Calls to the organizers of the conference for comment were not returned.
Tonight 50% of Torontonians came out and voted for their mayoral candidate, a higher voter turnout than we had seen in the past two municipal elections. Tonight Toronto voted for change and elected Rob Ford by 47% of the votes (as of the time I am writing this article) as its 64th Mayor.
Following the campaign over the past few months and especially the weeks leading up to the elections has been exciting and thrilling for me. It is no secret that I have supported Rob Ford all along, and I couldn’t be more thrilled by Toronto’s decision tonight.
However I think an even bigger victory tonight has been the large voter turnout, as well as the civility between Rob Ford, George Smitherman and Joe Pantalone tonight. I watched the concession speech of both Smitherman and Pantalone and I was quite impressed with both candidates. In particular George Smitherman was very gracious and all class, for the very first time since he announced his candidacy for Mayor of Toronto I was impressed with him.
In my opinion the best man won tonight, however watching the democratic process in action over the past few months has been a reward in itself. I feel lucky and privileged to be living in Canada and able to participate in free and fair elections.
Long Live Freedom and Democracy
With the Toronto mayoral election approaching, the political tension in the city is high. Two major candidates in this race are Rob Ford and George Smitherman, and our city is buzzing with the names of these candidates.
This afternoon I was driving down Warden street when I noticed numerous lawn signs both for Mr. Ford and Mr. Smitherman. Seeing these signs really got me thinking about how fortunate we are to be living in Canada. There are so many countries in the world where the political system is dictatorial, and it does not allow for fair and free elections. People are not allowed to choose the candidates they want, to openly support them and the election process is really a [s]election.
We Canadians are so fortunate to be living in a country where we are free to choose who we want to vote for, we can campaign for that individual and promote them in many different ways, including lawn and car signs. As I was driving by I saw one house had put up Mr. Ford’s sign and the house right next to it Mr. Smitherman’s sign. It is so wonderful to live in a society where neighbours can disagree about political views and candidates, promote their own political views openly, and yet remain neighbours and perhaps even friends.
A few days ago I was involved in a discussion on facebook with an individual in Toronto who is a human rights activist and a university student, yet she was full of personal attacks and insults for Mr.Ford and was involved in insulting and name calling Mr.Ford’s potential supporters. I was quite disturbed to see this, although it is perfectly natural for people to disagree on political views, it is very un-Canadian to throw insults, and personally attack either the candidates or the voters. That discussion left a terrible taste in my mouth, but today seeing all these different signs side by side gave me new hope and reminded me once again about how fortunate I am to be living in Canada.
Although I have already voted I am eagerly waiting for October 25th when I hope the best man will win. ROB FORD FOR TORONTO MAYOR.
Down with the Islamic Regime
Long Live Freedom in Iran
According to news reports from Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran, there are currently at least 32 female prisoners (non-political) in the notorious Evin Prison who are facing execution.
According to this news report many of these women have been convicted of charges of possession of drugs or murder. While these are serious charges, it is important to keep in mind that these women live in a country ruled by the Islamic Regime, where there is no due process, many accused do not get to ever meet their lawyers before “trial”, and some don’t get to ever see a lawyer until after they have been “convicted” and “sentenced.” Trials usually take place behind closed doors, without a jury and with a biased judge whose only real training is “religious training.” In a country where the “Supreme Leader” Khamenei has a great 6 education it is not surprising that the so called “justice system” is in the hands of religious fundamentalist who are in no way qualified to be in the positions that they are.
Having said that I think it’s really important to take notice of these women, whose names we have most probably never heard before, and we may never hear again, and to realize that this is just the tip of the ice berg, one prison. We do not know the statistics from prisons in smaller cities where it is much more difficult to obtain any news from prisons.
A few months ago a campaign was started by Ms. Mina Ahadi who is a member of the central committee of the Worker-Communist Party of Iran in support of Ms. Sakineh Ashtiani who had been sentenced to death by stoning by the Islamic Regime. It is unfortunate that Ms. Ahadi has chosen to focus on one individual, and while bringing all media attention on Ms. Ashtiani, has simultaneously managed to take all attention AWAY from other lesser known political prisoners who are facing the same sentence.
This is one of the obvious dangers of individuals campaigns, and it’s a technique which the Islamic Regime has taken advantage of on many occasions, torturing, raping and executing many prisoners while the media attention was on a single case.
I hope that will not be the case on this occasion and I really hope all freedom loving people who have taken part in Ms. Ashtiani’s campaign and have supported her will do the same thing for other lesser known prisoners who are facing the same faith.
Please note at least in 10 0f these cases the “judge” who sentenced these women to death was Aziz Mohammadi.
The names of these women is as follows:
1. Ms. Soraya Zekr-Nejad, home maker, has been in prison for 4 years, was convicted of possession of drugs and is currently in section 3 of the women’s ward in the Evin Prison.
2. Ms. Ashraf Amiri, (38), home maker, has been in prison for 2 years, convicted of possession of drugs, her husband was executed on similar charges.
3. Ms. Soheila Pourhosseini (19), home maker, has been in prison for one year, has been convicted of murder.
4. Ms. Ashraf Kolher, (45), home maker, has been in prison for 9 years, has been sentenced to death by STONNING on charges of murder and adultery.
5. Ms. Shahla Jahed, has been in prison for 8 years, convicted of murder, the “judge” who sentenced her to death is Jafar Zadeh.
6. Ms. Kobra Rahmanpour, (29), home maker, has been in prison for 9 years, convicted of murder, “Judge” who sentenced her was Aziz Mohammadi.
7. Ms. Sogand Jahani, (28), home maker, has been in prison for 2.5 years, has been convicted of murder, “Judge” who sentenced her is Aziz Mohammadi.
8. Ms. Reyhane Jabri, (25), convicted of murder, has been in prison for 3.5 years,
9. Ms. Sadat Safavi, (45), home maker, has been convicted of possession of drugs, has been in prison for the past 3 years.
10. Ms. Sahar Pari Khani, (23) home maker, has been in prison for 3 years, has been convicted of murder.
11. Ms. Fatemeh Hadad, (34) home maker, has been in prison for 1.5 years, has been convicted of murder.
12. Ms. Akram Ali Mohammadi, (29) has been in prison for 5 years, has been convicted of murder.
13. Ms. Fereshteh Beygovand, (45), has been in prison for 5 years, has been convicted of possession of drugs.
14. Ms. Lila Khajevandi, (32) homes maker, has been in prison for 2.5 years, has been convicted of possession of drugs.
15. Ms. Noghre Khazayi (47) home maker, has been in prison for 4 years, has been convicted of possession of drugs and murder.
16. Ms. Lidiya Tavakoli Mahlati (28) has been in prison for 5 years, has been convicted of murder. The “judge” who sentenced her is Kaveh Kamrahi.
17. Ms. Fatemeh Masih (40) has been in prison for 15 years, has been convicted of murder, the “judge” who sentenced her was Aziz Mohammadi.
18. Ms. Mahbubeh Shikhler (18), convicted of murder, has been in prison for one year, the “judge” who sentenced her was Aziz Mohammadi.
19. Ms. Mina Cheraghi, 25, has been in prison for two years, has been convicted of possession of drugs.
20. Ms. Sherafat Beykovand, has been in prison for 5 years, has been convicted of possession and being a carrier of drugs.
21. Ms. Azita Mlahashemi, has been in prison for 6 years, the “judge” who sentenced her is Aziz Mohammadi.
22. Ms. Farahnaz Nik-khah, has been in prison for 7 years, has been convicted of murder, the “judge” who sentenced her is Aziz Mohammadi.
23. Ms. Raziyeh Julideh (35) and her daughter Ms. Marziyeh Tavakoli (20) has been convicted of murder.
24. Ms. Zarin Taj Gahrib, has been in prison for 4 years, the “judge” who sentenced her is Hemat Yar.
25. Ms. Zahra Adi Gozari Moghaddam, has been in prison for 7 years, has been convicted of murder, the “judge” who sentenced her is Aziz Mohammadi.
26. Ms. Masoumeh Aghayi, has been in prison for 3 years, has been convicted of murder, the “judge” who sentenced her is Aziz Mohammadi.
27. Ms. Saideh Khodayi-Del, has been in prison for 8.5 years, has been convicted of being an accessory to murder, the “judge” who sentenced her is Tabatabayi.
28. Ms. Soheila Pourhosseini, has been in prison for 10 months, has been convicted of murder.
29. Ms. Marziyeh Rahmani, on charges of being accessory to murder, has been in prison for 5 years, the “judge” who sentenced her is Aziz Mohammadi.
30. Ms. Zahra Rahimi, has been in prison for 5 months, has been convicted of murder.
31. Ms. Nasrin Najafi, has been in prison for 1 year, convicted of murder.
32. Ms. Azam Ahmadvand (27) has been in prison for six years, the judge who sentenced her is Aziz Mohamadi.
Down with the Islamic Regime in Iran
Long Live Freedom in Iran
News Report from: Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran http://hrdai.blogspot.com/2010/10/blog-post_05.html