Friday, November 17, 2017

Iran-articles about Hezbollah terrorist group

Decoding Iran and Hezbollah’s desires for Lebanon
By Tony Duheaume Special to Al Arabiya EnglishSaturday, 18 November 2017

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not reflect the viewpoint of Al Arabiya English.
The importance of Hezbollah for Iran as an overseas fighting force, which operates alongside its own military, cannot be underestimated. Since its establishment in Lebanon in the early 1980s by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and Quds Force, Hezbollah has fought wars and carried out deadly attacks against civilians in foreign lands that have proven its worth as a terror group.
Terrorist attacks carried out by Hezbollah, which have targeted various nations over the years, can only be construed as attacks carried out by the Iranian administration through proxy. As by using its Quds Force, the regime itself can claim plausible deniability from its deeds, which it has done for many decades.
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U.S. Military Aid to Lebanon is Ironically Proping up Hezbollah’s Infamous War Machine
Decoding Iran and Hezbollah’s desires for Lebanon
Cutting off Iran Regime's Terror Proxies
The Iranian Regime has always depended on its network of terrorist proxy groups to commits crimes on its behalf across the Middle East. As a result, the Regime spends billions of dollars every year - stolen from the Iranian people- to fund them.
But now, as a strong policy against Iranian aggression in the region starts to take shape, Iran and its proxies find themselves in a dire situation.
The latest sign of this policy change came last week, after the shock resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who blamed his decision on Iran-backed Hezbollah taking the country hostage and plotting to asassinate him.
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Iran Regime's Fingerprints Found on Chokehold of Middle East
The fingerprints of the Iranian Regime can be found all over their crime scenes in the Middle East, from Yemen to Lebanon to Gaza to Kuwait, and they must be brought to justice.
In the two years since the Saudi-led international coalition entered Yemen to bring stability and reinstate the legitimate Yemeni government of President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, the Houthi rebel group who deposed Yemen’s ruler has grown from a lightly armed, semi-political faction into a fully-fledged terrorist organisation.
Now the Houthi rebels are able to launch ballistic missiles towards other countries in the Middle East, like Saudi Arabia, and plant sophisticated sea mines in the Red Sea and the Bab Al Mandab Strait, which poses a significant threat to all sea-going vessels using the Suez Canal.
But how have they been able to transform and expand so fast? With a little help from the Iranian Regime.

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Hezbollah's defeat could unravel Iran's Middle East ambitions
Iran has long relied on proxy groups to carry out its evil deeds in neighboring countries. And every year, the ruling regime pours billions of dollars of the Iranian people’s wealth into aiding and abetting these terrorist groups. However, as a firm policy starts to take shape against their belligerence in the region, Tehran and its surrogates are finding themselves in dire straits.
The latest manifestation of this change of policy was a series of events triggered last week when Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri declared his resignation from the premiership. Hariri’s statement came after a botched attempt at assassinating him in Beirut, allegedly planned by Hezbollah, a terrorist group with well-known ties to Iran. Hariri cited Iran’s influence and hostage-taking of his country through Hezbollah and threats to his life as the reason for his resignation.
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Hezbollah's defeat could unravel Iran's Middle East ambitions

Unraveling the global tentacles of Hezbollah’s sleeper cells
By Tony Duheaume
The West has held itself back from confronting Iran for decades. One reason for this has to be the dread of an Iranian fightback, which would take the form of guerrilla warfare in a multitude of lands, including the US. This fear would have been high in 2008, when intelligence experts warned of Iranian sleeper cells poised to attack British targets, such as power stations, military bases, government buildings. There were also fears about assassination of high-profile figures, should the West go ahead and bomb Iranian nuclear facilities.
Sleeper cells lie in wait
Such a scenario would make perfect sense, as with Iran not able to match the West militarily in an all-out confrontation, the only way to effectively fight back would be through asymmetric (unconventional) warfare. One method of attack used in asymmetric warfare by the Iranian regime comes in the form of covert action in foreign lands through the use of sleeper cells. For decades, Hezbollah has been building up a network of sleeper cells in the Middle East, Americas and Europe, and should it decide to wage an insurgent war against any of its host countries, its military training would make it a very formidable opponent.
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Stop Ignoring Iran and Hezbollah Terror, US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley Tells Security Council
The Algemeiner, 26 July 2107 - US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley expressed frustration on Tuesday with the UN Security Council’s attitude toward Iran and its terrorist proxies in the Middle East.
“Truth be told, the Security Council often makes the Middle East more complicated than it actually is,” Haley said at the Security Council’s monthly meeting on the region. “It obsesses over Israel. And it refuses to acknowledge one of the chief sources of conflict and killing in the Middle East — that is, Iran and its partner militia, Lebanese Hezbollah.”
Haley began her remarks by affirming that the US “shares everyone’s concern about the heightened tensions in Jerusalem.”
“All parties should work to reduce these tensions, and we offer whatever assistance we can in helping to do this,” she stated. But, she added, “I am going to refrain from further comment on this sensitive issue in the hope that wisdom will prevail over emotions.”
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Monday, November 13, 2017

Updated report on Iran Earthquake, Maryam Rajavi's Urgent Appeal to Save Victims of Earthquake in Iran

A short look at the earthquake in western Iran which prompted the emotions of humans.
Sometimes words can’t explain the greatness of a little child. After losing their mother, this little girl comforts her younger sister in a small village near SarpolZahab, Kermanshah province.
Also the film of a little boy who took food for his little friend, was another shocking scene that Was considered by tens of thousands of users in social medias
or a campaign in Iran by the name of:
#Kermanshah is not alone
 in witch Iranians providing help for the victims of quake after Iranian Regime Abandons people after devastating Earthquake
Yes, this is a true that the purest human emotions occur during human calamities and wars and natural disasters. Why not always have this feeling of solidarity and sympathy between humans?
Following is important news and articles about this catastrophic event

The Express Tribune, November 18, 2017 Baby found alive in rubble three days after Iran quake
A picture of the child, who appears to be smiling and not in distress, has been widely circulated among Iranians on social media. Many people called the rescue a “miracle” and expressed how the child’s survival is cause for hope after the tragedy.
AFP News Agency: Most of the aid that was distributed among the people belonged to private individuals
Iranian MP: More than 1,000 people have died, people are hungry, they lack basic shelter
Iran's State Media Reveal: Actual Facts and News on Quake Not Published
A state-run media admitted that government officials and media do not inform the public about the facts and actual news on the situation of Sunday’s earthquake in Iran’s western provinces and its victims.
The state-run Jame’eh Farda (Tomorrow’s Community) media noted the secrecy of the Iranian regime in announcing the statistics and real news about the earthquake on Sunday night in the country, which killed hundreds and injured thousands, and wrote: “We hide the outrage of nature in the same way as we distort public opinion about our political failures.”

No Supervision Over Shabby Housing Project Which Caused Most Deaths in the Recent Quake
One day after Ishaq Jahangiri, the first vice president of the Iranian regime, said most victims of the recent earthquake belong to the Mehr residence, the head of the regime's engineering system organization announced that the organization had “no oversight” over the construction of the Mehr housing project.
According to the state-run Fars news agency affiliated to IRGC, the head of the organization, Hassan Gurbankhani, said: “The engineering system organization had no supervision over the construction of the Mehr housing units, and no monitoring engineer has been introduced by the organization for the housing units.”

Iranian Regime Abandons People After Devastating Earthquake
 Hundreds of people were killed by the earthquake that struck Iran and Iraq earlier this week. It was felt as far away as Turkey and Pakistan and eclipsed the deadly earthquake that hit Mexico in September.
One small village called Quik Hasan was particularly affected by the earthquake with over 50 deaths alone. The small farming village is home to just 170 households and the surviving inhabitants have had to survive outside in the cold since the earthquake struck.
Those that died have been buried in makeshift graves by their relatives.
Iran National Television (INTV) announced on Monday November 14, 2017 that all the remaining financial donations pledged to this TV Station by the Iranian people last week during the National Telethon be given to victims of the Sunday's earthquake. The INTV asked all Iranians who have pledged their donations to this station give their money and help to those who have suffered and lost their livelihood in the quake. This money would be one billion Iranian toomans or about $330,000 that should go straight to the quake stricken areas in Iran. 
The INTV conducted a 3-day fundraising telethon campaign in Farsi language on November 3rd. This was the 22nd campaign by the TV station to raise fund for it continued operation. The INTV is a non-profit and non-commercial organization that runs only through the donations received from Iranians inside and outside Iran. All its staffs are volunteers and do not receive any salary. INTV is uniquely the voice for the Iranian people.
Rouhani Blames Protesting Investors, Saying Central Bank Cannot Provide Money for Earthquake Relief
between the head of Iran’s three branches, regime President Hassan Rouhani, accompanied by parliamentary chief Ali Larijani and judiciary chief Sadeq Larijani, had the audacity to blame protesting investors who have lost their entire savings to state-run financial institutes.
“The people should be careful and place their money in banks and institutions that are well known and trusted, and doubt those entities that promise high profits,” he said on Saturday.
Rouhani, alongside Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and other senior regime officials, is one of the main thieves of the Iranian people’s money.
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Iran factions use earthquake relief effort to pursue power struggle

Reuters-Iran quake survivors complain of slow aid effort, battle freezing cold
Exhausted and exposed to freezing cold, survivors of a weekend earthquake in western Iran begged authorities for food and shelter on Tuesday, saying aid was slow to reach them.
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Why Iran's Earthquakes Are So Devastating
Why Iran's Earthquakes Are So Devastating
Heshmat Alavi
Forbes, November 14, 2017 - In this day and age we are witnessing random earthquakes here and there across the globe. Iran lies on several tectonic plates, and the Iranian people suffer extreme conditions after each earthquake.
The reaction shown to each earthquake by the ruling regime in Iran is far different from its counterparts across the globe. Media censorship, excruciating delay in sending even minimum support and imposing a tight security atmosphere to quell any possible sign of unrest is Tehran’s response to such natural disasters.
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Iran's Devastating Earthquake Sparks Criticism of Regime's Response
Recently, severe, random earthquakes have occurred across the globe. On Sunday evening a 7.3 Richter quake hit the Iran-Iraq border. Iran’s official IRNA news agency reports that at a minimum, 530 people were killed and more than 8,000 injured. Tens of thousands of homes and apartments were leveled.
However, casualty statistics may be well beyond those reported by the media, according to Farhad Tajari, a member of Iran’s parliament from Ghasr Shireen, a town in western Iran that suffered enormous damage.  Read more

Powerful Quake Kills Hundreds in Iran
by Jubin Katiraie
An earthquake, 7.3 magnitude near the Iraq-Iran border has killed more than 400 people and sent residents escaping their homes into the night, authorities said.
Powerful Quake Kills Hundreds in Iran
Iran’s western Kermanshah province bore the impact of the quake on Sunday night, with authorities saying the quake killed more than 407 people in the country and injured 6,700 up to know.
The quake was centred 19 miles (31km) outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja, according to the most recent measurements from the US Geological Survey.
Graphic locates epicentre of 7.3-magnitude earthquake on the border of Iran and Iraq
It struck at 9.48pm Iran time, just as people began retiring for the night.
It could be felt on the Mediterranean coast, some 660 miles (1,000km) away.
The earthquake struck 23.2km (14.4 miles) below the surface, a shallow depth that can amplify damage.
Iranian social media and news agencies showed images and videos of people fleeing their homes. More than 100 aftershocks followed.
The quake’s worst damage appeared to be in the town of Sarpol-e-Zahab in Kermanshah province, which sits in the Zagros Mountains that divide Iran and Iraq.
Kokab Fard, a 49-year-old housewife in Sarpol-e-Zahab, said she fled empty-handed when her apartment complex collapsed.
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 Iran Earthquake
With deepest sympathies to my fellow compatriots stricken by earthquake in western Iran, particularly in Qasr-e Shirin and Sar-e Pol-e Zahab, I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families who have lost their loved ones.
In these difficult moments when all the people of Iran are anxious and concerned about the lives of those stuck under the rubbles, what adds to the public’s distress is the clerical regime’s criminal record in such natural disasters of dragging its feet and dodging its responsibility in saving the lives of people.
This is all the more reason for our compatriots, particularly the courageous youths, who reside in western Iran to rush to the aid of people in the quake-stricken areas and help those trapped under the wreckage.
Just as opposed to the practices of the clerical regime, now is the time to show solidarity. Assisting and saving the victims of the earthquake is a sacred national duty.
Our prayers are for the rescue of the quake victims and the recovery of those injured and wounded.
Expressing Condolences & Sympathy With the Quake-Stricken People, Encouraging Youth to Help the Injured

President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, expressed her condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones in the last night earthquake in different areas, including Qasr-e Shirin, Islamabad, Sar-e pol Zahab, Salas Babajani and Kerend.
Reiterating the criminal background of the mullahs’ regime’s neglect and irresponsibility to save the people’s lives in such incidents, Mrs. Rajavi asked the youth, especially those in western provinces, to rescue the people who are trapped under debris, and to deliver their aids directly to the stricken people and the injured. She added that just opposite to the Velayat-e faqih regime, it is now a time of solidarity, and helping the stricken people and saving them is a sacred national duty.
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 At least 450 died, 7,000 were injured and 70,000 left homeless by the powerful quake
The 7.3-magnitude earthquake that shook western Iran late Sunday night, November 12, 2017, has left at least 450 people dead, 7100 injured and over 70,000 people homeless in Kermanshah Province including in Qasr-e Shirin, Islamabad, Sarpol-e Zahab, Salas Babajani and Kerend. More than 500 villages have suffered damages in the earthquake which has been described as the world’s deadliest so far this year.
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Video: Powerful earthquake hits Iraq and Iran, killing more than 300
BAGHDAD/ANKARA, Reuters, November 13, 2017 - At least 332 people were killed in Iran and Iraq when a magnitude 7.3 earthquake jolted the region on Sunday, state media in the two countries said, and rescuers were searching for dozens trapped under rubble in the mountainous area.
State television said more than 328 people were killed in Iran and at least 2,500 were injured. Local officials said the death toll would rise as search and rescue teams reached remote areas of Iran.
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Seriously-ill political prisoners denied adequate medical care in Iran prisons

According to reports obtained from inside Iran, the past months have seen a spike in arrests and executions. In fear of mass anti-state protests similar to those that took place in 2009, the regime has resorted to raid the homes of political and human rights activists in Iran, especially the supporters of the main resistance group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). This happens against the backdrop of a widespread campaign in Iran condemning the regime’s three-decade-long crimes in the country’s prisons, especially the massacre of 30 thousand political prisoners in the summer of 1988.
Following is the news about the critical health condition of  political prisoner who are the supporter of Iranian opposition and MEK:

Political Prisoners Urge International NGOs to Investigate Case of Inmate With Suspected Cancer

Three human rights activists held in Rajaee Shahr Prison in Iran have written a letter urging international rights groups to help fellow political prisoner Majid Assadi, who has been denied otside medical treatment despite severe health problems.
“For a long time, Assadi—who is suspected of suffering from intestinal cancer—has been having difficulty sleeping because of the severity of the pain and constant vomiting, and yet his frequent visits to the prison clinic have not improved his condition,” said the letter, signed by political prisoners Arash Sadeghi, Saeed Shirzad, and fellow inmate Saeed Mansouri.
“Since the authorities do not have any sense of responsibility, we request Amnesty International, as well as Reporters and Doctors Without Borders, investigate this matter,” wrote the activists.
The case of former political prisoner Alireza Rajaee, who lost part of his face due to sinus cancer that he says was left untreated while he was held in Evin Prison, has put the spotlight on the ongoing denial of medical care to political prisoners in Iran. 
In October 2017, labor activist Mohammad Jarrahi died from thyroid cancer that was left untreated while he was held as a political prisoner in Tabriz Prison, his former lawyer, Naghi Mahmoudi, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).
A source close to the Assadi family told CHRI that the political activist has been denied access to his prescribed medications.
“His medications have been cut off and according to his doctor, the problems in his digestive tract could spread to other organs if he doesn’t receive treatment,” said the source, who requested anonymity for security reasons.
“The signs are not good,” added the source. “His doctor said it could be anything from intestinal inflammation to cancer.”
The judiciary has denied pleas by Assadi’s mother for her ailing son to receive urgent medical treatment outside the prison, based in the city of Karaj.
“He has serious digestive problems and can’t eat anything,” Assadi’s mother, who requested that her first name be withheld, told CHRI. “He looked pale…he has lost 10 kilos. He doesn’t eat… The prison lacks facilities.”
A prominent human rights lawyer who was incarcerated in Rajaee Shahr Prison told CHRI in April 2016 that “the prison was not in any condition to hold that many prisoners.”
“The clinic did not have medicines to treat anything worse than a cold, let alone high blood pressure,” said Mohammad Seifzadeh, adding that the cells have severely limited ventilation. “Bad nutrition and lack of vitamins weakened the prisoners.”
Majid Assadi, 35, has been detained at Rajaee Shahr Prison since his arrest by Intelligence Ministry agents in Karaj on February 18, 2017. He was tried for the charge of “assembly and collusion against national security” on November 5, 2017.
“A verdict will be issued next week,” Mrs. Assadi told CHRI. “His trial was at Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court. I wasn’t in the courtroom, but I did see him. He couldn’t discuss his case.”
“They refused to free him on bail and instead extended his detention,” she added. “We asked to let him go free on bail to get treatment, but the court refused.”
Furlough, temporary leave typically granted to prisoners in Iran for a variety of familial, holiday, and medical reasons, is routinely denied to political prisoners as a form of additional punishment.
Intelligence Ministry agents previously arrested Assadi on July 3, 2008, while he was a student activist at Allameh Tabatabaie University in Tehran.
In March 2010, he was sentenced to four years in prison for “assembly and collusion against national security” by Judge Abolqasem Salavati of Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court. After the Appeals Court upheld his sentence, Assadi began his prison term on October 5, 2011. He was released on June 8, 2015.
“When he was out of prison he was fine,” Mrs. Assadi told CHRI. “But when he first went to prison, he developed back pains. This time his stomach and intestines are a mess and the pain won’t let him sleep at night.”
“He got worse when he joined a mass hunger strike,” she added.
A mass hunger strike was launched by at least 20 inmates in Rajaee Shahr Prison in August 2017 after more than 50 political prisoners and prisoners of conscience were suddenly transferred without notice or their personal belongings from Ward 12 to the security-enhanced Ward 10 on July 30, 2017.

Seriously-ill political prisoner denied adequate medical care
Majid Asadi, a political prisoner and civil activist who has been detained in an uncertain condition in Gohardasht Prison, currently has denied medical treatment in a hospital outside the prison. He recently suffered from digestive problems in prison.
Majid Asadi’s mother says her son’s illness is suspected of bowel cancer. “My son’s intestinal illness has already been acute and he cannot eat at all, he has nausea, he can not even sleep at nights due to severe pain. He suffers from abdominal pain but prison authorities don’t care. Majid should be admitted to a hospital outside the prison, I do not know what to do now,” she added.
Recently three political prisoners in Gohardasht Prison also expressed concern about the deteriorating health condition of Majid Asadi, and emphasized that prison authorities refuse to provide him any care.
Majid Assadi was arrested by agents of the Iran’s intelligence ministry on February 18, 2017. Assadi was kept in solitary confinement under severe duress for 50 days, and was incarcerated in Evin’s wards 209 and 240 for months before being transferred to the Gohadasht prison in Karaj, west of Tehran. Incidentally, his transfer took place a short while before the foreign ambassadors’ tour of Evin.
After months, Assadi still awaits to be tried for charges of supporting the opposition group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran.
Assadi previously served another four-year prison term from 2011 to 2015 for attending a ceremony commemorating the victims of the 1999 student protests in Tehran.
Political prisoner Alireza Gholipour

Political prisoner Alireza Gholipour on 29 day of Hunger Strike is in dire condition
Alireza Golipour, 30, is deprived of medical care despite suffering from lung cancer and severe and continuous bleeding of the nose. As a student in communications and a former staff of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, he was arrested in the course of the 2009 uprising. He was once again arrested in October 2012 after he exposed governmental corruption including by the Minister of Intelligence. After many months of torture and solitary confinement, he was transferred to the ward of ordinary prisoners in Evin Prison where he was harassed by the regime’s mafia-like gangs. His family has also been constantly threatened.
On February 1, 2016 he sent out a statement addressed to the “people of Iran” from Evin Prison, inviting them to resist against the mullahs’ regime.
“After three years of enduring torture, I still chant loudly that this regime is a dictatorship and is the number one oppressor of all time of this country’s people.”

“I proudly tell the dear Iranian nation that I stand firm on my beliefs. I urge the international community to see to the [Iranian] people’s rights that have been usurped from them by this dictatorship,” he added, that he was tortured during interrogation and that he is forbidden to meet with his lawyer.

Seven Years of Illness and Uncertainty, a Report on the Status of an Imprisoned Father and Son
NCRI - Two political prisoners, a father and a son, after enduring more than seven years in prison in Section 350 of Evin Prison are still in a state of limbo.
Despite the passage of years since the original conviction of Mohsen and Ahmad Daneshpour Moghadam and their protest to the verdict, the judiciary refuses to issue a final verdict under the pretext of "lost file".The physical condition of the two political prisoners who have been deprived of many rights because of legal uncertainty is undesirable.This inadequate condition is while Ahmad Daneshpur, despite his illness, is the nurse of his 72-year-old ill father in prison.Ahmad Daneshpour Moghaddam and his wife Reyhaneh Haj Ebrahim Dabbagh and his parents Mohsen Daneshpour Moghadam and Mottahareh Bahrami Haghighi along with Hadi Ghaemi, a family friend, were arrested on December 28, 2009, when security officials entered their home. Less than a month later, on January 16, 2010, they were all tried and sentenced to death in a lower court without legal representation, and with state chosen counsel, by the judge Salavati. The detainees were in solitary confinement in ward 209 of Evin prison until sentencing and were held incommunicado.

Daughter of Political Prisoner Mohammad-Ali Mansouri, Writes a Letter to AsmaJahangir                                  Mohammad-Ali Mansouri, political prisoner of the 90’s and member of PMOI, has been transferred on April 23 to an unknown location by Gohardasht prison gurads, with no news of him ever since.Meanwhile,                                To read the Text of the letter click here

Call to save political prisoner Mr. Mohammad Ali Mansouri

The Iranian Resistance warns about the plot against the life of political prisoner Mohammad Ali (Pirouz) Mansouri, and calls on all international human rights organizations for an urgent and effective action to save his life.
Sunday morning, April 23, henchmen raided Section 4, Hall 12 of Gohardasht prison in Karaj and transferred political prisoner Mohammad Ali Mansouri to an unknown location. He was a political prisoner in the 80’s and a family member of Mojahedin. He was arrested in Tehran in September 2007 for taking part in ceremonies commemorating the prisoners massacred in 1988, charged with 'supporting the PMOI' and 'propaganda against the regime and collusion with intent to act against state security', and sentenced to 15 years in prison and exile.

Zahra ZehtabchiZahra Zehtabchi is deprived of the right to enjoy leave                        Political prisoner Zahra Zehtabchi has been deprived of enjoying any leaves from prison.Ms. Zehtabchi has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for supporting the opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). She has been in prison since 2013.            Read more

Two Former Political Prisoners Rearrested, Call for Their Release

The Iranian regime’s repressive forces rearrested two former political prisoners by the names of Misters Mohammad Banazadeh Amir Khizi, 71, and Assadollah Hadi, 57, on Saturday night, February 18th, and Sunday morning, February 19th.                                   Read more

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Iran- Fifth anniversary of Sattar Beheshti, a message by his mother

Gohar Eshghi

Gohar Eshghi says freedom is coming

On the fifth anniversary of Sattar Beheshti’s death under torture, his mother, Gohar Eshghi announced in a letter to the Iranian people that freedom is coming soon. The letter reads in part:
The Islamic Republic came to power four decades ago with slogan of protecting the downtrodden. However, it did not take them very long before they built their luxury life on the ruins of the life of the poor.
Now, because of this regime, we have to mourn our children and compatriots instead of celebrating.
Yes, it is the fifth anniversary of the loss of my son, Sattar, who took care of me. But instead of weeping and sobbing for him, I celebrate that my son could shake the pillars of tyranny, like other young men who drenched in their own blood to water the sapling of freedom.
The day is not far when the rulers would have to account for their actions. Freedom of Iran and her people is truly imminent.

Narges Mohammadi’s Speech on the Second Anniversary of Sattar Beheshti’s Murder

Sattar Beheshti was an Iranian blogger who died in early November 2012 several days after being arrested by the Iranian Cyber Police unit for criticizing the government of the Islamic Republic on Facebook, and after making a signed complaint of being tortured while in custody. His reported death has drawn international condemnation and led to the dismissal of the commander of Iran's cybercrimes police unit.
Sattar Beheshti was born in 1977 and lived in Robat Karim, 27 km southwest of Tehran  he was "a labourer from a working class family".Opposition websites report that he had been detained in 1999 after student protests at Tehran University.

His website "My Life for My Iran" at was not a major blog, and had fewer than 30 viewers in October. But although he "was regarded as a relatively minor figure" among Iran’s bloggers, according to the New York Times, Beheshti's death "has provoked outrage among both opponents and supporters of Iran’s leaders".

On October 22, 2012, Beheshti posted a criticism of the Islamic Republic on his blog addressed to the Supreme Leader. Beheshti stated that the judicial system of the Islamic Republic was "nothing but a slaughterhouse," and that "the sentences and ... the executions carried out ... were not out of a desire for justice – but were aimed at terrorizing the people! So that no one will complain!"

In a blog post a day before his arrest, Beheshti wrote: "They threatened me yesterday and said, 'Your mother will soon wear black because you don't shut your big mouth'".

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Ahmadreza Djalali,Iranian-born Swedish resident Scientist Sentenced to Death in Iran for Refusing to Spy on the West

Please sign, share, the petition to #SaveAhmad

75 Nobel Laureates call on Iran to release scientist and medical doctor Ahmadreza Djalali, who has been sentenced to death in Iran for "spreading corruption on earth" 
Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo
Mission of Iran to the United Nations
622 Third Ave., 34th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Re: Plea for Ahmadreza Djalali
Dear Ambassador Khoshroo:
As members of a group of people (and organizations) who, according to the will of Alfred Nobel are
deeply committed to the greatest benefit to mankind, we cannot stay silent, when the life and work of a similarly devoted researcher as Iranian disaster medicine scholar Ahmadreza Djalali is threatened by a death sentence.
According to reports by the international weekly journal of science Nature (23 October 2017)
and other sources, Ahmadreza Djalali was accused of collaboration with a hostile government and
sentenced to death on 20 October.
Dr. Djalali, a resident of Sweden with his family, works on improving emergency responses of hospitals to
armed terrorism and radioactive, chemical and biological threats. Dr. Djalali is affiliated with the
Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, and the University of Eastern Piedmont in Novara, Italy. He was arrested in April 2016 on an academic visit to Tehran.
While the conditions of his detention and trial have already given reason to great concern, a document based on a handwritten text by Dr. Djalali has now raised the suspicion that it was his refusal to work for the Iranian Intelligence Services, which led to this unfair, flawed trial.
Thus, we join in the several existing petitions:
Ahmadreza Djalali
A distinguished expert in disaster medicine was sentenced to death by the Iranian Regime last month, after he refused to spy for them.
Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali, a resident of Sweden, was sentenced by the Iranian Revolutionary Court on October 21 after being found ‘guilty’ of providing evidence about Iran’s secret nuclear sites to the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, which led to the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists in 2010-2012.
Of course, the Iranian Regime routinely accuses people of spying for the US and Israel, which it calls the Big Satan and the Little Satan respectively, with no actual evidence.
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Ahmadreza Djalali
Prominent academic sentenced to death after grossly unfair trial
rominent academic sentenced to death after grossly unfair trial
Amnesty International – 23 October 2017

The Iranian authorities must urgently quash the death sentence against Iranian-born Swedish resident and specialist in emergency medicine Ahmadreza Djalali, said Amnesty International today.

The medical doctor and university lecturer had studied and taught in Sweden, Italy and Belgium. Since his arrest in April 2016, several European officials have called for his release.
Zeynab Taheri, one of Ahmadreza Djalali’s lawyers, told Amnesty International that he was sentenced to death for the charge of “corruption on earth” (ifsad fil-arz), and has been given a 200,000 euro fine. The court verdict, which was shown to one of the lawyers, states that Ahmadreza Djalali worked with the Israeli government, who subsequently helped him obtain his residency permit in Sweden.

“Ahmadreza Djalali was sentenced to death after a grossly unfair trial that once again exposes not only the Iranian authorities’ steadfast commitment to use of the death penalty but their utter contempt for the rule of law,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

“No evidence has ever been presented to show that he is anything other than an academic peacefully pursuing his profession. If he has been convicted and sentenced for peacefully exercising his rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly, including through his academic work, the authorities must immediately and unconditionally release him and drop all charges against him.”
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Iran-Agents Interrupt Labor Activist’s Dialysis Treatment to Transport Mahmoud Salehito Prison

Mahmoud Salehi and Reza Shahabi
International Call for Immediate Release of Political Prisoners in Iran
Walter Sanchez, the Secretary-General of the International Industrial Workers' Union, and five French labor syndicates called for the immediate release of Mahmoud Salehi and Reza Shahabi, two labor activists imprisoned in Iran.
Mr. Sanchez expressed concerns over the arrest and torture and illegal behavior by Iranian regime towards workers and trade union leaders due to union and guild activities, saying the health and well-being of the two prisoners are in grave danger. According to reports, the political prisoner, Mahmoud Salehi, suffers from heart disease and diabetes. The physician treating Mahmoud Salehi recommended that he be transferred to a well-equipped hospital in Tehran, Tabriz, or Orumiyeh due to the weakness of his heart, but the regime's judiciary refused and returned him to Saghez prison on November 20.
AI Slams Iran For Humiliating Two Prisoners Of Conscience

AI Slams Iran For Humiliating Two Prisoners Of Conscience
Amnesty International, AI, has slammed the Islamic Republic for shackling and handcuffing two prisoners of conscience who are bedbound in a hospital.
It is regrettable, AI notes, that Iranian officials instead of immediately releasing Mahmoud Salehi and Mohammad Nazari have humiliated them.
According to AI, Salehi and Nazari who needed medical treatment were transferred to a hospital where they have been shackled to their beds.
“It is regrettable that Iranian officials, instead of immediately releasing Mahmoud Salehi and Mohammad Nazari, have treated them as criminals, persecute, humiliate and tying them to their beds”, AI’s researcher for Iran related cases, Raha Bahreini told Radio Farda.
International laws allow using tools such as fetters and handcuffs only for the prisoners who might harm themselves or attack others and try to escape, AI reiterated.

Labor activist Mahmoud Salehi was detained by security agents on October 28, 2017, while undergoing dialysis at a hospital in the city of Saqqez, in Iran’s Kurdistan Province.
His son, Samerand Salehi, informed that his father, who has no kidneys, was detained without receiving a summons to begin serving a one-year prison sentence issued by the Appeals Court in February 2017 for “propaganda against the state.”
“You can imagine what state my father is in because he was taken from the hospital straight to prison,” said Samerand Salehi on October 28. “We are very worried for him because he needs his pills and has to get special treatment in the hospital twice a week, including dialysis.”
“He lost his kidneys the last time he was detained,” he added. “Now we’re worried about his life.”
In September 2015, Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court in Sanandaj sentenced Salehi to nine years in prison for “propaganda against the state” and “creating an opposition group.”
A 45-year-old baker based in Saqqez, Mahmoud Salehi is one of the founders of the Labor Unions Coordination Committee, and has been arrested numerous times for his peaceful pro-labor activities, his son told CHRI.
Agents of the Intelligence Ministry last arrested the activist in April 2015 ahead of International Labor Day, May 1, in Sanandaj. A month later he was hospitalized for serious urinary complications and eventually both of his kidneys were removed.
After his release from detention on medical grounds in November 2015, Mahmoud Salehi wrote an open letter to the UN special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran to protest the loss of his kidneys.
“I was arrested on April 28, 2015, by plainclothes Intelligence Ministry agents in my home without committing any act against the Constitution,” wrote Salehi.
“After my arrest and transfer to solitary confinement in prison in Saqqez, I was taken to the Intelligence Ministry’s notorious detention center [in Sanandaj] along with [labor activist] Osman Esmaili, who was arrested the same day,” he said. “I lost both of my kidneys there because the prison authorities cut off my medications. Now I receive dialysis treatment every Saturday and Tuesday at the Imam Khomeini Hospital in Saqqez.”
The trade unionist continued: “I declare to all freedom-seeking people and international organizations that I am prepared to face any judicial authority in front of a jury in an open court to show my people and the whole world that workers are being suppressed for no crime other than seeking to organize independent unions.”
In July and August 2016, the activist’s wife, Najibeh Salehzadeh, was also tried at Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court in Saqqez for allegedly posting “insulting” material on Facebook. A verdict has not been issued.
Labor activism in Iran is seen as a national security offense; independent labor unions are not allowed to function, strikers are often fired and risk arrest and labor leaders are consistently prosecuted under catchall national security charges and sentenced to long prison terms.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Iran-Warm Greetings of the Iranians for the 22nd Telethon to Support the Resistance TV

#Solidarity MESSAGES FROM #Iran 4D #Telethon OF D #Iranian #Resistance #simayazadi

The 22nd telethon of the Iranian resistance's TV which had started on Friday November 3, embraced a joyful welcome from the Iranians and supporters of the Iranian resistance inside and outside the country.
Supporters of the Iranian resistance, once again stressed on their will to help and support the satellite TV of the Resistance as the  true voice and image of those who are under the suppression of the religious fascism ruling Iran. And reiterated that supporting the resistance is a national duty.

Support The Voice Of The Iranian People In Face Of Tyranny

It is risky to be a journalist who works for a dissenting news outlet in Iran. Reportedly, arrests and imprisonment of free minded journalists has been escalating in recent years.In fact, the Iranian regime is known to attack not only the reporters and broadcasters of independent and foreign information, but the recipients, as well. It is illegal to own satellite receiver equipment in Iran, but millions of Iranians use satellite equipment to tune into banned television networks. Equipment that has been confiscated by regime authorities is regularly replaced. Additionally, countless Iranians use virtual proxy networks (VPN) to evade restrictions on their use of the internet to gain information.These conditions make the work of dissenting news outlets more important than ever, as they expose information that goes unreported by state-run media.Iran National Television (INTV), known in Farsi as Simay Azadi, is such an outlet. On Friday, November 3rd, its 22nd public campaign to raise funds for its operations begins. INTV is a voice for the Iranian people, and is viewed by those households that have defied the regime’s ban on satellite television equipment.

Opposition TV pledge drive seeking finances for another year of broadcasting dissent, amidst #Iran's media crackdown, starts Nov. 3 #teleton

It is illegal to own satellite receiver equipment in Iran, where the government exerts tremendous control over the flow of information. Nevertheless, just as countless Iranians use virtual proxy networks to evade restrictions on the government and social media, millions of Iranian households also use satellite equipment to tune into banned television networks. Many even go so far as to re-acquire the necessary equipment after it has been confiscated by regime authorities in large-scale crackdowns.
The Iranian regime is well-known for attacking not only the recipients of independent and foreign information but also the broadcasters themselves. In fact, it has been widely reported that the Iranian crackdown on free minded journalists has been escalating in recent years, along with a broader crackdown on activists and minority groups. These conditions make the work of dissenting news outlets more important than ever, as they counter Iran’s attempt to control the media and also expose both the popular protests and the suppressive activities that would otherwise go unreported.
One such outlet, known in Farsi as Simay Azadi and in English as Iran National Television, will start its 22nd public campaign on Friday, November 3 to raise funds for its operations. INTV is viewed by many of those households that have defied the regime’s ban on satellite television equipment.
INTV is uniquely a voice for the Iranian people.
Far beyond harassment and interrogation, contributors to INTV have been tortured and even executed for their journalist activities, just as Iranian activists have been executed solely for supporting the main opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).
Violence against INTV journalists goes hand-in-hand with violence against PMOI activists, because one of INTV’s most prominent affronts to the Iranian regime is its coverage of popular protests. Over the years, the network has also helped to expose to conditions of Iranian prisons and particularly their political wards, and INTV has become a chosen outlet for Iranian political prisoners to voice their continued opposition to the clerical regime.
Such projects have contributed to the growing popularity of INTV among Iranians with an eye toward a democratic future for their country. The network’s previous pledge drive took place for 40 consecutive hours in mid-January and thousands of people in Iran and throughout the world called in and contributed to its efforts. As in previous fundraising efforts, individual contributions ranged from just a few dollars to many thousands, underscoring the socioeconomic diversity of the network’s audience.
Their contributions and their continued viewership of the network highlighted the ongoing defiance of bans on dissident and foreign media. And the pledge drive itself also helped to highlight the continuation of the people’s conflict with the regime over other attempts to restrict access to information and domestic communication. Viewers and supporters kept up dialogue over the mission of INTV on several social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, and Telegram, as well as reaching the network directly via 84 phone lines.
Callers praised INTV as “the voice of the voiceless” and cited a number of specific topics of reporting as reasons for their support of INTV as a primary alternative to state media and propaganda. These included the apparent escalation in human rights abuses throughout the country, as well as the enforced public silence over the past crimes of the clerical regime. INTV has played a major role in the campaign for full public disclosure of the details behind the execution of 30,000 political prisoners in the summer of 1988, with which the regime sought to destroy the PMOI and all organized resistance to the fledgling theocracy.
Public dialogue about that incident increased dramatically over the past year, in the wake of the release of an audio recording of Ayatollah Ali Hossein Montazeri criticizing his then-fellow regime officials over their role in the killings. In the face of government efforts to suppress the recording, INTV helped to circulate the growing calls for justice for the victims and exposing mass graves of the victims while also reporting on the protests that emerged out of that and the regime’s cavalier response to the information. Mostafa Pourmohammadi, who was Justice Minister during Hassan Rouhani’s first term as president, said that he was “proud” to have helped carry out “God’s command” of death for the MEK.
The renewed public awareness of this issue has given another outlet to the already well-established disconnect between the Iranian government and its people. INTV stands to fill an important role in the months and years to come as it shows the depths of the people’s antipathy to the regime while also exposing the various reasons why that antipathy is justified.
This is a role that INTV’s contributors and its volunteer staff are prepared to play in spite of the severe risks that accompany their work. All independent voices in the media face serious risks as a result of simply doing their jobs. But when it comes to Iran, for no one is this truer than those who unabashedly convey information to the public about the growth and progress of the Iranian Resistance movement and popular dissent.
The government’s crackdown will continue to escalate, but recent experience has shown that this cannot be expected to silence the dissent of the Iranian people, least of all when there is still an outlet through which they can voice their dissent against the clerical regime while also seeing the fruits of their labor as activists and dissidents.
With its viewership growing and its 22nd pledge drive about to begin, INTV is hopeful that it will soon be able to guarantee its position as such an outlet for another year.

Full report of Twenty First Fundraising Campaign of Simay-E-Azadi

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