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Iranian imprisoned teacher, Esmail Abdi, to go on a hunger strike as of April 30, 2017

Iranian imprisoned teacher, Esmail Abdi, to go on a hunger strike as of April 30, 2017



Esmail Abdi, who is currently incarcerated in section 350 of Evin Prison, has issued an open statement on April 22, 2017 in which he has announced his intention to go on a hunger strike as of April 30, 2017 (Iranian Calendar: Ordibehesht 10, 1396).

In his statement, which is written in Farsi (click here), Abdi highlights that in today's world education and pedagogy enjoy an international focus, with countries around the world recognizing the right to form autonomous trade unions. Unfortunately, he adds, in our country an amalgam of backward outlooks, official incompetence, exclusionary decision making, allocation of least resources and budgets to Education and turning teachers' just, legitimate demands into matters of 'national security' have resulted in an unceasing violation of teachers’, students’, and generally speaking all social rights in Iran.

In his statement, Abdi points out that as a result of the above systemic government policies and practices, we have ended up with many problems, including but not limited to: astronomical salaries for executives and managers, widespread fiduciary violations of teachers' pension funds, discriminatory hiring policies, imposition of poverty level wages and salaries, lack of attention to retired teachers and retirees' issues, problems of non-contract, kindergarten and freelance educators, increasingly alarming levels of child illiteracy and child labor, a lowering of age for addiction, prostitution and drugs making inroads into schoolyards, unjust allocation of resources, creation of inequality in students’ rights through promotion of private elite schools, commercialization and commodification of education, nationwide dilapidated schools specially in peripheries of cities and border regions, ideologized textbooks, creating a security, surveillance, repressive atmosphere in schools and educational matters, dereliction of duty in fair payment of wages,... Such immense social injustices have profoundly distressed Iranian teachers and transformed them into agents of change, motors of contemporary social movements in Iran, Abdi infers.

Abdi further states that in response to these dire circumstances, Iranian Teachers’ Trade Associations and the Coordinating Council of Iranian Teachers Trade Associations, within constitutional frameworks, have repeatedly approached various methods of communication with government officials, such as letter writing, sending notices, collecting petitions, meetings with Members of Parliament and Ministry of Education, publishing expert studies, issuing communiques,...but despite all these efforts it seems as if officials are willfully deaf, and continue to portray abysmal conditions of the education system as normal.

However, through call-outs by teachers’ trade associations and collective determination, Abdi emphasizes, conscious teachers resorted to carrying out 'silent' protests and also through participation in general assemblies of teachers’ associations and various campaigns such as creation of a nation-wide committee to pursue our demands (with fifty thousand members) or "the Campaign for a Fare Budget" (with 110,000 signatures)have been bringing attention to their issues. Through all these efforts teachers have demonstrated that although we are very diverse in our politics, in pursuing our rights and liberties we are united, totally independent from all political factions.

Abdi asserts that warrantless arrests by security agents who refuse to show their official identification cards, occurring in our homes which intimidates and frightens all family members, illegal detention in jail without any contact with our attorneys,...are all representations of how our rights and liberties are flagrantly violated.

Abdi asks Iranian policy makers and officials:

- Is membership in a trade association and peaceful assembly, which is in accordance with principles of 26 and 27 of the constitution, a crime?

- Is protesting against the theft and looting of public property, especially the teachers’ reserve fund a crime?

- Does teachers walking in the park, disturb national security?

- Is presence of teachers at the grave of teachers like Doctor Khan Ali, a crime?

- Is collecting signatures to demand government enforcement of laws is a crime?

- Do you know why Education International (EI) passed two especial resolutions on Iran, on 26 July 2015?

- Are the ordinary people the only section of society obliged to uphold the laws but government officials are exempt from lawful conduct?

In closing his statement, Esmail Abdi, while declaring solidarity with all teachers and workers, announces that in protest against the Iranian Judiciary’s biased and unjust security charges against activists of teachers’ and workers’ organizations, and to demand the dismissal of all 'security' charges in his case, he shall initiate a hunger strike on 30, April 2017.

Report prepared by IASWI:
International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI)
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April 25, 2017



More background information:

Esmail Abdi transferred to section 350 of Evin prison
Esmail Abdi, who has already spent about a year and 4 months in notorious Evin prison, was suddenly transferred to from ward 8 to ward 350 from within the same prison!

Ward 350 of Evin prison does not have any telephone and other means of communication and his wife and three children were not given permission to visit him.

Mr Abdi’s wife has reported that she has not been given any information of her husband’s circumstances and health since 1st of March (2017) and that she does not know why he has been transferred to ward 350. She has raised serious concerns about the safety and wellbeing of her husband.
Instead of considering teachers demands for independent trade union, above the poverty-line wages, descent national health, descent pension scheme, free education, safe classroom for students, and to stop privatising Education, Islamic regime of Iran has intensified pressures on teachers activists. Teachers’ activists are either under prosecution, on trial, facing long prison sentence or in the case of Esmail Abdi are incarcerated or like Ali Akbar Baghani sent to exile.

Esmail Abdi has been targeted by government authorities for his union activities and stance on free and accessible public education for all. IASWI urges all teachers’ organizations internationally to demand immediate freedom of Esmail Abdi and dismissal of all sentences given to teachers’ activists.

International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI)
info@workers-iran.org/ www.workers-iran.org / www.etehadbinalmelali.com
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https://twitter.com/IASWIinfo
March 7, 2017

PLEASE SEND protest letters to:

* Leader of the Islamic Republic, Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei
Twitter: @khamenei_ir (English) or @Khamenei_fa (Persian)
Email: info_leader@leader.ir

* President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hassan Rouhani
Email: media@rouhani.ir
Twitter: @HassanRouhani (English) and
@Rouhani_ir (Persian)

* IRI’s Minister of Education; Email: vazir@medu.ir

* Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations
Email: iran@un.int

Cc: info@workers-iran.org

Link: An appeal for retrial of Esmail Abdi has been rejected!


Persecuted Christian or perpetrator of crimes against humanity ?

Friday 04 March 2016

Persecuted Christian or perpetrator of crimes against humanity ?


Canada wrongly rejected the refugee claim of a lieutenant-colonel in the Iranian National Police on the spurious grounds of guilt by association, and must now hold a new hearing into his claim that he is marked for death as an apostate for converting to Christianity.
This is the result of a new Federal Court ruling on Mohammadreza Habibi, 64, of Thornhill, Ont., who claims to be the victim of persecution by a murderous theocracy, but is seen by the government of Canada as complicit in Iran’s crimes against humanity, which include torture and execution.
In Canada’s view, Habibi’s conversion story — from his ancestral Christianity roots, to his story of a raid on an underground church in Iran, and his baptism in a Toronto area lake — is little more than a cover story, too little, too late to absolve him of responsibility.
But this position, taken by civil servants on behalf of the previous government, was legally flawed. In granting Habibi a new hearing, a Federal Court judge found Canada’s refugee board “simply concur(red) with the Minister’s conclusions,” without properly applying the law on complicity in war crimes.
And because the government’s evidence against Habibi — stacks of reports on Iranian atrocities from Amnesty International, academic journals and the popular press, but nothing on him in particular other than his testimony — fails to establish he played a “significant and knowing” part in crimes against humanity, the denial of refugee protection cannot stand.
So those two visions of Habibi — war criminal or victim of religious persecution — will again be tested against each other on the murky terrain of international refugee law. In the balance hangs not only his fate in Canada, but also that of his wife, Maliheh Khoshadel, 57.
She testified she followed his lead into an underground Christian church near Tehran, and when her husband fled to Canada after it was raided by police, she managed to destroy their stock of scripture just before she was twice taken from her home, blindfolded, for interrogation.
“It was the forces of Pasdaran and the revolutionaries,” she testified, referring to the Revolutionary Guard and its subordinate militias, which enforce Islamic social order against foreign or blasphemous influence. Canada considers its extraterritorial wing, the Quds Force, a terrorist entity.
Your husband has changed religion and we are looking for him
“They came to the house and they said, ‘Your husband has changed religion and we are looking for him,’ ” she said.
Khoshadel arrived in Canada on a visa to visit their daughter, and filed for refugee status with Habibi in 2012. At their suburban bungalow this week, both declined to comment on the advice of their lawyer, Jared Will.
Court records, however, tell the story of a career policeman who joined the force under the Shah and was suspended for three months in the 1979 revolution as some fellow officers were shot in the streets. He served for nearly three decades, rising to the rank of lieutenant-colonel in Tabriz, near his ancestral homeland.
He said he was an “information-collecting officer,” who later supervised lower ranking police, but never dealt with anything more serious than fraud, robbery, theft and other common crimes. Questioned by a government lawyer, he denied involvement in any corporal punishments or transferring prisoners to the more feared elements of the Islamic republic, like the Basij militia, Komiteh Islamic committees, or the Ministry of Intelligence and Security.
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He said police changed, as older ones were replaced by younger, more zealous revolutionaries, whom he described as criminals.
“The older police officers, they did not agree with what (younger ones) were doing and they were trying to stop anything that they thought it was not their duty to do,” Habibi testified. “One of the reasons that they agreed with my retirement, it was just actually to get rid of me.”
He said he asked to resign a few times, but was refused. “I never did like this government, but I had to serve. I had to work,” he said.
Raised as a Muslim, Habibi said his 2006 conversion arose from an interest in his Christian ancestry, and a disapproval of aspects of Islam.
“From when I was a small kid, I … had difficulty accepting this religion (Islam) because of some of the violence I saw within … within this religion, I guess,” he said.
But it was only in retirement, running a bookshop, that he met Christians and joined an underground church, called Besharaht, in Karaj, near Tehran.
A dozen or so men and a few women would rent an orchard storehouse, and usually meet on Friday. They would read scripture and compare subjects in Christianity and Islam, the differing messages of Jesus and Muhammad on such questions as submission, salvation and goodwill.
After the church was raided by police, Habibi left Iran within days on a visa he already had, as his daughter lived in Canada. His son fled to Germany, where he was accepted as a refugee.
In Canada, Habibi and his wife joined a Persian Christian Fellowship and were baptized in an Ontario lake in the summer of 2013, although the minister’s counsel asked why they took a course for “new believers.”
Deportation back to Iran is a real possibility if the case goes against him again, Habibi’s lawyer said. There are other powerful effects of the accusation of complicity in atrocities, which he said are “tossed around very lightly in the immigration law context.”
“I don’t think it’s hard to imagine the sort of stigma and shame that goes along with being branded as a war criminal by the Canadian government,” Will said.
Anybody who’s considered an apostate, the punishment is death
“They basically are relying on generic evidence.”
For his part, Habibi said he fears unfair judgment and capital punishment were he to return.
“(Iranian authorities) consider me an apostate. So once you are apostate they won’t listen to you. They don’t believe you. They don’t let you talk. And then we are not allowed to have a lawyer either,” he said.
“They believe that they are the representative of God on Earth … that’s what they have interpreted Shariah as — anybody who’s considered an apostate, the punishment is death.”
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/perpetrator-of-crimes-against-humanity-or-persecuted-christian-ex-iranian-officer-gets-new-day-in-court


Persecution of Christian Converts Continues under Rouhani

Persecution of Christian Converts Continues under Rouhani


[h2 Christian is Arrested and Taken to Unknown Location
Despite President Hassan Rouhani’s pledges during his election campaign in 2013 that “All ethnicities, all religions, even religious minorities, must feel justice,” the targeting of Christian converts for state persecution and prosecution has continued unabated under his administration.
Most recently, two days before Christmas, officials from the Administration’s Intelligence Ministry arrested a Christian convert in Isfahan, according to the Alliance of Iranian Churches known as Hamgam, carting him and an assortment of his personal belongings off to an undisclosed location.
The arrest of leaders of minority faiths in Iran, especially those that engage in proselytizing, and the systematic discrimination of members of such faith in all walks of life, have led the UN Secretary-General and the UN Special Rapporteur for Iran to consistently cite the denial of freedom of religion as a major human rights violation in Iran.
“Agents of the Intelligence Ministry in Isfahan entered the home of Meysam Hojati on December 23, 2015, scolded him in front of his parents, slapped him on the face, searched his home and took personal belongings including his computer, phone, Holy Book and Christian pamphlets,” Mansour Borji, a spokesperson for the Alliance told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.
“They took him away handcuffed and blindfolded. The agents even took the Christmas tree. That’s really strange. Why would they care about a Christmas tree?” he added.
Borji, who lives in the UK, told the Campaign that since Hojati’s arrest, his family has been unable to establish where he is being held.
Hojati was previously arrested in March 2012 along with a group of other Christian converts in Isfahan and accused of proselytizing in home-based churches, the spokesperson for the Alliance of Iranian Churches said.
Home churches are unofficial and unlicensed places of Christian worship in people’s private homes. They have steadily grown in number in Iran due to the authorities refusal to license new houses of worship.
The Christians were released on bail two months later.
Borji noted that in the past ten years it has become common for security agents to arrest Christian converts in various cities around Christmas. “By making these arrests around this time the government hopes to intimidate converts by threatening them with heavy punishments… so that they would either leave the country or stop their [religious] activities.”
A year before, on December 26, 2014, Pastor Victor Bet Tamraz, a former leader of the Tehran Pentecostal Assyrian Church, along with two converts, were arrested in Tehran. He was also released on bail after two months in detention in Evin Prison.
International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran]

How Iran's mafia-like Revolutionary Guard rules the country's black market


Saeed Ghasseminejad, Contributor - Dec. 10, 2015, 5:18 PM
[ The revolutionary children of the Ayatollah Khomeini, the Pasdaran, were the poor, marginalized thugs of the Shah's era, people with a huge appetite for violence. They founded the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the IRGC, and became the main tool of oppression in the hands of Iran's theocratic regime .
Over the past three decades, the Guard has evolved and built a powerful military-industrial-financial complex. And they have not limited themselves to the normal economy. The IRGC has expanded Iran’s underground economy and its own control over it, building a mafia cartel in the process. Consequently, it is not surprising that in its 2011 plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington, the Quds Force, the IRGC's external operations wing, sought the help of Mexican drug cartels .
A close look at the IRGC’s involvement in Iran’s underground economy shows that the Guards are no strangers to the underworld. They control it .
Globally, the underground economy covers a considerable portion of the world's economic activities. As the IMF explains, deficient rule of law in a country is correlated with a larger underground economy .
Iran has notably weak rule of law — and its underground economy is thriving. The IRGC is the major player in this shadow economy. For the IRGC, the underground is an unobservable source of wealth that is nevertheless important to understanding the Guard's abilities and behavior .
The underground economy, as the IRS defines it, “represents income earned under the table and off the books." It can include legal income laundered to avoid taxation, and also the trade in explicitly illegal goods, like drugs or weapons .
The value of the underground economy is not known and the estimation process is much more difficult than for other economic metrics, like GDP. The IMF’s study suggests that the value of an underground economy for developing countries is an amount equivalent to between 35 and 44% of their stated GDP. There are different measurements of the size of Iran’s underground economy, with some estimations of illicit activity reaching a total that's equivalent to 36 percent of Iran’s GDP .
One can assume that the amount increased during Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's presidency (2005-2013), an era in which international sanctions crippled Iran’s economy and sanctions-busting became central to Iran’s import-export operation. Reports and court cases on corruption and off-the-record deals that happened during Ahmadinejad’s presidency reveal the importance of the underground economy during that time .
Iran’s Ministry of Finance recently estimated that the businesses accounting for 20-25% of Iran’s GDP do not pay taxes. Assuming a conservative 25% estimate for the ratio of Iran’s underground economy to its GDP, the value of Iran’s shadow economy, based on Iran’s current GDP level, is estimated to be $100 billion. If we calculate based on the the 35% ratio suggested by the IMF’s study, the value of Iran’s underground economy would be around $140 billion .
It is impossible to precisely estimate how much of this $100-140 billion goes to the IRGC. However, a close look at the IRGC’s activities strongly suggests that the Guard reaps a substantial benefit from illicit trade .
The IRGC is Iran's chief smuggler. In the early 2000s, Mehdi Karroubi, the former speaker of parliament, complained about unauthorized ports under IRGC control that are used to smuggle goods. Ahmadinejad, who is Karroubi's arch politically enemy, also called the IRGC “our smuggler brothers" .
The IRGC controls Iran's sea, air, and land borders. It controls ports, airports, and roads, and does not shy away from using them to smuggle goods and line its pockets
The value of smuggled imported goods in Iran is between $20-30 billion, according to various sources such as Iran’s Custom Administration and the Parliament. Iran, which is one of the world's major oil producers, also suffers from the illegal export of fuel, caused by the lower price of fuel in Iran compared with its neighbors. Iranian officials believe that at least 20 million liters of fuel are smuggled out of the country per year .
Over the last few years, the dollar value of oil smuggling in Iran estimated to be around $7 billion per year. The IRGC is also the main producer of arms in Iran — and, at the same time, Iran's main smuggler, channeling weapons to Iranian proxy groups like Hezbollah .
Drug trafficking is another major area of the underground economy that the IRGC controls. Iran’s long border with Pakistan and Afghanistan is one of the the world's busiest drug smuggling corridors .
Iran’s interior minister recently declared that the value of narcotic drug sales in Iran is $3 billion per year, not including commission from transporting the drugs from Afghanistan to other transit points, like the Balkans. The US Department of the Treasury has placed Quds Force Commander Esmail Baghbani on the US sanctions list for his role in drug trafficking. The IRGC also has close ties with the drug cartels in the South and Central America through Hezbollah .
The IRGC is the main player in Iran’s underground economy, which is a valuable source of income for the Guards. This income provides the Guards with financial independence from Iran's civil politicians. It also puts the IRGC in charge of Iran’s underworld and its criminal gangs .
For example, General Hossein Hamedani, who was recently killed in Syria explained in an interview how the IRGC organized criminal gangs during the "Green Revolution" anti-regime uprising in 2009 in order to crack down on street demonstrations .
The IRGC’s involvement in the underground economy allows the Guards to expand their financial, political, and operational capabilities in Iran and around the world. The IRGC, which is perhaps the most equipped and sophisticated terrorist group of our time, has the will and capability to build a worldwide illicit network .
The US government must treat those helping the IRGC and its business empire as members and accomplices of a terrorist entity — and make sure the IRGC cannot recruit from the US underworld .
Saeed Ghasseminejad is an associate fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and its Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance .
http://www.businessinsider.com/how-irans-mafia-like-revolutionary-guard-rules-the-countrys-black-market-2015-12#comments
]

[h1 Iranian terrorism and Tehran apologists

30 May 2013


Hassan Daioleslam
AP reports that Alberto Nisman, the Argentine prosecutor who investigated the 1994 AMIA bombing accused Iran of "infiltrating" South America and setting up intelligence networks to carry out more terrorist attacks in the region.

"These are sleeper cells. They have activities you wouldn't imagine. Sometimes they die having never received the order to attack," Nisman said as he presented a 500-page indictment .

He said Iran has sought "to infiltrate the countries of Latin America and install secret intelligence stations with the goal of committing, fomenting and fostering acts of international terrorism in concert with its goals of exporting the revolution" .

Nisman said that he has compiled a huge file of evidence including reports from the region, Europe and the United States, and that Iran's involvement goes way beyond the 1994 bombing. He described a decades-long effort by Iran to lay the groundwork for future terrorist attacks, either using Iranian agents "or through their terrorist ally Hezbollah" .

Nisman's warning is a new rebuttal to Iranian regime's apologists and lobbyists who don't miss any occasion to acquit the Iranian regime from terrorism. A clear example is pro-Tehran advocate Gary Sick. Following the enactment of a law to monitor Iran’s influence in Latin America in January this year, Sick declared that "there is some parallels with the 1950s, when many American politicians saw a communist under every bed, now they see an Iranian under every bed" .

For the kind of Sick, even if Iran is caught red handed, the Mullahs have sufficient reason to do so. When the Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador was uncovered, Sick declared: “I find this very hard to believe.

In fact, this plot, if true, departs from all known Iranian policies and procedures. To be sure, Iran has plenty of reasons to be angry at both the United States and Saudi Arabia. They attribute the recent wave of assassinations of physics professors and students, as well as the intrusion of the Stuxnet worm, to the U.S. and Israel. And the king of Saudi Arabia is reliably reported to have called for the U.S. to bomb Iran" .]

http://english.iranianlobby.com/page1.php?id=117&bakhsh=JOURNAL

Gilana Tile Factory Workers Close Highway in Protest


May 30, 2013 :

Zeytoonkhabar website reported on protest gathering by Gilana Tile factory workers on May 18 .
According to Zeytoonkhabar, workers who had not been paid for 9 months, closed down Rasht-Ghazvin highway which was opened with intervention by the police. According to Iraj Shiri, the workers’ representative talking with Zeytoonkhabar, company problems started in 2010 when the wages started not being paid. Back wages, insurance and other legal problems started to pile up for the workers .
The workers have held numerous protest gatherings by the factory and governor’s office
Shiri said that the workers are not happy about closing down the highway and setting tires on fire. The workers, however, had to resort to such actions to bring attention to their plight .
http://iranlaborreport.com/?p=2284


Iran Spy Network 30,000 Strong

Thursday 03 January 2013

Iran Spy Network 30,000 Strong

Washington Free Beacon : Iran’s intelligence service includes 30,000 people who are engaged in covert and clandestine activities that range from spying to stealing technology to terrorist bombings and assassination, according to a Pentagon report .

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Hispasat ends broadcast of Iranian regime programming

Hispasat ends broadcast of Iranian regime programming

Thursday 27 December 2012 | 07:20 CET | News

Spanish satellite operator Hispasat has ended its broadcasting of Iranian regime programming. Specifically, Hispasat has ordered the removal of Iranian channels Press TV and Hispan TV .

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The amazing new treatment using COW'S MILK that could prevent HIV

Marti Kramski, left, at the University of Melbourne with frozen milk containing HIV antibodies. Pictured with colleagues Behnaz Heydarchi, middle, and Rob Center

The amazing new treatment using COW'S MILK that could prevent HIV

Cows can't catch HIV but they can produce antibodies against the virus
Scientists injected cows with HIV protein, and collected resulting antibodies from the milk
They plan to create a cream for women to prevent HIV transmission

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Monday 17 December 2012

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Cops tipped off by emails, visits to Iranian Consulate

Hamid Kashkouli (inset) was an active member of the Iranian Students’
Association in Bavdhan (R)

Cops tipped off by emails, visits to Iranian Consulate

Iranian spy was phd student at UoP
40-yr-old Hamid Kashkouli kept a keen eye on the movements at Chabad House and Jewish businessmen in the city; didn’t have a Student or Research visa for 3 yrs

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Iranian Diplomat Accused of Fondling at Brazilian Swimming Club

SÃO PAULO—An Iranian diplomat has been accused of fondling girls at a local swimming pool in Brazil's capital city, a case testing local perceptions of diplomatic immunity laws.

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Our Men in Iran?

April 6, 2012

Our Men in Iran?


Posted by Seymour M. Hersh

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Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday called on politicians and the media to

AFP
Monday, October 3, 2011

Khamenei has stolen with his criminal band, 3 billion dollar from the Iranian Central Bank .
Iran supreme leader, Khamenei, urges restraint over bank scam

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Dagan: Instead of attack – foment regime change in Iran


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Israel ex-spy chief urges caution on Iran strike The Associated PressAssociated Press
Posted: 03/09/2012 01:31:19 AM MST
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prisoner of conscience to visit ailing son

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Iranian islamic regime says Stuxnet virus infected 16,000 computers

Saturday 18 February 2012

Iranian islamic regime says Stuxnet virus infected 16,000 computers

By The Associated Press
Iranian deputy intelligence chief quoted as saying that Iran is facing difficulties obtaining anti-malware software due to international sanctions .
A senior Iranian intelligence official says an estimated 16,000 computers were infected by the Stuxnet virus .

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Confronting Iran in a Year of "Elections"

Saturday 21 January 2012

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A DEMOCRATIC president running in a bitterly disputed presidential race faces a fateful national security decision: whether to approve an airstrike to thwart an adversary bent on becoming a nuclear-weapons state .

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In The Canadian Parliament- Re: Mahmoud Reza Khavari

Sent: Tuesday, November 01, 2011 3:37 PM

Subject: In The Canadian Parliament- Re: Mahmoud Reza Khavari

House of Commons - Monday, October 31, 2011 PETITIONS
Mr. Speaker, today I rise to present a petition signed by prominent leaders in the Iranian Canadian community. A similar petition has been signed by thousands of human rights advocates, particularly from the Iranian community in Canada.

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Ehud Barak, the Israeli defense minister, on right, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Ehud Barak, the Israeli defense minister, on right, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

By RONEN BERGMAN
Published: January 25, 2012


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Iran Says It May Cut Off Its Oil Exports to Europe

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Published: January 26, 2012

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Iranian opposition leader Reza Pahlavi Calls for Regime Change in Iran

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Iran prepares bill to bar foreign warships from Persian Gulf

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MC3 Kenneth Abbate/AP - In this Nov. 12, 2011photo provided by the U.S. Navy, the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis transits the Straits of Hormuz.

The Pentagon on Tuesday answered an Iranian warning to keep U.S. aircraft carriers out of the Persian Gulf by declaring that American warships will continue regularly scheduled deployments to the strategic waterway.

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Iran Guards Say Missile Unit Pioneer Killed

sunday 13 November 2011

Iran Guards Say Missile Unit Pioneer Killed

A senior general who pioneered an artillery and missile unit was among those killed in a munitions blast that ripped through a base of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, a statement said Sunday .

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Iranian Security forces seize over 60,000 satellite dishes

Sunday 01 January 2012

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Freedom Messenger -- Colonel Shah Mohammadi said that more than 61,000 items of satellite equipment were seized in Kurdistan in the first nine months of the (Persian)year .

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Iran`s Islamic regime and the Taliban: A Problematic Alliance

Friday 02 December 2011

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Grover Norquist aiding Iranian regime through group linked to NIAC

Grover Norquist aiding Iranian regime through group linked to NIAC

Grover Norquist's numerous unsavory ties to jihadists and Islamic supremacists are abundantly documented in Pamela Geller's expose here. And on the House floor in October, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) said of Norquist, "Documentation shows that he has deep ties to supporters of Hamas and other terrorist organizations that are sworn enemies of the United States and our ally Israel.” He pointed out that “around the years 2000 and 2001, Mr. Norquist’s firm represented Abdurahman

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Passion for Freedom: Breaking the last taboo

Passion for Freedom: Breaking the last taboo

The recent murders of Syrian poet and song writer Ibrahim Qashoush and Iraqi playwright and filmmaker Hadi al-Mahdi, as well as the sentence of one year in jail and 90 lashes to actress Marzieh Vafamehr, and the six-year jail sentence and 20-year filmmaking and travel ban against international award-winning Iranian director Jafar Panahi, amongst others, demands serious attention.

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An Open Letter from reza pahlavi to President Barack Obama

An Open Letter from reza pahlavi to President Barack Obama

Friday, December 9th, 2011 by 9 December 2011

I am writing on behalf of my Iranian compatriots living in Camp Ashraf, in Iraq .
I am certain you have heard of Camp Ashraf from your advisers and understand the complications it poses for the United Nations, Iraq and Iran. As you know, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki plans to close down the camp at the year's end, and the United Nations is trying to find other nations willing to accept the camp’s residents. So far the UN has had limited success.

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Message from Iran`s people: Tell All Americans We Love Them

Saturday 10 December 2011

Message from Iran`s people: Tell All Americans We Love Them

The Islamic Republic of Iran isn’t a top tourist destination for most Americans .
Iran is portrayed in the Western media as a country run by fanatical, bloodthirsty Mullahs, ruling in concert with the often outrageous President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As for the Iranian people, angry mobs are often shown in the streets, burning American flags and shouting “Death to America"

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Number of jailed journalists by iran`s  security & intelegence force jumps by 20%

Thursday 08 December 2011

Number of jailed journalists by iran`s security & intelegence force jumps by 20%

The number of journalists imprisoned worldwide has shot up by more than 20% to its highest level since the mid-1990s, according to the annual census survey by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) .

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Syrian opposition leader warns Iran`s regime, Hezbollah

Tuesday 06 December 2011

Syrian opposition leader warns Iran`s regime, Hezbollah

Rima Maktabi
Paris (CNN) -- Iran

and Lebanon's Hezbollah movement are risking their future ties with Syria by supporting embattled Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad now, the head of a leading Syrian opposition group says .

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An Interview with Saye Sky, An Iranian Lesbian Rapper

An Interview with Saye Sky, An Iranian Lesbian Rapper

By Arsham Parsi
Translated by Anisa Varasteh

When I asked to have an interview with you for Neda, The Iranian Queer Magazine, you replied: “To be honest I was shocked with your proposal because this is the first time that someone like you pays attention to me as a lesbian.

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Speculation is building that an Israeli attack on Iran, backed by the US, is on the horizon.

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Speculation is building that an Israeli attack on Iran, backed by the US, is on the horizon.

Aref Nazari looks at the dynamics behind the war drums .

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Iranian people’s political maturity must be acknowledged against islamic republic regime

Iranian people’s political maturity must be acknowledged against islamic republic regime
Ardavan Piroozi

Inside the “inequation” of Islamic regime and Iranian people anything that is medicine for one side is poison for the other"

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Tuesday 15 November 2011

With Ahmadinejad in Office, Iran Needs no Enemies

The threats that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his allies have been making about possessing incriminating documents against public figures and officials have resulted in an angry response from the Principlist, a group that at one time supported the president but since the climax of his differences with supreme leader of Iran earlier this year have broken ranks with him.

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Hassan Dai

Fareed Zakaria in wonderland

03 Nov 2011

Hassan Dai
CNN anchor Farid Zakaria's trip to Tehran, his soft interview with Ahmadinejad, his friendly article about the Iranian regime and his advice to US administration to seek coexistence with the Mullahs have shocked many in the Iranian American community .

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Sanctions and scandal hit Iranian steel


Monday 10 October 2011

Sanctions and scandal hit Iranian steel

In the production hall of the Khouzestan Steel company near Ahvaz in south-western Iran, workers in orange helmets and khaki uniform contend with broiling heat and stifling humidity as they turn molten steel into finished billets .

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Economist predicts 14.1% unemployment rate for Iran

Economist predicts 14.1% unemployment rate for Iran


The Economist has predicted that Iran’s unemployment rate would increase from the last year’s 13.2 percent to 14.1 percent in 2011, ISNA news agency reported.

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Banker in Iran scandal said to be in Toronto

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Banker in Iran scandal said to be in Toronto

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A top Iranian banker who resigned amid a massive embezzlement scandal, one that has soured the political fortunes of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has fled the country and is reported to be in the Toronto area – where a $3-million home is owned in his name.

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Iran 'steals surface-to-air missiles from Libya'

Iran 'steals surface-to-air missiles from Libya'


Iran's Revolutionary Guards have stolen dozens of sophisticated Russian-made surface-to-air missiles from Libya and smuggled them across the border to neighbouring Sudan, according to Western intelligence reports.

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The battle to save Iran's Lake Orumieh

Thursday 08 September 2011

The battle to save Iran's Lake Orumieh


Some of my fondest childhood memories are of Lake Orumieh and if I am ever able to go back to Iran visiting the lake will be one of my first stops. Now, I am horrified to think that not only may I never see the lake again, but my children and the future generations of Iranians will only read about what was once a magnificent part of their country. Lake Orumieh is drying up.

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Iran`s regime  Insists NY’s Twin Towers ‘Never Hit by a Plane’

September 2011

Iran`s regime Insists NY’s Twin Towers ‘Never Hit by a Plane’

Iran doesn’t give up. Near the anniversary of 9/11, its media said New York’s World Trade Towers were “never hit by a plane” and that fire could not have toppled them.

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Report: Three Dead During Protest in Northwestern Iran

Three Dead During Protest in Northwestern Iran

The Association for the Defense of Azerbaijani Political Prisoners in Iran has claimed that three civilians have been killed in clashes between security forces and residents of the East Azerbaijan Province in Northwestern Iran.

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Dying Lake Gives New Life To Iranian Antigovernment Protests

Dying Lake Gives New Life To Iranian Antigovernment Protests

Iran's largest lake is dying, but it's giving new life to antigovernment protests along its receding shores.
Lake Orumieh, one of the world's largest saltwater lakes, has shrunk by some 60 percent in recent years due to drought and misguided development policies. Environmentalists warn that unless something is done, the lake will disappear forever.

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Iran and Syria: America's Middle East pundits get it wrong

Iran and Syria: America's Middle East pundits get it wrong

For over 30 years, America's Iran "experts" and Middle East pundits have characterized virtually every significant regional and internal Iranian development as a sure-to-be-fatal blow to the Islamic Republic. Their predictions have always been wrong. Now, unrest in Syria has brought out the usual suspects to forecast, once again, gloom and doom for Iran's current political order.

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Thursday 01 September 2011

Catching the Internet's spies in Iran`s Islamic regime and elsewhere

In August, Google introduced a new, if rather obscure, security feature to its Chrome web browser, designed to be triggered only under extreme circumstances.

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Iran slams Sarkozy over nuclear remark

Thursday 01 September 2011

Iran slams Sarkozy over nuclear remark

Iran urged French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday not to make comments based on "unrealistic information," after Paris called for tougher sanctions over Tehran's controversial nuclear programme.

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Wednesday 24 August 2011

EU releases new Syrian repression blacklist

AFP — The EU on Wednesday named Iran's elite Al-Quds force, five Syrian generals and the military intelligence network in Damascus on a new list of those sanctioned for their role in repression the UN says has killed 2,200 people.

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Treasury Accuses Iran`s Islamic regime of Aiding Al Qaeda

Treasury Accuses Iran`s Islamic regime of Aiding Al Qaeda


Department on Thursday accused the Iranian authorities of aiding Al Qaeda and said it was imposing financial sanctions on six people believed to be Qaeda operatives in Iran, Kuwait, Qatar and Pakistan.

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Turkey thwarts Iran weapons shipment to Hezbollah

Thursday 04 August 2011

Turkey thwarts Iran weapons shipment to Hezbollah

Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung daily quotes ‘Western diplomats’ as saying that Turkish authorities stopped a large weapons shipment on border with Syria.
Turkey has thwarted an Iranian weapons shipment meant for Hezbollah three months ago, a German daily reported on Thursday, quoting “Western diplomats.”

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Iranian opposition activist Sanan Ashrafi will be detained, tortured, and probably executed if returned to Iran.

Iranian opposition activist Sanan Ashrafi will be detained, tortured, and probably executed if returned to Iran.


ICRIR: URGENT: Contact Swedish Migration Office and Swedish Embassies & Consulates to Stop Deportation of Sanan Ashrafi to Execution in Iran
Posted on June 22, 2011 by missionfreeiran

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Islamic Republic (Iran): Four Prisoners Executed On Drug Charges

Islamic Regime (Iran): Four Prisoners Executed On Drug Charges


May 15, 2011 15:06 EST
Four people found guilty of drug offenses were hanged today in the Iranian province of Kerman, ISNA reports, after the judiciary refused to commute their sentences.
They were charged with possession of between four to eight kilos of heroin or crack.
This is Iran’s second round of drug-related executions this week. On Tuesday, eight people were hanged in Orumiyeh and Miandoab in northwestern Iran for drug-related offenses.

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Freedom Messenger In Iran we write the history of human rights with our Blood!

Freedom Messenger In Iran we write the history of human rights with our Blood!


Mullah burned alive near Tehran
(AKI) – The Shia imam of a mosque located in the Iranian city of Varamin has been burned alive, according to government-associated news Internet sites Tabnak and Aftab.

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Son of late shah of Iran dies in his South End home

Son of late shah of Iran dies in his South End home


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The 45-year-old son of the late shah of Iran died early this morning inside his South End home after he allegedly shot himself, according to Boston law enforcement officials and a Web posting by his brother.

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ABF joins  Amnesty International to protest against the scheduled execution of Habibollah Latifi.

ABF joins Amnesty International to protest against the scheduled execution of Habibollah Latifi.
The Appeal Court refused to hear defense witnesses in Latifi's case.


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ABF joins Amnesty International to protest against the scheduled execution of Habibollah Latifi.
The Appeal Court refused to hear defense witnesses in Latifi's case.
The execution of Habibollah Latifi, a male member of the Kurdish minority in Iran, has been scheduled for 26 December, according to his lawyer. He was sentenced to death following an unfair trial.

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The execution of Kurdish student halted for now

The execution of Kurdish student halted for now


The execution of Kurdish student Habibollah Latifi did not take place as it was scheduled for Sunday 26 December 2010.A large group of people including his members of family and relatives gathered in front of the central prison of Kurdish city of Sanandaj from the very beginning of Sunday morning, calling for the halt of the execution. At the same time, Iranian political groups and human rights organisations, international human rights organisations and Iranian activists worldwide opposed the execution and called for the sentence to be halted.

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Execution of Iranian footballer’s wife condemned
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1 December 2010
Execution of Iranian footballer’s wife condemned
Amnesty International has today condemned the Iranian authorities for carrying out the execution of Khadijeh Jahed, known as “Shahla”, the temporary wife of a prominent Iranian footballer, at Evin Prison, Tehran this morning.
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Interrupted Lives Exhibit at George Mason University
The Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation (ABF) is pleased to announce the opening of its special exhibit, Interrupted Lives, at George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, Virginia. This exhibit is co-sponsored with Amnesty International USA and Amnesty International GMU. read more...

Majid Tavakkoli

Amnesty International
This December 7 will mark the first anniversary of the arrest of Majid Tavakkoli, a leader in the Iranian student movement who may spend 8 years in prison simply for criticizing the government.
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Statement Summary ahmadi nejad  in UN

Representatives of the terrorist Islamic regime has made a speech in uno
Statement SummaryAhmadi nejad in UN]

MAHMOUD AHMEDINEJAD, President of Iran, said that the League of Nations and the United Nations were established with the promise to bring about peace, security and the realization of human rights, which in fact, meant global management.
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Investigation into crimes committed by Ali Khamenei
To: Prosecutors of the International Court of Justice
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Demand to the International Communities to take Urgent action in order to

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WikiLeaks cables: BP suffered blowout on Azerbaijan gas platform Embassy cables reveal energy firm 'fortunate' to have evacuated workers safely after blast similar to Deepwater Horizon disaster o . The Guardian, Thursday 16 December 2010 .][link news/wikileakscable.html read more...

Why I'm Posting Bail Money for Julian Assange (A statement from Michael Moore)
Tuesday, December 14th, 2010
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Yesterday, in the Westminster Magistrates Court in London, the lawyers for WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange presented to the judge a document from me stating that I have put up $20,000 of my own money to help bail Mr. Assange out of jail.]read more...

Aug. 19/20, 2006 -- Additional clues point to U.S. attack on Iran. State Department sources report that State's Iran Desk Officer Henry Wooster has suddenly been transferred to another positionread more...

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Iran reports arrest of 7 al-Qaida suspects


There was no indication if those arrested were Iranians or foreigners
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's state news agency reported Wednesday that security forces have arrested seven people near the border with Iraq and alleged they are al-Qaida suspects.

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Iran: Missing Al-Jazeera reporter committed ‘violations’ entering Syria, but no word on fate


By Associated Press, Published: May 17
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran said Tuesday that a missing Al-Jazeera reporter attempted to enter Syria last month with an expired Iranian passport and without proper press clearance, but offered no details on whether she is being held in Iran.

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Brazil and Iran this week agreed to enhance relations in a signal

Rousseff Continues Iran Tryst

Brazil and Iran this week agreed to enhance relations in a signal

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will continue her predecessor's policy of bucking international opinion and dealing with a nation under scrutiny due to its nuclear program.

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Sunday 18 September 2011

Detained Activists on Hunger Strike in Tabriz

HRANA News Agency – Abdollah Sadoughi, an Azerbaijani social activity, is suffering from stomach bleeding following 17 days of hunger strike. He was arrested on August 24, 2011 together with 30 other activists in Tabriz while they broke their fast during Ramadan with an evening meal called Iftar .

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How the Iranian regime profited from 9/11

JOURNAL 16 Sep 2011
Hassan Dai

Ten years ago on September 11, a group of Islamist fundamentalists killed nearly 3000 Americans in several terrorist attacks. A few weeks later, Bush administration started secret dealing with the Iranian regime, the godfather of Islamic fundamentalism, to invade Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003 .

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How to pale Ahmadinejad's anti-Semitism? Ask NIAC director

JOURNAL03 Sep 2011Hassan Dai

In a recent report titled: "The pro-Tehran lobby and its anti-Israeli crusade", I explained how Trita Parsi and NIAC present their lobby as a crusade against Israel and AIPAC. The Jewish state is depicted as "the spoiler of Iran-US friendship, the sole force behind the sanctions against Iran, and the bullying force that dictates US policy. Iran, a victim of Israel, seeks its legitimate place in the region and …."

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Mokhtar Asadi Suspended from Teaching in Kurdistan

HRANA News Agency – Although the new school year began more than two weeks ago in Iran, Mokhtar Asadi is still forbidden to teach in any schools throughout Kurdistan. Mokhtar Asadi is a member of Teachers’ Union of Kurdistan and a human rights activist.

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Iranian troops attack Kurdish PJAK rebel bases in Iraq Continue reading the main story

Iranian troops attack Kurdish PJAK rebel bases in Iraq Continue reading the main story
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The Assassination of Iranian social democrac dr Shapour Bakhtiar and Soroush Katibeh
by DAN GEIST

06 Aug 2011 15:11 pm

CommentsOn the 20th anniversary of the opposition leader's murder, a comprehensive look at the details and the bigger picture.

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Tomgram: Robert Dreyfuss, Is Iran Policy Still Up for Grabs?

Posted by Robert Dreyfuss at 1:02pm, December 2, 2008.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water...
After all, that massive U.S. air attack on Iran that anti-imperial critics long expected to arrive, that Seymour Hersh wrote about, that so many feared, never happened and, with Barack Obama's election, should certainly have been put to rest in a deep grave for all eternity.

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Iran says it downed U.S. stealth drone; Pentagon acknowledges aircraft downing

By Greg Jaffe

and Thomas Erdbrink, Monday, December 5, 2:53 AM
A secret U.S. surveillance drone that went missing last week in western Afghanistan appears to have crashed in Iran, in what may be the first case of such an aircraft ending up in the hands of an adversary.

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Sanandaj May Day march halted by authorities

Wed, 05/02/2012 - 01:03

Iranian security forces cracked down on an independent march in Sanandaj organized to mark International Workers Day .

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Friday, 15 March, 2002, 12:19 GMT

Saudi police 'stopped' fire rescue


The Mecca city governor visited the fire-damaged school
Saudi Arabia's religious police stopped schoolgirls from leaving a blazing building because they were not wearing correct Islamic dress, according to Saudi newspapers.

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