China and Russia Veto Security Council Draft Resolution on Syrian Protesters Crackdown

05 October 2011

Stop Fundamentalism – A strong condemnation on the Crackdown on Syrian pro-democracy protesters by the government of Bashar Al-Assad in the United Nations Security Council has been voted down by Russia and China today, reports the UN New Center.

Over 2700 people have been killed since the break out of popular protests in Syria in March and many have been detained and tortured in jails by the government authorities in that country in an attempt to clampdown on the protests.

Recent fallouts of the Syrian army have been forming armed groups to resist against military forces of Bashar Assad as a development that could raise the protests into a nationwide armed conflict for freedom.

Iranian Kurdish Political Prisoner Hanged on Charges of Moharebe

05 October 2011

Stop Fundamentalism – HRA news agency reported today that a Kurdish prisoner in Iran has been hanged on the charges of Moharebe (waging war on God).

The prisoner, Aziz Khackzad, 29, was born in Salmas, Iran.  He was arrested three years ago and was accused by the Iranian authorities of collaborating with dissident groups.

Syrian Activists and Protesters in Europe and US Harassed: Amnesty International

04 October 2011

Stop Fundamentalism – Amnesty International reported Monday that the Syrian intelligence agents in Europe and the United States have been monitoring, threatening and harassing dissidents living in these countries who voice their concerns about the treatment their countrymen receive at the hands of Bashar Al-Assad forces.

30 activists in eight countries have approached Amnesty International complaining threats and harassments they received from embassy officials.  Some say their relatives in Syria have been subject to harassments, detention and torture due to their activities abroad.

The dissidents interviewed by Amnesty lived in Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the USA. 

Iran Blocks VPN communication on the Internet

03 October 2011

Stop Fundamentalism – Considering the major role the internet and social media played in flaring up popular protests in the Middle East and North Africa since the rigged presidential elections in Iran back in 2009, dictators in the region are now attempting more and more to block access to open internet by their citizens.

Heavy control of communication lines by governments and usage of internet filtering systems, and also the usage of internet surfers’ profiles and access history to find and arrest dissidents has led many Iranians and other citizens of countries in the region to start using a technology known as Virtual Private Network or VPN to cloak themselves from the government eyes.

Using the technology, surfers in Iran could sign in to a server in the United States for example and pretend that they are actually located in the US and not Iran.  This way they circumvent the Iranian government’s installed filters and Iran’s information agents will not easily know which websites they visited.

Aide Supply Shortage for Pakistan Flood Victims: UN

01 October 2011

 

Stop Fundamentalism – The humanitarian aide agencies could be running out of supplies and resources to help flood victims in Pakistan, says the United Nations. 

UN estimates a total of five million people in South Pakistan affected by floods. 

The funding request by United Nations to come to the aide of the government of Pakistan in addressing the needs of victims, has only received $19 million of the original $357 million requested after two weeks.  The budget was requested to cover for a six months period.

Euro MPs Welcome Appointment of EU Special Envoy for Camp Ashraf

30 September 2011

Stop Fundamentalism - A cross political party intergroup in the European Parliament discussed the latest developments concerning Camp Ashraf, where members of the Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (MEK/PMOI) reside, in a meeting at the EP site in Strasbourg on Wednesday, September 28.

Participants that included some 40 Euro MPs and their assistants from different political groups expressed grave concern against threats posing the defenseless residents of the camp. They described the deadline to close the camp by the year's end "impossible" and urged the UN Secretary General and UNHCR to adopt strong measures to protect the unarmed and defenseless residents of Ashraf.

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