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.

International Right Groups Want Strong Stance on Syria by UN

30 September 2011

Stop Fundamentalism – International right groups are calling on all United Nations Security Council Ambassadors to support a strong resolution on violations of human rights in Syria by Bashar Al-Assad’s government against Syrian protesters and dissidents. 

In a joint letter, eight international watch and advocacy groups expressed concern over ongoing violations in Syria that would very likely “amount to crimes against humanity.”

“Since mass protests began in mid-March,” wrote in their joint letter, the groups said, “The United Nations has estimated at least 2600 civilians have been killed across Syria.” 

Iran Central Bank Director - Dollar Value to Go Down

29 September 2011

 

Stop Fundamentalism - Mahmoud Bahmani, Iranian director of the Central Bank said Wednesday that people will notice a fall on Dollar prices during the next few days, reported Iran’s state-run news agency IRNA.

“What is observed as ups and downs in the market for US Dollar is due to problems in the international economy,” said Bahmani adding, “Internally, we are planning to stabilize the currency.”

 “We don’t determine the value of Dollar but we try to stabilize the price working with supply and demand in the market,” said Bahmani.

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