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Friends of Humanity co-sponsors rally in Australia

Friends of Humanity co-sponsors rally in AustraliaOn Saturday 3rd December 2005, Friends of Humanity co-sponsored a rally in Sydney, Australia in solidarity with Iranian students.

The rally opened with a detailed report on recent student activity in response to the re-pressive actions of Iranian regime, culminating in a law to promulgate Islamic fundamen-talism in the universities. The report described how the regime began its attack on the universities in May 1981, as well as how it dealt with July 1999 student uprising.

The participants also condemned the nomination of Mullah Amid Zanjani as the president of Tehran University, and they stressed that his nomination would not deter the students from their struggle for the freedom and democracy in Iran.

Friends of Humanity co-sponsors Italian demonstration

Friends of Humanity co-sponsors Italian demonstration On Thursday 1st December 2005, on the initiative of Friends of Humanity, a gathering was arranged in the state governor’s hall in Piemonte, Italy to condemn the violation of human rights in Iran and to support the Iranian people.
The Mayor of Cuneo, Mr. Alberto Valmaia, Mr. Olivio Rostaneo, state advisor, Mr. V. Osvaldo, chairman of the journalists society, Dr. K. Nikzad and Dr. Y. Lessani from the academic and professional’s Iranian society  and other local officials attended, together with members of the Italian medical profession and humanitarian societies.

December 12 2005

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14th Issue December 12 2005
In this issue

  • Iraqi general tells of prison torture horror
  • Abuse Cited In 2nd Jail Operated by Iraqi Ministry
  • Police say mini bus explosion kills three, injures 13 in east Baghdad
  • Italian court orders Iran bank account freeze
  • Iran-Nuclear: Mullahs’ nuclear file must be referred to Security Council – Norwegian parliamentarian
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    Last Saturday was the International Human Rights day when the declaration of Human Rights was passed by the United Nations.

    Unfortunately after 58 years, dictators are yet to be bound by these agreements.

    How can you expect a regime which relies on oppression for survival, to respect Human Rights?

    Only those governments will respect Human Rights that have been elected democratically and have to answer to the public.

    After 58 years, Human Rights has not been able to find its place in politics. On the other hand politics has been able to misuse Human Rights quite well.

    Today’s top news is about the discovery of two new jails in Iraq, filled with tortured victims and the people who managed these jails were either Iranians or had lived in Iran for many years before the fall of Saddam.

    It seems like that the Iranian dictators are now expanding torture beyond their geographical borders.

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    Iraqi general tells of prison torture horror

    turkishpress.com

    AMMAN – An Iraqi general formerly in charge of special forces said on Sunday he witnessed horrific scenes of torture in Iraqi prisons and accused a Shiite militia of being responsible.

    “It was horrific. Thousands of detainees, often teenagers, beaten, burned, receiving electric shocks, then the majority killed,” Muntazar al-Samarrai, who fled Iraq for Jordan five months ago, told AFP.

    In video footage Samarrai said he filmed at one detention center, men show whip marks and acid burns. One of them has lost an eye. Another’s legs are broken. Still another has nails driven into his body.

    The video also shows the mutilated corpses of three men who Samarrai said died as a result of torture.

    Abuse Cited In 2nd Jail Operated by Iraqi Ministry

    Official Says 12 Prisoners Subjected to ‘Severe Torture’

    By Ellen Knickmeyer Washington Post Foreign Service Monday, December 12, 2005

    BAGHDAD, Dec. 11 — An Iraqi government search of a detention center in Baghdad operated by Interior Ministry special commandos found 13 prisoners who had suffered abuse serious enough to require medical treatment, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Sunday night.

    An Iraqi official with firsthand knowledge of the search said that at least 12 of the 13 prisoners had been subjected to “severe torture,” including sessions of electric shock and episodes that left them with broken bones.

    Police say mini bus explosion kills three, injures 13 in east Baghdad

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – An empty minibus loaded with explosives detonated near a hospital in east Baghdad Monday, killing three people and injuring 13, police said.

    Other violence in and around Baghdad killed another six people, bring the total to nine. A total of 21 people were injured.

    In the minibus attack, Lt. Mohammed Khayoun of the Baghdad emergency police said it exploded near the al-Kindi hospital and east Baghdad’s Nadhaa bus station. The driver of the van abandoned it on the street and ran, he added.

    Italian court orders Iran bank account freeze

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    Monday Dec 12, 2005 – An Italian court ordered a freeze of all Iranian embassy bank accounts in that country, on charges of supporting terrorist groups like Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

    The bank accounts which held well over 640 million dollars, provided financial support for the groups.

    According to informed sources, the court made the decision following reports that Iran spends one million dollars yearly to support Palestinian groups and 75 million dollars yearly to support international terrorism.

    The source emphasized that the freeze of bank accounts had nothing to do with the remarks Iran president Ahmadinejad had made regarding Israel.

    Iran-Nuclear: Mullahs’ nuclear file must be referred to Security Council – Norwegian parliamentarian

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    New aspects of the Iranian regime’s nuclear program were disclosed in a press conference in Oslo on Thursday,8 December

    In this press conference the speakers emphasized that it was time to end the policy of appeasement in light of its obvious failure following Ahmadinejad’s appointment as the mullahs’ president and called for referral of the regime’s nuclear file to the UN Security Council.

    Mr. Morten Høglund, member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Norwegian Parliament, called for a firm policy against the clerical regime if an inevitable war should be avoided. He referred to the past experience of dealing with the regime and reiterated that nothing will be gained by engaging the regime and it would only give the mullahs ample time to complete their nuclear weapons program.

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    UNSC blasts Iranian Pres.’s anti-Israel remarks

    NSC blasts Iranian Pres.'s anti-Israel remarks  IranMania.com

    LONDON- (IranMania) – The UN Security Council joined the growing international furor over Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s remarks questioning the Holocaust and suggesting that the "tumour" of the state of Israel be relocated to Europe, AFP reported.

    A statement released by Britain’s UN envoy Emyr Jones Parry, the current council president, said the body’s 15 members "condemn the remarks about Israel and the denial of the Holocaust attributed to Dr Mahmoud Ahmadinejad."

    Iraqi general tells of prison torture horror

    Iraqi general tells of prison torture horror turkishpress.com

    AMMAN – An Iraqi general formerly in charge of special forces said on Sunday he witnessed horrific scenes of torture in Iraqi prisons and accused a Shiite militia of being responsible.

    "It was horrific. Thousands of detainees, often teenagers, beaten, burned, receiving electric shocks, then the majority killed," Muntazar al-Samarrai, who fled Iraq for Jordan five months ago, told AFP.

    In video footage Samarrai said he filmed at one detention center, men show whip marks and acid burns. One of them has lost an eye. Another’s legs are broken. Still another has nails driven into his body.

    The video also shows the mutilated corpses of three men who Samarrai said died as a result of torture.

    Iran will produce nuclear fuel, enrich uranium, nuclear chief says

    Iran will produce nuclear fuel, enrich uranium, nuclear chief saysTEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iran’s top nuclear official said Saturday that his country will enrich uranium and produce nuclear fuel in Iran despite the U.S.-led international drive to curb such efforts.

    "For me, there is no doubt that the process of producing nuclear fuel in Iran will be accomplished," Gholamreza Aghazadeh, head of the Atomic Organization of Iran, said during a press conference. "There is no doubt that we have to carry out uranium enrichment."

    Muslim nations vow to combat extremist religion, rein in terror

    Mecca: Muslim nations vow to combat extremist religion, rein in terror By The Associated Press
    MECCA – Leaders at the biggest-ever Muslim summit on terrorism vowed Thursday to fight extremist ideology, saying they would reform textbooks, rein in the issuing of religious edicts and crack down on terror financing.

    Kings, heads of states and ministers from more than 50 Muslim countries closed a two-day summit held in Islam’s holiest city, Mecca, that had been convened in a bid to address terrorism that has increasingly confronted their own governments and to counter criticism that the Islamic world has been doing to little to confront extremism.

    Moroccan source: Terrorist cell reveals plans for establishing Al-Qaeda in North African countries

    Moroccan source: Terrorist cell reveals plans for establishing Al-Qaeda in North African countriesBy Ahmad Al-Arqam

    Asharq Al-Awsat, Rabat – Investigations carried out by the Moroccan security services after the arrest of a terrorist cell that was made up of 17 members have uncovered the cell’s terrorist plans. These plans included restructuring the Al-Qaeda organization in Saudi Arabia following the Saudi security forces’ success in finding and arresting a number of its activists. The cell also planned to have the extremist Algerian Salafist Group for Call and Combat (GSPC) rejoin Osama Bin Ladin’s organization and set up an Al-Qaeda branch in the Maghreb countries (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia) as a base for attacks to be launched on the countries that support US administration.

    December 09 2005

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    13th Issue December 09 2005
    In this issue

  • Ahmadinejad: Israel should be moved to Europe
  • Muslim nations vow to combat extremist religion, rein in terror
  • Moroccan source: Terrorist cell reveals plans for establishing Al-Qaeda in North African countries
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    I’m sure our readers have heard the remarks President Mahmoud Ahmadinjad made regarding Israel yesterday. The genius suggested that in order to decrease tensions in the Middle East, we should “move Israel to Europe.”

    While Ahmadinejad was busy increasing tensions throughout the world, some other leaders at the Islamic Conference in the holy city of Mecca, were trying to minimize them by calling for an “Islamic renaissance.”

    The Islamic Conference was correctly concerned about the rise in Islamic extremism and obviously terrorism.

    Finally, OIC introduced a 10 year plan to firstly reorganize itself and secondly change some minor things like educational reforms by changing text books in schools!

    Well, it seems like the renaissance will have to wait for now.

    What the Islamic world needs in fact is a rudimentary change. While undemocratic governments are still ruling these countries and extremism, as a by product, is growing more and more under the surface, progressive, democratic and moderate movements and ideas still get little or no chance to breath.

    Censuring text books is not the solution to extremism and fundamentalism. The antidote is progressive Islam and that is what these countries need a dose of.

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    Ahmadinejad: Israel should be moved to Europe

    Iranian President asks Germany, Austria to give part of their land to Israel to establish state on their soil.

    MIDDLE EAST ONLINE

    By Stefan Smith

    Tehran-Iran’s hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday that if Germany and Austria feel responsible for massacring Jews during World War II, a state of Israel should be established on their soil.

    Ahmadinejad, who sparked an international outcry in October when he said Israel “must be wiped off the map”, also repeated his view that the Jewish state was a “tumour”.

    Muslim nations vow to combat extremist religion, rein in terror

    By The Associated Press

    MECCA – Leaders at the biggest-ever Muslim summit on terrorism vowed Thursday to fight extremist ideology, saying they would reform textbooks, rein in the issuing of religious edicts and crack down on terror financing.

    Kings, heads of states and ministers from more than 50 Muslim countries closed a two-day summit held in Islam’s holiest city, Mecca, that had been convened in a bid to address terrorism that has increasingly confronted their own governments and to counter criticism that the Islamic world has been doing to little to confront extremism.

    Moroccan source: Terrorist cell reveals plans for establishing Al-Qaeda in North African countries

    By Ahmad Al-Arqam

    Asharq Al-Awsat, Rabat – Investigations carried out by the Moroccan security services after the arrest of a terrorist cell that was made up of 17 members have uncovered the cell’s terrorist plans. These plans included restructuring the Al-Qaeda organization in Saudi Arabia following the Saudi security forces’ success in finding and arresting a number of its activists. The cell also planned to have the extremist Algerian Salafist Group for Call and Combat (GSPC) rejoin Osama Bin Ladin’s organization and set up an Al-Qaeda branch in the Maghreb countries (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia) as a base for attacks to be launched on the countries that support US administration.

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    Ahmadinejad: Israel should be moved to Europe

    Ahmadinejad: Israel should be moved to EuropeIranian President asks Germany, Austria to give part of their land to Israel to establish state on their soil.

    MEDDLE EAST ONLINE
    By Stefan Smith – TEHRAN

    Iran’s hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday that if Germany and Austria feel responsible for massacring Jews during World War II, a state of Israel should be established on their soil.

    Ahmadinejad, who sparked an international outcry in October when he said Israel "must be wiped off the map", also repeated his view that the Jewish state was a "tumour".