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Ahwaz Public Hangings

prisoner hangedThe Iranian regime publicly hanged two opponents, Ali Afravi and Mehdi Navaseri, Wednesday March 1, 2006, for alleged bombing in the southern city of Ahwaz.

A crowd consisting of members of the Revolutionary Guards and paramilitary Basij forces gathered at the scene of the execution and chanted rhetoric against the US, UK, and the Israel, according to a report.  The trial of the two prisoners did not meet minimum international standards.

The two victims were brought on television the night before their execution to confess.  Their confessions, obviously dictated to them by regime officials, were ambiguous such as being in contact with Canada and United States.

Although not much is known about these two victims, from their TV interview it seems obvious that they were political activists or at least they were charged with such crimes.

Besides the above, there were many reports of executions, some public, in Iran.  The victims were all under the age of 30

Ruz, a state-run daily, reported that last month, the regime’s Judiciary issued more than 30 death sentences. 

Public Executions in South Iran

The Iranian regime publicly hanged two opponents, Ali Afravi and Mehdi Navaseri, Wednesday March 1, 2006, for alleged bombing in the southern city of Ahwaz.

A crowd consisting of members of the Revolutionary Guards and paramilitary Basij forces gathered at the scene of this public execution and chanted rhetoric against the US, UK, and the Israel, according to a report.  The trial of the two prisoners did not meet minimum international standards.

The two victims were brought on television the night before their execution to confess.  Their confessions, obviously dictated to them by regime officials, were ambiguous such as being in contact with Canada and United States.

Although not much is known about these two victims, from their TV interview it seems obvious that they were political activists or at least they were charged with such crimes.

Besides the above, there were many reports of executions and public executions in Iran.  The victims were all under the age of 30

Ruz, a state-run daily, reported that last month, the regime’s Judiciary issued more than 30 death sentences. 

The Atomic Suicide Bomber

After two failed meetings with Russians last week, the Iranian officials head to Vienna this Friday to try their chances one more time with the EU-3 countries.

Amazingly, the Iranians have managed to come out of each meeting conveying to the media that the meetings were positive and successful.  The best example would be last Monday’s meeting with Russia. 

You may remember that suddenly on Monday morning all media started talking about a breakthrough agreement that Iran had reached with Russia.  It was only until the afternoon that the Russians came on television and completely denied everything that was said all morning by the Iranians: “What agreements?”

You see the question from Iran is very simple and that is “have you stopped uranium enrichment yet?”  Apparently, neither Europe nor the Russians are willing to step back from their position any longer, which is for Iran to freeze all enrichment activities before anything can be discussed in between.

Mullahs and Nukes

Pars News agency, with close ties to the Iranian supreme leader, Khamanei, on February 21 revealed the complete text of a speech by the former head of regime’s Security Council, cleric Hassan Rohani.

The speech contains revealing information about how the mullahs’ have been trying to acquire nuclear weapons. 

“According to our agreements we had to present an overall and complete picture of what we were doing to the International Atomic Energy Agency.” Rohani, who was also Iran’s head negotiator with the Europeans and the IAEA before Ahmadinejad became president, said adding, “If we did present a complete picture, we would be sent to the Security Council automatically. If we did not present a complete picture, then we would be sent to the Security Council for not meeting our obligations. So you see, no matter what choice we made, our dossier would go to the Security Council anyway.”

In his speech, Rohani reveals how the regime managed to deceive the Europeans during the negotiations to refrain from giving information about the sophisticated P2 Centrifuges to the IAEA. He also bragged about how they were able buy time during the 3-year negotiations period with the Europeans to complete the Isfahan UCF nuclear plant in secret.

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    Iraq shrine bombing: Iran’s “Operation Survival”

    In the early hours of Wednesday, a massive explosion completely devastated a revered Shiite shrine in the Iraqi city of Samarra, the burial ground of Shiite Islam’s 10th and 11th Imams. The religious monument dated back to more than 1,000 years ago.

    In the current complicated state that Iraq is in combined with the makeup of the country, which is a society, comprised of a collection of tribes and religions, such actions can only serve to escalate tensions, which would never result in to anything that would be beneficial to the Iraqis as a whole country. From the evidence, we can tell that some mad mind planned this bombing carefully for one purpose only to instigate chaos.

    Soon after the blast, fingers started pointing in different directions. The Shiites blamed Sunnis. Iran blamed the US and Britain. Some people named Al- Qaeda and some blamed Israel.

    The first twenty-four hours were full of fear that everything was going to collapse. More than 150 Sunni mosques were attacked and ransacked and over 180 people including about 60 Sunni Imams were killed. Three prominent Arab television correspondents are also among the dead.

    Things went so bad so quickly that the coalition forces had to impose day curfews in many cities to prevent sectarian clashes.

    An unprecedented smart move came from Sunni leaders who had boycotted the first elections but entered strongly into the latest one wining a strong minority. They declared the incident to be a plot to create a civil war, and called on all parties to stop blaming each other and said, “Despite the fact that our people are being killed in the streets we will not retaliate.”

    As the dust begins to settle, arrows are starting to point to a new and single direction: “Iran!”

    How would the ruling mullahs in Iran benefit from such an act? The Iranian regime is from the Shiite denomination and they have been supporting Iraqi Shiite groups like “Badr” all along. Why would they bomb a mosque, so precious and holy to Muslims, especially Shiites?

    Before we try to draw a conclusion, let us look briefly at some developments in recent weeks.

    • Iran undergoes increasing international pressure to give up its nuclear ambitions or face Security Council sanctions.
    • Internal dissent in Iran is growing rapidly and to control that the mullahs are resorting to more torture and execution of political opponents.
    • Iran was counting on favorable results from the elections in Iraq to establish a pro-Iranian Shiite government there in order to tie-up American hands in that country so they would not think about possible conflict with Iran.

    Well, it seems all that the mullahs in Iran had planed in order to strengthen their grip on power is falling apart.

    So now, Tehran has leaped into the next phase of its “Operation Survival.” As the direction of developments is no longer going the way the mullahs had planed, they decide to turn the table upside down and make Iraq “like hell” for Americans so they would not think twice about the nuke thing.

    What should we do?

  • Have no doubt for a second, that anyone except Iran is responsible for the Samarra bombing
  • Do not stop, do not allow more time. If we hesitate, the mullahs would advance.
  • Declare all around comprehensive sanctions on Iran and support the Iranian people and their opposition to overthrow the government.
  • Only this would bring stability and democracy to the region and this is the only scenario that would lead to a triumphant pullout by the United States and the coalition from Iraq.

    Iranian dictators unworthy of another chance

    As Iran’s concurrent negotiations with Europe in Brussels and with Russians in Moscow come to an unsuccessful end, it seems that the diversion and deception game played by the ruling mullahs in Iran is reaching the end of the rope.

    In the internal media, the mullahs were trying to pretend that somehow the next round of the negotiations are in progress but before the Iranian foreign minister’s plane landed in Brussels, the Europeans announced that there is no talk of negotiations let alone for it to be the next round.

    The Europeans said that Tehran had requested the meeting and they were all just going to listen.

    Subsequently, as soon as Iran’s foreign minister, Mottaki, entered Brussels, European Union’s senior representative said “any negotiations would only be possible after all enrichment activities by Iran, are halted.”

    The negotiations in Moscow didn’t get far either as Russian Foreign Minister simply repeated what European’s said to the media “Iran should suspend the enrichment process.” Surprisingly, the Iranian officials called the meeting “precise and positive.”

    Beyond all the deception put forth by the mullahs, the latest face-off proves that Iran’s nuclear row has turned into an international glitch and the chances of things returning to the beginning is almost nil.

    Even those who used to talk about the peaceful nature of regime’s nuclear projects now are talking about its military nature. Belgium’s Foreign Minister, while standing besides Mottaki, Iran’s Foreign Minister, said, “it is very hard not to believe that this program has military objectives.” In addition, just before him, the French Foreign Minister said, “this is a clandestine, military nuclear project.”

    Consequently, the Iranian regime has played all the cards it had: diversion, deceit, and intimidations. >From now on, it seems anymore waiting even as an excuse like “until the March sixth meeting” is simply free overtime given to Tehran. Many Iranians, Iraqis and other innocent people who just turnout to be in a wrong place at a wrong time will pay the daily cost of this overtime.

    Anyhow, the Iranian regime does not as it has never did deserve any more chances. It is necessary that it’s dossier in the UN Security Council be attended immediately.

    Urgent Action to prevent mass execution of prisoners of conscience in Iran

    In the aftermath of the execution of a prominent political prisoner, Hojjat Zamani, the Iranian officials in Gohardasht prison have started rumors that political prisoners are planning to commit suicide.

    According to reports from internal sources, political prisoners in Gohardasht and Evin prisons are now in a hunger strike to protest the execution of Mr. Zamani.

    Iranian dissident groups and organizations and the families of political prisoners have expressed fears that the ruling mullahs after referral to the UN Security Council by the International Atomic Energy Agency may execute all political prisoners. Jail official had warned the families of the prisoners in the past that incase of a referral; they would do such thing to take revenge because the Iranian opposition is the original whistle blower on this regime’s clandestine nuclear program.

    To prevent this crime by the mullahs, some political prisoners have issued statements that they do not intend to commit suicide and incase of any incident; people should file lawsuit on their behalf with a relevant international authority.

    In a joint statement, Mr. Assad Shaghaghi and Mr. Valiollah Feiz-Mahdavi, announced, “we are under extreme danger. During the past 24 hours, they have been telling us that we will kill ourselves with knives or cleaning substances.” The two political prisoners stressed, “we announce to the people of the world that we shall not in any case take any action to harm ourselves. If anything happened to us, we ask the Iranian people and the international community, to follow suite against Gohardash warden, Haj Kazem and other responsible authorities. We leave this into the hands of the people.”

    In another prison in the city of Sanandaj, a prisoner by the name of Mojtaba Rasouli-Nia has reportedly disappeared. He was accused of attending an anti- government demonstration in Sanandaj.

    Also in the city of Zanjan, another prisoner by the name of Yashar Hakakpour has disappeared since last week.

    In Tehran’s notorious prison, Evin, many of the prisoners are undergoing torture and many face imminent execution. Prisoners Ghlam-Hossein Kalabi, Saeed Masouri, and Shahram and Farhang Pourmansouri (two brothers) are the ones that we have received their names up to now.

    In 1988, after the Iran-Iraq war which was a defeat for Khomeini, in order to quite the voices of dissent, regime went on an execution rampage which resulted in killing of over 30,000 prisoners in a matter of three months.

    We ask all international organizations to help save the lives of these innocent people and demand the Iranian regime to immidiatly release all prisoners of conscience.

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    Iraq shrine bombing: Iran’s “Operation Survival”

    Samarra Shrine before the bombing

    Samarra Shrine before the bombing


    In the early hours of Wednesday, a massive explosion completely devastated a revered Shiite shrine in the Iraqi city of Samarra, the burial ground of Shiite Islam’s 10th and 11th Imams. The religious monument dated back to more than 1,000 years ago.

    In the current complicated state that Iraq is in combined with the makeup of the country, which is a society, comprised of a collection of tribes and religions, such actions can only serve to escalate tensions, which would never result in to anything that would be beneficial to the Iraqis as a whole country. From the evidence, we can tell that some mad mind planned this bombing carefully for one purpose only to instigate chaos.
     
    Soon after the blast, fingers started pointing in different directions. The Shiites blamed Sunnis. Iran blamed the US and Britain. Some people named Al-Qaeda and some blamed Israel.

    The first twenty-four hours were full of fear that everything was going to collapse. More than 150 Sunni mosques were attacked and ransacked and over 180 people including about 60 Sunni Imams were killed. Three prominent Arab television correspondents are also among the dead.

    Things went so bad so quickly that the coalition forces had to impose day curfews in many cities to prevent sectarian clashes.

    An unprecedented smart move came from Sunni leaders who had boycotted the first elections but entered strongly into the latest one wining a strong minority. They declared the incident to be a plot to create a civil war, and called on all parties to stop blaming each other and said, “Despite the fact that our people are being killed in the streets we will not retaliate.”

    As the dust begins to settle, arrows are starting to point to a new and single direction: “Iran!”

    Urgent Action to prevent mass execution of prisoners of conscience in Iran

    Mass execution of poitical prisoners in IranIn the aftermath of the execution of a prominent political prisoner, Hojjat Zamani, the Iranian officials in Gohardasht prison have started rumors that political prisoners are planning to commit suicide. 

    According to reports from internal sources, political prisoners in Gohardasht and Evin prisons are now in a hunger strike to protest the execution of Mr. Zamani.

    Iranian dissident groups and organizations and the families of political prisoners have expressed fears that the ruling mullahs after referral to the UN Security Council by the International Atomic Energy Agency may execute all political prisoners. Jail official had warned the families of the prisoners in the past that incase of a referral; they would do such thing to take revenge because the Iranian opposition is the original whistle blower on this regime’s clandestine nuclear program.

    Hojjat Zamani

    Hojjat Zamani


    To prevent this crime by the mullahs, some political prisoners have issued statements that they do not intend to commit suicide and incase of any incident; people should file lawsuit on their behalf with a relevant international authority.

    In a joint statement, Mr. Assad Shaghaghi and Mr. Valiollah Feiz-Mahdavi, announced, “we are under extreme danger. During the past 24 hours, they have been telling us that we will kill ourselves with knives or cleaning substances.” The two political prisoners stressed, “we announce to the people of the world that we shall not in any case take any action to harm ourselves.  If anything happened to us, we ask the Iranian people and the international community, to follow suite against Gohardash warden, Haj Kazem and other responsible authorities. We leave this into the hands of the people.”

    Iranian dictators unworthy of another chance

    The Iranian regime does not as it has never did deserve any more chances. It is necessary that it’s dossier in the UN Security Council be attended immediately.

    As Iran’s concurrent negotiations with Europe in Brussels and with Russians in Moscow come to an unsuccessful end, it seems that the diversion and deception game played by the ruling mullahs in Iran is reaching the end of the rope.

    In the internal media, the mullahs were trying to pretend that somehow the next round of the negotiations are in progress but before the Iranian foreign minister’s plane landed in Brussels, the Europeans announced that there is no talk of negotiations let alone for it to be the next round.

    Ahmadinejad NuclearThe Europeans said that Tehran had requested the meeting and they were all just going to listen. 
    Subsequently, as soon as Iran’s foreign minister, Mottaki, entered Brussels, European Union’s senior representative said “any negotiations would only be possible after all enrichment activities by Iran, are halted.”

    The negotiations in Moscow didn’t get far either as Russian Foreign Minister simply repeated what European’s said to the media “Iran should suspend the enrichment process.” Surprisingly, the Iranian officials called the meeting “precise and positive.”

    Iran to continue execution of minors

    minor Execution

    Iran to continue execution of minors


    February 20, 2006, Tehran, Iran (Stop Fundamentalism) – A judge at Tehran’s Appellate Court announced on Saturday that the Islamic Republic would continue to issue death sentences for juvenile delinquents “without any consideration.”

    “Execution sentences will be issued to minors without considering other options,” Ahmad Mozaffari told the state-run news agency ILNA after Iranian courts issued execution sentences to a 15 year old and a 16 year old.

    One minor was sentenced to execution recently, despite the fact that examination by a government-appointed physician showed that he was suffering from a psychiatric disorder.

    One teenage boy, only identified by his first name Mohammad, was originally sentenced by the Supreme Court to serve five years behind bars. An appellate court, however, raised his sentence to death by hanging.

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    New Government Fails to Address Human Rights

    On February 16, Amnesty International released a new report about Iran under the new government of Ahmadinejad. In this report Amnesty expresses concerns that the standoff between Iran and the West may distract attention from this country’s human rights abuse record.

    "The Iranian government should take concrete steps to improve the human rights situation in the country," said Amnesty International. "The current standoff regarding the country’s nuclear program must not distract the government or the international community from addressing the country’s long- standing human rights problems."

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    Before the referral of Iran’s nuclear case to the United Nations Security Council, government jail officials warned families of political prisoners that their loved ones will be executed if and when the file was sent to the Security Council. Iranian mullahs say that the whistle on their nuclear activities was blown by the Iranian opposition so they should take revenge by executing political prisoners.

    Last week a longtime political prisoner, Hojjat Zamani, disappeared from a government jail. After a few days the families of Mr. Zamani were told that he had been executed. Jail officials, after one week, still refuse to return his body to the family.

    Similar reports of intimidations are following in from other prisoners whom their families fear for their lives now.

    Amnesty report also expressed deep concerns about the status of freedom of expression and the safety of journalists. “Iranian legislation severely restricts freedom of expression and association and human rights activists often face reprisals for their work.” Amnesty report says adding,”Harassment, intimidation, attacks, detention, imprisonment and torture of activists and journalists has continued under the new government.”

    According to “Reporters without Borders” Ms. Elham Afrootan, 19, a young journalist is currently in a coma after a suspicious attempt to commit suicide in a prison. Ms. Afrootan was arrested after her publication, Tamaddon Hormozgan, published an article claiming that the HIV virus found its way into Iran at the same time Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, entered the country in 1979.

    Amnesty’s report continues to ask the authorities in Iran to “demonstrate their respect for the inherent right to life by ordering a moratorium on executions” and invites this government to take “concrete measures to ensure that the fundamental human rights of all persons in Iran are protected irrespective of their gender, ethnicity and faith."


    Who benefits the row over Mohammad Cartoons?

    Last week while the international community was busy reprimanding Iran for trying to acquire nuclear weapons, by referring it to the UN Security Council; demonstrations erupted throughout Middle East and Europe condemning the publication of cartoons of prophet Mohammad 4 months earlier in a Danish news paper.

    While many Muslim community leaders invite their followers to calm and peaceful protests, Iran and Syria seem to be busy trying to become the heroes of the Muslim world (read fundamentalists) by pumping fuel to the violence.

    Speaking to Iranian air force personnel, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said yesterday “the West’s publication of the prophet Muhammad cartoons was an Israeli conspiracy motivated by anger over Hamas’ win in the Palestinian elections.”

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    To get even, an Iranian newspaper, Hamshahri, has announced a competition for cartoons on the Holocaust. The newspaper made it clear that the contest was a reaction to European newspapers’ publication of cartoons of the prophet and “to test whether the West will apply the principle of freedom of expression to the Nazi genocide against Jews as it did to the caricatures of the prophet Mohammad.”

    Clearly it seems Tehran is fishing for an opportunity to divert international attention away from its nuclear ambitions which seems like the tactics Khomeini, the founder of Islamic Republic, used to reinforce his power strongholds.

    After eight years of war with Iraq in the 1980s, during which Khomeini constantly declared that Iran would continue the war until Bethlehem was conquered (he wanted to conquer Iraq first and from there go to Israel,) when he had to end the war, to divert attention from his failure, he created mayhem by digging up a year old, not so popular book called “the Satanic Versus” from almost nowhere. He issued a religious decree that the book is blasphemous and that the author, Salman Rushti, should be killed for writing the book.

    The controversy raised by the decree, although internationally created chaos for Iran’s already troubled diplomatic relations with the West, created so much sympathy in between Muslims world (read fundamentalists) for his regime that it diverted the attention from him losing the war he promised he would fight for ever if he had to.

    Although the original publication of Danish cartoons may be simply an irresponsible and unthoughtful act of a newspaper publisher ignorant to sensitive issues, the reprints throughout Europe do seem suspicious, and the violence and attacks and Embassy burning are definitely directed by the Grandfather of fundamentalism and terrorism, the Tehran mullahs.


    Dreaming of Iranian-American Relations

    A comment on: "Can the U.S. Use Iraq to Get Through to Iran?"
    published February 8, The Globalist

    Sleepwalking into Iranian-American relations, in his article in February 8th, International Herald Tribune, Roger Cohen complains of opportunities lost and warns about dangers of an “international anomaly” with regards to Iran.

    More specifically, Cohen’s lost opportunity, the Iran’s former president Khatami (the moderate!) in reality turned out to be a perpetrator. After all, under whose cover did Iran develop such vast nuclear program for 18 years while it fooled the world to look the other way? Remember, Ahmadinejad was only elected a few months ago and all this time the so called moderates were covertly directing the program.

    Further on, the author assumes that along side with the United States, Iran also “wants Iraq’s experiment to achieve stability.” But if he had only bothered to read the news especially during the last elections in Iraq, Mr. Cohen would have notice that Iran has been the major supporter and actively participant of disturbances and terrorist activities in Iraq and the chief fraudster in the elections.

    Once again on the subject of U.S. presence in Iraq, Roger Cohen naively assumes that Iran does not “want the United States to leave Iraq and deliver the country into a civil war of unpredictable outcome.” By simply checking the Iranian dailies, the author would have noticed that they are filled with wishes of Americans to leave Iraq. Iran’s mullahs’ know for certain that they would be the winner of any absence of central power in Iraq.

    Roger Cohen’s fictional strategy for U.S. will surly deliver Iraq into the hands of warmongering mullahs in Iran ensuring the expansion of fundamentalism throughout the Middle East creating the biggest “international anomaly” the author has ever encountered.

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