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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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    New Government Fails to Address Human Rights

    Amnesty International report on iranFebruary 17, 2006 (Stop Fundamentalism) – 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."

    ”Harassment, intimidation, attacks, detention, imprisonment and torture of activists and journalists has continued under the new government.”

    Amnesty International

    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.

    Iran executes dissident

    Execution of Hojjat ZamaniFebruary 15, 2006, London (Stop Fundamentalism) – To our sorrows, we have received credible news from internal sources that Iran’s theocratic regime has in fact executed Mr. Hojjat Zamani,

    Mr. Zamni was a political prisoner whose case received international attention by many organizations including Amnesty International.  Many of the visitors of this website signed a petition last year calling for his immediate release.

    During the past few weeks, Iran’s regime, under internal and international pressure for its nuclear ambitions, has escalated torture and pressure on political prisoners.

    Iran: mass execution of political prisoners after the Security Council referral

    Hojjat Zamani Execution

    “Prisoner of conscience” By Sala


    February 13, 2006, Tehran (Stop Fundamentalism) – International observers warn of imminent danger of mass executions of political prisoners in Iran after the referral of this countries nuclear dossier to the U.N. Security Council.

    According to internal reports, Iranian officials have warned the families of political prisoners that if Iran was sent to the Security Council by the IAEA, all prisoners will be executed.

    “In 1967, after the Iran-Iraq war and the defeat of Ayatollahs in that war, thousands of political prisoners were executed,” the Farsi language program of Voice of America reported Tuesday February 9th.

    Reports indicate that some prisoners including 31 year old Hojjat Zamani, have disappeared since last Monday.

    Hojjat’s family has not been able to locate him yet and they say they are very worried about his life.

    In 2003, Hojjat zamani escaped from the Evin prison, but was extradited to Iran by the Turkish police. His two brothers have been executed by the Iranian government before.

    Ayatollah rips Iran’s rulers for “politicking” in cartoon row

    Ayatollah Jalal Gangei Ganjei

    Dissident Ayatollah Jallal Gangei


    “No one has done more harm to the name and image of Islam than the fanatics who rule Iran”

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    Exclusive Interview by: Iran Focus

    Paris, Feb. 11 – In an exclusive interview with Iran Focus, a prominent dissident ayatollah lambasted Iran’s theocratic rulers for “playing politics with Islam’s sanctities and taking advantage of the religious sentiments of Muslims simply to serve the narrow interests of their own regime”.

    “I sincerely believe that the publication of these cartoons [of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad] was absolutely unjustified, because they offend all Muslims and only help the extremists like those in power in Iran”, the mild-mannered, soft-spoken ayatollah, who has been condemned to death in a fatwa issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, said over tea at a coffee shop in Paris, where he lives incognito, mindful of the long reach of Tehran’s assassins.

    “But I hasten to add that Iran’s rulers are inciting violence and provoking Muslims for purely Machiavellian reasons: they want to exacerbate the confrontation between Muslims and Christians at a time when their sponsorship of terrorism and their nuclear weapons program have come under increasing international scrutiny and criticism. They are playing with the sentiments of Muslims to divert attention from their own crises at home and abroad. This is more than criminal; it is evil.”

    Ayatollah Jalal Ganjei, a respected Shiite scholar and writer who lives in exile in France, was one of Ayatollah Khomeini’s disciples in the 1960s, before he broke away with him in the mid-1970s over their divergent views on the role of freedom and democracy in Islam. When Ganjei left Iran to join the opposition in the early 1980s, Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against him. Since then, thirteen of his close relatives, including his son, have been executed by the clerical regime.

    Who benefits the row over Mohammad Cartoons?

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    An Iranian throws a stone at the Danish embassy, in protest against cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad published in European newspapers, in Tehran, Iran February 10, 2006. Note security police observing in front.


    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.”

    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.”

    Are Extremists Fanning Cartoon Outrage?

    Iran Cartoons row

    An Iranian protestor throws a stone at the Austrian Embassy, the country which currently holds the presidency of the European Union, in a protest over drawings of the Prophet Muhammed in European newspapers, as police officers look on, in Tehran, Iran, Monday. (AP)


    By LARA SUKHTIAN
    Associated Press Writer

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – An Iranian state TV announcer depicts cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad as a direct insult to Islam by the Danish government, not a private newspaper. Crowds in Syria – where state control is absolute – set fire to Danish and Norwegian embassies. The U.S. military sees the hand of extremist groups in riots in Afghanistan.

    As rage over the caricatures continues across the Muslim world, there are growing questions whether governments like Syria and Iran’s hard-line clerical regime and extremist groups like the Taliban are fanning the outrage.

    Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday that Iran and Syria “have gone out of their way to inflame sentiments and to use this to their own purposes. And the world ought to call them on it.” Iranian Vice President Isfandiar Rahim Mashaee, speaking to reporters during a trip to Indonesia, rejected the allegation Thursday as “100 percent a lie.”

    Few doubt there is genuine anger among Muslims. For religious an the past weeks – protests and impromptu boycotts of Danish products have erupted in numerous Arab and Islamic countries.

    Most have been non-violent. In Egypt, demonstrators – including ones from the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood – have gone out of their way to insist they are peaceful and aren’t angry at the Danish people, only the newspaper and the government for not taking a strong enough stance against the insult.

    Iran and Syria ‘stoking anti-West sentiment’

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    The United States has accused Syria and Iran of using the international row over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed to incite anti-West sentiment and violence for their own purposes.


    February 09, 2006, Washington (Stop Fundamentalism) – THE United States today accused Syria and Iran of using the international row over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed to incite anti-West sentiment and violence for their own purposes.

    As Washington grappled with mounting anger among Muslims over publication of the caricatures in Western newspapers, President George W. Bush condemned the violence while admonishing the media to be more "thought

    But Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sharpened the political dimension of the controversy by charging Iran and Syria, two frequent targets of the Bush administration, with stoking sectarian feelings.

    Emerging from talks with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Ms Rice said some Muslim countries were behaving responsibly but "there are governments that have also used this opportunity to incite violence".ful" of others.

    "I don’t have any doubt that … Iran and Syria have gone out of their way to inflame sentiments and to use this to their own purposes. And the world ought to call them on it," she said.

    Ms Rice went further than previous US statements that accused Tehran and Damascus of not doing enough to rein in the violent protests over the satirical images of Mohammed first published in a Danish paper.

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    We were waiting to the last minute before sending out this week’s newsletter, hoping to have the results in for the vote on Iran in the IAEA board meeting.

    The board consists of 35 members. As it seems right now, according to observers, about 25 positive votes and three negative are expected.

    The board did not take vote and postponed it for tomorrow. It will meet Saturday at 9 AM sharp to vote.

    >From what it seems, Iran’s dossier will be sent before the United Nations Security Council where it would face sanctions due to its clandestine nuclear activities.

    The actions against Iran will not come until March 6th when Mr. ElBaradaie, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, will give his latest report to the board of governors.


    Internal sources reveal bomb production

    Stop Fundamentalism Special Report

    Tehran, Feb 1, 2006 (Stop Fundamentalism) – Tehran has successfully procured two types of equipment, the Hot Isostatic Press and the Hot Press, to shape enriched uranium as part of nuclear weapons production at the “Materials and Energy Research Centre” (Pazhuheshgah-e Mavad va Enerzhi.)

    The MERC site, located on the edge of Meshkin- Dasht near Karaj, forty kilometres west of the Iranian capital, was operating under the cover of a scientific and industrial research centre affiliated to the Ministry of Science and is run under the direction of Dr. Fatollah Moztarzadeh.

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    The machines are able to simultaneously use pressure and heat to produce uranium spheres for production of nuclear bomb. The combination of pressure and heat allows the metal to melt at low temperatures.

    According to reports Stop Fundamentalism has received from its sources Iran had also managed to refurbish and bring back into use a U.S.-made machine purchased some 30 years ago.

    Sources say that presently five more Hot Press machines were being manufactured at the site.


    Iran invites Blair to anti-Holocaust conference!

    Tehran, Iran, Jan. 30 (Stop Fundamentalism) – Iran invited British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Sunday to an anti-Holocaust conference it plans to hold, the state-run ISNA news agency reported.

    Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi told reporters during his weekly press conference, “I think that it would be good if Mr. Blair takes part in the seminar on the Holocaust in Tehran. Of course, he can make the case in support of the Holocaust and at the same time hear the points of views that he cannot listen to there”.

    Hard-line Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad shocked the world when he publicly declared that the Holocaust was a “myth” and threatened that Israel must be “wiped off the map”.

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    His comments were supported by senior Iranian officials including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and former president Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

    Asefi said that the anti-Holocaust conference would be held in spring of this year, adding that “unanswered questions” about the scale of the Holocaust could be discussed there.

    Ahmadinejad’s comments, which drew international condemnation, were twice rebuked at the United Nations Security Council.


    Iran police raids homes of striking bus drivers

    Tehran, Iran, Feb. 02 (Stop Fundamentalism) – Agents of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), the country’s secret police, have been conducting night raids into the homes of striking bus drivers and workers in Tehran in recent days, arresting hundreds of union activists and, in some cases, detaining family members to blackmail strikers.

    Sources in Tehran that say the number of prisoners being held inside the notorious Evin Prison in the Iranian capital has risen sharply in recent days.

    “More than a thousand people arrested over the past week on political charges have been brought to Evin”, a dissident worker who requested anonymity said in a telephone interview.

    "Most are being held in Evin’s ward 209, which is run by the secret police”, he added.

    On Saturday, clashes erupted between Tehran’s transit workers and State Security Forces as large numbers of bus drivers who had planned to go on strike on the day were arrested.

    All those taken to Evin Prison this week are being questioned several times in a rotating pattern, the source said.

    Evin Prison was built by the Shah’s regime as a modern security prison to house political dissidents, but it became the Islamic Republic’s most dreaded gulag and the site of numerous political mass executions.

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