Friday, April 29, 2016
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Janet Afary (University of California Santa Barbara)
Hussein A. Amery (Colorado School of Mines)
Ian Angus (Simon Fraser University)
Abdullahi Ahmed An-Naim (Emory University)
Andrew Arato (New School University)
Talal Asad (CUNY Graduate Center)
Ali Banuazizi (Boston College)
Golbarg Bashi (Pace University)
M. Cherif Bassiouni (De Paul University)
Mehrzad Boroujerdi (Syracuse University)
Laurie A. Brand (University of Southern California)
Allison Busch (Columbia University)
William Carroll (University of Victoria, Canada)
Houchang Esfandiar Chehabi (Boston University)
Noam Chomsky (Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT)
Hamid Dabashi (Columbia University)
Fred Dallmayr (University of Notre Dame)
Roxanne L. Euben (Wellesley College)
Samir Gandesha (Simon Fraser University)
Moisés Garduño Garcia (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)
Emeritus Irene Gendzier (Boston University)
Alan Gilbert (University of Denver)
Jeffrey Goldfarb (New School University)
Warren S. Goldstein (Harvard University)
Victoria de Grazia (Columbia University)
Ahmad Hadavi (Northwestern University)
Elaine C. Hagopian (Simmons College, Boston)
Wael Hallaq (Columbia University)
Nader Hashemi (University of Denver)
Nubar Hovsepian (Chapman University)
Andreas Huyssen (Columbia University)
Peter R. Johnson (University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
Mohsen Kadivar (Duke University)
Hossein Kamaly (Barnard College, Colombia University)
Sudipta Kaviraj (Columbia University)
Banafsheh Madaninejad (Southeastern University)
Mojtaba Mahdavi (University of Alberta, Canada)
Ali Akbar Mahdi (California State University, Northridge)
Ali Mirsepassi (New York University)
Brinkley Messick (Columbia University)
Timothy Mitchel (Columbia University)
Ebrahim Moosa (University of Notre Dame)
Arash Naraghi (Moravian College)
Mehdi Noorbaksh (Harrisburg University)
Mehrdad Nourani (University of Texas, Dallas–UTD)
Sheldon Pollock (Columbia University)
Farhang Rajaee (Carleton University, Canada)
Malcolm L. Rigsby (Henderson State University)
Sara Roy (Harvard University)
Mahmoud Sadri (Texas Woman’s University)
Muhammad Sahimi (University of Southern California)
Emile Sahliyeh (University of North Texas)
Stuart Schaar (Brooklyn College, City University of New York)
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (Columbia University)
Andrea L. Stanton (University of Denver)
Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi (University of Toronto, Canada)
Mahdi Tourage (King’s University College, Canada)
Peyman Vahabzadeh (University of Victoria, Canada)
Jerry Zaslove (Simon Fraser University)
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Iran has difficult road to reform never mind democracy …..Second Round of Election For Majles ( Parliament ) in Iran ….Khamenei , Sepah , Basij and their fundamentalists thugs brings tension and clashes during second round of election campaign , This clashes happened in Tabriz University between pro-moderate ( Zahra Saei - a moderate woman candidate ) and fundamentalists forces …….
GENEVA (27 April 2016) – A group of United Nations human rights experts* today warned that over a dozen political prisoners in Iran, including some prominent human rights defenders, lawyers and political activists, are at risk of death in detention due to their worsening health conditions and the continued refusal by the Iranian authorities to provide them with medical treatment.
“The condition of several prisoners of conscience with serious health problems has been exacerbated by their continued detention and by repeated refusals to allow their access to the medical facilities and treatment they so urgently require,” the experts said.
“The denial of medical care, physical abuse, either in overcrowded prisons or in solitary confinement and other forms of torture and ill-treatment exposes prisoners to risk of serious injuries and death,” they said noting that “unfortunately, Iranian prisons are no strangers to such tragedies, many of which could have been avoided if authorities exercised proper care.”
The UN experts highlighted the cases of political prisoners Mohammad Hossein Rafiee Fanood and Kamal Foroughi, human rights defender Nargis Mohammadi, lawyer Abdulfattah Soltani, blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, religious figure Sayed Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi and experimental laser physicist Omid Kokabee.
Mr. Kokabee was arrested in January 2011 upon his return from studies in the United States and is currently serving a ten-year prison sentence for his alleged ‘connections with a hostile government’. He was diagnosed with kidney cancer and recently underwent surgery to remove his right kidney, a procedure that could have been avoided, had he been provided with adequate and timely access to proper treatment at an earlier stage. When the care is ultimately provided, as Mr Kokabee’s case, patients are often transferred to and from prisons chained to their beds.
“The situation of these prisoners and the continued disregard for their health and well-being by the Iranian authorities is completely unacceptable,” the experts stressed. “This is especially the case given that allegedly all of them have been arrested, detained and convicted purely for their peaceful exercise of their fundamental freedoms and rights.”
“We urge the authorities to consider the release of Mr Kokabee and other political prisoners on medical or humanitarian grounds and to ensure their well-being by facilitating regular access to medical care,” they said.
The human rights experts reminded the Iranian Government of its obligations under international standards to respect the prisoners’ right to health and to ensure their humane treatment. “Failure to provide adequate medical care to prisoners is in breach of Iran’s international human rights obligations and domestic standards,” they underscored.
“We have repeatedly drawn the attention of the Iranian authorities to allegations related to the denial of access to medical care and to substandard conditions of detention and urged them to embark on a more comprehensive prison reform. We regret that the Government has so far failed to properly investigate these allegations and take the necessary measures,” the human rights experts concluded.
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Monday, April 25, 2016
14 Political And Security Prisoners on Hunger Strike Inside Islamic Regime Prisons…….
According to news 14 Political prisoners are on hunger strike inside regimes prisons.
And they are :
1- Afshin Sohrabzadeh - He is a Kurdish political prisoner need immediate medical attention - he is diagnosed with intestine cancer - He is sentenced to 25 years imprisonment and is currently in Minab prison. He sewed his lips and is on hunger strike…….
2- Ramezan Ahmad-kamal - He is a Kurdish political prisoner ..he suffers health condition and needs medical attention. He is in Rejaei Shahr prison …...
3-Saeed Pourheydari- He was arrested after returning to Iran from abroad . He is currently in Evin prison . He is accused of " online activities and propaganda against the regime " and insulting the leader. He is sentenced to five years imprisonment.
4-Saeed Shirzad - Is a left wing political activist - currently in ward 12 at Rejaei Shahr prison - he is an activist who helped the street kids and working kids .
5-Afshin Bayemani - Is sentenced to death but later the sentencing reduced to life imprisonment . He is in Rejaei Shahr prison . he is accused of helping his brother Mehdi Bayemani to scape prison . he is currently under a ward run by sepah .
6- Iraj Hatami - A security prisoner is sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and currently is in Rejaei Shahr prison
7- Farid Azemoudeh - A security prisoner - sentenced to five years imprisonment. he is currently in ward number 12 of the Rejaei Shahr prison .
8- Ali (Amir) Amirgholi - Is a left wing political activist and was arrested several times , in one occasion at Khavaran cemetery on the anniversary of the mass political prisoners killing. He is kept in Evin prison
9- Bahram Tarahomi - is a military officer and a security prisoner - sentenced to 5 years imprisonment and currently in Rejaei Shahr prison
10- Masoud Arab - Coubdar - Security prisoner at ward 12 in Rejaei Shahr - Karaj prison. He is in prison since three years ago.
11- Sahar Elyasi - She is a women soccer coach . she is arrested together with three other colleagues and she is also a online social activist. She is in prison since Oct. last year.
12- Mahmoud Beheshti Langroudi - He is a teacher and syndicalist . he is arrested last year at his home by security forces.
13- Ebrahim Firouzi - is a new christian and is in prison since three years ago. He is currently in Rejaei Shahr prison in Karaj
14- Hossein Ronaghi Maleki - Was on hunger strike before the hospitalization for surgery
IRAN WATCH CANADA: There is no end to the cruelty of the Islamic regime in Iran …..
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Free Omid # ……………...
IRAN WATCH CANADA :
Shame on Despotic Islamic regime in Iran treating its citizen with a high profile like a criminal.
Islamic regime and its Judiciary Power headed by Mohammad Sadegh Amoli Larijani are to be hold accountable for what has gone so far on Omid Kokabi ……...
Iranian Gay & Lesbians Life in Exile ………….Read From Their Website in Canada
Iranian Queer Organization
Iranian Railroad For Queer Refugees
Read from both websites and learn more about the Iranian Trans Genders ……….
News from Iran :
The imprisoned Iranian Trans Gender are kept in phase one of the 4th floor of ward number 240 of the Evin prison in an inhuman condition. They are kept in solitary without using the phone , prison vendor and no fresh air . More or less 10 -12 people are kept in this ward and the prison guards and officials treat the prisoners in degrading and inhuman manner.
Friday, April 22, 2016
Mrs. Shahindokht Molaverdi President's Advisor To Women and Family Issues : A Wave Of Anxiety and Fear for Safety and security Has Occupied The Society And Families' Mind…..
Molaverdi has criticized about the plan to have more than 7000 invisible police in the city …...
On Last Tuesday regime's police chief Commander Hossein Sajedinia has announced that, more than 7000 invisible police will watch Iranian people in the city and report about them or their plate numbers to a central station if they violate the Hijab and have immoral conduct , or are walking with a dogs and even if they do not follow the hijab code of conduct in their cars and this plan also includes men for improper dress code and ….……..
Mrs. Molaverdi said ; This plan has created a wave of panic among families and society to fear about the safety and security of their family members and are worried if their family members are late from coming home.
She said; the Government is going to discuss about this plan in their future session .
IRAN WATCH CANADA: Islamic regime in Iran is so afraid of its people for surprise uprising and therefore creates so many kinds of police force visible or invisible ……Now …does Islamic regime coming to its end ?……What makes them to be so afraid of its people ?……………..
Animal Farm……..All people are created equal but some are lords ……Napoleon, …….Boxer and clover…..The beasts of England Song…….
Iran: Imprisoned Physicist’s Cancer Care in Jeopardy
Lack of Adequate Treatment Increases Political Prisoners’ Suffering
(Beirut, April 21, 2016) – Iranian authorities should immediately ensure that Omid Kokabee, an Iranian physicist imprisoned on national security charges, has access to adequate medical care for his life-threatening cancer, Human Rights Watch said today. Kokabee was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2012, and the sentence was confirmed even after the Supreme Court ruled that the charges were “mistaken.”
On April 16, 2016, Saeed Khalili, Kokabee’s lawyer, told Ilna news agency that Kokabee’s medical test results indicated that his client suffers from Renal Cell Carcinoma, a form of kidney cancer. On April 20, BBC Persian reported that Kokabee had surgery and that doctors removed his right kidney, which was affected by cancer. While Kokabee is receiving treatment in a hospital, whether he will be able to continue his treatment in hospital is far from certain, based on his and other imprisoned patients’ experience. With his new diagnosis, any delay in receiving medical care could cause “irreparable damage” to Kokabee’s health, Khalili told Ilna.
“Denying a prisoner necessary medical care is both cruel and unlawful,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Iranian authorities should ensure that Kokabee will have access to adequate medical care, which in his case is likely to be outside prison.”
The International Campaign for Human Rights has reported that authorities unduly delayed Kokabee’s access to medical treatment in the past. In 2012, after an initial examination found that he had a tumor, Kokabee experienced a long delay in getting permission to be transferred from a prison health clinic to a hospital for a critical medical examinations. Khalili has asked the authorities to allow him to continue his treatment outside prison, but it is not clear if he has received any response.
Authorities arrested Kokabee on January 30, 2011 at Imam Khomeini International Airport as he prepared to board a flight to the United States after a visit to his family. He was traveling back to the US to continue his post-doctoral studies in physics at the University of Texas at Austin. On May 14, 2012, a revolutionary court in Tehran sentenced him to 10 years in prison on charges of “connection with a hostile government [the United States].” In October 2014, Branch 36 of Iran’s Supreme Court rejected the legal basis for Omid Kokabee’s imprisonment and ordered a review of his case. Despite that ruling, in the re-review of the case, Branch 54 of Tehran’s revolutionary appeals court upheld Kokabee’s sentence on the same grounds. Authorities have not made public any evidence that led to Kokabee’s charges and conviction.
International human rights law and the Iranian legal code require prison authorities to provide detainees with adequate medical care. Iran's State Prison Organization regulations state that, if necessary, detainees must be transferred to a hospital outside the prison facility. The United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners requires the authorities to transfer prisoners needing specialist treatment to specialized institutions, including hospitals.
Kokabee is one of a number of prisoners charged with national security crimes who have been deprived of adequate medical care. On April 5, Kalemeh website reported that Nazak Afshar, a former employee of the French Embassy in Tehran, who has been detained in Evin prison since March 12, has repeatedly lost consciousness in prison and is believed to be seriously ill but apparently is not getting adequate care.
Authorities in Iran frequently have ordered political prisoners returned from a hospital to prison before their care was completed. On March 26, Hossein Ronaghi, a human rights defender and blogger serving 13 years in prison, went on a hunger strike to protest his lack of access to medical care. Authorities had released Ronaghi – who suffers from serious kidney complications – in June 2015 on a medical furlough but summoned him back to prison on January 20, before his medical treatment was completed.
“Iran has a dismal record of providing prisoners, especially those convicted of politically motivated charges, access to necessary medical treatment,” Whitson said. “Judicial and intelligence authorities should immediately stop mistreating prisoners by denying them adequate access to medical care.”
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Free Omid # Tweet ….Was ranked number three or four , just behind Q. E's Birthday and the News about the Death of Supper Star Prince ….
Regime and its judiciary power ( Mohammad Sadegh Larijani) are responsible for anything happens to Omid Kokabi while in prison……
Omid is a young Scientist …….
Omid Kokabi is an imprisoned Iranian physicist and a phd. degree student in US when six years ago decided to visit his family in Tehran- Iran. While in Iran, after visiting the office of the deputy of Atomic energy organization and saying no to their request for collaboration , he was arrested by regime's security forces when he was returning to US and spent 36 days in solitary confinement and months in prison without trial until he was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for alleged charges of collaboration with enemy governments and earning unlawful incomes .
Omid , his lawyer and family believes the reason he is in jail is because he said NO to collaboration with regime.
While in prison he became sick from kidney and was bleeding from this illness , doctors believed he had kidney stone and prison official wouldn't let him leave the prison for treatment up until recently he was diagnosed with cancerous tumour in his kidney and the surgeon in an operation removed his right kidney.
Doctors warned that if he is to return to prison his life will be in danger.
Omid is not a political person and during the 2009 green movement he wasn't in Iran, so, regime can't accuse him with political activities. The only reason he is in prison is because he said no to the collaboration with regime , that's all.
Omid Kokabi believes that the scientists should not join activities that are harmful to human .
Thursday, April 21, 2016
The New Yorker : An Iranian Opposition Leader Pushes to Be Put on Trial
In a melancholy yet defiant open letter, from one revolutionary to another, Mehdi Karroubi pleaded over the weekend to be put on trial in Iran. His dissent could no longer be silenced, he wrote in his letter to President Hassan Rouhani, a former colleague, and he declared, “We must stand up against the idea of a regime with one single voice, made so through monopolizing an unaccountable power.”
Karroubi has long been one of the Islamic Republic’s leading politicians. He fits the profile—a cleric who earned his bona fides, in the seventies, in the Shah’s jails. He was arrested nine times. Karroubi’s wife, Fatemeh, has recounted taking their son Taghi to prison when he was six months old so that Karroubi could see him for the first time. After the 1979 revolution, Karroubi served for eight years, in the late eighties and early nineties, as speaker of Iran’s Parliament, and again from 2000 to 2004. He twice ran for President, in 2005 and 2009, passing the rigorous vetting by the twelve-man Guardian Council, which assesses candidates and legislation for compliance with Islam. (By then an adult, Taghi helped manage his father’s campaign.) He lost both times to the hard-liner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, amid accusations of fraud. Karroubi is sixty-eight now; his beard is as snow-white as his turban. He is a passionate speaker, and photographers like to capture the way his thick eyebrows arch, for emphasis, above his rimless glasses.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
President Obama must not turn a blind eye to abuses across Gulf states
The open letter names more than 40 prisoners of conscience in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates who are currently behind bars solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression.
The visit also throws the spotlight on the USA’s own role in the recent conflict in Yemen, in which more than 3,000 civilians have been killed and more than 2.8 million people displaced.
“For the past year, the USA has stoked the flames of the conflict in Yemen by continuing to supply weapons to Saudi Arabia despite strong evidence that the military coalition it is leading has committed widespread violations including possible war crimes,” said James Lynch.
Key talking points:
- Growing crackdown on freedom of expression in GCC countries
- Violations of international humanitarian law by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in Yemen
- Unfair trials, torture and other ill-treatment in detention
- Counter-terrorism and cyber-crime laws
- Discrimination against women and minorities across the region
- Abuse and exploitation of migrants
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016
More Than 500 Retired Steel Industry Employees From All Over Iran Staged A Day Of Protest On Monday In Front Of The Parliament For The Delay In Their Monthly Payments
At present 60% of the retirees in Iran receive minimum payment which is not enough for their daily medical and other expenses.
Islamic Judiciary Sentenced Taher Ghaderzadeh The Iranian Kurdish Teacher ( Member of the Teachers Union ) To 91 Days Prison Term
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Patrol Officers Started Their " Hijab Code Of Conduct " In Cities And Major High Ways From Today …..
Reported by ISNA news agency-
Once again the " moral Patrol officers" with an order from judiciary power and ministry of Guidance started their patrol in cities and major high ways for " hijab code of conduct " . The officers also stops those who have dogs in their car or walk in streets with their dogs .
The officers not only stop women who are driving cars and not having their hijab , they would also stop men for not having the suitable dress code .
IRAN WATCH CANADA: Since the warm season is approaching , following the " hijab dress code" by young Iranian women would be difficult for officers to control and we would see again video's coming out and showing commotion between young Iranian women and officers in the streets during their arrest .
Thursday, April 14, 2016
A University Professor Is Laid Off By Islamic Regime In Iran Because Of His High Pitched ( Women like) Voice's …...
According to recent news , Mr. Ghasem Aksirifard a Phd. professor of physics in Khajeh Nasir Tousi's university is laid off due to his natural , mother borne high pitched voice. 430 university students in a petition demanded for his stay and even the students said; they would boycott the classes.
Mr. Aksirifard was a high IQ student and number one in olympiad in physics and received many award in his field .
Mr. Aksirifard was teaching at the university since three years ago.
Mr. Aksirifard is protesting in front of " Khajeh Nasir Tousi University" against the decision by university and demands he be returned to his teaching .
GENEVA (14 April 2016) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Thursday appealed to Iran to halt executions for drug offences until Parliament debates a new law that would remove the mandatory death penalty for drug crimes.
Five men were hanged last weekend, three of them on charges of narcotics trafficking. The other two men were convicted of murder. In at least one of the cases, that of Rashid Kouhi, there were serious concerns about the fairness of the trial and the denial of his right to appeal. Kouhi was sentenced to death in 2012 after he was found in possession of 800 grams of crystal meth. He was executed on Saturday, 9 April in Gilan province in northern Iran.
Last year, at least 966 people were executed in Iran – the highest rate in more than two decades – the majority for drug offences. At least four of those executed in 2015 were juveniles.
However, in December last year, 70 Members of Parliament presented a bill to amend the existing mandatory death penalty for drug offences. The bill, which was introduced in Parliament in January this year, provides for life imprisonment in such cases. It remains to be seen whether it will be taken forward in the new Parliament.
“There have been encouraging signs from within Iran towards reform of the law, from the judiciary, the executive and the legislature and I hope the new parliament will adopt these changes. But it is unfortunate that executions for drug-related offences – crimes that clearly do not meet the threshold under international human rights law for application of the death penalty – continue to be carried out in the meantime,” High Commissioner Zeid said.
“Given the broadening recognition in Iran that the death penalty does not deter drug crime and that anti-narcotics laws need to be reformed, I call on Iran to take the important first step of instituting a moratorium on the use of the death penalty.”
So far this year, 60 executions have reportedly been carried out in Iran. The High Commissioner noted that this represents a drop compared to the same period last year.
High Commissioner Zeid also expressed serious concerns about the large number of juvenile offenders reported to be on death row in Iran. He urged the authorities to ensure that no one is executed for offences committed under the age of 18, stressing that there is a strict prohibition against the execution of juvenile offenders in international human rights law, including in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Iran ratified in 1975 and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which it ratified in 1994.
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