Manouchehr Sakhaei died of Cancer
Manouchehr Sakhaei, Singer, Sitar player, actor, Parliamentary reporter and a member of the National Council of Resistance of Iran died in California on Thursday April 28, 2011. He died of cancer at age 76. He is one of the first and most popular pop singers and actors who started his career in Iran before the revolution. Manouchehr joined NCRI at the age of 60 and was politically active. Radio Irava sends its condolences to his family and fans.
Cleric warns Iran’s president to end power struggle with supreme leader, show obedience
According to Associated Press a cleric warned President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Friday to end an escalating power struggle with Iran’s supreme leader, calling it a religious obligation to do so and accusing the country’s enemies of trying to sow rifts among its leadership. The split threatens to destabilize Iran at a time of tension with the West over Tehran’s disputed nuclear program and appears to center on a battle for influence between the two men over next year’s parliamentary election and a presidential election in 2013. “Obedience to the supreme leader is a religious obligation as well as a legal obligation, without any doubt,” said Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami. “In a friendly way, I am telling the officials “Do not play in the enemies’ ground. Do not fill the empty boxes of the enemy’s crossword,” Khatami said. Khamenei has made clear he will defend his powers, including the authority to name Cabinet ministers, warning in a speech last week that he will intervene in the government’s affairs whenever necessary. His words were a sharp rebuke to Ahmadinejad.
Iraqi government continues its inhumane policy of torturing the injured Ashraf residents
The Sceretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran said in a statement on Wednesday that Nouri al-Maliki and the forces under his command continue their inhumane policy of torturing to death the resident of Ashraf who were injured during the April 8 bloody attack. On April 26th, while due to widespread international activities the preparations had been made to transfer 11 critically wounded patients to the Erbil hospital, the Ashraf Suppression Committee in the Iraq’s Prime Ministry- whose two officials are under prosecution by the Spain’s National Court, opposed their transfer and said that the patients must be treated in the ‘New Iraq Hospital’, where is in fact nothing more than a torture center. According to the al-Dastur Daily April 26, 19 days after the massacre of bloody Friday at Camp Ashraf, the military forces continue to occupy Ashraf’s cemetery, and contrary to all the Islamic traditions, international laws, and Arab customs are preventing the bodies of 35 martyrs to be buried.