Sunday, June 24, 2012


Huge Iranian resistance rally in Paris
Tens of thousands of Iranians gathered from all over the world in Paris on Saturday to participate in an annual gathering led by the Mojahedinge Khalghe Iran or PMOI called "protection of the vanguards of Freedom in Ashraf and Liberty".  Associated Press reported that the Iranian exiles gathered in Paris to demand democratic change in Iran and help for Iranian resistance members in Iraq’s refugee camps. AP added: the National Council of Resistance of Iran - which organized Saturday’s event at a convention center in the northern suburb of Villepinte - estimated the turnout at nearly 100,000 people. The council - which is on a U.S. list of terror organizations - has won support from some former U.S. officials such as former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell. Rendell, who attended the rally, urged the U.N., the U.S. and the European Union to start the ’emigration process’ for Iranian refugees, saying they live in ’terrible’ condition in Iraq’s Ashraf camp. In the rally in Villepinte, other former and current politicians spoke, such as Canadian former Parliamentarian Honourable David Kilgour, the US democrat and republican politicians, members of the European Parliament such as Vidal- Quadras, Mr. Stevenson, and the representatives of some 40 European and Arabic countries. In the middle of the program it was announced that Mr. Newt Gingrig, the Republican candidate and the current senator from US was not able to fly out to Paris due to bad weather but his message was read later on. The President elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran Maryam Rajavi spoke at the rally and demanded the appeasement police towards the Iranian regime to be stopped and the terror tag by the US state department be lifted and the blockage against the Iranian refugees in Camp Ashraf and Liberty to end. She promised to continue the struggle until the overthrow of the current regime in Iran and for the separation of religion and state, and to establish democracy and equal rights for men and women in Iran.

Iraqi colonel denied entry to EU Parliament
Associated Press reported on June 19 that  a member of an Iraqi government delegation was denied entry to the European Parliament on Tuesday because he’s accused of participating in the killing of Iranian exiles who live in an enclave of Iraq. European Parliament Vice President Alejo Vidal-Quadras said in a statement that Col. Sadiq Mohammad Kazim has been summoned by the Spanish National Court for an alleged role in killings in Camp Ashraf in 2009 and 2011. Iranians opposed to Iran’s clerical regime won refuge at Camp Ashraf during the rule of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. But they have become an irritant to Iraq’s new Shiite-led government, which is trying to bolster ties with Iranian regime. The Iraqi army raided the group’s camp in April 2011, killing 34 people. About 1,200 people remain there the rest have been relocated to another camp in Iraq called liberty.

More cleanup activity alleged at suspected Iranian nuclear site

CNN reported on Wednesday that recent satellite imagery shows the Iranian regime continues to clean up areas of a controversial military site believed to be involved in its nuclear program. The US think tank called "The Institute for Science and International Study" obtained imagery from GeoEye which is a commercial satellite imaging company, taken on June 7 that shows heavy machinery tracks and earth displacement consistent with a cleanup effort at the Parchin Military Complex, according to the institute’s analysis. The International Atomic Energy Agency has been seeking access to the site, where it suspects Iranian regime may have conducted high-explosives tests related to the development of nuclear weapons. Two days of talks in Moscow this week ended with no agreement on stemming Iranian regime's nuclear program. The institute has been keeping tabs on activity at the site for some time and has periodically released reports analyzing the most recent satellite photos. Previous imagery showed buildings that have since been destroyed, roads that have now disappeared and other activity that the institute says indicates a cleanup effort by the Iranians. The institute pointed out that IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, during a June 4 news conference, made reference to the various suspect activities at Parchin captured in satellite photos. 'This recent imagery taken a few days after the statements shows the activities mentioned by the director general and confirms that the IAEA should be concerned that Iran is attempting to cleanse the site prior to allowing an IAEA visit,' the report stated.

Iranian regime executed three brothers from Ahwaz region
According to Al Arabiya , June 18, the Iranian regime executed on Monday three brothers from the Ahwazi Arab community who were detained in April 2011 and were later sentenced to death for allegedly killing a law enforcement official, a charge dismissed by international rights groups as false. The Brothers –Abdul Rahman, Abbas and Jamshid Heidarian, were reportedly detained together with their cousin Mansour Heidar and Amir Muawi  during the unrest in the Khuzestan province. Ahmad Haidarian, a relative of the three brothers who currently lives in Turkey as a refugee, told Al Arabiya that his family from Ahwaz informed him of the executions. Amnesty International had urged the Iranian authorities last Monday to overturn the death sentences against the five detainees. The right group released the statement after the prisoners were moved to an unknown location over the weekend, indicating that they are facing imminent execution. “The men were transferred out of the general section of Karoun Prison in the south-western city of Ahvaz on Saturday, prompting concerns their death sentences may be about to be carried out,” Amnesty reported. Ahwazi Arabs, who live mainly in the oil-rich south-western province of Khuzestan often complain of being “marginalized and discriminated against in access to education, employment, adequate housing, political participation and cultural rights.” In 2005, Khuzestan was the scene of mass demonstrations to protest Iran’s government policies. In a similar case in early May 2011, the Iranian authorities reportedly executed at least eight Ahwazi Arabs - including Hashem Hamidi , believed to be 16 years old – “for their alleged role in the deaths of a law enforcement official and two others during clashes”.

A Popular Pakistani singer Ghazala Javed has been shot dead in the north-western city of Peshawar
Ms Javed was killed along with her father late on Monday. Police say the murders may be linked to a family dispute but other report suggests that Ghazala was killed by the fundamentalists who threatened her numerously in the past. Ms Javed, who sang in her native Pashto, was from Pakistan's Swat valley, which she fled three years ago during a military offensive against Taliban militants in the region. Singers and dancers were particularly targeted by insurgents when they overran the area in 2007. According to reports Ghazala and her father were killed when gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on the street. Born into a family of musicians, Ghazala Javed was popular across Pakistan, Afghanistan and among Pashto-speaking communities around the world. In 2010 the singer, who was in her mid-twenties, married a businessman but it is thought they later divorced. Correspondents say her music fused eastern and western traditions. Tributes from her fans have been pouring into social media sites amongst Pakistani and other nationalities.