Iranian Ahwazi and residents of Abadan have protested against government inaction in dealing with air pollution for days. They want the regime to pay attention to a dangerous air dust that the people are breathing.
The Health Commission of the Iranian resistance warned on Feb. 14 about the severe consequences of sand storms and particulates to public health and the spread of dangerous diseases.
HCNCRI's report from across the country suggests that unprecedented spread of diseases due to particulate storms and too much dust concentration in the air in large parts of Iran has threatened the health of millions of citizens. Acute respiratory infections and diseases, obstruction of the respiratory tract, middle ear infections, lung cancer, cardiovascular diseases, allergies and allergic reactions are among the complications of this dire situation. Infants, children, adolescents, the elderly, people with asthma, bronchitis, and heart disease, and pregnant women are doubly vulnerable to particulate storms and dust concentration that have taken the lives of many. Side effects of this situation such as accidents in the dust leave more victims from low income people in these areas.
The clerical regime officials try to ostentatiously blame this disaster on territorial conditions and neighboring countries, and relate particulates and their consequences including their victims and diseases to outside factors.
The Health Commission of NCRI added: thanks to the mullahs, this has spread to large parts of Iran. According to the deputy of the regime’s Environmental Protection Organization, in 2005, only three provinces had been affected by the phenomenon of particulates while now 23 other provinces have been affected . The situation has become so critical that for the first time, the people of Khouzestan have faced this problem in the winter too. This condition has usually occurred in the spring and summer. Iranian regime's Health Minister went to Khouseztan provincial governor’s office and said: “All respiratory patients due to dust phenomenon in Khouzestan province can go to private, public, social services and oil company hospitals and will be treated for free.” People of Ahwaz rallied several times last week to protest the regime’s indifference to worsening air pollution in the city. In these rallies, including the one in front of the governor’s office, despite the threats of the suppressive forces, people continued their protest in severe dust storm and chanted slogans against the Governor, Rouhani, Khamenei, and mockingly chanted: “We’d better die that Khamenei is our leader.” These days, the concentration of dust in Ahwaz is 70 times more than the permitted limit. Many other cities in Khouzestan province also were shut down due to the severity of air pollution and particulate storm. Meanwhile state news agencies reported a sharp increase of dust in Lorestan, Kermanshah, Ilam and Western Azerbaijan provinces as well. The Health Commission of Iranian resistance points out that the mullahs have either spent the Iranian people’s vast resources and capitals on nuclear program, spread of terrorism and fundamentalism in the region and in the world, or tunneled them in their bank accounts.
******Witnesses at the Yemeni port of Hadida say a ship cruising under the banner of Ukraine carrying Russian made weapons has docked at this port since Thursday Feb. 12th and is expected to be unloaded by Houthi militants soon.
The weapons include ground to ground missiles, anti-aircraft ammunition and also air to ground missiles.
Houthis who are controlling the Al-Hadida port have prevented port employees and security personnel to enter the premises since Friday night giving time for the ship to unload. Reports indicate that the ship is still in the port and the unloading of its cargo has not finished yet.
Sources say that the weapon’s shipment to the Houthis is unique and can be used in mountainous areas.
******Washington is making “too much of a priority out of the Islamic State” while the main strategic priority for the US is not the Islamic State but the Iranian regime, a former speechwriter for George W. Bush said on Tuesday.
Speaking about the crisis in Syria on BBC’s Newsnight, David Frum said that the militants, who currently control swathes of land across Iraq and Syria, are not the West’s most important strategic threat in the region but ‘that is Iran.’
Frum said “Our [America’s] focus on the Islamic State… has been leading us into a de facto partnership with Iran.”
This was 'protecting the larger strategic threat at the expense of the lesser strategic threat,' he said.
Meanwhile a number of regional experts and U.S. officials have warned that the United States should beware of the perils of collaborating with the Iranian regime in the fight against ISIS terror group.
According to one expert, in the long term, Shiite militias that are backed by Iran could provide the regime with opportunities to set up Hezbollah-like groups to spread Tehran’s ’radical ideology more intensively’ and project their power into Shiite communities worldwide.
US officials have said that Shiite militias have been fighting IS, but that there have also been reports of them working with Iraqi security forces to target Sunnis.
******Police in Copenhagen shot and killed a person. This comes after two attacks earlier in Denmark’s capital, one at a forum in a cafe and the other outside a synagogue. Police not said that the person they shot was a suspect in either incident. They are treating the earlier shootings as terror attack.
Earlier gunmen opened fire in two separate incidents killing two and wounding several others. Police are still on the lookout.
According to Amnesty International a young Iranian man set to be hanged on February 19, gave a
In a letter seen by Amnesty International, Saman Naseem, now 22 years old, described how he was kept in a 2 x 0.5 meter cell and constantly tortured before being forced while blindfolded to put his fingerprints on “confession” papers. He was forced to admit to acts that led to his conviction. He was 17 years old at the time.
Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa said the Iranian authorities are preparing to put to death a young man who’s been tortured for 97 days to ‘confess’ when he was 17 years old. With less than a week left before he is due to be executed, there is no time to waste. Saman’s execution must be immediately stopped and his case thoroughly reviewed.
“This is the reality of the criminal justice system in Iran, which makes a mockery of its own statements that it does not execute children and upholds its obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child.”
In January 2012, Saman was sentenced to death by regime's Revolutionary Court after being convicted of “enmity against God” and “corruption on earth.”
His lawyers have been prevented from pursuing his defence.
In August 2012, the Supreme Court had overturned the death sentence and sent his case to a lower court for a retrial on the grounds that he had been under 18 at the time of the crimes of which he had been convicted. However, Saman was sentenced to death in April 2013 by a criminal court. The Supreme Court upheld this death sentence again in December 2013.
The prison authorities verbally informed Saman that his execution is scheduled for 19 February. Amnesty International understands that a doctor visited him on or about 10 February in Oroumieh Prison, West Azerbaijan province, where he is imprisoned. It is feared that the check-up may be an assessment prior to his execution.
“Iran’s deplorable practice of torturing people into ‘confessing’ to crimes before sentencing them to death must stop immediately. Imposing the death penalty on someone who was a child when the alleged crime took place goes against international human rights laws that Iran has committed to respect,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui.
According to the director of judiciary in Gilan province, north of Iran a 43-year-old man, whose identity has not been revealed, was hanged on Saturday 14 of February 2015 in the city of Rasht, the province capital of Gilan, north of Iran.