Sunday, August 09, 2015


The first televised 2015 Federal election debate which was organized by McLean's was broadcast on Thursday Aug. 6. The leaders of 4 Canadian political parties including Stephen Harper- from Conservative party, Tom Mulcair- from NDP, Justin Trudeau-Liberal, and Elizabeth May- Green party of Canada debated about their national and foreign policies.
The 2015 Federal election will be held on Oct. 19.

According to Iranian resistance sources from inside Iran, Mr. Hossein Bozorg-nejad, a prisoner condemned to death in the central city of Isfahan is due to be hanged today, Sunday, August 9, 2015. He is charged with possessing narcotics and has been scheduled to be hanged this morning.
According to his friends and relatives, Hossein was transferred to the solitary on Thursday after his last visit with his family.
The number of executions in Iran has skyrocketed since Hassan Rouhani took office. 4 more prisoners including a mother of 3, is transferred to be hanged as well.

Yesterday Aug. 8, Iranian-Canadians gathered in front of US
embassy in Ottawa for their weekly protest and commemorated the latest victim of inhumane siege imposed on Iranian residents of Camp Liberty in Iraq. Mr. Mohammad Hadi Taali with 40 years of experience fighting 2 dictatorships in Iran: Shah and Mullahs succumbed to his illness and died Sat. Aug. 8. He had lung cancer and is the 26th person who dies due to Medical siege on Camp Liberty. He was transferred to Albania last year where he died yesterday. Mr. Taali was one of the injured during military attack on Camp Ashraf in Aug. of 2009.

The US State Department issued a statement on Friday, August 7th condemning the death sentence issued by Iran for political prisoner Mohammad Ali Taheri. The State Dept. went on to express major concerns about prison sentences issued for a number of his followers under very vague allegations.
Freedom of religion and expression are recognized fundamental universal human rights principles under International Law, and the citizens of each country must enjoy such rights, the statement reads. Mohammad Ali Taheri was sentenced to death for practicing his own rights of freedom of expression and religion. Issuing a death sentence for Iranian nationals for practicing their fundamental rights is a sign of gross human rights violations by the Iranian regime.

The Iranian authorities must immediately halt the implementation of a death sentence for juvenile offender Salar Shadizadi, and ensure that a new request for a judicial review made by his lawyers earlier this week is granted without delay, said Amnesty International.
The execution verdict of Salar Shadizadi, who was jailed and sentenced to death for a crime committed when he was just 15 years old, was originally scheduled for August 1st and then postponed to August 10 after an international outcry.
“Carrying out the execution of Salar Shadizadi would be a deeply tragic blow to Iran’s obligations under international human rights law, which strictly prohibits the use of the death penalty for crimes committed by persons under the age of 18. To carry out an execution while a judicial review of the case is being sought would also be a slap in the face of justice,” said Said Boumedouha, Acting Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programm at Amnesty International. Salar Shadizadi is 24 years old. Iranian regime regularly executes juvenile offenders.

Political prisoner Narges Mohammadi was taken to hospital late Saturday night  August 1 after she was suffering from serious muscle cramps for 8 hours. However, despite the fact that hospital physicians insisted she must remain under supervision of a medical specialist, judicial authorities had her returned to prison two hours before her weekly meeting. Narges Mohammad mother of 2 is jailed for defending the families whose loved ones were killed by the regime.

Associated Press reported on Aug. 7 that President Barack Obama suffered a notable setback in his all-out campaign to secure Democratic support for the Iran nuclear deal when the leading Jewish Democrat in the Senate announced his opposition.
Republicans, infuriated by Obama`s recent comparison of GOP foes of the pact to 'Death to America' Iranian hardliners, immediately focused on the stunning break with the president by Chuck Schumer of New York, and they`re urging other Democrats to buck the administration.
Another New Yorker, Rep. Eliot Engel, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and an additional Democratic member of the panel, Brad Sherman of California, joined Schumer Friday in opposing the deal.
Five weeks before crucial votes in Congress, Schumer`s decision was seen as a blow to the administration, whose intense lobbying on Capitol Hill since last month`s deal.
House and Senate Republicans have enough votes to pass a resolution of disapproval next month, but Obama is widely expected to veto that resolution and Republicans will then try to overturn the veto. In the Senate, 34 Democrats would be needed to sustain a veto. On the other hand Americans are still not sold on the Iran nuclear deal. Nearly six in 10 American voters, 58 percent, disapprove of the recently reached nuclear pact, while 30 percent approve, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.