Monday, August 31, 2015


The political prisoner Mohammad Ali Taheri is near the end of his second week on hunger strike and entering his third of his protest in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison. He has been on hunger strike since Thursday, August 13 protesting the death sentence issued for him.
Recently a number of Taheri’s supporters were attacked and arrested and the remaining were dispersed from the scene in Qom from various cities of Iran.

The UK-based Independent daily on Friday, August 28th published a survey by Gallup, assessing
world’s happiest and depressed nations of the world.
For the first time in Gallup’s 10 year history this survey has assessed the world’s happiness nations.
The 153,000 Participants from 148 countries were asked five questions, including whether they felt well rested, if they were treated with respect and if they had laughed or smiled the day before.
Citizens in Paraguay, Columbia and Ecuador are most likely to experience positive emotions on a daily basis while Iraq, Iran and Cambodia had the highest negative experiences scores.

In just a few days in the last week of August, various groups of people in cities across Iran carried out- according to Iranian resistance- at least 48 acts of protest against oppression, lack of pay, tax extortion, rising student fees, terrible lack of basic needs such as water, and theft of property by marauder organizations associated with the clerical regime’s leaders, and in solidarity with those arrested. These protests took place in Karaj, Mashhad, Arak, Abadan, Qom, Shush, Tabriz, Tehran, Divandareh, Fouman and Kermanshah.

On Thursday, August 27, Evin Prison guards attacked wards 7 and 8 and inspected prisoners’ belongings. These wards are allocated to ordinary prisoners but the regime have transferred a number of political prisoners to these wards in order to increase pressure on them. During these raids prisoners are always harassed and humiliated and their belongings are confiscated or stolen by the prison guards or otherwise destroyed. It was six weeks ago that Evin prison guards raided these same wards.
Similarly, on August 20, the political prisoners of Ward 1 of Zahedan’s central prison were attacked by prison guards.

Tens of thousands of Iraqis calling for the country’s judiciary to be replaced and the names of corrupt politicians and officials to be published converged on Baghdad’s Tahrir Square on Friday, news media outlets and various agencies reported on Friday, August 28th.
Demonstrators also chanted in support of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s comprehensive plan to cut down the size of the government and rein in excessive spending.
Chants for better basic services, including water and more electricity, were among the demands of those in the crowds.

This was the third such demonstrations since reforms announced by Abadi this month, which includes a comprehensive reduction in the number of state officials, from the offices of the president and prime minister down to the provincial councils. The protesters demanded for the hanging of former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki who they say was the Iranian regime's poppet. It is said that Maliki has escaped to Iran.