Sunday, September 13, 2015


Prime Minister Harper during the conservative rally with more than a 1000 people in Ottawa on Sept. 11, said: "... our foreign policy is not about reading polls and media reports and it's certainly not about courting popularity among every dictator with a vote at the United Nations..." He said that he will continue the fight against ISIS and will help the Syrian crisis. In another news yesterday Sept. 12, the International Development Minister Christian Paradis announced a Syrian emergency relief fund that will match donations from Canadians up to $100 million.
Minister Paradis said: the fund will assist conflict-affected people in Syria and neighbouring countries and will be used to provide basic needs such as food, clothing and healthcare.
He said the government will match funds donated to registered Canadian charities, adding that this is "an opportunity to put a vehicle where Canadians will be able to channel their generosity."
"The government will deal with Red Cross, and Red Crescent," Paradis said in Ottawa. "We want to deal with people on the ground who have the capacities to reach people the most in need."
The minister said the funds will go toward people in the region and in some transit countries that aren't eligible for official government development assistance, rather than those who've fled to Europe.

According to Iranian resistance, Iranian trade unionist Shahrokh Zamani, a prisoner of conscience, was found dead under suspicious circumstances on Sunday Sept 13 in Gohardasht Prison in the city of Karaj, north-west of Tehran.
Shohrokh Zamani, 51, a labor activist and a painter, was last arrested in June 2011. He was tortured in prison and on numerous occasions went on hunger strike to protest his brutal treatment and the inhumane prison conditions.
Mr. Zamani who had been suffering from various illnesses had been deprived of access to medical care while in prison.
The Iranian regime had been holding Mr. Zamani on the charges of ‘activities against the system’.
While in prison, Mr. Zamani was actively involved in activities by political prisoners supporting the protests against the Iranian regime, condemning the violations of human rights in Iran, and condemning the Iranian regime’s meddling in the internal affairs of the countries of the region.
In a number of statements, Amnesty International had called for his immediate release describing him as "a prisoner of conscience held solely for his peaceful trade union activities."

US President Barack Obama warned Russia Friday on increasing support for Bashar Assad, following a recent buildup of Russian military equipment and personnel in Syria as an effort to prop up the embattled leader.
'The strategy they’re pursuing right now of doubling down on Assad is a mistake,' Obama said during a town hall with U.S. military personnel.
Russia’s military moves have punctured what had been a notable uptick in optimism among U.S. officials about the prospect that Moscow was tiring of Assad, its longtime ally. Syria has been gripped by civil war for more than four years, a conflict that has claimed more than 250,000 lives and created a vacuum for extremism to thrive.
For months, U.S. officials have been gauging Russia’s willingness to help restart a political process to remove Assad from power. Obama, however, painted a grim prospect of that happening in light of Russia’s new action.
'It could prevent us from arriving at the political solution that’s ultimately needed to bring a peace back to Syria,' he said.
Secretary of State John Kerry has spoken twice with Lavrov this week to warn that the Russian military buildup could lead to an escalation of the bloody conflict.
The crisis in Syria is also likely to be a major topic when world leaders head to the United Nations later this month for an annual gathering.
Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin are both scheduled to attend the UN meetings, though it’s unclear whether they’ll meet. Some analysts believe Russia wants to have its military force in Syria ready for action by the time Putin arrives in New York.
Despite the warnings from the U.S., Lavrov said Russia would continue to supply Assad with weapons.

Iran should follow up on its nuclear deal with world powers by ratifying the treaty and assuring it will

never conduct a nuclear test explosion, the head of the U.N.’s nuclear test ban treaty organization says. Lassina Zerbo said if Iran doesn’t ratify the treaty, 'it will leave room for the doubt that people have put in this deal and the good intentions of Iran.'
Zerbo said Iran should have signed the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, known as the CTBT, before negotiations started on the deal to rein in its nuclear program.

Civil activist Abbas Lesani, currently behind bars in Ardebil Prison, has launched a hunger strike protesting the harassment by prison officials and lack of any supplies in this ward. He was transferred to the quarantine section by prison authorities. Lesani was arrested on Wednesday July 22.

The Friday prayer of Isfahan in Iran said: Many women with their financial security, forget their
wisdom. He added: in Islam men are breadwinners. If a woman is supposed to pick up garbage as a flight attendant, isn't it better to clean her house and pick up after her husband? Then he said to women: "Stay home and be a Lady".