Sunday, February 28, 2016


Exclusive reports by activists and journalists from dozens of cities in Iran showed that in most major cities and in thousands of polling stations, the Iranian people largely boycotted the sham twin parliamentary and Assembly of Experts’ elections on Friday Feb. 26, based on a statement issued by the Iranian Resistance. Polling stations in Tehran and many other cities were vacant, according to numerous reports received from inside Iran.
The candidates of rival factions consisted of individuals who in the past three decades played the main roles in the religious fascism ruling Iran. For example, the Rafsanjani-Rouhani faction has three ministers of intelligence, including Mohammad Mohammadi Reyshahri, Ghorban-Ali Dori Najaf-abadi and Mahmoud Alavi. Ali Raizani is a criminal judge who has played a key role in the past three decades in executing and massacring thousands of people in Iran, and the export of terrorism abroad.
The rival slate consisted of Mohammad Yazdi, Mahmoud Shahroudi and Sadegh Larijani, three judiciary chiefs of this regime, meaning the apparatus responsible for murders, crimes and executions. This slate included Guardian Council chief Ahmad Jannati, and Mesbah Yazdi, known as the head of the most fascist factions of the regime.
On Saturday, February 27, on the eve of the International Women’s Day, a grand gathering entitled, “Pledge for Parity: Women United against Fundamentalism” was held in Paris-France composed of a number of political dignitaries, intellectuals, prominent personalities, and activists of the equality movement from 26 countries of the four continents.

Maryam Rajavi as the key note speaker said: With women’s active and equal participation in political leadership, we will turn this century into the era of women's emancipation. Iranian regime’s elections was a competition among incumbent and former officials in charge of executions, torture and export of terrorism. She added: "Mandatory veil, is an all-inclusive and permanent tool for suppression of women. In a matter of only one year, 3.6 million women were inspected and questioned on the streets for "improper veiling" and 18,000 women were put on trial. Common practice of violence and rape against women and widespread addiction and misery of women are among products of the mullahs' corrupt Sharia. In Iran under the rule of the mullahs, polygamy, anti-human treatment of women and girl children, sexual abuse of girls under 9 years of age are justified and imposed on women. Velayat-e Faqih is a senseless monopoly that is confronting women's equal rights full force. Maryam Rajavi said: They have turned Iran into a big prison for women.
Participants pointed to the successful example of the Iranian Resistance in realizing equality and pioneering role of women. They emphasized that with solidarity and unity of action, women can play a decisive, key role in the fight against fundamentalism and realization of equality

According to State run Fars news agency affiliated with Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp or IRGC on Sat. 2 young women were exiting of a female hair salon, were attacked by Acid attackers in Semnan, 216 kilometers east of Tehran in north central Iran. Acid attack is a well known tool for Iranian regime's Bassiji and plain cloth agents against Iranian women.

On Monday, 40 Iranian news agencies announced the bounty for Salmon Rushdi, writer of "The Satanic Verses" has risen again. The bounty rose $600,000 to $4 million. Ayatollah Khomeini issued a Fatwa for Mr. Rushdi to be killed on Feb. 14, 1989.

The entire adult male population of a village in southern Iran has been executed, according to Iranian regime's vice-president for women and family affairs.
The matter came to light earlier this week after Shahindokht Molaverdi revealed it during an interview with the semi-official Mehr news agency in rare comments from a senior government official highlighting the country’s high rate of executions of drug traffickers.
“We have a village in Sistan and Baluchestan province southeast Iran where all men have been executed,” she said, without naming the place or clarifying whether the executions took place at the same time or over a longer period. “Their children are potential drug traffickers as they would want to seek revenge and provide money for their families. There is no support for these people.”
The Guardian, Independent, wrote on 26 Feb. that
Maya Foa, from the anti-death penalty campaigning group Reprieve, said: “The apparent hanging of every man in one Iranian village demonstrates the astonishing scale of Iran’s execution spree. These executions – often based on juvenile arrests, torture, and unfair or nonexistent trials – show total contempt for the rule of law, and it is shameful that the UN and its funders are supporting the police forces responsible.”
Activists have repeatedly urged the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to stop funding Iran’s anti-narcotics campaign until Tehran ends its use of capital punishment for drug-related offences. It emerged last year that the UN anti-drug agency was finalizing a multi-million-dollar funding package, including European money, for Iran’s counter-narcotics trafficking programs, despite the country’s high execution rate of drug offenders. The new $20m (£14.4m) UNODC programme for Iran was signed at the start of 2016, Reprieve said.
After Molaverdi’s comments, Foa renewed the organisation’s demands, saying: “UNODC must urgently make its new Iran funding conditional on an end to the death penalty for drug offences.”

Iranian regime officials in phases 17 and 18 of gas projects in Asaluyie, southern Iran, threatened their workers they will be fired from work if they boycott the elections. These officials also appointed an agent to fill voting papers for the workers and the workers were not allowed to fill the voting forms themselves.

Senior Iranian regime officials have been setting the stage for major vote rigging during Friday’s twin elections. Iranian Interior Minister Rahmani Fazli said 54 million people are eligible to vote and forecasted a 70% voter turnout, meaning 34 million votes. However, state TV claimed there are 55 million eligible voters in Iran and a “vast majority” will be participating.

Two Vancouver men have been accused of being part of a group that conspired to send American-made technology to Iran, in violation of trade sanctions and potentially threatening national security. According to Vancouver Sun Feb. 25, two Vancouver men, Shahin Tabatabaei and Seyed Mohammad Akhavan Fatemi were arrested last week in US for violating the sanctions against Iranian regime. Federal prosecutors say Tabatabaei was the owner of two companies, Grupocanamex in Mexico and Canadian Industrial Solutions in Canada. A business associate in Iran, named Abbas Moradi, would take orders from Iranian companies for various U.S.-made goods, then ask Tabatabaei to arrange the purchases, according to the California indictment.
Tabatabaei did so, using false names, such as Gary Sean Williams and Alex Moore. He also made false representations about who the end-users would be.
The other B.C. man named in the indictment, Seyed Mohammad Akhavan Fatemi, helped arrange payments for the items and their shipment into and out of Canada, prosecutors say.
Tabatabaei remains in U.S. custody and is expected to be transferred to California in coming weeks.
Fatemi owns a company called the IRCA Group, the indictment states. The company describes itself online as being an “independent builder focused on creating new and thriving neighbourhoods.”
According to the indictment, equipment was purchased from companies all over the United States, including California, New Jersey and Ohio.
Tabatabaei apparently ran into problems in September 2010, telling Moradi in an e-mail Canada’s export control regulators had blocked his account in order to stop his export operations, the indictment said. He attached a letter from the Canadian government entitled Sanctions against Iran.
Moradi suggested Tabatabaei should sue the Canadian government, the indictment said. But Tabatabaei responded he could not win such a lawsuit.

However, during Tabatabaei’s detention hearing in Washington state this week, a federal prosecutor reportedly told the court that even though sanctions against Iran have eased, supplying items to the Iranian military was still prohibited.