Sunday, June 17, 2018
On Tuesday the Canadian House of Commons passed a motion
condemning the Iranian regime and blacklisting the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as a terrorist organization. The House of Commons voted in majority to halt all talks and negotiations with the Iranian regime to relaunch diplomatic relations and have the IRGC placed in Canada’s list of terrorist organizations. Conservative MP Erin O’Toole who has described Tues vote as historic vote added: This bill was first proposed by Conservative MP Garnett Genius and a very surprising development was the agreement seen from the Liberal Party led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Vote for this bill in Canada’s Parliament first gained approval with the MPs rising and Trudeau being the first Liberal Party Prime Minister rising in support. Political analysts believe this move by Trudeau has caused major shockwaves, especially for the Iranian regime. Following the nuclear agreement between Tehran and the P5+1, Trudeau announced Canada is ready to reestablish diplomatic relations with the Iranian regime. Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper from the Conservative Party stopped all diplomatic relations with the Iranian regime back in September 2012. Canada’s embassy in Tehran was closed and Iranian regime's diplomats were forced to leave Canadian soil. The Iranian regime lobby was very disappointed by the vote in House of Commons and the two Iranian_Canadian MPs who are accused of having ties with the Iranian regime, left the house before the vote began and were nowhere to be found.
This is not the first time that women chess players refuse to take part in tournaments in Iran. Irina Krush from the US and Mariya Muzychuk from Ukraine boycotted the chess championship in Iran in 2017. Nazi Paikidze from US did not go to Iran in 2016.
The Women's Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran issued a statement on October 3, 2016, and strongly condemned awarding the Women's World Chess Championship to Iran under the rule of the mullahs' religious dictatorship. The NCRI Women's Committee urged FIDE to cancel its decision.
The Women's Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran urged all female chess players to protest the FIDE decision in step with other top champions who boycotted the games and declared their refusal to take part in the event in Tehran in protest to the mandatory veil and suppression of women in Iran.
Yaghoutpour added, "We need a dock where we can get on our boats but this has not been provided yet. The athletes have to step into mud mixed with black water... All around the exercize area is covered with sharp shells which injure the athletes."
She further explained, "There is no trash can nor any water taps in the place for exercize in Bandar Abbas for the athletes to wash their hands and feet after the exercize. Unfortunately, the athletes do their exercizes under such circumstances and no one can sense these problems as the athletes do."
This member of the Iranian women's rowing team also explained some of the problems they face in group exercises. She said, "For group exercises, the athletes have to buy their own ores which have to be provided by the rowing delegation. Athletes have to endure numerous problems and we have rarely seen any changes in recent years." She said the boat given to the Iranian women's rowing team is one that was being used ten years ago in Tehran and has been repeatedly repaired. The boat weighs around 200 kilograms and has not wheels, so members of the Iranian women's rowing team have to carry it to the exercize area on their own.
Despite such deplorable conditions and lack of any form of government support, the Iranian women's rowing team won second place in Spain's intercontinental rowing tournament in the 200-m dragon boat competitions among 12 teams.
Sigal Mandelker, the Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at the US Treasury Department, was cited by USAdarFarsi (the U.S. State Department’s Facebook in Farsi) on June 7, as saying so.
Ms. Mandelker said those who were contemplating trade with Iran must understand that the regime not only foments violence in the Middle East through terrorism and other destabilizing activities, but it also does not care about its own people through gross violations of human rights against women, political dissidents and others.