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Campaign to save Rayhaneh Jabbari from execution

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

03/27/2014

Save Reyhaneh Jabbari From Execution In Iran

Rayhaneh Jabbari’s letter from prison in Iran

There are wounds in life than can eat away at a person like leprosy…

This letter was penned several days before Norooz (March 20th) and she still has no news about whether the sentence has been handed down, to be carried out.

Translated by Banafsheh Pour-Zand

There are wounds in life than can eat away at a person like leprosy and one cannot display them; it’s like going to a doctor, having to show a taboo part of yourself. In order to be free of the pain, you force yourself to seek a cure for it, but your habits, temperament, past, culture, do’s and don’t, are embarrassing issues within the depths of your soul that prevents you from expressing your agony. You spend days, weeks and months grappling with it and nursing yourself, so that your nearest and dearest do not suffer; but that moment when you have reached its breaking point, you let it out and that is is when the amount of that pain astounds everyone. And now the wound on my soul sits exposed.

This is the house of regrets, in the Shahr’eh Ray area of Tehran; rather, I should describe it as a mass grave. In order to offer treatment to the prisoners, City Hall set out to create a psychiatric area, in large halls which are called Hijaria Mental Health Consultation and Psychotherapy. Though this was a decent enough plan, in actual fact, there are only people who suffer from serious anxiety and psychological conditions.

They have built a wall in the middle of the main hall and they separate the cases who need therapy vs. the ones who do not. All the prison facilities that they claim are meant to be for training, such as clubs, libraries, cultural activities, amphitheater, co-op and a vocational training office (which adorns the logo of the department of prisons and claims to want to accomplish), are on the other side of the wall. These are only offered to people who are chosen for therapy and consulting, though they don’t really care for it. And the number of people on this side of the wall fills two entire other halls. Now the social gap – uptown vs. downtown – is quite easily felt in prison even. Uptown is pretty, green, clean and filled with places to enjoy oneself; downtown however is barren, there’s nothing of the most basic amenities. There’s no space, no air, no order, no calm…there’s simply no life.

Two hundred and thirty seven people are crammed in a ten meter by nineteen meter hovel. They actually live there. They sleep, eat and just endure there. Forget about the fact that the regulations of the department of prisons, whose article thirteen, item one clearly states that each person must have at the very least a seven square meter ‘roofed’ physical space.

On the other side of the wall, or I should say that uptown side of the prison, three hundred people live in six huge halls. Wouldn’t it have been better to first try this plan, experimentally and then expanded had it met with the proper support? Doesn’t this forbidding other prisoner from using the amenities appear to be discriminatory? The therapy section with all its amenities is not lacking for anything; so why are those who are not in therapy, not being moved to that section, when there’s such overpopulation in this one?

Mr. Mayor, we have not seen many beautiful parts of Tehran which were designed with the a clean and proper atmosphere in mind. We urge you not to deprive the ‘downtown’ prisoners of culture, work and life. According to regulations, all prisoners should be permitted to use those facilities but since this is your concept, your word and your budget, we ask you to listen to us and assist us in this matter.

Mr. Mayor, you send eulogists to this facility for the observance of religious ceremonies, in order to familiarize us with the issues of chastity and religious purification and so that we can structure our lives for the future (if there is a future) on those canons so that we do not sin and we do not commit any crime, and to have better lives. But are you aware of the fact that on this side of the wall, due to the overcrowding and crammed spaces, those who wish to pray in the mornings, have no room to do so? Don’t you consider this important for Muslims?

Mr. Mayor, you who are so enthusiastic, artistic and have the financial means, why don’t you think about these conditions and solutions for everyone? Isn’t it better to build a library, a well-equipped workroom, a gym or properly supplied infirmary? Though I’m sure you are thinking to yourself that the person writing this letter thinks she’s living in a luxury hotel, you should know that prison is our permanent home and God has given all his creatures great or small the right to live in decent conditions and no one has the right to trample on that.

I offer you greetings for Norooz and the arrival of the New Year and hope for your change of mind with regard.

Rayhaneh Jabbari
March 2014
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Campaign to save Rayhaneh Jabbari from execution

Week of unity to save Rayhaneh

Rayhaneh Jabbari is a 26 six year old woman who was convicted of murdering a man named Morteza in Iran who has been in prison for the last 7 years and is awaiting imminent execution[ by hanging].

Rayhaneh, an interior designer, was speaking on the phone about her work in a coffee shop, a conversation which was coincidentally overheard by Morteza who approached her for professional advice about renovating his office. They then set a date to meet at his office in order to see and discuss Morteza’s renovation project.
On the day of the meeting, Morteza picked up Rayhaneh in his car. On the way to his office, Morteza stopped at a pharmacy, purchased an item (while Rayhaneh waited in the car), got into the car again and drove to his office. After arriving at their destination, Rayhaneh realized that the place did not look like a work place at all as it was a rundown house. Inside the house, Rayhaneh saw two drinks on the table, Morteza went inside and quickly locked the door from inside, put his arms around Rayhaneh’s waist and told her that “she had no way of escaping”. A struggle soon ensued. Rayhaneh trying to defend herself stabbed Morteza in the shoulder and escaped. Morteza died from bleeding.

Lab analysis showed the drinks Morteza intended to serve to Rayhaneh contained sedatives. Regardless, Rayhaneh was arrested. There she was told by the authorities that the murder had been set up [by them] and was “politically motivated”. Nevertheless, Rayhaneh was tortured until she confessed to the murder, after she was given the death penalty which was upheld by the Supreme Court. As a result she is to be executed at any moment.

The Campaign to Save Rayhaneh, asks that all individuals and organizations help support us in any way possible to save Rayhaneh. If you have any contacts or connections with media, human rights organizations, women’s rights advocates or government agencies, please support Rayhaneh’s campaign by writing to them.

We declare the week of March 21 to March 28 the week of unity to save Rayhaneh. On March 28, 2014 there we will be holding meetings and protests for Rayhaneh in various cities.

Please help us save her life by first signing this petition. 

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Catherine_Ashton_Ban_Ki_Moon_Ahmad_Shaheed_Save_26_year_old_woman_from_being_hanged_in_Iran/?fbss

Phil Valentine Show

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Phil Valentine Show

The threat of beheading the Western leaders by the Ayatollah, the Iran nuclear negotiations and how the confrontation over Crimea might help the mullahs.

March 18, 2014

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The John Batchelor Show

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

The John Batchelor Show

Reza Kahlili, author, A Time to Betray, in re: Leading Iranian ayatollah: Islamic messiah ‘will behead Western leaders’, the nuclear negotiations in Geneva and the clerical regime’s relations with Russia.

March 17, 2014

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Phil Valentine Show

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Phil Valentine Show

Iranian president, regime officials threaten ‘defensive’ missile attacks against West, the revolutionary guards boasts about capability to attack US Navy assets in the Persian Gulf.

March 05, 2014

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The John Batchelor Show

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

The John Batchelor Show

Reza Kahlili, Daily Caller and author, A Time to Betray, in re: VIDEO: Iranian drone buzzes U.S. aircraft carrier in Persian Gulf  US supercarrier.  IRGC news issuance on this: boasted regime’s capability to monitor US naval vessels or attack any one at any time .

March 03, 2014

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Senior Military Commander Mocks Obama’s Statements on Iran

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

03/04/2014

According to Fars News Agency, the media outlet run by the revolutionary guards of the Islamic Republic, the regime’s senior military commander mocked the U.S. president for his remarks of “all option are on the table” in regard to the Islamic regime’s nuclear program.

Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces for Cultural Affairs and Defense Publicity Brigadier General Massoud Jazzayeri called the recent statements of US President Barack Obama on Iran as “the joke of the year”, and warned Washington to be watchful of its words and actions when dealing with Iran or wait for “hell”.

President Obama told Bloomberg news network a few days ago that 95 percent of the sanctions will remain in place during the course of negotiations between Iran and six world powers (the US, Russia, France, China and Britain plus Germany) over Tehran’s nuclear energy program. “We’re going to enforce them, and we’ve been enforcing them during the course of these discussions.”

In response, General Jazzayeri said on Tuesday, “The low-IQ US president and his country’s Secretary of State John Kerry speak of the effectiveness of ‘the US options on the table’ on Iran while this phrase is mocked at and has become a joke among the Iranian nation, specially the children.”

He reiterated that all US forces in the region are within the reach of Iran’s military power and “if they err, the region will be turned into a hell for them”.

General Jazzayeri pointed to Obama’s recent statements about the number of the US troops in the region, and said, “Obama’s statements about the number of the US troops in the region and the extent of their influence are completely inexpert remarks far from the reality, and these statements can be used as the joke of the year.”

The senior Iranian military commander asked the American people to cast doubt over the statements of their statesmen, saying “if they contemplate a little, they will come to realize how false many of their words are”.

Following Obama’s remarks, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham cautioned that Washington is trying to negatively influence the Iran-world powers progressive talks.

“One part of the remarks made by the US president is in contradiction to the principles of the international law and against the spirit of diplomatic negotiations meant to prevent unconstructive slogans and resorting to threats,” Afkham said on Monday evening.

She explained that another part of President Obama’s remarks results from delusions about Iran’s intentions regarding its presence in diplomatic talks.

Fars News Agency also published a political cartoon on Tuesday mocking the US president, calling it: “All Options on Table.” This Time for Russia.”

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A Time To Betray, the exhilarating, award-winning memoir of a secret double life reveals the heart-wrenching story of a man who spied for the American government in the ranks of the notorious Revolutionary Guards of Iran, risking everything to reveal the truth about the Islamic regime by betraying his homeland in order to save it.

 

Breathing Life with Gary Howell

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Breathing Life with Gary Howell

KXXT 1010 AM

A detailed discussion on Iran, its people, the Islamic regime and its goals for the region and the world. Also discussing my story as a CIA spy in the revolutionary Guards.

March 01, 2014

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In the name of peace: How Ploughshares funds an Iranian agent and terrorist suspect

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

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Iranian American Forum

Ploughshares has granted millions of dollars to individuals and organizations that lobby for friendlier policy with Iran. Most shocking case is Mousavian, former Iranian ambassador to Germany at a time when his embassy was the supporting and liaison headquarter for Iranian terror squads that hunted and killed opposition leaders in Europe. Since 2009, Moussavian lives in US and lobbies for Iranian regime

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On February 25, the Federal Bar Association is hosting an event to honor a German judge and a prosecutor who had the courage to prosecute the Iranian terrorist agents who assassinated Iranian Kurdish leaders in Mykonos restaurant in Berlin in 1992.

The proceedings lasted over three years and finally, in April 1997, Berlin’s High Criminal Court convicted four individuals—and more significantly—explicitly found the murders were ordered at the highest levels of government in Tehran. The proceedings showed direct link between the terrorist and the Iranian embassy in Bonn. The ambassador was Hossein Mousavian.

A month later, the so-called reformist Mohammad Khatami became President in Iran and the grievances between Iran and EU including the Iranian terrorism on European soil were shelved. Mousavian returned to Tehran and continued his distinguished career at the Head of the Foreign Relations Committee of Iran’s National Security Council, a body that supervised terrorist activities abroad.

Mousavian was admitted to the US in 2009 as a scholar at Princeton University and since then, he has been financed byPloughshares Fund and has been lobbying in favor or Iranian regime and working closely with former and current high ranking US officials who favor engagement and friendship with Iranian regime. Mousavian has participated in tens of conferences, published numerous articles and a book. All these activities were entirely in favor of Tehran and they were all financed by US foundations (including Ploughshare) that allegedly seek peace and progress around the globe.

Mousavian was recently in Tehran where he gave several interviews and complained that the regime’s lobby in the US is not satisfactory and the government should dedicate more resources to influence US Congress members.

But the Mousavian case isn’t unique as the foundation supports many other individuals and organizations that lobby in favor of Iranian regime.

One of its principal grantees is the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), a Washington-based lobby organization that the government press in Tehran calls the “Iran lobby in US.” NIAC has been granted hundreds of thousands of dollar during the past several years.

In 2008 NIAC and its president Trita Parsi brought a defamation lawsuit against one of its critics to break him under financial burdens of the lawsuit and as a result, silence all other critics. The lawsuit obliged NIAC to release part of its internal documents that revealed the organization’s toes to Tehran and some of its illicit activities.

On September 13, 2012 U.S. District Judge John Bates dismissed the lawsuit and in a second ruling, sanctioned NIAC and Trita Parsi for discovery abuses including false declaration to the court and ordered them to pay $184000 for defendant’s legal expenses. (Read MoreNIAC lost defamation lawsuit and was punished for legal abuses)

Some of these documents show that NIAC defrauded IRS, lied to the court, defrauded NED Congressional funds, coordinated its lobby with Iranian ambassador to the UN and collaborated with two individuals named by US Congressional report as the agents of the Iranian intelligence ministry.

Court documents also show that in 2002-2003, while president of NIAC, Parsi profited from his presence inside Congress and his close relationship with Congressman Bob Ney to prepare reports about the latest developments regarding Iran and sent these reports to Atieh Company in Tehran. Atieh paid Trita Parsi for his work. Parsi continued to send reports about his lobby activities to Atieh director in Tehran. (Read more: “NIAC’s partners in Iran: Iran’s economic mafia and regime associates”)

Part of Ploughshares’ grants to Hossein Mousavian

Mousavian, S.H.

Princeton, NJ

Description Date $Amount
To support expert analysis and policy guidance related to U.S. policy and Iran’s nuclear program. 08/18/2010 $15,000

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

Description Date $Amount
To support Ambassador S. Hossein Mousavian’s expert analysis, policy recommendations and media work related to reducing tensions between the U.S., the international community and Iran. 06/03/2012 $65,000
To support research, analysis and policy advocacy on U.S. policy options toward Iran and provide information and analysis to the nongovernmental community. 11/17/2010 $50,000

 

Some of Ploughshares’ grants to NIAC:

National Iranian American Council

Washington, DC

Description Date $Amount
To support media and advocacy work to shape the debate among policymakers and in the media on credible, non-military approaches to resolving the impasse over Iran’s nuclear program. 11/02/2011 $125,000
To shape public discourse about the pending removal (delisting) of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) organization from the State Department’s list of terrorist organizations in order to prevent war with Iran. 07/19/2011 $8,500
For a renewed effort through advocacy, media and education activities to shape the debate among policymakers and in the media on credible, non-military approaches to resolving the nuclear impasse with Iran. 11/17/2010 $100,000
To support advocacy and media outreach aimed at finding a peaceful solution to the Iranian nuclear dilemma. 07/12/2010 $25,000
To support efforts to educate members and staffers on Capitol Hill on U.S.-Iran delegations with the aim of promoting a diplomatic solution to Iran’s nuclear program. 06/08/2009 $70,000
To support the production and dissemination of policy briefs and in-depth reports, media briefings, conferences on Capitol Hill and informal contacts with members of Congress. 01/28/2008 $60,000
To support U.S.-Iran media project 10/03/2007 $15,000
To support the production and dissemination of policy briefs and in-depth reports, media briefings, conferences on Capitol Hill aimed at providing Washington’s policy circles with independent analysis of Iran-U.S. relations. 02/05/2007 $35,000
To support efforts to develop its role as a key source of information and provide analysis of developments in the U.S.-Iran conflict. 07/19/2006 $15,000

VERNUCCIO/ALLISON REPORT

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

VERNUCCIO/ALLISON REPORT

Discussion on the nuclear negotiations in Geneva, the agenda of the radical mullahs ruling Iran and how to help Iranians with their aspirations for freedom.

WVOX 1460 AM – New York

February 22, 2014

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The dagger that tears at ill-fated Iranians year after year

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Bam Azadi

Translated and edited by: Banafsheh zand

A message from Mr. Hussein Boroujerdi, prisoner of conscience, who writes from his cell in Evin prison, to emphasize that the anniversary march, is not proof of the regime adequacy.

Full Text below:

Once again, the month of Bahman is upon us and the shame and scandal that tainted the pages of human history; for over thirty-five years, the obscenity and illicitness of an irrational revolution, blackened the entire area and gutted Iran from border to border.

The Decade of Fajr is the record of a inculpable nation who are punished for their devotion to God, for being true to their morality and faith’s canons; but they were so badly burned by the red hot brand of religion, that for generations to come, there will be no sign of Islam. The Shah’s rule saturated society with faith and ignited the passion for the ‘Shia family’ (Ahl al-Bayt) among people, that they gambled everything they had on the Shia authority. Keeping one’s faith became the price of the whims and perversities of the power-grabbing clergy who were and are the main reason for the downfall of religious values. And now the religion of the rulers has emptied the hearts of the people from any will to be bamboozling clerics and has filled them with hatred, revenge, contempt for anything and everything that smacks of Islam. As a result of the monarchic Mullahs ceaseless lies and the teflon accusations of the regime-run media, we have a country whose problems and troubles are unprecedented and non-existent anywhere in the world.

Today, the gangs of authoritarian regime insiders celebrate their anniversary; they gather around a sumptuous table with full and brimming pockets and then kick up their heels and dancing on the corpses of innocent peasants and a crushed nation. Expenses for the coronation ceremonies held for the supreme leader and plans for the celebrations of the revolution, along with the marching herds, is a dagger which tears at ill-fated Iranian year after year. Now I ask the world, does march somehow prove this regime adequacy? Do all those who are out on the streets of Tehran and other cities, comprise the collective voices of seventy seven million population of Iran?

The Evil murdering rulers claim that every citizen of our country is a follower and fan of their revolution! And we say that the overwhelming majority of the children of this land, systematically oppose political Islam. As proof, the December 30th, 2013 (9th of the month of Dey, 1392) rally which cost large sums of money was a show of force by the regime’s own supporters; however when the regime forces turned up in Palestine Square in Tehran and saw the embarrassingly thin turn out and real lack of support, the Basiji commander Mohammad-Reza Naghdi walked out for fear of being discredited. The fact is that if the God-hating and blasphemous regime elite do not act violently, those who oppose them and their revolution, and their so-called Republic, would pour out into the streets, so that the people of the world could get a good look at the hidden realities inside this ravaged country.

Seyyed Hossein Kazemeini-Boroujerdi

Evin Prison, Tehran, Iran

January 2014

The John Batchelor Show

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

The John Batchelor Show

Reza Kahlili, author, A Time to Betray, in re: Iranian official: US has accepted country’s nuclear enrichment The Iranian Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Feb. 17 that negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program will lead nowhere, Al Arabiya reported. Khamenei said that he does not oppose resuming negotiations with world powers, adding that the work started by Iran’s Foreign Ministry will continue and Iran will stick to its commitments. While there will be disruptions along the way, Iran’s normalization of relations with the West is unlikely to derail, since both sides need it.

February 18, 2014

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Stuck on Death Row in Iran? Memorize the Quran and Earn Your Freedom

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Four Iranian criminals are hanged in public in the southern city of Shiraz, 950 kms (590 miles) south of Tehran, 05 September 2007. Iran executed today 21 criminals in a single day, the latest of a growing number of executions in a crackdown which officials say is aimed at improving security in society. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

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AUTHOR: Eric Eyges

POSTED:Feb 17, 2014 11:04 EST

Iran just let 15 death row prisoners go free because they were able to memorize the Quran.

If ever there were a time to find your way off death row in Iran, it’s right now. Judicial executions have sped up dramatically under President Hassan Rouhani. Despite his outwardly friendly appearance, he seems particularly fond of sending his citizens to the gallows. But if you’re a death row convict in the Islamic Republic, a little rote learning could be your path to freedom, because Iranian prisoners are seeing their sentences commuted, or even earning their release, by memorizing and reciting holy text.

According to Reza Sadeghi, head of Isfahan Province Endowments and Charities, 16 death row prisoners held in Central Isfahan Prison—five women and 11 men—were pardoned after they successfully memorized the Quran. Of those pardoned, 15 were released entirely, and one prisoner had his death sentence reduced to 15 years imprisonment.

Effectively, this is time off for good behavior, and entirely discretionary. At present, the policy of Quranic reprieve is more de facto than de jure; there is no law on the books in Iran specifying sentence reduction for memorizing the Quran. In reality, the decision on who among the hufaaz(a term used by modern Muslims for those who’ve memorized the entire Quran) receives a pardon may depend on a variety of factors, namely the nature of the crime and the political will of the authorities. For example, convicted rapists and political saboteurs probably have less chance of gaining their freedom than burglars or even murderers whose crimes involved no distinct political motive. According to the International Federation for Human Rights, the following crimes are punishable by death in Iran: murder, rape, child molestation, sodomy, drug trafficking, armed robbery, kidnapping, terrorism and treason…

Read full article: Stuck on Death Row in Iran? Memorize the Quran and Earn Your Freedom

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