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Iran Dissidents Speak Out

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 25, 2010

Stephen Harper brings US style media control to Canada

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 18, 2010

Hillel Neuer Slams Iran on CTV’s “Canada AM” Show

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 7, 2010

Hillel Neuer slams Iranian President Ahmadinejad for anti-semitism, salutes Canadian PM Harper for principled positions on Middle East.

An Iranian-born Canadian man has been sentenced to death

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 6, 2010

An Iranian-born Canadian man has been sentenced to death in Tehran in a case his supporters say is rife with torture and human rights abuses.

A website run by those campaigning for Saeed Malekpour’s release from an Iranian prison says the 35-year-old was sentenced to death Saturday.

Malekpour’s supporters say an Iranian judge told his lawyer the death sentence was not his decision but one made by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

Malekpour is a website developer who became a permanent Canadian resident in 2004.

His supporters, including his wife who now lives in Richmond Hill, Ont., say he was arrested in Iran in October 2008 after a trip to visit his ailing father.

He has been held in Tehran’s Evin Prison in relation to a case of “Internet offences” linked to a program he made for what turned out to be an adult website.

The charges against him include “taking action against national security by designing and moderating adult content websites,” “agitation against the regime” and “insulting the sanctity of Islam.” His supporters say Malekpour wasn’t aware the program he made would be used for an adult website.

Malekpour wrote an open letter to Iranian officials in March this year alleging forced confessions, torture which includes lashings, and physical abuse resulting in broken teeth and bodily infections.

“Most of the time, the tortures were performed by a group,” he wrote. “While I remained blindfolded and handcuffed, several individuals armed with cables, batons, and their fists struck and punched me.”

Release the Pastors in Iran

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on November 20, 2010

Pastors in jail sentenced to death by Iranian Government.

Number of the prisoners rose 35% in Iran

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on September 29, 2010

Iran is holding 35 percent more prisoners in its jails compared with last year, a judiciary official said in a report on Tuesday.

“By the end of last month, there were over 204,000 people jailed in the country,” Mohammad Ali Zanjirei, deputy head of the Prisons’ Organization, was quoted as saying by Fars news agency.

“The figure rose by 35.2 percent compared with last year,” he said, only adding that out of every 100,000 people in the Islamic republic, 271 were jailed.

Iran cracked down on critics after the disputed June 2009 re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the ensuing unrest, arresting street protesters as well as reformist politicians, rights activists, students and journalists.

Amnesty International said in June that “hundreds of people remain detained for their part in the protests of June 2009 or for otherwise expressing dissenting views.”

Just recently An Iranian court has sentenced a pioneering Iranian blogger to more than 19 years in prison, a human rights activist told Reuters.

“We were surprised that Derakhshan has been sentenced to more than 19 years in prison for cooperating with hostile countries, spreading propaganda and insulting religious figures,” a human rights activists, who asked not be named, told Reuters.

Opposition websites also reported on Tuesday that prominent journalist Issa Saharkhiz had been sentenced to three years in jail for “insulting Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and spreading propaganda against the Islamic system.”

The Iran Hostage Crisis

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on July 30, 2010

On November 1979, the United States Embassy was taken over by Iranian revolutionists. This is the story of 6 embassy workers who took a daring escape to freedom.

Iran Accused of “Incitement to Genocide”

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on July 15, 2010

Canadian legal expert Irwin Cotler has formulated a legal case accusing Iran of the crime of “incitement to genocide.”

Two different cases, Yadegari and Amiri

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on July 7, 2010

An Ontario judge found Mahmoud Yadegari guilty of attempting to export pressure transducers, which can be used in the building of both nuclear plants and weapons, according to Canada’s Public Prosecutors Service.

Yadegari, 36, was arrested last year on a variety of charges, including violating Canada’s agreements banning exports of technology prohibited under United Nations sanctions aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear program.

Yadegari, a businessman who had immigrated to Canada from Iran, faces a prison term of up to 10 year years and fines of up to C$500,000 (313,200 pounds). He will be sentenced on July 29.

On the other hand, Iran has summoned the Swiss charge d’affaires to protest the “abduction” of a nuclear scientist by US intelligence agents, state television’s website reported on Wednesday.

The Swiss mission in Tehran handles US interests as Washington has had no diplomatic ties with Iran for more than 30 years.

“The Swiss charge d’affaires (Georg Steiner) was summoned on Tuesday following the release of new documents relating to the abduction of Shahram Amiri by American security forces,” the report said, quoting a foreign ministry statement.

Iran’s foreign ministry said on July 4 it had presented to the Swiss embassy “evidence” that Amiri, who has been missing since last year, was abducted by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

ABC news in the United States reported in March that Amiri had defected and was working with the CIA. US officials have rejected these allegations.

2010 G-20 Toronto summit

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on July 4, 2010


Testimony from the G20-Reports from witnesses and subjects of police actions


Testimony from the G20-Reports from witnesses and subjects of police actions