November 15, 2005 VOLUME 18


To our readers,

On October 26, 2005, Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for Israel to be "wiped off the face of the earth". White House spokesman Scott McClellan said that the Iranian President's comments "just reconfirms what we have been saying about the regime in Iran. It underscores the concerns we have about Iran's nuclear operations". US congress and the UN Security Council reacted with a swift condemnation and criticized Ahmadinejad for his outrageous remarks. The Iranian regime responded with endorsing remarks by the Supreme Leader, Ali Khameini and mullah-sponsored anti-Israel and anti-US rallies in Iran, Southern Lebanon and elsewhere in the region. 

Ahmadinejad’s remark has put Iranian relations on a different diplomatic course. His dangerous character gives the threats against Israel and US a different credibility. While revealing the true face of Islamic Fundamentalism, Ahmadinejad’s recent threat is also targeting Arab and other Muslim nations which beg a serious look at relations with the Iranian regime. Yet, the silence has returned to the diplomatic scenes and no policy actions in place to restrain the fundamentalist regime in Tehran.

Meanwhile, 75% of ministers and deputy ministers of Ahmadinejad’s government are from the notorious oppressive body of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC). His policy of terror and violence is already in full gear at home, targeting women more than ever. With his IRGC cabinet in power, Ahmadinejad has called for more censorship, gender segregation and oppression at home.

The world community must realize the danger of Islamic Fundamentalism is beyond just words, it is line with sweeping domestic and foreign policy agenda presented by Ahmadinejad.

Tehran’s danger is growing and U.S. and Europe should wake up from their sweet diplomatic dreams. Tehran’s regime will never give up its pursue of nuclear weapons and will continue to be a serious threat to all of us.

One way to turn the table on Ahmadinejad’s fundamentalist regime is to refer Iran’s nuclear case to UN Security Council while supporting the Iranian opposition groups who are capable of removing this regime from power.  Political isolation, sanctions along with support for Iranian opposition will bring this regime of terror down.

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Shargh State-Controlled NewspaperOctober 16, 2005

An Iranian woman found guilty of having an extra-marital affair with an Afghan and being an accomplice in the murder of her husband has been sentenced to death by stoning, a press report said in Shargh newspaper said. The report identified the woman by her first name of Soghra, and said the killing took place in the Varamin district south of Tehran. The woman's lover, only identified as Ali Reza, was sentenced to death for committing the murder.


WFAFI Radio VOW News – October 17, 2005

According to reports received from Iran, universities are observing new rules on segregation between male and female students. In Lahijan Azad University, any gathering of female and male students on campus ground is strictly prohibited. On October 17, 2005, officials of Disciplinary and Security Committee in Lahijan Azad University issued warning to many students and threaten them with expulsions. Students across various campuses in Iran have organized sit-ins and campus-protests to challenge the latest regulations and blatant gender apartheid.


Agence France Presse – October 20, 2005

Iran's Islamic regime has slapped a ban on foreign films deemed to be "feminist", "secular" or pro-American, with hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also pushing his vision of a Koranic society. A ruling by the Supreme Cultural Revolution Council, a watchdog headed by Ahmadinejad, bans "the distribution and screening of foreign films which promote secular, feminist, liberal or nihilist ideas and degrade oriental culture.”The report said the directive has been widely circulated, especially within the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance and state television and radio. "The Iranian people have a mission to create, on this sacred Iranian ground, an ideal society founded on the Koran," Ahmadinejad was also quoted as telling a local gathering titled "Servants of the Koran". He promised his government, less than three months into its four-year mandate, would "advance with strength to favor the spread of a Koranic culture".


AKI News Agency – October 26, 2005

The wave of censorship in Iran, which began with the rise to power of hard-line president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, continues after the targeting of newspapers, journalists, internet sites and bloggers. In the past few days, sites and blogs that focus on women's rights and issues have now been censored. Iranian web surfers have been blocked from navigating in particular the websites of 'Womeniniran', 'Irwomen', 'Iftribune' and 'Womeniw', four of the most popular feminist websites in the country.  In total, it is estimated that there are 130,000 websites which Iranians have been prohibited from navigating.


The Guardian – October 29, 2005

… President Ahmadinejad has hit every duck in his own row…he has delivered promptly on his commitment to battle liberalism, feminism and secularism, banning films, closing websites and sending out enforcers to pull the chador firmly down on the foreheads of Iranian women again, and is good on staging huge demonstrations such as the anti-Israel ones in Iran yesterday.


The Reuters News Agency – October 31, 2005

A court report in the Etemad daily said a taxi driver, identified only as Hamidreza, became furious when his elderly lover Setareh proposed marriage. "I went to her house and she said she had deep feelings for me and suggested we get married," he told the court. Hamidreza explained he already had a wife and children. "She then got frustrated and slapped me," he said. The man knocked her unconscious and suffocated her with bed-sheets before making off with her jewelry.


Middle East Times – November 1, 2005

Sociologist Jaleh Shaditalab of Iran's National Welfare Organization said that most of the victims were in forced marriages and that abuses also included mental torment, humiliation and being prevented from working.She said that the figures were drawn from a national survey of the problem.
In February 2005 the UN's top official on women's rights, Yakin Erturk, chastised
Iran over what she said were abuses and discrimination built in to the Islamic republic's laws.  Iran's laws "do not provide protection for victims of domestic violence and make it difficult to escape violence through divorce", she said, adding that suffering wives also faced "time-consuming judicial procedures and stigmatization".


Middle East Times – November 7, 2005

An 80-year-old Iranian killed his wife because he could not tolerate her wearing makeup outside the house, the government Iran newspaper reported on Sunday.  The man, identified only by his first name, Eyvaz, beat his 30-years-younger wife to death with a club, the report said. The two had often bickered because she wanted to apply cosmetics and go out alone, it said. "We could not understand each other's demands because of our big age difference. Lately, she was putting on makeup and going out on her own, ignoring my objections," the man was quoted as saying to police. Laws in the Islamic republic of Iran oblige women to cover their hair and bodies. But some Iranian women take liberties with the strict dress code promoted by the government and tend to apply heavy makeup.


Entekhab State-Controlled News Agency – November 13, 2005

A 9 year old boy, Mostafa Ebadi, is married to a 13 year girl, Samira Feiz-Bakhshi, in the village of Talesh in Iran. They are considered as the youngest married couple in Iran. They couple are to live with the parents of the groom. Mostafa, the groom, claims “my ill father wanted me to marry Samira as soon as possible. I am his only child.” Samira, the bride, said “our wedding took place in line with our tradition and laws. Although many may not consider this right, but life conditions are different for everyone.”


Iran Focus – November 14, 2005

Iran’s State Supreme Court upheld a death sentence against a woman who had been accused of murdering her abusive husband, the state-run Fars news agency reported on Monday. The woman, only identified by her first name Fatemeh, had previously been found guilty of stabbing her husband, identified as Mojtaba, in June 2004, though throughout her trial she defended her motives. Fatemeh said that her abusive husband repeatedly mistreated her children.  She faces imminent execution after the State Supreme Court upheld the death sentence.


Radio Farda (US-Based) - November 14, 2005

In the last six months, the rate of temporary marriages have risen 45% with compare to last calendar year. According to State-Run Mehr News Agency, in the last 6 months, permanent marriage has only increased by 13%, at the same time the registered divorce rate has raised 14% with compare to the same time frame last year.

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Tehran seeking new ways to censor the Internet and track dissidents and women’s organizations

More sites banned, overhaul of filtering system planned

Reporters Without Boarder

October 18, 2005

Reporters Without Borders today accused the Iranian government of seeking to increase its control of the Internet in recent measures that have included contracting an Iranian company, Delta Global, to set up a new online censorship system.

While developing a woefully oppressive model of Internet management, Iran is participating actively in international talks about Internet governance that are being held as part of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), the press organization said.

“These new measures point to an ideological hardening in the Iranian government and a desire by the new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to centralise authority,” Reporters Without Borders said. “They also show that factions exist within the conservatives, as the latest website to be banned, Baztab.com, is run by supporters of the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei.”

“We are also worried by statements coming from the company that seems to have been given the job of managing Iran’s Internet filters,” the press freedom organization added. “If what this company’s chief executive turns out to be correct, online surveillance and censorship is to be stepped up. This is very bad news for Iranian bloggers and Internet users.”

The head of Delta Global, Rahim Moazemi, told the local news agency ISNA in late September that his company had won a government contract for the management of the Internet control and censorship system. He said he wanted to put an end to “the anarchy of the Internet Service Providers (ISPs)” by centralising the filtering system. He also claimed that Delta Global’s technology was capable of blocking access to all the tools used to get round censorship.

Iranian filtering currently uses the “smart filter” technology developed by the US company Secure Comuting, which claims the Iranian authorities never paid to license this software. Iranian Internet censorship is not homogenous and varies according to the ISP used, of which Iran has several hundred. So a website may be accessible in one city and blocked in another.

Access to at least four websites that include coverage of Iranian women’s issues - www.womeniniran.org, http://irwomen.com, www.iftribune.com and www.womeniw.com - has been blocked since the start of September. Those in charge of these sites have reacted by launching an online petition at: www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?womeno

A court meanwhile on 12 October “provisionally” banned the news website Baztab.com although it belongs to former Revolutionary Guards commander Mohssen Rezai, a supporter of Ayatollah Khamenei, and is supposed to be backed by the Iranian intelligence services.

Baztab published reports that were embarrassing for the president. The site’s editor, Foad Sadeghi, said it was banned as a result of a complaint by the secretariat of the High Council for National Security about its articles on the nuclear negotiations that are currently under way.

The ban points to internal struggles within the conservative camp, between President Ahmadinejad’s supporters and those still loyal to Ayatollah Khamenei. It seems that the president, with the support of the military, is trying to take control of the internal state apparatus and impose his mentor, Ayatollah Mesbah, as Khamenei’s successor.

During the preparatory meetings for the WSIS (which is to take place in Tunis on 16-18 November), Iran called for a “new model” of Internet governance that would put an end to the existing US hegemony.


Iran: Judiciary sentences a women to stoning, another to death by hanging

Women's Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran

October 19, 2005

In a bid to terrorize and intimidate the public and step up general suppression, particularly against women, the mullahs' misogynous regime has again resorted to issuing stoning verdicts.

The state-run daily Etemaad wrote on October 15 that the Judiciary had sentenced a woman, named Soghra, to death by stoning. The victim was also sentenced to 100 lashes before being stoned to death. Javan daily wrote on October 18 that a young woman by the name of Raheleh had been sentenced to death by hanging.

Some time ago, Abbas Alizadeh, then-Head of Tehran Province's Justice Department told the Iranian state television, "We hand out harsh sentences in our courts. The province's criminal court issues verdicts that are very heavy. You might ask why we do not make these public. We have some political, social and international considerations, which prevent us from making those definite and heavy sentences."

Earlier, reacting to the widespread wave of international protests and outrage after the Iranian Resistance revealed a video tape of stonings in Iran the mullahs' judiciary refrained from making those verdicts public and insisted that those sentences be carried out in secret.

Ms. Sarvnaz Chitsaz, Chairwoman of the NCRI's Women's Committee, said, "It appears that with the presidency of Ahmadinejad, the medieval dictatorship ruling Iran, faced with widespread discontent, uprisings and protests by different sectors of society, has abandoned these considerations and pretenses and resorted to blatant suppression of Iranian women."

Ms. Chitsaz urged international human rights and women's rights organizations to voice protest against these criminal verdicts and called for urgent action by the United Nations to prevent the issuing and implementation of such inhumane verdicts.

The NCRI's Women's Committee draws the attention of the international community to stoning and death sentences against women who are themselves victims of the regime and calls for urgent action to save the lives of women who are awaiting the implementation of stoning verdicts or death sentences.


Aref News

Iranian Girls Are the Most Wanted for Human Traffickers in United Arab Emirates

October 29, 2005

According to the Aref News website, the Arab Sheikhs pay the highest and show the most interests in girls 14 to 20 years of age.  The report continues to say that Lebanese girls and some from other Arab countries in Northern Africa are next in line to Iranian girls.  Women from middle Asia and Western Europe are mostly employed by nightclubs and servants of hotels in Dubai. 

The report also says that the business of human traffickers in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) is mostly run by Iranian men and women, who receive a percentage of the deals.  This is handled under the cover of legal activities such as tours, which gives girls hope of receiving money.  They promise girls money in order to persuade them and bring them to the U.A.E.  Most of these girls temporarily become sexual slaves of the U.A.E. Sheikh, and then become victims of prostitution.  Some of these young Iranian women leave home under legal employment status are transferred to the U.A.E. with forged marriage documents.  Upon entry to the U.A.E., the girls are sold to various networks.

Some girls are taken to nightclubs and pornographic movies on Iranian and Arabic satellites.  An Iranian resident in U.A.E. regarding this matter said: “Targeting and capturing the ring leader of the trafficking is not difficult and is easily possible to arrest them in Tehran.  But we don’t know what is the reason that they easily travel back and forth to the country.  The agents hunt for young people and force them to such misery.”  He added, “It is shocking for any Iranian with dignity to see these young Iranian girls with make-up and semi-naked in front of nightclubs and dancing in the U.A.E., especially in Dubai.  It is not clear why the Iranian Embassy has not done anything to prevent this disaster.”


How can we stop Iranian hardliners and their connection to the terrorists?

By Gazal Omid

November 5, 2005

The Islamic government of Iran, which came to power nearly three decades ago, has been a safe harbor and incubator for terrorism. Although the Iranian government is Shiah and many of the Islamic hardliners and terrorists are Sunni, they readily set historical and religious differences aside to focus on a common goal; spreading hatred and working toward the destruction of the United States and Israel, which they declare to be “EVIL” powers.
Eerily, Khomeini’s first speech when he came to power in 1978 was held in
Behesht Zahra Cemetery, where he preached that Iran should export its Islamic version of freedom to all countries, particularly those south of Iran and throughout the Middle East. After being nearly defeated by Sadam, losing 500,000 young people and creating 1,000,000 refugees, the government of Iran finally stopped the incessant broadcasting of that infamous speech, which had brought nothing but misery to Iranians and other people in the Persian Gulf and now prohibits any mention of it in press or radio. That does not mean, however, that his successor, the self-titled “Ayatollah Khameini”, hesitates to imprison journalists who speak unkindly of the late so-called Imam Khomeini.
In the past decades, as the world struggled to find ways to achieve peace with
Iran, hardliners benefited from low-key attention and grew bigger and stronger than ever. In the recent election, Mr Khatami, the “Moderate President,” was defeated; replaced by Ahmadinejad, a repressive radical who, by his own statements, promises to drag Iran back to the medieval barbarism of Khomeini. Despite overwhelming evidence, he denies he was a leader in the US embassy hostage incident and a brutal interrogator in Evin prison. Of course, he also denies that Iran wants nuclear power. The present government of Iran has been assembled from a coven of cowards who do the dirty work but don’t take the responsibility; murderers who, since the Islamic revolution, have killed more than 135,000 citizens who bravely criticized the regime and alleged “experts”, who know less about governing than an intelligent child. They deny everything, believing this is “Tagieh,” a misused Islamic rule, which in translation means, “On rare occasions, one may lie if the lie benefits Islam or saves a life.” As a Shiah religion expert, I have great respect for Prophet Mohamad and his true religion but lies, deception, killing, torture and the atrocities perpetrated in this “Islamic Iran” are crimes against humanity and go strongly against His teachings. 

Terrorism brings shivers to civilized people’s spine. A newly shaped ideology among extremists has them believing that killing others will take them to heaven; so long as they pray to Allah and read the Koran. In reality, terrorism is a cancer growing on the body of Islam.

Iran denies any involvement with terrorists but we need to question why it spends millions of dollars in Iraq subsidizing Hamas or anyone who fights against Israel? Why has Iran become the vacation spot for so many Arab extremists?
The government of
Iran claims it has no interest in becoming a nuclear power, even as they break the UN seals and continue processing uranium. Now, the question is: What can we do to stop Iran? First, the world must not wait the estimated five or ten years required for that government to have nuclear power, to act. 

However, marching an American army into Iran would be a deadly mistake. I say this with conviction because I witnessed Iran's mullah’s ability to manipulate people to fight against Iraq and the American hostage rescue expedition, which was destroyed in the Iranian desert. Iran was on the brink of bankruptcy when Iraq barged into the country in early 1979. The Iranian people could have ousted the mullahs right then. Instead, the urge of the people to fight against an outside enemy and protect their borders resulted in half-a-million war casualties and subsequently, over the past two decades, the lives of 135,000 Iranians who opposed the government.
For Iranians nothing is more important than their sovereignty. Once again, they will fall for the same tricks and will unify and rise to defend their homeland. Considering
Iran's extreme variation in climate, invaders would be challenged, not only by the weather but also by other foreign elements, including language and the hidden passageways in the ancient buildings of every city. America would be fighting another urban militia war and would either have to demolish the ancient infrastructure and be forever resented as barbaric invaders or suffer huge losses by local militia. I don't want the Persian culture sacrificed nor do I want Americans killed. It would be a tragedy for all. 

Pressuring Iran in the UN may be helpful but sanctions are not the way to go. Of all the sanctions imposed against brutal dictators, none have been effective. The economy of Iran is largely dependent on oil and exporting goods. If Iran’s income is cut, the people, not the government, will suffer. Iran will devote every penny it can suck from people's blood to reach its nuclear goal, starving the Iranian people in the process, and the loss of millions of lives will be on our hands. Civilized foreign governments must unite to prevent Iran from achieving nuclear power. It is widely known that Iranian politicians, including former presidents, have offshore accounts, investing their stolen money in Canada and other countries. These assets must be frozen. Many of these investments are the source of income for organizations and “charities” hostile to America and Israel. Iran has become a safe haven for terrorist cells. Who knows if Bin Laden is in Pakistan or Iran? In my opinion, he has a better chance to hide in Iran than in Pakistan. The same goes for Al Zarkawi. I am convinced that anyone who is hurting America and Israel is welcome to hide in Iran. 

To put an end to Khomeini’s long legacy of madness and find peace in the Middle East and in the world, Iran’s theocratic regime must go. Iranian people need help to identify a visionary, a capable leader to bring Iran into the 21st century. Iranian opposition needs guidance and a headquarters in the free world. People around the world need to understand that talking about Iran is one thing; living under the current Iranian regime is a Hell they cannot imagine. Those who have lived it will never forget. Other nations must help the Iranian people put an end to the Atomic Mullahs. I believe, if Iran becomes a nuclear power, the world needs to dig either their shelters or their graves.

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