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  • Masoud Dalvand 10:48 pm on November 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Telethon of the Iranian Resistance TV 3 – 5 November 2017 

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    I would like to speak to you on behalf of INTV: Iran National Television, also known as Simay Azadi. Simay Azadi is a 24-hour-a-day satellite television network that covers Iran and the Middle East and has been working for three decades to counter the propaganda and destructive influence of the Iranian regime. Supporting the democratic Resistance against Tehran’s theocratic dictatorship, Simay Azadi provides a unique outlet for the Iranian people to share their experiences as victims and critics of the Iranian regime. That regime is infamous for depriving its own people of their most basic rights, but tight government control over Iranian media typically prevents the domestic population from discussing relevant issues or freely seeking out information about them. Simay Azadi provides a rare alternative to state media, reaching millions of Iranian households that retain satellite television equipment in defiance of the regime’s restrictions. The network also reaches an Iranian expatriate community that is scattered throughout the world and active in international efforts to bring freedom and democratic governance to the people of Iran. Discrimination against women; suppression of ethnic and religious minorities – all of these are pillars of the regime. Tehran is widely regarded as the central banker for global terrorism. It holds the record for highest per-capita rate of executions in the entire world. The government and security forces are notoriously discriminatory against women, ethnic and religious minorities. And underlying all of this is the media repression that prevents such issues from being fully exposed. Information is the enemy of the mullahs’ regime. Simay Azadi is the only Persian-language to cover the Iranian people’s plight, but it also broadcasts stories of popular protests and demonstrations, as well as smuggling information out of wards in which Iran’s numerous political prisoners are detained and made subject to systematic abuse. The network also looks beyond Iran’s borders to cover the regime’s meddling in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, and elsewhere. The work of Simay Azadi comes with great risk to its staff and contributors. Many have been arrested, imprisoned and tortured. Some have even executed, expressly for cooperating with the network. This is all part of a concerted effort by the regime to suppress the information that Simay Azadi has brought to the public’s attention. But that repression continues to prove ineffective as Simay Azadi’s viewership is still growing. As both the viewership and the government attacks on Simay Azadi grow, the network must work hard to keep up. Over the years, Simay Azadi has organized over 20 pledge drives, each of which has secured financial contributions from thousands of people in Iran and throughout the world. Simay Azadi is entirely dependent on the generosity of the Iranian people and freedom loving individuals in order to continue broadcasting and to expand its mission. Individual contributions range from ten dollars to hundreds of thousands, and every dollar is devoted to the costs associated with satellite broadcasts and news-gathering. The staff of the network is comprised entirely of unpaid volunteers. The next telethon is scheduled to begin on Novemebr3rd. We urge you to tune in and donate anything you can afford. Each contribution we receive will strengthen the voice of the Iranian people and speed them toward the day when the propaganda of the mullahs’ regime is silenced once and for all. Won’t you please help support the democratic future of the Iranian nation?

    Other Source:  Amidst Iran’s Media Crackdown, INTV Seeks Finances for Another Year of Broadcasting Dissent

     

     

     

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  • Masoud Dalvand 10:13 am on October 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Platform for future Iran. Free Iran with Maryam Rajavi 

    Maryam Rajavi’s speech on Nowruz (Iranian new year, 21 March 2017) in the PMOI Gathering/ 2017

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 11:31 am on October 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    A bit with the beauties of human and nature 

    دماوند

    ميوه هاي پاييزي

    Flower in Istanbul

    Boys

    گلهاي ميهنم ايران

    گل و آفتاب

    In my homeland, humans do not enjoy the beauty of nature, you know why? Because the nature of Iran is also endangered by its evil rulers. But Iran and its people will not allow this long-standing land and It’s children, youths, women and the parents to be more than this in the chain of oppression and religious tyranny. Iran will be Free soon! be sure!

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  • Masoud Dalvand 4:26 pm on October 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran’s People And The Nuclear Deal 

    Discussions are continuing as we speak over the fate of the highly controversial Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Advocates and opponents are going the limits to present their case prior to the October 15thdeadline when US President Donald Trump is due to determine the status of Iran’s […]

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  • Masoud Dalvand 4:44 pm on August 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    The Enigmatic A. Molotkov 

    This is an interview with a poet A. Molotkov by my friend Danielle who herself  is an excellent poet too.

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    When I first heard the name, Anatoly Molotkov, it was at the end of the poetry reading that I had attended last month. Our host and coordinator, David Hill, announced that Mr. Molotkov would be reading on August 29th at the Barnes & Noble in Vancouver, WA. A few people were familiar with Anatoly Molotkov, or A. Molotkov as he’s published under. The news of his being our guest poet brought smiles to their faces. Their reactions aroused my curiosity. Guest poets were of the norm and met with great enthusiasm, but there was an extra buzz around August’s guest. Those familiar with him chattered quickly about his other performances. I caught a bit about entertaining and colorful. Colorful what? I was hooked.

    Feeling compelled not to miss out on a great opportunity, I quickly submitted my request to videotape the August reading. One email led to another and…

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  • Masoud Dalvand 4:16 pm on August 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Is Regime Change Truly The Correct Iran Policy? 

    A picture dated September 21, 2012, shows a Raad air defense system carrying Taer missiles being displayed by Iran's Revolutionary Guard, during an annual military parade which marks Ira

    (FILES) A picture dated September 21, 2012, shows a Raad air defense system carrying Taer missiles being displayed by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, during an annual military parade which marks Iran’s eight-year war with Iraq, in the capital Tehran. Iranian forces have carried out what they called cyber warfare tactics for the first time as the Islamic republic’s naval units staged manoeuvres in the key Strait of Hormuz, media reports said on December 31, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ATTA KENARE (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

    By Heshmat Alavi

    Following the recertification of Iran’s compliance with a nuclear deal aimed at curbing its controversial nuclear program, there is quite a stir over the Trump administration possibly adopting a regime change policy in the face of Tehran’s belligerence.

    There are those who favor such a trajectory, while Iran lobbyists and apologists have promptly argued otherwise, saying war should not be an option and citing ongoing campaigns in countries across the region to back their opinions.

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s strong position of supporting regime change in a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee sent shockwaves in Tehran and beyond.

    “Our policy towards Iran is to push back on (its regional) hegemony, contain their ability to develop, obviously, nuclear weapons and to work towards support of those elements inside of Iran that would lead to a peaceful transition of that government,” he said.

     Secretary of Defense James Mattis, known for his “Iran, Iran, Iran” description of the source of Middle East dilemmas, followed suit.

    “Until the Iranian people can get rid of this theocracy, these guys who think they can tell the people even which candidates they get a choice of. It’s going to be very, very difficult,” Mattis said in a special interview.

    It is broadly assumed that the diplomatic pressure and sanctions initiative embarked upon by the White House and Congress are aimed at serving a regime change objective in Iran. The next necessary step would be to make this policy crystal clear to Tehran and all relevant parties

    Such strong statements made by Tillerson and Mattis dig deep into the Iran dossier and realize one stark, and very positive, difference between Iran and its neighbors. In contrast to others, the Iran regime change enterprise enjoys a long-term plan presented by a grass-rooted opposition movement, symbolized in the Iranian opposition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

    Unfortunately, the campaigns launched in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and even Syria, after former US president Barack Obama said the dictator Bashar Assad must go, all lacked this very necessary element, and the world remains witness in horror of the drastic consequences. Millions left killed and injured, scores more displaced, trillions of dollars literally wasted and entire cities and countries leveled. And the only benefactor has been the mullahs’ regime…, being an entirely different topic of discussion.

    Tehran lobbyists stationed in Washington are heard saying Iran also lacks any such organized opposition capable of delivering anything different from what we have witnessed in other countries. For years they have been inaccurately mischaracterizing the NCRI as lacking adequate organization, support and resources.

    To spare time, one needs only refer to this coalition’s recent July 1stconvention in Paris, held annually, for a glimpse of its social base and international backing. Over 100,000 members of the Iranian Diaspora, joined by hundreds of international dignitaries from all walks of life representing a conglomerate of political trends, shows how the NCRI, and its President Maryam Rajavi, have garnered growing support both inside Iran and abroad to bring about regime change and establish freedom and democracy in their homeland.

    Advocates of the appeasement approach vis-à-vis Iran will further continue quarreling over how the West must continue its effort of seeking internal Iranian elements of moderation.

    Ever since the 1980s a slate of senior Iranian regime officials, including former prime minister Mir Hossein Mousavi, former presidents Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mohammad Khatami, and now Hassan Rouhanihave been naively dubbed as “moderates” or “reformists.”

    What deserves comprehension after 35 years of deception is the fact that Iran’s “moderate/reformist” pretext has long surpassed its expiration date. While the Iranian people are yearning for change, there is no such appetite, capacity or potential in Tehran’s ruling mullahs’ apparatus.

    • Mousavi supported the regime’s unnecessary continuation of the war against Iraq, devastating the lives of millions,
    • Rafsanjani supervised a domestic cleansing of dissident voices, and a string of assassinations and terrorist plots abroad,
    • Khatami presided over the 1999 student uprising crackdown and advanced Tehran’s clandestine nuclear weapons drive,
    • and Rouhani’s first term as president rendered the execution of over 3,000 individuals, and the trend continues as we speak with over 100 executions in July alone. Rouhani has also blessed a dangerous spike in ballistic missile advancements by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

    As a result, any form of moderation or reform is nothing but a hoax misused by Tehran to continue misleading and deceiving the international community, while threatening the rise of hardliners if the likes of Rouhani are deserted.

    Returning to the decidedly significant statements made by Tillerson and Mattis, it is high time such game-changing rhetoric receives deserved backing from President Donald Trump himself.

    Iran must feel the heat from Washington’s policies, especially as Tehran prolongs its Middle East belligerence plaguing Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen, and endures its harassing of the US Navy in Persian Gulf waters.

    America must take the lead in facing Iran over its fundamentalist nature both inside the country and abroad. The Trump administration should begin architecting an international coalition to back the NCRI’s drive for regime change and peaceful democratization of Iran.

    After four decades of utter atrocities, it is the Iranian people’s right to live in peace and prosperity.

    Heshmat AlaviI am a political/rights activist focusing on Iran & the Middle East. I also write in Al Arabiya English, and contributed to The Hill, Algemeiner and Raddington Report. I tweet @HeshmatAlavi

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  • Masoud Dalvand 8:29 am on July 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Ban on women’s entry to stadiums climaxed in June 

    Ban on women's entry to stadums in Iran

    NCRI Women’s Committee Monthly Report – June 201

    Denying women’s entry to stadiums to watch sports competitions once again climaxed in June, attracting attention to the lingering discrimination against women in Iran.

    Women’s tickets were announced “sold out” by the website selling tickets for the FIVB Volleyball World League 2017 in Tehran in the first hour of sale on June 6. Those attempting early to purchase tickets on the website saw this message: Unfortunately, women’s quota of tickets has been SOLD OUT.

    The website also had some warnings before sale of tickets. One such warning read: Ticket quotas for men and women are completely separate and it is not possible to swap tickets between the two. Spectators who purchase tickets from the other’s share will not be allowed to enter the stadium.

    A female journalist reporting on sports said, “We learned that, as in the past, a number of women have been allowed into the stadium as a theatrical measure to claim that the authorities have allowed women into the stadium, while the website selling the tickets displayed a ‘sold out’ message since the very first minutes of the sale of tickets if you chose female as gender.”

    Iranian women showed their protest in different forms.

    A number of women held a banner and staged a protest in Tehran in mid-June against the ban imposed on their entrance to Tehran’s Azadi sports stadium. The banner read, “Entering Azadi Stadium is my right.”

    Iranian women and other users tweeted a Farsi hashtag, “the rights of 49% of the populace (women),” to express their protest to the continued ban on women’s presence in sports stadiums in Iran.

    These protests, however, met threats by Ansar-e Hezbollah. The Coordinating Council of the Ansar-e Hezbollah in Iran issued a warning against women’s presence in the stadiums and declared that it would use Khamenei’s order of “fire at will” to deal with it. (The state-run ILNA news agency – June 17, 2017)

    Hossein Allah-Karam, head of the coordination council of Ansar-e Hezbollah, published the statement on his Instagram and wrote, “This organization has complaints about the Ministry of Sports and Youths which has illegally and unlawfully dragged hundreds of women and girls as spectators to the recent volleyball games of men.”

    Hezbollah students also issued a declaration on Friday, June 16, to the speaker of the mullahs’ parliament (Majlis), Ali Larijani, in which they demanded prohibition of women’s entry to stadiums to watch the World League Volleyball games in Tehran. The declaration read in part, “Please order tending to this matter, otherwise, we would have to prevent it based on Khamenei’s ‘fire at will’ order….”[1]

    The Ansar-e Hezbollah is protesting women’s entry to stadiums while it has not been facilitated, yet. Only a limited number of women attended the first game played by Iran’s national volleyball team.

    Shaqayeq Yazdani, wife of the team’s medical doctor, wrote in her Instagram in this regard, “Unfortunately, entry to the stadium has not been sanctioned for all women and only the wives and families of members of the national volleyball team whose names have already been registered by the federation can enter after providing proper identification.”

    Alamol-Hoda, Khamenei’s representative in Mashhad, reacted on June 11, 2017. He said, “If it is decided that a group of boys and girls gather and a bunch of women and girls create excitement in the sideline of an athletic championship race, clap and whistle and jump up and down, then this would be indecent. And indecency is an epitome of sin.” (The state-run Aparat website – June 11, 2017)

    Women were not allowed in to watch the Pakistan-Iran volleyball match on May 1, 2017, in Rezazadeh stadium of Ardabil, East Azerbaijan Province. They voiced their protest against such discrimination. The cancellation without prior notice was made despite previous approval letting women into the stadium to watch the game.

    Eight young women who attempted to enter Tehran’s Azadi Stadium to watch the game between Persepolis and Esteghlal football teams, were arrested on February 12, 2017, during inspections before passing the entrance gate. (The state-run ISNA news agency – February 14, 2017)

    Female reporters were not allowed entry to the stadium to take pictures of the football match between women of Iran and Russia. ISNA’s headline read, “Female reporters do not enter, the Russians are not wearing the veil!”

    “The women’s national football team of Iran was hosting the world’s second champion, when the Football Federation ironically banned entry of women reporters and photographers to this competition.” (The state-run ISNA news agency – October 17, 2016)

    In August 2016, Shahindokht Mollaverdi, Rouhani’s deputy in women and family affairs, stressed in a news conference that the issue of women is “a political issue.”

    She also defended restrictions imposed on women’s presence in the stadiums and said, “We have never wanted to open the doors of all stadiums on women without any restrictions! We believe that women’s presence in stadiums must be in accordance with religious principles and in some fields!”

    Background

    Women’s presence in sports stadiums was restricted in post-Revolutionary Iran and in line with the clerical regime’s views and policies of sex segregation.

    Nevertheless, Iranian women and girls have continued their efforts to gain equal rights. They believe that being able to attend the games in sports stadiums is a step towards elimination of inequality and gender discrimination and they will keep up their struggle in this regard.

    In the 1990s and 2000s, women demanded to be able to watch the games and the Asian and World sports federations brought pressure on the regime to end the ban.

    Women tried to enter the Iran-Germany football match in 2004.

    On September 9, 2012, the State Security forces prevented entry of 1000 female spectators to watch the game between Iran and Japan volleyball teams.

    The state-run Etemad newspaper, reported on June 20, 2014, that in the margins of the Iran-Italy volleyball games, the State Security forces and security forces prevented women’s entry to Azadi sports stadium. According to this report, female journalists who carried special ID cards were not allowed to enter the stadium, either.

    In July 2016, although Iran’s Volleyball Federation had announced that it had sold 466 tickets to women, those who had referred to the website to buy tickets in very hours, they saw this message: “Due to limits on the sector related to women, women’s ticket has been finished and there are no more tickets available until further notice.”

    Subsequently, the state-run TV also showed images of women participating in the game between Iran and Serbia. What was common among female participants in the stadium was that most of them were wearing the black Maghna’eh (tight head cover) and manteaux and they did not show much excitement, either.

    The women present in the stadium were reportedly, the relatives of the players or staff of the Sports Ministry. They had been told to be “conventional and act within limits” in encouraging the players. Their number was also far below the announced figure and amounting only to some 200 people.

    On October 13, 2016, the Human Rights Watch sent a letter to Ary Graça, President of the World Volleyball Federation, in which it wrote, as long as Iran does not guarantee the freedom of female spectators to attend and watch the volleyball games in the country, the World Volleyball Federation must deprive Iran from hosting the federation’s tournaments.

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    [1] Ali Khamenei, the mullahs’ supreme leader, used the term, “fire at will”, in a speech on June 7 to a group of youths whom he called “officers of the soft warfare.” He said the young men had permission to “fire at will” to criticize the cultural policies of the government.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 7:38 am on July 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Why Are Suppression and Arrests Ramping up in Iran? 

    Iranian political prisoner, Majid Assadi

    INU Staff writer, July 9, 2017 — According to reports obtained from inside Iran, the past months have seen a spike in arrests and executions. In fear of mass anti-state protests similar to those that took place in 2009, the regime has resorted to raid the homes of political and human rights activists in Iran, especially the supporters of the main resistance group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).
    This happens against the backdrop of a widespread campaign in Iran condemning the regime’s three-decade-long crimes in the country’s prisons, especially the massacre of 30 thousand political prisoners in the summer of 1988.
    One of the more recent cases is that of Majid Assadi, 34, who lives in Karaj, 40 km west of Tehran. Holding a degree in economics from the Alameh Tabatabai University, Assadi is a student activist, former political prisoner, and a supporter of the MEK.
    On February 18, 2017 agents of the Ministry or Intelligence and Security (MOIS) arrested Assadi after they violently broke into his father’s home in Karaj.
    The ten armed MOIS agents arrested Assadi and ransacked his house without any warrant.
    At the time of the arrest, the agents also harmed Assadi’s ailing father, who had just undergone a liver implant surgery as part of his cancer treatment.
    The agents handcuffed Assadi in front of his family and interrogated his family in his presence to torment him. They then confiscated all of his personal belongings, including his personal computer, phone and books.
    Assadi was subsequently transferred to the Karaj intelligence office, and from there to Evin prison’s ward 209, where political prisoners are held. He spent 50 days in solitary confinement, under severe mental pressure and interrogations.
    Since the time of his arrest, Assadi has been held in a state of limbo. After lingering in wards 209 and 240, he was transferred to Gohardasht prison in recent weeks.
    According to the latest reports, Assadi is now in Gohardasht and his case remains unsettled.
    In 2008, Assadi was arrested for attending a ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of the 1999 student protests in Tehran. Assadi was held in solitary confinement for 52 days.
    In 2010 he was given a four-year prison sentence. His appeal request was rejected, and he was imprisoned from 2011 to 2015.
    At present, Majid Assadi’s family have called on human rights organizations and other relevant international bodies to help save his life and deliver him from the dungeons of the Iranian regime, where human rights activists are executed and tortured to keep the mullahs in power.

    Originally published at http://www.mojahedin.org.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 4:40 pm on June 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Grand Gathering of Iranians for Freedom and Democracy 

     

     
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