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  • Masoud Dalvand 10:21 pm on 17 Dec 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Thousands Still Living in Tent Cities in Iran One Year After Quake 


    Thousands Still Living in Tent Cities in Iran One Year After Quake

    Over a year on from a devastating 7.3 magnitude earthquake in Kermanshah, Iran that killed 600 people, injured 10,000 and left 70,000 homeless and the vast majority of those made homeless are still living in tents, despite the onslaught of brutal winter weather.

    Iranian media reports from November 2017, advise that over 103 apartments were damaged – in fact, the cost of the damage was estimated to be 11 times more than the annual budget of the province. The reason for the extent of the damage is that a lot of the homes constructed by the Regime for poorer people to live in were made with substandard materials so that the contractors could get away with as much profit as they could.

    But now, it appears the Regime have not learnt their lesson as the poor people of Kermanshah are still without adequate homes, forced to live in tents that fill with water every time it rains or snows and making doing with small electric heaters that do nothing.

    State-run news agency IRNA wrote on November 27 that many people are still lacking basic shelter, even though the city streets are full of rain and mud that has “penetrated the tents of the victims of the earthquake”, and that the residents are trying to negate the situation by “using plastic sheets and digging water channels”.

    The catastrophic situation of people in the earthquake-hit areas of Kermanshah a year after the earthquake of 7.3 magnitudes.

    This is something that is affecting the physical and mental health of survivors, from increasing their risk of disease to causing depression to take over the people.

    One survivor told the state-run newspaper Arman: “They were supposed to build homes for us, the shelter would be enough right now.”

    Of course, the Regime is singing a different tune. In October, Iranian regime president Hassan Rouhani claimed that “almost everybody” has returned to homes that were either rebuilt and fixed.

    This is likely an attempt to distract the international community from the crisis as it will be another reason why the mullahs should be removed from power. It is also worth noting that Salamat News, another state-run website, accused the Iranian Regime of severely underestimating the numbers of those dead in the 2017 earthquake.

    Worse still, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake has recorded this November, which injured more people – particularly the homeless – destroyed 600 more living places, and damaged another 3,500 places. It caused another $15 million worth of damages (based on a conversion rate of 150,000 rials to the US dollar).

  • Masoud Dalvand 8:33 am on 25 Dec 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Teenage girl becomes a national heroine 


    In the ancient myths, the stereotype for a hero has always been a big, strong man. Recently, however, a story has been circulating in the internet about a frail, young girl who has been named a national hero.

    Haniyeh, 13, used to live in Sarpol-e Zahab, the epicenter of the earthquake that hit Kermanshah Province in western Iran on November 12, 2017.

    “We were at home that night when the earthquake struck,” says Haniyeh. “Our grandma was staying with us that night. We started to run but as I was running away, I suddenly remembered my little sister who was sleeping upstairs on the carpet. So, I ran back inside.”

    As soon as Haniyeh finds and grabs her sister, a steel bar falls from the roof and hits her back and the power goes off…

    “The next thing I remember is that my father came with his car and took us to hospital. My mother was taken to Tehran.”

    Haniyeh’s spine has been severed, but she says, “I do not regret what I did. I’d never wanted my little sister to be in my place.”

    Haniyeh is presently hospitalized in a Kermanshah hospital whose officials are recommending that she be taken to a convalescence home for the elderly.

    Had it been in some other country, Haniyeh would have received numerous awards and offered government aid to receive medical treatment and gain back her health. In Iran, however, the only help available for this young teenager is the elderly house.

    Is this her reward for a loving sister who jeopardized her own life and future opportunities to save her toddler sibling?

    One of the hospital nurses says if she receives a good treatment and physiotherapy there is a chance for her to gain back her health.

    Haniyeh is one out of hundreds of young little girls who have lost their homes and parents in the earthquake in Kermanshah. She is one out of thousands of little girls who are deprived of opportunities and are discriminated against all across Iran. The girl children who burned in Shinabad school, and those who died while taken on a tour by their school.

    Despite pervading injustices, Iran’s women and girls are the force for change and they are the ones who will realize equality and freedom for the whole nation.

  • Masoud Dalvand 7:58 am on 21 Dec 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Magnitude 5.2 tremor hits near Iran’s capital (Tehran) 

    A magnitude 5.2 earthquake struck Iran’s capital Tehran on Wednesday, according to local reports.

    The tremor caused people in buildings to pour out into the streets and parks, fearing a stronger aftershock. The epicenter of the quake was at Meshkin Dasht in Alborz Province, 50 km west of Tehran, according to one report, while another said the quake hit Malard, about 40 km southwest of Tehran, at 23:28 Wednesday local time.

    The quake was also felt in the cities of Arak, Karaj, Qazvin and Qom, according to the regime’s state television. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

  • Masoud Dalvand 11:42 am on 5 Dec 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran’s Earthquake Victims Suffer As Government Spends Billions On Terrorism — Iran Commentary 

    By Heshmat Alavi

    They say a news event has a three-day lifespan. The regime in Tehran is counting on such a theory to have the international community move on after the recent earthquake that shook western Iran. Each passing day further reveals the scope of this vast catastrophe.

    “More than 1,000 people have lost their lives,” Iranian MP Ahmad Safari said to the official ILNA news agency 72 hours after the quake. “I went to a village where they said they pulled 20 corpses from under the rubble. They were not even counted in the death toll. 70 people died just in one alley of the town of Sarpol-e Zahab. Another 250 were killed in the Mehr housing complex.”

    Experts advised the government of former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (2005-13) to build 25,000 homes under the Mehr blueprint. Ahmadinejad, however, ordered the construction of 1.5 million such units, raising questions of possible negligence in construction and lack of proper supervision.

    “Just as opposed to the practices of the clerical regime, now is the time to show solidarity. Assisting and saving the victims of the earthquake is a sacred national duty,” she said.

    The incoming statistics of this recent quake are devastating.

    “There are still people stranded in villages where 90 percent of the homes are left destroyed. No official has visited these areas. The locals, along with their children, are forced to sleep the nights in their farm fields without any shelter,” a reported wired by the semi-official ISNA news agency reads.

    Instead of focusing measures to rush aid for the victims, Iran’s regime imposed martial law in Sarpol-e Zahab, the epicenter of the earthquake.

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    A picture taken on November 15, 2017 shows an Iranian woman gesturing next to the rubble of her home in Kouik village near to Sarpol-e Zahab, two days after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck Iran’s western Kermanshah province near the border with Iraq, leaving hundreds killed and thousands homeless. Iranian authorities scramble to help tens of thousands of people left homeless by a major quake on the border with Iraq that killed more than 400 people as anger mounts among residents at what they see as a slow response. / ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images

    Was such a catastrophe preventable? Is Iran the only country prone to earthquakes?

    Japan has a history of earthquakes and thanks to technological advances we no longer witness skyrocketing number of casualties and damages.

    Australia also experienced a powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday that resulted in tsunami warnings. No casualties or major damages were reported.

    Preventing quake damage is nothing out of the ordinary or impossible. A truly popular government allocating the necessary manpower, means and budget can do the job. Here is exactly where the problem lies in Iran.

    On August 13th members of the Iran’s parliament unanimously adopted a 16-article bill providing around $600 million to further develop Iran’s ballistic missile program and additionally fund the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), especially the extraterritorial unit known as the Quds Force.

    Iran’s five military entities enjoy a budget of $13.5 billion for the current Persian calendar year (March 2017 to March 2018), of which $7.4 billion belongs to the IRGC. This is a 24 percent increase from the last calendar year.

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    The new Iranian long range missile Khoramshahr (front) is displayed during the annual military parade marking the anniversary of the outbreak of its devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, on September 22,2017 in Tehran. Rouhani vowed that Iran would boost its ballistic missile capabilities despite criticism from the United States and also France. / STR/AFP/Getty Images

    It is worth noting that the Iranian regime has a nearly $7 billion budget deficit, equaling to nearly half of its military budget.

    Proper now would be to evaluate the money sent by the Iranian regime to Lebanon. There is actually no figure of Tehran’s financial support for the Lebanese Hezbollah.

    While recent reports have placed this value at over $800 million, back in 2011 Al Arabiya Farsi shed further light in this regard.

    “Hezbollah used to receive $350 million each year from Iran. In addition to Hezbollah’s own activities, this budget was used to provide for members’ salaries, the families of killed Hezbollah members, various projects in southern Lebanon and Beqaa, and bribing Lebanese political figures to back Hezbollah.”

    One such $400 million construction project in Lebanon, including parkswas paid for completely by Iran. All the while millions in Iran remain under poor living conditions.

    “As long as there is money in Iran, we will have money,” said Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah, making it crystal clear how the terrorist-designated group’s entire budget is bankrolled by Tehran.

    Parallel to Lebanon, Iran is known for its belligerence in SyriaIraqYemen and beyond.

    Deprived of this budget, 40 percent of the Iranian people are living in complete poverty. 13 million homeless in city outskirt slums. 14 million literally cannot pay for their daily meals.

    State-affiliated websites in Iran report nearly 20,000 homes were completely destroyed in the recent quake. Whereas in Japan, simple homes made with a budget of $10,000 each, have proven to be earthquake-resistant.

    If we take into consideration just the abovementioned $600 million, Iran’s government could have provided 60,000 such homes for victims of the past three major quakes across the country.

    This includes 20,000 in Kermanshah province, the site of the recent quake designated as the most powerful in 2017 so far; another 20,000 for the victims of the 2012 East Azerbaijan quake in northeast Iran; and 20,000 more for the victims of the 2003 Bam quake that left tens of thousands of innocent people killed.

    This is all aside from sitting on an ocean of 125 billion barrels of oil, 227 trillion cubic meters of gas and a daily revenue of $200 million from exporting oil.

    The point is the solutions are out there. Iran, however, is ruled by a regime that could care less about its populace. For those sitting in Tehran, this is a recipe for disaster.

    Mohammad Biranvand, another member of Iran’s parliament said, “Do you know that the people now trust athletes and celebrities more than they trust government institutions? All this indicates that the earthquake of distrust will be far more destructive than the recent earthquake.”

    via Iran’s Earthquake Victims Suffer As Government Spends Billions On Terrorism — Iran Commentary

  • Masoud Dalvand 10:46 am on 25 Nov 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran earthquake reveals regime’s inaction, incompetence and inhuman nature 


  • Masoud Dalvand 6:46 pm on 23 Nov 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Let us think about the children suffering in the earthquake stricken areas of Iran 


    Let us think about the children suffering in the earthquake stricken areas of Iran, who are the first victims of the Iranian regime’s anti-human policies.

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  • Masoud Dalvand 10:05 pm on 22 Nov 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Give me your pain 

    Iranian child in earthquake of Kermanshah

    Give me your pain

    You don’t need to have it,

    For you don’t deserve it.

    May the stars carry away your sadness,

    May hope forever wipe your tears away,

    Wipe the tears,

    That cover your innocent face May your future be built with your strength

    May all your pains forever go away.

  • Masoud Dalvand 11:30 am on 22 Nov 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran: Earthquake survivals outraged over regime’s lack of aid efforts 

    Earthquake of western Iran

    A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck western Iran on Sunday November 12. The Iranian regime put the figure of casualties at 530. Tehran and IRGC announced quickly that the rescue mission was over in a couple of days. The reports coming out of the region and public reaction showed a totally different picture. In reality the scope of casualties was much bigger and the population was outraged of lack of minimum assistance, plunder by the regime officials, and even stealing the help provided from other parts of the country. People called the regime’s officials and the state media as liars and some called for the regime’s overthrow.

    Reports by Simaye Azadi (opposition satellite TV) reporters that were sneaked out, showed people sending help directly, avoiding the regime. Many people said they are sending help upon the call by Mrs. Rajavi to directly assist the victims.





  • Masoud Dalvand 9:24 am on 19 Nov 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    A short look at the earthquake in western Iran which prompted the emotions of humans. 

    Sometimes words can’t explain the greatness of a little child. After losing their mother, this little girl comforts her younger sister in a small village near SarpolZahab, Kermanshah province. 


    Also, the film of a little boy who took food for his little friend, was another shocking scene that Was considered by tens of thousands of users in social medias.

    Yes, this is a true that the purest human emotions occur during human calamities and wars and natural disasters. Why not always have this feeling of solidarity and sympathy between humans?
    This is a question that every free person should answer.

    • Masoud Dalvand 9:44 am on 19 Nov 2017 Permalink

      Thanks for sharing.


    • Danielle Champiet-Coronado 12:04 pm on 19 Nov 2017 Permalink

      You’re absolutely right Masoud. That same solidarity, well-being, respect and empathy for our fellow person should be there always, every day. We cannot just take our humanity out only in times of disaster or on holidays. The love and kindness and selflessness that the children in those videos exhibited put most adults to shame. It shows that greed and war are not undeniable human nature but conscious choices and we must learn to make better choices.

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    • Masoud Dalvand 9:35 pm on 19 Nov 2017 Permalink

      Thank you Danielle for comments and your kind words, I agree with you completely. Good luck.


  • Masoud Dalvand 8:44 am on 13 Nov 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran: The Killer Quake in Iran-Iraq area has caused unknown casualties 

    A 7.3 earthquake rocked Iran-Iraq border area

    Iran, November 12, 2017 – At 9:48 pm local time Sunday, November 12, 2017, an earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter Scale hit Kermanshah in Iran

    Damage to the earthquake in the city of Ravansar in Kermanshah province

    Damage to the earthquake in the city of Ravansar in Kermanshah province

    Preliminary reports indicate that this earthquake was also felt in Hamedan, Arak, Zanjan, Ahwaz, Ilam, Sanandaj, Tabriz, Urumiah, Ardebil and many other cities in Iran. The quake was so strong that Ilam residents were frightened and run to the streets.

    The moment of earthquake in Ilam province

    The quake in Qasr-e Shirin caused electricity outage and forced people wondering around during the cold and rainy night.

    Video: Earthquake tonight in Urmia

    The quake was also felt as far as Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon and all the way to Greece.
    In Iraq, there has been a report of casualties. Some estimate that more than 250 people have been killed or injured. But the number could vary by the time.
    The epicenter has been reported about 20 km from the border city of Khaneqain.

     Video: Tabriz people gather in the streets after earthquake

    The earthquake in Kermanshah has disrupted mobile services and has cut off the electricity to most part of the city. Heavy traffic has been reported in and out of the city and there are reports of building damages around the city.

    CTV People gathered in the streets after the earthquake in Iranian Kurdistan Piranshar 


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