INU – On Wednesday August 13, more than 60 agents of the prison’s protection unit raided Ward 350 under the pretext of conducting an inspection, and destroyed and confiscated prisoners’ belongings. This “inspection” came one day after a brutal raid and transfer of 75 prisoners from Ward 350 of Evin prison to the Quarantine Ward.
According to reports, the raid was supervised by Ali Rashidi, head of the Evin prison and deputy of Tehran’s prison organizations along with his executive assistant Javad Moemeni. Security forces first transferred all prisoners to section 2 of Ward 350 and locked the doors to prevent any witnesses. They then started inspecting the ward, the library, the yard, and other sections. During the inspection, which was carried out with disproportionate force against the prisoners, the prison guards destroyed most of the prisoners’ personal items and confiscated many of their belongings.
The New York Daily News linked to two YouTube videos posted by the family of Saeed Abedin, the Iranian-American pastor who was sentenced to eight years in prison in Iran for his efforts to build an orphanage and organize in-home worship services among Iranian Christians. Abedini’s wife released the videos, featuring heartfelt pleas from their six year-old son and seven year-old daughter, in an effort to appeal to President Obama to make a stronger effort to secure Abedini’s release from the Iranian prison where he has now been held for two years.
NCRI – Mr. Jean Ziegler, member of the Advisory Committee of the UN Human Rights Council has called on the United Nation to station Blue Helmets to protect Iranian refugees in Camp Liberty who are facing danger in Iraq.
Mr. Ziegler told the Swiss TV channel Leman Blue on Wednesday: “We in the United Nations Advisory Committee of the UN Human Rights Council have two demand: Firstly, we want the United Nations to launch a credible international investigation into the massacre in Camp Ashraf which left tens killed. Secondly we demand that the UN Blue Helmets provide protection for the residents of Camp Liberty whose life are in danger daily.
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How to Save Iraq and Honor American Sacrifice
The wall street Journal
By: Gen James Jones
The Iraq crisis is far worse than anything we’ve faced since the 2003 invasion. We have a duty to defeat ISIS and keep the country intact.
The disaster in Iraq has deepened and crystallized over the past 10 days. Terrorist forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, seized the Mosul Dam, the country’s largest and most important source of hydroelectric power, and overran several more cities in northern Iraq, including Sinjar. ISIS pushed back the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, exposing the gravity of one more corrupt decision by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki -his egregious failure to arm the Kurds so they could at least defend themselves.
“THE country is in your hands,” whispered Iraq’s president, Fuad Masum, on Aug. 11 as he charged the newly designated prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, with forming a cabinet. “May God help you,” another lawmaker added. Indeed, after last week’s sidelining of the country’s long-serving prime minister, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, Mr. Abadi will need all the divine intervention he can get if Iraq is to be spared a descent into all-out civil war.
I was involved in the formation of all five of Iraq’s governments between 2003 and 2010, and I know that the coming weeks will be decisive, turbulent and violent, as leaders from all factions jockey for both power and money – to help represent their respective communities and to siphon away billions of government dollars through systemic patronage.
Obama’s policies prolong life of Iranian regime
Columbia Daily Tribune
Nuclear talks between Iran and the six world powers are in the homestretch as the two sides agreed to an extension of the so-far-fruitless talks for another four months. While U.S. policy in the talks has been directed by the White House, many in Congress, along with independent critics, remain concerned about a deal that might give Iran a long leash not just with respect to its nuclear program but also its human rights violations and threatening regional aspirations.
Missouri’s Sen. Roy Blunt is among the current policy’s many critics. Some of them want to see more effective measures to curb the Iranian regime’s threat, while others are more unapologetic and advocate democratic change in Iran. The latter emphasize the regime has no future because of its strategic inability to meet the Iranian people’s demands. They point to strong and organized opposition movements capable of organizing protests, like the uprisings of 2009, which would uproot the current system in favor of establishing a secular democracy.
TEHRAN- Iran (AP) – Iran`s foreign minister says it is unlikely to reach a final nuclear accord with world powers by a November deadline.Parliament`s news website on Friday quoted Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying that even if a general agreement is reached by the deadline.
the two sides will require more time to discuss details. “Hence, it is unlikely to reach a final conclusion before a four-month span, ” he was quoted as saying.Iran and the P5+1 group — the U.S, Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany — in July extended their nuclear talks until November.Western powers have long suspected Iran is secretly pursuing a nuclear weapons capability alongside its civilian program charges, denied by Tehran.
The U.S. gets four more months to dress up concessions to Iran.
Negotiating with Tehran is often compared to haggling in a Mideast bazaar, and after Friday’s decision to extend talks over the country’s nuclear program we’re reminded why. In exchange for essentially no concessions, the mullahs were given $2.8 billion in hard cash to keep talking for another four months.
As for Secretary of State John Kerry and his fellow Western negotiators, they seem to think they’ve made a down payment on the rarest carpet in Persia. You know the one: made of the finest silk, 150 years old, belonged to the Shah’s brother, took a blind woman from Tabriz and her six daughters 12 years to weave, a discount just for you.
A special tribute will be paid to 52 freedom fighters.