Monday, July 25, 2016

Iran regime destroys 100,000 satellite dishes in crackdown

NCRI - The Iranian regime destroyed 100,000 satellite dishes and receivers on Sunday as part of a widespread crackdown against the banned devices, state media reported.
The destruction ceremony took place in Tehran in the presence of General Mohammad Reza Naghdi, head of the Iranian regime's Basij militia, who warned of the impact that satellite television was having in society.
"The truth is that most satellite channels... deviate the society's morality and culture," he said at the event according to Basij News.
"What these televisions really achieve is increased divorce, addiction and insecurity in society."
Under the Iranian regime's fundamentalist laws, satellite equipment is banned and those who distribute, use, or repair them can be fined up to $2,800 (2,500 euros).
The Iranian regime's police regularly raid neighborhoods and confiscate dishes from rooftops, AFP reported on Sunday.
The regime's Culture Minister Ali Jannati acknowledged on Friday that most Iranians continue to watch satellite channels
"Reforming this law is very necessary as using satellite is strictly prohibited, but most people use it," Jannati said.
"This means that 70 percent of Iranians violate the law" by owning satellite dishes, he added, according to AFP.
Naghdi said on Sunday: "Most of these satellite channels not only weaken the foundation of families but also cause disruptions in children's education and children who are under the influence of satellite have improper behaviour."
The regime has been working hard to block Iranians’ access to satellite television stations by jamming signals. It aims to prevent the Iranian people from becoming privy to its egregious and nefarious conduct inside and outside of Iran or to be informed of anti-government protest, strikes and other activities by the Iranian Resistance.
In July 2015, an Iranian cleric, Mullah Mir Ahmadi, told Iranian state television: “Satellite television is more dangerous than an atomic bomb.”
He claimed that that satellite channels are destroying the way people think, and he urged the regime’s officials to launch new satellite channels propagating the regime’s stances to combat the influence of anti-regime satellite channels.
Despite regular crackdowns on satellite viewers, producers and distributors, regime officials have admitted that increasing numbers of Iranians are watching satellite television channels in Iran.
The head of cultural affairs in the regime’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) said on January 29, 2015 that over 60 percent of Iranians watch satellite television channels.
Senior officials of the regime have admitted that 40 percent of Iranian families have access to major opposition satellite channel Simaye Azadi.
Operating from Europe, prominent non-profit 24/7 Iranian opposition channel Simaye Azadi, or ‘Iran National Television’ (INTV), broadcasts news and information to Iranians around the world via satellite and the internet.
The regime has stepped up internet censorship, blocking around five million websites dedicated to arts, social issues and news and filtering the contents of blogs and social media. It also tracks down and arrests many online activists inside Iran. Many have therefore turned to INTV as a means of obtaining real information without being traced.
INTV has played a unique role in breaking the mullahs’ censorship and providing the Iranian people with uncensored news and flow of information.
It is banned in Iran for reports that expose the violation of human rights perpetuated by the mullahs and for raising awareness among millions of Iranians of the regime’s fundamentalism, suppression of ethnic minorities, meddling in the affairs of other countries, and particularly about their support for terrorism in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere in the region.
INTV provides constant news, breaking news, talk shows, live question and answer sessions, art and cultural programs, special programs for the youth and women, and political satire to millions of Iranians all across Iran who tune in to watch with their satellite dishes. The Iranian regime’s officials on scores of occasions have warned against the growing popularity of this channel.
INTV relies heavily on volunteer work of Iranians all over the world and provides for its expenses solely through donations of Iranians inside and outside of Iran as well as citizens of other countries who support the cause of human rights and freedom in Iran.
Gholamreza Khosravi, an activist of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, PMOI (Mujahedin-e Khalq, MEK), was executed in Iran on June 1, 2014, on the charge of ‘enmity against God’ for collecting information and giving monetary assistance to the Sima-ye Azadi station.
Based in part on wire reports

150 boys and girls arrested near Iran capital for attending mixed-gender party

NCRI - Iran's fundamentalist regime arrested 150 boys and girls for attending a mixed-gender birthday party near the capital Tehran, the regime’s local police commander said on Monday.
Colonel Mohsen Khancherli
The arrests took place at an overnight party in a garden in the vicinity of Islamshahr, south-west of Tehran, according to Colonel Mohsen Khancherli, the regime's police commander for the west of Tehran Province.
Khancherli told the Tasnim news agency, affiliated to the regime's terrorist Revolutionary Guards Quds Force, on Monday (July 25): "After we obtained a report about a mixed-gender party in a garden in the vicinity of Islamshahr in the west of Tehran Province, an operation was carried out by the police and another organization, leading to the arrest of dozens of boys and girls."
"Some 150 boys and girls had gathered at the mixed-gender party under the guise of a birthday party in this garden which is situated next to a studio where unlawful music was produced and recorded. Upon arrival of the police, all those present were arrested and sent before the judiciary," he said.
Khancherli claimed that given the popularity of gardens in the west of Tehran Province, the regime's suppressive state security forces (police) are constantly monitoring venues and gardens in that area, with police commanders carrying out snap inspections of sites.
"With the arrival of summer, the police surveillance at these sites will be stepped up," he added.
This follows news last week that more than 50 young Iranians were arrested by the regime's suppressive state security forces at a party near Tehran.
The Tasnim news agency reported on Friday (July 22) the arrest of more than 50 young men and women at a party in the town of Davamand, east of Tehran.
Tasnim quoted Mojtaba Vahedi, the head of the regime's judiciary in Damavand, as saying that the organizers of the party had invited people to attend via online social networks.
Vahedi added security forces initially monitored the social sphere and after carrying out the necessary investigations obtained a warrant to clamp down on the party and arrest the party-goers.
Judicial files have been opened against those arrested at the party, Vahedi said. He added: "Families must be more vigilant regarding their children to make sure they do not end up in such circumstances."
Commenting on this development, Shahin Gobadi of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said:
“The clerical regime has never been so isolated at home and loathed by the Iranian people, in particular by the youth and women. As such, it is resorting to more and more repressive measures to confront this growing trend. This once again proves that the notion of moderation under Hassan Rouhani is a total myth. But it also indicates the vulnerable and shaky state of a regime that cannot even tolerate private festivities of the people, particularly the youth. It is becoming more evident that the mullahs are totally paranoid of any social gathering in fear of a popular uprising.”
Some 35 young men and women were flogged in May for taking part in a mixed-gender party after their graduation ceremony near Qazvin city, some 140 kilometers northwest of Tehran, the regime's Prosecutor in the city said on May 26.
Ismaeil Sadeqi Niaraki, a notorious mullah, said a special court session was held after all the young men and women at the party were rounded up, the Mizan news agency, affiliated to the fundamentalist regime's judiciary, reported on May 26.
"After we received information that a large number of men and women were mingling in a villa in the suburbs of Qazvin ... all the participants at the party were arrested," he said.
Niaraki added that the following morning every one of those detained received 99 lashes as punishment by the so-called 'Morality Police.'
According to Niaraki, given the social significance of mixed-gender partying, "this once again required a firm response by the judiciary in quickly reviewing and implementing the law."
"Thanks God that the police questioning, investigation, court hearing, verdict and implementation of the punishment all took place in less than 24 hours," Niaraki added.
The regime’s prosecutor claimed that the judiciary would not tolerate the actions of “law-breakers who use excuses such as freedom and having fun in birthday parties and graduation ceremonies.”
Similar raids have been carried out on mixed-gender parties across Iran in recent weeks.

Gunmen Kill Mayor, 4 Others in Southeastern Mexico

MEXICO CITY – Gunmen killed the mayor and four other people in San Juan Chamula, an Indian town in the southeastern Mexican state of Chiapas, in a shooting that left 12 other people seriously wounded, state prosecutors said.

“The state Attorney General’s Office reports the start of an investigation into the death of the mayor of San Juan Chamula, Domingo Lopez, and councilman Narciso Lunes Hernandez,” prosecutors said in a statement.

The other three people killed in Saturday’s shooting were councilman Miguel Lopez, Ernesto Perez, who worked as the mayor’s driver, and resident Silvano Hernandez, the AG’s office said.

The mayor, who took office on Oct. 1 and belonged to the Mexican Green Party, or PVEM, had previously been a member of the governing Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI.

About 35 residents from nearby villages gathered in the town’s plaza around 7:00 a.m. Saturday to meet with the mayor and other officials.

“The protesters were expressing unhappiness with various issues when some armed subjects opened fire, hitting the mayor,” the AG’s office said.

Chiapas Gov. Manuel Velasco condemned the attack in a Twitter post and said the AG’s office would conduct a thorough investigation of the shooting.

Friday, July 22, 2016

War correspondent and photographer, Abdelqader Fusuq, KILLED in Libya

At Least 22 Libyan Government Militants Killed in Fighting IS in Sirte

TRIPOLI - At least 22 militia supporting the Libyan unity government were killed and 175 wounded in the latest clashes with the Islamic State terrorist group in the Libyan city of Sirte, military sources told EFE on Friday.

War correspondent and photographer, Abdelqader Fusuq, is among the victims who died on Thursday while covering the clashes in Sirte.

A military source told EFE that air strikes targeted positions of Islamic State on Thursday and heavy artillery was used to destroy three trucks and other jihadists' vehicles during the attacks.

Since the fall of the regime of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has been plunged into chaos and civil war.

Six Bodies Found in Mexican State of Veracruz

VERACRUZ, Mexico – Six bodies bearing signs of torture have been found on a road in the Mexican Gulf coast state of Veracruz, police said Thursday.

The entirely nude bodies of four men and two women, whose feet and hands had been tied, were discovered on the Limones-Tenenexpaen highway in the municipality of Manlio Fabio Altamirano.

A message alluding to a confrontation between two rival cartels and the start of a purge of state police with organized-crime links was found at the scene.

The initial investigation indicates the victims include a state police officer and his wife, who were reported missing Saturday after being abducted by an armed group while leaving a party in the port of Veracruz.

The discovery of the bodies comes just hours after a pair of gunmen killed journalist Pedro Tamayo at his home in the town of Tierra Blanca, Veracruz; Tamayo, a crime reporter, had fled the state for security reasons but subsequently returned,

His last published article was a story on the police officer’s disappearance.

Veracruz has been racked since 2007 by gangland violence involving the Zetas, the Gulf cartel and the Jalisco Nueva Generacion mob, which have been battling for control of that region and of drug- and immigrant-smuggling routes.

Journalist Shot Dead in Mexican State of Veracruz

VERACRUZ, Mexico – Journalist Pedro Tamayo has been shot dead at his home in the Mexican Gulf coast state of Veracruz, the Aztec nation’s deadliest for members of the media, officials said Thursday.

Two assailants arrived late Wednesday in a vehicle at the crime reporter’s home in the town of Tierra Blanca, fired at him in front of his family and then fled the scene.

The 43-year-old journalist died of his gunshot wounds at a local hospital, the Veracruz Attorney General’s Office said in a statement, adding that a special operation has been launched to locate and apprehend the suspects.

Tamayo had fled Tierra Blanca after being linked this year to businessman Francisco Navarrete Serna, whom authorities accuse of being the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion’s boss in Tierra Blanca and the person behind the kidnap-murder in January of five youths in that municipality.

Authorities have arrested Navarrete Serna, Tierra Blanca police chief Marcos Conde Hernandez and seven other officers for the alleged forced disappearance of the youths.

Navarrete Serna wanted to enter the media business and expand his influence in the area by opening a newspaper and had contacted Tamayo with that purpose in mind.

Security forces located the journalist in the neighboring state of Oaxaca, and Veracruz’s State Commission for the Attention and Protection of Journalists, or CEAPP, then transferred him to Tijuana and provided him with protection.

But CEAPP, which condemned Tamayo’s murder in a statement, said the reporter had renounced the protection provided him some time ago and decided to return home of his own accord and at his own risk.

Tamayo’s death brings the number of journalists killed in Veracruz state since 2010 to 19.

Germany - injured on the ground (Video)

IRAN: Clashes between repressive police and people in Sardasht

NCRI - A group of people in Sardasht, north-western Iran, attacked a police station last weekend and after several clashes with the regime's suppressive state security forces (police), they set on fire a police car, according to reports sent from the town.
The conflict began on Saturday, July 16 when the repressive police forces attacked the tradesmen of Doupaze Bazaar located at the Gheladzi border and they confiscated the goods and properties of the sellers.
The merchants and a group of ordinary people attacked the police station to retake the goods in Sardasht. The angry protesters did not pay attention to the aerial firing by the police force.
They attacked the police station, retook the goods, and set on fire a police car.

Circa News: Saudi prince's remarks could reshape Middle East

Saudi Arabia's open support of an Iranian opposition group -- the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK) -- is what many are calling the beginning of the "redrawing of some lines of history," the U.S.-based Circa News reported.
Circa News, or more simply, Circa, is owned by the U.S. media company Sinclair Broadcast Group.
The report said in part:
A Saudi prince called for the ouster of Iran's hardline theocratic regime, throwing his support behind a dissident group.
'Hard to believe'
Saudi Arabia's Prince Turki bin Faisal recently spoke before the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in Paris. He publicly supported Iranian dissident leader Maryam Rajavi and her group, the People's Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI or MEK).
The announcement stunned former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, who attended the event.
"What I saw was perhaps the redrawing of some lines of history that everybody has insisted will persist until the millennium or the next millennium," said Mukasey, who attended the event.
That was "historical," said Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, who also was there.
"That tells you that the Saudis are beginning to believe that the current dictatorship is such a threat, that they need to publicly, openly be with the Iranian freedom movement (and) that Iran is really a danger to the stability of the whole region," he said.
'Even the Doves found this shocking'
"This is an absolute astonishing event," Howard Dean, a former Democratic presidential candidate, told Circa at the event.
The report by Circa went on to say that Prince Turki addressed the NCRI's President-elect Maryam Rajavi, who had also told the crowd during her speech that "the overthrow of the religious dictatorship [in Iran] is possible and within reach."
Prince Turki later responded with, "Your legitimate struggle against the Khomeinist regime will achieve its goal, sooner, rather than later."
"I, too, want the overthrow of the regime," said Prince Turki, who was once the head of Saudi Arabia's intelligence branch.
U.S. officials have accused the Iranian regime of encroaching both militarily and politically into the Middle East.
Retired commandant of the Marine Corps and four-star General James Conway, who also attended the event, told Circa that Tehran's involvement stretches far into Iraq and Syria, where Iranian backed groups like Hezbollah are utilized in proxy wars and integrated into the political system.
"If you accept that a future Iran with nuclear weapons tied to terrorism could see one day a nuclear weapon in one of our cities that would make Iran a serious consideration, and I would say a serious threat," said Gen. Conway.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Mexico - Police Commander executed by cartel

Yesterday around 20:20 hours a commander of the federal police in Los Mochis, Sinaloa was executed by a group of gunmen, according to information the Commandant was preparing to conduct a review to a truck when he was attacked with long and of different calibers by gunmen traveling in another compact vehicle weapons, was identified as the commander Arturo López Navarrete. 

Hindu Women Pray for Love, Long Lives for Their Husbands in Nepal

KATHMANDU – Crowds of married and single women flocked to temples in Nepal on Monday to offer prayers for their husbands or for the chance of finding their perfect spouse.

The prayers were offered to the Hindu Lord Shiva as part of the annual Sarwan Brata festival, or month of fasting, which this year falls between July 16-Aug. 16.

Each Monday during this period, women go to temples to pray for a long and prosperous life for their husbands or, in the case of single devotees, for the chance of finding love.

Thousands of women started gathering at Kathmandu’s Pashupati Temple from around 4 a.m. local time (2215 GMT Sunday) to light incense and offer their first prayers of the festival, an epa journalist reported.

The next month will see the continuation of the Monday worship of Shiva, one of three major deities of Hinduism, whose role is to destroy the universe in order to recreate it.

Fasting during the Sarwan Brata festival is thought to bring devotees spiritual bliss, improve physical and mental health and expel negativity.

Assailants Hold 5 Hostage in Armenia Police Station

TBILISI – An armed group that stormed the police headquarters in the Armenian capital of Yerevan held five people hostage on Monday, according to media reports from neighboring countries.

A police colonel was killed in the assault, and four other officers were injured.

Among those being held hostage is the Deputy Chief of the National Police, Vardan Eguiazarian.

The suspects took over the police station on Sunday, calling for an armed uprising against the government and demanding the release of opposition politician and leader of the New Armenian Public Salvation Front, Zhirayr Sefilian.

In addition to freedom for Sefilian, the group was demanding the resignation of President Serge Sargsian and the establishment of a transitional government.

A veteran of the Nagorno-Karabakh war in Azerbaijan between Azerbaijani and Armenian groups, Sefilian was detained on June 20 for possession of weapons and explosives and has been held by police for over a month.

His supporters deny the claim and accuse authorities of persecuting their leader.

Authorities have begun negotiating with the rebels to try to persuade them to lay down their arms and surrender.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Black Man Angry at McDonalds @siggas

Iraq - Man Hugs Suicide Bomber To Save Lives

An Iraqi man stopped a would-be suicide bomber from the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham from reaching his intended target on Thursday night.
His  heroic action saved dozens of lives at the Sayyed Mohammad Shrine in the town of Balad.
The man who was identified as Najih Shaker Al-Baldawi, physically stopped the terrorist from entering the shrine before he (the suicide bomber) could detonate his suicide vest, killing them both in the process, Iraqi activists said.
According to Al-Masdar News, Without Al-Baldawi’s heroic act on Thursdsay night, the death toll from the Islamic State terrorist attack at the Sayyed Mohammad Shrine wouldd have risen.

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Told his mother is sleeping (video)

Friday, July 1, 2016

U.S. identifies nine terrorist training camps in Iran for Afghans - report

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United States intelligence agencies recently identified nine training camps inside Iran where jihadists from Afghanistan are being schooled for fighting in Syria, according to U.S. defense officials.
The camps are part of a large-scale paramilitary training program run by the Iranian regime’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Islamic shock troops, to battle Syrian rebels opposing the regime of Bashar al Assad that Tehran is backing, the Washington Free Beacon reported on Friday.
The report said: "The camps were identified in satellite photographs located in areas of northeastern Iran close to the Iraqi border, said officials familiar with intelligence reports of the training."
A State Department official said he was aware of the reports. “If true, it would be a cruel exploitation of a group of vulnerable people already living in a precarious situation as refugees,” the official said. “And it would be another unfortunate reminder of the depths to which Iran is willing to go to continue to prop up the Assad regime.”
Rep. Mike Pompeo, (R.-Kan.), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said Iran's regime has been expanding military operations using cash obtained under the Obama administration’s nuclear deal.
“After the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, a wave of cash flooded into the Islamic Republic of Iran, allowing the regime to dramatically increase its military budget,” Pompeo said.
“As a result, Iran’s malign influence in the region is growing quickly,” he added. “The IRGC is increasingly the most powerful force in many Middle Eastern capitals, including Damascus.”
Pompeo said the Iranian people “would be better served if their leaders spent funds on domestic improvement, instead of supporting international terrorist groups.”
The Free Beacon further wrote in its report: "Earlier this month, the Iranian exile group National Council of Resistance of Iran posted online a video clip used by Iran to recruit Afghans to fight in Syria. It includes images of Afghans who have died in Syria."
"The Iranian exile group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, known as MEK, estimates Tehran has dispatched more than 70,000 fighters, including both Iranians and foreign fighters, to the conflict."
"They include between 15,000 and 20,000 fighters of a group called the Fatemiyoun, an Afghan militia set up by IRGC Quds Force."
"The plight of the estimated 1.5 million Afghan refugees in Iran is said to include lack of personal or legal identity and poverty."
"The MEK stated that Qods Force training for the Afghans includes two to four weeks of basic military training. Upon completion of the training, the Afghans are paid the equivalent of $500 and sent to Syria in groups of 200 fighters."
"Transport aircraft send the Afghans to Damascus and missions typically last for 60 days. All commanders and trainers are IRGC members," it added.
Commenting on the new propaganda clip in the Iranian regime's state media recruiting Afghans for the Syrian civil war, Shahin Gobadi of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran earlier this month said:
“Syria has turned into a total quagmire and strategic impasse for the Iranian regime. Ali Khamenei, the regime’s supreme leader, views an end to Assad’s rule as a red line for the survival of the clerical regime. While the Iranian youths refrain from taking part in this criminal war, Khamenei is left with no choice but to dispatch his veteran IRGC forces and commanders to Syria, even though up to 50 IRGC Brigadier Generals have been killed in Syria so far. He is also trying to deploy more troops to the war front, and dispatch more of his non-Iranian mercenaries, in particular Afghan refugees as cannon fodder.”
“Despite all of his crimes and mobilization of all of the military, financial, and propaganda capabilities of the regime, there has been no breakthrough. Instead the Iranian regime’s casualties are steadily rising and this has led to scorn for the regime and its isolation even among Afghan refugees in Iran to a point where Khamenei personally met with the families of the regime’s Afghan mercenaries who were killed in Syria to boost their morale on March 28.”