The Persian famine of 1917 – 1919 (Not the Islamic Republic of Iran which had not come into existence at this stage) was a huge disaster of mass starvation and disease under the Qajar dynasty during World War One where Iran was a neutral player but occupied by the British, the Ottomans and the Russians. Whilst Zahra Ershadi likes to point out that the United Kingdom was present, she fails to mention the Ottomans (Turkey (Turkiye), Iran’s neighbour) and their current ally, Russia. Where she points out ethnicity, colour, and religion she again fails to mention that in the Islamic Republic of Iran is made up of Kurds, Baluchis and Azeris. Many of those who are not Persian (Iranian) face discrimination and live-in underdeveloped regions. In the past there have been protests about these conditions only to have their protests put down by the Iranian government using brutal techniques.
In May 22 headlines covered a story about Canada’s past when it was revealed that unmarked graves containing the remains of 215 indigenous children had been found in the grounds of a past residential school in southern British Columbia. The school was established in 1890 under the Roman Catholic Church. This was the incident that Ershadi was referring to.
In regards to the criminals who seek shelter in Canada she is referring to the Mujahedin-e-Khalq, or MEK. Iran considers those who belong to the group as terrorists and Iran has constantly tried to kill or commit kidnapping of its members. Ottawa 20 Dec 12, the Canadian government in a Public Safety announcement that the “the Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) should be removed” from their terrorist listing in line with the United States and the European Union.
Canada lists the Islamic Republic of Iran’s IRGC-Qods Force as a terrorist organisation which was modified on the 25 Jun 21. In Oct 22 the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau announced that Canada was to implement more sanctions against the Islamic Republic because of the Iranian regime’s “blatant disregard for human rights and human life.”
On the 26 Nov 22 Canadian CBC News published an article “Iranian dissidents in Canada say they're being watched and under threat from the regime in Iran.” Iranians living in exile have concerns that members of the Iranian regime are now targeting Iranians residing in Canada.
After a couple of weeks with the current demonstrations the Tehran Times produced an article on the 7 Oct 22 with the headline, “One Nation, One Flag” in a clear attempt to bring the country together. They accused western media outlets of “fanning the flames of protest.” This attempt by the Iranian propaganda machine failed. The Arab News carried an article making reference from Amnesty International the same day, “At least 82 Balochi protesters and bystanders killed in bloody crackdown in Iran.” Zahra Ershadi, remember, One Nation, One Flag. The Arab News on the 22 Dec 21 carried an article where it states, “The Iranian regime’s policy in Sistan and Balochistan, and for that matter in other provinces too, is based on racial discrimination, assimilation, linguistic discrimination, religious prejudice and inequality, brutal oppression, deprivation and exclusion of the people who are the majority in their own respective provinces and regions.”
“One thing they all have in common is brutality, callousness, arbitrary killing, genocide, and ethnic cleansing.” It's very kind of her to mention this topic.
In 1988 the Iranian authorities who were acting on behalf of the orders of the then Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini executed thousands of political prisoners in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Iranian authorities executed between 2,800 and 5,000 (numbers differ) prisoners in at least 32 cities in the country. Authorities interrogated prisoners about their political beliefs and categorized them according to the degree of their perceived loyalty to Iran’s rulers.
According to Amnesty International, some of the questions posed by the committee included:
- Are you prepared to denounce the MKO and its leadership?
- Are you prepared to express “repentance” about your political opinions and activities?
- Do you declare loyalty to the Islamic Republic?
- Are you willing to walk through an active minefield to assist the army of the Islamic Republic?
- Are you willing to join the armed forces of the Islamic Republic and fight against the MKO?
- Will you spy on former comrades and “cooperate” with intelligence officials?
- Are you willing to participate in firing squads?
- Are you willing to hang a member of the MKO?
- Are you a Muslim? Do you pray? Do you read the Qur’an?
The Universal Declaration for Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations on the 10 Dec 1948. It was created because of the experiences of World War Two. The United Nations vowed to never allow those atrocities created during the war to be repeated. The charter with a road map was designed to guarantee the rights of every individual everywhere. There were 48 countries that voted in favour of the Declaration. Of those, Iran, United Kingdom, United States, France, Canada, Sweden, Syria and Venezuela were signatories.
Freedom Index by Country 2022 Ratings
United Kingdom 8.75
United States 8.73
Iran and some of its Allies
(The figures speak for themselves)
Amnesty International – Amnesty International Report 2021/22: The state of the world’s human rights
Germany was split after being held responsible for starting both World War One and Two. Because of its split into East being part of the USSR (German Democratic Republic (GDR)) and West (Federal Republic of Germany (FRG)) being controlled by the Allies Germany did not sign up to the agreement. The two countries amalgamated on the 3 Oct 90.
The UDHR contained a number of provisions that contradicted the political and social order of the GDR as run by the Socialist Unity Party (SED). In the late 1980s, human rights and the UDHR became symbols of the democratic opposition.
Between 1986 to 2009 Germany has ratified numerous treaties in regard to Human Rights.
IRGC Pay Rise
In order to keep the security forces on side the Islamic Republic announced on the 30 Oct 22 that “Iranian security forces will receive a 20 percent pay rise in this year’s amended budget.” The amendment was put forward by Qom representative Ahmad Amirabadi Farahani who sparked controversy on the 25 Oct 22 when he claimed on state television that the photo of Amini laying on a hospital bed was taken by two US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) spies. This could “flame the fires” by those who have been protesting in the past about price rises, inflation, failing to put the staple food on the table, the Teachers who have not received a pay rise after being promised or the lawyers who were promised by Raisi being head of the judiciary before becoming president.
Due to sanctions being placed on the Regime there are Iranians who cannot afford to place the basics on their table and inflation being one of the highest on record. Iran prefers to put emphasis on its proxies and support the Houthi’s and open supermarkets in Venezuela than look after its own people. There have been numerous protests in Iran over promised pay, wage and pension increases that have not happened. Now with the announcement of a pay increase of 20% to the “security” personnel this will no doubt assist those who oppose the regime. Revolution before the population.
Another Threat made against the Amini Protestors
A Kurdish news outlet on the 24 Nov 22 announced that the Iranian top commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Commander Hosseini Salami said that its tolerance with the protesters was at an end (again) and that the guards would “drown” anyone who violates the country’s national security. This is the third threat since the 22 Oct 22 when Iran’s deputy interior minister Majid Mirahmadi on the 22 Oct 22 stated that the ‘riots’ are in their ‘final days’. On the 29 Oct 22 The commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Hossein Salami warned protesters (for the first time) that Saturday would be their last day of taking to the streets. “Do not come to the streets! Today is the last day of the riots,” Now there is a third threat and second from the IRGC commander. “Those who breach our national security … will be drowned.” He went on to say, “This is not sabre-rattling, I am a soldier and whatever I say I will put into plan. I warn the enemies, you are everywhere, your interests are everywhere, have mercy on yourself, you also need peace.” He was making reference to the IRGC’s heroic offensive against the Kurds on the Iran/Iraq border. Tasnimne announced that the heroic military had started a new round of attacks in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq on the 22 Nov 22. The IRGC forces have fired missiles and flown suicide drones to hit the targets on the outskirts of Kirkuk. The IRGC has launched several rounds of military strikes on the positions of separatist groups in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region in the past two months. Kirkuk is in Iraq not the autonomous region of Kurdistan. Although the Kurds for years have been making a case for it to be returned back to them after it was subsumed into the Ottoman Empire. The distance from Kirkuk to the Iraq/Iran border is approximately 290 Km or 180 miles. Any drones that were launched at Kirkuk would have had to cross Iraqi airspace. The threats against the Kurds continue from the Iranian Regime.
More Political Prisoners Detained
On the 24 Nov 22 it was announced that Iran had arrested a British-Iranian dual-nationalist female for allegedly working with BBC and foreign media. At the time of writing there was no name or date of arrest was given. All that was given was that the arrest was made by the intelligence services and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Iran’s third city Isfahan. The Islamic Republic of Iran constantly tells the world that it does not use people for political-hostages whereas in reality most, if not all, dual nationalists are being held in appalling conditions to be used as and when Iran deems it necessary to gain a upper hand when it comes to conducting some form of negotiation. On the 22 Nov 22 Iran claimed to have arrested 40 foreigners without giving any details especially nationalities. In September, Tehran said nine Europeans had been arrested for their involvement in the protests. Australia, and the Netherlands confirmed that it had citizens detained in Iran, access denied as was consular access.
22 Nov 22 Yemen increases its air defence systems around its vital; oil terminal. Al-Dhabbah oil terminal on the Arabian Sea was subjected to a barrage of drones fired by the Houthi’s on the 21 Nov 22. This is not the first such attack on the legal government of Yemen since the ceasefire was broken by the Iranian backed Houthi’s in the beginning of Oct 22. Since the resumption of hostilities by the Houthis who in the past targeted oil and civilian targets in Saudi Arabia before the truce began, the Iranian backed Houthis are now focusing their attention on oil terminals at coastal ports which some have been Saudi tankers unloading their cargo. The flight times for drones launched by the Houthi’s is less than being launched into Saudi where the majority fail to reach their targets after being detected and neutralised. A Yemeni government official recently told Arab News that if the Houthis continued to strike oil tankers, it would be unable to pay public employees or support food imports.
It is important to remember that on the 15 Nov 22 the United States Coast Guard ship USCGC John Scheuerman and guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans stopped and searched a Dhow which was found to have been a shipment of 100 tons of urea. The shipment was revealed to have originated in Iran and was being moved to Yemen. The fuel could be used for more than a dozen medium-range ballistic missiles.
IAEA and Iran
Because the IAEA have refused to drop the questions in regard to the uranium readings at three undeclared sites (Marivan, Varamin, and Turquzabad) which had not been declared by Iran as having hosted nuclear activities, Iran began enriching uranium to 60% at its Fordow site. The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) announced the beginning of new nuclear activities on the 22 Nov 22. Iran has been under pressure for some time to answer questions regarding these three sites but so far have not come up with a credible answer. They have blamed the IAEA for being political, dancing to Zionist (Israel) and United States political agenda amongst other justifications for not answering. The Head of the IAEA has categorically told the Iranians that there is no political agenda either from the U.S nor Israel who are not a part of the negotiating team for the reimplementation of the 2015/16 Nuclear agreement. Iran has also accused Israel of being behind sabotage of the three sites. If the Iranian nuclear program is for peaceful purposes why keep using it to threaten others to get what you want? If it is for peaceful reasons why produce uranium way above the limit that you require for a “peaceful purpose” nuclear program?
Muammar Gaddafi had ambitions to acquire nuclear weapons, to counter the alleged covert Israeli nuclear program. Gaddafi who came to power in 1969 ratified the NPT in 1975 and concluded the safeguards agreement with the IAEA in 1980. However, during the 1980’s Gaddafi was reportedly using illegal nuclear proliferation networks to start a nuclear weapons program to start developing WMD. Libya had managed to procure over 2,000 tons of lightly processed uranium from Niger and employed a Swiss nuclear engineer to commence the development of nuclear weapons. In December 2003 Gaddafi agreed to finish Libya’s nuclear weapons program. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that the program had been in initial stages at the time. The nuclear program of Libya had been carried out even though Libya had been a member of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Libya is probably the reason why the IAEA, the United States, United Kingdom, France and Germany want explanations for the Iranian undisclosed three sites which were found to have uranium readings.