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You probably missed the news that four women were recently stoned to death in the country President Obama loves to flatter by calling it the Islamic Republic of Iran.  Their bodies showed up in the Tehran morgue mid-month.  So far as I have read, no one has claimed the cadavers.

You may also have missed the big roundup of homosexuals and devil-worshippers in Kermanshah Province.  Regime media reported with horror that eight of the gays were married.

And then there was the mass arrests of a hundred Kurds in Tehran.  Why Kurds?  The answer:  there’s a real war on in the region, and the Kurds are in the middle.  Kurds in Turkey are fighting for autonomy against the Erdogan crowd.  Kurds in Iraq have carved out a great degree of independence from Baghdad, and are profitably engaged in cross-border commerce with the Iranian Kurds, who are helping the Turkish Kurds…who are helping the Syrian Kurds, who have established control over significant areas of the north, and who just grabbed one of the two principal border crossings into Iraq.  The Tehran regime is fighting Kurds in the area near Turkey, and the arrests are probably part of that campaign.

Don’t think this region is easily sorted out.  You have to pay attention all the time.

Meanwhile, the regime continues its vicious campaign (some would call it a genocidal war) against the country’s Arabs, the Ahwazis.  Not only are they afflicted with intense air and water pollution (although Ahwaz City is rated the most polluted on earth, it’s part of a national pattern;  Iran holds four of the “top” ten positions in the “world’s-most-polluted-cities” competition), but they are under brutal repression.  It seems to have increased after Rouhani’s election in June.  Indeed, repression is worse all over the country;  150 have been (officially) executed since the Great Moderate won office.

If you only read the MSM headlines, you’d likely believe that the Rouhani administration had greatly eased up on political repression.  There were early reports that eighty political prisoners had been released, but there are no names, and no sightings.  One student activist was temporarily let out on bail, to the great and justified delight of those in the West who campaigned for him, but he can be arrested at any time, and sure doesn’t look like he wants to take on Rouhani.

For those who continue to maintain the fiction of a kinder, gentler Iran, consider that the judicial authorities have declared an end to any “further” releases.

There was also a lot of talk about the possible release of the country’s most famous political prisoners:  Mir Hossein Mousavi, who won the presidential elections four years ago and, along with his firebrand wife and political sidekick Mehdi Karroubi, has been illegally held under house arrest since early 2010, never charged with a crime, and in steadily worsening health.

The judiciary made it clear that the ban on the release of political prisoners includes the Mousavis and Karroubi:

In a press conference yesterday, the Iranian judiciary’s spokesperson, Mohsen Ejei, announced that more political prisoners would not be released on the upcoming religious holidays and said that former President Mohammad Khatami’s travel ban is still in place.

Based on statements by the intelligence and justice ministers, Iranian media had expected the release of some high profile political prisoners, particularly those arrested after the 2009 election protests, especially 2009 presidential candidates Mehdi Karroubi, Mir Hussein Moussavi and his wife, Zahra Rahnavard, who have been under house arrest without charge since February 2011. Ejei, however, denied these claims.

Mousavi’s two daughters visited recently, and you can judge from the first-hand account of one of the women whether the new leadership is improving human rights in Iran.  They were held for hours in a guard house, and searched.  At a certain point, they were ordered by one of the female guards to remove all their clothes, underwear and all.

To try and describe her treatment of us defies basic human decency. After refusing to take off our underclothes, she attacked us and smacked both my sister Zahra and myself in the ear with a great deal of force.  As I was trying to grab her hand to keep her from attacking us any further, she stopped acting like a human being and bit my entire wrist like a wild animal.

The post includes a photograph of the bite marks.

In short, it’s ugly business as usual, and if there is any change in the regime’s treatment of its own citizens, it’s worse than before.  Indeed, in some areas, any pretense of judicial propriety has been summarily dismissed.  A couple of days ago, there was an attack against Iranian soldiers in Balochistan–14 killed–and 16 suspects were simply rounded up and hanged.

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actually i think the regime fears Zoroastrianism more than Christianity, but your point about fear is well taken.
46 weeks ago
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Ya know what the Iranian regime fear most? The rise of Christian "house churches" and the spread of Christianity; so much so that the Iranian regime has gone to great lengths to quell the audacious "rebellion" against tyranny.
Iranian leadership are nothing but murdering, porno-loving dictators who are an affront to all humanity. They are afraid, and act out of that fear; which makes them unstable at best. An example closer to home is the Obama administration, strutting around like they own the world; where as in fact, they are a bunch of weaklings that have to gang together and intimidate in order to get anything done. This administration cannot show force againbst Iran, because in doing so they are afraid that their political goals will be affected: one-party perpetual power. Once they have that "one party"; look out.
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Michael, you say, "hanging" as if it's a bad thing.

If the trial is fair, and the conviction is just, there's not a thing at all wrong with hanging as a method of execution.

In fact, it's got many advantages over our modern supposedly "civilized" methods.

And don't get me started on the electric chair. Of all the methods that have been used in the United States, that is the one that violates the prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.

45 weeks ago
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I think that these problems will all fall to secondary importance when Israel makes their move against the Iranian nuke threat. I think that the attack will be from the top down and the ruling mullahs will be lucky to survive.
46 weeks ago
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The only good actors in the Syrian mess are the Kurds. We need to arm them, they are our only true allies in the region besides Israel.
46 weeks ago
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Your post, at face value, is fine; however, how do we do that? Which Kurds? While we have an NSA who spies on us, how do we get to take the moral high ground about the jerks leading foreign nations? Just what would happen if we don't get involved? The only thing we have to worry about is another 9/11.

OK. To lessen the chances of that happening, let it be know to all these fine believers in the religion of peace that IF it happens in the US, Mecca becomes glass. No negotiation. Don't care who's there. Glass.
46 weeks ago
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Michael, I'd like your assessment of the blog entries that deal with Iran over at this blog: http://www.facingislam.blogspot.com

For, it helps to have more than you communicating what is going on.

Thanks.
46 weeks ago
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The USA and Israel must arming of all the well-meaning of Kurds, Arabs and Iranians who are very loyal to America and Israel so that battle all the Islamic jihadist groups that is supported by evil regimes, in particular by the Mullahs regime and specifically "Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and Shaem (ISIS) that are the branches of Al-Qaeda".

"the Iranians are playing that card, telling us “you’d better get serious and give something tangible to Rouhani...Obama wants a deal. The Iranians want us dead or dominated."

Yes, indeed, most of the successive U.S. administrations wanted and continuouslly reconciliation with evil regimes. You have gave them a lot of concessions, but the result is the murder of a lot of Americans. As for President Obama administration, all of the administration's overtures to the Arab and Muslim world have not yielded any results. You will give Iran the time that it needs to complete the development of the dirty bombs, after which it will be able to conduct negotiations from a position of power. The fanatic Mullahs regime in Tehran wants negotiations and dialogues only to gain time in order to moving forward with its nuclear program.
46 weeks ago
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Not our problem.
When thet start hanging, stoning or biting people in other counties, THEN we have a Casus Belli.
46 weeks ago
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But they are. It's called Hezbollah.
45 weeks ago
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That's right, Mr. Harry!? it's the mission of the blind United Nations and China to protect the oppressed people. today unfortunately we are living in a world without America.
It's also was not your problem when the violence and the sabotage acts was started before the WWII against the innocent Jews by their villain neighbors of the countrymen of baltic states and central Europe, especially here on the soil of this country, Poland. It was not your problem to prevent the Nazi and its collaborators in those states from committing atrocities against their Jews when they tried to clean the face of the earth from Jews.
46 weeks ago
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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, in his dealing with the Iranian nuclear situation, took the full measure of President Obama from Day 1 and realized that he cannot fully depend on US support. That is why he has engaged with Saudi Arabia in clandestine talks about a possible military action that Israel will one day be forced to take.
46 weeks ago
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So why are we in Israel releasing convicted Palestinian murderers? What have we to gain?

At least in the US, when your leaders do something, they can tell you why. We are a subject nation of the US (could be worse, it could be Russia) and only the US knows why our leaders do what they do. Maybe someone should ask Obama?

And the worst of it is, Obama probably believes in this fantasy of a "peace process". It would make more sense to believe in elves.
45 weeks ago
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Ya know what the Iranian regime fear most? The rise of Christian "house churches" and the spread of Christianity; so much so that the Iranian regime has gone to great lengths to quell the audacious "rebellion" against tyranny.
Iranian leadership are nothing but murdering, porno-loving dictators who are an affront to all humanity. They are afraid, and act out of that fear; which makes them unstable at best. An example closer to home is the Obama administration, strutting around like they own the world; where as in fact, they are a bunch of weaklings that have to gang together and intimidate in order to get anything done. This administration cannot show force againbst Iran, because in doing so they are afraid that their political goals will be affected: one-party perpetual power. Once they have that "one party"; look out.
46 weeks ago
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actually i think the regime fears Zoroastrianism more than Christianity, but your point about fear is well taken.
46 weeks ago
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So the old Persian religion is alive and well in Persia? Wow.
45 weeks ago
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And if I can add something, the Baha'i.
For some reason they are often forgotten (by us, not by their islamic supremacist persecutors).

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