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Iran earthquake survivors, sleeping on rubble, ask for help چاپ ارسال به دوست
VOKRadio, Los Angeles, California, USA   

Iran earthquake survivors, sleeping on rubble, ask for help

 

Sarpol-e Zahab

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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Earthquake survivors mourn in front of destroyed houses in Sarpol-e-Zahab in western Iran, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. Survivors are waiting for badly needed aid, three days after a powerful earthquake along the Iraq border killed hundreds and left thousands injured. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)


In a western Iranian town devastated by this week's powerful earthquake, families are sleeping on the rubble of their homes and were fashioning reed shelters to offer protection from the elements on Wednesday, saying authorities haven't delivered enough tents ahead of the fast-approaching winter.

Icy rains will be coming soon to Sarpol-e-Zahab, hard hit by Sunday's 7.3 magnitude earthquake, which killed more than 530 people and injured thousands. Survivors in other towns and villages nestled in the Zagros Mountains face the same tough conditions, still awaiting badly needed aid three days later.

 

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A personal cry by an Iranian-born earthquake scientist for a change in how Iran addresses its seismi چاپ ارسال به دوست
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A personal cry by an Iranian-born earthquake scientist for a change in how Iran addresses its seismic risk and resilience

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By Manuel Berberian, Ph.D., PG (University of Cambridge, UK, Elected Member, New York Academy of Sciences)

The heart of the matter

Iranians do not deserve death and complete destruction in 2017. In my judgment, neither earthquakes nor buildings kill the people in this beautiful and ancient country. The culprits are instead the lack of democracy, accountability, and transparency, which has permitted corruption in the building industry. Despite the presence of a strong 50-year-old building code, the failure of earthquake-resilient construction and permitting today should be treated as a criminal case.

 

The state of damage in Iran

The 12 November M=7.3 earthquake devastated a large area in the Iran-Iraq border region, and ruined or severely damaged several towns. The latest restrained state official news released on Tuesday November 14 at 16:18 local time (+5 hr UTC, +8.30 hr ET, and 11:30 WT) reports 530 dead and 7400 injured in Iran, mostly in the cities and towns of Qasr Shirin, Sar Pol Zahab, Kermanshah, Eslamabad (the former Shahabad) Gharb, Kerend, Salas Babakhani, and numerous villages (irna.ir; isna.ir, Etela'at, Kayhan). The border area is mountainous and is not densely populated. Many villages have not yet been visited by the officials due to landslides. Despite cold winter nights, people stayed outside many with few tents. Schools in the epicentral area have been closed since Monday in the city of Kermansh, as well as in the earthquake stricken area.

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Maskan-e Mehr government built affordable housing in Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran damaged severely in quake چاپ ارسال به دوست
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Maskan-e Mehr government built affordable housing in Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran damaged severely in quake

 

Report by Radio Zamaneh

photos "Maskan-e Mehr" housing by IIRNA

11/13/17

Powquake-damage-maskan-e-mehr-housing-sarpol-e-zahab-4.jpgerful Earthquake Near Iran-Iraq Border Kills Hundreds. According to latest official tallies, 395 Iranians were confirmed dead as of Monday afternoon. Over 6,650 others were also injured. 

A powerful earthquake centered 30 km to the east of city of Halabja, near the Iran-Iraq border has killed more than 400 people, injuring more than 6,650 in Iran alone.

According to Iranian Seismological Center at University of Tehran, a 7.3-magnitude earthquake shook the mountainous Iran-Iraq border region Sunday Nov 12, followed by at least 50 aftershocks.

Iran's western province of Kermanshah which borders Iraq through the Zagros Mountains has suffered significant damage.

Mojtaba Nikkerdar, deputy governor of Kermanshah province told state media that rescuers were working through the night to find people trapped. Nikkerdar says that the death toll would rise: "There are still people under the rubble. We hope the number of dead and injured won't rise too much, but it will rise."
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KURDISH IRANIAN PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE CRITICALLY ILL: MOHAMMAD NAZARI چاپ ارسال به دوست
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KURDISH IRANIAN PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE CRITICALLY ILL: 

MOHAMMAD NAZARI

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23 October 2017, Index number: MDE 13/7327/2017 

 Prisoner of conscience Mohammad Nazari, who has been unjustly languishing in prison for over two decades, is critically ill and needs urgent medical care outside prison. He has been on hunger strike since 30 July, demanding his release from prison. He must be released immediately and unconditionally.

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How US Can Do the Right Thing By the Kurds, While Avoiding Crisis چاپ ارسال به دوست
Irina Tsukerman, VOKRadio, Los Angeles, California   

How US Can Do the Right Thing By the Kurds, While Avoiding Crisis

The US at this juncture has significant leverage over Baghdad.

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By: Irina Tsukerman

 October 8, 2017

New Yourk,

Staying out of the issue and refusing to back Kurds in times of need will not win US friends or allies in the Middle East, a region that values strength, loyalty, and strategic consistence over quibbling, appeasement, and insecurity. 


President Trump can exercise that leverage effectively by having the airport ban lifted, not with loud proclamations that can only create indignation with the Iraqi government, but with nuanced behind the scenes diplomacy.

The ban is not going to change anyone's mind about independence, only gets people more intent to move forward as soon as possible unilaterally and with no negotiations.

At the same time, it's causing damage to Kurdish economy, creates undue suffering for civilians, and causing problems for US investors working on oil projects in the region.

The US has invested untold amount of money into Iraqi government - just so they could repay us by creating a de facto blockade against our allies, and preventing us from getting in and out?

It serves no legitimate purpose and actually causes the US to look weak - weaker than the Iraqi government, and unable to defend our own interests.

Weighing in on this issue will allow the US to retain credibility with the Kurds while also pushing both sides towards a negotiated solution to the current face-off.

Second, the US should play a role in negotiations over Kirkuk and oil, which are central to any successful bilateral discussion.

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