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More than ever, struggle for recognition of Armenian Genocide must continue چاپ ارسال به دوست
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More than ever, struggle for recognition of Armenian Genocide must continue
By: Dr. Amir Sharifi
Los Angeles, California
 April 26, 2015  

Nothing is as mortal to the morals of the Turkish politicians as the recognition of the Armenian Genocide of 1915. 


When many in the world were mourning and commemorating the centennial of the Armenian Genocide with sorrowful indignation, the Turkish government paraded its usual April 23 pompous celebration of National Sovereignty Day, an occasion exploited by Turkish politicians to fan the flames of patriotism amid crowds of flag-waving children who had gathered in front of Kemal Ataturk's Mausoleum. 

This ritual of glorification and veil of sanctity is the very ideological material that Turkey has used as a basis for its denial of the Armenian Genocide. Instead of accepting the bitter historical truth the conduct and bombastic rhetoric of Turkish politicians proves that they still consider themselves heirs to the Ottoman Empire, and act as if their predecessors were beyond such heinous acts. 

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Amnesty International; Death Sentences and Executions 2014 چاپ ارسال به دوست
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MARCH 31, 2015

Death Sentences and Executions 2014


  The number of death sentences recorded in 2014 jumped by almost 500 compared to 2013, mainly because of sharp spikes in Egypt and Nigeria, including mass sentencing in both countries in the context of internal conflict and political instability.

The USA continued to be the only country to put people to death in the region, although executions dropped from 39 in 2013 to 35 in 2014 – reflecting a steady decline in the use of the death penalty in the country over the past years. Only seven states executed in 2014 (down from nine in 2013) with four - Texas, Missouri, Florida and Oklahoma –responsible for 89 per cent of all executions. The state of Washington imposed a moratorium on executions in February. The overall number of death sentences decreased from 95 in 2013 to 77 in 2014.

But there was also good news to be found in 2014 - fewer executions were recorded compared to the year before and several countries took positive steps towards abolition of the death penalty.

Top executioners

China again carried out more executions than the rest of the world put together. Amnesty International believes thousands are executed and sentenced to death there every year, but with numbers kept a state secret the true figure is impossible to determine.

The other countries making up the world’s top five executioners in 2014 were Iran (289 officially announced and at least 454 more that were not acknowledged by the authorities), Saudi Arabia (at least 90), Iraq (at least 61) and the USA (35).

Excluding China, at least 607 executions were known to have been carried out in 2014, compared to 778 in 2013, a drop of more than 20 per cent.

Executions were recorded in 22 countries in 2014, the same number as the year before. This is a significant decrease from 20 years ago in 1995, when Amnesty International recorded executions in 42 countries, highlighting the clear global trend of states moving away from the death penalty.

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Iran nuclear talks: 'Framework' deal agreed چاپ ارسال به دوست
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Iran nuclear talks: 'Framework' deal agreed


 April 2nd, 2015


An outline agreement on the future shape of Iran's nuclear programme has been reached after marathon talks with six major powers in Switzerland.

Under the deal, Iran will reduce its uranium enrichment capacity in exchange for phased sanctions relief.

US President Barack Obama said a "historic understanding" had been reached with Iran.

The world powers and Iran now aim to draft a comprehensive nuclear accord by 30 June.

The framework agreement was announced by the European Union and Iran after eight days of negotiations in Lausanne.

The talks between the so-called P5+1 - the US, UK, France, China and Russia plus Germany - and Iran at Lausanne's Beau-Rivage Palace hotel continued beyond the original self-imposed deadline of 31 March.

Iran denies Western claims it is trying to build a nuclear weapon. It entered negotiations in order to see sanctions lifted.

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The Kurdish Women's Battle against ISIS in Kobani چاپ ارسال به دوست
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The Kurdish Women's Battle against ISIS in Kobani
Special Presentation by Professor Amir Sharifi

Victory sign from this brave women

The world watched with great anxiety and hopelessness the ISIS-led assault on Kobani from September 13, 2014 through January 27, 2015. Threatened with the genocidal campaigns of ISIS, the world could not help but admire the resilient women fighters whose participation in the struggle helped break the brutal siege of the city.

This special presentation, led by Professor Sharifi, will focus on the personal histories and stories of these Kurdish women fighters. Their lives and stories will be revealed as well as their political struggles and hopes through narrative excerpts, reports, and video clips. These women have transformed their role in society by immersing themselves in this political struggle, thereby taking the first steps toward achieving gender equality.
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Six Sunni Kurdish Prisoners Were Executed Wednesday morning in Rajaishahr prison of Karaj چاپ ارسال به دوست
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 Six Sunni Kurdish Prisoners Were Executed Wednesday morning in Rajaishahr prison of Karaj
Iran Human Rights,
March 4, 2015:
Six death row Kurdish Sunni prisoners who had been transferred to an unknown location yesterday, have been executed.
Iran Human Rights (IHR) strongly condemns this inhumane act and holds the Iranian authorities’ leader Ali Khamenei responsible for this barbaric act

According to reliable reports from Iran, the  six Sunni Muslim prisoners, Jamshid and Jahangir Dehgani (brothers), Hamed Ahmadi and Kamal Molayee, Sedigh Mohammadi and Hadi Hosseini belonging to the Kurdish ethnic minority in Iran were executed early Wednesday morning in Rajaishahr prison of Karaj.

Their families and several well known human rights defenders and other people had gathered outside the prison several hours before the execution.

Iran Human Rights (IHR) strongly condemns executions of the six prisoners and urges the international community to condemn this barbaric act.

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