Why Can’t Individuals Aid Refugees?

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Ever wonder why we, as individual citizens or families, aren’t able to invite individual refugees or families to come and live in (relative) safety with us if we wish?

There might be many reasons but here’s my list for starters:

1. Population control. Even as statisticians bemoan our plummeting birthrate, governments are geared to prevent any unplanned increase in population. Especially adult population,  because more adults means more demand for public services and jobs.

2. In some regions of the world, refugees are treated like a natural resource which, crammed into filthy, inadequate camps like so much livestock, provide a source of income from NGOs and political prestige for corrupt governments.

3. Refugee camps are frequently cited in articles being used to hide and/or recruit operatives for false flag ops, and as places to store weapons and supplies. Government agents posing as aid workers reportedly use refugee camps as listening posts and meeting points.

These reasons alone are sufficient to prevent an agency such as UNHCR from creating a global matching service to connect those who want to help with those who need it. You might think perhaps Google or Facebook could do it. But I doubt they’d be allowed to.

See also
Is shunning refugees the answer to terror? – CNN.com

News from Iran – Week 26 – 2014

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Prisoners’ News

A-Transfers

  • Hamed Ahmadi, death row prisoner on hunger strike, transferred to hospital for stomach bleeding.
  • Mansour Arvand, death row prisoner, transferred from Urmiah prison to an unknown location.
  • Dr. Kamran Ayazi transferred from Evin to Rejaei Shahr.
  • Shahram Chinian-Miandoab transferred to solitary in Rejaei Shahr.
  • Dr. Latif Hasani, on hunger strike since May 10th, transferred to hospital and then to Evin.
  • Behnam Irani, Christian priest recently converted, transferred from Alborz Intelligence detention center to Rejaei Shahr.
  • Mehdi Khazali moved from Evin to Rejaei Shahr.
  • Kasra Nouri transferred back from Adel Abad prison to Nezam prison.

 

B-Arrests-Detentions

  • Sivan Hosseinpour, Kurdish photographer and cartoonist, arrested at home in Mahabad.
  • Bahman Khaleghi, Azeri activist, begins serving his 6 months sentence in Tabriz.
  • Majid Moghadam arrested during 5th memorial at Neda Agha-Soltan grave and released the day after.
  • Hojatoleslam Seyed Hamid Mahdavi-Eghdam begins serving his sentence in Tabriz prison.
  • Mamousta Abdol-Salam Golnavaz, Kurdish cleric, summoned to clerical court in Tabriz and arrested ; released the day after because of protests
  • Behnam Mousivand arrested during 5th memorial at Neda Agha-Soltan’s grave and released the day after.
  • Afshin Nadimi, Kurdish rights activist, begins serving his 6 years sentence in Sanandaj prison.
  • Reyhaneh Tabatabaei, journalist, begins serving her 6 months sentence in Evin.
  • Female football fans arrested and released after president’s intervention.

 

C-Liberations

  • Leva Khanjani freed at the end of her sentence.
  • Amir Khorram released on furlough.

 

D-Other News

  • Reza Akbari-Monfared on hunger strike in Rejaei Shahr to support Reza Shahabi.
  • Mohammad Banazadeh-Amirkhizi on hunger strike in Rejaei Shahr to support Reza Shahabi.
  • Dr. Asghar Ghotan on hunger strike in Rejaei Shahr to support Reza Shahabi.
  • Afshin Heiratian on hunger strike in Rejaei Shahr to support Reza Shahabi.
  • Khaled Herdani on hunger strike in Rejaei Shahr to support Reza Shahabi.
  • Saleh Kohandel on hunger strike in Rejaei Shahr to support Reza Shahabi.
  • Mohammad-Ali (Pirouz) Mansouri on hunger strike in Rejaei Shahr to support Reza Shahabi.
  • Ali Moezi banned from all visits.
  • Ali Salanpour on hunger strike in Rejaei Shahr to support Reza Shahabi.
  • Shahrokh Zamani on hunger strike in Rejaei Shahr to support Reza Shahabi.

 

News of injustice in Iran

  • Mashallah Shamsolvaezin, journalist, banned from leaving the country.
  • 5 hangings in Birjand prison.
  • 8 hangings in Rasht on Monday.
  • 2 hangings Rejaei Shahr on Wednesday.
  • 11 hangings in Ghezel-Hesar on Thursday.

 

University – Culture

  • Shahr e Sokhteh inscribed in Unesco World Heritage list.
  • Two paintings by Iranian poet Sohrab Sepehri sold for over $1 million in Tehran auction.
  • Iranian students blocked from UK Stem courses by Kaplan due to US sanctions.
  • Islamic Association of Shiraz University of Technology reopens after 4 years

 

Protests

  • Tehranis celebrate great match of Team Melli against Argentina on the street.
  • Retired steel workers protest withheld pension payments.
  • Reporters strike at national broadcaster in Ardebil for unpaid wages.
  • Miners protest to keep company private and they stop privatisation.

 

Iran abroad

  • Zarif meets Sudanese minister of development in Tehran.
  • French parliamentary delegation visits Iranian Majlis.
  • Iran operates drones from former American base in Iraq.

 

Iran Economics

  • Turkey sells 200 tons of secret gold to Iran.
  • India makes $550m oil payment to Iran.

 

Iran Politics

  • Iranian police launches new campaign to seize satellite dishes.
  • Gholamali Jafarzadeh, a member of Iran’s planning and Budget Commission calls for Ahmadinejad’s prosecution.
  • 75% of provincial governors replaced last year.
  • Vasectomy punishable by 2 to 5 years in prison.
  • Health Minister challenges law against birth control.

 

Miscellaneous

  • Iran is getting ready for its best year of tourism in a generation.
  • Iranian pilgrims captured by ISIS released, back to country.
  • Iran has the highest cancer rate because of contaminated gasoline.

 

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News from Iran – Week 25 – 2014

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Prisoners’ News

A-Transfers

  • Hamed Ahmadi, Kurdish Sunni activist, transferred to Ghezel Hesar.
  • Dr. Asadollah Asadi transferred to Evin 290 solitary because of his dry hunger strike.
  • Jahangir and Jamshid Dehghani, Kurdish Sunni activists, transferred to Ghezel Hesar.
  • Mehdi Farahi-Shandiz, political activist, transferred to Rejaei Shahr.
  • Saeed Matinpour is back in Evin 350.
  • Kamal Molaei, Kurdish Sunni activist, transferred to Ghezel Hesar.
  • Seyyed Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki transferred to Hashemizadeh hospital then back to Evin without treatment.

 

B-Arrests-Detentions

  • Danial Babayani, Azeri cyber activist, arrested to serve his sentence of 23 months.
  • Habibollah Beigzadeh, Azeri cyber activist, arrested to serve his sentence of 23 months.
  • Abdolhossein Harati, who recently came back to Iran, arrested.
  • Nematollah Kami, Azeri cyber activist, arrested to serve his sentence of 23 months.
  • Mehdi Khazali arrested for the 7th time; he launches a hunger strike.
  • Mehdi Tadini reports to Evin to begin serving his 2 years sentence.
  • 2 arrests at Neda Agha-Soltan grave during her 5th year memorial.

 

C-Liberations

  • Adel Fanaian, Baha’i, freed on parole.
  • Rahman Ghahremanpour-Bonab, freed at the end of his sentence.
  • Masoumeh Gholizadeh released on 100 million toman bail from Tabriz prison.
  • Hossein Nouraninejad was released on 200 million toman bail.
  • Abbas Samadian, political activist, released on 150 million toman bail.
  • Ali Shariati, political activist, released on 150 million toman bail.

 

D-Other News

  • Mohsen Ghashghaeizadeh is on hunger strike to protest disappearance of his mother.
  • 80 political prisoners in Rejaei Shahr are on hunger strike to support 4 death row prisoners transferred to Ghezel Hesar.

 

News of injustice in Iran

  • Ghasem Ebrahimpour, Kurdish political activist, sentenced by Appeals to 2 years in prison.
  • Ali-Asghar Honarmand, founder of Narenji Website, sentenced to 11 years in prison.
  • Jamal Mina-Shiri, Kurdish political activist, sentenced by Appeals to 3.5 years in prison.
  • Ebrahim Mostafapour, Kurdish political activist, sentenced by Appeals to 2 years in prison.
  • Hossein Nozari, working with Nqrenji Website, sentenced to 7 years in prison.
  • Ehsan Paknejad, technical editor of Narenji Website, sentenced to 5 years in prison
  • Hadi Tavanmand, Kurdish political activist, sentenced by Appeals to 3.5 years in prison.
  • Abbas Vahedi, editor of Narenji Website, sentenced to 2.5 years in prison
  • 10 hangings in Urmiah prison on Wednesday, 2 others pardoned by victims.
  • 3 hangings in Yazd prison.

 

University – Culture

  • 1000 foreign movies participate in Tehran Short Film-festival.
  • Mohammad-Reza Shajarian will receive next week medal of ‘Chevalier des Arts et Lettres’.
  • Neday e Enghelab, Website affiliated with the guards shuts itself.

 

Protests

  • Tehran Tires factory workers protest again.
  • A group of women protest in front of volleyball federation against their banning from entering the stadium.
  • Iran Air staff on strike at Mehrabad airport.

 

Iran abroad

  • 1st Vice President Eshagh Jahangiri meets with Bolivian President Evo Morales in Santa Cruz.
  • Zarif meets South Sfrican Foreign Minister in Tehran.
  • Members of Algerian-Iranian parliamentary friendship meet Parliament Speaker Larijani in Tehran.
  • Kurdistan PM in Tehran to discuss Iraq situation.
  • British FM says “circumstances are right to reopen our embassy in Tehran”.
  • UN General Assembly’s Legal Committee elects Iranian envoy as vice-chairman.

 

Iran Economics

  • Oil minister cancels contracts signed under Ahmadinejad.

 

Iran Politics

  • MPs demand stronger veil enforcement.
  • Rouhani orders investigation of possibilities of women presence in stadium.
  • Rafsanjani asks supreme leader to release Mousavi et Karroubi.

 

Miscellaneous

  • Zabol shrouded in darkness by sandstorm.
  • Use of music in public places including taxis buses and trains banned in Varamin.
  • Iran wins over Italy 19-8 in volleyball.

 

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News from Iran – Week 24 – 2014

Majid Dori reunited with his mother after 5 years
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Prisoners’ News

A-Transfers

  • Behzad Arabgol, political activist, transferred from Evin to Rejaei Shahr.
  • Abed Bampouri, Baloch political activist sentenced to death, transferred to solitary in Zahedan prison.
  • Abdolghani Gangouzeh, Baloch political activist sentenced to death, transferred to solitary in Zahedan prison.
  • Pastor Behnam Irani moved from Rejaei Shahr to an unknown location.
  • Mamousta Ali Karami transferred from Rejaei Shahr to Sanandaj.

 

B-Arrests-Detentions

  • Nima Abbaspour arrested during a protest for Lake Urmiah.
  • Akbar Abolzadeh arrested during a protest for Lake Urmiah.
  • Afshin Esmailzadeh arrested during a protest for Lake Urmiah.
  • Soheil Ghaderi arrested during a protest for Lake Urmiah.
  • Mahnaz Ghaem-Mohammadi, wife of Jafar Panahi, begins serving her 5 years sentence in Evin.
  • Mir-Yasin Hosseini, student in Tabriz, arrested during a protest for Lake Urmiah.
  • Sajad Khalilnejad, member of participation front, arrested at home.
  • Jalal Mohammadloo, member of participation front, arrested at home.
  • Vahid Valizadeh arrested during a protest for Lake Urmiah.
  • Arman Zaker arrested during a protest for Lake Urmiah.

 

C-Liberations

  • Majid Dori, student activist, freed at the end of his sentence.
  • Arash Mohammadi, leftist student, freed at the end of his sentence.
Majid Dori reunited with his mother after 5 years

Majid Dori reunited with his mother after 5 years

News of injustice in Iran

  • Peyman Aref sentenced to one extra year in prison.
  • Ali Chabishat, Ahvazi activist, was executed.
  • Seyed Khaled Moussavi, Ahvazi activist, was executed.
  • One hanging in Rejaei Shahr on Monday.
  • One hanging in Zahedan on Monday.
  • One hanging in Ghazvin on Tuesday.
  • 3 hangings in Rejaei Shahr on Wednesday.
  • 3 hangings in Bandar Abbas on Thursday.

 

University – Culture

  • Female musicians banned from stage in Isfahan.
  • Theatre performance of “Hot Egg Tango” banned in Tehran.
  • Workshop with Kelly James Clark banned in Iran.

 

Protests

  • Over 100 bakers in Sanandaj protest after their wages remain frozen for the third year in a row.
  • 23 days of strike of 5,000 workers of Bafog Iron Ore Company.
  • Hardliners and reformists fight during Aref speech at Shiraz University

 

Iran abroad

  • About 230 Iranian MPs in a statement congratulated Assad for his victory.
  • Zarif and Singapore parliament speaker meet in Tehran.
  • Rouhani visits Turkey to discuss Syria and sign contracts.
  • Two battalions of Quds Forces entered Iraq and fighting alongside Iraqi forces.
  • New Iranian ambassador to Switzerland: Gholam Ali Khoshroo, Deputy FM under Khatami.

 

Iran Economics

  • Closure of Mahabad Vaccines Manufacture: 120 workers lose their job.
  • Theatre performance of “Hot Egg Tango” banned in Tehran.

 

Iran Politics

  • Ayatollah Sanaei regretted arrest of journalist Sirajedin MirDamadi.
  • Iran condemns terrorist attack on Iraq.

 

Miscellaneous

  • Severe water shortage in Kerman province.
  • Second storm in Tehran in one week, 15 wounded this time.
  • Iranian volleyball team beats Brazil at home 3-0.

 

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News from Iran – Week 23 – 2014

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Prisoners’ News

Transfers

  • Reza Akbari-Monfared transferred to Rejaei Shahr.
  • Behzad Arabgol transferred to Rejaei Shahr.
  • Gholamhossein Asadi transferred to Rejaei Shahr.
  • Abol-Ghasem (Javad) Fouladvand transferred to Rejaei Shahr.
  • Dr. Asghar Ghotan transferred to Rejaei Shahr.
  • Asadollah Hadi transferred to Rejaei Shahr.
  • Mashallah Haeri fells in coma, transferred to hospital.
  • Kasra Nouri transferred to Adel Abad prison.
  • Shahram Radmehr, Azeri activist, transferred to hospital.
  • Ali Salanpour transferred to Rejaei Shahr.
  • Labour activist Reza Shahabi transferred to Rejaei Shahr he begins a hunger strike to protest transfer.

 

Arrests-Detentions

  • Dari Amri, Baha’i from Mashhad, arrested during a religious service.
  • Farzin Farzad, student, arrested in Shiraz.
  • Abdollah Fatehi, Kurdish activist, arrested in Saghez.
  • Safin Haji-Ramezani, Kurdish political activist, arrested in Mahabad.
  • Ahmad Khalandi, Kurdish political activist, arrested in Mahabad.
  • Ali Moeini, member of Tahkim e Vahdat, arrested in Esfahan.
  • Faraz Salehi, Kurdish activist, arrested in Saqez.
  • Mahmoud Salehi, blogger recently converted to Christianity, arrested in Ahvaz.
  • Mostafa Safari, student and blogger, arrested in Shiraz.
  • Saeed Shirzad, children’s rights activist, arrested in Tabriz.
  • Sousan Tabianian, Baha’i from Semnan, arrested.
  • Shayan Tafazoli, Baha’i from Mashhad, arrested during a religious service.

 

Liberations

  • Mahmoud Ojaghloo, Azeri activist, released on 150 million toman bail.
  • Mohammad-Sadegh Rabani-Amleshi released on furlough.
  • Naseh (Ayhan) Yousefi, Kurdish activist, freed at the end of his sentence.

 

Other News

  • Hall 10 of Rejaei Shahr stormed by guards..

 

News of injustice in Iran

  • Danial Babayani, Turkmen cyber activist, sentenced to 3 months in prison.
  • Seyed Ebrahim Bahrami, dervish Gonabadi, sentenced to 7 years exile in Sardasht
  • Habibollah Beigzadeh, Turkmen cyber activist, sentenced to 3 months in prison.
  • Mohammad-Ali Dehghan-Borki, dervish Gonabadi, sentenced to 7 years exile in Zabol.
  • Mohsen Esmaili, dervish Gonabadi, sentenced to 7 years exile in Dezful.
  • Nematollah Kami, Turkmen cyber activist, sentenced to 3 months in prison.
  • Mohsen Rahmani, sentenced by Appeal to 7 years in prison for holding Mousavi picture.
  • Mohammad-Ali Sadeghi, dervish Gonabadi, sentenced to 7 years exile in Maragheh.
  • Gholamreza Khosravi-Savadjani executed in Rejaei Shahr on Sunday.
  • Abbas Salehian-Barzeki, Gonabadi Dervish, sentenced to 6 months in prison by clerics ‘court.
  • One hanging in Semnan on Sunday.
  • 9 hangings in Rejaei Shahr on Sunday.
  • One hanging in Bandar Abbas on Thursday.

 

University – Culture

  • National Religious magazine “Iran Farda” reissued after 14 years.

 

Iran abroad

  • German parliament willing to expand ties with Iran.
  • Emir of Kuwait visits Tehran for 2 days.
  • Egypt invites Iranian president to Sisi’s inauguration.
  • Obama suspends oil sanctions for 6 months.

 

Iran Economics

  • Closing the Ardebil smelter caused job loss of 275 workers.
  • 5,000 workers on strike to protest privatization of Yazd iron ore mine.
  • Ahwaz Railway workers have not been paid for five months.
  • In Iran 12 million men unemployed.

 

Iran Politics

  • 2nd conference of ‘Friends of Syria’ begins work in Tehran, with participation of reps from 25 countries.
  • Ayatollah Mahdavi Kani, chairman of the Assembly of Experts in Iran, is in coma after a heart attack.
  • Deputy Interior Minister resigns.

 

Miscellaneous

  • Sand storm in Tehran: 5 dead, 50 injured, 50,000 without electricity.
  • Flood kills 3 people in North of Iran.
  • Train crash in Semnan : 10 dead over 30 wounded.

 

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