Two death bodies and no answer!


Public opinions in the U.S. call firefighters here because of their service. Almost most of them try their best to save life even pets life!

In Iran there is no such this culture. Like U.S firefighters are a part of Municipal system but they always are on shortage of budget and weak management. Let me give you a trouble example.

Yesterday a fire happened in a five levels building in center of Tehran, Iran’s capital. It started from a small cloth factory that should close because yesterday was a holiday in Iran but it wasn’t.

Even firefighters were on the scene, two women died. They went to window and wait to help but ladders didn’t work well to save these two mothers. Also, there was no “Life-saving jumping cushion” so they lose their balance and fell down. Can you believe it? The photos shows what happened.

Fire department spokesman says both women fell because “They were unable to stable in their place.” No more explanation to answer questions such as why the ladder didn’t work soon. Later firefighters used it for saving eight others. Also, the question why Fire Department of Tehran doesn’t have a Life-saving jumping cushion for situation like it.

We know an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure but prevention is not serious in Iran. on the other hand, weak management always put people’s life under danger. The bad thing is that managers and officials don’t take responsibilities. Of course people don’t have enough attention to ask them. This means like other incidents, tonight two families, two groups of child didn’t see their mother; for ever. Two mothers who had to work even in a holiday and now they have gone!


Shot to Itself



Islamist extremists sometimes shot to themselves in Iran without knowing it. Like this picture. Let me explain to you.

As you know, Iran and western countries are around table to talk about Iran Nuclear program. Since last month, official from Iran and U.S had met, some extremists got mad in Tehran. They lifted some advertisement billboard with this picture:


Two diplomats, from Iran and U.S, are sitting to talk but under the table, American Diplomat kept a shotgun. “American Honesty” typed in Farsi on the picture that addressing U.S is not reliable to negotiation.

The Basij, the semi-military organization that  receiving their orders from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, was behind this billboards in Tehran, capital of Iran. A week before Iran negotiator come to Geneva on November, these billboard collected from streets.

Now, let look to the first picture. Islamist extremists again designed a new Billboard.


Fars News agency that is close to IRGC, announced this new billboard is “Current Shemr”.

The Miniature portrayed “good and evil” in Iranian Muslim believes. Left is Imam Hussein, third Imam of Shia Islam and on the right is his killer, “Shemr”. If you notice, Shmer’s face had collaged with Benjamin @Netanyahu’s photo.

Although extremists tried to show a new Shemr in this era as character of evil, there is a big mistake. First, Who is Shemr?

In the folklore of Shia IslamShemr is a villainous figure, who is usually associated with the death of the prophet Muhammad‘s grandson Hussein ibn Ali at the Battle of Karbala.
Shemr is depicted in the passion plays during the Shia festival of Ashura.
Shemr  fought in the battle of Kerbala and his army killed Imam Hussein.


The mistake is that “Hussein” was lost in fighting with Shemr1400 years ago. Even Shia believes Hussein was a honorable victim, he lost his life and logically, he defeated in fighting.

Extremists made this symbol without thinking that what the final of this Comparison is. “Modern Shemr”, here means Israel and they will have been over Iran by extremists?


Return to the Period of Ignorance


Even the title is talking about the ignorance period but this picture is not such old that period it is:


 There are three persons here: two executioner and a criminal. The criminal is a Thief and ISNA agency reported he has 47 claimants without any detail. (ISNA Link – Farsi)

According to Iranian law that they called “Islamic Penal Code of Iran” one of sentence for a thief can be cutting finger. It has steps for example if it was first time the judge can sentence the thief to cut a phalanges, next time to cut a whole finger, and third time robbery can be sentence to cut a hand from wrist. It would be expended if the thief rapid the crime to cut whole hand and the last sentence is a death penalty.

This law comes from Islam and almost   twenty years ago, Iranian parliament temporary passed this law. There are some punishment that are not acceptable to this era such “cutting of hands, and feet, stoning to death, cutting off of tongues and gouging out eyes on the statutes.”

I don’t have problem with Islam and some people who believe in this religion but I strongly believe these kind of sentences don’t work to this new world we are living. A main point of setting punishment is showing other potential criminal to see their future. Also, authority wants to prevent crime in the society.

I am sure these sentences can not guarantee these two purposes. If they would other western countries still use these sentences. As we know, elementary societies used some harsh punishments until a few centuries ago. They changed because using a hanging or cutting a organ as punishment is just wiping a problem, no solution! For example, two years a go a crazy person killed more than 70 children in Norway. The authority didn’t killed him fast and they sentenced to life jail and also search about why he had done this massacre.

At this time, world tries to finds better solution  in Iran the judiciary system returns to back to use some old  and not acceptable punishment!


VOA Persian’s Arash Sigarchi wins International Award


Our website in VOA release this report about me:

Arash Sigarchi, a journalist for Voice of America’s Persian Service, has won top prize at the 2012 Deutsche Welle International Blog Awards – known as the BOBs.

Sigarchi’s personal blog, Window of Anguish, was selected by a panel of media experts who considered entries in 11 languages.  The award honors blogs that champion the open exchange of ideas and freedom of expression.  The prize was announced Wednesday.

Born in Iran, Sigarchi started blogging in 2002, but was arrested two years later for criticizing the regime.  After serving 2 years of a 3 year prison sentence, surviving lung cancer, and losing his brother to a car accident, he was granted a visa to travel United States and left Iran in 2008.

The Deutsche Welle Blog Awards website says “Window of Anguish provides readers with an even-handed perspective of the Iranian regime’s actions.”  One member of the selection panel said, “Arash has maintained an objective view of events despite the personal attacks and tragedy he suffered at the hands of the government.”

Sigarchi currently lives in Washington, D.C., where he works for the VOA Persian Service.

Arash Abadpour, a BOBs Persian-language jury member, said Sigarchi, “represents an important source of information for readers inside and outside of Iran.  State influence on traditional media is getting stronger and stronger,” Abadpour said. “Arash is a blogger who found his way in mainstream media and still keeps his connection to Iran.”


Anti-Ahmadinejad Speech among Basijis


Ahmadinejad Supporters Criticize Student Basij Seminar

Influential criticisms by Hashemi Rafsanjani, Mohsen Rezaei, Danesh-Jafari and Pour-Mohammadi of the Ahmadinejad administration’s economic policies during the seminar, “Privatization: Obstacles and Opportunities,” which was held by the Student Basij organization, has enraged the administration’s supporters.

Hashemi Rafsanjani said during the seminar, “The Supreme Leader requested from the Expediency Council in a clear letter to devise policies and strategies in connection with implementation of Article 44 of the Constitution [privatization]. In 2004, when we finished our work, the Supreme Leader approved very quickly… We said give us five years and the government will transfer 20 percent of factories and facilities under its ownership to the private sector every year, the Supreme Leader approved and signed… Another policy the Supreme Leader was more concerned about than us was the issue of dependency on oil. At that time he said that my dream is to celebrate the closure of the last oil well, so we devised a 10-year plan according to which every year the government reduces its dependence on oil by 10 percent.”

Hashemi Rafsanjani then added, “Five years have passed since that date. The big question that lingers is, how much has this been implemented? Our oil revenues that have been unprecedented in history, how have they been spent? Have we spent them on development? These questions are not related at all to political competitions. Here, we are talking about implementation of Supreme Leader’s policies and these questions must be answered clearly.”

In another part of his speech, noting the ninth administration’s slow pace of privatization and unaccounted for expenditure, Hashemi Rafsanjani asked of the Basijis, “You must ask what has happened to revenue generated from privatizing factories and government facilities? We hope that everything was conducted in accordance with law.”

Rafsanjani also asked the Basijis to pay more attention to issues related to Article 44: “The source of these policies is your Supreme Leader and you must feel the duty to implement them more than ever. Allah willing, you will not be accused of politicking and creating obstacles. Your stances are clear and you will not be accused of opposing the Supreme Leader’s orders.

During the seminar, when one member of the Student Basij accused the gathering o being political and asked Hashemi why no representative from the ninth administration was invited to the gathering to respond to the charges, Hashemi cleverly responded, “Really you should ask this of the administration, I cannot respond to this on their behalf. Head of all three branches must be held responsible when it comes to Article 44.”

Reacting to Hashemi Rafsanjani’s speech at the Student Basij seminar, Raja News website, affiliated with the administration, wrote, “The aforementioned seminar contains discussions and remarks that are devised and voiced only to oppose the Ahmadinejad administration, so much so that the suspicion was that this gathering was organized by reformist groups, but the reality is otherwise.”

Noting that “the gathering lacked responsible and measured leadership by the Basij,” Raja News concluded, “holding such gatherings with guest whose only motivation seems to be to blast and question the administration and its policies achieves nothing other than to destabilize the environment and question the performance and service of the present administration.”


Lowest Popularity Ratings for Ahmadinejad ‎


Results of New Surveys

While media outlets close to the administration have been attempting in recent weeks to ‎exaggerate Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s popularity to be greater than ever before, the latest ‎survey conducted by the Islamic Republic Majlis Strategic Research Center demonstrates ‎that Iran’s president is not only suffering from very low popularity and approval ratings, ‎but also many of the participants in the survey regard his administration as a failure. ‎

Alborz news website reported yesterday that, according to a survey conducted by the ‎Majlis Strategic Resarch Center, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is suffering from his lowest ‎popularity ratings since being elected president in 2005. ‎

This website, which is affiliated with the right-wing faction, announced: “According to ‎another survey held jointly by the Ministry of Intelligence and the Islamic Republic of ‎Iran Broadcasting, 70 percent of the Iranian population are willing to vote for Seyyed ‎Mohammad Khatami if he runs in the upcoming presidential election while only 13 ‎percent of the population are willing for vote for Ahmadinejad again. ‎

The Alborz website did not explain how it accessed survey results. Nevertheless, the ‎website “triboon” alluded to the report, noting, “The survey was carried out in Tehran ‎and large cities showing that that Iranian president is suffering from extremely low ‎popularity rates among Iranians residing in these cities. According to survey results, 64 ‎percent of respondents to the question about how successful the Ahmadinejad ‎Administration has been rated the ninth administration’s performance below average. ‎More than 50 percent of respondents rated the administration as “unsuccessful” or ‎‎“highly unsuccessful.” ‎

Similarly, the news website Parsineh wrote regarding the Majlis Strategic Research ‎Center’s survey result: “In another part of this survey 78 percent of respondents described ‎the seventh Majlis’s supervision on the administration as ‘weal’ or ‘very weak.’ ‎Meanwhile, 83 percent of respondents to the survey responded negatively to whether they ‎would vote again for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and announced that they would not vote ‎again for the current president of the Islamic Republic.” ‎

More than 40 thousand people from various social, economic and educational ‎backgrounds ranging from pre-diploma to doctoral degrees participated in this survey.

Source : Roozonline