Canada: Iranian MP roils his own community over support for the Islamic Republic of Iran

Iranian Liberal Member of Parliament Majid Jowhari roiled Iranian members of his own riding when he described Iranians protesting “with the support of their elected government.” He tweeted last Thursday about the Trudeau government:

“As our government is closely monitoring the ongoing protests in Iran; it is my sincere hope that the brave nation of #Iran have the opportunity to air their legitimate financial, social and political concerns with the support of their elected government, in a secure environment and without the fear of persecution.”

This is not the first time Jowhari has been in hot water over his stance on Iran. He has been lobbying the Canadian government to reopen embassies in Ottawa and Iran. In fact, Jowhari went so far as to sponsor a petition in 2016 with over 5,600 names, to re-establish diplomatic ties with Iran after the previous Conservative government cut off ties in September 2012. Then The Hill Times reported in November that the current Liberal government made a “second trip to Tehran” as it inched “closer to re-establishing diplomatic ties with Iran.”

Iranian Canadians have been ruffled to say the least. Last January, the community sent a joint letter to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, stating that they “do not want to be represented by someone [Jowhari] who is ‘working in the interest of a foreign country’” and that “he should keep distance from those engaged in crimes against humanity.” As reported by the Liberal Richmond Hill news: “Iranian expatriates say they are worried a terrorist organization is being welcomed into Canada and may even be infiltrating the country with ‘spies’ with support from a local politician.”

Now, Jowhari is back in hot water, with a protest against him planned later today outside his office in Toronto.

Iran Invades the ‘Forgotten Continent’

In terms of U.S. foreign policy priorities the label fits nicely; our gaze tends towards the Middle East and Asia. Besides the occasional trip to sign a trade agreement, the world’s fifth largest landmass is generally absent in the annals of American diplomacy

That might be changing, however. The recent suicide of an Argentinian prosecutor by the name of Alberto Nisman should give us pause when considering the importance, or lack thereof, of our oft-overlooked Latin neighbor.

Nisman was shot point-blank in the forehead one day before he was due to testify to the Argentinian National Congress on the results of a decade-long investigation into the deadliest terror attack in that country’s history. 

In 1994 a bomb ripped through the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina, or AMIA, a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, killing 85 and injuring 300Plenty of analysts point the finger at Iran via Hezbollah, and though Hezbollah has denied involvement, the circumstantial evidence says otherwise. Not only had Argentina recently began reneging on an agreement with Iran for the transfer of nuclear technology, but Hezbollah had previously taken credit for an attack on the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires only two years prior (while there is some dispute as to the status of the deal, it appears it was at least in jeopardy).

To date not a single person has been brought to justice. Subsequent investigations all resulted in the standard Latin American chicaneryNisman, however, must have uncovered something someone didn’t like

By all early appearances his investigation implicates Argentine President Cristina Kirchner in a cover up of Iran’s involvement to facilitate an oil-for-grain trading agreement: Argentina would supply Iran with food for the body while Iran would supply Argentina with fuel for its struggling economy. 

Whichever the case, the optics are terrible. In fact, the State Department has now begun an official inquiry into Iran’s motives in Latin America in response to Nisman’s death, the tardiness of which would be comical if the implications weren’t so severe.

While South America has the unfortunate label of the “Forgotten Continent” in U.S. foreign policy, in Iran it has been anything butHezbollah has been an active player in the region’s drug trade since the 1980sThat’s right, the tentacles of Iran’s favorite proxy terror organization extend far beyond Lebanon and the Palestinian territories, deep into the heart of the Amazon. 

Hezbollah first set up shop in the Tri-Border Area, where the strained municipalities of Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina lack the resources to effectively combat large-scale drug trafficking and, by extension, the funding of Islamic terrorism (if you’re wondering how devout Muslims justify drug trafficking, the answer is simple: just issue a fatwa).

While its early forays into narco-trafficking seem to have been financial in nature, analysts now believe that Hezbollah’s presence on our side of the world may be more operational in nature; the organization has found fertile recruiting ground in South American mosques and likely has the potential to strike American interests in the region.

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Fears false Iranian refugees with ‘sinister motives’ may enter Canada as 19 are rejected on security grounds

Fears false Iranian refugees with ‘sinister motives’ may enter Canada as 19 are rejected on security grounds


Immigration authorities are concerned that Iranians with “sinister motives” may enter Canada along with the flow of undocumented refugees, according to a declassified government report obtained by the National Post.

The Canada Border Services Agency intelligence report said 19 Iranian nationals, most of whom had arrived in the country without legitimate travel documents, had been found “inadmissible” on security grounds since 2008.

It also said the United States was “increasingly concerned that Iranian secret operatives and Hezbollah, their ‘terrorist proxy force,’ may carry out attacks in the U.S.” Hezbollah is known to “alter and steal travel documents, passports and visas,” it added.

The July 2012 report, “Irregular Migration of Iranians to Canada,” was written by the CBSA Migration Intelligence Section. A copy was obtained by the National Post on Monday under the Access to Information Act.

Its release comes as relations between Ottawa and Tehran are openly hostile and Iran, under pressure over its nuclear program, has been caught orchestrating terrorist plots in several countries, including the U.S., where it tried to assassinate the Saudi ambassador.

In addition to overseeing international terrorist operations, Iran has been trying to impose pro-regime views on the diaspora. Before its diplomatic corps was expelled from Ottawa last September, one envoy told expatriates to “resist” Canadian culture and “occupy high-level key positions” in the Canadian government.

At the same time that Tehran is increasingly treating Canada as a foe, referring to it in the state-controlled press as an “extremist” government, Iran remains the top source of refugee claimants who arrive in Canada with false, forged, altered or stolen travel documents.

“While Iranian irregular migrants mainly enter Canada to make refugee claims, it is possible that certain individuals may enter with more sinister motives,” the report said under the heading ‘‘National Security.’’

The concerns stem partly from experience. In 1991, a trained Iranian assassin who took part in attacks on dissidents entered Canada posing as a refugee. His arrival coincided with a planned visit to Toronto by British author Salman Rushdie, whose assassination had been ordered by the Iranian regime. The agent was eventually found to be a member of Iran’s MOIS intelligence agency and deported.

Ray Boisvert, a retired senior Canadian Security Intelligence Service officer, said he had no doubt Iran would use the refugee system to its advantage. “They are a sophisticated intelligence service, almost first order,” he said in an interview. “They would use all those classic methods of inserting operatives.”


The report said most Iranians who made refugee claims entered Canada using improper travel documents. The majority registered their claims in the Toronto area, “likely due to the large Iranian population,” it said.

Most of their claims cited persecution based on religion, political opinion or sexual orientation. Canada’s acceptance rate for Iranian refugee claims was 86% — almost double the 44% average for all countries, it said.

“A significant proportion of the migrants use facilitators to enter Canada. Information provided by the migrants on their smugglers suggests possible links to organized criminal elements both within and outside of Canada,” said the report.

The “Protected” document said while in 2009 and 2010 most of the migrants had come through Latin America and the Caribbean, Western Europe had since surpassed that region and now accounted for more than half of Iranian refugee claimants.

“Given the growing number of Iranian nationals seeking refugee status globally, and the relative success with which they travel improperly documented to Canada, they will likely continue to target the country for irregular migration,” the report said.

“While the total number of Iranian irregular migrants arriving in Canada is relatively small [about 300 per year], the manner in which they arrive, their success at skirting immigration controls, and the possibility of links to organized crime are of concern.”



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Radical preacher Abu Qatada has moved into a new taxpayer-funded house worth £450,000 near to a church – and the furious owner wants him out.

The fanatical Muslim, who preached hate sermons towards the West – arrived in the leafy suburb of North-West London last week.

He had left his previous £400,000 four-bedroom rented home near Wembley Stadium after apparently complaining it was too small for him and his family.

He shares his new detached home,  which is paid for by state handouts, with his wife and four of their five children. Similar homes in the area have sold for close to £500,000.

But the woman who owns the smart four-bedroom house reacted angrily last night after discovering the identity of her new tenant – and said she would try to evict him.

She said she was ‘astonished’ to be told the radical cleric had been allowed to live in the property, which she rents out through an agency for £1,400 a month.



Rema Beauty Begum had been ‘happy and bubbly’ but became withdrawn and told friends she was scared to leave her house after she and her family began receiving poison pen letters.

The 29-year-old fell eight storeys to her death after drinking rosé wine and clambering over a barrier at the Coq D’Argent, close to the Bank of England.

Three people have died by jumping from the restaurant terrace.

Ms Begum had tried to hang herself the day before but left hospital after refusing to be admitted, City of London Coroner’s Court heard.

A friend said she suspected the former British Library manager, who had lost her job over Christmas, felt guilty after her family found out she was dating non-Muslim men.

Giving evidence, HR worker Avril Atkins said she had been close friends with Ms Begum since the pair met at university around a decade earlier.

She said: “She followed some practices, she did have religious beliefs, but also lived a Western lifestyle.

“I don’t think it was something she openly told them about, however I believe they found out she had been seeing someone who wasn’t Muslim.

“She did say to me one time – it really, really worried me – that she hadn’t been living a good Muslim life. She said she wanted to live a more Muslim-based life.

“I was telling her there was nothing wrong with the way she lived her life, and her family would be proud of her. She had some problems with Facebook. Somebody – she didn’t know who – had been sending letters to her parents about her lifestyle and relationships.

“She was getting quite a lot of hate mail – both she and her parents.

“She was struggling with going out of the house, and felt depressed. I had never seen her like that – she was always very happy, cheerful, a very “up” type of person.

“She changed – she was very down, and asking for help”

Ms Begum reported the abuse to the police, before deleting her Facebook account and replacing it with one using a different name, the inquest heard.





Sudan’s Christians Facing Bombings, Arrests, Starvation

Special Report by ICC

12/14/2012 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Tens of thousands of Christians, caught in a crossfire between Sudanese armed forces and rebels in Nuba Mountains, are facing indiscriminate air strikes, detentions, and starvation – with no access to humanitarian aid.

The Arab-Muslim dominated Khartoum government has “adopted a strategy to treat all populations in rebel held areas as enemies and legitimate targets, without distinguishing between civilian and combatant,” says a Dec. 12 report by Human Rights Watch, concerning the conflict in Nuba Mountains, home to Sudan’s largest Christian population and non-Arab Muslims.

HRW’s field research shows that in the absence of an international call to end violence, bombings have greatly intensified in the Nuba Mountains state of Southern Kordofan.

Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) dropped 106 bombs in October, and 125 in the first half of November alone, the report says.“The persistent bombing has terrorized the population; most families have dug foxholes near their homes or moved to sheltered areas, and even small children now refer to the ‘Antonovs,’ the common name for the cargo planes used by Sudan to drop bombs.”

Government forces burned 26 Nuban villages, destroying schools, homes, churches, food crops and grasslands, in the Nuba Mountains in November alone, according to the Satellite Sentinel Project, which analyzes satellite imagery and eyewitness reports from the ground.

The U.N. estimates over 200,000 people have been displaced and fled over the borders, mostly into South Sudan. The people of Nuba Mountains are also living in constant danger of arbitrary detention, which is taking place on a massive scale and being seen as a new method of intimidation and terror to force them to leave their villages, writes Osman Naway, a local human rights defender, in an article on

International Christian Concern’s Africa analyst William Stark said, “Although air raids by the Sudanese government are not specifically targeting Christians in the Nuba Mountains, the government is not doing anything to avoid innocent Christians being caught in the crossfire.”

Fighting broke out in Southern Korfodan after its Governor Ahmed Haroun claimed victory in a disputed election in June 2011, during the days leading to Christian-majority South Sudan’s secession from the Muslim-majority Sudan.

Though a large section of the population in the Nuba Mountains identifies with the south, they were not allowed to join the secession to South Sudan. Following the June election results, Khartoum banned the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), remaining forces of the former southern rebel SPL Army.

The SPLM-N controls large areas of the countryside around Kadguli, particularly in El Buram, Um Durein, and Heiban localities, and mountainous areas northwest of Kadugli – the areas where SAF have carried out hundreds of bombings, shelling, and rocket attacks on civilians in the recent months

Southern Korfodan’s governor, Haroun, and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir are subject to arrest warrants by the ICC (International Criminal Court) for crimes committed in Darfur.

Southern Korfodan is dear to al-Bashir partly because it is the only oil-producing state after the independence of the South. But for the people of the Nuba Mountains, the rule of Khartoum also means cultural and religious subjugation.

“The Sudanese government has declared its intentions to make Sudan a purely Islamic state,” Stark said. “It has pursued this goal by marginalizing Christians and other non-Arabs.”

In its report, HRW has warned that “the lack of justice for serious crimes committed during the North-South conflict… and Darfur also appears to have emboldened” those engaged in the South Kordofan conflict. It’s time for the international community to break the silence.

Thus far, the al-Bashir regime has shown no sign of restraint. On the contrary, the Sudanese army is dispatching heavy reinforcements to South Kordofan in order to defeat the rebellion and increase security in the border region, the country’s defense minister Abdel Rahim Mohammed Hussein has announced, Sudan Tribune reported on Dec. 13.

“Hopefully, the international community will be able to avoid another Darfur in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains,” Stark said.



Iran cleric badly beaten by woman after warning her about being ‘badly covered’

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An Iranian cleric said he was beaten by a woman in the northern province of Semnan after giving her a warning for being “badly covered,” the state-run Mehr news agency reported.

Hojatoleslam Ali Beheshti said he encountered the woman in the street while on his way to the mosque in the town of Shahmirzad, and asked her to cover herself up, to which she replied “you, cover your eyes,” according to Mehr. The cleric repeated his warning, which he said prompted her to insult and push him.

“I fell on my back on the floor,” Beheshti said in the report. “I don’t know what happened after that, all I could feel was the kicks of this woman who was insulting me and attacking me.”

Since the 1979 revolution that brought Shiite Muslim religious leaders to power, women in Iran have been required to cover their hair and body curves in public with head-scarves and loose-fitting coats, to protect religious values and “preserve society’s morals and security.”

The government condemns short, tight and colourful coats and loosely tied head-scarves, and routinely organizes police patrols to enforce the Islamic dress code. Public surveillance increases in summer when some women opt for flimsier clothing.

Beheshti said he was hospitalized for three days. The Iranian cleric said it was his religious duty to apply the principle of “commanding right and forbidding wrong,” and that he would continue to do so even after living through what he called “the worst day of my life.”

It isn’t the first time that clerics in Iran have been beaten up after delivering warnings, Mehr said.