Mullahs vs Female Activists

May 13, 2011

Nine female political prisoners were transferred last week to Varamins Qarchak prison, and their families are deeply concerned about their mental and physical well being. In a letter from prison, the women announced that they would go on hunger strike if the present conditions continue. Here are excerpts of the letter:

“Approximately one week has passed since we a number of female political prisoner, were transferred from Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj to Gharchak prison in Varamin … We are shocked at what is happening to those around us … Those of us who have experienced the burden of captivity at Rajai Shahr prison, never fathomed the idea that after leaving a place like Rajai Shahr, we would witness something so much more horrendous. While at the female ward at Rajai Shahr prison we witnessed all types of violence, illegal behavior and a variety of prisoner rights abuses on a daily basis. On occasion we even witnessed the killing of inmates by dangerous criminals … When we began hearing murmurs of the potential transfer of female political prisoners to Kachooie prison in Karaj, we told ourselves that anything would be better than Rajai Shahr … we were finally transferred to Gharchak prison in Varamin a barren, desert like area outside Tehran … Gharchak prison in Varamin consists of 7 cells. Although each cell consists of beds that accommodate approximately a few dozen inmates, more than 200 prisoners are currently forced to share a cell. The complete lack of ventilation has led to disastrous hygienic conditions, including the stench of sewage and the existence of gases that have caused serious respiratory conditions in many prisoners. There are 2 bathrooms and 2 showers for every 200 prisoners . The lack of adequate bathrooms has forced prisoners to literally use the area inside the cells and in between the beds as lavatories. It is worth mentioning that because there is not even a single water tap available outside this area, prisoners also use the same bathrooms and showers to wash their clothes. Gharchak prison offers what is referred to as three self service meals per day. Apart from the hygiene standards and the quality of food, last week as a result of the food rations many prisoners did not receive the much promised food that often consists of two pieces of dry bread, a potato or a small portion of macaroni. Given that many of the inmates are young, and some are even under 18 , there is clearly a serious malnutrition problem amongst prisoners. Add to that the fact that self service personnel and prison guards repeatedly address prisoners in the most offensive manner possible and the risk to your life while waiting in line with other prisoners who are fighting over food, and you will understand why prisoners refer to the self service area as where you go to get beaten up. … The severe punishment of prisoners and the conflicts between inmates is far from what we refer to as human dignity. We ask ourselves, where in the world does a conflict over hot water and the subsequent punishment result in pulling the nails on the fingers of a prisoner? Where on earth do they incarcerate 14 and 15 year old children in such unbearable conditions? … In conclusion we hereby announce that having witnessed the illegal and inhumane treatment of the prisoners at Gharchak, we have decided to launch a hunger strike. We will remain true to our values and stand up for our rights, knowing very well that if the current conditions continue we have no fear of losing our lives for if fear had been our driving force, none of us would find ourselves in a place like this today. Our experience have nevertheless proven that the life of a human being is considered worthless in (Khamenei’s) prisons , particularly in a prison such as Gharchak whose very existence leads one to question not only the law, the government of the Islamic Republic, judicial authorities, but also the basic fundamental principles of humanity itself. ”

The Mullah’s regime is an anti-woman and anti-human regime.

Japan’s Disaster, after 2 Months

May 13, 2011

In Japan’s 11 March disaster, more than 28,000 people are dead or missing. Now a fleet of bulldozers, cranes and drills have started clearing rubble along the north-east coast in the most daunting engineering and waste-management challenge any government has faced. The work is moving slowly as bodies are still being recovered. More than 28,000 people are dead or missing as rescue workers struggle to identify bodies that in some cases were carried miles from their homes by the floodwater. Workers also stop regularly to allow surviving residents to salvage possessions from the rubble. According to the World Bank, the total cost of the recovery will be $235 billion, which would make it the world’s most expensive disaster . The Japanese Red Cross said it had received $2.2bn in foreign donations but had been unable to distribute the bulk of it. Tadateru Konoe, the Red Cross president, said: “The biggest problem is that those who should be receiving the money cannot be identified, as more than 10,000 people are still missing and resident registrations are gone and the administrative functions at the periphery are not working.” The Japanese government estimates it will take three years to scrap, burn or recycle the 25m tonnes of debris . That includes at least 16 towns, 95,000 buildings, 23 train stations and hundreds of miles of roads, railways and sea walls. “There is an enormous amount of debris. We are steadily running out of places to put it. We need to find new locations,” said Yutaka Sasaki, at the disaster relief headquarters in Kamaishi city. “We try to sort it into wood, metal and so on, but we haven’t decided yet what to do with it all. Some will probably be burned. Some may be re-used.”

“The alarm is ringing. That means danger,” says Keiko Sanpei, with a nervous laugh as she looks at a meter which shows radiation levels, at her dairy farm, more than five times the health limit. “I was afraid when I first returned. But being with the cows, that fear goes away.” Sanpei’s home is in Namie, a radiation hotspot 17 miles downwind of the leaking Fukushima nuclear plant. It is just outside the government’s mandatory exclusion zone, but the ground here was so contaminated during the crisis residents are now exposed to almost as much radiation as someone standing outside the plant’s west gate. Namie has become a ghost town. The fields, normally a hive of activity in this season, are deserted. Roads are almost empty, apart from emergency vehicles and a police van that blocks the route into the 16 mile-radius exclusion zone. Almost all of the 2,000 residents followed government advice to evacuate after the explosion at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant on 15 March, but Sanpei and her husband were among a few dozen farmers who returned, more concerned for their cattle than their personal safety. “I could hear the cows in my ears mooing. I couldn’t sleep. I was so worried,” says Sanpei as one of the herd licks her arm. “We came back after a week. Even though the radiation was frightening, when we saw the cows again we had peace of mind.” Back then they were unsure of the risks. At the peak, in the worst affected areas of Namie, residents say radiation levels surged past 150 microsieverts per hour when it rained ! But the government did not release data about radioactivity in the area until April. “The government draws a boundary with a compass from the site of the reactor. But the reality is completely different. The most irradiated areas are in a line heading north-west from the plant. That includes here. But we only realised that in April,” says Sanpei. She now has her own dosimeter. It shows radiation outside her home is 13 microsieverts per hour 200 times the level in Tokyo and equivalent to having a chest x-ray every four or five hours !.

This week, for the first time since the earthquake and tsunami, radiation levels inside No 1 reactor fell low enough to allow workers to enter. But the crisis is far from over. Engineers are still battling to prevent further leaks from the four damaged reactors and pools of highly radioactive spent fuel . Sanpei’s only precaution is to stay mostly indoors, where she is exposed to three microsieverts an hour. But she needs to go out to tend to the cows, though the milk has to be thrown away. Hideaki Monma, another resident, has invested 30 years of his life in his herd. “We all want to evacuate. But if we leave the cows behind, then all we will take with us are debts,” he says. “Tepco [which operates the Fukushima plant] promise compensation but I doubt it will be enough. They have so many people to pay.” The government has ordered Tepco to pay initial compensation of 1m yen ($10,000) each to about 50,000 families forced to leave the exclusion zone. Merrill Lynch estimates the final bill could climb to 11 trillion yen. Monma is unsure, but not too concerned, about the effect on him of the radiation. Doctors found radiation in his throat the area of the body most susceptible to contamination . Frustration was evident at a public meeting at the weekend between cattle farmers and officials from Tepco. One farmer who had to abandon cattle inside the evacuation zone related the horror he found. “All my cows had died of starvation. The bodies stank. I’m furious. It is like losing members of my family,” said Takashi Sanbonmatsu. “I think the government is waiting for them to die,” says Monma. “We don’t stay for fun. We think of the cows we have lived with. We want to look after them until the end.” The government said this week it has no plans to abandon nuclear power, which supplies about a third of Japan’s electricity. “I am angry as a result of Tepco. Our lives have been turned upside down,” says Sanpei. “We didn’t know very much about the nuclear power plant even though it was very close. But Tepco told us it was safe. They repeated that over and over. They did that to hide the danger.

The documentary movie “Japan Tsunami, How it happened (2011)” is a new movie and you could find it and watch it.

Answer to Readers, 13 May

May 13, 2011

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