Seven facts about Iran that anti-American media doesn’t want you to know
Since Qasem Soleimani was assassinated, anti-American journalists, many Canadian, have happily avoided discussing the crimes of the Iranian regime—instead placing the blame squarely with the United States and President Donald Trump.
The Iranian regime governs brutally and anything that destabilizes and threatens a regime like that of Irans is a noble endeavor. Here are seven facts that the mainstream media has avoided when they discuss the Iran crisis.
- The Iranian regime murders gay people.
Iran has frequently put gay people to death. In January of last year, the regime hung a 31-year-old after he was found guilty of charges related to violations of Iran’s anti-gay laws. In 2011, the regime executed three men for “charges relating to homosexuality”—hardly the Liberal utopia some have made it out to be.
2. The Iranian regime is deeply oppressive of women
Alongside their persecution of gay people, the Iranian theocrats also enjoy oppressing women. The women who speak out against this treatment often suffer degrading punishments or torture during long prison sentences. There are gender barriers in everyday life: they are forced to cover their hair and are not allowed to enter stadiums and markets.
3. They have murdered protestors
The regime often murders those who criticize their governance. They have murdered 1,000 protestors over a few weeks during the country’s internal struggles over recent years. As well as this, they have raped and tortured the protestors that they imprison.
4. A vast number of Iranians despise their government
As made clear by this weekend’s protests, ordinary Iranians are angry with the uneducated theocrats that control their country. Over the previous few years, the regime has been rocked by discontent of the populace. In 2019, for example, protests broke out over the worsening economic situation within the country and their continued disregard for human rights.
5. The Iranian regime is rife with corruption
The Iranian state has a “very high risk of corruption,” making prosperity and progress for their citizens all but impossible. Bribes are needed to obtain any governmental services, and nearly all of the politicians within Iran’s government got there through either nepotism or patronage.
6. They regularly shut down the internet
When the regime is facing criticism and protests from their citizens, they regularly shut down the internet. During the fuel protests of last year, the regime blocked internet access so to stop mass-mobilization. A few days ago, they shut down the internet again, throwing the country into an information blackout.
7. Iran lied about the plane being shot down
When reports first came out that the Ukranian commercial plane was shot down over Iran, the government quickly denied it, citing a technical malfunction. They also accused the United States of spreading “a big lie” after the American government blamed Iran for the crash. Needless to say, the regime has finally admitted that it was their fault, and the blood of 176 people is on their hands.
For several years now, The Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been struggling to designate the notorious Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps as a terrorist entity. This is not only a troubling matter for the majority of Canadians, but is also a matter that places question marks on Trudeau’s administration and perhaps even the Prime Minister’s personal agenda.
The designation of the IRGC as a terrorist entity has been the priority of several governments, just not Trudeau’s. The United States of America was the latest to designate the IRGC as a terrorist entity, joining Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. The European Union and United Nations have crippled the IRGC with tough financial sanctions and designated its top members as terrorists as well.
For years now, a number of Canadian politicians have pushed for the designation of the IRGC as a terrorist entity, but it appears that the man blocking an “entire designation” is Trudeau himself.
These calls were renewed once again after the U.S airstrike which killed IRGC Major General Qasem Soleimani on the 3rd of January 2020.
“The Liberals voted for the measure, yet have done nothing to recognize the destructive and destabilizing influence of the IRGC. The Conservative Opposition once again calls upon the Trudeau government to finally list the IRGC as a terrorist entity after 18 months of foot-dragging,” says a joint statement by Conservative MPs Erin O’Toole and James Bezan.
The IRGC has been funding, managing, supervising and conducting terrorist operations for four long decades in Afghanistan, Europe, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, South America, Syria and Yemen; so, what’s stopping Trudeau from designating the group, in its entirety, as a terrorist entity?
Justin is struggling to make sense
The Government of Canada has already designated the Quds Force as a terrorist organization. Iran’s Qods Force is merely a unit within the IRGC, specializing in unconventional warfare and military intelligence operations around the world. The IRGC regularly threatens the American continent as well as Canada’s closest allies, either directly or through its proxies such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and Syria, Yemeni Houthis and Iraq’s Hashd al-Shaabi.
Justin Trudeau’s administration has also renewed the terrorist designation of organizations that are either units or establishments of the IRGC, such as Hezbollah, while totally ignoring the fact that Hezbollah would cease to operate without the backing of the IRGC.
Furthermore, the Trudeau administration considers all of the IRGC’s affiliates such as the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah and Hamas as terrorists, except the IRGC itself. From a national security perspective, this makes no sense whatsoever.
If the majority of the IRGC’s affiliates, small units, establishments and key figures have been designated as sources of terrorism by ally governments and previous Canadian government administrations, why then is Justin Trudeau delaying the terrorist designation of the IRGC, an organization actively sponsoring current designated terrorist organizations while also harbouring in Iran the terrorist leaders of Al-Qaeda?
It’s a ‘yes or no question’
Justin Trudeau, was Qassem Soleimani a terrorist?
If the answer is no, then you simply shouldn’t be Prime Minister.
If the answer is yes, then you are yet to fulfill your duty as Prime Minister towards the national security of Canada, and by not designating the IRGC as a terrorist entity, in its entirety, you are siding with government administrations that allow terrorists to operate with minimal criticism and opposition.
Iranian-Canadians and community leaders gathered Thursday night at the Iranian Islamic Centre of Montreal to commemorate the lives lost in the tragic shooting down of Ukranian flight 752 by Iranian missiles.
Those who attended included Mayor of Lachine/Lasalle/Dorval, Maya Vodanovich; Assistant of Mayor of Pierrefonds, Sophie Mohsen; MP of Lachine, Anju Dhillon; City councillor for Lachine, Michele Flennery; and Imam Saleh Sibeveih, Director and Cleric of the Islamic Centre of Montreal Canada and Zurich Switzerland.
Imam Saleh Sibeveih spoke at the solemn gathering, one of many such gatherings across Canada during this time of mourning for the 176 victims of the murderous act by the Iranian regime.
The Islamic Centre of Montreal is an orthodox Islamic Centre and cannot be dismissed as fringe or discredited by the Iranian regime.
The ever-controversial and always entertaining U.S. President Donald Trump has good comedic timing, any honest person can admit that.
While inviting Louisiana State University’s champion football team to the White House, Trump worked the room by making jokes about the oval office, his presidency, and defeating terrorists, to much applause and perhaps a few moans from the players standing behind him.
After a few quick quips about how rich LSU quarterback Joe Burrow was going to be in the future, affectionately nicknaming him “Young Tom Brady,” Trump got right into the meat and potatoes of his routine.
“We can take whoever would like to the Oval Office, we’ll take pictures behind the resolute desk, it’s been there a long time, a lot of presidents. Some good, some not-so-good,” said Trump to laughter. “You got a good [POTUS] now—even though they’re trying to impeach the son of a bitch! Can you believe that?” said Trump to loud applause and laughter.
The jokes, which contained shades of his 2016 campaign self, went on to talk about defeating ISIS terrorists. “We took out those terrorists like your football team would’ve taken out those terrorists,” said Trump.
Though some of the faces in the background may have admittedly not found the joke very funny, the team certainly represents a state that has no fear of showing love for the President.
Trump was greeted to overwhelming applause when appearing at the LSU vs Clemson Tigerbowl, a stark contrast to his appearance at the Washington Nationals World Series game.
Davide Mastracci is part of the latest generation of McCarthyites who are attempting to police the discourse on social media. Inspired no doubt by old Joe himself, Mastracci compiled a blacklist of journalists who allegedly support the killing of Iranian terrorist and Quds General Qasem Soleimani. Further evidence of their wrongthink lies in their vocal support of the Iranian people in deposing the totalitarian Iranian regime.
A managing editor at Passage—a Canadian publication that claims to be the bearer of “thoughtful political, economic, and cultural ideas from a left-wing perspective”—Mastracci has bylines at The Walrus, National Observer, Canadaland, Al Jazeera, and Intifada.
The blacklist includes respected veteran journalists such as Tarek Fatah and Terry Glavin.
Mastracci has taken his efforts to policing speech on social media to a level beyond that of other so-called “anti-war” writers who have in various forms expressed support or condolences to Soleimani, or oppose intervention in Iran. Mastracci created an excel spreadsheet containing a detailed list of every writer he judges guilty of thoughtcrime.
The good news is that the blacklist isn’t working out the way he intended. It backfired, as many clever Twitter users used Mastracci’s attempted cancellations as a list of “recommended reading.”
Twitter user Eugene Vizitiu said, “Thank you for keeping these lists of professionals who do journalism, not leftist propaganda. You’re a great guy for promoting them. Keep up the good work!”
The Post Millennial’s own Jakob Glogauer quipped: “The writers should be commended and sincerely thanked for their solidarity with the great people of Iran, who simply want their freedom back.”
Avideh Rafaela Motmaenfar, President of the Council of Iranian Canadians, added, “Supporting the struggle of Iranian people is not party politics, don’t throw Iranians under the bus because you hate right wing. we are not interested in your feelings for Trump or anyone else. Be on the right side of the history! Don’t side with dictators!”
Making a blacklist of writers who oppose the Iranian regime and are using their platform to advocate for an end its human rights violations is beyond the pale. It’s anti-freedom of speech, anti-freedom of the press, and more importantly, it spits in the face of the friends and family of the thousands upon thousands of people Iran has murdered, as well as the innocent victims of Ukranian flight 752.
Indeed, in Iran, journalists are quitting their jobs in lieu of spreading state propaganda. The Guardian reported that “At least two presenters working for the Iranian state broadcaster IRIB have announced they have quit their jobs, with a third saying she quit some time ago after having told lies on behalf of the state for 13 years.”
One of the journalists, Ghanbar Naderi, noted that “Millions and millions took [to] the streets following the assassination of Qassem Suleimani. It was a rare moment of unity but the IRGC blew it. As a journalist you need to be able to sleep at night. I will never ever distance myself from the truth. This a great nation. It has made many mistakes that are unacceptable. If the IRGC shot down a civilian airplane, I have no choice but to condemn it.”
According to The Washington Post, the Tehran Province Association of Journalists stated: “What endangers this society right now is not only missiles or military attacks but a lack of free media. Hiding the truth and spreading lies traumatized the public. What happened was a catastrophe for media in Iran.”
This is the regime that Mastracci is defending? Is that what he wants to see from the media here at home? The Canadian journalists who condemn this tyrannical government are somehow the bad guys?
Making a list of journalists who should be targeted and deplatformed for standing up for human rights is not the kind of thing you would expect to see in a country like Canada. It’s the kind of behaviour that belongs in the worst kind of totalitarian societies where citizens are conscripted to snitch on each other—societies very much like the current Iranian regime. Perhaps Mastracci should consider moving there. He’d fit right in.