Bernie Sanders, one Republican, against anti-Russia anti-Iran warmongering


This video from the USA says about itself:

Bernie Sanders and Rand Paul Buck Party Consensus on Russia and Iran Sanctions

15 June 2017

Investigative journalist Max Blumenthal explains that these sanctions punish Russia and Iran unnecessarily and intensifies the conflict between the US and these countries.

Germany issues stinging rebuke of US sanctions against Russia: here.

United States racist murders Indian ‘in Trump’s war on Iran’


This 26 February 2017 video from the USA is called Hundreds march in support of Olathe shooting victims, attend prayer vigil.

From the BBC today:

Olathe, Kansas, shooting suspect ‘said he killed Iranians

A man arrested last week for shooting two Indians at a Kansas bar allegedly told a barmaid he had just opened fire on some “Iranian people“.

Adam Purinton, 51, fled the scene of the attack at a pub in Olathe and went to a restaurant where he confided in a staff member, police say.

He was arraigned in court on Monday with first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder.

The accused wore a safety smock to prevent him from harming himself.

Police say he shot and killed Srinivas Kuchibholta at a pub on Wednesday evening.

In a 911 call, a bartender, Sam Suida, told the police dispatcher a man had come into the bar and said he’d done something “really bad” and that he was on the run.

“He asked if he could stay with me and my husband, and he wouldn’t tell me what he did,” she says on a recording of the call.

“I kept asking him, and he said that he would tell me if I agreed to let him stay with me.

“Well, I finally got him to tell me and he said, like, that he shot and killed two Iranian people in Olathe.” …

Witnesses said the suspect shouted “get out of my country” before shots rang out.

Mr Madasani told the BBC the gunman had demanded to know if they were in the country legally.

The suspect is being held in the Johnson County Jail on a bond of $2m (£1.6m).

His next court appearance is on 9 March.

White House adviser: Trump won’t ‘overly discuss’ hate crimes by whites for fear he’ll ’cause a fire’: here.

United States wrestlers welcome in Iran after all


This video, from the Olympics in Brazil last year, is called J’den Cox (USA) wins the bronze medal in men’s freestyle wrestling at 86 kg.

In about ten days time, there will be World Cup wrestling in Iran. Then came United States President Donald Trump’s decree banning people from seven countries, including Iran.

As a retaliation, the Foreign Affairs Department of Iran banned the United States wrestling team from coming to the World Cup tournament.

However, then a federal judge (by the way, a Republican, a George W Bush nominee) decided that Trump’s travel ban was illegal. A federal appeals court confirmed that decision.

As a reaction, the Iranian Foreign Affairs Department has reversed its earlier decision. The United States wrestlers are welcome to participate after all.

Iranians stuck at Dutch airport by Trump


Anti-Trump demonstrators at Schiphol airport, ANP photo

This photo shows participants in the demonstration last Sunday at Schiphol airport in the Netherlands against the anti-refugee and anti-immigrant policies of United States President Donald Trump. Among the slogans on the signs are (translated): ‘Wilders [Dutch Trump fan] extremist’; ‘Dump Trump. Stop sexual abuse‘ and ‘Trump psychopath’.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Six Iranians since Saturday stuck at Schiphol because of US entry ban

Today, 04:16

Six Iranians are staying since last weekend in a lounge area behind the passport control at Schiphol. They were flying KLM from Tehran to the United States when the entry ban by President Trump for people from seven Muslim countries came. When they wanted to change planes they were not allowed through at Schiphol. …

It involves two elderly couples who wanted to visit their children in the United States. “They had not seen their children for five years and spent a year getting visas.” The other two are young scientists who would do research at a university.

A doctor and an engineer.

Anti-Trump demonstrators at Schiphol, Sunday 30 January, photo Alexander Schippers, ANP

This is another photo of the 29 January demonstration at Schiphol. Slogans include: ‘No hatred against Jews then, no hatred against Muslims now‘.

NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR MICHAEL FLYNN PUTS IRAN ‘ON NOTICE’ FOLLOWING BALLISTIC MISSILE TEST The move could foreshadow “more aggressive economic and diplomatic measures against Iran.” [Reuters]

Birdlife in Iranian wetland, video


This video from Iran, with English subtitles, says about itself:

26 May 2015

This video was prepared by the Department of Environment in Iran in cooperation with JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) in 2012.

The Anzali Wetland Complex (approximately 19,000 ha) is located near the port city of Bandar Anzali in Gilan Province, North part of Iran along the Southern coast of the Caspian Sea. This site is one of the wetlands nearest to Ramsar city which is the origin of the Ramsar Convention. The wetland was designated as a Ramsar site at June 23, 1975.

A large, freshwater lagoon fed by several rivers and separated from the Caspian Sea by a dune system supports extensive reed bed and abundant submerged and floating vegetation. The permanent wetland is surrounded by seasonally flooded marshes, farmlands (mainly paddy fields) and fish ponds. The site is of international importance for breeding, staging and wintering waterbirds.

Endangered cheetahs in Iran


This video from Iran says about itself:

16 April 2014

The Asiatic cheetah or Iranian cheetah is a critically endangered species and an important part of Iran’s natural and cultural heritage.

Masood Hatami is a former hunter and nature lover who has dedicated his life to preserving nature and wildlife. Hatami was the man behind the first tangible action to protect the Asiatic cheetah in Iran.

From Panthera.org:

A Visit to Iran

George Schaller, PhD
Vice President

April 5, 2016

Iran, February 7-March 1, 2016

This February, I visited Iran to learn about the progress and problems in the conservation of the Asiatic cheetah. This distinct subspecies of cheetah is critically endangered—it once ranged from the Middle East to India and central Asia, but now only Iran’s small population of about 50 animals remains. With so few left, they are very difficult to spot—even for those who study them.

On our last day in the field, after about two weeks, we met a herder with his flock of sheep and goats near the border of the Miandasht reserve. He pointed across the plain to a brush covered knoll about 300 meters away. There three cheetahs, a female with two large cubs, ambled around, and sometimes just stood or reclined. Their pale color blended so well into the dun landscape that they seemed more a vision than reality. The cheetahs appeared to ignore us, and we did not approach them. A half an hour later we left, quietly taking with us a treasured memory. …

Cheetahs in Iran have been legally protected since 1959, but serious threats are threatening their survival:

A severe lack of prey due to poaching. Poachers enter reserves on motorcycles and pursue gazelles until they collapse, depriving cheetahs of an essential food source. Guard posts for many reserves are severely underfunded and therefore absent or inadequate. Protection here is an absolute priority.

Human development, particularly roads and highways. In just one 15 km stretch of highway on the northern edge of Touran, two female cheetahs and two cubs were struck by cars and killed in the last three years. At least 6 cheetahs have died on highways in Kalmand. Wildlife overpasses must be built at known cheetah crossings and low speed limits established and enforced.

Herders’ dogs. Many herders use dogs to guard their herds. These dogs—of which there are often three to five per herd—may be semi-feral, aggressive and free-roaming. In the past three years, these dogs have been involved in 5 cheetah killings in Touran, an area with 176 herder households using the reserve seasonally. Since families tend to protect herds themselves or hire people to do so, dogs should be completely banned from national park and wildlife refuges.