Sunday, February 5, 2017

Saeed Malekpour neither a political prisoner nor prisoner of conscious but granting his clemency is at the mutual interests of Iranian community

Saeed Malekpour is not a political prisoner or prisoner of conscious but granting his clemency is at the mutual interests of Iranian community and Liberal Government of Canada

my response to article by Mrs. Olivia Ward on Saeed Malekpour printed on Feb 2- 2017 at Toronto Star

by : Saeed Soltanpour

Eight years later his family is still asking the same question: how can we free Saeed Malekpour?

In response to your article on Saeed Malekour I am wring to express my points on your article.

in the first place I do believe that Saeed Malek Shall Not Be prosecuted in Iran since the porno sites mocking Musliam Shia icons developed by him, was operating out of Iran. Saeed Malekour accepted the developed of the sites but claim he had not running the sites and "hate ' Content ". However , the nature of the sites were subject of Canadian Hate crime which Ms. Ward ignore that fact. Sadly the process of the Malekpour case has not been transparent . some information kept secret to Malekpour Lawyer due to so called cyber intelligence and security clearance

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Human right is universal , sadly most of those mentioned Human Rights activists in the article are politically motivated focusing on Iran .for instance, Ex Liberal MP Irwin Cotler is leading element on imposing sanction and shutting the embassy of Canada and Iran , pro violent anti Iranian group Rajvi in Canada
There are enough document proven Mr. Cotler had been leading human rights project iagainst Iran in alignment with Netanyahu Regime..
Is it a coincident Liberal minister Reza Moridi MPP, Payam AKhavan , Irwin cottler & Maryam Nayeb Yazdi united to support Saeed Malekpour while quiet on other human right abuses? I do not think So.

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Saeed Malek pour is not a political prisoner or prisoner of conscious as wrongfully claimed by some political activists in Canada. Also, He has not been a hostage by Iranian regime for negotiation with Canadian on restoration of Iran and Canada diplomatic relation
So many Iranian Canadians fly to Iran on daily basis . Also, some activists opposing Iranian Regime including close family of pro violent group Rajavi or some well known scholars such as Dr. Mohmmad Tavakoli or Mr. Asad Zarin Mehr , Media , who traveled to Iran without any incident in the past . If they have been interrogated , there had not been any public announcement yet..
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Iranian intelligent establishment know well that they pay heavy political price for any dual citizens been arrested in Iran. They are not stupid opposite of Mrs.Homa Hoodfar claiming in Her lecture . Then why they shall insist on the imprisonment of Saeed Malekpour who was not active in Iranian Community while residing in Canada..

4- Iranian ruling clergies are not democrats,they have not claimed so , Iranian from any walk of life are not free as we are enjoying freedom in Canada but you can not compere Iran to Canada on Freedom of speech and press . While You can not compare Canada With Mexico , too . however,. you have to compare Iran with the neighboring countries. Iran is not worse than Saudis and Israel or Turkey which all three countries are US and Canadian allies . the main factor is when you are pro White House , then violation of Human Rights your citizen is not that much Bad and internal matter..

Sell of $15 billion military armors to Saudis by anti Iranian PM Harper is one the examples of how double standard Human right concern is at work..
the sale approved by Liberal Trudeau government in 2016. .

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A Human right activist will fight for the rights of any inmate ,any where in the world..
politicization of Human right will not help the detainees .

Mr. Mohamad Fahmi Ex -Aljazeera journalist who was one the speaker on university of Toronto Friday event has not criticized any word on Gen . Al Sisi for mass arrest of Egyptians include himself and other ALjazeera Journalists . sadly Mr. Mohamad Fahmi did not support other inmates who were abused in Egypt jails by guards when he was at Canadian soil after so many years in Jail.
Aljazeera TV has not been kin to Iran due to Qatar support of ISIS in the past...

conclusion

It is at the best interest of Iranian Community in Canada that Saeed MalekPour to Be pardoned very soon in order to reduce the pressure by Israel lobby in Canada . Malekpour served 8 years in prison which is hefty price for development of those sites .
The release of Saeed Malekpour giving more open hand to Justin Trudeau who has been under tremendous reassure by Israeli lobby not to fulfill hos June 25 election promise to restore relation with Iran

The Israel lobby will put more pressure on Justin Trudeau with the support of few Iranians allies at the helm of new conservative leader who will be picked up in March 2017. . Israel Lobby is watching carefully our community , they have lost the Canadian political battle to Iranian community after the 5+1 UN resolution . they have learned that Liberal MPP Reza Moridi is a burned token within the Iranian Community which can not help their cause in the future . The Israel Lobby did not support counter parliament E-petition for "not to restore relation with Iran" supported by Peter Kent , Thorn Hill conservative MP and Reza Moridi . the E_petition got 650 Signatures that shows Reza Moridi real supported include Violent Mojahedin,. old Monarchists and few Opportunists..
Iranian Community while has to defend any one within the community who is in trouble or difficult situation but should not be decieded by some politicians crocodile tears. The community shown the maturity and caring , the political decision is not in our hands.
Best
Saeed Soltanpour
Dir
Association of North Of American Ethnic Journalists And Writers ( Canada )
Iranian Canadian Free Lance Journalist
Richmond Hill Canada

the article printed at Toronto Star
In response to bias article by Ms. Ward on Saeed Malekpour printed on Feb 2- 2017
by : Saeed Soltanpour
8 years later his family is still asking the same question: how can we free Saeed Malekpour?

I do believe Saeed Malek Shall Not Be prosecuted in Iran since the hate crime has committed out of Iran. .
Also, He has served 8 years in Jail which is a hefty price for porno mocking of Shia Muslim icons on sites which he designed . Saeed Malekour accepted the design of the sites but claim he had not running the sites. However , the nature of the sites were subject of Canadian Hate crime which Ms. Ward ignore the fact. Sadly the process of the court in Iran have not been transparent on the case while Malekpour has a lawyer which is basic right.

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2- Human right is universal , sadly most of those mentioned Human Rights activists just politically motivated focusing on Iran . Ex Liberal MP Irwin Cotler is leading element on imposing sanction and shutting the embassy of Canada and Iran by anti Iranian conservative PM Harper . Sanction on Iranian which hurting Iranian in Canada and ignoring the rights on Iranians to Canada and Iran consulates services is clear violation of Canadian charter of rights, Also, discrimination against our community.
there are enough document proven Mr. Cotler had been leading human rights against Iran in alignment with Netanyahu Regime who has been systematically violating Human rights of Arabs in ISrael and occupied Land . by the way it is almost ignored by Mrs. Ward and Toronto star.

3- So many Iranian Canadian fly to Iran on daily basis why the security agents do not arrest them even though some of them are active opposition of of the Iran clergies establishment. some of them are Canadian university scholars.
Iranian government know well they have to pay heavy political price for any dual or Immigrants Iranian decent .

4- For Sure Iranian ruling clergies are not democrats.but you can not compere Iran c to Canada on Freedom of speech and press . While You can not compare Canada With Mexico , too . however,. you have to compare Iran with the neighboring countries. Iran is not worse than Saudis and Israel or Turkey which all three are US and Canadian allies . the main factor is if when a country is in the Western Block then violation of Human Rights is not that much Bad.
Sell of $15 billion military armors to Saudis by Harper that approved BY Liberal Trudeau is one the examples of how double standard Human right is.


By the way Robert William "Willie" Pickton , Serial killer still believes he is not guilty even though convicted in a court in British Columbia while his rights been served. So ,
A Human right activist will fight for the rights of any inmate any where in the world.
politicization of as Human right Human will not help the person in Jail. the same accusation Mohammad Fahmi made against Aljeezera. since Qatar Supporting Morsi Gen. Sisi arrested Aljeezra crew for propaganda against New government

Mr. Mohamad Fahmi Ex -Aljazeera journalist who was one the speaker at the event has not criticized any word on Gen . Al Sisi for mass arrest of Egyptians include ALjazeera Journalists , Mr. Mohamad Fahmi sadly in Canadian soil did not support other inmates who were abused in jails by guards.

is Ii a coincident Liberal minister Reza Moridi MPP, Payam AKhavan , Irwin cottler & Maryam Nayeb Yazdi pro sanction pro Israel to support Saeed Malekpour ? I do not think So.
I request Iranian judiciary make clemency for Mr. Saeed Malek Pour .
Best
Saeed Soltanpour

Iranian Canadian Free Lance Journalist
Richmond Hill Canada
the article printed at Toronto Star


8 years later his family is still asking the same question: how can we free Saeed Malekpour?

Advocates ramp up pressure on Canada to fight to free 41-year-old Canadian resident Saeed Malekpour, sentenced to life in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison.

By Olivia WardForeign Affairs Reporter
Thu., Feb. 2, 2017

For eight long and often desperate years, Saeed Malekpour has been locked in the dungeonlike cells of Iran’s Evin Prison, condemned for crimes he did not commit.

The 41-year-old Canadian resident has seen others come and go. Some have been granted “furloughs” from prison to rejoin relatives and seek medical attention. Other prisoners have been pardoned or had their sentences cut.

But all of Malekpour’s pleas have been rejected under the direction of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards, the enforcers of the clerical regime.

They are in charge of an expanding campaign to clamp down on use of the Internet and social media. The arrest of Malekpour — an engineer and web designer — aimed to make an example of him through accusations that he worked for “foreign powers” to undermine the clerical regime by masterminding an online pornography network: charges that even the Iranian courts could not substantiate.

“Saeed and his lawyer requested a furlough but the prosecutor would not agree,” said his sister Maryam Malekpour, who will speak out for him at an event at the University of Toronto on Feb. 3. “Now both the prosecutor and the prison warden have agreed, but the Revolutionary Guards are opposed,” she said.

She will join a group of high-profile advocates who are launching a campaign to ramp up pressure to free Malekpour — and urge the Canadian government to use its leverage to demand his release.

It is a crucial year for Iran’s international relations, including an upcoming presidential election, a struggle over the nuclear deal that eased crippling sanctions, and negotiations to restore diplomatic ties with Ottawa.

Speakers will include former political prisoners Homa Hoodfar and Malekpour’s former cellmate Mostafa Azizi, who have spoken little about their ordeals until now.

Mohamed Fahmy, a journalist and former political prisoner in Egypt, will join them, along with former Iranian prisoner Hamid Ghassemi-Shall, MP and human rights lawyer Irwin Cotler, members of all political parties and Amnesty International Secretary General Alex Neve.

“Saeed was a victim of the system and he should be released now,” said Azizi, a Toronto-based filmmaker who was arrested in January 2015 on charges that included insulting the country’s supreme leader. He was freed in an amnesty after 15 months in prison — six of them spent in the cellblock where Malekpour is now held.

“Saeed has breathing problems, he has been through torture but he is trying to keep up his spirits,” Azizi said. “He is hopeful that he will come out soon. But that won’t happen unless he gets support from the government, and from people outside and inside Iran.”

Both men are Canadian permanent residents, a category Ottawa says makes it difficult for the government to intervene. Canada’s severed diplomatic relations with Iran have added to the problems.

But with Ottawa attempting to restore relations, advocates say, it is the best time for the Trudeau government to press for Malekpour’s release as part of the negotiations.

“It’s a re-engagement from which the Revolutionary Guards will benefit the most,” said human rights advocate Maryam Nayeb Yazdi, founder of the Persian2English site.

“For the past eight years Saeed has had no access to a lawyer,” she said. “His basic rights have been repeatedly violated and he has never received a fair trial. This is not the profile of a guilty man, but of a political hostage. Hostage-takers do not release their victims without an incentive.” Among other things, Iranians would benefit from easing of difficulties in obtaining visas if relations were restored.

Homa Hoodfar, a Canadian citizen and professor emeritus at Concordia University, who was arrested during a visit to Iran last year, believes she was a pawn in an ongoing power struggle between factions of the murky regime.

Charged with “dabbling in feminism and security matters,” she was released in October after 112 days of imprisonment and constant threats from interrogators. The detention was all the more alarming because another Iranian-born Canadian, photojournalist Zahra Kazemi, died after torture in the same prison in 2003.

Since then, hardliners’ suspicions of expat Iranians have increased, and a number have been arrested and imprisoned on widely-decried espionage and subversion charges. They have also been used to play out rivalries between factions who want to see more openness to the world, and those who fear a loss of power if they loosen their grip.

“In my case, I knew initially that they disliked the vice-president for women’s affairs,” said Hoodfar. “They wanted to show I had been guiding her in running a campaign for women in the parliamentary election. I met her once, by chance, and if I saw her in the street I wouldn’t recognize her.”

Hoodfar said that her captors “kept talking (aggressively) about dual nationals,” making it clear that they opposed entry of people that they believed were allied with reformers.

She was released in October on “humanitarian grounds” after Ottawa called on Iranian ally Oman for help.

No such efforts have so far been made for Malekpour.

Both Hoodfar and Azizi say that much more must be done to obtain his release — both by the Trudeau government and the public. Under the Harper government, an all-party vote to save Malekpour from a death sentence was followed by its reduction to life in prison.

“I believe I was released because of lobbying both inside and outside Iran,” said Azizi. “I was very well known as a TV producer and screen writer. I was connected to the arts and cinema community. Saeed was never well known, he’s just an accidental victim. Without pressure, he has no one on his side.”

Malekpour’s imprisonment has served its purpose for his jailers, Azizi added. “They are done with him. But he needs pressure from the international community to be released. The time is right.”

Malekpour has already suffered too much, he said. Now held in a grimy cell with up to 30 others, and given “food so bad it would often end up in the garbage,” he is struggling to survive from day to day. “In the years when he was tortured and under an execution order, the pressure was unbearable. In that situation, every day you think you’ll die.”

Campaign to Free Saeed Malekpour will feature a panel of speakers from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3, at the University of Toronto Earth Sciences Centre, 5 Bancroft Ave., room 1050.
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Friday, March 25, 2016

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Canada is needlessly bleeding money on generic drugs

Canada is needlessly bleeding money on generic drugs

It's time to abandon the arbitrary way provinces control generic drug prices, and start using competition, as other countries do

NEWSART / ILLUSTRATION BY MARGARET SCOTT
The German language is full of incomparable nouns, like das Backpfeifengesicht. It means “a face that should be slapped.” That sums up my thoughts, and probably yours too, on the smirking mug of Martin Shkreli, the American generic drug boss who took an old, cheap medicine and raised the price to a whopping $750 a pill, over the howls of patients and doctors.
Canada has homegrown Backpfeifengesichten too, like those at Quebec’s Valeant Pharmaceutical, which suddenly raised generic drug prices by up to 2,500 per cent. And while slapping is extreme, the whole generics industry in Canada deserves the stink eye for systematically overcharging us.
Earlier this month, the federal government’s drug price watchdog, the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board, released a brilliantly researched report proving that Canada’s generic drug prices are too high: depending how one measures, typically 19 per cent to 31 per cent above prices in Europe, the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. With generic prescription drug sales totaling $5.4 billion annually, do the arithmetic and Canadians are being gouged between $1 billion and $1.67 billion.
In perspective: pull $29 to $48 out of your wallet. Per Canadian, that is how much is wasted by overpaying for generic drugs.
Why? Because of the numbskulled way that the provinces control generic drug prices. Instead of bargaining for a low price, the provinces pay an arbitrary percentage of the price charged by the company that, many years before, first marketed the drug that the generic is copying. For example, if the original drug is $1 per pill, Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long Term Care usually aims to pays 25 per cent (so 25 cents) for the generic version. Different provinces use different percentages, but all are locked into this basic system, as are private health insurers or individual Canadians.
Naturally, this arbitrary, anti-competitive system creates opportunities for price gouging.
Take for example Apotex. Headquartered in Toronto, it calls itself “Truly Canadian,” and all its medicines come from Canada, having been manufactured or tested here. Yet oddly, Apotex’s medicines are priced lower in far-flung New Zealand than here in Ontario.
Consider Apotex’s version of amoxicillin, a basic antibiotic that just about everyone has taken: New Zealand’s government pays $0.039 per 500 mg capsule, but Ontario’s pays $0.342 — eight fold higher. Or Apotex’s version of amlodipine, a common blood pressure drug: New Zealand pays $0.027 for a 10 mg tablet, but Ontario’s $0.359 — 13 fold higher.
Something is obviously wrong when “Truly Canadian” drugs are priced in this anti-Canadian way. In principle, prices should be lower in Ontario than New Zealand, because Apotex avoids the export/import costs to the antipodes, and there are more Ontarians than Kiwis, meaning that the volume discount should work in our favor, not theirs. Yet somehow, even at New Zealand’s bargain basement prices, Apotex carries on happily doing business.
The lesson here is simple: instead of using arbitrary percentages to set prices — a uniquely Canadian stupidity that leads to us being gouged — we should use competition, as other countries do. Even in the United States, land of infamously expensive drugs, when the American government uses competition it pays less for generics than we do. I agree with the Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association’s call for “generic companies to compete against each other in the marketplace.” They’re right about that.
Presently, a golden political opportunity exists to solve this problem, thanks largely to Ontario Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins and federal Health Minister Dr. Jane Philpott. Both worked as doctors in the poorest parts of Africa; they are adept at wringing value out of a tight health budget. They are at the forefront of reviving the national health accord that Stephen Harper allowed to lapse, which includes a new working group of Canada’s health ministers addressing equitable, affordable access to appropriate medicines. That’s hard, not just because Apotex and its ilk may battle to keep their corporate welfare, but because the ministers want a solution for the 10 per cent of Canadians who cannot afford their drugs, without disrupting the private insurance market that other Canadians depend on.
The ministers’ vision deserves the support of the premiers and the prime minister. If it ends the price gouging on generic drugs, those savings could pay for getting everyone the medicines they need, so nobody goes without. Now that would be Truly Canadian.
Amir Attaran is a scientist, lawyer, and professor in the Faculty of Law and Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa.
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