Brazilian Senator Takes Action for Pastor Youcef’s Attorney


Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani preaching

It is fantastic that nations that have international leverage are taking an interest in plight of Pastor Youcef and now Youcef’s attorney imprisoned for representing the Pastor. Brazil is part of a group of nations that have unofficially been known as the BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India and China). The BRIC nations have no official treaty identifying themselves as such. The “BRIC” appellation is a label assigned by those involved with geopolitics to identify these four nations as up and coming powerhouses because of their natural resources and/or current strong economies – militaries.

 

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) has been highly involved in finding arenas to bring pressure on Iran to release Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. Below is how those actions in part are proceeding including the Mahammad Ali Dadkhah.

 

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Brazilian Senator Takes Action for Pastor Youcef’s Attorney

 

By Matthew Clark

Jun. 7, 2012 2:01 PM

ACLJ

 

Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani’s Iranian attorney continues to face an impending prison sentence in Iran. However, there are new international efforts to aid the Iranian human rights attorney and his persecuted client.

 

Mahammad Ali Dadkhah has been valiantly fighting for Pastor Youcef’s release through Iran’s judicial system. He was convicted for representing the persecuted in Iran and faces a lengthy prison sentence and disbarment from practicing law that would render Pastor Youcef without adequate legal representation.

 

This week, the ACLJ’s new Director of Operations in Brazil, Filipe Coelho, met with Brazilian Senator Magno Malta and others to urge diplomatic efforts on Dadkhah’s behalf.

 

Filipe Coelho & Magno Malta - Brazil

 

As Coelho reports:

 

[I] met with Senator Magno Malta and Pr Everaldo Pereira, President of the PSC to address issues such as Religious Freedom and the case of Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani who is trapped in Iran, convicted and sentenced to death [because of his Christian faith]. He introduced the case of Mohammad Ali Dadkhah to Senator Malta who has been in touch with the Ambassador of Iran about Nadarkhani’s situation. Senator Malta said he was not aware of Dadkhah and he immediately asked his office to call the Embassy of Iran and set up a meeting for Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.

 

Senator Malta has been a significant influence in the Brazilian government, urging action on Pastor Youcef’s behalf. Jordan Sekulow, ACLJ Executive Director, met with Senator Malta earlier this year and provided him with Pastor Youcef’s verdict, translated into Portuguese.

 

Senator Malta has already taken action on Pastor Youcef’s behalf, meeting with Iran’s Ambassador to Brazil. We are hopeful that next week’s meeting with Iran’s Ambassador will be beneficial for both Pastor Youcef and his brave attorney.

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Iran Contradicts Itself Again about Pastor Youcef to Brazil


Yousef Nadarkhanai 

Here is an update from ACLJ on the plight of Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani facing a death sentence for being a Christian.

 

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Iran Contradicts Itself Again about Pastor Youcef to Brazil

 

By Jordan Sekulow

March 9, 2012

American Center for Law and Justice

 

Brazilian Senator Magno Malta, who has been working diligently within the Brazilian government and diplomatically with Iran for Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani’s release, has caught the Iranian government contradicting itself.

 

Earlier this week, Senator Malta reported to Brazilian media that he had personally met with Iran’s ambassador to Brazil, Mohamad Ali Ghahezadehao, (pictured above) who had informed him that Pastor Youcef would not be executed for his faith, but that he “was convicted of other crimes, theft and prostitution.” The Iranian ambassador also gave Senator Malta an official letter from the Iranian embassy (English translation), claiming the Iran respects the freedom to practice religion and denying Pastor Youcef’s death sentence.

 

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Portuguese Document from Iranian Ambassador to Brazilian Senator Magno Malto

 

These are precisely the same lies and contradictions that we have repeatedly seen coming from the Iranian government – another attempt to stall public outrage against his case that has been growing in Brazil.

 

I met with Senator Malta yesterday morning, and provided him with a copy of the original Iranian supreme court verdict convicting Pastor Youcef to death by hanging for his Christian faith in Farsi and translated into Portuguese (the ACLJ also has English and Russian translations).

 

He reported to Brazilian media:

 

The senator said he left the Iranian embassy relieved with the information provided by the diplomat. But today morning, his office received a message credited to the Court of Iran. According to the Senator, the sentence confirms the conviction of the pastor to the gallows, for religious crime. A document, dated December 5, 2010, says Yousef Nadarkhani was convicted of “having turned his back on Islam,” without reference to crimes such as theft or prostitution. The document confirms that the conviction occurred because the defendant spread the Christian faith, converting Muslims to Christianity, and worked with social action. There is also information that, at trial, he denied Islam and confirmed his conversion to Christianity.

 

The senator also said that in a document dated June 12, 2011, the Supreme Court of Iran reported that the offender refused to deny the Christian faith and upheld his death sentence. Magno Malta said that defense attorneys claim that Yousef was not practicing Islam since adolescence – which, in theory, eliminate the possibility of apostasy and sentenced to death.

 

Senator Malta took immediate action, returning to the Iranian embassy demanding an explanation from the Iranian ambassador for what he called “contrary” assurances he had been given by the ambassador. He is also continuing to press for Pastor Youcef’s unconditional release.

 

I provided these same Iranian supreme court documents to the Vice President of Brazil when I met with him earlier this week, allowing the government of Brazil to engage directly with Iran, fully equipped with Pastor Youcef’s actual conviction order.

 

Pastor Youcef’s case continues to be a major part of the international discussion regarding Iran. It is absolutely critical that we keep Pastor Youcef’s case in the international media spotlight to keep the pressure on Iran for his release. Please continue to pray, share persecuted pastor’s story, and Tweet for Youcef.

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Seeds of a Sunni-Shia War?


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John R. Houk

© January 22, 2011

 

I was reading a WND news article where I came upon ad that caught my attention and was entitled: “EXPOSED: The REAL Reason Iran Wants the Bombs …” The ad had a picture of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad pointing his finger as in a speech. The ad was a link to an investment promotion that uses the carrot of “free” reports to buy a $49 subscription to an investment newsletter with a money back guarantee if the purchaser is not pleased. However, preceding the shpeel is some interesting analytic extrapolations about the probability for a coming war in the Middle East. Interestingly the war would not be the Muslims against Israel scenario. Rather the war will occur because of Iran desires to control the oil of Saudi Arabia and the underlying tension will be the age old strife between Sunni Muslims and Shia Muslims. That which is most fascinating to think about is that Sunnis are about 90% of all Muslims. The biggest concentration of Shias is in Iran with a significant minority of Arab speaking Shias in Iraq. According the video report those Shias of Iraq is the location of some of richest oil deposits in the Iraqi nation.

 

The ad video displays maps showing Shia population groups that roughly surround Saudi Arabia that have traditionally had zero political or military clout. The speculation from the ad shows that Iranian support for these Shia population centers have militarized traditionally powerless Shias into Islamic terrorist clients of Iran. The classic example is Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Islamic terrorists in Yemen.

 

I sense Iran might start a conflict with Israel through its proxies Hezbollah of Lebanon and the rogue government of Syria as an excuse to attack Israel. The saber rattling talk to wipe Israel off the map would be an excuse to turn on the current Saudi partnership with America to attack Saudi Arabia. Again the excuse will be Israel and the presence of Israel’s traditional big dog supporter America. America has military bases in the Muslim holy land of the Arabian Peninsula which is the location of Mecca and Medina which are central to Islam’s theopolitical cult. Both Sunnis and Shias revere Mecca and Medina. An excuse to invade Saudi Arabia would be to remove Mecca and Medina from the Saudi Royal family control (Wahhabi Sunni) who have brought the infidel (kafir-Americans) to the Arabian Peninsula.

 

Many purist Muslims that the West love to call radical Muslims are in agreement that the infidel should have no part on the Arabian Peninsula. So here is the irony of a Sunni/Shia war: many radical Muslim sects will undoubted support Iran’s fabricated excuse to invade Saudi Arabia even though they are Sunni by nature. This would include a number of Wahhabi Sunnis in Saudi Arabia itself. By the by, al Qaeda’s existence from founder Osama bin Laden came into being because of the infidel being on the Arabian Peninsula in the First Iraq War. Bin Laden was a Saudi citizen from a wealthy family that was partial to Wahhabi ideology. And it would not be the first time Wahhabi Sunnis confronted the Saudi Royal family over their role as the protectors of Mecca and Medina. Wahhabis seized the Great Mosque in 1979 and only an agreement between the Saudi Royal family and Wahhabi Clerics saved Saudi Arabia from a Sunni version of Khomeini’s Shia Iranian Revolution in Iran. Indeed before the Saudi/Wahhabi agreement, the Saudi Royal family clandestinely utilized infidel French commandos to wrest control away from the Wahhabi revolutionaries holding the Great Mosque. Even today the Saudis would deny using infidel to retrieve the Great Mosque.

 

Three commandos from the French GIGN led by thirty-three year old Lieutenant Paul Barril converted to Islam so that they would be allowed into Mecca to aid the Saudi police and military and their Pakistani attaches in planning the retaking of the mosque – as non-Muslims cannot enter the city of Mecca. Their identities were concealed by the Saudi government so as to avoid the appearance of being too closely allied with non-Muslim nations and parties, as was frequently the accusation leveled by the propaganda services of Ayatollah Khomeini against The House of Saud. (Ground Mosque Seizure; Siege: Absolute Astronomy)

 

I am guessing Barril’s conversion was a hypocritical exploitation of the Saudis because this guy has been involved in a bunch of controversies from his Gendarme days through to his days as a consultant about terrorism.

 

Now the prediction of this ad that a war is looming very soon in the Middle East from Iranian hegemonic desires that could indeed turn intolerant Islamic Iran into a super power interested me; however I learned some bonus information in the ad’s pursuit to plug an investment newsletter.

 

Did you know that Brazil has the sovereign control of newly discovered oil fields under the ocean of the Brazilian coast? I mean it is so huge that it may be bigger than Saudi Arabia’s oil deposits or even Russia’s Siberian oil deposits. Brazil is a large nation in South America that does have access to natural resources because of its size. Brazil as a developing nation has depended on American and European corporations to develop those resources over the years. This would all change with the kind of revenue oil development and possible oil refining that will turn Brazil into a major oil exporter. Natural resources are a major absence from other oil exporting giants such as Saudi Arabia or Iran. Can you imagine the kind of prosperity this will bring to Brazil? With Brazil’s natural resources and oil money to develop it, Brazil will enter a stage of huge industrialization. Industrialization means building a military to protect Brazil from outside competitors. Guess which nation competition would affect the most? That would be the National Interests and National Security of the United States of America.

 

Unless America begins to court Brazil as a South American partner (as in equals rather than superior/inferior), Brazil will naturally turn to America’s competitors to offset American meddling that would have to occur for America to remain strong. If Brazil hooks up with nations that are a threat to America’s economy or military prowess, American-Brazil tension could evolve into military confrontation. Any of these nations hooking up with a powerful Brazil will cause problems for America: Iran, Russia and China.

 

Iran is seeking hegemony in the Middle East to the point of trying to acquire Iraq and Saudi crude. Russia and America have not exactly seen things eye to eye lately on mutual National Interests that still has the air of military competition. China is seeking its own hegemonic region of influence in Asia. China also holds a large chunk of America’s debt and thus is doing a little tugging on America’s testicles. America’s entangled non-declared war against Islamic terrorists is diverting American resources that expose America’s back-side if Brazil engages positively with America’s competitors. I can throw in pipsqueak yet blowhard Marxist Venezuela in the mix, but I think there are a lot of variables involved with Venezuela being an oil competitor right on the border with Brazil. Although I expect a lot of nationalization from Brazil, I’m not seeing Hugo Chavez’s Marxist paradigm as being attractive to Brazil’s future. In fact old Hugo might be the best thing to move Brazil and America into a much needed alliance as the protectors of North and South America.  

 

In case you are curious about more of the ad data. It spends some time talking about how many nations with nuclear power plants are increasing that capacity thus increasing the demand for uranium. Then the ad examines gold as an investment that is wise when a global war might mess up all the currencies of the world. Conspiracy Theorists can extrapolate how this data might geopolitics and global wars that could lead to the – wait for it … the New World Order.

 

JRH 1/22/11