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Why Texas’ ‘death penalty capital of the world’ stopped executing people

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Since the Supreme Court legalized capital punishment in 1976, Harris County, Texas, has executed 126 people. That's more executions than every individual state in the union, barring Texas itself.
Harris County's executions account for 23 percent of the 545 people Texas has executed. On the national level, the state alone is responsible for more than a third of the 1,465 people put to death in the United States since 1976.
In 2017, however, the county known as the "death penalty capital of the world" and the "buckle of the American death belt" executed and sentenced to death a remarkable number of people: zero.
This is the first time since 1985 that Harris County did not execute any of its death row inmates, and the third year in a row it did not sentence anyone to capital punishment either.
The remarkable statistic reflects a shift the nation is seeing as a whole.
“The practices that the Harris County District Attorney’s Office is following are also signifi…

Iran: Man publicly flogged for drinking alcohol

A video was recently published on the internet showing the State Security Forces publicly flogging a man in Torbat-e Jam in in Khorasan Province for drinking liquor. (Warning: This video contains disturbing audio content.)



A corrupt theocracy, barbaric and medieval punishments.


Source: Iran HRM, August 9, 2017


Iranian Police Arrest Dozens Of ‘Half-Naked’ Teenagers At Mixed Pool Party


A policewoman looks out of a van of Iran's morality police in Tehran, Iran.
A policewoman looks out of a van of Iran's morality police in Tehran.
RFL/RE – Iranian police have detained dozens of young people at a pool party near the central city of Isfahan that authorities say involved dancing and alcohol, state media report.

The TV news website Iribnews.ir on August 9 said provincial forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and local police arrested 64 “half-naked” teenagers of both sexes at the party, which took place the day before.

The report said the party participants were dancing and drinking alcoholic beverages and that they posted videos of the party on social media to “encourage decadence.”

The Tasnim news agency said the party was reported to the authorities by neighbors.

Under Islamic law in Iran, drinking alcohol and holding parties involving unrelated men and women are forbidden.

Private parties are often raided by police, and participants are usually temporarily detained before being handed heavy fines.

On August 8, local officials in Kerman Province announced the closure of three “night party centers” and the arrest of 18 people.

Source: shabtabnews.com, August 10, 2017


Iran: The Launch of Special Women's Patrol Unit


"Visiting public places and dealing with offenders."
"Visiting public places and dealing with offenders."
NCRI - The Iranian regime's prosecutor in Qom announced the appointment of a women's special patrol to visit women's public places.

According to the judicial authority, "in line with the expansion of the hijab culture, the special patrol of the women of the Qom prosecutor's office, with the management of female judges, will visit women's places, galleries, swimming pools, sports halls, hairdressers and ...".

According to the government news agency of the young journalists club, Mahmoud Kahe, Qom prosecutor, said: "The Special Women’s Patrol of the Prosecutor Office will visit public places for women, and in the event of observing any anti-chastity acts, will deal with the offenders.”

In order to [oppress] more women and girls in Iran, he claimed that this measure was in line with expanding the culture of hijab and chastity in society and creating lasting peace and stability in the province.

Despite the rules of compulsory veiling and the suppression of Iranian women and girls under this pretext, a large proportion of women, especially the younger generation, have always resisted the compulsory veil and avoided it in various ways.

Source: NCRI, August 11, 2017

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