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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: Three Hand Amputations, Four Hangings Carried Out in Qom

Medieval and barbaric: Judicial amputation carried out in public, Iran.
NCRI - The Iranian regime's deputy prosecutor in the city of Qom, announced that the hands of three person accused of theft were amputated and at the same time four others accused of drug related crimes were executed in Qom central prison.

According to Iranian regime's radio and television news agency on September 21, deputy prosecutor called Younes Davoudi officially announced the above mentioned punishments.

It is noteworthy than in the month of June, two young men in Tehran accused of theft were sentenced by the 11th Branch of Tehran Province criminal court to have their fingers amputated.

“I was forced to resort to stealing to come up with money for my wife’s chemotherapy,” one of the accused said.

The defendants are Taghi, 30, and Parviz, 31, by their first names.

The state-run Rokna news agency interviewed one of the defendants whose wife is suffering from cancer:

Q: How many counts do you have?

A: Four counts of theft

Q: Why did you steal?

A: I didn’t have any money to pay for my wife’s chemotherapy while she suffers from cancer. Of course, I don’t know if she’s still alive or not.

Q: Do you have a child?

A: Yeah, two daughters.

Q: Why didn’t you try to find work and not steal?

A: I was wrong

Q: What will you do if they amputate your hands?

A: I don’t know, and I truly regret it. I tried my best to gain their consent, but I’m alone, in prison and no one can help me.

Q: Where is your family now?

A: I don’t know. I’m worried about my wife but they have all forgotten me.

Q: Where did you place what you stole?

A: We sold it to a guy, and they are after him now. He gave us very little money.

Source: NCRI, September 22, 2017


The Accelerating Pace of Poverty in Iran


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NCRI - The accelerating pace of poverty extension in Iran is due to the innumerable corruption of government officials. The harmful effects of poverty among the people are so obvious that even the state-run media and regime officials are inevitably forced to admit this fact.

“Right now, there are about 10 to 12 million people in absolute poverty,” said Parviz Fattah, head of the so-called Khomeini Relief Committee. “But if the indicators are accurately determined and we want to raise the level of welfare of the community, then 16 to 20 million people in the country can be found in the circle of absolute poverty.”

Of course, since he knows that this is not a real figure, he immediately adds: “It is very difficult to define absolute poverty in our country, and if we want to elaborate on it in details, it has a political burden and it should be seen whether the authorities are ready to undergo the political burden of this issue in front of the global assemblies? (Iran regime state TV, 17 July 2017).

Prior to this, Mohammad Mokhber Dezfuli, head of Khomeini's Command Headquarters, had said: “The poverty situation in the country is extremely inadequate, with 12 million people below the absolute poverty line, and 25 to 30 million people under the relative poverty line, (state-run Asr-e Iran website, 6 July 2017).

The head of the Khomeini Relief Committee and the head of Khomeini's Command Headquarters have certainly cited the statistics far less than reality, because Ali Akbar Sayari, Deputy Minister of Health of Rouhani’s cabinet, had previously said: “Currently, 30 percent of the people in the country are hungry and do not even have bread to eat, and the Ministry of Welfare confirms this figure, (state-run Mehr News Agency, 15 August 2016).

According to this statement of Sayari, more than 25 million people are hungry and live under the absolute poverty line.

Two years ago, Hossein Raghfar affiliated to Rouhani's bands also said: “40% of the total population is under the absolute poverty line” (Rah-e Dana website, 22 December 2014).

So, according to Raghfar’s statement, about 35 million people are under the absolute poverty line. In addition, his statement came two and half years ago after which according to the state-owned media and government officials’ confession, people’s lively hood has deteriorated since then.

Those people in the absolute poverty line are those who, at the very least, do not have the necessary income for their basic needs, or basically have no income, so much so that many of them have to search for food in the waste and garbage.

The state-run ISNA news agency on 30 July 2017, in the article titled "The trash can that becomes children's food table!” reports the regretful state of a child searching for food in the garbage dump. The report is summarized as follows:

“The almond-eyed teenage boy is so black and smoky that whoever does not know what is going on may think he is selling coals. His pant is at least three times larger than his size and is folded several times at footpad. His long shirt has reached his knees and his wrinkled hands tell of his early aging. He bends into the garbage bins up to his wrist and empties the garbage bags one after the other, and finally, he finds the bread at the expense of his life. He says that I often find lunch in the garbage, but I eat my dinner with my friends who also search for food in the garbage dump.”

This is a deplorable situation in the sense that in the mullahs' regime every year, Iranian food tables become smaller and the government has no specific plans to stop the poverty and reduce the number of poor people.

It is also the result of social inequality and class divisions that deepens year by year.

Naturally, if the concept of poverty is spread to the lag and backwardness of health, education, housing, etc., then the harmful effects of poverty will be better understood in people's lives. Lack of adequate food, housing, education and health, is one of the deprivations that deprives the poor of having a decent life making them extremely vulnerable to illness, economic crises and natural disasters.

Source: NCRI, September 22, 2017


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