Monthly Archives: January 2020

Open letter to the Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Homa Arjomand is the incrediblty brave woman, born in Iran, who led the fight against Sharia law in Ontario in 2005. She posted this letter today.

In memory of the victims of the recent Ukrainian plane crash in Iran

INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN To Closedown Iranian Embassies
416- 737-9500

Open letter to the Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
Fax: 1-613-941-6900

January 9th/2020
From: Homa Arjomand
Co-ordinator, The International Campaign to Closedown Iranian Embassies

We write to you in memory of the victims of the recent Ukrainian plane crash in Iran, and for the liberty and freedoms of people in Iran and around the world. To prevent further crimes by Islamic Regime of Iran, the International Campaign to Closedown Iranian Embassies expects Canada and all other Western countries to break all diplomatic ties with the Iranian regime and close down their Embassies.

This request is based on the recent Ukrainian plane crash in Iran that ended the precious lives of 176 people, among them 63 Canadians of Iranian descent; and the witnessing on November 16 2019 of tens of thousands of people in Iran who bravely took to the streets in over 21 cities to overthrow Islamic Republic of Iran. Five days after the outbreak of this popular uprising, the Iranian government engaged in a violent and deadly crackdown with over 7,000 of these courageous protesters being arrested and over 1,500 killed by security forces. Presently detainees are subjected to torture and other ill-treatment.

Canada needs to not only condemn Iranian regime for its heinous state crimes but also to put pressure on the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights to act fast and adopt a resolution to close down all Iranian Embassies immediately in order to prevent future crimes by the Islamic Regime of Iran and to save lives of people not only in Iran but also in other parts of the world.

We respectfully request a meeting at your earliest convenience in this regard.

Yours truly,

Homa Arjomand
The International Campaign to closedown Iranian Embassies

Climate change terror is child abuse

Why study, work hard, avoid drugs or even get out of bed if the world is ending? The good news is, it’s not ending.

Our atmosphere is being poisoned.

This poison is seeping into our brains. It is killing us.

The poison is not carbon dioxide: it is Fear.

It is irresponsible to pretend that carbon dioxide is a poison which is killing us; shoving this fearful idea down the throats of trusting children who are a captive audience is a heinous form of child abuse.

I am honoured to teach a class on business and entrepreneurship in the Jane-Finch community. Every week, I get to spend time with 14 bright, hard-working high school students who dedicate time after school learning how to start a business, from businesspeople.

Early in the program, the class was tasked with inventing a product to manufacture and sell. One of the most engaged and serious girls in the class suggested:

“We should invent a process to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.”

“That already exists,” I pointed out tactfully. “The process is ‘photosynthesis.’ Plants do that: they take carbon dioxide out of the air and produce oxygen and sugar.”

The class stared at me blankly. “Is anyone taking Biology?” No hands went up. “Chemistry?” I asked hopefully. Nothing.

“Are no sciences required? What is one class that everyone takes?” I asked.

“English!” the class chorused.

OK…so everyone can read terrifying media articles about climate change, but no one realizes carbon dioxide is not toxic. Good to know.

This conversation took a frightening turn as we discussed creating a board game: one boy suggested it should have a post-apocalyptic survival theme. Players would compete for resources in a world destroyed by climate change.

“Miss, could one of the options be ‘suicide’?” a student asked.

“Yeah!” another chimed in enthusiastically. “And if you knew you were going to die, you could use your next three turns taking out as many of your enemies as possible before you go! We could call it, ‘Escape from Toronto.’”

“Whoa!” I jumped in. “Suicide is not an option, the world is not ending, and I don’t know where you would escape to that is better than Canada – most of the world wants to come here. How about we create the rules so that you can leave all the resources you collected to your allies if you die, to give them a better chance to survive?”

The students liked this idea, and turned to discussing what the resources should be: food, shelter, medical care, magical superpowers. The basics.

This conversation haunts me. Why are we instilling young people with fear when we should be imbuing them with confidence?

These kids need to wake up every day thinking, “Anything is possible!” not “We are all doomed.”

Why work hard, create a plan, invest in skills, or develop relationships when you don’t expect to be here 12 years from now?

What kind of adult would poison the minds of young people with the idea that they should live in fear? It is criminal. It is beyond abuse – it is a murderous attack on their hopes of achievement before their dreams can even be conceived.

The only thing we have to fear, speechwriter Napoleon Hill famously wrote, is Fear itself. Yet, we are allowing fear merchants unfettered access to the minds of our kids.

Enough is enough. This has to stop. Parents, teachers, businesspeople, journalists, artists, and athletes need to tell young people: “You have a future, and it can be great! Study hard. Work hard. Think positively. Believe.”

Fear not.