Friday, January 29, 2010

International Monarchists Denounce Iranian Execution of Dissident

-- Official statement of the International Monarchist Conference (IMC)

Iranian sources confirmed by the AFP released the information that the monarchist journalist Mohammad-Reza Ali-Zamani and the 20 years old Arash Rahmanpour, both members of the Association of the Monarchy in Iran, were hanged on January 28, 2010 in Teheran by the authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The two men had been sentenced to death for their participation in the protest movement which defied the Islamic Republic after June presidential election. Their call had been rejected on November 4.

Beyond the political commitment of these men, the whole international community should mobilize itself to save the life of political prisoners facing death penalty because of their opposition to an illegitimate and theocratic islamist dictatorship. The International Monarchist Conference violently protests against these executions carried out by the arbitrary which governs the destiny of Iran.

The International Monarchist Conference denounces the silence of many media and of Western governments.

We remain without information about the three others prisoners sentenced to death and still waiting for their execution and nine others still waiting for their call.

The International Monarchist Conference calls for a new mobilization of energies in order to save the remaining prisoners and honours the two monarchists, martyrs of their cause and their engagement.

General secretary of the IMC

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Archdiocese of Mobile contributes 1200 WFP to Haiti Relief

MOBILE, Alabama - As of Friday, the Archdiocese of Mobile has contributed over US$250,000 (1,200 DBWF Pounds) to the Haitian earthquake relief efforts. Last weekend, Archbishop Rodi mandated a special collection to be taken up at all parishes and missions in Mobile.

The proceeds of this collection will be sent to Catholic Relief Services, a remarkable organization which has repeatedly demonstrated an outstanding ability to get help quickly and effectively to foreign countries in need of assistance. This is particularly true of their efforts in Haiti. (

HM The Queen to Address the UN General Assembly

23 January 2010
-- BBC

The Queen is to address the UN General Assembly

The Queen is to address the United Nations General Assembly in New York this summer for the first time in more than 50 years, Buckingham Palace says. She will make her speech on 6 July, following a royal tour of Canada accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh. The Queen will begin her visit to Canada on 28 June and she will return to London immediately after her address to the UN.

The last time the monarch addressed the UN General Assembly was in 1957.