Canada – Leader of the Government in the House of Commons will hold news conference

The Honourable Mark Holland, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, will hold a news conference to discuss the new session of Parliament.

Press Conference

Date: November 22, 2021

Time: 10:00 a.m. EST


Room 125-B, West Block, Parliament Hill

Ottawa, Ontario

Mark Kennedy

Director of Communications

Office of the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons


Iran and Its Supreme Leader, Sued for Alleged Unlawful Acts of Torture and Other Torts in D.C. Federal Court

 Mr. Akbar Lakestani, who is an Iranian-American journalist and human rights activist, filed a complaint (Case #: 1:21-cv-2232) against the Islamic Republic of Iran, Supreme Leader Seyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and IRGC Commander-in-Chief Hossein Salami for allegedly subjecting him to hostage taking, torture, the denial and delay of medical treatment, attempts to extract coerced false confessions, the denial of due process, and other torts against him.

The following six paragraphs cite some of the allegations from the complaint:

Mr. Lakestani traveled from the U.S. to Iran in September 2019 to visit his elderly mother. Upon crossing the border from Turkey into Iran, he was arrested by Iranian law enforcement officers and accused of speaking out against the Iranian regime. He was repeatedly blindfolded, taken to different detention facilities, denied his diabetes medication, and interrogated.

After being transferred to the IRGC-controlled Central Prison of Urmia in October 2019, he was placed in a hall with prisoners who had been charged with violent criminal offenses. As a result of the unsafe prison conditions, Mr. Lakestani begged in vain to be placed in solitary confinement. He was subsequently charged with cooperating with anti-regime groups and insulting the Supreme Leader.

Mr. Lakestani carried out multiple hunger strikes in response to unsafe prison conditions. After falling unconscious during a hunger strike, he was taken to Imam Khomenei Hospital. There, authorities beat him while his hands and feet were shackled to the hospital bed. Further, he was injected with an unknown substance that rendered him unconscious and transferred to a section of the hospital designated for prisoners, which was windowless and visibly unsanitary.

He was then transferred to Razi Psychiatric Hospital where he was placed in the most dangerous section with violent and unstable patients. He was given medications not prescribed or identified to him, which caused him to sleep excessively. His hands and feet were cuffed so tightly, causing severe shoulder pain and his feet to bleed and become infected.

On November 13, 2019, news of his arrest became widespread and he was temporarily released on bail. While he was subsequently interrogated by the Iranian authorities at least six times, he fled Iran and returned to the U.S. in February 2020.

Today, Mr. Lakestani continues to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, a sleep disorder, and extreme physical pain caused by his hostage taking and torture by Iran and its agents.

This case is brought under the terrorism exception of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia through Mr. Lakestani’s attorney, Mr. Ali Herischi of Herischi & Associates, LLC. Mr. Lakestani is asking for compensatory and punitive damages. Mr. Herischi is hopeful that “this case will bring attention to the systematic human rights abuses and domestic terrorism by the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.”


Ali Herischi, Esq.

Herischi & Associates, LLC.

(301) 363-4540

Herischi & Associates LLC

Ali Herischi




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IBM Sales Leader Courtney Bromley Named 5th IES Women in Sales Executive Leadership Award Recipient

VIENNA, Va.April 27, 2021PRLog — The Institute for Excellence in Sales (IES) is proud to recognize Courtney Bromley, General Manager for the Government and Education Industry, U.S. Federal and Public Sector Market at IBM, as its 5th Women in Sales Executive Leadership Award recipient. Bromley will be honored for her achievements at the IES Sales Excellence Awards on June 3.

Bromley who has been with IBM for 31 years serving federal, state and local government agencies, currently manages all federal (non-DOD/Intel) as well as state and local government and education markets across the United States as part of IBM’s U.S. federal and public sector market.

“Courtney Bromley is a great example of the success and achievements of a true sales leader at a very high corporate level that many women in sales aspire to become,” said Gina Stracuzzi, Program Director for the IES Women in Sales Leadership Forum. “Her passion for her customers’ mission coupled with her dedication to her team members’ success, and commitment to elevating women make her the ideal Women in Sales Leader to recognize in 2021.”

Criteria for the Women in Sales Executive Leadership Award includes a career in sales leadership at top organizations, exemplary leadership and achievement in sales, dedicated service to the growth of sales professionals, and a strong track record of sales performance.

“Courtney’s outstanding management skills, tenacity, and compassionate leadership make her an exceptional leader of our federal and public sector market. She inspires us every day to go the extra mile for our clients as we support their digital transformation journey,” said Steve LaFleche, IBM’s General Manager, U.S. Federal and Public Sector Market. “We’re proud of this well-deserved recognition as 2021 IES Women in Sales Executive Leadership Award and look forward to her continuing success.”

Bromley is a graduate of James Madison University, with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance. Since 2011, she has been on the board of advisors of JMU’s College of Business. She is also the vice chair of JMU’s R&D, Inc. For six years Bromley served on the board of the Homeland Security and Defense Business Council (HSDBC) serving as the co-chair of the HSDBC Board’s Finance committee. She is also on the board of the American Red Cross for the National Capitol Region.

“Courtney Bromley is an outstanding leader. Her record of leading teams that are responsible for servicing and growing IBM’s most important federal and public sector customers is impressive,” said Anne Altman, CEO of Everyone Matters, Inc, and retired senior executive from IBM. “I have had the privilege to have worked closely with Courtney for over two decades. I have seen her passion, commitment and results in helping customers achieve their mission through strategic solution development, program management, exceptional teamwork and an unrelenting drive for excellence. She is extremely worthy of this recognition.”

You can learn more about Courtney’s sales leadership style on the Sales Game Changers Podcast:

The 2021 Sales Excellence Award Event will broadcast on June 3, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. ET. To sponsor this year’s event, click here ( #IESAwards.