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  • Masoud Dalvand 8:26 pm on 24 Feb 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Prospects for Change in 2018-US and EU policy on Iran- Senior U.S. Lawmakers meet Maryam Rajavi 

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    Senior Members of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the United States House of Representatives, Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Chair of the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats, and Judge Ted Poe (R-TX), Chair of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Non-Proliferation and Trade, met withMaryam Rajavi, on Saturday, February 24, 2018.

    In the meeting which took place at Maryam Rajavi’s residence in Auvers-sur-Oise, the two sides discussed the uprising by the Iranian people that began on December 28, 2017, its consequences and the options before the international community.

    The senior U.S. lawmakers condemned the Iranian regime for its brutal crackdown on the protests and underscored that the international community must break its silence and inaction vis-à-vis the atrocities perpetrated by the regime against its own citizens. They also urged the U.S. Government to impose comprehensive sanctions, including financial and banking sanctions on Iranian regime’s officials and entities, especially those involved in suppressing the protesters. They also called for measures that would enable the Iranian people to overcome the blocking of the internet and allow them access to communication systems. The lawmakers urged the U.S. Government to force the expulsion of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and its proxy militias from the countries in the region.

    “The uprising marked a turning point in the struggle of the Iranian people to attain freedom and democracy,” Maryam Rajavi said, adding that the “chants of ‘death to Khamenei’ and ‘death to Rouhani,’ and ‘reformer, hardliner, the game is now over’ made it palpably clear that the Iranian people demand the overthrow of this regime.”

    She emphasized that this uprising will continue until the overthrow of the clerical regime because the underlying factors that propelled the uprising, namely economic mismanagement, rampant government corruption, increasing poverty and inflation, escalating suppression, and a whole host of other social and political problems cannot and will not be resolved.

    Maryam Rajavi added, “With the Iranian people’s uprising, the clerical regime has entered its final phase and as such any investment in this regime is doomed to fail. It is time for the international community to stand with the Iranian people and not with the clerical regime.” Maryam Rajavi also called on the international community to exert greater pressure on the clerical regime to secure the speedy release of all protesters.

    “The U.S. Government needs to officially recognize that the Iranian people reject the corrupt and repressive mullah regime in Iran. We, in Congress and the U.S. Government must make it clear that we are on the side of the Iranian people and not their Islamic, fanatic and corrupt allies who oppress them,” Rep. Rohrabacher said.

    Rep. Poe emphasized that the world community must hold the Iranian regime’s officials accountable for their atrocities and assist the people of Iran in their noble quest for freedom and democracy.

    Then two members of the US Congress and a number of European political figures attended a conference called: ” Prospects for Change in 2018-US and EU policy on Iran”

    Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Chair of the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats, at the conference  said: “We’re at this meeting,bcz this is not just about freedom. There’s strong relationship BTW peace,freedom&prosperity.W/out Freedom its Iran‘s military adventurism that endangers the region.”

    Judge Ted Poe (R-TX), Chair of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Non-Proliferation and Trade at Conference said: ” There’re growing signs that the efforts of Iranian people are cracking the regime. The mullahs are nervous. The Iranian people are giving them nightmares.”

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  • Masoud Dalvand 8:24 pm on 22 Feb 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Iranian Expansionism Destroying the Middle East 

    The aggressive expansionism of the Iranian Regime has caused violence and divisions across the Middle East, while their efforts to create regional proxy militias are worsening the situation in three already unstable countries: Syria, Yemen, and Iraq.

    It is well known that there are numerous Iran-backed Shiite militia groups fighting in Syria for the Assad regime, but some of these groups, like the Hashd Shaabi or Popular Mobilization Forces, are also working in Iraq to hamper peace and stability.

    In December, five Christian protesters were shot and injured by members of the Hashd al-Shaabi militia in Bartala, northern Iraq, while protesting as part of a larger group about assaults on Christians by the Shia militia.

    Captain Agathon Saleh said: “Many Christians are angry with practices of the Hashd al-Shaabi militia and consider them a continuation of violations committed by the Daesh terrorist group.”

    In Yemen, Shiite Houthi militia routinely attacks Yemeni government forces and civilians.

    Just last week, the Iran-backed Houthis kidnapped 300 people, mainly the elderly and children, in the town of Adeen. As it came so soon after the death of Houthi commander Abu Abdulrahman Al-Alwi, it is thought that this may have been retaliation.

    Yemen’s civil war began in 2014, when the Houthis took over the capital Sanaa and many other cities, forcing the internationally recognized government to flee to Saudi Arabia.

    However, it is in Syria where people have been most affected by Iran’s destabilization campaign as Iran-backed militias attack civilians and moderate opposition groups.

    Roughly 18,000 Shiite militiamen are said to fighting in Syria for the Bashar Assad regime, in a civil war that began in 2011 and many of them were recruited by the Iranian Regime or one of its proxies. This includes:

    • 10,000 Hezbollah fighters, who Iran deployed there from Lebanon

    • 5,000 fighters from Iraq’s Shiite areas, like Baghdad, Najaf, and Basra

    • 2,000 fighters from the Afghan Fatimiyun Brigade, who fight in the south of Aleppo, Damascus and Daraa

    • 500 fighters from the Pakistani Zaynabiyyun Brigades, who are fighting in the north of Aleppo

    On top of this, the Assad regime is using Iran-backed militia groups (or shabiha) to bolster its forces against the Syrian opposition. The 24,000-strong shabiha has been blamed for the killing of many anti-Assad protesters.

    The shabiha, believe to be funded by regime supporters including Assad’s cousin Rami Makhlouf, began to replace soldiers that deserted the Syrian army during the first year of the civil war, and their numbers increased dramatically as the Assad regime started losing power.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 4:17 pm on 16 Feb 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    How The World Views Iran’s Role In Syria 

    By Heshmat Alavi

    As protests across Iran experience a variety of ups and downs following a major surge early this year, a wide array of analysts are seen writing about this important country’s domestic and foreign developments.

    More recently, concerns for Tehran are also increasing abroad as its international isolation begins to take its toll.

    To stand alongside the Iranian people, the international community must raise the cost of Tehran’s belligerence.

    In a piece some time ago I discussed How Iran Is Losing Europe, especially taking into consideration the distancing of France from Iran and President Emmanuelle Macron’s improving relations with the United States.

    Considering the fact that Iran’s economy is in desperate need of business ties with large French firms, such developments have become increasingly concerning for the Iranian regime’s ruling elite.

    President Macron recently threatened military action against the Assad regime in Syria, widely known to be remaining in power thanks to the support of Iran and Russia.

    “France will strike” if the Syrian conflict witnesses the use of chemical weapons against civilians, being in violation of international treaties, according to Reuters.

    “On chemical weapons, I set a red line and I reaffirm that red line,” Macron added. “If we have proven evidence that chemical weapons proscribed in treaties are used, we will strike the place where they are made.”

    Last May Macron emphasized chemical weapons use would represent a “red line” crossing. Updating his position, Macron took advantage of last Friday’s telephone call with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to weigh in grave concern over signs of chlorine bomb usage against civilians in Syria.

    In recent weeks, rescue workers and aid groups in Syria, and the U.S. government, have been accusing Damascus of repeatedly deploying chlorine gas as a chemical weapon against civilians in Ghouta and Idlib.

    This highly dangerous chemical substance, which Syria claims to possess legally for purposes such as water purification, can be lethal when used as a weapon and causes suffocation.

    The “Syrians for Truth and Justice” organization is reporting how missiles carrying poisonous gasses targeting Ghouta belonged to Iran:

    “According to Bellingcat, the munitions used in the February 1 attack are Improvised Rocket Assisted Munitions (IRAMs), based on modified Iranian 107mm rockets. The standard warhead has been replaced with a large pressurized gas cylinder, and tail fins have been added to the rocket.”

    Such developments go alongside further troubles brewing for Iran, emanating from strong remarks by other senior U.S. officials and figures.

    Daniel R. Coats, Director of National Intelligence at a Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing on Tuesday:

    “Iran remains the most prominent state sponsor of terrorism, providing financial aid, advanced weapons and tactics, and direction to militant and terrorist groups across the Middle East and cultivating a network of operatives across the globe as a contingency to enable potential terrorist attacks.”

    In yet another reminder of Iran’s troubles regarding the controversial nuclear deal, known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton emphasized in a FOX News TV interview of only three months remaining to U.S. President Donald Trump’s deadline regarding a decision over the accord’s future.

    Promises were made Tehran would join the community of civilized nations as a result of this deal. The result, however, has been anything but.

    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday renewed his government’s call on Iran to withdraw from Syria, accusing Tehran of destabilizing the Middle East through military presence.

    “Iran needs to withdraw its military, its militia from Syria, and allow a hope for the peace process to take hold in Geneva,” Tillerson emphasized at a news conference in Amman, the capital of Jordan.

    As argued extensively in the past, an interesting insight is now provided into how Washington can impose meaningful pressure on Tehran at a time when protesters are chanting for Iran’s regime to “Let go of Syria, think about us.”

    New York Post article reads in part:

    “Now is the time for Trump to re-establish a robust military deterrent toward Iranian expansionism in close collaboration with regional allies. His administration declared the Revolutionary Guard a terrorist entity in October, and he should target key Guards’ bases and weapons in Syria accordingly. Such an approach could help prevent a larger-scale conflict.”

    Iran understands how more money pumped abroad will flame their already crisis-riddled political status quo back home.

    Washington may particularly be focusing on also closing Iran’s “land bridge,” connecting Tehran to Damascus to easily influence the entire region and connect to the Mediterranean.

    Iran’s regime is very vulnerable following the recent uprising. Public unrest and the protesters’ demands for fundamental change are Tehran’s Achilles’ heel.

    Identifying and supporting the very element that can realize this change is crucial.

     

    via How The World Views Iran’s Role In Syria — Iran Commentary

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:14 pm on 15 Feb 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Exposing Iran’s Latest Cyber warfare Methods and Threat Actors 

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    The cyber security briefing was held at the NCRI office in Washington, DC, on Thursday, February 15, 2018.

    A new report, “Iran: Cyber Repression, How the IRGC Uses Cyberwarfare To Preserve the Theocracy,” was released as well.

    This manuscript demonstrates how the Iranian regime, under the supervision and guidance of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), has employed new cyberwarfare and tactics in a desperate attempt to counter the growing dissent inside the country, in particular the nationwide uprising that erupted in late December 2017. NCRI-US reveals information about the regime’s new wave of cyber repression, and key players involved. This book shows how a domestic mobile apps marketplace modeled after Google Play, is supervised by the IRGC to distribute spyware-enabled apps. IRGC front companies are developing spyware-enabled apps for cyber-surveillance and repression. Ironically, some of these apps are available on Google Play, Apple Store, and GitHub, potentially exposing millions of users worldwide to the regime’s spyware and surveillance.

    You can Obtain new publication of NCRI-US “Iran: Cyber Repression, How the IRGC How the IRGC Uses Cyberwarfare to Preserve the Theocracy” on the following link:

     

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    Apps programmed by the IRGC, like Wispi, Mobogram, and Telegram Farsi, can all be found on the Apple App Store.

    “If you download them, you are doomed.”

    Info graphic-on-IRGC Cyber:

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    Reflections of this press conference on some of international press:

    The Washington Times

    The Sun

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    For watching NCRI_US press conference on cyber repression of the Iranian regime, please click on the following link:

    https://www.pscp.tv/NCRIUS/1jMJgqVreYmKL

    Video of the conference:

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  • Masoud Dalvand 8:59 pm on 14 Feb 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Iranian Resistance Urgent Call to Save Two Lady Political Prisoners on 11th Day of Hunger Strike 

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    The Iranian Resistance calls to save political prisoners, Atena Daemi and Golrokh Iraee, who are in dire situation due to 11 days of hunger strike. The NCRI calls on international human rights and women’s rights advocates to take urgent action to save the lives of the two political prisoners. The two young women are exposed to verbal abuse and harassment by prison authorities in addition to the effects of hunger strike.

    On January 24, Atena Daemi and Golrokh Iraee were unlawfully transferred from Evin Prison to Varamin’s Qarechak Prison in retaliation for supporting the January uprising, after being brutalized on fake charges and a fabricated new case.

    In Qarchak Prison, prisoners are deprived of the most basic needs of life, such as fresh air, drinking water, bathing facilities, minimum medical treatment and sleeping area. Political prisoners are at risk of developing hepatitis and other diseases due to the prison’s overcrowding by ordinary inmates who have dangerous contagious diseases.

    Ms. Daemi and Ms. Iraee have been on hunger strike since February 3, to protest violation of the principle of separation of prisoners’ categories and their unlawful exile to Qarchak Prison, aka Kahrizak II. They demand their own and another inmate, Soheil Arabi’s return to Evin Prison.

    Political prisoner Soheil Arabi, blogger and photographer, went on hunger strike on January 24 in protest to violent treatment of Atena Daemi and Golrokh Iraee, after which he was sent to exile to Greater Tehran’a Prison.

    Atena Daemi, 29, a human rights and child rights activist is sentenced to 7 years in prison on charges of “propaganda against the regime”, “collusion against national security”, and insulting Khamenei. Golrokh Iraee, 37, a human rights activist, is sentenced to six years in prison for “insulting the sanctities” and insulting Khamenei.

    Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
    February 13, 2018

     
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  • Masoud Dalvand 10:56 am on 14 Feb 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran news in brief, February 14, 2018 

    Iran news in brief, February 14, 2018

    1- Marking the Anniversary of Anti-Monarchic Revolution in Iran

    On the eve of the 39th anniversary of the overthrow of the Shah’s regime in Iran, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi attended a gathering of Iranians on February 10, 2018. The President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran hailed all the martyrs fallen for Iran’s freedom in the 1979 Revolution up until the uprising in January 2018. She told the gathering, “The courageous uprising in December-January and its subsequent protests across the country proved that the Iranian people will not be satisfied by anything less than the overthrow of the clerical regime in its entirety. The presence of women and youths at the forefront of the protests guarantee the continuation of the uprising. Iranian women have not succumbed to the regime’s crackdown despite 39 years of systematic repression and humiliation, including the imposition of the compulsory veil.”

    2- Iranian Resistance Strongly Condemns the Murder of Dr, Kavous Seyed Emami Under Torture

    Iranian Resistance strongly condemned Dr. Kavous Seyed Emami’s murder under torture by the clerical regime’s henchmen and called for an urgent international action to stop brutal treatment of political prisoners and killing them under torture. In recent weeks, at least 12 prisoners have been martyred under torture following their arrest during the uprising.

    3- Workers’ Protests Against Iran Regime’s Officials Across the Country

    Speech of Ali Rabiee, Rouhani’s Minister of Labour, in the ceremony of February 12, in Qa’em Shahr, was interrupted by the protest of a retired worker against the regime. The furious worker interrupted Rabiee’s speech and, addressing him and other regime agents, said: “We have been working hard for 37 years, we did a revolution, our revolution went to the hands of the unjust, they came using the name of Islam, and there is no one to hold them accountable. I get a salary of one million and a five hundred thousand tomans ($300) , with four family members, I buy my own medicines, social security says, it’s not our commitment … The representatives who are gabbling here … We say no to lip service! … Every day they give us hollow promises.

    4- Iran unveils new homemade nuclear-capable ballistic missiles

    Iran has unveiled a series of new homemade nuclear-capable
    ballistic missiles during military parades held this week.
    The parades come after a confrontation between an Iranian drone and Israeli forces in Syria on Saturday.
    The arsenal included a nuclear-capable medium-range missile that appears to share similarities with North Korean technology, according to experts cited by the Washington Free Beacon news site.
    “The nuclear-capable missile can strike Israel even when fired from Iranian territory,” the site reported.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 8:45 pm on 13 Feb 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    How the Iranian Regime Is Waging a Proxy War in the Middle East 

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    NCRI: The Iranian Regime has been merging its proxy groups across the Middle East with existing local defence forces in various countries, which become a part of that country’s army.

    This is evidenced in an April 2017 memo from the Syrian armed forces, which stated that the defense forces would replace the Iranian proxies eventually. This may lead you to believe that Iran is removing itself from the Syrian conflict, but this is simply untrue.

    They are removing their proxies to go to other places in the Middle East, but once the ideology has been spread, the local defense groups will become Iranian proxies themselves and can become far more influential if everybody thinks that the Iranian Regime is not involved.

    This tactic has been used by the Iranian Regime already in Iraq with the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) and Lebanon with Hezbollah, two groups that are now immensely in their respective countries and its political system. The Iranian Regime has deployed the PMF and Hezbollah to Syria and other areas of conflict and even used them to train terrorists.

    The groups are even known to work together, as a video of Qais al-Khazali, the leader of PMF affiliate Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq, at the Lebanese-Israeli border in December shows. In the video, Khazali states that he is there with Hezbollah to oppose Israel.

    This move doesn’t reduce the number of Iranian proxies involved in conflicts across the Middle East, but increases them. There are then more pro-Iran regional militias to help create Iran’s dream of a Shiite Crescent across the Middle East, which would make it easier to create more proxies by supporting more local defense forces.

    Through the Shiite Crescent, the Iranian proxies could spread across Europe and eventually across the world if they aren’t stopped.

    The Regime’s overall goal in creating more proxies is to export the Iranian Islamic ideology across the region and eventually the world, just as it already has done in Iraq and Lebanon.

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    Iran regime’s militias 

    Ahmed, a Hezbollah member, said that there are also Hezbollah factions in Syria and Iraq, which share the same ideology and regional goals.

    He said: “All of these factions in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon will fight side by side with each other in the next war.”

    That is a very worrying prospect for anyone concerned about Iranian aggression and expansionism, national sovereignty, peace in the Middle East, and extremist Islamic ideology.

    This is another reason that the Iranian Regime should not be allowed to reach its 40th anniversary in 2019

     

     

     

     

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 11:10 pm on 11 Feb 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran Uprising: Tehran, February 11, 2018. People chanted “Death to the Dictator” 

     
    • bluemoone 11:41 pm on 11 Feb 2018 Permalink

      Such brave people fighting to make a better life for the ones they love. ❤

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    • wizzymedpower 1:07 am on 12 Feb 2018 Permalink

      It’s a good fight of faith… We pray for victory for the Iranians nation.. You will succeed… God bless – Israel

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  • Masoud Dalvand 12:18 pm on 11 Feb 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Human rights icon Asma Jahangir passes away in Lahore 

    Leading human rights lawyer, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, Ms. Asma Jahangir, passed away in Lahore on Sunday, February 11, 2018.

    Asma Jahangir, 66, was a human rights lawyer based in Pakistan and was Pakistan’s first woman to serve as the President of Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan.

    She was known for taking up court cases of victimized and marginalized sections of society and for her outspoken nature and unrelenting pursuit for human rights. She remained fearless in the face of any pressure and opposition and stood for what she believed in.

    Asma Jahangir was the first UN Rapporteur who included in her report the complaints of families regarding the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran. As she was presenting her report to the Human Rights Council, she was interrupted by a furious Syrian representative who assailed her at the behest of the Iranian regime. But she remained calm and firm and continued her report to the Council and was undeterred in pursuing her mandate.

    The worldhttps://twitter.com/4FreedominIran/status/962633466297896960 has lost a passionate champion of human rights and a staunch supporter of democracy. May her soul rest in peace.

    Jahangir was born in Lahore in January 1952.

    She received a Bachelors’ degree from Kinnaird College and an LLB from Punjab University. She was called to the Lahore High Court in 1980 and to the Supreme Court in 1982. She later went on to become the first woman to serve as president of the Supreme Court Bar Association.

    She became a pro-democracy activist and was jailed in 1983 for participating in the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy, which agitated against military dictator Ziaul Haq’s regime.

     

     

    She was also active in the 2007 Lawyers’ Movement, for which she was put under house arrest.

    Renowned lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir

    Renowned lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir

    She co-founded the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, and the Women’s Action Forum.

    She received several awards, including a Hilal-i-Imtiaz in 2010 and a Sitara-i-Imtiaz. She was also awarded a UNESCO/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights and an Officier de la Légion d’honneur by France. She received the 2014 Right Livelihood Award and the 2010 Freedom Award.

    Asma Jahangir Calls on Iran Regime: Abolish Torture and Release Detainees

    UN Special Rapporteur Speaks on Dismal Human Rights Situation in Iran

     

     

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 12:06 pm on 11 Feb 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Maryam Rajavi: From 1979 Revolution to the Uprising in 2018- For freedom, in the name of freedom, towards freedom 

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    Saturday, February 10, 2018, on the anniversary of the anti-monarchic revolution on February 11, 1979, and in the wake of the Iranian people’s uprising, December 28, 2017 – mid-January 2018, Maryam Rajavi addressed a meeting entitled, “Iran Uprising, Iranian Youths for Regime Change.”

    Maryam Rajavi: From 1979 Revolution to the Uprising in 2018- For freedom, in the name of freedom, towards freedom

    She said in her remarks:

    Fellow compatriots, young protesters,
    On the anniversary of the 1979 Revolution, I salute the people and youths who overthrew the Shah’s dictatorship and the youths who have risen up today to overthrow the mullahs’ dictatorship.

    The 1979 Revolution was for freedom and democracy in Iran but Khomeini hijacked its leadership and drenched it in blood. So, I salute the brave souls who have risen up today to liberate that revolution from the clutches of the mullahs’ religious dictatorship. They are determined to save the hijacked revolution of Iran even if it is from the wolf’s mouth.

    Let us commemorate the vanguard women and men whose sacrifice and vision created that glorious revolution. Thousands of salutes to Mohammad Hanifnejad, Saeed Mohsen, Ali-Asghar Badizadegan, Massoud Ahmadzadeh, Amir Parviz Pooyan and Bijan Jazani.

    The Shah’s monarchic dictatorship and his colonialist supporters staged a coup d’etat against our historic leader, Dr. Mohammad Mossadeq. The Shah’s dictatorship cracked down on liberation movements and slaughtered them. Group after group of the Mojahedin and Fedayeean were executed or sent to jail.

    I remember 1970s when the prisons of the Shah’s regime were full of political prisoners. Their families gathered several days a week outside prisons in various cities to visit their children and relatives. And I was among them. I went to visit my brother, Mahmoud. Political prisoners were under torture by the Shah’s secret police, SAVAK. This infuriated the public more and more every day. The society was under repression and people yearned freedom. With the Fedayeean and Mojahedin pioneering, the atmosphere of fear and terror was shattered and the wall of repression collapsed. In those days, universities were the hub of anti-shah movement. The protests and strikes increased by the day. Ultimately, under the pressure of public uprisings and demonstrations, the monarchic dictatorship was forced to release the last group of political prisoners. The last group was freed on January 20, 1979. Massoud Rajavi was accompanied by Moussa Khiabani, Ashraf Rajavi, and a number of other Mojahedin and Fedayeean.

    Nobody forgets that moment when Massoud appeared in the balcony of Qasr Prison and told the people: It was you and your uprising that has set us free.

    Again, I can remember that three days after his freedom, that was on January 24, 1979, Massoud Rajavi went to Tehran University. In his speech, he countered Khomeini and instead of defending the so-called Islamic Revolution which bore the aura of a dictatorship under the name of Islam, he clearly defended the Iranian people’s democratic revolution. This was the first time that we and our people were hearing the term, “democratic revolution.” In those days, it took a lot of courage to speak of a “democratic revolution,” because in those days, 40 years ago, there were some superstitions about seeing Khomeini’s image in the moon.
    In that very first speech, Massoud was explicit again, when he said, “The revolution has just begun. I have not come here to admire the spontaneous trend of events. I have not come to admire what is already there and just admire it. Let us take a moment and think about what there needs to be, namely freedom…”

    And again, it was there when he said, “Brothers and sisters, the Mojahedin did not sacrifice their lives to gain wealth or to reach high positions.” He emphasized that the sanctity of the word “freedom” ought to be preserved.

    On the dawn of freedom, Massoud said, “Is it possible to kill the sun? Is it possible to keep the wind from blowing or the rain from pouring? Is it possible to prevent tulips from growing? And is it possible to keep a nation enchained for good? No. One can never keep a nation forever in chains.”

    These are the unforgettable days and moments of that revolution. And of course, it is also a true description of the story of the people of Iran, today.
    By executing the Mojahedin and Fedayeen, the Shah had prepared the best circumstances for Khomeini to hijack the leadership of the revolution. So, he diverted its path towards fundamentalism and tyranny.

    The next year, Khomeini had the Velayat-e Faqih Constitution approved. In this way, he established the rule of the mullahs instead of the people. A few years later, he established the absolute rule of the Velayat-e Faqih, or the absolute, unconditional authority of the mullahs. While our people had never asked for such an ominous regime in their uprisings.

    Khomeini executed most of the activists of the 1978-1979 uprisings. The youths and teenagers who created the 1979 Revolution were executed in 1980s and in the 1988 massacre. The young souls massacred in 1988, were mostly those who had led the 1979 Revolution to victory. Khomeini was the enemy of the Iranian people’s aspirations and their revolution. He was the enemy of Mossadeq and the Constitutional Revolution. He was a descendent of Sheikh Fadhlollah and mullah Kashani and his accomplice in the 1953 coup. Khomeini and Khamenei’s record could be summarized in five words: Slaughter, plunder, destruction, export of fundamentalism and terrorism under the name of revolution, and misogyny which is the most prominent feature of the regime. The entire history of Velayat-e Faqih is summarized in these five words.
    The people of Iran have never been content with this regime; they have never succumbed to it, and they have never given up their dream of freedom and popular sovereignty.

    Where can we see this endurance and resistance? In the Iranian people’s historic “NO” to the religious dictatorship. In the Mojahedin (PMOI), the National Liberation Army (NLA), and their perseverance against regional and international conspiracies. In the democratic alternative, i.e. the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), in the countless number of uprisings throughout Iran, and in the profound awareness in the Iranian society.

    This awareness can be particularly seen in the popularity of the notion of equality among Iranian youths. This is the Iranian society’s most important achievement in resisting against a misogynous regime. In any scenario, Iran’s future will be founded on the equality of women and men.

    The Iranian society’s awareness could be seen in its public embrace of the principle of separation of religion and state. This principle was adopted along with a specific plan by the National Council of Resistance of Iran in 1985.

    This deep social awareness can be seen in the failure of fundamentalism. You can see that the slogan chanted in Iran uprisings was “death to the principle of Velayat-e Faqih.”
    And finally, the most important symbol of Iranian society’s awareness and maturity appears in the endurance of a democratic alternative, namely, the National Council of Resistance, and more specifically in the element of leadership that has shown the way and direction for the uprising.

    The uprising which started on December 28, 2017, is a manifestation of all the above values. So the big news is that the religious fundamentalism which was born in 1979 in Iran, died in the 2018 uprisings.

    Young protesters seeking regime change,
    Brave young women and men of Iran,
    You started the overthrow of the mullahs in your uprisings in late December and early January. This was an auspicious beginning. Khamenei and his Revolutionary Guard Corps had blocked all the roads on you, but your determination was able to overcome them.

    Therefore, you should have faith in the continuation of the uprisings. This movement has been made of your sufferings and the sacrifices of your comrades. This movement has been made of the bleeding hearts of tens of millions of Iranians. This movement is not going to stop because the circumstances that created it, still persist. Just as you, the courageous youths of Iran, are going to continue it with your presence in every scene.

    Dear friends,
    Three essential elements were involved in creating the uprising. The same three elements provide the potential for the extension of the protests:
    First, an accumulated and explosive discontent; second, a general change in the international atmosphere against the regime and formation of a regional coalition against the regime’s fundamentalist meddling and warmongering; and the third significant factor is the presence of the People’s Mojahedin and the Iranian Resistance and their leading role.
    Let me explain the three elements a bit more:

    First of all, the society is replete with fury and hatred against this regime. The wall of fear has suffered cracks. And the arrests of at least 8,000 people have not undermined the popular resolve in continuing the uprising.

    The Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Bassij have been demoralized. Everything is prepared for the uprisings to extend and expand; look at the incessant strikes and protests by workers and other toiling sectors. Look at the student protests. Indeed, what is the message of these growing protests? These cries are getting louder every day. The cries for freedom, the cries for rising up and the cries that say I seek the regime’s overthrow.

    We hail all those who have risen up, particularly our sister and brother workers. In 1979, the honorable oil workers of Iran brought the Shah’s regime to its knees with their major strike. Today, too, the cries of workers resonate across the country. They are an important part of the uprising and the movement for the overthrow of the regime in Iran. Our salutes to the workers and toilers of Iran.

    The protests of our compatriots who have been cheated by fraudulent financial firms also continue. They protest against the mullahs’ unbounded corruption and thieving. A couple of days ago, Khamenei said, “Corruption is like the seven-headed dragon in the myths.” Yes, the clerical regime’s corruption is a seven-headed dragon. But the dragon’s main head is in the house of Khamenei.

    Dear friends, 
    The second element contributing to the continuation of the uprisings is the change in international politics.
    Khamenei had always and particularly in the past 16 years benefitted the most, from the US policy. If the previous US administrations had not repeatedly opened the doors on Khamenei and the clerical regime, if they had not remained silent, the Iranian regime could not make such destructive interventions in Iraq and Syria. It could not receive concessions through disarmament, encirclement and bombardment of the PMOI and the NLA.

    Today, however, Khamenei has lost the backing it received through US appeasement.
    So, contrary to the past, the Iranian people’s resolve for rising up and attacking the regime will no longer face any foreign barrier.
    And the third element is the active presence of the PMOI and Iranian Resistance. Fortunately, their leading role provided a new direction for the movement. This is the significant factor that shows the way, directs and protects from diversion. This is the element that leads, guides and ensures that the uprising carries on. This element demonstrated itself in the recent uprisings in the role played by 1000 bastions of rebellion and 1000 Ashraf’s.

    The more these bastions of rebellion are multiplied, the more power your uprising will have. Indeed, what are the conditions for the formation and expansion of such bastions?

    One of the conditions is the popular discontent and potential for rebellion accumulated in every Iranian city and village; another is the lasting memory of martyrs and victims of the regime’s massacres.
    Tuyserkan was the scene of one of the most intense clashes during the uprising. Do you know what is special about this city? It is the place where a number of Mojahedin prisoners were hanged in the streets before the public’s eyes in 1988. Today, that city has turned into a hub of protests.

    As the Iranian Resistance Leader Massoud Rajavi said in one of his messages to the protesters, “We are stronger than death, executions and massacres. Whenever we are reaped, we grow again with even more crops. We rise up and continue our struggle to uproot the foundations of the enemy which is the principle of the Velayat-e Faqih.”

    My daughters and sons across Iran,
    There is another thing I would like to remind each and every one of you. And that is your responsibility. You should consider the continuation and expansion of the uprising as your own responsibility. Two years ago, in the annual gathering of the Iranian Resistance, I said, “To achieve a free and just republic, we do not expect any miracles to happen. Nor do we expect any coincidental or chance occurrences in our favor. Our entire asset is the Iranian nation and its vanguard children. And this is indeed the greatest power in the world. So, we must expect everything to be achieved with our own hands and through our own determination. This is why we must establish 1,000 Ashrafs.”

    And today, what I want to tell you, courageous youths, is that when you organize, you will have a significant impact. Many of you have had an active role in multiplying one, two, three, 100 and 1000 Ashrafs. These bastions are capable of creating the uprising and are the best help to the protesters. You can build more bastions and organize the uprising.

    You can set up these bastions and these councils of resistance in every high school, university, factory, office and neighborhood.
    Likewise, you can give assistance to the families of prisoners and martyrs of the uprising as local groups or individually. You can pass on your experiences in the uprising and its guidelines to everyone.
    The uprising, and its continuation and expansion, place numerous duties and responsibilities on the shoulders of every single one of you. Surely, each of you can undertake part of these duties.

    Women, youths, workers, toilers and deprived masses,
    You have an enormous, explosive potential against the religious dictatorship. Your role at the forefront cannot be replaced by anyone. You should get involved with full force to expand and carry on the uprisings, overthrow this regime and establish freedom.

    I would also like to stress that you should not heed talks about IRGC being powerful. They are powerful only when there are no protests and no uprising. Their power is realized when everyone surrenders. But when every one of you undertakes a role in the advancement of the uprising, they become crippled.

    From here, I call on every one who has been employed by the suppressive forces and particularly the Revolutionary Guard Corps and Bassij, to defy these criminal forces and refuse the shame of serving them. Poverty and destitution are a thousand times better than receiving the wages and salaries paid by murderers and torturers. Separate your ranks from those of executioners who killed the deprived youths of Izeh, Doroud and Arak.

    I am also addressing the personnel of the Army and the State Security Force. You should refuse every form of cooperation with the criminal IRGC. Do not let the mullahs take advantage of you in spilling the blood of Iran’s children.

    And finally, I would like to tell you, the courageous youths of Iran, to remember that young people in your age have repeatedly shaken the rule of dictators in the past several decades. Mehdi Rezaii was only 20 years old when he put the Shah on trial in a military court. Fatemeh Mesbah, Daryoush Salahshour, Massoud Shakiba Nejad and Homeira Eshraq terrified the regime time and again in 1981. And in recent years, Saba Haftbaradarn, Assiyeh Rakhshani, Faezeh Rajabi, Nastaran Azimi, Hanif Imami, Siavosh Nezam, Saeed Akhavan, Rahman Mannani, and other heroes and heroines who fueled the flames of perseverance in Ashraf against Khamenei and his mercenaries. Every one of them proved this brilliant message that, “one can and must.”

    By your uprisings, your generation has also become a de facto symbol of this very message. You showed that we can and must rise up under the most repressive conditions. You proved that we can and must set up bastions of rebellion. And surely, you will prove again that we can and must overthrow the clerical regime and establish freedom and popular sovereignty in our homeland.

    Now, I would like to have a few words with the youth who are present here.
    You have important duties with regards to the uprising that erupted in our country. Certainly, if you were in Iran and wherever you lived, you would have been among the forces of the uprising. So, what is important is that everyone sees him/herself responsible, regardless of where they are. It is enough to be concerned about the uprising and the protesters. Then you can see that there are so many things you can do. And you can have a serious share in supporting and advancing this uprising. Yes, all of you can and must.

    Fellow compatriots,
    The recent uprising proved that the Iranian people will not be satisfied by anything less than the overthrow of the clerical regime and establishment of freedom. Participation of women and youths at the forefront of the protests guarantees their continuation.

    Iranian women have been subjected to systematic suppression and humiliation for 39 years. The compulsory veil and all forms of intolerable oppression and harassment imposed on Iranian women give them the strongest motivation in their struggle to bring down the mullahs’ regime. They have never surrendered to the various forms of repression, the mandatory veil and other forms of coercion.

    Since the beginning of Khomeini’s rule, the PMOI women rose up to oppose the compulsory veil and actively participated in the protest demonstrations of their sisters in Tehran.
    I would like to emphasize on the demands I mentioned two weeks ago in meetings at the Council of Europe, namely the immediate release of all prisoners of the uprising, freedom of speech and assembly, abolition of women’s suppression and the compulsory veil, right now.

    We have always said this and I repeat: no to compulsory religion, no to religious compulsion, no to the compulsory veil and no to compulsory government. The time has come to put an end to these coercions.

    Iran’s people and protestors are determined to establish a republic based on freedom and democracy.
    They are determined to overthrow the mullahs’ religious tyranny.
    They have decided to do away with the Velayat-e Faqih Constitution and replace it with a Constitution based on freedom, equality and democracy.

    They have decided to topple the Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Bassij. They want to invest in the country’s education, health, sports, social welfare, jobs and economy instead of investing in nuclear programs and other weapons of mass destruction.

    This is our road map and the first step in this road is the overthrow of the clerical regime in its entirety.
    This is our road map in the name of freedom, for freedom and towards freedom.
    The dawn of freedom for Iran and all Iranians is imminent.

    Hail to the protesters and the protests of the people of Iran
    Hail to the martyrs
    And God bless you all

     
    • bluemoone 12:06 am on 12 Feb 2018 Permalink

      Your documenting of this monumentally iconic event will be the truth in history books. I hope our not-so-distant future finds us tyrant-free, but if it doesn’t, your words will be the truth that incinerates their lies.

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    • Masoud Dalvand 9:07 pm on 12 Feb 2018 Permalink

      Thanks Danielle, you’re right, Definitely in the evolution of society, reactionary forces will be eliminated. The evolutionary chariot in our era will be guided by leading and knowledgeable women until a definitive victory is achieved. Good luck my friend.

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