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  • Masoud Dalvand 7:35 am on 31 Dec 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Grave sleepers in Iran, Reflection of regime’s policies. 

     

    Published on Dec 29, 2016

    NCRI – Following the reports published in Shahrvand newspaper on people sleeping in empty graves, officials in Nasirabad, Shahryar, beat the homeless out of the cemetery on Tuesday morning, December 27.

    In a report titled ‘once again, trying to resolve the problem by wiping it out‘, a state newspaper reacted to the event, writing: “following a report in Shahrvand newspaper on people sleeping in empty graves in Nasirabad cemetery in Sharyar, city officials beat the homeless out of the cemetery in an urgent plan on Tuesday morning. This happened while the Governor of Sharyar Saeid Naji had promised in his interview with IRNA news agency that the situation of the homeless sleeping in Nasirabad cemetery in Shahryar will be specially dealt with.”

    Ghanoon newspaper wrote: “interestingly, the city of Baghestan in which Nasirabad Cemetery is located, has the biggest number of drug rehab centers in Tehran province.”
    A number of journalists and people from charities went to Nasirabad Cemetery on Tuesday December 27, to see for themselves the situation of the homeless sleeping in empty graves there, only to be faced with an empty cemetery. After a lot of searching, however, they could finally find one of the so-called grave-sleepers who, with fear and apprehension, told the journalists and charity people: “leave us alone. A group of officials came here early in the morning and beat us out of here, now we don’t have even an empty grave to sleep in.”

    After being kicked out of the cemetery, the homeless took shelter in an unfinished building nearby.

    According to reports, 50 people sleep in empty graves each night. Each empty grave can accommodate up to four people.

    Sheer demagogy 
    On Wednesday December 29, at a session in Tehran. In an act of sheer demagogy Iran regime’s president Rouhani stated “Who can accept that dozens of his countrymen who have suffered social ills take refuge to graves at night because of homelessness?” and continued: “We had heard that some due to addiction, poverty, and destitution, sleep in the streets, sleep under bridges,… But we had rarely heard of grave sleepers. We had rarely heard that a poor person, sleeps in a grave due to poverty and destitution.

    In this regard Rouhani should answer a simple question: why instead of spending tens of billions of dollars of unfrozen assets, in Syria to massacre the residents of Aleppo, continuing internal suppression & missile production? And letting mullahs to plunder a major part of this national wealth you did nothing to provide a simple shelter for these helpless people?

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  • Masoud Dalvand 8:45 pm on 29 Dec 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran in Syria: Russia Took Over 

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    By Heshmat Alevi

      It appears that Iran literally gained nothing from the Moscow conference, meaning that its participation was mere of a ceremonial nature.

    ‘The regime in Tehran is the source of the crisis in the region and killings in Syria; it has played the greatest role in the expansion and continuation of ISIS. Peace and tranquility in the region can only be achieved by evicting this regime from the region.’ — Maryam Rajavi , President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, and a leader of the opposition to Iran’s regime.

     

    American Thinker, December 29, 2016 – The recent three-party conference held in Moscow with the participation of Russia, Turkey and Iran came to a significant end. With mainstream media emphasizing how the U.S. Administration was completely sidelined in talks that discussed the future of Syria, a different perspective also sheds light on how Iran was sidelined to an unprecedented degree. Considering that this session ended with a document signed by all three parties, one can take a hard look at the results.
    This document emphasizes Syria’s independence and territorial integrity as a multiracial, multi-religious, non-sectarian, democratic and secular state; underscores the necessity of reaching a political solution; welcomes joint efforts in East Aleppo to evacuate civilians and armed rebels; highlights the need to expand a ceasefire across the country and facilitate access to humanitarian aid; supports a possible agreement between the Syrian opposition and the Syrian government; and accentuates continuing joint efforts against terrorism and especially the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), differentiating their forces from those of the armed democratic opposition.
    A closer look brings us to a preliminary conclusion that most of the articles are clash Iran’s interests. For example, Iran was, and remains, fully against the safe evacuation of civilians and rebels from East Aleppo.
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani went so far as saying, ‘Various Islamic states… are worried about the fate of terrorists and seek their safe exit from Aleppo.’
    In this document, there is no mention of the Assad regime or any language discussing its remaining in power. And importantly, while Iran went to great lengths to massacre all dissidents and annihilate the entire Syrian opposition under the pretext of fighting ISIS, this document specifically differentiates and recognizes the separate nature of ISIS and the Free Syrian Army.
    The Moscow conference also emphasized the role of the United Nations in resolving the Syrian crisis, highlighting the necessity to abide by U.N. Security Council Resolution 2254. This resolution emphasizes the Security Council as the reference body, also enjoying support from the United States and Saudi Arabia. There is no reference to Assad’s future role; instead the resolution ‘expressed support for free and fair elections, pursuant to the new constitution, to be held within 18 months and administered under United Nations supervision, ‘to the highest international standards’ of transparency and accountability, with all Syrians—including members of the diaspora—eligible to participate.’
    Taking these factors into consideration, it appears that Iran literally gained nothing from the Moscow conference, meaning that its participation was mere of a ceremonial nature.
    The conference outcome makes it clear that Russia enjoys hegemony over Iran in Syria, and that Moscow has imposed its interests and road map to Tehran, leaving the mullahs no choice but to submit to the status quo. This setback of its hegemony seems a major reason why Iran needed to parade Revolutionary Guards Quds Force Qassem Suleimani in Aleppo: perhaps to boost an iota of moral into its dwindling social base.
    On the ground, Iran’s hordes of Shiite militias relied completely on Russian air power to take even one step forward. This picture provides a clear picture of the road ahead.
    To bring an to end Iran backing Assad’s atrocities, the international community, and the Middle East states need to begin fundamentally to cooperate in establishing a coalition parallel to implementing economic and political pressures on Tehran. Companies investing in Iran should also do well recalculate their priorities.
    Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi, President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, went even further to provide a solution for Syria and ISIS.
    ‘The regime in Tehran is the source of the crisis in the region and killings in Syria; it has played the greatest role in the expansion and continuation of ISIS. Peace and tranquility in the region can only be achieved by evicting this regime from the region,’ she said.
    Iran may have enjoyed tactical gains in Aleppo, however, Russia apparently has separate, long-term interests in complete dissimilarity from that of Tehran’s. Russia conducted secret direct talks with the Syrian opposition. To add insult to injury, Iran–viewing the Obama presidency as a golden era–is also concerned about the incoming presidency of Donald Trump and his administration who seems to have strong views against Tehran.
    ‘The fact that Trump has taken very firm positions against Iran, including threatening to rip apart the nuclear deal, has,’ according to The Hill, ‘already terrified Tehran, representing a major contrast to the ‘golden era’ under Obama.’

    Source: Iran in Syria: Russia Took Over

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 8:36 pm on 29 Dec 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Crimes in Aleppo: Iran must be ousted from Syria 

     

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    By Alejo Vidal Quadras

    The unspeakable scenes we witnessed in Aleppo — the massacre of women, children, doctors and other innocents — broadcast to us almost live by the civilians trapped in the siege will go down in history along with Darfur, Srebrenica or Rwanda as major stains on the moral conscience of the world.

    We cannot say we didn’t know, we cannot say we didn’t see it. The constant flow of images of the carnage have filled social media, creating a worldwide indignation that contrasts with the shameful inaction of the international community. The U.N. Security Council is paralyzed by the Russian and Chinese veto and the European Union and the United States have been conspicuously silent about the main enabler on the ground: the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Shiite militias it sponsors.

    When in the previous years of the anti-Assad revolution the situation started shifting in favor of the pro-democracy opposition, Tehran took over the defense of the dictator and dispatched its Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and militias, such as Hezbollah and other groups of Pakistani and Afghani mercenaries. The Iranian regime’s efforts to defend Syrian President Bashar al-Assad got reinforced when Qassem Soleimani, the head of the IRGC’s Quds force, went to Moscow — in violation of the United Nations resolutions that banned him from international travel for his involvement in terrorist activities — and persuaded the Kremlin to join the conflict with more than logistical and financial support, and so the Russian bombing campaign started.

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    A Syrian solider looks at al-Ramousseh crossing, where fighters of the rebels were scheduled to leave in the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo, Syria, on December 16. Photo by European Pressphoto Agency

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    We saw in horror the gruesome balance of the Iranian and Russian interventions in Syria, and Western leaders have shown in their declarations that they know who’s to blame. French President François Hollande said, “It’s Russia and Iran who did not wish such a political process. They wanted to crush, to destroy the opposition and also maintain this confusion between terrorist groups and opposition groups or rebels.”

    British Prime Minister Theresa May declared: “Assad and his backers, Russia and Iran, bear responsibility for the tragedy in Aleppo.” Her Foreign Minister Boris Johnson stated that “both Russia and Iran have failed to uphold their obligations under international humanitarian law.”

    If we know this, why hasn’t the response been more decisive? The main Iranian opposition organization, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, has since long identified Fort Behuth, about 22 miles southeast of Aleppo, as the Iranian forces’ headquarters, and has exposed the IRGC commander of these forces, Brig. Gen. Seyed Javad Ghafari, who has met Soleimani, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and Assad himself. Had we just taken appropriate measures and implemented the United Nations resolutions to prevent the meddling of the Iranian regime at the beginning, we could have avoided this catastrophe. Instead Iran was invited to the negotiations table as “part of the solution”!

    The international community has failed the Syrian people. Even if the fall of Aleppo is a major blow to the aspirations of the pro-democracy and moderate rebels, they have stated that their demands remain: the ouster of the Assad regime and the removal of the foreign influence in their country, especially the presence of Iranian forces and their satellite militias. And it is time for the West to deliver to the freedom-loving Syrians and pursue a stronger policy toward Moscow and Tehran.

    The visibility of this tragedy now opens a window to change the course and at least try to prevent future bloodshed. The massacre of Aleppo won’t be the last if we do not stop the meddling of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which has taken to the region its vile record on human rights and has used sectarian fractures to export belligerence and terrorism across the Middle East. The Ayatollahs have openly celebrated their role in the massacre of the Syrian people. The so called “moderate” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made a phone call to “congratulate” the Syrian president following the brutal bombings and killings in Aleppo.

    Iran is also active in destabilizing Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen and other countries. The consequences of this will be fatal not only for the suffering people of these countries, but also for the peace and stability of the world. Only by deploying a firm policy that halts Iran’s aggression could a solution be found for the Syrian war and for all the conflicts in the region.

    alejo-vidal-quadras Alejo Vidal-Quadras, a Spanish professor of atomic and nuclear physics, was vice president of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2014. He is currently president of the Brussels-based International Committee in Search of Justice.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 8:08 pm on 29 Dec 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Boeing/Airbus Deals Will Boost Iran’s Support of Terrorism 

    By Amir Basiri

    Mainstream media is rife with news about Iran sealing multibillion-dollar deals with Airbus and Boeing to purchase more than 100 passenger planes.

    Unfortunately, Iran is no ordinary buyer. It’s a mistake for anyone to rejoice over such a deal or boast about it improving economies and creating jobs. This is a regime designated as the leading state sponsor of terrorism.

    The U.S. Treasury Department has identified Iranian commercial airlines as linked to the regime’s lethal and nonstop support for terrorism. With its numerous campaigns in support of Shiite militias and dictators, Iran has actively used its aging air fleet to shuttle hired mercenaries and arms to Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Lebanon.

    Iran Air and Iran Air Tours were both designated as terrorist-related in 2011. According to the U.S. Treasury Department these airlines are known to “disguise and manifest weapons shipments as medicine and generic spare parts” to Syria. They are known to airlift missiles and rocket components.

    Mahan Air, an Iranian airline in close relations with the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and its Quds Force (QF), is known to provide airlifts to IRGC-QF personnel flown between Iran, Syria, and Iraq for military training.

    “Mahan Air’s close coordination with the IRGC-QF–secretly ferrying operatives, weapons and funds on its flights–reveals yet another facet of the IRGC’s extensive infiltration of Iran’s commercial sector to facilitate its support for terrorism,” emphasized David S. Cohen, former U.S. Treasury Department undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence. “Following the revelation about the IRGC-QF’s use of the international financial system to fund its murder-for-hire plot, today’s action highlights further the undeniable risks of doing business with Iran.”

    Mahan Air eased the covert transfer of IRGC-QF officers by bypassing normal security procedures, such as excluding specific data on flight manifests in order to eliminate records of the IRGC-QF travel.

    Eyebrows are raised as European and Asian countries provide legitimacy to IRGC-linked Mahan Air by permitting flight rights to relevant commercial routes. Furthermore, one can also argue that the revenue from these flights are used to fuel Iran’s support for extremist ends.

    “By letting Mahan in, the Europeans are forgoing a critical pressure tool they have in their arsenal of non-military coercive measures to pressure Iran and Assad,” explained Emanuele Ottolenghi of the Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance at the bipartisan Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

    Representatives in the U.S. Congress from both sides of the aisle have been very clear in their positions about the nature Iran’s air fleet.

    “Instead of more actions to ground these planes,” said House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA), adding, “the White House agreed to lift an Interpol notice.”

    In the same hearing, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) demanded answers over how the Obama administration intended to ground “the airline of choice for the [IRGC] and Quds Force to go into Syria and kill people.”

    Analysts have cited concerns over Iran’s airlines continuing “to ferry materiel to fighters in Syria.” A notable case in September involved an Iran Air flight scheduled to depart Tehran for Damascus which made a suspicious stop in Abadan — an Iranian port city located around 960 miles off route that also acts as a major IRGC logistics hub.

    Here are further suspicious flights reported by Forbes:

    “On June 9, an Iran Air aircraft flew to Damascus from Abadan using the Tehran-Damascus flight number, and on June 8 and 15 from Tehran while using the now-defunct Najaf-Tehran number. Since then, the airline’s flights to Damascus have multiplied in number and frequency, with the most recent one leaving from Yazd but broadcasting a Tehran-Damascus flight number, on July 29.”

    The main Iranian opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) has a history of unveiling Iran’s support for terrorism and exporting extremism across the region. Mahan Air provides “multiple daily flights from Tehran, Mashhad, Isfahan, Shiraz, and Abadan to Damascus. These flights use Iraqi air space and carry weapons, equipment and Revolutionary Guards for war against the Syrian people. Three daily direct flights from Abadan airport to Damascus is mainly done by Mahan Air,” as explained by a Nov. 12 NCRI statement.

    State Department spokesman John Kirby assured that the Obama administration would certainly not neglect Iran’s support of terrorism following the nuclear deal, describing the notion as “completely without merit.” However, no serious action has been taken to this date, other than the Iran Sanctions Act passed by Congress, which U.S. President Barack Obama refused to sign.

    By signing the Iran nuclear accord, also known as the JCPOA, Obama set the grounds to delist five of Tehran’s designated airlines despite the knowledge that they also facilitated terrorism through logistical and financial support.

    The JCPOA has itself directly given the green light to Iran’s support for Shiite militias across the region, as forecast by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry even prior to the deal.

    The atrocities in Aleppo also showed the lack of will in the Obama administration for any meaningful action against Iran. The regime continues to airlift fresh recruits and supplies to Assad’s armed forces, the Lebanese Hizb’allah and the IRGC, all considered staunch U.S. adversaries. This notorious trio is also heavily supporting Assad’s ruthless regime in the near six-year war claiming the lives of half a million people.

    The new Airbus/Boeing signings, placing economic interests before those of international security and morality, will most likely pave the path for Iran to further expand its efforts to support terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism.

    Advocates of these deals may argue Iran will not use planes such to shuttle forces to Syria due to its desperate need to replace its aging fleet. Considering Tehran’s ongoing interest in supporting extremism across the Middle East, it is quite hard to imagine any obstacle can be placed to prevent Iran from continuing its illicit airlifts throughout the region.

    Originally posted in American Thinker

    Source: Boeing/Airbus Deals Will Boost Iran’s Support of Terrorism — Iran Commentary

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:33 pm on 28 Dec 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran’s Monstrous Record in 2016 

    By Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

    • Tehran has not become a rational and moderate state. Iran has instead become more empowered and emboldened to pursue its revolutionary ideals of anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism.
    • When it comes to the JCPOA nuclear deal — which Iran never signed — Iranian leaders violated the deal three times in the past year.
    • UN Security Council resolution 2231 is clear. The resolution “calls upon Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.”
    • Iran also increased strategic and tactical cooperation with Russia to undermine US interests, strengthening the Russia-China-Iran axis.
    • Iran ranks top in the world for executions per capita. Iran also became the world’s leading executioner of juveniles.

    In 2016, Iran reached an unprecedented level when it comes to breaking international laws. It expanded interventionist policies in the region; pursued revolutionary principles of anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism; ignored several UN resolutions and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between the P5+1 and Tehran, which Iran never signed; continued regional hegemonic ambitions, and abused human rights.

    With billions of dollars of revenue pouring into the pockets of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Tehran did not become a rational and moderate state. Iran instead became more empowered and emboldened to pursue its revolutionary ideals of anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism.

    Iran was listed as the top state sponsor of terrorism — “providing a range of support, including financial, training, and equipment, to groups around the world.”

    When it comes to the JCPOA nuclear deal — which Iran never signed — Iranian leaders violated the deal three times.

    The first violation was reported by Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, in July 2016. The agency stated that the Iranian government was pursuing a “clandestine” path to obtain illicit nuclear technology and equipment from German companies “at what is, even by international standards, a quantitatively high level.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized Iran, but no action was taken.

    According to the nuclear deal, Iran should request permission from a UN Security Council panel for “purchases of nuclear direct-use goods”, but Tehran did not. Another report by the Institute for Science and International Security drew attention to Iran’s violation as well:

    “The Institute for Science and International Security has learned that Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI) recently made an attempt to purchase tons of controlled carbon fiber from a country. This attempt occurred after Implementation Day of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The attempt to acquire carbon fiber was denied by the supplier and its government. Nonetheless, the AEOI had enough carbon fiber to replace existing advanced centrifuge rotors and had no need for additional quantities over the next several years, let alone for tons of carbon fiber. This attempt thus raises concerns over whether Iran intends to abide by its JCPOA commitments. In particular, Iran may seek to stockpile the carbon fiber so as to be able to build advanced centrifuge rotors far beyond its current needs under the JCPOA, providing an advantage that would allow it to quickly build an advanced centrifuge enrichment plant if it chose to leave or disregard the JCPOA during the next few years. The carbon fiber procurement attempt is also another example of efforts by the P5+1 to keep secret problematic Iranian actions.”

    The next violation came in February 2016 as Iran exceeded its threshold for heavy water, used to produce nuclear weapons. In addition, in November 2016, according to a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran again violated the deal by holding more heavy water than permitted. Iran was let go free both times with no consequences.

    Third, when it comes violating several UN resolutions, in 2016, Iran significantly ratcheted up its production of ballistic missiles.

    Iran test-fired at least eight ballistic missiles, capable of carrying multiple nuclear heads, an act in violation of the nuclear deal, as well as United Nations resolutions 1929 and 2231.

    The JCPOA states that Iran should not undertake any ballistic missile activity “until the date eight years after the JCPOA Adoption Day or until the date on which the IAEA submits a report confirming the Broader Conclusion, whichever is earlier.”

    The UN Security Council resolution (Paragraph 3 of Annex B of resolution 2231 of 2015) is clear. The resolution “calls upon Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.”

    Another UN Security Council resolution, 1929, also states:

    “Iran shall not undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using ballistic missile technology, and that States shall take all necessary measures to prevent the transfer of technology or technical assistance to Iran related to such activities.”

    It is accurate to argue that if not for the Obama Administration’s appeasement policies towards Iran, Tehran would not have received tremendous financial relief. Nevertheless, Iran’s Supreme leader Khamenei who enjoys the final say in Iran’s domestic and foreign policy, instigated more anti-American sentiments and continued lashing out at the “Great Satan“. Iran publicly harassed the US Navy, detained US sailors, and imprisoned several American citizens. Khamenei also repeatedly threatened Israel and made incendiary remarks about wiping Israel from the face of earth in less than 8 minutes. In December 2016, Khamenei stated that Israel would not exist in 25 years. He also published a book laying out a plan on how to destroy Israel.

    Regionally speaking, as Tehran became more heavily armed with additional revenues and weaponry, it has increased its military interventions in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and intensified its advisory, financial, weapons and intelligence assistance to its Shiite proxies and Bashar al Assad, bolstering the “Shia axis”. Iran also increased strategic and tactical cooperation with Russia to undermine US interests, strengthening the Russia-China-Iran axis.

    Finally, and more fundamentally, when it comes to human rights, Iran set some of the worst records since its establishment in 1979. According to the Human Rights Watch, 2016 saw Iran escalating the mass executions of minorities, and the imprisonment of human rights and political activists. Now, Iran ranks top in the world for executions per capita. Iran also became the world’s leading executioner of juveniles, according to Amnesty International.

    These are only some examples of Iran’s disregard for international laws and its human rights abuses.

    There is definitely a positive correlation between, on the one hand, Iran gaining more dollars and, on the other hand, breaching international laws, committing egregious human rights violations, spreading its revolutionary values of anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism, destabilizing the region, intensifying regional conflicts and humanitarian tragedies, and pursing its regional ambitions.

    Dr. Majid Rafizadeh, political scientists and Harvard University scholar is president of the International American Council on the Middle East. He can be reached atDr.rafizadeh@post.harvard.edu.

    Source: Iran’s Monstrous Record in 2016

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 8:41 pm on 27 Dec 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    How Iran took over Iraq during Obama’s tenure 

    The Obama Middle East policy, fashioned to incentivize Iran and prevent its abandoning of the nuclear deal, allowed Tehran take nearly full control over Baghdad. Senior officials in Tehran are extremely concerned over the selection of various candidates of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet. This marks the end of a “golden era,” during which President Barack Obama provided meaningless incentives to the mullahs.

    In response, Iran has launched a smear campaign against numerous renowned American politicians, including former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, former House speaker Newt Gingrich and Ambassador John Bolton

    Tehran’s lobbies continue to support the failed appeasement policy vis-à-vis Iran, designated as the main state sponsor of terrorism. Their efforts are targeting these figures, also known for their support of Iran’s legitimate and democratic opposition, People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), as the sole realistic solution to bring an end to Iran’s nuclear ambitions, support for terror and Islamic fundamentalism in the region.

    This crusade by Iran’s lobbies aims to safeguard the influence obtained during the Obama tenure when the mullahs expanded their reach across the region, beginning with Iraq. The Donald Trump White House, however, must seize opportunity and backtrack all these mistakes by the previous administrations.

    Obama ignored Iran’s meddling in Iraq

    “Iran is taking over Iraq,” U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said back in October.

    Iran’s involvement in the political, social/economic and military aspects of life in Iraq is no secret. This is the result of a failed strategy adopted by U.S. President Barack Obama in prematurely pulling American troops out of Iraq and leaving a vacuum for Iran to fill. And Tehran jumped to the occasion.

    Such a major shift in American Middle East policy also paved the path for the rise of Daesh (ISIS/ISIL). All these developments allowed Iran to increase its carefully blueprinted efforts, launched back in 2003 following the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

    Tehran has influenced on Baghdad especially through supporting a slate of Shiite political parties and notorious militia forces known for their vicious measures against Iraq’s minorities, especially the Sunnis.

    With Obama paying much less attention than the Iraq dossier deserved, Iran was allowed to pursue its own agenda through the Shiite entities it continues to pour money into today. Recent news also indicate Iran has used its influence to have the Popular Mobilization Force, a conglomerate of Iran-backed Shiite militia groups, registered by law as a legal and separate military corps. This completely resembles the Revolutionary Guards as a separate military force alongside the Iranian regular army.

    Iran is also seeking foothold near the oil rich areas of Kirkuk and access to the Syria to provide arms to Bashar Assad and the Lebanese Hezbollah.

    Oil, Iraq’s cherished jewel

    Alongside the political and social measures Iran has been pursuing in Iraq, the mullahs have long yearned to gain complete control of Iraq’s flow of oil exports. Iran is known to take advantage of its geographic positioning to use Iraqi oil in different methods to help decrease the pressures imposed by international sanctions on its oil and gas industry.
    Recent media reports also indicate pro-Iran Shiite militia groups in Iraq are smuggling a whopping 40,000 barrels a day to Iran, with Baghdad—and Washington—turning their backs. Iran is also seeking to take full control over Iraq’s oil industry to rival archenemy Saudi Arabia in the global oil market.

    Iran in command

    Considered highly loyal to Iran, former Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki allowed Tehran-backed Shiite militias infiltrate completely into the ranks and files of the country’s military system. From army, police, Special Forces, counterterrorism units and the Military of Defense, Iran had figures posted in many–if not all–highly sensitive security positions. Under the banner of ridding Iraq of Daesh, forces loyal to Iran are unfortunately seeking to settle scores with the Sunni minority, massacring many and imposing harsh measures against their communities.

    This is the result of Obama neglecting Iran’s escalating influence in Iraq simply to preserve his cherished nuclear deal intact.

    Iran opposition in crosshairs

    Enjoying its vast influence and a neglecting Obama administration Iran was also able to launch several deadly attacks against its organized opposition, the PMOI, also known as the MEK in the United States.

    Through a widespread international campaign, the MEK was able to relocate its members to safe havens in Europe, especially supported by a long slate of influential political figures from both sides of the aisle, in Washington.

    Final thoughts

    Tehran is the first to understand the major implications of a new administration in Washington. Iran is also the main profiting party of the failed Obama Middle East doctrine.

    Tehran has gained political sway over Baghdad, made major leaps forward in changing the social fabric of large swathes in Iraq, profiting heavily from Iraq’s own oil industry and gained significant influence on the country’s military/security apparatus.

    The nations of Iraq, Syria and Iran have suffered heavily due to Obama’s disastrous foreign policy, or lack thereof. It is high time for new U.S. administration and Congress to change course, remedy these mistakes and hold Iran accountable for its numerous crimes.

    Change in Iran and evicting this regime from the Middle East is a correct policy called for not only by national American figures. Such an approaches also inspires new hope amongst Muslim countries of the region who have suffered from Tehran’s meddling.

    Source : How Iran took over Iraq during Obama’s tenure — Iran Liberty

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:37 am on 25 Dec 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Justice, Iranian style: Brutal public hangings to crackdown on dissent 

    Dissenters pay ultimate price through capital punishment, should they speak out against the clerical regime. (File photo: Reuters)

    Iran’s present administration can only be described as a terrorist regime, which uses various violent methods with which to intimidate the population, showing the citizens of cities, towns and villages across the country, how dissenters will pay the ultimate price through capital punishment, should they speak out against the clerical regime, and the most visual form of terror comes in the shape of public hangings.

    Cranes are frequently used in executions, with the victim hauled upwards by the neck, to ensure that his neck isn’t broken in a swift kill, and that the agony is prolonged. Where in cases of makeshift gallows, the condemned is stood on a tub or suchlike, and to ensure gradual strangulation and a slow death, the object they are standing on is kicked from beneath them, and the fall is a short one.

    Such are the twisted minds that set up these executions, they ensure that young children stand to watch these macabre events with the rest of the crowd, quite often. The younger siblings of teenagers view the execution of their loved one, who dies in agony as asphyxiation slowly shuts down the brain.

    Symbols of death

    In civilized countries of the world, cranes are a symbol of construction and ongoing development. In Iran they are symbols of death, and secret isolated graves, where loved ones are forbidden to tend them. These varied makeshift hanging trees, are most often found in the centre of towns and villages across the land, where countless numbers of dissidents meet their fate, their only crime; to speak out against a regime that shows no mercy to dissenters.

    No sooner had Khomeini come to power, Iran’s prison and “legal” system had become the main method with which to eradicate political opponents, while at the same time instil terror into the population at large through public hangings.

    With Iran having no legal system like that of the civilized world, if you cross the clerical regime by speaking out; you become a prime target for imprisonment, torture and death.

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    Source: Justice, Iranian style: Brutal public hangings to crackdown on dissent

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 10:16 am on 24 Dec 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Maryam Rajavi’s Christmas and New Year’s Greetings 

     

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    Merry Christmas to all Christians in Iran and around the world.
    Christmas is the day of joy, hope and salvation of mankind.
    We also admire the Virgin Mary on this day, who inspires all women, particularly the oppressed women of the world.
    Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
    This is why many Christians from all across the world support the Iranian Resistance.
    Inspired by his message, the Iranian resistance wants to establish a society based on freedom, equality and separation of religion and state.
    In the future Iran followers of all religions including Christians are equal and free and are no longer harassed.
    On this Christmas Eve we wish that the liberating message of Jesus Christ would embrace my oppressed people.
    With the same hope, I wish a happy New Year in 2017 for all nations especially in the Middle East and the innocent people of Syria.
    May 2017 be a year of freedom for my country Iran.
    I call on every one to join in solidarity with the Iranian people’s Resistance; for freedom and democracy, and to start a new chapter in the life of all the peoples of the region.

     

     

    Source: Maryam Rajavi’s Christmas and New Year’s Greetings

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 10:00 am on 24 Dec 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Cristiano Ronaldo message of hope to the children in Syria 

     A message of hope to the children affected by the conflict in Syria.
    Cristiano Ronaldo : Hello, this is for Children of Syria, we know that you have been suffering a lot, I am a very famous player but you are the true heroes. Don’t lose your hope, the world is with you, we care about you, I am with you.

    :كريستيانو رونالدو يوجه رسالة الى اطفال سوريا و يقول 
    هذه الرسالة اوجه ها لأطفال سوريا ، انا لاعب مشهور جدا لكن أنتم هم الابطال الحقيقيين ، لا تفقدوا الأمل ، قلبي معكم و أفكر فيكم طوال الوقت

    A message of hope to the children affected by the conflict in Syria. @SavetheChildren
    #ChildrenofSyria
    An estimated 3.7 million Syrian children – 1 in 3 of all Syrian children – has been born since the conflict began five years ago, their lives shaped by violence, fear and displacement, according to a UNICEF report. This figure includes more than 151,000 children born as refugees since 2011…

    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oo7WA9OUvPw

    در شرايطي كه سياستمداران و قدرتهاي جهاني نزديك به شش سال است به مردم سوريه خيانت كرده اند و در رأس همه، مماشات اوباما با رژيم پليد ولايت فقيه باعث طولاني شدن جنگ سوريه و كشته شدن صدها هزار از تن از مردم مقاوم سوريه از جمله بيش از 200 هزار كودك مظلوم و بي گناه سوريه شده است و در شرايطي كه همه دولتها،ناجوانمردانه اين مردم قهرمان و ستمديده را تنها گذاشتند، بايد كه از هر صدا و ندايي كه به حمايت از اين مردم و بويژه كودكان سوريه كه بيشترين جنايت در حق آنها شده، برمي خيزد، استقبال كرد. لذا حمايت چهره هاي مشهور ورزشي و هنري و اجتماعي در صحنه افكار عمومي بسيار مؤثر و كمك كننده است. حمايت زير نيز از اين نظر قابل توجه و با ارزش است
    پيام كريستيانو رونالدو بهترين بازيكن سال 2016 جهان به كودكان سوريه
    سلام، اين براي كودكان سوريه است. ما مي دانيم كه شما رنج بسيار برده ايد، من يك بازيكن بسيار مشهور هستم ولي شما قهرمانان واقعي هستيد. اميد خود را از دست ندهيد، دنيا با شما است، ما مراقب شما هستيم، من با شما هستم

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:18 pm on 22 Dec 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    We will return,Aleppo راجعين يا حلب 

    This video clip presents to the hero freedom fighters and great people of Aleppo.

    They will return to their beloved city, Aleppo, one day soon, because no power in the world can’t prevent of coming freedom and peace to Syria. Assad dictatorship will fall and Syrian people and their freedom fighters will win.

     

     
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