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  • Masoud Dalvand 11:03 am on 31 Jan 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    The MEK and Its Popularity in Iran 

    The MEK and Its Popularity in Iran

    Iran Focus

    One persistent myth about the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK) is that it is unpopular amongst the Iranian people, but nothing could be further from the truth.

    The MEK is the oldest, biggest, and most popular resistance movement in Iran, but it should also go without saying that it far outstrips the Regime’s popularity among the Iranian people.

    It is impossible to get precise numbers on support for the MEK within Iran, as Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini declared them to be enemies of the Regime in 1980 and criminalised the pro-democracy movement soon after, but their signs can be seen during every election and at every protest.

    One of the best ways to measure support for the MEK may actually be through their television channel Face of Freedom (Simaye Azadi in Persian), which bypasses strict Regime censorship to bring unbiased news to Iran as well as programs on Iranian history, literature, culture, art, music, and comedy.

    The channel has about 10 million viewers receives tens of thousands of hits to its website every day. In 2017, it held a telethon to keep the channel running and generated $5.5 million.

    If the MEK is so unpopular, why does the Regime focus on them so much?

    If the MEK were truly an unpopular, fringe group, then why would the Regime spend so much time and effort trying to eliminate the MEK?

    So far, the Iranian Regime has murdered at least 120,000 people, majority of them MEK members and supporters. In 1988, the Khomeini release a fatwa calling for the extermination of the MEK, which resulted in the deaths of 30,000 political prisoners again majority of them MEK members and supporters in just one summer, known as the 1988 Massacre.

    This is not a small number. For comparison, the Scottish National party has about 120,000 members and they’re the third biggest party in the UK. Also the executions figure doesn’t take into account the number of people who have been imprisoned, tortured, or otherwise punished for being a member of the MEK or those who have not been found by the Regime.

    If a political group is deeply unpopular, the ruling party does not need to demonise them (both at home and abroad), let alone slaughter them. It certainly doesn’t need to fight for them to be designated as a terrorist organisation.

    The Regime’s actions undermine their claims with regard to the MEK.

    Simply, the Regime knows that the MEK is far more popular than them and poses a serious threat to their rule, which is why they discredit them at every turn.

    Why does the MEK enjoy such widespread support in Iran?

    Maryam Rajavi's poster hanged in Tehran

    Maryam Rajavi’s poster hanged in Tehran

    There are many reasons why individuals in Iran would support the MEK from its longstanding commitment to democracy to its tolerant interpretation of Islam to its embracement of modern society. The MEK supports a democratic, non-nuclear Iran with a commitment to human rights and gender equality; something that the overwhelming majority of Iranians want.

    The Iranian people are much more democratic, tolerant, and loving than the Regime that rules them and want nothing more than to see a Free Iran. Many Iranians support the MEK and despise the Regime.

    Source: The MEK and Its Popularity in Iran

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  • Masoud Dalvand 9:40 pm on 29 Jan 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    The uprising of the Iranian people continues. Reports from all over Iran – Update news – 29 January 2018 

    The uprising of the Iranian people continues

    The uprising of the Iranian people continues. Reports from all over Iran – Update news – 8 January 2018

    Jan 29 – Kowthari Square. Protesters chanting, “State police, support us” continue
    Jan 29 – Najaf Abad, central Night protests erupting & people seen pulling what appears to be a large sign or billboard. continue.

    A video has not seen before: in -Death to Khamenei & No fear, we are all together

    : was reproduced! Monday 29 January 2018 Enghelab Street. continue to victory! and overthrow of Mullahs regime.
    The girl of Enghelab Avenue 2nd
    Another reason for #IranUprising. The uprising will continue until the final victory & overthrow of the corrupt & criminal Mullahs in #Iran #IranProtests

     

     
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  • Masoud Dalvand 7:13 pm on 29 Jan 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Another reason for Iran Uprising: More Children Died Due to Frostbite in the Earthquake-Stricken Area 

    Reason for Iran uprising

    The catastrophe of children’s death due to frostbite in the earthquake-stricken areas of Kermanshah, is a painful news that on these cool days, it comes from the earthquake-stricken areas of Kermanshah in western Iran.

    Despite the denial of the governor of quake riddled province of Kermanshah.Some MPs and Iranian regime’s media outlets report an increase in the mortality rate of children due to cold weather in the earthquake-stricken areas.

    Following the breaking of the news regarding death of several children due to frostbite in earthquake-stricken areas of Kermanshah and confirmation by two members of the regime’s parliament, the state-run Sharq newspaper wrote on Saturday January 27 that at least three other children dies in these areas.

    Following the death of a four-month-old baby, it was reported on Saturday that a 17-year-old disabled child and a one-and-half year old child died due to cold weather in these areas and lack of any support or medical attention by the regime’s officials.

    Infant in earthquake-stricken area of Iran dies of cold

    The state-run Sharq newspaper wrote in its report on Saturday that in addition to two young children, Sarina and Mohammad, who according to their families died in the freezing cold in earthquake-stricken Kermanshah due to lack of any proper shelter and medical care, “two other children and another teenage girl should also be added to this list.”

    SARINA

    Sarina, 2 years old child who died due to frostbite in Sarpolzahab

    Last week, Shahab Naderi, member of the regime’s parliament from the city of Paveh in Kermanshah, without giving any details reported that several people died in the earthquake-stricken areas (of Kermanshah) due to frostbite.

    In addition, the state-run Etemad Online website published a news on Friday January 26 confirming that several earthquake-stricken people (children) died in the area due to frostbite.

    Earlier this website published an interview with the regime’s governor of Kermanshah, in which he “strongly” denied the deaths of some earthquake victims due to the cold and said: “One hundred percent sure that nobody in the areas affected by the earthquake died due to the cold.”

    However, the state-run Mashreq newspaper has now published the names of a teenager and a child who died due to the cold in the region: “Noushin Mohammadi, a 17-years-old disabled girl died on Thursday, and Matiyar Shamaii, one-and-half year old child who died 40 days ago in Sarpol Zahab” due to the cold and lack of any proper shelter.

    In addition, Sharq newspaper wrote: “a two-years-old boy in Sarpol Zahab also died about 25 days ago but his name is not revealed yet.”

    The report said: “On December 24, Matiyar died on the street after catching cold and in his death certificate the cause of his death was mentioned as respiratory disease.”

    While no government official has shown any reaction, Sharq reaction quoting a former official reported death of 5 children under the age of five.

    Fatemeh Daneshvar, former member of Tehran’s city council and manager of Mehr-Afarin charity centre in an interview with Sharq said: “so far, we have received the news about the death of five children under the age of five and these deaths were due to the cold.”

    An earthquake of 7.3 Richter scale hit Kermanshah on November 11, 2017 in which more than 600 people died and thousands of houses destroyed.

    This is another reason for Iran uprising. The uprising will continue until the final victory and overthrow of the corrupt and criminal Mullahs in Iran.

     

     

     

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 10:57 am on 26 Jan 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran Regime’s Senior Mullah: Cyberspace Is a Blow to Our Lives 

    Iran Regime_s Senior Mullah- Cyberspace Is a Blow to Our Lives

    The speaker of Iran regime’s Assembly of Experts,  Mullah Ahmad Jannati, announced Khamenei’s “a few hours” meeting with a number of cyberspace “experts”, adding that “a move is to be made” after the meeting.

     

    Janati also added that “Cyberspace is a blow to our lives. If they took away (blocked) the cyberspace, we wouldn’t have so many problems. I have said that we cannot totally block the cyberspace but we can slow it down.”

    جنتي لعنتي

    Mullah Ahmad Jannati

    According to the state-run Tasnim news agency affiliated to terrorist Quds force, on Thursday January 25, Janati announced this issue in the joint meeting of the Assembly of Experts’ Presidium with the internal commissions.
    He did not mention the content of the meeting, but added that “they are supposed to do make a move. But it’s important to know what to do and who should do it.”

    Without mentioning the details, he added that “we must dismiss the people who are incapacitated and hire the mighty ones. So there should be changes in this organization.”

    Jannati added in his statement that “they could control it earlier and prevent it from going so fast… We cannot stop it at all, it’s impossible, but we can reduce it.”

    The Head of the Assembly of Experts quoted some people but did not name them and said: “They say that it is already too little late and we did not stop them in the recent events and disturbances arose.”

    The question is; What is really the horror of the mullahs regime? If the internet slows down or disconnects, their problem is solved?

    As I wrote in one of my previous articles, Iran’s Problem Isn’t the Internet; It’s the Regime.

    The Iranian Regime is blaming the current popular uprising in the country to two main factors: access to the internet and Iran’s enemies abroad. They believe that the enemies of the Iranian Regime are joining together to undermine the Regime and rile up the people via social networking sites.

    Of course, the actual reason for the protests is Regime corruption and a failure to meet the needs of its people and the only enemies of the Regime that are responsible for the protests are the Iranian people themselves.
    Ali Jafari, commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), and others in the faction of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei have blamed President Hassan Rouhani for the widespread access to the internet and a lack of official control over it.

    Indeed, Iranian Prosecutor-General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri said on

    January 4: “The Internet is considered to be a source of damage that destroys homes and creates many problems for families and young people, Internet

    and, unfortunately, no effort is being made to direct it. If we do not think of a solution for the Internet, and for the foreigners’ plots, a harsh future awaits us. We must block the active channels that aim to destroy society’s morality, to denigrate the sacred values, and to destroy society’s security.”

    However, given the high levels of internet censorship in Iran prior to the uprising, it is almost impossible to follow the logic of an internet used by the Regime’s enemies to create havoc online and stir up the protests.

    So what is the Regime doing in response to the protests? Are they meeting the public’s demands for pulling out of costly foreign wars? Are they revising the budget to provide subsidies for the poor?

    Nope. They’ve instituted a brutal crackdown on the protesters, resulting in at least 50 deaths and at least 8,000 arrests and they’ve also increased internet censorship- going so far as to block it entirely in some regions- and have even proposed the creation of an intranet for Iran, to block sites that they consider to be dangerous, like Instagram, or a Regime-run social network.

    They now consider internet use in Iran to be akin to letting an enemy into your home. Some have even demanded that the Rohani government apologize for their failure to develop a Regime-controlled intranet before.

    The Regime is so scared of their people being able to contact the outside world (especially Western media and culture) that, on January 6, they announced that English studies would now be banned in government and non-government elementary schools.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 6:06 pm on 25 Jan 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran regime must free the woman who took stand against compulsory veiling 

    Vida Movahed

    The image of a young Iranian woman protesting against the compulsory hijab quickly went viral on social media.

    Amnesty International is calling on Iranian authorities to “immediately and unconditionally” release a woman who was arrested in Tehran last month for apparently protesting peacefully against the country’s mandatory Islamic dress code.

    In a January 24 statement, the London-based rights group also reiterated its calls on the authorities to “end the persecution of women who speak out against compulsory veiling, and abolish this discriminatory and humiliating practice.”

    A video showing the woman standing on a concrete structure in Tehran’s Enghelab (Revolution) Street without wearing a headscarf has gone viral on social media since December 27.

    She was silently waving a white flag in an apparent protest against the compulsory hijab, which in Iran refers to Islamic dress that covers the hair and body.

    Amnesty International quoted three eyewitnesses as saying that police arrested the woman on the spot and transferred her to a nearby detention center.

    Her name, Vida Movahed, is said to be 31 years old and has a 19-month-old baby.

    She boldly protested the compulsory veil in crowded downtown Tehran by taking off her shawl and waving it in the air on a stick. Simultaneously, she spoke about freedom and women’s right to choose their own clothing. A number of youths present in the scene gave her support.

    The incident took place on Wednesday, December 27, 2017, in Tehran’s Enghelab Avenue. The State Security forces arrested the young woman and the young passersby who had supported her.

    The arrests were made the same day as Tehran’s police chief claimed that no one would be arrested for mal-veiling. He said no criminal complaints would be filed for them, they will not be sent to court but will have to attend “educational” classes to correct their behavior. (The state-run Tasnim news agency – December 27, 2017)

    But the reality that exists in Iran today is that the repression of women was not unique to this young woman.

    The NCRI Women’s Committee, published a video about detainees during Iran protests especially women.  According to the information released by the committee, 400 women have been arrested in the southwestern city of Izeh, alone. Dozens of women have been arrested in Tehran. Seven women arrested in the city of Saqqez, in Iranian Kurdistan.
    In the first two weeks of January, 50 were shot dead and at least 8000 people have been arrested for taking part in the uprising and exercising their rights to freedom of expression and association.  At least 10 of these prisoners have been tortured to death in prison.

    The NCRI Women’s Committee echoes the Iranian people’s demand is to take urgent action to immediately release all those imprisoned under torture for taking part in the uprising.

    The fact is, the most striking images coming from Iran uprising are of women.
    They are risking the most to speak out against the Iranian regime.
    Women have demonstrated tremendous courage in the nationwide protests.
    The NCRI Women’s Committee calls on all freedom loving people of the world to support the struggle of Iranian women in their quest for freedom.

    Maryam Rajavi Iran opposition leader urges Council of Europe to compel Tehran to release arrested, she said:

    I urge the Council of Europe and its member states to take effective measures and binding decisions to compel the religious fascism to:

    -Immediate freedom of the prisoners of the uprising
    -Freedom of expression and association;

    No more repression and no more compulsory veil;

    Now and just today.

    Also, a petition has been prepared for the release of the detainees of Iran protests, to be sent to the Secretary-General of the UN. By signing this petition and sharing the news of the detainees, including the girl of Enghelab Street, we should try to release them.

     

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:29 pm on 24 Jan 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Maryam Rajavi: Immediately free those arrested in Iran uprising 

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    Maryam Rajavi

    MARYAM RAJAVI AT PRESS CONFERENCE IN THE PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE: IMMEDIATELY FREE THOSE ARRESTED IN IRAN UPRISING

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    Maryam Rajavi at press conference in the Parliamentary Assembly of the council of Europe: Immediately free those arrested in Iran uprising

    I have come here to call on Europe and the world to take urgent action for the release of thousands of young souls who have been arrested during the uprising.

    Dozens of protesters have been shot dead and 8,000 arrested.

    Every day we hear the news of a prisoner killed under torture.

    The regime’s officials, however, ridiculously claim that they have committed suicide
    while in detention. A number of them are missing.

    Many families are anxiously passing days and nights, not knowing anything about their children. The mullahs are not willing to account.

    But Europe is silent.
    Torturing prisoners to death is a crime against humanity. But I have not heard of any European government protesting this news. Why?
    Where is Europe’s commitment to human rights?

    Doesn’t the European Human Rights Convention also include the people of Iran?
    But people are not going back into their homes.

    Iran is in an explosive state and protests are continuing throughout the country.

    The regime is engulfed in crises. In the past month, the value of the country’s official currency has dropped 15 per cent. The regime is doomed to fall and the Iranian people are determined to continue their struggle until they put an end to the mullahs’ religious dictatorship and establish freedom in Iran.

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    In such circumstances, on behalf of the Iranian people and the Iranian Resistance, I urge the Council of Europe, the European Union and its member states, and the United Nations to stand beside the people of Iran and not the ruling religious fascism. Specifically, I call for the adoption of the following steps:

    1. The International Community, particularly the Council of Europe and the European Union, must adopt effective and practical measures to compel the clerical regime to free all those arrested during the uprising.
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    The regime must understand that it must pay a high price for opening fire on demonstrators and killing them under torture.

    3. The regime must announce the names of all those arrested and all those killed under torture. They must account for those missing and if they have been murdered, the regime must announce where they have been buried.
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    5. An international delegation must be formed for inquiry about those killed and detained during the uprising and those who have been killed in custody. The Iranian regime must be compelled to allow this delegation to visit Iran.
    6.
    7. The religious dictatorship ruling Iran does not enjoy any legitimacy. It does not have any future and investing in it is doomed to failure. All diplomatic and economic relations with the regime, must be halted. Comprehensive sanctions
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    must be imposed on Iran’s rulers for decades of crimes against humanity.
    Iran’s economy is concentrated in Khamenei’s headquarters and in the hands of the IRGC.

    Trading with this regime fuels its killing machine and its export of war and terrorism.

    -Immediate freedom of the prisoners of the uprising

    -Freedom of expression and association;

    -No more repression and no more compulsory veil;

    Now and just today.

    After 39 years, enough is enough!

    Thank you all, very much.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:35 am on 24 Jan 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran Regime Is a Threat to Us All 

    Iran threat

    Houthis Terrorists supported by the Iranian regime

    NCRI – The Iranian Regime was founded on the principal of exporting their revolution- including their widely discredited interpretation of Islam- to the rest of the world. They have never given up on this idea and continue to pursue world domination through the use of nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles, and proxy militias to fight for them.

    The Iran- sponsored Houthi militia in Yemen sought to overthrow the internationally recognised government, and replace them with former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. The Houthis captured the capital of Sana’a, and the Iranian Regime rejoiced at controlling another capital in the Middle East, but faced opposition from a Saudi-coalition, which stepped up the proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

    Bruce Riedel, director of the Intelligence Project at the Brookings Institution, stated: “Iran is gradually increasing its support for the Houthi rebels in Yemen. Rather than eliminating the Iranian presence in the country, the Saudi-led war is giving Tehran the opportunity to become more influential there than ever. The Houthis … will need Tehran’s backing more as the stalemate continues … A war designed to weaken Iran is actually helping it against its regional rival.”

    In November, the Houthis attempted to fire a ballistic missile towards Riyadh International Airport in November, which was the first missile to be aimed at such a densely-populated area.

    The Iranian-made missile was thankfully destroyed in flight by Saudi forces before it could do any damage, but it is clear that the Iranian Regime at the very least supplied the missile and quite possibly order the attack. It is believed that the missile was disassembled, smuggled into Yemen, and reassembled by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its Lebanese-based proxy Hezbollah.

    The US considers this attack as evidence that Iran has violated two United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions on the Yemen crisis and Iran’s missile program.

    The Houthis have since followed this up another attempted missile attack on Riyadh in December, but this was once again thwarted by the Saudis. However, the Iran-backed Houthi warned that these attacks mark a new chapter, because now Saudi palaces, military bases, and oil facilities, are within missile range.

    Iran’s use of proxies is widespread in the Middle East. Iran armed Shiite militants in Bahrain as part of an effort to bring the country back under Iran’s control- despite Bahrain gaining independence nine years before the Regime took power- and in November, the militants created an explosion on a major oil pipeline in Bahrain to slow the supply of oil to Saudi Arabia.

    With the help of their proxies, Iran does not need to get their hands dirty and have widely escaped the consequences of their actions.

    When the US threatened sanctions against Iran for noncompliance with the nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA), IRGC Major General Mohammed Ali Jafari threatened to launch ballistic missiles on any US military base within 1,200 miles (the range of their ballistic missiles). Ironically, Iran’s use of ballistic missiles is one of the things that Donald Trump sees as a violation of the JCPOA.

    Following those comments, US Representative Ron DeSantis responded: “Iran’s behaviour… has only seemed to get worse. … The present course is untenable and Iran’s threatening behaviour is likely to increase in frequency.”

    In 1983, Iran attacked a US Marines barracks in Lebanon and killed 241 American service members using its terrorist proxy Hezbollah. There is no reason to suspect that they would not do so again.

    Iran also threatened France after various French politicians raised concerns about the Iranian missile program, Iranian expansionism, and called for a political dialogue on the subjects.

    IRGC Brigadier General Hossein Salami said: “If Europe wants to turn into a threat, we will increase the range of our missiles… we have no limitations for the range of our missiles in technological terms.”

    Anthony Chibarirwe wrote on The Trumpet: “These [European leaders were] exercising caution even in their efforts to preserve the JCPOA nuclear deal with Iran. But they aren’t doing so because they trust Iran or because they want it to go nuclear; they are doing so because they distrust and fear this belligerent Iran so much that they choose appeasement rather than confrontation. But their idealist school of thought will not solve the problem.”

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 8:45 pm on 22 Jan 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Petition: Call for the release of detainees of uprising in Iran 

    Petition - Call for the release of detainees of uprising in Iran

    Nowhere, no time, the cry of life has not been without answer. Prisoner of the uprising of Iran, with all their existence, cries. Our connection with each other, is echoing this cry. With a signature, let’s send the cry of life of a human being, to the whole world. Arrested people in Iran must be released!

    Read the text of the petition to the Secretary-General of the United Nations to try to release the prisoners of the uprising in Iran. Then, by clicking on the petition link, fill out the form and show your support to the democratic demands of the Iranian people.

    Call for the release of detainees of Uprising in Iran

    Release detained protesters in nationwide uprising in Iran!

    Honorable Antonio Guterres

    UN Secretary-General;

    Following the Iranian people’s nationwide protests to secure freedom as the legitimate right of the people of Iran, which began on December 28, 2017, the dictatorship ruling Iran started massacre of unarmed and defenseless demonstrators and massive arrest and torture of protesters in prisons; and a number of protesters have been disappeared; acts that are a clear indication of a crime against humanity and the United Nations is responsible to confront it. According to Iranian regime officials, 90% of the detainees are young people under the age of 25. On January 4, 2018, Amnesty International called for stoppage of killing and arrest of demonstrators in Iran. On January 3, 2018, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights warned the Iranian regime about repressive measures and said that Iranian regime officials should respect the rights of all demonstrators and detainees, including their right to life and security.

    We, the undersigned, urge you to take effective action and make binding decisions for the unconditional release of thousands of arrested demonstrators in Iran, and warn the Iranian regime that, if this process continues, more serious actions will be adopted by the United Nations.

    Respectfully,

    Copy to:

    – Hon. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

    -Hon. Asma Jahangir, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran

    -Amnesty International

    Link of the petition:

    https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/Iran-Protests

     

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 4:42 pm on 19 Jan 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran’s Problem Isn’t the Internet; It’s the Regime 

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    Iran protests January 2018- Anti riot forces of the regime

    The Iranian Regime is blaming the current popular uprising in the country to two main factors: access to the internet and Iran’s enemies abroad. They believe that the enemies of the Iranian Regime are joining together to undermine the Regime and rile up the people via social networking sites.

    Of course, the actual reason for the protests is Regime corruption and a failure to meet the needs of its people and the only enemies of the Regime that are responsible for the protests are the Iranian people themselves.
    Ali Jafari, commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), and others in the faction of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei have blamed President Hassan Rouhani for the widespread access to the internet and a lack of official control over it.

    Indeed, Iranian Prosecutor-General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri said on

    January 4: “The Internet is considered to be a source of damage that destroys homes and creates many problems for families and young people, Internet

    and, unfortunately, no effort is being made to direct it. If we do not think of a solution for the Internet, and for the foreigners’ plots, a harsh future awaits us. We must block the active channels that aim to destroy society’s morality, to denigrate the sacred values, and to destroy society’s security.”

    However, given the high levels of internet censorship in Iran prior to the uprising, it is almost impossible to follow the logic of an internet used by the Regime’s enemies to create havoc online and stir up the protests.

    So what is the Regime doing in response to the protests? Are they meeting the public’s demands for pulling out of costly foreign wars? Are they revising the budget to provide subsidies for the poor?

    Nope. They’ve instituted a brutal crackdown on the protesters, resulting in at least 50 deaths and at least 8,000 arrests and they’ve also increased internet censorship- going so far as to block it entirely in some regions- and have even proposed the creation of an intranet for Iran, to block sites that they consider to be dangerous, like Instagram, or a Regime-run social network.

    They now consider internet use in Iran to be akin to letting an enemy into your home. Some have even demanded that the Rohani government apologize for their failure to develop a Regime-controlled intranet before.

    The Regime is so scared of their people being able to contact the outside world (especially Western media and culture) that, on January 6, they announced that English studies would now be banned in government and non-government elementary schools.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 8:26 pm on 18 Jan 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Primary Causes of Poverty and Popular Uprisings in Iran 

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    The Enormous Cost of the Regime’s Warmongering, Terrorism and Domestic Suppression

    January 2018

    As the uprising against the clerical regime engulfed various Iranian cities, protestors’ slogans expressed some aspects of the cause of that movement, namely grueling high prices and economic strains on an array of social sectors. Giving rise to these circumstances is the fact that the religious dictatorship has channeled Iran’s human resources and economic reserves toward domestic suppression, warmongering and expansion of terrorism abroad, leading to increasing poverty and deprivation among the population in Iran.

    The cost of war and terrorism: Not declared in official state budget

    According to assessments conducted by the Iranian Resistance and international experts, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has spent close to $15B to $20B a year in Syria over the past six years.1 The regime’s warmongering and fatal intervention in Syria alone cost the Iranian people at least $100B between the start of the war to the end of 2017.

    In addition to Syria, Tehran has used its military and terrorist arm, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), to interfere in conflicts in Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, and Afghanistan while exporting terrorism to dozens of other countries in five continents around the world.

    The cost of manufacturing weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles, and of acquiring illicit material and equipment for the nuclear program can also be factored into the regime’s overall expenditures. A high-level assessment reveals that the regime spends at least $25B to $30B in these arenas from sources that are not declared in its official annual budget.

    In order to pay for its warmongering and domestic suppression, the regime has created a private network outside of official state structures. Particularly after 2005 (during the presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad), Khamenei expanded his economic reach considerably by transferring the ownership of state enterprises, taking control of the financial market, and eliminating state subsidies.

    With the help of his enterprises and institutions, which operate through front organizations masked as private companies, Khamenei has taken over the bulk of Iran’s economy. This is how Khamenei pays for the undeclared and unofficial costs of war and suppression. These organizations and institutions, which include the IRGC, now control over 50% of Iran’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Official state institutions have no control or oversight on these entities’ sources of revenue or expenditures. They are also either exempt from taxes or simply do not pay them.

    Some of the most important of these entities include but are not limited to the following2: The IRGC’s Khatam al-Anbia Construction Headquarters, other IRGC-affiliated economic powerhouses, Khamenei’s Setad (Headquarters for Executing Imam’s Orders), the Mostaz’afan (Oppressed) Foundation, Astan-e Qods Razavi (religious foundation in Mashhad), Shahid (Martyr) Foundation, Emdad (Aid) Committee, IRGC Cooperatives Foundation, Bassij Cooperatives Foundation, Qadir Investment Company (tied to the Ministry of Defense), the Armed Forces Social Welfare Organization (SATA), Khatam al-Osia Base (tied to the Ministry of Defense), State Security Forces Cooperatives Foundation (NAJA), and the Islamic Republic Army Cooperatives Foundation (BTAJA).

    The cost of war and terrorism: as declared in the official state budget (military and security organs)

    An overview of the budget bill submitted to parliament (Majlis) in December 2017 by the Hassan Rouhani administration for the new Persian calendar year (March 2018 to March 2019) indicates a total budget of 425000 billion tomans (121.5 billion dollars. )3 Out of this amount, 93937B tomans ($26.8 billion dollars )4, or 22% of the entire budget, has been allocated to military and security-related spending, as well as to the export of terrorism and fundamentalism abroad. Details of the regime’s military and security costs are as follows:

    • Security affairs (including the Ministry of Intelligence and Security, the State Security Forces, the Special Tribunal for Clerics, etc.): 19745.9 billion tomans (5.641billion dollars) or 4.6% of the entire budget
    • Military affairs (IRGC, Bassij, army, etc.): 68483 billion tomans (19.5 billion dollars) or 16.17% of the entire budget.
    • Export of terrorism: 5708 billion tomans (1.6 billion dollars) or 1.34% of the entire budget

    An assessment of annual expenditures on warmongering and suppression

    A high-level assessment reveals that the minimum cost of keeping the clerical regime in power in Iran through warmongering and internal suppression is comprised of the following:

    – 26.8 billion dollars : Funds allocated to military and security-related affairs and export of terrorism in the official state budget

    – 27.5 billion dollars: Money channeled to military and security-related activities and export of terrorism, funded by revenues obtained from institutions controlled by the supreme leader’s office and the IRGC

    Based on these figures, the regime spends a total of at least 55 billion dollars (official and known unofficial sources of funding) in order to advance domestic suppression, warmongering and foreign terrorism.

    It is important to note that the Iranian regime spends an amount that is at least close to the officially declared budget on war, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction by revenues generated from enteties tied to the supreme leader. This analysis reveals that the structure of the dictatorship has been shaped in a way that allows the advancement of the clerical dictatorship’s own goals and objectives. In other words, the Iranian people’s resources are being used to prop up the dictatorship.

    Case studies: How funding of warmongering and suppression fares against other state expenditures

    In order to see how the dictatorship’s warmongering and suppression have seized wealth from the Iranian people, resulting in widespread poverty, a few examples and case studies are provided below.

    Compared to the rebuilding costs after a recent earthquake: In November 2017, an earthquake shook the western province of Kermanshah, resulting in at least 1000 deaths and thousands wounded, while more than 100000 people were rendered homeless. In a preliminary analysis5,  the Kermanshah provincial government said the earthquake has resulted in at least 5632 billion tomans (1.61 billion dollars) in damage. The analysis added that this amount is equal to the province’s total budget for 11 years (approximately 140 million dollars per year). This means that the price tag for the clerical regime’s warmongering and suppression in a single year is 40 times more than the total damage resulting from the 2017 Kermanshah earthquake or more than 440 times the official annual budget of the entire Kermanshah province.

    Compared to the health care budget: The 2018 budget for the provision of health care to 80 million Iranians has been officially declared as 57000 billion tomans (16.3 billion dollars). This is a mere third of the regime’s annual warmongering and suppression costs. This means that every year, the entire Iranian population is forced to pay an amount that is three times higher than their total health care budget for warmongering and terrorism.

    The Iranian people’s welfare compared to salaries paid to Iranian regime mercenaries in Syria:According to statements made by Afghan mercenaries of the Iranian regime during public interviews with state-run media, each are paid 2.5 million tomans, (600 or 700 dollars) per month, every month. Nearly 20,000 Afghan nationals are dispatched to Syria by the IRGC. As such, every month, the regime pays 12 million to 14 million dollars to its Afghan mercenaries in Syria. This is while the Rouhani government spokesman, Mohammad Baqer Nobakht, has said that the government is planning to pay a monthly stipend of 250 thousand tomans or nearly 70 dollars to every Iranian living under the absolute poverty line. So, an Afghan sent to Syria is paid 10 times more than an Iranian living under the line of absolute poverty. This is while Afghans are sent to Syria by the IRGC as cheap soldiers, and their salaries represent a miniscule portion of the regime’s constant expenditures in Syria.

    Expenditures in Syria compared to financial aid to all people living under the absolute poverty line in Iran: On September 17, 2017,6 the head of the Emdad Khomeini Committee (Aid Committee), Seyyed Parviz Fattah Qarebaghi7, said it is estimated that the number of people living under the absolute poverty line in Iran ranges from 16 to 20 million. Assuming these people do receive a stipend of almost $70/month, the regime would have to come up with a monthly total of 1.4 billion dollars or an annual total of 17 billion dollars. This means that the amount the regime is spending in Syria alone (not the entire cost of warmongering and suppression, which is several times higher) could have been re-allocated to pay the monthly stipends of nearly 20 million impoverished people in Iran.

    That is why during the recent uprising in various Iranian cities, protestors shouted slogans like “Leave Syria, think about us” and “Neither Gaza nor Lebanon, I dedicate my life to Iran.” They also targeted the entire regime, demanding its overthrow by chanting “Death to Khamenei” and “Khamenei, shame on you, let go of the country.” They realize that the only way to obtain the Iranian people’s rights is through the overthrow of the clerical regime in its entirety.

    Conclusions:

    1. Khamenei’s velayat-e faqih (absolute clerical rule) has allocated Iran’s official and unofficial revenues and national wealth to serve foreign warmongering and terrorism as well as domestic suppression in order to ensure the regime’s survival. This is the primary cause of the backbreaking poverty haunting the country.

    2. As the regime’s armed entity, the IRGC has had the largest share in stealing the national wealth. A substantial portion of economic deals and control over key industries like oil and gas belongs to the IRGC. In addition to embezzlement, the IRGC then allocates resulting revenues to warmongering and terrorism as well as to suppression inside Iran.

    3. Any deals with the Iranian regime will strengthen the velayat-e faqih dictatorship and its armed entity the IRGC, resulting in the escalation of suppression of the Iranian people’s uprisings and the massacre of peoples across the region.

    4. In order to eliminate the dictatorship’s machinery of war and suppression, all of the regime’s officials, the IRGC and the array of economic organizations and institutions in their orbit of influence must be placed under international sanctions.

     

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    1- Based on Bloomberg estimates quoting Steven Heydemann at the U.S. Institute of Peace; and “How Iran Fuels Syria War: Details of the IRGC Command HQ and Key Officers in Syria,” NCRI- U.S. Representative Office, November 2015.

    2- See “The Rise of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ Financial Empire: How the Supreme Leader and the IRGC Rob the People to Fund International Terror,” NCRI-U.S. Representative Office, March 2017. The detailed study shows how ownership of property in various spheres of the economy is gradually shifted from the population writ large towards a minority ruling elite comprised of the Supreme Leader’s office and the IRGC, using 14 powerhouses.

    3- 425,000,000,000,000 tomans: converted to dollars based on exchange rate of $1=3,500 tomans. This exchange rate has also been used for the regime’s official state budget.

    4- Equal to 93,937,000,000,000 tomans

    5-See “Damages Resulting from the Earthquake Equal to Kermanshah’s Budget of 11 Years,” state-run Entekhab daily, November 25, 2017 (in Farsi).

    6- See IRGC-affiliated Fars News website, September 17, 2017 (in Farsi).

    7- Qarebaghi is an IRGC Brig. Gen., who controls the Emdad Committee, an entity affiliated with the regime’s supreme leader.

     
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