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  • Masoud Dalvand 6:44 pm on 8 Apr 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran: IRGC is designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization(FTO) by US 

    Washington DC, April 8, 2019 – US administration is designating the Islamic Revolutionary Guards, IRGC as the Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). This step is aimed at increasing maximum pressures on the Mullahs’ regime.

    In a state department live press briefing, Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo announced this designation.

    President Trump announced the designation Monday morning, saying “If you are doing business with the IRGC, you will be bankrolling terrorism.”

    The following is the complete statement by the US president:

    “Today, I am formally announcing my Administration’s plan to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), including its Qods Force, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act.  This unprecedented step, led by the Department of State, recognizes the reality that Iran is not only a State Sponsor of Terrorism, but that the IRGC actively participates in, finances, and promotes terrorism as a tool of statecraft.  The IRGC is the Iranian government’s primary means of directing and implementing its global terrorist campaign.

    “This designation will be the first time that the United States has ever named a part of another government as an FTO.  It underscores the fact that Iran’s actions are fundamentally different from those of other governments.  This action will significantly expand the scope and scale of our maximum pressure on the Iranian regime.  It makes crystal clear the risks of conducting business with, or providing support to, the IRGC.  If you are doing business with the IRGC, you will be bankrolling terrorism.

    “This action sends a clear message to Tehran that its support for terrorism has serious consequences.  We will continue to increase financial pressure and raise the costs on the Iranian regime for its support of terrorist activity until it abandons its malign and outlaw behavior.”

    The White House sees the IRGC as an “active and enthusiastic participant in acts of terror,” according to a senior administration official

    “The Middle East cannot be more stable and peaceful without a weakened IRGC,” Brian Hook, US special representative on Iran said.

    Responding to the terrorist designation of the IRGC, NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi said: “The FTO (terrorist) listing of Iran’s IRGC is a just and long overdue desire of the Iranian people and Resistance and it also happens to be a prerequisite to peace and stability in the region and the world.”

    Iran opposition leader @Maryam_Rajavi in a message in this regard on her official Twitter account, she said:

    “FTO (terrorist) listing of Iran regime’s IRGC is a just and long overdue desire of the Iranian people and Resistance and it also happens to be a prerequisite to peace and stability in the region and the world.

    Mohammad Mohaddessin, Chairman Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran said:

    “FTO designation of IRGC is a necessity in ending war & terrorism in the region & the world. IRGC is an occupying force which has taken 85 million Iranians hostage & ruined the country’s economy & was a key factor in the recent destructive flood, the carnage of lives & damages created”.

    “If the IRGC was blacklisted years ago as the Iranian resistance had continuously called for, this regime and its proxies and pawns wouldn’t have had the phenomenal free hand in creating bloodbaths in Iraq, Syria, Yemen & Afghanistan”.

    “Policy of appeasement provided greatest service to #Iran regime in its internal suppression & export of terrorism/warmongering via turning a blind eye on atrocities of mullahs& IRGC. It’s due time for all IRGC members to be expelled frm Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen & other nations”.

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  • Masoud Dalvand 11:08 am on 6 Apr 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Finally, the United States is doing the right action that the people of Iran and the Middle East have long been waiting for: #BlacklistIRGC 

    By Masoud Dalvand

    According to a report published by Reuters and the Wall Street Journal, the United States will designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as an Foreign Terrorist Organization(FTO) on Monday, April 8.

    Finally, the right action that should have happened many years ago, and the people of Iran and all the countries of the Middle East are waiting for it.

    The Revolutionary Guards are responsible for carrying out thousands of terrorist acts and killing innumerable innocent people not only in Iran, but also throughout the Middle East from Iraq and Lebanon to Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan and Africa to South America and Asia. Wherever terrorist action has taken place over the past three decades, the footstep of this terrorist force of the criminal mullahs ruling Iran is also seen.
    The explosion of the Jewish Center in Buenos Aires of Argentina, killing of people in the Middle East and the warfare in the Middle Eastern countries also the destruction of the Middle East peace process until the attempt to obtain nuclear weapons and the production and use of ballistic missiles is only part of the IRGC’s destructive and terrorist activities.

    Therefore, these terrorists must finally see the consequences of their criminal acts over the past 40 years against the people of Iran and other countries in the region and the world.
    Designation the mafia of corruption, assassination and warfare in Iran is a good news for all people of Iran and the Middle East.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 11:23 am on 30 Mar 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Necessity to Form the Resistance Units of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran(PMOI/MEK) 

    By Masoud Dalvand

    Why the Resistance Units were formed; and what are they pursued?
    What are their activities and what are they doing?
    What is the response of the Mullah’s regime to Resistance Units?
    What is the effect of the Resistance Units on the uprising of the Iranian people (Iran Protests) and how it affects the regime’s relations with other countries?

    The fact is that the Iranian society is under a repressive and religious dictatorship system that has spread poverty and misery throughout Iran by its disgraceful rule.

    The regime that has pushed the country’s economy with warfare and export of crises and terrorism to the Middle East and the rest of the world. The regime that with the unprecedented plundering of the Iranian people’s wealth and resources, and the widespread corruption of all the regime’s officials and agents, to the worst situation in the last 40 years has achieved.
    Ignoring the freedom and basic rights of the people of Iran and responding to any protest speech with execution and torture. Half of the society, women, are under the most severe repressions and they are deprived of their lowest human rights.

    The regime that destroyed Iran’s nature and environment and many Iranian lakes and rivers and forests have also been destroyed by the regime’s predatory policies or have been subjected to complete destruction … This list continues.
    On the other hand, in Iran, the criminal gangs of this regime call their so-called “reformist!” and “Hardliner!” for the continuation of this dictatorship, which is, of course, more deceptive, and last year, people chanted on the street: “Reformist, Hardliner, the game is over!”,

    So now what should be done?

    Resistance Units have been created to change and remove this dark page from Iranian history, have three main duties in the Iranian society:

    • The first objective of the Resistance Units is to break the so called the “power” of the regime, which apparently wants to say that its power is still not broken. The rule of corruption, poverty and tyranny, with its repressive organs, like Basij’s militia, and centers of the Mullahs, which are centers of crime and corruption, yes, all of this will be crushed by the Resistance Units.
    PMOI-MEK “Resistance Units” setting fire to bases of the regime’s crackdown apparatus
    • The second goal of the Resistance Units is that return the morale of the people, which is due to the suppression and misery is damaged, so when the activities of the Resistance Units are carried out, people get the strength and strength of the heart. When such a thing emits in society, when people see such activities, they are samples for and people learn from them. It’s a way that show to the people who can join to the Resistance Units too. The role of the Resistance Units has now created a movement and activity in people, especially women and youth. Now, after more than a year of activity of the Resistance Units, the people themselves become active, and there are many activities on the Iranian scene that have been inspired by Resistance Units and have not been recorded or filmed.
    • Another goal to create and operate the Resistance Units, is Internationally purpose. All those who are still eyeing to inside this regime and wanting to continue an appeasement policy with this regime, and in reality they want to keep our people under this dictatorship corrupt, these Resistance Units and their activities reveal that the era of appeasement with this regime has come to an end and that they can no longer continue this trend. Therefore, the activities of Resistance Units are important in this regard.

    A look at the activities of the resistance units, especially after the Iranian uprising in December 2017 and January 2018 and its persistence over the past year in various kinds of protests and strikes by different classes of people in cities throughout Iran, indicates the success of the MEK’s strategy of resistance units. A strategy soon expanding the protests and leading these resistance units to overthrow the evil dictatorship of the Velayat-e Faqih and establish freedom and democracy and human rights and justice.

    Masoud Dalvand

    Masoud Dalvand @Masoud_Dalvand2

    I am a blogger and political activist. I’m trying to establish democracy, freedom and human rights in Iran.

    https://about.me/m.dalvand freedomstarblog.wordpress.com

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 7:13 pm on 29 Mar 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Many Believe That Iran Regime Will Soon Come to an End 

    Masoud Dalvand – Freedom Star:

    The official website of the National Council of Resistance of Iran published an article from a journalist inside Iran. In this article, the state of the mullahs in Iran and its future are discussed. Since there is useful information in the article on this topic, I invite you to read this article.

    Many Believe That Iran Regime Will Soon Come to an End

    Written by Staff Writer on 29 March 2019.

    The following is translated excerpt of an article by an Iranian journalist from inside Iran.

    In some of the most recent discussions on economics, I realised that the majority of Iranians strongly believe that the current political and social changes are indicative of an upcoming downfall of the clerical regime in Iran, which is not so surprising. Interestingly, the majority also agree that not long is left till then, which both excites and scares many.

    Doubt

    With regards to certain changes within the market, such as the drop in national currency value, an experienced engineering graduate from a well-known university, states that “I don’t think the Iranian regime will last another election”. Whilst addressing his younger colleague, he continues “someone else will replace Rouhani, which will trigger another protest, but this time nothing can be done about it”. The younger colleague responds “Rouhani won’t last for 4 years, he’s finished!”.

    No water or dollar

    The other thing that is often heard amongst Iranians is that “this country has no water or dollar” … referring to the water crisis as well as the fact that “there are no jobs”, “insurances are bankrupt”, and that “people are the actual victims of the wars between Iran and other governments”.

    A sarcastic statement of some guy also stands out: “who said we have nothing? We have a lot of things! We have theft, plunder, promiscuity, and even better, mullahs who have nothing better to do than steal from us!”

    Another is heard saying “This country is far from happy. Everyone’s smile is constantly wiped off their face because the dollar price goes up, a concert gets cancelled, or Mullah Alamolhoda (Friday prayer leader of Mashhad) says another frustrating nonsense”

    Others say:

    “our global reputation is embarrassing”, “we are all hopeless”, “even our harlots are struggling to make money now”, “what have our innocent children done to deserve this?”, “we had to be grown up in war and now, our children also have to grow up in war”

    Assumptions

    In one of the recent news, Mullah Javadi Amoli warns the government officials of the risk of being “pushed into the sea”.

    Addressing the Ministry of labour, Amoli complains: “why can many infidels run their country successfully, but we fail despite having historical religious leaders like Imam Hossein, Imam Ali, and so forth”. Adding that “if people protest again, we’ll all be thrown into the sea. Some officials are preparing to or have already ran away, but the rest of us are at risk as we have nowhere to go”.

    From the many things that we’ve heard from Iranian residents, three prominent phrases indicate the prospect of an upcoming overthrown:

    1. “the end to Rouhani’s government”

    2. The end of Trump’s first round

    3. Trump’s second round

    Despite the risk of war (ie a military attack on Iran) slowly building, the regime is most at risk from its internal economic and political crises. In many eyes, the regime won’t last for long at all, as it’s comprised of incapable and ineffective managers.

    National currency is one of the most commonly discussed issues of today. Many believe that the higher dollar value rises to, the closer the regime gets to its end. One Iranian says “If dollar goes upto 10000 Toman, things will get out of control”; another one says “If dollar goes over 7000 Toman, no one will be able to take control of this mess anymore”.

    Regardless of their economic accuracy, these are concerns that worry many Iranians today.

     A resident from Golpayegan

    “In the past, dollar value used to go up only once a year; today, it increases by 500 Toman by the day. Which is why I don’t see how our country can last”

     An Azeri person

    “let’s just assume that dollar is still 6000 Toman; even then, this would mean that Iranian workers earn less than 200 dollar a month, which is equivalent to around 6 or 7 dollars a day; which is the price of a pizza in US”.

     A single employed woman

    “We work hard hoping to save and improve our lives independently; but the truth is so far from this. Our income is reducing every month, which leaves us feeling frustrated and hopeless”.

     An Owner of a small scarf shop

    “If dollar goes up to even 10000 Toman, we still have oil. So the dollar price is irrelevant at the end of the day; the actual issue is that the money we earn from our oil sales gets spent on Syria and Iraq, instead of our own people”.

     A university student

    “I wished that the government left us alone… but they don’t, and on top of that, they spend our money on Lebanon and Syria; leaving us in more and more struggles everyday”.

    Certainty in regime’s overthrown and fear of future

    Many Iranians are now expressing their certainty in a quickly approaching downfall of the regime.

     A taxi driver

    “even the government itself clearly knows that its days will soon be over”

    But many also express their fear of what’s to come next. They worry that the history of 2009 and/or Dec 2017, or a combination of both, will repeat itself.

     A manager of a business company

    “The government must be delusional to think that it’s still wanted, because it’s not. Majority of Iranians are against them”

     A retiree

    “A revolution or war will make things worse as everything will get out of control. However, when I think about the possibility of us heading to where Iraq did in the past, i.e., resorting to oil for food programmes and so forth, I’d rather if we get everything over and done with now with a revolution”.

     A sobbing woman

    “sometimes I wonder what I’ve done to have to suffer this much. I was born in 1978, but wish that I was not born, or at least, born somewhere else. We’ve had enough. Why aren’t they (i.e., the regime) tired of torturing us for so long?”

    According to a liberal activist, Iranians fear change because they fear the consequences that may follow.

    “the outcome of a revolution is not exactly known, which terrifies many people”

     A marxist activist

    “only prisoners of Auschwitz concentration camp would know what Iranians are going through. They (regime) have treated us however they’ve wanted for so long and have distracted us with their so-called elections for at least 20 years. But the truth is that the oppressive Revolutionary Guards and Judicial System are the actual ones in charge” adding that “our own people as well as others from around the world, can’t wait to see this regime leave. We are all so focused on this that the aftermath isn’t even a concern anymore. We are prepared for millions of us to die to achieve freedom. Reformists are so power hungry that they won’t hesitate to kill that many, just like they did in 1980s”.

     A reformist student

    believes that the global pressure on Iran is a good opportunity for “the Supreme Leader to replace the current government with one like Khatami’s – which would be more democratic and capable of making proper improvements – to prevent the potential damages that may result from a revolution instead”.

     A secretary of an insurance company

    “can someone (from the regime) try to understand that their conflict with other countries like (referring to Israel, Saudi Arabia, and US) doesn’t have anything to do with us?!”

     A sales person of a pharmacy

    “In case of a revolution, I and others who use bank investments to pay for various instalments and expenses, may not be able to withdraw or transfer our funds at all; as they (regime figures) can easily run away with our money. Which is why we would have been better off investing on gold or dollar instead”.

     An owner of a car exhibition

    “today, almost everyone is aware that the government isn’t going to last; they (government) are stealing as much as they can and just running away. Vice-President Jahangiri has reported of a 30-billion-dollar currency flee from Iran. Here in this exhibition we have 8.5 billion Toman worth of cars; I can’t even comprehend how much 30 billion dollars would be… it’s a significant amount” …” let’s imagine that people set everything, from banks, to guards, to mullahs, to this exhibition even, on fire. What then? I asked the son-in-law of a friend of mine (who is a political prisoner) if he knows who will replace this government and he had no idea” …” we watch different a lot of TV every day but are yet to see someone who looks like they know what they’re doing”

     An engineer who earns 1.5 million Toman

    “Since December last year, I’ve put aside half a litre of liquor for when the regime leaves; I don’t care who replaces them or what happens next, but the day they leave – which I often fantasize about – we will drink and party all night till the sunrise”

     A 38-year-old woman

    says that she fears the changes that are expected to “happen soon”: “we have wasted so much of our lives in this country. So much so that we’re all willing to pay whatever the price is. We all yearn for the day that we can wear whatever we want, and for the day that the world doesn’t look at us as terrorists. I myself would pay whatever price just to stop the judges from calling me a slut in front of my own mother” …” whatever we lose, it will all be worth it, because we will for once be rest assured that other privileged families (those of regime figures) will no longer be able to plunder; and that our national funds will no longer be spent on Hezbollah, rockets, and so forth. I’m hopeful for better days ahead”.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 5:43 pm on 28 Mar 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Enlightenment Tips on the Destructive Flood in Iran 

    By Masoud Dalvand Freedom Star

    There are a few important points and questions about destructive flood in Iran. The answers to these questions can show why the extent of destruction has been so widespread.

    As Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the Iranian Resistance, said in her message to Iranian people regarding the flood;

    This disaster once again proved that the ruling mullahs’ criminal 40-year policy of plunder and pillage has taken a heavy toll on the lives and livelihood of our people in every flood and earthquake.
    Why did so many of our fellow compatriots die and get injured in Shiraz after just a 10-minute rainfall, with such huge destruction?

    The corrupt mullahs have inflicted this catastrophe on Shiraz and its valiant people. They destroyed the channel which used to lead flood waters out. In the dry seasonal river bed beside Darvazeh Quran, they built urban facilities to gain huge profits for themselves and their accomplice.

    In Golestan Province, it has been several years that they have failed to dredge the Gorgan River. They have destroyed vast parts of the forests and pastures, and they have evaded to drain the farms and manage the watershed.

    In other cities, they have constructed buildings in the periphery of rivers or have blocked the natural paths of rivers. In implementing such a corrupt policy, they have taken over, damaged or sold river banks, sea shores, foothills of mountains, and jungles which are public properties.

    Amid the disastrous flood and such vast devastation, there is not much presence of aid workers and relief agencies. Instead, the mullahs have dispatched the Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Bassij paramilitary force to quell the outbreak of protests.

    Shiraz needs emergency aid for the injured and assistance to clear the ruins and rubble, but Rouhani hastily sends there his Minister of Intelligence and his mafia of executions, suppression and terror. 

    This is not the first time that Shiraz is facing heavy rainfalls. However, in recent years, the non-regulatory construction of roads and buildings by the IRGC and other bodies of the regime have resulted in obstructing the traditional network of rainwater that protects the city for hundreds of years, and allowed the overflow of water through the main gate of the city.

    The residents of Shiraz insist that provincial authorities have not taken recent weather warnings seriously and have not evacuated residents or banned traffic through the Ghoran gate.
    In addition to the province of Fars, dozens of people have also lost their lives or been injured in the provinces of Lorestan, Khuzestan, Sistan-Baluchestan, Isfahan, Bushehr, Ilam, Kermanshah, Golestan and other parts of the country. 
    In Sarpol-Zohab, a city hit last year by an earthquake, the floods washed away the tents and prefabs of a population that had already been severely damaged, neglected by the regime.
    The situation in the city of Ahvaz is critical, with a strong flood of the river Karoun. As in Lorestan, where the Poleh-Dokhtar River has overflowed.

    Maryam Rajavi affirmed that the mullahs’ regime and its corrupt leaders as well as its Pasdaran Army (IRGC) have intensified to the utmost the effects of this destructive flood through the destruction of the environment, and have rendered the Iranian cities and villages to ruins by plundering the people’s belongings and wasting them in projects of repression, terrorism and war mongering as well as anti-Iranian nuclear and missile programs, depriving them of the least infrastructure to defend against natural disasters like earthquakes and floods.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 12:26 pm on 23 Mar 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Iranian New Year Looks Bleak for Regime 

    Masoud Dalvand(Freedom Star):

    The conditions of the Iranian regime in the new Iranian year, which began March 21, is a very difficult situation.

    Economically, with the withdrawal of the United States from JCPOA(Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), and economic and oil sanctions, the mullahs’ regime is in a situation that see itself in the face of a deadlock and disappointment.
    The editorial board of the official website of the National Council of Resistance of Iran has published an instructive article that invites you to read it.

    Iranian New Year Looks Bleak for Regime

    During the past year, the Iranian regime has been struggling to keep control over a number of issues. One such issue is the country’s economy. Last year, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that the United States would be exiting the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and that tough economic sanctions would be re-instated.

    Throughout 2018, the U.S. President and his administration have been paying close attention to the Iranian regime and its belligerence in the region.

    The U.S. State Department called on all countries to decrease their imports of Iranian oil to zero. Most countries have completely complied with the request and some of the biggest importers of Iranian oil have been granted extensions.

    The Iranian economy took a hit and has been suffering for a number of months now. The people of Iran are getting poorer and poorer and an increasing number of people are falling into extreme poverty.

    A number of regime officials have tried to portray the image of a country that is recovering from the effect of the sanctions. President Hassan Rouhani said during his recent visit to Iraq that Iran had overcome the challenge of the U.S. sanctions. This could not be further from the truth.

    The Leader of the Iranian regime, Ali Khamenei, admitted in a New Year message that the people of Iran have struggled in recent months. He said that the country’s economy is an extremely urgent issue – the “primary” concern for the country.

    Not only has the Iranian currency lost significant value, but the purchasing power of the people has seriously declined. Reports from the country indicate that people have had to remove meat from their diets for the sole reason that they can’t afford it.

    The people of Iran are currently in the midst of Nowruz, or Persian New Year, celebrations, and again, many people are unable to afford the usual fare that they traditionally purchase.

    It is noticeable that simultaneously widespread activities of the Resistance Units and waves of discontent in the forms of strikes, protest gatherings and demonstrations are continuing across the country.

    The regime’s Leader said that the motto for the new year is “national production”. Yet, the chance of this being able to recover the economy is very slim. The Iranian regime, over the years, has completely destroyed the country’s economy and it has not taken any steps to remedy the situation.

    Corruption is rife at all levels of leadership and it has destroyed the trust of the people. Instead of improving social services, taking care of the critical environmental issues and taking steps to win back the confidence of the people, the regime has continued to plunder the nation’s wealth on terrorist groups and activities.

    The U.S. sanctions on Iran are really affecting the Iranian regime and this is exactly what the United States wants. The Trump administration is in the midst of a maximum pressure campaign and this is exactly what the situation warrants. His predecessor’s administration attempted the appeasement approach, but it was a complete failure. The EU is still trying to make the appeasement approach work, but it too is failing. This failure can be quantified when looking at how many terror attacks Iran attempted to carry out on European soil last year alone.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 11:48 am on 21 Mar 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Maryam Rajavi’s Persian New Year speech on Nowruz 1398; The Year of Revolution and Freedom- (March 20, 2019) 

    Maryam Rajavi

    Happy New Year to the people of Iran who refused to lose hope even under the oppressive and dark rule of the mullahs.

    Congratulations to my compatriots in all cities and villages across Iran and to Iranians across the world on the advent of the Persian New Year 1398,

    Congratulations on Nowruz to the families of martyrs, to the resistance units, to supporters of the Iranian Resistance, to political prisoners, to members of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, toPMOI freedom fighters and to Massoud Rajavi.

    Congratulations on the year of uprisings, the year of hope and exhilaration, and the year of progress and leaping ahead toward freedom and liberty. 

    Happy New Year to the people of Iran who refused to lose hope even under the oppressive and dark rule of the mullahs.

    Let us all salute our dignified Albanian guests who have joined us today in this Nowruz celebration. 

    The New Year, 1398, will be the harbinger of storms and change. Khamenei has already described it as the year when the enemies will make the final push to overthrow the regime.

    In the past year, our homeland was a garden witnessing the blossoming of its political and social spring. The flowers of uprisings, protests, and strikes bloomed. The uprisings in Kazerun, Borazjan, Ahvaz, and Khorramshahr; the uprising in the Bazaar of Tehran; the uprisings in 27 cities in early August; five rounds of nationwide strikes by truckers and truck owners; and consecutive strikes and protests by workers, teachers, educators and the retirees; and, finally, thousands of strikes, protests and demonstrations in at least 700 cities and towns.

    Hail to the arisen protesters and those who shape the uprisings! Hail to this freedom fighting generation!

    Yes, freedom must be earned. The spring of freedom will be achieved through your determination and your efforts. The spring of freedom for the people of Iran is on the horizon.

    The long-held U.S. policy of appeasement designed to protect the regime against regime change and overthrow was brought to a halt, and the beginning of sanctions on the regime’s oil sales has pushed Tehran into a phase of instability and insecurity. That is why the revolutionary realities of the Iranian society have become more evident and visible.

    In the meantime, the mullahs have extracted tens of billions of dollars out of the country. The economic austerity policy of Khamenei paved the way for further plunder of our people’s wealth. The value of the country’s official currency plunged by a third in less than a year. Inflation swelled four folds. Oil exports fell to a half to one-third and the budget deficit increased by at least 50 per cent.

    To preserve their decadent regime, the mullahs sold out portions of the resources and water of the Caspian Sea to northern neighbors, granted largescale fishing rights in the south to the Chinese, and conceded the administration of the Port of Chabahar to India.

    Still, this regime, which is close to its downfall, will not be able to save itself with the aid of such treacherous acts.

    In short, the mullahs have no way out in the face of nationwide uprisings and protests that are encircling them. This results from an understanding of the essence of the uprisings and offers a summary of the past year’s events. The regime’s death knell and internal tensions have left no more openings for it to display hollow shows of moderation.

    The myth of moderation was put to rest by the appointment of Ebrahim Raisi as the regime’s Chief Justice. He is a reviled mass murderer who ran against Rouhani, the charlatan, during the last presidential elections. His appointment represented a coup de grace shot to the illusive myth of moderation in the regime. This is while Rouhani’s government is half-paralyzed and the most important face of the cabinet facade keeps sitting at home every other day or resigns. 

    In fact, the entire ruling regime is undergoing an accelerated rate of decay. Since they have no real chance of survival, the vali-e faqih (Khamenei) has arrayed his regime’s resources squarely on suppression, spilling blood and criminal activity. He appointed the regime’s previous ruthless Chief Justice as the head of the Expediency Council and one of the most brutal perpetrators of the massacre of 30,000 PMOI political prisoners in 1988 as his Chief Justice. Yes, this is the caliphate of massacre. The message is one of closing ranks and resorting to more suppression. The mullahs’ supreme leader seeks to compensate for his defeat in the 2017 presidential elections. He assumes that if Raisi had succeeded to become president, he could have prevented the uprising of December 2017-January 2018.

    Now, he has employed this bloodthirsty goon for the same purpose by appointing him to the Judiciary and the Assembly of Experts.

    The mullah who perpetrated the 1988 massacre and the executioner involved in the greatest crime committed in the history of the clerical regime must now close all the cracks within the regime. Otherwise, schisms and defections will not leave Khamenei alone for a minute.

    Nonetheless, the regime has no way to protect itself. On a daily basis, it keeps jumping out of the frying pan into the fire. Endless bickering and internal feuds over FATF (Financial Action Task Force), the unbridled plunge of the value of the official currency Rial, the alarming status of the budget and financial resources, the black hole of sanctions, defeats in Syria where IRGC mercenaries face repeated blows, the growing threats posed by at least ten million unemployed, and most important of all the unstable circumstances have forced the regime to be on high alert every waking minute of the day.

    At its core, the issue is not this or that crisis faced by the regime; the real issue is that their entire rule is in crisis. Yes, this crisis is the crisis of overthrow. And the prospect of overthrow will never abandon this regime, even as Khamenei orders 80 million Iranians to write his absurd speeches three times.

    The mullahs have no chance of survival. Throughout the past year, however, they were dreaming of finding a way out by annihilating the Mojahedin and the Iranian Resistance. So, they concentrated the core of their efforts on terrorism and demonization targeting the Mojahedin. But they failed.

    They planned a major terrorist plot against the Iranian Resistance in Tirana, Albania; they plotted a major bombing of the annual gathering of the Iranian Resistance in Paris. They also conducted terrorist and espionage schemes against members of the Iranian Resistance in the U.S. Add to this a vast volume of smear campaigns against this movement in the press, websites and social media, particularly inside Iran. Over the past year alone, the regime’s hirelings made a plethora of film series and movies against the PMOI aired by state-run TV networks or screened in movie theatres.

    Their terrorism and demonization efforts, however, were not successful. But in all honesty, they were truly successful in accomplishing one major task and that was to clearly show, hundreds of times, that their main threat, and the alternative to their regime are the Mojahedin (the PMOI/MEK), the National Liberation Army and the National Council of Resistance of Iran. 

    Do you remember how much the mullahs and their collaborators dreamed of dismantling this resistance? They expected that after the relocation of the Mojahedin from Iraq, this organization and the movement as a whole would eventually disintegrate. But again, it was proven that they will have to take those goals to their graves.

    Last year, the Liberation Army was revitalized in 1,000 Ashrafs and resistance units and started flowing like a river in the streets of Iran’s cities. Now, the strategy and explicit positions of the Iranian Resistance are echoed in the words and demands of workers, truckers, teachers, students, farmers and all protesters throughout Iran. The overthrow of the clerical regime is the desire and demand of all of the people in Iran. The Iranian nation in its entirety is demanding the overthrow of the regime.

    Indeed, resistance units made significant strides through actions against the centres of suppression and the regime’s symbols. In some months of the past year, they carried out more than 100 acts to pierce through the atmosphere of repression. So, 1397 was the year of proliferation of the strategy of the Iranian Resistance, a year in which the prospect of the regime’s overthrow loomed large and the path and roadmap became even clearer. Yes, now, the Army of Spring is on its way, the army of spring with 100,000 flourishing roses.

    Parallel with this year’s uprisings, which exhibit the Iranian society’s devotion to welcome rejuvenation and spring, there was a continuous effort within the ranks of the Iranian Resistance to improve and advance humanitarian values and ideals. This effort was ongoing throughout the movement, from the Mojahedin organization, to other members and supporters of the Resistance in various countries, and to members of the resistance units in different cities inside Iran.

    The remarkable features of these efforts were reinforced resolve, renewed choices, increased motivation and advances by leaps and bounds in realizing the values of the ideals of humanity and struggle.

    Yes, this is indeed a new day with a new revolution in the making, bringing about change. Everyone is passionately endeavoring to create new values to reach the glorious destination of freedom. Everyone is trying their best and making their greatest sacrifice to fulfil their commitment to their enchained nation. They are showing that the strength within their collective enterprise and their coherent and robust organization as well as the power of their people is that enormous and undying force that will uproot the mullahs’ theocratic regime.

    This is why the Iranian Resistance’s Leader, Massoud Rajavi, declared that we have entered a new phase. Regardless of how long it takes and despite all the ups and downs, we must be ready and prepared because the policy of appeasement has failed, a policy which had protected the inhumane mullahs for three decades.

    Now the overthrow of the inhumane enemy is inevitable. Before all else, the army of freedom must be determined and get prepared by diving into a sea of rebellion and revolution. The instruments of revolution must be prepared. 

    My salutations to your unwavering resolve, your vigor, and our people’s resistance.

    Again, I would like to remind you of Massoud Rajavi’s words in his historic (1980) speech in Rasht, when he said, “Life is tied to the future. Life belongs to those who have a future. Now, it belongs to you… If you choose, if you rise up, if you are vigilant, then you would be the ones who will shape the future. It has always been like this, and it will always continue to be like this. Today, walls will only be torn down in this way.”

    In the beginning of the New Year, I would like to ask mothers and fathers, my sisters and brothers, my young daughters and sons, that in the face of the cruel and criminal mullahs, you must move ahead hand in hand, with hope and vigor, and welcome the New Year 1398 because it is a year of uprisings, upheavals and revolution.

    You must revive the sense of solidarity and sympathy in our wounded society. Your solidarity is that great power the mullahs endeavor to limit or destroy day and night.

    The people of Iran want freedom and justice. They want equality and independence.

    They need trust, solidarity and coexistence. They want economic and social progress. They want a country where everyone is entitled to have a job and to enjoy equal economic opportunities, and where no one feels a sense of shame because they cannot afford to feed their children.

    We want an Iran replete with freedoms, where children and youths are happy, where talents and potentials are realized, and where women play their role in the leadership of society; a country that lives in peace, friendship and coexistence with its neighbors.

    The people of Iran deserve such a country and they will write and create such a destiny with their own hands.

    The gates of Iran are open to embrace a future without oppression, inequality and injustice; a republic based on the separation of religion and state; a country ruled by its people’s suffrage and sovereignty, where the people’s votes have the first and final words.

    So, rise up, winter is on its way out,
    Open the garden’s gates,
    Here comes the scent of Nowruz 
    and the beautiful song of nightingales
    Happy Nowruz to everyone

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 7:59 pm on 19 Mar 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    The EU Needs a Better Policy on Iran 

    Written by Staff Writer (https://www.ncr-iran.org)on 19 March 2019.

    The US has adopted a “maximum pressure” campaign toward the Iranian Regime since pulling out of the malign nuclear deal last year, reinstating economic sanctions and encouraging diplomatic isolation.

    By comparison, the European Union’s policy is largely undefined and they still seem eager to appease Iran, even if they are willing to confront the mullahs occasionally on isolated incidents.

    While many hope that the EU will move more in the direction of the US, especially following recent sanctions levied against some members of the Regime, they currently follow an appeasement-at-all-costs policy because they have not yet reached a consensus about what they should be asking Iran for.

    However, the key to understanding Iran is to recognise and reject Iran’s propaganda, which is there solely to present Iran as a normal country that is capable of internal moderation.

    This has previously led the West to embrace so-called moderates, like President Hassan Rouhani, despite the fact that there are no moderates in the Iranian Regime. After all, would a moderate appoint Mostafa Pourmohammadi as Justice Minister, despite knowing about his role in sending thousands to the deaths in the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners? Pourmohammadi, who claimed to be “proud” of his role in the massacre, was replaced in 2017 by Alireza Avaie, another man who served on the death committees only in a different city.

    This was compounded last week by the confirmation of Ebrahim Raisi, who served alongside Pourmohammadi on the Tehran death committee, as head of the judiciary. While Rouhani did not appoint Raisi because the Supreme Leader selects judiciary chiefs, this signifies that there is no real difference between Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, which is what the US and the Iranian opposition have been saying.

    In fact, the Iranian Resistance has been leading an uprising against the Regime, in spite of a violent crackdown that saw 50 killed and 8,000 arrested, which calls for regime change.

    Alejo Vidal-Quadras, former vice-president of the European Parliament and current president of the Brussels-based International Committee in Search of Justice (ISJ), wrote
    “There is far more consistency in these protests than there is in European policy toward Iran. Overwhelmingly, the Iranian people are calling for regime change because they know exactly what to expect from the ruling theocracy: endless repression and a constant state of animosity toward the international community. If the nations of Europe would only come to understand that there is no “moderate” alternative to this policy within the existing regime, they would surely begin to realize that their support could help the Iranian people achieve the freedom and democratic governance for which they are so willing to risk their lives.”

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 10:34 am on 16 Mar 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Shameful: Appoint of the Iran regime, the most misogynist in the world, to join the UN Women’s Rights Committee! 

    A member of Iran’s morality patrols in Tehran admonishes a young woman

    Masoud Dalvand(Freedom Star):

    A shocking news. A dark day in the history of the United Nations, a black day for human rights, a dark spot on the forehead of the Women’s Rights Committee at the United Nations .

    Appoint of the Iran regime, the most misogynist in the world, to join the United Nations Women’s Rights Committee!

    Really with hearing this, all human rights defenders and women’s rights were very upset.

    How do you appoint the regime to join to the UN Women’s rights committee? this regime condemned for the violations human rights and especially women’s rights in in Iran and has been sentenced to tens of times in the United Nations Human Rights Committee for the violation of human rights in Iran.

    Morality police arrest woman for improper hijab

    Is not this insult to human understanding? Is not this a terrible violation of women’s rights?

    The fact is that women’s rights are not separated from human rights and women’s rights are the most basic and fundamental human rights. So it’s important to pay attention to any event in this regard.
    An informative article has been published on
    the official website of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, which is useful for women’s rights defenders.

    Iran Regime Is Lying to You About Female Equality in Iran

    Moral police agents arrest a young woman for not complying with the veil

    By Hamideh Taati

    In February, the Iranian Regime started bragging about a supposed increase in female literacy and increased numbers of women pursuing higher education, heralding it as one of the mullah’s most significant accomplishments over the past 40 years.

    But, as always with the mullahs, it’s important to look below the surface. The Regime wants you to believe that Iran is a great place for women, but they are obscuring the awful repression of women under the mullahs.

    In Iran, women are systemically deprived of their rights from birth, whether it’s being:

    • deprived of an education

    • legally married off from the age of nine

    • prevented from entering male-dominated classes/workspaces

    • forced to wear the hijab to protect their “modesty”

    • prevented from accessing the workforce

    • not allowed to travel without the consent of their closest male relative

    • needing their husband’s permission to work

    • forced to remain married to an abusive man

    The mullahs could do something to stop this, but they refuse. Indeed, they were recently given the opportunity to raise the marriageable age for girls to 15, but they refused, and they’ve even implied that reporting sexual assault is a crime because it raises “public anxiety”.

    The ever-increasing levels of poverty and deprivation in Iran, caused because of decades of corruption and mismanagement by the Iranian Regime, is only making the situation worse for women. Some are being forced out of their jobs to preserve employment opportunities for men, some are being forced into prostitution to survive, and some are being married off as children to provide their families with money and reduce the number of people that they need to care for, in essence, fathers selling their daughters’ virginities.

    Women cannot even expect justice under the law, because they are subjected to intense scrutiny for reporting crimes like rape or domestic abuse, with the burden of proof falling squarely of the woman’s shoulders. Women also face assault, including acid attacks, from the “morality” police for failing to comply with the forced hijab.

    All of this oppression leads many women to self-harm or even take their own lives. When do we say that enough is enough and advocate for the rights of the Iranian women to overthrow the Regime? Iranian women are being systematically discriminated against and will continue to be so for as long as the mullahs remain in charge. Therefore, the Regime should be removed from power.

     
    • TheMysteriousBlogger 11:46 am on 16 Mar 2019 Permalink

      Star light
      Star bright
      Freedom will shine
      Both day and night

      Liked by 1 person

    • Masoud Dalvand 11:50 am on 16 Mar 2019 Permalink

      Thanks for kind words.

      Liked by 1 person

    • wizzymedpower 9:21 am on 19 Mar 2019 Permalink

      “Iranian women are being systematically discriminated against and will continue to be so for as long as the mullahs remain in charge. Therefore, the Regime should be removed from power”. With the power of God Almighty, I joined forces with this word and speak against the Iranians women discrimination. I prayed that the regime of Mullah should be remove and Freedom become their portion in Jesus name amen!

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    • Masoud Dalvand 7:40 pm on 19 Mar 2019 Permalink

      Amen! thank you so much for your great support and your nice words dear friend Israel. God bless you.

      Like

    • wizzymedpower 9:49 pm on 19 Mar 2019 Permalink

      You are welcome Dalvand!

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    • Masoud Dalvand 7:19 pm on 20 Mar 2019 Permalink

      Thank you very much.

      Like

    • Masoud Dalvand 6:39 am on 4 Apr 2019 Permalink

      Thanks Tommy for sharing. God bless you.

      Like

  • Masoud Dalvand 9:52 pm on 15 Mar 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Resistance Units in Iran Conduct 100 Anti-Regime Activities in Past Three Weeks 

    Resistance units in Iran have conducted over 100 anti-regime activities in various cities across the country in the past three weeks (since February 20, 2019) despite severe repressive measures by the Iranian regime.

    The units carried out protest actions in Tehran, Salmas, Uroumieh, Babolsar, Esfahan, Karaj, Chahbahar, Andimeshk, Makou, Khorramabad, Semnan, Abadan, Hendijan, Khoi, Zanjan, Amol, Golpayegan, Sabzevar, Neyshabour, Delijan, Azarshahr, Qazvin, Kazeroun, Dorood, Miyandoab and other locations.

    Resistance units torched or tore down regime banners depicting Khomeini and Khamenei and other regime symbols at major regime centers or public thoroughfares. The units also wrote graffiti and hung banners calling for Death to Khamenei, Rouhani, and supporting Iranian resistance leader Rajavi. They also hung banners depicting the Iranian Resistance’s president-elect for future Iran, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, from bridges, buildings, and other locations.

    Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
    March 15, 2019

     
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