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


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

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

    She said in her remarks:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • bluemoone 12:06 am on 12 Feb 2018 Permalink

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

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

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


  • Masoud Dalvand 11:35 am on 15 Jan 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    In spite of repression and crimes against the people, the great uprising of Iran will not stop 

    Iran Protests -

    By Masoud Dalvand

    According to reliable sources inside Iran, the regime has arrested more than 8,000 people in recent protests. The announcement made by the Iranian Resistance in this regard is very significant. In this announcement we read:

    Call for immediate action to free the detainees and to protect their families

    The massive and widespread arrests of youths in different cities, which have started since the beginning of the uprising at December 28, still continues. According to reports obtained from inside Iran and from within the regime, the number of arrestees has mounted to at least 8,000 by the end of the second week of the uprising. In recent days, several of these prisoners were martyred under the tortures.

    Despite the regime’s attempts to conceal the number of arrests, it is so high that the regime’s officials in a number of cities have inevitably admitted to parts of it.

    • A week ago Mahmoud Sadeghi, a member of parliament, said the number of arrestees amounts to 3,700.
    • On January 2, political-security deputy governor of Tehran said 450 people were arrested in Tehran in only three days (December 30, to January 1st).
    • “On Dec. 30 and 31, 396 people were arrested in Arak and other cities of the Central Province, 65 of whom were teenagers,” said the Chief Justice of the Central province on January 4th.
    • The deputy governor of Golestan stated on January 3, “With the arrest of about 150 of insurgents in Gorgan, calm has returned to this city”
    • “In recent days, when there were some rioting and turmoil in Hamedan, more than 150 people were arrested,” Hamedan Governor said on January 2.
    • Mashhad deputy prosecutor said on January 3, “A total of 138 people were arrested in disturbances”.
    • The commander of Kerman Provincial Guard Corps (Sarallah) said on January 2, “During the recent turmoil, more than 80 rioters were arrested and handed over to the authorities”.

    -“In the illegal gatherings of Kashan, about 50 to 60 people were arrested,” Kashan Prosecutor said on January 1.

    • According to Bahman Taherkhani, a parliamentarian from Takistan, on Jan. 2, “Some 50 people with ominous intentions caused unrest in this city, who should be punished according to their crimes”. He added, “The presence of individuals with a leading role in recent riots is another sign that these disturbances are organized.”
    • According to reports from the prisons in Ahwaz and other cities in Khuzestan, the number of arrestees in the province is 1,600.
    • The regime’s parliamentarian from Izeh said he does not have an accurate number of arrestees. He added that the detainees are mostly teenagers and yourhts aged 16 to 24 years old. Hundreds have been arrested in Izeh, according to reports.

    The Iranian Resistance calls on all the people, especially the youth, to support the arrestees and their families, and to rise up for the release of prisoners. It also calls on the Security Council and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the European Union and the member states, and the US government, as well as all human rights organizations, to strongly condemn the mullahs’ regime for these blatant anti-human crimes, and to adopt effective measures to free the arrestees.

    Numerous reports from various cities of the country alleging mistreatment of prisoners and martyrdom of a number of them under torture makes it very essential and urgent to establish an investigative committee by the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nations Human Rights Council to investigate into the arbitrary arrests and the crimes carried out in the mullahs’ regime’s prisons.

    Logical conclusions about the realities of the uprising of Iran

    All of the above facts indicate the extent and depth of the uprising of the Iranian people. An uprising that has not stopped. The mullah’s regime has established a fully-fledged and undeclared military rule throughout 142 cities in Iran, which has held hundreds of demonstrations.

    The Iranian regime is under immense pressure at the minute. The people have taken to the street en masse to protest and hold anti-government demonstrations. The people are slamming the regime for plundering the nation’s wealth on conflicts abroad.

    Will the Iranian regime pay attention to the demands of the people? Almost certainly not. For almost four decades, the people of Iran have been suffering under a cruel and callous regime that uses brutality to oppress.

    Iran has a history of protesting, but the current unrest is unlike any before. This time, it is all sectors of society that are calling for regime change. The people know that they face execution, arrest, imprisonment and torture, yet they are still risking everything to make their calls for regime change heard. It is clear now that regime change is the only way forward. The only way to ensure that their bleak futures have any kind of hope.

    It is possible that the regime, with severe repression and military rule, can temporarily stop some protests, but the feature of the uprising this time of the Iranian people is demand of remove the corrupt and vampire ruler of Khamenei and Rouhani deceitful and criminal. The clear desire of the people to destroy the dictatorship and establish of republic based on human rights, freedom and justice without the mullahs.

    As Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the Iranian Resistance in her article in the Wall Street Journal, wrote:

    The 2009 protests were sparked by rifts at the top of the regime. The current protests which began in city of Mashhad & quickly spread across the country were motivated by rising prices, economic ruin,corruption & resentment toward the regime.

    The final differentiating factor is the pace of events. In less than 24 hours, the protesters’ slogans shifted from economic woes to rejection of the entire regime. The establishment has been caught off guard and is scrambling to find a unified solution.

    No, this time no one has the power to stop the raging waves of the uprising of the Iranian people. This uprising will continue until the overthrow of the entire of the terrorist religious dictatorship and the achievement of the final victory. This is the logic of evolution and history that should never be forgotten.


    • bluemoone 11:35 am on 25 Jan 2018 Permalink

      I believe the spirit and determination of the Iranian people helps to keep us going in our quests here.

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    • Masoud Dalvand 11:50 am on 25 Jan 2018 Permalink

      Yes, you’re right Danielle. Do you know that in the uprising in Iran, the most motivated and passionate uprisers who are in the first line of the uprising are young Iranian women and girls?
      This is a very important message to reactionary and anti-women mullahs in Iran. And a message of encouragement to all leading women in the Equality movement.


    • bluemoone 12:03 am on 26 Jan 2018 Permalink

      Absolutely! It also makes a strong statement against our government spreading racist and sexist propaganda that other societies repress their women and they can’t stand up for themselves. Our society is guilty of the same repression, racism and sexism and women everywhere have the strength to band together and get the changes they want.

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    • Masoud Dalvand 7:40 am on 26 Jan 2018 Permalink

      With such knowledgeable and prominent women(as you), surely the future is clear.


    • bluemoone 10:36 am on 28 Jan 2018 Permalink

      You always say the greatest things

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    • Masoud Dalvand 10:59 am on 28 Jan 2018 Permalink

      Thank you Danielle. You always encourage me, but you write amazing poems and pieces, so I should say my view point, you are a great woman, great poet and a great friend.


    • bluemoone 10:14 am on 29 Jan 2018 Permalink

      Thank you Masoud. I feel the same about you. Your writing is so strong and emotional and so easy to connect to. You are always so supportive of my writing and I appreciate that so much. Making friends with you was one of the best things about last year.

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    • Masoud Dalvand 10:22 am on 29 Jan 2018 Permalink

      Me too Danielle, thanks for kind words.


  • Masoud Dalvand 10:48 pm on 2 Nov 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Telethon of the Iranian Resistance TV 3 – 5 November 2017 


    I would like to speak to you on behalf of INTV: Iran National Television, also known as Simay Azadi. Simay Azadi is a 24-hour-a-day satellite television network that covers Iran and the Middle East and has been working for three decades to counter the propaganda and destructive influence of the Iranian regime. Supporting the democratic Resistance against Tehran’s theocratic dictatorship, Simay Azadi provides a unique outlet for the Iranian people to share their experiences as victims and critics of the Iranian regime. That regime is infamous for depriving its own people of their most basic rights, but tight government control over Iranian media typically prevents the domestic population from discussing relevant issues or freely seeking out information about them. Simay Azadi provides a rare alternative to state media, reaching millions of Iranian households that retain satellite television equipment in defiance of the regime’s restrictions. The network also reaches an Iranian expatriate community that is scattered throughout the world and active in international efforts to bring freedom and democratic governance to the people of Iran. Discrimination against women; suppression of ethnic and religious minorities – all of these are pillars of the regime. Tehran is widely regarded as the central banker for global terrorism. It holds the record for highest per-capita rate of executions in the entire world. The government and security forces are notoriously discriminatory against women, ethnic and religious minorities. And underlying all of this is the media repression that prevents such issues from being fully exposed. Information is the enemy of the mullahs’ regime. Simay Azadi is the only Persian-language to cover the Iranian people’s plight, but it also broadcasts stories of popular protests and demonstrations, as well as smuggling information out of wards in which Iran’s numerous political prisoners are detained and made subject to systematic abuse. The network also looks beyond Iran’s borders to cover the regime’s meddling in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, and elsewhere. The work of Simay Azadi comes with great risk to its staff and contributors. Many have been arrested, imprisoned and tortured. Some have even executed, expressly for cooperating with the network. This is all part of a concerted effort by the regime to suppress the information that Simay Azadi has brought to the public’s attention. But that repression continues to prove ineffective as Simay Azadi’s viewership is still growing. As both the viewership and the government attacks on Simay Azadi grow, the network must work hard to keep up. Over the years, Simay Azadi has organized over 20 pledge drives, each of which has secured financial contributions from thousands of people in Iran and throughout the world. Simay Azadi is entirely dependent on the generosity of the Iranian people and freedom loving individuals in order to continue broadcasting and to expand its mission. Individual contributions range from ten dollars to hundreds of thousands, and every dollar is devoted to the costs associated with satellite broadcasts and news-gathering. The staff of the network is comprised entirely of unpaid volunteers. The next telethon is scheduled to begin on Novemebr3rd. We urge you to tune in and donate anything you can afford. Each contribution we receive will strengthen the voice of the Iranian people and speed them toward the day when the propaganda of the mullahs’ regime is silenced once and for all. Won’t you please help support the democratic future of the Iranian nation?

    Other Source:  Amidst Iran’s Media Crackdown, INTV Seeks Finances for Another Year of Broadcasting Dissent




  • Masoud Dalvand 10:13 am on 22 Oct 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Platform for future Iran. Free Iran with Maryam Rajavi 

    Maryam Rajavi’s speech on Nowruz (Iranian new year, 21 March 2017) in the PMOI Gathering/ 2017

  • Masoud Dalvand 11:31 am on 8 Oct 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    A bit with the beauties of human and nature 


    ميوه هاي پاييزي

    Flower in Istanbul


    گلهاي ميهنم ايران

    گل و آفتاب

    In my homeland, humans do not enjoy the beauty of nature, you know why? Because the nature of Iran is also endangered by its evil rulers. But Iran and its people will not allow this long-standing land and It’s children, youths, women and the parents to be more than this in the chain of oppression and religious tyranny. Iran will be Free soon! be sure!



  • Masoud Dalvand 4:26 pm on 3 Oct 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran’s People And The Nuclear Deal 

    Discussions are continuing as we speak over the fate of the highly controversial Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Advocates and opponents are going the limits to present their case prior to the October 15thdeadline when US President Donald Trump is due to determine the status of Iran’s […]

    via Iran’s People And The Nuclear Deal — Iran Commentary

  • Masoud Dalvand 4:44 pm on 15 Aug 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    The Enigmatic A. Molotkov 

    This is an interview with a poet A. Molotkov by my friend Danielle who herself  is an excellent poet too.




    When I first heard the name, Anatoly Molotkov, it was at the end of the poetry reading that I had attended last month. Our host and coordinator, David Hill, announced that Mr. Molotkov would be reading on August 29th at the Barnes & Noble in Vancouver, WA. A few people were familiar with Anatoly Molotkov, or A. Molotkov as he’s published under. The news of his being our guest poet brought smiles to their faces. Their reactions aroused my curiosity. Guest poets were of the norm and met with great enthusiasm, but there was an extra buzz around August’s guest. Those familiar with him chattered quickly about his other performances. I caught a bit about entertaining and colorful. Colorful what? I was hooked.

    Feeling compelled not to miss out on a great opportunity, I quickly submitted my request to videotape the August reading. One email led to another and…

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  • Masoud Dalvand 4:16 pm on 11 Aug 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Is Regime Change Truly The Correct Iran Policy? 

    A picture dated September 21, 2012, shows a Raad air defense system carrying Taer missiles being displayed by Iran's Revolutionary Guard, during an annual military parade which marks Ira

    (FILES) A picture dated September 21, 2012, shows a Raad air defense system carrying Taer missiles being displayed by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, during an annual military parade which marks Iran’s eight-year war with Iraq, in the capital Tehran. Iranian forces have carried out what they called cyber warfare tactics for the first time as the Islamic republic’s naval units staged manoeuvres in the key Strait of Hormuz, media reports said on December 31, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ATTA KENARE (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

    By Heshmat Alavi

    Following the recertification of Iran’s compliance with a nuclear deal aimed at curbing its controversial nuclear program, there is quite a stir over the Trump administration possibly adopting a regime change policy in the face of Tehran’s belligerence.

    There are those who favor such a trajectory, while Iran lobbyists and apologists have promptly argued otherwise, saying war should not be an option and citing ongoing campaigns in countries across the region to back their opinions.

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s strong position of supporting regime change in a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee sent shockwaves in Tehran and beyond.

    “Our policy towards Iran is to push back on (its regional) hegemony, contain their ability to develop, obviously, nuclear weapons and to work towards support of those elements inside of Iran that would lead to a peaceful transition of that government,” he said.

     Secretary of Defense James Mattis, known for his “Iran, Iran, Iran” description of the source of Middle East dilemmas, followed suit.

    “Until the Iranian people can get rid of this theocracy, these guys who think they can tell the people even which candidates they get a choice of. It’s going to be very, very difficult,” Mattis said in a special interview.

    It is broadly assumed that the diplomatic pressure and sanctions initiative embarked upon by the White House and Congress are aimed at serving a regime change objective in Iran. The next necessary step would be to make this policy crystal clear to Tehran and all relevant parties

    Such strong statements made by Tillerson and Mattis dig deep into the Iran dossier and realize one stark, and very positive, difference between Iran and its neighbors. In contrast to others, the Iran regime change enterprise enjoys a long-term plan presented by a grass-rooted opposition movement, symbolized in the Iranian opposition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

    Unfortunately, the campaigns launched in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and even Syria, after former US president Barack Obama said the dictator Bashar Assad must go, all lacked this very necessary element, and the world remains witness in horror of the drastic consequences. Millions left killed and injured, scores more displaced, trillions of dollars literally wasted and entire cities and countries leveled. And the only benefactor has been the mullahs’ regime…, being an entirely different topic of discussion.

    Tehran lobbyists stationed in Washington are heard saying Iran also lacks any such organized opposition capable of delivering anything different from what we have witnessed in other countries. For years they have been inaccurately mischaracterizing the NCRI as lacking adequate organization, support and resources.

    To spare time, one needs only refer to this coalition’s recent July 1stconvention in Paris, held annually, for a glimpse of its social base and international backing. Over 100,000 members of the Iranian Diaspora, joined by hundreds of international dignitaries from all walks of life representing a conglomerate of political trends, shows how the NCRI, and its President Maryam Rajavi, have garnered growing support both inside Iran and abroad to bring about regime change and establish freedom and democracy in their homeland.

    Advocates of the appeasement approach vis-à-vis Iran will further continue quarreling over how the West must continue its effort of seeking internal Iranian elements of moderation.

    Ever since the 1980s a slate of senior Iranian regime officials, including former prime minister Mir Hossein Mousavi, former presidents Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mohammad Khatami, and now Hassan Rouhanihave been naively dubbed as “moderates” or “reformists.”

    What deserves comprehension after 35 years of deception is the fact that Iran’s “moderate/reformist” pretext has long surpassed its expiration date. While the Iranian people are yearning for change, there is no such appetite, capacity or potential in Tehran’s ruling mullahs’ apparatus.

    • Mousavi supported the regime’s unnecessary continuation of the war against Iraq, devastating the lives of millions,
    • Rafsanjani supervised a domestic cleansing of dissident voices, and a string of assassinations and terrorist plots abroad,
    • Khatami presided over the 1999 student uprising crackdown and advanced Tehran’s clandestine nuclear weapons drive,
    • and Rouhani’s first term as president rendered the execution of over 3,000 individuals, and the trend continues as we speak with over 100 executions in July alone. Rouhani has also blessed a dangerous spike in ballistic missile advancements by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

    As a result, any form of moderation or reform is nothing but a hoax misused by Tehran to continue misleading and deceiving the international community, while threatening the rise of hardliners if the likes of Rouhani are deserted.

    Returning to the decidedly significant statements made by Tillerson and Mattis, it is high time such game-changing rhetoric receives deserved backing from President Donald Trump himself.

    Iran must feel the heat from Washington’s policies, especially as Tehran prolongs its Middle East belligerence plaguing Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen, and endures its harassing of the US Navy in Persian Gulf waters.

    America must take the lead in facing Iran over its fundamentalist nature both inside the country and abroad. The Trump administration should begin architecting an international coalition to back the NCRI’s drive for regime change and peaceful democratization of Iran.

    After four decades of utter atrocities, it is the Iranian people’s right to live in peace and prosperity.

    Heshmat AlaviI am a political/rights activist focusing on Iran & the Middle East. I also write in Al Arabiya English, and contributed to The Hill, Algemeiner and Raddington Report. I tweet @HeshmatAlavi

    Source: Is Regime Change Truly The Correct Iran Policy?

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    Ban on women’s entry to stadiums climaxed in June 

    Ban on women's entry to stadums in Iran

    NCRI Women’s Committee Monthly Report – June 201

    Denying women’s entry to stadiums to watch sports competitions once again climaxed in June, attracting attention to the lingering discrimination against women in Iran.

    Women’s tickets were announced “sold out” by the website selling tickets for the FIVB Volleyball World League 2017 in Tehran in the first hour of sale on June 6. Those attempting early to purchase tickets on the website saw this message: Unfortunately, women’s quota of tickets has been SOLD OUT.

    The website also had some warnings before sale of tickets. One such warning read: Ticket quotas for men and women are completely separate and it is not possible to swap tickets between the two. Spectators who purchase tickets from the other’s share will not be allowed to enter the stadium.

    A female journalist reporting on sports said, “We learned that, as in the past, a number of women have been allowed into the stadium as a theatrical measure to claim that the authorities have allowed women into the stadium, while the website selling the tickets displayed a ‘sold out’ message since the very first minutes of the sale of tickets if you chose female as gender.”

    Iranian women showed their protest in different forms.

    A number of women held a banner and staged a protest in Tehran in mid-June against the ban imposed on their entrance to Tehran’s Azadi sports stadium. The banner read, “Entering Azadi Stadium is my right.”

    Iranian women and other users tweeted a Farsi hashtag, “the rights of 49% of the populace (women),” to express their protest to the continued ban on women’s presence in sports stadiums in Iran.

    These protests, however, met threats by Ansar-e Hezbollah. The Coordinating Council of the Ansar-e Hezbollah in Iran issued a warning against women’s presence in the stadiums and declared that it would use Khamenei’s order of “fire at will” to deal with it. (The state-run ILNA news agency – June 17, 2017)

    Hossein Allah-Karam, head of the coordination council of Ansar-e Hezbollah, published the statement on his Instagram and wrote, “This organization has complaints about the Ministry of Sports and Youths which has illegally and unlawfully dragged hundreds of women and girls as spectators to the recent volleyball games of men.”

    Hezbollah students also issued a declaration on Friday, June 16, to the speaker of the mullahs’ parliament (Majlis), Ali Larijani, in which they demanded prohibition of women’s entry to stadiums to watch the World League Volleyball games in Tehran. The declaration read in part, “Please order tending to this matter, otherwise, we would have to prevent it based on Khamenei’s ‘fire at will’ order….”[1]

    The Ansar-e Hezbollah is protesting women’s entry to stadiums while it has not been facilitated, yet. Only a limited number of women attended the first game played by Iran’s national volleyball team.

    Shaqayeq Yazdani, wife of the team’s medical doctor, wrote in her Instagram in this regard, “Unfortunately, entry to the stadium has not been sanctioned for all women and only the wives and families of members of the national volleyball team whose names have already been registered by the federation can enter after providing proper identification.”

    Alamol-Hoda, Khamenei’s representative in Mashhad, reacted on June 11, 2017. He said, “If it is decided that a group of boys and girls gather and a bunch of women and girls create excitement in the sideline of an athletic championship race, clap and whistle and jump up and down, then this would be indecent. And indecency is an epitome of sin.” (The state-run Aparat website – June 11, 2017)

    Women were not allowed in to watch the Pakistan-Iran volleyball match on May 1, 2017, in Rezazadeh stadium of Ardabil, East Azerbaijan Province. They voiced their protest against such discrimination. The cancellation without prior notice was made despite previous approval letting women into the stadium to watch the game.

    Eight young women who attempted to enter Tehran’s Azadi Stadium to watch the game between Persepolis and Esteghlal football teams, were arrested on February 12, 2017, during inspections before passing the entrance gate. (The state-run ISNA news agency – February 14, 2017)

    Female reporters were not allowed entry to the stadium to take pictures of the football match between women of Iran and Russia. ISNA’s headline read, “Female reporters do not enter, the Russians are not wearing the veil!”

    “The women’s national football team of Iran was hosting the world’s second champion, when the Football Federation ironically banned entry of women reporters and photographers to this competition.” (The state-run ISNA news agency – October 17, 2016)

    In August 2016, Shahindokht Mollaverdi, Rouhani’s deputy in women and family affairs, stressed in a news conference that the issue of women is “a political issue.”

    She also defended restrictions imposed on women’s presence in the stadiums and said, “We have never wanted to open the doors of all stadiums on women without any restrictions! We believe that women’s presence in stadiums must be in accordance with religious principles and in some fields!”


    Women’s presence in sports stadiums was restricted in post-Revolutionary Iran and in line with the clerical regime’s views and policies of sex segregation.

    Nevertheless, Iranian women and girls have continued their efforts to gain equal rights. They believe that being able to attend the games in sports stadiums is a step towards elimination of inequality and gender discrimination and they will keep up their struggle in this regard.

    In the 1990s and 2000s, women demanded to be able to watch the games and the Asian and World sports federations brought pressure on the regime to end the ban.

    Women tried to enter the Iran-Germany football match in 2004.

    On September 9, 2012, the State Security forces prevented entry of 1000 female spectators to watch the game between Iran and Japan volleyball teams.

    The state-run Etemad newspaper, reported on June 20, 2014, that in the margins of the Iran-Italy volleyball games, the State Security forces and security forces prevented women’s entry to Azadi sports stadium. According to this report, female journalists who carried special ID cards were not allowed to enter the stadium, either.

    In July 2016, although Iran’s Volleyball Federation had announced that it had sold 466 tickets to women, those who had referred to the website to buy tickets in very hours, they saw this message: “Due to limits on the sector related to women, women’s ticket has been finished and there are no more tickets available until further notice.”

    Subsequently, the state-run TV also showed images of women participating in the game between Iran and Serbia. What was common among female participants in the stadium was that most of them were wearing the black Maghna’eh (tight head cover) and manteaux and they did not show much excitement, either.

    The women present in the stadium were reportedly, the relatives of the players or staff of the Sports Ministry. They had been told to be “conventional and act within limits” in encouraging the players. Their number was also far below the announced figure and amounting only to some 200 people.

    On October 13, 2016, the Human Rights Watch sent a letter to Ary Graça, President of the World Volleyball Federation, in which it wrote, as long as Iran does not guarantee the freedom of female spectators to attend and watch the volleyball games in the country, the World Volleyball Federation must deprive Iran from hosting the federation’s tournaments.


    [1] Ali Khamenei, the mullahs’ supreme leader, used the term, “fire at will”, in a speech on June 7 to a group of youths whom he called “officers of the soft warfare.” He said the young men had permission to “fire at will” to criticize the cultural policies of the government.

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    Why Are Suppression and Arrests Ramping up in Iran? 

    Iranian political prisoner, Majid Assadi

    INU Staff writer, July 9, 2017 — According to reports obtained from inside Iran, the past months have seen a spike in arrests and executions. In fear of mass anti-state protests similar to those that took place in 2009, the regime has resorted to raid the homes of political and human rights activists in Iran, especially the supporters of the main resistance group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).
    This happens against the backdrop of a widespread campaign in Iran condemning the regime’s three-decade-long crimes in the country’s prisons, especially the massacre of 30 thousand political prisoners in the summer of 1988.
    One of the more recent cases is that of Majid Assadi, 34, who lives in Karaj, 40 km west of Tehran. Holding a degree in economics from the Alameh Tabatabai University, Assadi is a student activist, former political prisoner, and a supporter of the MEK.
    On February 18, 2017 agents of the Ministry or Intelligence and Security (MOIS) arrested Assadi after they violently broke into his father’s home in Karaj.
    The ten armed MOIS agents arrested Assadi and ransacked his house without any warrant.
    At the time of the arrest, the agents also harmed Assadi’s ailing father, who had just undergone a liver implant surgery as part of his cancer treatment.
    The agents handcuffed Assadi in front of his family and interrogated his family in his presence to torment him. They then confiscated all of his personal belongings, including his personal computer, phone and books.
    Assadi was subsequently transferred to the Karaj intelligence office, and from there to Evin prison’s ward 209, where political prisoners are held. He spent 50 days in solitary confinement, under severe mental pressure and interrogations.
    Since the time of his arrest, Assadi has been held in a state of limbo. After lingering in wards 209 and 240, he was transferred to Gohardasht prison in recent weeks.
    According to the latest reports, Assadi is now in Gohardasht and his case remains unsettled.
    In 2008, Assadi was arrested for attending a ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of the 1999 student protests in Tehran. Assadi was held in solitary confinement for 52 days.
    In 2010 he was given a four-year prison sentence. His appeal request was rejected, and he was imprisoned from 2011 to 2015.
    At present, Majid Assadi’s family have called on human rights organizations and other relevant international bodies to help save his life and deliver him from the dungeons of the Iranian regime, where human rights activists are executed and tortured to keep the mullahs in power.

    Originally published at http://www.mojahedin.org.

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