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  • Masoud Dalvand 10:05 am on 22 Mar 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Maryam Rajavi: Welcoming the Great Nowruz of Freedom 

    Maryam Rajavi: Welcoming the Great Nowruz of Freedom

    Maryam Rajavi attended a ceremony marking the Iranian New Year, Nowruz, on March 20th at a gathering of members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) in Albania.

    At the outset, Maryam Rajavi laid wreath to a memorial in honor of the martyrs of the December-January uprising.

    She congratulated the Iranian people on the arrival of the New Year, noting that the Iranian year 1396 ended with the season of uprising and that 1397 must be turned into a year full of uprisings. This is an uprising and revolution until victory, she said.

    Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and a number of Albanian political figures also took part in the celebrations.

    The following is the text of Maryam Rajavi’s remarks:

    This is the spring of uprising. Be it that in this victorious journey, the uprisings culminate in the spring of freedom

    Fellow compatriots, dear friends, sisters, and brothers,

    Happy New Year and Happy Nowruz!


    With the arrival of the New Year, we can hear the steps of Iranian protesters in 142 cities across the country. We hear protesters and the PMOI combatants of freedom marching, who will ultimately end the reign of this evil regime.

    This year’s spring has passed through the uprisings. Indeed, this is a spring of uprising. Let us hope that in its victorious journey it would lead to the spring of freedom.

    We are delighted to be joined today in this Nowruz celebration by the long-time friend and supporter of Iranian Resistance in the most difficult days of Camp Ashraf, Mayor Giuliani.

    Since the very beginning, he opposed the terrorist designation of the Iranian people’s just resistance for freedom that sought to rid Iran of the fundamentalist mullahs, the real godfathers of Daesh (ISIS/ISIL).

    He also opposed the PMOI’s relocation from Ashraf to the killing field named, “Liberty”, sugarcoated by the United Nations and the UNHCR, considering it to be sheer duplicity.
    He represented the conscientious Americans who also stood with the people of Iran during the 2009 uprisings, opposed the policy of appeasement, and pointed to the right policy.

    I also welcome the dear friend of the PMOI, Minister Pandeli Majko. The names of Pandeli Majko and his wife, Enkelejda, will be remembered in the history of relations between the people of Iran and Albania.
    And we also welcome Mrs. Elona Gjebrea, and Mr. Fatmir Mediu. We thank you for all your efforts that broke through all the obstacles. You are all very welcomed.

    We can, and we must turn the New Year into a year of uprisings

    Fellow compatriots, sisters, and brothers,

    Iran’s society was characterized by protests and uprisings throughout the past year.
    In spring, the Call for Justice movement for the victims of the 1988 massacre, defeated Khamenei’s plans in the sham presidential elections.

    In summer, the People’s Mojahedin of Iran elected their new Secretary General and gained momentum to prepare for the resistance and uprisings.

    In autumn, in the wake of the earthquake in Kermanshah Province, the people of Iran expressed their rage against, and hatred of, the mullahs.

    And in winter, the uprisings erupted nationwide aimed at overthrowing the clerical regime. Since then, the rising waves of protests have been striking at the wall of repression.

    Last year ended with the season of uprising, and the coming year can and must be turned into a year of uprisings. And this is going to be an uprising, a revolution, until victory.

    1,000 Ashrafs as centers of rebellion

    Fellow compatriots,
    In nature, spring follows winter. But the spring of freedom can come at any moment, though not by itself. It will come only if we show our determination and would be willing to sacrifice our lives. It will come only if we are organized and united around a single strategy.

    For this reason, the uprisings in December and January brought the fresh scent of spring in the middle of winter.

    This uprising emerged from under repression. This is an uprising that organizes and unites.

    1,000 Ashrafs or 1,000 centers of rebellion manifested themselves in this uprising.

    Indeed, in the face of such brutal repression, so much demagoguery and deception, and so much misinformation to demonize the resistance, where did these countless young protesters all across the country come from? If this is not a miracle, what is your answer? Yes, this is a miracle; a miracle borne out of perseverance. This miracle came about because of a heavy price paid to keep aloft the banner of the regime’s overthrow. This is a miracle borne out of long years of suffering which sowed the seeds of protests and resistance in society every day.

    We hail the martyrs of Ashraf and Liberty, and the 14-year epic and glorious perseverance in Ashraf and Liberty. The Iranian Resistance’s Leader Massoud Rajavi was correct in saying that Ashraf has multiplied in prisons and across our nation.

    The Iranian people have never accepted this regime, which explains why protests and uprisings have erupted repeatedly against the regime throughout these years.

    But how is this year’s uprising different from the past?

    The difference is that the resistance movement has found the answer for the regime’s overthrow, and the regime does not have any solution for it.

    This time around, 1,000 centers of rebellion played a part in the uprising. And this is why the chants of “death to Khamenei” is heard everywhere.

    Army of spring is on the way and winter of reactionaries must go

    I said the spring of freedom could come at any time. This means that the situation will never go back to the time before the uprisings started.

    The Iranian people are determined to bring about a new era with the help of the combatants of freedom by toppling the religious dictatorship.

    This uprising showed us how to attain our freedom through our own efforts. For this reason, it is new and is directed against backwardness and fundamentalism. It is sketching the future of Iran and is presenting an alternative to the regime.

    Khamenei was forced to acknowledge the reality that the PMOI had been prepared months ago and called for the uprising. He said so to prepare the regime for confronting the PMOI.

    But the time to preserve this decadent regime has passed. Spring of freedom is on its way and winter of repression must go.

    When the people of Iran have the option of a free and democratic government based on the separation of religion and state, and based on justice and equality, why should they have to be content with a reactionary, decadent and inhumane regime?

    The clerical regime preserves its rule by keeping the children of Iran hungry and slaughtering the children of Syria.

    The incompetence and the anti-popular nature of this regime has been exposed at every turn, whether it was the earthquake in Kermanshah Province or the crash of the Tehran-Yasouj airliner, or the explosion of Azadshahr mine in Golestan Province.

    All the factions of this regime, including the so-called moderates and reformists, insist on suppression of protesters, and its so-called moderate president takes pride in siding with the regime’s murderous militias.

    Recently, Rouhani’s Minister of Interior wholeheartedly thanked all factions and media of the regime for their full participation in the crackdown on the uprising in December and January. They have repeatedly declared that they are aboard a ship, which if punctured by the uprising, will result in all of them drowning.

    Today, across Iran, the people are chanting death to the Supreme Leader, on whom the regime relies.

    Having plundered the country’s wealth and resources, the mullahs have run out of cash. The banks, pension funds, and the government are totally crippled and bankrupt.

    Our nation has paid the price for the mullahs’ theft, corruption, and incompetence.

    People have nothing to eat and the economy is in recession. Villages have been destroyed and the cities have become underprivileged. The industries have been shut down and workers have been fired and impoverished. The farmers have been deprived of water, and their life and freedom. And the people’s properties and assets have been plundered.

    Millions of girls and boys are forced into hard labor instead of going to school. And a large segment of the population is hungry and unemployed.

    An uprising and a revolution are needed to alleviate these sufferings.

    The New Day (Nowruz) for which we are striving will bring happiness and hope to this impoverished and oppressed society.

    Khamenei has apologized to the people of Iran for the injustices his regime has brought about. But the Iranian people are saying that is too little, too late.

    If Khamenei is sincere in his apology, he must say that the absolute rule of the mullahs has denied the people their sovereignty, that it is the source of all corruption, and it must be overthrown just like the Shah’s regime.

    The secret to national salvation is death to the principle of the velayat-e faqih and long live the army of freedom

    Fellow compatriots,

    Europe’s long-overdue focus on the threats posed by the Iranian regime’s regional warmongering and its ballistic missile program is of course a positive step.

    Further steps are needed, however, including the expulsion of the regime from the region, shutting down its missile and uranium enrichment programs, and blocking its access to the international banking system.

    All these steps are necessary. However, a comprehensive, decisive, and strategic response to the regime entails standing with the Iranian people and Resistance.

    Iran uprising has brought up the freshness of spring. Europe must also abandon the decades-long antiquated policy of rapprochement and recognize the struggle of the Iranian people to overthrow this regime. It should also recognize the democratic alternative, i.e., the National Council of Resistance of Iran.

    The people of Iran demand immediate action, change, overthrow, and freedom. They demand bread, jobs, and housing. They demand the immediate abolition of all government coercions, including the compulsory hijab.

    Dear compatriots,

    For the Iranian Resistance and all its members and supporters, including the centers of rebellion inside Iran and the sympathizers of the Resistance around the globe, 1397 is going to be a year of unwavering commitment to continue and lead the protests to their ultimate goal.

    It is with such determination and such a commitment, that I congratulate the defiant people inside Iran and millions of Iranians abroad.

    Congratulations to members of the NCRI and supporters of the Iranian Resistance around the world.

    Congratulations to the PMOI freedom fighters. You have the responsibility to continue the protests and expand the centers of rebellion.
    My warmest congratulations to the young protesters. Spring sends its greetings to you all.

    And congratulations to Massoud Rajavi, who formulated the strategy to foment the uprisings and bring about the overthrow of the ruling regime by relying on 1,000 centers of rebellion, led by the combatants of freedom.

    In the beginning of the New Year, let us remember those who gave their lives in this uprising. We will never forget them. They remained unknown, but they were the source of pride and recognition for the Iranian nation. We particularly honor the innocent youths who lost their lives under torture. They are always with us in spirit. They are the sacrifice of a nation as it strives to gain its freedom.

    We also hail the prisoners of the uprising and all political prisoners in Iran. We tell them that your endurance has brought Iran’s freedom much closer.

    And finally, I would like to tell my fellow compatriots in Iran that freedom is within reach, but it can be realized only through our efforts and our determination.

    As Massoud Rajavi once said, “The secret to national salvation, is death to the principle of Velayat-e Faqih, long live the Army of Freedom.”

    So, help your children in their protests. Help the centers of rebellion. By expanding the protests and resistance you must rise against the religious tyranny and welcome the great Nowruz of freedom for the people of Iran.

    The mullahs should rest assured that this uprising, and revolution will continue until victory no matter how long it would take.

    Congratulations on the beginning of the New Year 1397.

    Nowruz of uprisings, Nowruz for Mojahedin, Nowruz for centers of rebellion

    I would like to conclude my remarks by addressing you, my sisters, and brothers here in Albania:
    Congratulations on the New Year, and for being so determined.

    Since the onset of the Resistance, we have mixed the tradition of Nowruz with our call for freedom, meaning that we will maintain high hopes for the realization of freedom and will continue our relentless struggle and make whatever sacrifice to achieve it.

    Let us pay homage to the martyrs of the 1980s and our massacred brothers and sisters in 1988. Let us honor the martyrs of Ashraf and Liberty and all those who gave their lives for freedom.

    Today, we are celebrating the Nowruz of uprisings, the Nowruz of the PMOI and other combatant forces, and the Nowruz of the centers of rebellion.

    Your strategy has proven to be correct. Your perseverance and suffering have borne fruit.

    Precisely for this reason, we must renew our commitments and responsibilities as Nowruz comes. You will be playing a decisive role, as well as your organization. We are in a decisive year.

    This year is one of taking on greater commitments, it is time to refresh, it is time to strengthen our resolve to hope and to realize those hopes.

    I hope, and I am confident that this year, you can shoulder hundred times more responsibilities in order to advance at remarkable speed our historical commitment, namely freedom for Iran.

    In renewing this commitment, I again congratulate you on the New Year.

    • RachelTania 11:52 am on 22 Mar 2018 Permalink

      Reblogged this on Bikinis In Iran and commented:
      Another great piece by David. Maybe now, more than before there is some real hope for many truly new years to come for Iran.

      Liked by 1 person

    • RachelTania 12:04 pm on 22 Mar 2018 Permalink

      Sorry, it was acting up! Massoud, not David, and it wouldn’t share so sorry for the duplicates!

      Liked by 1 person

  • Masoud Dalvand 4:24 pm on 20 Mar 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Iranian New Year with the Iranian Resistance 




    We invite you to be with us on the ‘s Day with the Iranian Resistance. For watching please click on the below link:

    Iranian New Year with the Iranian Resistance


  • Masoud Dalvand 10:44 am on 18 Mar 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran’s genuine Nowruz(Persian New Year) is on its way. 


    Maryam Rajavi: The protest movement has not stopped. Waves of protests follow one another. This is how people rise up and create their genuine feast of freedom.

    This winter, entwined with protests and uprisings, is now going to give its place to spring in such a way to prepare the future year for movement and uprising and for advancement towards victory and freedom.
    In reality, the protests did not stop their movement despite widespread arrests and especially the regime’s slaughter of innocent youths under torture. The movement continued to thrive in the general strike of Baneh, the extensive protests of the Steel workers of Isfahan, the protests by workers of Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane Factory in Khuzistan, and the uprising of the farmers in east Isfahan. Waves of protests follow one another.
    This is how people rise up and create their genuine feast of freedom.
    The rise of this blissful Nowrouz is coupled with the fall of the old regime and the ruling fundamentalists. The mullahs’ religious tyranny faces multiple challenges: A powerful popular protest movement, an internal fight over Khamenei’s heir, its shrinking financial resources, a deadlock in the war in Syria, international tensions over its ballistic missile program and the JCPOA, the defections from its Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), etc. However, the most terrifying for the regime are four major incidents:
    The most terrifying things for the regime are four major predicaments: The ubiquitous chants of “death to Khamenei”, eruption of the protests despite maximum suppression, and the absence of external escape goats such as the war with Iraq or the fight against Daesh, and assistance from advocates of the policy of appeasement. This year, in contrast to the previous years, the regime has no way out.
    The clerical dictatorship is at an impasse which is the product of years of steadfast perseverance of the people of Iran, their valiant children in the PMOI, and the protesters. This is, of course, very important but what is more inspiring for the people of Iran is the new horizon which has emerged through the uprisings in December and January and is going to answer the question of regime change by 1,000 bastions of rebellion, 1,000 Ashraf’s and the Army of Freedom.
    The time has come for the great house cleaning in our homeland.
    Iran’s genuine Nowruz is on its way.

    • wizzymedpower 1:14 am on 19 Mar 2018 Permalink

      thanks for this wonderful post.. Updating and Fighting for the freedom of his nation.. Our prayer everyday is that the Nation of Iran shall experience peace and stability in Jesus Name.. Amen

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    • Masoud Dalvand 9:25 am on 19 Mar 2018 Permalink

      Amen, thanks so much.

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  • Masoud Dalvand 9:22 pm on 16 Mar 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran Regime Will Soon Fall 

    The Iranian Regime is on thin ice and they know it, as demonstrated by the protests that were seen all over Iran on Tuesday night, during the national Fire Festival, and the Regime’s brutal response to it.

    These large anti-regime rallies suggest that the Iranian people will not be giving in, no matter what the Regime does, until they’ve realised their ultimate objective of regime change. These protests have brought together the Iranian people – no matter their gender, class, job, or religion – to rise up against the mullahs and they will remain united in this effort.

    From women demanding equal rights, to farmers opposing the wilful destruction of their crops, to religious minorities demanding their right to practice their faith, all of these valid and worthy protests are snowballing together, which is why the Regime has been sending in the troops.

    A spokesperson for the Iranian police reported that they were using “5,000 officers, 10 million accomplices, 1,100 traffic police vehicles, 27,000 special police patrols, installing 1,330 police trailers, 3,770 patrol vehicles, 2010 motorcycle patrols, 2,900 on-foot patrols, 1,700 temporary inspection centers, 104 permanent inspection centers and 30 helicopters” to suppress the protests.

    Scared of the people

    That would be a massive overreaction if the Regime wasn’t scared to death of being overthrown by its people, and yes, the so-called moderates in the Regime almost certainly approve of these measures.

    In February, Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi foretold that the protest movement would continue until they get regime change and noted that the Regime knows that it is incapable of containing it.

    She said: “The wall of fear has been cracked, and nothing including arrests, killings and torture can prevent the advancement of the protests to overthrow the regime.”

    The Iranian Resistance, including the National Council of Resistance of Iran and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), are supporting and encouraging the protesters and it is working. Tuesday’s protests were largely the result of a call from the MEK to attend in spite of the Regime’s threats.

    The West’s role

    The West has recently begun to acknowledge the threat posed by Iran’s ballistic missiles, but how long will it take them to realize that the Iranian people want regime change?

    Human rights activist Heshmat Alavi wrote on Al Arabiya: “It is high time for the West to realize appeasement vis-à-vis Tehran is not welcome as protesters express their abhorrence of this clerical rule.”

    He advises that the European Union recognize the Iranian people’s demand for regime change and start to adopt measures against the Regime, in particular for human rights abuses of the protesters.

    He also states the EU should end trade deals with Iran, as the money largely goes to prop up the Regime and its violent militarized police force, the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

    He advises that another good starting point would be to have the United Nations investigate the mysterious fates of protesters in custody.

    Alavi wrote: “Europe should jump on board with its Middle East allies and the United States in adopting a firm Iran policy. Silence in regards to Tehran’s unrestrained quelling of protesters simply seeking their God-given right of freedom is unacceptable.”

  • Masoud Dalvand 7:07 pm on 12 Mar 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    The message of the National Fire Feast in Iran: Fire is the answer to fire 


    Spring and Nowruz are on the way. A few days before the New Year, we will celebrate the National Fire Festival. A celebration of the ancient Persian traditions, which has been welcoming of spring for many centuries. This celebration is a symbol for eliminating bad things. Thus, with good wishes for all Iranian people, we will be celebrating the New Year.

    Background of “Chaharshanbeh Souri” or National Fire Festival

    Sour means celebration, feast, and redness; a redness that is a sign of fire.

    Our predecessors believed that the fire, as one of the four elements in nature, that is a cleaner and the only element that is not contaminated.

    For this reason, when they jumped on the fire on “Fire Feast”, everyone was singing “My jaundice to you, your redness to me”.

    The National Fire Feast has been held for many centuries on the night of the last Wednesday of the year, throughout Iran, attended by all the Iranian people, young and old, women and men, children and adults. Iranians believe that by burning the fire and burning the bushes and thorns, the space of the house will be purified from the evil creatures, and the devil and evil will be far from home.

    A few days before the Nowruz, people called the “Fire Creators”, who was the messenger of the “Ahoori” on Fire Feast celebration, we’re going to all the cities and villages to prepare people for this ritual.

    The celebration of “Chaharshanbeh Suri” is also interwoven with the religious culture and traditions of the Iranian people. It is said that the Mukhtar uprising for revenge of the martyrs of Karbala began on this day, with the celebration of Fire Feast in Kufa, whose inhabitants were more than Iranians.

    The message of this year’s Fire Feast in Iran

    In Iran’s history, Fire Festival, though it was held every year as a national celebration and for the joy and welcome of spring and Nowruz, but also has the message of the solidarity, alliance and the struggle against tyranny in the historical memory of the people of this land.

    This year is the celebration of Fire Feast on the eve of spring, which will promote the spring of Iran’s liberation, and will be followed by the fiery uprising of the Iranian people in the last months, which is still ongoing.

    During this uprising, the courageous youth of Iran, burned the signs of evil: They set fire to the images of Khamenei, and the centers of ignorance and deceit and oppression and, with the slogan of “Death on the principle of Velayat-e faqih”, and “Death to Khamenei”, announced to all over the country their message.

    On the eve of “Fire Feast”, have raised thousands of rebellious hub, in all the cities of the country to prepare Iran for the blessing of this national feast and the uprising against the evil regime that has infected Iran and the Iranian people for 40 years.

    This year “Chaharshanbeh Souri”, celebrated not only by the youths and the women of our homeland but also by all the great people of Iran. This is a celebration of fire for light and freedom for Iran.

    An uprising that will destroy the black sovereignty of the Mullahs in a flaming and liberating fire. It will bring happiness and freedom to the people of Iran and throughout the region.

    And this uprising will continue until the final victory and liberation of Iran.

    Source: The message of the National Fire Feast in Iran: Fire is the answer to fire

  • Masoud Dalvand 7:34 pm on 11 Mar 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran Regime’s Fear of Nationwide Protests on the Verge of National Fire Festival 

    Iran Uprising – No. 107

    The clerical regime, fearful of the explosion of anger of the people in the National Fire Festival (Last Wednesday of each year in Persian calendar) and following the call of the social headquarter of the People’s Mojahedin inside Iran, under the title of “The National Fire Festival celebration; another uprising against the dictatorship of the mullahs,” tries in vain to reduce the scope and dimensions of popular uprisings on this day with all kinds of threats and arrests.

    IRGC Brigadier General Hossein Rahimi, commander of Greater Tehran’s Police, warned on March 9 that those who would cause insecurity on Chahrshanbeh Souri (fire festival) would be arrested. He came back to the scene on March 7 and said: “Behaviors that are disruptive to the order … is the red line of the police and we deal with them severely. The forces will be on alert from 2:00 pm of Tuesday, and those who throw firecrackers from the vehicles and cause disturbance will be arrested themselves and their cars will be seized. We have discovered 100 million pieces of firecracker materials.”

    IRGC Brigadier General BakhshAlii Kamrani, Hamedan Provincial Police Chief, on March 8, threatened that “the police are decisive in dealing with the perpetrators and disrupters of the security and tranquility of the people,” saying that this year, the seizure of firecracker materials in the province rose 135 percent compared to last year.

    On March 2, Colonel Taghi Afrand, a security police deputy of Tehran declared the sale and possession of explosive materials illegal and said that the warehouses that are engaged in the production and handling of the firecracker materials would be “sealed and their licenses will be permanently revoked.” Revolutionary Guard Mohsen Hamedani, Security Deputy of Tehran’s Governorate on February 27, said: “The law enforcement force is tasked to deal forcefully with fire festival, which is why a certain mechanism has been foreseen and these forces are being deployed all over the city.”

    Officials of the mullahs regime on March 9 expressed their fear from fire festival in Friday prayers in various cities. “It’s not a joy to upset God, we must be aware that one can not be happy with dancing and sins,” said Tabatabai Nejad at the Friday show in Isfahan. Ghiaseddin Taha Mohammadi, called on the youth in Friday prayer of Hamedan to “refrain from throwing firecrackers and create explosion sound due to that” and Abdul Rahman Khodaei, the representative of Khamenei in Sanandaj, said: “The use of firecracker materials and the creation of noise is not in the Iranian people’s culture, especially in Kurdistan, and creating such an unpleasant move is far from the dignity of Iranian families.”

    Despite these repressive measures and the ridiculous statements of the officials of the regime, there is no doubt that the brave young people and the free women will give an unforgettable lesson to this corrupt regime this year. The unwavering will of the people of Iran will permanently annihilate the regime of Velayat-e faqih from Iran’s history, which has no harmony with the people, the civilization and culture of Iran.

    Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
    March 9, 2018

  • Masoud Dalvand 10:26 am on 8 Mar 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Iranian Regime’s Abuse of Human Rights Must Be Addressed 

    At the end of last year, millions of people in Iran took to the streets to protest against the economic issues that were affecting all classes of society. The protests started in the city of Mashhad and spread across the country. They quickly turned into anti-government demonstrations and calls for “Death to Khamenei  and Death to Rouhani”. It was very clear that the people of Iran see regime change as the only way forward.

    As always, when the Iranian regime is faced with dissent and protests, there was a major crackdown. Thousands of people were arrested and scores of people were killed. This reaction from the regime is not surprising – it is the standard reaction that the people of Iran have experiences, and the world has witnessed, for decades.

    However, the international community failed to respond accordingly. And the Iranian regime has not been made to face the consequences of its unjust oppression and its violation of human rights.

    The people of Iran have not been dissuaded – not by the Iranian regime’s brutal reaction and not by the relative silence of many international leaders. They are strongly supported by each other in Iran and they have the backing of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the main opposition to the regime.

    There are still protests going on across the country and young people were chanting the same slogans about regime change that were heard in January.

    It is important that the West reacts to the protests and to the regime’s brutal attempts at extinguishing them. Europe in particular must take action. It is taking about trade deals and normalized relations with Iran, but this must be postponed until Iran takes human rights seriously. The EU upholds the human rights of its citizens and it must ensure that it does not negotiate with a regime that disregards those of its own people.

    For as long as Europe remains silent, the Iranian regime will continue to ignore human rights. It has faced impunity for decades and the only way to put an end to this is for international leaders and organisations, as well as the European Parliament, to demand an international commission of inquiry into the human rights abuses. Silence is complicity.

    The regime is in a place of extreme desperation. It is under pressure from its own people, but also from the United States because of the 2015 nuclear deal. President Trump, who has made his feelings about Iran very clear, is threatening to pull the United States out of the deal if Europe does not fix the major flaws.

    The United States is keen to address Iran’s ballistic missile program and there is talk of further sanctions that will cripple the country.

    More pressure like this will likely push the regime over the edge. It cannot be allowed to continue its belligerent rampage across the Middle East and the people of Iran must have their human rights restored. Let’s not forget that the international community must uphold the rights of everyone.


  • Masoud Dalvand 10:12 pm on 1 Mar 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    How to Tackle the Iranian Regime’s Internet Censorship 

    Internet censorship in Iran

    The Iranian Regime has long struggled to restrict access to the internet in order to keep its censorship machine running smoothly.

    After all, they saw the damage the internet could do to their brutal regime when images and videos of the Regime’s violence toward peaceful protesters went viral on social media in 2009.

    But things have gotten worse for the mullahs in recent years, with the increased popularity of secure, encrypted messaging applications (i.e. Telegrams, Whatsapp) that make it harder for governments to monitor an individual’s internet traffic.

    A new report by Iranian opposition coalition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) sheds light on the Regime’s desperate campaign to adapt its surveillance and censorship equipment in order to survive now that the internet is so commonplace.

    The report, entitled “Iran: Cyber Repression: How the IRGC Uses Cyberwarfare to Preserve the Theocracy”, exposes how the Regime covertly and overtly spies on its citizens and spreads propaganda across social media.

    The NCRI also provided a list of Regime-created variations of the Telegram app, promoted as Farsi versions, which the Regime wanted to trick the public into downloading in order to spy on their internet activity, identify and arrest activists, and introduce malware that would prevent the user from accessing opposition channels.

    The most downloaded of the Regime’s apps is Mobogram, developed by Hanista, a front company for the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

    The Regime even slowed down or blocked traffic to the official Telegram app to force people into downloading their versions.

    The Regime is specifically targeting Telegram because it has over 40 million users in Iran and was widely used by protesters in the uprising at the start of 2018.

    The Regime even got its malware-filled apps onto Google Play and Apple’s App Store, which violates the terms of service for both stores. Google has since identified one and removed it, but there are more on there.

    Alireza Jafarzadeh, the deputy director of the NCRI’s Washington office, said: “The Iranian regime is currently hard at work to test the success of these apps on the people of Iran first. If not confronted, its next victims will be the people of other nations.”

    Jafarzadeh added that the unit responsible for this surveillance is the same one tasked with cyber warfare against the West.

    What can be done?

    The Iranian Regime is unlikely to impose a total internet blackout as they fear repercussions on their already bankrupt economy, which will fuel social unrest. That’s why they’re trying to maintain control with cyber espionage.

    • The tech community must work with governments in order to counter the Iranian Regime’s censorship efforts

    • Internet service providers should work with the Iranian Resistance to identify the front companies and developers that are making and distributing malicious apps on behalf of the Iranian Regime

    • All app stores must investigate the apps on their site and remove malware-inflicted apps exposed by the NCRI

    • Telegram should revoke the Iranian Regime’s developers access to its Application Programming Interfaces, so that they can no longer create malware-infected versions

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Atena Daemi(L) and Golrokh Iraee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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