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  • Masoud Dalvand 10:49 pm on 31 Dec 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran: Dec. 31, 2018- Tehran People’s demonstration against the mullahs regime. 

    Tehran Dec. 31, 2018

    Iran, Capital city Tehran People’s demonstration against the mullahs regime, December 31, 2018.

    Dec. 31, 2018- Tehran People’s demonstration against the mullahs regime.

    Dec. 31, 2018- Tehran People’s demonstration against the mullahs regime.

    They chanted:

    “Incompetent manager, resign, resign!”

    “Don’t afraid, we’re all together”

    “Facing our nation, with our backs to the enemy”

    and “Death to the dictator”

    College students protesting outside the university were heard chanting, “Facing our nation, with our backs to the enemy”

    – Engelab square an important square in the capital. Chant;

    ” Don’t afraid, we’re all together”

    The New Year will definitely see a fresh confrontation between the Iranian people & the regime.

    Also, the 3rd day of the University of Science Research students protesting out side of Tehran University against the students bus crash & killing 10 of them. They chanting: “”incompetent manager, resign, resign!”

    Hail to the students, youths and courageous women in Tehran who have staged protests and marched in Enqelab Square and Tehran University. With chants of “death to the dictator” and “fear not! All of us are together,” they have confronted the regime’s suppressive forces.

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  • Masoud Dalvand 11:47 am on 30 Dec 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran: Tehran Science and Research University students holding massive protest gathering. 

    Students Protests in Tehran

    Iran, Dec. 29, 2018 – Students of the Science and Research University in Tehran, the capital of Iran, held a major rally on Saturday morning expressing their anger over Iranian regime authorities in this facility.

    The students were grieving the loss of their classmates killed in a recent bus accident and holding incompetent regime officials responsible for the incident.

    The students were also heard chanting, “Velayati, resign, resign,” demanding the resignation of the representative of Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on their campus.

    The students are also protesting measures by the Iranian regime aiming to cloak the role of the regime’s plundering mafias in this incident. One poster specifically read, “Expelling second-class officials in this university is a sign of the mullahs’ obscenity.”

    A large number of college students took part in this rally while the Iranian regime had taken measures to station repressive security units on campus and nearby areas to keep the rally under control. Prior to this, the mullahs’ regime had dispatched anti-riot units to create a climate of fear at the capital’s Science and Research University.

    Read more: A bus carrying students of Tehran’s Science and Research Center in Azad University, unfortunately, tipped over, leaving ten students dead and 25 others injured. Head of the Iranian regime’s emergency services said this incident took place at 12:20 pm local time on Tuesday, December 25.

    Following this horrific incident, Iranian authorities first dispatched anti-riot units to the scene in fear of possible outbursts of anger turning into anti-regime protests. Families of the university students were seen outside the campus seeking information about their loved ones.

    The bus brakes were malfunctioning, leading to this tragic incident, according to a number of the students interviewed after the accident. This shows how regime officials care nothing about people’s safety and continue using such buses to transfer students to and from the campus. It is worth noting that the deputy university dean first claimed the driver had suffered a heart attack in an attempt to cover up the brake failures.

    However, a spokesperson for the Iranian regime’s Emergency Organization said the claim of the driver suffering a heart attack is not confirmed and the forensics must file a report on this matter. Iran suffers from a significantly high rate of road accidents, with an estimated of at least 17,000 casualties every year.

    The toll is widely blamed on poor safety, the presence of older vehicles and the inadequacy of emergency services.

    Iranian opposition President Maryam Rajavi sent a message of condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and hoping for a quick recovery of those injured. “My heart goes out to the students who died in the bus accident. Deepest sympathies to their families and sincere prayers for the quick recovery of those injured. Shame on the corrupt mullah regime that plunders and spends on repression by the billions but leaves roads unattended.

    Student protests continued for the second day.

    December 30, College students rallying in Tehran’s Science & Research University.

     

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 10:24 pm on 28 Dec 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Action Needed on Amnesty International’s Iran Report 

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    By: RezaShafiee

    After 30 years, Amnesty International published a 200-page comprehensive report on the massacre of political prisoners in Iran. Its main focus is the dark days of the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran. Had the 1988 massacre been given enough international attention it deserved back then, the Iranian people would not have faced unbridled human rights abuses the following years. Impunity for crimes in those days emboldened the regime over the years to the extent that it is leveling the graves of the same victims all over Iran.

    The report concludes that only when “The UN establishes an independent, impartial and effective international mechanism to help bring those responsible for these abhorrent crimes to justice,” the “Blood soaked” history of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran will be put to rest. The human rights watchdog also says that such crimes amount to crimes against humanity and the perpetrators should be hauled before the international criminal court.

    Massacre of political prisoners in 1988

    There are different accounts of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran because of the shroud of secrecy the Iranian regime’s officials wrapped around it. Many former and current top Regime officials flatly deny gruesome events of that summer.

    What really happened?

    In the summer of 1988, Khomeini’s ambiguous war with its neighbor Iraq came to a screeching halt when his top brass Revolutionary Guards commanders foresaw a crushing and imminent defeat if he did not stop the war soon. War with Iraq served as a cover for internal suppression. At home, Khomeini had a powerful opposition and he needed to get rid of the existential threat to his absolute rule, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). He saw thousands of political prisoners as a potential asset for the opposition.

    Khomeini hastily put together a committee to exterminate the prisoners. It, of course, needed some kind of religious green light. His infamous handwritten fatwa did the trick. The “Death Commission,” as it is known among Iranian political prisoners, was born to set in motion one of the most heinous crimes against humanity the world had seen in the 20th century. The commission oversaw the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in the summer of 1988, mostly members and supporters of MEK.

    On the eve of 28th anniversary of the 1988 massacre in the summer of 2016, Maryam Rajavi, President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, the (NCRI) tasked the members of the opposition to embark on a worldwide campaign called “Movement for Justice.” The campaign sought justice for fallen victims of the theocratic regime in 1988. The final goal is to get the UN Security Council to hold the Iranian officials, past and present, accountable for 1988 crimes and stand trial before an international court for crimes against humanity.

    An early whistleblower

    Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri was the first whistleblower of the 1988 massacre in Iran. Montazeri, the handpicked successor of Khomeini, was sacked for his public objections to mass executions in 1988. He spent the rest of his life under house arrest and died in 2009. His son leaked an audiotape of his conversation with the members of Death Commission in 2016.

    In the moving tape, Montazeri can be heard telling a meeting of the “Death Commission” in 1988 and that they are responsible for a crime against humanity. He said: “The greatest crime committed during the reign of the Islamic Republic, for which history will condemn us, has been committed by you. Your names will in the future be etched in the annals of history as criminals.”

    Rewarding the culprits

    In the backward system of twisted logic, culprits of crimes are rewarded. Some members of the Death Commission still hold high offices in Iran. Ebrahim Raisi is one of them. He was a low-level cleric at the time and in return for his services was elevated in the rank and files of the mullahs’ hierarchy. Raisi is a close confidant of the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Currently, Raisi is the custodian of Astan Quds Razavi, the wealthiest charity foundation in charge of Iran’s holiest shrine in Mashhad, northwestern Iran, with very close ties to Khamenei’s powerhouse.

    Raisi and Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi, Iran’s Justice Minister in Hassan Rouhani’s cabinet, were two of the four members of the Death Commission who were tasked by the then Supreme Leader Khomeini to summarily execute political prisoners. In the summer of 1988, the Commission handed down 30,000 death sentences. The kangaroo courts hardly lasted more than three minutes on average. Some of the political prisoners who miraculously survived the slaughter have written or spoken of their ordeals. The judges asked a simple question: Do you still believe in Mojahedin? Depending on the answer, one could go to gallows. The gruesome accounts of survivors, especially female prisoners, often leave the listeners in shock.

    Pour-Mohammadi has since admitted his role in the “Death Commission” and boasted that he was proud to “carry out God’s will and he has not lost sleep over what he did.”

    Alireza Avaie, another member of the commission, replaced Pour-Mohammadi as Rouhani’s Justice Minister in his second cabinet. His personal record in participating in human rights violations goes a long way back when he was partner in crime with the likes of Ebrahim Raisi.

    “The abject failure of the UN and international community to pursue truth and justice for the atrocities committed by Iranian authorities has had catastrophic consequences not only on survivors and victims’ families but also on the rule of law and respect for human rights in the country. Iran’s authorities must no longer be allowed to shield themselves from accountability for their crimes against humanity,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

    Source: ACTION NEEDED ON AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL’S IRAN REPORT

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 10:07 pm on 24 Dec 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    All my dear friends, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2019. 

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    All my dear friends, readers and followers,

     Happy New Year. Wishing you all happiness & pleasure.

    Also wishing of Iran Regime Change & Free Iran with democracy, Human Rights and justice in Iran in 2019.

    Message of Maryam Rajavi on Christmas and the New Year. 2019 would be a year of advancement of resistance and uprisings towards freedom and victory.

     
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    • wizzymedpower 10:56 am on 28 Dec 2018 Permalink

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      Thank you so much dear Israel. Happy new year to you too. Keep up the great job. God bless you.

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  • Masoud Dalvand 9:57 pm on 24 Dec 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    A New Graphic Novel – a Little Prince in the Land of the Mullahs. 

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    The true story of a young freedom-loving Iranian man

    The story of “A Little Prince in the Land of the Mullahs” is a graphic novel about the Iranian youth’s fight for freedom. Published by “Société des écrivains” publishers and prefaced by Ingrid Betancourt, this new graphic book is the story of Ahmad, an intrepid young Iranian, driven by the ideals of freedom, shared happiness and equality.

    Carried by the hope of one day making them known to his country and people, he faced the violence of the totalitarian regime of the mullahs, risking his life in a long and difficult struggle that took him to prison.

    Ahmad Raouf-Basharidoust, born in 1964 to a middle-class family and raised in northern Iran, tells of his childhood in Shah’s Iran, the 1979 revolution and Khomeini’s rise to power. He goes on to depict the circumstances in which this intelligent and curious teenager became an active sympathizer of the People’s Mojahedin of Iran, the democratic opposition to the mullahs. After more than five years in prison, he was murdered in the summer of 1988 on the orders of Khomeini who had issued a decree commanding the massacre of political prisoners in Iran.

    Through reading this story, not only do we discover Ahmad’s own particular journey, but also the history of a whole generation who lived this revolution and was crushed by the cruelty of the mullahs; a generation that said “no” to Khomeini’s Islamism and his hangmen, despite the terrible conditions of prison and internment; a generation with a dream of freedom and democracy for Iran.

    This story also takes us through the contemporary history of a very ancient nation, covering the period 1964-1988.

    A Little Prince

    in the Land of the Mullahs

    The true story of a teenager who stood up to the Mullahs’ regime in Iran.

    Ahmad Raouf Basharidoust
    1964 -1988

    Preface: Ingrid Betancourt

    Biography: Massoumeh Raouf Basharidoust

    Scenario: Summer Harman

    Research: Summer Harman, Massoumeh Raouf Basharidoust

    Art work: Bunga, David Fernando Monroy Mallorca

    Preface:

    Ahmad’s story, told in comic book form, is certainly not a children’s story.

    Yet, that is how her sister Massoumeh wanted to share it with us. Perhaps that is because this story, which she has carried in her heart for 30 years, is made up of images that are too strong – those of her own life – images that are painfully engraved and that she did not want to betray.

    Massoumeh did not want to write just another story to talk about her brother. She did not want to present cold statistics and a politically correct analysis. Massoumeh wants us to grasp with our emotions that which is inaccessible through reason.

    She needs to bring her brother back to life, so we can get to know him, so he can enter our space, our time, and also – who knows – maybe finally our hearts.

    Telling the story of your little brother is a need, of course, but it is above all a right. It must honor Ahmad’s heroism, the majesty of his spirit, his beauty, his charisma. That is why she draws him for us and makes him speak, because she knows that he alone can be his best spokesperson.

    At the turn of each page we discover him in action, surrounded by his family, in his house, in his street, in his school, with the beautiful landscapes of his native country as a backdrop. We meet his friends and with them, his dreams and fears. Ahmad is there, in front of us, playful, intelligent, courageous, and poetic. We see him growing up in the tumultuous Iran of the 1980s. He became an adult, almost in spite of himself, probably too early, shaken by the violence of Khomeini’s dictatorial regime in Iran.

    From Ahmad’s hand we are entering the heart of the Iranian Resistance – that of the People’s Mojahedin. Early on in his twenties, he and his companions dream of a better future, without oppression, without fanaticism, without exclusion.

    And in this suffocating and misogynistic world of the mullahs, his heroes are his mother and sister: a sister who manages to escape from prison, a mother who dies under the persecution of the regime’s executioners.

    The story of the little prince in the land of the mullahs reveals to us, without any pretenses, the human tragedy facing millions of Iranians. With Ahmad, we can go through this tragedy, live it and try to understand why, so that the truth can no longer be hidden, so that justice can be done, and so that the liberation so long awaited by the Iranian people can happen.

    Ingrid Betancourt

     

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 7:28 pm on 22 Dec 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran News wire’s exclusive report on Iran’s uprising in 2018: Iranians want change. 

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    I read an interesting report on nationwide Iran protests in 2018 on the website of Iran News Wire. According to the report, 9357 protests occurred in cities throughout Iran in 2018, and almost all 80 million Iranians are strongly opposed to the religious dictatorship and want to overthrow it. I invite you to read this report. The author of the report is Adena Nima.

    Iran News Wire

    Kazeroun Protests

    2018 Iran protests report: Iranians want change

    Iran protests including rallies and nationwide strikes by various sectors of the society took an upward turn during 2018.

    The nationwide uprising that started on December 28, 2017 in the northeast city of Mashhad spread to almost all Iranian cities and continued into 2018.

    The demonstrators have one ultimate demand and that is an end to the current system that has ruled Iran with an iron fist for close to 40 years, destroying the economy and the environment.

    During the January 2018 protests, demonstrators chanted “death to dictator”, “death to Khamenei” (Iran’s so called “Supreme Leader”) and “Khamenei shame on you, let go of your rule”, which clearly indicates that Iranians seek an end to the regime.

    During 2018, various sectors of the Iranian society initially started their rallies in protest to the dire state of the economy, growing poverty, systematic government corruption, inflation and unemployment. But what started as economic protests quickly turned political and against the Islamic Republic and its leader, Ali Khamenei.

    The extent and the increase of the Iran protests indicates that almost all of the 80 million strong population opposes the ruling system, as Iranians blame the regime for Iran’s economic downfall and social harms.

     

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 11:33 am on 21 Dec 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    The Light Is Coming for the Iranian People. 

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    An example of fruits and nuts on a traditional tablecloth for the Yalda night in Iran

    I read on the website of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) about the Yalda night festival in Iran and the severe economic conditions in Iran and the widespread poverty of people who can not be happy at this national festival.
    In this article, referring to an article by Mr. Hassan Mahmoudi, human rights activist, has written the difficult situation of the Iranian people, and in the end, predicts a bright future.

    The arrival of winter in Iran is traditionally marked with the ancient Yalda festival, sometimes called Shab-e Chelleh (“the night of Chelleh”), held on December 21, the winter solstice and longest night of the year. This celebration, which comes from the indigenous Iranian faith Zoroastrianism, symbolises birth, the return of the sun, and the light’s victory over darkness.

    While Zoroastrians are not the dominant faith in Iran today, their traditions are widely followed by Iranians, with many gathering with friends and family to eat, read poetry, tell stories and jokes, and dance through the night.

    The celebration includes, as any good celebration does, a fine dinner involving nuts, fruits, and sweetmeats served on the traditional low table, commonly called a korsi, with a heater underneath and blankets on top.

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    But sadly, in 2018, this celebration will be less vibrant than in previous years due to the breakdown of the Iranian economy, thanks to the mullahs’ corruption and mismanagement, which has caused mass unemployment and poverty.

    One father of four from Esfahan (Isfahan), central Iran, said: “Yalda is just the darkest night for us now because we can buy nothing when a single pistachio is 1,000 toman (almost 8 U.S. cents, according to the global exchange rate). And this, while the Iranian nation’s wealth goes into war-mongering, in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, on ballistic missile production, and into the coffers of its corrupt officials.”

    Another man in Tehran said: “We are going to hold the Yalda traditional festival in shortage and contaminated water and with sandstorm weather.”

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    He explained that the Iranian economy was like a diseased person and the only cure was regime change, noting the mass arrests of striking workers in Ahvaz, who were taken from their homes in nighttime raids and taken to an unknown location.

    Hassan Mahmoudi, a human rights advocate specializing in economic issues relating to Iran, wrote: “This year’s Yalda festival for the Iranian people, with 40% under the severe poverty line, holds no meaning unless it signifies that they are indeed currently suffering the longest and darkest period of their lives and that better times are on their way.”

    In addition to the poor economic situation, the Iranian mullahs have also increased repression of the Yalda festival in recent years, on the pretext that it is anti-Islamic, including raiding private parties. Just a few years ago, the chief of the Cultural Heritage, Handcrafts and Tourism Organization banned Yalda tours.

     

     

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:42 pm on 18 Dec 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran Regime Leader Shows How Scared He Is of Overthrow in 2019. 

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    By Shahriar Kia

    Much of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s comments before senior regime figures in a December 12 meeting were focused on the very real possibility that in 2019 the people and their organised resistance, namely the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), would overthrow the mullahs.

    Khamenei is so scared of this that he has placed the Regime and its state security forces on high alert, something designed to unify the warring factions of the Regime against a common enemy: The Iranian people.

    These warnings spread across Iran during Friday prayers, with imams in various cities across Iran warning about the “enemy” and plots to overthrow the Regime next year.

    The Friday prayer imam of Asalem, northern Iran, said: “We must be very aware in 2019 because these threats in 2018 may be paving the paths for a much more powerful sedition next year… Experience shows that following the death of [regime founder Ruhollah Khomeini], the system has experienced a sedition once every ten years. Now we must be prepared for 2019.”

    That is true, the Iranian Regime has seen mass uprisings every ten years since Khomeini’s death in 1988, from the 1999 student uprising to the 2009 Green Revolution, and given the mass uprising that began at the start of 2018, it seems obvious that the mullahs do have something to fear.

    Gholam-Hossein Sedighi, the Friday prayer leader for Tehran said that the enemy wanted to “overthrow the state from day one [of the mullahs’ rule]”, while Ali Moalemi in Qaemshahr, northern Iran, claimed that the enemy is trying to “spread corruption” in Iran. To be clear, the Resistance has always wanted to remove the mullahs from power, but the corrupt individuals in Iran are the ones in the Regime.

    The Friday prayer leader for Ilam, western Iran, warned that the enemy had plans to disrupt Iran in December and January and the Friday prayer imam in Mashhad said that the enemy had “a plan for 2019”.

    While the Friday prayer leader for Kermanshah said: “The leader insisted to be aware of 2019 and the years afterwards. The enemies are hell-bent on carrying out conspiracies against the Islamic Republic in 2019. For years, operatives of the global arrogance have carried out plots against the Islamic Republic of Iran for years, seeking to bring an end to this Islamic state.”

    And yes, it’s very likely that the Resistance have plans to bring the Regime down in 2019. They haven’t exactly been hiding that they want the mullahs gone.

    Of course, it’s interesting that the mullahs continually refer to the Iranian people’s resistance as the enemy. This makes it clear that the uprising so far has shaken the mullahs, which is why Khamenei used the word “enemy” over 20 times in his remarks. They are trying to convince the Iranian people that this uprising in the work of outsiders, but the Iranian people know better.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:31 am on 18 Dec 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    UN General Assembly Adopts 65th Resolution Censuring Rights Abuses in Iran. 

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    Maryam Rajavi: Referring the regime’s crimes, especially the 1988 massacre, to the UN Security Council, is the Iranian people’s right and a prerequisite for peace

    Immunity of criminals who are holding some of the highest government positions, the regime has been assured that its crimes in other parts of the world will also go unanswered.

    Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, welcomed the adoption of the 65th UN resolution condemning the systematic and grave violations of human rights in Iran.

    She said the adoption of this resolution “once again confirmed that the regime blatantly tramples upon the Iranian people’s most fundamental rights in all political, social and economic spheres.” “The Iranian regime is in no way congruous with the 21st century and must be isolated by the world community,” Mrs. Rajavi noted.

    The UN resolution stresses the “alarmingly high frequency” of the use of the death penalty including against minors, “the widespread and systematic use of arbitrary detention,” poor prison conditions, “deliberately denying prisoners access to adequate medical treatment,” and “cases of suspicious deaths in custody.”

    Mrs. Rajavi reiterated, “Although the resolution fails to address many aspects of the inhumane crimes committed by Iran’s religious fascism, it leaves no doubt that this regime is the most brutal and aggressive violator of human rights in today’s world. The inaction of the international community against the crimes of this regime has emboldened it to continue and spread these crimes, the latest example of which has been the barbaric raids on the residences of the Steel workers of Ahvaz and the arrest of dozens of those who demand their minimum rights.”

    She added, “The impunity of perpetrators of the massacre of political prisoners in 1988, one of the most obvious examples of crimes against humanity after the Second World War, played a major role in encouraging the regime to continue its crimes against humanity. In particular, the regime leaders are either directly involved in or continue to defend this horrible crime and prevent disclosure of details such as the names of the victims and their burial grounds.”

    “The immunity of the regime’s leaders has not only led to more brutal violations of human rights, but has also assured them that their crimes in other parts of the world will also go unanswered. This has led to the expansion of the regime’s belligerence, fundamentalism and terrorism in the region and the world,” Mrs. Rajavi stressed.

    Mrs. Rajavi concluded, “Therefore, the international community should investigate the crimes of this regime, especially the 1988 massacre, and refer the dossier of these crimes to the UN Security Council. Ali Khamenei, Hassan Rouhani and other officials responsible for these crimes must be brought to justice. This is not only the right of the Iranian people, but also a prerequisite for peace and the fight against terrorism.”

    Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
    December 17, 2018

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 10:21 pm on 17 Dec 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Thousands Still Living in Tent Cities in Iran One Year After Quake 

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    Thousands Still Living in Tent Cities in Iran One Year After Quake

    Over a year on from a devastating 7.3 magnitude earthquake in Kermanshah, Iran that killed 600 people, injured 10,000 and left 70,000 homeless and the vast majority of those made homeless are still living in tents, despite the onslaught of brutal winter weather.

    Iranian media reports from November 2017, advise that over 103 apartments were damaged – in fact, the cost of the damage was estimated to be 11 times more than the annual budget of the province. The reason for the extent of the damage is that a lot of the homes constructed by the Regime for poorer people to live in were made with substandard materials so that the contractors could get away with as much profit as they could.

    But now, it appears the Regime have not learnt their lesson as the poor people of Kermanshah are still without adequate homes, forced to live in tents that fill with water every time it rains or snows and making doing with small electric heaters that do nothing.

    State-run news agency IRNA wrote on November 27 that many people are still lacking basic shelter, even though the city streets are full of rain and mud that has “penetrated the tents of the victims of the earthquake”, and that the residents are trying to negate the situation by “using plastic sheets and digging water channels”.

    The catastrophic situation of people in the earthquake-hit areas of Kermanshah a year after the earthquake of 7.3 magnitudes.

    This is something that is affecting the physical and mental health of survivors, from increasing their risk of disease to causing depression to take over the people.

    One survivor told the state-run newspaper Arman: “They were supposed to build homes for us, the shelter would be enough right now.”

    Of course, the Regime is singing a different tune. In October, Iranian regime president Hassan Rouhani claimed that “almost everybody” has returned to homes that were either rebuilt and fixed.

    This is likely an attempt to distract the international community from the crisis as it will be another reason why the mullahs should be removed from power. It is also worth noting that Salamat News, another state-run website, accused the Iranian Regime of severely underestimating the numbers of those dead in the 2017 earthquake.

    Worse still, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake has recorded this November, which injured more people – particularly the homeless – destroyed 600 more living places, and damaged another 3,500 places. It caused another $15 million worth of damages (based on a conversion rate of 150,000 rials to the US dollar).

     
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