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  • Masoud Dalvand 9:28 pm on 6 Dec 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    The Black Hole of Corruption and Embezzlement in Iran’s Regime 

    Institutionalized corruption and embezzlement have an inextricable link with the mullahs’ dictatorship in Iran. However, what is new is the courageous uprising of the Iranian youth, which has made the regime’s internal factions, in awe of the people’s rage, expose each other’s looting and point to the other faction as the cause of corruption.


    Speaking in Yazd recently, regime president Hassan Rouhani acknowledged the embezzlement of $975 million by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s faction, calling that faction the main culprit behind the current situation. He said: “I want the judiciary, which is now fighting cases of corruption ranging in the millions and billions, to explain to the people about the case of corruption that ranges in the tens of billions of dollars. It’s been a few years since a gentleman stole $2.7 billion of the people’s money and was arrested and sentenced to death, and he is now in jail, but what happened to the stolen money remains a mystery.” 

    Rouhani confessed to the billion-dollar theft of state funds in Yazd before his deputy, Eshaq Jahangiri, admitted that Khamenei’s faction had lost $22 billions of state funds: “Those who sold away $22 billion of state money to foreigners under the guise of weak exchange rates in Dubai and Istanbul should be ashamed of themselves, and those who took 17 trillion tomans in six weeks without authorization from central bank sources.” (state-run website Khabar Online, October 21, 2019) 

    Looters in a power struggle with each other 

    Hassan Rouhani‘s direct and frank confession to the regime’s billion-dollar theft of state funds has intensified the fight between the regime’s factions so far that its reflection can be seen abundantly on all the dominant and recessive media pages of the regime. Examples of looting cases include “Opening the black box for corruption”, “220 billion toman assistance by the Intelligence Minister’s in-law to a corrupt banker”, “starting a trial for a corrupt familial network over $150 million”, “presenting a power plant as bail for an economic defendant, “the discovery of the country’s largest money-laundering network,” “one billion euros of government currency is lost” and so on. 

    The confession of the Rouhani faction to large-scale unbelievable embezzlement was a reaction to Khamenei’s dominant regime, which had earlier exposed yet another corner of the embarrassing corruption of the mullahs’ regime by exposing the central bank’s $18 billion lootings of currency. Its case is open to the media in the factional feuding. 

    On September 11, 2019, a news agency affiliated to the Revolutionary Guards quoted a member of Khamenei’s faction as saying, “Introducing the chief responsible for the looting of $18 billion in the country’s currency”. The article accused Rouhani and Jahangiri of having a role in the looting of $18 billion and 60 tons of gold. It said the judiciary focuses on one percent of corruption in order to hide evidence of the other 99 percent. 

    In another example of these confessions, the state-owned trade newspaper Tejarat News carried a headline claiming that US dollars at the rate of 4200 tomans per dollar were lost in the bazaar. 

    In a panic of people’s anger 

    On the other hand, public anger and hatred of the corrupt system and the explosive potential of society are forcing some government media to publish new information on corruption and looting in some departments of the government in order to wipe out their polluted range of corruption.

    “In our political, economic system, which is based on institutional nesting, interest groups have been formed that can bridge from point to point and form a relationship. These communications and bridges help them use these parallel institutions to advance their affairs. That is why we find that when a person or group is involved in corruption, it tries to exonerate itself through another influential group or current or to save itself from punishment.” (state-run Aftab website, November 11, 2019) 

    In yet another example, the Javan Online website affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards on November 9, 2019, portrayed the institutionalized corruption in the corrupt mullahs’ rule: 

    “The emergence of network corruption in the country is the result of a link between wealth and power that has led to the emergence of a safe margin for corrupt individuals to the extent that it has created a systemic corruption mindset. Conviction of the President’s brother in a case of financial abuse, the arrest of the executive deputy in the judiciary, the footprint of two MPs in the case of selling thousands of cars, the presence of a deputy of a government agency selling meat imported off the legal network and … They are a clear link between wealth and power that has made the dragon of corruption in the country alive and well.” 

    A glance at some of the confessions made in the state media highlights the enormous dimensions of this corruption in the mullahs’ system: 

    – Entekhab website, November 28, 2019: “There is a case of the state broadcaster receiving $947 million which was lost, and it is unclear what it did with the money, or they bought $2.7 billion in foreign securities, but it has been blocked, and its fate is unclear. This is about the total amount of money that the government can get from raising gas prices.” 

    – Hamshahri daily, November 24, 2019: “The largest network fraud and money laundering gang in Golestan was identified and arrested with a 30 trillion toman transaction. The network, which had expanded its operations in various provinces, said that according to financial intelligence officials, the band had totaled about 30 trillion tomans over six years and had concentrated in three provinces of Golestan, Semnan, and Tehran. Fraudsters have pocketed huge profits by opening hundreds of bank accounts under false names. Also, the defendants had no property in their name for money laundering and tax evasion, and all property is in the name of others, but with their attorneys’ and confessions they received, all of their profits went into their pockets.”

    -Tasnim News Agency, October 2, 2019: “Abbas Irvani has stolen over 4 trillion tomans in the past ten years, including illegally acquiring more than 400 million tomans a year.” 

    – ISNA News Agency, May 11, 2019: “$30 billion of the total $40 billion of exported currency has not entered the country, either in commodities or in any other way.” 

    It is clear that the state media’s acknowledgment of the enormous scale of corruption by the Iranian regime’s mafia factions these days is due to the continued heroic uprising and intensified hostilities of the regime’s factions by the media and the leaders. 

    Such looting and corruption will undoubtedly be eliminated only with the overthrow of the religious dictatorship in Iran. 

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 10:22 pm on 1 Dec 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    The Role of Khamenei's Military in the Collapse of the Iranian Economy 

    Preface  

    On November 15, 2019, an uprising erupted in Iran and quickly spread to over 187 cities. These protests were triggered after the regime increased the gas price. During these protests, the Iranian people torched many banks and financial institutions across Iran.


    At first glance, it might look odd or even violent. Yet, if we take a closer look at this issue, we could see that these banks and financial institutions are affiliated to the regime’s different organizations and help this regime to continue plundering the Iranian people and money laundry. In other word they are centers of corruption. In this article, we intend to show how Iran’s regime is using banks, financial institutions, and even enterprises for plundering national wealth and funding domestic oppression and terrorism abroad. 

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    In pursuit of its privatization policy, the Office of the Iranian regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei began its economic activities through the Khatam al-Anbiya base; at the same time, it worked with other repressive military departments under the banner of combating sanctions and achieving economic prosperity, but which involved confiscation of public property. 

    An investigation of the progress of Khamenei’s privatization shows the privatization policy performance about the outsourced enterprises under the same heading is as follows in just 11 years until the end of 2011: 

    Ranked # 1: The non-state public sector, with 35.78%, holds the largest share of the current value of these firms (non-state public sector, i.e., executive, armed forces, foundations, and their affiliates). 

    Second place: the public sector with a share of 25.27% 

    Third place: the co-operative and equity sector, with a share of 21.11% (these are also mainly affiliated with Khamenei’s office and repressive forces). 

    Fourth place: private sector with a 4.91% share. (Source: Business Weekly March 13, 2015) 

    While the Office of the Supreme Leader and its levers (executive office, armed forces, foundations) have acquired nearly 2% of the businesses surveyed above, due to their almost absolute influence overall information, legislative and decision-making processes. They also have a significant amount of annual budget, practically hegemonic and quantitative over other areas of the Iranian economy. 

    “In terms of revenue, the performance of the petrochemical industry in 2017 shows that $12 billion of foreign exchange products came into the country as the industry’s share in the stock market traded,” said Behzad Mohammadi, a member of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and CEO of the National Petrochemical Company, on January 2, 2019. (The Gulf Petrochemical Company to provide financial support to the Revolutionary Guards and the Army for providing ballistic missile and program Nuclear support sanctions were imposed in 2019).

     

    Holdings of the military in the ownership of the Supreme Leader’s power center 

    The Revolutionary Guards (IRGC): 

    IRGC from Saipa: 17%, totaling $ 3 billion 

    IRGC shares of Behshar Industrial Investment Company: 16%, $ 565 million 

    Kerman Petrochemical Corps shares: 25%, or $250 million. 

    These three alone make up about $4 billion. 

    The regime’s army has also set up various economic institutions in recent years, including Hekmat Bank, Qawamin Bank, Qaem Building, Spadana Industrial Group factories, and the Saba Insurance Foundation. 

    Department of Defense: 

    In the factional feuding, following the Hassan Rouhani’s protest over the regime’s “Power of Government with a gun”, the then Minister of Defense, Brigadier General Hatami told the state-run daily Iran on August 25, 2018, “The ministry has shut down more than 130 companies that have engaged in economic activity, and Wagon Pars has lost its stake in Iran Air Tour. 

    To get a picture of the new structure of the Iranian economy under the rule of religious dictatorship, the list of firms belonging to the regime’s armed forces is briefly presented, with their collections and substrates. 

    NAJA Cooperative Foundation affiliated with law enforcement 

    The regime’s police force, known as NAJA, was formed in 1991 by merging the police, gendarmerie, and suppressive force of the Islamic Revolutionary Committee and is now formally the primary security force in the Iranian regime. 

    The Naja Cooperative Foundation is a law enforcement agency but is overseen by the Interior Ministry. 

    The Naja cooperative is one of the largest holding companies in the country today. It expanded after Khamenei’s interpretation of Article 44 of the Constitution in 2005. In 2014, state-run media estimated the cooperative’s real capital at more than $787 million. (Payesh Press website, September 24, 2014) 

    Criminal guards and suppressive police commanders 

    Each of the provinces of the country is considered to be a police district, and the subordinate cities of each province are law enforcement districts. (Greater Tehran Police Command is the capital of the country and is a police district). 

    The law enforcement force, established in 1991 as a national police force, has played an essential role in serving the regime in suppressing all uprisings and carrying out arrests, torture, and killing of the irate Iranian people.

    An economic giant of the Naja Cooperative Foundation affiliated with law enforcement 

    The essential looters of the regime after the institution known as the Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order (EIKO) are: 

    • Astan Qods is one of the three economic giants of Iran with production and supply of more than 300 types of agricultural, industrial, dairy and financial, service, technical, commercial enterprises, and ownership of at least 400,000 hectares of agricultural land. 
    • Khatam al-Anbia base and the NAJA Cooperative Foundation, which are under the control of the IRGC and law enforcement. 

    The regime’s police force, directly involved in the killing and suppression of the regime, entered into real estate, hotel ownership, and business as a reward from Khamenei. Several law enforcement companies and assets include: 

    Holding Civil and Sustainable Structural Housing of the Century 

    Fifty-one companies own the holding, including “Civil Engineering and Manufacturing,” “Amin Saviors,” “Tehran Gostar Wire Industries,” “Steel and Vineyard Wire,” “Greenspan Manufacturers” and “Construction and Housing of Sustainable Space Workspace of the Century.” 

    Holding a business called Dynamic Capital Power 

    Includes Najm & Chit-Ray Shop, Naji Pas Company, and Tavan Aqaf Company. 

    Holding Industry and Mine 

    Includes Savi Nash Publishing (Tomorrow’s Way), Savi Coating, Zagros Nosh Mehregan, Natanz Arsen Cement, Asia Wool, and Kish Bio Implant. 

    Campus Hotels Group Foundation 

    The Foundation has hotels in most of the major cities of Iran including: 

    Owner of Samen al-Hajj hotels throughout Iran 

    Bakhtar Hotel, Sadr Hotel, Negin Hotel, Emerald Hotel, and Parsa Hotel in Mashhad 

    Bustan Hotel, Baghcheh Hotel, and Pardis Bagh Hotel in Tehran 

    Molla Sadra Hotel in Shiraz 

    Beautiful Narges Hotel in Rasht 

    Khazarabad Complex in Sari 

    Abadan Caravanserai Hotel 

    Production and Distribution Cooperative of Jasmine Perfume 

    Includes ten companies, including the JAS Lawyer & Lawyer. 

    Law enforcement and their affiliated companies: 

    Holding services 

    Freight holding 

    Car Import Company ـ Megamall, Hypiromy & Jasmine (Supermarket) 

    Savior Research & Development Co. (including Laleh Computer) 

    The Persian Gulf energy development horizon 

    ـ Mosque Development Office 

    Naji Ghadr Company (including “Marine Facilities Engineering and Development Company”) 

    Saviour’s Travel Company (including Tokator Travel Agency and Asiaghat West Agency) 

    Pars Hotels Investment Company 

    Bank of Qavvamin with a capital of $850 million 

    The regime’s law enforcement agency first launched the law enforcement fund, and in 2000, during the first term of Mohammad Khatami’s presidency, named it the “Law Enforcement Savings and Loan Institution.” 

    After two years, in March 2002, he obtained a license from the Central Bank and transformed the institution into “Qavvamin Bank.” 

    Law enforcement agencies and banks are mainly under the control and activity of the IRGC commanders. 

    Qavvamin Bank’s capital increased from $350 million to $ 850 million in six months. 

    The spread of corruption in the banking system of the mullahs is a dimension that has brought almost all institutions and bodies into the banking arena independent of the greed and plunder of people’s property. Until now, this widespread aqueduct of the corrupt mullahs’ system will not remain unblemished. 

    Therefore, the law-enforcement force that plays a significant role in suppressing the streets, like the Revolutionary Guards and the army, has established a bank, and Qavvamin Bank has entered new markets such as insurance and stock markets. 

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 10:31 am on 14 Nov 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Astan-e Quds Razavi (AQR), , Iran Corruption, , NGO, ,   

    Iran’s NGOs Used for Terrorism 

    The Iranian regime uses the non-governmental organization Astan-e Quds Razavi (AQR) to recruit terrorists, find Westerners willing to spy on their country and pay for its fundamentalist agenda, largely because it has no kind of monitoring or financial audit, according to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). 

    This scheme is hidden behind the cloak of a religious organization raising money to protect the shrine of Shiite Islam’s 8th leader, Imam Reza, to prevent the world from connecting AQR to the Regime’s nefarious activities and allow it to operate in plain sight. But the NCRI has exposed it in this latest report, noting how the AQR was vital to the recruitment of former the United States Air Force intelligence officer Monica Witt as a spy for Iran and how it provides financial, material and logistical support to Iran-backed terrorist groups across the Middle East.

    AQR, which is one of four NGOs that control 60% of Iran’s wealth, is exempt from tax, even though it employs tens of thousands of people, owns 50 large companies, has land worth $20 billion, and has large stakes in Iran’s aqueducts, oil rigs, railroads, and mines. 

    Recruiting spies 

    AQR is one of the major financiers of the New Horizon seminars and meetings, which are used to recruit foreign agents for the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ (IRGC) Quds Force. Agents who will provide security intelligence from Western countries to Iran, which could be used for terror attacks against Western countries, and spread propaganda against the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), which will be used to justify terror attacks against the MEK. 

    Witt, who now goes by Fatemeh Zahra, was one of those Western agents who was invited to a “Hollywoodism” conference in January 2012 and radicalized. By August 2013, she had moved to Iran to continue her work for the regime, providing the mullahs with classified information, including the real names of US intelligence sources. 

    Witt has a US arrest warrant out for her and faces 18 charges, including espionage, fraud, aiding and abetting a foreign state. 

    Terrorism 

    AQR is also a massive sponsor of Iran-backed terrorism around the world. 

    Its leaders, including current judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi, have often met with top Hezbollah officials, like Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah and Imad Mughniyeh, the second-in-command and Hezbollah’s former military commander. Raisi also visited Abdul Amir Qablan, the Lebanese head of the Shi’ite’s Assembly, and Akram al-Kaabi, the leader of the Iraqi Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba, while an AQR delegation met Qais al-Khazali, leader of the terrorist group of Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq in Iraq. 

    All of these meetings happened in 2019 alone. 

    The NCRI wrote: “The truth is that under the mullah’s regime, there is no non-governmental organization. All official institutions in Iran are either created by the regime or have been seized for its evil purposes, as in the case of Astan-e Quds Razavi… The Iranian regime uses foundations such as Astan-e Quds to circumvent sanctions and fund its oppressive and terrorist policies Subsequent to the blacklisting of the IRGC and the expansion of US sanctions aimed at cutting off the regime’s economic resources, the regime has utilized AQR and similar entities to circumvent the sanctions and to finance its repressive and terrorist policies. It is the time that Astan-e Quds Razavi and similar organizations and their business counterparties be sanctioned to prevent this regime from using the people’s wealth to continue operating.”

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:38 am on 16 Sep 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Imposing sanctions on Iran’s regime is the best option 

    Sanctions against Iran’s regime

    The necessity to impose economic sanctions on the Iranian regime, its officials and oppressive institution and forces, particularly the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), is not only against Iran’s national interests, but in fact it is in the benefit of the Iranian people and prevents this corrupted regime to waste people’s wealth on terrorism. in order to stop the Iranian regime from further domestic human rights violation, export of terrorism abroad and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, it is necessary to target its financial sources.

    A glance at the Iranian regime’s black record of destructing the Iranian economy for the purposes of its warmongering and terrorist activities, for four decades, Confirms this opinion.

     The following facts show only part of the destructive performance of this regime and its repressive institutions, especially the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), in destroying the resources and assets of the Iranian people.

    – Most of the oil exploitation and petrochemical projects in large echelon in Iran, belong to the IRGC and its front companies and institutions, which are ran by the current or retired IRGC Generals. The IRGC usually wins the biggest projects in auctions by placing the highest bid via its front companies.

    – IRGC’s Khatam al-Anbia base controls most of the dam, road and construction . without minimum scientific calculations or geographical features of the various regions of the country, and for the sole purpose of profit they built dams and carried out other projects around the country that have caused irreparable damage to the environment, people and farmers in various provinces. This includes drying up lakes, lagoons and The rivers in Khuzestan, Isfahan, Fars and other provinces.

    The IRGC has created several private credit institutions, plundring savings of average Iranian people with false promises of profitability, high profits or investing in the construction of housing and business units; after plundering people, they close, run away with money. the plundered people of the IRGC-linked Caspien institution and many other institutions daily protests is an example.

    • Iran’s highly disputed nuclear program and its long-sought project of acquiring a nuclear bomb, has costs billions of dollars, at cost of the Iranian people’s poverty.

    –  IRGC’s missile project and the construction of various tunnels and underground sites for ballistic missiles to pose threats to other countries has costed billions of dollars.

    – The export of terrorism to Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Afghanistan and other Middle Eastern countries  through its proxy groups and spending billions of dollars, including its yearly hundreds of billions of dollars funding of Hezbollah in Lebanon, supporting the Bashar-al-Assad‘s government via sending Quds Force mercenaries to Syria including the  Afghan Fatimid and Pakistani Zeinabion brigades or Iraqi mercenary brigades, meddling in Iraq by creating the Hashd al-Sha’abi militias and active support for the Houthis in Yemen.

    – Controlling country’s economic institutes under the direct supervision of the Supreme Leader of the “Imam’s Executive Committee” with more than $ 200 billion capital. Meanwhile the majority of Iranians are crushing below the poverty line.

    – The widespread corruption of regime leaders and agents at all levels, in plundering people’s money and storing them in private banks and fleeing to foreign countries. Banks in Iran serve the Iranian regime’s interests in plundering people and huge embezzlements of regime’s authorities.

    The effect on the Iranian people and Iran’s economy

    Iran’s inflation rate in the 12-month period ending July 2019 stands at 40.4 percent, according to the Statistical Center of Iran.

    The state-run SCI also reported on July 24 that Iran’s point-to-point inflation rate, which reflects price increase compared to the same time in the previous year, has reached 48 percent.

    The SCI added that in June, the point-to-point inflation rate was 50.4 percent.

    The report further highlighted huge price hikes for food items in Iran.

    It said the price of meat has risen 95.4 percent. The price of bread is up 44.2 percent. Dairy products and eggs are up 60.2 percent.

    In an interview with the state-run ISNA news agency April 21,2018, Eshagh Jahangiri, the regime’s first vice president, said: “The issue of Kazeroon should be resolved, people cannot come to the streets every day, and there are some people who are taking advantage of this issue to pursue their slogans. The issue of Yazd, Zayandehrood and Khuzestan is like the single exchange rate issue and these issues should not turn into a crisis and continue… We should not allow problems to become political, social and security challenges.

    Conclusion:

    These facts, once again underline this reality it is in fact the Iranian regime that suffers from the international sanctions, lifting sanctions won’t affect the Iranian people’s lives, indeed helps the Iranian regime to continue oppressing them, fuels the war machine of the IRGC and emboldens this regime to further export of terrorism via plundering national wealth.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:20 am on 11 Jul 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran’s petrochemical industry fueling the regime’s terrorism drive 

    Iran’s petrochemical industry; The terrorism cash cow

    Following U.S. sanctions against the Iranian regime’s largest and most profitable petrochemical companies for their connections with the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), al-Hayat daily cited revelations made by the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

    “Petrochemical industry serving IRGC terrorism and Iranian intelligence” is the title of a June 9 al-Hayat article citing NCRI revelations. The Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) is the mullahs’ main intel/spying apparatus.

    “The NCRI, long calling for a full oil and arms embargo on Iran, says Tehran relies on profits from its oil and petrochemical product sales to financially fuel its terrorism and warmongering. The petrochemical branch consists of numerous companies working to provide the regime’s annual budget. The large majority of the petrochemical industry is under the control of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC). Various petrochemical experts inside Iran are estimating that 90 percent of the petrochemical industry is controlled by Khamenei himself.

    The “Setad Ejraiye Farmane Hazrate Emam” – Headquarters for Executing the Order of the Imam – is active under Khamenei’s direct supervision. From 1999 forward, [Iran] established a firm by the name of the Tadbir Economic Development Group, consisting of a large number of petrochemical companies and has control over a large portion of Iran’s petrochemical industry.

    The Persian Gulf Petrochemical Company is known as Iran’s largest petrochemical complex and the most profitable. This company is in charge of providing the funding necessary to the IRGC’s financial arm, known as Fort Khatam. This is the largest IRGC financial institution.

    The Persian Gulf Petrochemical Company is the largest holding company in Iran, consisting of 15 petrochemical firms. This company was launched back in 1991 under a different name and as a subsidiary of the National Iranian Petrochemical Company. According to a 2009 Majlis (parliament) resolution, the Persian Gulf Petrochemical Company, receiving shares of other petrochemical companies, became a holding firm controlling around 40 percent of the country’s petrochemical industry.

    Iraq was the endpoint of a large portion of Iran’s ordered petrochemical products in 2018 while transportation documents cite Turkey or other countries. This allows Iranian regime exporters to claim exports to Iraq were in the Iranian currency, the rial, and transfer only a portion of the profits to Iran in rials, while the main profits are held in foreign banks and used to fuel Tehran’s terrorism drive.

    Al-Hayat also published a list of petrochemical companies and groups active under Khamenei and the IRGC. These companies were previously unveiled by the NCRI.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:30 pm on 14 Nov 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran’s Devastating Earthquake Sparks Criticism of Regime’s Response 


    NCRI Staff

    NCRI — Recently, severe, random earthquakes have occurred across the globe. On Sunday evening a 7.3 Richter quake hit the Iran-Iraq border. Iran’s official IRNA news agency reports that at a minimum, 530 people were killed and more than 8,000 injured. Tens of thousands of homes and apartments were leveled.

    However, casualty statistics may be well beyond those reported by the media, according to Farhad Tajari, a member of Iran’s parliament from Ghasr Shireen, a town in western Iran that suffered enormous damage.

    Iran lies on several tectonic plates, and after an earthquake, the Iranian people suffer extreme conditions. In fact, 152 aftershocks continued to cause serious damage during the first 24 hours after the initial quake. 526 villages and 137,000 people in Iran’s Kermanshah province are facing grave danger.

    Sarpol Zahab is the most devastated town. It is located close to the Iraqi border. Authorities report that the quake has destroyed many buildings in this poverty stricken town.

    50% of the province’s schools have suffered serious damage according to reports, said the Head of the state Public Relations Office in Kermanshah.
    “My entire family of 20 people, including 15 kids, are all sitting in our cars,” Nosser in Sarpol Zahab told ILNA. “Our fuel is very low. They haven’t provided any tents or kerosene. We are freezing from the cold. There is no food.” YouTube reports from this town describe dire conditions.

    Although there are still no reports from many villages, many say that officials of the Iranian regime have failed to take proper actions.

    Heshmat Alavi a political and rights activist focusing on Iran and the Middle East writes in his article for Forbes, writes, “The reaction shown to each earthquake by the ruling regime in Iran is far different from its counterparts across the globe. Media censorship, excruciating delay in sending even minimum support and imposing a tight security atmosphere to quell any possible sign of unrest is Tehran’s response to such natural disasters.”

    Reports indicate that in another Iranian border town, Ghasr Shireen, the governor complained that tents had not been distributed to the earthquake victims. “The weather is not good and people need to sleep in tents because of the aftershocks. But I don’t know why there is no sign of the Red Crescent,” Akbar Akbari said.

    It is reported that approximately 90% of residential homes in the town of Thalath Baba Jani have suffered 50 to 100% destruction. There are 161 villages in this region, and close to 70% of the village homes have been destroyed, Akbari added.

    Hospitals in western Iran are said to be unable to provide care to the huge number of casualties, as well, there is a shortage of ambulances.

    Antonio Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General, expressed his grief and urgently called for action to provide care for the earthquake victims.

    Maryam Rajavi, leader of the Iranian opposition, sent her condolences to her compatriots and asked the local youth, especially, to “rush to the aide of people in the quake-stricken areas and help those trapped under the wreckage.”

    Iran’s capital, Tehran, with a population of 15 million, is a prime target for devastating earthquake damage. The city “is only ten percent prepared for a possible earthquake,” according to remarks made by the Iranian regime’s own Crisis Management Organization chief. He added that more than 80% of the country is prone to natural disasters.

    The earthquake on Sunday reminded the region of another dangerous aspect of Iran’s controversial nuclear program.


    Originally published at http://www.ncr-iran.org.

     
    • bluemoone 9:33 am on 15 Nov 2017 Permalink

      So many people need help and their government could so easily help them but doesn’t. The UN could help but moving fast is not their thing.

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    • bluemoone 9:35 am on 15 Nov 2017 Permalink

      Maybe USAR or INSARAG?

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    • Masoud Dalvand 10:10 am on 15 Nov 2017 Permalink

      Exactly you’re right, unfortunately Iran regime is a brutal dictatorship that even in these events just try to crackdown of people , you know Iran regime doesn’t allow to foreign reporters to visit of region of earthquake because they fear of reaction of people… aid to people, is not delivering of aids through of this regime, but people must send their aids independently and directly to the people of the damaged of the earthquake.

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    • bluemoone 2:05 am on 23 Nov 2017 Permalink

      If there’s information you’d like me to pass around, a better way for people to help the earthquake victims, send it my way.

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    • Masoud Dalvand 7:49 am on 23 Nov 2017 Permalink

      Thank you Danielle. Inform others is the best you can do.

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    • bluemoone 8:19 am on 23 Nov 2017 Permalink

      I try

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    • Masoud Dalvand 8:23 am on 23 Nov 2017 Permalink

      Thank you, you are great!

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    • bluemoone 8:24 am on 23 Nov 2017 Permalink

      And you’re very kind 😊

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  • Masoud Dalvand 9:31 am on 17 Feb 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran: 4 Day Protests in Ahwaz ,”Death to tyranny”, “death to repression” 

    The crises that emerge in Khuzestan province in the south of Iran is just the latest contribution of neglect from the clerical regime. After years of exploitation of the province’s natural resources the province who once was one of the most fertile areas in Iran has turned into a dessert.

    On February 11 this year a number of power stations failed and water and electricity in the most major cities of the province were cut off. This is a result of years of neglected maintenance on the powerplant and water stations. The regime also redirected the river’s Karoon and Karkheh turning the province into a dessert. The excessive building of dams and the oil ministry’s use of cheap and quick methods of oil extraction have dried up the ponds and lakes in the area including the famous Hoor al-Azim wetland and Shadegan lagoon.

    This has turned into a national crisis that must be taken seriously by the regime, unfortunately, it is the conduct of the regime that is behind this crises. The people of Ahwaz has finally had enough of the exploitation from the regime and has taken to the streets to protest this injustice. There is no doubt that the reason for this crises is in Tehran, it is a direct consequence of the bad governing by the clerical regime. This is yet another evidence that the regime is expired and must be replaced with a government that is putting the preservation of the natural environment as a priority. Maybe the area can be saved if immediate action is taken to save it.

    Also, the residents of the area suffer when the environment is suffering, starvation and different diseases are the results of, no access to clean water. This area was once the food basket of southern Iran but the mullahs have slowly turned into a dessert.

    The Iranian mullahs regime is the source of all the acute problems that have caused frequent water and power cut-offs and led to unemployment and various diseases, MRS Rajavi said. She also pointed out: one cannot expect the mullahs the regime’s leaders and officials provide any solutions.

    The solution lies in the people’s escalation of protests and uprising to overthrow the regime, there will be no change before there is a regime change in Iran.

    The people of Ahwaz have had enough of the regime, for the third day in a row they are out in the streets shouting “death to tyranny” “death to repression”, “we, the people of Ahwaz, won’t accept oppression”, “incompetent officials must be expelled”, “impostor Ebtekar, resign, resign”, “clean air is our right, Ahwaz is our city”, “shame on the state security force”, and “ unite, unite”, it is now time for all of Iran to unite to overthrow the dictators in Tehran they have done enough harm to the Iranian people, people deserve to live in freedom and democracy, that will never happen if the mullahs is ruling.

    Source:  4 Day Protests in Ahwaz,”Death to tyranny”, “death to repression” — Freedom Lovers 4 Syria & Iran

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 8:48 pm on 29 Jan 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Iran Corruption, , Plasco Building   

    Iran’s Plasco Catastrophe: Who Is Responsible? 

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    By reading this article,you will gain  useful information about the depth of corruption in the religious dictatorship ruling Iran.

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    Iran Commentary

    The horrific inferno that engulfed Tehran’s iconic Plasco building, rendering a heartbreaking scene of a 20-story building crumbling to the ground, and accidentally broadcasted live on state TV, came as a catastrophic shock for all Iranians.

    To add to the pain, dozens of brave firemen who rushed to the scene ultimately sacrificed their lives in an effort to save their brethren. And amazingly, the Iranian regime refuses to provide an exact number of firefighters who perished in a disaster that should have prevented. Reports have circled of 30 and up to 75 losing their lives in this tragedy.

    Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi “extended her condolences to the people of Tehran and particularly the families of the victims on this tragic loss and urged Tehran’s residents to rush to the aid of the injured.”

    This incident has terrified the mullahs’ regime as all Iranians realized the predictable and preventable nature…

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