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  • Masoud Dalvand 9:09 pm on 10 Sep 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Terrorism; Iran’s Regime 4-Decade Blackmailing Tool 

    Iran’s Regime Terrorism

    For years, Iran’s regime has incessantly used terrorism as a blackmailing tool and has never ceased it. Its recent seizure of the British oil tanker and its continued support of the vicious Bashar al-Assad regime and terrorist groups such as Hezbollah, Hamas and Houthis, proves the fact that terrorism is institutionalized within this regime. Is the regime’s terrorism limited to its neighboring countries?  Is it simply against its dissidents? What is solution? These are the questions we intend to answer in this article.

    Iran’s terrorism and assassinations of its political opponents

    Iran’s regime has not only oppressed its opponents inside Iran but has carried out dozens of terrorist plots abroad against them, particularly in Europe. The most recent example was a failed bombing plot in Paris, France, in 2018 against the annual “Free Iran” gathering of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, NCRI. The attack was planned by the diplomats of the regime in Europe.

    The regime’s embassies in Europe, are proven to be centers of terrorism and espionage and have played a key role in Iran’s assassinations.

    On April 24, 1990, in Geneva, several agents of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security of Iran murdered in broad daylight, Prof. Kazem Rajavi, the representative of the NCRI in Switzerland.

    Rajavi’s assassination required enormous resources, extensive planning, and coordination among several of the regime’s organizations. After thorough investigations, Roland Chatelaine, the Swiss magistrate in charge of the case, and Swiss judicial and police officials confirmed the role of Iran’s government under Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, then-president of the regime, and the participation of thirteen official agents of the Iranian regime who had used “service passports” to enter Switzerland for their plot.

    A partial list of terrorist attacks conducted by the Iranian regime abroad include the following:

    • Assassination Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou, the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic party, in Vienna, Austria, in 1989
    • The assassination of Shapour Bakhtiar, the last Prime Minister of the Shah regime, in Suresnes, France 1991
    • The assassination of Kurdish opposition leaders in Berlin, Germany, in 1992
    • The kidnapping and mutilation of Ali Akbar Ghorbani, MEK member, in Turkey, in 1992
    • The assassination of Mohammad Hossein Naghdi, NCRI member, in Rome, Italy, in 1993
    • The assassination of Zahra Rajabi, NCRI member, in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1996

    Iran’s use of terrorism as a blackmailing tool

    the Iranian regime has a long history of attempting to carry out terrorist operations in foreign countries for putting pressure on the western governments to pursue the policy of appeasement.

    An example is the bombing of the barracks of U.S. Marines in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1983 which was conducted by the Revolutionary Guards Corps, IRGC.

    Four years later, on July 20, 1987, Mohsen Rafiqdoust, the former IRGC Minister, officially stated, “Americans know that the explosive that combined with that ideology and sent 400 American soldiers and officers to hell, both the ideology and the explosive material came from Iran.”

    to the long list of regime’s terrorist activities, we could add: The Khobar towers in Saudi Arabia in the mid-90s, and the Jewish community in Argentina in 1994.

    Iran’s regime also takes foreign nationals as hostages and uses them as bargaining chips to put pressure on their countries of origin. This practice continues to this day.

    What is the solution?

    After reviewing Iran’s regime history of terrorism, it becomes clear that this regime will continue its terrorism, unless firmly confronted.

    Recent approach of the European countries and their persistence on the appeasement policy only emboldens this regime to continue its nefarious activities. Europe should realize that the Iranian regime’s terrorism is not limited to Iranian dissidents—it also threatens European countries and their citizens.

    But the main question is: Does terrorism show the Iranian regime’s strength or is a sign of weakness? It is clear that a popular, pluralistic and well-established government never seeks terrorism or destabilizing other countries. The actions of Iran’s regime are desperate moves to export its internal problems abroad and continue is blackmailing campaign.

    The solution lies in standing firm against the Iranian regime’s state-sponsored terrorism.

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  • Masoud Dalvand 10:25 am on 2 Aug 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Demonstration by 3000 Iranians in London 

    On Saturday, July 27, 2019, some 3000 Iranians demonstrated on the streets of central London and demanded comprehensive sanctions against the mullahs’ regime and the terrorist listing of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), the Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) and the Office of the Supreme Leader. They supported the Iranian Resistance and its president-elect, Maryam Rajavi, and her 10-point plan for the future of Iran.

    They emphasized that while the clerical regime was at risk of being overthrown by the people and the Resistance, the Ministry of Intelligence and the terrorist IRGC Quds Force, more than ever, try to demonize the Iranian Resistance through “mullah-friendly reporters” in various countries especially in the UK in publications such as The Guardian, by spreading fake news. But investing on this faltering regime is doomed to fail. Appeasing the mullahs, the most important source of terrorism and warmongering in the region and in the world, on the pretext of preventing war is as harmful and dangerous as the 1938 agreement with Hitler.

    Mrs. Rajavi told the demonstrators: “Your demonstration today in London, marks the peak of a series of Free Iran rallies taken place over the past one-and-a-half months in Brussels, Washington D.C., Berlin, and Stockholm. It is also an extension of the Iranian Resistance’s 5-day annual gatherings, two weeks ago, at Asharf-3.”

    Demonstration of 3000 Iranians in London

    She added peace and freedom peace and freedom can only be earned through fighting the mullahs’ religious dictatorship. This is in diametric opposition to the proponents of appeasement who defend the regime under the guise of peace. The result of the policy of appeasement, the clampdown on the PMOI, and overlooking the violations of human rights in Iran in the nuclear deal can be seen in the regime’s attacks on shipping in the Persian Gulf, jeopardizing regional and international security and its terrorist and espionage operations in Europe and the United States.

    Emphasizing that the mullahs understand no language except the language of force and firmness, Mrs. Rajavi called on Britain and Europe to halt giving concessions to the mullahs, to not help them decrease the sanctions, and to place the IRGC and the MOIS, Khamenei’s office and Hassan Rouhani on the terror list, and instead of shaking hands with the religious fascism, to stand on the side of the people of Iran for regime change… She specifically urged the new UK government to support human rights and to take action to send an international fact-finding mission to Iran to visit the regime’s prisons and the political prisoners particularly, the women.

    “The ruling regime is surrounded by an impatient nation confident that her liberation will not be realized unless the mullahs are overthrown. The clerical regime has no more strength or resources and is struggling in a quagmire which will lead to its overthrow. The era of religious fascism is coming to an end; Iran will be free,” Mrs. Rajavi concluded.

    Prominent politicians such as Matthew Offord MP, chairman of the British Committee for Iran Freedom; Struan Stevenson, coordinator of the Campaign for Iran Change; Senator Catherine Noone, Deputy Leader of the Irish Senate; Jim Higgins, former Member of the European Parliament; Senator Gerry Horkan of Ireland; Roger Godsiff MP; Paulo Casaca, former MEP; Brian Binley, former MP; Roger Lyons, former President of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in the United Kingdom, members of The Law Society of England and Wales, Dr. Mohammad al-Sheikhli, jurist and lawyer of the People’s Mojahedin in Ashraf; Mrs. Dowlat Nowrouzi, the representative of the National Council of Resistance of Iran in the UK; and the NCRI’s Hossein Abedini spoke at the rally.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 8:19 am on 20 Jul 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Free Iran March for freedom in Stockholm on July 20, to urge European government to end appeasement towards Iran’s regime. 

    Supporters of the main democratic Iranian opposition group to the mullahs’ regime, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), also known as the Mujahedin e Khalq (MEK), will rally in Stockholm on Saturday to urge European government to end their appeasement policy towards the mullahs’ dictatorship in Iran and instead recognize the right of Iranian people to overthrow their dictators.

    Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK) supporters in Europe and the United States are urging world powers to impose sanctions on the mullahs’ regime in Iran. The MEK supporters are in particular demanding sanctions against the Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani.

    The MEK supporters in Sweden support opposition leader Maryam Rajavi’s 10-point plan for a future free and democratic Iran.

    The MEK supporters will say that any government that partners with Iran’s regime to circumvent sanctions is complicit in preserving an inhumane dictatorship. Imposing sanctions on the mullahs’ regime aids the people of Iran in their struggle against this dictatorship, the MEK supporters will say.

    The International community, and specifically the EU, must recognize that resistance is the Iranian people’s right to establish the sovereignty of the people of Iran, the MEK supporters will say in the demonstration in the Swedish capital on Saturday, July 20, 2019.

    Prominent Swedish dignitaries and lawmakers are scheduled to speak at Saturday’s march and rally.

    The march is being held against a backdrop of international tensions over the Iranian regime’s violations of the 2015 international nuclear deal and its recent spate of terrorist attacks in the region.

    The march by supporters of the MEK (PMOI) will follow ‘Free Iran’ marches in June and July by MEK supporters in BerlinBrussels and Washington in solidarity with the anti-regime protests that have rocked Iran since December 2017.

    The Iranian opposition held its annual ‘Free Iran’ conference on July 13, 2019 at ‘Ashraf 3’, the headquarters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq, MEK or PMOI) in Albania. Hundreds of lawmakers, officials and dignitaries from around the world flocked to Albania to join the 2019 Free Iran conference.

    Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi was the event’s keynote speaker.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:56 am on 19 Jul 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Understanding the Current State of the Iranian Regime 

    Crises are engulfing the regime ruling Iran

    These days, the fascist regime ruling Iran is in the worst state of its 40-year history, surrounded by a multitude of political, social and economic crises. Iranian officials are regularly confessing to their regime’s deadlock and their incapacity to find a way out.

    In contrast, the Iranian resistance and the people of Iran are gaining momentum with every passing day, especially after putting behind one of the greatest political acts of their history.

    In this short piece, we will briefly examine the current status of the Iranian regime.

    To understand the current state of the Iranian regime and its supreme leader Ali Khamenei, one must not listen to the official statements of the regime’s officials and its media. The real state of the regime is reflected in undisclosed discussions and developments that are happening within the regime.

    Iranian regime president Hassan Rouhani regularly says that the current state of his regime is even worse than the time of the eight-year Iran-Iraq war.

    Ali Rabiei, the spokesperson of Rouhani’s government and a veteran torturer and interrogator in the 1980s, stated it more clearly. “The current sanctions can’t be compared to the previous round of sanctions. I’ve seen that sometimes their comparing these two eras, but it’s incomparable,” Rabiei said on July 14.

    Meanwhile, analysts with ties to the regime constantly try to find evidence and documents to prove that the regime is on the right side and the U.S. is on the wrong side of the history, and thus try to boost the morale of the regime’s troops and prevent its shaking ranks from collapsing.

    In this regard, on July 15, the state-run Mehr news agency ran a piece on a supposed interview with one of the former members of the U.S. nuclear negotiations team. “One of the former members of the nuclear negotiations teams from the U.S., Richard Nephew, who is renowned for being the architect of sanctions [against the Iranian regime] during Obama’s presidency, said, ‘The U.S. can’t return to the trigger mechanism, and therefore the reinstatement of the sanctions will be difficult,'” Mehr wrote.

    On the other hand, other state-run newspapers, while trying not to portray a critical situation, can’t paint a better picture.

    For instance, Arman, a newspaper that is closely tied to Rouhani’s faction, wrote on July 15, “Currently, the U.S. is effectively rallying the international community in its favor. Tehran is no in difficult conditions. The Europeans have shown that they can’t stand up against the U.S. Therefore, with the current situation, the main concern is to settle the issue in a way that doesn’t lead to military confrontation.”

    Meanwhile, Keyhan, which reflects the views of Khamenei, also on July 15 ran a piece that caused much concern within the regime. Keyhan wrote, “For 12 years, world powers accused [the regime] for developing nuclear bombs. After years this illusion had faded due to the negotiations, yet the case of the Possible Military Dimension of Iran’s nuclear program was not closed. In recent days we witnessed the session of the IAEA at the demand of the U.S., in which they issued a resolution, stressing that instead of PMD, the [regime’s] nuclear program has military dimensions and our activities in the past were illegal. Signing the nuclear deal turned these allegations to a credible and lawful international document. Therefore, the tension is interminable.”

    Keyhan Also pictured regime’s isolation: “We are not having problems only with world powers. We face problems in dealing with countries in the Middle East such as the Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE.”

    These tensions have pushed the regime to edge, causing constant panic for its authorities, therefore it is looking for a credible mediator in order to defuse tensions. 

    Whether the news is right or wrong, engineered or not, picture one hard reality:  the Iranian regime is at a dead end and cannot get out of it unless it backs down from its so-called “principals” and yields so the demands of the international community. However, doing so will irreversibly damage the entire regime; right at a time when its viable alternative, the NCRI and MEK, are gaining momentum with their series of massive gathering and marches from Brussels, Washington, D.C. to Berlin, with Stockholm and London still on schedule.

    And at its peak in Ashraf -3, as well as the activities of the MEK Resistance Units inside Iran. 

     
    • wizzymedpower 6:39 am on 20 Jul 2019 Permalink

      “The Iranian resistance and the people of Iran are gaining momentum with every passing day, especially after putting behind one of the greatest political acts of their history”. Thanks for the Goodness of the LORD. God reign in the city of Iran Amen!

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    • Masoud Dalvand 7:48 am on 20 Jul 2019 Permalink

      Thank you so much dear friend Israel for your great support. God bless you.

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    • wizzymedpower 10:22 am on 20 Jul 2019 Permalink

      You’re welcome Dalvand!

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    • Masoud Dalvand 4:58 pm on 20 Jul 2019 Permalink

      Thank you.

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  • Masoud Dalvand 2:41 pm on 12 Jul 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    120 Years of Struggle of the Iranian People for Freedom 

    Day 2 of international conferences on Iran in “Ashraf 3”, Albania

    Ashraf-3, home to Iran’s democratic opposition in Albania, is hosting the second of a series of conference about Iran and the alternative that exists to the mullahs’ regime. Today’s conference is titled: “120 years of struggle of the Iranian people for freedom.” Several thousand members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq, PMOI or MEK) reside at Ashraf-3. The NCRI Foreign Affairs Committee will be covering the event live as it unfolds. We’ll be live-steaming and tweeting the event beginning 15.45 European time on July 12, 2019. See below for updates.

    120 YEARS OF STRUGGLE OF THE IRANIAN PEOPLE FOR FREEDOM.

    The price for freedom has always been high, but there are those who take it upon themselves to pay this price, people who sacrifice their lives for the freedom of others, those who have an eternal place in the history of mankind. We will be paying tribute to those who have fallen for freedom in Iran and addressing the struggle of the Iranian people for freedom and democracy. The program will be broadcasted live on social media.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:42 am on 12 Jul 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    The Iranian Opposition Coalition NCRI is Holding a 5-Day Event in Ashraf 3, Albania 

    The Iranian opposition coalition NCRI is holding a 5-day event in Ashraf 3, Albania

    In the past month we came together to call for an end to the policy of appeasement at the European capital, Brussels; we then marched the streets of Washington D.C. emphasizing the Iranian people’s cry in the #March4RegimeChangeByIranians; and last Saturday Iranians flooded the streets of Berlin, at the very gates where the people of Berlin stood for their freedom and the world joined them in solidarity and as Patrick Kennedy reminded, if his uncle John F. Kennedy stood by Berliners saying “Ich bin ein Berliner!” today we stand in solidarity with people of Iran and the Iran uprisings “Man Irani hastam!” “Man Ashrafi hastam!”

    Now we come together once more in a 5 day congress in support of a #FreeIran and in solidarity with the Iranian resistance.

    We would like to take this opportunity to share with you some details of the 5 day congress; and as supporters of a free Iran gather to share with the world their aspirations for a free Iran, and show case the true viable alternative capable of bringing freedom and democracy in Iran, to the world. Alternative represented by the NCRI and the 10 point plan put forth by Maryam Rajavi. Join our campaign to make the message more vocal and resonate the hopes and aspirations of the Iranian people and the world for a #FreeIran.

    1. Online campaign kickoff

    To better resonate the message of the Iranian people, and freedom lovers from across the globe a campaign will be launched on Friday, July 12th at 9:00 pm CEST to kickoff the gathering. The campaign will be concentrated on why we stand by the Iranian resistance as the viable alternative for a free Iran.

    Tune intoIran Freedom at 9:00 pm CEST for the campaign hashtag!

    Let’s keep the glimmer of hope lit for millions of Iranians, those who’ve took to the streets, and youth of Iran yearning to see a Free Iran! and as Maryam Rajavi always states, remember, that “we can & we must!”

    2. Panel discussion on Iran Policy

    On Thursday July 11th a panel discussion was being held entitled, “Policy on Iran & a Viable Alternative”.

    The program consists of a panel discussion, with insight of distinguished personalities and experts on the issue. Watch the program live and follow the debate!

    3. Free Iran: 120 year Struggle of the Iranian People for Freedom

    The price for freedom has always been high, but there are those who take it upon themselves to pay this price, people who sacrifice their lives for the freedom of others, those who have an eternal place in the history of mankind. We will be paying tribute to those who have fallen for freedom in Iran and addressing the struggle of the Iranian people for freedom and democracy. The program will be broadcasted live on social media. You can follow the event live NCRI-FACon Twitter or Facebook

    follow live: Friday July 12th, 15:45 CEST

    4. Free Iran: Solidarity with the Iranian Resistance

    Join the live broadcast of the event taking place in the heart of the Iranian resistance on Saturday July 13th.

    Join us in echoing the voice of the Iranian people. 

    Live broadcast will start at 2:00 pm CEST

    5. Women in the Iranian Resistance: Defying the Misogynist Regime Paying the Price of Freedom

    Women have been the vanguards in the fight against the misogynist regime ruling Iran. We salute the brave women of Iran and come together to hear their experiences in the struggle for freedom

    Join the event live on NCRI Women’s Committee and also on Twitter and Facebook

    #WomenForce4Change

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

    Masoud Dalvand – Freedom Star:

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

    Many Believe That Iran Regime Will Soon Come to an End

    Written by Staff Writer on 29 March 2019.

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

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

    Doubt

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

    No water or dollar

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

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

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

    Others say:

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

    Assumptions

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

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

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

    1. “the end to Rouhani’s government”

    2. The end of Trump’s first round

    3. Trump’s second round

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

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

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

     A resident from Golpayegan

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

     An Azeri person

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

     A single employed woman

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

     An Owner of a small scarf shop

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

     A university student

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

    Certainty in regime’s overthrown and fear of future

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

     A taxi driver

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

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

     A manager of a business company

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

     A retiree

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

     A sobbing woman

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

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

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

     A marxist activist

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

     A reformist student

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

     A secretary of an insurance company

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

     A sales person of a pharmacy

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

     An owner of a car exhibition

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

     An engineer who earns 1.5 million Toman

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

     A 38-year-old woman

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

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

    Masoud Dalvand(Freedom Star):

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

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

    Iranian New Year Looks Bleak for Regime

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Maryam Rajavi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     
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