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  • Masoud Dalvand 9:42 am on 22 Jul 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    MEK is the alternative to Iran’s regime, Rudy Giuliani tells Hannity on FOX NEWS 

    Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani told Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” on Friday that the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), also known as the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), represents the democratic alternative to the mullahs’ regime in Iran.

    “There is an alternative. The MEK is an alternative. The NCRI … is an alternative to the government. And they’re willing to go in there and do the tough work. All they need is our support,” Mayor Giuliani told Sean Hannity on July 19, 2019.

    Earlier in the day, the Iranian regime seized a U.K. flagged vessel, and according to Mayor Giuliani, the United States could respond in a way to make it very difficult for the regime to survive.

    “If we could make it impossible for them to develop nuclear weapons in the next five to 10 years, I’m convinced there’ll be regime change there,” Mayor Giuliani said.

    “I mean, it could happen this year or next year. The other thing that’s underestimated – and I saw significant video evidence of this, and I have a couple of interviews I want to show you. The protests in Iran are very significant. I saw the video evidence of thousands of people in the street. And it’s gone beyond just political protests. Taxi drivers, all the teachers in Iran, went on strike, and they are carrying posters ‘Down with the ayatollah.’ That’s in risk of their lives. ‘Down with Rouhani.’ And they’re chanting support for Madam [Maryam] Rajavi and the people in the coalition government. And this is fact. You can see it,” he said.

    “You also see signs [in Iran]. I saw several signs of men selling their kidneys for $500 in order to feed their families,” he continued. “So, they’re in significantly difficult trouble.”

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  • Masoud Dalvand 11:08 am on 6 Apr 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Finally, the United States is doing the right action that the people of Iran and the Middle East have long been waiting for: #BlacklistIRGC 

    By Masoud Dalvand

    According to a report published by Reuters and the Wall Street Journal, the United States will designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as an Foreign Terrorist Organization(FTO) on Monday, April 8.

    Finally, the right action that should have happened many years ago, and the people of Iran and all the countries of the Middle East are waiting for it.

    The Revolutionary Guards are responsible for carrying out thousands of terrorist acts and killing innumerable innocent people not only in Iran, but also throughout the Middle East from Iraq and Lebanon to Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan and Africa to South America and Asia. Wherever terrorist action has taken place over the past three decades, the footstep of this terrorist force of the criminal mullahs ruling Iran is also seen.
    The explosion of the Jewish Center in Buenos Aires of Argentina, killing of people in the Middle East and the warfare in the Middle Eastern countries also the destruction of the Middle East peace process until the attempt to obtain nuclear weapons and the production and use of ballistic missiles is only part of the IRGC’s destructive and terrorist activities.

    Therefore, these terrorists must finally see the consequences of their criminal acts over the past 40 years against the people of Iran and other countries in the region and the world.
    Designation the mafia of corruption, assassination and warfare in Iran is a good news for all people of Iran and the Middle East.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 8:41 am on 12 Feb 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Panel on Prospects For Change In Iran. The U.S. Representative Office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI-US) 

    Washington, DC-11 February 2019-On the 40th anniversary of the overthrow of the monarchic dictatorship, the main opposition said that the ruling clerical system “is at its weakest point in history,” and the prospects of change are shining brighter than ever before.

    The U.S. Representative Office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI-US), seen as the most organized opposition to the regime, sponsored a panel on Monday to discuss the regime’s long and brutal domestic and foreign policy record at home and abroad.

    Soona Samsami of NCRI on Prospects of Change in Iran

    Soona Samsami, the NCRI’s representative in the U.S., offered an in-depth examination of the current situation, including major crises that the regime is facing, and struck a note of optimism about prospects for democratic change in Iran.

    “The Iranian people are calling for the establishment of a republic, based on democracy and separation of religion and state,” she said.

    “In contrast to the regime’s attempts to paint a picture of strength on its 40th year in power, in reality it is at its weakest point in history.”

    She cited deep-rooted corruption, large-scale embezzlements by officials, millions of poverty-stricken Iranians, the national currency’s rapidly falling value, and the unprecedented decline in citizens’ purchasing power as indicators of a rotting theocracy.

    On February 11, 1979, the hardline clerics, led by Ruhollah Khomeini, stole the revolution from the Iranian people and imposed a religious dictatorship.

    On that day, “the Iranian people toppled the Shah’s dictatorship known for his notorious secret police, SAVAK, the infamous Evin prison, and the lavish spending of his corrupt regime,” said Samsami.

    But, shortly after, Khomeini denied the Iranian people the democratic and representative government that they so desperately sought.

    The regime is deadly afraid of the MEK, the panelists said. In 2018, on at least four occasions, Khamenei personally and publicly named the organization for organizing large-scale protests. Rouhani has directly blamed the MEK for organizing public protests and has even gone as far as appealing to the French president to curtail their activities in Paris.

    At the same time, the regime has launched an extensive demonization campaign against the MEK. Speakers cited 19 movies, drama series and documentaries produced by the state to tarnish the MEK’s image in the minds of the youth.

    “In 2018 alone, 18 major books were published by the regime against the MEK, bringing the total over the past few years to 519,” said Samsami, with other speakers pointing out that the regime’s vilification campaign extends to some in the U.S. and the West, including those directly paid by regime affiliates.

    The MEK is part of the broader coalition of NCRI. The NCRI, described as essentially a parliament-in-exiled, was formed in Tehran in 1981, and boasts hundreds of democracy advocates as members, half of whom are women, including athletes, politicians, musicians, economists and well-known personalities.

    Samsami said: “The NCRI’s President-elect, Maryam Rajavi, represents the demands and aspirations of the Iranian people and protestors in recent years. Units of Resistance posted her pictures in major highways and street corners.”

    “Mrs. Rajavi’s 10-point plan for Iran’s future includes policy formulations like: separation of church and state; abolition of the death penalty; universal suffrage and elections; gender equality; peace and co-existence with neighbors; and freedom of the press and speech.”

    Ali Safavi on anniversary of the Iranian revolution

    The next speaker was Ali Safavi of the NCRI’s Foreign Affairs Committee chronicled what he described as the ineffectual Western policy vis-a-vis the mullahs over the past four decades, starting with the early 1980s, saying: ” Everything [in the West’s policy] begins with the regime and ends with it. Lost in this approach have been the Iranian people.”

    Western outlook amounts to a “policy of appeasement” that has actually “helped prolong the mullahs’ rule,” he added.

    “The right policy is to recognize the rights of the Iranian people and the organized opposition to overthrow this regime. Unlike Syria and other countries suffering from dictatorships, Iran has a historic, real and viable alternative,” Safavi said.

    Safavi added that the policy of appeasement toward the mullahs included the unjustifiable blacklisting of the MEK by the U.S. in 1997 as a “goodwill gesture” to Tehran. The energy of this attitude continued to propel appeasement policy during the Obama years, when the administration tragically turned a blind eye to the 2009 protests in Iran and also the massacre of MEK opposition members in camps Ashraf and Liberty in Iraq.

    Safavi concluded: “Recognition of the NCRI as the sole democratic alternative to the terrorist religious dictatorship in Iran is the imperative to rectifying and ending the disastrous policy of appeasement over the past four decades.”

    Ambassador Adam Ereli on the Anniversary of the Iranian Revolution

    Washington, DC—11 February 2019—Former State Department official and ambassador to Bahrain, Adam Ereli, spoke at the well-attended event at Washington’s National Press Club.

    “Looking back on forty years of revolution: Yes, the mullahs are still there, but so is the MEK,” said the ambassador, referring to the main opposition Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK).

    Ambassador Ereli added that the fact that the regime’s senior leaders, including Khamenei, IRGC commanders and Rouhani, continue to slam the MEK “validates and substantiates the impact that this organization has had and continues to have.”

    “From the American side, I would simply argue that you’ve got a very capable opposition.” And, “the best thing the U.S. can do is to just stop appeasing the current regime,” said Ereli.

     
  • 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 10:01 pm on 14 Dec 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    More than 100 Members of US Congress condemn terror plot targeting Iranian opposition. 

    Members of U.S. Congress condemn Iranian regime_s terror plot targeting the June rally in Paris

    More than 100 Members of َََUS Congress condemn terror plot targeting Iranian opposition

    On the verge of the 2018 nationwide uprising against the mullahs’ regime in Iran, senior members of the United States Congress participated in a conference on December 11 held in solidarity with the Iranian people’s uprising for freedom.

    Moderated by Ambassador Adam Ereli, former U.S. envoy in Bahrain and former U.S. State Department deputy spokesperson, the Members of Congress who participated expressed their support for the Iranian people’s uprising and ongoing protests across the country while condemning the regime’s domestic crackdown and foreign support for terrorism. These speakers called for increasing decisiveness in the face of the mullahs’ regime in Iran.

    More than 100 Members of the U.S. Congress took part in this session, also voicing their support for the bipartisan Resolution 1034 condemning the Iranian regime’s terror plot targeting the massive June 30th rally held in support of the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) seeking to establish a democratic republic in Iran.

    The Members of the Congress participating included Eliot Engel (D), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Judge Ted Poe (R), Chair of the Terrorism Subcommittee; Sheila Jackson-Lee (D); Brad Sherman (D); Judie Chu (D); and Steve Cohen (R).

    U.S.Congress-Members-Support-Iranian-Protests

    U.S.Congress Members Support Iranian Protests

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:43 pm on 1 Oct 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    US Releases Report on Iran Regime’s Destructive Behavior 

    US Releases Report on Iran Regime’s Destructive Behaviour

    The US State Department has released an extensive report detailing the Iranian Regime’s “destructive behavior” at home and abroad shortly before the 40th anniversary of the mullahs stealing power.

    The report, entitled Outlaw Regime: A Chronicle of Iran’s Destructive Activities, goes into stark detail about Iran’s support for terrorism, illicit financial activities, abuse of human rights, environmental exploitation, its missile program, a threat to cyber security, and a threat to maritime security.

    The report starts with a letter from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who explains why the US withdrew from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal and how the Iranian Regime will suffer as a result.

    He wrote that the current US policy on Iran reflected that Iran is “not a normal state”, arguing that normal states don’t:

    • attack embassies and military installations in peacetime

    • hold hostage citizens of foreign nations

    • jail their own citizens or those of other countries on specious crimes

    • impose severe restrictions on basic freedoms

    • conduct covert assassinations in other countries

    • engage in torture

    • squander their own natural resources

    • proliferate missile technology to dangerous proxies

    • violently suppress legitimate protests

    • serve as a sanctuary for terrorists

    • call for the destruction of Israel and threaten other countries

    • aid brutal dictators such as Syria’s Bashar al-Assad

    • fuel terrorist proxies and militias

    Pompeo said that the report served as “a full record of the Islamic Republic’s hostile behavior abroad and its repression at home beyond the continued threat of its nuclear program”.

    The report

    The report makes clear that the Iranian Regime’s support for terrorism has gone on since the start of the Regime, usually driven by the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and its Qods Force as well as the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

    The report read: “Today, the IRGC-QF is active across the Middle East and has plotted or carried out terrorist attacks in five out of seven continents. Where it is unable or unwilling to act directly, the Iranian regime has mastered the use of terrorist proxy groups like Lebanese Hizballah, Palestine Islamic Jihad, the Bahraini Al- Ashtar Brigades and the Iraqi Kata’ib Hizballah to conduct terrorist attacks.”

    This support for terrorist groups has been aided by Iran’s continued development of ballistic missiles – in violation of UN resolution 2231 – and its “opaque and fraudulent financing activities”, which have undermined the integrity and security of the global financial system.

    As a result of all of this, the US considers Iran a threat to maritime security in the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea and to cyber security, where they have been engaging in unsafe behaviours for a couple of years, mainly through the use of proxies.

    The Iranian Regime is also known to have ignored environmental crises that have led to drought and mass migration in Iran; something not surprising considering their “repeated and systemic abuse of human rights”. The report observes that the Regime’s human rights abuses extend far beyond its borders, with the murder of civilians in Syria and the arbitrary detention of Sunnis in Iraq.

    Pompeo wrote: “Iran is a society with so much greater potential. We want to reach a new agreement with Iran that ensures its nuclear activities are peaceful and that its role in the Middle East is constructive. We seek a deal that ensures Iran does not support terrorism around the world and provides for the greater opportunity to its own people. We are prepared to work with the Iranian regime, but only if it makes major changes. Until then, the Iranian regime can rest assured of our firm resolve to counter their destabilizing activities. Given the record we have published today, they should expect nothing less.”

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 10:59 am on 28 Sep 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    UN Security Council discusses Iranian regime bellicosity 

    President Trump Chairs UN Security Council Meeting

    President Trump Chairs UN Security Council Meeting

    New York, Sept. 26, 2018 – The Iranian regime came under criticism at the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday, a session specifically chaired by U.S. President Donald Trump focusing on the threats posed by Tehran’s mullahs and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

    President Trump Chairs UNSC Meeting

    President Trump Chairs UNSC Meeting

    Describing the mullahs’ regime as the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, U.S. President Donald Trump blasted the Iranian regime’s support for the Assad regime in butchering the Syrian people. Iran’s mullah should never be permitted to obtain nuclear weapons, he highlighted.

    Voicing his position to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Trump emphasized how the Iranian regime used money from the highly flawed deal for terrorism and creating havoc. The U.S. imposed sanctions to confront the Iranian regime’s malign activities, he continued.

    Washington calls on all UN members to cooperate with us in guaranteeing Iran never obtains nuclear weapons, Trump finalized.

    French President Macron Speaks at the UNSC in NY

    French President Macron Speaks at the UNSC in NY

    French President Emmanuel Macron highlighted the Iranian regime’s regional threat, with a special focus on the need to analyze and prevent the Iranian regime’s ballistic missiles program.

    The transfer of missiles to the Lebanese Hezbollah and Houthis in Yemen, both militia groups supported directly by the Iranian regime, were other issues members of the UN Security Council voiced concerns about and sought immediate action.

    Iranians rally in NY to oppose the presence of Rouhani at the UNGA

    Iranians rally in NY to oppose the presence of Rouhani at the UNGA

    Members of the Iranian Diaspora from across the world rallied in front of the UN headquarters in New York for the second consecutive day, protesting the presence of Hassan Rouhani, the president of the Iranian regime, and to echo the demands of thousands of protesters in Iran calling for regime change in their country. Yesterday, the protesters held a similar protest while Rouhani spoke at the 73rd UN General Assembly summit while having to overcome unfavorable weather conditions.

    Iranian diaspora rallied outside UN calling for the ouster of Rouhani from the world body

    Iranian diaspora rallied outside UN calling for the ouster of Rouhani from the world body

    Politicians, religious leaders, members of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and representatives of the Syrian opposition delivered speeches at the Tuesday rally.

    Iranian protesters in NY rally to say NO to Rouhani

    Iranian protesters in NY rally to say NO to Rouhani

    The protesters used different methods to put on display the numerous crimes and illegal activities of the Iranian regime. Most concerning in the agenda of Rouhani, who has been received as a state leader at the UN and is being framed as a “moderate” figure by many western politician, is the worrying escalation of executions during his presidency. More than 3,500 people have been executed during six years of Rouhani’s presidency, according to figures published by the Iranian opposition and confirmed by many international human rights organizations.

     

     
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    The gap from top to bottom in the clerical regime of Iran 

    The gap from top to bottom in the clerical regime of Iran

    By Masoud Dalvand

    The blow of US’s withdrawal from Iran Deal and its reflections within the regime is rising every day and worsens the battles of the gangs. One of the latest examples is the conflict between the Assembly of Experts(Khobregan) and the gang of regime’s president Mullah Rouhani Because of Iran Deal and the continuation of this event.

    In this regard, on May 13, a statement was issued by the Assembly of Experts against the Rouhani and in the direction of Khamenei‘s acquittal and blaming on the Iran Deal’s disgrace and called for a Rouhani apology from the people: “It is imperative that the honorable President, honestly and explicitly, apologize to the dear people of Iran for the damage caused by the failure of ” Iran deal” for lack of comply with the red lines drawn by the Supreme Leader of the Revolution and put the experience of “Iran deal” as a light on the way of future.»

    But still -according to a proverb- the ink of this statement not dried, the authenticity of the statement was questioned by a number of members of the Assembly of Experts, and this was denounced. Among the experts, including Mullah Hashem Zadeh Harrisi, stated that “This statement is not all the Experts. The request to apologize the president for the “Iran deal” is not the opinion of the Assembly of Experts … The society is feverish … these events only cause discomfort and despair of the people … ”

    Mullah Moghtadaei was another member of the Assembly of Experts, who stated: “The opposition of Rouhani’s state inside the country, in the current situation, should not be as happy as Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu has.”

    Another expert, Mullah Abtahi, also said that the statement of the experts was not the opinion of all the members and that if I knew I would not sign the statement. And finally there were other people involved in the fight.

    Is this war and fights a continuation of the conflicts and controversies that have always been in the regime, or a new phenomenon and its own characteristics? with a little thinking about these conflicts, we see they are continuation of the same contradictions, but to another credit, we face a new quality of accumulation and congestion and the evolution of those contradictions. Why so:

    First of all, we see now that war and conflict are at the top and the highest point of the regime’s power pyramid.

    Secondly, all organs and institutions of the regime from the parliament to the Assembly of Experts and to the Revolutionary Guards, the government, the judiciary, and so on have involved.

    Thirdly, we also see the gap in these institutions. For example, in the parliament we are witnessing the clash of representatives of the two gangs. Or, in the Assembly of Experts, it was not until now that the experts took a position and made a statement, and some of its members would take a stand and speak against it.

    We see these gaps in the Rouhani’s gang and even within the state. For example, Rouhani’s adviser criticizes to his government minister, or the media criticize it from various positions.

    Is this conflict between the Experts and the government and within the limits of these two institutions above the regime? And why do we call it a fight and a gap at the head of the regime?!

    No! When we say that the struggle at the top of the regime, the war is at the point of Khamenei, which said on Wednesday (May 2, 2018): I said if you want to get the contract, take the necessary guarantees and then close them. One of the conditions I said was that the US president should sign. The respectable officials worked hard and, well, they could not. And then he added: “I do not trust these three countries (European Troika) … If you could make sure that it’s okay, of course I’m unlikely to know. If you cannot get a definitive guarantee, you will not be able to continue.

    This led to various statements in the media by Rouhani’s gang, including in the May 13 meeting, the parliament they chanted Khamenei whose accomplishment “Iran deal”, from the first to the last, was led by Khamenei and was signed. Then the Khamenei’s propagandists said that, they forced Khamenei to made such orders, but Rouhani’s government did not listen to Khamenei’s advices.

    Meanwhile, the government of Rouhani did not keep silent and issued a statement of eight articles entitled “Those who have smashed, now have been creditors instead of apologizing, do not contradict “, replied to the statement of the Assembly of Experts, denounced their position and, in addition to emphasizing Khamenei’s role, was raised. Tell us what to do, tell us what to do if we did not sign, and if we do not do it now, what to do.

    Part of this statement reads:

    “Unfortunately, those who have to apologize for their misplaced positions in the past are creditor for national achievements and are not willing to answer the question of how damaging the outrageous sanctions on the Iranian nation have been and what they have done to prevent them from timely prevention. They are never ready to speak of their inability to provide alternative ways of “Iran deal” and to apologize to the nation for their misleading approach to progress in the country. In an obvious contradiction they were worried about America’s presence in “Iran deal” and the other hand they have been as plaintiff of US’s withdrawal of Iran deal.

    In addition to the government itself, supporters of the government and other members of the Rouhani’s gang attacked the Assembly Experts. Including:

    Ali Motahhari‘s reaction to Ahmad Jannati’s letter about “Iran deal” was:

    Do you determine the religious duty of the diplomatic system or your supreme leader?

    Interestingly, the parties to the dispute, despite the fact that they are aware of the danger of the situation and read the unity’s weep of one another, cannot even temporarily establish cease-fire between themselves.

    The reason is that the fuel of this war is a dangerous situation and the prospect of the overthrow of this regime. But they are not able to stop it. Because in the current situation is not the field for compromise, the crisis bedside, in itself, promotes war, but it is important that the ruling gangs with this conflict constantly weak each other and the whole regime and pave the way for the overthrow of the religious dictatorship by the people’s uprising led by the Iranian resistance. This is the logic of history and they do not escape it.

     
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    Iran Desperate for US to Keep Nuclear Deal 

    Iran Nuclear Deal

     Radio America Online News Bureau April 24th, 2018 – President Trump’s instinct is to scrap the Iran nuclear deal while French President Emmanuel Macron is willing to amend it but not rescind it without another plan in place, but a leading figure in the Iranian resistance says the deal doesn’t stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons but does help the radical mullahs stay in power.

    President Trump has until May 12 to declare whether Iran is in compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA and whether the U.S. will remain a party to the seven-nation agreement.

     

    Alireza JafarzadehA_Jafarzadeh

    deputy director of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, says despite Tehran’s bluster about exiting the deal if the U.S. does, the Iranian leaders badly need the agreement to continue.

    “There’s no way the Iranian regime wants to lose this agreement.  They want to do everything possible to keep it because the regime knows that absent this agreement, there’s really not too many other options left for them,” said Jafarzadeh, who says threats to the contrary are nothing but “hot air.”.

    He says that’s because internal unrest is reaching a boiling point.

    “The regime is facing tremendous problems domestically, particularly on the economic side of it.  We’ve seen the uprising going on since December that was built around the economic corruption in Iran and the high rise in prices for very basic food.  Inflation is so high.  Inflation is skyrocketing,” said Jafarzadeh.

    Iran is clamping down on media outlets and social media, so reports of the ongoing protests are hard to find, but Jafarzadeh says they are still going strong and are appearing in many different parts of the country.

    “The protests are continuing ever since they started.  It expanded to 142 cities starting back in December,” said Jafarzadeh, listing off a number of cities seeing major protests in the past several days.

    “Every week there is a new hot spot in Iran.  People are chanting with the same intensity against the regime, making significant demands, none of which the regime can really meet,” said Jafarzadeh.

    He says some chants even explicitly scold the government for blaming its problems on America and stating that only the Iranian regime is to blame.

    Keeping the deal in place is critical for the Iranian leaders because the money that flowed back into Iran from the agreement has been trumpeted as the solution to Iran’s economic problems.

    However, even that good fortune could soon backfire on Iran’s leadership.

    “Once the people realize that all the money that was given to the Iranian regime ended up in the pocket of the mullahs, the ayatollahs, and the Revolutionary Guard.  It was basically the military structure and the clerical structure that benefited from that.

    “Imagine if there’s more pressure built against the regime what kind of political problems it’s going to create for the Iranian regime,” said Jafarzadeh.

    The more pertinent issue for Trump, Macron, and other world leaders is whether the JCPOA is actually preventing the advancement of Iran’s nuclear program.  Jafarzadeh is convinced it doesn’t.

    “The agreement has kept almost all of the nuclear infrastructure of the Iranian regime intact.  It has allowed the research and development of more advanced centrifuges that could actually enrich uranium much faster and more efficiently further down the road.

    “It hasn’t put any meaningful restrictions on the missile program of the Iranian regime, which is really marching forward with more missile tests on nuclear-capable ballistic missiles.  And it has this ridiculous sunset clause.  In a few years, all those restrictions on the nuclear program are removed,” said Jafarzadeh.

    And he says the hurdles to inspections make enforcement of the existing deal virtually impossible.

    “Most importantly, there’s no serious access and inspection of a number of nuclear sites where the core of the nuclear program of Iran is.  It’s not just the enrichment but the weaponization part of the program.  We exposed at least six nuclear sites we believe need to be inspected,” said Jafarzadeh.

    He says the bottom line is the JCPOA doesn’t stop Iran from getting nukes.

    “As of now, the current restrictions are not sufficient enough to prevent the Iranian regime from developing nuclear weapons further down the road,” said Jafarzadeh.

     

     

     

     
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    Iranian Silence on Chemical Attack Speaks Volumes 

    The Assad regime’s recent chemical attack against innocent civilians marks another atrocity in Syria’s multi-year human catastrophe. Hospital reports indicate that the victims all showed signs of chemical exposure. In total, there were over 500 casualties and at least 42 confirmed deaths, two of them small children brought into the hospital cold, limp, and foaming at the mouth.

    The attack sparked widespread condemnation from the international community.

    U.S. President Donald Trump called the act “mindless” and a “humanitarian disaster.”

    British Prime Minister Theresa May said the Assad government must be “held to account.” Predictably, the Iranian regime was one of the few silent voices, due to its steadfast support of the Assad regime.

    Alluding to Iran’s inhuman complacency, French President Emmanuel Macron said that Assad’s allies “bore particular responsibility in this massacre.”

    The Iranian regime’s alliance with Syria was born following the Iranian Revolution in 1979. Iran has been granted Syrian construction contracts and generally supported all actions taken by the Assad regime.

    Direct Iranian involvement in the attack has not been confirmed, but its silence underscores the absence of moral leadership in the Middle East. Iran is the world’s number-one state sponsor of terrorism and systematically violates the human rights of its own citizens. By proxy, this gives all Iranian allies a green light to commit their own atrocities. Conversely, an Iran committed to international law could dramatically reshape the inter-state accountability dynamics within the Middle East.

    During the uprising in Iran that engulfed as many as 142 cities, one of the key chants of Iranians in the street was, “Leave Syria Alone, Think About us,” a clear popular rejection of the Iranian regime’s nefarious involvement in the violence in Syria.

    If the international community seriously wants to prevent further Syrian atrocities, it must support the Iranian people strive for regime change, in favor of a secular, democratic, non-nuclear form of government. This is a key step in bringing peace to the Middle East.

     
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