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The Iranian Regime Uses Social Media as a Propaganda Tool

Wikipedia Abused against MEK

Wikipedia abused by the Iranian Intelligence Ministry (MOIS) as a tool to demonize MEK, its main opposition.

On September 12th, Sharnoff’s Global Views published a commentary from Iranian dissident and freelance writer, Pejman Amiri. In the piece, Amiri explores the Iranian regime’s use of social media to demonize opposition groups such as the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK).

Targetting the MEK

For the Iranian regime, 2018 has been a difficult year. During the Nowruz celebrations (Persian New Year) in March, two regime agents were detained in Albania on charges of plotting terrorist acts against members of the MEK living in the country. The pair were swiftly deported.

Then, in June, a Belgian-Iranian couple, and two other agents, including a diplomat working at the Iranian embassy in Vienna, were arrested in Europe. The four were detained over their involvement in a planned terrorist plot at the MEK’s annual Grand Gathering event in Paris. The couple had received explosives and instructions from Iranian diplomat, Assadollah Assadi.

The dust had barely settled on the foiled terror attack in Paris, when, in August, two more Iranian agents were arrested in the United States on charges of espionage. The pair were collecting information on the MEK’s members and activities in the US and appear to have been plotting another attack.

An Online Campaign

Behind the scenes, the regime has also been working on social media to influence public opinion abroad. In late August, Facebook, Twitter, and Google announced the closure of hundreds of regime-run accounts and websites.

Iranian political analyst, Heshmat Alavi, outlined the three main objectives of the regime’s online campaign. Firstly, the regime seeks to justify its warmongering and involvement in conflicts across the Middle East. Secondly, Alavi argues, the regime seeks to save the Iranian nuclear agreement and maintain a policy of appeasement towards Iran among heads of states in Europe and North America.

Finally, through its online activities, the regime seeks to demonize and undermine its opposition, including the MEK.

The Regime Will Go to Great Lengths to Demonize the MEK

Events that unfolded in Albania in July demonstrated the extreme lengths the regime will go to demonize the MEK. A Canadian resident, Mustafa Mohammadi, arrived in Albania claiming the MEK had abducted his daughter in Iraq 20-years prior. He told officials he believed she was imprisoned in the town of Manez.

When details of the story emerged, Mohammadi’s daughter, Somaya, wrote a letter to the Albanian Interior Ministry and the media denying her father’s claims. In the letter, she explained that her father was an agent of the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS), and she had cut ties with him shortly after his recruitment in 2004.

The Albanian prosecutor dismissed Mustafa Mohammadi’s case after an investigation by the Albanian judiciary.

Channel 4’s Involvement

The regime has used allies in international media organizations to further its objectives.

Through Iranian agents, Massoud Khodabandeh and his wife, Ann Singleton, the regime made contact with Channel 4, a British television channel. The organization sent a reporter to Albania in August.

Channel 4 News Report Serves as Tool for Iran Lobby

Once there, the reporter, assisted by an Albanian film crew, began filming the MEK residence without permission. When the Albanian police arrested the crew, Khodabandeh took to social media to spread the false accusation that the MEK had assaulted the crew.

Even the reporter from Channel 4 working on the project denied that the crew had been beaten by the MEK. But this did not stop several Albanian media outlets from reporting the falsehood.

Using Wikipedia as a Propaganda Tool

Wikipedia has also been a valuable propaganda tool for the mullahs. On the platform, anybody can add information. The regime has spread false information across pages associated with opposition groups.

In the past, the regime has blocked users who have attempted to expose them, misusing Wikipedia’s regulations as a tool to stifle the truth.

On the MEK Wikipedia page in Farsi, many of the falsehoods can be traced back to Morteza Bakhtiari. Bakhtiari served in the Ahmadinejad administration as Justice Minister. He was also one of the men behind the 1988 massacre when 30,000 members of the MEK were executed at the hands of the regime.

Bakhtiari is restricted from traveling to the EU and the US under an international travel ban, introduced due to his criminal history.

Through Bakhtiari and officials like him, the regime hijacks Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, and Google, turning them into mouthpieces for the mullahs and undermining the values of free speech and expression that these companies were founded on.

Allowing the regime to spout their propaganda across the internet is not just a threat to expression. It facilitates its warmongering, terrorism, and expansionist ideology. In the interests of a more stable the Middle East, and safer world, free from the threat of Iranian state-sponsored terrorism, Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, and Google must investigate and remove these propaganda campaigns from their platforms.

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Regime Forced to Admit Sanctions Are Effective

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The U.S. renewed sanctions are beginning to show their impact on the Iranian regime’s economy

On Tuesday, September 11th, the First Vice-President of the Iranian regime, Es’haq Jahangiri, acknowledged in a speech in Tehran that U.S. sanctions against the regime have been “highly effective.”

According to ISNA one of the regime’s official News Agencies, Jahangiri denied that Iran is currently facing a “deadlock” but said that Iran is facing a “difficult and sensitive situation.”

Jahangiri described the U.S. sanctions as “an economic war” on the regime, adding that the U.S. was also “waging a political and media war in order to influence public opinion in Iran.”
Jahangiri appears to have taken his talking points directly from regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who told the regime’s Assembly of Experts last week that the United States was waging an economic and psychological war on Iran.

The recent statements stand in sharp contrast to earlier statements on the sanctions by regime officials. As recently as late August, regime President Hassan Rouhani told the Iranian Parliament: “Don’t say in your speeches that the country is facing a crisis. We have been harmed and have at times been on the verge of being harmed, but there is no crisis.”

The U.S. began re-imposing sanctions in August, and the regime’s claims that Iran was not affected became impossible to maintain in the weeks since the sanctions took effect. The Iranian regime was already in the grips of overlapping economic crises, as high unemployment, rising prices, and devaluation of the rial have fueled the popular uprising that threatens to topple the regime. These issues have worsened with the addition of U.S. sanctions and are likely to continue their downward spiral as the November 4th deadline looms for American allies to stop buying Iranian oil or face U.S. sanctions of their own. The regime can no longer pretend that Iran is on a stable course.

The United States withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in May of this year, which triggered the resumption of sanctions against Iran. Prior to the U.S. withdrawal from the deal, speculation that the U.S. might take this action led to a steep drop in the value of Iran’s currency, the rial. The rial lost 140% of its value overnight and has steadily fallen in value since, leading to a 5.5% inflation rate in Iran in August, according to Iran’s Central Bank.

The second round of U.S. sanctions is set to go into effect on November 4th. These sanctions, which will target Iranian regime’s oil income and the ability to access the international banking system, are already beginning to affect the regime, as many international businesses rush to cut ties with the Iranian regime

rather than risk sanctions. Economic analysts, and an increasing number of officials with the Iranian regime say that the new sanctions will deeply impact the regime.

Although Khamenei and his allies would like to place the blame for Iran’s economic woes on the “poor performance of the Rouhani administration” and “profiteers,” it is becoming more and more clear that Iran’s problems stem from systemic corruption and mismanagement on the part of the mullahs.

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Asian Oil Buyers Cease Shipments of Iranian Oil as Sanctions Loom

Oil purchase is dropping down as sanctions loom

Sanctions are having their impact on the Iranian regime’s oil revenue from its main customers in Asia

Oil refineries from Japan and India have stopped buying Iranian oil ahead of the November deadline for U.S. sanctions. JXTG Holdings Incorporated, Japan’s largest oil refinery, and its biggest rival, Idemitsu Kosan Company, have both opted not to purchase their usual supplies in October.

State-run refineries in India, including Bharat Petroleum, also opted not to book October shipments.

The United States hopes that the threat of sanctions will force the Iranian regime to renegotiate the 2015 nuclear deal. The U.S. withdrew from the nuclear deal this year and plans to reinstate sanctions against the Iranian regime in November, with the goal of reducing Iranian oil exports to zero. The people of Iran are in favor of this decision and urge the international community to join the United States in reinstating sanctions against the corrupt regime.

Why the Iranian People Support the Resumption of Sanctions Against the Iranian Regime

JXTG and Idemitsu spokespeople said that the refineries will follow their government’s guidance after talks with the United States are complete. So far, the Trump administration has not announced any waivers to the sanctions, and purchases of Iranian oil by American allies depend upon these waivers being granted. Earlier this week, Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry said that the country would continue negotiations with the U.S.

While government officials negotiate over Iranian oil imports, companies are left to wait for instructions from their government. Currently, some refineries are choosing not to order cargoes for the month of October, fearing that the shipments may arrive after the November 4th deadline, making them subject to U.S. sanctions.

Asian oil buyers have made at least partial orders of Iranian oil since the U.S. announced in May  that it would re-impose sanctions, but with the deadline looming, companies are severing their ties with the regime, lest they are cut off from the U.S. banking system, which would effectively prohibit a company from doing business internationally.

Oil companies in India are still in limbo. Officials at Bharat Petroleum, Indian Oil Corporation, and Hindustan Petroleum are still waiting for word from their government on how to conduct future transactions with Iran. Talks about Iranian oil imports are still in progress between India and the U.S., according to a U.S. official.

Iran Tells India Oil Exports Should Continue

Ship-owners who carry oil, those who ensure the cargo, banks who process payments for the oil, and others who handle the oil trade will also be affected by the sanctions.
The regime claims that it can find “other ways” to export its oil. Discounts and bartering could maintain some of its business, and the regime has not shown itself to be above smuggling.

Tankers are currently anchored off of the United Arab Emirates, loaded with Iranian condensate. According to traders and ship brokers, they could be waiting to be unloaded at the Jebel Ali port for use at a domestic refining complex. They could also be waiting for a vessel-to-vessel transfer.

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Maryam Rajavi's speech in February 9, 2018 meeting in Paris.

Maryam Rajavi Condemns Attacks on Kurdish Iranians, Commends Protesters

Maryam Rajavi's speech in February 9, 2018 meeting in Paris.

Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), speaks at a conference held on Feb 9, 2018, expressing concerns over the silence and inaction of Europe in the face mass arrests, torture, and execution of Iranian protesters.

On September 12th, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), released a statement praising those who have staged recent strikes in cities across Iran. She also hailed the Kurdish people of Iran for protesting against the regime’s cruel attacks against the Kurdish people, including this week’s missile strikes against the headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran, and the executions of Kurdish political prisoners in Iran.

Mrs. Rajavi called once again on the United Nations to take decisive measures to stop the Iranian regime’s crimes against humanity.

Reaction from International Community

The international community has responded with shock to the executions of Ramin Hossein Panahi, Zaniar Moradi, and Loghman Moradi. The three Kurdish political prisoners were executed by the regime despite pleas from human rights groups. Amnesty International condemned the executions, saying,

“The trials of all three men were grossly unfair. All were denied access to their lawyers and families after their arrest, and all said they were tortured into making “confessions”. In sentencing them to death despite these massive failings in due process, the Iranian authorities have once again demonstrated their brazen disregard for the right to life.”

Dr. Walid Phares, Foreign Affairs Advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump during his presidential campaign, condemned the executions on Twitter:

“Three #KurdishIranians political prisoners, #RaminHosseinPanahi, #LoghmanMoradi & #ZanyarMoradi were executed this morning at #RajaiShahr Prison in #Iran. Their execution is a war crime. The #IranRegime will be held accountable by the international community.”

Several Iranian political prisoners wrote their own messages condemning the executions, sending condolences to their families, and vowing that Iran would one day be free.

Strikes in Response

On Wednesday, merchants and shop owners in cities of the western provinces of Iran’s Kurdistan, Kermanshah, and West Azerbaijan went on strike. The strikes were in answer to a September 8th call to the Iranian people by Maryam Rajavi, who urged the people of Kurdistan as well as across Iran to rise up and protest the recent aggression by the Iranian regime toward the Kurdish community. In her call to protest, Mrs. Rajavi said,

“The mullahs’ anti-human regime is hell-bent on stepping up the atmosphere of terror and repression to extinguish the Iranian people’s uprising through suppression, executions, bombardment and missile attacks. But it will take that wish to the grave.”

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Khamenei Advises Regime Officials Against Expressing Pessimism About the Iranian Economy

Khamenei's remarks on how to minimize the impacts of the dire economic conditions

A poor man living in empty graves in one of Tehran’s grave yards.

In the first week of September, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei addressed the regime’s Assembly of Experts, asking them to lie about the dire economic condition in order to escape the public’s reaction. He talked about how officials should handle the economic crisis and warned that the plight of the Iranian people should not be overstated!

Understated or Overstated!

Khamenei used his address to call on senior officials and remind them that pessimism should be kept to a minimum publicly. On the Supreme Leader’s official website, the statement blamed exaggeration about the economic crisis for intensifying “the anxiety of public opinion”.

The statement also said exaggeration “causes the pessimism virus to spread. It is not correct to speak in a way that the audience is terrified and thinks that all is lost”.

It appears that Khamenei would rather see the dissemination of lies and falsehood, than accurate reporting about the dismal state of the Iranian economy.

An Economy in Disarray

The economic crisis in Iran has been intensifying for months. The value of the rial plummeted after the US reintroduced sanctions against the Iranian regime.

Following the United States’ withdrawal of the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, the Trump administration made it clear that any company doing business with Iranian regime would lose access to the US market. Faced with the choice between Iran and the US, many companies and multinationals cut their business ties with Iran.

The Iranian regime attempted to mitigate the losses by appealing to European governments to stop the international exodus from Iranian markets.

But Rouhani and Khamenei’s attempts did not yield results. European nations had no desire to enter the dispute on the side of the Iranian regime and risk their own access to the American market.

However, the economy was already in turmoil. Years of economic mismanagement at the hands of the mullahs and systemic corruption has hollowed out the Iranian economy and the country’s financial institutions.

All across Iran, livelihoods are being lost. Goods are becoming more expensive, and poverty levels are soaring. So far, the government’s attempts to stop the free-fall of the rial have proven ineffective.

Since the economic crisis began, the regime officials have done everything they can to ignore the problem or pass the blame onto another party. They have attempted to lay the blame on the activities of foreign powers, but the mullahs only have themselves to blame.

The regime has systematically funneled billions of dollars out of Iran, supporting militia groups and terrorist organisations across the Middle East. This money could have gone towards alleviating the economic pressure of the Iranian people.

Regime officials have ignored pressing social and environmental issue plaguing Iran for years. They have been content to divert money into their own pockets at the expense of the population.

During his speech, Khamenei said, “no government can go on without the support and trust of the people”. He knows that the mullahs’ day of reckoning is coming. All that remains to be seen for how long the regime can hold on.

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NCRI's news conference on Iranian regime's terrorist activities in Europe

London NCRI Press Conference Reveals New Information About the Regime’s Terror Activities

NCRI's news conference on Iranian regime's terrorist activities in Europe

News Conference by the office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in London disclosing new details on the Iranian regime’s terrorist activities in Europe

On September 12th, 2018, the UK office National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) held a press conference in London. Within it, the Iranian opposition organization shed light on the terror activities of the Iranian regime in Europe.

The NCRI has evidence to suggest that these activities are carried out by the Organisation of Foreign Intelligence Movements. The organization is a sub-division of the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS).

It also has proof that senior members of the Iranian leadership have been involved in the architecture and planning of terrorist attacks on European soil including the very recent foiled plot to bomb MEK‘s rally in Paris. The regime knows that prominent European governments are keen to maintain the status quo. Khamenei, Rouhani, and the mullahs planned the attacks with the belief that European nations would not react adversely.

The conference also addressed the ongoing question of to what extent the Iranian embassies in Europe are involved in the planning of ongoing terror attacks, suggesting they play a key role at different stages of the planning and execution process.

Increased Terror Activity

The last nine months have seen a distinct increase in terrorist activities stemming from the Iranian regime.

In March, a terrorist attack targeting members of the People’s Mujahedin Organisation (MEK) living in exile in Albania was foiled. Those responsible attempted to use a car bomb to attack thousands of MEK members gathered to celebrate the Persian New Year.

Then, in June, an Iranian couple carrying explosives and a detonator were arrested in Belgium, along with an Iranian diplomat from the regime’s embassy in Vienna. The pair planned to attack the MEK’s Grand Gathering in Paris, where more than 600 dignitaries were gathered from more than 70 countries around the world.

Most recently, in August, two Iranian agents were arrested in the United States. The pair stand accused of spying. They were collecting information on MEK members and Jewish centres within the US. It is believed they were carrying out surveillance ahead of a possible terror attack on US soil.

The Organisation of Foreign Intelligence and Movements

It may be no coincidence that this flurry of terrorist activity has occurred in the wake of the birth of the Organisation of Foreign Intelligence and Movements.

On February 8th, 2017, the clerical regime elevated the division from a directorship to an organization. As a result, the Organisation of Foreign Intelligence and Movements likely received a larger budget, making it one of the most prominent divisions of the MOIS.

The Organisation of Foreign Intelligence and Movements is responsible for carrying out espionage and planning terror attacks abroad. It has constructed an extensive network of espionage through the establishment of intelligence centers abroad.

The arrest of Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian diplomat working out of the regime’s embassy in Vienna, suggest that the organization also uses embassies in its nefarious activities.

Assadi stands accused of proving the couple with the explosives, as well as detailed plans on how to carry out the attack in Paris. There is evidence to suggest that he has been head of the European intelligence stations since 2014.

The NCRI has obtained information in recent weeks citing Reza Amiri Moghaddam as the head of the Organisation of Foreign Intelligence and Movements. Moghaddam was a commander in the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) during the Iran-Iraq war. He was also Head of the Iranian regime delegation during talks between Iraq, Iran, and the US following the coalition invasion of Iraq.

This would put Moghaddam among the upper echelons of the MOIS leadership. He likely reports directly to the Iranian Intelligence Minister, Mahmoud Alavi.

The revelation of Moghaddam as head of the Organisation of Foreign Intelligence and Movements helps paint a picture of the planning process for the June 30th terror attack on the MEK’s Grand Gathering in Paris.

The Supreme National Security Council is the decision-making council which includes Intelligence Minister Alavi, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Quds Force Commander Qassam Soleimani, IRGC Commander Mohammad Ali Jafari, among others. It likely put the plan forward for Khamenei’s approval.

Once received, Alavi will have instructed Moghaddam to plan the attack. He will have taken these instructions to Assadollah Assadi at the embassy in Vienna and had him coordinate the planning and execution process.

Assadi is an explosives expert with extensive experience in espionage and demolitions. He has been connected to a number of plots involving bombings and kidnappings. He is suspected of involvement in a 2006 terrorist attack in Iraq, in which 11 workers heading to Camp Ashraf died after the bus they were traveling in exploded.

Assadi gave a terror sleeper cell in Belgium the necessary explosives and instructions but will have overseen the plan personally due to the sensitivity of the operation.

The Role of Iranian Embassies in Terror Activities

The attempted attack in Paris is concerning for a number of reasons. It has thrust Iranian embassy activities under a spotlight.

The attempted attack demonstrates that the regime’s embassies in Europe occupy an integral role in the European terror network. They provide weapons, explosives, and money to the terrorists. They also provide a safe haven where perpetrators can hide after the execution of operations.

The NCRI estimates few embassies in Europe have not been involved in the Iranian regime’s network of terror in some way.

A Regime in Crisis

Another explanation for the heightened terrorist activity for 2018 is that the regime is under considerable pressure at home. A nationwide uprising in 2017 and 2018 opened the floodgates of discontent.

Since January, there has been a steady tide of protests, uprising, and strikes. Rouhani told Parliament in August, “all of a sudden, the atmosphere in the country changed… The slogans gradually became off-bounds… Such scenes seldom existed in previous years.”

Rouhani seems concerned. He has every reason to be. The protestors slogans have been scathing, with many shouting “down with Rouhani”, and “down with Khamenei”.

The mullahs have laid the blame for the protests on the shoulders of the MEK. Ali Shamkhani, the Secretary of the regime’s Supreme National Security Council, promised that the MEK “will receive an adequate response from where they don’t expect it”.

The reality is that while the MEK has mobilized the population, it is the mullahs’ mismanagement of Iran that has led to the people mobilizing in the streets. The regime has proven inadequate at meeting the needs of the Iranian people.

The country is in the midst of an economic crisis. Poverty, corruption, and illiteracy are rife. Suicide rates are spiraling out of control.

The MEK is the target of the regime’s terror network in Europe. The Iranian regime focuses on killing when it should be focusing on reform and improving the lives of the Iranian people.

At the press conference, the NCRI urged the international community to stop the Iranian regime from threatening “the lives of Iranian refugees and opponents, and the security of European countries”.

It proposes that those arrested in Germany and Belgium, including the Iranian couple and Assadollah Assadi, should face trial in Belgium without delay. It also urged European nations to close the regime’s diplomatic missions in Europe and for the regime’s mercenaries, agents, and spies to be “arrested, tried, and expelled”.

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Iranian regime's Minister of Communications expresses fear over the popularity of MEK among the Iranian youth.

MEK Has “Inflicted Severe Blows” with Social Media, Say Regime Experts

Iranian regime's Minister of Communications expresses fear over the popularity of MEK among the Iranian youth.

The Iranian regime is once again expressing fear over the popularity of MEK channels in Telegram and Instagram as a sign of their influence among Iranians and particularly the youth.

The Iranian regime and its officials have abandoned all pretense that the MEK has no power within Iran and have finally been forced to publicly acknowledge the MEK’s influence in the popular uprising currently taking place in Iran.

Regime officials have made a number of statements in recent months about the MEK’s role in the ongoing protests, and state-run media openly speaks of the MEK and its tactics for organizing protests, strikes, and demonstrations.

Regime Communications Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi made recent remarks about the regime’s inability to prevent the MEK from using social media to organize activities and share news about the Iranian Resistance movement. A regime expert followed Jahromi’s statements by acknowledging that the MEK has been more active over the past year. The expert also confirmed the link between the MEK network within Iran and the organization working on behalf of the Iranian people abroad.

The state-run Tehran Press news agency reported on the MEK, referring to the organization as “the enemy.” Tehran Press described the failure of the regime to prevent the MEK from using the Internet to operate, saying that the MEK has “inflicted severe blows” to the Iranian regime through this medium.

The news agency cited a social media researcher, who warned that the popular messaging app Telegram and the social media app Instagram should be considered critical threats to Iran.

Telegram, which is used by more than 40 million people in Iran, is used by the MEK and the Iranian opposition to spread news and organize protests quickly. The regime is so threatened by the effectiveness of Telegram that it was banned earlier this year. Supporters of the Resistance continue to use the app, despite the ban.

The social media researcher cited by Tehran News agency went on to say:

“It should be noted that on the Internet, especially Telegram, the enemy and especially the [MEK], have gained complete control… The terminology of regime change is gaining complete control in social media networks today. If not 100%, a very significant percentage of the context is influenced by regime change terminology used specifically by the PMOI/MEK… These days we see many children of highly devoted individuals linked to the state are completely engulfed in social media platforms completely influenced by the [MEK].”

Even regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has acknowledged the importance of social media in shaping Iran’s youth, saying that the medium has become a “killing ground” for the country’s younger generation. Khamenei’s words reveal his deep fear of the possibility of the youth of Iran learning the truth about the regime.

The regime has access to a massive propaganda operation, but it has failed to succeed against a grassroots effort by a resistance group. The Iranian people, armed with knowledge, are not fooled by propaganda. As they have gained access to information about the democratic alternative to the regime offered by the MEK, they have become unwilling to stand for the mullahs’ corruption. The people of Iran see a future without the mullahs.

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Iran’s Surging Suicide Epidemic

Suicide Epidemic in Iran

Archive Photo- A woman who had committed suicide in Iran, by jumping from over passes.

Suicide is becoming an epidemic across Iranian society. So much so, that Iran Human Rights Monitor has named it a “humanitarian catastrophe”.

The Southern and Western provinces of the country are among the worst affected, including Lorestan, Hamedan, and Khuzistan. All social groups, demographics, women, and even children have fallen victim to Iran’s suicide endemic.

A Suicide Tsunami

In a comprehensive report gathered by Iran Human Rights Monitor, from 2011 to 2015, suicide cases in Iran climbed by 66% among women and 71% among males according to the state-run news agency, Khabar Online. The rate is highest among the Iranian youth.

Human Rights Monitor suggests that the suicide tsunami is borne out of Iran’s increasing socioeconomic problems. For every 15 suicides, 11 stem from economic reasons.

The rial is in freefall, the Rouhani government has plundered the country’s institutions, and the mullahs continue to funnel billions of dollars to military groups and terrorists abroad, leaving the Iranian economy in ruin.

The purchasing power of Iranians fell by more than 48% between March and June 2018. 10% of the population live in absolute poverty, and around 33% of Iranians live below the international poverty line.

There is also little to suggest that Iran’s economic pressures will ease in the near future. Iran’s youth are without hope, living in extreme economic poverty, with little access to jobs. It is hardly surprising that many see suicide as the only way out of their extreme circumstances.

In one instance, a shopkeeper committed suicide by setting himself on fire outside the Tehran municipality on September 12th, 2017. His store had recently been closed down by regime agents, robbing him of his livelihood.

In another instance, in February, a young employee of the Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane Company drowned himself in a canal. He had not been paid by his employer and had large outstanding debts.

Women committed suicide more than men and children are among the dead

Among women, the suicide rate is far higher. Between March 2017 and March 2018, nine women committed suicide every day in Iran. This rate is around twice the rate of male suicide. The preferred method was also self-emulation, with 40% of all female suicides occurring in this way.

Startlingly, more children are turning to suicide as a way out. 212 children under the age of 17 committed suicide over a 12-month period. In the last five months alone, 14 girls under the age of 18 have taken their own lives in Kurdistan Province.

In one case, a boy aged 12 hanged himself after his mother sold his bike to pay for rent on their property.

Treating the symptom, not the cause

The regime’s response has been woeful. In response to an increase in the number of suicide cases due to the consumption of aluminum phosphide, Iranian regime’s Social Deputy Minister of Health, Hadi Ayazi, has suggested controlling aluminum phosphide purchases.

It is a clear case of treating the symptoms instead of the cause. Rather than address the economic crisis that grips Iran by ending the plunder of the country’s financial institutions, ending government corruption, and halting spending on external conflicts, the mullahs would rather limit the public’s ability to purchase aluminum phosphide.

High rates of depression

In addition to crippling financial worries, Iran is among the top ten countries in the world for rates of depression.

The Ministry of Health estimates around 23.4% of the adult population suffered from a mental disorder like depression in the last 12 months. In Tehran, the rate was higher, around 30.2%.

Every individual that commits suicide due to financial ruin and economic worries is another body in the hands of Rouhani and his cronies. How many more people will take their own lives before the mullahs get a grip on the situation?

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MEK: Iranian Regime Executes Three Kurdish Political Prisoners And Missile Attacks DPK

MEK supporters protest against the criminal execution of

Iranian opposition Supporters (MEK activists) protest in Paris, condemning Iranian regime’s execution of the three political prisoners and the criminal missile attack on the Democratic Party of Kurdistan

Human rights groups are condemning the Iranian regime for its recent inhuman use of the death penalty on the Kurdish political prisoners. Kurdish dissidents have long been targeted by the regime, but the recent wave of executions is so extreme that it has drawn international attention.

Executions of Kurdish Political Prisoners

On Saturday, September 8th, Ramin Hossein Panahi, Zaniar and Loghman Moradi were executed in Gohardasht in Karaj. As the three men were Kurdish political prisoners, a number of human rights groups have condemned their executions as politically motivated.

Amnesty International issued a statement about the executions, saying:

“The trials of all three men were grossly unfair. All were denied access to their lawyers and families after their arrest, and all said they were tortured into making ‘confessions.’ In sentencing them to death despite these massive failings in due process, the Iranian authorities have once again demonstrated their brazen disregard for the right to life.”
The U.N. Special Rapporteur on Extra-Judicial Executions, Agnes Callamard, also condemned the executions, writing on Twitter:

“No words of condemnation will be strong enough. #RaminHosseinPanahi execution amounts to an arbitrary killing by the State of #Iran. Given the identity of the victim, this is also a political killing. Despicable.”

Also on Sunday, September 9th, Ahmad Shabab and Nasser Azizi were executed in Iran after being wounded and captured by the Revolutionary Guards in West Azerbaijan province, reported Iran News Wire.

Kurdish Political Prisoner Sentenced to Death

On Monday, September 10th, Kamal Ahmad Nejad was condemned to death by regime judicial authorities in Miyandoab, Western Azerbaijan. According to reports published on the Internet, Nejad was convicted of charges of membership in the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran. Kamal Ahmal Nejad has already served more than four years in prison.

Regime Claims Responsibility for Attacks on Kurdish Dissidents

On Saturday, September 8th, the Iranian regime targeted Kurdish dissidents in Iraq in a missile attack that coincided with the executions of Kurdish political prisoners in Iran. The Revolutionary Guards fired a barrage of missiles upon the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) site.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, condemned the missile attacks, saying:

“The mullahs’ anti-human regime is hell-bent on stepping up the atmosphere of terror and repression to extinguish the Iranian people’s uprising through suppression, executions, bombardment and missile attacks. But it will take that wish to the grave.”

The MEK affirms the right of people of all political and religious affiliations to live without fear. The MEK and its Resistance Units are working with the Iranian people to topple the barbaric regime and end the climate of fear and intimidation that the mullahs have used for the past four decades to suppress the people.

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Iranian regime's consulate in Basra set to fire by angry Iraqi protesters

Iraqi Protesters Set Fire to Iranian Regime Consulate

Iranian regime's consulate in Basra set to fire by angry Iraqi protesters

The Iranian regime’s consulate in Basra burned during the growing protests in the city against the Iranian regime’s meddling in Iraqi affairs

On Friday, hundreds of Iraqi protesters stormed the Iranian consulate in the southern province of Basra, setting fire to the building. Protests have been raging in Basra for the past four days and have become increasingly violent, with at least ten deaths reported so far.

The protesters gathered outside of the Iranian consulate on Friday night, chanting, “Iran, out, out!” They then rushed the building, setting it aflame and burning an Iranian flag.

The demonstrations are in response to systemic government corruption, rampant unemployment, and insufficient public services. Many residents of Basra, which has a mostly Shiite population, blame Iranian-backed political parties for interfering with Iraqi politics. The Iraqi people consider the Iranian regime’s proxies responsible for the city’s mismanagement and poor public services.

The Iranian consulate is located in the upscale neighborhood of al-Bardaiya, southeast of the center of Basra. There were additional reports of protesters marching toward the city’s presidential palaces. Protests have been taking place in Basra and other cities in Iraq’s oil-rich southern Shiite heartland since July.

Conflicting reports have emerged about the number of casualties that have occurred since the protests began. At least ten protesters were killed in clashes with security forces since Monday. Three of the protesters were shot by security forces on Thursday night during a skirmish in which protesters threw Molotov cocktails into a government building and Shiite militia offices, setting them ablaze. Other reports say that both police and civilians have been killed in the protests. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered an investigation into the violent protests, which are still ongoing.

The temporary head of Iraq’s parliament, the eldest lawmaker, called an emergency meeting to address the escalating protests.

Bahram Ghasemi, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman, condemned the attack on the consulate. He said that none of the staff had been injured so far but that the building was significantly damaged, according to Iranian state TV.

Earlier this week, Iraq’s newly-elected parliament held its first session since the national elections in May. The session was adjourned amid disagreements over which of its two blocs had the right to form a new government. Both blocs claimed to hold the most seats.

The new parliament must both rebuilt northern Iraq, which was devastated in the war against the Islamic State, and repair services in southern Iraq, where serious water and electricity shortages have caused protests.

A coalition led by al-Abadi and Moqtada al-Sadr is backed by the United States and Saudi Arabia, while an alliance between former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and militia leader Hadi al-Ameri is supported by the Iranian regime.

Both alliances are dominated by Shiites, who have been the dominant power in Iraq since Saddam Hussein was removed from power in 2003. The largest Sunni blocs support al-Abadi and al-Sadr. The Kurdish parties have not chosen a side.

The Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, a spiritual leader from the Shiite community, condemned the violence against peaceful protesters during the Friday prayers sermon and called for the speedy formation of a new government that can effectively manage the challenges facing Iraq.

The MEK and the Iranian opposition leader, Maryam Rajavi,  have long opposed the Iranian regime’s policy of expansionism and meddling in Iraq.

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