In the spotlight of the Iranian state media, President Ebrahim Raisi’s government is celebrating the proposed “Seventh Development Plan”.
In the spotlight of the Iranian state media, President Ebrahim Raisi’s government is celebrating the proposed “Seventh Development Plan”. Touted as a solution for Iran’s economic turmoil, skeptics question its viability, considering the failure of the previous six iterations.
Tehran, the capital of Iran, has been recognized as the most challenging city globally for individuals to purchase a house.
New statistics indicate that an average house in Tehran costs the equivalent of 158 years of income for those in lower-income occupations, creating a dire predicament for workers and retirees. In stark contrast, Muscat, Oman, boasts a much lesser rate, with housing costs amounting to less than five years of income for the same demographic. Other notable capital cities, such as Islamabad, Seoul, and Lisbon, also rank significantly lower than Tehran.
The Caucus is co-presided by Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) and Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC). Iranian opposition President-elect Maryam Rajavi of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), attended the hearing virtually.
Congresswoman Jackson-Lee commended the bravery of Iranian women and youths leading the protests and lauded the relentless efforts of the Iranian diaspora to amplify the voice of their compatriots. In addition, she expressed her support for Mrs. Rajavi’s leading role in Iran’s struggle for freedom.
The nationwide Iran uprising endures with an unprecedented resolve, demonstrating an organized and tenacious movement. Despite the regime’s escalating brutality, its inability to quell what protestors call a ‘revolution’ cements the movement’s resilience.
This steadfastness, mirroring uniform slogans, inventive strategies, and formidable defiance, owes largely to the systematic efforts of the Resistance Units linked with the main organized opposition, the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK). The regime’s growing desperate and alarmist rhetoric against the MEK emphasizes the organization’s expanding influence, especially among the youth and women.
Iranian political prisoner Golrokh Iraee has exposed the regime’s strategies to regain legitimacy in a letter sent from Evin Prison on Friday, May 5.
In the letter, she refers to the regime’s amnesty theatrics in February and states, “Forcing people to express regret does not restore the lost legitimacy.” Iraee highlights the dire state of society, with rampant poverty, unemployment, and human rights abuses.
As Iran continues to grapple with ongoing protests, state media outlets linked to the regime’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, are issuing warnings about a stronger wave of dissent due to the country’s escalating social and economic crises.
On May 2, the state-run Farhikhtegan daily cautioned the Iranian establishment about the consequences of ignoring social developments and making ill-informed decisions.
The theocratic regime’s misguided policies and poor economic management have stirred up widespread anger among the population, exacerbating social and economic crises to an unprecedented level. The paper highlighted the emergence of social movements between 1990 and 2016, which evolved into social riots involving all social strata after failing to receive appropriate responses from the regime.
The clerical regime is currently in disarray, having endured a prolonged period of public demonstrations and harsh security force crackdowns following the tragic death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in September. Amini was detained by the state’s morality police, which sparked further unrest. The ongoing nature of these protests, despite oppressive measures, has revealed the regime’s fragility and inability to address the prevailing crises.
Farhikhtegan warns that if the current situation continues, the rebellion could potentially collapse and transform into a revolution. The paper calls for a fundamental revision of Iran’s political, cultural, and social systems to address the alarming rebelliousness within the society.
The state-run Etemad newspaper also highlighted the growth of economic problems and the frustration of unfulfilled dreams as factors fuelling violence in various dimensions. It described the people’s hatred towards the regime as “violence,” while acknowledging the precarious state of affairs.
As the possibility of regime change looms, the international community needs to adopt a more resolute stance beyond mere vocal support and condemnations of the regime’s transgressions.
Continuing negotiations with the current regime is futile and akin to backing a dead horse in a race. Instead, the global community should intensify pressure on the regime by designating the IRGC as a terrorist organization and supporting the people’s right to self-defense. This will send a clear message that the world stands with the Iranian people in their quest for a more just and equitable society.
As Iran’s nationwide uprising enters its 231st day, the regime has been ramping up chemical gas attacks and executions in an attempt to quell unrest.
Deliberate poisonings, targeting mostly innocent schoolgirls, have spread fear throughout the country. Iranians continue to hold Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), and paramilitary Basij units responsible for their suffering.