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EU Warns Regime it May Be Forced to Withdrawal from Nuclear Deal

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European Union is considering withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) reported on Friday that the European Union is considering withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal. The EU privately warned the Iranian regime that it will have no choice but to start withdrawing from the deal in November if the Iranian government follows through on its threat to take the fourth step out of compliance with the terms of the nuclear agreement.

The Iranian regime has taken three separate steps in violation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal since the United States announced its departure from the deal and the reimposition of oil sanctions last year. The EU has struggled to preserve the deal despite the regime’s refusal to honor its terms and the failure of INSTEX, a controversial plan which would have allowed the EU to bypass sanctions in order to buy Iranian oil.

A New Violation

On Thursday, the United Nations nuclear watchdog issued a report stating that the Iranian regime has once again breached the nuclear deal, this time by enriching uranium with advanced centrifuges. The regime has further threatened to take further actions to step away from the deal in November.

The EU issued its warning to Tehran at a meeting on Wednesday after three signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal agreed to do so. The warning made it clear that the agreement is now on life support.

The EU informed Tehran that the issue of Iranian non-compliance would be sent to the agreement’s formal dispute mechanism if the next step away from the deal is significant.

If the dispute mechanism is triggered, both sides will have 30 days to prove significant non-compliance. If it proves necessary, global world-wide sanctions snap-backs will occur.

On Thursday, U.S. Senator Tom Cotton issued a statement in response to the Iranian regime’s latest breach of the nuclear deal. He wrote:

“While President Rouhani glad-handed world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly, his nuclear scientists were ramping up the regime’s uranium enrichment using advanced centrifuges. I urge our European allies to recognize the ayatollahs’ deceit and join us in snapping back sanctions on this murderous regime.”

The MEK’s Position

The MEK and the NCRI have repeatedly stressed that nuclear weapons are key to the survival of the Iranian regime. The MEK initially uncovered the Natanz uranium enrichment site and Arak heavy water facility in August 2002, which revealed the extent of the regime’s clandestine nuclear weapons program and triggered inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The ensuing sanctions by the U.N. Security Council prevented the Iranian regime from developing a nuclear bomb, which they almost certainly would have used by now. The MEK members who uncovered the regime’s nuclear program did so at great personal risk in order to protect the world from a deadly threat.

The Iranian regime is now continuing its nuclear weapons program and must not be allowed to continue unchecked. The MEK and the NCRI believe that it is imperative that the regime’s nuclear program be dismantled in its entirety.

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Inflation in Iran

Regime Releases Report Using Fake Data to Portray an Improving Economy

Inflation in Iran

    Despite the Iranian regime’s propaganda economy is in a dire situation

On September 18, Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani’s administration published a report that cited false statistics to support claims that the economic outlook in Iran is improving in both urban and rural areas. The report stated that earnings increases have surpassed the cost of living, leading to financial gains for ordinary Iranians across the country.

These claims run counter to all other published data on the Iranian economy, which consistently show a country in a dire financial crisis. Many Iranians have been forced to dig through public garbage bins to find food or sell their organs to provide for their families. Economic protests are held on a daily basis in cities across Iran with the support of the PMOI/MEK’s Resistance Units.

Reactions from State-run Media

The report and its outlandish statistics were met with incredulity. Even state-run media found the results to be implausible.

The Siasat-e Rooz newspaper, which is closely-tied to regime President Hassan Rouhani’s faction, wrote:

“Over the past few days, a report was published about the survey of earnings and costs of urban and rural families in 2017-2018 that according to experts had strange results. According to this report, the survey shows that in 2017-2018, urban families had on average 43.4 million tomans in earnings and 39.3 million tomans in costs. This is about an average of 3.6 million tomans in earnings per month and 3.3 million tomans in costs.”

The report falsely claimed that Iranian families would save an average of 4.2 million tomans per year after covering their basic needs.

“These statistics are published while the Center for Statistics has repeatedly published reports about skyrocketing inflation in Iran’s economy, announcing it at 42.2 percent last month. This means that living costs have increased 42.2 percent over the past year!” the article continued.

“These claims are made while based on facts on the ground and the living basket of ordinary people shrinking with each passing day, especially because of unchecked rising costs for products like meat, poultry, dairy, and rice,” the article added.

The Arman newspaper, which is also closely tied to Rouhani’s faction, also expressed skepticism about the report’s findings, writing: “The poverty line threshold is three times above a worker’s minimum wage!”

A Failed Strategy

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High prices in Iran crumple Iranians

This study is only the most recent example of the regime’s blatant use of falsehoods and propaganda. The report not only contradicts all other independent data, but it also contradicts data previously published by the regime’s own agencies. The mullahs have no regard for the truth and have shown no regard for the intelligence of the Iranian people.

It is evident from the reactions to this story in state-run media, which almost never contradict the regime, and from the daily protests in Iran, that very few Iranians believe the mullahs’ lies anymore. This has been the case for several years, and discontent with the regime’s dishonesty and corruption is growing.

Prior to the 2018 Uprising, the regime attempted to divide the people into moderates versus hardliners to channel their frustration into arbitrary factions. The Mujahedin-e Khalq/ MEK has led the way in showing the people that there are no moderates within the Iranian regime. The entire system must be dismantled if Iran is to be free and prosperous.

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MEK Iran Reveals Iran’s grizzly organ trade

A wall in Farhang Hosseini alley filled with selling and buying advertisements for body organs.

Thousands of people in Iran are being forced to sell their body parts, including livers, lungs, bone marrow, blood, kidneys, and corneas, on the growing black market, according to opposition activists.

The National Council of Resistance to Iran (NCRI) provided a dossier detailing allegations of the shocking trade, which has turned into a “lucrative business”, to the Daily Star Online.

The Iranian activists, who are living in exile, said that the economic strain in Iran is why thousands of people are desperate enough to sell their organs, which can go for up to $50,000.

NCRI spokesman Shahin Gobadi described this as an “untold catastrophe” and a “systemic problem”.

He added: “The tragedy of Iranians, especially the youths, selling their body parts to survive or to address their own basic needs or those of their families in a country like Iran that has seven percent of the world’s natural resource is an untold catastrophe.”

The dossier includes photos of graffiti, where people have advertised their organs on buildings near hospitals, and a website which advertises the buying and selling of organs via “organ brokers”, who prey on the desperation of both buyer and seller. Messages on this site include:

  • “Hello, I want to see my kidney under the market price”
  • “Willing to sell kidney due to financial problems”
  • “Urgent sale of kidney”
  • “I need the money urgently, I am willing to come anywhere in Iran”
  • “God would damn the owner of this website”

Most of those selling their organs are aged 22-34 and are encouraged to submit their blood group, mobile number and personal details to the broker.

The NCRI spoke to one dealer, who said that organ brokers can earn up to $56,000 a month, who admitted preying on the poor and even the families of “brain-dead patients” in hospitals.
The dealer said: “Most of those who sell their kidneys are from the lower strata of the society. I find them through friends who live in small towns or poor suburbs. Subsequently, they are satisfied and the price is set. Of course, they are introduced as the donor and the acquaintance of the patient to make the job easier.”

Kidneys are the most in-demand, with blood plasma and livers being more expensive. Here is the price per body part on the black market:

  • Kidneys – $5k to $10k
  • Livers – $50k
  • Corneas – $20k
  • Bone marrow – $10k

Tehran is reportedly the center of the organ trade, with an alley known as “Kidney Street” and the area is tagged with numerous A4 sheets of paper counting personal details of people selling their organs.

Resistance and Political Change Will Come from the Depths of Economic Despair

Gobadi said that the Iranian Regime had pillaged the country’s resources and spent billions running “proxy wars” in Yemen, Lebanon, and Syria.

He said: “It is very telling that the painful trend of selling body parts continued and even intensified following the signing of the Iran Nuclear Deal, which released more than 100 billion dollars and enabled the regime to sell more than two million barrels of oil on a daily basis. As the Iranian Resistance said at the time, this windfall was not spent on improving the abysmal living conditions of the Iranian people.”

He continued: “Through embezzlement, theft and astronomical pillaging of these resources, the Iranian regime’s leaders have devoted most of these resources to suppression at home and export of terrorism as well as financing terrorist groups, fomenting proxy wars in the Middle East and working to obtain weapons of mass destruction.”

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MEK Network: At Least 177 Protests in Iran During August

Protests of teachers in Iran

Photo credit to Iran News Wire: Teachers protest against their poor economic condition in dozens of cities in Iran, 2019

At least 177 protests took place in 57 cities, villages, and industrial regions in Iran during the month of August, according to reports from the people’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK) sources inside Iran. More than 21 people were sentenced to prison or lashes due to their participation in protests in August.

The following is a summary of the protests that took place in Iran during August:

Workers

Total number of protests: 83

Locations: 29 cities, commercial areas, and industrial towns in 20 provinces

Protesters: Forest rangers at the Shafavard Forest Company, workers in the Sisakht municipality, HEPCO workers in the city of Arak, Fasa Sugar Cube factory workers, and RAMCO (Rehabilitation & Maintenance Petrochemical Co.) workers in the city of Ahvaz.

The workers protested low and delayed wages, lack of job security, the dismissal of workers, non-renewal of contracts, and privatization.

Defrauded Credit Customers

Total number of protests: 12

Locations: 4 cities

Protesters: Defrauded customers of the Revolutionary Guards-affiliated Caspian Credit Institution, Ramak Auto, Avizco Auto, Shadi Gold Institute, Adineh Complex, Persian Pars Auto, and the Kimia project.

The protesters demanded the return of their stolen savings.

Retirees

Total number of protests: 6

Locations: 4 cities

Protesters: Retirees of the Fars Province Telecommunications Company, the Nilo Tile factory, the Isfahan Telecommunication Company, and the Tehran metro, and pensioners in the northwestern province of Eastern Azerbaijan.

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Archive photo: Retired Iranian bank employees from all over Iran came to Tehran to protest their low pension. The protesters gathered outside the Bank Pension Fund Office- October 2018

Teachers

Total number of protests:17

Locations: 8 cities in 8 provinces

Teachers protested low and unpaid wages, poor living conditions, the lack of official hiring status, and the arrest of their colleagues. Schools are currently on summer break, so these protests are noteworthy.

Other Protests

Total number of protests: 38

Locations: 28 cities in 19 provinces

Protesters: Employees of rural telecommunications; disabled Iranians; villagers in Hani Garmaleh, Kermanshah Province; and landowners in Mahmoud Abad, Mazandaran Province.

Hunger Strikes by Iranian Prisoners

Total number of hunger strikes: 13

Locations: 8 prisons in 7 cities

Prisoners who embarked on hunger strikes included :

  • Akbar Gavili, a civil rights activist and former member of the Kurdistan Green Association, in protest of his arrest;
  • female prisoners in Section 5 of Tehran’s Qarchak Prison, in protest of prison conditions;
  • Mohammad Najafi, a lawyer, and activist currently detained in Arak Prison, in protest of being held in quarantine;
  • Kamran Darvish, a political prisoner in Orumieh Central Prison in protest of not being released on bail;
  • Akbar Bagheri, a political prisoner currently detained in Greater Tehran Penitentiary in protest of his prison sentence, not receiving an appeal in the Supreme Court, not receiving medical attention, and being sent to Greater Tehran Prison;
  • Ali Ashraf Parvaneh in protest of not being allowed to leave after 18 years in prison.
  • Environmentalists Amir Hossein Khaleghi, Taher Ghadirian, Sepideh Kashani, Homan Jukar, and Nilofar Bayani in protest of their continued illegal temporary detention;
  • Hamzeh Darvish, a Sunni prisoner currently being held in Rajaie Shahr Prison in protest of not being allowed to choose his lawyer and issues related to his legal case;
  • Amir Nourzehi, an Afghan national currently held in Zahedan Prison in protest of prison officials’ refusal to tell him who filed charges against him.

The MEK salutes the brave protesters who continue to stand up to the mullahs despite the regime’s attempts to intimidate and suppress them.

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Assembly of Experts Member: The People Dislike Us

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Scenes of the Iranian people protesting the mullahs’ rule

A member of the regime’s Assembly of Experts stated the obvious in recent remarks about the Iranian people. Hashem Hashemzadeh Herisi, a former member of Iran’s Majlis (parliament) and a current member of the Assembly of Experts, said, “The people dislike us and are discontent with us… not only our narrative but everything about us must change.”

Herisi, who also serves as the Friday prayers imam in Tabriz, Azerbaijan Province, added, “We talk the talk of Takfir, considering one side the servants of the regime and the other traitors.”

Friday prayers imams are Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s mouthpieces in Iran’s cities and towns. The Assembly of Experts is tasked with choosing the Supreme Leader. It is worth noting that Herisi speaks for the mullahs when he says that the people don’t like them.

In reference to the regime’s founder and first Supreme Leader, Herisi said: “Khomeini was afraid of the people and the people’s discontent, and when the time comes that they will put us all aside. [Khomeini] said you should be afraid of the day when the people understand your nature,” he added.

“In some of the Quran’s verses, it says that the most unfortunate of people are those who do something wrong and think that they’ve done something right,” Herisi concluded.

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The poor economic situation in Iran

Archive Photo- Long ques for purchasing rationed meat in Iran- Tehran

In a recent interview with the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC)–affiliated Fars news agency, former Majlis (parliament) member Emad Afroogh discussed the growing despair among the Iranian people over the unbearable economic conditions in the country. “According to a survey, 78 percent of the people believe their most dire problems are economic,” he said.

“Today, the people, when they compare their living conditions with that of officials, they come to the conclusion that nobody is caring for them and they are sort of abandoned,” Emad Afroogh he continued. “People face increasing prices every day and authorities try to pacify them with empty promises.”

Economic conditions have grown so dire that many Iranians have resorted to digging through public garbage cans for food, according to previous MEK reports. Protests by defrauded investors, unpaid workers and pensioners, and workers demanding better pay and benefits are a daily occurrence in cities across Iran. The MEK has been active in helping to organize and spread information about protests and demonstrations, which has led to desperate attempts by the regime to stifle dissent and eliminate the MEK and the Iranian Resistance.

The Upcoming School Year

The summer break ends in a few weeks, and many Iranian parents worry that they will be unable to afford basic school supplies for their children. Stationery prices alone have risen by over 40 percent in just the past year, and families are struggling to make ends meet without added expenses.

To add insult to injury, notebooks are now printed with regime propaganda to reinforce the misinformation which has been sprinkled throughout students’ textbooks since the dawn of the mullahs’ rule.

Of course, people dislike the mullahs. Unfortunately, the regime is unwilling to change its ways. The Iranian people are responsible for changing the regime and this change will be achieved by the main Iranian opposition movement, PMOI/MEK.

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Pensioners & Teachers take it to the streets in Tehran and Isfahan

MEK-Iran: Protests inside Iran Increase despite Regime Suppression

Pensioners & Teachers take it to the streets in Tehran and Isfahan

Hundreds of pensioners and teachers gathered in Tehran and Isfahan asking for their pensions. The protesters also called for the release of their fellow activists that had been imprisoned during the previous protests. August 26, 2019

Based on reports from MEK sources, Iranians from all walks of life staged protests over the past few days as widespread dissatisfaction with the regime and its policies continues to mount among every sector of society. Protests were held by retirees, teachers, workers, defrauded investors, and people with disabilities.

Protests by Retirees

On Monday, August 26th, hundreds of retirees gathered outside of the Labor Ministry building in Tehran to protest low pensions, late payments, inflation, and high prices. Demonstrators carried signs that read: “They used Islam as ladder [to enrich themselves] and impoverish the people,”

“Workers, teachers must not be jailed,” “Jailed teachers must be freed,” and “Leave Syria alone, think of us.”

Protests by Retirees in Isfehan center of iran

A number of participants were detained during the demonstration

 

Protest by Teachers

A large group of teachers and retirees held a demonstration in the city of Isfahan in Central Iran on Monday. The protesters gathered near Enghelab (Revolution) Square to demand higher wages and pensions and better healthcare. They held signs that read: “Livelihood, dignity, and health are our inalienable rights,” “We will not rest until we obtain our rights,” “Raise teachers’ wages above the poverty line,” “Our enemy is right here, they lie when they say it’s America,” “Leave Syria alone, think of us,” and “No theft, no humiliation, these are the nation’s chants.”

Security forces attacked the protesters, assaulting and arresting a number of participants.

 

 

 

A large group of teachers and retirees held a demonstration

Archive Photo: The retire teachers gathered despite threats from the regime.

Protest by Defrauded Investors

MEK sources inside Iran reported that a group of defrauded investors held a protest on Saturday in the city of Rasht in northern Iran. The protesters gathered in the city’s prayer center to demand the return of their stolen savings from the Adineh Complex. The complex was pre-sold to investors by its developers, but construction has still not been completed.

Other Protests

The MEK network reported at least six protests on Saturday in cities across Iran, including Tehran, Arak, Ahvaz and Rasht. Workers defrauded car buyers, and people with disabilities were among those who held protests and demonstrations.

A Call from the Iranian Resistance

The Iranian Resistance salutes the protesters across the country who are standing up for their rights, despite the suppressive tactics of the mullahs and their henchmen. It calls on the Iranian people, especially the youth, to support the teachers, retirees, and the many others who are protesting against the oppression of the religious fascist regime. It further calls upon international human rights groups and workers unions to condemn the Iranian regime’s ruthless suppression of the protesters and to take immediate action to secure the release of those who were detained.

The Iranian regime is notorious for its treatment of political prisoners. Protesters and others who are arrested for political dissent are frequently tortured, sometimes to the point of death. Political prisoners can be denied legal representation under the pretense of “security” crimes, and all prisoners in Iran are subjected to inhumane, unsanitary, and overcrowded conditions.

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Regime Calls for Unity to Counter Fear of The Uprisings

Ali Khamenei, the top mullah responsible for the crimes against humanity in Iran

Ali Khamenei, expressing concern about the infighting among regime fractions in light of the growing protests against the regime.

Regime authorities are once again stressing the importance of unity between opposing factions as the clerical regime teeters dangerously close to being overthrown. Regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani, and officials of all levels have emphasized that regime leaders must put aside their differences, at least publicly, in order to weather the “current dangers” facing the clerical dictatorship.

 

The “current dangers” are of course the regime’s growing fear of the people’s uprisings particularly with the role the MEK, has been playing in mobilizing the, which pose a threat to the mullahs’ continued claim to power. Officials call for unity time and time again, but they have repeatedly failed to address the fundamental problem facing Iran: the Iranian people are unified against the mullahs, and no amount of solidarity amongst officials can change their desire for regime change.

Increasing Rifts

Khamenei appoints Friday prayer Imams to act as his mouthpieces to the public. He recently met with Friday prayer Imams to discuss messaging in Friday prayers and voiced his concern about criticizing officials and regime institutions in Friday prayer sermons.

“We shouldn’t raise an issue immediately in Friday prayers when we see it in governmental, judicial, or other institutions,” he said, emphasizing that this “would increase the rifts and differences and agitate the population.”

 

Massih Mohajeri, a mullah close to Rouhani’s faction and the editor-in-chief of the Islamic Republic newspaper, claimed that Friday prayer Imams are doing the very thing Khamenei warned against. While admitting the hatred and illegitimacy even within the ranks of the regime supporters, he blamed the problem on poorly-qualified Imams in an article in the newspaper he edits.

“The reason why participants of Friday prayers are decreasing over the past recent years is that there has been negligence in the necessary qualities for choosing Friday prayer imams,” he explained.

“There are Friday prayer imams who lack the necessary qualities and don’t have the ability to attract the people and unite them,” he continued. “In recent decades, a large amount of money and energy have been spent on building prayer sites in different cities. However, there hasn’t been much spent to significantly improve the quality of Friday prayer imams. The result is that we have praying sites but no worshippers and the number of individuals who participate in Friday prayers all over the country is a fraction of the population that actually prays. More importantly, the number of young people present is very small. This means that the Friday prayer imams lack connection to the current generation,” he added.

No Difference between Factions

In a July 13th interview, Mohebbian, a conservative Iranian regime strategist, admitted what the MEK has said for years: “Due to the disappointment about the management of [Iranian] political movements, the population has concluded that one political movement is like the other and there is no difference,” Mohebbian said.

“The internal and external difficulties of the conservative movement is serious as is that of the moderates. The most important problem of conservatives is their weakness in political marketing for their opinions among the population. Eventually, the people will move beyond both [factions],” he added. A very clear admission of the fear the entire corrupt and repressive regime has from the people’s uprising.

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Plundering the Iranian people's wealth by the current regime

Rouhani’s Energy Minister Blames “Consumerist Society” for U.S. Sanctions, Saying “Iranians Eat a Lot”

Plundering the Iranian people's wealth by the current regime

Forty years of corruption and repression, has left the Iranian people in terrible economic condition.

The Iranian regime was sanctioned by the United States because of the Iranian people’s “bad habits in consumption,” said Iranian regime Ministry of Energy Reza Ardakanian in a recent interview with the state-run ILNA News Agency.

“Iranians eat a lot and dress in extravagance,” asserted Ardakanian. In fact, state-run news agencies reported that Iranians are now eating 70% less than they were before the current economic crisis, and many have resorted to digging through public garbage bins to find food.

Ardakanian claimed that Iranians had more food, clothing, and higher housing budgets than people in developed countries but have satisfaction and happiness levels at “one-hundredth” of that of people from developed and industrialized countries. The Energy Minister did not name any specific countries, but he may have been referring to the 2019 Gallup Global Emotions Report, which ranked Iran as one of the five unhappiest countries in the world.

According to Ardakanian, the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions on Iran was due to a “consumerist society.”

“The reason we were sanctioned was our bad habits in consumption,” he said. “The (U.S.) realized that our weakness is consumption. We are a consumerist society. Why is China not being sanctioned like this? Because they are satisfied with one meal a day.”

Ardakanian’s statements contradict the regime’s own reports, which show that the economy is in crisis. Iran’s economic condition has become so dire that some economists have begun to draw class distinctions in Iran based on levels of poverty. There is no longer a middle class; there are only the elite and the poor, and the poor can be divided into subgroups.

The Poverty Line

The poverty line is the minimum level of income that is considered adequate. 80% of Iranians live below the poverty line.

The Absolute Poverty Line

The absolute poverty line is the level at which a family cannot provide for their basic needs, such as food, shelter, clothing, and hygiene. Absolute poverty is a life-threatening condition.

Hossein Raghfar, an economist associated with the regime, puts the absolute poverty line in Iran at 1.5 million tomans per month (approximately 120 USD).

According to Raghfar, 40% of Iranians live under the absolute poverty line, based on 2012 statistics.

The Extreme Poverty Line

Raghfar also discussed the extreme poverty line, which has also been called the “line of hunger” or the “line of death.” Families living in extreme poverty cannot meet their basic food needs even with their combined salaries. Raghfar said that more than 14% of rural Iranians currently live in extreme poverty.

The economic catastrophe in Iran is the result of forty years of corruption and incompetence at the hands of the mullahs. There is no free market in Iran, only a system in which half of the economy is controlled by the Revolutionary Guards. While 80% of the Iranian people live in poverty, the mullahs and their friends plunder the country’s wealth and resources on terrorism, warmongering, and oppression.

The MEK believes that true democracy depends on a market economy that is accessible to every Iranian. No free country can function when its wealth is distributed only to those in power, particularly when those in power are incompetent and their rule is absolute.

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Infighting within Iran parliament

Majlis Members Argue About Who Should Be Blamed for Economic Disaster

Infighting within Iran parliament

Infighting among regime parliamentarians a reflection of the insolvable internal crisis within the regime.

On Sunday, the Iranian Majlis (parliament) held a public session which devolved into factional infighting as regime leaders attempted to pass the blame for the country’s escalating economic crisis.

 

Hardliners from Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s faction blame regime President Hassan Rouhani and his government for the country’s economic woes. Members of Rouhani’s “moderate” faction have attempted to push back on this narrative, arguing that blaming the regime empowers the MEK and the Iranian Resistance.

Ignore the Problem

Mohammad Kazemi, a so-called moderate Majlis member made this argument at Sunday’s session, saying:

“We should fear a tomorrow where, due to incompetence and bad timing, the people are disillusioned about the impact of committed movements and personalities, and pro-regime change activists will take the lead in the country’s politics.”.

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The bankrupt and corrupt Iranian regime economy.

Blame the Elites

Majlis member Sakineh Almasi was quick to point the blame for Iran’s economic disaster on the country’s elite. She cited several examples of corruption by the elite in Asaluyeh, southern Iran, where a large portion of Iran’s oil and gas industry is concentrated.

“Asaluyeh is like a dairy cow and the petrochemicals being the wallet of the elite. Innocent locals in Asaluyeh die because of chemicals so that the elite can have economic rent in figures reaching hundreds of trillions of rials [billions of dollars]. Such money at times ends up in the U.S. and Canada,” she confessed, revealing the extent of corruption within the regime’s ranks.

Almasi said that 450 workers at the South Pars gas fields have not received their wages for several months, blaming the economic elite for the delays and subsequent protests.

“In the current economic circumstances, it has been months since they are in this limbo, there is no way to pay them and their insurances haven’t also been paid. Their daily protest rallies in Asaluyeh have been repeatedly exploited by the opposition media outlets,” she added.

Workers from many sectors of Iranian society have protested over delayed or unpaid wages over the past year. Teachers, municipal employees, and pensioners have all waited months for their paychecks because of the crumbling economy and the regime’s substandard labor practices.

State the Obvious

Majlis member Gholiallah Gholizadeh stated the obvious: “The people can’t bear any more relentless economic pressures.” He failed to offer a solution.

Blame Rouhani

Hardliners from Khamenei’s party placed the blame for the country’s economic issues squarely at the feet of Rouhani.

“[Rouhani] has delegated responsibilities to unqualified and lazy sybarites who worship their sons-in-law, children, relatives, and acquaintances. And money,” he said, faulting Rouhani’s incompetence for the “loss of opportunities.”

Hardliner Jabbar Kuchakinejad criticized Rouhani for bringing up the issue of constitutional authority.

“Instead of taking care of the people’s problems, Rouhani has raised the issue of his own authority,” he said. He raises the issue of a referendum and other mandates related to ministries so that we increase the government’s dimensions. This means, instead of taking care of the people’s fundamental needs, Rouhani has entered the sidelines.”

The economic catastrophe facing Iran has left 80% of its citizens living below the poverty level and forced many to sell their organs to meet basic needs or rummage through public trash cans to find food. The situation is not sustainable and continues to deteriorate.

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Iran's Economy on the verge of collapse

Iran on the Verge of Economic Collapse, Rouhani Loses Sleep

Iran's Economy on the verge of collapse

Iran’s Economy in its worst condition in decades

Iran is in a downward spiral of escalating social and economic crises caused by forty years of corruption and mismanagement under the mullahs’ dictatorship. The ruling regime has attempted to deny the severity of the problem, to deflect blame onto others (faulting the United States for the economic catastrophe caused by the regime’s corruption and terrorist actions and blaming the MEK for the widespread social unrest caused by years of poverty and oppression), and to suppress anti-regime protests and political dissent in a series of desperate ploys to hold onto power.

In recent months, however, the situation has become so grave that even those at the highest levels of the regime have been forced to acknowledge the severity of the problems facing Iran.

In a May 18th speech to Iranian teachers, regime President Hassan Rouhani admitted that the problems facing the country were so dire he considered himself blessed if he managed to sleep two hours a night.

“We have hard days ahead; our days are more difficult than you think,” he said. “The hardships are so grave that some nights if I sleep for two hours, I thank God that I slept two hours.”

Rouhani is undoubtedly losing sleep more because of his fear of losing power than because of concern for the welfare of the Iranian people, but both issues are intertwined. The Iranian people have reached their breaking point, and the widespread social unrest in the country is due to boiling over into a full-scale rebellion.

Unemployment among Millennials

On May 14th, the state-run Emtiaz Daily newspaper cited alarming data about the number of millennials currently unemployed in Iran.

“According to the Ministry of Cooperatives, Labor and Social Welfare Center of Statistics, of the 8.16 million people born in the ’80s, about 4.7 million people are employed while 3.9 million are unemployed,” the article read.

Millennials, who range from their late 20s to late 30s, are at peak child-rearing age. The overwhelming majority of these 3.9 million unemployed people have families to support. With an average household of four, that means that almost 16 million Iranian citizens who depend on a millennial breadwinner are left without a means of support.

Emigration

According to a 2018 report by the state-run Asre Iran newspaper, 40% of those unemployed in Iran were university graduates.

Educated Iranians see no hope in the country’s future, and they are leaving in droves. The Economist reported that as many as 150,000 university-educated Iranians leave the country each year. This creates a “brain drain” in which there are not enough talented minds to drive innovation and strengthen the economy.

According to the Economist report, one of the reasons for the mass emigration is that Iranians “long ago lost their revolutionary zeal.”

Rising Food Prices

Increasing food prices have made it impossible for many impoverished families to meet their basic needs, even while working two jobs.

Over the course of just a few hours, the price of macaroni skyrocketed from 3,100 tomans to 5,450 tomans. Tuna fish rose from 9,200 tomans to 15,500 tomans.

Eggs and rice have also reportedly increased in prices during the month of Ramadan.

Sugar has become difficult to find at all, and grains have gone up in price by 40% over just a few days.

In 2016, well before the economic crisis had reached its current level, Ali Akbar Siari, Iran’s Deputy Minister of Health said that 30 percent of the people in the country hungry and did not have bread to eat, citing statistics from the regime’s Ministry of Cooperatives, Labor and Social Welfare. Poverty, inflation, and food prices have all skyrocketed since then.

Many Iranians have been forced to rummage through public trash bins for food in order to avoid starvation. State-run media reports that Iranians eat 70% less food than they did previously.

Rouhani may only sleep for two hours tonight, but it is unlikely that he will go to bed hungry.

Staff writer

 

 

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