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Impoverished Nowruz due to bankrupt economy in Iran

Iranians Struggle to Celebrate Nowruz in Grim Economic Climate

Impoverished Nowruz due to bankrupt economy in Iran

The bankrupt economy under the rule of the religious dictatorship in Iran has lowered people’s ability to do the traditional shopping at Nowruz

On March 21st, Iranians will welcome in the Persian New Year. Nowruz, which takes place on the first day of spring, is a celebration of freshness and renewal that predates the clerical regime by well over a thousand years. Nowruz is deeply ingrained in the cultural history of Iran and has persisted despite the mullahs’ attempts to limit public celebrations of the holiday.

Iranians celebrate Nowruz by buying new clothes and shoes, preparing Haft-sin tables, doing spring cleaning and decluttering, and hosting out-of-town family members. Large meals are prepared, and older family members give gifts of cash to children.

Economic Crisis

This year’s Nowruz comes in the midst of an economic crisis that has left 80% of the population under the poverty line. Many workers go months without receiving their wages if they are lucky enough to have jobs at all. With the majority of Iranians struggling to make ends meet, families are struggling to find ways to celebrate Nowruz traditions.

Some breadwinners have taken three jobs already just to pay the bills and feed their families. People are now taking additional work hours and cutting out extra expenses, such as eating at restaurants and going on vacations, to pay for Nowruz.

In Nowruz 2018, one U.S. dollar was equal to 3,500 tomans, exported tea cost 30,000-40,000 tomans per kilo, red meat cost 40,000 tomans per kilo, and sugar cost 2,800 tomans per kilo.

As of last week, one U.S. dollar is equal to 13,000 tomans, tea costs 140,000-160,000 tomans, red meat costs 120,000 tomans, and sugar costs 8,000-10,000 tomans per kilo.

Rent prices have more than doubled in the past year, and all goods except for bread and gas have more than doubled or tripled.

Wages have remained stagnant over the past year and are only expected to increase by 10-20% over the next year.

The state-run media has also acknowledged the troubling lack of purchases leading up to Nowruz. According to a recent article published by the ILNA news agency, “Neither vendors are happy with the market situation nor customers have a tendency to buy anything. It seems that this year, we start the year unlike any other year with high prices. There is little commotion in the bazaar… Even fruit prices have increased.”

Regime’s Denial

Meanwhile, regime First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri recently claimed that Iran’s economic problems were in the past.

The Iranian people are not fooled by the regime’s false claims. They know that the economic crisis is not over. That is plain. And they know that the responsibility for the problem lies at the feet of the regime. Anti-regime protests take place on a daily basis in Iran, and the MEK’s Resistance Units grow stronger each day. The people know that there is an alternative to the corruption and mismanagement of the mullahs’ regime.

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Khaje Nasiredeen university students' protest

Escalating Protests Show the Escalation of the Resistance Movement in Iran

Khaje Nasiredeen university students' protest

The students at Khaje Nasiredeen University protesting the ruling regime and campus officials’ neglect of their human rights-March 2019

On Tuesday, March 12, reports emerged from MEK sources inside Iran of another series of protests breaking out across the country. Unpaid salaries have mobilized large swathes of the Iranian population. This time, it was clients of the Caspian credit firm, a company closely affiliated with the regime’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), that were demanding their money.

An Unpaid Population

Since the beginning of 2019, railway workers, teachers, bus drivers, and taxi drivers have all taken to the streets over unpaid salaries and poor working conditions. Years of economic mismanagement, corruption, and embezzlement have left Iranian institutions hollow. Regime officials have plundered workers’ savings, leaving many Iranians struggling to survive in the midst of an economic crisis.

On Tuesday, the clients of Caspian gathered outside the offices of the Judiciary in Tehran to demand reimbursement for their stolen savings. They were the victims of what amounted to a government-run Ponzi scheme.

A Movement Building

On the same day that Caspian investors demanded their money in Tehran, in Southern Iran workers at the South Pars gas field projects were holding a strike of their own. The workers had begun their strike the preceding morning following two months of unpaid wages. There were pensioners among the workers that complained their pension had not been paid out for two years.

Elsewhere, in Tehran, students attending the Khaje Nasiredeen University protesting the ruling regime and campus officials’ neglect of their human rights. They released a statement that read, “we the students of Khaje Nasiredeen University announce today that enough is enough and [the] neglect must come to an end. The students’ basic rights must be respected and we demand all our rights be acknowledged.” Similar protests have taken place at Razi University in Kermanshah and the Science University in Mazandaran, sources from MEK report.

The students and investors are part of a wider resistance movement building in Iran. Everywhere across the country, workers, students, pensioners, ethnic minorities, and human rights activists are calling for regime change. Iranians have had enough of the persistent mismanagement of Iranian finances.

They are tired of the mullahs using the savings of hardworking Iranians to fund foreign wars and terror groups. They are tired of being kept in abstract poverty while the mullahs enjoy a lifestyle of opulence. They are tired of seeing their funds funneled to Hezbollah in Lebanon, Assad’s regime in Syria and the Houthis in Yemen, etc.

Iranian voices will not be silenced anymore. They are making their voices heard.

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3rd day of protest by teachers across Iran

Iran’s Defiant Teachers Will not Be Silenced

3rd day of protest by teachers across Iran

Nationwide protests by teachers across Iran- MEK sources report strikes in more than 110 cities across Iran over low payments and repressive measures against teachers

On Sunday, March 3rd, Iranian teachers mobilized for their latest round of protests and sit-ins. Teachers from across Iran staged demonstrations over the regime’s inaction to address their basic demands. Reports from MEK sources inside Iran indicate that teachers from Tehran, Isfahan, Mashhad, Shiraz, Karaj, Qazvin, Yazd, Kermanshah, and Saqqez, among others, protested unpaid wages and regime economic mismanagement.

A String of Protests from Educators

Iran’s educators have protested on a number of occasions over the last 14 months. Government corruption, economic decline, and unpaid wages have left Iran’s teachers struggling to make a living and support themselves and their families.

The teachers have repeatedly demanded higher wages, economic reform to ease their financial hardship, free education for all, and equal rights for Iranian ethnic and religious minorities. Retired teachers have also joined the cause and asked for an increase in the funds allocated to the country’s education sector.

However, the regime has been steadfast in its refusal to even acknowledge the teachers’ demands. It has responded by arresting prominent teachers’ rights activists and threatened those attending protests.

Teachers have remained defiant and have turned out in vast numbers to protest the regime on several occasions. In December, teachers were attacked and arrested during a peaceful protest. On November, 12 were detained and held in regime custody for over their involvement in protests. They also staged strikes in October, and May last year. Each time, Iran’s brave teachers continued and sustained their protests in the face of regime threats, arrests, and violent baton and pepper spray attacks.

The Regime Cannot Stifle the Voice of Justice

Iran’s teachers, like other segments of the workforce, have shown that they will not back down in the face of violence. They will not have their voices silenced and stand idle while their peers and colleagues are arrested and subject to extreme violence.

The protests are part of a wider movement across Iranian society. Led by the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), Iranian people are rising up against their oppressors in unprecedented numbers and frequency. MEK resistance units orchestrate protests on an almost daily basis across Iran’s towns and cities, challenging the regime’s violence and oppression wherever it occurs.

On Monday, the MEK issued a statement in solidarity with Iran’s protesting teachers. The principal Iranian opposition called on international trade unions and educators to pledge their support to their peers across Iran and provide assistance to the protestors in any way they can.

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Bankrupt economy in Iran under the rule of the mullahs.

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

Bankrupt economy in Iran under the rule of the mullahs.

Credit to Mojahedin.org: Info-graphic shows how the Iranian regime has been dedicating the country’s resources to terrorism, while a large population of the country leave under the poverty line

The plight of Iran’s economy under the rule of the mullahs is not a new issue. The Iranian people have been struggling with this problem for many years. The Iranian regime has plundered property and resources from Iranian institutions, funneled money to terrorist parties across the Middle East, and spent astronomical sums on missile development. Under this regime, poverty, addiction and corruption have been institutionalized in all aspects of society as the Iranian people struggle under the weight of economic collapse.

 A Population Struggling to Make Ends Meet

For many years, millions of Iranian men and women have been living under the poverty line. More than a third of Iran’s 80 million citizens live below the international poverty line. Selling kidneys to survive has become common. Walls in Tehran bear advertisements for body parts for sale as the underground organ market preys on Iranian’s desperation.

Iran’s children are dying from curable diseases because of a lack of medical facilities. Every year, 10,000 Iranian infants die from conditions related to poverty. The adults in families do not far much better. Men and women commit suicide as the stress of the inability to provide for their children with basics essentials become too much.

In the male-dominated society created by the anti-female ideology of the mullahs, unemployment and financial insecurity drives women to prostitution rings in an attempt to earn a living. With unemployment topping, 25% among young people,  even educated Iranians are turning to drugs and narcotics at an unprecedented rate as addiction levels soar across all strata of Iranian society.

Gross Economic Mismanagement

Despite the population drowning in poverty, the criminal leaders of the regime are wasting all the country’s financial, human and natural resources.

Every year, the regime squanders US$15-20 billion on financing militias propping up the Assad regime in Syria. A further US$25-30 billion is spent on the regime’s missile development programs and the pursuit of its nuclear ambitions. It also sends around US$900 million to terror groups abroad each year, including Hezbollah, Hamas, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad groups.

Empowered by International Indifference

Despite the regime’s destabilizing activities in the Middle East and blatant disregard for the economic crisis at home, the international community adopted a policy of appeasement towards the mullahs. Instead of becoming an international pariah, successive European and US governments made deals with the regime, like the Iran nuclear deal, which unlocked vast sums of financial aid. This provided the mullahs with a steady flow of international cash to continue financing terror and civil war across the Middle East.

Thanks to the relentless efforts of the National Council of Resistance (NCRI), led by Ms. Maryam Rajavi‘s leadership and a new era of Western consciousness, this policy of appeasement is coming to an end. Current US President Donald Trump has re-imposed economic sanctions against the regime ad is pressuring his European counterparts to follow suit.

The Iranian regime attempts to blame the domestic economic crisis on these sanctions. It claims that the misfortune Iranians face is a direct result of US aggression and economic manipulation. But this is nothing but a bunch of lies. Iranians know that Iran’s capital is spent on terrorism and the regime’s warmongering across the region.

But the question is: Is there a clear future for Iran and the people of Iran?

Iranian Determination for a Brighter Future

The answer is yes.  The Iranian resistance, the MEK has been instrumental in showing the world that Iranians have had enough of the mullahs’ repression and economic irresponsibility. Insurgent combat cells have sprung up inside and non-cooperation and civil disobedience movements are gaining traction.

Daily protests and strikes across Iran’s cities are indicative of huge changes taking place in Iran’s political and social spectrum. These changes pose a very real threat to the future existence of the Iranian regime and will eventually destroy the foundation of this medieval regime and bring it crashing down. The people of Iran will soon celebrate their freedom from clandestine tyranny in the streets of Tehran and other Iranian cities. Blessed are those who are on the path to democracy and freedom of Iran, along with the people of Iran, and its Resistance.

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Senator Torricelli's interview with INTV

Senator Robert Torricelli Believes “a Lot” of Nations Support Regime Change in Iran

Senator Torricelli's interview with INTV

Robert Torricelli, who served as the United States senator from New Jersey from 1997 to 2003 participates in a private interview with Iran NTV, the satellite TV program affiliated with the Iranian opposition-February 2019

In the wake of the Warsaw conference earlier this month, there have been signs the world is beginning to take note to the Iranian threat. The conference, organized by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, saw 65 governments come together from across the globe to explore ways of applying pressure to the Iranian regime in response to its destabilizing activities across the Middle East and rampant human rights abuses.

Alongside the conference, the Iranian resistance held vast rallies condemning the regime and outlining its plan for bringing democracy to Iran. The rallies garnered international attention and brought an increasing number of high-profile political figures into the ranks of its supporters.

One such supporter, Senator Robert Torricelli who spoke at the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran’s (MEK’s) rally in Warsaw, appeared on INTV, the television station run by the Iranian resistance, to discuss the importance of a united international coalition against Iran.

“The dictatorship in Iran is not simply a regional problem,” he said, “the terrorist activities of the regime in Tehran is a global concern.” The Iranian regime intensified its terror activities abroad in 2018. A string of high-profile terror attacks saw the regime plan bombings in Albania, the US, and Paris, as well as a number of assassination attempts in both the Netherlands and Denmark.

Speaking about the Warsaw conference, Torricelli went on, “I think it would have been a mistake to just bring together regional nations. It was important to have a global look… about first containing and eventually eliminating this regime.”

While the Iranian regime’s destabilizing activities are felt most ardently in the Middle East, the threat of Iranian state-sponsored terrorism poses is not limited to Middle Eastern nations.

A Growing International Interest in Regime Change?

Torricelli also seemed to acknowledge a growing appetite for Iranian regime change in embassies across the globe. “I don’t have any doubt that the United States was talking about regime change,” he said. “My guess is a lot of other nations that may have ambassadors in Tehran also support regime change but they’re more careful with their words.

Demonstrating the need for regime change, Torricelli spoke of the widespread suffering the clerical regime has caused among the Iranian population. “We’ve lost a generation of Iranian people,” he said, “generations have been born who’ve never had a free government. Kids going to school and having no jobs. Children without enough food. People can’t speak their minds, really choose their leaders,” he said.

He also acknowledged the growing calls for regime change among Iranians, both within Iran, living under the weight of regime rule, and abroad. “Look at the streets of the cities and towns of Iran. Look at the young people. Look at the universities. Look at those who are standing up,” he said. “Look at the people who put their lives on the line. They’re not thousands, they’re hundreds of thousands of Iranians around the world, who with the right government would come back and rebuild Iran.”

He concluded, “you look at those young people. There’s your leaders. You see the conference we do in Paris every year (the MEK’s annuals Grand Gathering event). Mrs. Rajavi (president-elect of the Iranian opposition) speaks. Look at her and those people around her. There’s your leaders.”

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Struan Stevenson: The Iranian People Have Lost Their Fear

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Struan Stevenson, former MEP from Scotland and coordinator of the Campaign for Iran Change

Struan Stevenson, a former Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for Scotland and coordinator of the Campaign for Iran Change (CIC), published a piece in the Riyadh Daily news outlet on the shifting global attitudes towards the Iranian regime.

The former MEP outlined how recent state-sponsored terror attacks on European soil have garnered the Iranian regime opponents in the international community. He also traces the development of the protest movement within Iran over the past twelve months and illustrates the increasing uncertainty surrounding the mullahs’ future in power.

A Growing Protest Movement

“The uprising, involving hundreds of thousands of Iranian citizens, has raged for more than 13 months in towns and cities across Iran,” he begins. All walks of Iranian life have risked their lives and their freedom to exercise their right to protest the regime’s corruption, pillaging, and brutal use of violence.

 

Struan Stevenson describes how the Iranian regime has “stolen Iran’s wealth, oppressed its 80 million people, over half of whom are under thirty, and waged proxy wars across the Middle East.” “Poverty is widespread,” he says, and “people now struggle to feed their families against a backdrop of power cuts, water shortages, and soaring food prices.”

Protests have racked Iran’s key industries as truck drivers, pensioners, teachers, factory workers, farmers, and investors have taken to the streets to protest the regime’s abuse of power and economic mismanagement.

Instead of taking steps to remedy the dire economic situation, the regime has deployed agents and used its Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) to quell the protests. Struan asserts that the regime has murdered dozens of protestors and arrested “over twelve thousand,” “but the Iranian people have lost their fear. They are openly demanding regime change,” he added.

Economic Decline

Iran’s economy has been in freefall as the Iranian regime and its Supreme Leader Khamenei has funneled millions of dollars abroad to foreign militias and terrorist groups across the Middle East. The IRGC and Quds Forces are active in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, and Gaza. In Lebanon alone, the regime pours some $750 million annually, much of it flowing into Hezbollah’s coiffures.

The Iranian people have made it clear that they will no longer foot the bill for these foreign ventures.

The Regime Lashes Out

As its grip on power weakens, the regime has responded by lashing out. In 2018, the mullahs orchestrated a string of terror attacks on European soil against the Iranian opposition. In June, Belgian authorities detained a Belgian-Iranian couple travelling to Paris in a car laden with homemade explosives. An Iranian diplomat based at the Iranian embassy in Vienna was found to have provided the couple with the explosive material.

There were similar plots planned against the opposition group, the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), in the US, Albania, Denmark, Bulgaria and the Netherlands.

The moves left Iran further isolated on the international stage. In December, the Albanian government expelled the Iranian ambassador to the country on the grounds that they posed a significant security risk to the country. “They had been openly plotting assassination and terror activities targeting the 2,500 MEK opposition members” living in the country, Stevenson writes.

The move earnt the Albanian president, Edi Rama, praise from President Trump, who hailed his bravery in the face of Iranian aggression.

Albania’s Decision to Expel Regime Diplomats is Welcomed by the Trump Administration

 

In a display of Iranian isolation, the US government has scheduled a conference to take place in Warsaw in February. More than 90 world leaders will meet in Poland to discuss the Iranian terror campaign and the best way to deal with the Iranian threat.

The Opposition Grows Stronger

Meanwhile, the Iranian opposition is growing stronger. The MEK is present in “virtually every town and city in Iran,” Stevenson writes. These members coordinate protests, distribute leaflets, and world tirelessly opposing the mullahs’ cruelty and corruption in an effort to secure a free Iran.

“It is clear that in the MEK there is a credible opposition movement ready and prepared to restore peace, freedom and justice to Iran’s 80 million citizens,” Stevenson concludes. “The West must recognize this fact and provide their full support to the new revolution.”

 

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Disturbing view of children sleeping in streets in Iran

Iran Regime Manipulates Poverty Figures to Avoid Paying Higher Wages

Disturbing view of children sleeping in streets in Iran

Poverty has hit Iranian families hard. Seeing poor families living rough in streets in Iran is very common.

The Iranian regime is intentionally deceiving the public by withholding government statistics on poverty levels and inflation across Iran.

Experts have indicated that the rising poverty level and inflation are not being fully recognized by the Iranian officials out of fear of repercussions. The Iranian public has taken to the streets almost daily across Iran to protest the rising cost of living, soaring inflation, and surging unemployment rate.

Part of the issue is that old yardstick used to measure poverty no longer applies. “Previously, the poverty line was below 3 million tomans, but this has changed with regard to the current economic situation in the country; the poverty line has now reached salaries of less than 6 million tomans,” Ruhollah Babaie Saleh, a lawmaker in Iran’s parliament from Buin Zahra, said.

Iran’s Parliament Research Center is still using 3 million tomans for a family of four as the criteria for being in poverty. This masks the true number of Iranians struggling to put food on the table each day.

“We have not seen any of the administrations officially announce the line of poverty,” Faramarz Tofighi, the head of the Salary Committee of the Supreme Center of Islamic Labor Councils, said.

“While relevant officials refuse to provide information on the poverty line, unofficial authorities provide different and sometimes contradictory statistics; we have so much of an information vacuum that data on the suitable food poverty pyramid for Iranian households has still not been specified,” the official said.

Like many other issues, the issue of food poverty has been neglected, Tofighi asserted.

Fear of the Consequences

Tofighi believes that the motives behind withholding the information are due to the inevitable consequences. “The reason is the fear of the consequences of statistical transparency, since announcing the poverty line can have a direct impact on many macroeconomic issues,” he asserted.

“If the poverty level is formally announced,” he continued, “in the next phase they have to work towards the eradication of poverty. They would have to consider the line of poverty while determining wages for employees and workers.”

By keeping the real poverty figures out of the public eye, the regime can get away with paying workers wages below the poverty line. One municipal worker from Nishapur told Iran News Wire that his salary has been cut to half while the prices have skyrocketed.

“Before this, I received 2.7 million tomans since I had two children but in the new contract, my salary was reduced to 1.5 million tomans,” the worker from Razavi Khorasan Province said.

2018 saw the Iranian regime racked by protests across all sectors of Iranian society. This is a better indicator of the dire economic situation most Iranians find themselves in than any official statistic. As has been continually reported by MEK, truck drivers, factory workers, teachers, investors, and farmers have turned out to protest rocking inflation, reduced Iranian purchasing power, and unpaid wages.

In just the last three months, 10 cities have seen protests form their workers over unpaid wages. In some cases, workers hadn’t been paid in 8 months. This is not a sign of economic stability or a low poverty rate.

 

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Protests in Marivan, Lordegan and Abadan

Iran Regime’s Grip of Power is Weakening

Protests in Marivan, Lordegan and Abadan

Protests continue in 2019 across Iran- MEK activists record strikes in Marivan, Lordegan, and Abadan over unpaid wages, corruption and regime’s repressive measure against the workers, farmers, etc.

The end of the mullahs’ rule in Iran would have instant ramifications on the wider Middle East region and across the globe. The demise of the clerical regime would, almost overnight, make the Middle East a more stable place.

The regime’s malign activities have significantly contributed to instability and conflict in the region. It has funneled finances to militia and terrorist groups in Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, Yemen, and Iraq. It’s Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) and Quds Forces also play an active role in the domestic conflicts playing out in the region.

Curbing these destabilizing efforts has become a priority of the U.S. administration. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently expressed that an “important element” of US foreign policy was “making sure that Iran is not a destabilizing influence.

A Regime Under Pressure

It will come as welcome news to Secretary Pompeo, that the Iranian regime finds itself in an increasingly untenable position at home. Iran has entered its second year of nationwide uprisings, driven by widespread poverty and economic collapse.

Khamenei Warns Supporters that Protests Will Grow in 2019

More than 33% of the Iranian population now lives below the absolute poverty line, and close to 5 million people are struggling to put food on the table each day.

In this economic climate, it comes as little surprise that 4.5 million Iranians have turned to drugs to escape their suffering. In addition, 7 million underage workers are working in the Iranian economy to support their family’s income.

Renewed US sanctions have battered Iranian oil exports, which are now approaching zero. Iran’s currency is in freefall and has declined threefold in the past twelve months. Factories across the country are closing, hundreds of thousands of workers have lost their jobs, and the economy is on the brink of collapse.

Infighting Plagues the Regime’s Leadership

In the midst of this economic catastrophe, the regime’s leadership is squabbling and fighting. The Supreme Leader Khamenei is ill and there is much discussion within the regime about what course of action will occur in the event of his death.

Different elements within the regime have different choices for who should succeed Khamenei. There is no single unifying figure except the Supreme Leader, putting the regime in a vulnerable situation.

As sanctions tighten, there are indications that infighting is increasing, particularly surrounding the issue of how Iran should respond. Following the US withdrawal of the Iranian nuclear deal, the regime attempted to deepen ties with Europe. This has not succeeded. Then Tehran attempted to court Russia and China but given the exodus of Asian and Russian companies from Iranian markets, there are signs that this too has failed.

The regime is also losing ground in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen.

Failed Repression

The regime has responded to these threats in the only way it knows how: through repression and censorship. It has launched a relentless disinformation campaign against the main Iranian opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK).

However, its results have been limited. The MEK continues to enjoy the support of the Iranian people, as well as many international governments.

The regime tried to block access to Iran’s social media and messaging services. This has also proved ineffective as the Iranian public has proven adept at circumventing the digital obstructions.

Over the last twelve months, the regime has seen its power erode and its grip on Iran weaken. As the Iranian opposition and public gear up to make 2019 another year of intense protest, the regime’s future seems uncertain. Its current situation is untenable, and regime change in Iran is inevitable.

 

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MEK the existential threat to the religious fascism ruling Iran

MEK The Existential Threat For The Religious Dictatorship Ruling Iran

MEK the existential threat to the religious fascism ruling Iran

Iranian Regime’s Friday Prayer leader reveals regime’s fear of the MEK’s popularity-The principal opposition to the regime

On Friday, Seyed Mohammad Saeedi, the mullahs’ regime’s Friday prayer leader in Qom, central Iran, visited Mashhad, northeast Iran, to deliver remarks before the official Friday sermon. His words illustrated the regime’s fear of the MEK and acknowledged outright that the mullahs see the MEK as an existential threat.

“They [the MEK] want to get rid of us.”

Saeedi said, “The state’s war against the [Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK)] and the global front of our enemies is an existential battle. And they want to get rid of us.”

Friday prayer leaders are high-ranking insiders within the regime and act as the mouthpiece of regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in their weekly sermons, which are delivered in every city in Iran.

Regime Leadership Express Concerns Over the Rising Popularity of the MEK on Social Media

Saeedi went on to discuss the MEK’s vast support and influence, saying, “The enemy’s front is vast. It is not limited to the borders, such as the era of the Sacred Defense (referring to the Iran-Iraq war back in the 1980s)… This is one of the enemy’s fronts. The enemy is attempting to infiltrate through all fronts, all channels. They are everywhere, especially through new technology through devices and tools that they have, they have infiltrated into our homes, the markets, the universities, the religious centers, in cyberspace, inside the country and abroad. This enemy has spread everywhere.”

He continued, “The message of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the U.S. and all the vast arrogant front and the [PMOI/MEK], and all their agents who are fighting against… What does it mean when I say our war against the enemy is over our very existence? It means that our enemies want to overthrow us. The nuclear, missiles, human rights, our substantial advances, the issue of our presence across the region and everything else are all pretexts.”

“They [the FATF] want to disarm us.”

Saeedi also made comments about the Iranian regime’s reluctant decision to attempt to comply with the conventions of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a move he considers to be a poor choice.

“The FATF issue that some officials aren’t letting go,” he said. “I don’t know much but I do have a few things to say regarding this subject.”

 

Saeedi explained some of his issues with the FATF. “One issue is that today we are involved in an economic war,” he said. “In war, the issue of camouflage is highly important in the front lines. Those who don’t abide by this principle and it is made known when they intend to attack, they are already defeated. They want to disarm us; they want to accuse us through a law that we will have signed ourselves. [Khamenei] considers this economic war more important than military warfare. He said our war is an economic war. Cannons, bullets, and rifles are not used in this war. However, the tools are far more dangerous than cannons and tanks. This is very sensitive. We all know the world has launched an economic war against us. In an economic war, they want us to sanction ourselves and destroy us.”

Passing the Blame

Saeedi would like to place the blame for the regime’s economic and social instability on the MEK and the international community. As a mouthpiece for the regime, his remarks are telling. No consequence will ever be enough for the regime to take responsibility for its actions. The mullahs will also pass the blame to someone else and refuse to take any actions to change the ongoing crises within Iran. The current regime is unwilling to change. Reform is impossible. Regime change is the only answer.

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Inflation on the rise in Iran

Inflation Rises Again While the Regime Refuses to Address Iran’s Economic Crisis

Inflation on the rise in Iran

Photo Credit-tradingeconomics.com: The annual inflation rate in Iran has increased to 36.9 percent in October of 2018.

New findings from the Iranian Statistical Center indicate that inflation is up 34.9% from last year’s levels. Between October 23rd and November 22nd, the average family had to spend 34.9% more than they did last year to buy the same goods.

This also represents an increase in last month’s inflation rate, which was 32.8%.

International observers and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) predict that Iran’s rate of inflation will increase by a staggering 40% next year. They both also predicted a sharp increase in unemployment by 13% or 14%.

The predictions align with the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran’s (MEK’s) own reporting, which predicted a “tsunami of poverty” to strike Iran in the latter part of 2018.

Iran’s Economy is Shrinking

The IMF estimates that Iran’s economy will shrink by around 1.5% at the end of 2018, and by 3.6% in 2019. However, the reality could be far worse. The IMF basis its predictions on government figures, many of which are deliberately manipulated to hide the full extent of Iran’s economic woes.

Steve Hanke, an economist at Johns Hopkins University has called the economic situation in Iran, one “of the worst government-induced inflationary regimes in the world”. Hanke estimates that only Venezuela suffers from a higher rate of inflation.

Worsening Purchasing Power

The economic situation in Iran has gotten so bad that many Labor activists estimate that most workers can only provide 50% of their families’ basic needs.

The mullahs and their clerical regime have demonstrated virtually no economic acumen or experience. They have not implemented a single economic policy designed to lift Iran’s economic standing. The mullahs’ only response to the deepening poverty gripping the country has been to offer “support packages”.

These packages are small cash boosters provided to people who earn less than 3 million toumans. Given the surging inflation rate, even with these meager offerings, most workers are fighting for their survival.

Alireza Fathi, a board member for the Tehran Islamic Council of Workers said, “workers have been abandoned until the point of an [economic] earthquake when they are forgotten forever”.

There have been reports of many of Iran’s workers resorting to extreme measures when faced with financial ruin. In some regions, workers have sold organs to keep a roof over their heads. Elsewhere, workers are committing suicide due to the stresses induced by living in abstract poverty.

According to a state-run news site, suicides are up by 71% in men and 66% in women on last years figures.

Amin Montazeri, the head of the Crisis Committee of the Labor Council said, “many show their reaction by attempting suicide or lashing out against others”. Drug addiction rates in Iran are also rising alongside the country’s inflation rate as workers turn to narcotics to escape the realities of their existence.

The Regime’s Coverup

Part of the regime’s inability to address Iran’s spiraling economic problems stems from its inability to acknowledge the severity of the situation. The Iranian Statistical Center’s findings now prove beyond any doubt that the mullahs’ claims of keeping inflation under control are blatantly false.

Fathi said, “not only is there no policy to control prices, but also the head of state clearly states that we have no problems”.

Without admitting there is a problem, the regime is condemned to inaction and Iran’s economy is doomed.

Staff Writer

 

 

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