Officials from the government refuse to say how many people have died. They also obstruct public assistance in rescuing citizens from the rubble.
Five students were killed in the Metropol building incident, according to the head of Khuzestan’s General Department of Education. Due to the unsuitability of the structures, the Metropol Tower, built by Khamenei’s mafia gangs, collapsed on the people of Abadan on May 23, 2022. Over the last few days, the debris removal operations have been moving at a snail’s pace. Officials from the government refuse to say how many people have died. They also obstruct public assistance in rescuing citizens from the rubble.
Kodai was previously the Deputy Minister of Research and Technology Development of the Defense Industries Organization, as per the Defa Press’ website, which is affiliated with the regime’s Ministry of Defense.
Colonel Hassan Sayad Khodai, one of the senior commanders of the Iranian regime’s Quds Force, was shot dead in Tehran on the evening of May 22. Kodai was born in 1972 and grew up in Miyaneh, in the province of East Azerbaijan. In 1987, when he was still in his teens, he joined the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC). According to the state-run Nasim news agency, “Colonel Khodai was in charge of transferring missile technology to Hezbollah in Lebanon.”
The Greek foreign ministry is “piracy,” and there have been calls for Tehran to be held accountable for its maritime terrorism.
In apparent retaliation, the Iranian regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) seized two Greek oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz. However, all evidence on the ground supports this brazen piracy, which is consistent with Tehran’s extortion campaign. The seizure of the tankers was described by The Prudent Warrior, a Greek-owned vessel that was boarded by IRGC forces on Friday. Delta Poseidon is the name of the second ship.
Sen. Lankford’s Motion to Instruct Conferees, with language requiring any nuclear agreement not to delist Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, passed with bipartisan support of 62-33. May 4, 2022.
The United States Senate passed two motions on Wednesday, May 4, sending a strong message with strong bipartisan support demanding that sanctions on the Iranian regime’s Central Bank be maintained and that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) be kept on the State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO). Senator Ted Cruz proposed one of these two motions, which received a resounding 86 votes. According to Sen. Cruz’s motion, US policy should limit “cooperation through terrorism-related sanctions imposed on the Central Bank of Iran and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, as such sanctions are necessary to limit such cooperation.”
Senator James Lankford proposed the second motion, which received 62 votes in favor. “Any deal with Iran would have to address Chinese purchases of Iranian oil, as well as Iran’s nuclear proliferation, ballistic missile development, and support for terrorism,” according to this motion. The MTI would also prevent the president from lifting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) designation as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), the military of the world’s leading State Sponsor of Terrorism (SST).” This bill, dubbed the Iran sanctions bill, imposes extremely stringent conditions on the lifting of sanctions against the Iranian regime.
In the midst of ongoing developments between the West, particularly the Biden administration, and the mullahs’ regime, these two motions carry significant weight and send an important message.
To begin with, in Washington’s polarized atmosphere, bipartisan support on a sensitive topic is extremely rare. Similar measures have been seen in the US House of Representatives, indicating that this consensus is not limited to the US Senate. With 424 votes in favour and only two votes against, the House passed H.R. 6089 – Stop Iranian Drones Act on April 27.
Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Chuck Schumer, the Senate Majority Leader, were among the Senate and House members who voted in favour. These votes, along with other recent bills and statements from senators and representatives in the last two months, have created a strong atmosphere among Washington’s highest political officials. As Tehran demands a nuclear deal, this will make it extremely difficult for the US administration to remove the IRGC from the State Department’s FTO list.
In Washington, the growing anti-appeasement sentiment is becoming more noticeable. “We do share the Senate’s concern about other aspects of Iran’s behavior, including their development of ballistic missiles, support for terrorism through the IRGC, and other elements,” US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said on May 6. Together with our partners, we are committed to doing everything we can to counter the threat posed by the IRGC.”
Of course, reaching a bipartisan agreement between the Iranian regime and the IRGC was not easy. Members of the two major US political parties disagree on even the most basic topics, but they are in astonishing agreement on Iran, the Iranian regime, and the Iranian Resistance, according to a prominent supporter of the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
The NCRI and its cornerstone member, the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK), have spent decades exposing the mullahs’ human rights violations, nuclear weapons drive, global support for terrorism, missile development and suicide drones, financial corruption, and other issues. Supporting the mullahs’ regime has become extremely expensive for any member of the international community, and it is now crystal clear how to stand on the right side of history when it comes to Iran and the Iranian people.
Europe aims to reduce Russian gas imports to 50 million cubic meters per day in the first year of the plan, and to 80 million meters in the third year (55 percent of last year’s average daily imports).
The energy crisis in Europe caused by the conflict in Ukraine has prompted policymakers to consider alternative energy sources, including green energy. Russia is critical to Europe’s energy security because it supplies roughly 40% of Europe’s natural gas, coal, and a quarter of its oil needs. Two short-term measures are being used by the EU to reduce its reliance on Russian gas exports: increasing gas imports from countries other than Russia and reducing gas consumption. Europe aims to reduce Russian gas imports to 50 million cubic meters per day in the first year of the plan, and to 80 million meters in the third year (55 percent of last year’s average daily imports).
As Russian tanks marched through Ukrainian cities and oil prices began to rise, many regime analysts and even officials urged the regime’s leadership to seize the moment and elevate Tehran as the major winner of the Ukraine crisis. Many headlines in Iranian state media used the term “golden opportunity.” But how golden is this opportunity in practice?
Iranian gas production capacity is currently around 800 million cubic meters per day, which is not equivalent to the country’s daily gas consumption. In other words, due to disproportionate domestic consumption, the country with the world’s second-largest gas reserves and third-largest gas producer lacks the ability to produce more gas for export. If the Iranian regime decides to reduce domestic use in order to increase exports, it will face serious domestic opposition.
Iranian gas production capacity is currently around 800 million cubic meters per day, which is not equivalent to the country’s daily gas consumption.
Iran has experienced severe power outages in recent years, both during the cold winter nights and the hot summer days, with the government blaming a gas shortage as the primary cause. The crisis has sparked a series of major protests and uprisings, making it a security concern for Tehran.
Despite the fact that mazut causes environmental issues, experts and ordinary citizens have expressed concerns about how the state’s solution is only exacerbating the already severe air pollution problem.
Iran’s oil and gas industry has been subjected to harsh sanctions over the last four decades as a result of its foreign policy and nuclear program. Iran has a hard time supplying gas for domestic use during cold seasons of the year due to a lack of infrastructure and sanctions on its oil, gas, and petrochemical industries, and it has also cut off exports to Iraq and Turkey, Iran’s main natural gas export destinations.
The so-called Peace Pipeline was built at the start of Ahmadinejad’s presidency at a cost of more than $7 billion to supply 150 million cubic meters of gas per day to Pakistan and India (roughly half of current European gas imports from Russia). However, the regime caved into Russian pressure while the US persuaded India and Pakistan, and the pipeline now rusts beneath the ground.
Under the leadership of Ebrahim Raisi, the Ministry of Oil has not taken steps to address the problem of domestic blackouts by cutting off gas to industrial plants and increasing mazut deliveries to power plants.
The pressure drop in the South Pars field, which supplies 70% of Iran’s natural gas, is the most significant threat to the country’s natural gas industry’s future. If this problem is not solved with advanced foreign technology, Iran will become a natural gas importer in the medium term if domestic consumption continues to rise while production capacity declines.
Even if the Iranian regime had the will, technology, and intelligence to invest strategically in the oil and gas sector, political reservations would have prevented Tehran from cutting Moscow off from its main source of revenue. “Under no circumstances does Russia want Iran to enter the European energy market,” the state-run Tejarat News reports, “because in that case, Russia’s (energy) supremacy over Europe will be broken.”
Simply put, if all sanctions against the Iranian regime are lifted, and Europe is trying to find a replacement for Russian oil and gas while reducing Russian energy influence in Europe, the last option that may come to mind is energy dependence on Tehran.
The existence of organized opposition in society, and the threat of a looming uprising.
On Tuesday, Iran celebrated Eid-al Fitr. Apart from making false claims of ‘victory’ over their ‘enemy’ and using anti-Western rhetoric, the handpicked Imams acknowledged the country’s economic crisis, the existence of organized opposition in society, and the threat of a looming uprising. These prayers follow the regime’s Friday Prayers sermons, which reflected the regime’s total domestic and international impasse.
Ali Mottahari, the son of an Ayatollah and a former deputy speaker of the parliament (Majlis), made a startling revelation in an interview with Iscanews while enjoying a level of impunity.
Ali Mottahari, “Our goal from the beginning, when we started with nuclear activity, was to build a bomb and strengthen our deterrence powers,” Motahari said. “However, we were unable to maintain confidentiality because confidential reports were leaked by the hypocrites’ group.”
Thousands of teachers protested across Iran on Thursday, April 21, 2022, demanding better wages and also voicing political dissent against the mullahs’ regime
Thousands of teachers across the country took to the streets on Thursday, April 21, rallying in over 50 cities to express their economic woes and once again demand answers to their long-standing and unmet demands. The calls for these protests were made a few days before the events, and regime officials had their security forces on high alert to prevent any anti-regime demonstrations. Authorities were sending text messages to teachers in dozens of cities, attempting to create an intimidating climate of fear in order to prevent teachers from expanding their ranks and other locals from joining the protests.
It should be noted that the government provides each person with a subsidy of about $2, which does not even cover a basic meal.
Despite the Iranian regime’s claims that the Iranian people’s living conditions will improve this year, poverty continues to rise on a daily basis. “93 percent of Iranian households are dependent on subsidies,” according to the state-run daily Aftab-e Yazd. It should be noted that the government provides each person with a subsidy of about $2, which does not even cover a basic meal. The situation is so bad that many regime experts have warned the government about the dangers of failing to meet the people’s expectations, which could lead to another uprising.
“Death to Khamenei! Hail to Rajavi!” slogans broadcast in crowded areas of numerous cities across Iran
Resistance Units, a growing network of brave and resilient Iranians affiliated with the opposition People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK), are ramping up their ongoing campaign of measures aimed at weakening the regime’s crackdown across the country, now in Rasht, Mashhad, Vanguard, and Neyshabur. Anti-regime slogans were broadcast in public in Rasht, one of the country’s most populous Northern cities, at 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, followed by excerpts from speeches given by Iranian Resistance leader Massoud Rajavi and Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).