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Ahvaz under flood

Khuzestan Governor Claims Flood Victims Are Receiving Too Much Aid

Ahvaz under flood

Khuzestan has been under flooding, since last week, while reports indicate that no aid has been provided by the regime and they have been sending security forces to suppress any voice of protest.

The governor of flood-ravaged Khuzestan Province once again sparked outrage for his controversial remarks in the wake of the deadly floods that swept through 25 out of 31 provinces last month.

In an interview on Iran’s state-run television, Gholamreza Shariati described the recent visits by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to the southwestern province of Khuzestan.

“During their visits, the International Red Cross protested that our flood aid was too much and outside of their protocols… and that we should not have given so much aid,” Shariati said!

The governor was asked what constituted too much aid, and he claimed that the ICRC complained to the head of the Red Crescent about “facilities and things that were given in the official camps.”

Lack of Emergency Aid

 

In the days after the floods, survivors in the hardest-hit areas waited days to receive tents. Residents in villages that were surrounded by floodwaters were stranded without food, water, or emergency aid for days while regime officials denied the severity of the disaster and minimized the extent of casualties.

Regime officials who visited flood-stricken areas for photo ops were greeted by angry protests from disaster victims who demanded explanations for why they had been abandoned by the government.

Previous Controversy

Khuzestan’s governor generated controversy during the floods during one such visit to a flood-stricken region. A video shared on social media showed an elderly man asking Shariati why the regime continued to give aid to Syria while denying emergency aid to its own people.

“Don’t be so irrelevant! You’re insolent and anti-government! Get lost!” Shariati angrily retorted before going on to threaten the flood victim.

 

According to the United Nations Office on the Situation in Syria, the Islamic Republic of Iran spends an average of $6 billion a year in Syria. This comprises approximately half of the total amount budgeted for subsidies in Iran.

The people of Iran have expressed anger at the regime’s continued funding of Bashar al Assad’s war in Syria while 80 percent of the population of Iran lives below the poverty line.

Continuing Impact of the Floods

Meanwhile, the regime has still taken few concrete steps to address the flood recovery effort. Millions of Iranians have been affected by the disaster, either through direct damage or destruction of their homes and towns, loss of employment and infrastructure, or both. Regime officials have refused to provide unemployment assistance to those who lost jobs because of the floods unless they had pre-existing unemployment coverage. Because of the economic crisis gripping the country and the regime’s anti-labor policies, many of the factory and industrial workers who are now unemployed did not have this coverage due to their forced status as contract workers.

The MEK has taken a strong stance in opposition to the regime’s anti-labor policies and its heartless response to the national disaster faced by the Iranian people. Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, leader of the Iranian opposition, has urged the people of Iran to form resistance councils and to “rush to the aid” of those affected by the floods.

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Isfahan prosecutor bans cycling for women in public

Isfahan Prosecutor Bans Women’s Cycling in Public

Archive photo- The Iranian regime’s repressive forces have once again cracked down on Women, abandoning the use of bicycle for them.

On Tuesday, Isfahan’s Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor officially banned public bicycling by women in the city, making violators subject to punishment under Islamic law.

 

In remarks carried by the state-run IRNA news agency, Prosecutor Ali Esfahani said, “As per the attestation of Muslim scholars, and based on the law, cycling by women in public is haram [prohibited]. The police have been ordered to initially give women bikers notices and take their IDs. Otherwise their bikes will be confiscated.”

Esfahani went on to discuss consequences for violators of the ban. “First-time offenders will have to go to the security police and sign a pledge,” he said. “They will not be punished and their personal documents and bicycles will be returned. If they repeat this sinful act two or three times, they will be punished in accordance with the Islamic Penal Code.”

 

Esfahani justified the crackdown on women cyclists by claiming that they had been “harassed” and citing complaints by clerics. “It has been some time that the heads of Friday prayers and the families of martyrs have complained of women’s cycling in public areas,” he said.

Khamenei’s Fatwa

 

Although Iranian law does not explicitly prohibit women from using bicycles, the clerical regime has always frowned upon public cycling by women, calling it “immoral.” In September 2016, regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei issued a fatwa banning the public use of bicycles by women, describing women’s cycling as “ostentation.” He also prohibited women from using bicycles in the presence of strangers or those outside of their immediate families.

 

“Riding bicycle often attracts the attention of men and exposes the society to corruption, and thus contravenes women’s chastity, and it must be abandoned,” Khamenei said, in response to an inquiry about the fatwa at the time. The fatwa clearly shows his backward ideology presented under the name of Islam and the misogyny within highest officials of the regime.

Mounting Pressure from Clerics

 

The city of Isfahan has not strictly enforced the fatwa until now, but city officials have faced growing pressure from clerics to address the perceived endorsement of women’s cycling and to enforce other oppressive regime policies.

Seyed Yusuf Tabatabaie Nejad, Khamenei’s representative in Isfahan Province, recently commented that “officials should not allow the religious and cultural identity of the city of Isfahan to be tarnished by breaking norms.”

 

He then thanked Prosecutor Esfahani for his “good orders” and good measures” in cracking down on enforcement of “women’s biking, the hijab, dog walking and parties held in orchards.”

 

On April 12th, the temporary Friday prayer Imam in Isfahan, Abolhassan Mahdavi, used his sermon to criticize city leaders in Isfahan for allowing women to ride bicycles in public. He demanded that officials deal with the issue immediately.

The MEK is strongly opposed to laws that prevent women from fully participating in public life. The Iranian Resistance and its leader, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, believe that Iran should be governed by a secular democracy where women and men enjoy equal rights and representation in all spheres of life.

 

The Iranian regime has maintained its rule for forty years through suppression and intimidation, but the people have shown through their protests that they are no longer willing to accept this treatment. The MEK provides a path to a free Iran.

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Increase in terrorist activities of the Iranian regime

Former MEP: “The Key Task of MOIS Is to Identify and Eliminate Opponents of The Regime, The MEK”

Increase in terrorist activities of the Iranian regime

Surge in the Iranian regime’s terrorist activities against MEK

Former Member of the European Parliament for Scotland, Struan Stevenson, wrote an op-ed in the British newspaper, the Times. Entitled ‘Mullahs Agents Operate Across Europe’, the piece revealed that Iranian regime agents could be operating undercover in Glasgow, Scotland.

The revelation comes after the United States government identified two Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) agents working in the UK who had previously been involved in espionage activities against the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) in Iraq and Albania.

Targeting the Opposition

The MEK has long been the target of the Iranian regime’s violence. Just last year, MOIS agents were involved in espionage and terror activities against MEK members in Albania, Bulgaria, the US, France, the Netherlands, and Denmark.

A 2013 report from the US government entitled ‘Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security: A Profile’ found that the Iranian regime tasked the MOIS with identifying and eliminating MEK members living at home and abroad. Stevenson writes:

“It found that the key task of Ministry of Intelligence (Mois) agents was to identify and eliminate opponents of the regime at home and abroad, with the main target being the key democratic opposition movement, the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI) and its charismatic Paris-based leader, Maryam Rajavi.”

The German interior ministry carried out a similar investigation and came to the same conclusion, that MOIS agents were placed to combat opposition at home and abroad.”

This campaign of identifying and eliminating MEK members abroad led the Iranian regime to plan a terror attack on the MEK’s annual Grand Gathering in June 2018.

A diplomat based at the Iranian regime’s embassy in Vienna, Austria, provided a Belgian-Iranian couple with explosive material and detailed instructions to head to Paris and detonate a car bomb at the event. The disaster was narrowly averted for the 100,000 attendees when Belgian authorities detained the couple en-route to the event.

Stevenson himself had more cause than most for alarm. He writes in the Times, “As a long-term opponent of the fascist regime in Iran, I was there myself.”

In response to the terror attacks planned on European soil, France and Albania expelled Iranian diplomats and the EU has implemented its own sanctions against individuals in the regime.

The Trump administration has designated the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) a foreign terror organization, severely impacting the regime’s ability to raise foreign capital. The US economic sanctions are also starting to bite.

The regime also faces an expanding protest movement and increased domestic pressure from the Iranian people. It will likely respond to this increased pressure by cracking down on political opponents within Iran and abroad.

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Bipartisan Resolution Enters US House Condemning Iranian Terrorism

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Young MEK supporters join the protest in Paris gloomy weather-February 8, 2019

A new resolution explicitly condemning the Iranian regime’s terror attacks against opposition group the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (ME) has been submitted to the US Congress. House of Representative Resolution 374, backed by 39 members of both the Democrat and Republican parties, also expresses the support of the US House for the Iranian people’s calls for a democratic, secular and non-nuclear Iran.

Maryam Rajavi’s Ten-Point Plan

The resolution cites the ten-point plan from the President-elect Maryam Rajavi as a viable roadmap towards a democratic Iran. The plan maps Iran’s course to free elections, the establishment of the universal right to vote, the separation of religion and state, the removal of the death penalty, gender equality, equal rights for religious minorities and the dismantling of the Iranian regime’s nuclear weapons program.

The resolution also calls for increased cooperation between the US government and governing bodies in Europe to combat the threat of Iranian state-sponsored terror.

A Tumour in the Heart of Europe

The Iranian regime intensified its espionage and terrorist activities on European and US soil throughout 2018. It has become an issue that heads of states from around the world cannot ignore any longer.

In 2018, the regime plotted terror attacks and assassination attempts against the MEK in Albania, France, the Netherlands, Denmark, and the US. The most severe of which, a planned car bomb to be detonated at the MEK’s annual Grand Gathering event in Paris, endangered the lives of more than 100,000 dignitaries and political figures from across the globe.

The Iranian regime has systematically used its embassies and diplomatic outposts to further its terror objectives. The planned Paris attack involved diplomats working at the Iranian embassy in Vienna and an Iranian diplomat by the name of Assadollah Assadi provided the perpetrators with explosive material for use in the attack.

Expanding Diplomatic Efforts in the Balkans

One of the areas Resolution 374 explicitly calls on the US government to work with international bodies is within the Balkans. The Iranian regime, following the MEK’s exile to Albania, increased its diplomatic activities in the Balkans. The Resolution argued that these “malign activities in the Balkans, specifically its presence and activities in Albania, pose a serious threat to United States national security interests.”

The resolution reminds that the US has an obligation to oppose human rights abuses and state-sanctioned terrorism across the globe wherever it occurs. The Iranian people have expressed their will in the streets in the form of vast anti-regime protests. Now it is up to the world to take note and ensure the international community comes down on the right side of history.

 

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Who wrote the book of terror

Why Should International Community Hold Regime Accountable?

Who wrote the book of terror

IRGC is the main force behind Iranian regime’s terror and executions both at home and abroad.

Relations between the United States and Iran have deteriorated rapidly over the course of the past few weeks as the U.S. has toughened its stance against the regime. The escalating hostilities have left the mullahs in an untenable position. The regime is currently on the verge of collapse due to widespread domestic unrest, the catastrophic floods that recently devastated the country, and a failing economy that has driven 80% of the population below the poverty line. Iran has no money for additional conflict, but the mullahs will not stand down in the face of a challenge to their authority, and they will take the country down with them if they are not checked.

 

IRGC Terrorist Designation

In April, the United States designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), creating an economic and political disaster for the mullahs’ regime. The regime responded by immediately labeling the United States military as a terrorist organization and publicly threatening U.S. forces stationed in the region.

 

Two weeks later, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that the United States was canceling waivers to countries still importing Iranian oil, meaning that they would have to stop purchasing oil from Iran or face U.S. sanctions. Early this month, Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani retaliated by announcing that Iran would partially withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal. The United States withdrew from the JCPOA last May, but the European Union has struggled to keep the deal alive in the absence of the U.S.

 

In the last two weeks, the United States has responded to intelligence indicating that regime military forces and their proxies are planning an attack on U.S. military forces in the Middle East with the deployment of additional troops, an aircraft carrier, and B-52 jets into the Persian Gulf. U.S. Secretary of State denied that the deployment was an act of aggression, saying that the move was necessary to defend forces in the region. He added that any threat to U.S. interests would be dealt with in a “swift and decisive” manner.

President Trump has expressed willingness to drop sanctions if the Iranian regime would enter into negotiations about the terms of the nuclear deal, but regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei refused to consider this offer. The regime appears to be determined to continue escalating the conflict with the United States, no matter the cost.

 

The Trump administration says that it does not want a direct confrontation with Iran, but it is impossible to avoid appeasement of the Iranian regime without a firm position in response to its destructive behavior in the region.

The Iranian regime sows discord across the Middle East through its military forces and proxies. It props up dictators and funds terrorist groups. Over the forty years of the mullahs’ rule, the Iranian regime has been responsible for terrorist attacks that killed thousands of people.

The Regime’s Attacks on the MEK

The current target of the regime is the opposition MEK. Last year alone, the regime attempted to carry out terrorist plots in Albania, France, the United States, and Denmark. All of these plots were foiled by law enforcement, leading to sanctions, arrests, prosecutions, and expulsion of MOIS agents and regime diplomats from the European Union.

The regime’s relentless attacks on the MEK show two things. First, the regime is dangerously unstable and is willing to do anything to destroy its enemies. Second, the regime sees the MEK as a viable alternative that could realistically overthrow the mullahs and replace them.

The MEK has widespread support in Iran and has a ten-point plan for establishing democracy in Iran after the fall of the regime. The MEK’s Resistance Units are established inside the country and work with citizens from all sectors of Iranian society to organize protests and demonstrations. They know the needs of the people. They are the people.

The international community is threatened by the Iranian regime and therefore it’s necessary to take efforts to end the horrific and brutal human rights crimes, the Iranian regime is responsible for.

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Iran Human Rights Monitor Reports Two Months of Human Rights Violations under Ebrahim Raisi

Since Raisi was appointed as regime’s chief Judiciary, there has been a surge in executions and in repressive measures.

“He should be investigated for grave crimes, rather than investigating them.”

Former Death Committee member Ebrahim Raisi was appointed Chief of the Iranian regime’s Judiciary two months ago, leading to a sharp increase in human rights violations. The Iran Human Rights Monitor website reported on Raisi’s first two months as Judiciary Chief. Their findings are summarized below.

Executions

At least 44 people have been executed in Iran since Raisi was appointed as Judiciary Chief.

Amnesty International recently revealed that the regime secretly flogged and executed two 17-year-old boys, in violation of international and Islamic law. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet condemned the executions, describing them as “deplorable.”

A number of prisoners were executed for non-violent drug charges.

On April 27th, Kamal Shahbakhsh was hanged Arak’s Central Prison on drug charges.

One day later, Mohammad Bameri, 24, was executed in the same prison for drug smuggling. Bameri was a university student.

On April 29th, Seyed Hamidreza Hosseinkhani, 37, Majid Kazemi, 42, Mohammad Hemmati, 26, and Mohammad Davoudabadi, 26 were hanged in secret in Arak’s Central Prison on drug-related charges.

Arrests of Activists

Protests took place in a number of cities across Iran on May 1st and 2nd in recognition of International Labor Day and Teachers’ Day. A number of participants in both protests were arrested, some of whom still remain in custody without access to attorneys.

The Director General of the Intelligence Department in West Azerbaijan Province announced that 110 people associated with MEK Resistance Units have been “dealt with” over the past year.

According to the state-run Fars news agency, 60 people were arrested for communicating with the MEK, while another 50 were given warnings..

This announcement following an earlier statement from regime Minister of Intelligence Mahmoud Alavi, who bragged that “over the past year, 116 teams related to PMOI/MEK have been dealt with.”

 

In the wake of the devastating floods that swept Iran in March and April, regime authorities threatened anyone publishing news of the floods with a prosecution. 24 journalists were subsequently arrested for reporting on the floods, and four more were arrested for spreading information about the regime’s incompetence in responding to the disaster.

In the absence of government disaster aid, citizens volunteered to provide relief in the aftermath of the flood. Dozens of these volunteers have been arrested by the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

In April, IRGC agents arrested at least eleven Arab-Iranian women who were providing emergency aid to flood victims in the village of Gurieh, Khuzestan Province.

In Malashiyeh, Khuzestan Province, state security forces arrested a group of independent volunteer relief workers and transferred them to an unknown location.

Oppression of Women

Iran Human Rights Monitor reported a crackdown in the regime’s policy on compulsory veiling of women.

Hundreds of women in Tehran were summoned and given warnings about violating the compulsory veiling policy while driving their cars.

 

On April 18th, Amnesty International released a statement asking the Iranian regime to end its intimidation of women’s rights activists who protest against mandatory veiling and release those who have been imprisoned for their activism. The statement read, in part:

“The criminalization of women and girls for not wearing the veil is an extreme form of gender-based discrimination and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment that deeply damages women’s dignity. Instead of persecuting and jailing women who are standing up to this outrageous injustice, Iran’s authorities should immediately and unconditionally release all women’s rights defenders detained for their peaceful activism.”

Ebrahim Raisi’s Crimes against Humanity

 

Ebrahim Raisi

Ebrahim Raisi, member of the 1988 Massacre’s “Death Commission” assigned as the highest judicial position within the regime.

Ebrahim Raisi was appointed by regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei as Chief of the Judiciary in early March. Several days later, he was elected to the Assembly of Experts, the powerful group of mullahs who chooses the regime’s Supreme Leader. Raisi is considered to be a possible successor to Khamenei.

 

In 1988, Raisi sat on Tehran’s infamous “death committee,” where he personally sentenced thousands of political prisoners, most of whom were MEK members to death.

 

Over the course of a single summer, the Iranian regime executed 30,000 political prisoners associated with the MEK in the 1988 Massacre. To date, no one has been held accountable for this crime against humanity. Raisi is the second death committee member to hold the position of Judiciary Chief.

 

The U.S. Department of State and Human Rights Watch both condemned Raisi’s appointment to Judiciary Chief, citing his involvement in the “mass executions” of political prisoners in 1988.

 

Human Rights Watch released a statement about Raisi’s appointment, decrying the “deteriorating human rights situation” in Iran.

Sarah Leah Whitson, the Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch, commented on Raisi’s unfitness for the role of Judiciary Chief, saying, “It’s disturbing and frankly frightening that [Raisi] will be overseeing justice and accountability in Iran.”

She added, “He should be investigated for grave crimes, rather than investigating them.”

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Execution of women in Iran continues.

The Regime’s Misogynist and Inhumane Use of the Death Penalty

MEK supporters during a rally ask for an end to executions in Iran

On October 26, 2018, Iranian state news reported that the regime had executed the 88th woman under President Hassan Rouhani. The woman, identified only as Soudabeh, had been imprisoned for 12 years after standing accused of murder. It is still unclear where the execution took place.

The execution came just a few weeks after the UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet criticized the regime for the high volume of executions. Bachelet reiterated that the UN opposes executions in all circumstances. It reminded the regime that no jury in the world is immune from making mistakes.

Women Facing the Death Penalty

Across Iran, dozens of women are on death row. Many are accused of political crimes, including for supporting opposition group the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK).

Others are facing charges for murder in self-defense or during episodes of domestic violence. Under the extreme laws of the Iranian regime, in cases of murder carried out for self-defense, the victim must face charges and retribution for the killing.

Eight women are on death row in Iran’s infamous Urmia Grand Central Prison. Their names are:

  1. Chenar Salehi,
  2. Yasna Sadeqi,
  3. Arasteh Ranjbar,
  4. Nazdar Vatankhah,
  5. Tahmineh Danesh,
  6. Farideh Hassanpour,
  7. Shelir Khosravi,
  8. Somayeh Ebrahimzadeh.

A further eleven women face the death penalty in Varamin’s Qarchak Prison. Their names and charges are as follows:

Azam Maleki has been detained for eight years, charged with the murder of her brother-in-law and nephew-in-law.

Narjes Tabaii has been detained for three years, charged with the murder of her husband’s second wife.

Fereshteh Shirazi has been imprisoned for five years, charged with the murder of her mother-in-law (the victim was the sister of Assadollah Lajevardi, the infamous warden at Evin Prison known as ‘the Butcher’).

Tahereh Noori has been detained for 12 years, charged with the murder of her husband.

Roya Amirian has been detained for 14 years after allegedly murdering a man harassing her in the street.

Mahtab Shafii has been detained for three years, charged with her husband and mother-in-law’s murders.

Mahboubeh Rasoul, has been detained for seven years, charged with the alleged killing of her mother-in-law.

Mahnaz Agahi, has been imprisoned for seven years, charged with murdering her husband.

Soghra Eftekhari, has been imprisoned for ten years, charged with murder during a conflict.

Eshrat Nazari, has been imprisoned for six years for allegedly killing her husband; Samira Sabziyan.

Misogyny has been enshrined and institutionalized in the regime’s laws. Many other countries, even those with capital punishment laws, protect women from receiving the death penalty when they are acting in self-defense against an abusive family member. However, the Iranian regime affords the victims no such protection.

The names of these women in Qarchak should be a beacon for human rights groups around the world. They illustrate inhumane and unjust laws employed by the Iranian regime and highlight the growing need for penal reform and the abolishment of the death penalty across Iran.

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Infighting between regime parliamentarians.

Members of the Majlis Raise the Alarm

Infighting between regime parliamentarians.

The infighting between various members of the regime’s parliament, a daily scene during Majlis sessions.

The Iranian regime has gone from a blow to blow in recent months. Since the US’s withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal last year, the regime has had to contend with strict financial sanctions and now the designation of its Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as a terrorist organization.

The severely diminished position on the international stage has not gone unnoticed at home. The Iranian public is protesting with unprecedented frequency as the nation’s economic crisis deepens. The regime’s insistence that it is the “protector of the poor” looks increasingly like the fiction that it is, as the mullahs’ role in Iran’s economic collapse is becoming more apparent.

Raising the Alarm

The regime has attempted to maintain the veneer of stability, but the cracks are starting to show. Statements of concern from officials pepper the media and messages of alarm have begun to appear in the Iranian Majlis (parliament).

In its May 6 session, Amir Khojasteh, chair of the regime International Policies Commission, vented his frustrations. “This isn’t an economy,” he said, the inflation pressure on people’s shoulders is crushing them. Every day there is a new scenario. One day, it is the dollar and nobody pays attention. One day it is fuel. One day it’s about onions. 8,000 rials onions become 150,000 rials. This is a scenario. Who’s pulling the strings?”

While showing the increasing infighting between different rifts for a bigger share of power, he warned that “When we see inflation in the country and there isn’t a response [from the government], it will upset the people; it has driven the people angry.”

He was not alone in his concerns. His peer, Soheila Jolodarzadeh, raised similar concerns that the Iranian public is reaching the end of its tether. He cited corruption as a major barrier to reconciliation and contributing to the widening gap between the rich and poor.

““When paychecks are not increased according to the inflation rate and following the consequences of the devaluation of the national currency, the situation has become such that you can’t live under these circumstances anymore,” he said.

Lighting the Stack of Discontent

Naghavi Hosseini of the regime Parliament’s Security Commission, revealing the regime’s fear of the people’s protests, warned Hassan Rouhani (regime’s President) that if the price of fuel increases, the Iranian people may rise up in protest. “Today, talks were focused on fuel becoming more expensive. We shouldn’t in any way come to terms with such a thing. Fuel becoming more expensive means igniting the stack of discontent,” he said.

In reality, the stack has already been lit. The Iranian people are tired of the Majlis and the political infighting among all factions of the Iranian leadership. Their calls have been for Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran (MEK) and her ten-point plan for a democratic Iran.

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Former US Ambassador Joins Calls for MOIS Terror Designation

Ken Blackwell's opinion on IRGC's blacklisting

Ambassador, Ken Blackwell speaks with the Media about Iran policy, July 9th, 2016

Former US Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission Ken Blackwell wrote an op-ed in Townhall, the conservative US news and analysis site. Blackwell’s piece, entitled ‘America’s Assertive Iran Policy Must Continue’, called on the US government to maintain pressure against the Iranian regime and confront Iranian aggression with a focused campaign of financial and diplomatic efforts.

Blackwell began by praising the Trump administration’s Iran policy, however, expressed concerns about the pace of its progress.

He lamented the fact that it took the US government until May of 2018 before the Trump administration withdrew from the Iranian nuclear deal, despite it being a campaign promise. He also mentioned the year delay between withdrawing from the deal and ending the waivers granted to countries importing Iranian oil.

Unprecedented Assertiveness

Despite the slow pace of change, Blackwell said that “The administration’s strategy for dealing with Iran and facilitating comprehensive change in its behavior has moved from merely ‘assertive’ to ‘unprecedented’,”.

Of particular note for Blackwell was the decision to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization. The previous US and European governments deliberated but ultimately elected not to apply the designation to a branch of the “Iranian government”, instead, selecting to sanction individuals within the IRGC instead of the organ itself.

This was a mistake. The IRGC is one of the Iranian regime’s pillars of repression. It also controls around 90% of the Iranian economy through affiliated companies and has been instrumental in the Iranian government’s ability to circumvent sanctions and funnel money to terrorist and militia groups abroad.

Going One Step Further

The move was also welcomed by the Iranian opposition. At a press conference in Washington DC, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)  welcomed the designation. The pro-democracy groups urged the US government to consider going one step further and designating the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) as another foreign terror organization.

The argument is gaining some traction. Blackwell also supports the move. “While the IRGC has a long track record of terrorist activity on foreign soil and support for well-known terrorist proxies like Hezbollah, the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) has been directly linked to the planning of bombings and assassinations,” he said.

Last year alone, the MOIS was responsible for organizing terror attacks and assassinations in the US, Albania, France, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Germany. Using its network of Iranian embassies on foreign soil, the MOIS has constructed a network of espionage and terror that has crept across Europe.

Although each of the 10 plots was foiled by European and US agencies, several came close to wreaking untold death and destruction on the European populace. In one incident, the MOIS attempted to detonate a car bomb at the People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran (MEK)’s annual Grand Gathering Event in Paris. The event featured 100,000 distinguished guests, including MEK supporters across Europe and high-profile political figures like Newt Gingrich and Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and former mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani.

More is Needed

Blackwell’s piece described how, although the US government is making unprecedented progress towards neutralizing the Iran threat, more is needed to bring stability to the Middle East and beyond.

Existing sanctions reportedly helped bring about a 10% decline in the Iranian regime’s military expenditure. However, “Iranian entities are still clearly threatening Western lives and territory,” Blackwell writes. “We cannot afford to take it for granted that this trend has gone far enough, or that it will continue naturally.”

Blackwell concluded: “The international community must keep its focus on the positive effects of preexisting economic pressures, all the while wisely targeting new measures against those Iranian entities whose violent threat has yet to be addressed.”

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Only Free and Unfettered Access to Iranian Nuclear Sites Can Prevent the Mullahs Developing Nuclear Weapons

Chairman Mohaddessin, in charge of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI-FAC), during an online conference call-June 2015

Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani announced that the regime will partially withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal, a year after the United States exited the arrangement. He told the P5+1 nations that they had 60 days to renegotiate financial and oil deals. Failure to do so would result in the regime’s partial withdrawal.

International Condemnation

Several governments condemned the announcement, including France’s Defence Minister Florence Parly.

Mohammad Mohaddessin, the chairman of the foreign affairs committee for the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) stated in a tweet that “Stockpiling enriched uranium and heavy water are violations of JCPOA and the UNSC Resolution 2231. It shows the need to total shut down of enrichment, heavy water, and all nuclear sites, exposing military aspects of the nuclear project, and snap inspections of all sites more imperative.”

Referring to President-elect Maryam Rajavi, leader of the Iranian opposition’s message Subsequent to the temporary nuclear agreement with P5+1 on Nov. 2013 Mohaddessin reminded that “the full implementation of the Resolutions, in particular, complete stop of enrichment, and free access to the IAEA inspectors are necessary steps to prevent mullahs from obtaining the bomb.”

Free Access to Inspectors

Mohaddessin’s comments highlight concerns often cited by the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK). The Iranian opposition has frequently expressed concerns over the nuclear deal and claimed that the Iranian regime continued to secretly enrich Uranium in pursuit of developing nuclear weapons.

During last December uprisings and on various other occasions, the Iranian public has expressed their quest for the regime to abandon its pursuit of atomic weapons. The relentless investment in missile capabilities and nuclear programs is a drain on Iranian resources and finances. At a time when the country is on the brink of economic collapse and more than 70% of Iranians live in poverty, it is an unnecessary and wasteful expense.

“It is a tool to survive religious fascism which is faced with popular outrage and is on the verge of the overthrow,” Mohaddessin said in a Tweet.

In the face of mounting domestic protests, the regime has resorted to increasing military spending and missile development to expand the tools of repression in its arsenal. It relies on violent organs like the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) and Quds forces to maintain its grip on power. Abandoning its pursuit of nuclear weapons would be a major blow to the regime’s hegemonic ambitions in the region.

Staff writer

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