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MEK- Iran: Rouhani’s Answers Leave MPs Unsatisfied

Archive-Rouhani was called to the regime’s parliament to answer questions about the dire economic condition, the plunge of Rial, etc. As Iran protests grow across the country, the infighting among regime rivals expands

There have been signs that the Iranian regime has been dealing with instability within the leadership for some time. The Minister for Labour and the Economic Minister were both removed from their positions in recent weeks, and Rouhani appeared before MPs on August 28th to explain the country’s woeful economic situation.

Rouhani answered five questions on the economy. Four of the responses were unsatisfactory. Among the 82 MPs that witnessed the session, approximately 75% felt that his answers to questions on unemployment and inflation were not acceptable.

An Economy in Crisis

In the last six months, the rial has plummeted in value against the dollar. Its value is around half of that at the beginning of 2018. Poverty is creeping up, with many Iranians struggling for economic survival.

One-third of the population now live below the international poverty line based on regime sources, with one in ten living in conditions that amount to “absolute poverty” (the reality is a lot worse). Mohsen Hashemi, Chairman of Tehran’s Council, puts the blame squarely at the regime’s doorstep. He said the mullah’s “quick and careless formation of policies” has destroyed the economy.

A Web of Deceit

During the hearing with MPs, Rouhani spouted fabricated figures and statistics as he attempted to put a positive spin on his government’s five-year tenure. Rather than acknowledge his government’s failings, he instead blamed the economic crisis on the perceptions of the Iranian people.

“All of a sudden, people’s perception of Iran’s future changed, and this is a major problem”, he said. “Banking irregularities and the economic boom and the currency prices are all important issues, but they all pale in relation to the issue of public trust and hope”, he added.

Rouhani pinpointed the uprisings in December and January, as the moment that the current economic crisis began. “Suddenly the circumstances in the country changed”, he said.

President Rouhani also blamed his counterpart in the United States, Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the JCPOA on the 2017/2018 uprisings. He said that the “domestic turbulence and international threats frightened the people”.

Playing Down Reports of Factional Infighting

Finally, Rouhani attempted to dispel rumors of infighting within the regime leadership. Previously he had criticised the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of extensive smuggling, accusing the organization of smuggling billions of dollars across international borders. However, during questioning, Rouhani praised the IRGC for its role in preventing smuggling.

In refusing to give an accurate representation of his government’s role in creating the economic crisis and performing a U-turn on smuggling accusations within the IRGC, Rouhani demonstrated to the people of Iran that he has no interest in offering solutions to the country’s worsening economic situation. His answers demonstrate a leader burying his head in the sand to avoid the harsh realities of the situation, more concerned with smoothing over factionalism within his own government than improving the lives of the population.

The economic crisis ravaging the Iranian population looks set to worsen before it gets better. But one thing is certain: As seen in slogans of protesters in recent protests across Iran, shouting “Death to the Dictator” they well know that it is the entirety of the regime that is responsible for the corruption and mismanagement of the economy and that the only solution to the problem is regime change in Iran.

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The gathering of Iranian communities around the world marking the 30th anniversary of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran.

Iranian Communities Demand Justice for Victims of 1988 Massacre

The gathering of Iranian communities around the world marking the 30th anniversary of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran.

The Iranian communities gathered in dozens of interconnected locations around the world to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners by the religious dictatorship ruling Iran.

On Saturday, August 25th, the Iranian communities gathered for an interactive conference to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the mass execution of political prisoners, most of whom were MEK activists, in the summer of 1988 in Iran. Participants in 20 cities across Europe and North America gathered in simultaneous events, linked via Internet, in a unified call for justice for the victims of the 1988 massacre and support for the legacy of the Iranian Resistance.


The conference opened with a speech by Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), who honored the victims of the 1988 Massacre and spoke of the legacy of the martyrs of the mass executions. “They sacrificed their lives but spread the seeds of uprising and revolt,” Mrs. Rajavi said.

Rajavi went on to say, “The resistance units in Iran follow the footsteps of those men and women who said no to the regime and were massacred in 1988. The clerical regime is beleaguered by the eight-month-long uprisings, by the growing role of the PMOI and resistance units in organizing and leading the revolts, and by the consequences of a plummeting and drowning economy.”

The conference featured speeches by survivors of the massacre and family members of the victims of the massacre. Speakers told stories of family members who had already completed their sentences when they were executed. Some spoke of family members who were arrested or even executed as teenagers.

Survivors of the mass executions told of being blindfolded and hearing political prisoners around them but being unable to see them. They spoke of fear and long sentences.


While the executions were going on, political prisoners were asked if they were MEK members and if they would renounce the organization. 30,000 people said no to their interrogators and were executed over the course of a single summer. One speaker said that many of those executed said in their last moments, “Give my regards to Massoud and Maryam.”


A large number of those who spoke at the conference were young people, and these youths were overwhelmingly in support of the MEK and the Iranian Resistance. A recurring theme during the conference was that the Iranian regime’s current actions are very similar to the atrocities committed by the regime in 1988. The speakers drew parallels to the regime’s human rights violations and current record of executions to the massacre and spoke of the importance of the resistance movement and the need for regime change.


Survivors and families of victims said repeatedly that they would be willing to testify if an investigation were to take place. Mrs. Rajavi has called for an international investigation into the mass executions by the Iranian regime. The perpetrators of the crime against humanity have never faced justice and occupy high-ranking positions within the Iranian regime. Amnesty International and a number of other human rights organizations have also called for an investigation into the massacre.

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Remembering Iran’s Biggest Massacre of Political Prisoners since World War II

The conference on the 30th anniversary of the political prisoners in Iran

Conference in Paris on the 30th anniversary of the 1988 Massacre in Iran

On August 25th 2018, Legal Insurrection published an article by Mary Chastain marking the 30th anniversary of the massacre of more than 30,000 Iranian political prisoners (mainly MEK). On August 25th 1988, Ayatollah Khamenei issued a fatwa that would prompt the execution of 30,000 political prisoners being held in regime custody.

Former director of Research and Survey for the Ministry of Intelligence, Reza Malek, said that more than 33,000 prisoners were killed in a span of just three months. Some of whom were young girls and pregnant women.

In her article, Chastain calls it, “the biggest massacre of political prisoners since World War II”. Anyone with links to the Iranian opposition and groups like the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), was swiftly and mercilessly executed.

The bodies were disposed of in unmarked graves without the notification of the victim’s families.

Waiting for Justice

Despite the heinousness of their crimes, nobody responsible for issuing or carrying out the fatwa has been brought to justice for their involvement in the executions. The families of the 30,000 victims have formed groups like the Justice for Victims of 1988 Massacre in Iran (JVNMI) to raise awareness and bring those accountable to justice.

The upper echelons of the Iranian regime are still occupied by many officials and leaders who were in positions of authority in 1988. The same people who ordered and carried out the executions of the 30,000 in 1988, still hold positions of power today. Rouhani himself, Iran’s current President, was Deputy of Iran’s Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1988. It is highly likely he was involved in the massacre and its cover-up.

An audio file of a conversation which took place between Khomeini’s former successor, Hossein-Ali-Montazeri and members of a “death commission” established to carry out the massacre was published in 2016. In the recording, Montazeri can be heard telling the commission, “in the future, your [names] will be etched in the annals of history as criminals.”

Among those he was addressing were Mostafa-Pour-Mohammadi, a representative of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and the current Minister for Justice in Rouhani’s cabinet, and Hossein-Ali Nayeri, the current Head of the Supreme Disciplinary Court of Judges.

When Montazeri told the death commission to stop executing prisoners during the holy month of Moharram, one of the members of the commission replies with, “if we don’t deal with them now… this will create problems”.

After writing two letters to Khomeini in protest at his actions, Montazeri was removed of his position as Khomeini’s successor and lived out the rest of his days under house arrest.

Anti-MEK Sentiments are Still Rife Among the Regime Leadership

The mullahs continue to target the MEK through bloody campaigns of violence and repression. They still view the MEK as a threat to their rule and have pumped money into demonization campaigns across the globe.

At Khavaran Cemetery in Tehran many families of the victims of the 1988 massacre, who gather there to mourn their loved ones, have faced harassment and arrest. Some have even been executed for holding memorial services for the victims.

Montazeri predicted in 1988 that a campaign of violence and repression would be ineffective against a group like the MEK. He said, “the Mojahedin (MEK) aren’t just individuals. They represent an ideology and a school of thought… You can’t get rid of it through killings, in fact you will only propagate and spread it this way”.

His words echo across the two decades that have elapsed since he said them. Now, the MEK is as strong as ever, coordinating domestic protests across Iran and drawing support from international political figures across the globe.

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The photos of some of the victims of the 1988 massacre

Families of Victims of 1988 Massacre Still Seek Justice

The photos of some of the victims of the 1988 massacre

Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the victims of the 1988 Massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, mainly MEK activists.

This summer marks thirty years since the massacre in Iran. In 1988, the Supreme Leader of the Iranian regime issued a fatwa ordering the execution of political prisoners. Over the course of a single summer, 30,000 people, most of them MEK members, were summarily executed by the regime.


The mullahs see the MEK as a threat and have targeted the organization for decades. The Iranian regime has spent untold time, effort, and money demonizing the MEK and plotting attacks against the organization, all the while proclaiming that the MEK has no power or influence. It is clear that the regime sees the MEK as a threat to its very existence. In 1988 the regime attempted to erase this threat with a mass execution.

The 1988 Massacre was a tragedy and a crime against humanity. The perpetrators of this crime have never been brought to justice. Instead, they have risen through the ranks of the Iranian regime and remained unpunished for their horrific crime. The perpetrators have not gone unnamed, but they have not answered for their actions. Alireza Avaei, one of the men responsible for the mass execution of Iranian citizens has held the position of Justice Minister, an irony that would be laughable if it weren’t so disgusting.

The families of those who were executed continue to suffer to this day. These victims of the 1988 Massacre lost family members, were never given the chance to properly bury them, and must live with the knowledge that their killers walk free. Family members have had to listen helplessly as members of the regime bragged about their crime.

The regime has not yet repeated an act as daring as the execution of tens of thousands of dissidents in a single summer, but it still routinely conducts mass executions. Human rights abuses take place under the mullahs’ regime on a daily basis. The regime targets MEK members at home and abroad as a matter of policy.

In Iran, those who take to the streets to protest the clerical regime do so at grave personal risk, whether they are part of an organized resistance group or not. The consequences for speaking out against the regime are severe. Protesters may be arrested, fined, tortured, mistreated, or even executed. Even so, the Iran protests are now entering their ninth continuous month. An uprising that cannot be suppressed is a powerful weapon against tyranny.


The MEK has issued a call for an international investigation into the 1988 Massacre. On Saturday, August 25th, the Iranian communities are holding a simultaneous international conference in 20 capitals and major cities in Europe and North America to discuss this call to action. Survivors of the massacre and family members of the victims will speak live to audiences around the world. The event will be broadcast on social media and on the Internet.

It is imperative for anyone who values human rights to take action to seek justice for the victims of this atrocity by calling on our governments to first condemn the executions and then bring the perpetrators to justice.


The United States is currently increasing its focus on Iran and has announced the formation of an “Iran Action Group.” This is an opportunity to draw attention to human rights issues in Iran that can no longer be ignored.

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FBI arrests two agents of Iran's Ministry of Intelligence charged with espionage operation against MEK

Two Iranian Agents Arrested on Espionage Charges in the US

FBI arrests two agents of Iran's Ministry of Intelligence charged with espionage operation against MEK

Two agents of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence were arrested on August 9, 2018 on charges of espionage against the MEK (Iran’s principal opposition)

On August 22nd, 2018, The New York Times reported that two agents of the Iranian regime had been arrested on charges of spying in the US. The pair stand accused of intelligence gathering on American citizens with links to MEK, the political groups advocating for regime change in Iran as well as carrying out surveillance against Jewish facilities.

Ahmadreza Doostdar and Majid Ghorbani, 38 and 59 respectively, were both employed by the clerical regime in Iran. Doostdar had dual citizenship as a US-Iranian, while Gurbani arrived in the US in the mid-1990s.

A Regime on the Back Foot

The arrests come as the international community, with the US in particular, is beginning to adopt a firmer stance towards the Iranian regime. Donald Trump has reintroduced sanctions after withdrawing from the Iranian nuclear deal.

Iran’s espionage and terror networks have also been under the spotlight in recent weeks. Following the foiled terror attack in Europe, where an Iranian diplomat posted in Vienna coordinated a terror attack in Paris, the US State Department has urged every nation with an Iranian embassy on its soil to investigate the embassy activities.

Surveillance Activities Against MEK

The case being brought against Doostdar and Ghorbani alleges that the pair monitored the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK). Ghorbani attended MEK rallies and photographed its members.

28 photos of MEK members were found in Doostdar’s personal luggage, along with a receipt for $2,000. Court documents allege that Doorstdar paid Ghorbani $2,000 for the photos, complete with annotated notes on those depicted.

Electronic Surveillance

Further evidence against the pair was gathered through court-ordered electronic surveillance. In one recording, Ghorbani can be heard telling Doorstdar that he had seen Alireza Jafarzadeh at a New York MEK rally. Jafarzadeh is deputy director of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), an Iranian anti-regime opposition group.

In the same conversation, Ghorbani described those attending the rally as deserving “one-shot”, referring to a bullet.

Following the arrests, Jafarzadeh spoke to the media. The New York Times article quotes Jafarzedah directly. He said, “the Iranian regime has been operating her under different covers… for decades”. He added, “they got away with pretty much everything”.

US Law

The pair violated several US laws, including working as agents of a foreign government without notifying the US attorney general and breaching the current Iran sanctions. The case is being tried in the US District Court for the District of Columbia. FBI representatives from Washington DC and Los Angeles investigated the case.

The court case is due to begin on September 6th.

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International Conference on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the 1988 Massacre of political prisoners in Iran

Interactive Conference to Mark 30th Anniversary of 1988 Massacre

International Conference on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the 1988 Massacre of political prisoners in Iran

The inter-active conference on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners (mainly MEK activists)- August 25, 2108

“They tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds.”

Call to Action

The Iranian Resistance calls on the International community to:

  • support the protests and goals of the Iranian people for regime change and the establishment of democracy;
  • condemn the regime’s human rights violations and terrorist actions;
  • prosecute the perpetrators of the 1988 Massacre; and
  • adopt a firm policy toward the theocratic regime currently ruling Iran.

On August 25, 2018, the Iranian Resistance movement will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the mass execution of 30,000 political prisoners, most of them MEK members, by the Iranian regime in the summer of 1988. Iranian communities in more than twenty capitals and major cities across Europe and North America will meet together in a joint interactive conference to commemorate and seek justice for the victims of the 1988 Massacre.

The conference comes at a time of upheaval in Iran. The people of Iran are entering their ninth month of protests against the clerical regime. This continuous uprising is unprecedented in the history of the mullahs’ regime and has persisted in the face of brutal efforts by the regime to suppress it. Calls for freedom and regime change are echoing throughout Iran.


The current widespread uprisings are a continuation of the path to freedom in Iran that was laid by those who sacrificed their lives in 1988 by standing up to the regime and its henchmen. The Iran protests are deeply rooted in sacrifices such as these, and these roots have taken hold with a nationwide call for regime change. The origins of the Iran protests and prospects for the future of the uprising will be among the topics of the international conference.


The conference is part of an international campaign to seek justice for the victims of the 1988 Massacre, which was launched two years ago by Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). The campaign demands an independent investigation by the United Nations into the massacre, which has been described human rights NGOs, experts, and defenders as one of the worst crimes against humanity since World War II. The perpetrators of this crime have never been brought to justice and are now among the highest-ranked officials in the Iranian regime. These criminals are directly involved in suppressing the ongoing uprising.


Conference Details


The conference will bring together thousands of Iranians in Europe and North America simultaneously and will include people from across the Iranian diaspora, representatives of Iranian Associations, as well as prominent international social and political personalities. Survivors of the massacre and relatives of victims will also share their experiences and observations with the participants.


Attendees will gather in Paris, London, Berlin, Frankfurt, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Rome, Oslo, Brussels, Bern, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Bucharest, Helsinki, Gothenburg, Aarhus, and Stuttgart. United States Congressman Patrick Kennedy and a number of European lawmakers will be among the participants at the Paris conference.

This international gathering of the Iranian community will begin at 5 PM CEST/11 AM EST and will be broadcast live in Persian, English, French, and Arabic on social media and the Internet. You can tune in live on the following networks:

Facebook: /4freedominIran

Twitter: @4freedominIran

Please help us spread the word about this event!

What you can do:

  • inform friends, family, and activists who are interested in human rights and Iran protests of the event;
  • share the live broadcast on social media to help echo the call for justice and democracy in Iran;
  • join the online social media campaign, using the hashtag #1988Massacre
  • ask your local media and news outlets to cover the conference and report on the goals of the Iranian community.


Background information

In 1988, Khomeini issued a fatwa sentencing 30,000 political prisoners to execution. These prisoners were mostly MEK members. In order to expedite the executions, Khomeini set up three-member death committees throughout the country so that prisoners could be sentenced to death within a few minutes. The victims were buried in mass graves.


To date, no independent international investigation has been conducted into this massacre, and the perpetrators of this crime have never been brought to justice.


An audio tape was revealed in 2016 of a conversation that took place during the summer of 1988. In the tape, Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s successor at the time, can be heard telling the Death Commission in Tehran that what is being carried out is the most heinous crime of the Islamic Republic in Iran’s history. Khomeini dismissed Montazeri in April of 1989 because of his opposition to the massacre, writing, “After me, you would give the country to the liberals and through them to the PMOI/MEK.” Khomeini died in June of that year, leaving Ali Khamenei to replace him as Iran’s Supreme Leader.


Over the past few months, a number of human rights groups, including Amnesty International, have called for investigations on the 1988 Massacre and presented their own reports on the mass executions. The recent attention by human rights organizations has largely been due to large-scale efforts by the mullahs to destroy mass graves in an effort to conceal evidence of their crimes.

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News conference in Berlin to expose new details of Iranian regime's failed terror plot in June 30th, 2018

Berlin Conference: New Information Revealed on Assadi’s Role Within the Iranian Regime’s Network of Terror in Europe

News conference in Berlin to expose new details of Iranian regime's failed terror plot in June 30th, 2018

News conference in Berlin-Exposing new details of the Iranian regime’s foiled terror plot to bomb #FreeIran2018 rally in Paris

On August 22nd, 2018, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) held a news conference in Berlin to reveal new information on the Iranian regime’s foiled terror plot on European soil back in June.

The conference featured speakers, Martin Patzelt, a member of the German Bundestag and member of Germany’s Human Rights Committee, Eduard Lintner, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Bernd Hausler, Human Rights Commissioner of the Bar Association in Berlin, and Javad Dabiran, of the NCRI.

A Cause for International Concern

On June 2nd, as Iranian opposition groups, including the NCRI and the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), gathered for their annual Grand Gathering in Paris, a Belgian couple of Iranian descent were travelling in a car with 500g of homemade explosive, determined to carry out a terrorist attack against the MEK and NCRI.

The couple had received the explosives, as well as their instructions, from Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian regime diplomat working at the Iranian embassy in Vienna, Austria.

Bernd Hausler described the devastation that was no narrowly averted. He said the plot could have “targeted thousands of participants”, including “hundreds of politicians”. He asserted that the issue “should be of international concern”.

Hausler echoed comments made by the US State Department urging all countries with Iranian embassies to be vigilant of covert terrorist activities. Hausler said, “we want all countries to be vigilant about the Iranian regime’s use of its embassies as cover for its terrorist activities”.

New Information

After Hausler, Javad Dabiran from the NCRI addressed those in attendance. He began by informing the audience that the US State Department had arrested two intelligence agents in the US on August 9th. He said that the pair, Ahmadreza Mohammadi Doostdar and Majid Ghorbani, were plotting attacks against the MEK and NCRI.

The pair were responsible for gathering information on the MEK and had been actively doing so since at least March 2017. They were sending this information back to Iran, so the regime could coordinate cyber-attacks, kidnappings, and assassinations against the MEK.

He went on to reveal that Assadi, who is currently in custody in Germany, was an explosives expert within the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS). Dabiran revealed Assadi has a long history of terrorist acts from his posting in Baghdad, and in his position at the Iranian embassy in Vienna, he was responsible for coordinating terrorist plots all over Europe.

In response to Assadollah Assadi’s arrest, the Iranian regime has established a Supreme National Security Council to mitigate the international fallout of his arrest. The council includes senior members of the MOIS, IRGC and Quds Force, and has been charged with securing Assadi’s release from custody.

The regime is fighting Assadi’s extradition to Belgium and the initiation of legal proceedings. It wants to see him extradited to Austria, where the regime holds much more influence, and could potentially negotiate his return to Iran.

What do we know about Assadi?

Aside from his position as a lynchpin for plotting terror attacks across Europe, Javad Dabiran also revealed his former responsibilities in earlier postings for the MOIS. Assadi joined the MOIS in his birth province, Lorestan. He was initially responsible for rounding up members of the MEK and Iranian opposition groups.

He was shortly promoted and began becoming involved in coordinating attacks. During the US invasion of Iraq, he was sent to Baghdad with the instruction to collect intelligence on the coalition forces.

He spent four years in Iraq, serving in his Baghdad posting between 2004 and 2008. During this time, he effectively coordinated attacks against the coalition and the MEK in the area. He played a central role in the kidnapping and assassinating key Iraqi officials, as well as coordinating roadside bombings, and IEDs. He was also heavily involved in the May 2006 bombing which killed 11 Iraqi workers traveling in a bus to Camp Ashraf (the headquarters of the MEK).

His role in the regime chain-of-command

NCRI representative, Javad Dabiran, also shed some light on Assadi’s position in the regime’s chain-of-command. He revealed information that suggested Assadi reported directly to Reza Amiri Moghadam, one of the most senior officials within the MOIS and former IRGC member.

Moghadam reports to the Iranian Minister of Intelligence and Security, Mahmoud Alavi. Given Assadi’s proximity to senior regime officials, Dabiran concluded that following Khamenei’s approval of the terror plot against the MEK in Paris, Alav would have briefed Moghadam on the details, who would have entrusted Assadi to orchestrate the plan.

Dabiran ended his address with a plea to the US and Europe. He asserted that the international community faces a “highly-organised campaign of terror by the main state-sponsor of terrorism [the Iranian regime]”.

He cited the failed bombing plot in Albania in March, the Paris plot, and the recent arrest of regime agents on US soil, as evidence that “the clerical regime has given new momentum to all of its entities that are engaged in terrorism in the West”.

The NCRI, therefore, proposes that justice is brought to Assadi and all those involved in the terror attack against the MEK and its allies. It also proposes that Europe arrest, try, and expel Iranian agents carrying out subversive operations on European soil. Finally, it recommends that the regime offices in Europe be closed.


Dabiran concluded, “the only solution is firmness. Any leniency or hope for a change in the conduct of this regime is naïve and delusional, and will result in dire consequences”.



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NCRIUS debunks propaganda piece against MEK

Regime Representatives Discuss Strategies for MEK, Diplomat Terrorists, and Dejected Diplomats at Annual Gathering

NCRIUS debunks propaganda piece against MEK

Richard Engel’s piece published at MSNBC-A propaganda piece against Iran opposition, debunked by NCRIUS

In the last week of July, ambassadors and representatives from the Iranian regime held their annual gathering in Tehran. According to reports from inside the regime, the primary subjects of this year’s gathering were the diplomat terrorist who was arrested in Germany, strategies for confronting the Iranian resistance at the International level, and ways to increase morale among diplomats and prevent them from defecting.

Khamenei, Rouhani, Jahangiri and Zarif were present as usual, but this year they were joined by

Qods Force commander Soleimani, Minister of Intelligence Mahmoud Alavi, Interior Minister Rahmani Fazli, Speaker of the Majlis Ali Larijani, Head of the Judiciary Sadeq Larijani, Khamenei Advisor Ali Akbar Velayati, Defense Minister Amir Hatami, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi, Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Abbas Salehi, Chairman of the Organization of Islamic Culture and Communication Abouzar Ebrahimi Turkman, and a number of other leaders of the regime, who all participated and gave speeches.

One goal of the gathering was to coordinate between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Intelligence, the Qods Force, and the various agencies involved in espionage and the demonization campaign against the MEK and the Iranian Resistance. The agencies hope to pave the way for terrorist acts against the MEK and the Resistance.


There was some concern by overseas representatives of the regime about the response of foreign governments and media to the arrest of a regime diplomat for a “serious terrorist act” and “flagrant violation of the Vienna Convention.” These representatives were briefed by Alavi and Zarif on ways to “deal with Assadi’s case” using

psychological warfare and the pumping of false information.” They added that past and future acts against the hypocrites (MEK) must be made digestible. To further this end, representatives of the regime were ordered to reactivate their relationships with the intelligence and security divisions of their host countries.


An internal report by the IRGC stated that a strikes against the MEK are “in the political, military, security and intelligence priority of the regime,” and targeting members, while they are traveling, is on their agenda. According to an August 17th statement by the Anti-terrorism Committee, the Ministry of Intelligence and the Qods Force were ordered to consider terrorist acts against the MEK using non-Iranian mercenaries.


Also discussed at the meetings was the coordination of the Foreign Ministry and foreign representative offices with the IRGC and the Quds Force in terrorist and warring interventions in the region, including Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. Overseas representatives were instructed on how to justify these actions to the government, parliament, parties and the press.


Finally, regime leaders attempted to reassure the diplomats, who have grown increasingly concerned about the uprising of the Iranian people and the sanctions have been reimposed. The regime’s Supreme Security Council is worried that its representatives may leave to seek asylum in European countries.

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A man searching the garbage can for food due to widespread poverty

Moshen Hashemi: The Second Half of 2018 Could Bring a “Tsunami” of poverty in Iran

A man searching the garbage can for food due to widespread poverty

A man searching for left overs inside a trash can, a very common scene in Iran today, due to government’s corruption and spending the country’s income to fund terrorism, development of Ballistic Missile programs and for domestic repression.

The Iranian economy continues to slide. In the last six months, the rial has plunged, losing approximately half its value against other international currencies. Around one-third of Iranians are now living below the poverty line, and one in ten live in what is known as “absolute poverty”.

In one single month, between March and June, the purchasing power of Iranians fell by more than 48%. The Head of the Workers Union of Chadormalu Mining and Industrial Company, Akbar Alipour, spoke of how the falling income levels of Iranians are clearly visible in the streets. He said, “we can see very clearly how income levels, and subsequently people’s welfare, have dropped”.

The mullah’s “quick and careless formation of policies” has ravaged the economy, according to the Chairman of Tehran’s Council, Mohsen Hashemi. There is no sign of improvement in the months to come. A regime official predicted that the second half of 2018 would bring a “new wave of inflation”, leading to “even lower purchasing power”, and even more widespread poverty.

The clerical regime does not have the budget to handle another wave of inflation. It has already proven itself inept at dealing with the current economic crisis. Its responses to the economic crisis have been ineffective and merely exacerbated the situation.

An Economy Creaking under the Weight of Mismanagement

Moshen Hashemi summed up the current situation in Iran. He said, “poverty is bearing down on Iran’s society like a Tsunami”. The regime’s officials are in panic mode. A “snowball of social damages” are reaching a critical point and threaten to spiral out of control.

Alipour warned of the devastating impact falling income levels would have on Iranian families. “Many families will be falling apart”, he said, adding, “especially given the desperation of many people, including workers, are already experiencing now”.

The effects of falling income levels have already prompted mass protests and demonstrations across Iran. Recent demonstrations from merchants, truck drivers, farmers, teachers, students, investors, factory workers, and laborers have racked the country.

With a population of 60 million people, there is little doubt that further economic decline would pose a real problem for the mullahs. It would create a domestic situation where the slightest spark could ignite nationwide protests, similar to those seen in December and January, but on an even greater scale.

As the situation has worsened, the protest movement has evolved. The protests since March have targeted inflation and economic decline. The protestors slogans have called for “death to Khamenei”, and “death to Rouhani”. Khamenei himself has acknowledged the nation’s economic problems and the internal unrest.

Alipour insisted that “there has never been a time in history, where workers have been on the verge of absolute hunger like now”. The Iranian people are hungry. Hungry for food to feed their families. Hungry for economic security. Hungry for a better standard of living and welfare. And above all, hungry for regime change.

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Briefing of the Iranian diplomats about the foiled terror plot in Paris.

The Iranian Regime Briefs Its Diplomats on How to Handle the Foiled Terror Plot and Its Intervention in Domestic Conflicts

Briefing of the Iranian diplomats about the foiled terror plot in Paris.

The Iranian regime,briefs its diplomats on How to Handle the Foiled Terror Plot and Its Intervention in Domestic Conflicts

In the last week of July 2018, the Iranian regime addressed the annual gathering of ambassadors and diplomats in Tehran. Leaked information from representatives inside the regime has revealed that the main purpose of the talks, was to brief those in attendance on how to handle the recent arrest of the diplomat turned terrorist in Germany.

The annual gathering of regime diplomats featured talks from Khamenei, Rouhani, and Zarif, as well as a whole host of the regime leadership, including Qods force commander Soleimani, Mahmoud Alavi from the Ministry of Intelligence, Interior Minister Rahmani Fazli, Defence Minister Amir Hatami, amongst others.

Coordinating the Export of Terrorism

At its core, the meeting was an opportunity to coordinate Iran’s diplomats, its Ministry of Intelligence, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Quds Force, and promote the shared goal of exporting espionage and global terrorism.

The involvement of a regime diplomat in a failed attack on the Iranian opposition’s annual gathering in Paris prompted concern from governments around the world. The United States State Department is urging nations which house Iranian embassies to be vigilant to ensure their own country’s security.

On July 2nd, Belgian authorities arrested a husband and wife of Iranian origin. The pair were travelling to Paris armed with 500g of homemade explosives and a detonation mechanism. In the subsequent days it emerged that Iranian diplomat, Assadollah Assadi, posted at the regime’s embassy in Vienna, had provided the couple with the explosive device, and the instructions to attack the annual gathering of the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) and National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

In the wake of the foiled attack, the regime has come under fire from international governments who called the attack a “flagrant violation of the Vienna Convention”.

Psychological Warfare and Misinformation

According to insider sources, Zarif and Alavi briefed the diplomats on how to handle the international response to Assadi’s arrest. The pair stressed the effectiveness of psychological warfare and the dissemination of false information. The diplomats and ambassadors received instruction to make use of their connections with domestic intelligence units in their host countries and spread false and inaccurate information.

The IRGC and Quds Forces have made attacking the MEK and NCRI a priority. A recent internal report circulating within the IRGC stressed that a strike against the MEK was a “political, military, security, and intelligence priority of the regime”. It recommended targeting members on journeys and trips, using similar methods it employed in the 90s. The regime’s Quds Force is also allegedly exploring the possibility of deploying terrorist acts against the Iranian opposition using non-Iranian mercenaries.

The annual gathering in Tehran also addressed the topic of how to justify Iran’s intervention in domestic conflicts across the Middle East to international governments and media outlets. The regime’s intervention in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq with IRGC and Quds forces is drawing attention from the international press and is becoming a talking point within foreign governments.



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