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Iranian regime's terrorist activities abroad

The Iranian Regime’s International Web of Terror and Violence Serves to Divert Attention Away from Its Domestic Crisis

Iranian regime's terrorist activities abroad

Photo Credit to Washington Times: Top IRGC commanders plotted on the front line in the northern province of Aleppo, Syria.The Iranian backed invasion that left thousands of civilians killed and tens of thousands displaced.

A report from The Washington Times on Sunday, October 21st, drew public attention to the Iranian regime’s terrorist cells operating under the guise of diplomatic outposts.

The piece by Rowan Scarborough, entitled “Iranian Terrorists Lurk Abroad in Guise of Diplomats, Dissidents Report”, discussed the regime’s activities in places like Austria, Iraq, and Albania, where Iranian embassies have become hotbeds for terrorist activities.

The article referred to a report from the Iranian National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) which explored the Iranian regime’s state-sponsored terrorism in Europe as well as its meddling in conflicts in the Middle East.

Diverting Attention Away from Domestic Crisis

The piece suggests that the mullahs may be using terrorism as a means of diverting the Iranian public’s attention away from the escalating crisis within Iran. The NCRI report states that the “regime has funneled billions of dollars to finance its belligerent war agenda in the Middle East while the majority of Iran’s people are living in poverty”.

“If the regime fails to inflame wars outside Iran’s borders”, it continued, “it [the regime] would have to fight for survival in Iran’s borders”.

The Iranian regime has supported terrorist organizations across the Middle East, including Hezbollah. Its fingerprints are on every major conflict in the region, including the civil war in Syria, and the war in Yemen.

In Syria, the regime-affiliated Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) have a presence of over 100,000 troops. They are working with Assad’s forces, who have received credible accusations of using chemical weapons against the civilian population to retain power.

The NCRI estimates that the mullahs may have contributed as much as $100 billion to Assad’s campaign in Syria. The money was likely spent on constructing field bases, paying Syrian troops, and purchasing Russian weapons.

In Iraq, the Iranian ambassador, Iraj Masjedi, controls several prominent Shia militia groups. It is estimated he controls more than 100,000 troops in the country and is likely an active part of the anti-American forces working within the country.

There are also signs that the Iranian regime is working to extend its influence in Iraq. Major General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC, has made several visits to the country, the most recent of which is believed to have been in August.

“He is trying to threaten and intimidate various parties and groups to secure a larger share of power for the Iranian regime”, the NCRI report states.

A Web of Violence and Terror

In Europe, there are similar signs of regime-sponsored violence. In June, Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian diplomat based in the Iranian embassy in Austria was detained by European authorities.

The explosive’s expert was arrested for his role in a foiled terror attack against the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) in Paris. The diplomat turned terrorist provided a Belgian-Iranian couple with homemade explosives with instructions of how to carry out the planned car bombing at the MEK’s annual Grand Gathering.

A German court has since approved Assadi’s extradition to Belgium, where he will face charges over the allegations.

The Washington Times article reports that: Gholamhossein Mohammadnia, the Iranian ambassador to Albania, also has extensive links to the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS). Albania is of particular importance to the clerical regime. It is the home of the MEK, the Iranian opposition group living in exile.

Since the MEK fled to Albania, the Iranian regime has bolstered its small embassy in the country into “one of the most important Iranian embassies in Europe”.

The Washington Times article wrote that further up the chain of command is Reza Amiri Moghadam. The NCRI reports that MOIS agents from across Europe report to Moghadam in Tehran. “He is the key figure for the regime’s terrorist operations outside Iran, particularly in Europe and the US”, an NCRI report said.

London NCRI Press Conference Reveals New Information About the Regime’s Terror Activities

The Iranian resistance and their allies must condemn the regime’s destabilizing efforts across the globe while ensuring its actions do not divert attention from the domestic crisis in Iran. Only then can it oppose the regime’s violence, without furthering its domestic goals.

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Report on Iranian regime's demonization campaign against MEK in Albania

NCRI Report Shows the Iranian Regime Used Channel 4 to Further its Objectives and Sway Public Opinion

Report on Iranian regime's demonization campaign against MEK in Albania

A new report by the NCRI, reveals details of the Iranian regime’s demonization campaign, using friendly “journalists” producing propaganda programs against Iran’s main opposition. The propaganda is used to prepare for terrorist attacks against the MEK members residing in Albania.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) released a report on Friday the 20th of October. The report shed new light on the Iranian regime’s nefarious activities in conjunction with Britain’s Channel 4 surrounding the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) compound in Albania.

The MEK play an integral role in the Iranian opposition movement.

The NCRI’s report concluded that Channel 4 and Al-Jazeera News were involved in a smear campaign, at the behest of the clerical regime, designed to vilify the MEK and influence international and public opinion.

The Mullahs’ Are Working to Manipulate Public Opinion

The revelations come just one month after the regime’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif called on Twitter’s CEO to close the MEK’s Twitter accounts.

The Iranian regime’s own social media activities have also been under scrutiny in recent weeks. Twitter recently released more than 10 million tweets from 770 Twitter accounts with suspected links to the Iranian regime.

Among the Tweets linked to regime-run media outlets and Tweets deliberately designed to turn public opinion against the MEK.

The accounts masqueraded as foreign journalists and US citizens to influence public opinion in the US.

Using Mullah-Friendly Journalists to Further the Regime’s Objectives

The NCRI report revealed that Britain’s Channel 4 referenced a fabricated Albanian police report to portray the MEK in a negative light. In Channel 4’s program on the MEK, which was aired on September 6th, Oli Zola, the former head of the Albanian Intelligence Agency claimed that the MEK is “building a government within a government in Albania”. He also claimed that anyone who violates the MEK’s laws “may be killed by other members of the group”.

The NCRI revealed that Oli Zola was dismissed from the Albanian Intelligence Agency for smuggling and is a close associate of Vincent Trist, an Albanian citizen with ties to the Iranian regime who was arrested for secretly filming the MEK compound in Albania.

The regime is working tirelessly to demonize the MEK’s activities in Albania. It believes that is doing so, it can legitimize its terrorist operations against the organization, which included a foiled terror attack during the group’s Iranian New Year celebrations (Norooz) in Albania.

Following the failed attack, the Albanian government arrested and deported two agents of the Iranian regime for their involvement in the terrorist plot. The Albanian media reported that the pair were operating in Albania under the masquerade of foreign journalists.

Perpetuating the lie that the MEK kill their own members also strengthens the regime’s narrative of the events that occurred at Camp Ashraf in Iraq in 2011. The Iranian regime killed 36 members of the MEK during an attack on Camp Ashraf, the MEK’s compound in Iraq. It has since claimed that 33 of the 36 members were killed by the MEK themselves!

A Fabricated Police Report

The Albanian government has distanced itself from Oli Zola and the fabricated police report that featured in Channel 4’s reporting. The Albanian government denied governmental involvement in presenting the report. It also expressed its desire to fully investigate the report’s origin.

The NCRI believes the report came from a false report which originally appeared on the Albanian Fax Web TV Channel in March without official police letterheading. When Channel 4 presented the report in September, it appeared with Albanian police letterheading.

Forged statement on Albanian police letterhead

An Albanian Police official confirmed the report’s fabrication. The official pointed to the report’s use of terms such as “Islamic Marxist” as evidence of its inauthenticity. The official confirmed that official police reports never use this term.

The report’s sources also cast doubt over the report’s legitimacy. Four mercenaries are cited as sources in the report. All four have ties to the Iranian regime, several are currently serving within the regime’s Intelligence Ministry inside Iran.

The NCRI previously reported in January 2018 that the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) was paying mercenaries in Albania to spy on the MEK and orchestrate terror plots against its members.

Following the regime’s evident fabrication of official Albanian police documents, the NCRI’s Security and Anti-Terrorism Committee urged the Albanian government to investigate the Iranian agent’s responsible and bring them to trial, or at least expel them from the country.

The regime’s nefarious activities within Albania and the wider European region undermine national governments and demonstrate the regime’s engagement in plotting and carrying out violent terrorist attacks.

The regime and its agents, therefore, pose a very real threat to international stability and its diplomatic activities must be thoroughly investigated anywhere they are being carried out.

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Labor Unions object death penalty for striking truck drivers in Iran

International Labor Unions Condemn Possible Executions of 17 Truck Drivers Arrested during Recent Strikes

Labor Unions object death penalty for striking truck drivers in Iran

Labor Unions worldwide condemn outrageous sentences for striking truck drivers

In a letter or condemnation, five international trade unions expressed “deep shock” over the recent demand by Qazvin Province’s prosecutor general to execute seventeen truck drivers for their part in the nationwide truckers’ strikes that began in late September. The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), Education International, the Industrial Global Union and the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF) called the possible executions a blatant violation of labor rights and said that it was unacceptable to execute workers for asking for economic rights.

 

The trade unions’ letter asked regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to reverse his accusations against the arrested drivers and to guarantee their safety. They also asked that the Committee on Freedom of associations and the  Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations (ILO) to inform the regime of its responsibilities to its workers and to reaffirm their fundamental rights.

The most recent truck drivers’ strike started on September 23rd, 2018 and went on for three weeks, spreading to 310 cities in every province in Iran. This was the third strike by Iran’s beleaguered truck drivers this year. The truck drivers face unsafe conditions, subpar pay, corruption by officials, and exorbitant prices for replacement parts, particularly tires. Truck drivers cite a 600% increase in the price of spare parts.

Striking truck drivers were arrested for “disturbing the transportation and provoking the drivers to strike” in a number of provinces, including Tehran, Fars, Isfahan, Khorasan Razavi, Kurdistan, Lorestan, Western Azerbaijan, Zanjan, Qazvin, Alborz, Hamedan, Charmahal Bakhtiari, Kermanshah, Kerman and Bushehr.

The truck drivers’ strike received international support from labor organizations when it began on September 22nd. Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa pledged support for the striking drivers in a letter, writing: “The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, representing 1.4 million transportation and supply chain workers in the United States and Canada, stands in solidarity with our Iranian brothers and sisters. We urge the government of Iran to listen to the grievances of striking Iranian truck drivers, address their just demands and recognize their internationally recognized rights to assembly, speech, freedom of association and collective bargaining.”

Iran: International Transport Workers’ Federation Issues Statement in Support of Striking Truckers

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) also supported the striking Iranian truck drivers, writing a letter of concern as the regime retaliated against the drivers several days into the strike. In a statement, the ITF wrote: “The ITF is extremely concerned that news emerging from Iran has detailed a large number of driver arrests. Around 150 truck drivers in various provinces have reportedly been detained for participating in the action, with a spokesperson for the judiciary threatening ‘heavy punishment.’” The statement went on to say, “Drivers have been protesting about low and unpaid wages, the high cost of parts (including tires), and rising costs of the context of a deteriorating economic situation nationally.”

The MEK has been active in its support of the striking drivers. The MEK’s Resistance Units continue to work with all of the workers of Iran to fight against the regime and it’s corrupt and inhumane policies that have left 75% of the Iranian people in poverty.

During the strike, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), called upon human rights organizations, labor rights defenders, unions and labor syndicates to support the striking drivers, urging that they take immediate action to call for the release of those drivers who had been detained. “When regime threatens strikers with death, it must be isolated by the international community,” she said.

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Political Prisoners Go on Hunger Strike Following A Brutal Attack from Guards

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Urumia Prison, one of the Iranian regime’s most notorious prisons in Iran

On Tuesday the 16th of October, dozens of political prisoners in Urmia Central Prison’s wards 12 and 13 suffered a brutal and bloody attack at the hands of the prison guards.

Reports from MEK network inside Iran indicate that the prisoners’ captors beat them with batons, electrocuted them with cattle prods, and deployed tear gas against the political dissidents. At least one prisoner suffered a broken nose in the altercation. It is believed that none of the prisoners received medical attention following the incident.

The guards also attacked at least eight prisoners in the prison’s youth ward.

Meeting Violence with Stoicism

Following the violence on Tuesday, at least 60 prisoners from ward 12 have gone on hunger strike. They were joined by 12 of their peers the following day, bringing the total number of prisoners on hunger strike up to 72.

Senior prisoners have been spotted at Urmia prison. It is believed they are attempting to negotiate with the prisoners to end their hunger strike.

A judge also summoned three inmates to discuss the hunger strike. The prisoners have confirmed they have nothing to say and instead urged the judge to come to the prison to hold discussions there.

Appalling Living Conditions

The inmates in Urmia Central Prison are routinely subjected to horrifying and appalling living conditions. They are deprived of even basic medical attention. In the last month alone, three political prisoners have perished inside the prison.

Dozens of political prisoners go on hunger strike after prison guards’ attack

They are also routinely exposed to beatings like the one which occurred on Tuesday. On October 8th, the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) reported that one inmate, Morteza Zohr-Ali, was beaten so badly he fractured his hand.

A few months previously, Javad Shirazi, a young offender housed in the prison’s youth ward, was hospitalized after suffering a concussion.

It is worth noting that these beatings are not the result of a handful of rogue and corrupt guards but stem from a malicious and concerted effort from the prison and regime leadership to instill fear and repression among the inmates.

In April, a prisoner named Safeed Nouri was severely beaten by two guards while he stood in the office of the prison’s internal manager.

The international community cannot continue to endorse and do business with a regime that so blatantly abuses its prison population with so little regard for their basic human rights. It is up to international human rights groups, along with the governments of the West to apply pressure on Hassan Rouhani and his tyrannical regime to end its bloody campaign of violence against its own population.

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Iran uses child-soldiers vastly in Syrian fronts

U.S. Sanctions Iranian Financial Institutions, Regime’s Use of Child Soldiers

Iran uses child-soldiers vastly in Syrian fronts

Child – Soldiers are being used by the Iranian regime on Syria’s war fronts.

Heather Nauert, Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State, recently tweeted about some of the new sanctions targeting the Iranian regime’s financial institutions. In an October 16th tweet from her official State Department account, she wrote:

“U.S. Treasury sanctioned a vast financial network supporting the Iran regime’s despicable practice of using child soldiers —as young as 12. The regime uses Afghan children as the ‘first wave’ in Syria, resulting in higher casualty rates.”

The United States imposed sanctions on a network of financial institutions and companies who do business with or otherwise provide support to the Iranian regime’s paramilitary Basij force, citing gross human rights abuses and criminal acts.

The sanctions, which were imposed by the U.S. Treasury Department, encompass twenty regime banks and companies. According to a report from Agence France-Presse, all of these banks and businesses were sanctioned for their support of the regime’s militias.

A Far-reaching Web

Among the list of sanctioned institutions is Mehr Eqtesad Bank, which used to operate under the name of Gharz-al Hasana Mehr Basijian. Mehr Eqtesad Bank is associated with Bonyad-e Taavon Basij, which translates to Basij Cooperative Foundation. This bank’s ties to the Basij Forces can literally be found in the names of its associates.

Mehr Eqtesad Iranian Investment Company also faces sanctions from the U.S. It owns shares in Mobarakeh Steel Company in Esfahan, which is the largest steelmaker in the Middle East and North Africa. The company also owns shares in Iran Tractor Manufacturing Company (ITMC), which is also a target of the new sanctions.

Mehr Eqtesad may harm other Iranian regime-affiliated companies as well. It owns shares in a number of other companies, including Iralco, Sadra, Jaber Ebne Hayyan Pharmaceutical Company. U.S. sanctions could affect any company associated with an institution that is targeted, meaning that a wide network of Iranian companies will likely face harsh economic penalties for their association with those who are under direct sanctions. Sanctions on Mehr Eqtesad Iranian Investment Company are likely to further damage Iran’s already struggling economy.

The U.S. Won’t Fund Recruitment of Child Soldiers

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says that sanctions are necessary to cut off financial support for institutions that fund the Basij in their recruitment of child soldiers.

“The Bonyad Taavon Basij network is an example of how the IRGC and Iranian military forces have expanded their economic involvement in major industries and infiltrated seemingly legitimate businesses to fund terrorism and other malign activities.  This vast network provides financial infrastructure to the Basij’s efforts to recruit, train, and indoctrinate child soldiers who are coerced into combat under the IRGC’s direction,” Mnuchin explained.

Protests among many sectors of Iranian society have been taking place since last December as dissatisfaction with the corrupt and brutal regime rises. Economic ruin has driven thousands of Iranians into the streets to protest even before sanctions were announced earlier this year with the help of the MEK’s Resistance Units and a growing sense of outrage over the regime’s failure to address human rights, poverty, or foreign meddling, the people are close to reclaiming Iran.

Companies Under Sanction

The following is a list of companies that have been subjected to new sanctions by the U.S. Treasury Department:

  • Andisheh Mehvaran Investment Company
  • Bahman Group
  • Bandar Abbas Zinc Production Company
  • Mellat Bank
  • Bonyad Taavon Basij,
  • Calcimine company
  • Isfahan’s Mobarakeh Steel Company
  • Iran Tractor Manufacturing Company (ITMC)
  • Iran’s Zinc Mines Development Company (IZMDC)
  • Mehr Eghtesad Bank
  • Mehr Eqtesad Iranian Investment Company
  • Negin Sahel Royal Company
  • Parsian Bank
  • Parsian Catalyst Chemical Company
  • Qeshm Zinc Smelting and Reduction Company
  • Sina Bank
  • Tadbirgaran Atiyeh Investment Company
  • Taktar Investment Company
  • Technostar Engineering Company
  • Zanjan Acid Production Company

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Iranian regime disinformation campaign against MEK, using fake Twitter accounts.

The Iranian Regime May Have Been Working to Influence the 2016 US Election

Iranian regime disinformation campaign against MEK, using fake Twitter accounts.

Among 770 Twitter accounts that were closed by Twitter, due to their activities to manipulate policies in favor of the Iranian regime, there were many tweets that target MEK, the main opposition to the dictatorship ruling Iran

As commentators in the US explore the degree to which Russia may have influenced the 2016 Presidential election, worrying developments indicate that the Iranian regime also attempted to sway US voters.

The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab confirmed that the Iranian regime used hundreds of Twitter accounts to spread pro-regime messages in the US. Although it appears to have been less intrusive than Russia’s campaign, the accounts posed as journalists and US citizens to influence public opinion in the United States.

770 Suspended Accounts Operated from Iran

The news comes just two months after Twitter announced the suspension of 770 Iran-based accounts for violating its terms and conditions.

Following an investigation by cybersecurity firm, FireEye, Twitter found that the accounts had deliberately engaged in “coordinated manipulation”. While it could not confirm that the accounts were directly linked to the regime, the investigation found that since 2009 the 770 accounts had posted over 10 million tweets and 2 million images, GIFs and videos, many of which promoted regime messages.

Iranian Regime Fake Accounts Target MEK

Many of the accounts posted content attacking and demonizing the Iranian opposition movement, the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK). They also explicitly referenced Iranian state-run media outlets and attacked the Saudi Arabian government, Israel, and the rebel groups in Syria.

What made many of the Tweets particularly damaging is that the bots and regime-supporters posed as credible foreign journalists. Many of the 770 accounts with alleged regime ties claimed to be reporters from France, Croatia, and Spain.

The only solace comes from the fact that the social media accounts were not as influential as the Russian accounts. They drew little support, with many Tweets receiving less than 12 engagements from other Twitter users.

The Atlantic Council concluded, “they were ill-adapted to the platforms they sought to use”.

Moving Forward

Twitter announced that it would make the tweets public, “with the goal of encouraging open research and investigation of these behaviours from researchers and academics around the world”.

The news was welcomed by the director and managing editor at the Digital Forensic Research Lab, Graham Brooke. He said, “I think more transparency around this information is better than less transparency”, adding, “and that’s not strictly limited to foreign influence operations or domestic advertising. Consumers have a right to have a lot more information about the things they see”.

The timing of the findings is particularly relevant. In less than a month the United States will go to the polls to vote in the Congressional elections. There are already concerns from US intelligence agencies over foreign governments working to influence the upcoming elections.

To avoid a repeat of 2016, and subversive elements undermining US democracy in 2018, Twitter, Facebook, and Google have to come together to protect the election process.

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Second round of strikes by truck drivers in Iran

The Regime’s End is Near but What Comes After?

Truck Drivers' strike in Iran Continues

Archive Photo: Truck Drivers continue on strike on their 10th day, due to high prices and Iranian regime’s extensive corruption.

The mullahs are staring down the barrel of a revolution, a similar barrel the Shah faced in 1979. A wave of protests, which began with a nationwide uprising in December 2017 and January 2018, has shown no sign of abating.

The most recent truck driver’s protest has run for more than 18 consecutive days, despite vicious threats against the strikers from the regime.

The strike demonstrated the full extent of the regime’s weakened position in power. Not only did the mullahs’ repressive and violent strategies for dealing with the protests fail to curb the dissent, but the truck drivers drew support from the Iranian people, both at home and abroad.

Even Regime Insiders Acknowledge Their Position is Weakening

“The severe downfall in the national currency value and skyrocketing prices for basic necessities indicate that the country is not being governed properly”, said Golamreza Heydari a member of the Iranian regime’s parliament.

Heydari added, “the way the country is running is that all the power is in one place and others are held accountable”.

The international press is reporting water shortages, corruption, a media crackdown, executions, the arrest of political opponents and extensive economic mismanagement from the clerical regime.

Concern from within the regime, a breakdown of effective governance and rising determination to change the status quo from the Iranian people all suggest that the regime’s end is near.

What Comes Next?

The answer to the question of what comes after the fall of the regime lies in the viable alternative to the mullahs. The People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) and the President-elect of the Iranian resistance, Maryam Rajavi, have a cohesive ten-point plan to bring democracy and tolerance to Iran.

The MEK grew out of the Iranian people’s resistance to the regime’s human rights violations. It refused to legitimize a ruthless dictatorship shrouded in religious rule.

This steadfast refusal to live under a religious dictatorship made the MEK a beacon for Iran’s youth. The group rapidly expanded and has drawn support from politicians and journalists from across the globe.

For nearly 40 years, the MEK has worked to establish itself as a viable and organized alternative to the arbitrary rule of the clerical regime. It has embraced democratic values of religious tolerance and an independent judiciary, drawing support from human rights groups and supporters of freedom.

One of the strongest indicators that the MEK and Maryam Rajavi represent a very real alternative to the regime is that the regime itself feels threatened by the opposition group.

Former Mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani recently asked, “Who has the best conditions of seeking to overthrow [the regime] and the ability to turn this potential into a reality?” The answer, he said, is “the MEK and this is something that the Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has stressed upon repeatedly. So, it is necessary that we identify them, raise awareness about them”.

Furthering the MEK’s Political Goals

The regime perpetuates the idea that in Iran there are only two possible choices. One is to accept their clerical regime at face value, acknowledging its existence and tolerating its violence and dangerous behavior.

The other option, it argues, is a full-scale military conflict (likely involving the assistance or presence of a foreign military in Iran), whereby if the opposition groups win, they can usher in a new period of democracy.

But this is not the reality. The MEK and Maryam Rajavi do not stand for a war with the regime. They do not want to see a further conflict in Iran.

Instead, the MEK has worked tirelessly to explore other ways to further their political goals. Over the last 20 years, Maryam Rajavi and the MEK have spread their message across the world, drawing support from the international community including MPs, former ministers, and military commanders.

Initially, the group worked on reversing the unjustified labeling of the MEK as terrorists, a regime-concocted lie disseminated through its official mouthpieces and backchannels.

The MEK secured its removal from several countries’ blacklists between 2008 and 2012. It is now working with the international community to fight the regime’s support of international terrorism.

It is also one of the loudest voices calling for justice for the families of victims who were executed in the 1988 massacre. In the summer of 1988, the regime executed more than 30,000 political prisoners, mainly MEK activists. Those responsible have never been brought to justice, and several hold senior positions in the regime leadership today.

Despite what the regime touts, there are not merely two options for Iran. A third option exists and is increasingly looking like the most likely outcome.

The third option sees the Iranian people rise up against their oppressors in a wave of protests. This wave of discontent combined with international economic and political sanctions erodes the mullahs’ positions of power and sees their ultimate overthrow.

Then Iran can be free. The MEK will oversee the implementation of democracy and free and fair elections. Only then, when a democratically elected government sits in the office in Tehran, can Iran make strides towards its brighter, better future.

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Six MEK supporters sentenced to long prison terms

The Iranian Regime Sentences Six to Between 8 and 18 Years in Prison for Protesting

Six MEK supporters sentenced to long prison terms

Photo Archive-Six MEK supporters in Yasuj and Gachsaran(South West Iran) sentenced to 8 -18 years imprisonment, for burning banner of regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei

The Iranian regime has handed out heavy sentences to protestors in recent weeks according to reports from the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

On Wednesday, October 17th, 2018, the ISNA News Agency reported the sentencing of six MEK supporters. They stood accused of burning images of the Iranian regime Supreme Leader Khamenei and writing the slogan “death to Khamenei- hail to Rajavi” (Rajavi refers to Maryam Rajavi, the leader of the MEK and President-elect of the NCRI).

The six men were arrested in June and received sentences of between 8 and 18 years behind bars. Those that escaped without prison time were exiled.

A Wider Trend of Heavy-Handed Punishments

The sentencing on Wednesday was part of a wider trend of harsh sentences handed out to protestors doing nothing more than exercising their right to protest.

In Arak, six men faced charges of “disrupting public order and peace” for their involvement in the December and January uprising. The regime awarded them a total of six years in prison and 444 lashes.

These cases are not isolated incidents. The regime arrested more than 8,000 protestors across Iran’s towns and cities. Of these 8,000, more than 14 have died in police custody, where they subjected to torture and maltreatment.

Fear and Intimidation

The regime uses the arrests and deaths to strike fear and intimidation across the Iranian population. It hopes to deter future protestors from taking to the streets out of fear for their liberty and their lives.

But clashes continue to occur in Iran’s streets, institutions, industries and prisons. The nation’s truck drivers have defied the regime and, at great personal risk, have sustained a nationwide strike for 18 consecutive days.

In Urmia Central Prison, the prisoners of ward 12 went on hunger strike. It prompted the guards to carry out a brutal raid where the political prisoners were severely beaten, including eight young offenders.

Reports indicate that the guards used batons, electric cattle prods and tear gas to beat the inmates into submission. At least one inmate suffered a broken nose.

The inmates of ward 12 have been subject to several brutal and violent attacks in recent months. On October 8th, Morteza Zohr-Ali was beaten by guards so badly, he suffered a fractured hand.

On September 23rd, Javad Shirazi, a young offender imprisoned in the youth ward of the prison was hospitalized after suffering from a severe concussion.

These instances are part of a wider strategy of employing violence and fear to maintain the political status quo. The mullahs will not show weakness out of fear of losing their grip on power.

But what they don’t realize is that in resorting to brutal and violent punishments against their own people, they are showing the world that they are weak, their future is uncertain, and they are doing anything they can to cling to power.

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Khamenei speaks to Basij and IRGC in Tehran

Khamenei’s “Morale-Boosting” Speech Signals End of Regime

Khamenei speaks to Basij and IRGC in Tehran

Khamenei gives a speech to a crowd of Basiji and IRGC thugs in Tehran’s Azadi Stadium. Experts consider the speech a show of regime’s fear of the growing discontent among the youth in Iran

Regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei gave a fiery speech in Azadi Stadium in Tehran on October 4th. The speech, which focused on Iran’s youth, was addressed to the country’s Basiji forces and was intended to boost their morale. Instead, Khamenei’s words revealed his fear of the growing protest movement that is taking aim at the tyrannical regime he heads and the U.S. sanctions that have crippled Iran’s already struggling economy.

In his speech, Khamenei harshly characterized Iran’s youth as “deviated” and “a problem for the society,” saying that “the true problem is that the country’s youth believe there are no solutions.”

Khamenei’s resentment toward the country’s youth results from the active role young people currently plays in the Resistance Movement. The regime spent the past four decades cultivating a demonization campaign against the MEK, hoping to delegitimize the opposition group and preserve the mullahs’ rule, but Iran’s youth have not fallen for the regime’s propaganda attacks. The rebellious youth of Iran know the MEK through their work to seek justice for the 30,000 political prisoners who were massacred by the regime in 1988, their efforts to end the regime’s current record of human rights atrocities, and their fight to put an end to the mullahs’ corruption and mismanagement of Iran’s wealth. And now, the young people of Iran know the MEK and its Resistance Units as the people who are organizing and leading the uprising that aims to overthrow the mullahs’ regime and restore democracy and freedom to Iran.

Khamenei can no longer deny the power of the youth and the threat they pose to the status quo. He has been forced to acknowledge that young people are playing a defining role in the ongoing uprising that threatens to topple the dictatorship that he controls, and his anger is evident.

Despite the malice Khamenei displayed toward Iran’s youth earlier in his speech, he later claimed that youth are the “driving force” of the regime. He neglected to mention that since the mullahs took power four decades ago, they have executed tens of thousands of these “driving forces.”

In a rare moment of self-awareness, Khamenei did admit that many former supporters of the regime have defected and continue to do so. This was an unusual strategy to employ in a morale-boosting speech, as it appeared to be an acknowledgment that the regime is faltering. He went on to repeat Khomeini’s old line that the regime’s enemy is not the United States but the MEK operating inside Iran. He further warned of active dissidents hiding within Iran.

Khamenei didn’t bother to hide the obvious fact that the regime faces a “treacherous road” and is in desperate need of “intellectual and practical overhaul.” He went so far as to say that those at the top of the regime are “tired, out of steam and lacking any spirit.”

“We have economic problems. We have an economy relying on oil, which itself is a major problem. We also lack a culture of cutting back on consumption,” he added.

The Supreme Leader admitted that U.S. sanctions have crippled Iran and that the country is likely to suffer more as the final wave of sanctions hit on November 8th. His solutions, though, focused mainly on preventing information from reaching the people.

“Our dissidents are using the media to influence public opinion. The media is an important tool and if the enemy gets a hold of it, it is a dangerous tool,” he said.

Khamenei failed to mention that the regime controls thousands of state-run media outlets, while the Resistance only has a few outlets through which to disseminate the truth. The people fight censorship to access these few avenues of truthful information, despite the efforts of the regime to suppress dissent through “networks of social media and other outlets.”

Khamenei told his Basij Forces that they should feel free to “fire at will” toward the end of his speech. These are the words of a desperate man struggling to hold onto the last vestiges of power.

It is worth noting once again that Khamenei’s speech was meant to boost morale. If this is what a morale boost looks like for the forces of the regime, then the people of Iran are very close to freedom.

Staff Writer

 

 

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Retirees' Protest in Iran

MEK Network: Retirees, Teachers, Farmers, and Workers Protest Iranian Regime’s Policies as Unrest Grows

Retirees' Protest in Iran

Photo Archive, Retirees’ protest against low pension below the poverty line in Iran

A new sector of Iranian society joined the list of striking and protesting groups on Tuesday, as retirees voiced their dissatisfaction with the mullahs’ regime in the latest round of protests in the uprising that has been ongoing since last December.

Retirees’ Protests

Reports from MEK’s network inside Iran indicate that a crowd of retirees gathered in front of the Program and Budget organization in Tehran on Tuesday morning to protest unfair policies. Protesters from Fars and Kermanshah provinces, among others, are demanding that their salaries be increased above the poverty line to account for inflation, implementation of a coordinated payment system, balanced salaries, and payment of their insurance premiums.

State-run media reported that protesters complained that their salaries cover less than ten days of expenses each month. Regime officials recently acknowledged that retirees have lost two-thirds of their purchasing power in the past few months, though the actual numbers are far lower.

Teachers’ Protests

Earlier this week, teachers across Iran staged their own protests, refusing to go to their classrooms and holding sit-ins. The teachers were protesting low pay, poor benefits, looted trust reserves, the inability to form unions to advocate for their rights, and the failure of the regime to implement agreed-upon plans. Iranian teachers are also angry that their schools are underfunded, leaving their students poorly served. Finally, the teachers expressed outrage that many of their colleagues have been imprisoned for participating in unions or protesting for teachers’ rights.

Students in Karaj, Qom, Qeshm, Ahvaz, and Langroud protested in support of the striking teachers. Students from Allameh University and faculty members from the Social Sciences Department of the University of Tehran protested as well, carrying handmade banners, reading: “Imprisoned teachers must be freed!

“Imprisoned students must be freed!”

“Teacher, worker, student, unity, unity!”

Farmers’ Protests

As protests in other sectors have gained momentum, the farmers of Varzaneh in the province of Isfahan have added their voices to the growing protest movement. The farmers are protesting the loss of their water rights and the corrupt regime policies that have led to the drying of Zayandeh Rood, which has destroyed their ability to sustain their way of life. The farmers have been protesting for several days. They made a banner addressed to regime President Rouhani, which sarcastically read: “Do not do any more to revitalize Zayandeh Rood!”

Workers’ Protests

Workers are also part of the current protests. Hundreds of workers from the municipality of Sushtar gathered in front of the municipality’s building for the second consecutive day to protest. They have not received their salaries or bonuses for several months.

Economic unrest and dissatisfaction with the regime’s corruption and mismanagement have reached a fever pitch in Iran. Protests and strikes grow in strength and number on a daily basis.

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