Recently, the US has increased its sanctions on Iran by specifically targeting the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, his Office, several commanders in the terrorist Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), and Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif. These sanctions have been welcomed by the leader of the Iranian Resistance Maryam Rajavi, but she argues that there is one important name missing from that list: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
The Iranian regime has destroyed the country’s economy as a result of extreme mismanagement and widespread corruption. The country should be comfortable, if not wealthy, because it is extremely resource rich. The reality is much darker – more and more people are falling into extreme poverty and the situation is set to get worse, not better.
On Tuesday, it was reported that the Iranian judiciary was threatening to execute dozens of prisoners on accusations of spying for the United States. This comes roughly two weeks after one prisoner, Jamal Haji-Zavareh, was executed on that same pretense, although authorities provided no apparent evidence to substantiate the accusation, apart from a confession that was elicited under torture. It is not clear whether authorities are prepared to provide clearer justification for the potentially forthcoming executions, and the Islamic Republic has a long history of detaining and giving harsh sentences to dual nationals and persons with connections to the West.