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The Aseman newspaper received its permit to distribute in Iran on February 3rd, 2014 and published its first edition on February 15th. The newspaper was banned just 7 days after initial publication due to posting an article about castigation in its fourth issue. The newspaper’s director was also arrested.

In a factional schism, mullahs’ regime Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh disclosed on his Facebook the guilt of many regime leaders of fraud and embezzlement. He writes: “In oil contracts, embezzlements of over 400 billion tomans (300 million dollars at official rates) have taken place. In many of these contracts neither the amount is finalized, nor the timeline for the project, nor is there any acceptable guarantee for the quality of the work by the contractor. Although plunders by Babak Zanjani is colossal, but we do have other cases that are all above 300 million dollars.”

Following several days of protest and uprising in five provinces of Iran, regime officials and media acknowledged the protests and admitted there is a significant lack of public support for the current regime. This is obviously a calculated political move aimed to prevent the spread of protests.

Isfahan:
On Saturday, February 15th, protests continued in many provinces of Iran. Residents of Isfahan, a city popular with tourists in central Iran, fought with security forces and Basiji plainclothes forces throughout the day and a few hours into the night.

According to reports from within Iran, Ilam’s security forces in western Iran raided homes in several districts simultaneously to remove satellite dishes and associated equipment. Many of these forces had to flee due to resistance from locals.

Today during anti government demonstration in Dezful the clashes a number of protesters were wounded. The number of wounded in Koyeh Modares and Vali-Abad were higher. A gas station, a gas pumping station, and a bank were put on fire.

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