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On February 25th, the state-run ISNA news agency quoted Mullah Pour-Mohammadi, the justice minister of Rouhani’s administration: “The incident in Ukraine, some highlight the news as if this incident is an internal issue and has happened in Iran. When somebody says something, it becomes first news title in the newspapers with colored photos and big logo such that they feel victorious. They turn the incident and political development that happened in Ukraine into an internal matter. Others report in a way as if they have lost something and mourn about it (i.e. Hassan Firouz-Abadi, chief of the regime’s armed forces general staff, who is a strong critic of the Ukrainian revolution).”

According to IRGC affiliated Fars news agency, Ahmad Khatami, member of the Iranian regime’s Assembly of Experts, said this on February 21st in the city of Kerman: “One day they insult our sanctities in newspapers (i.e. Bahar Newspaper) and one day, like three days ago, they insult the definitive verdict of retribution and calling it inhumane (i.e. Aseman Newspaper). This newspaper has been banned by the court but it is not enough. Like Khomeini did, those who insult our sanctities must be declared apostate and summoned to the court.”

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.

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