News : Middle East
- Published: Saturday, 29 September 2018
By INU Staff
INU - Most countries see the annual United Nations General Assembly as a chance to make peace with other countries, but for a handful of countries, like the Iranian Regime, it is quite the opposite.
Every year, the Iranian Regime sends a big delegation the event – regardless of the fact that the Iranian public is impoverished thanks to the mullahs’ wasteful behaviour – taking distant relatives along to shop and sightsee in NYC.
It already seems pointless for the mullahs’ families to come to the UNGA, but it’s also pointless for any mullahs to go, considering the final word on all Iranian matters comes from Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
Of course, President Hassan Rouhani came prepared with a speech that portrayed Iran as the victim, complaining that the sanctions have hurt ordinary citizens (a lie!), and was less fiery than his usual rhetoric.
The state-run daily Kayhan – a mouthpiece for the Supreme Leader – warned Rouhani to follow Khamenei’s guidelines and not engage in negotiations with other countries. It was a strange warning, especially given that Rouhani makes no moves without the say-so of Khamenei.
Despite the rivalry between the two main factions of the regime, Khamenei has been crippled by the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal. The Iranian currency is plummeting on a daily basis; currently reaching a record 160,000 rials to the US dollar; something that the state-run ISNA news agency described as “strange”.
The state-run ILNA news agency reported that an average worker’s family must spend 72% of their earning to simply remain alive, with less than 4 million rials to pay for things such as mortgage, transportation, and education.
Meanwhile, truckers are again on strike across the country over the high cost of maintenance and low incomes. This is despite a threat from Shiraz prosecutor Ali Salehi to prosecute them with waging war against God – an executable offence under the Regime. This is not unusual for the mullahs, who are cracking down on dissent with an iron fist.
In the past three weeks alone, 31 prisoners were hanged in different cities across the country.
The biggest problem for the Regime is the growth of its main opposition, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), who have been behind every protest and strike in 2018, according to Regime analysts.
Reza Shafiee, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), wrote: “Khamenei’s fear is valid since many in the world have come to realize that this regime has lost all credibility and his biggest nightmare is coming true… Time has come for a new era in Iran without the clerical regime.”