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Iran’s Government Is Lining Up Against the People in Fear of a Revolution

The Iranian government has decided to close its line on the Iranian people while being sure that it must confront them very soon.
The Iranian government has decided to close its line on the Iranian people while being sure that it must confront them very soon.

In recent years, Iran has witnessed nationwide protests like November 2019 which have threatened the regime’s security. The regime has found the only solution to curb these protests to be repression and killings.

The formation of a Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) strike force under in the name of neighborhood-centered patrols of the Basijis and the so-called plan of fighting the thugs by the police, and lately the entry of the IRGC, the Basij, and the police into the social sphere under the pretext of fighting social harms are meant to prevent any further protests.

The Saat-24 and the Payam website were just some of the many media outlets which reported on October 20, 2021, about the regime’s new decisions to increase the repression.

This is something that is declaring the regime’s increasing brutality, especially in the use of the executions, dissidents say. At least 31 prisoners have been executed in the past 30 days, which raises the number of executed persons in Iran since the start of Ebrahim Raisi’s government to 141 persons.

A look at the names of the new governors and ministers who are IRGC officers shows the regime’s real fear.

  • IRGC officer Mohsen Rezaei, Deputy Economic Director of Raisi
  • IRGC officer Hossein Amir Abdollahian, Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • IRGC officer Ahmad Vahidi Minister of Interior
  • IRGC officer Rostam Qasemi, Minister of Roads and Urban Development
  • IRGC officer Mohammad Ali Zolfi Gul Minister of Science and Research
  • IRGC officer Ismail Khatib Information Minister
  • IRGC officer Mohammad Reza Gharai Ashtiani, Minister of Defense and Support of the Armed Forces
  • IRGC officer Bahram Einollahi, Minister of Health
  • IRGC officer Ezatollah Zarghami, Minister of Cultural Heritage and Tourism
  • IRGC officer Amin Hossein Rahimi, Minister of Justice
  • IRGC officer Mohammad Mehdi Esmaeili, Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance
  • IRGC officer Saeed Mohammad, secretary of the Supreme Council of Free Zones

Raisi has also handed over the governorate of 13 provinces to the Revolutionary Guards until now.

The state-run daily Eghtesad news on October 19, 2021, quoted the Tehran Municipality’s Social Deputy, Amin Tavakolizadeh, and announced that the IRGC Khatam al-Anbia base with the help of the mosques and the regime’s Friday prayers leaders are carrying out the so-called ‘Social Support’ plan in the capital.

Earlier IRGC officer Alireza Zakani, the mayor of Tehran, had announced the establishment of five new suppressive headquarters in Tehran, one of which was a ‘social headquarters’.

Amin Tavakolizadeh said: “Some institutions do not have a duty, but they are eager to be present in the issue of social harm. We held our meetings with Naja (Police), the commander of Tehran’s revolutionary guards, Khatam al-Anbia headquarters, and jihadist groups. We want to add the energy of jihadist groups to this circle. Because the neighborhood-based debate is also one of the main approaches of Tehran Municipality.”

Before that, the head of the Baharestan Corps “announced the formation and equipping of 10 security battalions and standby in operational neighborhood-based patrols and assisting the police in promoting social security.” (Tasnim News Agency, September 26, 2021)

The deputy head of the Revolutionary Guards in Markazi Province also announced the formation of suppression centers known as the Central bases in Markazi Province and said, “Currently, in 31 marginalized neighborhoods of Markazi Province, the headquarters of the Islamic Quarter are formed, and we are trying to activate these bases in all neighborhoods of the province.” (Fars News Agency, July 18, 2021).

Although the regime tries to justify these actions to deal with social harms, given the IRGC’s official and stated duty to protect the ruling dictatorship, the goal is nothing but to increase repression and counter the uprising of an army of starving people.

Choosing so many IRGC officers to control the situation is something that even the state-run media were forced to acknowledge.

“The president appointed Abedin Khorram, the commander of the Ashura Corps, as the governor of East Azerbaijan, while he had entrusted the most important governorship in Khorasan Razavi to General Ya’qub Ali Nazari, commander of the Imam Reza Corps.

“Hardline principlists believed that the appointment of the governor of East Azerbaijan was to further control the security situation in that region, as the election of General Vahidi as interior minister also had the message that from now on, the popular protests are going to be dealt with harsher.

“Whether a person has been appointed to this position who is most prominent in his military record, not his record of belief in social and political institutions. It is natural that he also offers people for the governorate who have a higher military background. Governors’ resume confirms the same point.” (State-run daily Arman, October 23, 2021)

This shows the regime’s miserable situation, a regime that is aware of its fate, therefore, prepares itself for the worst situation. However, all the fundamental changes in any country have shown us that such decisions will not be effective constantly, and there will undoubtedly come a point where the regime will not be able to control them.

“Where Is Our Gas?” Iranians Remember November 2019 Protests

Hacked ad billboards read, ‘Khamenei, where is our gas?’ referring to the Iranian regime’s atrocities following gas protests in November 2019
Hacked ad billboards read, ‘Khamenei, where is our gas?’ referring to the Iranian regime’s atrocities following gas protests in November 2019

On the eve of November 2019, when nationwide protests ignited following gas price hikes, some Iranians hacked the advertising billboards in some cities to remember this event. At the time, the regime killed more than 1,500 people to quell citizens’ peaceful protest.

On Tuesday, October 26, the ISNA news agency quoted Humayun Salehi, head of Iran’s Fuel Stationers Association, as saying that a cyberattack on Iranian gas stations had been launched. The news agency immediately deleted the report without explanation.

State media and social media reported the cessation of gasoline distribution at fuel stations across the country because of what they refer to as ‘disruption’ to the smart fuel system.

Meanwhile, pictures and videos on social media of digital billboards installed in Tehran and other cities have been published showing that the billboards, questioning, ‘Where is our gasoline Khamenei?’ a reference to countrywide protests inflamed to the sudden increase in gasoline prices in November 2019.

In this context, the ISNA news agency wrote on Tuesday: “Photos from Isfahan show that digital billboards in the city have been cyber-attacked and the message of ‘Free gasoline in Jamaran gas station’ and ‘Khamenei where is our gasoline?’ has been seen on them.” After only a few minutes, the news was removed from the website of ISNA.

Tasnim news agency, affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards-Quds Force (IRGC-QF), also echoed the event. “Field surveys and public reports to the news agency indicate ‘technical problems in the fuel system’ and that ‘petrol stations in most parts of the country have been interrupted and disrupted in service,” Tasnim wrote.

Ali Forouzandeh, a spokesman for the regime’s Oil Ministry, also acknowledged the ‘disruption’ and said, “the technical problem with the fuel card system interrupted the fueling process, but people can use gasoline at free station rates as before.”

Forouzandeh also claimed that the National Distribution Company had removed the smart system from the circle due to this disruption.

In a message, the regime’s Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi said: “The disruption in the provision of services at some petrol stations is due to a technical and systemic problem and will be resolved soon. There are no plans for increasing gasoline prices.”

The telegram channel Eslahat Press quotes Tejarat News as saying cyberattack on petrol stations confirmed.

“The president of the Stationers Association confirmed the cyberattack on gas stations throughout the country, saying the problem is being investigated. It is not possible to refuel at many petrol stations from an hour ago.

“Salehi, president of the Fuel Stationers Association, said the reason for the problem was a cyberattack on the gasoline supply system throughout the country. The smart fuel system is generally disconnected. This issue is being investigated, and a meeting will be held.”

This channel added: “Contradictory news about the possibility of free refueling in fuel stations despite the announcement by the General Directorate of Public Relations of the Ministry of Petroleum about the disruption of the smart fuel system, that claimed that refueling was in place at supply stations throughout the country.”

The News Channel reporter said: “It is not possible to refuel freely at Velenjak gas station, and the station official refused to be interviewed.”

In a statement, the regime’s Oil Ministry hastily said that refueling is in place at supply stations, and people can refuel at free gasoline prices.

This notification said: “The use of fuel cards in supply stations throughout the country has been interrupted since a few minutes ago following technical problems created in the fuel smart card system. However, according to the information obtained by the National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company, there is no problem with refueling in the supply stations. Despite the ejection of the smart fuel system from the circuit, people can refuel at a free price.”

Noor News, affiliated with the regime’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), confirmed the news of the cyberattack on the refueling system at gas stations. “A cyberattack caused the disruption of the refueling system at the gas stations, which has caused problems in the refueling process of vehicles since the previous hours,” the website wrote.

Revival of the JCPOA Unlikely Warns IAEA Chief

The US Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley has said that the efforts to revive the Iran nuclear deal are
The US Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley has said that the efforts to revive the Iran nuclear deal are "in a critical phase."

As the Iranian regime continues to push forward with its nuclear program, consistently breaching the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi has acknowledged that due to damaged surveillance equipment, the nuclear facility in Karaj is not being monitored.

The world powers are desperately trying to revive the nuclear deal, while the regime is blatantly continuing their malign activities regardless. Unless a firm approach is used to bring the regime into line with its commitments under the deal, Tehran will continue its nuclear extortion.

Mahmoud Nabaviyan, a member of the Special Commission for the Investigation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and a member of the board of the Article-90 Commission of the regime’s parliament recently acknowledged that Arak Reactor gave the regime 9 kg of plutonium annually, enough for a bomb.

Grossi confirmed in May that the regime’s level of systematic violations of the JCPOA has made it ‘impossible’ for the original terms of the deal to be satisfied. Meanwhile, the regime has consistently rejected the idea of revisiting the terms of the deal’s agreement.

Grossi struck a deal with the regime back in February to prevent IAEA nuclear monitors from being removed from Iran. However, the regime retaliated by banning the IAEA from accessing the surveillance equipment at their nuclear sites. The IAEA was forced to file reports with unconfirmed estimates of the regime’s stockpile of enriched uranium. They estimated the stockpile of 20 percent enriched uranium to be less than 90kg, whereas Mohammad Eslami, the newest head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, publicly claimed that the actual amount had exceeded 120kg.

Another deal was struck by Grossi in September to allow IAEA personnel to visit the nuclear sites to undertake routine maintenance on monitoring equipment.

The regime never honored this deal as Grossi later confirmed. But, by striking such a deal with the IAEA, Tehran dodged possible countermeasures by the IAEA Board of Governors in September, which could have serious repercussions for the regime.

The EU foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell has publicly stated that he remains ‘optimistic’ about the possibility of restoring the JCPOA, despite the regime’s ongoing violations of its terms.

The governments of Britain, France, and Germany triggered a dispute resolution last year when it became evident that the regime would not adhere to the JCPOA’s terms. This should have resulted in international sanctions on Iran if no resolution was reached, but Borrell publicly stated that the process could be drawn out indefinitely.

It should be noted that despite Borrell’s claims that by restoring the JCPOA the world community would be able to control the regime’s nuclear program, Tehran’s rapid advancement in enriching uranium far beyond what it was allowed to do by the JCPOA, shows the deal is highly flawed. In other words, the JCPOA has never been able to seriously control the regime’s nuclear program.

The regime continues to play a game of push and pull against the western powers. They continue their nuclear activities, and when it comes to threats from the international community, they call upon the IAEA for negotiations and deals to buy time to further advance their program.

As the Iranian Resistance has repeatedly stated, reinstating six UN Security Council resolutions, completely halting enrichment, and anywhere, anytime inspections are imperative in preventing the regime from acquiring a nuclear bomb.

Iran: Raisi Squanders the People’s Money in His Worthless Provincial Travels

In his provincial travels, Ebrahim Raisi, the president of Iran, faces the anger of the people, frustrated by 42 years of corruption and plunder.
In his provincial travels, Ebrahim Raisi, the president of Iran, faces the anger of the people, frustrated by 42 years of corruption and plunder.

Some 33 trillion Tomans is a promise that the Iranian regime’s new president Ebrahim Raisi made to the four provinces during his provincial trips so that they can complete the semi-finished projects or pay for their new projects. Designs that have been odd both in their numbers and the budget assigned.

Since August 4, when Ebrahim Raisi started his presidency, the keyword of provincial travel has flourished again. The same thing that the Iranian people remember from the time of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s presidency when their populistic truth was soon revealed to all people.

Now, Raisi has traveled to seven provinces and got acquainted with some of the problems of these provinces and their people, who in many cases showed their anger at their miserable situation to the regime’s president while expressing their knowledge that nothing will change.

The situation has become complicated when the official budget reports of the country, such as the report of the country’s treasury for the first three months of this year, show that the government had a budget deficit of 53 trillion tomans in the spring alone.

From those major trips to four provinces in the last two and a half months, the government has spent at least 33 trillion tomans. Only then, according to the budget law of the regime, some 80 billion tomans have been considered for the president’s travels.

While the head of state Raisi is continuing his travels, the travel expenses are borne by the impoverished people of Iran, who do not benefit from these acts of the regime.

Now the figures provided by state media regarding the budget allocated to the projects to be implemented in these provinces clearly show that such promises are completely meaningless for the bankrupt Iranian government and will never be fulfilled. Note these figures:

During Raisi’s visit to Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province, 217 projects were approved, for which a construction credit of 20 trillion tomans was promised, which many of the regime’s press have called strange and unprecedented and do not believe that they will be implemented.

During the trip to the Fars province, 100 projects have been approved, for which a promise of 6 trillion tomans has been made.

In Ilam, the promise of completing 112 projects has been given and 2.5 trillion tomans have been considered for it. In Bushehr, 5 trillion tomans have been promised for the implementation of 94 projects.

All this is at a time when the government is facing a severe budget deficit, which is why in the 2021 budget bill, the regime has eliminated the salary increase, which has led to more expansion of poverty and has destroyed the middle class.

Mismanagement and corruption by the government have led to many protests by people of all classes.

Now the question posed by many economists of the regime is from which sources this budget is to be financed. Given that the regime has increased its defense budget for this year and continues to squander the people’s and country’s resources in the Middle East to support its proxy forces.

It is certain that none of these plans will be implemented, as we saw in the Rouhani government, and the heavy financial burden will be on the people.

Remembering British MP Sir David Amess and His Support for the Iranian Resistance

Sir Amess was a staunch advocate of human rights and mainly supported the Iranian opposition, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, in its quest for democracy in Iran.
Sir Amess was a staunch advocate of human rights and mainly supported the Iranian opposition, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, in its quest for democracy in Iran.

On October 15, British MP Sir David Amess was murdered as he held a meeting with his constituents in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. He had been a member of parliament in the House of Commons for 38 years and was an avid supporter and friend to the Iranian Resistance.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said, “Sir David, stood by the Iranian Opposition for most of his precious political life. When events in the Middle East took a wrong turn and the shadow of doubt cast over the horizon, he wasn’t the kind of man to turn his back to the oppressed and the bewildered.”

He advocated for the right of freedom and democracy for the Iranian people throughout his political career, and domestically he was committed to helping the most vulnerable people in society. In 2015, he was knighted in the New Year Honours for his political and public service.

President-elect of the NCRI, Maryam Rajavi posted her condolences on her Twitter account stating, “Sir #DavidAmess was an admirable symbol of advocating freedom, democracy, and among martyrs to the cause of freedom.”

For those who knew him personally, his death came as a great shock. Many of his former colleagues and friends have reached out and given their condolences and recalled memories of a kind man who loved to serve the people.

Former Scottish MEP, Struan Stevenson said that David will be remembered fondly for his service to his country and his passion for advocating for regime change in Iran.

He said, “This unprovoked act of terror, allegedly by an Islamic fundamentalist, has taken the life, not only of a decent, hard-working, member of parliament but also of a man much loved and admired by his constituents and by politicians from across the political divide.”

John Pritchard, the former Bishop of Jarrow described Sir David Amess as warm and welcoming, and while he’ll be sorely missed, “continuing in the struggle will be one important way we can honor his memory.”

Bob Blackman, the MP for the Harrow East constituency recalled that Amess had previously stated that one of the proudest things from his political career was supporting the NCRI, and throughout his career, he “continued to promote the idea of democracy and freedom in Iran.”

The former Italian Foreign Minister, Giulio Terzi said, “Sir David Amess spent many years claiming freedom for the Iranian people from the regime’s yoke, the international protection for those who hardly opposed the Ayatollahs, and justice for those paid with atrocious suffering and even with death.”

MP for Strangford, Northern Ireland, Jim Shannon quoted a reading from the bible, 2 Timothy, chapter 4, verses 7 and 8, which read, “He has fought the good fight, he has finished the race, he has kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for him the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to him on that day and not only to him but also to all who have loved His appearing”.

Iranian Government’s Fake Polls

Desperate regimes like the Iranian government seek to show their legitimacy through fake polls.
Desperate regimes like the Iranian government seek to show their legitimacy through fake polls.

The Iranian regime’s Fars news agency, affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), published on 20 October 2021 the results of a poll which stated that 72 percent of the Iranian people expressed their satisfaction with the regime’s new government and Ebrahim Raisi and are supporting the regime’s missile projects and its relations with the East.

The regime has published this poll under the name of the Maryland University of the US. But the operators of this poll are not answering the question that what has changed in the people’s lives so that they should show their support for Raisi’s government.

The fact is that referring to the internal crises the prices of goods are increasing constantly, the malnutrition of the people has reached a dramatic stage, and the people are being squelched under the burden of poverty.

And the sixth peak of the coronavirus is on the way, and in such a critical hygienic situation many people do not even have access to healthy potable water.

And in the context of the regime’s nuclear case, the situation has reached a sensible point and is increasing the regime’s international isolation.

And more important is that the people, three months ago has boycotted the regime’s election. But the important point of this poll is that it is pointing to Maryland University.

Now let us see from where this name appeared in the regime’s poll. On October 19, 2021, it wrote that this poll was executed in cooperation between the Maryland University and the Center for Thought Assessment (Iran Poll).

But what is the identity of the Iran Poll Institute?

Iran Poll is an institution managed by a man named Amir Farmanesh, a well-known regime lobbyist in Toronto, Canada. Amir Farmanesh is named in a document related to a project at the United Nations as ‘advisor and director of the Council of Young Advisors of the Mayor of Tehran during Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s mayoral term.’ In 2013, Farmanesh was the regime’s lobbyist for German bankers. He has an active relationship with ISPA, the regime’s polling center, and its operators.

So far, it turns out that there was no poll, and it was done by the order of the Iranian regime covered by its Lobby as usual.

But how did the University of Maryland get dragged into this story?

Amir Farmanesh’s relationship was established through Thomas Schelling with the University of Maryland because Farmanesh earned his Ph.D. under Schelling, who was a professor at the University of Maryland.

Thus, the Institute introduced the Iran Paul regime affiliated with the University of Maryland, while there was no active connection between a prestigious university and a worthless regime-built institution. There is no information linking the two on the internet.

Furthermore, Thomas Schelling himself was involved with the regime, and during Ahmadinejad’s presidency he visited Iran on January 1, 2008, and he was given an honorary doctorate at Sharif University of Technology.

Media affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards, such as Fars and Tasnim news agencies, The Ofogh TV Channel, the Young Journalists Club (YJC), and the Mashreq news site, strongly welcomed ‘Iran poll’s’ results and wrote about it in detail. Observers believe the goal of all these so-called polls and propaganda is to increase the morality of the regime’s hopeless forces.

But real polls and their devastating result to the regime can be seen in a poll executed by Tehran’s municipality council.

This council published a poll on the Tehran-e-man website and asked the people to write about their demands and wishes. That demand which gains the most Likes, the council will act to realize it. The amazing thing was the wish of the “Destruction of the Islamic Republic” with 37 million Likes got the first place.

It seems that the regime’s ‘Maryland Poll’ is a desperate answer to this 37 million Likes of the regime’s destruction.

But besides all this, if the regime is searching for the people’s opinion it should remember the nationwide protests of 2017 and 2019 in which the people expressed clearly their wishes:

“Down with Khamenei, Down with the principle of supreme religious rule, and ‘Until the mullahs are overthrown the country will not become a country’.”

Iranian Teachers Cannot Make Ends Meet, Educational System Faces Collapse

Depriving teachers of inherent rights, including low salaries and lack of other privileges, shows Iran faces a bleak future.
Depriving teachers of inherent rights, including low salaries and lack of other privileges, shows Iran faces a bleak future.

In 2020, the average salary of teachers in Iran was 58 million rials [$221] per month. Mohammad Bagher Nobakht, the former head of the Planning and Budget Organization, had already vowed that this salary would increase in the following educational year. However, there is not yet a tangible advance in this context.

Shahryar Fuladvand, the head of the Education Ministry’s non-profit school’s office, had already declared the minimum salary of non-profit schools’ teachers to be 38 million rials [$145].

According to official stats, there are around one million teachers in Iran. “For many years, livelihood concerns and financial pressure have dissolved the power of generations’ makers,” wrote Kebna News website on October 12, admiring teachers for training next generation.

However, these selfless people met no response to their demands, but “we have no budget” on behalf of the ministry officials whenever they raised their voices for a fair salary and arrears. They have been convinced that the Education System does not care about their dilemmas, severely frustrating them.

Nonetheless, their hardships are not limited to financial aspects. Indeed, teachers’ social position has been challenged in recent years. After several decades of honest services, they are forced to shut down the classrooms and flood onto the streets for their inherent rights. Many have taken on additional careers such as taxi driving and street selling to make ends meet. They see a bleak future on the horizon.

On the other hand, teachers have faced deficits in educational content and the lack of proper school facilities for many years. “The educational system has yet to witness any development from 200 years ago,” said Ali Zekri, an educational expert. “Tables and benches have filled traditional schools.”

Zekri also explained that a dogmatic and soulless atmosphere had dominated educational centers. “Many schools are deprived of equipped laboratories, sports courts, and other necessities. Classrooms do not encourage students to learn,” he added.

Teachers’ Unresolved Demands

Unresolved demands and the growing rate of financial dilemmas are other issues that prompt teachers to raise their voices constantly. However, educational officials always deal with teachers’ demands with indifference, driving them to resort to other paths to gain their inherent rights.

“There is no government institution or ministry with such a volume of official arrears,” said Hessamoddin Pour-Sabet, an education official in the northeast province of Razavi Khorasan. “Lack of balance between the salary of teachers and the salary of other ministries’ employees is another concern for teachers’ society. Teachers only want to be seen like other ministries’ employees in the case of financial and livelihood fields,” he added.

According to recent studies, Agriculture Ministry employees, health staff, and teachers receive minimum wages. Among the mentioned employees, teachers’ salaries are 30 to 40 percent lower than others. Furthermore, they do not gain privileges and bonuses.

“Privileges and bonuses could ease teachers’ burden regarding the skyrocketing inflation rate. They are dealt with injustice during the past decades,” Pour-Sabet believes.

The teachers’ other demand is the implementation of the ‘Ranking Plan,’ which has yet to be responded to by the Education Ministry despite teachers’ frequent protests across the country.

“Officials always lay the blame on budget deficits,” Pour-Sabet says. However, the government has refused to pay arrears and other economic demands under the excuse of the high number of requests.

This is while the country suffers from a shortage of teachers, educators, and trainers. According to official reports, the Education Ministry lacks around 200,000 teachers to cover all schools in Iran with a curriculum. In this context, observers foresee a great crisis within the country’s most significant ministry. “Since 2018, 40,000 teachers are annually being retired on average. However, there are not appropriate people to replace with them,” they say.

Nevertheless, Iran’s educational system faces enormous dilemmas, and the government tries to resolve them at the expense of teachers. Therefore, teachers—and of course, students—are the sole victims of the education mafia in the country.

Through peaceful protests, teachers have struggled to obtain their fundamental rights in recent months. However, the government, which only understands the language of power, has yet to address these selfless people’s requirements. Such a behavior pushes teachers to find other paths—probably anti-establishment acts—to force officials to recognize their demands.

“Imprisoned teachers must be freed,” “Teachers will not give in to disgrace,” and “We never go to the classrooms until obtaining our rights,” chanted by teachers show their patience has ended, and they are looking for other ways to win their demands.

Fifth COVID-19 Wave in Iran Worsens, As Sixth Wave Is Imminent

While the Iranian regime prevented the import of the coronavirus vaccines and insisted on its domestic made, the President of Tehran University of Medical Sciences said: 'People have no confidence in internal vaccines.'
While the Iranian regime prevented the import of the coronavirus vaccines and insisted on its domestic made, the President of Tehran University of Medical Sciences said: 'People have no confidence in internal vaccines.'

As Iran is still suffering from its fifth wave of Covid-19 infections, the Iranian regime has announced that they intend to resume normal activities, with public prayer gatherings due to resume on Friday, October 22.

According to the regime’s concocted death toll figures, as of Wednesday, the number is approximately 124,500. On the other hand, estimates from the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) suggest that the actual number is above 460,800. The regime has consistently downplayed the seriousness of the pandemic in Iran in a bid to cover up its errors in responding to the crisis.

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (MEK) has been continuously analyzing local reports, eyewitness statements, hospitals, and morgue records to draw alternate conclusions about the severity of the public health crisis.

The regime’s first missteps in dealing with the pandemic in its early stages were when the virus was brought into Iran on a flight from China. Documents from Iran’s National Emergency Organization that were obtained by the MEK show that the first cases of Covid-19 were identified in Iran in January 2020, but regime officials failed to make public announcements until more than a month later.

As the announcements coincided with the sham parliamentary elections, they were seemingly timed to provide a cover story for the low turnout in elections. Instead, the low voter numbers were due to an organized boycott following a series of anti-regime protests.

State-orchestrated public demonstrations created perfect conditions for the massive spread of coronavirus at a time when much of the public was being kept in the dark about its very existence. The problem was exacerbated by the fact that information is tightly controlled in Iran and has been growing more in recent years, especially following periods of large-scale unrest.

By February, Iran’s state media had already begun reporting severe under-estimates of infection rates and the death tolls from Covid-19, with many estimates being contradicted in some areas by local officials. The judiciary later threatened that anyone who questioned the estimates given by the regime would be subject to arrest and prosecution.

Regardless of this warning, the estimates provided by the Iranian Resistance have crept into Iranian society through social media and the existence of private virtual networks that have been established to allow many Iranians to get past the government’s filtering of the internet.

Iran’s Health Ministry has predicted that a more serious sixth wave of coronavirus infections is on the horizon, so the expectations of the Iranian people are likely to be tenser as they wait to see how the regime responds to it. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the regime’s only strategy has been to use the deadly virus as a method to control Iran’s restive society, instead of making attempts to get the rates of infection under control.

Due to the public skepticism of the regime’s narratives regarding the pandemic, the regime recently announced that it was canceling the plans to distribute their domestically made Covid-19 vaccine, which has been reported to be untested and widely ineffective.

The creation of a domestic vaccine came after the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei imposed a ban in January on the import of European and American-made vaccines. This lack of reputable vaccines in Iran is what has led to the catastrophic deterioration of the Covid-19 situation in the country this year.

Khamenei’s decision indicated that the severity of the crisis stems not only from simple incompetence but from a deliberate effort to use coronavirus outbreaks as a means of preventing large-scale anti-government protests like those that were active in the months immediately preceding the start of the pandemic.

International Prosecution Calls for Perpetrators of Iran’s 1988 Massacre

Iranians, supporters of the NCRI rally in Stockholm, Sweden in front of the court convicting Hamid Nouri one of the perpetrators of the 1988 massacre.
Iranians, supporters of the NCRI rally in Stockholm, Sweden in front of the court convicting Hamid Nouri one of the perpetrators of the 1988 massacre.

With the trial of former Iranian prison official Hamid Noury still ongoing in Stockholm, Iranian expatriates in Sweden have continued their series of public protests this week, with calls for the leading figures of the Iranian regime to be prosecuted internationally for their crimes against humanity.

Noury was arrested by Swedish authorities in 2019 on a trip to the Scandinavian country under the principle of universal jurisdiction.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said, “The charges against Noury including war crimes and mass murder, stem from his role in the torture of political prisoners at Gohardasht Prison before and during the massacre of 1988, which claimed the lives of over 30,000 political prisoners across the country, over the course of about three months.”

The massacre was a result of a fatwa issued by then-Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini, in which he called for the execution of members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), labeling them as being an ‘enmity against God’. Political prisoners were rushed through minute-long trials in the ‘death commission’ and asked whether or not they supported the MEK. If they refused to denounce the Resistance group, they were sent to the gallows.

The regime’s current president, Ebrahim Raisi sat on the panel of judges at the Tehran ‘death commission’ and ordered thousands of prisoners to their deaths.

The NCRI said, “This account of the massacre has been repeatedly corroborated in the context of Noury’s trial. Dozens of witnesses are being given an opportunity to speak about their experiences as survivors of the massacre or as family members of victims in a trial that is not expected to conclude until April.”

Former political prisoners, MEK members, and the families of the victims of the massacre have all been in attendance during the recent sessions of Noury’s trial giving their accounts of the atrocities. MEK member Khadijeh Borhani recalled that of her six siblings, 4 were killed before the massacre in dissent crackdowns, and the other 2 were executed during the summer of 1988.

The testimony from another witness, Seyyed Hossein Seyyed Ahmadi stated that his mother was subjected to attacks by prison authorities, who beat her and broke her arm because of a complaint she had made about the mistreatment of her other son Mohsen. Mohsen had been detained indefinitely for refusing to denounce the MEK.

The NCRI said, “Seyyed Ahmadi explained that about 100 of the MEK supporters were given minor sentences for their political activities in 1980, only to remain in prison and ultimately be executed as part of the 1988 massacre.”

Many witnesses at the trial have stated that even 33 years after the massacre, the families of the victims who remain in Iran are still under pressure from the regime to not talk about the atrocities of the summer of 1988, and still have no information as to where the final resting places of their loved ones are. While MEK activists have managed to uncover the locations of some of the mass graves, the regime is adamant about hiding any evidence of the massacre and has already destroyed some sites and built on top of them. Amnesty International has previously stated that this destruction of evidence will seriously affect any future investigations into the full scale of the massacre.

The NCRI said, “While echoing this sentiment and affirming the need for a formal UN-led commission of inquiry, the Iranian Resistance has also emphasized that the outcome of any such investigation should be the international prosecution of Ebrahim Raisi and other known perpetrators of crimes against humanity in Iran.”

Iran: Who Is Kazem Gharibabadi?

Kazem Gharibabadi, the new head of the Iranian regime’s  Human Rights Headquarters.
Kazem Gharibabadi, the new head of the Iranian regime’s  Human Rights Headquarters.

Even though speaking about any organization or position promoting human rights in Iran is more like a bitter joke, we will analyze here the new profile of the new head of the regime’s Human Rights Headquarters.

Kazem Gharibabadi, the Iranian government’s deputy for international affairs and human rights, while retaining his post has become the secretary of the Iran regime’s Human Rights Headquarters which is a subdirectory of the regime’s Supreme National Security Council.

Since 2018, he has been the representative of the Iranian government in Vienna and the permanent representative of the regime in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Gharibabadi wrote in a tweet: “My mission in Vienna will end on October 15 due to my new position in Tehran.”

Zabihollah Khodaian, the spokesman of the regime’s judiciary, said on October 16, 2021, that Kazem Gharibabadi has been appointed as the Deputy Minister of International Affairs and Human Rights of the regime’s Judiciary by Judiciary Chief Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejei, and has retained his position as Secretary of the Human Rights Headquarters of the Government of Iran.

Ali Bagheri Kani previously held this position.

It is worth mentioning that to change the government’s structure to the so-called ‘young Hezbollahi government’ which was announced by the regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei years before and has not yet been fully executed, step by step in all positions of the government, Foreign Minister Amir Abdullahian has appointed Ali Bagheri Kani as Deputy Foreign Minister and negotiator of the regime’s Vienna nuclear talks.

Kazem Gharibabadi had previously been appointed as the Iranian government’s ambassador to the Netherlands and permanent representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

Records of Kazem Gharibabadi

Kazem Gharibabadi was born in 1974. His first political position was in 2009 when he was sent to India as the ambassador of the Iranian government. Under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hassan Rouhani, he held positions to advance the regime’s policies. He was an adviser to Ahmadinejad’s foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, and was a member of the Iranian government’s nuclear-negotiating team under Ali Larijani.

Gharibabadi received his bachelor’s degree in political relations from the University of International Relations in 1996.

He holds a master’s degree in diplomacy and international organizations and a doctorate in public law from Allameh Tabatabai University. He is mentioned as the son-in-law of Mohammad Baqer Zolghadr, a former commander of the Revolutionary Guards and the current secretary of the Expediency Council of the Iranian government.

  • Acting Head of Asia-Pacific, General Department of International Affairs of the Government (1998)
  • Master of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1999 – 2003)
  • Director of Communications and International Affairs Abroad of IRIB (2003-2005)
  • Adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs on Nuclear Affairs (2005-2006)
  • Deputy Director-General of International Political Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2006-2009)
  • Ambassador of the Government of Iran to the Netherlands and Permanent Representative to International Organizations based in The Hague (2009-2013)
  • Deputy Minister of International Affairs and International Judicial Cooperation of the Human Rights Headquarters (2014-2018)
  • Secretary of the JCPOA Committee in the regime’s National Security Council (2014-2018)
  • Permanent Representative of the Government of Iran to the United Nations Office in Vienna and Iran’s Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (2017-2021)

Leaked Reports Highlight Harassment of Female Inmates at Isfahan’s Women’s Prison

According to the International Center for Prison Studies, about 3 percent of prisoners in Iran are women.
According to the International Center for Prison Studies, about 3 percent of prisoners in Iran are women.

In reports recently leaked from the Dolatabad Women’s Prison in Isfahan have indicated that the conditions inside the are so appalling and harsh inside the jail that many female prisoners are waiting for opportunities to commit suicide.

Food in the prison is of poor quality and often inedible, while several prisoners have reported finding insects in their meals.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) Women Committee said, “The bread is of poor quality because it is stale and contains a high concentration of camphor oil. For breakfast, prisoners receive a piece of cheese some days; other days, a prisoner might receive a bit of jam.”

The store inside the prison sells very low-quality food items at high prices, so prisoners are not able to purchase even staple foods such as vegetables. As a result of the lack of proper nutrition, many prisoners are suffering from anemia and are physically weak.

As for the hygiene in the prison, the conditions are abysmal. There are not enough bathrooms for the number of prisoners incarcerated, with 2 available for every 40 women, and most of the time, the toilet wells are backed up. Sanitary facilities are non-existent, and the women are forced to bathe in cold water.

The NCRI Women Committee said, “The prison clinic does not maintain even minimal facilities. As a result, if a prisoner’s condition deteriorates, no serious action is taken to save her life.”

Political prisoners who have been imprisoned in Dolatabad face the worst treatment. Many women have been transferred from other jails illegally, while others have arrived without having been sentenced for their supposed crimes. The transfers of the political prisoners between jails are usually done to keep political prisoners separated from each other, and to exert more pressure on the prisoners.

At Dolotabad, the political prisoners who reside there are at risk from prisoners, who have been accused of serious crimes like murder, who are hired by prison authorities specifically to harass them.

The NCRI Women Committee said, “The hired prisoners are provided with false information about the political prisoners, making the situation more complex. In some cases, false information has caused new cases to be brought against the political prisoners.”

Among the staff and inmates are several well-known names. One of the wardens is a woman called Rezvani, while Prison counselor, Ms. Dorosy works under Rezvani as one of the warden’s main agents. Ms. Dorosy is mainly tasked with harassing and insulting the political prisoners under their wing. A cruel prisoner named Keshani enjoys a certain level of protection while in prison as she is also involved in the harassment of the other prisoners.

Along with many other prisons in Iran, moral corruption runs rife amongst the prison authorities in Dolatabad. The staff often use methods of violence and torture to put pressure on the already tormented and ill-treated woman incarcerated in the prison.

40,000 to 45,000 Premature Deaths in Iran Annually Due to Air Pollution

In the past few weeks, air pollution has disrupted people's lives in many cities of Iran such as Tehran, Tabriz, Mashhad, Ahvaz, Shahriar, Arak, and this has been associated with disease and life risks for many.
In the past few weeks, air pollution has disrupted people's lives in many cities of Iran such as Tehran, Tabriz, Mashhad, Ahvaz, Shahriar, Arak, and this has been associated with disease and life risks for many.

Air pollution in the cold season becomes the subject of Iranian state media every year. A challenge that, according to the Ministry of Health, causes 40,000 to 45,000 premature deaths annually.

Statistics from Tehran Air Quality Control Company attribute most of Tehran’s air pollution to vehicle and motorcycle traffic.

The share has been declared above 50% in the past years. According to the latest published statistics, 70% of the particulate matter produced in Tehran comes from vehicles.

Of these, the share of personal passenger cars was 1.4%, taxis nearly 1%, minibusses 4.2%, motorbikes 10.5%, urban public buses 12.6%, private sector buses 18.2%, and heavy vehicles 22.4%.

These discussions are heating up in Tehran during the cold seasons of the year. When the phenomenon of air inversion occurs, and the capital of Iran hits new air pollution records in the world.

In the meantime, the Environmental Organization blames the Standard Organization and that it does not stop the production of non-standard vehicles, and the Standard Organization throws the ball in the carmakers’ court and the automakers pass it over to the Ministry of Oil.

This is because, for many years now, the Environmental Organization has announced that the production of non-standard vehicles must be stopped.

Cars that do not consume Euro 5 fuel are causing air pollution. The organization’s trustees have repeatedly criticized the standard organization for not giving in to the production of standard cars. They say the standard organization is not strict on automakers.

Iran’s Automakers which are under the control of the elements of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC)do not pay attention to the country’s existing laws requiring them to produce cars with the Euro 5 standard, which has had an impact on the exacerbation of air pollution in the country’s cities, especially major cities.

In addition, in recent years, different policies have been adopted in the field of combating pollution, which most of them have not led to the reduction of air pollution which indicates that the regime’s government has no interest in the people health, a clear sign about the high number of lung cancer which is the leading death reason in Iran.

The Standard Organization also has its explanations in this regard. They say they have repeatedly announced to automakers the issue of stopping the production line of some types of vehicles, such as Pride, Peugeot 405, and Nissan, but automakers say the cost of car production has increased significantly, and that stopping production of the cheapest cars on the market will make the car market inaccessible to many Iranian customers.

Under these circumstances, automakers, who have strong lobbyists in the government and parliament, refuse to simply remove their cheapest and best-selling cars and easily ignore the health of the people.

On the other side, automakers pass the ball to the oil ministry’s, saying that Euro 5 gasoline production in Iran is done with very low volumes, and when Euro 5 fuel production is very low, therefore no one should expect the automakers to change or stop the production of their cars which are using Euro 4 fuel.

In this context, Abbas Kazemi, an adviser to Bijan Zanganeh, the former government’s oil minister, told 90 Economics, “all gasoline delivered to Tehran’s fuel supply stations since 2013 has been Euro 4 gasoline, and Tehran’s air pollution is due to increased carbon in the air.”

He emphasized: “In the five-year economic development plan, there is no mention of the distribution of Euro 4 gasoline to the metropolitan transport network, however, Euro 4 gasoline is shipped to all metropolises, and besides, Iran will not be capable of producing Euro 5 gasoline for the next 20 years because the refineries designed in the country are able only to produce Euro 4 gasoline.”

The problems of Euro 5 gasoline production come at a time when the quality of Euro 4 gasoline is also a serious ambiguity. In this context, there have been many reports about the lack of standard fuel quality used by vehicles.

The report on the quality of domestic and imported gasoline has been held classified, and the government did not agree to make it public.

The worst thing is that the regime’s oil ministry is defending its non-standard gasoline production and is rejecting any responsibility.

In response to the lack of standard fuel produced in the country, Hassan Rouhani’s oil minister, Bijan Zanganeh, attributed the air pollution to automakers, saying:

“Fuel consumption in Nissan pickup trucks in the country is very high and currently the average fuel consumption in Nissan vans in the country is about 20 liters per 100 kilometers and these cars have been outdated in the world for years, but in Iran, they are still produced.”

Regardless of the escaping of the regime’s different organizations and institutions of their duties and making each other responsible for the air pollution, the truth is that the Iranian people are suffering and dying. And Iran’s cities rank among the most polluted cities in the world.