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Belgium’s Decision To Return Terrorists to Iran Leaves EU Vulnerable to State Terrorism

The Belgian Parliament unveiled a secret “Treaty between the Kingdom of Belgium and the Islamic Republic of Iran on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons, done at Brussels on 11 March 2022
The Belgian Parliament unveiled a secret “Treaty between the Kingdom of Belgium and the Islamic Republic of Iran on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons, done at Brussels on 11 March 2022

On the fourth anniversary of the Iranian regime’s foiled bomb attempt against the Iranian opposition peaceful Free Iran 2018 rally in Villepinte, a suburb of Paris, the Belgian Parliament’s official website reported the MPs would debate the government’s bill for legitimizing the “Transfer of Sentenced Persons” to Iran this week.

Some 100,000 people, including hundreds of lawmakers, current and former officials, and dignitaries from five continents, attended the Free Iran Grand Gathering in June 2018.

Since 2018, the Iranian regime has done its utmost by hostage-taking, terrorism threats, applying diplomatic pressure, and secret talks to return Assadollah Assadi, the plot’s orchestrator, to Iran. If that were to happen, Assadi would receive a badge of honor for following the fatwa by the regime’s founder Ruhollah Khomeini to kill dissidents, mainly members, and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

On July 1, German law enforcement detained Assadi in Bayern state, Germany, as he was returning to Vienna, Austria, where he served as the Iranian embassy’s third counselor. Further investigation revealed that not only had Assadi led the bomb attempt against the rally, but he was Tehran’s intelligence station chief in Europe.

After months, German authorities extradited Assadi to Belgium to be tried along with his three accomplices. Assadi was convicted and sentenced to the ultimate punishment of 20 years in prison for masterminding the plot in a Belgian court on February 4, 2021. He refused to appeal the sentence, obviously admitting to his role in the terror attempt.

Brussels Gives Greenlight for Further Terror Plots If  Assadi Is Returned to Tehran

The Belgian Parliament unveiled a secret “Treaty between the Kingdom of Belgium and the Islamic Republic of Iran on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons, done at Brussels on 11 March 2022, and the Protocol of 22 November 2017 amending the Additional Protocol to the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons, signed on 7 April 2022 in Strasbourg.”

The Parliament’s revelation prompted Iranian dissidents to vent their anger over the Belgian authorities’ decision to appease the world’s foremost state-sponsor of terrorism. Dozens of Iranian diaspora and potential victims of the Assadi bomb plot rallied in Brussels, condemning the “Shameful Deal.”

Remarkably, Assadi was a serving “diplomat,” contrary to a hypothesis promoted by the regime’s lobbies about “rogue elements.” In October 2018, former Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif openly rejected this hypothesis.

“We [the Foreign Ministry] do not have a system that acts of its own volition. Can we really do something in this country without reporting it?” Zarif said. “We have never sought to do anything contrary to the commands of His Excellency, the Leader [Ali Khamenei].”

Furthermore, the head of Belgium’s State Security Service said that intelligence officials had determined the planned bombing was a state-sanctioned operation approved in Tehran. Noteworthy, Assadi had promised his agents, “I would bring you to Aqa [aka of Khamenei] if the operation succeeded,” based on the agents’ confessions.

Nonetheless, Assadi refused to participate in trial sessions based on Zarif’s order. Further evidence proved that the terrorist diplomat was not a rogue element, but he was fulfilling an administrative task.

Iranian Resistance, Belgian MP, and ISJ Condemn the Swap

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the NCRI President-elect and Assadi’s primary target, denounced the possible deal, calling on Iranians, lawyers, political dignitaries, Belgian MPs, MEPs, and MPs in other European countries to take urgent action to prevent the bill’s adoption.

“The parliament of Belgium upheld the urgency of a bill approved by the government to transfer convicts. The bill will soon be submitted to the parliament for adoption, according to which convicted criminals from the two countries can serve their sentences in their own countries,” Mrs. Rajavi wrote. “If the bill is adopted, the Iranian regime’s terrorist diplomat Assadollah Assadi and his accomplices will be freed and sent to Iran.”

“The Iranian Resistance vehemently condemns this shameful deal with the clerical regime, the main sponsor of terrorism and bloodshed on European soil, and demands it be stopped,” the NCRI President-elect added.

“Brussels’s shameful deal with Tehran will escalate terrorism and endanger European nationals and Iranian refugees,” the NCRI wrote. “Under the pretext of a prisoner swap between the two countries, Brussels is paving the way for the release and exoneration of Asadollah Assadi, the terrorist diplomat who had smuggled explosives from Tehran into European soil and plotted to attack an international event.”

“It is beyond ludicrous to assume that the mullahs will imprison the very agents they had ordered to carry out the failed plot to bomb the NCRI’s rally. Everything must be done to stop this disgraceful and scandalous deal,” the NCRI added.

“What’s at stake is the rule of law, justice, and the security of Europe. By handing Assadollah Assadi to Iran’s regime, Belgium will give Tehran the greenlight to continue terror plots on European soil,” the PMOI/MEK wrote. “Instead of returning Assadi to Iran, Belgian authorities should be focused on dismantling Tehran’s terror network inside their country and across Europe.”

“Iranian diaspora protests the announcement of protocol agreement with Iran,” said Belgian MP Michael Freilich, denouncing the Belgian authorities’ deal with the world’s foremost state-sponsor of terrorism. “We must not erode our rule of law in this way.”

Mr. Freilich had already condemned the potential deal with the Iranian regime on May 5. “Message to my many Iranian friends who have been fighting for years against the horrific regime in Iran,” he tweeted. “I am alarmed by talk of a possible release of convicted terrorist-diplomat Assadolah Assadi. Let it be clear: We should NEVER negotiate with terrorists or terrorist states!”

Also, the International Committee in Search of Justice (ISJ), which enjoys the support of over 4000 parliamentarians on both sides of the Atlantic, denounced the bill.

“It’s clear that the intention of this Belgian bill from Iran’s perspective will be the release from prison of their ex-diplomat Assadollah Assadi and his three co-conspirators, sentenced to long terms of imprisonment for acts of terrorism,” the committee wrote. “If these prisoners are allowed to return to Iran, their release would make a complete mockery of justice and send the clearest signal to the Iranian regime that they can conduct terrorist attacks in Europe with impunity.”

Iran: Raisi Government Breaks the Poverty Record in the Past 60 Years

Raisi’s government breaks the record for poverty, inflation, and mismanagement in the past six decades
Raisi’s government breaks the record for poverty, inflation, and mismanagement in the past six decades

Nearly a year ago, Ebrahim Raisi took office as the Iranian regime’s president. He was already infamous among Iranians due to his record as a leading member of the “Death Commission,” responsible for sending thousands of political prisoners to the gallows in 1988.

Following his inauguration, he made numerous promises to revive the country’s moribund economy in order to whitewash his notorious background. “Liar Raisi, what happened to your promises,” is one of the slogans currently chanted by citizens in their rallies, showing their fury over Raisi’s failure to deliver his promises.

Via His “Economic Surgery,” Raisi Broke the Poverty and Inflation Record in the Past Six Decades

“Breaking the record of poverty and inflation is one of the most important achievements of the Raisi cabinet in the past year,” activists taunt the President. “This government is a record-holder in many aspects like the number of executions and prisoners, the unprecedented pace of devastating the environment, and other catastrophic events.”

The deepening of the gap between the wealthy and low-income classes of society is one of the most apparent impacts of Raisi’s one-year presidency. Raisi loyalists were touting him as the “lord of impoverished people.” He constantly criticized his predecessors for ruining the country’s financial system, vowing to remove poverty, manage the inflation rate, and improve the economy.

“Building one million residential units in a year” and “removing absolute poverty in a span of 10 days” were among Raisi’s outlandish promises. Instead, a day hasn’t gone by without the regime destroying shelters of underprivileged citizens and increasing the prices of food staples. As a result, socio-economic protests by people from different walks of life for their most essential rights have become widespread.

Removing the Subsidized Foreign Currency, One of the Main Reasons for Rampant Poverty

For decades, the mullahs have funded waging terrorism, advancing the range of their ballistic missiles, fueling regional conflicts, and, most importantly, building nuclear weapons at the expense of the Iranian people. Nevertheless, these expenditures have soared under Raisi while the 2021-2022 budget bill was submitted to the Majlis [Parliament] with one-third of the deficit!

The regime’s primary instrument to offset this massive deficit was to increase taxes. Under the pretext of the ‘Economic Surgery’ plan, Raisi’s government removed the subsidized foreign currency, forcing the collapse of many small businesses and lowering the poverty line by at least 30 percent.

On June 22, the official news agency, IRNA, quoted Raisi as saying, “The continuation of subsidized foreign currency causes corruption and fraud because a small group of people enjoyed this currency. Now, the government intends to deliver its foreign currency privileges to all the people, and the poor in particular.”

He further claimed that the government would increase the price of several foodstuffs—including wheat and bread, egg, chicken, and cooking oil, “But it would provide compensation through Yaraneh [subsidies].”

This is all while the value of the national currency rial has plummeted in recent months, shrinking people’s purchasing power. In 2010, Iran’s former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad began depositing monetary aid worth $15 to citizens’ accounts. Due to the government’s destructive policies, the value of Yaraneh is equivalent to $1.50 today.

According to the Quality-of-Life Index 2021 by Numbeo, citizens in the Iranian capital have the lowest purchasing power in the world after Lagos, Nigeria.

Numbeo’s Quality-of-Life Index 2021 indicates that citizens in the Iranian capital Tehran have the lowest purchasing power after Lagos, Nigeria.
Numbeo’s Quality-of-Life Index 2021 indicates that citizens in the Iranian capital Tehran have the lowest purchasing power after Lagos, Nigeria.

Barely a couple of months into the ‘Economic Surgery’ plan, people have begun to feel additional pressure on their flesh and blood. The tip of the iceberg is the increase in the value of the dollar and other foreign currencies, as well as the rise in housing and rental costs, foodstuffs, medicine cost, and public services.

These price hikes have left major psychological effects on society, with dramatic increases in suicide attempts, the abandoning of newborn babies in garbage bins, and vast waves of migration and brain drain in Iran. On the other hand, the frequency of social protests has significantly increased despite Raisi’s notorious background in human rights abuses. In such circumstances, the unelected ruling system has tried to quell any grievance with lethal force. But, if history is a judge, not only are the mullahs and the Revolutionary Guards’ cruelty and suppression futile, but they further fuel public hatred and anti-establishment demonstrations.

Development in Iran Obliterated

Having an abundance of natural resources, but at the same time having a corrupt and mafia-led government, has made Iran one of the poorest and most underdeveloped countries in the world.
Having an abundance of natural resources, but at the same time having a corrupt and mafia-led government, has made Iran one of the poorest and most underdeveloped countries in the world.

Modern governments are constantly seeking to reform their governing system in order to find better paths for development.

Their criteria ensure that the will of the people and the national interests are reflected in their decisions. Countries such as South Korea and Singapore, among many other countries, have emerged as economic powerhouses in the past few decades, having chosen successful models for their development.

In today’s world, at the other end of the spectrum, there are authoritarian regimes that have based their rule solely on coercion, tyranny, and the acquisition of illegitimate wealth, and have nothing to do with or are even interested in, their country’s development.

Religious fascism in Iran is the latter case. These authoritarian regimes not only neglect to improve the development of their country, but they also destroy the future for the coming generations, leaving behind scorched earth so that even those generations to come would be unable to regenerate the country’s development. This has left Iran’s development far behind even second-world countries.

The manifestation of development is the political freedom of the people, and there is a close relationship between the two. These freedoms include political freedoms and transparency in public relations, freedom of access to opportunities, financial credit, and the protection of the population from poverty through supplementary income and unemployment benefits.

Political freedoms and the balanced distribution of wealth are preconditions for development; something which has not been seen in the Islamic Republic for the past 43 years. Instead, what has happened is political obstruction, the repression of Iranian citizens, and the unfair distribution of national wealth.

The rule of Velayat-e-Faqih (absolute rule of the clergy) is the root of the totalitarian governments that have taken control of all political and economic institutions and, by ruling an oligarchic network, it has squandered the national wealth, and used it to promote and expand its medieval ideology instead of using it towards development.

This regime, with its security and intelligence organization, chokes even the slightest protest and criticism of the citizens.  As a result, most experts and economists. even those who are affiliated with the regime, are reluctant to explain the reasons for the country’s underdevelopment.

Experience shows that undemocratic and illegitimate regimes, such as the fascist regime in Iran, form broad apparatuses and try to divide and distribute the windfall wealth among a network of loyal individuals by setting up dysfunctional bureaucratic institutions.

The regime has benefited from petrodollars over the past four decades. has periodically increased the number of its administrative apparatuses and hired as many employees as they can so that two-thirds of Iran’s annual budgets are now going towards current expenses or wages.

Several trillion rials are paid to 2.5 million employees, while the useful working hours of government offices are disappointing, with the labor inefficiencies being more prevalent in the public sector than in the private sector.

The regime’s Research Center has predicted that in the most optimistic case, the useful working hours in Iran are about two hours a day, and the average in the public sector is only 22 minutes.

The worst case of this wealth waste belongs to the regime’s religious organizations who receive large budgets, despite not providing any public services and are a huge blow to the country’s economy and development.

The Iranian regime is sacrificing millions of Iranian citizens due to their behavior and the following sanctions, isolation, and poverty due to unreasonable hostility with this order.

Such behavior has subjected Iran to the most severe international sanctions for over 40 years, dragging Iran’s economy to its weakest point ever. High inflation, widespread recession, negative GDP growth, unemployment, and widespread poverty are among the characteristics of Iran’s underdeveloped and isolated economy.

In addition to the sanctions, which are a major obstacle to Iran’s political and economic development, the severance of ties with the modern world and lack of interaction with developed countries has also left Iran far behind in technology, manufacturing, industry, and modern science.

At present, Iran is blacklisted for not cooperating with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), and therefore most modern countries are reluctant to conduct financial transactions with Iran. This has led to high costs for the regime and has forced them to waste the country’s wealth to circumvent financial sanctions in unconventional and costly ways, which is destroying the country’s national resources which are considered for development in most countries.

MEK’s Resistance Units and the Legitimacy of Resisting the Dictatorship

MEK Resistance Units project images of Resistance leaders in Tehran.
MEK Resistance Units project images of Resistance leaders in Tehran.

In the years past, the Iranian regime had tried to ignore the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) as if they did not exist at all, always maintaining in its official propaganda that it had wiped out 90% of the organization and that what had remained was languishing in exile. This narrative served the objective of projecting itself as an unrivaled regime without any serious opposition. But the effectiveness and the extent of the MEK’s recent campaigns inside and outside Iran have terrified the mullahs, prompting them to react frantically, laying bear its real fear of its archenemy.

Over the past five weeks, the Iranian opposition invited four prominent figures to Ashraf-3, the MEK’s base in Albania in the Manez region. These dignitaries expressed their support of the people’s resistance and their solidarity with their struggle and sacrifice continuing over the past 43 years.

On May 16, 2022, former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Ashraf and voiced support for the Iranian Resistance.

In his remarks about Iran’s resistance, he said: “The things you have suffered in the name of freedom remind us of what our country was founded on to defend and secure so many years ago. And it’s special, it’s special to be with you. I want also to like to recognize President-elect Maryam Rajavi. It is under her leadership, that the National Council of Resistance of Iran is laying the groundwork for a free, sovereign, and democratic republic in Iran.”

Pointing to the failures of the US policy toward the Iranian regime he said: “Now, to correct the Iran policy, no matter who is in the White House, it is a necessity for the U.S. administration to reach out to the Iranian Resistance and take advantage of its tremendous capabilities. Ashraf 3 is one such place to focus on.”

The next dignitary who visited Ashraf on June 6, 2022, was Ms. Kira Rudik, a Ukrainian MP, leader of the political party Golos, and one of the prominent women who is echoing the voice and struggle of the Ukrainian people in their fight against the invasion of their country.

“It is an honor to see you and to learn from up close about those who have fought this hard battle all these years and have become an emblem for the people of Iran. Like the Mojahedin Organization, we are fighting for freedom, independence, and a democratic country,” she said.

Then the former US Vice President Mike Pence visited Ashraf-3 on June 23, 2022. Commenting on the Iran people’s resistance, he said: “Today, the resistance movement in Iran has never been stronger. It’s been inspiring for me today to learn more. Resistance Units in Iran are the center of hope for the Iranian people. They are an engine for change from within during the uprisings and continued protests. And every day, it’s clear they are growing stronger while the regime grows weaker. Your Resistance Units, commitment to democracy, human rights, and freedom for every citizen of Iran.”

Iran: MEK Resistance Units air anti-regime slogans in Rasht and Sabzevar

Finally, on June 26, 2022, Sir Richard J. Roberts, the 1993 Nobel Prize winner of Physiology or Medicine, visited Ashraf-3 and met with the NCRI President-elect Mrs. Maryam Rajavi.

In part of his speech, he said: “What I have done has been tiny by comparison with the efforts that you have put in, by the courage that you have shown, by your firm defense of freedom, by your desire to set up a true democracy in Iran.”

What all speakers impressed up what that the Iranian opposition has the right to resist the dictatorship and that its resistance is legitimate.

The serious blows that Resistance Units have delivered to the regime have forced it to formulate a plan to form a passive defense organization on June 26, 2022. In the beginning, they had not taken the Resistance Units seriously, even in some cases mocking them in their media, especially the women who had joined the ranks of the Resistance Units.

Iran: MEK Resistance Units air anti-regime slogans in public in Bojnurd

But the regime is facing an organized opposition that is gaining popularity by the day and is capable of organizing the effort to overthrow the regime. This explains the ruling theocracy’s frenzied reaction.

Even High School Students Escape Iran

Brain drains is a painful event that is putting damaged Iran for many years.
Brain drains is a painful event that is putting damaged Iran for many years.

Since the Iranian revolution in 1979 one of the worst things that have happened is the acceleration in brain drain. Each new year, we are reading more concerning statistics in the state-run media.

This dark era started after many of the country’s intellectuals voiced protest over increasing repression and declining living conditions.

In response, Khomeini said, “Why are you yelling so much about the escape of the elites. To hell that they are escaping. Those who went to the universities and speak about science and culture, let them go because the universities are the root of all these miseries that have happened to humanity and the blows delivered to Islam.”

With this mentality, Khomeini and the troglodyte clerics pushed Iran into regression and destruction.

Four decades since, not only has this ominous development not come to an end, but has increased day by day, and Iran is losing its most valuable social treasures.

In the past several years, we have witnessed the loss of elites at the university level, but now, unfortunately, the brain drain has spread to high school students, who are leaving in droves.

The reason: is because they see that nearly all university graduates are jobless, addicted, and face a dark future. Therefore, they decide to leave the country despite all the difficulties and dangers in the hope of a better life abroad so as to prevent their abilities and talents to go waste in the country under the rule of the mullahs.

In the not-too-distant future, Iran will face a shortage of specialists in all fields, such as doctors, nurses, engineers, artists, and others.

According to the latest statistics from the Iranian Immigration Observatory, about 25 percent of the ranks below 1,000 in the national entrance exam, 25 percent of the Elite Foundation, and 37 percent of the medal holders in student Olympiads live outside Iran.

Annually, 150,000 to 180,000 educated specialists ‌leave Iran, and the country ranks first in the world in terms of brain drain, a statistic that is a painful tragedy for Iran and Iranians. Currently, we are witnessing the flight of countless successful and medal-winning Iranian athletes who have left Iran to compete as parts of teams with other countries and decided not to return to the hell created by the mullahs.

Leaving the country may seem difficult at first, but in the current situation in Iran, for all walks of life, there is no choice but to migrate to get away from all the problems they face. Not all Iranians may be able to migrate, but because of the crisis in Iran, they certainly dream of it.

Therefore, if the shadow of the clerical regime rules over Iran, we will see the day-to-day fall of all past and future generations of Iran into hell.

Like All Iran Regime’s Created Disasters, the Case of Metropol Collapse Has Been Closed

At noon on Monday, May 22, 2022, part of Abadan’s Metropol Tower collapsed due to the failure of the structures. This incident left dozens dead and injured.
At noon on Monday, May 22, 2022, part of Abadan’s Metropol Tower collapsed due to the failure of the structures. This incident left dozens dead and injured.

One of the worst disasters caused by the Iran regime’s corruption was the collapse of the Metropol tower in Abadan on May 22, 2022. Dozens were killed, and many others were injured. The regime has refused to announce the victims’ names or the actual casualties, while many unofficial numbers speak about the death of more than 300 people, mostly workers.

This event brought the critical state of instability and worn-out buildings in Iran to light. Yesterday the state-run daily Asr-e Iran wrote that the regime’s Head of Medical Sciences had ordered the evacuation of the Hazrat-e Rasul hospital by the end of July. He said that this hospital, like many other hospitals in the country, is insecure and that an event like the Metropol collapse is possible in many of them.

Now Ahmad Vahidi, the regime’s interior minister, has announced that the case of the Metropol collapse has been closed, which is usual in all corruption cases of the regime.

The state-run Sharq newspaper quoted Ahmad Vahidi as saying on Tuesday, June 21, that the Metropol’s work had ended and is not a critical issue. Therefore, the case was closed.

He said that Metropol has now been given to an institution to complete the demolition of the building and that the story will be followed as a normal plot.

He finally claimed that the report of violations would be presented to the committee tasked with investigating these cases, and its dimensions would be clarified and reported. But experience shows that this will never happen, as the most corruption cases of the regime are now gathering dust on the regime’s shelves.

The tragedy occurred due to the violation of the institutions under the supervision of the regime’s Minister of Interior. Dozens were killed. The people suffered significant losses, and the regime did nothing but rhetoric.

Public opinion is still not convinced why the regime and local authorities did not evacuate the building even though they knew it was unsafe.

People are still not convinced how the ruling criminal factions supported the owner of this building and what corrupt interests led to this catastrophe.

No one believed that the owner of the Metropol, Abdol Baqi, was dead as the regime claimed. The families of the victims do not doubt that, like the previous catastrophes, the perpetrators of this catastrophe will not face any consequences.

The fact is that the Metropol is not a case. It is a history of chained corruption.

– On May 23, 2022, the twin Metropol building in Abadan collapsed, and at least 43 people were killed under the rubble of the building.

– On January 8, 2020, a Ukrainian plane taking off from Khomeini Airport in Tehran was targeted by two rockets fired by the Revolutionary Guards, killing 176 people on board. No one was ever punished for this tragedy.

– On January 6, 2018, a 32-passenger Sanchi tanker collided with a Chinese ship and caught fire. All 32 Iranian ship’s crew were killed, while 21 Chinese crew were rescued. But no one explained to the families of the victims why?

– On January 19, 2017, the Tehran Plasco building caught fire, killing 16 firefighters and six civilians, but no one was held accountable or punished.

– In November 2012, a girls’ primary school in a village called Shinabad in Piranshahr, Azerbaijan, caught fire, and 29 students suffered burns, two students died, and 12 suffered severe burns. But no one was ever held accountable.

– On February 14, 2005, the Tehran Arg Mosque caught fire, 78 people died in the fire, and dozens of others were injured. But no one was convicted.

– On February 18, 2004, more than 300 people, including 20 firefighters, were killed in an explosion on the Neishabour train. But no one was ever questioned about the case.

– On March 17, 1998, a bus carrying Olympiad students had an accident, during which seven students and two faculty members were killed. Maryam Mirzakhani was among the passengers of this bus.

There are many more cases closed by the regime’s officials without anyone being held accountable, and the families of the victims are still searching for justice.

I Don’t Criticize To Remain Qualified, Iranian MP Says

Iranian MPs warn about the Raisi cabinet’s mismanagement and failures, declaring their concerns over criticizing officials and public uprisings.
Iranian MPs warn about the Raisi cabinet’s mismanagement and failures, declaring their concerns over criticizing officials and public uprisings.

In his remarks at the Majlis [Parliament] June 22 session, Mohammad Reza Sabbaghian, MP from Yazd province, revealed that he refuses to criticize the state-backed mafia, preventing the Guarding Council from disqualifying him. “I’m cautious about criticizing several institutions and apparatuses affiliated with the Supreme Leader,” he said.

“Aside from his excellency, we usually avoid criticizing [Khamenei-linked] subsidiary bodies, fearing to be disqualified. However, I’m concerned about being disqualified for telling these issues,” Sabbaghian added. “When we ignore faults, enemies extremely and crazily say in media, social media groups, websites, and networks.”

Meanwhile, the MP pointed to systematic corruption as another disastrous phenomenon in Iran. “Our second great weakness is prioritizing relationships instead of regulation and order. The Metropol Tower collapse, the Mashhad-Yazd train incident, the Pelasco catastrophe, the sales density, and construction towers that have grown like mushrooms are the outcome of this priority.”

Sabbaghian also admitted that these towers had been constructed disregarding the necessary educational, cultural, entertainment, and hygienic guidelines. “The [buildings] push citizens into cement cages, imposing social harms on their residents. These towers have the highest death toll [rate] among their residents.”

The MP also highlighted the government’s “achievements” in the past 43 years, including “Horrible traffic, air pollution, increasing cases in courts, prisoners, robberies, divorces, child laborers.” “Giving tasks, licenses, occupations, and facilities based on nepotism and parts of high prices are due to prioritizing relationship over the rules. However, [we] care about this important issue less.”

Sabbaghian spoke about the banking system and banks’ massive advantages as the third fault in Iran under the ayatollahs’ hell. “[Bankers] describe the result of Riba [usury] and massive privileges as ‘blessing.’”

“Inflation and essential goods price hikes and people’s incessant struggle—by working double or triple shifts—to make ends meet and eliminating many sectors of society are due to trampling this divine ruling [against lucre]. I’m wondered why the religious scientists and authorities have remained silent? Great ayatollahs! what is the Riba, and where is it if such massive banking profits are not Riba?”

This Process Leads the State to Absolute Bankruptcy

Another MP, Ali Asghar Annabestani, notorious for slapping a traffic soldier in public, blamed Khamenei-backed President Ebrahim Raisi for wasting billions of dollars. “Mr. President, there was an expectation that the 2023 budget bill goes to the Majlis with utter changes based on our beloved Supreme Leader decree,” he said.

Annabestani then explained that the current budget bill forces managers to cost heavy expenditures and waste billions of dollars of the national wealth. He also admitted to the slow, frustrated, massive, and complicated bureaucratic system, full of corruption and fraud cases. “You should change this system to save the country,” he said.

“The bureaucratic system is strangling the country. It would swallow the entire national resources and lead the country to an absolute bankruptcy if you fail to act immediately and change this system,” Annabestani added.

Annabestani warned Khamenei’s protégé about the corruption, while Raisi dominated one of the wealthiest and tax-exempted institutions in Iran, Astan Quds Razavi, for years. Furthermore, Raisi obeys Khamenei’s orders, which is the sole factor for appointing him as President.

Therefore, any criticism, objection, and mocking of Raisi equals assaulting Khamenei and his mottos. In his June 21 speech, Khamenei severely slammed those criticizing “officials.”

“Anyone who disappoints the people from the future is, willingly or unwillingly, working in favor of the enemy. Anyone who makes the people doubt the officials’ activities, efforts, and planning is working in favor of the enemy,” Khamenei said.

“Change the government and make it competent. Refine procedures. Government employees are not the problem; the problem is the flawed process, and they have been stuck in it. Mr. President, almost half of your government’s procedures are futile and should be removed.”

Annabestani voiced his concerns over the people’s recent protests, directly targeting Raisi and his government. These slogans include: “Death to Raisi,” “Death to the incompetent government,” “Death to the deceitful government,” and “The sixth-grader’s government will collapse soon.”

By expressing concern about the Iranian people’s ongoing protests, Annabestani revealed that the major problem for him and his ilk is the Iranian people’s uprising and how to preserve the regime. Shedding crocodile tears for people by a man who slapped a traffic police officer and enjoyed the systematic impunity in Iran is a pathetic action in the face of a volatile society that has indeed increased the regime’s infightings. In other words, when there is nothing to loot, thieves lock horns.

Mike Pence Visits Maryam Rajavi in Ashraf-3, Albania

Former U.S. VP Mike Pence visits Iranian Resistance President-elect Maryam Rajavi in Albania, showing his support of a free Iran.
Former U.S. VP Mike Pence visits Iranian Resistance President-elect Maryam Rajavi in Albania, showing his support of a free Iran.

On Thursday, June 23, 2022, former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) President-elect Maryam Rajavi at Ashraf-3, the home to thousands of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) members in Albania.

Mr. Pence’s visit to Ashraf-3 comes after former U.S. Secretary of States Mike Pompeo’s visit on May 16 and Ukrainian MP and Golos Party leader Kira Rudik’s visit on June 6. Furthermore, former U.S. Second Lady Mrs. Karen Pence and former VP Chief-of-Staff Marc Short accompanied the former U.S. VP.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi welcomed the prominent delegation outside the Resistance Museum. Then they visited the museum and paid tribute to hundreds of thousands of freedom-loving Iranians who were fallen in the cause of a democratic, secular, non-nuclear republic of Iran.

“Your visit to Ashraf-3 coincides with the Iranian people’s uprisings. Various sectors of our nation have risen up in different cities, including Tehran, Ahvaz, Isfahan, Shush, Zanjan, and Rasht. The Resistance Units are also fighting across the country,” said Mrs. Rajavi.

She also counted the prominent events during the 42 years of struggle between the Iranian people and their Organized Resistance against the religious dictatorship in a conference titled, “Birth of Resistance vs. Religious Dictatorship.” The meeting was virtually broadcasted on different social media.

Maryam Rajavi: The People of Iran Are Ready for Change

“On June 20, 1981, Khomeini ordered his troops to open fire on the MEK’s half-a-million-strong and peaceful demonstration in Tehran and turned it into a mass killing,” Mrs. Rajavi said. “The same night, mass executions began without even identifying the victims.”

“You know about Khomeini’s fatwa for the execution of all MEK members and sympathizers, who remained steadfast in their ideal. This, no doubt, is evidence of strong and relentless Resistance to establishing a free and democratic Iran.”

Mrs. Rajavi also pointed to the MEK’s pivotal role in stopping the eight-year war between Iran and Iraq. “The MEK is also proud of stopping Khomeini’s expansionist war in 1988. He had been waging that conflict for eight years with the slogan of ‘capturing Quds (Jerusalem) via Karbala,'” she said.

“However, in 1988, the National Liberation Army of Iran forced Khomeini to, in his own words, drink the chalice of the poison of the ceasefire in a war with one million dead, two million maimed and wounded, 4 million homeless, and more than one trillion dollars in damages on the Iranian side alone.”

Mrs. Rajavi also reminded the imperative of the Iranian Resistance’s revelations to discover the mullahs’ clandestine projects for acquiring nuclear weapons. “The MEK was also the first to expose the regime’s nuclear projects since 1991. In 2002, it uncovered the regime’s secret sites and informed the world of its bomb-making program,” she said. “Without those revelations, the mullahs would have obtained the bomb years ago.”

Mrs. Rajavi, afterward, underscored and explained three significant points regarding Iran’s today situation:

First, the objective conditions of Iranian society

Second, the alternative to the regime

Third, the international community’s approach to the religious fascism ruling Iran

Mike Pence: It’s a Privilege to Visit the Home of Hope for a Free and Democratic Iran

“It is a great honor for me and my wonderful wife to be here in Ashraf-3, Albania, where the eternal flame of freedom burns bright,” said Mr. Pence. “I have traveled more than 5,000 miles from my home in Indiana to be here today because we share a common cause: the liberation of the Iranian people from decades of tyranny and the rebirth of a free, peaceful, prosperous, and democratic Iran.”

“I do speak with confidence regarding the views of the American people. I can say with certainty that the American people are with you as you stand and labor for freedom in Iran. The American people support your goal of establishing a secular, democratic, non-nuclear Iranian republic that derives its just powers from the consent of the governed.”

“In the 2009 uprising, millions of courageous young men and women filled the streets of Tehran and Tabriz, and what appeared for all the world to be every city and village in between. They denounced a fraudulent election and demanded an end to decades of repression,” he said. “Those brave protesters looked to the leader of the free world for support. But as I saw first-hand as a member of Congress, the then-president of the United States stayed silent.”

“As we witnessed that horror, I said at the time, what we were witnessing was a Tiananmen in Tehran. But the enduring hope for a free Iran can never be extinguished,” Mr. Pence said. “That same resolve was evident in the continuation of nationwide uprisings since 2017, including in November 2019, when the Iranian regime fired on peaceful protesters and killed 1,500 in cold blood.”

“Under the Trump-Pence administration, I am proud that in our time, America did not turn a deaf ear to the pleas of the Iranian people. We did not remain silent in the face of the Iranian regime’s countless atrocities,” the former VP added. “So today, simply as an American, we call upon the Biden administration to stand with the people of Iran… to stand up for the cause of freedom and justice.”

“The Iranian regime has never been weaker than it is today. Four out of five Iranians now live below the poverty line. Corruption is at an all-time high. The Iranian people are fed up and ready for change. The regime’s sole focus is now maintaining its precarious grip on power, which grows weaker by the day.”

“But the greatest evidence for the growing weakness of the Iranian regime is the recent selection of Ebrahim Raisi to serve as Iranian president,” Mr. Pence emphasized.

“As you all know, and history records, 30 years ago, Raisi was in charge of the Ayatollah’s death squads. We walked through the museum today, where that history is recorded. He is a brutal mass murderer responsible for the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners. His selection as president is intended to quash internal dissent and intimidate the people of Iran into remaining silent.

“But it has backfired. But good people must never remain silent in the face of evil. And neither will we. Many of you whose families have suffered under Raisi know full well. You lost loved ones by Raisi’s hand. You lost your homes and your livelihoods. You bear the scars of his brutality on your bodies. Some of you barely escaped his grip on your lives,” Mr. Pence added.

“One of the biggest lies the ruling regime has sold the world is that there is no alternative to the status quo. But there is an alternative – a well-organized, fully prepared, perfectly qualified, and popularly supported alternative. And let me thank Maryam Rajavi and all of those gathered here in Ashraf 3 for offering hope to the people of Iran.

“Your Resistance Units, commitment to democracy, human rights, and freedom for every citizen of Iran. Maryam Rajavi’s Ten Point Plan for the future of Iran will ensure freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, and the freedom for every Iranian to choose their elected leaders.

“It’s a foundation on which to build the future of Iran. The regime in Tehran wants to trick the world into believing that the Iranian protesters want to return to the dictatorship of the Shah as well. But we are not confused by their lies. Let me ask all of you, right here, right now, for all the world to hear: do the Iranian people want to replace one dictator with another? Or do the Iranian people want to live in freedom and democracy?

“We know that Iran can be a great nation once again. We know the rich history of Iran, which stretches back to time immemorial, is the story of a people who have made great contributions to art, music, literature, science, and commerce – and we know that story is far from over,” Mr. Pence said.

“The day will come when the ayatollahs release their iron-fisted grip on Iran and her people. A new glorious day will dawn, and a bright future will begin, ushering in an era of peace, prosperity, stability, and freedom for the good people of Iran and the world,” Mr. Pence heralded.

Khamenei Warns Supporters of Ideological Defeat

Iran regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei gave a speech at the so-called congress of Martyrs of the Nomadic Community.
Iran regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei gave a speech at the so-called congress of Martyrs of the Nomadic Community.

On June 12, the Iranian regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei spoke at the so-called Congress of Martyrs of the Nomadic Community however his remarks were published with a nine-day delay on June 21.

In his speech, Khamenei warned that “the enemy” “relies on soft war”, the term that Khamenei uses to express his fear of political and ideological defeats.

“Today, we need cultural work more than anything else in all parts of the Iranian nation, including the nomads. The enemy of the Iranian nation, the enemy of Islam relies on soft war today. Foreigners tried to infiltrate the nomads and force them to betray their country in various ways; like disintegration, civil war, and all sorts of things, he said.

Highlighting the weakening of “religious beliefs” of people as “the most important target of the soft war” reveals his concern about growing discontent among the ranks of his regime.

In other parts of his speeches, he said that the ‘enemies’ are doing anything to show the regime is incompetent and that is facing a dead-end without any bright future in sight.

Khamenei’s remarks can be considered as admission to the growing hatred that his regime is facing with members of its inner circles losing hope for any change of course. This can be seen in direct attacks amongst the regime’s own ranks on Ebrahim Raisi who had installed to suppress the public expression of any discontent.

Khamenei knows well that the increase in frequency and magnitude of public protests in recent weeks with chants of “Death to Raisi” will eventually lead to a change of the slogans to “Death to Khamenei”.

The delay in publishing the speech of the mullahs’ Supreme Leader reveals that Khamenei has been left with tough choices. If he talks his remarks will further reveal his setbacks while his silence will pave the way for more anti-government protests in which he will be the target of chants from the angry population that is yearning for freedom from the rule of mullahs.

Glimpse of Iran’s Slaughtered Human Rights in the UN Secretary-General’s Report

António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations
António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations

The human rights situation in Iran does not comply with any of the standards set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law. While referring its criminal and inhuman laws to the principles of Islam the Iranian regime, allows itself to commit any kind of human rights violations.

Now it has become clear that the regime’s brutal laws have nothing to do with God and the Quran. The rulings cited by the mullahs are outdated legal and criminal laws related to the pre-Islamic and the medieval era. It is related to the time in which violent sentences such as stoning, beheading, throwing from a mountain, and amputation of limbs were used on a macro-scale and all over the world, regardless of the religious dependency.

In the age of the boom of consciousness and the advancement of human relations, sentences such as the death penalty have been banned in many countries, even with advanced means.

Today, thanks to the media, the Iranian resistance has succeeded in informing the world about the deplorable human rights situation in the Velayat-e-Faqih system by presenting undeniable documents and evidence. Some of the horrific realities are now reflected globally.

In the latest report of the UN Secretary-General, which was presented in accordance with Resolution 17/76 of the General Assembly, we see the reflection of human rights violations in Iran.

It is recalled that this resolution requested the Secretary-General to present an interim report on the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran at the 50th session of the Human Rights Council.

The report states that the number of arbitrary executions in Iran during 2021 was at least 310, which shows an increase compared to 2020. The report puts the number of executions in 2020 at 260. It is noteworthy that the government has made only 55 of these executions public.

The Secretary-General’s report calls for an end to the execution of children and emphasizes that the death penalty should not be applied to crimes committed by persons under 18 years of age. Part of the Secretary-General’s report is devoted to the suppression of the protests in Khuzestan and Isfahan. In this report, he wrote about the repression of the protesting people of Khuzestan:

“On some occasions, the authorities reportedly used plainclothes agents to pose as armed or violent protesters, and subsequently blamed the deaths of protesters on them. Police and security forces’ firing of live ammunition, including the use of automatic weapons and shotguns firing birdshots, and of other potentially lethal force led to the killing of at least nine individuals, including a minor, and to the injuring of many, including children.”

The confrontation of the repressive forces with the people of Isfahan is also covered in the report:

“Subsequently, security forces reportedly set fire to the tents of farmers, fired tear gas at the tents and shot in the air. Security forces resorted to the use of batons, tear gas and pellet guns. Internet disruption in mobile data was reported at the time of crackdown.  The widespread use of pellet guns fired at close range at protesters and bystanders, including old farmers and women, caused serious eye and other injuries. Over 40 people were reported to have lost at least one eye after being shot by security forces.”

One of the crimes that the Velayat-e-Faqih regime justifies in the guise of fighting ‘smuggling’ across borders is the brutal killing of Kulbars (cross-border labors) in Kurdistan and the deprived Baluch fuel porters. Social networks are full of pictures and videos of this massacre.

The Secretary-General’s report states that “in 2021, 53 couriers were reportedly killed as a result of direct shootings by border officials, and over 130, including minors, injured. Between 1 January and 20 March 2022, at least 18 border couriers were reportedly targeted by direct shooting from border officials.”

The Secretary-General’s report emphasizes that “in addition, the Penal Code continued to retain forms of punishment that could be considered torture, cruel inhumane and degrading under international human rights law  Flogging remained a widespread form of punishment during the reporting period.”

Suspicious deaths of detainees in the regime’s dungeons are another point of this report. About the death of Shahin Naseri (witness to the torture of the executed Navid Afkari) the report added:

“Naseri gave multiple affidavits of witnessing the torture of fellow prisoner, Navid Afkari. Naseri had previously received threats of reprisal from judicial authorities for his testimonies. On the anniversary of the execution of Navid Afkari in September 2021, Naseri was placed in solitary confinement, reportedly to prevent him from speaking with the media. He was found dead in prison on 21 September 2021.”

Expressing concern over the strange and tragic death of the poet Baktash Abtin and other political and ideological prisoners is another part of the report.

The free rein of the regime to repress, torture, discriminate and kill women and girls on trumped-up charges is one of the cases that has shaken the contemporary conscience. When we put these cases alongside institutionalized violence and misogyny, the dimensions, and statistics of human rights violations skyrocket. Fortunately, the Secretary-General’s report addresses a part of it:

“Recent reported instances of violence against women illustrate the urgency of expediting legislation with a holistic approach to addressing and preventing violence against women. In February 2022, a 17-year-old girl was decapitated by her husband. Her husband, who had previously threatened to kill her, was arrested later by police. Since 2020, at least 60 women were killed in Khuzestan Province for reasons of perceived ‘honour’.

“The abovementioned case of femicide is illustrative of the consequences of child marriage and the extreme vulnerability to domestic violence of minors forced into marriage.”

Citing terms such as arbitrary executions, the use of deadly force by security forces against peaceful protesters and kolbars, as well as arbitrary deprivation of the right to life in detention as a result of torture, or deprivation of timely access to medical care used in this report is the fruit of many activities that have been done to prove the gross violation of human rights in Iran.

These activities are the product of Iran people’s bravery and sacrifice. Activism for the slaughtered human rights in Iran must be increased and turned into an effective weapon to overthrow the regime.

Catastrophic Effects of Banknote Printing on Iran’s Economy

Iranian government falsely claims that the U.S. sanctions are the source of its financial crisis while the crises have been rooted in 43 years of mismanagement and corruption.
Iranian government falsely claims that the U.S. sanctions are the source of its financial crisis while the crises have been rooted in 43 years of mismanagement and corruption.

Despite the skyrocketing prices, high unemployment, and the constant shrinking of the people’s food baskets in Iran, the authorities persistently claim that the country’s economy is in good condition. They lay all the blame for the country’s financial dilemmas on the U.S. sanctions. In reality, none of these claims are accurate!

A glance at the country’s current situation shows that the economic crises have originated from the mismanagement and systematic corruption by the Iranian regime. Printing unsupported banknotes have become a routine in the regime’s day-to-day activities to fund their malign activities and ensure their survival.

Printing Banknotes, the Government’s Futile Attempt to Offset Its Debts to the Central Bank

For decades, various governments under the control of the regime’s founder Ruhollah Khomeini, and the current Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, have resorted to printing banknotes as a short-term solution, revealing the extent of their financial incompetence.

This ‘solution’ has caused skyrocketing inflation, disbalancing within the demand and supply, disruption in the country’s exports and imports, financial turmoil, and in a nutshell, misery, and poverty for millions of Iranian families.

It is common knowledge that the lack of production and industrial infrastructure will cause more inflation, directly increasing the government’s regular expenses. The lack of productive facilities also raises the liquidity and the country’s negative economic growth.

In this situation, a government should increase its employees’ salaries to compensate for the high inflation and aid them in retaining their purchase power. However, the mullahs’ irrational expenditures on provocative projects, such as malign and destructive influence in regional states’ affairs, nuclear weapon-making projects, advancing ballistic missiles’ range, and waging terror plots and propaganda campaigns, have resulted in a massive budget deficit.

For years, economists have tried to convince the public that the banknote printing and the subsequent inflation by the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) are equivalent to looting people’s pockets. On the other hand, previous and current officials have insisted that this is merely a measure to publicly decrease deficits, despite all warnings and failed experiences.

Raisi Lies to Ease Public Pressure

Aside from his previous corrupt cases in regards to Astan-e Quds Razavi, and his crimes against humanity, such as murdering thousands of political prisoners in 1988, President Ebrahim Raisi is infamous today for his false promises. ‘Avoiding borrowing from the CBI or forcing it to print banknotes to compensate for the budget deficit’ was among Raisi’s bold slogans during his presidential campaign in 2020.

In early May, Raisi’s government implemented its latest economic plan with a sudden increase in the price of bread, prompting public concerns and criticism. At the same time, authorities rationed wheat for bogus reasons, such as countering smuggling.

Raisi’s agricultural minister also reckoned that the bread price hike was due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which the regime heavily supports. In response, citizens challenged the minister and the entire ruling system, stating, “In the war-torn country of Ukraine, the bread has yet to ration, but [our] officials have imposed a bread quota due to the war in Ukraine.”

In his latest interview, former CBI governor Abdolnasser Hemmati blamed Raisi for the unbridled printing of unsupported banknotes. He said, “Raisi’s cabinet registered a new record in printing banknotes in the country during less than a year.”

Notably, Raisi inherited this title from Hemmati, who was infamous for printing unsupported banknotes during Raisi’s predecessor Hassan Rouhani’s presidency. At a conference on February 2, 2021, Hemmati said, “Regarding the country’s financial situation and the importance of printing banknotes, we had no choice but to print banknotes to pay subsidies for 60 million citizens.”

What Would Be Happen?

Currently, many officials are feeling the dangerous fate of the Raisi cabinet’s mismanagement and financial failures. The government’s debts to the CBI are the most crucial among the various components of the monetary base. These debts are now increasing slowly, but are set to sharply soar between July and August.

The question is how does the government afford its expenses while its borrowing rate from the CBI has come down? A review of the changes in national banks’ debts to the CBI and the government’s debts to the banking system has unveiled how the Raisi cabinet is offsetting its budget deficit.

The government, indeed, has headed toward other banks to compensate for its expenditures. The CBI has left a way open for banks to leave the national banking system. Simply put, the government borrows from the CBI but through other banks.

Former MP Gholamali Jafarzadeh Imanabadi has provided a relatively realistic view of this economic chaos. He said, “The government’s economic team is confused. Raisi is disappointed with his cabinet. Ministers claim that inflation has decreased by 13 percent while the prices increase daily. Seniors, how much did you purchase in comparison to last week? Why do you lie to people? None of Raisi’s promises has been met. Regarding the construction of one million residential units, they say the construction cost is too high, and we have no land.”

He added, “Raisi should decide and make fundamental changes in the Budget and Planning Organization, the Economic Affairs Ministry, and the Labor and Social Welfare Ministry. The condition is so destructed that the people can no longer buy bread.”

Nevertheless, the people of Iran seemingly do not care about such warnings, which are no longer fit for purpose. Iranians have grasped that the theocratic regime is on the brink of collapse so they have had to preserve their power through the naked and brutal suppression of Iran’s citizens.

On the other hand, citizens across the country, from different walks of life, have nothing to lose. The constant and growing protests are proving this reality, that the people no longer desire such a ruling system, and the state can no longer rule.

‘Compulsory Hijab’, Lever of Repression of Iranian Women

Iran’s guidance patrol has intensified its repression against Iran’s women, with the excuse that they flout the regime’s law of hijab.
Iran’s guidance patrol has intensified its repression against Iran’s women, with the excuse that they flout the regime’s law of hijab.

“Hijab of women, Hijab of women, Hijab of women”

This is a phrase that has been constantly repeated by the Iranian regime’s media, to varying intensity. It appears that apart from this repetition to ensure the women of Iran are adhering to their rules, the regime has no other priorities to address.

It seems that this subject greatly threatens the regime, so much so that Ahmad Alamolhoda, the regime’s supreme leader’s representative in Mashhad, previously said, “The leadership ordered fire at will, therefore if a woman in the street removes her headscarf, she must face the protests of the people and see that she has no place among the people. In this case, be sure that will wear two scarves, and this is the method of enjoining the good and forbidding the evil.”

Here, the phrase “fire at will” means that the regime’s forces and thugs are given the green light to commit any kind of savagery against the women and that the laws of the regime not only will support and aid them but will also give them a sense of impunity.

The question is why does the regime repeat its threats periodically against the country’s women in regards to hijab wearing? Their excuse is that by not complying with the regime’s fabricated laws of hijab, the women will stain the ‘chastity’ of society.

Do the regime’s officials really care about the women by supposedly defending their chastity and preserving their dignity? If so, why are they parading the country’s women in front of society and displaying the most heinous repressive behaviors in response to non-adherence to the law?

The truth is that the regime’s concern was never the chastity and dignity of the women. Expressions like “chastity”, “respect” and “hijab” are affected greatly by the regime’s medieval culture and have lost their real meaning so they must be redefined.

‘Compulsory hijab’ is merely a platform for the repression of women in Iranian society. Over the past few years, in each protest that has taken place, women have become leaders and forerunners. When the regime loses control in the face of the growing uprisings, they resort to intensifying its repression of women in order to contain society.

The coincidence of the recent Abadan protests with the brutal repression of women for not complying with the regime’s laws of hijab is not accidental.

Physical assaults on the women and girls of Iran sometimes become so insulting, brutal, and degrading that even some regime officials and supporters have raised their voices against it, and warned the government of new sparks of protests as a result.

On June 13, the state-run Jahan-e Sanat daily stated, “Violent clashes, such as the recent shooting of guidance patrol officers to the boxer and his family in Pardisan Park due to the issue of hijab, have very negative consequences in society.”

They added, “However, experts emphasize that this kind of behavior of the police and the comments of officials such as the Secretary of the Kurdistan Command for enjoining the good and forbidding the evil not only do not solve the issue of hijab in the country but also intensify the feeling of insecurity in society in the current situation.”

In regards to the phrase, ‘the feeling of insecurity in the society, in the current situation’, the daily is referring to the fragility of the regime in the face of popular protests. This spectrum of sovereignty knows that when a fire is lit, it will not be possible to contain it.

On June 13, the state-run Etemad daily quoted journalist Abbas Abdi, writing, “The solution to social problems is not necessarily in legislation and law enforcement, some issues get worse with these policies, rather being improved. This level of resentment and hatred for an issue that is beyond the scope of public order is one of the wonders of governance. Not only does this not work, but it also has the opposite effect.”

These warnings show that in the current situation of society, repression in response to women flouting the hijab rule no longer has any effect on society.

On June 14, the state-run Resalat daily wrote in their publication, “At present, the guidance patrol has no serious benefit other than providing the enemy media corps with weapons and content. Guidance patrols will also deepen the faults in the society and will create contradiction and hatred between different groups of the society.”

Ms. Irina Tsukerman: The women’s hijab issue is a shiny coin Iran has developed specifically for the West…

“It is true that the Iran regime is increasingly pusing an even more dogmatic and fundamentalist ideology throughout the country, not only by pushing the hijab issue, but by increasingly banning-Western style education previously accessible in schools and universities.

The goal, of course, is to produce a generation of indoctrinated young people loyal to the regime who will not be tempted by liberalism or what Western societies have to offer.

“This may not completely offset the economic troubles, but on the other side, indoctrinated individuals will be a more welcomed part of the security apparatus and will enjoy the boons of the corrupt system where regime loyalists enjoy financial privileges denied to the rest of the country.

“The regime is well aware that the West is “triggered” by women related issues; it is pushing the attacks on women specifically to distract from its other wrongdoings, including torture in prisons, terrorism, and the nuclear research program.

“Indeed, periodic pearl-clutching over the women’s rights issues in Western societies helps the regime with its fundamentalist base. First, these solidarity campaigns never last very long, and don’t make any visible impact on the situation of women in Iran. Second, the hardcore human rights community, out of political correctness or due to misplaced priorities, never rallies enough to make any such pressure possible or relevant.

“It can occasionally affect the status of a particular prisoner, but not a social issue or policy as a whole. Third, anti-hijab campaigns abroad feed into the regime’s own propaganda. It keeps track of women’s rights activists at home and being in full control of the situation allows them to “act out” periodically for its own reasons.

“That’s why it is very naive either for the liberal-minded Iranians or the Westerners to believe that social campaigns without significant accompanyiing political and economic pressure by a cohort of Western and Middle Eastern governments does anything but endanger the lives of the participants.

“None of these campaigns have even led to significant uprisings inside the country which supports two observations: that the level of the regime’s control over the society in general and over such activism specificaly is extreme, and that most of the country is not ready or willing to make women’s hijab issue a cause for a revolution.

“And if it’s not important enough for Iranians themselves, why should it be anything of that sort for the West? Indeed, the regime hopes that the West will continue to validate and elevate and promote anti-hijab activists because they mostly speak to the West and to the minority opposition groups, rather than to the issues most relevant to the Iranians overall or to the regime.

“This just means that the West continues to misunderstand the situation and priorities in Iran, and engages in empty virtue signaling, without taking the time to study what needs to be done or without engaging with Iranians and working jointly to develop an effective response to Iran’s cruelty and abuses.

“The women’s hijab issue is a shiny coin Iran has developed specifically for the West. The Iranians are more preoccupied with more fundamental issues, such as food prices and access to water.”