Tuesday, December 12, 2017

latest on Yemen crisis

Iran's weak hand exposed by ongoing developments in Yemen
The killing of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh by the Iran-backed Houthi militias was Tehran’s latest desperate measure to save face in a war it’s losing. If Iran enjoyed the upper hand in Yemen, matters could have been resolved with talks from a demanding position.
Knowing Saleh and his inner circle had a long slate of information about their ties, the Houthis and Iran could not afford to allow Saleh to change sides and join the Saudi-led coalition. And now, the Iran-Houthi alliance face losing a large number of men in the aftermath of Saleh’s assassination.
For years, Iran has pursued a campaign aimed at taking full control over the strategically-located country of Yemen. This dangerous initiative charged forward to the point of taking over nearly the entire country and ousting virtually all forces loyal to the internationally-recognized government of President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi from the port city of Aden in southern Yemen back in 2015.
Realizing the devastating potential of such a defeat, Saudi Arabia led an Arab World assault, providing air power and ground forces in support of Yemen’s nationalist troops. Nearly three years later, the Saudi-led coalition has regained around 85 percent of Yemen.
Following an alliance riddled with tension, the past week witnessed a major rift in the already shaky union between Saleh’s loyalists
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Rouhani Takes Pride in Kissing Hands of Terrorists, Supports Belligerence in the Region
In an address to Majlis (the mullahs’ parliament) on Sunday, December 10, Iran regime’s president praised the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its mercenary militias in countries in the region and ironically described them as “an element of security” in the region. In his abhorring remarks, Hassan Rouhani said, “I kiss the hands of the combatants of Islam and the combatants of resistance… They secured Syria. They secured Lebanon. God willing in future, they will also secure Yemen. They are endeavoring full force to make the region secure… Today is the day when we must get actively engaged in the region, economically, culturally, and politically."
The mullahs’ criminal president spoke of regional security while the regime’s officials have blatantly claimed responsibility for the murder of the former president of Yemen. Rouhani welcomed this crime and vowed, “Yemen will be free of aggressors.”
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From human rights violations to dangerous meddling
By Heshmat Alavi Special to Al Arabiya English Tuesday, 12 December 2017
From day one the regime of Iran has been based on the pillars of domestic crackdown, and exporting terrorism and a reactionary, religious mentality.
As we speak, spreading extremism and Islamic fundamentalism remains a cornerstone policy of Iran’s state-run strategy, all hacked into this regime’s constitution.
The real image
Earlier this year Amnesty International’s 94-page report, “Caught in a web of repression: Iran’s human rights defenders under attack,” detailed this regime’s drastic human rights violations, with a specific focus on its extensive overdose of executions.
As witnessed for years running, Iran is the world’s leading executioner per capita, with many hangings continuously and horrendously carried out in public. All the while, secret executions are ongoing in dungeons across the country, including Tehran’s infamous Evin Prison.
This is the real image of Iran, cloaked by the ruling regime and their appeasers in the West for years, who continue to portray Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani as a moderate worth dealing with.
ANALYSIS: Does the Middle East’s stability hinge on Iran’s expulsion?
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Yemeni President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi called on all Yemenis to pounce on the Houthi militias.
This came on Monday following the killing of ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh. President Hadi offered his condolences to the Yemeni people on Saleh’s death.
Hadi said the army stationed at the borders of Sanaa will support the uprising. He stressed: “Let’s join hands to eradicate the terrorist Houthi militias.”
Hadi further said: “We will achieve victory and Yemen will return to the Arab fold with support from the Coalition.”
“We are passing through a fateful and decisive turn that will reveal everyone’s mettle,” he said.

SANAA, Yemen (AP) Dec. 5, 2017 — The killing of Yemen’s longtime strongman and ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh by the country’s Shiite rebels as their alliance crumbled amid street clashes in the capital, Sanaa, has thrown the nearly three-year civil war into unpredictable new chaos.

Slain Yemen ex-leader's son calls for revenge -Saudi-owned TV
“I will lead the battle until the last Houthi is thrown out of Yemen ... the blood of my father will be hell ringing in the ears of Iran,” Ahmed Ali Saleh was quoted as saying.
He called for his father’s backers to “take back Yemen from the Iranian Houthi militias”.

The Yemeni General People's Congress said on Tuesday that the battle against Iran-backed Houthi militia will continue after the support of Arab coalition forces led by Saudi Arabia.
More details will be reported soon.

Arab League says death of Saleh risks 'explosion' in Yemen: MENA

Yemeni ex-President's son vows to revenge from Houthis

DUBAI (Reuters) DECEMBER 5, 2017 - Slain former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh’s nephew, Tareq Mohammed Abdullah Saleh, a senior military commander, also was killed during clashes with the Iran-aligned Houthi group, a statement from Saleh’s party said on Tuesday.
Tareq’s fate had not been known following an assault by the Houthis in Sanaa on Sunday night that led to the death of the ex-leader.
Who was Ali Abdullah Saleh?

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Iran Demonstrate in Paris on International Human Rights Day Against Torture and Executions in Iran

Maryam Rajavi:
Maryam Rajavi: Realization of Iranian people’s desire for regime change is essential to human rights in Iran, peace in region and the world

A major  demonstration  was held in Paris on December 11, to observe the International Human Rights Day (December 10) against the mullahs’ bloodletting regime and executions and torture in Iran.
The NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi sent a message to the demonstration which coincided with the One Plannet Summit in Paris. She said, "Saving human rights and environment in Iran hinges on regime change.”
She added: The clerical regime and its IRGC continuously destroy Iran’s environmental capacities for their military and security plans, missile program and malign objectives. To contain domestic crises and their own instability, they have resorted to war and slaughter of the peoples of the region. Therefore, realization of the Iranian people’s urgent demand to bring down the ruling religious dictatorship seeks not only to revive freedom, human rights, justice and the environment in Iran but is essential to peace and security in the region and around the world.
A number French, European and Arab personalities participated along with thousands of Iranians in the rally. They included former Algerian Prime Minister Sid Ahmed Ghozali; Jean-François Legaret and Jacques Boutault, mayors of First and Second districts of Paris; Jean-Pierre Michel and Jean-Pierre Brard, former members of the French National Assembly and Senate; Jean-Pierre Becquet, former mayor of Auvers-sur-Oise; Governor Yves Bonnet, former director of DST; Alejo Vidal Quadras, President of the In Search of Justice Foundation and former Vice President of the European Parliament; Struan Stevenson, President of the European Iraqi Freedom Association; Judge François Colcombet; Mehdi Same'e, chair of the NCRI Industries Committee; Pierre Berci, President of the New Human Rights Foundation; and Jacky Duminy, mayor of Ors. Gerard Lauton read out the message of the President of the Teachers' Syndicate. Mohmoud Ghobash from the Syrian Opposition, and Jamal Al-Awazi, President of the International Press Agency in Paris, also addressed the demonstration of Iranians in Paris on Human Rights Day.
Maryam Rajavi:
In her message to the rally, Mrs. Rajavi described the 4-decade rule of the mullahs’ theocracy in Iran as an experience of “mounting devastation and destruction” and said, “The mullahs commenced their rule by suppression of freedoms. The pillars of their regime were based on a sea of blood spilling from the bodies of Iran’s best children including the victims of the 1988 massacre. They continued their reign by export of terrorism and fundamentalism, destroyed the country’s education, art, and culture, ruined its social ethics and devastated the environment.”
She urged the international community to condition their relations and trade with the Iranian regime on end to torture and executions in Iran, and undertake binding measures to stop the regime’s missile program and drive out the IRGC and its militias from countries in the region. She further called for recognition of the Iranian people’s desire and will for regime change.
The demonstrators chanted, “Trade with the mullahs is trade in blood”, “trade with IRGC upholds flogging and hangings”, “Rouhani’s record is plunder of all Iranians”, “free all political prisoners”, “democracy and freedom with Maryam Rajavi”, “every Iranian cries out, death to Rouhani”, “Rouhani is a charlatan, he is a murderous mullah”, “Khamenei is a murderer, he is murderer of all Iranians”, “Rouhani, murderer of the people of Iran”, etc.
The demonstration ended after four hours by reading out a resolution in support of the Iranian people’s urgent demand for the overthrow of the mullahs’ religious dictatorship. The resolution reiterated that Maryam Rajavi’s 10-point Plan for Future Iran guarantees a democratic society, separation of religion and state, gender equality, as well as equal rights and freedoms for various religious and ethnic groups in Iran.
The Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
December 11, 2017
Maryam Rajavi:

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Iran-Maryam Rajavi's speech at the European Parliament on the eve of the International Human Rights Day

 EU Conference on Iran Situation
 EU Conference on Iran Situation
Members of the European Parliament joined together on Wednesday 6th December to discuss Iran and the current issues that affect the European Union. Gérard Deprez, the President of Friends of a Free Iran (FOFI) and member of European Parliament, opened the conference entitled “EU Policy on Iran, Human Rights, Regional Conduct, Missile Program”.
Deprez spoke about the alarming number of executions that are taking place in Iran and emphasised that this has been going on for more than three decades. Iran, despite numerous calls to improve its human rights situation, has done nothing to change or improve it.
Deprez said that the Iranian regime has not been held accountable for its many acts of belligerence, mentioning that one of the worst crimes it has committed was the 1988 massacre in which more then 30,000 political prisoners were killed. The true nature of the regime, he said, remains the same.
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 Maryam Rajavi:Make all relations with Iranian regime contingent on end to torture and executions in Iran
Make all relations with Iranian regime contingent on end to torture and executions in Iran
Distinguished Members of European Parliament,
It is a great privilege to be here, once again, among the representatives of the people of Europe, men and women who are pioneers in the modern world in defending democracy and human rights.
As I am standing here, today, the situation in Iran is reaching an explosive state.
Last month a devastating earthquake in western Iran took a heavy toll.
Nevertheless, it highlighted a number of major realities:
 The extensive corruption pervading the regime,
 the catastrophic state of the country’s infrastructures,
 the government’s disability to solve the most basic problems of our people,
 and the general solidarity with earthquake victims vis-à-vis the regime.
Fearing eruption of the local people’s outrage, the regime dispatched its Revolutionary Guards and anti-riot forces to the region before sending any relief. But this did not prevent the people’s furious protests.
The government’s corruption is to the extent that large parts of the popular aid collected for the victims were stolen before reaching them.
Iran-Maryam Rajavi's speech at the European Parliament on the eve of the International Human Rights Day
Iran-Maryam Rajavi's speech at the European Parliament on the eve of the International Human Rights Day
  Another indication of the popular desire for regime change emerged on October 29, known as the Day of Cyrus, the Great. He declared the world’s first human rights charter. The regime’s suppressive forces were mobilized to prevent people from converging from all across the country on the tomb of Cyrus, the Great in Pasargadae. But thousands of people travelled long distances towards Pasargadae and the country saw a popular confrontation with the ruling religious dictatorship. 
The country’s financial structure is about to collapse.
Two weeks ago, the regime’s Interior Minister admitted that some 150 acts of protests take place in the country every day.
Iran-Maryam Rajavi's speech at the European Parliament on the eve of the International Human Rights Day
A nationwide protest movement has been going on for one year and growing, by people whose assets have been plundered by government-backed financial institutes. These protests have on numerous occasions turned into political protests against the regime in its entirety.
In the meantime, the movement calling for justice for the victims of the 1988 massacre, which has been actively organized by the Iranian Resistance, has now turned into an expansive social movement.
This was one of the main reasons for Khamenei’s failure in the election sham in bringing into office one of the officials in charge of the massacre.
The Iranian people widely embraced the motto of “no to the executioner, no to the charlatan, I vote for regime change” which targeted both main candidates.
The UN Secretary General in his latest report to the UN General Assembly noted the receipt of a large number of complaints from victims’ families.
In short, the people of Iran’s confrontation with the mullahs’ regime is growing every day.
What are the mullahs doing to save their rule?
The regime has already exhausted its strategic resources. Economically, they are on the verge of bankruptcy. The nuclear agreement has not solved any of their problems. Socially, they have become ever more isolated. They failed in their strategy of destroying their main opposition and could not prevent the relocation to Europe of PMOI members out of Camp Liberty prison in Iraq.
In such circumstances, the regime’s solution has been more suppression and more executions.
Look at the report by the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran. Rouhani’s promises have proved to be none but lies intended to create a false sense of hope to reduce the public’s anger and mislead the international community.
These measures, however, are no longer able to contain a nation eager for change. Indeed, Rouhani personally removed his mask of moderation by declaring absolute support for the IRGC’s repressive conduct at home, terrorist groups in the region, and the regime’s missile program.
The regime’s second means of survival is to step up its meddling abroad.
Iran-Maryam Rajavi's speech at the European Parliament on the eve of the International Human Rights Day
This policy does not reflect the regime’s strength but its deep internal crisis which it tries to cover up by expanding its influence in the region. Indeed, it seeks to put up a hollow show of force to discourage the international community from adopting a decisive and firm policy against it.
The regime’s leaders, including Khamenei, Rouhani and IRGC commanders have recently made some revealing remarks:
That they will continue with their meddling and aggression in the region, and support for terrorism in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and other countries.
That they will continue to support Assad’s dictatorship.
That they will continue to fund and arm their affiliated militias and terrorist forces in the region.
That they will continue with their missile program.
They have reiterated that the reason they are able to control the internal situation today is “due to having a specific strategy for fighting beyond the borders.”
As long as the international community fails to hold the Iranian regime accountable for its destructive behavior, the mullahs will carry on with their dangerous adventures.
As long as the international community is under the illusion that they can contain the Iranian regime by giving concessions, they will only end up helping the mullahs to carry on in the same manner.
The solution is showing firmness, not giving concessions.
The regime engaged in the nuclear negotiations and took one step back, only and only when it feared that continued international sanctions could spark massive uprisings in Iran.
Let me be explicit.
Iran-Maryam Rajavi's speech at the European Parliament on the eve of the International Human Rights Day
The EU has unfortunately abandoned its values in order to promote trade with the mullahs.
The EU has turned a blind eye on the gross violations of human rights in Iran.
Signing economic contracts with the IRGC, which controls the greater part of Iran’s economic sector, is a shortsighted policy that will endanger peace and stability even further.
The EU can play a positive role in peace and stability in the Middle East. Here are some concrete steps that must be taken:
• Hold the Iranian regime accountable for its crimes against the people of Iran and particularly for the massacre in 1988. Condition all trade and commercial relations with the regime on end to executions in Iran.
Iran-Maryam Rajavi's speech at the European Parliament on the eve of the International Human Rights Day
• Demand immediate expulsion of the IRGC and its proxies from Syria and other countries in the region, otherwise they should face severe consequences.
• Demand immediate halt to the regime’s ballistic missile program, otherwise impose severe sanctions on the regime’s oil exports and access to international banking system.
The regime’s ballistic missile program is not to defend Iran. It is against the people of Iran and designed to create crisis in the region.
Failing to deal decisively with the religious fascism ruling Iran will impose a deadly war on the region and the world. This is the last chance for Europe to adopt the right policy vis-à-vis the clerical regime.
Iran-Maryam Rajavi's speech at the European Parliament on the eve of the International Human Rights Day
The mullahs’ regime needs Europe for its survival.
It takes advantage of Europe’s diplomatic and commercial collaboration for its own dangerous objectives, including its destabilizing efforts in the region and domestic repression.
As acknowledged by the European intelligence agencies, the regime uses European markets to complete its nuclear program. It recruits European companies to print fake banknotes.
Let me conclude by reminding a historic moment in our country’s history.
On December 31, 1977, U.S. President Jimmy Carter who was visiting Iran, said, “Iran, because of the great leadership of the Shah, is an island of stability in one of the more troubled areas of the world.”
In 1978, ten months after the first street protests erupted in Iran, US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski sent Carter a cheerful note based on intelligence assessments saying, “Good news! Iran ‘is not in a revolutionary or even a pre-revolutionary situation.’ There is dissatisfaction with the Shah’s tight control of the political process, but this does not at present threaten the government.”
Iran-Maryam Rajavi's speech at the European Parliament on the eve of the International Human Rights Day
This comment was made only a few months before the shah was toppled by the Iranian people.
Let there be no doubt, the people of Iran will overthrow the mullahs’ regime.
The European Union must decide on which side it wants to stand. For years, the representatives of the people of Europe have stood on the side of democracy and human rights.
There is a democratic alternative to the mullahs’ regime which believes in free elections, gender equality, separation of religion and state, equal rights for religious and ethnic minorities, and a non-nuclear Iran.
I thank you very much.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Iran-International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Perseverance of Iranian women will turn the page of history - Elham Zanjani
Free women of the West urged to support Iranian women’s struggle
Following is the speech delivered by Elham Zanjani, member of the Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, at a conference in Palermo, Italy, on November 23, 2017, on the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
I am here to bring to your attention the history of heroism of Iranian women and of course, the history of their sufferings.
Iranian women have a 150-year history of struggle for equality and against dictatorship. This history has placed Iranian women in a progressive position both culturally and intellectually. Women have played significant roles in three major movements in Iran during the twentieth century.
Elham Zanjani
Iran Regime's Violence Against Women
The Secretary-General of the United Nations urged for global action to combat violence against women and girls in advance of the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women.
António Guterres said: “Violence against women is fundamentally about power. It will only end when gender equality and the full empowerment of women will be a reality.”
He continued: “There is an increasing recognition that violence against women is a major barrier to the fulfilment of human rights, and a direct challenge to women’s inclusion and participation in sustainable development and sustaining peace.”
Violence against women and girls is the most extreme form of misogyny, encompassing domestic violence, sexual assault, and murder. In the most recent UN report, nearly one-fifth of women aged 15-49, across 87 countries, said that they had experienced physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner in the past 12 months. While in 2012, almost half of all female murder victims worldwide were killed by an intimate partner or family member, compared with just 6% of male murder victims.

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, I salute the brave women who have put up a staunch resistance against the mullahs’ misogynous tyranny in Iran
the epicenter of violence and injustice against women. I call on my fellow sisters, the women of Iran, to defy and stand up to this misogynous, anti-human regime.
In our country, Iran, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women exposes the crimes of a theocratic regime whose rule is a constant source and sponsor of violence against women.
Assaults, intimidation, insecurity, lack of support, denial of rights, humiliation and discrimination against women increase every year under the mullahs’ rule.
The regime’s extensive measures to impose the compulsory veil on Iranian women and the punishments and humiliation accompanying them are yet another part of the unremitting violence directed against women.
Today, the number of victims of corruption surpasses hundreds of thousands in Iran. The age of young girls dragged into prostitution has dropped considerably and the age of run-away girls has reached 9.
At work place, at school, on the streets, at home and in the family, discrimination against women and humiliating them, and various verbal and psychological forms of violence have become a pervasive epidemic.
The life of girl children who make up a large number of child laborers is the most tragic. Hungry, injured and exhausted by hard work, these frail girls are abused and they have no refuge. The regime’s officials have admitted that “90 per cent of child laborers are outraged.” They say, “Sexual abuse is the worst ailment among young scavenger children.”
Trade of girl children on the edge of cities has become a common practice among impoverished families afflicted with addiction and imposes a new form of slavery on destitute women.
In reality, the rule of the mullahs’ religious dictatorship is the source of expansion and aggravation of such inhuman relations. Wasting the country’s assets and revenues on criminal wars in the region, the consequent poverty and destitution afflicting the entire Iranian society, as well as the adoption and implementation of medieval laws are some of the ways in which they promote inhuman relations.
This regime has revived the most backward traditions and customs --that either had no place in society or were being eliminated four decades ago —and turned them into tools for subjugation and suppression of women. Under the mullahs’ rule, violence is promoted under the law. The regime’s anti-Islamic Penal Code as well as the laws sanctioning polygamy, temporary marriages and honor killings constantly fuel violence against women.
A plethora of inequalities and injustices have jeopardized Iranian women’s status, including their inferior positon in the family, being deprived of job opportunities, and other discriminations which have made Iranian women the main victims of the country’s economic bankruptcy and the enormous tide of dismissals and layoffs. To defend such oppression, the mullahs have openly declared war against the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discriminations against Women (CEDAW) and have refused to sign onto the Convention for the Elimination of Violence against Women, seeing them as threatening their regime.
In contrast, Iranian women have not given in to all these discriminations and pressures, but have undertaken their place at the forefront of the struggle against the mullahs’ misogynous regime.
This is why the clerical regime holds deep resentment towards the women of Iran and particularly the resistant women.
It is common knowledge that the most savage tortures and brutish treatments were directed against female prisoners, and the PMOI women in particular in the regime’s dungeons. By torturing and executing tens of thousands of combatant and Mojahedin women, the regime tops the list of all perpetrators of violence against women in today’s world.
We will never forget the tortures inflicted on PMOI and other combatant women in the “Residential Unit” in the 1980s to crush their resistance. Nor will we forget the savagery and atrocities committed in Kahrizak and other torture chambers against Iran’s sons and daughters in 2009.
Iranian women, however, are proud to have stood firm against the mullahs’ barbarism. They include young high school and college students who exposed the mullahs’ true nature and staged protests against them in the very first years of their rule, the heroines who persevered in Ashraf, and the PMOI’s Central Council that leads the democratic movement against the mullahs. Together, they have built an insurmountable barrier against the clerical regime.
Today, we can see that Iranian women play an active and pioneering role in all anti-government protests, sit-ins and strikes by various sectors.
In the free Iran of tomorrow, Iranian women will uproot violence and injustice with their active and equal participation in political leadership. With creativity and determination, they will eliminate all forms of coercions and prohibitions for women and create a democratic and free society.
A call to stop state-sponsored violence against women in Iran
On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, this is a call to stop the state-sponsored violence against women in Iran.
Not only the clerical regime's Constitution and laws institutionalize violence against women and sanction the cruel punishments of flogging, stoning and blinding, but the regime systematically and formally undertakes violent measures against Iranian women day and night, throughout the country, an ongoing trend which follows an unprecedented brutal crackdown in the 1980s, eliminating thousands of oppositionist women.
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Reports, of Women’s unemployment in Iran

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International Women’s Day-messages from inside Iran

Maryam Rajavi- Women's Role in War against Fundamentalism-Conference in the European Parliament Brussels – 2 March 2016
France Culture Radio interviews Maryam Rajavi: The voice of Iranian Resistance 01 June 2016

France Culture Radio interviews Maryam Rajavi: The voice of Iranian Resistance 01 June 2016


Glorious Epics–Is the short story of the life of The Fallen for Freedom and
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Living lives of dignity, courage and freedom,the Women who Made History

interviews with Women of Iranian Resistance

Mothers call for end to the death penalty

In the memory of Reyhaneh Jabbari symbol of injustice against Iranian women

Tribute to the beautiful soul of Reyhaneh Jabbari

A chain of Mothers of Murdered Iranian Dissident

Friday, November 17, 2017

Iran-articles about Hezbollah terrorist group

Decoding Iran and Hezbollah’s desires for Lebanon
By Tony Duheaume Special to Al Arabiya EnglishSaturday, 18 November 2017

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not reflect the viewpoint of Al Arabiya English.
The importance of Hezbollah for Iran as an overseas fighting force, which operates alongside its own military, cannot be underestimated. Since its establishment in Lebanon in the early 1980s by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and Quds Force, Hezbollah has fought wars and carried out deadly attacks against civilians in foreign lands that have proven its worth as a terror group.
Terrorist attacks carried out by Hezbollah, which have targeted various nations over the years, can only be construed as attacks carried out by the Iranian administration through proxy. As by using its Quds Force, the regime itself can claim plausible deniability from its deeds, which it has done for many decades.
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U.S. Military Aid to Lebanon is Ironically Proping up Hezbollah’s Infamous War Machine
Decoding Iran and Hezbollah’s desires for Lebanon

US House of Representatives unanimously passes sanctions on Hizbollah
Democratic and Republican members of Congress unanimously voted through measures designed to curb Iran's ballistic missile programme and Hizbollah’s funding
The National, Oct. 25, 2017 - In a move that marks further US escalation directed at the Iranian government and the Lebanese armed group Hizbollah, US Congress took first step on Wednesday in approving unanimously three resolutions that tighten the economic screws on Tehran and the Shiite militant party.
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House Cracks Down on Iran Terror Proxy Hezbollah
House Cracks Down on Iran Terror Proxy Hezbollah
Washington, D.C., Oct. 25, 2017 – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) today issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed three bipartisan measures that target Hezbollah’s ability to finance its terror and recruit new members:
“Hezbollah is Iran’s leading terrorist proxy, and it is only growing more dangerous. It now has an arsenal of more than 100,000 rockets aimed at Israel and has become battle-hardened while propping up the murderous Assad regime alongside the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. Hezbollah has taken hundreds of thousands of lives, including American lives. With the House’s action today, we send a strong message that the United States will not allow this threat to go unchecked. These critical measures will impose new sanctions to crack down on Hezbollah’s financing, and hold it accountable for its acts of death and destruction.”
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Cutting off Iran Regime's Terror Proxies
The Iranian Regime has always depended on its network of terrorist proxy groups to commits crimes on its behalf across the Middle East. As a result, the Regime spends billions of dollars every year - stolen from the Iranian people- to fund them.
But now, as a strong policy against Iranian aggression in the region starts to take shape, Iran and its proxies find themselves in a dire situation.
The latest sign of this policy change came last week, after the shock resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who blamed his decision on Iran-backed Hezbollah taking the country hostage and plotting to asassinate him.
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Iran Regime's Fingerprints Found on Chokehold of Middle East
The fingerprints of the Iranian Regime can be found all over their crime scenes in the Middle East, from Yemen to Lebanon to Gaza to Kuwait, and they must be brought to justice.
In the two years since the Saudi-led international coalition entered Yemen to bring stability and reinstate the legitimate Yemeni government of President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, the Houthi rebel group who deposed Yemen’s ruler has grown from a lightly armed, semi-political faction into a fully-fledged terrorist organisation.
Now the Houthi rebels are able to launch ballistic missiles towards other countries in the Middle East, like Saudi Arabia, and plant sophisticated sea mines in the Red Sea and the Bab Al Mandab Strait, which poses a significant threat to all sea-going vessels using the Suez Canal.
But how have they been able to transform and expand so fast? With a little help from the Iranian Regime.
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Hezbollah's defeat could unravel Iran's Middle East ambitions
Hezbollah's defeat could unravel Iran's Middle East ambitions
Iran has long relied on proxy groups to carry out its evil deeds in neighboring countries. And every year, the ruling regime pours billions of dollars of the Iranian people’s wealth into aiding and abetting these terrorist groups. However, as a firm policy starts to take shape against their belligerence in the region, Tehran and its surrogates are finding themselves in dire straits.
The latest manifestation of this change of policy was a series of events triggered last week when Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri declared his resignation from the premiership. Hariri’s statement came after a botched attempt at assassinating him in Beirut, allegedly planned by Hezbollah, a terrorist group with well-known ties to Iran. Hariri cited Iran’s influence and hostage-taking of his country through Hezbollah and threats to his life as the reason for his resignation.
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Unraveling the global tentacles of Hezbollah’s sleeper cells
By Tony Duheaume
The West has held itself back from confronting Iran for decades. One reason for this has to be the dread of an Iranian fightback, which would take the form of guerrilla warfare in a multitude of lands, including the US. This fear would have been high in 2008, when intelligence experts warned of Iranian sleeper cells poised to attack British targets, such as power stations, military bases, government buildings. There were also fears about assassination of high-profile figures, should the West go ahead and bomb Iranian nuclear facilities.
Sleeper cells lie in wait
Such a scenario would make perfect sense, as with Iran not able to match the West militarily in an all-out confrontation, the only way to effectively fight back would be through asymmetric (unconventional) warfare. One method of attack used in asymmetric warfare by the Iranian regime comes in the form of covert action in foreign lands through the use of sleeper cells. For decades, Hezbollah has been building up a network of sleeper cells in the Middle East, Americas and Europe, and should it decide to wage an insurgent war against any of its host countries, its military training would make it a very formidable opponent.
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Stop Ignoring Iran and Hezbollah Terror, US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley Tells Security Council
Stop Ignoring Iran and Hezbollah Terror, US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley Tells Security Council
The Algemeiner, 26 July 2107 - US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley expressed frustration on Tuesday with the UN Security Council’s attitude toward Iran and its terrorist proxies in the Middle East.
“Truth be told, the Security Council often makes the Middle East more complicated than it actually is,” Haley said at the Security Council’s monthly meeting on the region. “It obsesses over Israel. And it refuses to acknowledge one of the chief sources of conflict and killing in the Middle East — that is, Iran and its partner militia, Lebanese Hezbollah.”
Haley began her remarks by affirming that the US “shares everyone’s concern about the heightened tensions in Jerusalem.”
“All parties should work to reduce these tensions, and we offer whatever assistance we can in helping to do this,” she stated. But, she added, “I am going to refrain from further comment on this sensitive issue in the hope that wisdom will prevail over emotions.”
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Hezbollah Is a Branch of the Iran Regime's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC)
Foreign Affairs Committee held hearings on Thursday, June 8 to investigate Hezbollah as a proxy force for the Iran regime.
The Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ed Royce in the hearings stressed, "Hezbollah is a proxy force to the Iran regime and in fact, the Iran deal has enabled this country to provide Hezbollah with more equipment and facilities. Hezbollah is still an extensive criminal network, which is also engaged in a range of illegal activities such as trafficking, smuggling cigarette, and money laundering."
The Chair of MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Subcommittee, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen also stipulated, "Hezbollah is one of the most dangerous and awful terrorist organizations in the world. This group is also responsible for some of the most brutal terrorist attacks in the history. Hezbollah is not only the partner of the Iran regime. It is also a branch of IRGC in order to fulfill the objectives and wishes of the Iran regime. Hezbollah supports the criminal Bashar Al-Assad in Syria by sending weapons and ammunition. We cannot ignore the influence and control of Hezbollah over Lebanon and its army."
Some Details of the Terrorist Operations of Iran Regime and Lebanese Hezbollah in Kuwait
expert said in an interview with Sky News on July 30, 2017: “The Iranian regime thinks Persian Gulf states cannot come face to face with the regime and block its projects. This is the view of the Iranian regime's leader towards the Gulf States, especially the Kuwaiti government.
Dr. Mohammad al-Sulami added: “From this point of view, when the Iranian regime intervenes in Kuwait, it thinks no Arab country can stand against it, and the government of Kuwait cannot do anything.”

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Updated report on Iran Earthquake& Maryam Rajavi's speach

Iran Regime Corruption Over Earthquake Deaths Is Being Covered Up
 The Iranian Regime has promised to investigate the poor construction of government housing in Iran that contributed to the death toll during the recent earthquake, but as the old saying goes when you point a finger, there are three pointing back at you.
The 7.3 magnitude quake on the border between Iran and Iraq killed over 530 people, with the majority of deaths attributed to poorly built houses constructed by the Regime as part of the Mehr (kindness) housing project under former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Those apartment blocks collapsed during the November earthquake while privately built buildings in the same area stayed standing; some photos in state media showed rows of apartment blocks with their façades sheared off. These buildings were effectively “coffins for [their] inhabitants” according to Regime critics.
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Iran Earthquake in Hermanshah
Massive Quake Damage, Destruction of Seven Cities and More Than 77.5% of the Villages in One Province
Iranian regime’s officials and state media acknowledged the massive damage caused by the earthquake in western Iran and destruction of seven cities and more than 77.5 percent of the villages in Kermanshah province.
In this regard, Kermanshah governorate announced that the damage caused by the earthquake equalled 11-year budget of this province.
The state-run Khabar-Online outlet reported that the earthquake has devoured more than a decade budget of Kermanshah province, quoting the Kermanshah governorate's report.

We have gathered to commemorate our fellow country men and women who lost their lives in the earthquake that struck Kermanshah Province.
Dear compatriots, sisters and brothers,
We have gathered to commemorate our fellow countrymen and women who lost their lives in the earthquake that struck Kermanshah Province. We are here to express our sympathies with those injured and wounded in this terrible incident and the tens of thousands of families whose homes were ruined and destroyed.
We have gathered to condole those whose loved ones remained under the rubbles and there was no one to help despite their cries and appeals. Our hearts go to those who managed to bring out their children and relatives from under the debris, but no one was there to dress their wounds and save their lives.
On behalf of the Iranian Resistance, I extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the bereaved and afflicted people of Kermanshah. I repeat, you are in our hearts, and we pray for you.
To our sisters and brothers and to our children in Sarpol-e Zahab, Qasr-e Shirin, Salas-e Babajani, Ezgeleh, Kerend, Islamabad, Gilan-e Gharb, Ravansar, Javanrood, Paveh, Sahneh, Dalahou, Tazeh-abad, and Kermanshah, we extend our condolences and share in your grief and sorrow. 
And in the words of the great poet of Kurdistan, Mowlavi Kurd, I’d like to say:
My heart is again filled with sorrow
My soul is restless due to this separation
And my eyes are blurred by tears of sadness
May the injured get well soon upon the mercy of God and with the help of our compatriots from all across the country, especially the people of western Iran who have been deeply moved these days, and with the help of caring nurses and doctors. Everyone is deeply touched because this incident could have had much less casualties and far less damages. And our dear Kermanshah did not have to be drenched in so much blood and destruction.
We know that these days, not only in Kermanshah but all over Iran, people are in tears and pain, especially because the cities and villages across the country saw their own insecurity and vulnerability, in the earthquake that hit Kermanshah. Everyone’s economic and social fate was before their eyes.
So, we have gathered to once again repeat that in the ruins of repression, corruption, insecurity and poverty where the Velayat-e Faqih has nestled, the way out and the only way out is the overthrow of the mullahs’ religious dictatorship.
I would also like to extend my condolences to the sisters and brothers in the PMOI and among supporters of the Iranian Resistance who have lost relatives in this earthquake. At this point, I would like to express my gratitude to my countrymen and women who rushed to the aid of the earthquake victims. At this moment, I believe that the majority of the people of Iran share in this gratefulness. They deeply and sincerely appreciate everyone and especially the young men and women who were not indifferent and despite their own need did not waste any time and did not fear the threats and intimidations of the Revolutionary Guards and security forces, and rushed to the aid of the victims amidst the tears, cries and screams, death and destruction.
The youths of Kermanshah indeed revived the memory of the national wrestling champion, Gholamreza Takhti, who rushed to the aid of the victims of the 1962 earthquake in Bo’ien Zahra with utmost humanity. You, too, do not spare any efforts to help the quake victims. Being a champion is caring for your destitute countrymen, and being someone on whom they can rely. In contrast to the mullahs’ regime, you can create solidarity among people.
Dear sisters and brothers,
The earthquake in Kermanshah uncovered two very significant but contrasting realities; the extent of corruption and fraud within the ruling regime and the crisis it faces on the one hand, and on the other, the Iranian people’s spirit of unity and solidarity in countering the regime.
Every one saw the first thing the mullahs’ supreme leader did was to dispatch the commanders of the Revolutionary Guard Corps and Bassij to the affected areas, and anti-riot forces were deployed in the region at the first possible opportunity because they are convinced that if they do not keep the situation in check, the earthquake region would turn into a hotbed of protests.
Earthquakes and floods are natural disasters not limited to Iran. Some countries are struck by Tsunamis which cause much more extensive damages. In contrast to Iran where the mullahs are in power, the ruling governments in those countries mobilize all their forces to rescue the victims and not to suppress them. Furthermore, they have plans for dealing with the disaster and attending to the survivors. In Iran, however, as we saw in the earthquakes of northern provinces, Bam (southern Iran), and now, Kermanshah, even people rescued from under the rubbles die in the absence of care, or are abandoned without receiving any relief. So, earthquake is a disaster, but the post-earthquake situation is ten times worse.
Indeed, in the face of such disasters, other countries reach out for help from other countries and international institutes. But why didn’t the mullahs ask for help from abroad? Because they do not want the world learn of their crimes. The mullahs even prevented the people of Kermanshah and neighboring provinces from going to the aid of earthquake victims.
In some cities like Sanandaj, the places where people collected aid were demolished. The trucks carrying popular aid were stopped and confiscated to be later distributed in the name of the Revolutionary Guards and of course, large parts of them were stolen. 
In other parts, there were all sorts of discrimination at work against our Sunni compatriots, depriving them of the distributed aid. Indeed, the spirit of Islam, Shiites and their leaders, abhor such malignant manners. As I have repeatedly declared, today, genuine Shiites act in solidarity and brotherhood with Sunnis.
Yes, this regime has been programmed for suppressing people not for aiding them.
On the other hand, the damages and destruction caused by earthquake in Kermanshah could have been much more limited. And this is another example of the calamity the clerical regime brought about in the infrastructure of Iranian cities and villages, at their work and residential quarters, at schools and hospitals and in the technical and aid services. Rarely has any place in Iran remained immune from this catastrophe.
Newly-built hospitals have crumbled in the quake stricken areas.
It has been reported that a 15-million-dollar hospital built over 8 years totally crumbled in a matter of a few minutes. 
The earthquake shook not only Kermanshah, but the whole country. It has created an atmosphere where some experts have expressed their untold stories. They have indicated that the regime builds towers on fault lines, devastates the gardens and destroys the environment.
As the Iranian Resistance Leader, Massoud Rajavi, once said, “When the country’s oil revenues are entirely plundered under the rule of Khomeini and his heirs, or are spent on wars and repression, it is very natural that the country’s economic and social foundations become feeble while there are no plans to forecast and prevent various natural disasters.”
Criminal plunder, pillage and repression to preserve the rule of an outdated and anti-nationalist regime have brought about a catastrophe which keeps surfacing one day in Bam, another day in the crumbling of the Plasco Building, the other days in the eruption of fire at the oil refinery and the collapse of a coal mine on its workers and engineers, and now in Kermanshah.
One should ask the mullahs why is the Iranian people’s wealth which needs to be spent on their most basic needs, is squandered in this way? The mullahs spend tens of billions of dollars every year for the war in Syria, and for buttressing the Assad dictatorship. Khamenei pays for all the expenses of the ferocious Hashd-as Sha’abi in Iraq. 
Really, what happened to the 100 billion dollars unblocked for the regime by western governments after the sanctions were lifted? What did the people of Iran gain from doubling of the oil revenues in the past two years?
And why have they sent the Red Crescent to other countries to export fundamentalism instead of deploying it inside the country to serve their own people? According to the regime’s officials, the Iranian Red Crescent runs 26 relief centers in 19 Asian, African and Latin American countries.
Why is this? Because repression and killing are inherent to the clerical regime and it does not do anything but corruption, crime, and regression.
This is the security Khamenei and his accomplice brag about every day as their honor and achievement. In reality, the whole country and the entire society is unsafe in the face of earthquakes, floods, and other environmental disasters. People are unsafe in the face the depravity and corruption fomented by the mullahs. They are unsafe in the face of fraudulent financial institutes who have looted people’s savings. And most importantly, they are defenseless in the face of repression, harassment, persecution by the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and a plethora of government agencies in charge of criminal suppression.
Indeed, why has Iran turned into a big prison? Why are streets unsafe for youths and women? Why are all forms of freedom of expression suppressed? Why our people have to sell their kidneys out of impoverishment? Why do destitute mothers have to sell their unborn fetuses? Why are there so many homeless people who sleep in cardboard boxes and in graves? Why so many people are jobless, poor and homeless? Why so many arrests and executions? Why? Why? Why?
Nevertheless, in the midst of so much pain, suffering and destruction, all the people of Iran share a common thought and feeling that the rule of this regime and all its destruction will soon come to an end. They describe their feelings with the beautiful words of the late poetess, Simin Behbahani who wrote: 
I will build you again, my dear motherland, even if it costs my life
I’ll build pillars for your roof, even if I have to do so with my bones
I’ll smell your new flowers as your younger generations wish
And I’ll wash the blood from your face with my running tears
Dear friends,
What I just recounted was just a small part of the calamity created in Iran by an ominous earthquake called the mullahs’ religious dictatorship. These days, however, another reality also surfaced and that was the solidarity and sympathy of people all across the society with the suffering people of Kermanshah.
Even foreign journalists who visited the area, reported on the fact that much of the relief was privately provided by the people. 
This sense of solidarity and devotion is truly commendable. The world saw that everyone even children do not spare any effort to help despite their own difficulties and hardships. And in this way, two of our brave Kurdish countrymen from Boukan and Dalahou died during the relief effort. Yes, if people take control of the affairs, they even give their own lives for each other.
This incident is a reminder of the efforts of young supporters of the PMOI and other combatant groups in the earthquake that hit Tabas in September 1978 before the Shah’s overthrow. 
What has taken place in the past week clearly shows the social readiness in Iran, the high spirit among people for resistance and struggle against the regime. 
The cold season has already started particularly in western Iran. The victims of earthquake need more support. I would like to hereby urge all my compatriots to rush to the aid of the families who have lost their breadwinners, the children who have become orphaned, the parents who do not know how to provide for their hungry and sick children in the freezing cold. Yes, all of them need your assistance and relief. 
Let us not forget that in the earthquake of Bam, the policies of the clerical regime created a no less catastrophic disaster for the survivors. We should not let this bitter experience be repeated in Kermanshah and this is possible through solidarity shown by the general public.
This is something that we need not only for Kermanshah, but for all the country. In contrast to the clerical tyranny that foments discord, distrust, and indifference among people, we can change the society’s spirit by our solidarity. 
Those who suffer from homelessness and insecurity and are anxious about their future, need their countrymen’s love and support to gain energy. In this way, the bonds among all members of a society are reinforced and a huge force of solidarity and sympathy in the Iranian society will enter the field to challenge the clerical regime.
Our country must break the chains of poverty, repression and death. It must be free from destruction, instability and insecurity.
Iran’s children must be saved. Iran’s villagers, deprived city dwellers, suppressed women and enchained youths, the country’s economy and commerce, schools, universities and sports, everything and everywhere, need to be saved and emancipated. The way to do it is the overthrow of the entire Velayat-e Faqih regime.
Therefore, I urge all my compatriots to rise up and resist in unity and solidarity, to bring down the evil regime of the mullahs.
God bless the people of Iran
Long live freedom

A short look at the earthquake in western Iran which prompted the emotions of humans.
Sometimes words can’t explain the greatness of a little child. After losing their mother, this little girl comforts her younger sister in a small village near SarpolZahab, Kermanshah province.
Also the film of a little boy who took food for his little friend, was another shocking scene that Was considered by tens of thousands of users in social medias
or a campaign in Iran by the name of:
#Kermanshah is not alone
 in witch Iranians providing help for the victims of quake after Iranian Regime Abandons people after devastating Earthquake
Yes, this is a true that the purest human emotions occur during human calamities and wars and natural disasters. Why not always have this feeling of solidarity and sympathy between humans?
 Following is a good article about: The Iran lobby shamelessly takes advantage of earthquake victims' suffering to push for the lifting of pressure from a regime whose only role has been to exacerbate an already bad situation:
Earthquake an Excuse for Further Looting by Iran Regime's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC)
According the state media, on November 21, 2017, the Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance of Rouhani has provided 565 billion and 400 million tomans (about 139 million dollars) to help earthquake victims. More than 53 percent of this amount, i.e. 300 billion tomans, has immediately been given to the IRGC, and the remaining 47 percent was divided among the specific treasury of the Kermanshah and Ilam provinces, the army, the Ministry of Health, the Red Crescent Society, the State Emergency Department, and the Emergency Department of Tehran and other Government organs.

They say a news event has a three-day lifespan. The regime in Tehran is counting on such a theory to have the international community move on after the recent earthquake that shook western Iran. Each passing day further reveals the scope of this vast catastrophe.
“More than 1,000 people have lost their lives,” Iranian MP Ahmad Safari said to the official ILNA news agency 72 hours after the quake. “I went to a village where they said they pulled 20 corpses from under the rubble. They were not even counted in the death toll. 70 people died just in one alley of the town of Sarpol-e Zahab. Another 250 were killed in the Mehr housing complex.”
Experts advised the government of former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (2005-13) to build 25,000 homes under the Mehr blueprint. Ahmadinejad, however, ordered the construction of 1.5 million such units, raising questions of possible negligence in construction and lack of proper supervision.
Iran Regime Is Preventing Aid From Reaching Earthquake Victims, Not US Sanctions
Apologists for the Iranian Regime are claiming that US sanctions are stopping humanitarian aid from reaching the victims of this month’s earthquake on the Iran-Iraq border but this is simply not true.
On Sunday, November 12, a massive earthquake hit the border region leaving hundreds dead and thousands wounded, and hundreds of thousands homeless. It is no less than a nationwide crisis.
Shortly after, Trita Parsi, the president of National Iranian American Council (NIAC), which is effectively a mouthpiece for the Regime, took advantage of the disaster to suit his own political agenda.

The Express Tribune, November 18, 2017 Baby found alive in rubble three days after Iran quake
A picture of the child, who appears to be smiling and not in distress, has been widely circulated among Iranians on social media. Many people called the rescue a “miracle” and expressed how the child’s survival is cause for hope after the tragedy.
Women, children without basic resources in areas hit by quake
A week past the massive earthquake in western Iran, survivors in most affected areas have no water, electricity or even tents.
Survivors say thousands have died in the earthquake. Women and children live on the streets in the cold, without any shelter. At least three children have been reported killed due to the freezing cold.
Local officials say some 30 per cent of the livestock have been killed in the earthquake. No action has been taken to remove the corpses of animals and the garbage. Many sewage structures have been damaged and there is a threat of dangerous diseases spreading.
Video clips show harrowing scenes of the areas affected by the quake.
Sanctions are not keeping aid from reaching Iranian earthquake victims
The devastating earthquake that struck the western regions of Iran last week has triggered a nationwide crisis, leaving hundreds dead and thousands wounded.
But while the victims are still reeling in aftermath of the disaster, apologists of the Tehran regime abroad, who have no regard for their plight, are trying to take advantage of the situation to further their political ends. No more than a couple of days following the earthquake, Trita Parsi, the president of National Iranian American Council (NIAC), a well-known lobby for the Iranian regime, took to the media to claim U.S. sanctions are hindering donations and humanitarian aid from reaching the affected people.
AFP News Agency: Most of the aid that was distributed among the people belonged to private individuals
Iranian MP: More than 1,000 people have died, people are hungry, they lack basic shelter
Iran's State Media Reveal: Actual Facts and News on Quake Not Published
A state-run media admitted that government officials and media do not inform the public about the facts and actual news on the situation of Sunday’s earthquake in Iran’s western provinces and its victims.
The state-run Jame’eh Farda (Tomorrow’s Community) media noted the secrecy of the Iranian regime in announcing the statistics and real news about the earthquake on Sunday night in the country, which killed hundreds and injured thousands, and wrote: “We hide the outrage of nature in the same way as we distort public opinion about our political failures.”

No Supervision Over Shabby Housing Project Which Caused Most Deaths in the Recent Quake
One day after Ishaq Jahangiri, the first vice president of the Iranian regime, said most victims of the recent earthquake belong to the Mehr residence, the head of the regime's engineering system organization announced that the organization had “no oversight” over the construction of the Mehr housing project.
According to the state-run Fars news agency affiliated to IRGC, the head of the organization, Hassan Gurbankhani, said: “The engineering system organization had no supervision over the construction of the Mehr housing units, and no monitoring engineer has been introduced by the organization for the housing units.”

Iranian Regime Abandons People After Devastating Earthquake
 Hundreds of people were killed by the earthquake that struck Iran and Iraq earlier this week. It was felt as far away as Turkey and Pakistan and eclipsed the deadly earthquake that hit Mexico in September.
One small village called Quik Hasan was particularly affected by the earthquake with over 50 deaths alone. The small farming village is home to just 170 households and the surviving inhabitants have had to survive outside in the cold since the earthquake struck.
Those that died have been buried in makeshift graves by their relatives.
Iran National Television (INTV) announced on Monday November 14, 2017 that all the remaining financial donations pledged to this TV Station by the Iranian people last week during the National Telethon be given to victims of the Sunday's earthquake. The INTV asked all Iranians who have pledged their donations to this station give their money and help to those who have suffered and lost their livelihood in the quake. This money would be one billion Iranian toomans or about $330,000 that should go straight to the quake stricken areas in Iran. 
The INTV conducted a 3-day fundraising telethon campaign in Farsi language on November 3rd. This was the 22nd campaign by the TV station to raise fund for it continued operation. The INTV is a non-profit and non-commercial organization that runs only through the donations received from Iranians inside and outside Iran. All its staffs are volunteers and do not receive any salary. INTV is uniquely the voice for the Iranian people.
Rouhani Blames Protesting Investors, Saying Central Bank Cannot Provide Money for Earthquake Relief
between the head of Iran’s three branches, regime President Hassan Rouhani, accompanied by parliamentary chief Ali Larijani and judiciary chief Sadeq Larijani, had the audacity to blame protesting investors who have lost their entire savings to state-run financial institutes.
“The people should be careful and place their money in banks and institutions that are well known and trusted, and doubt those entities that promise high profits,” he said on Saturday.
Rouhani, alongside Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and other senior regime officials, is one of the main thieves of the Iranian people’s money.
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Iran factions use earthquake relief effort to pursue power struggle

Reuters-Iran quake survivors complain of slow aid effort, battle freezing cold
Exhausted and exposed to freezing cold, survivors of a weekend earthquake in western Iran begged authorities for food and shelter on Tuesday, saying aid was slow to reach them.
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Why Iran's Earthquakes Are So Devastating
Why Iran's Earthquakes Are So Devastating
Heshmat Alavi
Forbes, November 14, 2017 - In this day and age we are witnessing random earthquakes here and there across the globe. Iran lies on several tectonic plates, and the Iranian people suffer extreme conditions after each earthquake.
The reaction shown to each earthquake by the ruling regime in Iran is far different from its counterparts across the globe. Media censorship, excruciating delay in sending even minimum support and imposing a tight security atmosphere to quell any possible sign of unrest is Tehran’s response to such natural disasters.
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Iran's Devastating Earthquake Sparks Criticism of Regime's Response
Recently, severe, random earthquakes have occurred across the globe. On Sunday evening a 7.3 Richter quake hit the Iran-Iraq border. Iran’s official IRNA news agency reports that at a minimum, 530 people were killed and more than 8,000 injured. Tens of thousands of homes and apartments were leveled.
However, casualty statistics may be well beyond those reported by the media, according to Farhad Tajari, a member of Iran’s parliament from Ghasr Shireen, a town in western Iran that suffered enormous damage.  Read more

Powerful Quake Kills Hundreds in Iran
by Jubin Katiraie
An earthquake, 7.3 magnitude near the Iraq-Iran border has killed more than 400 people and sent residents escaping their homes into the night, authorities said.
Powerful Quake Kills Hundreds in Iran
Iran’s western Kermanshah province bore the impact of the quake on Sunday night, with authorities saying the quake killed more than 407 people in the country and injured 6,700 up to know.
The quake was centred 19 miles (31km) outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja, according to the most recent measurements from the US Geological Survey.
Graphic locates epicentre of 7.3-magnitude earthquake on the border of Iran and Iraq
It struck at 9.48pm Iran time, just as people began retiring for the night.
It could be felt on the Mediterranean coast, some 660 miles (1,000km) away.
The earthquake struck 23.2km (14.4 miles) below the surface, a shallow depth that can amplify damage.
Iranian social media and news agencies showed images and videos of people fleeing their homes. More than 100 aftershocks followed.
The quake’s worst damage appeared to be in the town of Sarpol-e-Zahab in Kermanshah province, which sits in the Zagros Mountains that divide Iran and Iraq.
Kokab Fard, a 49-year-old housewife in Sarpol-e-Zahab, said she fled empty-handed when her apartment complex collapsed.
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 Iran Earthquake
Maryam Rajavi's Urgent Appeal to Save Victims of Earthquake in Iran
With deepest sympathies to my fellow compatriots stricken by earthquake in western Iran, particularly in Qasr-e Shirin and Sar-e Pol-e Zahab, I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families who have lost their loved ones.
In these difficult moments when all the people of Iran are anxious and concerned about the lives of those stuck under the rubbles, what adds to the public’s distress is the clerical regime’s criminal record in such natural disasters of dragging its feet and dodging its responsibility in saving the lives of people.
This is all the more reason for our compatriots, particularly the courageous youths, who reside in western Iran to rush to the aid of people in the quake-stricken areas and help those trapped under the wreckage.
Just as opposed to the practices of the clerical regime, now is the time to show solidarity. Assisting and saving the victims of the earthquake is a sacred national duty.
Our prayers are for the rescue of the quake victims and the recovery of those injured and wounded.
Expressing Condolences & Sympathy With the Quake-Stricken People, Encouraging Youth to Help the Injured

President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, expressed her condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones in the last night earthquake in different areas, including Qasr-e Shirin, Islamabad, Sar-e pol Zahab, Salas Babajani and Kerend.
Reiterating the criminal background of the mullahs’ regime’s neglect and irresponsibility to save the people’s lives in such incidents, Mrs. Rajavi asked the youth, especially those in western provinces, to rescue the people who are trapped under debris, and to deliver their aids directly to the stricken people and the injured. She added that just opposite to the Velayat-e faqih regime, it is now a time of solidarity, and helping the stricken people and saving them is a sacred national duty.
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 At least 450 died, 7,000 were injured and 70,000 left homeless by the powerful quake
The 7.3-magnitude earthquake that shook western Iran late Sunday night, November 12, 2017, has left at least 450 people dead, 7100 injured and over 70,000 people homeless in Kermanshah Province including in Qasr-e Shirin, Islamabad, Sarpol-e Zahab, Salas Babajani and Kerend. More than 500 villages have suffered damages in the earthquake which has been described as the world’s deadliest so far this year.
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Video: Powerful earthquake hits Iraq and Iran, killing more than 300
BAGHDAD/ANKARA, Reuters, November 13, 2017 - At least 332 people were killed in Iran and Iraq when a magnitude 7.3 earthquake jolted the region on Sunday, state media in the two countries said, and rescuers were searching for dozens trapped under rubble in the mountainous area.
State television said more than 328 people were killed in Iran and at least 2,500 were injured. Local officials said the death toll would rise as search and rescue teams reached remote areas of Iran.
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