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.