NCRI - Having been scared of the social network channels, the Iranian regime requested the channels to cooperate and work as a spy for the government.
One of the Telegram channels has been very well welcomed in Iran and according to the figures; there are currently 40 million smartphones used to access Telegram.
On Friday, a popular satellite television network run by volunteer Iranian expatriates began its 21st public campaign to raise funding for its annual operations. The network, known in Farsi as Simay Azadi and in English as Iran National Television, reaches an audience inside Iran via satellite receiver equipment that is illegal to own or operate in the country. In spite of this restriction, millions of Iranians reportedly defy the ban, even re-acquiring such equipment after mass confiscation efforts by government authorities.
In this article by Lord Maginnis of Drumglass which was published on January 13, in ‘Politics Home’ he questions whether the UK and the US have the moral and strategic leadership to halt Iran's 'destructive meddling' in Syria. The following is the full text of this article.
Aleppo has fallen, almost completely, to Syrian government forces in this past week, leaving not only rebel fighters but also tens of thousands of innocent civilians stranded in a bombed-out shell of that ancient city. Humanitarian intervention failed to prevent the disaster in the first place or the summary executions that followed it.
On January 13, ‘The Hill’ published an alarming article by Struan Stevenson President of the European Iraqi Freedom Association (EIFA).former MEP and President of the Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Iraq from 2009 to 2014 , the following is the full text.
Unofficial reports in Iran are hinting at the possible appointment of Ebrahim Raisi as the likely successor to the late Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani’s position as head of the Expediency Council, a powerful body, which is intended to resolve disputes between the Iranian parliament and the Guardian Council. Rafsanjani died of a heart attack on Sunday, Jan. 8. Although relatively unknown in the West, the 56 year-old Raisi was a key member of the “Death Commission” that in the summer of 1988, oversaw the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, mostly members of the opposition People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI or MEK).
NCRI - According to reports, on Thursday January 12, the political prisoner, Saeed Shirzad, on his 37th day of hunger strike in Gohardasht prison in Karaj suffered severe drop in blood pressure and loss of consciousness, and the prison officials were forced to transfer him to the one thousand beds hospital in Tehran.
NCRI - In a letter to the U.N. Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran, Ms. Asma Jahangir, Gohardasht political prisoners urge her to address their situation and investigate violation of the prisoners’ rights by Iranian regime.
The following in the letter by Gohardasht Political prisoners:
Ms. Asma Jahangir, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran,
Re: New tricks used by Iranian regime for violations of human rights
The following is an insightful article analyzing the current political situation in Iran after the death of Rafsanjani, written On Jaunary 13, by Alireza Jafarzadeh, the deputy director of the Washington office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran.
Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, one of the founding fathers of the Iranian regime, died last week on January 8. He served as President, Speaker of Parliament, Deputy Commander of the Armed Forces, head of the Assembly of Experts--the 88-member body of clerics tasked with nominating the Supreme Leader, and head of the Expediency Council, a body adjudicating disputes over legislation between the parliament and the Guardian Council.
NCRI - On January 11, 2017, more than 2500 retirees of the Steel Industries staged a protest in front of the regime’s Parliament. Protesters had come from various provinces to participate in the rally. They had set up a huge banner in front of Parliament reading “We simply want our right”, “We retirees of the Steel Industries want to be amalgamated in state pension”. Protesters demand cancellation of self-administered pension plan of Steel Industries and its transfer to state controlled pension plan, payment of outstanding and unpaid claims including salaries and health benefits of pensioners.
NCRI - The consequences of Rafsanjani’s death appeared much sooner than expected during his funeral, turning the ceremony into a battle scene between the rival bands.
While the Rafsanjani-Rouhani band chanted “these too many people are here for their love for Akbar”, Khamenei’s responded “these too many people are here for their love for leader”. Menawhile, the fed-up crowd, ”, taking advantage of the gap between the two bands, were chanting “Dictator, Dictator”, “Our state television, our shame”, and “political prisoners should get released.” The unrest went far beyond Tehran, so that people in Mashhad chanted “Down with Khamenei” in addition to the mutual rhetoric between the two bands.
Iran dealing with shock of Trump's election, death of its leader
Donald Trump’s election as the next president of the United States presents the Islamic Republic of Iran with tremendous uncertainty and, perhaps, anxiety, wrote Majid Sadeghpour the political director of the Organization of Iranian American Communities in the U.S. (OIACUS) in ‘The Hill’ on January 12, 2017, the article continues as follows:
Mr. Trump’s platform included a promise to initiate dramatic shifts in American policies.