NCRI - The Leader of Friday Prayer Advocates Palestinian Conference Instead of Climate Issues in Khuzestan
The Leader of Tehran Friday Prayer stipulated that the issue of Palestine is the major priority of the Iranian regime. Meanwhile, the Leader of Mashhad Friday Prayer also stated that holding Palestinian Conference represents the efficient management as well as the power of the Islamic Republic; despite domestic problems including the dust and flood crisis.
BY: Reza Shafa
They say old habits die hard. In the case of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is certainly true. There are two seemingly unrelated events in the past few days; one renewing Khomeini’s fatwa (religious decree) for the head of Salman Rushdie dated back to February 1989 which forced the writer in to hiding fearing his life. The prize was raised just recently to 2.8 billion Tomans (roughly $300000) reminding everyone that IRGC means business. Ironically, the news was first published by Tasnim News Agency close to Quds Force (The Quds Force is a special forces unit of IRGC responsible for their extraterritorial operations. The Quds Force reports directly to the Supreme Leader of Iranian regime, Ali Khamenei. Its commander is Major General Qasem Soleimani). Tasnim also repeated the famous quotation from Khomeini: “I am afraid that in ten years time this decree would be set aside for diplomatic concerns”. The fatwa at the time created a fury around the world and some publisher of Rushdie’s book were subject of assassination attempts carried out mostly by fundamentals elements brained washed by Khomeini’s smoke screen to hide receiving a devastating final blow in the losing Iran-Iraq war.
NCRI - According to reports on February 21, Revolutionary Guards in ‘Iran Khodro Company’ beat up a fed-up worker who protested against not being paid and poor working conditions, so that he was taken to hospital by his colleagues with broken nose and teeth.
He later released a clip in this regard, saying: “My fellow Iranians! I’m fed-up. Not for being beaten up, but for the humiliation at the hands of the regime which me and thousands of other workers have to suffer.”
NCRI - Medical centers across Iran are refusing to accept patients due to the enormous debt owed by insurance companies to the Social Security Organization, according to the Chair of Iran’s parliament Social Commission.
Salman Khodadadi implicitly accused the Health Ministry and its affiliated medical centers of showing distraint in their pursuit of delayed demands from insurance companies.
NCRI - Thousands rallied in Ahvaz, southwest Iran, on Thursday protesting the presence of Iranian regime’s President Hassan Rouhani.
The protesters demanded a halt to all projects rerouting river waters in this province to other areas, dam construction, drying lagoons, measures to resolve continuous water and power outages resulting from dust storms, and immediate action to respond to the air contamination disaster.
NCRI - Alarabiya TV reported on Wednesday February 22 it has obtained images taken by a drone from the port of Midi, western Yemen. The drone was shot down by Yemen’s National Army.
According to a captured Houthi rebel, the drone was guided by an Iranian, the mark on whose helmet was unlike any other Yemen’s military or security institutes.
NCRI - The Public Security Chief of Bahrain, Major-General Tariq Al-Hassan stated that the interference and threats posed by the Iranian regime will not only destabilize Bahrain but they also endanger the security of the region, since Iran constantly supports terrorism.
NCRI - A Senior Official of the IRGC announced that the Intelligence forces compelled the US government to pay 1 billion and 400 million dollars for the release of Jason Rezaian. Earlier than that, Donald Trump also said during the campaign that the US has paid ransom to Iran for the release of its citizens.
On February 23rd, Mehr News Agency reported that the Deputy Chief of the IRGC, Hossein Nejat in a speech in Bushehr (south of Iran) claimed that the Iranian-American journalist of The Washington Post, Jason Rezaian who had formed an espionage network was identified and arrested by the IRGC.
NCRI - While Iran’s Statistics Center announced a 0.1% drop in inflation rate in February compared to January, the Central Bank announced that the rate has increased 1.1% compared to previous month.
Iran's central bank on Thursday February 23 announced that the inflation rate in February reached 8.7% that compared to the previous month has increased by 1.1%.
However Iran’s Statistics Center stated in a report that the inflation rate in February reached 6.8% that compared to the previous month decreased by 0.1%.
A Washington-based lawyer for a U.S. permanent resident imprisoned in Iran by IRGC has called him as a "hostage."
Jason Poblete said in a statement on Thursday that Iranian accusations that Nizar Zakka confessed to authorities are "completely false." AP, reported on February 23, 2017.