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A Tribute to Zohreh, Who Taunted Her Torturers in Iran


In a desperate, final dash to bring the guard and others to account for Nazi atrocities committed decades ago, investigators from Germany’s Federal Justice Office, aided by FBI agents, visited Meisel’s St. Louis Park, Minn., home last month after once thinking that there were no more living survivors of Stutthof. Founded by German authorities after an internet search, Meisel offers a rare chance for prosecutors to present one more survivor’s account of a brutal camp in Poland where 60,000 died.


“I think it’s important to send the message that no matter how long ago these crimes were committed that humanity will seek justice until it can no longer do so,” said Gregory Gordon, a former federal prosecutor who worked on cases involving Nazi war criminals.

Although history will never forget the lessons and memories of Holocaust, ironically, history repeats itself with similar events.  The dates and the names of the players may change, but the general motifs remain the same.

Zohreh Heydari was a 17-year-old Iranian woman from the city of Qom (125 kilometers by road southwest of Tehran).  She was part of the first group of people who were taken away during the massacre in the summer of 1988, executing more than 30,000 people in Iran.  She was sentenced in court to 70 lashes, and the night prior to her execution, she received those 70 floggings.

The massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran was a crime against humanity.  Khomeini desired to get rid of his main opponents and guarantee the survival of his regime.  After three decades, there is a movement seeking justice for that massacre and the other crimes conducted by the Iranian regime.

Zohreh Heydari is certainly an inspiration to all those women now continuing the struggle against Iran’s corrupt, misogynist mullahs.  Her courage and bravery, her capacity to take risks, and her strong willpower contributed to her mature appearance. 

“She was arrested while trying to escape the country,” said her fellow inmate, “on her way to joining the resistance.  She underwent a tremendous amount of torture and used to recount her memories from the period of interrogation.  She used to say, ‘The torture room seemed so small to me that upon my return to my cell it felt as if I have stepped in to a hotel. I would take advantage of that space until it was time to return for more torture the following day.'”

Zohreh used to stand steadfast against the interrogators from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.  Whenever the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRG) in Evin Prison would rush into our cells to attack us, they would directly go to Zohreh and assault her, assuming she was guilty and responsible for everything.

She used to suffer from severe migraine headaches.  “They used to rush into our cells with their lashes, beating everyone.  Due to Zohreh’s headache, she had not partaken in our protest this time around.  However, Halvaee, that evil executioner who had a particular hate for Zohreh, directly approached Zohreh and started kicking her with his heavy boots.  Zohreh started yelling, ‘You malicious, dirty guard, leave me alone!  Don’t you get close to me!’  It was exactly because of her continuous persistence that we had nicknamed her ‘Waterfall.’  Her shouts were similar to the roar of the waterfall as it continuously pounds upon falling.”

Zohreh and I were on a hunger strike together for a month in Gohardasht Prison.  When we were transferred to solitary confinements, our cells were near each other, so we were able to know how the other was doing.

We preoccupied ourselves by learning various languages and dialects such as Azeri, Shomali, and Kurdish.  Ever since those days, the Azeri word “oushachlar,” meaning “friends” or, more colloquially, “guys,” has become very popular and is still used to this day.  That’s how we used to refer to each other.  And that’s how the word “waterfall” (Aabshar in Farsi, phonetically similar to Oushachlar in Azeri) came to signify Zohreh. 

Whenever we were moved or transferred to different cells, Waterfall was the one in charge of announcing wake-up calls and blackouts.  In fact, her voice was so loud and clear, as if it were coming through a speaker, reaching from one side of the hall to the other.  She was also in charge of announcing daily prayers while in solitary confinement.  Each morning, she would yell out, “Hey, oushachlar [guys], good morning!”  At the time of prayers, she would call, “Oushachlar, it’s time for prayers.  Let’s pray together.”  And at the end of prayers, she’d say, “May God accept our prayers, oushachlar.”  When they turned off the lights at nights, Zohreh’s loud and clear voice would break the silence in our cells by wishing everyone a good night.  All the guards recognized Zohreh’s voice and knew that Waterfall was her nickname.  She was not afraid of anyone and would face them all singlehandedly. 

The female guards were not capable of punishing or silencing her, hence they always sent brutal male torturers.  One day, as dusk was falling, she called everyone to prayers.  “Oushachlar, it’s time for prayers!”  We all stood up in our cells for prayers.  Like the usual routine, she called out, “May God accept your prayers” once we had finished.  She hadn’t fully completed her sentence when we heard her cell’s door open, followed by the voices of three men.  We realized they had been waiting to attack her after our prayers.  On the one hand, we could hear the beatings of those three heinous torturers, and on the other hand, Zohreh’s voice, shouting, “Get out of my cell, you evil bastards!  Don’t you touch me!”  

An hour of this unjust but proud battle continued.  The rest of us who were in the surrounding cells started banging on our doors and yelling to leave the poor girl alone.  We didn’t know what had happened to Zohreh, as she had gone silent.  The beatings had continued for more than an hour.  Only the voices of those three who were taking out their revenge and hatred on her could be heard.  They left her cell after a while, and although we kept calling Zohreh, she didn’t respond to any of us. 

We were all very sad and worried about her health.  A heavy silence fell upon our ward.  That night, we didn’t hear Waterfall’s voice calling out the usual “Goodnight, oushachlar!”  But somebody else repeated the exact line on her behalf.  We had no news of her state all night long. 

Shortly before dawn, at the time of prayer, our heroine once again, with her waterfall-like roaring voice, stronger than ever, yelled out, “Time to wake up, oushachlar!  It’s time to pray.”  And it was Waterfall’s voice that ended our prayers with the usual “May God accept our prayers.”

She made our enemy understand that even with violence, torture, and brutality, they cannot stop our roaring Waterfall from defending her rights against misogynist mullahs.

Hassan Mahmoudi is a human rights advocate, specializing in political and economic issues relating to Iran and the Middle East.  @hassan_mahmou1

“The Nazi hunters from Germany were midway through a four-hour interview with Judith Meisel when they pulled out a photo of a young S.S. guard the 88-year-old Holocaust survivor hadn’t seen for nearly 75 years.”

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on July 8, 2017:

In a desperate, final dash to bring the guard and others to account for Nazi atrocities committed decades ago, investigators from Germany’s Federal Justice Office, aided by FBI agents, visited Meisel’s St. Louis Park, Minn., home last month after once thinking that there were no more living survivors of Stutthof. Founded by German authorities after an internet search, Meisel offers a rare chance for prosecutors to present one more survivor’s account of a brutal camp in Poland where 60,000 died.


“I think it’s important to send the message that no matter how long ago these crimes were committed that humanity will seek justice until it can no longer do so,” said Gregory Gordon, a former federal prosecutor who worked on cases involving Nazi war criminals.

Although history will never forget the lessons and memories of Holocaust, ironically, history repeats itself with similar events.  The dates and the names of the players may change, but the general motifs remain the same.

Zohreh Heydari was a 17-year-old Iranian woman from the city of Qom (125 kilometers by road southwest of Tehran).  She was part of the first group of people who were taken away during the massacre in the summer of 1988, executing more than 30,000 people in Iran.  She was sentenced in court to 70 lashes, and the night prior to her execution, she received those 70 floggings.

The massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran was a crime against humanity.  Khomeini desired to get rid of his main opponents and guarantee the survival of his regime.  After three decades, there is a movement seeking justice for that massacre and the other crimes conducted by the Iranian regime.

Zohreh Heydari is certainly an inspiration to all those women now continuing the struggle against Iran’s corrupt, misogynist mullahs.  Her courage and bravery, her capacity to take risks, and her strong willpower contributed to her mature appearance. 

“She was arrested while trying to escape the country,” said her fellow inmate, “on her way to joining the resistance.  She underwent a tremendous amount of torture and used to recount her memories from the period of interrogation.  She used to say, ‘The torture room seemed so small to me that upon my return to my cell it felt as if I have stepped in to a hotel. I would take advantage of that space until it was time to return for more torture the following day.'”

Zohreh used to stand steadfast against the interrogators from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.  Whenever the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRG) in Evin Prison would rush into our cells to attack us, they would directly go to Zohreh and assault her, assuming she was guilty and responsible for everything.

She used to suffer from severe migraine headaches.  “They used to rush into our cells with their lashes, beating everyone.  Due to Zohreh’s headache, she had not partaken in our protest this time around.  However, Halvaee, that evil executioner who had a particular hate for Zohreh, directly approached Zohreh and started kicking her with his heavy boots.  Zohreh started yelling, ‘You malicious, dirty guard, leave me alone!  Don’t you get close to me!’  It was exactly because of her continuous persistence that we had nicknamed her ‘Waterfall.’  Her shouts were similar to the roar of the waterfall as it continuously pounds upon falling.”

Zohreh and I were on a hunger strike together for a month in Gohardasht Prison.  When we were transferred to solitary confinements, our cells were near each other, so we were able to know how the other was doing.

We preoccupied ourselves by learning various languages and dialects such as Azeri, Shomali, and Kurdish.  Ever since those days, the Azeri word “oushachlar,” meaning “friends” or, more colloquially, “guys,” has become very popular and is still used to this day.  That’s how we used to refer to each other.  And that’s how the word “waterfall” (Aabshar in Farsi, phonetically similar to Oushachlar in Azeri) came to signify Zohreh. 

Whenever we were moved or transferred to different cells, Waterfall was the one in charge of announcing wake-up calls and blackouts.  In fact, her voice was so loud and clear, as if it were coming through a speaker, reaching from one side of the hall to the other.  She was also in charge of announcing daily prayers while in solitary confinement.  Each morning, she would yell out, “Hey, oushachlar [guys], good morning!”  At the time of prayers, she would call, “Oushachlar, it’s time for prayers.  Let’s pray together.”  And at the end of prayers, she’d say, “May God accept our prayers, oushachlar.”  When they turned off the lights at nights, Zohreh’s loud and clear voice would break the silence in our cells by wishing everyone a good night.  All the guards recognized Zohreh’s voice and knew that Waterfall was her nickname.  She was not afraid of anyone and would face them all singlehandedly. 

The female guards were not capable of punishing or silencing her, hence they always sent brutal male torturers.  One day, as dusk was falling, she called everyone to prayers.  “Oushachlar, it’s time for prayers!”  We all stood up in our cells for prayers.  Like the usual routine, she called out, “May God accept your prayers” once we had finished.  She hadn’t fully completed her sentence when we heard her cell’s door open, followed by the voices of three men.  We realized they had been waiting to attack her after our prayers.  On the one hand, we could hear the beatings of those three heinous torturers, and on the other hand, Zohreh’s voice, shouting, “Get out of my cell, you evil bastards!  Don’t you touch me!”  

An hour of this unjust but proud battle continued.  The rest of us who were in the surrounding cells started banging on our doors and yelling to leave the poor girl alone.  We didn’t know what had happened to Zohreh, as she had gone silent.  The beatings had continued for more than an hour.  Only the voices of those three who were taking out their revenge and hatred on her could be heard.  They left her cell after a while, and although we kept calling Zohreh, she didn’t respond to any of us. 

We were all very sad and worried about her health.  A heavy silence fell upon our ward.  That night, we didn’t hear Waterfall’s voice calling out the usual “Goodnight, oushachlar!”  But somebody else repeated the exact line on her behalf.  We had no news of her state all night long. 

Shortly before dawn, at the time of prayer, our heroine once again, with her waterfall-like roaring voice, stronger than ever, yelled out, “Time to wake up, oushachlar!  It’s time to pray.”  And it was Waterfall’s voice that ended our prayers with the usual “May God accept our prayers.”

She made our enemy understand that even with violence, torture, and brutality, they cannot stop our roaring Waterfall from defending her rights against misogynist mullahs.

Hassan Mahmoudi is a human rights advocate, specializing in political and economic issues relating to Iran and the Middle East.  @hassan_mahmou1



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Iran’s Election, a Political Earthquake with Seismic Waves for the Region.


Officials in the Iranian regime have, from time to time, defined their regime as, “if the whole Iranian populace have one position and the Supreme Leader has another, it is the word of the Supreme Leader that will be taken as the fact, and not that of the people.” This attitude describes a dictatorial system of rule, a relic of the Dark Ages that rule Iran today. In the ayatollahs’ dictionary, people are defined as without rights or voice.

 

 

 So it is preposterous that, next month, this regime is about to hold presidential “elections.”

Holding elections in any country, normally, signifies the rulers’ determination to go by the people’s vote. In today’s Iran, it does not go this way. The religious dictatorship uses a sham election rather escape the inevitable consequences of the people’s vote.

The regime of ayatollahs is the most detested government in Iran’s history.  Anti-government protests happen every day, on each corner of Iran, and are a sharp indication that it is not the hearts and minds of the people that the ayatollahs’ so-called “Islamic Republic” rests. President Hassan Rouhani and the Supreme Leader have preserved their grip on power to an unbelievable extent through repression, arrests, prisons and public executions.

On May 19, Iran’s regime will hold its mock presidential elections. This is probably a unique election by global standards, in that contains no opposition.  The Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and President Hassan Rouhani, represent the two factions of the same religious tyranny. The upcoming election is nothing but a power struggle between ferocious gangs within the system. Ayatollahs have already issued their Medieval commands on how to treat their own people, in particular Iranian women. Moreover, the vast extent of meddling and terrorism by this regime is so appalling that people in the region call the government in Tehran “ISIS’s godfather.”

Nevertheless, the ghastly memories of the winter of 2009 remain a nightmare for the ayatollahs. That was when a frustrated Iranian people rose up, in every city and town of Iran, to unseat the mullahs.  The mass uprising was viciously crushed by the government taking advantage of U.S. and other Western states’ foreign policies which ignored the sufferings of the Iranian people.  Election time can ignite a new mass uprising which, this time, won’t be easy for the government to control, and it could be a political earthquake.

With seismic waves that travel through the region, the shrapnel and the flash floods of the quake now appear inside Iran. Six candidates for presidential election each have a share in putting their nose into others business and standing behind savage terrorist groups which try to destabilize the regional states. Who are the most likely to win?

  • Rouhani, the incumbent president whose performance has been appalling, an impostor-like, a wolf in sheep’s clothing act, is out to dupe average people into accepting enslavement with a record of more than 3,000 executions during his tenure.  ‎
  • Ebrahim Raisi Another main candidate, the mass killer of 1988 massacre, and the informal candidate of Khamenei, uses the art of euphemisms, lies, emotionalism, and deceit. He said in his campaign on April 26, 2017: “I am able to create create 6 million jobs and triple the subsidies.” One Tehran local said: “He has yet to create any job or doesn’t understand the numbers.”

However the art of euphemisms does not work anymore in the powder-keg nature of Iran’s society. On April 26, 2017, Raisi cancelled his meeting campaign due to a lack of attendance, but claimed it was due to bad weather. In Esfahani (the second largest city In Iran) the locals said the election in Iran is a method used to determine which politician was “most able to deceive, torture and kill you.” At the end, those who count the fraudulent vote decide everything.

Categorizing the regime in Tehran as similar to democratic countries of the civilized world, if not a deliberate treacherous act but will definitely lead us to a misleading conclusion. What is, ironically, called “Iran’s presidential elections” is nothing but a power struggle between the savage fragments of this government. These fractions do not represent any part of Iranian society. They rather fear the revenge of the people. Statements published by Iran’s resistance, the Mujahidin, PMOI, show that, Inside Iran, mullahs are faced with daily protests by workers who demand their months of unpaid salary, by the staff of bankrupted companies, by women who demand their rights and by students whose colleagues are in jail, looking for a savior. Factions inside the Iranian government each have an interest in putting their noses into others’ business and standing behind savage terrorist groups which try to destabilize the regional states.

The Iranian regime is continuing the daily murder and torture of its own people.  Just this past April, Amnesty International reported that Iran is about to put to death two men who were children at the time of their arrests. One of the men has been on death row for 15 years. The organization has identified the names of at least 90 juvenile offenders currently on death row across Iran. Meanwhile, the International Monitory Fund reported this week that in terms of unemployment Iran has descended 13 steps in the past three years from the rank of 29th in 2015 to 16th this year.

Elections in Iran means that the despot mullahs are trying to preserve their seats. Iranian people, however, do not consent to anything but a regime change.

Hassan Mahmoudi is a human rights advocate and social media journalist seeking democracy for Iran and peace for the region.

Officials in the Iranian regime have, from time to time, defined their regime as, “if the whole Iranian populace have one position and the Supreme Leader has another, it is the word of the Supreme Leader that will be taken as the fact, and not that of the people.” This attitude describes a dictatorial system of rule, a relic of the Dark Ages that rule Iran today. In the ayatollahs’ dictionary, people are defined as without rights or voice.

 

 

 So it is preposterous that, next month, this regime is about to hold presidential “elections.”

Holding elections in any country, normally, signifies the rulers’ determination to go by the people’s vote. In today’s Iran, it does not go this way. The religious dictatorship uses a sham election rather escape the inevitable consequences of the people’s vote.

The regime of ayatollahs is the most detested government in Iran’s history.  Anti-government protests happen every day, on each corner of Iran, and are a sharp indication that it is not the hearts and minds of the people that the ayatollahs’ so-called “Islamic Republic” rests. President Hassan Rouhani and the Supreme Leader have preserved their grip on power to an unbelievable extent through repression, arrests, prisons and public executions.

On May 19, Iran’s regime will hold its mock presidential elections. This is probably a unique election by global standards, in that contains no opposition.  The Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and President Hassan Rouhani, represent the two factions of the same religious tyranny. The upcoming election is nothing but a power struggle between ferocious gangs within the system. Ayatollahs have already issued their Medieval commands on how to treat their own people, in particular Iranian women. Moreover, the vast extent of meddling and terrorism by this regime is so appalling that people in the region call the government in Tehran “ISIS’s godfather.”

Nevertheless, the ghastly memories of the winter of 2009 remain a nightmare for the ayatollahs. That was when a frustrated Iranian people rose up, in every city and town of Iran, to unseat the mullahs.  The mass uprising was viciously crushed by the government taking advantage of U.S. and other Western states’ foreign policies which ignored the sufferings of the Iranian people.  Election time can ignite a new mass uprising which, this time, won’t be easy for the government to control, and it could be a political earthquake.

With seismic waves that travel through the region, the shrapnel and the flash floods of the quake now appear inside Iran. Six candidates for presidential election each have a share in putting their nose into others business and standing behind savage terrorist groups which try to destabilize the regional states. Who are the most likely to win?

  • Rouhani, the incumbent president whose performance has been appalling, an impostor-like, a wolf in sheep’s clothing act, is out to dupe average people into accepting enslavement with a record of more than 3,000 executions during his tenure.  ‎
  • Ebrahim Raisi Another main candidate, the mass killer of 1988 massacre, and the informal candidate of Khamenei, uses the art of euphemisms, lies, emotionalism, and deceit. He said in his campaign on April 26, 2017: “I am able to create create 6 million jobs and triple the subsidies.” One Tehran local said: “He has yet to create any job or doesn’t understand the numbers.”

However the art of euphemisms does not work anymore in the powder-keg nature of Iran’s society. On April 26, 2017, Raisi cancelled his meeting campaign due to a lack of attendance, but claimed it was due to bad weather. In Esfahani (the second largest city In Iran) the locals said the election in Iran is a method used to determine which politician was “most able to deceive, torture and kill you.” At the end, those who count the fraudulent vote decide everything.

Categorizing the regime in Tehran as similar to democratic countries of the civilized world, if not a deliberate treacherous act but will definitely lead us to a misleading conclusion. What is, ironically, called “Iran’s presidential elections” is nothing but a power struggle between the savage fragments of this government. These fractions do not represent any part of Iranian society. They rather fear the revenge of the people. Statements published by Iran’s resistance, the Mujahidin, PMOI, show that, Inside Iran, mullahs are faced with daily protests by workers who demand their months of unpaid salary, by the staff of bankrupted companies, by women who demand their rights and by students whose colleagues are in jail, looking for a savior. Factions inside the Iranian government each have an interest in putting their noses into others’ business and standing behind savage terrorist groups which try to destabilize the regional states.

The Iranian regime is continuing the daily murder and torture of its own people.  Just this past April, Amnesty International reported that Iran is about to put to death two men who were children at the time of their arrests. One of the men has been on death row for 15 years. The organization has identified the names of at least 90 juvenile offenders currently on death row across Iran. Meanwhile, the International Monitory Fund reported this week that in terms of unemployment Iran has descended 13 steps in the past three years from the rank of 29th in 2015 to 16th this year.

Elections in Iran means that the despot mullahs are trying to preserve their seats. Iranian people, however, do not consent to anything but a regime change.

Hassan Mahmoudi is a human rights advocate and social media journalist seeking democracy for Iran and peace for the region.



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The Tale of the Small White Fish in Iran


On a cold winter night in late February, in a large lake near the city of Ahwaz, the capital of the oil-rich Khuzistan Province in southwest Iran, an old and wise fish gathered around the 7,500 small and baby fishes of his school. He was preparing to tell them something important.

The frightened fish quickly gathered around him to listen carefully. The old fish, with his deep voice, told them he had heard some news he wished to share with them.

You have to make an important decision, he said. There is a war coming. You have to prepare yourselves.

The scared little fish got closer and closer to one other, making up a large mass. The old fish explained how he had been thinking that maybe tomorrow would have been too late, so he would tell them today, because the fish must begin to prepare. The news, in brief, was that the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) planned to dry up all the lakes around the area, and then drain the entire Karoon river, in line with a variety of plots to scarf up huge revenues from water sales.

Therefore, the old fish said, we have to decide to stay here and divide into groups in small ponds, and fight for the last bits of water, or hit Karoon river and see it where it takes us.

The fish were very concerned at first, with some saying “we have to stay,” and others seeing no choice but to seek a new home. The old fish told them to take their time and think until morning, and then inform him of their decision.

In the morning, with the sun rising on the lake, the old fish once again gathered them all around. They first expressed their hatred of the IRGC and in one voice decided to seek a new home. They said that despite their love for the home they had lived in for years, “we will not succumb or surrender.”

The old fish was reassured, telling them they had resolved all his concerns. “I had heard from my ancestors that those who seek a new home because of cruelty will be provided a new and better home by God. And despite my old age, I have decided to come with you.”

He then assembled a team of young fish, led by a small and brave white fish who had trekked all the waters, to head out earlier and lead the school.

One day into their journey, they reached the city of Ahwaz, where floods and strong winds were engulfing the city. The harsh conditions had destroyed much of the city infrastructure due to the regime’s negligence.

They fought hard to reach the river entrance where they saw Ahwaz’s locals launching a new demonstration where people were protesting the regime for plundering their God-given wealth, wasting it on bombs, arms, killings, meddling in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.

 The small white fish went forward to see and talk to one of the Ahwaz locals who was fishing near the shore. The fish told him their story of relocation and the Ahwazi was very happy to see the fish, saying, “We have the same situation, our revenues, billions of dollars from our rich fields are pouring into Assad’s pockets for Idlib’s chemical bombing and the ruthless killing of civilians, and innocent children. Here, the people face a deteriorated economy and corruption and these days, and the supreme leaders Ayatollah Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani, want to launch propaganda for another sham election. We know that Khamenei wants to engineer the election to pull out his candidate from the ballot box, and for that we decided to boycott the election.”

The fish answered: “My grandfather always told me: ‘I hate victims who vote for their executioners, in our society we never vote for the criminals who kill our brothers and sisters.'”

The Ahwazi replied: “The election in Iran is just replacing dictators. Those who will be selected as candidates are the genuine imposters who crippled and poisoned the human nature of our communities with physical and moral torture. Their methods of rules are economic slavery of women and men, executions and imprisonments, cruelty and injustice.”

The small white fish was trying hard to hear because the strong waves kept on pushing them to the south of the river. Two days after enduring hunger and becoming very tired, the fish finally reached the city of Abadan and the juncture where Karoon joined two rivers from Iraq and poured into the Gulf.

Iraqis were seen fishing with their poles. This was when the small white fish began warning his school in tow not to go any further. He himself went forward until one of the Iraqis saw the little white fish, asking him, “what are you doing here, you’re not from around here…”

The small white fish told him how the IRGC was drying up all the lakes. The Arab man from Iraq told him about how the IRGC had literally destroyed his country, with bombs, destruction, and carnage every day.

“The IRGC-linked Popular Mobilization Forces have occupied our country. The terrorist Qassem Suleimani, the commander of the IRGC Quds Force, has literally ruined our lives, plundering all our country’s assets,” he said.

The small white fish bade farewell to the man. The fish continued swimming and then reached bigger waters with stronger currents, and became afraid of being attacked by sharks.

A bit later the small white fish saw the IRGC’s fast-attack boats above their heads. He went a bit closer to see if these were the same boats used by the IRGC to stage bogus military drills.

The small white fish informed the rest of the school to not be worried at all about these boats, or any sounds of explosions around them. “Those are ridiculous drills staged by the IRGC as the tides changed, especially with a new American administration in Washington,” he said.

The little white fish neared one of the boats, able now to hear the vessel commander’s voice gaping with one of his men. “This drill is useless,” he said. “Last year, I heard from one of the IRGC commanders who said, ‘the West can destroy our entire naval forces in 12 minutes,‘ like the strike on the airfield in Syria on Thursday evening with fifty-nine Tomahawk cruise missiles which fired from American destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean, so what a stupid thing we are doing with these drills. Why are we digging our own graves?

The little white fish found a safe place for the rest of the school, and the old fish began preparing an adequate area for his large family to rest and settle in after their long journey.

Hassan Mahmoudi: A human rights advocate and Social Media journalist seeking democracy for Iran and peace for the region.

On a cold winter night in late February, in a large lake near the city of Ahwaz, the capital of the oil-rich Khuzistan Province in southwest Iran, an old and wise fish gathered around the 7,500 small and baby fishes of his school. He was preparing to tell them something important.

The frightened fish quickly gathered around him to listen carefully. The old fish, with his deep voice, told them he had heard some news he wished to share with them.

You have to make an important decision, he said. There is a war coming. You have to prepare yourselves.

The scared little fish got closer and closer to one other, making up a large mass. The old fish explained how he had been thinking that maybe tomorrow would have been too late, so he would tell them today, because the fish must begin to prepare. The news, in brief, was that the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) planned to dry up all the lakes around the area, and then drain the entire Karoon river, in line with a variety of plots to scarf up huge revenues from water sales.

Therefore, the old fish said, we have to decide to stay here and divide into groups in small ponds, and fight for the last bits of water, or hit Karoon river and see it where it takes us.

The fish were very concerned at first, with some saying “we have to stay,” and others seeing no choice but to seek a new home. The old fish told them to take their time and think until morning, and then inform him of their decision.

In the morning, with the sun rising on the lake, the old fish once again gathered them all around. They first expressed their hatred of the IRGC and in one voice decided to seek a new home. They said that despite their love for the home they had lived in for years, “we will not succumb or surrender.”

The old fish was reassured, telling them they had resolved all his concerns. “I had heard from my ancestors that those who seek a new home because of cruelty will be provided a new and better home by God. And despite my old age, I have decided to come with you.”

He then assembled a team of young fish, led by a small and brave white fish who had trekked all the waters, to head out earlier and lead the school.

One day into their journey, they reached the city of Ahwaz, where floods and strong winds were engulfing the city. The harsh conditions had destroyed much of the city infrastructure due to the regime’s negligence.

They fought hard to reach the river entrance where they saw Ahwaz’s locals launching a new demonstration where people were protesting the regime for plundering their God-given wealth, wasting it on bombs, arms, killings, meddling in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.

 The small white fish went forward to see and talk to one of the Ahwaz locals who was fishing near the shore. The fish told him their story of relocation and the Ahwazi was very happy to see the fish, saying, “We have the same situation, our revenues, billions of dollars from our rich fields are pouring into Assad’s pockets for Idlib’s chemical bombing and the ruthless killing of civilians, and innocent children. Here, the people face a deteriorated economy and corruption and these days, and the supreme leaders Ayatollah Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani, want to launch propaganda for another sham election. We know that Khamenei wants to engineer the election to pull out his candidate from the ballot box, and for that we decided to boycott the election.”

The fish answered: “My grandfather always told me: ‘I hate victims who vote for their executioners, in our society we never vote for the criminals who kill our brothers and sisters.'”

The Ahwazi replied: “The election in Iran is just replacing dictators. Those who will be selected as candidates are the genuine imposters who crippled and poisoned the human nature of our communities with physical and moral torture. Their methods of rules are economic slavery of women and men, executions and imprisonments, cruelty and injustice.”

The small white fish was trying hard to hear because the strong waves kept on pushing them to the south of the river. Two days after enduring hunger and becoming very tired, the fish finally reached the city of Abadan and the juncture where Karoon joined two rivers from Iraq and poured into the Gulf.

Iraqis were seen fishing with their poles. This was when the small white fish began warning his school in tow not to go any further. He himself went forward until one of the Iraqis saw the little white fish, asking him, “what are you doing here, you’re not from around here…”

The small white fish told him how the IRGC was drying up all the lakes. The Arab man from Iraq told him about how the IRGC had literally destroyed his country, with bombs, destruction, and carnage every day.

“The IRGC-linked Popular Mobilization Forces have occupied our country. The terrorist Qassem Suleimani, the commander of the IRGC Quds Force, has literally ruined our lives, plundering all our country’s assets,” he said.

The small white fish bade farewell to the man. The fish continued swimming and then reached bigger waters with stronger currents, and became afraid of being attacked by sharks.

A bit later the small white fish saw the IRGC’s fast-attack boats above their heads. He went a bit closer to see if these were the same boats used by the IRGC to stage bogus military drills.

The small white fish informed the rest of the school to not be worried at all about these boats, or any sounds of explosions around them. “Those are ridiculous drills staged by the IRGC as the tides changed, especially with a new American administration in Washington,” he said.

The little white fish neared one of the boats, able now to hear the vessel commander’s voice gaping with one of his men. “This drill is useless,” he said. “Last year, I heard from one of the IRGC commanders who said, ‘the West can destroy our entire naval forces in 12 minutes,‘ like the strike on the airfield in Syria on Thursday evening with fifty-nine Tomahawk cruise missiles which fired from American destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean, so what a stupid thing we are doing with these drills. Why are we digging our own graves?

The little white fish found a safe place for the rest of the school, and the old fish began preparing an adequate area for his large family to rest and settle in after their long journey.

Hassan Mahmoudi: A human rights advocate and Social Media journalist seeking democracy for Iran and peace for the region.



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Iran’s IRGC's terror plans against the U.S.


Hundreds of years ago, when medical science was undevelopeed, people lost their lives for simple and easily preventable diseases. There was a time, for example, when bubonic plague was man’s number one enemy. Everybody, even those with no knowledge of medicine, longed to find a cure for the illness. Yet diseases were so terrifying that should anyone try to help halt the progress of the disease, he could be treated as a traitor to humanity. No logic is needed to attest that in our present time, terrorism, if not number one enemy, is man’s one highest anxiety.

Hassan Abbasi is an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps strategist and theoretician

The regime of ayatollahs in Iran is supporting militias operating in different parts of Iraq. Iran’s “Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps” – IRGC- is heavily involved, in concurrence with Lebanese Hezbollah, in Syria in support of the dictator Bashar Al Assad. It also funds and arms the Houthi rebels in Yemen. The fact that U.S. and other lawmakers are pressing for IRGC to be named as a terrorist organization reveals the long history of Iran’s participation and sponsorship of terrorist activities abroad – especially through Quds Force, IRGC’s foreign operations wing. A recently emerged video clip shows a top IRGC commander threatening to unleash terror in the United States. Hassan Abbasi (pictured above) who is known as an IRGC strategist and theorist, threatening to lead “global guerrilla organizations” against the United States’ military and vulnerable targets:

“If only 11 people carried out 9/11, do you realize that the possibility exists for us to do what we want? We don’t need nuclear weapons.”

 

Abbasi was bragging in his address to the new government in the United States. Iran is the world’s only state that for almost four decades has been under the rule of fundamentalist mullahs. The regime of ayatollahs has used a misleading interpretation of Islam to suppress the people inside and to pursue terrorism in the neighboring countries, for them the use of Islam is nothing but a cynical means of safeguarding their dictatorship.

Abbasi, Iran’s IRGC theorist, continues bullying the West in his country’s terrorist activities, “It won’t even be an Iranian-only guerrilla movement, but from all Islamic countries,” he said. “You can deport all the Muslims, but we are involving and working on Mexicans as well, and Argentinians too. We will organize anyone who has problems with the United States”

Iran’s neighboring country, Iraq, became the world’s number one terrorism-stricken state after Iran’s covert invasion following the Gulf War. Thousands of innocent Iraqis lost their lives or received irrevocable injuries by bomb explosions or through other operations waged by Iran’s proxy terrorist groups. The National Council of Resistance of Iran, NCRI, the coalition of resistance forces determined to disseat the religious dictatorship, ridiculed Foreign Minister Zarif when he claimed his government was fighting against terrorists in Iraq. A recent statement by the coalition says,   “The IRGC is the most powerful military-security organization that represses internal clashes and exports warmongering plans in the region”.  NCRI adds, “This organization is almost involved in all key industries and businesses in Iran.”

Countries in the Middle East region are pursuing talks to form an alliances to protect their citizens against Iran’s destabilizing threats. An article, published by The Wall Street Journal on Feb. 15, reported talks between Trump administration and representatives of Arabic countries.  These talks aimed to form a military alliance to encounter the common enemy, Iran. “Un-trustable” is a common word, used around the globe, to describe the ayatollahs in Tehran. While campaigning for the presidency Trump told reporters, “Another mess I inherited. We have imposed new sanctions on the nation of Iran, which has totally taken advantage of our previous administration. And they are the world’s top sponsor of terrorism. And we’re not going to stop until that problem is properly solved, and it’s not now. It’s one of the worst agreements I’ve ever seen drawn by anybody.”

Deeds and words of all Iranian officials, in the present and the past, have put on show the nature of this regime. Putting IRGC in the foreign terrorist organization list (FTO), as many Western lawmakers are suggesting، would be a step forward against fundamentalism and terrorism . . .  and would save lives.

 

Police in Bahrain arrested 25 members of an Iran backed terrorist group.

Hassan Mahmoudi is a human rights advocate and social media journalist seeking democracy for Iran and peace for the region.

Hundreds of years ago, when medical science was undevelopeed, people lost their lives for simple and easily preventable diseases. There was a time, for example, when bubonic plague was man’s number one enemy. Everybody, even those with no knowledge of medicine, longed to find a cure for the illness. Yet diseases were so terrifying that should anyone try to help halt the progress of the disease, he could be treated as a traitor to humanity. No logic is needed to attest that in our present time, terrorism, if not number one enemy, is man’s one highest anxiety.

Hassan Abbasi is an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps strategist and theoretician

The regime of ayatollahs in Iran is supporting militias operating in different parts of Iraq. Iran’s “Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps” – IRGC- is heavily involved, in concurrence with Lebanese Hezbollah, in Syria in support of the dictator Bashar Al Assad. It also funds and arms the Houthi rebels in Yemen. The fact that U.S. and other lawmakers are pressing for IRGC to be named as a terrorist organization reveals the long history of Iran’s participation and sponsorship of terrorist activities abroad – especially through Quds Force, IRGC’s foreign operations wing. A recently emerged video clip shows a top IRGC commander threatening to unleash terror in the United States. Hassan Abbasi (pictured above) who is known as an IRGC strategist and theorist, threatening to lead “global guerrilla organizations” against the United States’ military and vulnerable targets:

“If only 11 people carried out 9/11, do you realize that the possibility exists for us to do what we want? We don’t need nuclear weapons.”

 

Abbasi was bragging in his address to the new government in the United States. Iran is the world’s only state that for almost four decades has been under the rule of fundamentalist mullahs. The regime of ayatollahs has used a misleading interpretation of Islam to suppress the people inside and to pursue terrorism in the neighboring countries, for them the use of Islam is nothing but a cynical means of safeguarding their dictatorship.

Abbasi, Iran’s IRGC theorist, continues bullying the West in his country’s terrorist activities, “It won’t even be an Iranian-only guerrilla movement, but from all Islamic countries,” he said. “You can deport all the Muslims, but we are involving and working on Mexicans as well, and Argentinians too. We will organize anyone who has problems with the United States”

Iran’s neighboring country, Iraq, became the world’s number one terrorism-stricken state after Iran’s covert invasion following the Gulf War. Thousands of innocent Iraqis lost their lives or received irrevocable injuries by bomb explosions or through other operations waged by Iran’s proxy terrorist groups. The National Council of Resistance of Iran, NCRI, the coalition of resistance forces determined to disseat the religious dictatorship, ridiculed Foreign Minister Zarif when he claimed his government was fighting against terrorists in Iraq. A recent statement by the coalition says,   “The IRGC is the most powerful military-security organization that represses internal clashes and exports warmongering plans in the region”.  NCRI adds, “This organization is almost involved in all key industries and businesses in Iran.”

Countries in the Middle East region are pursuing talks to form an alliances to protect their citizens against Iran’s destabilizing threats. An article, published by The Wall Street Journal on Feb. 15, reported talks between Trump administration and representatives of Arabic countries.  These talks aimed to form a military alliance to encounter the common enemy, Iran. “Un-trustable” is a common word, used around the globe, to describe the ayatollahs in Tehran. While campaigning for the presidency Trump told reporters, “Another mess I inherited. We have imposed new sanctions on the nation of Iran, which has totally taken advantage of our previous administration. And they are the world’s top sponsor of terrorism. And we’re not going to stop until that problem is properly solved, and it’s not now. It’s one of the worst agreements I’ve ever seen drawn by anybody.”

Deeds and words of all Iranian officials, in the present and the past, have put on show the nature of this regime. Putting IRGC in the foreign terrorist organization list (FTO), as many Western lawmakers are suggesting، would be a step forward against fundamentalism and terrorism . . .  and would save lives.

 

Police in Bahrain arrested 25 members of an Iran backed terrorist group.

Hassan Mahmoudi is a human rights advocate and social media journalist seeking democracy for Iran and peace for the region.



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Believe Iran, Not Its Ayatollahs


To Iran’s mullahs, it’s a pity that their party with the former United States administration did not last longer. The Obama administration was regarded as a symbol of friendship and brotherhood in the eyes of the Ayatollahs. But, those days are gone and the inhabitants of the earth now no longer witness the deep-rooted, umm, friendship, between the Obama Administration and His Excellency Javad Zarif.

But let’s take a look at how this appears from inside Iran. Iranians themselves say they had hoped that the next proper place for officials of the two states to continue their lengthy negotiations would be in the middle of Iran’s Karoon River, or rather, the middle of Iran’s former Karoon River, the longest river in the country, which discharged its water into the Persian Gulf, and is now dried out.

Perhaps that serves as a microcosm for the entire sentiment engulfing Iran in so many ways even as many in the West continue to delude themselves that a cordial entente with the mullahs is possible. A detailed look at just that is well worth examination.

The destruction of this once-vast river is a feat that only Iran’s Ayatollahs, in fact, could achieve. The problem is overuse. Not only have state-favored industries done their share, the mullahs themselves have gulped down Iran’s natural resources – and all for themselves. State entities, including Ayatollah Khamenei’s IRGC – the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps – have already built several dams on most of Iran’s rivers, literally thieving water for their private plantations. These are the same Ayatollahs, favored by the former U.S. administration and some other Westerners, who are such experts at devastation over production. Americans and some Europeans, in their zeal for deals, shook hands with what can only be described to sane Iranians as the devils.

 

 

Iranians frankly could not believe their eyes when the mighty Karoon River which irrigated the Iranian south and provided jobs for thousands of Iranians just dried out. This came after wastewater from agriculture and industry made the river quite filthy. The river had been known earlier for its vast volume and naturally pure water.

There were protests when the desecration of this environmental bounty was desecrated and then disappeared entirely. Many Iranians were beaten up or arrested when they protested the government’s incompetence. That wasn’t the only environmental crime, either. It was hard for Iranians to believe their eyes when they saw that Lake Oroomieh, in the northwest of Iran, which is the largest salt lake in the Middle East, all dried out for the same reason the river Karoon was. The same argument goes for a number of other dried out lakes and rivers in different parts of Iran.

Iranians know very well what happened to destroy these critical river systems, but the mullahs chose to insult their intelligence when questions were raised. Take the example of one of the Obama administration’s best Iranian friends, Ayatollah Alamolhoda, who is one of the most powerful mullahs close to the Supreme Leader. He claimed that the Karoon was dried out because Iranian women walked along it while dressing themselves like European women. The Ayatollah did not elucidate why none of the European rivers have dried out as well, but for him it wasn’t a problem.

How amazing that many businessmen now walking along European rivers are trying to dress like Iranian mullahs! The world, however, does not cling to the old days. Once upon a time, some greedy politicians claimed they had found vestiges of reformists in Iran’s ruling elite. Their searches in history, however, did not locate the many powerless Iranians executed or blatantly tortured for demanding their democratic rights.

And Iranians know this, too.

 Despite what some Westerners prescribe to Ayatollahs for Iran, no one in recent history has been the subject of more loathing from the Iranian public than the mullahs in the present regime. Not a single day goes by without a few antigovernment protests taking place here and there inside Iran. One way of suppressing these people is to play God and send people to the gallows every day. But it doesn’t stop the protests. Any move against the dictatorship of mullahs puts a smile on Iranian people’s faces.  That is the reality inside the oppressive disaster the mullahs have made of Iran.

Some officials in the West have suggested that Iran’s largest suppressive force, IRGC –“Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps” – be listed as a terrorist organization. In the past four decades, this military force has tortured and murdered many Iranians, as well as provided support for the terrorists in neighboring states.

In a grand gathering on the occasion of the Persian New Year, the Iranian Resistance’s President-elect Maryam Rajavi said:

Today, Khamenei faces three major predicaments in determining the fate of the regime’s election sham: First, fearing the Iranian people’s Resistance and uprising; second, the US policy in the region which has seriously alarmed the regime; and third, the dilemma over Khamenei’s succession which has led to a deep crisis within the regime. The people of Iran do not heed the regime’s sham elections and will boycott it as they always have. Based on the acknowledgments made by the regime’s officials, various strata of the people of Iran staged some 7 to 11 thousand protests last year against the regime’s policies. Beyond any protest, this is a daily drill for uprooting the regime’s injustice and oppression. Therefore, Western governments must not fall for the regime’s hoaxes and farcical elections and victimize the people of Iran. The policy of overlooking the Iranian people’s human rights, freedom and Resistance can no longer be continued.

The current administration does seem to have taken note. Speaking at a press conference, on Feb. 16, President Donald Trump called Iran “another mess I inherited. We have imposed new sanctions on the nation of Iran, who has totally taken advantage of our previous administration. And they are the world’s top sponsor of terrorism.”

John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. in his address for Nowruz (the Iranian New Year) in Tirana, Albania said: ”I have a few words to mullahs in Tehran. The golden era of relations with the United States is over. It is vitally important that the whole world understands that American policy on mullahs’ regime in support of international terrorism and nuclear power program, is fundamentally changed.”

 Let’s hope this is the start of a new era, in which, the terrorists and their godfather, the Tehran regime, can no longer wither and ruin any more innocent lives. 

 

  Hassan Mahmoudi is a human rights advocate and social media journalist seeking democracy for Iran and peace for the region.

To Iran’s mullahs, it’s a pity that their party with the former United States administration did not last longer. The Obama administration was regarded as a symbol of friendship and brotherhood in the eyes of the Ayatollahs. But, those days are gone and the inhabitants of the earth now no longer witness the deep-rooted, umm, friendship, between the Obama Administration and His Excellency Javad Zarif.

But let’s take a look at how this appears from inside Iran. Iranians themselves say they had hoped that the next proper place for officials of the two states to continue their lengthy negotiations would be in the middle of Iran’s Karoon River, or rather, the middle of Iran’s former Karoon River, the longest river in the country, which discharged its water into the Persian Gulf, and is now dried out.

Perhaps that serves as a microcosm for the entire sentiment engulfing Iran in so many ways even as many in the West continue to delude themselves that a cordial entente with the mullahs is possible. A detailed look at just that is well worth examination.

The destruction of this once-vast river is a feat that only Iran’s Ayatollahs, in fact, could achieve. The problem is overuse. Not only have state-favored industries done their share, the mullahs themselves have gulped down Iran’s natural resources – and all for themselves. State entities, including Ayatollah Khamenei’s IRGC – the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps – have already built several dams on most of Iran’s rivers, literally thieving water for their private plantations. These are the same Ayatollahs, favored by the former U.S. administration and some other Westerners, who are such experts at devastation over production. Americans and some Europeans, in their zeal for deals, shook hands with what can only be described to sane Iranians as the devils.

 

 

Iranians frankly could not believe their eyes when the mighty Karoon River which irrigated the Iranian south and provided jobs for thousands of Iranians just dried out. This came after wastewater from agriculture and industry made the river quite filthy. The river had been known earlier for its vast volume and naturally pure water.

There were protests when the desecration of this environmental bounty was desecrated and then disappeared entirely. Many Iranians were beaten up or arrested when they protested the government’s incompetence. That wasn’t the only environmental crime, either. It was hard for Iranians to believe their eyes when they saw that Lake Oroomieh, in the northwest of Iran, which is the largest salt lake in the Middle East, all dried out for the same reason the river Karoon was. The same argument goes for a number of other dried out lakes and rivers in different parts of Iran.

Iranians know very well what happened to destroy these critical river systems, but the mullahs chose to insult their intelligence when questions were raised. Take the example of one of the Obama administration’s best Iranian friends, Ayatollah Alamolhoda, who is one of the most powerful mullahs close to the Supreme Leader. He claimed that the Karoon was dried out because Iranian women walked along it while dressing themselves like European women. The Ayatollah did not elucidate why none of the European rivers have dried out as well, but for him it wasn’t a problem.

How amazing that many businessmen now walking along European rivers are trying to dress like Iranian mullahs! The world, however, does not cling to the old days. Once upon a time, some greedy politicians claimed they had found vestiges of reformists in Iran’s ruling elite. Their searches in history, however, did not locate the many powerless Iranians executed or blatantly tortured for demanding their democratic rights.

And Iranians know this, too.

 Despite what some Westerners prescribe to Ayatollahs for Iran, no one in recent history has been the subject of more loathing from the Iranian public than the mullahs in the present regime. Not a single day goes by without a few antigovernment protests taking place here and there inside Iran. One way of suppressing these people is to play God and send people to the gallows every day. But it doesn’t stop the protests. Any move against the dictatorship of mullahs puts a smile on Iranian people’s faces.  That is the reality inside the oppressive disaster the mullahs have made of Iran.

Some officials in the West have suggested that Iran’s largest suppressive force, IRGC –“Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps” – be listed as a terrorist organization. In the past four decades, this military force has tortured and murdered many Iranians, as well as provided support for the terrorists in neighboring states.

In a grand gathering on the occasion of the Persian New Year, the Iranian Resistance’s President-elect Maryam Rajavi said:

Today, Khamenei faces three major predicaments in determining the fate of the regime’s election sham: First, fearing the Iranian people’s Resistance and uprising; second, the US policy in the region which has seriously alarmed the regime; and third, the dilemma over Khamenei’s succession which has led to a deep crisis within the regime. The people of Iran do not heed the regime’s sham elections and will boycott it as they always have. Based on the acknowledgments made by the regime’s officials, various strata of the people of Iran staged some 7 to 11 thousand protests last year against the regime’s policies. Beyond any protest, this is a daily drill for uprooting the regime’s injustice and oppression. Therefore, Western governments must not fall for the regime’s hoaxes and farcical elections and victimize the people of Iran. The policy of overlooking the Iranian people’s human rights, freedom and Resistance can no longer be continued.

The current administration does seem to have taken note. Speaking at a press conference, on Feb. 16, President Donald Trump called Iran “another mess I inherited. We have imposed new sanctions on the nation of Iran, who has totally taken advantage of our previous administration. And they are the world’s top sponsor of terrorism.”

John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. in his address for Nowruz (the Iranian New Year) in Tirana, Albania said: ”I have a few words to mullahs in Tehran. The golden era of relations with the United States is over. It is vitally important that the whole world understands that American policy on mullahs’ regime in support of international terrorism and nuclear power program, is fundamentally changed.”

 Let’s hope this is the start of a new era, in which, the terrorists and their godfather, the Tehran regime, can no longer wither and ruin any more innocent lives. 

 

  Hassan Mahmoudi is a human rights advocate and social media journalist seeking democracy for Iran and peace for the region.



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Iran's New Year: Nowruz's Renewal and Rebirth May Herald the Mullahs' End


With the onset of spring and the Iranian New Year, amid the economic hardship inside, and diasporic societies everywhere around the world, Iranian citizens celebrate with the hope of a forward perspective for the good year to come, the year of the end of mullahs.

Nowruz marks the first day of the Iranian calendar and coincides with the first day of the spring. People attend Nowruz celebrations, and the traditional Iranian festival of spring. This starts at the exact moment of the vernal equinox. The Spring Equinox of 2017 in northern hemisphere will be at 11:28 a.m. on Monday, March 20.

A traditional Persian New Year’s dinner includes the creation of the “Haft-Seen,” The table is set with flowers, a bowl of goldfish, a mirror, candles, painted eggs, the Holy Quran, and seven foods that start with the letter “S” or the word “seen,” in the Persian alphabet.

 

 

The seven traditional foods at ceremonial table are:

Sabzeh: wheat sprouts growing in a dish, symbolizing renewal and growth

Samanu: sweet pudding made from wheat, symbolizing prosperity

Senjed: dried fruit of the lotus tree, symbolizing love

Sir: garlic, symbolizing health

Sib: apples, symbolizing goodness.

Somaq: sumac berries, symbolizing sunrise.

Serkeh: vinegar, symbolizing tolerance.

The traditional spring bulb flowers at the table, by the way, are of Iranian, and regional origin.

Yet the people face a deteriorated economy, corruption and mismanagement in the new year, one local in Tehran said: “Our economy is like a person who has all kinds of cancer but no medicine available. In Iran, the only medicine is regime change. This year at the seven traditional (foods) ceremonial table, we have different foods beginning with the letter ‘S,'” he added.

In Iran’s case, he said that meant:

Sandstorm weather

Sophisticated missiles launch

State sponsored terrorism

Shortage and poverty

Severely exposed to contaminated water.

Sleeping in graveyards

Spend billions of dollars in Syria Yemen and Iraq

The people welcome Nowruz by house-cleaning, carpet-washing, painting walls, home repairing, buying new clothes, and listening to the Nowruz songs.

 For Iranians, Nowruz is a celebration of renewal and rebirth, symbolized by the coming of spring, and an ancient holiday that was celebrated thousands of years ago. The word Nowruz is a compound word that blends together the Persian words “now” which means “new,” and “roz” which means “day.”

On the last Wednesday of the old year, the night of “Chahar Shanbe Suri” is celebrated in order to symbolically get rid of all the misfortunes and bad luck of the past year. People light small bonfires and jump over the flames,

 

But this year the regime banned all kinds of flames or firecrackers.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, in a message to a meeting at the U.S. House of Representative for human rights and democracy in Iran, said:

With the arrival of spring, Iranians are preparing to celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year, which marks the first day of the Iranian calendar year.


Nowruz has been celebrated for decades and symbolizes change; change from the gray, gloomy days of winter to the promising green days of spring.

For Iranians, Nowruz has a simple but significant message: 

The springtime of freedom is inevitable. It may be delayed, but it cannot be stopped. For the people of Iran, Nowruz brings a new hopeful prospect:

The certain end of religious dictatorship and rule of freedom and democracy.


Our suppressed people deserve to live in a free and democratic society, which is key to peace and stability in the region. It is the only way of uprooting Islamic fundamentalism as a global threat.


Events in Iran over the past year are signs of critical developments in the coming year.


Conservative estimates show more than 3,000 executions during Hassan Rouhani’s term and yet widespread crackdown on the rise. 

Yet, the Iranian people have risen up in different cities to protest the regime’s suppression…


The Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), as the primary tool of domestic repression and export of terrorism in the region, should be designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. 


A strong, bipartisan demand should be made for those responsible for the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988 in Iran to be identified and brought to justice.


I welcome the bipartisan measure demanding pressure on the Iranian regime to stop its destabilizing actions in support of terrorist groups, and it’s continued test-firing of ballistic missiles. I deeply appreciate the friendship and bipartisan support of the U.S. lawmakers for the oppressed people of my homeland and I am grateful for their strong solidarity with the PMOI members in Albania.

Hassan Mahmoudi is a human rights advocate and social media journalist seeking democracy for Iran and peace for the region.

With the onset of spring and the Iranian New Year, amid the economic hardship inside, and diasporic societies everywhere around the world, Iranian citizens celebrate with the hope of a forward perspective for the good year to come, the year of the end of mullahs.

Nowruz marks the first day of the Iranian calendar and coincides with the first day of the spring. People attend Nowruz celebrations, and the traditional Iranian festival of spring. This starts at the exact moment of the vernal equinox. The Spring Equinox of 2017 in northern hemisphere will be at 11:28 a.m. on Monday, March 20.

A traditional Persian New Year’s dinner includes the creation of the “Haft-Seen,” The table is set with flowers, a bowl of goldfish, a mirror, candles, painted eggs, the Holy Quran, and seven foods that start with the letter “S” or the word “seen,” in the Persian alphabet.

 

 

The seven traditional foods at ceremonial table are:

Sabzeh: wheat sprouts growing in a dish, symbolizing renewal and growth

Samanu: sweet pudding made from wheat, symbolizing prosperity

Senjed: dried fruit of the lotus tree, symbolizing love

Sir: garlic, symbolizing health

Sib: apples, symbolizing goodness.

Somaq: sumac berries, symbolizing sunrise.

Serkeh: vinegar, symbolizing tolerance.

The traditional spring bulb flowers at the table, by the way, are of Iranian, and regional origin.

Yet the people face a deteriorated economy, corruption and mismanagement in the new year, one local in Tehran said: “Our economy is like a person who has all kinds of cancer but no medicine available. In Iran, the only medicine is regime change. This year at the seven traditional (foods) ceremonial table, we have different foods beginning with the letter ‘S,'” he added.

In Iran’s case, he said that meant:

Sandstorm weather

Sophisticated missiles launch

State sponsored terrorism

Shortage and poverty

Severely exposed to contaminated water.

Sleeping in graveyards

Spend billions of dollars in Syria Yemen and Iraq

The people welcome Nowruz by house-cleaning, carpet-washing, painting walls, home repairing, buying new clothes, and listening to the Nowruz songs.

 For Iranians, Nowruz is a celebration of renewal and rebirth, symbolized by the coming of spring, and an ancient holiday that was celebrated thousands of years ago. The word Nowruz is a compound word that blends together the Persian words “now” which means “new,” and “roz” which means “day.”

On the last Wednesday of the old year, the night of “Chahar Shanbe Suri” is celebrated in order to symbolically get rid of all the misfortunes and bad luck of the past year. People light small bonfires and jump over the flames,

 

But this year the regime banned all kinds of flames or firecrackers.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, in a message to a meeting at the U.S. House of Representative for human rights and democracy in Iran, said:

With the arrival of spring, Iranians are preparing to celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year, which marks the first day of the Iranian calendar year.


Nowruz has been celebrated for decades and symbolizes change; change from the gray, gloomy days of winter to the promising green days of spring.

For Iranians, Nowruz has a simple but significant message: 

The springtime of freedom is inevitable. It may be delayed, but it cannot be stopped. For the people of Iran, Nowruz brings a new hopeful prospect:

The certain end of religious dictatorship and rule of freedom and democracy.


Our suppressed people deserve to live in a free and democratic society, which is key to peace and stability in the region. It is the only way of uprooting Islamic fundamentalism as a global threat.


Events in Iran over the past year are signs of critical developments in the coming year.


Conservative estimates show more than 3,000 executions during Hassan Rouhani’s term and yet widespread crackdown on the rise. 

Yet, the Iranian people have risen up in different cities to protest the regime’s suppression…


The Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), as the primary tool of domestic repression and export of terrorism in the region, should be designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. 


A strong, bipartisan demand should be made for those responsible for the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988 in Iran to be identified and brought to justice.


I welcome the bipartisan measure demanding pressure on the Iranian regime to stop its destabilizing actions in support of terrorist groups, and it’s continued test-firing of ballistic missiles. I deeply appreciate the friendship and bipartisan support of the U.S. lawmakers for the oppressed people of my homeland and I am grateful for their strong solidarity with the PMOI members in Albania.

Hassan Mahmoudi is a human rights advocate and social media journalist seeking democracy for Iran and peace for the region.



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In Iran, A Nationwide Teachers' Demonstration


Amid ballistic missile tests by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and continued economic and political isolation, Iran’s domestic unrest is escalating.

Simultaneous protests of thousands of angry teachers in more than 22 cities broke out in Iran on Thursday, March 9. The nationwide teachers’ demonstration took place in Tehran, Mashhad, Bojnourd, Ferdows, Torbat-heidaria, Mazandaran, Sanandaj, Saqqez, Marivan, Qorveh, Tabriz, Ardebil, Zanjan, Shiraz, Bushehr, Isfahan, Kermanshah, Kangan, Dehgolan, Lordegan, Ahwaz and Aligudarz. 

The demonstrators held a sit-in in front of the local branch of the ministry of education buildings, calling for their demands to be met. They chanted slogans against suppression, repression and plundering policies of the ruling mullahs in Iran. They were holding placards that read:  ‘Detained Teachers Must be Freed,’  ‘NO to Prison,’ ‘Teachers’ future must be secured.’ See the photo at right.

According to Iranian Opposition (MEK) report, in Tehran, more than 1,000 teachers, as well as the families of political prisoners, and staff from the Ministry of Education demonstrated in front of the Iranian regime’s parliament, demanding proper jobs and security.  In today’s teachers gathering, one of the security force members of parliament tried to confiscate the smartphone of one of the protestors in a provocative manner, but he was pushed back by the protestors.

In what was an act of bravery for the teachers in Esfahan, they chanted: ‘Teachers are ready to die but wouldn’t be bullied by the government.’ The photo is below.

In Shiraz, the protesting teachers sat at a table with no food on it, in a symbol of their poor economic condition. The problem is so bad many are severely suffering from food insecurity. They said they are unable to feed themselves or their children with the meager wages and salaries they are getting. They had placards that read: ‘Teachers must rise to end the discrimination and a petty monthly salary.’ 

In some cities, the special anti-riot guards had surrounded the protesting teachers, but the protestors ignored the intimidation and continued with their protest for hours. Passersby hailed the protestors and paid sympathy and tributes to them as they signaled their hatred of the regime.

The security forces prevented any passerby from stopping in the street. The protestors were holding placards that read: ‘We will not rest until we get our rights.’

Teachers in Sanandaj demanded an end to the rising instances of torture and the high number of executions of the mullahs’ government.

In Kermanshah, in southwestern Iran, the presence of female teachers was remarkable in the streets of that city. The suppressive security forces were trying to prevent the demonstration but failed miserably. The protestors continued to protest there and had placards that read: ‘Discrimination and inequality must end.’ ‘We are crying out of poverty and frustrated of discrimination’,

In their final statement, the protestors condemned the exiles and expulsions of teachers for teaching and speaking out, and demanded the freedom of teachers, especially the freedom of Mr. Baghani who is a known teacher in Kermanshah.

In Ardebil, northwestern Iran, the protesting teachers were chanting: ‘Teachers are willing to die but not to submit to discrimination.’ They demanded unpaid wages and benefits.

According to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) roundup report of February 2017 on the teachers’ protests, there were 13 protests classified as cultural. Statistics for the month showed a slight increase from January.

Protests were over the lack of salary increases, lack of equalization of retirement wages and lack of formal employment. Also, a group of teachers published a text about the prosecution of Jafar Azim Zadeh. Teachers who retired in 2016 gathered in front of parliament to demand their 30-year employment bonus.

Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, in her last statement regarding the teachers’ protest “hailed the noble teachers who have staged protest gatherings in various parts of the country to attain their lawful rights and to protest the oppressive and criminal measures by the mullahs’ regime. She called on the nation, especially the students and their parents and the youth throughout the country to support and express solidarity with teachers.

Rajavi said: In circumstances where the clerical regime spends most of the Iranian people’s wealth on suppression, export of terrorism, the massacre of peoples in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon, the bottomless and anti-patriotic nuclear projects, or which funnels this wealth to the bank accounts of regime’s leaders and their families, the hard-working and noble teachers of the country that play the greatest role in building the future of Iran are living in poverty and face the most hardship in their lives.”

Amid ballistic missile tests by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and continued economic and political isolation, Iran’s domestic unrest is escalating.

Simultaneous protests of thousands of angry teachers in more than 22 cities broke out in Iran on Thursday, March 9. The nationwide teachers’ demonstration took place in Tehran, Mashhad, Bojnourd, Ferdows, Torbat-heidaria, Mazandaran, Sanandaj, Saqqez, Marivan, Qorveh, Tabriz, Ardebil, Zanjan, Shiraz, Bushehr, Isfahan, Kermanshah, Kangan, Dehgolan, Lordegan, Ahwaz and Aligudarz. 

The demonstrators held a sit-in in front of the local branch of the ministry of education buildings, calling for their demands to be met. They chanted slogans against suppression, repression and plundering policies of the ruling mullahs in Iran. They were holding placards that read:  ‘Detained Teachers Must be Freed,’  ‘NO to Prison,’ ‘Teachers’ future must be secured.’ See the photo at right.

According to Iranian Opposition (MEK) report, in Tehran, more than 1,000 teachers, as well as the families of political prisoners, and staff from the Ministry of Education demonstrated in front of the Iranian regime’s parliament, demanding proper jobs and security.  In today’s teachers gathering, one of the security force members of parliament tried to confiscate the smartphone of one of the protestors in a provocative manner, but he was pushed back by the protestors.

In what was an act of bravery for the teachers in Esfahan, they chanted: ‘Teachers are ready to die but wouldn’t be bullied by the government.’ The photo is below.

In Shiraz, the protesting teachers sat at a table with no food on it, in a symbol of their poor economic condition. The problem is so bad many are severely suffering from food insecurity. They said they are unable to feed themselves or their children with the meager wages and salaries they are getting. They had placards that read: ‘Teachers must rise to end the discrimination and a petty monthly salary.’ 

In some cities, the special anti-riot guards had surrounded the protesting teachers, but the protestors ignored the intimidation and continued with their protest for hours. Passersby hailed the protestors and paid sympathy and tributes to them as they signaled their hatred of the regime.

The security forces prevented any passerby from stopping in the street. The protestors were holding placards that read: ‘We will not rest until we get our rights.’

Teachers in Sanandaj demanded an end to the rising instances of torture and the high number of executions of the mullahs’ government.

In Kermanshah, in southwestern Iran, the presence of female teachers was remarkable in the streets of that city. The suppressive security forces were trying to prevent the demonstration but failed miserably. The protestors continued to protest there and had placards that read: ‘Discrimination and inequality must end.’ ‘We are crying out of poverty and frustrated of discrimination’,

In their final statement, the protestors condemned the exiles and expulsions of teachers for teaching and speaking out, and demanded the freedom of teachers, especially the freedom of Mr. Baghani who is a known teacher in Kermanshah.

In Ardebil, northwestern Iran, the protesting teachers were chanting: ‘Teachers are willing to die but not to submit to discrimination.’ They demanded unpaid wages and benefits.

According to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) roundup report of February 2017 on the teachers’ protests, there were 13 protests classified as cultural. Statistics for the month showed a slight increase from January.

Protests were over the lack of salary increases, lack of equalization of retirement wages and lack of formal employment. Also, a group of teachers published a text about the prosecution of Jafar Azim Zadeh. Teachers who retired in 2016 gathered in front of parliament to demand their 30-year employment bonus.

Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, in her last statement regarding the teachers’ protest “hailed the noble teachers who have staged protest gatherings in various parts of the country to attain their lawful rights and to protest the oppressive and criminal measures by the mullahs’ regime. She called on the nation, especially the students and their parents and the youth throughout the country to support and express solidarity with teachers.

Rajavi said: In circumstances where the clerical regime spends most of the Iranian people’s wealth on suppression, export of terrorism, the massacre of peoples in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon, the bottomless and anti-patriotic nuclear projects, or which funnels this wealth to the bank accounts of regime’s leaders and their families, the hard-working and noble teachers of the country that play the greatest role in building the future of Iran are living in poverty and face the most hardship in their lives.”



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