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The list that says a lot about ‘suspicious suicides’ in Iran

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Desperate times call for desperate measures, they say. Suspicious suicides in Iran’s prisons are recently gaining attention inside the country and abroad, resulting in a wave of criticism targeting Tehran’s rulers. For those unfamiliar with the sensitive topic of Iran’s suicides that mushroom at desperate times for the clerical regime, a short look at the history behind this concept is necessary. Furthermore, interesting is how Tehran kills an individual to destroy any evidence ...

ANALYSIS: Iranian regime’s policy of dumbing down the population

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

The Iranian regime’s ban on the teaching of English in its schools is just an extension of its attempt at dumbing down the population in order to force feed them the ideology of Ruhollah Khomeini. It is a method which it has aggressively employed against ethnic groups such as the Ahwazi Arabs in Khuzestan since the 1979 revolution. Persianization of an Arab province The oil-rich province of Khuzestan, which was originally known for its Arab culture and demography and was even called ...

Is Khomeinism dying?

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

What’s currently happening in Iran is much more than a wave of popular protests or disputes among the Khomeini regime’s different wings or a game between hawks and doves. What’s happening in Iran is about holding the regime, founded by revolutionary cleric Ayatollah Khomeini, “accountable.”The republic’s fate is on stake. It’s not just about the fate of one minister or the president or the Supreme Leader as they can easily be replaced. Everything is ...

Mashari Althaydi

ANALYSIS: Human rights violations a tool to spread fear in Iran

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Despite widespread international criticism of the Iranian regime’s treatment of its citizens who participated in the recent protests, human rights violations have skyrocketed in Iran.The fate of about 8,000 protest detainees is still uncertain as they that are still languishing in the country’s prisons. Confusing and conflicting statements are being made by the theocratic regime’s propaganda machine on ways of containing future protests.For weeks the Iranian regime promised a ...

The numbers that put Iran protests in perspective

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

The first chants heard in the Iran uprising launching on December 28th focused on skyrocketing prices and unemployment. The scope and depth of Iran’s unemployment is at times unbelievable, especially when you consider the fact that college graduates with Master’s degrees are seen as simple workers in construction sites, carrying loads in bazaars and other such means in their desperate effort to make ends meet. A look into these statistics, from the regime’s own state-run media, ...

IRGC’s generals and the new generals

Monday, 5 February 2018

On the 11th of February, the Iranian Revolution will celebrate the 39th anniversary of its victory and commence its 40th year. We can imagine the map of the region wide open on the table of current and former Revolutionary Guard generals; General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jaafari, commander of the Guards, General Rahim Safavi, military adviser to the spiritual leader and former IRGC chief, General Mohsen Rezaee, secretary general of the Expediency ...

Ghassan Charbel

ANALYSIS: Iran’s leadership feels the wrath of its youth

Friday, 2 February 2018

Recent unrest in Iran shows that the country’s present leadership is completely out of touch with the aspirations of the younger generation. With over two-thirds of the population being under the age of thirty, the regime is now under attack mainly from this section of the population.Due to its lack of understanding of the younger generation’s aspirations, the regime of elderly politicians seems impervious to the growing number of the country’s unemployed youth.In the heady ...

ANALYSIS: Will Iran learn from past mistakes of other regimes?

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Several factors that led to the fall of the Roman Empire, can clearly be seen in the problems now facing the Iranian regime. When the Roman Empire was close to collapse, it had been notching up victories in foreign wars, while at home economic stagnation had taken hold, political corruption was rife, and as a result of the administration’s money wasting, much of which came in the form of military spending, the poor had taken the brunt of the country’s woes, and as a result, serious ...

ANALYSIS: Unveiling Iranian pro-government trolls and cyber-warriors

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Lately, many media outlets write about “Kremlin Troll factory”. But, we should remember that these methods are used not only by the Russian authorities. Many different countries with regimes of varying degrees of oppressiveness use internet-trolls and many other methods related to internet-trolling, manipulation of public opinion and spreading disinformation. One of those countries, which use the advantage of internet-trolls, is Iran.It is noteworthy that the Iranian army of trolls ...

ANALYSIS: Will new sanctions change the balance of power in Iran?

Monday, 15 January 2018

US President Donald Trump is calling for new sanctions on Iran in his Friday decision, while providing Tehran with sanctions relief “for the last time” under an accord he himself describes as the “worst deal ever.” The President is stepping into this verdict after consulting the all-important Iran question with his national security team. The factor changing the playing field now is the nationwide protests that continue to threaten the very pillars of Iran’s regime. ...

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