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Eyes on Iran By: Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi
FrontPageMagazine.com | Friday, July 29, 2005

The facts and analyses of Iran by Iranians.


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Rafsanjani Accuses Khamnei of Monopolizing



During the Friday prayers of July 22nd in Tehran, Hashemi Rafsanjani, the defeated Mullah candidate and twice president of Iran, continued his rant against the Supreme Leader, Khamnei. He said: "Monopolizing is the real reason for acrimony. These days, too many `intriguist elements' have presented themselves in this sphere; maintaining `the flow' is of utmost importance and various power structures need to consider themselves a unit of a larger contingent which at all times must avoid falling into injurious divisions."

Once again, Rafsanjani broached the subject of his loss of power and warned Khamnei: "If we fall victim to exclusion, expulsion and accusations and spin our wheels dealing with disorder, we will not only not progress but we will surely regress."

Rafsanjani also talked about the issues surrounding the regime's nuclear pursuits, saying: "I hope that along with the appropriate and logical policies we can avoid forgoing our rights to nuclear capability, otherwise it would be a stain on our history if we lose that opportunity based on existing coercion and intimidation. [Having nuclear capability] will be high honor for the regime."


Rafsanjani's Relatives and Associates Arrested for Oil Mafia Network



Ahmadinejad's planted presidency has driven the internal crisis between Mullah camps to a fever pitch in Iran. Vicious threats and trenchant accusations have been slung from Friday prayer pulpits to the Islamic Parliament's assembly podium.  And now Ahmadinejad's goon squad has struck its first blow, making good on the warnings that had been passed along a couple of weeks ago.


On Wednesday, July 27th, one of the regime's many news agencies, FARS, which is an 'information' arm of the Islamic judiciary, announced the arrest of several of the executives of the Oriental Kish Oil Company, which belongs to Rafsanjani's children and relatives. They were brought up on charges of economic corruption. According to the news agency's report: "Following the necessary investigations by the judiciary's bailiffs, with warrants from the public prosecutor's office (mainly mullahs who only dole out Islamic jurisprudence), the case of economic corruption and malfeasance, certain of the authorities of Kish Oriental Oil Company [which is considered to be one of the country's biggest oil companies], have been arrested and under questioning. The head of the board of directors was also among those detained."


The company was incorporated under the industrial and moral incorporation and ownership laws in the duty free area of Kish (an island in the Persian Gulf) and demonstrated to be a service and engineering company for oil drilling. Mehrdad Safdari, the head of the board of directors and Cyrus Nasseri, who also happens to be one of the senior nuclear negotiators of the regime, is said to be the Secretary of the board. Nasseri, who is considered to be one of the regime's senior ‘diplomats’, is also known to be one of Rafsanjani's relatives. He has been an active member of the so-called diplomatic team negotiating the nuclear issues has, through the help of a few authorities in the U.N. offices in Tehran, as well as a few active members of the energy cartel, registered Kish Oriental Oil Company in both the United Kingdom and Dubai.


A reliable source stated that given the parameters, the close-knit cooperation and association of one of the key members of the regime's nuclear negotiation team with Halliburton, can be an alarm bell which will necessarily instigate the dynamics of the members of the regimes' negotiating committee.


During the first round of interrogations in the judiciary a huge network of oil mafia has been exposed and it is now clear that Kish Oriental Oil Company is the holder of the largest block of oil contracts with the National Iranian Oil Company.


Suicide-Bombers' Recruiters AND Their Registration Centers in Tehran

(Photos) http://www.iranpressnews.com/source/006404.htm

Courtesy of: www.nourizadeh.com


Iran's president-elect Mahmoud Ahmadi Nejad's spiritual guide, Ayatollah Muhammad Taqi Messbaah-Yazdi, is also the brains behind recruiting suicide bombers. He does so via ads placed in some of the Iranian daily papers.

Alireza Nourizadeh, Iranian scholar and
Middle East and Islam pundit, reports in the London-based Arab-language newspaper, A-Sharq Al-Awsat, that Yazdi's adverts started being published in local Qom newspapers, such as Bartouskhan. Messbaah-Yazdi is regarded to be the spiritual guide of the Coalition of Hardliners in the Islamic Parliament's assembly. The coalition's chief and campaign manager for the women's suicide-bombing missions, Elias Nadran, formed the Zeytoon organization six months ago for women who want to carry out suicide attacks against 'enemies of Islam.' The huge majority of the women volunteering have turned out to be Palestinian.


At this juncture, since 6 months ago when The Zeytoon organization began working, 3 large gatherings have been organized; one in the large and very depressing Tehran cemetery, Behesht'eh Zahra, the second in a cultural center/auditorium in Tehran, and finally and as recently as two weeks ago, in the northern city of Tabriz.


In a recent interview with Iranian scholar and Middle East pundit, Alireza Nourizadeh, Mohammad-Reza Sayyari, a young man who had at one point been a volunteer but whose curiosity had led him to investigate the propriety of such acts in Islam, speaks of the pie-in-the-sky promises made to the innocent and hopeless youths by Messbaah-Yazdi. Sayyari explains that Mesbaah-Yazdi promises the volunteers (both men and women) perpetual sexual stamina and the abundance of available men and women of various races and religions for these volunteers to enjoy, after death in heaven. Mr. Sayyari, who had spoken with Ayatollah Montazeri, the dissident Ayatollah, currently under house arrest in Qom, was told that such acts are considered haraam (or religiously prohibited and forbidden) and therefore had discouraged the young Sayyari from continuing with his decision to join.

Nourizadeh also reports that the volunteers are put through rigorous training in four camps funded and run by Al-Quds Brigade (a.k.a. The
Jerusalem Brigade) and the Revolutionary Guard. The boot camp includes physical training, ideological indoctrination, building explosives, code-cracking classes, and finally foreign languages classes, specifically Arabic and English as well as many other 'useful' languages.


The terrorist-breeding regime of the Mullacracy has also now taken to pitching tents in the streets of Tehran in order to facilitate the registration process for those interested in joining up. An approximate 95% majority of those registering are in fact Iraqi, Syrian, Afghani and Palestinian. Iranians registering are recruited from among the poor.


Another Anti-Regime Protest in Front of Tehran University on Monday, July 25th



The demonstrations that began at 6 PM (to see the photos, click here), Tehran time, in front of Tehran University, drew a few thousand citizens who joined the Mohammadi family to protest the horrifying human rights violations of the Islamic Republic and to demand the unconditional release of all political prisoners.


The father of imprisoned Student Leader, Manouchehr Mohammadi (who has been on hunger strike for two weeks in Evin prison), stated on Monday, July 25th, in a telephone interview with Iranian Diaspora media that more than 100 protestors, including his wife, were arrested in the protest. Mrs. Mohammadi, who is ill, and other protestors were attacked by the regime's goons who severely beat them with nightsticks. Manouchehr Mohammadi had also not been informed of where his wife and other detainees were being held.


Anti-Regime Clashes in the Province of Kurdistan, in Iran




United Kurdish Revolutionaries reported on the month-long clashes between the brave people of Kurdistan and the regime's ruthless mercenaries, in towns such as Mahabad, Peeraanshahr, Baaneh, Mareevaan and Sardasht.


The brutal murder of the young Kurdish man,  Shuana Kardi, an activist (pictured), at the hands of the Mullah regime's goons, sparked feverish riots against the disciplinary forces, strategically disbursed throughout the province.  The protestors who were armed with rocks fought back against the regime's forces. The regime has also imported many more regiments from neighboring provinces in order to squelch the further spread of these riots.


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In the midst of the clashes, the revolutionary guards shot a young man, Hossein Balaii. The representatives of the regime ordered the Balaii family to bury the young man at night in secrecy and to forgo any funeral or memorial service. Upon the news of the Balaii family's loss, the outraged townspeople closed their shops and left their offices (to see the photos, click here) and took to the street, in the early evening, with torches, chanting anti-regime slogans. Some gathered at the regime's central command office and others at the cemetery to lend their support to the family of yet another lost youth.


The regime's goon squad, however, in their usual form, reacted by releasing tear gas and then shooting into the crowd as well as attacking protestors with nightsticks.


Iran: Anti-Government Demonstrations Erupt in Ahwaz


Courtesy of www.regimechangeiran.com


The first anti-government protests since last month's presidential elections erupted last weekend in Ahwaz City.

Demonstrators chanted slogans denouncing
Tehran's policy of ethnic cleansing of Ahwazi Arabs in the province of Khuzestan, the centre of the Ahwazi homeland.

According to Iran Focus, an Iranian opposition website, witnesses said heavy clashes broke out in the district of Shilang-Abad and soon spread to Lashkar-Abad, Panj Tabaqeh, Mashali, Kian-Pars, Kut-Abdollah, Khashayar, and Zarqan regions. The demonstrations escalated with police cars and state-owned banks set alight.

Barricades made of burning tires were set up in some streets, while groups of protestors attacked State Security Force vehicles to free those who had been arrested by the police. Police fired on demonstrators in Kuy Enghelab.

Ahwaz City has recently experienced a rise in protests by Ahwazi Arabs, with more than 150 killed by security forces during two weeks of civil unrest in April. Khuzestan contains 80-90 per cent of Iran's oil reserves and represents around 10 per cent of OPEC's total output. None of the wealth generated is redistributed to the province's 4.5 million indigenous Ahwazi Arabs inhabitants, most of whom have been living in absolute poverty since their land was expropriated by Tehran for the oil, gas and sugar industries.

The Iranian government is implementing a policy for forced migration, driving the Ahwazis from Khuzestan to other provinces and populating the Ahwazi homeland with "compliant" ethnic groups, particularly those perceived to be loyal to the military or religious elite.

A combination of abject poverty and the government’s ethnic cleansing policies has prompted a rise in civil unrest. Last weekend's revolt indicates that Ahwazis have no faith in the new Ahmadinejad administration.


Regime's Jailors Imprison Political Prisoners with Murderers and Rapists



The Islamic regime, which is known for its Chameleon-like shape-shifting abilities (in order to boomerang any blame or accusations), has now begun to imprison political detainees in prison wards where vicious murderers, rapists and felons are held. Jailors who are by now familiar with political prisoners' forms of civil disobedience (i.e. going on hunger strike, like Ganji), often find ways to counteract these protests.


Political detainees who begin such protests while in the criminal wards become the reason for the punishment and forfeiture of rights of all the prisoners of the ward. They provoke violent responses from the incarcerated criminal elements that essentially do the "dirty work" of the jailors for them.


Last month, Akbar Ganji was transferred to a cell in the criminal ward in Evin prison. The jailors had taken the door of the cell off the hinges, leaving Ganji exposed to the threat of an infamous, knife-wielding drug runner who had been brought into the prison, not as a prisoner but as an "employee" of the regime, to terrorize Ganji from the adjacent cell.


Suicide Bombers Spread Out All Over Iran



The Islamic Republic's support and funding for suicide bombers and missions are well-known facts to many. Now the Islamic Republic, in response to the stream of continued protests around Iran and clashes with protestors, has begun installing suicide bombers around the various provinces in Iran. The plans for creating and instructing brigades that are meant to be on constant alert are underway.


The Commander of the headquarters known as "Lovers of Martyrdom", said in an interview with the regime publication Partow: "I have had numerous meetings with the Supreme Leader, Khamnei who enthusiastically provided us with his guidance. Of course in Tehran, we have stationed four such brigades, as opposed to the one in each of the other provinces."


He continued: "Europeans and Americans have been opining about our nuclear issues and as such acting against the regime and turning international NGO's against us. It might be that we may not even have to use a nuclear bomb against them; for the time being each one of our suicide bombers functions as a single nuclear bomb."


A Worker Self-Immolates Just to Get His Paycheck 



An estimated 900,000 workers all around Iran are on perpetual strike; every single one of them has gone unpaid. Most workers have not been paid for over a year or more. They've been known to march from towns all across Iran to Tehran, gather in front of the Islamic Assembly along with their union leader, sleep in parks for fear of running into their angry landlords, and now one has self-immolated. This mine worker from the Qal'eh Zari mines of Birjand, who was owed 17 months pay, begged his employer for a $5000 loan to pay his sick wife's medical bill (employers do not carry health insurance in Iran) and was denied. 


Regime Expert: Tourists Too Scared to Come to Iran



Nasser Ashouri, a member of the regime's Economic Division, said in a speech in the Islamic Parliament's Assembly on Monday, that the regime's utter bankruptcy in every arena, such as tourism, is evident. He added that the main reason for the lack of tourist interest in traveling to Iran is because tourists rightfully have no sense of security in the country. Is it any wonder that tourists have to sign a last will and testament before visiting?


Ashouri, who spoke of the agreement signed between Iran and Germany, which encourages tourism, went on to explain a discussion he had had with a German authority on this subject. It appears that Germans have come to feel that if they visit Iran, they will surely be murdered or physically attacked.


It is important to mention that over the last three years, Italy's Foreign Ministry has put Iran on the list of most dangerous countries to travel to. Italian citizens are asked to avoid traveling to Iran entirely.


Age of Prostitution in Iran Reaches 10



In Iran, under the watchful eye of the Mullahs, the age of prostitution has now been diminished to 10. Economic adversity and poverty is the number one cause for girls running away and for the spread of prostitution in Iran. A statistic taken among 100 prostitutes showed that 60% are in fact housewives. Based on the regime's own analysis, young girls who are newcomers to the "profession" constitute the majority. Among these a huge majority are between the ages of 12 and 25.


Khamnei's Reps' Office Windows Broken By Angry Protestors



The regime's radio announced in a report on Thursday July 28th, that a series of protests in the township of Khorveen, in the province of Khorasan (north eastern Iran, bordering with Afghanistan) led to protestors attacking the offices of the 'Supreme Leader' Khamnei in that province, breaking windows. The Islamic media, which always refers to protestors as 'vermin' or 'sub-humans', raged on and announced that these protestors were in fact a group who wanted their fellow activists, arrested in previous days demonstrations, unconditionally freed.


Khamnei is currently on a trip to the holy city of Mash'had to the shrine of the 8th Imam of the Shi'ites, Imam Reza (in the province of Khorasan).
Iran Tries to Stem Stock Market Plunge
Agence France Presse

Tehran, 25 July 2005 - Iranian authorities are trying to halt the downward plunge of Tehran's stock exchange, which has lost nearly six percent of its value since the June 24 victory of President Mahmood Ahmadinejad. "The stock exchange has dipped 5.9 percent since the presidential election, which has raised many concerns, but this dip is not surprising," bourse chief Hossein Abdo Tabrizi was quoted as saying Wednesday in the Iranian press. Since Ahmadinejad's shock election win, the Tehran Stock Exchange has steadily dropped, marking gains on only two days since June 24. The trend began some months before the presidential election but gained momentum with the election of Ahmdadinejad, whose promise to distribute wealth more evenly among the population frightened investors.


Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi is a writer, activist and Middle East pundit.

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