NCRI - paulo casaca, prominent political analyst and former member of European Parliament from Portugal has sent a message of solidarity in support of the Iranian opposition grand gathering on July 1in Villepinte, Paris.
Mr. paulo casaca:
NCRI - American policy toward Iran turned around last January, with the inauguration of Donald Trump. Trump made his views on Iran clear during his campaign, and they are much different from those of his predecessor. The Obama administration took great pride in the Iran nuclear deal it helped to negotiate, but while still a candidate, Trump repeatedly referred to the agreement as one of the worst deals ever negotiated, and promised to overturn it upon assuming office.
NCIR - “Ali Larijani has put the rest of his honor on sale”, says Alireza Zakani, former regime’s MP from Khamenei’s band, in reaction to parliament speaker’s support of Hassan Rouhani’s candidacy.
Mohammad Dehghan, campaign manager of Revolutionary Guardsman ‘Ghalibaf’, called on Rouhani to break his silence regarding his brother’s financial corruption.
Karaneh, a website set up by Bagher Ghalibaf for gaining more votes, was blocked by the rival band.
Iran: Why Officials Warn Each Other Over Regime's Election
Iranian authorities are constantly warning about the extreme sensitivity of the current political situation, using any forum to do so, including Friday Prayers.
In particular, they are asking presidential candidates not to question each other’s credibility.
The constant warnings issued by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and other senior mullahs to candidates and media are indicative of a very special sensitivity in this election.
NCRI - Since the inception of Iran’s clerical regime in 1979, the reactionary mullahs, who hijacked the anti-Shah movement and dashed the Iranian people’s hopes for true democracy, have used the façade of popular elections to mask the illegitimacy of their intolerant and brutal rule under the guise of religion. Like other contemporary authoritarian regimes, this regime claims electoral victories as a license to operate brutally and dictatorially inside its borders, and to violently and subversively export its virulent fanaticism to neighboring countries and worldwide.
“The two leading contenders for the forthcoming presidential elections in Iran offer a choice between a charlatan and an executioner, or a choice between plague and cholera.” This was the view expressed today by Struan Stevenson, a former European lawmaker. He says that the election on 19th May will feature current President Hassan Rouhani, who tricked the west into believing he is a moderate, while during his 4 years in power more than 3,000 people have been hanged. The other main contender is Ayatollah Ebrahim Raisi, a key member of the so-called ‘Death Commission’ who in 1988 ordered the execution of over 30,000 political prisoners.
NCRI - 1. Why is the mullahs’ presidential "election" that is scheduled to be held on May 19 important?
The mullahs’ sham presidential election will be held on May 19. This election is taking place at a critical time that is rare in the history of the regime.
Three major factors form the calculations of Ali Khamenei, the regime's Supreme Leader, regarding who he will select as President:
In an article titled “Iran's Elections: Black Turbans vs. White Turbans” which was published on ‘Gatestone institute’ website in April 17, 2017
The author, Mohammad Amin, who is an expert in Iranian international affairs, and a fellow researcher at the Foundation of Studies for the Middle East (FEMO) in Paris, examines the upcoming presidential election in Iran, the following are excerpts from this article.
NCRI - In an interview with Ehsan Aminolroaia, member of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, the questions turned toward the state of Iran's presidential election.
One of the first questions was, “In the upcoming election, how will Iran politically respond to what question and how will it resolve the conflict? In 2013, the Iranian regime needed to respond to the issue of the nuclear deal. In year 2005, Iran wanted to spread its influence in Iraq and obtain the nuclear bomb. Therefore, the regime created a monolithic ruling apparatus with Ahmadinejad's base. What is the regime’s Supreme Leader is looking for?”