‘A historic turning point’ as Saudi Deputy Crown Prince meets Donald Trump
Saudi Arabia has claimed “a historic turning point” in relations with the US after President Donald Trump welcomed Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the White House. Al Arabiya English reported on Wednesday, 15 March 2017.
NCRI - Asma Jahangir, the United Nations Special Rapporteur in Human Rights in Iran criticized Tehran for the lack of freedom of speech.
“My concerns are that when people are arrested and threatened, they don’t talk and when they don’t enjoy freedom of speech, this is the result. Then we see they get jail the young and bloggers,” she said in an interview with VOA.
NCRI - Iran is attempting to transfer the $1.6 billion frozen in Luxembourg. This money, according to a U.S. court ruling, has been frozen to compensate family members of 9/11 victims. This ruling proves Iran’s relations with al-Qaeda prior to 9/11.
There is reason to believe relations between Iran and al-Qaeda date back to the early 1990s. Contacts between Tehran and al-Qaeda began when bin Laden was in Sudan, and continued following his transfer to Afghanistan. The bilateral relations played an active role in developments that led the 9/11 attacks in New York and hundreds of al-Qaeda senior and low-ranking members fleeing from the Afghanistan hills into Iran following the US-led war in Afghanistan. Numerous al-Qaeda members remain in Iran, including:
NCRI - “Lake Urmia is close to entering a dangerous state, so that a significant part of the lake has dried up while harvesting salt and truck traffic there have led to emerging salt dust in the region”, says the Iranian regime’s MP ‘Mohammad-Esmaeil Saeed’ on Monday March 13.
The Parliament’s ‘Khane Mellat’ news agency has quoted Saeed as saying that “from the beginning of the (Persian) year up to the beginning of this (Persian) month, no funds for water and sewer treatment have been dedicated to the province, with which to collect and treat wastewater coming from the cities around Lake Urmia, which is essential for restoration of the lake.”
Slogan of “Death to Khamenei; death to the principle of velayat-e faqih”; Khamenei's picture set ablaze
On Tuesday, March 14, Iranian people held Fire Festival ceremonies in various cities in the face of the mullahs’ regime; thereby symbolizing their loath for this suppressive and anti-Iranian regime. The following are parts of reports received from Iran.
NCRI - Iranian state media and officials are voicing concerns over how the regime has failed to prevent the Iranian people from celebrating end of the Iranian calendar year Fire Festivities.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has even issued a fatwa saying such celebrations are forbidden, yet to no avail. Last year he had said such celebrations have no place in sharia and people should refrain from taking part in these activities.
NCRI - As the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) agreed to grant Iranian citizenship to the mercenaries fighting in Syria, the Head of the Foundation of Martyrs and Veterans Affairs announced that granting citizenship to these people was ordered by the Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei.
In an interview with the state-run Javan News on March 12th, Mohammad Ali Shahidi stated that Ali Khamenei in a meeting asked him to grant Iranian citizenship to Fatemiyoun Division forces. This division consists of Afghan mercenaries and Zainebiyoun Brigade includes Pakistani mercenaries residing in Iran and fighting to defend the Assad regime in Syria.
NCRI - Anwar Malik, former Syria rapporteur in the Arab League and a prominent politician and writer in the Arab World, had an interview with INTV describing Iran as the main element behind the rise of terrorism under the name of Islam.
“The solution is to expel this regime from the international community, and in parallel, recognize the Iranian Resistance as the Iranian people’s legitimate representative,” he said.
NCRI - Le Monde published a piece on Iran’s frozen $1.6 billion in Luxembourg banks.
Iran, facing numerous obstacles in its path to establish links with European banks, is angry of its revenue being blocked in such methods. A cat and mouse game and 10-year dispute pursued by a number of American lawyers against Iran’s Central Bank has now spread to Europe.
NCRI - Non-governmental banks and credit unions in Iran have seen their debts to the Central Bank increase in the past 10 months by $5.7 billion.
Numbers published on banks’ debts in the period of January 2017 show the debts of non-government banks and credit unions to Iran’s Central Bank have increased by 173.7% and reached $8.9 billion.
NCRI - Following the destruction of Iran’s missile production factory in Sudan by Israeli warplanes in 2012, Tehran went on to establish a new such factory in Lebanon.
A Revolutionary Guards commander has reportedly said Iran launched numerous arms factories in various parts of Lebanon and handed over control to Hezbollah three months ago, according to a report published Saturday in the al-Jarida daily.
NCRI - The truth in Iran today is far from the official 12% unemployment rate
Statistical evidence does not support the claim of 700,000 jobs created from March 2015 to March 2016.
Each year an average of 1 million people enter Iran’s work force, according to the state-run Quds Online news agency. When we place these statistics alongside those who have lost their jobs due to deep economic recession and production units closing down in Iran, without a doubt we all think about one subject: the unemployment crisis!
NCRI - The Secretary and Former Spokesman of Mohammad Khatami's government, Abdollah Ramezanzadeh, affiliated with Hassan Rouhani, expressed concern over the regional and international isolation of the regime.
In an interview with the Iranian Diplomacy Website on March 10th, Abdollah Ramezanzadeh stated: “I am afraid of Russians. I don’t trust what they proclaim about their stance. First, the Russians do not have a long-term policy in the region, and since their economic situation is not stable, they change direction constantly to wherever they find some short term economic interests.