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Iranian regime provides more support for Syrian dictator as pressure from opposition mounts

A top aide to the Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader met with Syrian dictator, Bashar al-Assad, on Tuesday, underlining firm support for Damascus by the clerical regime as it faces mounting pressure from insurgents.

The meeting came as opposition forces in Idlib province seized an army base from the Syrian military, expanding their grip in the northwest of the country.

Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Ali Khamenei and a former foreign minister, was the most senior of three officials from the Iranian regime to travel to Damascus in less than a week.

IRAN: 50 percent of graduates have no role in economy

An Iranian official announced that 50 percent of Iranian graduates stay at home. The unemployment rate of women in this sector was more than 30 percent. 5.7 million students and graduates of the country are inactive and have no role in production and economic added value.

In the most recent report on the state of the labor market and the unemployment of university graduates, Kourosh Parand, Deputy Minister of Cooperatives, Labor and Welfare of the Iranian regime, said: "Right now, we have 5 million and 700 thousand students and graduates across the country who play no role in production and economic added value."

Ayah Allawi: Iran regime is negatively interfering in the region

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Iraqi Vice-president, Ayah Allawi, described the Iranian regime’s role in the region as a negative interference in the internal affairs of the countries in the Middle East.

Dr. Ayad Allawi, the leader of one of the largest Iraqi national fractions, stated on May 16: "National reconciliation is essential for the Iraqi society, but people like para-military forces do not want this reconciliation to happen. The forces are supported by countries in the region who intervene in Iraq and this regional interference plays a big role in Iraq's instability."

Iran has the most unsafe roads in the world, half a million people killed on roads

During a period of 20 years more than 400,000 people have lost their lives on Iranian roads. Last year alone, 17,000 people were killed and 300,000 injured as a result of driving accidents. The rate of road accidents in Iran has been 20 times the world average. Every 19 minutes one person is killed in a road accident.

State-run Mehr News Agency reported on May 18 that: "According to Statistics of the Coroner's office from 1994 to 2014 more than 400,000 people lost their lives in traffic accidents, and in the latest statistics of this organization in the past year about 17,000 deaths and 300,000 injured have been recorded as a result of car accidents."

IRAN: Worker arrested for protesting unpaid wages

Some one thousand workers from Safa Pipe Rolling Mill in the city of Saveh continue their strike, which began early May, demanding payment of 16 months unpaid insurance premiums and four months’ worth of late salaries.

The Iranian regime, rather than responding to their rightful demand, arrested a worker’s representative.

At 10 PM on May 16, security agents arrested him at his home on the charge of inciting workers of Safa Pipe Rolling Mill.

Iran: Border porters victimized

In the evening of May 10, the Iranian regime security forces in Mohammadabad, Iranshahr police station opened fire on a pickup truck carrying diesel fuel. The vehicle got on fire and its two passengers burned to death. The reason the pickup came under fire was for allegedly smuggling fuel.

In Sistan and Baluchistan Province, out of poverty and unemployment, people and in particular the youth earn a living by selling fuel or other commodities. This poor population passes through difficult passage ways in the cold of winter and the heat of summer in fear of being arrested or getting killed.

Similarly, early this week, four Baluchis were killed or injured as border guards from Nagour station on the Iran-Pakistan border opened fire on them. This heartbreaking tragedy is not limited to the southeastern border of the country.

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