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Iran: Mass Protests Stemming From Fury

Behzad Naziri

At the beginning of this year, massive protests shook more than 140 cities in Iran; some of which represent the ongoing strikes of various social groups.

Analysts have been studying the regime’s 40-year-old history to pinpoint the reasons behind such unprecedented events; two viewpoints can be explored: one, is the quick transformation of these protest from general to political; for example, the people of Mashhad were heard chanting “no to high prices” one day, and “death to Khamenei” the next. Second, is the apparent radicalisation of the slogans; for e.g., the people of Kazerun (west of Shiraz) who protested the city’s division, ended up chanting “beware of the day we become armed”! Another example is the farmers of Isfahan who protested about water shortage, (especially the drying of Zayanderud), as well as the consequent demolition of their agriculture in nearby villages; like the others, this protest was also filled with screams of “death to dictator”.

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World Should Listen to the Real Voices From Iran

Hosseini Abedini

Many experts believe that the Iranian regime is weaker than ever since 39 years and suggest that it is due to a variety of issues among them President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal. By having a closer look at what is happening on the Iranian streets across the country, one realises that the regime in Tehran is facing a more serious problem, which threatens the theocracy’s existence.

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Revelations About Iran’s Missiles Point to Both Need and Opportunity for Regime Change

Shahin Gobadi

Last week the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) released a book detailing the recent and ongoing growth of Tehran’s ballistic missile program, which could one day provide the delivery system for an Iranian nuclear weapon. The credibility of that publication’s findings is underscored by the fact that the NCRI’s principal constituent is the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, which has revealed key details of the clerical regime’s nuclear activities and the locations of its secret enrichment sites over the years. As such, the international community needs to begin broadening its view of how to deal with the threats posed by Iran.

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The Iranian Resistance: A New Factor in Iran Policy

Shahin Gobadi 

Debate over the Iran nuclear agreement notwithstanding, the international community should be ready to turn its attention to the larger question of what the correct policy is for dealing with Iran in general. While there is growing consensus on the both sides of the Atlantic about the need to take the worsening threat of the Iranian regime head on, there is some disagreement about the right way to do it, and about the threat of escalating tensions.

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Iran's Free Economic Zones, or the Seven-Headed Corruption Monster

by Mahmoud Hakamian

There are currently 3000 shell companies that have registered their headquarters in the country’s free economic zones for tax evasion purposes, says Kamel Taghavinejad, head of regime’s Tax Admission Organization.

In an earlier article titled “Dana’s special report on strange events in the country’s free economic zones”, state-run Rah-e-Dana website reports on “shell companies’ dominance in unmonitored areas” and “import of more than $2 billion worth of goods in one year through free zones without paying customs duties.” (State-run Rah-e-Dana website, July 21, 2016)

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