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Iran News in Brief – January 13, 2021

The Iranian regime’s border forces continue the killing spree against deprived porters, who must carry heavy loads as the breadwinners of their families.
The Iranian regime’s border forces continue the killing spree against deprived porters, who must carry heavy loads as the breadwinners of their families.



Townhall: The Wisdom of Doing Something About Mass Murder

By Alejo Vidal-Quadras

Albert Einstein once said: “The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” He was forced to flee Europe because appeasement of Hitler had caused war, danger and destruction.

Today, no other example is more analogous than Europe’s dismal fecklessness vis-a-vis the diabolical clerics ruling Iran. In a sign of how corrupt and illegitimate the leaders and officials of the regime are, the Iranian people have risen up twice recently in massive nationwide protests to call for democratic change.

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The United States Targets Foundations Controlled by Iran’s Supreme Leader

Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on two organizations controlled by the Supreme Leader of Iran, the Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order (EIKO) and Astan Quds Razavi (AQR). While masquerading as charitable organizations, EIKO and AQR control large portions of the Iranian economy, including assets seized from political dissidents and religious minorities, for the benefit of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, his office, and senior Iranian government officials.

These entities are being designated pursuant to Executive Order 13876, which targets the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Iranian Supreme Leader’s Office (SLO), and their affiliates. This action follows the Department of the Treasury’s November 2020 designation of the Bonyad Mostazafan, an immense conglomerate controlled by Khamenei with holdings in key sectors of Iran’s economy. Alongside Bonyad Mostazafan and the previously designated IRGC-owned entity, Khatam al-Anbiya, AQR, and EIKO are estimated to control more than half of the Iranian economy.

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY – Iran-related Designations and Designations Updates; Counter Terrorism Designation


Municipal workers in Yasuj (SW Iran) have been fired after protesting and demanding 5 months of their unpaid wages

Nurses of Milad Hospital hold protest, demand unpaid salaries and fees

Nurses of Milad Hospital in Tehran held a protest in front of the hospital’s entrance, demanding pay raise and payment of their salaries during the pandemic.

The state-run ILNA news agency reported that the protest was held on January 12, 2021 in Tehran.

Nurses of Milad Hospital who participated in this protest said: Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have not received our fees for fighting the Coronavirus. We did not have a salary raise in recent months, either. This is despite the fact that our job has become difficult and hazardous after admission of patients infected with the Coronavirus.

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Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll in 478 Cities Exceeds 200,600

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, that the Coronavirus death toll in 478 cities had exceeded 200,600. The number of victims in Tehran 49,011, Khorasan Razavi 13,615, Isfahan 12,575, Khuzestan 10,060, Lorestan 8,128, Mazandaran 7,822, East Azerbaijan 7,633, Fars 6,112, Golestan 5,020, Hamedan 4,743, Kerman 4,425, Kermanshah 4,174, Yazd 3,587, Semnan 2,990, and Zanjan 2,120.

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Khamenei’s doctor defends Iran’s vaccine ban after WHO criticism

In response to criticism by the World Health Organization on Iran’s vaccine ban, a close medical adviser to the regime’s Supreme Leader said it was the regime’s “right to decide about the vaccine”.

Speaking at the Geneva conference on January 8, Dr. Michael Ryan, Executive Director at WHO Health Emergencies Programme had said, “Please let us not politicize this vaccine.”

According to the state-run reports, in a letter published on January 11 to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, Alireza Marandi wrote “we are independent and it is our absolute right to reject vaccines that use untrustworthy technology, or have inadequate testing, safety or reliability.”

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Iran regime border guards opens fire on porters

The regime’s border guards opened fire on a number of porters on January 11, as a result of which Erfan Azizani was badly wounded. There are daily reports of Iran regime’s border guards opening fire on Kurd porters in western Iran.

Iranian security forces carry out these shootings with impunity.

Political prisoner suspected of cancer denied medical treatment

Political prisoner Massoumeh Senobari is suspected of cancer. The authorities of the Prison of Tabriz, however, are preventing her dispatch to a hospital for diagnosis and treatment. The family of Massoumeh Senobari have been following up on her treatment and medical tests and have accepted to pay for her treatment, but prison authorities have prevented her from doing her sonogram test and overlooked her visits to the prison dispensary requesting dispatch to civic medical centers.

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Navid Mihandoust, author and director, was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison by Tehran’s Revolutionary Court

Two protesters sentenced to prison and 40 lashes in NW Iran

Two protesters in Ardabil, northwestern Iran were sentenced to four months of prison and 40 lashes each by a court in Ardabil. According to the Human Rights News Agency, the two men were identified as Maysam Jolani and Ali Khairju. Their trial, presided over by Judge Sajjad Habibi, was held on December 1, 2020. They were both charged with “participation in disrupting public order”.

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Iran news in brief, January 13, 2021

Iran news in brief, January 13, 2021

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