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Iran News in Brief – January 24, 2022



The Government Is at a Critical Crossroad, State-affiliated Analysts Warns

On January 23, Sadegh Zibakalam, a state-affiliated analyst told ILNA state news agency: “Today, the government has reached a dilemma, a very difficult dilemma as to which path to take. If you prevent those who are protesting for their livelihood, they will turn into political and social protests. Because by not changing the economic situation, protests will not disappear and its current economic nature will become a social and political one. Officials also know that tying the economic protests to foreign powers is no longer effective.”

Former Official Slams Iranian Regime President’s Claims About Achievements During Trip to Moscow

Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, a former member of the regime’s parliament and a current analyst said: “Raisi’s visit to Moscow had no achievements whatsoever. The state did not reach any of the strategic accomplishments it was aiming for.”

Denouncing Ebrahim Raisi’s empty promises, Falahatpisheh added: “Unfortunately, no talks were held concerning the commercial and economic affairs during the president’s visit to Moscow, and no agreements were signed. In ceremonies for such treaties, the presidents of the two countries pose in the background while their ministers sign agreements that are at the highest level in terms of number, subject, inclusion, and timing. No joint press conference was held either.”


Monday Protests in Iran

Dozens of truck drivers in Tehran gathered in front of the Presidential Palace on Pasteur Street today to protest the high customs fees and the state’s policy regarding their new imported trucks.

Today, retired teachers in different cities of Iran protested in front of the State Pension Fund building to demand fair wages and a responsible response from the state to address their poor living conditions. So far, reports have been received from Shiraz, Sanandaj, Darab, Mamasani, Rasht, Tehran, and Hamedan.

Also, today, retired personnel of the Iranian Telecom Company in different provinces, e.g Khuzestan, Qazvin, Yazd, Khorasan Razavi, and Fars gathered in front of the executive headquarters in Tehran to protest the lack of attention to their problems and demands.

Intelligence Agents’ Shooting in Southeast Iran Causes Car Accident with Five Victims

According to Rasad Baluchistan, following the chasing and shooting from several intelligence agents at a car near Iranshahr, three people were killed and two were wounded. Two of the deceased victims have been identified as Younes Naroui, son of Haji Rahman, and Sajjad Naroui, son of Doust Mohammad.

According to the source, criminal agents of the ministry of intelligence (MOIS) opened fire at a Peugeot 405, which caused an accident with another car. Following the incident, the intelligence officers fled the scene.


Calls for Justice in Iran

Following the global litigation campaign for the massacre of political prisoners in Iran and calls for holding the highest officials in Tehran to account for genocide, crimes against humanity, and the increasing executions in Iran, supporters of the Mojahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MEK) held rallies in several European cities on Sunday, January 23.

Geneva, Switzerland

Oslo, Norway

Gothenburg, Sweden

Arab League Calls for Labelling Yemen Rebels as ‘Terrorist’ Group

The Arab League on Sunday called for classifying Yemen’s Houthi rebel group as a terrorist organization. Last week, three people were killed in a Houthi attack on Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The Cairo-based league held an emergency meeting at the level of permanent delegates on Sunday upon a request from the UAE to condemn the Houthi attack on the Gulf country. A resolution adopted by the pan-Arab body strongly condemned the rebel attack on Abu Dhabi as “a flagrant violation of international law.”

The resolution reiterated support to the UAE and all measures taken by Abu Dhabi to defend its security and people.

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Pakistan: Suspects in 2011 Killing of Saudi Diplomat Fled to Iran

Islamabad has asked authorities in Tehran to assist in the arrest of the suspects behind the assassination of Saudi diplomat Hassan al-Qahtani in Pakistan’s Karachi in 2011. Reports have said the killers had fled to Iran.

The Kingdom’s ambassador to Pakistan, Nawaf al-Malki, told Asharq Al-Awsat that Saudi Arabia was informed by Pakistan that the murderers were indeed in Iran. Saudi authorities are dedicating all of their efforts to cooperate with Pakistan to arrest them and allow justice to take its course, he added.

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UAE, Saudi Arabia Thwart Separate Houthi Attacks

The Arab Coalition has revealed it destroyed a ballistic missile launched toward Saudi Arabia’s Dhahran Al Janub early on Monday, while the UAE said they downed two missiles launched by the Iran-backed Houthis targeting Abu Dhabi.

Shrapnel from the destroyed missile fired at Saudi Arabia landed in the town’s industrial zone and material loss was reported, but no injuries or fatalities.

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Horrific State of Addiction in Iran

The mullahs’ 43-year reign has turned Iran into a degenerate society with no human values left for its people and no money and jobs to live in dignity. Unemployed, hopeless, and desperate youth are trapped by drug gangs, who are controlled and in the service of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

According to an interview with an addiction expert named Saeed Safatian and published last year by the state-run website 55 Online, more than 4.4 million of Iran’s 80 million people are now addicted.

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What Did Raisi Sell the Russians?

Following the recent visit to Russia by the Iranian regime’s President Ebrahim Raisi and his proposal for a 20-year agreement with that country, many Iranians are questioning whether this latest auctioneering of Iran’s wealth and resources would be in their interests.

Obviously, the regime is offering the country’s wealth purely for the political benefits that may come after that largesse. Before leaving Iran, Raisi acknowledged that the interaction between Iran and Russia would help “regional security.”  “Russia plays a pivotal role in the Eurasian Union, and our cooperation in this direction can be effective in promoting trade and economic steps. In this trip, bilateral relations, political, economic, energy and trade issues, and air and space issues will be discussed,” Raisi said.

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Professor Arezoo Rahimkhani Dismissed From the University

Arezoo Rahimkhani, a professor at the Azad University in Andimeshk, was expelled from the university, according to reports published on January 22, 2022. Andimeshk is one of the cities of Khuzestan Province in southwestern Iran. Ms. Rahimkhani had been verbally told in mid-January 2022 that she was fired. She was banned from continuing her activities and expelled from the university ever since. Despite repeated inquiries, Arezoo Rahimkhani was not officially notified of the expulsion order and was told it was confidential.

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Imprisoned Journalist Keyvan Samimi Forcibly Exiled To Worse Prison

Imprisoned journalist and political activist Keyvan Samimi, was transferred from Evin Prison to Karaj Central Prison. The 73-year-old was recently transferred to a police station in Karaj, west of Tehran. Mostafa Nili, the lawyer of Keyvan Samimi, had previously said that according to the available evidence, “resorting to violence and force” the authorities had taken his client to one of the police stations in Karaj to transfer him to the city’s central penitentiary later.

In an interview with the state-run Emtedad website, Nili said that his client had been banished due to pressure from security agencies and that he “had not even managed to take any of his belongings, including his medication. This will be very dangerous given his advanced age and the diseases he suffers from.”

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Iran: COVID-19 Fatalities Surpass 499,600

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Sunday, January 23, 2022, that the COVID-19 fatalities in 547 cities across Iran have surpassed 499,600. The number of victims in Tehran has reached 116,685, Isfahan 34,655, Alborz 14,553, Sistan and Baluchestan 13,780, Yazd 8,288, Hormozgan 8,275, Semnan 6,590, Qazvin 5,889, and South Khorasan 4,441.

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