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Iran News in Brief – January 25, 2022




MP Admits to Serious Water Shortage in Southwest Iran


During an interview with the IRGC Quds Force-run Tasnim news agency, Habibollah Dehmardeh, a member of the Iranian regime’s parliament said today: “In the last two decades, dehydration has exhausted people of the Sistan and Baluchistan Province, forcing a significant number of the people in the region to migrate to other places. The problem of water shortage in this region needs a permanent and stable solution and it is not possible to rely on the temporary flow of water from Afghanistan because this level of the water right is not properly directed towards Iran.”


Calls For Justice in Iran Continues to Echo in Stockholm

The trial of Hamid Nouri, a prison guard during the massacre of political prisoners in several prisons in Iran in 1988, continued at a Swedish court on Tuesday, January 25. In this session, Mansour Kamalzadeh, one of the witnesses of the 1988 massacre in Gohardasht prison, testified and told the judges about what he and his cellmates have been through in the summer of 1988.

Simultaneously, Iranians, supporters of the Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MEK) and the relatives of the executed martyrs staged a demonstration in Stockholm and demanded the trial of the Iranian regime’s supreme leader, president, and judiciary chief for genocide and crimes against humanity.

Global Outrage Following Houthis’ Rocket Attacks Forced Iranian Regime to Back Off

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“We are concerned about the escalation of the war and call on Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to take a political and constructive approach to end the siege and end the war and enter into the Yemeni-Yemeni dialogue,” the regime’s foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said at an alleged meeting called National Conference on Iran and Neighbors.

“The continuation of this situation is not in the interest of the region and it has not been and will not be in the interest of anyone and the countries involved in this crisis,” the FM added.


Hundred Thousand Iranians Committed Suicide in One Year


Reflecting on the shocking statistics of 100,000 suicides in a year, announced by the Ministry of Interior, Maryam Masoumi, Secretary of the Committee of Psychiatrists of Iran said on January 23: “The suicide rate has been on the rise since 2005. The most affected are the self-employed, unemployed, and housewives, which confirms how poor economics affects suicide attempts. According to the latest estimates of the Statistics Center of Iran, last summer, the provinces of Ilam, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, Kurdistan, and Lorestan have had a high misery index. These provinces are also considered centers of suicide in Iran.”


Iran Is Among the World’s Most Corrupt Countries


Transparency International says that per Corruption Perceptions Index in 2021, the Iranian regime is among the most corrupt countries even in the Middle East region.

According to Deutsche Welle on Tuesday, January 26, a report from the International Transparency Organization shows that the Iranian regime is in 150th place, among 180 countries, in terms of the extent of corruption, which equals to Guinea, Guatemala and Tajikistan.

The state of corruption in Iran is even worse than in countries such as Uganda, Bangladesh, Mozambique, and Angola. The UAE, Qatar, and Israel have the best scores for controlling corruption. The UAE is ranked 24th with 69 points.


Sen. Cruz Leads Bill To Impose Sanctions on Iranian Backed Houthis, Re-designate Them as a Foreign Terrorist Organization


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) last week introduced a bill to impose terrorism sanctions on the Iran-controlled Houthis, in the aftermath of months of terrorism escalation. On February 5th, 2021, the Biden State Dept. announced it would lift terrorism-related sanctions on the Houthis and three of their leaders: Abdul Malik al-Houthi, Abd al-Khaliq Badr al-Din al-Houthi, and Abdullah Yahya al-Hakim. Sen. Cruz’s bill reverses the February decision, re-designating the Houthis as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and the group and their leaders as Specially Designated Global Terrorists. The bill is backed by co-sponsors Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), John Barrasso (R-WY), and Marco Rubio (R-FL).


Crude Summit: Pompeo Blames Iran for UAE Attacks


Former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo blames Iran for the recent rocket attacks against the UAE and Saudi civilian and energy installations but notes UAE and Saudi leaders have been forced to reach out to Tehran after last year’s change of guard in Washington.

A year after stepping down as the top US diplomat, Pompeo in a wide-ranging interview at the Argus Americas Crude Summit in Houston defended his Iran “maximum pressure” policy. “Ebrahim Raisi, the new president of Iran, and the Ayatollah (Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader) are malign actors,” Pompeo told Argus. “Just two weeks ago, they flew rockets and missiles into Abu Dhabi, where there were many Americans.”

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Iran Regime Admits Its Humiliating Defeat


Following persecution in the first two years after the theocracy came to power after the Iranian Revolution in 1979, members of the regime’s main opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) left Iran for France in 1981 and five years relocated to Iraq to set up a camp across the Iranian frontier. Camp Ashraf, located in Iraq’s Diyala province, grew from a barren piece of land to a modern mini-city over the next two decades.

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Iran and the Crushing Poverty Line


Over the past 40 years, the Iranian regime plundered and fleeced the people of Iran such that today most of them can even not provide one portion of a warm meal to their families and many are even deprived of a daily meal and, for that matter, a piece of bread.

This is even though the regime has had more than $1,370 billion from oil revenues in the past 42 years according to its Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance.

We can attribute this situation and the people’s abject poverty to two factors, but two facts explain the Iranian people’s dire predicament. First, the insatiable greed of the regime’s officials, especially the mullahs, who have looted everything in any corner of the country.

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The Spread of Violence Against Women in Iran, the Mullahs’ Ploy To Control Society


In today’s Iran, we witness the constant spread of violence against women. We learn increasingly horrendous facts every day. The authorities attempt to cover up cases of violence against women, but in many instances, these cases are too obvious to be neglected. The clerical regime’s failure to prosecute the perpetrators fully and its eagerness to release them indicates that it is taking advantage of this situation.

Repression is one of the two main pillars that drive the clerical dictatorship’s survival. Consensus on the repression of women reigns highest for this regime.

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Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll Exceeds 499,800


The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Monday, January 24, 2022, that the COVID-19 death toll in 547 cities has exceeded 499,800. The number of victims in Tehran has reached 116,735, Khorasan Razavi 40,235, West Azerbaijan 18,858, Lorestan 16,515, Kerman 13,492, Kermanshah 9,354, Hamedan 9,258, Bushehr 5,574, and Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari 3,885.

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