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Iran News in Brief – November 13, 2021

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Commemorating Iran’s November 2019 Uprisings Across the World

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Today, Iranians and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) commemorated the anniversary of the November 2019 uprising by holding rallies and demonstrations in various countries. They called for the trial of the Iranian regime’s leaders, especially Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader as well as Ebrahim Raisi, the regime’s president and chief executioner in the last four decades.


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Newspaper Uncovers Another Covid-19 Vaccine Fiasco in Iran

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The state-run newspaper Etemad wrote on November 12: “Three months after the import of more than 17 million doses of the Emirati vaccine ‘Hayat-Vax’, while the vaccine had not yet received a license from the World Health Organization for export, emergency consumption and global supply, two days ago the Ministry of Health issued a notice to all vaccination centers and ordered to collect and stop the injection and return the very brand to the warehouses. Meanwhile, a number of people have posted comments on social media, stating that they have already received the first and second shots of the vaccine in recent weeks.


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Raisi’s Government Will Only Add to The Problems, State-run Newspaper Forecasts

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The state-run Setareh Sobh newspaper wrote: “The economic team and the diplomacy team that has been appointed by Ebrahim Riasi are unable to solve economic and foreign relations problems in order to improve the living conditions of the people. They will rather add to the problems and the heavy burden of livelihood. The weight that already rests on the shoulders of the people will become heavier.”

Referring to the fake promises of the regime’s president, the daily added: “Which country has ever been able to achieve economic growth by smuggling oil whose pattern the 13th government is supposed to follow? Some have talked about eliminating the government-set exchange rate and providing subsidies of 110,000 tomans to each person. Improper implementation of this plan will make the economic situation more worse than it is right now.”


High Prices Will Lead to Social Unrest, Economist Warns

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Hossein Raghfar, an economist, wrote in the state-run Arman Melli: “We saw a terrible increase in prices in January 2018 and November 2019, which of course led to popular protests. On the other hand, even if the price increase does not include some commodities, it still has the same psychological effect on the people and the economy of Iran.”

Raghfar warned: “We will see a slight increase in prices in February and March due to increased demand from people to buy things. According to the National Statistics Center, commodity prices have risen 74 percent since last year. However, these goods contribute to a great share of the shopping list of the poor. Hence, in the near future, we will see discontent on a very large scale, and this can certainly lead to more macroeconomic and social instability.”


UPDATE: 12:00 PM CET

Supreme Leader’s Rep. Admits to Miserable Living Conditions Under Raisi

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During the Friday prayers in Mashhad, Ahmad Alalalhoda, the Supreme Leader’s representative said: “Our economy is sick. This sick economy needs surgery to be treated and it must be operated on. Economic reforms require a series of surgeries, but one never operates on a weakened body.”

According to the state Razavi TV, Alamalhoda, who is also the father-in-law of Ebrahim Raisi, the Iranian regime’s president, added: “People’s livelihoods need to improve but unfortunately, this transformation has not become operational in these 100 days. Livelihoods are being managed with bitterness. With the increasing costs, people are having a hard time day in day out… Of course, hundred days isn’t enough for this, not even three hundred days.”


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Senior Hezbollah Figure Becomes Quds Force Leader in Syria

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Following the expulsion of Javad Ghaffari, the leader of the Quds Force from Syria, the Iranian regime appointed a member of Hezbollah as the new Quds Force leader to replace him.

Al-Arabiya wrote on Friday: “Ali Asaf, a Lebanese national and a member of the Lebanese Hezbollah Party, who works for the terrorist Quds force in Syria, has replaced Javad Ghaffari.”

According to Al-Arabiya, Javad Ghaffari was planning to move his forces to the Golan Heights on the Israeli border, and the move had led to Israeli airstrikes on targets in Syria, which most likely led to the expulsion of the IRGC leader from Syria.


“The Guards Punched the Hanging Bodies”—Horrific Account of Mass Executions in Iran’s Gohardasht Prison

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On Friday, the District Court of Durres, Albania, convened for the thirty-seventh session of the trial of Hamid Noury, an Iranian prison official charged with torturing inmates in the Gohardasht prison (Karaj) and taking part in the 1988 massacre of thousands of political prisoners. Noury was apprehended by Swedish authorities during a trip to the country in 2019. Noury is now standing trial in a court where many of his victims are giving harrowing testimonies of how he and other regime officials brutally tortured and executed prisoners.

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Iranian Government Expects the Impossible To Resume Nuclear Talks

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The Iranian government has finally agreed to resume nuclear talks in Vienna on November 29, after months of stalling. However, as the date for the negotiations is just days after a scheduled session for the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it appears that the regime is attempting to manipulate the international community once again by dodging any repercussions for their failure to comply with the IAEA regarding their nuclear advancements. In September, Tehran struck a deal with the IAEA chief, Rafael Grossi, on the eve of the scheduled meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors and agreed to facilitate the UN watchdog’s monitoring inside Iranian nuclear sites.

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Iran Intelligence Embarks on a Spree of Arrests in Baneh, Kurdistan

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Agents of the Ministry of Intelligence have launched a spree of arrests of the residents of Baneh, in Kurdistan province. Security forces in Baneh have arrested at least 18 Kurdish citizens in Baneh, in Kurdistan province, and taken them to an unknown location. The security forces ransacked the residences of the arrestees and confiscated some of their personal belongings.

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