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Iran News in Brief – March 11, 2024



UPDATE: 10:00 PM

Axis Of Terror In America’s Backyard


The US faces a significant threat in Venezuela’s cozy relationship with Iran, with enemy nations using the socialist country as a base in the hemisphere to attack America, experts have warned.

Fears are rising over the influence Iran has on Caracas as the two regimes strengthen economic and military ties and grow more hostile towards Washington DC.

Last week the FBI Miami launched a manhunt to find Iranian spy Majid Dastjani Farahani, who the government accuses of looking for allies to kill US officials while operating from Venezuela.

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The Emperor Has No Clothes

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The charade claiming to be the recent ‘elections’ in Iran, unfolded under a shadow of skepticism. The calls from the Supreme Leader and his close associates for widespread participation did not resonate among the broad swathes of the Iranian electorate. This disengagement was reflected in the notably low turnout, with the leading candidate in Tehran garnering a mere fraction—less than eight percent—of potential votes. This pervasive national boycott is a telling barometer of the current political climate and the citizens’ sentiment toward the theocratic regime.

Quick to exploit the mass boycott of the election, isolated spin doctors for Reza Pahlavi, son of the deposed Shah of Iran, claimed the majority of Iranians longed for the restoration of the monarchy. Nothing could be further from the truth. Like the famous tale by Hans Christian Andersen about the Emperor who has no clothes, Reza Pahlavi continues to stride naked across the world stage, naively believing he is wearing the resplendent robes of a monarch.

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French Magazine Reveals Iranian Guards’ Ship’s Alleged Role in Yemen Conflict

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On Sunday, March 10, the French weekly magazine “Express” published an article revealing the operations of an intelligence ship belonging to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards named “Behshad.” The vessel, disguised as a commercial ship, reportedly plays a crucial role in guiding the missile attacks of Houthi insurgents and has been stationed in the Red Sea since 2021.

Express detailed the ship’s mission of providing valuable information to the Houthis for identifying and targeting Western ships in the Gulf of Aden. Recent weeks have seen relentless missile and drone attacks by the Houthis in the Red Sea, with American forces managing to destroy at least 43 Houthi combat drones within forty-eight hours. One such attack on March 6 resulted in the death of three non-combatant crew members aboard a commercial vessel in the Gulf of Aden.

Express further noted that suspicions about the Behshad ship arose in 2021 when a similar vessel, named “Saviz,” replaced it in the Red Sea. According to Express, Saviz was also tasked with supporting arms smuggling and providing intelligence to Yemeni Houthis but was ultimately transferred to the shores of Iran due to an alarming explosion on board.

Information sources revealed that since its deployment in the Red Sea, the Behshad vessel has exhibited no significant movements and has deactivated its automatic identification system to remain covert, receiving constant protection from the Iranian naval forces.

According to Express, in January of last year, the Revolutionary Guards’ ship shifted its position from the Red Sea towards the southern part of the Gulf of Aden, coinciding with intensified missile and drone attacks by the Houthis in the area.

In February last year, the United States reportedly targeted two Iranian military vessels, including the Behshad, in a cyber-attack. Additionally, according to US officials cited by the ABC News network, Behshad plays a significant role in providing targeting information to Houthi insurgents in their missile and drone attacks against Western vessels.

Iranian Passport Ranked 190th Globally, Among Weakest in the World

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In the latest passport ranking by the financial consulting institution “Nomad Capitalist,” Switzerland has been declared to possess the “strongest” passport globally, while the passport of Iran ranks 190th in global credibility.

The evaluations conducted by this institution in passport rankings include the ease of travel to other countries as well as other indices such as tax laws, global empathy, dual citizenship, and personal freedom. In this evaluation, the Iranian passport has received one of the lowest scores in terms of global credibility.

According to Nomad Capitalist’s assessment, Iranian passport holders can only travel to 11 countries without a visa or with a visa on arrival, facing significant hostility from officials or citizens of those countries upon entry. Moreover, Iranians are “prohibited” from holding citizenship in other countries.

Based on this report, Afghanistan ranks at the bottom with the lowest score, 199, while passports of Iraq and Yemen are labeled as the weakest after Afghanistan. Passports of Palestine, Ethiopia, Sudan, and Myanmar rank higher than Iran and are considered more credible.


Iran’s Regime Ignores Floods In Baluchestan While It Publicizes Its Sham Elections

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Sixteen counties and hundreds of villages in Sistan and Baluchestan Province have been grappling with floods, devastation, waterlogging, and damage to thousands of hectares of agricultural and horticultural lands, greenhouses, rural and tribal livestock, agricultural machinery, canals, dozens of kilometers of roads, and water management structures for over a week. Tens of billions of rials of financial damage has been inflicted on this impoverished region. Thousands of flood-stricken and trapped individuals, surrounded by overflowing waters from dams, have no refuge or hope except for the voluntary assistance of their compatriots and the noble people of this region. Throughout the dictatorships of the shah and the mullahs, the people of Baluchestan have only seen repression and deprivation by the ruling regimes.

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Report to CSW68 – NCRI Women’s Committee

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The central theme of the 68th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68) is dedicated to the paramount objective of “accelerating the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment for all women and girls by addressing poverty and strengthening institutions and financing with a gender perspective.”

This involves a comprehensive approach encompassing the mitigation of poverty, bolstering institutional frameworks, integrating a gender perspective into financing mechanisms, and assessing countries’ outcomes in areas such as social support, access to public services, and sustainable infrastructure.

The overarching goal is to fortify systems that contribute to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

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House Rent Has Become the Main Economic Concern of Iranians

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An examination of Iranian citizens’ messages on social media indicates that house rent has become one of the most significant economic concerns for Iranians. A considerable number of messages shared by users on a daily basis on social media focus on issues related to rent, high costs, and inflation in this domain.

The common theme in these messages is the inability to afford house rent and the monthly increasing expenses, especially in the capital.

According to a survey, the average share of rent in the expenses of Tehran households has exceeded 50%, and residents of the capital, on average, spend around 150 million rials (approximately $252) monthly on house rent.

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Hamburg, Germany—March 9, 2024: MEK Supporters Expressed Their Solidarity With the Iran Revolution

Hamburg Germany—March 9 2024

Hamburg, Germany—March 9, 2024: Freedom-loving Iranians and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) gathered to express their solidarity with the Iranian Revolution.

MEK supporters in Hamburg demanded the trial of the mullahs’ regime leaders, especially Ali Khamenei  (Supreme leader of the mullahs’ regime) and the mass murderer Ebrahim Raisi for crimes against humanity, in an international court.

The Iranian community in Hamburg emphasized the Iranian people seeking a democratic republic and rejecting any kind of dictatorship, be it the mullahs or a return to that of Shah’s regime.

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Heidelberg, Germany—March 9, 2024: MEK Supporters Exhibition in Solidarity With the Iran Revolution

Heidelberg—March 9, 2024: MEK supporters organized an exhibition to support the Iranian Revolution.

Heidelberg, Germany—March 9, 2024: Freedom-loving Iranians and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) organized an exhibition to express solidarity with the Iranian Revolution.

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Also, read Iran News in Brief – March 10, 2023