January 10, 2015

Paris Attack: Jihadi Cancer Has Its Roots in Tehra - By Struan Stevenson

Paris Attack: Jihadi Cancer Has Its Roots in Tehran
“The spread of violent jihad across the world was the inspiration of Ayatollah Khomenei.”
By Struan Stevenson
January 09, 2015
The horror assassination of ten journalists and two policemen in Paris is simply the latest manifestation of the spread of Islamic fundamentalism whose genesis can be traced directly back to the Iranian revolution and the coming to power of Grand Ayatollah Ruholla Khomenei, who made Iran the world’s first Islamic Republic. His medieval belief that his authority came directly from God enabled him to rule over a fascist theocracy that could imprison, torture, maim and execute at will, ruling by fear and violence and defending these excesses by stating they were the will of God. Similar to the “divine right of Kings” which bathed Europe in blood for centuries, this discredited anachronism plunged the 74 million forward-looking and highly civilized Iranians back to the Middle Ages, where women could be stoned to death and men hanged from cranes in town squares because they were guilty of “waging war on God.”
After executing 130,000 members of the People’s Mojahedin Opposition Group in the 1980s, Khomenei set about spreading his fundamentalist cancer across the Middle East. His successor Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has internationalized this obscene distortion of Islam by funding, training and equipping terrorist organizations across the Middle East. Iran is now extending its hegemony across the entire region and it is worth remembering that ISIS is not the only organization intent on using violence and bloodshed to create a worldwide Islamic caliphate; it is a core principle of the Iranian Constitution, drawn up by Ayatollah Khomenei, that they will export the Islamic revolution with the clear intention of creating an Islamic caliphate. Tehran regards ISIS as direct Sunni competitors in this struggle to enslave the world in a medieval corruption of the Muslim faith.
Iran now funds not only the brutal Shiia militias in neighboring Iraq, but Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in Palestine, Bashir al-Assad in Syria and the Shiite Houthi militia who seized Sanaa, the Yemeni capital last September. The so-called “moderate” President Hassan Rouhani also finances Iran’s hugely expensive program of uranium enrichment, the construction of nuclear weapons and the purchase of sophisticated missile delivery systems.
The plummeting oil price has caused a massive problem for the mullahs. Their future budget was predicated on oil prices rising from $112 to $130 a barrel. Today it has fallen to below $50 and experts predict it will fall to $45. This, combined with Western sanctions, is catastrophic for Tehran. Rouhani has found himself in an impossible trap. He was elected on a pledge to improve the Iranian economy and to improve living conditions for ordinary Iranians. But the hardliners in Tehran corruptly live off the back of the billions poured into the terrorist Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). Despite the collapsing oil price, Rouhani last month announced a 50 percent increase in the IRGC budget, taking their total annual spend to over €5 billion, which is more than half of Iran’s total defense budget which itself was increased by 33 percent last month. Buried in the small print of the budget was a further €2.5 billion that will go directly to the IRGC’s construction and engineering wing known as Khatam al-Anbia, a crooked vehicle for distributing largesse to the IRGC hierarchy.
Iran simply cannot afford this. The 74 million Iranians are facing economic meltdown. The people are fed up. They don’t want to be international pariahs. There is a seething undercurrent of protest in the air. Bread prices rose by 30 percent last month and the likelihood of another popular uprising is looming. Sanctions and the collapsing oil price are biting hard. Now is the time for the West to support the Iranian opposition and foment regime-change. The West must help the Iranian people overthrow the tyrannical mullahs and restore freedom, peace and democracy to Iran.
The spread of violent jihad across the world was the inspiration of Ayatollah Khomenei. The way to tackle this obscenity cannot simply rely on advanced intelligence and sporadic arrests. The primary cancer must be surgically removed at its core in Tehran and replaced by a modern and benign vision of Islam as espoused by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi and her National Council for Resistance in Iran.

Struan Stevenson was a Member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2014. He was President of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Iraq from 2009 to 2014 and is currently President of the European Iraq Freedom Association (EIFA).

NCRI strongly welcomes and supports President Francois Hollande’s call for attending the Paris mass rally on Sunday

Statement by the Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
The National Council of Resistance of Iran strongly welcomes and supports President Francois Hollande’s call for attending the Paris mass rally on Sunday.
As Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, has stated the Iranian people and their Resistance have been on the side of the people of France from a long time ago in the fight against terrorism and fundamentalism and defending the separation of religion and state.
Since three decades ago, the Iranian Resistance has declared that the epicenter of fundamentalism, export of terrorism, and retrogression is the religious caliphate ruling in Tehran, which is the spiritual godfather of the ISIS and is the world’s leader in execution, terrorism, and barbarism in the contemporary times.

Mrs. Rajavi described the remarks of President Hollande who reiterated that the terrorist crimes have no relevance to Islam as encouraging for all Muslims and nations of the region such as Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen that are the main victims and the primary enemies of Islamic fundamentalism. 

January 9, 2015

Senior Iranian Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami: The terrorist attack in Paris – One who sows the wind shall reap the whirlwind

Senior Iranian Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami: The terrorist attack in Paris – One who sows the wind shall reap the whirlwind
Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami: ...The question is: Who is responsible for the killing of all these innocents in these countries? Who provides their weapons? U.S. dollars? British pounds? European Union Euros? It were you who bred these beasts and serpents in your sleeves. One who sows the wind shall reap the whirlwind.
These terrorists have been bred by you. These terrorists were bred by your political supports and that of your allies.

The solution is that you abandon these evil deeds. Now that you have tasted terror, know that this path that you have been travelling for 10 years and endorse the terrorists is astray; abandon it.

Silence in face of crime is collaboration with criminals

Radio Deutsche Welle
By Dr. Jamshid Farouqi, Head of Farsi section of Deutsche Welle
January 8, 2015
Silence in face of crime is collaboration with criminals
The terrorist attack against the office of Charlie Hebdo weekly was a compound crime. This atrocity targeted human life as well as one of the most valuable things in human life which is the freedom of expression. The terrorist attack in Paris tells us that the deadly blade of censorship does not just claim lives in suppressed countries. Now, the scope of crimes against exalted values of mankind has reached the free and democratic countries.
The silence of leaders and officials of the Islamic Republic in face of this horrifying atrocity is shameful. Many of the leaders and officials of the Islamic states have condemned this terrorist attack and stated that it is incoherent with Islam’s spirit. The Arab League, leaders and senior officials of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Indonesia and many others have expressed solidarity with the victims of this tragedy and have issued statements to condemn this blatant crime.
The stance of Iran vis-à-vis this atrocity is limited to just a statement that many hours later was issued by Marzieh Afkham, Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson. Even this statement mostly concerns itself with condemning the abuse of freedom of expression in democratic countries, rather than condemning the perpetrators of this barbaric assassination.
Isn’t the silence of the leader, President and Foreign Minister of Iran regarding this appalling crime questionable?

We should find the answer to this question in the prisons of the Islamic Republic. The journalists who have been thrown into prison for their civil courageousness and their criticisms of country’s officials are not just a handful. So are the number of those who have been deprived of personal and social freedoms on the charge of abusing the freedom of expression, thinking differently, or just because they belong to the religious, ethnic or language minorities. The number of those threatened with death and execution or those who have even lost their lives on the allegation of insulting the religion and spreading blasphemy and atheism is not few.

Iranian news agency sais: Attack in Paris consequence of France playing with fire in Syria

Iranian Tasnim News Agency
January 8, 2015
Attack in Paris consequence of France playing with fire in Syria
After four years of continuous French support for armed Takfiri groups in Syria to topple Bashar Assad, what the French security officials had predicted and warned occurred and showed itself in the attack on the office of Charlie Hebdo weekly.
Playing with fire
This attack occurred while from the onset of war in Syria, France began playing with fire and turned into a protective umbrella for the countries that supported armed groups in Syria. It presented several draft resolutions for military attack on Syria similar to the attacks on Libya, but Russia and China, two big allies of Syria, time and again used their veto power to frustrate the French measures to interfere.
From the outset of the Syrian crisis and the passage of French fighters from Turkey into Syria, the French security and military experts warned about the policy of supporting the terrorists to topple the regime ruling in Syria.
Qatari money in French officials’ pockets
At that time, the French newspapers published reported about the perils of forming a coalition with Qatar. Furthermore, several books on the role of Qatar in supporting Takfiri terrorism was published which explained how the leaders and the emirs of Doha had bought off the French politicians and elite and tried to lure France to support the war against Syria and the overthrow of Bashar Assad.
The number of French nationals who went to Syria was announced to be around 800 and most of them were affiliated with the Takfiri groups that are spread all over France and are well known to the security institutions. They knew that these people enjoyed the support of the French officials and they established societies that conducted activities in their name and under their cover. They invested in restaurants and communications and thus their activities were conducted with the knowledge and acquiescence of the French officials.
One can see thousands of the members of these groups in Afghan clothing in famous and large districts of France.
The French security society considers this state as a result of the money that Qatar put in the pockets of the French elite at various ranks.
Onset of terrorist operations on French soil
Thus, in the present conditions we can state that the trend of developments in France is moving in the direction of a season of terrorist operations that was switched on by the attack on Charlie Hebdo weekly.
This attack happened at a time when the position of France in recognizing the Palestinian government [sic] at the Security Council really raises eyebrows.

However, the attack that killed 12 and injured 40 is the result of innumerable and ill-assessed interventions by France in the developments in Syria with the French security officials most cognizant that to preserve security in various cities, a change in the French policy with regard to Syria is essential. 

November 25, 2014

Top Iranian Negotiator ‘Frequently Shouts’ at Kerry, Western Officials

Reports: Top Iranian Negotiator ‘Frequently Shouts’ at Kerry, Western Officials

Zarif screams so loud bodyguards have entered the room, Iranian diplomat claims

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L), EU envoy Catherine Ashton (C) and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif meet in Muscat November 10
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L), EU envoy Catherine Ashton (C) and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif meet in Muscat November 10 / Reuters
VIENNA—Iran’s foreign minister and lead negotiator in nuclear talks is known to frequently scream and shout at Western diplomats, including Secretary of State John Kerry, a practice that has caused alarm among bodyguards stationed outside the negotiating room, according to a member of the Iranian diplomatic team who spoke to the Farsi-language press.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif—who is scheduled to hold one-on-one talks with Kerry this evening in Vienna—”frequently shouts at Western diplomats” in such a forceful manner that bodyguards have hurriedly entered the negotiation room on occasion worried that an incident might occur, according to one Iranian diplomat involved in negotiations who spoke anonymously with the Iranian press earlier this week.
On one occasion, Zarif’s shouts were so loud that a member of the Iranian delegation entered the negotiation room to check on the players, according to the report, which was independently translated for the Free Beacon.
Upon entering, the Iranian official was informed by European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton, a chief western negotiator, that Zarif was just shouting and she had gotten used to it, according to an independent translation of the report.
The report of Zarif’s aggressive behavior is consistent with previous reports claiming that Iranian negotiators tend to treat their Western counterparts—particularly the Americans—with scorn.
Iranian diplomat Abbas Araghchi, another member of the negotiating team, is reported to have said in an interview that during past negotiations in Geneva, Zarif “shouted” at Kerry and spoke to him in a way that was likely “unprecedented” in the history of U.S. diplomacy.
Araghchi went on to claim that he and Zarif play the roles of “good cop, bad cop,” according to the report, also in Farsi. The two often exchange these roles in a bid to “baffle the Western diplomats” and keep them uneasy, the report claims.
Araghchi further claimed that Kerry said very little after being shouted at by Zarif, except for “one or two very respectful sentences.”
Meanwhile, negotiations in Vienna over a final deal continue just one day before a self-imposed deadline for the talks.
While some Iranian officials have said that they refuse to extend the talks any further, Western officials, including Kerry, maintain that serious divisions remain between the two sides.
Both sides appear convinced that it will be impossible to reach a final deal before the Monday deadline.
“Given the limited time left, reaching a comprehensive agreement seems unlikely,” an Iranian diplomat told the country’s state-controlled media early Sunday.
Desperation on the part of the United States has led to a situation in which Iran feels that it has the upper hand and can act brazenly in talks, according to Saeed Ghasseminejad, an Iranian dissident and associate fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD).
“The problem with the nuclear negotiations is that everybody knows how desperately this administration wants a deal,” Ghasseminejad said. “Nothing good comes out of such a situation. Actually it is [Iranian President] Rouhani who should be desperate to reach a deal.”
The United States “has gone too far to meet [Iranian Supreme Leader] Khamenei’s excessive demands only because the administration wants to have a foreign policy legacy beyond the total chaos it has achieved till now; the problem is that what they do only makes things worse,” he said.

November 24, 2014

Iran: Mullahs’ regime acknowledges 3000 women in Tehran sleep in streets

In a shocking statistics, Rahmatollah Hafezi, an official of Tehran Municipality, acknowledged that there are 3000 women who sleep in the streets just in Tehran alone. According to Reza Jahangiri, another official of Tehran’s municipality, the average age of these women has declined to 17-18 years. He stated that the reason for the increase in the number of women who sleep in the streets is due to the spread of addiction.
Hafezi, Chair of the Health and Environment Commission in the city council, announced on Friday, November 21, that the number of tramps in Tehran is 15000. This regime official acknowledged that the clerical regime has not provided any shelter for these wretched women. This is at a time when the cold season has caused harsher conditions for the poor and in the past two weeks people in 14 provinces are living in difficult conditions due to the heavy snow and rain fall (Tasnim News Agency, affiliated with the terrorist Qods Force – November 21).
Meanwhile, Mostafa Fayzi, head of Inspection Organization of Tehran Municipality, confirmed that this municipality uses children to collect the trash. Regime’s News Network TV quoted mullahs’ regime census center that 1.7 million children are working in Iran.
Ms. Sarvnaz Chitsaz, Chair of Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance, expressed her abhorrence regarding the wretched condition of women who are victims of the mullahs’ tyranny and said: “This shocking statistics which in reality is far less than the actual numbers, is just a glimpse at the catastrophic condition that the evil rule of the mullahs has imposed on the Iranian people and in particular the defenseless women and children.”
The Iranian women and children have to live such a horrible life while just one of the foundations that belong to the regime’s supreme leader has plundered 95 billion dollars of Iranian peoples’ wealth and while in the power struggle among regime’s officials, greater dimensions of the plunder of the national wealth by various ruling factions is disclosed every day.

Ms. Chitsaz emphasized that as long as the criminal regime of the mullahs reigns in Iran, the cycle of livelihood of Iranians and the condition of women will spin on suppression, poverty and gloom. The sole solution for the emancipation of the Iranian people, especially women and children, from the misery caused by the mullahs is the overthrow of this anti-human regime. The struggle to attain this national aspiration is the foremost duty of every Iranian. This is a struggle where the free women of Iran are its vanguards and the 1000 women members of PMOI in Camp Liberty act as their guide.