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Albertine Ahmadi
Resisting Islamic Theocracy in Iran - Chronicles from Iran
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Preposterous Iran – part I: Cacophony
Nezam-Eslami leads to pauperism, figuratively and literally. In Iran, vultures are tearing each other to pieces. But who would pick at the carcass of the country later?
The picture that the theocracy wants the world to see: Hassan Rouhani, confident, firm and polished, away from the domestic cacophony. Far from the Syrian town of Douma, with its rubble and miseries, the men discussed Syria and their protégé, Bashar Al-Assad, absent from the meeting.
The Supreme Leader says the power of Nezam-Eslami is growing daily. According to San’at, a daily economy paper published in Tehran, 33% of the population lives in absolute poverty. In other words 24.6 million have little to eat.
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Preposterous Iran – part I: Cacophony
Nezam-Eslami leads to pauperism, figuratively and literally. In Iran, vultures are tearing each other to pieces. But who would pick at the carcass of the country later?
The picture that the theocracy wants the world to see: Hassan Rouhani, confident, firm and polished, away from the domestic cacophony. Far from the Syrian town of Douma, with its rubble and miseries, the men discussed Syria and their protégé, Bashar Al-Assad, absent from the meeting.
The Supreme Leader says the power of Nezam-Eslami is growing daily. According to San’at, a daily economy paper published in Tehran, 33% of the population lives in absolute poverty. In other words 24.6 million have little to eat.
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After the #IranProtests died down under coercion in the first week of January, the Iranian political actors marked the 39th year of the Islamic Revolution’s Glory : tiresome, kitsch and trite.
Do the men and women, who marched in the streets, waving banners of enslavement to the theocracy, WE OBEY THE ORDER FROM THE LEADER, realise that by backing the regime, they applaud dictatorship, racism, and xenophobia?
Are they aware they are being manipulated by the authorities who hide behind religious concepts, ignore public aspirations, violate people’s rights and freedoms and are plainly incapable of solving, if not creating, the political, social, environmental, and economic crises in the country?
In the background tragedies are in the making. Never short of ideas in human rights abuses, the judiciary has found a replacement for executions. Suicide is the name.
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#IranProtests are Ali Khamenei’s “enemies”.
He claims: The enemies are bound by money, weapons, politics and security apparatus against the Islamic order.
The Iranian fascistic theocracy feeds and prides itself on having enemies. Having enemies makes the ayatollahs feel important, and the center of the world.
For them, Iran is their private property and the Iranians are there to serve them. Those in Iran who are religious in Iran, - there are tens of millions- would not question the ayatollahs interpretations.
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«Where is my money? » #IranProtests ask.
Those who learned to game the system have raked in the big bucks. Inflation has hit the poor and working class the hardest. The costs of food, utilities, and healthcare have risen dramatically over the past five years. In 2013, the cost of food increased by just over 57%; in 2017, it rose by a further 13.9%. Meanwhile, the youth unemployment rate hovers at about 25%.
See also the pictures of Children, women and men surviving with the urban garbage.
http://p.dw.com/p/2qT59
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The Nation begs, the Leader rules as God!
Iran: the protesters are not the foreign spies and provocators as the regime pretends. The regime itself has dug its own tomb with nepotism, corruption, greed.
The ill-advised and malignant Donald Trump should keep his tweets for his own followers and stop meddling in the affairs he does not understand, unless he has plans to add the Iranian petrol fields on his balance-sheet as his private property; the only thing that he might understand. The Iranians, more sophisticated than his voters, would not accept to be the victims of his personal hatred towards Barack Obama.
His and the American establishment’s instructions are not needed or even remotely desired.
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The heartwarming message for 2018 as chanted in #Kermanshah, pursuing the  #IranProtests:
Independence! Freedom! Republic of Iran!

Perhaps 2018 would bring the changes so badly needed in the country, positive slogans would be chanted. And these, encapsulating the people’s feeling to the vast disenchantment against the velayat-e faqih (absolute clerical rule) would become obsolete:

The Nation begs, the Leader rules as God!
No Ghaza, No Libanon, My life to Iran
Death to Rouhani!
Leave Syria, Think of Us!
Mullahs ! Feel the Shame , leave the Country !
Seyed Ali ! Feel the Shame, Leave the country!
Death to the leader!
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Journalism in Iran:
Anyone who wants to hang on to his or her job has to be fluent in double-speak. In Iran, more than most places, flattery and conformity are the keys to success.
The trouble is it messes with our minds. Even if we don’t say what we believe, we come to believe what we say. […]
When a despotic state quashes freedom of speech, journalists forget how to do their jobs.
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In a case that has strained relations between Turkey and the US, Reza Zarrab, a Turkish-Iranian gold trader, described a sprawling money laundering network that allowed Iran access to international markets from 2010 to 2015 in violation of sanctions over its nuclear programme.
But what about the Iranian officials with whom he was in contact?
Read more on the Iranian network: https://iranwire.com/en/features/5001
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Kermanshah earthquake:
The banner reads: All of us, the earthquake victims, are most grateful to the people of Iran, old or young, from each community and religion. Inshallah, we shall redeem you in your merriment.
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