Iran News in brief – September 19, 2021
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Khamenei cleric expresses fear of new generation
Alam al-Huda, an intransigent cleric with close ties to Ali Khamenei, the regime’s supreme leader, has expressed fear of the growing hatred of the younger generation against the system. According to the IRGC-run Fars news agency, he said: “For the revolution, there is no danger and plague worse than the generational break. This means that the generation of today would break with the generation of yesterday and that the next generation would not join the generation of today either; which will cut off the revolution.
Alam al-Huda added: The enemies are the enemy of the revolution, they are not the enemy of the system; they want the revolution to be cut short.
Housing expert: Iranian economy is dead
Baitullah Sattarian, a government-affiliated housing expert acknowledged the failing state of the Iranian regime’s economy which can no longer be saved. Speaking to Public Channel 2, Sattarian, discussed Ebrahim Raisi’s promise to build a million new homes by the government.
He said, “When the economy is badly structured, no matter how much you change pilots, there is nothing you can do. A new rider comes in and says “I brought a new whip”, someone says “I brought a new saddle”. Dude, I’m telling you, that horse is dead.
European Parliament called Iranian-affiliated Hezbollah a source of instability and corruption in Lebanon
On Friday September 17, the European Parliament adopted a resolution declaring that Hezbollah, a group affiliated with the Iranian regime, is one of the causes of instability and corruption in Lebanon.
According to Euronews, the resolution reads: “Lebanese Hezbollah still controls key Lebanese government ministries despite the formation of a new government following the resignation of its previous government following an explosion in the port of Beirut that killed more than 217, injured thousands and destroyed part of the capital on August 4, 2020. ”
He also notes that Hezbollah has shown that it has a strong “ideological allegiance” to Iran and that it is destabilizing the Lebanese government. The resolution also accused Hezbollah of suppressing the Lebanese popular movement in 2019 and blamed the group for the political and economic crisis in Lebanon. The European Parliament, which adopted the resolution with 575 votes in favor, 71 against and 39 abstentions, called on all foreign powers to refrain from interfering in the internal affairs and sovereignty of Lebanon and to respect its political independence.
In the same resolution, the European envoys warned that if the Lebanese government did not comply with these recommendations, it would be subject to European sanctions for “obstructing and undermining the democratic political process”.
Iran coronavirus death toll exceeds 429,500
The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK) announced this afternoon, Saturday, September 18, 2021, that the death toll from COVID-19 in 547 cities has exceeded 429,500. The death toll in Tehran reached 100 866, Khorasan Razavi 34 725, Isfahan 28 450, Khuzestan 26 316, Mazandaran 16 285, Fars 15 414, East Azerbaijan 15 253, West Azerbaijan 15 178, Gilan 14 945, Lorestan 14 510, Alborz 12 573, Qom 11 825, Kerman 11,307 8, Central Province 7,898, Kermanshah 7,539, Yazd 7,193, Ardabil 5,430, Bushehr 4,854 and South Khorasan 3,786.
# Iran Coronavirus Update
More than 429,500 people died from the novel #coronavirus in 547 cities spread across the 31 Iranian provinces, according to Iranian opposition PMOI / MEK.
Full report https://t.co/TycmQsHLvm pic.twitter.com/8UItnfUd9h
– People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK) (@Mojahedineng) September 18, 2021
“Khomeini ordered us to execute you all”: ex-political prisoner gives poignant testimony in Swedish court
Friday marked the seventeenth session of the trial of Hamid Nouri, an Iranian regime official accused of torturing prisoners and participating in the 1988 massacre of thousands of political prisoners. Nouri is tried in a Swedish court after being apprehended during a trip. As one of the authorities at Gohardasht (Karaj) prison, Nouri is currently on trial in court where many of his victims give poignant testimonies about how he and other regime officials brutally tortured prisoners. .
Tehran reiterates its opposition to UNESCO 2030, risking another civil backlash
Iran’s new president, Ebrahim Raisi, announced this week that the Islamic Republic will not move forward with the implementation of UNESCO’s 2030 Sustainable Development Plan. The announcement was, at in all respects, redundant.
Although the previous government presented an education policy plan in 2017 that took into consideration some of UNESCO’s recommendations in this area, the plan was canceled a few months later following a backlash from extremist officials, including Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
Iranian teachers and educators organize chain protests in 14 provinces
Iranian teachers and educators staged chain protests in 14 provinces on Saturday, September 18, 2021. Most of the participants were women. Chain protests took place in the provinces of Tehran, East Azerbaijan, Khuzestan, Isfahan, Fars, Alborz, Kermanshah, Qom, Lorestan, Hormozgan, Ardabil, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer Ahmad, Ilam and Chahar Mahal-o Bakhtiari. Iranian teachers and educators protested against their horrible living conditions and incomes.
Iranian Bahai detained in Tehran for following his faith
Eighteen days after the arrest of Baha’i citizen Arsalan Yazdani, he is still being held in one of the security detention centers at Evin Prison. Arsalan Yazdani was arrested on September 1 by security forces in Tehran. He was arrested after security forces raided his home and confiscated some of his personal belongings. He was transferred to an unknown location.
During a phone call with his family, Yasdani said he would likely remain in detention for another two to three weeks.
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