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Iran Focus

London, 23 Nov - While the Thanksgiving holiday is unique to North America, many people around the world will share what they are thankful for via hastags on social media no matter what country they live in.

Those living under the Iranian Regime will not partake however. It’s not because, as some media outlets imply, they are opposed to American values (most love the democratic, secular governments of the West) but because they have little to be thankful for.

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London, 21 Nov - American officials have exposed a “large-scale” counterfeiting ring, orchestrated by the Iranian Regime, which was sophisticated enough to fool European regulators, on Monday, November 20.

The US Treasury officials described this counterfeiting operation as an attempt by Iran to increase its influence over the Middle East.

They subsequently sanctioned a network of individuals and businesses involved in the counterfeiting and linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and its elite Qods Force, including two based in Germany.

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London, 7 Nov - The US needs to get tough on the Iranian Regime now, before the mullahs can target any more of the US’s interests in the Middle East.

The Iranian Regime needs little prompting to act against the US; in 2017 alone they’ve helped their proxy terrorist groups to fire upon Saudi Arabia, tried to murder Americans, attacked Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, and Syria, and support terrorist cells like the Taliban.

Only last week we learnt of the extensive relationship between the Iranian Regime and al Qaeda, which included providing money, training, and safe passage to the terrorists prior to 9/11 and then hiding high-ranking members (including Osama Bin Laden’s son) from American authorities afterwards.

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London, 16 Nov - The Iranian Regime is desperately trying to cover up its responsibility in the large-scale destruction that followed Sunday’s earthquake by downplaying the extent of the damage, suppressing the people, and refusing outside offers of help.

The Regime wants to suppress their people’s legitimate protest and anger over the disaster, so they sent in suppressive government forces like the Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) led by Mohammad Ali Jafari and the Basij led by Ali Fazli, rather than aid conveys and the emergency services.

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London, 7 Nov - Iran has been a destructive force in the Middle East for decades, using proxy militias like Hezbollah, Hashd al-Shaabi, and Hamas to destabilise the region in order to gain eventual control, but since the recent Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum, the Regime has become even more blatant.

They are promoting strife in Iraq (by encouraging the Iraqi government to go after the Kurds) and showing the US how much influence Iran has over the Iraqi government by having Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Quds force (a militant branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, IRGC), appear in photos of the siege, after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the Iran-backed militants to “go home”.

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London, 16 Nov - In the aftermath of the horrific tragedy that struck Iran late on Sunday, the Iranian regime has all but abandoned the people that need help urgently. After the devastating earthquake hit the country, the Iranian government, bar a few sympathetic tweets, has failed to react appropriately. Instead, it is trying to cover up the reality of the devastation and is trying to suppress the demonstrations that are taking place in solidarity of all those affected.

The people of Iran are angry, and quite rightly so. After the earthquake, instead of sending help in the form of convoys and forces, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Mohammad Ali Jafari and the Basij force commander Ali Fazli were sent.

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London, 2 Nov - The Iranian Regime is now using fake news to discredit a female activist and the popular people’s resistance as a whole in order to pit the people against each other and divide an activist family.

Mere days after Donald Trump delivered his speech on the Iran deal and the oppression faced by the Iranian people, the Regime’s press published a false story about lifelong activist, Somayeh Mohammadi, defecting from the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK).

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London, 15 Nov - Following Sunday’s earthquake that killed over 530 people, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani promised to launch an investigation into why housing built by the Regime under former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad collapsed while privately built homes were able to withstand the 7.3 magnitude tremors.

However, the explanation is simple. Widespread corruption in the Iranian Regime meant that money was leeched from the housing project- as it is with any other project that should benefit the Iranian people- and shoddy houses were built with substandard materials. This is why so many died.

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London, 31 Oct - Smuggling and other imports by the entities of the Iranian Regime may soon bankrupt the economy according to recent reports.

The official figures from the Iran Customs Administration state that over $50 billion worth of goods is imported to Iran annually with a further $17-25 billion worth of goods being smuggled in.

It also shows that imports have risen by 15% in the first half of 2017 and non-oil exports have dropped by 3%. This is worrying because Iran’s economy is undeveloped and increased imports of goods that could easily be produced in Iran puts a real strain on native workers and contributes to the unemployment rate.

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London, 14 Nov - Thousands of Iranians have been forced to spend a second night exposed to the elements following the earthquake that killed over 540.

On Sunday, the 7.3-magnitude quake struck at the Iran-Iraq border, in a mountainous region spanning Iran’s Kermanshah province and Iraqi Kurdistan, causing many occupants to flee their homes.

However, humanitarian aid has since struggled to get to the quake zone, leaving many without the most basic of necessities including water, food, medicine, and shelter.

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London, 30 Oct - In 2013, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani promised to improve the everyday lives of the Iranian people within the first 100 days of his presidency and 100 days following his take over, he declared that he had achieved this.

This declaration was as much a lie as his promises were. He hadn’t achieved this by the end of his first term in office, let alone at the 100-day mark.

In 2017, he made similar promises and now, as we close in on the 100-day deadline, Iran analyst Taher Khaljani assessed on Zamaneh Media that it is doubtful that Rouhani will achieve these promises in the little time he has left, if he ever intended to at all.

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London, 11 Nov - The shock announcement of Lebanese prime Minister Saad Hariri’s resignation is making many wonder what the reasons were behind his decision. There are many political reasons such as the influence of Hezbollah which is in control of around a quarter of the Lebanese territory and is more powerful than the country’s army.

Iran is the one behind Hezbollah and Syria’s interference in Lebanese politics, and it is certain that this was at least part of the reason why Hariri resigned. He left the country before announcing his intentions – no surprise, given that Hezbollah is known to assassinate those that speak out against it.

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London, 28 Oct - On October 13th, President Trump announced the new US strategy towards Iran. The reaction to this strategy have been varied. Those who advocate the for continuing the JCPOA condemned it, claiming it will cause a loss of trust in America. Others believe the new strategy will serve both the interests of the US as well as the Iranian people.

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London, 10 Nov - France has joined the US and Saudi Arabia in blaming Iran for last weekend’s ballistic missile launch by the Houthi rebels in Yemen targeting Riyadh International Airport.

President Emmanuel Macron said, during a visit to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia on Thursday, November 9, that this illustrated the need for increased negotiation with Iran over missile development to prevent this happening again.

He said: "The missile which was intercepted by Saudi Arabia launched from Yemen, which obviously is an Iranian missile, shows precisely the strength of their [program]. There are extremely strong concerns about Iran [across the Middle East] and there are negotiations we need to start on Iran's ballistic missiles.”

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London, 25 Oct - The Saudi Foreign Minister, Adel Al-Jubeir, has stated that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia supports the new US position on the Iranian Regime, as put forth by Donald Trump, noting that the 2015 nuclear agreement contains several problems.

Al-Jubeir made these comments at a panel on the future of worldwide turbulence, organised by the Royal Institute of International Affairs (commonly known as Chatham House), on October 25.

During the London conference, Al-Jubeir said that the Iranian Regime’s policy of supporting terrorism and terrorist activity around the world was unacceptable and would have dire consequences.

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London, 10 Nov - The Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister has said that his country would welcome sanctions on the Iranian Regime for its support of terrorism and violation on the United Nations resolution on the testing of ballistic missiles that enshrines the 2015 nuclear agreement.

In an interview with CNBC, Adel al-Jubeir said that an effective strategy for dealing with the Regime would be to hold Iran accountable its support of terrorism and its illicit ballistic missile programme, as well as fixing the overall nuclear agreement.

These comments came just days after an Iranian-built ballistic missile was fired towards Riyadh International Airport by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, on Saturday. The missile was caught by Saudi defence systems and destroyed before it could do any damage.

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London, 24 Oct - Donald Trump has publically opposed the 2015 nuclear deal ever since his Presidential campaign and so it was only right that he decertify Iran’s compliance with the agreement, as he did earlier this month.

In doing so, he has started to right the wrongs of US policy on Iran that far predate the last administration and although it is not clear what exactly will come of the decertification (increased sanctions, deal renegotiation, US withdrawal are all possible outcomes), it was the right move.

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London, 10 Nov - The Secretary-General of the Iran-backed Hezbollah terrorist group is blaming Saudi Arabia for the shock resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri this weekend with no actual evidence to back up his claims.

Hassan Nasrallah claimed that Hariri has been arrested in Riyadh, even claiming to be seriously worried about Hariri’s safety and calling upon Saudi Arabia to “give us back our prime minister”.

This is, of course, designed to detract attention from the reasons that Hariri actually gave for his resignation in a speech on Saturday from Saudi Arabia.

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London, 24 Oct - When he described the clerical establishment of Iran as “a dictatorship with a façade of democracy,” former House Speaker and Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich added, “If you’re not part of the dictatorship, and you’re not acceptable to the dictator, you can’t run, and therefore to pretend that the elections actually offer any serious choice to the Iranian people is simply a fantasy.”

Gingrich made these comments while speaking at a luncheon held by the Organization of Iranian American Communities, OIAC at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on Friday. Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield Jr., the Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs under the George W. Bush administration.

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