Iran Focus 

London, 22 May - Hassan Rouhani was the victor of the so-called elections in Iran, last Friday, and will serve a second term as President of the Iranian Regime, but as many Iranian experts have pointed out, this changes nothing about the Regime.

Heshmat Alavi, a human rights activist, wrote an op-ed for Al Arabiya, in which he assessed that following Rouhani’s‘re-election’, the most important issue was ending Iran’s destructive influence on the Middle East.

Iran Focus 

London, 22 May - Donald Trump used his first keynote speech abroad to criticise the Iranian Regime for supporting the Syrian dictator, Bashar al-Assad, in his crimes against his own people and for Iran’s support for terrorism.

While addressing the leaders of Arab and Muslim-majority nations at the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, he said: “There is a regime that is responsible for so much instability in the region. I am speaking, of course, of Iran. From Lebanon, to Iraq, to Yemen, Iran funds arms and trains terrorists and other extremist groups.”

Iran Focus 

London, 17 May - Right now, we are in the final days before the Iranian elections and as such, there has been quite a lot of debate over the future President in Western media. The analysts and journalists have asked what this will mean for Iran and the world as a whole; far too many have peddled the false narrative of moderates and hardliners, while far too few have gone so far as to say that it doesn’t matter who the President is because the Regime will not allow change.

Iran Focus 

London, 20 May - The corrupt Iranian system is weaker than it has ever been following the sham presidential election. Internal disputes prove that the regime is divided and is beyond repair.

The President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, said that a second term for Hassan Rouhani will not bring any change to Iran. The regime will continue to supress the people and its failure at resolving the social problems in the country will become more and more evident.

Iran Focus 

London, 17 May - The upcoming Iranian election may look similar to what you’d expect in a democracy, with its televised debates, catchy campaign slogans, and endorsements from former leaders, but an NGO has warned that this is all an act.

Dennis B. Ross, co-founder of United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) and special assistant to President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2011, and Jason M. Brodsky, the policy director of UANI, wrote and op-ed for Time in which they make clear that this election will change nothing for the Iranian people or the world.

Iran Focus 

London, 19 May - John Bolton, the prominent diplomat and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations sat down for an exclusive interview with the Voice of America's Persian service just days before the presidential election in Iran.

He said, “If free elections were held in Iran, Ayatollahs would be the losers.”

In an interview on May 17th, the former Undersecretary of State for International Security said, “I think the difference between moderates and extremists is a lie because only those can run for election whom pass Guardian Council’s screening and meet supreme leader’s approval.”

Iran Focus 

London, 16 May - In April, US computer security experts had to combat a threat from a gang of hackers, believed to be Iranian, who were trying to hack into the network of a military contractor.

Had the hackers been successful, it could have been a major problem for US national security, but luckily, the defenders managed to block them at every turn.

Iran Focus 

London, 19 May - As a result of Iran regime’s Revolutionary Guards’ (IRGC) interference, Demands by the family of a political prisoner for transferring him to hospital in order to receive medical care has proved useless.

The transfer has been conditioned on several terms, including accompaniment of IRGC soldiers from Thar-allah headquarters during the treatment process, and medical care being exclusively undertaken at Baghiatallah hospital affiliated to IRGC with no visits in the hospital.

Iran Focus 

London, 16 May - The Iranian Regime’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has a long history of corruption, whether it's plundering the public purse or taking control of government jobs, but the Iranian election has shed more light on the scope of their corruption.

Iran Focus 

London, 19 May - In the final day or so before the so-called presidential “election” in Iran between incumbent President Hassan Rouhani and Ebrahim Raisi, a cleric with close ties to the Supreme Leader, the scene on the ground is far different from the portrait painted by the regime’s state-run media and some western outlets.

The vast network of dissidents supporting the Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) has come alive in unprecedented scale to voice the true feelings of the Iranian people about the candidates and the regime in its entirety.

Iran Focus 

London, 16 May - The Head of the Iranian Regime’s Judiciary has become the latest Regime member to attack incumbent President Hassan Rouhani for his comments about other candidates standing in Friday’s ‘election’.

In a speech on Monday, May 15, Sadegh Larijani said: “Unfortunately some of the candidates acted in such a way as if they were [the Regime’s] opposition, blackwashing and questioning [the] state’s legal entities, a measure that is definitely against [the] Regime’s interests.”

Iran Focus 

London, 18 May - A prominent US lawmaker said that there are no elections in Iran because the Regime decides the victor, not the people.

Joseph Lieberman, who was a Democratic Senator from Connecticut between 1989 and 2013, compared the Iranian process to that used by the US and France and assessed that the Iranian election was not a democratic one.

Iran Focus 

London, 16 May - This Friday, the Iranian Regime will hold its Presidential election but the outcome, much like the vote itself, will not mean much for the Iranian people.

These ‘elections’ could never be considered democratic because they are not free and fair. The Regime chooses the candidates, as opposed to the public who should, and opposition candidates are not allowed to run.

Iran Focus 

London, 15 May -  Iranian youth have found ways to circumvent the social media restrictions within their country in order to express their discontent with the Iranian elections to the world, using the slogans “Iranian people’s vote is [for the] overthrow of the regime”, “My vote is regime change”, and “death to the principle of velayat-e faqih” .

Iran Focus 

London, 18 May - The Iranian Regime is preparing to enforce repressive measures against any citizens who protest this Friday’s presidential elections.

Some reports indicate that security service personnel have been doubled in the past few weeks, as the Regime fear a protest on the scale on the 2009 Green Revolution, when the election result was said to be faked.

Iran Focus 

London, 15 May - Iran and Russia are both heavily invested in propping up the Assad Regime, their two countries could not be more different in their visions for the Middle East after the civil war has ended.

Baria Alamuddin, a senior middle-east correspondent, wrote an op-ed on the strange alliance between Iran and Russia for Arab News in which she asked how long their alliance could last.

Iran Focus 

London, 17 May - Some political commentators in the US have been floating the idea that it would be better for the West if Iran ‘elects’ a so-called hard-line candidate in this Friday’s election because Western Governments could no longer deceive themselves about Iran’s true nature.

Iran Focus 

London, 13 May - Mohammad Mohaddessin, the Chair of Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), responded to a series of questions in an interview with ncr-iran.org. The questions relate to the Iranian regime’s controversial upcoming presidential election on May 19. The following is the first part of this interview:

What are the choices before the Iranian people and what do they expect?


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