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Iran’s Officials: “We Are All To Blame”

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Because of the destruction of the eight-year Iran-Iraq war which destroyed Iran’s southwestern Khuzestan province the other border provinces, and the aftercoming ignorance of the regime’s officials to rebuild these provinces, there is no room for life and no possibility for it to flourish. But the tragedy had just begun. The Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and other organizations of the regime pursued nefarious goals and sinister plans for this part of Iran.

Policies that led to the destruction of the environment and added to the devastation caused by this illegal war and lead to poverty and unemployment for the indigenous people of this province.

While most of the facilities and Iran’s oil, gas and petrochemical resources are in this province. last year, the protests of the deprived people of Ghizaniyeh district of Ahvaz, with 83 villages and 250,000 inhabitants, due to the lack of drinking water, raised the question and wonder of many local and foreign media, that how the richest region is experiencing such a miserable situation.

However, after forty-three years of oppressive rule on these people, numerous documents have been revealed that a vicious plan has been developed to crush the people of Khuzestan, which today a glimpse of this is the drinking water scarcity.

It was only a few days ago that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the regime’s then-president, revealed a “security plan” for “unbalanced development” in this province.

He said that the Supreme National Security Council had approved a plan after the war to prevent any investment in Khuzestan, as the development of Khuzestan could be a problem for the government.

Khuzestan province has five large and important rivers on which the lives of its people depend. In addition to providing drinking water, they also provide water to farmers. Therefore, any damage, deviation, and shortcoming of these vital resources make life impossible for the inhabitants of this region.

The province has a population of about 5 million people and has 14% of GDP (mainly due to the oil industry) but has an economic participation rate of 40%.

Unemployment of the population between the ages of 15 and 24 in this province is more than 33% and the total unemployment rate is more than 25%. An important part of the unemployed is also university graduates.

Also, more than 25% of the people are below the poverty line and marginalization in the province has gained second place in the country! Social harms have also been placed on other problems, and because of all these factors, migration from the province to other parts of the country is one of the goals pursued by the regime to abandon the main inhabitants of Khuzestan.

Now, in fear of the security situation raised by the regime’s behavior in this province, many scared government officials put the blame on all the officials, saying:

“Khuzestan has not got so many problems overnight that it can be treated overnight. Beyond this issue, it is possible to question from the Hashemi’s government to Rouhani’s government, it is possible to question all the assemblies and all the representatives and all the governors of this province. And this means that in the case of Khuzestan, ‘we are all to blame.’” (Aftab-e-Yazd, July 20, 2021)

Mohamad Kianoush Rad, former MP, about this collective responsibility said: “Unfortunately, all post-revolutionary central governments, left and right, reformist and principlists, have all been involved in transferring water from the Karun tributaries to the central plateau of Iran for consumption in industries such as steel, agriculture, and rice.

“The people of Khuzestan have also realized that by delighting the principlists or reformist, Hashemi, Khatami or Ahmadinejad and Rouhani, and now Raisi, there will be no difference or change in macro water transfer policies.” (Ensaf News, July 19, 2021)

As the protests of Khuzestan’s people and other provinces raised slowly, documents and plans of the Revolutionary Guards were exposed. Mojtaba Yousefi, MP from Ahvaz, protested the implementation of unprofessional and confidential water transfer projects in Khuzestan province and said:

“Khuzestan witnessed a self-made flood of the Ministry of Energy in 2019. Because they wanted to say that Khuzestan has surplus water resources and transfer it.” (ISNA, July 22, 2021)

Expert discussions and scientific evaluations during these forty years, which have been repeated many times, said that water should not be transferred from Khuzestan to other places, or this should be done with the utmost care to preserve the environment and the lives of its inhabitants.

Some many dams should not be built on the rivers, the damage of which is enormous and irreversible. Sugarcane cultivation should not be done with all kinds of environmental damages to plains that cannot bear the burden of such wrong decisions.

It never caught the attention of officials, and the result was that millions of people are now searching for a drop of water.

“An informed source in the Ministry of Energy said: ‘The live and usable (water) volume behind Karkheh Dam is currently 760 million cubic meters based on today’s monitoring, and with this volume of harvest, we are only 54 days away from zero water of Karkheh Dam.” (State-run daily Hamshahri, July 21, 2021)

The Disastrous Results of Iran’s Corrupted Projects

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Following the recent protests over the water shortage of the Iranian people mainly in the Khuzestan province, there is no doubt that the Iranian regime has destroyed the country’s environmental system, and day after day while the situation is becoming worse, it adds to the people’s suffering.

Now many provinces of the country, including Khuzestan, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, and Sistan and Baluchestan are facing water stress, the role of illegal dams, and the implementation of water transfer projects in creating the current situation has received more attention.

In a shocking interview with Dr. Mohammad Javad Abdollahi, retired head of the Faculty of Geology of the Chamran University of Khuzestan, which was published by the state-run news agency 55 Online on 23 July 2021, one of the thousands of disasters created by this regime was revealed. Below is the translation:

“The year before the construction of Gotvand Dam in 1989 started, the Americans had proposed building the Gotvand Dam 20 km above the current reservoir.

“But in those years, the managers of the Iran Water and Power Resources Management Company believed that the Americans, because they wanted the dam reservoir to be small, raised this spatial difference. Therefore, they decided that the dam lake should be located right on the salt domes of Gachsaran. In 2001, in a letter to the Department of Industries and Mines, I emphasized that the studies conducted on this dam were not enough.

“In 2002, together with engineer Shamsaii, the then director-general of Khuzestan Water and Sewerage, I raised the issue that this dam has problems and could endanger the entire province of Khuzestan in terms of salinity.

“Shamsaii later became the head of the Gotvand Dam. I explained to him that the builders of the dam had basically not considered the geological studies of the area. They had no reports of geological studies. Mr. Shamsai then formed a 20-member group to study the dam. Mr. Shamsai’s study group wrote in his first report, ‘Wherever you prevent losses, there is a benefit.’

“Mr. Shamsaii, as the head of the Khuzestan Regional Water Department at that time, wrote a letter to all government officials asking them to stop the construction of the dam. The letter was sent to the President, the Minister of Energy, the Parliament, and the CEO of the Water and Power Company (Executive Company).

“After the construction of the dam, ironically, Engineer Shamsaii, who was the mayor of Ahvaz at that time, was elected as the head of the dam! After that, they received a series of consultations from different countries and universities in Iran, and it was decided to create a clay blanket to create a gap between the thick layers of salt and the lakebed. The head of the dam called me and proposed.

“At that time, 2.5 billion tomans had been spent for this dam. At that time, I was one of the constant critics of the construction of this dam, and my voice was not heard. Based on my experience and knowledge, I said that this would fail.

“The day of dewatering came and the then President (Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) and the CEO of the Water and Power Company also came for water intake. I was contacted that day and I told the agents of the Water and Power Company to collect and bring up as many machines as you can at the bottom of the clay blanket, because there is no confidence in the stability of this clay wall, and it will definitely break in the next day or two and it does more damage to you. They accepted my advice, and the water intake took place on Wednesday. On Saturday, the head of the same department called me and informed me that the clay blanket had been broken and said, ‘How did you know?’

“10 days after the dewatering operation, the lower part of the dam, which is usually the underlying systems and sensitive devices and control sensors, was filled with salt; This happened exactly 10 days after dewatering; Something that was as clear to us as the daylight, and no one listened to whatever we warned.

“Later studies showed that all the areas around Gotvand and Aghili, the good agricultural lands of these areas are becoming salty due to the spread of salt and evaporation and people are losing all their property and no use can be made of the dam and its saltwater.

“Before the dewatering, we warned many times that the turbines purchased for the dam are for fresh water and you have spent billions for the water that will become saline. Now those turbines have no use for freshwater either. The turbines are now out of order.

“Recently, the public relations manager of Gotvand Dam Water and Power Company invited me to visit the dam. They said there is no salt as you think, and finally, there is a four-meter layer of salt that we take it out! To my surprise, I saw several thin layers of four to fifty meters.

“I asked the young man to choose the 50-meter range for speculation and digging, and to go as far as the 50-meter depth, then they would realize that they would encounter a huge sea of salt. Engineers from the Soil Mechanics Laboratory then estimated that the salt was up to 93 meters thick. After that, our friends in Gotvand Dam said, ‘We know what we have done to this area, and by God do not say anything and it should not become public!’” (state-run news agency, 55 Online, July 23, 2021)

The interesting part is that on the same day, the state-run news agency ISNA reported, “information and statistics related to the country’s dams, including dams in operation, dam project under construction and dams under study was available to the public through the information section of the country’s dams, namely daminfo.wrm.ir on the official website of Iran Water Resources Management Company (wrm. ir), which is a subdivision of the Ministry of Energy.

“According to the latest reports, this website was also available on April 27, 2021, but now access to this site has been blocked and the Ministry of Energy or the Iran Water Resources Management Company has not stated the reason for this.” (ISNA, July 23, 2021)

Iran: Household Expenses Outweigh People’s Income

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In 2020, the average annual cost of Iran’s urban household and a rural household was 60 and 24 million tomans, respectively. But the remarkable thing is that household expenses were more than their income.

The survey of household expenditure and income with a 50-year history is one of the most important statistical projects of the Statistical Center of Iran. The overall objective of this project is to estimate the average costs and income of an urban household and a rural household in the country and provinces. In 2020, the number of households surveyed in this project was 19,306 households in urban areas and 18,251 sample households in rural areas of the country.

A look at the most important results of the project in 2020 in urban and rural areas shows that:

– The average annual net expenditure of an urban household was 621,392 Rials, an increase of 31% compared to the same figure a year earlier. The total annual cost of urban households was 161,094 Rials with a share of 26% related to food and tobacco costs and 460,298 Rials with a share of 74% related to non-edible costs. Among food and tobacco costs, the highest share was related to the cost of flour, string, cereals, bread and its products and meat each with a share of 21% and among non-edible costs, the highest share with 50% was related to the cost of housing, fuel, and lighting.

– The average annual income of an urban household was 764,746 Rials, an increase of 38% from the previous year. Accordingly, in 2020, the average annual income growth of urban households is higher than the average annual total expenditure growth. Sources of income for urban households show that 31.4 percent of income came from wage-earning jobs, 15.7 percent of agricultural and nonfarm freelance jobs, and 52.9 percent of miscellaneous household incomes.

– Comparing the percentage of urban households using major living appliances in 2019 compared to 2020 shows that households using refrigerators from 70.2 to 71.9, vacuum cleaners from 91.7 to 91.9, the washing machine changed from 87.1 to 87.3, the stove changed from 99.1 to 98.9, and microwaves and halogen ovens from 12.3 to 12.4 percent. Also, the percentage of urban households using private cars and dishwashers was unchanged with 53.1% and 7.6% respectively compared to the previous year.

– In 2020, the main type of fuel consumed by 94.5% of urban households for heat was natural gas (public network).

– The average annual net expenditure of a rural household was 340,679 Rials, an increase of 30.5% from the previous year. The total annual cost of rural households was 136,442 Rials with a share of 40% related to food and tobacco costs and 204,237 Rials with a share of 60% related to non-edible costs. Among food and tobacco costs, the highest share was related to the cost of flour, string, cereals, bread, and its products with 25.0% and among non-edible costs, the largest share with 32.0% was related to housing, fuel, and lighting.

– The average annual income of a rural household was 420,470 Rials, an increase of 41.6% from the previous year. Sources of income for rural households show that 32.7% of wage and salary jobs, 29.7% of agricultural and non-agricultural freelance jobs, and 37.5% of miscellaneous household incomes have been provided.

– Comparing the percentage of rural households using major living appliances in 2019 compared to 2020 shows that households using personal cars from 32.7 to 34.1, refrigerator-freezers from 50.4 to 52.7, stoves from 98.4 to 98.8, the vacuum cleaner has changed from 65.9 to 67.5, washing machines from 56.5 to 58.1, a dishwasher from 0.5 to 0.4 and microwave and halogen ovens from 2.3 to 1.6 percent.

– In 2020, the main type of fuel consumed was 75.2% of rural households for heat, natural gas (public network), and 13.3% kerosene.

Average household expenditures and income by province

The average annual cost of an urban household shows that Tehran province with 957,016 Rials had the highest and North Khorasan province with 351,943 Rials had the lowest cost in 2020.

Tehran province with 1,098,118 Rials had the highest and Sistan and Baluchestan province with 478,831 Rials had the lowest average annual income of an urban household in 2020.

The average annual cost of a rural household shows that Alborz province with 566,427 Rials had the highest and Sistan and Baluchestan province with 180,395 Rials had the lowest cost in 2020.

Also, Alborz province with 676,897 Rials and Sistan and Baluchestan province with 181,091 Rials, the lowest average annual income of a rural household in 2020.

Iran: “The Conquest of the Power Structure by Brokers and Corrupt People”

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Iran supreme leader Ali Khamenei’s faction seeks to attribute the widespread poverty, inequality, class divide, bankruptcy, and current economic misery to the actions of the Rouhani government, thereby relieving Khamenei of these tragic burdens.

The state-run daily Javan on July 7, 2021, in an article entitled ‘Looting the spoils in the 90th minute’ and wrote: “These days, we hear numerous and, of course, disturbing news about the latest efforts of some managers of the twelfth government to take advantage of the facilities entrusted to them by the people and, of course, the people will soon withdraw from them; From approving astronomical rewards and gifts to paying the last installments of large contracts with some media.”

But the fact is that the current economic bankruptcy and its catastrophic situation is not only due to the performance of a government or a faction but to the performance of the integrity of the government, headed by Khamenei and the looting institutions affiliated with his family.

As Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf at the time as mayor of Tehran gifted “hidden and unknown” estates to some IRGC commanders.

Referring to this event, the state-run daily Arman in an article with the title ‘Two thousand astronomical estates has been gifted” wrote:

“There are hidden and unknown properties and what has been identified in more than 2,000 cases of transfers to individuals and legal entities, often without a contract, some in the form of so-called astronomical properties and some in other ways and removed from the list or territory of municipal properties.

“The method of transferring various properties to Imam Reza (AS) Charity was such that first a few plots of land with an area of ​​about 70,000 square meters were transferred to the Tehran Municipality Investment Organization in the form of internal transfer and then the Investment Organization, although only authorized in order to conclude a partnership contract and not a sale, handed over the property to Imam Reza (AS) Charity, which belonged to the elected officials of the municipal, without receiving any real price.

“Also, according to the report the Real Estate Organization, the Real Estate Organization has donated 159 billion Tomans in cash and non-cash through the Municipality of District 22 and the Real Estate Organization and 11 shops in Karim Khan Diamond Passage through the World Brokerage in exchange for the transfer remittance through the Real Estate Organization.” (Arman, July 14, 2021)

Although Ghalibaf’s corruption became widespread in the media, since he served Khamenei well in assassinating and killing people during various periods of his rule, especially during the uprisings of 1999 and 2009, he has not been investigated at all by the judiciary, now headed by Mohsen Eje’i.

The issue of investigating this corruption was also raised in the parliament, but its investigation plan was not approved and its case was dropped.

One of these cases was the payment of 65 billion tomans in bribes to a member of the Civil Commission of the parliament, which Mostafa Mirsalim exposed member of Khamenei’s faction.

Then the state-run daily Etemad about the blow of the economic mafia on the country’s economy wrote: “What is less talked about is the damage and catastrophic suspicious errors, that is, the question of the interests of the mafia. Now the Iranian economy is held hostage to their interests, and the people, the producers, the government, and the future of Iran’s development are being hurt by this mafia. We are facing the phenomenon of the conquest of the power structure by spongers, brokers, and corrupt people.” (Etemad, July 14, 2021)

Then Abdol Nasser Hemati one of the presidential candidates confessed about this mafia in an interview with the State-TV News Channel on June 13, 2021, and said:

“We have the import mafia, we have the smuggling mafia, we have the domestic distribution mafia, thank God, we have it in all areas. This difference between the free currency and the 4,200 currency itself expanded the import mafia. Now we call it the Mafia. I say those who are looking for rent-seeking are looking to take advantage of this situation.”

The reality of political and economic corruption in the Velayat-e-Faqih system (system of clerical rule) is so obvious that it has been repeatedly acknowledged and warned by state media.

The Hamdeli daily on July 13, 2021, wrote: “Economic and political corruption has hit the Islamic Republic like termites.”

Protests Continue in Khuzestan for the Seventh Night

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At night on July 21, the people of the southwestern Iranian province of Khuzestan once again took to the streets in the cities of Ahvaz, Dezful, Shadegan, Ramshir, Mahshahr, Khowr-e Musa, and Masjed Suleiman.

Furthermore, the protests over water shortages in Khuzestan expanded to other parts of the country, and residents of Yazdanshahr, Isfahan province, and Karaj, Alborz province, and Bushehr and Bandar-e Genaveh, Bushehr province, came onto the streets, declaring their solidarity with protesters in Khuzestan.

To silence demonstrators, authorities mobilized a significant number of security forces and members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from various provinces and dispatched them to Khuzestan. However, fed-up people, who have nothing to lose, continued protests despite a heavy security atmosphere and the government’s atrocities.

In Izeh city, where people had chanted, ‘Death to [Supreme Leader Ali] Khamenei,’ security forces and IRGC members used live ammunition to disperse defiant youths. As a result of direct shooting at defenseless protesters, several people were killed and dozens more injured.

Simultaneously, the people once again flooded onto the streets in Susangerd and Ramshir despite the government’s cruel suppression. In Shadegan and Masjed Suleiman, outraged people held massive gatherings and marches in support of other cities. They called on citizens to unite against the oppressive government.

In Khowr-e Musa, the people joined the demonstrations and came to the streets. In Behbahan, protesters set tyers ablaze and blocked several roads to slow oppressive forces’ move and prevent more suppression. In Dezful, demonstrators blocked several streets. Security forces tried to intimidate them through air shooting and chasing youths. However, they extremely resisted and pushed back oppressive forces.

Moreover, youths in the Sheiban district of Ahvaz joined the protests against severe water shortages and blocked the main access road in the region. In the Zargan and Malashie districts of Ahvaz, the people once again took to the streets and chanted anti-establishment slogans against the religious dictatorship ruling Iran.

In Yazdanshahr, Isfahan province, the residents of Eidivand district rallied in solidarity with the people of Khuzestan. To disperse protesters, security forces attacked them. In response, people resisted and chanted against Khamenei as the root of Iran’s dilemmas.

In Karaj, Alborz province, the residents of  Mahdasht district went on the rooftops and chanted in support of the people of Khuzestan. “Khuzestan is not alone,” they chanted. Furthermore, the residents of Bushehr and Bandar-e Genaveh cities took to the streets in solidarity with the protesters in Khuzestan and blocked several streets, preventing the government from dispatched oppressive forces to Khuzestan.

The recent protests, which have continued for a week, have severely shocked the authorities. In tandem with oppressive measures, they try to portray a popular image of themselves. Khamenei, who was targeted by outraged chants, reposted his deceitful remarks on Instagram to evade responsibility.

“Officials are tasked to follow up Khuzestan’s problems. If someone thinks about the people, they cannot remain comfortable versus the hard issues in Khuzestan. This is a definite, urgent, and ongoing task of governments to think about the people,” Khamenei posted.

On the other hand, the government continues oppressive measures and dispatches more riot forces to the region. Authorities also disrupted mobile internet to prevent leaking more information about Khuzestan protests and pave the path for more suppression.

“Network data from NetBlocks confirm a significant regional disruption to mobile internet service in Iran beginning Thursday 15 July 2021, ongoing almost a week later as of Wednesday 21 July 2021,” The Internet’s Observatory NetBlocks reported on July 21.

In the Real World, China and Russia Are Turning Away From Iran

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Negotiations to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal JCPOA have stalled, and the task of the seventh round of talks is still unclear. At a time when there is no clear prospect of talks between Iran and the United States, some of Iran’s political figures say that Iran is turning to the Eastern powers and claim that the problem of sanctions will be solved by signing 25-year cooperation documents between Iran, Russia, and China.

These largely principled political figures, speak about the Chinese $ 400 billion in capital inflows, saying that the way out of the pressure of sanctions is to take refuge in the world’s second-largest economy, China and, of course, Russia.

The signing of the 25-year Iran-China cooperation document had many ramifications. Many Iranians, who did not have happy memories of China’s economic interactions with Iran, opposed the signing of the document in various ways, but the signing took place while the regime had previously signed a similar document with Russia.

None of these documents made the years of sanctions on Iran easier. Even in 2016 and after the JCPOA, Iran was able to enter negotiations with the United States to buy Boeing aircraft, but Russia did not accept to sell its Sukhoi aircraft to Iran.

Now that the window on the JCPOA’s revival talks is said to be closing, some opponents and even supporters of the JCPOA in this regime see China and Russia as a replacement to the United States and believe the two Eastern trading partners will be able to move Iran out of the economic stalemate.

But the narratives of some other political and economic figures about how the Eastern powers interacted with Iran are very different and even contradictory.

In the meantime, we can mention the recent speech of Eshagh Jahangiri, Iran’s first vice president, held at the Central Bank.

He said: “We did not think that even India would not buy oil from Iran and would not revalue it, and even Russia and some neighboring countries for which we have sacrificed our children for the independence of their country did so, and we were alone in this economic war and did not retaliate. We could only circumvent the sanctions, move the goods, and bring in the money to buy the goods by adopting policies after the banking sanctions.”

After the sanctions against Iran, China was not only one of the first countries to withdraw its capital from the oil and gas, automobile, and infrastructure projects, such as highway and rail projects, etc., even blocked the regime’s resources. Iran is said to have about $40 billion in blocked assets in five countries, half of which are in China.

But China not only blocked a significant amount of Iranian assets, but also took advantage of sanctions to buy Iranian oil at below world prices and at high discounts, and even, according to petrochemical industry activists, brokered some Iranian oil products, such as urea, and bought it at a cheap price from Iran and exported it to India.

This is a simple example of why many regime’s opponents say that the regime is selling and auctioning the country. Meanwhile, China’s trade volume with the United States, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and even Israel is so large that Iran is not a major trading partner for it, and it seems that it prefers its national interests in trade and, according to economic activists, friendship has no meaning in trade.

It is good to know that currently, the volume of trade between Iran and China has reached the lowest figure in the last 16 years. Majid Reza Hariri, head of the Iran-China Chamber, told ILNA in this regard:

“As our total international and cross-border trade shrinks, so does our share of trade with China, as Iran and China have not had so little trade with each other in the last 15 or 16 years.”

According to him, according to statistics, by the end of 2020, the volume of trade between Iran and China was about $16 billion, which, including the unofficial sale of oil, still does not reach $ 20 billion.

Hariri also stressed: “The decline in our foreign trade last year has been unprecedented in the last 10 or 12 years. In other words, in terms of the volume of our foreign trade, we are back to the mid-1990s, an important part of which was due to heavy sanctions in 2020 and declining oil sales. Naturally, in these circumstances, we cannot provide the necessary currency for imports.”

Referring to some problems in Iran-China exchanges, he said: “However, it is difficult to buy some goods from China and from US-licensed companies that are either American-owned, have US shareholders, or are active in US markets. Of course, this is not a decision made by the Chinese government, but corporate decisions.

“This is a problem not only for vaccines but also for many other commodities from companies that work with Americans, are listed on the US stock exchange, or use American raw materials.

“Businesses ultimately prefer corporate interests even in the case of oil, China has officially stated that it will not accept unilateral US oil and non-oil sanctions. But many Chinese companies do not work with us lest their corporate interests are jeopardized.

“There are other issues, such as port sanctions, all of which affect trade between the two countries. If Iranian ship anchors in a port, the port, and its operator face US sanctions. The oil companies in China are commercial enterprises and do not prefer political issues to commercial ones.” (ILNA, July 18, 2021)

Shoaib Bahman, an expert on Russian issues, told ILNA: “Over the past years, one of the major challenges in Iran-Russia relations has been the development of trade relations. The trade volume between the two countries has always been below $2 billion, which is not a significant figure in international trade relations.

“The amount of trade agreements signed between Iran and Russia reaches more than $25 billion, but you can see that the level of operational trade relations between the two countries is less than $2 billion.”

About the regime’s backwardness in economic relations, he added: “For example, the trade volume between Turkey and Russia is more than $ 30 billion, and the two sides planned to increase this figure to $100 billion, which is a determining factor in political issues.”

He said that even other countries do have not a good economic relation with Iran and added: “And of course, even neighboring countries like Iraq have behaved similarly with Iran’s trading partners, and not only they have considered higher tariffs on imports from Iran than their other partners but repeatedly refused to settle its $5 billion debt with Iran under various pretexts.”

Iran Economic Collapse, As Explained by State Media

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The Iranian economic crisis, caused solely by the mullahs’ corruption and failed policies, is now at a critical point as President Ebrahim Raisi prepares to take office, according to the state-run media.

The Setar-e Sobh wrote that the “most important challenge” Raisi will face is the millions of people living under the poverty line, who will “lose their trust in [the mullahs]” if they’ve not already done so.

The Jahan-e Sanat explained on Sunday that 71% of food items have increased in price to a “crisis level”. The largest month-on-month price increases were pasteurized butter (up 121.4%), chicken (118.8%), and cooking oil (89.0%). This essentially equates to an annual inflation rate of 24%. They described the commodity market’s current state as “deplorable”, saying that the government can’t control the market, which is why commodity prices are rising.

The paper quoted economist Massoud Nilly as saying: “We are really on the verge of severe uncontrollable inflation. Currently, financing, energy supply, services, public budget, social services, and the world exchange system are the six priority problems of the country, whose functions are currently completely disrupted.”

Of course, the reason for the inflation mentioned above is banknote printing, which causes liquidity of nearly  $150 billion.

The Hamdeli daily wrote that the 228 trillion Tomans liquidity growth since 2020 has resulted in 25 items increased in price two to five times, meaning that even very cheap food has become a luxury that most Iranians cannot afford.

Hamdeli wrote: “[Based on] the latest statistics released by the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Trade show that the prices of 25 goods have increased by about two to five times in the second month of spring this year alone. It is said that the prices of some types of livestock and poultry feed, rice, oil, poultry, as well as metal and rubber in May this year have increased by more than 100% and between two to more than five times and 40 goods including meat, rice, dairy, Beans, sugar, and tea became more than 50% more expensive.”

The fact is that the government cannot resolve the economic crises that the country is facing because they are responsible for the wrong policies and corruption that have caused the problems in the first place. The people see this, which is why they boycotted the election in June. They support regime change as the only way to change their fate.

Drought in Khuzestan Due to the Implementation of a Non-Expert Water Transfer Project

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The water crisis in Iran has become one of the main crises. One of the worst-hit areas is the south-western province of Khuzestan.

Now many days the farmers in this region are protesting water scarcity. But the situation is not limited to the of the farmers and the daily life of the people is collapsed having no drinking water. The provincial water and electricity organization is forced to supply water to many villages in the province by tanker, which of course is not enough, and, in many situations, it does not even cover the daily need of one day.

Many people in this province consider the transfer of Khuzestan water to the central plateau of Iran as one of the most important causes of water shortage in their province these days. And mismanagement of water resources added to the drought has made the people of this province become thirsty.

About one-third of the country’s current water resources should flow naturally to Khuzestan province, but since the beginning of the ’80s, various projects have been implemented in Karun and Dez springs, and now a large part of the water of these two rivers is directed to Isfahan and Yazd provinces.

Meanwhile, before the water stress this year, about 700 villages in Khuzestan were supplied with water by tanker, and now, with the drying of the end branches of Karkheh, the number of these villages has exceeded a thousand, which is a clear indication that the thirst of the people has nothing to do with the claims of the government about the drought.

Seyed Ahmad Avaei, an MP, described the transfer of Khuzestan water to the central plateau of Iran as the most important cause of water shortage in his province and said to the state-run news agency Rokna: “Unfortunately, the implementation of water transfer projects from the sources of Dez and Karun began from the government of the late Hashemi. This, of course, was a grave mistake from the beginning, and subsequent governments are continuing to do so.”

He added: “Transferring water from Khuzestan to the central plateau of Iran is a mistake, unprofessional and highly anti-environmental, which has harmed the people of Khuzestan, especially the people of the cities and villages below these rivers. After the ‘economy-first’ government (Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani), while the governments continued to make this mistake, many experts emphasize that the solution for the development of the central provinces is not the transfer of water from Khuzestan.

“Even some officials of this government admit that the continuation of water transfer from the sources of Dez and Karun to the central plateau of Iran is wrong, and when I spoke with the current head of the Environment Organization, he also acknowledged that this should not be done.”

Then he confessed about the misuse of this transferred water while he acknowledged that this water is used for agricultural and industrial issues which in many cases are the unnecessary projects lead by the IRGC and said:

“If the officials of the previous governments wanted to provide only drinking water to the people of the central provinces, they could have solved the problem of the people of Isfahan, Yazd, etc. by building pipelines that carry only as much water as the drinking water of these provinces. But unfortunately, the share of water that can lead to the development of Khuzestan has been transferred to the central plateau of Iran for many years for the development of industry and agriculture.”

Many others in this government also criticized this action, including Ahmad Avai, MP from Dezful, who said, “The strategy for the development of these provinces was not the transfer of water from the sources of Karun and Dez from the very beginning, and this measure has led to unbalanced development in the country so that agricultural water and industrial water of the central provinces are often provided, but the people of Khuzestan, especially the farmers of this province, face the water crisis at many times.”

Koohrang 2 pipeline was one of the most important pipelines for transferring water from Khuzestan to the central plateau of Iran and currently the Ministry of Energy is building the Koohrang 3 pipeline to complete water transfer projects from Dez and Karun springs to the central plateau of Iran.

AMIA a Case of Unresolved Terror by Iran’s Regime

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On Sunday, May 18, family members of the bombing victims of the Argentina-AMIA Jewish Center building which happened 27 years ago, a terror attack which was decided at a meeting of the Iranian regime’s Supreme National Security Council, commemorated their loved ones and demanded that the case be pursued.

On July 18, 1994, a car bomb with a powerful explosive turned the Jewish charity building in Buenos Aires into a pile of debris. The blast killed 85 innocent people and more than 300 were wounded. The operation was designed such that no one could easily find the perpetrators.

Survivors of the harrowing terror act said they were “outraged” that as the years passed, Argentina’s judiciary has yet to put anyone behind bars.

A ceremony to commemorate the victims of the AMIA building explosion was held virtually this year under the slogan “27 years without justice, but full of memories.”

Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez also tweeted a tribute to the families of the victims, saying, ” In memory of every one of (the victims) and in honor of those that lost their loved ones, we must unite against impunity.”

The terrorist blast, which targeted the Jewish central building in Buenos Aires, remains the most dramatic and bloody terrorist incident in Argentina’s history.

It should be noted that a lengthy investigation by Argentina’s investigators, judiciary, and police about the terrorist blast was quickly tied up with financial corruption and complex jobbery, and even moved away from its original targets, which is finding the wrongdoers so that there are not spared from the right punishment.

Three weeks after this terrorist adventure, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) made a major revelation, capturing the attention of news agencies.

According to information leaked by the Iranian Resistance, the decision to carry out the bombing was made at a meeting of the Iranian regime’s Supreme National Security Council, headed by Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, on Saturday, August 14, 1993, in the presence of military advisers and fixed members, and after final approval by the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader ordered that Brig. General Ahmad Vahidi, then commander of the IRGC-Quds Force, should carry out this terror.

In a meeting of the Quds Force’s Command Council, Vahidi assigned the implementation of this mission to the regime’s terrorist diplomats, Ahmad Reza’eh Asghari, and Mohsen Rabbani, as well as Imad Fayez Mughniyeh, an element of the Hezbollah.

Morteza Reza’i (IRGC Intelligence Protection), Tehrani (Commander of the Quds Force Support), and Ahmad Salek (Khamenei’s representative in the Quds Force) also attended this meeting.

How were the bloody hands of Iran’s clerical regime covered up in the AMIA explosion?

The Iranian regime paid $10 million in bribes to the then President of Argentina Carlos Saúl Menem to cover up the regime’s bloody hands.

The Washington Post unveiled the dirty deal in January 2007. Carlos Menem lost credibility. Juan Jose Galeano, the investigating judge in the case, was also arrested for derailing the judicial process.

After the incident, Alberto Nisman headed an investigative team. Finally, on October 26, 2006, Argentina’s federal prosecutors formally charged Rafsanjani and seven of his government ministers and demanded that they be arrested.

Ali Akbar Velayati was Iran’s foreign minister at the time of the attack and, as mentioned above, was actively involved in the decision and the subsequent coordination of this terror attack.

On 12 January 2015, the blood-stained body of Alberto Nisman was found at his home, next to a 22mm caliber colt. His murder occurred just as he wanted to testify behind closed doors the same day by attending a congressional hearing, unveiling a deal with bloody dollars between Cristina Fernandez Kirchner’s government and the Iranian regime.

Iran: “Do Not Maneuver So Much on This Money”

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Recently the US government issued a license allowing South Korea and Japan to repay their debts to Iran in a non-cash form but in the form of goods from these countries or third countries.

On this subject, the state-run daily Jahan-e-Sanat on July 15 wrote: “(Washington) Free Beacon reported that the US State Department informed Congress late Tuesday that it would lift some of the trade sanctions to gain access to Iran.

The purpose of this waiver, signed by Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, means the transfer of Iranian funds in limited accounts to exporters in Japan and the Republic of Korea. The State Department, meanwhile, has said it will not allow funds to be transferred to Iran and will only allow repayments of Japanese and Korean companies that exported non-sanctioned goods and services before the US administration tightened US sanctions.”

And the media affiliated with the faction of the regime’s President Hassan Rouhani reacted in two different ways to the action of the US government.

Some of them called it the revival of the JCPOA (Iran nuclear deal) and a positive sign from the US government, and some of them watched this event with skepticism and even concern.

Because what has raised the concern of even state media is not the release of these funds, but the corruption that has penetrated in the entire regime’s government, and the fate of any fund and money coming into the country is ambiguous.

Regarding the ambiguity of this issue, Aftab-e-Yazd newspaper in an article titled ‘These should be told to the people’ wrote:

“What is the exact story of this blocked money and why people and society should not rely too much on it!” (Aftab-e-Yazd daily, July 15, 2021)

This short expression is a clear statement about corruption and that the people will not gain anything from this money.

Regarding the maneuvers of the government with this fund, this media added: “We wished that the gentlemen of the new and old governments do not maneuver so much on this money. This is the unreasonable provocation of society. If the JCPOA is revived, no money will run into the country, but the doors may be opened for investment to some extent. With optimism maybe tomorrow Biden will have a stroke and Trump will come again and say I do not accept the JCPOA.

“The JCPOA, Trump, internal barriers in Iran, etc. are bitter experiences that no powerful foreign investor is willing to repeat. These must be told to the people. Is this right?” (Aftab-e-Yazd daily, July 15, 2021)

Jahan-e-Sanat newspaper quoted a government expert named Ali Bigdeli as saying that he is less hopeful about allowing Iran access to its money. “He said: ‘What has been said in the news about the exchange of blocked Iranian money is actually about the joy they show, but it cannot be very pleased. Let us not forget that the recent orientation of the Americans shows that they are frustrated with the negotiations with Iran and are likely to take other paths.

“They seem to be forming a new front in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf. This front consists of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Egypt, and if it is formed, it will be very dangerous for us because it will put us in political and economic isolation in the region.”

Jahan-e-Sanat newspaper, while calling the American action insignificant and calling it a ‘gleam of hope’, considered it unnecessary to show this action as a big deal and wrote in this regard:

“As some people think, the dollars are not on the way for Iran to spend it for its wishes and its daily needs.”

Then this media about the expectations of the US government contrary to this action said: “As in the old times said, what goes around comes around. If the US has opened the pocket for us and with a little flexibility, it allows us to use our money, it has definitely expectations, expectations that must have a positive answer, to lead to the settlement of cases and the agreement in Vienna.”

Although this media has not given a clear explanation about these expectations, the US officials have made it clear since the start of the JCPOA talks that the 2015 JCPOA alone is not enough for them and that the regime must negotiate its missile program, regional policy, and human rights.