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Richard Grenel, ambassador to Germany, along with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Democrat leader

By Mehdi

In a warning to Berlin, the Trump administration announced that it may scale back intelligence sharing if Germany allows the Chinese technology company, Huawei, to build Germany’s new 5G infrastructure.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel immediately shot back, saying that Germany would “set its own security standards.”

Sigal Mandelker, U.S. Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence

By Jubin Katiraie

A top Treasury Department official told a Congressional subcommittee on Tuesday that the US has been very clear with Europe about the “significant risks” of providing Iran with a special mechanism to facilitate trade.

US Treasury undersecretary Sigal Mandelker, the head of Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI), told the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services that the government continues “to maximize economic pressure on Iran to combat its weapons proliferation, terrorism, and regionally destabilizing activities”.

Opposition clerics FATF

By Pooya Stone

A powerful Iranian cleric close to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei publically opposed any attempt to pass the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) bills, which are needed in order to avoid being blacklisted by the global anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing body.

Supporters of the Iranian Resistance gathered in Germany

Iran Focus

London, 18 Feb - Supporters of the Iranian Resistance gathered in Germany on Sunday to protest the inclusion of the Iranian Regime’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the Munich Security Conference.

Members and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) rallied outside the global security summit with banners stating that the Iran Regime is the number one state sponsor of terrorism, the biggest cause of regional instability, and greatest violator of human rights.

U.S. President Donald Trump signs a document reinstating sanctions against Iran after announcing the U.S. withdrawal

Iran Focus

London, 9 Mar - U.S. President Donald Trump’s approach to Iran is very different to the approach his predecessor took. Trump is adamant that the Iran threat will be dealt with in its entirety during his time in office. This includes its nuclear program, its ballistic missile program, its malign meddling and interference in the affairs of its neighbours, its support of proxy groups and militias across the Middle East, its export of terrorism, its corruption, its disregard of human rights, and so on.

Iranian Regime Cannot Cease In-Fighting, Even for Its 40th Anniversary

By Mehdi

During the state sponsored demonstrations that were held across Iran on February 11th, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei warned factions within the regime to refrain from in-fighting. However, the quarreling factions continued to accuse each other of creating the country’s current economic misery and escalating political crises.

For instance, the Karaj Friday prayer Imam’s took offense to a speech by Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani. Khamenei had to step in on February 8th, to say, “There is a difference of opinion and you disagree for any reason. That official, this chair, that gentleman, you don’t accept them, that’s no problem, but the February 11 demonstration isn’t a place for retaliation.”

Nationwide-strike-of-teachers-continues-for-third-consecutive-day

By Jubin Katiraie

The nationwide teachers’ strike in Iran entered its third day on Tuesday, with teachers holding sit-ins in their principals’ offices to demand basic rights, like better pay, the right to form unions, and the freeing of all jailed teachers’ rights activists, as well as an adequate response to their demands from the government.

Iran Should Be Frightened of the Warsaw Conference

By Jubin Katiraie

The Iranian Regime is terrified about the conference on peace in the Middle East, currently being held in Warsaw, and they have every right to be.

Only a few days ago, it seemed likely that, despite Poland hosting the conference, the European states would continue to condemn the US for pulling out of the Iranian nuclear deal and reimposing sanctions against the Gulf state. Now, thanks to the Regime’s actions, it seems more likely that the US will bring the EU more in line with its policy on Iran.

Embassy of the Netherlands in Tehran

By Mehdi

The Netherlands recalled its ambassador to Iran and summoned the Iranian ambassador to its Foreign Ministry for talks after Tehran expelled two Dutch diplomats in a dispute over an alleged plot to assassinate Iran’s political opponents in the European country.

Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said: "The government has decided to recall the Dutch ambassador in Tehran for consultations."

Iran: Khamenei's Speech Changes Nothing

Iran Focus

London, 14 Feb -  Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei issued a confusing message on Wednesday, saying that the regime was “ready to correct its mistakes” but not willing to change itself before going on to bash Western countries for taking legitimate actions against the mullahs or not doing enough to appease them.

He said if Iran would lose both economically and spiritually if it negotiates with the “criminal” US and that Iran must limit its dealings with “cunning” and “untrustworthy” European states.

Iran’s oil

By Pooya Stone

Iran has always been an oil-rich country, yet gasoline has always been a scarcity on the domestic energy market. But why is this?

Well, it is basically down to the illegal smuggling of oil out of the country. Official estimates for the amount of oil smuggled out of Iran per day ranges from between 4 million and 40 million litres, depending on who you ask and the import needs of neighbouring countries.

Iran's Anti-MEK Disinformation Campaign

By Jubin Katiraie

In the run-up to the Warsaw Conference on international policy toward the Middle East, which is expected to focus very strongly on the various ways that the Iranian Regime destabilises the region, the mullahs have ramped up their disinformation campaign against their opposition, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

Why is the Iranian Regime doing this?

U.S. Voices Support for the People of Iran

Iran Focus

London, 12 Feb - It has been 40 years since the Islamic Revolution. It started off as a time of hope for the people, but it quickly turned into something that was going to negatively impact the people for many years to come.

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary, U.S. President Donald Trump posted a message on Twitter with a photo of a protester. The image included the caption: “40 years of corruption. 40 years of repression. 40 years of terror. The regime in Iran has produced only #40YearsofFailure. The long-suffering Iranian people deserve a much brighter future.”

IRAN-FATF

Iran Focus

London, 20 Feb - The deadline to pass the bills Iran needs in order to conform to international anti-money-laundering laws and standards established by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) was last Sunday. Because two of the bills have not passed, Tehran is at risk of being blacklisted by the international money-transaction transparency body.

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Iran. November, 2018. Protest Gathering of Ahvaz Alloyed Steel National Group Workers

Yasuj, Iran. July 23, 2018. New Round of Truck Drivers’ Nationwide Strike

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Iran, Tehran – Anti-Regime Chants in Protest, June 25

Iran, Tehran – Major Protest With Chants of ‘We Will Fight, We Will Die, but We’ll Take Back Iran’

Iran, Tehran – Chants of ‘Death to the Dictator’, June 25

Iran, Tehran – Clashes Between People and Security Forces, June 25

Iran, Tehran – People Defend Themselves in Protest, June 25

North Khorasan Province, Iran. May 22, 2018, the Nationwide Strike of Heavy Truck Drivers

Yazd, Iran. May 22, 2018, the Nationwide Strike of Heavy Truck Drivers

Bandar Abbas, Iran. May 22, 2018, the Nationwide Strike of Heavy Truck Drivers

Pasargadae, Iran. May 22, 2018, the Nationwide Strike of Heavy Truck Drivers

Iran-Bandar Lengeh, May 22, 2018, the Nationwide Strike of Heavy Truck Drivers

Iran-Isfahan, May 22, 2018, the Nationwide Strike of Heavy Truck Drivers

Iran,Isfahan, Apr. 10, 2018. Farmers' Protest Rally Continues

Iran,Isfahan, Apr. 10, 2018. Farmers Stage Major Protest Gathering in Khourasgan Square

Iran – the Portrait of Khamenei and Khomeini Was Set on Fire

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