Iran: Possible Second Satellite Launch Despite Warnings From U.S.

Iran Focus

London, 7 Feb - In January, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that Iran had conducted a satellite launch despite being urged not to by the United States. The rocket containing the Payam satellite did not succeed in its mission because, according to the country’s Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, it did not gather enough speed.

Mike Pompeo said at the time that Iran is shamelessly disregarding the UN Security Resolution that bans it from participating in activities related to ballistic missiles that are capable of delivering a nuclear weapon.

Iran Judiciary Chief Claims: No Political Prisoner in Iran

Iran Focus

London, 6 Feb - Iran’s Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani claimed that there are no political prisoners in Iran, during a meeting with Judiciary officials in Tehran on Monday.

Iran plans to pardon 50,000 prisoners to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Islamic revolution, but the Regime has faced growing calls to free political prisoners, so Larijani claimed that there were none.

EU Finally Toughens Stance on Iran

Iran Focus

London, 17 Jan - The Trump administration has made it very clear that it will not tolerate Iran’s belligerence and malign acts. Even before taking office, U.S. President Donald Trump had spoken about the Iran threat. He promised that he would withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which he eventually announced last May. Since then, crippling economic sanctions have been put back in place and his administration recently announced that no more waivers would be granted to any countries with regards to the importation of Iranian oil.

EU Advised to Strengthen and Toughen Policy on Iran Faced With Terror Plots

Iran Focus

London, 5 Feb - A conference was held in Brussels on Monday discussed the Iranian state terrorist activity that is posing a great threat to Europe.

The event was moderated by a former European Parliament Vice President Dr. Alejo Vidal Quadras. He stressed the involvement of high-level officials in Iran who are clearly coordinating terrorist attacks in Europe.

Iran Loses Potential Ally in Pakistani Prime Minister

By Mehdi

Imran Khan was elected to be the Prime Minister of Pakistan last July. Before being elected, many were surprised at his pro-Iran rhetoric given that the country has a history of good relations with the countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

He founded the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party in 1996 and it supported the 2015 Iran nuclear deal which was seen as a way of enabling and allowing Iran’s destabilisation of the Middle East. Furthermore, Khan and his party had a big role in Pakistan’s shunning of the Saudi-led coalition to act in Yemen. Khan said at the time that his country was taking heed of past experiences and ensuring that his country is not drawn into another war.

EU Should Stop Appeasing Mullahs in Iran

By Jubin Katiraie

In 1979, the anti-monarchical revolution by the Iranian people was usurped by the theocratic regime that still holds power in Iran today. But how long can this regime remain in power before the mullahs, like the Shah, are deposed?

Currently, Iran is facing several crises on domestic and international levels that are limiting the mullahs’ power. First, increased economic sanctions and diplomatic isolation from the US are reducing the flow of money and political legitimacy that Iran relies on to expand its influence across other countries in the Middle East. Second, and more importantly, the Iranian people’s uprising, which began in December 2017 and continues despite a violent crackdown, is showing the world that the mullahs and their malign behaviour are not supported by the Iranian people, thus increasing the countries that wish to join the US in sanctioning and isolating the regime.

Iran: The People Will Be the Driving Force Behind the Collapse of Clerical Rulers

By Jubin Katiraie

The first Supreme Leader of Iran since the 1979 revolution - Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini – played a big role in the overthrow of the Shah. In fact, you could say that he engineered the move and he used the media to get the biggest audience possible.

He called on the people of Iran to strike. Not just specific workers, but workers across the whole spectrum. And this created mass opposition among society. Strikes started out small and rapidly grew, spreading across the whole country. And the same with riots. He encouraged other sectors of society – students, for example - to take to the streets in support of the working class. Khomeini succeeded in what he set out to do and the country’s oil production dropped dramatically only a few days into the action.

Iran Furious Over mid East Peace Conference Seeing It As "Anti-Iran"

Iran Focus

London, 30 Jan - Iran is openly furious about an international conference on peace in the Middle East set to take place in Poland next month, with officials regarding it as a hostile act and even summoning a Polish diplomat to the Foreign Ministry in order to protest it.

Still many Iranian officials and heads of Friday prayers have attempted to downplay the importance of the conference, which Iran has not been invited to, but what is clear from their comments is the underlying fear that this conference could result in a coalition against the regime’s terrorism and regional meddling.

US Concerned over Iran Missile Programme

Iran Focus

London, 15 Jan - The Trump administration has recently expressed growing alarm about Iran’s ballistic missile programme, which they believe is the ‘largest in the Middle East’, advising that it poses a threat to US interests and allies in the region.

One of the biggest concerns is Iran’s increasingly sophisticated medium-range ballistic programme, with the Khorramshahr missile as its star player, which places a large part of Europe, including some US military bases there, within Iran’s reach.

Mahan Air flight

Iran Focus

London, 25 Jan - German officials have announced that an Iranian airline has been banned from all German airports. Mahan Air has been accused of using its aircraft to transport personnel and weapons to terrorists in Syria.

At the beginning of the week, the German foreign ministry said that the ban is effective immediately. The airline is the second largest Iranian carrier (after Iran Air). There were, until now, a number of regular flights between Iran and Germany.

US National Security Council Asked for Military Options on Iran

Iran Focus

London, 14 Jan - Donald Trump’s National Security Council has asked for military options on Iran in response to the Iran[s support of insurgents in Iraq and the Pentagon has developed plans for a strike on Iran.

The council, led by national security adviser John Bolton, made the request after Iran-linked militants fired three mortar rounds into the diplomatic section of Baghdad, where the US Embassy is located, in September. Thankfully, no one was injured as the mortars landed in a vacant lot.

Germany Bans Iran’s Mahan Air

Iran Focus

London, 23 Jan - Following allegations by the U.S., Iran’s Mahan Air has been banned by Germany’s government from operating in their country. U.S. officials say that Mahan’s aircraft transported weapons and fighters to war-torn Syria.

The move against Mahan Air is believed to be the result of pressure from the Trump administration, but a spokesman for the German government said that the ban was necessary to protect the interests of the federal government.

Mike Pompeo

Iran Focus

London, 22 Jan - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo conveyed one clear message on his recent trip to the Middle East, where he was reassuring US allies that the Donald Trump administration remained committed to the region, and it was that Iran must be contained.

Pompeo travelled to Jordan, Iraq, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Oman for high-level talks with monarchs and ministers over just seven days, but at each meeting, Iran was a focus.

Iran’s Impatient over Implementation of European Special Purpose Vehicle

Iran Focus

London, 10 Jan - The EU is committed to ensuring that EU-Iran trade and economic relations continue to benefit from the positive impact of the sanctions lifted JCPOA. The EU has introduced measures to alleviate the effects of US sanctions on European firms, and announced the creation of a new mechanism, a special purpose vehicle (SPV), to facilitate financial transactions with Iran.

Iran’s TV’s “Documentary” Conspiracy Series Begins Controversial Second Season

Iran Focus

London, 21 Jan - A contentious documentary series, “Out of Sight,” produced by Mehdi Naghavian, which purports to be about Iran’s enemies, was recently re-released by the country’s state broadcaster. The series was first broadcast in December 2017 on Iran’s youth-oriented Channel Three. It resumed broadcasting with the ninth episode of the series earlier this week, after a year.

Iran's Worsening Pollution Crisis

Iran Focus

London, 9 Jan - A gas flare is a device that is used to burn off flammable gas that accumulates during oil and gas production. Iran flares a large percentage of the natural gas that comes from its oil production – more than 65% - because it does not have the means or the technology to collect it.

Iran used to release official reports and figures about the country’s gas flare levels, but it stopped this practice in 2015. However, the Planning and Budget Organization has indicated that the levels have increased dramatically. The figure for last year amounts to 17.7 billion cubic meters (bcm). It also said that the goal was for it to be around the 11 bcm mark, so it went massively over. The figure for 2016 was 15.7 bcm of gas flaring volume, so the trend is on the increase.

As Economy Melts Down, Iran Continues to Fund Terror

By Jubin Katiraie

Iran’s theocratic government has not only been condemned for human rights abuse, it allows its 80 million citizens to struggle to feed their families, its corruption and mismanagement has led to power outages and water shortages. Food prices that have risen by more than 50 percent, and the people are fed up with the government using its money and resources for the export of terror.

The second round of U.S. sanctions that came into effect on November 5th target oil and banking. Today, Iran produces 1 million fewer barrels of oil per day than it did prior to the sanctions.The Iranian economy has lost $2 billion since November. Still, the government continues to fund terrorism.

Iranian MP Warns Tehran Regarding Continuing Protests

‌By Pooya Stone

Regarding his country’s foreign policy, Member of the Iranian Parliament, Jalil Rahimi Jahanabadi, said in his speech before his colleagues on Sunday, “Unnecessary costs, which are not a priority should be removed”, and that these costs would leave the regime “paralyzed on the streets of Tehran.” He also pointed out that the former Soviet Union eventually fell apart despite its nuclear warheads and influence around the world.

Jahanabadi is the head of the International Committee of the Legal and Judicial Commission, as well as the representative of three cities in Iran’s Northeastern province of Razavi Khorasan.


Iran: Ahvaz Steel Workers on Strike for 5th Day

Iran Sugarcane Workers Protest Unpaid Wages on 10th Day of Strike

Iran. November, 2018. Eleventh Day of Truckers’ Nationwide Strike

Iran. July 24, 2018. New Round of Truck Drivers’ Nationwide Strike

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

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

Torbat-E Jam, Iran. July 23, 2018. New Round of Truck Drivers’ Nationwide Strike

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

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