Source: Freedom Messenger, My Stealthy Freedom, Shiva Amini Instagram Account
Shiva Amini is a popular Iranian female football player, who won also many medals in international tournaments. Few weeks ago she was in a private trip in Europe – in Italy and Switzerland. Here, she played soccer with friends, in unofficial games. Feeling far and free from the Iranian Islamic dress code constrictions, Shiva decided to play with men, without wearing the veil. After the games, she posted videos of her experience on her Instagram account.
Unfortunately, also the representatives of the Iranian football federation saw her videos and pictures: immediately they decided to ban Shiva Amin from the Iranian national women team. As it is possible to see (and listen) in a video published by the Facebook page My Stealthy Freedom, Shiva protested against the decision, underlining that she was in Europe for private reasons, not playing for the Islamic Republic. The Iranian officials, answered that she is always a representative of the country, and she must behave always in an “Islamic way”. One of the representative of the national Football Federation of Iran, attacked also Shiva for her decision to visit Europe, “a place which is against our culture”.
Source: alkhaleej.ae; wam.ae; al-Arabiya.net
Tomorrow in Riyadh there will be a special meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), dedicated to the Iranian interference in Arab’s internal affairs, in particular in Iraq. The members will also discuss on how to strengthen the defense and military relations, in view of the next meeting in Riyadh on March 15/16. In the meantime, speaking in the UN, Deputy Permanent Representative of UAE Jamal al Musharakh, denounced that Iran is the common denominator of the conflict in Syria and Yemen. He denounced that: “Iran has created more tension and instability in our region, making it a serious threat to the Middle East through its expansionist policies, exporting its revolution to other countries, in flagrant violations of international sovereignty and of the internal affairs of neighboring countries“. Finally, in these hours, Abu Dhabi have announced the condemned to jail two Iranians, accused of smuggling weapons in the United Arab Emirates.
Source: Tehran Asl
Below the video of the arrests for cyclists by the Iranian police, close to the city of Mashhad. The cyclists were accused of being “improperly dressed”, for have worn too short clothes.
Mehdi Tayeb, head of the Ammar Base – a body created to respond to the “soft war” – said that Iran needs to send weapons to the Houthi rebels, in order to conquer the capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh. For Tayeb, who is close to the Supreme Leader Khamenei, Tehran needs to send to Yemen surface-to-air missiles, permitting in this way to the Houthis to react to the attacks of the Saudi coalitions and to conquer cities like Riyadh and Jeddah. In the same speech, in front of other Iranian officials, Tayeb attacked the President Rouhani, saying that he has blocked suddenly three arms shipments to Houthis, in order to avoid crisis with United States.
Last Friday, dozens of Jordanian protesters, took the street to express they anger against the Iranian regime. In the last period, there was tension between Amman and Tehran, after the Jordanian king accused the Iranian to interfere in the internal affairs of the Arab States. The anti-Iranian protest was held in Mafraq, and the people demanded the expulsion of the Iranian Ambassador and diplomats in Jordan. During the protest, the demonstrators burned not only the flag of Iran, but also the pictures of Iranian leaders like Khamenei and Rouhani, or the leaders of proxy groups of Tehran (like the Secretary of Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah, of Bashar al Assad, the leader of the Yemeni Houthi rebels and the former Iraqi Premier al-Maliki). Below the pictures of the protest.
Source: Anadolu Agency, Mehr News, Entekhab.ir
Different websites and Twitter accounts, reported the killing in Syria of Jalil Mortazavi, Friday prayer leader of Iranian city of Amol (in the north). Despite the news arrived from the social networks, the Iranian agencies denied the information. They also wrote that Mortazavi will return on Sunday in Amol. For the moment, it is not possible to deny, nor confirm, the killing of Jalil Mortazavi. Until now, more than 2000 members of IRGC, were killed in Syria.
Source: mfa.ir; Tasnim News
The Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, reacted to the words of Theresa May in Saudi Arabia. In Riyadh, the UK Prime Minister attacked the Iranian regime and its meddling in the internal affairs of the Arab States. The Spokesman of the Iranian MFA, Bahram Ghasemi, rejected the accusation, underlining that Tehran is a factor of stability in the region. Ghasemi accused also the UK to support the terrorists groups in Syria and Iraq. He also attacked London for selling weapons to Riyadh, which are used to bomb Yemen.
In the same hours, the head of the Iranian military navy, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, announced the intention to send ships in the Atlantic Ocean this year. He also repeated the will to reconstruct the Makran beaches, located in southeast of the country, along the coasts of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.
The Brigades of the Martyrs al-Nasser Mohiuddin – military wing of the Arab Liberation Movement of Ahwaz – attacked an oil pipeline close to Ahwaz, the capital of the Khuzestan Province. After the attack, a video of the action was published on Youtube. A similar action has happened in February 2017, when the Brigades of the Martyrs al-Nasser Mohiuddin attacked the Maroun oil field, the second-largest oil field of Iran.
More than the Presidential election come close, more the atmosphere in Iran is becoming heavy. In the last meeting of the Government, the President Rouhani ordered to the Minister of Interior Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, to investigate (and report) about the recent wave of arrests of media activists in the country. Rouhani also stressed that it is necessary to create the best conditions, to guarantee – to all the people – the participation to the election in security. The President also calls to avoid the intervention in the election of “illegal entities” (which means, in this case, the IRGC).
Source: IR Diplomacy
In an article published on Iran Diplomacy, Mostafa Zahrani, Head of Policy Planning and Strategic Issues at Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, expressed his worried about the Iranian strategy in Syria. Zahrani remarked that Russia follows its own interests in Syria and, after the military action started in September 2015, now is focused on a strategy of negotiation with USA and Israel. This strategy is based on avoiding that Hezbollah will create a base on the borders with Israel. For Zarhani, on this issue, Moscow agrees with United States and Israel.
Zahrani also added that, when Tehran started its involvement in Syria, the idea was that the action would be short and the enemy would be defeated quickly. This optimism, did not permit to Iran to think about an exit strategy from the conflict. Now, being without an exit strategy, it became a big problem for the Islamic Republic and Iran needs to find a solution soon. For Mostafa Zarhani, also Turkey is in the same situation of Iran.