Below a post published on the Instagram account of Magdelena Eriksson, Swedish female football player. In this post, the famous sportswoman wanted to show her solidarity to the Iranian women, who are forced to wear the veil and to whom is even forbidden the entering in the stadium. Probably, this post is also an indirect critic to the women who are part of the Swedish executive, on their behavior during the official visit in Iran (the female representatives of Stockholm arrived in Tehran all veiled and remained in silence on the issues of human and women rights abuses in the Islamic Republic).
After the popular protest of last week in Khuzestan, the Iranian President Rouhani arrived in the region in order to promise changes and more attention to the local necessities. Despite the promises, the arrival of Rouhani was greeted with harsh anti-regime protests. As it’s possible to see in many videos uploaded online, thousands of people marched chanting slogans like “Death to Tyranny” and slogans in praise of Saudi’s King Salman. Also the students of the Ahwaz University protested, chanting “Marg Bar Dikator“, Death to Dictator.
Ahmad Montazeri, son of the Grand Ayatollah Hossein Montazeri, was arrested yesterday, in order to start serving his six-year prison sentence. Ahmad Montazeri was condemned for having published the audio tape of a special meeting of the so called “Death Committee”, a special tribunal created by Khomeini in 1988, in order to eliminate the political adversaries. In the tape, Ayatollah Montazeri attacked the Committee and the execution of more than 5000 political prisoners. In the “Death Committee” there was also Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi, actual Minister of Justice in the Rouhani’s Government. Before the crisis of 1988 and the critics to the regime, Grand Ayatollah Montazeri was considered the designated successor of Ayatollah Khomeini.
Last week hundreds of Iranians, belonging to the Arab minorities, demonstrated in the streets of Ahvaz (against the regime indifference over the environment situation in the Khuzestan Province and the water shortage. The protest was also supported by many activists in the social networks, especially in Twitter. One of the supporters was Mostafa Tajzadeh, former member of the Government of President Khatami, jailed in Evin Prison between 2009 and 2016. In Twitter, Tajzadeh challenges the regime, asking if is more important to continue to finance the regime of Bashar al Assad in Syria, instead of protect the territory and the people of Khuzestan. He added that, considered the regime’s choises, what happened was not unexpected.
Source: al-Quds al-Arabi
In an interview published in Arabic on al-Quds al-Arabi, Italian ex Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi, denounced the Iranian regime connections with the Sunni terrorist group al-Qaeda. In particular, Ambassador Terzi denounced that Tehran is using especially Hezbollah to maintain the relations with al-Qaeda, in order to keep a low profile. Terzi explained that the relations between Iran and al-Qaeda started in early 1990 in Sudan, promoted by Hasan al Turabi. Using the Quds Force, the Islamic Republic has become a safe heaven for the terrorists of al-Qaeda, also for Sunni terrorists who arrived in Syria after 2011. About the intelligence relations between Damascus and Rome, Terzi expressed his doubts over the effectiveness of this cooperation, because of Syrian regime support to terrorism.
Source: Arabi21; El Watan News
Ahmad Khatami, Tehran’s Friday Prayer, attacked harshly Saudi Arabia and United States. Speaking about the so called Muslim Ban approved by Trump, Khatami attacked the decision and the exclusion of Saudi Arabia from the list of countries on which the ban was applied. Khatami said that Saudi Arabia is the biggest terrorist camp in the world, and that the Saudis have killed thousands of Americans. He also asked to Riyadh to deliver immediately to Iran the body of the Sheik Nimr al Nimr, executed in Saudi Arabia on January 2, 2016. He also denounced the persecutions of the Shia minority in Saudi Arabia. Speaking about the nuclear deal, Khatami said that the agreement does not contains a single word on the missile tests (which means that Tehran considers itself committed only to the JCPOA and not to the UN resolution 2331).
The Iranian Supreme Court has decided that a woman must be blinded, in retaliation for an acid attack. This, in accordance with the Sharia Law, in particular with the so called “Qisas“, the “eye for an eye” principal (also known in the Western world as “lex talionis“). The woman, according to what was written by Tasnim News, was also condemned to seven years in jail.
In a video released yesterday, the Houthi claimed to have destroyed a Royal Saudi Navy Ship, off the coast of Yemen. In the video, it is also possible to listed the Houthi changing typical Iranian regime slogans against America, Israel and the Jews