IRAN ROUNDUP Feb. 8th thru 14th: The Khomeinist Regime Celebrates 41 Years of Tyranny; Congratulated and Cheered on by Europeans, and American Liberals

By Editors of The Free Iran Herald 

Updates on events unfolding in Iran

Emmanuel Macron shows his support for the Khomeinist regime and in Rome, posters of the Quds Force leader, terrorist, Qassem Soleimani is seen hanging around the city.

Tuesday, February 11th, marked 41 years since the Khomeinists seized power in Iran. Customarily, they stage demonstrations to show that they have public support. Typically regime agents, either forcibly or via bribery (paying the poor and needy a small sum of money and some food) bus Iranians into major squares around Tehran and other major cities, to wave flags, walk over the U.S. and Israeli flag and stand around listening to regime officials offer more falsehoods about the regime’s “accomplishment”. This year, however, the crowds were sparse, and even international journalists, who usually fall for the regime’s propaganda without questioning it, remarked how small the attendance was.

A video secretly filmed from the air by an Iranian soldier and smuggled to opposition activists abroad revealed that only a few hundred had come out into the streets.

In other parts of Iran, people were observed cursing the regime at the staged Khomeinist events.

In contrast to the feelings of rage and disgust that February 11th brought to the Iranian people, the European governments who have profited handsomely from the regime’s one-sided trade deals over the past four decades greeted the anniversary with joy. French President Emanuel Macron sent Tehran a congratulatory message, as did German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. These actions received much condemnation from Iranians over social media, and the German government was called out by the US Ambassador to Berlin, Richard Grenell, as condoning a murderous regime.

In Italy, a regime proxy group called the “European Solidarity Front for Syria,” an assortment of radicals and mercenaries from across Europe who went to Syria in 2013 to fight alongside the IRGC in defending Tehran’s puppet Assad regime, plastered photos of the Qassem Soleimani all around major landmarks in most major Italian cities.

In the United States, celebrations at the Khomeinist regime’s interest section at the Pakistani embassy in Washington, D.C., were disrupted by activists who assembled outside in protest, but the next day, the Islamist-supporting Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) co-hosted a commemoration for the Tehran regime with Trita Parsi, the founder of the regime’s US lobby, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC).

For its part, the Trump Administration used the day to reaffirm its stance of support behind the Iranian people.

The State Department, additionally, tweeted a message condemning the regime for having sentenced eight human rights activists to long prison terms last week.

US officials also met with Iranian opposition activists, including Iran’s Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi, in both Washington, and at the US’s embassy in Paris, France.

Canadian PM, Justin Trudeau photographed with Khomeinist regime Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif

Just weeks after 57 Canadians were killed by Tehran shot down a Ukrainian airliner. Trudeau who is traveling to solicit backing for a seat on the UN Security Council, was photographed with Tehran’s delegation by an Islamic state photographer, though Canadian journalists were barred by the Prime Minister’s Office from attending the event.

Iranian sociologist and activist, Ladan Boroumand talks to Matt Kibbe Iranians Are Ready for Freedom

Ladan and her sister Roya Boroumand, run the DC and Paris based Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation for human rights, an organization which has recorded as much of the human rights violations committed against the Iranian people since 1979. On April 18, 1991, Ladan and Roya’s own father, Abdorrahman Boroumand was brutally stabbed to death in the lobby of his Paris apartment by agents of the Islamic Republic.

Khomeinist Cleric in Michigan Under US Government Spotlight

Mohamed Ali Elahi, the imam of the Islamic House of Wisdom in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, was briefly arrested and held for questioning by American law enforcement as he returned to the US from a trip to South Korea on February 6th. The Iranian-born cleric had publicly spoken in support of the terrorist IRGC Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani, calling him a “charismatic leader,” and had attacked President Trump for having had him killed. 

Before coming to the US, Elahi had served as the head of the Iranian Navy’s Political Ideology Bureau, appointed to that position by Ayatollah Khomeini himself in 1982. In that post, Elahi urged Iranian sailors to hate America and fight Islamic holy wars (jehad) until Khomeinism would rule the world. Since arriving in this country, Elahi has used his mosque to promote Khomeinism and the Tehran regime, and is suspected by some of being a key point man between Tehran and Hezbollah sleeper networks inside America. Despite this, Elahi has attained great prominence in the state of Michigan, and last year was invited to offer the invocation prayer at the Michigan state legislature.

Iranian activists and terrorism experts alike have long questioned how a man of Elahi’s background was allowed to emigrate to the US, and eventually obtain US citizenship. Voices are being raised calling on the Trump administration to look into Elahi’s case again, and finally move to end the Khomeinist infiltration of the USA.

Valentine’s Day Banned in Iran

As in many other countries throughout the world, observing Valentine’s Day has become rather popular in Iran. The Khomeinist regime, however, looks at it as ‘Un-Islamic,” and as such is trying to stop Iranians from giving each other cards, chocolates, or presents on the 14th. On Monday, the Qom Prosecutor’s Office threatened to shut down businesses that sell “anti-cultural symbols such as Valentine’s symbols,” and set up a hotline over which Basij militia members, and other Islamists, can call and report Valentine’s day observances. Valentine’s balloons have also been banned, and trade union leaders reported that that were ordered by officials to monitor balloon sales in order to make sure that no one was buying anything for the holiday.

Anti-Tehran Protests Continuing in Iraq

The Iraqi people remain in the streets, demonstrating against the Khomeinist regime’s domination over their country and interference in their political process. Saturday saw nationwide protests, centered as usual in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square. In Karbala, the protests were particularly virulent, with Iraqis chanting “Iran, get your dogs out of here, the Baghdad regime is more honorable than the one in Tehran!”

Protests continued through the week, with Baghdad featuring a million-woman march on Thursday, held after leading Shi’a politician Moqtada al Sadr called for public spaces to become gender segregated. Other women’s marches were held elsewhere around the country today.

Tehran’s militia forces remain active and have been installing posters threatening American soldiers around the streets of Baghdad. The threats were carried out on Thursday, when the Kataib al Hezbollah, one of the Tehran-controlled militias, attacked a joint US/Iraqi military base in Kirkuk.

Regime’s Farce of a Space Program Exposed as Comical Propaganda

Mohammad-Javad Azari-Jahromi, the regime’s Minister of Information and Communications Technology, and the man who coordinated the Internet blackout in November as his regime slaughtered over 1,500 protestors, has been the target of online ridicule recently. On February 4th, Jahromi had unveiled what he described as a model of an Iranian space suit. Iranians soon were able to point out, though, that Jahromi’s “space suit” was simply a $20 American kids costume, that had had the American flag removed and the regime’s flag sewn in.

Most observers believe Tehran’s so-called space program to be a front for ballistic missile development. An attempted satellite launch failed spectacularly on February 9th, and the Zafar satellite crashed back down to ground, instead of reaching orbit. Debris from the rocket exploding was spread across Iran’s Sistan-Baluchistan province, but the regime again lied and claimed the vehicle had crashed into the Indian Ocean. Three previously launch attempts in 2019 had also failed and resulted in crashes. A new attempt is scheduled now for June.

The same rocket that can send a satellite into Earth orbit can also serve as an intercontinental ballistic missile. Were Tehran to develop a workable one, it would then be able to strike the US mainland.



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