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While some thieves see their hands amputated in #Iran, reports indicate the brother of VP Eshaq Jahangiri, jailed for economic corruption, was able to downgrade his bail from $1.8 billion to $300 million & will soon be released.
#IranProtests rose against such #CORRUPTION.
#Iran - Tehran's Section 8 municipality has ordered street-vendors to pay $1,200 for the 15 days remaining to the Iranian calendar new year or else their goods will be confiscated.
More reason for #IranProtests.
Systematic #corruption in #Iran‌ under the mullahs' rule:
Video shows man opening "Made in Iran" medicine only to find no pills inside...
More reason for #IranProtests to bring about #RegimeChange.
Eghtesad Pooya daily website:
"70% of #Iran‌'s economy is controlled by those whose measures result in only further losses."
More reason for #IranProtests to bring about #RegimeChange.
#Iran‌'s "Abrar Eghtesadi" daily:
"Liquidity has reached $325.1 billion"
From 2015 to this day this figure has risen nearly $145 billion.
More reason for #IranProtests to bring about #RegimeChange.
Hashtgerd, W of Tehran, #Iran‌
Activist shows footage of a "Mehr" housing complex left deserted. Army personnel were to live here yet activists claim the IRGC has plundered the budget needed to finish this project. There have been no improvements for five years.
Activists unveil this letter saying it reveals how the IRGC Quds Force provided $11.5 million to African leaders at a time when millions across #Iran‌ are struggling in poverty & hunger.
More reason for #IranProtests & #RegimeChange.
Reports in #Iran‌ media indicate Central Bank chief Valiollah Seif is nothing but a normal accountant.
No wonder the country's economy is in a nose dive.
All he can focus on is plundering the nation's wealth.
More reason for #IranProtests & #RegimeChange.
Tehran, #Iran‌
Vanak Square
ATM machine vandalized. Reports indicate over $150K stolen.
Activists saying with so many closed-circuit cameras installed around the capital this would be impossible without certain connections.
More reason for #IranProtests
#Iran‌ activists posting this video portraying the corruption behind the construction of the government's "Mehr" housing complex units.
The budget allocated for these projects are most likely plundered by senior Iranian officials.
More reason for #IranProtests
Marking its founding anniversary, #Iran‌'s state-run "Mostazafan Foundation" is providing a $4.5K bonus & $27K in loans to its 60 directors.
All the while millions of Iranians live in poverty & search the trash for something to sell or even eat.
More reason for #IranProtests.
#Iran‌ - #Corruption in their words:
In this interview it is revealed that the regime's Statistics Institution received $12,285/month while the law only permits $2,145.
All the while millions are living in utter poverty across the country.
More reason for #IranProtests.
March 6 - Farmers finding a fertilizer factory inside #Iran‌ that labels its products "Made in Turkey" to sell them at higher prices.
More reason for #IranProtests.
#Iran‌ - #Corruption
Activists exposing Makarem Shirazi, a senior figure in the mullahs' regime, has $132 million dollars in one of his accounts in Bank Melli.
While millions live in poverty across the country & are seen searching the trash for food.
More reason for #IranProtests
#Iran‌ - #Corruption
Former Tehran traffic police chief: More than 25,000 people die annually inside our domestically built cars... Road accident statistics are tampered... Many deaths are not registered as auto-related...
More reason for #IranProtests for #RegimeChange.
Mostafa Tajzadeh, former deputy interior minister of #Iran‌:
"Entities under Khamenei are either corrupt, such as the judiciary, or indirectly involved in expanding #corruption, such as the IRGC's role in vast economic projects.
More reason for #IranProtests for #RegimeChange.
March 25 - #Iran MP Amir Khojasteh:
"If officials don't put an end to corruption, corruption will put an end us to us."
Add to this the growing crisis of #IranProtests.
Tehran is facing major dilemmas.
As long as #Iran's regime uses billions to #Syria for Assad to kill innocent people, to fund the Lebanese Hezbollah, to meddle in #Iraq & to support #Yemen's #Houthis... unfortunately, ordinary Iranians back home will suffer due to dismal infrastructure like this.
Ghaidri Ibane, #Iran’s former ambassador to Mexico:
"In March 2017 the government's deficit stood at $200bn, equal to 7 years of revenue considered for 2018."
More reason for #IranProtests.
MP Gholamali Jafarzadeh of Rasht, N #Iran:
"Fighting corruption must begin from the office of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei."
MP Mohammad Hossein from Tafresh, central #Iran:
"Retiring Central Bank managers receiving around $180K for their services."
Millions of people are living in poverty & images of people searching in trash for food...
Billions also sent to #Syria & ...
Activists show how authorities seek to secretly (in the middle of the night) release over 300 luxury foreign cars from customs in Bushehr, southern #Iran.
Millions of Iranians are living in poverty & the government continues to fail in providing the support they need
"...lack of security, particularly for foreign investors, has thrown Iran’s oil and gas development into a cocked hat. Fiscal order, transparency, and control are nowhere to be found in #Iran."
"...credit is misallocated, and banks are zombies loaded down with mountains of non-performing loans."
"Even things like privatization are perverted in #Iran. For example, when state-owned enterprises are privatized, the majority of the shares are often purchased by other state-owned entities."
"...the Republic’s economic policies cause the death spiral to spin. The only way to avoid more impoverishment is to remove the internally imposed shackles on Iranians."
Another good read:

"In #Iran, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and religious foundations own significant shares across different sectors, and they actually run the economy."
"#Iran’s economy is in worse shape than Venezuela’s. Iran’s economy has been subjected to mismanagement and corruption for far longer than Venezuela’s."

"In Iran, this has been ongoing since 1979. And corruption happens when a government meddles in the economy."
"The Iranian rial will be going down. It is a very vulnerable half-baked currency; it is exposed to both negative internal and international factors."

"In the meantime, the Iranian government continues on its path of mismanagement."
"There have not been any significant policy changes to improve #Iran’s economy or business environment. These internal and external forces are causing the perfect storm."
"Above all, Iranians do not trust the rial. They are smart. They have been dumping the rial for the past few months because they expect that the rial will not hold its value. They are buying dollars, hard currencies, gold, or even commodities."
"... no one trusts Iranian banks either. There is simply no trust in the Central Bank or commercial banks. The entire money and banking system is totally dysfunctional. So the rial will continue to decline."
"Everyone is afraid of doing business with #Iran because they are afraid of getting caught up in either primary or secondary sanctions. The threat of abandoning the JCPOA creates chaos and increases the risk of doing business. This scares off everyone, even Europeans."
"President Trump’s threat to pull out of the JCPOA has already caused problems for #Iran’s economy. The economy is totally mismanaged and vulnerable."
"Iran’s capital stock is declining and declining sharply. In this regard, Iran’s economy is very similar to the USSR’s in its last years. Just look at how earthquakes destroy recently-constructed structures. All of these are built in a corrupt system by shady contractors."
"... conducting economic reforms in #Iran is a dangerously political matter. The IRGC and religious foundations will oppose any drastic measures."

Rouhani "does nothing to implement reform. Iran’s economy needs a major revolution with a capital “R” to save itself."
"... you can throw away the official estimation of the inflation rate. They say it is around 10 percent. It is not. I have estimated it personally based on the value of the rial and it is about 58 percent."
"... #Iran’s economy is in a death spiral. The only question is when the Grim Reaper will arrive to mark the end. Iran’s economy is disintegrating, and it has been disintegrating since 1979. The process speeds up from time to time."
"... the death spiral is speeding up again because nothing has changed internally and the external forces are conspiring to squeeze a weak and mismanaged economy."
"#Iran’s death spiral will not affect anybody other than Iranians themselves. Its economy is isolated and weak. When the Grim Reaper arrives, no one outside of Iran will notice. It will be like the end of the USSR."

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Oct 9, 2018
U.S. President Donald Trump has accepted the resignation of Nikki Haley as UN Ambassador.

My gut tells me an even bigger story will develop.

Rest assured #Iran's regime is terrified about who Trump/Pompeo will appoint as their new envoy.
Amb. Nikki Haley spoke six months ago with President Donald Trump about the subject of resigning.
Will be staying at this post until the end of the year.
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Add this to the long list linking #Iran's regime with international terrorism.

This time, the al Qaeda-affiliated al Shabaab militant group of Somalia.

More reason why a firm policy is needed against Tehran.
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"... domestic revenue generation by al Qaeda-affiliated al Shabaab 'is more geographically diversified and systematic' than that of Somalia’s federal government."
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Store-owners in 50 cities launched this protest movement on Monday in solidarity with the truckers' nationwide strike.
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(West of Tehran)
Fardis sector
Stores are closed as merchants continue their strike for a second day.
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Cities across #Iran are witnessing a general strike as stores are closing across the country.
This goes alongside the truckers' nationwide strike that has spread to over 310 cities now.
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Tehran, #Iran
Sources say all gold market stores are closed.
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Reports indicate atmosphere in #Iran's parliament (the Majlis) is very tense as members review the anti-money laundering Financial Action Task Force (FATF) signing bill.
Sources say "hardliners" are voicing threats about the signing of this bill.

(File Photo)
"Regarding the FATF, should we commit suicide today by signing this bill because we're going to die in the future?" says Behrouz Nemati, a member of #Iran's Majlis (parliament).

Read more about Iran & the FATF here:
"Hardliners in Iran’s parliament have opposed passing legislation toward compliance with FATF standards, arguing it could hamper Iranian financial support for allies such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah, which the US has classified as a terrorist organization."
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Oct 6, 2018
Short Thread:

#Iran's #FakeNews machine at work:

"It did not say where Zahedifar was arrested. In a video carried by state broadcaster IRIB, a blindfolded man who identified himself as Zahedifar denied he had fled Iran."
Here's the video.

What a coincidence (!), all of this developing just "a week after Tehran sentenced three people to death in a drive against economic crimes."

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