A copper mining field in Rafsanjan area, Kerman province, central Iran

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IRGC kills 16-year-old boy, wounds three others in southeast Iran

According to local sources, the Revolutionary Guards of Nikshahr, in the province of Sistan-Balochistan, attacked the village of Zirakabad, killing one person and injuring three others in the area.

According to this report, notorious IRGC commander Mohammad Raisi, known as Januk, the head of one of the IRGC bases, personally shot and killed a 16-year-old boy named Afshin Mirblouch and killed this innocent young man. Another person, Yasser Balochzehi, and two other villagers were injured in the shooting. Dozens of military vehicles surrounded the village of Zirakabad and guards opened fire on the villagers.


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Khamenei official threatens to close the Strait of Hormuz

In an April 15 op-ed, Hossein Shariatmadari, a confidant of the Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader and editor-in-chief of the Kayhan newspaper, wrote: “Some reports indicate that we are going to be paid 7 billion dollars by South Korea in exchange for the release of three of the veteran spies who jointly serve the United States, British intelligence and Israel. In other words, under the guise of US sanctions, South Korea blocked $7 billion of our assets that were in exchange for our oil sales. And now the triangle of America, Britain and Israel demands the release of three spies as a reward in order to return our money.

Referring to his own hypothesis and calling it “extortion of enemies”, the former state interrogator added: “Nearly eight years ago we wrote in a column that if we were forbidden to exporting our oil, there was no reason why other countries should be able to export theirs. Citing the two international conventions of Geneva and Jamaica, we stated that closing the Strait of Hormuz to tankers or carriers of commercial goods and even weapons is an inalienable and legal right for Iran.

“Under the Geneva Conventions of 1958 and the Jamaica Conventions of 1982, the Islamic Republic of Iran has the right and can close the Strait of Hormuz to all tankers and even ships if it sees its national interests in danger,” said Shariatmadari.


Biden should listen to generals on Iran deal

Finally, a bit of common sense: in an open letter to President Joe Biden, 46 retired generals and admirals denounced the ongoing negotiations on the Iran agreement this week.

“In Ukraine, we are witnessing the horrors of a country that ruthlessly attacks its neighbor and, brandishing its nuclear weapons, forces the rest of the world to stay largely on the sidelines,” they noted.

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The roads of Iran, a quick path to death

A report by the Iranian regime’s Crisis Management Organization indicates that every year 17,000 people are killed, 250,000 are injured and 25,000 are disabled on Iranian roads.

According to the public website Setareh Sob, the head of the crisis management organization believes that these astronomical figures impose a heavy burden in terms of rehabilitation and other costs. According to the country’s social organization, traffic accidents are a social problem, and unfortunately, Iran ranks first in terms of the number of accidents and fatalities. According to the source, traffic accidents are one of the leading causes of disability, especially spinal cord injury in the country.


Water pollution reported due to copper mining in Kerman province, central Iran

“The amount of arsenic in the water in some areas of Kerman province, where there is copper mining activity, has exceeded the permitted limits 12 times,” said Iranian regime member of parliament Mohammad Reza Poorebrahimi. .

The results of a study published on a website called “Publication of Scientific Research” showed toxic effluents from copper mining pollution of alluvial aquifers in the plains of Rafsanjan in the province of Kerman as well as toxic substances such as arsenic, nitrate, lead and cadmium in dangerous volumes. that endanger the health of the local population.

A study published in the Tehran-based journal “Environmental Science” also highlighted the worrying increase in toxic substances in aquifers near the Sarcheshmeh mine in the same province.


Drone attacks HQ belonging to Tehran-backed Iraqi militants in Mosul, northern Iraq

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The official Fars news agency reported on April 15: “The Nineveh Operations Command of Al-Hashd al-Shabi Organization (an Iraqi paramilitary group led by the Iranian regime’s IRGC Al-Quds Force) reported that an unidentified drone had bombed his 78th Regiment headquarters west of Mosul.

“Iraqi media quoted a security source as saying the deputy commander of the 78th Brigade was injured in the attack. The drone returned to the Kurdistan region of Iraq,” Fars said.


Protesting eight years of judicial indecision, a prisoner in northwestern Iran sets himself on fire

A prisoner from Maku, West Azerbaijan province, who was being held in the city’s central prison, set himself on fire to protest the prison official’s inability to process his case.

On Wednesday April 13, a 38-year-old prisoner identified as Mohammad Darafshi at Maku Central Jail committed suicide, protesting eight years of judicial indecision. According to his fellow prisoners, his physical condition is critical. A local website said Mohammad Darfashi set himself on fire after going on a week-long hunger strike and prison officials were still ignoring his demands.


No Iranian funds released, US confirms

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At a press conference on Thursday, State Department spokesman Ned Price denied reports of sanctions relief against the Iranian regime, adding that there was no progress in nuclear talks.

The spokesperson for the US State Department pointed to false information about the release of frozen funds from Tehran, stating that US partners had not provided the funds to the regime, that Iranian funds held in frozen accounts in third countries had not been unblocked and that the United States had not issued any authorization or approval to transfer money to Iran.

On Monday, Iranian state media quoted Saeed Khatibzadeh, spokesman for the Iranian regime’s Foreign Ministry, as saying that “some of Iran’s resources will soon be released” and “the necessary framework to lift the blockade an important part of the country’s foreign policy”. exchange resources have been determined and agreed upon.


Tehran-backed Houthi militants struggle with internal fighting

Former Houthi leader admits crimes against Yemeni people

As infighting between leaders of Houthi militant groups has intensified over the past two days, the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, has witnessed a serious change in security from gunmen at new checkpoints.

Informed sources in Sanaa revealed to Al-Arabiya on Friday (April 15) that the tense security atmosphere was the result of an intergroup dispute between the militias, led by Interior Minister Abdul Karim al-Houthi and Aziz al-Jaradi, nicknamed Abu Tariq, the head of the Houthis’ Preventive Security Service and financial director.

Informed sources say these differences include other prominent Houthi militia security figures, including another intelligence official named Karar al-Khivani. The escalation of this dispute in recent days has led to the dismissal of “Abu Tariq” from his former position and his appointment as director of security in Saada province.


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What are the “hidden causes” of price hikes in Iran?

As the people of Iran continue to struggle with poverty, inflation and high prices, the regime’s leaders continue to blame everyone but themselves for the failed state of the economy.

On April 13, the state-run ISNA news agency reported that regime president Ebrahim Raisi was unhappy with the rise in commodity prices and ordered control bodies to look into “hidden causes of high prices”.

Raisi claimed that “the high prices are illogical and unjustifiable” and tried to shift the blame to unknown sources, saying, “It is unacceptable that a certain company or factory in the private sector can suddenly increase the prices of its products. “.

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2021 US National Human Rights Reports – Maryam Akbari sentenced to 12 years in prison for seeking justice

The US Department of State’s 2021 National Reports on Human Rights Practices was released on April 13, 2022. One of the parts of the report focuses on the situation of political prisoners and detainees, including the case of political prisoner Maryam Akbari-Monfared.

“In March, in retaliation for signing an open letter accusing the government of systematically denying medical treatment to prisoners, the authorities transferred Maryam Akbari-Monfared from Evin prison to a prison 200 km from her family.

Why the Iranian regime cannot tolerate women in stadiums

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran – MEK IRAN YouTube channel has released an informative video about the Iranian regime’s opposition to the presence of women in football stadiums. On March 29, Iranian security forces attacked hundreds of female soccer fans seeking to enter a stadium in Mashhad for a 2022 World Cup soccer qualifier between Iran and Lebanon. The regime’s oppressive security forces used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse the crowd.

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