The frustrated people of Karaj protested from the afternoon of July 31 in Gohardasht First Square, with the slogans of: “High prices! Inflation! Disaster of people; High prices! Inflation! We cannot tolerate, death to the dictator; the nation is begging, Ayatollah (Khamenei) is the Lord; Tanks, Cannons, Firecrackers, the mullah must go! Do not be afraid, we are all together; Today is the day of mourning, the money of the Iranian nation is under the garb of the mullah today; rising today; our enemy is the mullah but they falsely blame the United States; Security forces, Support! Support! This courageous uprising continued until the middle of the night.
The Police repressive forces, riot guards, revolutionary guards and plainclothes murderers tried to disperse the people by attacking them and throwing tear gas into the crowd, but the youth struggled with resistance and skirmishes. They continued to confront the bassijis and forced them to flee by chanting slogans of: “Proud Iranian, support, support; the uprising continues as long as the dictator is in power; and even if the Basijis are poured from the sky, the uprising continues”. In order to confront the brutality of the mercenaries, the youth made barricades and stopped vehicles from moving by lying down on the streets.
An English court has cleared the way to consider whether it will allow the families of some of those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States to make a claim on Iranian assets in Britain.
The relatives want the English High Court to enforce a 2012 decision by a U.S. court which found there was evidence to show that Iran provided “material support and resources to al Qaeda for acts of terrorism”. The militant group carried out the attacks.
The New York court awarded the plaintiffs damages of over $7 billion. Iran denies any links to Al Qaeda or any involvement in the 9/11 attacks.
If the English court agrees to enforce the ruling, it could clear the way for assets in England and Wales to be frozen or seized. Iranian assets in England include a central London building and funds held by two subsidiaries of state-owned banks. This could add to Tehran’s troubles as it tries to stave off a financial crisis.
The economy of Iran is in tatters and it is getting worse by the day. The United States is putting extreme financial pressure on the Iranian regime so that it does not have access to the funds that it uses to finance terrorism and proxy groups across the regime.
In the past 12 months, the Iranian currency – the rial – has lost half of its value.
The Trump administration has acknowledged that the Iranian regime’s plundering of the nation’s natural wealth as well as its revenues is something that must be stopped. The regime has spent billions on the criminal war in Syria as well as other conflicts across the Middle East. It is funding terrorism and it is supporting proxy groups that carry out criminal activities on its behalf.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), has said that the disastrous state of Iran’s economy is a direct result of the Iranian regime’s policies.
Furthermore, Mrs. Rajavi highlighted that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and state-backed foundations have taken business away from the average Iranian that is struggling to make a living. The majority of the country’s consumer market is owned and controlled by regime factions such as the IRGC, giving the people no chance.
Mrs. Rajavi pointed out that the Iranian regime has no solution to the disastrous situation. Any measures it has taken have failed. It has sacked the president of the Central Bank. It has tried to pin the blame on others. It has even arrested merchants at bazaars.
The opposition leader said that the only way to bring resolution to the economic situation in Iran is to topple the corrupt regime.
In a new move aimed at tightening the state-imposed ban on the Telegram messaging app, the Telecommunications Company of Iran (TCI) temporarily rerouted Telegram app traffic in violation of domestic law in July 2018.
For one hour on July 30, Iran changed the routing (pathway) of Telegram’s internet protocol (IP) addresses to the TCI instead of Telegram’s servers so that the app was unusable even with censorship circumvention tools such as virtual private networks (VPNs).
Hijacking IP addresses could have global implications. By altering the routing of Telegram traffic, Iran is causing other servers in the world to also update their routing, resulting in incorrect IP addresses that could also disrupt internet traffic in other countries.
The TCI’s hijacking of border gateway protocols (BGPs)—which manage how data is transferred across the internet—is not only a violation of Iranian law, it also seals the reputation of Iran’s Telecommunications Ministry as a violator of internet freedom.
Relatives of Ramin Hossein Panahi, a Kurdish man on death row in Iran, have raised concerns that his chances of imminent execution have increased since several soldiers of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) were killed in late July 2018.
“The security situation in the Kurdistan region has been very tense because of the armed confrontation with PJAK and the deaths of border guardsmen,” a source close to the family told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on July 31.
“The Islamic Republic usually tries to impose calm by carrying out executions, and for the past few weeks, some sites run by the IRGC and the Intelligence Ministry have been publishing articles every day in order to justify Ramin’s death sentence,” said the source who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the fear of reprisals for speaking publicly about the case.
“It seems they are trying to prepare public opinion for his execution,” added the source.