Iranian Intellectual And Dissident: The Iranian Regime Is As Bad As ISIS, Yet Western Leaders Ignore Its Crimes

June 18, 2015 Special Dispatch No.6075
On October 30, 2014, Iranian intellectual Mohammad Maleki, a former president of Tehrn University and a critic of the Iranian regime, published an open letter to the people of Iran in the online daily Roozonline.com. In the letter, he wondered why U.S. and European leaders are shocked by ISIS’ beheadings yet ignore the brutal crimes that the Iranian regime has been committing ever since its establishment against its own people and the people of the region. Maleki argued that the Iranian regime, under its founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and his successor Ali Khamenei  – who are the Iranian equivalents of ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi – is the same as ISIS because it too executes people systematically and brutally violates the human rights of many prisoners. Maleki pointed to the mass killing of Iranian prisoners, especially of militants from the oppositionist Mojahedeen-e Khalq organization who were sentenced during the 1980s in disregard for their rights and subjected to physical and psychological torture. He claimed that the West even helped the Iranian regime by giving it a free hand in Iraq after Saddam Hussein’s ouster and letting it act against Iranian oppositionists there, in collaboration with then-Iraqi president Nouri Al-Maliki, who is an Iranian lackey.

The 81-year-old Maleki, who lives in Iran, is a member of the anti-regime National-Religious Coalition of Iran and a columnist for the reformist daily Rooz. He served as Tehran University’s first president following the Islamic Revolution and spent five years in prison for opposing the purge of the universities conducted by Khomeini as part of his cultural revolution. Continue reading

The Iranian Cyber Offensive during Operation Protective Edge

INSS Insight No. 598, August 26, 2014
Gabi Siboni , Sami Kronenfeld
 Although the IDF’s abilities to handle the rocket and attack tunnel threats have garnered most of the attention during the latest campaign in the Gaza Strip, it is now clear that Israel was also forced to confront cyber challenges during Operation Protective Edge. A senior officer in the C4I Corps noted that in the course of the campaign Iranian elements launched a widespread cyber offensive against Israeli targets, including attempts to damage security and financial networks. While these attempts were neutralized relatively easily and quickly by Israeli cyber defenses, it seems that Iran is investing heavily in the development of effective offensive capabilities against infrastructure systems, and might present a serious challenge to Israeli defenses within the foreseeable future. In 2013, a series of attacks on the websites of major US banks and financial institutions was attributed to Iran. An information security expert described these attacks, which included sophisticated techniques and demonstrated an ability to act in significant scope against high quality targets, as unprecedented in degree and effectiveness.

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Attacks on a nation’s financial infrastructures have serious repercussions, liable to result in heavy financial damage as they disrupt routine financial activity of commercial enterprises and households alike. However, the focus of the cyber offensive during Operation Protective Edge was the civilian internet. Iranian elements participated in what the C4I officer described as an attack unprecedented in its proportions and the quality of its targets. The attack targeted IDF websites such as the Home Front Command and the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, as well as civilian internet infrastructures. The attackers had some success when they managed to spread a false message via the IDF’s official Twitter account saying that the Dimona nuclear reactor had been hit by rocket fire and that there was a risk of a radioactive leak. Some of the attacks against Israel were attributed to the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), a group of Assad-supporting hackers that in recent years has developed significant attack capabilities and described by Michael Hayden, former Director of the CIA and the NSA, as a veritable Iranian proxy. Continue reading

Azerbaijan to transfer Iranian prisoners to Iran soon

Baku, March 19, IRNA – Based on coordination between Iranian embassy in Azerbaijan and the Azeri government, a number of Iranian nationals imprisoned in Azerbaijani jails will be transferred to Iran soon, said an official with Iranˈs embassy in Baku on Wednesday.

Mohsen Molaee told IRNA that he had visited prison number 11 of Azerbaijan Republic today and met with Iranian prisoners.Heavy costs of traveling to Azerbaijan for the prisonersˈ families who want to visit them and also heavy costs of living for the prisoners themselves were their major concerns, Molaee said.

The prisonersˈ main demand was to serve the rest of their prison sentences in Iran, Molaee added.He said he had distributed some food and cash among Iranian prisoners during his visit. Continue reading

Iran’s assets in Canada include more than $2.6-million held in 13 different bank accounts, Ottawa reveals

Stewart Bell | 13/09/09 | Last Updated: 13/09/10 1:36 AM ET
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Wayne Cuddington / Ottawa CitizenThe Embassy of Iran on Metcalfe St. in Ottawa after Foreign Minister John Baird announced, diplomatic relations between Canada and Iran have been suspended.

Iran’s assets in Canada

Non-Diplomatic Assets

Iranian Cultural Centre, 2 Robinson Ave., Ottawa

Parking spot, 36A-570 Laurier Ave., W, Ottawa

RBC account 8649493, Higher Education Advisory

Scotia Bank account 40006-04451-18, Higher Education Advisory, $1.9-million

RBC account 00006-1029586, $203,000

RBC account 8649589, €333,000

RBC account 108-99-45

RBC account 108-99-52

RBC account 864-95-89

RBC account 864-95-74

Scotia Bank account 04654-10

Scotia Bank account GIC 17465324

Scotia Bank Visa account

CIBC Trust account 48 06816

CIBC Trust account 48 06719

BMO account 1051 017

Supreme Court of B.C., File S071189 $325,000 (This is a judgment awarded to the Iranian shipping lines. The money is frozen under UN sanctions)

Diplomatic Assets

Embassy of Iran, 245 Metcalfe St., Ottawa

Official residence, 524 Acadia Ave., Ottawa

Staff quarters, 1202-570 Laurier Ave. W, Ottawa

RBC account 00006-1089978

Scotia Bank account 400060030112

The federal government has identified millions of dollars worth of Iranian state assets in Canada, ranging from bank accounts to a parking spot, that may now be claimed by victims of terrorist groups sponsored by the Islamic republic.

The list of Iran’s 22 Canadian assets was to be released by the Department of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday to help victims who want to collect damages from Iran due to the regime’s support for terrorist groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas.

A copy of the list obtained in advance by the National Post includes the Iranian Cultural Centre in Ottawa, a parking spot in the capital, 13 bank accounts containing more than $2.6-million, a VISA account and $325,000 currently frozen under United Nations sanctions. Continue reading

Iran News Round Up September 12, 2013

Persian Gulf خلیج پارس

Persian Gulf خلیج پارس (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A selection of the latest news stories and editorials published in Iranian news outlets, compiled by AEI Critical Threats Project Iran Analyst Will Fulton and Iran Intern Amir Toumaj. To receive this daily newsletter, please subscribe online.

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Iran News Round Up September 11, 2013

English: Location of Iran and Saudi Arabia.

English: Location of Iran and Saudi Arabia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A selection of the latest news stories and editorials published in Iranian news outlets, compiled by AEI Critical Threats Project Iran Analyst Will Fulton and Iran Intern Amir Toumaj. To receive this daily newsletter, please subscribe online.

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Excerpts of these translations may only be used with the expressed consent of the authors.

Politics

  • Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reacted to recent Syria developments:
    • “We hope America’s new position regarding Syria is serious, without deception and a true reversal from their arbitrary and mistaken position of the past few weeks.”
    • “Unfortunately, with an incorrect interpretation of not fighting during Hajj [season], some mistaken [individuals] are attempting to undermine the philosophy of establishing the bara’at az moshrekin [Interpretation of Qur’an referring to political activities that take place socially during Hajj pilgrimage], though fighting blasphemy is one of Islam’s most fundamental orders.”
    • “Enemies of Islamic society have noticed that conflict within Islamic sects is to the benefit of the usurping Zionist regime. On this basis, by establishing takfiri groups from one side and creating Islamic and even Shi’a looking media to expand divisions from another, they are seeking to make Muslims fight each other.”
    • “Shi’a elders, including Imam [Khomeini] and others, continuously emphasized Islamic society’s unity. Therefore, the Shi’ism that propagates from media in London and America with the goal of expanding conflicts is not in the path of true Shi’a.” Continue reading

Iran News Round Up September 10, 2013

The Strait of Hormuz.

The Strait of Hormuz. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A selection of the latest news stories and editorials published in Iranian news outlets, compiled by AEI Critical Threats Project Iran Analyst Will Fulton and Iran Intern Amir Toumaj. (E) = Article in English

Excerpts of these translations may only be used with the expressed consent of the authors.

Politics

  • Addressing the 21st Friday Prayer Leaders Assembly, President Hassan Rouhani announced that it is possible for future nuclear negotiations to take place in New York City and said, “If the West’s language is the language of rationality and reason, the administration is completely ready to talk with the language of wisdom and moderation.” He added that Iran stands with Syria and will provide food and medical supply in case of war.
  • National Security and Foreign Policy Parliamentary [NSFP] Commission Chairman MP Alaeddin Boroujerdi discussed the closure of the Strait of Hormuz, and Lebanese Hezbollah and Russia’s potential responses to an American strike on Syria:
    • “The Russians have practically lost their bases in the region and the only point that this country has in the Middle East is Syria. On this basis, the Russians will not repeat their past mistakes and will not allow their ally in the region to be captured by the Americans. This is my prediction of Russia’s reaction, which will be different than during the West’s attack on Libya.”

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