Tuesday May 23, 2017

Most Iranian Citizens Believe Upcoming Election will Result in Little Change

Iran’s presidential election on May 19th gives the people of that country little choice. The two main candidates were hand picked by leadership in Tehran. All candidates in the election must be approved by the the Guardian Council. This year, only six out of 1,636 candidates were allowed to run.

In an article in The Hill, by Soona Samsami, Representative in the United States for the National Council of Resistance of Iran, she writes, “They are fighting over a very narrow sliver of turf. No matter who wins, count on Iran remaining viciously repressive, destabilizing to the region and ever-eager to attain nuclear weapons.”


The People of Iran Cast Their "Real Votes" on Social Media and in the Streets for This Presidential Election

Iran's state-controlled media has been dominated over that past several weeks by the presidential candidates making their case for the country's presidency. However the media has ignored what the people of Iran really believe about the elections, which seems to be that they reject the ruling regime and its presidential nominees.

In a live televised debate on Friday, the candidates themselves gave reasons why there's no real choice in Iran's presidential elections. As they highlighted their opponents' failures, the nominees, in effect, admitted that they're all deeply involved in the regime’s suppression of the Iranian people and its plundering of the country's wealth.


Trump's Visit to Saudi Arabia May Result in Harsher Tone for Iran

Riyadh will want assurances that the U.S. will continue its harsher tone toward Iran and continue its pressure to stop Tehran's destabilizing activities in the region.

The U.S.-Saudi alliance has been shaky after U.S. withdrawal from the region, which was perceived as the U.S. leaning toward Iran, as well as a lack of direct action against Iranian ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

An article in REUTERS says that, “Saudi Arabia will also want to showcase high-profile investment deals with American companies to show progress on its ambitious "Vision 2030" economic and social reform agenda, while Washington says U.S. arms sales arms worth tens of billions of dollars are in the pipeline.”


Iran: Fear of Election Boycott Campaign by Resistance Supporters Has Regime Preparing for Repression

With the election in Iran only days away, officials are alarmed over the call for regime change, and the election boycott campaign that has gained strength with freedom-loving youths and supporters of the Iranian Resistance. 


Chair of NCRI Foreign Affairs Committee: Iran Election Serves Only to Keep Regime in Power

Mohammad Mohaddessin, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) conducted an interview with Media Express during the closing days of the Iran’s election cycle. He agreed to answer key questions regarding the election process and its impact on the Iranian people. 

Below is part of the interview, taken from an article  published by Media Express, which can serve as tutorial on how the Iran elections work, and why they are best called a “sham” election.