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– لم تكن إيران بحاجة لتقديم إثبات لتأكيد الطابع السياسي المرتبط بأجندة خارجية للاحتجاجات التي تشهدها، رغم اعتراف المسؤولين الإيرانيين بوجود بُعد شعبي نسبي لبعض التحرّكات. والكلام الإيراني مختلف عن كلام حلفاء إيران في لبنان والعراق حول صدقية التحركات الشعبية واستنادها إلى أسباب حقيقية، والاكتفاء بوصف التدخّل الخارجي، والأميركي الخليجي خصوصاً، كمحاولة سطو على التحرّكات الشعبية وتجييرها لحساب مشروع سياسيّ يخدم المصالح الأميركية، بالاستناد إلى الدور الأميركي في تجفيف المقدّرات المالية عبر نظام العقوبات، وإلى الإمساك بعدد من جمعيات المجتمع المدني، وعدد من وسائل الإعلام.

– بالنظر لطبيعة الموضوع الذي تفجّرت حوله الاحتجاجات في إيران، والناجم عن قرار حكومي برفع أسعار المحروقات، يكفي التساؤل عن التوقيت، الذي كان بمستطاع المسؤولين الإيرانيين التحكم به، خصوصاً في ظل مواجهة شاملة تبلغ ذروتها بين طهران وواشنطن، وهنا يشرح مسؤولون إيرانيون قراءتهم للقرار والوضع الناشئ عنه، بالقول إنها مواجهة تحت السيطرة، ويفسرون ذلك بالقول، إن القرار فتح الباب لتحرك جماعات معارضة تحرّكها واشنطن، أكثر مما أثار فئات شعبية واسعة تحت عنوان التضرّر من القرار، فيجب أن يعلم المتابعون أن سعر البنزين في إيران هو الأرخص في العالم، حيث سعر الصفيحة 20 ليتراً كان بأقل من دولارين 200 الف ريال ، وبعد الزيادة صار السعر للشريحة الأولى التي تستهلك أقل من 60 ليتراً شهرياً، ثلاثة دولارات فقط للصفيحة، بينما صار لمن يستهلك أكثر من هذه الكمية بستة دولارات، وهو أقل من نصف سعر الكلفة لصحيفة البنزين، والسعر الأعلى هو ثلث السعر المباع في الأسواق اللبنانية تقريباً.

– الحسابات الاقتصاديّة الإيرانيّة تقول، إن استهلاك مئة مليون ليتر في إيران يومياً يرتّب قرابة خمسة عشر مليار دولار كدعم سنويّ للخزينة الإيرانية، وكان السعر المخفض ولا يزال بالقياس لكل أسواق العالم، نوعاً من أنواع التوزيع العادل للثروة الذي تعتمده القيادة الإيرانية في التعامل مع الثروة النفطية للبلد، وهو رقم كبير في الظروف الراهنة لتدفق العملات الأجنبيّة من جهة، ومواصلته بالطريقة ذاتها مخالفة لمعايير العدالة نفسها مع تراجع القدرة على تصدير النفط، حيث العدالة تقتضي إعادة توزيع الأعباء، لكن دون المساس بالفئات الأشدّ فقراً في المجتمع الإيراني، التي تشملها فئة ما دون استهلاك الـ60 ليتراً في الشهر، والتي لن تزيد كلفتها الإضافية عن 2 – 3 دولار شهرياً ، بعد الزيادة، وهؤلاء يشكّلون قرابة 60 من الإيرانيين، بينما الزيادة على الطبقة الوسطى التي تستهلك قرابة ضعف الشريحة الأولى ستكون كلفتها الإضافيّة بين 10 – 20 دولاراً شهرياً، وهو متناسب مع دخلها وقدرتها على التحكم بفاتورة استهلاكها، أما الطبقات الميسورة فلن تتأثر بالتأكيد وليست طرفاً في التضرر. والأهم أن الاستهلاك انخفض مع القرار بنسبة 20 وأن قرابة 20 أخرى كان يتمّ تهريبها خارج الحدود ستنخفض إلى أقلّ من النصف على الأقل، ما يعني أن إجمالي وفر الخزينة، يقارب ستة مليارات دولار سنوياً، سيتم تدويرها لمجالات أخرى تتصل بحاجات أشد أهمية للشعب الإيراني مع توافر وسائل نقل عام عملاقة ومنتشرة في كل المدن والمحافظات، يتقدّمها المترو في طهران.

– في القراءة السياسية والأمنية، أن القرار وفّر لإيران فرصة غير مسبوقة لتقديم سبب يدفع واشنطن العاملة بكل جهدها لإضعاف القدرات المالية للدولة الإيرانية لاعتبار القرار الإيراني مصدراً لفرصة تحسين الوضع المالي للدولة يجب منعها، وبالتالي التسرّع في قراءة توافر فرصة انتفاضة شعبية عنوانها رفع سعر المحروقات الذي يشكل كعنوان مدخلاً دائماً للحديث عن الثورات، ليحتفل المسؤولون الأميركيون بما يصفونه بارتكاب القيادة الإيرانية حماقة قاتلة لا يجب تفويتها ، فيتمّ الزجّ المباشر وغير المباشر، بكل الذين تصل إليهم اليد الأميركية من جماعات معارضة ونشطاء وجمعيات وشبكات منظمة، ليخوضوا معركة فاصلة يظنّ الأميركيون أنها رابحة، ويراها الإيرانيون فرصة لقطع رأس التخريب بعزله عن الجسد الشعبي، الذي يثقون أنه لا يزال غائباً عن الاحتجاجات، فيما عدا بعض الذين جذبتهم التعبئة الإعلامية، أو مبدأ فكرة الاحتجاج، لكن بالتأكيد بقي الشعب الإيراني، الذي يفترض أن يحرّكه في أي بلد آخر قرار برفع أسعار البنزين إلى الشارع، خارج المسرح بسبب خصوصية تعامل الدولة الإيرانية مع هذه السوق، قبل الزيادة ومن خلالها، بصورة مدروسة لم ينتبه الأميركيون، إلى أنها مصيدة مناسبة لمعركة يخوضها الإيرانيون في أرض مكشوفة مع الجماعات التي أنفقت واشنطن مالاً ووقتاً لبنائها تذخيراً لمعركة يكون لها عمق شعبي، كحال لبنان والعراق. والمعركة من الزواية الإيرانية عملية استباقية مدروسة قاربت على النهاية بنجاح، ولن يتمكن الأميركي من دفعها للتصعيد، بل سيفتقد ما أعدّه وقام ببنائه، وقد تمّ كشفه واصطياده، بناء على معلومات مسبقة عن طبيعة الخطة الأميركية وانتظارها لمناسبة ذات طابع شعبي، فقام الإيرانيون، وهم يحققون خطوة اقتصادية مدروسة، بتقديم الإغراء للبعد الشعبي الافتراضي، وما يتمّ ميدانياً وفقاً للقراءة الإيرانية، مطابق للخطة التي تمّ كشفها وتتمّ متابعتها، ضمن رؤية لعزل الفئات الشعبية التي جذبتها الاحتجاجات، عن الجماعات المنظمة.

– الخطة ب تطبَّق اليوم وستظهر نتائجها قريباً، يقول أحد المتابعين للمشهد الإيراني عن قرب، وقريباً ترون النتائج، ويضحك كثيراً مَن يضحك أخيراً.

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Rioting, insecurity will be dealt with decisively: Iran’s IRGC

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Monday, 18 November 2019 2:36 PM

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has issued a statement on the recent riots in some cities, which followed peaceful protests over government’s decision to raise fuel prices, warning that it will firmly deal with any measure aimed at sowing insecurity in the country.

Commending the insight and smartness of the Iranian people, who draw a clear line between their peaceful protests and acts of rioting, the IRGC’s statement, which was released on Monday, said, “Continuation of any measure, which would foment insecurity, and all actions targeting the calm and tranquility in the society will be dealt with decisively.”

On Friday, Iran began rationing gasoline and substantially increased the price of fuel, saying the revenue would be used to assist the needy.

The National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company (NIOPDC) said in a statement late Thursday that the price of a liter of regular gasoline had gone up to 15,000 rials (12.7 US cents) from 10,000 rials and the monthly ration for each private automobile was set at 60 liters per month. Additional purchases would cost 30,000 rials per liter.

The decision sparked rallies in a number of Iranian cities, some of which were marred by violence as opportunist elements tried to exploit the situation and ride the wave of peaceful protests against hiking fuel prices.

Consequently, the demonstrations turned violent in some cities, with reports of clashes between security forces and certain elements vandalizing public property.

On Sunday, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei backed the recent government decision to ration gasoline and increase its price.

Ayatollah Khamenei said while he is not an expert in the field, he still supports the decision which has been made by the three branches of power — namely, executive, legislative and judicial.

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Noting that the acts of rioting in some Iranian cities were stoked by counterrevolutionary elements, the anti-Iranian Mujahedeen Khalq Organization (MKO) and the remnants of the past monarchical regime of Iran, the IRGC said in its statement that the vigilance of the Iranian people, who distanced themselves from saboteurs, turned the table against those elements and thwarted their plans to spread insecurity across the country.

It hailed the brave and dedicated Iranian people who have always subdued the deceitful enemy through their power and greatness and guaranteed stability and calm in most of the Iranian cities and provinces during the recent days in a way that there was not even one report of insecurity, destruction and plunder of public property in most parts of the country.

The statement also stressed the importance of protecting people’s civil rights and dignity against any violation and preventing increases in prices of other goods and commodities by relevant state bodies while calling on the Iranian people to disregard hostile propaganda of satellite and online networks of the enemy as the best way to put an end to rioting and establish sustainable and inclusive security in all parts of the country.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that his administration recognizes people’s right to hold protests against a recent government decision to ration gasoline, emphasizing, however, that nobody will be allowed to spread insecurity in the society.

Speaking at a cabinet meeting in Tehran, Rouhani referred to the recent protests in some Iranian cities against the government’s measure, which were at times marred with violence, saying holding protest rallies was a natural right of the people.

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Understanding The Subsidies and The New Price Echelon in Iran –

Understanding The Subsidies and The New Price Echelon in Iran

By Nour Rida

Tehran – Subsidies have been in place in Iran for nearly four decades. During the Iran-Iraq War of 1980 to 1988, when Iraq’s Saddam Hussein launched an assault against Iran backed by almost all international players, the government began subsidizing basic consumer goods such as food, medicine, and utilities (water, sewage, and power) to support its struggling population. Power in this case includes the oil sector. Throughout the years, Iran has been trying to carry out reforms in this regard, but of course subsidy reform has not been without complications.

For instance, in November 2010, cash handouts were introduced in Iran when a previous administrative government decided to decrease subsidies paid for energy to raise the money needed for social welfare and economic development plans.

The handouts had been originally meant to reach lower classes but the government decided to go for an all-inclusive system after it failed to come up with a decisive list that could reflect the social stratification in Iran.

Recently over the summer of 2019, the Rouhani government announced that it would start economizing the list of recipients, saying payment to a total of 24 million people would be halted by late March 2020, when the current Iranian calendar year comes to an end. These 24 million people have been identified as middle-upper class citizens who are not suffering dire living conditions.

The government has not indicated whether people on the lower income deciles would receive more cash handouts as a result of the changes in the current system.

An estimated $40-100 billion is paid every year to keep Iranians, poor and rich, supplied with cheap energy, water, fuel and basic food.

Reforms to face challenges

Now in light of the US sanctions and ongoing economic war against Iran, traffic clogging the streets and roads of the country, the continuous smuggling crimes where billions of dollars of cheap fuel are wasted when trafficked across the borders to Iraq and Pakistan, inefficient fuel usage, air pollution and human health problems, the government had to take precautionary measures to avoid any future crisis.

According to people who are in-the-know, large subsidies that the Iranian government allocates to fuel creates a huge price difference prompts smugglers to ship it out of the country and into countries where prices are much higher. More than 150,000 liters of smuggled diesel are seized in this region annually.

Also, estimates suggest Iran, now a gasoline-exporting country, is consuming more than 100 million liters of the fuel each day.

Price hike for cash handouts, the wealthy ineligible

An essential part of Iran’s strategy from the beginning was the redistribution, via cash grants, of proceeds generated by the reforms to different elements in the economy rather than pay near-universal cash transfers.

The amount of cash subsidies had not changed over the past few years, with a monthly deposit of 455 thousand Rials, with nearly 78 million people getting paid on monthly basis before the decision was made this summer to halt subsidies to the rich.

The new reform stipulates that households of one person get 55 thousand rials extra handouts, two people get 103 thousand rials, three people 137 thousand rials, four people 172 thousand rials and five people or more 205 thousand rials to compensate the rise in price. The sums are paid per adult to the head of each household.

The Iranian government has said it would spend all of more than $2.5 billion earned from the gasoline price hike on cash handouts and other form of subsidies targeting more than 70 percent of the Iranian population.

Well-informed sources told Iranian Mehr news, “this new plan will also include subsidized goods for the middle and lower classes in order to prevent further economic inflation from happening. Most probably, the cash subsidies will be deposited in the cards of the people only to be used for direct purchase of goods and basic needs from stores and markets.”

The source added these reforms are aimed at improving the living conditions of the middle and upper classes in Iran, noting “In fact the rich and wealthy are ineligible to receive cash handouts and are considered as members of the three highest income deciles of the Iranian population. Just in case someone was mistakenly identified as “well-off”, a government website has been designed especially for people to lodge their protest and once the government endorses the complaint, they get their handouts back.

New Pricing Echelon

The National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company (NIOPDC) explained the new pricing echelon in a statement it issued. The subsidized fee of 10 thousand rials (almost 8.3 cents) per liter is increased to 15 thousand rials (almost 12.5 cents) per liter, a rise of 50%, which is offered at a limited rate of 60 liters per month, a rationing that did not exist for the last 6 years, for private cars with a rationing card. The monthly rationing for hybrid vehicles is 30 liters.

Gas-fueled pickups used for carrying cargos will enjoy 200 liters of the rationed subsidized gas, while hybrid ones will have a 60 liter-per-month share.

However, gas fueled pickups used for carrying cargos will enjoy 300 liters of the rationed subsidized gas, while hybrids will have a 120 liter-per-month share.

Gas fueled taxis will have a monthly rationing of 400 liters and hybrids will have 200 liters. Motorbikes are offered a monthly rationing of 25 liters of subsidized fuel while ambulances receive a monthly 500-liter ration of gas.

However, the price for not-rationed supply of the gas is still subsidized and below the level of price offered in majority of the neighboring countries. The non-rationed price is set at 30 thousand rials (almost 25 cents) per liter and there is no limitation for buying non-rationed fuel.

The price for the compressed natural gas (CNG) and diesel gas will remain unchanged.

Imam Khamenei Urges Govt to Minimize People Concerns, Warns against Sabotage

November 17, 2019

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei

Leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei on Sunday stressed that a decision to revise fuel prices in the Islamic Republic was fully considered, warning that sabotage acts have been planned by the country’s enemies.

 

“The three branches of the government (legislative, judiciary, administrative) took a fully-considered decision based on expert opinion and must be implemented,” Imam Khamenei was quoted as saying by Iranian media.

“Some people are no doubt worried and displeased by this decision … but sabotage and arson is done by hooligans not our people. The counter-revolution and Iran’s enemies have always supported sabotage and breaches of security and continue to do so,” the Leader said, according to state TV.

Meanwhile, the Leader called on the government to take every step possible to alleviate people’s economic concerns

“Authorities should use all their capacities to minimize people’s concerns over this [gasoline rationing] plan.”

His eminence also underlined the necessity of meeting people’s demands in this regard, saying that officials should be careful that the plan would not led to the jump in the prices of the other goods and commodities.

The National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company (NIOPDC) said in a statement late Thursday that the price of a liter of regular gasoline had gone up to 15,000 rials (12.7 US cents) from 10,000 rials and the monthly ration for each private automobile was set at 60 liters per month. Additional purchases would cost 30,000 rials per liter.

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Iran Is Winning Strategic Struggle for Influence, even as US Cripples Its Economy

By Darius Shahtahmesibi

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A new report has confirmed what some analysts have been saying for some time: that Iran is winning the regional struggle for strategic influence.

The 217-page report, published by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), is entitled “Iran’s Networks of Influence in the Middle East” and details Tehran’s use of proxy forces and networks throughout the region and the effects and benefits of its “minimum output” foreign policy strategy.

It is probably worth mentioning at this point that H.R. McMaster, Trump’s former national security adviser, was once an employee of the IISS. As was James Steinberg, a former US deputy secretary of state. Furthermore, at the end of 2016, the Guardian revealed that the organization had received £25 million ($32 million) from the Bahraini royal family (apparently almost half of its total income has come from Bahrain). Iran and Bahrain aren’t exactly close friends.

Notwithstanding the potential motives and bias of the IISS, the report definitely arrives at some interesting conclusions.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran has tipped the balance of effective force in the Middle East in its favor,” the report explains.

But here’s the crazy part. Iran is, and has been for years, completely pummeled to the ground by US-imposed sanctions. Many commentators have for some time now been predicting an impending collapse of the Iranian economy.

On top of that, and likely because of this fact, Iran’s military budget has consistently been low (especially when compared to the United States or any of Washington’s major allied powers in the region). This flies completely in the face of allegations that Iran is a regional aggressor and the number-one state sponsor of terrorism (with what money?), but don’t let this get in the way of a good story.

According to the US Defense Department’s annual review of the country, “Iran’s military doctrine is defensive. It is designed to deter an attack, survive an initial strike, retaliate against an aggressor, and force a diplomatic solution to hostilities while avoiding any concessions that challenge its core interests.”

In other words, despite being under the constant threat of war, whether from the US, Israel or Saudi Arabia, Iran is not looking for a fight. It maintains a much lower military expenditure than Saudi Arabia, Israel, and especially Washington, yet as the recent IISS report notes, it has emerged from the rubble of a war-torn Middle East region as a victor.

As Foreign Affairs (the Council on Foreign Relations’ magazine) explained in a recent article:

“Iran now enters its second year under maximum pressure strikingly confident in its economic stability and regional position.”

It is likely with this newfound confidence that Iran is beginning to dictate some shots of its own to the international community, particularly when it comes to the future of uranium enrichment. Foreign Affairs also explains that Iran has essentially weathered the storm of US sanctions and come up trumps all on its lonesome. Many of the people predicted to come to Tehran’s aid during the United States’ maximum pressure campaign have been nowhere to be seen.

According to the IISS report, Iran has been winning the regional geopolitical struggle for influence by developing asymmetric warfare, such as swarm tactics, drones and cyber-attacks. It has relied upon the Quds arm of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to increase its operations throughout the Middle East, as well as to provide training, support and weapons to other actors allied to Tehran. The report also notes Iran’s relationship with Hezbollah, its role in the conflicts in Iraq and Syria, as well as its role (supposedly) in Yemen.

As my Kung Fu instructor once told me, you serve yourself in a confrontation best by using minimum output for maximum gain. Winning the lottery doesn’t entail that you then go to a casino and put all your money down on your first gamble. Just because you have it, doesn’t mean you have to expend it.

In comparison, Saudi Arabia has expended time, effort, billions of dollars and the lives of many innocent civilians waging a genocidal war in Yemen – and it’s still losing. As Bloomberg once explained:

“Saudi Arabia has better weapons than its enemies in Yemen, no surprise in a war that pits one of the richest Arab countries against the poorest. And still the Saudis are struggling to impose their will.”

Not only is it losing a war, it’s also losing an economic battle. At the beginning of the conflict, Reuters estimated that the war would cost Saudi Arabia approximately $175 million per month. However, even by the end of the first year of the war, the kingdom had to increase its defense spending by $5.3 billion. This trend has continued right throughout the conflict. At the end of 2016, Saudi Arabia had to announce a projected increase of 6.7 percent in defense spending for 2017, bringing its total budget to around $50.8 billion.

If the IISS report’s findings are correct, there may be a deep lesson in here for the US and its allies. Perhaps it’s not that Iran has emerged victorious despite the fact it has not spent billions of dollars invading other nations at any one time; but because it hasn’t been.

At the end of the day, how much influence can you exert when you forcibly invade, occupy and kill those countries you seek to influence?

Sayyed Nasrallah: Meetings Are Ongoing to Form Gov’t, US Preventing Solution… Hezbollah Overloaded with Missiles

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Sayyed Nasrallah: Meetings Are Ongoing to Form Gov’t, US Preventing Solution... Hezbollah Overloaded with Missiles

Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered on Monday a speech in which he tackled various internal and regional topics.

Addressing thousands of the resistance supporters commemorating Hezbollah Martyrs’ Day, Sayyed Nasrallah congratulated the Muslim nation on the birth of the Holy Prophet Mohammad [PBUH]

On the event, His Eminence recalled on the Martyrs’ Day “how Sharon stood frustrated by the defeat suffered by the “Israeli” army after the self-scarifying operation of martyr Ahmed Kassir.”

“Martyrs’ Day is an anniversary for every martyr in Hezbollah,” he added, noting that “the most important characteristic of the martyrs is that they were people of faith and belief.”

Sayyed Nasrallah further hailed “these late martyrs, who were fighting for the sake of Allah by defending the holy sanctities and the  oppressed people.”

Denouncing US President Donald Trump, who treats the US military as an army of mercenaries army, the Resistance Leader underscored that “they think that all people are like them.”

“The martyrs moved us to the era of victories and we thank them for this,” he added, pointing out that “One of the achievements of the martyrs is that they defended our country from the great dangers as was the case in confronting the terrorist attacks.”

In parallel, Sayyed Nasrallah went on to say that “the martyrs have turned us into a country that the senior “Israeli” enemy leaders view as an existential threat

His Eminence also said: “The resistance today is at the peak of its strength, presence and importance as part of the axis of resistance in the region.”

Praising the stances and steadfastness of the Yemeni people and their Leader Sayyed Abdul Malik Houthi, Sayyed Nasrallah viewed that “Sayyed Houthi’s clear stance regarding Yemen’s readiness to respond to the “Israeli” threats is very important.”

“This statement was issued by the leader of a front that has been facing the US-Saudi aggression for five years,” he added, noting that “they [the Yemeni] possess qualitative weapons.”

According to His Eminence, Sayyed Nasrallah confirmed that “Yemen is very important in the axis of resistance. The “Israelis” read well Sayyed Houthi’s speech because of its credibility.”

Moreover, His Eminence acknowledged that “The “Israeli” enemy must know that there is a new strategic environment in its confrontation.”

“The position of Sayyed Houthi is a very important development and both the enemy and the friend acknowledge the importance of this stance,” he stressed, noting that “An important political message was send by hundreds of thousands, who marched in Sana’a waiting for Sayyed Houthi’s speech.”

In addition, Sayyed Nasrallah elaborated that “The secret of the power in the axis of the resistance lies in its faith, spirituality, and belief in the holy sites and humanitarian issues as well as its readiness to sacrifice.”

“There will be no war on Iran in the region,” he assured, pointing out that “Trump’s strategy on Iran has failed. Trump has kept an American force in Syria because of the oil fields.”

Moving to the internal arena, Hezbollah Secretary General disclosed that “In Lebanon, discussions are still underway to come up with the best solution for our country.”

In this context, Sayyed Nasrallah unveiled that “There are ongoing meetings over the issue of the government and I will not disclose anything now.”

However, he assured that “There is consensus on the issue of recovering stolen funds. There are big differences between the fight against corruption and the resistance to occupation in the subject and tools.”

As he highlighted that “There are demands that are not endorsed by the entire protest movement,” His Eminence revealed that “Meetings continue over the formation of the government as well as tripartite consultations and the doors are open to reach the best possible result.”

On the solutions, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that “Fighting corruption requires honest judges who do not bow to political pressures.”

“As Hezbollah’s secretary general, I call on the Higher Judicial Council and the competent judges to tackle any corruption file targeting any Hezbollah official. Start with us,” he added.

Assuring that there are honest and brave judges on whom we can count. His Eminence said: “If there is any corruption related to a minister or a municipal official or employee related to Hezbollah, I guarantee you that his immunity is to be lifted even before the law of lifting immunity is endorsed.”

To the judges, the Resistance Leader said: “The corrupt is like the [“Israeli”] agent. He has neither a religion nor a sect. You must be brave and you must not bow to any political or religious leader in the country.”

Sayyed Nasrallah urged the honorable Lebanese judges to emulate the martyrs, who sacrificed themselves for the sake of the country.

Regarding the US stance on the internal Lebanese crisis, Sayyed Nasrallah viewed that “The US is trying to deepen the Lebanese economic crisis. The United States is playing a role in the current economic hardships in Lebanon.”

“Agriculture, industry, trade and tourism are passing through a very critical situation,” he cautioned, noting that “One of the conditions for success in facing the current economic crisis is to know the friend from the enemy.”

In addition, His Eminence moved on to say:

“The Americans are preventing us from dealing with Chinese companies. The Americans are practicing financial terrorism on the Lebanese banks and using the financial pressure on transferring money to Lebanon. There is an American threat by sanctions against Lebanese companies involved in the reconstruction of Syria.”

Calling the Lebanese government to send a delegation to China, Sayyed Nasrallah wondered

“Why should we bow to the Americans over something that can rescue our country?”

Slamming the US interference, Sayyed Nasrallah explained that

“One of the reasons for the American anger against the Iraqi prime minister is that he went to China and signed economic agreements.”

“There was great American pressure to prevent the opening of the Albukamal crossing and it was opened by a Syrian – Iraqi decision,” he added, noting that “The Iraqi market is able to accommodate the Lebanese production dozens of times more .”

Urging the US to leave us alone, His Eminence stressed  that

“Lebanon is safer than any US state. Lebanon is even safer than Washington.”

In this context, Sayyed Nasrallah called the Lebanese government to communicate with the Syrian government to transfer Lebanese products to Iraq through the Albukamal crossing.

“The US sanctions on the banking sector are aimed at stirring sedition in Lebanon,” he added, noting that “Based on Pompeo’s understanding, the Iranian influence must end by cutting the hands of the resistance.”

“Where is the Iranian influence in Lebanon? Where is the Iranian influence over banks and the army?” Sayyed Nasrallah wondered.

According to His Eminence,

“Claims that missiles will be sent to Hezbollah via Albukamal border crossing are baseless. We have an overload of missiles in Lebanon and we don’t know where to store them.”

“Saving the country is not by more loans and interest, but by accelerating the economy,” he stated, calling the Lebanese people to preserve their elements of strength.

As he clarified that “Most of the corrupts in Lebanon are US allies,” Sayyed Nasrallah mentioned that “All Lebanese are pinning hopes on the issue of oil and gas but the Americans are creating obstacles.”

On this level, His Eminence cautioned that

“The Americans are seeking to prevent us from finding markets for our products,” urging “The Lebanese to prevent anyone from dragging them into chaos and vacuum.”

Describing the US sanctions as a “double-edged sword”, he said that they discouraged potential investors and had a negative impact on the Lebanese economy, but nevertheless would have little effect on Hezbollah, whose money was not in the banks.

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Drone Shot Down by Iranian Army in Mahshahr Port is ‘Israeli’ – Report

 

By Staff, Agencies

Former Iranian diplomat Amir Mousavi uncovered that the drone that was shot downed by the Iranian Army’s “Mersad” Defense System in Mahshahr port is an ‘Israeli’ one and took off from Bahrain, according to preliminary data.

Speaking to Arabic-language al-Mayadeen TV on Friday evening, Mousavi noted that the information indicate that the drone sends data to the ‘Israeli’ Mossad, and maybe the goal from sending it is to check the Iranian readiness.

Mousavi’s comments came after the Iranian Army’s Air Force Commander confirmed the news of downing a hostile drone using local air defense system.

He further made clear that the Iranian Army shot down the drone in the first circle after its launching, which means that it didn’t reach the Iranian depth, noting that its goal could have been to spy on the phases of ongoing action in Bushehr facility.

Mousavi stressed that the home-developed system that succeeded in downing the drone is capable of hitting two targets at once, at an altitude of 18 kilometers.

The Iranian diplomat also emphasized that his country carried out with its allied several practical steps while the other axis is unable to do anything.

Mousavi stressed that Iran managed to discipline the United States and the United Kingdom, adding that it is on continuous war with the ‘Israeli’ entity.

Earlier on Friday, the “Mersad” Defense System of the Iranian Army dropped down a spy drone in Mahshahr Port in the country’s southeast, and the Iranian security forces gathered its ruins.

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