“Iran remains the world’s worst state sponsor of terrorism,” according to the Country Reports on Terrorism 2018 released by the United States Department of State on Friday.
“The regime has spent nearly one billion dollars per year to support terrorist groups that serve as its proxies and expand its malign influence across the globe,” the State Department’s annual report said.
“It also has engaged in its own terrorist plotting around the world, particularly in Europe. In January, German authorities investigated 10 suspected Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Qods Force operatives.”
“In the summer, authorities in Belgium, France, and Germany thwarted an Iranian plot to bomb a political rally near Paris, France,” the report added, referring to the regime’s attempt to bomb the annual ‘Free Iran’ gathering in June 2018 attended by Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi and hundreds of international lawmakers.
“In October, an Iranian operative was arrested for planning an assassination in Denmark, and in December, Albania expelled two Iranian officials for plotting terrorist attacks,” the report said, the latter case referring to the regime’s attempt to bomb the Persian New Year festival organized at the compound of the main Iranian opposition group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran in Albania.
Iran’s Education System Plundered and Destroyed by the Mullahs
While more than a month has passed since the beginning of the new academic year in Iran, state-run news outlets are still discussing the shortage of teachers in schools as one of the fundamental crises of the country.
In September, in an article titled, “Scarcity of teachers in critical state,” state-run Iran newspaper admitted to a shortage of 108,000 teachers and wrote, “The shortage of teachers has become a serious issue for the education industry. Figures show that out of 930,000 officially registered teachers, 320,000 will retire by 2020.”
It is clear that the root of the problem is the corrupt rule of the mullahs. While Iran’s teachers are regularly protesting the poor conditions of the education system and demand fundamental changes to ensure better education for the future generations of Iran, the regime proceeds with cracking down on their protests and arresting them.
U.S. Imposes New Sanctions on the Iranian Regime’s Construction Sector
The United States announced new sanctions on the Iranian regime’s construction sector and trade in four materials used in the regime’s military or nuclear programs.
The State Department said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had determined the Iranian regime’s construction sector was controlled directly or indirectly by the regime’s Revolutionary Guards.
“As a result of this determination, the sale, supply, or transfer to or from Iran of raw and semi-finished metals, graphite, coal, and software for integrating industrial purposes will be sanctionable if those materials are to be used in connection with the Iranian construction sector,” the State Department said in a fact sheet.
Maryam Rajavi Pays Tribute to the Victim of 1988 Massacre
Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi on Tuesday visited a memorial outside France’s National Assembly for the 30,000 victims of Iran’s 1988 massacre of political prisoners.
After addressing a conference on European policy on Iran at the National Assembly, Maryam Rajavi attended the memorial to the MEK members who gave their lives in defense of freedom and democracy in Iran.
Addressing the memorial, Maryam Rajavi said: “We are standing next to the images of hundreds of heroic martyrs of the Iranian people. These young, energetic, enlightened, proud, beautiful and selfless martyrs bravely confronted the ruling despots. They rose up for a cause. They defended freedom and embodied the Iranian nation’s dignity.”
“Seeking justice for these martyrs, for the victims of the 1988 massacre, and for all the oppressed people of Iran is a patriotic commitment.” Mrs. Rajavi continued, “This is a commitment and an unwavering pledge to achieve freedom. It is an unflinching commitment to overthrow the mullahs’ theocratic regime. This is my commitment and responsibility, and yours.”