A political prisoner launched a hunger strike on Wednesday in protest to the medieval prison conditions and inhumane restrictions imposed in the Iranian regime’s prisons, and a regular prisoner has died after being held in solitary confinement for two years.
The Deputy of Cultural and Propaganda at the Iranian regime’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said at an IRGC gathering on July 14, 2010, that, “To establish contact with the younger generation, we need to tap into the capabilities of IRGC writers to present a platform for exchange of scientific ideas for other authors. This elite institution will soon be established in the vicinity of the University of Tehran with the approval of the IRGC commander-in-chief.”
The year-long nationwide protests in Iran have eroded the authority of the Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader, a former commander-in-chief of the Iranian regime’s Revolutionary Guards said on Tuesday.
The rate of unemployment in Iran is increasing year by year and it is expected that there will be more people joining the ranks of the unemployed in the coming years. Although official statistics are not reliable, they still show a growing trend with no end in sight. The regime’s Majlis (Parliament) Research Center confirmed in a report that the rate of unemployment has never hit single digits in the past several years. With increasing international sanctions, a tattered economy, and disastrous economic policies adopted by the government of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, experts believe it is impossible for the regime to try to reduce the number of unemployed in Iran.
A member of the Iranian regime’s Assembly of Experts confessed in a thinly veiled statement on Monday that the Iranian people despise state-run TV programs and do not watch them. According to the state-run Fars news agency, Haeri Shirazi pointed to the failure of the regime’s suppressive policy of preventing free access to information through satellite channels, and said, “We may be able to tell people that buying, selling and using satellites is bad and should be banned.
The commander of the Iranian regime’s Bassij Force has voiced anxiety over potential protests by students across the country against the clerical regime, saying there had recently been “worrying” questions posed by the students, according to state-run media. Speaking to a number of Bassij agents at schools on Monday, Mohammad Reza Naqdi said, “Today is the era of soft warfare, the aim of which is to rule over hearts and minds. Since last winter, a group [of agents] went to various schools to raise awareness. But they faced questions that are cause for concern. That is where we realized the enemy has concentrated most on the younger generations. .. The enemy is targeting a community that is in the process of learning.”
The Iranian regime has sentenced a retired school teacher to five years in prison for participating in anti-regime demonstrations on December 27.