ZandanThe number of prisoners in Iran has jumped 35% compared to last year, the clerical regime has announced.

The state-run Khabar Online on Tuesday quoted a regime official at the Prisons Organization as saying, “The overall prisoner population in the country was determined to be around 204,000” up until the end of the last Persian calendar month, which fell on September 22.

AhmadinejadA series of fatal attacks by the Iranian regime’s criminal factions against Iranian doctors has left a third physician in hospital after she was stabbed multiple times by unidentified attackers, according to a news website in Iran.

On Monday, state-run website Fararou reported that Dr. Parvaneh Moshtaq was attacked at her residence by an unidentified intruder wearing a ski mask and gloves. The assailant stabbed her five times before fleeing the scene.

Bazar-GoldJewelers in five major Iranian cities have launched an extensive strike in reaction to plans by the regime to raise taxes. The protests, which began last week in some parts of the country, continued into Sunday.

Tehran, Mashhad, Shiraz, Tabriz and Ardebil were reported to be the main areas where strikes are occurring, according to obtained reports and state-run new agencies in Iran.

AllawiA former prime minister of Iraq, Dr. Ayad Allawi, has issued a stern warning to the incumbent prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, saying that no one will rule Iraq forever and suggesting Maliki’s insistence to hold the position would seriously harm Iraq’s fragile democracy.

Since losing the March parliamentary elections in Iraq, Maliki has refused to acknowledge growing calls for him to step down. Mr. Allawi’s al-Iraqiya list won the majority of seats in parliament and is legally tasked with forming the new government.

MotahariA string of defections by the Iranian regime’s diplomats in Europe has “pleased the enemies and given an image of instability in the Islamic Republic abroad,” according to a senior member of the Iranian regime’s Majlis or Parliament.

On Sunday, the state-run news website Jahan News also quoted Ali Motahari as asking the foreign ministry to pay more careful attention when appointing and sending diplomats abroad in order to reduce possibilities of defections.

Raf-KhamAt a meeting with the members of the Iranian regime’s Assembly of Experts and Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the mullahs’ Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, warned about the threats posed by popular uprisings which took place last year and called on regime officials to be vigilant about the “enemy’s structure-shattering activities” and to boost the morale of regime forces.

According to the state-run TV, Khamenei also referred to international sanctions and said, “Imposing several resolutions and sanctions, creating an atmosphere (of animosity) and allegations against the Islamic Republic, coupled with activities that help the domestic radicals, and using all communications and political, cultural and economic resources are examples of extensive activities by the front that is active against the Islamic system.”

HejabA number of young people in Iran resisted attempts by the Iranian regime’s suppressive forces in the city of Shiraz to intimidate a female pedestrian under the pretext of “mal-veiling.”

The Iranian regime causes regular nuisance for Iranian women, forcing them to comply with its veiling dictates in an attempt to control half the population. But these attempts have been met with fierce resistance by residents in various cities.

Ahmadi - MotekiNCRI – In the midst of increasing infighting within the Iranian regime, Jahan News state-run website have picked up rumors about the sacking of the mullahs’ current Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki.

According to the reports, Mottaki’s potential replacement will be introduced by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the mullahs’ president. People close to Ahmadinejad are looking to replace Mottaki. Among the possible successors are Saeed Jalili, Secretary of the regime’s Supreme National Security Council, and Mojtaba Samareh Hashemi, a special advisor to Ahmadinejad.

Dead throwOn September 5, officials of Gohardasht prison, eastern Tehran, attacked Mr. Saleh Kohandel, a political prisoner in Ward 4, in order to strangle him. Thanks to the intervention of other prisoners, he was saved from certain death.

Also on Monday, September 6, in a bloody brawl in Ward 1 initiated by dangerous prisoners instigated by the regime, at least seven prisoners were seriously injured. Four of them had to be hospitalized outside the prison. A prisoner, identified as Javad Zare, was badly wounded with dagger and one of his eyes had to be removed in prison hospital.

KaniA senior cleric associated with the Iranian regime told a number of religious seminary students on Tuesday that recent widespread uprisings in Iran targeted the foundation of the clerical regime or the principle of absolute clerical rule.

According to the state-run Fars news agency, mullah Mahdavi Kani referred to the deep divisions at the top of the regime’s hierarchy and said, “Everyone used to at least on the surface tow the same line. The enemy was on the other side. The line used to be clear. But now this line have blurred.”