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ANKARA (Reuters) - NOVEMBER 16, 2017 - Political infighting among Iran’s ruling elite has moved on to a new battleground - the relief effort after an earthquake that killed at least 530 people and injured thousands.
Hardline media are accusing the government of pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani of reacting too slowly to last weekend’s quake, while highlighting aid work by the Revolutionary Guards - a rival power center.

While the government said enough help had been sent to the thousands of people left homeless by the devastation, media affiliated to Rouhani’s hardline rivals painted a different picture with reports from villages where survivors complained about a lack of shelter from the bitter cold.

By THOMAS ERDBRINKNOV. 15, 2017 - ESLAMABAD, Iran — The opening of the new wing of the Imam Khomeini hospital last year was a big deal in this provincial Iranian town. The health minister cut a red ribbon, and V.I.P. guests smiled as state television recorded the entire event.

More than 100 beds were added in a $15 million construction project that had taken more than eight years to complete and had made the hospital the largest in the region. “We were so proud,” said Reza Naderi, one of the managers.

But during the 30-second earthquake on Sunday, the new wing partly crumpled like an empty soft-drink can in the hands of a child. The original hospital building, 40 years old, stood beside the wreckage, barely damaged.

SARPOL-E-ZAHAB, Iran (AP) — Rescuers on Tuesday used backhoes and heavy equipment to dig through the debris of buildings toppled by a powerful earthquake on the border between Iran and Iraqthat killed over 530 people, with weeping women crying out to God as aid workers found new bodies.

The grim work began in earnest again at dawn in the Kurdish town of Sarpol-e-Zahab in the westernIranian province of Kermanshah, which appears to be the hardest hit in the magnitude 7.3 earthquake.

Kermanshah, an almost entirely Kurdish province nestled in the Zagros Mountains that run along the border with Iraq, suffered all of Iran’s fatalities from the temblor Sunday night that shook 14 of the country’s 31 provinces.

A brief look at suicide statistics reflected in Iranian regime’s media and the comments made by state officials on the causes of suicide in recent months, especially among women and youth, reveals that the scourge is turning into a national disaster and a real crisis.Self-immolation and attempting suicide by women, men, and youth overwhelmed by poverty, oppression, discrimination, and inequality,

 

Iran is facing a wave of protests by customers of several bankrupt credit institutions who have lost their savings. Angry protesters gather in front of government buildings almost on daily basis demanding action against what they believe is large scale fraud and asking for redress.The crisis has its roots particularly in the expansion of the so-called cooperatives which have been functioning as mini banks, without following standard rules and regulations for many years.

 

“300 people chanted nasty slogans against the leader (Ali Khamenei),” said state Media Advisor:At a news conference of Mohammad Reza Nobakht, spokesman for Rouhani's government, on Nov. 7, a media advisor to the head of the Central Bank confessed that the plundered and angry people chanted slogans against the regime's leader, Ali Khamenei, in the press exhibition held in Tehran.

Following the spread of protests of people plundered by government institutions and their increasing anger and hatred from the clerical regime and Khamenei, the Supreme Security Council ordered state radio and television not to publish the news of protests and rallies of the plundered people. 'The Supreme National Security Council passed a bill that prevented radio and television from broadcasting depositors'

London, 6 Nov - The Iranian Regime has slapped the grieving mother of a murdered political activist with a year in jail, plus a ban on political activity, travelling abroad and social media membership, in order to silence her from speaking out about her son’s death.Shahnaz Akmali, who lost her son Mostafa Karimbeigi during a 2009 political protest, has been sentenced for “propaganda against the state”

 

NCRI - November 5, 2017. state media is reporting that at least 14 people have died in a road accident after a bus fell into a valley near the capital Tehran.The head of the country's emergency medical services, Pirhossein Koulivand, was quoted saying that the accident took place in the Savadkouh area as the bus was on the road from Tehran to Gonbad-e Kavus, some 500 kilometers (310 miles) northeast of Tehran.

NCRI - Bahrain has ordered its citizens to leave Lebanon amid mounting tensions between regional Sunni powers and Iran regime that have left the government in Beirut on the brink of collapse. Wrote Sara, Elizabeth Williams in ‘The Telegraph News’ on November 5, the following is an excerpt of this article.The order from Bahrain’s Foreign Ministry reflects growing fears for Lebanon’s stability following the shock resignation of Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri on Saturday.