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(Video) Second Day of the Free Iran World Summit 2021

Maryam Rajavi: Khamenei is developing nuclear weapons to guarantee the regime’s survival. The only way to prevent it is to reinstitute the six UN resolutions

Maryam Rajavi: Khamenei’s objective for installing Raisi is to confront popular uprisings and to gain the latitude he needs for the nuclear and missile programs, as well as for regional warmongering”
— NCRI

PARIS, FRANCE, July 11, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The three-day Free Iran World Summit-2021 continued on its second day with the participation of 15 European, Canadian, and Australian parliamentary delegations, five former Arab officials, and eight Arab parliamentary delegations. In total, 70 dignitaries gave speeches.The gathering featured Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and thousands of members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) in Ashraf 3, linking together virtually tens of thousands of locations around the world, including gatherings of Iranians and supporters of the Iranian Resistance in 105 countries.

Second Day of the Free Iran World Summit 2021

Parliamentary delegations attending the online Summit included representatives from Britain, France, Albania, the European Parliament, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, Ireland, Belgium, Portugal, the Netherlands, Canada, Australia, Jordan, Palestine, Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon, Yemen, Sudan, Tunisia, Morocco, Mauritania, Afghanistan, and Azerbaijan.

The gathering featured Sid Ahmad Ghozali, former Algerian Prime Minister, John Perry, former Irish Minister of State for Small Business, Kimo Sassi, former Finnish Minister of European Affairs, Edvard Sólnes, Iceland’s Minister of Environment, Uffe Elbæk, Danish Cultural Minister, Alain Vivien, former French Minister of State for European Affairs.

Azzam al-Ahmad, representative of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, Ashraf Rifi, Lebanon’s Justice Minister, Ahmad Fatfat, Lebanese Interior Minister (2006), Saleh ِAl-Qallab, Former Jordanian Minister, Hatam al-Asr Ali, Sudan’s Minister of Commerce.

Rita Süssmuth, former Speaker of the German Parliament, Alejo Vidal Quadras, former Vice President of the European Parliament (2014), Antonio López-Istúriz White, MEP and Secretary-General of European People’s Party, and Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela, Human Rights Advocate and Grand Daughter of Nelson Mandela.

The delegations stressed the solidarity of the peoples of their respective countries with the Iranian Resistance for freedom and people’s sovereignty. They also expressed support for Mrs. Rajavi’s 10 Point Plan for the future of Iran, which calls for a democratic, peaceful, and non-nuclear republic based on separation of church and state and peaceful co-existence with its neighbors.

In her address, referring to the election farce, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), said, “Installing Ebrahim Raisi, the mass murderer of the 1988 massacre as president, and consolidating power within the regime is a combative and repressive configuration as fortification against the uprisings. It affords Khamenei the latitude and leeway he needs for the nuclear and missile programs.

Raisi is the most obedient and submissive functionary precisely because he is the most brutal one. Raisi has no maneuvering room to distance himself from Khamenei. His hands are soaked with the blood of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran in the summer of 1988, more than 90 percent of whom were People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK). Of course, this is in addition to the thousands of executions he has ordered before and after that, during these 40 years.

Khamenei linked his and his regime’s fate to the nuclear program. Since 1991, the nuclear revelations of the Iranian Resistance have been more effective than all governments and international institutions in preventing the regime from acquiring the atomic bomb.

The Western countries’ interactions with the mullahs’ regime have fed a vicious cycle of deception and appeasement. That is to say, while the regime has been hiding its nuclear program by deceiving the world, the international community has been trying to stop or curb this project by granting concessions or by showing complacency. ‌

But the regime used the nuclear deal to revitalize and expand its atomic program. The result is that Khamenei is building a bomb and will not stop. Any agreement he signs to reduce these activities, and any promise he makes, are pure lies. Let’s not forget that in the last 20 years, the regime has not announced any of its nuclear sites, or any of its secret activities related to the nuclear program, unless it had already been disclosed by the Iranian Resistance or other sources.

Therefore, on behalf of the Iranian people and their Resistance, I declare that any agreement that does not completely close down the regime’s bomb-making, enrichment, and nuclear facilities, any agreement that does not oblige the clerical regime to withdraw the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Lebanon is unacceptable.

Because peace and tranquility in the Middle East and the world will again be taken hostage and sacrificed. Any agreement that does not oblige the mullahs to stop torturing and executing Iranians bears no legitimacy. Anything less, in any wrapping, is tantamount to caving into the mullahs’ nuclear catastrophe. The mullahs only understand the language of firmness and strength.

To prevent them from acquiring the atomic bomb, the six UN Security Council resolutions must be implemented again, the regime’s enrichment must be stopped completely, nuclear sites must be closed, anywhere-anytime inspections must be launched, and the regime’s missile program must be brought to a halt. The UN Security Council must apply Chapter 7 of the UN Charter to the mullahs’ regime in Iran.

Khamenei has concluded from the fall of the Iraqi and Libyan governments that access to an atomic bomb would guarantee his regime’s survival. But when uprisings like the one in November 2019 erupt, the centrifuges at Natanz or Fordow will not save Khamenei regardless of their quantity or quality.

The Iranian people’s uprisings and the magnificent Army of Freedom will overthrow the mullahs’ religious fascism, whether it is nuclear-armed or not.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)
July 11, 2021

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Iran’s cheating in nuclear deal & deceptive measures on cementing the Arak heavy water reactor

Supermarkets 'weeks away from gap in shelves' as supply chains fail 'It's at crisis point'

Richard Burnett, CEO of the RHA, told ITV News this week: “We are weeks away from gaps on the shelves, it is as serious as that.

“The government needs to treat this as an absolute priority.”

The shortage of drivers and other workers has become more difficult to control due to the reopening of the economy and the start of the summer holidays.

The strain on the supply chain is expected to intensify in the coming weeks as workers start to use up to five weeks of their accumulated holiday days while on furlough.

Even though most companies see a diminished workforce during the summer months, this is usually balanced out by an equivalent drop in demand as Britons head abroad.

But with most people staying at home this year, the demand on supply chains is set to be constant.

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Reigning world champion, Rio bronze medalist both fail to qualify for Tokyo

The favorite to win the men’s 800 meters came in last while the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in the 1,500 meters is out.

EUGENE, Ore. — The rooms in Tokyo practically had their names on them.

Instead, others will be taking the spots that seemed all but reserved for two American track champions, Jenny Simpson and Donavan Brazier.

The cold realities of the U.S. Olympic qualifying reared their ugly head on a scorcher of a day at track and field trials Monday. In a format where records and resumes mean nothing, and only the top three finishers in each event earn a spot, Simpson and Brazier fell short.

“There are things that champions overcome. I couldn’t overcome them,” said Brazier, the world champion at 800 meters, after finishing last in that race, more than 4 seconds behind winner Clayton Murphy.

“It’s hard to believe,” said Simpson, a former world champion whose 10th-place finish in the 1,500 meters, well behind winner Elle Purrier St. Pierre, had stunned the crowd only moments before.

They were not quite superstars, and no massive ad campaigns had been built around them, a la Dan O’Brien, whose flop in the decathlon at trials back in 1992 stands as maybe the most stunning “sure thing” to not happen at the U.S. trials.

Still, they were favorites in their events — if not to win, then at least to finish in the top three and head to Tokyo next month.

Simpson, who took bronze in Rio to become the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in the 1,500, was done almost before she started. There was heavy jostling at the start that knocked five or six runners off stride.

“No one went down,” she said. “Maybe they should have called the race back. That was extreme.”

Brazier has prided himself on entering the 800 without a concrete game plan and improvising on the fly. This time, it backfired. The pace was pushed. Brazier tried to keep up and he didn’t have his customary kick at the finish. He knew with about 200 meters left that it wasn’t his day. Instead, it belonged to Murphy, who will get a chance to add to the bronze he won five years ago in Rio.

“I’ve been able to win from the front. I’ve been able to win from the back. I don’t know if it was just overconfidence going into the race thinking I could do whatever the hell I want and come out successful,” Brazier said. “Maybe lack of race plan is what got me.”

On other days, Chris Nilsen’s upset of two-time world champion Sam Kendricks in the pole vault might have made headlines. Kendricks is heading to Tokyo, however, thanks to a second-place finish that wasn’t exactly what he planned. But still good enough.

“This will go down in history as the hardest team ever to make,” he said.

Two-time Olympic silver medalist Will Claye did the expected, winning the triple jump, while the women’s 5,000 was mostly a no-fuss affair, taken by Elise Cranny in 15 minutes, 27.81 seconds.

“During the warmup, we were in ice baths and I kept my body temperature as cold as possible,” said Rachel Schneider, who finished third in the 5K. “Outside of that, we just said be tough and don’t worry about it because everyone’s dealing with the same heat.”

Maybe Jordan Mann dealt with it best. The steeplechase runner missed a step and found himself plunging into the water pit during prelims. He finished 12th, but at least he got some relief.

It was 94 degrees when that race started, and the sunshine heated the surface of the track to well over 100.

“The heat makes it tricky out there,” Claye said. “You don’t want to blow a gasket out there.”

Simpson insisted the heat was not a factor in her race. Clearly, it wasn’t for the winner, either. Purrier St. Pierre, the 25-year-old who grew up o a dairy farm in Vermont, overcame the early jostling on the inside and simply sprinted out to the front and didn’t look back. She finished in 3:58.03, a trials record.

“It happened so fast, and your plan changes,” she said. “You always have a couple different plans in mind. It was never to lead the whole thing.”

She’s not the only one who found herself staring at a different sort of future Monday.

“It will be shocking to watch the Olympics on TV,” Simpson said. “It may be hard for athletes to admit, or say out loud, but the sport goes on without you.”

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England 0-0 Scotland: Boos fill Wembley as Three Lions fail to roar against Scots

That said, Scotland were able to create chances too, though, including the best of the opening period when Kieran Tierney’s deep cross was volleyed goalwards by O’Donnell to produce a brilliant save from Jordan Pickford.

Reece James also had to head off the line in the second half, although the shot was probably going wide.

And even the introduction of Jack Grealish for his first taste of major tournament football with 27 minutes to go could not lift England to victory.

Five days after every box was ticked against Croatia, Southgate has to work out how he breaks down the more resolute defences England will have to face if they are to progress in this competition.

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State pension warning as 150,000 people fail to claim retirement boost worth £5,200

Applicants can rest assured income, savings or investments will not affect eligibility for Carer’s Credit.

So, how significant are these credits?

Quilter explains each annual credit missed could cost a person 1/35th of the value of the state pension.

This is around £260 per year or £5,200 over the course of a typical 20-year retirement, the firm added.

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Hundreds ordered to evacuate after flood barriers fail in Louisiana parish

A mandatory evacuation for residents in a south Louisiana Parish has been lifted after a dam breach was stopped by workers.As many as 1,000 people were ordered to leave by officials in Iberville Parish after a barrier system intended to block water from a major waterway failed.

WATCH: 600 Lake Charles families forced out of homes due to flooding

Workers used sandbags and concrete barriers to stop the water from the Intracoastal Waterway from rushing in. The breach was stopped sometime before 4 p.m. Friday.

Residents of Sorrel and Pigeon Bayous were advised to evacuate to a Red Cross shelter in the city of Plaquemine immediately. Officials asked that residents only take essential items and medication with them.

Officials with the Iberville Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness said an AquaDam barrier was set up on LA Highway 75 in the Bayou Sorrell area.

The area is home to about 400 to 450 families.This week, rainfall totals were between 7-14 inches and flood warnings were issued for several counties in Texas as well in Louisiana. The National Weather Service (NWS) described the situation as “particularly dangerous,” CNN reported.

SEE RELATED STORY: Up to 600 Lake Charles families forced out of homes due to flooding

Iberville Parish is just west of Baton Rouge and approximately 260 miles east of Houston.

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Did Joe Biden pack the Supreme Court commission to simply fail?

With the establishment of his commission to study the possible packing of the Supreme Court, President Biden has adjoined his name to one of the most inglorious efforts of Franklin Roosevelt. Court packing has long been anathema in the United States, and polls have consistently shown the vast majority of Americans oppose the idea. Biden himself once denounced it as a “boneheaded” idea, but that was back in 1983, when there remained a real space in politics for at least the pretense of principle.

Now Biden and others seem to think the Supreme Court must be canceled for its failure to yield to the demands of our age of rage. Many of us were surprised when he pandered to court packing calls in the 2020 primaries. Some of us have called for expanding the court over a lengthy transitional period, but commentators and some Democrats called for an immediate infusion of new justices to give liberals the controlling majority. Unhappy with conservative rulings, Democrats demanded that the Supreme Court be replaced by a much larger and more reliably liberal body.

Washington already looks like many of our campuses, where opposition of such liberal measures results in isolation and condemnation. Take Justice Stephen Breyer. One would think he would be immune from the mob as one of the most consistently liberal justices in our history. However, this week Breyer warned against any move to expand the Supreme Court. He was swiftly denounced by figures like cable news host Mehdi Hasan who called him “naive” and called for his retirement. Demand Justice, a liberal group calling for court packing, had a billboard truck in Washington the next day telling Breyer to retire. Demand Justice once employed White House press secretary Jen Psaki as a communications consultant, and Psaki was on the advisory board of one of its voting projects.

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The commission is an ominous sign that Biden may be offering up the last institution immune from our impulsive politics. Its composition also seems to confirm the worst expectations. Indeed, it is a lesson in how to pack a body. The group is technically bipartisan but is far from balanced. Only a handful of the 36 members are considered center right academics, which is actually a strong showing on many of the represented schools, which have few if any conservative or libertarian faculty. Liberals make up the vast majority on the commission, and some have been outspoken critics of Republicans and the conservative Supreme Court majority.

The commission rapporteur, who is tasked with publishing the final report after 180 days of study about the Supreme Court, is University of Michigan professor Kate Andrias, one of 500 academics who called for the rejection of Brett Kavanaugh. One commission chair, Yale University professor and former Justice Department official Cristina Rodriguez, had also signed the public letter against Kavanaugh. The other commission chair is New York University professor and past White House counsel Bob Bauer.

The commission includes such individuals as Harvard University professor Laurence Tribe, who called Donald Trump a “terrorist” and has a history of personal and vulgar attacks on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and others, myself included, who maintain views that he opposes. Tribe once ridiculed former Attorney General William Barr for his Catholic faith. The only ire Tribe has drawn from the left, however, was when he referred to the possible selection of an African American like then Senator Kamala Harris to be vice president as mere “cosmetics” for the party.

Tribe has not been subtle about his sudden interest in court packing. After the election he declared, “The time is overdue for a seriously considered plan of action from those of us who believe McConnell and Republicans, abetted by and abetting the Trump movement, have prioritized expansion of their own power over the safeguarding of our American democracy and the protection of the most vulnerable who are among us.”

Another Harvard University professor put it in more direct terms. Michael Klarman declared the refusal of Senate Republicans to confirm Merrick Garland as a justice in 2016 was itself court packing. He said, “Democrats are not initiating this spiral. They are simply responding in kind.” He added that Democrats should not worry about Republicans responding with their own court packing when they return to power. Instead, Klarman insisted, Democrats could change the system with a manufactured liberal majority to ensure that Republicans “will never win another election.”

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The only hope is that this commission is so lopsided that it is clearly not intended to be a credible basis for a court packing proposal. While the group has many respected and thoughtful academics, its composition is unlikely to sway many conservatives or even some moderates. Rather, it could be an effort to defuse the left while sentencing the court packing scheme to death by commission, a favorite lethal practice in Washington. Commissions to study events or new ideas often become a vast political wasteland where bad scandals or notions are sent to perish.

If this is the case, the timing is right. The announcement came almost to the day of the anniversary of the 1937 decision where the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of a minimum wage bill, breaking the voting bloc against the New Deal. Indeed, Contemporary observers paraphrased Benjamin Franklin to describe the decision as a “switch in time” that saved nine because the shift with the Supreme Court majority was what defused the demands for packing the bench beyond its nine members.

This commission could now be a “switch in time” moment for Biden. The hope is that he does not have the courage to simply repeat his past view that court packing remains a “boneheaded” idea but that he can assemble an overwhelmingly liberal commission to effectively kill the scheme. After all, 180 days is not much time to reinvent the Supreme Court, but it is just enough time to give the pretense of an effort to do so. Unfortunately, that is the closest we get to principled government today. But in this instance, the short lifespan just may be a “hitch in time” that saves nine.

Jonathan Turley is the Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University. You can find his updates online @JonathanTurley.[1]

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'We said: Inshallah': US sanctions fail to prevent Iran from selling record amount of crude to energy-hungry China

Iran has reportedly managed to ship record volumes of oil to China below the radar of the US economic penalties that have banned the Islamic republic from selling its crude to China, India, Japan and South Korea since 2018.

China has never halted imports of Iranian crude completely, despite the US sanctions, with most shipments reportedly being indirect, officially identified as oil from the other Gulf states.

The Islamic republic has shipped some 17.8 million tons of crude to Chinese ports over the past 14 months, with volumes hitting historic highs in January and February, according to Refinitiv Oil Research, the energy-focused unit of the global provider of financial market data and infrastructure Refinitiv, as quoted by Reuters.
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Nearly 75 percent of those volumes were moved through Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia, while the remaining 25 percent entered Chinese ports officially marked as Iranian cargo.

“Volumes started to surge from the last quarter of 2020, with Shandong province as the top receiving region, which indicates independent plants are the main consumers,” Emma Li, a Refinitiv crude flows analyst, said, as quoted by the agency.

The expert added that tankers full of Iranian oil used to switch off transponders while loading, to avoid detection, and became traceable only near ports in Oman, the UAE and Iraq. Most of the financial transactions were reportedly conducted in Chinese yuan or in euro, to bypass US scrutiny.
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“Iran is a friendly nation to China and the two nations have maintained normal exchanges and cooperation. The cooperation between China and Iran under the framework of international laws is both reasonable and legitimate, and deserves respect and protection,” the Spokesman’s Office of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs told the media.

Meanwhile, Indian refiners have reportedly added Iranian crude to their annual import plans, in the belief that the US administration headed by Joe Biden will ease anti-Iran sanctions in the near future.

”When the unjust US sanctions are lifted, Iran will be able to sell its oil to any country, and I can assure you that many contracts will be signed,” the media cites an official at the country’s Oil Ministry as saying.
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Moreover, the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) has launched talks with Asian customers since the new US president took office, to evaluate potential demand, the unnamed sources told Reuters.

“They talked to us. They said: ‘very soon they hope to resume oil supplies.’ We said: ‘Inshallah’ [God willing],” said one source at an Indian refiner.

China and India are ranked as the world’s second and third largest consumers of oil, after the US. 

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