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    Rouhani’s Speech to the IRGC Convention: Handing Over More Power to IRGC Than Ahmadinejad.

    During the IRGC’s annual convention held in September 2013 in Tehran, the Iranian President gave a speech about IRGC involvement in Iran’s economic sector. His lecture had two parts, one part for the Western world and the other part for the IRGC commanders. During his speech he said: “I do not believe in the rumors spread about the IRGC’s activities in the economic sphere” and later on during the same lecture he emphasized and invited IRGC to take up even more major projects. He added that, “The IRGC needs to take up various major national projects which the private sector does not have the resources to finance and manage”.
    In reality wherever there is money, there is IRGC. Below we bring you the full translation of Mr. Rouhani’s lecture during IRGC convention and a listing of IRGC activities in various sector of the Iranian economy and politics without any full explanation since it would take hundreds of pages. An alternative to regime change in Iran, if we are seeking peace in the Middle East and the world, might be to install a civilian body to oversee and appoint IRGC commanders, as is done in the United States military, in Turkey, and in other democratic nations.

    President Rouhani’s Speech During IRGC Annual Convention:
    Iranian President Hasan Rowhani, referring to the commemoration of “31 Shahrivar” [22 September 1980] said: The IRGC had played an influential role during the holy war of defence along with the Baseej [the Volunteers]. On this sacred front, the dearest friends of the Revolution laid down their lives for the sake of the prestige, honor and independence of this country.

    He added: The Revolutionary Guards are the repository of great honor as they guarded not only the borders of the country, but were also the protectors of the limits of God Almighty. The IRGC is a child of the Revolution and had no great time distance from the triumph of the Revolution.

    Rowhani continued: It was from the first hours of victory after the Revolution that safeguarding, steadfastness and struggle for preservation of the Islamic Revolution took shape, and later the assumption of the name ‘Islamic Revolutionary Guards’. The Guards put their lives at stake for the sake of the continuity of the Revolution and wherever any danger arose, the Guards were present in the frontline in defence of the Revolution.
    A listing of IRGC’s Involvements in Iran’s Economy, Politics, and Military

    A. Economy
    More than 85% of Iran’s economy is fully controlled by the IRGC. Some of the main sectors are:
    1. Economic Sector: Khatam al-Anbia, the IRGC’s Economic Wing, gets ‘no-bid’ contracts worth billions of dollars, and is the main company responsible for hijacking Iran’s economy. It has nearly 900 subsidiaries and employs over 50,000 Iranians and over 10,000 foreign nationals, mainly from Lebanon. As of today, it has undertaken over 1,836 major projects and over 19,000 small projects. It is included in the U.S. OFAC list,

    Relationship Between Sanctions, Human Rights, & Economy in Iran in the Coming Years
    Relationship Between Sanctions, Human Rights, & Economy in Iran in the Coming Years
    2. Banking Sector: The IRGC controls many banks including Mellat, Melli, Saderta, Refah Kargaran, Sepah, Tejarat, and Parsian Bank. The IRGC also controls many financial institutions including Ansar, Arian and KarGoshaee. The IRGC has formed hundreds of major foundations such as the Mostazafan Foundation, as well as many holding companies and investment institutions.
    3. Stocks, Money Exchange and Money Laundering: The IRGC has managed to cause the closing down of most money exchange shops and offices, and replaced them with its own personal shops.
    4. Oil and Gas Sectors: The IRGC has a major stake in the petrochemical industry, including oil refineries, drilling companies, the National Iranian Oil Company (aka ‘NIOC’), Arvandan Oil & Gas Company, and the National Iranian Tanker Company. It has almost full control over the oil ministry and oil trading, and most aspects of the wider oil industry. Khamenei’s immediate family members own a major portion of this sector.
    5. Communication Sector: The IRGC owns the Telecommunications Company of Iran (‘TCI’) which provides a major part of Iran’s cellular phone services, domestic landline phone services and internet services, as well as controlling Iran Electronics Industries (‘IEI’). The Guards are also a main shareholder in MTN Irancell (South African telecom giant MTN owns a minority share), the second largest mobile phone network operator in Iran.
    6. Ports, Customs Offices, Aviation: The IRGC assets include Mahan Air, part of Iran Air, and Pars Aviation, in addition to shipping assets such as the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines, which operates 115 ocean-going vessels (and is also on the U.S. OFAC list
    7. Various Industries including: Maritime industries such as Sadra; missile development and construction industries, auto industries such as Iran Khodro, Pars, Saipa, and other companies that have license to build Peugeot, Renault, Suzuki, Daimler-Benz, and Hyundai models; metal industries including steel and copper, and other heavy machinery industries; the helicopter industry; and even whole industrial towns with hundreds of factories and companies.
    8. Pharmaceutical & Medical Industries: Every year the IRGC imports medicine from countries such as India and Europe worth hundreds of millions of dollars, and sells it on the black market in order to inflate prices. They store tons of rare drugs, often keeping them beyond their expiry date, and sell them knowing they will be used in hospitals and make sick patients even sicker. There have been many fatal cases of surgery where the anesthetics or other drugs used were not effective for this reason.
    9. Drug Trafficking, Human Trafficking: Iran is the main route for heroin and opium cultivated in Afghanistan. IRGC has been trafficking drugs from Afghanistan into Iran and then on to Europe, Azerbaijan, and Turkey, making billions of dollars through this trade as well as creating many drug addicts inside and outside Iran. Currently, there are more than ten million drug addicts in Iran.
    10. Trade and Investment in other countries: IRGC has been investing in many neighboring countries to bypass sanctions. It has investments on all five continents, the details of which are described below in the “Overseas Operation” section.

    B. Politics
    The IRGC controls between 40-65% of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of Iran’s government. Some of the details are listed below:
    1. Leader’s Office: Khamenei himself is a former IRGC member. His son Mujtaba is the main link between his office and the IRGC, as well as dozens of Khamenei’s advisors and office staff.
    2. Expediency Council: A body whose 39 members are appointed by the Supreme Leader to resolve conflicts between the Parliament (Majlis) and the Guardian Council as well as advising the Supreme Leader. More than 55%of the members are IRGC members.
    3. Assembly of Experts: The Assembly’s six committees are responsible for overseeing the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei. However, their role has been neutered and they have become devout followers of Khamenei, and politely receive a formal lecture from him once each year. More than 32% of the 86 members of the Assembly of Experts are members of IRGC, Basij, and Intelligence. In fact, in order to be chosen for this assembly candidates must be approved by the Guardian Council, Supreme Leader, and IRGC.
    4. Guardian Council: The Council is a twelve member body of clerics, judges and lawyers, which supervises elections to, and approves candidates standing for, the Assembly of Experts, the President and the Majlis. 45% of the members
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