Iran has been facing a crisis regarding water for many years and it’s far more existential than the nuclear program or the fate of the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. Almost every day in Iran, there are protests by farmers regarding water shortages and the diversion of this precious resource from one area to the other. The effects of a warming climate and lower precipitation over the years have exacerabated the problem but it cannot be fully blamed on meager or inconsistent rainfall. The human factor – especially mismanagement -- is the strongest cause for what Iran is facing now.
The US president has repeatedly cast himself as being on the Iranian people’s side, including amid widespread anti-government protests that took place in Iran in late December and January, and in a message to Iranians last October.
Iran’s optimal strategy would be to respond in a way that would mitigate domestic uproar and to the extent possible, protect the country from repercussions. Iran’s national security establishment seems to have come to a strategic decision to stay in the deal if the other parties do and try to isolate and outmaneuver Washington. Therefore, it seems unlikely that Iran would abrogate the JCPOA in its entirety. Rather, it may decide to take limited measures to demonstrate a level of strength and to test the international community’s response.
Kavous Seyed-Emami, a Canadian-Iranian and respected advocate for endangered species in Iran, died in detention in Evin prison in suspicious circumstances last month. Seven others, including an Iranian-American, Morad Tahbaz, remain in prison. All are associated with the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation (PWHF), the most respected conservation and environmentalist NGO in Iran.
ماه گذشته کاووس سیدامامی، شهروند ایرانی-کانادایی و از فعالان شناخته شده حمایت از تیره های در معرض انقراض در ایران، در زمان بازداشت در زندان اوین درشرایط مشکوکی درگذشت. هفت نفر دیگر، از جمله مراد طاهباز، شهروند ایرانی-آمریکایی، همچنان در بازداشت به سر می برند. همه این افراد با یک نهاد غیر دولتی و مورد احترام حفظ طبیعت و حیات وحش به نام "موسسه حیات وحش میراث پارسیان" در ارتباط بوده اند.
The latest is Rasoul Khadem, an Olympic gold medalist and national hero, who headed the Iranian Wrestling Federation since 2014.