The Rise of Iran's Revolutionary Guards' Financial Empire: How the Supreme Leader and the IRGC Rob the People to Fund International Terror by NCRI- U.S. Representative OfficeThe Rise of Iran's Revolutionary Guards' Financial Empire: How the Supreme Leader and the IRGC Rob the People to Fund International Terror by NCRI- U.S. Representative Office

The Rise of Iran's Revolutionary Guards' Financial Empire: How the Supreme Leader and the IRGC Rob…

byNCRI- U.S. Representative Office

Paperback | March 8, 2017

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This manuscript examines some vital factors and trends, including the overwhelming and accelerating influence (especially since 2005) of the Supreme Leader and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

This study shows how ownership of property in various spheres of the economy is gradually shifted from the population writ large towards a minority ruling elite comprised of the Supreme Leader’s office and the IRGC, using 14 powerhouses.

Over the past decade, what has been billed as “privatization,” is the means by which a significant portion of Iran's economic institutions have been handed off to the office of the Supreme Leader and the security, military and economic apparatus under his auspices.

The driving force behind all major economic developments have been the expansion of the sphere of influence of Khamenei's office and the IRGC over the country's economic resources, in order to intensify suppression, support terrorism, and advance the nuclear program.

This study offers a detailed account of how a small number of IRGC affiliates and Khamenei aides -- who primarily ran foundations' economic activities as well as companies owned by Khamenei's office and the armed forces -- gained easy access to low-interest loans. The majority of these loans have never been paid back to the banks, resulting in a financial crisis in its own right.

The book traces how the money ends up funding the conflict in Syria, terrorism and sectarianism in Iraq, the war in Yemen, the nuclear and missile programs, the security apparatus in Iran, and fundamentalist operations around the world. In the end, Iran’s national economy has been made to serve, in large part, the domestic suppression, warmongering, export of fundamentalism, and terrorism.

Western companies engaged in economic and financial deals with Iran would like to portray their activities as transactions with the “private sector.” However, to do business with Iran is to do business with Khamenei and the IRGC.

The disastrous economic situation – unemployment, inflation, near-destruction of the manufacturing sector, wide-scale corruption, stagnant wages, etc. - is the most enduring long-term source for social discontent, casting a long shadow of uncertainty over its future.

Title:The Rise of Iran's Revolutionary Guards' Financial Empire: How the Supreme Leader and the IRGC Rob…Format:PaperbackDimensions:174 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.47 inPublished:March 8, 2017Publisher:National Council of Resistance of Iran-US OfficeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1944942025

ISBN - 13:9781944942021

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Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Introduction

The “Constitutional” Backdrop

The Majlis (Parliament) Provides Legislative License

An Economic Behemoth Wreaking Havoc

The Cat Ate Mazandaran”

Closing Ranks

Profound Restructuring Of Iran's Economy

The Year 2005, a Watershed Moment:

Expropriation of State-owned Enterprises

The 14 Powerhouses

Devouring the Financial Markets

Economic Transformation by Subsidy Cuts

Historic Example

Expropriating the People's Wealth through Subsidy Cuts

The Means to One End: Survival of the Velayat-e Faqih

Where Do the Profits End Up?

Costs of the War in Syria

Meddling and Terrorism in Iraq

The War in Yemen

Other Terrorist Activities

The Nuclear Program

The Missile Program

Ongoing Security, Military and Fundamentalist Operations

An Economy Allocated to Terrorism, Suppression and Warmongering

Is There a Path to Reform?

From "Synergy" to Disintegration

A Regime Left Isolated and Unstable

The New Economic Structure: A Mind-boggling Conglomerate of 14 Powerhouses

1 – SETAD-E EJRAIY-E FARMAN-E HAZRAT-E EMAM

2. BONYAD-E MOSTAZAFAN

3. ASTAN-E QODS-E RAZAVI

4. BONYAD-E SHAHID (MARTYR)

5. EMDAD (RELIEF) COMMITTEE

6. IRGC COOPERATIVE FOUNDATION

7. KHATAM AL-ANBIYA CONSTRUCTION HEADQUARTERS

8. BASSIJ COOPERATIVE FOUNDATION

9. GHADIR INVESTMENT COMPANY

10. ARMED FORCES SOCIAL WELFARE INVESTMENT ORGANIZATION (SATA)

11. KHATAM AL-OSIA HEADQUARTERS

12. STATE SECURITY FORCES (NAJA) COOPERATIVE FOUNDATION

13. ARMY COOPERATIVE FOUNDATION (BTAJA)

14. JOINT CHIEFS OF THE ARMED FORCES COOPERATIVE FOUNDATION (VDJA)

 

Dealing with Iran: Internal Knots and External Obstacles

  1. Domestic Challenges

The Supremacy of the Supreme Leader

Political Strife

Financial Instability

Pervasive Corruption

Lack of Competition and Obstructive Regulations

Recession and Bankruptcy

2. Foreign Obstacles

Insurmountable Risks

Threats and Restrictions

 

Conclusion

ENDNOTES