2017 was a great year for NUFDI; we made considerable progress in connecting with our activists and youth inside the country. We conducted our quarterly meeting in order to be more effective inside Iran. I had a few interviews with numerous media outlets to be a voice of our compatriots in Iran.
As anticipated, the Islamic Republic was emboldened by the unfreezing of $150 Billion in assets under the Obama administration. Additionally, the $400,000 that was paid to the US as a deposit to purchase armaments under the Shah had accumulated to $1.6 billion, all of which was delivered in cash in the dark of the night in currencies other than the dollar to a few mullahs in Iran. These actions were all taken to appease the ayatollahs in Iran under the JCPOA agreement. There are no accounts as to what happened to all these funds.
The Islamic Republic continues to fund the construction of hospitals, schools, and highways in Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria. Even though some Iranians thought that this agreement and other clandestine deals would lead to the betterment of their lives, Iran’s economy remains in shambles as Iran’s youth search for hope.
All the while, we have tried to remain focused on our ultimate goal: the promotion of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. We have sought to develop new ideas for engaging the people in Iran and we have worked to raise awareness of the true nature of the Islamic Republic within the international community.
* On Capitol Hill, our honorary chair personally met with Senator McCain, Senator Hatch, Senator Scott, Senator Flake, Congressman King, Congressman Roskam, and Congressman Sherman to discuss the aspiration of the Iranian people for freedom and democracy.
What has inspired, and continues to fuel our activities, is our firm belief in the strategy of civil disobedience and nonviolent political resistance in pursuit of a democratic transition from a theocratic and medieval state to a modern and democratic state, which represents, and is equally committed to all Iranians, regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion or political views, as decreed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as stated in our mission statement.
2018 Outlook - Our goal for the coming year is to expand operations and attract more supporters to the organization. Our board of directors has approved a plan to establish branch offices in major cities with a high concentration of Iranians. We will amplify our efforts on the Capitol Hill in bringing our compatriot's voices to American lawmakers. We will continue to adopt monthly conferences to discuss matters that are important to all of us as Iranians. We shall organize a few fund-raising events in major cities to help support these efforts but none of these goals can be realized without your financial and moral support, which we greatly appreciate and value. And as in the past, we will assist HIH Reza Pahlavi in any capacity we can.
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As you might know, my term as the President and Chairman of NUFDI will be over at the end of this year and I am grateful to the board for putting their trust in me for the last two years. It has been a privilege. What NUFDI has been able to accomplish since its inception is the result of the hard work, wisdom, and dedication of NUFDI’s members and supporters who work tirelessly to promote our mission statement. The incredible members of NUFDI’s boards of directors have made significant intellectual, financial, and/or emotional investments in this organization and its success. I, as the president and CEO of this unique organization, am indebted to all of these individuals for their commitment, insight, and support. I am honored to have been a small part of this success and will remain a devoted supporter of NUFDI and its future success. Unless I am re-elected by the board, I am confident that the new chair will adopt the same philosophy with a newer vision going forward.
We all believe trust and transparency are the most critical elements to any organization's ability to succeed. We have sought to build trust and demonstrate transparency from the inception of our activities until the present day. Thank you again and best wishes to you and your family.
Dr. Saeed Ganji
President & Chairman
National Union For Democracy in Iran