July 25, 2017

Recent suicides highlight ongoing Iranian human rights abuses

In January, a young woman in Iran committed suicide. Now, sadly, suicides have become increasingly common among Iranian women due to a variety of social ills, including state-mandated misogyny. But, in Mahdis’s case, it happened one day after she was released from prison. She was sexually abused by Iranian suppressive forces.
At only 26, the aspiring […]

Has the Iran Lobby Set its Sights on the Trump Administration?

Repeated attacks on Iranian dissidents featuring discredited talking points normally espoused by Tehran’s well-organized Washington lobby are landing with Donald Trump’s White House transition in full swing.Daniel Benjamin’s Politico Magazine hit job – Giuliani Took Money From a Group That Killed Americans. Does Trump Care? and Josh Rogin’s takedown in The Washington Post – Giuliani […]

The Washington Post: “In Syria’s Aleppo, Shiite militias point to Iran’s unparalleled influence”

By Hugh Naylor
November 20, 2016
BEIRUT — Syria’s government hopes a brutal siege will vanquish rebel holdouts in the city of Aleppo, a key battleground. But Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s troops aren’t leading the charge.
That task has been taken up by thousands of Shiite militiamen from Lebanon, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan who are loyal to Iran, […]

Huffington Post – “On Trump’s Presidential Victory: Losing Graciously and Winning Humbly”

by Dr. Majid Rafizadeh President of the International American Council

If politics were like sports, the losers would take their losses graciously; but Washington politics are not like sports.

Some still appear to have a difficult time at accepting the results of the presidential election, but they should not act like an attorney who lost his case before […]

H.Con.Res.159: US Congress Resolution Condemns Iran’s Mass Executions And Calls For Action

by Dr. Majid Rafizadeh
President of the International American Council

A resolution (H.Res. 159) was recently introduced in the U.S. Congress in reference to one of the worst mass executions of political prisoners since WWII by theIslamic Republic of Iran. The House Homeland Security Chair, Mike McCaul, introduced the resolution, which was cosponsored by the House Foreign […]

Ransom for Freed Hostages Invites Tehran to Take More!

Reuters

Iran-linked groups focus of Baghdad kidnapping probe: U.S. sources
WASHINGTON/DAVOS | BY MARK HOSENBALL AND DAVID BRUNNSTROM
Fri Jan 22, 2016

Asaib Ahl al-Haq Shi’ite militia fighters from the south of Iraq run during a mission to take control of Sulaiman Pek village from Islamist State militants, in the northwest of Tikrit city September 1, 2014.
REUTERS/YOUSSEF BOUDLAL

U.S. intelligence […]

Iran’s economy cannot be separated from human rights

The Globe and Mail

GEOFFREY CAMERON
Friday, Jan. 22, 2016

Geoffrey Cameron is a PhD candidate and Trudeau Scholar at the University of Toronto. He is also principal researcher with the Baha’i Community of Canada.
Now that nuclear-related economic sanctions against Iran are being lifted, many countries are looking forward to a new era of political and economic relations […]

Kerry Acknowledges Iran May Misuse Funds, Draws Fire From Congress

The Wall Street Journal

FELICIA SCHWARTZ

Jan. 21, 2016

DAVOS, Switzerland—U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said some of the funds freed up by the implementation of the Iranian nuclear deal could end up in the hands of the hard-liner Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and wouldn’t rule out the possibility that they could be used for terrorism, but […]

Senate Kennedy Caucus Room: Briefing on Iran

Washington D.C., December 15, 2015 — A Senate briefing at the United States Kennedy Caucus Room featured prominent former U.S. officials who discussed the Iranian regime’s in Iraq and Syria and to voice support for Iranian dissidents at Camp Liberty, Iraq.
The first U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, former Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman, former Vice […]

Sanctions Targeting Iranian Human Rights Abusers are Right, Not Radical

Sheryl Saperia
14th October 2015 – The Canadian Jewish News

On September 23rd, Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson announced that the Conservatives, if re-elected, would amend the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA) to include gross human rights abuses as new grounds for Canadian sanctions against foreign states, entities and individuals. Whoever forms the next federal government should […]