October 24, 2017

Two Poets Sentenced to Flogging and Nine and Eleven Years in Prison

OCTOBER 14, 2015

Forced Confessions Used as Primary Evidence in Convictions
October 14, 2015—A Tehran Revolutionary Court has sentenced the poets Fatemeh Ekhtesari and Mehdi Moosavi to 9 years and 6 months and 99 lashes, and 11 years and 99 lashes, respectively, on charges of “insulting the sacred” for the social criticism expressed in their poetry.
The flogging […]

Iranian Students Clash With Police

The New York Times
December 8, 2009
By ROBERT F. WORTH and NAZILA FATHI
BEIRUT, Lebanon — Thousands of people rallied against the government on Monday at universities across Iran, defying a wide-ranging effort to suppress the protests and bringing a new ferocity to the opposition movement’s confrontation with the state.
The protests, taking place on National Student Day, […]

Can the Obama administration deliver the tough Iran sanctions it has pledged?

IRAN HAS finally offered its response to an international call for negotiations on its nuclear program, ahead of a late September deadline set by the Obama administration. But the “package of proposals” Tehran delivered to representatives of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany on Wednesday did not even address its continuing […]

Iran’s Lessons: Shouldn’t ‘realism’ mandate regime change?

The Washington Post Editorials
EACH DAY Iran’s extremist regime offers the world new lessons in its true nature. Yesterday we heard the cynicism of the Guardian Council, which announced that this month’s presidential election, in the words of its spokesman, “was the cleanest we have ever had.” On Thursday the belligerent arrogance of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad […]

A Supreme Leader Loses His Aura as Iranians Flock to the Streets

Roger Cohen
New York Times
TEHRAN — The Iranian police commander, in green uniform, walked up Komak Hospital Alley with arms raised and his small unit at his side. “I swear to God,” he shouted at the protesters facing him, “I have children, I have a wife, I don’t want to beat people. Please go home.”
A man […]

Draft Resolution Supporting Iranian Election Protests Gains Support

CQ TODAY ONLINE NEWS – FOREIGN POLICY
Draft Resolution Supporting Iranian Election Protests Gains Support
By Caitlin Webber, CQ Staff
When House Republicans pushed a draft resolution supporting Iranian protestors Tuesday, critics said they were seeking political points against a circumspect President Obama.
But when House Democrats signed onto the effort Thursday night, getting an apparent green light for […]

Exiled group says race on in Iran to build bomb

PARIS (Reuters) – Iran will redouble efforts to build an atomic bomb following Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s victory in a presidential election but
could still be deterred by tough sanctions, the head of an exiled Iranian group said Saturday.
Maryam Rajavi, leader of the French-based National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), told Reuters that Western powers had to […]

Iran Watch – March 17, 2008

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By: Lord Robin Corbet
Source: Middle East Times
Fri. March 14, 2008
Parliamentary elections in Iran today will see radical Islamists consolidate their domination of the political landscape and any form of so-called “moderation” shunned away. Such has been dictated by Iran’s chief ayatollah, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
Up for grabs today […]

Inside Iran’s secretive Qods Force

Claude Salhani
Since 2003 Iran has spent billions of dollars in Iraq, mobilized vast government resources and unleashed the Qods Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, all in an effort to spread its hegemony and the Islamic revolution, according to sources in the Iranian resistance. In a speech U.S. President George W. Bush delivered on […]

Iran Watch – November 16, 2007

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Mr. Ayad Allawi, The former Iraq prime minister, and leader of the Iraqi National Accord in an interview with Al-Zaman daily, said that Iranian regime’s meddling in Iraq are dangerous and emphasized on the legitimacy of presence of the Peoples Mojahedin of Iran […]