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A Hundred Times Worse Than Atomic Bomb

By: Abdullah P.

Once upon a time, down in a country yard, lived a mother sheep with her four beautiful yeanlings. Not far from their cote lived a cunning Wolf who dreamed day and night of eating the four little yeanlings. Time to time, in the absence of mother ship, the wolf lurked to hunt the frolicking kids. But each time he got close the four kids ran away to cleverly hide themselves inside the cote. Mother always advised them to be vigilant about strangers. Every time mother returned home she had to show her arms, through the door, to assure the kids it was her and not the wolf.

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Iranian Dissidents Condemn Security Conditions in Camp Liberty

by: shahriar kia

Iraq – Camp Liberty: Iranian dissidents protest prison-making measures, rights violations against refugees

A few thousand Iranian opposition refugees, dissidents of the fundamentalist regime ruling Iran, stationed in Camp Liberty adjacent to Baghdad International Airport held rallies protesting and condemning security conditions in the camp and the continuing all-out logistical siege imposed by Iraqi security forces loyal to the Iranian regime. They called on the UN and UNHCR to recognize Camp Liberty as a refugee camp.

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Iraq: Respect right to life in Camp Liberty

By Nasrin Faiz

When we sit down to review the events and developments of Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty, after its residents transfer, we come to realize a painful fact materializing before our very eyes. From 2009 when the protection of Camp Ashraf, home to over 3,000 Iranian dissidents in exile in Iraq, was handed over from the Americans to Iraqi forces – in violation of all US commitments – and to this very day in 2015 Liberty residents remain under the most cruel medical and logistical sieges in history, there has not been a single day in the past seven years that Liberty residents have not witnessed painful violation of their rights. The words human rights violations are common words, and it simply cannot describe what we have gone through. In these seven years the rights that were violated in camps Ashraf and Liberty all came at the price of human lives.

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Iran: Two factions respond in one voice to Khamenei’s cries of danger, why?

The remarks made on April 20 by Khamenei strangely resulted in a mutual response from the regime’s various factions. Newspapers affiliated to both major factions of the regime bolded their headlines with the high alert announced by Khamenei in his remarks. Delivering a speech before a number of army officers and personnel, he was unprecedentedly blunt in talking about the threats his regime is facing, calling on “all (military) apparatuses and others” to “high alert”, and emphasizing to take this as an order. Through such remarks he rang the bells inside the regime.

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Iran: If only Machiavelli were alive!

By Assadolah Nabavi

“If a ruler never steps out of the path of rightness, he will be destroyed. A ruler must be as keen as a fox, and as violent as a lion… Monarchs must only remain loyal to their oaths when it is in their interests, otherwise emirs must at times go back on their words… but if deemed necessary to cover up this characteristic, they must be a professional in histrionics and guile… there will always be those who have been deceived…”

This is just a look at the viewpoint of Renaissance philosopher Machiavelli in his book the ‘King’.

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The Last Image

BYAHMAD RAHBAR

She gets hold of her camera and checks the battery; it’s not fully charged. She thinks to herself, for the job I have it should be fully charged, most probably I won’t have access to any electricity.

It might be my last day of filming, she thought; because former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki threatened he would attack Ashraf, home to more than 3000 Iranian dissidents, members of Iranian opposition.

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