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IRAN: REFUSING COMPROMISE

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In the case of the somewhat more publicly visible negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group of nations, there remains a common thread of optimism in public statements, but this stands in contrast to others indicating that compromise will not be forthcoming from the Iranian side. According to the AFP, Iranian officials still claim to be committed to securing a final agreement before the extended November 24 deadline. But those same officials are unwilling to review their negotiating position, or depending on how one interprets their comments, they may be unwilling to make any concessions whatsoever.

 

“We are entering with goodwill into further negotiations with the P5+1 group and we want to reach an agreement… but we are not willing to pay any price,” said Iranian negotiator Majid Takht Ravanchi. Continue reading

IRAN: ON NUCLEAR NEGOTIATIONS THE SUPREME LEADER MAKES THE DECISIONS. FOREIGN MINISTRY IS JUST A MODERATOR

 

Khamenei_cartoonIn an interview with the state-run ISNA news agency on August 15, Alaadin Boroujerdi, head of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy, described the issues of Iran’s nuclear program negotiations, homeland security, and security interventions in Iraq and Syria. 

On the nuclear issue and ongoing negotiations with 5+1, Boroujerdi said the decision making body is the Supreme National Security Council and the Foreign Ministry is just a “moderator” in the nuclear negotiations. “On the nuclear issue, the Supreme National Security Council makes the decisions and effectively formulates guidelines for the negotiation team,” Boroujerdi said and emphasized, “This means that the decisions are transferred to the Foreign Ministry and the negotiating team is a moderator for the decisions in the diplomatic arena in the nuclear negotiations.” Continue reading

Iran: Common Denominator of Middle East Chaos

Source: Clarion Project

The mullahs rely on their regional proxies to instigate civil conflicts and stoke the fires of sectarianism in the countries of the region.

BY SHAHRIAR KIA

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Islamic Fundamentalism, the Iranian regime’s weapons of choice in the Middle-East

Everyone agrees that the Middle East region has become a hodgepodge of religious, ethnic and sectarian conflicts, with the prospects of a respite in death and destruction indeed being bleak. The effects are most evident in Iraq, Syria, Palestine, and more recently in Libya and Lebanon. Other countries are not immune and are under the imminent threat of being pulled into the fray by joining one of the many confusing conflicts that are ravaging the region.

Where opinions diverge is how to deal with this crisis.

Erroneous interpretations by regional and world powers in pinpointing the true source of the disaster and careless dithering in laying out a suitable roadmap and an effective approach to tackle the problem have given rise to the perception that peace and stability in the Middle East as a hopeless cause. Continue reading

IS RUSSIA A SOURCE OF LEVERAGE FOR IRAN?

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Although the Iranian position in the nuclear talks has made the prospects of an agreement very doubtful, the ideal outcome for Iran is certainly one in which the talks are successful despite the Islamic Republic’s unwillingness to compromise on key points. Doing so would allow Iran to get out from under Western sanctions that have had a highly significant effect on the nation’s economy. That is not to say, however, that the ideal outcome is the only one that Iran considers favorable. The regime has experience using international partnerships to defy Western sanctions, and it will likely do this to greater effect now that it has already gained access to billions of additional dollars of capital, simply by virtue of keeping the nuclear talks going. Continue reading

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Human Rights Violations Continue in Iran

The New York Daily News linked to two YouTube videos posted by the family of Saeed Abedin, the Iranian-American pastor who was sentenced to eight years in prison in Iran for his efforts to build an orphanage and organize in-home worship services among Iranian Christians. Abedini’s wife released the videos, featuring heartfelt pleas from their six year-old son and seven year-old daughter, in an effort to appeal to President Obama to make a stronger effort to secure Abedini’s release from the Iranian prison where he has now been held for two years. Continue reading

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Iran: Hassan Rouhani, one year after

Translation of an article by Bertrand Delais, French Documentary filmmaker, journalist, the author of “Iran, a fire under the ashes.”

One year ago Hassan Rouhani became the President of Iran. Immediately, we wanted to welcome this man and talk extensively about a supposed shift in policy from his predecessor. In reality, he worked to perpetuate the power of the supreme leader and reinforce the regime at all costs after the Green Movement in the previous election, but also face the challenge of the Syrian and the Arab revolutions. Continue reading

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Human rights in Iran during first year of Hassan Rouhani’s ‘moderate’ presidency

In August 2013, twenty-four years after serving as the representative of the Supreme Leader in the mullahs’ highest security organization, the Supreme Security Council, Hassan Rouhani took office as the President of the Iranian regime.

His foremost motto as the new man in office was “moderation.” Those who advocate for change from within the religious dictatorship fell head over heels for the new president, hoping for an overture with Iran while keeping the regime in power. They hope for an end to the era of extremism marked by Mohmoud Ahmadinejad, which promises to open the doors to economic trade and political cohesion with the regime. Continue reading