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A Better Future

By Ahmad Rahbar

The cold and faceless 4-meter high cement walls of Liberty, a camp adjacent to Baghdad International Airport, have separated me from the outside world. This is a prison where its detainees are jailed for having liberal, progressive beliefs in democracy and freedom.

Due to Tehran’s influence in Iraq, the management of this camp is in the hands of elements that actually support the Iranian regime.

The members of this camp management team are the same individuals who were involved in a number of massacres against the residents, and each day they add to their harassment. However, despite all this hardship the residents are determined that even if the conditions become one hundred thousand times harder than this, they will never quit their struggle to realize freedom for the Iranian people.

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“Those who ridicule death”

By Hamid Imeni

Lost in my memories I remembered the first half of 1981 when for a few months a movie named “I want to live” starring Fara Foste was on Tehran’s silver screens.  At that time it was about two months since I had fled from a Revolutionary Guards prison, only a few days before my execution. Therefore, I fully understood the moral objective sought in that film.

I suddenly remembered the thousands of prisoners who before being executed did not even give their names to the henchmen, and the regime posted their pictures asking their families to identify their children at the forensics. The families, after paying the gun-squad charges of their own children’s execution, would finally receive their dead bodies! Although this may seem unbelievable, but it is truly painstaking for a father to pay for the bullets that killed his own son, just to receive his dead body! All of them loved life and had devoted their all struggling for it.

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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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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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