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12-MONTH REPORT CARD: IRAN UNDER HASSAN ROUHANI – Part III

Continued from 12-MONTH REPORT CARD: IRAN UNDER HASSAN ROUHANI – Part II

Foreign Policy

 In Rouhani’s government the policy of meddling in other countries and exporting terrorism and fundamentalism has intensified each day.

The US State Department recently reported that the Iranian regime remains a major supporter of terrorism and continues to challenge requests to prove its nuclear ambitions are peaceful. The State Department added that Tehran is pressing its support of Palestinian terrorist groups and strengthening its presence in Africa, and attempting to smuggle weapons to separatists in Yemen and Bahrain. Continue reading

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12-MONTH REPORT CARD: IRAN UNDER HASSAN ROUHANI – Part II

Continued from 12-MONTH REPORT CARD: IRAN UNDER HASSAN ROUHANI – Part I

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Repression and execution have intensified under Hassan Rouhani’s tenure, provoking immense international concerns.

1. Execution

On March 16, 2014, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon expressed concerns over the soaring rate of executions in Iran – including as many as 675 last year – and said in a report to the UN Human Rights Council,“The new government has not changed its approach regarding the application of the death penalty and seems to have followed the practice of previous administrations, which relied heavily on the death penalty to combat crime.” Continue reading

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Threat of Nuclear Iran Looms Due to the West’s Weak Resolve

Originally published on Clarion Project

The sixth and final round of talks between the Iranian regime and P5+1, which started on July 3, is quickly running its course toward its self-imposed July 20 deadline, at which time world powers and the Iranian regime are supposed to reach a final agreement on Iran’s illicit nuclear program and curb the nuclear capabilities of a regime that has already proven to be a regional and global threat without nuclear weapons.

The talks were initially launched with a lot of pomp and ceremony. Accordingly, a lot of optimism was pumped into mainstream media, mainly centered on the positive changes that would supposedly occur now that the Iranian regime’s new president Hassan Rouhani had assumed office, and his foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was at the helm of Iranian negotiating team. Continue reading

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12-MONTH REPORT CARD: IRAN UNDER HASSAN ROUHANI – Part I

Introduction

Hassan Rouhani was “elected” as the President on June 15, 2013.According to reports published by Iranian regime officials and by domestic and international media, the economic, political and social situations have all deteriorated in Iran during the past year, under Hassan Rouhani’s government. Of course, official data in Iran is very often tinged with propaganda, and the crises facing the regime are much more extensive than has been reported domestically. Nevertheless, the regime’s press provides an introductory look at these issues. In a series of special reports we will examine his record from various aspects:  Continue reading

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US broken promises over Camp Liberty put its credibility ‘at risk’, Obama told

America’s failure to keep its promise to protect Iranian dissidents in Camp Liberty is putting its credibility in the world at risk, top foreign policy and military leaders have told President Barack Obama.

In a letter to The White House, the US dignitaries reminded Mr Obama that America had pledged to protect the Iranian MEK members if they surrendered their weapons and renounced violence. Continue reading

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IRANIAN COOPERATION STILL ELUSIVE AS LAST ROUND OF NUCLEAR TALKS BEGIN

Discussions between the P5+1 and Iran over the nation’s nuclear program have just entered what will be their last round of talks if the two sides are able to reach an agreement before July 20. Reportedly, all parties are focused on meeting that self-imposed deadline, although there are doubts about whether persistent differences can be resolved regarding some of the most fundamental topics, such as the extent of Iranian enrichment capability. Continue reading

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Mr. President: Keep Your Promises to Camp Liberty!

Originally published on Townhall.com

Ken Blackwell | Jul 03, 2014

One hundred years ago this summer, the German Chancellor reacted with shock and dismay when the British ambassador brought him news of his country’s declaration of war. Germany had invaded Belgium, a country whose independence Germany had pledged by treaty to respect. The Chancellor was distraught. He said he could not believe Britain would go to war over “a scrap of paper.”

Americans this summer are not so much war weary as war wary. We certainly donot want any further entanglements in the Mideast. But we do know that great countries keep their word. If they don’t keep their word, they cease to be great countries. Our pledges must not be “a scrap of paper.” Continue reading

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The Free Iran we can work with

Originally published on History News Network

Jul 1, 2014 3:00 am

The argument made by the U.S. administration—as well as the pressure groups promoting engagement with the Iranian regime, backing the “nuclear interim deal,” and encouraging Iranian influence in the region—is that there is no alternative to the Ayatollahs regime in Tehran. Indeed, over the past decade and particularly since 2009 when President Obama sent his letter to Ayatollah Khamanei as a prelude to engagement with the Islamic Republic, voices in Washington and in Brussels have asserted that the Khomeinist regime is strong domestically and is the only option available to the West for stabilizing the region. Thus, despite the obvious common knowledge that the regime and its Pasdaran have been suppressing their own people, meddling in neighboring countries’ domestic affairs, and backing terror networks including Hezbollah and Hamas, the “pro-engagement lobby” has been successful in convincing the current administration—and some in the media—that Tehran cannot be bypassed nor can it be confronted simply because there is no opposition capable of replacing the regime.

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A Day to Remember

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By Abdollah Pakatchi

On June 15th 2013, when Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, had to cede the position of Iran’s presidency to Hassan Rouhani, he concealed his defeat by launching more than twenty missiles on his strong-minded foes, the residents of Camp Liberty, in Iraq. For Khamenei, although Rouhani was not his candidate but. his fears, that the 2009 post elections uprisings may repeat itself, made him bow to the circumstances. Continue reading

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Iran: How ‘worry’ gnaws away the Iranian regime’s rulers

By: Afchine Alavi
To describe the state of power in Iran, a specialist made the following comparison: “Rouhani has done more to disappoint his supporters in eight months, than Khatami managed in eight years to convince Iranians that he’s not capable of change.” Both men occupied the Presidency and are mullahs characterized as moderates but are in fact a prime example of power without any moderation.

This harsh fact now circulating in Iran says much about the track record so far of Hassan Rouhani, who wanted to surf on the aspirations of Iranians for change, and was considered as a man with solutions man during his election campaign, and a providential ‘savior’ of the Islamic Republic. Continue reading