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“The bitter taste of betrayal” – a personal account of the 2009 Ashraf City massacre

Originally published on Ashcam

By Amir Basiri*

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the first deadly attack by Iraqi security forces against Ashraf City, located in Iraq’s Diyala Province and home to thousands of Iranian refugees. Although the raid on the camp was perpetrated by the Iraqi government at the behest of the Iranian regime, the wrong decision and actions – or lack thereof – of the US government played a pivotal role in facilitating the tragedy that occurred five years ago on this day.

Ashraf, which had been inhabited by Iranian dissidents striving for an end to tyranny and suppression in their country, had been a perennial thorn in side of the Iranian regime, and a beacon of hope for millions of Iranian people living under the iron-fisted rule of the mullahs in Tehran. As an Ashrafi, I was proud to be part of a community that symbolised an Iran founded on the principles of freedom, democracy and equality – a nuclear-free Iran that would peacefully coexist with its neighbours in the region and all the nations of the world. Continue reading

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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

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 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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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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Iran resistance leader predicts regime change in exclusive Fox News interview

From Fox News

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Published June 27, 2014

It is a blunt call for regime change in Tehran.

The largest gathering of the Iranian resistance starts Friday with the annual convention of the Council of Resistance of Iran. The sponsors expect 100,000 people to assemble in a massive hall outside Paris for hours of speeches, demonstrations and protests aimed at toppling the Iranian government.

“I am confident that the mullahs’ religious dictatorship ruling Iran will not last in the 21st century and will be overthrown,” predicts the group’s leader, Maryam Rajavi. “It really begs logic to expect this religious dictatorship, the founder of terrorism and fundamentalism in the whole of the region and is seeking nuclear weapons, to take international policy hostage, to continue and endure.” Continue reading

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

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Execution of Iranian Political Activist Sparks Outrage in Iran

Originally published on Clarion Project

Thu, June 5, 2014

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Absent Party is Present in all Iran Talks

By Abdollah Pakatchi

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A new round of talks between Iran and six world powers ended up on Friday May 16th, in Vienna. As one of the Iranian negotiators said the talks “made no progress “over the future of Iran’s nuclear program. Further meetings are planned for June. These talks, held every few weeks, do not seem to have changed the Iranian mullahs’ desire to obtain atomic weapon. The question is, can the six world powers really persuade Iranian regime to surrender its nuclear projects? Continue reading

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The Handshake in Paris that Could Undermine both Syria and Iran

Originally published on History News Network

Dr. Walid Phares is the author of The Lost Spring: US Policy in the Middle East and Catastrophes to Avoid. He advises members of the US Congress and the European Parliament on the Middle East

One single handshake between a man and a woman in Paris may have significant ripple effects across the Middle East and the Arab world; a handshake that should have happened long time ago between leaders of the region’s opposition movements struggling for more pluralistic countries in the region from North Africa to the Levant. Visiting Ms. Mariam Rajavi—the head of the Iranian Council of national resistance, Ahmad al Jarba—the President of the Syrian National Coalition—posed for a picture that will produce earth shattering effects for Damascus and Tehran. The two leaders in the photo represent the largest political opposition forces against the two members of the “Axis of Evil,” the Khomeinist regime of Iran and the Baathist regime of Syria. Commenting on this encounter, the Director of al Arabiya Abdul Rahman al Rashed, wrote: Continue reading