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
Wasting time and bargaining during nuclear negotiations is the mullahs’ only mode of operation; they will let up only when confronted with firmness
• In light of the regional circumstances, Khamenei wants to maintain the regime’s nuclear infrastructure and capability for acquiring the bomb
• The international community must pursue the full implementation of UN Security Council resolutions by the clerical regime
The President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, has described the fruitless Vienna negotiations and the regime’s refusal to accept a comprehensive agreement that could permanently prevent it from acquiring a nuclear weapon as a failure for the policy of appeasing and showing latitude towards the regime. Continue reading
Continued from 12-MONTH REPORT CARD: IRAN UNDER HASSAN ROUHANI – Part II
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
Continued from 12-MONTH REPORT CARD: IRAN UNDER HASSAN ROUHANI – Part I
Repression and execution have intensified under Hassan Rouhani’s tenure, provoking immense international concerns.
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
Originally published on Clarion Project
July 15th, 2014
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
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
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
Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of New York & US Presidential Candidate, spoke at the great gathering of Iranians in Paris, and underscored the importance of protecting the residents of Camp Liberty. Following are excerpts from his speech.
But the regime change in Iran is easy. There is an alternative in Iran, an alternative that stands for democracy, stands for freedom, stands for human rights, stands for the rights of a woman, is led by a woman, and most importantly at this time in our history, it stands for a non-nuclear Iran, and that is of course the MEK and Madam Rajavi…. Continue reading
Frances Townsend former White House Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor, was one of the speakers in the greatest gathering held in Paris by the Iranian diaspora on June 27, 2014. She particularly touched on the issue of Camp Liberty and the responsibilities of the U.S. and U.N. to protect Camp Liberty residents. Following are excerpts of her speech.
Now before we start the program, Linda (Chavez) talked about the deteriorating conditions at Camp Liberty. It also includes, there have been no gasoline deliveries…
…what’s going on around them, outside the camp, well it continues, there are Quds Force people who are no training Badr forces. They continue to plan. The Iranian regime continues to support the activities of those who are outside the fence, who directly threaten those in Camp Liberty. And where is the UN? They ran, they left, they are not there, they are not doing their jobs, whether to bear witness and protect the people in Camp Liberty. So today, we must demand renewed action. We must demand some action from the UN to fulfill their mission to protect those at Camp Liberty from the dire conditions they are suffering from. Thank you.
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