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Maryam Rajavi: Resolving Iraq crisis is impossible without uprooting the Iranian

Growth of extremist terrorist groups in Iraq is the by-product of Iranian regime’s dominion and suppression by Maliki and offering a role to this regime in reining in the crisis will stir up a still greater catastrophe

Through regional crisis mullahs are looking to delay signing the final nuclear agreement or to extract concessions that would leave open the path to the atomic bomb

Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, said on Monday, September 1: The fall of Maliki in Iraq is a strategic blow to the mullahs’ regime which came about through the resistance of the Iraqi people and as such the regime’s chief launch pad for exporting fundamentalism has crumbled. Now, while Khamenei and Maliki are doing their outmost to turn back the clock, in fact a return to the previous balance of power in Iraq is impossible.

Mrs. Rajavi who was speaking at an international conference in Paris titled “First Anniversary of Ashraf massacre, Middle East in crisis, threats and solutions” noted: The new Iraqi government will be tested by the degree to which it distances itself from the Iranian regime and allows participation by the representatives of all sectors of the Iraqi society, as well as in holding truly free elections under the auspices of the United Nations uninhibited by the Iranian regime’s Continue reading

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

Ziegler calls for deployment of Blue Helmets to Camp Liberty, Iraq

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Mr. Jean Ziegler, member of the Advisory Committee of the UN Human Rights Council has called on the United Nation to station Blue Helmets to protect Iranian refugees in Camp Liberty who are facing danger in Iraq.

Mr. Ziegler told the Swiss TV channel Leman Blue on Wednesday: “We in the United Nations Advisory Committee of the UN Human Rights Council have two demand: Firstly, we want the United Nations to launch a credible international investigation into the massacre in Camp Ashraf which left tens killed. Secondly we demand that the UN Blue Helmets provide protection for the residents of Camp Liberty whose life are in danger daily. 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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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