Tag Archives: politics

IRAN DEFENSE MINISTER: TEHRAN REFUSES UN NUCLEAR WATCHDOG ACCESS TO PARCHIN BASE

4ebb2f8acea0f_Iran-nuclear-weapon-6

Iran will not give UN nuclear inspectors access to a military base outside Tehran that they have been seeking to visit since 2005, Defense Minister Hossein Dehgan said in a press briefing on

Saturday.

Dehgan’s comments, reported extensively by Iranian state controlled news outlets including Fars, ISNA, and Tasnim news agencies, came just two days before August 25 deadline for Iran to answer questions regarding military dimensions of its nuclear program.   Continue reading

Iranian regime replaces Suleimani in Iraq

qaseem-3

A senior member of the Iraqi National Alliance which includes parties with close links to the Iranian regime, said that Qassem Suleimani would be replaced by his deputy Hossein Hamadani for his failure in Iraq.

Quds Force commander, Suleimani has been in charge of the Iranian regime’s security policy in Iraq since the fall of previous government in that country in 2003.

“The National Alliance member, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Suleimani’s biggest success in Iraq was elevating Maliki to the premiership and keeping his rival Iyad Allawi out of office, firstly in Iraq’s parliamentary elections in 2005, and again in 2009, despite Allawi’s bloc winning the largest number of seats in parliament,” the report said. Continue reading

IRAN: REFUSING COMPROMISE

cartoon

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

UN rapporteur demands investigation into massacre of Iranian MEK in Iraq

A full investigation must be carried out into the September 1, 2013, massacre of 52 members of the People’s Mojaheidn Organization of Iran at Camp Ashraf, and the abduction of seven residents, a leading member of Advisory Committee of the UN Human Rights Council has demanded.

Jean Ziegler, Deputy of the Advisory Committee of the UN Human Rights Council, told a conference in Geneva: “On 9 December, 2013, six United Nations special procedures mandate holders including myself issued a press release and appeal demanding an investigation of the massacres of the 52 residents of camp Ashraf and enforced disappearance of of 7 residents.”

“An independent investigation remains a priority, which I reaffirm today. Barely two weeks before the first anniversary of the massacre a year ago,” he added.

He also praised Maryam Rajavi’s leadership of the Iranian Resistance, adding: “I salute your perseverance and express here my solidarity as the United Nations rapporteur with all victims in particular with the victims of the massacres not only in Ashraf and camp Liberty but before.

 

MENSCHRECHT KOMMISSION MENSCHENRECHTSKOMMISSION TREFFEN“I reaffirm the right of the victims to truth to an independent investigation of the massacres and disappearances and the right to justice.”

Iraqi forces under the command of Nouri al-Maliki massacred PMOI membersat Camp Ashraf on September 1 last year at the behest of the Iranian regime.

The August 13 conference in which Mrs Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the Iranian Resistance was keynote speaker, was chaired by Ms. Anne-Marie Lizin, Honorary President of the Belgian Senate. Continue reading

Iran: Common Denominator of Middle East Chaos

Source: Clarion Project

The mullahs rely on their regional proxies to instigate civil conflicts and stoke the fires of sectarianism in the countries of the region.

BY SHAHRIAR KIA

IranGuardsKhomeniIP_0

Islamic Fundamentalism, the Iranian regime’s weapons of choice in the Middle-East

Everyone agrees that the Middle East region has become a hodgepodge of religious, ethnic and sectarian conflicts, with the prospects of a respite in death and destruction indeed being bleak. The effects are most evident in Iraq, Syria, Palestine, and more recently in Libya and Lebanon. Other countries are not immune and are under the imminent threat of being pulled into the fray by joining one of the many confusing conflicts that are ravaging the region.

Where opinions diverge is how to deal with this crisis.

Erroneous interpretations by regional and world powers in pinpointing the true source of the disaster and careless dithering in laying out a suitable roadmap and an effective approach to tackle the problem have given rise to the perception that peace and stability in the Middle East as a hopeless cause. Continue reading

IS RUSSIA A SOURCE OF LEVERAGE FOR IRAN?

Russia_iran_220610

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