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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

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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

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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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Leaders of Iranian and Syrian Opposition Movements meet in Paris

Originally published on Breitbart

On May 23, 2014, Mrs Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the NCRI (National Council of Resistance of Iran), and Mr Ahmad Jarba, the President of National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary, met in Paris to discuss common goals regarding the struggle of the Syrian and Iranian people for freedom in their respective nations.

Both leaders underscored the detrimental role that the Iranian regime has played in the three-year-long Syrian crisis, which has so far seen the death of 162,000 people, and has spilled more than 3 million refugees into neighbouring countries. 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

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Meeting of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi and Mr. Ahmad Jarba in Paris

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of Iranian Resistance met Mr. Ahmad Jarba, the President of National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces in Paris on May 23, afternoon.During the meeting, Mrs. Rajavi condemned the role of religious fascism ruling Iran in the massacre and suppression of Syrian people and the mullahs’ all out support of Bashar al-Assad dictatorship. Mrs. Rajavi called for the international community’s support of the Free Syrian Army and the National Coalition for Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces as the legitimate representative of Syrian people. Continue reading

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Iran Admits Its Involvement in Syria

By Shahriar Kia, originally posted in NewsBlaze

Iran training soldiers to fight Assad?

An Iranian MP has admitted Iran has trained thousands of Syrians to become soldiers and has sent thousands more members of Hezbollah to fight for Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

Mahmoud Nabavian, whose remarks were published in the state-run media, said: “We are not paying the price for Syria, but Syria pays the price for us. Continue reading

US and UN must not Succumb to the Lies of Maliki regarding Ashraf hostages

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With nearly a month passing from the savage massacre of camp Ashraf residents, the 7 hostages, who were abducted by the Iraqi forces that carried out the raid, are still missing, and the Iraqi government still refuses to release them and futilely tries to deny having them in its custody.

Protesters, hunger strikers, dignitaries and human rights figures across the world are unanimously calling on the US and UN to stand up to their obligations and put pressure on the Iraqi government to release the hostages.

They are outraged that, while there is ample evidence that the hostages are in the hands of Maliki, the Iraqi government is resorting to a scenario of disinformation to deceive the US, UN and international community into believing that the hostages aren’t in Iraq.

In this regard, Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, wrote a letter to Secretary Kerry, in which he urged him to, “Press Prime Minister Maliki to make every effort to secure theses individuals’ release.”

The United States is responsible for the safety and security of the hostages and must act quickly and effectively to ensure their safe release and their return to camp Liberty.