By Ehsan Rahmani
“The only notion I would let engage my mind is Future.” I read this phrase by Plato when I was a philosophy student in Iran. Those days were the most beautiful days of my life. I loved philosophy and as a poet I was a member of the Isfahan Ethical society. Poetry was a means of running away from the world of stubborn philosophical logics, and philosophy on the other hand was a stronghold against the invasions of the poetical dreams, exactly like fire and ice, both admirable and lovely but opposite to each other.
Those days “Future” did not engage my mind as much as what Plato had said, since I only would think about my own future that was unlikely to have a black spot on it. But when I decided to think of the future of 70 million Iranian citizens instead of my own, to think of the poverty and injustice that the Iranian people suffered I started to fully comprehend the true meaning of Plato’s philosophical phrase and this was how I decided to change the path of my own destiny. Continue reading
Published on American Thinker
By Amir Basiri
Disturbing images and accounts of the Islamic State’s brutal onslaught in Iraq have become the source of outrage and concern worldwide, and states are frantically searching for a strategy to resolve the crisis caused by the rise of the extremist group.
President Barack Obama, who previously dismissed the group’s advances by comparing it to a JV team, has gone out of his way toauthorize airstrikes against the group in Iraq. He recently affirmedexpanding the offensive to Syria, and is seeking support from Congress and allies in NATO and the Middle-East region to fight the Islamic State. Continue reading
Part of President Obama’s solution to the Islamic State should be to ‘evict’ the Iranian regime and its militias from Iraq. That would give the new leadership in Baghdad a real and tangible opportunity to form an inclusive government, says General Hugh Shelton, former U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
In an article published in Boston Globe, General Shelton said: “In fact, the litmus test for Iraq’s new leaders is their ability to distance themselves from the regime in Tehran and treat the Iranian dissidents in Iraq humanely. Failure to do so would have long-term consequences that would prove to be much more catastrophic.” Continue reading
Speech by General David Phillips at a conference entitled “Middle East in Crisis: Challenges & opportunities, the Iranian Threat” held in Washington D.C. on August 30, 2014, on the occasion of the first anniversary of the massacre of 52 members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) on September 1, 2013 by Iraqi forces under the command of Nouri al-Maliki:
I served on active duty in the United States Army for 31 years. The most challenging mission I was ever given in those 31 years—and I’ve served from Oman to Just Cause in Panama, to the Middle East, was what took place right through the gates at Camp Ashraf. Continue reading
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
GENEVA – Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (8 August 2014) – United Nations human rights experts* today expressed grave concern over the recent escalating trend of arrest and sentencing of individuals exercising their rights to freedom of expression and opinion, peaceful assembly and association.
Since 22 May 2014, at least 36 individuals that include journalists, bloggers, filmmakers and authors, many of whom are also human rights activists, have been arrested summoned or sentenced in connection with their journalistic activities or for simply expressing their opinion on social media websites. Some of them have also been charged for ‘gathering and colluding against national security’ following their participation in peaceful assemblies. Continue reading