Iran’s Middle East ambitions more dangerous than nuclear threat

This article posted on the Hill.

By Shahriar Kia

The Syrian people’s six-year uprising for freedom from decades of dictatorship in their country, now evolving into a regional war and global crisis, is proof of two undeniable facts:

First, proving the international community’s inaction and a failed Western policy in the face of Middle East challenges.

Second, devious intentions pursued by Iran, as the root of all current unrests and crises engulfing the region.

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Iran after Rafsanjani: A prelude to more violence

By Shahriar Kia

Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former president and major policy-maker in Iran, died at the age of 82 on Sunday, leaving behind a legacy of domestic suppression, foreign terrorism, and political deceit. Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi, President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI),described Rafsanjani’s death as the fall of “one of the two pillars key to the equilibrium of the religious fascism ruling Iran.”

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Backgrounder: Rafsanjani’s Record on Key Issues as a Pillar of Iran’s Fundamentalist Regime

NCRI – Former Iranian President Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who died on January 8, 2017, aged 82, was one of the two pillars and ‘key to the equilibrium’ of the Iranian regime.

Over the past 38 years, both under Khomeini and in later years, Rafsanjani played a critical role in suppression at home and export of terrorism abroad as well as in the quest to acquire nuclear weapons. Though portrayed by some Western media outlets as a “pragmatist” or “moderate,” during his long career he was associated with some of the regime’s most egregious actions, including mass-casualty terror attacks and the assassinations of exiled dissidents.

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Will Rafsanjani’s death trigger Iran regime upheaval?

This article was posted on Al Arabya.com by Heshmat Alavi

By Heshmat Alavi

The Iranian regime was dealt a significant blow as former president and senior cleric Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died of a heart attack on Sunday, January 8, at the age of 82.

Known for his influential role in shaping the regime’s politics following the 1979 revolution, Rafsanjani will leave a power vacuum in his wake as he dies less than four months prior to crucial presidential elections.

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Iran in 2016: Exploiting Obama’s appeasement policy

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By Shahriar Kia

As we wind down the highly turbulent year of 2016, a look back at Iran’s record in these 12 months is quite necessary. And rest assured there is nothing to brag about.

The approach Iran adopted domestically and abroad, especially following the nuclear deal, provides the necessary navigation needed to confront this regime and how to realize peace and security not only in the Middle East but across the globe.

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The main takeaway from Iran’s ‘grave sleepers’ phenomenon

By Shahriar Kia

Iran, and the entire world, for that matter, was shocked and appalled over images of homeless Iranians resorting to sleeping – and even living – in pre-dug graves to escape freezing winter cold conditions.  As mainstream media correctly covered this previously unknown aspect of life in Iran that the ruling mullahs desperately attempt to cloak, further news continues to trouble readers across the spectrum while shedding light on a broader dilemma diseasing the regime.

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How Iran took over Iraq during Obama’s tenure

The Obama Middle East policy, fashioned to incentivize Iran and prevent its abandoning of the nuclear deal, allowed Tehran take nearly full control over Baghdad. Senior officials in Tehran are extremely concerned over the selection of various candidates of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet. This marks the end of a “golden era,” during which President Barack Obama provided meaningless incentives to the mullahs.

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