By Shahriar Kia
From the day after his death, members of the faction in Iran following the example set by former president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani have expressed major concerns over their future.
Rafsanjani is gone and others in the same regime faction have lost their main figure in the Iranian regime’s establishment. What demands understanding, especially for those in the West, is that Iran is no democracy with two or more political parties. It is a dictatorship system similar to those dating back to the Middle Ages, with various factions seeking to further their influence and control under one ultimate leading figure.
Continue reading Iran elections: A new crisis facing the regime
By Shahriar Kia posted on American Thinker
All dictators are known to oppress their opponents, lie to society about their policies, and resort to any crime necessary to remain in power. Hitler believed a lie should be preposterous to make it believable.
As the world marks International Women’s Day on March 8th, Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani has recently been making remarks about women’s rights (!) in an attempt to cloak his portion of the Iranian regime’s misogynist report card.
Continue reading Iran: A Leading State in Women’s Oppression
This article was posted in the Hill.
There are serious discussions in the new U.S. administration weighing the designation of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist designation. This unprecedented and yet necessary step would be the signal Washington should have sent Tehran long ago.
Continue reading Further need to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization
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.
Continue reading Iran’s Middle East ambitions more dangerous than nuclear threat
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.
This article originally posted on the Hill.com
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.
Continue reading Iran in 2016: Exploiting Obama’s appeasement policy
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.
Continue reading How Iran took over Iraq during Obama’s tenure