By Shahriar Kia
America is gearing up for what is making to be probably the most sensitive and important presidential elections in modern history. Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will most definitely face major national security challenges very unique in nature. One of these is the seemingly insoluble Middle East crisis, with many aspects preplexing experts considering how to find a tangible and acceptable solution for all. As time is running out in this corner of the globe, the region is experiencing a level of anarchy never seen before.
Continue reading Transforming Iran Should Be Core US Policy
I invite all friends to participate in an internet campaign for this Grand gathering in Paris on July 9. Please share this with your friends. Campaign will be on twitter, FB, G+ and … at the start of the event. Thank you for your support for peace and democracy in Iran and the whole world.
This was posted originally at http://ncr-iran.org/en/news/iran-resistance/20526-iran-prospects-for-change-one-year-after-the-nuclear-agreement
Middle East: Growing and immediate threat of Islamic extremism
Contrary to earlier assessments, a year after the nuclear deal between the P5+1 countries and the clerical regime, Tehran’s belligerence in the region has become more widespread, the human rights situation in Iran has deteriorated and the regime has become ever more closed and introverted.
Watch a 3-minute clip about this year’s event with highlights from a similar event last year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRb6qYyntlY Continue reading Iran: Prospects for change one year after the nuclear agreement
Saturday night, June 11, 2016, on the initiative of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, a meeting was held in solidarity with the Syrian people and their resistance.
The Iranian Resistance’s President-elect Maryam Rajavi and a number of prominent personalities from Syria and Syrian opposition officials were in attendance. Haitham al-Maleh, chairman of the Syrian National Council legal committee; Michel Kilo, political bureau member of the Coalition; Soheir Attassi, member of the High Negotiations Committee of the Syrian Opposition; Dr. Nasser Al-Hariri, member of the Coalition; Nagham Ghadri, member of the Coalition and former Vice Chairman; Dr. Taghrid al-Hagli, former Minister for Culture and Family Affairs of the Syrian Interim Government; Ghassan Aboud, head of Orient Television; Brig. General Mesghal Al-Batish; Brig. General Mustafa Sheikh, a commander of the Free Syrian Army; and Brig. General Abdallah Albashir al-Naimi, former chief of staff of the Free Syrian Army; were among those present in the meeting. Continue reading Iranian Resistance’s President-elect and officials of Syrian opposition attend solidarity meeting with Syrian Revolution
By Staff Writer, Iran Probe
Tuesday, 31 May 2016
Political prisoners condemn mullahs’ intelligence plot to murder and massacre their relatives and other Iranian refugees in Iraq. Since Camp Liberty is under UN monitoring, the political prisoners concerned with their loved ones in Liberty, are asking the UN to prevent the course that is leading to another deadly attack against Liberty
Continue reading Iran: Letters of 5 political prisoners to UN Secretary-General – See more at: http://www.iran-efshagar.com/english/explore/news/iran-letters-of-5-political-prisoners-to-un-secretary-general.html#sthash.drQe62mp.dpuf
iran.org on Friday interviewed young Iranian opposition activist Paria Kohandel on the plight of her father who is a political prisoner in the notorious Gohardasht (Rajai-Shahr) Prison in Karaj, north-west of Tehran.
Renowned Iranian dissident Saleh Kohandel was arrested on March 4, 2007 and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for supporting the main Iranian opposition group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, Mujahedin Khalq, MEK).
The last time Paria saw her father was in Gohardasht Prison last year, one month before she fled Iran.
Mr. Kohandel this week wrote an open letter from prison to his relatives announcing that he will no longer accept family visits due to the subjugation that he is forced to endure at the hands of the mullahs’ regime before, during and after such visits.
The following is the text of his letter which has been smuggled out of prison:
Family visits at what price?
At a time when the rotten and decaying regime of velayat-e faqih (absolute clerical rule) is in its final chapter and each day there are new reports in state media of vast theft and embezzlement by various high-ranking and ordinary members of the regime, and as officials are overtaking each other in such theft and plundering of the nation, on Wednesday May 4 they summoned me for a visit from my family. Although it has been six years since I was allowed to have direct interaction with my relatives during their visits, and this latest visit was from behind the glass partition, I was searched four times between our Ward and the Visitors’ Hall. In order to degrade me, the wardens attempted to strip me in front of the other prisoners. This dirty action was despite the fact that the wardens know full well that in the 10 years that I am in prison I have not violated any of the prison regulations including those which stem from their reactionary nature. My only crime, in their view, are my political activities, and for this reason I have on many occasions been transferred to the Ward run by the Intelligence Ministry and spent months under torture in solitary confinement. Therefore in order to partly allay the insults that my relatives and I are being subjected to, I have decided not to attend any further visits. I urge all my relatives not to come to visit me from this day onward. I apologize to my family in advance because I can no longer tolerate the insults and humiliation that I am subjected to.
By Ad Melkert, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Iraq -2009-2011
Tahar Boumedra, Chief of UNAMI Human Rights Office and Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Iraq, 2009-2012
The International Protection Needs of the Residents
of Camp Liberty (Iraq) and the UNHCR Mandate
By Ad Melkert* and Tahar Boumedra**
I. Introduction: A case of neglect?
A road traffic accident on 16 March 2015 involving a black-water tanker belonging to Camp Liberty residents near Baghdad International Airport, and an Iraqi HUMVEE has put the spotlight on the way UNHCR is handling the applications for refugee status by the Camp’s residents.
Continue reading The International Protection Needs of the Residents of Camp Liberty (Iraq) and the UNHCR Mandate
Hassan Rouhani, President of the Iranian regime, speaking on the occasion of Army Day, acknowledged the presence of the regime’s armed forces in Iraq and Syria and their pivotal role in keeping Bashar al-Assad in power. He said that the Iranian regime “has defended and persevered from the gates of Baghdad to the sacred shrines and holy places. The day that Damascus was threatened, they were our fighters that through dispatch of advisors defended the capital of that country and the sacred shrines.” Continue reading Rouhani’s demagoguery in defending the dispatch of forces and export of terrorism to the region