UN Must Investigate the Killing of Protesters in Iran

A group of prominent Iranians have appealed to the United Nations to take immediate action on Iran and appoint a commission to investigate the human rights violations in the country during the recent nationwide protests. ...

Meeting Sweden’s Foreign Ministry regarding recent protests in Iran

On Wednesday, November 27, Mehrdad Darvishpour and Amir Nilou from the "Solidarity Committee for the Iranian people" met with Daniel Patterson from the Middle East and North Africa Division of the Swedish Foreign Ministry. ...

DID AN AMERICAN BILLIONAIRE PHILANTHROPIST PLAY A ROLE IN THE IMPRISONMENT OF IRANIAN ENVIRONMENTALISTS?

IN SEPTEMBER 2017, a group of Iranian environmentalists working on Asiatic cheetah preservation with the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation felt a pang of alarm. Thomas S. Kaplan, a billionaire precious metals investor then best known for his fine art collection, had just made a surprise public appearance in New York at the annual conference of United Against Nuclear Iran. The Iranian environmentalists were concerned because their group had gotten aid from one of Kaplan’s nonpolitical charities. Now, he was speaking before a group that was extremely hostile to their country. ...

Why Iran May Be Locked Into a Future of More Protest

At midnight on Nov. 15, Iran’s government announced a precipitous 300 percent hike in fuel prices. Immediate public outcries quickly escalated into nationwide protests that spread to more than 100 cities and gripped the country for 6 straight days, before the authorities effectively crushed them. ...

Iran Pulls a “North Korea” by Cutting off Internet in Response to Protests

On Saturday, November 16, in response to growing popular unrest and protests over the tripling of gas prices, the Iranian government pulled a “North Korea,” cutting internet access to deny protesters the ability to communicate with each other and as an attempt to prevent news from getting out of Iran. ...

Iraq: Iranian tear gas grenades among those causing gruesome protester deaths

Amnesty International has conducted further research into the 40mm “less lethal” grenades killing protesters during the recent violence in Baghdad. The new analysis showed that, in addition to the Serbian Sloboda Ĉaĉak M99 grenades already identified, a significant portion of the deadly projectiles are in fact M651 tear gas grenades and M713 smoke grenades manufactured by the Defense Industries Organization (DIO) of Iran. ...

Iran’s revolutionary bluster masks its role as oppressor in the Middle East

For more than forty years Iran has billed itself as a revolutionary, radical force, vowing to upend the staid and corrupt order of the Middle East. Its pillars—including Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei—adopted not only the rhetoric of political Islam, but also the slogans of the leftist liberation movements that were fervent in the 1970s, railing against conservative fatcats. ...

Why Iran wants the Lebanon and Iraq uprisings to fade

When the 2011 Arab Spring swept across the Middle East, Iran’s leadership embraced the revolutions as an Islamic Awakening, with the notable exception of Syria where Tehran saw the demonstrations as a grave threat to its security and relationship with its sole regional ally. ...

Why the Islamic Republic of Iran keeps taking hostages

On November 4, the Islamic Republic will again “celebrate” the taking of the US Embassy forty years ago. Regime loyalists will chant “Death to America” and the spectacle will be broadcast around the world, no doubt prompting statements of outrage from the US and other governments. ...

Iran Student Leader Says He Regrets 1979 US Embassy Attack

His revolutionary fervor diminished by the years that have also turned his dark brown hair white, one of the Iranian student leaders of the 1979 U.S. Embassy takeover says he now regrets the seizure of the diplomatic compound and the 444-day hostage crisis that followed. ...

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