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Senate Panel Advances Iran Hostage Resolution
Washington Free Beacon, By Susan Crabtree Friday, 6 October 2017 With Trump poised to rework Iran nuclear deal, advocates see new opportunity for American prisoners' release The Senate Foreign Relations Committee Thursday advanced a bipartisan resolution calling on the Iranian government to release unjustly detained U.S. citizens and permanent residents…
Border violation: 11 mortar shells fired from Iran land in Panjgur
Tribune, By Mohammad Zafar Wednesday, 4 October 2017 Iranian troops fired at least 11 mortar shells into a town in Panjgur district in Balochistan in a new act of border violation on Wednesday. Islamabad strongly protested at the diplomatic level against the aggression and continued border violation by shelling into…
Trump's New Policy Will Focus on Iran's Meddlers
Bloomberg, By Eli Lake Wednesday, 4 September 2017 Designating the Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization could put pressure on the regime. After more than nine months in office, President Donald Trump finally has an Iran policy. Last month before the opening of the U.N. General Assembly, Trump approved the…
What Iran Needs Are Not Concessions But Sanctions
The Federalist, Heshmat Alavi Thursday, 5 October 2017 More than two years after the flaws of a deal between the P5+1 and Iran over the latter’s nuclear program have become obvious, a chorus is busy insisting there is no other option. While the rendered pact, known formally as the Joint…
Two years later: 5 recommendations for a new Iran nuclear policy
The Hill, By Former Ambassador Adam Ereli Tuesday, 3 Octpber 2017 Two years into the nuclear deal with Iran — known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — it has become clear that neither the people of Iran nor the region are better off. The previous administration’s policy of…
Ignoring Iran's crimes against humanity bolsters ayatollahs
The Hill, By Sonna Samsami Monday, 2 October 2017 For 40 days, 22 political prisoners staged a hunger strike in Gohardasht Prison in Karaj, 30 miles west of the Iranian capital of Tehran. Most are serving sentences for dubious political charges. In dire circumstances, they were only demanding their return back to bad conditions. Their health deteriorated; international intervention was…
Tom Cotton: Trump Should Not Recertify Iran Nuclear Deal Even if Tehran is in Compliance
Washington Free Beacon, By Natalie Johnson Tuesday, 3 October 2017 Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) on Tuesday said President Donald Trump should deny certification of the Iran nuclear accord when it comes up for renewal later this month, regardless of whether or not Tehran is in technical compliance, given its failure…
Iran Guards ‘recruiting Afghan children as young as 14’ to fight in Syria
Staff writer, Al Arabiya English Monday, 2 October 2017 Human Rights Watch has accused Iran of recruiting Afghan immigrant children as young as 14 to fight in Syria. In a report, the rights group said that the children fought in the Fatemiyoun division of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). The…
ANALYSIS: Is Iran’s intransigence whiplashing onto its population?
Al Arabiya English, By Heshmat Alavi Monday, 2 October 2017 Iran’s aggressions across the Middle East and its support for terrorist and fundamentalist organizations have raised strong remarks from senior regional officials and their American counterparts. And the impact is whiplashing back into Iran’s population. Iran is ramping up its illicit…
Who Murdered Alberto Nisman, the Prosecutor Investigating a President?
Daily Beast, By Christopher Dickey & Noga Tarnopolsky  Sunday, 1 October 2017 A new report shows there’s now no doubt Alberto Nisman was murdered in January 2015. Why did the Kirchner government claim it was a suicide? Was Tehran behind the killing? What we now know is that the murder…
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Two Misguided Reports

  • HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Report
    HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Report
    On 18 May 2005, the US based Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) issued a 28-page report (“the HRW Report”) concerning the People's Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (“PMOI / MEK”).  Entitled ‘No Exit: Human Rights Abuses Inside the MKO Camps’, the HRW Report was essentially based on 12 hours of telephone interviews with 12…
  • Courting Disaster, A response to Rand report on People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran
    Courting Disaster, A response to Rand report on People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran
    The RAND National Defense Research Institute published in July 2009 the report The Mujahedin-e Khalq: A Policy Conundrum for the Multi-National Force-Iraq, Task Force 134 (Detainee Operations). The report focuses on the circumstances surrounding the detention of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MeK) at Camp Ashraf and “whether MeK members were taken into custody…