Iranian regime's meddling in the region
By Khairallah Khairallah, Al ArabiyaSunday, 14 February 2016 Feb. 14 marks the 11th anniversary of the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri. Since his murder, not a year has passed without further exposing that the crime was not isolated from the Iranian expansionist project in the region. This project,…
Journalism in chain in Iran
Human Rights WatchMonday, 15 February 2016 No Way Back for Those Who Lived Abroad (Beirut) – The Iranian authorities’ arrest of a former BBC reporter on February 3, 2016, shows the risk dual nationals face if they choose to live in Iran. The family of Bahman Daroshafahi, who has been working as…
No to Appeasement
By Mahmoud RoyaeeThursday, 11 February 2016 28 years have passed since the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran. 30,000 innocent men and women were viciously sent to the gallows with unprecedented speed. However, those behind this catastrophe are appointed to senior posts in today’s regime in Iran. Today, these individuals…
If Iranians get on the wrong side of an Ershad patrol their evening out can end very fast.
BBC TrendingThuesday, 9 February 2016 An anonymous team of Iranian app developers have come up with a solution to help young fashion conscious Iranians avoid the country's notorious morality police known in Persian as "Ershad" or guidance. Ershad's mobile checkpoints which usually consist of a van, a few bearded men…
Abu Mahdi Mohandes with Hadi Al-Ameri
Reuters, BaghdadSunday, 7 February 2016 One of Iraq's most powerful Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias on Sunday warned that Arab forces sent to Syria or Iraq would "open the gates of hell", in comments clearly aimed at Sunni Arab countries that have said they might join such an operation. "The Arab kingdoms…
Public executions raising under Rouhani
  By Editoral, The GuardianMonday, 1 February 2016  Hassan Rouhani charmed his way around Europe, but Iran is still fuelling the war in Syria P resident Hassan Rouhani’s whirlwind visit to Europe last week was an indication both of how eager Iran is to shed its pariah status and of how eager…
Iran: Iranian President Rouhani’s True Colors Show in US Search for Iran’s Moderates
CNS NewsTuesday, 26 January 2016 Everyone loves to deal with moderates, especially when they represent a rare shift toward moderation for a rogue state.  The trouble is that the concept of a moderate is relative. In dealing with the former Soviet Union we heard the term “Politburo moderates” over and…
Iran- Human rights: Let’s put pressure on Hassan Rouhani regarding the defence of human rights in Iran
By: Tahar Boumedra, NCRI Tahar Boumedra, author of "The human rights situation in Iran: a challenge for international law", is also the former director of the human rights office of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). Published in French daily Le Monde Since 2013, the year Hassan Rouhani…
Iran- Human Rights: Women’s rights activists in Iran increasingly face jail time amid cultural crackdown
By Colleen Curry, New York TimesWednesday, 6 January 2016 “I don’t think it’s anticipated that drawing cartoons or writing poems would get you 15 to 20 years in prison” Atena Farghadani told advocates she was beaten, held in solitary confinement, verbally abused and forced to strip naked by prison guards. (Atena…
Iran- Sanctions: No, Iran is not ‘opening up’
By Anne Applebaum, Washington Post  Friday, 22 January  2016 Sanctions have been lifted on Iran, and a moment of change has arrived.President Obama has called this “a unique opportunity, a window, to try to resolve important issues.” The brilliant ex-diplomat Nicholas Burns has saidwe are at a “potential turning point in the modern history of…
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External Links

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…