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Iran Focus

London, 15 Aug - The Iranian Regime has once again chosen to conduct an unsafe manoeuvre with an Iranian Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), coming within 1,000 ft of US forces in the Arabian Gulf, the US Navy has reported.

On Sunday, an Iranian QOM-1/Sadegh-1 UAV conducted a series of unsafe and unprofessional actions near to the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz during fixed wing flight operations, aimed at making the crew feel unsafe, according to a US Naval Central Command representative.

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London, 15 Aug - The US’s robust policy on the Iranian Regime is a step in the right direction but should be coupled with support for the Iranian Resistance, according to a human rights advocate.

Heshmat Alavi penned an op-ed titled “Congress is taking the lead on Iran policy” in which he praised the US for imposing more sanctions against the Iranian Regime but urged them to go further by support the Iranian people’s democratic and organised resistance forces, particularly the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

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London, 8 Aug - It is time for the US to challenge the misbehaviour of the Iranian Regime, argues a political science instructor at Central Texas College.

Ted Gover, who also teaches at the US Marine Corps Base Camp in Pendleton, California, wrote an op-ed for the Jerusalem Post in which he welcomed the stronger stance against the Regime shown by the Trump administration and argued that there are seven main areas in which the US should amend its policy on Iran.

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London, 14 Aug - The US Congress is taking the lead on a stronger policy against the Iranian Regime but what does that mean?

Human rights activist Heshmat Alavi wrote an analysis for Al Arabiya in which he praised the US Congress for new sanctions against the Iranian Regime and assessed that the mullahs were on their last legs but stressed that Congress’ new policy should also publicly support the Iranian people’s democratic resistance.

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London, 8 Aug - To paraphrase the Henry Kissinger quote, the Iranian Regime is looking less like a nation and more like a cause, according to an expert in the Iranian Regime.

Jason Brodsky, the policy director of United against Nuclear Iran, wrote an op-ed for the Jerusalem Post in which he assessed that these next four years would prove crucial for the Iranian Regime and indeed, it is unlikely that it will remain intact.

As Iranian President Hassan Rouhani begins his second term, he faces an enormous backlash from the Iranian people, his fellow politicians, and the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

By Jubin Katiraie

A senior delegation from the United States Senate met with Maryam Rajavi, in the Albanian capital, Tirana, on Saturday and discussed the situation of the members of Iranian opposition in Albania and the latest developments in Iran and the Middle East.

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt of Missori, Vice President of the Republican Conference; the Majority Whip Senator John Cornyn, and Thom Tillis, a member of the Armed Services, Judiciary, Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs and Veterans’ Affairs committees were among the members of delegation.

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London, 7 Aug - Several Iranian politicians are facing a backlash from the Regime after rushing to taking selfies with a senior female EU diplomat at President Hassan Rouhani's inauguration last week.
In photos of the event, Federica Mogherini, current High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, appears shocked at the men’s rush to take a picture with her.

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London, 12 Aug - International Youth Day on 12th August is a celebration of young people and a recognition that they are essential elements of change. It encourages the inclusion of young people in peace and security agendas and reaffirms their role in society. International Youth Day is also an encouragement of their ability to play a part in deterring and resolving conflicts.

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London, 5 Aug - A report just published by Amnesty International named “Caught in a web of repression: Iran’s human rights defenders under attack” gives details about how the so-called “moderate” president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, is starting the second term of his presidency amid a significant crackdown.
It states that Iranian authorities are loosening their already loose regulations relating to the arrest of activists in the country. Punishments are becoming harsher and the death penalty is extremely overused.

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London, 12 Aug - There are many different opinions about Iran and the nuclear deal coming from Washington. The Trump administration has just recertified its compliance with the nuclear deal, yet there are also whispers about it pursuing regime change policy with regards to Iran.

Many believe that regime change is the only way to bring an end to the horrific human rights abuses and the only way to achieve democracy for the country. However, there are many apologists and Iran lobbyists that are trying to make us believe otherwise.

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London, 4 Aug - On Thursday, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader criticized the new U.S. sanctions on Tehran that were signed by President Donald Trump the previous day. Khamenei vowed that Iran will continue its missile program despite international pressure. “The response to the hostility is to become stronger," he said, and called the U.S. government "the top aggressor and the most shameless” enemy of Iran.

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London, 12 Aug - In Iran, ethnic and religious minorities have been on the receiving end of persecution for decades. The human rights record of the country is despicable and women, journalists, artists, and almost every sector of society is pressured by the authorities.

Free speech is punished in Iran at the discretion of agents of the regime. Religious freedom is also inexistent. The regime discriminates against all minorities, but it pays particular attention to Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians.

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London, 2 Aug - Mere hours before the Iranian Resistance’s annual Free Iran gathering began in Paris, the Iranian Regime’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, visited France in order to ban the gathering.

He failed. Over 100,000 people turned up to support the Iranian people’s call for freedom.

Three weeks later, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei sent his close relative and advisor, Kamal Kharrazi, who was involved in a failed 2003 plot to discredit the resistance group the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (MEK/PMOI), to denounce the MEK/PMOI as "a terrorist group that murdered thousands of ordinary citizens in Iran".

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London, 11 Aug - Many in the West have described Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as a ‘reformer’ or ‘moderate’ within the Iranian Regime and even cheered his victory in the sham elections this May.

The academics, media personalities, and even diplomats who like to make this false distinction between moderates and hardliners within the despotic Regime have made the ultimate mistake of judging a politician on his campaign promises rather than his actions once in office.

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London, 1 Aug - Online retailer Amazon is under investigation for potentially breaking US sanctions on Iran by selling over $30,000 worth of goods to people working on behalf of the Iranian Regime in the past five years, according to its own US Security and Exchange Commissions filing.

The reports notes that between January 2012 and June 2017 Amazon processed and delivered orders from individuals and organisations outside of Iran that were subject to the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act (ITRA), i.e. embassies, people affiliated with the Iranian Regime, and entities potentially owned by members of the Regime.

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London, 10 Aug - Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has remained silent about the recent sanctions specifically targeting the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) that were ratified by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump.

President Hassan Rouhani, however, has stated, “…first, the Majlis (parliament) will take steps in this regard. If they have the Congress, we have the Majlis.”

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London, 1 Aug - A member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), wrote an op-ed for The Gatestone Institute in which he criticised the US’s decision to certify the Iranian Regime as compliant with the nuclear deal despite clear evidence to the contrary.

He did, however, praise the White House for its warnings to the Regime that this certification was “reluctant” and would be backed up by further sanctions against the Regime’s non-nuclear crimes like ballistic missile development and support for terrorism, and for quickly following through with those sanctions.

Iran Focus

London, 9 Aug - Young people in Iran are using apps to fight oppression by the Regime; from a voting app which helps you decide which candidate is right for you to a period tracker which provides sex-ed to young women.

Firuzeh Mahmoudi, co-founder of United 4 Iran (U4I), a US-based non-profit that is working to advance civil liberties in Iran through technology, said that more Iranians than ever before are embracing the technical revolution and explained that many such apps are built by Iranians both at home and abroad.

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London, 31 Jul - The founder of encrypted messaging service Telegram has denied any plans to install servers in Iran, despite claims from the Iranian Regime.

Telegram Founder and CEO Pavel Durov explained on Twitter that “no Telegram servers will be moved to Iran". In his post, he linked to an earlier post which explained Telegram’s position in more detail.

Mahmoud Vaezi, Iran's communications and information technology minister, said on Sunday that some Telegram servers will be moved to Iran following recent meetings between the Iranian Regime and Telegram managers.

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