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Iran Focus

London, 27 Jun - What happened 29 years ago in Iran, and why after all these years, we are witnessing a crisis and a rising conflict among rival factions in the ruling class over that in Iran?

Throughout the summer of 1988 in Iran, some 30,000 political prisoners, the bulk of whom were MEK members or sympathizers, were executed. This year marks the 29th anniversary of that horrible Crime Against Humanity.

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London, 20 Jun - Heshmat Alavi, a Human Rights Activist specialising in Iran, has analysed the new US Sanctions on Iran and how this will affect the Iranian Regime.

He highlights that the Trump administration has found the loophole to the Iranian nuclear deal which allows the international community to impose sanctions on Iran without breaking the 2015 nuclear deal which is a win for everyone.

He wrote: “Many of the new measures imposed on Iran are far more complex than any sanctions even prior to the Iran nuclear deal. There is no need for the Trump administration to tear up the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as these new sanctions provide the US President vast authority for further punitive action. This new initiative also contains a classified amendment believed to describe Iran as an extremely dangerous state.”

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London, 24 Jun - There is a growing divide between the Iranian Regime officials and their personal terror squad, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) over what really happened when Iran launched a ballistic missile towards Syria last weekend.

The most important difference is the role of the regime's intelligence ministry in identifying the targets of these attacks.

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London, 19 Jun - The former Italian Foreign Minister wrote an op-ed for Fox News in which he argued that it is time for the leaders of Europe to stand with the US in opposing the Iranian Regime for its violations of the nuclear deal and links to terrorism.

Giulio Terzi, who is also a member of United against Nuclear Iran’s Advisory Board, wrote that the Iranian Regime has consistently violated the UN Security Council resolution on ballistic missile tests, which accompanied the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), but received no repercussions from the European leaders who signed that deal.

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London, 23 Jun - That 1,000 missiles were launched to target the opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) bases in Iraq back in 2001 has been acknowledged by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

The IRGC also admitted that due to specific reservations this measure was not acknowledged publicly for many years.

According to a June 19th report by Fars news agency, “Eighteen years ago the IRGC launched a retaliatory attack and fired 1,000 missiles and long range artillery targeting PMOI/MEK bases deep inside Iraq. This included Camp Ashraf and a base in the city of al-Emara. However, this was a strategic act and sent a message.”

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London, 19 Jun - One hundred thousand people will gather in Paris on July 1 to support the Iranian Resistance forces in their campaign to achieve freedom and democracy in Iran.

The annual convention, organised by the National Council for the Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and its sister group, the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), attracts support from those across the political spectrum who champion human rights.

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London, 23 Jun - Reports of the divide between the regime factions, which is based only on a struggle for power and not the moderates v hardliners myth that is so often cited, mean that Hassan Rouhani’s “election” may well spell the end of the Iranian Regime.

When incumbent President Rouhani was announced as the winner in the recent Iranian “elections”, it caused quite a stir around the world.

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London, 17 Jun - It is especially important, with the United Kingdom still recovering from terrorist attacks in both Manchester and London, to remember that solidarity is valuable if it leads to a unified response to shared threats.

However, there are factions within the UK, and all the nations of Europe, who would strive to demonize all Muslims in the wake of attacks by religious extremists, who promote a counterproductive response to terrorism. Fortunately, their voices are outweighed by the rest of Western democratic society.

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London, 22 Jun - There are further reports of a widening rift between the opposing factions in the Iranian Regime, which could spell the mullahs’ downfall.

The Guardian reports that Supreme Leader Alii Khamenei has become increasingly critical of President Hassan Rouhani, probably in response to Rouhani’s criticism of him on the campaign trail, with Khamenei even going so far as to humiliate him during a meeting of top officials.

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London, 16 Jun - US officials are reporting that ships belonging to the Iranian Regime have once again behaved threateningly towards the US Navy in the Strait of Hormuz.

The Iranian warship shined a spotlight and a laser at the US Marine Corps CH-53E helicopter which was accompanying three U.S. Navy vessels through the narrow waterway. They also came within 800 yards of one of the ships, according to Cdr. Bill Urban, a spokesman for the US Navy's Fifth Fleet.

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London, 22 Jun - Forty-Six US Congressmen and women have sponsored a resolution which calls on the US Government and its allies across the world to publically condemn the 1988 massacre of Iranian political prisoners and calls on the UN to launch an investigation into this crime against humanity.

Unlike much in Congress nowadays, Resolution 188 (officially titled: The condemnation of the Iranian government for the massacre of political prisoners in 1988 and the invitation to call for justice for the victims) receives wide bipartisan support.

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London, 15 Jun - The Iranian Regime’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, has reportedly authorised his top officials to attack the Regime's president, Hassan Rouhani, on any matter that they see fit to, without fear of repercussions.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) wrote that these comments, which were made on June 7, are an attempt to weaken Rouhani and seize Cabinet seats in the Parliament because Khamenei is upset about his failure to fix last month’s election to suit himself.

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London, 21 Jun - The Iranian Regime’s police force was caught on tape brutally beating customers who were gathered outside of various branches of the Samen-Hujaj financial institution in Tehran on Saturday, June 18.

The video shows police kicking, punching and using batons to attack the people, who were merely trying to get their money back, after reports of the company going bankrupt surfaced.

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London, 13 Jun - The Iranian Regime has been receiving a lot of criticism over a proposed ban on the exercise class Zumba by a local sports federation.

The Iran Sport for All Federation wrote a letter to the Regime’s Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, calling for the exercise class and others like it to be banned because it contravenes “Islamic ideology".

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London, 20 Jun - Donald Trump’s attitude towards Iran could not be more different from that of his predecessor. Whereas Barack Obama favoured attempting to open dialogue, a move that has ultimately failed, Trump prefers direct action.

However, the administration still appears stalled when it comes to an official policy towards Iran.

Dr. Ivan Sheehan, director of the graduate programs in Negotiation and Conflict Management and Global Affairs and Human Security in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Baltimore, wrote an op-ed for Townhall in which he assessed that the Trump administration must acknowledge when deciding on US policy towards Iran, that the ultimate goal is Regime change.

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London, 11 Jun - NCRI - State-run media reported that Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander Massoud Mehrdadi as the prime suspect of embezzling $13 billion was released on bail from prison. According to this report, Mehrdadi is board member of the IRGC Cooperative Foundation, while he is sitting at the boards of more than 40 other companies.

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London, 8 Jun - Suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the Iranian parliament and the tomb of Khomeini in Tehran on Wednesday morning, killing at least 12 people in a twin assault in Tehran, state media and news agencies reported.

“Islamic State claimed responsibility and released a video claiming to show gunmen inside the parliament building and one body, apparently dead, on the floor.” said Reuters in a report from inside Iran.

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