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Iran Focus

London, 14 Apr - Former president of Iran from 2005 to 2013, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has just entered the country’s presidential election and it has caused somewhat of a stir. In fact, the race has turned into a crisis.

The election process in Iran has been rocky for decades. Democracy is a distant memory for many Iranians. The last time there was true democracy was when Dr. Mohammad Mosaddeq was Prime Minister. During his short time in this position, from 1951 to 1953, he was regarded as a champion of secular democracy and resisted foreign domination. In 1953 he was ousted from power following a coup d’état that was backed by the government of the United Kingdom and the United States.

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London, 6 Apr - Founder of the Iranian-American National Council, the pro-Tehran lobby in Washington, Hooshang Amirahmadi, has said that the relations between Iran and the United States and the other signatories of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal have gone “back to the starting point”.

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London, 13 Apr - Several Republican lawmakers have come together to encourage the Trump administration to investigate a company which may be helping Iran to evade sanctions regulations, as Chinese mobile-phone maker ZTE Corp, has previously done.

Last month, ZTE pled guilty to shipping US products to Iran in violation of American sanctions against selling American technology to Iran. ZTE was ordered by the court to pay $1.2 billion in fines.

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London, 6 Apr - With Iran’s presidential election looming close, there’s a lot of debate and controversy over who is going to occupy the country’s top political role. With tight restrictions on candidates, a supreme leader who can override the results, and institutions that can manipulate the popular vote, there’s not much to say about the credibility of Iran’s presidential elections.

Nonetheless, it doesn’t hurt to know who might be at the front of Iran’s showcase of politicians for the next four years. Here’s what you need to know about the potential candidates for Iran’s presidency in May’s elections.

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London, 4 Apr - The pro-Iran lobby is the West is sold on the idea that there is an ongoing dispute between hardliners and moderates in Iran. They plead that we must appease the moderates because otherwise they too will become hardliners.

This is a myth: There are no moderates in the Iranian Regime.

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London, 12 Apr - The Israeli Defence Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, has claimed that he wouldn’t be surprised if the current Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, were assassinated in the upcoming Iranian elections.

Lieberman said: “I wouldn’t be surprised if during the Iranian election on May 19, somebody assassinates the president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani.”

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London, 4 Apr - The Iranian Regime has been gas lighting the world for decades, painting itself as the victim, when in fact, it is the attacker, according to a leading political scientist.

Dr Majid Rafizadeh, president of the International American Council, wrote an op-ed on the subject for Arab News explaining how Iran has abused a movement which originally sought to help the people of the Middle East.

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London, 10 Apr - Protests have begun in Iran to show public discord to the imprisonment of a prominent Sunni cleric.

They began after Fazl Al-Rahman Kuhi, the Sunni Leader of the Friday prayer of Sistan and Baluchestan province was arrested and imprisoned in the security detention of Mashhad.

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London, 4 Apr - The Iranian Regime’s meddling in the affairs of other Middle Eastern nations was criticised by many of the speakers at the 2017 Arab League Summit in Jordon, which according to a political and human rights activist who specialises in Iran, could mean that the other Gulf countries are turning on Iran.

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London, 10 Apr - The Iranian Regime has selected a key member of the 1988 Death Commissions, which sent 30,000 political opponents to their deaths, to run as a candidate in their sham Presidential elections.

Ebrahim Raisi is currently the head of the massive Astan Quds Razavi entity which controls a sacred Shiite Muslim shrine, but he uses this foundation to plunder money from the country- money that could be better spent on the people of Iran.

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London, 4 Apr - The Iranian Regime has become comfortable since the nuclear deal was put in place; they now have nothing to gain from attempting to appease those in the West, so why shouldn’t they show their true colours?

Heshmat Alavi, a human rights activist, wrote an op-ed for Forbes stating that now is the time to increase pressure on Iran, just before their election process begins.

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London, 9 Apr - U.S. allies have been praising U.S. President Trump’s missile strikes on a Syrian military base. Trump ordered the strikes soon after the horrifying news that civilians in Syria were the target of a chemical weapons attack.

More than 70 people died as a result of the attack – many of whom were women and young children.

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London, 2 Apr - With the election in Iran upcoming, it is time to remind people that it is the Supreme Leader who exerts all effective executive power, and all candidates must be approved by the ruling élite, so it does not matter who is President in Iran. Because in Iran, the President is the second-highest ranking official, over him is the Supreme Leader, and he has the final say in all affairs. The President's powers are limited by the authority of the Supreme Leader. The President does not control Iran's armed forces, and make decisions on security, defense, and key foreign-policy issues, it is the Supreme Leader.

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London, 7 Apr - US President Donald Trump vowed to act aggressively towards Iran and its destructive behaviour in the Middle East. Not long after he was inaugurated his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, declared that Iran was on notice.

However, a few months later it appears that the Trump administration doesn’t really have a strategy that will bring long-tern change and stability to the Middle East. It is increasing military operations which might just cause even more fragmentation and lead to the emergence of more non-state actors.

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London, 31 Mar - While Iran calls for the destruction of Israel, according to some experts, an American or Israeli attack against the Islamic Republic’s nuclear and military sites would be fairly easy to execute. This is because, although Iran points to technological advancement in their military, it is actually has overextended itself in Syria.

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Two prisoners were hanged in Sarpol-e Zahab (western Iran)

Iran: Execution of four young men in public in Qeshm- 23 November

The untold story of the 1988 Massacre in Iran

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Public execution in Kazerun, Iran - August 11, 2016