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Iran Focus

London, 22 Sep - As US President Trump is known for being an unpredictable political leader, the eyes of the world were on his first speech at the UN General Assembly, especially when he said, “We cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for eventual construction of a nuclear program.”

He spoke about such subjects such as the threats from North Korea, the refugee crisis, and Iran’s activities in the Middle East. In fact, he mentioned Iran 11 times during his speech, indicating that Tehran’s destabilizing actions in the region will be one of the most crucial issues for the US foreign policy.

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London, 22 Sep - On Thursday, H.R. McMaster, President Trump’s National Security Adviser, said that the administration is very concerned about Iran’s destabilising behaviour. He also said that the Iran nuclear deal is “fundamentally flawed” because it is so one-sided. Iran was the one that got all the benefits. Furthermore, the deal did not address fundamental issues leaving the regime free to advance with its nuclear program.

McMaster pointed out that there are various ways in which the US can deal with the Iranian regime and emphasised that Trump is looking at the full situation in the Islamic Republic rather than focusing on just the nuclear aspect.

He also said that Trump is ensuring that American interests are protected including American citizens and allies.

By Pooya Stone

During his campaign for election, US President Trump promised that his “number one priority” would be to “dismantle the disastrous nuclear deal with Iran”. So far, he has refrained from doing that. In fact, Trump certified to Congress that Iran is in compliance with the deal two times. He has also continued to waive the economic sanctions on Iran that the US agreed to lift as part of the agreement.

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London, 21 Sep - An Iranian translator has been forced to defend himself after coming under fire for altering Donald Trump’s address to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, in order to downplay Trump’s criticism of Iran.

Nima Chitsaz, a translator for Iranian state broadcaster IRIB, said that he wanted to spare his Persian-speaking viewers from Trump’s verbal attacks.

He said: “I don’t think it would be nice for me to speak on national TV against my own country.”

However, if Chitsaz’s goal was to protect the people of Iran, it is unclear why he mistranslated a comment by Trump that spoke of the power that the Iranian people had to overthrow the Regime.

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London, 12 Sep - As the US reviews its policy towards Iran and imposes tougher sanctions on the Iranian Regime and its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), some Regime apologists have been taken it upon themselves to categorise any support of regime change in Iran to mean that all-out war is on the horizon.

This is total nonsense as human rights activist and Iranian Resistance member, Ali Safavi, point out in the op-ed for The Hill.

Safavi, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), wrote: “Let us be clear: The real issue is not war. There has never been any suggestion of military intervention.”

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London, 20 Sep - Iran and the US are heading for a confrontation, according to one US national security expert.

Hal Brands, a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Program on National Security, wrote an op-ed for Bloomberg in which he assessed that Iran is the adversary that the US should be concerned about, rather than North Korea.

Brands, a Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), wrote: “[Iran is] a rogue-state adversary, a potential foe that has proved rational yet ruthless in pursuit of its interests, including the aggressive development of its nuclear program and associated military capabilities.”

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London, 11 Sep - If Donald Trump really wants to challenge the Iranian Regime, then he must support the Resistance, bring the Regime back to the negotiating table and end the destabilisation of the Middle East, according to a human rights activist.

Hamid Bahrami, a former political prisoner from Iran, wrote an op-ed for the American Thinker, in which he laid out how Trump and the US could challenge the Regime, rather than bow to their manipulations.

He wrote: “It is crucial to point out that as history reveals, the Iranian regime has consistently forced the West into submission and offering concessions by taking international security as a hostage. For example, the seizure of U.S. Embassy in 1979, the protraction of nuclear negotiations for nearly 10 years, and now by the [nuclear deal].”

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London, 20 Sep - Donald Trump called Iran a “rogue nation” and denounced the 2015 nuclear agreement in his address to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday.

In his speech, Trump reiterated his disdain for the nuclear deal, signed by the P5+1 countries (the US, the UK, France, Germany, Russia, and China) and Iran, calling it “an embarrassment” and “one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into”.

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London, 7 Sep - Five protesters in Iran have been wounded as the security forces used tear gas to disperse them on Tuesday September 5.

Activists in Baneh and Mariwan had shut their shops and taken to the streets in protest at the extrajudicial killings of two Kurdish porters (kolbars) by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

They stormed the Mayor’s Building and set several rooms and vehicles on fire.

The kolbars, Heydar Faraji, 21, and Qader Bahrami, 45, had been carrying goods across the Iran-Kurdistan Region border.

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London, 19 Sep - Donald Trump has certified Iran as compliant with the 2015 nuclear agreement twice since taking office, despite clear evidence to the contrary and a well-documented disdain for the deal.

However, this may all be about to change when the new US policy on Iran is announced; a policy expected to be much tougher on the Iranian Regime, their ballistic and nuclear weapons programmes, and their many other transgressions.

Many speculate that this policy change will be announced at the end of September, just in time for the quarterly review of the nuclear deal, which is due in October.

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London, 6 Sep - Iran’s human rights violations are the key to bringing down Iran, according to a human rights activist.

Heshmat Alavi wrote an op-ed for Forbes, entitled “New Light On Iran's Human Rights Violations”, in which he assessed that although Iran’s terrorist links and nuclear weapons programme gets more media attention, their egregious attacks on the rights of the Iranian people are the reason that they will be brought down.

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London, 19 Sep - If Donald Trump truly wants to target the Iranian Regime, he should aim for their sore spot-their human rights record- according to one journalist.

Peyvand Khorsandi wrote an op-ed for The Independent, entitled “This is what Trump should do about Iran at his first UN General Assembly meeting”, in which he explained that Iran’s long history of human rights abuses is their Achilles heel and by targeting that, he can help bring the Regime to its knees.

There is just over a month until Trump must decide whether Iran is compliant with the nuclear deal (hint: it’s not) and he has still not revealed the US policy on Iran, despite many rumours about the contents.

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London, 4 Sep - The Iranian Regime has upheld its 10-year jail sentences on four men imprisoned on bogus national security charges including spying on behalf of a foreign government and collaboration against the state.

On Sunday, Tehran's Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi confirmed that the appeal of the four men (Princeton University student Xiyue Wang, Iranian-American businessman Siamak Namazi and his elderly father Baquer, and Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese citizen with permanent US residency) had been rejected.

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London, 18 Sep - Nearly 250 have died and over 3,200 have been injured in car crashes because of unsafe roads in Iran in just five days, according to state-run media.

Nearly 17,000 people in Iran are killed and 300,000 injured every year on Iran’s roads due to a combination of unsafe roads, non-standard cars, careless driving or illegal driving, according to the Traffic Police Chief.

While the World Health Organization notes that traffic-related fatalities are the leading cause of death in Iran, with road accidents happening at nearly twenty times the world average.

Iran Focus

London, 2 Sep - Several Western social media companies have been criticised for allegedly engaging in talks with the Iranian Regime in order to censor content within the country in accordance with the mullah’s strict laws.

The sites Instagram (which is available in Iran), Twitter and YouTube (which are officially blocked by widely accessed via proxy servers) have all been cooperating with the Regime in order to censor content which disparages the Regime or goes against their strict “moral” codes, according to the state-affiliated media outlets.

By Pooya Stone

The United Nations General Assembly will gather later this week. In attendance will be President Hassan Rouhani of Iran.

Iran has been criticised countless times for its very poor human rights records. The Islamic Republic is one of the worst countries for human rights and the people are brutally suppressed by the torturous mullah regime that runs the country.

Many human rights organisations have slammed Iran for its executions and the poor treatment of the people, however the Iranian government dismisses any criticism as a conspiracy by the West to discredit the country.

Human rights violations are not a new development – it has been going on for decades, and the people of Iran are increasingly calling for justice for victims.

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London, 29 Aug - In Iran, nurses do not have official employment, but instead work on temporary contracts. They are paid a small salary, but even this is not paid regularly.

On August 24th, 2017, nurses protested in Boushehr over non-payment of salaries, past due for eight months. On July 16th and 17th, 2017, nurses in Semnan staged protests outside the Governor's Office to demand 11 months of past due salaries. On May 30, 2017, the nurses and staff of a hospital in Yasouj staged a protest demanding six months of non-paid salaries. Over this past year, similar protests have been staged across the country.

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London, 17 Sep - On the 52nd anniversary of its foundation on September 6, 2017, the Iranian Resistance’s central force, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) elected a new Secretary General.

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) is a robust movement, which its central council consists of thousands of women. In Iran, Albania, France, Germany, London and Sweden.

The annual congress of the PMOI/MEK was presided by former Secretary General Zohreh Akhyani who served six years in this position in the most complex conditions as the organization was being transferred from Ashraf to Liberty, Iraq, and from there to Albania.

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London, 28 Aug - Russia is going to take advantage of the “confusion” of Western Governments in order to gain a stronger influence over the Middle East, according to analysts.

Russia’s strategy in the Middle East is short-term and poses Russia as an alternative to the West, according to Rand, an American think-tank based in Washington, D.C, in a recent research paper.

Other political analysts have argued that Russia is not reacting to Western policies but rather protecting its own interests.

Norhan Al Shaikh, a political scientist at Cairo University, said: “Syria was the only left foot for Russia (in the region).”

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