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Iran Focus

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, 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.

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London, 27 Jul - James Carafano, Deputy director of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies at The Heritage Foundation, declared that Iran’s expansionist ambitions in the Middle East will be met with regional and international opposition.

He told Asharq Al-Awsat, “I believe that the Iranians will soon discover that they have stretched themselves thin in the region and they will be confronted with a wall of opposition.”

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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, 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, 24 Jul - London, 24 Jul - As the Trump White House is reviewing its Iran policy there is increasing support for regime change in Iran, according to an opinion piece on the Forbes website.

Iranian dissident writer Heshmat Alavi, wrote on 24 July that advocates of appeasement toward Iran are boosting their efforts of claiming any firm policy on Tehran will lead to war.

“The question is do the measures professed by this party truly prevent war?”

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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, 19 Jul - John Hannah and Saeed Ghasseminejad wrote an op-ed for Foreign Policy on why Donald Trump should kill the Boeing Deal if he really wanted to stop the Iranian Regime from posing a threat to US national security.

The pair assess that every business dealing with the Iranian Regime grows the Iranian economy, which might sound good until you realise that the extra money is funnelled almost entirely into strengthening their military might, including funding conflicts in foreign countries, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and the ballistic missiles programme, rather than the welfare of the ordinary Iranians.

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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, 19 Jul - The power struggle between the different factions in the Iranian Regime may have come to a head this weekend after the arrest of the President's brother and the conviction of an American student for espionage.

According to the Washington Post, both of these events were timed to embarrass Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani at home and abroad.

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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, 17 Jul - An Iranian court has sentenced a grad student from Princeton University to 10 years in jail on charges of espionage, in the latest case of the Iranian Regime imprisoning dual nationals on bogus national security charges.

Xiyue Wang, 37, was accused of “spying under the cover of research”, according to Mizan, the Iranian judiciary’s official news site.

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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.

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London, 15 Jul - When US Secretary of Defense James Mattis made remarks regarding the importance of regime change in Iran, it provoked extreme reactions from the Iranian regime.

Mattis’ recent remarks is another episode in a series of such statements. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson first raised the issue of peaceful regime change at a congressional hearing on June 14th. On July 7th, John Bolton, former US ambassador to the UN said the solution for the Middle East is regime change in Iran. US President Donald Trump and US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, have made very similar statements.

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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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London, 14 Jul - France was one the first countries to send business delegations and enter into new trade agreements with Iran following the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

US President Donald Trump is famous for describing the JCPOA as “the worst deal ever negotiated.” As he joined his French counterpart, President Emmanuel Macron, in a press conference in Paris on Thursday, Trump said, “Today we face new threats from rogue regimes like North Korea, Iran, and Syria, and the governments that finance and support them.”

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London, 13 Jul - With Iran’s water crisis reaching boiling point, the Regime has taken to fighting with Afghanistan over shared water resources at the border between the two countries, specifically the Helmand River over which the Afghanistan government is constructing a dam.

The river naturally empties out into the Hamun wetlands on both sides of the border and the worry is that the dam could affect water flow into Iran.

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