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By Hamid Yazdan Panah

Iran is making headlines, but for all the wrong reasons. This past month saw a series of important stories come out with respect both internal and international issues in Iran. The stories are consistent with two themes that many Iranians have maintained over the last year; that the nuclear deal with Iran has not changed the nature of the regime, nor has it benefitted the people of Iran with regard to human rights.

By Hamid Yazdan Panah

A recent article in theNew York Times Magazine provided a candid look at the politics and rhetoric surrounding the Iran deal. The article featured an interview with Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser for the Obama administration, and detailed how the Iran deal was sold to the American public. The remarks by Rhodes were not only surprisingly honest, but confirmed the charge made by many that the administration had misled the public with regard to the deal with Iran.

By Hamid Yazdan Panah

The Iranian regime employs many methods in its war against its own people. This includes torture, execution, isolation and terror. For political prisoners, incarcerated in the dungeons of the regime, one of the most difficult challenges they face is the policy of medical negligence. This policy, predicated on unsanitary living conditions, dismal medical care, and agonizing pain and isolation amounts to state sanctioned torture and in some cases death. The issue of medical negligence faced by Iranian prisoners is of growing concern for human rights organizations and activists struggling for change in Iran.

By Hamid Yazdan Panah

This past week Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi journeyed to Iran in search of diplomatic opportunities and financial gains. Renzi was joined by over 60 Italian business leaders, looking to peddle everything from fashion, to credit, to military defense. The trip culminated in a multibillionaire dollar deal signed on Monday, ensuring significant economic investment by Italy not only in the Iranian economy, but in the Iranian regime itself. The deal was protested by Iranian dissidents inside and outside Iran, many who claim that such investments not only prolong the life of the repressive regime, but created a vested interest in its survival by foreign powers.

By Hamid Yazdan Panah

Last month a shocking story gained little traction in the mainstream press, despite its horrific implications and brutal reality. A report from Iran emerged which detailed how every male from a village in the province of Sistan Baluchistan had been executed.  The Baluch, an ethnic minority in Iran, continue to face systematic repression and discrimination, yet they remain largely ignored in both the East and the West. The Baluch in Iran remain victims of institutional discrimination, state violence, and intense poverty.

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