By Hamid Yazdan Panah

Iran’s status an energy superpower has been a blessing and curse. From the days of the Anglo Iranian oil company to the coup against Mossadegh in 1953, it is impossible to remove oil from the political equation in Iran. It should come as no surprise that Iranian oil has factored in extensively in Western negotiations with the regime in Tehran. 

By Hamid Yazdan Panah

On December 3rd 2015, Iranian dissident and activist Mehri Jannatpour passed away. Jannatpour was remembered for her bravery and perseverance as a political activist in Iran over the last 40 years. This included three separate terms served in prison for her support and affiliation with the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), one of Iran’s principal opposition organizations.

Iran’s Civil Society Ignored but Defiant
By Hamid Yazdan Panah

Don’t look now but Iran’s civil society is on fire.  In recent weeks dissidents, ethnic minorities, and political activists have presented a formidable challenge to the claim that the Nuclear Deal with Iran would benefit human rights and political reform. Their presence is also a sharp critique  towards the facade of reform projected by Hassan Rouhani. The unrest is particularly inconvenient for Rouhani and his Western counterparts who appear more interested in establishing ties with the theocracy in Tehran than the ongoing movement for change in Iran.

By Hamid Yazdan Panah

Iranian refugees fleeing persecution joined thousands of other asylum seekers in protesting new restrictions on refugees in Balkan states. According to reports, at least six Iranians sewed their lips shut and went on hunger strike to protest the closure of the Greek-Macedonian border, preventing them from traveling towards western Europe.

By Hamid Yazdan Panah

There is growing concern about the fate of a little known Iranian political prisoner, Alireza Golipour. According to reports obtained by the Society of Iranian Political prisoners, the life of political prisoner Golipour remains in grave danger, based on the cruel conditions in which he is confined and his deteriorating medical condition.


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