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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.

By Hamid Yazdan Panah

March 8th is International Women’s Day, an occasion to reflect on the situation of women throughout the world. There are many stories worthy of attention in this context, however I would like to take time to focus on one in particular; namely the courageous struggle being waged by women in Iran. Despite consistent media coverage on Iran little attention has been paid to Iranian women and their struggle for freedom. For more than a century Iranian women have been on the front lines of dynamic change in Iranian politics and society. Despite this reality, both the Iranian regime and the Western media have marginalized Iranian women and ignored this major force for real change.

By Hamid Yazdan Panah

As the world applauds the release of prisoners by Iran, political dissidents within the country continue to suffer unjust persecution, repression and death. The truth surrounding their charges, arrests and the breadth of their continued struggle continues to be lost in the mainstream narrative on Iran.

By Hamid Yazdan Panah

On January 28th, the President of the Iranian regime, Hassan Rouhani traveled to the EU to pursue a supposed new era of relations with the West. Rouhani has been dubbed a moderate by the West, and has been accommodated in every way possible by those who seek to profit from a new relationship with the regime. Despite this climate of appeasement, protesters were out in full force to confront Rouhani and condemn those who sought to make deals with a brutal dictatorship. Rouhani’s trip was noteworthy, not because of his diplomatic accomplishments, but as an indication of the true nature of this regime.

By Hamid Yazdan Panah

This past week the regime in Iran resorted to one of its most tried true techniques, taking hostages in order to pursue political ends. The regime detained 10 American sailors aboard two vessels in the Persian Gulf. The soldiers were held, paraded before cameras and used for propaganda purposes before they were released. The arrest and release was cited by some in the West as a departure from the regimes past behavior, and an indication of a “new era” with respect to the recent nuclear accord, yet the political theater put on by the regime was nothing more than business as usual.

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