By Pooya Stone

The Washington Times has published a selection of speeches made by president of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the main opposition to Iran’s rulers, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi.

Through all of her speeches, Mrs. Rajavi makes it very clear that the aim of the NCRI and its main constituent group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq, PMOI or MEK) is to achieve freedom, human rights and democracy and has repeatedly emphasized the importance of achieving this through peaceful means.

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By Jubin Katiraie

Three Iranian social activists, active against the regime, have been arrested in Robat Karim, near Tehran, according to the Mehr news agency, affiliated to the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

Mehr news agency did not mention any names, but accused the arrested of having links with the opposition Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK or PMOI) and having planned activities in the cities of Robat Karim and Nassir Shahr.

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By Pooya Stone

The Saudi oil minister called on the international community on Tuesday to take action against Iran’s threats to global energy security.

Khalid Al Falih told CNN that Saudi Arabia has enough spare capacity when it comes to oil to offset US sanctions, but that the big risk will come from any conflict in the Middle East, citing recent attacks on oil tankers and pipelines that Saudi Arabia has blamed on Iran and drone attacks on the Kingdom by Iran-backed militias.

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By Pooya Stone

Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, a member of the so-called ‘reformist’ faction, said that the “dangers” of regime change by and for the people of Iran will only increase as the public become more disillusioned with the supposed reformists.

Khatami, who was once called the “leader of the reform”, was speaking before a group of engineers when he made these comments, according to the state-run Jamaran website.

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By Jubin Katiraie

A spokesman for Iran’s Judiciary has outright rejected that there are political prisoners in Iran, despite a wealth of information proving that the contrary is true.

Political prisoners in Iran have been mistreated for decades. They are often locked up for long periods of time, sometimes in solitary confinement and sometimes in the same wards as violent criminals. They are routinely denied the most basic of rights – rights that should be guaranteed under international law.

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By Pooya Stone

Some 15,000 Iranians gathered in Berlin on Saturday, July 6, to protest the EU’s ongoing “appeasement” of Iran’s clerical establishment and show their support for the Iranian opposition, its leader Maryam Rajavi, and her 10-point plan for a free Iran.

Rajavi addressed the protesters via a video message that they were essential in helping to overthrow the “mullahs’ regime”, noting that their activism is showing the Iranian people not to give up in the fight for democracy and sovereignty in Iran, expressing to Western governments that a strict anti-appeasement policy on Iran is welcomed by Iranians, and telling the Iranian regime that its time is nearly up.

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By Pooya Stone

On Saturday, June 29, the compound of the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or Mujahedin-e Khalq, MEK) in Albania, called Ashraf 3, welcomed an international delegation that supported the democratic alternative to Iran’s clerical rule, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

Participants, including parliamentarians, jurists, and civil society figures from all over Europe and Australia, participated in a conference called "The mullahs’ regime, a source of war and instability in the region; the Iranian Resistance, messenger of peace and freedom", where they discussed the belligerence and terrorism of the mullahs.

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By Pooya Stone

British marines and Gibraltar port authorities detained a supertanker on Thursday that they believed to be carrying crude oil from Iran to Syria in a violation of European Union sanctions.

The ship was detained 4 kilometres south of Gibraltar in disputed waters claimed by both Britain and Spain. The tanker is now impounded.

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By Pooya Stone

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that he would “seriously” consider any request from the US regarding military action in Iran “on its merits”, but stressed that no request has so far been made.

However, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has asked Australia to take part in a new “global coalition” against Iran to help protect key shipping lanes in the Gulf after several acts of aggression by Iran, including multiple tanker attacks and the downing of a US drone.

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By Pooya Stone

The Iranian opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran/Mujahedin e-Khalq (PMOI/MEK), is the largest, most organized, and best alternative to the Iranian Regime, as it seeks and will deliver a democratic, secular Iran.

Unfortunately, it is often misunderstood by international policymakers because of the Regime’s demonization campaign against them.

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By Pooya Stone

In the coming days, the US will impose sanctions on Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, according to an announcement made by US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin this week.

This speech on Monday coincides with the US’s leveraging of sanctions against Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and eight senior commanders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). These sanctions target individuals that the US says are responsible for Iran’s malign behaviours, including several attacks on oil tankers and the downing of a US drone.

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By Pooya Stone

Donald Trump recently imposed sanctions on Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, foreign minister Javad Zarif and eight senior commanders of the Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), an elite military unit that was designated as a foreign terrorist organisation by the US earlier this year.

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By Jubin Katiraie

The Iranian authorities criticised the country’s state television on Wednesday for airing a program about ongoing oil sales to China in violation of US sanctions, claiming that the report went “against national interests”.

The Tuesday episode of the “Hello, Good Morning” talk show featured a segment on Iranian-flagged tanker, the Salina, which reportedly transported 1 million barrels of crude oil to China’s Jinzhou port in late June.

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By Pooya Stone

The United States has called on the UN Security Council to take a series of measures to ensure that its sanctions blacklist is enforced as thoroughly and as tightly as possible.

In the letter to the UN Security Council, the United States pointed out that the sanctions blacklist had not been updated for quite some time, meaning that the effect is not as enforced as it could, or should, be. For more than nine years, aliases and other such relevant information have not been included on the list that is distributed to all UN member states.

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By Pooya Stone

On Tuesday, June 25, Iran’s police arrested an Iranian citizen, who immolated himself at the entrance of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology.

According to the ICT Ministry, the victim was identified as a private contractor in a branch of the ministry, and he committed self-immolation for not receiving his demands after entering the main door of the ministry's headquarters.

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By Jubin Katiraie

On Tuesday, July 2, in a state order, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, changed the commander of the Basij Militia and the deputy chief of staff of the armed forces. Khamenei appointed Mohammad Reza Ashtiani as the deputy chief of staff of the armed forces, replacing Ataollah Salehi; and Gholamreza Soleimani as the commander of Basij Militia, replacing Gholam Hossein Gheybparvar.

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By Jubin Katiraie

At the beginning of the week, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif took to social media to criticise the United States. In a message on Twitter, the Iranian Foreign Minister said that it is in the United States’ interests, and those of the rest of the world, to remove its forces from the Persian Gulf. He added: “But it's now clear that the #B Team is not concerned with US interests—they despise diplomacy, and thirst for war.”

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