Iran News Digest

Steinmeir fails in Tehran, Zarif attacks Saudis

Oct 17th, 2015


Today, in a press conference in Tehran, Zarif attacks Saudi Arabia as Frank-Walter Steinmeir tries to mediate between two countries. Analysts see Steinmeir’s travel to Iran a failure.



Time to cash in

Sep 21st, 2015

Hassan Dai, Sep. 21, 2015
Bijan Khajehpour, NIAC’s lobby partner and Trita Parsi’s former boss will participate in oil and Money conference in London to share the podium with an Iranian official from oil ministry and assist him in promoting business opportunities in Iran. Khajehpour and NIAC have been collaborating to oppose sanctions and urge US administration to be more flexible in nuclear talks



Khamenei and IRGC Business Empire Boosted by Iran Deal

Sep 15th, 2015

Hamid Yazdan Panah, Sep. 15, 2015
Khamenei uses the business front known as “Setad” to extend his influence into every corner of the Iranian economy, including: “finance, oil, telecommunications, the production of birth-control pills and even ostrich farming.”



Human Rights Distorted to Support Iran Deal

Aug 12th, 2015

Hamid Yazdan Panah, Aug. 12, 2015
The recent Iran deal has brought much fanfare and celebration, most of which conveniently overlooks the fundamental nature of the Iranian regime. Putting aside the details of the agreement, one claim in particular has consistently been made about the nuclear deal which simply holds no weight. The claim is that the nuclear deal will somehow improve human rights in Iran, and lead to an improvement in Iranian civil society.



The Benefactors of an Iran Deal

Jul 14th, 2015

Hamid Yazdan Panah, July 14, 2015
NIAC continues to use the nuclear crisis to score as many points as it can. Like a Mullah stuffing his face with the last remaining ghorme sabzi, NIAC has sought to squeeze every last drop of publicity (and money), out of the Iran talks. Not only is NIAC’s President Trita Parsi getting his articles re-published by the pro-regime Tehran Times, but NIAC itself is continuing to live off the fat of the political landscape, while pushing the same tired line as always.



Iran’s Faux Dissident: The Curious Case of Akbar Ganji

May 22nd, 2015

By Hamid Yazdanpanah, 5.22.2015
Akbar Ganji is on a mission, not as the voice of Iranian dissidents, but as an apologist for the regime in Tehran



Iran’s Forgotten Activists Remain Defiant

May 11th, 2015

By Hamid Yazdan Panah
Iran’s activists have been ignored during nuclear talks, but they remain defiant in their struggle



Iran’s Larijani threatens going back to the old route of enrichment

May 5th, 2015

Iran Pulse in America- May 5, 2015
The Fars News Agency, close to IRGC and Khamenei, has quoted Ali Larijani, the head of Iran’s parliament, threatening the West to go back to the regime’s previous practice of enriching uranium. He pointed to the western countries “futile attempts” to corner Iran by imposing harsh economic sanctions. Larijani said, “In spite of failure to pressure us by sanctions, they (Western countries) still talk nonsense and demand too much.”



Iran on Pace to Set Execution Record After Nuclear Deal

Apr 27th, 2015

By Hamid Yazdan Panah, April 27, 2015

Much has been made about the supposed benefits of the Iran nuclear deal. One of the most audacious claims has been that the nuclear deal would result in an improvement in the human rights situation inside the country. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact if the last past few weeks are any indication, Iran may very well set a new record for executions committed in the past decade. To make matters worse, the issue is being completely swept under the rug, despite claims that a nuclear deal would give the West “leverage” to promote human rights.



Anti-gender equality regime joins UN gender quality body

Apr 12th, 2015

Iran Pulse in America- April 11, 2015
In Iran, women are legally barred from holding some government positions, there are no laws against domestic violence, and adultery is punishable by stoning, making it wholly inappropriate that Iran assume a leadership role on women’s rights and welfare at the U.N.