Iran News Digest

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.



NIAC’s Nuclear Goals Align With Regime

Apr 10th, 2015

Hamid Yazdan Panah, April 10, 2015
Now that a supposed “historic” framework of political understanding has been reached between Iran and the international community, it may be worth looking at the role played by the Iranian regime’s lobby in the United States, and what its actual interests are.



Iran’s export of Islamic Fundamentalism: Al Mustafa global training centers

Apr 6th, 2015

Established in 2007, Al Mustafa religious university has 120 branches in 60 countries. 50.000 Mullahs have graduated from Al Mustafa in past seven years. Iranian regime uses the graduates in religious centers around the world to spread regime’s ideology, defend its policies and recruit among local populations



Human Rights: The First Casualty of Iran’s Nuclear Program

Mar 31st, 2015

Hamid yazdan Panah, March 31, 2015
As nuclear talks continue with Iran, the first casualty of these negotiations are the human rights of the Iranian people



Ghassem Soleiman’s world view

Mar 6th, 2015

In this speech, the commander of Ghods Force said that crusade between the West and Islam continues today. Shiite Iran is the new center of gravity in the Islamic world and the Shiite crescent, led by Iran is not only political but a formidable economic power as majority of energy resources are in Shiite regions



Iran’s Repression Targets Kurds, Other Minorities

Mar 5th, 2015

Hamid Yazdan Panah, March 5, 2015
The Iranian regime continues its campaign to maintain control over population that has grown increasingly weary of dissent and repression, including the denial of basic rights to ethnic minorities. Many of these minorities have organized themselves in resistance groups



NIAC Distorts Court Rulings after Losing Appeal

Feb 23rd, 2015

Hamid Yazdan Panah, February 23, 2015
The National Iranian American Council or NIAC, received a final blow to what little legitimacy it had left this past week, following a final ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The ruling was based on an appeal filed by NIAC, which challenged a District Court’s decision to award Hassan Daioleslam $183,480 in monetary sanctions based on NIAC’s conduct during trial.