Tag: Iran

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Iran’s traditional Fire Festival set to upset regime

For thousands of years now, Iran has witnessed a Fire Festival on the last Tuesday of every year. Iranians ring in the New Year on the spring equinox, which corresponds to March 20 this year. But first, they bid winter farewell by holding a national day of Charshanbeh Soori as it is called in Farsi, the language of Iran.


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End the silence on Iran’s human rights abuses before the current crackdown worsens

The nationwide protests in Iran, which began on December 28 in Mashhad, gave voice to the economic frustration of ordinary Iranians, but quickly expanded to slogans like “death to [President] Rouhani”, “death to the dictator”, and “reformists, conservatives: the game is over.”


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Five things we need to know about the recent Sufi uprising in Iran

For the last few days, the streets of Tehran have been the scenes of an unusual confrontation.  Sufis, practitioners of Islamic mysticism, have been fighting with the regime’s repressive forces. Gonabadi dervishes from all corners of Iran are coming to Tehran to defend a contemporary Sufi master, Noor Ali Tabandeh.


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The Iran deal still works: Trump still works against it

In response to reports that President Trump will continue waiving nuclear-related sanctions on Iran while also imposing new non-nuclear sanctions, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement.


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Former Iran regime official tries Iranophobia line of attack

Seyyed Hossein Mousavian is an interesting character. A former Iranian regime official with a long and dubious record serving the Iranian regime loyally, he has migrated to the U.S. and ensconced himself in the warm embrace of academia at Princeton University.


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New U.S. foreign policy should address Iran’s domestic future

The incoming Trump administration has made its disdain for President Obama’s Iran policy very clear.


mark warner

Mark Warner on Iran Sanctions Act

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) commented on Senate passage of legislation which imposes a 10-year extension of sanctions on Iran.


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Giuliani best suited to handle Iran threat, meet U.S. foreign policy challenges

A number of candidates have been reported as potential contenders for the Secretary of State in President-Elect Donald Trump’s administration.


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With talk of ‘moderate’ Rouhani, how far has Iran really come from 1988 massacre?

Descriptions of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran are no less than horrific.


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Tehran preparing again to attack Iranian dissidents in Camp Liberty

Guest column by Prof. Raymond Tanter, former member, U.S. National Security Council Staff, and Col. (Ret.) Wes Martin, former antiterrorism/force protection for Coalition Forces, Iraq.


bob goodlatte

Bob Goodlatte: Iran’s bad behavior stuck on repeat

When it comes to the United States’ dealings with Iran, it seems like the record is stuck on repeat.


robert hurt

Robert Hurt votes to enhance Iran sanctions

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting in favor of the Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act.


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Sheldon Richman: Why won’t Iran act like our enemy?

What a bad week for the war party. Darn you, Iran! The country that the armchair warriors most love to hate refuses to play the villain’s role.


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Alon Ben-Meir: Lifting the sanctions will not end Iran’s revolutionary zeal”

Given Iran’s domestic political volatility and regional ambition, Tehran should not be expected to choose a single strategy to advance its national interests.


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Tim Kaine welcomes Iran deal, release of prisoners

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine released the following statement on Implementation Day of the Iran nuclear deal and Iran’s release of four American prisoners.


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Alon Ben-Meir: Saudi Arabia’s act of strategic defiance

The Saudi decision to execute Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr at this juncture was a strategic act of defiance meant to challenge Iran and the U.S.


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Robert Hurt votes for justice for victims of Iranian terrorism

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after the House passed the Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act, which would prohibit waiving, suspending, or limiting any sanctions currently in place against Iran until it pays the court-ordered damages it owes to terror victims.


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Bob Goodlatte: No to a nuclear Iran

I cannot in good conscience support any agreement that does not truly and transparently shut down Iran’s pathway to a bomb. That’s why I cast my vote in the House of Representatives against the Iran deal and a nuclear Iran.


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Robert Hurt votes against Iran nuclear agreement

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting against the nuclear agreement the Obama Administration and the nations of China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United Kingdom reached with Iran.


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Tim Kaine on Senate Iran deal cloture vote

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations & Armed Services Committees and co-author of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, released the following statement on today’s cloture vote on a resolution of disapproval of the Iran nuclear deal.


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Tim Kaine pushes back on Iran deal

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine reiterated his support Wednesday for the Iran nuclear deal while pushing back on Republican claims that the standard 60-vote threshold is unnecessary on a resolution of disapproval against the deal.


robert hurt

Robert Hurt: Fighting against the Iran nuclear agreement

For many weeks now, the House and the Senate have been carefully reviewing the nuclear agreement the Obama Administration and the nations of China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United Kingdom reached with Iran in July.


mark warner

Sen. Mark Warner announces support for Iran deal

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) issued the following statement today supporting the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.


The weak tough sell of the Iran deal

Airing on PBS on September 12 will be an interview I watched taped at the Miller Center at the University of Virginia on August 28 with Wendy Sherman, the U.S. Under Secretary of State who played the key role in negotiating the Iran agreement.


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Jim Webb talks foreign policy: Iran, North Korea

Former Virginia U.S. Sen. Jim Webb joined the chorus of political leaders criticizing the Obama administration agreement with Iran.


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The Chris Graham Show: Iran deal, Wayne Theatre, anti-underage drinking campaign

The latest installment of The Chris Graham Show tackles the Iran-U.S. nuclear deal, a milestone in the restoration of the Wayne Theatre in Downtown Waynesboro, an anti-underage drinking campaign that Augusta Free Press is involved in, and more on a local suicide prevention effort.


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Iran: A bad deal?

If you’re a Republican, you’re supposed to think without reflection that the Iran deal is a bad deal, because. And of course if you’re a Democrat, it’s a good deal, automatically, you know, because.


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Help Prevent a War on Iran! public forum in Charlottesville Aug. 5

A coalition of peace groups are sponsoring the Help Prevent a War on Iran! public forum on Wednesday, Aug. 5, from 7-9 p.m. at The Haven, 112 W. Market Street Charlottesville.


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Robert Hurt cosponsors House legislation disapproving Iran nuclear agreement

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) recently cosponsored H. Res 367, which expresses the House of Representatives’ disapproval of the nuclear agreement the Obama Administration recently announced with Iran.


bob goodlatte

Bob Goodlatte: Good deal for Iran, bad deal for America

In 1994, President Bill Clinton announced a deal with North Korea aimed at curbing their nuclear ambitions. North Korea was to freeze and dismantle their nuclear program, but they were caught cheating and the deal fell apart leaving a nuclear-capable North Korea in its wake.


Congressman Robert Hurt wrong on Iran

Four months ago the Washington Post published an op-ed headlined ‘War With Iran Is Probably Our Best Option.’ It wasn’t. Defenders of war present war as a last resort, but when other options are tried the result is never war. We should carry this lesson over to several other parts of the world.


mark warner

Mark Warner statement on Iran nuclear agreement

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement today regarding the announcement of a nuclear agreement with Iran.


tim kaine

Tim Kaine statement on Iran nuclear deal

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the Iran nuclear deal.


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Peace Action hails Iran nuclear agreement

After several years of diplomacy, the United States, Russia, China, United Kingdom, and France, plus Germany (P5 + 1) and Iran reached an historic agreement regarding Iran’s nuclear program in Vienna, Austria today.


robert hurt

Robert Hurt statement on Iran nuclear agreement

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after the Obama Administration, and the nations of China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United Kingdom, reached an agreement with Iran relating to its nuclear program.


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Robert Hurt: The threat of a nuclear Iran persists

The long-running nuclear negotiations with Iran and the United States, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United Kingdom have been extended multiple times since missing a June 30 deadline, but weekend reports indicate that a deal may finally be within reach.


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Poll: Bipartisan majorities in swing states support Iran deal

As the June 30 deadline for negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program approaches, a new survey conducted in a red state (Oklahoma), a blue state (Maryland) and a swing state (Virginia) finds large bipartisan majorities in all three support making a deal with Iran rather than pursuing more sanctions.


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Paris gathering provides voice for Iranian dissidents

An unparalleled gathering of Iranians from around the world will take place on June 13th in Paris, consisting of more than 300 different associations, organizations and committees from the Iranian Diaspora.


congress

Iran lobby trying to make lemonade from lemons

The House of Representatives approved yesterday by a whopping 400-25 margin legislation giving Congress the power to review and potentially reject a nuclear agreement with the Iran regime.


robert hurt

Robert Hurt on House passage of bill requiring congressional review of Iran nuclear agreement

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting in favor of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, H.R. 1191, which would require congressional review of any final nuclear agreement with Iran before the President can waive or suspend sanctions previously imposed by Congress.


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Iran opposition leader’s House testimony highlights opportunity to combat fundamentalism

On April 29, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs was the site of a historic event, as the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade heard testimony from the leader of the Iranian resistance, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi.


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Tim Kaine statement on Senate passage of Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement after final Senate passage of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, 98-1.


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Listen to all Iranian voices

While there is little dispute about the gravity of the challenge posed by the Iranian regime to US national security interests and imperatives, a simple question that is often overlooked is why it has not been U.S. policy to listen and pay attention to Tehran’s main enemies?


robert hurt

Robert Hurt: The American people deserve a voice in the Iran nuclear negotiations

The prospect of Iran attaining the capability to produce a nuclear weapon is one of the most grave threats we face as a nation, and it must be our policy to do everything within our power to prevent this from happening.


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Kaine Iran bill passes Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Today, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, including a number of provisions Kaine helped negotiate, was unanimously passed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 19-0.


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Quinnipiac Poll: Virginia voters send mixed message on deal with Iran on nukes

Nearly two-thirds of Virginia voters support a negotiated settlement to end the nuclear stalemate with Iran, though there are indications that voters are also ambivalent about whether or not such a deal will work in the long run.


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Tim Kaine statement on Iran nuclear framework agreement

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement today on the Iran nuclear negotiations.


robert hurt

Robert Hurt statement on Iran nuclear preliminary agreement

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after the news that the United States, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United Kingdom reached a preliminary agreement with Iran on its nuclear program:


tim kaine

Kaine blisters Senate colleagues for playing politics on national security

In remarks on the Senate floor Tuesday, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and co-sponsor of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, called for Congress to “pull back from the brink of irresponsible and partisan action” and seek a constructive path to engage on the Iran nuclear negotiations, criticizing a partisan letter sent to Iran’s leaders yesterday that was signed by 47 Senate Republicans.


robert hurt

Robert Hurt: Working with Israel to prevent a nuclear Iran

Last Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint meeting of Congress. It was a great honor to have Prime Minister Netanyahu come to the United States and speak to both Houses of Congress.