Tag: Iran

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.


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.”


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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.


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.


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.


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: 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.

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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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.