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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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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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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