Brief on Iran

Brief On Iran – Dec 01/14

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Brief On Iran 
Dec 01/ 2014
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WASHINGTON,NOV. 25, 2014 – /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Organization of Iranian American Communities (OIAC-US) expresses grave concern in regards to the continual extension of unproductive negotiations between the Western powers and Iran on its nuclear program and warns of the potentially catastrophic consequences of enabling the Iranian regime to continue its goal of obtaining nuclear weapons. Iranian Americans and those living inside Iran innately recognize the consequences of botched diplomacy with Iran’s illegitimate leaders, now in its 4th decade.   Coupled with the loosening of sanctions against the barbaric regime who continues to  brutalize the Iranian people, these extensions provide the breathing room the regime needs to expand and complete its goal of obtaining nuclear weapons.
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – The Organization of Iranian American Communities (OIAC-US) welcomes the recent bipartisan resolution H.Res.754, passed by the House of Representatives, condemning the gross violations of human rights within Iran. The bipartisan legislation was introduced last week by U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the Committee’s Ranking Member. The resolution was particularly timely as it highlights Iran’s ongoing human rights violations, and serves as a reminder of the true face of this regime, particularly as the deadline for nuclear talks approach. The clampdown on freedom of speech, the arrests of activists and the ongoing public executions has once again demonstrated that the regime and its President Rouhani are incapable of reform.
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Nov. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – The Association of Iranian-Americans in New York and New Jersey, a member of the OIACUS network (OIACUS.org), has planned a rally at Ralph Bunche Park, opposite the United Nations Headquarters in NY to condemn the rapid rise in executions in Iran and the wave of acid attacks on Iranian women and call for the protection of thousands of Iranian dissidents in Camp Liberty, Iraq.

The event, which coincides with the upcoming decision by the UN General Assembly’s third committee about a resolution on the violation of human rights in Iran, is scheduled for Tuesday, November 18, 2014 starting at 11:00 am.

The protesters will also urge the UN Security Council, which is meeting to hear the latest report by the Secretary General’s Special Representative for Iraq, to ensure the protection of thousands of Iranian dissidents in Camp Liberty, Iraq, and compel the Iraqi government to end the inhumane medical siege on Camp Liberty.

  Iran- Human Rights (Women, Minorities, Ethnics)

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NCRI – A youth has been hanged in Iran after being held in prison since his arrest at the age of 14 for accidentally killing a friend, according to information received from Iran.

The execution of Rahim Nosrallahzadeh in prison in the city of Tabriz is the latest in a surge in hangings in the regime under so-called moderate Hassan Rouhani.

Iran Human Rights

Soheil Arabi was sentenced to death for insulting the Prophet on the Facebook. He was one of the several people who were arrested under last year’s crackdown of Facebook activists by the Revolutionary Guards. Iran Human Rights, November 24, 2014: Branch 41 of the Iranian Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of the  blogger Soheil Arabi for insulting the Prophet on the Facebook.

Association Humanitaire

 Iranian regime has stepped up its persecution of the Sunni minority with death sentences imposed on four political prisoners.

The four – named as Hamed Ahmadi, Kamal Molai, Jamshid Dehghani and Djahanguir Dehghani – have written an open letter protesting at the abuses, torture and lies by regime officials since their arrest.
They wrote on November 27: “We were arrested in 2009 and accused of preaching in favor of Sunni Islam. We were placed in isolation and suffered unbearable torture. The trial court sentenced us to death.
 “After the confirmation of our death sentence, the wardens took us to the the gallows on several occasions, and after making us suffer intense psychological torture, they took us back to our cells. At present, we are in limbo and still held in Rajai-Shahr Prison.”

The Tower

 As negotiations over the fate of its nuclear program continue in Vienna, Iranian officialshave revealed shocking new statistics about the lives of women and children under the Ayatollahs’ regime, including the fact that 1.7 million children are currently working in Iran, according to the state-run News Network TV.

Mostafa Fayzi, head of Inspection Organization of the Tehran Municipality, revealed that the city uses children to collect the trash.

  Iran- Terrorism Activities (Middle East)

The New York times
UNITED NATIONS – The United Nations‘ top human rights official called on the Muslim world to denounce the “monstrous” crimes of the extremist group that seeks to establish an Islamic state in Iraq and Syria, calling its actions both a violation of international law and Islamic tenets. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, a member of the Jordanian royal family and the first Muslim to be named high commissioner for human rights, on Tuesday urged the Security Council to back efforts to overturn the Islamic State’s “ideology of violence.”
The Washington Free Beacon
Iran says ‘enrichment’ is ‘no longer the main stumbling block’ in talks A hardline Iranian cleric affiliated with the country’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said Iran has used “suicide operations” in the past and will use them again “to send its message to the world,” according to a translation of his original Farsi remarks. Iranian cleric and political leader Mehdi Taeb issued these threats as negotiations between Tehran and the West enter their final stages. Tensions between negotiators have run high in the lead up to the Nov. 24 deadline for nuclear negotiations, with Obama administration officials putting the odds of reaching a deal at “40 to 50 percent,” according to sources who spoke to the New York Times.
Tracking Terrorism
The Iranian regime has slashed its funding of terrorist groups in the Middle East after its budget was hit by a plunge in oil prices. The regime is now allocating 25 per cent less to Lebanese Hezbollah and other paramilitary groups dependent on the clerical regime for their cash-flow, Kuwaiti newspaper al Qabas said. A sharp drop in oil prices from $140 a barrel to around $75 a barrel was cited as the main reason for the cut in spending on groups that Iran pays to meddle in the region.
Iran news Update
INU- On Tuesday, a top official in the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps publicly claimed that Iran had built missile production factories inside of Syrian territory still controlled by the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Ostensibly, missiles produced at these plants will contribute to Assad’s simultaneous wars against moderate rebels including those of the Free Syrian Army. But the announcement also raises questions about how this Iran-initiated missile production will affect Iran’s regional influence in the event that its ally does triumph in the Syrian Civil War. Of course, Iran has a history of exaggerating its military accomplishments and the extent of its power elsewhere in the region, and the missile production claims of Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh have not been independently verified.
 Iran- Nuclear Activities
Breaking Silence, Ayatollah Says Iran Is Standing Up to West in Nuclear Talks’ Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Nuclear Talks

The New Your Times
TEHRAN – The day after a deadline for concluding a nuclear agreement was extended for seven months, Iran‘s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, delivered his first remarks on the negotiations, saying that the West had failed to bring Iran “to its knees.” Meeting on Tuesday with Muslim clerics in Tehran, the Iranian capital, Ayatollah Khamenei dismissed the diplomatic and economic pressure that world powers had brought to bear on his country over its nuclear ambitions.
 Following nuclear talks between the Iranian regime and 5+1 countries in Vienna, Hassan Rouhani, pledges he will never crosses red lines set by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on nuclear issue. He said during these talks the centrifuges were spinning and we promised that never would stop. Speaking to the state-run TV on Monday night, he said: “We never have and never will act outside the framework that the Supreme Leader has set out as red lines, and within this framework we have succeeded and will succeed on the nuclear issue and other issues.” The regime had two key goals in the nuclear negotiations, Rouhani said, adding: “The first goal was to maintain our nuclear technology and continue on that path, and the second goal is to remove the sanctions.
The wall Street Journal
VIENNA-Iran has offered no significant concessions on the key issues of enrichment and sanctions relief, Western diplomats said Saturday, but there is still time to shape a political deal setting the outlines of a nuclear accord. With the deadline for talks on Monday, western officials said the only path to an agreement now was what they had long warned of-that Tehran would wait until the very end of negotiations to make their most important concessions.

 The possible departure from nuclear talks in Vienna of top U.S. and Iranian diplomats for further briefings signals the sides are regrouping for one last attempt at sealing an agreement before a looming deadline.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will return to Paris after a stay of about 24 hours in the Austrian capital, according to his spokeswoman, Jen Psaki. After initially reporting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif “will probably” return home for consultations, the state-run IRNA news agency cited an unnamed diplomat saying not enough progress had been made to warrant the journey back.

 VIENNA –  Secretary of State John Kerry spent hours locked behind closed doors with Iran’s foreign minister early Friday as both sides rushed to reach a final nuclear agreement that sources say is becoming increasingly elusive as a result of Tehran’s intransigence. As the United States seeks to impose clear and verifiable limits on Iran’s nuclear research work ahead of a Nov. 24 deadline, the Iranians have refused to cede any ground and are publicly insisting that its “inalienable” nuclear rights must be recognized under any final deal.
TEHRAN – Far from the flashing cameras and microphones in Vienna, where Secretary of State John Kerry is joining Iranian and United States diplomats in a final push to reach a compromise on Tehran’s nuclear program, a different sort of political drama unfolded in the Iranian capital this week: Hard-liners got together to criticize the objects of their “worries,” as they put it, the moderates advocating a deal. In Iran, the final decision on a nuclear deal lies with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader. And if history is an accurate guide, the real debate over an accord, should one be reached, will not begin to unfold until after it is announced. When that debate gets underway, the voices of the hard-liners – the clerics, Revolutionary Guards commanders, conservative lawmakers and others who are by and large closest to the supreme leader – will be raised against any compromise on Iran’s right to enrich uranium.

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