Brief on Iran

OIAC Newsletter-Brief On Iran, Nov 17/2014

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Brief On Iran 
Nov, 17/ 2014
  Iran- Human Rights (Women, Minorities, Ethnics)
Iran Human Rights

The man was convicted of “Moharebeh” (waging war against God). He showed the victory sign before being hanged. Iran Human Rights invites people to send more information about this case.

Iran Human Rights, November 9, 2014: A 36 year old man was hanged in public in the city of Mashhad (Northeastern Iran) Saturday morning

November 8. Quoting the Prosecutor of Mashhad, the Iranian newspaper “Quds” wrote that the man was identified as “Nader Haghighat Naseri”, also known as “Saeed”. He was member of an armed group involved in several episodes of armed robbery, said the report. He was convicted of Moharebeh (waging war against God) and sentenced to death by Revolution Court in Mashhad.

The execution was carried out at the “Resalat Square” of Mashhad in front of several hundred people. The prisoner showed the victory sign before the execution.

Due to the lack of transparency , unfair trials and sue of torture under interrogations, it i difficult to confirm that the charges used against Mr. Naseri are real. Iran Human Rights (IHR) invites those who have more information about the case to send it to IHR or other human rights groups.

Iran Human Rights

One man was hanged in public in the city of Shiraz. He was convicted of Moharebeh (war against God) and Corruption on earth.

Iran Human Rights, November 12, 2014: According to the official Iranian news agency IRNA one prisoner was hanged in public in the city of Shiraz (southern Iran) early Wednesday morning November 12. The prisoner was identified as “Majid Gh.” and convicted of Moharebeh and “Corruption on earth” for armed robbery, said the report. He was also charged with murdering one person under an armed robbery.

The New York Times

 UNITED NATIONS – Executions have surged in Iran and oppressive conditions for women have worsened, a United Nations investigator said on Monday, drawing attention to rights abuses just as Iran‘s president is pushing for a diplomatic breakthrough with the West.

The investigator, Ahmed Shaheed, a former diplomat from the Maldives and now special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, made the comments on the eve of presenting his latest findings to members of the United NationsGeneral Assembly.

Mr. Shaheed said he had been shocked by the execution on Saturday of Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, who was convicted of killing a man she had accused of raping her. The death sentence had prompted international outcry and efforts by the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, to rescind it. Under the Iranian Constitution, the president has no power over the judiciary.

  Iran- Terrorism Activities (Middle East)
Tactics in question as effort to train ‘moderate’ rebels stalls

  BEIRUT, Lebanon – The Obama administration is contemplating ways to remove the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad as part of its ISIS strategy, but the approach requires the acquiesce

nce of Syria backers Russia and Iran, who don’t want to see him removed by force.

The Obama administration’s method for removing Assad is still open to discussion. Two possibilities are establishment of a no-fly zone over Syrian opposition-controlled territory and a Turkish military invasion.

The U.S. and a loose coalition of Sunni Arab countries have been bombing strictly ISIS targets in Syria, although the Arab allies are less inclined to go after ISIS than to topple the Assad regime.

Informed U.S. sources tell WND that airstrikes alone will not be sufficient to eliminate the ISIS threat. The thinking now is to go for the removal of Assad in an effort to prevent Syrian opposi

tion fighters from joining ISIS, which has declared the establishment of a “caliphate” ruled by Islamic law over the territory it has captured in Syria and Iraq.

CNN

Gaziantep, Turkey (CNN) — It is like many of the images of aftermath in Syria’s chaotic war — a man being pulled from the rubble of the building. But this one is different. The panic is muted, the men dig not slowly, but leisurely. This is because they know he is a regime fighter.

“Where are your friends?” they ask, perhaps taunting him. “Are you from Yemen?” But no, this is something different.

As they pull his terrified, tired frame from the dust, the blood seeping from a head wound and pitted against the white coat of silt from the rubble, it becomes clear this regime fighter is Afghan.

Video obtained by CNN from Syrian rebels, which we cannot verify, shows this scene and the attempts by the rebels, who are engaged in a pitched battle to prevent the regime encircling the main Syrian city of Aleppo, to interrogate their new prisoner. That’s the first indication there’s something new here: he doesn’t speak Arabic, but mutters in Dari. Facially, he appears Uzbek or Hazara, and is terrified.

Reuters

(Reuters) – Among the thousands of militia fighters who flocked to northern Iraq to battle militant group Islamic State over the summer was Qais al-Khazali.

Like the fighters, Khazali wore green camouflage. But he also sported a shoulder-strapped pistol and sunglasses and was flanked by armed bodyguards. When he was not on the battlefield, the 40-year-old Iraqi donned the robes and white turban of a cleric.

Khazali is the head of a militia called Asaib Ahl al-Haq that is backed by Iran. Thanks to his position he is one of the most feared and respected militia leaders in Iraq, and one of Iran’s most important representatives in the country.

The Washington Free Beacon

Iran calls for “the prosecution, trial and punishment of the White House”.
The United States remains “the great Satan” and Iran’s “number one enemy,” Iranian military and defense officials said over the weekend in statements that also called for “the prosecution, trial, and punishment of the White House.”

The inflammatory comments, released over the weekend by Iran’s Defense Ministry and the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), come as nuclear negotiations between the United States and Iran reach a critical juncture.

Talks between Iran, the United States, and other Western nations remain tense as the Nov. 24 deadline grows closer.

“The U.S. is still the great Satan and the number one enemy of the (Islamic) revolution and the Islamic Republic and the Iranian nation,” the IRGC said in an organizational statement released Saturday to Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency, which has close ties to the group.

The Huffington Post

NEW YORK, Nov 10 (Reuters) – Wounded U.S. veterans and family members of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq sued five European banks on Monday, seeking to hold them responsible for shootings and roadside bombings because they allegedly processed Iranian money that paid for the attacks.

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, New York, named Barclays Plc, Credit Suisse Group AG , HSBC Holdings Plc, Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc and Standard Chartered.

 Iran- Nuclear Activities

Six world powers and Iran are unlikely to conclude a deal to curtail Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program by the Nov. 24 deadline, President Barack Obama‘s former adviser on Iran said.

“We’re likely to have an extension” of the current interim deal, Dennis Ross said yesterday at Bloomberg’s “The Year Ahead: 2015” conference in Washington. “There’s some, I think, potential for a breakthrough by the 24th, but there’s not enough time to take that and turn it into a detailed arrangement.”

With a deadline of Nov. 24 looming for a nuclear deal, the Iranian regime seems more emboldened than ever. Its Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has outlined an unworkable position, while the West continues to compromise. The result could either be a bad deal or a nuclear-armed Iran, both catastrophic.

One thing, more than any other external dynamic has contributed to Iranian regime’s emboldened position both at home and abroad: Western inaction.

Domestically, Tehran has radically increased the number of executions – many in public.  Last month, a 26-year-old woman was senselessly executed for defending herself against a regime intelligence official who had tried to rape her. More than 1,000 have been hanged since the “moderate” president Hassan Rouhani took office, a little more than a year ago.Externally, the mullahs are executing an audacious scheme, especially in nuclear talks with their Western appeasers.  The foxes ruling Iran have long ago discovered that the more they dig in the more concessions they can extract. Regionally, Tehran has stepped up its interference in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and now Yemen.

Iran’s atrocious rights records notwithstanding and if containing/managing the Iranian threat was an acceptable outcome, then the Western policy is failing miserably.  The latter was predictable due to the following three fundamentally erroneous assumptions: 1) Even a bad nuclear deal is better than no deal; 2) Iran could be a partner in the fight against Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL); and, 3) Iranian regime is domestically stable.

ABC News

The Democratic and Republican senators largely responsible for tough sanctions on Iran are warning of more penalties if any deal with Tehran on its nuclear work is unacceptable.

Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, and GOP Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois said in a statement Wednesday that a good deal must dismantle, not stall, Iran’s nuclear program. They said it must prevent Tehran from being on the cusp of becoming a nuclear weapons state.

The two said that if a potential deal fails to achieve these goals, they will work with other lawmakers to act as they have in the past.

Menendez and Kirk have secured overwhelming support for sanctions and are certain to win strong backing in the Republican-led Senate next year.

No matter what the new Senate does, the Islamic Republic is unlikely to walk away from the negotiating table…. [It’s a] shield to hide its advancing of revisionist policies.

As the nuclear talks between Iran and the great powers unfold, there is much concern that a hawkish Republican Senate would derail the negotiations. But no matter what the new Senate does, the Islamic Republic is unlikely to walk away from the negotiating table. Why? Because while the United States sees nuclear diplomacy as advancing the cause of detente, Iran sees it as yet another shield to hide its advancing of ominous policies.

Since the exposure of its illicit nuclear program in 2002, Iran’s main intention has been to legitimize its expanding atomic infrastructure.

How to counter Iran’s bold cheating on its nuclear commitments? Publicize and act on revelations of mendacity alleged by the Iranian opposition group with a track record of valid revelations – the National of Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and its office in Washington, NCRIUS.

The narrative of talks between the major powers and Iran focuses on whether Iran will agree to curb uranium enrichment by cutting down on centrifuges in exchange for sanctions relief. But the backstory – Tehran’s serial cheating – should be the front narrative.

Is President Barack Obama hoping for a deal so much that he ignores Iran’s prior record of defiance of its obligations to be transparent? Our president’s desperate October letter to an unresponsive and uncooperative Supreme Leader of Iran signals weakness in face of defiance and cheating is of little consequence.

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