| Iran- Human Rights (Women, Minorities, Ethnics)|
The Washington Times
NEW YORK (AP) – Hundreds of people gathered Thursday in a plaza outside the United Nations to protest what they said was Iran’s continued support of terrorism, its poor record on human rights and its deceptive tactics in nuclear negotiations as the country’s president delivered remarks to world leaders.
Former U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle told those gathered in the rain at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza amid tight security that tens of thousands of people have been jailed under Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and former U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said the Iranian government should be overthrown.
New York Daily News
Noticing that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been tweeting from the United Nations this past week, CEO Dick Costolo sent out a public missive Thursday asking Rouhani when his constituents would have the same access.
Twitter is blocked in Iran, but the social media company’s CEO has noticed that the country’s politicians seemingly have unfettered access to the service.
Seeing that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been tweeting from the United Nations this past week, CEO Dick Costolo sent out a public missive Thursday asking Rouhani when his constituents would have the same access.
“Mr. President, enjoying your Tweets from the UN. We would love the Iranian people to enjoy them as well. When will that be?” Costolo wrote.
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has recently been lecturing the United States and the West on human rights, particularly through Twitter. Recently, the Ayatollah tweeted, “Based on global statistics, US gvt is the biggest violator of #HumanRights.” The Supreme Leader added, “Besides int’l crimes, it commits crimes against its ppl. #Ferguson.”
The Ayatollah talks about global statistics, but where are these numbers? His claims could actually spur a real discussion if the Iranian government and Khamenei could cite his claim that the “US govt is the biggest violator of #HumanRights.”
Iran- Terrorism Activities (Middle East)
Speaker Boehner’s Press Office
WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement responding to a report that the Obama administration is considering further easing its demands on Iran regarding its nuclear program:
“Iran is a state-sponsor of terror. It has no interest in a stable, strong Iraq. The country has a deplorable human rights record, and it still has American hostages. Furthermore, there is no evidence that Iran intends to comply with honest transparency and accountability measures over its nuclear ambitions. At a time when we are asking other governments in the Middle East to help the United States take on and destroy ISIL, we are giving a pass to Iran, which is the number one threat to the entire region.”
OIAC condemns execution of lraqi women’s rights activist
Organization of Iranian American Communities offers its condolences to the family of Ms. Salih Ali al-Nuaimy, Iraqi lawyer and human rights activist that was executed in public in the city of Mosul by the terrorist ISIS group on charge of blasphemy.
It also extends it condolences to all Iraqi people, especially the freedom-loving women of that country, for the loss of this courageous woman. Al-Nuaimywas arrested by ISIS on September 17 after criticizing the destruction of religious and cultural sites by writing on her Facebook page. She was severely tortured to repent of her stances and was finally executed five days after her arrest.
Remember Iran? The dominant foreign policy issue of the past year has fallen by the wayside as Congress focuses on the rise of the Islamic State (IS). Republicans who just months ago vowed to use every tool at their disposal to force a vote on new sanctions in the Senate have shelved those plans, and even the GOP-controlled House isn’t scheduled to hold a single hearing before the midterm elections. The shift in focus has given President Barack Obama’s negotiating team welcome breathing room as it pursues a nuclear deal in Vienna, even as congressional skeptics fret that Iran will take advantage of the lull in attention.
“The negotiators need the room to work,” said Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations panel on the Near East. “And I think maybe a little bit less pushing and pulling from this angle may help that work be done.”
ُThe New York Times
With top leaders attending the United Nations General Assembly, this is the moment to break the logjam on a comprehensive deal limiting Iran’s nuclear program. But so far there has been no real sign of movement, much less a breakthrough, despite negotiations among Secretary of State John Kerry; Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif; and Catherine Ashton, the European negotiator. The fault lies mainly with Iran.
Iran News Update
INU – The issue of Iran’s human rights record was raised by chief US nuclear negotiator Wendy Sherman in her latest comments about the talks between Iran and the P5+1. The various parties had been meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly this week, and Sherman reports that talks between Iran and the US “boil down to two things”: the nuclear issue and the Americans imprisoned in Iran, namely Pastor Saeed Abedini, former Marine Amir Hekmati, and Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian.
Sherman indicated that US officials “really hoped that there would be some humanitarian gestures when President Rouhani came to the United States.” But this has not been the case, and indeed Rouhani and his Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif have both dodged the issue, insisting that it was a matter for the Iranian courts only.