Iran’s hostage taking must be met with firmness

Iran seized a South Korean-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz on January 4, something they tried to blame on the tanker polluting Iranian waters. However, many suspected that the government was attempting to use the tanker and its crew as bargaining chips in upcoming negotiations with a South Korean envoy about $7 billion in Iranian assets frozen because of U.S. sanctions.

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Why is Iran kidnapping and executing dissidents

On Dec. 12 Iranians woke up to bleak news: Their government had executed Ruhollah Zam, a 42-year-old journalist. The sentencing judge described Mr. Zam as a spy, as someone who incited violence and had “sown corruption on earth,” a vague charge which is often used to describe attempts to overthrow the Iranian government.

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Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan—Iran’s Next President

Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan, a commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, has announced his candidacy for the Iranian presidential elections in June 2021. Dehghan has a toxic military background. In the 1980s he was responsible for the vicious crackdown on opponents of the Islamic regime, and he played a central role in the bombing of the US Marine barracks in Beirut that killed hundreds. He may well become the new president of the Islamic regime as more military men are expected to run for the office.

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Iranian ‘Angelina Jolie’ Sahar Tabar sentenced to 10 years in prison over her social media activities

The Iranian ‘Zombie Angelina Jolie’ Instagram star has been jailed for a decade, her lawyer has said, a year after she was arrested over her social media activities.

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Wife of murdered Iranian writer describes years long struggle with Iranian authorities

“The tragedy of that day was not just receiving the news of Majid’s death, but relaying it to my fifteen-year-old son, and the enigma that sparkled in his eyes. I saw him drowning in a big question, ‘Why?’ This is the suffering that will not be over until the end of my life.”

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Trump determined to designate pro-Iran groups as terrorist

President Donald Trump wants his years in the White House to be remembered as the most anti-Iranian in the recent history of the US. He does not want to launch a war against Tehran, but he wants to make tough statements that include practical actions to contain Iran

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Iran using media to corrupt Afghan national languages

The vibrant new media in Afghanistan is a visible sign of the country’s rise from the Taliban medieval darkness. Hundreds of professional new TV channels, radio, newspapers, and the online press have developed since the 2001 American invasion of the country

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Swedish-Iranian academic Ahmadreza Djalali faces imminent execution in Iran

Swedish-Iranian doctor Ahmadreza Djalali was transferred to a new prison in Iran where he now faces imminent execution, his wife and rights groups said Tuesday. Djalali’s wife, Vida Mehrannia, told the Iran Human Rights group that Djalali’s lawyer was informed he would be moved at 5 p.m. Tuesday to Rajai Shahr Prison, the facility that holds most death row inmates. “Ahmadreza Djalali is at imminent risk of execution and only a strong and urgent reaction from the international community can save his life,” Iran Human Rights director Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam said in a statement.

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EU must stand up for jailed Iranian scholar Ahmadreza Djalali

In a faraway prison, an Iranian-Swedish scientist awaits execution. Ahmadreza Djalali, a specialist in disaster medicine sentenced to death for allegedly collaborating with Israeli intelligence, was told last week that his execution is imminent.

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