Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee approved the bill aimed at ramping up economic pressure on the Iranian regime if a final deal is not reached on preventing the regime from acquiring nuclear weapons.
According to reports, the Supreme Court of Iran has confirmed the sentences of eight social media activists, who have been given a combined 133 years in prison for the ‘crime’ of criticizing the regime on Facebook. Initially, they had been charged with “colluding and gathering against national security, propaganda activities against the system, insulting sacred symbols, insulting the head of the government branches and insulting specific individuals.”
Investigations into the 1994 AMIA bombing in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which killed 85 people and injured hundreds, have been marred with controversy with allegations of incompetence and cover-ups. The most recent setback has been the mysterious “suicide” of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who, on 18 January 2015, was found dead at his residence hours before he was scheduled to appear at the Argentine parliament to explain his case.
The growing influence of the Iranian regime ought to be a great cause of concern for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Following 911, Iran’s power in the Middle East has increased dramatically, as it now holds considerable sway in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen, particularly given the American governments in action in the region. Prior to 911, hostile neighbours in the form of Saddam Hussain’s Iraq and the Taliban-ruled Afghanistan surrounded Iran. The US brought down the two regimes, eliminating the threat faced by Iran, paving the way for the mullahs theocracy to act on its foreign policy ambitions.
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