Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Richard Ratcliffe’s wife, is behind bars in Iran for allegedly plotting to topple the government in Tehran, as he prepares to spend his first Christmas without her and her daughter.
In Paris, in front of the Iranian embassy on Saturday 17th December, a rally organised by the ‘Syrian Revolution Coordination’ was held.
Hundreds of Syrian people and supporters of the Iranian Resistance gathered to protest against and express their disgust of the horrific war crimes and crimes against humanity that are taking place in Aleppo by the Syrian dictator Assad with the help of the Iranian regime and its militias and forces. They also gathered to protest against the IRGC that is preventing the safe evacuation of innocent civilians from eastern Aleppo.
As forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad overrun Aleppo, social media is making the carnage obvious, so politicians in the West cannot claim to be ignorant about the atrocities that were committed there. There has been footage of Syrian children running for cover, mothers crying for their loved ones, indiscriminate bombings.
The longstanding siege of Aleppo is almost over but what had been the US’s role in the war?
Andrew Beatty, on Yahoo News, quoted academic Samantha Power, who was writing about the Holocaust and the ‘never again’ promise which is often not realised.
Recently in Iran there have been over a hundred arrests. On the evening of 9th December, a villa in Mashhad was raided and eight women and 16 men were arrested. The attendees were celebrating at a party at the time of their arrest. These 24 people are to be further investigated by judicial authorities.
At the beginning of November it was reported that police in Tehran raided a house where 17 young people were having fun at a mixed-sex Halloween party in traditional costumes.
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