Thursday August 17, 2017

Free Iran Event to Be Held July 1st, in Paris

With a new administration in America, its foreign policy is changing, and the rest of the world waits to see how issues related to Iran will play out. 

Iran’s exportation of Islamic extremism, its ballistic missile tests, incidents in international waters, human rights abuses, and imprisonment of dual citizens, are some of the several issues that concern the international community.


Iran Deports Undocumented Afghan Refugees Contradictory to Memorandum of Understanding

With the resurgent Taliban holding more than 40 percent of the rural territory in Afghanistan, some 130,000 undocumented Afghan refugees are heading toward an uncertain future after having been forced to flee Iran by the government.

Each day, hundreds more are expelled from Iran, who plans to  send 600,000 back to Afghanistan by the end of the year.

Spokesman for the Afghanistan Ministry of Refugees and Returnees, Hafiz Ahmad Miakhel, said last week, “7,695 Afghan refugees returned from Iran, 60-65 percent of whom were deported involuntarily. The majority of them were young individuals, but some were families, including women and children.”


United States Indicates Containing Iran Is the next Essential Step

For the second time since the Syrian civil war started, a US-led coalition against ISIS has targeted Iranian proxies in Syria. Reports suggest that it was not Syrian army soldiers that were targeted, but international Shia militiamen. 

The American warplanes targeted a convoy of regime vehicles that were en route to a military base on the Syria / Jordanian border called al-Tanf. 

The military base is occupied by British and US Special Forces that are advising the Commandos of the Revolution – an anti-ISIS rebel group that is known as Maghawir al-Thawra.


Experts and Lawmakers Speak out Against Iranian Sham Elections and in Support of Iranian People

The Organization of Iranian American Communities-US (OIAC) and Congressman Tom Garrett (R-VA) sponsored and organised an event in Washington to support the people of Iran during the sham Iranian elections. The briefing, which took place on Capitol Hill, was named “Iran Presidential Election: Status Quo or Change”, and experts, lawmakers and academics spoke about the unfairness of the elections which are in no way democratic. They also called on the international community to support the people of Iran in their fight for freedom, democracy and human rights. 

Political Director of the OIAC, Majid Sadeghpour, was in attendance, as was Lee Smith, Alireza Jafarzadeh, Prof. Ivan Sascha Sheehan, Representatives Garrett, member of the HFAC, and Mike Coffman (R-CO), a member of the HASC and Dr. Ilan Berman.


Most Iranian Citizens Believe Upcoming Election will Result in Little Change

Iran’s presidential election on May 19th gives the people of that country little choice. The two main candidates were hand picked by leadership in Tehran. All candidates in the election must be approved by the the Guardian Council. This year, only six out of 1,636 candidates were allowed to run.

In an article in The Hill, by Soona Samsami, Representative in the United States for the National Council of Resistance of Iran, she writes, “They are fighting over a very narrow sliver of turf. No matter who wins, count on Iran remaining viciously repressive, destabilizing to the region and ever-eager to attain nuclear weapons.”


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