Iran - Enabling the Persian Spring

Ali Safavi 10 June 2011

Ali Safavi
From Weblogs of Huffington Post
In his speech last month about the seismic shifts unfolding in the Middle East, President Obama referred to the "shouts of human dignity... being heard across the region" and said, "The question before us is what role America will play as this story unfolds."

The ousting of several dictators in recent months, the latest being Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen, and calls for democracy echoing across the region, are clear signals that change is inevitable. That is partly why the president stressed, "There must be no doubt that the United States of America welcomes change that advances self-determination and opportunity."

Iran Sanctions American Officials for Human Rights Violations

Nima 26 May 2011

Stop Fundamentalism, 26 May, 2011 - Speaker for Iran’s National Security Commission in the country's Islamic Council which plays the role of a Parliament, proposed a plan Tuesday to sanction and indicted a number of American officials on the charges of violations of human rights and crimes against humanity, reported Mehr state-run news agency.

Catherine Ashton Calls for a Camp Ashraf Resolution

Nima 24 May 2011

Baroness Catherin AshtonThe High Representative of Foreign Affairs of the European Union, Baroness Catherine Ashton, in a press briefing , yesterday 23 May, told reporters that one of the subjects discussed at the Foreign Affairs Council was "Camp Ashraf."  

"Those of you who have seen the debates in the EP will also know how important the issue of Camp Ashraf is," said Ashton to reporters.

Camp Ashraf Crisis at EU Council of Ministers Meeting

Nima Sharif 23 May 2011

European Union High Representative Catherin AshtonNima Sharif
Europe’s Council of Foreign Ministers met in Brussels today to discuss, among other things, the deploring incidents at Camp Ashraf on 8 April this year that led to the tragic death of 34 unarmed residents of the camp and hundreds of injuries.

While the European Parliaments initiative provides for a long-term solution to the Crisis at Camp Ashraf, the European Union Council of Foreign Ministers should not overlook the immediate danger and the need for protection of the camp residents from further aggressions.  A permanent European observing team at the location will undoubtedly prevent more losses of life.

In fact as a major player in today’s world affairs, the EU should take the center stage in insuring that the international humanitarian laws are respected in Iraq.  This is especially important at the time when American forces are lowering their presence in that country thus the danger of such incidents would drastically multiply.  Europe no longer can afford to stand aside in face of international events and crisis.  Ashraf and its protection will be the chance for Europe to realize its role in the new global equation.

Saba, Born in Prison, Lived and Died for Freedom in Camp Ashraf

Nima Sharif 23 May 2011

Saba HaftbaradaranNima Sharif
Under the rule of the Ayatollahs, Iran has seen one of the darkest periods of its history. But thanks to people like Saba Haftbaradaran, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

The Daily Telegraph story of life and death of Saba Haftbaradaran, a resident of Camp Ashraf in Iraq who died during the April 8 massacre, was both tragic and shocking.  Shooting at unarmed civilians is pure savagery.  There is no justification for that no matter what the Iraqi government and military says or what the Iranian regime alleges the residents of the camp to be.  Nouri al-Maliki will have to answer for committing crimes against humanity.  He must be brought to justice in an international court.

Iran Was Involved in New York Twin Tower Attack

Nima 20 May 2011

Stop Fundamentalism, 20 May 2011 – Evidence have surfaced by the families of victims of September 11 showing Iran has played a key role in the New York’s 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center.

The Families called on the U.S. Government to declassify intelligence about Iran’s involvement.

"Today, nearly a decade after the attacks that took so many of our loved ones away, we believe the 9/11 families and the American people deserve to know the full truth about Iran's complicity," said attorney Thomas E. Mellon who represents families of the victims.

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