Is Iran’s enhanced ballistic missile capability a calculated move?

Iranians walk past Sejjil (L) and Qadr-H ballistic missiles next to a portrait of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran on September 25, 2017. (AFP) By Heshmat Alavi September 26, 2017 As the North Korea nuclear standoff and the future of Iran’s nuclear deal has absorbed an all-too enormous amount of international attention, a [...]

By |September 26th, 2017|Iran|

Khamenei orders new supervisory body to curtail government

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei speaks during a meeting with Iranian officials and ambassadors of Islamic countries, in Tehran, Iran, April 25, 2017. ( via REUTERS) By Amir Taheri September 26, 2017 In a move designed to further curtail President Hassan Rouhani’s scope for policy-making, the “Supreme Guide” Ali Khamenei has ordered the creation [...]

By |September 26th, 2017|Iran|

Iran’s alarming human rights situation

Iranian State Security Forces are suppressing Tehran residents in Park Laleh, central Tehran, in June 2009. (NCRI) September 25, 2017 Most often, human rights violations in Iran come as suppression of ethnic and religious minorities, restrictions on the freedom of the press, expression, or assembly, and crackdowns on human rights defenders and political [...]

By |September 25th, 2017|Iran|

Iranian security forces attack a mixed gender party and arrest of 30 girls and boys in southeast Tehran

Tehran, 25 Jul 2016 - Iranian officials arrested 150 young people for attending a mixed-gender birthday party in Islamshahr, near Tehran. (Iran Focus) September 25, 2017 According to Iran regime state media on September 22, 30 girls and boys were arrested for participating in a mixed gender party in Southeastern region 38 kilometers [...]

By |September 25th, 2017|Iran|

Why Iran’s nuclear program is a greater threat than North Korea’s

In this April 17, 2016 file photo, a long-range S-300 missile system is displayed by Iran's army during a parade marking National Army Day, in Tehran, Iran. (AP) By Shahriar Kia September 25, 2017 North Korea's most recent hydrogen bomb test is another reminder of the consequences of not making the right decision at the right [...]

By |September 25th, 2017|East Asia, Iran|

When the Americans miscalculated Khomeini’s ideology during the course of Iran’s Revolution

Khomeini greets supporters on February 1, 1979, the day of his return from exile in France. (RFE/RL) Track Persia - September 24, 2017 The success of the late Supreme leader Ayatollah Khomeini’s Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979 in overthrowing the shah regime  and the holding of the American diplomats at the American [...]

By |September 24th, 2017|Ideology, Iran|

Iranian regime’s mafia and Nazi-style excesses

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during Friday prayers in Tehran September 14, 2007. (Reuters) By Tony Duheaume September 24, 2017 Gone are the days when pious Shiite religious leaders rode on donkeys, in are the days of showy go-getters who ride around in BMWs and Porsches, all compliments of the Iranian political system [...]

By |September 24th, 2017|Iran|

Iran’s deft use of ‘politics of the apocalypse’

In this Dec. 10, 1978 file picture, demonstrators hold up a poster of Ayatollah Khomeini. (AP) By Tony Duheaume September 24, 2017 Before Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini took power in Iran through a violent revolution in 1979, his plan was in place for his own form of Shiite utopia, which would be led by clerics [...]

By |September 24th, 2017|Iran|

Iran shows off Khorramshahr ballistic Missile After Trump Speech

A ballistic missile, called Khorramshahr, was put on display during a parade. (NBC) By Ali Arouzi September 24, 2017 President Hassan Rouhani said Friday that Iran would strengthen its weapons capabilities and unveiled a new ballistic missile that can carry multiple warheads. He added that no country would stop Iran from expanding its [...]

By |September 24th, 2017|Iran|

Tehran’s Sunnis still waiting for their own mosque

An Iranian Sunni mosque in the Teis district of the southern coastal city of Chabahar, Iran, May 11, 2015.. (Getty Images) By Zahra Alipour September 24, 2017 "Mr. Rouhani! No need to give them positions in your administration — just allow them to have a mosque to perform the Eid al-Adha prayer." Reformist parliamentarian Mahmoud Sadeghi addressed these words to [...]

By |September 24th, 2017|Iran|