The Truth Behind Iran's Presidential Election Travesty

May 19, 2017 By Mohammad Mohadesin, published by Forbes 

Since its foundation, the clerical regime ruling Iran has used false elections to paint a democratic picture of its tyrannical rule across the world. Unfortunately, for different motives, some western politicians and governments acknowledge this and try to invest in the power-jockeying between the so-called “moderate” and “hardliner” factions in the Iranian regime, a competition they deem authentic.

If not stemming from economic interests and political considerations, this logic is rooted in a flawed assessment of the structure governing the religious dictatorship ruling Iran. This erroneous line of thinking and the decisions it has resulted in have come at a huge cost to peace and stability in the region and across the globe.

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Iran’s Presidential Candidates’ Crimes Against Humanity

April 30, 2017 By Shahriar Kia, printed on  ClarionProject

Iran’s presidential election is scheduled for May 19. Last week the Guardian Council, the body controlled by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei which vets election candidates, eliminated all but six candidates. Only two of the remaining six are considered serious applicants for the Islamic Republic’s next president: incumbent President Hassan Rouhani and Ebrahim Raisi, a cleric currently heading the Astan Quds Razavi, a so-called charity foundation with an estimated value of $15 billion.

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Don’t get fooled again on Iran

By Hassan Dai- Posted on the Thehill.com on Feb 28, 2017


The Trump administration is tasked with a number of issues on the foreign policy front, perhaps none more nuanced and challenging than formulating a policy toward Iran. 

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Shirin Nariman: A chance to embrace Iranian people's democratic aspirations

By Shirin Nariman- Posted on the Richmond.com on Jan 29, 2017

With the change of guard at the White House, it seems clear that the administration of President Donald Trump will be eager to execute major foreign policy shifts. A focal point of those changes will be the approach to Iran.

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Trump Can Make Iran Policy Great Again

By Ray Takeyh- Posted on the foreignpolicy on Nov 11, 2016

Here's how the next president can transform Obama's Iran deal into something worthy of the name.
During his campaign for the presidency, Donald Trump often dismissed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear agreement signed between the United States and Iran. His critique, while vague, was sensible. The JCPOA did concede too much residual enrichment capacity, its sunset clauses were too short, and it offered sanctions relief that was too generous. On top of that, the White House indulged in its own cash-and-carry program, trading hostages for money.

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