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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is facing one of the most serious challenges yet to his undisputed 11-year dominance.

Recent charges of money laundering, gold smuggling and bribery have tarnished Erdogan's carefully crafted image.

Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP), which means “white” or “pure” in Turkish, has also come under scrutiny. The root of Erdogan’s problems and his recent scandals lie not in Turkey but with its arch-nemesis, Iran.Read more

Seven Kurdish activist in detention in Erbil

Following the new wave of Kurdish political executions in Iran, protests were organized in major capitals to condemn the executions. Rojahalti Kurds (Kurdish in Iran) marched in the streets of the cities of Mariwan and Saqiz under the harshest security conditions imposed on the Kurdish region of Iran by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Protests were also organized in Turkey and Iraq, particularly in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, best know as KRG.Read more

Presidents Rohani Obama Tough Talks and Hope of Peace

Whilst the Iranian regime’s mouthpiece stands before the world in New York speaking of peace and humanity, suggesting a fantasy notion for a movement – “WAVE” – World Against Violence and Extremism, human rights agencies have maintained a record of gross human rights violations spanning over three decades, perpetrated by the Iranian government since its inception in 1979. Human rights violations include child executions; rape of virgin detainees on the eve of their execution; stoning to death; breaching the rule of evidence; disregarding the right to a fair trial; oppressing the right to...Read more

Obama-Rouhani & Munich Pact

Regrettably, today the people of Iran are silenced to put up with the brutal, dictatorial and clerical beast of Islamic Republic; however the free world should not.  As the West prepares to tango once more with this cunning regime, we should be mindful of what happened 75 years ago, exactly today, when appeasement was chosen over belligerence in Munich.

Dealing a final blow to this regime might not be the most amusing or even the most feasible option of all at the moment; nevertheless I firmly believe that the Middle East, and for that matter the world, without the fanatical Islamic...Read more

Syria: The Missing Piece

Last week was a long, Syria-focused one in the Capitol, and it seems that just about everyone feels that they have come out victorious. Everyone, that is, excepting for a senior delegation of the Syrian opposition. They left frustrated that, amid all the hype about Syria, hardly anyone in Washington would make the time to meet with them.

George Sabra, the visiting President of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), the umbrella group of the Syrian opposition, warned that the international community is at risk of falling into another Syrian-Russian trap. Sabra protested that the Syrian...Read more

The wariness is understandable, but it does not make the cost of inaction any lower. Opponents in Congress, who can be found in both parties, seem to feel that if we simply don’t act, there will be no cost for us. President Obama and Secretary Kerry have pointed out that there will be a great cost to international norms that prohibit the use of terror weapons such as chemical...Read more

Iran-Syria on the map

limited airstrikes on Syria that do not undermine the al Assad regime could actually work in Iran's favor. Such airstrikes could divide the rebellion between factions that oppose military intervention and those that favor it. Through their Syrian, Lebanese and Iraqi allies, the Iranians would then be able to better manage the rebellion, which includes radical Islamist elements.Read more

Camp Ashraf Massacre

Iraqi security forces loyal to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, carried out another attack  on the remaining members of Iranian dissident group, Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MeK) and killed 52 unarmed member of the banned group early Sunday at their camp north of Baghdad, the Iranian exiles said.
The assault on Camp Ashraf began at 5 a.m. and lasted until late afternoon. Iraqi troops tied the dissidents’ hands behind their backs and shot them in the head, according to eye-witnessesRead more

Islamic Republic role and Chemical Attacks in Syria

“The Iranian regime’s support for the regime of Bashar-Al-Assad thorough its cruel Quds Force is no secret, though the extent is yet to be known; nonetheless, what is worrisome for the region and the larger international community is the use of deadly chemical weapons in this conflict where Lebanese Hezbollah and Iran’s Quds forces have played and continue to play a crucial role. There are intelligence reports that such weapons are used in Syria by Iranian elements to serve Iran’s interest.  First and foremost, continuous focus on Syria takes Iran’s Nuclear file off the radar.  Iran,...Read more

 Iran’s new government must be transparent to tackle its domestic and international debacles

“Given the history of the Iranian regime’s complicity and defiance, it seems almost impossible for the regime to make any concessions on its nuclear advancements, because in the regime’s ideology any concessions in any matter will be interpreted as a retreat, and will reciprocally treat any concessions by the west as a sign of their weakness; therefore, as long as this regime rules over Iran, outstanding issues of nuclear program, support for terrorism abroad and gross human rights violation inside Iran will not be resolved.  Thus, at the moment, sanctions are the most feasible tools in...Read more

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