Iran Focus (53)

Iran: Deprived Pensioners Staged Protest Gathering for Their Rights

Iran Focus London, 22 Aug - A protest rally in front of majlis in Tehran, was held on Tuesday, August 22, in which many retired teachers and other government pensioners attended, the local media reported. Hundreds of protesters were present in today's demonstration, several workers' syndicates and ...

These Are the Deals That Could Render US Sanctions on Iran Useless

Iran Focus London, 22 Aug - Billions of dollars in investments could stop the Iranian Regime from feeling the true affects of the sanctions imposed by the Donald Trump administration. Although it has not been quite the boon that the Iranian Regime hoped for, the 2015 nuclear deal has unlocked ...

Increased Iranian Influence Over Forces in Syria Is Detailed in a New Report Confirming Israel's Fears

Iran Focus London, 22 Aug - In recent weeks, it has been evident that the Israeli government has become increasingly concerned over the Iranian Regime's involvement in Syria and a new report from an Israeli intelligence analyst appears to confirm these fears. Ronen Salomon has been working on a ...

Iran Cannot Be Part of Peace Talk in Yemeni Civil War; They Caused the Civil War

Iran Focus London, 22 Aug - The Yemeni Foreign Minister has stated that the Iranian Regime cannot be part of the peace process in the country's ongoing civil war, because its support for Houthi Shiite rebels fuelled the civil war. Abdulmalik al-Mekhlafi was taking part at a press conference at the ...

Iran Is Destabilising the Middle East

Iran Focus London, 22 Aug - The Iranian Regime destabilised the Middle East by allowing their Revolutionary Guard Corps to fire ballistic missiles into Syria earlier this year, according to an Iranian affairs expert. Majid Rafizadeh, a Harvard scholar, told Arab News that these missile launches ...

Saudi Arabia Working With Iraq to Freeze out Iran

Iran Focus London, 22 Aug - The meetings between Saudi Arabian and Iraqi officials late last month indicate that the Saudis are attempting to put distance between the Iranian Regime and the government in Iraq, according to a Middle East Expert. Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr met with Saudi Crown ...

Iran and North Korea Are Linked, No Matter What Pro-Iran Lobby Says

Iran Focus London, 21 Aug - The pro-Iran Lobby in the US has warned against conflating the Iranian and North Korean regimes, claiming that Iran does not have access to nuclear weapons. Reza Marashi of the National Iranian American Council. recently wrote: First, conflating Pyongyang and Tehran is ...

Iranian Resistance Calls for Justice Victims of 1988 Massacre of Political Prisoners

Iran Focus London, 21 Aug - The Iranian Resistance held a memorial on Sunday for the 30,000 victims of 1988 massacre of political prisoners, mostly members of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran , who were slaughtered by the Iranian Regime during the 1988 massacre. At the memorial, Mrs. ...

Iraq Must Rebuild Itself After Disastrous Relationship With Iran

Iran Focus London, 21 Aug - Heshmat Alavi wrote an article for Al Arabiya English is which he posited that the time has come for Iraq to emerge from under the thumb of the Iranian mullahs and take its rightful place as a leading figure in the Middle East. Alavi wrote that the Iranian Regime seized ...

Rajavi Vows to Fight for Justice for Victims of 1988 Iranian Massacre

by Jubin Katiraie The Iranian Resistance held a ceremony to commemorate the 30,000 victims on the 1988 massacre of political prisoners on August 19, at the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran headquarters in Tirana, Albania. This August marks the 29th anniversary of the massacre of political ...

Nuclear Agreement Fails to Improve Iran's Economy

Iran Focus London, 21 Aug - The 2015 nuclear agreement has failed to solve Iran's economic problems and even allowed the US to strengthen sanctions again the Regime, according to Iranian economists. Ibrahim Razzaghi, an Iranian economist, spoke to the state-run Basij Rouz news agency about the ...

Iran Denies the Appeal of Princeton Doctoral Student Imprisoned for Spying

Iran Focus London, 21 Aug - The Iranian Regime has denied the appeal of a Princeton doctoral student accused of espionage, according to a statement from Princeton University. Back in July, Xiyue Wang, a Chinese American graduate student, was sentenced to 10 years in jail on charges of spying for the ...

Iran: ITF Calls for the Immediate Release of Reza Shahabi

Iran Focus London, 20 Aug - The International Transport Workers' Federation in a statement called for the immediate release of the political activist, Reza Shahabi. According to the statement, the Iranian authorities were asked to stop prosecuting Reza Shahabi and Ebrahim Madadi as well. ...

Message From Maryam Rajavi About the 1988 Massacre of 30,000 Political Prisoners in Iran

Iran Focus London, 19 Aug - President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran , Maryam Rajavi, had a message for the participants of the Paris Int District Exhibition of the 1988 Massacre of 30,000 political prisoners during 1988 in Iran. This exhibition was the initiative of Mr. ...

French Mayors Call for Investigation by International Commission of Inquiry RE: 1988 Massacre in Iran

Iran Focus London, 19 Aug - The formation of an international Commission of Inquiry into the massacre of some 30,000 political prisoners in Iran during the summer of 1988 has been called for by Human Rights defenders, dignitaries, European politicians and the Iranian Resistance, who aim to bringing ...

Iranian Prisoners Write Letter in Support of Fellow Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike

Iran Focus London, 19 Aug - In Ardebil prison, Northwest Iran, a group of political prisoners wrote a letter of support for the political prisoners who are on hunger strike in Gohardasht prison near Tehran. This letter urges the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, as well as the U.N. ...

Negotiations Between Iraq and Saudis RE: Alliance to Rebuild Iraq

Iran Focus London, 19 Aug - Meetings to negotiate a new alliance have been taking place between senior officials from both Iraq and Saudi Arabia over the past six months. The discussions have focused on leading Iraq away from Iran, whose influence has grown in that country since the 2003 ousting of ...

Iranian President Fails to Keep Promises Made During Election Campaign About Appointment of Females to His Government

Iran Focus London, 18 Aug - During the presidential campaign, newly-elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed to appoint female ministers to his Cabinet. However, he has failed to do so and is facing harsh criticism from critics and supporters alike. Earlier this week, he encouraged support for ...

Rouhani Acknowledges Iran Is Maintaining Nuclear Bomb Facilities

Iran Focus London, 18 Aug - As Iranian President Rouhani introduced his new cabinet to parliament on Tuesday, he made remarks that showed his concern over the consequences of new sanctions for human rights abuses, export of terrorism, and ballistic missile development. However, his remarks also ...

Iran-Backed Houthi-Saleh Forces Indiscriminately Fire on Civilians in Taiz

Iran Focus London, 18 Aug - A rights group said on Wednesday that the repeated and indiscriminate shelling of populated neighborhoods of Taiz, Yemen's third largest city, was perpetrated by Houthi militia and forces loyal to deposed President Ali Abdullah Saleh, and were in violation of the laws of ...

Iran-Backed Taliban Beg Trump to Pull the US out of Afghanistan

Iran Focus London, 17 Aug - The Taliban wrote an open letter to Donald Trump advising him against sending more troops into Afghanistan would be self-destructive as the military situation is "far worse than realizes". A senior Taliban official told Reuters that they had chosen to directly address ...

Human Rights Activist Warns: Stop Appeasing Iran Regime

Iran Focus London, 17 Aug - A prominent human rights activist has written an op-ed for Forbes in which he warned the international community against appeasing the Iranian Regime Heshmat Alavi, an activist who specialises in Iran and the Middle East, advised the Donald Trump administration against ...

Saudi Arabia: We Never Asked for Mediation With Iran

Iran Focus London, 17 Aug - A Saudi official announced that they have never requested Iraqi mediation in its affairs with the Iranian Regime and that any claim to the contrary was just fake news. In a statement on Wednesday, the SPA official said: Saudi Arabia affirms its strong stance which rejects ...

Iran's Sectarianism Poses Grave Threat to the Middle East

Iran Focus London, 17 Aug - The extremist ideology exhibited by the Iranian Regime is medieval and poses a threat to nation states in the Middle East, according to a Saudi Journalist. Mohammed Al Shaikh wrote an op-ed for Al Arabiya, entitled Extremist ideologies bane for nation states', in which he ...

Iran and Russia Colluded to Violate UN Sanctions Related to Nuclear Deal

Iran Focus London, 17 Aug - The Iranian Regime colluded with Russia in order to violate UN sanctions with regard to the 2015 nuclear deal, according to reports by German media and state intelligence agencies. Iran and Russia used a secret smuggling route to transfer illegal weapons in violation of ...

The US Warns Iran Against Provocations in the Persian Gulf

Iran Focus London, 16 Aug - The US Navy has warned that Iranian provocation in the Persian Gulf 'creates an unnecessary risk of escalation' between the two states, but that the US will not be backing down. Commander Bill Urban, spokesman for the US Naval Central Command , in Bahrain spoke to Al ...

Iran Building Rocket Factory in Syria

Iran Focus London, 16 Aug - The Iranian Regime is building a long-range rocket factory in Syria, according to a report on Israeli television. The Channel 2 television news report, which aired on Tuesday, showed satellite images of the site under construction in northwest Syria near to the ...

BBC Condemns Iran's Sanctions Against Its Journalists

Iran Focus London, 16 Aug - The BBC has criticised the Iranian Regime for its asset freeze on BBC Persian staff resident in London; the latest attack from the Regime on the BBC's Iranian correspondents. The Iranian judiciary issued a court order that imposed sanctions against more than 150 BBC ...

Amnesty International Calls on Iran to Halt Execution of Man Convicted as a Juvenile for Second Time in One Week

Iran Focus London, 16 Aug - Amnesty International called on the Iranian Regime to halt the execution of a man who was sentenced to death as a juvenile. Mehdi Bohlouli was just 17 when he was sentenced to death by an Iranian criminal court in November 2001 for fatally stabbing a man during a fight, ...

Iran Votes to Increase Terrorism and Ballistic Missiles Spending

Iran Focus London, 16 Aug - Iranian Mullahs chanting Death to America' recently voted to increase its budget for funding terrorism and its ballistic missiles programme by a total of $609 million. This staggering increase in military funding will reportedly be divided equally between the Iranian ...

Iran Regime Attempts to Use Rap Music as Propaganda Tool; Fails Miserably

Iran Focus London, 16 Aug - The Iranian Regime, like so many other authoritarian regimes, has recruited a popular music star to spread Islamic values to the youth as part of its propaganda machine against Western values, but this has backfired completely with many Iranians now boycotting the star. ...

Iranian Drone Threatens US Navy in the Persian Gulf Again

Iran Focus London, 15 Aug - The Iranian Regime has once again chosen to conduct an unsafe manoeuvre with an Iranian Unmanned Aerial Vehicle , coming within 1,000 ft of US forces in the Arabian Gulf, the US Navy has reported. On Sunday, an Iranian QOM-1/Sadegh-1 UAV conducted a series of unsafe and ...

US Policy on Iran Must Include Support of Resistance Forces as Well as Sanctions

Iran Focus London, 15 Aug - The US's robust policy on the Iranian Regime is a step in the right direction but should be coupled with support for the Iranian Resistance, according to a human rights advocate. Heshmat Alavi penned an op-ed titled Congress is taking the lead on Iran policy' in which he ...

Is Iran Sheltering Terrorists Who Threaten Kuwait?

Iran Focus London, 15 Aug - The Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has confirmed that his country will work with Kuwait to resolve the issue of the Al Abdali terror cell, which has links to the Iranian Regime and the Iran-backed Lebanese Hezbollah. Back in June, the Cassation Court confirmed the ...

Iran Regime Won't Solve Economic Crises With Banking Reform; The Real Answer Is Regime Change

Iran Focus London, 15 Aug - During his recent inauguration, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani promised to embark on an economic revolution' in order to create jobs for the nation's unemployed, but the main problem facing the Iranian people is not the economy but the Regime itself. The economy is no ...

Human Rights Advocate: Sanctions on Iran Aren't Enough, US Must Support the Resistance Too

Iran Focus London, 14 Aug - American sanctions on Iran are a step in the right direction but they must be coupled with a whole new policy on the Iranian Regime, according to a human rights activist. Alireza Jafarzadeh, the deputy director of the Washington office of the National Council of ...

Iranian Mullahs Chanting 'Death to America' Vote to Increase Military Spending

Iran Focus London, 14 Aug - The Iranian Regime has recently voted to boost its military power by over $500 million in response to US sanctions on Iran. The bill, which was voted for by mullahs chanting Death to America', overwhelmingly passed the first vote in the Regime's Parliament, with 240 ...

How the US Has Accidentally Supported the Iranian Regime

Iran Focus London, 14 Aug - The US has historically been a strange and unwitting ally to the Iranian Regime, according to an expert in Middle Eastern politics. Journalist Eyad Abu Shakr wrote an op-ed for Al Arabiya in which he explains how the US have both directly and indirectly helped the Iranian ...

Stronger US Policy on Iran Must Be Matched With Support of Resistance

Iran Focus London, 14 Aug - The US Congress is taking the lead on a stronger policy against the Iranian Regime but what does that mean? Human rights activist Heshmat Alavi wrote an analysis for Al Arabiya in which he praised the US Congress for new sanctions against the Iranian Regime and assessed ...

Why Is Iranian Regime Preventing International Inspectors From Visiting Their Military Sites?

Iran Focus London, 14 Aug - One of the most senior military officials in the Iranian Regime has announced that they will not allow international inspectors to visit Iranian military centres under any circumstances, in clear violation of the 2015 nuclear deal. Brigadier General Hossein Salami, ...

U.S. Senators, Iranian Opposition Leader Maryam Rajavi Meet in Tirana

By Jubin Katiraie A senior delegation from the United States Senate met with Maryam Rajavi, in the Albanian capital, Tirana, on Saturday and discussed the situation of the members of Iranian opposition in Albania and the latest developments in Iran and the Middle East. U.S. Senators Roy Blunt of ...

Iran and North Korea's History and Friendship

Iran Focus London, 12 Aug - Numerous officials from around the world travelled to Iran for the inauguration of President of Iran Hassan Rouhani as he starts his second term. One of those who was in attendance was the President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea, Kim ...

International Youth Day: The Young People of Iran Can Be the Catalyst for Change

Iran Focus London, 12 Aug - International Youth Day on 12th August is a celebration of young people and a recognition that they are essential elements of change. It encourages the inclusion of young people in peace and security agendas and reaffirms their role in society. International Youth Day is ...

Will the US Push for Regime Change in Iran?

Iran Focus London, 12 Aug - There are many different opinions about Iran and the nuclear deal coming from Washington. The Trump administration has just recertified its compliance with the nuclear deal, yet there are also whispers about it pursuing regime change policy with regards to Iran. Many ...

International Community Must Address Iran's Mistreatment of Religious Minorities

Iran Focus London, 12 Aug - In Iran, ethnic and religious minorities have been on the receiving end of persecution for decades. The human rights record of the country is despicable and women, journalists, artists, and almost every sector of society is pressured by the authorities. Free speech is ...

Iran Arrests Six Zumba Teachers On 'Morality' Charges

Iran Focus London, 12 Aug - Iran has arrested six people for attempting to teach Zumba classes to children, which the totalitarian Regime equates to an attempt to "change lifestyles". Four men and two women have been charged for their choice in excercise, which the Iranian Sporting Federation ...

Amnesty International Condemns Iran for Execution of Juvenile Offender

Iran Focus London, 12 Aug - Amnesty International has condemned the Iranian Regime's shameful' execution of a man arrested and sentenced to death at 15. Alireza Tajiki, who reported that he was tortured into confessing, was executed on Thursday, August 10. He was the fourth person, arrested as a ...

Trump: Iran Is Not Compliant With Nuclear Deal

Iran Focus London, 11 Aug - The Iranian Regime is not upholding its obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal, according to Donald Trump on Thursday. Speaking to reporters at his private golf club in New Jersey, Trump said that he doesn't believe that Iran is living up to the spirit of the agreement'. ...

Tensions Rise as Tajikistan Accuses Iran of Several Assassinations in the 1990s

Iran Focus London, 11 Aug - Tensions are growing between Iran and Tajikistan following a Tajik state-TV broadcast which accused Iranian Regime officials of carrying out political assassinations across its country in the 1990s. On August 8, in a primetime documentary, the Tajik Interior Ministry ...

The Strange-But-Deadly Relationship Between North Korea and Iran That Threatens Us All

Iran Focus London, 11 Aug - At Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's inauguration last week, one guest in particular sparked a lot of attention; Kim Yong Nam, the speaker of the North Korean parliament. Iranian state media clamoured at the idea that Yong Nam was second only to Kim Jong UN, the ...