If You Respect the Iranian People, You Should Support Them, not the Regime

Dr. Antonio Stango is the President of the Helsinki Watch in Italy

Recently Linda Mason of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership wrote an editorial for CNN, suggesting that Americans have a mistaken view of the people of Iran. She describes a recent trip that she took to the Islamic Republic and the surprise that she felt at finding the people to be warm, open, and interested in Western culture.

I’ve heard this argument many times before, but I have a hard time believing that the average westerner views everyday Iranians, as Mason says, through the prism of the 1979 hostage-taking at the US embassy. I’m sure that the average American understands that that incident was the work of a group of Islamist revolutionaries, and not the entire population of the country, working in tandem.

June 13 Conference for Democratic Change in Iran, Approaching Fast

Mahmoud Hakamian is member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)

As reports on social upheaval, labored progress, fundamentalist violence, and government retribution against Iranians at home, appear on headlines, Iranian diaspora and supporters of Iran opposition hastily preparing for June 13th gathering in Paris. Iranians and supporters of the Iranian resistance from around the world will gather along with some 1,000 political figures, activists, and religious leaders in Paris for the Conference for Democratic Change in Iran

The conference addresses key issues facing Iran and the Middle East, including the state of human rights, the Iranian nuclear talks, the threat of Islamic fundamentalism, and the internment of MEK members at Camp Liberty. Speakers from around the world will outline these issues and explore possible institutional and organizational solutions.

Dangerous leniency towards Iran

Alireza Jafarzadeh is a member of Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran

The international community is making a strategic blunder by lending unwarranted credibility to a regime that has proven time and again that it does not deserve to be regarded as a legitimate regional power.

This becomes all the more apparent because more and more people are realizing that Islamic fundamentalism has emerged as the greatest threat to global peace and security. The Iranian regime has acted as the fountainhead of religious fundamentalism that has spread across continents. The theocratic regime has no regard for democratic ideals, and adheres to a toxic ideology that stands in direct contradiction to global aspirations of freedom and peace.

Islamic Fundamentalism and Iran

Hossein Abedini is a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran. He was seriously injured during an assassination attempt on March 14, 1990 in Istanbul, Turkey by agents sent by Tehran.

The world today is faced with the grave danger of Islamic Fundamentalism, which threatens universal ideals of freedom and humanity, targeting people from Tehran to Copenhagen, from Peshawar to Paris.

There are several factors, which played a role in the emergence of fundamentalism, including historical developments and policies adapted by the international community. In this century alone, there have been several major developments that have served to promote fundamentalism. However, none of them have been as damaging and crucial as the emergence of the mullahs in Iran following the revolution. Islamic Fundamentalism is strictly opposed to democracy. Instead, it aims to establish a homogeneous society ruled by a caliph with the aid of the clergy and a set of stagnant, flawed and barbaric laws. Fundamentalists across sectarian, national and ethnic lines share this vision. Shia and Sunni fundamentalists may use different words to describe it, but they have the same picture in mind. The establishment of the theocratic regime in Iran has realised that nightmare. It stands before all religious fundamentalists as a role model to aspire to and follow.

IRAN: Desperation in the mullahs’ camp

Dr. Antonio Stango is the President of the Helsinki Watch in Italy

With each passing day, it is becoming even clearer that the Iranian regime is unwilling to give up on its dangerous nuclear ambitions. As P5+1 countries (US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany) attempt to reach a nuclear deal with Iran, the latter is busy oppressing the Iranian people and threatening the region and the world as usual. The proposed deal, which would allow mullahs in Iran to maintain a certain nuclear threshold and retain technology, has already been rejected by several actors, including the US Congress, which believe that the nuclear program ought to be shut down completely to prevent the regime from developing nuclear weapons. The regime’s claim that the nuclear program is primarily for civilian purposes should fool no one.

Iran’s Assassin Mullahs

Elaheh Azimfar is NCRI representative for international organizations

Iran is all over the airwaves due to its meddling politics thought the Middle East and beyond.

One of the biggest red flags has been the Argentinian Prosecutor Alberto Nisman pointing the finger at Iran for masterminding the 1994 bombing of Jewish center in Buenos Aires. The case became even more sinister when he was shot dead the day he was supposed to present evidence against Iran.

IRAN: What Makes the Supreme Leader Tick?

Alireza Jafarzadeh is a member of Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran

As another deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran fast approaches, the regime in Tehran has yet again hardened its stance in order to score more concessions. The regime's embattled Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, has set fresh conditions and red lines as negotiators seemingly come down the home stretch.

Tehran has clearly been reeling under the weight of sanctions and has been loudly grumbling about international demands. Khamenei recently griped, “We have done what we needed to regarding the issue of 20% enrichment, Fordow [underground uranium enrichment site], Arak [heavy water facility] and the centrifuges. Thus, the Iranian side has acted according to the logic of the negotiations... The other side, however, is asking too much, is audacious, and is blackmailing. ... The Iranian nation will not kneel to bullying.”

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