On Thursday February 8, 2018 Struan Stevenson who was a member of the European Parliament representing Scotland (1999-2014), president of the Parliament's Delegation for Relations with Iraq (2009-14) and chairman of Friends of a Free Iran Intergroup (2004-14). made the following speech in the Cambridge University. Middle East and North Africa Forum.
NCRI - To mark the 39th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, a ceremony took place in which the Iranian regime showcased a series of new homemade ballistic missiles, one of which is a nuclear-capable medium-range missile.
This comes just after a tense encounter where Israel shot down a drone that Iran had launched from Syria. Forces from Israel also led strikes on numerous Iranian targets across the Middle East.
NCRI - The Iranian Regime has now entered its 40th year, which many hoped never to see happen. However, the Regime is embroiled in domestic and foreign crises and it is likely that it will not see its 40th birthday in February 2019.
Iran’s state-run media brags of widespread support for the Regime among Iranians, but the popular people’s protest and the latest comments from Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei show how weak the Regime is.
Iranian regime’s parliament
NCRI - While Iranian regime’s parliament approved the bill to join the Palermo Convention – a UN convention against transnational organized crime – after setting five conditions, controversy over it is still going on.
Acknowledging that under current conditions the regime is denied of many international banking system’s benefits, Hassan Rouhani’s government and figures close to him say that joining the convention is necessary for preventing tougher measures by the international banks.
NCRI - Donald Trump expressed solidarity with the Iranian people and all those subjected to "oppression and religious persecution" around the world, at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC.
On February 8, Trump said: "We know that millions of people in Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea, and other countries suffer under repressive and brutal regimes. America stands with all people suffering oppression and religious persecution."
NCRI - The Iranian Regime has just passed its 39th anniversary, but it should not see its 40th.
In 1979, Ruhollah Khomeini returned from exile to hijack the popular movement to overthrow the dictatorial monarchy. He took power from the people who had done all the hard work and instituted his own theocratic dictatorship.
NCRI - From Donald Trump’s rhetoric on Iran it seems as if the US has decided on this stance in order to confront the Iranian Regime over strategic disagreements.
The biggest point of contention is the role of Iran in the Middle East.
NCRI - During the recent anti-regime protests in Iran, members of the Iranian resistance from all over the world begged the US to enforce sanctions against Iran’s state-run media, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) because of its role in facilitating human rights abuses.
NCRI - A change in leadership for the Democratic Party on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee could alter the ongoing negotiations between lawmakers and the Donald Trump administration over the Iran nuclear deal.
Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey is set to take back the position of ranking committee chair from Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland, following Menendez’s clearing on federal corruption charges.