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Photos: Iran Honors Its Fallen Jewish Soldiers

- Iran is well-known for its stinging anti-Israeli rhetoric and refusal to recognize what it calls the "Zionist regime." So, it might have come as a surprise when officials in Tehran unveiled a monument honoring Iranian-Jewish soldiers who died in action during the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s. -Frud Bezhan, RFE - 12/20/14

Iran and Landlocked States

- Land-locked states or coast-less states are the states that have no free access to the open waters of the world. At the moment, there are 42 land-locked States and out of these, a considerable number are in the area that Iran is situated: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, and Kirgizstan. - Bahman Aghai Diba - 12/20/14

Ex-IAEA Chief Warns on Using Unverified Intel to Pressure Iran

- In a critique of the handling of the Iran file by the International Atomic Energy Agency, former IAEA Director General Han Blix has called for greater skepticism about the intelligence documents and reports alleging Iranian nuclear weapons work and warned that they may be used to put diplomatic pressure on Tehran. -Gareth Porter, LobeLog - 12/20/14

If It's True on Cuba, It's True on Iran

- America's Cuba policy has long been an open joke in international circles. Seldom has a country pursued such a futile policy for so long while clearly recognizing its senselessness. It's probably the foremost example of how American domestic politics can take its foreign policy hostage, leaving everyone a loser. -Ryan Costello and Trita Parsi, NIAC - 12/20/14

What Iranians are saying about the U.S.-Cuba deal

- The deal hatched between the Obama administration and Raul Castro's government is big and historic. The comparison on everyone's mind was Iran. After all, much of the groundwork toward the Cuban deal was laid in clandestine talks that took place roughly around the same time the Obama administration was meeting Iranian officials secretly over Tehran's nuclear program. -Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post - 12/20/14

U.S. Department of State Delays Release of Iran History

- The U.S. Department of State has blocked the publication of a long-awaited documentary history of U.S. covert action in Iran in the 1950s out of concern that its release could adversely affect ongoing negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. -Steven Aftergood, Federation of American Scientists - 12/19/14

Photos: Iranian activist Emad Bahavar released after 5 years in jail

- Iranian political activist Emad Bahavar was released on Thursday December 18 after serving five years in jail for his support of reformist leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mohammad Khatami. - 12/19/14

161 PhD Students Demand Immediate Medical Attention and Judicial Review for Omid Kokabee

- In a statement of solidarity with the imprisoned Iranian scientist Omid Kokabee, 161 doctoral students and graduates from universities around the world have released an open letter, demanding medical attention and due process for him. - 12/19/14

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- Earlier this week, authorities in Tehran unveiled a monument to slain Iranian Jewish soldiers who died during the country's long and bitter war with Iraq between 1980 and 1988. Death tolls for the hideous conflict differ, but casualty counts usually reach more than 1 million for both countries. -Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post - 12/19/14

Nuclear Program Has 'Hurt Iran More Than Iraq War'

- Iran's nuclear activities and ambitions faced rare, blunt criticism at a roundtable at Tehran University, where one of the speakers said the damage done by the nuclear program was greater than that by the 1980-88 war with Iraq, which left tens of thousands dead and caused much devastation. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 12/18/14

Women Continue Struggle for Rights Despite Barriers

- The focus of this presentation is on the struggles of members of the women's movement in Iran against human rights violations, particularly since the 1979 Islamic revolution, up to 2014. I will try to show how Iranian women have succeeded in taking a stand against human rights violations, even as problems continue. -Mansureh Shojayee - 12/18/14

Iran Slams U.S. Fight Against IS, Backs Russia's Push For Syria Talks

- Washington is "not serious about fighting terrorism," Iran's deputy foreign minister has said, in a sharply worded criticism of the United States and its allies fighting against the Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria and Iraq, according to Russian media reports. -Joanna Paraszczuk, RFE - 12/18/14

Iran, Britain to discuss reopening of respective embassies

- A group of Iranian MPs has been invited by the British House of Commons to travel to London to discuss the reopening of the British Embassy in Tehran. IRNA reports that according to Iranian MP Abbasali Mansouri Arani, there is much hope that the two countries will open their respective embassies in the coming year. - 12/18/14

If It's True on Cuba, It's True on Iran

- America's Cuba policy has long been an open joke in international circles. Seldom has a country pursued such a futile policy for so long while clearly recognizing its senselessness. It's probably the foremost example of how American domestic politics can take its foreign policy hostage, leaving everyone a loser. -Trita Parsi and Ryan Costello, Huffington Post - 12/18/14

UN: Freeze Funding of Iran Counter-Narcotics Efforts

- he United Nations agency charged with combating illicit drug trafficking should withdraw its support for counter-narcotics police operations in Iranuntil the death penalty for drug offenses is abolished, six rights groups said in a letter published today. The groups made the plea after Iran's judiciary hanged 18 alleged drug traffickers within 24 hours on December 3, 2014, bringing the number of drug offenders executed in the country during 2014 to at least 318. - 12/18/14

Activist Iranian woman Mahdieh Golroo in jail for nearly two months without charges

- Golroo, a prominent women's rights activist, was arrested in 2009 and released after 30 months in jail. She was arrested again about two months ago after she took part in a protest in front of Parliament calling for action against acid-throwing attacks on women. - 12/17/14

Friends, Not Just Enemies, of an Iranian Nuclear Deal are Imperiling It

- U.S. and Iranian negotiators are in Geneva resuming work on an agreement to limit Iran's nuclear program. Whether the negotiations succeed in producing a deal is still very much in doubt, but not because it is doubtful that there is a deal to be had. -Paul R. Pillar - 12/17/14

Film Director Abbas Kiarostami visits Tehran Peace Museum

- Celebrated filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has visited the Tehran Peace Museum at the invitation of Hassan Hassani-Sadi, a war veteran who is a curator of the museum, some Persian news agencies reported on Saturday. - 12/17/14

Reports of Ahmadinejad administration's corruption called "tip of iceberg"

- The head of Iran's Expediency Council said on Tuesday December 16 that the administration cannot fully report on the depth of the problems it has inherited from the former administration of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, adding that only "the tip of the iceberg of corruption" has been revealed so far. - 12/17/14

Iran's President, Revolutionary Guards 'Enjoy Very Good Relations'

- Mohammad Ali Jafari, the commander of Iran's powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), says President Hassan Rohani and the IRGC enjoy " very good relations," based on mutual trust. Jafari was reacting to a question regarding recent comments by Rohani, who warned against the monopolization of power and the spread of corruption in Iran, saying that corruption is brought about when guns, money, and media are concentrated in one institution. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 12/17/14

Iran's Justice Minister says administration powerless to end house arrests

- Iran's Justice Minister says the administration has no jurisdiction over the opposition leaders' continued house arrest, and this issue can only be decided by the National Security Council. Mostafa PourMohammadi, referring to the house arrest of Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi and Zahra Rahnavard, said: "I have no particular responsibility regarding this matter." - 12/17/14

Why Does ISIS Hate Shi'a?

- ISIS is a close kin to the Wahhabi /Salafi school of Islam in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere. In fact, these people don't see Christians or Jews as first and foremost their main enemy-they see other Muslims who don't share their narrowly exclusionist views as the chief target. Shi'a top the list, for sure, but so do more liberal schools of Sunni Islamic thinking-that is, nearly everybody else. -Graham E. Fuller, LobeLog - 12/17/14

Marzieh Rasouli Letter to Bahareh Hedayat

- Below are excerpts of a letter written by Journalist Marzieh Rasouli, to Bahareh Hedayat, imprisoned student and women's rights activist. Marzieh and Bahareh were in Evin prison together for a short while. Marzieh has been released since, but on December 30, 2014, Bahareh Hedayat will have served a full 5 years of her 10 year prison sentence. - 12/16/14

Tensions, Slogans During Speech By Hard-Line 'Kayhan' Editor

- Tensions were reported at a December 15 speech by Hossein Shariatmadari, the editor of the ultra-hard-line daily "Kayhan" who spoke at an event at Tehran University about the 2009 antigovernment protests. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 12/16/14

Mohammad Sadiq Kaboudvand receives the ICHR's prestigious human rights award

- The International Center for Human Rights (ICHR) announced today that Mr. Mohammad Sadiq Kaboudvand, received the ICHR's prestigious human rights award for 2014. Although he is currently imprisoned the award recognizes his efforts to defend the right of Iranian Kurds under persecution. - 12/16/14

Iran says it warned Australia about hostage-taker's mental problems

- The Iranian Foreign Ministry has condemned the hostage-taking incident in Sydney, Australia, adding that it had warned Australian authorities on several occasions about the history and the mental problems of the hostage-taker over the past two decades. - 12/16/14

Iran: Nuclear Talks with US Proceed in Good Atmosphere

- Iran said on Tuesday bilateral nuclear talks with the United states were proceeding in a good atmosphere despite lingering gaps over key issues such as Tehran's uranium enrichment capacity and how fast economic sanctions should be lifted. -Reuters - 12/16/14

The IAEA Faces a Major Credibility Test

- On December 11, the spokesman for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed that his agency was, as Gareth Porter asserted on this website earlier this month, not interested in accepting a recent invitation by Iran to visit Marivan, at least at this time. -Robert Kelley, LobeLog - 12/15/14

Iran Nuclear Talks Extended: A Perilous Slippery Slope

- Soon after the Iran nuclear talks were recently extended for another seven months (beyond the November 22, 2014 deadline), President Rouhani spoke with the Iranian people in a televised address in which he sought to portray the inconclusive negotiations as a diplomatic victory for Iran, as an indication that his team of negotiators "stood their ground" in the face of excessive demands by the US and its allies. -Ismael Hossein-zadeh - 12/15/14

Iranian MP slams "completely overt" corruption

- Iranian MP Abed Fatahi has spoken out against the widespread nature of corruption in the country, saying it is has become a matter of course in every branch of life. Fatahi told ISKA news on Sunday December 14: "It has now gone beyond under-the-table handouts, it is completely overt." - 12/15/14

Internet filters to be custom-fit for each user

- Iran's Deputy Communications Minister says Smart Filtering will be implemented on the basis of "age, profession and the needs of users." He said information blocking will be tailored according to the identity of the user. - 12/15/14

Iran's 300% Stock Rally Fades as Nuclear Deal Eludes Rouhani

- The Tehran Stock Exchange Index has lost 20 percent in 2014, set for the first yearly decline since 2008, as petrochemical companies and lenders plunged, bourse data show. Over the previous five years, shares soared 910 percent, or about 300 percent in dollar terms after factoring in the rial's declines. -Business Week - 12/15/14

What Is Genuine Leadership in the Middle East?

- A supreme challenge to US policies in the Middle East-especially in the Arab world-has been dealing with the no-win dilemma of leadership in the Arab world. As we look out across the wreckage of the present scene in the Middle East, many observers, including myself, highlight the striking absence of any genuine Arab leadership in the region today. -Graham E. Fuller, LobeLog - 12/15/14

Photos: 20 million converge on Karbala for Arbaeen

- The number of pilgrims who flocked to the holy city of Karbala for the Arbaeen ceremonies passed the 20-million mark, Iraqi officials announced on Saturday. The head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI), Ammar al-Hakim, stated last Monday that the Arbaeen pilgrimage confirms the citizens' stance against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists. - 12/14/14

Iranian official says replacing members of US negotiating team has no impact on strategies

- Official close to Iranian negotiating team said on Sunday that replacing members of the US negotiating team has no impact on the process but Iranian team will carefully check possible shift in attitudes. - 12/14/14

Iran to resume petchem exports to Europe

- Iran will soon resume exports of petrochemical products to Europe, which have been banned under the US-led sanctions in recent years. The ban was lifted last year following breakthroughs in nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers. - 12/14/14

Visas renewed for 450 thousand Afghans in Iran

- Iran says it has renewed the visas of 450,000 Afghan nationals for another six months while talks over their residency status continue with the Afghan foreign ministry. - 12/14/14

US, Iranian Officials to Hold Nuclear Talks in Geneva

- Acting Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will lead a U.S. negotiating team that is set to meet with Iranian officials next week, ahead of more high-level talks on Iran's nuclear program. - 12/13/14

Attack Kills One Amid Huge Shi'ite Pilgrimage In Iraq

- Iraqi police said a mortar attack killed one person and wounded four others near Karbala on December 12 as record numbers of Shi'ite pilgrims gathered in the shrine city for one of the largest annual religious gatherings in the world. Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi said on December 11 that more than 17 million pilgrims had come to Karbala for the Arbaeen commemoration. - 12/13/14

IAEA rejects Iran offer to visit Marivan site

- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has rejected a visit proposed by Iran to a site in the country's western region of Marivan to investigate allegations of large-scale experiments on explosives. The IAEA claimed on Thursday that the offer does not help address the agency's concerns pertaining to the issue of alleged high-explosive experiments at the site. - 12/13/14

Now at the Sands Casino: An Iranian Hacker in Every Server

- This was no Ocean's Eleven. The hackers were not trying to empty a vault of cash, nor were they after customer credit card data, as in recent attacks on Target (TGT), Neiman Marcus, and Home Depot (HD). This was personal. The perpetrators wanted to punish the company, or, more precisely, its chief executive officer and majority owner, the billionaire Sheldon Adelson (for saying US should drop a nuclear bomb on Iran) -Ben Elgin and Michael Riley, Business Week - 12/13/14

Sensing a Deal on Sanctions, Iran Is Bullish

- The confidence is beginning to take on a life of its own, with executives in the major export industries - oil and gas, transportation and carpets - feverishly preparing for what they envision as gloriously prosperous days ahead. -Thomas Erdbrink, NY Times - 12/13/14

Iran Documentary Lifts Lid On One Syria-Bound Fighter

- Martyrdom was one of the greatest wishes of Iranian Basij member Mohammad Hassan Rasoul Khalili. In the words of his father, "this world was like a cage to him." Khalili, a devotee of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, finally achieved his death wish last year in Syria, when a bomb he was trying to defuse exploded. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 12/13/14

Mortar shelling hits Karbala suburbs as 17 million pilgrims gather for Arbaeen rituals

- No Iranian was among the victims of the multiple Karbala suburb explosions Thursday night, the cause of which is cited to be mortar or mini katyusha shelling. The attacks on the largest peaceful gathering of Shia Muslims occured at a time that according to Iraqi sources at least 17 million pilgrims had arrived in Karbala until Thursday to participate in Arbaeen rituals - to be held on Saturday -- and the number is still increasing. - 12/12/14

Israel must pay Iran for pipeline project loss: Arbitration panel

- A Swiss arbitration panel has ruled that Israel should pay Iran for the loss of its stake in the Eilat-Ashkelon pipeline. The pipeline project was a joint venture by the former Iranian regime and Israel in 1968, but it crashed after the 1979 Islamic Revolution of Iran. - 12/12/14

The National Effort at Self-Exoneration on Torture

- The nation's current attempt at catharsis through a gargantuan report prepared by the Democratic staff of a Senate committee exhibits some familiar patterns. Most of them involve treating a government agency as if it were Dorian Gray's portrait, which can take on all the hideous marks of our own transgressions while we present ourselves as pure and innocent. -Paul R. Pillar, LobeLog - 12/12/14

Congress to Establish Reporting Requirements on Iran Talks, Sidestep Sanctions

- Two "must pass" bills that Congress will consider this week before adjourning for the year would provide formalized oversight for Congress to monitor the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran. -Ryan Costello, NIAC - 12/12/14

Jailed Iranian activists assess government's record on rights

- Abdolfattah Soltani, Saeed Madani, Mehdi Khodayi, Keyvan Samimi and Saeed Razavi issued a statement commending "the relative efforts of the Iranian administration toward improving the situation" in Iran. They expressed support for "the return of expelled professors and students to universities", "the drafting of a citizen's bill of rights", "efforts to remedy environmental problems" and "the approval of a comprehensive plan for free access to information." - 12/11/14

Extremism should not be associated with any religion, nationality, or culture: Tehran statement

- The participants at the international conference against violence and extremism in Tehran issued a statement on Wednesday declaring that "violent extremism and violence is a global challenge and is not and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization, culture, race, and ethnic group." - 12/11/14

Iran: Suspended activist lawyer arrested on Human Rights Day

- Iranian human rights lawyer and activist Nasrin Sotoudeh was briefly arrested along with husband Reza Khandan on Wednesday December 10. Sotoudeh has been staging daily protests in front of the Iranian Bar Association since her licence was suspended, demanding the right to work and dissent. - 12/11/14

Iran rejects claim of oil-for-goods swap deal with Russia

- Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh has rejected Russian Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev's claim that Iran and Russia have made an oil-for-goods swap deal. - 12/11/14

Latest International Crisis Group Report on Iran Negotiations

- When twelve months of intense negotiations between Iran and the P5+1/EU3+3 ended with yet another extension, sceptics saw this as confirmation that the talks are doomed. But it would be as grave a mistake to underestimate the real progress as to overstate the chances of ultimate success. -Jim Lobe, LobeLog - 12/11/14

Israeli Nukes Meets Atomic Irony in the Middle East

- The stated rationale for the United States casting on Tuesday one of the very lonely votes it sometimes casts at the United Nations General Assembly, on matters on which almost the entire world sees things differently, warrants some reflection. The resolution in question this time endorsed the creation of a nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East and called on Israel to join the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, ... -Paul Pillar, National Interest - 12/10/14

Iran's President Rouhani Calls Global Oil Price Fall Political Scenario

- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has warned that the current drop in global crude prices is not simply an economic issue, but rather a political plot by some countries. "The fall in crude price is not merely an economic issue. Rather, it is caused by a plot and political planning by certain countries," Rouhani said at his Wednesday cabinet meeting. - 12/10/14

Iran's Supreme Court Rejects Legality of Kokabee's Sentencing

- Omid Kokabee, 33, was a post-doctoral Nuclear Physics student at the University of Texas at Austin at the time of his arrest on January 30, 2011, at Tehran's International Airport. He was about to leave the country after visiting family in Iran. He was kept in solitary confinement for over a month during his 15-month pre-trial detention, and his family and lawyer were not allowed access to him. - 12/10/14

Violence-free world can be realized through cooperation: Iran's President Rouhani

- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that a world without violence can be realized through governments' cooperation and coordinated policy making. Rouhani made the remarks during the International World Against Violence and Extremism Conference in Tehran on Tuesday. - 12/10/14

Iran Military Option: An Increasingly Daunting Challenge

- Although the Obama administration appears to be currently focused on resisting calls to increase sanctions on Iran while negotiations over its nuclear program are in session, the far more dangerous "military option" is alive and well in Washington despite its many pitfalls. -Wayne White, LobeLog - 12/10/14

Arrests announced in fraud case from Ahmadinejad era

- Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi has announced the arrest of 20 middle managers of the former administration in connection with a financial fraud case. Alavi reports that the scheme took place from 2010 to 2013 during Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's second term as president. - 12/10/14

Calls For Release Of Jailed Students, Opposition Figures On Iran's Student Day

- Some students in Iran used Student Day, celebrated on December 7 with speeches and other events at universities, to call for the release of opposition figures and jailed students. Iranian semiofficial news agencies Mehr and Fars reported that a speech by President Hassan Rohani at Tehran's University of Medical Sciences was disrupted by students chanting in support of opposition figures. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 12/9/14

Iran's President Rohani warns of corruption from concentration of power

- Iranian President Hassan Rohani has referred to the concentration of power as a cause of corruption and he criticized the combination of arms, money, power and the media controlled by one institution. It appears that President Rohani is referring to Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), which in addition to extensive military power is also widely active in economic projects and the media. - 12/9/14

Jason Rezaian's Family Speaks Out

- On July 22, Jason Rezaian, an American-Iranian Washington Post reporter, was detained in Tehran by Iranian authorities along with his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, and two other people whose names have been kept private. The reason for the arrests was never publicly announced, and today, more than four months later, everyone but Rezaian has been released. -Jasmin Ramsey, LobeLog - 12/9/14

Iranian official claims 109 NATO personnel arrested in Bandar Abbas last September

- The Iranian Air Defence Command announced on Monday December 8 that it arrested 108 NATO military personnel in Bandar Abbas as they tried to pass through Iranian airspace. A report on Tasnim indicates that Amir Farzad Esmaili said in a ceremony in Mashhad that the plane carrying these detainees was forced to land by Iranian jets. - 12/9/14

Syria, Iran Condemn Israel's Airstrikes Near Damascus

- The foreign ministers of Syria and Iran are condemning Israel for airstrikes Sunday near Damascus. At a news conference in Tehran, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif drew parallels between the Israeli government and what they call "terrorists" in Syria - the rebel groups fighting President Bashar Assad. - 12/9/14

Poll: Increasing Support In US For One-State Solution

- Shibley Telhami, the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, regularly produces polls that are always worth looking at. Unlike most surveys of American views on US policy in the Middle East, Telhami tends to dig deep as opposed to simply establishing general opinions. -Mitchell Plitnick, LobeLog - 12/9/14

CIBC closes Concordia student's bank account because he's Iranian

- Arash Khodadadi, a Montreal university student, has been forced by CIBC to close his chequing and savings accounts because he is from Iran. Montreal lawyer Eiman Sadegh knows of at least 13 similar cases in Montreal with other major Canadian banks. -CBC, Canada - 12/9/14

Rise In Cohabitation Has Iran Officials Railing Against 'White Marriage'

- Raana and Hamed have been living together for four years. They eat together. They both contribute to the household and share a savings account. They fight "like husbands and wives in a registered marriage." They even wear wedding rings and introduce themselves as a married couple. But they're not. Because, as they also told Iranian daily "Ebtekar" in May, they don't believe in marriage. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 12/8/14

Iranian Court Charges 'Washington Post' Reporter

- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he is "deeply disappointed" by reports that a "Washington Post" reporter detained in Iran for more than four months has been formally charged. The U.S. newspaper reported on December 6 that Jason Rezaian spent about 10 hours in a Tehran court on December 6 while his case was reviewed by a judge. - 12/8/14

Why Hasn't the IAEA Followed Up Iran's Inspection Offer?

- When Iran offered last month to allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to visit the Marivan region near the border with Iraq, the IAEA might have been expected to respond with alacrity to the opportunity. -Gareth Porter, LobeLog - 12/8/14

IRGC Adviser Says Quds Force Commander Soleimani Is 'No Rambo Or Rocky'

- Qassem Soleimani is no "Rambo" or "Rocky" from Hollywood movies, says a senior media adviser to the commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 12/8/14

ISIS Eclipses Iran as Threat Among US Public

- Shibley Telhami, the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, has just released a major new poll of US public opinion on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The survey also contains some very interesting data that suggest Islamic State (ISIS or IS) is now seen as a significantly greater threat to the United States than Iran. -Jim Lobe, LobeLog - 12/8/14

Biden: Chance of Nuclear Deal With Iran is Less Than 50-50

- But he said new sanctions at this time, as some in Congress are pushing, would produce "the worst of all worlds." The vice president said new sanctions would break up the coalition pressuring Iran and give negotiators less leverage with which to reach a peaceful resolution. - 12/8/14

Amended law could reduce drug-related executions in Iran

- Iran's Commissioner of Human Rights Mohammad Javad Larijani says his office is making a concentrated effort to change capital punishment linked to drug charges, which would result in a considerable decline in executions in Iran. - 12/8/14

Unexpected Backlash to New Iran Sanctions in Senate Committee

- A new Iran sanctions bill being floated by Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) would force the P5+1 into a weaker deal or backfire by leading to Iranian nuclear expansion, according to experts handpicked by Menendez to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday. -Ryan Costello, NIAC - 12/6/14

NIAC Policy Memo: Additional Iranian Concessions Under Extended Nuclear Deal

- New information has been released outlining significant new nuclear concessions by Iran under the extended Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) secured on November 24, 2014. -Jamal Abdi and Ryan CostelloRyan Costello, NIAC - 12/6/14

Previously unknown details about Iranian F-4, F-5, Su-24 and UAVs involvement in air strikes on ISIS targets in Iraq

- Al Jazeera footage aired a few days ago exposed an IRIAF F-4 Phantom performing an air strike on ISIS positions in Iraq. The news of a cooperation between Washington and Tehran, later confirmed by the Pentagon, quickly spread across the world and images of the Iranian Phantoms in the colors of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force have appeared on worldwide media outlets. -Aviationist - 12/6/14
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