AFP - Australia Thursday tightened its sanctions on Iran in a fresh bid to convince Tehran to allay international concerns over its nuclear drive.
Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said the new measures target more than 100 Iranian groups and companies, and restrict Australian business dealings with the country's oil and gas sector.
The former Prime Minister of Algeria, Sid Ahmad Ghozali, who also chairs the Arab-Islamic Committee in Defense of Ashraf, sent a message to the residents of Camp Ashraf, praising their perseverance in the face of last year’s attacks by the Iranian regime’s agents.
Camp Ashraf, Iraq, is home to over 3,400 members of the main Iranian opposition, People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). On July 28 and 29, 2009, Iraqi forces attacked the camp at the behest of the Iranian regime, murdering 11 defenseless residents and wounding more than 400 others.
In a message to the residents of Camp Ashraf on the first anniversary of a deadly attack against the camp, the European Parliament’s Vice President said, “You are an example for all democrats around the world.”
Dr. Alejo Vidal Quadras sent the message a year after Iraqi forces attacked Camp Ashraf, near Baghdad, at the behest of the Iranian regime. The camp is home to over 3,400 members of the main opposition, People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). As a result of the July 28 and 29, 2009 attacks, 11 defenseless residents were murdered and more than 400 were injured.
Last year’s popular protests in Iran almost led to the downfall of the Iranian theocracy, a senior clerical regime official said on Wednesday.
According to the state-run Jahan News, the head of the regime’s Guardian Council, Ahmad Jannati said in a speech on Wednesday that the post-June 2009 uprising aimed to overthrow the Iranian regime, which is based on the principle of velayat-e faqih or absolute clerical rule.
The Iranian Resistance calls for efforts to save the lives of political prisoners who are on hunger strike in Gohardasht prison in Karaj, west of Tehran.
The EU has gotten it mostly right with new sanctions against Iran-if it can stick with them.
Wall Street Journal - If the European Union's execution is as good as the rhetoric, then its latest round of economic sanctions will finally put more than token pressure on Iran over its nuclear-weapons program.
UPI - Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis, up for appointment as head of U.S. Central Command, said Tuesday Iran is the greatest destabilizing force in that region.
Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee Iran's nuclear ambitions make it a long-term threat in the region.
Irish Examiner - ... Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, said even the extended sanctions fell short of “a comprehensive and effective sanction to include complete oil, trade, technological and political boycott of the regime”.
She said: “Foreign trade and the oil industry in Iran are basically in the hands of the Iranian regime’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and a very limited section of the regime’s officials and their families.”
She said the willingness of the EU to resume talks with the Iranian regime sent the “wrong signals” and would be seen in Tehran as a sign of weakness, “thus encouraging them further to continue their nuclear project”.
Two of the leaders of al-Iraqyia List, the winner of the Iraqi parliamentary elections in March, have once again reiterated the list’s position that as the winning coalition it has the legitimate and legal right to form a new government in Iraq.
One of them also warned in a statement published in Azzaman daily about the Iranian regime’s plots against attempts to form a government in Baghdad.