The Vancouver Sun - Tightening its grip on the Iranian economy, the U.S. Treasury Department announced new actions Tuesday against individuals and companies tied to the feared Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and identified many Iran-connected companies in Germany and elsewhere.
New prohibitions and the potential freezing of assets were announced against alleged senior officers in the Guard Corps, an elite branch of Iran's military, and members of the affiliated Qods force, which conducts special overseas operations and liaison with terrorist groups.
Following the confirmation of his death sentence by the Iranian regime, political prisoner Ali Saremi has sent out a uncompromising and courageous message from inside prison.
Mr. Saremi is the father of a resident of Camp Ashraf, Iraq, where 3.400 members of the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) reside.
A Jordanian parliamentarian wrote a letter to the UN Secretary General on the first anniversary of the brutal attacks by the Iranian regime’s Iraqi proxies against Camp Ashraf, where 3,400 members of the main opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) reside northeast of Baghdad.
Intelligence officials in Berlin have said that the main suspect of the assassination of Lebanon’s former prime minister Rafiq Hariri have been sent to Iran from Lebanon, the Kuwaiti daily al-Seyassah wrote on Saturday.
Citing German intelligence officials, al-Seyassah wrote, “Two weeks ago, after international investigations zoomed in on Hezbollah commanders, Mostafa Badraddin, the main suspect in the assassination of Rafiq Hariri, who is a member of Hezbollah and used to be the right hand man of Emad Moqnieh, was transferred on an Iranian plane, along with a number of other Hezbollah leaders, to Damascus and later to Tehran from Lebanon’s Biqa Valley.”
The deputy chair and spokesman of the Human Rights section of the Berlin Bar Association, Bernd Haeusler, described the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran as a crime against humanity, in an interview yesterday with the opposition satellite channel Simay-e Azadi Iranian National TV.
This week a special and important program aired on the Iranian opposition satellite channel Simay-e Azadi National TV exposing the Iranian regime’s massacre of political prisoners in 1988.
Iranians and relatives of those slain during the massacre contacted the live program from inside and outside Iran, recounting their memories about the horrific massacre which claimed the lives of over 30,000 political activists. Former political prisoners and residents of Camp Ashraf, Iraq, where thousands of members of the main opposition, People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), reside, offered their stories which exposed only a small part of the crimes perpetrated by the regime in prisons in Tehran and other cities in 1988.
The Hill- By Brian Binley, U.K. member of Parliament
Just as the UN Security Council was imposing its most stringent sanctions against Iran over the regime's nuclear defiance, rumours were growing that China had only supported the resolution following months of international pressure.
However, the divide between China and the U.S. is now clearly widening. Top U.S. officials announced Thursday they would be heading to China at the end of August to press Beijing to "step up" and fully implement sanctions against Iran.
In recent months, the government of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has focused heavily on funding the Iranian regime’s suppressive forces, boosting their budget up to 50 percent, according to the latest reports.
The commander of one of these forces, the paramilitary Bassij Force, recently boasted that the budget for various components under his command have jumped anywhere between 2 to 7 times.
The National - August 2 - The unfair judgement by the Iraqi Supreme Criminal Court in the matter of Iranian refugees in Camp Ashraf is yet another blunder added to the mistakes of the Iraqi judicial system, commented Jihad al Rantisi in the London-based newspaper Al Arab.
AFP - Japan imposed sanctions against Iran over its contentious nuclear programme today in line with a UN resolution and said it plans to announce additional punitive measures later this month. The cabinet of Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced the steps as the US State Department's special adviser for non-proliferation and arms control Robert Einhorn was headed for Tokyo as part of an East Asian tour.