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Iran Inspections in 24 Days? Not Even Close

Submitted by Emily on Wed, 2015-07-22 10:14

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http://www.wsj.com/articles/iran-inspections-in-24-days-not-even-close-1437521911
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WikiLeaks Shows a Saudi Obsession With Iran

Submitted by Emily on Sun, 2015-07-19 10:12

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http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/17/world/middleeast/wikileaks-saudi-arabia-iran.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0
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Iran Deal Misses the Point

Submitted by Emily on Thu, 2015-07-16 10:33

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http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/14/opinions/pletka-iran-nuclear-deal/
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Sun, July 12, 2015 Iran Releases Attack Israel Mobile Game for Al-Quds Day

Screenshot from the game.

Screenshot from the game.

A new Iranian mobile game simulates missile attacks on Israel. The app, developed for Android, allows the player to fire missiles at Haifa, the third largest city in Israel.

The game is called 'Missile Strike: Removing a Point.'

The player has a variety of missiles to choose from with which to bombard Israel. The Zelzal, Zolfaqar and Sejjil missiles are all real Iranian made missiles, and options for use in the game.

The game’s developer, Mehdi Atash Jaam, told Iran's Fars News Agency “In this game, users break into the Zionist regime's air defense and target Israel.”

The game was released on Friday to coincide with ‘al-Quds Day,’ Iran’s annual festival of hatred towards Israel, which has been celebrated annually since 1979. This year millions of Iranians took to the streets chanting ‘Death to Israel’ and ‘Death to America’ and burning Israeli and American flags.

One marcher told reporters “I am here to punch Israel in the mouth.” The 61-year old English teacher said "Israel will be destroyed, America will be destroyed — so will ISIS and England.”

Meanwhile, in Vienna, the diplomats of Iran and the P5+1 continued to edge closer to a deal which would permit Iran to continue its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. In return, the P5+1 expect to receive assurances that Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful.

Iran Nuclear Talks Push Beyond Extended Deadline

Submitted by Emily on Thu, 2015-07-09 08:55

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/envoy-iran-talks-to-push-beyond-extended-deadline/2015/07/07/dfe6fed0-249a-11e5-aae2-6c4f59b050aa_story.html?hpid=z4
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Thu, July 9, 2015 Iran Lends Extra $1 Billion to Syria's Embattled Assad

Iranian paramilitary Basij militiamen. Iranian funded paramilitary forces are used extensively to prop up Assad's ailing regime.

Iranian paramilitary Basij militiamen. Iranian funded paramilitary forces are used extensively to prop up Assad's ailing regime.

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Elliot Friedland

The Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad accepted a $1 billion line of credit from Iran, according the state run news agency SANA.

The money is the second credit line extended by Iran, which previously lent Assad $1 billion in 2013. That money is now running out.

The agreement was signed between the state-owned Syrian Commerical Bank and the Export Development Bank of Iran. Both are state owned.

CNN reported the money is to “buy goods and fund projects.”

The news of the credit extension came as it was revealed Iran stands to receive $100 billion from sanctions relief should a nuclear deal be signed.

It is feared the money Iran will have access to through sanctions relief will enable Iran to pour far greater resources into supporting Assad and terrorist groups throughout the region

A U.S. State Department official told the Daily Beast “We are of course aware and concerned that, despite the massive domestic spending needs facing Iran, some of the resulting sanctions relief could be used by Iran to fund destabilizing actions.”

The unnamed official added “the U.S. sees Iran clearly for what it is: the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism; a supporter of terrorist groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas; a backer of the Assad regime’s brutality in Syria; and a force for instability in Yemen.”

Iran supports the Syrian regime both directly and through its proxy Hezbollah. Major-General Qassem Suleimani of the elite Quds Force was dispatched several times to Damascus to oversee military operations and raise paramilitary forces, although with mixed success.

The Iranians repeatedly pledged unending support to Assad, which they have so far provided. Syria is a key ally for the Islamic republic and Assad’s fall would be a serious blow to its strategic interests.

Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, said: “A rich and strong Iran…will be able to stand by its allies and friends, and the peoples of the region, especially the resistance in Palestine, more than in any time in the past.”

U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, commented during a visit to Israel “I think [the Iranians] will invest in their surrogates; I think they will invest in additional military capability.”

Executive Director of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies Mark Dubowitz was blunter about Iranian funding for regional war. He told Bloomberg “When you give bad people bad money, they use it for bad things.”

To learn more about Iranian efforts to secure regional hegemony through support of terrorist groups, see Clarion Project’s Factsheet: Iranian Regional Hegemony.

Mon, July 6, 2015 Iran Severely Restricts Female Access to Men's Volleyball

The Iranian men's volleyball team in 2014. (Source: © Wikicommons)

The Iranian men's volleyball team in 2014. (Source: © Wikicommons)

Women in Iran are outraged that only 200 of 12,000 volleyball tickets for Iran vs. USA mens volleyball are being allocated for women. Despite earlier assertions that women would be permitted to attend, only relatives of players and professional volleyball officials will be able to attend.

Women have long been banned from attending male volleyball matches due to Iran’s entrenched conservatism. Clerics fear that females viewing the athletic male form may lead to social breakdown.  

In the run-up to this match, clerics announced that women would be allowed to attend the game. In November 2014, British-Iranian dual-citizen Ghoncheh Ghavami was sentenced to one-year imprisonment for attempting to attend a male volleyball game.

The President of Iran's cultural affairs committee, Ahmad Salek Kashani, criticized female attendance at volleyball games saying, “What are they going to watch? Is it anything other than men’s bodies that have been left bare because of sports clothes?”

Nor are volleyball matches the only sporting events that women are forbidden to attend. After an announcement that women may be allowed to watch soccer matches, the Iranian militia Ansar Hezbollah threatened violence, saying, “The presence of women in [soccer] stadiums is considered a violation of the regime of the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and [Islamic] tradition.”

To learn more about the Iranian regime and its systematic abuses of womens rights see Clarion Project’s Factsheet Human Rights in Iran

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