Iran and World
Wednesday June 28, 2017

New US Administration Focuses on Iran's Support of Terrorism

Since taking office, the Trump White House has made some important changes in U.S. policy toward Iran.  It has shifted from the conciliatory gestures of the Obama administration to a stance that acknowledges American intolerance for violent extremism, human rights violations and the support of terrorism. This message has been broadcasted by leading administration figures

Ivan Sascha Sheehan, director of the graduate program in global affairs and human security in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Baltimore writes in an article for the Baltimore Sun, “The time has never been better for the White House to focus on Iran’s support of terrorism.”

Iran Revealed to Be Secret Owner of New York Tower

A lawyer for the United States government said earlier this week that Iran has been named as the owner of a skyscraper in the city of New York. The long-time owner has been a secret for a long time and the news was announced after a trial lasting a month. 

Michael Lockard, Assistant US Attorney, said that following a trial involving extensive evidence including documentation and witness testimony, the federal court had decided that the Alavi Foundation may have to forego its stake (of sixty per cent) in the building.

US Actions to Curb Iran's Belligerence

Republicans and Democrats in the United States Senate had a rare moment of agreement when they passed a bill imposing several encompassing sanctions on Iran because of its malign, nefarious and abusive activities with regards to terrorism, human rights and ballistic missile testing. 

The Act entitled “The Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017” had a majority vote of 98-2. The news of this being passed a few weeks ago was a very strong message to Iran showing that both political sides in the United States had united in agreement that Iran needs to be dealt with.

How Can US Foreign Policy Help Situation in Iran?

Members of the House of Representatives raised numerous questions at a hearing that dealt with US foreign policy on Iran. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson responded to a number of them. 

Republican Representative Ted Poe from Texas asked a question that is on the minds of many. He asked what exactly the US policy towards Iran is and whether the US supports its ruling regime. He pointed out that there are Iranian exiles in many countries across the world and asked if the US supports them in their desire for a peaceful regime change.

Iran: Rouhani as President Spells Glum Future for the Country

As tense as presidential election campaigns are, it is usually followed by a period of positivity and hope. This is especially the case when the newly elected candidate wins with a majority, however this was not the case when President Hassan Rouhani was re-elected for his second term in Iran. In fact, the re-election was anything but positive on all fronts – Iran’s international standing, Iran’s economy and most certainly not for the Iranian people. 

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the main Iranian opposition, believes that the situation in Iran will only get worse during the course of Rouhani’s second term. They say that the Iranian regime was already in a position of extreme weakness before the elections and now it is as clear as day that the country’s leadership is falling to pieces. Internal disputes are becoming more and more difficult to keep hidden from the public eye.

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