Iran Revealed to Be Secret Owner of New York Tower

27 June 2017

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

27 June 2017

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?

22 June 2017

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

22 June 2017

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.

Wall Street Journal Reporter Fired over Links to Iranian Businessman

22 June 2017

Jay Solomon, the chief foreign affairs correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, was dismissed yesterday after it was discovered that he had been involved in business dealings with an Iranian-born aviation titan, Farhad Azima, who was in fact also one of his principal sources.

Solomon was a well-respected veteran of the publication and the news came as a shock to many of his colleagues.

Iran Leadership on Rocky Ground

22 June 2017

Since before the recent presidential elections in Iran, tensions between President Hassan Rouhani and the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei have been getting worse. During the election campaign, Khamenei gave his backing to Rouhani’s rival, Ebrahim Raisi. 

The Supreme Leader has been openly criticising the president and embarrassed and criticised him at a meeting which included many of the country’s senior officials, in particular the parliamentary speaker and the judiciary chief. He arrogantly sneered at Rouhani during his speech, saying: “Mr President has talked at great lengths about the country’s economy and well, he’s said ‘this should be done’, ‘that should be done’. But who is he addressing by mentioning the ‘should dos’? Himself.”

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