In his article for The Hill, Shahriar Kia, political analyst and member of the Iranian opposition, the People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, also known as the MEK), writes about Iran’s Middle East ambitions.
The six-year uprising for freedom from decades of dictatorship in their country, by the Syrian people, is now becoming a regional war and global crisis.
Human rights organisation Amnesty International has slammed Iran’s use of inhumane punishment such as blinding, flogging and amputation. It pointed out that every year hundreds of people are subjected to flogging, often in public, in Iran.
Amnesty International recently reported the case of a journalist who was lashed 40 times earlier this month for not reporting the correct number of motorcycles the police have confiscated in a certain city.
One of the most challenging tasks for President-elect Donald Trump to deal with when he enters office will be foreign policy with regards to the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Trump has openly criticised the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – an Obama-led nuclear agreement that left Iran with the upper hand.
On Tuesday 17th January a conference was held at the Victor Hugo Hall of the French National Assembly on the topic of “Middle East Developments, French and European Approaches”.
There were numerous speakers from the French Parliament such as Dominique Lefebvre, Michel Terrot, Brigitte Allain, Pascal Deguilhem, Philippe Gosselin and Federic Reiss. There were also other prominent figures from all over the world including Dr. Alejo Vidal Quadras, former Vice President of the European Parliament and Amb. Lincoln Bloomfield, former Assistant US Secretary of State.
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