Article 01 March 2013

The West and the Muslim Brotherhood after the Arab Spring

Few observers foresaw the Arab Spring, but it should not have surprised anyone that the Islamist movements became the main beneficiaries of the ensuing turmoil....
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Article 28 February 2013

Iranian regime: “P5+1 must change its policy”

According to the Iranian regime, the group of 5 plus 1 must change its policy and not Iran....
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Article 26 February 2013

Hezbollah Worried; Europe Should be Too

For years, European countries pushed off the issue of adding Hezbollah to the European Union’s list of banned terrorist groups, citing the fact that the group had not carried out terrorist attacks on the continent since the 1980s. Sure, it raised funds across the continent hand-over-first, and provided logistical support to operatives carrying out attacks elsewhere, but that fell below the European threshold of bombs exploding in Europe. But in...
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Article 25 February 2013

Hezbollah: Calling a spade a spade

Being its activities designated as terrorist in most EU countries, "Hezbollah remains confident that the influence of Germany and France will see to it that the EU will not proscribe the group"....
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Article 21 February 2013

Iran’s desperate call for “economic jihad”

EFD Fellow Wahied Wahdat-Hagh discusses how Iran's call for "economic jihad" points to serious concern among the Iranian authorities....
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Article 21 February 2013

Sham elections for a new form of totalitarian rule

Various Islamist groups in Iran are engaged in power struggles but all of them are part of the establishment of the Islamist dictatorship. All other secular groups, from socialists and communists, to nationalist and royalist are either forbidden or heavily persecuted....
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Article 19 February 2013

It’s time to brand Hizbollah a terror organisation

Hizbollah has turned out to be an important player in the international terror scene – which is why Europe finally has to take measures....
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Article 15 February 2013

Iranian newspaper praises German paper Freitag

Iranian newspaper Kayhan praises a German newspaper Freitag for defending the views of the Iranian leader Ali Khamenei. The newspaper, owned by Jakob Augstein, recently published an article about the Iranian-US dialogue shining a positive light on Iran’s actions....
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Article 05 February 2013

Iran-supported Lebanese Hezbollah carries out terrorist attack in Europe

Bulgarian authorities have established a link between Hezbollah and the Burgas bus bombing. Former Iranian General Mohssen Rezai praises Lebanese Hezbollah as an organisation founded by Iranian revolutionaries....
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Article 29 January 2013

Iranian Foreign Minister warns the West

Iranian Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, will attend a security conference in Munich 1st-3rd February 2013. While there, he will also speak at the German Council of Foreign Relations. According to him, Israel is the biggest problem in the Middle East, not terrorism....
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Article 27 January 2013

The embassy isn’t safe anymore

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Magnus Norell reports on the security situation in northern Africa....
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Article 24 January 2013

Iran: Public executions and amputations

Iran executes thieves to spread fear and terror among the Iranian people. However, it is more than a little doubtful that such harsh punishments will enable the regime to solve the social problems it faces....
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Article 24 January 2013

Russia’s many interests in Syria

EFD Fellow Anna Borshchevskaya discusses Russia's determination to support the Assad regime in Syria....
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Article 23 January 2013

Chair of the Iranian parliament: Israel is a “cancerous tumour”

Ali Larijani, chairperson of the Iranian pseudo-parliament, attended the Islamic Inter-Parliamentary Union (IIPU) in Khartoum, Sudan on 21st and 22nd January, where he defended the Assad regime and spoke of Israel as a “cancerous tumour”....
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Article 21 January 2013

Hezbollah’s time is up

In addition to the European Union proscribing Hezbollah, NATO must also enforce a buffer zone between Lebanon and Israel....
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Article 10 January 2013

Made in Iran: Islamist anti-Semitism

It has been reported by Farsnews that an anti-Semitic cartoon festival on the Holocaust is being organised in response to Charlie Hebdo's latest move....
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Article 09 January 2013

Iranian leader Ali Khamenei maintains that in no other country elections are as free as in Iran

EFD'S Wahied Wahdat-Hagh discusses Ali Khamenei's statement: "Stop constantly saying that elections must be free"....
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Article 21 December 2012

Iran is in social and economic meltdown

With unemployment soaring and the advent of hyperinflation, the plight of ordinary workers just gets worse and worse....
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Article 12 December 2012

Iranian general praises the weapons of Lebanese Hezbollah

Iranian Air Force general, Amirali Hajizadeh, praises the weapons to the Lebanese Hezbollah saying their missiles are "a hundred times" stronger than the weapons of the eight-day war against Israel that "were used by the Palestinians in Gaza."...
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Article 07 December 2012

Iranian oppressors speak on behalf of the oppressed

Iranian students remember the "Day of the Student" to anti-dictatorial demonstrations, a day which recalls to 7th December 1953. But while many human rights-oriented students are arrested, the oppressors continue to speak on behalf of the student movement. At universities, gender discrimination against women increases. Worse still, Baha'is are not even allowed to study....
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Article 04 December 2012

Iran criticises German arms exports

Iran criticises deployment of German Patriot missiles to defend Turkish border with Syria. Iranian newspaper Mashregh claims Germany is attempting to increase its influence in NATO by exporting arms....
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Article 30 November 2012

Terrorist conference in Tehran

On 28th November 2012 a conference was held in Tehran to discuss the eight day war in Gaza. Star guests included Khaled Ghodumi of Hamas and Nasser Abu Sharif of the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine....
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Article 21 November 2012

Just how rational are Iranian authorities?

Many politicians, scholars, and journalists believe that the Iranian authorities are "rational actors". How correct are they in making this assumption?...
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Article 18 November 2012

20,000 Basij fighters ready to fight Israel

For years Iran has supplied military aid to organisations like Hamas and Hezbollah. The leaders of the "Islamic Republic of Iran" views Gaza as the opportunity to open a front between itself and Israel. 20,000 fighters in the Basij paramilitary volunteer militia have declared themselves ready and willing to go to Gaza and fight Israel....
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Article 16 November 2012

Iran financing an asymmetrical war on Israel and the US

For years Iran has been supporting and financing aggression against Israel and the US. It’s high time that the EU outlaws Hezbollah....
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Article 09 November 2012

The Iranian regime and its hostility toward the US

Iran's foreign policy is determined by guidelines defined by the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Therefore, Iran will only open dialogue with the US if it stops supporting Israel....
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Article 02 November 2012

Iran: Trade instead of sanctions

Under Ahmadinejad German-Iranian trade relations are better than even during the best years of the Pahlavi dynasty. Nevertheless, Iran’s economic problems are growing....
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Article 26 October 2012

President of the Iranian Parliament Ali Larijani and human rights

During a mission to Iran, German MPs met Ali Larijani in Tehran – well known for calling for the execution of homosexuals. Larijani even complained in a speech that he comes across homosexual Foreign Ministers from Europe. By this, of course, he means Guido Westerwelle, German Foreign Minister....
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Article 25 October 2012

Factory visits in Isfahan… German human rights policy in action?

While three German MPs claim their visit to Iran is to discuss human rights and culture, Iranian newspapers are reporting on their plans to visit automobile manufacturing facilities in Isfahan....
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Article 22 October 2012

Iran: Calls to commit US$10 million to manipulating Western media

Over 60 Iranian MPs have signed a petition requesting the Iranian government to commit at least US$10 million to manipulating international media in Europe and the US....
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Article 19 October 2012

Baroness Ashton – steering EU towards blasphemy laws?

The right not to be offended has no place in a democracy. Nor do blasphemy laws....
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Article 19 October 2012

Is terror propaganda being openly disseminated in Germany?

Is official Iranian news agency, the IRIB World Service, openly publishing hate propaganda on behalf of terrorist organisations in Germany in the German language?...
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Article 16 October 2012

Iran closes Christian home churches & warns Europe on further sanctions

The Iranian regime has closed at least two home churches and arrested the Iranian Christians involved. At the same time, an Iranian politician warns Europe that Iran will halt the export of gas to the continent....
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Broadcast 13 October 2012

Iran: interreligious war to trigger serious consequences

EFD's Wahied Wahdat-Hagh speaks to the Voice of Russia about the consequences of an inter-religious war in Iran....
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Interview 12 October 2012

Military intervention in Mali: « The UN fears a possible failure »

EFD Senior Fellow Bakary Sambe discusses the prospect of military intervention in Mali with Ouestafnews....
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Broadcast 11 October 2012

Sanctions on Iran: the real impact?

EFD's Wahied Wahdat-Hagh discusses the impact of international sanctions on Iran with Russian radio, the Voice of Russia....
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