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Article 09 April 2012

Deconstructing Iran’s game of nuclear deception

Hossein Mousavian is playing a cynical game of manipulation on Iran's nuclear programme. We must not fall for it....
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Broadcast 04 April 2012

Egypt under the Muslim Brotherhood

EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo is interviewed on Russian radio about the Muslim Brotherhood's influence after the Egyptian revolution....
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Article 03 April 2012

10,000 days in prison

April, 2012 will mark 10,000 days that seven leaders of the Baha’i community have spent behind bars in Iran. United4Iran drew attention to their plight in 12 cities across the globe....
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Article 30 March 2012

Iran’s march for “martyrs” to Jerusalem

Participants in the Global March to Jerusalem approach Israel's borders today and, in the process, become weapons in Iran's foreign policy arsenal....
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Article 30 March 2012

Iranian general wants to become a martyr

General Qassem Soleimani Iran is not just anybody. He is commander of the Qods units, classified as a terrorist organisation that is part of the “Guardian of the Islamic Revolution," also known as the Revolutionary Guards. The U.S. government has imposed sanctions against General Soleimani....
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Article 26 March 2012

Iranian state news agency (IRNA) on ZDF interview with Ahmadinejad

The Iranian state news agency IRNA commented on the interview by ZDF Iran journalist Claus Kleber with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The interview is being hailed as a success for the Iranian president....
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Article 21 March 2012

Does the March to Jerusalem seek to create martyrs?

March 2012, the so-called march to Jerusalem will take place. Many anti-Israeli groups will attempt to cross the Israeli border, from Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Jordan and march towards Jerusalem. The Iranian regime supports the action and also calls for the overthrow of Israel....
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Article 15 March 2012

208 years in prison for 34 Iranian women

The NGO Human Rights House of Iran has documented the names of 47 female prisoners, who are only in prison because of their civil society and political activities. 34 of them have been sentenced for a total of 208 years and eight months in prison. 14 women are still in custody awaiting a verdict. The human rights organisation says that the number of women in Iranian prisons for political reasons is far higher. The Islamic judiciary criminalises a...
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Article 08 March 2012

Iranian pseudo elections

In recent parliamentary elections, Iranians were only allowed to choose between supporters of the Iranian religious leader Ali Khamenei and supporters of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. There is no longer any hope for reform in the context of the totalitarian system. The streets remained calm....
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Broadcast 05 March 2012

Elections in Iran

EFD Fellow Wahied Wahdat-Hagh speaks on The Voice of Russia about Iranian general elections....
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Article 01 March 2012

Iran: an anti-Semitic conference aimed at Hollywood

On 2nd February, 2012 an anti-Semitic "Conference on Hollywoodism and Cinema" took place in Tehran and was opened by President Ahamdinejad himself. The Western guests were all extremists with right wing tendencies and who deny the Holocaust....
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Article 22 February 2012

Power struggles and rivalries in Iran

In the "Islamic Republic of Iran" internal Islamic political power struggles and rivalries are further mired in a corruption scandal that is unprecedented in Iranian history. Namely, the embezzlement of at least USD$2.6 billion....
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Article 15 February 2012

Hamas maintains relations with Iran and Syria

There has been an ongoing power struggle between Khaled Mashaal and Ismail Haniya, two leaders of Hamas. In December 2011, Khaled Mashaal decided to leave Syria and partially close the Politburo in Damascus. This was considered by some experts as a break with the Assad regime and Iran. However, Haniya eventually prevailed over Mashaal and chose to maintain relations with Iran. Hamas' politburo in Syria will therefore be maintained....
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Article 08 February 2012

“An Objective Duty”: Iranian ex-governor calls for a pre-emptive strike against Israel

In an article by former governor of the Iranian island of Kish, Alireza Forqani, he calls for the annihilation of Israel before 2014 and while Ahmadinejad is the president of Iran. The biggest concern is that the article by Forqani, who grew up as a paramilitary Bassij-soldier, was published on two news websites (Alef and Farsnews) with ties to Majless and the Iranian leader Ali Khamenei....
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Article 01 February 2012

Iran: “A model of Islamic resistance”

Iran supports terrorist organisations and ignores EU sanctions. On 31st January 2012 Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei met the world's top terrorist Ramadan Abdullah Mohammad Shallah, Secretary-General of the Organization of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). Brigade General Yahya Safawi also encourages terrorist activity to “liberate” Jerusalem....
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Article 26 January 2012

Iranian anti-Semitism in German

The propaganda of the Iranian regime is not only intended for the population of the country itself. Broadcasts by "Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting" (IRIB) can be received throughout the world. The station broadcasts in German and in 26 other languages. The programme in German is characterised by anti-Semitic incitement to hatred. IRIB has an office in the German Federal Medias Center in Berlin....
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Article 18 January 2012

Amsterdam: Muslim extremists demand the execution of Irshad Manji

Muslim extremists ambushed and interrupted a conference organised by EFD and called for the death of EFD Senior Fellow Irshad Manji and Tofik Dibi MP, a member of the Green Party in Holland....
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Article 18 January 2012

Deathly silence in the corridors of Iranian universities

Since 1953, Iranian students have been celebrating “Students Day”. This year, the Islamist dictatorship did not allow any demonstrations or meetings. Many student activists were arrested or held captive in private rooms....
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Article 18 January 2012

Iran threatens asymmetrical warfare

In a study by the scientific department of the Majlis, Iran's pseudo-Parliament, which was published in January 2012, it is emphasized that in comparison to the West Iran is in a superior position to conduct an asymmetric war. In such a war Iran would attack vessels intending to pass through the Strait of Hormuz....
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Article 18 January 2012

Iran: The importance of oil and gasoline sanctions

Iran continues its uranium enrichment program. This is one of the reasons why Europe is expected to agree on new oil sanctions against Iran in January 2012. But why is it important that some Arab countries don’t sell gasoline to Iran?...
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Article 18 January 2012

Oil and the Islamist dictatorship in Iran

For several years Iran has been warning of a blockade of the Persian Gulf. Such a blockade would damage, above all, the Iranian economy....
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Article 18 January 2012

The drug business of Hezbollah

Hezbollah is financed not only through direct funds from Iran but also from the drug “business”. According to the U.S. authorities, Lebanese banks are being used to launder dirty drug money. The drugs, primarily cocaine, are sold mainly in the United States....
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Article 18 January 2012

The message of the Ayatollahs

Members of the paramilitary Basij have been identified among the alleged students, which attacked the British embassy in Tehran. With the campaign the Iranian regime wanted to proof its resolute posture in its fight against the West....
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Article 12 January 2012

Iranian FM official dismissed from German foundation

Based on evidence provided by Wahied Wahdat-Hagh, an Iranian official was dismissed from the board of German foundation Stiftung Schloss Neuhardenberg for advocating the destruction of Israel....
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Broadcast 22 December 2011

Arab Spring led to the Muslim Brotherhood rise to power

EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo speaks on The Voice of Russia about the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt....
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Article 02 December 2011

Internal Iranian government tensions over cartoon controversy

At the moment, there is an intra-Islamic cartoon controversy raging within the Iranian government, partly because of two caricatures published some months ago which allegedly offend "Islamic values". Ali Akbar Javanfekr, the editor of an Iranian government newspaper 'Iran' has been handed down a prison sentence for his trouble....
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Article 28 November 2011

Bahrain shall have no Khomeinist future

While Iran supports the Shiite movement in Bahrain in the name of human rights, the U.S. Navy is carrying out joint maneuvers with the Bahraini Marines....
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Article 25 November 2011

Iran and “Cyber Hezbollah” strategies

Last September, Jihadists who call themselves “Cyber Hezbollah” organised their second conference in Teheran. Islamist hackers and cyber-jihadists gathered there and decided to fight the U.S. and Europe. Hassan Abbasi, political strategist and adviser of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, was present, and delivered an ardent and virulent speech. Participants in the Cyber-Hezbollah Conference consisted of so-called "cyber-jihad activists”,...
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Article 10 November 2011

Cyber Hezbollah strategies

Last September, Jihadists who call themselves “Cyber Hezbollah” organised their second conference in Teheran. Islamist hackers and cyber-jihadists gathered there and decided to fight the U.S. and Europe. Hassan Abbasi, political strategist and adviser of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, was present, and delivered an ardent and virulent speech....
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Article 28 October 2011

Iran: not a model for the Arab world

Mostafa Tajzadeh was arrested following the presidential election of 22nd June 2009. Until then he was part of the Islamist establishment of Iran. Today he argues that the Arab world should not take the “Islamic Republic of Iran” as a role model....
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Article 19 October 2011

Iran’s Intifada Conference

On the 1st and 2nd October, the Iranian "Parliament" hosted the "Fifth International Conference for the support of the Intifada". The key-speaker of this event, Mr Ali Larijani, current chairman of the Iranian Parliament and former Secretary of the Supreme National Council, called the conference "the Islamic international"....
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Article 20 September 2011

Syria’s opportunistic use of Islam

Facing serious oppositions to his regime, Syria’s President Bashar Assad is playing his “trump card”. EFD’s Valentina Colombo draws attention to the opportunistic use of Islam made by Syrian regime to legitimise its brutality....
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Article 13 September 2011

Iran’s reactions to 9/11

It is not the first time that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has expressed doubts about the Islamist terrorist attacks that took place on 11th September. Claiming that the attack's true perpetrators were centres of power within US government structures and the "Zionists" is part of Iran's anti-Semitic and anti-Western state policy....
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Article 08 September 2011

Iran says missile defence ineffective

After the US and Turkey reached agreement on establishing a NATO missile defence system, a General from the Iranian air force, Larzad Ismaili, has commented claiming the missile defences not to be effective....
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Article 31 August 2011

The West’s time is over

Ahmadinejad's speeches clearly show that Islamist Anti-Semitism is part of Anti-Americanism and of hate against Western democracies in general. Indeed, the Iranian President has predicted the West's downfall....
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Article 30 August 2011

“Can you solve this?”

In Iran, many young people are denied the right to study, being they Muslim or Bahai. If they campaign for human rights and right to education, they are expelled from the university. The Bahai, as a matter of principle, are forbidden the right to study....
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