Article 08 August 2012

The Anti-Semitic Iranian partner of a German university (Part III)

The University of Religions and Denominations in Qom advocates the anti-American and anti-Semitic state doctrine of the totalitarian dictatorship....
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Article 06 August 2012

Academic collaboration with a college of Islamist propaganda (Part II)

As outlined in the first part of this series, there is a close relationship between the Institute of Religious Studies at the University of Potsdam and the University of Religions and Denominations in the Iranian city of Qom. The problem is that the Iranian institution is an adherent to the totalitarian state ideology of the “Islamic Republic of Iran”....
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Article 02 August 2012

Academic collaboration with a college of Islamist propaganda (Part I)

There is a close relationship between the Institute of Religious Studies at the University of Potsdam and the University of Religions and Denominations in the Iranian City of Qom. The problem is that the Islamist school in Qom is an academy with the aim of spreading the Islamist ideology of the Khomeinist dictatorship....
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Article 23 July 2012

The Iranian regime’s fear of prayer

There has been a recent escalation of systematic persecution of the Baha'is in Iran. Time and again members of the religious minority are arrested under false pretences and imprisoned....
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Article 18 July 2012

Iran’s grip on the Strait of Hormuz

The Iranian regime sees the Strait of Hormuz as its back yard over which it exerts control. It would not hesitate to close it off in the event of a crisis....
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Article 12 July 2012

European sanctions and Iran

Representatives of the Iranian regime declare European sanctions to be ineffective as oil revenues decline and discontent grows among the Iranian people....
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Article 06 July 2012

Iran’s desire to ratchet up the Syrian-Israeli conflict

The main aim of the Islamist regime in Iran is to reduce the influence of the West in the Islamic world. One way the Iranian regime is doing this is by stoking and radicalising the Syrian-Israeli conflict....
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Article 03 July 2012

Iran’s Bassiji Jihadists as uncontrollable as the atomic bomb

Iran responds to European Union sanctions with military manoeuvres and by threatening to embark on jihadist suicide missions....
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Article 03 July 2012

Mohammed Morsi’s election: has democracy really won the day?

In the below article, EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo discusses 2012 Mohammed Morsi’s election....
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Article 29 June 2012

Exploitation in Iran

Ahmadinejad promised to make oil money flow to Iran’s poor. However, the opposite occurred and Iranian workers are now worse off than before....
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Article 28 June 2012

Anti-Semitism in Iran and International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

On 26th June, International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, Mohammad Reza Rahimi, Secretary of the Iranian president gave an anti-Semitic speech and claimed that Talmud encourages the global narcotics trade....
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Article 28 June 2012

Iran’s Moral Police combat the “virus” of Western-oriented women

How long will the world continue to look away while Iranian women are oppressed by the systematic, gender-apartheid policies of the Islamist dictatorship?...
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Article 15 June 2012

Iranian scholar warns his government of arrogance

Iranian professor, Mahoud Sariulqalam, analyses the politics of the West and certain Middle Eastern countries from the perspective of Iranian power politics. The Iranian political scientist works in a Tehran University and is regarded as a pragmatic and realistic expert of US affairs....
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Article 11 June 2012

Iranian state terrorism? A shot at the apostates

The Iranian regime is actively calling for the killing of those it sees as dissidents....
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Article 08 June 2012

Iran focuses on its relationship with China and Russia

Iran has recently stepped up countermeasures against the European policy of sanctions. It is making inroads to a stronger commitment toward OPEC and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in order to reduce its dependence on Europe....
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Article 31 May 2012

Iranian ambassador denies his FTD interview

In an interview with Fars News, the Iranian ambassador in Berlin contradicted the contents of an interview with Financial Times Deutschland in which he reportedly argued that Iran does not need to enrich uranium to 20 per cent....
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Article 29 May 2012

A plea against Salafism

EFD Policy Advisor, Ahmad Mansour's plea against Salafism published in the German daily Die Zeit....
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Article 16 May 2012

Iranian death fatwas issued on Muslims and non-Muslims

Shahin Najafi has become the first target of recent fatwas by Iranian Grand Ayatollah Safi Golpayegani and Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi. These fatwas, call for Muslims and non-Muslims who “insult” the Imams and the Prophet of Islam to be murdered....
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Article 14 May 2012

The West must not rely on Khamenei’s shaky fatwas

The religious leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei, has been quoted in various speeches saying that a nuclear bomb is un-Islamic. A number of politicians, academics and journalists have subsequently concluded that this amounts to a fatwa on the nuclear bomb and that the building of a nuclear weapon in Iran is therefore unlikely....
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Mention 12 May 2012

An Islamic reformer who can’t be silenced

In the April 5 edition of The New Republic I published an essay called “The Thought Police” on Islamist campaigns to suppress independent thinking, as described in a Hudson Institute human rights report by Paul Marshall and Nina Shea. My essay listed a great number of reformers from Muslim backgrounds who have come under threat or have actually been attacked, with the names drawn largely from Marshall and Shea’s study. I mentioned in pass...
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Article 11 May 2012

Iran: US$ 100 000 for an execution in Germany

Ayatollah Safi Golpayegani has issued a fatwa against all exiled Iranians who, in the eyes of Iranian rulers, insult Islam and imams and has labeled the offenders apostates. In Islam apostates must be killed. A few days later, Fars News – an Iranian news agency – made it known that a fatwa had been issued calling for the death of Shahin Najafi, a rapper living in Germany. Shiaonline stated that a bounty of US$ 100 000 had been put on Najafi...
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Article 04 May 2012

Iranian study endorses terrorism against Israel

A study published in April 2012 by the scientific department of the Iranian pseudo-parliament details security issues related to Israel’s borders. According to the report, Israel should be less concerned by the military power of its Arab neighbours and more so by the threat of "asymmetric warfare". Its authors assume that the country has "security concerns" in relation to its borders with Arab states, with the "moderate Muslim Brotherhood and t...
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Article 27 April 2012

Stop state-sponsored genocide and crimes against humanity

Even if Iran cooperates with nuclear negotiations, it will not cover up the repression of Iranians - not least the Bahai community....
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Article 26 April 2012

German media law and Iranian hate propaganda

The Iranian state news channel, Press TV, has applied to the German media authority in Berlin-Brandenburg for a broadcasting license, while in Bavaria, the satellite company SES Astra has been ordered to stop its broadcasting. The Iranian channel was also banned in the UK in January 2012 but is currently aired by 14 other broadcasters throughout the world....
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Article 20 April 2012

Iran sees itself as victor in nuclear talks

With the West asking the Iranian regime to stop its enrichment of uranium and to close its military facilities, Iran feels it has a stronger hand than ever before. In several articles in the Iranian newspaper Kayhan – known as the mouthpiece of the Iranian leader Ali Khamenei – the authors argue that the West must stop its policy of sanctions, which they regard as illegal....
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Article 16 April 2012

Iran: Islamist holocaust denial

This study examines both Iranian politicians’ Holocaust denial and antisemitic propaganda as well as antisemitic arguments made by state financed ideological institutions. It is demonstrated that Holocaust denial is only a prelude to propagating the totalitarian ideology of Israel’s destruction. The primary utopian goal of the Islamist ideology remains the Re-Islamisation of the Islamic world with the long-term goal of the Islamisation of the...
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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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