Articles

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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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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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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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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