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Iran’s latest unfree and unfair election

23rd May 2017 – The Washington Times

Iran’s latest unfree and unfair election

Clifford D. May

News must be new but it needn’t be surprising. The decidedly unsurprising news out of Iran last week: There was an election (of sorts) and the winner was Hassan Rouhani, the incumbent president. An apparently mild-mannered cleric with a beatific smile, he has presided over Iran for four years — a period of egregious human rights violations, the Iranian-backed slaughter in Syria, the taking of American and other hostages, and increasing support for terrorists abroad. Nevertheless, you’ll see him described in much of the media as a “moderate.” more...

Analysis & Commentary

25th May 2017 – Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Trump Administration Taking a Hard Line Against Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration is taking significant steps to target a full range of Iranian military aggression and human rights abuses, functionally reversing the Obama administration's near-total prioritization of the 2015 nuclear deal, according to discussions conducted by The Weekly Standard with sources inside and outside the White House. more...

24th May 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Religious War against the Baha’i

Tzvi Kahn

May 14 marked the ninth anniversary of Iran’s imprisonment of seven Baha’i leaders for the crime of practicing their faith. This grim milestone reflects the Baha’i’s status, in the words of the United Nations, as the country’s “most severely persecuted religious minority.” In Tehran’s eyes, the Baha’i faith constitutes not a religion, but a Western-backed political movement that seeks to overthrow the regime and discredit Islam. more...

23rd May 2017 – Quoted by Madeline Patrick - Normangee Star

Modi congratulates Rouhani on re-election as Iran President

Reuel Marc Gerecht

State television congratulated Rouhani on his victory. The latest election tallies released by the Interior Ministry showed Rouhani with a commanding lead of 59 per cent, with 38.9 million votes counted. more...

23rd May 2017 – Quoted by Madeline Patrick - Normangee Star

Hassan Rouhani wins second term as Iran president

Reuel Marc Gerecht

State TV offered its congratulations in a brief statement Saturday, based on vote tallies. more...