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7th April 2014 – Fox News

As Nuclear Talks Begin, US Must Ask Iran to Free 3 Americans Being Held

Benjamin Weinthal

As the Obama administration prepares for its next negotiating session with Iranian representatives in picturesque Vienna over Tehran's illicit nuclear weapons program... more...

1st April 2014 – The Jerusalem Post

UN Report Assails Iran for Persecution of Religious Minorities

Benjamin Weinthal

Despite the election last year of Iran’s reform-minded president Hassan Rouhani, there has been no Persian thaw for Iran’s struggling religious minorities. Wide-scale... more...

21st March 2014 – Fox News

UN Report Blasts Iran for Persecution of Christians, Other Religious Minorities

Benjamin Weinthal

The election last year of self-professed moderate President Hassan Rouhani has not brought Iran's Christians any relief, according to a more...

14th March 2014 – The Advocate

Experts Predict: Iran Will Remain Deadly

Benjamin Weinthal

With the election last June of Hassan Rouhani as Iran’s president, there were hopes for a Persian Spring that would improve human rights for the country’s struggling LGBT community. more...

9th January 2014 – The Jerusalem Post

Human Rights Groups Call on Iran’s Regime to Stop Violent Repression of Gays

Benjamin Weinthal

Human rights activists from international organizations ramped up their pressure in a late December letter to Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, calling on him... more...

1st December 2013 – The Tower

Dare We Say It? The Mullahs Must Go

Michael Ledeen

Sanctions and diplomacy have thus far failed to induce the Iranian regime to cease its nuclear weapons program. We shouldn’t be surprised by this. Top Iranian... more...

19th November 2013 – New York Daily News

Iran: Still Hostile to Gays

Benjamin Weinthal

The expectation that the election of new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani would curtail persecution of minorities has proved a bitter disappointment for his country’s struggling gay community. more...

15th November 2013 – The Commentator

Chronicle of a Death Foretold: A Very Iranian Murder

Ali Alfoneh

On November 10, 2013, the day they were going to kill him, Safdar Rahmatabadi, Iran’s deputy minister of industry and commerce, returned home from office... more...

4th November 2013 – FDD Policy Brief

Rouhani’s New Spymaster After 100 Days

Ali Alfoneh

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has famously promised “moderation” in Iran since being elected president of the Islamic Republic this summer. more...

1st November 2013 – FDD Policy Brief

Rouhani’s Failed Human Rights Promises

Benjamin Weinthal

The first 100 days of Hassan Rouhani’s presidency has done little to improve Iran’s human rights record. more...

27th October 2013 – Fox News

Iran Gives Christians 80 Lashes for Communion Wine as UN Blasts Human Rights Record

Benjamin Weinthal

Four Iranian Christians were reportedly sentenced to 80 lashes for drinking wine for communion, a shocking punishment meted out even as a new United... more...

27th October 2013 – Real Clear World

About That Medicine Shortage in Iran…

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iran wants the West to believe that a sanctions-induced medicine shortage is causing the death of thousands of Iranian citizens, and they're using Western... more...

25th October 2013 – National Review Online

Iran’s Continued War on Christians

Benjamin Weinthal

The Islamic Republic of Iran sentenced four Iranian Christians to 80 lashes for drinking wine for communion. Fox News in a broadcast today explored the rise of... more...

23rd October 2013 – National Review Online

U.S. Pastor Protests in Iran for Release of Christians

Benjamin Weinthal

While Iran apologists in the U.S and Europe continue to praise the Islamic Republic’s “moderate” president Hassan Rouhani, a retired California pastor... more...

24th September 2013 – National Review Online

First Impressions on Rouhani’s Speech

Ali Alfoneh, Emanuele Ottolenghi, John Hannah, Mark Dubowitz, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Here’s how Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s U.N. speech struck five Foundation for Defense of Democracies scholars: more...

24th September 2013 – Commentary

Engagement Is Back

Emanuele Ottolenghi

President Obama’s policy of engagement with Iran is back on track–this is the core message of the president’s speech earlier today at the United Nations... more...

25th August 2013 – PJ Media

The Road to Damascus Starts in Tehran

Michael Ledeen

It’s Middle East Groundhog Day all over again. The discussion of What To Do About Syria is a replay of What To Do About Saddam: it’s all about... more...

2nd August 2013 – The Wall Street Journal

A Chance for the New Iranian President to Prove He’s a Reformer

Michael Ledeen

The inauguration of Hassan Rouhani as president of Iran on Sunday has stirred considerable hope among some Western observers for the start of a new... more...

25th July 2013 – Scripps Howard News Service

Wishing for an Iranian Moderate

Clifford D. May

There’s nothing wrong with wishful thinking — unless it gets confused with serious thinking. Policy makers and legislators have a professional responsibility... more...

15th July 2013 – New York Daily News

Labor Unions’ Iranian Opportunity and Responsibility

Benjamin Weinthal

On June 20, less than a week after the election of Iran’s new president Hassan Rowhani, the 42-year-old Iranian trade unionist Afshin Osanloo... more...

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