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15th July 2018 – Quoted by Antje Schippmann - Bild

Mullah-Sender zeigt erzwungene Geständnisse

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Richard Goldberg

Junge Frauen mussten sich im iranischen Staatsfernsehen öffentlich dafür entschuldigen, Instagram-Videos aufgenommen zu haben, in denen sie tanzen. more...

11th July 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Should Re-impose Sanctions on Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Richard Goldberg

President Trump this week must decide whether the State Department will continue waiving congressional sanctions against the state-run Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), the primary propaganda organ of the clerical regime. more...

10th July 2018 – Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

Bring Back Sanctions on Iranian State TV, Too

Saeed Ghasseminejad

An 18-year old gymnast named Maedeh Hojabri is the latest Iranian to confess to a crime on state television. Her offense? Posting videos on Instagram that featured her dancing to popular music without wearing a hijab. more...

5th July 2018 – Real Clear World

The Rial’s Fall Shakes Tehran

Saeed Ghasseminejad

A small number of merchants in Tehran on June 24 protested against the rapid depreciation of the rial, the Iranian currency. One day later, that small protest turned into the largest demonstration in Tehran since the Green Revolution of 2009, which brought hundreds of thousands into the streets. more...

3rd July 2018 – Quoted by Francesca Chambers - The Daily Mail

Trump appears to confirm Iranian cleric’s claims that Obama administration granted citizenship to 2,

Saeed Ghasseminejad

President Trump appeared to confirm a report on Tuesday that Barack Obama's administration granted citizenship to 2,500 Iranians in 2015, including family members of government officials, while negotiating the Iran nuclear deal. more...

1st July 2018 – Arab News

ANALYSIS: Qatar will pay a price for its financial links with Iran

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Varsha Koduvayur

Iran’s mullahs are growing nervous about Tehran’s access to foreign markets, and with good reason. more...

28th June 2018 – Quoted by Benjamin Kerstein - The Algemeiner

Iran Experts: West Can ‘Do a Lot’ to Help Anti-Regime Protesters

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The West can and should aid the anti-regime protest movement in Iran, and Israel and its formal and informal Arab allies are working toward this end with the hope of regime change, experts told The Algemeiner this week. more...

27th June 2018 – Quoted by Bel Trew - The Times

Rouhani calls for unity as strikes spread across Iran

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Demonstrators confronted riot police in the streets of Tehran yesterday as protests against soaring prices spread across the country — prompting President Rouhani to appear on live television to appeal for national unity and accuse the US of waging an “economic war” against his country. more...

27th June 2018 – Quoted by Krishnadev Calamur - The Atlantic

Iran’s People Keep Getting Poorer

Saeed Ghasseminejad

A perfect storm of a currency in free fall, soaring prices, economic mismanagement and corruption, and impending U.S. sanctions have sent Tehran’s shop owners to the streets in perhaps the largest anti-government demonstrations in the Iranian capital in recent years. more...

26th June 2018 – Quoted by Jordan Schachtel - Conservative Review

Will Iran protests do anything to change the ayatollah’s regime?

Saeed Ghasseminejad

An unprecedented protest wave continues to grow throughout Iran, as the Iranian economy accelerates its downward spiral and citizens living under the regime are fed up with the mullahs’ extremist policies. more...

25th June 2018 – Quoted by i24 News

Iran: les manifestants envahissent les rues en scandant “Mort à la Palestine”

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Les manifestants iraniens, dans un retournement surprenant des événements dans le pays, sont descendus dans la rue pour exprimer leur opposition au régime au pouvoir en chantant "Mort à la Palestine." more...

25th June 2018 – Quoted by Emily Zanotti - The Daily Wire

Protesters ‘SWARM’ Tehran’s Grand Bazaar, Shout ‘Death To Palestine,’ ‘Death To Dictator’

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Protesters have taken to the streets in Tehran, Iran's Grand Bazaar, shutting down shops in a massive rally designed to bring attention to the country's failing economy. more...

25th June 2018 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iranian Protestors Swarm Streets Chanting, ‘Death to Palestine’

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iranian civilian protestors, in a surprising turn of events in the country, are taking to the streets to express opposition to the hardline ruling regime by chanting, "Death to Palestine" and "Leave Syria, think of us," according to an independent translation of videos showing the protests. more...

22nd June 2018 – Business Insider

Iran’s supreme leader torpedoed his country’s best chance to get off the terror financing blacklist

Toby Dershowitz, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran's own Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, may have just torpedoed his own country's campaign to be removed from the blacklist of states who cannot or will not prevent money laundering and the financing of terrorism. more...

13th June 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Major Austrian Energy Firm to Leave Iran

Saeed Ghasseminejad

OMV, a major Austrian energy firm, will no longer resist U.S. efforts to re-impose sanctions on Iran. “Let’s face it, you cannot simply carry on in Iran,” said CEO Reiner Seele, “U.S. sanctions are a much bigger risk for OMV’s business than any possible compensation that Europe ... could offer.” The OMV reversal follows the decision of oil giants such as Total, British Petroleum, and Lukoil to leave Iran’s market despite European governments’ opposition to U.S. policy. more...

12th June 2018 – Toronto Sun

Is Canada a safe haven for corrupt Iranian officials and their money?

Sheryl Saperia, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Trudeau government has been under heavy fire lately for its continued pursuit of re-establishing diplomatic ties with Iran, but a shift may be underway. On Monday, several members of the Liberal caucus were strongly supportive of a Conservative motion that calls for, among other things, an immediate cessation of any negotiations to restore diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic and a prompt designation of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a listed terrorist entity under the Criminal Code. more...

1st June 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

In Iran, Intense Capital Flight Threatens Economy

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s Parliament Research Center, an official arm of the country’s legislature, published a report last week that sheds light on the extent of capital flight from Iran and the causes of the rial’s depreciation. more...

17th May 2018 – Quoted by Antje Schippmann - Bild

Blutige Proteste gegen das Mullah-Regime

Saeed Ghasseminejad

In der Stadt Kazerun (900 Kilometer südlich von der Hauptstadt Teheran) sind am Mittwoch und Donnerstag hunderte Menschen auf die Straßen gegangen und haben gegen das Mullah-Regime demonstriert. more...

10th May 2018 – Quoted by Cameron Cawthorne - The Washington Free Beacon

Iranians Praise Trump for Withdrawing From Iran Deal on Twitter: #ThankYouTrump

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Several Iranians responded to President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal Tuesday with the Twitter hashtag #WeAreHostages and #ThankyouTrump, but the media appears to have largely ignored their presence on social media to castigate Trump. more...

7th May 2018 – Quoted by Jordan Schachtel - Conservative Review

After the Iran deal: 4 strategies for POTUS

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Richard Goldberg

President Trump has until Friday to decide whether to depart from the Iran nuclear deal or kick the can down the road for another 90 days. However, all indications are that he is poised to finally leave the deal for good. more...