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15th September 2018 – National Review

The U.S. Should Sanction Iran’s Key Slush Fund and Its Brutal Custodian

Tzvi Kahn

At first, he couldn’t identify the sound. But Amir Atiabi, an inmate in Iran’s Gohardasht Prison, was curious. Over the course of several nights in 1988, he recalled, “strange noises that sounded like the dropping of cooking-gas containers” reverberated from trucks in the jail’s loading dock. Each time, he marked the date on his calendar. On some days, the sound echoed through his cell as many as 50 to 55 times. more...

12th September 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

New Reports of Abuse Reinforce Case for Sanctions on Iran’s Prisons

Tzvi Kahn

An exiled Iranian Dervish activist accused Tehran on Saturday of violating its own prison regulations by allowing seven Dervish women to suffer “appalling” conditions in jail. “The Dervish women are weak physically after having been beaten before and after their transfer to the prison,” said Alireza Roshan, whose community practices a form of Islam considered deviant by the clerical regime. more...

3rd September 2018 – The Weekly Standard

U.S. Should Sanction Judge of Iran’s Brutal Kangaroo Court

Tzvi Kahn

In 1984, high school student Mahnaz Ghezellou found herself blindfolded and handcuffed in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison for her peaceful activism against the clerical regime. An interrogation began. more...

28th August 2018 – The Hill

US should sanction Iran’s brutal Basij commander

Tzvi Kahn

“Move aside, animal!” the Iranian policewoman yells. The target of her rage: a young woman wearing her hijab, or headscarf, only loosely, thereby exposing her hair. For Iran’s Basij, or morality police, it’s a crime that warrants a violent response. more...

9th August 2018 – Providence Magazine

Censorship and Sanctions: Should the US Sanction Iran’s Minister of Culture?

Tzvi Kahn

This past April, the Iranian regime announced an ostensible concession to the country’s beleaguered, long-censored journalists: Tehran would offer 100 of them unrestricted internet access. more...

7th August 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

U.S. Should Sanction Iran’s Interior Minister

Tzvi Kahn

In July, Iran’s interior minister issued a veiled threat. The regime, said Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, seeks to end protests “with restraint from police.” more...

5th August 2018 – The Hill

US should sanction Iran’s higher education minister

Tzvi Kahn

In July, Iran sentenced scores of students to lengthy prison terms for peacefully protesting against the clerical regime. more...

26th July 2018 – The Cipher Brief

U.S. Should Sanction Iran’s ICT Minister

Tzvi Kahn

Days after nationwide protests began in late 2017, Iran’s minister of information and communications technology (ICT) sounded an alarm. more...

10th July 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

UN Appoints New Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran

Tzvi Kahn

The UN Human Rights Council on Friday appointed Javaid Rehman, a British-Pakistani lawyer and academic, as the new special rapporteur for human rights in Iran. Rehman assumes the role as the Islamic Republic continues to endure widespread protests stemming in part from the brutal repression that Rehman’s predecessors have punctiliously documented. more...

5th July 2018 – Iran Wire

The US Must Put Minister of Justice on Sanctions List

Tzvi Kahn

In February 2018, as Iran’s clerical regime continued to suppress nationwide protests, Tehran’s minister of justice ascended the dais of the UN Human Rights Council and accused Western countries of hypocrisy. more...

29th June 2018 – National Review

The U.S. Should Sanction Iran’s Minister of Intelligence and Security

Tzvi Kahn

On January 1, 24-year-old Saru Ghahremani attended one of Iran’s nationwide protests and vanished. Eleven days later, agents of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) delivered his corpse, marked by signs of torture and beatings, to the home of his parents. more...

22nd June 2018 – The Hill

US should sanction Iran’s notorious ‘hanging judge’

Tzvi Kahn

In mid-May, Iranian judge Abolghassem Salavati told a British-Iranian prisoner to expect a new conviction on fresh charges of “propaganda against the state.” Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, whom Salavati first sentenced to five years in prison in 2016 on equally specious espionage allegations, constitutes one of more than a dozen known dual and foreign nationals — including at least seven U.S. citizens and permanent residents — languishing in Iran’s notorious jails for putatively seeking to overthrow the Islamist regime. more...

20th June 2018 – The Weekly Standard

Meet the Iranian Police Who Enforce Iran’s Islamist Ideology

Tzvi Kahn

In the wake of more than 20 deaths that punctuated the early days of Iran’s nationwide protests, the country’s police chief boldly identified the principal provocateurs. Iranians, declared Brigadier General Hossein Ashtari on January 1, seek primarily better living conditions, but “opportunists exploited this situation with the support of the sworn enemies of the country, headed by America,” to spread discontent. more...

13th June 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Israel Offers to Help Resolve Iran’s Water Crisis

Tzvi Kahn

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday presented what he described as “an unprecedented offer to Iran.” The Jewish state, he said, seeks to share its environmental expertise with Iran to help resolve the country’s increasingly dire water crisis. The Israeli proposal highlights the abortive – and ultimately self-defeating – policies of the clerical regime, which sabotages its own self-interests by fueling a problem that threatens not only its grip on power, but also the country’s survival. more...

8th June 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Trucker Protests Reflect Continued Domestic Unrest

Tzvi Kahn

Iran’s truckers have gone on strike. The protests, which began on May 22 and reportedly spread to more than 250 cities in all of the country’s 31 provinces, largely reflect discontent with low wages, high costs for insurance and spare parts, and related hardships. Collectively, they have paralyzed large swaths of the country, leading numerous cities to face long lines at gas stations and delays in the delivery of goods. more...

31st May 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Trump Imposes New Human Rights Sanctions on Iran

Tzvi Kahn

The U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday imposed sanctions on six individuals and three entities responsible for major human rights abuses against the Iranian people. The designations reflect a reinvigorated U.S. effort to pressure Tehran for its domestic repression following Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s May 21 address articulating a new Iran strategy. more...

26th May 2018 – The Hill

In Iran’s water crisis, Tehran sows the seeds of its own decline

Tzvi Kahn

“I have returned” to Iran, tweeted a newly appointed environmental official charged with resolving the country’s water crisis, “with the hope of creating #hope.” Within months, however, that hope evaporated – and he found himself arrested, interrogated, and facing a government-coordinated smear campaign. more...

22nd May 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Security Forces Kill Three Protesters in Southern Iran as Demonstrations Continue

Tzvi Kahn

Protests in Iran have largely faded from Western news reporting, but not from the country’s streets, with more than 400 in April alone. Last week in the southern city of Kazeroon, police opened fire on demonstrators, reportedly leaving at least three people dead and dozens injured. Authorities arrested more than 100 others. more...

1st May 2018 – The Hill

Israel’s intelligence coup accentuates Iran’s nuclear threat

Tzvi Kahn

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday disclosed that Israeli intelligence had obtained thousands of Iranian files confirming an inconvenient truth: Iran routinely lies when it claims that it has never possessed a nuclear weapons program. more...

18th April 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

EU Extends Human Rights Sanctions on Iran

Tzvi Kahn

The European Union last week extended its existing human rights sanctions on Iran by one year. While the EU’s decision marks an important step in penalizing Tehran for its ongoing domestic repression, it remains insufficient to address the chronic and systemic human rights abuses that continue to pervade the country. more...