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By Edward Carney

On Sunday, the New York Times published an editorial by Thomas Friedman in which he argued that, of all the global conflicts and competing interests currently converging in Syria, the most dangerous is the escalating clash between Iran and Israel.

Syria is widely seen as being at the heart of Iran’s expansionist agenda in the surrounding region, and Israel has declared that it will not allow the Islamic Republic to develop a permanent foothold there for either its own military or its militant proxy groups, particularly Hezbollah.

By Jubin Katiraie

The war began on September 20, 1980, when Iraq invaded Iran.

Many Iranians, including MEK members living in Iran, rushed to the battlefronts to defend their homeland, and by January 1981, the war had begun to change course.

By June 1982, Iran had reclaimed all lost territory and Iraq had proposed a ceasefire and a withdrawal of troops from Iranian land, but the mullahs, hoping to turn Iraq into an Iranian province refused the terms.

By Edward Carney

Thursday marks 70 days since the start of a hunger strike by political prisoners Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee and Atena Daemi. The two women are currently being held in Qarchak Prison, a converted chicken farm with markedly poor conditions including a lack of adequate access to potable water. The facility is ordinarily reserved for violent female offenders, and the transfer of Iraee and Daemi to Qarchak was emblematic of Iranian authorities’ neglect for domestic laws regarding the separation of prisoners according to the nature of their offenses.

By Jubin Katiraie

It looked like the Iranian Revolution was on its last legs by the autumn of 1980. It has faced many protests against the rule of the mullahs, for amongst other things rigging the election and hijacking the revolution.
Many people hoped that this would be a chance for the Iranian people to take their country back, alongside their organised democratic resistance group, the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). Unfortunately, this was not to be.

By Jubin Katiraie

The mullahs’ regime became increasingly like a dictatorship following the rigged elections of 1980, when the mullahs stole power from the Iranian people and their democratic resistance forces the People's Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

In June, five months after the election, the mullahs closed down the universities under the auspices of a “cultural revolution”, but in reality, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei wanted to suppress a group that was more likely to rebel against the mullahs.

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