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By Hamid Yazdan Panah

This past week Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi journeyed to Iran in search of diplomatic opportunities and financial gains. Renzi was joined by over 60 Italian business leaders, looking to peddle everything from fashion, to credit, to military defense. The trip culminated in a multibillionaire dollar deal signed on Monday, ensuring significant economic investment by Italy not only in the Iranian economy, but in the Iranian regime itself. The deal was protested by Iranian dissidents inside and outside Iran, many who claim that such investments not only prolong the life of the repressive regime, but created a vested interest in its survival by foreign powers.

By Hamid Yazdan Panah

Last month a shocking story gained little traction in the mainstream press, despite its horrific implications and brutal reality. A report from Iran emerged which detailed how every male from a village in the province of Sistan Baluchistan had been executed.  The Baluch, an ethnic minority in Iran, continue to face systematic repression and discrimination, yet they remain largely ignored in both the East and the West. The Baluch in Iran remain victims of institutional discrimination, state violence, and intense poverty.

By Hamid Yazdan Panah

March 8th is International Women’s Day, an occasion to reflect on the situation of women throughout the world. There are many stories worthy of attention in this context, however I would like to take time to focus on one in particular; namely the courageous struggle being waged by women in Iran. Despite consistent media coverage on Iran little attention has been paid to Iranian women and their struggle for freedom. For more than a century Iranian women have been on the front lines of dynamic change in Iranian politics and society. Despite this reality, both the Iranian regime and the Western media have marginalized Iranian women and ignored this major force for real change.

By Hamid Yazdan Panah

As the world applauds the release of prisoners by Iran, political dissidents within the country continue to suffer unjust persecution, repression and death. The truth surrounding their charges, arrests and the breadth of their continued struggle continues to be lost in the mainstream narrative on Iran.

By Hamid Yazdan Panah

On January 28th, the President of the Iranian regime, Hassan Rouhani traveled to the EU to pursue a supposed new era of relations with the West. Rouhani has been dubbed a moderate by the West, and has been accommodated in every way possible by those who seek to profit from a new relationship with the regime. Despite this climate of appeasement, protesters were out in full force to confront Rouhani and condemn those who sought to make deals with a brutal dictatorship. Rouhani’s trip was noteworthy, not because of his diplomatic accomplishments, but as an indication of the true nature of this regime.

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