By Hamid Yazdan Panah

This past week the regime in Iran resorted to one of its most tried true techniques, taking hostages in order to pursue political ends. The regime detained 10 American sailors aboard two vessels in the Persian Gulf. The soldiers were held, paraded before cameras and used for propaganda purposes before they were released. The arrest and release was cited by some in the West as a departure from the regimes past behavior, and an indication of a “new era” with respect to the recent nuclear accord, yet the political theater put on by the regime was nothing more than business as usual.

By Hamid Yazdan Panah

January 7th marks the anniversary of the passing of one Iran’s most heroic athletes Gholamreza Takhti. The legacy of Takhti is notable not only for his athletic feats as a gold medalist in wrestling on the world stage but also for his humility and political principles and the fight for freedom against the dictatorship of the Shah. His life and death symbolize the struggle of the Iranian people, many of whom have sacrificed a life of comfort and privilege to stand for their principles.

By Hamid Yazdan Panah

Iran’s status an energy superpower has been a blessing and curse. From the days of the Anglo Iranian oil company to the coup against Mossadegh in 1953, it is impossible to remove oil from the political equation in Iran. It should come as no surprise that Iranian oil has factored in extensively in Western negotiations with the regime in Tehran. 

By Hamid Yazdan Panah

On December 3rd 2015, Iranian dissident and activist Mehri Jannatpour passed away. Jannatpour was remembered for her bravery and perseverance as a political activist in Iran over the last 40 years. This included three separate terms served in prison for her support and affiliation with the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), one of Iran’s principal opposition organizations.

Iran’s Civil Society Ignored but Defiant
By Hamid Yazdan Panah

Don’t look now but Iran’s civil society is on fire.  In recent weeks dissidents, ethnic minorities, and political activists have presented a formidable challenge to the claim that the Nuclear Deal with Iran would benefit human rights and political reform. Their presence is also a sharp critique  towards the facade of reform projected by Hassan Rouhani. The unrest is particularly inconvenient for Rouhani and his Western counterparts who appear more interested in establishing ties with the theocracy in Tehran than the ongoing movement for change in Iran.


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