A new Iran policy in the new Middle EastThe Independent  -  By Lord Tony Clarke 08 March, 2011
Notebook
The tide of change engulfing the Muslim world is getting bigger and more pervasive day by day.  What has happened in less than six weeks in this region has already made it a historical year as a huge geography used to political and social stagnation has been witness to its biggest changes since the end of imperial area. For many countries involved, this is going back to the date of their inception.

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The current media frenzy about events in Tunisia and Egypt and events in Afghanistan and Iran has yet again overlooked the terrible sufferings inflicted on the 3400 Iranian refugees residing in Camp Ashraf in Iraq.

These men, women and children have lived there for 25 years and were guaranteed protection by UN and US forces which was transferred to the Iraq government in 2009. The Iraq government signed up to their protection under the terms of “Fourth Geneva Convention” but have wilfully succumbed to the wishes of the despotic Iranian regime for their annihilation.

Since 2009 the Iraqi security forces and agents of Iran have placed them under siege, cutting off water, and electricity and denying them medical care as a result of either natural illness or direct physical attacks. Furthermore, as recently as December 2010  family members visiting from Iran have been tortured and hung as “moharebeh” (waging war against God) on return to Iran.

The latest ploy is to drive the residents ‘mad’ by the use of 180 high decibel speakers around the camp. You will ask why is this happening to them? The answer is that Iran sees these people as a serious bastion of resistance because they aim for a non-clerical, democratic and non-nuclear Iran. There are a multitude of freedom-loving Iranians throughout the world and in Iran itself who desire these aims.

I ask, why are these flagrant violations of international law allowed to continue?  Why has the £800 million given for the rebuilding of Iraq had no demands placed on it for good governance, respect for human rights and justice?  Every concerned citizen of the UK should ask these questions of their elected representatives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Washington Post (blog)--By Jennifer Rubin
The Post reported:

Crowds of demonstrators battled security forces armed with tear gas and batons during a surprisingly large anti-government protest in the Iranian capital Monday that drew inspiration from the recent popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.

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By ABOLGHASSEM REZAI
The Orange County Register - PARIS
– Thirty-two years ago, almost to the day, I was in the streets of one of the largest Middle Eastern capitals demanding the ouster of a 3-decade-old dictatorship. With some friends in Tehran, I helped organize demonstrators from dawn to dusk as the sun set on the shah's regime.

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By Michael -- Mukasey FoxNews.com - The Jasmine revolution in Tunisia and the ongoing tumult in Egypt and Yemen present a dilemma for United States foreign policy. The administration is concerned about not being responsive to the protesters in Cairo, but it is also alarmed over the possibility that change in the status quo in Egypt would empower Islamic fundamentalists in the most populous Muslim nation in the Middle East. Either way, the risks are enormous.

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