Britain's vandalized embassy in Iran reopened on Sunday - with graffiti still daubed above a portrait of the Queen saying "Death to England," The Telegraph reported.
The graffiti, one of numerous slogans sprayed across the embassy in Tehran when it was ransacked by a mob four years ago, had not been removed for the grand-reopening of the embassy, despite the attendance of VIPs including British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.
The Iranian regime's officials claimed that removing the graffiti without damaging the building's elegant Victorian walls required specialists who had not yet been brought in. "But there was surprise that the offending graffiti, which was written in Persian, had not been covered up in anyway prior to Mr Hammond's visit. There were other signs of damage as well, including mirrors that were still broken," The Telegraph added.
Renowned British columnist Christopher Booker writing in the Sunday Telegraph today has criticized the BBC for misleading its audience with false propaganda emanating from the Iranian regime.
"Suddenly last week, all over the BBC, we had Iran, the explanation being that it has been allowed to send a reporter into the country, a young Lebanese woman, Kim Ghattas, for the first time since there were mass-demonstrations against the regime in 2009," Mr. Booker wrote.
NCRI - Iran’s regime will be allowed to use its own inspectors to investigate a site it has been accused of using to develop nuclear arms, operating under a secret agreement with the U.N. agency that normally carries out such work, The Associated Press reported on Wednesday. Yet, little attention has been paid to the man whose signature is on the agreement on behalf of Tehran.
NCRI - Seven more prisoners were hanged this week by the fundamentalist regime in Iran, including at least two cases in public.
Five prisoners were hanged at dawn on Wednesday in the notorious Gohardasht Prison (Rajaishahr Prison) in Karaj, north-west of Tehran, the state-run newspaper Javan wrote.
Another two men were hanged in public on Tuesday in the city of Zanjan, north-west Iran.
The mullahs’ regime in Iran has to date executed more than 120,000 political prisoners, the vast majority members and supporters of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran, PMOI (Mujahedin-e Khalq, MEK).
Through tremendous effort the Iranian Resistance has managed to collate and publish a partial list of the 120,000 victims of political executions in Iran under the mullahs' regime.
The first volume of the ‘book of martyrs’ contains the list of names and particulars of 20,000 members and supporters of the PMOI who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the struggle for freedom from the clutches of religious tyranny in Iran.
The leaders of the clerical regime, including Ruhollah Khomeini, Ali Khamenei, Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Mohammad Khatami, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hassan Rouhani and other senior ministers and officials have played a direct role in this massacre.
The Obama administration is mistaken to be treating the Iranian regime as a permanent fixture while ignoring the Iranian people’s aspirations for a democratic, tolerant, and pluralistic state, Prof. Ivan Sascha Sheehan, director of the graduate program in Negotiations and Conflict Management in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Baltimore, wrote on Friday.
"The announcement of a preliminary nuclear deal with Iran – the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – touched a nerve in the U.S. body politic," Prof. Sheehan wrote in TheHill.com . "Surveys also suggest that the more people learn about the Iran deal, the less they like it."
NCRI – Nearly 420000 Iranian girls under the age of 15 have been wed mainly to older men, some more than four times their age, over the past decade in Iran, officials of the Iranian regime have acknowledged.
In the last Iranian calendar year (ending March 20, 2015), at least 40404 Iranian girls under the age of 15 were married, the head of the state’s Social Emergency Coordination Center said this week.
Majid Arjmandi also said that in recent years there were at least 10 cases of girls under the age of 10 who had been married off to older men, the state-run Shahrvand newspaper wrote on Tuesday.
The Obama administration ought to adopt a "strategic and sensible" Iran policy that would empower the Iranian people to bring about regime change in place of the ruthless theocracy, Alireza Jafarzadeh, deputy director of the U.S. Representative Office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), wrote on Thursday in the Financial Times.
"August 14th marks exactly 13 years since the day I walked into a conference room at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, DC to reveal the existence of Natanz and Arak nuclear sites in Iran for the first time. The revelation triggered an international response that has continued to this day," Mr. Jafarzadeh wrote.
A growing majority of Americans are turning against the nuclear deal with the regime in Iran and believe Congress should reject the deal brokered between the U.S., five other world powers and the Iranian regime, CNN reported on Thursday.
As Congress inches closer to a vote to approve or disapprove of the deal, 56% of Americans now say they think Congress should reject the deal with Iran -- up from 52% less than a month ago -- according to the latest CNN/ORC poll released Thursday.
NCRI - Iran's fundamentalist regime has acquitted the infamous former Tehran prosecutor general Saeed Mortazavi of murder charges over the 2009 killing of three detained protesters at a notorious prison he oversaw, the Iranian regime's state television reported on Wednesday.
His acquittal was blasted by Iran’s main opposition organization, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, PMOI (Mujahedin-e Khalq, MEK).
NCRI - Each year more than 600,000 people are sent to prison in Iran, a senior official of the Iranian regime’s judiciary has acknowledged.
“Among the various punishments handed down, one of the main punishments is imprisonment,” Mozafar Alvandi, an advisor to the regime’s Justice Minister, said.
“Each year some 600,000 people enter prison,” Alvandi said, adding that the new prisoners are thereafter removed from Iran’s economic cycle.
His remarks were published by the state-run daily Arman on Wednesday.
The Obama administration is planning to name Stephen Mull, the outgoing U.S. ambassador to Poland, as lead coordinator for implementing the Iran nuclear deal — a massive task that could be highly scrutinized in light of partisan wrangling over the agreement, POLITICO reported on Thursday.
An administration official said Mull, who joined the U.S. foreign service in 1982, is the State Department pick, though the choice is not yet official.
NCRI - At least 20,000 homeless Iranians are living in cardboard boxes on the streets of Tehran, a senior official of the regime has acknowledged, even as the real number of homeless people in the Iranian capital is believed to be several times the official figure. Click here to see a related photo report.
“Ten percent of those who sleep in cardboard boxes suffer from contagious illnesses and another 10 percent are affected by aids,” the official state news agency IRNA quoted the spokesperson of the Social Services Organization of the Tehran Municipality as saying on Monday. Farzad Hoshyar Parsian added that these problems have “complicated” the situation in the Iranian capital.