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Iran News in Brief – July 11, 2023

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Tuesday Protests in Iran

NATO Says Concerned over Iran’s “Malicious Activities” on its Territory

VILNIUS, July 11 (Reuters) – NATO allies said on Tuesday they were seriously concerned by Iran’s “malicious activities” within allied territory and called on Tehran to stop its military support to Russia, including the supply of drones.

“We call upon Iran to cease its military support to Russia, in particular its transfer of Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) which have been used to attack critical infrastructure, causing widespread civilian casualties,” the 31-member alliance said in a final declaration at a summit in Lithuania.

“We express our serious concern over Iran’s malicious activities within Allied territory.”



Co-Director of Think Tank Indicted for Acting as Unregistered Foreign Agent, Trafficking in Arms, Violating U.S. Sanctions Against Iran, and Making False Statements to Federal Agents

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A dual U.S.-Israeli citizen who serves as the co-director of a Maryland-based think tank was indicted today for allegedly engaging in multiple international criminal schemes.

According to court documents, Gal Luft, 57, is charged in an eight-count indictment with offenses related to willfully failing to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), arms trafficking, Iranian sanctions violations and making false statements to federal agents. Luft was arrested on Feb. 17 in the Republic of Cyprus based on the charges in the indictment. Luft subsequently fled after being released on bail while extradition proceedings were pending and remains a fugitive.

According to the allegations contained in the indictment, for years, Luft conspired with others in an effort to act within the United States to advance the interests of the People’s Republic of China (China) as agents of China-based principals, without registering as foreign agents as required under U.S. law.

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Why Women Are Leading Iran’s Revolution?

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In the past four decades, Iranian women have been among the first victims of the misogynistic laws and nature of the mullahs’ regime. They have been deprived of their most basic rights and treated as second-class citizens. But contrary to the regime’s desire to subdue them, women have constantly fought back against the mullahs’ rule. And today, they are playing a leadership role in the protests that began in September 2022. This was a fact that was highlighted across the four-day Free Iran 2023 World Summit of the Iranian Resistance, which was held in France. Politicians, lawmakers, jurists, and activists who spoke at the event acknowledged the courage of Iranian women. “In addition to being a state sponsor of terrorism, the regime in Tehran continues to suppress the most fundamental human rights of its own people,” said Governor Gary Locke, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Governor of Washington State.

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A Political Milestone in Paris: World Leaders Join Iranian Dissidents

On July 1, the streets of central Paris teemed with tens of thousands of Iranian dissidents, as a notable assemblage of A-list international dignitaries joined their ranks to advocate for the establishment of a free and democratic republic in Iran. Spanning a four-day period, the Summit assumed a weighty symbolic significance, as it dealt a substantial blow to the ruling ayatollahs in Tehran, leaving them profoundly humiliated. The event was billed as a momentous “political coup,” garnering considerable attention within Western media circles. Distinguished members of the foreign policy establishments in Washington and Europe, together with over 500 present and former officials and lawmakers, embarked on an unprecedented demonstration of support for the main opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). This profound alignment of influential figures is poised to shape the Western approach to the Iranian conundrum, leaving an enduring legacy.

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The 1988 Iranian Prison Massacre – Analysis

A much ignored yet gruesome massacre in Iran’s prisons in 1988 has come to light following three unrelated events. The first is the ascent to the country’s presidency, if not to actual power, of Ebrahim Raisi, a former chief justice, who headed one of the country’s biggest financial trusts (Astan-e-Ghods) for years while maintaining links to the judiciary. In 1988, Raisi sat as deputy prosecutor general in a 4-member committee codenamed the “death commission” which was charged with purging the Tehran and Karaj (a city close to Tehran) prisons of political prisoners still loyal to the banned opposition People’s Mujahideen Organization of Iran (the Mujahideen-e Khalq or MEK). Several thousand prisoners already condemned and serving time were thus re-examined, and the majority of them were then executed in a matter of months on orders issued by Raisi and his three colleagues.

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Zahra Saeedianju, Sister of a Slain Protester, Is Arrested and Jailed in Tehran

Security forces arrested Zahra Saeedianju in Tehran. She is the sister of a protester slain during the 2022 Iran protests in the city of Izeh, southwestern Khuzestan Province. Zahra is the sister of Milad Saeedianju, 26, who was shot and killed by security forces on November 14, 2022, during the protests in Izeh. Omid Saeedianju, her brother, posted the news. He wrote, “My sister was arrested at her workplace in Tehran by security forces and taken to Evin Prison on Sunday, July 9, 2023.” According to him, Zahra Saeedianju has been arrested for visiting and expressing sympathy with the bereaved families who lost their loved ones during the 2022-2023 Iran uprising. Omid and Zahra were previously arrested on March 1, 2023, as they were celebrating the birthday of their brother, Milad, at his tomb in Izeh. They were released after some time.

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Indonesia Seizes Iranian-Flagged Tanker Suspected of Illegal Transshipment of Oil

JAKARTA, July 11 (Reuters) – Indonesia’s coast guard (Bakamla) said on Tuesday it has seized an Iranian-flagged tanker suspected of involvement in the illegal transshipment of crude oil. The vessel, MT Arman 114, was carrying 272,569 metric tons of light crude oil and was suspected of transferring the oil to another vessel without a permit, the coast guard said in a statement.

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Congress Must Focus More on Biden’s Iran Diplomacy, Former Sen. Lieberman Says

In spite of Iran’s increasingly totalitarian, murderous, and anti-American behavior, the Biden administration is nevertheless trying again to negotiate a nuclear agreement with that terrorist state. It is like trying to bargain with a poisonous snake and will not end well for us. Only Congress can stop this dangerous folly. Members of both parties need to step in and use their constitutional and statutory powers to pressure the administration not to make a deal with Iran that will seriously compromise our national security and credibility. Returning to talks with Iran at this time is particularly offensive because of Iran’s brutal torturing, blinding, and killing of hundreds of Iranians who have been fighting for their freedom since the murder of a young woman, Mahsa Amini, by the government’s “Morality Police.” The brave protesters are not chanting for a nuclear deal with the United States. They are calling for the end of the Islamic Republic.

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Also, read Iran News in Brief – July 10, 2023