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Archives for June 2011

Why we should back the Persian Spring

Will the wave of change in the Muslim world reach Iran and evolve into a Persian Spring, asks Lord Corbett. The Telegraph By Robin Corbett 30 Jun 2011 About 100,000 Iranian exiles in Paris last month drew the attention of the international community to the plight of the Iranian people and demanded support for the Iranian Opposition movement. They believe the Persian Spring is part and parcel of the Arab Spring, and that the policy of the West could be the key to timing. The conference was addressed by senior US politicians including former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, former US Congressman Patrick Kennedy (son of the late Ted Kennedy), former White House Chief of Staff Andrew … [Read more...]

Washington Post, June 22, 2011: What is the State Department Waiting for?

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U.S. must step up to help exiled Iranians in Iraq’s Camp Ashraf

Detroit Free Press June 17, 2011 After the death of Bin Laden, the world is again focusing on the Arab spring with even more vigor, because the message of Arab Spring is opposite to that of Bin Laden — freedom, democracy, and secular Islam. When Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi began to fire on his own people, the United Nations stepped in — as it should have — with air strikes to protect civilians and stem the brutal attacks. In Iraq, there is a similar situation, and perhaps even worse. Many Iraqi citizens have been gunned down in Baghdad and other cities because they called Maliki “a liar,” and wanted a better living condition for the country. Iraqi forces, at the behest of, … [Read more...]

Washington Times, June 15, 2011: 800 Faith Community Leaders Call on Secretary Clinton to Delist MEK

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140-Day Sit-in: Iranian-Americans Call on State Department to Delist the MEK, Protect Camp Ashraf in Iraq

PRNewswire WASHINGTON, June 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, June 10, 2011, marks the 140th day of a sit-in by US families and supporters of Camp Ashraf residents, members of Iran's principal opposition to the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), across from the US Department of State. The participants have been urging the State Department to revoke the unwarranted designation of the MEK and to protect the residents of Camp Ashraf in Iraq.   In July 2010, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the Secretary of State's decision to maintain the MEK's designation as a Foreign Terrorist Organization had been flawed because it not only … [Read more...]

U.S.-Iran Policy: P.J. Crowley, Stuart Eizenstat and Nancy Soderberg, Join Former Republican Officials in Urging President Obama To Support a “Persian Spring”

PR Newswire June 6, 2011 WASHINGTON, June 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Several former U.S. Government officials spoke to the need for the Obama Administration to focus more on the Persian Spring as the administration is calibrating its new Middle East initiative to adapt to the realities in the region, during a symposium in Washington, DC, entitled "New U.S. Middle East Initiative and the Policy on Iran," organized by Human Rights and Democracy International.  P.J. Crowley, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs until March 2011, said, "Change is going to occur from the bottom up.  It's not going to be imposed from the outside in but we have to be in a position where we … [Read more...]