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  • Sanctions Hurt Iranians Who Need Help
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on August 6, 2009

    The Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act of 2009, or 'the Berman Bill,' after the original sponsor in the House of Representatives Howard Berman (D-CA), now has a place in the Senate (S.908) with support from 21 Senators. The Bill looks to push Iran into further isolation from the international community by cutting its oil and gas trade off. Isolating Iran will spur more illegal trade in Iran, increase the threat Iran perceives from the West and give the nation more of a reason to build a nuclear weapon as a security assurance. Read more »
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  • Gibbs backs off on Iran Gaffe
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo and Laicie Olson on August 5, 2009

    August 4, to the shock of Iran experts, White House spokesperson Robert Gibbs said that President Obama recognized Iran’s contested election of President Ahmadinejad, but then retracted the statement. When asked point blank August 4 if the administration recognized Ahmadinejad as the legitimate President of Iran, Gibbs responded that “He [Ahmadinejad] is the elected leader.” Read more »

  • Congress to Hurt Iranian Reform Movement
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo and Laicie Olson on August 4, 2009

    With two Iran Amendments to the $679.8 billion National Defense Authorization Act and one to the $33.3 billion Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, Congress looks to grasp some oversight on U.S.-Iran policy. As Iran’s political stability after its June 2009 elections continues to deteriorate, these proposed actions could hurt the reformist movement that Congress would like to support. Congress should instead hold off on taking action until it is clear who will ultimately hold power in Iran for the long term. Read more »
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  • Check out NIAC on Rafsanjani
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on July 1, 2009

    The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) will guest post a few of PSR's Iran entries. The first one is called "Rafsanjani Has Not Caved." Read more »

  • Violence and Hope Continues in Iran
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on June 24, 2009

    The most important thing to note at this time is a growing rift between power players in Iran and that violence towards protestors is intensifying. Read more »

  • Iranians Hit Threshold
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on June 20, 2009

    Fires, tear gas and blood are flowing in Tehran today (June 20), but the crowds are thinner than expected. The Green Movement (made of reformist supporters in Iran) is being seriously beaten by police. At least 100 people have been seriously injured. European and Australian Embassies have opened up for the injured in Tehran. Read more »

  • Iranian Youth Persevere
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on June 19, 2009

    Students were stabbed to death Sunday in their dormitory at Tehran University by Basij (an arm of the Revolutionary Guards). The Iranian government is silent on the issue, but it is starting to hit the news. Academics are resigning because of the killings, and Speaker of Parliament, Ali Larijani is calling for an inquiry from the Interior Ministry into the killings. Read more »

  • Supreme Leader Speaks
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on June 19, 2009

    At 12:05 Mecca time Iran’s Supreme Leader spoke to the people. He was with supporters of Ahmadinejad. I will put up an analysis with a shorter summary soon. Here is most of the text translated into English this morning live from my notes, of course it is not perfect, since it went from Farsi/Persian to English: Read more »

  • Text of Mousavi’s Speech
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on June 18, 2009

    On June 18 at 2:50pm an anonymous and reliable twitter from inside Iran gave us a quick translation of Mousavi’s speech to the people: I have come due to concerns of current political and social conditions - to defend the rights of the nation. I have come to improve Iran’s international relations. I have come to tell the world and get back Iran’s pride, our dignity and our future. Read more »
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  • Horrible News from Iran
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on June 16, 2009

    Iran’s reformist supporters of Presidential Candidate Mousavi took to the streets and were pushed back by Iranian police June 13 (picture at TMP). Seven people were killed. This is getting really sad and extremely frustrating. Read more »

  • Iran's Elections Don’t Change Much
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on June 12, 2009

    Looks like incumbent President Ahmadinejad is going to be called the winner of Iran’s Presidential race. Ahmadinejad must win over 50% of the votes to declare victory in this first round. If not, he will have to run a second time against reformist candidate Mousavi. Mousavi will have a greater chance to win if there is a second round. Read more »

  • Test Ban Needed More Than Ever in Wake of North Korean Test
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on May 26, 2009

    North Korea stunned the international community with a second nuclear test Monday, but thanks to test ban treaty technology, thorough analyses were provided to our national leaders. Read more »

  • Iran vs. the United States at the PrepCom
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on May 8, 2009

    Wednesday and Thursday the NPT parties began, and concluded, speaking on "Cluster One" issues (nuclear disarmament and security assurances). U.S.-Iranian disagreement surfaced as a major hurdle to success at the 2010 NPT Review Conference. Read more »

  • Sanctions and Iran
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on April 19, 2009

    A Congressional testimony, called "Changing Iran's behavior" by Dr. Trita Parsi, is one of the most concise and comprehensive explanations of why more sanctions (in the form of divestment) will not provoke positive change in Iran's government. Read more »

  • President Signs Omnibus Spending Bill, Promotes Security and Nuclear Non-Proliferation
    Posted by Mae Stevens on March 12, 2009

    President Obama signed the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act, H.R. 1105, which continues the policy shift away from the build up of nuclear weapons and toward efforts to stabilize U.S. relations throughout the world. Read more »

  • Bills to Watch
    Posted by Laicie Olson on March 9, 2009

    Last week, two bills aimed at limiting U.S. cash flow to Iran were sent to committee. Co-sponsors hope that by limiting cash flow to Iran, the U.S. might also limit undesirable actions taken by the country. Read more »

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