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A Letter from Evin Prison: Mahvash Sabet

The Islamic Republic has “Disqualified” us Baha’is from Living  When the revolution happened, I was 26 years old, working as the principal of a school in the south of the capital [Tehran]. One day, I received word that I had been “disqualified” from my job. Around the same time, I was also “disqualified” from continuing […]

Improving the Proposed “Iran Sanctions Enforcement Act”

Subject: Improving the Proposed “Iran Sanction Enforcement Act” From: Navid Mohebbi, Policy Director at National Union for Democracy in Iran Background: Recently, Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced the “Iran Sanctions Enforcement Act.” This bill aims to turn Executive Order 13558 from 2010, which established the Export Coordination Enforcement Center, into law. […]

Dignified Diplomacy, Not Capitulation: A Response to Senator Chris Murphy

This week Senator Chris Murphy had something of a tantrum on Twitter when he was faced with backlash to the Biden administration’s recently announced deal to release $6 billion to the Islamic Republic in exchange for 5 Iranian-Americans held hostage in Tehran. As the national media began to cover the growing opposition to the ransom […]

Improving the Proposed “Iran Sanctions Enforcement Act”

Recently, Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced the “Iran Sanctions Enforcement Act.” This bill aims to turn Executive Order 13558 from 2010, which established the Export Coordination Enforcement Center, into law. The bill proposes the creation of a $150 million sanctions enforcement fund within the Department of Homeland Security to bolster the […]

Armita Geravand—Another Iranian Woman Brutalized Because of Hijab

Just after the one year anniversary of Mahsa Amini’s murder, the Islamic Republic has reportedly sent yet another young Iranian girl to the hospital in critical condition due to “improper” hijab. Her name is Armita Geravand and here’s what we know about her thus far. The Bottom Line Armita Geravand, a 16 year old Iranian […]

The Islamic Republic’s Western “Lobby” Gets Exposed

In the wake of Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley having his security clearance suspended and being investigated by the FBI, new reporting has revealed the existence of a vast network of Iranian policy analysts, academics and researchers, some who were Malley’s aides, who were secretly part of an Islamic Republic regime network called the […]

The Latest Biden Iran Deal Is as Bad as You’d Expect

Originally published in National Review. In June, we wrote here that the administration of President Joe Biden was considering a freeze-for-bribe (“freeze-for-freeze” according to the administration officials) agreement with Iran. Last week, the administration announced a hostage deal with Iran that, beneath the surface, implements this freeze-for-bribe. At first glance, the agreement is as follows: […]

U.S. Deal with Islamic Republic Will Encourage More Hostage Taking

Last week’s release of $6 billion to the Islamic Republic, while hailed as a deal to save American hostages, is actually a deal that will end up incentivizing the Islamic Republic to take more innocent Americans and Iranian-Americans hostage. The regime in Tehran has a long track record of taking hostages as a source of […]