Inter-Rebel Fighting Enters a New Phase as Salafists Declare Open War on ISIS by Daniel Abdallah for Syria Comment, February 14, 2014 Three days ago, the inter-rebel fighting entered a new phase. For the first time, Salafist factions...Show More Summary
The Iranian government must end the inhumane practice of holding its critics under house arrest for years without due process, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. February 14, 2014, marks three years since Mehdi Karroubi, Mir Hossein Mousavi, and Zahra Rahnavard were placed under a de facto and illegal house arrest in Tehran.
Syria, Iraq and Lebanon: the new Af-Pak By Anno Bunnik for Syria Comment, Feb 13, 2014 Developments in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon are so deeply intertwined that we might start speaking about these countries in similar terms as we talk about...Show More Summary
Iran's Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Mahmoud Vaezi, said again this week that he is a proud Facebook user. "I have been a member and I'm pretty involved [with Facebook]. I keep posting things and I always use the comments I receive," he told the reporters. Show More Summary
Almost every day on my Twitter feed, I come across allegations that the jihadis operating in Syria- in particular, the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS) or “al-Qa’ida” more generally (by which Jabhat al-Nusra is meant as well)-...Show More Summary
On November 26, 2013, President Rouhani’s government published a draft Citizens’ Rights Charter and solicited public reaction. The publication of this draft within the first 100 days of his presidency was widely seen as a major step by his administration to address his promises to improve the state of human rights in Iran.
After months of efforts by human rights and Internet freedom activists to revoke sanctions related to personal financial transactions to purchase Internet equipment and services, the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control...Show More Summary
Does the Truce Between ISIS and Suqour al-Sham Mean an End to Syria’s Inter-Rebel War? By Daniel Abdallah – twitter: @Daniel_Abdullah for Syria Comemnt, February 7, 2014 Has the newly brokered truce between rebel militias in Syria ended...Show More Summary
At a February 4 speech at a gathering of university chancellors and heads of educational and research centers, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani asked the Iranian academic world, "Why is the university silent?" Political Activist Mohammad Maleki responds in an open letter.
The ISIS – Suquor al-Sham Truce: Is It Real and Can It Last? By Daniel Abdallah for Syria Comment, Feb 6, 2014 Yesterday, a statement was circulated on Twitter and Facebook claiming that a truce had been established between Suqour ash-Sham...Show More Summary
Iran's Minister of Health and Medical Education said yesterday that a committee has been formed to review the the health effects of satellite jamming signals on the Iranian people's health, following a request from President Rouhani....Show More Summary
PBS Newshour January 31, 2014 at 6:25 PM EST TRANSCRIPT JEFFREY BROWN: And so with no deal achieved and without a firm agreement to meet again, what are the prospects for ending a civil war that has claimed an estimated 130,000 lives...Show More Summary
In an interview with Mehr News Agency, former Intelligence Minister and top presidential adviser Ali Younesi harshly criticized the Iranian Judiciary on Monday, saying, “The trial process is the cause of more crimes.” In his interview with Mehr, Younesi said that the judicial process and methods employed by the Judiciary “have caused insecurity and lack [...]
New concerns about the safety of Internet communications have emerged following statements by Iranian authorities about the government's utilization of new, more complex, and undetectable filtering methods. The new methods used by government...Show More Summary
One hundred days after his election, Hassan Rouhani told reporters in November, "The Government will provide something small this year for people in low-income tiers. God willing, we hope to present people with two packages of staples for the low-income tiers by the end of this [solar] year [March 20, 2014]."
by Matthew Barber A fabulous documentary about the situation of children in Syria is being shown on Canadian and British television. The documentary, “Children on the Frontline,” will be available for viewing for a limited time online, but unfortunately only for viewers in Canada or the UK. Show More Summary
A new case with a new charge has been established at the Penal Court against Zanyar Moradi and Loghman Moradi, two Kurdish prisoners sentenced to death on "moharebeh (enmity with God)" charges, Zanyar Moradi's father told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Show More Summary
In an action labor leaders are calling "illegal," security forces have arrested over 20 workers of the Chadormalu Mine in the central province of Yazd, including the head and the secretary of the labor union, who stopped work as part of a contract negotiation and labor dispute. Show More Summary
PolicyWatch 2202 Andrew J. Tabler, Jeffrey White, and Aaron Y. Zelin January 29, 2014 On January 27, 2014, Andrew Tabler, Jeffrey White, and Aaron Zelin addressed a Policy Forum at The Washington Institute. Tabler is a senior fellowShow More Summary