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Sit-in by Political Prisoner’s Mother to Protest Lack of Due Process

The mother of Ghoncheh Ghavami, a prisoner on hunger strike since October 1, has started a sit-in outside Evin Prison to protest her daughter's detention for more than 100 days without access to her lawyer. "Today is one hundred days since my daughter's arrest. Show More Summary

“What’s at Stake in Kobani: Islamic State and Kobani Calculations,” By Carl Drott

What’s at Stake in Kobani: Islamic State and Kobani Calculations By Carl Drott (freelance journalist, visited Kobani in August-September) for Syria Comment – October 9, 2014 The situation currently looks grim for the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and others defending Kobani (Ayn al-Arab) from the Islamic State (IS). Show More Summary

The Yazidis Are Not Getting Support

The Yazidis Are Not Getting Support by Matthew Barber with a translated statement from the Yazidi Prince, Mir Tahsin Beg   When the Islamic State attacked Iraq’s Sinjar Mountain range—home to largest population of the Yazidi minority—on August 3, they arrived in only a few convoys, estimated to be carrying around 1,000 jihadist fighters. Show More Summary

Farewell to Pomegranate

The Economist changes its online Middle East coverage

The Dawn of Freedom Brigades: Analysis and Interview

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi Logo of the Dawn of Freedom Brigades One of the more noted recent trends in rebel dynamics in Syria is the weakening of the Islamic Front, widely noted last year as the most powerful rebel alliance in terms of manpower and fighting capabilities. Show More Summary

Eighteen Nobel Laureates Call for Immediate Release of Iranian Physicist

(September 29, 2014) The Iranian Judiciary should immediately release the Iranian physicist and prisoner of conscience, Omid Kokabee, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today.

Bay’ah to Baghdadi: Foreign Support for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the Islamic State (Part 2)

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi Introduction In a post for Jihadology in August 2013, I documented examples of foreign support for what was then the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). Signs of such support included anonymous placards...Show More Summary

Viber Company Refutes Tapping Claims by Iranian Officials

Following statements by Iran’s Cyber Police Chief about his force’s ability to monitor messages on Viber, the instant messaging service for cellphones, a Viber Company representative told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the application’s communications are encrypted and as such it is not possible for third parties to monitor messages. “All [...]

Terrible swift sword

America and its allies launch an attack on Islamic State in Syria. Without boots on the ground, how much will an air offensive achieve?

Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian Suffers Severe Weight Loss in Prison

Jason Rezaian and Yeganeh Salehi have lost a “shocking” amount of weight in prison, an informed source has told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. According to this source, the family of the imprisoned Iranian journalist...Show More Summary

Murky relations

Turks and Syrians are speculating about Turkey’s relationship with the Islamic State

Houthis get huffy

Why the Houthis have returned to violence

The Suwayda village of Dama and Druze Militias: A Case Study

Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi I have previously written about Druze militias in Suwayda province and other areas of southern Syria here and here. To summarize briefly the conclusion of those studies, it is clear that ‘Jaysh al-Muwahhideen’Show More Summary

Detention Continues for Woman Attempting to Attend Volleyball Match

The decision to extend the temporary detention orders of Ghoncheh Ghavami, the young woman with dual British-Iranian citizenship who was arrested for trying to attend a volleyball game in Tehran, is under court review after Ghavami’s lawyer filed a formal objection. The family of Ghavami has also objected strenuously to her continued detainment.

Happy Video Youths Receive Suspended Flogging and Prison Sentences

The youths involved in the making of the “Happy in Tehran” dance video set to Pharrell Williams hit song “Happy” have all been sentenced, receiving suspended sentences of 91 lashes and six months in prison, with the exception of Reyhaneh...Show More Summary

There Goes the Neighborhood - Foreign Policy

2 months agoMiddle East / Syria : Eighth Gate

ARGUMENT There Goes the Neighborhood Al Qaeda’s control of Israel’s northern border has Jerusalem nostalgic for the days of Assad. BY ANDREW TABLER SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 FOREIGN POLICY GOLAN HEIGHTS — While the world focuses on the Islamic State's advances in Iraq and Syria, the Syrian war is spilling over into the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. Show More Summary

As Rouhani Comes to NY, Domestic Repression in Iran Remains Unabated

(September 17, 2014) Ahead of President Rouhani’s visit to New York next week, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran released a video today, bringing into sharp focus the disconnect between Rouhani’s rhetoric on domestic affairs and the reality on the ground.

Al-Qa’ida in Islamic Maghreb and Arabian Peninsula Statement on the U.S.-led coalition against IS

Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi Intro and Analysis This new joint statement from al-Qa’ida’s affiliates in the Arabian Peninsula and the Islamic Maghreb (AQAP and AQIM)- which seems unprecedented- comes in opposition to the U.S.-led international coalition to fight against the Islamic State (IS), characterizing instead as war against Islam and Muslims. Show More Summary

If the U.S. Wanted To, It Could Help Free Thousands of Enslaved Yazidi Women in a Single Day

by Matthew Barber   The plight of thousands of Yazidi women, kidnapped by the Islamic State (IS) during its August 3 attack on Iraq’s Sinjar mountains and in the following weeks, has received some media attention, but most people are unaware of just how far-reaching this disastrous phenomenon is. Show More Summary

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