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    Iranian dissidents are calling on the Biden administration to keep up the pressure on the country's leaders, arguing that the regime is at its "weakest point in history" -- even as the administration looks set to re-engage with Tehran. A report by The Organization of Iranian-American Communities (OIAC), which opposes the regime and calls for a democratic, secular government, warns that U.S.policy based on isolation or engagement "rely on blind faith that the regime will one day change its behavior, a supposition that is logically unfounded and evidentially unpersuasive." HOUSE HOMELAND REPUBLICANS URGE BIDEN TO RECONSIDER LIFTING SANCTIONS ON IRAN, WARN OF A 'HISTORIC MISTAKE' It alleges that the regime’s human rights record has worsened in recent years, and has pointed to instances of it backing terrorism -- both in the region via its support of groups like Hezbollah and in Europe with the plot against dissidents in Paris in 2018....
    A group of Iranian Americans is urging the Biden administration to prioritize the issue of human rights as it looks to restart nuclear talks with Iran. A document was sent to the White House on Monday and offered policy recommendations after President Biden expressed a willingness late last week to return to nuclear talks with Iran. The policy push, which was initiated by the Organization of Iranian American Communities, stresses that not only is Iran in violation of the nuclear deal but is also involved in human rights abuses and international terrorism. A copy of the document was obtained by the Washington Examiner for review. The group, which is tied to the broader dissident group National Council of Resistance of Iran, said Biden administration policy “does not explicitly incorporate the full spectrum of issues, most notably the situation of human rights in Iran or the regime’s espionage and...
    An Iranian diplomat accused of being behind a plot to blow up a meeting in Paris of Iranian dissidents was convicted Thursday and sentenced to 20 years in prison -- marking a black eye for Tehran as it seeks to foster international relations in Europe and in Washington. Assadollah Assadi, a Vienna-based diplomat who denied the charges, was convicted and sentenced for his role in masterminding the 2018 plot. His defense team said he would appeal. Three other defendants were also found guilty. IRANIAN RESISTANCE LEADER SAYS REGIME 'AT ITS WEAKEST POINT,' URGEST BIDEN TO HOLD IT TO ACCOUNT  The plot targeted the 2018 meeting in Paris of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) -- an annual meeting that would see speakers including Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani. The NCRI is the main opposition to the regime in Iran and an umbrella group of Iranian resistance groups. Prosecutors alleged that...
    An Iranian operative working as a diplomat in Europe attempted to bomb a 2018 gathering of an exiled opposition group, a Belgian court found. The Antwerp court ruled against Assadollah Assadi, 49, on Thursday, convicting him of attempting terrorist murder and participating in the activities of a terrorist group. He was then sentenced to the maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. The plot revolved around a 2018 Free Iran gathering near Paris organized by the National Council of Resistance of Iran, the political arm of Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, or the MEK, a leading dissident group seeking regime change and ridding Iran of clerical or dynastic rule. The attack was stopped when Belgian authorities received a tip from the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency, and pulled over a couple, 40-year-old Amir Saadouni and 36-year-old Nasimeh Naami, who were traveling in a Mercedes. When police searched the vehicle, they discovered a detonator...
    WASHINGTON - A group of Iranian dissidents has urged U.S. President Joe Biden to support their demands for secular democracy and respect for human rights in Iran, issues on which Biden’s administration has been silent early in its term as it focuses on curbing the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.  In an open letter to Biden dated February 1, written in English and shared with VOA Persian, the 38 Iran-based activists wished him success following his January 20 inauguration and appealed to his administration to consider incorporating several of their political goals in its Iran policy. Iranian Dissidents' Feb. 1, 2021 Open Letter to President BidenThose goals include replacing Iran’s theocratic government with a secular democracy in a non-violent process involving a “free and fair” referendum; maintaining “maximum political, diplomatic and financial pressure” on the clerics ruling Iran until they are replaced; and pressing those Islamist rulers to respect human rights by releasing all political prisoners and prisoners of...
    The polished “confession” video of Iranian opposition leader Habib Chaab looks similar to many produced over the years by Iran’s spy services. But how Mr. Chaab was abducted abroad and spirited back to Iran in October is part of an increasingly used – and relatively successful – tactic that Iran is employing to demonstrate its “offensive” intelligence reach abroad, as it absorbs a spate of recent intelligence failures at home. Set to sinister music, the video broadcast by Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence last month is interspersed with images of explosions and bloodied victims – including from a September 2018 attack on a military parade in Ahvaz, which killed 25 people and was claimed by Mr. Chaab’s separatist Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahvaz, or ASMLA. The video shows Mr. Chaab removing his blindfold, then revealing purported details about the Ahvaz “terrorist operation” and taking cash from Saudi Arabia,...
    It’s no secret that some countries have spied on their citizens through innocuous-looking apps, but one effort is more extensive than usual. Check Point Research has discovered (via ZDNet) that Rampant Kitten, an Iranian hacker group that has targeted the country’s political opponents for years, has developed Android malware focused on stealing two-factor authentication codes. It isn’t just focused on any one service, either — it targets Google, Telegram, and other major internet or social services. The attackers first use a phishing trojan to collect login details, and then try those with the real site. If the victim has two-factor authentication turned on, the newly-reported malware intercepts the incoming SMS messages and quietly sends copies to the intruders.
    The top Iranian resistance group held its annual summit Friday, whose attendees included Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who joined calls for the overthrow of the regime in Iran -- calls that have been boosted by recent protests in Tehran and international pressure from the U.S. The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) held the Free Iran Global Summit online due to the coronavirus and had estimated that participants from 102 countries and 30,000 locations would attend the event. IRANIAN DISSIDENTS TO HOLD SUMMIT CALLING FOR REGIME'S OVERTHROW, AS US RAMPS UP PRESSURE ON TEHRAN Giuliani was one of a host of speakers from across the globe who dialed in remotely and symbolically delivered a letter on behalf of a bipartisan coalition of U.S. politicians and officials, including former Sen. Joe Lieberman, former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey and former Sen. Robert Torricelli. The former New York City mayor spoke passionately about the need for regime change...
    The Iranian judiciary on Wednesday hinted that it might halt the executions of three young men arrested during protests against the regime in November. Iran’s Supreme Court upheld their death sentences on Tuesday, triggering an enormous international outcry and the creation of a #StopExecutionsInIran social media hashtag that accumulated millions of posts, including a contribution from President Donald Trump. Three individuals were sentenced to death in Iran for participating in protests. The execution is expected momentarily. Executing these three people sends a terrible signal to the world and should not be done! #StopExecutionsInIran — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2020 Iran’s Internet censors apparently tried to stifle the online outrage by choking off-network traffic, but they could not suppress what students of Iranian social media described as an “unprecedented” backlash. The BBC noted several influential Iranian celebrities nevertheless joined the campaign asking for the executions of Amirhossein Moradi, Mohammad...
    Tens of thousands of Iranian dissidents and supporters of regime change are expected to gather for a virtual summit this week -- as the U.S. continues to ramp up the pressure on the regime in Tehran over its terrorist activities. The Free Iran Global Summit, an annual summit taking place online this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, will be held Friday and feature dissidents, lawmakers and high-profile figures such as Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and former Sen. Joe Lieberman, who are scheduled to speak at the event. IRANIAN RESISTANCE GROUP, CITING DOCUMENTS, SAYS REGIME KNEW OF CORONAVIRUS CASES IN JANUARY Former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey and former Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Robert Joseph will also speak. Organizers from the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) say that participants from 102 countries and 30,000 locations will attend the event, which will warn about the...
    On Friday, President Trump celebrated the Senate confirmation of his nominee for new director at the Voice of America (VOA), Michael Pack, and he was not the only one celebrating: Iranian and Chinese dissidents who oppose the tyrannical regimes of their countries also celebrated as they have felt the VOA has supported those same tyrannical regimes. As Monica Showalter of the American Thinker noted as she documented just some of the dissidents who expressed their gratitude and praised President Trump, the extended battle over Pack’s confirmation was “sort of miracle, given the dirty, protracted battle from deep state’s Obama holdovers to keep him out. It was so underhanded it involved a last-ditch Kavanaugh-style bid to smear Pack as corrupt if for nothing else to delay his Senate confirmation to eternity. It was deep state at its worst and it failed. Now, what’s probably the last solid Obama bastion of deep-state government has toppled.” Trump tweeted: Congratulations...
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