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By: Robbie Gramer, Dan De Luce

The Trump administration plans to install a political appointee at the State Department to a key position managing policy on Iran and Iraq, a move that will replace a career diplomat with a loyal supporter of the president.

Andrew L. Peek, a former captain in the U.S. Army Reserve and member of the president’s State Department transition team, will become the new deputy assistant secretary of state covering Iran and Iraq, according to three State Department officials familiar with the matter.

By: Soona Samsami 

The voices of Iran's people have long been missing from Western policy discussions on Iran’s ruling theocracy.

Since the early days of the Iranian Revolution, the U.S. and its allies have pursued a strategy of reaching out to supposed moderates within the regime, while focusing on a narrow set of issues to the detriment of human rights and the Iranian people’s struggle for democracy. 

The event was the second in a series of discussions on the matter.

by Adelle Nazarian - 23 Nov 2017 

“We find ourselves in a time of great promise and of great peril,” Ivan Sheehan—an associate professor at School of Public and International Affairs, University of Baltimore, Maryland—who moderated the event, told those gathered.

by Amir Basiri | The devastating earthquake that struck the western regions of Iran last week has triggered a nationwide crisis, leaving hundreds dead and thousands wounded.

But while the victims are still reeling in aftermath of the disaster, apologists of the Tehran regime abroad, who have no regard for their plight, are trying to take advantage of the situation to further their political ends. No more than a couple of days following the earthquake, Trita Parsi, the president of National Iranian American Council (NIAC), a well-known lobby for the Iranian regime, took to the media to claim U.S. sanctions are hindering donations and humanitarian aid from reaching the affected people.

JEDDAH: Hezbollah’s domination of Lebanon at the behest of Iran is the cause of the country’s political crisis and his own resignation as prime minister, Saad Hariri said in a dramatic and emotional TV interview on Sunday night. “I am not against Hezbollah as a political party but it should not be the cause of the destruction of Lebanon,” Hariri said. He also said he would return to Lebanon “very soon,”

By Barry Rosen

In October, President Trump chose not to recertify the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, giving Congress 60 days to decide on the future of the agreement. As Congress weighs action and the administration consults with our European partners, policymakers must consider Iran’s history of holding Americans and dual-nationals hostage, including those held captive today.

 

With the recent decertifying of the Iranian regime by the U.S., thus stating that Iran is not in compliance with the JCPOA, current and former leaders throughout the country have come out in favor of the Trump administration’s action, as well as supporting the Iranian resistance, which is represented by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), led by President-elect Maryam Rajavi.

 As Trump winds down to the end of his first year in the US presidency, his performance regarding Iran policy in terms of fulfilled promises may be assessed. Trump campaigned on confronting the Iranian regime’s destabilizing meddling in the region.On October 13th, Trump appeared on live on TV and revealed America’s strategy for the Iranian regime. Trump’s Iran strategy focuses on four main areas:

 

JEDDAH: The Arab League will hold an extraordinary meeting next week to discuss violations committed by Iran in the region, according to news agencies.
Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates supported the Saudi request, which was also approved by Djibouti, the current chair of the pan-Arab bloc, Agence France Presse reported, citing a document shown to it diplomats on Sunday.Reuters, quoting Egypt's MENA state news agency, said the "urgent meeting" of Arab League foreign ministers will be held in Cairo.

The Saudi-led military coalition has tightened its blockade in Yemen after Iran-backed Houthi rebels fired a ballistic missile at the Saudi capital last weekend.As a result of the blockade, which was announced on Monday, many fuel stations hiked their petrol prices by as much as 50% causing the Houthis to close all stations in the capital, and aid groups warned that the humanitarian crisis will be exacerbated.