Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei weighed in on the nuclear deal by way of a public letter to President Hassan Rouhani. "The behavior and words of the U.S. government in the nuclear issue and its prolonged and boring negotiations," he wrote, "showed that [the nuclear issue] was also another link in their chain of hostile enmity with the Islamic Republic." The Supreme Leader's comments on the nuclear deal have been billed by some reporters as a cautious endorsement of the agreement. Not exactly. They are a unilateral renegotiation of the entire deal, stipulating that the U.S. and everyone else must accept his rewrite - or else.
When I came from Iran to the United States, after spending three years as a student in the UK, I was able to build a new life for myself here and eventually open, with a partner, my own business. Our business employs about 100 people, doing sales, design, installation and service of heating and air conditioning systems in residential and commercial properties in Virginia, Washington D.C and Maryland. I have been fortunate to find success in business, and I feel lucky, as an Iranian-American, that I m able to contribute to the growth and well-being of my community. But in Iran, my fellow Baha is are not so lucky.
Human rights organizations confirm the rapidly rising number of executions in Iran since the end of the Iranian new year (March 21st, 2015) holidays. Seventy individuals have been executed in the last three weeks through decisions of the country s judiciary. The spokesperson for the Iran Human Rights Organization says most of the victims had been convicted on drug related charges. Others have noted that this coincides with major developments in Iran s nuclear dossier and talks with the major world powers.
Hossein Ronaghi who was detained in 2009 following the disputed presidential election results has since suffered serious health issues as a result of the torture he endured in prison. Behind bars Ronaghi was inflicted with multiple ailments, went through seven operations and lost function in one kidney. In very poor health, he was released on medical furlough in September 2014. On February 28, 2015 he was without warning or legal explanation ordered back behind bars to serve his remaining 15-year sentence. He is now held in Ward 7 of Tehran s Evin prison.
According to the reports by the Metalworkers and Mechanics Trade Union and the Free Union of Iranian Workers, the auto workers engaged in protest actions across the industry. The strike started with Pars Khodro and Saipa Azin auto workers. According to Metalworkers and Mechanics Trade Union, on December 29, workers at Pars Khodro held a two hours strike in protest to their low wages.