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May 10, 2016
Honorable Congressman Randy Forbes
Chairman, Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces
THE NEW IRAN supports the intent of H.Res.709
Your proposed resolution dated April 28, 2016 is a valid and timely expression of concerns about the escalating security threats in Persian Gulf from Islamic Republic's (“IRI”) military and paramilitary vessels against all commercial and military ships navigating in international waters.
The New Iran (“TNI”) supports your recommendations outlined in your resolution. We would also like to emphasize that, as we all know and it has been documented since IRI’s inception, the regime in Tehran has seldom followed and will rarely follow international laws and treaties. The Iranian people and the international community are fully aware of this reality, specifically as it relates to IRI’s gross human rights violations including murdering innocent people inside and outside of Iran. That is why TNI has continuously been a strong advocate of smart and targeted sanctions against IRI’s leadership, commanders of the Revolutionary Guard, and Basij forces.
Unfortunately, in your resolution, the untrue and improper term “Arabian Gulf” is erroneously used instead of the accurate and precise term of “Persian Gulf”, which we sincerely hope is due to misinformation provided to your office. Given that the term “Persian Gulf” has been long established and its usage followed by publishers of atlases and respected geographical dictionaries, maps, museums, documented in the writings of many famous historians for many centuries, and emphasized and approved by the United Nations, we request and hope that your office correct this enormous and historical inadvertence as soon as possible.
Upon correction of the above oversight The New Iran will do its part to vigorously show its support for your resolution inside and outside Iran, demonstrating to the Iranian people that US politicians like you are respectful of and support recognized international treaties, are aware of their pain under the IRI’s brutal and suffocating regime, and support them in their pursuit of freedom and human rights while taking important actions towards weakening of the dictatorial Islamic regime. We are confident that in this manner you will have the full support of the Iranian people.
The New Iran is a not-for-profit 501c(4) organization with the mission of help bringing about a secular and democratic government in Iran. TNI supports all resolutions that principally result in weakening the Islamic regime, and supports the freedom seeking activities of the Iranian people.
The New Iran is ready and willing to provide you and your office with consultations and assistance on topics related to Iran and with the goal of bringing about a secular and democratic government in Iran based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Finally, we would also like to take this opportunity to request to meet with you in person so that we can provide you with in-depth information regarding TNI’s mission, viewpoints and plans.
Afshin Afshin Jam
Chairman of the Board
Dr. Iman Foroutan
Founder & Spokesperson
November 27, 2015
Honorable Mauricio Macri, President Elect of Argentina
Dear Mr. President Elect,
Congratulations on your victory to become Argentina’s next president!
I am writing this letter regarding your determination to restart serious investigations of the 1994 bombing of Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA). As you know, on July 18, 1994, AMIA, the Jewish Community Center located in Buenos Aires, Argentina was targeted by a car bomb killing 85 people, injuring over 300, and destroying the building completely. Argentina’s Judiciary accused Islamic Republic of Iran (“IRI”) and Lebanon’s Hezbollah for this terrorist attack.
After a few years of investigations hindered by many ups and downs, Mr. Alberto Nisman, an Argentine prosecutor who had been investigating the case for 10 years, accused the Argentine president for covering up the terrorist attack. However, just hours before Mr. Nisman’s scheduled presentations of its finding to the Argentine congress, he was found shot dead in his Apartment.
Mr. Nisman had accused President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner of covering up IRI’s direct involvement in the Jewish center terrorist attack during Ahmadinejad’s presidency, in return for signing a trade agreement where Argentina would receive $7M in oil and energy from IRI and sell IRI food and groceries.
The report published by Argentina’s Justice Department after the murder of Mr. Nisman, also confirmed his claim about the role of Argentine’s top officials in this cover up. This report that was prepared by Mr. Nisman, was based on conversations of top Argentine officials with the Iranians intercepted by Argentina’s intelligence. On January 21, 2015, the New York Times citing a 289 page report, wrote that Argentine and Iranian authorities had made a quid pro quo agreement based on which Iran would export oil to Argentina in exchange for meat exports from Argentina and for Argentina to cover the role of IRI’s authorities in the Jewish center’s bombing.
In another related story, Mr. Damian Pachter, a reporter with the Buenos Aires Herald who first reported on the mysterious death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, said he was being followed by Argentina's security services and fled to Uruguay. As a result of the murder of Mr. Misman, there were numerous protests in Argentina turning those events into a political crisis for Argentina.
This is another example of IRI’s terrorist policies that are well documented and not hidden to anyone.
The New Iran, whose mission is the establishment of a secular and democratic government in Iran, sympathizes with the people of Argentina, and especially with the family of Mr. Alberto Nisman. The New Iran strongly requests that your government do not close its eyes to IRI’s terrorist activities worldwide and to aggressively investigate it with or without IRI’s cooperation.
Dr. Iman Foroutan
Chairman of the Board of Trustees, The New Iran
September 1, 2015
We urge you to Vote NO on the Iran Nuclear Deal
There are basically three options to prevent the Islamic Republic in Iran (IRI) from obtaining a nuclear bomb: 1) Negotiations, 2) Military action to destroy its nuclear facilities, and 3) Regime Change (without direct intervention of the western countries.
The first 2 options are not feasible.
Negotiations - One must be very naïve to think that IRI would end its long standing ambitions and activities in pursuit of the atomic bomb, by signing any kind of an Agreement with the 5+1. Resorting to lies and hiding the truth is the essence and in the nature of IRI, whether at the 5+1 negotiations or lying to the Iranian people. For example during the past few years, IRI has continually lied to its own people blaming the country’s food and medicine shortages on the western sanctions, while at the same time using lies and other tactics to drag on the 5+1 negotiations in order to buy time and receive financial relief to further its nuclear ambitions for military purposes.
As admitted by some of IRI’s top officials including President Rowhani, by holding and extending numerous nuclear talks with the west, IRI has been able to buy itself time and space to increase the number of its uranium enrichment centrifuges, further its technological knowhow for building heavy water reactors, and increase its uranium enrichment levels closer to the 20% level.
Even if an agreement is reached with 5+1 it is not clear which entity and in what manner will be able to monitor IRI’s hidden nuclear activities. Let’s not forget that IRI was able to hide its uranium enrichment activities for 18 years before it was caught red handed. Even then, it was not the west that found out about IRI’s nuclear secrets; the secrets were exposed by one of IRI’s opposition groups in exile.
Military Action - Destruction of Iran’s nuclear facilities by military force can have dangerous consequences. Iran is not a small country with limited military capabilities. Many believe that any military attack on Iran with results short of complete downfall of the Islamic regime and the full destruction of its Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), will pull the whole Middle East into a major regional war which could last for a decade.
A Middle East regional war would have a serious negative economic impact throughout the world. As a minimum, the flow of oil to the East and Europe would be interrupted causing increase in prices of manufactured goods and high unemployment in the East. Therefore, any military attack on the nuclear facilities in Iran, given the present and the near future situation in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and ISIS, could be a disaster for the US and the rest of the world.
Since the takeover of Iran by the Islamic Shia in 1979, IRI has been the root cause of bloody battles among the regional Sunni and Shia powers, as well as the main sponsor of fanatic and terrorist groups which have caused havoc in the middle east and the world. The Iranian people have witnessed the devastations in Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries, and have wisely decided that war, death and destruction is not the path they wish to choose in order to free themselves from the tyranny of the IRI regime.
Regime Change – The only viable solution with minimum risk to the west is to continue the sanctions and add additional sanctions, particularly targeted sanctions that would cause high economic impact to the regime and those closely related to it. The only western tactic that forced IRI to sit at the negotiations table was the sanctions; so why not continue and reinforce what has been working?
In order for IRI to stop playing its games in the negotiations and for the Middle East to become calm again, United States and the European Union (EU) will need to use targeted sanctions against the IRI regime and its top officials, while being careful not to allow the sanctions to negatively impact the Iranian people.
Furthermore, it is crucial that the west implement a mechanism to accurately monitor the use of any sanctions that have or may be lifted as a result of the 5+1 negotiations. For example, to date there has not been an official report itemizing the expenditure of the 400 million dollars in sanction relief that was to support the studies of Iranian students in the universities outside Iran. Meanwhile, there have been numerous reports on large increases in the import volume of luxury goods, including very expensive automobiles, since the recent sanction reliefs.
IRI has the support of those who economically benefit from it. Lack of funds will weaken this grip over the regime’s followers, particularly among the Revolutionary Guards. On other hand, empowering the Iranian people, who by a vast majority, are against the IRI will allow them to find their way to remove this regime and to replace it with a democratic government friendly to humanity and the West.
December 7, 2014
The New Iran
The Media Line
Written by Felice Friedson
The sister of a leading Iranian nuclear physicist widely believed to have been assassinated by Israel as part of an effort to derail the Islamic Republic’s drive to create nuclear weapons says her brother was murdered by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard (IRI) because he wouldn’t cooperate with the effort to divert nuclear activities from peaceful purposes.
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