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    Iran: Nuclear Challenge Should Not Eclipse Concerns on Terrorism and Human Rights

    The Heritage Foundation hosted a distinguished panel on Wednesday to discuss current affairs in Iran. The purpose of the event was to discuss not only Iran’s nuclear program but ways in which the Iranian regime continues to undermine the rights of their own people and support global terrorist networks. Ken … More

    Iran’s New U.N. Ambassador Exploited American Hostages

    While posing as a friendly and pragmatic reformer, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has stuck a finger in the eye of Washington by appointing a diplomat who participated in the 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran as Iran’s next representative to the United Nations. Hamid Aboutalebi was a member … More

    Israel Intercepts Missile Shipment from Iran as U.S. Shortchanges Missile Defense

    Last week, Iran was once again caught red-handed shipping arms, including advanced rockets, to Gaza-based Palestinian terrorists. The Israeli navy intercepted the Klos-C, a Panamanian-flagged ship, in the Red Sea on March 5. It was slated to offload a clandestine shipment of mortar shells, bullets, and surface-to-surface missiles in Sudan … More

    Iran Remains a Human Rights Abuser Despite an Interim Nuclear Deal

    In the wake of the recent nuclear deal with the West, Iran’s repressive regime remains hard at work, trampling on individual liberty at every opportunity. Iranians are not likely to see any improvements in the country’s dismal human rights record and continue to live in a state of fear. Iran … More

    Fans of Iran's President Make "Yes We Can" Music Video

    After extracting a favorable agreement at the Geneva talks, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is on top of the world. One hundred days into Rouhani’s presidency, Iranian performers honored him with a music video (entitled “Aspirations”) that mirrors President Obama’s 2008 “Yes We Can” music video. Using the same black and … More

    Q&A on the Iran Nuclear Deal

    James Phillips, Heritage’s Senior Research Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs, gives us his take on the latest deal with Iran. Will the interim agreement stop Iran’s nuclear weapons program? The agreement will marginally slow, but not halt, Iran’s nuclear efforts. It has been incorrectly described as a “freeze,” but many … More

    A Bad Nuclear Deal with Iran Could Lead to War

    The deal that the Obama Administration struck at the Geneva talks yesterday amounts to a flawed agreement that risks reducing sanctions pressure on Iran over next six months in return for easily reversible Iranian pledges, some of which Iran has given before but subsequently reneged on. The deal requires Iran … More

    Iran Gains Sanctions Relief from the Obama Administration

    The Obama Administration, eagerly seeking a deal on Iran’s nuclear program, is now signaling that it will ease the sanctions that finally forced Tehran to the negotiating table. On Thursday, White House press secretary Jay Carney said that the Obama Administration is considering the easing of some sanctions to further … More

    With Iran: Distrust and Verify

    Iranian lawmaker Hossein Naqvi Hosseini said on Wednesday that Iran doesn’t need to enrich uranium above 20 percent, attempting to convince the U.S. that Iran has no intention of using uranium for nuclear weapons. But the Obama Administration should not fall for empty promises or partial deals. Hosseini is not … More

    U.S. Allies Voice Alarm over Obama’s Middle East Policies

    Saudi Arabia and Israel, two key U.S. allies, have publicly challenged the Obama Administration’s Middle East policies this week and expressed alarm over the unraveling of America’s reputation as a dependable ally. Both are understandably concerned that the Administration is succumbing to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s charm offensive and is … More