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Despite Regime Narratives, the Islamic Republic Is Unlikely to Be Viewed as a Victim

On Tuesday, the commander of Iran’s Basij civilian paramilitary boosted the regime’s rhetoric in matters of foreign policy when he declared that the country was facing supposedly coordinated “full-scale war” from its leading adversaries, the United States, Saudi Arabia, and Israel. His remarks before a gathering in Tehran come at a time when Iranian officials are working to present a recent terrorist attack on an Iranian military parade as being connected to those foreign powers, although they have not presented any evidence to support the claim.

Emphasis Differs Among Groups Lobbying for Action on Iran at UN General Assembly

On Wednesday, the United States will be chairing a meeting of the United Nations Security Council which will be focused on non-proliferation, and in which much of the discussion is expected to emphasize the threat posed by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Indeed, US President Donald Trump previously announced that Iran’s malign behavior would dominate the agenda, before scaling back on this provocative move, presumably under pressure from critics.

By Mahmoud Hakamian

Hunger strikes are a common occurrence in the Iranian prisons, where conditions are notoriously harsh and political prisoners in particular are prone to chronic mistreatment and extrajudicial punishment by prison guards and judicial authorities.

War of Words Emerges over UN Security Council Meeting, but Outcome is Unclear

By Edward Carney

This week, the White House announced that it would be leading a meeting of the United Nations Security Council later in September with the purpose of drawing attention to Iran’s malign activities and encouraging a multilateral response to them. The UN Dispatch explained on Thursday that the meeting would coincide with the United Nations General Assembly in New York, as a result of a “quirk of scheduling” that puts the US in charge of the rotating presidency of the Security Council and thus empowers it to set the body’s agenda at the same time that world leaders will be on-hand for annual gathering of its parent organization.

Minority Persecution Increases as Iran Copes With Both Foreign and Domestic Pressure

On Thursday, the Assyrian International News Agency reported upon legal appeals that had been filed in the cases of four Iranian Christians who were arrested for their participation in the same at-home worship services, as part of a larger movement to facilitate the expression of Christian faith in a country where converting from Islam is considered illegal and potentially punishable by death.

Iran Welcomes Conflict, Continues Blaming Foreign Enemies for Domestic Unrest

The Iranian parliament voted on Sunday to remove Finance Minister Masoud Karbasian from his post, following months of economic decline that have helped to fuel ongoing protests against the clerical regime, its endemic corruption, and its misplaced priorities. In reporting on the ouster, the Associated Press described it as representing the government’s recognition of the public anger, though it also pointed out that the change in leadership of the Finance Ministry is unlikely to make any real difference in absence of a broader change in the regime’s behavior, just as the prior removal of the Minister of Labor failed to have any meaningful impact.

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