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Let’s talk about @medeabenjamin of @Codepink who attempted to disrupt a @HudsonInstitute session hosting U.S. Special Envoy Brian Hook.
To practice fair journalism, here’s the video.
Here’s some interesting link between @medeabenjamin & #Iran’s regime.

This image shows her being interviewed by Iran’s state-run IRIB TV inside Iran with a headscarf.

She is described as a “Writer & political activist from the U.S.”
BTW, Iranians have called for sanctions against IRIB through this hashtag:
It is also quite interesting to see @JZarif welcoming this move by @medeabenjamin.

If you ask me, this raises quite a few questions about the relationship between Benjamin & #Iran's regime...
And when you see @BahmanKalbasi, a known #Iran regime operative/apologist, tweeting in support of @medeabenjamin, it’s literally case closed.
This user on Twitter, @nedahami, replies to @BahmanKalbasi saying @medeabenjamin works for #Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).
Here @medeabenjamin is seen being interviewed by #Iran’s “roshangari.ir” website, an outlet linked to the regime’s hardliners.
In this interview @medeabenjamin says “Iran has an important role in resolving the situation in Yemen… I believe it is very important for me to come to Iran because our governments need to work together.”
Excuse me?!

Was she sent to #Iran by @BarackObama?

I’ve expressed my thoughts about #Obama before & this raises even more suspicions for me.
And here’s her being interviewed by #Iran’s @Tasnimnews_Fa news agency.

Date: October 12, 2014 (The #Obama years…)

This outlet is affiliated directly to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Quds Force
#Iran’s IRGC Quds Force has been designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department since 2007.
In that particular interview with Tasnim, @medeabenjamin says:
“I believe it is shameless for U.S. media to portray Iran as a terrorist state that seeks hostility and is deceitful.”
@medeabenjamin has another interview with Tasnim titled:
“Medea Benjamin: Iran is the key to resolve problems in the region”
Here are more images of her visit to #Iran.
@medeabenjamin & @Codepink were also invited to #Iran back in 2008 by firebrand president Mahmoud @Ahmadinejad1956, the same guy who denied the Holocaust.
Their objective was to “model for the new Obama administration the power of cooperative good will…”
@medeabenjamin has also written a book promoting appeasement (the same policy adopted by @BarackObama) vis-a-vis #Iran’s regime.
I truly wonder if this “anti-war” activist has received money from #Iran’s regime…
Conclusion: Yours to make.

I welcome any & all constructive feedback.

Thanks for reading!

After @JZarif & @BahmanKalbasi, now we are seeing @tparsi coming to the support of @medeabenjamin.

They are all defending & lobbying for the filth known as #Iran's regime.
#Iran apologist/lobbyist @NIACouncil's tweet just says it all about @medeabenjamin.

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Oct 9, 2018
U.S. President Donald Trump has accepted the resignation of Nikki Haley as UN Ambassador.

My gut tells me an even bigger story will develop.

Rest assured #Iran's regime is terrified about who Trump/Pompeo will appoint as their new envoy.
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Will be staying at this post until the end of the year.
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Add this to the long list linking #Iran's regime with international terrorism.

This time, the al Qaeda-affiliated al Shabaab militant group of Somalia.

More reason why a firm policy is needed against Tehran.
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Sources say "hardliners" are voicing threats about the signing of this bill.

(File Photo)
"Regarding the FATF, should we commit suicide today by signing this bill because we're going to die in the future?" says Behrouz Nemati, a member of #Iran's Majlis (parliament).

Read more about Iran & the FATF here:
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Short Thread:

#Iran's #FakeNews machine at work:

"It did not say where Zahedifar was arrested. In a video carried by state broadcaster IRIB, a blindfolded man who identified himself as Zahedifar denied he had fled Iran."
Here's the video.

What a coincidence (!), all of this developing just "a week after Tehran sentenced three people to death in a drive against economic crimes."

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