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May 7, 2018 17 tweets 12 min read Twitter logo Read on Twitter
It appears the @OrgIAC #2018IranFreedomConvention has raised some eyebrows amongst #Iran apologists.
@ishaantharoor’s recent @WashingtonPost article sheds light on how this convention is making Tehran & the pro-appeasement camp very nervous.
@ishaantharoor get’s to the point quickly:
“We have a president who is as committed to regime change as we are," said Rudy Giuliani, describing him as a “Republican Party grandee and President Trump's newly appointed lawyer.”
On the #IranNuclearDeal, @ishaantharoor claims Trump “looks poised to violate its terms by reimposing certain sanctions on #Iran...”
Reminder: Tehran has been violating the #JCPOA from day one.
See next three tweets:
#Iran has "violated the deal on many occasions..." through "efforts to avoid verification requirements and exceed the limits of heavy water, another nuclear byproduct. Iran also has run more advanced nuclear centrifuges than permitted..."
"It has twice been revealed that #Iran exceeded the cap on heavy water mandated by the agreement, and has also refused to allow testing of its carbon fiber acquired before the deal was implemented."
"Moreover, it has also been reported that Tehran has found new ways to conduct additional mechanical testing of centrifuges, in clear violation of the JCPOA."
By using the term “apes” about U.S. President Donald Trump, @ishaantharoor sinks to a despicable low even for opinion pieces. Shame.

And yes #Iran is “the greatest menace facing the Middle East.” Just look at the ruins of Syria & Yemen, and its meddling in Iraq & Lebanon.
@ishaantharoor blows his cover here:
“Dethroning the mullahs would likely involve waging war against Iran...”
This is a claim raised by Iran appeasers to inflict fear among uninformed readers.
#Iran has a legitimate opposition with four decades of experience: @iran_policy
@ishaantharoor then raises the issue of the main #Iran opposition organization, the MEK (@mojahedineng), and blows his cover (again) by parroting an Iranian regime allegation:
[MEK] "agents have been implicated in the deaths of Americans”
The truth is found in the next tweet.
On 7 Dec 2011, @LBJunior testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations & Subcommittee on the Middle East & South Asia:
Allegations @Ishaantharoor raises about the MEK killing “thousands of Iranians, many stemming from its coordination with Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in the 1980s amid the war between Baghdad and Tehran” are further hearsay expressed repeatedly by #Iran apologists.
@Ishaantharoor goes on to say:
“The MEK was once listed as a terrorist group by the State Department…”
Here’s an excerpt from a 1997 LA Times article:
@Ishaantharoor continues by accusing Giuliani of being paid by the MEK, citing a Politico article written by Daniel Benjamin.
Of course, Benjamin is an Obama-era official & a staunch advocate of opening relations with #Iran.
So, what else would you expect from such a figure.
@Ishaantharoor cites a @jrezaian article:
In Iran “I never met a person who thought the MEK should, or could, present a viable alternative."
First of all, any “journalist” allowed to remain in #Iran is most certainly cooperating with the regime, or else they’re kicked out.
Former House speaker Newt Gingrich powerfully debunks @jrezaian’s ridiculous claim:
@jrezaian then claims the MEK presents “fake intelligence about #Iran’s nuclear program.”

Reminder: The NCRI (MEK being a member of) first “exposed Iran’s uranium enrichment facility at Natanz and a heavy water facility at Arak” back in 2002.
@Ishaantharoor finishes by citing Philip Gordon, another Obama-era official fiercely in favor of relations with #Iran.

A final message to Iran apologists:
Iranians don’t need you to shed crocodile tears for them & shame on you for providing a life rope to Tehran’s mullahs.

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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.
Amb. Nikki Haley spoke six months ago with President Donald Trump about the subject of resigning.
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.
"Criminal networks are using Iran as a transit point for illicit Somali charcoal exports that earn Islamist militants al Shabaab millions of dollars annually in tax, U.N. sanctions monitors said in a report seen by Reuters."
"... domestic revenue generation by al Qaeda-affiliated al Shabaab 'is more geographically diversified and systematic' than that of Somalia’s federal government."
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Store-owners in 50 cities launched this protest movement on Monday in solidarity with the truckers' nationwide strike.
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Karaj, #Iran
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Fardis sector
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Qazvin, NW #Iran
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This goes alongside the truckers' nationwide strike that has spread to over 310 cities now.
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Reports indicate atmosphere in #Iran's parliament (the Majlis) is very tense as members review the anti-money laundering Financial Action Task Force (FATF) signing bill.
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:
"Hardliners in Iran’s parliament have opposed passing legislation toward compliance with FATF standards, arguing it could hamper Iranian financial support for allies such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah, which the US has classified as a terrorist organization."
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Oct 6, 2018
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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