By Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE QC

On September 6, the Wall Street Journal reported “The U.S. has intercepted an order from Iran to militants in Iraq to attack the U.S. Embassy and other American interests in Baghdad in the event of a strike on Syria, officials said, amid an expanding array of reprisal threats across the region”. The WSJ added “The Iranian message, intercepted in recent days, came from Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Revolutionary Guards' Qods Force, and went to Iranian-supported Shiite militia groups in Iraq, according to U.S. officials”.

By Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE QC

Among the ways of measuring a new leader are his approach to the people he is beholden to and the choices he makes for roles of great responsibility.

In the case of Hassan Rouhani, the new president of Iran, the signs are not encouraging. And the U.S. government and the European Union should continue to be wary of his intentions, not just in the nuclear dossier, but also on the Iranian regime’s appalling human rights record.

By Lord Maginnis of Drumglass

One may hope the answer to be "Yes" - but a review of Tehran rulers’ conduct over the past 25 years gives little encouragement.

In late July 1988, the Iranian government began the massacre of political prisoners that continued for several months and resulted in the slaughter of more than 30,000 political prisoners, the overwhelming majority of them activists of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

By Brian Binley MP

Many in the western press and beyond have praised the new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as a moderate suggesting he will make life better for his people and will extend the olive branch to the rest of the world. So let's look at his record.