By Professor Lord Alton of Liverpool
Lord Alton says activists in Iran continue to be in "extreme danger", but will not be defeated by government violence.
Recently, a representative of the Iranian cybercrimes police took to the country’s state media to boast of the regime’s successes in disrupting peaceful networks on Instagram and other social media. This brought Western media attention to a series of arrests that had taken place in March as part of a sting operation called “Spider II.” The Iranian internet has turned into a cultural battleground where secular, pro-democratic ideas are aggressively battled by the Iranian regime.
by Lord Maginnis of Drumglass
Obama’s deceit means future policies can’t be accepted at face value
It can be no surprise how political debate on the West’s policy toward Iran has intensified in the wake of the recent New York Times Magazine article revealing the deliberate deceptions carried out by the Obama administration to justify its nuclear negotiations and its broader policy of appeasement.
By the Rt Hon. David Jones MP
Former Cabinet Minister David Jones MP calls for greater protection of civilians in Aleppo and calls on Western nations to press Iran to end its support for the Assad regime.
The extension of the ceasefire around the city of Aleppo is a welcome development. Now the international efforts in Geneva should focus on adopting urgent, robust measures to ensure that it is fully respected.
Italy’s prime minister should have learned from last week’s Austria-Iran dispute.
By Sir David Amess MP
It was recently announced that Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is the latest Western senior official scheduled to visit Tehran, on April 12 and 13, where he will meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and other key officials. This latest state visit comes only a few months after a high profile trip by Rouhani to Italy and France in January. It is part of a growing trend of diplomatic exchange between Iranian and European officials and business delegates, as the two sides eagerly pursue expanded trade relations following the suspension of U.S.-led sanctions.