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Faith in the Special Relationship: A New Report Argues the US-UK Alliance is Strengthened by Diplomatic Cooperation on Religion

Judd Birdsall | Posted 04.09.2016 | UK Politics
Judd Birdsall

This isn't about making foreign policy more 'religious.' The report cautions, "Religious engagement is not the preserve of officials who are personally religious, nor does it entail the undue privileging of religious factors in analysis."

Bradley Manning Term 'A Tactical Victory'

PA/Huffington Post | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK

Julian Assange has spoken out following the sentencing of Bradley Manning, the American army private who disclosed more than 700,000 confidential docu...

Uncle slams Bradley Manning jail sentence

PA | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK

The shell-shocked uncle of jailed US soldier Bradley Manning has insisted his nephew is a hero and should not have been locked up in the first place. ...

The US State Department Ignores the 99.8% of Falkland Islanders Who Want to Remain British

Luke Coffey | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK Politics
Luke Coffey

Of course, neither the Falkland Islanders nor the UK need America's support for the referendum but the US should back its allies. All the Falkland Islanders are asking for is recognition of their right to self-determination - a right guaranteed by the United Nations Charter and a key principle on which America was founded in 1776.

New Circumstances - New Opportunity

Lord Maginnis | Posted 11.12.2012 | UK Politics
Lord Maginnis

The regime has continually used the labels 'terrorist' and 'cult' in order to dehumanise the members of the PMOI and to neutralise its impact.

What Is the US State Department Waiting for to Unchain Tehran's Opponents?

David Amess | Posted 17.11.2012 | UK Politics
David Amess

With the October 1 deadline for action less than two weeks away, it is far past time for immediate delisting of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) from the State Department list of foreign terrorist organizations.

United States Should Make Amends on Iranian Dissidents

Lord Maginnis | Posted 10.11.2012 | UK Politics
Lord Maginnis

What was once thought to be a political necessity has proven to be a political fiasco as Iran's mullahs' regime moves ever closer to producing a viable nuclear bomb. It is now time to put an end to this fruitless and unjust policy, and remove the terror label that was placed, unjustifiably, on the PMOI at that time.

U.S. and UN Should Carry Out Their Promises to Iranian Dissidents

Brian Binley | Posted 31.08.2012 | UK Politics
Brian Binley

As the Iraqi government was tightening the screws on the 3,400 Iranian dissidents at Camp Ashraf, the UN (with U.S. help) brokered a deal to move them to an abandoned U.S. Army base near Baghdad, where they would be processed as refugees for transfer to third countries.

U.S. Needs to be Even Handed in Dealing With Dissidents of Tyrannical Rules

David Amess | Posted 14.07.2012 | UK Politics
David Amess

I fully endorse what the U.S. has done and is doing in the two cases in China and Myanmar. Governments that oppress their own citizens don't deserve our support. But a group wrongly labeled as terrorist, and using every legal means to overturn that label, does deserve much greater consideration than it is getting.

Chen Guangchen May Be Allowed To Leave China To Study In US

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 04.05.2012 | UK

Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese dissident whose escape from house arrest has become a major international diplomatic issue, may be allowed to leave...

End the Export of Terrorism by Iran - Support the Opposition

Brian Binley | Posted 10.06.2012 | UK Politics
Brian Binley

Look across the Atlantic and you will find that the UK delisted the group in 2008, and the following year the Council of the European Union removed it from the list of designated terrorist organisations. The only people left to benefit from MEK's current status in the US are the Mullahs of Iran.

Persian New Year: Time for a new approach towards Iranian dissidents

David Amess | Posted 28.05.2012 | UK Politics
David Amess

The start of the Persian New Year on Tuesday 20 March should have been a happy occasion, but for freedom-loving Iranians in Iraq it began on a note of sadness with the death of a 44-year-old electrical expert, Amir-Mostofian.

Faceless State Department Official Courts Favour With Iranian Tyrants

Lord Maginnis | Posted 16.05.2012 | UK Politics
Lord Maginnis

Blaming the victim has been the strategy of oppressors as far back as anyone can remember. Now, in the ongoing struggle to protect the 3,400 Iranian dissidents trapped in Iraq, the strategy has taken an even more perverse turn - to blame those who would help the victims. This is a strategy being pursued, not just by the oppressors, but by "double agents" within the State Department.

Assassination of Iranian Scientist and US Role

Firouz Mahvi | Posted 16.04.2012 | UK
Firouz Mahvi

The mysterious assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist on 12 January, raised questions on who was responsible for a series of similar killings. ...

Damage Caused by WikiLeaks to Human Rights Advocacy

Ziya Meral | Posted 02.04.2012 | UK Politics
Ziya Meral

The legacy of WikiLeaks on the practice of diplomacy is already clear: not much at all. Leaving aside the field day the media and civil rights groups ...

Iran's Democracy Movement Deserves Support

Siavosh Rajizadeh | Posted 02.11.2011 | UK Politics
Siavosh Rajizadeh

While the people of Syria, Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia and Iraq have been rising up against their dictatorial regimes for freedom and democracy, the ...