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  •  There is a split (2+ / 0-)
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    in the Iranian opposition on how to view the P5+1 discussions.  Some support, and some oppose.  

    Heshmatollah Tabarzadi and Emadeddin Baghi, Iranian dissidents who have both recently been in prison, had strikingly divergent advice for Hollande. Baghi urged the president to support the nuclear deal. In strong language, he said France’s earlier opposition to the agreement with Iran “makes the task of Iran’s human rights activists even harder.” Tabarzadi, a leader of the 1999 student uprisings who has been considered a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International, took a different tone. He thanked Hollande for standing in solidarity with Iran’s people in opposing the deal.
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    I was under the impression that most of the surge executions in Iran are for  drug related offenses.  

    http://www.amnesty.org/...

    I thank the diarist for reminding us of the plight of prisoners of conscience.  

    •  Reformists are in prison too! (0+ / 0-)

      The reformists have hoped to assume power and create a "softer" Islamic Republic for the past 35 years. A wishful thinking that Tabarzadi and the secular democrat opposition do not believe in; as it has been proven again and again from the 8 years of president Khatami to the 2009 rigged elections and the crush of the green movement.

      Tabarzadi and the growing secular movement believe that a regime that is trying to sell "heroic flexibility" in foreign policy, in order to relieve the sanctions, while showing its hard fist to its own citizens can not be trusted : " One cannot be addressed in the absence of the other"

      Examples of history weigh on his side.

      Not even a mullah trusts another, because he knows that the other also takes its mandate from the above and therefore has no respect for the worldly pacts and conventions!

    •  You decide :-) (1+ / 0-)
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      sandbox

      The whole Sharia based judiciary system is flawed and therefore so are the verdicts.

      If Iran executes more of it's citizens than any other country,  only one of these two possibilities may exist: Somehow Iranians have more villeins than any other nation, or their government is the villein!

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