• 2018-11-07

    On November 5, further US sanctions on Iran went into effect and are expected to bring devastating consequences on the Islamic Republic and its people.  It is feared that women along with children and impoverished Iranians are most at risk. ...

  • 2018-11-01

    Since the new US embargo of Iran on Aug 6, at the MAHAK Pediatric Cancer Treatment & Research Center, parents ask questions every day about whether any drugs are available to treat their children, and whether they are genuine and not counterfeit. ... 

  • 2018-10-04

    All unilateral sanctions by one country against others are flagrantly illegal. Under international law, Security Council members alone may impose them. The International Court of Justice (ICJ-World Court) preliminary ruling against the US is positive. It didn’t go far enough because on July 16, 2018, the Islamic Republic petitioned the ICJ for sanctions relief, claiming the Trump regime violated terms of their 1955 US-Iran Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights.

  • 2018-09-22

    On May 8, 2018, the USA withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal and reimposed a list of sanctions that target Iran’s economy and companies from third-party countries that continue to trade with Iran. Both US and non-US business partners have been winding down their economic activities in Iran. These sanctions will have a detrimental effect on the country’s viral hepatitis elimination programme. ...

  • 2018-08-28

    The United States has a long history of dominating international economic institutions and has been able to use that power in the past to control other governments and enrich its industries. At present, the United States is waging an economic World War targeting much of the world economy, including allies who refuse to comply with US mandates. ...

  • 2018-05-08

    US President Donald J. Trump is expected to announce his decision on May 8 on whether to continue to waive sanctions on Iran or pull the United States out of a multilateral nuclear agreement with the Islamic Republic. Here’s a quick look at the history of sanctions on Iran. 

  • 2018-05-08

    On May 8, 2018, the President announced his decision to cease the United States’ participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and to begin reimposing, following a wind-down period, the U.S. nuclear-related sanctions that were lifted to effectuate the JCPOA sanctions relief. In conjunction with this announcement, the President issued a National Security Presidential Memorandum (NSPM) directing the Secretary of State and the Secretary of the Treasury to prepare immediately for the reimposition of all of the U.S. sanctions lifted or waived in connection with the JCPOA, to be accomplished as expeditiously as possible and in no case later than 180 days from the date of the NSPM. ...

  • 2018-01-11

    ... There also are many good reasons why parts of the Iranian population see Iran’s government as failed and repressive regime, but it is important for those outside Iran to understand that there are no reliable indicators as to how many people actually oppose the regime, why they oppose it, or how serious their opposition is. It is equally hard to know how many Iranians support the regime, what aspects of it they support, and how many simply “go along to get along.” ...

  • 2016-06-08

    The U.S Congress initiated sanctions against Iran after the 1979 U.S. Embassy hostage crisis in Tehran, and since then the scope of multilateral sanctions imposed by the United States, the European Union, and the United Nations Security Council have progressively expanded throughout the intervening years. Though primarily targeted at Iran’s nuclear proliferation activities, sanctions have nevertheless resulted in negative public health outcomes for ordinary Iranian citizens. This includes creating vital domestic shortages to life-saving medicines, leaving an estimated 6 million Iranian patients with limited treatment access for a host of diseases. Sanctions have also crippled Iran’s domestic pharmaceutical industry, leading to the disruption of generic medicines production and forcing the country to import medicines and raw materials that are of lower or questionable quality. ...

  • 2016-01-01

    ... Since sanctions have had the unintended effect of restricting civil society mobilization in Iran, this comment recommends that the U.S. government further target sanctions, create more authorizations, ease financial restrictions, and increase information transparency. This would have the effect of incentivizing companies to export technology to Iran and provide these mobilization tools to Iranians. The United States should seize this opportunity to improve the sanctions regime by incentivizing companies in a way that promotes Iranians’ freedoms and U.S. foreign policy goals. ...

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