Eye on Iran: Iran's Nobel Laureate Is Done with Reform. She Wants Regime Change.

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Iran's Nobel Laureate Is Done with Reform. She Wants Regime Change. | Eli Lake for Bloomberg

Shirin Ebadi, Iran's Nobel Peace Prize-winning human rights lawyer, has had enough. For years she represented her country's dissidents in the Islamic Republic's corrupt courts. She spoke out for the rights of women, minorities and students abroad. But she never called for the end of the regime she was fighting to reform. Until now.

German FM Vows ‘Considerable Efforts’ to Protect Iran Deal | Associated Press

Germany’s foreign minister says his government will exert “considerable efforts” to protect the Iran nuclear deal despite Berlin’s misgivings about Iran’s ballistic missiles program and its involvement in the Syria conflict.

Saudi Arabia Expects No Oil Supply Impact from Houthi Tanker Attack | Reuters

An attack on a Saudi tanker by Yemen’s Houthis will not hit oil supplies, Saudi Arabia’s energy minister said on Wednesday, after the Iran-allied group said it had targeted a warship in response to an air strike that killed civilians.

NUCLEAR DEAL

Germany's Merkel to Visit Trump, As Trade, Iran Deadlines Loom | Reuters

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit U.S. President Donald Trump on April 27, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday, as differences over a nuclear deal with Iran and trade cast a shadow over the transatlantic relationship.

Persuade Allies to Keep Pressure on Iran | Charleston Post and Courier Editorial Board

In order to put pressure on our European allies, President Trump has threatened to withdraw on May 12 from the Obama-era nuclear agreement with Iran unless the allies support needed changes to the deal. The allies are balking, but the president’s approach may yet yield tougher sanctions before the deadline..

NUCLEAR & BALLISTIC-MISSILE PROGRAMS

Iran Continues to Hide Past Nuclear Weapons Work | Washington Free Beacon

Iran continues to hide key work it undertook on nuclear weapons development while perfecting ballistic missile technology that could carry such a weapon, according to a new report from a senior Israeli military official that has fueled calls from Trump administration insiders and Congress to nix the deal ahead of a May deadline.

IRANIAN INTERNAL DEVELOPMENTS

Iranian Conservatives Ask Supreme Leader for Reforms | Al Monitor

A group of 300 conservative figures in Iran wrote an open letter to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei asking for structural reforms for the country.

Late Iranian President's Son on Road to Become Tehran Mayor | Al Monitor

Following the sudden resignation of Tehran Mayor Mohammad Ali Najafi last month, speculation has been growing that Mohsen Hashemi, the eldest son of the late former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, could become his successor.

Little Sympathy in Iran for Youtube Shooter’s Frustration | Associated Press

The Iranian-American woman who opened fire at YouTube's headquarters this week appears to have lashed out after she felt the company had censored her often bizarre videos— a motive that many found perplexing in Iran, where YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are blocked.

 

SYRIA & IRAN

Iran's Syria policy: the View from the Street | Alex Vatanka for the Middle East Institute

Listen closely to the debate in Tehran about Syria and you will detect great unease. There is an underlying fear—inside both the moderate and the hard-line camps of the regime—that Iran won the war but is in danger of losing out in the post-war period that will follow.