Lisa Daftari

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Iran Human Rights Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

As I watched the people of Iran dance in the streets last week in celebration of the announced nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1, I compared the situation for a friend to an old fable I had learned when I was about 8 years old.

The story, which originally comes from an old Jewish tale but has been told in many traditions, is about a poor farmer who lives with his wife and six children in a very small house.

One day the farmer goes to his religious leader and says, “My family and I can hardly breathe. We have very modest means and cannot afford to buy a bigger home.”…  Seguir leyendo »

The best way to curb Iran

There are different opinions on how to deal with the Iranian regime over their nuclear proliferation, whether its contention between the Obama administration and regional partners including Israel, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, or even between lawmakers on the right and left here in the U.S.

There may never be agreement over the level of uranium enrichment, the number of centrifuges or a timeline Iran should adhere to, but the one thing we can all agree on is mistakenly being left out—the Mullahs’ 36-year egregious human rights record.

The barbaric crimes against women, the youth, journalists, dancers, musicians, Christians, Baha’is and others will go on without a mention under current negotiations with the West, as will the incarceration of three American citizens, Pastor Saeed Abedini, Marine Amir Hekmati and Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, as well as possible information about CIA operative Robert Levinson.…  Seguir leyendo »