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David Elliott

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After Iran Tech Sanctions Fix, are Medicine Shortages Next?

(17) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 4:17 PM

Last week, a senior State Department official acknowledged something the U.S. government had previously chalked up as simply Iranian propaganda: that sanctions are contributing to medicine shortages in Iran. The official, Ambassador Wendy Sherman, was talking to BBC Persian to announce that the U.S. was lifting sanctions on...

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Dysfunctional Congress Threatens Iran Talks

(5) Comments | Posted May 2, 2012 | 3:31 PM

As the United States and Iran look for an exit ramp off the road to war, they may find a surprising new obstacle: the very sanctions legislation that many credit for bringing Iran back to the negotiating table. As a result of that sanctions bill, Congress now has the de-facto...

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Obama's Pursuit of Sanctions Came at Expense of Human Rights

(6) Comments | Posted June 22, 2010 | 5:01 PM

When the United States' efforts to pass new Iran sanctions finally came to fruition just days before the June 12 anniversary of Iran's dubious presidential elections, some observers concluded that the new sanctions must have been a result of the Iranian government's atrocious human rights violations.

The Obama Administration encouraged...

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Deportation of Iranians Dropped from STEP Act

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2010 | 3:02 PM

Rep. Gresham Barrett's (R-S.C.) office has confirmed to the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) that he will drop language aimed at deporting non-immigrant Iranians from the U.S. when he reintroduces the Stop Terrorists Entry Program (STEP) Act.

This is a major victory for the Iranian-American community.

When the...

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GOP Rep. Introducing Bill to Bar & Deport Iranians from U.S.

(8) Comments | Posted January 10, 2010 | 4:14 PM

Congressman Gresham Barrett (R-SC) has announced his intention to reintroduce legislation that would prohibit "the admission of aliens from countries designated as State Sponsors of Terrorism as well as Yemen to the United States." The Stop Terrorist Entry Program (STEP) Act, first introduced in 2003, also would have...

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U.S. Decides to Punish Iranian Regime, Not People

(26) Comments | Posted January 3, 2010 | 2:11 PM

Last week countless protesters across Iran made yet another brave stand against their government, in an event that had political reverberations across the world. The continued demonstration of strength by the Iranian opposition has not only showed the increasing isolation of Iran's ruling elite, but also helped cement a dramatic...

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As Obama Scores an Iran Breakthrough, Congress Fumbles

(9) Comments | Posted October 7, 2009 | 3:28 PM

As the pressure built early last week for President Obama to forgo diplomacy with Iran in favor of imposing new sanctions, Iran's top opposition leader posed a piercing question to the world. "Which one of [Iran's leaders] can be expected to care about the agony their behavior imposes on people?"...

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