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Iran and the Yakuza

Published by Spectator On Thursday, a 60-year-old Japanese crime boss appeared in a New York court to respond to charges that he helped traffic illicit material from Myanmar to Thailand. You might expect this to be a story about the Southeast Asian drug trade – it’s a vibrant business after all. In fact the supposed …

Who are the Houthis?

Published by the Spectator About a month ago, a regional brigade of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the militia that undergirds the power in the Islamic Republic of Iran, held a political conference in the port city of Bushehr on the Persian Gulf. The keynote speaker was a surprise for most attendees: Salim al-Montasser, …

Mahsa Amini Family Lawyer Speaks Out Against Travel Bans and Stonewalling

Published by IranWire Co-written with Aida Ghajar Every year since 1988, the European Parliament has awarded its Sakharov Prize to a recipient who has dedicated themselves to human rights and freedom of thought. The prize is named after a legendary Soviet dissident and goes to individuals who, like Andreĭ Sakharov, showed remarkable courage against tyranny. …