What little religious freedom Christians in Iran had—especially believers who are not from a minority ethnic group—is quickly coming to an end. Farsi-speaking Christians, many of whom are likely converts from Islam, have been told they are no longer allowed to worship at one of the few remaining churches.
The Obama administration has raised concern over introducing a bill that could impose new sanctions against Iran.
Those who have been following the story of Saeed Abedini, the American pastor who was sentenced to eight years in a brutal Iranian prison for his Christian faith, were shocked to learn his name was not even mentioned as part of the nuclear deal struck with Iran last month.
Former CIA Director, Secretary of Defense, decorated First Lieutenant, and decades-long veteran of the federal government Leon Panetta was candid in an interview with Foreign Policy. He criticized the gridlock in Washington, said America should engage with Iran, and revealed that he wished President Obama had gone through with the strike on Assad's regime in Syria.
Six countries negotiated last week on a short-term deal with Iran to stop its nuclear weapons program. The P5+1 group is expected to reconvene next week to discuss it's implementation.
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