Sanctions on 8 Officials

U.S. imposes sanctions for "severe violations of human rights"

BBC: US President Barack Obama has ordered for the first time sanctions against senior Iranian officials for "sustained and severe violations of human rights". The eight men include the head of the Revolutionary Guards, a former interior minister and the prosecutor-general. The treasury department said they would face a travel ban and asset freeze.

All of those named in the US sanctions list served in Iran's military, law enforcement and justice system around the time of the 2009 protests:

* Mohammad Ali Jafari, the commander of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC)
* Sadeq Mahsouli, the current minister of welfare and security, and former minister of the interior
* Qolam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei, the current prosecutor-general of Iran and former intelligence minister
* Saeed Mortazavi, the former prosecutor-general of Tehran
* Heydar Moslehi, the minister of Intelligence
* Mostafa Mohammad Najjar, the current interior minister and former deputy commander of the armed forces for law enforcement
* Ahmad-Reza Radan, deputy chief of Iran's National Police
* Hossein Taeb, current deputy commander for Intelligence for the IRGC and former commander of the IRGC's Basij militia >>>



there's only one looney

by shushtari on

who is left defending these 'aftabeh dozd' wackos


please look at these pictures carefully- I bet these shepeshoos used to sell hendoones in darvaze doolab before the fiasco of 79!!! LOL


their nasty faces aside, their brutality and demeanor is even more frightening.....but they will all be lined up against a wall soon, just like the way they did to the brave soldiers of the imperial army


good luck in hell boys 



by Cost-of-Progress on

The shemless apologists such as this sargoh keep bringing up the mid 70's Iran as the model for those who oppose the murderous clan of the unelected thug clergy.


99.9% of folks here opposing you want a democratic secularist government. That ain't 70's no matter how much your palestinian background tells you so.





Indeed life goes on in

by Fair on

The "Islamic Republic", and it is hell and people want change.  But for Coloner Sanders here of course, life goes in in the good ol USA. He could not even function for one day in today's Iran without someone to take him around, so he resides in the Great Satan (not Russia, not India, not Australia, but in the Great Satan USA itself), advocates a military religious dictatorship over the people of Iran. Then such people call for "normalization" with this fascist regime over the dead bodies of Iranian youth who demand freedom.  He calls Radan and Taeb, two of the most vicious criminals who have victimized thousands of innocent Iranian youths, "committed policemen". Or elevates Jaafari, the stateless terrorist, commited to war against the Iranian people, and the intervention of his "military" in politics. 

Talk about crackpot:) Just add to that massive hypocrisy and identity crisis (or more accurately, just lack of identity)..


قانون تحریم ایران و مراسم ترحیم بین المللی برای 8 مرد خبیث


How about some more names.........., maybe x 10,000?

At least, these murderers/plunderers will not be able to travel with impunity, and will be restricted to travel within IRI-friendly countries.

Immortal Guard

Double Standard!

by Immortal Guard on

You mean George Bush junior and senior and Tony Blair have been exempted as war criminals?

Mardom Mazloom

Sazegara on these sanctions (first 2'20")

by Mardom Mazloom on

Sargord Pirouz

Of course you guys don't

by Sargord Pirouz on

Of course you guys don't want a deescalation of tensions and a normalization of affairs. Then where would you be with your crackpot ideas of a mid-70s Iran that no longer exists but in your imagination?

Let's wait and see. After the US midterm elections, maybe there'll be some movement that way. Yes, maybe there will, maybe there won't.

But as for you guys? Well, you'll always have the crackpot of your imagination.

Meanwhile, life goes on in the Islamic Republic of Iran. 

Poosteh Pesteh

PS3 Game

by Poosteh Pesteh on

All 8 Is Been Trained At Britain


Normalization of what?

by PArviz on

There is a fundamental difference between what we wish for Iran.

For me personally, as some one who regards IRI as an inhuman, corrupt, savage and backward regime, normalization of relations between the US and IRI is the last thing I want.

Why would I want normalization? So that the regime could continue killing, torturing and plundering the nation? So that I could continue doing profitable business deals while IRi is in power? Since I would like to see a free and democratic Iran I hope relations between the regime and the civilized world never normalizes.

On the contrary, I would like to see the whole world speaking up against the IRI murderers, making their existence very difficult and insecure, giving the people of Iran the chance to organize themselves and get rid of this cancer so that they could have a normal life.

So all of you who would like to see this regime stay in power and the normalization of relations can go to hell, you are nothing but a bunch of worthless traitors. You can't hide behind the excuse that Iranian people will suffer through sanctions and political tension between the rest of the world and the akhundi regime. As long as this regime is in power the people of Iran will not see Peace and prosperity.

In addition, I think the Americans should impose sanctions on the entire ruling thugs. We, Iranians, abroad, should demand the arrest of all those who directly or indirectly have or had a hand in the oppression, killing and torture of our people so that these criminals wouldn't dare travel out of the country. We want them safe and sound until the day they appear before the court of law.


Down with the ENTIRE Islamic Republic!

Darius Kadivar

You can't expect "normalization" with Mental Retard Psychopaths

by Darius Kadivar on

But I do understand that in that respect you personally Feel you are in Good Company SPink Jaan ...

Sargord Pirouz

Since this is obviously not

by Sargord Pirouz on

Since this is obviously not an effective means of coercion, it merely represents an escalation of tension between the US and Iran.

Is this useful? I don't think so. It's counterproductive to peace and the normalization of affairs inside the Islamic Republic of Iran. 

Darius Kadivar

Rudi Bakhtiar Delivers More Names of IRI criminal Culprits (VOA)

by Darius Kadivar on

Part 1:

واکنش ها به سفر احمدی نژاد به نيويورک-۱ 


Part 2:

واکنش ها به سفر احمدی نژاد به نيويورک-۲



I wonder why so late and why now?!

by پیام on

How come? Has Obama changed course or have they cooked a new ash for us? As MJ used to sing: " All I wanna say is that they don't really care about us."

Dr. X


by Dr. X on

point well taken, the difference is that the rest of the world is likely to follow the US in applying sanctions on Iran, not vice versa. Yes, in some aspects it is symbolic....but it becomes more significant if other nations soon follow. If the human rights issue is brought to the forefront as much as the nuclear issue, then the regime will be under serious pressure to change its behavior.

Sargord Pirouz

I'm guessing it won't in any

by Sargord Pirouz on

I'm guessing it won't in any way impede Najjar's travel to countries such as Pakistan, Turkmenistan or even Russia. 

Jafari is committed to fighting what he identifies as a soft war, so he's not likely to leave the battleground anytime soon. Same with Taeb.

Radan's a committed policeman. Is the expectation he'll be vacationing in Turkey or Dubai soon? If so, that's unrealistic.

Other than that, does anyone believe this move is anything more than a symbolic escalation of tensions? Sort of like the Majlis response in the past of declaring service branches of the US military as "terror organizations"? 




The next step should be:

by 1iraniam on


Now the next step would be to capture these criminals dead or alive, by international arm forces, if captured alive,  take them to international court, put them on trail, if they resist then kill them.

These criminals only understand force, at the same time they are cowered too, as soon as a few of them are taken out, the rest will go into hiding.

By the way,this list missing many names, such as Ahmaghinejad, and Khamenie., Janati, and...,



Dear Amir19, do you know of an online petition for Aria?

by Roozbeh_Gilani on

I did a quick search and found nothing.

Thanks for highlighting this.


عمق جنایات این دژخیمان در صورت زشتشان پیداست


خدایا کاری کن که تمامی دژخیمان جمهوری اسهالی و ذوب شدگان در ولایت وقیح که دستشان در کشتار جوانان ایرانزمین به خون آلوده است هرچه زودتر به سزای اعمال خود برسند. دوستان برای آزادی جوان غیور ایرانی آریا آرام نژاد که پس از ساختن ترانه ظهر عاشورا از بهمن ماه سال گذشته در زندان بسر میبرد و پدر و مادر وی از این بیمناکند که رژیم ممکن است وی را اعدام کند ازهر طریق ممکن اطلاع رسانی کنید. برای دیدن و شنیدن این ترانه زیبا در یوتیوپ در لینک زیر بروید:




by Shepesh on




A fitting end for islamist terrorist mad dogs.....

by Roozbeh_Gilani on

who got too big for their sandals and turned on their CIA/MI6 masters.

But the job of putting these mad dogs down should be left to Iranian people.



Stop Celebrating!

by shahabshahab on

This is Delkhoshkonak!

None of these people had any intention of going abroad any way. If the Obama people were serious, which they are not, at e minimum, they would place sanctions on IRI diplomats, like the Foreign minister, Mottaki. Then, we would see a real effect.

This is a waste of paper that it is written on. They didn't even issue a single arrest warrant. It just says they can't travel.

Big F...ng. Deal!!


US concerned about the human rights? Yeah, right!!

by Puck on

I consider these eight IRI guys as the first group of victims of the Iranian nuclear disaster.

My heart is true as steel.

David ET

Good start towards int'l criminal courts

by David ET on

Khamenei and Ahmadinejad must be added to list 

others must follow


dream team

by rtayebi1 on

they look like dream team.  FROM HELL


Delam khonak shod (a little!)

by Milan on

A good kick in their teeth--god bless America for now. And, yes, the U.S. did shitty things in the past, but we should recognize the fact that most governmental policies and decisions are dictated by the politics of the time, not pure morals. So let's get smart politically and help pave the way toward creating a free, democratic, and secular Iran!


Great news!

by Benyamin on

Two more people should have been included.



Look at their faces

by Cost-of-Progress on

Most look like serial killers and homicidal maniacs that they are.

Just think: These people are the product of your devolution, a bunch of anti human, anti iran zeaolts bent on the destruction of our identity and culture.

Let's hope this is the begining of something good for Iran and her people. 





I support it because its COMPLETELY MEANINGLESS

by Q on

This must be a joke!

Make no mistake: United States, the same country that funds Israeli genocides, keeps Arab dictators in power and helped Saddam Hussein slaughter Iranians, has absolutely no moral or legal authority to "sanction" anyone on human rights. It has no international jurisdictin and makes all other US attempts look petty.

But I support this fully. It is a clever tactic by the Obama administration to disarm and defang pro-war Zionists who have spent $Billions trying to get him to attack Iran.

Now the democrats can take their campaign money and not deliever the war they wanted! It's red meat to the warmongers, without firing a shot and completely inconsequential to IRI.

Better this than troop mobilizations.

The only downside is that this raises the legitimacy of these particular individuals forcing Greens and many moderate critics of the regime inside Iran to be drawn closer to the hardliners.


Paper Lists!

by Tavana on

Once again should remind ourselves of the deadly Jewish community center bombing on June 18, 1994, crumpling the seven-story building in downtown Buenos Aires, Argentine. Eighty-five people died and more than 200 were injured in the worst anti-Semitic attack in Latin America and the deadliest terror attack in Argentine history. Khamenie, Rafsanjani, Velayati, & Rezaie were later convicted for their planning/funding of the bombing. Their arrest warrants have been on Interpol list for ages. What was the use of such list, nada, zilch. They just do not travel outside Iran. That is about it! 


add to the list

by statira on

are the supreme Khar, kahamenei who ordered all those killing, Boze beaghl, afatolah Janati , the hoghatoleslam Mesbah yazdi and  antare maroof ahmaghinejad.