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What prisoners could be freed alongside the Iran nuclear deal?

Iran has said it is ready to swap prisoners with the United States as months of indirect talks on reviving a 2015 nuclear deal appear closer to reaching agreement.

Any agreement for prisoner releases alongside a nuclear accord would mirror steps taken when the original 2015 nuclear deal was officially implemented. The accord limited Tehran’s nuclear program in return for sanctions relief.

Tehran released five Americans in January 2016. In return, the United States agreed to free from jail or drop charges against seven Iranians, almost all charged with or convicted in the United States of violating sanctions on Iran, and to drop charges against 14 Iranians living overseas.

Washington also released $1.7 billion to Iran, linked to a separate dispute over arms sales.

This time the United States has said that Tehran should release four U.S. citizens if the nuclear pact is to be secured.

Iran has publicly ruled out any preconditions but expressed readiness in private meetings to swap prisoners if it obtains tens of billions of dollars of its assets held in foreign banks, frozen by U.S. sanctions on its banking and energy sectors.

Britain has also called on Iran to free two UK detainees. Without explicitly linking the issues, Britain says it is committed to paying hundreds of millions of dollars owed to Tehran for a 1970s arms deal with the then-Shah of Iran.

    Following are prisoners in Iran whose release is being sought:

    EMAD SHARGHI

In 2017 Sharghi and his wife moved to Iran from the United States. The Iranian-American businessman was first arrested in 2018 when working for “Saravan Holding” tech investment company. He was released on bail after eight months and a Revolutionary court cleared him of spying and security-related charges, but his travel ban remained.

On Nov. 2020 he was summoned by another Revolutionary Court which sentenced him to 10 years in jail for espionage. He was not initially imprisoned but Iranian media reported he was arrested as he tried to flee Iran in Jan. 2021.

    SIAMAK AND BAQUER NAMAZI

Siamak Namazi, a businessman in his late 40s with dual U.S.-Iranian citizenship, was detained in 2015 by Revolutionary Guards while visiting his family in Tehran. Months later his ailing father, Baquer, was detained after returning to Iran to visit his jailed son.

Siamak and Baquer Namazi, a former Iranian provincial governor and former UNICEF official who also has dual citizenship, were both sentenced in 2016 to 10 years in prison for spying and cooperating with the U.S. government.

In 2018 authorities released Baquer on medical grounds, but he has remained under house arrest.

    MORAD TAHBAZ

An Iranian-American environmentalist, who also holds British citizenship, Tahbaz was arrested in 2018. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2019 for “assembly and collusion against Iran’s national security” and “contacts with U.S. enemy government … for the purpose of spying”.

ANOUSHEH ASHOURI

British-Iranian dual national Anousheh Ashouri was sentenced to 10 years in jail in 2019 for spying for Israel’s Mossad and two years for “acquiring illegitimate wealth”, according to Iran’s judiciary.

NAZANIN ZAGHARI-RATCLIFFE

British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was arrested at a Tehran airport in April 2016 and convicted of plotting to overthrow the clerical establishment.

Last year she was sentenced to a new term in jail on charges of propaganda against Iran’s ruling system. Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s family and the foundation have denied the charges. The foundation is a charity that operates independently of media company Thomson Reuters and its news subsidiary Reuters.

    IRANIAN PRISONERS IN THE U.S.

Iran wants the release of over a dozen Iranians in the United States, including seven Iranian-American dual nationals, two Iranians with permanent U.S. residency and four Iranian citizens with no legal status in the United States.

Most of them have been sentenced to jail for “violating U.S. sanctions against Iran”.

(Reporting by Parisa Hafezi; editing by Dominic Evans and William Maclean)

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Nikki Haley Donors Flock to Biden Campaign

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In a stunning display of political opportunism and disloyalty, former supporters of Nikki Haley’s Republican primary campaign have shamelessly defected to Joe Biden’s camp as the presidential election looms. This egregious betrayal not only underscores the depth of moral bankruptcy within certain segments of the GOP but also highlights the duplicitous nature of individuals willing to sacrifice their conservative values for personal gain.

With Donald Trump securing the GOP nomination for November’s presidential election, the stage is set for a fiery rematch between the incumbent Biden and the formidable Trump. However, the Machiavellian maneuvers of former Haley donors reveal a troubling trend of self-serving treachery within the Republican Party.

Haley, once touted as a rising star within the conservative movement, suspended her primary campaign earlier this month following Super Tuesday. Yet, rather than rallying behind the Republican nominee, some of her erstwhile backers have shamelessly switched their allegiance to Biden, driven by a toxic combination of ego and ambition.

Media mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg, along with other prominent donors who had previously supported Haley, have now pledged their support to Biden, betraying not only their former candidate but also the core principles of conservatism. Their actions demonstrate a callous disregard for the values of limited government, individual liberty, and fiscal responsibility that define the Republican Party.

Rufus Gifford, Biden’s campaign finance chair, has openly admitted to actively courting Haley supporters to join the Democratic cause. This brazen attempt to poach conservative donors underscores the cynicism and opportunism that pervade Biden’s campaign, as he seeks to exploit divisions within the GOP for his own political gain.

While Biden may hypocritically extend an olive branch to Haley supporters, his true intentions are clear: to co-opt and neutralize any opposition to his radical agenda of socialist policies and big government intervention. Those who align themselves with Biden are not only betraying their former candidate but also betraying the conservative movement and the millions of Americans who stand for freedom and prosperity.

In contrast, President Trump has made it abundantly clear that there is no room for turncoats within the MAGA movement. His steadfast commitment to America-first policies and conservative principles has earned him the loyalty and support of millions of patriotic Americans who refuse to compromise their values for political expediency.

As the battle lines are drawn for the upcoming election, conservatives must remain vigilant against the insidious influence of traitors within their own ranks. Nikki Haley’s turncoats may seek to undermine the conservative movement, but they will ultimately be remembered as opportunists who sold their souls for a fleeting moment of political relevance.

In the words of President Trump, “We don’t want them, and will not accept them.” It is time for true conservatives to stand united behind the only candidate capable of defending our values and leading our nation forward: Donald J. Trump. Anything less would be a betrayal of everything we hold dear as Americans.

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Democrats Try to Block “Sarah’s Law” From Protecting Americans

Senator Joni Ernst, a Republican from Iowa, encountered fierce resistance from Democratic lawmakers as she made a determined effort to advance Sarah’s Law, a vital piece of legislation aimed at detaining illegal immigrants who commit violent crimes, in a bid to prevent harrowing tragedies like those of Sarah Root and Laken Riley.

Ernst’s proposal, Sarah’s Law, demands that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detain illegal immigrants charged with causing death or serious injury to others. The heart-wrenching case of Sarah Root, a 21-year-old from Iowa whose life was tragically cut short by a drunk driver who was in the country illegally, Edwin Mejia, serves as a stark reminder of the urgent need for such legislation. Despite Mejia’s extensive record of driving offenses and evasion of court proceedings, ICE, citing Obama-era immigration enforcement guidelines, callously declined to detain him.

The recent devastating loss of Laken Riley, a 22-year-old nursing student from the University of Georgia, purportedly at the hands of another illegal immigrant, Jose Ibarra, has reignited fervent calls for the enactment of Sarah’s Law. Ibarra faces grave charges, including malice murder and felony murder. The refusal to detain individuals like Ibarra epitomizes the callous disregard for public safety that permeates the current immigration system, leaving innocent lives hanging in the balance.

Ernst’s impassioned plea for unanimous consent to propel Sarah’s Law forward was met with vehement opposition from Majority Whip Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois. Durbin adamantly raised concerns, contending that the bill could inadvertently ensnare victims of trafficking or domestic abuse and trample upon immigrants’ due process rights.

Critics of Sarah’s Law, predominantly Democrats, contend that it might not have averted Riley’s tragic demise, given that Ibarra’s criminal record did not include prior incidents involving death or injury. However, Ernst steadfastly maintains that the prevailing immigration policies, including the notorious “catch and release” practice, perpetuate a climate of impunity, allowing potentially dangerous individuals to roam freely within the country’s borders.

Despite the setback in the Senate, the push for robust immigration enforcement and the enactment of measures like Sarah’s Law continues to encounter fierce opposition from Democratic quarters. The palpable divide underscores the deep-seated ideological chasm regarding immigration reform, intensifying the urgency for decisive action to safeguard the lives and well-being of American citizens.

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Tricky Nikki Wins DC Swamp Primary

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Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s victory in the Washington, DC, Republican primary election may seem like a cause for celebration among the establishment elites and swamp dwellers, but it’s a grim reminder of the deep-seated betrayal of true conservative values.

In a district notorious for its entrenched establishment and lobbyist influence, Haley managed to eke out a victory over the true America First leader, former President Donald Trump. However, her margin of victory is overshadowed by the fact that it occurred in the heart of “the swamp,” where special interests reign supreme and the will of the American people takes a back seat to political expediency.

Haley’s win, fueled by lobbyist dollars and establishment backing, is a slap in the face to the grassroots movement that propelled Trump to victory in 2016 and continues to support him fervently. Despite her desperate attempts to portray herself as a viable alternative to Trump, Haley’s lackluster performance in her home state of South Carolina and her dismal showing in other primaries only serve to underscore her disconnect from the Republican base.

Her staggering expenditure of over $76 million in a futile bid to defeat Trump in multiple primary states reeks of desperation and underscores her willingness to prioritize personal ambition over principle. It’s abundantly clear that Haley’s allegiance lies not with the conservative values that define the Republican Party but with the entrenched interests of the Washington establishment.

While Haley may cling to the hope of staying competitive in the race, her delusions of grandeur are starkly at odds with reality. Despite her defiant rhetoric, the overwhelming support for Trump among Republican voters across the country leaves little room for doubt about the outcome of the primary race.

As Haley scrambles to salvage her floundering campaign, it’s evident that her aspirations of clinching the nomination are nothing more than a pipe dream. With a paltry 19 delegates to her name and a yawning chasm of over 1,000 delegates separating her from the nomination, Haley’s chances of success are as remote as her understanding of the true pulse of the Republican Party.

In the end, Nikki Haley’s victory in the DC primary may be a hollow triumph for the establishment elites, but it serves as a rallying cry for true conservatives to reject the siren song of political opportunism and stand firm in their support for the America First agenda championed by President Trump. The swamp may celebrate Haley’s win, but the heart and soul of the Republican Party remain firmly with Trump and the principles he represents.

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